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Actress Phoebe Dynevor poses for photographers upon arrival at the Bafta Film Awards, in central London.

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Actor Pedro Pascal poses for photographers upon arrival at the Bafta Film Awards, in central London.

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Actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas poses for photographers upon arrival at the Bafta Film Awards, in central London.

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Actor Chiwetel Ejiofor poses for photographers upon arrival at the Bafta Film Awards, in central London.

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Actress Cynthia Erivo poses for photographers upon arrival at the Bafta Film Awards, in central London.

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Actor Hugh Grant, right, and Anna Eberstein pose for photographers upon arrival at the Bafta Film Awards, in central London.

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Actress Sophie Cookson poses for photographers upon arrival at the Bafta Film Awards, in central London.

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Actor Jonathan Pryce poses for photographers upon arrival at the Bafta Film Awards, in central London.

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Actor James McAvoy poses for photographers upon arrival at the Bafta Film Awards, in central London.

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Actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw poses for photographers upon arrival at the Bafta Film Awards, in central London.

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Actor Asim Chaudhry poses for photographers upon arrival at the Bafta Film Awards, in central London.

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Actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas, left, is kissed by her husband singer Nick Jonas upon arrival at the Bafta Film Awards, in central London.

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Actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas, left, is kissed by her husband singer Nick Jonas upon arrival at the Bafta Film Awards, in central London.

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Actor Badshah Moitra campaigning for Sanjukta Morcha candidate Riju Ghosal for the West Bengal assembly poll in Santipur.

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Lady Gaga plays Maurizio Gucci's former wife Patrizia Reggiani during the shooting of a movie by Ridley Scott, based on the story of the murder of Maurizio Gucci in 1995, in Rome.

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BJP leader Mithun Chakraborty during a roadshow in support of party candidate Babul Supriyo, ahead of the fourth phase of West Bengal Assembly Polls, in Kolkata.

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Eagle-eyed like stout Cortez, we took immediate notice when a new planet called Saba Qamar swept by our ken in Hindi Medium, in which she was cast with the late Irrfan Khan. A gown that caresses her svelteness, a natural crossing of the arm and the framing, by her lain-low hair, of a classically lovely face shows why we are in her thrall right now, despite those hideously incongruous boots that they make her wear. The fact that she’s followed by many is proven when she announced, on Instagram, a broken engagement with (someone called) Azam Khan—who she says she never met! Why would a girl like her even get into a position like that? It sounds like a plot twist from an old movie.

One would have thought that money and fame could easily buy things like love, and smaller things like coronavirus vaccines. But strange are the ways of the United States which, after making a hash of containing the virus, is now doling out jabs in an irrational manner. Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson grabbed headlines when they caught the virus last year, pointing to its effortless reach to the great and good. But now, the 64-year-olds have run up against a peculiar official bias—being told that they are not old enough to get a shot. Wilson takes it gamely (“It’s like, ‘okay, I’ll take it’”), while Hanks gallantly says that they’ll take the vaccine after everyone who needs it gets it. Is that how they’re treating Hollywood royalty in the ‘new normal’, or is it an example of a truly egalitarian roll-out?

Bollywood actor Sonu Sood arrives for the flag off ceremony of India's biggest free vaccination drive at Attari-Wagha border.

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BJP leader Mithun Chakraborty during an election campaign rally in support of Uttarpara assembly constituency party candidate, during the ongoing state assembly polls, in West Bengal.

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Bollywood actor Malaika Arora with sister Amrita Arora and her sons Rayaan Ladak and Azaan Ladak outside her mother's residence, in Mumbai.

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In this file photo, is seen Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar in New Delhi. Kumar has been tested positive for COVID-19 and is under home quarantine, in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actress Shraddha Kapoor spotted at Bandra in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actress Shruti Hassan spotted at Juhu in Mumbai.

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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?

Victoria’s Secret models—whom we find occasion to celebrate from time to time, with your hearty approval—fall in two categories: stunning blonde goddesses like, say, Karolina Kurkova, and skittish, kittenish blonde nymphs like our subject here, Joy Corrigan. Like most of her runway colleagues, Joy hardly rests on her well-earned laurels. She has acted in a movie opposite Bruce Willis (Reprisal, 2018), started a clothing line that helps endangered animals called Naked Species and is dating the owner of a cannabis company. When she gets time, Joy gets into blue, strapless swimsuits intriguingly tied around her waist and it’s the beach in LA. And that volleyball is not a mere prop, friends. The moment you take your eyes off her, she’ll hurl it towards you.

