OUTLOOK Monday 28 August, 2017
Sitting In State

Malaysia still has sult­ans, did you know, and they remain mighty rich too. The  elegan­tly dressed, exp­e­ns­ive-looking cou­­ple are Princess Tunku Tun Aminah, daughter of the Sultan of Johor and her Dutch football executive beau, Dennis. The occasion was their royal wedding, solemnised acc­ording to Muslim Malay tradition and opulent family custom.

Dance That Crossed The Seas

Avanti Reddy, 4, was one among similarly att­ired Lambadi dancers, but she, the youngest, was irr­esistible. Princess Diana, who was visiting her Hydera­bad school on a tour in 1992, picked her up and sat her on her lap, wiped her runniness with her hanky, and called her “my daughter”. Lady Di never forgot, kept in touch and made plans to meet in 1997, but fate intervened.

Now a 28-year-old dance teacher (top), that morning remains as fresh in Avanti’s memory as yesterday. Her recently shared photo created waves on social media.

One Proud Grandpa

Gowns from across tinseltown descended in droves, flutters and waves upon a beauty event. The ladies, they say, took their cue from the very name of the event. Be that as it may, this grand-daughter of Big B, Navya Nav­eli, is very pleasing, we think, and currently the best-looker in the family. Ah, enchanting youth....

Miss Him No More

The grace and humility with which  San­jay Dutt has borne his years of incarceration is one of filmdom’s warmest tales, and his comeback in Bhoomi was cheered by all. Ranbir spoke of the man whom everyone has come to love. He got a hug in return.

A Posed Laugh Is Good Too

Now that Baadshaho is outta her way, posing in articles  from her lingerie line and posting them on Instagram is Esha Gupta’s only pursuit. In between, a health tip: pomegranates are good for skin (are they, now?).

This Too Happened

When Daniel Craig joined Stephen Colbert for the Late Show, we hoped he might talk about returning as James Bond, but we never dreamed he’d confirm the news! Earlier, the studio was apprehensive on signing Craig when he wanted the biggest payday ever for two more films. Looks like Daniel got his pay!

  • Italy, all of a sudden, has overtaken Provence, Switzerland and grand European chateaus as the destination for celebrity Indian weddings. Preparations were afoot at the Villa del Balbianello on the impossibly picturesque Lake Como for the nuptials of Deepika and Ranveer, a duo who looks no less handsome than the fancy environs of their grand day on November 14 and 15. We hope Como lives up to their dreams.
  • Shillong-based Big-Ri (left) is a sharp card, a founder of hip-hop group Khasi Bloodz. Meba Ofilia’s style—note the robust armbands—is also steeped in hip-hop and R&B. The music they make together, like the edgily rusty Ambassador they choose as a prop, takes you unawares. The duo won the Best India Act for Done Talking at the 2018 Europe Music Awards, held in Barakaldo, Spain.
  • It’s curious that Sachin should be made ambassador for UNICEF’s ‘hand washing initiative’ and packed off to roofy Bhutan. But, ever the sportsman, he’s taken it in a batsman’s stride. The beneficiary is Bhutan’s national cricket team, and this lanky, teenaged batter.
  • Haute, they have always bel­ie­ved, is a seven-hued thing, and the cause of the LGBTQ has alw­ays been dear to the fashion fraternity. A parliament of forty designers conjured up the ‘Rain­bow’ show to celebrate the rec­ent junking of Article 377. Red mascara and blue-glittered coi­­ffure caught the eye; so did a message of love across a bare back.


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