OUTLOOK Monday 29 January, 2018
Seasons Of Happy Contentment

He is talented enough a film-maker to have been entrusted glamour projects like Pride & Prejudice and Atonement; she, international music royalty and a talented sitarist herself. Joe Wright and Anoushka Shankar’s marriage seemed almost solid amidst bursting bubbles of celebrity matrimony. Sadly, they’ve announced the end of it. We’ll leave it at that.

Sharing A Dream

This is a love story. Hrishi (right), 43, an IIT graduate, lives in California. Vinh an American-Vietn­a­mese national, is a teacher. They met at an online dating site, fell in love, and decided to marry. Hrishi’s parents (they took part in a gay pride par­ade in San Fran­cisco) celebrated their marriage with a rec­eption in their hometown, Yavatmal, which is “far more progressive than one would imagine”, says Hrishi.

No, They Didn’t Bite

The men might be faring terribly with bats in hand, but that didn’t mean their wives would mope after their myriad failings. The African Safari beckoned, and our cricketers’ wives rose up to meet it, lion cubs and all: (from top left) Prithi (wife of Ashwin), Radhika (that of Rah­ane)

Tanya (better half of Umesh Yadav). Evidently, they had a grand time. Well played, ladies.

Break The Celluloid Ceiling

A discussion on ‘Women on the big screen who question, challenge, break the rules’, at a Calcutta literary festival, required heavyweights to do justice to it. Assembled in a happy group, they were (clockwise from top left) Ratna Pathak Shah, Modhurima Sinha (moderator), Vishal Bhardwaj, Mira Nair, Aparna Sen and Nandana Dev Sen.

Those Heels Mean Substance

When we first featured Shobita Dhulipala on these pages, she was a newly minted Miss India. Now, the courageous actress has opened up about how that title—contested only to show her mettle and dispel small-town insecurities—“damaged her self-esteem”, reducing her to an entertainer easy on the eye. Does she red­eem herself in Kaala­kaandi? Watch the film if it is still playing.

This Too Happened

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian have announced the birth of a third, yet unnamed baby girl via
a surrogate mother due to a condition called ‘placenta accreta’.  Kardashian’s website confirmed
the news, saying, “North and Saint are especially thrilled to welcome their baby sister.”

  • 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.
  • Those moves, those skirts, those cropped shirts...Britney Spears fans, stand up and cheer! Student of the Year 2 has Varun, Alia and Tiger, but new faces (ah!) Tara and Ananya too. Of cou­rse, superstar Will Smith is fresh to Bollywood; he’s app­earing in a cameo. Here’s cheers to director  Punit Malhotra for roping him in.


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