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Jun 16, 2010
In this photo taken March 25, 2010, Kerry Brogan, an actress from Newton, Massachusetts, gets made up before her scene near a film studio in Beijing. Brogan, who plays the lead character's British girlfriend, is one of dozens of foreign performers on Chinese TV, recruited to appeal to increasingly worldly audiences.
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<b>So How's It Hanging?</b>
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On any other day, getting three of Mollywood's evergreen staples—from left, Jayaram, Mammooty and Mohanlal—on one stage would be a PR juggle of epic proportions. But this is the AMMA meeting, not the mother but the Association of Malayalam Movie Artists. And when the union calls....  <b>Change Is Shock</b>
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We know who the gent is—Rishi, father of Ranbir. But can the fit young lady be Meenakshi Seshadri? No! Yes, says Rishi, who got a shock when she announced she was his <i>Damini</i> co-star! Can this be Bollywood's newest refind? <B>Has She It?</b>
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Ccome to think of it, how come some of the luscious beauties in South cinema never seem to make it in Bollywood? Not that they're not trying too! Isn't that the thought that flits through your mind whenever you see Shriya Saran? But now she has a chance—a Hindi remake of Malayalam classic <I>Drishyam</i>, opposite Ajay Devgan. <b>Roses For Nora</b>
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The Telugu film industry is falling over Nora Fatehi, who has enough Moroccan charm and Canadian knowhow to blind everyone's eye in <i>Temper</i> and an item song in <i>Baahubali</i>. And oh, she's a trained belly-dancer. As you can imagine, her success in Hyderabad is assured. <b>Force without words</b> Veeru takes down Gabbar Swedish Prince Carl Philip, right and his fiancee Sofia Hellqvist pose for photographers, standing by M/S Stockholm, in Stockholm, for a pre-wedding party, ahead of their nuptials. <b>Swedish Rhapsody</b><br>If the setting was grand, the audience was grander. Hotel Grand in Stockholm, with President Pranab Mukh­erjee, and Swedish royalty in attendance. Dancer Astad Deboo mesmerised all with three creations—‘Vande Mataram’, one based on a Swedish folk theme, and one Dhrupad-influenced. Pakistani ghazal singer Ghulam Ali performing at Charminar in old city of Hyderabad. Sudhir Mishra, Film director and screenwriter <b>Face Of A Star</b> 
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Kundan Shah has a delightful task on his hands—directing the inexpressibly beautiful Mee­nakshi Dixit on her Bollywood debut, <i>P Se PM Tak</i>. She underwent three-month-long tra­ining for impersonating a sex worker—mannerism, language etc. Just hard on her, we think. <b>Nayanthara</b> Tamil debut with <i>Ayya</i> in ’05. Part of huge hits like Rajni’s <b>Chandramukhi; Ghajini; Billa</i>. Won Filmfare Tamil, Telugu best actress award. <b>Nithya Menen</b> Kannada debut with <i>Josh</i>; Telugu with <i>Modalaindi</i>. 2015 sees her in <b>s/o Satyamurthy, OK Kanmani</i> (Tamil); <i>Malli Malli Idi Rani Raju</i> (Telugu) <b>Lakshmi Menon</b> Tamil debut was <i>Sundarapandian</i> (2012). Won Filmfare best debut award for it. Has three Tamil films coming out this year. <B>Miya George</B> The ex-Kerala Miss Fitness made her Tamil debut with <i>Amara Kaaviyam</i>. 2015 will see her in 6B Paradise, <i>Indru Netru Naalai</i> In this photo, Thomas Pedersoli, dressed as Spiderman walks by wigs on display at the MomoCon animation and gaming convention in Atlanta. The convention draws fans of Japanese animation, known also as anime, as well as American animation, comics, video and tabletop gaming. Organizers expect some 20,000 visitors over the four day event. <b>Gangster (2006)</b> Bagged the best debut award for her role as alcoholic bargirl Simran who is in love with both a gangster and a restaurant singer <b>Woh Lamhe (2007)</b> Played with aplomb a Parveen Babi-like neurotic,
schizophrenic actress called Sana Azim <b>Life In A Metro (2007)</b> Kangana is the go-getter Neha who has no qualms about sleeping with her boss to get ahead in her career <b>Fashion (2008)</b>  Won both the national as well as Filmfare award for best supporting actress. Kangana plays eccentric supermodel Shonali Gujral who is ruined by drug abuse. Said to be inspired by the case of Geetanjali Nagpal, a former model found begging on Delhi streets <b>Raaz: The Mystery Continues (2009)</B> As supermodel Nandita, possessed by an unknown force, Kangana plays yet another unhinged character and begins her search for the “normal” <b>Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai (2010)</b> Is Bollywood actress Rehana whom the Haji Mastan-like gangster Sultan Mirza (Ajay Devgan) lusts after <b>Tanu Weds Manu (2011)</b> The game-changer for Kangana. Even her bad diction didn’t come in the way of Tanuja “Tanu” Trivedi, the free-spirited Kanpur girl, becoming a hit with the crowds. <b>Krrish 3 (2013)</b> Toast of the film and its only takeaway, Kangana plays Kaya, the form-changing, mutant female accompanist of the evil antagonist Kaal, created by fusing the serum of a woman and a chameleon.  <b>Queen (2014)</b> Rani’s “honeymoon with self” in Paris and Amsterdam after getting betrayed by her possessive, chauvinist fiancée, pressed just the right emotional buttons to make her the queen of audience hearts. Also fetched her the national award and the Filmfare one for best actress. <b>Charm Offence</b>
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Ccome Play With Fire, says the poster of the film <I>Zid</i>, a ‘psychological' thr­iller. Going by the universally noted ‘hot' posters, quite a few punters are lining up for a game with Mannara Chopra, super-confident cousin of Priya­nka and Pari­neeti. “If I wanted to be covered up, I'd have done saas-­bahu serials, she sneers. Well, the rain pose is passe. Let's see the others. <b>Famille type</b> With mum and sister Rangoli at her Khar house <b>Right foot forward</b> And no, this isn’t a still from Fashion, it is Kangana walking the ramp at the Lakme Fashion Week Bollywood actress Kangna Ranaut Riteish Deshmukh, for the first time, shared a few pictures of his newborn son Riaan, on social media. Director Jacques Audiard holds the Palme d’Or award for the film Dheepan as he poses for photographers during a photo call following the awards ceremony at the 68th international film festival, Cannes, southern France. Director Jacques Audiard, center, poses with the Palme d’Or award for the film Dheepan alongside actors Jesuthasan Antonythasan, right, and Kalieaswari Srinivasan, left, during a photo call following the awards ceremony at the 68th international film festival, Cannes, southern France. <b>Out of Samsara</b>
