Saturday, 10 June 2017

Imtiaz Ali reminds me of Yash Chopra: Shah Rukh Khan

#Imtiaz_Ali's knack of telling love stories, his affinity for travel and his penchant for adding a touch of Punjab to his films is reminiscent of the late filmmaker #Yash_Chopra, says superstar #Shah_Rukh_Khan, who has worked with the "Jab We Met" director for the first time in "Jab Harry Met Sejal".

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The upcoming romantic drama, which will release on August 4, will see Shah Rukh with his "Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi" and "Jab Tak Hai Jaan" heroine Anushka Sharma. The film has been widely shot in Prague, Amsterdam, Lisbon and Budapest.

"The film travels a lot... But it is not on travel. It's about a tourist guide, but it's a love story... Two people meet somehow, and somewhere down the line as they are moving around, they kind of fall in love," Shah Rukh told, giving an insight into what the movie is about.

"It was really nice because of two things, one -- Imtiaz knows Europe very well. So, we have shot the film in Budapest, Amsterdam, Prague and then Punjab... In a certain way, he reminds me of Mr. Yash Chopra because he writes love stories, which travel all over India too and have a Punjab taste. His writing is fantastic," the Bollywood Badshah said over phone from Mumbai.

'Dangal' star Zaira Wasim rescued from Dal Lake after accident

#Zaira_Wasim, a Kashmiri actor who was seen in Aamir Khan's blockbuster movie "Dangal", was miraculously rescued by locals here after her car fell into the #Dal_Lake on Thursday.

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The car in which Zaira Wasim was travelling went out of the driver's control on the Boulevard Road here and fell into the Dal Lake.

"Locals immediately rescued her and her companion. She escaped unhurt, but her companion sustained injuries in the accident," a local said.

Bhandarkar dedicates award to Indian Armed Forces

Filmmaker #Madhur_Bhandarkar received the #Bharat_Gaurav_Award here and dedicated it to India's "pride" - the Indian Armed Forces and their families.

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"Honoured to receive the Bharat Gaurav Award at UN hall in New York. I humbly dedicate it to our pride Indian Armed Forces and their families," Bhandarkar tweeted on Saturday.

Bhandarkar, also a recipient of the Padma Shri, has made a name in the industry for making socially relevant films like "Traffic Signal", "Chandni Bar", "Fashion" and "Page 3".

On the film front, the National Film Award winning filmmaker is tied up with "Indu Sarkar". Starring Kirti Kulhari, Tota Roy Chowdhury and Anupam Kher, the film is set in the 1970s when the Emergency was announced in India. 
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Know why women are better at reading mind

Ever wondered how your wife or partner is able to read your thoughts and emotions just by looking at your eyes? Her ability to interpret may be the result of a gene influence, say researchers, one of Indian-origin.

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The findings showed that the genetic variants on chromosome 3 in women are associated with their ability to read the mind in the eyes -- known as cognitive empathy.

The closest genes in this tiny stretch of chromosome 3 include LRRN1 (Leucine Rich Neuronal 1) which is highly active in a part of the human brain called the striatum -- which has been shown using brain scanning to play a role in cognitive empathy, the researchers said. 

"This is an important step forward for the field of social neuroscience and adds one more piece to the puzzle of what may cause variation in cognitive empathy," said Varun Warrier, doctoral student at the University of Cambridge. 

Scientists have built upon a study first performed 20 years ago, called the "Reading the Mind in the Eyes" test.

Eating red onions may help combat cancer

Dark red #onions, known as the richest source of dietary flavonoids, may help fight off #cancer of the colon and breast, a researchers has suggested.

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"We found that onions are excellent at killing cancer cells," said Abdulmonem Murayyan, doctoral student at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada.

"Onions activate pathways that encourage cancer cells to undergo cell death. They promote an unfavourable environment for cancer cells and disrupt communication between cancer cells, which inhibits growth," Murayyan added.

The findings, published recently in the journal Food Research International, revealed that red onions contain high levels of quercetin -- a plant polyphenol from the flavonoid group, found in many fruits, vegetables, leaves, and grains -- and include benefits such as lowering inflammation and fighting allergies, among others. 

Further, red onions were also found to have high amounts of anthocyanin, which enriches the scavenging properties of quercetin molecules. 

Eating in front of mirror may help you gain appetite

Having a meal in front of a mirror or even with a picture of yourself eating may be as good as taking food with a company and can make food more appealing as well as tastier, especially for the elderly, a study has showed.

