Saturday, 27 May 2017

Ayushman Khurana opens up in Siddharth Kannan’s Show

There is always a unique amusement when the gossip shoots off from one’s own mouth. Also, not every host is smart enough to extract that out, but for Hatt K Sid K alias #Siddharth_Kannan  is certainly a piece of cake.

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We are well informed about Ayushman Khurana usually being lip sealed about his personal life and liking but during a recent interview the case flipped and he became vocal about topics like Doggy style.. Oh! That’s kinky.

The Vicky Donor “Aryan blood boy” also relishes his experience of cleaning utensils for his Burmese mother and now washing his children’s poop.

Himself  being a VJ & now being a successful actor, Ayushman still is in dread of one man, even over his voice overs. It is the man he considers “the baap of all”.  Lets find out who.

Siddharth Kanan: "With the gift of gab and bag full of quirkiness, Siddharth Kannan is one of India's finest Television and Radio Hosts, Master of Ceremonies,Voice-over professionals and a YouTube sensation!
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The global journey of curry - with some recipes thrown in

#Curry, in the culinary lexicon, is intrinsically associated with the routine Indian meal. Be it fish, meat or vegetable, the dishes are primarily curry-based, which is mostly relished with rice or roti. But this culinary delicacy now has a global identity.

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And Colleen Taylor Sen's latest book, "Curry: A Global History", explores how recipes associated with curries have evolved with time and been widely accepted throughout the world.

The book opens with a note on the global presence of the recipe.

"If any dish deserves to be global, it is curry. From Newfoundland to the Antarctic, from Beijing to Warsaw, there is scarcely a place where curries are not enjoyed," writes Sen.

The book says that many "fanciful and sometimes hilarious explanations" are associated with the word "curry". Sen suggests that the term has been probably derived from a southern Indian language -- "karil" or "kari". That became "caril" in Portuguese and, later, "curry" in English.

Sen mentions that, traditionally, the word was not used by Indians as they would call dishes by their specific names like korma, rogan josh, molee, vindaloo or doh piaza. Culinary experts would insist that the only dish that deserves to be called curry is the one developed in the kitchens of British India in the late 18th century.

Lost confidence after films flopped, says Ekta Kapoor

#Ekta_Kapoor, who celebrated the success of her latest production #Half_Girlfriend, says at one point she had lost confidence in herself after her films flopped one after another. And because of that, she was initially not sure about producing "Half Girlfriend".

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"With my production house, I lost confidence on myself when I gave five flop films in a row. My last hit film was with Mohit Suri in 2014 ('Ek Villain'). There was a time when I wasn't even sure whether I want to continue making films or not, but God has been kind, prayers have worked and film has done well," Ekta said at the success party here on Friday night.

"I would like to thank each of my team members for their hard work for this film," Ekta added, appreciating the efforts of director Mohit Suri and lead actors Arjun Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor.

Talking about negative reviews from the critics for "Half Girlfriend", Ekta said: "When my TV soap 'Naagin' was launched, during that time, there were 500 stories that how this soap is the reason to malign creativity and entertainment factor on television.

"With this film also, critics felt that 'Half Girlfriend' is a melodrama but I am glad that masses accepted the film. More than money, I think acceptance from the audience is the biggest thing which I haven't experienced in the last three years."
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Ben Stiller splits from wife of 17 years

Actor #Ben_Stiller and his wife #Christine_Taylor, whom he married in 2000, have announced that they are splitting.

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They announced the separation in a joint statement to Entertainment Tonight on Friday, but did not state the reason for their decision, reported etonline.com.

"With tremendous love and respect for each other, and the 18 years we spent together as a couple, we have made the decision to separate," Stiller and Taylor said.

"Our priority will continue to be raising our children as devoted parents and the closest of friends. We kindly ask that the media respect our privacy at this time," the statement read further.

The couple had met while filming a never-broadcast TV pilot called "Heat Vision and Jack". They got married in May 2000 at an oceanfront ceremony in Kauai, Hawaii.

No bad blood with Jay Z, Beyonce, says Ora

Singer #Rita_Ora says there's no "bad blood" with Jay Z and his wife and singer Beyonce Knowles after suing the rapper's Roc Nation label.

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"The truth is, it was a respectful separation. It is a very respectful separation and there is no bad blood whatsoever, 150 per cent," she said about leaving the label, reports mirror.co.uk. 

In 2015, Ora, who signed to the label in 2008 but only released one album, filed a lawsuit claiming the company's change in direction led to her being forgotten about.

The following year, the 26-year-old star reportedly reached an out of court settlement and she went on to sign with Atlantic Records.

