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.

  • When we were little in the ’80s and Anup Jalota was a star, we still saw him as a podgy fel­low with a mellow voice. Now that he has Jasleen Math­aru as companion in Bigg Boss 12, how many are stumped? Jasleen is a singer, Jalota’s ‘disciple’ and...but then surely we’re not as crass as to jealously repeat the crude trolls? Believers in peace, we’d say: very well done, Anup.
  • Acid attack survivors remind us of the primitive core within our cellphone-toting society. So, when five such women, half their faces veiled for a confident gait, walked at Agnimitra Paul’s show in Calcutta as show-stoppers, everyone clapped in heartfelt sympathy. The clothes, sadly, would hardly stop anyone in their tracks.
  • Rehabilitation after the dreadful floods is ano­ther matter, but there was no dearth of notable people making full-throated appeals for funds for Kerala. On tour in the US, A.R. Rahman act­ually dipped into his pockets, and came up with Rs 1 crore. And they cheered for him in Washington when he showed it.   
  • A bounteous twirl of silk made many a fashionista’s day at the Lakme Fashion Week. That would be Sushmita’s flamboyant ‘pantsari’. Yes, nothing sari about it, except a pleated  pallu hanging apologetically. Elsewhere, Hema Malini and daughter Esha par­aded  gorgeous Assamese silk saris. Later, at a backstage media interaction, mother and daughter were only interested in the latter’s film Cakewalk. Chided  for misusing the platform, they stormed off in anger. What happened to the saris, though?


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