OUTLOOK Monday 31 August, 2015
Midnight’s Beauty

One more Bollywood fact: Rakhee was born on August 15, 1947. On her 68th birthday, she raved about Bajrangi Bhaijaan, about its message of India-Pakistan friendship, about Salman's acting, and made an unintentionally ironic observation:
“He excels at playing innocent roles”. 

Debut as a Sunshine

Actor Prithviraj and journalist Supriya Menon pose with daughter Alankrita Menon Prithviraj for Vanitha. The prettiest of family snaps. But as an outspoken critic of caste discrimination, the actor was lambas­ted for using a caste name for the infant. Alankrita just had to smile to dispel the torrent of disapproval.

Down the Aisle Come the Players

They've been engaged for so long that we'd forgotten about it, so pictures of Din­esh Karthik and Dipika Pallikal's Christian wedding in Chennai—do those sparklers sting?—seems like a surprise. The couple will also have a Telugu-Naidu style wedding. Our cricketers are in Lanka; hope Dipika's squash friends won't miss the feast! 

Triumph of the Will

Dasrath Manjhi, from Bihar's Gaya district, chisel­led a road through hills in memory of his wife who would have lived if it were there. Nawazuddin will play him in a biopic, Manjhi—The Mountain Man.

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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.