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Indian muscle at the World Badminton Championships caused serious consternation among the badminton strongholds in Europe, China, Japan and Indonesia. The stars of the surge, Srikanth, P.V. Sindhu and Saina Nehwal, thanked the government for their support, noted the sport’s growth here and pledged to scale the summit.
This year, the arrival of Goddess Durga is sufficently close to Teacher’s Day for Dona Ganguly to serve her Odissi ballet, Mahishasurmardini, with her troupe on September 5 in Calcutta. As the city starts the annual build-up to five days of intoxicating madness, we hope her husband Sourav will be there for the festivities.
They dressed up sharp at Venice—actor Ali Fazal and Richa Chadda at the red carpet world premiere of Victoria and Abdul, about Queen Vicky and her indispensable Indian attendant. Friends since their 2013 hit Fukrey, Richa and Ali came ever closer...till, say sources, they are now a couple.
If the Great Khali stamped Indianness on the boisterous, loudmouthed rings of WWE, Jinder Mahal had emerged as the first champion last May. But Kavita Devi, the first Indian woman wrestler in the arena, does things our own, desi way. Clad in a saffron salwar kameez, with the belted dupatta, she struck terror. Just ask this victim.
October, Shoojit Sircar’s latest venture, has the fresh-faced Banita Sandhu, of whom enthusiasts can’t stop tweeting and gloating. A London-based NRI (do we need that many imports?), Banita was noteworthily cute in a chewing gum advertisement.
This is Raai Lakshmi, acting hot in the upcoming Julie 2, an ‘erotic thriller’ that’s making people reaching for their spyglasses. That’s fine, but hark! The blessed distributor is Pahlaj Nihalani, former Censor Board chief and chief tormentor of ‘honest’ film-makers! Double standards are made of this.
Lady Gaga is using the “L” word. She may sing about a ‘Bad Romance’, but she appears to be as happy as can be with boyfriend Christian Carino, admitting being “in love” with her CAA agent beau. Considering the star has not spoken about her romance at any great length, the comment is a significant one.