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.

  • There’s no reason, we agree, to gaze again at the lovely faces of Ananya and Tara at another promo for Student of the Year 2. But this one is for that lithe, mean, dancing-fighting machine, Tiger Shroff. The man who can kick aside the whole lot of simpering actors is set to reprise his role (“a larger-than-life, shirtless hero”) in the next instalment of Baaghi.
  • Chinese audiences’ app­etite for Bollywood drama rages unabated. The latest one to have the Peking boys sta­m­pede into the theatres and Shanghai’s dames squeal in pleasant fright is Sriram Raghavan’s suspense thriller Andha Dhun (marketed also as Piano Player, shades of Truffaut crime caper here) starring Ayushmann and Radhika. Rs 219 crore in two weeks is a handily handsome strike rate. Long live our ‘soft power’.
  • CSK Watch In this glad season for the Chennai Super Kings, ace atta­cking spinner Imran Tahir has been a sight to behold—his tight-fisted, spread-armed sprint after a wicket popular as ever on and off the field. After another easy win, skipper Dhoni dared Tahir’s son for a race. We don’t know who won, but it dissolved into a softly-softly celebration. Can Uncle Cool do it like Dad? We doubt it.
  • A midfield sultan meets a ruling badshah on the sidelines of an amphitheatre. That would be Shahrukh’s London meeting with Arse­nal’s central scimitar, Mesut Ozil. After damning the hypocrisy in German mult­i­­cultur­ism, Ozil is in a smoother space. SRK, who is huge in Turkey,  where Ozil’s roots lie, got a (rather formal) welcome in Hindi too.


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