OUTLOOK Monday 30 March, 2015
Farewell Ed

Vinod would've been impressed at the turnout but taken the tribu­tes from friends, family & fraternity in his loopy stride. He'd have stuck to the five minutes given to speak, but for childhood pal Saeed Naqvi or long-time colleague Ajith Pillai, 'twas a tough ask. Sitting in front, Vinod's sister, wife Sumita, brothers Ashok and Harish, and Mark Tully.

No Presents For A Star

A normal show of husbandly affection that we all applaud, even consider proper. Yet, when it's shown by Reliance Industries Ltd CMD Mukesh Ambani at Aamir Khan's birthday party, people expect a comment. Well, there is none. Except that Mr Ambani, never one for ostentation, ignored for once the intruding lenses.

She Has Bass Instinct

Going by the random samples of behaviour exhibited by modern-day popstars (Katy, Britney, Gaga et al),  Evelyn Sharma, as seen here, is in character. For, in the upcoming movie Kuch Kuch Locha Hai, she is a pop­star. Of her taking guitar lessons (method acting, see?), Evelyn is making much. No one complains.

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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.