OUTLOOK Monday 30 October, 2017
Don’t Drop Her

As long as there’re movies made in Bollywood, they’ll not tire of the charms of Lucknow. Rajkummar Rao (Newton) and Kriti Kharbanda star in Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana, a tale of  love found at a family marriage, then lost cruelly, and ave­nged upon thereafter. The actors were preening about at the launch of the trailer; this scene seems to be from the rosy opening half.

Munch On Her Secret

As always, we start with a note of disbelief: does she look as if she’s on her 69th birthday? You know who. Right, the occasion was used as the launch of a biography of the undimmed Hema Malini. We hope Ram Kumar Mukherjee’s Beyond The Dream Girl spills her best-kept secret. The ever gorgeous Deepika—marvel at her enormous bangles—appeared as the cake-feeder.

We Clap Too

Soon after Harvey Weinstein’s lifelong sexual peccadilloes became wide knowledge, actress Alyssa Milano sparked a veritable tidal wave on Twitter: she started the ‘#Me too’ rage that invited all women to come out and declare their vic­tim­hood. Their sorority has grown to millions since.

Ranbir’s Bandana

With football giving Indians a lucky respite from bat and ball, a team from Bollywood (capt: Abhishek Bachchan) met one made of sportsmen (led by, who else, Virat). Competition was stiff, and shots at the goal came in flurries. In the end, All Hearts FC outran and outplayed All Stars FC. They won 7-3.

For Shame

Jeans, boots and bomber jacket may be de rigueur for other Oxford students, but not for a young Nobel winner who almost gave her life for an ideal. A photo showing Mal­ala Yousafzai in such daring dress made its way to Pak­istan, where conservative, and jealous, hordes decen­ded on her to play their favourite sport: merciless trolling.

Read On

Girls can’t be blamed for not taking to books if the role model exhorting them is in a backless red gown, but such things won’t cloud the ministrations of Rakul Preet Singh, app­ointed for a Beti Padhao role by Telangana. After all, she is the highest paid  actress   in the south!

This Too Happened

Before Kit Harington could choose a costume for a Hallowe’en party, his fiancée (and erstwhile Game of Thrones co-star) Rose Leslie grabbed a Jon Snow costume and whispered, “I won’t love you if you won’t wear it…You should do it.” Kit had no choice but to obey, though he confessed embarrassment afterwards.

  • Whether the world premiere of Gully Boy at the Berlin Film Festival reiterates Bollywood’s hold more than it indicates the Berlinale’s decline is another matter, but the irrepressible Ranveer was in character as his goofy rapper: shockingly meretricious tuxedo, blown-up hair, machine-gunning away to everyone’s delight. Beside him Alia was a soothing balancing act, her silkily trailing train a rival to that of a British princess on her wedding day.
  • Anil Kapoor almost did the Ram Lakhan tapori jig when Slumdog Millionaire won the Oscars—but a lashing from dear wife the night before held back his legs. What stopped him from doing one at the #Slum-dogTenYears event, we don’t know. Perhaps the sobering presence of Gulzar saab and Rahman. Anyway, Jai Ho!
  • Healed is a word we want to hear from anyone with cancer. And Manisha Koirala, 48, has healed. And Healed is what she wrote. She sealed, and signed, it with her melt-the-mountain smile at the JLF.
  • Ah, Total Dhamaal could be a rerun: plane crashes, tumbling, burning cars, rampaging lions...but a fickle public isn’t ready still  for a ’90s renaissance. Even a dream cast of Ajay Devgan, Anil Kapoor, Johnny Lever (who didn’t laugh at his manic faces?) and the utt­erly unspoilt Madhuri couldn’t make them like the trailer. Strange, innit?


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