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Bollywood actress Malaika Arora walks the ramp showcasing fashion designer Varun Chakkilam's creation at the Lakmé Fashion Week (LFW) Summer Resort 2020 in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actress Sunny Leone at a PeTA India event during the Lakmé Fashion Week (LFW) Summer Resort 2020 in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actor Aditi Rao Hydari walks the ramp showcasing designer Ritu Kumar's creation at the Lakmé Fashion Week (LFW) Summer Resort 2020 in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actor Aditi Rao Hydari walks the ramp showcasing designer Ritu Kumar's creation at the Lakmé Fashion Week (LFW) Summer Resort 2020 in Mumbai.

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Caitriona Balfe arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "Outlander" Season 5 at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles.

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Karen Gillan, a cast member in "The Call of the Wild," arrives at the premiere of the film at the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Bollywood actors Sara Ali Khan (R) and Kartik Aaryan pose for a photograph during an interview with PTI, in New Delhi.

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Bollywood actress Sunny Leone walks on a ramp for designer Swapnil Shinde during Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2020, in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actress Sunny Leone walks the ramp to showcase the creation of designer Swapnil Shinde during the Lakme Fashion Week in Mumbai.

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Actors Zach Woods, left, Zoe Chao, Will Ferrell, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Giulio Berruti, Ammon Jacob Ford and Julian Grey pose together at the premiere of "Downhill" at the SVA Theatre in New York.

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“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).

“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.

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.

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?

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Bollywood actors Vicky Kaushal and Janhvi Kapoor walk the ramp during a fashion show displaying the collection of Gen-Next designers at Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2020, in Mumbai.

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Anthony Ramos, left, and Jasmine Cephas Jones arrive at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Spike Lee arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Lucy Boynton, left, and Rami Malek arrive at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Diane Warren, left, signs Sandy Powell's blazer on the red carpet at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Alison Balsom, left, and Sam Mendes arrive at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Brad Pitt arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Sandra Oh arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Patricia Taylor, left, and Keanu Reeves arrive at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Mindy Kaling arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Florence Pugh arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Kelly Marie Tran arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Maya Rudolph arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Leonardo DiCaprio arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Joaquin Phoenix arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Geena Davis arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Saoirse Ronan arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Salma Hayek arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Penelope Cruz arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Natalie Portman arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Scarlett Johansson arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Renee Zellweger arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Bleona arrives at the 2020 Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscar Viewing Party in West Hollywood, California.

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Ellery Harper, from left, Jaya Harper, Diane Ladd, and Laura Dern arrive at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Nicole Kimpel, from left, Antonio Banderas, and Stella Banderas arrive at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Scarlett Johansson, left, congratulates Laura Dern, winner of the award for best performance by an actress in a supporting role for "Marriage Story" at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Joaquin Phoenix, left, and Rooney Mara arrive at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Natalie Portman, from left, Taika Waititi, winner of the award for best adapted screenplay for "Jojo Rabbit", and Timothee Chalamet pose in the press room at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Laura Dern, winner of the award for best performance by an actress in a supporting role for "Marriage Story", poses in the press room at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Brad Pitt accepts the award for best performance by an actor in a supporting role for "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Renee Zellweger accepts the award for best performance by an actress in a leading role for "Judy" at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Joaquin Phoenix accepts the award for best performance by an actor in a leading role for "Joker" at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Joaquin Phoenix, winner of the award for best performance by an actor in a leading role for "Joker", from left, Renee Zellweger, winner of the award for best performance by an actress in a leading role for "Judy", and Brad Pitt, winner of the award for best performance by an actor in a supporting role for "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood", pose in the press room at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Bollywood actor Taapsee Pannu and her family members show their finger marked with indelible ink after casting vote during the Delhi Assembly elections at a polling station, in New Delhi.

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Selena Gomez arrives at the 6th Annual Hollywood Beauty Awards at the Taglyan Complex, in Los Angeles.

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Actors perform during the "Fashion Freak Show" by French fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier at the Moscow Palace of youth theatre in Moscow, Russia.

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That slit perched imperiously on her pelvis, those drapes playing peekaboo with her stately frame...amen, Nushrat Bharucha has come a long way from being Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety. Her regalia at the Filmfare Awards curtain raiser did raise the ire of quite a few ­curtained souls, but who cares when your career—and wardrobe—has just taken a mighty chhalaang.

