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It was simply another awards ceremony which gave the rich and glamorous an occasion to parade their bling. But hark, a phalanx of kohl-lined eyes make us stop in our breezy tracks and take stock. Ranged from the left, the begowned ladies are Aditi Rao Hydari, Raveena, Shilpa and Sophie Choudry (who possibly has two phones). How did the selfie come out? An eyeful.
He bided his time patiently, getting out of India, working the motor assembly lines in Detroit, on a film set in Hollywood, then in England, on the spoor of his prey—Michael O’Dwer, the Punjab Governor in 1919. On the occasion of the centenary of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, Shoojit Sircar is out with a biopic of Udham Singh. Vicky Kaushal looks the part.
If you’re 21, and called ‘a former beauty queen’, your ego will not let you be, but goad you to stomp into Bollywood and try to stamp your smile onto millions of gaping retinas. Since Manushi Chhillar looks fetching in yellow, leaning so against a rock, the debutante’s co-star Ranveer Singh (in a Yash Raj film) must really insist on the insertion of a similar scene.
What is a sojourn without a few good, langurous trips? Say that to the Japanese authorities, who are most uncooperative when it comes to even a few grains of cannabis. Poor Ness Wadia, tycoon, was caught with some in his pants pocket at a Hokkaido airport, detained, and handed a suspended two-year sentence. Fear not, Wadia has run back to India, where such small matters can be managed by people like him.
The big screen is still high in the pecking order, but you wouldn’t cry yourself to bed if you don’t make it there. Streaming platforms are the younger tigers, inviting young actors like Anupriya Goenka to earn their stripes. She earned space in Tiger Zinda Hai and Padmavaat, but is banking on The Final Call and Criminal Justice to call herself a star.
It has been 50 years. Ironically, the ‘born wild and free’ spirit of Woodstock is now a prized market commodity. For its 50th anniversary, corporate sponsors are attempting to recreate the magic, albeit with merchandise, in Watkins Glen, NYC, in August. Wait for the spectacle to unfold on social media.