Saturday, 10 September 2016

Munir Khan to start international distribution of Body Revival

Renowned inventor and social worker Munir Khan’s 'Body Revival' has already been a massive success across the country and now due to its immense demand, the herbal suspension is now on its way to international locations.

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“It is a known fact that our Indian population is spread across the world and when I went abroad for various events, I was surprised that most of the people were aware of Body Revival. It is unbelievable that a few foreigners are also well-versed with it, especially people in the medical fraternity.  Many channels showcase our ads and since they watch them, they know about it and several people in India have actually used the product and told about it to their near and dear ones abroad. 

I have been flooded with requests to send Body Revival abroad since so many years, but due to our stocks running out so fast, it was not possible. But we have recently expanded the production capacity in our factory, so we decided on this move. We are currently working on the legalities to go ahead with our international distribution plans. We are hoping for the best," Khan said in an interview.

Being in creative profession a challenge: Shruti Haasan

She sings and acts in films in multiple languages like Hindi and Tamil. Actress-singer #ShrutiHaasan says that being in the creative field itself is a challenge and that she thoroughly enjoys it.

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"Being in the creative profession itself is a challenge. I work not only for myself but also enjoy when the audience receives me well and my piece of art is accepted and appreciated. It is a challenge all the way, which I thoroughly enjoy," Shruti told.

The daughter of stars Kamal Haasan and Sarika considers herself to be lucky.

"I feel I am one of the few lucky ones to be able to do what I want to do. While, yes, there have been difficult situations where I had to take critical decisions, yet it became easier as we went along.

Coldplay to headline first Global Citizen Festival in India

British rock band #Coldplay has been confirmed to headline the debut edition of the Global Citizen Festival on November 19 in Mumbai. The organisers have refuted reports that tickets for the fest have been set at astronomical prices.

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"We're so excited to be announcing that on World Toilet Day -- November 19th -- we're hosting the first-ever Global Citizen Festival in India, with an incredible lineup of international and Indian headliners including Coldplay," said a post on www.globalcitizen.org, the gala's official website.

Coldplay comprises Chris Martin, Jonny Buckland, Guy Berryman and Will Champion. Martin, who visited India last year for the Global Poverty Project to oversee innovative projects addressing sanitation in local communities, is the curator for the Global Citizen Festival.

Suneet Varma's couture line to reflect joyful music of 1970s

Ace designer #SuneetVarma has sought inspiration in the joyful and jubilant music of the 1970s through his Fall Couture 2016 collection during a #fashionshow that will take place here on Saturday night.

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The event will happen in association with DLF Emporio and Diacolor.

"The melodies and the mood from the 1970s have always been my happy place. The styling, silhouettes and colours of the collection are inspired from the times and I have worked on the collection giving it a contemporary twist," the designer told.

This season, the designer has worked with a new colour palette and fabrics ranging from deep maroons and purples in two toned silks, ombre dyed organza in shades of yellow, gold and copper diaphanous lace lined with a vibrant orange and fuchsia pink, reminiscent of the times.

Hairstyling mistakes to avoid on wedding day

Don't pick a #hairstyle randomly, consult a stylist and don't go overboard with hair accessories on your wedding day, says an expert.

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#MehaBhargava, CEO, Styl.Inc Image consulting, points out hairstyling mistakes to avoid on your wedding day:

♦ Knowing everything about your hair is the first thing you need to keep in mind while getting a right hair style for that big day. Do not choose the style randomly just because your favourite actress wore the same hair style on her wedding. Know the length and texture of your hair and avoid loud hair colours for the day. 

Prince Narula on special diet plan for fiction TV debut

Reality TV star #PrinceNarula, who will be making his fiction show debut with forthcoming TV entertainer "Badho Bahu", is following a rigorous diet plan to get into the character of wrestler #LuckySinghAhlawat.

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Explaining his daily health routine for the show, Prince said in a statement: "My breakfast involves eating eight to ten boiled eggs with one bowl of oats. Then I head to the gym, and post workout, I have a protein shake. For lunch, I have rice and chicken. 

"In the evening, I usually have 200 gm fish. After sometime, I have a glass of juice and a bowl of salad. For dinner, I either have chicken or eggs, broccoli, corn and beans."

Prince has previously won popular shows like "MTV Roadies X2", "MTV Splitsvilla 8" and "Bigg Boss 9".

