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OUTLOOK Monday 28 October, 2019
Look For Sad Eyes

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.

Blue Is Her

It took a British royal to get the quotidian, elegant, salwar kameez on our pages. That would be the prudently dre­ssed Kate, Duc­hess of Cam­bridge, on her visit to Paki­stan with the Duke. Designer Maher Khan, we imagine, would have a hand in that exq­uisite embroidery. To people comparing her with the inc­om­­parable Diana on her 1997 visit we say: don’t you recall that elegant, diaphanous white scarf over her head that lent the princess an air of fragility?

Cath Her If You Dare To Dream

A legend, idol to millions, is still only 22. For Simone Biles, being the top medal-getter at the ‘Worlds’ is big, but not enormous. That would be her inimitable impress on the sport its­elf—unequalled perfection and immaculate mastery of the toughest routines. GOAT? Yeah, we’re talking Bradman here. In Tokyo, she’ll seal the deal.

We’ll Take This Skipper

At the stroke of the midnight hour, it seemed the president had been finalised—BCCI grandees exuded an air of certainty. Then, an unexplai­ned hubbub: meetings, huddles, quiet words, frantic phonecalls. At the end of it all, consensus plumped for Sourav Gan­guly. We can’t expl­ain the hype over a 10-month tenure, except that stakes in Indian cricket run deep.

The Apex

She is clearly bedazzled by adoring flashlights, yet her hand signals glad surfeit. That’s how Ananya Panday must feel these days—a fave feeding the Bolly media’s insatiable need for youth. Coming up for Ananya is a remake of Pati Patni Aur Woh, where she’s cast as the ‘other’. That’s a sharp start!

This Too Happened

A 10-year-old Utah student refused to answer her homework question: “The table to the right
shows the weight of three Grade 4 students. How much heavier is Isabel than the lightest student?” Her answer sheet scrawled with “Sorry I won’t right this its rood (sic)” has gone viral.



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  • Bollywood must be dreading  the Calcutta International Film Festival—a stentorian call from the CM...the unenlightening prospect of a day full of drumbeats. However, there is no respite for Shahrukh (Amitabh fell ill at an opportune  period). Though flanked by filmmaker Goutam Ghosh, Mamata herself and Sourav, the stage-show was stopped by the bonhomie between Rakhee and SRK: singing along a pat­riotic Rabi­ndrasangeet and reminiscing  about the sets of Baazigar.
  • 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.
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