Thursday, 27 April 2017

'Baahubali' team cancels premiere after Vinod Khanna's demise

The team of film #Baahubali2TheConclusion, has canceled the films premiere which was to take place on Thursday, as a mark of respect for veteran Bollywood actor-politician, who died on Thursday. He was 70.

"We are deeply saddened by the loss of our beloved, the legendary Vinod Khanna. The demise has come as a huge shock to all of us. As a mark of respect for our dearly departed, the premiere event of 'Baahubali : The Conclusion' is now cancelled. Love and remembrance, Karan Johar, SS Rajamouli and the entire team of Baahubali," read a statement released on behalf of filmmakers Karan Johar, S S Rajamouli and the other team members.

Karan is presenting the Hindi version of the film.

Modi condoles Vinod Khanna's death

Prime Minister #Narendra_Modi on Thursday condoled the death of veteran Bollywood actor-turned-politician #Vinod_Khanna who died after a prolonged illness. He was 70.

"Will always remember Vinod Khanna as a popular actor, dedicated leader and a wonderful human. Pained by his demise. My condolences," Modi tweeted.

Khanna was admitted to Sir H.N. Reliance Foundation Hospital in Mumbai in the first week of April and breathed his last at 11.20 a.m. on Thursday due to advanced bladder carcinoma. 

The actor was the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Lok Sabha member from Gurdaspur in Punjab. He was into his fourth term as MP from the seat.

Veteran actor-BJP politician Vinod Khanna dead

Veteran Bollywood actor-turned-politician and former union Minister #Vinod_Khanna died here on Thursday morning after a prolonged illness, a family friend said. He was 70.

Khanna was hospitalized over a month ago for cancer but the family then remained tight-lipped.

Khanna is survived by his former wife Geetanjali and their sons Akshaye and Rahul, who are now actors, and his present wife Kavita and son Sakshi and daughter Shraddha.

The senior Khanna was admitted to Sir H.N. Reliance Foundation Hospital in the first week of April.

Walk in nature and shake off the summer heat

Just "walk it off", is what most people say to cool others down. The coming months will surely hit you with soaring temperatures. How about challenging yourself by #hiking or simply traversing a plantation? To beat the heat, merge with #nature by walking through a #rainforest or in a stream and then wink back at the sun.

A relaxing spa therapy or scrumptious meal easily make it to the to-do list when you check into a hotel. How about opting for nature walks organised by some of the luxury hotels in the country?

The Lalit Resort & Spa in Bekal, north Kerala, is surrounded by picturesque gardens, organic farms and a river. The guests are shown the coral lake, a walk around the river and more.

They have also tied up for a plantation trek with Ratnakaran from Thonikadavu in Kasargod district, Kerala. Guided by Ratnakaran, guests can take a walk through plantation where they can find coconut, walnut, cashew, papaya, black pepper and betel nut trees.

Stone, Lawrence 'saved' Brie Larson's life

Oscar-winning actress #Brie_Larson has revealed that her friends and actresses #Emma_Stone and #Jennifer_Lawrence saved her life and came to her rescue at a low point during the promotional whirlwind for her 2015 film "Room".

"I felt lonely and bad sometimes. I was embarrassed to keep talking about myself. Emma wrote this beautiful e-mail out of nowhere, and then one day Jen sent me a text message after she saw ‘Room', and we started talking," Larson told Vanity Fair magazine, reports

The text, Larson revealed, ended up being a group chat including actresses Lena Dunham and Amy Schumer.

'Lipstick Under My Burkha' cleared for theatrical release

Feminist drama #LipstickUnderMyBurkha is cleared for a theatrical release in India after the country's Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT), decided that the film can be issued an adult certificate, equivalent to an NC-17 rating.

At a press conference on Wednesday, producer of the film Prakash Jha was asked to comment on their victory. "I am very happy for the film, after our battle with censorship, 'Lipstick Under My Burkha' cleared with A certificate and will be released soon," Jha said.

"I really laughed when I heard the CBFC (Central Board of Film Certification) decision and the way they had interpreted the whole film. It was ridiculous to interpret a story like that. Our society and all other societies have stereotyped women's existence. Women should look, think, behave, dream or do anything in a particular way which is entirely male oriented. They (women) will be part of our life but the way we (men) want them to be. Women cannot think, dream or talk about their career or satisfaction," the "Rajneeti" helmer said.

