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OUTLOOK Monday 13 November, 2017
Family Gathering

It’s natural for film and politics to be int­ertwined in Tamil Nadu. A new mark in that warp and weft is the marriage of M. Karu­nanidhi’s great grandson Manu Ranjith (second from left) with actor Vikram’s (far left) daughter Akshita (third from right). It must have been a pleasure for the 94-year-old to see a new generation on the beaten track.

His Pen Is Flightier

Nawazuddin Siddiqui is widely admired for his sensitive, measured acting. It’s his pen that is guilty of rampant, meretricious over-acting. The not­­ches-­­­­on-­­­the ­­bedpost content of his autobiography An Ord­inary Life shows him up as a boastful dafoos (for example, Niharika Singh, above, ref­u­ted the det­ails). He didn’t even have the decency to tell any of the women beforehand. The book, thank heavens, is withdrawn. However, it is still available in many bookstores.

She’ll Not Give Up

Playing one of the great heroines of Indian history is no easy task, and Kangana has a sword cut on her forehead to show for it. Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi is being shot at Amber fort and, as can be seen, the petite act­ress, turbaned, armed and bejewelled, has put on an exp­ression of noble calm. No joke this, having the mien of a queen!

Our Man Rahul

That a new image of Rahul Gandhi is being forged on social media is noti­ced, but we didn’t expect him to come out as a black belt in Aik­ido, a Japanese martial art. Seen here with Sensei Paritos Kar, his pictured tweets have been drawing ‘likes’ by the hundreds. It’s high time he put practice to theory, then use these skills to topple his wily opponents.

Like Him

Feline grace coupled with miraculously feathery tou­­ches and incredible speed mean few shuttlers have been able to han­­dle K. Sri­k­anth this season. But the only Indian to win four super series titles in a year is a gentle, affable man. In his modesty he fulsomely credits his coaches. We credit his awesome talent.

Wake Up, Sharmeen!

A doctor provides emergency care to a patient; then, days later, sends her a friend request on Facebook. Her sister, Oscar-winning Pakistani film-maker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, cries ‘harassment’, the wolves of social media howl in unison and the doctor loses his job. Even if he overstepped his limit, he is no witch!

This Too Happened

Netflix announced the cancellation of Emmy-nominated show House of Cards after sexual allegations against actor Kevin Spacey. The political drama will cease to exist after season 6, with the decision supposedly taken before Spacey took to Twitter to respond to Star Trek actor Anthony Rapp’s allegations.

  • 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.
  • Having Manali as hometown and a father as an adventure sports profe­ssional are surely adv­antages, but to tra­­nslate that into a medal on the snowy slopes of an fiercely fought international competition is solid achievement. Taking a bow from the rest of snowless India was Aanchal Thakur, who won bronze in slalom at the Alpine Ejder Cup held in Erzurum, Turkey.
  • Can this be a sign of retirement? Now that son Rahul has, at long last, taken over the reins of the Congress, Sonia Gandhi took time off in Goa. Not with flashy hangers-on, but just quiet and dignified, atop a cycle.
  • Diego Maradona—the very name conjures up ima­ges of opponents genuflecting before his genius in 1986. But the ‘God of football’ has mellowed. In  Calcutta—where people contemplate violence if you speak ill of him—he said he was just a ‘simple footballer’.
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