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Feroze Abbas Khan <b>Blown By The Smoke</b>  
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<i>‘Prem naam hai mera'</i>—thus Prem Chopra would terrifyingly introduce himself on screen. Now that's the name of a biography by the actor's daughter. Prem, as is apparent, was in fine fettle at the Mumbai launch. Waheeda Rehman Gulzar at the inauguration of the painting exhibition 'Epic on Rock Shelters' by artist Ashok Bhowmick in Mumbai. Pakistani singer Attaullah Khan addresses a press conference for his concert Ibaadat in New Delhi. <b>Man Up, Girl</b>
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No other raiment demands poise and confidence in such measure. Nothing else shows up a lack of the required goods. Exp­erts, speak up if Zoya Afroz passes the test. We're here just to take note of her—that she'd been Miss India runner-up, and is about to act in the movie <i>The Xpose</i>, where her character is inspired by Parveen Babi. And that's a tough job. Getting his picture shot for election posters in a Mumbai studio Amit Dutta Mahesh Dattani Sunny Leone Tisca Chopra <b>Wait Till The Barrage Lifts</b>
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ROMCOM is a tough act to put together—the dangers of melodrama lurk ever close, so is the temptation of a crack at ‘comedy', Bollywood style. But sceptics gave Yami Gautam good marks for <i>Vicky Donor</I>. That ability to charm and enamour through natural, bashful, blushful prettiness should see her through her next movie, <i>Total Siyapaa</i>, a comedy on ‘India-Pakistan romance’. <i><b>Youngistan (2014):</b></i> Is Jackky Bhagnani’s character of a “young political leader” in the forthcoming film inspired by the Congress V-P and “youth icon and the hope and future of India”? We will know if it’s Rahul Gandhi or not come next Friday. <i><b>Bunty Aur Babli (2005):</b></i> The delectable scene of the sale of the Taj Mahal by minister Phoolsakhi to a foolish American was the highlight of the film. Pratima Kazmi as Phoolsakhi kept reminding one of Mayawati. <i><b>Madras Cafe (2013):</b></i> Set in the late 1980s during the IPKF intervention in the Sri Lankan civil war, the film has Rajiv Gandhi written all over it in the character of an assassinated ex-PM, right down to those walking shoes. <i><b>Aandhi (1975):</b></i> Though Gulzar denied it initially, the character of politician Aarti Devi, played by Suchitra Sen, was certainly modelled on Indira Gandhi, complete with saris and grey hair streak. Some of the film’s posters even said: “See your PM on screen.” <i><b>Raajneeti (2010):</b></i> The saris, the body language, the style of speaking, the hand gestures of Katrina Kaif’s Indu strongly reminded audiences of Congr­ess boss Sonia Gandhi. Kat admitted to watching campaign videos of Mrs G’s daughter Priyanka Vadra. <b>Satyagraha (2013):</b> Not only did Ralegaon Siddhi serve as a main shooting location for the film, Big B’s idealistic social activist was a throwback to our very own Anna Hazare. Ajay Devgan and Arjun Rampal join him Kejriwal-like to form a party. <b><i>Iruvar (1997):</b></i> The film, on the synergy between cinema and politics in Tamil Nadu, had Mohanlal playing a character inspired by superstar-politician MGR, with Aishwarya Rai (Jayalalitha) and Prakash Raj (M. Karunanidhi). Film ran into censor trouble, protests. <b><i>Sarkar (2005):</i></b> Big B played Subhash Nagre, aka Sarkar, the extra-constitutional ruler of Mumbai. The Thackeray connect was oblique but evid­ent in the Godfather-like narrative. <i><b>Godmother (1999):</b></i> Shabana Azmi’s Rambhi was supposedly inspired
by the late lady mafia don, Santokben Jadeja. She has also been a Janata Dal MLA. <b><i>Parzania (2007):</i></b> The filmmaker was unsparing in his portrayal of a Nazi-like CM and his veiled threats on TV. Modi anyone? <b>Red Is The Warmest Colour
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Freedom is the toast of the  day, its virtues sung, solemnised and bandied about as too precious to forego. Amir Khan's baby son Azad smeared colour on the theme on Holi, getting a better reach to Dad's cheek with a balancing grip on Mom Kiran Rao. <b>Line Of Beauty</b>
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Aren't the much-hallowed front rows of fashion shows meant for the fashion conscious? Why, then, is the lady on the left row clicking away like a pleb on her phone? But we durst not give an undertaking that we won't do so too when Ileana D'Cruz is within shooting distance, all a-shimmering and swivelling! <b>Set in motion</b> WW-I broke out a year after ‘Raja Harishchandra’ <b>The Jasmine Sets It Off</b>
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When superstars take the field, lesser pretenders to the throne respectfully give way. And there is no greater star in Chennai than Rajnikanth, seen here with Shahrukh and the Bollywood star's one-time protege, Deepika (she of the untrammelled rhythmic abandon of <i>Chennai Express</i>), at the music release of <i>Kochadaiiyaan</i>. <b>The Unfading Prime of Dilipsaab</b>
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Yes, there's no denying it—Dilip Kumar's got serious style, outdoing the hordes who try and then try to win HT's ‘Most Stylish’ award. As Amitabh breaks it happily with Saira Bano looking on, we wonder if a large portion of ‘style’ resides in a dignified mien. 2014 | Her 0.7 cr 2014 | Gravity 31.2 cr 2014 | 12 Years A Slave 2.1 cr 2014 | Nebraska 20-30 lakh so far 2014 | American Hustle 3.3 cr 2014 | Dallas Buyers Club 20-30 lakh so far 2014 | The Wolf of Wall Street 6.5 cr 2014 | Philomena Not released 2014 | Captain Phillips 4.4 cr 2013 | Django Unchained 2.6 cr 2013 | Argo 2 cr Jai Ho 107 cr so far Dhoom 3 261 cr 2013 | Zero Dark Thirty 1.7 cr 2013 | Beasts of the Southern Wild 0.4 cr Ek Tha Tiger 184 cr Bodyguard 148 cr 2013 | Lincoln 1.3 cr 2013 | Amour Limited release Dabangg 141 cr 2013 | Silver Linings Playbook 2.5 cr 2013 | Les Miserables 1.14 cr 2013 | Life of Pi 62.1 cr 2012 | Hugo 0.9 cr 2012 | The Help 1 cr 2012 | Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close 0.6 cr 2012 | Tree of Life 0.6 cr 2012 | The Artist 0.5 cr 2012 | Midnight in Paris Not released 2012 | Moneyball 3.9 cr 2012 | War Horse 0.3 cr 2012 | The Descendants 3.5 cr 2011 | The King’s Speech 2 cr 2011 | The Kids Are All Right Not released 2011 | 127 Hours 4.5 cr 2011 | The Social Network 6.7 cr 2011 | Black Swan 1 cr 2011 | Toy Story 3 5 cr 2011 | The Fighter 0.8 cr 2011 | True Grit 0.7 cr 2011 | Inception 20.6 cr 2011 | Winter’s Bone Not released 2010 | The Hurt Locker 2.2 cr 2010 | Inglourious Basterds 2.1 cr 2010 | Avatar 112.5 cr 2010 | Precious 0.5 cr 2010 | The Blind Side 2.4 cr 2010 | A Serious Man Not released 2010 | District 9 2.8 cr 2010 | Up 2.2 cr 2010 | An Education Not released 2010 | Up in the Air 1.5 cr <b>Ishqiya</b> Abhishek Chaubey and Bhardwaj <b>The <i>Chauranga</i> set</b> From left, first AD Sandeep Sahet, Onir, director Bikas Mishra <b>Search For A Smile</b>
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An <i>Outlook</i> headline a few years ago termed them ‘the mwahists'—these rich and famous so adept at picturesque cheekiness. But the Bipasha-Kareena one at a film awards function was possibly a cold affair, going by their past history of ‘catfights’. In any case, Saif Ali Khan was at hand, just in case hostilities broke out again. <b>Gut feelings</b> <i>Kitchen in the Corner...</i> <i>Museum...of Species</i> A Kannada film industry anti-dubbing rally Film actors Sunil Shetty, Bobby Deol, Sohail Khan and others during CCL 20-20 match between Mumbai Heroes and Bengal Tigers at Barabati Stadium in Cuttack. <b>High Noon</b>
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There was never any doubt about the quality of data. Shilpa Shetty's claim to yummy mummydom rests on good Q4 figures: the hourglass shows perfect time. But what are those? Skeleton legs!? Ugh. A still from a docu on Sudhir Mishra Imtiaz Ali <b>Wake Up and Smell the Embers</b>
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A red-hot kangri that came flying at Irrfan—with some of the flyash smearing the boyish Shahid Kapur—may be seen as an advance Kashmiri review of Vishal Bharadwaj's <i>Haider</i>. But admit it, he does look the part. And if an exchange of perspectives is to happen, maybe they'll do better than the government panel. <b>Rabari machismo</b> Colour, dance, violence and sensuous volatility combine to present a new kind of Gujarat in Bhansali’s <i>Goliyon ki...<i> Physically challenged dancers of the Ability Unlimited Foundation (AUF) perform 'Bhagwad Geetha' dance drama on wheelchairs at an event in Bengaluru. <b>Brief Encounter</b>
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A lady in red smiles in shy anticipation. Others, goggle-eyed, have flashed out cameras, a pool of light illumines the scene. The real question is perhaps not Amitabh and Rekha's exchanging a namaste. It's about what happens to old passions. Do they wit­her away into fragrant memory, die a dusty death, or smoulder on in unhappy hearts? <b>Kneel Down And Look</b>
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<p>How quickly did you make out the shades openly hidden under Vaani Kapoor's faux-fur towel after the first once-over? The star of <em>Shudh Desi Romance</em> and now <em>Aaha Kalyanam</em> (Tamil) excels in concealment. Wish her well. </p> Suchitra Sen (1931-2014) Girish Karnad Stills from <i>Ko:Yad</i> Kenny Basumatary in his film <i>Local Kung Fu</i> Stills from <i>As The River Flows</i> <b>Dewdrops</b>
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‘Almost a Daffodil,’ comments a punter nearby. That's not surprising, as whichever way one turns, flowers are what Daisy Shah— the newest girl under Salman Khan's mentorship—is compared with. Those bands, the shorts, the freshly minted freshness—I do feel for Humbert Humbert. <b>Fallin’ Differently</b>
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Daboo Ratnani's black-and-white images are an escape from the quotid­ian trashiness of dailies and stale poseur of the glam mags. The men change their stripes with difficulty, but the women? As Sonakshi finds out to her pleasant surprise, Ratnani's lens extracts the maximum purchase out of a changed coiffure. A circus artist performs a fire act during a show in Chennai. A dancer performs during the World Fiesta street parade, an event to usher in Visit Malaysia Year 2014, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. More than 3000 costumed dancers took part in the parade. Historicals got a touch of religion and mythology in serial after serial like <i>Maharana Pratap, Rani Lakshmi Bai</i> and <i>Jodha Akbar. Buddha</i> got into a controversy in Nepal for showing that he was born in India. Ekta Kapoor’s <i>Mahabharat</i> got talked for its cinematography and grand mounting than what it did with the story itself. Food-based shows caught on after the success of various avatars of Masterchef. The cooking reality show also hooked in the kids with a junior version. Connected <i>Hum Tum</i> on Zee gave a new spin to the reality show format with ordinary women shooting their own private moments for public consumption. 
