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Highlights from the #AkuStoleTheShlo Wedding
Akash Ambani’s lavish marriage to Shloka Mehta began in St. Moritz in Switzerland with an extravagant carnival-themed pre-party, where 500 prominent guests were treated to hotel rooms worth Rs1 lakh per night, as well as performances from The Chainsmokers and Coldplay. A few days later, the wedding was held at the colossal Jio Garden in Mumbai, which costs over Rs15 lakhs to rent for the day. The hall itself was decorated with millions of flowers, including a 30-foot tall floral statue of Lord Krishna. The family also dished out Rs3.5 crore for a concert by Maroon 5 …and don’t even get us started on jewellery expense
Alia Feared Dancing Alongside Madhuri in Kalank
A teaser of “Ghar More Pardesiya” from Kalank was recently revealed, and considering Madhuri Dixit Nene’s reputation as Bollywood’s ‘Dancing Queen’, Alia Bhatt had her work cut out for her on the dance floor. In an interview, Alia confessed, “Madhuri ma’am could sense my tension. She was constantly instructing me on how to conduct myself, [ensuring]I performed everything perfectly. The weight of the lehenga made it difficult to spin quickly, so I was so worried about how I fared.” Since the post, her dancing has received mixed reactions, so we’ll have to wait for the film’s upcoming release for true judgment.
Forrest Gump Gets A Bollywood Makeover
Indian cinema is full of Hollywood remakes, like Jab Harry Met Sejal (2017) which was a disastrous rendition of When Harry Met Sally (1989). Now, Aamir Khan has announced that he will be adapting Forrest Gump (1994) under the title Lal Singh Chadda, explaining “The shoot will start from October. I have always loved Forrest Gump as a script. It’s a wonderful story about this character. It’s a life affirming story, a feel good film [and] a film for the whole family.” Let’s hope he does the remake some justice.
Sabyasachi Receives Backlash on International Women’s Day
On IWD2019, Sabyasachi shared a photo on his Instagram of a plus-size model wearing one of his creations. This was accompanied by the caption, “This International Women’s Day, celebrate confidence.” Despite his honest intentions, the post received criticism. Some called out the designer for implying that only plus- size women need more confidence, while others questioned why he doesn’t promote curvier women all year long. Well you know what they say… inclusivity never goes out of style.
KJO Tackles Homophobia Head On
On Arbaaz Khan’s web show Pinch, Karan Johar addressed tweets that made insensitive comments about his sexuality, saying, “I used to [be] upset and angry but [now I’m in a] state of indifference. You can talk about me, but don’t make it sound like I have a disease or [that] something is wrong with me.” One user even questioned his ability to parent as a gay man. He responded by saying, “[Being] a single parent comes with its own set of challenges. But that doesn’t mean a man and a woman have different roles to play…I give my child the love of both parents.”