OUTLOOK Monday 04 September, 2017
Singing Is Life

When Aryana Saeed, Afghanistan’s popstar feminist icon decided on a concert at Kabul’s Ghazi Stadium on August 19, the eve of I-Day, it had a message—the Taliban executed ‘errant’ women here during their hated rule. As word spread and 30,000 tickets vanished, frightened authorities cancelled the event. Aryana wasn’t cowed, her fangirls in Kabul weren’t disappointed. She performed elsewhere.

Crown Built To Last

Bollywood/Tollywood offers dried up a while back, but rumours of hook-ups continued in a long  line—Ashmit Patel, Rahul Vaidya, Sree Santh.... Now, Riya Sen has married long-time boyfriend Shivam Tiwari in a private ceremony in Pune. Mom Moon Moon and sister Raima were at hand.

The Podium Is Ours

This has to be our best-kept sporting secret—the 321-medal haul of our paramilitary and police athletes at the World Police and Fire Games in LA. The Gold tally alone came to 151! Richa Mishra (CRPF) and Man­dar Anand Rao (BSF), both swimmers, scooped up ten. We should quickly rebuild our Olympic team!

Tricolour Tops All

The India Parade in New York has been a grand affair for 37 years—mar­­c­­hes, songs, blaring bands.... The latest edi­­tion, which wound around sunny Man­h­a­­t­tan, had Baahu­bali stars Rana Daggubati and Tamannah as the main attraction.

Spinning Yarns

So it has come to this—actr­esses visiting Sabarmati Ash­ram, solemnly posing with a charkha, to promote their film! Thus, Huma Qur­eshi, for the makers of Par­tition: 1947 (Gurinder Cha­­dha’s Viceroy’s House dubbed in Hindi), in which she stars.

She Can Fit In

She self-confessedly has a knack for things ‘moody and brooding’. So, instead of mop­ing about her need to be in Game of Thrones, the ind­ustrious Katrina Kaif stakes a claim for a role in the series through this carefully toned attitude in a cut-out dress.

This Too Happened

She’s recording a new album and is a mother of twins, but Mariah Carey is still with a lot of vim. The iconic singer lost her top and added some bling—look her up in fishnet tights, sheer black gloves, a decorative body chain and plenty of hair for her cover for Paper magazine, out this month!

  • Only gali boys with millionaire benefactors can afford to  dress so tastelessly in expensive jackets and sportswear. But when has Bollywood let verisimilitude stand in its  strident ways? Thus, Ranveer at the trailer launch of Gully Boy, about a rapper’s breakthrough, with co-star Alia, who does better. 
  • They don’t have the ceremonial heft of Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson, though Malaysia’s Muhammad V and his Russian lover Oksana Voevodina certainly are better looking by a million miles. The cases are simply similar: Muhammad, in his second year of a five-year term, reportedly gave up his throne to marry his sweetheart. But who wouldn’t trade that unwieldy diadem for those gorgeous brown ringlets?
  • Right. A caricatured, age-old trope   from Bollywood: The figure of the garishly done up ‘rowdy Romeo’ (those ani­malistic jackets, that high heel, the wolf whistle) wooing the shyly wanton trollop, finger on chin, hips commencing to swing away to a rising shriek of music. Ranveer and Sara Ali Khan  are only play-acting for a promo for Simmba, but if this depresses you, close your eyes and think of Grace Kelly.
  • The successive stages of the making of Kangana Ranaut’s Manikarnika has been greedily recounted, so the release of the trailer came on its downward crest. But it’s not only Kangana’s proud Laxmibai with her bevy of attendants, there are Tatya Tope and Bajirao II to contend with too.


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