"Badho Bahu", which will be aired on &TV starting from September 12, will tell the story of a plus-size woman and her dreams of getting married. 

Gaurang Doshi's 'Aankhen 2' in legal trouble

Producer #GaurangDoshi, who recently made an announcement of making "Aankhen 2", has been slapped with a Contempt of Court order for launching and promoting #Aankhen2.

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#TarunAgarwal of Rajtaru Studios Limited had questioned how Doshi can make "Aankhen 2" when they had acquired the rights of the 2002 film "Aankhen" from him years back.

However, his lawyer Bobby Malhotra says Doshi has purchased the rights from Eros International media by paying a substantial consideration.

Malhotra told: "We had purchased the rights from Eros International media by a legally executed document on stamp paper by paying a substantial consideration. Today, we are the owner of all the copyright, media right, title of the film and all other rights of the film."

IBFW launches wedding stores

The India Bridal Fashion Week #IBFW launched the first India Bridal Fashion Week Wedding Store at Study By Janak (SBJ) in South Extension, here.

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The wedding store was launched by actress #SonamKapoor who has earlier walked the IBFW ramp.

"Congratulation on new store and It looks very spectacular. The place is huge and its one stop destination I guess which is very convenient right now with our busy lives. There are so many designers here. I am very happy to be in Delhi. This is hub for wedding hence I am very happy to be here," Sonam told reporters at the event here on Friday.

With a very ambitious plan to launch 60 stores in India and overseas in the next five years, the IBFW Wedding Store aims at creating a branded network of wedding ensembles and accessories.

Friday, 9 September 2016

Jack Daniel's unveils virtual reality distillery tour in India

Popular #whiskey brand #JackDaniel's has launched an immersive 360-degree virtual reality experience of its famed distillery in Lynchburg, Tennessee in India.

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First launched in the US in July earlier this year, the experience artfully displays the timeless craftsmanship of the distillery, which was setup by Jasper "Jack" Daniel in 1866, 150 years ago. Even today, this distillery in the town of Lynchburg still produces every single drop of the world's Jack Daniel's.

On Akshay Kumar's 49th birthday, celebs wish him 'greater year'

Tinsel town stars #AmitabhBachchan, #FarhanAkhtar and #AnupamKher wished Bollywood's "tough guy" #AkshayKumar a "greater year" on his 49th birthday on Friday.

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Akshay, who is also popular as the 'Khiladi' of Bollywood, has been a part of the Hindi film industry for over two decades. He has featured in movies like "Mohra", "Main Khiladi Tu Anari", "Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi", "Sangharsh", "Mujhse Shaadi Karogi", "Namastey London", "Bhool Bhulaiyaa" and the recently released "Rustom" among many others.

The actor is married to former actress-entrepreneur-author Twinkle Khanna, the daughter of veteran actors Rajesh Khanna and Dimple Kapadia. Together, they have two children -- son Aarav and daughter Nitara. 

Stamp, concerts, awards for Subbulakshmi birth centenary

The Sri Shanmukhananda Fine Arts & Sangeetha Sabha #SSFASS, Mumbai, and #SangeetNatakAkademi, New Delhi, will jointly kickstart the birth centenary celebrations of legendary Carnatic singer #MSSubbulakshmi from Monday, an official said on Friday.

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The week-long celebrations at the Shanmukhananda Hall shall be inaugurated by Central Sangeet Natak Akademy Chairman Shekar Sen, SSFASS President V. Shankar said.

"We are the first cultural institution to celebrate the centenary of the legend on such a grand scale over a week. Subbulakshmi was a regular visitor here during her lifetime," Shankar told mediapersons.

Horror genre sufficient to grab attention: Mahesh Bhatt

Film maker #MaheshBhatt believes the horror genre itself is enough to grab viewers' attention, and that is one of the reasons why such films don't need stars.

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"People who make horror films realize that this genre itself is sufficient to grab the attention. So that's the reason they don't feel the need (of stars)... That is why there are no stars when it come to horror films," Mahesh Bhatt told.

He is currently busy promoting his next horror film production "Raaz Reboot", which is directed by Vikram Bhatt and stars Emraan Hashmi, Kriti Kharbanda and Gaurav Arora. It will release on September 16.

At 67, Mahesh Bhatt is in absolute sync with the new generation.

