Saturday, 21 January 2017

How to ace the art of dating

It will help to keep your #first_date short and sweet, and most importantly non-committal, says an expert who has shared dating tips.

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Sumesh Menon, Co-Founder and CEO of dating app WOO, tells you how to ace the art of dating:

* Don't over research: Try to avoid judging a person before a date. Don't over research about the person as you will end up with a tainted view of what you expect. The fun of going out is getting to know someone new, so allow yourself to let that happen organically.

* Go for like minded individuals: Sharing mutual interest with each other helps you to make your bond stronger. Try to open up to others and to get them to open up to you by listening to them and share your mutual interests as it works best to accomplish your goals. 

How to flaunt fashion from 1980s era

It is time to take a cue for #fashion from the 1980s era. Go for tracksuits, add some ruffles and play with neons to get it right, says an expert.

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Shrestha Runthala, Myntra Fashion Stylist, lists some 1980s' dressing styles.

* Try the tracksuits: This 1980s trend fits right into the current Athleisure craze. Just avoid flashy colours that can be sighted from far away and pick neutral hues with a pop of colour. But if that isn't 1980s enough, try tracksuits of velvet or velour.

* Put power on the shoulders: Power shoulders will replace cold shoulders soon. So, give in to the 1980s bulk and carry some weight around. Choose from blazers, jackets and coats with padding around the clavicle.

Ariel Winter doesn't regret breast reduction

Actress #ArielWinter, popularly known for her character Alex from the TV series "Modern Family", says having a breast reduction is the best thing she ever did and she would recommend the procedure to anyone.

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She talked about her decision to go for breast reduction during an interview with Self magazine, reports femalefirst.co.uk.

She said: "Growing up in the spotlight was quite possibly the worst for my self-esteem. I had a hard time finding confidence within myself. When I started, I had a completely different body than what happened overnight at 12-years-old. I was stick thin, I had no chest, I had no b**t - I had nothing. I was totally flat, and I was so sad about it.

"Then automatically, overnight, my body changed drastically. I was a D cup and had a bigger b**t, and my waist was expanding. Everything was getting bigger. I automatically got this hate and judgment online."

Sushmita Sen on judges panel for Miss Universe in Manila

Former Miss Universe and Bollywood actress #SushmitaSen will be on the judges panel of the upcoming 65th edition of #Miss_Universe _pageant, which will take place here on January 30. It's special for her as she had won her crown in Manila itself in 1994.

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"Getting ready with a dancing heart! I am so excited, emotional and looking forward to returning home to the Philippines after 23 years," Sushmita tweeted alongside a photograph of herself from the make-up room. 

She added: "It's where it all began Manila 1994, Miss Universe 1994. Life comes a full circle, from winning Miss Universe, to having owned its Indian franchise to now. Returning back to Manila this time as a judge at the 65th Miss Universe pageant!

"To all my Filipino friends who have been graciously asking. I can now confirm... Yes, I am coming!"

Donald Trump was obsessed with me: Kristen Stewart

Actress #KristenStewart says US President #DonaldTrump was earlier "obsessed" with her.

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Trump had in 2012 commented on Stewart's personal life.

"He was mad at me a couple years ago, really obsessed with me a couple years ago, which is f*****g crazy," Stewart told variety.com.

"I can't even understand it. I literally cannot even understand it. It's such far-out concept that I don't want to believe that actually is happening. It's insane," she added in reference to Trump's swearing-in as the US President.

Trump's presidential inauguration took place on Friday.

He had tweeted in 2012: "Robert Pattinson should not take back Kristen Stewart. She cheated on him like a dog & will do it again -- just watch. He can do much better!"

'Dangal' mints over Rs 375 crore in India

Bollywood superstar #Aamir_Khans sports drama #Dangal -- which has already garnered the "highest grosser of Hindi cinema" -- is going strong at theaters even after four weeks since its release. The film had raked in Rs 376.14 crore at the domestic box office till Friday.

