Saturday, 29 July 2017

Ranveer Singh will be jealous says Arjun Kapoor

Anil Kapoor, #Arjun_Kapoor, and Anees Bazmee visited Mumbai’s sub-urban theatres to see audience reaction of their recently released film #Mubarakan on Friday. While speaking to media, Arjun stated that after seeing successful pairing and chemistry of me and Anil Kapoor, Ranveer Singh will be jealous.

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Anil Kapoor, Ranveer Singh and Arjun kapoor, three of them share special bond with each other and they always try to pull each other legs in public events as well. Anil Kapoor has earlier worked with Ranveer singh in Dil Dhadkane Do and Arjun also worked with Ranveer in Gunday since that time they are inseparable in real life.

Talking about film’s success and his chemistry with Anil Kapoor, Arjun took dig at Raveer saying, “I am very happy to be here and I am glad that people are liking our film, our performances, and chemistry between me and Anil chachu. I read a review which said that, after famous pair of Karan- Arjun (Salman-Shahrukh) now it’s a fresh pair of Anil-Arjun but Ranveer Singh will be very jealous with this because of new relationship and chemistry we are having in this film. It’s nice to hear good feedback from the audience, critics, media and especially from kids because kids are most honest and toughest audience to impress.”

When asked Arjun that was there any pressure while doing this film, Arjun said, “If you start taking pressure then you will not be able to work. You have to be ready whatever comes your way. Every artist is excited to face camera and when you are working with credible people then you also get the confidence that film is going to shape well.”
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Varun Dhawan – Judwaa 2 Wrap!

#Varun_Dhawan, #Jacqueline_Fernandez and #Taapsee_Pannu starrer #Judwaa_2 is paying tribute to original Salman Khan Starrer Judwaa in more than one way. The second instalment which will seen retaining songs from the first one and now the movie has completed its final schedule in Mauritius like the first one.

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Varun Dhawan and the entire Judwaa 2 team, which includes Jacqueline Fernandez, Taapsee Pannu, David Dhawan and Sajid Nadiadwala are in Mauritius for the final lap of shooting as the original one.
Varun Dhawna shared a picture on his social media account. He captioned it, “It's a wrap last sched of #judwaa2. The entire gang is here #love #Mauritius. The original was also shot in Mauritius so we had come back.”

Judwaa 2 is directed by David Dhawan, who also happened to direct the original Judwaa starring Salman Khan. In fact, Salman will be seen in a cameo in the film shaking a leg with Varun Dhawan, Taapsee Pannu and Jacqueline Fernandez. We can’t wait to see what the new Judwaa has in store for fans.

The movie boasts an ensemble, which includes Rajpal Yadav, Pawan Malhotra, Ali Asgar, Sachin Khedekar and Prachi Shah.
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Akshay Kumar is driven and dedicated - Bhumi Pednekar

“Akshay Kumar is driven, dedicated and professional” say Bhumi Pednekar about her National Award winner co-star Akshay Kumar from upcoming “Toilet Ek Prem Katha”.

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Bhumi Pednekar started off her career with “Dum Laga Ke Haisha” which bought her name and fame. Now the actress is all set with her second movie, Toilet Ek Prem Katha with Akshay Kumar and hails the “Rustom” star an example for a newbie like her.

“Toilet Ek Prem Katha is a very special film for me. I can easily say that the shooting for the film has been the best experience in my life, yet. Akshay Kumar is a great example for someone like me, it is my second film.”

“When you see someone like him, who has been here for 25 years and done hundreds of films, he is so driven, dedicated and professional. He still so excited about being on set and killing everyone scene he does to his upmost capacity. I am very inspired by him and it was just fantastic working with him” said Bhumi Pednekar about working with Khiladi Kumar.

The film is a satirical comedy film incorporates Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, with emphasis on the eradication of open defecation in public areas, especially in the rural areas of India.

