OUTLOOK Monday 02 September, 2019
Time For A Monologue

Our nationalist cine workers associations have passed a diktat—anyone who dares to perform in Pakistan will be ostr­acised henceforth. Poor Mika Singh peddled his fare at a Pakistani wedding and was, consequently, banned from performing in India. Our steadfast protectors didn’t stop at this—Mika is in Salman’s entourage for a US tour, so they have theatened the superstar with a shut-out too if.... Appeal to our dearest Bhai: flex those muscles, do, and call these cowards out.

I’m A Good Man

With reddish, leering eyes and that vic­ious snarl that further elongated his face, Gulshan Grover ham­med his way through film after film, cutting a villainous path of rapine and pawing, terrifying a generation of screen heroines. He, too, needs to tell his story, and caught up with Rishi Kapoor in New York with copies of Bad Man, his auto­biography. A “sincere and a hardworking actor”, nodded Rishi. And so it goes.

Sunshine Girl

The pastel-coloured bikini, the sun pouring mildly on the glassily uns­poilt beach, the sheer prelapsarian happiness oozing out of a radiant Anushka could have made this a ’60s holiday snap. This is, of course, Antigua, and she is accompanying her cricketer husband and his team in the Caribbean. Some day, we will join her there. 

Don’t Get Lost

Now then, we know Bollywood fans are overly partial to the biggest stars, but surely they can enc­ourage a new actor even if he comes perilously close to a tit­an’s imperishable aura. Kartik Aaryan relea­sed this poster of Bhool Bhu­­l­ai­yaa 2, where he rep­rised Akshay’s role. Akki’s fans took to Twitter and savaged the boy. Bollywood is a capacious place, folks. There is space for everyone.

Just Call It Sleep

After God, Sex and Truth, news that Ram Gopal Varma offered someone an erotic film is unl­ikely to raise a dust storm of ind­i­gnation. Sherlyn Chopra, model and former Playmate, claims her innocent entreaty for a role elici­ted one with “only bed scenes”. Ever the ‘serious’ actress, Sherlyn was aghast. But she has taken matters in her hands...she has her own production house now.

This Too Happened

Residents of Henrico County in the US’s Virginia were left dumbfounded when 50 homes found TV sets on their porch one morning in mid-August. It got bizarre when footage from residents’ doorbell cameras showed that it was the same person who put them there, and that he had a set on his head while doing it!

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  • Couldn’t she have had a better hairstyle than one which makes her hair stand up in ungainly tufts, like that of a bird soaked to its skin in the Mumbai monsoon? Couldn’t he have worn a jacket without those offensive stripes, often an indicator of a perfect marriage of bad taste with sudden money? But Rahika is soaring after the success of Andhadhun; Ali Fazal, too, is gearing up for his role in a Hollywood production of Death on the Nile, the Poirot mystery. They smiled reassuringly at the ‘IIFA Rocks’ event; they had a lot of fun.  
  • Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla started designing trousseaus fit for a princess for the catwalk when designers weren’t famous in their own right. Thi­rty-three years on, they are well-known now, and celebrated with a show in Mumbai, They dressed up the reliably gorgeous Deepika in this intricately woven, ivory-embellished lehenga. At the end of the walk, she broke into a jig. For joy, certainly. But, given an inch, Bollywood will out!
  • With every conceivable sporting activity speedily shuffled up into a corporatised league for maximum milking, it’s unsurprising that the annual boat race on the Punnamada lake inaugurated the Cha­mpions Boat League. Sachin, outrigged by Kathakali dancers, spoke of Kerala’s resilience in the face of floods and its passion for cricket.
  • For all his Bhangra moves, Justin Trudeau had a diplomatically disastrous tour of India, but the boyishly handsome Canadian premier  rem­ains a darling of the masses, especially swooning womenfolk. It was no surprise then that at an informal gaggle of world leaders at the G7 summit, Melania turned to  him for a peck, as the weight of the world kept the scowl fixed on Donald’s face. As a Twitter wag put it: “Find someone who looks at you like  Melania looks at Trudeau.”


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