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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”.

  • 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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