Talking about picking socially relevant subject, Bhumi credits her upbringing in socially aware environment.
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Music is like therapy to characters that we are playing says Anya Singh

#Anya_Singh, new talent from Yashraj Films is making her debut in Habib Faisal’s #Qaidi_Band in Bollywood. While interacting with media on Friday, Anya stated that her music is like therapy to the characters that we are playing in the film.

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Qaidi Band is tale of a few wrongfully booked people, who're under trial, and try to wring themselves out of their misery. The quirk is, they also start a music band of their own for the celebration of Independence Day in prison, which finds itself in the midst of a political agenda.

Talking about her character and the film, Anya said, “Music is therapy to the characters we are playing in the film. It’s about how music brings out best n them. It sets them free one way or the other. Music is heart and soul of this film.”

“My character in the film has become tougher by spending time in jail because she has to fight for everything in jail and it is like survival of the fittest. She is very optimistic , go getter and independent kind of girl. After her release from the jail, she wants to become a singer and her optimism keeps her going in the film.”

Talking about her journey to bag Yashraj film, she said, “I came to Mumbai only to become an actress. My mom gave me time period of 1 year to try my luck in Mumbai so when I came here one day Shanoo Sharma (YRF casting director) spotted me in a gym and asked me to do audition for the film and from next day my audition started for almost 2 months and after that I got this film”
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Will Not Talk about my Persoanl Life – Shruti Haasan

Actress #Shruti_Haasan finally reacts to viral photograph, where she is hugging a mystery man at Mumbai airport, says her personal life is not something she will ever talk about.

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Shruti Haasan was recently spotted hugging a mystery man at the international airport parking lot here in Mumbai, sparking the speculation about marriage and relationship in her life but refused to confirms or deny anything.  

“I don’t talk about my personal life, so people can ask me as much as they like but I am not going to answer” said Shruti Haasan, when asked about the mystery man.

Shruti Haasan was interacting with media during the special screening of Raagdesh, the movie she loved as it is informative and unique.

“I find the film very informative, I liked it. I think for those who are really not attuned or in touch with our history or the timelines of our freedom movement, especially a story that is so unique, I liked it very much. For the director to have that conviction to say the story, which is so different and everyone’s performance is very well” added Shruti.
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'The Hitman's Bodyguard' to hit Indian screens in August

Action-comedy Hollywood film #TheHitmansBodyguard is scheduled to release in India on August 25.

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Written by Tom O'Conner and directed by Patrick Hughes, "The Hitman's Bodyguard" will be released in 1000 screens across the country in Hindi, English, Tamil and Telugu, read a statement from MVP Entertainment, which is bringing the movie to India. 

The film stars Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson. 

Women have tougher time in Hollywood: Bryan Cranston

Actor #Bryan_Cranston thinks there is a greater gender divide in Hollywood and insists men have it much easier.

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The 61-year-old actor, who has starred in movies like "Power Rangers", as well as TV series "Breaking Bad", has blasted the film industry's "double standards", reports femalefirst.co.uk.

Speaking on the TV show "Good Morning Britain" on Thursday, Cranston said: "It's great for me. I can't complain about it but I think honestly there's probably a double standard to that. I think it's a lot more difficult with women.

"There's an old phrase that said Hollywood eats up women in their 20s and spits them out in their 30s because it's so hard.

Pack right tools before travelling during monsoon

Before going on a trip during #rainy_season, it is important to carry the right tools and instruments to save your belongings like cellphone and wallet from drenching. Carry zip lock bags, umbrellas, mosquito repellents and waterproof backpacks, suggest experts.

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Narayana Menon K, co-founder at Wandertrails, an online platform enabling discovery and booking of experiences, has listed a few necessary items:

* Arm yourself with an umbrella or raincoat. A waterproof backpack is a must-have.

* Always carry a zip lock bag. It is good to keep the wallet and other expensive belongings safe as well like the smartphone and maybe other equipments like camera and lenses.

