Friday, 7 July 2017

Emma Stone says her male co-stars take pay cuts for her

Actress #Emma_Stone says her male co-stars willingly take pay cuts so that she can get equal salary.

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The 28-year-old, who will next be seen in "Battle of the Sexes" says her male co-stars are willing to take pay cuts for her as they can judge what is right and what is wrong (pay gap), reports aceshowbiz.com.

"In my career so far, I've needed my male co-stars to take a pay cut so that I may have parity with them. And that's something they do for me because they feel it's what's right and fair, so that's something that's also not discussed, necessarily -- that our getting equal pay is going to require people to selflessly say, 'That's what's fair'," Stone told Out magazine. 

Of her role as tennis star Billie Jean King in her upcoming movie, the actress said: "She's (character) such a coach and she knows sports psychology, and she instantly reduced it to playing catch, so I got to feel like a golden retriever running after a ball, and just making sure the ball was in front of my face.

I've stopped judging people: Aahana Kumra

Actress #Aahana_Kumra says #LipstickUnderMyBurkha has taught her that it's best not to judge people.

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Asked about any change that the bold film could bring in the society, Aahana told media persons here: "I think change does not come in one day. Change takes place when you keep a keen eye on your own actions. This film has educated me not to judge anyone or at least try not to judge them.

"I have stopped judging people... They can be gay, lesbian, and their interest in having sex or not having sex or how they earn their money... It does not matter. I have made sure that the idea of judgement in my head is kept in check."
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Can't be 'bindass' like dad: Tiger Shroff

#Tiger_Shroff says his father Jackie Shroff's journey from a Mumbai chawl to superstardom not just inspires him but also teaches him how to stay grounded. However, he says he can never be as "bindass" as his dad.

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"He (Jackie) has been taking care of me ever since I was a child. He has sheltered me and given me such a happy childhood. I know the background that he came from. My father used to stay in a chawl in the Teen Batti area... And (seeing)... where he has come to... that inspires me to work hard and do amazing things for my family," Tiger told over phone from Mumbai.

So, does he take any professional advice from his father, who has been in the industry since 1982?

"No, I don't consult him on my career because his style and my style of working are very different. He does everything in a very 'bindass' way and I can't be that 'bindass'."
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Joan Lee, wife of Stan Lee, dead

#Joan_Lee, wife of Marvel Comics icon Stan Lee, is dead. She was 93.

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Joan died on Thursday here. She had reportedly been hospitalised after suffering a stroke earlier this week, reports variety.com.

"I can confirm the sad news that Joan Lee passed away this morning quietly and surrounded by her family. The family ask that you please give them time to grieve and respect their privacy during this difficult time," a family spokesperson said in a statement.

Joan, a former British hat model, married Stan in December 1947. The two, who were married for 69 years, met when Stan was supposed to take her friend on a blind date. Together, they had two children: Joan Celia (J.C.) and Jan, who died three days after her birth.

Actress Ronda Rousey robbed

Mixed martial artist and actress #Ronda_Rousey, who is planning her wedding to Travis Browne, says her partner came to her rescue after she was robbed by home invaders here.

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Rousey revealed on TV show "Live with Kelly & Ryan" on Wednesday that she had her Olympic rings and guns stolen during the break-in, reports dailymail.co.uk.

Rousey said she stopped off at her house after being away and was shocked to find that she has been robbed.

"We realised we were robbed. Someone had been squatting in my house for like three days, sleeping in my bed," Rousey said. 

"(They) stole my Olympic rings, stole my guns, all my precious jewellery, every headphone in the house. 

Ellie Goulding cosies up to beau at beach

Singer #Ellie_Goulding was spotted getting cosy to her boyfriend #Caspar_Jopling at a beach in Capri, Italy.

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Goulding, who is taking a break from making music after suffering from exhaustion last year, looked in great spirits as she cuddled up to her beau on the outing earlier this week, reports dailymail.co.uk.

Goulding donned a pink bikini, which featured ruffles across the straps, while her scanty briefs were secured with delicate tie side detailing. 

Goulding and Jopling were rumoured to be dating each other since March, following her split from Bobby Rich.

Kesha returns with first single in four years

Singer #Kesha, who is caught in legal battles with music producer Dr. Luke, is back with new music - "Praying", her first single in four years.

