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<strong>Dibakar Banerjee</strong></p>
<p>No smartphones for me, I need a mobile only to text and make calls. As a receiver of popular wisdom from all corners of mediocrity, I am fascinated by the random SMSes I get. Early in the morning, when you are on the pot, flashes one from the Brahmakumaris: “Silence is the fence around wisdom. If your foot slips, you can regain your balance. But if your tongue slips, you can never recall the word. Gud Mrng.” I presume, by recall they mean retract, but ‘Gud Mrng’?</p> <p><span class=fspchannelhome>Actor</span><br />
<strong>Aamir Khan</strong></p>
<p>The one thing I’d say about mobile phones is that they are damaging. Damaging to our hea­­lth, work, relationships, to us enjoying a fulfilling life and enjoying anything we do (small things like reading, taking a walk, talking to friends...). Damag­ing! Period! The sooner we stop using them the better. Say I, typing out my answer on a mobile!</p> <p><span class=fspchannelhome>Actress<br />
</span><strong>Gauhar Khan</strong></p>
<p>My dad gifted me my first mobile, a cool red Motorola, when I was in class 11. I almost broke it by dropping it soon after. The one time I was without a mobile for long was in the <em>Bigg Boss</em> house. I didn’t miss it.</p> <p><span class=fspchannelhome>Filmmaker</span><br />
<strong>Sandip Ray</strong></p>
<p>Only two of us in the Bengali film ind­ustry haven’t succumbed to the cha­rms of the mobile. Me and Saswata Chatterjee (Bob Biswas in <em>Kahaani</em>). I don’t need one. I work from home; and a landline sits atop my desk, which I always pick up. When I go for outdoor shoots there are some 200 cellpho­nes between the 80-90-people unit.</p> <p><span class=fspchannelhome>Actress<br />
</span><strong>Roopa Ganguly</strong></p>
<p>In 2011, I was in Mumbai and had gone out with friends for a movie. While exiting the hall, my mobile slipped out of my grasp. I was frantic, for it had messages from well-known people I did not want anyone to see. I headed back, woke up the guards and offered Rs 5,000 if they found it. One of them fished it out of a trash bag. It was money well-spent.</p> <p><span class=fspchannelhome>Theatreperson</span><br />
<strong>Makarand Deshpande</strong></p>
<p>I am notorious for not answering my phone; it is usually on silent. I do respond on text messages. However, as a performer or director I no longer tell the audience to put their phones off or on silent. Earlier it used to bother me, but I think I have adapted to the disturbance.</p> <p><span class=fspchannelhome>Poet, lyricist, writer and filmmaker</span><br />
<strong> Gulzar</strong></p>
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<img src=http://www.outlookindia.com/images/gulzar_hindi_20141103.jpg> <b>Total immersion</b> Shan Ghosh, a Salman impersonator, has fans of his own Shan Ghosh performance <b>Break it up</b> RGV, Nagarjuna and Amala at the 25 years celebration of Shiva in Hyderabad <b>Ends In A Huddle</b>
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Behold the new filmmaking community in a communal clinch—smart, confident, sassy, globally attuned and with a fair share of, we hope, talent. Certainly the impression conveyed by (Lto R) Ranvir Shorey, Ileana D'Cruz, Kalki Koechlin, Saif and Dinesh Vijan during a celebratory selfie for the film Happy Ending. <b>Slow Poison</b>
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She was one of the new-age pioneers, those who plunged into Bollywood in its early years of global fame. After prompting praise for her steely, athletic bea­uty (a mad dash in a Reebok ad outperformed Dhoni), her films limped and laboured at the BO. Bruna Abdullah herself, as seen, does not have to labour much. Rahul Khanna Haider 2014 Tahaan 2008 Harud 2010 I Am 2010 <b>Click My Photo</b>
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At one-and-a-half years, it is the right age for a grand debut for a star scion. It was Id-ul-Zuha, and Shahrukh, moved by the festive spirit to give his fans something, shared a picture of his son Abram on Twitter. A favourite toy clutched in each hand, Abram looks at the camera with poise. That's a gift. <b>As Actors Prepare</b>
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It's not a new film that merits Sonakshi's inclusion this week, but gossip and accompanying whispers that typically confirm it, that force our hand. It's strongly believed that Sonakshi is in a relationship with actor Arjun Kapoor and that they've taken holidays together. They are both simple, honest and love their food (no, don't smirk), says a source. <b>Top Hat, Coat-Tails</b>
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So what's the dishiest of all under-appreciated Bollywood starlets doing at the <i>GQ</i> Men of the Year Awards? Lending it mood? Imparting it class? Enlivening the stifling atmosphere of biceps and sharp casuals with a dash of sass? That is all true baby, except they ought to have taught Nargis Fakhri how to handle a guitar.  <b>As Required By A Top Boss</b>
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Right, if you are thinking about it, that manoeuvre by Ujjwala Raut requires great flexibility. After a forgettable outing in movies like <i>The Xpose</i> following a happy modelling career, Ujjwala has taken the significant decision of joining <i>Big Boss 8</i>. “Just to have fun, says she, leaving us aghast. <b>Cop act</b> Salman Khan dances at a Mumbai police function in 2012 Soumitra Chatterjee and Madhabi Mukherjee, co-stars in Satyajit Ray’s <i>Charulata</i>, pose for <i>Outlook</i> at Madhabi’s Calcutta residence <b>Young writers</b> Amal (Soumitra) and Charu (Madhabi) in the garden scene in Charulata Neil Bhoopalam <b>Still The Body</b>
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And Schwarzenegger met the mandarins of Chennai—the CM, Rehman, Rajni.... Arnie—also bodybuilder and former governor—was apparently drawn by music from the film <i>I</i>. The policeman clinch we saw, but what about the two superstars (both have spawned fans who treat them like comic-­book heroes)? Did they face off? For Rajni fans must be Arnie fans too! <b>A New, Cool Striker</b>
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These days a steady tri­ckle of Bollywood talent seems to be coming from Brazil. Gabriela Ber­­t­ante, from the fair town of Matias Barbosa, has been on runways and done bit roles in Tamil and Telugu movies. Now, the summit: Bollywood debut with <i>Balwinder Singh Famous Ho Gaya</i>. Ultimate USP? Gabriela has played serious league football! <b>Growing up</b> Actress Shweta Basu <b>She Can Also Sing</b>