* It is the season when mosquito-borne diseases are rampant with stagnant puddles and blocked drains everywhere. Carry mosquito repellents, creams or a mosquito net for night time. 

I have made lot of mistakes in my career: Shilpa Shetty

Actress #Shilpa_Shetty, who walked for designer Monisha Jaising at India Couture Week #ICW2017, says that she did a lot of mistakes in her career an learnt a lot from them.

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"Style has to be very personal. I made lot of mistakes in my career but you learn. Experience is something that can not be brought and I love the fact that I have learnt from my own mistakes I have seen that, I went through it and I learnt," Shilpa told reporters when asked that how her style has evolved over the years.

Draped in exquisite silk brocade with golden weaves, Shilpa set the stage on fire as the showstopper.

And the actress says she shares a lot of similarity with the designer apart from being a "Gemini" born individual.

"I try to do different and I think that is the common thread between the designer and me, and the other thing that is common between us is the fact she likes to be a trend setter not trend follower," said Shilpa, a mother of one. 
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Two film releases on two sides of world: Anupam feels lucky

It was a special Friday for veteran actor #Anupam_Kher, who says he feels privileged that two of his movies released in two different parts of the world on the same day.

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"Privileged to be perhaps the only Indian actor to have two releases on the same day on two sides of the world. 'Indu Sarkar' and 'A Family Man'," Anupam tweeted.

While "Indu Sarkar" is a much in news drama set in the Emergency era imposed in India in the 1970s, "A Family Man" is an American drama in which the actor plays a Sikh doctor.
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Priyanka to produce American comedy series on Madhuri's life

Indian actress #Priyanka_Chopra, who has found a foothold in Hollywood, is reportedly executive producing a comedy series about Bollywood's dancing diva #Madhuri_Dixit's life for US network ABC.

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According an exclusive report by variety.com, the yet untitled series is based on the real life of Madhuri, who will also executive produce the project.

The story would follow how Madhuri settles down in the suburbs of the US with her bi-cultural family and tries to bring her colourful lifestyle to an otherwise dull town.

In reality, Madhuri had taken a break from showbiz when she married Sriram Nene, who was based in US back then and shifted to Denver from Mumbai to start a family. The mother of two sons returned to showbiz around five years ago, and continues to be one of the most charming beauties in the Hindi film industry.
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Kolkata musicians to pay tribute to Linkin Park frontman

A clutch of city-based bands will perform covers of rock band #Linkin_Park (LP) in remembrance of group frontman Chester Bennington at a special tribute here on Saturday, organisers said.

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Bennington was found dead on July 20 at his home in Palos Verdes Estates just outside of Los Angeles. His death was ruled as suicide. He was 41.

The "Somewhere I Belong - Celebrating Chester" free-for-all concert in Kolkata's Eco Park seeks to celebrate his life and art. As many as 27 Linkin Park songs will be performed at the concert.

"The event will feature local, new bands performing covers of LP, a karaoke corner for all members of the audience to sing their favourite LP songs, and a finale Linkin Park Tribute Band (comprising of some of the city's best musicians) to perform the best of Chester's songs," said organisers BlooperHouse Studios (a music production studio) and event planners DhikChik.

Go metallic, orange with your lipshades

Ditch safe colours and experiment with your #lipshade palette. Stock your vanity with metallic, electric orange and bold red shades, suggest experts.

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Shailja Mittal, Creative Head at Zapyle.com, an online marketplace for luxury and premium fashion, listed few trends:

* As fall is around the corner, the major lipstick trend would be metallics. The trick is to downplay with one out of eyes and lips. If going for bold berry lips, a stroke of silver eyeliner would complete the look and keep up with the international trends.

* For a sultry look go for taupes and greys. 

* The 1990s are not yet to take a backseat, so go will with good gold glittery lips and good amount of highlighter.

