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OUTLOOK Monday 23 October, 2017
Wrestling On

Vicious Gulenist schoolteachers and other grave threats might have contributed to Turkey president Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s grim visage, but Aamir, buoyed by Dangal’s rec­eption in China, looks pleased nonetheless. He was in Istanbul to promote Secret Superstar, a cry for equality for women. Isn’t that more of the same?

Three Quarters & Fresh

For a man who has looked at his own face peering out from all types of screens, billboards and pages for half his life, doesn’t Ami­t­abh tire of it, as here in Lucknow, with Jaya and a selfie stick? Big B’s fans evidently don’t, if celebrations on this October 11, his 75th birthday, are anyth­ing to go by. A 230-feet high mural of Deewar was the high point.

Flying Wheels

If you are a dentist, you can take care of your smile; if you wield it often, more people would like you. This simple equation was amply proved when the gorgeous Raja­lakshmi won the ‘Miss Popularity’ title at the Miss Wheelchair World contest in Warsaw. Also interested in psychology and fashion, Rajalakshmi won the 2014 Miss Wheelchair India.

The G-Force Is With Them

It was the first Indian goal in a football world cup, and Delhi’s JL Nehru stadium exploded with joy. That elation is plastered on Jeakson Singh (No 15), from Manipur, who nodded the ball in from a cross into Colombia’s net at the FIFA Under-17 World Cup. No matter that India lost 1-2, or that the distraction caused by joyful celebrations prompted by this goal led to an equaliser in a minute. This is an iconic moment.

Just Another, Happy Day

A starry tale of mushy romance sped towards its natural course—marriage, we hope, is but a milestone. Telugu filmstars Naga Chaitanya (100 % Love, Premam) and Samantha Ruth Prabhu (Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa) tied the knot in Goa, in Hindu and Christian ceremonies, in a lavish, but private ceremony.

Our Motifs, Their Envy

The promo of Anushka’s clothing  brand emphasised her design sense and deep involvement throughout the making of the 160 pieces. Yet, rep­orts suggest many of them are a lift from Chinese websites. The horror of it! But this embroidered jacket, paired with a denim shirt, are surely not lifts?  Anyone, nothing less than a protest from Beijing will satisfy us.

This Too Happened

The Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer came out during Monday Night Football, and it was well worth the wait. The trailer combined our first ‘real’ look at Luke Skywalker in decades and Carrie Fisher’s final appearance. The trailer was chilling and exciting and just titillating enough to get us to December. 



  • 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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