How far can you trust the appearance of a man who did away with the second vowel of his surname, to the endless inconvenience of hacks like us, not to mention the number of fans who still stand by him? ‘Experimenting with looks’ is one thing, boldly putting on bad make-up is another. So, ignoring the tepid claps of those who deem this lush beard a laudable effort, pay close attention to the corners of Ajay Devgn’s mouth. Other than the fact that the brownish hue doesn’t match his hair colour, the falsity of the appendage would probably shame itinerant theatre companies dealing in mythologicals a century ago. “My name is Sudarshan,” writes Ajay incoherently. “Who are you calling Ajay?” Some think it’s an elaborate ruse to whet appetite for an OTT debut.

Safely distanced from the gravitational pull of Bollywood and its demands of a certain type of stardom, Radhika Apte blazes her own distinctive trail. Her turn as the Indian Special Operations Executive (SOE) operative in Occupied France, Noor Inayet Khan, in A Call To Spy won over audiences worldwide. As if to keep her hand in, she now lands another role that sharpens her spycraft—as the titular Mrs Undercover, written and directed by debutante Anushree Mehta. Hopping from a high-voltage, real-life heroine to what’s clearly a light caper requires flexibility; to give oneself to a newcomer requires confidence. A prettily embroidered dress this might be, but Radhika doesn’t show it off by preening before the camera. Wearing that conspicuous watch, she bunches herself up in a moment’s cogitation. Think differently, she seems to say. Won’t Kiara listen up?

In this file photo, actor-turned-politician Rajinikanth greets his fan on the occasion of 'Diwali' at his residence, in Chennai. Rajinikanth will receive the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for 2019, India's highest film honour, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar tweeted on Thursday, April 1, 2021.

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Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) officials take Bollywood actor and former Bigg Boss contestant Ajaz Khan for a medical test after arresting him in connection with a drugs case, in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actress Kareena Kapoor Khan at Bandra in Mumbai.

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Actors Mugdha Godse and Aseem Ali Khan during shooting of their upcoming film 'Shukradosh' in Bhopal.

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Bollywood actor Arjun Kapoor during the shoot of upcoming celebrity cooking show 'Star Vs Food', at Juhu in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actor Hritik Roshan along with his son spotted at Juhu PVR In Mumbai.

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Bollywood actor Tiger Shroff during a chat show at Juhu In Mumbai

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Bollywood actors Manoj Bajpai And Prachi Desai during the screening of the film 'Silence', in Mumbai.

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Janasena chief Pawan Kalyan learns martial arts from Prabhakar Reddy at his office in Hyderabad.

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Bollywood actress Ananya Pandey spotted at Andheri, in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut spotted at Bandra, in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actor Anjun Kapoor spotted at Santacruz, in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actress Esha Gupta spotted at Santacruz, in Mumbai.

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Bangled, braceleted and fettered mercilessly her one wrist may be, but Vaani Kapoor balances such uncharacteristic bondage with a cool, light airiness in her garb and the casual swing of her hips. Browned hair shown off to perfection, a yellow bikini top that’s straining at its leash and those clean, lean white trousers make for modelled perfection. We know the word ‘leonine’ is reserved for fiercely bewhiskered, bearded men now mostly encountered in classic movies and old photos. Yet a certain something in Vaani—casual, yet majestic deportment—leads us repeatedly to it. Can we extend the use of the word to some rare females of the species? Think about it.

After scarring the conscience of meat-eaters around the globe and shaming them into turning militantly vegan, the movement, aided by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), has trained its critical eye, crowned by a frown, on the fashion industry. PETA India’s Sustainable Fashion Day was thus a parade of leather-free products: vegan shoes, bags, jackets, accessories…the labour of fashionable conviction by top designers sounds eminently edible, doesn’t it? There was a lot of ho-hum about compassion, love and non-violence that went into creating the vegan ‘look book’. PETA ambassadors Milind Soman and wife Ankita Konwar had a busy day modelling various ensembles. When time came at last for a breather, they held each other and froze for a moment in a kiss. His pink jacket, wavy silvery strands and threads of silver sown the shirt front fused into her silver gown, bronze earring and that exquisite jawline. The effect is yours to evaluate.