Want to be a smart producer: Richa Chadda

Bollywood actress #Richa_Chadda who is producing Punjabi short film #KhoonAliChithi says that she wants to be a smart producer by making films which will not only benefit cinema but also prove profitable for her and financers.

Present at the screening of the film on Wednesday, Richa was asked about the comercials involved in short films compared to feature film.

"For short films, profits are low but at the same time investments are also low. People don't sell their homes to make short films. It's just one month earnings which is easily recoverable," the "Masaan" actress said.

"Also I want to be a smart producer. I will never make a film which would only benefit cinema. But I want to make films which benefits me and my financers and at the same time it has to be meaningful," she said.

The actress, who was part of realistic films like "Gangs of Wasseypur" and "Sarabjit", said: "Since ages we have been told that only entertaining cinema is profitable and there is no money in realistic cinema. But its not true. In fact real life is more entertaining. Even biopics work."

Katie Price not a fan of Kim's 'big' derriere

British TV personality and glamour model #Katie_Price says she doesn't like reality TV star #Kim_Kardashian's "big" derriere.

Price's comments come after a few "un-airbrushed" photographs of Kim wearing a bikini while on holiday in Mexico spread on social media, reports

Asked about Kim's images, Price told The Sun newspaper: "I don't like big bums, so that's not for me. But a lot of the young girls... they look online and you know they do airbrush pictures, when I do my photo calls they are un-airbrushed. It is what it is."

Price, who is famous for her surgically-enhanced figure, said she doesn't ask for her own images to be retouched.

Priyanka wanted 'Baywatch' character to be feminine, evil

Actress #Priyanka_Chopra, who will be seen playing a negative role in her upcoming Hollywood film #Baywatch, said she wanted her character in the film to be feminine and evil at the same time.

"I have played villain in Hindi films before, like 'Saat Khoon Maaf' and 'Aitraaz', but I wanted Victoria (her character in 'Baywatch') to be very different... I wanted Victoria to be very feminine and at the same time very evil, as there is something very scary about that," said Priyanka at the press conference of the film on Wednesday.

When asked what made her choose "Baywatch" as her debut film in Hollywood, Priyanka said: "After 'Quantico' I was offered some amazing films. But I liked 'Baywatch' the most because, one, it was a huge, big, global movie and I was a 'Baywatch' fan when I was growing up. And secondly, I was playing a villain in the film.

I'm the worst liar: Emma Watson

Actress #Emma_Watson considers herself as "the worst liar".

The 27-year-old says even though she earns her living "telling the truth under imaginary circumstances", she is awful at lying, reports

During a conversation with Interview magazine, the "Beauty and the Beast" star was asked if she considered acting to be a form of lying.

She replied: "Ugh, no! Acting is telling the truth under imaginary circumstances. I cannot think of a worse way to describe acting. Also, I'm the worst liar ever."

Sarvar, Sartaj sing title track for kids' show

Singers #Sarvar and #Sartaj, who have crooned the song "Bapu sehat ke liye tu to haanikaarak he" for "Dangal", have now lent their voice for the title track of animated investigative TV series #GattuBattu.

"It was an amazing experience to sing the title track for the new show 'Gattu Battu'. I really hope my friends and fans would love our new song. I am a great fan of detective shows and I am looking forward to watch the new series," Sartaj said in a statement. 

Sarvar shared: "I have been following shows on Nickelodeon since I was a kid. 'Motu Patlu' title track has been my favourite. It's a great opportunity to sing to the lyrics penned down by Gulzaar uncle for 'Gattu Battu'."

Rajamouli gave me whole arc of a woman's life: Anushka

Actress #Anushka_Shetty, who essays the role of Devasena in #Baahubali2TheConclusion, says that the film's director S.S. Rajamouli has given her a whole arc of a womans life.

During an interview on CNN-News18's "Now Showing", she said that people rarely get to play a character who transforms from a young person to an old lady, read a statement from the channel.

"I feel Rajamouli has given me a whole arc of a woman's life... from being a young girl to a woman, a mother... it's beautiful," Anushka said.

Asked about why Katappa killed Baahubali, Anushka said it would be unfair to let out the answer to the million-dollar question before the movie releases on Friday.

Sharing screen with Salman will be surreal: Angad Bedi

Actor #Angad_Bedi is happy that he will get a chance to share screen space with #Salman_Khan in #Tiger_Zinda_Hai. He says Salman is "writing his own destiny and breaking his own film records" and hopes to learn some success tricks from the superstar.

