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  1. In order to make a film successful, right casting plays an important role. However, at times, the makers get it all wrong which affects the final product. While the fusion of right casting and a strong storyline makes a movie memorable, there have been times when makers received heavy criticism and trolling for wrong casting choices. Not just in Bollywood, this happens in Hollywood as well. From Hrithik Roshan in Super 30 to Priyanka Chopra Jonas in Mary Kom, let's take a look at the list of casting choices in Bollywood films that received heavy criticism from moviegoers. Anushka Sharma in Chakda Xpress View this post on Instagram Last month, the Jab Tak Hai Jaan star announced her acting comeback with Indian cricketer Jhulan Goswami's biopic titled Chakda Express. Produced by Anushka herself, the film marks her return after a gap of around four years post the release of Zero in 2018. After its announcement, a section of people wasn't happy with the actress' casting as Jhulan, a Bengali cricketer, who was the captain of the India national women's cricket team. Apart from Anushka's darkened skin tone, her Bengali accent too got mixed reviews. Hrithik Roshan in Super 30 View this post on Instagram Vikas Bahl's Super 30, which was released in 2019, told the story of well-known mathematics teacher and educator Anand Kumar. Bollywood superstar Hrithik Roshan played the lead role in the biopic which did well at the box office. However, people questioned the actor's casting as Anand Kumar who hails from Bihar. His performance got criticism from critics as well as the audience who thought that a brown-skinned actor with a perfect Bihari accent should have been cast instead of Hrithik. Priyanka Chopra in Mary Kom View this post on Instagram PeeCee, who was last seen in Keanu Reeves' The Matrix Resurrections, played the titular role of boxer Mary Kom in her biopic. Helmed by Omung Kumar, the film was released in 2014 and turned out to be a hit. While Priyanka gave her best to the role, the makers were criticised for not casting a Northeastern actor in the role of Mary Kom, who was born in the Churachandpur district of Manipur. Last month, after around eight years of the film's release, the actress finally reacted to the backlash and admitted that someone from the Northeast should have played the role. She said, "I was just greedy as an actor to get a chance to tell her story because as a woman, she inspired me so much". Bhumi Pednekar in BalaSo Bala is about a man who suffers from hair loss, who is played by Ayushman, and a dark skinned girl who gets mocked because of that. However, instead of maybe hiring a real dark skinned actress they just cast Bhumi and further darken her face. Ironic, to say the least 🤦🏻‍♀️ pic.twitter.com/IH9ImpPbyq — lost soul (@theClaiire) October 10, 2019 Co-starring Ayushmann Khurrana and Yami Gautam, the 2019 hit had Bhumi playing the role of a studious and dark-complexioned girl named Latika. For the role, her face was painted bronze and the actress was criticised for changing her natural skin tone. Justifying herself for playing a dark-skinned character in Bala, she had said, "I am not a conventional heroine myself. Times are changing. Cinema is celebrating womanhood. I did Bala because of exactly that. There is not a moment when we are making fun of someone’s colour. This girl is, in fact, empowering other girls. She breaks every sort of societal norm or stigma attached to skin tone in India". View the full article
  2. There are very few moments in my life that usually force me to evaluate my life choices and take a long hard look at what I am doing. One was when I decided to quit my corporate day job to become a writer, and the second was this morning when I heard about a 10-year-old girl beating me and most of my peers at being successful. You see, I am 25-years-old and still struggling and hustling in life to reach my first million, and on the other end of the spectrum, there is a 10-year-old girl who is already juggling millions and thinking of retiring by the age of 15! © Pixie Curtis We are talking about 10-year-old Pixie Curtis from Australia who is already thinking about her retirement without having even hit her teens yet. Pixie set up her own toy company that is already dealing in profits while she is still in elementary school. She, of course, had support from her supportive and encouraging mother Roxy Jacenko, who helped Pixie start the toy company Pixie's Fidgets. When the company was launched, all toys ended up being sold out in less than 48 hours and that in itself was a big achievement for the 10-year-old. © Pixie Curtis Furthermore to this, Pixie’s mother