OUTLOOK Monday 12 March, 2018
The Smooth And Tumble

First there was Saina; then Sindhu sprang onto the scene in a flash. Indian gym­­nastics, too, has a new star—Aruna Budda Reddy, the first Indian to win a medal at the Gymnastics World Cup. Aruna won bronze in Melbourne in vault, favo­urite discipline of Deepa Karmakar too. A black belt in Karate, Aruna credits her late father, B. Narayana Reddy, with every­thing. Also on her mind is to make the most of her career ­bef­ore she’s 24.

No Colour On The Silt

Even the dauntingly ageless Hema Malini has to back down on her home turf. The Mathura MP was dressing up as Radha for the Holi extr­avaganza, Rangotsav, when the National Green Tribunal wagged its fingers and forced a shift of venue from the Yamuna’s banks to a veterinary university to clean up after the celebration. The Lord and his consorts played Holi without mucking up. Mere mortals, we can’t aspire to that.

Name: Jane Amber

Back in Olde Britain, there were a few women squires who used the tailcoat, top-hat and walking stick to good effect. Jane Walker, Scotch partner to Johnnie Walker, the one who keeps walking, carries on in that spirit. A fun, marketable response from the whisky makers to gender equality.

Smile Along Now

Half the country is rewatching those prodigious winks and that unmatched smile. Priya Prakash Varrier, meanwhile, is basking in it all. Here she is, at a Kerala Blasters vs Chennaiyin FC match in Kochi, with Sachin (and her co-star Roshan; doesn’t the boy pale beside her?).

Love For Sree

One striking thing about the tributes pouring in for Sridevi is how genuinely heartfelt they all are, and not the usual platitudinous declarations of greatness. Along with Kamalahaasan and Rajnikanth, the one huge star who was deeply aff­ected by the untimely death was Amitabh Bachchan, her co-star in Inquilaab, Aakhree Raasta and Khuda Gawah. As she was being flown back on Feb 28, Amitabh tweeted in ang­uish: “Get back..just get love”

The Line Of Beauty

One thing you have to give K calendar. They have the pulse of the times. The days of only glamour are passe. Enter a trained Bharatanat­yam and Kuchipudi dancer, one who has performed widely in India and abroad, studied theatre at the New York Film Academy, and, if she so wills, can make a multitude stop in their tracks. Enter, in short, Priyanka Karunakaran.

This Too Happened

Usain Bolt revealed his plans to take on Robbie Williams—in a football match! Following a teasing weekend tweet (“I’ve signed for a football team!”), he confirmed that he would captain the World XI of celebrities and professional footballers against Williams’s ‘England’ for charity at Old Trafford on June 10.

  • A fashion show dedicated to the glorious ‘modern’ possibilities of the saree seemed in danger of design hyperbole, had it not been for the stupendously stunning results obtained when Adidti Rao Hydari and Diana Penty wrapped their nine yards. The rest were a cross between wannabe gowns and strenous echoes of ancient India, one example being this monstrosity in white (above).
  • 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.


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