OUTLOOK Monday 29 April, 2019
Second Sight

Chinese audiences’ app­etite for Bollywood drama rages unabated. The latest one to have the Peking boys sta­m­pede into the theatres and Shanghai’s dames squeal in pleasant fright is Sriram Raghavan’s suspense thriller Andha Dhun (marketed also as Piano Player, shades of Truffaut crime caper here) starring Ayushmann and Radhika. Rs 219 crore in two weeks is a handily handsome strike rate. Long live our ‘soft power’.

Graduating Soon

Lanky (or is it a photo illusion?) and mighty purty, Ananya Panday, the debutante in Student of the Year 2, is enj­oying top billing in...proud dad Chunky’s social media posts. The cute thing every schoolboy would love to love has just had her night curfew lifted.

The Hat Hath Its Function

Public display of marital harmony surfaces on the biggest fie­sta of all—the LS polls, where Dharmendra defied ill health to campaign for wife Hema Malini, sitting MP of Mathura. Drawing on his farmer credentials as well as his character in Sholay, Dharam urged ‘gaonwalon’ to vote for Hema. Did he stumble into the stern “Basanti tum....”. Possibly not.

Let’s Sing Along

She’s not dressed like a rockstar, nor was she kitted out for a springy, punchy performance. The Aud­ie­nce at Goafest 2019 had a ringside view of Mary Kom’s sup­erb rendition of What’s Up by 4 Non Blondes. You know her right hooks; respect her vocal chords too.

Stockinged For Winter

The wildfire of hysteria spread by Game of Thrones has spawned new forms of celebrity behaviour too—arro­gating superfandom to push their own merchandise. Thus the ever seductive Jennifer Lopez, who nee­ded the excuse of the approaching ‘winter’ (hope you got the all-white symbolism?) to peddle Medicine, her new music video.

This Too Happened

Things got heated when Burnley faced Cardiff at Turf Moor and then took a weird turn. After Ashley Barnes was fouled by Joe Bennett, the duo confronted each other. It got hot as Barnes planted a kiss on the bridge of his opponent’s nose who was even more shocked when the Burnley front-man did it again.

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  • 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.
  • Couldn’t she have had a better hairstyle than one which makes her hair stand up in ungainly tufts, like that of a bird soaked to its skin in the Mumbai monsoon? Couldn’t he have worn a jacket without those offensive stripes, often an indicator of a perfect marriage of bad taste with sudden money? But Rahika is soaring after the success of Andhadhun; Ali Fazal, too, is gearing up for his role in a Hollywood production of Death on the Nile, the Poirot mystery. They smiled reassuringly at the ‘IIFA Rocks’ event; they had a lot of fun.