had started another venture when Pixie was just a baby by the name of ‘Pixie’s Bows’ and that along with Pixie’s Fidgets are both now part of ‘Pixie’s Pix’ which additionally sells other games and accessories for children. Roxy shared with news.com.au that, “She can retire at 15 if she wants to. Our family joke has been ``I'll be working till I'm 100 and Pixie will have retired at 15 – I certainly know who's smarter." © Pixie Curtis Not just this, turns out the 10-year-old's business has a strong social media presence as well, for Pixie’s story has garnered her over 100,000 followers on Instagram. Pixie’s mom Roxy also believes, “I have said it from day one, the moment Pixie doesn't want to be front-facing or be involved with Pixie's Pix and Pixie's Bows then we will reassess. But for now, she is happy, learning so much." This is too cool. Good for her! — Christian Bruce (@Brucealoose) January 13, 2022Alternate headline: 10 years old causes mass depression amongst struggling adults — Ari Gonzalez (@iimgliitchiing) January 14, 2022I wonder when Ms. Curtis first knew she had what it took to be Roxy Jacenko’s daughter? — Matt Goolsby (@matthew_goolsby) January 14, 2022Meanwhile, people on Twitter are wondering whether to laud the girl or her mother who helped her establish this multi-millionaire business. One user even wrote, “I wonder when Ms. Curtis first knew she had what it took to be Roxy Jacenko’s daughter?” View the full article
  3. Kate Middleton is known to switch up her outfits but is also noted to return to one particular bold colour time and time again
  4. If the pandemic has taught us anything, it is that we need to be more conscious of our planet. Having wardrobes full of clothes and nowhere to go made us sit and think about our reckless buying habits. Well, festivals are around the corner and it’s that time of the year when we get particularly careless about calories and clothes, which is the last thing you would want to do. © iStock There is another way and this is to make sustainable fashion choices during festivals. You can still look dapper while being a conscious customer. By shopping sustainably and mindfully, you can make the festive season easy on the pocket as well as the plant. Let us tell you how. © iStock Here are 5 ways to incorporate sustainability in your festive fashion choices and make a difference: 1. Restyle An Old Outfit © iStock You could repurpose your old Diwali Kurta or Onam outfit by styling it in a different way and turning it into a completely new outfit this year. You don’t necessarily have to buy more for festivals. Simply put on a Nehru jacket over your kurta or mix and match different ethnic separates that are already lying in your closet. 2. Buy Less & Buy Local © iStock Festive splurge is real but think before you shop for festivals. We have been conditioned to wear new clothes at festivals like Diwali but shopping ethically, judiciously and sustainably is what we should have been taught. This year, shop mindfully and buy from ethical local brands, instead of fast fashion brands. 3. Shop Preloved Fashion © iStock Let’s face it. There are multiple thrift stores (offline and on IG) that sell preloved clothes that are as good as new and some do it for a good cause too. You can get a steal deal and a fab outfit for a festival that you probably would have spent a bomb for. It saves your precious pennies and the planet too. 4. Wear A Homemade Outfit © iStock A cosy sweater or pullover knitted with love by your mom or grandma would not only be an amazing sustainable fashion choice but also make them happy to see you ditching the international brands for their handmade outfit. Since Diwali and Christmas are winter festivals, you can ask your mom to make you one just in time for the festival, if you live in a colder place. 5. Recycle Old GarmentsIf you don’t want to re-wear, recycle and reuse old clothes in your house and turn it into a new garment. Actor Riteish Deshmukh made a statement by repurposing his mom’s old saree to make kurtas for his kids and himself on Diwali last year. माँ की पुरानी साड़ी, बच्चों के लिए दिवाली के नए कपड़े। Happy Diwali .... shot by Baiko @geneliad - Song credit @sujoy_g #Recycle pic.twitter.com/hfSvLBXdjG — Riteish Deshmukh (@Riteishd) November 14, 2020 You can also wear a dupatta from your mom and sister’s closet over a kurta instead of buying a new one. View the full article
