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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!



  • A fashion show dedicated to the glorious ‘modern’ possibilities of the saree seemed in danger of design hyperbole, had it not been for the stupendously stunning results obtained when Adidti Rao Hydari and Diana Penty wrapped their nine yards. The rest were a cross between wannabe gowns and strenous echoes of ancient India, one example being this monstrosity in white (above).
  • Swatted aside by rivals Barca in two El Classicos, and kicked out from the Champions League by Ajax, a whimpering Real Madrid—their rhythm hitting  serious notes of  the blues, had to sack manager Santiago Soleri. Enter Zinedine Zidane, the magic man who delivered nine trophies  before resigning last May. Can Zizou do it without Ronaldo? Let’s see.
  • Right. Another line-up of pretty youngsters photographed against another (fancy) brick-wall. The cast of Malang has Kunal Kemmu, Aditya Roy Kapur and the delectable Disha Patani. But who’s the third man here...the young spark grinning away like an ingenue at his first photoshoot? None other than Anil Kapoor, our ’80s Lakhan who lost many kilos, added oodles of mojo and now runs with the hares. Salut!
  • The women of Khatikhera village of Hapur, UP, stared at, then fought off, the age-old stigma atta­ched to menstruation to start a small unit that makes affordable sanitary pads for all. They are the subject of Period. End of Sentence, which won the Oscar for the Best Documentary Short.Producer Melissa Berton (centre left) and director Rayka Zehtabchi celebrate on the stage in LA. They sang and danced all night at Khatikhera too.
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