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.

  • 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?
  • Bollywood stars are common items at the annual India Day par­ade in New York, but genius West Indian batsmen aren’t. Kamalahaasan and co-act­r­ess Pooja Kumar were noted, but the man who brought things to a tricoloured boil was the original master-blaster, the inimitable Sir Viv.


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