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!

  • When we were little in the ’80s and Anup Jalota was a star, we still saw him as a podgy fel­low with a mellow voice. Now that he has Jasleen Math­aru as companion in Bigg Boss 12, how many are stumped? Jasleen is a singer, Jalota’s ‘disciple’ and...but then surely we’re not as crass as to jealously repeat the crude trolls? Believers in peace, we’d say: very well done, Anup.
  • Acid attack survivors remind us of the primitive core within our cellphone-toting society. So, when five such women, half their faces veiled for a confident gait, walked at Agnimitra Paul’s show in Calcutta as show-stoppers, everyone clapped in heartfelt sympathy. The clothes, sadly, would hardly stop anyone in their tracks.
  • Rehabilitation after the dreadful floods is ano­ther matter, but there was no dearth of notable people making full-throated appeals for funds for Kerala. On tour in the US, A.R. Rahman act­ually dipped into his pockets, and came up with Rs 1 crore. And they cheered for him in Washington when he showed it.   
  • A bounteous twirl of silk made many a fashionista’s day at the Lakme Fashion Week. That would be Sushmita’s flamboyant ‘pantsari’. Yes, nothing sari about it, except a pleated  pallu hanging apologetically. Elsewhere, Hema Malini and daughter Esha par­aded  gorgeous Assamese silk saris. Later, at a backstage media interaction, mother and daughter were only interested in the latter’s film Cakewalk. Chided  for misusing the platform, they stormed off in anger. What happened to the saris, though?


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