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Blue is the sky, blue our dominant mood, and blue the cacti earring and thos eyeliners on Sara Ali Khan. Those are doing a passable job of extracting a certain poolside poignancy, but does her wavering mind follow, or even recreate or replay, a bluesy note? For privileged young moviestars, a strangely circumscribed life is about soaking restless days in the blue depths of a swimming pool. But then, Sara also looks forward to her next release, Atrangi Re, opposite Akshay Kumar, the man who has an enviable talent of romancing the choicest young talent. How? Good timing and footwork, probably.

Sanjay Dutt’s adult life has been a succession of troughs and crests: early success in films, loss of his beloved mother, a terrible descent into drug abuse, recovery and reestablishment of his career, an ill-advised alliance and imprisonment, followed by a remarkable late surge in popularity. Inevitably, another seemingly bottomless gorge reveals itself in the form of the emperor of maladies. In the midst of treatment at a Mumbai hospital, Sanju gave the customary lavish ganesh Chaturthi celebrations a miss, opting instead for a simple, homely ceremony with the rock on which his grizzled, stocky self leans—wife Manyata. Can the Siddhivinayak be immune to the ardent supplication in those eyes?

Bollywood actress Rhea Chakraborty leaves Enforcement Directorate (ED) office after being questioned in connection to the death of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput, in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt gives a thumbs up as he reached home after getting discharged from Lilavati Hospital at Bandra, in Mumbai.

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Naseeruddin Shah, Shabana Azmi in Goutam Ghose’s Paar

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Naseeruddin Shah plays Inspector Ghote in Zafar Hai’s The Perfect Murder

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Bollywood actors Sushant Singh Rajput and Sara Ali Khan pose for a photograph during their film promotion 'Kedarnath', in Mumbai.

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What else holds Amyra Dastur’s attention when she’s not donning a floral-printed swimsuit, kneeling in a gurgling brook, showing off that jawline, making eyes at us like that? Well, it’s an ‘evil eye’ tattoo (not, unfortunately, in this picture) that is guaranteed to make her feel safe from all nazar. Those who are breaking into a smug smirk must keep this in mind: in Bollywood, where eyes, and hands, often stray from the straight and narrow, such prophylactic measures are necessary armours.

In this file photo, Bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor along with his wife Neetu Singh and son Ranbir Kapoor during Sansui Colors Stardust Awards 2016, in Mumbai. Kapoor lost his battle with cancer and died at a hospital in Mumbai.

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In this file photo, Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan during the screening of his film Inferno in Mumbai. Khan passed away at a hospital in Mumbai, where he was admitted for colon infection.

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In this file photo, Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan during a press conference for his upcoming movie 'Hindi Medium' in Ahmedabad. Khan passed away at a hospital in Mumbai, where he was admitted for colon infection.

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In this file photo, Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan (R) with RJD Chief Lalu Prasad during promotion of his upcoming film 'Madari' in Patna. Khan, one of India’s finest and most versatile actors, lost his battle with a rare form of cancer and died in a Mumbai hospital. He was 54.

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Another walk down the catwalk; another voluminous, crimped gown and the obligatory, ‘bold’ cut. But let that be...after scaring the wits out of cinema-going citizens in Ghost Stories, Janhvi Kapoor has been handed the meatiest of roles—that of Kargil War fighter pilot Gunjan Sax­ena. Shall she make the most of The Kargil Girl? The cockpit is another world; they do things differently there.

Bollywood actor Sunil Shetty bats during a promotional event,in Thane.

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Bollywood actor Taapsee Pannu during the promotion of her upcoming film 'Thappad', in New Delhi.

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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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Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh with Jiiva during a promotional event for their upcoming movie ‘83’, in Chennai

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Bollywood actors Varun Dhawan, center, Shraddha Kapoor, right, and Nora Fatehi arrive to promote their upcoming movie "Street Dancer 3" in Ahmadabad, India. The movie will be released on Jan. 24.

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Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone celebrating her birthday with acid attack victims during promoting of upcoming film 'Chhapaak' in Lucknow. Actor and her husband Ranveer Singh also seen.

