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.

  • 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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