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OUTLOOK Monday 23 April, 2018
Varun, Make ’em Thinner!

He plays a hotel management student in a film, filling his days with cleaning, washing, dusting and chopping. When time came for a promotional shoot for Shoojit Sircar’s October, Varun Dhawan showed how the method in his acting spilt out of the screen. At a restaurant, the talented actor strode con­fidently into the kitchen, showing a few slicing moves of his own to the admiring chefs who gathered around him.

Cricket In The Family

When dads are doing cricket, kids are drawn in inexorably. If nature dec­rees such, why not make the most of it? Sha­h­rukh’s daughter Suhana, who we hear is prepping for Bollywood, was bes­ide her spitting image at the Eden Gardens, cheering for KKR. Later, in Chennai, waving a CSK flag was Ziva, 3, daughter of M.S. Dhoni. We admit, the little one has style.

Finally Over The Net

While rich girls travel with a small entourage in the cut-throat world of women’s ­tennis, she often leads this  extremely demanding, peripatetic life alone, to stretch the sponsorship money from the Gujarat government. With strong outings in the Fed Cup and the professional circuit, 25-year-old Ankita Raina has at last broken into the top 200 WTA rankings. As the news sunk in, the 197-ranked player wept ‘tears of joy’.

Watching Her Rule

If you think Suzanne Bernert has a passing resemblance to Sonia Gandhi, the German actress will work on her likeness more for the film The Accidental Prime Minister. Settled in India, Suza­nne has acted in various Indian productions; here, she rep­r­ises her role from the series Pradhan­mantri. Based on Sanjaya Baru’s book, the former PM is played in the film by Anupam Kher.

Now Primping

Dishy to start with, a sheer swimsuit—yes, there’s such a thing—in a photoshoot makes Karishma Sharma irresistible to binge ­watchers of series like Ragini MMS Returns. The girl, who got her break in the film Yeh Hai Mohabbatein, found her metier in doing ‘bold’ (ah, horrible word!) scenes in places like said series, and is now putting her talent to other, but connected, uses.

This Too Happened

After Indian-American stand-up comic Hari Kondabulu was critical of Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, a character on The Simpsons, for the stereotyping at play, the show decided to address it in the episode ‘No Good Read Goes Unpunished’. However, the internet slammed it, saying it was ‘toothless’.

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  • When the biggest of the biggies blow their trumpet, Bollywood stands in attendance. At the pre-wedding festivities of Isha Ambani and Anand Piramal (Bottom Right) in Udai­pur, Shahrukh, Aamir and Salman willingly colluded in a happy dance. Earlier, pop princess Beyonce (Bottom Left), generously tiara-ed and earringed, had lit up the sangeet festivities.
  • You’d believe if  someone told you this was a frieze, frozen in time, of a particularly opulent celebration. That painterly quality of Priyanka Chopra-Nick Jonas’s sangeet at Jodhpur’s Umaid Bhawan owes much to the rich raiments of the bride, soon-to-be-wed Isha Ambani and Parineeti Chopra. National, international art­istes performed, Bollywood numbers thumped about and the light reflected from the assembled jewellery blinded many a man.
  • When he’s not driving expensive cars, Salman Khan enjoys a bit of bicycling too. Brand ambassador of breathtakingly scenic Arunachal Pradesh, he put on his cycling shoes (and a handsome Monpa jacket) for promoting the Mechuka Adventure Festival. Flanking him are Arunachal CM Pema Khandu (left) and MoS Kiren Rijiju.
  • The couple, warmed by wedding happiness, cooled by the temperate north Italian sun, have arrived in India; long live the party! Bollywood- loving types drooled over the strictly portioned photos; hope Deepika-Ranveer will let common photographers take a few at their Bangalore rec­eption to grace local albums too.
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