OUTLOOK Monday 11 June, 2018
Cup Of Joy

Brazilian Marcelo should be proud of running tirelessly across the track for 90 minutes. Spain’s captain Sergio Ramos should be glad his brutal, but cunning, tackle put Moha­med Salah out of action. Together, the two Real Madrid players exhibit the Cha­mpion’s League Trophy in Madrid’s Cibeles Square. In all this, spare a mite of compassion for Liverpool’s goalie, the hapless Loris Karius.

How Pantheresque!

WTA lovelies who thought Serena would be out for long after chi­ldbi­rth got a jolt when the ind­­efatigable Williams arrived at the French Open in her “catsuit 2.0”, also dedicated, somew­hat clumsily, to all women suf­­­­­­f­erers. Think it’s too non-tennis? Rewind to Mary Pierce’s raiment from ’97!

Love Slumbers On

Didn’t we all envy Arjun Rampal, much bef­ore he took his stony visage to films, for marrying the ethereal Mehr Jessia? Twe­nty years on, they seemed a fixity, like a rock. Till now, when news of a separation bursts upon us, with a sober statement saying ‘finis’.

Hitting Sixers Are Easier

When Shibani Dandekar invited dancers up on the stage at a cricket ratings award, two punters leapt up on to the stage. Chris Gayle, born swinging his bat to the rhythms of Calypso is a natural mover we know. But has Shikhar Dhawan dancing credentials? His wrestling raps on the thighs are ugly, and wedding bhangra moves just won’t do.

Not Much Of A Wall

If one beauty is petite, the other is Amazonian. And the man to curl his free-kicks between them effortlessly, that too under the same roof, is a bulkier Ronaldinho. No, dual  matrimony to Beatriz and Priscilla is untrue. Evidently in fine fettle, sho­uldn’t he be terrorising penalty boxes with Neymar in Russia?

Look Sharp

Some are born to the swimsuit; some are forced into it and simper miserably to make a point. Blow-haired and loose limbed,  the girl with the most oomph in Bolly­wood (as matters stand, and they stand with sinuosity), Disha Pat­ani, can take out a few of Rio’s top talents. One grouse with this Instagram snap—the shades have no work; those eyes, lit with light, are part of the beach appeal. As for rum­ours of a secret holiday with Tiger Shroff, expect Disha to muscle her way out.

This Too Happened

The English, probably sick of over-hyping their football side every World Cup year have done the
opposite and lambasted 23-year-old winger Raheem Sterling for sporting a gun tattoo. The Manchester City player’s dad died in gun violence when he was two, a fact the tabloids didn’t give much thought to.

  • 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.
  • Those moves, those skirts, those cropped shirts...Britney Spears fans, stand up and cheer! Student of the Year 2 has Varun, Alia and Tiger, but new faces (ah!) Tara and Ananya too. Of cou­rse, superstar Will Smith is fresh to Bollywood; he’s app­earing in a cameo. Here’s cheers to director  Punit Malhotra for roping him in.


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