Saturday, 3 December 2016

My work depicts silence rather than chaos: Designer Rajesh Pratap Singh

Ace fashion designer #Rajesh_Pratap_Singh says that his usage of minimalistic colours in his creation was because his work depicts "silence".

Born and brought up in Rajasthan, Singh is one of the fashion designers who uses white in an interesting fashion -- which is opposite of general perception of Rajasthani culture. "I have grown up seeing the streets of desert where people wear white clothes rather than colours, mostly. 

"So my usage of colour in my work is a bit different. I work in silence rather than chaos," Singh told in a phone interview.

Asking about his upcoming work which will be showcased at the Van Heusen and GQ Fashion Nights 2016, he said: "I am working on fabrics for my upcoming collection that I will be presenting with a dash of urban space and current issue."

Plant ivy, bamboos for air purification at home

It is always recommended to keep your surroundings green by planting more and more plants at your place. #Spider_plant is known to perform photosynthesis under minimum sunlight. It is great in purifying air and ivy has the quality to clean air within six hours of its placement, says an expert.

Harpreet Ahluwalia, expert and founder of Earthly Creations, a garden accessories company, has suggested a list of six plants that grow all year round helping in air purification: 

* Aloe Vera: It absorbs carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide. It one of the best plants to have as it helps in increasing oxygen levels in your home. It is said that one aloe vera is equivalent to nine air purifiers set up at a place. Easy to plant and maintain, aloe vera is easily adaptable to every weather and soil conditions.

Kirti Kulhari to start shooting for Bhandarkar's film soon

Actress #Kirti_Kulhari, who was recently lauded for her performance in the critically acclaimed film "Pink", will soon start shooting for Madhur Bhandarkars movie #Indu_Sarkar.

"Finally something good is happening. I am doing Madhur Bhandarkar's ‘Indu Sarkar'. We are going to start shooting from December 10," she said at the launch of the book "Wet" by Tanveer Bookwala.

"Set in Delhi, it is a story with the backdrop of 1975's Emergency period. The film will be completed by end of January. And then, I will be announcing two more projects," she added.

She will play the title role in the upcoming film. 

"Brought up in an orphanage, she belongs to a small place in Uttar Pradesh. She has a speech impediment and there is a poetic side to her. She gets to settle in her life. The story is about the journey of a woman who has a deficiency in expressing herself and how she eventually copes with the situation and expresses herself." 

Asked about her journey after the success of "Pink", Kirti said it is going as expected. 

"'Pink' is the turning point in my career. It just changed everything for me overnight," she said.

Aditya Chopra is humble: Vaani Kapoor

Actress #Vaani_Kapoor, who is gearing up for the release of her second film "Befikre", has praised its director #Aditya_Chopra saying that he is a humble man.

Asked how was it working with Chopra, Vaani told over phone from Mumbai: "He is such a humble man. You can never feel intimidated by him because he makes sure that he is approachable and friendly." 

"Before he announced (about 'Befikre'), he broke the news I am doing this movie...He was taking my workshops. I didn't know for what movie and who is directing it...He made me feel very comfortable when we were doing workshops also," she said. 

The 28-year-old actress says by the time she reached the film's set, she "did become a lot comfortable".

Kashmir's beauty is Rohit Bal's driving force at work

Ace fashion designer #Rohit_Bal, known for his intricate and elaborate designs with lotus and peacock motifs, says that the beauty of Kashmir always influences his work and it has become a part of his genetic structure.

"The beauty and passion of Kashmir have always been the driving force behind my work and artistry. Everything that I do has Kashmir in it; it is ingrained in my genes now. It's a part of my genetic structure so no matter what I do, it will have a bit of Kashmir in it," Bal told here.

He added: "Subconsciously, sometimes I don't even know I'm doing it. But it's all Kashmir coming out somewhere or the other. When you are influenced so greatly, so intensely and for such a long time by a certain kind of beauty that will transform or come out of you somewhere or the other. For me, it comes out in my work."

Anurag Kashyap's daughter models for fashion portal

Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap's daughter #Aaliyah_Kashyap has modelled for a high street fashion portal - #Aavantam.

Aaliyah, who stars in their campaign video, found it interesting that the brand offers everything from lightweight smocks to statement dresses with sparkly details to smart tiepins and cuff links, read a statement.

According to her, there are plenty of unique pieces to layer and mix-and-match for every fashion-forward girl.

Kabir imagines Salman in stories nobody thought before: Mini

Former VJ #Mini_Mathur says her husband #Kabir_Khan manages to see superstar #Salman_Khan in incredible roles.

Mini said: "I think Kabir likes to imagine Salman in stories that nobody has seen him before. He is an incredible actor."

Mini, dressed in a sari, spoke to media at a festive preview pop-up fashion show on Thursday here. The event was attended by actresses like Sana Khan and Huma Qureshi.

Salman is all set to star in the sequel to Kabir's "Ek Tha Tiger". The film will be called "Tiger Zinda Hai", and is expected to release on Christmas 2017.

How does Kabir manage to convince Salman?

Katie Holmes is 'dependable' parent

Actress #Katie_Holmes wants to be a "dependable" parent to her daughter Suri, 10, so she gives herself a curfew when she isn't working.

Holmes, who has Suri with her former husband Tom Cruise, ensures she is home at a sensible hour when she isn't working, reports

"When I'm not on set, I'm being a mom. I'm doing mom stuff," Holmes told Modern Luxury magazine.

