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The woman below, shouldering the burden in this picture, is Namrata Purohit—national-level squash player, footballer, certified scuba diver, author and now an entrepreneur who co-founded The Pilates Studio. If you marvel at Kareena and Malaika’s flexibility in Bollywood dance numbers, it’s this lady who deserves much of the credit.
She won the country four medals, including four precious gold, impressing everyone with talent, poise, heart and indomitable comebacks.... An athlete often needs props to egg her on—the cheering audience, a personal keepsake. Manika Batra, our one undisputed star from the CWG, painted her nails tricoloured as she chopped and placed and smashed at will. To call her ‘hypernationalist’ again shows up the stench from the garbage that is social media.
When two acclaimed directors meet...one of them turns actor for the other. Such is what happened when Iranian auteur Majid Majidi asked Goutam Ghose for a favour and received ‘yea’ for an answer. For Majidi’s Beyond The Clouds, the script for which demanded he gets a ‘haggard’ look, Ghose deprived himself of sleep ruthlessly, while also losing weight.
When you are making pots of money in China, it is expected of you to humour them. For Aamir Khan, Dangal was only the start of a lucrative friendship. Secret Superstar, which grossed Rs 63 crore in India, made a mountainous Rs 800 crore across the Doklam plateau. Pleased as punch, Aamir teamed up with actor Andy Lau in Hong Kong for a presser.
Rumours of their romantic goings-on lie yellowing in old gossip pages. But old tales never die, so both Madhuri and Sanjay Dutt were tarrying, in typically weird Bollywood style, to admit that they’re co-actors in a period drama called Kalank. Great. Big deal!
India has a tiny toehold on the hair-raising espionage activities and special ops in WWII that kept Hollywood well-supplied for 80 years through Noor Inayat Khan, the fearless SOE operative in Occupied France who tricked the Gestapo for years, before being betrayed and caught, later perishing in Dachau. The Indian heroine is to be played in a biopic by Radhika Apte. Hope she does justice to Noor.
Rapper Kendrick Lamar became the first artist to win the Pulitzer prize for music from a non-classical or jazz background. The 30-year-old’s album, titled Damn, had already earned him rave reviews and five Grammys. The album is very political and addresses issues like Black empowerment and Trump.