No, we are not suggesting this as a representational image of Parineeti Chopra’s hectic prepping for the final shoots of Saina—the much awaited biopic of India’s first woman badminton ace—the inimitable Saina Nehwal. Indeed, any medieval knight templar would have loved to don this heavy-set gown, with its furry extremities, intricate lacework and endless sparkles that mirror a starry sky, and march on to the Crusades (he’d probably change into something comfy before a showdown). Nope, Parineeti, who makes the most of a generous breathing space in the formidable armour, is probably celebrating her two other imminent releases—Sandeep Aur Pinky Faarrar and The Girl On The Train. Reminded of the 2016 Emily Blunt starrer? We’re sure they have made a few changes.
The carefully manicured dustbowls in our cricketing venues are yielding spinning dismissals by the trailer loads, gathered up in armfuls by the wily Ashwin and Jack Leach, the naggingly steady Axar Patel and part-time Warnie Joe Root. But Yuzvendra Chahal is deliriously oblivious to the humdrum business. All he’s intent on gathering are photos like this and off-screen hours with his comely choreographer wife Dhanashree. If you read the drift, Yuzi is operating on a more turning track, and you’ll run the risk of a stern ticking off by us if you haven’t still guessed their where make-belief paradise is. Right, you chumps, it’s Maldives again.
In spite of, or perhaps because, she belongs to film royalty (father: the great Henry Fonda; brother: Peter Easy Rider Fonda), Jane Fonda didn’t quite cash in on the heart-throbbing impression created by Barefoot In The Park (1967) and Barbarella (’68, in pic) in classic Hollywood fashion, or she could have given Brigitte Bardot a photo-finish. Model, cult actress and fitness influencer she was, but it was as an activist and protester where her métier lies. When she landed in North Vietnam in 1972 to check out the depredations of the war, a nationalist press screamed: Hanoi Jane! With that high as a badge, she spent her life for the right causes: for animals, the environment and disadvantaged humans. In 2019, she was arrested five times in four months. As she stepped up to hold the Cecil B. DeMille Award at this year’s virtually held Golden Globes, the 83-year-old used the podium to encourage diversity in the entertainment industry.
We knew it was inevitable: The gradual emergence of the entertainment fraternity from the agonising ambivalence over the bikini and the slow indigenisation of the two-piece glamour bit. Indian motifs, and Indian frills, are come at last to our beaches. We’d hardly known about Nia Sharma, a popular TV actress, but soon as she stepped out in a black bikini with that elaborate fretwork made to look like a heavily bejeweled neckpiece, we took note of its immense significance for eager viewers of Jamai 2.0. You may be shuddering at its contents after hazarding an educated guess, but you’ve got to admit that young Nia has brought things up to speed. This summer on Goa’s beaches, we’ll look out for the Indian bits.