OUTLOOK Monday 30 April, 2018
Force Beneath Those Moves

The woman below, shouldering the burden in this picture, is Namrata Purohit—nat­ional-level squash player, footballer, certified scuba diver, author and now an entrepreneur who co-founded The Pilates Studio. If you marvel at Kareena and Malaika’s flexibility in Bollywood dance numbers, it’s this lady who deserves much of the credit.

Scratch ’Em Now!

She won the country four medals, including four precious gold, impressing everyone with talent, poise, heart and indomitable comebacks.... An athlete often needs props to egg her on—the cheering audience, a personal keepsake. Manika Batra, our one undisputed star from the CWG, painted her nails tricoloured as she chopped and placed and smashed at will. To call her ‘hypernationalist’ again shows up the stench from the garbage that is soc­ial media.

All Hands Aboard

When two acclaimed dir­ectors of them turns actor for the other. Such is what happened when Iranian auteur Majid Majidi asked Goutam Ghose for a fav­our and rec­eived ‘yea’ for an answer. For Majidi’s Beyond The Clouds, the script for which dem­anded he gets a ‘haggard’ look, Ghose deprived himself of sleep ruthlessly, while also losing weight.

Slurps From His Secret Potion

When you are making pots of money in China, it is expected of you to humour them. For Aamir Khan, Dangal was only the start of a lucrative friendship. Secret Superstar, which grossed Rs 63 crore in India, made a mountainous Rs 800 crore across the Doklam plateau. Pleased as punch, Aamir teamed up with actor Andy Lau in Hong Kong for a presser.

Memory Ke Peechhe

Rumours of their romantic goi­ngs-on lie yellowing in old gossip pages. But old tales never die, so both Madhuri and Sanjay Dutt were tarrying, in typically weird Bol­ly­­wood style, to admit that they’re co-actors in a period drama called Kalank. Great. Big deal!

Role Model

India has a tiny toehold on the hair-raising espionage activities and special ops in WWII that kept Hollywood well-­supplied for 80 years through Noor Inayat Khan, the fearless SOE operative in Occupied France who tricked the Gestapo for years, before being bet­rayed and caught, later perishing in Dachau. The Indian heroine is to be played in a biopic by Radhika Apte. Hope she does justice to Noor.

This Too Happened

Rapper Kendrick Lamar became the first artist to win the Pulitzer prize for music from a non-classical or jazz background. The 30-year-old’s album, titled Damn, had already earned him rave reviews and five Grammys.  The album is very political and addresses issues like Black empowerment and Trump.

  • 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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