OUTLOOK Monday 01 September, 2014
Met A Friend And Liked Her Again

One thing that you wonder is how Madame Tussaud's accommodate all the celebrity figures they are constantly moulding. Do they melt them for new ones when lesser men fade away? Can the same fate befall the red radiant Kareena, seen here flanked by her fleshly doppelganger? We like to believe not.

Master Of The Island

After Arjuna, Aravinda and Sanath, who, asked worried Lankan cricket lovers. The answer was Sanga and Mahela. The latter, possessing a rare compact grace (not, say, the languid silkiness of a Gower) in batting, retired from Tests after 34 tons. Wife Christina and daughter Sansana celebrated the occasion.

As Witty As Its Author

Off The Record, former Outlook political editor Ajith Pillai's book of tales of his wide-ranging reportage, was released in Delhi this week. Outlook's first political editor, Padmanand Jha (middle), cut an inaugural cake with Ajith (left). Vinod Mehta relea­sed the book.

The Tide Is Nigh

Wearing two heavily attention-grabbing neckla­ces, a bracelet, an armband, and still carrying off a swimsuit is surely an achievement of sorts. Former Miss India Earth (you must have gue­ssed that by her environs) Has­leen Kaur would look to exh­ibit her adaptibility in Bollywood's DNA of Love.

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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.