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They might be exultantly posing around a broodingly resplendent red planet, but do you, patient assessors of Bollywoodian verisimilitude, see determind space scientists in Sonakshi, Nithya Menen, Taapsee, Kirti Kulhari, Vidya and ‘mission director’ Akshay? Mission Mangal’s cast, who impersonate the ISRO team which sent Mangalyaan on its way, had better stick to the antakshari made popular during its promotion. What next? Spuds growing on Akshay’s poop on Mars?
This is the sort of white rage that authorities in Beijing would like to make an example of. Versace, damn those apolitical fashionistas, released a T-shirt (above) with names of places, effectively disputing China’s authority over Hong Kong and Macau. Actress Yang Mi, in a touching act of sacrifice, cancelled her Versace contract. Brave people of HK, you’ve met your match!
Rima Das’s Assamese feature Bulbul Can Sing enthralled audiences at Berlin, Osaka and Edinburgh. The inevitable happened at the Indian Film Festival in Melbourne, where it won ‘Best Indie Film’. Chief guest SRK, as can be seen, was moved by the talents of one of the best film-makers working in India now.
Her kohl-lined eyes might not make you dance to their still rhythm, but Kalki Koechlin has indubitable screen presence, even when not donning smokily steel-blue swimsuits. Ask devotees of web series Sacred Games, where Kalki’s Batya Abelman will make slavering binge-watchers hanker for more in its new season. Shadows of the notorious Rajneesh acolyte Maa Anand Sheela have been detected, acknowledged, then politely kept aside. That’s Kalki in cruise control
Ever seen a motorsports arena—that muckily slithering, pock-marked danger zone, where buzzing motorcycles roll and haltingly jump through oozing tyre-grooves? Few Indians venture thence. Except now, with Aishwarya Pissay, 23, we have our first champ in the sport. She once broke her collarbone, then ruptured her pancreas, but didn’t give up. She’s now the FIM world champion.
Researchers analysing rainwater samples in the Rockies came across...multicoloured plastic fibres! Studying nitrogen pollution in water, they came across a phenomenon they described in a research paper titled ‘It is raining plastic’. The plastic is believed to have come from the troves of trash we leave behind.