OUTLOOK Wednesday 13 November, 1996
World Designs

THE jewelled look of Tarun Tahiliani; the slinky, elegance of Monisha Jaisingh; Raghavendra Rathod's Indo-West princely impact; the 100-metre-crushed fabric kurtas of Rohit Bal; the embroidered effect of J.J. Valaya and Arjun Khanna. Flying high with the Seychelles-bound svelte hopefuls are a host of ensemble designers. "This is a great opportunity to grab the eye of a worldwide audience, the designers are representative of fashion in India today," says Tina Tahiliani Parikh, executive director of the hautelet. From thermacol to the tailors, everything is being carted to the island for the Miss World fashion show. The challenge is in creating couture that the girls haven't seen before and that should see some winning combinations come to the fore.

The Partys Over?

WHILE beauty contests brew in the Big B's backyard, his UK-based sibling's bedroom is home to a few ugly scenes. Apparently, the protocol partnership between Ajitabh and Ramola is past its prime and the gilt is chipping to expose the tarnish beneath. A source revealed: "The pressure is finally showing especially after the series of scandals that have popped up in the past few months. Even open marriages are not beyond all this, you know." If things do come to a close, Ajitabh will go back to minding his business. And Ramola? Well, if one party is over, she can always start planning another one.

Married to the Movies

CO-STARRING in Albela with Govinda, Pukar with Anil Kap-oor, Purab Ki Laila Paschim Ka Chhaila with Akshay Kumar, and other films, model-turned-actress, Namrata Shirodkar, has her work cut out for her. But the question that remains is whether long-time love, businessman Deepak Shetty, has asked Papa Shirodkar for her hand in marriage. "No marriage for me, at least for the next couple of years," comes the vehement reply. Sensible. After all, walking down the ramp can be fitted between shooting schedules. But a walk up the aisle is a full-time job.

A Patiala Peg

WHAT do you do when your kingdom becomes part of a democratic country? Simply join hands with the government to promote it. That's what Capt Amarinder Singh, the ex-maharaja of Patiala, is doing. In charge of Punjab for INTACH, the Punjab government and he are busy planning a week long extravaganza in Patiala in January. Called Patiala Heritage Week, it will feature artists like Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Malika Pukhraj and Ustad Vilayat Khan, all from the Patiala gharana. Polo matches and fashion shows will also figure, the venue being the Old Fort which is under renovation. Says Singh: "We want to make it a yearly event and will try and collect funds for it again next year."

Epic Endeavour

IT earned Ramanand Sagar near sainthood and Peter Brooks achieved critical acclaim with Mahabharata. Now Delhi-based producer Suresh Jindal is all set to mount this epic for the silver screen. To be directed by Mani Kaul and scripted by Jean Claude Carrier, who also scripted Brooks' Mahabharata, the film will be in English. Says Jindal: "The film will be for the world market as Indian parallel cinema is dead.'' The film's budget, which is an estimated $15 million, will have an international cast and be shot all over the world. Seychelles, the current favourite with film producers and directors, will in all probability be the main location, though South Africa and Vietnam are also being considered as possible venues. "We will definitely shoot some of it in India,'' adds Jindal. Hopefully, the film won't have colourful dancing arrows like Ramanand Sagar's version.

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  • Couldn’t she have had a better hairstyle than one which makes her hair stand up in ungainly tufts, like that of a bird soaked to its skin in the Mumbai monsoon? Couldn’t he have worn a jacket without those offensive stripes, often an indicator of a perfect marriage of bad taste with sudden money? But Rahika is soaring after the success of Andhadhun; Ali Fazal, too, is gearing up for his role in a Hollywood production of Death on the Nile, the Poirot mystery. They smiled reassuringly at the ‘IIFA Rocks’ event; they had a lot of fun.  
  • Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla started designing trousseaus fit for a princess for the catwalk when designers weren’t famous in their own right. Thi­rty-three years on, they are well-known now, and celebrated with a show in Mumbai, They dressed up the reliably gorgeous Deepika in this intricately woven, ivory-embellished lehenga. At the end of the walk, she broke into a jig. For joy, certainly. But, given an inch, Bollywood will out!
  • With every conceivable sporting activity speedily shuffled up into a corporatised league for maximum milking, it’s unsurprising that the annual boat race on the Punnamada lake inaugurated the Cha­mpions Boat League. Sachin, outrigged by Kathakali dancers, spoke of Kerala’s resilience in the face of floods and its passion for cricket.
  • For all his Bhangra moves, Justin Trudeau had a diplomatically disastrous tour of India, but the boyishly handsome Canadian premier  rem­ains a darling of the masses, especially swooning womenfolk. It was no surprise then that at an informal gaggle of world leaders at the G7 summit, Melania turned to  him for a peck, as the weight of the world kept the scowl fixed on Donald’s face. As a Twitter wag put it: “Find someone who looks at you like  Melania looks at Trudeau.”


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