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.

  • Eminently wearable gowns, dresses, skirts and sarongs—in cascades of ora­nges, pinks, blues, gold, velveteen violet and white flowers—descended in wave upon wave at the New York Fashion Week. The NIFT Delhi-trained Nepali designer Prabal Gurung was partly inspired by India’s fearless band of women vigilantes, the Gulabi Gang. His opening and closing models? Current ramp goddesses Gigi and Bella Hadid.
  • Hrithik Roshan is essaying the most challenging role of his career in the biopic of ‘Super 30’ founder Anand Kumar. His new look has been appreciated not just by fans but by Kumar himself, who has found an ‘uncanny resemblance’ to his own appearance in his youth.
  • Attending a session on his upcoming film Manto at the Jaipur Lit Fest alongside director Nandita Das, Nawazuddin Siddiqui was asked how he had prepared to play the title role. He answered that he’d had a hard time getting into character as Manto spoke only truth while he himself was a frequent liar. He said, “I am not like Manto and that was a challenge.” We praise him for his honesty.
  • He is talented enough a film-maker to have been entrusted glamour projects like Pride & Prejudice and Atonement; she, international music royalty and a talented sitarist herself. Joe Wright and Anoushka Shankar’s marriage seemed almost solid amidst bursting bubbles of celebrity matrimony. Sadly, they’ve announced the end of it. We’ll leave it at that.


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