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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.

  • Of course, old Baywatch fans waited for the movie version, hoping it yields the same pleasures. At Miami, for the premiere, they were there to cheer Zac Efron, Dwane Joh­nson and, the fairest of them all, Priyanka Cho­pra, whose electric blue gown knocked over a few punters. However, also invited were Pamela Anderson and David Hasselhoff. One can imagine the reception they got! Was Erika Eleniak there too?
  • David Warner’s screaming bat has been pulling Sunrisers Hyderabad along this IPL. But at least some of the myhem is due to the near-constant, dainty presence of daughter Ivy Mae. For her, Daddy’s the man!
  • Thiruvananthapuram slang posed a challenge, but it was overcome with aplomb by Surabhi Lakshmi in Min­­naminungu, for which she won the National Award for Best Act­­ress. Significantly, she was the first Malayali actress to win it after Meera Jasmine for Padam Onnu Oru Vilapam (2003).
  • A job fair with top firms in attendance, a Sufi concert, a free medical camp that treated 5,000 people...that’s Jashn-e-Baramulla, the Army’s answer to youth anger in Kashmir. They also thought Azhar and Dia Mirza might help....
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