Saturday, 18 March 2017

Fast fashion needs to slow down, say designers

When you do six shows a year, there's not enough time for creative enterprise, an industry expert had once said. The #Indian_fashion_industry is also undergoing the same concern as the growing demand has boosted #fast_fashion -- resulting, as many designers say, in mindless consumerism and environmental hazards.

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The fashion industry was estimated to be worth over Rs 720 crore ($110,000) in 2015.

It is said to be growing rapidly, with two major fashion weeks happening bi-annually, and several other city-specific, smaller but significant extravaganzas, giving a chance to hundreds of designers catering to couture, pret, kids wear, resort wear, mens wear, lingerie and the accessories sector. And, with the arrival of international brands like H&M, Forever 21 and Zara in India, a new generation of shoppers is on the rise.

And to cater to that, industrial involvement -- leading to pollution -- is becoming rampant.

Designer Rahul Mishra, who has now become one of the most sought after Indian names in the fashion industry internationally, explained: "In every market, anything that sells in the economy, is either for a service or for consumption.

'Life' has been about enjoying myself: Jake Gyllenhaal

Actor #Jake_Gyllenhaal, for whom Bollywood is mostly about musical numbers, says his upcoming movie "Life" has been an experiment in enjoying himself and having fun during work, rather than investing a lot of energy into it.

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Jake, 36, plays the role of David Jordan in the upcoming science fiction horror film which releases in India on March 24.

In an interview here, the Oscar-nominated actor said: "To me, 'Life' was an experiment and about enjoying myself and having fun."

He said director Daniel Espinosa's flick -- a thriller about scientists trapped in space with a vicious alien -- is a "big scary movie". 

"And most of the roles I play and the movies I have been in, have sort of challenged me and taken a sort of energy from me. One of the decisions I had made out of this ('Life') was to enjoy myself and make a big fun scary movie," Jake told.

Asked if the actor -- best known for films like "Brokeback Mountain" and "Nightcrawler" -- wanted to work beyond Hollywood in international cinema, particularly Bollywood, he said his choice of films always depends on the story line and the filmmaker.
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Abbey Clancy used snake venom to get youthful skin

Model #Abbey_Clancy says she has used snake venom to get youthful looking skin.

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The 31-year-old has experimented with a variety of skin care products, including applying serpent saliva on her face, in a bid to get rejuvenated skin, reports femalefirst.co.uk.

Clancy, who has daughters Sophia, 6 and 21-month-old, Liberty, with her husband Peter Crouch, told the Metro newspaper: "I have used snake venom - it was good. No sheep sperm, though. Sleep and water is best for me and lots of moisturiser.

"And skinceuticals is expensive but it lasts and you only need a tiny drop."
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Luke Evans always wanted to do a family film

Actor #Luke_Evans, who has worked in projects like "Fast and Furious 6", "Dracula Untold" and "Girl on the Train", says he always wanted to work in a family oriented film.

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The 37-year-old is usually cast in intense, dark and heavy roles with projects. So, he was delighted to be offered the role of villainous Gaston in "Beauty and the Beast" because it's a film his young relatives can watch, reports femalefirst.co.uk.

"I've always wanted to do a family film because I have a lot of children and god-children in my family, and they don't get a chance to see my movies. This is a film they finally can come to watch," Evans told The New Paper magazine.

Evans was a big fan of the original Disney animation and thinks the music of the film is it's best point.

"I loved the original film. I was 12 years old when the animation came out. I was from a little village in South Wales. My mum and I went to the cinema to watch it, and I remembered coming out of the cinema already humming the tunes.

"The music is very special and captivating, and the movie transports you to a different place, and that's the magic of Disney," he added.
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Condon hopes Lindsay Lohan stars in 'The Little Mermaid'

"Beauty and the Beast" director #Bill_Condon says he hopes actress #Lindsay_Lohan wish to star in the film "The Little Mermaid", comes true.

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Last February, Lohan wrote on her Instagram account that she wanted to play Ariel in "The Little Mermaid", a live-action movie if Condon directed it. Now Condon has responded to it saying that it is "very sweet", reports aceshowbiz.com.

"It was very sweet of her (to mention me). I hope she gets to make that movie," Condon told Vulture magazine.

"I feel like I was so lucky in getting this crown jewel ('Beauty and the Beast'), but I'll see her in 'The Little Mermaid', absolutely," he added.

Lohan had posted a side-by-side image of herself and character of Princess Ariel from "The Little Mermaid" classic animated version on her Instagram account on February 19, 2016.
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Sakshi Tanwar turnes showstopper for Anju Modi at AIFW A/W'17

She is one actress who always made headlines with her acting skills but at Amazon India Fashion Week #AIFW Autumn/Winter 2017, she decided to steal the thunder with her confident ramp appearance as a showstopper for designer #Anju_Modi.

