OUTLOOK Monday 15 October, 2018
Does The Sea Roar?

Parisians, and Berliners, have been playing at faux seaside frolicking in summers for nearly a century. Now, savant extraordinaire of fashion, Chanel’s Karl Lagerfield, rigged up a beach—complete with sand, sky and gentle, azure waves—for his show, defying the lengthening autumnal shadows. The venue: Paris’s Grand Palais. Star attendee: Pamela Anderson. How appropriate!

Courtly Comparisons

Same height...same’ve got to admit this casting catch: Shraddha Kapoor is the best bet  Bollywood can place on impersonating Saina Nehwal. But playing a champ of this calibre means early morning workouts, and racqueting and rattling on the courts. Good thing that Shraddha loves the game and dials Saina often for tips.

If You Think It’s Maya, Look Again

If there were to be a study on the number of beautiful women per sq km, Lebanon would probably take the crown. In a state so pulchritudinous, we give extra credit to Maya Reaidy, 22, for emerging as the crown jewel itself. Beyond, in December, lies Miss Universe, last won by a Lebanese in 1971, Georgina Rizk. Maya looks like her a lot, they say. Will their fates unite in triumph?

Mikey’s Ring Cycle

Does a mixed martial arts league (Kumite 1) need a controversial former heavyweight champ to celebrate its airily tough aesthetics? But, once in Mumbai, Mike Tyson stu­ffed in biryani and tried to look less scary to schoolchildren in Dharavi.

Walking In The Movies

Badminton, basketball, the ramp, Kingfisher calendar...all this would have been expected from  Dayana Erappa. Now that she’s an NRI from Serbia (!) in Mani Rat­nam’s Chekka Chi­vantha Vaanam, we hope she moves admirably in her new role.

This Too Happened

Peggy Sue Gerron Rackham, the woman who inspired the Buddy Holly single Peggy Sue in 1958 passed away at 78. She was formerly married to Holly’s bandmate Jerry Allison who, it now emerges, asked Holly to change the name of the song from ‘Cindy Lou’, so that he could impress Peggy Sue.

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  • Though the Russians presented a united front of splendrous symmetry, winning golds in synchronised swimming at the FINA world championships at Gwangju, S. Korea, we only have eyes for the Italians, caught here in the glistening throes of a cascading collapse, arms linked and eyes cocked. Olgas and Tatianas hit the podium; Giulias and Francescas smacked us hard in the solar plexus.
  • She takes after her mother in so many ways: the shape of her  face, that smile, the way her hair  tumbles back. He, as you all can see, is an image of his dad (has he inh­erited that two-generation-old dimple?) Saif and Amrita Singh’s children Sara and Ibrahim Ali Khan are holidaying in England. This casual, happy chat over some Earl Grey does confirm what they say—the siblings are inseparable.
  • It’s bad enough to earn millions while having a talent for nothing exc­ept indecently hogging attention; it’s worse to lay claim to a venerable tradition in service to one’s base business ins­tinct. But what do you expect from Kim Kardashian, who had the audacity to name her upcoming shapewear line (to be worn inside) ‘Kimono’. While you condemn her for the usual  self-centredness (as millions did), laud her for knowing something  about a place as further afield as Japan. The  name, thankfully, stands withdrawn.
  • Though the Trinamool cut a sorry figure, then took its rev­erses badly, our favourite MPs from Bengal—close pals  and actresses Mimi Chakraborty and Nusrat Jahan, were unt­ouched by the sour petulance. Fresh from Nusrat’s wedding in Turkey, and so absent when other MPs took their oaths in Parliament, the duo did the needful later, not forgetting to use ‘Jai Bangla’. Didi is happy; can’t say we aren’t, too!


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