OUTLOOK Monday 03 June, 2019
Catch That Pirate!

Black cape, leather footwear, eyepatch and a tiara—say what you will about Madonna’s outfit in the Eurovision in Israel. Or the fact that her Like A Prayer was woefully out of tune. An inn­ocent espousal of peace—two dancers in her troupe, dressed in Israeli and Palestinian flags, and walking arm in arm—has been castigated as an unwarranted pol­itical comment. But politics is life, the beating heart of art.

Seen On The Carpet

While others may try to seduce the Cannes cameras in flouncy gowns and plastic smiles, Kangana Ranaut dons a pantsuit: a veritable toreador’s jacket, aggressively cut, game for any leery bull that gives her the eye. Elsewhere in the film festival, the sharp tuxedoed figures of Brad Pitt and Leo­na­rdo Di Caprio made the strongest star pitch for Tarantino’s latest—Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.

A Lovely Sprint For Love

 Every once in a while we find people who stand up and speak truth, or show that the grimiest of conventions ought to be flouted. Duttee Chand, India’s fastest woman and Asiad silver-medallist, acknowledged being in a same-sex relationship. This, being mindful of the dirt that will inevitably be flung at her. But then, Duttee will answer all in Tokyo.

Prep For A Test In Blighty

Don’t worry so much—that India might be a pacecr short at the World Cup, or that a brittle middle-order doesn’t have the wherewithal to negotiate the yawning mid-overs if exp­osed (as they will) to the elements. Relax and take heart from our boys at the departure lounge in Mumbai. Dhoni, Chahal and Bhuvi are immersed in PUBG, as Pandya and Kohli seem to have an intense confab. Best o’luck, boys!

Just Throw Beauty At Them

In an industry awash with emptily pretty faces, there are outliers like Malavika Mohanan, whose robust gorgeousness has a fearless, sunburnt quality. Plonked on a chair thus, Majid Majidi’s choice in Beyond the Clouds burnt our retinas, but social media dafooses couldn’t handle it. Result? Another such pic, more of that hypnotic stare. Enchanting!

This Too Happened

Indignant howls from fans drowned the martial finale in the eighth season of Game of Thrones, that mass obsession, A petition on online platform demanded a complete remake of the eight and final season of the popular TV series. Predictably, it crossed one million signatures.

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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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