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In keeping with our theme, we present Gyalten Samten, or Bollywood actress Bar­kha Madan, who, much like Vinod Khanna, gave up the material world. For the premiere of <i>Surkhaab</i>, the movie she finished before monkhood, Samten strikes one last pose. <b>Give Them Another Silver</b> 
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Glamour, religion and politics has moulded Vinod Khanna's life for long—Osho-worshipping star, full-time ashramite, a down-the-hill comeback, and now BJP MP. Here, Khanna and wife Kavitha offer a puja at their 25th wedding anniversary in Bangalore. <b>To See A Hero</b>
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The tradition of fans thronging Amitabh’s gates on Sundays started in 1982, when <I>Coolie</i> delivered a body blow to the Big B. Thirty-three years on, it continues to be a ritual, acknowledged at a podium. <b>A Household in Attendance</b>
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He did time in Bollywood and became a star. He also acted in films like <i>Shakespearewallah</i>. Shashi Kapoor won the Dadasaheb Phalke and was greeted by an encircling bevy—Wahe­eda Rehman, Asha Parekh, Zeenat Aman, Shabana Azmi, Rekha, Neetu Singh and Supriya Pathak. Whew, what a cast!  <B>The Music Wailed</B>
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if you're old enough, does this make you nostalgic for a certain type of ’80s bombshell? This is Flora Saini, aka Asha Saini, aka Mayuri, long dealing in sout­hern spices, come recently to Bollywood. The film is Nagesh Kukunoor's <I>Dhanak</I>, where she plays a Rajasthani belle. We recommend to her a smashing per­iod piece. Manish Mundra <b>This land</b> Manoj Kumar’s <i>Upkar</i> celebrates the peasant-soldier Veteran actor-filmmaker Shashi Kapoor was today conferred the prestigious Dada Saheb Phalke award at the landmark Prithvi Theatre here by Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Arun Jaitley in Mumbai, Maharashtra. Veteran actor-filmmaker Shashi Kapoor was today conferred the prestigious Dada Saheb Phalke award at the landmark Prithvi Theatre here by Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Arun Jaitley  in Mumbai, Maharashtra. Veteran actor-filmmaker Shashi Kapoor was today conferred the prestigious Dada Saheb Phalke award at the landmark Prithvi Theatre here by Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Arun Jaitley in Mumbai, Maharshtra. <b>Reel or real?</b> A still from Chaitanya Tamhane’s ‘Court’ <B>For Thumping Fun</b>
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Zoya Akhtar—who's grabbing Ranveer Singh, who is flanked by the gorgeous Priyanka, who is hugged by another—thought up a brunch as a promotion for their film <i>Dil Dhadakne Do</i>. It was to be about ‘love, eating and dancing' but an impromptu Ranveer-Anil Kapoor dance to <i>My name is Lakhan</i> was the highlight. Caught the elegant dame in white in the background—hair brushed up, all earrings and shade? Yes, the lassie of the moment, Anushka, is in this one too! <b>Pray For Her</b>
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In sharp contrast to the desperate fashionistas in New York, the Siddhivinayak temple in Mumbai was a picture of propriety personified by no other than our own (haven't we made her so?) Sunny Leone. Apparently, <i>Kuch Kuch Locha Hai</i> needed help. But they were saying even the lord can't do much in the matter. <b>Swing, But Not A Miss</b>
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Dress like the way Ranbir does—jacket, tie and trainers—for giving the pony-tailed Anushka, in polka-dotted slacks and short-cropped top, a swing that would make her whoop with joy. The occasion was the now-familiar release of a trailer—of <I>Bombay Velvet</i> in this case, pairing the pictured duo for the first time. <b>Just Wait For Her</b>
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A perfect foil, we think, for the classically sculpted beauty of Hrithik Roshan—we have before us the bewitching figure of Pooja Hegde, protagonist in the upco­ming <i>Mohenjo Daro</i> by Ashutosh Gowariker. How good can she be? Remember the girl in the scoo­ter ad with Ranbir Kapoor who wowed you? Yes, that girl. <b>Garden Of Curls</b> 
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For Kolkata Knight Riders to have won the IPL title twice in three years means there were generous portions of luck thrown their way. Could it have been that devilis­hly cute son of Shahrukh's, Abram, who is the lucky charm? This shot from the Eden Gardens confirms our happy hunch. <b>Get Her On Our Side</b>
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Can a name like Lauren Gottlieb be a houshold one in India? But that's what the Hollywood import's managers would have us believe. After a super season in <i>Jhalak Dikhla Jaa</i> and Bollywood debut in <i>ABCD</i>, she is cast as an ISI agent in <i>Welcome To Karachi</i>. So the guys around the border are getting the bombshells too!  <b>At Cinderella’s Ball</b>
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Gingerly done advertisements with a cola in hand, a grin and ‘Happy Diwali'—Brett Lee had nothing of that. His bond with India was real, instant and long. A film would be down that path of course, and a dashing Lee shows Tannistha Chatterjee some moves at a dance sequence for his movie <i>UnIndian</i>. <b>Don’t Look Back</b>
