OUTLOOK Monday 24 December, 2018
Watch Their Steps

When the biggest of the biggies blow their trumpet, Bollywood stands in attendance. At the pre-wedding festivities of Isha Ambani and Anand Piramal (Bottom Right) in Udai­pur, Shahrukh, Aamir and Salman willingly colluded in a happy dance. Earlier, pop princess Beyonce (Bottom Left), generously tiara-ed and earringed, had lit up the sangeet festivities.

Victory And A Cake

When we saw Virat’s impro­mptu dance steps standing at first slip in the Adelaide Test, we were surpised that he managed such a cool move. Ah, but twas the first anniversary of Virat and Anushka—the hand­somest high-profile couple that hove into our crowded ken in recent times. If Virat isn’t the impulsive whirlwind we knew, much of it, says he, is due to her inf­luence—a widening of horizon, a deepening of wisdom.

Bells and Bulls Eye

If they get mad at each other they might reach out for their bows and arrows (a dramatic possibility for a romcom), but for now, with an enga­gement ceremony in Ran­chi, India archers (and team mates) Deepika Kumari and Atanu Das have announced their plans for marriage next year. Let medals flow freely along with smiles!

To Where The Honey Is

At the Miss Universe national costume show in Thailand, the chosen gorgeous pranced about, each left to their own apparel. Wrapt in a bronze bodysuit, hair cascading down, a crown of flowers on her head, a pair of wings on her back, eyes raised to the sky, Miss Uruguay Sofia Marr­­ero could have taken flight. Oh, what a butterfly!

Passing Beauty

Where do old beauty contest winners go? To their national film industries? For now, India’s Manushi Chhillar, winner of the 2017 Miss World  had that une­nviable task at hand: look pleased to crown the new winner, Mexico’s Vanessa Ponce de Leon.

This Too Happened

In the news for allegedly suffering racist abuse during the defeat to Chelsea, Manchester City and English winger Raheem Sterling took to Instagram to show the stark difference in tabloid coverage when two City players, Phil Foden and Tosin Adarabioyo, bought houses for their moms, saying it ‘fuels racism’.

  • That hatchet-faced gen­ius entrepreneur, Jack Ma of Alibaba, had capitalistically exhorted his workers to follow the ‘996’ spirit (9 am to 9 pm, six days a week in office). As if to make up for this vulgar demand that would serve to fill his coffers, Ma propoun­ded the ‘669’ spirit (sex for six days, six times). The poor workers would possibly have hidden their embarrassment in Alibaba’s cave, but others have slammed Ma’s puerile (and ‘lewd’) pitch.
  • What can you say about the peculiar, almost atavistic hold that images of mothers with babies have on us? Things have not changed from ancient iconography—espe­cially when the subjects are as photogenic as Izhaan—wide-eyed and adorably trusting—and Sania, bursting with motherly pride, her Mona Lisa smile topping it all.
  • It was simply another awards ceremony which gave the rich and glamorous an occasion to parade their bling. But hark, a phalanx of kohl-lined eyes make us stop in our breezy tracks and take stock. Ranged from the left, the begowned ladies are Aditi Rao Hydari, Raveena, Shilpa and Sophie Choudry (who possibly has two phones). How did the selfie come out? An eyeful.
  • There’s no reason, we agree, to gaze again at the lovely faces of Ananya and Tara at another promo for Student of the Year 2. But this one is for that lithe, mean, dancing-fighting machine, Tiger Shroff. The man who can kick aside the whole lot of simpering actors is set to reprise his role (“a larger-than-life, shirtless hero”) in the next instalment of Baaghi.


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