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.

  • Italy, all of a sudden, has overtaken Provence, Switzerland and grand European chateaus as the destination for celebrity Indian weddings. Preparations were afoot at the Villa del Balbianello on the impossibly picturesque Lake Como for the nuptials of Deepika and Ranveer, a duo who looks no less handsome than the fancy environs of their grand day on November 14 and 15. We hope Como lives up to their dreams.
  • 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.


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