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OUTLOOK Monday 10 June, 2019
Go Show Them, Girls

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.

When 10 Wickets Fall

It’s a sort of constructed coincidence—fixing the shooting for a film on the 1983 World Cup triumph (in England, naturally) at the time of the 2019 tournament! Ranvir Singh (Kapil!) and his ass­orted ‘Devils’ also arrived at the Mumbai airport in a ‘team’ bus. Look at them exulting. That’s a singular piece of bad acting, blokes. In 1983, we didn’t do clenched fists to this extent.

Going Around

They ‘came out’ since they were given ‘respect and dignity’ by the media. That will be Malaika Arora and Arjun Kapoor’s hitherto tacitly acknowledged relationship. Seeing that Mal­a­ika is fairly untouched by time, we term them a success.

Her Slam Style

Unlike some others, she’s won 23 Grand Slams, and a damn sight better qua­li­f­ied to set on-court fashion. Last year’s post­­par­­tum catsuit wasn’t a hit in Roland Garros. This year, Serena’s cape-like outfit has the words ‘champion’, ‘queen’, ‘mother’ and ‘goddess’ on it, in French. A exercise in self­­adv­ertisement, but we excuse that.

Leading The Cheers

Since England has been the firm metropolitan stop of every Indian celebrity’s itinerary since the early 19th century, it’s hardly surprising that the World Cup affords them a great launching pad for a continental tour. Thus the flight of pretty birds to the land of sudden clouds and biting cold. We only feature Aditi Rao Hydari, the fairest of them all.

Breathing Space

Except for outliers like Lady Gaga, the nude gown, much favoured by red carpet snogging divas, are mostly carried perfectly by models. Our subject here is Australian Shanina Shaik, whose poise was honed on Vict­oria’s Secret shows. At Cannes, this sheer tulle outfit with a ‘Bardot neckline’ was catnip to Shanina.

This Too Happened

A Japanese man on an Aeromexico flight died after an overdose of cocaine. The man, identified
only as Udo N, had consumed a staggering 246 packets of cocaine which were found in his
stomach and intestines after he had convulsions in the flight from Bogota to Tokyo.

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  • She takes after her mother in so many ways: the shape of her  face, that smile, the way her hair  tumbles back. He, as you all can see, is an image of his dad (has he inh­erited that two-generation-old dimple?) Saif and Amrita Singh’s children Sara and Ibrahim Ali Khan are holidaying in England. This casual, happy chat over some Earl Grey does confirm what they say—the siblings are inseparable.
  • It’s bad enough to earn millions while having a talent for nothing exc­ept indecently hogging attention; it’s worse to lay claim to a venerable tradition in service to one’s base business ins­tinct. But what do you expect from Kim Kardashian, who had the audacity to name her upcoming shapewear line (to be worn inside) ‘Kimono’. While you condemn her for the usual  self-centredness (as millions did), laud her for knowing something  about a place as further afield as Japan. The  name, thankfully, stands withdrawn.
  • Though the Trinamool cut a sorry figure, then took its rev­erses badly, our favourite MPs from Bengal—close pals  and actresses Mimi Chakraborty and Nusrat Jahan, were unt­ouched by the sour petulance. Fresh from Nusrat’s wedding in Turkey, and so absent when other MPs took their oaths in Parliament, the duo did the needful later, not forgetting to use ‘Jai Bangla’. Didi is happy; can’t say we aren’t, too!
  • 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.
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