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OUTLOOK Monday 09 April, 2018
Jump For Your Moolah

Now that his over-the-top histrionics in Padmaavat has gone down well, Ranveer’s  star is rising as high as a Diwali rocket would go. In monetary terms, that is—the actor is  reportedly being offered Rs 15 crore for a five-minute performance at the opening gig at the IPL. This limbs-splayed routine jump on a neon-lit stage is at least 45 years old. Maybe Ranveer will change into something more casual.

On His Mark, As Always

A fugitive from his own country, where he’s arraigned on money-laundering and unp­aid loans charges...one would have tho­ught all Vijay Mallya was doing was att­­­ending court hearings with a grim face. No sir; boys from the good times club do things fruitful. Doesn’t Mal­lya’s rum­oured, impending  marriage with former Kingfisher air-­­­­­­hos­­tess Pinky Lalwani prove this?

Taking In The Sight

As a tram trundles along the Maidan on its goat-nibbled tra­cks, the eye is caught by the ple­asant vista of the bulk of Cal­cutta on one side, framed by ‘the Vict­oria’, and Fort William on the other, with the race course a near shimmer. On such a tram during the shoot of Dhadak, Janhvi Kapoor  seems to have been lost in a reverie that the expanse usually triggers.

Ginger Masala Chai in Boulder, Colorado

From Colorado came Brook Eddy, tasted our spicy masala chais on sweltering streets, and fell in deep, lip-smacking love. Back home, none ecould satiate her thirst. So she made the stuff herself, started selling ‘Bhakti chai’ from the back of her car, and soon exp­anded into shops. Now, it’s a $7 million brand. This is Brook, sipping the good stuff in Jaipur, eyes fixed in concentration.

The Face Of Paradise

Nations hiring celebrities of a particular country as brand amb­assadors is a nifty idea. So, if Australia has Parineeti Chopra (do the Aussies really need her?) and New Zealand has as its Indian face Sidharth Malhotra (now, that’s a nice-looking lad), Fiji has roped in the lissome Ileana D’Cruz. Well, the country has a solid India connection and is breathtakingly beautiful. Ileana can just promenade on the beach.

This Too Happened

Ajay Bhushan Pandey, CEO of UIDAI, handed over his authentication logs to the SC last week. Cyber security analyst Anand Venkatanarayanan went through six months of the data to trace Pandey’s physical movements, banks where he has accounts and his daily routines. He then put all of this out on Twitter.

  • 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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