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"I think the confidence came because of my theatre background because there also you are in direct contact with light with no one visible. So even when I don't see anybody, you know that people are watching you. The connection is there and this feeling helped me here too," the actress told when asked her confident ramp walk.

Unearthing some of the hidden treasures of textile heritage, Modi presented an architecture-inspired collection that channel in the core tenants of the label which is Timeless, Vintage, handcraft and organic.

A juxtaposition of fluid floral motifs and organic elements with structural silhouettes and design details of the minarets, the collection titled Neelambar was an outtake of our rich textile legacy; an attempt to weave the traditional knowledge and skills of our master craftsmen with threads of modernity.
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Zara Larsson always carries spare lingerie

Singer #Zara_Larsson says she always carries spare underclothes with her as she cannot repeat them another day as a habit.

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"I always have an extra pair of underwear in my bag and if I don't, I would rather go without panties," Larsson told MTV Online, reports femalefirst.co.uk.

Talking about her diet, the "So good" hitmaker has cut out cheese because she finds the thought of how the dairy product is made "weird".

"I think cheese can be great, although I am trying to not eat cheese, because if you really think about what cheese really is, it's weird. It's the breast milk from a cow or a goat who is having a baby, it's weird," Larsson said.

However, the vocalist has no problems with alcohol, and says she "always vandalises" the mini bar when she is staying in a hotel, although she has never made a call to an ex-boyfriend when intoxicated.

"I would never drunk dial an ex, because when I got a new phone, I looked up his number, I added it to my contact list just to block it," she said.
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Mehbooba would prefer Salman as J&K brand ambassador

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Friday said that the state is safe for tourists to visit as the political situation is under control.

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The Chief Minister also said that given an opportunity, she would like to invite Bollywood superstar Salman Khan to promote tourism in Kashmir Valley.

Mufti, who was present here in Mumbai to promote tourism in her state and a trailer launch of a film "Sargoshiyan" by actor-turned-director Imran Khan, urged all Mumbaikars to visit Kashmir this year.

When asked if she wanted any Bollywood actor to become the brand ambassador of the state tourism, Mufti told the media: "Given a chance, I would like to choose Salman Khan to promote tourism there."
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Alia sported a 'grungy' look for Namrata Joshipura at AIFW A-W 2017

Young and vivacious #Alia_Bhatt looked no less than a diva when she walked the runway as a showstopper for designer Namrata Joshipura for Maybelline New York show at the ongoing Amazon India Fashion Week Autumn- Winter 2017, here.

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Maybelline New York has partnered with Joshipura to bring to the fore the latest trends from the runways of New York. The perfectly-blended show focused on Maybelline's new eye make-up range and designer's New York inspired contemporary collection and the 24-year-old actress justified the theme of the show with aplomb.

"Nobody can represents the brand's theory, vision or the sensibility much more than Alia does. She is the perfect brand ambassador so to say as she has all the elements we are talking about young, energetic and lively face," Joshipura told before her show. Even the actress looked excited post her ramp walk. 
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'All collaborations of Satya Paul merged perfectly with brand's ethos'

Popular names from film and fashion world like Gauri Khan, #Malaika_Arora_Khan, Masaba Gupta and now Nida Mahmood, have associated with brand Satya Paul to lend their creative side to the brand and Sanjay Kapoor, who owns the label, says that every association has merged beautifully with the brand ethos.

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"Satya Paul has a very distinct identity as a designer label. These associations have been so successful because all these collaborations have merged perfectly into the brand's DNA and aesthetics," Sanjay Kapoor, Managing Director of Genesis Group, told IANS on Friday on the sidelines of Amazon India Fashion Week (AIFW) Autumn-Winter 2017.

Remembering the time when the brand started its journey, he said: "Started at a time when there was little or no awareness about fashion or the idea of designer brands in India, Satya Paul introduced the idea of choreographed collections and modern ethnic wear.

"The brand's take on print innovations did not only change the way the consumer previously looked at Sarees, but also developed a specific niche for concept-based designs."
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Initial years in industry were hyper-anxious: Anushka

Actress #Anushka_Sharma on Friday said that through most of her early years in the industry, she felt hyper-anxious because the boundaries and expectations from her were pre-decided.

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Speaking at the India Today Conclave 2017 here, Anushka shared snippets from her childhood and how her values have shaped her as a person.

Talking about empowerment, she said it means "independence" to her.

"It's my ability to think, decide and take on life on my own. It also includes the ability to question and re-examine all that is supposed to be right or the established way of doing something. Most of what we do in our lives, with our lives, all that is shaped by the values we receive," she said in her speech.
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Mahesh Bhatt looking for reinvention with 'Begum Jaan'

Filmmaker #Mahesh_Bhatt says producing Vidya Balan-starrer #Begum_Jaan is a conscious decision with a motive to reinvent.

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After churning out content running high on sex and thrill, Mahesh asserts that he has come back to subjects that he explored during his formative years in Bollywood.

