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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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Bollywood actress Rhea Chakraborty and her brother Showik leave after a fresh round of questioning by ED in connection with a probe in a money laundering case linked to the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput, in Mumbai.

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It takes a lot of talent, d’ye know, you oglers, to come up tops in a line of work—we’re whispering bikini modeling here—where there’s virtually a scrum of sleek limbs and sleeker hair and the good bits in between. At the end of it, only the few best remain strutting, one of them being Sierra Skye. While this confidently, solemnly worn purplish-patched piece with intriguing cross-straps leaves no doubt about her ability, Sierra is also a blooming fitspo, what with her regimented fitness routine. When she signed up as one of Oh Polly’s models, they captioned her thus: “She’s gold, baby”. Who are we to argue?

Few women with straight, short, straw blonde hair in a gown with chains on it look happier; few men who has swung past a supermodel wife lusted after by half the world seem gladder in the presence of a new love. Orlando Bloom and Katy Perry were married to Miranda Kerr and Russell Brand before finding each other, losing each other, then in a clinch again. Expecting their first child has loosened Katy’s loving tongue. Orlando, she gurgles gratefully, is “spiritually evolved”, “a sage”, “a Buddha” and has had a calming influence on her as she battled clinical depression. Veritably, after a bout with the volatile, wild-eyed, crazy-bearded Brand, a sparser trim soothes nerves.

Close your eyes, summon the time machine called Memory, and transport yourself to your childhood school. Coloured by vivid detail and a soft haziness that approaches old photos, what you remember are your mates: the expression of one as he greedily gobbled up his tiffin, or the way another’s face sharpened in concentration, or how one doubled up in uncontrollable mirth. Then there are the class photos, where all strove to present their impish best. This one is from actor Sharman Joshi’s album, from 1984. In rare happenstance, it includes others fated to be in Bollywood: Farhan Akhtar, producer Ritesh Sidhwani and Divya Bharti, whom filmdom lost so early, so tragically..

Bollywood actor Raveena Tandon at her brother’s residence on the occasion of 'Raksha Bandhan' at Juhu in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actress Jaya Prada pays tributes to the mortal remains of former SP leader and Rajya Sabha member Amar Singh, at his farmhouse in New Delhi. Singh (64) who died in a Singapore hospital is survived by his wife Pankaja Singh and two daughters - Drishti and Disha.

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All Bengal Amitabh Bachchan Fans' Association members offer prayers at Amitabh Bachchan temple as a tribute to the Bollywood actor, in Kolkata.

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All Bengal Amitabh Bachchan Fans' Association member donates blood at Amitabh Bachchan temple as a tribute to the Bollywood actor, in Kolkata. On this day in 1982, the veteran actor came out of COMA after an accident in the sets of film 'Collie'.

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If you’ve been preoccupying yourself with the catwalk and private personas of Kendall and Kylie Jenner, their illustrious half-sisters and the dysfunctional rants of one sister’s rapper husband, then you have been missing out on newer talent. For we have our beady eyes fixed on Kaia Gerber: tall, lithe, almost inevitably in a bikini (her raiment of choice) and only just 18. Whether delivering the shattering news of a broken wrist or displaying her new puppy, she knows that a perfect two-piece can only draw more sympathy and love. And if mom Cindy Crawford weighs in with her nous, they will never, ever let her down.

Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor spotted outside his residence in Juhu, Mumbai.

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Bollywood actor Sara Ali Khan spotted at Juhu, in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actor Vidya Balan spotted at Bandra, in Mumbai.

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There were two seasons (circa 2009-10) when the world of glamour photography bowed its head to Megan Fox, then beseeched her to show her tattoos in intimate attire, as lenses burnt under that hazel gaze. We present her thus in her glory, in velveteen swimsuit and fluffed up heels. Of course, there’s the news that, after splitting from husband Brian Austin Green, Megan’s now taken up with a rapper-actor called Machine Gun Kelly. Why, is he straight out of a Damon Runyon story, or a typical character that James Cagney played with such relish, guns flashing, in the Screaming Thirties? We’re worried, but wish Megan well.

Bollywood actress Vidya Balan spotted at Siddharth Roy Kapoor's office, in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actor Vidya Balan spotted at Bandra, in Mumbai.

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Taimur Ali Khan Pataudi, son of Bollywood actors Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan, spotted at Bandra, in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actor Saif Ali Khan wearing face mask spotted at Bandra, in Mumbai.

