OUTLOOK Monday 23 July, 2018
Open Field

Why, you might ask yourself, did they not zoom into the grinning faces of this father and son duo when covering the France vs Belgium semi-final. But, in St Petersburg, they only had lenses for fans who had personal investment in the outcome of the game. Point is, like so many of us, Abhishek and Amitabh, too, had lots to cheer about. At half-time, they were even.

Friends In Black, United Forever

If Vicky Kaushal, rather than the launch vehicle, Ranbir Kapoor, blew your mind in Sanju, you have to tip your hat to the man beh­ind Kamlesh ‘Kamli’ Kanhaiyalal—Paresh Ghelani, the turbulent Sanjay Dutt’s rock, refuge and best man. In a cathartic social media post, Ghelani poured out his emotions.  

In her Silver Chalice

Ah, star kids! Earlier, preened and prim­ped to their toenails at glamorous parties, they would have been at the mercy of paid Page 3 photographers. Now, Ins­ta­g­ram has granted them the agency to pose as fashionistas, taking the wind out of the sails of cruel judges. Surely, more dem­o­cr­atic, you’d agree? Then raise a toast to Sara Tendulkar, the new girl on your screen.

Twice-Turned Tale

Handspring 360 and Tsukuhara 720 are just names that go with the twists, turns, tumbles and landings in the sport with the lowest margin for errors. Then there is the Produnova, a fiendish routine containing a handspring and two somersaults. The only Indian to dare dream of it, then execute it in Rio in 2016, Dipa Karmakar, will be back in action in the Jakarta Asiad after a long injury-­induced break. The death-defying vault, its difficulty level axed recently, is very much on the mat, says Dipa.

What The Beads Tell

Netflix’s starry Sacred Games has enticed the media and attr­acted controversy. But it has thrown up a new star—Kubbra Sait’s Kuk­koo, a transgender, is an unalloyed hit, especially the ons­creen nudity on which the character hin­ges. We present Kubbra thus: str­­ong­­-lim­bed, clean-jawed, ath­­letically sensuous...deli­ghtfully retro-­­­­fitted with those shorts that smell of the ’80s.

Same Umberellaa

They say you have an exact double somewhere on the planet. A natural doppelganger, if you like. When friends told Chhattisgarh model Renee Kujur (left) that she was a spitting image of  pop superstar and fashion icon Rihanna, she laughed it off. More discoveries meant Renee’s dubious, Instagrammed fame now rests on this incontrovertible likeness. A positive: people who disparaged her ‘dark’ skin are now scraping before her.

This Too Happened

The Information Commissioner’s Office fined Facebook £500,000 after finding it failed to protect user data and for not being transparent enough about how data was harvested in light of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Facebook earned the fine amount every five minutes in the first quarter of 2018.

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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.