OUTLOOK Monday 26 March, 2018
Rolling Up The Hills

Throwing in one’s hat on to the political roulette table is all very well, till the enormity of the decision sinks in like a tonne. It sent Rajnikanth on a two-week spiritual trip to the Himalayas, to an ashram in Rishikesh, for a quietening spell of meditation. No tricks there, Thalaivar!

So, What Happened?

She’s slipped again. That would be Hillary Clinton, sliding and slithering during her descent down the stairs in Mandu’s Jahaj Mahal palace. This is after last October’s nasty, toe-breaking fall in London while promoting her book, What Happened, which is an explanation of her befuddling loss to Donald Trump in 2016. This private visit to India also squeezed in a lecture on the book.

Slash Not Our Kitty

The randomness in which social media bestows a month’s superstardom on people is a wondrous thing to behold. Like South Korean pop songs/dance videos that involve little song and dance.... The latest addition is samurai Kyutaro, from the Japanese movie Neko Zamurai. Hired by a rival, dog-loving gang, he is tasked to kill a rival’s cat, but refuses after meeting the fluffy blob. Now that’s the cutest you’d let a warrior be.

Stars Needn’t Speak Much

The history of Bollywood is, partially, the history of actors in the throes of passion being interrupted rudely by custom-made prudery. Amir dealt an early blow to fortress scissors with that indelible kiss in QSQT. In freer times now, the actor met reporters on an airport on his 53rd birthday. Near at hand was wife Kiran Rao. The men with pens badgered on; Amir concentrated on the one important thing.

Don’t Let The Scoundrels Off

The subject of trolls (subject of our cover story too, in case you’re reading this from the end) works Shibani Dandekar up no end. The actress-host is herself  a victim (just imagine losers who can’t take a photo like this in robust humour), believes in the good cheer soc­ial media is capable of and is taking action. She’s hosting  Troll Police, a TV show that aims to bring  celebrities and  their trolls face to face.

RIP Maestro

From classic age stars like Garbo and Marlene Dietrich to golden age divas like Liz Taylor, Lauren Bacall, Grace Kelly and, unforgettably, Audrey Hepburn, Hubert de Givenchy had them hankering for his royal raiments. As pathbre­a­king as Coco Chanel and as han­dsome as Bond, his clothes “moved with a woman’s body”. Jackie Kennedy would have concurred, had you asked her.

This Too Happened

Though he’s not contemplating legal action, British artist Anish Kapoor has come down hard on the National Rifle Association for using his work in a promotional video. Kapoor abhors the “nightmarish, intolerant, divisive vision” of the NRA, which used his Cloud Gate sculpture from Chicago in a video.

  • Only gali boys with millionaire benefactors can afford to  dress so tastelessly in expensive jackets and sportswear. But when has Bollywood let verisimilitude stand in its  strident ways? Thus, Ranveer at the trailer launch of Gully Boy, about a rapper’s breakthrough, with co-star Alia, who does better. 
  • They don’t have the ceremonial heft of Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson, though Malaysia’s Muhammad V and his Russian lover Oksana Voevodina certainly are better looking by a million miles. The cases are simply similar: Muhammad, in his second year of a five-year term, reportedly gave up his throne to marry his sweetheart. But who wouldn’t trade that unwieldy diadem for those gorgeous brown ringlets?
  • Right. A caricatured, age-old trope   from Bollywood: The figure of the garishly done up ‘rowdy Romeo’ (those ani­malistic jackets, that high heel, the wolf whistle) wooing the shyly wanton trollop, finger on chin, hips commencing to swing away to a rising shriek of music. Ranveer and Sara Ali Khan  are only play-acting for a promo for Simmba, but if this depresses you, close your eyes and think of Grace Kelly.
  • The successive stages of the making of Kangana Ranaut’s Manikarnika has been greedily recounted, so the release of the trailer came on its downward crest. But it’s not only Kangana’s proud Laxmibai with her bevy of attendants, there are Tatya Tope and Bajirao II to contend with too.


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