As the assorted Khans sit around, counting their curses in locked-up movies and kicked-out releases, eyeing, no doubt, their accumulated billions for comfort, out steps Akshay, with Rs 25 crore for the millions groaning and starving due to the loss of livelihoods. “I had nothing when I started,” retorted he when wife Twinkle asked if he was sure about such an amount. In this bleak hour, forgive the man for the message on his T-shirt (it does him no credit). We unreservedly applaud you, sir.
Congratulations are the norm when celebrities declare their love publicly; eyeballs are due when they prove it with photos. We offer both to badminton ace Jwala Gutta who has, she declares, not only been dating Tamil actor Vishnu Vishal, but plighted her troth to him too. There was a time when Jwala used to man the back court, allowing poor Ashwini Ponappa to do the heavy springing around up front. But that’s the norm, too, in marriage, isn’t it?
All happy families are happy in the same way—at least in photos. Ajay Devgn and Kajol’s family confirms that queer genetic rule: the boy (Yug) resembles mom, the girl (Nysa) takes after dad. We also confirm that Kajol and Nysa are fine, for some yobs (mind you, even the jobless have more time) spread the rumour that they’re down with coronavirus.
As if to snub us pessimistic slobs, here comes another good samaritan, daring us to defy her charm, snaring us in the folds of that gown’s faux deshabille, letting us catch our eye with those well-set pearls dangling from her ear, carefully matching that close-fitting neckpiece. For Pranitha Subhash, who is to appear in Hungama 2 (with ancients Paresh Rawal and Shilpa Shetty) has pledged Rs 10 lakh for the PM-CARES fund. Lofty deeds start like this.
She’s the outlier, yet very much in the thick of things—four Hollywood opportunities, one from Cecil B. DeMille, an attempted kiss by the incorrigible Errol Flynn, two dream roles in Sadhana (1958) and Woh Kaun Thi? (1964), which made the careers of Vyjayanthimala and Sadhana. She spurned film offers and proposals equally. Chose marital bliss over mass adulation in her heyday in what was not known as Bollywood then. Nimmi (1933-2020) did all that, unfailingly holding her own opposite Raj Kapoor-Dilip Kumar-Dev Anand. She was top draw but happy to play second lead in several ’50s blockbusters. After her mentor Mehboob Khan released the English version of Aan (1952) as Savage Queen with a world premiere in London, she resisted temptations to go global, even turning away her cheeks when Flynn got too close for a peck. “I am an Indian girl!” she told the actor. R.I.P. “the unkissed girl of India”!