OUTLOOK Monday 31 August, 2015
Midnight’s Beauty

One more Bollywood fact: Rakhee was born on August 15, 1947. On her 68th birthday, she raved about Bajrangi Bhaijaan, about its message of India-Pakistan friendship, about Salman's acting, and made an unintentionally ironic observation:
“He excels at playing innocent roles”. 

Debut as a Sunshine

Actor Prithviraj and journalist Supriya Menon pose with daughter Alankrita Menon Prithviraj for Vanitha. The prettiest of family snaps. But as an outspoken critic of caste discrimination, the actor was lambas­ted for using a caste name for the infant. Alankrita just had to smile to dispel the torrent of disapproval.

Down the Aisle Come the Players

They've been engaged for so long that we'd forgotten about it, so pictures of Din­esh Karthik and Dipika Pallikal's Christian wedding in Chennai—do those sparklers sting?—seems like a surprise. The couple will also have a Telugu-Naidu style wedding. Our cricketers are in Lanka; hope Dipika's squash friends won't miss the feast! 

Triumph of the Will

Dasrath Manjhi, from Bihar's Gaya district, chisel­led a road through hills in memory of his wife who would have lived if it were there. Nawazuddin will play him in a biopic, Manjhi—The Mountain Man.

  • 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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