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Compiled By Nisha Susan

Munni balm

Somewhere in Bandra is a house that has the two greatest item girls of their generation —Helen and Malaika Arora, stepmother and sister-in-law of Salman Khan, respectively. Skinny as a modern rail though Arora maybe, sister, can she turn on the bodacious oomph. Her badnaam Munni in Salman’s forthcoming Dabangg with its unabashed raunchiness and energy is addictive. We suggest you avoid any enquiry about the relevance of Zandu balm in that song though. The raunchy answers the world is providing (lubricant? really?) are not ones we are quite ready to deal with.

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RAKHI SAWANT SEEKING JUSTICE FOR THOSE WHO SEEK HER

The unbeatable Rakhi Sawant is returning to our lives. This time as a counsellor providing justice to the hapless in a show called Rakhi Ka Insaaf. Who knows what the show will be like, but it will definitely have her special brand of subversion. But in the meantime, Rakhi is all over the place showering us with a barrage of quotable quotes. Already, she has offered therapeutic advice straight from her faux-ingenue heart to Rahul Mahajan and announced that she is more effective than Raj Thackeray. Is Kiran Bedi worried?

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MONICA’S NEW DARLING —

Have you ever stood around feeling like a loser as the sexy Monica Dogra of the Mumbai band Shaa’ir + Func leapt about on stage in a sari blouse and ghagra or some other equally baffling ensemble? Did you wonder who is this creature — our rare exponent of rocker chick? You could follow her on Twitter for her rather utilitarian stream or you could wait a bit for her cinematic debut. Look out for Monica as she makes a full-on appearance in Kiran Rao’s Dhobi Ghat

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REBEL CRIES

If you missed the recent Ismat Chughtai and Manto festival in Delhi, we feel a little bit sorry for you. Its stodgy beginnings notwithstanding, the festival left us feeling a little inclined to think that ridiculous, intellectually bankrupt thought — the golden days have passed us by. But who could blame us for feeling anaemic when listening to Padma Sachdev, an elderly Dogri poet, narrate one hair-raising Ismat anecdote after the other.

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