Those of us who bemoan our lot in a country where taxpayers cough up a high rate, and get little in return, especially if they are not government employees (every man for himself), and look enviously at that apogee of the welfare state, the Scandinavian countries (state care from the ‘cradle to the grave’), forget a point. That will be the state’s insidious tentacles prying into personal lives in the name of enlightened interest—something brought to the notice of Indians in 2011 when Norway took away into state care the children of Sagarika and Anurup Bhattacharya, little Abhigyan (2) and Aishwarya (3) on grounds of “extreme parental neglect”. In their ham-handed way, the welfare services nearly destroyed their lives.. The drama of formulaic sensitivity being grossly insensitive will be seen in Mrs Chatterjee vs Norway, with Rani Mukherjee, in her 25th year as an actress, seizing the chance to “take on an entire country”. That crackle in Rani’s voice, we declare, is made for histrionics.

It’s a kind of Bollywood rerun of the decade-old parlour game about your favourite Hollywood Jessica—Simpson, Biel, Alba, Chastain…which one do you fancy? (None? But surely you had liked the smoulderingly fragile Jessica Lange?) These days we have a surfeit of Kapoor girls (the men have had their place in the arclight long enough) and this week we have two bloomin’ roses for your appraisal. The first is Shanaya—Sanjay and Maheep Kapoor’s 21-year-old daughter who will start work on her debut movie. Here, she hones the essential seductive look—printed bikini, carefully undone bathrobe, a casual comb through ropes of wet hair, and a look that we take as a statement of intent. “My daughter is all set to take over your screen soon,” writes Sanjay. She’s welcome to do so.

Bollywood actress Huma Qureshi poses for photographs during the relaunch of Amiqur Saloon, at Kailash Colony in New Delhi.

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Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut during the trailer launch of her upcoming film 'Thalaivi', on her birthday, at Juhu in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actress Kareena Khan spotted at Bandra in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actress Mouni Roy spotted at Andheri in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut spotted at Bandra in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actress Lara Dutt, showstopper for designer Sanjukta at FDCI x Lakme Fashion Week, poses for photographs In Mumbai.

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Bollywood actress Ananya Panday represents designer Ruchika Sachdeva during FDCI Lakme Fashion Week phygital finale, in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actor and former MP Govinda during his visit to Jagannath Temple in Puri.

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Actor Arvind Govil calls on BJP National President JP Nadda at his residence in New Delhi.

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Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar meets Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath in Lucknow.

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Film star Kanchan Mallik from Trinamool Congress candidate during his campaign from Uttarpara Constituency for upcoming assembly election, in West Bengal.

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Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar with Raja Vimlendra Mohan Pratap Mishra and his son Yatindra Mishra during a meeting, before starting the shooting of their film' Ram Setu', in Ayodhya.

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Actor Arun Govil joins the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), at Party HQ in New Delhi.

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It’s the pin-upped persistence of someone, so thwarted by fate in her goal to become a top moviestar, that never ceases to elicit admiration. And, for the past decade, we’ve repeatedly rewarded Esha Gupta in her numerous dalliances with the two-piece—one of her favoured modes of self-expression. In the latest edition that, as always, aims for a stranglehold of our senses, she is bathed by light from classic fretwork. A rearing, almost defiant twist of the upper half, a mass of locks swept across her forehead and threads of circumnavigating gold…why, we almost overlooked the pink bikini. But, before you reluctantly turn the page, do stop and admire the patchwork mosaic too.

Bollywood actress and BJP leader Hema Malini releases poster of 4th 'Chitra Bharti Film Festival', during a press conference in New Delhi.

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Bollywood actor Emraan Hashmi spotted at Juhu in Mumbai.

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French actor Nicolas Marie delivers a speech after winning the Best Actor in a Supporting Role award for "Adieu les cons" (Bye Bye Morons) during the 46th Cesar Award ceremony in Paris.