<i>Comedy Nights With Kapil</i> was liberally used to promote Bollywood movies. Became the launchpad for many a hit. <i>24</i> started with a bang as the most expensive Indian TV show but could not fit into the popular Indian TV jargon.
<i>Ye Hai Aashiqui</i> on UTV Bindaas focused on the issue of honour killings. <i>KBC</i> also reflected many social concerns in the new season. <i>Laakhon Mein Ek </i>on Star followed on the themes set by <i>Satyamev Jayate</i>. Serials began entering the hybrid zone mixing entertainment with a social responsibility, however surface and facile. <b>Katrina Kaif</b>, Ajmer Sharif Dargah, Rajasthan
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Her inappropriate attire attracted enough comment for Bollywood star Katrina Kaif to dress better on her next visit. Here, praying before the release of a film. <b>The Bachchans</B>, Dwarkadheesh Temple, Rajkot
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Regulars at Siddhivinayak, Kashi Vishwanath and Sankat Mochan temples, the family also petitioned here on behalf of the younger couple. <b>Sushmita Sen</b>, Kalighat Kali Temple, Calcutta
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Former Miss Universe and a charmer forever seeks blessings for her two daughters Renee and Alisah in 2010. <b>Vidya Balan</b>, Mahakaleshwar Temple, Ujjain
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She might have starred in The Dirty Picture, but ardent Shiva bhakt Vidya Balan wipes her record with the gods clean. Amitabh Bachchan <b>Woman On Top</b> Deepika Padukone
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Three 100-crore blockbusters—<i>Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, Chennai Express</i> and <i>Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ramleela</i>—behind her and acting chops to boot Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub Rehana Sultan in <i>Inkar</i> Ramesh Deo in <i>Jolly LLB</i> Ratnabali <b>Yes, He Can (Act)</b> Raj Kumar Yadav
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The actor now known as Rajkumar Rao, first spotted in 2010’s <i>Love Sex Aur Dhoka</i>, was nuanced and riveting in 2013 films like <i>Shahid</i> and <i>Kai Po Che</i>. <b>And He (Of Course) Can Too</B> Irrfan 
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If divertissement via those beguiling TV adverts or Hollywood wasn’t enough, pick from <i>Sahib Biwi Aur Gangster Returns, D-Day, Lunchbox</i> and <i>Qissa</i>. Nimrat Kaur Shekhar Kapur and Isabelle Adjani in <i>Ishkq in Paris</i> Preity Zinta in <i>Ishkq in Paris</i> Neeraj Kabi <b>Saurabh Shukla</b> as Justice Sundarlal Tripathi in <i>Jolly LLB</i> <b>Pankaj Kapur</b> as Harry Mandola in <i>Matru Ki Bijli Ka Mandola</i> Sohum Shah Preity Zinta in <i>Ishkq in Paris</i> <b>Mojo lost</b> Director Abhinav Kashyap with <i>Besharam</i>, his sophomore effort
<b>Mojo lost permanently</b> Ram Gopal Varma, once again, with <i>The Attacks of 26/11</i> and <i>Satya 2</i>
Madhuri Dixit’s <i>Ghagra</i> turn in <i>Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani</i> <b>Barun Chanda</b> as the cheated zamindar father in <i>Lootera</i> <b>Baljinder Kaur, Shalini Vatsa</b> as mother and lawyer, <i>Shahid</i> <b>Mojo found</b> Sanjay Leela Bhansali with <i>Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ramleela</i>
<b>Mojo gone wild</b> Dhanush in <i>Raanjhana</i> <i><b>Sodhu Kavvum (Tamil):</i></b> A kidnapping sets off some edgy, organic comedy <b><i>Lucia (Kannada):</b></i> That miracle, a crowd-funded indie thriller that redefined box-office economics <i><b>Ship of Theseus (English+Hindi):</b></i> Poetic, introspective, meditative. Of life felt and lived. <i><b>Fandry (Marathi):</b></i> Hard-hitting take on caste consciousness revisits the old genre <b><i>Shahid (Hindi):</b></i> A timely and affecting biography of human rights lawyer Shahid Azmi <i><b>Kaaphal (Hindi):</b></i> The rarity, a disarmingly charming and innocent slice of childhood <b>Jack Of One Trade</b>
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Bad make-up, as pointed out by our movie critic? Why, going by Sunny Leone's confident over the shoulder look at the premiere of Jackpot, most of us would contest that point. Fine needlework on the gown, too. Vinod Kapri <b>Warm In The Coolest Blue</b>
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Till now, Kannada movies had been the sole receptacle of Aindrita Ray's considerable acting talent in movies such as <i>Manasaare</i>. That gap in her CV is about to be filled when she reprises her role of Bhavana in <i>Vishnuvardhana</i> for the Bengali remake, <i>Bachchan</i>. Is that a symbolic tale of an angry muckraiser or a more direct reference to the gent on the left ready for a spar? Ask Aindrita.  <b>That spotless chest...</b> Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone in <i>Ramleela</i> <b>Two’s a crowd</b> Sushant Singh Rajput and Parineeti Chopra in <i>Shuddh Desi Romance</i> <b>Watch, but with love</b> Anoushka Sharma steps out in <i>Matru ki Bijli ka Mandola</i> <b>Touchy, feely</b> Nagarjuna and Girija in <i>Geethanjali</i> Nayantara shows off her bare affiliations in <i>Billa</i> <b>Love lost</b> Madhabi in Charulata <i>Charulata</i>, Rituparna in the 2011 version <i>Mughal-E-Azam</i> <i>Karma</i> <i>Jism</i> <i>Beta</i> <i>Murder</i> Kalki Koechlin, Actress Aditi Rao Hydari, Actress Bipasha Basu, Actress Tillotama Shome, Actress Farooque Shaikh Raghu Ram <b>Pals, Look No Further</b>
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Stars did their best to dazzle at the International Film Festival Of India—some with youth, some with decades' worth of wit. But what chance had they but to pale beside the unseasonably, unreasonably gorgeous Rekha. There are some souls that the gods love. Then there are others beloved of the godesses. Marco Balderi <b>Didi In The Circle</b>
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As has been proved amply by the company she keeps, in Mamata's plans for regenerating Bengal, culture, rather than industrialisation, plays a central role. She now turns to Bengal's bevy of actresses for support—Rani, Sushmita, Bipasha, Koel (know this beauty) and Moushumi. Sushmita, as one can see, takes it seriously. <b>Run Away With Her</b>
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Can it be true that behind that honeyed smile lies a ruthless heart, ticking away time at targets? Big Boss's Sana Khan was charged for allegedly trying to kidnap a 15-year-old girl who spurned her cousin, after which she ran and hid. A deadly accomplice? Dunno. Is pink her favourite colour? Betcha! <b>All Hands Aboard</b>
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It was a night of the Kapoors. UTV Talk of the Stars have aptly honoured the most charming actor of his generation. Shashi Kapoor's hand imprint tile is unveiled by Kunal Kapoor as the vete­ran actor, Krishna Raj Kapoor, Neela Devi and  (R to L) Rajeev, Zahan and Shaira (all Ks) look on in appreciation.  <b>Ladies, Take A Bow</b>
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The opening scene was stolen by a gleeful Mamata, flanked by Big B and Shahrukh, but the Calcutta international film fest wasn’t bereft of Tollygunge beauties. (From left) Koel, Locket, Subhashree, Payel and June show up to show who, after all, are the best faces in town. <b>Upward Baby</b>
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She deserves a hoot, doesn't she? Though not in the same category as the dames who won laurels for India in Miss Universe a generation back, Miss India Manasi Moghe did that enwrapt fur no injustice. She'd need more of the material en route Mt Everest, which the engineer aspires to climb some fateful day. Sachin Tendulkar and Ranbir Kapoor leave after attending Birthday Party of Nita Ambani in Jodhpur. <b>Those Days With Infusion</b>
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Gouriprasanna Majumdar's ode to Calcutta's coffee house—a crucible of arts, ideas, radical politics and adda for decades—was peopled with the fictional Moinul, Nikhilesh, D'Souza etc, and sung by the inimitable Manna Dey. A classic of nostalgia, <I>Coffeehouser sei addata</i> lives on—its subjects continue their beloved adda day after day. Coffeehouse waiters pay tribute to the deceased singer. A Belly dancer performs during the 5th Annual Belly Dance Festival 'Hip-Nosis 2013' in Bengaluru. <b>Borne on a Lilt</b>
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Jaunty and spirited, <i>Geet Gata Chal</i> (1975) traipsed along springily like its debutant hero Sachin. The box-office hit ruled the radio waves with its <i>bandhu re</i> folk-pop for months. Sachin was 18, his costar Sarika was 13. <b>Two-Piece Tale</b> 
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Bruited about in the film mags before the film was released, the bikini scene from <i>Bobby</i> was the magnet to the matinee rush. Raj Kapoor directs 16-year-old Dimple for one of Bollywood’s jaw-dropper moments of 1973. <b>Game Theory</b>
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A prank leaves college students, played by Rishi Kapoor, Neetu Singh and Rakesh Roshan, tangling with an ugly customer. Foot-tapping songs (including <i>Ek Main Aur Ek Tu</i>) propelled <i>Khel Khel Mein</i>, with its frolics and suspenseful thrills, to box-office heaven in 1975. Neetu Singh was 18. <b>Miss Dix-Huit</b> 
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Not many would have heard of Hiren Nag, the director, or Tapas Pal, the hero. <i>Abodh</i>’s fame derives from its zero-decibel launch of Madhuri Dixit, age 17, in 1984. Does that drawing gaze hint at the screen-stealing smile, the throb-throb dances to come? <b>Family Happiness</b>
