OUTLOOK Monday 03 September, 2018
Don’t Dare To Stare

Bollywood stars are common items at the annual India Day par­ade in New York, but genius West Indian batsmen aren’t. Kamalahaasan and co-act­r­ess Pooja Kumar were noted, but the man who brought things to a tricoloured boil was the original master-blaster, the inimitable Sir Viv.

Request For An Encore

After a journey to the dark heart of an illness and back, a birthday seems mir­a­culous. Manisha Koirala, just 48, loo­ked close to her hottest when friends like Shahrukh, Rekha and Manish Malhotra trooped in to celebrate. The birthday, of course, almost coincided with the 20th anniversary of the rele­ase of Dil Se—another cause for cheers.

Love Makes The Years Go Round

A terrible statistic (he was a boy of eight when she won the Miss World) is being bandied around by the jealous (mostly men) to make this a case of cradle-snatching. But Priyanka and Nick are in love, and just had their engagement in Mumbai, complete with a three-tier gold (24 carat) and floral cake. Well done toy boy!

On The Other Half

The sticky fingers of hyp­­o­crisy has touched the ‘Me Too’ movement: actor Asia Argento, a vociferous screamer against abuse, is herself an abuser, and paid hush money for a quietus. The victim, actor Jimmy Benn­ett was 17 when allegedly ass­aulted by Argento, then 37. Stran­gely, they seem to be fond of each other here. Asia’s ‘me too’ friends are disappoi­nted

Doesn’t Go With Chawal

Shaved and tattooed on one side of the head—so what’s the big deal, if you’ve seen photos of punk rockstars and cool brethren on the streets? Amyra Dastur says actress Rooney Mara has been an influence behind this look for Rajma Chawal. We believe her, but it’s been there for long.

Her Lucky Stars

The journey from Cooch­behar town to being a Mum­bai Telly star, and now pro­moted to being a Bolly starlet, must be a heady feeling. But Mouni Roy had more coming her way—acting opposite Big B in Bra­hma­stra, an experience she duly takes note of by gushing   uncontrollably. In her Bulgaria shoot for the film, she also had brushes with Nagarjuna, Alia Bhatt and Dimple Kapadia.

This Too Happened

The oldest and thickest ice in the Arctic has started to break up and reveal waters to the north of Greenland which have stayed solid. The ice, which has not known to break even in summer, has already broken up twice this year in an event which has scientists worried about the impact of climate change.

  • 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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