Thursday, 23 February 2017

Huma Qureshi attends Brit Awards 2017

Indian actress #Huma_Qureshi attended the Brit Awards 2017 here, and had an amazing time at the gala.

The actress, who is loving the appreciation coming her way after the success of courtroom drama film "Jolly LLB 2", took to Twitter to share the update. 

She posted: "Amazing last night at the BRITs with Skepta Shutdown woo hooo." 

Rock star David Bowie, who died in January last year, was awarded Best British male and Best British Album for "Blackstar" at the ceremony on Wednesday.

English artiste Skepta stole the show with a blazing performance of "Shut down". He failed to pick up any awards on the night.

Adele was recognised with the Global Achievement Award -- given to the British artiste with the biggest overseas success. The singer, on a break from her world tour, accepted the prize via video.

Irrfan releases first look of his banned Bangladeshi film

Actor #Irrfan_Khan on Thursday released on social media the first look of his Bangladeshi movie #Doob ("No Bed of Roses"), which has been banned in Bangladesh.

He posted: "Here's the poster of 'Doob' Eskay Movies Most of a #Sarwar_Farooki."

The actor is also co-producing the film. 

In the artistic poster, his face can be seen superimposed on the image of green hills and a pathway in between. The poster gives a look of being a canvas painting. 

The film, which is said to be loosely based on late Bangladeshi writer and filmmaker Humayun Ahmed, hit headlines recently when it got banned in Bangaldesh. 

Helmed by Bangladeshi filmmaker Mostofa Sarwar Farooki, the movie is said to be about Ahmed, who divorced his wife of 27 years and married an actress 33 years his junior. But the filmmaker has denied that it's a biopic.

According to a report, the Bangladesh Film Development Corporation's (BFDC) Joint Venture Preview Committee approved the script of the movie on March 8, 2016, after which the film went into production. The completed film was previewed for the BFDC on February 12, 2017, and received a No Objection Certificate on February 15. 

Pandit Girish Chandra To Perform In Ghazal Concert In Mumbai

Eminent ghazal singer #Pandit_Girish_Chandra is going to blow the minds of ghazal lovers in Mumbai as he is all set to perform soulful #ghazal concert in the city on 2 March, 2017.

Girish Chandra, as a child prodigy, started singing in Vaishnava temples, under the influence of ‘Haveli’ sangeet, at the tender age of 6. He took his initial musical training from Pandit Omkar Nath Thakur. Girish Chandra forte in music includes bhakti sangeet, ghazals, thumri, badakhayal, chottakhayal .

Girish Chandra has worked under legendary music composer Madan Mohan from 1961 to 1970 in seven films including Mera Saaya, Dastak, Haste Zakhm, Heer Raanjha, and Laila Majnu and Woh Kaun Thi?

Pandit  Girish Chandra has been settled in USA from past 45 years. He has performed in various countries like Spain, Italy, France, U.K, Canada, Gemany and U.A.E.

Girish Chandra talked about his upcoming ghazal concert in Mumbai. He said, “I have been associated with music since my childhood. Later, I performed for the longest time in U.S.A in front of musically inclined audience. My forte in music in music is mainly bhakti sangeet, thumri and ghazals”

He mentioned that, he also provides training of voice culture techniques to student and managed live workshops in various universities.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Enchanting images of Paris by debut photographer Rupin Thomas

Various facets of the beautiful city of Paris captured though its breathtaking vistas, iconic architecture, sublime cemeteries, its sunsets and full-of-life graffiti, have been brought alive through a brand new debut exhibition by photographer Rupin Thomas.

enchanting-images-of-paris-by-debut-photographer-rupin-thomasComprising 50 images that take a look at life in and around the ‘City of Love', the week-long show, titled  'La vie à Paris: A Study in Volition,' was inaugurated last evening at the Lalit Kala Akademi here by Niti Ayog CEO Amitabh Kant along with ace fashion designer Ritu Beri. They also launched a catalogue designed and conceptualised by Rupin at the opening of the show, which continues till February 25.

 "It is a pleasure to see Rupin's work; he has captured the feel of one of the most fascinating cities of the world. Paris is a favourite city for travellers; its history, its people and its culture are fascinating. He gives a beautiful visualisation to the multicultural ethos of the city inhabited by people from Africa, the Arab world and other countries. The artist has also captured both the quiet solitude and people chilling out in parks in the city,” he said after the inauguration.