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How imaginative is naming a movie <i>Mr X</i>? But any shortcoming in that department was amply made up by the decision to cast Amyra Dastur, going by her pleasing aspect in this photo. She says she was appprehensive about acting with her co-star, Emr­aan Hashmi, who plays an invisible person. But she was fine, there were only two kis­ses in it. Moon Moon Sen, Actor and MP, Trinamool Congress Cricketer MS Dhoni, his wife Sakshi, Irfan Pathan and actor Anupam Kher at the wedding ceremony of Suresh Raina (L) in New Delhi. @Anupam Kher on twitter: Had a great time chatting with @msdhoni and his charming wife @SaakshiSRawat at @ImRaina's wedding..:) #inspirational @Anupam Kher on twitter: Had an amazing evening at @ImRaina's wedding. Met his wife Priyanka. Lovely girl. May God bless them.:) Wrestler Sushil Kumar with cricketer Suresh Raina at his wedding ceremony in New Delhi. <b>Chaitanya Tamhane</b> Chaitanya Tamhane 19 and counting Court <b>Avinash Arun</b> Of migration, wandering <i>Killa</i> <b>Bhaurao Karade</b> Five acres at stake for a film <i>Khwada</i> <b>She Could’ve Danced Again</b>
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Choose the correct Katrina boys! Actually it's not that hard, though that right foot gave me a moment of serious doubt. The same suspect chose to give the dancing girl her double—who else but London's Madame Tussaud's. A correct occasion to reiterate—what do they do with all this wax? <b>Baby Doll on a Roll </b>
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Baby Doll is growing up bonny and big in Bollywood. If you couldn't get enough of Sunny Leone in her first two films, she has a double role in her third, <i>Ek Paheli Leela</i>, and she claims it is a talking part, not just gyrating to Yo Yo Honey Singh's numbers. But wait, is that what her fans want? This shot should put all their fears to rest, she is still good as gold! <b>Show time</b> The viewing hall at Gokul Atithi Bhavan Bollywood actors Amitabh Bachchan, Irrfan Khan and Deepika Padukone at the launch of the film 'Piku' in Mumbai, Maharashtra. <b>Those Boots Are Meant For Showing...</b>
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Shruti Haasan can act, she can sing like a lark in springtime, she has perfect showbiz genes, she, certainly, can pose and purr and pout and she, most crucially of all, is achingly, heart-breakingly, beautiful. We trust this photo adequately illustrates that last point. The song she sung for <i>Gabbar</i> is Back doesn't interest us. This sun-dappled attitude does. <b>Perfectly Dadasaheb</b>
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A Dadasaheb Phalke for Shashi Kapoor (here with son Kunal Kapoor) at last. No Bollywood matinee idol had crossed over to middlebrow arthouse with as much ease. And handsome like the devil he was too.
Amir Khan speaks during the inaugural session of FICCI Frames 2015 in Mumbai. Bollywood actor Aamir Khan and veteran actor Kamal Haasan during the inaugural session of FICCI Frames 2015 in Mumbai, Maharashtra. <b>She Has Bass Instinct</b>
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Going by the random samples of behaviour exhibited by modern-day popstars (Katy, Britney, Gaga et al),  Evelyn Sharma, as seen here, is in character. For, in the upcoming movie <i>Kuch Kuch Locha Hai</i>, she is a pop­star. Of her taking guitar lessons (method acting, see?), Evelyn is making much. No one complains.  Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore along with actors Jackie Shroff and Vikram Gokhale during the inauguration of Vividh Bharati Service in FM mode of All India Radio in Mumbai, Maharashtra. <b>Stop The Fast Rider</b> 
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This is one act of offscreen cliff-hanging heroism Amy Jackson hadn't reckoned with. At a Tamil film shoot in craggy terrain, Amy, riding a bike, was dangerously advancing towards a cliff to a possibly fatal ending when character actor Karunakaran saved her. Amy tweeted her profuse thanks. Now, she could've done better than that! <b>SRK</b> <I>Kal Ho Na Ho</i> <b>SRK:</b> He takes his Taani partner to the top of a hill and uses his pull at Punjab Power to light the whole city into ‘I Love You’. The baap of all grand gestures. <i>Rab Ne Banadi Jodi</i>A. <B>SRK:</B> <I>Dil Se</I>, Shah Rukh is a volcano of intensity as he tries to stop Manisha from blowing herself up. <I>“Agar tumhe mere saath nahi chalna toh mat chalo. Mujhe apne saath le chalo.”</I> <b>Aamir</B> Revolution in his eyes, Aamir says in <I>Rang De Basanti: “Zindagi jeene ke do hi tareeqe hote hain. Ek jo ho raha hai, hone do, bardasht karte jao. Ya phir zimmedaari uthao use badalne ki.”</i> <b>Salman</b> Salman as Devil in <i>Kick</i>. Best stunts ever in Bollywood. <b>SRK</B> Nothing beats <i>Kal Ho Na Ho</i> when the Kapoors pray for an angel to come into their lives and in walks sunshine in the form of Aman. <B>Salman</B> That ripped shirtless body, that opening guitar riff and the way he said “I love you all”. Salman had us even before he said <I>“doston na koi manzil hai na koi saathi hai’’</I> in <I>O, O, Jaane Jaana</i> <b>Aamir</b> Phunsuk Wangdu/ Ranchoddas Shamaldas Chanchad <b>SRK</b> That moment when Raj pulls Simran on to the train— it‘s what makes us believe in magic. <i>DDLJ</i>, forever. <B>Salman</B> <i>“Dosti ka ek usool hai madam. Dosti mein no sorry no thank you—Maine Pyaar Kiya</i> <B>SRK</B> <i>“Bade bade deshon mein aisi chhoti chhoti baatein hoti rehti hain”—DDLJ</i> <b>Katrina Kaif</B> Gave SRK his first onscreen liplock in <i>Jab Tak Hai Jaan</i>, years after <I>Maya Memsaab</i> <b>Juhi Chawla</B> Only time Salman appeared with her was in a cameo in <i>Deewana Mastana</i> <b>Aamir</b> <i>“Koi baat nahin chachu Aal izz well”—3 Idiots</I> <B>SRK</B> <I>“Pyaar dosti hai. Agar woh meri sabse achhi dost nahin ban sakti toh main usse pyaar kar hi nahin sakta.”</i> SRK draws the fine line between love and friendship in <I>Kuchh Kuchh Hota Hai.</i> <b>Salman</b> Nandini, Sameer and a swaying chandelier. That first meeting when she calls him <i>khatta nimbooda and he tells her <I>“agar mujhe yun hi dekhti rahin toh pyaar ho jayega”</i>. Collective sigh. <I>Hum Bhi Dil De Chuke Sanam</i>. <B>Salman</B> Chulbul Pandey <b>Aamir</B> <i>“Sabse pehle second year students ka shukriya ada jinhone hamein ye party di hai”</i>. Who can forget that cutesy prelude to the memorable <i>Papa kehte hain</i>. <b>Salman</b> Hudhud Dabang. Salman casually saunters in, walks on a few people’s hands, crushes their fingers, fixes his gaze on the baddies and says, <i>“Hum yahaan ke Robin Hood hain</i>. Robin Hood Pandey.” <b>Aamir</b> One punch for three. <i>Ghulam</i>. Raw, intense. <b>SRK</b> <i>Sattar minute. Chak De India</i>. Enough said. <B>Aamir:</B>  A father pleads in <I>Akele Hum Akele tum</I> and we all weep. <I>“Main yeh nahi jaanta ke yeh kahan likha hai ke ek aurat mard se zyada pyaar de sakti hai, ki ek maa apne bachche ko baap se zyada pyaar karti hai?'</I> <b>Salman</b> Making up after a fight was never as romantic as when Nandini makes Sameer eat those many chillies in <i>HDDCKS</i>. <b>Aamir</b> <i>Dil Chahta Hai</i> <b>Salman</b> <I>Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam</i> <b>Aamir</b> Ready to impress Milli, Munna in <i>Rangeela</i> dresses up like a dandy and takes her to an expensive restaurant. He’s nervous, doesn’t have his bearings and wants the bearer to turn on the fan, who in turn tells him that the AC is on. To which Munna says, <ik>“Toh idhar ghuma na.” Classic. </i> <B>Salman:</B> Brooding and powerful. Salman as Radhe in <I>Tere Naam. “Saari duniya pyar mein padi hui hai, sirf ek mujhe hi haq nahi hai?  Ki main kisi se pyar kar sakun, koi mujhse pyar kar sake ... kyun?”</I> <b>Salman</b> <I>“Aam aadmi sota hua sher hai. Ungli mat karna. Jaag gaya to cheer phaad dega.”</i> Salman in <i>Jai Ho. </i>

