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It’s natural for film and politics to be intertwined in Tamil Nadu. A new mark in that warp and weft is the marriage of M. Karunanidhi’s great grandson Manu Ranjith (second from left) with actor Vikram’s (far left) daughter Akshita (third from right). It must have been a pleasure for the 94-year-old to see a new generation on the beaten track.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui is widely admired for his sensitive, measured acting. It’s his pen that is guilty of rampant, meretricious over-acting. The notches-on-the bedpost content of his autobiography An Ordinary Life shows him up as a boastful dafoos (for example, Niharika Singh, above, refuted the details). He didn’t even have the decency to tell any of the women beforehand. The book, thank heavens, is withdrawn. However, it is still available in many bookstores.
Playing one of the great heroines of Indian history is no easy task, and Kangana has a sword cut on her forehead to show for it. Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi is being shot at Amber fort and, as can be seen, the petite actress, turbaned, armed and bejewelled, has put on an expression of noble calm. No joke this, having the mien of a queen!
That a new image of Rahul Gandhi is being forged on social media is noticed, but we didn’t expect him to come out as a black belt in Aikido, a Japanese martial art. Seen here with Sensei Paritos Kar, his pictured tweets have been drawing ‘likes’ by the hundreds. It’s high time he put practice to theory, then use these skills to topple his wily opponents.
Feline grace coupled with miraculously feathery touches and incredible speed mean few shuttlers have been able to handle K. Srikanth this season. But the only Indian to win four super series titles in a year is a gentle, affable man. In his modesty he fulsomely credits his coaches. We credit his awesome talent.
A doctor provides emergency care to a patient; then, days later, sends her a friend request on Facebook. Her sister, Oscar-winning Pakistani film-maker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, cries ‘harassment’, the wolves of social media howl in unison and the doctor loses his job. Even if he overstepped his limit, he is no witch!
Netflix announced the cancellation of Emmy-nominated show House of Cards after sexual allegations against actor Kevin Spacey. The political drama will cease to exist after season 6, with the decision supposedly taken before Spacey took to Twitter to respond to Star Trek actor Anthony Rapp’s allegations.