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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.



  • That hatchet-faced gen­ius entrepreneur, Jack Ma of Alibaba, had capitalistically exhorted his workers to follow the ‘996’ spirit (9 am to 9 pm, six days a week in office). As if to make up for this vulgar demand that would serve to fill his coffers, Ma propoun­ded the ‘669’ spirit (sex for six days, six times). The poor workers would possibly have hidden their embarrassment in Alibaba’s cave, but others have slammed Ma’s puerile (and ‘lewd’) pitch.
  • What can you say about the peculiar, almost atavistic hold that images of mothers with babies have on us? Things have not changed from ancient iconography—espe­cially when the subjects are as photogenic as Izhaan—wide-eyed and adorably trusting—and Sania, bursting with motherly pride, her Mona Lisa smile topping it all.
  • It was simply another awards ceremony which gave the rich and glamorous an occasion to parade their bling. But hark, a phalanx of kohl-lined eyes make us stop in our breezy tracks and take stock. Ranged from the left, the begowned ladies are Aditi Rao Hydari, Raveena, Shilpa and Sophie Choudry (who possibly has two phones). How did the selfie come out? An eyeful.
  • There’s no reason, we agree, to gaze again at the lovely faces of Ananya and Tara at another promo for Student of the Year 2. But this one is for that lithe, mean, dancing-fighting machine, Tiger Shroff. The man who can kick aside the whole lot of simpering actors is set to reprise his role (“a larger-than-life, shirtless hero”) in the next instalment of Baaghi.
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