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OUTLOOK Monday 10 September, 2018
No Makeover Needed

A bounteous twirl of silk made many a fashionista’s day at the Lakme Fashion Week. That would be Sushmita’s flamboyant ‘pantsari’. Yes, nothing sari about it, except a pleated  pallu hanging apologetically. Elsewhere, Hema Malini and daughter Esha par­aded  gorgeous Assamese silk saris. Later, at a backstage media interaction, mother and daughter were only interested in the latter’s film Cakewalk. Chided  for misusing the platform, they stormed off in anger. What happened to the saris, though?

Throwing It Deep

Mighty Samsons in old comic books used to be portrayed thus: long-haired, spear in hand, hand­­somely atavistic of visage. Neeraj Chopra was favourite to win gold in javelin at the Asiad, and he delivered without fuss. Not for him a silver that so many of our stellar athletes have taken a shine to.

Let Your Locks Out, Man

Naga sadhus  are noted for their lack of clothes, not for wearing a jacket that seemed to have been borrowed from a Redcoat who has been through the entire Napoleonic Wars (Oh, there are those dreadlocks!). Nay, Saif’s look for Hunter is European in ori­gin. The bandana puts one in mind of Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow, the cinematic pirate.

Voices Together

After the frightful deluge comes relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction. The demands, in monetary terms, are huge. At an event organised by the Kerala Flood Relief Fund in New Delhi, Justice Kurian Joseph sang the ever hopeful We shall overcome, as singer Mohit Cha­uhan kept pace on the guitar. And in case you’re wondering, just remember: a Supreme Court judge
always sings in tune.

Catch Her Not

A circuitous Netflix promo features the utt­erly magnetic Radhika Apte being coaxed into accepting yet another ser­ies, where she plays all the characters. An exercise in solipsism this is not, but a reminder of her  ineffable presence in Lust Stories, Sacred Games and Ghoul. Is that a reason to be trolled though? Look below, and feel her calling out to you. Who are those dissentient morons?

This Too Happened

The 75th Venice Film Festival, considered a launchpad for the Oscars, has come under fire for featuring just one female director. While the likes of Mike Leigh, Paul Greengrass, the Coen brothers and Luca Guadagnino  will have their films featured, Australian Jennifer Kent is the only woman in the line-up.

  • When we were little in the ’80s and Anup Jalota was a star, we still saw him as a podgy fel­low with a mellow voice. Now that he has Jasleen Math­aru as companion in Bigg Boss 12, how many are stumped? Jasleen is a singer, Jalota’s ‘disciple’ and...but then surely we’re not as crass as to jealously repeat the crude trolls? Believers in peace, we’d say: very well done, Anup.
  • Acid attack survivors remind us of the primitive core within our cellphone-toting society. So, when five such women, half their faces veiled for a confident gait, walked at Agnimitra Paul’s show in Calcutta as show-stoppers, everyone clapped in heartfelt sympathy. The clothes, sadly, would hardly stop anyone in their tracks.
  • Rehabilitation after the dreadful floods is ano­ther matter, but there was no dearth of notable people making full-throated appeals for funds for Kerala. On tour in the US, A.R. Rahman act­ually dipped into his pockets, and came up with Rs 1 crore. And they cheered for him in Washington when he showed it.   
  • A bounteous twirl of silk made many a fashionista’s day at the Lakme Fashion Week. That would be Sushmita’s flamboyant ‘pantsari’. Yes, nothing sari about it, except a pleated  pallu hanging apologetically. Elsewhere, Hema Malini and daughter Esha par­aded  gorgeous Assamese silk saris. Later, at a backstage media interaction, mother and daughter were only interested in the latter’s film Cakewalk. Chided  for misusing the platform, they stormed off in anger. What happened to the saris, though?
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