OUTLOOK Monday 14 October, 2013
On Polished Flooring

Amidst fulminating against UPA grandees, Narendra Modi still has time for the Divinity Series—which attempts to present Bharatanatyam in ‘fresh, modern settings'. Foun­der Deepak Shourie (third from left), Arun Shourie and others line up for the end-of-the-show snap in Delhi.

To A Domestic Princess

Biogas has rarely had its praises sung by comelier admirers than Miss Universe 2012 Olivia Culpo. The garlanded American poses with designer Sanjana Jon and Sulabh International fou­nder Bindeshwar Pathak, tongs in hand, ready to fish out som­ething edible out of the boiling liquid in the tub on the stove.     

Truth On A Beach

To debut in a Ram Gopal Verma film must be considered a bold, if not risky, act these days. But Aradhana Gupta, who acts in RGV's Satya 2, remains undiminishedly confident about her good work in it, and has great belief in the director's ‘creativity'.

Enduring Parade

Did Yash Chopra ever think his birth anniversary would be celebrated by a galactic event—a supernova of sorts? Count on pals—flanked by new-age stars Parineeti and Katrina, glide possessors of the most stared-at faces in our times—Rekha, Sridevi, Juhi, and the indestructibly gorgeous Madhuri. Shahrukh
Khan is a very lucky man.

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  • 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.
  • As a snarling Dirty Harry teases out criminals in LA; as Frank Serpico goes und­ercover in New York, Chulbul Pandey does age-old, comic acrobatics to hurt ‘baddies’, then giggles around his lady love. Flogging the same masala, here comes the trailer of Dabangg 3, at the launch of which Salman points at the same direction, while Sonakshi Sinha and Saiee Manjrekar prepare to follow the leader with loving attention.
  • What do they actually do in Bigg Boss—that synthetic morass of shape-­shifting loyalties, gro­up­­ings and couplings by people clinging on to the skirts of fame, dragg­ing along an endless stream of stragglers agape before their boxes? At least Boman Irani, Rajkummar Rao and Mouni are doing something specific—horsing around joyfully, canvassing for their film Made in China. Major domo Sal­man, of  course, is there at every step, falling in and out with practised difficulty.