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Monday, May 2 2022


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We walk out and, just as you would kind of go, ‘Oh you!’ and give someone a little punch in the arm, you know, like a joke-around, she goes, ‘Oh you!’ and she reaches over and she bites me on my arm.

That’s Michael Douglas explaining why he refused to co-star with legendary actress Debra Winger in ‘Romancing the Stone’—who apparently bit him out of the blue while discussing the role. Also this: “When Douglas eventually had to meet with the studio, he said he ‘broke down in tears and told the executives, ‘I can’t go to the jungle with her—she bit me in the arm!’ I can’t do it!'” They eventually picked Kathleen Turner and the rest is history.

 

Check out the awesome Vir Sanghvi AMA: Last month, we hosted a brilliant conversation with the author—who spoke at length and with great insight about anti-Muslim politics, food writing, Indian media and so much more. Be sure to watch it here.


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Big Story

The battle for Gujarat: Early shots fired!

The TLDR: Garje Gujarat’ was the BJP’s 2017 campaign slogan—and they seem to be fully embracing it as the state gets ready for its next state election. The latest sign: the repeated attempt to arrest independent MLA Jignesh Mevani. So why is the saffron party so trigger-happy when it comes to Mevani?

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In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • No heat wave relief for India
  • Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover
  • The Russian invasion: The latest update
  • Dhoni stages a comeback
  • Indian company’s controversial pesticide plan
  • James Webb takes pretty pictures
  • Bill Murray admits to bad behaviour

 

Sanity Break

  • A Chinese woman's enthusiastic rendition of ‘Aankhein khuli ho’

 

Smart & Curious

  • The unexpected rise of Judaism in Nigeria
  • Can a viral psychology test measure your creativity?
  • A flurry of ‘bankable female leads’
  • The rising popularity of leg-lengthening surgery among men

 

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