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French actress Corinne Masiero (L) delivers a speech wearing a "Peau d'Ane" costume next to French actress and Master of Ceremony Marina Fois during the 46th Cesar Award ceremony in Paris.

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French actress Isabelle Huppert delivers a speech before giving the the Best Female Newcomer award during the 46th Cesar Award ceremony in Paris.

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French actor Jean-Pascal Zadi poses with his trophy after receiving the Best Male Newcomer award for the movie "Tout simplement noir" (Simply Black) during the 46th Cesar Award ceremony in Paris.

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French actress Fathia Youssouf delivers a speech after receiving the Best Female Newcomer award for the movie "Mignonnes" (Cuties) during the 46th Cesar Award ceremony in Paris.

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French actor and President of the Ceremony Roschdy Zem speaks during the 46th Cesar Award ceremony in Paris.

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French actress Laure Calamy poses after winning the Best Actress award for "Antoinette dans les Cevennes" (My Donkey, My Lover and I) during the 46th Cesar Award ceremony in Paris.

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French Tunisian actor Sami Bouajila poses after winning the Best Actor award for "Un fils" (A Son) during the 46th Cesar Award ceremony in Paris.

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Though he muscled up for ’90s blockbusters like Con Air and Face/Off, for many of us Nicolas Cage’s screen image is stuck in the droopy-eyed, world-weary and loose-gaited dipsomaniac in Leaving Las Vegas (’95). Though his eyes lit up there temporarily at the sumptuous sight of Elizabeth Shue, in real life Cage has been forever on the lookout for the ideal woman. He started conventionally, with actress Patricia Arquette (1995-2001), then had a high-profile tie-up with Lisa Marie Presley (2002-’04). The marriage with actress Alice Kim (of Korean descent) lasted long, from 2004 to 2016, followed by a four-day fiasco with make-up artist Erika Koike (of Japanese descent) in 2019. For bride No. 5 Cage, 57, has chosen, from mainland Japan itself, Riko Shibata, 26, of whom little is known. They were married in Las Vegas, where the well-preserved Cage was in a tuxedo, while Ms Shibata, the scene-stealer surely, wore a black, bridal kimono.

If you rifle through a few back issues of Outlook, you’ll come across in these pages our rapturous reaction to Jacqueline Fernandez’s stretching preps for what we thought was ballet—a sober avocation. Now, another possibility presents itelf—that those were merely limb-strengthening exercises that would allow her to mount her latest hobby horse. This, though, is real enough—a white steed, no less, that needs petting and endearing words. That’s before Jackie, still in glamorous garb, as if conscious of our prying presence, changes into her riding breeches, boots, short jacket and gets astride Espuela, canters off to her riding lesson. Why no mention of a cap, you’re asking? Because we bet she’d keep her hair loose for the wind to work through it.

More than anything, the motion picture camera loves beautiful women. Yet dark patches speckle this object of adoration—the exploitation of actresses, their relentless objectification and inbuilt bias against female directors. The mould was broken by early pioneer directors like Dorothy Arzner (US) and Karin Swanstrom (from Sweden, who discovered Ingrid Bergman), and followed by greats like Agnes Varda, Liliana Cavani, Catherine Breillat etc. Our own Anushka Sharma, much the camera’s inamorata in a short, Oriental print dress that’s lent a touch of the risqué by those stockings, feels strongly about women’s portrayal in Bollywood. Speaking on World Women’s Day as a producer and an actress who’s played free-spirited souls, she writes: “By being clear about how we’ll portray women, we can alter people’s mindset towards how they perceive women and shatter regressive beliefs….” We laud her noble manifesto.

Bollywood actor Rajkummar Rao holding the tickets of his film 'Roohi' poses for photographs, at PVR Plaza in Connaught Place, New Delhi.

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West Bengal State BJP President Dilip Ghosh (L) and party leader Rajib Banerjee (C) handover the party flag to Tollywood actor Bonny Sengupta (R) after he joined BJP, in Kolkata.

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Television actress Ekta Jain dressed as Lord Shiva makes her way from a make-up studio to a film set, in Mumbai.

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Trinamool Congress MLA Sonali Guha (R) and Tollywood actress Tanusree Chakraborty (2R) with state BJP President Dilip Ghosh and BJP National Vice President Mukul Roy, during an event to felicitate new members to the BJP party, in Kolkata.

