OUTLOOK Monday 11 September, 2017
Loftily Stroked

The fiercest of foes fails to scare the fearless Maasai of Kenya. Now, the bold wielders of the bat (since being introduced to the game in 2009 ) are padding up to raise awareness about social sores like female genital mutilation,HIV and child marriages. Captain Sonyanga Ole Ng’ais (in pic) has a dagger in his kit, just in case. And yes, Gunn & Moore  should pay him for his services.

Reverse Swinging

Now that the shadow of betting is dispelled by a favourable court judgment, we thought all Sree Santh wanted to do was to bowl, and bowl fast. Now, it seems he’s swinging the other way, with a Bollywood film, Aksar 2, co-starring Zareen Khan, releasing in October. But don’t chide Sree; he’s back on the field around that time!

Not So Fast, Vicky

Ayushmann Khurrana did what he did in Vicky Donor; now, in Shubh Mangal Saavdhan, he deals with erectile dysfunction. But naturally, say the wags. The actor revels in such humour though. That he would is demonstrated by how he sportily rides a contraceptive car with Bhumi Pednekar, his co-star.

Just Walking In The Rain

These boots are gonna walk all over you, sang Nancy Sinatra in 1966. The dashingly aviatored Melania walked over flooded Houston in similarly stilletoed footwear in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. The ubiquitous cads of social media might catcall her choice as inappropriate (maybe they favour gumbo­ots). We think she’s fine; we have just this little issue with her companion.

Man After Their Hearts

When you  have run the world’s best defences ragged for over a decade, 5.2 million likes for Instagram posts are justly due. So Ronaldo, girlfriend Georgina Rodri­guez, twins Mateo and Eva Maria and Cristiano Jnr had some family time. We ‘like’ the man.

Not a Poseur

She was born in 1994 and named Aishwarya Sushmita after.... Singer, national-level badminton player, belly-dancer and now model, Aishwarya, from Darbhanga, Bihar, once an IAS aspirant, stumbled into modelling in one mighty leap and, fortunately, chose to stay on and dazzle. Her role model? Marilyn. And Deepika too.

This Too Happened

Taylor Swift dropped the single Look What You Made Me Do off her upcoming album Reputation, but there are a lot of secret messages hidden in the song and no one is quite sure who Taylor is calling out. Could it be Katy Perry or Kanye West? There are hints at both. Reputation is due out on November 10.

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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