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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.

  • Jennifer Lopez, et al would certainly concede the point that as far as ‘plunging necklines’ go, Deepika’s black blouse is up there with their best dressy efforts. The occ­asion for Deepika’s dazzle statement was the Mexico City premiere of her film xXx: Return of Xander Cage. One can well imagine a Spanish air to her, on what was also her birthday.
  • Post-marriage airiness doesn’t mean Yuvaraj lost sight of his darkest days. On Christmas, when the world celebrates,  Yuvi gave his time to children battling cancer at the St Jude Childcare in Mumbai. We all owe him a bow.
  • Barack Obama is a legend, and a film on his crucially formative years in Columbia is natural. Vikram Gandhi’s Barry stars Devon Terrell and Anya Taylor-Joy (in pic), among others.
  • Bertolucci’s Last Tango in Paris has the city lit up in a smoky, russet light, charged with the eroticism of Brando and Maria Schneider, and jolted by that scene of sexual ass­ault. The recent row    over the ‘fact’ that Schneider was never told  about it by the conniving duo is now refuted by the auteur. Schneider read the screenplay, so she knew everything,   says Bertotlucci. Except that infamous stick of butter. That, too, is a ghastly violation, more so because it hurt the young act­ress immeasurably, casting a pall over her entire life.
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