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.

  • 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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