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Why, you might ask yourself, did they not zoom into the grinning faces of this father and son duo when covering the France vs Belgium semi-final. But, in St Petersburg, they only had lenses for fans who had personal investment in the outcome of the game. Point is, like so many of us, Abhishek and Amitabh, too, had lots to cheer about. At half-time, they were even.
If Vicky Kaushal, rather than the launch vehicle, Ranbir Kapoor, blew your mind in Sanju, you have to tip your hat to the man behind Kamlesh ‘Kamli’ Kanhaiyalal—Paresh Ghelani, the turbulent Sanjay Dutt’s rock, refuge and best man. In a cathartic social media post, Ghelani poured out his emotions.
Ah, star kids! Earlier, preened and primped to their toenails at glamorous parties, they would have been at the mercy of paid Page 3 photographers. Now, Instagram has granted them the agency to pose as fashionistas, taking the wind out of the sails of cruel judges. Surely, more democratic, you’d agree? Then raise a toast to Sara Tendulkar, the new girl on your screen.
Handspring 360 and Tsukuhara 720 are just names that go with the twists, turns, tumbles and landings in the sport with the lowest margin for errors. Then there is the Produnova, a fiendish routine containing a handspring and two somersaults. The only Indian to dare dream of it, then execute it in Rio in 2016, Dipa Karmakar, will be back in action in the Jakarta Asiad after a long injury-induced break. The death-defying vault, its difficulty level axed recently, is very much on the mat, says Dipa.
Netflix’s starry Sacred Games has enticed the media and attracted controversy. But it has thrown up a new star—Kubbra Sait’s Kukkoo, a transgender, is an unalloyed hit, especially the onscreen nudity on which the character hinges. We present Kubbra thus: strong-limbed, clean-jawed, athletically sensuous...delightfully retro-fitted with those shorts that smell of the ’80s.
They say you have an exact double somewhere on the planet. A natural doppelganger, if you like. When friends told Chhattisgarh model Renee Kujur (left) that she was a spitting image of pop superstar and fashion icon Rihanna, she laughed it off. More discoveries meant Renee’s dubious, Instagrammed fame now rests on this incontrovertible likeness. A positive: people who disparaged her ‘dark’ skin are now scraping before her.
The Information Commissioner’s Office fined Facebook £500,000 after finding it failed to protect user data and for not being transparent enough about how data was harvested in light of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Facebook earned the fine amount every five minutes in the first quarter of 2018.