OUTLOOK Monday 24 September, 2018
Survivors, Not Victims

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.

Suits The Crown

The recent feminist fulminations against swimsuit rounds in beauty competitions would only make sense if we rewrite the very concept of judging feminine beauty (have we, in our hearts, and in our forever appraising eyes?). But cheer for Miss New York Nia Imani Franklin, the new Miss America, who could “eat a little more”, now that she didn’t have to ace a swimsuit.

Garage Art

Golden vermin crawling up Rihanna’s fingers, aiming to dev­our those shocking blue lips? No, this is the latest ‘nail art’, created byJenny Longworth, who doesn’t do her name credit by this ghastly eff­ort. More schlock-beauty feat­ured in Rihanna’s pho­­to­shoot, but we’ll spare you those.

Photo Finish At Home

Even TV cameras had a hard time catching up with Hima Das’s terrifying acceleration, as well as her swift ascent up Indian athletics’ pecking order. When the multi-medal winner from the Asian Games reached the finishing line in Guwahati, the waiting crowds would not let her sprint away. Those gamosas around her neck are medals, too!

Triumphs To Come

This is how acting dices roll. Till recently, Aarshi Banerjee did modelling, and bit parts in plays. Then, an audition for Mia Hansen-Love’s feature Maya, a pick from over 200 auditions, an arthouse role of a Goan girl romancing a Frenchman. Aarshi is now tramping the red carpet at the Toronto Film Fest.

Magic In Her Clutch

A long, troubled gestation period has birthed many a classic movie. Will Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi join the ranks? The director got busy; a top actor then left in a buzz; now, the producer apparently has got himself sacked. Why, feisty Kangana, queen of the title, has just to flash her bejewelled sword!

This Too Happened

Moto2 rider Romano Fenati’s contract was terminated by his team, the Marinelli Snipers, after the 22-year-old pulled on the brakes of fellow rider Stefano Manzi as they were nearing 140 mph on the San Marino track. Fenati, who has since apologised, has had a history of such transgressions.

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  • If you’d like to stitch together a Hollywood dream team, it has to have Marty, Bob and Sonny. The BFI London film festival saved its hushed breath for The Irishman—a gangster drama by the man who helped define the genre in Goodfellas and The Departed. Yet, in this autumnal light, Frank (De Niro) and Jimmy (Al Pacino) are just not snarling desperados, six-shooters at the ready. Time is also spent on sombre reflection—old reg­rets, moral reckonings and the one important thing that finally matters: mortality.
  • An evening in Paris is kinda incomplete without appreciating up-close those high-kicking cancan dancers in flesh-exposing ostrich feather costumes at Moulin Rouge. It’s a touristy tradition of 130 years, a milestone the cabaret reached this aut­umn. Enjoy the choreography and quaff your way through a bottle of champagne. 82 Boulevard de Clichy, Please
  • Kendall Jenner, Camila Morr­one, Scooter Braun, Kim Kard­ashian, Joan Smalls...that’s a guestlist straight out of a Craigslist of new-world cel­e­­bdom. Except the model and the real-life showgirl, we hadn’t heard of anyone (had you?). They banded together at the wedding ceremony of Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin in South Carolina. Don’t it look like they’re on a school trip?
  • His penchant for prancing about in outrageous clothes —the incessant, kitschy peacocking—might irritate you, but the one role tailormade for Ranveer Sinh’s exuberance was Gully Boy. Inspired by street rappers Divine and Naezy, Ranveer, his rapper team and Alia set Dharavi alight with their defiant poe­try. Acclaimed by all, it is now India’s official entry to the Oscars. We need them to break the fourth wall now.