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OUTLOOK Monday 26 February, 2018
These Cats Brook No Nonsense

Eminently wearable gowns, dresses, skirts and sarongs—in cascades of ora­nges, pinks, blues, gold, velveteen violet and white flowers—descended in wave upon wave at the New York Fashion Week. The NIFT Delhi-trained Nepali designer Prabal Gurung was partly inspired by India’s fearless band of women vigilantes, the Gulabi Gang. His opening and closing models? Current ramp goddesses Gigi and Bella Hadid.

Showman And Emperor

Look sharply, then look again, for this is grey eminence  at its ripest. While most of his contemporaries have dropped away, Dilip Kumar, 95, inspires with mere presence. Shahrukh’s acting owes more to Dilipsaab than is openly acknowledged. He paid his idol a visit recently.

Smiling At You, Kid

Dare to dream of a fun thing in India and cha­n­ces are you’d be dragged to court by a litigant group. Milli­ons were ent­­­r­anced by the cha­rms —that smile, those brows, and yes, the kohl-lined winks—of young Priya Prakash Varrier in the song Man­ikya Malaraya Poovi. But alas, some Hydera­badis sniffed blasphemy in the lyrics, and ran to court. Hope their spoiler is thrown out.

His Smile Won’t Melt Butter? Bah!

Fraudsters often have this insatiable penchant for high glamour. Such is the tale of Nirav Modi: jewellery designer, high-flier and now a fugitive who has left PNB in the lurch. Yet till recently, Bollywood and lesser Holly­w­ood wore his glitters with glee. Here, at the inauguration of his store in NY, Lisa Haydon and Nimrat Kaur sport Modi’s trinkets.

Hear This: Make Daddy Laugh

Their last outing before the camera was the ill-fated Ajooba, but Rishi Kapoor and Amitabh would hope that 102 Not Out recaptures the magic of Naseeb and Amar Akbar Anthony. A centenarian father who puts his 75-year-old boring son in an old age home? Why, this has the kernel of a laugh-riot. We’ll wait for May 4.

She’s On A Lively Pitch

This is stuff you don’t read in dry-as-dust sports pages: starlet Elli Avram, she of Greek-Swedish descent, is quite the companion for Hardik Pandya—on tours, in parties, by his side at a wedding.... The denials we won’t repeat, but would only express a wish: that one with so irreproachable a taste in jumpsuits shouldn’t colour her hair in streaky blue like him.

This Too Happened

After a grassroots women’s group asked guests at the Grammys to wear a white rose in support of the #MeToo movement, the Brit awards  leaves it to its attendees to decide whether they would want to wear a white rose pin, calling it a “symbol of solidarity, which we invite them to wear, if they so choose”.

  • When we were little in the ’80s and Anup Jalota was a star, we still saw him as a podgy fel­low with a mellow voice. Now that he has Jasleen Math­aru as companion in Bigg Boss 12, how many are stumped? Jasleen is a singer, Jalota’s ‘disciple’ and...but then surely we’re not as crass as to jealously repeat the crude trolls? Believers in peace, we’d say: very well done, Anup.
  • 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?
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