OUTLOOK Monday 04 June, 2007
Still For The Camera

Yesteryear’s stars, through wear and tear, sometimes lose their looks and wits, but almost always retain their swagger. The fact was apparent when Dharmendra, Dilip Kumar and Dev Anand looked their present best at the starry music launch of Apne, where three Deols—Sunny, Bobby and their dad—act together for the first time.

Carpetbagging In Cannes

The wife has been a regular, this was the husband’s first outing, and they both looked the part. At Abhi-Ash’s first public appearance on the Cannes Film Festival’s red carpet, he looked awkwardly tremulous, while she struck extravagant poses.

Roll Over Sceptics

Indian rock gets some recognition at last—Delhi’s Parikrama is invited to perform at UK’s Download Festival. They are promoted by Rod Smallwood, Iron Maiden’s manager.

Jewel On The Couch

Do you see what we see? The devil-may-care defiance in her eyes? They belong to Monikangana Dutta, a hot thing on the modelling scene. She likes strawberries, New York, and dislikes pretence.

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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • What do they actually do in Bigg Boss—that synthetic morass of shape-­shifting loyalties, gro­up­­ings and couplings by people clinging on to the skirts of fame, dragg­ing along an endless stream of stragglers agape before their boxes? At least Boman Irani, Rajkummar Rao and Mouni are doing something specific—horsing around joyfully, canvassing for their film Made in China. Major domo Sal­man, of  course, is there at every step, falling in and out with practised difficulty.
  • If you’d like to stitch together a Hollywood dream team, it has to have Marty, Bob and Sonny. The BFI London film festival saved its hushed breath for The Irishman—a gangster drama by the man who helped define the genre in Goodfellas and The Departed. Yet, in this autumnal light, Frank (De Niro) and Jimmy (Al Pacino) are just not snarling desperados, six-shooters at the ready. Time is also spent on sombre reflection—old reg­rets, moral reckonings and the one important thing that finally matters: mortality.