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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. 

  • When we were little in the ’80s and Anup Jalota was a star, we still saw him as a podgy fel­low with a mellow voice. Now that he has Jasleen Math­aru as companion in Bigg Boss 12, how many are stumped? Jasleen is a singer, Jalota’s ‘disciple’ and...but then surely we’re not as crass as to jealously repeat the crude trolls? Believers in peace, we’d say: very well done, Anup.
  • Acid attack survivors remind us of the primitive core within our cellphone-toting society. So, when five such women, half their faces veiled for a confident gait, walked at Agnimitra Paul’s show in Calcutta as show-stoppers, everyone clapped in heartfelt sympathy. The clothes, sadly, would hardly stop anyone in their tracks.
  • Rehabilitation after the dreadful floods is ano­ther matter, but there was no dearth of notable people making full-throated appeals for funds for Kerala. On tour in the US, A.R. Rahman act­ually dipped into his pockets, and came up with Rs 1 crore. And they cheered for him in Washington when he showed it.   
  • A bounteous twirl of silk made many a fashionista’s day at the Lakme Fashion Week. That would be Sushmita’s flamboyant ‘pantsari’. Yes, nothing sari about it, except a pleated  pallu hanging apologetically. Elsewhere, Hema Malini and daughter Esha par­aded  gorgeous Assamese silk saris. Later, at a backstage media interaction, mother and daughter were only interested in the latter’s film Cakewalk. Chided  for misusing the platform, they stormed off in anger. What happened to the saris, though?
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