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".

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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.

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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.
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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.

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"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.
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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.

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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".
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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.

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"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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

"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.

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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 Ni...no 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".

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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.

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"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?

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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.

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The child was born on Wednesday, their representative told people.com.

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.

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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: Will.i.am

Rapper Will.i.am says supermodel #Naomi_Campbell is the "queen of fashion".

naomi-campbell-is-queen-of-fashion-will-i-mWill.i.am 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 femalefirst.co.uk.

"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," Will.i.am 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.

Khloe was embarrassed to shop with sisters

Reality TV star #Khloe_Kardashian says she was once "embarrassed" to go shopping with her sisters #Kim and #Kourtney_Kardashian as they were more "petite" than her.

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Khloe says there was a time when she was anxious about hitting the shops with her sisters due to her weight, reports etonline.com.

"I was what I would say is average size at the time. I was very proud of who I was, and I felt, like, so shamed at the time - to go into boutiques or to go denim shopping," Khloe said at Fortune's Most Powerful Women Next Gen Summit in California.

"It was something that was super hard for me... I was embarrassed to go shopping with my sisters, who are petite," she added.

The 32-year-old hates being called "plus size" and would rather be known as a "woman with curves".

Jennifer Aniston misses world of 'Friends'

Actress #Jennifer_Aniston yearns for the world her TV show "Friends" was set in -- before the explosion of social media.

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The 47-year-old starred as Rachel Green for 10 years on the show in the 1990s about six friends which became a global TV phenomenon.

Many of the show's scenes were set in the coffee shop --Central Perk in New York and focused on Rachel chatting with her friends -- Monica Geller (Courteney Cox), Ross Geller (David Schwimmer), Chandler Bing (Matthew Perry), Joey Tribiani (Matt LeBlanc) and Phoebe Buffay (Lisa Kudrow).

Aniston says she misses that decade when people weren't constantly staring at their smart phones and actually took the time to talk to one another, reports femalefirst.co.uk.

Gauri Shinde 'constantly surprised' by reaction to her films

#Gauri_Shinde, whose latest directorial #Dear_Zindagi has hit the box office bull's eye, says she is constantly surprised by the reaction to her cinema.

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According to box office estimates across the country, the film collected approximately Rs 55 crore during the first five days of its release.

The film, which released on November 25, was made at a budget of Rs 33 crore.

Shinde said: "Whether it was ‘English Vinglish' or now ‘Dear Zindagi', I am constantly surprised by the reaction to my cinema."

Her husband and filmmaker R. Balki, who has co-produced "Dear Zindagi" with Karan Johar's Dharma Productions and Shah Rukh Khan's Red Chillies Entertainments, said: "I am really touched by how much ‘Dear Zindagi' has connected with people. It's unbelievable!"

"Hats off to Shah Rukh for an incredible performance and producing such an incredibly bold film. Hats off to Karan Johar for seeing the vision so clearly from the beginning. Hats off to Alia Bhatt for hitting it out of the park. Nobody can do what she does."

Incidentally, Balki is also in "Dear Zindagi". He said: "Yes. I am proud of the two-second thank you card for lending my voice to a disclaimer. So, happy to be a two-second part of Gauri Shinde's classic. I want to thank Gauri for battling it out uncompromisingly through all the ups and downs, and still making one of the finest films that has been made."

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Tips to safeguard your bridal outfit after marriage

Store your expensive and heavy #wedding_outfit wisely. Keep it away from moisture and store in a proper bag, says an expert.

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Designer Shaveta Choudhary has rolled out a few tips that you can consider while storing you bridal wear:

♦ Don't hang your outfit by the shoulder straps instead hang it by the loops located inside otherwise it will loosen the outfit.

♦ If possible when you fold the outfit, keep a plain paper in between the folds so the embroidery doesn't get spoiled.

♦ Keep the outfit in a transparent cellophane bag as it is a natural barrier for moisture.

♦ Keep it away from harsh light as strong light can change the colours of the outfit.

♦ Dupatta can be done the same way and for blouses they can be hanged or folded away if storing for a longer time.

