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.

  • Swatted aside by rivals Barca in two El Classicos, and kicked out from the Champions League by Ajax, a whimpering Real Madrid—their rhythm hitting  serious notes of  the blues, had to sack manager Santiago Soleri. Enter Zinedine Zidane, the magic man who delivered nine trophies  before resigning last May. Can Zizou do it without Ronaldo? Let’s see.
  • Right. Another line-up of pretty youngsters photographed against another (fancy) brick-wall. The cast of Malang has Kunal Kemmu, Aditya Roy Kapur and the delectable Disha Patani. But who’s the third man here...the young spark grinning away like an ingenue at his first photoshoot? None other than Anil Kapoor, our ’80s Lakhan who lost many kilos, added oodles of mojo and now runs with the hares. Salut!
  • The women of Khatikhera village of Hapur, UP, stared at, then fought off, the age-old stigma atta­ched to menstruation to start a small unit that makes affordable sanitary pads for all. They are the subject of Period. End of Sentence, which won the Oscar for the Best Documentary Short.Producer Melissa Berton (centre left) and director Rayka Zehtabchi celebrate on the stage in LA. They sang and danced all night at Khatikhera too.
  • If there was a couple encased in classiness at the Laureus Sports Awards in Monaco, France, it was wrestler Vinesh Phogat (up for the World Come­back Award, along with Tiger Woods and others) and husband Somvir Rat­­hee. Winner of the Sport for Good gong? Jharkhand-based NGO Yuwa.


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