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.

  • 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.
  • Whether the world premiere of Gully Boy at the Berlin Film Festival reiterates Bollywood’s hold more than it indicates the Berlinale’s decline is another matter, but the irrepressible Ranveer was in character as his goofy rapper: shockingly meretricious tuxedo, blown-up hair, machine-gunning away to everyone’s delight. Beside him Alia was a soothing balancing act, her silkily trailing train a rival to that of a British princess on her wedding day.
  • Anil Kapoor almost did the Ram Lakhan tapori jig when Slumdog Millionaire won the Oscars—but a lashing from dear wife the night before held back his legs. What stopped him from doing one at the #Slum-dogTenYears event, we don’t know. Perhaps the sobering presence of Gulzar saab and Rahman. Anyway, Jai Ho!
  • Healed is a word we want to hear from anyone with cancer. And Manisha Koirala, 48, has healed. And Healed is what she wrote. She sealed, and signed, it with her melt-the-mountain smile at the JLF.


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