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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