Angad, who has been recognised for his work with "Pink" and "Dear Zindagi", will start shooting for the Ali Abbas Zafar-directorial in Abu Dhabi from May 4. 

"Salman bhai is the biggest draw at the box office. All his films have been loved by the masses. I get to be in his market. I can only gain from him. The love that the audience has for him is very special. He's writing his own destiny and breaking his own film records," Angad told IANS in an email from Mumbai.

He added: "Sharing screen time with him is going to be a surreal experience. Looking forward to this collaboration."

It is a sequel to 2012 film "Ek Tha Tiger", which was directed by Kabir Khan. 

Process of building a character is magical: Kirti Kulhari

Actress #Kirti_Kulhari, who shot to fame with "Pink", is now playing the protagonist in National Film Award-winning filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar's forthcoming film #Indu_Sarkar. She says as a performer, building a character is an interesting process.

She plays a poetess who stammers in the film that is set in the 1980s. 

Kirti told here: "The process of building a character is so magical that I cannot explain in words. In this film, while going through the understanding of my character, I realised how stammering is going to be an important part."

"So, I started analysing how stammering can create a difference in her personality, her confidence level, social acceptance and emotional expression, among other things."

"We have mostly seen in films that stammering has been projected in a very caricaturish way. But here, I tried my best to do justice to that part with best of my ability. It is always good to manage the authenticity." 

Composers, singers, lyricists stars of my life, says Mohit Suri

Filmmaker #Mohit_Suri says composers, singers and lyric writers have always been stars of his life.

Asked if he thinks lyricists often don't get recognised for their work in Bollywood, Suri said: " No not at all". 

"I genuinely believe, like I've said the stars of my life have been composers, singers and the lyric writers...I know that there is a tendency to look at the singers, as the main ones but I have always appreciated their work coming from a family who has an ear for music that I have also learned over the years," Suri told over an email from Mumbai. 

There were reports that Manoj Muntashir was "unhappy over not being acknowledged for crafting ‘Main Phir Bhi Tumko Chahunga'" for "Half Girlfriend". He had also expressed his displeasure over people heaping praise on composer Mithoon and singers Arijit Singh and Shashaa Tirupati for the romantic track, and not talking about his contribution. 

"Half Girlfriend", starring Arjun Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor, is adapted from celebrated author Chetan Bhagat's novel of the same name. 

Diamond shapes define your personality too

Oval, pear or heart -- #diamond shapes are many and so are the personalities of the ones who wear them. Diamonds can give a peek into your personality, say experts.

Jewellery designer Anushka Jain, brand Vararoha, and jewellery designer Pooja Juneja share a list of diamond shapes and personalities of the wearer: 

* Oval: It has a lengthening affect that gives a longer illusion to the hand, resulting in more slender-looking fingers. 

Personality: Creative, bold and innovative.

* Pear: The beautiful fluidity of the pear shaped diamond evokes delicate calm with elegant sophistication. 

Personality: Fun and adventurous.

Madonna not happy with biopic 'Blonde Ambition'

Singer #Madonna is unhappy with the news of the biopic #Blonde_Ambition which is being made on her.

Just after the news of the biopic was announced, Madonna took to her Instagram account to express her opinion about the project, reports

On Tuesday, the singer criticised the unauthorised biopic and said that only she could tell her story.

"Nobody knows what I know and what I have seen. Only I can tell my story. Anyone else who tries is a charlatan and a fool. Looking for instant gratification without doing the work. This is a disease in our society," she posted.

Madonna's planned biopic is being written by Elyse Hollander.

Parineeti doesn't need auto tune for singing

Actress #Parineeti_Chopra, who has lent her voice for "Maana ke hum yaar nahin" in the forthcoming film #MeriPyaariBindu, says the song has no auto tune.

Parineeti, who will be essaying the role of an aspiring singer in "Meri Pyaari Bindu", shared a short video of herself on Twitter and captioned it: "And this is how it happened! Blessed. And - No auto tune 'Maana ke hum yaar nahin', 'Meri Pyaari Bindu'."

The 28-year-old actress shared another video captioned: "And another one! Behind the scenes...'Maana ke hum yaar nahin' 'Meri Pyaari Bindu,"she said. 

Parineeti made her singing debut with the song that has received a positive response from the audience.

Directed by Akshay Roy, "Meri Pyaari Bindu" is produced by Maneesh Sharma under the Yash Raj Films banner. Th film also stars Ayushmann Khurrana. In the film, Ayushmann will be playing a novelist. 

