OUTLOOK Monday 19 December, 2011
‘Money Can’t Buy Me Love’

No surer sign that Tom Cruise’s star has waned than the rumours about payments being made to ‘fans’ to cheer him in Mumbai during the India leg of the Mission Impossible 4 publicity tour. But perhaps the amount allegedly paid (Rs 300) is a more telling cue.

Queen At The Wheel

Have Bhutan’s master-weavers finally found the brand ambassador they have so sorely missed in their elegant new Queen Jetsun Pema Wangchuck? Judging by her dexterous manipulation of the charkha in Sabarmati Ashram, a resounding ‘Yes!’. 

Dad, Bust A Move

When Apollo’s C. Prathap Reddy dished out the choicest Hyderabadi cuisine for granddaughter Upasana’s sagai to Chiranjeevi’s son, Ram Charan, how’d he ensure attention stayed fixed on the ceremony? After all, Chiru’s break dance routine is a little rusty.

Lump Of Sugar? Neighhhh...

Negotiating a deluge of friend requests after Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge should pose no problem for Tara d’Souza, the latest filly from the Yashraj stable to rear up on her hindlegs and prance for stardust.

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  • 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.
  • An evening in Paris is kinda incomplete without appreciating up-close those high-kicking cancan dancers in flesh-exposing ostrich feather costumes at Moulin Rouge. It’s a touristy tradition of 130 years, a milestone the cabaret reached this aut­umn. Enjoy the choreography and quaff your way through a bottle of champagne. 82 Boulevard de Clichy, Please
  • Kendall Jenner, Camila Morr­one, Scooter Braun, Kim Kard­ashian, Joan Smalls...that’s a guestlist straight out of a Craigslist of new-world cel­e­­bdom. Except the model and the real-life showgirl, we hadn’t heard of anyone (had you?). They banded together at the wedding ceremony of Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin in South Carolina. Don’t it look like they’re on a school trip?
  • His penchant for prancing about in outrageous clothes —the incessant, kitschy peacocking—might irritate you, but the one role tailormade for Ranveer Sinh’s exuberance was Gully Boy. Inspired by street rappers Divine and Naezy, Ranveer, his rapper team and Alia set Dharavi alight with their defiant poe­try. Acclaimed by all, it is now India’s official entry to the Oscars. We need them to break the fourth wall now.