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Bollywood actor Sonu Sood arrives for the flag off ceremony of India's biggest free vaccination drive at Attari-Wagha border.

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Bollywood actor Malaika Arora with sister Amrita Arora and her sons Rayaan Ladak and Azaan Ladak outside her mother's residence, in Mumbai.

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In this file photo, is seen Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar in New Delhi. Kumar has been tested positive for COVID-19 and is under home quarantine, in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actress Shraddha Kapoor spotted at Bandra in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actress Shruti Hassan spotted at Juhu in Mumbai.

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Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) officials take Bollywood actor and former Bigg Boss contestant Ajaz Khan for a medical test after arresting him in connection with a drugs case, in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actress Kareena Kapoor Khan at Bandra in Mumbai.

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Actors Mugdha Godse and Aseem Ali Khan during shooting of their upcoming film 'Shukradosh' in Bhopal.

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Bollywood actor Hritik Roshan along with his son spotted at Juhu PVR In Mumbai.

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Bollywood actor Tiger Shroff during a chat show at Juhu In Mumbai

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Bollywood actors Manoj Bajpai And Prachi Desai during the screening of the film 'Silence', in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actress Ananya Pandey spotted at Andheri, in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut spotted at Bandra, in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actor Anjun Kapoor spotted at Santacruz, in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actress Esha Gupta spotted at Santacruz, in Mumbai.

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Bangled, braceleted and fettered mercilessly her one wrist may be, but Vaani Kapoor balances such uncharacteristic bondage with a cool, light airiness in her garb and the casual swing of her hips. Browned hair shown off to perfection, a yellow bikini top that’s straining at its leash and those clean, lean white trousers make for modelled perfection. We know the word ‘leonine’ is reserved for fiercely bewhiskered, bearded men now mostly encountered in classic movies and old photos. Yet a certain something in Vaani—casual, yet majestic deportment—leads us repeatedly to it. Can we extend the use of the word to some rare females of the species? Think about it.

After scarring the conscience of meat-eaters around the globe and shaming them into turning militantly vegan, the movement, aided by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), has trained its critical eye, crowned by a frown, on the fashion industry. PETA India’s Sustainable Fashion Day was thus a parade of leather-free products: vegan shoes, bags, jackets, accessories…the labour of fashionable conviction by top designers sounds eminently edible, doesn’t it? There was a lot of ho-hum about compassion, love and non-violence that went into creating the vegan ‘look book’. PETA ambassadors Milind Soman and wife Ankita Konwar had a busy day modelling various ensembles. When time came at last for a breather, they held each other and froze for a moment in a kiss. His pink jacket, wavy silvery strands and threads of silver sown the shirt front fused into her silver gown, bronze earring and that exquisite jawline. The effect is yours to evaluate.

It’s a kind of Bollywood rerun of the decade-old parlour game about your favourite Hollywood Jessica—Simpson, Biel, Alba, Chastain…which one do you fancy? (None? But surely you had liked the smoulderingly fragile Jessica Lange?) These days we have a surfeit of Kapoor girls (the men have had their place in the arclight long enough) and this week we have two bloomin’ roses for your appraisal. The first is Shanaya—Sanjay and Maheep Kapoor’s 21-year-old daughter who will start work on her debut movie. Here, she hones the essential seductive look—printed bikini, carefully undone bathrobe, a casual comb through ropes of wet hair, and a look that we take as a statement of intent. “My daughter is all set to take over your screen soon,” writes Sanjay. She’s welcome to do so.

Bollywood actress Huma Qureshi poses for photographs during the relaunch of Amiqur Saloon, at Kailash Colony in New Delhi.

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Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut during the trailer launch of her upcoming film 'Thalaivi', on her birthday, at Juhu in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actress Kareena Khan spotted at Bandra in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actress Mouni Roy spotted at Andheri in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut spotted at Bandra in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actor and former MP Govinda during his visit to Jagannath Temple in Puri.

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Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar meets Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath in Lucknow.

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Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar with Raja Vimlendra Mohan Pratap Mishra and his son Yatindra Mishra during a meeting, before starting the shooting of their film' Ram Setu', in Ayodhya.

