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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. 

  • In the next frame, Shahrukh plants a cheeky kiss on Salman’s cheek. SRK released a second teaser for his upc­oming film, the Anand L. Rai-directed Zero, in time for Eid. A jittery little person (Shahrukh) walks tow­ards the stage at a dance competition—but Salman comes and  fortifies him before they bust out some moves.  Groovy. Do we still say groovy?
  • When does a beauty ‘pageant’ turn on its heels and walk off from what defined it?Was it a crisis of confidence, then, in its very DNA that prom­p­ted the Miss America pageant to banish its bikinis and evening gown rounds in favour of “social impact initiatives” of its contestants? Gran­ted, the national institution was aligned to the male gaze, but to abjure ‘looks’ in favour of ‘talent’ will only invite grunts from Trump’s America.
  • Brazilian Marcelo should be proud of running tirelessly across the track for 90 minutes. Spain’s captain Sergio Ramos should be glad his brutal, but cunning, tackle put Moha­med Salah out of action. Together, the two Real Madrid players exhibit the Cha­mpion’s League Trophy in Madrid’s Cibeles Square. In all this, spare a mite of compassion for Liverpool’s goalie, the hapless Loris Karius.
  • “England is a lord-loving country,” lamented a foreigner centuries back, and nothing, it seems, pitches the nation into mass hysteria than a royal wedding. Other than the pomp and circumstance, the public fuss is a thing to beh­old. Though lower in key than his brother’s wedding (for the man might be king), Harry and Meghan had their share of grandeur, and posed with the royal brood for a handsome official photo. Shock­ingly, Priy­anka arrived at the wedding looking like a plain debutante trying too hard to impress. By comparison, look at Amal Clooney (sadly, not in this picture).
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