OUTLOOK Monday 07 May, 2018
In Their Town

She was the first lady to the 41st president of the US and mother of the 43rd. As such, the fun­eral of the recently dep­arted Barbara Bush was a congregation of former power. Alongside the grieving George H.W. Bush  and George W. Bush were Barack Obama and Bill Clinton with their wives. Not only a ple­asing picture, it also ­presented a Democrat-Republican bipartisanship sorely missing from Washington politics of the day.

Not To Be Missed

First, the foreground: Ranbir Kapoor, flanked by director Rajkumar Hirani and producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra, flashes a ‘heart’ at the press at the teaser launch of Sanju, which promises much in terms of flying high-down in the gutters-picking oneself up drama. Now look at the background—the utterly wondrous transformation of Ranbir into the man he impersonates, Sanjay Dutt. Modern make-up has done its bit. Can Ranbir motivate himself to complete the likeness?

Build It On Shoes

He, Anand Ahuja, is the well-educa­ted owner of a multi-brand sneaker company, minting millions. She, Sonam Kapoor, won a national award for Neerja, besides laying claim to being a style icon to readers of Page 3 news. The two are to marry, possibly in May, in Mumbai. You are not invited.

Runaway Wife

Other than cricket captaincy, fast-bowling and organising political marches to Islamabad, Imran Khan is also an expert, and lover, of dogs. But his new wife, Bushra Manek, couldn’t abide by the creatures having a free run of the house and interfering in her ‘religious act­ivities’. Result? A miffed Manek storms out of the palatial bungalow.

Story Hasn’t Meat

There are tycoons who rob at will and then find refuge in the West. Then there is Mallika Sherawat, who, when served not­ice in Paris for not paying rent for a flat she shared with her ‘husb­and’, ran back to India. The act­ress denies the allegati­ons and the existence of all else: flat, husb­and, rent, sou­rces for the story and a lawyer who trashed it. Now it’s back to promoting the goodness of veganism.

This Too Happened

As per a court ruling, singer Madonna has lost the fight to stop 22 personal items from being auctioned. They include a lock of her hair, her underwear and a handwritten letter from late boyfriend Tupac Shakur, which was sourced by TMZ and dated January 15, 1995, a year before Tupac’s murder.

  • 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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