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Bollywood actress and BJP leader Hema Malini releases poster of 4th 'Chitra Bharti Film Festival', during a press conference in New Delhi.

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Bollywood actor Emraan Hashmi spotted at Juhu in Mumbai.

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If you rifle through a few back issues of Outlook, you’ll come across in these pages our rapturous reaction to Jacqueline Fernandez’s stretching preps for what we thought was ballet—a sober avocation. Now, another possibility presents itelf—that those were merely limb-strengthening exercises that would allow her to mount her latest hobby horse. This, though, is real enough—a white steed, no less, that needs petting and endearing words. That’s before Jackie, still in glamorous garb, as if conscious of our prying presence, changes into her riding breeches, boots, short jacket and gets astride Espuela, canters off to her riding lesson. Why no mention of a cap, you’re asking? Because we bet she’d keep her hair loose for the wind to work through it.

More than anything, the motion picture camera loves beautiful women. Yet dark patches speckle this object of adoration—the exploitation of actresses, their relentless objectification and inbuilt bias against female directors. The mould was broken by early pioneer directors like Dorothy Arzner (US) and Karin Swanstrom (from Sweden, who discovered Ingrid Bergman), and followed by greats like Agnes Varda, Liliana Cavani, Catherine Breillat etc. Our own Anushka Sharma, much the camera’s inamorata in a short, Oriental print dress that’s lent a touch of the risqué by those stockings, feels strongly about women’s portrayal in Bollywood. Speaking on World Women’s Day as a producer and an actress who’s played free-spirited souls, she writes: “By being clear about how we’ll portray women, we can alter people’s mindset towards how they perceive women and shatter regressive beliefs….” We laud her noble manifesto.

Bollywood actor Rajkummar Rao holding the tickets of his film 'Roohi' poses for photographs, at PVR Plaza in Connaught Place, New Delhi.

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Bollywood filmmaker JP Dutta poses for a photograph with his wife Bindiya Goswami, and newlywed daughter Nidhi Dutta and son-in-law Binoy Gandhi during the wedding ceremony at Rambagh Palace, in Jaipur.

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Bollywood actor Mithun Chakraborty addresses a public meeting after he joined BJP ahead of West Bengal Assembly Polls, at Brigade Parade Ground in Kolkata.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi being felicitated by Bollywood actor Mithun Chakraborty during a public meeting ahead of West Bengal Assembly Polls, at Brigade Parade Ground in Kolkata.

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Bollywood actor Mithun Chakraborty addresses a public meeting after he joined BJP ahead of West Bengal Assembly Polls, at Brigade Parade Ground in Kolkata.

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Bollywood actor Mithun Chakraborty along with state BJP President Dilip Ghosh and other leaders after he joined the party during a public meeting ahead of West Bengal Assembly Polls, at Brigade Parade Ground in Kolkata.

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Bollywood actress Malaika Arora spotted at Bandra, in Mumbai.

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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.

Bollywood actress Janhvi Kapoor poses for a photograph during an promotional event for her upcoming movie, 'Roohi', in New Delhi.

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Bollywood actor Tiger Shroff celebrates his 31st birthday, in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actor Aamir Khan spotted at Bandra in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actor Hrithik Roshan arrives at Crime Intelligence Unit (CIU) to record a statement in a case he registered against Kangana Ranaut in 2016 involving alleged e-mail exchanges, in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actor Hrithik Roshan arrives at Crime Intelligence Unit (CIU) to record a statement in a case he registered against Kangana Ranaut in 2016 involving alleged e-mail exchanges, in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actor Tiger Shroff spotted at Bandra in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actress Janhvi Kapoor, with a placard supporting farmers pasted on a vehicle behind her, during shooting of her upcoming film ‘Good Luck Jerry’, in Patiala.

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Bollywood actors John Abraham (L) and Emraan Hashmi pose for photographs during the trailer launch of their upcoming film 'Mumbai Saga', in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actors Amrita Singh and Sara Ali Khan visit the shrine of Sufi Moinuddin Chishti, in Ajmer.

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Bollywood actress Mouni Roy spotted at Bandra In Mumbai.

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Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut spotted at Bandra In Mumbai.

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Bollywood actress Malaika Arora spotted at Bandra In Mumbai.

