Vanity Fair

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Quentin Tarantino
Guns blazing Quentin Tarantino Photo: AP

Cause and Effect
As India struggles with Bollywood’s misogyny after the Delhi gangrape, the US faces a similar moment of introspection. Do its movies foster a culture of violence responsible for the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown? Django Unchained director Quentin Tarantino is having none of it. When an interviewer asked whether his enjoyment for violent films has now decrea – sed, he responded angrily: “Would I watch a kung-fu movie three days after Sandy Hook? Maybe, because they have nothing to do with each other… I think it’s disrespectful to (the victims’) memory to talk about movies.”
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Tough Turf
Mohammad Shami Ahmed Ahmed’s Cricket Training
Mohammad Shami Ahmed is the toast of the nation after bowling four maidens on his ODI debut, denying Pakistan a clean sweep in the dramatic third match of the series at the Kotla. Shami kept his head under tremendous pressure to bowl a wicket maiden in the 48th over, helping India squeeze out a 10-run win. The pressure is nothing new for the pacer. He repor tedly grew up playing cricket for rival ganglords in the UP badlands.
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Rajinikanth
Leading the ranks Rajinikanth

Money Talkies
On 7 January Rajinikanth joined a hunger strike by Tamil film industry professionals, against artistes, directors and choreographers having to pay service tax. They cite the waiver given to producers, exhibitors and distributors a few years ago, and argue that it should be extended to them as well. Not all of them get offers every year and they are overburdened. Meanwhile, Kamal Haasan has lodged a police complaint after being threatened to not release his next film, Vishwaroopam, on DTH a day before its theatrical release.
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Sapna Bhavnani‘Salman Khan is not God’
Sapna Bhavnani (Fires a shot on her eviction from Bigg Boss 6)