Saturday, 22 April 2017

Auto driver's son gets Bieber's concert ticket for free

A Rs. 75,000 ticket of singer #JustinBiebers concert in India as part of his #Purpose_World_Tour has been given free to a Mumbai-based auto-rickshaw drivers son, who is a fan of the American pop star.

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The golden ticket gives people access to merchandise and backstage access. 

The auto-rickshaw driver, 50, has a 22-year-old son, who has been following Bieber's music for a while. He had dropped messages on the official page of the tour talking about his love for Bieber's music while hoping to receive a reply.

His wish has been fulfilled by the organisers -- White Fox India. 

"Yes it's true, we have given the golden ticket to an ardent fan of Justin Bieber who didn't have the means to afford the tickets," Arjun Jain, the man behind the tour, said in a statement.
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'Bhoomi' to release on September 22

Actor Sanjay Dutt's comeback film #Bhoomi, directed by Omung Kumar, will release on September 22.

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The film was earlier scheduled to release on August 4. However, the makers have pushed back the release date to September 22.

The new release date was confirmed by producers Bhushan Kumar and Sandeep Singh in a joint statement.

"Sanjay has given his best performance till date and I am glad that we are increasing the anticipation for the audiences," director Omung Kumar said.

Sanjay along with the cast and crew of the film is currently shooting for the climax here. He earlier shot in Agra and Chambal.

Saiyami Kher receives Dadasaheb Phalke award

Actress #SaiyamiKher, who made her Bollywood debut in Rakeysh Om Prakash Mehra's film "Mirzya", received the best debut award at the #DasahebPhalkeExcellenceAwards2017.

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Saiyami was feted with the award on Friday night.

After receiving the award the, she said: "Dadasaheb Phalke belonged to my hometown, Nashik. I've grown up knowing what immense contribution he has had to Indian cinema. It's such an honour to have received an award from the Dadasaheb Phalke foundation."
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Proud to be part of 'Pink': Kirti Kulhari

Actress #KirtiKulhari, who was honoured for her performance in the 2016 film #Pink at the #DadasahebPhalkeExcellenceAwards2017, says she is proud and grateful to be a part of the movie.

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"I am grateful to the audiences who have appreciated 'Pink' and supported it wholeheartedly. I believe that the theme of ‘Pink' has a universal appeal. It was and always will be a very important and relevant film," Kirti said in a statement.

"And the fact that such films are doing well commercially and critically, gives me as an actor, immense satisfaction and happiness. 

"I am thankful to the Dadasaheb Phalke Excellence Awards team for recognising and appreciating the actor in me. Will always be extremely grateful and proud that I got to be a part of a phenomenon called ‘Pink'," added Kirti, who played the role of Falak Ali in the Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury directorial.
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There's nothing like coming back home: Priyanka Chopra

Actress #PriyankaChopra, who has returned to India after wrapping up the shooting of the second season of popular American TV series #Quantico, says there is nothing like coming back home.

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"Wherever in the world I go.There is nothing like coming home. Thank you to everyone who gave me such a warm welcome as I landed in Mumbai," Priyanka posted on Twitter on Saturday morning. 

In "Quantico", Priyanka plays the lead role of Alex Parrish, an FBI recruit, who after graduating from the FBI Academy, joins the agency and later becomes a prime suspect of a terrorist attack.

On film front, Priyanka is gearing up for the release of "Baywatch", which marks her debut in Hollywood. 

The film, which also stars Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Zac Efron, "Baywatch" is adapted from the popular 1990's TV show of the same name. 
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I personally love azaan: Kangana Ranaut

Actress #KanganaRanaut says that she personally loves azaan and respect all the religious activities and places.

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The actress, who seemed to be unaware about the Sonu Nigam-azaan controversy, was asked to comment on it and replied: "I can't speak for anyone but I personally love azaan. When I was shooting for 'Tanu Weds Manu' in Lucknow, I used to love the sound of it. 

"I like all the religious activities and I go to every religious places be it mosque, temple, gurudwara or in church. But this is my personal opinion. But It doesn't mean that what he (Sonu Nigam) has said should not be considered. That's his opinion and he should be respected for that. 

"I think that's the idea of bringing it to social media so that it can be discussed," added the actress while speaking during a press conference held for Liva excellence awards 2017 in Mumbai on Friday.

