OUTLOOK Monday 28 January, 2019
Attn Deepika

Only gali boys with millionaire benefactors can afford to  dress so tastelessly in expensive jackets and sportswear. But when has Bollywood let verisimilitude stand in its  strident ways? Thus, Ranveer at the trailer launch of Gully Boy, about a rapper’s breakthrough, with co-star Alia, who does better. 

Catch Her

Meet Lauren Sanchez, 49 (that’s just a number guys, as you’ll see). Ex-TV host, owner of a museum-full of expensive  shoes and clothes and flier of planes and helicopters ‘for fun’. And someone reputed to be very, very persuasive. Ask Jeff Bezos, her latest boyfriend.

Priya’s Ill-Chosen Embarkation Point

On the strength of several well-executed, slo-mo winks delivered across a hushed classroom, Priya Prakash Varrier captured, eyes, hearts and meme traffic. In Sridevi Bungalow, her Bollywood debut, she plays a lonely actress named after the departed star who meets her end in a bathtub. A cheap att­empt at a biopic, they say. It faces a legal notice from Boney Kapoor.

Mostly Charming

A fortuitous brush with a celebrity begat, as is modern custom, a mom­entary place in the sun. Hasin Abdulla of Kasaragod clicked a selfie with Rahul at the Dubai airport. All it took was the Congress chief to tweet it: warm flames of fame touched Hasin in the form of mainstream media attention.

Best Headgear In Town

Time has not dimmed her vivacious beauty, nor has the emperor of maladies sullied it. Sonali Bendre, as stylish as the next Bollywood diva out on a stroll in the presence of cameras, thanked fans, family and friends for their unwavering support when she faced mortality. She’s right, too: her time, so well won in adv­ersity, is now.

Plan, Train, Rear

Shopping for trinkets in Ban­galore is about the most relaxing things Sania Mirza can do. Izhaan, her darling infant son, takes up most of her time. But once a champion, you can’t do without  the lust of on-court competition. A target of end-2019 has been set, but a return would be tough work, she knows.

This Too Happened

Trump described the spread as “great American food”—the stacks of burgers, pizzas and fries laid out for the 2018 College Football Playoff champion team in the ‘state dining room’ of the White House which was dysfunctional due to the shutdown by federal employees who are facing major salary issues.

  • Black cape, leather footwear, eyepatch and a tiara—say what you will about Madonna’s outfit in the Eurovision in Israel. Or the fact that her Like A Prayer was woefully out of tune. An inn­ocent espousal of peace—two dancers in her troupe, dressed in Israeli and Palestinian flags, and walking arm in arm—has been castigated as an unwarranted pol­itical comment. But politics is life, the beating heart of art.
  • 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.


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