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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 The book, thank heavens, is withdrawn.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.

  • The woman below, shouldering the burden in this picture, is Namrata Purohit—nat­ional-level squash player, footballer, certified scuba diver, author and now an entrepreneur who co-founded The Pilates Studio. If you marvel at Kareena and Malaika’s flexibility in Bollywood dance numbers, it’s this lady who deserves much of the credit.
  • He plays a hotel management student in a film, filling his days with cleaning, washing, dusting and chopping. When time came for a promotional shoot for Shoojit Sircar’s October, Varun Dhawan showed how the method in his acting spilt out of the screen. At a restaurant, the talented actor strode con­fidently into the kitchen, showing a few slicing moves of his own to the admiring chefs who gathered around him.
  • When he tweeted on “the kiling of innocents” in ‘Indian Occupied Kashmir’, little did Shahid Afridi know that he was stirring a hornet’s nest. Indian cricketers came down with a heavy bat on Afridi—Gautam Gambhir poked fun at his perpetual youth, while Kapil Dev trashed him as a non-entity and Suresh Raina respectfully asked him to back off. And Kohli? A sober iteration of his patriotism did the job rather well.
  • Now that his over-the-top histrionics in Padmaavat has gone down well, Ranveer’s  star is rising as high as a Diwali rocket would go. In monetary terms, that is—the actor is  reportedly being offered Rs 15 crore for a five-minute performance at the opening gig at the IPL. This limbs-splayed routine jump on a neon-lit stage is at least 45 years old. Maybe Ranveer will change into something more casual.
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