Shraddha Kapoor 'honoured' to play Saina Nehwal in biopic

Bollywood actress #Shraddha_Kapoor, who will be seen playing #Saina_Nehwal in an upcoming biopic directed by Amole Gupte, says she is really honoured to essay the role of the Indian badminton star in the film.

Shraddha on Wednesday took to Twitter to make the announcement. 

"Saina Nehwal -- The former World number one badminton player. An Indian girl. An inspiration to millions. A youth icon in the truest sense," Shraddha tweeted. 

The actress says Nehwal's "journey to the top has been fascinating".

"I am honoured to be given this opportunity to play her in my next film 'Saina'," she added. 

The actress, who is currently promoting her forthcoming film "Half Girlfriend", says preparing for the film will be very challenging for her.

Arijit Singh's voice fills us with love: Shraddha Kapoor

Actress #Shraddha_Kapoor has praised singer Arijit Singh and says his voice fills everyone up with love.

Shraddha on Tuesday took to Twitter to wish Singh on his 30th birthday. 

"Happy birthday to the man whose voice gives us all goosebumps and fills us up with love. Arijit Singh! Keep spreading magic and love," she said.

Arijit has collaborated with Shraddha on songs liks "Meri Aashiqui", "Tum Hi Ho", "Hum Mar Jayenge", "Humdard", "Girl I Need You" and "Enna Sona". 

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Friendship is fundamental foundation of our relationship, says Bipasha

Actress #Bipasha_Basu, who is about to complete one year of marital bliss with her actor husband #Karan_Singh_Grover, says the key fundamental foundation of their relationship is friendship.

Bipasha and Karan tied the knot in April 2016. The "No Entry" actor took to Instagram to share a throwback video of her marriage.

"...It's going to be a year soon .. this clip from the April 28 201, when we officially became husband and wife. It's been amazing till now... our relationship's key fundamental foundation is friendship... it's selfless and loving," Bipasha captioned the video.

The pair was last seen together in the 2015 horror film "Alone". 

Handwoven dupattas a staple in women's wardrobe: Designer

Designer #Gaurang_Shah, who has styled the likes of Sharmila Tagore and #Vidya_Balan, has come up with #Dupatta _Festival to celebrate the art of this ensemble. He says that handwoven dupattas have become a staple in a woman's wardrobe.

"A dupatta is one of the most versatile garment that can be paired and styled as per ones persona. One could go fusion, traditional, dress it up or dress it down. It is perfect for a office conference or a cocktail party," he told.

"Handwoven dupattas have become a staple in a woman's wardrobe. A Maheshwari printed dupatta, a patan patola, a kota, khadi jamdani, paithani, kanjeevaram, chikankari, parsigara, kalamkari are some of the handwoven dupattas that are in trend," he added.

Some of the range that Shah has created for the festival are Patan Patola, Khadi Jamdani, Kota,Benarasi, Paithani, Kanjeevaram and Maheswari.

No need to fuel this anymore: Sonu Nigam on azaan row

After #Sonu_Nigam's comment on "forced religiousness" in India after being woken up by the azaan created a lot of controversy, the singer now says that there is no need to fuel the argument anymore.

Sonu on Tuesday night took to Twitter to ask people to look ahead and move on. 

"Guys, in favour of me and in opposition, let's agree to agree and disagree. No need to fuel this anymore. Look ahead and move on. Prayers," Sonu tweeted. 

Post his comment, Nigam offered to apologise if his controversial tweets were found to be 'anti-Muslim'.

The singer blew up a controversy when he lashed out at "forced religiousness" in India after being woken up by the 'azaan' (Muslim call for prayer) from a mosque near his home.

Priyanka thanks 'Ventilator' team, mother for National Film Awards win

Actress #Priyanka_Chopra has thanked the entire team and cast of her maiden production #Ventilator for its win at the 64th National Film Awards, and praised her mother Madhu Chopra for being her "rock partner".

"Ventilator" won in three categories, including Best Director, at the 64th National Film Awards. Rajesh Mapuskar won the Best Director award, while the Best Editing award went to Rameshwar Bhagat and Best Sound Mixing to Alok De for the film.

Priyanka, who is in India now, on Tuesday night took to Instagram to share a photograph of herself along with her mother surrounded by paparazzi.

"Thank you to my Purple Pebble Pictures team and everyone who contributed to 'Ventilator and all my mad endeavours. The cast, the crew, our partners, the media..Thank you all for coming out so strong tonight. We cried we laughed and just made merry...My gorgeous and incredible team. Without who nothing would be possible and my formidable mother Madhu Chopra you are my rock partner! Here's to many more by gods grace," Priyanaka captioned the image. 

