OUTLOOK Monday 01 October, 2018
And They Sing Along

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.

All In Her Name

We don’t know, but maybe Salman Khan has set himself a goal—to follow in Dev Anand’s hallowed footsteps and launch actresses. The one he is promoting has A-list genes: the comely Pranutan Bahl, grand-­daughter of Nutan. No, don’t compare, just accept her as she is.

A Perfect Union

He may have  touched the grand old age of 69, but that knee-weakening twinkle  in his eyes remains as it was in Pretty Woman. His new wife, Alejandra Silva, 35, must have thought so before marrying him in April. They are now exp­ecting their first child.

Dishing Out Noblesse Oblige

It’s justifiable to wonder if ‘good works’ tire out royals after decades of service, but Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, isn’t as jaded still. At the Hubb community kitchen, first started for the Grenfell fire tragedy survivors in London, she lent her generous support, marvelling at the flavours put together. A cookbook is now on the way—Together: Our Community Cookbook.

To Launch A Thousand Sighs

If Bollywood’s assembly line of pretty young actresses were to disappear one day without a trace (horrible thought, but we’re making a point here) or wiped off by a disease that cruelly stalks the pretty, why, Madhuri Dixit can fill in on a bunch all by herself! There she is, svelte and radiant, flanked by Jackie, and husband Sriram Nene, at the Ambanis’ Ganesh Chaturthi do in Mumbai.

On Her Feet

Er...Carla Bruni? But no, she was not cast in so delicious a mould...this is Bella Hadid, doing her name credit in a striated corset that Victorian petites kept under five layers. Cut adrift from such delicacy (and mystery), the supermodel poses proudly.

This Too Happened

Juventus’s Douglas Costa reacted to something Sassuolo player Federico Di Francesco said to him in his side’s 2-1 victory. Not content with elbowing and head-butting him, the 28-year-old Brazilian also spat at Francesco’s face and faces the prospect of a lengthy ban following widespread condemnation.

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  • Though the Russians presented a united front of splendrous symmetry, winning golds in synchronised swimming at the FINA world championships at Gwangju, S. Korea, we only have eyes for the Italians, caught here in the glistening throes of a cascading collapse, arms linked and eyes cocked. Olgas and Tatianas hit the podium; Giulias and Francescas smacked us hard in the solar plexus.
  • She takes after her mother in so many ways: the shape of her  face, that smile, the way her hair  tumbles back. He, as you all can see, is an image of his dad (has he inh­erited that two-generation-old dimple?) Saif and Amrita Singh’s children Sara and Ibrahim Ali Khan are holidaying in England. This casual, happy chat over some Earl Grey does confirm what they say—the siblings are inseparable.
  • It’s bad enough to earn millions while having a talent for nothing exc­ept indecently hogging attention; it’s worse to lay claim to a venerable tradition in service to one’s base business ins­tinct. But what do you expect from Kim Kardashian, who had the audacity to name her upcoming shapewear line (to be worn inside) ‘Kimono’. While you condemn her for the usual  self-centredness (as millions did), laud her for knowing something  about a place as further afield as Japan. The  name, thankfully, stands withdrawn.
  • Though the Trinamool cut a sorry figure, then took its rev­erses badly, our favourite MPs from Bengal—close pals  and actresses Mimi Chakraborty and Nusrat Jahan, were unt­ouched by the sour petulance. Fresh from Nusrat’s wedding in Turkey, and so absent when other MPs took their oaths in Parliament, the duo did the needful later, not forgetting to use ‘Jai Bangla’. Didi is happy; can’t say we aren’t, too!


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