"For us to move away completely from the cinema that we make, was a concious decision. And we are very happy that we did it. I have opted for this kind of cinema after 'Zakhm'. The last three films we made were almost non-films. They disappeared... So, as they say, 'in the darkest night you must begin from the point where you once started before'," Mahesh said. 

The filmmaker, who was here to promote the film "Begum Jaan", added this is a new journey that he is embarking upon with his banner Vishesh Films -- it's a revival of sorts in a way.
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Stereotypes exist in all professions: Dia Mirza

Actor and social activist #Dia_Mirza says stereotypes exist in all professions, and not just Bollywood.

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"When I became a part of the film industry, people had the idea that girls who were having a good background, should not work in films. People shower so much love on actors, but when somebody in their family wants to become an actor, they become paranoid and think that acting profession isn't a good choice.

"These type of stereotypes exist in all professions," Dia, an environment activist, said at 'Power Women's seminar here on Thursday.

"Even women who are highly educated are considered as a curse because a section of people think that they can't have a good husband because they won't be able to manage home. So, to eliminate this type of mentality, we should discuss and talk on this," added Dia, who is married to Sahil Sangha.

She says the solution lies in financial power.

"The women who are financially independent, they can easily handle these situations."

Can't expect Bollywood to stand up for politics in India: Kalki

Actress #Kalki_Koechlin on Friday said Bollywood can't be expected to stand up for the political scenario in India.

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Commenting about the issue of Pakistani actors working in India, Kalki said at the India Today Conclave here: "Bollywood is not an NGO. You can't expect them to stand up for the politics of this country. At the end of the day, it's a business. Although there are ways to keep speaking about these issues."

At the session, she spoke about her documentary "Azmaish", which looks at India and Pakistan outside the context of conflict and instead focuses on the struggles of commoners in both the countries.

The documentary saw Kalki collaborate with Pakistan-based filmmaker Sabiha Sumar.

Saw a human aspect of Pakistan through 'Azmaish': Kalki Koechlin

Actress #Kalki_Koechlin on Friday said working on #Azmaish, a documentary for which she collaborated with Pakistani filmmaker Sabiha Sumar, enabled her to see a more human aspect of the neighbouring country.

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Speaking at the India Today Conclave 2017 here on Friday, Kalki said the documentary looks at India and Pakistan outside the context of conflict, and instead focuses on the struggles of commoners in both the countries.

Asked what drew her to the project, she said: "I think my neutrality on the subject, that I didn't have a particularly strong standpoint on the whole India-Pakistan issue, is something that must have tempted Sabiha.

"From my point of view, I accepted the project out of curiosity. I had never been to Pakistan and I only knew India and Pakistan in terms of conflicts. I wanted to see another aspect, perhaps, a more human aspect."
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Ex-cricketer Sidhu takes charge as Punjab minister

Cricketer-turned-politician #Navjot_Singh_Sidhu on Friday took charge as Cabinet Minister for Local Government, Tourism and Cultural Affairs in the new Congress government in Punjab.

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He said he will continue to be part of the very popular 'The Kapil Sharma Show'.

Sidhu was accompanied by his wife and former Chief Parliamentary Secretary Navjot Kaur, Jalandhar Cantt. Congress legislator and former hockey Olympian Pargat Singh, Minister Rana Gurjit Singh and other leaders when he assumed office at the Punjab Civil Secretariat here.

Sidhu, elected from Amritsar East assembly seat, said he will try to balance his television engagements with his work as a minister.

Friday, 17 March 2017

Hope people find my memoir interesting: Ramesh Sippy

He is the man behind cinematic classics like "Sholay", "Shakti" and "Seeta Aur Geeta", and even set a benchmark for the small screen with family drama "Buniyaad". Now, #Ramesh_Sippy has set out to pen his experiences in a book and is hoping it will hold the people's interest.

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"I am writing a book on my experiences, a book on all the films that I have done. It will be out hopefully by the end of this year," Sippy told over phone from Mumbai.

How is it turning out to be?

"Predictions, predictions, predictions," he responded elusively.

Be it Karan Johar's much talked-about biography "An Unsuitable Boy", Yasser Usman's "Rekha: The Untold Story" or actor Rishi Kapoor's autobiography "Khullam Khulla", celebrities are telling their Bollywood stories in an uncensored style.

Sippy says he is trying his best to come out with a book which satiates people's quest to get their hands on the film industry's inside truth.

"I will try to do my best. I hope people find it interesting. I think I have the capacity to come out with something that people want to read about... With the kind of details people want to know. So, if I can write it in an interesting manner, I am sure people will like it too," the 70-year-old said.

Chris Hemsworth thought Marvel had fired him

Actor #Chris_Hemsworth thought he had been fired when his Marvel character Thor didn't appear in "Captain America: Civil War".