What makes Bella Hadid freak out

Model #Bella_Hadid freak outs in the middle of the night if she doesn't take off her make-up.

The 20-year-old says she sometimes sleeps with her face full of cosmetic products on, but she always wakes up feeling completely guilty that she has failed to take off the beauty products. 

She then forces herself to get up and cleanse her face before going back to bed, reports

"I do sleep in my make-up sometimes but I always wake up at 2 a.m., freaking out and feeling completely guilty about it. My body knows! So I'll get up, wash my face, moisturise and go back to sleep because I hate waking up in the morning with make-up on - it's the most horrible feeling," Hadid told Vogue magazine.

Kailash Kher celebrates musical journey of 'Kailasa'

Celebrated singer Padma Shri #Kailash_Kher celebrated the music journey of his band #Kailasha in the presence of Maharashtra Chief Minister #Devendra_Fadnavis among many iconic personalities from the world of music and films.

Talking on the occasion on Tuesday night, Kailash said, "When I came to Mumbai, I had to face a huge struggle and series of rejections before managing to get my recognition. But I think those days made me stronger and I am thankful that almighty blessed me with the love of so many people across the nation that wherever I go, people love my music."

The evening started with a small audio visual presentation that captured the journey of band Kailasha and its members Paresh and Nuresh followed by a comedy performance by Raju Srivastava. Presented by P.S. Chhatwal the occasion was graced by singers like Alka Yagnik, Udit Narayan, Papon, Mithoon, Armaan Malik, Prasoon Joshi, among others.

Emma Watson gets overwhelmed by public attention

Actress #Emma_Watson says she is passionate about her "private identity" because she gets overwhelmed with attention.

Speaking to Interview Magazine, Watson asserted that growing up in the spotlight taught her the importance of separating her public persona from her private life, reports 

Watson got famous thanks to her role as Hermione Granger in "Harry Potter" film series. 

Watson said: "Daniel (Radcliffe), Rupert (Grint), and I were kids when we got cast in this fairy-tale series, and what happened to us was kind of a fantasy story in itself. 

"So the story of my life has been of public interest, which is why I've been so passionate about having a private identity. When I step into a character, people have to be able to suspend their disbelief; they have to be able to divorce me from that girl. And not having everyone know every single intimate detail of my entire life is part of me trying to protect my ability to do my job well."

The 27-year-old added that she knows that she is "under a different microscope, a certain level of scrutiny" which she finds hard to deal with.

More Green Heroes for brighter future, says Abhishek Bachchan

Bollywood actor #Abhishek_Bachchan, who was present at the #GreenHeroesFilmFestival happening here expressed his concern over our environment and said that having more Green Heroes will ensure a bright future.

"The greatest joy after watching these wonderful films is, that if we have more such people making these films, if we have more Green Heroes like we saw today, the future is going to be bright," said Abhishek at the Green Heroes film Festival on Tuesday evening.

TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute) and the US Consulate General Mumbai came together to gather stories of unsung Green Heroes from India's western region. The festival gathered young filmmakers, photographers, video editors, writers and activists who can tell powerful stories of individuals or communities and have done commendable work in protecting the environment in their neighbourhoods or beyond. 

Regarding his contribution to the organisation Abhishek said, "Me and my family have worked with TERI for several years. They do great work by not just spreading the word but also encouraging the youth."

Expressing his concern for the environment and appreciation for the filmmakers, the "Guru" actor said: "A big problem towards the environment is everybody looks at themselves as an individuals and as an individual in this vast sea of humanity we few were insignificant. But after seeing these 10 films you realize how significant that 1 per cent is."

Dave Bautista wants Craig to return as Bond

Wrestler-turned-actor #Dave_Bautista is eager to see actor #Daniel_Craig reprise the role of James Bond.

The 48-year-old starred opposite Craig in the most-recent 007 movie "Spectre", in which he played the villainous henchman Mr Hinx. Bautista says he would love to see the British actor return as Bond, reports

Asked if he'd like to reprise the part of Mr Hinx, the star said: "Yeah! Believe me we're talking about it a lot. We're waiting at home with our fingers crossed."

Richa Chadha reveals why she decided to produce films

Actress #Richa_Chadha, now a producer, says that she always wanted to make a film which she would like to see as an audience.