Priyanka Chopra regrets hair extensions

Actress #Priyanka_Chopra, whose Hollywood debut #Baywatch has released in the US, says she regrets wearing "a lot of extensions" in her hair.

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"I have a lot of hair. And sometimes it can become really big. There was a time where I liked a lot of extensions and a lot of curls and just a lot of everything going on in there," Priyanka told people.com.

Now Priyanka, 34, says she advises everyone to remember one key beauty rule: "Less is more."

Priyanka considers her wardrobe at this year's Met Gala and at the Emmy awards last year as the best outfits she has ever worn.
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Liam Payne admits parenthood changes life forever

Singer #Liam_Payne, who became a father in March, says becoming a parent changes everything.

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"When he (son Bear) was first born, I had never even changed a nappy. I never had any younger siblings or people to change nappies on," Payne said on "The Kyle and Jackie O" show, reports eonline.com.

He added: "It's not something I would partake as a hobby. I don't know if I'm speaking on behalf of other dads but you work on your feet because you have to, it's your responsibility."

He spoke on the impact of parenthood.
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Taapsee revisits her school in Delhi

Actress #Taapsee_Pannu revisited her school here on Friday, urged students to balance their studies with extra-curricular activities and promoted self-defence classes in the institution.

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Taapsee visited the Mata Jai Kaur Public School, and was welcomed by the senior officials and the teachers who had taught her over the years.

Talking about the experience, the "Pink" and "Naam Shabana" actress said in a statement: "It was a nostalgia beyond words. My teachers and students organised such a beautiful event to welcome me.

"They not only made my morning special but lived up to my expectations of starting self defence classes in school. They showed me a demo class. I was impressed by their efforts and hope our combined efforts encourage more and more kids to join the classes." 
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Creative business is more risk taking: Sonam Kapoor

Bollywood actress #Sonam_Kapoor, who has stepped into the business field along with her sister #Rhea_Kapoor to launch high street fashion brand #Rheson, says a creative business like fashion is more risky as compared to a business of things for daily needs.

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"I think any creative business is more risk-taking because eventually it is up to the consumer to like it. It is not like a product of daily need like bread or milk. Fashion is almost like a film where you have to go by the response of the people since you are selling a concept,"
Sonam told here.

"Our fashion brand is also about a concept and thankfully, we are getting good response so far," she added.

The first collection of Rheson revolves around childhood memories and nostalgia.
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Zareen Khan to play law student

Actress #Zareen_Khan is ecstatic to play a law student in Vikram Bhatts "1921".

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Zareen told: "As a teenager, I always wanted to study law and I am glad that I got an opportunity to play a law student on screen at least."

She is currently shooting for the film here. Before that, she visited some law colleges and interacted with law students to observe their mannerism.

Reading seems to be on her mind as last week she tweeted a photo of herself with the book "A Handful of Sunshine" by Bhatt.

She captioned it: "There couldn't have been more perfect timing than right now to start reading 'A Handful Of Sunshine' by my favourite Vikram Bhatt. Shoot diaries, '1921'." 

It will be a two-month schedule and the horror film is slated to release by end of 2017.
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Must-haves in duffel bag for vacation

One needs to have a complete wardrobe solution and be ready for anything -- either adventurous or luxurious -- during a #vacation. Joggers and chinos are the most comfortable options, say experts.

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Designer Pranav Pandey, of John Players, and Mohita Indrayan, Chief Creative Officer of 612 League, share must-haves for a duffel bag, depending on different occasions. 

* Minimalistic: The idea is to pack smart. If this is a quiet tour to be closer to nature, the idea should be to keep it minimal. Making this choice is easy. Put together a pair of cargo pants with a linen shirt and you are ready to hit the outdoors. 

* Being breezy: You can't think of beginning your journey without having summer linen bottoms in your duffel bag. Pick your shade from white to grey and team it with a half-retaining shirt which has an apple shaped hemline.

* Rough it out: If your idea of vacationing is by being adventurous, then getting lost on a trekking trail isn't a big deal for you. However, you need to be equipped for it. Sport a zip neck T-shirt with a pair of beige woven joggers.
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Friday, 26 May 2017

Gal Gadot nearly quit acting before 'Wonder Woman'

Actress #Gal_Gadot was on the verge of quitting acting before auditioning for her role in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice".

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The 32-year-old actress opened up about her past struggle in Hollywood at host Jimmy Fallon's show "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon", reports aceshowbiz.com.

