OUTLOOK Monday 21 May, 2018
Now Wave Back

As the little party slowly app­roached the wedding venue of Sonam Kapoor in Bandra, Mumbai, papa­razzi espied three bona fide movie stars—Karisma, Kareena and Saif. But the beady eyed little fellow surveying the world from dad’s shoulder made the lensmen zoom in, then zoom in some more. Pink seemingly being the family colour, little Taimur would wear nothing but that. We understand.

Away On The Train Of Life

Even a wedding so carefully choreographed, photographers at the ready to take the most fetching images for the world waiting outside, has images as natural and heartening as this. Anand Ahuja, very much the handsome groom (that dagger is jewel-enc­rusted, I’m sure), kneels beside his heavily draped bride, Sonam Kapoor, who’s struck helpless with gleeful, 24-carat happiness. Veere Di Wedding won’t match this in purity.

That’s Appetite

Right, so she loves pizza. She, moreover, loves to eat pizza in the bath, delicately balancing the box across the tub, splashing about the tepidly warm water as the cheese and toppings do their moreish work. Did the experienced photographer catch her thus, in felicitous medias res? We think not. A tribute to New York-based painter Lee Price, who specialises in the relations between women and food, Padma Lakshmi wields her own brush rather well.

For Deepika

MoMA’s annual Met Gala ball, full of itself for being frequented by the age’s leading beauties, gave out the pea-brained theme: “Fashion and the Catholic Imagination”. Priyanka, Hollywood’s fave Indian hurried to comply with a Ralph Lauren velvet dress and a glistening hood. Deepika gave the  theme a damn, chose Prabal Gurung and looked as biblically seductive as any woman. She was trolled for not clinging to the theme. We salute her as such.

This Too Happened

Russell Crowe has got a koala chlamydia treatment ward in Australia named after comedian John Oliver. This after Oliver tried to take the mickey, buying a number of items from Crowe’s ‘divorce auction’ and helping out struggling video stores. Chlamydia impacts a lot of koalas Down Under.

  • 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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