OUTLOOK Monday 15 January, 2018
Hands-Free Approach

Can this be a sign of retirement? Now that son Rahul has, at long last, taken over the reins of the Congress, Sonia Gandhi took time off in Goa. Not with flashy hangers-on, but just quiet and dignified, atop a cycle.

The Home Leg At Last

A Milanese wedding out of reach of most Indian photo lenses was followed by Finland’s frosty hush for a honeymoon.

But it was at the wedding reception in Mumbai that friends and colleagues had their pound of fun. Harbhajan, Yuvraj and Ashish Nehra ran in faster in the past, but that day their footwork was limited to the nimbleness of bhangra.

Cloaked On The Ringstrasse

The unflappably beauteous Deepika Padukone might have shrugged off the obt­useness on display around Padmavati’s release, but it had to have taken a toll on her. The only way to des­tress was to detox somewhere cold and pleasant, some place steeped in memories of old dec­a­dence. A city like...Vienna, where the ubiquitous Indian fan clicked the wrapped-up diva.

Block Your Dates, Boys

If the big stars let you down; if meaningful, small-budget films do not yield their meaning that readily, then fear not, 2018 will have enough faces for you to be lost in. One of them is Dangal’s Sanya Malhotra, who will appear opp­­osite Ayushmann Khurrana in Badhai Ho as well as in Photographer.

The other, of course, is the sup­remely fit Sara Ali Khan who, they are already whispering, looks smashing in Kedarnath.

This Too Happened

The 81-year-old Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conductor and two-time Grammy winner Charles Dutoit has been accused by six female musicians of sexual assault. Dutoit left his post. He has had stints at other celebrated orchestras; recent allegations of sexual misconduct against him span 15 years.

  • 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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