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"Your support and love and kindness has gotten me through hands-down the hardest time of my entire life," Kesha told her fans in a Twitter video on Wednesday, reports eonline.com.

"Praying" is Kesha's solo effort since her 2013 'Deconstructed' EP, and her first single since "True Colors", her 2016 collaboration with Zedd. 

In an essay for actress Lena Dunham's Lenny Letter published on Thursday, Kesha wrote about her comeback and the many setbacks she has faced over the years. 
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Aanand L Rai to co-produce Anurag Kashyap's 'Mukkabaaz'

Filmmakers Aanand L Rai and Anurag Kashyap have joined hands for the first time for upcoming film #Mukkabaaz.

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Rai will co-produce the film along with Phantom Films and Eros International, while Kashyap will serve as the director.

"Aanand L Rai and Anurag Kashyap. Two different worlds step into the ring this November. ‘Mukkabaaz' on November 10," read a post on the official Twitter handle of the production banner.

According to the teaser video of the film, it will narrate the story of a boxer from Uttar Pradesh who falls in love with a Brahmin girl.

Rai is known for directing films like "Tanu Weds Manu" and "Raanjhanaa".

Varun Dhawan shoots action-packed 'Judwaa 2' climax

Actor #Varun_Dhawan on Thursday teased fans about the climax scene of his upcoming film #Judwaa2.

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Varun shared a video from the set of "Judwaa 2" on Twitter in which he can be seen with bruises on his face.

"It's the last day of 'Judwaa 2' climax shoot and as you can see I have got my a** whopped. Trust me, I brought hell... I beat up lot of a***s around. I beat around 50-60 people in one take," Varun said in the video.
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Anurag Basu has made a better film than 'Barfi!', says Ranbir Kapoor

Actor #Ranbir_Kapoor says director Anurag Basu's forthcoming film #JaggaJasoos is better than "Barfi!".

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"I have a very good feeling about it ('Jagga Jasoos')... I believe he's made a better film than 'Barfi!'," Ranbir, the lead actor of both the films, said on CNN-News18's show "Now Showing".

Ranbir also turned producer with "Jagga Jasoos", but he says he is not cut out for the profile.

"I realise this is not a job I am good at or would like to do. And that's because my heart is not in it. I enjoy acting and I would like to direct, but the job of a producer is not for me," he said.

"Jagga Jasoos" is a musical adventure romantic comedy film written and directed by Basu.
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Paroma Dasgupta sings for Anushka Sharma

Singer #Paroma_Dasgupta, who has sung for films like "OK Jaanu" and "Gabbar is Back", has lent her voice to a project supported by actress-producer Anushka Sharma.

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Dasgupta sang the song of the 'Darwaza Band' campaign, featuring Anushka. The campaign is part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's project the Swachh Bharat Mission.

Dasgupta told: "When the composer Hanif Shaikh called me to sing the pre-shoot track, I was thrilled to know that Anushka Sharma was the brand ambassador as she's one of my favourite actors in Bollywood."

"The 'Darwaza Band' campaign is the need of the hour urging people to defecate behind closed doors. I felt strongly for this cause and it was great to have Anushka supporting this initiative too."
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Indian women 25% more likely to order chocolate items online

Indian women are 25 per cent more likely to order #chocolate items online, reveals a research.

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World Chocolate Day falls on July 7, and on the occasion Swiggy studied India's online consumption patterns of chocolate items, read a statement from the food ordering and delivery platform. 

Almost half of all dessert orders placed online (on Swiggy) are made of chocolate. In fact, 60 per cent of the top orders for dessert on the platform are chocolate based, the study found.

Women are 25 per cent more likely to order chocolate items online.

LFW back to St Regis for its Winter/Festive 2017 edition

After their Summer/Resort 2017 edition at Reliance Jio Garden, the Winter/Festive 2017 edition of Lakmé Fashion Week #LFW will take place at St Regis here starting from August 16 to 20.

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"Considering the grand success of the last few seasons of Lakmé Fashion Week, we are thrilled to announce the dates for the Winter/Festive 2017 edition. Once again, we aim to conceptualise path-breaking concepts that take fashion forward and beyond the realms that it currently operates in," Jaspreet Chandok, Head-Fashion, IMG Reliance Ltd, said in a statement.