"This profession, the rejection is tough. I had so many almost and another camera test and it was almost mine. Then another and another. I was telling my husband, I'm not sure how long I can take it. Dragging my family to Los Angeles doing this," Gadot said.

Gadot said she did not even know what role she would play when "Batman v Superman" director Zack Snyder asked her to do an audition. 

"I got a phone call from Zack Snyder who wanted to audition me for this secret role," said Gadot. 

"I did the audition. It went great. I went back to Israel to shoot a movie and I didn't know if I wanted to continue acting afterwards. I'm in Israel, they tell me they wanted to do a camera test-again, a camera test, again-another almost, almost.
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Taylor Swift keeping Joe Alwyn romance 'insanely private'

Singer #Taylor_Swift is reportedly keeping her romance with new boyfriend #Joe_Alwyn "insanely private".

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According to a source, Swift, who was earlier in relationships with Calvin Harris, Harry Styles and Tom Hiddleston, has learnt from the past and is keeping her personal life away from the limelight.

"Taylor has been insanely private about her relationship with Joe," the source told people.com.

Swift and Alwyn reportedly have been dating each other for several months now. 

"She wanted to get to know him without any chaos. She has learned from the past," the source added.
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I want a wife: Orlando Bloom

Actor #Orlando_Bloom, who is currently single after splitting from singer #Katy_Perry, is desperately looking for a wife.

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Bloom split from Perry earlier this year and is now on the lookout for a new partner that will present him with gifts, reports femalefirst.co.uk.

The actor admired a rose pin on an "Extra" TV show reporter's suit, and when the host told him it had been a gift from his wife, Bloom smiled and said: "See? I need a wife. Can you get me a wife? I want a wife -- that's what I'm looking for, a wife that will get me a pin like that."

Bloom was previously married to supermodel Miranda Kerr.

The "Pirates of the Caribbean" star never goes anywhere without a bracelet his six-year-old son Flynn, who he has with Kerr, made for him because it makes him feel like his son is always there by his side.
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Issues in 'Tubelight' still relevant: Kabir Khan

Filmmaker #Kabir_Khan, whose upcoming film #Tubelight is based on the India-China war of 1962, said the political issues in the movie are still relevant.

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Speaking at the trailer launch of the film here on Thursday, the director said his relation with Salman Khan has evolved over the time.

On being asked the reason behind choosing India-China war as a background to the film, Kabir said: "The political issues the story deals with, are still relevant. In 1962, there was a border conflict between India and China. We are still dealing with some of them."

He was present at the trailer launch along with Salman Khan, Sohail Khan and music director Pritam.
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I am a limited performer, says Salman Khan

Superstar #Salman_Khan, who will soon be seen in the film #Tubelight, says as an actor he has limitations and filming for the Kabir Khan directorial was an emotional journey.

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Sharing his experience of working with his brother Sohail Khan, who is essaying the role of his character's brother in "Tubelight", Salman told media here: "The film was an emotional journey and I felt emotionally drained after shooting some of the scenes that narrate that my brother is no more."

"I am a limited performer and everybody knows that, but because Sohail was playing my brother, maybe that's why I was feeling very emotional."

"In fact, during the dubbing of the film also, being a grown up man, my tears were coming up... it was really bad! And coming from us (Pathans) is really bad," he said, sharing an earlier story.
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Benefits of different teas

Multiple brands have come up with numerous #tea variants ranging from green tea to organic, black, herbal and fruit-based infusions. While we all drink tea as a stress buster, comforter, there are many other hidden benefits that different types of tea offer if consumed in a definite time and manner, say experts.

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Razi Khan, Director -- sales and marketing -- at Typhoo, and Kaushal Dugar, founder and CEO at Teabox, have listed some of the benefits that you can reap from some of the commonly used tea variants:

*Black tea: Black tea is rarely mentioned in the context of tea's health benefits but it is rich in antioxidants, improves oral health, boosts weight loss and even brings down stress levels. 

Also being an oxidised tea, it is known for having anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant properties that help control levels of bad cholesterol in the body, improve bone density, mitigate cardiovascular ailments and promote wellness.

Ways to take care of your precious gold jewellery

Gold being a soft metal, contact or abrasion between different jewellery pieces may damage them. Wrap each piece separately to avoid such a problem, say experts.

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Anita Mertia, Founder at Shri Ram Jewellers, and Subash Naheta, Chairman of Jaipur Jewels, have listed ways in which you can keep your expensive gold safe and make it last longer:

* Don't wear your gold jewellery while bathing or cleaning: There are chemicals in soaps and other cleaning agents. Exposure to these chemicals can dull your gold.