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Amber Heard arrives at the High Court, in London. Amber Heard started Monday to give evidence at the High Court in London as part of Johnny Depp’s libel case against The Sun over allegations of domestic violence during the couple's relationship.

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A still from Naseeruddin Shah's movie A Wednesday

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Naseeruddin Shah, Shabana Azmi in Goutam Ghose’s Paar

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Shah with wife-actor Ratna Pathak at a school function, in Ajmer

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Naseeruddin Shah perfoms in a play "Einstein" at Rabindra Mandap in Bhubaneswar

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In this file photo, Naseeruddin Shah can be seen riding a bike during the shooting of movie Irada in Patiala

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Naseeruddin Shah being felicitated at the Aligarh Muslim University in Aligarh

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

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The vteran actor celebrates Children's Day with inmates of a rescue home in Mumbai

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In this file photo, is seen Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan along with her daughter Aradhya Bachchan during an event for NGO Smile Train India, in Mumbai. Rai and her daughter who were tested positive for COVID-19 recently, have been admitted at Nanavati Hospital after showing mild symptoms, in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actress Neetu Singh spotted at Bandra in Mumbai.

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As he swept the land, looking for a pretty face—a peg to hang his next, insipid movie on, Ram Gopal Varma happened on Ankeeta Maharana from Odisha. Exulting at an eureka moment, RGV first gave her an icky nom de screen—Apsara Rani. Then the faux pas: “Before meeting Apsara, I didn’t even hear about Orissa since the 1999 hurricane,” he tweeted (our italics). A filmmaker from Andhra stares at a 20-year void as he turns his gaze next door? As Odias rightly ridiculed RGV’s vacuity, the man mumbled “gross exaggeration”. Though she looks mighty distracted here, we hope Apsara will bring some focus back in RGV’s next film.

Our Sunny flew outta her coop, touched down in LA International Airport, mingled amidst the California Girls, and hit the beach to the tune of Surfin USA. As beachwear, she had a cut-off top paired with a mumsy swimsuit, all teamed perfectly with the azure ocean and sky. But is a golden state hammered by a deluge of new Covid cases (it curtailed bars and restaurants last week) to be preferred to lockdowned, cowering, drizzly Mumbai? Here’s one for your team, Mr Trump!

As Sunny Leone creates frolicsome little waves in LA, Randeep Hooda gives back to his city by doing his mite in helping clean up Versova beach in Mumbai. A man who can be seen picking through the ungainly detritus of urban life can be depended upon to portray our gritty reality. No, Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai (opposite Salman) doesn’t generate much hope, but his turn in Hollywood’s Extraction (Netflix) certainly does. Going by this picture, Randeep is the man to break Western stereotypes of Indian characters.

Actor Johnny Depp, second right, leaves the High Court in London.

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Actress Amber Heard, center, leaves the High Court in London. Johnny Depp accused Amber Heard of hitting him with a haymaker punch during an altercation near the end of their volatile marriage, as the star wrapped up testimony in his libel suit against a British tabloid newspaper that accused him of domestic abuse. The Hollywood star is suing News Group Newspapers, publisher of The Sun, and the paper's executive editor, Dan Wootton, over an April 2018 article that called him a wife-beater.

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A member of All Bengal Amitabh Bachchan Fans' Association offers tilak on his statue while worshiping for his speedy recovery after he tested positive with coronavirus, at Amitabh Bachchan temple in Kolkata.

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BMC workers place a notice at the sealed residence of Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan after he tested positive with coronavirus, in Mumbai. Bollywood actor Abhishek Bachchan, actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and their daughter Aradhya Bachchan have also contracted the infection.

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Taiwanese actor Li Li-rong holds his awards for Best New Talent at the 2020 Taipei Film Festival in Taipei, Taiwan. The 2020 Taipei Film Festival is the world's first large-scale film festival held by an entity after the outbreak of the COVID-19 epidemic.

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Bollywood actor Saif Ali Khan spotted at Bandra, in Mumbai.

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Ach so.... Pardon the teutonic flourish, but our pursed lips break into a chuckle as we behold one of our faves for this page—all arched eyebrows, sharp angles and cheekbones, in postures provocative enough to lead impressionable lads astray. Yet look at Urvashi Rautela here—stripped of movies, award shows and glitzy photoshoots by a virus, she marches on undeterred, grabbing instead a new mask brand to launch. Shorn of pasty make-up, too, she appears happier than she has looked in a long time.