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It has been acknowledged as one of the sweetest depictions of conjugal love on celluloid. And that’s only one-third of <i>Apur Sansar</i>. Mostly due to the innocent, pure quality of the 15-year-old Sharmila Tagore’s acting—a role where she didn’t say much, and was accompanied only by Soumitra and Ravi Shankar’s music. <b>A Short Film About Love:</b> Kryzstof Kieslowski A young man turns voyeur in his obsession with an older woman, eventually realises the impossibility of finding true love. <b>Shadow of a Doubt:</b> Alfred Hitchcock Bored teenager in small-town America realises the hard way that her favourite Uncle Charlie is not quite what he appears to be. <b>400 Blows:</b> Francois Truffaut Troubled teen in Paris is much misunderstood by parents and teachers. Lands up in jail and later in an observation centre, only to flee from it all. <b>Kitaab:</b> Gulzar Young Babla moves from village to city to study. Once after being badly ticked off, he decides to return home. The train journey teaches him all about life. <b>Aparajito:</b> Satyajit Ray If Pather Panchali was about Apu’s childhood, Aparajito is about him growing up away from home, facing his parents’ death and finding a life in Calcutta. <b>Udaan:</b> Vikramaditya Motwane A sharp look at a troubled father-son relationship. Smothered by his father’s rigidity, the son shows sparks of a similar cussedness when he stands up to him. <b>The Dreamers:</b> Bernardo Bertolucci Eroticism, incest, protests, politics, an American student goes through it all as he shacks up with a pair of skewed siblings in Paris. <b>Cinema Paradiso:</b> Giuseppe Tornatore Little Toto discovers the magic of cinema, figures out love and life, with fatherly projectionist Alfredo as his mentor. <b>The Squid and the Whale:</b> Noah Baumbach The lives of two Brooklyn boys begin to unravel as their writer parents ready for divorce. And then the question: who is a philistine? <b>Shala:</b> Sujoy S. Dahake 1970s school life and the attendant exams, drills and crushes on teachers. Out of regimentation and control rises the scope for free-thinking liberalism. <b>Pasanga:</b> Pandiraj Two youngsters and classmates can’t see eye to eye. Will they be able to sort out their differences when their families unite for a wedding? <b>To Sir With Love:</b> James Clavell Black teacher in rough ’60s London. Casts an eye on the social, economic and racial troubles of teens from poor and rough homes. <b>Closely Watched Trains:</b> Jiri Menzel A rail guard in wartime Czechoslovakia learns the ways of love, and of political resistance, with a little help from an older woman. <b>Roma:</b> Federico Fellini An autobiographical film based on 18-year-old Fellini’s move from hometown Rimini to big, bad Rome. Highlight: his visit to a brothel and a music hall.
<b>Juno:</b> Jason Reitman An unplanned pregnancy forces 16-year-old Juno to confront adulthood and take some not-so-easy life decisions. <b>Vihir:</b> Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni An adolescent’s silent mourning for his dead cousin. Metaphors of life and death contained in childhood games of hide ‘n seek, Chinese whispers. 
<b>Anantaram:</b> Adoor Gopalakrishnan A young orphan, brought up by a doctor, grows up alone, struggles with his inner fantasy life and the demands of society. <b>Summer of 42:</b> Robert Mulligan A summer holiday for a teen becomes a rite-of-passage to manhood as he discovers love, sex and loss. The object of his desire: Jennifer ’O Neil. Director Quentin Tarantino, center, delivers a speech next to British actor Tim Roth, left, and US actor Harvey Keitel, right, during the closing ceremony of the 5th edition of the Lumiere Festival, in Lyon, central France. Sachin Khedkar <b>Truth On A Beach</b>
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To debut in a Ram Gopal Verma film must be considered a bold, if not risky, act these days. But Aradhana Gupta, who acts in RGV's Satya 2, remains undiminishedly confident about her good work in it, and has great belief in the director's ‘creativity'. <b>Parivartana, 1954</b> A family drama, it pits ANR against then Telugu superstar NTR <b>Mugguru Maratilu, 1946</b> A musical, it ran for straight 100 days and made ANR a star. <b>Balaraju, 1948</b> A mythological, it’s ANR’s first silver jubilee hit with Varalakshmi. <b>Maya Bazar, 1957</b> Another mythological, ANR plays Abhimanyu to NTR’s Krishna. <b>Scenic route</b> A still from India’s Oscar entry film, <i>The Good Road</i> <b>Ladies Of The Lamp</b>
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Three actresses of the past met at one of Chennai's sabhas. Current CM and MGR's heroine Jayalalitha lights the lamp for the centenary celebrations of Indian cinema as Vyjanthimala and Saroja Devi look on in unabashed admiration and deference. <b>Black Nails, Black Fur</b> 
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It's not known if she accentuates her pout at every opportunity in the manner of another Bollywood newcomer, but Neha Sharma has been mistaken for Anjelina Jolie because of that. Beauty lies in the eyes of the fanboy, but surely, as we see, there're other things to admire in Ms Sharma? Raseel Gujral <b>Satire Attire</b>
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Here is a curious fish—bred in the genetic hot-cold pool of the Mediterranean and the Baltic. We're talking about Elli Avram, the Greek-Swedish actress capering in the unappetisingly named <i>Mic­key Virus</i>. But did such exot­ica deserve the ugly lungi check miniskirt?     A still from <i>Proloy</i>, a biopic of Barun Biswas <b>Wheatish Complexion</b>
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Flanked by a smirk and sullen indifference, actress Aarti Chhabria flattens rotis for a langar at the Golden Temple in a bid to promote <i>Viyah 70 km</i>. We pro­pound a theory that when the economy is down, Bollywood ass­umes themes of rustic, prelapsarian charm. <b>Lean Times</b>
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In defence of our observation that poor times spawn screen times of Indian pastorale, we present the minxy charms and tell-tale expression of Urvashi Rautela, star of upcoming films such as <i>Jab Mehndi Lag Jaave</i> (she has to change her stripes in that!) and <i>Singh Sahab The Great</i>. Is Sunny Deol going to bridge a 38-year age gap with angry snarls and curling lips? <b>Mr & Mrs</b> A shot from the film <b>Last shots</b> Rituparno Ghosh with his crew during the shooting of <i>Satyanweshi</i> Sujoy Ghosh <b>In Our Cameras</b>
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In <i>Madras Cafe</i>, a punter informs us, the heartless filmmaker kills off Rashi Khanna. And that she is made to look plain. A feat of makeup-ing, we think. A lily-of-the-valley as fres­hly plucked as Rashi should send despairing young men to a romantic doom with love songs dedicated to her on their dying lips. <b>Gold-Plated Whisper</b>
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<I>Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Again</i>—a tortuous title dreamt up, surely, by a twit, stars Sonakshi Sinha, as ubiquitous these days as the monsoon flu, who looks askance, since being in profile makes her look her age. “It’s an interesting phase where there is no sticking to the tried and tested.” <b>Sona Mohapatra</b> “There’s more room now to experiment. It gives us more confidence in our craft.” <b>Sachin & Jigar</b> “What we thirst for are songs that convey emotions, that you can hold on to for long.” <b>Mohit Chauhan</b> “A decade ago, there were 10 singers, now there are 300 vying for a share of the pie.” <b>Chinmayi Sripaada</b> “For long, we lived in the shadow of  great names. Now we have real voices....” <b>Swanand Kirkire</b> <b>Clown Prince</b> Everything is theatre for Kumar, even a photograph <b>Zero’s Not A Digit</b>
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Except for consistently referring to herself as a ‘pretty girl' (put that down to conceited innocence), there is nothing we can object to in Huma Qureshi. Especially in ravenly black ensembles—fingernails, watchstrap, jacket.... You aligning your head to meet her sleepy gaze? Then thank her for not being size-zero. <b>Twelve Yards Of Farce</b>
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<p>Shahrukh's Id offering, <em>Chennai Express</em>, finally hits the city itself on its promotional tour. Deepika makes concession of the fact by wearing jasmines in her hair. So far so good. It's SRK's search for southern spice that invites a full range of reactions. The confident, campy swagger notwithstanding, many fashionistas wouldn't just forgive him for disgracing a perfectly honourable silk saree.</p> <b>She’s A Zero Dive Bomber</b>
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<p>You know this photo: our Indian celebrity on a foreign red carpet bounced by ambient waves of obliviousness except the lens that got her. Priya­nka lent her voice for Disney's <em>Planes</em>, appropriately in a jumpsuit that looks as if it were created by Dolce & Gabbana for a style-themed Star Trek.</p> <b>The Centre Can Hold</b>
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Kiara! Star of <i>Fugly</i>, you are announced. In a high-collared jacket that has ancestral ties with sailors' duffel coats and shorts that Ziegfeld girls might adore, Kiara has enough, we think, to match Akshay's coltish, doltish grin. <b>It’s a Lampshade</b>
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<i>Phata Poster Nikla Hero</i>—a comedy (perhaps) that wears the comic on its title can be safely counted as belonging to the Bollywood slapstick genre. Ileana D'Cruz—so charming otherwise—keeps step with that spirit, and Shahid. With a skirt like that, who can blame our curled lips? <b>Baby, You’re The Top</b>
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There are poses that stick in public memory—Garbo indolent on the couch, Hepburn at Tiffany's, Marilyn catching a draught—and everything the talented lady would do afterward would deepen its colour. Shr­uti Haasan, who stars in the thriller <i>D-Day</i>, hasn't a major hit, only this—her youth frozen in an early bloom she might never recapture. A kneeling Kareena? Nope. Only gamine cool can carry her hand messing up her hair so. Vidya Balan, Actor <b>We Are The Bhais</b>
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Even making allowance for his general impassivity, we count this as a smile from Salman Khan, when he was goaded into embracing fellow superstar Shahrukh. Is the curdling bad blood washed away in Ramzan brotherliness at Baba Siddiqui's party? Check SRK's expression, then bet your bottom rupee on it. <b>Coming Soon</b>
