OUTLOOK Monday 20 May, 2019
Mother With Child

What can you say about the peculiar, almost atavistic hold that images of mothers with babies have on us? Things have not changed from ancient iconography—espe­cially when the subjects are as photogenic as Izhaan—wide-eyed and adorably trusting—and Sania, bursting with motherly pride, her Mona Lisa smile topping it all.

Prepare To Be Bowled For Pace

Consider this scene with a decidedly ’90s air to it: the smoky warehouse (a den of desperados), one tattooed dude on a chunkily impressive motorcycle, with the obligatory, leather-jacketed femme fatale clinging on for dear life. Condone such laughably tiresome reruns, friends, for our badass is Sreesanth in Speed Boys—Dhoom Machale (Hindi/Kannada). Entrus­t­ing her person with the former tearaway is Spanish actress Janira Ider.

A Woodpecker Could Have Done Better

Beads and sequins flowed down her like droplets of crystal rain, soaking to the skin a dress (a “nude, body-hugging Mugler”) remindful of the worst Victo­rian excesses on the female anatomy (look at that pinched waist!). Thus was the apparition of Kim Kardashian, her hair limp and her unnatural form spilling out predictably, at the 2019 Met Gala. Spare us such assaults, please.

Father’s Day

In their refusal to do a customary photo parade with their newborn, Harry and Meghan has ignored the app­etites of a flesh-­eat­­ing British press. But the joy of that ‘lord-loving country’ at the birth of ‘Baby Sussex’ has been unadulterated. Add to that the exci­tem­ent in America, Meghan’s home, the baby not being a royal ‘HRH’ and speculation if he will inherit his dad’s distinctive red hair. Welcome, little one, to this world.

Come, Meet Her Gaze

Her hair a fetching mauve, her eyes speak of defiance, her posture a classic dress-and-sneaker teen angst—this is Adah Sharma, who’s playing a man in a comedy on sex reassignment surgery. What man can magically transform, after life-changing surgery, into a delectable thing like Adah? Set your eyes on him now, boys!

This Too Happened

The end to AIDS may be in sight after scientists claimed to have cracked an antiretroviral drug that reduced the chances of an HIV-affected person affecting another to zero. Its success would mean that if everyone affected at present were to be treated, no further infections would arise.

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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.