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’.

  • Swatted aside by rivals Barca in two El Classicos, and kicked out from the Champions League by Ajax, a whimpering Real Madrid—their rhythm hitting  serious notes of  the blues, had to sack manager Santiago Soleri. Enter Zinedine Zidane, the magic man who delivered nine trophies  before resigning last May. Can Zizou do it without Ronaldo? Let’s see.
  • Right. Another line-up of pretty youngsters photographed against another (fancy) brick-wall. The cast of Malang has Kunal Kemmu, Aditya Roy Kapur and the delectable Disha Patani. But who’s the third man here...the young spark grinning away like an ingenue at his first photoshoot? None other than Anil Kapoor, our ’80s Lakhan who lost many kilos, added oodles of mojo and now runs with the hares. Salut!
  • The women of Khatikhera village of Hapur, UP, stared at, then fought off, the age-old stigma atta­ched to menstruation to start a small unit that makes affordable sanitary pads for all. They are the subject of Period. End of Sentence, which won the Oscar for the Best Documentary Short.Producer Melissa Berton (centre left) and director Rayka Zehtabchi celebrate on the stage in LA. They sang and danced all night at Khatikhera too.
  • If there was a couple encased in classiness at the Laureus Sports Awards in Monaco, France, it was wrestler Vinesh Phogat (up for the World Come­back Award, along with Tiger Woods and others) and husband Somvir Rat­­hee. Winner of the Sport for Good gong? Jharkhand-based NGO Yuwa.


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