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Bollywood actor Sara Ali Khan spotted outside Kareena Kapoor's residence in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actress Malaika Arora spotted at Bandra in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh spotted at Bandra in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actors Sharman Joshi during the promotion of his upcoming movie 'Fauji Calling', in Kolkata.

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Bollywood actor Abhishek Bachchan during the shooting of his film 'Dashmi' in Agra.

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Bollywood actress Nia Sharma spotted at Bandra in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actor John Abraham during a film shoot in Aligarh.

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Bollywood actor Sushmita Sen attends the Dadasaheb Phalke International Film Festival Awards 2021, in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actor Daisy Shah during the Dadasaheb Phalke International Film Festival Awards 2021, in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actor Sonu Sood shows a copy of the book "I AM NO MESSIAH", based on his life, in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut during her visit to Jagannath Temple, in Puri.

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For all its recently-acquired taste for gritty realism—usually exp­letive-laden jousts set in the dirt and grime of a dun-coloured north Indian town, amidst the loud chorus of love expressed for ‘strong scripts’, the beating heat of Hindi films rests in the simple cults, and occult, of the past. Those of us old enough to remember Sridevi’s wide-eyed, menacing mien from the film posters of Nagina, the twisting, simple tune of a snake charmer’s pipe and young enough at the time to be scared at Amrish Puri’s creepy villain, must rejoice. The shape-shifting Naagin, announces Shraddha Kapoor proudly, is making a comeback as a film trilogy. One needs to inhabit all kinds of roles, hints Shraddha through the delicious asymmetry of this velveteen gown. We reluctantly agree.

Bollywood actress Nushrat Barucha spotted at Bandra in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty visits the Siddhivinayak temple in Mumbai.

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Actress Dia Mirza and Vaibhav Rekhi during their wedding in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actor Anupam Kher launches his book 'Your Best Day Is Today' with noted writer and art curator Ina Puri (L), in Kolkata.

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It’s poses like these and enigmatically sinister bracelets like this that make crowds go berserk at the slimmest chance of espying Sunny Leone. Why, in Kochi a few years ago, they stopped drinking for an entire afternoon to catch a glimpse of her. Now, an audacious event manager has filed a cheating case against her, saying she took in lakhs as appearance money for ‘inaugural events’, but didn’t show up. Sunny sets the record ramrod straight: yes, her manager did take the money, but she couldn’t honour those commitments as the fickle man kept changing the dates, which kept bumping against her other assignments—like the one here, requiring her to embrace, with calculated abandon, chunks of cool granite. Solemn promises were made about attending the events if schedule permits, though we openly side with Sunny here.

This is an exemplary family photograph garbed in traditional attire: beautiful kids and an ever-loving wife. But one is drawn in by the hooded eyes and pain-creased visage of Sanjay Dutt. News of his beating back a grave illness comes to mind, and along with it, a flood of sympathy. But our man doesn’t exactly follow straight-laced Gandhigiri about matters such as tax. Reports say he ‘gifted’ wife Maanayata four luxury flats in an ups­cale Bandra highrise in December. Six days later, she ‘returned’ them. Initially, we were as perplexed as you are at this private charade, but a worldly man says such circulatory ways have to do with ‘tax structuring’. Market price of the dens? Rs 100 crore only.

Continuing with our series of Maldivian escapades, we find Alia Bhatt, who repaired thence with a gaggle of girlfriends, sunk on her knees in the bleached, unsullied sand watered by a placid sea, about to break into song. We cannot add more to our expansive extolling of the landscape, but do take note of her choice of a vintage bikini—they never seemed to have gone out of fashion. As for an actress who resembles—in her twinkly, sparkling eyes and in those tightly pursed lips ever ready to break into a smile—a youthfully radiant Juliet Binoche, films titled Brahmastra and RRR are but trifles. We need a manhunt for an Indian Kieslowski.

Bollywood actress Rakul Preet Singh spotted at Bandra in Mumbai.

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Actor Shah Rukh Khan at the residence of actor Rajiv Kapoor, who passed away at the age of 58, in Mumbai.

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People attend the funeral of Bollywood actor Rajeev Kapoor in Mumbai. Kapoor died at the age of 58.

