Old memories and comfort food: Stars turn pensive and look back in difficult times


(L-R) Kareena Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Bhumi Pednekar

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Bollywood has undergone a big change during the lockdown. The nature of social media posts from stars have changed too. There is more nostalgia. There are more thoughts, and less glamor. 

Actor Kareena Kapoor Khan on Monday pulled off a ‘fortune night’ with her girl gang which constitutes her sister Karisma Kapoor and her best friends and Bollywood celebrities Malaika Arora, Amrita Arora and Mallika Bhat. Terming the night spent with her best friends as the “fortune nights,” the superstar took to Instagram to share a delightful picture from their get-together. The picture sees the beauties smiling as the four of them are seen seated on the sofa while Kareena’s actor sister Karisma is seen standing behind them. The table in front of them had two big cakes and cutlery sitting on it. 

“It’s been a FORTUNE of memories… on to the next… to new beginnings PS: #Fortune you have been kind #FortuneNights #EndOfAnEra #KaftanSeries,” the ‘Jab We Met’ actor wrote in the caption.

Also, Varun Dhawan on Monday treated fans to monochromatic pictures from a photoshoot. The ‘Student Of The Year’ star shared the series of black and white pictures on Instagram and added a note to the post which read, “Life isn’t always black & white”. A picture sees Varun striking a pose in the lap of nature escaping the frenetic pace and chaos of everyday life. Celebrity followers, including Vaani Kapoor, and more than 4 lakh fans liked the post, while many left red heart and fire emoticons.

Bhumi Pednekar, who is credited with taking the correct decisions to portray women better on-screen, has taken the opportunity to thank yesteryears phenomenal leading ladies including Jaya Bachchan, Shabana Azmi, Smita Patil, and Rekha, for ushering in the change for heroines on screen.

Talking about how the actors from the 90s have greatly contributed to the portrayal of women on the big screen, the ‘Saand Ki Aankh’ star said, “Through all the eras of cinema, there have always been films that have stood out for progressive portrayal of women. Even in the 90s, cause I am a 90s kid, be it Rangeela, DDLJ, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai – there were movies which had women play strong characters.” “So, luckily a massive change had already started before I became an actress and it definitely helped me. Jaya ma’am, Shabana ma’am, Smita ma’am, Sridevi ma’am, Hema ma’am, Rekha ma’am – they have all done some wholesome cinema and contributed greatly towards how women were portrayed on screen.”

Asserting that she feels today’s audience doesn’t just look at a heroine to add glamour on-screen, Pednekar said, “As a female actor, I am not just expected to be in a film just to add glamour or to be in a song or to be an object of admiration. There is a lot more that I am contributing to a film today. I feel women today are at a much better place and in a much better position to command respect for their craft.”

It’s not just past memories the stars are talking about. Deepika Padukone on Tuesday posted a quirky video for fans, talking about her all-time favourite comfort food. Taking the video clip on Instagram, the ‘queen of hearts’ disclosed about her love for homemade South Indian food ‘Rasam-Rice’. In the witty video, Padukone can be seen getting ready in her vanity van as she says “I think my go-to comfort food is just like home-made South Indian food – Rasam and Rice” with a worth-seeing expression. Alongside the video clip that accumulated more than three lakh views within an hour of being posted, she noted: “What’s your comfort food?”.

Celebrity followers including Ananya Panday and Parineeti Chopra also disclosed about their favourite food in the comments section of the post. Panday wrote, “Ur house South Indian food is my comfort food also yum to another level” with a heart-eyed emoticon. To which Padukone replied, “Chal Aaja! (Come on!)@ananyapanday,” with a red heart emoticon. Indian actor Parineeti Chopra also commented “PIZZZAAAAAAAAA,” in the comments section of the post.

In the times of pandemic and lockdown, the stars are their fans are discovering a different side of their lives and personalities. 

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