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OUTLOOK Monday 11 December, 2017
Vagaries Of Respect

The DDCA conclave pitched Virat Kohli at Bis­han Singh Bedi; respect was shown by the young man for his old coach, a hard taskmaster, who ret­­­urned love.

Shift the scene to the IFFI in Goa, where poor Akshay Kumar bent towards Big B. In return, he got this surly tweet: “...no Akshay this is not done”.

Singing Of Him

The stage, though a bit garish for invoking the mystic greats, was set at the Qutub Minar complex  for the Sufi Route, which aimed to “recreate and reconnect” with Sufi music and poetry. Sufism stands for peaceful acc­ep­­tance of faiths, and A.R. Rahman (in picture) along with Mukhtiar Ali, Hans Raj Hans, Dhruv Sangari and others sang of the power of love, in this age of the love for power.

What Gift Is That?

When the knock-out beauty Nargis  Fak­­hri went back to New York, she left a bes­otted few and a winking rum­our—that of her marriage with actor Uday Cho­­pra. It resurfaced when Nargis was in Mum­­bai for work and visited the Chopra residence. You think it’s gonna work out?

Greats, Unite!

Back in the day, next to Bombay, Delhi had the top cricket stars. Master twi­r­lyman Bis­han Bedi, the awe-insp­iring Jimmy Amar­­nath and the ever-­rel­iable Kirti Azad and Madan Lal all captained the state team, and were felicitated by the Delhi and District Cricket Ass­­­­ociation. So were other veterans of past seasons, like Prakash Bhandari, Venkat Sundaram, K.P. Bhaskar, Sanjeev Sharma—skippers all.

With A Rise In Pay

At the Miss Universe pageant in Las Vegas was crowned the mightily tanned South African Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters. One of her concerns is the lack of equal pay for women. A trainer of self-def­e­nce for women, she has also survived a  rob­bery at gun-point.

This Too Happened

‘Successful actress Meghan Markle to wed former soldier’ was how podcaster James O’Brien’s website headlined Markle’s engagement to Prince Harry. An official release from Kensington Palace says the nuptials will happen in spring 2018 and that Markle’s parents are “excited for their future together”.

  • 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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