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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”.



  • 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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