OUTLOOK Monday 04 December, 2017
And The Two Rode In

The crafty Zaheer Khan mentored Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the art of fast bowling. They got hitched on the same day. Zaheer’s court marriage with Sagarika Ghatge in Mumbai was a first step in a three-tier celebration. Bhuvi, fresh from a great performance, and seen here at his baraat in Meerut, was married to Nupur Nagar. May the speedmen be happy!

More Sweets For Father

As many worthy men have noted, with their steely stares softening, dadship is the best feeling of them all. Flanked by snugly fitting daughter Iqra and the rakishly jacketed Shahraan, San­jay Dutt is clearly in a zone he’ll never ever reli­nquish. As parent, too, Sanjay is a hulking bear of a dad, pretty much a softie. Yeah, he spoils them, but doesn’t get into the way when Manyaata shows the occ­asional iron fist. That’s good parenting.

Lotus Beater

North India might be kicking up a lot of fuss over the depiction of a medieval queen in what is ess­­­­entially a Bolly­woodian excuse for an extravaganza, but the leading lady at the centre of it, the inimitable Dee­pika Padukone, is going about her pro­selytising work dil­igently. At a dance contest, the diva, in a golden sari, shook legs with Shi­­lpa She­tty, all the while plugging Padmavati. Nice work. 

Just Chill For Change

Tasteless puns on that platform of impulse, Twitter, made by a politician who’s fast becoming an expert, notwithstanding, this is the bri­­g­h­­test face that swept all at Miss World. Newly crowned Manushi Chhillar refused to take the spoiler, too. Her nonchalant advice: just chill.  

Net Gain: $22 Million in 22 years

For 15 years, the undimmable Gisele Bundchen had clattered on the world’s ramps to be the world’s highest earning supermodel. Her castle has  finally fallen—22-year-old Kendall Jenner instagrammed, reality acted and catwalked her way to the top spot. Her feathers have a new cap.

This Too Happened

Arrested in 1969 for his part in the Tate-LaBianca murders, serial killer Charles Manson died aged 83 in confinement. The man whose name had almost become synonymous with mass murders and who was handed nine consecutive death sentences had been plagued by intestinal bleeding since January.

  • Only gali boys with millionaire benefactors can afford to  dress so tastelessly in expensive jackets and sportswear. But when has Bollywood let verisimilitude stand in its  strident ways? Thus, Ranveer at the trailer launch of Gully Boy, about a rapper’s breakthrough, with co-star Alia, who does better. 
  • They don’t have the ceremonial heft of Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson, though Malaysia’s Muhammad V and his Russian lover Oksana Voevodina certainly are better looking by a million miles. The cases are simply similar: Muhammad, in his second year of a five-year term, reportedly gave up his throne to marry his sweetheart. But who wouldn’t trade that unwieldy diadem for those gorgeous brown ringlets?
  • Right. A caricatured, age-old trope   from Bollywood: The figure of the garishly done up ‘rowdy Romeo’ (those ani­malistic jackets, that high heel, the wolf whistle) wooing the shyly wanton trollop, finger on chin, hips commencing to swing away to a rising shriek of music. Ranveer and Sara Ali Khan  are only play-acting for a promo for Simmba, but if this depresses you, close your eyes and think of Grace Kelly.
  • The successive stages of the making of Kangana Ranaut’s Manikarnika has been greedily recounted, so the release of the trailer came on its downward crest. But it’s not only Kangana’s proud Laxmibai with her bevy of attendants, there are Tatya Tope and Bajirao II to contend with too.


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