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Diego Maradona—the very name conjures up images of opponents genuflecting before his genius in 1986. But the ‘God of football’ has mellowed. In Calcutta—where people contemplate violence if you speak ill of him—he said he was just a ‘simple footballer’.
Insecurities, ambitions, the constant measuring up to famous parents and siblings—trying to make sense of it all and to thread a way forward...all this is the stuff of Soha Ali Khan’s book, The Perils of Being Moderately Famous. At its launch, her kin was present in full force—husband Kunal Khemmu, brother Saif, mother Sharmila Tagore, sister-in-law Kareena and sister Saba Ali Khan.
Her supposedly great fashion sense doesn’t wash with millions of movie-goers in film after film, however much experts gloat over Sonam Kapoor’s ‘classy’ looks. Whether Padman or Dutt will bomb is another matter but walking the red carpet is her metier. Here she is then, at the Dubai International Film Fest, in a gown and coat and gold watch. Great look, again.
For a man who goes through 12 cans of Diet Coke and watches eight hours of news television, Donald Trump does a marvellous job of being US president (that is, working his phone). So, before you start saying something nasty, give the man some credit!
A fragile beauty like Golshifteh Farahani has to be ideal antidote to nasty little bugs that can kill silently. The Iranian actress (based in France) stars in Anup Singh’s The Song of Scorpions, a woman from Rajasthan who can heal scorpion bites with her songs. Irrfan plays a camel trader opposite her in the movie that has premiered in Locarno. We await her charms.
It’s better to humbly acknowledge at this point that we didn’t know that the ‘Sexiest Asian Man’ poll by a London-based magazine is such a close-fought affair. After a photo-finish, Shahid Kapoor edged out singer Zayn Malik. Poor Hrithik Roshan came second for the third year in a row. Shahid’s ‘growing profile as a role model’ did it, says the magazine.
“Successful actress Meghan Markle to wed former soldier” was how podcaster James O’Brien’s website headlined Prince Harry’s impending royal wedding. An official release from Kensington Palace says the nuptials will happen in spring 2018 and that Markle’s parents are “excited for their future together”.