<b>Shahrukh</b> One of Hindi cinema’s most emotionally charged fight sequences, that results in Amrish Puri letting Kajol leave with SRK. <i>Pyaar ki jeet, DDLJ</i> style. <b>Aamir</b> Always a very character-based intro scene. In <I>Lagaan</i>, the first time we see Aamir, he spoils Captain Russell’s hunting plans, a kind of foreshadowing of the whole film. <b>SRK</b> <i>“Koi na koi chahiye pyaar karne wala”</i>. With these words, and on a bike, SRK zoomed straight into our hearts.
 <b>SRK</b> Guddu Bahadur <b>Aamir</b> The rom com that gladde­ned a million hearts. Pooja Bhatt and Aamir on a bus, the bus starts and she falls on his lap, evoking a Namakhalal lyric—<i>“aaj phisal jaayein toh hamein na uthaiyo”. Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahi.</i>
Aamir In <i>Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar</i>, Aamir’s character Sanjay says it as it is to Anjali. <I>“Tumhein shayad ajeeb lage par jo baat main kayi dinon se mehsoos kar raha hoon, wo kehna chahta hoon. Maine hamesha tumhein apna sabse kareebi dost samjha hai. Magar ab main tumse pyaar karne lagaa hoon.”</i> No filmy shenanigan, no emotional clap trap. Just <I>Dil Ki Baat</I>. <b>Salman</b> <i>“Ek baar jo maine commitment kar di toh phir main apne aap ki bhi nahin sunta”—Wanted</i>
<b>Kareena Kapoor</b> Did <i>Talaash</i> with Aamir in 2012 and another <i>Talaash</i> in 2003 with Akshay Kumar <b>Karisma Kapoor</b> Came back from a sabbatical as a voice in Salman’s <i>Bodyguard</i> <b>Kajol</b> Has made special appearance in a song in four SRK films <b>Madhuri Dixit</B> Acted with both SRK and Salman in <i>Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam</i> <b>Manisha Koirala</b> A song from her Aamir film <i>Akele Hum</i> became another’s title <b>Preity Zinta</b> Did several films with SRK and Salman but only one with Aamir, <i>Dil Chahta Hai</i> <b>Rani Mukherjee</b>Two big-break films, with Aamir and SRK, happened the same year, <i>Ghulam, KKHH</i> in 1998 <b>Raveena Tandon</b> Debuted with Salman in <i>Patthar Ke Phool</i> <b>Sonali Bendre</b> One of the last memorable appearances was in SRK’s <i>Kal Ho Na Ho</i> <b>Twinkle Khanna</b> Starred with Aamir and his real brother Faisal Khan in <I>Mela</i> <b>Urmila Matondkar</b> Started off as a child actor, did one of her first adult roles with SRK in <I>Chamatkar</i> <b>Awesome threesome</b> Aamir with wife Kiran and son Azad on Holi Salman Khan <b>Crowd-puller</b> SRK waves as he arrives for a polo match in Delhi Amitabh Bachchan Aamir Khan <b>Common Dreams</b>
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We have seen Ronnie Screwvala's name pop up for decades now. Naturally, the UTV CEO wrote <i>Dream with your Eyes Open</I>. Ranbir Kapoor kindly looked in at the launch in Mumbai. <B>With Mulligatawny soup</b> Stills from BBC 4’s Indian Summers, set in Raj-era Simla <B>With Mulligatawny soup</b> Stills from BBC 4’s Indian Summers, set in Raj-era Simla <B>With Mulligatawny soup</b> Stills from BBC 4’s Indian Summers, set in Raj-era Simla <B>With Mulligatawny soup</b> Stills from BBC 4’s Indian Summers, set in Raj-era Simla Ayushman Khurana Shahrukh Khan during a press conference launching TV show, 'Poochega Sabse Shaana Kaun' in Mumbai, Maharashtra. J.K. Simmons accepts the award for best actor in a supporting role for “Whiplash” at the Oscars, Los Angeles. Sean Penn presents the award for best picture at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Common, foreground left, and John Legend, foreground right, perform at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Lady Gaga, left, and Julie Andrews speak at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. John Legend performs on stage at the Oscars  at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Scarlett Johansson speaks at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Jennifer Aniston and David Oyelowo present the award for best documentary feature at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. J.K. Simmons and Michelle Schumacher arrive at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Felicity Jones, right, presents Anna Pinnock with the award for best production design for “The Grand Budapest Hotel” at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Meryl Streep presents the in memoriam tribute at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Benedict Cumberbatch, right, presents Tom Cross with the award for best film editing for “Whiplash” at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Ben Affleck presents the award for best director at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Benedict Cumberbatch, left, and Naomi Watts present the award for best film editing at the Oscars on Sunday at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Julianne Moore accepts the award for best actress in a leading role for “Still Alice at the Oscars on Sunday at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Oprah Winfrey presents the award for best adapted screenplay at the Oscars on Sunday at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Pahlaj Nihalani <b>On The Orange Indian Carpet</b>
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This is actress Tina Desai, we declare, at the London world premiere of <i>The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel</i>, the seq­uel to John Madden's surprise 2012 hit with an almost identical name. The premiere's theme, and that of some of the actors' attires were, we understand, Indian. Tina and others preened, but the spotlight was for dames Judi Dench and Maggie Smith, as well as a sprinkling of royalty. Who? You guess. <b>Sing Us A Song, Laila</b>
