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OUTLOOK Monday 26 June, 2017
Where Captains Fear To Tread

The way Zainab Abbas looks, Angelo, de Villiers or Virat won’t say nay when asked for a selfie. Problem is, their teams all lost the match afterwards. Yet the Pakistani journalist can’t be accused of casting an evil spell on the opposition, for her run started when  Sarfraz Ahmed gave in to her beguiling cameraphone before the match against India. All we can do is to caution Virat not to fall for it again!

Little Smoke, Just Tall Talk

Here’s Ram Gopal Varma repeating himself through a title. His new, 11-minute short, Meri Beti Sunny Leone Banna Chahti Hai, shadow Mein Madhuri Dixit Banna Chahti Hoon, but is about a fiesty girl (Naina Ganguly) who decides to join the porn industry and has a confab about it—spanning individuality, women’s freedom, sexuality, society—with her parents. So far, so good, but the execution by Naina, say insiders, is horrible. Drat!

In Stadia Colour

If the flaming borders and seething, roiling masses appear to be a kitschy descent into Dante’s inferno, you’re wrong. This is painter Sasha Jaffrey’s depiction of Virat Kohli’s mom­entous ten years in the IPL—years which document his slow emergence as this gen­­­eration’s totemic, bat-in-hand saviour.

It was snapped up for Rs 23.7 crore at the skipper’s charity ball by Poonam Gupta (above), a CEO of a Scotland-based firm.

Cloud Over Sunshine

Why is the sparkling Anushka Sharma sporting a dis­­h­­e­­ve­­lled,  death-haunted look? Well, she is not exactly from this world, , and she’s out to give you the creeps. That’s her role in Pari, about a girl possessed by spirits. After Phillauri, this is her second dive into the netherworld.

Skipper’s Stripes

He can play as a striker, or an attacking mid-fielder like Xavi or Iniesta. He can also talk wonderfully well as an exp­ert. And Sunil Chhetri , hepcat that he is, shows he can carry off overblown styles effortlessly. The cap he wears has serviced men of all types; Chhetri  shows it goes   with a dhoti, kurta, jacket and shades too.

This Too Happened

Everyone in Hollywood loves Diane Keaton, but that doesn’t mean she’s friends with everyone. The 71-year-old recently received the AFI Life Achievement Award, where dozens of celebrities showed up to pay their respects to the Annie Hall star. And while Keaton appreciated it, she said her co-stars aren’t lifelong pals. But she was excited to see Woody Allen, as he gave her “everything.” And yet, the actress still feels alone. “I don’t really have any friends,” she insisted. “Not one.”

  • From Dharamshala to Spiti Valley, from McLe­od­­ganj to Andretta, from rocky outcrops to soul-stirring vales...old pals Cyrus Sah­­­u­­kar and Kunal Kapoor are on one heady trip. Soon on your TV!
  • The way Zainab Abbas looks, Angelo, de Villiers or Virat won’t say nay when asked for a selfie. Problem is, their teams all lost the match afterwards. Yet the Pakistani journalist can’t be accused of casting an evil spell on the opposition, for her run started when  Sarfraz Ahmed gave in to her beguiling cameraphone before the match against India. All we can do is to caution Virat not to fall for it again!
  • It’s funny, how Indian relatives of achievers in foreign (Western) lands make such a show of celebration bef­ore a pandering media. The same goes with the Varad­kar family—shown here in their Mumbai home—vis-a-vis Leo Vara­dkar being chosen the PM-elect of Ire­­land. Did the very young (38) and openly gay Leo burst crackers in Dublin?
  • Someday, deeper sociological theses will be written on why Dangal—apart from being a hearty entertainer—has done so well in China. But now for some brute figures—it’s poised   to cross Rs 1,000 crore in just this one market, the biggest non-Hollywood foreign movie. The app­eal is equaly strong across the Taiwan Strait. Would this gaggle of clicksome  Beijing girls visit Haryana next?
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