OUTLOOK Monday 11 April, 2016
That Smile Is a Hit

Shaandaar went down fast, like the Titanic, but didn’t dampen Alia Bhatt’s spirits. Her reaction was to gear up for some flight.

If Rhinos Could Vote

Our readers know how the Congress in Assam is said to be cornered by the BJP in the upcoming polls. Relaxation for Digvijay Singh and wife Amrita Rai came by way of a visit to Kaziranga, though even gamekeepers there seem saffron-struck.

Come, Captains

It needed the patriarch, Dhirubhai Ambani, to bring tog­ether Anil and Mukesh. In a grand, glad photo-op with ‘Uncle Pranab’, the family presents Dhirubhai’s Padma Vibhushan. The clan was ‘deeply grateful’, said Kokilaben Ambani.

Show Stops With Kim

Whether a latex  dress can ins­pire lascivious thoughts is debatable, but a new book says that publicity-desperate Kim Kardashian and her mother Kris Jenner had orchestrated the release of the ‘stolen’ sex tape that sealed their dubious fame.


Woof Is a Tough Prospect

Would a dog-lover ever squash the poor beast’s face like that? You judge, but this is dog-breeder Satish Cadabom with a Korean dosa mastiff puppy worth...Rs 1 crore.

This Too Happened

Ludwig Van vs Wolfgang Amadeus: After 21 years, the very late Beethoven (1770-1827) has finally beaten the very late Mozart (1756-1793) for the first time for the title of the most popular composer in a poll which has been run by Classic FM for the past two decades.

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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.