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Couple and bollywood actor Riteish Deshmukh and Genelia D'Souza pose for photographs, in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actor Shilpa Shetty with her husband and businessman Raj Kundra pose for photographs, in Mumbai.

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Anushka Sharma as a model before she hit the big screen

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The Bachchans in Mumbai, 1998

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Actor-turned-politician Rajinikanth gestures during a press conference to announce the launch of his political party in January 2021, in Chennai.

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Tamil movie superstar Rajinikanth, center, gestures as he addresses a press conference outside his residence in Chennai. Rajinikanth said he plans to launch his own political party in southern India in January, ending years of speculation by millions of his fans on his political future.

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Bollywood actor Siddhant Chaturvedi spotted at Gateway of India, in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone spotted at Gateway of India, in Mumbai.

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Comedian Bharti Singh and her husband Harsh Limbachiya outside Killa Court, in Mumbai. The couple was arrested for the alleged possession and use of marijuana.

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Bollywood actress Urmila Matondkar at her first press conference after she formally joined the Shiv Sena in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actress Urmila Matondkar at her first press conference after she formally joined the Shiv Sena in Mumbai.

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Actor-turned politician Urmila Matondkar joins Shiv Sena in presence of party President and Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, Rashmi Thackeray Rashmi Thackeray and others in Mumbai.

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Actor-turned politician Urmila Matondkar joins Shiv Sena in presence of party President and Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, Rashmi Thackeray Rashmi Thackeray and others in Mumbai.

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Actor-turned-politician Rajinikanth meets senior functionaries of Rajini Makkal Mandram (RMM) to decide on his political plunge, in Chennai.

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Actor-turned-politician Rajinikanth gestures at his fans after meeting with the senior functionaries of Rajini Makkal Mandram (RMM) to decide on political plunge, in Chennai.

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When someone as charmingly effervescent as Rakul Preet Singh—her perfect set of teeth lighting up every frame—loses her shirt in spectacular fashion, you are apt to take note. A flimsy tendril of the Bollywood drug case that held the nation’s flighty attention led to Rakul Preet, and she was questioned by the narcotic police. The brilliant minds running our telly news took that as evidence of guilt.The girl hit back at the ‘fakery’ and went to court, effectively gagging the dyspeptic lot. Then, Rakul took herself away to…Maldives, naturally! The destination of everyone we turn to has enough islands to accommodate them all. Rakul chose a wide canvas, where the azure sky met the sea imperceptibly, the wide promenade all hers to sprawl on. With parents by her side, she lets one rip, as we know her, the tinkle ringing in our ears.

No kidding, we shall pitch for all the belles who have descended on seductive Maldives in recent days to congregate for a gorgeous group photo. But to close out this set with an ace, here is Sophie Choudry who, going by the speed with which these photos were uploaded on Instagram, must have run on to the beach right from the tarmac. The sun may have been struggling to rise at this juncture of early dawn, but Sophie is in place to bask in its opening rays—hand held up as a raming device in a classic pose of acute contentment, ankles buried in water and that surprising blue sash over her shoulders setting off her shockingly neon green bikini. She “woke up in paradise”, don’t disturb her peace.

Ever since we saw the terribly lanky Prabhu Deva in horribly bagy garb, twisting his limbs out of shape in the song Muqabala Muqabala, 25 long summers back, we knew he was in for orthopaedic trouble. That silent prophecy came true this summer, when he was laid low due to soreness of the legs and the back. Reason: inveterate and unrestrained dancing. But, fittingly, there was a twist. Ministering to him in Mumbai was Dr Himani (who stays in the delightfully named Sakinaka area). The rest is a script for a love story set during the lockdown: a quic dash to Chennai, two months of blissful rest and recuperation and a quiet wedding without song and dance. Moral: if you give yourself to an art, it rewards you in unexpected ways.

Wax statue of Bollywood actor Mithun Chakraborty at Mother's Wax Musuem, in Kolkata.

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Bollywood actress Tamanna Bhatia spotted at Bandra in Mumbai.

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Katrina Kaif testing for covid before shot to procure safety.

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Comedian Bharti Singh's husband Haarsh Limbaachiyaa arrives at the NCB office for questioning after a raid at his residence by the agency in a drug related case, in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty spotted at Juhu in Mumbai.