* Store it separately: Gold is a soft metal. Contact or abrasion between different pieces may damage them. Wrap each piece separately in a soft cotton cloth and try hanging up the gold chains.

Kourtney, Younes Bendjima enjoying 'wild sex'

Reality TV star #Kourtney_Kardashian is reportedly enjoying her time with her new boyfriend #Younes_Bendjima at the #70thCannesFilmFestival here.

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According to a source, Kourtney's sisters -- Kim and Khloe Kardashian -- know Bendjima and are happy for her.

"Kim and Khloe are happy that their sister is hooking up with a sexy guy like Younes," the source told hollywoodlife.com. 

"They've been teasing her that she finally got her back thanks to her young man and all the wild sex they are having in Cannes. Kim and Khloe want Kourtney to relax and live a little, so if that means enjoying the hot bod of a younger man, then they are all for it," the source added.

Say yes to eco-friendly flooring

Create a healthy environment at home by choosing eco-friendly #flooring.

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Suresh Kumar Mansukhani, Country Head, Junckers -- a Denmark-based flooring brand, and Ashish Gupta, Director at Delhi-based InLiving, a retailer of solid wood furniture, list the benefits: 

* Eco-friendly flooring can add beauty to your house without the addition of harmful chemicals. In addition, these floorings are processed without harming the environment. The options are broad enough that regardless of what type of floor you are interested in, there is an eco-friendly flooring solution that will meet your needs.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Katy Perry wants Taylor Swift to finish feud

Singer #Katy_Perry, who has been embroiled in a feud with singer #Taylor_Swift since a long time now, says the latter should finish the fight as she started it.

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Things got bitter between the two singers when Swift said that Perry took three of her backing dancers from her Red tour in 2012. 

Later in 2014, Swift released the single "Bad blood", which was believed to be about her feud with Perry. Now Perry seems to have retaliated with new single "Swish Swish", which is also reportedly about their battle.

However, Perry says she is fed up of the fight, reports dailymail.co.uk.
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Orlando Bloom 'apologises' to sacked waitress

Actor #Orlando_Bloom has reportedly apologised to waitress #Viviana_Ross, who was sacked from her job after enjoying "incredible sex" with the "Pirates of the Caribbean" star.

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According to a source, Bloom enjoyed a "night of incredible sex" with Ross leading her to be fired from her job at the Chiltern Firehouse. 

Her sacking left Bloom "concerned" and he called her up to "make sure she was okay" and "apologise" for the incident, reports dailymail.co.uk.

Revealing that the two never exchanged numbers on the night, the source said: "Orlando got her number from the Chiltern Firehouse in London and called to make sure that Viviana was okay.
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MJ's songs not allowed to feature in 'Bubbles'

Late King of Pop #Michael_Jackson's songs will not be featured in video streaming app Netflix's #Bubbles.

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According to sources close to Jackson's estate, the project, the screenplay of which has been penned by Isaac Adamson and tells the story of Jackson's life from the perspective of his pet chimpanzee, is not authorized. Therefore, any of Jackson's materials, especially his music, are not allowed to be featured in the project, reports tmz.com.

Another movie "Michael Jackson: Searching for Neverland" is related to Jackson but will not have the singer's music as the movie is not authorized and Jackson's estate reportedly will "round up the lawyers" if they hear anything like "Billie Jean", "Thriller" or "Beat It" in the movie. 
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Colin Firth to apply for Italian citizenship

Veteran actor #Colin_Firth has applied to the Italian embassy here for citizenship following United Kingdom's decision last year to leave the European Union.

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"Colin was horrified by Brexit and is worried about the consequences," a source told dailymail.co.uk.

The Oscar-winning actor is married to Italian film producer Livia Giuggioli and Firth speaks Italian fluently.

Firth, who has children Luca, 16, and Matteo, 13, currently lives here with his wife. He has earlier expressed that he is not in favour of Brexit.

The 56-year-old will be able to retain his British passport even if he is awarded Italian citizenship, because both countries permit dual nationality, unlike other European Union countries like Germany.

Indian cricket team to watch 'Sachin...' together

The Indian cricket team will be coming together to watch the special screening of legendary cricketer #Sachin_Tendulkar's biography #SachinABillionDreams.

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To be held on Wednesday, the special screening will be taking place at a theatre in Versova here, confirmed producer Ravi Bhagchandka in a statement.

Earlier this month, Tendulkar also had a special screening for the Indian armed forces.

