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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.



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  • If you’d like to stitch together a Hollywood dream team, it has to have Marty, Bob and Sonny. The BFI London film festival saved its hushed breath for The Irishman—a gangster drama by the man who helped define the genre in Goodfellas and The Departed. Yet, in this autumnal light, Frank (De Niro) and Jimmy (Al Pacino) are just not snarling desperados, six-shooters at the ready. Time is also spent on sombre reflection—old reg­rets, moral reckonings and the one important thing that finally matters: mortality.
  • An evening in Paris is kinda incomplete without appreciating up-close those high-kicking cancan dancers in flesh-exposing ostrich feather costumes at Moulin Rouge. It’s a touristy tradition of 130 years, a milestone the cabaret reached this aut­umn. Enjoy the choreography and quaff your way through a bottle of champagne. 82 Boulevard de Clichy, Please
  • Kendall Jenner, Camila Morr­one, Scooter Braun, Kim Kard­ashian, Joan Smalls...that’s a guestlist straight out of a Craigslist of new-world cel­e­­bdom. Except the model and the real-life showgirl, we hadn’t heard of anyone (had you?). They banded together at the wedding ceremony of Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin in South Carolina. Don’t it look like they’re on a school trip?
  • His penchant for prancing about in outrageous clothes —the incessant, kitschy peacocking—might irritate you, but the one role tailormade for Ranveer Sinh’s exuberance was Gully Boy. Inspired by street rappers Divine and Naezy, Ranveer, his rapper team and Alia set Dharavi alight with their defiant poe­try. Acclaimed by all, it is now India’s official entry to the Oscars. We need them to break the fourth wall now.
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