Didn't expect 'Hawayein' to become huge so quickly: Pritam

Popular music composer #Pritam_Chakraborty says he did not expect the latest song #Hawayein from the Shah Rukh Khan-starrer #JabHarryMetSejal to gain popularity so "quickly" after its release.

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Sung by Arijit Singh, the song was released on Wednesday and became the most streamed track within 24 hours of its release on YouTube after being viewed 9,808,829 times, read a statement from Sony Music India. 

"When we released the song, I didn't know it would become so huge so quickly. Before I even knew it, I was told that it had crossed these massive numbers. I am extremely happy. Thank you for all the love," Pritam told. 
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Opt for clogs, lighter shades of shoes in monsoon

From #clogs and shoes with rubber soles to opting for lighter colours -- get your tricks right in the monsoon season.

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Bhavana Tewari, E-Commerce and Digital Marketing Manager at Crocs India, and Harkirat Singh, Managing Director at Woodland Worldwide, share what one should keep in mind while choosing the right footwear in the season of unpredictable rain showers and still be fashionable:

* Footwear like clogs can be the ultimate solution for monsoon battles on road. They are known for their comfort, lightweight nature and flexibility.

* Do not gloom the season with darker shades. Pep up the look with bright and fun coloured footwear.

We live in a classist society: Shenaz Treasury

Actress #Shenaz_Treasury says nepotism exists in all professions in India and not just Bollywood, as the country has a"classist" society.

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Shenaz will next be seen in the film "Kaalakaandi" alongside Saif Ali Khan, who along with filmmaker Karan Johar and actor Varun Dhawan was criticised for his "Nepotism rocks" act at the IIFA Awards earlier this month.

The infamous debate started in Bollywood when actress Kangana Ranaut branded Karan as a "flagbearer of nepotism" on his chat show "Koffee With Karan" earlier this year.

"I am so impressed with Kangana sitting on that couch laying it into Karan Johar about being the flag bearer of nepotism with that big smile. I think she spoke not just for the film industry, but for all of India," Shenaz said in a statement.

"Nepotism exists. Not just in Bollywood but in every profession in India. We live in a very classist society and it's sad and depressing. People like Kangana have to work a million times harder than someone from a filmy family," she added.

Alia Bhatt to endorse online jewellery platform

Bollywood actress #Alia_Bhatt has been roped in to endorse an online jewellery platform with an aim to target young shoppers.

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Alia, the first celebrity to endorse the brand Bluestone.com, says she loves the concept of shopping for jewellery in the virtual world.

"The brand complements my personal style beautifully as it is contemporary, elegant and offers a fantastic range of eclectic designs for every occasion," Alia said in a statement.

The "Udta Punjab" actress added: "Today's modern shopper who is constantly on the move will love the thousands of design options and ease of shopping."

Speaking on the association, Gaurav Singh Kushwaha, founder and CEO, BlueStone.com, said: "We are at an inflection point and a young icon like Alia can help connect with our core audience and enable exponential growth.

"She is the perfect embodiment of what we stand for - a distinctive style, confident and a sparkling personality."
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Friday, 28 July 2017

Anubhav Sinha to direct Rishi Kapoor, Taapsee Pannu

Filmmaker #Anubhav_Sinha is set to direct actors like #Rishi_Kapoor and #Taapsee_Pannu in #Mulk, a social thriller based on true life events.

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The plot of the film revolves around the story of a joint family, who hail from a small town in India. They are out to reclaim their honour after being embroiled in a controversy.

Sinha, founder of Benaras Media Works, said in a statement: "I am doing a thriller after 10 years. This will be quite different from what I have attempted in the past."

"I'm returning to my roots after so many years. It's my way of giving back to my hometown and it feels emotionally satisfactory," added Sinha, who has directed thrillers like "Dus" and "Cash".
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Face packs for monsoon

Detoxification of the skin is essential during #monsoon as it prevents allergies, puffiness and skin diseases. Add gram flour, lemon and green tea in your beauty essential list during the rainy season, say experts.