Anil Kapoor praises Priyanka Chopra

Veteran actor #AnilKapoor has praised Indian actress #PriyankaChopra and says her maiden Marathi production "Ventilator" will be a hit.

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Anil on Friday took to Twitter, where he shared a photograph of himself with Priyanka's mother Madhu Chopra from the launch of a song from the film.

Praising the actress with whom he worked in "Dil Dhadakne Do", Anil captioned the image: "I know you will excel at this as always! I'm sure 'Ventilator' will be a super duper hit Priyanka Chopra. All the best."

"Ventilator" will reportedly have a cameo by Priyanka, who is currently shooting for her American TV series "Quantico" in New York. 

The film has been directed by Rajesh Mapuskar, who previously directed "Ferrari Ki Sawaari", starring Sharman Joshi and Boman Irani.

Keep a check on bad breath with easy habits

Reasons for #badbreath may vary from oral dehydration to underlying #diseases or simply the kind of food one eats. Go for a spoon test, drink water and rinse your mouth to keep a check on bad breath, says an expert.

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Here are a few habit changes, suggested by #ChandrikaMahendra, Principal Scientist, Research and Development (Personal care), The Himalaya Drug Company, that can help you:

♦ A periodic breath-test is important to keep a check on not only bad breath but also other indicative health conditions. And, isn't it better to be proactive and avoid the embarrassment caused by someone subtly offering you a mint? Cupping your hands around the mouth and sniffing may not be the best way to check your breath. The easy and quick spoon test does the job better. All you need to do is scrape the back of your tongue with the tip of a spoon, allow it to dry and smell-test it. 

Ashley James wanted breast reduction surgery

Reality TV star Ashley James nearly had breast reduction surgery as a teenager.

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The former "Made In Chelsea" star hated her bosom when she was younger but has now come to appreciate it, reports dailymail.co.uk.

"When I was 15, me and my mum went for a consultation about a breast reduction just because I hated (my breasts). But at the moment I don't think I would have cosmetic surgery... but I totally understand why people would. Each to their own," James said. 

The 29-year-old previously suffered from body dysmorphia, an anxiety disorder that causes a person to have a distorted view of how they look.

"I think there's a lot of judgement and sexualisation around boobs --but it's not like I've bought them-- they're part of my body! I tried to dress a lot frumpier and older than I was to avoid comments from boys and teachers even," she said.

Only one in four Facebook users is a woman in India

While women tend to outnumber men in social media platforms the world over, they constitute just 24 per cent of total Facebook users in India, according to a new report.

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"On average, women account for 38 per cent of Facebook's users around APAC (Asia pacific) -- a figure that is already lower than it should be -- but in India, women account for just 24 per cent of the country's users," said the report by Britain-based consultancy We Are Social.

"In Bangladesh that figure is just 23 per cent, and in Pakistan, it's even lower, at barely 22 per cent," the report noted.

In New Zealand, 59 per cent of Facebook users are women and they dominate the social media platform in several other countries of the region including Australia, Mongolia and the Philippines.

Playing video games - tennis may enhance memory

Activities like playing video games or tennis may help enhance your memory, a study has found.

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Attention-grabbing experiences release memory-enhancing chemicals in brain, helping to store memories that occur just before or soon after the experience, the study mentioned.

"Activation of the locus coeruleus (part of the brainstem) increases our memory of events that happen at the time of activation and may also increase the recall of those memories at a later time," said Robert Greene, Professor at the Peter O'Donnell Jr. Brain Institute at UT Southwestern Medical Center's Texas Institute for Brain Injury and Repair, at Dallas in Texas.

The study, published in the journal Nature explains at the molecular level why people tend to remember certain events in their lives with particular clarity as well as unrelated details surrounding those events.

The latest study established that dopamine in the brain can be naturally activated through behavioural actions and that these actions enhance memory retention.

The study tested 120 mice to establish a link between locus coeruleus (LC) neurons and neuronal circuits of the hippocampus -- the region of the brain responsible for recording memories -- that receive dopamine from the LC.

Prabhu Deva most humble person in Bollywood: Farah Khan

Choreographer-director #FarahKhan has lauded film director and actor #PrabhuDeva, saying he is the most humble person in #Bollywood.

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"I am Prabhu's biggest fan. I think he knows that I started my career watching him dancing. He is multi-talented. First, he was a dancer and then became a choreographer, hero, and director. I think he is the sweetest and humble person in the entire film industry." she expressed at the trailer launch of film "Tutak Tutak Tutiya".