The National Award winning actress' future projects include the period drama "Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi"

Talking about the role's preparation, she said: "I am learning sword fighting and horse riding for the film. As of now, all things are going well. We will start shooting of the film in first week of June and we are announcing the project in first week of May in a big way."

Varun Dhawan eats mindlessly: Badshah

Rapper #Badshah says his friend and actor #VarunDhawan is a foodie and eats mindlessly.

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"There are lots of secrets (about Varun). He is a foodie on the contrary, a lot of people think... He eats mindlessly, he does not know how much he is eating. I'm being honest. Exactly, that's a secret," Badshah said on TV show "Yaar Mera Superstar Season 2".

"He (Varun) is a foodie, but then again he workouts a lot, he works out religiously. He loves food. We order for a butter naan and butter chicken, but he is so hard working," Badshah added.

The rapper appeared on the show alongside dancer-actress Lauren Gottlieb to promote their new single "Mercy" from their forthcoming album "O.N.E"
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Filmmakers now open to pushing strong content: Sonali Bendre

She made her debut in Bollywood in 1994 with "Aag" and later contributed to films like "Duplicate", "Hum Saath Saath Hain", "Sarfarosh" and "Kal Ho Naa Ho". Actress #SonaliBendre, who has been in the industry for over two decades, says filmmakers are now choosing stronger content over tried-and-tested formulae.

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Asked how the industry has changed over the years, Sonali told in an e-mail: "Things are much more professional now and much more streamlined... There are better roles being written for women and people are now open to pushing strong content instead of only tried-and-tested formulas."

The 42-year-old actress, who has also appeared in Telugu, Tamil, Marathi and Kannada films, says that the Indian film industry isn't age-centric any more as things are evolving. 

"Things are changing, slowly and steadily... It's a great time for Indian cinema," said Sonali, who is married to filmmaker Goldie Behl. 

Zac Efron planning to settle down soon

Actor #ZacEfron, who turns 30 in October, says he is looking to find the right girl to settle down with after seeing some of his friends in "great relationships".

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Efron, who split from model Sami Miro last year, is now looking forward to get married soon, reports dailymail.co.uk.

"I didn't think much about settling down until recently. Now that I'm getting closer to my 30s, I'm around some great relationships and I've seen expert couples at work," Efron told Cosmopolitan magazine.

Guide to keep dental woes away

Look for fluoride in toothpaste, limit acidic drinks and get your #teeth cleaned every six months to keep teeth strong and healthy, say experts.

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Saurabh Gupta, Prosthodontist and Dental Surgeon at SouthEx Dental, New Delhi, and Unnati Gupta, Nobel Fellow and Senior Implantologist, list down some basic rules for dental hygiene. 

* Use dental floss or interdental brushes: Use a slow and gentle up and down motion to floss once a day - preferably at night. 

* Look for fluoride in toothpaste: Always use a toothpaste which contains fluoride as it helps harden tooth enamel and reduces risk of cavities.

How to protect skin from sunburn

Stock up #coconutoil, #jojobaoil and drink a lot of water to keep #sunburn at bay, say experts.

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Aakriti Kochar, beauty and make-up expert, Oriflame India, and Ragini Mehra, founder of Beauty Source, and Shiv Singh Mann, founder of Desert Splendour, have shared tips that can help save your skin. 

* Wear a sun block (at least SPF 30) especially in coastal areas or while you're in water as body tends to feel more burn in scorching heat when you are in water. 

* You can use coconut oil on exposed skin after staying in the sun to soothe affected skin and avoid sunburns.

* Consuming Vitamin D rich foods like fermented cod liver oil help supplement Vitamin D balance in your body and build a stronger immune system against sunburns. 

Bella praises 'best friend' Gigi Hadid

Model #BellaHadid says she is following in the footsteps of her elder sister and model #GigiHadid to become a #supermodel and considers her "best friend".

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Bella, 20, said her sister Gigi, 21, always puts a smile back on her face in difficult times, both personally and professionally.

"Gigi is my best friend and I love her to death. She's been through everything I'm going through now because she's been in the business longer," Bella told dailymail.co.uk.
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Rajinikanth's '2.o' postponed to January next year

Superstar #Rajinikanth's upcoming Tamil science-fiction action drama #2pointo, which was earlier scheduled to release for Diwali this year, has been postponed to January 25 next year, the makers announced on Friday.

