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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.

  • 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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