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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.

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  • When the biggest of the biggies blow their trumpet, Bollywood stands in attendance. At the pre-wedding festivities of Isha Ambani and Anand Piramal (Bottom Right) in Udai­pur, Shahrukh, Aamir and Salman willingly colluded in a happy dance. Earlier, pop princess Beyonce (Bottom Left), generously tiara-ed and earringed, had lit up the sangeet festivities.
  • You’d believe if  someone told you this was a frieze, frozen in time, of a particularly opulent celebration. That painterly quality of Priyanka Chopra-Nick Jonas’s sangeet at Jodhpur’s Umaid Bhawan owes much to the rich raiments of the bride, soon-to-be-wed Isha Ambani and Parineeti Chopra. National, international art­istes performed, Bollywood numbers thumped about and the light reflected from the assembled jewellery blinded many a man.
  • When he’s not driving expensive cars, Salman Khan enjoys a bit of bicycling too. Brand ambassador of breathtakingly scenic Arunachal Pradesh, he put on his cycling shoes (and a handsome Monpa jacket) for promoting the Mechuka Adventure Festival. Flanking him are Arunachal CM Pema Khandu (left) and MoS Kiren Rijiju.
  • The couple, warmed by wedding happiness, cooled by the temperate north Italian sun, have arrived in India; long live the party! Bollywood- loving types drooled over the strictly portioned photos; hope Deepika-Ranveer will let common photographers take a few at their Bangalore rec­eption to grace local albums too.
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