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OUTLOOK Monday 29 January, 2018
Seasons Of Happy Contentment

He is talented enough a film-maker to have been entrusted glamour projects like Pride & Prejudice and Atonement; she, international music royalty and a talented sitarist herself. Joe Wright and Anoushka Shankar’s marriage seemed almost solid amidst bursting bubbles of celebrity matrimony. Sadly, they’ve announced the end of it. We’ll leave it at that.

Sharing A Dream

This is a love story. Hrishi (right), 43, an IIT graduate, lives in California. Vinh an American-Vietn­a­mese national, is a teacher. They met at an online dating site, fell in love, and decided to marry. Hrishi’s parents (they took part in a gay pride par­ade in San Fran­cisco) celebrated their marriage with a rec­eption in their hometown, Yavatmal, which is “far more progressive than one would imagine”, says Hrishi.

No, They Didn’t Bite

The men might be faring terribly with bats in hand, but that didn’t mean their wives would mope after their myriad failings. The African Safari beckoned, and our cricketers’ wives rose up to meet it, lion cubs and all: (from top left) Prithi (wife of Ashwin), Radhika (that of Rah­ane)

Tanya (better half of Umesh Yadav). Evidently, they had a grand time. Well played, ladies.

Break The Celluloid Ceiling

A discussion on ‘Women on the big screen who question, challenge, break the rules’, at a Calcutta literary festival, required heavyweights to do justice to it. Assembled in a happy group, they were (clockwise from top left) Ratna Pathak Shah, Modhurima Sinha (moderator), Vishal Bhardwaj, Mira Nair, Aparna Sen and Nandana Dev Sen.

Those Heels Mean Substance

When we first featured Shobita Dhulipala on these pages, she was a newly minted Miss India. Now, the courageous actress has opened up about how that title—contested only to show her mettle and dispel small-town insecurities—“damaged her self-esteem”, reducing her to an entertainer easy on the eye. Does she red­eem herself in Kaala­kaandi? Watch the film if it is still playing.

This Too Happened

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian have announced the birth of a third, yet unnamed baby girl via
a surrogate mother due to a condition called ‘placenta accreta’.  Kardashian’s website confirmed
the news, saying, “North and Saint are especially thrilled to welcome their baby sister.”

  • Only gali boys with millionaire benefactors can afford to  dress so tastelessly in expensive jackets and sportswear. But when has Bollywood let verisimilitude stand in its  strident ways? Thus, Ranveer at the trailer launch of Gully Boy, about a rapper’s breakthrough, with co-star Alia, who does better. 
  • They don’t have the ceremonial heft of Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson, though Malaysia’s Muhammad V and his Russian lover Oksana Voevodina certainly are better looking by a million miles. The cases are simply similar: Muhammad, in his second year of a five-year term, reportedly gave up his throne to marry his sweetheart. But who wouldn’t trade that unwieldy diadem for those gorgeous brown ringlets?
  • Right. A caricatured, age-old trope   from Bollywood: The figure of the garishly done up ‘rowdy Romeo’ (those ani­malistic jackets, that high heel, the wolf whistle) wooing the shyly wanton trollop, finger on chin, hips commencing to swing away to a rising shriek of music. Ranveer and Sara Ali Khan  are only play-acting for a promo for Simmba, but if this depresses you, close your eyes and think of Grace Kelly.
  • The successive stages of the making of Kangana Ranaut’s Manikarnika has been greedily recounted, so the release of the trailer came on its downward crest. But it’s not only Kangana’s proud Laxmibai with her bevy of attendants, there are Tatya Tope and Bajirao II to contend with too.
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