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OUTLOOK Monday 26 August, 2019
Casting Ouch

They might be exultantly posing around a broodingly resplendent red planet, but do you, pati­ent assessors of Bolly­woodian verisimilitude, see determind space scientists  in Sonakshi, Nithya Menen, Taapsee, Kirti Kulhari, Vidya and ‘mission director’ Akshay? Mission Mangal’s cast, who impersonate the ISRO team which sent Mangalyaan on its way, had better stick to the antakshari made pop­ular during its promotion. What next? Spuds growing on Akshay’s poop on Mars?

Only Yang

This is the sort of white rage that authorities in Beijing would like to make an example of. Ver­sace, damn those apolitical fashionistas, rel­eased a T-shirt (above) with names of places, effectively disputing China’s aut­hority over Hong Kong and Macau. Actress Yang Mi, in a touching act of sacrifice, cancelled her Versace contract. Brave people of HK, you’ve met your match!

Bird Of Paradise

Rima Das’s Assamese feature Bul­bul Can Sing enthralled audie­nces at Berlin, Osaka and Edin­burgh. The ine­vitable happened at the Indian Film Festival in Melbourne, where it won ‘Best Indie Film’. Chief guest SRK, as can be seen, was  moved by the talents of one of the best film-­makers working in India now.

Just Ask For More

Her kohl-lined eyes might not make you dance to their still rhythm, but Kalki Koechlin has indu­bitable screen presence, even when not donning smokily steel-blue swimsuits. Ask devotees of web series Sacred Games, where Kalki’s Batya Abelman will make slavering binge-watchers hanker for more in its new season. Shadows of the notorious Rajneesh acolyte Maa Anand Sheela have been det­ected, ackno­wledged, then politely kept aside. That’s Kalki in cruise control

You Don’t Say!

Ever seen a mot­o­rsp­orts arena—that muc­kily slithering, pock-­­mar­ked danger zone, where buzzing motorcycles roll and haltingly jump thr­ough oozing tyre-gro­oves? Few Indians venture the­nce. Exc­ept now, with Aish­warya Pissay, 23, we have our first champ in the sport. She once broke her collarbone, then ruptured her pancreas, but didn’t give up. She’s now the FIM world champion.

This Too Happened

Researchers analysing rainwater samples in the Rockies came across...multicoloured plastic fibres! Studying nitrogen pollution in water, they came across a phenomenon they described in a research paper titled ‘It is raining plastic’. The plastic is believed to have come from the troves of trash we leave behind.

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  • They might be exultantly posing around a broodingly resplendent red planet, but do you, pati­ent assessors of Bolly­woodian verisimilitude, see determind space scientists  in Sonakshi, Nithya Menen, Taapsee, Kirti Kulhari, Vidya and ‘mission director’ Akshay? Mission Mangal’s cast, who impersonate the ISRO team which sent Mangalyaan on its way, had better stick to the antakshari made pop­ular during its promotion. What next? Spuds growing on Akshay’s poop on Mars?
  • That England is an immigrant country is evident from its cricket and football teams, and prominent young people from all walks of life—from politicians to activists, from artistes to academics. Add beauty queens to that. At Miss England, is Bhasha Mukherjee, 23, took the top laurel. But this was just a lazy aside,   almost an afterthought for Bhasha—a doctor with two medical deg­rees. Disabusing us of our hidebound ideas about pageant divas, she says she tried it “to balance out my studying”. Whew! What a winner!
  • And the Indian bridal fashion par­ade continues: a sumptuous reh­ashing of the same designs with new nomenclature. This  latest, gorgeous line by an old master at the game, Tarun Tahiliani, goes by the name of ‘Bloom’­—a richly det­ailed whirligig meant to represent a “synthesis of cultures and values” meant for “young spirited” brides. That’s some change, so take note—if you’re sprightly enough, you deserve this.
  • There’s debate if the seasonal Hollywood blockbuster—that sac­­­red tradition—has run out of ideas: an endless parade of fra­nchises with ass­ured collection from new audiences as well as millennials living their childhood once more. Be that as it may, Aven­gers: Endgame is now the biggest movie of all time, grossing over $2 billion and pulling clear of Avatar. Disney needs a new cash chest!
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