As actor Sonu Sood prepares for the release of his maiden production venture, Tutak Tutak Tutiya, Farah was present to release the trailer of the film.

"I have choreographed him (Prabhu Deva) in Sapne. It was so satisfying to me that I could have taken a retirement after that," she added.

Farah has done a special appearance in the film .She would be seen sharing screen space with Action Jackson.

Priyanka Chopra perfect choice to portray me on screen: Asha Bhosle

Legendary singer #AshaBhonsle thinks #Bollywood actress #PriyankaChopra is the perfect choice to portray her character on-screen.

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"Priyanka Chopra would be the perfect choice to portray me as she is a singer. Being a singer, she can express a singer well," Asha said at the event "Timeless Asha" concert organised on her 83rd birthday on Thursday. 

Asked about her autobiography, she said she had completed writing it.

Asked about the legendary music composer and her husband RD Burman's biopic, she said: "It should be made. People will get a chance to listen to his music. His unreleased, forgotten songs can be brought in front of everyone if his biopic is made."

Asha Bhosle's delivers emotional speech on 83rd birthday

Singer #AshaBhosle, who turned 83 on Thursday, has gone through many ups and downs in her life but she says the only support that she got in this world was from the public.

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Asha, who has went through a lot in her life gave an emotional speech on the musical concert called "Timeless Asha" on the occasion of her 83rd birthday.

"It's been so many years in this industry, I have spent like 72 years in this line. I sung my first song when I was thirteen years old. I started my new journey without knowing the struggles and storms that I had to face in my life. No matter what happened, I kept moving on in my life and I was determined that I would never stop," Asha said. 

"I was walking in my life holding hands of my three children. People used to abuse me, laugh at me but all I wanted was work. Whether I got money or not, I would always crave for work. I have never complained in my life, never cried. Nobody has seen my tears, everybody has seen me smiling. Whenever I felt like crying, I used cry under the shower," she added. 

Bhosle, who had tears in her eyes sharing the experience of her real life journey says it was only public who supported her.

"I have seen many things in life, but I kept hoping that somebody would be there to tell me that you have done a great job, you have sung so well, now you must be tired please take some rest. But I did not get anyone like that," she said.

Ekaya's new collaboration to show Benarasi craftsmanship

#Parsiheritage and #Benaras craftsmanship will come under one roof at #Ekaya, a bespoke store presenting curated hand-crafted collections.

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#BharatShah, founder of Ekaya, will present a new narrative for the season showcasing the best of Benarasi craftsmanship.

Under his label Ekaya, Bharat has invited designer Ashdeen Lilaowalia to make Benaras his playground and marry it with his Parsi roots to create a new global aesthetic which is beyond cultural boundaries without compromising on authenticity, said a statement.

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Ranvijay Singh attended Spartan Night party

#RanvijaySingh attended the party and watched the tournament in full excitement. He was seen having a good time with the Spartan Poker owner Amin Rozani.

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It started with a bang! More than 1000 players played online as The Millionaire initiated at 9:30 pm on Sunday (4th Sep, 2016). India's best online poker players joined the party at the Spartan Night. It was a flamboyant and energetic getogether with music, drinks, games and loads of fun. 

Join us for more action on first Sunday of every month. Participate in The Millionaire and/or join the party at Spartan Night!
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Designers Lecoanet Hemant's new line inspired by Ladakh

Indo-French designer duo #HemantSagar and #DidierLecoanet have found inspiration in the co-existence of tradition and modernity in #Ladakh for their Autumn/ Winter 2016 collection under their accessible luxury line Genes - Lecoanet Hemant.

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Going to Ladakh was an eye-opener for the duo.

"We were touched by the intuitive, yet self-assured functioning of this society that accepts today, as a logical step ahead from yesterday and there is no rebellion," Sagar said in an email interaction.

The designers are going to launch the line at an event here on Thursday at Vayu, Bikaner House.

Carma gets revamped - now a multi-designer hub

Iconic fashion store #Carma, a venture of #MalvikaPoddar, has been revamped to present an all-new experience at Mehrauli here. It will retail creations designed by names like #SuneetVerma, #PayalSinghal, #VineetBahl and more from the #Indianfashionindustry.

