Attending a session on his upcoming film Manto at the Jaipur Lit Fest alongside director Nandita Das, Nawazuddin Siddiqui was asked how he had prepared to play the title role. He answered that he’d had a hard time getting into character as Manto spoke only truth while he himself was a frequent liar. He said, “I am not like Manto and that was a challenge.” We praise him for his honesty.
Established by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802, the Legion of Honour has survived the rise and fall of many regimes to remain France’s highest honour. And now another knight joins the order’s serried ranks. In a ceremony held in Calcutta, the French ambassador conferred the honour on Bengali actor Soumitra Chatterjee, who thus follows in the footsteps of his mentor Satyajit Ray.
“I played for the love of the game,” said sporting legend Prakash Padukone on receiving the Badminton Association of India’s first ever Lifetime Achievement Award. His daughter Deepika, no mean achiever herself, couldn’t suppress her tears as she watched alongside her mother Ujjala and sister Anisha.
A Burberry jacket: Rs 63,400. A Twitter storm: priceless. Rahul Gandhi’s attire at a rock concert in Meghalaya caused heated debate on social media, with the price being slightly inflated to Rs 70,000 at some point in the great game of Chinese Twitters.
Hitting explosive sixes for Kings XI Punjab will fetch a rather higher rate than the Rs 60 Manzoor Ahmad Dar used to earn as a daily labourer in his J&K village. His signing in the IPL auction as the only player from the state was a big moment, with some 30,000 people visiting to offer their congratulations.
To “make people...immerse themselves in a sea of sexual joy.” That’s the manifesto behind Ram Gopal Varma’s new short film God, Sex and Truth (GST), a “philosophical treatise” released online recently, in which pornstar Mia Malkova expounds on sex. The mandatory FIR has already been filed against Varma.
A YouTube compilation of James Bond’s questionable behaviour towards women over decades, titled ‘Inappropriate Moments in James Bond Movies’ has gone viral. It has resulted in Twitter giving 007 a lot of flak, with even think pieces now slamming a hero who doesn’t seem to fit in during #MeToo times.