OUTLOOK Monday 15 April, 2019
Amidst A Web Of Passes

A midfield sultan meets a ruling badshah on the sidelines of an amphitheatre. That would be Shahrukh’s London meeting with Arse­nal’s central scimitar, Mesut Ozil. After damning the hypocrisy in German mult­i­­cultur­ism, Ozil is in a smoother space. SRK, who is huge in Turkey,  where Ozil’s roots lie, got a (rather formal) welcome in Hindi too.

Around The Horn Of Love To Acapulco

If you’re in the film business, you inevitably end up on a beach holiday in Provence, or Mexico, as in this case, with photos miraculously being posted to exhibit the glorious sunshine. Farhan Akhtar and Shibani Dandekar’s romance was not news, but their happy cavorting “set Instagram on fire”. Call the firemen if it gets out of hand, folks!

Walk Along, Young ’Un

The media started plotting his commercial use even before he was born; after that, every little step of his has been served as Page 3 fodder, cur­ated with an eye for a career. That may start soon, for cherubic Taimur will make eyes at the camera in Good News. Mom Kareena will be a co-actor.

To The Vittai Born

Doesn’t he seem to have owned the part already? An ageing patriarch, we ima­gine, with fading powers but swagger intact, a gamchha slung rakishly around his neck, portending a ready offer of offence taken. In acc­epting a role in Uyarntha Manithan (Tamil), Amitabh has done the best thing in years—leave his footmark amidst one of the most fanatical film-lovers in the world.

Watch That Waist, Girl

The glamorous goddesses of old Hollywood, from Marilyn to Liz Taylor, from Rita Hayworth to Ava Gardner, showed themselves off in high-waisted bikini shorts to jaw-dropping effects. But they chipped away at the article inju­d­iciously from the ’70s, favouring the teeny-weeny. Neha Sharma, whose fitness videos are said to be inspiring, exhibits the latent charge in the outfit. Potential as hot as that has to be tapped into. Cameras!

This Too Happened

In what the tech industry is calling a ‘historic coalition’, 900 Google employees signed a letter objecting to the firm’s treatment of temporary workers. The workforce, ‘temporary’  and ‘permanent’, united after the tech giant shortened contracts of 34 employees working on the Google Assistant feature.

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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.