On better days, now seemingly lost to the world, Charlize Theron would spread herself like this, sleepy abandon spilling out like silky gowns out of a wardrobe, disporting in slinky nothings that were a necessary counterpoint to those ferociously meaty screen roles. But inactivity is the mother of long-supressed clarifications, and Charlize put an end to over a decade’s mispronounciation of her surname—’throne’, with a roll of the ‘r’ minus the depth of the ‘h’; not ‘ther...on’, as we are used to. French origin too, not Afrikaans.

Bollywood actor Abhishek Bachchan spotted at Juhu, in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actor Aamir Khan spotted at Juhu in Mumbai.

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Bollywood choreographer Saroj Khan with Kareena Kapoor and Hrithik Roshan on the sets of a movie.

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“Which Jessica do you like,” went a common query among punters over a decade back. The choices came gladly to the eye: Alba, Biel, Chastain and Simpson. The last Jessica, the pop singer, surfaces suddenly now—unchanged and untouched by time, mocking the lot of us with beer bellies, making us rue the loss of our young adulthoods. If you wonder what the luscious blonde was doing all this while, take a closer look (if you haven’t already) at that ‘cow print’ bikini, and that sheer cloth with lace embroidery. It’s from the Jessica Simpson Collection’s swimwear line. That’s serious reinvention, baby!

Here’s another pair then, after Sania-Shoaib and Saina-Kashyap, who transmutes the bonds of friendship forged over playing sports at the highest level into the weightier ties of matrimony. We are talking about top archers Deepika Kumari and Atanu Das, who grasp the vacant space offered up by the pandemic to do the needful in Ranchi. Strict social distancing was followed for the 60 guests, along with a liberal use of masks and sanitisers. Deepika, a former World No 1, is currently No 9; Atanu is not as elevated. We hope they spur each other on to find bull’s eyes.

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Bollywood actor Sanjana Sanghi at Bandra Police Station, in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actor Nana Patekar pays tribute to the late actor Sushant Singh Rajput at his residence in Patna.

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Bollywood actor Nana Patekar meets Krishna Kumar Singh, father of late actor Sushant Singh Rajput, at latter's residence in Patna.

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Actor Nana Patekar during a visit to Group Centre CRPF, Mokamaghat, Patna, Bihar.

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Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan spotted shooting at his villa Mannat during Unlock 1.0, at Bandra in Mumbai.

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Indian fakirs and sadhus, in those ghastly days of rampant, stereotyping Western Orientalism, were known across the world for their powers of levitation. They now have a latter-day competitor in the fabulously athletic form of Madhavi Nimkar. We have admiring eyes not only for her floral-printed workout leotard, but for those shoulders and forearms that elevates her being so exemplarily on the International Day of Yoga. So between jawans doing extreme asanas in Ladakh’s extreme climate and Madhavi, who do you pick? We have a divided house on this.

She has a large fan-following on the strength of cardboard characters in TV serials, photoshoots and a constant, wandering presence in social media. Hina Khan, however, is a scaredy cat these days, perennially afraid of catching the dreaded C-virus, and took the feeling along to a dubbing studio for (absolutely, we imagine) necessary work. “I realised it’s unsafe to inhale/exhale so close to the microphone. God knows how any have dubbed there,” she says, her voice on an edge. That’s her, when she wasn’t so yellow as now, out for some faux gardening, soaking in the sun, hiding behind those shades. Another…gasp…of those shoots.

Bollywood’s tepid rumour mills roll on as the pandemic blows hot, sulfurous air on it, and down our trembly, tingly necks. The need some louts have to sexualise any human friendship, especially between famous people, reflects their own bestial thoughts. So was the suggestion that Dangal co-stars Fatima Sana Shaikh and Sanya Malhotra share a Sapphic relationship. Fatima had the good sense to dodge the canard in a neat side-step and then talk about the friendship she shares with Sanya. They are as they appear here: goofily happy.

Marathi actress Madhavi Nimkar practices yoga on the occasion of the International Day of Yoga, at her residence in Mumbai.

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Glamour, when painted on to an unwilling surface, doth detract from beauty. Benafsha Soonawalla (Whozzat? A Big Boss contestant)—wearing eye shadow straight from a horror flick and a gimcrack top laden with the cheapest trifle out of a Bollywood B-movie circa 1983—is actually a pretty lass with a fresh complexion. These days, she moans about a ‘hot photo’ of hers being taken down by Instagram. If you peek at it, you will turn away from the poor girl forever. Before plunging into disasters, she needs to ask us.

