OUTLOOK Monday 04 February, 2019
Not Now

Ah, Total Dhamaal could be a rerun: plane crashes, tumbling, burning cars, rampaging lions...but a fickle public isn’t ready still  for a ’90s renaissance. Even a dream cast of Ajay Devgan, Anil Kapoor, Johnny Lever (who didn’t laugh at his manic faces?) and the utt­erly unspoilt Madhuri couldn’t make them like the trailer. Strange, innit?

Sun’s Out

As if the twin tri­­um­phs in Australia were not enough, Virat has achi­eved that rare triple ICC honour: top player, plus tops in Tests and ODIs. Well, the man has earned his holiday, At the Rod Laver arena in Melb­ou­rne, he and Anu­shka met up with the emperor, Roger Fede­rer. Fedex, a keen follower of cricket and a Sachin fan, seems willing enough.

Rolling, Raving, Loving

Neymar, he of the fleet-footed despoiler of defences, leaden-footed artist of the contorted fall ’n-roll and the man who shoulders Brazilian hopes, has a new girl, model Mari Tavares. Our hesitant advice to Mari: Don’t fall afoul of him.

Electric Unkool Kit

Poor Janhvi Kapoor. Young ing­enues are at the mercy of their stylists, and when they mess up, the girls’ social media accounts bleed from hurt and negativity. An electric blue dress is the issue here: worn by Janhvi for a photoshoot, it’s apparently a rip-off of foreign brand Balmain’s fall collection. The true plagiariser is a Mum­bai fashion label. For shame!

Warmly, Yours

A flickering, sideways glance at the lateral section on display would have told you that Shubhra Aiyappa  has been a model.  Tamil and Kannada films  were offered and grabbed. The  gaze shifts, inevitably, towards Bollywood. Acting, she says wisely, is “not the kindest car­eer”, but off­ers “unmatched satis­faction”. We  know what she means; we’re feeling  like that now.

This Too Happened

Artificial Intelligence experts decided to boycott the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) for partnering with a defence manufacturer. They fear the tie-up would “accelerate the arms race to develop” automatic weapons on the lines of machines they called “killer bots”.

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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.