OUTLOOK Monday 27 June, 2011
Pull Wool, Coil and Toil

With Mallika Sherawat’s hype brigade going all out to promote her ‘sizzling’ item number Jalebi Bai in forthcoming Bolly (for a change) flick Double Dhamal, it wouldn’t be any great surprise to see legions of hoodwinked youths throng ticket stalls. The hoopla over her real-life jalebi-frying is one such ominous portent.

One Horse Race

After an eminently forgettable showing at Cannes, Aishwarya sought to make the most of her French getaway by taking in a race or two. Brand Ash couldn’t afford any more faux pas—especially during the prestigious Prix de Diane Longines in Chantilly. So, did it trip or did it trot?

Banking On Andalucia

If it could be said that the sole saving grace in Kites was its infusion of Latin sound, then Hrithik will come off looking like a genius for re-engaging with the genre for the fun song Senorita in Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. If not, he’s going to look like a dunce. Time will tell.

A Master’s Last Muse

Perhaps the highest praise for Anushka Sharma’s acting chops came from M.F. Husain, who found her performance in Band Baja Baraat so nuanced and inspiring that he supposedly didn’t require the use of his glasses to watch her. So smitten was the maestro with Anushka that he saw the movie eight times and had sought to paint her.      

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  • What do they actually do in Bigg Boss—that synthetic morass of shape-­shifting loyalties, gro­up­­ings and couplings by people clinging on to the skirts of fame, dragg­ing along an endless stream of stragglers agape before their boxes? At least Boman Irani, Rajkummar Rao and Mouni are doing something specific—horsing around joyfully, canvassing for their film Made in China. Major domo Sal­man, of  course, is there at every step, falling in and out with practised difficulty.
  • If you’d like to stitch together a Hollywood dream team, it has to have Marty, Bob and Sonny. The BFI London film festival saved its hushed breath for The Irishman—a gangster drama by the man who helped define the genre in Goodfellas and The Departed. Yet, in this autumnal light, Frank (De Niro) and Jimmy (Al Pacino) are just not snarling desperados, six-shooters at the ready. Time is also spent on sombre reflection—old reg­rets, moral reckonings and the one important thing that finally matters: mortality.
  • An evening in Paris is kinda incomplete without appreciating up-close those high-kicking cancan dancers in flesh-exposing ostrich feather costumes at Moulin Rouge. It’s a touristy tradition of 130 years, a milestone the cabaret reached this aut­umn. Enjoy the choreography and quaff your way through a bottle of champagne. 82 Boulevard de Clichy, Please
  • Kendall Jenner, Camila Morr­one, Scooter Braun, Kim Kard­ashian, Joan Smalls...that’s a guestlist straight out of a Craigslist of new-world cel­e­­bdom. Except the model and the real-life showgirl, we hadn’t heard of anyone (had you?). They banded together at the wedding ceremony of Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin in South Carolina. Don’t it look like they’re on a school trip?