OUTLOOK Monday 17 September, 2018
‘Don’t Worry, Kerala’

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.   

Speaking Her Heart

At times, actors are over­­whelmed by their just-can­ned film, and their character within it. Taapsee Pannu, who is on a fairly good run, is enveloped  in the world of Anurag Kas­hyap’s Man­ma­­zriyaan and the difficult, gar­­­­ru­­lously adorable Rumi. See it to share her enthusiasm.

Low Tide Waves

Whatever Kareena Kapoor does, immaculately staged and posed as they are, a band of professional  coo-ers faint in exasperated admiration. On a Maldives holiday, she wears a robe over a  pink bikini, clutching Saif’s hand, eyes fixed on the shutter, fingers on Ins­tagram. “Fashion icon”! Really?

They Are Hosting The Boss

Check out those girls first, left to right. The floral printed dress with the cheery headband, the one in the garb of an Arab belly dancer (but looking too happy to be seductive), and the ubiquitous Punjabi lass who swings, then swings some more. Do they dance the same step? We wouldn’t  know, but in the foreground is bhaijaan Salman, wearing one of those singlets he so lovingly endorses, pitching for Bigg Boss 12 at Nerul, Goa. Top quote: “People used to ask me when I’m getting married.... I think I will marry Bigg Boss.” Now, that’s blazingly witty!

The Centre Line Holds

Top arthouse fairs depend on starlets for eyeballs and powdered glamour, as Bela Tarrs and Ceylans get dissected in the background by  the gimlet-eyed jury. There appeared on the Venice Film Festival’s red carpet a vision in a metallic silk gown and an emerald necklace to  make the queen of Sheba turn green. She’s Bruna, current girlfriend of Neymar and she appeared thus at the premiere of The Sisters Brothers.

This Too Happened

The French public prosecutor has opened a preliminary investigation against French actor Gerard Depardieu after a 22-year-old woman accused him of rape and sexual assault in an incident which purportedly took place in August. Depardieu has denied the allegations through his lawyer.

  • 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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