OUTLOOK Monday 12 August, 2013
Shaadi Dot Bust

If Marie Antoinette had given an Indian-themed ball, it would have looked like this—a thickening mass of brocade, silk and satin; swirling skirts and lissom figures hurryingly cleaving apart for a path for the royal couple. But verily, this is Sonam Kapoor and Rohit Bal taking a bow. Hope the bridal fashion week people are flattered by our reverie.

Purpose Of Life

The Dalai Lama's dose of fol­ksy life advice served with hum­our met 5,000 eager listeners at the 95th birthday celebrations of Dada Vaswani in Pune. Amir Khan, who could surely have worn something worthy of his angavastra, wasted no time in asking the Dalai Lama the ‘meaning of happiness'. Sigh.

It’s a Lampshade

Phata Poster Nikla Hero—a comedy (perhaps) that wears the comic on its title can be safely counted as belonging to the Bollywood slapstick genre. Ileana D'Cruz—so charming otherwise—keeps step with that spirit, and Shahid. With a skirt like that, who can blame our curled lips?

Baby, You’re The Top

There are poses that stick in public memory—Garbo indolent on the couch, Hepburn at Tiffany's, Marilyn catching a draught—and everything the talented lady would do afterward would deepen its colour. Shr­uti Haasan, who stars in the thriller D-Day, hasn't a major hit, only this—her youth frozen in an early bloom she might never recapture. A kneeling Kareena? Nope. Only gamine cool can carry her hand messing up her hair so.

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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.