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Film actress Lakshmi Manchu plays cricket with women cops on the occasion of International Women’s Day celebrations at CAR Headquarters, in Hyderabad.

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Veteran film actress and BJP leader Vijayashanthi felicitates sanitation workers on International Women's Day at BJP State Office in Hyderabad.

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Bollywood actor Mithun Chakraborty addresses a public meeting after he joined BJP ahead of West Bengal Assembly Polls, at Brigade Parade Ground in Kolkata.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi being felicitated by Bollywood actor Mithun Chakraborty during a public meeting ahead of West Bengal Assembly Polls, at Brigade Parade Ground in Kolkata.

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Bollywood actor Mithun Chakraborty addresses a public meeting after he joined BJP ahead of West Bengal Assembly Polls, at Brigade Parade Ground in Kolkata.

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Bollywood actor Mithun Chakraborty along with state BJP President Dilip Ghosh and other leaders after he joined the party during a public meeting ahead of West Bengal Assembly Polls, at Brigade Parade Ground in Kolkata.

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BJP General Secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya meets actor Mithun Chakraborty in Kolkata.

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Bollywood actor Govinda during an inauguration of a school, in Moradabad.

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Bollywood actor Congress leader Raj Babbar takes his first shot of Covid-19 vaccine, in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actress Hema Malini receives the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, at Cooper Hospital in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actress Malaika Arora spotted at Bandra, in Mumbai.

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We knew it was inevitable: The gradual emergence of the entertainment fraternity from the agonising ambivalence over the bikini and the slow indigenisation of the two-piece glamour bit. Indian motifs, and Indian frills, are come at last to our beaches. We’d hardly known about Nia Sharma, a popular TV actress, but soon as she stepped out in a black bikini with that elaborate fretwork made to look like a heavily bejeweled neckpiece, we took note of its immense significance for eager viewers of Jamai 2.0. You may be shuddering at its contents after hazarding an educated guess, but you’ve got to admit that young Nia has brought things up to speed. This summer on Goa’s beaches, we’ll look out for the Indian bits.

No, we are not suggesting this as a representational image of Parineeti Chopra’s hectic prepping for the final shoots of Saina—the much awaited biopic of India’s first woman badminton ace—the inimitable Saina Nehwal. Indeed, any medieval knight templar would have loved to don this heavy-set gown, with its furry extremities, intricate lacework and endless sparkles that mirror a starry sky, and march on to the Crusades (he’d probably change into something comfy before a showdown). Nope, Parineeti, who makes the most of a generous breathing space in the formidable armour, is probably celebrating her two other imminent releases—Sandeep Aur Pinky Faarrar and The Girl On The Train. Reminded of the 2016 Emily Blunt starrer? We’re sure they have made a few changes.

Bollywood actress Janhvi Kapoor poses for a photograph during an promotional event for her upcoming movie, 'Roohi', in New Delhi.

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Bollywood actor Tiger Shroff celebrates his 31st birthday, in Mumbai.

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Noted Bengali film actress Srabanti Chatterjee (L) receives BJP flag from BJP National General Secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya (2nd L) and State BJP President Dilip Ghosh (2nd R) as she joins the party, in Kolkata.

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Bollywood actor Aamir Khan spotted at Bandra in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actor Hrithik Roshan arrives at Crime Intelligence Unit (CIU) to record a statement in a case he registered against Kangana Ranaut in 2016 involving alleged e-mail exchanges, in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actors John Abraham (L) and Emraan Hashmi pose for photographs during the trailer launch of their upcoming film 'Mumbai Saga', in Mumbai.

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Kannada actress Ragini Dwivedi speaks during a press conference in Bengaluru. Ragini, who was one of the accused in the sandalwood drug case, announced her first film after getting out of jail on bail.

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Bollywood actors Amrita Singh and Sara Ali Khan visit the shrine of Sufi Moinuddin Chishti, in Ajmer.

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Bollywood actress Mouni Roy spotted at Bandra In Mumbai.

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Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut spotted at Bandra In Mumbai.

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Bollywood actress Malaika Arora spotted at Bandra In Mumbai.

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