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A furry rug clutched in self-defence, an imperceptible pout, hair-a-tumble breeziness, a passing pensiveness and features that are a shar­per fine­-tuning of a leading heart-throb—we say Mandana Karimi has more than a fair chance of a niche within the niche. The Indian-Iranian houri acts in the tiresomely named <i>Bhaag Johnny</i>, with, we hope, liberating abandon. <b>Awesome foursome</b> Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, Vineet Singh, casting director Mukesh Chhabra and Shriswara <b>Ship-shapers</b> Sohum Shah and Neeraj Kabi Rupali Guha <b>Mortal Kombat</b>
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Stanislavski's method demands total immersion in the ‘character’. Thus Priyanka, who is cast as the inspiring Mary Kom, visited the boxer's family in Imphal. Blinded by starlight, Mary, her husband and their elder son couldn't do without their shades. The youngest Kom, snuggled in stardom, squirmed in delight. <b>You Join The Dots</b>
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Evelyn Sharma, thoughts on whose recumbent pose readers can keep to themselves, was the first Bollywood actress to sign five movies before a release. Lingerie brand Bodycare snapped her in time for a grand opening. Anand Gandhi <b>Boots For Us</b>
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Through an inexplicable oversight, we did not know a lot about Anushka Shetty—anot­her warm daught from the south, we tho­ught. We were wrong—she is a star in Tel­ugu flicks (<i>Arundhati, Billa</i>) and getting there in Tamil (<i>Singam, Vaanam</i>). We ‘carry’ her in expiation. <b>Go 400 Metres</b>
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Finally, one of the true heroes of independent India from any field, not only his chosen track, has his eventful life recorded in a biopic, <i>Bhaag Milkha Bhaag</i>. Milkha Singh, who overcame horrific advers­ity to emerge a champion, talks with Farhan Akhtar at the music launch. <b>On Half Measures</b>
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Do you believe someone who hasn't kept a spectacularly publicised vow? Yet, Poonam Pandey hasn't given up on eyeballs. Here, she threatens to launch herself on to a pole for a <i>Nasha 2</i> song, knowing not how many punters were expecting a dessert to our great World Cup win. <b>Regular guy</b> Why the caveat? Chinese Hollywood actor Jackie Chan talks during a press conference at the opening of the Chinese film festival, in New Delhi.
Sulochana (aka Ruby Myers), silent allure <b>Empress Of Lassi</b>
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Is this the face that set young hearts quake with fear for her safety as she gyrated with wanton brazenness on a train winding up the Western Ghats? A dome­sti­cated Malaika whips ‘concupiscent curd’ at a UTV event in Delhi.  <b>Dressed To The Tens</b> 
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It's when modernism's shorts, minis and tanks trawling up tattered and scrawny tracks tire you so that you turn to the cool oases of neo-classicism embodied here by Ileana D'Cruz. Copying Angie at the Oscars? Oh, balderdash! The owner of those eyes, that smile and such confident pleats don't need to copy a Hollywood hoyden. <b>When Many Heads Turn</b>
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No, dwell not on the diaphanousness of her snug negligee, or the brevity of her briefs. It's futile. Instead, appreciate the clean sweep of that exquisite jawline, or the tumble of hair curling carelessly, or the decisive, and wise, refusal to adh­ere to fashionable boniness. And Richa Chadda is out in a movie called <i>Fukrey</i>. Bros, hold that gaze! Sundar Narayana Rao Anish Kapoor Anurag Basu, Filmmaker. Monica Dogra, Musician & Actor Luke Kenny, Filmmaker & Musician <b>Lotsa Songs And Dance</b>
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A midnight birthday bash it must have been—Bollywood style carousing, gleaming SUVs pulling over in the dark, starlets with big shades rushing in—rousing grumbling, proud neighbours. One has to to ask the bechappalled, sleep-attired Aamir about the party a loving KJo threw. <b>Speak For Yourself</b>
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One of the best things that resulted from the meltdown of the Iron Curtain was how East European cut­ies could ditch shabby-Bolshie clothes for our delectation. To Salman's rumoured Romanian clinch Iulia Vantur, it'd be akin to ‘being human’. Salman's dad denied anything but friendship. <b>D’you Need The Bouffant?</b>
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Beyond that exo­tic name, Gaelyn Mendonca is another Mumbai girl bent on entertaining (often wearing cute briefs)—modelling, veejaying for MTV, the sort who'd possibly look stunning in stills than around moving images. Can't blame someone cast in so dishy a mould if she debuted in the unappetisin­gly named <i>Nautanki Saala</i>. Rituparno Ghosh (1963-2013)  Amitabh Bachchan Sonam Kapoor Vidya Balan Aishwarya Rai Siddharth Sood <b>Operation Complete North</b> 
a most unlovely scene unfolds: Dhanush, pecking at Bollywood with <i>Raanjhnaa</i>, twists in a stock dance, encl­osed in imitatory swirls. Wonder if the oh-so-refined Sonam Kap­oor, the other, better, half in it, turned her nose up at this. <b>Red, Blue, Rainbow</b>
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Scores of panjandrums might strut about in jumpsuits that might unnerve Superman (no, not Kajol; she has class and obvious confidence), but few would match Tanuja in lightness of grace and simple, heart-stopping beauty. Mother, daughter and Ajay Devgn at a function in Mumbai prompt our statement. <b>He’s The Dada</b>
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Decades of lip-curling, teeth-gnashing and minatory frowning bore the ripest fruit for Pran, one of the most recognisable villains that ever darkened Bollywood screens. Minister Manish Tewari handed over the Dadasaheb Phalke to the actor at his home, surrounded by family. <b>True, Electric Blue</b> 
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Now we know what made those curious line-up of actors go daffy and break into an embarrassing jig at the <i>Yamla Pagla Deewana</i> music launch (see last week's Glitter­ati). Simply, the presence of an apparition with doe eyes, Neha Sharma. <b>Actor’s Self-Image</b>
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As the only man who redeems the page this week, we present actor (as opposed to dialogue delivery boys cum bad dancers) Irrfan Khan. <i>Paan Singh Tomar</i> won him the national best actor award. It also won him admirers, the young sort with smartphones the size of frisbees. <b>Jump In Step</b>
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How else to react to the music release of a movie called <i>Yamla Pagla Deewana 2</i>, but to break into an untrammelled bout of Bollywoodised Bhangra? Led by the age-defying gaiety of Dharmendra, the line-up includes Sunny Deol, Shahrukh, Hrithik and the one at least partly original stylist of current times, Aamir Khan. <b>Won’t Take A No</b>
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The bed here might have been photo­sho­pped out, but the pneumatic Priya Rai's agape visage and dead-fish eyes exude a tinny, make-believe, fleshpot lust below our standards of accepta­ble prurience. Who knows, her Tamil film might be well-served! <b>The beginning...</i> <i>Raja Harishchandra</i> Ravina Tondon with Mumbai Indians players Sachin Tendulkar, Harbhajan Singh and others during a party for the team, in Mumbai on Thursday night. <b>On Heaven's Street</b>
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The Lennon-Yoko all-white ensemble bursts into a bounderish blend of aerobics and the time-tested ‘hari om' style of dance in <i>Shortcut Romeo</i>. Going by Neil Nitin Mukesh's reaction to Puja Gupta's cap­itulation, a rake's progress won't ever be stalled for amour. <b>IV Fluids</b>
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The sizzle and Seema in <i>Avalude Raavukal</i> (or <i>Her Nights</i>) welded director I.V. Sasi in synon­ymy with that film. A lifetime award at Utsavam '13, Kozhikode, which Kamal, Mammooty and Mohanlal handed over, testifies to the sambaar-rice roles he ser­ved them over 40 years. <b>Budha Hoga Tera Baap?</b>
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That's the idea Amitabh is toying with, going by his sartorial choice at the Bhopal airport—parrot green, lemon yellow, and a plain concession only to set off the fluorescent shoes that a fan lunges for. Nice way to dress for <i>Satyagrah</i>. <b>Grand Throw</b> 
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Another salad of genes (Indian, Iran­ian, Swedish), anot­her cla­ssy dame. Maryam Zak­a­ria combines supermo­del flimsy with a desi, come­-hithery pert that so aff­ects the curr­ent Ind­ian sensibility. Verily, she deserved bet­ter than Riteish, Aftab and Vivek in <i>Grand Masti</i>. <b>Fly in, fly out</b> Dev Anand in the ’50s <b>Big hitters</b> Bachchan with Sachin during a television show <b>Let him be</b> Lata with Sachin at a function to felicitate him <b>Charmed!</b> Asha with Sachin at the music launch of her film <b>Roger Ebert</b> 1943-2013 <b>They Won’t Copy His Hair</b>
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Praise the lord—after decades of manhandling a guitar, the evolved Bollywood actor, Aditya Roy Kapur in this case, gets his fingers right. Shraddha Kapoor, petite and placidly pretty, wears green, ringlets and a wan smile. Auteur Mahesh Bhatt measures the two up. <i>Une Femme est une femme</i>? Nah, <i>Aashiqui 2</i>. <b>Night Of The Garter</b>
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Even if that skull hadn't gra­ced Ameesha Patel's tee, we would have known what she was driving at—goth make-up (they would have made a meal of her at the castle of Otranto), teamed up with garters. Might she have announced a loss in girth with less eloquence? Not when one is corralled into the pen with men promoting <i>Desi Magic</i>. Combo Image: From left, Sridevi, Sharmila Tagore and Rahul Dravid receive their Padma honours from the President Pranab Mukherjee at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi. Gulzar Shubha Vedula <b>Family Keepsakes</b>
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mangeshkar siblings in full flow—(from left) Pt Hridaynath, Meena Khadikar, Usha, Asha Bhonsle and Lata—at the Pt Hridayanath Mangeshkar awa­rds. Going by the look of the twisted metalwork, did Ashaji win something spe­cial? Possibly not; Lataji extracts an equal pleasure out of the whole glitter. <b>The Sun Shall Shine</b>
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Manisha Koirala, God bless her, is in good spirits. For someone who so effortlessly represented a certain effervescence, sporting rippling tresses, could it have come easy? Cancer is a tough opponent, and one's mother and friends are warmth personified. <b>Blow My Strumpet</b>