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And what's Shruti Haasan doing these days? Possibly practising her item turn in <i>Tevar</i>, where she also sings for Sonakshi Sinha. Will the dance match up to the picture you've your eyes peeled on? Can't say yes to that query and raise your hopes! Amitabh Bachchan writes on his facebook timeline: The premiere of 'Kabhi Kabhi' and what a line up .. those days will never be forgotten .. we shot most of the film in one schedule in Kashmir .. in one month !! Yash ji ,RD Burman, AB, Rishi Kapoor, Neetu Singh, Shashi Kapoor, Rakhee, Waheeda Rehman .. AND ... almost simultaneously Yashji Shashji and I shot 'DEEWAR' .. what contrasting themes and characters .. Actor Tiger Shroff during the launch of his dance video as a tribute to pop icon Michael Jackson in Mumbai. Bollywood star Rani Mukherjee was in Shirdi on Aug 23, 2012, to seek Baba’s blessings. She is involved in a property dispute in the town. Actors Helen Mirren and Om Puri arrive for the UK gala screening of the film 'The One Hundred Foot Journey', at the Curzon Mayfair in central London, England. <b>Vidya Balan</b>, <i>Bobby Jasoos</i>, Cotton suit and sport shoe-clad girl-next-door in Hyderabad turns detective <b>Kangana Ranaut</b>, <i>Queen</i>, Rani goes on a honeymoon herself after being dumped by her fiance <b>Rani Mukherjee</b>, <i>Mardaani</i>, Tough cop Shivani Shivaji out to bust child trafficking racket <b>Alia Bhatt</b> <i>Highway</i>, Child woman Veera’s journey of self-discovery with her kidnapper <b>Priyanka Chopra</b>, <i>Mary Kom</i>, Biopic of the boxer and first ever Northeast protagonist in mainstream film <b>L special</b> Waheeda Rehman in <i>Kohra</i> Sharmila in <i>Aradhana</i> <b>Smudged bindi motif</b> Jaya-Amitabh in <i>Abhimaan</i>  Divya Bhatia, Director of Rajasthan International Folk Festiva <b>Swim For Infinity</b>
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River Cam has, over 900 years, seen enough high jinks by mad young men. Dev Patel's brief dunk and Jeremy Irons's quick fishing is but a mere spot in its annals. They play Ramanujan and Hardy in a biopic of the mathematician. <b>Don’t Look At Us Like That</b> 
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What is there to be ‘hush hush' about an actress about to appear in a film? But Madhur Bhandarkar thinks his <i>Calendar Girls</i> moppet is a top-secret find. Is she? Some say it's Akanksha Puri, the girl in <i>Samrajyam II: Son of Alexander</i>. Must be then! <b>As White As His Reputation</b>
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Supershtar! There is one man who answers to that name, especially in the dominions of Tamil cinema. And there is only one actor whose antics never pall and has spawned generations of imitators. But do we see a tired glint in Rajnikanth's smile of entitlement as co-stars of a movie greet him on the set? We can never really tell, unless the intensity of cyclones in the Indian Ocean drop inexplicably! Rohit Shetty <b>Bang!</b> Ajay Devgan in Singham Returns <b>The Tide Is Nigh</b>
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Wearing two heavily attention-grabbing neckla­ces, a bracelet, an armband, and still carrying off a swimsuit is surely an achievement of sorts. Former Miss India Earth (you must have gue­ssed that by her environs) Has­leen Kaur would look to exh­ibit her adaptibility in Bollywood's <i>DNA of Love</i>. <b>Bride Pride</b>
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Do we need a pretext for featuring NargisFakhri in the strangely named India Bridal Fashion Week (anything bridal in here, you might ask)? No. Not even exaggerated reports of a wardrobe malfunction, when all photographic evidence suggests runway comfort in heavy jewellery. All this cloak-and-gown stuff.... <b>Evening Vision</b> 
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No, look at the shoes first. A multi-­coloured, closed sandal, with its peep of symmetrically polished toenails (green-red, red-green...). Her thick curls have to bend uncharacteristically to the will of Mumbai's windy monsoon. Kangna dresses well. Mar­ilyn in <i>Seven Year Itch</i>? Ours is better. <b>Middle Order Weaknesses</b> 
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It might be a picturesque Apenninian perch in Umbria. It might be that she is enjoying shooting <i>Dil Dhadakne Do</i> in sunny Eur­ope. All we want to probe is (the otherwise delicious) Anushka Sha­rma's deleterious effect on Virat Kohli's batting in England! <b>Reeling change</b> stills from <i>Punjab 1984</i> Stills from <i>Jatt & Juliet</i> Stills from <i>Mundeyan Ton Bachke Rahin</i> <b>Ball Skills Like Leo</b>
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Azad Rao Khan beat two star defenders, too corpulent to keep pace with his scythe-like dribbling run, dodged a famous director out of his way, and aimed an angular kick at the gaping space between posts, throwing goalie Abhishek Bachchan in panic, all the while cheered by mom Kiran Rao. It all happened at a celebrity football match in Mumbai. Anupam Kher <b>Kiss And Show</b>
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Surveen she is called and she stars in <i>Hate Story 2</i>. Everything else, as is shown, flows directly from the TV assembly line. Hope her first onscreen kiss shows her in the best possible light. <b>Pitch-Perfect Punjabi</b> The female cast of Aunn Zara with lead actress Maya Ali <b>Come Hither, You</b>
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We aren't conversant with arcane English, so the name of Homi Adajania's film, <i>Finding Fanny</i>, won't raise hackles. It stars one of FHM's 100 sexiest women, Deep­ika, here trying hard to smoulder. <b>High Sierras</b> 
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The connect between a film fest and a scenic backdrop was established early, with the Venice and the Cannes festival. With sun-dappled beac­hes loaded with Bardot and Co, and gorgeously peeling away palazzos, they set the dominant paradigm. The Leh International Film Festival foll­ows in their glorious footsteps. Greeting it in situ are (from left) Rakeysh Om Prakash Mehra, Deepti Naval, Rajit Kapoor, Govind Nihalani 
and Amol Gupte. <b>The Walk Of Cool</b>
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She won critics over with <i>Highway</i> and gave bored boyhoods a quirky style to  drool at. Now, like  Shraddha Kapoor, Alia Bhatt is singing for her new, unappetisingly named movie, <i>Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania</i>. Pawan Shrivastav <b>The Goal Yonder</b>
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These days you oughtta say it with football, joining the World Cup wave, letting yourself flow with the high tide of scathing through passes, sly backheels and bold volleys. If not, risk being cruelly igno­red. Ranbir does the needful while promoting 
<i>Lekar Hum Deewana Dil</i>. <b>Best Ad</b> Sonam Kapoor Girish Kasaravalli Preity, Ness during better times Manav Kaul <b>Twist And Shout</b>
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Sreesanth can dance. And why not, if it brings in honest income, now that the Kerala paceman is forced by circumstances of his own making to let those lethal outswingers waste away in a house of horrors. The stage is the pitch now, and choreographer Sneha the receptacle of a hunky move. It's less taxing and is safer—unless Bhajji takes charge of the opposite number. Andy Munro <b>Close Take</b> Filmmaker Nisha Pahuja <b>Zoom-In</b> Opening shot of Pahuja’s film <b>De Gaulle’s Cutest Visitor</b>
