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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 The book, thank heavens, is withdrawn.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.

  • 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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