OUTLOOK Monday 11 November, 2019
Same Old Bang

As a snarling Dirty Harry teases out criminals in LA; as Frank Serpico goes und­ercover in New York, Chulbul Pandey does age-old, comic acrobatics to hurt ‘baddies’, then giggles around his lady love. Flogging the same masala, here comes the trailer of Dabangg 3, at the launch of which Salman points at the same direction, while Sonakshi Sinha and Saiee Manjrekar prepare to follow the leader with loving attention.

Please Mister Postman, Ring It Thrice

It’s the one Indian true-crime case that had it all—love, lust, a revengeful crime, aristocratic hauteur and the brittle core of human emotions. The Nanavati case has attracted everyone ever since it riveted India in 1959. In the web series The Verdict: State vs Nanavati, Elli Avram impersonates the mysterious Sylvia—the very apex of the affair—till her old age. How did she cope with it all as she moved through life in Canada? You’ve got to trail Elli to find out.

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Indians, rejoice! At last we have politicians who can meet the bare-chested, muscle-flexing Vladimir Putin on a judo mat. We’re talking about Arunachal CM Pema Khandu (on the wheels of an all-terr­ain quad), who took Union minister Kiren Rijiju on a 107-km off-road trip from Penga Teng Tso Lake to Mago, crossing an altitude of 15,600 feet. Their machinations are pointedly different.

Just Airbrush It, Honey

Truth be told, ever since Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Wharhol exhilaratingly catapulted gra­phic design and comic book into modern art, everyone who has walked in their footsteps is just a footnote. This original by Malika Favre is a take-off; the copy by Sunny Leone, who passed it off as her own and high-mindedly sold it for charity, was unwittingly so. Don’t mind the flak, Sunny, just paint a new one.

They Wore a Sight To Behold

Of all the high-flying duos that hog the limelight,  they’re the handsomest. They were one among several at Amitabh Bachchan’s grand Diwali bash, but we have eyes only for Virat and Anushka. If he is loath to doff his all-whites, she was a figure from a Rajput miniature—resplendent in a  gorgeously printed lehnga-­blouse, the light that glittered the most that night.

This Too Happened

Members of the Kurdish community in Syria have said that they had managed to place a spy in the network of former ISIS supremo Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The spy apparently stole a pair of Baghdadi’s used underpants which were subject to a DNA test, helping US forces to zero in on him.

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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.