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Ask away in despair: why, of all the B-lists in all the sun-kissed movie­towns in the world, she screams into ours? The hoyden in question is Shi­lpa Shukla, who got to carry a hockeystick in <i>Chak de</i>... but will have to carry herself with less in <i>BA Pass</i>, India's first ‘erotic drama’. Only the censor board can save us now.  Usha Jadhav <b>Fetch On The Dance Floor</b>
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Spare a thought for V. Diju. Did he not deserve a close clinch—as Jwala Gutta favours an actor in <i>Gunde Jaari Gallanthayyinde</i> (Tel­ugu)—for all that hopping around Ms Gutta in the court? Bet your bottom dollar—the guy in the silk shirt is doing all the dancin'. <b>'Tis Doubly Bubbly</b>
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An effervescent Priyanka Chopra is a usual sight; the other is her pouting at you with heavy, kohllined eyes. Can this age-old celebratory style work for <i>Bubbly Badmash</i>? Depends if it slakes the hunger that lines the angry eyes of the badmashes in the bazaar. <b>Group Photo With Colas</b>
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The Hollywood great who made films about monster aliens (<em>Jaws, War of the Worlds</em>), friendly aliens (<em>ET</em>), various degrees of alienation through war (<em>Saving Pvt Ryan</em>) and through greatness and high office (<em>Lincoln</em>) disappears into the maws of rich India in a trip to the heart of Mumbai: Big B, Jaya B and others with fancy living quarters that would stupefy Gatsby.</p> <b>The Next Hand, Please</b>
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No, they don't just wanna hold her hand— hordes of them supposedly kissed the toned, manicured limb of an insufferably preening Veena Malik. A hundred smacks a minute would be a new record, thought our assorted dafooses. <b>Like Her Bangles</b>
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The gamine charms of a fresh starlet is seldom caught in a frame so captivating as the one we find Aditi Rao Hydari in—a smile that slides tow­ard her toes as inncocently as her denims abbreviate in pixieish confidence. Cross our hearts, it does give Photoshop an inferior­ity complex. <b>The Bigger Slice Of Pi</b>
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It was only fitting that Pi made the biggest splash on Osc­ar night. The fishy symbolism, watered-down performa­nces—was that Gerard Depardieu in that shot? where!??!—and tri­ppy animal cracker action ought to have blown more of the competition clear out the water. So much running water in this well and we haven't even gotten to Pissing on a lif­e­boat in the ocean. Talk about golden showers. <b>Bitter Pillions</b>
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AHHH, a Delhi traffic cop­p­er snap-ins­pection is so desperately lacking in this frame. A vehicle for Rishi and Sonam Kapoor to bond on was alre­ady too much on the str­uts. Ayu­s­hman Khur­ana at the helm, ah that's just grounds for an impounding. Through Eye Slits 
what's that you're saying to us, Gabriela Bertante? Come hither? Umm, you know, we totally would. The saffron visor doesn't do it for us. Maybe, save that for Carnival? Veteran Bollywood actress and social activist Shabana Azmi during a protest rally organised by Freedom Without Fear demanding changes in a proposed law against sexual crimes, saying it needed to be stronger and more defined, in New Delhi. <b>The Winged Lullaby</b>
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It'll be a cinch, they said. A quick in and out. Nothing to it. And so was a hurried retr­eat from Bhopal beat. But if Ash and Abh­i­shek were hoping to catch Aaradhya napping, the entourage at Raj Bhoj airport put paid to that. There's no call for that grouchy expression, big guy. Weary resignation is the key. Ash is going 'bout it right. <b>The Rising Helix</b>
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The gene pool only gets you so far in film city. To make it here, what you need is a springboard. Shraddha Kapoor, still living down papa Shakti, looks about ready for another plunge. From where we sit, she's got a few laps in her. <b>Kat-astrophe?</b> <i>Chikni Chameli</i> from <i>Agneepath</i> Malaika does an Anarkali in <i>Housefull2</i> <b>Not glued to TV</b> Kareena extolling Fevicol virtues in <i>Dabangg 2</i>  <b>Dancing queen</b> Seema Singh, Bhojpuri cinema’s gold standard <b>Stare, please</b> Namita Vankhawala <b>Brass Continuum</b>
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Does not the end of one act go hand in hand with the opening of another? From providing succour to Aditya after Yash Chopra's passing to mem­orial­is­ing him.... not to jump the (shot)gun, but Rani's ticking all the right boxes. <b>Bikini Atoll</b>
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She may be sporting a two-piece better suited to one of J-Lo's bodaci­ousness, but that is no reason to poke holes—much as we would love to—in Sonal Cha­uh­an's rendition of the dish-out-of-water staple in Fiji for <i>3G</i>. No, we'll play things close to the chest till it's all busted. <b>Gotta Love The Handles</b>
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Ash fans noted with gladdened hearts the slow retreat of the double chin and the extra wiggle room in this performance for Sachin's Support My School Telethon. Ahhh, that's stark rel­ief though. Black, of course, is the great leveller. <b>Multi-Course Grace</b>
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Of the many wazwans Ranbir's partaken of in the Valley, this post-<i>Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani</i> shoot sit-down with Deepika was thought to be the one that'd overturn the <i>tarami</i>. The doomsayers didn't account for the healing properties of cured meats. <b>The Beached Head</b>
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The thing unsaid of legs that seem to go on and on is that they can take you places you don't want to go. So it goes with 5'11 Mancunian import Judi Shekoni, who bea­ches up on B-town's shore in <i>Club Dancer</i>. Pragaash performing for talent quest A production still from <i>Vishwaroopam</i> Rahul Bose as Al Qaeda jehadi Omar in <i>Vishwaroop</i> <b>Not funny</b> Matru vs Mandola in <i>Bijli ka...</i> Vishwaroopam releases in Bangalore <b>Music maker</b> Ustad Rashid Khan at his daily hookah session <b>Anna of style</b> Rajnikanth in <i>Enthiran</i> <b>The Actor Of His Own Ideal</b>
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“I can just see it now,” Subhash Ghai seems to say. “A buddy-cop movie in the <i>Rush Hour</i> mould with some <i>Lethal Weapon</i> tossed in. Mel Aamir, you’ll be the brooding one quoting Nietzsche after each kill. Sallu, you'll quip and squint. The belt shuffle's fine too.” Swara Bhaskar <b>That Cold Shoulder Ardour</b>
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From staring down Arjun (see left) to falling for John in <i>I Me Aur Main</i>. Why must Chitrangada bend over backwards for mere posers when even that corset doesn’t enkindle a spark in deadwood? <b>In Riotous Indignation</b>
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That stagger may well be further pronounced, Mr Rushdie, come the release of <i>Midnight’s Children</i> in Mumbai. A rainbow coalition of the motley is expected. Forecast: weak knees and a drippy nose. <b>A Viral Form</b>
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We cannot, for propriety’s sake, abide fanning Sherlyn Chopra’s naked ambition. It’s getting harder to keep abreast of the bare facts though—a lakh googled, and then ogled, her 3-day-old <i>Kamasutra</i> teaser.   Mohammed Rafi <b>Screen medicine</b> At the Fortiplex Prashant Damle Actress Kangna Ranaut takes part in an event organised at India Gate to mark National Road Safety Week in New Delhi. Visitors move through a so-called art fog during the opening of  the Art Experiment exhibition at the Garage Center for Contemporary Cultures in Moscow's Gorky Park, Russia. Visitors look at an exhibit on display during the opening of Art Experiment exhibition at Garage Center for Contemporary Culture’s in Moscow's Gorky Park, Russia.  The exhibition is sponsored by the British Council. A boy sits in an exhibit on display during the opening of the Art Experiment exhibition at the Garage Center for Contemporary Cultures in Moscow's Gorky Park, Russia.  The exhibition is sponsored by the British Council. Visitors look at an exhibit on display during the opening of Art Experiment exhibition at the Garage Center for Contemporary Cultures in Moscow's Gorky Park, Russia. <b>The Revenge of She</b>
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‘I’ll stick the first one to ask about the 100 candles,’ birthday girl Zohra Sehgal thunders. That drawn blade, the daggers in her eyes and a steely truth to the threat. You would think it was opening night at the Prithvi. <b>Birdsong</b>
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The coal mine can be a dangerous place for the uninitiated. Under that cloak of darkness, though, lie treasures waiting to be uncovered. If Huma Qureshi is to be our canary guide to the fell places, we would have her sing like one. Husky, full-throated beckonings to urge us on. <b>Two-Step Performance</b>
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The finger snap, Sonakshi? Get with the programme. Akki knows the score. Loud, over-the-top, chest thumping—not the narrative—got <i>Rowdy Rathores</i> past the Rs 100 cr mark. <b>Two-Step Performance</b>
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The finger snap, Sonakshi? Get with the programme. Akki knows the score. Loud, over-the-top, chest thumping—not the narrative—got <i>Rowdy Rathores</i> past the Rs 100 cr mark. Rakesh Sharma <b>A Flame Flickers Down</b> 
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For someone who has made a career of breaking long-standing Bolly heroines, Vidya’s nuptials (maddeningly, still impending as we vent) to UTV biggie Siddharth Roy Kapur has the distinctive tenor of a broken record. Hear the screams in the background? Those are the world’s smallest fiddles stopping. <b>Bad Calls And Wide Returns</b>
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From fetching baseline lobs at Flushing Meadows to racketeering on the broad gauge. Man, but Leander’s star does take him to weird places. Will this latest halt, pulling into Bollywood on <i>Rajdhani Express</i>, make it over the net? Don’t throw momma from the train just yet. Shakthisree Gopalan, singer-songwriter <b>In Brass Relief</b>