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Is this the girl who would in fifteen years' time break hearts in a blaze of high fashion, flashbulbs and Bollywood heat? Look at those big eyes, and you see shadows of her mamma, who is taking good care that Aaradhya gets a taste of international glamour at Cannes. Like Aishwarya's airport outfit? We'll convey the compliment to her. Nagraj Manjule <b>Give Him A Striped Shirt</b>
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And we thought the brief era of bare body-flaunting, apish action herogiri was over with Salman donning a police uniform some years back. Alas, it's back with Tiger Shroff's parkour exhibition at a promotional event for <i>Heropanti</i>. <b>Peach Perfect</b>
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Sonam catches the wind at the premiere of <i>Foxcatcher</i> on the red carpet at Cannes. Impessive. But we wonder why she's there in the first place. Part of international productions? No. A great star the lenses drool over? Not really. It's a secret we are waiting to unearth. Bindu <b>Mahesh Dattani</b>, playwright-director and actor <B>Govind Nihalani</b>, filmmaker <b>Oh So Hot, Gotcha!</b>
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Maybe it's all in the imagination, but it's a truism that some act­resses look better in swimwear. Its proponents insist that Esha Gupta is in that Mediterranean club. As an instance, they point us toward a recent magazine photoshoot, and eagerly expect her new film, <i>Humshakals</i>. <b>A Tease With The Tassles</b>
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It must be a well established principle among starlets that the best places to don the boldest of togs are at international film fests. IFA best debut award winner Vaani Kapoor acted on it in Florida—just look at the exquisite plunge of her gown, heightened by a top-knot. Too bad we don't have space for her other statement—a jumpsuit with a daring neckline.  Akhilesh Jaiswal <b>Love in Lombardy?</b>
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There is a curious lack of interest, once stale gossip and rumour turn out to be true after all. Is that the reason we suppress a yawn of ennui when we hear Rani Mukherjee and Aditya Chopra got married—secretly, too—in Italy. For a few years in the recent past, before the current troika found their feet, Rani was top draw. Couldn't she have got someone with darker whiskers? <b>Backflip Background</b>
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A very attractive, preternaturally gifted woman levitating, you are thinking sur­ely? No, it's a science, and it's called Aer­ial Silk, and its svelte exhibitor is Sushm­ita Sen, showing that a new owner of a fitness studio needs to know a few of the moves. The venue? The sets of Comedy Nights with Kapil. Interested now? <b>Bench Strength</b>
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Let’s cut to the chase straight away. The model hunched so becomingly in designer beachwear is Saiyami Kher. And we give her a prime, dress circle seat because she's to play the leading role for Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's <i>Mirza Sahibaan</i>. Sounds like a per­iod romance. Hope Saiyami fits in! Paresh Rawal as Sardar Patel in the film ‘<i>Sardar</i>’ Feroze Abbas Khan <b>Blown By The Smoke</b>  
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<i>‘Prem naam hai mera'</i>—thus Prem Chopra would terrifyingly introduce himself on screen. Now that's the name of a biography by the actor's daughter. Prem, as is apparent, was in fine fettle at the Mumbai launch. Waheeda Rehman Gulzar at the inauguration of the painting exhibition 'Epic on Rock Shelters' by artist Ashok Bhowmick in Mumbai. Pakistani singer Attaullah Khan addresses a press conference for his concert Ibaadat in New Delhi. <b>Man Up, Girl</b>
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No other raiment demands poise and confidence in such measure. Nothing else shows up a lack of the required goods. Exp­erts, speak up if Zoya Afroz passes the test. We're here just to take note of her—that she'd been Miss India runner-up, and is about to act in the movie <i>The Xpose</i>, where her character is inspired by Parveen Babi. And that's a tough job. Getting his picture shot for election posters in a Mumbai studio Amit Dutta Mahesh Dattani Sunny Leone Tisca Chopra <b>Wait Till The Barrage Lifts</b>
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ROMCOM is a tough act to put together—the dangers of melodrama lurk ever close, so is the temptation of a crack at ‘comedy', Bollywood style. But sceptics gave Yami Gautam good marks for <i>Vicky Donor</I>. That ability to charm and enamour through natural, bashful, blushful prettiness should see her through her next movie, <i>Total Siyapaa</i>, a comedy on ‘India-Pakistan romance’. <i><b>Youngistan (2014):</b></i> Is Jackky Bhagnani’s character of a “young political leader” in the forthcoming film inspired by the Congress V-P and “youth icon and the hope and future of India”? We will know if it’s Rahul Gandhi or not come next Friday. <i><b>Bunty Aur Babli (2005):</b></i> The delectable scene of the sale of the Taj Mahal by minister Phoolsakhi to a foolish American was the highlight of the film. Pratima Kazmi as Phoolsakhi kept reminding one of Mayawati. <i><b>Madras Cafe (2013):</b></i> Set in the late 1980s during the IPKF intervention in the Sri Lankan civil war, the film has Rajiv Gandhi written all over it in the character of an assassinated ex-PM, right down to those walking shoes. <i><b>Aandhi (1975):</b></i> Though Gulzar denied it initially, the character of politician Aarti Devi, played by Suchitra Sen, was certainly modelled on Indira Gandhi, complete with saris and grey hair streak. Some of the film’s posters even said: “See your PM on screen.” <i><b>Raajneeti (2010):</b></i> The saris, the body language, the style of speaking, the hand gestures of Katrina Kaif’s Indu strongly reminded audiences of Congr­ess boss Sonia Gandhi. Kat admitted to watching campaign videos of Mrs G’s daughter Priyanka Vadra. <b>Satyagraha (2013):</b> Not only did Ralegaon Siddhi serve as a main shooting location for the film, Big B’s idealistic social activist was a throwback to our very own Anna Hazare. Ajay Devgan and Arjun Rampal join him Kejriwal-like to form a party. <b><i>Iruvar (1997):</b></i> The film, on the synergy between cinema and politics in Tamil Nadu, had Mohanlal playing a character inspired by superstar-politician MGR, with Aishwarya Rai (Jayalalitha) and Prakash Raj (M. Karunanidhi). Film ran into censor trouble, protests. <b><i>Sarkar (2005):</i></b> Big B played Subhash Nagre, aka Sarkar, the extra-constitutional ruler of Mumbai. The Thackeray connect was oblique but evid­ent in the Godfather-like narrative. <i><b>Godmother (1999):</b></i> Shabana Azmi’s Rambhi was supposedly inspired
by the late lady mafia don, Santokben Jadeja. She has also been a Janata Dal MLA. <b><i>Parzania (2007):</i></b> The filmmaker was unsparing in his portrayal of a Nazi-like CM and his veiled threats on TV. Modi anyone? <b>Red Is The Warmest Colour
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Freedom is the toast of the  day, its virtues sung, solemnised and bandied about as too precious to forego. Amir Khan's baby son Azad smeared colour on the theme on Holi, getting a better reach to Dad's cheek with a balancing grip on Mom Kiran Rao. <b>Line Of Beauty</b>
