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Sushant Singh Rajput and Kiara Advani in M S Dhoni The Untold Story

If there’s one genre all actresses give lip service to, it is their unquestioning predilection for ‘women-centric films’. But it appears that too much of that fist-pumping enthusiasm isn’t trusted by the owners of those dainty fists. When the nerve-soothingly gorgeous Kiara Advani was offered a small-budget boutique of a film, Apurva, which revolves around a female protagonist, she and her band of advisors thought it was ‘risky’, since she was already aboard a bigger, female-driven vessel called Karram Kurram. We have opined that Kiara looks her best in pretty Indian two-piece ensembles, or westernwear that flatters her delicate features. But we chose her in this slinky black thing, in that modeled-up pose, deliberately. In that arch look of hers, we think she can well impersonate a vixen who can stab a cherished ideal in the back. Don’t you agree?

Actress Kiara Advani poses for photographers during the Red Carpet premiere of film Laxmii, in New Delhi.

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Actors Akshay Kumar and Kiara Advani pose for photographers during the Red Carpet premiere of film Laxmii, in New Delhi.

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Actors Akshay Kumar, Kiara Advani, Tusshar Kapoor and transgender rights activist Laxmi Narayan Tripathi pose for photographers during the Red Carpet premiere of film Laxmii, in New Delhi.

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Forced ‘at homes’ during the pandemic drove entire legions into the inviting arms of OTT platforms, desi or phoren. But as millions sat agape before their tellys, gripping their armrests, their souls craved for the hushed, darkened experience of a movie theatre. It makes perfect sense to be screen-ready when cinemas open to meet pent-up demand. The makers of Indoo ki Jawani, we hear, are geared up for an October release—the lure of an open field will happily marry the unquenched thirst for the widescreen—a thirst likely to be slaked by the fresh, tangible, allure of Kiara Advani. A Ghaziabad girl navigating online dating? Who wouldn’t like that smile, the knot of braided hair and her funny foibles magnified manifold?

Ready For A Date

As is the fate of works by creative geniuses, Tagore’s oeuvre has been twisted around for some time—songs flogged for everything from rock to fusion; his fiction, some of them modernist gems, whipped mercilessly for contemporary turns. Now, in a Delhi air thick with rock n’ roll rebellion and angst, the immortal Ekla Cholo Re appears in a boldly lettered tattoo below Kiara Advani’s sternum. Cast as a band member in Guilty, the gorgeous, prominent forehead hides under a wave of hair, as the heavily lined kohl doth detract from those eyes. Though millions did answer his call, the song was a favourite of Gandhiji. Will it work for Nanki?

Big, fleshy leaves like these are top dogs of the botanical world—sucking deeply of the sun to give its texture a thick, waxy feel. They have to, otherwise they wouldn’t be the cover of choice for carnivores in jungles, for frolicsome dames in love in thousands of Bollywood films, and for advenurous minxes and artful lensmen in urban jungles. Luxuriate, then, in Kiara Advani’s knowing innocence in Dabboo Ratnani’s annual calendar. We’re still looking, for green is a soothing colour.

Two women sitting on laps of men, glad, artificial grins plastered over their faces...you’d be forgiven to think such things are embarrassingly passe in the 21st century. It’s evidently not in Bollywood. And so, the comedy Good Newwz, starring Kiara Advani, Diljit Dosanjh, Akshay and Kareena, will possibly live up to its tagline: ‘the biggest goof-up of the year’. A comedy about IVF, did you say? We shudder in anticipation.

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Bollywood actors Kiara Advani, Diljit Dosanjh, Akshay Kumar and Kareena Kapoor during a promotion of their upcoming film 'Good Newwz', in Mumbai

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Bollywood actor Kiara Advani walks the ramp during the 12th edition of India Couture Week, in New Delhi.

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Bollywood actor Kiara Advani walks the ramp during the 12th edition of India Couture Week, in New Delhi.

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