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"Our most ambitious project, Shankar's '2.o' shifts to January 25, 2018. It moves from earlier Diwali release to achieve world class standards in VFX," tweeted Raju Mahalingam, COO, Lyca Productions, the makers of "2.o".

A sequel to Rajinikanth's own 2010 Tamil blockbuster "Enthiran", the film also stars Amy Jackson, Akshay Kumar, Sudhanshu Pandey and Adil Hussain.

Akshay is being introduced to Tamil filmdom in the role of an antagonist.
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Little actions can save substantial amount of water: Farhan

Actor-filmmaker #FarhanAkhtar, who has joined a social campaign to create awareness among the masses to save water on the eve of #WorldEarthDay, says that from taking a shower to washing clothes, people can save water for the future.

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The campaign titled ‘Mission Blue' is by National Geographic in association with NGO Water Aid Foundation. 

Being the face of the initiative, Farhan told here on Friday: "We aim to create general awareness and empower people about water conservation. Though it sounds like a mission, little actions in our daily life can save a substantial amount of water for the future."

"For instance, instead of washing your car four days a week, how about doing it twice (a week)? Instead of washing clothes every day, we can do it every alternate day. These are the small things, but end of the week you will realise how much water you have saved."
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Amy Adams, Fagun Thakrar to work together soon

"Arrival" star #AmyAdams and Indian origin English actress #FagunThakrar are set to work together.

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"Looking forward to be working with one of my favourite actresses Amy Adams," Thakrar tweeted on Thursday. 

She also posted a photo of the two in which they are seen sitting next to each other and posing for the camera.

In the past, Thakrar has featured with stars like Martin Sheen, Donald Sutherland and Brie Larson in films.
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'Half Girlfriend' to release across 1600 Indian screens

#ShraddhaKapoor and #ArjunKapoor-starrer #HalfGirlfriend will release across 1600 screens in India on May 19.

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NH Studioz, an initiative of Narendra Hirawat and Co., has bagged the distribution rights of the movie, directed by Mohit Suri.

"Movies based on adaptations from books by authors like Chetan Bhagat, appeal to the younger generation as we have seen in the past. We have internally seen the content of 'Half Girlfriend', and are enthusiastic about the storyline and performance of the actors."

"For the success of a film, it is important to take the movie to the right audiences. In our last venture for 'Begum Jaan', the content was very different and strong. As compared to 'Half Girlfriend', 'Begum Jaan' needed to be taken to more mature audiences and that is exactly what we did by limiting the number of screens to 956," Shreyans Hirawat, Managing Director of NH Studioz, said in a statement.
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Kunal Kapoor promotes campaign dedicated to Indian soldiers

Actor #Kunal_Kapoor is backing a campaign that supports injured Indian army jawans and has urged everyone to help them.

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Karan on Thursday night took to Twitter to share the story of one of the soldiers.

"That's Sepoy Tapas Roy. A spinal chord injury while serving the nation, hasnt stopped him from achieving his dreams," he tweeted. 

"Help us, to help these inspiring soldiers, that haven't let their disabilities come in the way of their achievements," he further posted. 

The actor also asked his fans and followers to join the campaign called #SupergiantsForSoldiers. 
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Checklist for destination wedding

Apart from picking a venue for the #wedding, it is important to come up with an interesting itinerary and keep a constant check on guests while planning a #destinationwedding, say experts.

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Kunal Rai, Events Head at Tamarind Global, and Pooja Ghai, Managing Director at Tranquiil Weddings, have shared a list of things that must be kept in mind while planning a destination wedding. 

* Destination selection: One needs to make sure that the destination selected has good accessibility and flight connectivity for guests and good infrastructure. 

* Venue selection: The second thing that one must keep in mind is selection of the hotel. This is almost as important as the destination. At times, the hotel takes precedence and the destination is chosen because of a property. Not only should the hotel have enough rooms to accommodate all the guests, it must also have enough venues -- indoor and outdoors.

Neha Kakkar launches original Punjabi song

Singer #Neha_Kakkar, known for remixes like "Kala chashma" and "Kar gayi chull", has launched a new original #Punjabi song.

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In a meet and greet session at the office of Hungama, a digital media entertainment company, she unveiled the track "Ring" on Thursday.

