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.

  • 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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