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The Nitesh Tiwari directorial, which released on December 23 last year, has become the first Bollywood film to cross the Rs 375 crore mark after collecting Rs 1.19 crore on its fifth Friday in theatres, read a statement issued on behalf of the makers.

"Dangal" is based on the life of wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat. It has been lauded by the audiences for its powerful portrayal of the story of Phogat, who, much to the disapproval of his wife and his whole village, trained his daughters Geeta and Babita to wrestle.

Nothing wrong in meeting Dawood Ibrahim in 1988: Rishi Kapoor

Veteran actor #Rishi_Kapoor, who among his many candid confessions about his life via his book #KhullamKhulla, has opened up about a past meeting with India's most wanted fugitive #DawoodIbrahim, says he has no regrets about having met the underworld don.

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In an interview on India Today TV, Rishi was asked by anchor Rajdeep Sardesai about his meeting with Ibrahim in Dubai in 1988.

"What was regretful about it," Rishi retorted.

He narrated how when he had landed in Dubai for a show with R.D. Burman, Asha Bhosle and Bittu Anand, a person came to him with a phone and said "Bhai baat karenge".

"He invited me over for tea... I went to his house, thinking there was nothing wrong because he just a fugitive, he had not done the menace...," Rishi said.

When his comment was interrupted by Sardesai with "but he (Dawood) was still a criminal", Rishi said: "So what? I meet so many criminals in my life... Maybe I am also a criminal, but I may have not committed any serious crime. But yes, as an actor I thought I would like to know his story.

Abhishek Jawkar Producing Arshad Warsi and Naseeruddin Shah

Abhishek Jawkar Producing #ArshadWarsi and #NaseeruddinShah's tentatively titled #KoiJaaneNa.

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The successful duo of Arshad Warsi and Naseeruddin Shah will be once again seen together on the big screen in a thriller film.

Producer Abhishek Jawkar confirmed the news ,"Arshad plays the lead while Naseeruddin will be seen in a pivotal part."

The lovable duo Khalujan and Babban aka Naseeruddin Shah and Arshad Warsi from the much applauded film series of Ishqiya are coming back once again to enthrall you. They will be seen together in a thriller film all set to the floors by the end of this year. 

The film has been tentatively titled as Koi Jaane Na.  

Friday, 20 January 2017

'Maaya' not inspired by 'Fifty Shades Of Grey': Vikram Bhatt

Filmmaker Vikram Bhatt, who explores the theme of #BDSM -- a variety of erotic practices or role playing involving bondage, discipline, dominance and submission -- in a new web-series titled #Maaya, says it's anything but inspired by international film #FiftyShadesofGrey.

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In an interview, Bhatt spoke about the reason behind doing the web-series and why making it as a feature film was not an option he considered. Excerpts:

Q. What prompted you to do a series on BDSM?

I was writing a book on this at first. Wrote a couple of chapters as well, but then I realised that it needed a visual medium. It's not as much about BDSM as it is about the internet and the anonymity that it gives. You give yourself a username and suddenly you are free of being yourself. You can be who you want and in that you end up becoming more yourself than you ever were. 'Maaya' is about that irony. To be your true self, you need to be anonymous.

Q. Do you think sexually deviant behaviour is now an integral part of our social structure?

I don't really have an answer to that. I know that the millennials have made it more acceptable, but there will always be the ones who will judge. I believe that whatever is safe, sane and consensual between two adults in the privacy of their bedrooms, is not deviant.

Q. Why did you do a web series on BDSM? Why not a feature film?

'The Space Between Us' to release in India in February

Romantic sci-fi American movie #TheSpaceBetweenUs will hit the Indian screens in #Valentine's week in February.

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Starring Asa Butterfield and Britt Robertson, the movie revolves around a teen couple from different worlds and how fate brings them close. The movie will hit the screens in India on February 10, read a statement from PVR Pictures, which will release it in the country.

