OUTLOOK Monday 23 September, 2019
On A Liquid Runway

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!

Strap ’Em Up

Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety might have seemed to be a juvenile tongue-twister to you oldies, but youngsters swallowed it whole with buckets of buttered popcorn. Along with it went Nushrat Bharucha, who takes new aim with Ayushmann Khurrana in Dream Girl. A theme of ‘gender reversal’ is fine, as long as she wears interesting footwear.

Game Of Rounders

Ah, to stand up to one’s tallish vows is a difficult chore. We stood nodding in earnest when Zaira Wasim resolved to disassociate herself “from the field of acting” as it went against her religious beliefs. Yet here she is (!), snug in a sarong,  with Priyanka and Farhan Akhtar by her side on a beach, en route to Toronto. The ostensible occasion is  The Sky Is Pink, to be presented at TIFF. Is this ‘double standards’, screamed a section of Bollywood vigilantes. We think it’s a slight case of miscalculation.

Smithy’s Turn

Steve Smith is possibly bent upon emulating the Don in the 1930 Ashes. Since he’s on the mark, he’s entitled to a bit of fun. After the Old Trafford win, he donned glasses and let out a roar. Irate English fans read it as a slur on Jack Leach, who stuck it out with Stokes at Head­­ingley. Scream on, Smith doesn’t care.

Jewels In The Foam

Blame Serena Williams’s inexplicable double faults at the root of her defeat in the US Open finals, but don’t deny credit to Bianca And­reescu for grabbing and nailing them in. Does the teenager take it easy though, or is she pounding  balls on concrete courts, melting the catgut on her racquets? Oh cousin, look right, and be assured. Yes she does, as the clouds and sea and rocks are aching to testify.

This Too Happened

Sahar Khodayari, a 29-year-old Iranian football fan immolated herself outside a courtroom after finding out that she might be imprisoned for six months for trying to enter a football stadium disguised as a man. Women are banned from football stadiums in Iran, although they can watch other sports.

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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.