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.

  • 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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