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And the Indian bridal fashion parade continues: a sumptuous rehashing of the same designs with new nomenclature. This latest, gorgeous line by an old master at the game, Tarun Tahiliani, goes by the name of ‘Bloom’—a richly detailed whirligig meant to represent a “synthesis of cultures and values” meant for “young spirited” brides. That’s some change, so take note—if you’re sprightly enough, you deserve this.
The great game of kabbadi has had a renaissance of popularity on TV as Pro Kabbadi, but still needs the clutches of cricket for a promotional push. As Virat celebrated a make-believe point in the Mumbai leg, he harped on how a mix of strength and athleticism made a kabbadi player. His choice from amidst his team? Dhoni, Jadeja, Umesh, Pant, Bumrah, Rahul. No, not himself.
We recognised Shirley Setia, the YouTube singing star, at our OSM Awards a couple of years back. Now, distantly on our heels, Bollywood has woken to the possibilities of the ‘pyjama popstar’. The fragrantly fresh New Zealander will now act in Nikamma (an uninspiring name) opposite Abhimanyu Dassani, also a newcomer, the son of Bhagyashree. We only demand an echo of Maine Pyar Kiya.
The monsoon probably ushers in the awards season in India, when stars grab stauettes by the armful. At the end of an exhausting season of parties and tired jokes from the podium where they are forced to laugh, everyone is content. At one such early example, a relaxed Vicky Kaushal won for his turn in Uri: The Surgical Strike. Tapsee Pannu, meanwhile, leans forward to catch a witticism.
For decades, Bollywood has been copying Hollywood/Western pop and art in a most rude fashion (eg, four floppy-haired boys belting out a swinging number in a movie from the ’60s). Such blatancy is banished with the advent of the search engine—now, a poster of Judgemental Hai Kya can safely lift from the work of Hungarian photographer-artist Flora Borsi. Aren’t we proud of our creative guys?
Will Esha Gupta have a weaker case with glamour snaps like this, now that she is dragged to court by a businessman who she alleged was “raping her with his eyes”? We advocate a firm hand with all compulsive starers, but the poor fellow was possibly just starstruck after a day’s counting. That, and a lively imagination!
Researchers working on black holes are now beginning to doubt both Einstein’s theory of general relativity and Newton’s law of gravitation after their research into the phenomenon saying that while Newton had been debunked, Einstein’s “theories (are) starting to fray around the edges”.