Now that his over-the-top histrionics in Padmaavat has gone down well, Ranveer’s star is rising as high as a Diwali rocket would go. In monetary terms, that is—the actor is reportedly being offered Rs 15 crore for a five-minute performance at the opening gig at the IPL. This limbs-splayed routine jump on a neon-lit stage is at least 45 years old. Maybe Ranveer will change into something more casual.
A fugitive from his own country, where he’s arraigned on money-laundering and unpaid loans charges...one would have thought all Vijay Mallya was doing was attending court hearings with a grim face. No sir; boys from the good times club do things fruitful. Doesn’t Mallya’s rumoured, impending marriage with former Kingfisher air-hostess Pinky Lalwani prove this?
As a tram trundles along the Maidan on its goat-nibbled tracks, the eye is caught by the pleasant vista of the bulk of Calcutta on one side, framed by ‘the Victoria’, and Fort William on the other, with the race course a near shimmer. On such a tram during the shoot of Dhadak, Janhvi Kapoor seems to have been lost in a reverie that the expanse usually triggers.
From Colorado came Brook Eddy, tasted our spicy masala chais on sweltering streets, and fell in deep, lip-smacking love. Back home, none ecould satiate her thirst. So she made the stuff herself, started selling ‘Bhakti chai’ from the back of her car, and soon expanded into shops. Now, it’s a $7 million brand. This is Brook, sipping the good stuff in Jaipur, eyes fixed in concentration.
Nations hiring celebrities of a particular country as brand ambassadors is a nifty idea. So, if Australia has Parineeti Chopra (do the Aussies really need her?) and New Zealand has as its Indian face Sidharth Malhotra (now, that’s a nice-looking lad), Fiji has roped in the lissome Ileana D’Cruz. Well, the country has a solid India connection and is breathtakingly beautiful. Ileana can just promenade on the beach.
Ajay Bhushan Pandey, CEO of UIDAI, handed over his authentication logs to the SC last week. Cyber security analyst Anand Venkatanarayanan went through six months of the data to trace Pandey’s physical movements, banks where he has accounts and his daily routines. He then put all of this out on Twitter.