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OUTLOOK Monday 19 August, 2019
England Ahoy

That England is an immigrant country is evident from its cricket and football teams, and prominent young people from all walks of life—from politicians to activists, from artistes to academics. Add beauty queens to that. At Miss England, is Bhasha Mukherjee, 23, took the top laurel. But this was just a lazy aside,   almost an afterthought for Bhasha—a doctor with two medical deg­rees. Disabusing us of our hidebound ideas about pageant divas, she says she tried it “to balance out my studying”. Whew! What a winner!

Beads In Her Hair

Most filmy kids have this irrepressible urge to make splashy shows, as if to validate their membership to an exclusive club, as if it was a key to par­ental approval. Amir Khan’s daughter Ira hasn’t stepped into movies, but trends for photoshoots on social media. That’s her in the red crochet top, boho sullenness on display, clumsily clutching at a bag.

Hand To Gently Rock

Debutant Karan Deol lunges in front of the camera but, ins­tead of his dad’s distinctive curling lips and vengeful snarl, graces his scenes with a  loving vulnerability. Even Sunny, beh­ind the cameras,  has to bow before the times. Pal Pal Dil Ke Pas (borrowed from a song featuring grandpa Dharmendra) also stars  newcomer Saher Bamba, a girl with Bambi eyes.

Her Only

The photo, clicked on  ‘Friendship Day’, must have dampened  the mods of those of you rejoicing in the rumours that Disha (most certainly the girl of your choice?) and Tiger have split. Still clinging on, thinking that she’s grimly walking away as he hurriedly fails to catch up with her?  Sorry folks,  but they spent the day tog­­e­­t­her. Take heart in the fact that Disha’s ina­dvertently open hand­bag might have spilled secrets of her beauty regime, giving the girl next in your sights a chance to catch up.

Go Tell The Boss

Former greats spout expertise, microphone in  hand; the greatest of them all sits quietly in the Caribbean, tending to his garden. The idol of everyone—from Sachin to Virat—Sir Viv is a pilgrimage that everyone worthy of his Gunn & Moore must make. Virat here is the giggly fan.

Not Winning Any Hearts

Supermodel, self-made billionaire, inspiration to millions of youngsters, Kylie Jenner didn’t rest on her ample proportions and acknowledged beauty to cut a fine figure—hence the new shoes, the half-light. A world away, Diljeet Dosanjh—the cheap songster who crushes on the girl—made a leeringly tasteless comment on this. The ‘munda’ should work more on his songs.

This Too Happened

Saudi Arabia has taken another step to ease its curbs on women. They can apply for a passport, travel without the permission of a male guardian and are guaranteed protection against job discrimination. Critics say these changes aren’t enough. And activists who fought for them still languish in prison.



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  • 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.  
  • Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla started designing trousseaus fit for a princess for the catwalk when designers weren’t famous in their own right. Thi­rty-three years on, they are well-known now, and celebrated with a show in Mumbai, They dressed up the reliably gorgeous Deepika in this intricately woven, ivory-embellished lehenga. At the end of the walk, she broke into a jig. For joy, certainly. But, given an inch, Bollywood will out!
  • With every conceivable sporting activity speedily shuffled up into a corporatised league for maximum milking, it’s unsurprising that the annual boat race on the Punnamada lake inaugurated the Cha­mpions Boat League. Sachin, outrigged by Kathakali dancers, spoke of Kerala’s resilience in the face of floods and its passion for cricket.
  • For all his Bhangra moves, Justin Trudeau had a diplomatically disastrous tour of India, but the boyishly handsome Canadian premier  rem­ains a darling of the masses, especially swooning womenfolk. It was no surprise then that at an informal gaggle of world leaders at the G7 summit, Melania turned to  him for a peck, as the weight of the world kept the scowl fixed on Donald’s face. As a Twitter wag put it: “Find someone who looks at you like  Melania looks at Trudeau.”
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