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Aren't the much-hallowed front rows of fashion shows meant for the fashion conscious? Why, then, is the lady on the left row clicking away like a pleb on her phone? But we durst not give an undertaking that we won't do so too when Ileana D'Cruz is within shooting distance, all a-shimmering and swivelling! <b>Set in motion</b> WW-I broke out a year after ‘Raja Harishchandra’ <b>The Jasmine Sets It Off</b>
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When superstars take the field, lesser pretenders to the throne respectfully give way. And there is no greater star in Chennai than Rajnikanth, seen here with Shahrukh and the Bollywood star's one-time protege, Deepika (she of the untrammelled rhythmic abandon of <i>Chennai Express</i>), at the music release of <i>Kochadaiiyaan</i>. <b>The Unfading Prime of Dilipsaab</b>
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Yes, there's no denying it—Dilip Kumar's got serious style, outdoing the hordes who try and then try to win HT's ‘Most Stylish’ award. As Amitabh breaks it happily with Saira Bano looking on, we wonder if a large portion of ‘style’ resides in a dignified mien. 2014 | Her 0.7 cr 2014 | Gravity 31.2 cr 2014 | 12 Years A Slave 2.1 cr 2014 | Nebraska 20-30 lakh so far 2014 | American Hustle 3.3 cr 2014 | Dallas Buyers Club 20-30 lakh so far 2014 | The Wolf of Wall Street 6.5 cr 2014 | Philomena Not released 2014 | Captain Phillips 4.4 cr 2013 | Django Unchained 2.6 cr 2013 | Argo 2 cr Jai Ho 107 cr so far Dhoom 3 261 cr 2013 | Zero Dark Thirty 1.7 cr 2013 | Beasts of the Southern Wild 0.4 cr Ek Tha Tiger 184 cr Bodyguard 148 cr 2013 | Lincoln 1.3 cr 2013 | Amour Limited release Dabangg 141 cr 2013 | Silver Linings Playbook 2.5 cr 2013 | Les Miserables 1.14 cr 2013 | Life of Pi 62.1 cr 2012 | Hugo 0.9 cr 2012 | The Help 1 cr 2012 | Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close 0.6 cr 2012 | Tree of Life 0.6 cr 2012 | The Artist 0.5 cr 2012 | Midnight in Paris Not released 2012 | Moneyball 3.9 cr 2012 | War Horse 0.3 cr 2012 | The Descendants 3.5 cr 2011 | The King’s Speech 2 cr 2011 | The Kids Are All Right Not released 2011 | 127 Hours 4.5 cr 2011 | The Social Network 6.7 cr 2011 | Black Swan 1 cr 2011 | Toy Story 3 5 cr 2011 | The Fighter 0.8 cr 2011 | True Grit 0.7 cr 2011 | Inception 20.6 cr 2011 | Winter’s Bone Not released 2010 | The Hurt Locker 2.2 cr 2010 | Inglourious Basterds 2.1 cr 2010 | Avatar 112.5 cr 2010 | Precious 0.5 cr 2010 | The Blind Side 2.4 cr 2010 | A Serious Man Not released 2010 | District 9 2.8 cr 2010 | Up 2.2 cr 2010 | An Education Not released 2010 | Up in the Air 1.5 cr <b>Ishqiya</b> Abhishek Chaubey and Bhardwaj <b>The <i>Chauranga</i> set</b> From left, first AD Sandeep Sahet, Onir, director Bikas Mishra <b>Search For A Smile</b>
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An <i>Outlook</i> headline a few years ago termed them ‘the mwahists'—these rich and famous so adept at picturesque cheekiness. But the Bipasha-Kareena one at a film awards function was possibly a cold affair, going by their past history of ‘catfights’. In any case, Saif Ali Khan was at hand, just in case hostilities broke out again. <b>Gut feelings</b> <i>Kitchen in the Corner...</i> <i>Museum...of Species</i> A Kannada film industry anti-dubbing rally Film actors Sunil Shetty, Bobby Deol, Sohail Khan and others during CCL 20-20 match between Mumbai Heroes and Bengal Tigers at Barabati Stadium in Cuttack. <b>High Noon</b>
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There was never any doubt about the quality of data. Shilpa Shetty's claim to yummy mummydom rests on good Q4 figures: the hourglass shows perfect time. But what are those? Skeleton legs!? Ugh. A still from a docu on Sudhir Mishra Imtiaz Ali <b>Wake Up and Smell the Embers</b>
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A red-hot kangri that came flying at Irrfan—with some of the flyash smearing the boyish Shahid Kapur—may be seen as an advance Kashmiri review of Vishal Bharadwaj's <i>Haider</i>. But admit it, he does look the part. And if an exchange of perspectives is to happen, maybe they'll do better than the government panel. <b>Rabari machismo</b> Colour, dance, violence and sensuous volatility combine to present a new kind of Gujarat in Bhansali’s <i>Goliyon ki...<i> Physically challenged dancers of the Ability Unlimited Foundation (AUF) perform 'Bhagwad Geetha' dance drama on wheelchairs at an event in Bengaluru. <b>Brief Encounter</b>
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A lady in red smiles in shy anticipation. Others, goggle-eyed, have flashed out cameras, a pool of light illumines the scene. The real question is perhaps not Amitabh and Rekha's exchanging a namaste. It's about what happens to old passions. Do they wit­her away into fragrant memory, die a dusty death, or smoulder on in unhappy hearts? <b>Kneel Down And Look</b>
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<p>How quickly did you make out the shades openly hidden under Vaani Kapoor's faux-fur towel after the first once-over? The star of <em>Shudh Desi Romance</em> and now <em>Aaha Kalyanam</em> (Tamil) excels in concealment. Wish her well. </p> Suchitra Sen (1931-2014) Girish Karnad Stills from <i>Ko:Yad</i> Kenny Basumatary in his film <i>Local Kung Fu</i> Stills from <i>As The River Flows</i> <b>Dewdrops</b>
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‘Almost a Daffodil,’ comments a punter nearby. That's not surprising, as whichever way one turns, flowers are what Daisy Shah— the newest girl under Salman Khan's mentorship—is compared with. Those bands, the shorts, the freshly minted freshness—I do feel for Humbert Humbert. <b>Fallin’ Differently</b>
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Daboo Ratnani's black-and-white images are an escape from the quotid­ian trashiness of dailies and stale poseur of the glam mags. The men change their stripes with difficulty, but the women? As Sonakshi finds out to her pleasant surprise, Ratnani's lens extracts the maximum purchase out of a changed coiffure. A circus artist performs a fire act during a show in Chennai. A dancer performs during the World Fiesta street parade, an event to usher in Visit Malaysia Year 2014, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. More than 3000 costumed dancers took part in the parade. Historicals got a touch of religion and mythology in serial after serial like <i>Maharana Pratap, Rani Lakshmi Bai</i> and <i>Jodha Akbar. Buddha</i> got into a controversy in Nepal for showing that he was born in India. Ekta Kapoor’s <i>Mahabharat</i> got talked for its cinematography and grand mounting than what it did with the story itself. Food-based shows caught on after the success of various avatars of Masterchef. The cooking reality show also hooked in the kids with a junior version. Connected <i>Hum Tum</i> on Zee gave a new spin to the reality show format with ordinary women shooting their own private moments for public consumption. 
