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OUTLOOK Monday 30 April, 2018
Force Beneath Those Moves

The woman below, shouldering the burden in this picture, is Namrata Purohit—nat­ional-level squash player, footballer, certified scuba diver, author and now an entrepreneur who co-founded The Pilates Studio. If you marvel at Kareena and Malaika’s flexibility in Bollywood dance numbers, it’s this lady who deserves much of the credit.

Scratch ’Em Now!

She won the country four medals, including four precious gold, impressing everyone with talent, poise, heart and indomitable comebacks.... An athlete often needs props to egg her on—the cheering audience, a personal keepsake. Manika Batra, our one undisputed star from the CWG, painted her nails tricoloured as she chopped and placed and smashed at will. To call her ‘hypernationalist’ again shows up the stench from the garbage that is soc­ial media.

All Hands Aboard

When two acclaimed dir­ectors meet...one of them turns actor for the other. Such is what happened when Iranian auteur Majid Majidi asked Goutam Ghose for a fav­our and rec­eived ‘yea’ for an answer. For Majidi’s Beyond The Clouds, the script for which dem­anded he gets a ‘haggard’ look, Ghose deprived himself of sleep ruthlessly, while also losing weight.

Slurps From His Secret Potion

When you are making pots of money in China, it is expected of you to humour them. For Aamir Khan, Dangal was only the start of a lucrative friendship. Secret Superstar, which grossed Rs 63 crore in India, made a mountainous Rs 800 crore across the Doklam plateau. Pleased as punch, Aamir teamed up with actor Andy Lau in Hong Kong for a presser.

Memory Ke Peechhe

Rumours of their romantic goi­ngs-on lie yellowing in old gossip pages. But old tales never die, so both Madhuri and Sanjay Dutt were tarrying, in typically weird Bol­ly­­wood style, to admit that they’re co-actors in a period drama called Kalank. Great. Big deal!

Role Model

India has a tiny toehold on the hair-raising espionage activities and special ops in WWII that kept Hollywood well-­supplied for 80 years through Noor Inayat Khan, the fearless SOE operative in Occupied France who tricked the Gestapo for years, before being bet­rayed and caught, later perishing in Dachau. The Indian heroine is to be played in a biopic by Radhika Apte. Hope she does justice to Noor.

This Too Happened

Rapper Kendrick Lamar became the first artist to win the Pulitzer prize for music from a non-classical or jazz background. The 30-year-old’s album, titled Damn, had already earned him rave reviews and five Grammys.  The album is very political and addresses issues like Black empowerment and Trump.

  • The woman below, shouldering the burden in this picture, is Namrata Purohit—nat­ional-level squash player, footballer, certified scuba diver, author and now an entrepreneur who co-founded The Pilates Studio. If you marvel at Kareena and Malaika’s flexibility in Bollywood dance numbers, it’s this lady who deserves much of the credit.
  • He plays a hotel management student in a film, filling his days with cleaning, washing, dusting and chopping. When time came for a promotional shoot for Shoojit Sircar’s October, Varun Dhawan showed how the method in his acting spilt out of the screen. At a restaurant, the talented actor strode con­fidently into the kitchen, showing a few slicing moves of his own to the admiring chefs who gathered around him.
  • When he tweeted on “the kiling of innocents” in ‘Indian Occupied Kashmir’, little did Shahid Afridi know that he was stirring a hornet’s nest. Indian cricketers came down with a heavy bat on Afridi—Gautam Gambhir poked fun at his perpetual youth, while Kapil Dev trashed him as a non-entity and Suresh Raina respectfully asked him to back off. And Kohli? A sober iteration of his patriotism did the job rather well.
  • Now that his over-the-top histrionics in Padmaavat has gone down well, Ranveer’s  star is rising as high as a Diwali rocket would go. In monetary terms, that is—the actor is  reportedly being offered Rs 15 crore for a five-minute performance at the opening gig at the IPL. This limbs-splayed routine jump on a neon-lit stage is at least 45 years old. Maybe Ranveer will change into something more casual.
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