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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.

  • Only gali boys with millionaire benefactors can afford to  dress so tastelessly in expensive jackets and sportswear. But when has Bollywood let verisimilitude stand in its  strident ways? Thus, Ranveer at the trailer launch of Gully Boy, about a rapper’s breakthrough, with co-star Alia, who does better. 
  • They don’t have the ceremonial heft of Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson, though Malaysia’s Muhammad V and his Russian lover Oksana Voevodina certainly are better looking by a million miles. The cases are simply similar: Muhammad, in his second year of a five-year term, reportedly gave up his throne to marry his sweetheart. But who wouldn’t trade that unwieldy diadem for those gorgeous brown ringlets?
  • Right. A caricatured, age-old trope   from Bollywood: The figure of the garishly done up ‘rowdy Romeo’ (those ani­malistic jackets, that high heel, the wolf whistle) wooing the shyly wanton trollop, finger on chin, hips commencing to swing away to a rising shriek of music. Ranveer and Sara Ali Khan  are only play-acting for a promo for Simmba, but if this depresses you, close your eyes and think of Grace Kelly.
  • The successive stages of the making of Kangana Ranaut’s Manikarnika has been greedily recounted, so the release of the trailer came on its downward crest. But it’s not only Kangana’s proud Laxmibai with her bevy of attendants, there are Tatya Tope and Bajirao II to contend with too.
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