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OUTLOOK Monday 16 June, 2014
Twist And Shout

Sreesanth can dance. And why not, if it brings in honest income, now that the Kerala paceman is forced by circumstances of his own making to let those lethal outswingers waste away in a house of horrors. The stage is the pitch now, and choreographer Sneha the receptacle of a hunky move. It's less taxing and is safer—unless Bhajji takes charge of the opposite number.

King With His Head Down

First he arrived late. Then he was amazingly subdued during the IPL final and just after KKR's amazing win. He even wore a Punjab jersey in solidarity with Preity. Has a lobotomy changed Shahrukh, asked disbelieving punters. A redemptory cartwheel pacified some. But other scratchy-heads said they were still thinking.

First Shows

We first saw his bylines in the early noughties—an Indian name in the roster of Time's reporters from a roiling Iraq. Bobby Ghosh, editor, Time International, interviews Star India CEO Uday Shankar at the Paley Media Council in New York. The first Indian so honoured, Shankar, the brain behind Satyamev Jayate, made a case for using TV for conveying social messages.

Ri Is In

Fashion icon. Not your pale Bollywood aper of the West, but such ferociously fleshly forgers of style as Lady Gaga, Iman, Kate Moss.... Rihanna was judged to be in the same league, and so awa­rded the CFDA award.  Her now-famous dress raised hackles and blushes, but we arched our brows in stylish admiration.



  • 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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