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Carma was founded 25 years ago, but for the past few years it was a single designer store as Sabyasachi by Carma. Now it has been given a new avatar.

To mark the occasion and also to celebrate 25 years of the store, Poddar organised a bash that gave the fashion industry a glimpse of her vision for an Indian couture experience with top designers.

"Carma has been a landmark destination store. Today it portrays and captures the generation shift.

Delna Poonawala to showcase at London Fashion Week

Designer #DelnaPoonawala will showcase at the upcoming #LondonFashionWeek her collection 'Dark Mistress' which brings elements of goth and drama together with a touch of mystery.

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The #fashion gala will be held from September 15-20. And Poonawala will be showcasing her collection on September 17, read a statement. 

Poonawalla, known for her enchanting and feminine designs, has portrayed soft, sculptural yet a dramatic look in the new line. 

Dark Mistress has ensembles in blood red, with seductive cuts wrapped in shades of midnight blue. 

The collection moves away from demure and focuses on fierce romance. Bold, structured gowns in intense colours dominates the collection.

'Avatar' sequel to be 'family saga'

Filmmaker #JamesCameron says the sequel of #Avatar will be a "family saga" and will focus on human struggle.

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"The storyline in the sequels really follows Jake (Sam Worthington) and Neytiri (Zoe Saldana) and their children. It's more of a family saga about the struggle with the humans," Cameron told variety.com.

Cameron promised the second film would come out in Christmas 2018, and he does not want the subsequent instalments to release too far from each other.

"We haven't moved that target yet, but we will if we need to. The important thing for me is not when the first one comes out but the cadence of the release pattern.

Esha Gupta to walk at India Runway Week 2016

Actress #EshaGupta will turn showstopper for designer #YoshitaYadav at the Indian runway week Autum/Winter 2016.

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Yadav is set to make her debut at the fashion week with her label Yoshita Couture. The designer will showcase her collection inspired by the city of Lucknow which remains the fashion capital of Northern India.

"In this season's collection, we at Yoshita Couture have used 100 per cent. Indian woven Raw Silks, woven in Varanasi and Bengaluru, depending on colour specifications. 

"In this collection, one can see a vivid representation of motifs taken from most famous Mughal monuments of Bara Imambara, Chhota Imambara, and the Rumi Darwaza," said the designer in a statement.

She alo feels that Esha perfectly epitomizes her brand aesthetics.
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Tommy Hilfiger introduce new runway show concept at NYFW

American fashion brand Tommy Hilfiger will be introducing a new runway show concept with #TOMMYNOW -- its first ever in-season fashion show -- at the New York Fashion Week (NYFW).

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The event marks the global launch of the TommyXGigi collaborative capsule with supermodel Gigi Hadid on September 9 on Tommy Pier at South Street Seaport here, read a statement. 

The show signifies a new era in the democratisation of fashion, and delivers the instant gratification of "See Now. Have Now." availability through an experiential fashion show open to press and consumers.

The #TOMMYNOW runway show will be open to the public, reflecting Hilfiger's longstanding vision to democratise fashion and engage consumers in a fun, unique experience both on site and online. 

"#TOMMYNOW is the ultimate expression of my brand philosophy, and the show I have always wanted to present," Hilfiger said. 

Gene Wilder called Burton's 'Charlie...' an insult

The late actor #GeneWilder wasn't a fan of director #TimBurton‘s "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory".

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"I think it's an insult. It's probably Warner Bros.' insult," Wilder had said in a 2013 interview with Turner Classic Movies about the film that came after his own 1971 movie "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory", reports thewrap.com.

"Johnny Depp, I think, is a good actor, but I don't care for that director. He's a talented man, but I don't care for him doing stuff like he did," Wilder had said.

The actor died last week at the age of 83 in Stamford, Connecticut, due to complications from Alzheimer's disease.

He also starred in "Blazing Saddles", "Bonnie and Clyde", "The Producers" and several films with Richard Pryor, including "Silver Streak", "Stir Crazy" and "See No Evil, Hear No Evil".

Michael Douglas feared comparisons to father

Actor #MichaelDouglas says he "lacked confidence" following in his father and actor #KirkDouglas's footsteps.

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Michael took a long time to feel "a sense of security" in his work because he always worried he would be compared to his 99-year-old father and his career achievements, reports mirror.co.uk.

Speaking on TV show "Good Morning Britain" on Thursday, Michael said: "I lacked confidence I would say. It took me a while to have a sense of security. 

