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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”.

  • 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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