OUTLOOK Monday 26 March, 2012
Prose Run Mads

Two smiles in this pic: one’s wooden, the other plastic. Can you tell the two apart? Tussaud’s clearly could not. A more waney likeness of the lyric to motion that was Madhuri there isn’t. Wax poetry? This is doggerel verse.

The Safety On?

Quite the little pistol, isn’t she? Yes, Paoli Dam is that. Make no misfire, though. This luscious Tollywood number is no mere six-shooter. She’s of a much higher calibre. The smoking gun: Chhatrak, where she shows how full her...clip...is. Pray Vikram Bhatt handles her right in Hate Story.

No Minor Celebrity

Yes, we all remember little Latika. The thing is, she—Rubina Ali, that is—has grown up some since Slumdog. Somebody (Danny uncle) had better tell the director of Lord Owen’s Lady—her next outing, starring Anthony Hopkins. A £21,000 take at 13. Nothing to sneeze at.

Final Furlong? Here Are The Reins

Amid the rancorous hoofbeats, some thoroughbred footfalls. The Wadias—that’s Maureen, flanked by sons Jeh (left) and Ness—stirr(upp)ed Mahalaxmi Race Course during the C.N. Wadia Gold Cup. 

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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.