She held the screening of her first production "Khoon Ali Chithi" on Monday here. 

"Digital medium is giving a lot of opportunities to filmmakers to make content of their choice. People used to tell me to get into production, but I haven't thought about that as I was really busy. I always wanted to make content which I like to see as an audience and that's how I came on board to produce this film," Richa said at the screening. 

"Khoon Ali Chithi", a Punjabi short film, is a love story set against the backdrop of turmoil in Punjab in the early 1990s.

The film's screening was attended by celebrities like Imtiaz Ali, Ali Fazal and Swara Bhaskar. 

Imtiaz to finalize title of upcoming film

Filmmaker #Imtiaz_Ali, whose next is a Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma-starrer #The_Ring (tentatively titled), says the title of his film is not yet decided but will be done soon.

"The name of the film is not yet decided, we have some time. August 11... The film is going to release. So we will announce the name very soon," Imtiaz said at the screening of Richa Chadha's debut production "Khoon Ali Chithi" here on Monday. 

Asked about the box office clash with Akshay Kumar's film "Toilet: Ek Prem Katha", Imtiaz said: "There are only 52 weeks in a year and some of them have been taken away by other things and of course, there are more than 52 films. So, clashes are not a big deal."

The "Tamasha" director also gave his views on short films. 

"I am very much interested in short films. I have released two short films and I am planning to make some more. It is interesting as you can showcase a different story. All the stories are not of one and a half hour or two hours. So we cannot make a feature film on it.

Sanjay Dutt gets emotional after completing 'Bhoomi'

Actor #Sanjay_Dutt got emotional after wrapping up his comeback film #Bhoomi here on Tuesday. He says he had a wonderful time shooting for the film, and now looks forward to the release of the Omung Kumar-directorial.

"The experience has been wonderful right from the first day. It's an emotional day for me as we culminate this lovely journey. I'm now looking forward to see the film release soon," Sanjay said in a statement. 

"Bhoomi" is an emotional and sensitive revenge drama that explores the relationship between a father and daughter. Sanjay also shot in Agra and Chambal for the film. 

Producers Bhushan Kumar and Sandeep Singh said that they are happy with the way the movie is turning out. 

"Sanjay is a powerhouse. He has worked tirelessly right from the first day of shoot and given everything for this role. In spite of all the problems we faced through the entire shoot, he kept shooting and has been an inspiration to the entire team," Sandeep said.

Khadi gives employment to people: Rajesh Pratap Singh

Ace fashion designer #Rajesh_Pratap_Singh, known for using handloom in his creations, says a product like #Khadi gives employment to a lot of people and thus, should be encouraged.

Earlier this month, the designer was seen giving makeovers to youngsters using handloom in the first episode of The NDTV Good Times show "Get The Look #GlobalIndia".

"Khadi is a hand-spun fibre. The virtues of Khadi are that there is a lot of air gap between the construction of the fabric which makes it very comfortable. We just have to make people aware of what it is, why Khadi is a product of so much effort. It is a very labour intensive product and gives employment to a lot of people," Singh told.

"We Indians have an emotional connect with the product. As the history involved with Khadi... it is a product with a real soul in it rather than a mass produce mill made fabric. Once you educate people about this, I think it is good enough for people to consider it over mass produce, so called cheaper product," he added.

How to make your bedroom summer-friendly

Go for subtle hues like mint and lime, declutter and ditch the heavy carpets from your bedroom for a #cool_summer, say experts.

Sonam Gupta, Design Head, Tangerine, a soft furnishing home decor brand, and Amrit Borkakoty, Founder,, an online home styling store, suggest how: 

* Always opt for 100 per cent cotton infused soft furnishings at homes, particularly for the summer season. This is essential as these are not just the perfect sweat absorbents but also soft to touch and safe for the skin. 

* Soft floral design and delicate stripes are the utmost prints that you can adorn rooms with, in this season. 

Huge fan of southern cinema: Freddy Daruwala

#Freddy_Daruwala, who is making his Telugu debut with #Ravi_Teja starrer #Touch_Chesi_Chudu, says he has always been a huge fan of southern cinema for its overall "paisa vasool" entertainment factor.

Thrilled about his southern sojourn, he said he can't wait to begin work on Vikram Siri's "Touch Chesi Chudu".

"I couldn't be happier about my southern debut. I'm a huge fan of southern cinema because their films are what we can call paisa vasool entertainers. Be it action or drama or colourful songs, you have everything in southern cinema," Freddy, last seen in "Commando 2", told.

