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.

  • 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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