Though the Trinamool cut a sorry figure, then took its reverses badly, our favourite MPs from Bengal—close pals and actresses Mimi Chakraborty and Nusrat Jahan, were untouched by the sour petulance. Fresh from Nusrat’s wedding in Turkey, and so absent when other MPs took their oaths in Parliament, the duo did the needful later, not forgetting to use ‘Jai Bangla’. Didi is happy; can’t say we aren’t, too!
When A-list moviestars appear on TV, sure that their performance will capture that effortless cuteness on the big screen they took many takes to master, they run into trouble. Kareena appeared on stage as judge of a popular dance show, looked fetching in yellow, jived with choreographer Bosco Martis and rapper Raftaar. Then, she descended into the ordinary—mouthing tired dialogue, faking excitement (bad acting), spraying superlatives like cheap deo. Ah, practice makes perfect.
It’s natural that a drill sergeant with a taste for terrifying young cadets will be a fearsome sergeant intimidating batsmen before they schlep off to the pavilion after yet another meek snick off his bowling. Then, Sheldon Cottrell, West Indies’ fast bowler and proud member of the Jamaican army, launches into his wildly popular routine: three stiff, militarily perfect steps forward, a salute and hands and head thrown backwards in unbounded joy.
You’ll feel doubly depressed if you superimpose this tale of Boris Becker’s utter penury with those indelible, faded-colour images from Wimbledon, 1985: hands aloft, the quivering frame of a flaxen-haired 17-year-old after he won the championship point. Becker, who was declared bankrupt, is now selling off his silverware: replica grand slam trophies, medals, clothing, watches, racquets, socks...to raise money that would keep him afloat. Fiscal prudence might not be Becker’s strongest serve, but can they not organise a charity match for him?
It speaks for myopic, unprofessional casting directors in Bollywood that someone who looks as intelligently delectable as Bidita Bag (Babumoshai Bandookbaaz) was till recently refused roles on account of long-held biases against ex-models, non-native Hindi speakers and anyone not sporting a vacant prettiness. But her dark days might be over; Bidita shoots for a new film in Lucknow.
The BBC’s Tonight with Vladmir Putin has a CGI generated version of the Russian supremo hosting a talk show where his guests are in on the gag as well. The show hasn’t quite captured the public imagination in Britain, with The Telegraph newspaper calling it an “unfunny, offensive mess”.