Stylise your look with a dupatta differently

Look different with your #dupatta and stand out from the crowd, says an expert.

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Mandeep Nagi, Design Director at Shades of India, a textile brand, has shared some easy ways to drape your dupatta:

♦ Wrapping it over the head: One of the more artsy ways of wearing a dupatta is to wrap it over and around your head. However, this style looks at its best if you are also wearing a prominent jewellery over your head.

♦ Use it as an accessory: Instead of winding the dupatta conventionally over the hand, you can tie it around your hand and use it as an added accessory to bring a modern touch to your traditional/conventional outfits.

♦ Out at the front: Instead of putting the dupatta in the form of a choker neck, you can put it across the shoulders from both the sides and keep it at front. A casual, yet, sophisticated look that never fails to impress.

Working with Bhansali dream of any actor: Aditi Rao Hydari

Actress #Aditi_Rao_Hydari says working with filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali is a dream for any actor.

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"I would like to say that it is any actor's dream to work with a director like Sanjay Leela Bhansali. He is an amazing director and it's also my dream to work with him," she said.

Aditi was speaking at the Brand Vision Summit 2016 event.

"His work is infectious and passionate. That is what we all live for. To have passion in your work and to be inspired, to be able to respect somebody. I really have that utmost respect for him," she said.

The "Wazir" actress has reportedly been approached for the role of Ranveer Singh's wife in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's historical drama "Padmavati".

When asked about that, Aditi smiled and said: "I am not going to answer that question."
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Ranveer Singh is very supportive co-actor: Vaani Kapoor

Actress #Vaani_Kapoor is all praise for #Ranveer_Singh and says her #Befikre co-star is very supporting and brings life to whatever he does.

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Asked about Ranveer as a co-star, Vaani told over phone from Mumbai: "He really does bring life to wherever he is. Be it any place... Be it on or off camera his energy is really infectious. He never really behaved like a star. He is a very supporting co-actor." 

The 28-year-old actress, who made her acting debut in 2013 with "Shuddh Desi Romance", says she knew Ranveer before shooting for filmmaker Aditya Chopra's directorial. 
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Protect you hair in winter using simple tips

With the onset of winter, it's time to protect your #hair from damage that the natural harsh elements cause and the ideal way to do it is to include essential fatty acids and zinc in your diet, says an expert.

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Sangeeta Velaskar, Vice President and Head, Medical Services and R&D, Kaya Limited has rolled out a few pointers:

* For dry hair: Use a mild shampoo with conditioner twice a week and deep condition your hair once a week. During the winter months, it's a great idea to treat your hair to a deep conditioning treatment at least once a week. 

This will help in replenishing the moisture, which tends to get depleted due to styling with hot hair tools or the cold winter air. An alternative is to oil the hair once a week and leave overnight for the moisture to get absorbed in the roots. This leaves your hair feeling soft and shiny.

Twitter has a new head of product

#Twitter has acquired "Yes", a consumer mobile app startup and made its CEO the Vice-President of Twitter product.

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According to a report in REDCODE on Thursday, Keith Coleman, CEO of Yes, and its other six employees are all joining Twitter in product and design roles as part of the deal.

"Coleman will take over the day-to-day leadership of 'Bluebird', the core Twitter app and service," the report said.

Coleman will run Twitter's core product and it is believed to be a challenging job, as the company has been struggling in this area for last two years to grow its user base.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Jamie Foxx to produce series about Marvin Gaye

Actor #Jamie_Foxx is set to produce a series about singer #Marvin_Gaye.

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The 48-year-old and Gaye's son Marvin Gaye III will jointly produce a project about the life of the "Ain't no mountain high enough" hitmaker, who passed away in April 1984, reports hollywoodreporter.com.

"I've been a huge fan my whole life. His brilliance in music is unparalleled. Marvin Gaye's story has always fascinated me," Foxx said in a statement.

While Marvin Gaye III added: "This project will be a powerful and definitive telling of Marvin Gaye's life story."

Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr., who signed Gaye to his label in 1961, also gave his blessing to the series.
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Tilda Swinton slams 'Harry Potter' movies

Actress #Tilda_Swinton dislikes the #Harry_Potter films.

