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.

  • If there was a couple encased in classiness at the Laureus Sports Awards in Monaco, France, it was wrestler Vinesh Phogat (up for the World Come­back Award, along with Tiger Woods and others) and husband Somvir Rat­­hee. Winner of the Sport for Good gong? Jharkhand-based NGO Yuwa.
  • Whether the world premiere of Gully Boy at the Berlin Film Festival reiterates Bollywood’s hold more than it indicates the Berlinale’s decline is another matter, but the irrepressible Ranveer was in character as his goofy rapper: shockingly meretricious tuxedo, blown-up hair, machine-gunning away to everyone’s delight. Beside him Alia was a soothing balancing act, her silkily trailing train a rival to that of a British princess on her wedding day.
  • Anil Kapoor almost did the Ram Lakhan tapori jig when Slumdog Millionaire won the Oscars—but a lashing from dear wife the night before held back his legs. What stopped him from doing one at the #Slum-dogTenYears event, we don’t know. Perhaps the sobering presence of Gulzar saab and Rahman. Anyway, Jai Ho!
  • Healed is a word we want to hear from anyone with cancer. And Manisha Koirala, 48, has healed. And Healed is what she wrote. She sealed, and signed, it with her melt-the-mountain smile at the JLF.


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