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OUTLOOK Monday 06 August, 2018
Consider It Slippery

The sky is a contrast of breezy azure and an angry, roiling mass; as hills roll in the background, a giant statue of Lord Shiva raises its granite head. In the foreground washed by light rain, saree wrapped tightly around her, stands Kangana Ranaut. She says time stood still in Coimbatore that day.

Five Hours To Lullaby

Young Ziva, known for long by us as a baby blinking at the glare of cricket matches, has suddenly grown up, though not by so much as not to be dotingly carried by dad Dhoni. Thus they strode into the wedding reception of Praful Patel’s daughter Poorna. And Sakshi? If you draw inspiration from outlandish ’80s filmy apparel, who can sympathise?

Measure Her Thus

Amitabh, Shahrukh, Amir...if you’ve always wondered where Madame Tussauds finds all the space to shove its Bollywood mannequins, drop it. Just know that Deepika’s statue will now join the ‘A-list’—hitherto the preserve of Hollywood stars. The­ first Indian to be admitted there, Deepika certainly deserves recognition in wax.

Blow A Kiss

Here’s more of daf­oos news: beautiful actress lets hair down off camera; pestilential waves of trashy trolls channel their inner sexual jealousy into a thick stream of abuse. Pakistani actress Saba Qamar (Hindi Medium) has a refr­eshing smoke in her dressing room, much like Mahira had had in NY. The offending cigarette, her attitude...ever­ything was fired upon by those not fit to stand next to Saba’s white shirt.

We Give You a ‘V’

When the emperor of maladies lays its dire finger upon anyone, it needs a reserve of inner steel and  loving care to stare him down at his court. Irrfan, being treated in London, may have lost some weight, but not his good cheer. Sonali Bendre, who is in New York, has been parrying the adva­nces of ‘Big C’ with the adoring support of her cute son, Ranveer Behl. May victory be theirs.

In Her Way

If tiny kids are allowed to traipse and skip down runways (as a fave gimmick of desi­gners), raising a shudder of ‘oohs’, a bre­astfeeding babe in the arms of her ‘model’ mom was a logical next. At the Sports Illustrated Swim search show in Miami, Mara Martin, in a one-shoulde­red bikini went down thus with her five-month-old, spreading a positive fem­­i­­­nine vibe. The headphones? To cancel noise. 

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  • 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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