So accustomed are we to the tropes of foreign fashion magazines’ cover photography that there was nothing unusual about this on the face of it: Scarlet Johansson flanked by Korean actress Donna Bae and Deepika Padukone. But Diet Prada, a ‘fashion watchdog’, cast a gimlet eye and called out the sweetly nefarious, subterranean design. Pretending to celebrate diversity, including people of colour, what entrenched bastions of White privilege do is to use the latter as ‘props’ to ‘glamourise’ White privilege, it says. Scarlett, in short, will remain at the centre. If you always noted the ‘side role’ of Asians and Blacks in a fashion photo, then shrugged it off, you were at least on the right track.

The truly stylish don’t try hard—an old maxim that’s embodied by the persona of Radhika Apte, who has a natural ability to transcend even fashion mag frippery. Cooling her heels in London, she has here a tumbled-down bicycle, a bottle of water (we think), a pair of cool shorts and top, shades and a contented smile. And she’s got the expanse of Regent Park spread around her, with its wat­er bodies, swans and fine stands of Ash, Plane and Walnut. Yet Radh­ika is not one to wallow in delicious repose—she’s cut down on her beloved reading and is concentrating on the next best thing—writing.

Jan Adhikar Party activists raise slogans and burn an effigy representing the film industry, during a protest over the suicide of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput, in Patna.

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Bollywood actress Nora Fatehi seen at Bandra, in Mumbai.

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Kannada actress Sonika Gowda holds a placard during a protest against the cutting of trees on Bannerghatta road for a metro project, in Bengaluru.

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Bollywood actor Kriti Sanon arrives to attends the last rites of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput, at Pawan Hans crematorium in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actor Ranvir Shorey arrives to attend the last rites of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput, at Pawan Hans crematorium in Mumbai.

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TV producer Ekta Kapoor attends the last rites of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput, at Pawan Hans crematorium in suburban Vile Parle, Mumbai.

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Bollywood singer Udit Narayan attends the funeral ceremony of actor Sushant Singh Rajput, during the ongoing COVID-19 nationwide lockdown, at Pawan Hans crematorium in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi attends the funeral ceremony of actor Sushant Singh Rajput, during the ongoing COVID-19 nationwide lockdown, at Pawan Hans crematorium in Mumbai.

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Police personnel take the body of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput towards an ambulance after he was found hanging at his apartment, in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput was found hanging at his Bandra apartment in Mumbai. He was 34.

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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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Sushant Singh Rajput with Director Dibakar Banerjee during an interview with the PTI, in New Delhi.

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Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput addresses the media about his collaboration with NITI Aayog to promote two of GOI's initiatives: BHIM app and Women Entrepreneurship Platform (WEP), in New Delhi

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In this file photo, Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput can be seen with cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Super Star Rajinikanth at a promotional event on his movie 'MS Dhoni' in Chennai.

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In this file photo, Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput attends a launch event in New Delhi.

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Sushant Singh Rajput had shot to fame after playing the lead role in movies such as "Kai Po Che" and "M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story".

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Bollywood actress Mallika Sherawat poses for photographs during her evening walk at Nariman point, amid the ongoing COVID-19 nationwide lockdown, in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actress Mallika Sherawat gets a selfie clicked with police personnel during her evening walk at Nariman point, amid the ongoing COVID-19 nationwide lockdown, in Mumbai.

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We don’t know much about Meera Chopra—though she looks inviting enough here, tumbled down on a fine-sanded beach in a swimsuit that bears closer inspection than we are allowed—but the actress has had a traumatic experience at the hands of livid, and criminally stupid, NTR jr fans when she said in a social media chat that she liked Telugu superstar Mahesh Babu, but was ignorant about the junior. Abuse followed, together with threats of assault, morphed photos and curses of coronavirus on her parents. NTR jr, meanwhile, kept up a loud silence. Meera deplores this sick dictatorship of the ‘fans’, and has reported this to the police. We hope their fetid ardour gets a good shellacking.

