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.”

  • 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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