"I mean clearly when you have a father like Kirk, he was a big figure to look up to and think, 'Wow how do you be the man that he is?' But I'm not complaining you know, everybody has got their strengths and weaknesses and you just try to overcome those situations and improve your lot in life."

Sarah Jessica Parker is Kim Kardashian's 'idol'

Reality TV star #KimKardashian says that she considers actress #SarahJessicaParker as her "idol".

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Kim was thrilled to meet the "Sex and the City" actress backstage at her husband Kanye West's concert earlier this week, reports femalefirst.co.uk.

The pair were posing for a photograph when Kim turned to Parker and said: "You're like my idol."

Parker laughed and said: "No, you're nuts."

But Kim insisted that the compliment was genuine.

She said: "You're like the most amazing person on the planet."

Parker then invited Kanye to join her and his wife for a photograph.

Urvashi Rautela praises Vidyut Jamwal

Bollywood Actress #UrvashiRautela, 2012 Miss Universe India, was all in praise of her co-actor #VidyutJamwal and said Vidyut is a next-gen action hero.

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"Vidyut is my best co-star so far. He is a very supportive and a brilliant actor. I feel Vidyut is a next-gen action hero who is extremely professional and a hard worker. I think he is the most sought after action king because I really loved the kind of action he has done," she said at the launch of the music video "Gal Ban Gayi" here on Wednesday.

"Gal Ban Gayi" is a re-created version of popular singer Sukhbir's old track. the song features Vidyut Jamwal, Urvashi Rautela and is crooned by Neha Kakkar and Punjabi rapper Yo Yo Honey Singh. Meet Bros has created music for the song.

"It's a pleasure to have him in ‘Gal Ban Gayi'. He has complemented me well in the music video. I have no words to express and completely speechless to talk about him. I am a big fan of Vidyut," Urvashi said about the "Force" actor.
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Katrina is a bundle of energy: Taaha Shah

Actor #TaahaShah is all praise for his "Baar Baar Dekho" co-star #KatrinaKaif.

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"Katrina is a bundle of energy to work with. She treats each scene with such ease and makes her co-actors comfortable. As a dancer, I think Katrina is one of the best. I remember when we rehearsed for the 'Nachde ne saare' song, she made sure she understood and executed each step to a tee," Taaha told.

The romantic-drama film, directed by debutant director Nitya Mehra, features Sidharth Malhotra and Katrina in the lead. It is set to release on September 9.
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Ganesh festival special Twitter emoji trends globally

Micro-blogging website Twitter introduced an emoji on #Ganeshfestival, and the special emoji has won over hearts globally.

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According to a statement issued by the site, the number of tweets using hashtag #GaneshChaturthi that went out from September 3 to 6, were 4,80,000.

There was also a spike on Monday morning with 600 tweets per minute.

The first-ever Ganesh festival emoji was launched on September 4. People can activate it using hashtags like #GaneshChaturthi, #HappyGaneshChaturthi or #Ganeshotsav. 

Bangkok heritage site: Ayutthaya

The sheer splendour of #Ayutthaya makes one forget that it is a balmy May afternoon when on a visit to the #UnescoWorldHeritage Site some 80 km from Thailand's capital #Bangkok.

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After lunch at a riverside restaurant at modern-day Ayutthaya, the visit to the once flourishing temple city was an enriching experience.

Founded in 1350, Ayutthaya was the second capital of the Siamese kingdom.

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Taapsee Pannu shot for 'Pink' with a cold

Actress #TaapseePannu says she had to "keep the cold" for a few scenes in the forthcoming film #Pink.

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She says while filming a scene, set in a courtroom, Taapsee was caught by a viral bug and was under heavy medication. She even requested her production team, especially the film's co-producer Shoojit Sircar, to allow her to dub her voice later. 

But the producer strongly felt that the illness would add more authenticity to her role of a woman on trial. 

For those scenes, Taapsee had to look pale and sound tired. 

Recounting the experience, Taapsee said in a statement: "It sounded funny to me at first when Shoojit sir asked me to keep the cold. My parents were visiting me at that time and they were even more stunned at this requirement of the role." 
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Dhanush to don director's hat

Actor-producer #Dhanush will make his directorial debut with upcoming Tamil project #PowerPaandi, which will star veteran actor #Rajkiran in the lead. The project's first look was revealed on Wednesday.

