OUTLOOK Monday 17 October, 2016
Ministry Of Expectations

Fans besotted with The God of Small Things have harried Arundhati Roy on her next novel for almost two decades. This week came the good news—The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, her second novel, will be out next year.

The Gardens Need a Cleaning

It was the third, gruelling day of the Eden Test. But it was also Gandhi Jayanti, so a chance to set a Swachh Bharat exa­mple couldn’t be missed. So Virat, Ajinkya, Rohit and Board president Anurag Thakur took up brooms and made the most of it.

In Her Dancing Boots

It’s surely straight out from one of Yash Chopra’s Swiss dream sequences. So while Virat and Co are toiling away, getting back the No 1 Test ranking, Harbhajan and wife Geeta Basra are showing some serious love on social media. Well done—except those boots!

Pastels On His Mind

Models painted like Noh masks have strutted about catwalks since the ’90s. Manish Arora’s creations at the Paris Fashion Week takes that trope, and adds toys and procelainy plastic to it. One model, they say, wore a neck collar res­embling a fried egg.

On Her Steps

Women usually speak of Jackie Chan in superlative terms. The same happened with Disha Patani, his costar in Kung Fu Yoga. Disha, who actually shows the way towards sensuous, red-carpet dressing here, can’t just stop gushing about the martial arts superstar.

This Too Happened

Gold Find: It had been passed off as a $2,000 painting by minor Renaissance artist Innocenzo Francucci da Imola. But after art historian Bendor Grosvenor visited the Nati­onal Trust of Scotland, he found what they had in their possession was a Madonna by Raphael, which will now fetch close to $2 million on the market. Talk about appreciation.

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  • When elders were struggling to lift, let alone read, Vikram Seth’s A Suitable Boy, most of us were in shorts or babbling in the cradle, if we were there at all. Good for us that now Mira Nair is in charge of a BBC-backed series based on it, and that Tabu (seen here with Ishaan Khatter in this ‘first look’) will probably play Lata, bride of the titular boy. “...Epic tale of an unseen India,” says Nair. Unseen, eh? Let’s see.
  • Everyone who’s hurt those  sharply slanted eyes, spurned those ruby-red lips, has had cause to reg­ret. For over a decade now, Taylor Swift has turned all heartbreaks and slurs into award-winning lyrics—everything is grist to her songwriting mill. The result is 29  wins at the American Music Awards (six this year, and five more than Michael Jackson managed). Plus  fanatical fans would rejoice  at her being named both artist of the year and that of the decade. If these boys are asking her to ‘shake it off’,  they’ll have cause for regret.
  • Two women sitting on laps of men, glad, artificial grins plastered over their faces...you’d be forgiven to think such things are embarrassingly passe in the 21st century. It’s evidently not in Bollywood. And so, the comedy Good Newwz, starring Kiara Advani, Diljit Dosanjh, Akshay and Kareena, will possibly live up to its tagline: ‘the biggest goof-up of the year’. A comedy about IVF, did you say? We shudder in anticipation.
  • 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.