Silky tresses, sylvan settings and ­countenances that could launch a thousand films...a charity’s photographic recreations of Raja Ravi Varma’s paintings featuring celebrities from Tamil and Telugu movies are for a noble cause—women empowerment. What more could one possibly ask for? To be honest though, we’re a tad bit disappointed by the absence of the divine Tilottama, her sari’s pallu relinquished to her hands.

A mountainside Arunachal village in the early 1970s: A white screen flutters in the wind on an open field; the Films Division crew fires the magnesium rod and a beam of images rushes out of the projector. The movie is part of the government’s cultural outreach in the hinterland. It’s Half Ticket, and a while after the credits, Madhubala lights up the screen. And as folklore goes, a man watching the film—silently, without a wink—was so besotted with “The Biggest Star in the World” (American mag Theatre Arts, 1952), he sets off to find her…knowing not she was no more. He didn’t return home ever. Such was the pull of Madhubala, the nom de guerre of Mumtaz Jehan Begum Dehlavi, born on February 14. She died of a failing heart, just aged 36 in 1969. A beauty as ravishing as Marilyn Monroe, she left ­behind myriads of reasons for her legions of admirers to hold her close to the heart even ­today—and she would have been 87 this Valentine’s Day.

Reliance Industries Chiarman Mukesh Ambani with actress Malaika Arora (L) at Armaan Jain and Anissa Malhotra’s wedding reception, in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actors Kareena, Samiera and Karishma at Armaan Jain and Anissa Malhotra’s wedding reception, in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actors Arjun Kapoor and Malaika Arora at Armaan Jain and Anissa Malhotra’s wedding reception, in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actors Ranbir Kapoor, Neetu Kapoor and Alia Bhatt at Armaan Jain and Anissa Malhotra’s wedding reception, in Mumbai.

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Trinamool Congress MP Nusrat Jahan and her husband Nikhil Jain pose for photographs in front of the historic Taj Mahal, in Agra.

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Actor-director Amol Palekar

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This combination of photos shows lead actress Oscar nominees, from left, Charlize Theron in "Bombshell," Saoirse Ronan in "Little Women," Scarlett Johansson in "Marriage Story," Renée Zellweger in "Judy," and Cynthia Erivo in "Harriet." The 92nd Academy Awards will take place Feb. 9 in Los Angeles.

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Rumer Willis and Demi Moore arrive at the Annenberg Space for Photography's Vanity Fair: Hollywood Calling Exhibit Opening in Los Angeles.

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Actress Renee Zellweger poses during a photocall for the premiere of the film 'Judy', in Paris.

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Bollywood actors Aishwarya Rai, Abhishek Bachchan and their daughter Aaradhya Bachchan pose for photographs at the wedding reception of Armaan Jain and Anissa Malhotra, in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actors Arbaaz Khan (C), Sohail Khan (L), Atul Agnihotri (R), film producer Alvira Khan Agnihotri and Sushila Charak (2L) pose for photographs at the wedding reception of Armaan Jain and Anissa Malhotra, in Mumbai.

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Bollywood stars Salman Khan and Jacquiline Fernandeze during a press conference for upcoming IIFA awards, at Minto Hall in Bhopal.

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Bollywood actor Kareena Kapoor Khan poses for photographs at the wedding reception of Armaan Jain and Anissa Malhotra, in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actors Dimple Kapadia and Twinkle Khanna pose for photographs at the wedding reception of Armaan Jain and Anissa Malhotra, in Mumbai.

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Zoe Kravitz poses for photographers upon arrival at the Bafta Film Awards, in central London.

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

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Vick Hope poses for photographers upon arrival at the Bafta Film Awards, in central London.

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

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Naomie Harris poses for photographers upon arrival at the Bafta Film Awards, in central London.

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Ella Balinska poses for photographers upon arrival at the Bafta Film Awards, in central London.

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Jodie Turner-Smith poses for photographers upon arrival at the Bafta Film Awards, in central London.

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Florence Pugh poses for photographers upon arrival at the Bafta Film Awards, in central London.

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Actress Lily-Rose Depp poses for photographers upon arrival at the Bafta Film Awards, in central London.

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Laura Dern, winner of Best Supporting Actress for Marriage Story, poses with her award backstage at the Bafta Film Awards, in central London.

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

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

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

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From left, Callum McDougall, Charles Chapman, George Mackay, Jayne-Ann Tenggren, Sam Mendes, Pippa Harris, Krysty Wilson-Cairns, Mark Strong and Andrew Scott, winners of Best Film for 1917, backstage at the Bafta Film Awards, in central London.

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Micheal Ward winner of the the Rising star award poses for photographers, backstage at the Bafta Film Awards, in central London.