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The movie is a period drama directed by Muzaffar Ali called <i>Jaanisar</i>, the feel is strikingly like <i>Umrao Jaan</i> (so you know) and the star Pernia Qureshi (daughter of meat exporter Moin Qureshi, he with the taxman's lens trained on him). Going by this, you think she'll pull it off? No? But the girl is confident! Shoaib Akhtar and Amitabh Bachchan while analysing the India-Pakistan world cup cricket match in Star Sports Mumbai studio. Kapil Dev, Akash Chopra and Amitabh Bachchan doing commentary during the India-Pakistan world cup cricket match from the Star Sports Studio in Mumbai, Maharashtra. Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan celebrates after India won their first match against Pakistan in ICC Cricket World Cup-2015, in Mumbai, Maharashtra. Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan celebrates after India won their first match against Pakistan in ICC Cricket World Cup-2015, in Mumbai, Maharashtra. <b>Pink of Health</b>
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Nimrat Kaur, whose graceful turn in <i>The Lunchbox</i> brought a certain spark to the cinemas, managed to get some rather well-deserved attention at the Bafta awards in London, what with her long pink gown with batwing sleeves. Georges Hobeika, if you must know. Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) men demolish the illegal ramp constructed outside actor Shahrukh Khan's Bandra bungalow ‘Mannat’ in Mumbai. <b>We Know That Girl</b>
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Sapna Pabbi's the name, <i>Khamoshiyan</i> is the game...er the film. The lass, part of the Bhatt factory sex-horror flick, says now that she got into a spat over the intense ero­tic scenes. Her exact words: They sho­uld know, I'm no Sunny Leone. TV actor Gautam Gulati took the Bigg Boss trophy and Rs.50 lakh cash prize after winning the season 8 of celebrity reality show Bigg Boss in Lonavala, Maharashtra. Wildlife filmmaker Ashwika Kapur Actress and AAP leader Gul Panag campaigns for the party candidate Som Dutt at the Sadar Bazar, in New Delhi.  Former president APJ Abdul Kalam talks with Kamala, widow of  cartoonists R K Laxman's at her residence in Pune, Maharashtra. Newly-wed couple Soha Ali Khan and Kunal Khemu along with family members Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan in Mumbai. Newly-wed couple Soha Ali Khan and Kunal Khemu pose for photographs outside their residence in Mumbai. <b>Many Met By Starlight </b>
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When superstar trumvirate Rajni­kanth, Kamalahaasan and Amitabh Bachchan congregate at a function, they practically own the stalking lenses. At Mumbai, the three met, were gracefully self-effacing, then effusive about each other, and posed gamely for the obligatory batch of photos on the stage. But the occasion was, through the music launch of Ami­tabh-starrer <i>Shamitabh</i>, scored by Ilaiyaraja, a tribute to the veteran music-­man himself. Everyone was there, including Aishwarya Rai, who is being polite to the megastars. Bollywood actress Sri Devi along with actors Kamal Hasan and Rajinikant felicitating music director Ilaiyaraaja during the music launch of 'Shamitabh' in Mumbai. Lyricist Gulzar and Jaya Bachchan during the music launch of 'Shamitabh' in Mumbai. Rekha attends the wedding reception of Shatrughan Sinha's son Kush and Taruna Agarwal in Mumbai. Actor Rajinikanth and his daughter Aishwarya attend the wedding reception of Shatrughan Sinha's son Kush and Taruna Agarwal in Mumbai. Shatrughan Sinha and his daughter Sonakshi during the wedding reception of his son Kush and Taruna Agarwal in Mumbai. Shatrughan Sinha and his wife Poonam with son Luv and daughter Sonakshi during the wedding reception of their son Kush and Taruna Agarwal in Mumbai . <b>Children, Please! </b>
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 <i>Shamitabh</i>, starring Big B and Dhanush. Big launch, even for an eye-candy.  <b>Kate’s White On Red</b>
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If it's a blazingly head-turning gown worn with breezy chutzpah, has it to be a Versace? Kate Hudson's much admired hourglass-ribbed gown with an open swoop was caught up in a tangle of superlatives, and inevitably compared with a long-ago thrill: Liz Hurley's career-defining black dress with safety pins. In this image released by Fox Searchlight Pictures, Michael Keaton portrays Riggan in a scene from Birdman. The film was nominated for an Oscar Award for best feature. Dev Anand as Inspector Shekhar in <i>CID</i> (1956) probes an editor’s murder Satyajit Ray’s <i>Feluda</i> appeared in several films, including two by Ray Pankaj Kapur as <i>Karamchand</i> (1985-88) was quirky, funny, iconic Naseeruddin Shah plays Inspector Ghote in Zafar Hai’s <I>The Perfect Murder</i> Rajshri Deshpande <b>As Red Met Red</b>
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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!   SRK is the bumbling detective in the slapstick <i>Baadshah</i> (1999) Kamalahaasan’s Raghavan probes a murder in <i>Vettaiyadu Vilayadu</i> (’06) IG Geetha (Asha Sarath) finds her son in <i>Drishyam</i> (’13, Malayalam) <i>Pune</i> 52 (2013, Marathi), a noir, features Girish Kulkarni as sleuth Apte <b>Before A Shower</b> 
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The bathtub—one of the earliest tropes to portray sensuality in films and photos. What can indeed be more natural than a bathing beauty? Daboo Ratnani accessorises Parineeti Chopra with a comely pair of glasses and a truly menacing cigar. It's a soft-and-hard approach. But wouldn't a coiling waft of smoke have added to it? <i>Bobby Jasoos</i> (2014): Vidya Balan as girl-next-door detective Bilkis <i>CID</i> (1998 onwards) Features ACP Pradyuman, Abhijeet and Daya <b>Chokher Bali</b> (Bengali, 2003)
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Rabindranath Tagore’s eponymous novel on widowhood and patriarchy is the foil for Rituparno Chatterjee’s film. Widow Binodini (Aishwarya Rai) and new bride Ashalata (Raima Sen) give each other a common nickname ‘Chokher Bali’ (sand in the eye). The film is an interweave of their friendship, the man whose love they share, the mistrusts and falling out.
