OUTLOOK Monday 05 March, 2012
When Gwalior Unfurled Its Banner

The polo tourney bearing Jivajirao Scindia’s name could scarcely do without emissaries from the House of Gwalior looking in on it. With coats firmly off arms, Vasundhara and Yashodhara Raje bore the family standard with relish.

Amar Chokher Joler Majhe

Amid the hi-falutin’ overtures at Mahalaxmi race course, a poignant maqta. Chitra Singh wiped away tears to present a trophy in Jagjit’s memory. Not even the maestro’s mehfil could have hit as reverberant a taal.

Dad’s Army

The father comes with a reputation for playing things close to his chest; the son appears to revel in baring his. Ajith Antony, youngest of defence minister A.K. Antony’s brood, plunges bare-backed into Mollywood’s (s)hallowed waters. But can broad delts and washboard abs help shoulder the burden of fame? Time will tell whether he has got more Riteish in him than Chirag (as in Paswan).

Pull A Kat By Her Tail

If a Valentine’s night of dirty dancing in Havana—for the upcoming Ek Tha Tiger—could not rekindle Sallu-Kat’s frost-bitten embers, what hope hath Dublin? Ah... but we forget about the music in the city’s air.

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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.