Commenting on the remixes trending in Bollywood, Neha told: "I have sung 'Kala chashma', 'Kar gayi chull, 'Mahi ve', 'Gal ban gayi', and now 'Cheez badi' also, which are all recreations. I am definitely in favour (of recreations), and they have been well appreciated and loved."

"The only drawback is people have high expectations as they love the old songs. At times, it can go downward since there have been songs that haven't done well so one has to be very careful."
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Shatrughan Sinha praises daughter Sonakshi for 'Noor'

Veteran actor and politician #Shatrughan_Sinha has praised his daughter and actress #Sonakshi_Sinha for her latest release #Noor. He says the movie makes him proud.

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"'Noor' which not only sparkles but makes us proud too. What a great performance in a brilliantly directed film by Sunhil Sippy," Shatrughan tweeted on Friday. 

The actor says Sonakshi is "ably supported" by actor-comedian Kanan Gill. 

"'Noor' Sonakshi Sinha is ably supported by intense and convincing Kanan Gill, surprise package Purab Kohli and fully focused and believable," he further posted. 

Shatrughan says he has given full marks to his daughter for her role in the film.
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Jaipur's Rambagh Palace features in global top 10 heritage hotels list

Jaipur's #TajRambaghPalace hotel was featured in a list of top 10 heritage hotel properties in the world by a British magazine.

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Declared by the travel publication Travel Weekly on Wednesday, Rambagh Palace was ranked sixth and is the only Indian heritage hotel to feature in this list. 

The magazine quotes renowned travel company Cox & Kings, which describes the 19th century palace as one of the best selling hotels among higher-end clients.

Originally a hunting lodge of the Maharaja of Jaipur, it was converted into a hotel in 1957.
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Enjoy benefits of pudina

#Pudina (mint leaves) aids in digestion, improves oral #health, treats cold and more, say experts.

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JLN Sastry, Head of Healthcare Research, Dabur Research and Development, and Parameshwar Arora, Senior Ayurveda Consultant, Sir Gangaram Hospital, Delhi have shared a list of benefits you can get from pudina:

* Mint leaves are loaded with anti-oxidants and phytonutrients which provide relief to the stomach muscles and help in digestion. It soothes the stomach instantly and works wonders when it comes to treating tummy troubles. For example, pudina chutney that is served with samosa is not only just to enhance our taste buds but for better digestion of the junk food. 

Pick banana, melon, cold milk to fight acidity

Avoid chances of #acidity during the hot days by indulging in #bananas, #melons and #coconut_water, say experts.

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Mehar Rajput, nutritionist and dietitian, FITPASS - app for fitness enthusiasts, and Prerna Arora, dietician and nutritionist, Konsult App, which connects doctors and patients, shares a list:

* Bananas: It is the best antidote for acid reflux and is great for snacking purposes. Potassium in bananas produces mucous in the lining of the stomach, thus lowering the pH levels in the body. Also, bananas are high on fibre and a great source of roughage. Eating over-ripe bananas during summer is the best way to keep acidity at bay.
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Friday, 21 April 2017

Not easy to read things being written about dad: Sid Mallya

Aspiring actor #SiddarthMallya "Sid" says it is not easy to read all the things written about his father and liquor baron #VijayMallya.

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Mallya senior is wanted in India for defaulting on over Rs 8,000 crore in bank loans. He was arrested in London on Tuesday, and got bail within hours. 

Sid took to Instagram to post a video, thanking his followers and well-wishers for standing by him. 

In the video, Sid said: "I just wanted to take a quick moment to say the biggest thank you ever to so many of you for sending me amazing messages, support and positivity during this current situation."
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Sridevi's 'Mom' to release on July 7

Veteran actress #Sridevi upcoming thriller drama film #Mom has been slated for release on July 7.

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Sridevi will be making a comeback with "Mom" after five years. She was last seen onscreen in "English Vinglish". 

The movie, which was earlier scheduled to release on July 14, will now hit the screens on July 7, read a statement on behalf of the makers.

Directed by Ravi Udyawar, the film has been backed by Sridevi's husband Boney Kapoor and Zee Studios.
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Learning sword fighting was exhilarating: Shruti Haasan

Actress #ShrutiHaasan says learning sword fighting for the upcoming historical drama #Sanghamitra was mentally engaging and exhilarating.