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When people eat food in a company, they tend to eat more of it than when they eat alone -- a phenomenon called "social facilitation of eating".

Various studies have shown that for older adults, enjoying food is associated with quality of life, and frequently eating alone is associated with depression and loss of appetite. 

In the study, the researchers found that when people eating alone saw themselves reflected in a mirror, they reported food as tasting better, and ate more of it, compared with when they ate in front of a monitor displaying an image of a wall.

Owning a dog may make elderly more active

Owning a dog may help older adults meet physical activity levels recommended by the World Health Organisation #WHO of at least 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity, researchers suggest.

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The study showed that dog owners aged 65 and over spent on average an additional 22 minutes walking, taking an extra 2,760 steps per day when compared to people who didn't own a dog. 

"Over the course of a week this additional time spent walking may in itself be sufficient to meet WHO recommendations of at least 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity," said lead author Philippa Dall, doctoral student at Glasgow Caledonian University in Scotland. 

Further, dog owners had fewer sedentary events -- continuous periods of sitting down -- than non-dog owners.
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Rachel Weisz was expelled from school

Actress #Rachel_Weisz says she was a wild child and was expelled from her school because of her behaviour.

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"I was very badly behaved and was expelled from school, although my mother likes to say, ‘They asked you to leave,' which is an important distinction," Weisz said on "The Graham Norton Show", reports dailymail.co.uk.

"I didn't do just one bad thing. It was multiple things. I had an authority problem and was very disruptive," she added.

The 47-year-old appeared on the show on Thursday to promote her new film "My Cousin Rachel".

Easy hairdos for instant wedding plans

Go for low bun, hairband braid or just accessorise your hairdo right to get ready for an instant #wedding plan, say experts.

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Sidhika Gupta, Fashion Head, ROPOSO - a social media fashion platform, and Javed Khan, Creative Head, Be U Salons, share some easy to make hairstyles. 

* Low bun: Tie the hair close to your nape in a ponytail, then roll your hair upwards in a bun and fix it with U-shaped hairpins. Fan the hair-bun evenly on both sides using your fingers tips.

* Hairband braid: For braiding, try skipping conditioning after shampoo. It might seem odd, but it makes a lot of difference in holding the braid better. Hairband braid is the sleekest way to keep your locks away from your face. Create tight braids with under each ear, wrap it across the edge of your hairline, and secure to back of the neck with bobby pins.

* Pixie: A pixie cut is a hairstyle generally short on the back and sides of the head and slightly longer on the top. You can accessorise this haircut with a headband.

* Double French twists: If you have thick hair make it a double with the double French twist; pump up the volume with a sock French twist; or take the easy route and do a messy French twist. Accessorise with fresh or silk flowers.

Harington first met Sheeran in toilet

Actor #Kit_Harington says his friendship with singer #Ed_Sheeran began at a urinal.

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In an interview on James Corden's "Late Late Show", Harington talked about his bond with Sheeran, reports metro.co.uk.

He said: "We had an odd first meeting…I was in a men's urinal taking a p*** and sometimes a guy comes up to you next to you and does a double take while you're taking a p*** and then he looks back forward and then he looks at your todger and then he looks back at you and says are you Jon Snow? That was Ed Sheeran."
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Salman wants open defecation-free Mumbai

Superstar #Salman_Khan has become part of The Clean India mission and has joined forces with Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation and 'I love Mumbai' foundation to make Mumbai open defecation-free.

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On Friday, Salman, along with BMC chief Ajoy Mehta, and powered by Rahul Kanal's 'I love Mumbai' foundation, Sahib Realty and Sach Ishaan, handed over public utility toilets at Madras Pada, Aarey Milk colony, to the residents of the area to combat its open defecation problem.

"It feels good, but it's just a beginning. I think there are 3,000-plus houses where each house has six to eight people. So as many existing toilets were there, we just rebuilt them and gave them water connection. 
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Katrina is a machine of superhit films: Ranbir

Actor #Ranbir_Kapoor says his #Jagga_Jasoos co-star #Katrina_Kaif is a big star, who delivers superhit films time and again. He would even like to make a film "only for her" in the future as a producer.

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"I think Katrina is a machine of superhit films. In the future, when I will produce a film, I would like to make a film only for her," Ranbir, who was present at the song launch of the film along with its director Anurag Basu, told media here on Friday. 

Katrina, who was sitting next to him, smiled and said: "Thank you very much." 

