March 30, 2020


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Hunger Games

What more could you want after winning four Oscars? Duh, dinner of course! After Bong Joon-ho received an eight-minute standing ovation, he quickly thanked the exuberant crowd and muttered, “Let’s all go home.” Pray, why? “It was almost midnight. The actors and I were very hungry ­because we couldn’t eat dinner,” he explained on The Tonight Show. So ravenous were they that they kept saying “We’re so hungry” to each other and the Oscars video subtitled even that! 

Jeevan Ek Sanghursh

He was born when Rajinder Prasad resided in Rashtrapati Bhavan, but after Sonam Kapoor tweeted about her dad’s “timeless appearance” close to the release of Malang, many have begun noticing that Anil Kapoor’s comely visage betrays few signs of the six decades he spent on earth. On Twitter, people heralded him as a desi Benjamin Button and made enquiries about the chakki he sources his flour from. The secret of his enduring youth, he revealed, was hard work and dedication. The answer may seem more at home in a beauty pageant, but then, what else can you expect from Mr India?

Love, Zeenie Baby

She cavorted exiguously under waterfalls, wielded guns and joints, and sported a bikini and choli with equal aplomb. So it might come as a surprise that Zeenat Aman is going to play Kasturba Gandhi in the drama Dearest Bapu, Love Kasturba. Of course, she’s managed to look as stunning in a khadi sari and grey hair.

Green As Grass

“She doesn’t have much scope for talent display,” a critic rued of Pooja Hegde’s 2012 film Mugamoodi. In the ­intervening years, however, her talent has been rather glaringly on display and even won the approbation of a certain Sallu Bhai, with whom she is slated to appear in the movie Kabhi Eid Kabhi Diwali. We sincerely hope, however, that Bhai does not mistake those doe-like irises emerging from the foliage for a blackbuck’s.

Retro Ticket: Dancing Queen

“Why don’t you first give a fitting reply to my anklets ­instead of trying to talk smart?” Vyjayanthimala taunted Padmini in the Kannum Kannum Kalandhu dance sequence of the film Vanjikottai Valiban (1958). Exalted as the most engrossing dance-off in Indian cinema, it eventually overshadowed the film itself and fuelled talk of rivalry between the two stars, both accomplished Bharatanatyam artists. Padmini and her siblings—Lalitha and Ragini, both actresses too—were known as the Travancore Sisters. While she starred mostly in Tamil films, often opposite Sivaji ­Ganesan, she also had a ­remarkable stint in Bollywood with Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai (1961) and Mera Naam Joker (1970).


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