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The 56-year-old was sent to the exclusive West Heath Girls' School in Kent, South East England, when she was young, but thinks boarding schools are "cruel" and damaging to children. She thinks the wizarding franchise's Hogwarts Academy of Witchcraft and Wizardry "romanticises" the educational setting and gives people an unrealistic view, reports femalefirst.co.uk.

"I think they are a very cruel setting in which to grow up and I don't feel children benefit from that type of education," she told The Scots magazine.

"Children need their parents. That's why I dislike films like 'Harry Potter', which tend to romanticise such places," she added.
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Aaron Eckhart backs Tom Hanks to run for President

Actor #Aaron_Eckhart says actor #Tom_Hanks would make a good President.

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Eckhart thinks his "Sully: Miracle on the Hudson" co-star Tom Hanks would make a great President of the United States, reports femalefirst.co.uk. 

The 48-year-old actor plays Jeff Skiles alongside Hanks as Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger in Clint Eastwood's new plane drama based on the real-life events of January 15, 2009 which saw pilot Sully carry out an emergency landing of a passenger jet on the Hudson River following a double bird strike to the engines saving the lives of the 155 passengers and crew on board in the process.

Hanks has garnered much support to run for the top political job in 2020 following his recent speech at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, which he gave a speech when he was being honoured for his life's work in film.
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Anil Kapoor takes selfies with fans in ATM line

#Demonetisation has brought the classes and masses in one line -- and #Anil_Kapoor is one such example. The actor stood in an ATM line to take out some cash and took selfies with a few fans while he waited.

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Last month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi scrapped Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes in an effort to curb black money. 

Anil on Thursday took to Twitter, where he re-tweeted a photograph of himself with two female fans. The actor is seen sporting a cap and gray t-shirt under a black jacket while waiting for his turn. 

"Taking selfies in an ATM line: check...Thanks to DeMonetisation, I get to meet you lovely people," Anil tweeted. 

Justin Bieber thinks Instagram is 'the devil'

Grammy-winning singer #Justin_Bieber, who quit Instagram in August, says that the photo-sharing app is the devil.

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Bieber says he has no desire to return to the social media site because it is like being in "hell", reports femalefirst.co.uk.

Speaking on stage in London on Tuesday, he said: "Instagram is for the devil. I think Hell is Instagram. I'm like 90 percent sure. We get sent to hell and we get locked in the Instagram server. I'm stuck in the DMs. I'm trying to climb my way out and I can't."

Bieber initially made a brief return to Instagram two weeks after he quit the site in August following a row with former girlfriend Selena Gomez, but he later deactivated his account again.
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Shyam Benegal to be awarded Lifetime Achievement Award at IFFP

Legendary filmmaker #Shyam_Benegal will be awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 3rd edition of International Film Festival of Prayag #IFFP 2017 which will be held in New Delhi.

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IFFP Founder Hasan Haider said: "We are happy to announce our third edition of IIFP in Delhi. We are extremely happy to announce that Shyam Benegal will be given the lifetime achievement award this year."

"The festival is growing with every edition and we are excited to see a large number of movies being submitted from all over the world. Bollywood Icons and celebrities are extending their support to make this an important film festival event," he added.

Acclaimed actors Manoj Bajpayee, Manoj Tiwari -- also MP and Delhi BJP President -- and Rahul Roy will also grace the film festival.
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Media will anyway gossip about me: Sunny Leone

Bollywood actress #Sunny_Leone believes that though the media and people will not stop gossiping about her, her new mobile app will help spread authentic information and facilitate direct interaction with her fans.

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"I think media will gossip about me anyway, but through this app what I can do is filter information before going out in the public domain, so they are authentic," Sunny told here.

Starting her Bollywood journey with the film 'Jism 2', within five years, the actress ensured her visibility in the film industry and acted in films like 'Jackpot', 'Ragini MMS 2', 'Ek Paheli Leela', 'Kuch Kuch Locha Hai' and 'One Night Stand', to name a few. She also authored an e-book named 'Sweet Dreams'.

