OUTLOOK Monday 12 November, 2007
Outlook Money Awards

The Outlook Money-NDTV Profit Summit and Awards ’07 drew the high and mighty of the business world. The chairman of the Clearing Corporation of India R.H. Patil (seen here with Union Mos, commerce, Jairam Ramesh) entered the Outlook Money Hall of Fame for his pioneering work in reforming the capital markets. Flanking them are Rajan Raheja, chief promoter, Outlook Group (far right); Vinod Mehta, editor-in-chief, Outlook Group; and Maheshwer Peri, president and publisher, Outlook Group.

Tunes off the Field

A merry band of men in blue and a Bollywood star—Dhoni on bongo, Yuvi on the clarinet, Uthappa on bass guitar, Harbhajan on drums and Saif, the lead guitarist. Exploring an alternative career perhaps....

Polo Pillars

Delhi’s partyhoppers and Bollywood B-graders—Minissha, Mahima and Arti Chabra—showed up at a polo event in Delhi last week. Their riding hemlines and clicking stilettoes certainly made the horses run faster and players miss a few shots.

Bouncy Beyonce

Beyonce (no less) Knowles held nothing back for Mumbai. Chocolaty vocals, pyrotechnics, laser effects—and trademark numbers like ‘No, No, Bill, Bill, Bill’. The 15,000-plus crowd sang, danced and entered a zone that once lay beyonce....

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  • When elders were struggling to lift, let alone read, Vikram Seth’s A Suitable Boy, most of us were in shorts or babbling in the cradle, if we were there at all. Good for us that now Mira Nair is in charge of a BBC-backed series based on it, and that Tabu (seen here with Ishaan Khatter in this ‘first look’) will probably play Lata, bride of the titular boy. “...Epic tale of an unseen India,” says Nair. Unseen, eh? Let’s see.
  • Everyone who’s hurt those  sharply slanted eyes, spurned those ruby-red lips, has had cause to reg­ret. For over a decade now, Taylor Swift has turned all heartbreaks and slurs into award-winning lyrics—everything is grist to her songwriting mill. The result is 29  wins at the American Music Awards (six this year, and five more than Michael Jackson managed). Plus  fanatical fans would rejoice  at her being named both artist of the year and that of the decade. If these boys are asking her to ‘shake it off’,  they’ll have cause for regret.
  • Two women sitting on laps of men, glad, artificial grins plastered over their faces...you’d be forgiven to think such things are embarrassingly passe in the 21st century. It’s evidently not in Bollywood. And so, the comedy Good Newwz, starring Kiara Advani, Diljit Dosanjh, Akshay and Kareena, will possibly live up to its tagline: ‘the biggest goof-up of the year’. A comedy about IVF, did you say? We shudder in anticipation.
  • Bollywood must be dreading  the Calcutta International Film Festival—a stentorian call from the CM...the unenlightening prospect of a day full of drumbeats. However, there is no respite for Shahrukh (Amitabh fell ill at an opportune  period). Though flanked by filmmaker Goutam Ghosh, Mamata herself and Sourav, the stage-show was stopped by the bonhomie between Rakhee and SRK: singing along a pat­riotic Rabi­ndrasangeet and reminiscing  about the sets of Baazigar.