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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.

  • Italy, all of a sudden, has overtaken Provence, Switzerland and grand European chateaus as the destination for celebrity Indian weddings. Preparations were afoot at the Villa del Balbianello on the impossibly picturesque Lake Como for the nuptials of Deepika and Ranveer, a duo who looks no less handsome than the fancy environs of their grand day on November 14 and 15. We hope Como lives up to their dreams.
  • Shillong-based Big-Ri (left) is a sharp card, a founder of hip-hop group Khasi Bloodz. Meba Ofilia’s style—note the robust armbands—is also steeped in hip-hop and R&B. The music they make together, like the edgily rusty Ambassador they choose as a prop, takes you unawares. The duo won the Best India Act for Done Talking at the 2018 Europe Music Awards, held in Barakaldo, Spain.
  • It’s curious that Sachin should be made ambassador for UNICEF’s ‘hand washing initiative’ and packed off to roofy Bhutan. But, ever the sportsman, he’s taken it in a batsman’s stride. The beneficiary is Bhutan’s national cricket team, and this lanky, teenaged batter.
  • Haute, they have always bel­ie­ved, is a seven-hued thing, and the cause of the LGBTQ has alw­ays been dear to the fashion fraternity. A parliament of forty designers conjured up the ‘Rain­bow’ show to celebrate the rec­ent junking of Article 377. Red mascara and blue-glittered coi­­ffure caught the eye; so did a message of love across a bare back.
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