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Shruti essays the role of a warrior princess in filmmaker Sundar C's mega budget tri-lingual drama. The actress has been training with a professional sword fighting expert and action choreographer in London. 

"I was so glad to have this opportunity to learn a new physical art form. After having martial arts as part of my life early on, sword fighting was a whole new experience which was physically and mentally engaging and exhilarating," Shruti said in a statement. 
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Disha grooved to Bieber's 'Baby' in school

Actress #DishaPatani, a fan of #JustinBieber, is looking forward to his India tour and says that she used to dance to the Canadian singer's hit number #Baby during her school time.

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"It's a huge thing for India as I have been listening and dancing to his songs for long. I still remember when I was in school, we used to dance to his song 'Baby'," Disha told over phone from Mumbai.

The "M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story" fame actress launched the limited edition capsule collection titled ONLYFORBIEBER by European fashion brand ONLY at their flagship Bandra Linking road store on Thursday. 

The brand is gearing up for the Justin Bieber Purpose World Tour India 2017 and wanted to give fans a tangible and fashionable way to show their love for Bieber ahead of his first tour in the country. 

Asked if she has purchased the show's tickets, Disha said: "I am waiting. I am trying for the passes."
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Anil Kapoor unveils his wax statue in Singapore

Veteran actor #AnilKapoor unveiled his statue at the world famous wax museum #MadameTussauds here.

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On Thursday, Anil tweeted a photograph of himself along with his wax sculpture. He captioned it: "I just had to pose! It's so cool. I love it. Madame Tussauds Singapore. This is just an amazing and humbling experience! Thank you!"

Anil also thanked the museum for making his statue "look so good".

On the work front, Anil will next be seen in "Mubarakan" alongside his nephew Arjun Kapoor and actresses Athiya Shetty and Ileana D'Cruz.
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'Munna Michael' to release on July 21

Director-producer Sabbir Khan's upcoming film #MunnaMichael is set to release on July 21, the film's makers said.

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"Munna Michael" stars Tiger Shroff and debutante Nidhhi Agerwal.

The Eros International and Viki Rajani's action-music entertainer also stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui in an all-new avatar. 

It is based on the story of Munna, a street boy from Teen Batti slum locality here. He loves dancing and grows up idolising King of Pop Michael Jackson. 

The son of actor Jackie Shroff, who lived in "chawls" (a residential building in Mumbai for relatively poor people), has paid a tribute to his father in the film. 

Saumya Tandon doesn't believe in conditional relationships

Actress #SaumyaTandon says she doesn't believe in conditional relationships and feels that there is no need of #marriage unless one has found the right person.

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"I don't believe in conditional relationships so contract marriage is completely out of question. Marriage is only a legal paper... if it doesn't have love or commitment, it has no value. Marriage with agenda is a bad idea," Saumya said in a statement. 

Saumya, who plays the character of Anita bhabhi in &TV's "Bhabhi Ji Ghar Par Hai", added: "To fulfil any objective or reason or agenda I will never marry." 

"I am of the other extreme, I feel there is no need of marriage unless one has found someone you want to spend your life with and start a family. Just for fun sake, hypothetically, I could ... may be hook up with the young Clint Eastwood, he is a great actor, director and producer and would make him cast me as the leading lady in the film he directs."

PositiveShift launches global learning network WIISE

Skill development company #PositiveShift on Thursday announced the launch of a global learning network to provide access to affordable and quality content "anywhere anytime".

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Built with a seed investment of $750,000, the WIISE learning network comprises different models to deliver the content online or through television.

Vijay Ketan Mitra, CEO, Founder and Executive Coach at PositiveShift, told reporters that they plan to raise $15 million in Series A funding over the next six to nine months.

The network will cater to high school students (Class 8 to 12), competitive exam market and the employees looking to do new courses.

James Norton interested in James Bond role

Actor #James_Norton hinted that he would be interested in becoming the next #James_Bond, saying it's lovely to be part of the whole conversation.

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The "War And Peace" star also admitted that he was a 'great fan' of Daniel Craig, saying he 'selfishly' hopes that he does another two or three Bond films, reports dailymail.co.uk.

