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OUTLOOK Monday 23 October, 2017
Wrestling On

Vicious Gulenist schoolteachers and other grave threats might have contributed to Turkey president Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s grim visage, but Aamir, buoyed by Dangal’s rec­eption in China, looks pleased nonetheless. He was in Istanbul to promote Secret Superstar, a cry for equality for women. Isn’t that more of the same?

Three Quarters & Fresh

For a man who has looked at his own face peering out from all types of screens, billboards and pages for half his life, doesn’t Ami­t­abh tire of it, as here in Lucknow, with Jaya and a selfie stick? Big B’s fans evidently don’t, if celebrations on this October 11, his 75th birthday, are anyth­ing to go by. A 230-feet high mural of Deewar was the high point.

Flying Wheels

If you are a dentist, you can take care of your smile; if you wield it often, more people would like you. This simple equation was amply proved when the gorgeous Raja­lakshmi won the ‘Miss Popularity’ title at the Miss Wheelchair World contest in Warsaw. Also interested in psychology and fashion, Rajalakshmi won the 2014 Miss Wheelchair India.

The G-Force Is With Them

It was the first Indian goal in a football world cup, and Delhi’s JL Nehru stadium exploded with joy. That elation is plastered on Jeakson Singh (No 15), from Manipur, who nodded the ball in from a cross into Colombia’s net at the FIFA Under-17 World Cup. No matter that India lost 1-2, or that the distraction caused by joyful celebrations prompted by this goal led to an equaliser in a minute. This is an iconic moment.

Just Another, Happy Day

A starry tale of mushy romance sped towards its natural course—marriage, we hope, is but a milestone. Telugu filmstars Naga Chaitanya (100 % Love, Premam) and Samantha Ruth Prabhu (Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa) tied the knot in Goa, in Hindu and Christian ceremonies, in a lavish, but private ceremony.

Our Motifs, Their Envy

The promo of Anushka’s clothing  brand emphasised her design sense and deep involvement throughout the making of the 160 pieces. Yet, rep­orts suggest many of them are a lift from Chinese websites. The horror of it! But this embroidered jacket, paired with a denim shirt, are surely not lifts?  Anyone, nothing less than a protest from Beijing will satisfy us.

This Too Happened

The Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer came out during Monday Night Football, and it was well worth the wait. The trailer combined our first ‘real’ look at Luke Skywalker in decades and Carrie Fisher’s final appearance. The trailer was chilling and exciting and just titillating enough to get us to December. 

  • 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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