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Kiran Lohia, Dermatologist at Lumiere Dermatology, and Blossom Kochhar, Aromatherapist and Chairperson, Blossom Kochhar Group of Companies, have shared some face packs.

* The first face pack includes besan (gram flour), honey, green tea, and rose hip oil. It starts with three tablespoons of besan. Next, add one tablespoon of honey, which has antibacterial properties that halt the excess bacteria brought on by the rainy season in its tracks.
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Tips to keep jewellery rust free

Do not wear perfume, hair lotion or cream after wearing #jewellery, and keep them in a cool and dark place to keep them rust free, say experts.

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Vikalp Bothara, Founder of Jewellerkaka.com, and Kirti Aggarwal, designer, Opa Accessories, have shared tips to keep jewellery rust free. 


* Keep the jewellery clean and dry. Whether it is a necklace, ring, bracelet or earrings, exposing jewellry to any type of cream, lotion, perfume, oil or even water is an accelerator of rusting. Make sure to apply cream and perfume before wearing your jewellry.

* Store it properly. Neckpieces must hang on hooks vertically and the pieces of jewellry should not be in contact with one another.

Dia Mirza takes her love for nature to ramp

Actress-producer #Dia_Mirza, who is also a nature lover, felt overjoyed to walk in a creation inspired by nature on the ramp here.

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Dia closed designer Anju Modi's India Couture Week show on Thursday by sashaying down the "environment friendly" runway in a traditional outfit, which is a part of the 'Sunehri Kothi' (Golden chalet) collection.

"Thank you for making me part of this as I am a complete nature lover. I can't imagine art, motifs inspired by nature. This collection really depicts that," Dia said while praising Anju.

"She (Anju) has been responsible for safeguarding our heritage. She has taken handicrafts and textiles to the next level. I felt exquisite today wearing this beautifully handcrafted outfit.

"It's delicate, intricate and has resonance of an era gone by," added the actress, who looks up to her mother for style.

According to her, every little girl looks up to her mother.
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Sarah Hyland flaunts confidence through fashion

Actress Sarah Hyland relies on her style to show-off her "confidence".

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"Fashion for me is one of the ways that I show off my confidence. I feel like I like to play with fashion and it puts me in the mindset. As soon as I get dressed for the day I feel like I can do anything," Hyland told people.com.
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Designer Rahul Mishra's little daughter makes runway debut

Designer #Rahul_Mishra's daughter Aarna, who will turn two soon, didn't wait for long to make her fashion runway debut.

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Rahul's handmade feather light couture line, bursting with colours, impressed several fashionistas at the India Couture Week (ICW) here on Thursday. But it was his little daughter who melted hearts with her brief appearance on the runway.

While many designers take a bow with Bollywood stars at the end of their show, Rahul got his family, including his daughter, on stage.

The little one didn't match steps with the models, but lit up the ramp with her smile as she was carried by her mother.

"She has brought a lot of good luck and mental prosperity. We don't take her to work much. Today was her first time at backstage and show. We are taking her to Paris also. My show is on September 30. It's her birthday also," he told reporters after his show.

Details, research must for good story telling: 'Bareilly Ki Barfi' director

Director #Ashwiny_Iyer_Tiwari, whose #BareillyKiBarfi is set for release next month, says research and details are important to good story-telling.

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"I feel as a story-teller your research and detailing has to be perfect.. especially if your film is a 'slice of life' film," said Ashwiny during a media interaction here on Thursday on the occasion of birthday celebration of film's lead actress Kriti Sanon, along with the entire cast and crew at Mehboob Studios.

"My films always have detailing as we do lot of research. When I was in advertising, I used to handle a lot of brands where we used to research in UP, MP, Bihar and Odisha. So it comes automatically to me," she said.

