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OUTLOOK Monday 12 February, 2018
Not Quite The Liar’s Paradox

Attending a session on his upcoming film Manto at the Jaipur Lit Fest alongside director Nandita Das, Nawazuddin Siddiqui was asked how he had prepared to play the title role. He answered that he’d had a hard time getting into character as Manto spoke only truth while he himself was a frequent liar. He said, “I am not like Manto and that was a challenge.” We praise him for his honesty.

One Way to Earn Your Spurs

Established by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802, the Legion of Honour has survived the rise and fall of many regimes to remain France’s highest honour. And now another knight joins the order’s serried ranks. In a ceremony held in Calcutta, the French ambassador conferred the honour on Bengali actor Soumitra Chatterjee, who thus follows in the footsteps of his mentor Satyajit Ray.

This Is Your Life

“I played for the love of the game,” said sporting legend Prakash Padukone on receiving the Badminton Association of India’s first ever Lifetime Achievement Award. His daughter Deepika, no mean achiever herself, couldn’t suppress her tears as she watched alongside her mother Ujjala and sister Anisha.

To Weather a Storm in Cloud Country

A Burberry jacket: Rs 63,400. A Twitter storm: priceless. Rahul Gandhi’s attire at a rock concert in Meghalaya caused heated ­debate on social media, with the price being slightly inflated to Rs 70,000 at some point in the great game of Chinese Twitters.

Lofted Shot to Lakhs of Hearts

Hitting explosive sixes for Kings XI Punjab will fetch a rather higher rate than the Rs 60 Manzoor Ahmad Dar used to earn as a daily labourer in his J&K village. His signing in the IPL auction as the only player from the state was a big moment, with some 30,000 people visiting to offer their congratulations.

The Naked Truth

To “make people...­immerse themselves in a sea of sexual joy.” That’s the manifesto behind Ram Gopal Varma’s new short film God, Sex and Truth (GST), a “philosophical treatise” released online rec­ently, in which pornstar Mia Malkova expounds on sex. The mandatory FIR has already been filed against Varma.

This Too Happened

A YouTube compilation of James Bond’s questionable behaviour towards women over decades, titled ‘Inappropriate Moments in James Bond Movies’ has gone viral. It has resulted in Twitter giving 007 a lot of flak,  with even think pieces now slamming a hero who doesn’t seem to fit in during #MeToo times.

  • As Sunny and Bobby Deol stoutly settle into the tepid roles of also-rans, dad Dharmendra—once among the handsomest of stars in the world—can’t stop giving them a massive inferiority complex. There they are, with the 82-year-old (!) in splendid waist-coated fopdom, in a TV show  to promote their upc­oming movie, Yamla Pagla Deewana Phir.
  • Fresh from gowning Beyonce, Falguni and Shane Peacock sprinkled the stuff they are made of at the India Couture Week—glitter, sparkle, dazzle, powdered gold dust. Personifying the coruscation was Kareena Kapoor, whose apparel radiated crystallised, rich yellow that stunned the gapers.
  • The sky is a contrast of breezy azure and an angry, roiling mass; as hills roll in the background, a giant statue of Lord Shiva raises its granite head. In the foreground washed by light rain, saree wrapped tightly around her, stands Kangana Ranaut. She says time stood still in Coimbatore that day.
  • He slew Nadal en route to the trophy; she tamed a rampaging Serena in the title clash. Sure, Novak Djokovic and Angelique Kerber have won themselves a right to have a ball at the Wimbledon Championship dinner.  The win is significant for both—Kerber was the first German woman to win in 22 years (Ah! Memories of Steffi!); for the Djoker, it’s vindication that he can beat everyone after two injury-hit years.
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