OUTLOOK Monday 17 June, 2019
A 100-metre Dash In Madrid

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.

Life Takes Turns Like That

How do the rich & famous feel when they revisit and retread the hau­­nts of their younger years, when the mind was light and unb­ur­de­ned without experience and pockets were lighter? Akshay, who’s sho­­oting for Sooryavanshi in Bangkok, keenly recalled his days as a food delivery boy in the Thai capital. Still rides a bike to earn his living, does Akshay.

Add A Dash Of Spirituality

The trickster fakir complete with a snakily levi­ta­­ting rope had been a Western trope of India for generations. Old generalisations die hard, for Dha­nush’s first international film, The Extra­ord­inary Journey of the Fakir, puts one such warm-hearted ‘swindler’ in Paris, extracts com­edy and pokes at immigration too. That’s how it goes. Still.

Too High A Lift?

Halfway through his car­eer, Virat is already the greatest ODI batsman ever, per­iod. As Madame Tussauds mul­led about celebrating the World Cup, only one name would have recommended itself. Their creation, duly propped up at Lord’s, plays a nothing shot though. Don’t like the cover drive, ladies?

Don’t Blink

The song in Bharat, her latest, urges us to watch her Slow Motion Mein, playing a trapeze artist. If your heart is in danger of doing a trampolene leap just looking at her sandswept, snowstormed, total glamour, stay away. 

This Too Happened

Forbes has called Jay-Z the first billionaire rapper. The magazine has estimated Shawn Carter’s wealth at just about $1 billion, with his biggest asset being the $310m ownership of Armand de Brignac champagne. How appropriate for someone who sings about rags to bling-laden excess!

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  • If you’d like to stitch together a Hollywood dream team, it has to have Marty, Bob and Sonny. The BFI London film festival saved its hushed breath for The Irishman—a gangster drama by the man who helped define the genre in Goodfellas and The Departed. Yet, in this autumnal light, Frank (De Niro) and Jimmy (Al Pacino) are just not snarling desperados, six-shooters at the ready. Time is also spent on sombre reflection—old reg­rets, moral reckonings and the one important thing that finally matters: mortality.
  • 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.