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OUTLOOK Monday 28 May, 2018
The Riviera Sparkles

With wielders of poison-tipped pens poi­sed to stab you for that one fashion faux pas, only the great glamorous pull it off on the Cannes red carpet with com­­posed eclat. That rar­e­fied list must now include Aishwarya Rai, who, in her 17th year on the carpet, carries this peacock-butterfly inspired (rather gaudy, if you ask me) gown as if born in it.

The rookie, Kangana, tries harder in this metallic, beaded jumpsuit, redolent partly of Saturday Night Live and partly of Jane Fonda’s Barbarella.

Else­where, the cast of Manto (Nan­dita Das, Nawaz­uddin, Rasika Dugal and Tahir Bha­sin) line up before the film’s screening.

Finally, a grand show by grandes dames: head of the festival jury Cate Blanchett leads actresses and other women in the industry to protest the long absence of women from the merit lists.

She Will Be A Tiger Mom

The shrine of Al-Masjid an-Nabawi in Medina hosts pilgrims from all over the world seeking the Almighty’s blessings. Recent visitors included cricketer Shoaib Malik and his wife, Sania Mirza, who is expecting. She said she cherishes her life’s ‘new phase’, and promised not to forsake tennis.

Son Has Made His Name

Thirty years ago, we schoolboys danced for months to Papa Kehte Hain (and the songs these days...). At a commemorative premiere of QSQT, the mustachioed Aamir fidd­led around with a guitar. He must have rec­a­lled Reena, who was an extra in the song, and who he secretly married. Memories are made of this.

To A Happy Couple

They might keep their wedding a closely guarded affair, but the clearing off for the honeymoon has to be circulated among hoi polloi. As Angad Bedi and Neha Dhupia schlepped off to the US, hand in loverly hand, we scratched our heads, wondering why it is thus. Ah, but then, smaller stars too must display a need for privacy!

This Too Happened

Margot Kidder, known for her role as Lois Lane opposite Christopher Reeve in the Superman films of the ’70s and ’80s and for starring in The Amityville Horror, has died at the age of 69 after an unspecified illness. Tributes poured in from both the showbiz world and the comics fraternity.



  • A fashion show dedicated to the glorious ‘modern’ possibilities of the saree seemed in danger of design hyperbole, had it not been for the stupendously stunning results obtained when Adidti Rao Hydari and Diana Penty wrapped their nine yards. The rest were a cross between wannabe gowns and strenous echoes of ancient India, one example being this monstrosity in white (above).
  • Swatted aside by rivals Barca in two El Classicos, and kicked out from the Champions League by Ajax, a whimpering Real Madrid—their rhythm hitting  serious notes of  the blues, had to sack manager Santiago Soleri. Enter Zinedine Zidane, the magic man who delivered nine trophies  before resigning last May. Can Zizou do it without Ronaldo? Let’s see.
  • Right. Another line-up of pretty youngsters photographed against another (fancy) brick-wall. The cast of Malang has Kunal Kemmu, Aditya Roy Kapur and the delectable Disha Patani. But who’s the third man here...the young spark grinning away like an ingenue at his first photoshoot? None other than Anil Kapoor, our ’80s Lakhan who lost many kilos, added oodles of mojo and now runs with the hares. Salut!
  • The women of Khatikhera village of Hapur, UP, stared at, then fought off, the age-old stigma atta­ched to menstruation to start a small unit that makes affordable sanitary pads for all. They are the subject of Period. End of Sentence, which won the Oscar for the Best Documentary Short.Producer Melissa Berton (centre left) and director Rayka Zehtabchi celebrate on the stage in LA. They sang and danced all night at Khatikhera too.
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