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’.

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  • 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.
  • Couldn’t she have had a better hairstyle than one which makes her hair stand up in ungainly tufts, like that of a bird soaked to its skin in the Mumbai monsoon? Couldn’t he have worn a jacket without those offensive stripes, often an indicator of a perfect marriage of bad taste with sudden money? But Rahika is soaring after the success of Andhadhun; Ali Fazal, too, is gearing up for his role in a Hollywood production of Death on the Nile, the Poirot mystery. They smiled reassuringly at the ‘IIFA Rocks’ event; they had a lot of fun.