<b>Kunku</b> (Marathi, 1937)
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This V. Shantaram classic, based on Narayan Hari Apte’s novel <i>Na Patnari Goshta</i>, features the young and spunky Nirmala (Shanta Apte) who refuses to consummate her marriage to a much older man. Defined feminism before it became part of the popular lexicon, remade in Hindi as <i>Duniya Na Maane</i>.
<b>Ghatashraddha</b> (Kannada, 1977)
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The inspiration for Girish Kasaravalli’s debut film is a U.R. Ananthamurthy short story. Set in a 1920s Karnataka, it takes on Brahminism and rituals head-on. The film’s about a young widow, daughter of a schoolmaster, who finds herself pregnant after being seduced by a teacher. <b>Malaikallan</b> (Tamil, 1954)
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<i>Malaikallan</i> draws on a popular story by writer-poet Namakkal Kavignar that was a prescribed textbook in Tamil Nadu schools of the ’50s. M. Karunanidhi wrote the screenplay and dialogues for the swashbuckler MGR in the star lead. <B>Chemmeen</b> (Malayalam, 1965)
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The Ramu Karyat directed <i>Chemmeen</i> is based on Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai’s highly acclaimed novel, set in Kerala fishing community. To acquire its rights, Karyat is to have paid a royal sum (those days) of Rs 8,000.
<b>Mathilukal</b> (Malayalam, 1989)
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Based on a love story by Vaikom Muhammad Basheer, the Adoor film is about the relationship between two inmates—Basheer (Mammootty) and Narayani (a voice)—who talk across the walls of their cells but never meet. <b>Agnisnaan</b> (Assamese, 1985)
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Bhabhendra Nath Saikia’s film is based on his own novel titled <i>Antareep</i>. It looks at the implications of a wealthy businessman’s decision to opt for a second marriage. The focus is on the first wife, the hurt and pain she feels at the “deception” and what all it leads her up to. <b>Apu Trilogy</b> (Bengali)
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Ray’s Apu trilogy—<i>Pather Panchali</i> (1955), <I>Aparajito</i> (1956) and <i>Apur Sansar</i> (1959)—was based on two Bangla  novels by Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay—<i>Pather Panchali</i> and <i>Aparajito</i>. The film traces Apu’s journey through love, loss and death. <b>Meghe Dhaka Tara</b> (Bengali, 1960)
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On the aftermath of the Partition of Bengal, Ghatak’s film, based on Shaktipada Rajguru’s novel, focuses on Neeta (Supriya Choudhury) who single-handedly bears the burden of her refugee family while facing her own tragedies and losses. <b>Anhey Ghorhey Da Daan</B> (Punjabi, 2011)
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On Punjabi novelist and Jnanpeeth winner Gurdial Singh’s novel, <i>Anhey Ghorhey...</i> focuses on the subordination of the Dalits with immense dignity and depth and is a landmark in Dalit cinema in the way it never spells things out but keeps them implicit. <b>The Namesake</B> (English, 2006)
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Directed by Meera Nair, Sooni Taraporevala scripted Jhumpa Lahiri’s <i>Namesake</i> for screen. Hallmarks: humanely observed characters, finely nuanced relationships, a sharply felt cross-cultural interaction. <b>Slumdog Millionaire</b> (English, 2008)
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Danny Boyle’s British film had everything Indian about it—setting, music, actors. The novel it was based on, <i>Q&A</i>, had been written by Indian diplomat Vikas Swarup and adapted for screen by Simon Beaufoy. <b>English, August</b> (English, 1988)
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Upamanyu Chatterjee himself adapted his own novel for screen alongwith Dev Benegal. IAS officer Agastya (Rahul Bose) is sent for training to Madna where he ends up feeling like a foreigner in his own country. <b>Guide</b> (Hindi, 1965)
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Based on R.K. Narayan’s novel, directed by Vijay Anand, <i>Guide</i> has Rosie (Waheeda), unhappily married to archaeologist Marco (Kishore Sahu), who finds love in Raju Guide (Dev Anand), hired by Marco for research work. <b>2 States</b> (Hindi, 2014)
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Bollywood sees a film in anything Chetan Bhagat writes. Abhishek Varman brings on screen the story of the marriage of Delhi-Punjabi boy Krish (Arjun Kapoor) with Chennai girl Ananya (Aalia Bhatt) and the reconciliation of culturally different families.
