OUTLOOK Monday 16 July, 2018
Talking Of Michelangelo

A picture you seem to have missed: Priyanka and Rahul Gandhi in earnest conversation with former PM Manmohan Singh. Ah, no wonder you’ve never seen this, for Anupam Kher (Singh), Arjun Mathur (Rahul) and Aahana Kumra (Priyanka) promise to be master impersonators of personages much in news. They might as well be, for they’ll be judged and scrutinised!

Take Three

If recent rumours of a  grand falling out bet­ween Katrina and Jacqueline are true, they seem to be truly talented actresses, a secret they’ve managed to keep from us. For, the glamorously bem­asked (and generously sequinned) duo, along with Sonakshi on a Dabangg tour in the US,  look very comfortable with each other. Bhaijaan needn’t worry, he is in good hands.

A Full Score Life

As a modern purveyor of Indian dance, Uday Shankar was unparallelled. His prodigiously talented wife, danseuse and choreographer Amala Shnkar, turned 100. Her house, in Calcutta, filled up as family gathered around the grand dame, incl­uding her daughter, actr­ess-dancer Mamata Shankar. A perfect occasion, then, to screen the path-breaking Kalpana (1948), directed/acted by Uday Shankar and also starring Amala.

The Same Cloth

“Shahrukh!!!”cried the assorted papa­razzi as he stepped out of his car with wife Gauri at a party at the Ambanis’. A few steps nearer, and they were struck dumb at the preternatural likeness bet­ween father and son. Aryan Khan can take comfort that it’s a case of life imitating an old Bollywood trope. He could also act in remakes of his dad’s movies!

Not Like A Father

The youthful Mithun extracted appeal from a lissom roughness that hinted at a softer core. It’s not only unfortunate that his son Mahakshay has nothing of the same, now the boy has been charged by an actress (a former girlfriend) with being an unspeakable cad. Our hearts go out to Mithtunda for having to endure all this.

Say, Star

Okay, she has oomph, but Rebekah, wife of England striker Jamie Vardy, also has the wisdom and character to scoff at OK! mag’s title of ‘Queen of the World Cup Wags’. A role in a galaxy of ten wives and GFs who cheered England as they broke the WC penalty barrier is enough for her.

This Too Happened

The North American box office has clocked its highest ever figures in a quarter, between April and June this year. With sequels like Avengers: Infinity War, Jurassic World and Incredibles 2 raking it in, the total stands at $3.3 billion at a time when online streaming is said to be challenging the theatrical experience.

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  • If you’d like to stitch together a Hollywood dream team, it has to have Marty, Bob and Sonny. The BFI London film festival saved its hushed breath for The Irishman—a gangster drama by the man who helped define the genre in Goodfellas and The Departed. Yet, in this autumnal light, Frank (De Niro) and Jimmy (Al Pacino) are just not snarling desperados, six-shooters at the ready. Time is also spent on sombre reflection—old reg­rets, moral reckonings and the one important thing that finally matters: mortality.
  • 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.