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When Aryana Saeed, Afghanistan’s popstar feminist icon decided on a concert at Kabul’s Ghazi Stadium on August 19, the eve of I-Day, it had a message—the Taliban executed ‘errant’ women here during their hated rule. As word spread and 30,000 tickets vanished, frightened authorities cancelled the event. Aryana wasn’t cowed, her fangirls in Kabul weren’t disappointed. She performed elsewhere.
Bollywood/Tollywood offers dried up a while back, but rumours of hook-ups continued in a long line—Ashmit Patel, Rahul Vaidya, Sree Santh.... Now, Riya Sen has married long-time boyfriend Shivam Tiwari in a private ceremony in Pune. Mom Moon Moon and sister Raima were at hand.
This has to be our best-kept sporting secret—the 321-medal haul of our paramilitary and police athletes at the World Police and Fire Games in LA. The Gold tally alone came to 151! Richa Mishra (CRPF) and Mandar Anand Rao (BSF), both swimmers, scooped up ten. We should quickly rebuild our Olympic team!
The India Parade in New York has been a grand affair for 37 years—marches, songs, blaring bands.... The latest edition, which wound around sunny Manhattan, had Baahubali stars Rana Daggubati and Tamannah as the main attraction.
So it has come to this—actresses visiting Sabarmati Ashram, solemnly posing with a charkha, to promote their film! Thus, Huma Qureshi, for the makers of Partition: 1947 (Gurinder Chadha’s Viceroy’s House dubbed in Hindi), in which she stars.
She self-confessedly has a knack for things ‘moody and brooding’. So, instead of moping about her need to be in Game of Thrones, the industrious Katrina Kaif stakes a claim for a role in the series through this carefully toned attitude in a cut-out dress.
She’s recording a new album and is a mother of twins, but Mariah Carey is still with a lot of vim. The iconic singer lost her top and added some bling—look her up in fishnet tights, sheer black gloves, a decorative body chain and plenty of hair for her cover for Paper magazine, out this month!