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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.



  • Chinese audiences’ app­etite for Bollywood drama rages unabated. The latest one to have the Peking boys sta­m­pede into the theatres and Shanghai’s dames squeal in pleasant fright is Sriram Raghavan’s suspense thriller Andha Dhun (marketed also as Piano Player, shades of Truffaut crime caper here) starring Ayushmann and Radhika. Rs 219 crore in two weeks is a handily handsome strike rate. Long live our ‘soft power’.
  • CSK Watch In this glad season for the Chennai Super Kings, ace atta­cking spinner Imran Tahir has been a sight to behold—his tight-fisted, spread-armed sprint after a wicket popular as ever on and off the field. After another easy win, skipper Dhoni dared Tahir’s son for a race. We don’t know who won, but it dissolved into a softly-softly celebration. Can Uncle Cool do it like Dad? We doubt it.
  • A midfield sultan meets a ruling badshah on the sidelines of an amphitheatre. That would be Shahrukh’s London meeting with Arse­nal’s central scimitar, Mesut Ozil. After damning the hypocrisy in German mult­i­­cultur­ism, Ozil is in a smoother space. SRK, who is huge in Turkey,  where Ozil’s roots lie, got a (rather formal) welcome in Hindi too.
  • The Lok Sabha elections draw near, so does the biopic of the country’s prime minister. Perfectly timed its rele­ase might be, but PM Narendra Modi has  earned the ire of lyricist Javed Akhtar—he was wrongly credited for work in a project he wasn’t involved in. Then there’s scepticism about how good a likeness is a shapely Vivek Oberoi for our most prominent politician. Ah, but just go in for the old-­fashioned songs: Ye desh nahin mitne dunga, sings a pat­riotic Modi in the film.
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