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OUTLOOK Monday 11 February, 2013
A Drink Of The Good Stuff

Full circle to another round of the Outlook Traveller Awards, we look on in brot­herly approval as our sister magazine toasts another year in the great outd­oors. Was there an open bar? We know not. Our founder editor Vinod Mehta would.

Yu Loves Me, Yeah Yeah Yeah

So how exactly does a farmer's daughter from Manchuria win over inner Mongolia? The perfect cheekbones and a folksy sin­ging voice fetched China's Yu Wenxia the Miss World crown in Ordos city ’12. Here, the 23-year-old brings more of the same to a Mumbai NGO.

The Actor Of His Own Ideal

“I can just see it now,” Subhash Ghai seems to say. “A buddy-cop movie in the Rush Hour mould with some Lethal Weapon tossed in. Mel Aamir, you’ll be the brooding one quoting Nietzsche after each kill. Sallu, you'll quip and squint. The belt shuffle's fine too.” 

Birdsong

The virtue of keeping it in the box is known to greenhorn shu­tt­lers. Jwala Gutta won't be confi­ned to just playing between the lines tho­ugh. She likes to serve up surpri­ses. An Item number? That'll do.

  • 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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