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Actress Renee Zellweger poses with her award for Best Actress for Judy, backstage at the Bafta Film Awards, in central London.

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Joaquin Phoenix poses with his award for Best Actor for the film Joker, backstage at the Bafta Film Awards, in central London.

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Bollywood actress Vidya Balan attends the press conference of 65th Flimfare Awards 2020 in Mumbai

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Actress Laura Dern poses for photographers upon arrival at the Academy Nominees Reception, in central London.

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Director Todd Phillips, left, and actor Joaquin Phoenix pose for photographers upon arrival at the Academy Nominees Reception, in central London.

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Actor and director Elizabeth Banks engages in a mock sword fight with an actor in a cow costume as she is roasted as the 2020 Woman of the Year by Harvard University's Hasty Pudding Theatricals in Cambridge, Mass.

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Bollywood actress Sonakshi Sinha arrives on a bike to shoot for Kareena Kapoor's radio chat show, in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actor Kareena Kapoor Khan poses for photographs ahead of her radio chat show, in Mumbai.

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NFL Super Bowl 54 football game halftime performer Jennifer Lopez and Shakira throws a football at a news conference in Miami.

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Screen actresses burnt fiercest in the imagination during the silent era—take the starchy cuteness of Mary Pickford (the first ‘America’s sweetheart’), or the effervesc­ent Clara Bow (the first ‘It girl’). They’re now precious relics preserved in ancient movie memory. Not Louise Brooks (1906-85). Car­ess her sleekly bob-cut hair, look into those huge dark eyes as they fix you in an accusatory stare, take in those tightly-­pursed lips that readily extend into a smile under lowered brows, and you know why. Austrian auteur Georg Wilhelm Pabst, who invited her to Berlin to make a film, made one of the most inspiring casts in movie history. The resultant Pandora’s Box (1929), a cult classic now, stands because of Brooks’s ownership of the narrative. Her Lulu is one of cinema’s great, complex ‘bad girls’, a career mistress, destroyer of men, creator of her own tragedy. Unlike others, she imb­ues Lulu with a mysterious, free-spirited vulnerability and an utterly modern range of expressions, voluptuously inhabiting that grey mix of gay seduction and earnestness. Like Lulu, the haughty Brooks was a master of self-destruction and went into obs­c­urity. Rediscovered 20 years later, hailed as a great beauty, referenced by Godard in Vivre Sa Vie, Brooks in later years was an eager sharer in her own, grand mystique.

Dia Mirza will. But before that, when you still have it in your legs, sharpen your ball game, stride around court like a colossus and engrave your name on the list of LA Lakers. As stunned Angelenos grieved over their basketball treasure Kobe Bryant, little did they know drops of empathy would issue forth from the Jaipur Litfest. Remember folks, those tears weren’t earned cheaply.

Ah! Thence we come to the denizens of social media—the scalpel-wielding hordes who so fruitfully spend finite time dissecting other people’s lives. Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas at the Grammys merited an eyeful gulp, followed by a forward click. Instead, citizens chose to hover, unfavourably comparing her raiment to Jennifer Lopez’s green Versace outfit. Priyanka balances the headlong plunge with a staid colour; JLo accentuated it with further diaphanous adventures. Now, on the matter of the watch the boy is wearing....

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The clothes, if you’re really the kind to notice them first, are a mishmash of the elegant and the commonplace. But the aficionados who sweated the parade out in the Calcutta winter evening would have borne it for only the curator—the spirit-liftingly beauteous Nusrat Jahan. If she counted on her presence making this a success, the Basirhat MP knows her arithmetic. But her clothing line for youth, ‘Youve’, needs more than a grand launch. Husband Nikhil Jain, who owns an apparel brand, has his task cut out. If you’re a marketing genius, do apply.

Filmmaker Vidhu Vinod Chopra poses with actors Adil Khan and Sadia Khan during the special screening of their upcoming movie 'Shikara', in Mumbai.

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Bollywood veteran actor Jitendra Kapoor with his daughter, producer Ekta Kapoor at Saibaba temple in Shirdi.

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Charlize Theron attends the 22nd Annual Costume Designers Guild Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.

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From left, actors Benedict Wong, Bill Skarsgard, Tony Hale, Arianna Ortiz, Zazie Beetz, David Rysdahl, and Winston Duke attend the premiere of "Nine Days" at the Eccles Theatre during the 2020 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

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Bollywood actress Dia Mirza gets emotional during the Jaipur Literature Festival at Diggi Palace, in Jaipur.

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