  5. Celebrities enjoy a lot of attention and fame which has its perks. However, there is a huge downside to being in the limelight as well. They are watched and judged for their every move. The fans want to know what they eat, love and wear at all times. And, if they don’t agree with what their favourite celebs like, they don’t hold back from trolling them either. © Instagram/Aparshakti Khurrana Getting trolled for fashion is one of the biggest parts of being in the spotlight for celebs. And, it does not necessarily apply to only female celebrities. Men who break out of the stereotypical style and experiment with a refreshing fashion statement that might not sit well with the masses, also fall victim to the trolls. © Instagram/Ranveer SIngh There are a few male celebrities whose daring fashion sense has been criticised by the self-proclaimed fashion police on the internet multiple times in the past. From sporting androgynous fashion to debuting quirky styles and unconventional colours, these Bollywood men have always debuted fresh looks, only to be trolled. Here are 5 they were trolled for their offbeat fashion choices: 1. Karan JoharKaran Johar is almost never seen in dull and boring attire. His outfits are pretty cool and relaxed and some of the best street-style looks we come across. A few months back, he wore a newspaper print shirt from Balenciaga on designer Manish Malhotra’s birthday, which people trolled him mercilessly for. A user wrote, “Someone needs to tell Karan that fashion is not for him“ © Twitter 2. Aparshakti Khurrana Aparshakti Khurrana is big on experimental fashion and often wears androgynous styles. From ruffle top to sling bag, Khurrana has worn it all. This one time he wore a sheer black skirt with a blazer which looked super cool. However, people mocked him for wearing a women’s fashion item and compared him to Ranveer Singh. © Instagram/Aparshakti Khurrana 3. Ranveer SinghSpeaking of Ranveer Singh, he is no stranger to the trolls who often say he wears his wife Deepika Padukone’s clothes. He has always been ridiculed for sporting women’s fashion like a true man, whether it was heels, skirt or a kurti. What’s even cooler is that he and DP have made it their own little inside joke where she would also comment on his posts accusing him of stealing her clothes. © Instagram/Ranveer SIngh 4. Himesh Reshammiya It’s pretty clear that Himesh Reshammiya fancies wearing suits in bold colours and prints for his public appearances. We are sure we’d find a whole collection of quirky pairs of suits in his wardrobe. Last year, for an episode of a reality show, he wore an all-pink suit and people trolled him saying he looked like a jar of digestive tablets. © Twitter 5. Tiger ShroffTiger Shroff opted for a very carefree and casual look for rumoured girlfriend Disha Patani’s birthday dinner and people didn’t approve of his OOTN. They trolled him for wearing a ‘banyan for the occasion and asked why he chose a humble vest despite having all that money. A user wrote, "I’d break up with my boyfriend if he goes out with me in that vest on my birthday dinner.” © Twitter These super stylish celebrities do get trolled for their clothes left, right and centre but are they bothered by the opinions of their trolls who question their fashion choices? Hell no! View the full article
  6. The All Indian Cine Workers Association (AICWA) had announced a complete ban on working with Pakistani actors or artists in India, after the deadly Pulwama attack that claimed the lives of many Indian soldiers in 2019. "We're officially announcing a total ban on Pakistani actors and artists working in the film industry. Still, if any organisation insists on working with Pakistani artists will be banned by AICWA and strong action will be taken against them," read the letter by the AICWA general secretary, Ronak Suresh Jain. © Twitter/AICWA Now, Pakistani actress Mahira Khan, who worked opposite Shah Rukh Khan in Raees, recently spoke about the ban on Pakistanis artists to work in Bollywood. She mentioned that she received several offers from India's OTT platforms but couldn't take up the projects because she was 'scared' of the whole development that took place two years ago. © Instagram/Mahira Khan © Instagram/Mahira Khan In an interview, Mahira said, "I guess, having experienced it firsthand, it’s just sad. When I think about it… I mean, we have all moved on. That’s what we do, if we don’t have this, we do something else. That’s what happens. But I feel like a great opportunity for the entire subcontinent to come together and collaborate was lost. I think it might happen again. Who knows?” © Instagram/Mahira Khan She also said that she had to turn down some amazing projects as well. She mentioned "A lot of the other series were offered to me and at that time… I don’t know if anybody will understand when I say this, I was scared. I was genuinely just scared. It wasn’t about what people say, I was just like, ‘I don’t know if I want to go there.’ And there was some content which was amazing, and I didn’t want to miss out on it,” She further added “But I was scared and I have no shame in admitting it. Now I am a bit more like, ‘No, come on yaar, you can’t let something that happened, which was political, affect your choices.’ So I don’t think I will do that anymore and I hope that we collaborate, even if it's on digital or in any way,” © Red Chillies Entertainment In 2017, due to the ban, unfortunately, Mahira couldn't come to India to promote her movie. © Red Chillies Entertainment Mahira is a part of Zee5's, spiritual-drama series, Shehr-E-Zaat, in which she plays the role of Falak Sher Afghan, who is looking for true love and god. On the work front, Mahira ventured into Bollywood with Raees in 2017 and it's her only release in the Indian film industry to date. View the full article
  7. Humaima Malik takes social media by surprise with news of her decision to don a hijab for the long haul
  8. Gender Bending, Gender Fluidity, Gender Neutrality - no matter what you want to call it, the basic premise of all these titles and concepts lies in challenging what ‘masculinity’ traditionally stands for. Why do we need it, you ask? © Instagram/Anushka Sharma Well, very simply put, we need gender neutrality in order to avoid gender-based discrimination which often arises from archaic beliefs that there are certain things only one gender should do because another is less suited for it. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you will agree that this needs to change. In India however, where visual representation seems to make a greater impact on people than all the words and logic combined, motion picture and fashion have played an important role in trying to present and normalise gender bending to a great extent. © T-Series Be it Ayushmann Khuranna’s cross-dressing in films like Dream Girl and Shubh Mangal Zyada Savdhaan, or fashion labels such as Bobo Calcutta and Jaywalking, people are making conscious decisions to normalise gender bending across the board. Yet, if you are still unsure about what challenging restrictive and toxic ideals of masculinity looks like in its most basic forms, or perhaps you need that little push to join the bandwagon yourself, check out these five Bollywood celebs and their effortless take on gender bending that will convince you that gender neutrality is indeed the way to go. 1. Prateik Babbar © Instagram/Prateik Babbar One of Bollywood’s most atypical star kids, Prateik Babbar is making headlines for yet again going against the ‘norm’ by choosing to get his nails painted and showing it off to the world. But this isn’t even the first time Prateik challenged traditional standards of masculinity. In 2018, he had walked the ramp for Chola The Label decked up as a drag queen and wow-ed people. 2. Aamir Khan © Facebook/MTV Beats Remember the time Aamir Khan went about flaunting his multiple ear and nose piercings? With kohl-rimmed eyes, oxidised nose pins and chucky earrings covering his lobes, Aamir did a fine job at telling the world that accessories and jewellery aren’t ‘only’ restricted to women and that men can pull them off as effortlessly. 3. Ranveer Singh © Twitter/Korbin Miles Of course Ranveer Singh and his sartorial wardrobe will find a mention on this list. Ranveer has been one of the biggest flag bearers in the field when it comes to normalising gender fluid ensembles. Right from sporting a nath to wearing skirts and other ‘feminine’ cuts, colours and prints out in the public, Ranveer has never shied away from any of it. 4. Jim Sarbh © Instagram/Jim Sarbh This man is known for not giving two fcuks about what the world thinks about his dressing choices. Jim can pull off a crisp, structured suit with just as much panache, as he can gracefully carry flowy, feminine silhouettes. What’s more, you will never find him turning down an opportunity to smash patriarchal notions of masculinity. 5. Karan Johar © Instagram/Karan Johar Another individual who has been loudly rallying for gender fluidity is Karan Johar. Karan’s idea of fashion screams of eccentric styles often bordering on over-the-top yet always inclinng towards the non-binary. From embellished jackets, ***** bow blouses, to loud colours, prints and high heeled boots he has done it all. What are your thoughts of gender neutral fashion? Let us know! View the full article
