OUTLOOK Monday 25 December, 2017
Charity From El Diego

Diego Maradona—the very name conjures up ima­ges of opponents genuflecting before his genius in 1986. But the ‘God of football’ has mellowed. In  Calcutta—where people contemplate violence if you speak ill of him—he said he was just a ‘simple footballer’.

Circumspect Read

Insecurities, ambitions, the constant measuring up to fam­ous parents and siblings—trying to make sense of it all and to thread a way forward...all this is the stuff of Soha Ali Khan’s book, The Perils of Being Moderately Famous. At its launch, her kin was present in full force—husband Kunal Khemmu, brother Saif, mother Sharmila Tagore, sister-in-law Kareena and sister Saba Ali Khan.

Fashion, The Consoler

Her supposedly great fashion sense doesn’t wash with millions  of movie-goers in film after film, however much experts gloat over Sonam Kapoor’s ‘classy’ looks. Whether Padman or Dutt will bomb is ano­ther matter but walking the red carpet is her metier. Here she is then, at the Dubai Inter­national Film Fest, in a gown and coat and gold watch. Great look, again.

On A Sip, What A Drip!

For a man who goes through 12 cans of Diet Coke and watches eight hours of news television, Donald Trump does a marvellous job of being US president (that is, working his phone). So, before you start saying something nasty, give the man some credit!

Sands Of Persia

A fragile beauty like Golshifteh Farahani has to be ideal antidote to nasty little bugs that can kill sil­ently. The Iranian actress (based in France) stars in Anup Singh’s The Song of Scorpions, a woman from Rajasthan who can heal scorpion bites with her songs. Irrfan plays a camel trader opposite her in the movie that has premiered in Locarno. We await her charms.

Man Up Like Him!

It’s better to humbly ack­nowledge at this point that we didn’t know that the ‘Sexiest Asian Man’ poll by a London-based magazine is such a close-fought affair. After a photo-finish, Shahid Kapoor edged out singer Zayn Malik. Poor Hrithik Roshan came second for the third year in a row. Shahid’s ‘growing profile as a role model’ did it, says the magazine.

This Too Happened

“Successful actress Meghan Markle to wed former soldier” was how podcaster James O’Brien’s website headlined Prince Harry’s impending royal wedding. An official release from Kensington Palace says the nuptials will happen in spring 2018 and that Markle’s parents are “excited for their future together”.

  • 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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