The actors have also shared screen space in films "Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani" and "Raajneeti".
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Aamir joins hands with Siddharth Roy Kapur, Screwvala

Superstar #Aamir_Khan has associated with producers Siddharth Roy Kapur and Ronnie Screwvala for "Salute", a biopic on India's first astronaut Rakesh Sharma.

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The project will be jointly produced by Aamir, Screwvala and Kapur under their banners AKP, RSVP and Roy Kapur Films respectively, read a statement from the film's publicist. 

"Salute" will be Aamir's second biopic after the grand success of "Dangal". 

The biopic will be helmed by Mahesh Mathai.

Aamir has worked with both the producers for films like "Rang De Basanti", "Delhi Belly", "PK" and "Dangal".
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When Johny Lever enjoyed watching his 'duplicate'

Popular comedian #Johny_Lever enjoyed a lot watching his daughter #Jamie_Lever stepping into his shoes for a show.

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Jamie, also a comedianne, is known to impersonate industry artistes. Her most recent one was her father for an episode of "Sabse Bada Kalakar". 

Jamie, the host of the Sony Entertainment Television's children's dancing reality show, essayed the character Babulal, which was portrayed by her father in the 1993 film "Baazigar".

"When I was asked to play Babulal on the show, I was beyond excitement since it was my all-time favourite Johny Lever character. Only my mother knew I was playing Babulal since I didn't know how he'd react," Jamie told.
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'Bareilly Ki Barfi' to release in August

Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari's forthcoming directorial #BareillyKiBarfi, which was earlier supposed to release on July 21, will now hit the screens in August.

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Its release date has been pushed to August 18, says the spokesperson of the film.

"Bareilly Ki Barfi", a romantic comedy, is set in the north Indian city of Bareilly.

Starring Kriti Sanon, Ayushmann Khurrana and Rajkummar Rao, the film has been written by Ashwiny's husband, Nitesh Tiwari, who had directed the blockbuster "Dangal".

Ranbir wants Rs 5,000 reward for suggesting title of SRK's film

Actor #Ranbir_Kapoor is happy that #JabHarryMetSejal -- a title that he suggested -- has been finalised for the Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma starrer directed by Imtiaz Ali. He says he wants Rs 5000 as reward, and in cash.

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Ranbir, who was present here on Friday at a song launch of his upcoming film "Jagga Jasoos", said here: "I suggested the title of the film and that time people laughed at me saying, 'Kya bakwaas title hai (What a useless title it is'. Today when the poster of the film released with my suggested title, I was very happy."

Recounting how the conversation around the title had panned, Ranbir added: "I was shooting at the Mehboob Studio where Shah Rukh sir and Imtiaz were also shooting. So I went to meet them and I suggested the title while chatting with them. I am looking forward as a fan and as an audience member to watch the interesting collaboration of Imtiaz Ali and SRK."
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Miranda Kerr returns to runway after marriage

Supermodel #Miranda_Kerr, who married Snapchat co-founder #Evan_Spiegel on May 27, returned to the fashion runway here and flaunted her wedding ring for the first time.

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Kerr, 34, posed for photographs backstage at the Moschino Resort Collection show at Milk Studios on Thursday night, reports dailymail.co.uk.

The wedding ring appeared to be platinum inlaid with diamonds, while her engagement ring featured a diamond in a platinum setting.

The model shared images with her fans via Snapchat as she prepared for the runway. 

Kerr and Spiegel announced their engagement in July 2016 and got married at his Brentwood, Los Angeles, home. 
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Friday, 9 June 2017

Pierce Brosnan, Freida Pinto to be felicitated at Maui film fest

India-born US-based actress #Freida_Pinto, actor #Pierce_Brosnan and American actress-singer #Connie_Britton have joined Karen Gillan among the honourees of the upcoming 18th edition of the Maui Film Festival.

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The event is to be held at the Wailea Resort in Maui from June 21-25, reports variety.com.

Brosnan, a two-time Golden Globe Award nominee, producer, environmentalist, philanthropist and artist, will receive the Pathfinder Award for his "eclectic choices and charismatic performances". The award will be presented on June 23.

This is the second time Brosnan is being honoured by the Maui Film Festival, making him the only person the festival has honoured twice. In 2008, he got the Maverick Award for his activism in protecting the Earth.
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Alessandra Ambrosio poses topless for jewellery brand

Model-actress #Alessandra_Ambrosio has posed topless for a jewellery campaign.

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In the latest campaign by jewellery maker Jacquie Aiche, the 36-year-old covers her modesty with her hands as she poses seductively on a bed, reports aceshowbiz.com.