It’s one thing to pose in bikinis—you’re well-acquainted with those here—it’s another to cavort in workaday lingerie, with its frisson of intimacy, abandon, a whiff of cool, stale, slept-in sheets. That’s what Mandana Karimi suggests, as she digs her knees in and tells us that the bed is her favourite place these days. At the height of the Vietnam War in 1969, as American and Vietnamese kids reaped the tragic fruits of a generaton of US politicians’ pig-headed folly, John Lennon and Yoko Yono staged their famous bed-ins for universal peace. Mandana here aims for universal love.

Bollywood actress Mallika Sherawat jogs at a park in Bandra, during the ongoing COVID-19 nationwide lockdown, in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actress Adah Sharma spotted in Bandra, during the ongoing COVID-19 nationwide lockdown, in Mumbai.

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Maryam Asif Siddiqui (Wajid Khan’s wife) with her kids at the funeral of her husband and music composer Wajid Ali, at Versova Cemetery in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actor Sonu Sood meets Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at Raj Bhavan, in Mumbai. Sood briefed the Governor about his ongoing work to help the migrants to reach their home states and provide them food.

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This one is about the guy, so pay attention. Do you see a sliver of likeness in that lowered, defiant gaze, the mop of hair on the forehead, the lumbering stature? If Namashi Chakraborty wants people to compare him favourably with dad Mithun, he ought to junk that denim coat, the horribly sprinkled shoe and the awkwardly torn denim (if you want bling, go watch Disco Dancer, boy). The girl is Amrin, who is debuting with Namashi in Raj Kumar Santoshi’s Bad Boy. Now that’s a weighty moniker to bear—the possibilities are boundless. Can Namashi live up to it?

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.

They make dames like this in the East, women whose beauty and glamour wouldn’t overwhelm their entire persona, but are in tantalising balance with intelligence and strength of character. Such is the way, partners, with Anindita Bose, who’s captivating audiences with her emphatically bold turn as Chanda Mukherjee in the series Paatal Lok. In Bengal, she first popped eyes in the genteel, designer milieu of the serial Gaaner Opaare. Look into those eyes again…fancy a descent into her netherworld?

As the sun flings a tired smile over Tehran, they leaned into each other for a kiss—legs dangling over the edge of a highrise roof, passions teetering at the brink. The apparent daredevilry, though, is but toffee for parkour athlete Alireza Japalaghy and his stunt partner. As their spectacular clinch went public, the Islamic state’s police raised a stink and arrested them. Among the high-minded charges were “improper and unreligious behaviour”, “advocating vice” that is “contrary to Sharia law”. Liberal Iranians complained as usual, but to little effect. God help the doughty duo.

Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan's daughter Suhana Khan at the balcony of her residence 'Mannat' on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, during the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown.

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Sushmita Sen was the one star who eagerly got on to digital media for direct communions with her fans: all about herself, her projects, her daughter, workout regimen, a crocodile of boyfriends…. For an actress bare there as a top draw, these (and a polished, articulate persona, one hastily adds) enabled her to hold on to a steady fandom. Add to her revelations the fact that she suffered from Addison’s Disease, an auto-immune disorder that for four years from 2014 ate into her vitals. Alongside usual treatment, Sushmita self-medicated with an intense programme of meditation, till wellness broke through her dark horizon.

Wasn’t Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s memoir (An Ordinary Life) weighed down and buoyed by langorous romances, hot, fleeting flings and the pain of heartbreak? To be sure, we thought, a gust of rain-laden air amidst the aridity of primped-up hagiographies. Not just women, the book was remarkable in its candour about Nawaz’s various shortcomings—real, imagined, alleged. All this is now sharpened to a point: the news that his wife Aalia has filed for divorce. “Problems for the last 10 years” (out of 11), she said, and explained how the lockdown gave her clarity. At home in Budhana, UP, Nawaz will have a sombre Eid.

Oh, the pleasures of carrom! On verandahs in the hot afternoons of summer holidays; a board or two at dusk as mud forms a patina on football boots; shut up in ‘clubhouses’ in monsoon evenings, or the hypnotic rattle of ‘striker’ and ‘coins’ cutting through winter nights, as a single bulb over the board keeps vigil. And the roar of voices, as points creep up…. Anil Kapoor, of a certain vintage, remembers all this. So, as the hordes distractedly bingewatch OTT series, he sets up a board and sets about beating the combined force of wife Sunita and daughter Rhea.

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?