Gardner Elliot (Butterfield) has an unusual upbringing on Mars. When his mother dies during childbirth, he is raised on that planet itself. At the age of 16, Gardner falls in love with a girl named Tulsa (Robertson) living on Earth, after they connect via an online platform. 

Helmed by Peter Chelsom, the movie is set around the age old question - 'Will they - a man and a woman - who are often said to be from different planets, bridge the space between them?"

Everything I do is for my children: JLo

Singer-actress #Jennifer_Lopez says "everything" she does is in support of her children -- eight-year-old twins Emme and Maximilian -- whom she has with former husband #Marc_Anthony.

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Lopez says her life has stopped being all about "me, me, me" since she gave birth to her children as she is now focussed her efforts on making "them happy".

"Everything I do is for them (my children)," Lopez told etonline.com.

"Once you have kids, it's a whole different world. You go along as an actress or performer in this business and it's (always) 'Me, me, me. My business, my career, my things. What am I going to do next?'

"When you have kids, it becomes not about you, it becomes about them and what's going to make them happy and what's going to make them better, and what's going to be better for them," she added.

Pamela Anderson helps Russian orphans find homes

Actress #Pamela_Anderson is backing the Read To Me campaign from Change One Life charity, which is helping thousands of Russian children find homes.

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Anderson has appeared in a video hosted on the campaign's website and on YouTube in which she recites the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale "Princess and the Pea" about a bedraggled princess, who is made to prove she is worthy of marrying her prince, reports femalefirst.co.uk.

In the story, which was penned in 1835, the princess arrives at the palace soaked from the rain and is ordered to sleep on twenty mattresses by the queen to prove her royalty.

In the morning, the princess is asked how she slept and she replies "very badly", proving she is a real princess "because she had felt the pea right through the twenty mattresses".

16 models to debut on AIFW Autumn-Winter 2017 ramp

The 29th edition of the Amazon India Fashion Week #AIFW will introduce 16 fresh faces on the ramp for the Autumn-Winter edition.

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The event will be held from March 15-18 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here.

"It was heartening to see an overwhelming turnout of participants and the immense capabilities they displayed. I would like to thank the distinguished FDCI jury for enabling these greenhorns to embark on a testing journey to success," Sunil Sethi, President, Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI), said in a statement, after the model auditions were held on Thursday.

FDCI -- India's apex fashion body -- conducted a campaign titled #GETNOTICED to audition new and aspiring models.

Worried about expectations from 'Raees': Rahul Dholakia

National Award winning filmmaker #Rahul_Dholakia, whose forthcoming Shah Rukh Khan starrer #Raees is releasing on the same day as Hrithik Roshan's #Kaabil says he is not worried about the date clash of the two films as about the high expectations that audiences have of his film.

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"As a director, the release date is not in my hand. So, I am not worried about 'Raees' and 'Kaabil' date clash, but people's expectation," Dholakia said here.

"From the day we launched the trailer, people started expecting something extra special from the film, and rightfully so. It is a larger than life film starring actors like Shah Rukh, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Atul Kulkarni and some other fine actors of our time. I just hope we match that (expectation) and people love the film," he added.

After 150 drafts, five years of hard work and on location shooting in Gujarat and Dubai, "Raees" is ready to be out on January 25. The film also features Pakistani actress Mahira Khan. The movie is about a bootlegger and his run-ins with the police and political powers.

Nobody can play Om Puri better than me: Manoj Bajpayee

Actor #Manoj_Bajpayee believes that nobody can play #Om_Puri better than him if a biopic on the late actor is ever made.

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"I think nobody can play Om-ji better than me because I knew him very closely. I came for his prayer meet but still I am smiling because if you remember him, you can't be upset. He was such a joyful character. I remember him with loads of happiness," Manoj said here at a meet to pay tribute to Om Puri who died on January 6.

Bajpayee, who is often regarded as a method actor and known for his unconventional roles in films, said: "Om Puri ji was one of the reasons for doing the kind of acting I am known for. He helped us to conceive the dream... Those who come from small towns. He showed us that path and achieved the top (success) which we dreamt of."