OUTLOOK Monday 19 December, 2011
‘Money Can’t Buy Me Love’

No surer sign that Tom Cruise’s star has waned than the rumours about payments being made to ‘fans’ to cheer him in Mumbai during the India leg of the Mission Impossible 4 publicity tour. But perhaps the amount allegedly paid (Rs 300) is a more telling cue.

Queen At The Wheel

Have Bhutan’s master-weavers finally found the brand ambassador they have so sorely missed in their elegant new Queen Jetsun Pema Wangchuck? Judging by her dexterous manipulation of the charkha in Sabarmati Ashram, a resounding ‘Yes!’. 

Dad, Bust A Move

When Apollo’s C. Prathap Reddy dished out the choicest Hyderabadi cuisine for granddaughter Upasana’s sagai to Chiranjeevi’s son, Ram Charan, how’d he ensure attention stayed fixed on the ceremony? After all, Chiru’s break dance routine is a little rusty.

Lump Of Sugar? Neighhhh...

Negotiating a deluge of friend requests after Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge should pose no problem for Tara d’Souza, the latest filly from the Yashraj stable to rear up on her hindlegs and prance for stardust.

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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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