  9. Fashion designers, stylists, fashion influencers and anyone who is even remotely tuned into the fashion industry, will all agree on one thing - sustainability in fashion, is the need of the hour. The thing is though, this has been the stance for the last decade or so. © MensXP Pick up any interview in any of the glossy magazines and you’ll always see that most designers and CEOs of fashion brands will harp on about sustainable fashion and the need to make environmentally-conscious decisions in the industry. So, why is it then, that among the general public, the people actually consuming what fashion brands are making have not really adopted sustainability? Why is sustainable fashion, especially in India, simply unable to take off on a larger scale? © MensXP One aspect of the situation is the term itself. Ujjawal Dubey, Founder-Designer of the label Antar-Agni says, “Sustainability has become a fashionable word that is being overused without delving into its meaning. I feel sustainability is not a choice and definitely not something to brag about. It has to be innate.” Another aspect of why sustainability has failed to take off in India is the fact that sustainable pieces are astronomically priced for the most part. A basic kurta shirt from some of the more reputable sustainable brands can cost as high as Rs 9,000 apiece. For many people, that is the entire budget that they have for new clothes in a year. © iStock There is this perception that all sustainable clothing is super expensive. Narendra Kumar of FKNS is one of India’s most prominent designers, and one of the people responsible for India having its own fashion week. He has an interesting take on this: “The assumption that there are no affordable brands who are into sustainable fashion is simply not true. There are several ‘fast’ fashion brands that actually do have sustainable and affordable pieces,” he says. The fact remains that such brands are few and far between. Then, there is also how active and educated consumers are about sustainability. © Instagram/theanisha Narendra Kumar says that there are a number of ‘fast’ fashion brands that are sustainable as well as affordable. “The thing is, consumers need to start demanding better things from the brands they buy from. They need to ask the brands about their sustainability programmes and their sustainable practices,” says Narendra. This brings us to a paradoxical situation, actually. Very few people actually buy from certain brands because they are sustainable. The fact that most of these people are from economically privileged classes, goes without saying. The major step towards sustainability, it seems, has to come from the brands and manufacturers, who cater to people who do not come from this class. These brands and manufacturers will have to design and create clothes and make them using sustainable materials and practices. © iStock Most people don’t buy clothes because they are sustainable. So brands will have to make the clothes that people buy, in a more sustainable manner. With that being said, putting the onus completely on brands and labels to go sustainable, is simply not enough. The drive or the propulsion has to come from the consumers first, as Narendra points out. But how does one get started? How does someone, who does not spend more Rs 10,000 - 15,000 on clothes, go sustainable and do their bit in saving the environment? © iStock Well, here are 6 simple, but effective ways you can do your bit: 1. Upcycling © iStock Denim is a great fabric to upcycle. Not only do they last you a long time, you can also get really creative with it. First and foremost, start upcycling your clothes. Get a little creative, get in touch with your neighbourhood tailor, and upcycle your old clothes. Got a denim jacket that has some holes? Cover it up with quirky patches. Have some old sarees of your mom, that she doesn’t wear? Get some really tasteful pillow covers made from them. Has your shirt’s collar started fraying a little? Ask your tailor to cut the collar off, and make it into a Mandarin collar. Celebrity stylist Akshay Tyagi certainly agrees with this. “Sustainability is the only way forward, and it behoves everyone if we get on board as soon as possible. Patagonia, the American clothing company, did a wonderful campaign, where they upcycled and repurposed their older clothes, into something new.” 2. Research Your Brands © OTH Globally, about 5,000 kgs of unsold, new clothes used to end up straight in landfills, every month, before the pandemic hit. “The Fashion industry is the second most polluting industry in the world. The number of products that go to the dump through big retail chains needs to be questioned. The idea of producing large quantities in third world countries and then shipped across the globe increases the carbon footprint of a product manyfold,” Dubey says. So, what does one do? © AFP OTH are a sustainable sneaker manufacturer, who use old rubber and tyres to make sneakers. Look for more brands like these. Research the brands that you normally shop from, and see what their practices are. Granted, it takes some time, but consumers will know better. There are several tools available on the internet that tell you, whether a product was made with environmentally friendly methods, and what exactly is its carbon footprint. 