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Acid attack survivors remind us of the primitive core within our cellphone-toting society. So, when five such women, half their faces veiled for a confident gait, walked at Agnimitra Paul’s show in Calcutta as show-stoppers, everyone clapped in heartfelt sympathy. The clothes, sadly, would hardly stop anyone in their tracks.
The recent feminist fulminations against swimsuit rounds in beauty competitions would only make sense if we rewrite the very concept of judging feminine beauty (have we, in our hearts, and in our forever appraising eyes?). But cheer for Miss New York Nia Imani Franklin, the new Miss America, who could “eat a little more”, now that she didn’t have to ace a swimsuit.
Golden vermin crawling up Rihanna’s fingers, aiming to devour those shocking blue lips? No, this is the latest ‘nail art’, created byJenny Longworth, who doesn’t do her name credit by this ghastly effort. More schlock-beauty featured in Rihanna’s photoshoot, but we’ll spare you those.
Even TV cameras had a hard time catching up with Hima Das’s terrifying acceleration, as well as her swift ascent up Indian athletics’ pecking order. When the multi-medal winner from the Asian Games reached the finishing line in Guwahati, the waiting crowds would not let her sprint away. Those gamosas around her neck are medals, too!
This is how acting dices roll. Till recently, Aarshi Banerjee did modelling, and bit parts in plays. Then, an audition for Mia Hansen-Love’s feature Maya, a pick from over 200 auditions, an arthouse role of a Goan girl romancing a Frenchman. Aarshi is now tramping the red carpet at the Toronto Film Fest.
A long, troubled gestation period has birthed many a classic movie. Will Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi join the ranks? The director got busy; a top actor then left in a buzz; now, the producer apparently has got himself sacked. Why, feisty Kangana, queen of the title, has just to flash her bejewelled sword!
Moto2 rider Romano Fenati’s contract was terminated by his team, the Marinelli Snipers, after the 22-year-old pulled on the brakes of fellow rider Stefano Manzi as they were nearing 140 mph on the San Marino track. Fenati, who has since apologised, has had a history of such transgressions.