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.

  • 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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