Ambrosio sports layers of diamond necklaces, bracelets and rings. She appears to cover her lower body with white sheets. 

In another photograph, Ambrosio wears only white suspenders over her chest, showing off a huge amount of cleavage. 
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'Jagga Jasoos' to show Ranbir in 'new, different version'

Director Anurag Basu is excited to present actor #Ranbir_Kapoor's new and different version in his forthcoming film #JaggaJasoos.

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Ranbir, who has essayed the role of a college boy, a rock star and more in the past, will be seen as a school boy for the first time on the big screen.

Basu said in a statement: "Ranbir has this inherent charm and innocence which he brought forth in his role. I wanted the audience to see a new and different version of Ranbir, and with 'Jagga Jasoos', the audience will see him as a high school boy, playing a character half his age for the very first time."
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Modern filmmaking is a delight to be part of: Big B

Megastar #Amitabh_Bachchan, who has been busy working on #ThugsofHindostan, has lauded the modern style of filmmaking.

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Amitabh on Thursday night tweeted: "Modern filmmaking is a delight to be a part of... So special to see the degree of professionalism and care. 'Thugs Of Hindostan' brings that." 

"Thugs Of Hindostan" also stars superstar Aamir Khan. This will be the first time the two stars will be seen sharing screen space. 

Amitabh is also busy with "102 Not Out", which also stars veteran actor Rishi Kapoor. Directed by Umesh Shukla, "102 Not Out" will release on December 1 and will be clashing with Vidya Balan-starrer "Tumhari Sulu".

The film features Amitabh as a 102-year-old and Rishi as his 75-year-old son. The makers aim to wrap up the shoot by July.

"102 Not Out" is based on writer-director Saumya Joshi's successful Gujarati play by the same name. The film is a sweet story of the relationship between a father and a son and the duo will also speak a few lines in Gujarati in the film.
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Khloe Kardashian's pregnancy fear

Reality TV star #Khloe_Kardashian, who is currently dating basketball star Tristan Thompson, feared that she could not get pregnant after a visit to the fertility doctor.

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In a new clip from her family reality show "Keeping Up With The Kardashians", Khloe can be seen having an ultrasound, which revealed she has fewer follicles -- which hold eggs -- than other women her age, reports dailymail.co.uk.

The doctor told Khloe: "What we're looking at is (if) there's nothing that's going to get in the way of a healthy pregnancy... These are follicles, these hold eggs, so this is just giving you an idea of how young your ovaries are. There are fewer follicles than I anticipate for a normal 32-year-old."
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Kate Mara not keen to plan her wedding

Actress #Kate_Mara isn't enthusiastic about planning her own wedding.

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The 34-year-old, who is engaged to actor Jamie Bell, says her fiance is more excited about their special day than her, reports etonline.com.
"I don't love planning. I like planning in my life in general, but wedding planning, I'm just not that interested. Like, 'What kind of spoon do you want on the table?' I'm just so uninterested, but Jamie is very interested," Mara said on "The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon".

SRK's smart move: Shifts 'Jab Harry Met Sejal' to August 4

Imtiaz Ali's next movie #Jab_Harry_Met_Sejal -- starring #Shah_Rukh_Khan and #Anushka_Sharma -- has now been set for release on August 4, thereby averting a box office clash with Akshay Kumar's "Toilet: Ek Prem Katha", sources in the know of the development have said.

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After months of speculation, it was officially revealed by Shah Rukh, Anushka and Imtiaz through their social media handles late on Thursday night that the movie is titled "Jab Harry Met Sejal" -- an obvious take on the Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal.

Interestingly, the title is also reminiscent of Imtiaz's superhit movie "Jab We Met".

The romantic drama, widely shot in Prague, Amsterdam, Lisbon and Budapest, marks the third time that the two actors have been paired after "Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi" and "Jab Tak Hai Jaan".

The first glimpses reflect a positive vibe with Shah Rukh and Anushka portrayed at their jovial best.

Taking this positivity forward, Shah Rukh, who is also presenting the movie under his Red Chillies Entertainments banner, decided it would be best for the films to release a week apart, the sources close to the film told.

"Seeking your love," Imtiaz posted for fans on Facebook, alongside the film's first two looks which carry the tagline -- "What you seek is seeking you".
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Reese Witherspoon regrets working when pregnant

Actress #Reese_Witherspoon says she wishes now she hadn't made movies when she was pregnant.

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In the new issue of The Hollywood Reporter, the 41-year-old star admitted that she regrets working while she was pregnant, reports dailymail.co.uk. 

