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OUTLOOK Monday 25 November, 2019
Cinema? Later!

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.

In Babaji’s Footsteps

Outlook celebrated the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev with a special issue on the various facets of Sikhism. On the  occasion, it was released by Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh in Chandigarh. Sitting in the shade of the sun-soaked garden of his residence in the autumnal afternoon, the CM flipped through articles that dealt with the influences that shaped a faith and a rich culture.

Playing In The ‘V’

The height and build are fine, so is the cricketing gear. The  iconic posture of the ‘Natraj’ shot and the toothy grimace is spot on, too. But, if  this is Tunbridge Wells, and if Ranveer aka Kapil is out playing his 175 n.o. against Zimbabwe, those smudgy pink blobs on the boundary in the background that mystified a whole generation of schoolboys are missing. Ah, but that’s just a quibble—we wish  Kabir Khan’s 83 well. P.S.: Can Ranveer copy Kapil’s bowling act­ion as well? If yes, draft him in!

Put Running Shoes On

There are actors who can miraculously mould themselves, chameleonlike, into characters (Alec Guiness, say, or Daniel Day-Lewis). Then there are those who try hard, and come in many gui­ses to beguile you. Aamir is one of the latter. After the muddy dangal, there he is as a sardar in Laal Singh Chaddha. We hear it’s a rem­ake of Forrest Gump. Are they sure Bollywood hasn’t tried its hand at it already?

Girl Around

The Page 3 pull-outs can’t get enough of her...whether it be in seq­uined dresses, saris or a range of off-shoulder oufits, with a delicious sense of the risque leaving  a perfumed whiff whereever she is. It’s easy to forget that Tara Sutaria is a recent debutante, so sure are her footsteps, so ready her dazzling smile.



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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.
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