OUTLOOK Monday 24 March, 2008
My GoodNess!

Preity Zinta in her uber-classy Audrey Hepburn act at the CN Wadia Cup Race in Mumbai recently. In the last three years, she has graduated from being a zebra, monkey and donkey to being accepted by the Wadia family, her prospective in-laws. The IPL venture with boyfriend Ness and wedding bells this year?

Kid Gloves

As his pet pug, Sam, rested on M.S. Dhoni’s lap, the fawning audience at a function to honour the Team India skipper found one commonality between the two: both are dogged—and calmly so.

Look the Part

Parthiv Patel, the babyface wicketkeeper who’s done India duty, has tied the knot. (He’s 23, since you ask.) Wifey, childhood pal Ami Zaveri, is no cricket enthusiast. As he works to earn his white flannels, she’s planning a boutique. Lotsa brocade, Zav?

Stage Encomia

The Mahindra Group instituted its awards for excellence in theatre as a token of their love for the art. “The quality of entries and the interest evoked strengthens our belief this is the right stage to showcase theatre talent in India,” says Anand Mahindra.

Dark Senorita

Item girl Sherlyn Chopra, our loyal representative at the Global Mobile World Awards in Barcelona (pray, who sent her there?) was mistaken for a hooker and arrested. Ah! neat piece of publicity for a little known Bollywood wannabe.

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  • If you’d like to stitch together a Hollywood dream team, it has to have Marty, Bob and Sonny. The BFI London film festival saved its hushed breath for The Irishman—a gangster drama by the man who helped define the genre in Goodfellas and The Departed. Yet, in this autumnal light, Frank (De Niro) and Jimmy (Al Pacino) are just not snarling desperados, six-shooters at the ready. Time is also spent on sombre reflection—old reg­rets, moral reckonings and the one important thing that finally matters: mortality.
  • An evening in Paris is kinda incomplete without appreciating up-close those high-kicking cancan dancers in flesh-exposing ostrich feather costumes at Moulin Rouge. It’s a touristy tradition of 130 years, a milestone the cabaret reached this aut­umn. Enjoy the choreography and quaff your way through a bottle of champagne. 82 Boulevard de Clichy, Please
  • Kendall Jenner, Camila Morr­one, Scooter Braun, Kim Kard­ashian, Joan Smalls...that’s a guestlist straight out of a Craigslist of new-world cel­e­­bdom. Except the model and the real-life showgirl, we hadn’t heard of anyone (had you?). They banded together at the wedding ceremony of Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin in South Carolina. Don’t it look like they’re on a school trip?
  • His penchant for prancing about in outrageous clothes —the incessant, kitschy peacocking—might irritate you, but the one role tailormade for Ranveer Sinh’s exuberance was Gully Boy. Inspired by street rappers Divine and Naezy, Ranveer, his rapper team and Alia set Dharavi alight with their defiant poe­try. Acclaimed by all, it is now India’s official entry to the Oscars. We need them to break the fourth wall now.