An economist by training who has spent over 10 years in the US and around four years travelling across Europe, Rupin spent more than three summers documenting the evolving city of Paris, focusing especially on the brilliant juxtaposition of the old and the new.

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Jeetendra, Arbaaz to walk ramp for charity show

Veteran actor #Jeetendra and actor-producer #Arbaaz_Khan will flaunt designer #Archana_Kochhar's menswear creations for a fashion show for animal welfare charity here.

The 'Forrever Friends' fashion show, to be held on Sunday, is being organised by Smita Thackeray's Mukti Foundation, read a statement.

Here, Kochhar will be launching her new menswear line, with singer Shaan and cricketer Zaheer Khan also walking the ramp.

"I am very happy to be doing this show for animal welfare with Mukti Foundation, which is run by my dear friend Smita Thackeray, who is also an ardent animal lover. I think it's a brilliant concept put together to create awareness and sensitivity towards animals," said Kochhar.

Always wished to work with Naseeruddin Shah: Sayani Gupta

With #Hungry, a co-production between India and Britain, actress #Sayani_Gupta says she has realised her wish to work with veteran actor #Naseeruddin_Shah.

"Hungry", written and directed by Bornila Chatterjee, also features the critically acclaimed Tisca Chopra. It is based on William Shakespeare's tragedy "Titus Andronicus".

About being a part of the Film London production, Sayani said in a statement: "Just working with such a splendid cast by itself was out of the world. Naseer sir, in fact, had come once to FTII (Film and Television Institute of India, Pune), when I was a student there, as a guest faculty."

"I always wished I would once work with him. The fact that I'm working with him in such a short duration of my career is extremely rewarding. The shoot of the film was absolutely a learning experience for me to be around such talented individuals."

Pakistani actress takes pot shots at Indian actors, 'in fun'

After branding Bollywood superstar #Salman_Khan a "chhichhora" (indecent) and claiming she wouldn't like to work with actor Emraan Haashmi for the fear of mouth cancer, on a TV show, Pakistani actress #Saba_Qamar has defended her comments as a mere banter.

Saba, who is set to make her Bollywood debut with Irrfan Khan starrer "Hindi Medium", took a dig at some of India's cine stars on talk show "Good Morning Zindagi". An excerpt from the Pakistani show has gone viral on social media -- and Saba has been inundated with calls over it.

"It was a fun show... There was nothing in it... 'Koffee With Karan' mein kya kuchch nahi hota (What all does not happen on 'Koffee With Karan')... I love everyone, and he's (Salman) a big superstar and so humble. Why would I say anything bad about him?"

In the two minute-plus long video, the host asks Saba to say 'no' to hypothetical situations involving Hrithik Roshan, Emraan Hashmi, Ranbir Kapoor, Riteish Deshmukh and Salman -- and state why would she say 'no'.

When the host asked Saba if Hrithik asked her to marry him, how would she say no, Saba said: "Don't want a father of two... He is not my cup of tea." 

Next was Bollywood's 'serial kisser' Emraan Hashmi, whom she rejected because she didn't want "mouth cancer".

Opt for hair colour smartly

#Hair_colouring seems a trend of the season with millennials opting for various shades for a nice #makeover. However, there are some factors that need to be kept in mind before trying out such trends, says an expert.

Athar Aftab, Managing Director of Izuk Impex, manufacturer, supplier and exporter of exotic range of premium herbal products, doles out tips on things that one needs to follow before trying out hair colour.

* Use herbal colours: Always use herbal hair colour rather than synthetic hair colours. Synthetic hair colours contain chemicals that dry and whiten the hair, but herbal colours give your hair natural look and shine.

Indian singer collaborates with Ricky Martin

Indian singer #Akasa_Singh has collaborated with Spanish singer #Ricky_Martin for a English-Hindi mix song titled #VentePaCa. She says it was a dream to work with him.

The duet with Martin for his recent hit reggaeton single "Vente Pa Ca" has been curated by Sony Music US and India and A & R teams, read a statement.

"Ricky Martin is a legend and working with him was a dream! When I heard the song for the first time, I knew I wanted to be a part of it. The hook of the song stays with you long after you are done listening and that's what I love about the song," Singh said in a statement.

The song has Martin singing in English, while Singh croons in Hindi. 

Select the right wedding venue

One of the most important decisions affecting wedding celebrations is choosing the right #wedding_venue. From blocking the place at the right time to doing your research properly are some of the factors that one should keep in mind while selecting it, says an expert.

