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.

  • A fashion show dedicated to the glorious ‘modern’ possibilities of the saree seemed in danger of design hyperbole, had it not been for the stupendously stunning results obtained when Adidti Rao Hydari and Diana Penty wrapped their nine yards. The rest were a cross between wannabe gowns and strenous echoes of ancient India, one example being this monstrosity in white (above).
  • Swatted aside by rivals Barca in two El Classicos, and kicked out from the Champions League by Ajax, a whimpering Real Madrid—their rhythm hitting  serious notes of  the blues, had to sack manager Santiago Soleri. Enter Zinedine Zidane, the magic man who delivered nine trophies  before resigning last May. Can Zizou do it without Ronaldo? Let’s see.
  • Right. Another line-up of pretty youngsters photographed against another (fancy) brick-wall. The cast of Malang has Kunal Kemmu, Aditya Roy Kapur and the delectable Disha Patani. But who’s the third man here...the young spark grinning away like an ingenue at his first photoshoot? None other than Anil Kapoor, our ’80s Lakhan who lost many kilos, added oodles of mojo and now runs with the hares. Salut!
  • The women of Khatikhera village of Hapur, UP, stared at, then fought off, the age-old stigma atta­ched to menstruation to start a small unit that makes affordable sanitary pads for all. They are the subject of Period. End of Sentence, which won the Oscar for the Best Documentary Short.Producer Melissa Berton (centre left) and director Rayka Zehtabchi celebrate on the stage in LA. They sang and danced all night at Khatikhera too.


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