His penchant for prancing about in outrageous clothes —the incessant, kitschy peacocking—might irritate you, but the one role tailormade for Ranveer Sinh’s exuberance was Gully Boy. Inspired by street rappers Divine and Naezy, Ranveer, his rapper team and Alia set Dharavi alight with their defiant poetry. Acclaimed by all, it is now India’s official entry to the Oscars. We need them to break the fourth wall now.
Of the current lot of young actresses jostling before the arclight for that sliver of illumination, Hina Khan takes pole position. Joining a TV show or leaving it, being praised on a red carpet or not, reacting to a comment or smiling ravishingly at it, she is a constant stalker of Page 3. Add to that alluringly commendable poise in striped dresses, or acting in a web series promisingly named Damaged Season 2.
That measured gait, that voice, those expressive eyes, the lanky-legged half-steps set to music...all this created Amitabh Bachchan’s gigantic screen presence. His career had a plateau and a sheer drop, but was saved by a sharp and steady switchback in style and content. Big B is now our elderly and wise superstar—the unsurprising recipient of the Dadasaheb Phalke award.
We will never know if Boris Becker actually respected tradition and turned up in lederhosen, but his dirndl-clad friend in Munich’s Oktoberfest sure inspired him to swill those gargantuan pitchers of beer effortlessly. The bankrupt tennis legend nearly ran into his nearly-divorced wife, they say. Ah, but then, we disapprove of unpleasant encounters.
If you had been tormented by desire even before watching Indecent Proposal and Striptease, or squinted for hours at that Vanity Fair body art, you will know what we mean when we say that for a generation, Demi Moore offered the sweetest entrapment. She has arrived, at last, at the stage of a tell-all memoir, Inside Out. With it arrived painful revelations—of horrific assault and a mother’s betrayal. That was before life was a golden beach, before she had us.
Scientists in Antarctica have designed a drill which will dig to about 3 km in depth. The contraption resulted from a desire to study air particles trapped in ice about 1.5 million years ago. The frozen bubbles have been likened to time capsules and will be the subject of interest to many research groups.