Talking about how he landed the project, he said: "Director Vikram saw my work in 'Holiday - A Soldier is Never off Duty' and felt I would be apt for the character. When he narrated the story, I really liked my character which has various shades."

Elaborating more on his character, Freddy said it's a role that is driven by power.

"It's not just about physical power. There is political power too. You might find my role predictable, but I will essay it differently and make it stand out. I join sets in May," said Freddy, who has watched the Hindi dubbed versions of many Telugu films.

Reliance Entertainment launches BIGFLIX in 9 languages globally

Anil D. Ambani-led Reliance Entertainment on Tuesday announced the launch of #BIGFLIX in a multilingual form for India and global markets.

The new BIGFLIX will have 2,000 HD movies in nine Indian languages to start with, including Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Punjabi, Malayalam, Gujarati, Marathi, Bhojpuri and Bengali, a company statement said here.

"The indigenously developed technology of BIGFLIX will deliver a personalised theatre experience to users who can stream and download movies advertisement-free, on any Internet-connected device, including personal computers, tablets, smartphones, smart TVs and game consoles," the statement said.

Take a walk, stay smart

In addition to benefitting your heart and muscles, a #regular_walk also contributes to keeping your brain healthy, new research suggests.

The foot's impact during walking sends pressure waves through the arteries that significantly modify and can increase the supply of blood to the brain, according to the study presented at the American Physiological Society (APS) annual meeting at Experimental Biology 2017 in Chicago.

In the study, the researchers from New Mexico Highlands University used non-invasive ultrasound to measure hemispheric cerebral blood flow or CBF to both sides of the brain of 12 healthy young adults during standing upright, rest and steady walking (one metre/second). 

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Zaheer Khan got engaged to Sagarika Ghatge

Finally #Zaheer_Khan of Indian Cricket Team got engaged to his lady love #Sagarika_Ghatge.

Zaheer shared picture on twitter with Sagarika quoting "Never Laugh at your wife's choice. You are one of them!!! Partners for life."

Sagarika is a well known bollywood actress who is known for her acting in "Chak De! India".

LOLLY POP: The new interesting 3D animated characters unveiled by Saurabh Varma

Digital media is flourishing with leaps and bounds and #LollyPopKidsClub is coming up with two new 3D animated characters who are entering the digital space very soon. They are Lolly & Pop. These two characters are specially designed for children and they will take the level of the animated content for children in India a notch higher.

Mickey Virus Director Saurabh Varma  unveiled the 2 characters and quoted, "These two characters will focus on children based content not only in Hindi but other languages as well.

As the veteran lyricist and writer Gulzar said that India is not focusing on content and ideas, that are beneficial for children genre. There is no dearth of adult based content in India. This content will be purely children based and will be loved by all the families in India. To cater to everyone's needs this will be released in Hindi and other languages as well so that everyone understands it."

Not performing at Bieber concert: Sonakshi Sinha

After singer-composer #Kailash_Kher voiced his disagreement on #Sonakshi_Sinha's performing at #Justin_Bieber's maiden concert in India, the actress says she is not performing at the pop star's concert.

"Firstly, I am not performing at the Bieber concert. It was speculated because I was approached and carried forward by publications and portals even after I stated in various interviews that it's not happening," said a statement issued on Sonakshi's behalf.

The 29-year-old actress further added that she loves music and if anyone has problem with that then they can go and "love" themselves.

"Secondly, I am an actor who loves music, who loves to perform and who loves to sing. And if anyone has a problem with that, in the wise words of baba Bieber himself... they can go "love" themselves. Over and out," she said. 

Beat the heat with bouncy hair, healthy skin

Summer is the season to let go of elaborate affairs and embrace the easy and natural look. From using UV protection on #hair to using facial blotting paper to soak up the excess oil from skin while stepping out, experts suggests some cool tips to beat the heat and achieve bouncy tresses and flawless #skin.

Shailesh Moolya, National Creative Director - Hair, Lakmé Salon and Aparna Santhanam, Pond's Skin Expert - gives tips to protect ourselves from the heat, frizz and humidity without turning it into an endless battle:

* Summer haircare tips

* Instant deep conditioning: The heat tends to make the hair dehydrated and malnourished so instant deep conditioning will keep it smooth and hydrated

* Sport short hair: Keep it short and simple. Not only is it fuss free, which is perfect for the season, a new haircut is sometimes all it takes to take on the world. Go ahead, give it a ‘short'!

