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.

  • Italy, all of a sudden, has overtaken Provence, Switzerland and grand European chateaus as the destination for celebrity Indian weddings. Preparations were afoot at the Villa del Balbianello on the impossibly picturesque Lake Como for the nuptials of Deepika and Ranveer, a duo who looks no less handsome than the fancy environs of their grand day on November 14 and 15. We hope Como lives up to their dreams.
  • Shillong-based Big-Ri (left) is a sharp card, a founder of hip-hop group Khasi Bloodz. Meba Ofilia’s style—note the robust armbands—is also steeped in hip-hop and R&B. The music they make together, like the edgily rusty Ambassador they choose as a prop, takes you unawares. The duo won the Best India Act for Done Talking at the 2018 Europe Music Awards, held in Barakaldo, Spain.
  • It’s curious that Sachin should be made ambassador for UNICEF’s ‘hand washing initiative’ and packed off to roofy Bhutan. But, ever the sportsman, he’s taken it in a batsman’s stride. The beneficiary is Bhutan’s national cricket team, and this lanky, teenaged batter.
  • Haute, they have always bel­ie­ved, is a seven-hued thing, and the cause of the LGBTQ has alw­ays been dear to the fashion fraternity. A parliament of forty designers conjured up the ‘Rain­bow’ show to celebrate the rec­ent junking of Article 377. Red mascara and blue-glittered coi­­ffure caught the eye; so did a message of love across a bare back.


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