OUTLOOK Monday 05 March, 2018
Cure For Hiccups

Hichki, Rani Mukherjee’s comeback movie, shows the trials and triumph of a teacher suffering from Tourette Syndrome. A song, Oye Hichki, was released recently, along with a stunt: Rani launched it at her old school in Mumbai. Is it okay that a Bollywood actress is making a commercial show of sorts in school? Dunno. Either things have loosened up, or some schools are like that. 

Two Tycoons

When two titans of industry meet,  what do they do, except drop their guard and embrace as equals? Mukesh Ambani and Ratan Tata were at the opening ceremony of Magnetic Maharashtra summit, where PM Modi congratulated the state on bec­oming the country’s first trillion-dollar economy.

A Bite At The Big Apple

‘My one and only’, captioned Virat Kohli, in Instagram, dripping uncharacteristic mushiness. Soon after, this picture made celebrity watchers by their millions speculate if Anushka was in South Africa too. No she wasn’t, answered the actress, declaring she too missed her ‘love’. That sun-kissed photo, she clarified, was taken in Manhattan, New York, in 2017.

She’s Just Fine

As brand ambassador of Assam tourism, Priyanka Chopra was attired thus—in a pretty frock, and traditional headgear—for a calendar. At the state legislature, some MLAs broke loose, decrying her choice of frock over mekhla-chador. Cheap publicity, said most wise men in the house, and swatted it away.

Going Down South

Every creative person expresses himself acc­ording to his craft. So what does a wholesome, Trump-hating fashion des­igner do? Along with lilo skirts and condom dresses, New York-based Edwin Mohney rolled out the Trumpettos at the London Fashion Week. The rubber stilettos, fashioned like our man, would screech and scrape, I ima­gine, with every emphatic stomp. He should make a pair for Melania, too!

If Looks Can Avenge

The minx in many B-movies (if not in budget, then in style and ambition), Urvashi Rautela is all set to scare, or be scared, and please all. What else is the lead act­ress of an ‘erotic thriller’ like Hate Story 4 supposed to do? Though she’s new to the franchise, Urvashi is alr­eady in love with the poster  of the revenge drama, with her character’s eyes, speaking of “revenge and helplessness” impressing her the most.

This Too Happened

The Brit awards this year threw up many surprises. Aside from a slurry Damon Albarn going on about Brexit, Kosovar Albanian singer Dua Lipa won the best British female act, and 24-year-old rapper Stormzy or Michael Omari beat the likes of Ed Sheeran and Liam Gallagher in the best male category.

  • 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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