OUTLOOK Monday 25 September, 2006
Viva Masaba!

There was a time when Masaba, daughter of actress Neena Gupta and former West Indies skipper Viv Richards, was fiercely guarded. Today she’s growing up with dreams and aspirations of her own. No, she isn’t grooming herself to be a sportswoman but instead looking at fashion and modelling on the international circuit. Seen here, mother and daughter at a Rohit Bal show in Mumbai.

The Sophia Within

Screen legend Sophia Loren has made a splash at 72 by announcing that she would grace the cover of the famous Pirelli calendar 2007. Contrary to rumours that she would appear in the skin, sources say the Italian beauty will be seen in a slinky see- through black dress with drop diamond earrings. Others on the calendar include Hilary Swank, Penelope Cruz, Naomi Watts and French actress Lou Doillon.

Pretty Miffed

KANK may be a hit but Preity Zinta is mighty peeved with her role. Rani Mukherjee seems to have outshone her frame by frame in Manish Malhotra’s clothes. srk is said to have lobbied hard for Rani and K-Jo relented. So that’s Rani vs Preity for you.

Second Time Lucky

Cricketer Vinod Kambli recently launched his second innings with model Andrea Hewitt. They met a few years ago but kept the relationship under wraps. The otherwise flamboyant Kambli seems to have mellowed down.

  • There must be someone perceptive to hunt down and measure lon­gest, or largest, things, but how they zeroed in on Russian Ekaterina Lis­ina is not known. Standing at 6 ft 9inches, she now has set a record of having the world’s “longest legs”. The Beijing Olympics basketball bronze medallist’s lower limbs are over 132 cm (52 in) long. What a lope!
  • Indian muscle at the World Badminton Championships caused serious consternation among the badminton strongholds in Eur­ope, China, Japan and Indonesia. The stars of the surge, Sri­kanth, P.V. Sindhu and Saina Nehwal, thanked the government for their support, noted the sport’s growth here and pledged to scale the summit.
  • The fiercest of foes fails to scare the fearless Maasai of Kenya. Now, the bold wielders of the bat (since being introduced to the game in 2009 ) are padding up to raise awareness about social sores like female genital mutilation,HIV and child marriages. Captain Sonyanga Ole Ng’ais (in pic) has a dagger in his kit, just in case. And yes, Gunn & Moore  should pay him for his services.
  • When Aryana Saeed, Afghanistan’s popstar feminist icon decided on a concert at Kabul’s Ghazi Stadium on August 19, the eve of I-Day, it had a message—the Taliban executed ‘errant’ women here during their hated rule. As word spread and 30,000 tickets vanished, frightened authorities cancelled the event. Aryana wasn’t cowed, her fangirls in Kabul weren’t disappointed. She performed elsewhere.


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