With each season, LFW continues to grow by leaps and bounds. 

Wonders of jojoba oil for skin, hair

From treating burns to moisturising the scalp and strands -- there are a lot of #skin_care and hair related issues that #jojoba_oil can solve, say experts.

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Ragini Mehra, Founder at Beauty Source and Shiv Singh Mann, Founder at online store Desert Splendour, have listed a few benefits: 

* Acne control: Acne develops when the hair follicles get blocked due to excess sebum production. Being a liquid, jojoba oil can penetrate deep into the hair follicle. It can dissolve the sebum deposits, resulting in clearing out the blockage.

* Moisturises skin: Jojoba oil is lighter compared to other oils and absorbs easily into the skin. It softens the skin and adds a healthy glow, by providing moisture and nourishment, and leaves the skin looking fresh and youthful. Jojoba oil also treats sunburn and prevents irritation.
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Shreya Ghoshal to release her first single

Singer #Shreya_Ghoshal, the voice behind many melodious songs, is all set to release her first single titled "Dhadkane Azad Hain".

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This is for the first time that Shreya has sung, produced and has been featured in a music video.

"I am too excited to be doing these new things this year apart from all my film work and concerts. To be able to make music without the boundaries of a film always gives me so much joy, but this time I took it on me to produce the whole thing myself so my talented friends came together, and I got the dream team to work with on this single," the singer said in a statement.

"Deepak Pandit composed such a beautiful tune, on the extraordinary lyrics by Manoj Muntashir. Director and DOP (Director of Photography) Parasher Baruah shot this video in exactly the way I had imagined," she added.
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Thursday, 6 July 2017

$25 bn revenue potential for Indian, Israeli startups

A cumulative cross-border investment of $25 billion into Indian and Isareli #startups has $25 billion revenue potential by 2025, said a report by global software firm #Accenture and Indian IT industry lobby #Nasscom on Wednesday.

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"$25-billion cross-border investment into Indian and Israeli startups can create 25 world class products across sectors, with $25 billion revenue from them by 2025," said the report "Collaborative Innovation: The vehicle driving Indo-Israel prosperity".

The report was released to mark the 25th anniversary of the diplomatic ties between the two countries and Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ongoing visit to Israel.

Sigourney Weaver to reprise role in 'Doc Martin'

Actress #Sigourney_Weaver is set to reprise her cameo in the British series #Doc_Martin. She was spotted filming in Cornish village.

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The 67-year-old first appeared in the Martin Clunes-led drama in a 2015 episode, playing American tourist Beth Traywick who pays a visit to the Cornish seaside village of Portwenn.

Spotted on set this week in Port Isaac, Cornwall, Weaver was almost unrecognisable in her low-key costume as she filmed a scene outside a local chemist, reports dailymail.co.uk.

The "Alien" actress ditched the glam look for a hat and anorak, with a camera slung around her neck.
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Katy Perry 'stalks' Celine Dion

American pop star #Katy_Perry has been following singer #Celine_Dion during her stay in Paris.

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The 32-year-old has documented her efforts to track the Canadian star during her stay in the French capital, posting a video of Dion posing for a photoshoot on a balcony on her Instagram story, reports femalefirst.co.uk.

As she sees Dion from a distance, Perry says: "There she is. Celine Dion in Paris. On a balcony."

As Dion puts one leg on the balcony as part of the photoshoot, Perry shouts: "Yes queen! Oh, work that leg. Work that leg. Yes queen. Yes!"
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Priyanka Chopra may co-own franchise in Super Boxing League

Indian actress #Priyanka_Chopra, who famously played boxing champion MC Mary Kom in a biopic, is likely to join the Super Boxing League #SBL as the co-owner of the North East franchise, informed sources have said.

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"Talks are at the final stage and we are very keen on having Priyanka on board. She is one of the most versatile actors in Bollywood and her association with boxing will help us create the much needed hype for Super Boxing League. We will soon make an official announcement for the same," a source from SBL told.

SBL is marking the beginning of its first season from Friday by bringing in Bollywood celebrities as team co-owners for its franchises. Suniel Shetty along with Rana Daggubati of "Baahubali" fame are the co-owners of Bahubali Boxers, the team from South India. 

Sushant Singh Rajput, for the very first time, will be entering the sporting arena as the co-owner of the home team, Delhi Gladiators. 

