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.

  • Whether the world premiere of Gully Boy at the Berlin Film Festival reiterates Bollywood’s hold more than it indicates the Berlinale’s decline is another matter, but the irrepressible Ranveer was in character as his goofy rapper: shockingly meretricious tuxedo, blown-up hair, machine-gunning away to everyone’s delight. Beside him Alia was a soothing balancing act, her silkily trailing train a rival to that of a British princess on her wedding day.
  • Anil Kapoor almost did the Ram Lakhan tapori jig when Slumdog Millionaire won the Oscars—but a lashing from dear wife the night before held back his legs. What stopped him from doing one at the #Slum-dogTenYears event, we don’t know. Perhaps the sobering presence of Gulzar saab and Rahman. Anyway, Jai Ho!
  • Healed is a word we want to hear from anyone with cancer. And Manisha Koirala, 48, has healed. And Healed is what she wrote. She sealed, and signed, it with her melt-the-mountain smile at the JLF.
  • Ah, Total Dhamaal could be a rerun: plane crashes, tumbling, burning cars, rampaging lions...but a fickle public isn’t ready still  for a ’90s renaissance. Even a dream cast of Ajay Devgan, Anil Kapoor, Johnny Lever (who didn’t laugh at his manic faces?) and the utt­erly unspoilt Madhuri couldn’t make them like the trailer. Strange, innit?


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