OUTLOOK Monday 07 November, 2011
His Sojourn In The Hills

Who could grudge Rahul Gandhi sampling some of that famous happiness index the Bhutanese pride themselves in. His own had dipped of late. But there was joy aplenty at the official reception for Bhutan’s newlywed royals.

Thinking Hat

Who knew? Amitabh’s sporting of convocation attire during the promotional campaign for Aarakshan was an elaborate set-up for his receiving another honorary doctorate. This latest honoris causa comes from the Queensland University of Technology. All for the sake of honour, indeed.

Of Kapoordom

If the greater incidence of teenage cliques decking themselves in ‘if-your-ma-could-see-you-now’ ripped jeans and regaling streetfuls of bemused pedestrians with youth anthem contender Sadda Haq is anything to go by, then it is safe to say Rockstar will cement Ranbir Kapoor’s ascendancy and provide a fitting final hurrah for grand-uncle Shammi.

Diwali Mubarak?

Not only was Kingfisher calendar girl Esha Gupta deemed ‘sensual’ enough for the female lead in Jannat 2, she’s been given brand ambassadorship of a lingerie brand. The catch? She’s now obliged to neck Emraan Hashmi. 

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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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