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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.



  • 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.
  • If there was a couple encased in classiness at the Laureus Sports Awards in Monaco, France, it was wrestler Vinesh Phogat (up for the World Come­back Award, along with Tiger Woods and others) and husband Somvir Rat­­hee. Winner of the Sport for Good gong? Jharkhand-based NGO Yuwa.
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