OUTLOOK Monday 19 November, 2007
Fly Family Class

A $60 million Airbus...what a b’day gift for wifey Nita! Befitting a billionaire like Mukesh Ambani. The customised jet is fitted with luxuries like mood lighting, game consoles and a machine to spew out the perfect idli-sambar. (Hey, what’s stewing in the other Ambani stable?). And coming up soon is a $1 billion home, 27 mega storeys with a helipad, six floors of car parking and a staff of 600. All for a family of six. It’s for Nita’s next b’day.

On the Stage

The Prithvi Theatre Festival is in its 29th year. This time, it’s 25 shows of 12 musical productions. A yearbook, Kala Desh Ki Seva Mein, was recently launched by Shammi Kapoor. Also seen are Sanjana and papa Shashi Kapoor.

Samovar Steam

Usha Khanna’s cafe, Samovar, has been a major landmark in Mumbai’s arty skyline for over 43 years. She has now put together her experiences in a book, The Making of Samovar. Seen from right, Usha with economist Montek S. Ahluwalia, painter Anjolie Ela Menon and writer Gurcharan Das at the Delhi launch.

Life In A Frame

Longing, ‘an impressionistic journey and intimate visual journal of memory: an experience based on the everyday’ through 41 b/w images, is shutterbug Prabuddha Dasgupta’s latest offering. Catch it in NY.

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  • 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.
  • As a snarling Dirty Harry teases out criminals in LA; as Frank Serpico goes und­ercover in New York, Chulbul Pandey does age-old, comic acrobatics to hurt ‘baddies’, then giggles around his lady love. Flogging the same masala, here comes the trailer of Dabangg 3, at the launch of which Salman points at the same direction, while Sonakshi Sinha and Saiee Manjrekar prepare to follow the leader with loving attention.
  • What do they actually do in Bigg Boss—that synthetic morass of shape-­shifting loyalties, gro­up­­ings and couplings by people clinging on to the skirts of fame, dragg­ing along an endless stream of stragglers agape before their boxes? At least Boman Irani, Rajkummar Rao and Mouni are doing something specific—horsing around joyfully, canvassing for their film Made in China. Major domo Sal­man, of  course, is there at every step, falling in and out with practised difficulty.