OUTLOOK Monday 13 August, 2018
All That Glitters...

Fresh from gowning Beyonce, Falguni and Shane Peacock sprinkled the stuff they are made of at the India Couture Week—glitter, sparkle, dazzle, powdered gold dust. Personifying the coruscation was Kareena Kapoor, whose apparel radiated crystallised, rich yellow that stunned the gapers.

Her Hair Like A Cloudy Night

Hollywood devised the zombie as an scarily entertaining riff for the fantasy horror genre. Bollywood has adopted the ‘look’ for sci-fi. Thus, Zero, starring SRK, has a grim Katrina, glamour intact, with just an extra layer of kohl under her eyes.

Only For Box-Office Gold

Akshay is such a sport, you’re thinking; he has just visited the Asian Games-bound India squad (there’s a beaming Dipa Karmakar) to boost their morale. Ah, think again. The man is just doing business, milking our team for his hockey film Gold.

Matter of Hearts

#KikiChallenge, a pea-brained fad that urges teens to jump out of a moving car, sway on the road to Drake’s In My Feelings, then hop back in, has pro­mpted ashen-faced auth­orities to ring the alarum. While it does look cool when a girl in hotpants pulls it off (presenting act­ress Karishma Sharma), the ‘challenge’ has many look like failed lunatics. 

Now He’s Happy Again

Mere achche din kab ayenge...sang Anil Kapoor’s (yes, that’s him, naturalistically grizzled and handsome) taxi driver in Fanney Khan. Social media wags weren’t going to hit this dolly for anyth­ing less than a sixer. Ruthless parodies on the PM’s 2014 poll pro­mise followed. Makers of the film scrambled their lyricist fast, cha­­nging it to Mere achche din ab aaye re. We call it artistic integrity.

Just Doing It Right

When someone as hot as Kiara Advani is a timid girl in an unsatisfactory relationship, it’s but natural that she’d eventually take matters into her own hands. That’s what happens, quite literally, in the most famous scene of the web series Lust Stories. Kiara, who has impressed all with her slow smoulder, gives her fulsome thanks to the director, Karan Johar.

This Too Happened

Malaysia’s head of civil aviation has resigned after an official report pointed out multiple mistakes on the part of air traffic controllers in Vietnam and Malaysia, who delayed sounding an alert for twenty minutes after the MH370 aircraft had gone missing. It still remains untraced.

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  • Though the Russians presented a united front of splendrous symmetry, winning golds in synchronised swimming at the FINA world championships at Gwangju, S. Korea, we only have eyes for the Italians, caught here in the glistening throes of a cascading collapse, arms linked and eyes cocked. Olgas and Tatianas hit the podium; Giulias and Francescas smacked us hard in the solar plexus.
  • She takes after her mother in so many ways: the shape of her  face, that smile, the way her hair  tumbles back. He, as you all can see, is an image of his dad (has he inh­erited that two-generation-old dimple?) Saif and Amrita Singh’s children Sara and Ibrahim Ali Khan are holidaying in England. This casual, happy chat over some Earl Grey does confirm what they say—the siblings are inseparable.
  • It’s bad enough to earn millions while having a talent for nothing exc­ept indecently hogging attention; it’s worse to lay claim to a venerable tradition in service to one’s base business ins­tinct. But what do you expect from Kim Kardashian, who had the audacity to name her upcoming shapewear line (to be worn inside) ‘Kimono’. While you condemn her for the usual  self-centredness (as millions did), laud her for knowing something  about a place as further afield as Japan. The  name, thankfully, stands withdrawn.
  • Though the Trinamool cut a sorry figure, then took its rev­erses badly, our favourite MPs from Bengal—close pals  and actresses Mimi Chakraborty and Nusrat Jahan, were unt­ouched by the sour petulance. Fresh from Nusrat’s wedding in Turkey, and so absent when other MPs took their oaths in Parliament, the duo did the needful later, not forgetting to use ‘Jai Bangla’. Didi is happy; can’t say we aren’t, too!


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