OUTLOOK Monday 07 October, 2019
His Time Hath Come

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.

Her Next, Stealthy Move

Of the current lot of young actresses jostling before the arclight for that sliver of ill­umination, Hina Khan takes pole position. Joining a TV show or leaving it, being praised on a red carpet or not, reacting to a comment or smiling ravishingly at it, she is a constant stalker of Page 3. Add to that alluringly commendable poise in striped dresses, or acting in a web series promisingly named Damaged Season 2.

Stardust & Memories

That measured gait, that voice, those expressive eyes, the lanky-legged half-steps set to music...all this created Amitabh Bachchan’s gigantic screen presence. His car­eer had a plateau and a sheer drop, but was  saved by a sharp and steady switchback in style and content. Big B is now our elderly and wise superstar—the unsurprising rec­ipient of the Dadasaheb Phalke award.

Serve Her A Volley

We will never know if Boris Becker actually respected tradition and turned up in lederhosen, but his dirndl-clad friend in Mun­ich’s Oktoberfest sure inspired him to swill those gargantuan pitchers of beer effortlessly. The bankrupt tennis legend nearly ran into his nearly-divorced wife, they say. Ah, but then, we disapprove of unpleasant encounters.

Surfin’ A Sweetheart

If you had been tormented by des­ire even before watching Indecent Proposal and Striptease, or squinted for hours at that Vanity Fair body art, you will know what we mean when we say that for a generation, Demi Moore offered the sweetest entrapment. She has arrived, at last, at the stage of a tell-all memoir, Inside Out. With it arrived painful revelations—of  horrific assault and a mother’s bet­rayal. That was before life was a golden beach, before she had us.

This Too Happened

Scientists in Antarctica have designed a drill which will dig to about 3 km in depth. The contraption resulted from a desire to study air particles trapped in ice about 1.5 million years ago. The frozen bubbles have been likened to time capsules and will be the subject of interest to many research groups.

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  • As a snarling Dirty Harry teases out criminals in LA; as Frank Serpico goes und­ercover in New York, Chulbul Pandey does age-old, comic acrobatics to hurt ‘baddies’, then giggles around his lady love. Flogging the same masala, here comes the trailer of Dabangg 3, at the launch of which Salman points at the same direction, while Sonakshi Sinha and Saiee Manjrekar prepare to follow the leader with loving attention.
  • What do they actually do in Bigg Boss—that synthetic morass of shape-­shifting loyalties, gro­up­­ings and couplings by people clinging on to the skirts of fame, dragg­ing along an endless stream of stragglers agape before their boxes? At least Boman Irani, Rajkummar Rao and Mouni are doing something specific—horsing around joyfully, canvassing for their film Made in China. Major domo Sal­man, of  course, is there at every step, falling in and out with practised difficulty.
  • 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