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.

  • Whether the world premiere of Gully Boy at the Berlin Film Festival reiterates Bollywood’s hold more than it indicates the Berlinale’s decline is another matter, but the irrepressible Ranveer was in character as his goofy rapper: shockingly meretricious tuxedo, blown-up hair, machine-gunning away to everyone’s delight. Beside him Alia was a soothing balancing act, her silkily trailing train a rival to that of a British princess on her wedding day.
  • Anil Kapoor almost did the Ram Lakhan tapori jig when Slumdog Millionaire won the Oscars—but a lashing from dear wife the night before held back his legs. What stopped him from doing one at the #Slum-dogTenYears event, we don’t know. Perhaps the sobering presence of Gulzar saab and Rahman. Anyway, Jai Ho!
  • Healed is a word we want to hear from anyone with cancer. And Manisha Koirala, 48, has healed. And Healed is what she wrote. She sealed, and signed, it with her melt-the-mountain smile at the JLF.
  • Ah, Total Dhamaal could be a rerun: plane crashes, tumbling, burning cars, rampaging lions...but a fickle public isn’t ready still  for a ’90s renaissance. Even a dream cast of Ajay Devgan, Anil Kapoor, Johnny Lever (who didn’t laugh at his manic faces?) and the utt­erly unspoilt Madhuri couldn’t make them like the trailer. Strange, innit?


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