Feelin’ Like She’s 30 Feet Tall. Move over, Miley Cyrus: actress Freida Pinto strips and sizzles in Bruno Mars’s extra-steamy “Gorilla” video, which sheds the aforementioned pop star of his squeaky-clean image. “Got to admit, this was a hard secret to keep,” tweeted Freida — who kept freakishly mum in a recent Vogue India interview — just minutes after the vid’s release. [Billboard]
Beef, Chicken or Worm? Between locking a pilot out of the cockpit this past spring and a recent panel malfunction that resulted in a gaping hole, it’s been a turbulent year for India’s flagship carrier. Air India’s latest in-flight blunder comes in the form of a worm sandwich, according to a passenger who was served the slimy snack on a flight from New York to New Delhi recently. As if that wasn’t enough, the passenger, who reported the incident on September 28th, waited a whopping two weeks before hearing back from the “loss-making” airline. [BBC India]
Shame, Shame. Spell-check was conveniently eschewed by the folks who designed this DVD cover for Midnight’s Children. Can you spot the glaring mistake? Sir Salman‘s disgruntled Tweet = he was not amused. [Twitter]
About Face. Mumbai-based make-up artist, Elton J. Fernandez, who’s gussied up everyone from Bollywood stars to blinged-out brides, unveils his beauty secrets via a new YouTube channel, offering snappy DIY tutorials. While he’s already released one on how to score flawless brown skin, we’re especially psyched about his upcoming tribute to yesteryear diva, Rekha. [Mumbai Boss]
Reviving Lollywood. “People need heroes they can look up to,” claims director Bilal Lashari, who spent the last 3 years making Waar, Pakistan’s most expensive film to date. The slickly produced movie, which hopes to land in 25 countries, promises it is more cinema than classroom. [India Real Time]
Aarti Virani is an arts and culture writer based in Hoboken, New Jersey. She has written for publications including Vogue India, The Wall Street Journal and Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter at @aartivirani.