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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 The book, thank heavens, is withdrawn.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.

  • Whether the world premiere of Gully Boy at the Berlin Film Festival reiterates Bollywood’s hold more than it indicates the Berlinale’s decline is another matter, but the irrepressible Ranveer was in character as his goofy rapper: shockingly meretricious tuxedo, blown-up hair, machine-gunning away to everyone’s delight. Beside him Alia was a soothing balancing act, her silkily trailing train a rival to that of a British princess on her wedding day.
  • Anil Kapoor almost did the Ram Lakhan tapori jig when Slumdog Millionaire won the Oscars—but a lashing from dear wife the night before held back his legs. What stopped him from doing one at the #Slum-dogTenYears event, we don’t know. Perhaps the sobering presence of Gulzar saab and Rahman. Anyway, Jai Ho!
  • Healed is a word we want to hear from anyone with cancer. And Manisha Koirala, 48, has healed. And Healed is what she wrote. She sealed, and signed, it with her melt-the-mountain smile at the JLF.
  • Ah, Total Dhamaal could be a rerun: plane crashes, tumbling, burning cars, rampaging lions...but a fickle public isn’t ready still  for a ’90s renaissance. Even a dream cast of Ajay Devgan, Anil Kapoor, Johnny Lever (who didn’t laugh at his manic faces?) and the utt­erly unspoilt Madhuri couldn’t make them like the trailer. Strange, innit?
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