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.

  • 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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