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Priyanka Chopra, now a US resident, has to give fans back home a periodic something to remember her by, to rekindle, as it were, the cooling embers of her once crackling stardom. We surveyed public opinion on the intermittent obtrusion of Nick Jonas—never one for varied expression—in frames belonging rightfully to Priyanka only, but Diwali is a different matter. A time of solemn affirmation of family ties and love finds the two with lit diyas in hand, half-closed eyes turned towards each other. His loose, sparsely embroidered jacket does try to establish a rapport with her flaming, floral-printed sari. Did Nick resist wearing a kurta? We’ll never know, but the highlight, surely, is Priyanka’s gorgeous kundan earrings.

Are Ranveer’s kurta and Deepika’s kameez cut from the same cloth? It might well have been, like much of their conjoined lives, always in lockstep with each other—in movies, commercials, photoshoots, even answering the summons of the Narcotics Control Bureau. That life—a very public celebration of harmony and understanding—has turned two. Calling her his ‘gudiya’, Ranveer declares that their “souls are eternally intertwined”, harking to a different era of love’s loud proclamation, something that many would term cloyingly ‘corny’. But lovers, so long as roses bloom in their garden, have always disregarded the demands of smart irony. They say it’s the loveless who have need for such imitation ornaments. What do you think?

Visual artist Paramesh Jolad (C), dressed like a labourer, takes part in an awareness programme requesting citizens to wear masks and take other precautions against COVID-19, in Bengaluru.

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Women put tika to a photograph of legendary Bengali actor Soumitra Chatterjee, on the occasion of Bhai Dooj festival, in Kolkata. Chatterjee died Sunday after an over-a-month-long battle with multiple ailments.

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Poulami Basu, the daughter of iconic Bengali actor Soumitra Chatterjee who died today after an over-a-month-long battle with multiple ailments, during the announcement of her father's death in Kolkata.

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People attend the funeral rally of iconic Bengali actor Soumitra Chatterjee, who died today after an over-a-month-long battle with multiple ailments, in Kolkata.

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee pays her last respects to iconic Bengali actor Soumitra Chatterjee, who died today after an over-a-month-long battle with multiple ailments, during his funeral in Kolkata.

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Bollywood actress Kritika Kamra arrives at Bunty Sachdeva's residence for the 'Diwali' party in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actress Ananya Panday arrives at Bunty Sachdeva's residence for the 'Diwali' party in Mumbai.

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Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee arrives to offer her condolences to Poulami Basu, the daughter of iconic Bengali actor Soumitra Chatterjee who died today after an over-a-month-long battle with multiple ailments, in Kolkata.

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In this file photo, Bengali film and theater actor Soumitra Chatterjee waves after receiving the Dadasahab Phalke Award for the year 2011, as Vice President Hamid Ansari looks on, during the 59th National Film Award in New Delhi.

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In this file photo, Ray and Soumitra on the sets of Ashani Sanket

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In this file photo, Soumitra Chatterjee rehearses at Sri Ram Centre, New Delhi

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In this file photo of Legendary Bengali actor Soumitra Chatterjee. Iconic Bengali actor Chatterjee died after over-a-month-long battle with multiple ailments. He was 85.

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Soumitra Chatterjee and Madhabi Mukherjee the actor and actress of a famous bengali film 'Charulata' of Satyajit Roy,at Kolkata.

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Legendary Bengali actor Soumitra Chatterjee. Iconic Bengali actor Chatterjee died after over-a-month-long battle with multiple ailments. He was 85.

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Legendary Actor Soumitra Chatterjee with his daughter Poulami at his residence in Kolkata.

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Legendary Bengali actor Soumitra Chatterjee. Iconic Bengali actor Chatterjee died after over-a-month-long battle with multiple ailments. He was 85.

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Legendary Bengali actor Soumitra Chatterjee. Iconic Bengali actor Chatterjee died after over-a-month-long battle with multiple ailments. He was 85.

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Actor Arjun Rampal leaves from his residence at Bandra in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actor Abhishek Bachchan spotted at Juhu, in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actor Arjun Rampal leaves his residence for shooting, in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actress Malaika Arora arrives at Karan Johar's house for a pre-Diwali party, in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actress Kareena Kapoor Khan spotted at Bandra, in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actress Kareena Kapoor with Varun Dhawan during a promotional event, in Mumbai.

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Comedian, and Chairman of the UP Film Vikas Parishad, Raju Srivastava sprays sanitizer on the hands of Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister K P Maurya during the inauguration of his office at the new building of Information Department in Lucknow.

