OUTLOOK Monday 04 September, 2017
Singing Is Life

When Aryana Saeed, Afghanistan’s popstar feminist icon decided on a concert at Kabul’s Ghazi Stadium on August 19, the eve of I-Day, it had a message—the Taliban executed ‘errant’ women here during their hated rule. As word spread and 30,000 tickets vanished, frightened authorities cancelled the event. Aryana wasn’t cowed, her fangirls in Kabul weren’t disappointed. She performed elsewhere.

Crown Built To Last

Bollywood/Tollywood offers dried up a while back, but rumours of hook-ups continued in a long  line—Ashmit Patel, Rahul Vaidya, Sree Santh.... Now, Riya Sen has married long-time boyfriend Shivam Tiwari in a private ceremony in Pune. Mom Moon Moon and sister Raima were at hand.

The Podium Is Ours

This has to be our best-kept sporting secret—the 321-medal haul of our paramilitary and police athletes at the World Police and Fire Games in LA. The Gold tally alone came to 151! Richa Mishra (CRPF) and Man­dar Anand Rao (BSF), both swimmers, scooped up ten. We should quickly rebuild our Olympic team!

Tricolour Tops All

The India Parade in New York has been a grand affair for 37 years—mar­­c­­hes, songs, blaring bands.... The latest edi­­tion, which wound around sunny Man­h­a­­t­tan, had Baahu­bali stars Rana Daggubati and Tamannah as the main attraction.

Spinning Yarns

So it has come to this—actr­esses visiting Sabarmati Ash­ram, solemnly posing with a charkha, to promote their film! Thus, Huma Qur­eshi, for the makers of Par­tition: 1947 (Gurinder Cha­­dha’s Viceroy’s House dubbed in Hindi), in which she stars.

She Can Fit In

She self-confessedly has a knack for things ‘moody and brooding’. So, instead of mop­ing about her need to be in Game of Thrones, the ind­ustrious Katrina Kaif stakes a claim for a role in the series through this carefully toned attitude in a cut-out dress.

This Too Happened

She’s recording a new album and is a mother of twins, but Mariah Carey is still with a lot of vim. The iconic singer lost her top and added some bling—look her up in fishnet tights, sheer black gloves, a decorative body chain and plenty of hair for her cover for Paper magazine, out this month!

  • 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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