Being the first ever-Indian celebrity to have a mobile app and entering the e-commerce industry, when asked if she wishes to author another book, Sunny said: "Honestly, I haven't thought much about it, I might just do that in future. I have so much to achieve.

Drinking white wine may increase risk of skin cancer

#Alcohol intake, especially white wine, may increase risk of invasive melanoma, a serious type of #skin_cancer, new research has found.

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Examining the link between alcohol consumption and melanoma risk, the researchers found that white wine carried the most significant association, and the increased risk was greater for parts of the body that receive less sun exposure.

"It was surprising that white wine was the only drink independently associated with increased risk of melanoma," said study author Eunyoung Cho, Associate Professor at Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, US.

Approximately 3.6 percent of cancer cases worldwide have been attributed to alcohol, most typically cancers of the aerodigestive tract, liver, pancreas, colon, rectum, and breast. 
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Natya Ballet Dance Festival to begin on Thursday

Bringing together different forms of dance -- from classical to contemporary -- the 'Natya Ballet Dance Festival' will begin here on December 1.

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Organised by Natya Ballet Centre in association with Sangeet Natak Akademi, the festival aims to devise multiple ways of exploring and experiencing varied dance vocabulary of the Indian subcontinent.

The three-day festival will showcase performances by artists like Astad Deboo, Aditi Mangaldas, Aniruddha Das and Nibedita Mohapatra.

The first day will feature an Odissi dance performed by Natya Ballet Centre. 

Widening Circles by Aditi Mangaldas will be performing Kathak on the second day. On the third day, Astad Deboo will be presenting the contemporary dance form.
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Facebook pumps $40,000 into Indian fashion start-up

#CoutLoot, an end-to-end fashion re-commerce platform, has been selected for Facebook's developer-focused #FbStart programme, receiving access to $40,000 worth of credits and services from the social networking giant.

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Launched last year, "FbStart" helps developers grow their startups by leveraging valuable tools and services, worldwide events and opportunities to engage with the Facebook team. 

Under the programme, CoutLoot would also receive mentoring from Menlo Park-headquartered tech giant's engineering teams, the company said in a statement on Wednesaday. 

"'FbStart' programme will be an immense boost to us at this phase of our evolution. Receiving mentorship from the pioneer of social networking will bring a huge opportunity for us to lead the fashion re-commerce revolution in India within the next couple of years," said Jasmeet Thind, Co-founder, CoutLoot.

'Indian startup ecosystem lucky to have Ratan Tata's support'

Amid the corporate war raging within #Tata_Sons, which has also highlighted #Ratan_Tata's work as angel investor in startups after his earlier retirement in 2012, startup founders have come out in strong support of the Tata scion.

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Ratan Tata-funded cab aggregator Ola founder Bhavish Aggarwal said in a recent online article that the former has been the most important person, both for him as well as Ola.

"What seems to be a case of a large shareholder losing trust and confidence has become 'heels dug in' public fight with a lot of mud being thrown around," Aggarwal wrote.

"Tata has been very active in investing and supporting the young startup ecosystem. His investment amounts are small and clearly wouldn't make much of impact to him either way financially if the company does well or not. Its very clear that he does this out of passion and through a desire to help and engage with the community," he added. 

Tata has invested in over 25 startups. Last year alone, he had invested in 19 startups with a total estimated investment of $112,000.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Amazing California Disneyland park

Have you ever imagined a world where all Disney characters from #Mickey_Mouse, Rapunzel to the contemporary Buzz Lightyear, come alive and have some fun? A night at the #Disneyland_Park, California, as I experienced, promises all this and more along with a touch of magic.

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And top it by ending your night on a glittery note with dazzling fireworks illuminating the dark blue canvas of night sky.

The setting sun is not a signal for the fun to end at the theme park, which has been charged up with three new sparkling attractions -- Paint the Night Parade, Disneyland Forever fireworks and World of Color - Celebrate!.

The additions were made last year as a part of Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, which marked the 60th anniversary of Walt Disney's original theme park in Southern California.

Travolta advised by Tom Hanks to accept role

Actor #John_Travolta was told to accept the role in "American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson" by filmmaker Steven Spielberg and actor #Tom_Hanks.

