OUTLOOK Monday 12 August, 2013
Shaadi Dot Bust

If Marie Antoinette had given an Indian-themed ball, it would have looked like this—a thickening mass of brocade, silk and satin; swirling skirts and lissom figures hurryingly cleaving apart for a path for the royal couple. But verily, this is Sonam Kapoor and Rohit Bal taking a bow. Hope the bridal fashion week people are flattered by our reverie.

Purpose Of Life

The Dalai Lama's dose of fol­ksy life advice served with hum­our met 5,000 eager listeners at the 95th birthday celebrations of Dada Vaswani in Pune. Amir Khan, who could surely have worn something worthy of his angavastra, wasted no time in asking the Dalai Lama the ‘meaning of happiness'. Sigh.

It’s a Lampshade

Phata Poster Nikla Hero—a comedy (perhaps) that wears the comic on its title can be safely counted as belonging to the Bollywood slapstick genre. Ileana D'Cruz—so charming otherwise—keeps step with that spirit, and Shahid. With a skirt like that, who can blame our curled lips?

Baby, You’re The Top

There are poses that stick in public memory—Garbo indolent on the couch, Hepburn at Tiffany's, Marilyn catching a draught—and everything the talented lady would do afterward would deepen its colour. Shr­uti Haasan, who stars in the thriller D-Day, hasn't a major hit, only this—her youth frozen in an early bloom she might never recapture. A kneeling Kareena? Nope. Only gamine cool can carry her hand messing up her hair so.

  • That hatchet-faced gen­ius entrepreneur, Jack Ma of Alibaba, had capitalistically exhorted his workers to follow the ‘996’ spirit (9 am to 9 pm, six days a week in office). As if to make up for this vulgar demand that would serve to fill his coffers, Ma propoun­ded the ‘669’ spirit (sex for six days, six times). The poor workers would possibly have hidden their embarrassment in Alibaba’s cave, but others have slammed Ma’s puerile (and ‘lewd’) pitch.
  • What can you say about the peculiar, almost atavistic hold that images of mothers with babies have on us? Things have not changed from ancient iconography—espe­cially when the subjects are as photogenic as Izhaan—wide-eyed and adorably trusting—and Sania, bursting with motherly pride, her Mona Lisa smile topping it all.
  • It was simply another awards ceremony which gave the rich and glamorous an occasion to parade their bling. But hark, a phalanx of kohl-lined eyes make us stop in our breezy tracks and take stock. Ranged from the left, the begowned ladies are Aditi Rao Hydari, Raveena, Shilpa and Sophie Choudry (who possibly has two phones). How did the selfie come out? An eyeful.
  • There’s no reason, we agree, to gaze again at the lovely faces of Ananya and Tara at another promo for Student of the Year 2. But this one is for that lithe, mean, dancing-fighting machine, Tiger Shroff. The man who can kick aside the whole lot of simpering actors is set to reprise his role (“a larger-than-life, shirtless hero”) in the next instalment of Baaghi.


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