She has three kids -- Ava, 17, Deacon, 13, and Tennessee, four.

"I did a movie every time I was pregnant, and I wish that I hadn't. I just wish I'd just let myself be pregnant," Witherspoon said. 

When Witherspoon was pregnant with Ava she made "Cruel Intentions" with boyfriend Ryan Phillippe. When she was pregnant with Deacon she made "Vanity Fair". And when she was pregnant with Tennessee, she filmed "Devil's Knot".

She added: "We're not machines, and we are expected to turn it on and off, and sometimes it's the most maddening aspect of what we do."

The actress also said that she was put under a lot of strain when she filmed "Big Little Lies" with Nicole Kidman and Laura Dern.
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My fiance my most honest critic, says Kirsten Dunst

Actress #Kirsten_Dunst says she relies on her fiance, actor Jesse Plemons, for the most honest criticism of her work.

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Dunst's mother Inez Dunst finds it hard to separate her daughter from her big screen characters, so the actress always goes to Plemons for a balanced feedback, reports femalefirst.co.uk.

"My mom does not love everything I do! It's not that she doesn't love it... But it's too personal for her. She can't disassociate between her daughter and the actress on screen. I have a few good critics. I never do a movie that everyone will like," Dunst told Prestige Hong Kong magazine.

"My brother will like one, my mom liked another. To me, I guess my fiance is the most neutral, I'd trust his opinion the most... In the past, the reviews were hard. 
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Looking forward to perform in London: A.R. Rahman

Oscar winning composer A.R. Rahman says he is looking forward to regale music lovers with his July 8 concert in London, which has been hit by two terror attacks.

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"Friends and music lovers in the UK, looking forward to being amongst you and performing with my entire team," Rahman posted on his Facebook page late Thursday night.

Organised by BTOS Productions, the concert -- titled Netru Indru Nalai -- will celebrate 25 years of Rahman's musical journey from "Roja" to "Kaatru Veliyidai".

It will also feature names like Benny Dayal, Neeti Mohan, Haricharan, Jonita Gandhi, Ranjit Barot and Javed Ali.
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Spielberg begins filming 'The Papers'

The shooting of Steven Spielberg's #The_Papers -- a Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep-starrer drama inspired by actual events -- has begun here, the makers have announced.

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"The Papers" is produced by Amblin Entertainment, a production label of Amblin Partners, a content creation company formed by DreamWorks Studios, Participant Media, Entertainment One (eOne) and India's Reliance Entertainment. 

The film's principal photography started on May 30 with the Oscar-winning actors, read a statement.

"The Papers" will tell a story of how in June 1971, The New York Times, the Washington Post and the nation's major newspapers took a brave stand for freedom of speech and reported on the Pentagon Papers, the massive cover-up of government secrets that spanned four decades and four US Presidents.

'Bank Chor' to release with U/A certificate

#Bank_Chor has passed the censor test with a U/A certificate, with minor audio dubs and without any visual cuts.

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With actors Riteish Deshmukh and Vivek Anand Oberoi in lead roles, it is the story of three men who choose the worst day possible to rob a bank. The three 'chors' -- Champak, Genda and Gulab -- are simpletons and their banter has no adult humour, read a statement from Y-Films.

The team wanted the film to appeal to family audiences.

"Throughout the making of the film, we kept family audiences in mind and we are so glad that the film has got a rating that will attract all kinds of people to the theatres on June 16," said Riteish.
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Google's virtual exhibition brings world's fashion at fingertips

Technology giant #Google's Arts and Culture arm on Thursday launched a new virtual exhibition project that will showcase 3,000 years of the world's fashion and style, the company said in a statement.

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The project 'We wear culture' is in collaboration with 183 renowned cultural institutions from around the world, including India, and will let people explore the history of clothes dating as early as 3,000 years ago from the ancient Silk Road, to the courtly fashion of Versailles, to the unmatched elegance of the Indian saree.

"We invite everyone to browse the exhibition on their phones or laptops and learn about the stories behind what you wear," said Director of Google Arts and Culture Amit Sood in a statement. 

"You might be surprised to find out that your saree, jeans or the black dress in your wardrobe have a century-old story. What you wear is true culture and more often than not a piece of art," Sood added.
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Get your hair, skin ready for monsoon

Heat, humidity and rain come together to create havoc for hair, skin and make-up during the #monsoon. It can get difficult to keep up with a beauty regimen, but taking care of a few basic things like never leaving the skin wet for long or keeping it moist can be helpful, say experts.