"Sachin: A Billion Dreams", traces his journey as he ruled the pitch for 24 years carrying the hopes and aspirations of a billion people and smashed records to attain his iconic position in cricket.
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Bollywood celebrities pledge to plant trees

A group of Bollywood celebrities including #Sunny_Leone, #Arjun_Rampal, #Pooja_Batra, #Arshad_Warsi among others gathered on Tuesday for a tree plantation drive to protect the environment of Mumbai city.

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Initiated by the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai and Bhamla Foundation, the celebrities planted 1,000 trees and pledged to plant more.

Arjun Rampal who is associated with the cause for quite a few years told the media: "It is quite alarming how global warming is affecting the climate and environment, so we have to take a stand to protect the earth. It is our responsibility."

Designer Manish Malhotra said: "I think Asif Bhamla of Bhamla Foundation is doing a great job and I support the cause. Apart from our profession, I think we should pay attention to the environment because this is where we are living."
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'Sachin: A Billion Dreams' declared tax-free in Odisha

The upcoming biopic on cricket legend and Bharat Ratna #Sachin_Tendulkar -- #SachinABillionDreams -- has been declared tax-free by the Odisha government.

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State Finance Minister Sashi Bhushan Behera on Tuesday said the entertainment tax on the film has been waived.

"Sachin: A Billion Dreams" is based on the life of Sachin Tendulkar and it is scheduled to release on May 26.

The movie, a biographical drama, captures Tendulkar's personal journey from a young boy to a cricketing icon.

It is written and directed by James Erskine and produced by Ravi Bhagchandka and Carnival Motion Pictures under 200 NotOut Productions.
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'James Bond' star Roger Moore dead

Former #James_Bond star #Roger_Moore, known for his swashbuckling looks and piercing gaze, has died after a short but brave battle with cancer, his family said. He was 89.

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Moore died on Tuesday in Switzerland, it was announced by his family on social media, reports telegraph.co.uk. 

"With the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today. We are all devastated. The love with which he was surrounded in his final days was so great it cannot be quantified in words alone," the message shared on the actor's official Twitter account read.

Moore was the third actor to play British secret agent James Bond, in seven feature films released between 1973 and 1985. He was one of the most suave actors to take on the iconic hero's role in "Live and Let Die", "The Man with the Golden Gun", "The Spy Who Loved Me", "Moonraker", "For Your Eyes Only", "Octopussy" and "A View to a Kill".
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Nandita Das reveals first look of 'Manto' at Cannes

The first look of Nawazuddin Siddiqui-starrer #Manto, a biographical film based on Urdu writer Saadat Hasan Manto, was launched at the ongoing #70thCannesFilmFestival here.

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Directed by Nandita Das, the film features Nawazuddin in the title role, and actress Rasika Dugal plays his wife Safia. The movie also features Rishi Kapoor, Swara Bhasker, Ranvir Shorey, Paresh Rawal and Swanand Kirkire.

"Manto's most defining works were set during the devastating partition of the Indian subcontinent; decades later, we are still struggling to find the freedom of expression and identity -- not just in India but across the world. His is a story that was relevant not only then, but even more so now," Nandita said in a statement.

She even shared some glimpses from the movie. Nawazuddin and Rasika are seen sporting simple, bespectacled looks and bear resemblance to the real life people that their characters are based on.
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Celine Dion wore dress packed with tissues

Singer #Celine_Dion's sleeves on her gown she adorned at the #Billboard_Music_Awards were packed up with tissue paper, according to her stylist Law Roach.

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Dion, 49, flaunted a floor-length, figure-hugging, white gown with a v-plunge neckline and accentuated shoulder detail to the awards gala on May 21.

Roach has revealed the garment was shipped in a "huge box" while the arm area was stuffed with wadding to protect it.

"It came in a huge box. The sleeves were packed up with tissue paper -- it's a whole thing, for real," Roach told hollywoodreporter.com.
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Peter England gets KVIC approval to come up with Khadi range

Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Ltd and the Khadi and Village Industries Commission #KVIC on Tuesday announced a strategic collaboration under which the fashion brand will develop an exclusive product line branded as #Khadi_by_Peter_England.

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This initiative is in line with the Prime Minister Narenda Modi's vision of promoting ‘Khadi for Fashion' and hand-woven fabric.

The agreement document was exchanged between KVIC CEO Anshu Sinha and Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Ltd business head Ashish Dikshit, in the presence of KVIC Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena and other dignitaries.