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Bollywood actors Riteish Deshmukh and Genelia D'Souza at an event of Indian fashion designer Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actor Sonali Bendre attends an event of Indian fashion designer Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actor Bobby Deol poses for photographs during a promotional event, in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actress Genelia D'Souza poses for photographs during a promotional event, in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actress Shraddha Kapoor poses for photographs during a promotional event, in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actor Salman Khan poses for photographs during a promotional event, in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actors Riteish Deshmukh, Genelia D'Souza and Rajkummar Rao pose for photographs during a promotional event, in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actor and Shiv Sena leader Urmila Matondkar celebrates her birthday with children at Vile Parle in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actor Abhishek Bachchan (C) attends a prayer meet of Bollywood producer Bunty Walia's late father Pirthi Paul Singh, in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actor Raveena Tandon attends a prayer meet of Bollywood producer Bunty Walia's late father Pirthi Paul Singh, in Mumbai.

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Bollwood actress Anushka Sharma along with her husband and Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli and their new-born baby girl Vamika, in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actor Mouni Roy spotted at Santacruz in Mumbai.

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In spite of the fragility of her frilly dress, or the wispiness of those windblown tendrils of hair, one cannot miss the quiet confidence exuded by Taapsee Pannu. To that add the attribute of plainspeak. Taapsee, who’s carved a niche in women-centric movies, lays her dainty fingers on an anomaly—how male superstars, out of misplaced, insecure ego, rarely agree to play a part in them. Even if an actress has partially more screen time, she acidly observes, he’d have none of it. Her latest, Rashmi Rocket, is a gritty turnaround story of a down-an-out athlete from the Rann of Kutch. Take note: it has no big male stars.

The two eternal extremes of life have dominated us this past year of panic, enforced stasis and a protracted fight with an unseen foe—the steady, heartrending departure of people who gave us so much, and the arrival, or impending arrival, of a new generation. Bollywood, it lights dimmed like never before, was not an exception. Perhaps that’s the reason why a wedding—that joyous intertwining of lives around which we sentimentally sniffle—has captured headlines, as it has a welcome presage of normality. True, when Varun Dhawan, leading young Turk of filmdom, wed his fashion designer sweetheart Natasha Dalal in Mumbai, only 50 people were invited in, but their colour-coordinated lehenga, sherwani and stole rang out hope to all.

Bollywood actor Varun Dhawan and Natasha Dalal during their wedding ceremony at Mansion House at Alibaug in Raigad district.

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Bollywood actor Varun Dhawan and Natasha Dalal during their wedding ceremony at Alibaug in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actress Jacqueline Fernandez spotted at Bandra in Mumbai.

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She’s not wearing a classical bodice, nor does she have a starched, frilly tutu around her, but those pointe shoes doth confuse the mind: does the leotard-fitted Jacqueline Fernandez—all toned muscle and flexibility—want us to think ballet, or its garbled encounter with modern dance? Keeping up a sphinx-like mystique, she wouldn’t tell, but only drop the name of her next film, She Rox Life. Possibly, feel those who worry about such matters, it has to do with dance or fitness. Others, who don’t care that much, covered the Instagram photos in fulsome praise. Among them, the generous Shilpa Shetty and Yami Gautam.

Bollywood actress Parineeti Chopra spotted in Juhu, Mumbai.

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Bollywood actor Emraan Hashmi spotted at Bandra in Mumbai.

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Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan during a meeting with Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut, at his residence in Bhopal.

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Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut arrives at Raja Bhoj Airport for the shooting of her upcoming film 'Dhaakad', in Bhopal.

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Actress Kangna Ranaut at Bandra Police Station in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actor Aamir Khan spotted at Bandra in Mumbai.

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Comedian Kapil Sharma speaks to media personnel after he called for an inquiry against car designer Dilip Chhabria over fake registered cars, at Crime Intelligence Unit (CIU) in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actress Ananya Pandey along with Director Karan Johar during actress Deepika Padukone's 35th birthday celebration, in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actors Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt during actress Deepika Padukone's 35th birthday celebration, in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone celebrates her 35th birthday with her husband and actor Ranveer Singh, in Mumbai.

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