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The 2016 movie featured most of the cast of Marvel's ensemble cast "The Avengers", including Captain America played by Chris Evans, Iron Man essayed by Robert Downey Jr, Black Widow by Scarlett Johansson and Hawkeye played by Jeremy Renner, but Thor did not make an appearance.

Speaking about his omission from the script, Chris told Entertainment Weekly magazine: "I was like, 'What? Are we being fired?' Marvel quickly reassured us, 'No you guys have got your own journey going on, and in order for that to work you can't be a part of this one.' Look, it turned out just perfect because we got to do a whole different kind of thing we wouldn't have able to do otherwise."
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Kristen Stewart obsessed with sneakers

Actress #Kristen_Stewart is "sneaker obsessed", but she still feels she doesn't have "that much stuff".

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"I have a lot of sneakers. I'm really sneaker-obsessed," Stewart said of her favourite wardrobe staple to Metro newspaper.

Although the star is "really open" to the outfits her stylist pitches to her, she enjoys having more involvement in the decision process because she doesn't like to be "remotely dressed" by someone else, reports femalefirst.co.uk.

"I have a really open and involved collaboration with my stylist. I'm not remotely dressed by someone. But she's known me for so many years. I've been working with her since I was 13, so she can highlight who I am, rather than make me something else," she said.

Taylor Swift's flourishing: Ed Sheeran

Singer #Ed_Sheeran believes his close friend and singer #Taylor_Swift is "definitely flourishing" and is enjoying her time off.

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"I think she's just enjoying her time off, to be honest. She's definitely flourishing and enjoying her time off," Sheeran told people.com. 

The 26-year-old singer is exicted to collaborate with the "Shake It Off" hitmaker again in the future but insists there's "no real rush" in making it happen.

"That will definitely happen again. We've both got two totally different paths at the moment, but it's always spoken about, and eventually - there's no real rush," added the "Shape of you" hitmaker.
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Crafts museum comes alive with Aneeth Arora's travel diaries

The capital's famous Crafts Museum turned into a fashion show venue with designer #Aneeth_Arora's interpretation of Travel Diaries with live music for Amazon India Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2017.

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With museum's rustic background of huts and thatched roofs, the audience was in for a treat.

Hues of blue, black, yellow, green were showcased by the designer in coats, tunics, jackets, trousers, skirts and dresses.

Accessories like pom-poms played a major role, turning a simple attire into a vibrant party wear.

While the musicians played the saxophone, drums and other musical instruments, beatboxing by one of the artistes stood out.

The models walking around a tree seemed to have fun, skipping and jiving to the foot-tapping music.

Perfect lighting and an off-beat venue is something we would expect for a fashion week's finale but this show by Arora's brand Pero definitely took the limelight.

Chloe Moretz gets new tattoo under breast

A week after debuting her platinum blonde bob, actress #Chloe_Moretz has got a new tattoo under her breast.

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"It gets better than this," reads the 20-year-old actress' new tattoo, reports aceshowbiz.com. 

Moretz's new inking was unveiled by a tattoo artist Dr Woo on his Instagram account on Wednesday. He shared an image, which has since been removed, showing the "Dark Shadows" actress taking a mirror selfie. 

The tattoo artiste captioned the image: "Some healed ones on Chloe Moretz."

Additionally, the Los Angeles-based tattoo artist posted a photo of Chloe showing off her rose tattoo. 

Moretz's other tattoos include a signature of her grandmother Janette Duke, on her back. She also has a rose and cross on her back, her family's initials on her thigh, as well as CK on her ankle in white ink.

Vaani Kapoor turns showstopper for Rina Dhaka's Dark Romanticism

Actress #Vaani_Kapoor walked the ramp for designer #Rina_Dhaka and the newly launched mobile brand Honor, at Amazon India Fashion Week Autumn Winter (AIFW A/W 2017), here.

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Clad in a jet black faux fur, body-hugging, floor-touching dress, Vaani walked the ramp with confidence in smokey eyed makeup.

The "Befikre" actress told IANS on Thursday: "I feel very honoured to be able to wear a creation by Rina Dhaka. It's for the Honor mobiles. In January, I was a part of the launch for the Honor mobiles. So this follows."

Ready to wear her ensemble for a cocktail party, Vaani says her idea of fashion is very basic.

"My idea of fashion is very basic. I don't have a very strong notion about anything when it comes to fashion. I am okay experimenting but I know that I don't experiment. I still stuck to my comfort zone. Anything that is soothing and nice to my eyes I pick that up, I don't follow a particular trend," the 28-year-old said.
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Rajamouli presents Katappa's sword to Karan Johar

Iconic film director of the magnum opus of the year #Baahubali_The_Conclusion S.S. Rajamouli has presented the famous Katappa's sword to filmmaker Karan Johar as a token of his association with the Baahubali franchise.

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The makers of the film put together an extravagant experience for the audience as they showcased the trailer at a multiplex here. The film director also put on display the sword that was used to kill Baahubali.

