OUTLOOK Monday 25 November, 2013
All Hands Aboard

It was a night of the Kapoors. UTV Talk of the Stars have aptly honoured the most charming actor of his generation. Shashi Kapoor's hand imprint tile is unveiled by Kunal Kapoor as the vete­ran actor, Krishna Raj Kapoor, Neela Devi and  (R to L) Rajeev, Zahan and Shaira (all Ks) look on in appreciation. 

A Man From Trinidad

He missed Sachin for the Eden Test's second inni­ngs—Shami put paid to that. But Brian Lara wouldn't miss other appointments. A studio chat with the prince of Calcutta apart, the high point was a visit to Mother House, and a homage to the saint of Calcutta.

Ladies, Take A Bow

The opening scene was stolen by a gleeful Mamata, flanked by Big B and Shahrukh, but the Calcutta international film fest wasn’t bereft of Tollygunge beauties. (From left) Koel, Locket, Subhashree, Payel and June show up to show who, after all, are the best faces in town.

Upward Baby

She deserves a hoot, doesn't she? Though not in the same category as the dames who won laurels for India in Miss Universe a generation back, Miss India Manasi Moghe did that enwrapt fur no injustice. She'd need more of the material en route Mt Everest, which the engineer aspires to climb some fateful day.

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  • 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.
  • If you’d like to stitch together a Hollywood dream team, it has to have Marty, Bob and Sonny. The BFI London film festival saved its hushed breath for The Irishman—a gangster drama by the man who helped define the genre in Goodfellas and The Departed. Yet, in this autumnal light, Frank (De Niro) and Jimmy (Al Pacino) are just not snarling desperados, six-shooters at the ready. Time is also spent on sombre reflection—old reg­rets, moral reckonings and the one important thing that finally matters: mortality.