3. Forget About Seasons And CollectionsLuckily, this is something that we are moving towards, but, still, a lot needs to be done in this regard. People need to let go of the idea of having something or the other from each and every season and collection from a label or a fashion house. That is simply boisterous and wasteful in today’s time. 4. Buy Better, Buy Less © iStock When buying new clothes, pledge to wear each piece at least 30 times before you decide to scrap it. Also, buy less, but go for quality products. Live by the motto, ‘Less Is More.’ Instead of going for that seemingly cheap shirt, or those budget-friendly jeans, go for pieces that cost slightly more, but will last you for a longer time. Instead of buying a piece from the latest non-sustainable collection from a fast fashion brand that will last you for a year or two, save up and buy a piece from a clothing line that is known to make quality products that last 6-7 years, even if they don’t advertise themselves as a sustainable brand. Just by limiting the amount of waste you generate, you can contribute greatly to environmentalism. 5. Responsible Influencers © Who Wore What When Pranay Jaitley and Shounak Amonkar better known as Who Wore What When, go for sustainable pieces as much as they can, when they’re styling celebrities. Fashion influencers, if you’re reading this, you need to step your game up. Ask the brands that you work with about their sustainability practices. Celebrities and celebrity stylists can play a major role here. Stylists Pranay Jaitley and Shounak Amonkar of Who Wore What When say, “We have always believed in sustainable fashion and homegrown brands. So even if we don’t get particular requests (from celebrities) to source from sustainable brands, we try to take that route.” © Who Wore What When As much as we hate to admit it, we still take much of our fashion and styling cues from celebrities. They are in a great position to influence this change. So, if you are in a position to engage with them on this, certainly do. Social Media Influencers surely will respond to this, once they understand the gravity of the situation, and that this is what their audiences want. 6. Be Cautious With Your Purchases © iStock Denim pieces are very polluting. Even with sustainable practices, it takes 1,500 litres of water to make one pair of jeans. Apart from being cautious of the companies you buy from, you also need to be cautious of what exactly it is you’re buying. Certain pieces of clothing, no matter how “sustainably” are made, are not really sustainable at all. Denim, for example, is one of the most polluting fabrics. It takes 3,000 litres of water to make just one pair of denim jeans. The more 'environmentally conscious’ ones manage to do it in 1,500, which, again is a lot. Now, it is not feasible to completely give up denim, but it is feasible to cut down the number of jeans you buy in a year. © iStock Avoid clothes that are made of synthetic fabrics like nylon unless they have been recycled or upcycled. Similarly, pieces that use fabrics made from synthetic materials like nylon are catastrophic for the environment, unless they have been upcycled. Even recycled fabrics don’t do the trick, for the energy spent on recycling certain textiles, can be more environmentally taxing. There is simply no point in denying the fact that sustainability in fashion is the need of the hour. But is it the way forward? Well, it certainly needs to be. Fashion houses need to step up the ante and come up with true and meaningful sustainable methods of production. More importantly, however, we as consumers, need to up the ante. Only then will manufacturers and brands, evolve as needed. View the full article
  10. Indian cricketers have always been at the forefront of Indiaâs sartorial and stylistic zeitgeist, whether you talk of the â70s, the â80s, the â90s, the 2000s or the last two decades. Of course, the dominant style went through a number of changes, and evolution. However, something that did not change was the manner in which the general masses have praised and worshipped our cricketing heroes, for both, their performances on the field, or the cult statuses they had made using their personas, off the field. © Instagram/rahulkl In the current pantheon, there are a number of cricketers who have made ungodly numbers of fans using not just their ability and talent to play the game, but also due to their avant garde sense of style, and eccentric fashion choices. Of