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OUTLOOK Monday 14 May, 2018
Grin And Keep In Step

Going by the gossip pages, all Priyanka does is shoot for Quantico, get drooled over by Hollywood at glamorous dos and take sunny holidays. As tourism ambassador of scenic Assam, she had no less fun at Jorhat. At a girls high school, Priyanka joined in with students for a spot of Bihu. And she doesn’t look the snooty fashionista too.

The Largest Throw-In

Stadiums lit up at night and thronged by multitudes...in Ker­ala, they have a passion for sevens football, and African players are a staple. Sudani from Nigeria, a Malayalam film hea­­­­­­ded for Cannes, throws the spotlight on it. Here, director Zakaria Mohammed is seen with actor Samuel Robinson.

In The Summer Awards Season

If you think Farida Jalal only did matronly supporting roles, watch her making eyes in Aradhana. The veteran of over 200 films was honoured by the Dadasaheb Phalke Film Foundation Awards. Keeping her company is Manisha Koirala, a heart-throb as ever.

A Chemical To Transform

Once they thought there was a danger that Virat Kohli might let his on-fi­eld intensity dominate him. No such fear now. Though RCB loses match after match, the skipper is as cool as ever. This Insta­gram photo, showing him feeding Anushka a piece of her birthday cake, proves the point.

Colour Blizzard In His Young Head

We know of musicians, writers, mathematicians being boy geniuses. Somehow, painting seemed immune to prodigies. Advait Kolarkar, 4 (!), breaks the mould. His canvases, inspired by galaxies, dinosaurs and dragons merited a solo exhibition in his hometown, New Brunswick, in Canada, and then was displayed at the ArtExpo in New York. And no, he’s no Vin­cent in the garret. Advait is already selling his stuff for thousands of dollars.

Out Of Her Coma

Banita Sandhu grew up in Wales on a diet of Shahrukh and Aishwarya. How she got spotted and was cast by Shoojit Sircar in October we don’t care about. What matters though is her Lily-white freshness in the face of the blinding arclights of Bolly­wood that sweetened many a soft drink in cinemas. Other than expre­ssing sincerity, Banita says she would like to work with Aamir, Irrfan and Alia.

This Too Happened

Actor Ashley Judd has filed charges of defamation and sexual harassment against disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. Judd, who was one of the first to speak out during the #MeToo movement, says Weinstein was the reason she lost a part in the Lord of the Rings after earlier refusing his advances.

  • 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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