2015: Glitterati

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Actor Salman Khan performs at the ninth season of reality television show 'Big Boss', in Mumbai.

AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool

Lotus Goddess Being demonstrative is the credo of the age. And why not—if you can pull off a seaside sprint that's almost Bo-esque in its flowing lines. A few jibes over an alleged misshapenness apparently prompted this riposte, an outing on Miami Beach from Padma Lakshmi, the hostess of the mostess.

Selfie-Same Purpose The Calcutta International Film Festival has always afforded great photo-ops for the entertainment-loving CM of Bengal—a supplier of fairs, celebrations and circuses without match in the country. The pure fun of the mom­ent captu­res Amitabh and four grand dames—Moushumi Chatterjee, Mamata Banerjee, Jaya Bachchan and Sharmila Tagore.

Sandipan Chatterjee

Her Name Is Serenity Seychelles, where the Indian Ocean’s aquamarine is flanked by the fluff of benign clouds and low surf. Before a primordial rock and on a forgotten rampart, poses Sush­rii Shreya Mishra. Imagine, in a related scenario, not Ursula Andress, but Botticelli’s Venus, her perfection touched only by the salt and the sand.

Atul Kasbekar

Almost In Her Skin Has Givenchy forgotten how to sew clothes? Or is haute couture for the likes of Beyonce (in pic) a game of bare-skin hide and seek with sequins and materials with varying diaphanousness? That's how things were at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art's gala ball. If you want to start hating the vacuous narcissism at the heart of high fashion, check out Kim K's unforgettable outrage at the same event.


The Kilt And The Jacket And so, Bollywood invades the interiors of a British royal est­ate. Earlier, it used to be a cursory view of the gates of Buckingham Palace and changing of the guards. Now, Gulshan Grover, looking astonishingly young, poses with Prince Charles at Dumfries in Scotland. Predictably, they were shooting a song there.


These Beats Speak Of An Old Rhythm They didn’t need to lecture the Tatas about corporate social responsibility. Tisco and its catchment area of raw materials have always had grateful patrons. Here, Cyrus Mistry beats the nagara at a tribal conclave, Samvaad, in Jamshedpur.

Beauty and Beastliness Shruthi Menon has been trolled for appearing in wedding jewellery ads nude (as if ‘normal’ doesn’t approach obscene in trousseaus). Those who deigned to be upset at the sight of her “bare back” better show cause. Shruthi has no regrets. She invites other actre­sses to come forward to break such taboos. We’re neutral.

Jinson Abraham/FWD Vivah

Give Tahir His Right Though his conservative, Kerala Muslim family was supportive, Dubai-based Thahir Mohammed Sayyed had to pull out of the Mr Gay World contest in Kny­sna, South Africa, due to homophobia at home. Outraged clerics did what they do best—threaten. Both Thahir and his family are in hiding.

Do You Lo’ Her Enough? Mark Ronson, Fetty Wap, Drake, Ed Sheeran were flattered to a pulp at the Ame­rican Music awards, for that night their hits were amp­lified by an age-defying dance medley by Jennifer Lopez. That smouldering move is pure late ’90s. The suit? Just now!


Children, Please! why can't moviestar kids ever think beyond entering films and end up being forever (unfavourably) compared to a parent? But they won't be dissuaded. Must have been the case with Akshara Hassan, seen here with mom Sarika, at the trailer launch of her movie Shamitabh, starring Big B and Dhanush. Big launch, even for an eye-candy.

AFP (From Outlook 26 January 2015)

Sign Up Now For The Ivory Trail It's our own, ubiquitous autorickshaw, with a rash of poached eggs painted all over. Actress and past heartthrob Goldie Hawn peeps out at the launch of the Travels To My Elephant campaign, to save Asian elephants, in London. The event announced a 500 km race across India by a fleet of autos in November this year. The tusker atop the rick marks the project out, but what the eggs are for, one wonders.

Head Over Shoulders Meanwhile, Kangana continues her triumphal march. Crowned Queen not long back, the diva with the most elastic, electric hair hit the spot with Tanu Weds Manu Returns. She has bragging rights, but all she does is put on a pretty dress and smile on one foot.

For She Shall Inherit Happiness They say fatherhood brings the best in men. That can be the case with Mark Zuckerberg, who, seen here with wife Priscilla and newborn daughter Max, declared that he’d give away his fortune. Reason? A better world for people like Max.

AFP (From Outlook Issue 14 December 2015)

A Long Walk Home Do filmstars with a string of high-profile girlfriends always marry quiet little hom­e­bodies? Bollywood's Shahid Kapoor's marriage to Mira Rajput, a 21-year-old English grad in a private ceremony in Gurgaon, certainly lends credence to that theory. And she is said to be shy (a useful counterpoise). Let's wish them good luck.

Manoj Kumar

Across The Wide Pond One admires (or not) the unrelenting force of her accurate groundstrokes, or her uncanny knack of acing Sharapova (certainly not). But, to answer all those whispers of ‘not being girl enough', Serena did a perfect split. Can you match that, girlies?

Not One To Plug Just before Vinod Mehta's book Editor Unplugged was to be launched, he was wheeled into the ICU. He never made it back, and to make amends, there was a launch of his book by ‘friend and philosopher’ Arundhati Roy as Vikram Seth eloquently read out passages from it. It was a warm and poignant evening with friends and fans, just as Mehta would have liked it.

Sanjay Rawat

As Red Met Red Let them dance with evident synchronicity at an awards do, that's what chemistry does. But Salman Khan and Jacqueline Fernandez, with the shadow of an alliance about them, are political animals too. Didn't they ‘campaign’ for Mahinda Rajapa­ksa before the polls in Sri Lanka? Just a favour for friend Namal Rajapaksa, they say!


It’s Her Strong Suit American award ceremonies have always been interpreted as fancy dresses by divas, prima donnas, and bold hoydens with a licence to shock. If Lady Gaga ushered in the bold age of almost-nothings, Miley Cyrus—determined to dissolve that Montana sugar—shook the establishment with her twerksome ways. At the MTV awards, Miley bou­nded with baubles and high boots.


Boy Who Would Be King Meanwhile, north or south, royalty marches on. Mysore is to get a new king. Yaduveer (22, a student in Boston), grandson of Gayathri Devi, daughter of Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar, was renamed and formally adopted as heir to the Wodeyar dynasty.


When He’s 84 It’s an ‘item’ worthy of the late News of the World. This is Jerry Hall, supermodel and famous wife, and Rupert Murdoch, moghul. Their clinch at the Rugby WC final in London definitely proves that love is ageless.


Not One To Disappoint If they have seen it at the Oscars, they see everything from close quarters at the fiendishly exclusive Vanity Fair after-Oscars party. But why the hushed tones about Irina Shayk's illusory gown? Hasn't she regaled us all over the years with her abundant cha­rms? Hardly from the film frat, Irina knew she couldn't let us down.


Let The Doves Gather We don't know if the great Dilip Kumar is a deep reader of statecraft. But it wasn't going to matter to former Pakistan foreign minister Khu­r­­shid Mahmud Kasuri. Bollywood's tragic hero, seen here with wife Saira Banu, received a copy of Neither a Hawk Nor A Dove. Seen beside Kas­uri is ORF's suffering chairman, Sudheendra Kulkarni.


Reuters (From Outlook 06 April 2015)



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