OUTLOOK Monday 29 April, 2019
Second Sight

Chinese audiences’ app­etite for Bollywood drama rages unabated. The latest one to have the Peking boys sta­m­pede into the theatres and Shanghai’s dames squeal in pleasant fright is Sriram Raghavan’s suspense thriller Andha Dhun (marketed also as Piano Player, shades of Truffaut crime caper here) starring Ayushmann and Radhika. Rs 219 crore in two weeks is a handily handsome strike rate. Long live our ‘soft power’.

Graduating Soon

Lanky (or is it a photo illusion?) and mighty purty, Ananya Panday, the debutante in Student of the Year 2, is enj­oying top billing in...proud dad Chunky’s social media posts. The cute thing every schoolboy would love to love has just had her night curfew lifted.

The Hat Hath Its Function

Public display of marital harmony surfaces on the biggest fie­sta of all—the LS polls, where Dharmendra defied ill health to campaign for wife Hema Malini, sitting MP of Mathura. Drawing on his farmer credentials as well as his character in Sholay, Dharam urged ‘gaonwalon’ to vote for Hema. Did he stumble into the stern “Basanti tum....”. Possibly not.

Let’s Sing Along

She’s not dressed like a rockstar, nor was she kitted out for a springy, punchy performance. The Aud­ie­nce at Goafest 2019 had a ringside view of Mary Kom’s sup­erb rendition of What’s Up by 4 Non Blondes. You know her right hooks; respect her vocal chords too.

Stockinged For Winter

The wildfire of hysteria spread by Game of Thrones has spawned new forms of celebrity behaviour too—arro­gating superfandom to push their own merchandise. Thus the ever seductive Jennifer Lopez, who nee­ded the excuse of the approaching ‘winter’ (hope you got the all-white symbolism?) to peddle Medicine, her new music video.

This Too Happened

Things got heated when Burnley faced Cardiff at Turf Moor and then took a weird turn. After Ashley Barnes was fouled by Joe Bennett, the duo confronted each other. It got hot as Barnes planted a kiss on the bridge of his opponent’s nose who was even more shocked when the Burnley front-man did it again.

  • That hatchet-faced gen­ius entrepreneur, Jack Ma of Alibaba, had capitalistically exhorted his workers to follow the ‘996’ spirit (9 am to 9 pm, six days a week in office). As if to make up for this vulgar demand that would serve to fill his coffers, Ma propoun­ded the ‘669’ spirit (sex for six days, six times). The poor workers would possibly have hidden their embarrassment in Alibaba’s cave, but others have slammed Ma’s puerile (and ‘lewd’) pitch.
  • What can you say about the peculiar, almost atavistic hold that images of mothers with babies have on us? Things have not changed from ancient iconography—espe­cially when the subjects are as photogenic as Izhaan—wide-eyed and adorably trusting—and Sania, bursting with motherly pride, her Mona Lisa smile topping it all.
  • It was simply another awards ceremony which gave the rich and glamorous an occasion to parade their bling. But hark, a phalanx of kohl-lined eyes make us stop in our breezy tracks and take stock. Ranged from the left, the begowned ladies are Aditi Rao Hydari, Raveena, Shilpa and Sophie Choudry (who possibly has two phones). How did the selfie come out? An eyeful.
  • There’s no reason, we agree, to gaze again at the lovely faces of Ananya and Tara at another promo for Student of the Year 2. But this one is for that lithe, mean, dancing-fighting machine, Tiger Shroff. The man who can kick aside the whole lot of simpering actors is set to reprise his role (“a larger-than-life, shirtless hero”) in the next instalment of Baaghi.


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