Asked from where the story for "Bareilly Ki Barfi" came, she said: "The story came through me but then (co-writers) Nitesh and Shreyas developed it further. Like any other writer-director team, we also work together. But Nitesh is very good with dialogues.

"While working together, we try to enhance other's talent rather than interfering in the work. When I am directing, I can change the screenplay, visuals but I always make sure I don't touch the dialogues as they come from insight. Each and every line is written with a lot of thinking and so it's important to do justice to them."
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'Carbon' first Hindi sci-fi short film, says Jackky Bhagnani

#Jackky_Bhagnani and #Prachi_Desai on Thursday launched the trailer of their upcoming short film #Carbon at the Twitter office in Mumbai with Jackky saying it was the first Hindi sci-fi (science fiction) film.

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"Carbon is first Hindi sci-fi film, I don't know if you will like the film or not when you watch it. But you won't be able to say that this movie was an imitation of any Hollywood film. This is our own version," he said.

"The first time when the director and writer met me I didn't even take a second to think about it. I was actually blown by the idea, just as much as everyone else is going to be when they watch the trailer," Prachi, who is playing a pivotal role in the film, said.
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Twinkle Khanna working on her third book

Former actress #Twinkle_Khanna, popular as Mrs Funnybones on the social media and in India's literary circles, is working on her third book which can be expected to be out later this year.

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"A third book by Twinkle Khanna is happening. It will come in November, but she is in the writing process as of now," Anish Chandy, Head of Business Development at Juggernaut Books, told here.

"I can't reveal the subject, but it will have a similar tone (as her past books)... Schmalzy, funny... You know, she has a way of writing," Chandy added on the sidelines of The Word To Screen Publishers Bootcamp by Jio MAMI on Thursday.
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DJ Shilpi 'elated' with success of 'Salaam-E-Ishq'

Actress and DJ #Shilpi_Sharma's latest single "Salaam-E-Ishq" has received over one million views on YouTube and Facebook. She is "elated" with the response to the song.

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"I am flooded with phone calls and messages ever since the single has released. I am feeling elated. Doing good work is my only agenda, success and praises will therefore follow. I want to do good work in the industry and carve a niche for myself," Shilpi said in a statement.

Shilpi and music artist Jasmine Sandlas have reprised the popular 1978 song, which was originally sung by melody queen Lata Mangeshkar and late Kishore Kumar.
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SRK says Imtiaz took him to weird places for food

Bollywood superstar #Shah_Rukh_Khan, who will next be seen in Imtiaz Ali's #JabHarryMetSejal, says the filmmaker is a big foodie and used to take him to "weird" places for food during the shooting of the film.

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Shah Rukh, who will be seen sharing screen space with actress Anushka Sharma in "Jab Harry Met Sejal", appeared on TV show "Yaar Mere Superstar Season 2" to promote the film.

Asked whether the news about Imtiaz being foodie is true, Shah Rukh said: "That is also one of the things common between (late) Yash Chopra and Imtiaz. Talks about the film is less compared to food." 

He added: "After we used to finish our shoot in the evening, at first he (Imitiaz) used to be a bit pulled back, but then in the evening he would ask if I wanted to join him as he found a really good restaurant."

But it was not that easy for Shah Rukh as Imtiaz would make him "walk like anything, in between small roads".
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Thursday, 27 July 2017

Farhan Akhtar Unveils Lucknow Central Trailer

Finally #Farhan_Akhtar unveils the trailer of his upcoming movie #Lucknow_Central on digital media and it is unique!

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Farhan unveiled the trailer with caption, “क़ैदी क्र. 1821 आपके मनोरंजन के लिए लाया है #LucknowCentralTrailer”.

In the film, Farhan plays the role of Kishen Mohan Girhotra, an aspiring Bhojpuri singer who is a big fan of Manoj Tiwari. He stays in Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh. He finally gets an opportunity of meet Manoj, but his bodyguard manhandled Kishen and threw the CD recording which the actor made for Manoj.

