OUTLOOK Monday 27 May, 2013
Operation Complete North

A most unlovely scene unfolds: Dhanush, pecking at Bollywood with Raanjhnaa, twists in a stock dance, encl­osed in imitatory swirls. Wonder if the oh-so-refined Sonam Kap­oor, the other, better, half in it, turned her nose up at this.

Red, Blue, Rainbow

Scores of panjandrums might strut about in jumpsuits that might unnerve Superman (no, not Kajol; she has class and obvious confidence), but few would match Tanuja in lightness of grace and simple, heart-stopping beauty. Mother, daughter and Ajay Devgn at a function in Mumbai prompt our statement.

He’s The Dada

Decades of lip-curling, teeth-gnashing and minatory frowning bore the ripest fruit for Pran, one of the most recognisable villains that ever darkened Bollywood screens. Minister Manish Tewari handed over the Dadasaheb Phalke to the actor at his home, surrounded by family.

True, Electric Blue

Now we know what made those curious line-up of actors go daffy and break into an embarrassing jig at the Yamla Pagla Deewana music launch (see last week's Glitter­ati). Simply, the presence of an apparition with doe eyes, Neha Sharma.

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  • Our nationalist cine workers associations have passed a diktat—anyone who dares to perform in Pakistan will be ostr­acised henceforth. Poor Mika Singh peddled his fare at a Pakistani wedding and was, consequently, banned from performing in India. Our steadfast protectors didn’t stop at this—Mika is in Salman’s entourage for a US tour, so they have theatened the superstar with a shut-out too if.... Appeal to our dearest Bhai: flex those muscles, do, and call these cowards out.
  • 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.


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