OUTLOOK Monday 17 November, 2014
Put On Your Prancing Shoes

What lies behind that easy grin of Parineeti? What lies under Ranveer Singh's painful cowboyhood? Remember the tasteless joke, belittling harassment, she pulled at Big Boss house? And to think that all this playing at Indians-cowboys was for promoting a tiredly named film called Kill Dil. Would turn out to be bosh anyway.

Happy Siege At Kut

Judges at the Miss Kut beauty pageant in Imphal, part of the Kut festival—the harvest festivities of the Kuki-Chin-Mizos—had a hard time in deciding who to crown. Finally, in what can be termed a photogenic photofinish, Lamneimoi Chongloi took the top honour.

Speak As You Write

How prominently does Bollywood feature in the Mumbai litfest, one asks  inevitably. Going by photos of worthies like Pawan Verma, Shobha De and Gulzar, the answer is a prominent positive. Tata Literature Live would certainly not have a better mix of the lowbrow, middlebrow
and highbrow.

Look Who’s Sayin’ Hello

Samantha! She's the actress people are talking in hushed tones about in Chennai—for snazzling movies with Surya, Vikram and Vijay in the same year. Her immediate prayer? That Kaththi, the one with Vikram, turns out well.

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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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