OUTLOOK Monday 04 June, 2018
Train Of Dynasty

“England is a lord-loving country,” lamented a foreigner centuries back, and nothing, it seems, pitches the nation into mass hysteria than a royal wedding. Other than the pomp and circumstance, the public fuss is a thing to beh­old. Though lower in key than his brother’s wedding (for the man might be king), Harry and Meghan had their share of grandeur, and posed with the royal brood for a handsome official photo.

Shock­ingly, Priy­anka arrived at the wedding looking like a plain debutante trying too hard to impress. By comparison, look at Amal Clooney (sadly, not in this picture).

Taking A Bow

If you have seen that bicycle kick goal against Juventus, you know who’s boss. So when Arjun Kapoor met Cristiano Rona­ldo in a promotional campaign, he curbed his cinematic swagger and brought out an expression suitably res­p­ectful. Natural, in the presence of greatness.

Name On The Lists

Didn’t she stand out for being the only family-member disinclined towards acting? What made Shweta Nanda take the inevitable plunge into the family trade isn’t known, but there she was, playing a caring daughter to an aged Amitabh, in a commercial for a jewellery brand.

Girls, You Need A Lift?

Bollywood has finally chanced upon the idea of the female equivalent of a ‘buddy movie’. The sorority in Veere Di Wedding, seen here posing showily on the beach in swimwear, comprises Shikha Talsania, Sonam Kapoor, Swara Bhasker and Kareena Kapoor, who preens as if she’s facing a camera on a fashion ramp. Some people can only act the diva. 

She’s Here To Fight

It’s the age of quasi-mythical, heroic mumbo jumbo dressed up in the garb of ancient Indian glory. The latest off the assembly line is the Telugu/Tamil Veeramadevi, the tale of a vengeful queen, played by Sunny Leone, at the head of an army. Do you think she would have a passionate love life? Place your bets on it.

Girl Aboard

Ishika Sharma grew up in Wimbledon and started on the catwalk remarkably early, while still a girl. That sparked off a life of modelling, invo­lving the exciting life cho­ices of eating brown rice, keeping her “carb complex simple” and avoiding processed foods. The King­fisher Calendar 2018 model also loves the movie Dev­das, idolising Ais­­h­­­warya.

This Too Happened

With the Queqiao relay satellite, which was launched on May 21, China aims to be the first country to explore the ‘dark side of the moon’. The name of the satellite means ‘Magpie Bridge’ and takes its origins from a Chinese folk tale where birds bridged the gap between two heavens to unite lovers.

  • 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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