OUTLOOK Monday 21 April, 2014
Smirk And Bear

So what did George ‘Dubya' Bush do after bullying his way to a war and wrecking Iraq? Taken up painting, apparently. And in the way of good-natured bumbling, his show (of mostly world leaders' portraits) is called 'The Art of leadership'. As for likenesses to their subjects, would it suffice to say Pervez Musharraf shares with Clive Lloyd a brotherly similarity?  

No Need For Protective Cover

Of all past actresses traipsing the demanding road to political reckoning, of all doting moms trying to drag daughters through the after-effects of raging fame, she alone would never fade. Though campaigning for a resurgent BJP in Mathura isn't a tough ask, just thumbing her nose at senescence is fun for Hema Malini.

Degree Of Parades

Is adopting the age-old pageantry of western universities becoming of spanking new temples of Indian education, like the Indian School of Business here in Hyderabad? Do those mortarboards—unaided by history—look in situ? Begowned grandees like Azim Premji and Adi Godrej don't mind the togging.

Man Up, Girl

No other raiment demands poise and confidence in such measure. Nothing else shows up a lack of the required goods. Exp­erts, speak up if Zoya Afroz passes the test. We're here just to take note of her—that she'd been Miss India runner-up, and is about to act in the movie The Xpose, where her character is inspired by Parveen Babi. And that's a tough job.

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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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