"Khadi is a brand which is protected by the act of Parliament. Our simple aim is to protect Khadi and that's why we are taking lot of stringent actions," Saxena told when asked if KVIC approved Khadi is the step towards making the fabric patented.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

News Helpline’s ‘Good Luck’ plan, a boon for Bollywood portals

News Helpline, one of the biggest Bollywood news agency is coming up with a ‘Good Luck’ plan which could be a boon for Bollywood portals in terms of getting the content which is Fast, Breaking and Rumor-proof ‘Pure Bollywood News’.

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Content has always remained King and especially if the content is in News form, one has to be very fast, alert and unbiased to deliver the pure news.  Procuring the right content with no delay factor and right costing is a big challenge faced by majority of upcoming as well as existing Bollywood websites. ‘News’ is one small word which loses its meaning and purpose if delayed. And to be in tune with ‘Time’, involves strong infrastructure, use of technology and skilled professionals which shoots up the cost of a news.

19 killed in blast at Ariana Grande's Manchester concert

At least 19 persons were killed and 59 injured in a #terror_attack here on Monday night at the conclusion of a concert by American pop singer #Ariana_Grande, police said.

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The explosion, the second in the city in 21 years, took place around 10.35 p.m. (local time) on Monday at the Manchester Arena where around 20,000 fans, mostly youngsters, had gathered.

The fans were streaming out of the arena, shortly after Grande had left the stage, as the explosion occurred.

At least 60 ambulances attended the scene of the blast, the UK North West Ambulance Service tweeted. The Manchester Royal Infirmary Hospital was blocked off to all but essential staff after the attack.
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Russell Brand wants men to speak out

Actor-comedian #Russell_Brand, following the suicide of singer Chris Cornell, has urged men to communicate better if they are feeling depressed.

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The 41-year-old actor, who has previously battled drug addiction, was "concerned" to hear about the suicide of the late Soundgarden and Audioslave singer last week, reports femalefirst.co.uk.

In his "Trews" YouTube broadcast with Brad Evans, he said: "I know Chris struggled with alcohol addiction but I believe he was clean at his death.

"I am always concerned when there is a suicide from someone who lived a fulfilling life. What does it say? Suicide or addiction or mental illness does implied you are making a decision inside your head.

"You feel like your life shouldn't be like this and you shouldn't feel this way. Then you cannot cope with being alive anymore. It is unimaginable."

Johansson hooks up with Colin Jost

Actress #Scarlett_Johansson was spotted making out with "Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update" host #Colin_Jost.

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The actress had appeared for the "SNL" season finale, hosted by Dwayne Johnson, in which she played Ivanka Trump. 

After the show, the actress hit it off with Jost at the afterparty held at the ice rink at Rockefeller Center, which went on to the early hours of May 21 morning, reports pagesix.com.

A witness said: "Scarlett and Colin were making out at the bar at the ‘SNL' season finale party at 30 Rock ... They would make out a bit, then go back to talking."
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Ed Sheeran finds hiatus rejuvenating

Pop star #Ed_Sheeran is back from a hiatus feeling "totally refreshed and rejuvenated".

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At the end of 2015, he shut off his social accounts, got rid of his phone, and headed to far-off places. 

"I travelled to places that I'd been to on tour but never really got a chance to see, like Japan, as well as places that I'd never been but always wanted to, like Ghana," he told ew.com. 

"It was incredible. I felt totally refreshed and rejuvenated." 

He says the benefit was for both him and his fans. 

"I came back even more driven than the last album, (which) I pretty much went straight into from my first without any break," he said. 
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'Baahubali 2' has not set any record yet: Anil Sharma

Director Anil Sharma says the much talked about film #Baahubali2TheConclusion has not set any record yet.

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Sharma, who was present at the grand mahurat ceremony of his son Utkarsh's debut film "Genius", said this while interacting with the media persons.

Sharma, who has given many hit films like "Gadar: Ek Prem Katha", "Apne" and many more, was asked about the new records like Rs 1,000 crore being set by "Bahubali 2". To this, the director said: "It is just a matter of time. There was a a time when, in 2001, 'Gadar : Ek Prem Katha' was released and had done a business of 265 crore, which as per today's calculation is Rs 5,000 crore."
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Dharmendra, Hema Malini wish Utkarsh luck for Bollywood debut

Filmmaker Anil Sharma's son #Utkarsh, who will soon make his debut in Bollywood with the film #Genius, has received good wishes and blessings from veteran actor #Dharmendra and #Hema_Malini as he embarks on the journey.

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"Today it's the launch of our son's film 'Genius'. I pray that he comes out as a genius and succeeds in life. God should bless him with best of everything in life. I hope he never forgets his roots, never takes fame seriously... Then only he can manage to win hearts," Dharmendra said at the 'mahurat' ceremony of the film on Monday.