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The 62-year-old, who played the role of O.J. Simpson's attorney Robert Schapiro in the TV series, has admitted that he spent four months mulling whether to star in the 10-part series or not. But the advice of Hanks swayed his decision, reports femalefirst.co.uk.

"It was Steven Spielberg. It was Oprah Winfrey. It was Rita Wilson Hanks and Tom Hanks. And it was former Disney magnate Michael Eisner. They all thought it was completely the right move. 

"Spielberg and Eisner were the most enthusiastic," Travolta told GQ.com about the show, which follows the 1994 murder trial of the former American football player's partner Nicole Brown Simpson.

Travolta, who has worked in the entertainment industry for over four decades, says there are high points in everyone's career, although actors are not "guaranteed" to be involved in every "high quality" project.

The "Forger" actor, whose eldest son Jett died in 2009, has son Benjamin as well as daughter Ella with wife Kelly Preston. Travolta said: "You have these points in your career when you are associated with high quality, with depth, communication, and things that matter on a social level. 

"And when you hit those notes -- whether it be 'Primary Colors', or on the cover of 'Time' magazine, or 'Pulp Fiction', or 'Saturday Night Fever', or 'Urban Cowboy' -- where you're affecting the society on a global level, then you feel a different kind of pride. It's beyond the pride of success. It's the pride of... integrity, I guess?

Chhota Bheem to debut at multi-cultural fest in Dubai

Popular Indian animated character #Chhota_Bheem will make his debut at the Global Village -- a multi-cultural festival here.

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The character will mark his presence at the festival in a musical show. The musical will be a part of the special Kids Fest offering at Global Village.

"We are happy to collaborate with Green Gold Animation to become the first entertainment park outside of India to launch live shows of Chhota Bheem at Global Village," Ahmad Hussain Bin Essa, CEO of Global Village, said in a statement.

"We have a large number of visitors from the Indian subcontinent."

Mascots of the central characters of "Chhota Bheem" series - Chhota Bheem, Chutki, Jaggu and Kalia, will also be part of the musical that will have the fictional kingdom of Dholakpur recreated. The 20-minute show will be played daily on the main stage. The story line is being picked from one of the episodes of "Chhota Bheem" series.

The event will take place in the first week of February 2017 and the main festival of Global Village will go on till April 8, 2017.

'Wajah Tum Ho' makers move release date due to demonetisation

The makers of "Wajah Tum Ho", an erotic thriller, have moved its release date to December 16 in the wake of demonetisation. 

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Its lead actor Gurmeet Choudhary says they will pump up the marketing and promotion for two extra weeks to make the film even more viewer-friendly.

There has been a nationwide cash-crunch which has followed the central government's November 8 decision to demonetise high value currency notes. Gurmeet said the release date of his forthcoming film, which was set for a box office clash with Vidya Balan-starrer "Kahaani 2" on December 2, has been shifted because of demonetisation.

Gurmeet said: "Yes, we took a collective decision om Monday night to postpone the release of 'Wajah Tum Ho' from December 2 to December 16. The main reason is the demonetisation. It has had a crippling effect on the middle-class' buying power. They have no money to see movies at the moment."

How do the producers of the Vishal Pandya directorial expect the situation to improve in two weeks? And if demonetisation is affecting box office collections, why has Gauri Shinde's "Dear Zindagi" done well?

Alia, Varun to perform at Kid's Choice Awards 2016

"Student of The Year" stars #Alia_Bhatt and #Varun_Dhawan are set to perform at Nickelodeon's Kids Choice Awards 2016, which will be hosted by #Manish_Paul.

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"These awards feel more special because the winner is clearly a favourite of the kids and also boosts our morale to do better and keep entertaining our audiences," Varun said in a statement on being a part of Kids Choice Awards India for the first time. 

Manish, who has hosted numerous shows, including the celebrity dance-based show "Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa", is "super excited" for the awards night, which will take place here on December 5. 

"It's a challenge to host live acts and even more challenging when it's for kids because we need to be extra cautious of the gags and jokes we develop. I share a great bond with kids and it's going to be a memorable experience," he said.

