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OUTLOOK Monday 09 December, 2019
Her Wildest Dreams

Everyone who’s hurt those  sharply slanted eyes, spurned those ruby-red lips, has had cause to reg­ret. For over a decade now, Taylor Swift has turned all heartbreaks and slurs into award-winning lyrics—everything is grist to her songwriting mill. The result is 29  wins at the American Music Awards (six this year, and five more than Michael Jackson managed). Plus  fanatical fans would rejoice  at her being named both artist of the year and that of the decade. If these boys are asking her to ‘shake it off’,  they’ll have cause for regret.

Radiating Universal Appeal

With those boots on, she could easily banish all other contestants at the Miss Universe pageant in Atlanta, but the rest of Vartika Singh whispers: things could be done more softly, sinuously, with a shake of those curls, with a well-judged wink of those eyes. Professionally, she’s a model, and might turn your heart bippity bop on December 8.

Dilly’s Dalliance

Who knew Nawazuddin Siddiqui could channelise his inner gangs­ter, aided by that handsome, many-­muscled face, so profitably in Sacred Games and McMafia. At the international Emmy Awards in NY, he won for the latter. We knew he’d cross oceans with ease. It has finally happened.

Muffled Charm

Going to Manali and getting yourself photographed with a friend lost its cool sharpness circa 1995, so why are ‘fan clubs dedicated to Alia and Ranbir’ on Instagram (remember, unemployment is at a four-decade high) excited with this? Great Himachali topi...ghastly, bluish shades...flowers...shooting for a movie called Brahmastra.... Oh, the high of spotting stars!

Retro Ticket: Ziegfeld Wizard

Lang, Wilder, Garbo, Dietrich...Hollywood profited immea­surably from European emi­gres.Perh­­­­aps the most ethereally beautiful of them all was the Austrian actress Hedy Lamarr (1914-2000). Dubbed ‘the most beautiful woman in the world’, early notoreity came with a nude scene in Ecstasy (1933)—Mussolini had a personal print—and later fame with hits like Boom Town (1940) and Samson and Delilah, released 70 years ago in 1949. Yet Lamarr was gre­­ater than her great beauty: she deve­loped a radio guidance system using ‘frequency-hopping spectrum—something used in GPS, Bluetooth and wi-fi devices. There was more depth to lose oneself in those eyes.



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  • When elders were struggling to lift, let alone read, Vikram Seth’s A Suitable Boy, most of us were in shorts or babbling in the cradle, if we were there at all. Good for us that now Mira Nair is in charge of a BBC-backed series based on it, and that Tabu (seen here with Ishaan Khatter in this ‘first look’) will probably play Lata, bride of the titular boy. “...Epic tale of an unseen India,” says Nair. Unseen, eh? Let’s see.
  • Everyone who’s hurt those  sharply slanted eyes, spurned those ruby-red lips, has had cause to reg­ret. For over a decade now, Taylor Swift has turned all heartbreaks and slurs into award-winning lyrics—everything is grist to her songwriting mill. The result is 29  wins at the American Music Awards (six this year, and five more than Michael Jackson managed). Plus  fanatical fans would rejoice  at her being named both artist of the year and that of the decade. If these boys are asking her to ‘shake it off’,  they’ll have cause for regret.
  • Two women sitting on laps of men, glad, artificial grins plastered over their faces...you’d be forgiven to think such things are embarrassingly passe in the 21st century. It’s evidently not in Bollywood. And so, the comedy Good Newwz, starring Kiara Advani, Diljit Dosanjh, Akshay and Kareena, will possibly live up to its tagline: ‘the biggest goof-up of the year’. A comedy about IVF, did you say? We shudder in anticipation.
  • 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.
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