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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.

  • “England is a lord-loving country,” lamented a foreigner centuries back, and nothing, it seems, pitches the nation into mass hysteria than a royal wedding. Other than the pomp and circumstance, the public fuss is a thing to beh­old. Though lower in key than his brother’s wedding (for the man might be king), Harry and Meghan had their share of grandeur, and posed with the royal brood for a handsome official photo. Shock­ingly, Priy­anka arrived at the wedding looking like a plain debutante trying too hard to impress. By comparison, look at Amal Clooney (sadly, not in this picture).
  • With wielders of poison-tipped pens poi­sed to stab you for that one fashion faux pas, only the great glamorous pull it off on the Cannes red carpet with com­­posed eclat. That rar­e­fied list must now include Aishwarya Rai, who, in her 17th year on the carpet, carries this peacock-butterfly inspired (rather gaudy, if you ask me) gown as if born in it. The rookie, Kangana, tries harder in this metallic, beaded jumpsuit, redolent partly of Saturday Night Live and partly of Jane Fonda’s Barbarella. Else­where, the cast of Manto (Nan­dita Das, Nawaz­uddin, Rasika Dugal and Tahir Bha­sin) line up before the film’s screening. Finally, a grand show by grandes dames: head of the festival jury Cate Blanchett leads actresses and other women in the industry to protest the long absence of women from the merit lists.
  • As the little party slowly app­roached the wedding venue of Sonam Kapoor in Bandra, Mumbai, papa­razzi espied three bona fide movie stars—Karisma, Kareena and Saif. But the beady eyed little fellow surveying the world from dad’s shoulder made the lensmen zoom in, then zoom in some more. Pink seemingly being the family colour, little Taimur would wear nothing but that. We understand.
  • Going by the gossip pages, all Priyanka does is shoot for Quantico, get drooled over by Hollywood at glamorous dos and take sunny holidays. As tourism ambassador of scenic Assam, she had no less fun at Jorhat. At a girls high school, Priyanka joined in with students for a spot of Bihu. And she doesn’t look the snooty fashionista too.
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