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"We are happy to inform that Dhanush is donning the director's hat. He will write, direct and produce this project under Wunderbar Films. While Rajkiran will be seen playing the titular role, actors Prasanna and Chaya Singh will be essaying important characters," read a statement.

Dhanush shared the first look poster of "Power Paandi", 

The poster, featuring an ensemble of actors as bikers, comes across as a road trip film, which, according to an official statement, went on the floors here on Wednesday.
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Filmmakers launch anti-Donald Trump ad campaign

A group of documentary filmmakers have launched a new anti-#DonaldTrump ad campaign, with the first TV spot running in Butler County, Ohio.

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The first ad, directed by Rachel Gray, features a Republican woman who says that she cannot bring herself to vote for Trump. The ad will run in local spots across 11 cable networks, reports variety.com.

Other filmmakers working on spots or donating their time to them include Amy Berg, Amir Bar-Lev, Marshall Curry, Heidi Ewing, Liz Garbus, Rachel Grady, Kristi Jacobson, Gabriel Lonson, Tyler Measom, Diana Whitten and Roger Ross Williams.

Diwali 2018 date set for Amitabh, Aamir starrer

"Thugs of Hindostan", for which #YashRajFilms (YRF) has managed a casting coup with megastar #AmitabhBachchan and superstar #AamirKhan, is set for a Diwali 2018 release. Fireworks are likely at the box office.

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YRF is bringing the two stars together on the big screen for the first time.

Vijay Krishna Acharya (Victor), the writer-director of "Dhoom: 3", is teaming up once again with Aamir for the film, a statement said.

"Finally, the moment I've been waiting for has come... to work with my icon, Mr. Bachchan! Thanks Adi (Aditya Chopra), Victor, for 'Thugs of Hindostan'. I'm too thrilled to be working with the actor I have admired all of my life.

"Shoot starts early next year, and the release has been locked for Diwali 2018. Can't wait to get started! Fingers crossed," Aamir posted on Facebook on Wednesday.
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Good sex in later years bad for men

Having sex once a week or more -- and enjoying it -- puts older men at higher risk for heart attacks and other cardiovascular problems, warns a new study.

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For older women, however, good sex may actually lower the risk of hypertension, the study noted.

"These findings challenge the widely held assumption that sex brings uniform health benefits to everyone," said Hui Liu, Associate Professor at Michigan State University in the US.

"Strikingly, we find that having sex once a week or more puts older men at a risk for experiencing cardiovascular events that is almost two times greater than older men who are sexually inactive," Liu said. 

Radhika Apte celebrates birthday with work

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Actress #RadhikaApte is celebrating her 31st birthday on Wednesday dubbing for her upcoming film #Bombairiya and rehearsing for a performance.

Radhika said in a statement: "This year I'm pretty much celebrating my birthday with work which is great too. I have to dub for my film and also rehearse for one of my performances. It is probably the first time that it's all work and no play."

With four films, including "Phobia" and "Kabali", released already, Radhika is gearing up for three more movies "Ula", "The Field" and "Bombairiya" to hit the screens.
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Film on Nepal quake survivors to be screened in Shimla fest

Ganesh Panday's "Nepal Earthquake: Heroes, Survivors and Miracles" and Graham Colin's "Outcast" are among 54 films to be screened at the two-day Second International Film Festival of Shimla, commencing here from October 1, organisers said on Wednesday.

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Films from the US, Russia, Japan, Iran, Dubai (UAE), Argentina, Cyprus, Bangladesh, Canada, Israel, France, Australia, Belarus and Nepal will be screened in the documentary, short and feature films and animation categories, festival director Pushp Raj Thakur said.

In the national category, 22 documentaries, short films and feature films will be screened and filmmakers will represent issues of their states differently in a cinematic way.

"Hunt" from Jharkhand by Bijju Tappo represents the conflicts between Naxalism and the security forces, while "Shrouded Paradise", directed by Jalal-ud-Din Baba, narrates the story of floods in Kashmir.

Courteney Cox has acting plan for daughter

Actress #CourteneyCox has organised acting lessons for her daughter #Coco.

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The "Friends" star believes that her daughter has what it takes to become a movie star. Cox has a 12-year-old girl #CocoArquette with former-husband and actor #DavidArquette. 