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TIGI Educator Audrey D' Souza, Sushma Khan, National Creative Director - Makeup, Lakmé Salon and Disha Meher, National Expert - Skin and Nails, Lakmé Salon, share tips on how you can keep hair frizz, make-up mess and skin breakouts at bay, especially when the monsoon gets going!

* Skin tips by Disha Meher:

Rainy rituals:

* During the day, cleansing, toning, moisturising and applying sunscreen should be your facial ritual. Remember to reapply moisturiser and sunscreen if the skin is exposed to rain.

Your choice of wine may depend on label descriptions

A cleverly written label description with details of winery history on the bottle may influence your choice of #wine, researchers say.

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Findings showed that wine label descriptions can influence consumer choice, as well as alter consumer emotions, increasing their liking for wine and encouraging them to pay more for a bottle. 

The presentation of more elaborate wine descriptions, which included information regarding winery history and positive wine quality statements, significantly increased the preference rating the consumers allocated to the wines.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

I was an unfortunate looking kid: Ed Sheeran

Singer #Ed_Sheeran has poked fun at himself and called himself an "unfortunate looking kid".

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He said so during "Carpool Karaoke" with comedian-actor James Corden for his TV show "The Late Late Show with James Corden".

"I was so nervous about coming on this show because I couldn't see what was funny about me singing my songs. As soon as I took out my guitar, it was funny," Sheeran said on the show, reports dailymail.co.uk.

"As a person I can have conversation and be personable, but musically if you stand me there with a microphone (without a guitar) I feel a bit naked but I've been glued to this guitar since I was like 11.
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Christie Brinkley wears bikini while gardening

Model and actress #Christie_Brinkley always wears a bikini when she is gardening or pottering around her house so that she can bronze her skin without getting any tan lines.

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"I always put a bikini on and say, 'Oh, it is just to wear around the house. I am not going to go anywhere in it. I just want to get a little colour while I am gardening'. I run around trimming my begonias to even everything out so I don't have any tan lines," Brinkley told people.com.

"When you're naked, you want those parts tanned," she added.

Brinkley believes if a woman of any age and size is brave enough to don a skimpy bikini, then they should continue to do so regardless of any critical comments they receive.
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Cure smelly feet, sunburns at home

Summer and monsoon are seasons of sweat and irksome skin diseases. Reduce alcohol consumption, change your diet and eliminate certain nutrients to relieve perspiration, suggest experts.

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Acharya Chandra Kant Verma, Ayurvedic specialist at Amishi Naturals and Ridhi Arya, Dermatologist at Me Clinic, have listed ways to treat the issues:

* Wash feet correctly: You might think that a simple shower would be enough to keep your feet clean but you should wash your feet with an antibacterial soap daily.

Home remedies are also beneficial. Go for vinegar baths in which you soak feet in one part vinegar and two parts water. This reduces the level of bacteria that causes odour.
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Rajkumar Hirani moved by 'Sachin: A Billion Dreams'

Filmmaker #Rajkumar_Hirani, who gave inputs for #SachinABillionDreams, says the docu-drama on cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar is an "inspiring and emotionally moving film".

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Tendulkar himself wanted superstar Aamir Khan and Hirani to watch the rough edit of the biographical drama and share their suggestions.

"Anjali wanted Abhijat Joshi, Aamir and me to see the rough edit of the film and share our suggestions and views. We all are Sachin fans. We happily did that. It's an inspiring and emotionally moving film. Worth a watch for everyone," Hirani said in a statement. 

Narrated by Tendulkar himself, "Sachin: A Billion Dreams" takes viewers on an inspirational journey and tells how a Mumbai boy went on to become the "God of Cricket". The movie was released on May 26.
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Shraddha goes fruit pack way for voluminous hair

Actress #Shraddha_Kapoor says styling makes her hair extremely dry, and she opts for #fruit_pack to get the sheen back.

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"Constantly styling my hair makes it extremely dry and dull, hence I often prefer applying a fruit pack onto those gloomy strands which makes it voluminous and elegantly flowy," Shraddha said in a statement.

Adding to this, she further said that if an oil with some fruit nutrition and aroma is to be introduced, she will be the first person to pick it up. 

According to hair expert Aparna Santhanam, green apple, olive, sweet lime are good for hair care. She tells more: 

* Green apple offers an effective treatment against dandruff. Make a paste using the leaves and skin of dandruff. Use this instead of your normal shampoo. It works effectively against dandruff. Massaging green apple juice on to your scalp regularly is also an effective treatment against dandruff.

