OUTLOOK Monday 31 December, 2018
Arrival Of The Queen

The successive stages of the making of Kangana Ranaut’s Manikarnika has been greedily recounted, so the release of the trailer came on its downward crest. But it’s not only Kangana’s proud Laxmibai with her bevy of attendants, there are Tatya Tope and Bajirao II to contend with too.

Space Shuttlers

There we go again...this curious wedding phenomenon whereby comely people look stunningly gorgeous on their special night. Would you put it down to Saina’s elegant lehenga and exquisite jewellery and  Parupalli Kash­yap’s colour-matched sherwani? Nope, it’s just the sense of occasion, something they excel at.

Beauties, Sadly, Go Too

If we Indians think that, other than Venezuela and Colombia, our girls are top cats at Miss Universe, we’re wrong. The Philippines has four crowns now, the latest being Catriona Gray, here being cro­wned by 2017 queen Demi-Leigh Nel Peters (you admiring her still?). Miss Spain Angela Ponce, the first transgender contestant, failed to break into the top 20.

In The ‘Bravest Battle’

Give fulsome credit to make-up artistes, if you marvel at how authentically  period-­Punjabi Parineeti and Akshay look in this still from Kesari. We imagine the duo would cavort around the central theme: the Battle of Saragarhi in 1897, when 21 Sikh soldiers fought off 10,000 Afghan invaders.

Tie Them Down

He paid for the shoes so he tied the laces too! Ha, so we paraphrase an Instagram post by Sakshi Dhoni, adm­iring the wrists that bowlers fear perform a prosaic job. The piece, of course, is adm­irable because of Ms Dhoni herself, effortlessly chic in a skirt and a top, a cooler persona than the one we see cheering in IPL matches.

In Her Sacred Space

Turn right and look at Harshita Gaur, hinting at her ample charms in mildly faded denim. Unsurprisingly, small-town fabric was ruffled by her in the web series Mirzapur. That’s how Har­­­­sh­ita is operating these days—next to fall for her was Mumbai, for that’s where you’ll find her next, in Sacred Games 2. Bollywood, beware!

This Too Happened

Oscar-winning actor Geoffrey Rush has denied claims that he behaved inappropriately with Orange is the New Black star Yael Stone in a theatre production eight years ago. An article in 2015 had also pointed a finger at the 67-year-old Australian, where Stone said his attention was “unwanted and sustained”.

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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.