That England is an immigrant country is evident from its cricket and football teams, and prominent young people from all walks of life—from politicians to activists, from artistes to academics. Add beauty queens to that. At Miss England, is Bhasha Mukherjee, 23, took the top laurel. But this was just a lazy aside, almost an afterthought for Bhasha—a doctor with two medical degrees. Disabusing us of our hidebound ideas about pageant divas, she says she tried it “to balance out my studying”. Whew! What a winner!
Most filmy kids have this irrepressible urge to make splashy shows, as if to validate their membership to an exclusive club, as if it was a key to parental approval. Amir Khan’s daughter Ira hasn’t stepped into movies, but trends for photoshoots on social media. That’s her in the red crochet top, boho sullenness on display, clumsily clutching at a bag.
Debutant Karan Deol lunges in front of the camera but, instead of his dad’s distinctive curling lips and vengeful snarl, graces his scenes with a loving vulnerability. Even Sunny, behind the cameras, has to bow before the times. Pal Pal Dil Ke Pas (borrowed from a song featuring grandpa Dharmendra) also stars newcomer Saher Bamba, a girl with Bambi eyes.
The photo, clicked on ‘Friendship Day’, must have dampened the mods of those of you rejoicing in the rumours that Disha (most certainly the girl of your choice?) and Tiger have split. Still clinging on, thinking that she’s grimly walking away as he hurriedly fails to catch up with her? Sorry folks, but they spent the day together. Take heart in the fact that Disha’s inadvertently open handbag might have spilled secrets of her beauty regime, giving the girl next in your sights a chance to catch up.
Former greats spout expertise, microphone in hand; the greatest of them all sits quietly in the Caribbean, tending to his garden. The idol of everyone—from Sachin to Virat—Sir Viv is a pilgrimage that everyone worthy of his Gunn & Moore must make. Virat here is the giggly fan.
Supermodel, self-made billionaire, inspiration to millions of youngsters, Kylie Jenner didn’t rest on her ample proportions and acknowledged beauty to cut a fine figure—hence the new shoes, the half-light. A world away, Diljeet Dosanjh—the cheap songster who crushes on the girl—made a leeringly tasteless comment on this. The ‘munda’ should work more on his songs.
Saudi Arabia has taken another step to ease its curbs on women. They can apply for a passport, travel without the permission of a male guardian and are guaranteed protection against job discrimination. Critics say these changes aren’t enough. And activists who fought for them still languish in prison.