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OUTLOOK Monday 24 July, 2017
Dipping In

There’s more to Deep­ika and Djokovic’s peck at the Premier Tennis League in Delhi in 2014. A former ‘girlfriend’ of the Djoker’s has claimed that he “would be far happier dating” Deepika. Novak is “happily married”.

Nobody’s Unhappy With The Colonel

Col Gaddafi was feted in the West before anointed a bad guy. That Indian models grouped around him in the early noughties on a shoot in Libya is a revelation. Here they are, among them Neha Dhupia, Aditi Gowitrikar, Sham­ita Singha and a very new, 18-year-old model, Katrina Kaif.

For Mahankali

If you think P.V. Sindhu is all about dizzying leaps, crushing smashes, flashing eyes and flaring nostrils, blink again. This lanky girl in that necklace is her, in Sec­­­un­de­rabad, for the annual Bonalu festival.

Bond Chews Supari

The ‘intimate scenes’ in Babumoshai Ban­­d­­oo­kbaaz jangled Naw­azuddin Siddiqui’s nerves, but he soldiered on, possibly taking heart from his co-star, Bidita Bag. The ‘scenes’ scared off the original choice, Chit­rangada Singh. As the dasher pulls  a rick, with Bag in tow, for the trailer launch in Mumbai, he gushes about how his role is like the ‘desi James Bond’.  Nawaz plays a contract killer in UP; but his analogy stands, for we like him.

Killing Us

Going by generic experience, Par­manu—The Story of Pokhran might cause a patriotic headache, but Diana Penty, who plays an army officer, wows with her plain, combat fatigued look. If you have cooed at her in gowns, hotpants and less, you’ll not rat­ion your affection, we assure you. The lead actor? John Abraham. Duh.

Finding Ms Fresh

The search for that elusive ‘fresh face’ wearies down studio heads at Yash Raj Films, so when someone as fragrant as Anya Singh walks in, rolls over and pushes her hair back, they behave as jealously as bosses in old Hollywood. Thus few photos, no Facebook and no profile info. Why? To create mystique!

  • When some in the Wem­bley audience booed A.R. Rahman for singing in Tamil, Lata Man­­g­eshkar step­ped in, slamming the ‘int­­­ol­­er­ance’, then pro­udly recalling her bilingual hits with Salil Chaudhury and Hemant Kumar, as well as her regional classics.
  • There’s more to Deep­ika and Djokovic’s peck at the Premier Tennis League in Delhi in 2014. A former ‘girlfriend’ of the Djoker’s has claimed that he “would be far happier dating” Deepika. Novak is “happily married”.
  • We mistook the pair for real—that is Indira and Sanjay Gandhi whispering toge­ther in that fam­ous photo. Except that they aren’t the real article—they’re Supriya Vinod and Neil Nitin Mukesh in Indu Sarkar, playing mother and son in a movie about the Emergency. Last heard, the Congress wants an advance viewing!
  • Adding to the prominence of Sikhs in Canadian high offices is another first. Palbinder Kaur Shergill is the first turbaned Sikh to be appointed to the judiciary—a judge at the supreme court at British Columbia. Palbi­nder, a top rights lawyer, emigrated at age four from India.
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