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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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Priyanka Chopra, left, and Nick Jonas arrive at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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Film actors and Trinamool Congress MP's Nusrat Jahan and Mimi Chakraborty (R) during a promotional event, in Kolkata.

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Belen Cuesta poses with her trophy after wining the best leading actress award for "La trinchera infinita" during the Goya Film Awards Ceremony in Malaga, southern Spain. The annual Goya Awards are Spain’s main national film awards.

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Spanish actor Antonio Banderas poses with his trophy after winning the best leading actor award for "Dolor y gloria" during the Goya Film Awards Ceremony in Malaga, southern Spain. The annual Goya Awards are Spain's main national film awards.

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Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty along with husband Raj Kundra pays obeisance at Saibaba Temple in Shirdi.

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Bollywood actress Malaika Arora at a promotional shoot for an upcoming dance reality show, in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actor Ayushmann Khurrana during Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet at Victoria Memorial in Kolkata.

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Bollywood actors Varun Dhawan and Shraddha Kapoor perform during the promotion of their upcoming film 'Street Dancer 3D', at Pillai Campus, in Navi Mumbai.

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Taylor Swift attends the premiere of "Miss Americana" at the Eccles Theater during the 2020 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

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What do old lovers feel when they meet after years? Ask poetry, fiction and films to find poignantly romantic answers dipped in old aspic. But they do it diffferently in Hollywood, where everything is sprinkled with scenes from other lives. When Jennifer Aniston met former husband Brad Pitt backstage at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, bonhomie flowed in copious quantities (did they have a choice?). Jen (currently single, via Justin The­r­­oux) won for The Morning Show; Brad (ditto, via Angelina Jolie) won for Once Upon A Time in Hollywood. They applauded each other, but the paps captured him clinging on to her as she pulled away. Are men affected more?

A Long Time Ago

Declaring a past fight with—and victory over—an ailment like depression stopped being fashionable amongst the glitterati of the West a long time back. Deepika Padukone’s solemn declaration a few years back, however, was seen to empower many in a country which regards this deeper shade of the blues as taboo. Then there was the Live Love Laugh Foundation she set up to combat it. The reward: the crystal award at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

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Bollywood actor Sonali Bendre and author Ashwin Sanghi launch a book during the Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) 2020 at Diggi Palace, in Jaipur.

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Bollywood actor Sonali Bendre speaks during the Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) 2020 at Diggi Palace, in Jaipur.

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Chennai: Superstar Rajnikanth addresses media outside his residence in Chennai.

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Camila Mendes arrives at the 26th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall in Los Angeles.

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Sarah Hyland arrives at the 26th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall in Los Angeles.

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Sam Rockwell, left, and Leslie Bibb arrive at the 26th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall in Los Angeles.

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Jennifer Lopez, left, and Alex Rodriguez take a selfie as they arrive at the 26th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall in Los Angeles.

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Sophie Turner, from left, John Bradley and Alfie Allen attend the 26th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall in Los Angeles.

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Margot Robbie signs an autograph as she arrives at the 26th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall in Los Angeles.

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Kaitlyn Dever, left, and Lili Reinhart present the award for outstanding performance by a male actor in a drama series at the 26th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall in Los Angeles.

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Bollywood actor Jacqueline Fernandez performs at Umang 2020, a Mumbai Police Welfare Fund's Initiative, at BKC, Mumbai.

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Bollywood actor Varun Dhawan performs at Umang 2020, a Mumbai Police Welfare Fund's Initiative, at BKC, Mumbai.

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Bollywood actor Nora Fatehi performs at Umang 2020, a Mumbai Police Welfare Fund's Initiative, at BKC, Mumbai.

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Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan performs during Umang 2020, a Mumbai Police Welfare Fund's Initiative, at BKC, Mumbai.

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Brad Pitt arrives at the 26th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall in Los Angeles.

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Alex Borstein, right, accepts the the award for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series for "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" from presenter Jason Bateman at the 26th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall in Los Angeles.

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Kang-Ho Song, from left, Park So-dam, Bong Joon-ho, Jang Hye-jin, Choi Woo-shik, and Lee Sun Gyun pose in the press room with the award for outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture for "Parasite" at the 26th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall in Los Angeles.

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Laura Dern accepts the award for outstanding performance by a female actor in a supporting role for "Marriage Story" at the 26th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall in Los Angeles.

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Scarlett Johansson, left, and Roman Griffin Davis appear on stage to introduce a clip from "Jojo Rabbit" at the 26th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall in Los Angeles.

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Caroline Aaron, from left, Jane Lynch, Stephanie Hsu, Marin Hinkle, Rachel Brosnahan, Alex Borstein, and Matilda Szydagis pose in the press room with the award for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series for "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" at the 26th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall in Los Angeles.

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Jane Lynch, from top left, Stephanie Hsu, Carolina Aaron, Marin Hinkle, Rachel Brosnahan, Alex Borstein, Luke Kirby, Matilda Szydagis, and Sean Tarantina. Joel Johnstone, from bottom left, Michael Zegen, Kevin Pollak, and Tony Shalhoub pose in the press room with the award for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series for "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" at the 26th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall in Los Angeles.

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Peter Dinklage accepts the award for outstanding performance by a male actor in a drama series for "Game of Thrones" at the 26th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall in Los Angeles.

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Leonardo DiCaprio, right, presents the lifetime achievement award to Robert De Niro at the 26th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall in Los Angeles.

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