OUTLOOK Monday 25 July, 2016
Another Princeling, Another Durbar

In Jaipur Palace was held the circuitous, ritual-heavy (‘col­­o­­ur­ful’) coming-of-age celebrations of the titular maharaja, Pad­manabh Singh, a keen polo player and a student in England.

Kicking Off

Many would have dismissed the thing called Premier Futsal out of hand hadn’t it been for the presence of football legend Figo in the ads. Similarly, the Lea­gue’s anthem, being
recorded here by Kohli, might get a listen in—it was composed by A.R. Rahman. Exp­­e­­cte­­dly, he was wowed by Virat.

Crowned By Plumes

On a stopover at Astana, N. Chandrababu Naidu’s eyes popped at the sight of futuristic skyscr­apers. The Kazakh beauties who welcomed him surely didn’t lessen the charm.

Legends, Unite In Matrimony

With news of Imran Khan’s marriage No. 3 filtering in, we look at Pele’s holy matrimony III with Japanese-origin entrepreneur Marcia Cibele Aoki, 50. We wish soccer’s king, 75, happiness.

Horns of a Civilisation

This reminds you of Liz Taylor in all her splendour in Cleopatra, doesn’t it? Well, far to the east, on the Indus, queens were apparently donning the same gear. This is  Pooja Hegde in Ashutosh Gowarikar’s adventure-romance, Mohenjo Daro.

This Too Happened

Mix ’N Match: Universal studios is set to reva  mp their classic horror heroes, one of the important ones being Frankenstein, and Spanish actor Javier Bardem is said to have been penciled in for the part of Victor, but with    a twist. Rumours also have it that Mark Shelley’s character is likely to feature in Tom Cruise’s The Mummy. 

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  • As a snarling Dirty Harry teases out criminals in LA; as Frank Serpico goes und­ercover in New York, Chulbul Pandey does age-old, comic acrobatics to hurt ‘baddies’, then giggles around his lady love. Flogging the same masala, here comes the trailer of Dabangg 3, at the launch of which Salman points at the same direction, while Sonakshi Sinha and Saiee Manjrekar prepare to follow the leader with loving attention.
  • What do they actually do in Bigg Boss—that synthetic morass of shape-­shifting loyalties, gro­up­­ings and couplings by people clinging on to the skirts of fame, dragg­ing along an endless stream of stragglers agape before their boxes? At least Boman Irani, Rajkummar Rao and Mouni are doing something specific—horsing around joyfully, canvassing for their film Made in China. Major domo Sal­man, of  course, is there at every step, falling in and out with practised difficulty.
  • 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