OUTLOOK Monday 21 January, 2019
Never Abdicate Love’s Responsibility

They don’t have the ceremonial heft of Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson, though Malaysia’s Muhammad V and his Russian lover Oksana Voevodina certainly are better looking by a million miles. The cases are simply similar: Muhammad, in his second year of a five-year term, reportedly gave up his throne to marry his sweetheart. But who wouldn’t trade that unwieldy diadem for those gorgeous brown ringlets?

Flowing In Time

As darkness gathers and tourists leave, the palaces of the Red Fort fall into a sulky silence, perhaps re-enacting scenes of gaity, music and dance from their Mughal heyday late into the night, when mortals fall into deep slumber. Those restive spirits  would have been app­eased by Artisan Speak, organised by the Union ministry of textiles and which focused on  handloom and craft from six designers. As marbled hallways were suffused in soft white and yellow light, models sported garments that would have drawn breathless sighs of approval from invisible admirers. Wah!

All Whites At The SCG

Anushka Sharma wisely kept away from the ram­bun­ctious—and video-viral—celebrations at the Indian team hotel, but was at hand for an informal, improm­ptu victory lap with Virat after India’s historic series triumph in Australia. For sheer glamour, this comes on top, but for pure joy, we still prefer our Audi ride.

Bulk Up, Vivek

With the audience chewing busily on The Accidental Prime Minister and Thac­keray, the most topical of them biopics dropped like a bunkerbuster: PM Naren­dra Modi, with Vivek Obe­roi in the lead role. Expect a rousing hagiography, but we commend the make-up artist.

He Doesn’t Need A Cut

He looked positively royal as a young boy in a churidar at his mother’s wedding. That was long back. Now a stripling of 16, Damian Hurley, whose every feature closely shadows his mother Elizabeth, has a beach persona to rival her. Yes, those eyes are made to break hearts.

Miss Photo Bomb

Nude, netted swimsuits are dangerous, with tackiness continually threatening to imp­inge on desired glamour, and only a rare body beautiful can pull it off. Add the water-bearing girl, one of the stars of the Golden Globes, to that list. You’ve seen Kelleth Cutbert in a blue dress, flashing smiles; we thought you’d like a different attitude.

This Too Happened

Inspired by the Netflix thriller Bird Box, the #BirdBoxChallenge became a theme which led to people completing tasks while blindfolded, some even obsessively. “Can’t believe I have to say this, but: PLEASE DO NOT HURT YOURSELVES WITH THIS BIRD BOX CHALLENGE,” tweeted Netflix.

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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.