Utkarsh had acted as a child artist in "Gadar: Ek Prem Katha" as Charanjeet -- the onscreen son of Sunny Deol and Ameesha Patel.
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Black Eyed Peas set to perform at Champions League final

The American group #Black_Eyed_Peas are set to perform at the final of the Champions League between Real Madrid and Juventus in Cardiff on June 3, football's governing body announced on Monday.

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According to UEFA, the Los Angeles-based group, formed by will.i.am, Fergie, apl.de.ap and Taboo, are to perform before the final, reports Efe.

"We're planning on harnessing the excitement of the fans in the stadium, and all those tuning in to the UEFA Champions League final," will.i.am said.

Will.i.am added that the group is planning "an unforgettable show."

Guy-Laurent Epstein, marketing director of UEFA Events, noted that UEFA is "excited" to have the rappers performing at the Champions League final in Cardiff.

Taapsee wraps up London schedule of 'Judwaa 2'

Actress #Taapsee_Pannu has finished the London schedule of the #Judwaa sequel, and says it was quite an experience.

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"It was a long schedule in London city where the weather becomes bizarre in no time. We saw rain, hail, sun all in one day. The good part is we finished more than half of the film. Will be back now to shoot for the remaining in June and July," Taapsee said in a statement.

The "Pink" and "Naam Shabana" actress is now off to New York before commencing the remaining shoot of the film in Mumbai where she will also be shooting with Jacqueline Fernandes. 
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Wish to do hardcore action movie: Elli Avram

Actress #Elli_Avram says she would love to do hardcore action movies as she finds herself "excellent" in mixed martial arts.

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"After working with the likes of Neeraj Pandey, Akshay Kumar and Anupam Kher (in 'Naam Shabana'), I wish to do a hardcore action movie since I'm excellent in mixed martial arts," Elli told. 

She is also game for romantic films.

"A very romantic dance movie (would be nice) since I'm a very emotional girl and dance comes naturally to me. I love to express through dance," Elli added.

The actress is currently one of the faces of designer Rocky S's new collection for RS jeans along with actor Prateik Babbar.

The collection represents the free spiritedness of people who beat the summertime blues with a dash of indigo. RS jeans has a mix of deep and light hues of indigoes in tops, t-shirts and jeans in styles. Taking the current trends a notch higher, the collection is centered in ripped and distressed patterns in different styles. 
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MAMI film fest to award excellence in digital content

The 2017 edition of the #JIO_MAMI Mumbai Film Festival will have a new award category -- the Jio MAMI Award For Excellence in Digital Content, the Reliance Foundation announced on Monday.

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Nita Ambani, Founder and Chairperson, Reliance Foundation and the co-chair of the movie fiesta, said in a statement: "We hope that this award will encourage young talent to break the boundaries of their creative prowess and take Indian cinema to new and greater heights, especially in the digital space. With the award, we're giving our young talent tangible encouragement and support to showcase their showcase their talent."

The special category has been created to provide a platform for young talent to showcase their storytelling abilities via short films, using the digital medium. The first set of awards in this category will be given at this year's edition of the Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival. 

No Bollywood styling for designers Anjalee, Arjun Kapoor

#Anjalee and #Arjun_Kapoor love designing for Bollywood actresses, but they don't prefer styling for movies as they feel it takes lot of time in coordination.

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"I love dressing Bollywood actresses, but at the same time I don't prefer styling for Bollywood movies since it takes a lot of time in coordination. Styling for the entire Bollywood crew takes a lot of time, but in case some great opportunity comes to me, I won't refuse to style garments," Anjalee told.

The designers, who have completed 12 years since launching their brand in the Indian fashion industry, feel their biggest learning is the need to evolve with time.

"My journey as a designer has been more than 20 years. The journey has been a very successful one, but at the same time a lot of hard work has gone into it. The biggest learning that I have got is that one has to evolve designs year after year since fashion tends to stagnate at all levels," said Arjun Kapoor.
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Raymond launches khadi label as part of Make in India initiative

Textile and apparel conglomerate #Raymond_Limited has launched sub-brand Khadi by Raymond -- a move in line with Prime Minister #Narendra_Modi's #Make_in_India initiative.

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The launch here saw the presence of Minister of State (MSME) Giriraj Singh as the Chief Guest and Sumitra Kulkarni Gandhi, granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi, as the guest of honour.

Khadi By Raymond is a range of fabric blends and ready to wear apparel that resonates with the Indian culture, according to Gautam Hari Singhania, Chairman and Managing Director of Raymond Limited.