I want to play an Indian Spider-Man: Tom Holland

#Tom_Holland got the lyrics of Hindi song "Eespiderman, eespiderman, tune churaya mere dil ka chain" right, and wouldnt mind playing the role of the superhero in an Indian film. But the English actor says he would like to see an Indian actor in the ‘desi version of the hit Hollywood franchise.

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During a conversation with comedian Sahil Shah, Holland expressed his desire to see an Indian Spider-Man. The video was released on Tuesday by Comic Con India crew, who attended Sony India's "Spiderman: Homecoming" media event in Singapore last month, read a statement. 

Holland was surprised when Sahil told him about the Indian avatar of the superhero that came out in 2004 through limited edition comics - a joint project between Marvel Comics and Gotham Entertainment Group. 
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Ranbir Kapoor in awe of Prabhas

Actor #Ranbir_Kapoor has joined the list of admirers of "Baahubali" star #Prabhas.

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Ranbir was asked about his favourite performer in the recent times, and it turned out to Prabhas, who has earned worldwide fame with his performance in the epic drama. 

Ranbir said: "I have really liked Prabhas. He is amazing in 'Baahubali'."

Meanwhile, the Bollywood actor is awaiting the release of "Jagga Jasoos", which will hit the screens on July 14.

Ranbir has also co-produced "Jagga Jasoos", helmed by Anurag Basu. 
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Former Miss Indias to star in a film

Former Miss India winners #Natasha_Suri and #Urvashi_Rautela will star in a yet untitled film backed by Zee TV.

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"My next assignment is an untitled film featuring Urvashi Rautela, Shweta Tripathi and me. It is directed by Ajay Lohan and produced by Mahender Dhariwal and Zee TV. It will be shot in August 2017," Natasha told.

The "King Liar" actress will also be seen in a comedy thriller "Baa Baaa Black Sheep", alongside Anupam Kher.

"To share the frame with a senior and respected actor like Mr Anupam Kher is such a wonderful opportunity for me. You can learn so much about acting just by observing and listening to him," said the actress with an hourglass figure.
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Monsoon trends for men this season

#Monsoon calls for so many changes that need to be made in the wardrobe. Just like women, men should also keep in mind certain things to look dapper in this weather. Experts suggest that vibrant colours with some experimentation with accessories can add more spark to their personality.

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Designer Kunal Rawal and Sandeep Gonsalves, co-founder of luxury menswear label SS HOMME, dole out tips on monsoon trends for men this season.

* Sport shirts in vibrant colours like green, electric blue, yellow and red that will contrast with the gloomy weather. Shirts with quirky prints work perfectly as they add fun and dimension to an otherwise insipid ensemble.

* Choose a convenient pair of trousers that are lightweight, well cut and end right above the ankle for formal events or business meets. Avoid whites and pastels as they tend to stain easily and could also turn transparent after getting soaked in the rain.

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Play with your sari for a different you

#Saris can be formal, sexy, fun, traditional and so much more but wearing them in one style can make the most interesting and expensive look a tad boring. How about giving this six yard wonder a different draping every time you step out?

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Fashion designer Naina Jain and celebrity sari draper Dolly Jain give you alternate ways to drape your sari.

* Sari as a gown: This style is comfortable yet very chic. It gives a classy look that can be a perfect choice for a cocktail outfit. These sari gowns are for those who don't want to tuck in and drape saris the traditional way. Even if you step over the pleats and tucks, the sari-cum-gown stays in place. 

* Sari over pants: To look more trendy, you can opt for the pant style sari. For this, you would need a pair of jeggings or leggings, crop top or choli and heels. Just start by pleating one end of the sari as you would want to drape it, pinning it up and tucking it into your pants at the centre and then the other end can be draped as a chunni across the shoulders in various ways.

Vinay Pathak, Sarika to collaborate for web series

Actor #Vinay_Pathak has been cast in a web series "Ab Ki Baari Vipin Bihari: Dreams Have No Expiry Date", which has veteran actress #Sarika as the creative producer and will be directed by Sanjay Tripathy.

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Tripathy has worked with Sarika in the film "Club 60".

