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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.

  • Haute, they have always bel­ie­ved, is a seven-hued thing, and the cause of the LGBTQ has alw­ays been dear to the fashion fraternity. A parliament of forty designers conjured up the ‘Rain­bow’ show to celebrate the rec­ent junking of Article 377. Red mascara and blue-glittered coi­­ffure caught the eye; so did a message of love across a bare back.
  • Those moves, those skirts, those cropped shirts...Britney Spears fans, stand up and cheer! Student of the Year 2 has Varun, Alia and Tiger, but new faces (ah!) Tara and Ananya too. Of cou­rse, superstar Will Smith is fresh to Bollywood; he’s app­earing in a cameo. Here’s cheers to director  Punit Malhotra for roping him in.
  • Parisians, and Berliners, have been playing at faux seaside frolicking in summers for nearly a century. Now, savant extraordinaire of fashion, Chanel’s Karl Lagerfield, rigged up a beach—complete with sand, sky and gentle, azure waves—for his show, defying the lengthening autumnal shadows. The venue: Paris’s Grand Palais. Star attendee: Pamela Anderson. How appropriate!
  • 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.
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