<i>Comedy Nights With Kapil</i> was liberally used to promote Bollywood movies. Became the launchpad for many a hit. <i>24</i> started with a bang as the most expensive Indian TV show but could not fit into the popular Indian TV jargon.
<i>Ye Hai Aashiqui</i> on UTV Bindaas focused on the issue of honour killings. <i>KBC</i> also reflected many social concerns in the new season. <i>Laakhon Mein Ek </i>on Star followed on the themes set by <i>Satyamev Jayate</i>. Serials began entering the hybrid zone mixing entertainment with a social responsibility, however surface and facile. <b>Katrina Kaif</b>, Ajmer Sharif Dargah, Rajasthan
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Her inappropriate attire attracted enough comment for Bollywood star Katrina Kaif to dress better on her next visit. Here, praying before the release of a film. <b>The Bachchans</B>, Dwarkadheesh Temple, Rajkot
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Regulars at Siddhivinayak, Kashi Vishwanath and Sankat Mochan temples, the family also petitioned here on behalf of the younger couple. <b>Sushmita Sen</b>, Kalighat Kali Temple, Calcutta
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Former Miss Universe and a charmer forever seeks blessings for her two daughters Renee and Alisah in 2010. <b>Vidya Balan</b>, Mahakaleshwar Temple, Ujjain
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She might have starred in The Dirty Picture, but ardent Shiva bhakt Vidya Balan wipes her record with the gods clean. Amitabh Bachchan <b>Woman On Top</b> Deepika Padukone
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Three 100-crore blockbusters—<i>Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, Chennai Express</i> and <i>Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ramleela</i>—behind her and acting chops to boot Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub Rehana Sultan in <i>Inkar</i> Ramesh Deo in <i>Jolly LLB</i> Ratnabali <b>Yes, He Can (Act)</b> Raj Kumar Yadav
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The actor now known as Rajkumar Rao, first spotted in 2010’s <i>Love Sex Aur Dhoka</i>, was nuanced and riveting in 2013 films like <i>Shahid</i> and <i>Kai Po Che</i>. <b>And He (Of Course) Can Too</B> Irrfan 
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If divertissement via those beguiling TV adverts or Hollywood wasn’t enough, pick from <i>Sahib Biwi Aur Gangster Returns, D-Day, Lunchbox</i> and <i>Qissa</i>. Nimrat Kaur Shekhar Kapur and Isabelle Adjani in <i>Ishkq in Paris</i> Preity Zinta in <i>Ishkq in Paris</i> Neeraj Kabi <b>Saurabh Shukla</b> as Justice Sundarlal Tripathi in <i>Jolly LLB</i> <b>Pankaj Kapur</b> as Harry Mandola in <i>Matru Ki Bijli Ka Mandola</i> Sohum Shah Preity Zinta in <i>Ishkq in Paris</i> <b>Mojo lost</b> Director Abhinav Kashyap with <i>Besharam</i>, his sophomore effort
<b>Mojo lost permanently</b> Ram Gopal Varma, once again, with <i>The Attacks of 26/11</i> and <i>Satya 2</i>
Madhuri Dixit’s <i>Ghagra</i> turn in <i>Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani</i> <b>Barun Chanda</b> as the cheated zamindar father in <i>Lootera</i> <b>Baljinder Kaur, Shalini Vatsa</b> as mother and lawyer, <i>Shahid</i> <b>Mojo found</b> Sanjay Leela Bhansali with <i>Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ramleela</i>
<b>Mojo gone wild</b> Dhanush in <i>Raanjhana</i> <i><b>Sodhu Kavvum (Tamil):</i></b> A kidnapping sets off some edgy, organic comedy <b><i>Lucia (Kannada):</b></i> That miracle, a crowd-funded indie thriller that redefined box-office economics <i><b>Ship of Theseus (English+Hindi):</b></i> Poetic, introspective, meditative. Of life felt and lived. <i><b>Fandry (Marathi):</b></i> Hard-hitting take on caste consciousness revisits the old genre <b><i>Shahid (Hindi):</b></i> A timely and affecting biography of human rights lawyer Shahid Azmi <i><b>Kaaphal (Hindi):</b></i> The rarity, a disarmingly charming and innocent slice of childhood <b>Jack Of One Trade</b>
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Bad make-up, as pointed out by our movie critic? Why, going by Sunny Leone's confident over the shoulder look at the premiere of Jackpot, most of us would contest that point. Fine needlework on the gown, too. Vinod Kapri <b>Warm In The Coolest Blue</b>
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Till now, Kannada movies had been the sole receptacle of Aindrita Ray's considerable acting talent in movies such as <i>Manasaare</i>. That gap in her CV is about to be filled when she reprises her role of Bhavana in <i>Vishnuvardhana</i> for the Bengali remake, <i>Bachchan</i>. Is that a symbolic tale of an angry muckraiser or a more direct reference to the gent on the left ready for a spar? Ask Aindrita.  <b>That spotless chest...</b> Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone in <i>Ramleela</i> <b>Two’s a crowd</b> Sushant Singh Rajput and Parineeti Chopra in <i>Shuddh Desi Romance</i> <b>Watch, but with love</b> Anoushka Sharma steps out in <i>Matru ki Bijli ka Mandola</i> <b>Touchy, feely</b> Nagarjuna and Girija in <i>Geethanjali</i> Nayantara shows off her bare affiliations in <i>Billa</i> <b>Love lost</b> Madhabi in Charulata <i>Charulata</i>, Rituparna in the 2011 version <i>Mughal-E-Azam</i> <i>Karma</i> <i>Jism</i> <i>Beta</i> <i>Murder</i> Kalki Koechlin, Actress Aditi Rao Hydari, Actress Bipasha Basu, Actress Tillotama Shome, Actress Farooque Shaikh Raghu Ram <b>Pals, Look No Further</b>
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Stars did their best to dazzle at the International Film Festival Of India—some with youth, some with decades' worth of wit. But what chance had they but to pale beside the unseasonably, unreasonably gorgeous Rekha. There are some souls that the gods love. Then there are others beloved of the godesses. Marco Balderi <b>Didi In The Circle</b>
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As has been proved amply by the company she keeps, in Mamata's plans for regenerating Bengal, culture, rather than industrialisation, plays a central role. She now turns to Bengal's bevy of actresses for support—Rani, Sushmita, Bipasha, Koel (know this beauty) and Moushumi. Sushmita, as one can see, takes it seriously. <b>Run Away With Her</b>
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Can it be true that behind that honeyed smile lies a ruthless heart, ticking away time at targets? Big Boss's Sana Khan was charged for allegedly trying to kidnap a 15-year-old girl who spurned her cousin, after which she ran and hid. A deadly accomplice? Dunno. Is pink her favourite colour? Betcha! <b>All Hands Aboard</b>
