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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.



  • There’s no reason, we agree, to gaze again at the lovely faces of Ananya and Tara at another promo for Student of the Year 2. But this one is for that lithe, mean, dancing-fighting machine, Tiger Shroff. The man who can kick aside the whole lot of simpering actors is set to reprise his role (“a larger-than-life, shirtless hero”) in the next instalment of Baaghi.
  • 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.
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