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.

  • 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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