When questioned about the Bond rumours on "This Morning" show, Norton said: 'It's lovely to be part of the whole conversation."
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Action movies prepared Saldana for home life

Actress #ZoeSaldana, who awaits the release of #Guardians_of_the_Galaxy_Vol_2, says starring in action movies has prepared her to be outnumbered by boys at home.

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The 38-year-old has two-year-old twins Cy and Bowie and another son named Zen, who was born in February, with her husband Marco Perego.

"I'm used to it. I've done all these action movies that I'm usually outnumbered)(in), you know?" Saldana told etonline.com.
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Ways to hide tummy bulge in summer

Opt for long flowy #tops and empire line dresses to hide your #tummybulge, say experts.

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Bhavya Chawla, Chief Stylist at Voonik, and Karieshma Sarnaa and Amrita KM, fashion designer, Shopotox, share some hacks to hide tummy bulge.

* Long, flowy tops: Flowy, long tops can be a saviour as they're designed in a way that ensures that the outfit doesn't cling to any part of your body, thus they can be good to camouflage your tummy bulge.

* Empire line dresses: They are designed in such a way that they flow outward from the waist down. They are also comfortable to wear during the summer heat.

I love skiing: Hugh Jackman

Actor #HughJackman says he loves to ski, but is not great at it.

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"I love skiing. I picked it up when I was 18 so never got great but tried to learn it," Jackman said in a statement. 

It was for this love that the actor opted to do several ski jumping scenes in "Eddie the Eagle" -- about a British underdog ski jumper who made it big at the 1988 Winter Olympics -- himself. 

The actor says he had fun doing the scenes of the film, which will air in India on Star Movies Select HD on Saturday.
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Rajkummar plays 324-year-old man in 'Raabta'

National Film Award-winning actor #RajkummarRao will be seen playing a man aged 324 in the forthcoming film #Raabta.

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The just released trailer of "Raabta" is packed with intrigue, love and the promise of a powerful storyline. The trailer ends with an element of surprise.

At the end of the trailer, one can spot a mysterious looking character, played by the "Trapped" actor.

The film's team did 16 look test before picking the final one. Director Dinesh Vijan and Rajkumar sat along with the team over a couple of days to get the final look in place.

A special team from Los Angeles got on board and worked with Zuby Johal of Dirty Hands company to etch the look for the actor.
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I have broken all norms, plan to break more: Gauhar

Bollywood actress and Big Boss winner #GauharKhan on Thursday said she was advised not to do a lot of things but she has "broken all the norms and plans to break even more".

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"People told me not to do Big Boss, I did it and won the show. Then I was told that if in my first film I am not opposite Ranbir Kapoor I should not do the film, I did that and my character was the most remembered female character. 

"Then people told me that if I do only songs I will be tagged as an item girl but I have broken all the norms... I plan to break still more," said Gauhar, who was speaking at a press conference on the success of her film "Begum Jaan" on Thursday.

"If you can dream it you can achieve it, if you can believe it you can achieve it," Gauhar added further.

Gauhar Khan's "Begum Jaan", which is a period drama film, written and directed by National Award-winning director Srijit Mukherji, was released on April 14 and got a good response from the audience. 

The movie stars Vidya Balan in the lead role.

"I am a very big fan of Vidya Balan and I got a compliment that even in her presence, my role was distinct, I feel very humbled," Gauhar said.
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Saldana, Dave Bautista's special shout out to Indian fans

Actors #ZoeSaldana and #DaveBautista sent out a special message to all the fans of their film franchise #GuardiansoftheGalaxy in India.

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Disney India on Thursday released a promotional video of the Hollywood film with Hindi retro twist with Bappi Lahiri's popular song "Jhoom jhoom jhoom baba". 

The actors said the team came up with the idea of a ‘desi' version of the trailer as a special gift to the Indian fans. 

In the video, the actors are saying: "Namaste India, I'm Dave Bautista and I'm Zoe Saldana and here's something special from the Guardians of the Galaxy, just for you. Obviously!"

"Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" is written and directed by James Gunn, and stars Chris Pratt, Saldana and Bautista. It also features the voices of actors like Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper. 
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Bollywood most secular industry, says Raveena Tandon

Actress #RaveenaTandon says that when it comes to religion, the Hindi film industry is the most secular one as compared to others.