Cox has already cast her daughter in the music video for Foy Vance's song "Coco", which she directed. Now, she is getting Coco proper tuition for the stage and screen, reports femalefirst.co.uk.

According to source to the US edition of OK! Magazine, Cox has signed Coco up for acting lessons and she's pouring over scripts for her.

"When she's with industry friends, she keeps saying Coco could be the next Jennifer Lawrence," the source added.

'Narcos' renewed for two more seasons

The drug cartel drama "Narcos" has been renewed for the third and fourth season for the online streaming website Netflix.

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#JosePadilha and #EricNewman will continue to serve as executive producers of the series. The episode count for the additional seasons was not revealed, reports hollywoodreporter.com.

The first season of the critically praised drama chronicled the rise of Escobar (Wagner Moura), while the sophomore run chronicled his fall. 

Ahead of the premiere of season two, Newman, the third show runner on the drama, shared that viewers would see the death of Escobar and Moura's exit, prompting questions over whether or not the series would continue without its star.

Drake to open strip club

#RapperDrake has announced he is to open a "classy" new strip club in Houston, Texas.

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The "Hotline Bling" rapper teased his new venture while opening a pop-up shop at the Toyota Center in the city on Monday night where he told the crowd the club is a "classy new dance experience", reports femalefirst.co.uk.

Drake, who has an on/off relationship with R&B superstar Rihanna, also took to his Instagram account to announce his new venture and confirmed the Texas joint will be opening at the beginning of next year and aims to put women on a "pedestal".

John Abraham keen to shoot film in Arunachal

#Bollywood actor #JohnAbraham, who has been named the brand ambassador of #AruncachalPradesh #Tourism, says he would like to shoot an entire film in the northeastern state.

john-abraham-keen-to-shoot-film-in-arunachal"I just told (state Tourism Secretary Joram) Dr Bedathat I would like to take an entire film to Arunacahal Pradesh.. he corrected me that not an entire film, take one schedule and then you see. I am excited to explore it and we are responsible as film makers and we hope it grows in the arena of tourism. 'Rangoon' was shot there and we hope even we shoot our film there," John said here.

The actor also feels the region has been alienated.

"Historically and geographically we have alienated the northeast from the rest of India. I think it's really sad. I think its high time that we include the northeast in India."

Keep make-up brushes clean, avoid infections

Taking care of make-up brushes is essential to avoid any kind of infections, says an expert.

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#RaginiMehra, founder of Beauty Source India, an online retail store for skincare products, shared a few tips to maintain your brushes:

♦ There are brush cleaning accessories available that are made from special non-toxic material (that won't cause allergies) with different textures for cleaning different brushes (eye brushes, face brushes, dense brushes, fine brushes)," Ragini said. 
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Your perfumes may pollute environment

Love to wear designer perfumes? Be careful, as certain molecules produced in these man-made fragrances act as potential contaminants of the environment, and may also impact our ecosystem in the long run, said a study conducted in the canals of Venice, also known as the city without sewers.

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Investigating the canals of Venice, the researchers looked for traces of molecules referred to as "perfumes" in the ingredients of products such as soaps, detergents, shampoos and many other personal hygiene products that we use daily.

The findings showed traces of "scented" molecules, including those more distant from inhabited areas, though concentrations were up to 500 times higher in the inner city canals.

Samples collected during conditions of low tide showed concentrations comparable to those of untreated waste water, the study revealed.

Use dairy products to soothe sunburn

Want quick and effective remedies to treat sun tan and sunburn? Try dairy products like #milk and #milkproducts, says an expert.

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#TanyaJoshi, Senior Dietician and Nutritionist at Freshmen's Valley, shares some tips on how dairy products can soothe and nourish your skin. 

♦ Cool milk compress: Milk compress is one of the quickest, simplest and low-cost methods. Milk is gentle on skin and can be used directly. The fats, proteins and pH of milk have soothing and anti-inflammatory effect on the skin. 

Directions: Wash the face, hands and all the affected body parts with water and air dry slightly before applying milk. Take equal parts of milk and ice cubes in a bowl. Dip a clean cotton cloth or towel in milk and apply gently on the inflamed areas. Leave it for 10-15 minutes. The milk will dry on the skin and will form a thin protein layer that seals the moisture in, reduces heat and eases discomfort. Wash off this milk film. Repeat this step two to three times. Skimmed milk is best as using full fat milk can make the skin too oily.