OUTLOOK Monday 18 December, 2017
Swagger of 70s

When have superstar and  dreaded film editor come closer in terms of glamour? Never since Hema Malini and  Shobhaa De rocked Bollywood in the ’70s. Since when did such a friendly duo step into their 70s with oomph intact? Never before, till they got together for some gossip and photos. No, not for saree ads; they just happen to be this luminous.

New Match

He’s skipper of both India and Northeast United in the ISL. All he has time for this season is to hop from stadium to sta­­d­ium. Yet, when the shehnai sounds, all duty dissolves before that clarion call. So it was with Sunil Chhetri, when he trooped off to Calcutta, donned Nep­ali and Bengali (here, he’s seen with a topor on him) att­­ire, and mar­­ried Sonam, daughter of Mohun Bagan great Subrata Bhattacharya.

Together Again

Once a couple starts to app­ear in commercials together, it’s usually taken to be a sign of serious rom­antic intent. Naturally, with Virat and Anushka so mat­ure about their relationship, unwi­lling to hoodwink salivating celebrity writers, rumours have been rife and repetitive. It’s that ‘wedding’ thing, and it is supposed to take place in Milan. Small matter—Anushka’s manager knows nothing!

In The Dressy Circle

When the award is termed ‘glamour and style’, it’s incumbent upon the bearers of that hallo­wed quality to live up to the billing. Such was the case with Kareena and Rekha. Matched in white, K’s almost-wedding gown met the diva’s sari in good faith, but came away defeated.

Hit At The Very Top

After raking in millions everywhere it cared to wrestle, Dangal was chosen as best Asian film at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards. Both Shabana Azmi and Russell Crowe served as jury members there. The award was unanimous.

Oh, Show The Way!

Think hard: Who is hotter than Disha Patani in tinseltown? Not with the come-hither exertions of some, or the hard-won cutesy dressiness of others, but with the casual earnestness of someone sure of complete collapse of res­istance at the merest sight of that untamed hair. Found a name? Bet you haven’t.

This Too Happened

While reporting the news of veteran actor Shashi Kapoor’s demise, two national TV channels ended up mourning and remembering Congress’s Shashi Tharoor. By the time an apology came, the MP had taken to tweeting, saying his office had started getting condolence calls as a result of the mix-up.

  • 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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