OUTLOOK Monday 02 April, 2018
Skipper’s Crew

Bombast, aggro and a pumped up show on the green isn’t just an impr­omptu act impelled by adrenalin. It needs careful preparation and groo­ming. The 11th Premier League, playground of the talented mighty, is upon us, and Virat is up for it. Sides shorn off, the top buffeted up in a tight pompadour...that’s the look!

Spring Collection

They camped on the eye of destination weddings in India, Udaipur, picking up pomp and circumstance on the way. Glamour the bride, actress-diva Shriya Saran, had in plenty, and was matched in cheekiness by the groom, Russian ent­repreneur Andrei Kos­cheev. “Love is a huge word and her love makes me better,” gushed a helpless Andrei.

Make Eyes At Her

When the Telugu film Chirutha didn’t revive her deflated movie career, Neha Sharma promptly turned to photoshoots in glossies; advance notices of which were given to fans through Instagram. Demure was out, decolletage was in and LBDs were flung around like so many hapless suitors.

Striped Overalls? Go To Hell!

Ah...Ek do teen—the jangling freshness of its tinny tune swung at a time when flash was to become flashier, helped along by the raw vim of an ingenue breaking out into stardom. Classics are traduced by Bolly­wood, buoyed by the vain hope that a version can ride on old magic. That’s all malarkey, shouts Saroj Khan, the original choreographer, when she saw Ek do teen from Baaghi 2, as Jacqueline writhed in lantern light.

Look Straight For The Turn

An economy rate of 5.70 in T20s is bowling gold. That wasn’t the only achievement of 18-year-old off-spinner Washington Sundar in the Nidahas Trophy—he forced the most number of batsmen—eight—to take the longest walk. Rattling competitors like Chahal and Axar, Man of the Series Sundar delivered a paean to finger spin. 

Saying She’s Special

Nubian warrior queens lived in antiquity, in the lower Nile and upper Sudan, admired by Pha­raohs in the north. But when Beyonce took that as her theme at a gala, she sought help from Indian designer duo Falguni and Shane Peacock. The result was this gorgeous, gold-panelled, sheer bodice and a carefully crumpled solid train. Imagine what the box in which it’s stored would look like!

This Too Happened

Since the Cambridge Analytica debacle hit headlines on Friday, Facebook is said to have lost $50 billion and its stockmarket value fell a steep 10 per cent in four days. The data analytics firm is said to have  targeted close to 50 million Facebook users during the Trump campaign.

  • 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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