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OUTLOOK Monday 17 September, 2018
‘Don’t Worry, Kerala’

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.   

Speaking Her Heart

At times, actors are over­­whelmed by their just-can­ned film, and their character within it. Taapsee Pannu, who is on a fairly good run, is enveloped  in the world of Anurag Kas­hyap’s Man­ma­­zriyaan and the difficult, gar­­­­ru­­lously adorable Rumi. See it to share her enthusiasm.

Low Tide Waves

Whatever Kareena Kapoor does, immaculately staged and posed as they are, a band of professional  coo-ers faint in exasperated admiration. On a Maldives holiday, she wears a robe over a  pink bikini, clutching Saif’s hand, eyes fixed on the shutter, fingers on Ins­tagram. “Fashion icon”! Really?

They Are Hosting The Boss

Check out those girls first, left to right. The floral printed dress with the cheery headband, the one in the garb of an Arab belly dancer (but looking too happy to be seductive), and the ubiquitous Punjabi lass who swings, then swings some more. Do they dance the same step? We wouldn’t  know, but in the foreground is bhaijaan Salman, wearing one of those singlets he so lovingly endorses, pitching for Bigg Boss 12 at Nerul, Goa. Top quote: “People used to ask me when I’m getting married.... I think I will marry Bigg Boss.” Now, that’s blazingly witty!

The Centre Line Holds

Top arthouse fairs depend on starlets for eyeballs and powdered glamour, as Bela Tarrs and Ceylans get dissected in the background by  the gimlet-eyed jury. There appeared on the Venice Film Festival’s red carpet a vision in a metallic silk gown and an emerald necklace to  make the queen of Sheba turn green. She’s Bruna, current girlfriend of Neymar and she appeared thus at the premiere of The Sisters Brothers.

This Too Happened

The French public prosecutor has opened a preliminary investigation against French actor Gerard Depardieu after a 22-year-old woman accused him of rape and sexual assault in an incident which purportedly took place in August. Depardieu has denied the allegations through his lawyer.

  • 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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