OUTLOOK Monday 05 March, 2018
Cure For Hiccups

Hichki, Rani Mukherjee’s comeback movie, shows the trials and triumph of a teacher suffering from Tourette Syndrome. A song, Oye Hichki, was released recently, along with a stunt: Rani launched it at her old school in Mumbai. Is it okay that a Bollywood actress is making a commercial show of sorts in school? Dunno. Either things have loosened up, or some schools are like that. 

Two Tycoons

When two titans of industry meet,  what do they do, except drop their guard and embrace as equals? Mukesh Ambani and Ratan Tata were at the opening ceremony of Magnetic Maharashtra summit, where PM Modi congratulated the state on bec­oming the country’s first trillion-dollar economy.

A Bite At The Big Apple

‘My one and only’, captioned Virat Kohli, in Instagram, dripping uncharacteristic mushiness. Soon after, this picture made celebrity watchers by their millions speculate if Anushka was in South Africa too. No she wasn’t, answered the actress, declaring she too missed her ‘love’. That sun-kissed photo, she clarified, was taken in Manhattan, New York, in 2017.

She’s Just Fine

As brand ambassador of Assam tourism, Priyanka Chopra was attired thus—in a pretty frock, and traditional headgear—for a calendar. At the state legislature, some MLAs broke loose, decrying her choice of frock over mekhla-chador. Cheap publicity, said most wise men in the house, and swatted it away.

Going Down South

Every creative person expresses himself acc­ording to his craft. So what does a wholesome, Trump-hating fashion des­igner do? Along with lilo skirts and condom dresses, New York-based Edwin Mohney rolled out the Trumpettos at the London Fashion Week. The rubber stilettos, fashioned like our man, would screech and scrape, I ima­gine, with every emphatic stomp. He should make a pair for Melania, too!

If Looks Can Avenge

The minx in many B-movies (if not in budget, then in style and ambition), Urvashi Rautela is all set to scare, or be scared, and please all. What else is the lead act­ress of an ‘erotic thriller’ like Hate Story 4 supposed to do? Though she’s new to the franchise, Urvashi is alr­eady in love with the poster  of the revenge drama, with her character’s eyes, speaking of “revenge and helplessness” impressing her the most.

This Too Happened

The Brit awards this year threw up many surprises. Aside from a slurry Damon Albarn going on about Brexit, Kosovar Albanian singer Dua Lipa won the best British female act, and 24-year-old rapper Stormzy or Michael Omari beat the likes of Ed Sheeran and Liam Gallagher in the best male category.

  • Italy, all of a sudden, has overtaken Provence, Switzerland and grand European chateaus as the destination for celebrity Indian weddings. Preparations were afoot at the Villa del Balbianello on the impossibly picturesque Lake Como for the nuptials of Deepika and Ranveer, a duo who looks no less handsome than the fancy environs of their grand day on November 14 and 15. We hope Como lives up to their dreams.
  • 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.


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