OUTLOOK Monday 16 July, 2018
Talking Of Michelangelo

A picture you seem to have missed: Priyanka and Rahul Gandhi in earnest conversation with former PM Manmohan Singh. Ah, no wonder you’ve never seen this, for Anupam Kher (Singh), Arjun Mathur (Rahul) and Aahana Kumra (Priyanka) promise to be master impersonators of personages much in news. They might as well be, for they’ll be judged and scrutinised!

Take Three

If recent rumours of a  grand falling out bet­ween Katrina and Jacqueline are true, they seem to be truly talented actresses, a secret they’ve managed to keep from us. For, the glamorously bem­asked (and generously sequinned) duo, along with Sonakshi on a Dabangg tour in the US,  look very comfortable with each other. Bhaijaan needn’t worry, he is in good hands.

A Full Score Life

As a modern purveyor of Indian dance, Uday Shankar was unparallelled. His prodigiously talented wife, danseuse and choreographer Amala Shnkar, turned 100. Her house, in Calcutta, filled up as family gathered around the grand dame, incl­uding her daughter, actr­ess-dancer Mamata Shankar. A perfect occasion, then, to screen the path-breaking Kalpana (1948), directed/acted by Uday Shankar and also starring Amala.

The Same Cloth

“Shahrukh!!!”cried the assorted papa­razzi as he stepped out of his car with wife Gauri at a party at the Ambanis’. A few steps nearer, and they were struck dumb at the preternatural likeness bet­ween father and son. Aryan Khan can take comfort that it’s a case of life imitating an old Bollywood trope. He could also act in remakes of his dad’s movies!

Not Like A Father

The youthful Mithun extracted appeal from a lissom roughness that hinted at a softer core. It’s not only unfortunate that his son Mahakshay has nothing of the same, now the boy has been charged by an actress (a former girlfriend) with being an unspeakable cad. Our hearts go out to Mithtunda for having to endure all this.

Say, Star

Okay, she has oomph, but Rebekah, wife of England striker Jamie Vardy, also has the wisdom and character to scoff at OK! mag’s title of ‘Queen of the World Cup Wags’. A role in a galaxy of ten wives and GFs who cheered England as they broke the WC penalty barrier is enough for her.

This Too Happened

The North American box office has clocked its highest ever figures in a quarter, between April and June this year. With sequels like Avengers: Infinity War, Jurassic World and Incredibles 2 raking it in, the total stands at $3.3 billion at a time when online streaming is said to be challenging the theatrical experience.

  • Italy, all of a sudden, has overtaken Provence, Switzerland and grand European chateaus as the destination for celebrity Indian weddings. Preparations were afoot at the Villa del Balbianello on the impossibly picturesque Lake Como for the nuptials of Deepika and Ranveer, a duo who looks no less handsome than the fancy environs of their grand day on November 14 and 15. We hope Como lives up to their dreams.
  • Shillong-based Big-Ri (left) is a sharp card, a founder of hip-hop group Khasi Bloodz. Meba Ofilia’s style—note the robust armbands—is also steeped in hip-hop and R&B. The music they make together, like the edgily rusty Ambassador they choose as a prop, takes you unawares. The duo won the Best India Act for Done Talking at the 2018 Europe Music Awards, held in Barakaldo, Spain.
  • It’s curious that Sachin should be made ambassador for UNICEF’s ‘hand washing initiative’ and packed off to roofy Bhutan. But, ever the sportsman, he’s taken it in a batsman’s stride. The beneficiary is Bhutan’s national cricket team, and this lanky, teenaged batter.
  • Haute, they have always bel­ie­ved, is a seven-hued thing, and the cause of the LGBTQ has alw­ays been dear to the fashion fraternity. A parliament of forty designers conjured up the ‘Rain­bow’ show to celebrate the rec­ent junking of Article 377. Red mascara and blue-glittered coi­­ffure caught the eye; so did a message of love across a bare back.


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