It is very effective for better growth of hair, and making your hair strong. It prevents breakage and fights against hair loss.

* A hot oil treatment featuring olive oil will help you gain manageability so your hair is easier to style. Coat your hair in a half cup of olive oil and leaving for 30 minutes can give your hair the moisture it needs to return it to a more manageable state.
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Shraddha begins training for Saina Nehwal biopic

Actress #Shraddha_Kapoor has begun her badminton training to play champion #Saina_Nehwal in an upcoming biopic.

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A sports lover, Shraddha has played football, basketball, handball and badminton in her school days.

But to get the nuances of the real life sports star right and alive on screen, Shraddha is being put through extensive training.

She is being trained by a senior coach of the Prakash Padukone Academy, read a statement.
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To play UP girl in 'Bareilly...' was very fresh: Kriti Sanon

Actress #Kriti_Sanon, who will be seen playing a "tomboyish character" in the upcoming film #BareillyKiBarfi, says it was a very fresh for her to play a character from Uttar Pradesh.

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Talking about the role in "Bareilly Ki Barfi", Kriti told here: "It's a very tomboyish character. She is a girl living in Bareilly but doing things on her own terms. She is someone who is quite bratty and who questions the basic norms."

The 26-year-old actress says her character does brake dance in the film, and has traits which make her different from other girls in Bareilly.

"What I really like about the film is also the fact that every relationship is shown very nicely... Also, for me to play a UP girl was very fresh," she added.
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I get more excited about cheese souffle than sex: Jodie Marsh

Body builder and model #Jodie_Marsh, whose marriage with James Placido ended last year after just eight months, has slammed their sex life saying that it made her lose her sexual urges.

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Marsh says Placido met her in a car park in 2015 and deceived her in order to win her heart, reports dailymail.co.uk.
The TV personality was celibate for five years before her Barbados wedding.
"I don't count the blip I had when I married that t****r because the sex was so s***, so I'd say it's been seven years now," Marsh told Heat magazine.
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'Dangal' a film to be proud of, says top Chinese leader

Aamir Khan's blockbuster #Dangal, which has earned over Rs 1,000 crore in China, has been described by a senior Chinese leader as a "great film" and an example of "cooperation among BRICS nations".

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In a meeting with a group of editors and journalists here for the BRICS Media Forum, Liu Yunshan, a member of the Communist Party's Politburo Standing Committee, said "Dangal" was one of the most "successful and influential" films shown in China in recent years.

"India and its media should be proud of what the film has achieved... It is a great example of cooperation among BRICS countries," said Liu, adding that "we media people should give greater coverage to this film". 

"Dangal", which released here as "Let's Wrestle, Dad", is about a determined father in a patriarchal society, training his daughters to become world class wrestlers.

Aamir is one of the most popular Indian actors in China and the media here has been writing about the phenomenal success of the movie as it has struck a chord with the Chinese, also a male-dominated society.

The movie has grossed more than 1.2 billion RMB, said Liu, who met select BRICS Media Forum delegates at the Great Hall of the People.
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An egg a day may spurt growth in kids

Eating an #egg a day can significantly increase growth and reduce stunting by 47 per cent in young children, finds a study.

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"Eggs can be affordable and easily accessible. It can be a good source of nutrients for growth and development in young children and have the potential to contribute to reduced growth stunting around the world," said lead author Lora Iannotti from the Washington University in St. Louis. 

The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, showed that those who ate one egg per day had a reduced prevalence of stunting by 47 per cent and underweight by 74 per cent. 

14 tech startups graduate from Microsoft Accelerator

Fourteen #startups which were part of #Microsoft_Accelerator's 10th cohort graduated at the Summer 2017 edition of 'Think Next' here, the company said on Wednesday.

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Think Next is Microsoft Accelerator's flagship forum which brings together thought leaders in technology who are driving transformation via innovation. 

The 14 startups are Acebot, Active.ai, FirstHive, Heckyl, Karomi, Lavelle Networks, LetsTransport, QuestionPro, Sigtuple, Syscloud, Tricog, vPhrase, WittyParrot and Zenatix.

The graduating cohort was presented to an audience of over 400 representatives from leading corporates, investors, industry thought leaders and Microsoft leadership, the company added.

Startups only way to utilise demographic dividend: President

President #Pranab_Mukherjee on Wednesday said that #startups and small businesses were the only way India could "fully utilise" its demographic dividend and that they must come up to create jobs for the millions of youth entering the working population.

