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”.

  • 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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