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Raveena, who was in the capital on Thursday to promote her new film "Maatr", was asked about singer Sonu Nigam's comments demanding a ban on loudspeakers during azaan.

After his comments, Sonu shaved his head and apologised earlier this week.

"If we look at the current scenario of our country -- whether you look at people of any religion -- fanaticism is wrong. We have always lived as a secular and strong country and we should be allowed to do so," Raveena told reporters here.

"If Diwali firecrackers are being controlled, I promote that. But it doesn't mean I am becoming communal. It depends on each person's individual thinking what they think and what they find.
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Thursday, 20 April 2017

Rose Byrne's 'surreal' moment with Oprah Winfrey

Actress #RoseByrne says shooting with talk show queen #OprahWinfrey for new TV series #TheImmortalLifeofHenriettaLacks was a "surreal" moment for her.

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Winfrey has shot for one particular scene in the series with Byrne.

"It was intense! It was a long day, but we wanted to do a good job and we were geared up to do it." Byrne told etonline.com.

"It was one of those strange surreal moments in your life but that's acting you know? I think I said that to (actress) Glenn Close a few times as well so I'm clearly cornering a market, telling legendary woman to eff off."
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Katherine Heigl finds breastfeeding 'awkward'

Actress #KatherineHeigl says she found breastfeeding her three-month-old son Josh while promoting her new film #Unforgettable to be "really awkward".

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The 38-year-old, who also has two adopted daughters, Naleigh and Adalaide with her husband Josh Kelley, has been trying to balance her professional responsibilities with the challenges of being a new mother.

"Trying to pump or breastfeed between interviews (has) been really interesting. It's a whole new world for me," Heigl told etonline.com.

"It's really awkward, honestly. (But what's) best for the baby is best for the mom," she added.
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Love singing romantic songs most: Dev Negi

Young playback singer #DevNegi, who lent his voice for songs like "Badri Ki Dulhania", "Paro", and "Ho Gaya Hai Pyar", says though he wants to explore various genres of music, he loves singing #romantic_songs.

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About his favourite genre of music, Dev, whose new single was released on Wednesday, told that "so far I sang various genres in Bollywood, whether it is dance number, R&B, party song but I love singing romantic songs."

In fact according to him, among all the Khans, when it comes to romantic songs, he found Shah Rukh Khan quite magical. "I wish my song is picturised on Shah Rukh Khan as he is one of my favourite actors. There is something magical in him that makes all romantic song charming when he sings it on screen. It would be a great combination if my song is picturised on Shah Rukh."
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Saira Banu, Jackie get Raj Kapoor award

Veteran actress #SairaBanu and actor #JackieShroff have been named for the prestigious #Raj_Kapoor_Lifetime_Achievement and #Raj_Kapoor_Special_Contribution annual awards, respectively, by the Maharashtra government, Cultural Affairs Minister Vinod Tawde announced here on Wednesday.

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Well-known Marathi film industry personalities Vikram Gokhale and Arun Nalawade have been named for the coveted V. Shantaram Lifetime Achievement and V. Shantaram Special Contribution annual awards, he added.

Both the lifetime achievement awards carry a citation and cash of Rs 500,000 each, while both the special contribution awards carry a citation and Rs 300,000 in cash.

These awards, instituted by the state government, will be given away at the upcoming 54th Maharashtra State Marathi Film Festival, Tawde said.

Don't let technology take over your life, says Gul Panag

Actress #GulPanag, who loves using technology, says that people should not allow it to take over their life.

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"I adopted technology way before others...my dependency on smart phones is much higher than other people...And I feel that if technology can make life easier, then one must adopt it. However, one must not allow it to take over his or her life..." she said.

"There is a fine distinction between making your life easier and having your life taken over and becoming a slave... I am not a slave to my phone," Gul told at the launch of multi-services travel app, Matrix Travel Companion App.

The newly launched application is a "one-stop solution" for international travellers. It covers all categories like international shopping discounts, ticket bookings, restaurant reservations and travel insurance. 

Aamir promotes 'Dangal' in China with sport stars

Chinese professional boxer #ZouShiming and American basketball player #StephonMarbury promoted the Indian sports drama #Dangal with its lead actor #AamirKhan here on Wednesday.

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Zou loved the trailer of the film so much that he came for a press conference of the film here. He made Aamir recite a poem in Chinese. The Indian superstar made him learn a dialogue from "Dangal", the film's spokesperson said in a statement. 

