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There’s debate if the seasonal Hollywood blockbuster—that sacred tradition—has run out of ideas: an endless parade of franchises with assured collection from new audiences as well as millennials living their childhood once more. Be that as it may, Avengers: Endgame is now the biggest movie of all time, grossing over $2 billion and pulling clear of Avatar. Disney needs a new cash chest!
Though the eye of the #MeToo tornado rested firmly on Hollywood, the bad weather saw it wash ashore Bollywood too. Among those accused of grave charges was director Luv Ranjan. As news of Deepika visiting the selfsame Luv—therefore judged as keen to be in his next film—broke, fans on social media raised a unanimous cry of caution: ‘don’t work with an abuser’; ‘don’t do this’. Will Deepika shrug it off with this smile?
Checks rock still—a foundation of style, but the ’70s were when they swaggered the loudest: colour, cut and wide adoption marked a decade as definitively as auburn light seeping through long hair. In a retro photoshoot, Sacred Games 2 stars Saif, Nawazuddin and Kalki Koechlin revive the vibes (oh yes, the wooden panels). Kalki, a carrier of styles, looks smashing. Nawaz’s Van Gogh-themed suit’s the ugliest. Go change it!
The king gave up his throne to marry his beautiful princess of humble origin, and a son is born to them. The fairytale came to an end after that. Sultan Muhammad V divorced his Russian model bride Rihana soon after, and his lawyer has raised paternity issues relating to the infant. Amidst this, a note of dignity: Rihana’s tearfully cutesy posts from Moscow.
If India has an answer to Avengers, it would be S.S. Rajamouli’s Baahubali. Now, the director is planning another gargantuan exercise in lavishness—RRR, an anti-British saga set in the ’20s. Alia, Ajay Devgn and Jr NTR are roped in. The other catch is Emma Roberts, she with the good genes, longingly adored by the sun.
Britain’s Tory party members have voted at last and elected Boris Johnson—criticised as a bumbling, blustery and ruthlessly amoral politician—as the next PM. Johnson’s ex-wife, Marina, is half-Indian and the man has been to India several times. Would it herald a “truly special” (his words) relationship?