The trailer launch was graced by lead actor Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, producers Shobu Yarlagadda and Prasad Devineni along with Rajamouli and Karan Johar.

Directed by S.S. Rajamauli, starring Prabhas, Anushka Shetty, Rana Daggubati, the film "Baahubali: The Conclusion" will be releasing on April 28.

Baahubali world to continue, says Rajamouli

As the audience is eagerly waiting to watch the much awaited magnum opus of the year, #Baahubali_The_Conclusion, director S. Rajamouli said though the story ends with the second part of the film, the world of Baahubali will be continued in various mediums like comics, novel, virtual reality films etc.

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The director who was present at the trailer launch of the film, along with Karan Johar, Prabhas, Rana Daggubati among others, told the media: "We are going to continue the world of 'Baahubaali' in different mediums like comics, novel, virtual reality films etc. so that the fans can enjoy stories."

Though this is the second instalment of the film, its not a sequel of the earlier one but just the continuation to conclude the story. 

"We just split the story into two films because the story was big (length wise). It was not the idea to start a franchise. The story should have the power to drive us to create a market, it shouldn't be the other way round. If we will go for a sequel or create a franchise without a good story, it will not last longer."

I used to think I'm a ragpicker: Anushka Sharma

Actress #Anushka_Sharma says as a child she used to feel like a ragpicker because of her habit of collecting wrappers.

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Anushka talked about her childhood hobby when she became a part of TV show "Yaar Mera Superstar" with Diljit Dosanjh to promote her forthcoming film "Phillauri", read a statement. 

When host Sangeeta told Anushka that she has heard that as a little girl she used to collect chocolate wrappers, Anushka said: "My mom used to hit me a lot for this." 

"So, what I used to do is that when I was returning home from school -- our school was very near as we lived in the Army cantonment where school used to be inside only -- so, while walking on the road, wherever I would find a wrapper on the way, I would pick them and even the ones that we aet the chocolate from... I would pick up wrappers from the road," Anushka said. "I (used to) think I'm a ragpicker." 

Samant Chauhan blazes a trail with fashion show at Rail Museum

Using the country's rail heritage at the National Rail Museum as the backdrop, designer #Samant_Chauhan put up an innovative off-site show as part of the Amazon India Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2017 (AIFW A/W 2017). The highlight was creations in #Muga_silk.

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Chauhan, known for dabbling with simple shades of white and fawn, presented his collection on Golden Threads of Assam. He showcased that the Muga fabric is not limited to only Mekhela chador and saris, it can be incorporated in everyday lifestyle and home decor as well.

The line consisted of overcoats, jackets, tunics, tapered churidars and floor-touching dresses.

Corn fields were intricately embroidered into most of the creations -- a reflection of "memories" that Chauhan has from his growing up days when the "trains from Jamalpur (Bihar) went till Assam".

Thursday, 16 March 2017

'Baahubali 2' to be released in IMAX format

S.S. Rajamouli's epic film "Baahubali 2: The Conclusion" will be digitally re-mastered in the immersive IMAX format and released in IMAX theatres in India, beginning April 28.

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It will be followed by additional select international markets, read a statement.

With the IMAX format, one can record and display images of far greater size and resolution.

"Baahubali 2: The Conclusion", releasing otherwise on April 14, is the thrilling continuation of the 2015 local box office hit "Baahubali: The Beginning".

It reunites Rajamouli with Prabhas, along with Rana Daggubati, Anushka Shetty and Tamannaah Bhatia.

'Baahubali 2' trailer is world-class, visually extravagant

The goose bump-inducing theatrical trailer of S.S Rajamouli's magnum opus #Baahubali_The_Conclusion is truly world-class and visually breathtaking.

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The two minutes 20 second trailer is filled with love, war, deceit and death. Amidst all this, there are spectacular visuals and awe-inspiring visual effects.

Going by the trailer, it's evident that the envelope has been pushed in terms of overall scale and vision.

The trailer begins with a quick recap of what happened in the first part and goes on to introduce us to Amarendra Baahubali, played by Prabhas, who solemnly swears to even sacrifice his life for the people of his kingdom.

There are quick shots of Anushka and her blossoming romance with Prabhas.

There is plenty of rip-roaring action, setting ample anticipation for the film's release on April 28.

The face-off between Prabhas and Rana Daggubati in the last shot of the trailer is surely a treat to the fans of the franchise.

To sum it up, "Baahubali 2" trailer is bigger and even better than anyone would have imagined.

I'm very secure in who I am, the work I do: Priyanka Chopra

Hollywood has opened its doors to many Indian stars who are bagging noticeable roles in various projects. A case in point is #Deepika_Padukone. #Priyanka_Chopra, one of the most popular exports to Hollywood from India, says gone are the days when actors used to feel insecure with others' success.

