25 February, 2021

Playing Peekaboo

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are in town. Outlook tries out the paparazzi colours.

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Playing Peekaboo
Scenes from the Brangelina Circus, currently showing in Pune: "Don't take f...ing pictures.... I'll f...ing kill you if you come near again," shouts Micky, the security wall shunting the Indian press away from Hollywood's most celebrated couple, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. "Uska chehra mulayam safed mulmul jaisa hai! (Her face is like soft white muslin)," sighs a water boy who emerges exultantly from the sets after serving Angelina herself.

The Pitt-Jolie combine arrived in Pune in a private jet last week, amidst the kind of tight security and secrecy that most heads of state don't enjoy. And they'll be here for a whole month as they shoot for A Mighty Heart, based on the life of Daniel Pearl, the Wall Street Journal reporter captured and beheaded in Karachi while following a story on the Al Qaeda network in Pakistan. Jolie plays the role of Daniel's wife Marianne, on whose book the film is based.

Fortress Brangelina, defended by Mickey and his band of brazen bouncers, has sprung up mostly to keep the international...

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