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It was a night of the Kapoors. UTV Talk of the Stars have aptly honoured the most charming actor of his generation. Shashi Kapoor's hand imprint tile is unveiled by Kunal Kapoor as the vete­ran actor, Krishna Raj Kapoor, Neela Devi and  (R to L) Rajeev, Zahan and Shaira (all Ks) look on in appreciation.  <b>Ladies, Take A Bow</b>
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The opening scene was stolen by a gleeful Mamata, flanked by Big B and Shahrukh, but the Calcutta international film fest wasn’t bereft of Tollygunge beauties. (From left) Koel, Locket, Subhashree, Payel and June show up to show who, after all, are the best faces in town. <b>Upward Baby</b>
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She deserves a hoot, doesn't she? Though not in the same category as the dames who won laurels for India in Miss Universe a generation back, Miss India Manasi Moghe did that enwrapt fur no injustice. She'd need more of the material en route Mt Everest, which the engineer aspires to climb some fateful day. Sachin Tendulkar and Ranbir Kapoor leave after attending Birthday Party of Nita Ambani in Jodhpur. <b>Those Days With Infusion</b>
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Gouriprasanna Majumdar's ode to Calcutta's coffee house—a crucible of arts, ideas, radical politics and adda for decades—was peopled with the fictional Moinul, Nikhilesh, D'Souza etc, and sung by the inimitable Manna Dey. A classic of nostalgia, <I>Coffeehouser sei addata</i> lives on—its subjects continue their beloved adda day after day. Coffeehouse waiters pay tribute to the deceased singer. A Belly dancer performs during the 5th Annual Belly Dance Festival 'Hip-Nosis 2013' in Bengaluru. <b>Borne on a Lilt</b>
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Jaunty and spirited, <i>Geet Gata Chal</i> (1975) traipsed along springily like its debutant hero Sachin. The box-office hit ruled the radio waves with its <i>bandhu re</i> folk-pop for months. Sachin was 18, his costar Sarika was 13. <b>Two-Piece Tale</b> 
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Bruited about in the film mags before the film was released, the bikini scene from <i>Bobby</i> was the magnet to the matinee rush. Raj Kapoor directs 16-year-old Dimple for one of Bollywood’s jaw-dropper moments of 1973. <b>Game Theory</b>
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A prank leaves college students, played by Rishi Kapoor, Neetu Singh and Rakesh Roshan, tangling with an ugly customer. Foot-tapping songs (including <i>Ek Main Aur Ek Tu</i>) propelled <i>Khel Khel Mein</i>, with its frolics and suspenseful thrills, to box-office heaven in 1975. Neetu Singh was 18. <b>Miss Dix-Huit</b> 
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Not many would have heard of Hiren Nag, the director, or Tapas Pal, the hero. <i>Abodh</i>’s fame derives from its zero-decibel launch of Madhuri Dixit, age 17, in 1984. Does that drawing gaze hint at the screen-stealing smile, the throb-throb dances to come? <b>Family Happiness</b>
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It has been acknowledged as one of the sweetest depictions of conjugal love on celluloid. And that’s only one-third of <i>Apur Sansar</i>. Mostly due to the innocent, pure quality of the 15-year-old Sharmila Tagore’s acting—a role where she didn’t say much, and was accompanied only by Soumitra and Ravi Shankar’s music. <b>A Short Film About Love:</b> Kryzstof Kieslowski A young man turns voyeur in his obsession with an older woman, eventually realises the impossibility of finding true love. <b>Shadow of a Doubt:</b> Alfred Hitchcock Bored teenager in small-town America realises the hard way that her favourite Uncle Charlie is not quite what he appears to be. <b>400 Blows:</b> Francois Truffaut Troubled teen in Paris is much misunderstood by parents and teachers. Lands up in jail and later in an observation centre, only to flee from it all. <b>Kitaab:</b> Gulzar Young Babla moves from village to city to study. Once after being badly ticked off, he decides to return home. The train journey teaches him all about life. <b>Aparajito:</b> Satyajit Ray If Pather Panchali was about Apu’s childhood, Aparajito is about him growing up away from home, facing his parents’ death and finding a life in Calcutta. <b>Udaan:</b> Vikramaditya Motwane A sharp look at a troubled father-son relationship. Smothered by his father’s rigidity, the son shows sparks of a similar cussedness when he stands up to him. <b>The Dreamers:</b> Bernardo Bertolucci Eroticism, incest, protests, politics, an American student goes through it all as he shacks up with a pair of skewed siblings in Paris. <b>Cinema Paradiso:</b> Giuseppe Tornatore Little Toto discovers the magic of cinema, figures out love and life, with fatherly projectionist Alfredo as his mentor. <b>The Squid and the Whale:</b> Noah Baumbach The lives of two Brooklyn boys begin to unravel as their writer parents ready for divorce. And then the question: who is a philistine? <b>Shala:</b> Sujoy S. Dahake 1970s school life and the attendant exams, drills and crushes on teachers. Out of regimentation and control rises the scope for free-thinking liberalism. <b>Pasanga:</b> Pandiraj Two youngsters and classmates can’t see eye to eye. Will they be able to sort out their differences when their families unite for a wedding? <b>To Sir With Love:</b> James Clavell Black teacher in rough ’60s London. Casts an eye on the social, economic and racial troubles of teens from poor and rough homes. <b>Closely Watched Trains:</b> Jiri Menzel A rail guard in wartime Czechoslovakia learns the ways of love, and of political resistance, with a little help from an older woman. <b>Roma:</b> Federico Fellini An autobiographical film based on 18-year-old Fellini’s move from hometown Rimini to big, bad Rome. Highlight: his visit to a brothel and a music hall.
<b>Juno:</b> Jason Reitman An unplanned pregnancy forces 16-year-old Juno to confront adulthood and take some not-so-easy life decisions. <b>Vihir:</b> Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni An adolescent’s silent mourning for his dead cousin. Metaphors of life and death contained in childhood games of hide ‘n seek, Chinese whispers. 
