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OUTLOOK Monday 29 March, 2010
Canvas Coup

Contemporary artist Paresh Maity’s show ‘The World on a Canvas’, at the Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, also witnessed the launch of his artistic biography by Gursharan Kaur. The book strings together Maity’s works with his snapshots taken in different parts of the world by celebrated photographer Nemai Ghosh. Censor board chief Sharmila Tagore has added her touch to the text.

The Visitor

As the knights decimated Team Bangalore at Eden Gardens, the Khans cheered on. And seated beside SRK was the prince of Trinidad, Brian Lara. Perhaps he’s contemplating picking up his Gray Nicolls again after retirement from the game some three years ago.

Just Swing it!

With Sania’s tennis career at an all-time low, golf may be the way to go for a reasonable afterlife. With Kapil Dev as coach, prospects couldn’t be brighter. Of course, Tiger Woods will only be too glad to help if Sania is serious. At a recent cancer awareness event, the tennis sensation did exhibit a penchant for swinging the club.

The Purple Gene

What prompts the ravishing, raven-haired Sonali Raut (supermodel Ujjwala’s li’l sis) to strike a pose of such extravagant, pared-down abandonment? A Bollywood refusal? Or is a man to blame?

  • The woman below, shouldering the burden in this picture, is Namrata Purohit—nat­ional-level squash player, footballer, certified scuba diver, author and now an entrepreneur who co-founded The Pilates Studio. If you marvel at Kareena and Malaika’s flexibility in Bollywood dance numbers, it’s this lady who deserves much of the credit.
  • He plays a hotel management student in a film, filling his days with cleaning, washing, dusting and chopping. When time came for a promotional shoot for Shoojit Sircar’s October, Varun Dhawan showed how the method in his acting spilt out of the screen. At a restaurant, the talented actor strode con­fidently into the kitchen, showing a few slicing moves of his own to the admiring chefs who gathered around him.
  • When he tweeted on “the kiling of innocents” in ‘Indian Occupied Kashmir’, little did Shahid Afridi know that he was stirring a hornet’s nest. Indian cricketers came down with a heavy bat on Afridi—Gautam Gambhir poked fun at his perpetual youth, while Kapil Dev trashed him as a non-entity and Suresh Raina respectfully asked him to back off. And Kohli? A sober iteration of his patriotism did the job rather well.
  • Now that his over-the-top histrionics in Padmaavat has gone down well, Ranveer’s  star is rising as high as a Diwali rocket would go. In monetary terms, that is—the actor is  reportedly being offered Rs 15 crore for a five-minute performance at the opening gig at the IPL. This limbs-splayed routine jump on a neon-lit stage is at least 45 years old. Maybe Ranveer will change into something more casual.
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