With every conceivable sporting activity speedily shuffled up into a corporatised league for maximum milking, it’s unsurprising that the annual boat race on the Punnamada lake inaugurated the Champions Boat League. Sachin, outrigged by Kathakali dancers, spoke of Kerala’s resilience in the face of floods and its passion for cricket.
No, this Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations at the Ambanis’ (do they have to dance attendance, though?) wasn’t Ranbir’s best show. Nope, not because of the silver texture of his kurta peeking under that spotty galabandh, but because of the radiance of Alia—the floral pattern mirrors her smile, and finds completion in those substantial earrings.
Sanal Kumar Sasidharan’s Chola, with its narrative woven around a road-trip, has been winner, and travelled well to the Venice Film Festival. On the red carpet, lead actors Nimisha and Joju George ignored tired Western outfits and plumped for traditional, timeless attire.
A mythical queen of the netherworld would gladly don a crown like that, while its tassellated ends and those nail extensions would delight an entire coven of witches. Hideous, staring eyes, and a curvy swathe of purplish blue lines of lightning embroider faces sunk in deathly pallor. All this on a model at the Interenational Bodypainting Festival in Daegu, South Korea. May only the doughty enter the slippery darkness.
Advertisement shoots with superstars, the Indian cricket captain (oh, the off-field situations even a fictional skipper is led into!), ingenues gaping at the glamorous goings-on, and the complications of love...all these make up The Zoya Factor, the film based on the novel by the same name. As you see, Sonam Kapoor makes a reappearance (badly needs a hit now), with the south’s Dulquer Salmaan. Will Shahrukh be there? Join the hushed whispers!
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