OUTLOOK Monday 07 May, 2018
In Their Town

She was the first lady to the 41st president of the US and mother of the 43rd. As such, the fun­eral of the recently dep­arted Barbara Bush was a congregation of former power. Alongside the grieving George H.W. Bush  and George W. Bush were Barack Obama and Bill Clinton with their wives. Not only a ple­asing picture, it also ­presented a Democrat-Republican bipartisanship sorely missing from Washington politics of the day.

Not To Be Missed

First, the foreground: Ranbir Kapoor, flanked by director Rajkumar Hirani and producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra, flashes a ‘heart’ at the press at the teaser launch of Sanju, which promises much in terms of flying high-down in the gutters-picking oneself up drama. Now look at the background—the utterly wondrous transformation of Ranbir into the man he impersonates, Sanjay Dutt. Modern make-up has done its bit. Can Ranbir motivate himself to complete the likeness?

Build It On Shoes

He, Anand Ahuja, is the well-educa­ted owner of a multi-brand sneaker company, minting millions. She, Sonam Kapoor, won a national award for Neerja, besides laying claim to being a style icon to readers of Page 3 news. The two are to marry, possibly in May, in Mumbai. You are not invited.

Runaway Wife

Other than cricket captaincy, fast-bowling and organising political marches to Islamabad, Imran Khan is also an expert, and lover, of dogs. But his new wife, Bushra Manek, couldn’t abide by the creatures having a free run of the house and interfering in her ‘religious act­ivities’. Result? A miffed Manek storms out of the palatial bungalow.

Story Hasn’t Meat

There are tycoons who rob at will and then find refuge in the West. Then there is Mallika Sherawat, who, when served not­ice in Paris for not paying rent for a flat she shared with her ‘husb­and’, ran back to India. The act­ress denies the allegati­ons and the existence of all else: flat, husb­and, rent, sou­rces for the story and a lawyer who trashed it. Now it’s back to promoting the goodness of veganism.

This Too Happened

As per a court ruling, singer Madonna has lost the fight to stop 22 personal items from being auctioned. They include a lock of her hair, her underwear and a handwritten letter from late boyfriend Tupac Shakur, which was sourced by TMZ and dated January 15, 1995, a year before Tupac’s murder.

  • 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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