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How does one immortalise the forever? A brass statue of debatable likeness is hardly the most dignified way to go about it. Ahhh, to hell with the brass tacks. One year after Dev Anand, Mumbai has Raju and Rosie back together. Cue Kishore and Lata, “<i>Gaata Rahe Mera Dil...</i>” <b>Romance, Read Into</b>
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With the ill-fitting Moroccan Medal of Honour stifling his song ’n dance routine, it was left to the ouds and ribabs of the ochre city to charm Monica Bellucci into SRK’s hands thus. Lest Berber passions overwhelm objectivity, we’ll say only this, ‘They will always have Marrakesh.’ Mani Ratnam Textured metallic dress, jacket, both Chanel; ring Swarovski Sequinned baby doll dress, Roberto Cavalli; ‘Serpenti’ wrap watch, Bulgari
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Hair and makeup: Namrata Soni; junior fashion stylist: Ria Kamat; bookings editor: Akrati Fulwadhya; retouching By: abhilash augustine at Happy Finish India
“Our life together has been a dream come true,” says Saira Banu of her husband,
Dilip Kumar The couple in the 1970 film <i>Gopi</i> <i>Andaz</i> (1949) <i>Madhumati</i> (1958) <i>Mughal-e-Azam</i> (1960) All these years with him have been full of contentment and companionship” <b>—Saira Banu</b> <i>Naya Daur</i> (1957) Docu filmmaker Gargi Sen <b>Player’s Beats</b>
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It’s a testimony to Katrina’s indelible impress on the genre of item-dance that any short-skirted slinkiness seems her lissom self. But no, the pistol above is Claudia Ciesla, the bum in need of a drum Akshay, and the gig an event for <i>Khiladi 786</i>. Mayor of London Boris Johnson, center, talks with film producer Sajid Nadiadwala, left, and film director Vikram Bhatt after meeting with filmmakers and television producers in Mumbai. During the meeting, Johnson announced that two new Indian films are to be shot in London in 2013. <b>Bedroom</b> It delineates the sexual behaviour of a set of couples in Calcutta <b>Aparajita Tumi</b> The film deals with infidelity and contemporary sexual mores <b>Shukno Lanka</b> A story of filmdom, has a sexually charged scene <b>Antarmahal</b> Explores sexual aggression, its links with masculinity <b>Ranjana Ami Aar Ashbona</b> An ageing rockstar has a crush on his protege <b>Close-in</b> The camera recreates Karachi in Chandigarh for <i>Zero Dark Thirty</i> <b>The Booster Seat</b>
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The first birthday present from daddy, a red Mini Cooper S, may have been a tad premature. Aradhya won’t be pulling them <i>Italian Job</i>-style getaways from the paparazzi for another 17 years yet. And even then, in Mumbai traffic? Fuggedaboutit, Mini-B. <b>Getting A Leg Up</b>
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For someone so refreshingly generous with both swell and swill, Amisha Patel’s star faded fast. A mag cover and five films on tap, the “hotest” actress looks to be waxing again. Actor Salman Khan with father Salim Khan and brother Arbaaz Khan arrive at Matoshree to see ailing Shiv Sena chief Balasaheb Thackeray in Mumbai. Kaushik Mukherjee, ‘Q’ <b>A Shot, In Parting</b>
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Those weary browns belie that practised smile. This, the latest in a tired history of forced juxtapositions, pits Rekha and ‘that’ movie together for more s*its ’n giggles. ‘When will this end?’ she seems to ask. Outside the frame, Yash Chopra responds with a prophetic apology “<i>Jab Tak Hai Jaan</i>”. <b>Mistress Of Ceremonies</b>
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Having made herself central to the proceedings, Mamata stood on ceremony as Mithun lit up the 18th Calcutta film fest. If Didi sees in Cal a Bollywood-Tollywood locus, maybe snubbing Soumitra Chatterjee was a bridge burnt. <b>In Too Deep</b>
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A series of judiciously timed (and skilfully shot) adverts—can’t get enough of the dimpled cheeks in them low rider jeans, you know of what we speak—sees Deepika on another <i>FHM</i> cover. Hips don’t lie. Actors Randhir Kapoor, Rajeev Kapoor and Rishi Kapoor at Matoshree to visit the ailing Shiv Sena chief Balasaheb Thackeray who was reported in critical condition, in Mumbai. K.N. Shashikiran <b>Misconception</b>
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It’s hard to see the rationale behind this ‘concept gown’ by Gavin Miguel. Kangna Ranaut ought to have left it exactly where she found it... the foot of the paper shredder. But hey, that’s just us. Looking more ragdoll than showstopper at this Blender’s Pride gala, Kang appears to concur. <b>Santum Santorum</b>
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When the brother man’s justifyin’, the faithless believe. No fret plunked out of turn nor string plucked out of tune at Santana’s pit-stop in Delhi. Desi motifs in Tejano fusion styling. <i>Smooth</i>. <b>The Tiger Also Prances</b> 
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Will the aesopian magical realism of Yann Martel’s <i>Life of Pi</i> find faithful adaptation with Ang Lee? With Gerard Depardieu, Irrfan and Tabu as ballast, this ship shouldn’t be entirely at sea. <b>On The Way Up</b>
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Her star has waned more than it waxed this year (though we still maintain that her overcoming Ranbir ought to figure as a win). But that mustn’t deter Nargis Fakhri from reaching for the sky this year. Wet tops and brand ambassadorships can only do so much. <b>Celluloid man</b> NFAI founder P.K. Nair Jaspal Bhatti (1955-2012), R.I.P <B>Bappi Ho!</b> There’s life before disco Rajnikanth and Kamal Haasan in <i>16 Vayathinile</i> A portrait of the young Ustad Rashid Khan <b>Girls after class</b> Rituparna Sengupta with her college friends in Calcutta  Alyque Padamsee Sridevi lip-syncing <i>Kaatril Endhan Geetham</i> Nagarjuna Rituparna Sengupta Ileana D’Cruz Alyque Padamsee Shriya Saran Khushboo Prasoon Joshi Ayushman Khurana Amitabh Bachchan Adoor Gopalakrishnan Vithal-Zubeida in <i>Alam Ara</i> (’31) Adoor Gopalakrishnan Aishwarya Rai Remo Fernandes (second left) <b>Silence to speech</b> Still from <i>Cinema Girl</i> (’30) A videograb from <i>A Woman in...</i> Anupam Kher <b>Riding Into The Sunrise</b>
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When have Bollywood’s old looked so young? But then, none equals the dashing, dapper, teeth-gnashing Danny. The same goes for his entrancing wife Gawa. We need a thesaurus. Saif Ali Khan, left, and Kareena Kapoor step out on a balcony to greet waiting fans after getting married in Mumbai.  Balraj Sahni as the colonel leading his men to certain death A priest performs 'aarti' of a sand image of Amitabh Bachchan on the eve of his 70th birthday in Allahabad. <b>Tone ’n Timber</b>
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It matters not that they are hewn of different woods when such are their masters. Pt Shiv Kumar Sharma’s santoor (walnut), Amjad Ali Khan’s sarod (teak) and Umayalpuram Sivaraman’s mridangam (jackfruit) flower in concert. Their simul Sangeet Akademi Ratnas evince it.  <b>A Strawberry Dream</b>
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No, it ain’t the White Russians talking. Kristina Akheeva Absolut-ely looks a cut above the rest of the migrant starlet class. And with her salsa training, the Russian-Aussie model will dance circles around the Deols in the <b>Yamla Pagla Deewana</b> sequel. Haven’t heard of her? We’ll just Blame It On Rio. <b>Titans of Indian cinema</b> Amitabh Bachchan and Yash Chopra <b>These Arms Ache... To Hold You</b>
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It was all going so swimmingly for Vivek Oberoi. The transition from choco-lover to axe murderer seemed organic. Going from that to being on the lam with lover Mallika (!) in <i>Kismat Love Paisa Dilli</i>...explains that pained smile. <b>Cobra In Lobster Sauce</b>
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A copperhead with more bite Tucson, Arizona, might never find. Potency comes easily to Kalpana Pandit MD, a Miss India US, who first rattled us in M.F. Husain’s <i>Gaja Gamini</i>. The doctor now sinks fangs into the cobra in <i>Jaanleva 555</i>. President Barack Obama, center, on stage with members of the Mexican pop rock band Mana, during a campaign event in Desert Pines High School, in Las Vegas. With Obama are from left to right, Sergio Vallín, Fher Olvera, Juan Calleros, and Alex González. Prakash Jha <b>A Merseyside Broadside</b>
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If Amy Jackson’s scouser tongue is to hold up to the rigours of an Indian piercing—the fit won’t ever be as snug as that belly-ring—perhaps she ought to tackle one film town at a time. Will Vikram and Kollywood do for her what Prateik could not? Nandita Das <b>Dual-Purpose Crash Module </b>
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As Rani’s comeback vehicle, <em>Aiyyaa</em> hauls some considerable baggage. Doubling as Prithviraj’s first B-town ride may be tipping the scales a tad. And with a premise of olfactory attraction driving it, aiyyoo! A godawful stinker looks imminent. When the wheels come off, those cushion seats are not going to soften the blows any.</p> <b>The Pinkie Doe</b>
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a deliciously familiar face for them <i>True Blood</i>-ed. The rest of us, though, can discover the sheer (lace) pleasure of Indian-American actress Pinky Campbell. A change in medium, not wardrobe, beckons in Vikram Bhatt’s employ. Neelesh Misra <b>The Faraway Mount Sinai</b>
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This is one love letter Rushdie won’t expect reciprocation for. It’ll need all the bewitching magic of Parvati (Shriya Saran) to ensure the <i>Midnight’s Children</i> movie sees the light of day in India. Toronto got first dibs. <b>Pop Art Fizzle</B>
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The contrast in Coke-obsessed artist Andy Pop’s tribute to Vidya Balan’s Silk Smitha isn’t nearly as severe as the effect those ‘12 kilos’ she’d gained for the role has had. Art imitating impersonating life, Mr Pop? Consider restricting your palette to Diet Coke. Ditto, Vidya. <b>Words Unspoken</b>
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Who’d have thunk it? A flower plucked from Ranbir’s screaming legions to plant one on her man at a <i>Barfi</i>! promo wilts. Was it charm, cologne, or his wisecrack to a ‘where to peck, sir’ query? ‘Keep it simple, silly’. <b>In The Rough</b>