<b>Anantaram:</b> Adoor Gopalakrishnan A young orphan, brought up by a doctor, grows up alone, struggles with his inner fantasy life and the demands of society. <b>Summer of 42:</b> Robert Mulligan A summer holiday for a teen becomes a rite-of-passage to manhood as he discovers love, sex and loss. The object of his desire: Jennifer ’O Neil. Director Quentin Tarantino, center, delivers a speech next to British actor Tim Roth, left, and US actor Harvey Keitel, right, during the closing ceremony of the 5th edition of the Lumiere Festival, in Lyon, central France. Sachin Khedkar <b>Truth On A Beach</b>
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To debut in a Ram Gopal Verma film must be considered a bold, if not risky, act these days. But Aradhana Gupta, who acts in RGV's Satya 2, remains undiminishedly confident about her good work in it, and has great belief in the director's ‘creativity'. <b>Parivartana, 1954</b> A family drama, it pits ANR against then Telugu superstar NTR <b>Mugguru Maratilu, 1946</b> A musical, it ran for straight 100 days and made ANR a star. <b>Balaraju, 1948</b> A mythological, it’s ANR’s first silver jubilee hit with Varalakshmi. <b>Maya Bazar, 1957</b> Another mythological, ANR plays Abhimanyu to NTR’s Krishna. <b>Scenic route</b> A still from India’s Oscar entry film, <i>The Good Road</i> <b>Ladies Of The Lamp</b>
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Three actresses of the past met at one of Chennai's sabhas. Current CM and MGR's heroine Jayalalitha lights the lamp for the centenary celebrations of Indian cinema as Vyjanthimala and Saroja Devi look on in unabashed admiration and deference. <b>Black Nails, Black Fur</b> 
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It's not known if she accentuates her pout at every opportunity in the manner of another Bollywood newcomer, but Neha Sharma has been mistaken for Anjelina Jolie because of that. Beauty lies in the eyes of the fanboy, but surely, as we see, there're other things to admire in Ms Sharma? Raseel Gujral <b>Satire Attire</b>
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Here is a curious fish—bred in the genetic hot-cold pool of the Mediterranean and the Baltic. We're talking about Elli Avram, the Greek-Swedish actress capering in the unappetisingly named <i>Mic­key Virus</i>. But did such exot­ica deserve the ugly lungi check miniskirt?     A still from <i>Proloy</i>, a biopic of Barun Biswas <b>Wheatish Complexion</b>
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Flanked by a smirk and sullen indifference, actress Aarti Chhabria flattens rotis for a langar at the Golden Temple in a bid to promote <i>Viyah 70 km</i>. We pro­pound a theory that when the economy is down, Bollywood ass­umes themes of rustic, prelapsarian charm. <b>Lean Times</b>
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In defence of our observation that poor times spawn screen times of Indian pastorale, we present the minxy charms and tell-tale expression of Urvashi Rautela, star of upcoming films such as <i>Jab Mehndi Lag Jaave</i> (she has to change her stripes in that!) and <i>Singh Sahab The Great</i>. Is Sunny Deol going to bridge a 38-year age gap with angry snarls and curling lips? <b>Mr & Mrs</b> A shot from the film <b>Last shots</b> Rituparno Ghosh with his crew during the shooting of <i>Satyanweshi</i> Sujoy Ghosh <b>In Our Cameras</b>
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In <i>Madras Cafe</i>, a punter informs us, the heartless filmmaker kills off Rashi Khanna. And that she is made to look plain. A feat of makeup-ing, we think. A lily-of-the-valley as fres­hly plucked as Rashi should send despairing young men to a romantic doom with love songs dedicated to her on their dying lips. <b>Gold-Plated Whisper</b>
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<I>Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Again</i>—a tortuous title dreamt up, surely, by a twit, stars Sonakshi Sinha, as ubiquitous these days as the monsoon flu, who looks askance, since being in profile makes her look her age. “It’s an interesting phase where there is no sticking to the tried and tested.” <b>Sona Mohapatra</b> “There’s more room now to experiment. It gives us more confidence in our craft.” <b>Sachin & Jigar</b> “What we thirst for are songs that convey emotions, that you can hold on to for long.” <b>Mohit Chauhan</b> “A decade ago, there were 10 singers, now there are 300 vying for a share of the pie.” <b>Chinmayi Sripaada</b> “For long, we lived in the shadow of  great names. Now we have real voices....” <b>Swanand Kirkire</b> <b>Clown Prince</b> Everything is theatre for Kumar, even a photograph <b>Zero’s Not A Digit</b>
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Except for consistently referring to herself as a ‘pretty girl' (put that down to conceited innocence), there is nothing we can object to in Huma Qureshi. Especially in ravenly black ensembles—fingernails, watchstrap, jacket.... You aligning your head to meet her sleepy gaze? Then thank her for not being size-zero. <b>Twelve Yards Of Farce</b>
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<p>Shahrukh's Id offering, <em>Chennai Express</em>, finally hits the city itself on its promotional tour. Deepika makes concession of the fact by wearing jasmines in her hair. So far so good. It's SRK's search for southern spice that invites a full range of reactions. The confident, campy swagger notwithstanding, many fashionistas wouldn't just forgive him for disgracing a perfectly honourable silk saree.</p> <b>She’s A Zero Dive Bomber</b>
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<p>You know this photo: our Indian celebrity on a foreign red carpet bounced by ambient waves of obliviousness except the lens that got her. Priya­nka lent her voice for Disney's <em>Planes</em>, appropriately in a jumpsuit that looks as if it were created by Dolce & Gabbana for a style-themed Star Trek.</p> <b>The Centre Can Hold</b>
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Kiara! Star of <i>Fugly</i>, you are announced. In a high-collared jacket that has ancestral ties with sailors' duffel coats and shorts that Ziegfeld girls might adore, Kiara has enough, we think, to match Akshay's coltish, doltish grin. <b>It’s a Lampshade</b>
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<i>Phata Poster Nikla Hero</i>—a comedy (perhaps) that wears the comic on its title can be safely counted as belonging to the Bollywood slapstick genre. Ileana D'Cruz—so charming otherwise—keeps step with that spirit, and Shahid. With a skirt like that, who can blame our curled lips? <b>Baby, You’re The Top</b>
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There are poses that stick in public memory—Garbo indolent on the couch, Hepburn at Tiffany's, Marilyn catching a draught—and everything the talented lady would do afterward would deepen its colour. Shr­uti Haasan, who stars in the thriller <i>D-Day</i>, hasn't a major hit, only this—her youth frozen in an early bloom she might never recapture. A kneeling Kareena? Nope. Only gamine cool can carry her hand messing up her hair so. Vidya Balan, Actor <b>We Are The Bhais</b>
