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Throwing in one’s hat on to the political roulette table is all very well, till the enormity of the decision sinks in like a tonne. It sent Rajnikanth on a two-week spiritual trip to the Himalayas, to an ashram in Rishikesh, for a quietening spell of meditation. No tricks there, Thalaivar!
She’s slipped again. That would be Hillary Clinton, sliding and slithering during her descent down the stairs in Mandu’s Jahaj Mahal palace. This is after last October’s nasty, toe-breaking fall in London while promoting her book, What Happened, which is an explanation of her befuddling loss to Donald Trump in 2016. This private visit to India also squeezed in a lecture on the book.
The randomness in which social media bestows a month’s superstardom on people is a wondrous thing to behold. Like South Korean pop songs/dance videos that involve little song and dance.... The latest addition is samurai Kyutaro, from the Japanese movie Neko Zamurai. Hired by a rival, dog-loving gang, he is tasked to kill a rival’s cat, but refuses after meeting the fluffy blob. Now that’s the cutest you’d let a warrior be.
The history of Bollywood is, partially, the history of actors in the throes of passion being interrupted rudely by custom-made prudery. Amir dealt an early blow to fortress scissors with that indelible kiss in QSQT. In freer times now, the actor met reporters on an airport on his 53rd birthday. Near at hand was wife Kiran Rao. The men with pens badgered on; Amir concentrated on the one important thing.
The subject of trolls (subject of our cover story too, in case you’re reading this from the end) works Shibani Dandekar up no end. The actress-host is herself a victim (just imagine losers who can’t take a photo like this in robust humour), believes in the good cheer social media is capable of and is taking action. She’s hosting Troll Police, a TV show that aims to bring celebrities and their trolls face to face.
From classic age stars like Garbo and Marlene Dietrich to golden age divas like Liz Taylor, Lauren Bacall, Grace Kelly and, unforgettably, Audrey Hepburn, Hubert de Givenchy had them hankering for his royal raiments. As pathbreaking as Coco Chanel and as handsome as Bond, his clothes “moved with a woman’s body”. Jackie Kennedy would have concurred, had you asked her.
Though he’s not contemplating legal action, British artist Anish Kapoor has come down hard on the National Rifle Association for using his work in a promotional video. Kapoor abhors the “nightmarish, intolerant, divisive vision” of the NRA, which used his Cloud Gate sculpture from Chicago in a video.