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Actress Kiara Advani poses for photographers during the Red Carpet premiere of film Laxmii, in New Delhi.

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Actors Akshay Kumar and Kiara Advani pose for photographers during the Red Carpet premiere of film Laxmii, in New Delhi.

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Actors Akshay Kumar, Kiara Advani, Tusshar Kapoor and transgender rights activist Laxmi Narayan Tripathi pose for photographers during the Red Carpet premiere of film Laxmii, in New Delhi.

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Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh spotted at Dadar in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actors Varun Dhawan and Sara Ali Khan pose for photographs at Juhu in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actor Nupur Sanon spotted at Juhu in Mumbai.

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As one of Bollywood’s main influencers of youth, there’s no setting of Alia Bhatt’s warmth-exuding sun. For proof, go no further than her range of smiles now playing on primetime TV and soon, we hope, in theatres: coyly confidential, alluringly goofy, campily seductive,,,the girl with the fey charm has us eating outta her hand. A similar variety, duly noted by all, can be seen in her fashion sense. This Georges Hobeika checkered dress with a cape might have won someone else a place as an extra in a Marvel movie. Alia, looking expectantly askance, a subterranean smile about to bubble through, looks delectable. Scouts of European modelling agencies should fall at her feet.

It’s one thing for acknowledged experts to teach their craft to wide-eyed acolytes—Scorcese teaching film directing, say, or Sir Ian McKellen stage acting. It’s another thing to take up teaching to hone one’s skills. That early move by Rajkummar Rao—one of our finest young actors—showed commitment towards long-term planning and determination. As friends signed up for call centre work, Rajkummar trotted up to Gurgaon’s KV School to set up a play for them. He experienced a steep learning curve and the affection of students. Is he showing off some newly-acquired heft on his biceps in this T-shirt? Watch the magic of his intelligent machismo in the upcoming Chhalaang.

Bollywood actress Kareena Kapoor spotted in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actress Padmini Kolhapure poses for a photograph during her birthday celebration, in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actress Padmini Kolhapure (C) celebrates her birthday with her son Priyank Sharma (4L), niece Shraddha Kapoor (3R) and other family members, in Mumbai.

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In this file photo shows actor Sean Connery during a news conference in Hamburg, Germany. Connery, considered by many to have been the best James Bond, has died aged 90, according to an announcement from his family.

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Bollywood actress Kajal Aggarwal during her pre-wedding function, in Mumbai.

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They wrote some of the best books, composed some of the best music, made some of the best movies—could it be that folks in the ’50s and ’60s designed the hottest bikinis too? Before you turn up your nose at this serious conjecture, you need to solve this puzzle: how come in the age of the slinkiest, skimpiest two-pieces, every once in a while we run into a vintage thing that outperforms all? Neha Sharma does heighten the effect with this half-submerged pose—look at how the water closes around her, perfectly framing her face—but the real heroine of the piece is that white oldie. Revisit those Marilyn photoshoots, or Deborah Kerr in From Here to Eternity. You’ll appreciate our point.

We were deflated, we confess, to stumble upon the news, months back, of Sanjay Dutt’s grave illness. How many more trials, we wondered, has destiny in store for this talented, sensitive, deeply-flawed man. Therefore, we rejoice in the news, shared by the grizzled, brawny, 61-year-old himself on the occasion of his sons’ birthday, that this wiliest of maladies—the Emperor, no less—has had to accept defeat. Thanks were given to doctors and nurses, to well-wishers and fans. Lined up for release are four films: KGF: Chapter 2, Bhuj: The Pride of India, Prithviraj and Torbaaz. Sanjay deserves to hit them for a four in the same, victorious sweep.

Actor-director Puneet Issar with his producer-son Siddharth Issar during the poster and music launch of the upcoming film 'Sanghaar- The Massacre', in New Delhi.

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Bollywood actor Varun Dhawan spotted at Juhu, in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actress Urvashi Rautela poses for photographs, in Mumbai.

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NCB personnel take TV actress Preetika Chauhan and another accused to a court for their alleged involvement in a drugs case, in Mumbai.

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Actress and Trinamool Congress MP Nusrat Jahan (2nd R) and her husband Nikhil Jain (L) take part in 'Maha Aastami' celebrations at a community Durga Puja pandal, in Kolkata.