At a special promotional event for "Dangal", Marbury gifted Aamir an autographed basketball and in return, Aamir gifted him an autographed "Dangal" T-shirt.

Aamir, a popular Bollywood face in China, is here along with the film's director Nitesh Tiwari to attend the China premiere of the blockbuster Hindi entertainer on April 16. 
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Katy Perry shares Goddess Kali's image, gets trolled

American singer Katy Perry became a victim of online trolls when she posted an image of Indian Goddess Kali on social media to depict her "current mood".

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Perry shared the image on Instagram on Tuesday night and captioned it: "Current mood."

While her fans in India got excited about her sharing the photograph, there were some who got offended by Perry's caption.

"What's this? This is our God. How could you compare your mood with this," one fan wrote.

Another one wrote: "She doesn't even know the story behind this picture, shame on Indians who are supporting this disgust Katy Perry did." 

SRK calls Sachin Tendulkar his ‘guiding light'

Bollywood superstar #ShahRukhKhan has wished luck to cricket icon #SachinTendulkar for his upcoming biopic #SachinABillionDreams and called him his "guiding light".

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"I believed, when you did well, I would too and when you didn't, I will fail. Like a billion others I miss my guiding light. All the best for the film," Shah Rukh posted on Twitter on Wednesday.

Responding to that, Sachin tweeted: "Zindagi me haar na hoti to koi kabhi jeet ta nahi aur kuch seekhta bhi nahi (Had there been no loss, nobody would've won and learned anything). Touched by your words like a billion others, love you Shah Rukh Khan."

"Sachin: A Billion Dreams", a docu-feature, has been directed by London-based writer-filmmaker James Erkine.
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Sonu Nigam goes bald, says he isn't anti-Muslim

Renowned singer #SonuNigam on Wednesday shaved off his head, hours after offering to apologize if his tweets on azaan blared from loudspeakers were seen to be anti-Muslim.

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After the tweets sparked a row, a cleric in West Bengal, Syed Shah Atif Ali Al-Qaderi, announced he would give Rs 10 lakh to anyone who shaves off Sonu Nigam's head and garlands with footwear.

Sonu Nigam took up the challenge, calling a Muslim barber to do the job.

"I have requested Aalim (Hakim) to come. He will shave my head, but it isn't any agitation or challenge. The one who is cutting hair is a Muslim and I am a Hindu. There is no animosity," Nigam said here. 

"The same language of fatwa can be communicated through a language of love," he added.

Nigam underlined that he never meant any offence.

"Being secular means understanding each other's problems and not saying 'I am only right'. 'Aazan zaruri hai, loudspeaker nahi' (Aazan is necessary, not the loudspeakers). 

Rishi Kapoor has special appearance in 'Manto'

Veteran actor #Rishi_Kapoor will be seen making a special appearance in filmmaker Nandita Das' #Manto - a biographical film based on the life of controversial writer Saadat Hasan Manto.

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Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who plays the title role in the upcoming movie, earlier took to Twitter to thank Rishi Kapoor for sharing screen space with him. However, he didn't let out anything about the film.

"It was indeed a pleasure sharing the screen with Rishi Kapoor sir, what an amazing energy you possess even now," Nawazuddin tweeted on Wednesday.

Responding, Rishi wrote: "Thank you Nawaz! Did that bit for Nandita Das and ‘Manto' -- title role played by you. We will have fun working together in the future."

Om Puri was supposed to play a character in the film, but he passed away earlier this year.
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We are passionate about design in all forms: Abu Sandeep

Popular couturiers #Abu_Jani and #Sandeep_Khosla are set to host their first jewellery preview with Gehna Jewellers here on Friday. They say they are passionate about design in all forms.

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Gehna Jewellers has collaborated with ASAL by Abu Sandeep, the label by designers Abu and Sandeep, to present a collection, ASAL by Abu Sandeep for Gehna. 

Much like their work in fashion, traditional jewellery concepts of necklace sets, earrings, bangles and rings have been entirely reimagined through their artistic eye. Old world charm has been reinvented for the 21st century. 

Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla told: "We are passionate about design in all forms. To create in new mediums is a compulsion for any artist. This collection of jewellery is our passion for beauty expressed through a new medium."