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.

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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.