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"That is such an age-old stereotype and definitely not in my DNA," Priyanka told when asked if actors today have become more open when it comes to appreciating the work of their colleagues, unlike the common perception that they have cat fights due to jealousy.

"I'm very secure in who I am and the work I do. These are my friends and colleagues, and I like to share in their achievements and happiness. Good work should be applauded. I believe that there is enough work out there for everyone. We don't live in the dark ages any more," she added.

Priyanka's journey in showbiz started at the age of 17 when she was crowned Miss World. It was followed by her Bollywood debut in 2003 with "The Hero: Love Story of a Spy".

Rahul Bose preferred real locations to shoot 'Poorna'

When Rahul Bose set out to direct #Poorna -- a biopic about a teenager who became the youngest girl in the world to scale Mount Everest -- he knew he wanted to shoot mostly at real locations. But shooting on the highest mountain is a wish that couldn't be fulfilled.

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Rahul, who has acted in and even directed the film, shot a few scenes at the house where the real life Poorna Malavath -- a tribal girl from Telangana -- used to stay.

Talking about it, he said in a statement: "When we started filming 'Poorna', I was certain we should shoot at as many actual locations as we can.

"So, we shot at Poorna's village, Pakala, her actual hut, the actual location (Bhongir) she learnt rock climbing on, and at HMI, Darjeeling where she learnt mountaineering.

Malik wants Hadid to be with him during loneliness

Former One Direction singer #Zayn_Malik says his girlfriend and model #Gigi_Hadid is the only one he would love to have by his side when he is alone.

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Malik, who earlier dated Little Mix singer Perrie Edwards, cuddled up to his partner in a new video filmed by Hadid herself, reports dailymail.co.uk.

In the short clip, Hadid speaks to Malik from behind the camera, asking him: "When you're alone, who do you want next to you?"

Malik simply replied "You", while giving her a loving look.

"Thanks baby," Hadid said while giggling. She then added: "And our dogs." 

Malik then said that he even would love to have his mother by his side.

"And sometimes my mum. I miss your mum too. Yes and family members. Love you all," Malik said.

We're really close: Williams on Matthews romance rumour

Irish model and TV personality #Vogue_Williams, who has been romantically linked up with her "The Jump" co-star #Spencer_Matthews, says they are "really close" to each other.

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Williams spoke about Williams for the first time on TV show "Lorraine" on Wednesday morning, reports dailymail.co.uk.

When the host asked her directly about her relationship with Matthews, Williams said: "Maybe a little bit of truth in the matter. You weren't expecting that answer.

"We were really close friends, we're just really close, really close friends and yeah, we've been getting on very well."

While Williams departed from "The Voice" after getting injured, Matthews came out as the winner of the reality TV show.

Being an outsider, never faced nepotism: Anushka Sharma

Actress-turned-producer #Anushka_Sharma says she never faced any nepotism though she comes from a non-film background and that in Bollywood people always encourage talents.

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Asked if she was also a victim of nepotism in Bollywood while talking to media on Wednesday evening with the star cast of her forthcoming film "Phillauri", Anushka said: "First of all, every actor has her own journey in Bollywood. Moreover, if you are good at your work, people will show interest to collaborate with you, irrespective of your background."

"I have huge respect for Aditya Chopra who launched me. Ranveer Singh, Parineeti Chopra and all of us were not from the film industry! So being an outsider, I never faced nepotism," the "NH10" actress added.

Earlier this month, National Award winning actress Kangana Ranaut called filmmaker Karan Johar a 'flag-bearer of nepotism', which later turned into a full-blown controversy with the two celebrities making statements against each other.

The actress is all set to release her second film as producer "Phillauri" on March 24 under her home production Clean Slate Films. Besides her the film also stars Diljit Dosanjh, Suraj Sharma and Mehreen Pirzada.
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Abraham & Thakore explore 'back to work' look at AIFW

Ace designers #David_Abraham and #Rakesh_Thakore explored the everyday workday looks through their collection titled 'Back to Work', at the Amazon India Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2017 (AIFW A/W 2017) here.

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"Our collection is basically based on the Indian textile that we work with. It is a hundred per cent cotton collection. On the delicate fabric of Bengal, which is Jamdani, Ikat of Andhra and cotton of Vijaywada," Thakore told.

The ensembles consisted of cropped choga jacket, tuxedo shirt, pyjamas, Nehru jackets, sherwanis, churidars, lungis, bundi, Angarkha jackets, and Jama coat.

Tones of Indigo, madder, black and ivory, ruled the ramp for the designer duo.

All models wore simple bindis and the male models had their hair gelled, echoing simplicity and sincerity.

Indonesian designer brings eco-print, batik to AIFW

Indonesian fashion designer #Novita_Yunus, who was here to promote Jakarta Fashion Week, presented a collection of ensembles in techniques like batik and eco-print.

