OUTLOOK Monday 17 June, 2013
Just Walkin’ In The Rain

As if the rain fell by design. Manish Malhotra, Neha Dhupia and a petite assemblage take a drizzle in their stride at the Pidilite show in Mumbai. Glossy silks dulled by the wetness, billowy skirts clinging to frames walking a measured catwalk...a moist-eyed audience must have gaped at the spectacle.

When Wedding Bells Toll

Did even forced weddings in a not-distant feudal  past exude an air this miasmic? The groom, IPL's tainted Ankeet Chavan, took a break from the cooler to marry Neha Sambari in a ceremony where no one smiled and bouncers directed proceedings.

When Many Heads Turn

No, dwell not on the diaphanousness of her snug negligee, or the brevity of her briefs. It's futile. Instead, appreciate the clean sweep of that exquisite jawline, or the tumble of hair curling carelessly, or the decisive, and wise, refusal to adh­ere to fashionable boniness. And Richa Chadda is out in a movie called Fukrey. Bros, hold that gaze!

She Looks Good Too

Meet Melanie Kannokada, NRI with Malayali roots, and be prepared for an avalanche of accomplishments till we run out of space—pianist, kar­ate belter, Miss India America (thus a model, and later, TV actress), Stanford grad, and now social worker in Jharkhand....

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  • When elders were struggling to lift, let alone read, Vikram Seth’s A Suitable Boy, most of us were in shorts or babbling in the cradle, if we were there at all. Good for us that now Mira Nair is in charge of a BBC-backed series based on it, and that Tabu (seen here with Ishaan Khatter in this ‘first look’) will probably play Lata, bride of the titular boy. “...Epic tale of an unseen India,” says Nair. Unseen, eh? Let’s see.
  • Everyone who’s hurt those  sharply slanted eyes, spurned those ruby-red lips, has had cause to reg­ret. For over a decade now, Taylor Swift has turned all heartbreaks and slurs into award-winning lyrics—everything is grist to her songwriting mill. The result is 29  wins at the American Music Awards (six this year, and five more than Michael Jackson managed). Plus  fanatical fans would rejoice  at her being named both artist of the year and that of the decade. If these boys are asking her to ‘shake it off’,  they’ll have cause for regret.
  • 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.