"I had approached Sarika ji for a role and while discussing, we realised it would be wonderful to have a creative collaboration with her. She became a creative producer and is involved in all the creative process," Tripathy said in a statement.
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Shield eyes from infection during monsoon

While enjoying the rainy season, don't forget to take care of your #eyes as the climate also encourages infective microorganisms to thrive. Avoid infections like conjunctivitis, sties, dry eyes and corneal ulcers by using clean towels and more, say experts.

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Uma Singh, Medical Consultant at Ozone Group, Gowri Kulkarni, Head of Medical Operations, DocsApp and Shailja Mittal, Creative Head at Zapyle, have listed ways to avoid eye problems:

* Most eye diseases are transmitted by hand-to-eye contact. Therefore, wash your hands before touching your eyes in order to reduce or prevent infection.

* Avoid rubbing your eyes as that only increases the chances of spreading the infection. Instead, use disposable tissues to wipe off the overflowing discharge or tears. 

Johansson, Colin Jost rekindle romance

Actress #Scarlett_Johansson is reportedly back with "Saturday Night Live" star Colin Jost.

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After a brief hiatus, Johansson and Jost have rekindled their romance, people.com quoted a source as saying.

They were spotted last week getting cosy while out to dinner at the Huntting Inn's Palm restaurant in East Hampton, New York. 
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Kerry Katona cuts hair in support of daughter

Singer #Kerry_Katona has cut her hair so that she and her three-year-old daughter Dylan-Jorge have the same short style following the toddlers decision to cut her hair.

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Katona was amused when she discovered Dylan-Jorge had chopped her long blonde hair into a short crop, reports femalefirst.co.uk.

Katona took to Instagram on Monday to share a photograph of herself donning the new look. She was joined by her daughters -- Dylan-Jorge and 14-year-old Lilly-Sue.

"Okay so, I decided to cut my own hair so DJ (Dylan-Jorge) and I would be matching," she wrote alongside the image.

Get style of Doodle jeans right

#Doodle art jeans is catching up fast among the youth. It goes well when you team it up smartly, and the easiest way is to wear it with semi-casual shirts, say experts.

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Deepak Saroha, designer at John Players, and fashion designer Abhishek Dutta have a few tips on ways to experiment with jeans: 

* Get creative: The do-it-yourself patches of slogans and quotes along with doodle art and reverse printed jeans are what a young man should go for. It offers jeans lovers a wide array of options to choose from. 

* For all occasions: Doodle jeans are a dream come true for the jeans enthusiasts who believe that fashion is an extension of their personality. It literally allows you to wear your heart on the jeans. It comes in numerous number of colours and fits. 

* Flavour of the season: Tropical tees and floral shirts are the staple choices to pair with these jeans and you are ready for your vacations. Whether it is a short weekend break to the city or a long awaited adventure trip to an unexplored destination, a pair of jeans gives a complete wardrobe solution for almost every occasion. 

My IIFA performance in New York will be special: Rahman

He has performed the world over, but Oscar winning Indian music composer #ARRahman says his show at the upcoming 18th #IIFA celebrations will be "special" because it celebrates his musical journey of 25 years.

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"It's special because of the way it's mounted. It's more or less 25 years of my music... and I feel very happy. We have a great orchestra from New York, and our own band... I think it's going to be special," Rahman said here on Tuesday night at a much-delayed press conference here.

Without revealing much about what fans in New York can expect from his performance, Rahman said: "We have a kind of flow where we start with the first song I did and then it's a musical exploration into what I am doing now."
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As a director, I think international star cast: Gurinder Chadha

Filmmaker #Gurinder_Chadha, who mostly makes films with ensemble casts of international actors, says being a director she thinks globally when it comes to casting actors.

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Chadha, who awaits the release of her upcoming film "Partition: 1947" in India, says she kept the physical resemblance in mind while casting for the project.

The film, which released as "Viceroy's House" outside India earlier this year and tells the story of India's partition, stars Huma Qureshi, Manish Dayal, late Om Puri, Denzil Smith, Huge Bonneville and Gillian Anderson among others. 

Asked how casting the right actor was important for her in the film, Chadha said here: "Well, as a director I think international star cast. I made a film in England, France, America so, I think about actors all over the world while casting for my film. So, casting of this film ('Partition: 1947') was really about finding the right actor who can portray the character rightly."
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Easy tips to beat monsoon wedding blues

Having a #monsoon_wedding? Avoid heavy fabrics like silk and velvet, stay away from extra bling and slip into flats or juttis, say experts.

