OUTLOOK Monday 15 June, 2009
Prada Pillions

Climbing the stairways of power with hubby-MP Azharuddin, Sangeeta Bijlani sought out the comfort of familiar faces from behind her butterfly shades. And there amid the mass of new MPs stood good ol’ Jayaprada. They bonded, exchanged greetings, gossip and more.

Three Big Steps

The new swish Leela Kempinski at Gurgaon played host to Marie Claire’s third anniversary bash. Seen here from right, Vinod Mehta, editor-in-chief, Maheshwer Peri, publisher, S. Suresh, president, Outlook Group, and Shefali Vasudev, editor, Marie Claire.

Match Point

Meet Sania’s doubles partner Sohrab, ‘Mo’ for short. Childhood sweethearts, the couple will be engaged next month, soon after Sania returns from her French Open stint. But the wedding date is still a secret. Meanwhile, the 24-year-old businessman with the newly acquired title of Sania’s fiance remains unfazed by the media frenzy.

Twinkle Sprinkle

Urvashi Sharma flaunts her perfectly sculpted body by the poolside, reminiscing about her Bollywood debut in Naqaab opposite Bobby Deol and Akshay Khanna. With a sexy makeover, this hottie is all out to make her mark again, bagging films with the likes of Sanjay Dutt, Govinda and other other top stars.

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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.