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Black cape, leather footwear, eyepatch and a tiara—say what you will about Madonna’s outfit in the Eurovision in Israel. Or the fact that her Like A Prayer was woefully out of tune. An innocent espousal of peace—two dancers in her troupe, dressed in Israeli and Palestinian flags, and walking arm in arm—has been castigated as an unwarranted political comment. But politics is life, the beating heart of art.
While others may try to seduce the Cannes cameras in flouncy gowns and plastic smiles, Kangana Ranaut dons a pantsuit: a veritable toreador’s jacket, aggressively cut, game for any leery bull that gives her the eye. Elsewhere in the film festival, the sharp tuxedoed figures of Brad Pitt and Leonardo Di Caprio made the strongest star pitch for Tarantino’s latest—Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.
Every once in a while we find people who stand up and speak truth, or show that the grimiest of conventions ought to be flouted. Duttee Chand, India’s fastest woman and Asiad silver-medallist, acknowledged being in a same-sex relationship. This, being mindful of the dirt that will inevitably be flung at her. But then, Duttee will answer all in Tokyo.
Don’t worry so much—that India might be a pacecr short at the World Cup, or that a brittle middle-order doesn’t have the wherewithal to negotiate the yawning mid-overs if exposed (as they will) to the elements. Relax and take heart from our boys at the departure lounge in Mumbai. Dhoni, Chahal and Bhuvi are immersed in PUBG, as Pandya and Kohli seem to have an intense confab. Best o’luck, boys!
In an industry awash with emptily pretty faces, there are outliers like Malavika Mohanan, whose robust gorgeousness has a fearless, sunburnt quality. Plonked on a chair thus, Majid Majidi’s choice in Beyond the Clouds burnt our retinas, but social media dafooses couldn’t handle it. Result? Another such pic, more of that hypnotic stare. Enchanting!
Indignant howls from fans drowned the martial finale in the eighth season of Game of Thrones, that mass obsession, A petition on online platform Change.org demanded a complete remake of the eight and final season of the popular TV series. Predictably, it crossed one million signatures.