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Designer Lalit Dalmia, Vineet Chhajer, Director at Vineet Sarees, and Tripti Tandon, Dietician at UrbanClap, have rolled out tips that could be a saviour for stressed brides:

* Pick wedding attire wisely: Avoid heavy fabrics like silk, velvet and brocade as they can be very uncomfortable owing to their weight. Lighter options like net, georgette, crepe, chiffon, light satin and lace Kota handloom with light borders and heavy blouses are some options that could be explored. Also, avoid complicated draping styles for your sari or lehenga dupatta.

* Say no to too much bling: Strictly say no to kilos of embellishment on the wedding dress as it will make you feel uncomfortable. Pick out something with minimal embellishments and adornments. Go for rich lace work and minimal embroidery which will accentuate your wedding wear. It is best to go for a choli with intricate designs and pair it with a lighter ghagra and lehenga.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Proud to endorse Made in India through ‘Sui Dhaaga': Varun

Actors #Varun_Dhawan and #Anushka_Sharma are joining hands for the first time in Yash Raj Films produced #Sui_Dhaaga_Made_in_India, a story of self reliance aimed to connect with every Indian.

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To be directed by Sharat Katariya and written by Maneesh Sharma, the film will go on the floors from January next year.

"From Gandhiji to Modiji, our country's leaders have always endorsed the mantra of Made in India. With ‘Sui Dhaaga', I am proud to take their message to millions of movie lovers in a manner that is entertaining and relevant," Varun said in a statement.

"I really liked the script Sharat had written and I am happy that I am teaming up with YRF on this movie. Anushka and I are teaming up for the first time so I am sure there will be fireworks," he added.

Anushka believes the story of "Sui Dhaaga" will connect with "grassroots levels"

"I always get excited with unique ideas that have human interest stories. This is a story I believe will connect with every Indian. I am really looking forward to work with Varun Dhawan and the team of Maneesh Sharma and Sharat Katariya," Anushka said.
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Cindy Crawford pays tribute to her son

Former supermodel #Cindy_Crawford has paid a sweet tribute to her son Presley on the occasion of his 18th birthday.

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Presley turned 18 on July 2. Crawford took to Instagram to share a throwback image of his, reports dailymail.co.uk.

"Seems like yesterday you were getting puppy love," she captioned the image in which a young Presley can be seen cuddling a dog.
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Rita Ora is Stefani's 'crazy stalker'

Singer #Rita_Ora, who has done tracks with the likes of Calvin Harris and Iggy Azalea, says she is desperate to team up with #Gwen_Stefani, and has confessed she is her "stalker".

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"I think I'd love to collaborate. I've been saying this from the start is Gwen Stefani because she's like my idol," Ora said during an episode of "MTV ASKS Rita Ora", reports femalefirst.co.uk.
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David Beckham 'always affectionate' towards his kids

Former football star #David_Beckham, who had come under fire for sharing an image of himself kissing his five-year-old daughter Harper on the lips, has defended his decision saying that he and his wife Victoria Beckham are "always very affectionate" towards their children.

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David hit back at his critics while taking part in a Facebook Live on his official page during a trip to Bangkok, and insisted he kisses all of his children on the lips, besides his eldest son Brooklyn, who is now 18 years old, reports dailymail.co.uk.

David, who also shares sons -- Romeo and Cruz with Victoria -- was subjected to criticism from his followers, after uploading an image of himself and Harper on Instagram. 

"I kiss all my kids on the lips. Brooklyn maybe not. Brooklyn is 18, so he might find that a little strange, but I'm very affectionate with the kids. It's how I was brought up -- and Victoria -- and it's how we are with our children," David said.

Sanjay Dutt's biopic to release as scheduled in March 2018: Hirani

The much-awaited biopic on actor #Sanjay_Dutt will release as scheduled in March 2018, says director #Rajkumar_Hirani in response to rumours that the film will clash with Salman Khan's movie on Eid next year.

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Denying the buzz about a possible date shift for the film's release, Hirani said in a statement: "All these are baseless rumours. The film will release as per schedule in March 2018."

It is locked for release on March 30 next year.

