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 Change.org 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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  • 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.