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Full lip, foul mouth and fiery temper: lovely, but there’s plenty more to love ON <i>Gangs of Wasseypur</i>’s Huma Qureshi as a generous swell of <i>FHM</i> readers has already uncovered. Of all the dust-ups in Dhanbad, hers are the fists I’d cuff. <b>Breaking speech</b> Sridevi in <i>English Vinglish</i> <b>Greenlit redux</b> Rani Mukherjee in <i>Aiyya</I> <b>Encore!</b> No changed surname could keep Madhuri Dixit-Nene (<i>Jhalak Dikhla Jaa</i>) down <b>Comeback vehicle</b> Neetu Singh was a hop-on in <i>Do Dooni Char</I> <b>Coming alive</b> Satya Bhabha (‘the leaking nose’) and Shriya Saran in <i>Midnight’s Children</i> <b>Dirty Dancing About</b>
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The transition from the girl-next-door to this bustiere avatar has been deliciously expeditious. Pranced on her haunches with gaze a-smoulder thus, Anushka Sharma’s message risks no danger of being cut off. Oh those <i>Hungry Eyes</i>. Baby, I feel the magic between you and I. <b>To kill for</b> Anurag in his DVD-lined library <b>Peachy Schnapps Shots</b>
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Whether Saeeda Imtiaz is the spiced rum her Long Island roots suggest or a sad mash of sour mix, we’ll find out once her Jemima Khan turn in Imran biopic <i>Kaptaan</i> sees first day’s light. Cups at the ready, lads. <b>Minimalist presence</b> Still from Anhey Ghorhey Da Daan <b>The hero</b> Nigel Akkara Nigel Akkara with Rituparna in a still from <i>Muktodhara</i> Music composer Anirudh Ravichander <b>A Dark Rise Is Nigh</b>
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T’was obvious that Ranbir wasn’t the hero Nargis deserved, but is Uday Chopra the one she needs right now? Catching <i>TDKR</i> together...meeting Yash Raj...is that a part on <i>Dhoom 3</i> opening up? <b>Load Shedding</b>
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Those effigies they burnt of her in Amritsar can’t hope to smoulder for as long as Sunny Leone has since her entry into the mainstream lexicon. As overblown as the stick figures have been, they all lack her exquisite proportions. But where’s the beef? How’s one <i>Jism</i> different from another? Samar Jodha <b>That Old Slap Stick</B>
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It’s fading hope that Farah clings to. Getting back onto SRK’s friends list by turning her film debut, <i>Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi</i>, into a homage to his career. Sure, there is undeniable kitsch to co-star Boman Irani spoofing Raj (<I>DDLJ</i>). But Farah’s Simran days are over. Best let dead acts stay buried. Sailboats lead by Fantome, right front, USA 6949, owned by Deirdre Martin, of Chicago, with Chicago Yacht Club, at the start of the annual Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac on Lake Michigan pass Navy Prier in Chicago. Couples Rajesh and Dimple, Amitabh and Jaya, in 1973 Rajesh Khanna (December 29, 1942 - July 18, 2012), R.I.P. A video grab from the movie 'Namak Haraam song - Diye Jalte Hai' Rajesh Khanna (December 29, 1942 - July 18, 2012), R.I.P. Bollywood's First Superstar Rajesh Khanna, who was ailing for sometime, died at his Bandra residence, family sources said. The 69-year-old actor had been in and out of hospital since April, was discharged from the Lilavati hospital two days back. <b>It’s Dead Horse Shtick</b>
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Call us sticks-in-the-mud if you will, but it was just dandi that Katrina stuck with Salman on her b-day. Once beaten, twice shy? Not Kat. Kudos to Sallu too for taking up cudgels for her. It just sticks in our craw that they haven’t stopped beating about the bush despite, clearly, hitting it off. Aamir Khan talks to media after a meeting with Union Minister Mukul Wasnik in New Delhi. Dara Singh (19 November 1928 - 12 July 2012), R.I.P. Wrestler-turned-actor, who wowed audiences with his brawn and on screen histrionics for over five decades, died early this morning losing his five-day fight for life. A childhood hero to many for his wrestling prowess, 83-year-old Singh, who played Hanuman in epic teleserial Ramayanan and also dabbled in politics, passed away at 7.30 am at his residence in Juhu in suburban Mumbai. <b>Chasing Down The Good Life</b> 
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Mixers make natural points of confluence for the liquored-up. So it holds, on the <i>Cocktail</i> promotional tour. It takes by definition two or more liqueurs, in weighted harmony, to make the ideal blend. Going by Deepika and debutante Diana Penty’s spirits (Saif’s the bitter), they had a right rum time of it. <b>Ticking The Boxes</b>
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The list of Bollywood’s foreign imports has variety. Their bodies of work, however, largely don’t. But not for Wardah Khan the one-off item numbers and scraps of dialogue. The Saudi model (by way of London) makes her debut in <i>Marksheet</i>. From what we’ve seen, she ticks all the check-boxes on our list. Ashim Ahluwalia Location shoot of <i>Kya Hua Tera Vaada</i> Still from <i>Na Bole Tum...</i> <b>New clues</b> A still from Checkmate Thirumavalavan, centre,  receives gold coins from workers at a VCK meet <b>Sub-Subliminality</b>
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Let not eyes linger on Ranbir’s ‘lip-lock’ with <i>Barfi</i>! director Anurag Basu lest the subtext be lost. If actions > words, Priyanka’s look-away and Ileana D’Cruz’s smile-cringe speak volumes about using loud gimmickry to promote a film on a deaf-mute. Actress Kalki Koechlin showcases a PETA t-shirt with a message 'My Cat is a Rescue'. Amit Trivedi <b>Staying In Character</b> 
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When viewed thus in gladdened isolation, it is hard to discern how Riya could be the overshadowed sister. For long thought to be more Moon Moon than Suchitra—thanks to a much-indulged appetite for on-screen sizzle, Riya may be coming out from under Raima’s shadow, after her Tollygunje-alighting work in <i>Naukadoobi</i>. And all she did was be herself. Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi greets classical singer Mar Mar Aye, right, during a meeting with members of the Myanmar community at the Royal Festival Hall in central London. Shahid Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra at an event to promote their film 'Teri Meri Kahaani' in Mumbai. President Pratibha Patil presents Ganga Sharan Singh Award (2008) to film-maker Shyam Benegal during 'Hindi Sevi Samman Yojna' awards function at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi. Union Minister for Human Resource Development Kapil Sibal (L) looks on.  Malayalam film actress Samvrutha Sunil admires a painting of PK Firos (R) after inaugurating an exhibition in Kozhikode. Richa Chadda <b>Movable Fixture</b>
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Cannes is no stranger to hangers-on; its red carpet isn’t known to be particularly discerning. Relegating Mallika Sherawat—more Magdalene than Madonna in the habit—was a start. Really, who gets ashen-faced in the French Riviera?!!? Choreographer Saroj Khan offers a ''chadar during a visit to Khanqah-e-Niyajiya shrine in Bareilly. Zooey Deschanel accepts the award for best actress in a comedy series for New Girl onstage at the 2nd Annual Critics' Choice Television Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. Mallaika Arora Khan during the launch of Taiwan Exellence Campaign 2012 in Mumbai. Indian Merchants Chamber Jury chief Farah Khan and film-maker Ekta Kapoor pose for pictures during IMC Annual General Meeting in Mumbai. Ekta was honoured with the Woman Achiever of the Year Award (entertainment industry). J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah during the inauguration of Ladakh International Film Festival in Leh. ‘KAKA’ RADHAKRISHNAN, 86, veteran character artist/ comedian of Tamil cinema.
Since the ’40s, he starred in hits like Manohara and Guna, besides introducing Sivaji
Ganesan to his theatre group. Red Beard Flying Warriors perform during a dress rehearsal of the Peking Opera at the Opera House in Sydney, Australia.  L'Oreal girl Fan Bing Bing, left, and actress Frida Pinto arrive for the Salvatore Ferragamo Cruise 2013 fashion show at Louvre Museum in Paris, France. Actress Shobana performs at the Tagore Literature Award ceremony in Kochi. Artists perform a dance during a cultural event in Bhubaneswar. <b>Eyes Only For Him</b>
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The little black dress, roman sandals with heels and the swoop to catch our dropping stare were performed with dutiful elan, but the box office is a fickle genie. Esha Deol, thus spurned, would rather marry, in a Mumbai temple, to businessman Bharat Takhtani, in late June. We wish her a happy journey. Actress Nagma at the inauguration of a Net Ball camp in Gurgaon. Audra McDonald, left, and Nina Arianda poses backstage with their awards at the 66th annual Tony Awards, in New York. Actress Hema Malini gestures during the inauguration of a summer camp in Mumbai. Winner of the of the Best Actress in a Leading Role Vidya Balan, poses with her award at the IIFA awards in Singapore. Designer Suneet Verma along with actress Bipasha Basu at the ramp at IIFA Rocks in Singapore. Winner of the Best Female Debut Award Parineeti Chopra dances at the Jaypee International Indian Film Academy awards in Singapore. Designer for IIFA Glitterati Masaba (C) with her models Shazahn Padamsee, Aditi Rao Hydari, Dia Mirza and Zoa Morani at IIFA Rocks in Singapore. Winner of the of the Green Award, Bollywood actress Diya Mirza poses with her award at the IIFA awards in Singapore. Actor Shakti Kapoor kissing Pakistani actress Veena Malik at the music launch of the film “Daal Mein Kuch Kaala Hai” in Mumbai. Former Sri Lankan cricketer Sanath Jayasuriya performs during the launch of a TV reality show on dance in Mumbai. Actor and director Kamal Haasan, center, poses with Bollywood actresses Andrea Jeremiah, left, and Pooja Kumar during a press conference of his latest movie Vishwaroop as part of the three-day long International Indian Film Academy awards in Singapore. Kareena Kapoor poses for the media during the launch of a new range of Sony Vaio laptops in Mumbai. Srivatsa Krishna <b>Smiles of a Summer Night</b>
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The smiles and embraces are genuine, we’re sure. But could an event named ‘Summer Funk 2012’, where actor Neelima Azem and sons Ishaan Khattar and Shahid Kapoor struck this endearing pose, excite such ebullience?
Apr 17, 2014
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Apr 17, 2014
Blown By The Smoke

