OUTLOOK Monday 13 February, 2012
Lucknow Buoyed?

Another litfest, another book under flak. But, hey, at least protests against Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen didn’t drown out, as did her famous ‘co-exilee’, the rest of the proceedings at Calcutta’s fest. In which Outlook’s own Vinod Mehta was featured.

On The Khaali

The humour in Limca Book of Records’ bringing out a top 10 of Indian maestros, minus him, was not lost on Pandit Ravi Shankar. While feting the others, he quipped about being more accustomed to receiving awards.

007 Minus 7

To overshadow a Bond girl, during Paris Fashion Week, should rank alongside Fermat’s Last Theorem in difficulty. Sonam Kapoor threw a tutorial in fashion coup-ery, snuffing Olga Kurylenko’s yellow flame.

Straight Drive To Port Of Call

Every item in Rahul Bose’s and Bhaichung’s under-the-hammer-bound motherlode of sports memorabilia, including willows from Sachin, Lara and Dhoni, has a story. The children of the Andamans, to whom the proceeds go, wait to hear them.

Swept Clean (off the feet)

Former Miss Bangalore Madhuri Bhattacharya spurs them on. Is that not cause enough for the Karnataka Bulldozers to run through their opponents—or the points table as it were?

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  • Two women sitting on laps of men, glad, artificial grins plastered over their faces...you’d be forgiven to think such things are embarrassingly passe in the 21st century. It’s evidently not in Bollywood. And so, the comedy Good Newwz, starring Kiara Advani, Diljit Dosanjh, Akshay and Kareena, will possibly live up to its tagline: ‘the biggest goof-up of the year’. A comedy about IVF, did you say? We shudder in anticipation.
  • Bollywood must be dreading  the Calcutta International Film Festival—a stentorian call from the CM...the unenlightening prospect of a day full of drumbeats. However, there is no respite for Shahrukh (Amitabh fell ill at an opportune  period). Though flanked by filmmaker Goutam Ghosh, Mamata herself and Sourav, the stage-show was stopped by the bonhomie between Rakhee and SRK: singing along a pat­riotic Rabi­ndrasangeet and reminiscing  about the sets of Baazigar.
  • As a snarling Dirty Harry teases out criminals in LA; as Frank Serpico goes und­ercover in New York, Chulbul Pandey does age-old, comic acrobatics to hurt ‘baddies’, then giggles around his lady love. Flogging the same masala, here comes the trailer of Dabangg 3, at the launch of which Salman points at the same direction, while Sonakshi Sinha and Saiee Manjrekar prepare to follow the leader with loving attention.
  • 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.