OUTLOOK Monday 08 April, 2019
Leader In Marigold

The Lok Sabha elections draw near, so does the biopic of the country’s prime minister. Perfectly timed its rele­ase might be, but PM Narendra Modi has  earned the ire of lyricist Javed Akhtar—he was wrongly credited for work in a project he wasn’t involved in. Then there’s scepticism about how good a likeness is a shapely Vivek Oberoi for our most prominent politician. Ah, but just go in for the old-­fashioned songs: Ye desh nahin mitne dunga, sings a pat­riotic Modi in the film.

The Waters Are Warm

Along the Miami coast they swam and sailed, jiving to a Wes­tern-Bollywood playlist—the charmed circle of Priyanka-Nick, his brothers Kevin and Joe and Joe’s fiancee, GoT actress Sophie Turner. And if you think their life’s all frolicsome fun, know this: they work hard to ent­ertain you all.

A Fire-Eater

Laxmi Agarwal’s life has revolved around acid—dec­rying and lobbying for banning the sale of the stuff so that dangerous perverts don’t do to girls what someone did to her when she was only 15. Her ind­omitable courage is eminently filmable, and  Meghna Gulzar’s Chhapak tells her inspiring tale. This is Deepika as Malti, a character based on Laxmi.

Woof! This Bernard Is Not A Saint

A desert, a lounge chair, a floppy bucket hat, thigh-high boots to half-cheat the blazing sun, and a puppy (Mary Jane)that has eyes only for its owner—what more does Miley Cyrus need to broadcast her absolute fealty to canines on ‘National Puppy Day’? Old-fashioned American whimsy, you might sneer, but legions of her fans would bark and wag (their heads) in besotted approval.

Run Smooth

Doesn’t seem like a rural belle, does she? But model-­actrtess Nisha Yogeshwar might be the BJP’s candidate for the Bangalore rural seat if her dad, party leader C.P. Yogeshwara, has his way. An old hand in campaigning, Nisha might just traipse into the list. If elected, Parliament won’t be the same again.

This Too Happened

After announcing that Christina Koch and Anne McClain would form part of the first all-women team to spacewalk on the moon on March 29, NASA cancelled the space gig after not having enough space-suits to fit the women. Out of over 500 people to have been in space, only 11 per cent have been women.

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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.