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.

  • 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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