OUTLOOK Monday 16 June, 2014
Twist And Shout

Sreesanth can dance. And why not, if it brings in honest income, now that the Kerala paceman is forced by circumstances of his own making to let those lethal outswingers waste away in a house of horrors. The stage is the pitch now, and choreographer Sneha the receptacle of a hunky move. It's less taxing and is safer—unless Bhajji takes charge of the opposite number.

King With His Head Down

First he arrived late. Then he was amazingly subdued during the IPL final and just after KKR's amazing win. He even wore a Punjab jersey in solidarity with Preity. Has a lobotomy changed Shahrukh, asked disbelieving punters. A redemptory cartwheel pacified some. But other scratchy-heads said they were still thinking.

First Shows

We first saw his bylines in the early noughties—an Indian name in the roster of Time's reporters from a roiling Iraq. Bobby Ghosh, editor, Time International, interviews Star India CEO Uday Shankar at the Paley Media Council in New York. The first Indian so honoured, Shankar, the brain behind Satyamev Jayate, made a case for using TV for conveying social messages.

Ri Is In

Fashion icon. Not your pale Bollywood aper of the West, but such ferociously fleshly forgers of style as Lady Gaga, Iman, Kate Moss.... Rihanna was judged to be in the same league, and so awa­rded the CFDA award.  Her now-famous dress raised hackles and blushes, but we arched our brows in stylish admiration.

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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.