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Titled 'Bumi Langit' (Earth and Sky), Yunus's collection showcased here on Wednesday was inspired by the idea of balancing the colour palettes of the autumn leaves and the cold winter sky.

Various materials and techniques were used in the collection.

Eco-print process, Batik Remekan, Garut handwoven and embroideries were brought to the forefront by the designer.

Eco-print is a method of taking colour and pattern of leaves on different kind of textiles like silk, rayon and organic cotton.

Madhu Jain celebrates 30 years in fashion industry

Veteran designer #Madhu_Jain celebrated 30 years of her label in the fashion industry here at the Amazon India Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2017 (AIFW A/W 2017) with the best of her interpretations of Ikat motives.

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The evening started with her family member playing the guitar and singing songs like "You look wonderful tonight" and "Can't help falling in love".

"This year we completed 30 years of my label. We started in 1987. I don't do shows, I work with installations because I work with textiles. I think you can't see the work so closely at shows like you can at installations. The occasion was so special with the emphasis being on crafts and textiles which is the principle on which my entire 30 years is based," Madhu Jain said here.

"My collection is all about Ikat weaves and it is all double Ikat which is a fading art. These are select motives that I have picked out from my 30 years in the industry. I have borrowed them from friends, relatives for the show," she added.

Shawn Mendes to make acting debut with 'Summer of Love'

Singer #Shawn_Mendes will make his silver screen acting debut with filmmaker Ivan Reitman's upcoming musical #Summer_of_Love.

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Mendes, an 18-year-old Canadian, is best known for his singles like "Stitches" and "Treat you better".

Reitman enlisted Mendes to star in the project, which is currently in pre-production stage, reports hollywoodreporter.com.

While plot details of the film are being kept under wraps, the title is believed to be a reference to the summer of 1967, when as many as 100,000 people, mostly young hippies, converged in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury neighborhood in opposition to the Vietnam War. 
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Tussar silk interpretations grace ramp at AIFW A/W 2017

Different interpretations of #Tussar_Silk, as conceived by designers Rina Dhaka, Shruti Sancheti, Divya and Ambika Jain and Shaina N.C., were showcased at the Amazon India Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2017 (AIFW A/W 2017) here.

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The initiative was to promote the textiles of Jharkhand. From saris designed in tussar silk to kurtas woven from Kuchai -- garments created from organic fabric of the partner state -- were on display.

The fashion event was conceived by Jharkhand Silk Textile and Handicraft Development Corporation Ltd.) or Jharcraft.

While the models were clad in ensembles in hues of blue, orange, red, pink and purple for Shaina N.C, creations by Rina Dhaka had the models flaunting her off-white and purple-hued collection.

Tunic, cigarette pants and palazzos ruled the ramp for Dhaka.

Looking forward to perform with Salman Khan: Bipasha Basu

Actress #Bipasha_Basu, who will be soon joining #Salman_Khan for the grand world tour Da-Bangg, is excited to perform with the superstar.

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"I am very excited. I did my first ever world tour in 2003 and that was with Salman. That time I was like a child. There was a time when I used to get scared to perform in front of the audience, and now it's a complete circle -- going back again. I am really looking forward to performing with Salman Khan," Bipasha said at the cover launch of Health magazine here on Tuesday.

The tour will be taking place in Sydney (April 21), Auckland (April 22) and Melbourne (April 23).

"I have never performed in Australia and New Zealand, so that is exciting. I am getting some interesting news that we are sold out in most of the event venues," Bipasha said.

Rapper and singer Badshah, Salman's Jai Ho co-star Daisy Shah and choreographer and filmmaker Prabhudeva will be there too touring with the team.
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Swedish cosmetic brand enters India

Swedish cosmetic brand #FACE_Stockholm has forayed into the Indian market through an e-commerce website.

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FACE Stockholm was introduced for the first time in India on online platform Zapyle on Wednesday, read a statement. 

Created by Gun Nowak in the 1980s, FACE Stockholm is available in over 100 countries worldwide and is used by celebrities such as Jennifer Aniston, Gwyneth Paltrow, Owen Wilson, Sarah Jessica Parker, Madonna and Britney Spears.

Rashi Menda, Zapyle CEO and Founder, said: "Although, we are aware of the fact that the Indian market is very price sensitive and online cosmetics and beauty products platforms are already offering them regular beauty products at the highest price range of Rs 1400, we are coming up with premium international brands that will be available between the price range of Rs 1200 to Rs 2500."

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Big B records two new songs

Megastar #Amitabh_Bachchan says he has recorded two songs for different projects at his friend and late Bollywood singer-composer #Aadesh_Shrivastavas studio here.

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"Singing at the studio I often visited -- the studio of Aadesh Srivastava... He left us… For a better place… We left ourselves in his memory," Amitabh posted on his blog on Tuesday night.