"When I go to an event, I leave at 10 p.m. because it's really important to me to be a mom that is dependable," she added.

Despite her high profile, Holmes says that she never has to avoid things she likes to do because of the attention she attracts.

Asked if there's anything she wishes she could do if not under scrutiny, Holmes said: "I kind of do everything I feel like doing. I don't monitor my behaviour for press purposes."

No one is original: Anu Malik

National Award-winning composer #Anu_Malik, often accused of plagiarism, says that no one in this world is original and that there are just seven notes that composers can play around with to create their own songs.

In his over three-decade career, he has given hit songs in films like "Baazigar", "Main Hoon Na", "Border" and "Ishq". Despite giving foot-tapping songs and heart-warming ones like the National Award-winning song "Moh moh ke dhaage", he tends to get targeted for getting inspired by other musicians.

When asked about it, he gave an example of his superstar Salman Khan featuring number "Ek garam chai ki pyali ho", which is said to be inspired by the legendary British rock band Queen's cult song "We will rock you".

Anu told in an interview: "That is one of my most iconic original songs. If we go back in time, even R.D. Burman was influenced by many songs or even today's composers are. There are seven notes - Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Dha one is original in the world. We have to play around the notes and make our own stuff. People won't give me a National award just like that."

He says he is close to all his songs.

Yuvraj, Hazel a handsome couple: Rishi Kapoor

Veteran actor #Rishi_Kapoor has congratulated cricketer #Yuvraj_Singh and actress #Hazel_Keech on their wedding and called them a "handsome couple".

Yuvraj and Hazel tied the knot on Wednesday as per Sikh traditions at a gurdwara in Punjab's Fatehgarh Sahib district.

Rishi took to Twitter on late Friday to congratulate the couple.

While sharing a wedding photograph of the duo, Rishi tweeted: "What a handsome couple. Congratulations. Mubarak ho Yuvraj!"

Social media comes as a blessing: Sonu Nigam

Singer #Sonu_Nigam says that social media platform come as a blessing in the digital world today.

"In today's time where everything is going digital, social media comes as a blessing. It's always good to connect with fans. Social media has reduced the gap between fans and their idols and that's a good thing," he told.

Meanwhile, Sonu who will also be seen as a judge for the reality show Indian Idol Season 9 says he is extremely honest when it comes to judging the show.

Friday, 2 December 2016

Ways to increase life of electric chimney

Want to clean those greasy #electric_chimney or cooker hoods?

Make sure that the filters fit properly and get a professional to visit and service the chimney at regular intervals, says an expert. 

Rakesh Kumar Jain, Deputy General Manager Quality Assurance, Inalsa, has shared ways to maintain electric chimneys or kitchen hoods, which play a major role in your kitchen. 

♦ Choose wisely: See the suction power of a chimney before you install one in your kitchen. It is the capacity of the motor, of the chimney, to suck oil particles and odour. The chimneys with a long hose have generally more suction power. An Indian kitchen essentially requires a chimney with higher air suction capacity. 

♦ Fit filters: If the filters do not function properly the suction becomes poor and can pose a health hazard. The choice of the right filter improves the performance of the chimney.

Mila Kunis, Kutcher welcome son

Actors #Mila_Kunis and #Ashton_Kutcher have welcomed their second child together - a son.

The child was born on Wednesday, their representative told

The couple, who married in a low-key ceremony in July 2015, also have a two-year-old daughter Wyatt Isabelle.

In October, Kutcher spilled the beans on their second child's sex.

"She points to Mila and she's like, 'Baby brother!' when she points to the belly," Kutcher said on the "Today" show of how Isabelle was preparing to be a big sister.

Digital is the future: Sujoy Ghosh

He has worked for the big screen and also contributed to the digital platform. Director #Sujoy_Ghosh feels that the digital platform is slowly taking over cinema and is the future.

After "Ahalya", many short films including "Kriti", "Ouch" and "Raakh" released on digital platforms and were also lauded for their crisp and fascinating content. 

Asked if he feels the digital platform is slowly taking over cinema, Ghosh told here: "Absolutely, it has to. That is progress and that is the future. I don't know if it will happen in my lifetime or not, but definitely it is the future." 

"The way the digital world is spreading and the way you are accessible and you can access, is only matter of time...When I can beam my movies straight to you at your door step, it is a one to one relationship," added the director, whose film "Kahaani 2", a thriller, hit the screens on Friday.

Asked if he has seen an evolution in the thriller genre, he said: "It is evolving...Any film that is engaging, is a thriller for me. Even when I am watching a hardcore romantic film that is also a thriller for me, as long as I invest in the characters and know more about the film. It is a thriller for me."

Naomi Campbell is queen of fashion:

Rapper says supermodel #Naomi_Campbell is the "queen of fashion". recently teamed up with Campbell for the launch of his new Bluetooth earphone brand Buttons. 

While he believes Campbell is top of the pile when it comes to the catwalk he thinks young pretender Kendall Jenner is the "princess" of the business, reports

"Because I was a part of Beats and that success, when I started this company, I wanted to make sure I had other folks I can bounce ideas off and can consult and help make some noise," told #legend magazine.

"We're so blessed to have them as a part of this… Naomi is the queen of fashion and Kendall is the princess," he added.