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Addressing the special session of All India Management Association (AIMA) at the Rashtrapati Bhavan to mark its diamond jubilee, he added that there was also an urgent need for management education in India to complement training for entrepreneurship. 

"The youth, simultaneously, need to be equipped with suitable skills to man the jobs that get created," Mukherjee said. 
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Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Why mustard oil may be healthy for your heart

#Mustard_oil, with its ideal ratio of essential fatty acids and natural antioxidants, may be one of the healthiest edible oils, with huge benefits for the heart, experts suggest.

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Mustard oil, which has a pungent taste, contains about 60 per cent monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA), 21 per cent polyunsaturated fats (PUFA) and about 12 per cent saturated fats.

"High levels of MUFA and PUFA -- also called good fats -- maintain heart health and lower bad cholesterol, while improving good cholesterol," Reeti Kapoor, Venkateshwar Hospital, Dwarka, told.

Further, it also consists of six per cent of the omega-3 fatty acids (N-3) and 15 per cent of the omega-6 (n-6) -- the two essential fatty acids -- in the ideal ratio of 1:2, which is a huge benefit for the heart, as it balances cholesterol levels.

George and Amal Clooney welcome twins

#George_Clooney and wife Amal have welcomed twins, a media report has confirmed.

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"This (Tuesday) morning (we) welcomed Ella and Alexander Clooney into (our) lives," the Clooneys told Page Six in a statement. "Ella, Alexander and Amal are all healthy, happy and doing fine."

They jokingly added that the first-time father "is sedated and should recover in a few days".

The pregnancy news broke in February on the TV show "The Talk," when host Julie Chen revealed that Jay Z and Beyonce weren't the only ones expecting twins and then congratulated the Clooneys. 
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Tom Cruise was terrified of original 'Mummy'

Hollywood star #Tom_Cruise, who features in a new #Mummy reboot, says the original 1932 film starring Boris Karloff as the monster, had left him terrified.

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Cruise, 54, stars as Navy Seal Tyler Colt in the new "Mummy" reboot, the first film in Universal Studios' Dark Universe movie series. He was sure he wanted the role when the offer came up because he had vivid childhood memories of watching the original, and being so scared of Karloff's performance that he had to sleep in the same room as his sisters Lee Anne, Marian and Cass, reported femalefirst.co.uk.

Talking to "This Morning", Cruise said: "I loved the old 30s one with Boris Karloff. My three sisters shared a room, I was a guy so I had my own room, but after watching that I had to sneak into their room because I was so terrified."
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Selena Gomez flaunts six outfits in a day

Singer #Selena_Gomez swapped as many as six outfits in a day.

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The 24-year-old was spotted on Monday on a busy promo circuit here. She changed outfits from one appearance to the next, with her style staples being Louis Vuitton's crystal flower sandals that featured black suede baby goat leather and a transparent heel, people.com reported.

For her first look, Gomez styled her Vuitton heels with a Jacquemus mini dress in the early morning. The navy ensemble was loose at the top and fitted through the body with a large button accenting the crossover V-neckline and split skirt.

Then she slipped into a bright orange dress from Christopher Kane. It had a deep V-neckline and a side slit.

Next up, Gomez wore a black slip dress over a white tunic, followed by a matching neon pink-and-white printed polo shirt and pants set from Miu Miu. For this look, she even changed her hairstyle by gathering her beach waves into a high ponytail, as well as her heels.
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Look fresh yet glamorous during summer

With the mercury refusing to climb down, toss away your dark and dramatic make-up palette. Less is more, opt for a subtle yet #bold_look, say experts.

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Rashi Menda, CEO and founder, Zapyle, an online marketplace for premium fashion, and Farheen Islam, Fashion Curator at Roposo - the fashion social network, have shared tips:

* Casual day out with friends: You would need to keep your make-up natural and light. The idea is to look effortless yet glamorous. So the best way to embrace the summer vibe would be to refrain from using too much liquid make-up. Instead, just dab on a semi matte stick concealer and you are good to go.

Working out helps me escape noise in my head: Gigi Hadid

Supermodel #Gigi_Hadid says she not only thinks about her physical appearance while working out but also her mental strength as she feels it helps her in escaping the "noise in my head".

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Hadid says she prepares herself for those high-stress moments with fitness.

"Working out isn't only physical for me. It's mental. It helps me escape the noise in my head. It's the only time my mind goes quiet," she said in a statement.

Headlining Reebok's women's empowerment campaign called #PerfectNever, Hadid shows how fitness can be used to develop mental toughness not just in the gym but for everyday life. In her world, fashion and fitness collide.
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