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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  • Blink, and you’ll travel back to the glory days of disco, with Cardi B’s multi-­coloured jumpsuit transporting you effortlessly. But, disaster struck at the Bonnaroo Music Festival in Man­chester, when this splendid  garment gave way along its nether seams, hurrying poor Cardi  offstage.  The singer arrived minutes later in a bathrobe, the picture of unfl­a­ppability. “We gonna keep it sexy,”  she crooned. That is style.
  • Since the moment we set our eyes on him on that October evening in 2000, that cracklingly clean ‘plock’ of the ball on his bat, with the whistle-fresh swing and follow-­through, marvelled us. It was the same in Yuvraj Singh’s last inter­national inn­ings. Sandwitched within were six miraculous, now-mythical sixes in an over, the no less magical performances in the 2011 World Cup, and a great, big-hearted recovery from illness. You have a great life after retirement, Yuvi.
  • As Liverpool and Tottenham muscled it out in the major kickabout that’s the Champions League final, after Moha­med Salah pumped in a penalty for a 1-0 lead, as bands of Liverpudlians seriously contemplated a conversion to Mo’s creed, she jumped right in. Comfortably sneakered, ash blonde hair aflow, arms raised, her amplitude tucked into an ungenerous swimsuit, she peddled a porn site. Play stopped for a bit, then the spoilsports threw her out.
  • Amidst the mucky filth, smelling of cordite, that is Bengal’s bipartisan politics on the ground, there emerged two flowers empowered to fight the dominant one in Par­li­a­­ment. TMC’s Mimi and Nus­rat, beloved of cameras in this poll season, were sharply dressed as ever on their first day in the House.


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