OUTLOOK Monday 27 August, 2018
Daddy Propels The Machine

As Sunny and Bobby Deol stoutly settle into the tepid roles of also-rans, dad Dharmendra—once among the handsomest of stars in the world—can’t stop giving them a massive inferiority complex. There they are, with the 82-year-old (!) in splendid waist-coated fopdom, in a TV show  to promote their upc­oming movie, Yamla Pagla Deewana Phir.

2nd Test: Brightest Picture

We are already eyeing this left-armed tearaway as future prospect, but Arjun Tendulkar has set his sights on the Home of Cricket. On a rained-out day at Lord’s, T junior lent a hand to the groundsmen, then switched to selling radios. Bhajji, whose measured commentary is a pleasure, found him thus.

Three To See

Second in modern noto­riety to only civil conflict, human trafficking and its corollary, modern slavery, has to be dam­­­ned at every opp­ortunity. Love Sonia (dir. Tabrez Noor­ani), a film that inh­abits that sleaziest of worlds, was given a warm appro­val at the Indian Film Festival in Mel­­b­­ourne. So were its stars: Mrunal Thakur (a revelation), Richa Chadha and oh, Frieda Pinto.

Chief At Work

They dared to keep him out of the team to blood young talent, but can Indian hockey afford to lose a once-in-a-generation midfielder whose rapier passes and thro­ugh balls have repeatedly opened up opp­­­o­­nents’ defences like a can of soup? Nope,  so Sardar Singh, former captain, is back in business, aiming for a top spot at the Asiad. Going by the way the Indian team has performed of late, we are inclined to share his hope.

Casting Ouch

Do you think Kapil and Ranveer share even a pas­­sing resemblance? So why then is the actor looking so happy to be playing our legend in Kabir Khan’s ’83—a film of that magical World Cup memory. Mea­sure Kapil’s guarded grin, and add your own apprehensions to it.

Licence To Inspire

Aisha Sharma might have grabbed a role against Manoj Baj­pa­yee and John Abraham in Satyameva Jayate, and she might coo about a de-gla­­mmed character, but only after those wispy curls have fallen on that sidelong, radiant smile atop a little white dress. This photo will win you ardent admirers, girl.

This Too Happened

After the media reported that much of what China consumes as salmon is actually rainbow trout, the China Aquatic Products Processing and Marketing Alliance (CAPPMA), under the agriculture ministry of China, declared that the rainbow trout would now be officially called a salmon.

  • 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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