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Even making allowance for his general impassivity, we count this as a smile from Salman Khan, when he was goaded into embracing fellow superstar Shahrukh. Is the curdling bad blood washed away in Ramzan brotherliness at Baba Siddiqui's party? Check SRK's expression, then bet your bottom rupee on it. <b>Coming Soon</b>
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A furry rug clutched in self-defence, an imperceptible pout, hair-a-tumble breeziness, a passing pensiveness and features that are a shar­per fine­-tuning of a leading heart-throb—we say Mandana Karimi has more than a fair chance of a niche within the niche. The Indian-Iranian houri acts in the tiresomely named <i>Bhaag Johnny</i>, with, we hope, liberating abandon. <b>Awesome foursome</b> Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, Vineet Singh, casting director Mukesh Chhabra and Shriswara <b>Ship-shapers</b> Sohum Shah and Neeraj Kabi Rupali Guha <b>Mortal Kombat</b>
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Stanislavski's method demands total immersion in the ‘character’. Thus Priyanka, who is cast as the inspiring Mary Kom, visited the boxer's family in Imphal. Blinded by starlight, Mary, her husband and their elder son couldn't do without their shades. The youngest Kom, snuggled in stardom, squirmed in delight. <b>You Join The Dots</b>
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Evelyn Sharma, thoughts on whose recumbent pose readers can keep to themselves, was the first Bollywood actress to sign five movies before a release. Lingerie brand Bodycare snapped her in time for a grand opening. Anand Gandhi <b>Boots For Us</b>
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Through an inexplicable oversight, we did not know a lot about Anushka Shetty—anot­her warm daught from the south, we tho­ught. We were wrong—she is a star in Tel­ugu flicks (<i>Arundhati, Billa</i>) and getting there in Tamil (<i>Singam, Vaanam</i>). We ‘carry’ her in expiation. <b>Go 400 Metres</b>
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Finally, one of the true heroes of independent India from any field, not only his chosen track, has his eventful life recorded in a biopic, <i>Bhaag Milkha Bhaag</i>. Milkha Singh, who overcame horrific advers­ity to emerge a champion, talks with Farhan Akhtar at the music launch. <b>On Half Measures</b>
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Do you believe someone who hasn't kept a spectacularly publicised vow? Yet, Poonam Pandey hasn't given up on eyeballs. Here, she threatens to launch herself on to a pole for a <i>Nasha 2</i> song, knowing not how many punters were expecting a dessert to our great World Cup win. <b>Regular guy</b> Why the caveat? Chinese Hollywood actor Jackie Chan talks during a press conference at the opening of the Chinese film festival, in New Delhi.
Sulochana (aka Ruby Myers), silent allure <b>Empress Of Lassi</b>
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Is this the face that set young hearts quake with fear for her safety as she gyrated with wanton brazenness on a train winding up the Western Ghats? A dome­sti­cated Malaika whips ‘concupiscent curd’ at a UTV event in Delhi.  <b>Dressed To The Tens</b> 
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It's when modernism's shorts, minis and tanks trawling up tattered and scrawny tracks tire you so that you turn to the cool oases of neo-classicism embodied here by Ileana D'Cruz. Copying Angie at the Oscars? Oh, balderdash! The owner of those eyes, that smile and such confident pleats don't need to copy a Hollywood hoyden. <b>When Many Heads Turn</b>
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No, dwell not on the diaphanousness of her snug negligee, or the brevity of her briefs. It's futile. Instead, appreciate the clean sweep of that exquisite jawline, or the tumble of hair curling carelessly, or the decisive, and wise, refusal to adh­ere to fashionable boniness. And Richa Chadda is out in a movie called <i>Fukrey</i>. Bros, hold that gaze! Sundar Narayana Rao Anish Kapoor Anurag Basu, Filmmaker. Monica Dogra, Musician & Actor Luke Kenny, Filmmaker & Musician <b>Lotsa Songs And Dance</b>
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A midnight birthday bash it must have been—Bollywood style carousing, gleaming SUVs pulling over in the dark, starlets with big shades rushing in—rousing grumbling, proud neighbours. One has to to ask the bechappalled, sleep-attired Aamir about the party a loving KJo threw. <b>Speak For Yourself</b>
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One of the best things that resulted from the meltdown of the Iron Curtain was how East European cut­ies could ditch shabby-Bolshie clothes for our delectation. To Salman's rumoured Romanian clinch Iulia Vantur, it'd be akin to ‘being human’. Salman's dad denied anything but friendship. <b>D’you Need The Bouffant?</b>
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Beyond that exo­tic name, Gaelyn Mendonca is another Mumbai girl bent on entertaining (often wearing cute briefs)—modelling, veejaying for MTV, the sort who'd possibly look stunning in stills than around moving images. Can't blame someone cast in so dishy a mould if she debuted in the unappetisin­gly named <i>Nautanki Saala</i>. Rituparno Ghosh (1963-2013)  Amitabh Bachchan Sonam Kapoor Vidya Balan Aishwarya Rai Siddharth Sood <b>Operation Complete North</b> 
a most unlovely scene unfolds: Dhanush, pecking at Bollywood with <i>Raanjhnaa</i>, twists in a stock dance, encl­osed in imitatory swirls. Wonder if the oh-so-refined Sonam Kap­oor, the other, better, half in it, turned her nose up at this. <b>Red, Blue, Rainbow</b>
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Scores of panjandrums might strut about in jumpsuits that might unnerve Superman (no, not Kajol; she has class and obvious confidence), but few would match Tanuja in lightness of grace and simple, heart-stopping beauty. Mother, daughter and Ajay Devgn at a function in Mumbai prompt our statement. <b>He’s The Dada</b>
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Decades of lip-curling, teeth-gnashing and minatory frowning bore the ripest fruit for Pran, one of the most recognisable villains that ever darkened Bollywood screens. Minister Manish Tewari handed over the Dadasaheb Phalke to the actor at his home, surrounded by family. <b>True, Electric Blue</b> 
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Now we know what made those curious line-up of actors go daffy and break into an embarrassing jig at the <i>Yamla Pagla Deewana</i> music launch (see last week's Glitter­ati). Simply, the presence of an apparition with doe eyes, Neha Sharma. <b>Actor’s Self-Image</b>
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As the only man who redeems the page this week, we present actor (as opposed to dialogue delivery boys cum bad dancers) Irrfan Khan. <i>Paan Singh Tomar</i> won him the national best actor award. It also won him admirers, the young sort with smartphones the size of frisbees. <b>Jump In Step</b>
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How else to react to the music release of a movie called <i>Yamla Pagla Deewana 2</i>, but to break into an untrammelled bout of Bollywoodised Bhangra? Led by the age-defying gaiety of Dharmendra, the line-up includes Sunny Deol, Shahrukh, Hrithik and the one at least partly original stylist of current times, Aamir Khan.