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Rehabilitation after the dreadful floods is another matter, but there was no dearth of notable people making full-throated appeals for funds for Kerala. On tour in the US, A.R. Rahman actually dipped into his pockets, and came up with Rs 1 crore. And they cheered for him in Washington when he showed it.
At times, actors are overwhelmed by their just-canned film, and their character within it. Taapsee Pannu, who is on a fairly good run, is enveloped in the world of Anurag Kashyap’s Manmazriyaan and the difficult, garrulously adorable Rumi. See it to share her enthusiasm.
Whatever Kareena Kapoor does, immaculately staged and posed as they are, a band of professional coo-ers faint in exasperated admiration. On a Maldives holiday, she wears a robe over a pink bikini, clutching Saif’s hand, eyes fixed on the shutter, fingers on Instagram. “Fashion icon”! Really?
Check out those girls first, left to right. The floral printed dress with the cheery headband, the one in the garb of an Arab belly dancer (but looking too happy to be seductive), and the ubiquitous Punjabi lass who swings, then swings some more. Do they dance the same step? We wouldn’t know, but in the foreground is bhaijaan Salman, wearing one of those singlets he so lovingly endorses, pitching for Bigg Boss 12 at Nerul, Goa. Top quote: “People used to ask me when I’m getting married.... I think I will marry Bigg Boss.” Now, that’s blazingly witty!
Top arthouse fairs depend on starlets for eyeballs and powdered glamour, as Bela Tarrs and Ceylans get dissected in the background by the gimlet-eyed jury. There appeared on the Venice Film Festival’s red carpet a vision in a metallic silk gown and an emerald necklace to make the queen of Sheba turn green. She’s Bruna, current girlfriend of Neymar and she appeared thus at the premiere of The Sisters Brothers.
The French public prosecutor has opened a preliminary investigation against French actor Gerard Depardieu after a 22-year-old woman accused him of rape and sexual assault in an incident which purportedly took place in August. Depardieu has denied the allegations through his lawyer.