course, Hardik Pandya, and his zany choices take the cake, but KL Rahul, is not far behind. © Instagram/rahulkl Scroll through his Instagram profile, and youâll see him wearing some of the best luxury brands out there - Gucci, Balenciaga, Fendi, Balmain - stuff that simply oozes style. © Instagram/rahulkl © Instagram/rahulkl © Instagram/rahulkl With that being said, it's not just high end luxury pieces that make KL so stylish. His affinity to wear, and his ability to mesmerisingly pull off homegrown brands is something that a number of celebrities actually struggle with. © Instagram/rahulkl And even if we keep aside the dichotomy of home grown brands & luxury brands, we simply cannot ignore the panache with which KL carries his outfits. © Instagram/rahulkl Of course, like most millennials, he simply loves athleisure and goes with whatever direction athleisure takes in any given year. From properly fitting, and structured jackets, to baggy silhouettes and conspicuous colours, he has experimented with everything that athleisure has to offer. And can we say, that he simply aces them? © Instagram/rahulkl © Instagram/rahulkl © Instagram/rahulkl With that being said, when it comes to ditching the jeans and going for a suit, KL Rahul known how to dress up with elegance. © Instagram/rahulkl © MensXP Grooming wise as well, KL has always been sorted. He is not someone who experiments a lot with his hair, or beard style. Having said that, he also isnât someone who is prudish and does not try out new things at all. © Instagram/rahulkl This phase of his, where he tried to don the cornrow, shows that he is open to experimenting. © Instagram/rahulkl KL knows that he has the face structure that can carry off most beard styles. He perhaps also realises that a beard is something that he should always sport, considering that it is actually his beard that gives him the chocolate boy image that we have come to envy. © Instagram/rahulkl Even in his earlier photos, you can see that he had sported some sort of a facial hair that would add character to his face. As for his hairstyle, even back in 2013, he had that flare in him that made him go for a hard part with an otherwise sombre hairstyle. © Instagram/rahulkl © Instagram/rahulkl © Instagram/rahulkl When we compare his older photos with his current ones, we see that a shorter beard does not really do much for him, given that he has a roundish face. With a longer beard, his face looks a lot sharper and leaner. © Instagram/rahulkl © Instagram/rahulkl All in all, KL Rahulâs sense of style has remained pretty much the same, in terms of sensibilities. Of course, his choices of clothes and hair and beard styles has evolved through the years. © Instagram/rahulkl © MensXP However, his eccentricities, his nuances and the underlying sensibitlities that make him so stylish are still the same. View the full article
  11. Karan Johar's fashion choices might be confusing to some, but they most certainly aren't boring. However, most people won't probably agree with fashion enthusiasts and would unabashedly bash them, just like Ranveer Singh, Aamir Khan, and the OG Sass-mother Kirron Kher. Ranveer started the fire, after he declared that the reason for his own weird fashion choices is KJo. On Koffee With Karan, he revealed that KJo buys 'outlandish' clothes, and when he thinks he can't pull them off, he sends them to Ranveer. © Hotstar After the episode was over, we saw the trailer for the next episode as well, with Aamir Khan and Malaika Arora. For a change, Malaika was the one hosting the rapid fire round, and Karan and Aamir were the contestants. © Hotstar One of the questions were: "If you have to give up shopping or gossip, which one would you give up?". KJo answered that he can't give up shopping, so he would give up gossip. Aamir portrayed his penchant for wisecracks with an extremely well-timed "Waise bhi teri shopping ki sense theek nahi hai, kyun karta hai shopping samajh mein nahi aati...". Take a look at the episode here. However, our favourites are the ones by Kirron Kher. From saying that his jacket looks like a 'Razaai' to ridiculing his torn jeans ("You should use it as a pochha or gatka in your house...!"), there was no holding back with her. Take a look. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Karan Johar (@karanjohar) on Oct 25, 2018 at 11:53pm PDT View this post on Instagram A post shared by Karan Johar (@karanjohar) on Oct 29, 2018 at 12:33am PDT View this post on Instagram A post shared by Karan Johar (@karanjohar) on Oct 29, 2018 at 5:20am PDT View this post on Instagram A post shared by Karan Johar (@karanjohar) on Oct 26, 2018 at 4:14am PDT We now want a show where Kirron Kher judges KJo's clothes. Period.
