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’.

  • When we were little in the ’80s and Anup Jalota was a star, we still saw him as a podgy fel­low with a mellow voice. Now that he has Jasleen Math­aru as companion in Bigg Boss 12, how many are stumped? Jasleen is a singer, Jalota’s ‘disciple’ and...but then surely we’re not as crass as to jealously repeat the crude trolls? Believers in peace, we’d say: very well done, Anup.
  • Acid attack survivors remind us of the primitive core within our cellphone-toting society. So, when five such women, half their faces veiled for a confident gait, walked at Agnimitra Paul’s show in Calcutta as show-stoppers, everyone clapped in heartfelt sympathy. The clothes, sadly, would hardly stop anyone in their tracks.
  • Rehabilitation after the dreadful floods is ano­ther matter, but there was no dearth of notable people making full-throated appeals for funds for Kerala. On tour in the US, A.R. Rahman act­ually dipped into his pockets, and came up with Rs 1 crore. And they cheered for him in Washington when he showed it.   
  • A bounteous twirl of silk made many a fashionista’s day at the Lakme Fashion Week. That would be Sushmita’s flamboyant ‘pantsari’. Yes, nothing sari about it, except a pleated  pallu hanging apologetically. Elsewhere, Hema Malini and daughter Esha par­aded  gorgeous Assamese silk saris. Later, at a backstage media interaction, mother and daughter were only interested in the latter’s film Cakewalk. Chided  for misusing the platform, they stormed off in anger. What happened to the saris, though?


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