OUTLOOK Monday 22 October, 2018
With Babes, A Second Time

Those moves, those skirts, those cropped shirts...Britney Spears fans, stand up and cheer! Student of the Year 2 has Varun, Alia and Tiger, but new faces (ah!) Tara and Ananya too. Of cou­rse, superstar Will Smith is fresh to Bollywood; he’s app­earing in a cameo. Here’s cheers to director  Punit Malhotra for roping him in.

Draw It, Drape It, Wallpaper It

And the winner of the best piece of designer clothes fashio­ned out of drapery is Anaita Shroff Adajania, who has som­e­how convinced Ranveer and Portuguese Sara Sam­­­­paio to don her stuff. Justified joking apart, Sara doesn’t just look like Adriana Lima, she’s a Victoria’s Secret model too.

With Friends United

A flaxen-haired Rishi Kapoor is proof of Father Time’s impartiality, but in New York they made a pretty picture: Neetu Kapoor, Sonali Bendre and her husband Goldie Behl. And what, pray, had brought about a sudden bite of the Big Apple? Rishi is ailing, comes the whisper.

Plays Good, Looks Good

It’s that curious phenomenon again—an unremarkably attractive couple transformed (or are we delusional with indulgence?), outwardly, by romance and a fixed marriage date. P. Kashyap is in a simple checked shirt; Saina in a black dress; they look like a trillion rupees. Cheers to our champions.

Her Wish: More Paperwork!

The format is worn thin by now: beauty contest winners, echoing of tall promises of social work, plumping for plum Bolly offers no sooner than they had been uncrowned after a year. India’s representative at Miss Universe, Nehal Chudasama, dares not to dream of stardom. Model and part-time fitness consultant, Nehal is a civil services aspirant, and dreams of being a bureaucrat.

This Too Happened

British artist Banksy made a painting that self-destructed immediately after it was sold at an auction at Sotheby’s for a million pounds. The artist built a shredder in the frame of Girl with Balloon, which made mincemeat out of the canvas in a move that The Guardian called his “greatest work”.

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  • When elders were struggling to lift, let alone read, Vikram Seth’s A Suitable Boy, most of us were in shorts or babbling in the cradle, if we were there at all. Good for us that now Mira Nair is in charge of a BBC-backed series based on it, and that Tabu (seen here with Ishaan Khatter in this ‘first look’) will probably play Lata, bride of the titular boy. “...Epic tale of an unseen India,” says Nair. Unseen, eh? Let’s see.
  • Everyone who’s hurt those  sharply slanted eyes, spurned those ruby-red lips, has had cause to reg­ret. For over a decade now, Taylor Swift has turned all heartbreaks and slurs into award-winning lyrics—everything is grist to her songwriting mill. The result is 29  wins at the American Music Awards (six this year, and five more than Michael Jackson managed). Plus  fanatical fans would rejoice  at her being named both artist of the year and that of the decade. If these boys are asking her to ‘shake it off’,  they’ll have cause for regret.
  • Two women sitting on laps of men, glad, artificial grins plastered over their faces...you’d be forgiven to think such things are embarrassingly passe in the 21st century. It’s evidently not in Bollywood. And so, the comedy Good Newwz, starring Kiara Advani, Diljit Dosanjh, Akshay and Kareena, will possibly live up to its tagline: ‘the biggest goof-up of the year’. A comedy about IVF, did you say? We shudder in anticipation.
  • Bollywood must be dreading  the Calcutta International Film Festival—a stentorian call from the CM...the unenlightening prospect of a day full of drumbeats. However, there is no respite for Shahrukh (Amitabh fell ill at an opportune  period). Though flanked by filmmaker Goutam Ghosh, Mamata herself and Sourav, the stage-show was stopped by the bonhomie between Rakhee and SRK: singing along a pat­riotic Rabi­ndrasangeet and reminiscing  about the sets of Baazigar.