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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.

  • 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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