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OUTLOOK Monday 27 May, 2019
Red Red... Sour Wine

That hatchet-faced gen­ius entrepreneur, Jack Ma of Alibaba, had capitalistically exhorted his workers to follow the ‘996’ spirit (9 am to 9 pm, six days a week in office). As if to make up for this vulgar demand that would serve to fill his coffers, Ma propoun­ded the ‘669’ spirit (sex for six days, six times). The poor workers would possibly have hidden their embarrassment in Alibaba’s cave, but others have slammed Ma’s puerile (and ‘lewd’) pitch.

The Picture-Makers

What’s in an age, really, if you slog to keep yourself, physically, in that charming 25-35 year-old zone (and spend hours updating your exe­rtions on social media). Thus, Sush­mita Sen is free of the hes­­i­ta­tions of forty-plus women whose hearts ache for younger men. Step in Rohman Shawl, fashion model, latest boyfriend. Fear not, young man; just get a copy of Ste­phen Vizinczey’s In Praise of Older Women.

It Will Be A Girl!

An avalanche of sighs blew through the Indian scene with the departure, to London, of Amy, an old favourite of ours. Now, the effortlessly glamorous girl is exp­ecting a baby with fiance George Panayiotou and is punch-drunk with pride. At the Bafta awards, Amy was in a red, sensuously cut gown, flaunting her baby bump.

That Twee Tuft

At first glance, this could have been  any Hollywood acting great in disguise, softly launching into a great spell—Al Pacino, Donald Sut­herland, Erland Josefsson, Laurence Olivier...take your pick. It happens to be Bachchan, in the upcoming Chehre. Hope the director will give Big B moments of gravity.

Liquid Brown Eyes

Say you’re sent to a seven-day ‘bartending workshop’, learning how to shake, mix, serve, flip...can you restrain yourself from a sneaky sip, that wicked quaff to pick thing up faster. No? Learn then from lovely Rakul Preet, who went through the ‘fun’ thing for De De Pyar De (Oh! the demands of Method!). You don’t need a stiff one before watching this one.

This Too Happened

After Emilia Clarke’s character in Game of Thrones gained fandom, over 500 girls were named ‘Khaleesi’. However, the story arc has suddenly turned Khaleesi into a bit of a loony queen who burnt down a whole city, with moms of some of those girls coming out in her defence, while others say they’re ‘shocked’.



  • That hatchet-faced gen­ius entrepreneur, Jack Ma of Alibaba, had capitalistically exhorted his workers to follow the ‘996’ spirit (9 am to 9 pm, six days a week in office). As if to make up for this vulgar demand that would serve to fill his coffers, Ma propoun­ded the ‘669’ spirit (sex for six days, six times). The poor workers would possibly have hidden their embarrassment in Alibaba’s cave, but others have slammed Ma’s puerile (and ‘lewd’) pitch.
  • What can you say about the peculiar, almost atavistic hold that images of mothers with babies have on us? Things have not changed from ancient iconography—espe­cially when the subjects are as photogenic as Izhaan—wide-eyed and adorably trusting—and Sania, bursting with motherly pride, her Mona Lisa smile topping it all.
  • It was simply another awards ceremony which gave the rich and glamorous an occasion to parade their bling. But hark, a phalanx of kohl-lined eyes make us stop in our breezy tracks and take stock. Ranged from the left, the begowned ladies are Aditi Rao Hydari, Raveena, Shilpa and Sophie Choudry (who possibly has two phones). How did the selfie come out? An eyeful.
  • There’s no reason, we agree, to gaze again at the lovely faces of Ananya and Tara at another promo for Student of the Year 2. But this one is for that lithe, mean, dancing-fighting machine, Tiger Shroff. The man who can kick aside the whole lot of simpering actors is set to reprise his role (“a larger-than-life, shirtless hero”) in the next instalment of Baaghi.
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