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In this undated photo, Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone during the shoot of her film, 'Chhapaak' where she plays the role of Laxmi Agarwal, an acid attack survivor-activist. Padukone said her latest film "Chhapaak" should ideally be so impactful that there won't be need for another story on acid violence.

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Bollywood actress Vidya Balan celebrates her birthday in Mumbai

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Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone during the promotion of her film film Chhapaak in Mumbai.

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President Ram Nath Kovind presents the Dada Saheb Phalke Award for the year 2018 to veteran Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan, conferred for his contribution to the Indian film industry, at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi.

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Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, second left, presents award to Bollywood director Sanjay Leela Bhansali, right, during the national film awards ceremony in New Delhi.

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From left, Keerthy Suresh, who received the best actress award, actors Ayushmann Khurrana and Vicky Kaushal who shared the best actor award stand with Bollywood star Akshay Kumar, during the national film awards ceremony in New Delhi.

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Bollywood actress Huma Qureshi during a protest demanding the withdrawal of the Citizenship Amendment Act and National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actor Aamir Khan shoots for his upcoming film 'Lal Singh Chaddha', at a city street in Kolkata

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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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There are actors who can miraculously mould themselves, chameleonlike, into characters (Alec Guiness, say, or Daniel Day-Lewis). Then there are those who try hard, and come in many gui­ses to beguile you. Aamir is one of the latter. After the muddy dangal, there he is as a sardar in Laal Singh Chaddha. We hear it’s a rem­ake of Forrest Gump. Are they sure Bollywood hasn’t tried its hand at it already?

Bollywood actor Esha Deol attends the MTV IWMBuzz Digital Awards, in Mumbai.

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In this still from upcoming biopic '83, Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh plays former Indian cricket captain Kapil Dev's “Natraja shot”, which has trended on social media after the 34-year-old actor shared it. Directed by Kabir Khan, the film will chronicle India's win under Kapil's captainship, when the team defeated West Indies in the final to clinch their first-ever World Cup trophy in 1983.

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Bollywood actor Gulshan Grover during an interactive session at Literature Festival 2019, in Bengaluru.

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Bollywood actor Shahrukh Khan with his son AbRam Khan gestures at his fans on the occasion of his birthday from his residence in Mumbai

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Of all the high-flying duos that hog the limelight, they’re the handsomest. They were one among several at Amitabh Bachchan’s grand Diwali bash, but we have eyes only for Virat and Anushka. If he is loath to doff his all-whites, she was a figure from a Rajput miniature—resplendent in a gorgeously printed lehnga-­blouse, the light that glittered the most that night.

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Truth be told, ever since Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Wharhol exhilaratingly catapulted gra­phic design and comic book into modern art, everyone who has walked in their footsteps is just a footnote. This original by Malika Favre is a take-off; the copy by Sunny Leone, who passed it off as her own and high-mindedly sold it for charity, was unwittingly so. Don’t mind the flak, Sunny, just paint a new one.

Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani and wife Nita during a Diwali party hosted by Bachchan and his family, in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actress Kriti Sanon during the promotion of upcoming film Housefull 4, in New Delhi.

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In this file photo, Amitabh Bachchan, Gulzar (writer & lyricist) and Pushpa Bharti release a book on Harivansh Rai Bachchan's poems selected by Amitabh Bachchan during the 44th Jnanpith Award in New Delhi.

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Bollywood actors Prateik Babbar and Subha Rajput during the promotion of upcoming film ' Yaaram', in New Delhi

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Bollywood actors Hrithik Roshan, Tiger Shroff and Vaani Kapoor cut a cake during a promotion of their upcoming Hindi film ‘War’, in Mumbai

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In this Feb. 12, 2019 file photo, Bollywood actors Alia Bhatt and Ranveer Singh pose for photos during the promotion of their film 'Gully Boy', in New Delhi. Director Zoya Akhtar's "Gully Boy", featuring Ranveer Singh in the lead, has been selected as India's official entry in the International Feature Film category at the 92nd Academy Awards on Sept. 22, 2019.

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Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh, center, performs during the 20th International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards ceremony in Mumbai.

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