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With wielders of poison-tipped pens poised to stab you for that one fashion faux pas, only the great glamorous pull it off on the Cannes red carpet with composed eclat. That rarefied list must now include Aishwarya Rai, who, in her 17th year on the carpet, carries this peacock-butterfly inspired (rather gaudy, if you ask me) gown as if born in it.
The rookie, Kangana, tries harder in this metallic, beaded jumpsuit, redolent partly of Saturday Night Live and partly of Jane Fonda’s Barbarella.
Elsewhere, the cast of Manto (Nandita Das, Nawazuddin, Rasika Dugal and Tahir Bhasin) line up before the film’s screening.
Finally, a grand show by grandes dames: head of the festival jury Cate Blanchett leads actresses and other women in the industry to protest the long absence of women from the merit lists.
The shrine of Al-Masjid an-Nabawi in Medina hosts pilgrims from all over the world seeking the Almighty’s blessings. Recent visitors included cricketer Shoaib Malik and his wife, Sania Mirza, who is expecting. She said she cherishes her life’s ‘new phase’, and promised not to forsake tennis.
Thirty years ago, we schoolboys danced for months to Papa Kehte Hain (and the songs these days...). At a commemorative premiere of QSQT, the mustachioed Aamir fiddled around with a guitar. He must have recalled Reena, who was an extra in the song, and who he secretly married. Memories are made of this.
They might keep their wedding a closely guarded affair, but the clearing off for the honeymoon has to be circulated among hoi polloi. As Angad Bedi and Neha Dhupia schlepped off to the US, hand in loverly hand, we scratched our heads, wondering why it is thus. Ah, but then, smaller stars too must display a need for privacy!
Margot Kidder, known for her role as Lois Lane opposite Christopher Reeve in the Superman films of the ’70s and ’80s and for starring in The Amityville Horror, has died at the age of 69 after an unspecified illness. Tributes poured in from both the showbiz world and the comics fraternity.