There is immense anticipation regarding Hirani's directorial as he is turning to the cameras after his blockbuster hit "PK".

In the upcoming biopic, the filmmaker will be tracing Sanjay Dutt's life story. Actor Ranbir Kapoor will be seen donning six different looks in the film as he steps in to play Sanjay.

Hrithik, Sussanne reunite for family vacation

Actor #Hrithik_Roshan, who separated from wife #Sussanne_Khan in 2014, reunited with her for a family vacation with their children -- sons Hrehaan and Hridhaan -- in Orlando.

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The former couple were joined by actress Sonali Bendre, who shared a photograph on Twitter in which she can be seen posing with Hrithik and Sussanne.

"Fun. Friends. Universal Studios. Orlando. Summer Vacation. Sussanne Khan. Gayatri Oberoi. Hrithik Roshan," Sonali captioned the image.

I'm against all fundamentalism, says Shabana Azmi

Veteran actress #Shabana_Azmi, who has often raised her voice against various issues, on Monday clarified her stance in backing the 'Not in My Name' protests, stating that she will continue standing up against all fundamentalism.

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Shabana talked about it when a fan on Twitter said that she has "so many times spoken against Triple Talaq, talked about Kashmiri Pandit exodus here only".

Shabana replied: "Doesn't suit them. I'm vs all fundamentalism. In NIMN (Not in My Name) campaign, I said it's about all mob lynching including the DSP in Kashmir, the love Jehad."

Fashion to take centrestage at Mountain Echoes Literary Festival 2017

Going beyond the literary world, the eighth edition of #Mountain_Echoes_Literary_Festival will showcase collections by Bhutanese and Indian designers reflecting the textile heritage of both nations.

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The stories from the world of fashion will take centrestage at the literary, arts and cultural festival, which will be held in Thimphu from August 24-27, read a statement. 

Fashion will be one of the key themes at this year's edition of the Mountain Echoes literary festival.

Designers from across Bhutan and India will come together to curate collections which intersperse their nation's textile heritage with contemporary fashion, with the aim to build a common thread between the two countries and their shared cultures. 

Soumik Datta to curate festival at London's Horniman Museum

British Indian sarod maestro #Soumik_Datta will curate a day-long festival, Indian Summer Baaja, as part of the Horniman Museum and Gardens' Indian Summer season, on July 23.

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The event will feature music, stories and dance from across South Asia as curator Soumik brings together an array of Britain-based musicians, storytellers and dancers whose contemporary practice is deep-rooted in the musical traditions of South Asia.

Horniman Museum and Garden's Indian Summer will be a series of events and exhibitions from July 9 to September 3, and celebrate 70 years of India's and Britain's cultural ties.

Indian Summer Baaja will feature world music artiste Shammi Pithia, percussionist Bernhard Schimpelsberger, tabla player Gurdain Singh Rayatt, violinist Preetha Narayanan and progressive six piece British-Bengali band Khiyo, among others. 
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Delhi, Mumbai to host kids fashion week

India Kids Fashion Week #IKFW2017 edition is set to take place here on July 29-30 and then travel to Mumbai on August 12-13.

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IKFW in association with Asian Paints, Crocs and Sony Yay, is an initiative by Event Capital (a Laqshya Media Group Company) and Craftworld Events.

Its fifth season will showcase creations of various designers and brands catering to children's fashion. 

"There was a huge need in the market for a platform like this which showcases kids fashion. With IKFW, we want to make our mark as the biggest platform for kids fashion industry which will help brands and designers to reach their target audience directly.

Aahana almost didn't do 'Lipstick...'

Actress #Aahana_Kumra had almost lost the opportunity to be a part of the award-winning movie #LipstickUnderMyBurkha.

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Directed by Alankrita Shrivastava and produced by Prakash Jha, the film tells the story of four women who are exploring their lives and searching for freedom. 

Aahana plays the role of a small town girl who is desperately hoping to escape her future arranged marriage.

But initially, Aahana almost lost the chance to act in the film as it was supposed to be shot when she was working on the 2014 TV series "Yudh". 

Aahana had to say no to the film, but the production dates of "Lipstick Under My Burkha" got pushed forward and everything worked out. 

Aahana said in a statement: "Fortune favours the brave and voila, it came to me again! Alankrita's casting team Shruti and Parag called me and asked me if I was free in August and I was appalled to know they hadn't shot the film yet. 

