OUTLOOK Monday 21 April, 2014
Smirk And Bear

So what did George ‘Dubya' Bush do after bullying his way to a war and wrecking Iraq? Taken up painting, apparently. And in the way of good-natured bumbling, his show (of mostly world leaders' portraits) is called 'The Art of leadership'. As for likenesses to their subjects, would it suffice to say Pervez Musharraf shares with Clive Lloyd a brotherly similarity?  

No Need For Protective Cover

Of all past actresses traipsing the demanding road to political reckoning, of all doting moms trying to drag daughters through the after-effects of raging fame, she alone would never fade. Though campaigning for a resurgent BJP in Mathura isn't a tough ask, just thumbing her nose at senescence is fun for Hema Malini.

Degree Of Parades

Is adopting the age-old pageantry of western universities becoming of spanking new temples of Indian education, like the Indian School of Business here in Hyderabad? Do those mortarboards—unaided by history—look in situ? Begowned grandees like Azim Premji and Adi Godrej don't mind the togging.

Man Up, Girl

No other raiment demands poise and confidence in such measure. Nothing else shows up a lack of the required goods. Exp­erts, speak up if Zoya Afroz passes the test. We're here just to take note of her—that she'd been Miss India runner-up, and is about to act in the movie The Xpose, where her character is inspired by Parveen Babi. And that's a tough job.

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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.