"It is indeed a moment of pride to have khadi - the fabric of our nation as a part of our product portfolio. Embodying some of the latest design trends and enhancing its quality, Raymond Khadi is set to reposition khadi as a fabric of choice, in line with the Prime Minister's vision of promoting khadi for fashion and reinstating our commitment to Make in India initiative," Singhania said in a statement.

Sunny Deol emotional over son's debut film

Actor #Sunny_Deol is emotional that his son #Karan, who has "grown big", is already facing the cameras for #Pal_Pal_Dil_Ke_Paas, a movie which will mark his acting debut.

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"Started 'Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas'. Karan's first day at shoot... Can't get enough... My boy has grown big," Sunny tweeted on Monday with a photograph.

It features Sunny looking at Karan like a proud father.

Zee Studios has collaborated with Sunny to launch Karan. They have joined hands after the success of "Gadar - Ek Prem Katha". The shoot of the film began last week in Manali.

Karan's entry into filmdom marks the onset of the third generation of Deols in Bollywood. His grandfather Dharmendra is regarded as one of the best actors that Hindi filmdom has seen.

To be directed by Sunny himself, "Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas" is a love story that will be shot extensively in the exotic locales of Manali. The title of the film is inspired from the immensely popular song, a favourite of Dharmendra.
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Monday, 22 May 2017

First look of Priyanka's Sikkimese production unveiled at Cannes

The first look of actress-producer #Priyanka_Chopra's Sikkimese film #Pahuna has been unveiled here at the ongoing Cannes Film Festival.

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Priyanka is producing the film through her and her mother Madhu Chopra's banner Purple Pebble Pictures.

Priyanka couldn't make it to the fest, but Madhu along with her son Sidharth Chopra attended the trailer launch of "Pahuna", directed by Paakhi A. Tyrewala, at the festival on May 21. 

Madhu said in a statement: "It was a huge honour for everyone associated with 'Pahuna' to attend the prestigious festival and present the film's first look."

"Pahuna" is a story about the love, strength and courage of three Nepali children who get separated from their parents, while fleeing the Maoist agitation from Nepal to Sikkim. The entire cast and many of the technicians are from Sikkim.
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Hope 'Baahubali 2' crosses over Rs 2000 cr: Rahman

Double Oscar-winning composer #ARRahman on Monday said he wishes S.S. Rajamouli's magnum opus #Baahubali2TheConclusion mints over Rs 2000 crore at the box-office.

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Having already earned over Rs 1500 crore from its theatrical release so far, the film is continuing its golden run.

"To Rajamouli, Keeravani and the whole team of 'Baahubali 2'. Just finished watching it in Chennai. I hope it crosses Rs 2000 crore and above at the box-office," Rahman wrote on his Facebook page.

He went on to add: "You guys have opened the floodgates for south Indian cinema to the world and given it a new identity."

A story about two warring brothers for the ownership of an ancient kingdom, the film stars Rana Daggubati and Prabhas as the male protagonists.
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Rajinikanth can meet PM if he wants: Naidu

There is no problem if Tamil superstar #Rajinikanth wants to meet Prime Minister #Narendra_Modi, Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said on Sunday.

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"Rajnikanth is a great actor. Modi is a great leader. There is no problem if he (Rajnikanth) wants to meet the Prime Minister," Naidu told reporters at a campus event here.

Naidu's observation came in light of the 67-year-old megastar's hints of entering politics soon at a meeting with his ardent fans in Chennai on Friday.

"I am not aware of any possible meeting between Rajinikanth and Modi," said Naidu after unveiling the statue of prominent industrialist and philanthropist M. S. Ramaiah, who founded the Gokula Education Foundation in the city during the early 1960s.
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Sonam Kapoor channels 'fashion icon' Cher at Cannes

Bollywood actress #Sonam_Kapoor sported a Cher-inspired psychedelic look for her appearance at the #Cannes_Film_Festival here on the occasion of the singing sensation's birthday.

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The "Believe" hitmaker, known for bold fashion choices, turned 71 on Saturday.

And Sonam, who is here to walk the red carpet of the 70th Cannes Film Festival as the ambassador of the global cosmetic brand L'Oréal Paris on Sunday and May 22, took to Instagram to wish the star in a series of posts.

Sonam captioned one of the images of Cher in which she is wearing a psychedelic outfit: "'Until you're ready to look foolish, you'll never have the possibility of being great. I've always taken risks, and never worried what the world might really think of me' Cher Happy birthday my icon. You inspire me as an artiste everyday. Fashion icon, art icon, psychedelic."
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