"They said 'We are still keen on you, but now there is an audition process that you have to go through'. They had tested almost the whole of Mumbai and I too tested for the part. 
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Guide to using essential oils

Indulging in #essential_oils is healthy as they can solve all your beauty related problems, enhance your mood and improve concentration. However, use them right, say experts.

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Sonia Mathur, beauty expert and training head at Organic Harvest and Amit Sarda, Managing Director at Soulflower, have listed the do's and don'ts that need to be followed:

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* Essential oils can be sensitising. It is necessary to conduct a patch test before purchasing them and making sure it suits your skin type. Some of these oils cause severe skin sensitising and sun sensitivity. So if you have a sensitive skin, it's always advisable to check with a qualified practitioner first.
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Monday, 3 July 2017

Kora production & Working Bulls Entertainment collaborate for 3 Bollywood films

According to a reliable source, the two production houses have collaborated for 3 movies film deal and are looking out to start with one of their films soon.

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As it’s the initial stage, everything is kept under wraps and not much information has been out. The two production houses are working together for a very first time.

Producer Gautam Bafna who heads Kora Production says, “We were looking for some fresh content which sounds entertaining for the audience.”

Andy Serkis has active sex life

"Lord of the Rings" actor #Andy_Serkis has revealed his sex life is quite active even at 53.

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How often do you have sex, he was asked in an interview for The Guardian.

"Four, five times a day," he responded.

Serkis also called himself a "workaholic".

Asked about a trait he most deplores in himself, he said: "I am a workaholic. I love what I do, but I am aware that it can become obsessive."

Paul McCartney has stopped drinking alcohol before performing

The Beatles star #Paul_McCartney says he has stopped drinking alcohol before performing because he would otherwise forget the words to his songs.

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After saying no to alcohol, the music legend says he relies on a handful of chocolate raisins and salted cashew nuts to get him into the zone before going on stage, reports express.co.uk. 

Asked if he enjoys a drink to calm his nerves prior to gigs, McCartney said: "No. I used to try that, particularly in the early days of Wings when we would tour. But it didn't work. I would just forget the lyrics."

He says his bandmates do have "red wine" before shows.

Mel B has just 961 pounds in bank account

Former Spice Girl #Me_B has spent 38 million pounds on her extravagant lifestyle, and now has just 961 pounds left in her bank account.

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The singer, 42, attended court in Los Angeles on Friday to face Stephen Belafonte, who she says tormented her with years of physical and mental abuse.

Los Angeles Superior Court was told that the pair both had outstanding tax debts after making "improvident" lifestyle choices, reports telegraph.co.uk. 

Grace Jamra, representing Belafonte, said: "Their lifestyle was extravagant and affluent. She wiped out all her Spice Girls money, approximately $50 million if not more."

Rihanna's Oscar dreams

Singer #Rihanna, who is acting in "Valerian" and "Ocean's Eight", says while nobody works especially to win awards like Grammy or Oscar, it's always nice to get some "validation".

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She spoke about her life as an actor in an interview to the The Sun on Sunday, reported femalefirst.co.uk.

She said: "I'd love to get there one day. Who doesn't want to be told they are doing a great job? Any validation that your work is impacting is rewarding. I work hard and put my all into everything I do but the rest isn't up to me.

"I don't think anyone makes an album thinking about winning a Grammy, or makes a movie thinking about winning an Oscar. What you do is work as hard as you can and if awards follow, then that's great."

Rihanna plays shape shifting entertainer Bubble in "Valerian". Though she didn't method act for the movie, she finds it interesting.
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Miss India runner-up's modelling plans surprised her parents

#Miss_India_2017 second runner-up #Priyanka_Kumari, from Bihar, says her parents were quite surprised when they got to know about her wish to pursue modelling.

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How did she convince her parents about it?

Priyanka told here: "As a child, I was quite a tomboy so, my parents were surprised to know about my ambition of taking part in a beauty contest and pursuing modelling. They never expected me to go for a beauty pageant of all the things...but yes they have supported throughout."

And finishing third in the pageant, is quite a moment for her.

"I made my parents proud. Getting placed in top three out of 30 participants was really tough because all of us are unique and beautiful in our own terms," she said.
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