OUTLOOK Monday 09 September, 2019
Admirer In Red

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.”

The Quivering Net

Look how she leapt, loped, placed, recovered and smashed. At the end of the 21-7, 21-7 blitzkrieg, only one finalist towered over all—India’s P.V. Sindhu, her Jap­anese opponent Noz­omi Oku­hara red­uced to a spare part in the snatch for the World Championship gold. For those who que­s­tioned her ability after those silver and bronze hauls, this is an answer: it was just a matter of time, you miserable dou­bters!

Wig? Nah...

Those faced with the inv­oluntary moulting of  cover on their blessed kopf often face a crisis of identity and of confidence, miserably imagining a ser­ies of ruthless giggles from comely frauleins. Hence the cover-­ups: beard, cap, sharp clothes.... Ayus­h­mann Khurrana lives through the torment in Bala. Bet he’ll come out with a few  grey ones.

Bonesetter’s Waiting Room

Better men helped us spell p-u-l-c-h-r-i-t-u-d-e,  for we were in the presence of the heavenly Ileana D’Cruz—a star in southern cinema starting on a conquest of the North when she disso­lved in the arms of Aussie photographer Andrew Kneebone. Now that reports say they’ve deleted each other’s Instagram accounts, we let out a sigh in hope.

Preserved in Chocolate

Yeah, we know you were in school when chhaiya chhaiya washed over your adolescent senses like a cold shower on a winter’s day. The world has changed around it since, exc­ept the subject of your open-mouthed adoration. Fitness regimes, style choices, new boys...Malaika is agelessly con­­te­mporary. This is her, at a fashion week a few days back. Could have been 1997.

This Too Happened

As Amazonia burns, French president Macron and Brazilian counterpart Bolsonaro drift into a personal bushfire. On a Facebook post comparing Macron’s wife, Brigitte, 66, with Mrs Bolsonaro, Michelle, 37, the Brazilian premier wrote: ‘Do not humiliate (him)...man, ha ha.’ Macron called it extraordinarily rude.

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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.