OUTLOOK Monday 16 September, 2019
Pulling Away Into Deeper Waters

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.

Only Her

No, this Ganesh Chatur­thi cel­eb­rati­ons at the Amb­anis’ (do they have to dance attendance, tho­­ugh?) wasn’t Ran­bir’s best show. Nope, not because of the silver text­ure of his kurta peeking under that spotty galabandh, but beca­use of the rad­­ia­­nce of Alia—the floral pattern mirrors her smile, and finds completion in those substantial earrings.

The Mundu As International Style Statement

Sanal Kumar Sasidharan’s Chola, with its narrative woven around a road-trip, has been winner, and travelled well to the Venice Film Fes­tival. On the red carpet, lead actors Nimisha and Joju George ign­ored tired Western outfits and plumped for traditional, timeless attire.

She Guards The River Styx

A mythical queen of the netherworld would gladly don a crown like that, while its tassellated ends and those nail ext­ensions would delight an entire coven of witches. Hideous, staring eyes, and a curvy swathe of purplish blue lines of lightning embroider faces sunk in deathly pallor. All this on a model at the Interenational Bodypainting Festival in Daegu, South Korea. May only the doughty enter the slippery darkness.

Factor The Z

Advertisement shoots with superstars, the Indian cricket captain (oh, the off-field situations even a fictional skipper is led into!), ingenues gaping at the glamorous goings-on, and the complications of love...all these make up The Zoya Factor, the film based on the novel by the same name. As you see, Sonam Kapoor makes a reappearance (badly needs a hit now), with the south’s Dulquer Salmaan. Will Shahrukh be there? Join the hushed whispers!

This Too Happened

Wildlife activists in New Zealand have raised alarm about humans taking selfies with animals who, as a result, are suffering from physical and emotional stress and are unable to feed and breed. Scientists say that while many pictures increase awareness about conservation the message is being lost.

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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.