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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. 

  • Italy, all of a sudden, has overtaken Provence, Switzerland and grand European chateaus as the destination for celebrity Indian weddings. Preparations were afoot at the Villa del Balbianello on the impossibly picturesque Lake Como for the nuptials of Deepika and Ranveer, a duo who looks no less handsome than the fancy environs of their grand day on November 14 and 15. We hope Como lives up to their dreams.
  • Shillong-based Big-Ri (left) is a sharp card, a founder of hip-hop group Khasi Bloodz. Meba Ofilia’s style—note the robust armbands—is also steeped in hip-hop and R&B. The music they make together, like the edgily rusty Ambassador they choose as a prop, takes you unawares. The duo won the Best India Act for Done Talking at the 2018 Europe Music Awards, held in Barakaldo, Spain.
  • It’s curious that Sachin should be made ambassador for UNICEF’s ‘hand washing initiative’ and packed off to roofy Bhutan. But, ever the sportsman, he’s taken it in a batsman’s stride. The beneficiary is Bhutan’s national cricket team, and this lanky, teenaged batter.
  • Haute, they have always bel­ie­ved, is a seven-hued thing, and the cause of the LGBTQ has alw­ays been dear to the fashion fraternity. A parliament of forty designers conjured up the ‘Rain­bow’ show to celebrate the rec­ent junking of Article 377. Red mascara and blue-glittered coi­­ffure caught the eye; so did a message of love across a bare back.
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