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.

  • Chinese audiences’ app­etite for Bollywood drama rages unabated. The latest one to have the Peking boys sta­m­pede into the theatres and Shanghai’s dames squeal in pleasant fright is Sriram Raghavan’s suspense thriller Andha Dhun (marketed also as Piano Player, shades of Truffaut crime caper here) starring Ayushmann and Radhika. Rs 219 crore in two weeks is a handily handsome strike rate. Long live our ‘soft power’.
  • CSK Watch In this glad season for the Chennai Super Kings, ace atta­cking spinner Imran Tahir has been a sight to behold—his tight-fisted, spread-armed sprint after a wicket popular as ever on and off the field. After another easy win, skipper Dhoni dared Tahir’s son for a race. We don’t know who won, but it dissolved into a softly-softly celebration. Can Uncle Cool do it like Dad? We doubt it.
  • A midfield sultan meets a ruling badshah on the sidelines of an amphitheatre. That would be Shahrukh’s London meeting with Arse­nal’s central scimitar, Mesut Ozil. After damning the hypocrisy in German mult­i­­cultur­ism, Ozil is in a smoother space. SRK, who is huge in Turkey,  where Ozil’s roots lie, got a (rather formal) welcome in Hindi too.
  • The Lok Sabha elections draw near, so does the biopic of the country’s prime minister. Perfectly timed its rele­ase might be, but PM Narendra Modi has  earned the ire of lyricist Javed Akhtar—he was wrongly credited for work in a project he wasn’t involved in. Then there’s scepticism about how good a likeness is a shapely Vivek Oberoi for our most prominent politician. Ah, but just go in for the old-­fashioned songs: Ye desh nahin mitne dunga, sings a pat­riotic Modi in the film.


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