OUTLOOK Monday 21 January, 2013
Distant Relations

It might have been his leading an attack on India in Prem Pujari that got Shatrughan Sinha an invite to Gen Zia’s durbar (no, really!!), but it is his kinship with the general’s daughter Zen that’s beckoned him since. This trip, for the grandson’s nikah, shows the warmth in ties.

Reliance Is Jubilant

The impending national defibrillation that is Ambani niece Nayantara’s marriage to Birla nestling Shamit Bhartia saw exuberant trumpeting at Antilia. Two drivers of industry joining hands. Shot in the arm, anyone?

Butter The Bread, Boys

One down against Pak in the T20s, with Motera coming up, you think Yuvraj and Virat have a lot on their plates? But Yuvi knows how to play on a fuller stomach. Kohli? He’s cutting a sorry figure.

Cutting Floor

If Sara Loren thought we wouldn’t see through her thinly layered purpose in auditioning for Murder 3—the much-puckering Emraan wasn’t part of the negotiations—we just have to burst that bubble. The Pak starlet, who also answers to Mona Lizza, will be made a killing on by the Bhatts.

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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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