OUTLOOK Monday 18 September, 2017
We Shall Rule The World

Indian muscle at the World Badminton Championships caused serious consternation among the badminton strongholds in Eur­ope, China, Japan and Indonesia. The stars of the surge, Sri­kanth, P.V. Sindhu and Saina Nehwal, thanked the government for their support, noted the sport’s growth here and pledged to scale the summit.

Do Count The Arms

This year, the arrival of Goddess Durga is sufficently close to Tea­cher’s Day for Dona Ganguly to serve her Odissi ballet, Mahis­has­urmardini, with her troupe on September 5 in Calcutta. As the city starts the annual build-up to five days of intoxicating mad­­­­ness, we hope her husband Sourav will be there for the festivities.

Before The Gondola Ride

They dressed up sharp at Venice—actor Ali Fazal and Richa Chadda at the red carpet world prem­iere of Victoria and Abdul, about Queen Vicky and her indispensable Indian attendant. Friends since their 2013 hit Fukrey, Richa and Ali came ever closer...till, say sources, they are now a couple.

Hoisting A Tin Woman

If the Great Khali stamped Indianness on the boisterous, loudmouthed rings of WWE, Jinder Mahal had emerged as the first champion  last May. But Kavita Devi, the first Indian woman wrestler in the arena, does things our own, desi way. Clad in a saffron salwar kameez, with the belted dupatta, she struck terror. Just ask this victim.

Winsome Gum

October, Shoojit Sircar’s latest venture, has the fresh-faced Banita Sandhu, of whom ent­husiasts can’t stop tweeting and gloating. A London-based NRI (do we need that many imports?), Banita was noteworthily cute in a chewing gum advertisement.

Classic Sanskaari Standard

This is Raai Lakshmi, acting hot in the upcoming Julie 2, an ‘erotic thriller’ that’s making people reaching for their spyglasses. That’s fine, but hark! The blessed distributor is Pahlaj Nihalani, former Censor Board chief and chief tormentor of ‘honest’ film-makers! Double standards are made of this.

This Too Happened

Lady Gaga is using the “L” word. She may sing about a ‘Bad Romance’, but she appears to be as happy as can be with boyfriend Christian Carino, admitting being “in love” with her CAA agent beau. Considering the star has not spoken about her romance at any great length, the comment is a significant one.

  • A fashion show dedicated to the glorious ‘modern’ possibilities of the saree seemed in danger of design hyperbole, had it not been for the stupendously stunning results obtained when Adidti Rao Hydari and Diana Penty wrapped their nine yards. The rest were a cross between wannabe gowns and strenous echoes of ancient India, one example being this monstrosity in white (above).
  • Swatted aside by rivals Barca in two El Classicos, and kicked out from the Champions League by Ajax, a whimpering Real Madrid—their rhythm hitting  serious notes of  the blues, had to sack manager Santiago Soleri. Enter Zinedine Zidane, the magic man who delivered nine trophies  before resigning last May. Can Zizou do it without Ronaldo? Let’s see.
  • Right. Another line-up of pretty youngsters photographed against another (fancy) brick-wall. The cast of Malang has Kunal Kemmu, Aditya Roy Kapur and the delectable Disha Patani. But who’s the third man here...the young spark grinning away like an ingenue at his first photoshoot? None other than Anil Kapoor, our ’80s Lakhan who lost many kilos, added oodles of mojo and now runs with the hares. Salut!
  • The women of Khatikhera village of Hapur, UP, stared at, then fought off, the age-old stigma atta­ched to menstruation to start a small unit that makes affordable sanitary pads for all. They are the subject of Period. End of Sentence, which won the Oscar for the Best Documentary Short.Producer Melissa Berton (centre left) and director Rayka Zehtabchi celebrate on the stage in LA. They sang and danced all night at Khatikhera too.


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