Motion poster of Arjun Rampal's 'Daddy' out

Actor #Arjun_Rampal on Tuesday unveiled the first look of his character in the upcoming film #Daddy, in which he is essaying the role of #Arun_Gawli, a gangster-turned-politician of Mumbai.

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Arjun shared a 14-second long motion poster which first shows an image of Gawli and then a photo of himself as Gawli. The similarity in the look is uncanny, with Arjun and Gawli in the same unkempt hair, handlebar moustache and a beard.

As the poster starts rolling, the title of the film and a tagline appears - "the only one who did not run".

The actor posted the look with the caption "Here it is guys the first look of 'Daddy'. Let me know your thoughts. 'Daddy'. Coming soon."

Sujoy Ghosh not worried about demonetisation

#Sujoy_Ghosh, who is gearing up for the release of his forthcoming directorial "Kahaani 2", isn't worried about demonetisation. He says whoever wants to watch the film will watch it.

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Asked if the film will work at the time of demonetisation, Ghosh said here: "Whoever wants to watch the film will watch it... it is all about priorities. Even when I didn't have money, I used to still watch films."

The filmmaker says difficult times keep coming and that he is hoping people will watch the film, which is slated to release on December 2.

"There are difficult times, some or the other problems keep coming up...People have liked the trailer a lot and we are expecting that they will turn up in good numbers," he said.

Starring Vidya Balan and Arjun Rampal, "Kahaani 2" is the second instalment of the 2012 suspense thriller film "Kahaani".

Heartening to see women-centric films being made: Vidya

Actress #Vidya_Balan, who has played strong roles in movies like "Paa" and "Kahaani", says it is comforting that women-centric films are being made and actresses are taking up such roles.

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"The role of women in the society has changed. They are no more defined by the man their lives... we have our individual lives, dreams and aspirations. We are trying to lead our lives on our own terms. 

"It is heartening to see so many women-centric films being made. So many actresses are taking up such roles and these films are doing commercially well," Vidya said during a media conference here ahead of her forthcoming film "Kahaani 2".

"But the root cause for all this is change is happening around us. That is the reality and cinema is the reflection of reality," shared the actress.

Directed by Sujoy Ghosh, "Kahaani 2" also stars Arjun Rampal. It is slated to release on December 2.

Rajinikanth a quiet, humble person, says Amy Jackson

#Amy_Jackson who will be seen sharing the screen with #Rajinikanth in upcoming film "2.0" says the superstar is a quiet and humble person.

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Sharing the experience of working with the veteran, the "Freaky Ali" star said: "He is very, humble and soulful person. Before releasing the first look, when we were shooting a scene, which involved Rajinikanth and me. I asked him, 'Sir, are you excited to release the first look?' 

"He said 'Actually Amy, I am very nervous. I get very nervous when I have the media attention' I was surprised. I said you're a superstar and you shouldn't be. He said 'Yes but I am nervous.' This means he is such a humble person."

Speaking to media at the launch of the cover page of Health and Nutrition Magazine, Amy, asked who is the fittest actor in Bollywood, said: "Akshay Kumar. He has sustained the tag from the moment he started. He actually lives by that mantra. His action sequences are best in Bollywood. When we were shooting 'Singh is Bling', he was always on set before anybody else after doing 2 hours workout. He is a big inspiration."

Fortunate to work with sensitive, intelligent filmmakers: Rasika

Actress #Rasika_Dugal says she feels "very fortunate" to work with sensitive and intelligent directors and producers.

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Rasika, popular for the play "The Vagina Monologues", has been cast in a film, to be directed by actress Nandita Das. And her latest web venture "Chutney" has been directed by Jyoti Kapur Das and produced by Tisca Chopra.

Speaking about working with female directors, Rasika said in a statement: "I am just very fortunate to be working with sensitive and intelligent directors and producers. And it just so happens that many of them are women. But, of course, if their journeys and career motivate and inspire other women, it is a reason celebrate them. 

"I would celebrate them anyway because their work is worth it and not because they are women."