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.

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  • An evening in Paris is kinda incomplete without appreciating up-close those high-kicking cancan dancers in flesh-exposing ostrich feather costumes at Moulin Rouge. It’s a touristy tradition of 130 years, a milestone the cabaret reached this aut­umn. Enjoy the choreography and quaff your way through a bottle of champagne. 82 Boulevard de Clichy, Please
  • Kendall Jenner, Camila Morr­one, Scooter Braun, Kim Kard­ashian, Joan Smalls...that’s a guestlist straight out of a Craigslist of new-world cel­e­­bdom. Except the model and the real-life showgirl, we hadn’t heard of anyone (had you?). They banded together at the wedding ceremony of Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin in South Carolina. Don’t it look like they’re on a school trip?
  • His penchant for prancing about in outrageous clothes —the incessant, kitschy peacocking—might irritate you, but the one role tailormade for Ranveer Sinh’s exuberance was Gully Boy. Inspired by street rappers Divine and Naezy, Ranveer, his rapper team and Alia set Dharavi alight with their defiant poe­try. Acclaimed by all, it is now India’s official entry to the Oscars. We need them to break the fourth wall now.
  • Couldn’t she have had a better hairstyle than one which makes her hair stand up in ungainly tufts, like that of a bird soaked to its skin in the Mumbai monsoon? Couldn’t he have worn a jacket without those offensive stripes, often an indicator of a perfect marriage of bad taste with sudden money? But Rahika is soaring after the success of Andhadhun; Ali Fazal, too, is gearing up for his role in a Hollywood production of Death on the Nile, the Poirot mystery. They smiled reassuringly at the ‘IIFA Rocks’ event; they had a lot of fun.