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Bollywood has made Maldives the new Goa. Here are the ‘Best beach pictures’ awards

If you’ve been whether Maldives suddenly seems to be more Bollywood than Mumbai itself, you are not off the mark.
From left to right: Akshay Kumar, Bhumi Pednekar and Vicky Kaushal, three Bollywood actors who have confirmed that they have Covid. Photo: ThePrint

Akshay Kumar, Vicky Kaushal, Axar Patel: List of Bollywood actors, sports stars who got Covid

As cases spike in India, actors and sports stars too confirm infections. ThePrint lists some names who tested Covid positive.

8 songs that prove Anand Bakshi was Hindi cinema’s lyricist for the common man

While some of his contemporaries and seniors like Sahir, Majrooh and Gulzar are considered more ‘poetic’, Anand Bakshi kept it simple and read the pulse of the masses.
Illustration by Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Madhuri, Deepika, Gauhar — How everyone in Bollywood is getting the same PR tip

Usually, Instagram stars and YouTube influencers show up in movies or Netflix series. In Bollywood, the trend is going the opposite way.

NCB arrests actor Ajaz Khan in connection with drugs case

The actor was initially detained by NCB Mumbai zonal unit Tuesday after he landed at the airport, and was arrested after examining his role in the case of an arrested drug peddler.
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur

Bollywood ‘biases’ presented by Carnegie Mellon’s AI tool: Upper caste Hindu doctors & no NE

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, US, gather subtitles from 1,400 Hollywood & Bollywood movies, use AI to assess biases and social trends. Study yet to be peer-reviewed.

Bombay Begums on Netflix shows us again why we still need to reclaim words like ‘slut’

The new Netflix show, Bombay Begums, brings back the unfinished debate around the language used to describe sexually active women.
Prithviraj Kapoor in the movie Mughal-e-Azam | Facebook

Bollywood is fascinated with Mughals — from Akbar to Saleem to Bahadur Shah Zafar

In ‘Bollygeek’, Diptakirti Chaudhuri puts together an extensive range of trivia on India’s film industry.
A file photo of actor Taapsee Pannu. | Photo: ANI

‘Not so sasti anymore’: Actor Tapsee Pannu takes dig after I-T raids on her, Anurag Kashyap

In Twitter thread, actor appeared to take jibe at raids, saying investigators had ‘found keys to an apartment in Paris and receipt for Rs 5 crore’. 

Amitabh Bachchan undergoes eye surgery, says ‘recovery is slow, difficult’

The 78-year-old actor said he is spending his days with 'nothing to do' as he cannot read, write and see after the surgery, and hopes he will recover before the shoot of his next film.

On Camera

File photo of the nuclear enrichment facility in Natanz, 300 kilometers south of Tehran, Iran. | Zohreh Soleimani | Bloomberg

How attack on Iran’s nuclear facility makes revival of nuclear deal difficult for US

In Episode 723 of #CutTheClutter, Shekhar Gupta explains what might have led to the explosion and how it can further complicate the US-Iran nuclear peace plan.
Artificial intelligence

Biased AI systems contributing to $17bn gender credit gap in emerging markets: Study

Study conducted by Women’s World Banking finds that fintech firms in emerging markets are missing out on an opportunity to reach 1 bn new customers.

Defence

A file photo of Indian Navy chief Admiral Karambir Singh. | Photo: ANI

Quad navies can come together if needed in almost ‘plug and play’ manner, Navy chief says

Speaking at the Raisina Dialogue, Navy chief Admiral Karambir Singh highlighted the immense interoperability between the navies of the Quad grouping.

Why mosques in rear view mirror, like Kashi’s Gyanvapi, can crash India’s drive into future

Court’s order to ASI to survey Gyanvapi Mosque for remains of old Kashi Vishwanath Temple questions the optimism that Ayodhya wouldn’t be repeated.