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.

  • If there was a couple encased in classiness at the Laureus Sports Awards in Monaco, France, it was wrestler Vinesh Phogat (up for the World Come­back Award, along with Tiger Woods and others) and husband Somvir Rat­­hee. Winner of the Sport for Good gong? Jharkhand-based NGO Yuwa.
  • Whether the world premiere of Gully Boy at the Berlin Film Festival reiterates Bollywood’s hold more than it indicates the Berlinale’s decline is another matter, but the irrepressible Ranveer was in character as his goofy rapper: shockingly meretricious tuxedo, blown-up hair, machine-gunning away to everyone’s delight. Beside him Alia was a soothing balancing act, her silkily trailing train a rival to that of a British princess on her wedding day.
  • Anil Kapoor almost did the Ram Lakhan tapori jig when Slumdog Millionaire won the Oscars—but a lashing from dear wife the night before held back his legs. What stopped him from doing one at the #Slum-dogTenYears event, we don’t know. Perhaps the sobering presence of Gulzar saab and Rahman. Anyway, Jai Ho!
  • Healed is a word we want to hear from anyone with cancer. And Manisha Koirala, 48, has healed. And Healed is what she wrote. She sealed, and signed, it with her melt-the-mountain smile at the JLF.


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