"Two songs within minutes -- one for the song done by that talented Papon on the Brahmaputra river and the other for Navratna Oil the one I endorse... A fun version, adding bits and pieces to an already given track, but giving additions in the company of music director Rohan, is always fun, he added.

The "Piku" star shared that while recording songs, he always feels some "madness" in it.

"There is some madness that always prevails at such moments… A madness to just loosen up, be light, be in sun and in sunshine, be away from any bindings limits and barriers," he wrote.

On the acting front, Amitabh is currently gearing up for the release of Ram Gopal Varma's "Sarkar 3", which also features Jackie Shroff, Manoj Bajpayee, Amit Sadh and Yami Gautam.
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Wearing skinny jeans, oversized bags may up your back pain

Suffering from severe back pain? Blame your clothing and accessories such as #skinny_jeans, oversized bags and those worn on one side of the body, coats with large #fluffy_hoods, high heeled shoes and #backless_shoes, according to a survey from the British Chiropractic Association (BCA).

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The survey showed that three-quarters (73 per cent) of women have suffered with back pain and their wardrobe could be a major cause of the discomfort.

"While overloaded and heavy handbags are a common culprit, some more unexpected items like skinny jeans can also wreak havoc -- they restrict free movement in areas such as the hips and knees, affecting the way we hold our bodies," Tim Hutchful, chiropractor at BCA, said in a statement on Tuesday. 

"New trends such as asymmetric hemlines, oversized sleeves and hoods and heavy jewellery can also create problems," Hutchful added.

While over a quarter (28 per cent) of women are aware clothing effects their back, one-third of women (33 per cent) were completely unaware that their choice of clothing could impact their back or neck health.

'Despicable Me 3' introduces Gru's twin brother

New trailer of #animated_comedy_film "Despicable Me 3" gives a sneak peak of the character Gru's twin brother.

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While the first trailer highlights the film's villain Balthazar Bratt (voiced by Trey Parker), the new sneak peek hilariously reveals that Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) actually has a twin brother named Dru, reports aceshowbiz.com.

The sneak peek is set to Dr. Dre's song "What's the Difference" and begins with a butler telling Dru an important thing. 

"I really must have a word with you on behalf of your twin brother Dru," says the butler. Gru, who is shocked, replies: "Twin brother?!" 

The teaser switches to a scene in which Gru is taking a flight to visit his twin brother and yelling, "I can't wait to meet my brother!" 

At the end of the teaser, it is revealed that Dru lives in a huge mansion. 

The film's plot detail is still kept under wraps, but it may focus on a sibling rivalry as well as Gru and Lucy's (voiced by Kristen Wiig) attempts to capture Bratt. 

Johansson, Portman eyed for 'The Girl in the Spider's Web'

Actresses #Scarlett_Johansson and #Natalie_Portman are being eyed for "The Girl in the Spider's Web", which is a sequel of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo".

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The forthcoming movie is scheduled to release in October next year and will be directed by "Don't Breathe" helmer Fede Alvarez. 

The first movie originally starred Rooney Mara as tattoed hacker Lisbeth Salander and Daniel Craig as journalist Mikael Blomkvist. 

However, the sequel will reportedly feature an entirely new cast. 

Portman, Johansson and Alicia Vikander are among the names being considered to take the role of the tattooed hacker in the upcoming movie, reports aceshowbiz.com.
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Benedict Cumberbatch to stop time in new role

Actor #Benedict_Cumberbatch has been roped in for an adaptation of Matt Haig's forthcoming novel where he will essay the role of a time stopper.

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Following his role in Marvel Cinematic Universe movie "Doctor Strange", the 40-year-old will be seen in another sci-fi film, which is based on the book "How To Stop Time", reports hollywoodreporter.com.

The actor will star in and produce the adaptation through his SunnyMarch banner.

Cumberbatch's own SunnyMarch banner has teamed with StudioCanal to pick up the film rights to "How to Stop Time", the forthcoming book from Haig, who has also penned "A Boy Called Christmas", "The Last Family in England" and "The Radleys".
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How Vidya Balan transformed herself to fierce 'Begum Jaan'

Acclaimed filmmaker Srijit Mukherji revealed on Tuesday how #Vidya_Balan, who has been known for her jovial and down-to-earth personality, completely transformed herself to no-nonsense brothel madam #BegumJaan.

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"Before we started shooting 'Begum Jaan' we organised two workshops simultaneously. One with Vidya, another with girls... because Vidya is a jovial down-to-earth person and she easily mingles with everybody on set and I didn't want that. I wanted certain kind of distance with the girls from Vidya," he said at the trailer launch of the film.

"Vidya used to ask many questions during the workshop like what the memories of 'Begum Jaan' were when she was three, when she was first exploited or what happened when she got married. So at the end of the workshop, I had already completed writing four scripts... one 'Begum Jaan' and others are the prequels and sequels. I had to keep ready all the backstories of 'Begum Jaan' and the girls," added the 'Zulfiqar' helmer. 
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