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Actress and Trinamool Congress MP Nusrat Jahan (2nd R) along with other women as she takes part in 'Maha Aastami' celebrations at a community Durga Puja pandal, in Kolkata.

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The Black Eyed Peas arrive at the Billboard Latin Music Awards, at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida.

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Jesus Navarro, Julio Ramirez Eguia and Bibi Marin of Reik arrive at the Billboard Latin Music Awards, at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida.

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Sophia Castro arrives at the Billboard Latin Music Awards, at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida.

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Stephanie Himonidis arrives at the Billboard Latin Music Awards, at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida.

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Jeimy Osorio arrives at the Billboard Latin Music Awards at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida.

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Vanessa Claudio arrives at the Billboard Latin Music Awards, at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida.

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Chesca arrives at the Billboard Latin Music Awards at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida.

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Paulina Rubio arrives at the Billboard Latin Music Awards at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida.

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Natassja Bolivar arrives at the Billboard Latin Music Awards, at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida.

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Dalex arrives at the Billboard Latin Music Awards at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida.

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Ana Jurka arrives at the Billboard Latin Music Awards, at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida.

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Ivy Queen arrives at the Billboard Latin Music Awards, at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida.

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Yandel arrives at the Billboard Latin Music Awards at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida.

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Jacky Bracamontes arrives at the Billboard Latin Music Awards at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida.

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Jessie Reyez arrives at the Billboard Latin Music Awards, at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida.

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Pablo Alboran arrives at the Billboard Latin Music Awardsat the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida.

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Samadhi Zendejas arrives at the Billboard Latin Music Awards, at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida.

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Bollywood actor Bindu Dara Singh plays the role of Hanuman during Ramlila, a dramatic re-enactment of the life of Lord Ram, at Laxman Qila in Ayodhya.

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Bollywood actor Bindu Dara Singh plays the role of Hanuman during Ramlila, a dramatic re-enactment of the life of Lord Ram, at Laxman Qila in Ayodhya.

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Bollywood actor Shahbaz Khan plays the role of Ravan during Ramlila, a dramatic re-enactment of the life of Lord Ram, at Laxman Qila in Ayodhya.

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Bollywood actor Shahbaz Khan plays the role of Ravan during Ramlila, a dramatic re-enactment of the life of Lord Ram, at Laxman Qila in Ayodhya.

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Through history, muslin curtains have parted only for the privileged to behold the charms of seraglios and four-poster beds within. Thank heavens for our more egalitarian times, for when this rigged up curtain slid aside it revealed a mass of tendrilled blonde-ness, dreamy gray-green eyes, a smile that stops the heart and utter perfection beyond. They’re the property of Jasmine Sanders, one of three who graces the cover of the Sports Illustrated 2020 Swimsuit Issue. For the millions who wait for her on social media, she’s also a vocal champion for equality and justice for Black, Brown and marginalised communities and goes beyond words to provide resources and action. She also “makes people who love and support her know the feeling is mutual”. We gaze on with hopeful gratitude.

Every decade, seen in Hollywood terms, has its ultra couple—a match blessed by glamour, success, fame, all seemingly cemented by boundless love for each other. From 1987, till circa 1997, Demi Moore and Bruce Willis took on the part with natural distinction. The inevitable break-up came in 2000, but not acrimony and anger—a lot of love remained, along with civilised access to three children and shared time. Partners, some hair-raisingly younger, came and went, but parts of Bruce and Demi never disengaged from each other. For such a couple, the pandemic could only be seen as an opportunity for joyful quarantining. The result was a sailor-striped jamboree—the entire family in the same house they lived in the blissful ’90s. Sofa, sleeping dog, rugs, coffee-table books and sunshine—are all happy families happy in the same way?

Bollywood actor Bipasha Basu and Karan Singh Grover spotted at Bandra, in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actress Kangna Ranaut addresses media as veteran BJP leader Shanta Kumar (R) looks on, at Palampur in Kangra district.

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Bollywood actress Adah Sharma spotted at Bandra, in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt spotted at Bandra, in Mumbai.

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Actor Tom Cruise wears a face mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as he greets fans during a break from shooting Mission Impossible 7, along Rome's Fori Imperiali avenue.

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Bollywood actor Jacqueline Fernandez sits on a horse at the Mahalaxmi Racecourse, in Mumbai.

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Actor-turned politician Khushbu Sundar addresses a press conference a day after joing BJP, in Chennai.

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