<b>Mehbooba</b> (Hindi, 1976)
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Pulp writer Gulshan Nanda wrote the screenplay for Shakti Samanta’s <i>Mehbooba</i> from his own novel <i>Sisakte Saaz</i>. About the time-worn theme of rebirth, Rajesh Khanna and Hema Malini play the star-crossed lovers who find a past life connect. <b>Junoon</b> (Hindi, 1978)
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Set in the backdrop of the 1857 sepoy mutiny, Shyam Benegal’s <i>Junoon</i> is an echo of Ruskin Bond’s novella, <i>A Flight of Pigeons</i>. It’s the story of the beautiful British woman Ruth Labadoor (Nafisa Ali) whose father is killed in church by rebels. <B>Ek Chadar Maili Si</B> (Hindi, 1986)
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A Sukhwant Dhadda film, based on Raj­inder Singh Bedi’s Urdu novella. It’s about Rano (Hema Malini), who is forced to marry brother-in-law Mangal (Rishi Kapoor), 10 years her junior, when her husband dies. <B>Suraj Ka Satvan Ghoda</B> (Hindi, 1993)
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Based on Dharamvir Bharti’s novel, Shyam Benegal’s abstract film showcases Manik (Rajat Kapoor) and the three women—Neena Gupta, Pallavi Joshi and Rajeshwari Sachdev—he meets at different points in his life.
<B>Devdas</B> (Various versions)
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Saratchandra Chatterjee’s novella has been adapted 16 times. From the 1927 silent version to four Hindi, three Bengali, two Telugu, one Assamese, one Malayalam and two each in Pakistan and Bangladesh. <b>Nirbhaya, A Play: </b>This crowd-funded show by Yael Farber made its debut in India a year after it toured the UK. Critics were divided on whether it took the issue of sexual violence forward to a logical conclusion, and whether it threw up more questions than answers, but where it made its impact was in bringing forward powerful, real-life testimonies of the actors, led by Poorna Jagannathan. <b>C Sharp C Blunt: </b>An Indo-German production, solo performer M.D. Pallavi’s turn as a mobile app married two the­mes: constant presence of tec­hnology and stereotyping of women in entertainment world. <b>Trivial Disasters:</b> Atul Kumar returned with a twisted, urban play based on Ajay Krishnan’s comic sketches. Plenty theatre of the absurd tricks, turning real-life
situations upside down. <b>Boiled Beans on Toast:</B> Girish Karnad’s thought-provoking Kannada play on Bangalore’s transformation saw two stage adaptations: Mohit Takal­kar’s Marathi version and Lill­ete Dubey’s English one. <b>Happy Birthday Sunita:</b> Shabana Azmi plays Tejpal in the Pravesh Kumar-directed play, in which she portrays a dedicated mother of two grown children in a
foreign land. Dibakar Banerjee, Filmmaker Dia Mirza, Actress Sorabh Pant, Stand-up comedian Zohra Sehgal Suchitra Sen <b>Arnie’s Calling </b>
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Seek no answer to the obvious question—what made Arnold Schwarzenegger visit Chennai for the audio launch of a movie? His spell was cast over the CM as well as this gushing policeman. But for TV, he had that wooden expression. <b>What Does He Think?</b>
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They would not add grist to the gossip mill; they will keep this ‘pure’; they will maintain dignity in the face of audacious doofuses with cameras and chavs armed with bluntness.... And with the diktat aginst GFs, Virat and Anushka won’t meet at Australia. Undeterred gossipers shake their heads. <b>Bond Gets Stronger</b>
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She turned heads, within and without, in <i>Malena</i>. After that, each film had something to offer manhood in the way of encouragement  to imagine more, then more still. Monica Bellucci, we hear, is the new Bond girl. At 50, she is also the...but no, age shall not wither her; we shall cherish her with the long shadows of our youth. <b>Me, We On The Mirror</b>
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Selfies caught the eye, indulged themselves shamelessly and distorted beautiful people, like the Oscar sel­fie Jennifer, Bradley, Julia, Brad, Meryl...and all looking delightedly sub-par. But where humans disappoint, the natural world comes to the rescue. The Macaque selfie cheered us up, for seldom do you see an ape in such an unself-conscious state. <b>Door Stepper</b>
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Did this tiger burn bright? Many had predicted he would.  Tiger Shroff’s film <i>Heropanti </i> defied expectation to do only  average ‘business’. With the horror (okay ladies, delight) of steely man-curves balancing that sensitive mien, Jackie’s son may yet break into the ‘promising’ category. All he needs are two hit songs. <b>Into Waist-Training</b>
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Do you think she is fat? Actually, no, except in her overpraised nether regions—paraded, prodded and photographed over the past Twittered decade. In 2014, <i>Paper</i> magazine opted for cheap public­ity by having Kim trotting out her precious hindquarters for another sunning. The resultant buzz was jaded even at its first, annoying appearance. <b>Dedh Ishqiya:</b> <i>“Sherwani ke andar nawaab bhi taang rakha hai kya?” “Begum kaagazi hain”</i> Aalia Bhatt in <i>Highway</I> <b>Anil George</B> as the horror filmmaker in <I>Miss Lovely</i> and villain’s sidekick in <i>Mardani<i> <b>Begum Para-Munira</b> (Madhuri Dixit-Huma Qureshi) in <i>Dedh Ishqiya</i> <b>Bhootnath-Akhrot</b> (Big B and Parth) in <i>Bhootnath Returns</i> <b>Maya Sarao</b> as Sanjay Mishra’s lively daughter in <i>Aankhon Dekhi</i> Parineeti Chopra in <i>Hasee to Phansee</i> <b>Haider:</b> “Chutzpah” <b>The Xpose:</b> <i>“Na dance, na expression, na pose; kewal expose.”</i> 
Vidya Balan in <i>Bobby Jasoos</i> <b>Tahir Bhasin<b> as the hip, Breaking Bad-watching, iPad-carrying villain in <i>Mardani</i> <b>Deepak-Vishnu Sir</b> (Rajkummar Rao-Manav Kaul) in <i>Citylights</i> <b>Bikram-Bala</b> (Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor) in <i>Gunday</i>
Rani Mukherjee in <i>Mardani</i> <B>Singham Returns:</b> <I>“Jab 47,000 policewale jagte hain to do crore Mumbaiwale sote hain.”</i> <B>Bang Bang:</B> <i>“Meri zip kholo aur meri gun nikaalo.”</i> Ahem! Priyanka Chopra in <i>Mary Kom</i> Deepika Padukone in <i>Finding Fanny</I> Haider <b>Film of the year</b> <i>Court</i>, Chaitanya Tamhane’s satire on the Indian legal system.
