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OUTLOOK Monday 02 July, 2018
Zero Nerves

In the next frame, Shahrukh plants a cheeky kiss on Salman’s cheek. SRK released a second teaser for his upc­oming film, the Anand L. Rai-directed Zero, in time for Eid. A jittery little person (Shahrukh) walks tow­ards the stage at a dance competition—but Salman comes and  fortifies him before they bust out some moves.  Groovy. Do we still say groovy?

Grim Ace

Say what you will about that slasher smile, but it has character—which can’t be said for its ­stoical sucessor. A much-lampooned yet popular bust of Cristiano Ronaldo at Madeira ­airport has been replaced.

Amid The Unbent Buses

Candid delight from Kangana Ranaut as she enjoys some shopping time in London. She’s there shooting for a ­picture in which she will be starring opposite Rajkummar Rao. It’s called Mental Hai Kya—a bit harsh, perhaps, if it’s asking about Brexit.

#JustaNumber

Time must feel like a strange thing for those who’ve caught glimpses of Shanti, yes, the ’90s soap, and are among Mandira Bedi’s many followers on Instagram. The disbelievers could blame it on a curious case of Benjamin-Button-like phenomena. The rest can just watch her chill in this gorgeous Pattaya beach.

Not A Cartoon

The Shiv Sena has just turned 52 and Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who is playing the party’s late founder Bal Thackeray in a biopic, was on the sets for the birthday bash. “Balasaheb Thackeray was a transparent personality who empowered the common man and it is a lifetime experience essaying him,” said Nawazuddin. But are those glasses transparent?

Entitlement Litter

Just educating a fellow citizen not to litter the streets, one may say in defence. But a star couple stopping the litterer, chiding him and taking a video  for the purpose of shaming on social media? ‘Virushka’, as the paparazzi christened them months ago, probably didn’t realise that tweets and posts can bounce back.    

The Beat of Bolly Remakes

No fault of their own really, if Karan Johar decided to take the nuanced and powerful Marathi film Sairat and throw in the obligatory glitz and glam of Bolllywood for a remake. The launch vehicle of Sridevi’s daughter Janhvi Kapoor, already a social media celeb, and Ishaan Khattar will be called Dhadak. Sairat brought into the national spotlight two unknown young ­actors, here’s hoping Dhadak doesn’t dim the light over these two young’uns.

This Too Happened

The Central African Republic issued a statement clarifying that Boris Becker’s diplomatic passport is inv­alid. The CAR foreign ministry told the press that the passport’s number was one of several stolen nearly four years ago. Becker was aiming for diplomatic immunity from bankruptcy proceedings in the UK.

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  • Though the Russians presented a united front of splendrous symmetry, winning golds in synchronised swimming at the FINA world championships at Gwangju, S. Korea, we only have eyes for the Italians, caught here in the glistening throes of a cascading collapse, arms linked and eyes cocked. Olgas and Tatianas hit the podium; Giulias and Francescas smacked us hard in the solar plexus.
  • She takes after her mother in so many ways: the shape of her  face, that smile, the way her hair  tumbles back. He, as you all can see, is an image of his dad (has he inh­erited that two-generation-old dimple?) Saif and Amrita Singh’s children Sara and Ibrahim Ali Khan are holidaying in England. This casual, happy chat over some Earl Grey does confirm what they say—the siblings are inseparable.
  • It’s bad enough to earn millions while having a talent for nothing exc­ept indecently hogging attention; it’s worse to lay claim to a venerable tradition in service to one’s base business ins­tinct. But what do you expect from Kim Kardashian, who had the audacity to name her upcoming shapewear line (to be worn inside) ‘Kimono’. While you condemn her for the usual  self-centredness (as millions did), laud her for knowing something  about a place as further afield as Japan. The  name, thankfully, stands withdrawn.
  • Though the Trinamool cut a sorry figure, then took its rev­erses badly, our favourite MPs from Bengal—close pals  and actresses Mimi Chakraborty and Nusrat Jahan, were unt­ouched by the sour petulance. Fresh from Nusrat’s wedding in Turkey, and so absent when other MPs took their oaths in Parliament, the duo did the needful later, not forgetting to use ‘Jai Bangla’. Didi is happy; can’t say we aren’t, too!
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