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.

  • 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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