<b>Also-ran</b> Karthik Subbaraj’s <i>Jigarthanda</i> (Tamil) Srijit Mukherji’s <i>Chatushkone</i> (Bengali). <b>The mainstream Hindi film that spoke to me</B> Queen. “Hungama ho gaya” all the way. <b>Aalia Bhatt</b> Showed her acting chops in <i>Highway</i>, gave hits in <I>Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania, 2 States</i> <b>Siddharth Malhotra</b> From sensitive loverboy in <i>Hasee to Phansee</i> to the intense, brooding <i>Ek Villain</i>, Bollywood’s new wonder boy <b>Shraddha Kapoor</b> Acted, and sang the immensely popular <i>Teri Galiyan</i> in <i>Ek Villain</i>. Then returned for a splendid take in <i>Haider</i>. <b>Varun Dhawan</b> Did a Govinda turn in <i>Main Tera Hero</i>. Stepped into SRK shoes in <i>Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania</i> <b>Her Star Shines In Karachi</b>
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Where you have seen her before? In Pakistani serial <i>Humsafar</i>, and in Shoaib Mansoor's <i>Bol</i>. The Karachi-based Mah­ira Khan is now plucked out and put in Faces, bang opposite  Shahrukh. Which is fabulous, but spare an eye for the zipper in that saree. Or is that a gown? But it becomes her; what won't? We don't mind. Arijit Singh <b>Do The Tattoo Talk</b>
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While her beau is contemplating a drastic attack to counter ferocious missiles by Mitchell Johnson, Anus­hka Sharma is left behind to deal with the vicious turn delivered over at her end by all. The topic? The by-now-hackneyed relationship with Virat Kohli. Her personal life is out of bounds for a prying media, our lady of the stripes fumed.    Actor Aamir Khan with his son as Tennis Star Roger Federer and actress Deepika Padukone look on during the IPTL in New Delhi. <i>Breaking Bad</i>’s Bryan Cranston on the <i>GOT</i> throne <b>London noir</b> Cumberbatch with his Watson in <i>Sherlock</i> <b>Are you home tonight?</b> <I>Homeland</i>’s Nicolas Brody, played by Damian Lewis Ashutosh Gowarikar <b>Knock Her Door</b>
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Now can you believe, those of you with no qualms about watching a film titled <i>Kuch Kuch Locha Hai</i>, the potential for serious catfights between the lea­ding ladies? For Sunny Leone plays a filmstar, and our lady—Evelyn Sha­rma—on the right a ‘girl-next-door’. What's the probability of a girl like this next door? Tell us, we'd move a few doors. <b>Is Seeing Believing?</b>
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We won't repeat the particulars of Arpita Khan's wedding from last week—the pomp and pageantry, the heavenly descent of stars.... On the sidelines of the bash was this snap of genuine affection between Salman and Jacqueline, with Parmeshwar Godrej as spectator. So, Is Jackie the name (of his latest flame)? <b>Camera Winsome</b>
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When she trickled on to movies, following the well-worn route from modelling, did Bollywood watching hawk-eyes give Esha Gupta a staying certificate? After <i>Jannat 2</i> and <i>Raaz 3D</i>, her newest appearance is in a men's mag, with the Kingfisher model in her sultriest element, trying hard to please, archly whispering, ‘cheese....' <b>Looking inside</b> From <i>Nirnay</i>, Pushpa Rawat’s quiet and honest look at her life A scene from <i>Nabarun</i> <b>Mona’s Luck</b>
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What happens when a yoga instructor thinks she can act? Or others, seeing how she pairs stylish jackets with unconventional wear, insist that she can? In Chennai, Anushka Shetty, 33, ended up in a movie, <i>Lingaa</i>, opposite Rajnikanth, 63. Has a yoga instructor ever been endowed with such largesse? The song <i>Mona Gasolina</i> will show what she does with it. Union Minister for Finance, Corporate Affairs and Information & Broadcasting, Arun Jaitley at the inauguration of the National Children’s Film Festival, in New Delhi. 
Tennis player, Sania Mirza and actress Sakshi Tanwar are also seen.
 Tannishtha Chatterjee <b>Get Back Into The Water</b>
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A naive girl who suffers from attention deficit? Going by the attention-seeking pic on the left, Lisa Haydon can cure a few suffering the ghastly disorder. But that's her role in <I>The Shaukeens</i>, where her golden-hearted turn so affected our rev­iewer that she had a hard time keeping her wits together. Cyrus Broacha Rajkumar Hirani and Aamir Khan <b>Sticky hands</b> Hirani was an ad industry man for long, seen here himself in an ’80s Fevicol ad <b>Rain on me, man</b> Aamir Khan and Anoushka Sharma in a still from <i>PK</i> Raju with his father Suresh Hirani <b>Put On Your Prancing Shoes</b>
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What lies behind that easy grin of Parineeti? What lies under Ranveer Singh's painful cowboyhood? Remember the tasteless joke, belittling harassment, she pulled at Big Boss house? And to think that all this playing at Indians-cowboys was for promoting a tiredly named film called <i>Kill Dil</i>. Would turn out to be bosh anyway.  <b>Look Who’s Sayin’ Hello</b>
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Samantha! She's the actress people are talking in hushed tones about in Chennai—for snazzling movies with Surya, Vikram and Vijay in the same year. Her immediate prayer? That <I>Kaththi</i>, the one with Vikram, turns out well. <b>Tell me when?</b> Vijay and Samantha get cosy Deepika Padukone <b>No Shame In Radio Ga Ga</b>
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PK! That commonest of initials so readily adopted as a moniker by friends-colleagues now names a film. Rajkumar Hirani, Aamir, Anushka Sharma and Vidhu Vinod Chopra do a photo op. Going by the props, it's an icky throwback to the hotch-potch '80s. <b>Time To Play Footie</b> 
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There you go, for all of you who were silently condemning the lot of us for adding a love-frazzled mind to the list of batting defects for Virat's Kohli's terrible form. The scene in the gallery at an FC Goa match in the ISL—an anxiously engrossed co-owner Kohli, with Anushka on the side, also keeping vigil. <p><span class=fspchannelhome>Filmmaker</span><br />
<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.