Rahul Arora, Director at Grandreams, a wedding planning service, has shared a few tips that could guide you in covering most of your problems:

* Date: Deciding the date of the event is primarily the first step to realise your plans. Once you are certain, why wait? It is only in the interest of the client, as he is at a better position to negotiate due to low demand.

It is the traditional first-come, first-served policy that is applied by all venues. Once the wedding season is round the corner, the demand rockets consequently turning the tables on negotiation and priority.

* Guest count: Before you choose a venue, you ought to know your guest list. Knowing these numbers helps in setting a realistic budget and sidelines all trivial troubles.

Happy to recreate 'Lag ja gale': Palak Muchhal

Singer #Palak_Muchhal, who has crooned hits like "Prem ratan dhan payo" and "Chahun Main Ya Naa", says she is happy to get an opportunity to recreate the iconic song #Lag_ja_gale.

The singer is recreating the song from the 1964 film "Woh Kaun Thi?". It was originally sung by legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar, and Palak's version is for Star Plus's show "Koi Laut Ke Aaya Hai".

"An iconic song like 'Lag ja gale' is always a treat to listen to, but it was a bigger treat to recreate it for 'Koi Laut Ke Aaya Hai'. It's a great honour to step into the shoes of the nation's most loved and treasured singer, Lata-ji, and I'm really happy to have this opportunity," Muchhal said in a statement. 

"Koi Laut Ke Aaya Hai" features Shoaib Ibrahim, Surbhi Jyoti and Sharad Kelkar.

International vintage car rally kicks off

The #International_Vintage_Car_Rally_and_Concours_Show, that celebrates the spirit of heritage motoring, got off to a start at India Gate here on Friday with a display of scores of rare marques.

The show, organised by the 21 Gun Salute Heritage and Cultural Trust, will be on view till February 19.

The seventh edition of the show takes the celebration a notch higher with international beauties like the 1912 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost, 1967 Rolls-Royce Phantom V and many more saloons and convertibles, from the imperial houses of Rolls Royce, Stutz, Buick, Ford, Chevrolet, Austin Martin and Bentley on display.

These convertibles include names like the 1922 Moon, 1927 Lanchester, 1933 Cadillac V12 7 Passenger Limousine, and the like. 

Vintage and classic cars from Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Naidu, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and various other parts of the country are also present at the show.

Chrissy Teigen has 'utmost respect' for single mothers

Model #Chrissy_Teigen says she has "utmost respect" for single mothers.

The 31-year-old, who has 10-month-old daughter Luna with husband and musician John Legend, "doesn't know" how single mothers cope with raising a child on their own, reports

"Every time I look at Luna, I wonder, 'How on earth does anybody do this alone?' I have the utmost respect for mothers (and) single mothers," Teigen said.

"I have my mother who lives with us, I have John, I have a nanny. I'm very outspoken about it, and when I see that I still have a difficult time, I just don't know how anyone else does it," she added.

Tom Hanks calls himself 'cool' grandparent

Actor #Tom_Hanks thinks he and wife #Rita_Wilson are cool grandparents.

The 60-year-old, who has four children, Colin, 39 and Elizabeth, 34, with his late former wife Samantha Lewes, and Chet, 29, and Truman, 21, with Wilson, is a grandfather to three children.

Hanks says the little ones keep him entertained when he is watching them, reports

"When you have grandchildren, if you're with one of them or all three of them, look, there's no book, no radio, no TV. You're going to be entertained by them every moment that you're there. Sit back and watch the show," he said.

Jimmy Kimmel gets pep talk from Morgan Freeman

#Jimmy_Kimmel, who will be hosting Oscars this years, got a pep talk from veteran actor #Morgan_Freeman ahead of his stint at the 89th Academy Awards ceremony.

In a clip released on the official Oscars YouTube channel, Freeman has lent his voice to help the "Jimmy Kimmel Live" host. 

"James 'Jimmy' Kimmel. A man on the precipice of hosting the Oscars and an opportunity to be the toast of the town," Freeman can be heard saying.

Freeman continues saying the hosting gig will either be "an opportunity to be the toast of the town" or a "chance to bomb so fantastically, everywhere he goes people would say, 'look at sucky sucko --he had his shot, and man, did he blow it in front of billions'".

Kimmel's eyebrows furrow, and he tells Freeman, who is standing right next to him, that his words aren't encouraging.