* Use UV protectant: A UV or heat protectant is as important for your hair as sunscreen is for your skin.

* Shampoo hair when necessary: Although sweaty summers call for multiple showers, it's important to remember that over shampooing won't do your hair any good. Shampooing your hair 2-3 times a week is good enough for a clean and healthy scalp 

I get insecure in front of the camera: Zoe Saldana

Actress #Zoe_Saldana says she gets insecure and conscious as soon as camera starts rolling.

When asked her about other genres she wants to explore, Saldana said that she wants to try her hand at comedy. 

"It is so funny because whenever the camera are not on, I am much more comfortable with being myself. I get so insecure and self-aware when the cameras are on," Saldana told during a Disney press meet for "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" here.

Title of 'Avengers 4' would be spoiler for 'Avengers 3'

Marvel head #Kevin_Feige says if the title to the fourth instalment of #Avengers is revealed then it would act as a spoiler for the plot of the third instalment which is releasing next year.

Asked during a press conference for "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2", whether "Avengers 4" title would be a spoiler for what would come in "Avengers: Infinity War", Feige confirmed the assumption by saying: "Yeah, for sure". 

His answer suggested that the title of "Avengers 4" would reveal too much about what happened in the third "Avengers" movie, reports

Later, Feige was asked if "Avengers 4" would still feature Thanos as the main villain or whether his story would instead be completed by the end of "Infinity War". Feige said: "They're two very different movies. That's all I'll say." 

George, Amal Clooney to spend over $1 mn on delivery

Actor #George_Clooney and wife #Amal_Clooney are reportedly spending more than $1 million to have a royal-like experience when Amal gives birth to their twins.

Earlier it was also reported that the 55-year-old actor had made a reservation for the entire Kensington wing at London's Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. 

The hospital wing George has booked is said to cost upto $588,000 for a week's stay, reports

Amal is also said to be flying in two "birth companions" from Los Angeles which cost $30,000 and an Italian masseuse who charges $5,000. 

Drake didn't get Instagram model pregnant

#Drake never even met model #Layla_Lace, who has accused the rapper of impregnating her, says a source.

Last week, Lace claimed that Drake had gotten her pregnant.

"Drake didn't get an Instagram model pregnant and thinks her claim is so ridiculous," quoted a source connected to the rapper as saying.

"Drake's team never reached out to Layla much less threatened her...They believe she did it for attention," added the source. 

Lace had taken to Instagram to claim that she was pregnant with Drake's child and that he'd been ignoring her calls since she gave him the news. She has since taken down the social media posts. 

Stuntmen should get equal respect at award shows: Akshay Kumar

Stunt artists and choreographers should be accorded as much respect as heroes at every award ceremony, actor #Akshay_Kumar said on Monday.

Introducing a special insurance scheme for all stunt artistes working in Hindi film industry, he said: "I am a stuntman first before an actor. For 10 years, I worked as a stuntman in Hindi film industry before getting the opportunity of acting. So I know how stuntmen risks their lives to earn their bread. I know what it takes to risk their lives to entertain us. So I think they should get equal respect even at the award shows for their work."

The actor along with renowned cardiac surgeon, Dr Ramakanta Panda of Asia Heart Institute, announced the insurance scheme that covers around 380 stunt artists between the age of 18 to 55 with a death compensation of Rs 10 lakhs.

Erin Moran spent final days broke, homeless

Actress #Erin_Moran, best known for her role as Joanie Cunningham on the American sitcom #HappyDays, spent her final days reportedly broke and homeless.

Moran died of a suspected heroin overdose at the age of 56 in Indiana on April 22, reports 

A report in claims that she had squandered her money and was without a permanent place to live.

Actor Henry Winkler even tried to help Moran get a spot on his show "Arrested Development" as it emerged that she had been bouncing around motels after a drunken brawl with her mother-in-law in 2012.

Arjun, Anil Kapoor are fun to work with, says Neha

Actress #Neha_Sharma says that it was great fun to work with actors Arjun and #Anil_Kapoor in their upcoming film #Mubarakan.

"I am working with Anil Kapoor for the first time and it was a lot of fun to work with him and even Arjun. The shooting is finally done and I am very excited for the special appearance," said Neha. 

"'Mubarakan' is a fun film. A classic Anees Bazmee film. It has amazing comedy and it's got a gamut of stars," Neha said.

The actress was present for her app launch on Monday. She has now joined the list of stars like Salman Khan and Sunny Leone who have their own app.