  12. The verdict on the Indian Adultery Law, Section 497 of the Indian Penal Code was announced loud and clear this morning. The 158-year-old colonial law has been struck down by the Supreme Court and from this day on, it renders adultery as a non-criminal act in the Indian courts of law. The landmark decision by the Constitutional bench is truly going to benefit all the parties involved, but what the declaration also ended up doing was altering my better plans for the day. © UTV Motion Pictures I walked into the office this morning preparing to write a charming, lighthearted piece on millennial relationships, and definitely had no intentions of penning an opinion piece on a subject as sensitive (and as prevalent) as adultery, for a jovial audience such as yourself. But as luck (both yours and mine) would have it, the WWW is presently abuzz with various updates on the judgement on Section 497, and since the internet is to be the guiding light for an active journo, here I am, keying in a serious story on the subject and bidding adieu to the self-indulgent and fun piece of writing. © Panorama Studios The month of September 2018 has been a historically significant one for our country, when it comes to upholding the Constitutional rights of the citizens and taking a step towards equality for all, before the eyes of the law. The winning lap started with the decriminalisation of Section 377 on September 6th and today, another such medieval law, Section 497 of the IPC has been scrapped by the Supreme Court. For the uninitiated, Section 497 of the IPC deals with adultery, and this is what it reads: “Adultery- Whoever has sexual intercourse with a person who is and whom he knows or has reason to believe to be the wife of another man, without the consent or connivance of that man, such sexual intercourse not amounting to the offence of rape, is guilty of the offense of adultery, and shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to five years, or with fine, or with both. In such case, the wife shall not be punishable as an abettor.” © Freeway Pictures In simple words, what those hefty legal phrases translate to is that in the case of adultery, a woman cannot be punished for the offence, but instead, the man who has consensual *** with another's wife will get punished for it. Even as one reads it, something about this entire proclamation seems pretty messed up and lopsided, to say the least. It predominantly comes across as discriminatory against women, since it cushions the idea that a married woman is her husband's property. Now, in the light of today's verdict, where it was pronounced that though adultery continues to be a valid reason to file a divorce, it cannot be a criminal offence. This means that husbands shall no longer serve as the defacto master to their wives, and this rightfully gives the women of our country a reason to celebrate. © Dharma Productions However, I feel that this judgement also delivers overarching benefits to all the married, unhappy couples of our country. Why I say so is because, it would allow unhappy partners to come clear with their dissatisfactions regarding their marital life, as well as express their desire to seek happiness with another individual, without the fear of being labelled a criminal. Please don't get all agitated yet, and hear me out first. In no way am I defending an individual's conscious decision to cheat on their partner, but I am merely implying that by calling the act a crime, we are also calling unhappy husbands and wives criminals by default. Simply because someone is unhappy with their marriage, is no longer in love with their partner, and feels attracted to another man or woman, and seeks their affection, does not turn them into a criminal. © Dharma Productions How I look at it, the 'crime', if we may even call it so, lies in the nature of 'hiding' or 'concealing' your true feelings from your current partner. The crime is that you chose to 'cheat' on your wife or husband, kept them in the dark about your sexual escapades while denying them the right to know about the true nature of your feelings and robbing them of the opportunity to make a decision for themselves. And that's probably where even the 'guilt' or rather the fear lies, despite the ardent desire to break free from the societal bindings. It is common knowledge that marital dissatisfaction is no longer an imaginary concept in our orthodox society. Statistics confirm that as many as 75% of Indian men cheat on their partners, regardless of their marital status. Yet, despite there being a provision to seek divorce and break free from an unhappy marriage, myriad reasons ranging from children, family, society to alimony, shame and guilt, force men and women to stay in an unhappy relationship while seeking happiness outside of it. © Filmkraft Productions Pvt Ltd Hence, decriminalisation of the adultery law at least helps to do away with a major factor, that so far prevented married men and women to admit their love for another individual and being sexually attracted to them. There's no point in berating grown-up men and women for their sexual choices, regardless of their marital status. Because, when two independently thinking and consenting adults choose to participate in a sexual activity, while being completely aware of the repercussions of that decision and yet go ahead with it, that says a lot about their stand on their individual marriages. So yes, there's no denying that the scrapping of such a Victorian, patriarchal and biased law was long overdue, but at the same time I'd like to maintain that this has also brought a lot of liberty to unhappy couples to finally make the move of stepping out of their unhappy and unsatisfactory marriages without the fear of being put behind the bars for it. And before you get all itchy with the need to put your troll face on and @ me for saying what I just said in so many words, let me leave you with what the Chief Justice of India, Dipak Misra, had to say about the nature of “criminality” involved in this entire situation. Justice Misra said that making adultery a crime would be regressive as it would only mean "punishing unhappy people". With that, I rest my case.
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