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OUTLOOK Monday 04 February, 2013
That Cold Shoulder Ardour

From staring down Arjun (see left) to falling for John in I Me Aur Main. Why must Chitrangada bend over backwards for mere posers when even that corset doesn’t enkindle a spark in deadwood?

The Slick Sleekness

His bid for a podium spot in the Mumbai Marathon was a lesson in playin’ fast and losin’. That honour proved a lap too far for Anil Ambani; impressing emcee Haile Gebrselassie didn’t.

In Riotous Indignation

That stagger may well be further pronounced, Mr Rushdie, come the release of Midnight’s Children in Mumbai. A rainbow coalition of the motley is expected. Forecast: weak knees and a drippy nose.

A Viral Form

We cannot, for propriety’s sake, abide fanning Sherlyn Chopra’s naked ambition. It’s getting harder to keep abreast of the bare facts though—a lakh googled, and then ogled, her 3-day-old Kamasutra teaser.  

  • Malaysia still has sult­ans, did you know, and they remain mighty rich too. The  elegan­tly dressed, exp­e­ns­ive-looking cou­­ple are Princess Tunku Tun Aminah, daughter of the Sultan of Johor and her Dutch football executive beau, Dennis. The occasion was their royal wedding, solemnised acc­ording to Muslim Malay tradition and opulent family custom.
  • This has to be one of tennis’s strangest communions—two abs­olute legends, once rich like princes, now reduced, by bankruptcy and misfortune, to being stone broke. Yet the old spirit fights back, for Becker and Borg met at Ibiza. Smiling along are Becker’s wife Lilly (with Bjorn) and the Swede’s wife and son.
  • Donald Trump obviously has a thing for sup­er­models—before Melania there was Ivana (who served a long sentence, from 1977-92). Here’s Mallika Sherawat, a collector of selfies with famous Ame­­r­­ic­­ans, schm­oozing with Ivana.
  • When some in the Wem­bley audience booed A.R. Rahman for singing in Tamil, Lata Man­­g­eshkar step­ped in, slamming the ‘int­­­ol­­er­ance’, then pro­udly recalling her bilingual hits with Salil Chaudhury and Hemant Kumar, as well as her regional classics.
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