‘Prem naam hai mera'—thus Prem Chopra would terrifyingly introduce himself on screen. Now that's the name of a biography by the actor's daughter. Prem, as is apparent, was in fine fettle at the Mumbai launch.

- AFP (From Outlook 28 April 2014)

Apr 16, 2014
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Apr 16, 2014
Gulzar at the inauguration of the painting exhibition 'Epic on Rock Shelters' by artist Ashok Bhowmick in Mumbai.

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Apr 11, 2014
Pakistani singer Attaullah Khan addresses a press conference for his concert "Ibaadat" in New Delhi.

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Apr 09, 2014
Man Up, Girl

No other raiment demands poise and confidence in such measure. Nothing else shows up a lack of the required goods. Exp­erts, speak up if Zoya Afroz passes the test. We're here just to take note of her—that she'd been Miss India runner-up, and is about to act in the movie The Xpose, where her character is inspired by Parveen Babi. And that's a tough job.

- Fotocorp (From Outlook 21 April 2014)

Apr 09, 2014
Getting his picture shot for election posters in a Mumbai studio

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Apr 03, 2014
Amit Dutta

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Apr 03, 2014
Mahesh Dattani

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Mar 27, 2014
Sunny Leone

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Mar 27, 2014
Tisca Chopra

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Mar 27, 2014
Wait Till The Barrage Lifts

ROMCOM is a tough act to put together—the dangers of melodrama lurk ever close, so is the temptation of a crack at ‘comedy', Bollywood style. But sceptics gave Yami Gautam good marks for Vicky Donor. That ability to charm and enamour through natural, bashful, blushful prettiness should see her through her next movie, Total Siyapaa, a comedy on ‘India-Pakistan romance’.

- Fotocorp (From Outlook 07 April 2014)

Mar 20, 2014
Youngistan (2014): Is Jackky Bhagnani’s character of a “young political leader” in the forthcoming film inspired by the Congress V-P and “youth icon and the hope and future of India”? We will know if it’s Rahul Gandhi or not come next Friday.

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Bunty Aur Babli (2005): The delectable scene of the sale of the Taj Mahal by minister Phoolsakhi to a foolish American was the highlight of the film. Pratima Kazmi as Phoolsakhi kept reminding one of Mayawati.

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Mar 20, 2014
Madras Cafe (2013): Set in the late 1980s during the IPKF intervention in the Sri Lankan civil war, the film has Rajiv Gandhi written all over it in the character of an assassinated ex-PM, right down to those walking shoes.

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Mar 20, 2014
Aandhi (1975): Though Gulzar denied it initially, the character of politician Aarti Devi, played by Suchitra Sen, was certainly modelled on Indira Gandhi, complete with saris and grey hair streak. Some of the film’s posters even said: “See your PM on screen.”

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Raajneeti (2010): The saris, the body language, the style of speaking, the hand gestures of Katrina Kaif’s Indu strongly reminded audiences of Congr­ess boss Sonia Gandhi. Kat admitted to watching campaign videos of Mrs G’s daughter Priyanka Vadra.

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Mar 20, 2014
Satyagraha (2013): Not only did Ralegaon Siddhi serve as a main shooting location for the film, Big B’s idealistic social activist was a throwback to our very own Anna Hazare. Ajay Devgan and Arjun Rampal join him Kejriwal-like to form a party.

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Iruvar (1997): The film, on the synergy between cinema and politics in Tamil Nadu, had Mohanlal playing a character inspired by superstar-politician MGR, with Aishwarya Rai (Jayalalitha) and Prakash Raj (M. Karunanidhi). Film ran into censor trouble, protests.

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Sarkar (2005): Big B played Subhash Nagre, aka Sarkar, the extra-constitutional ruler of Mumbai. The Thackeray connect was oblique but evid­ent in the Godfather-like narrative.

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Mar 20, 2014
Godmother (1999): Shabana Azmi’s Rambhi was supposedly inspired by the late lady mafia don, Santokben Jadeja. She has also been a Janata Dal MLA.

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Mar 20, 2014
Parzania (2007): The filmmaker was unsparing in his portrayal of a Nazi-like CM and his veiled threats on TV. Modi anyone?

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Mar 20, 2014
Red Is The Warmest Colour

Freedom is the toast of the day, its virtues sung, solemnised and bandied about as too precious to forego. Amir Khan's baby son Azad smeared colour on the theme on Holi, getting a better reach to Dad's cheek with a balancing grip on Mom Kiran Rao.

- Getty Images (From Outlook 31 March 2014)

Mar 20, 2014
Line Of Beauty

Aren't the much-hallowed front rows of fashion shows meant for the fashion conscious? Why, then, is the lady on the left row clicking away like a pleb on her phone? But we durst not give an undertaking that we won't do so too when Ileana D'Cruz is within shooting distance, all a-shimmering and swivelling!

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Mar 20, 2014
Set in motion WW-I broke out a year after ‘Raja Harishchandra’

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Mar 13, 2014
The Jasmine Sets It Off

When superstars take the field, lesser pretenders to the throne respectfully give way. And there is no greater star in Chennai than Rajnikanth, seen here with Shahrukh and the Bollywood star's one-time protege, Deepika (she of the untrammelled rhythmic abandon of Chennai Express), at the music release of Kochadaiiyaan.

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Mar 13, 2014
The Unfading Prime of Dilipsaab

Yes, there's no denying it—Dilip Kumar's got serious style, outdoing the hordes who try and then try to win HT's ‘Most Stylish’ award. As Amitabh breaks it happily with Saira Bano looking on, we wonder if a large portion of ‘style’ resides in a dignified mien.

- Getty Images (From Outlook 24 March 2014)

Mar 07, 2014
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