Protracted exposure to loved ones has various effects on people, as we’re tirele­ssly reporting each week: a plunge into social work, frenetic workouts, narcissistic photoshoots, prized time with loved ones and now, the good old discord. Kim Kardashian, whose dress, drenched in honey and sparkling with rhinestones, we had so justifiably excoriated, is suffering a ‘rough patch’ in her relationship with husband-rapper Kanye West. Locked up in LA with their four children, they now live in opposite ends of the house. Casus belli? Domestic responsibilities, including taking care of the kids. Go figure. What about the full-time nannies?

You’ll agree that as the economy totters, unemployment rises to 25 per cent and airwaves are full of the anguished cries of the hungry and the abandoned hurtling towards a new low, the least our privileged stars can do is provide chorus to a ditty that peddles that worn-thin homily: ‘this too shall pass’. Guzar Jayega is composed by Jatin Sharma, with Amitabh Bachchan, as pictured here, voicing the solemn narration. As many as 60 celebrities sang along, from Raveena to Sunny Leone, from Babul Supriyo to Yuvraj Singh and Leander Paes: “be strong…be safe…love….” We applaud in earnest.

The shutdown has weighed light on cricketers around the world—no 100-tonne expectations slowing their steps, no lugging kits around, no soul-wearying schedule of the IPL. Some teach their kids the rudiments of batsmanship; some give their dogs necessary catch practice. Dhoni, an outdoorsy man, has repaired to his Ranchi farmhouse, where we see him take a leisurely run with daughter Ziva, who is clearly giving her all in a sprint. The highlight: she trundles off the grassy lawn, protesting tiredness, as MS calls her back in vain. Our Cap’n Cool gets his comeuppance.

Bollywood actor Sonu Sood while sending off 350 migrant workers to their native places in Karnataka by buses, amid COVID-19 lockdown in Mumbai.

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Coffee, yoga, filmy dance, Kathak, meditation and plentiful hot showers—activities as wholesome as these help actress Sonnalli Seygall (Pyaar Ka Punchnama) beat the blues during these idle times. Follow her health tips, girls, and see where it gets you—toned athletic limbs worthy of an Olympic pole vaulter, all ready for an audition for a Hollywood superhero movie. Doff that hat, though.

They are very young, and at 25 apiece, Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid are expecting their first child. She has a classical moon-shaped face, with blonde tresses, and as a supermodel has honed that arch-look on catwalks across the world. He, a wildly popular singer with clean, boyish good looks has hands laden with tattoos. They both like shiny black boots. It’s a match, you’ll agree, made in a new Camelot. Gigi’s sister, supermodel Bella, who, says science, has the most perfect female face on the planet, is staying with the couple at present. But that’s beside the point.

Does Priyanka Chopra miss that moment when she started her career at the top of the world, in the perfect Y2K moment when the winner’s crown rested so gladly on her magnificent head? She might have timed the elaborate ‘make-up session’ with niece Krishna with this year’s postponed Met Gala—what you see is the crowning moment—but that expression is replete with memories—hers and ours. If these endlessly stretched out days has a wistful effect on you, why would PeeCeeJo be immune? As an aside, that bathrobe-ish denim dress of hers deserves to be a hit.

Jacqueline Fernandez’s course through Bollywood has been a tale of conquering perceptions—from being seen as a big-boned beauty of exotic looks to being accepted as a part of Bollywood’s imagined, hip-swinging desiness. So much so that even when she uses a lovely straw hat to tease us in a sea-soaked dishabille state, any trace of foreignness doesn’t cling to her. Only bits of sand do. Her lockdown activities? Yoga, self-care and self-love. That’s a load of work, what?

Yes, we know how to laud genuine achievement. Like this pillowy, billowy look of actress Tamannah Bhatia’s curated answer to the ‘pillow challenge’ that’s devised to keep idle celebrities in circulation. Oh, that clasp around her virginal, textured pillow cover; ah, her cool, faux pose of studied ennui. And ooh, those ruby-red stilettos ready to stab any interloper daring to intrude on her reverie. No, she is not the progenitor of the look—Halle Berry and Anne Hathaway were there earlier. But our girl outshines them on effect.

The lockdown is playing out in various ways in different minds—new disclosures, new fads, a hairpin turn to boldness. Thus, Kapil Dev declares Viv Richards and M.S. Dhoni as his ‘heroes’ and, by way of admiration, sports a careful stubble, well-shorn hair and a sharp suit. Would Sir Viv ever wear a jacket a size short so that the puffs out towards gully and square leg? Never in your life. But then, in these locked days, where are you going Paaji? Never mind this ill-advised sally, you remain our hero. Always.

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