One thing leads to another, Farhan ends up with murder charges and is sent to jail where Ronit Roy is the jailor and has grey shades in his character.
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Urvashi Rautela wants to recreate iconic A.R. Rahman’s Urvashi Urvashi song

#Urvashi_Rautela launched Nakshtra Diamond Jewellary’s new Swivel Collection on Tuesday in Mumbai. During the media interaction, Urvashi revealed her wish to recreate A. R. Rahman’s iconic Urvashi Urvashi song.

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When asked her about which song she wants to recreate, Urvashi said, “I want to recreate Urvashi Urvashi song. Many times, I received the offers to recreate that track. Let’s see if it’s happen in future. The song is very iconic and I don’t want to waste that just for the sake of doing it”.

Urvashi Urvasi song is composed by A. R. Rahman. It is picturised on Prabhu Deva from Humse Hai Muqabala film which released in 1994.

Talking about her association with Nakshtra Diamond Jewellery, she said, “Nakshtra Diamond Jewellery is most iconic jewellery brand of our country. I am so happy to be face of Nakshatra. We are launching first of its kind Swivel collection. It’s a very special and unique concept which is launched in India for the first time. It’s known as wheel of fortune which makes every woman realize that you should always believe in your destiny”.

Talking about her love for jewellery, she said, “I love jewellery. This latest Swivel collection is something which every woman must possess. My mother first time gifted me a diamond ring and now I also want to gift her ring from Nakshatra’s Swivel collection.
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London-based DJ Kasra to tour India in August

London-based DJ and drum and bass label Critical Sound founder #Kasra_Mowlavi will play in Delhi, Bengaluru, Mumbai and Pune next month.

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The gigs are scheduled from August 17-20, read a statement from Wild City, an online music magazine and events promoter, which is bringing the artiste to India, in association with Mumbai-based promoter Krunk.

Critical Sound has been associated with curating a sound that's experimental and encompassing of the genre's myriad sub-genres. 

As a DJ, Kasra had mixed "FabricLive62", a drum n' bass mix album.

Kate Hudson cuts hair short for film

Actress #Kate_Hudson has cut her hair short and now sports a new buzz cut for new movie "Sister".

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In some photographs from the film's set, the 38-year-old is seen sitting on hair and make-up chair while flaunting her new hairstyle, reports dailymail.co.uk.

Wanting to keep her new cut a secret ahead of her upcoming film, which will be directed by singer Sia, Hudson has been donning a number of convincing wigs in the past few weeks. 
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'Drive' to release on Holi 2018

Actors #Sushant_Singh_Rajput and #Jacqueline_Fernandez's upcoming film #Drive has been locked for release on March 2, next year, which happens to be Holi, the festival of colours.

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Filmmaker Karan Johar, who is producing the film under his home banner Dharma Productions, on Wednesday tweeted the film's poster.

"Holi 2018 on the March 2! 'Drive'. Dharma Movies. Sushant Singh Rajput, Jacqueline Fernandez, Tarun Mansukhani and Apoorva Mehta," Karan tweeted.

In an interview, Sushant had said about the film: "That's a heist film. When you are going to watch the film, you would not know what is going to happen next." 
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Rejection paves way for my next: Anurag Basu on 'Jagga Jasoos'

Filmmaker #Anurag_Basu, whose latest movie #JaggaJasoos has not fared as expected, has sent out "hugs" to the detractors as he says rejection doesn't mean dejection for him.

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"Thank you so much for your love and appreciation for 'Jagga Jassos'. It's like oxygen for me right now. Tight hugs... And for those who disliked it, hugs for them too, coz your rejection paves the way for my next and I promise I'll try not to disappoint you," Basu tweeted on Wednesday evening.

"Jagga Jasoos", presented in a musical format, banks on the emotional ups and downs of Jagga's and Shruti's life as they embark on a mission to hunt for Jagga's father. The film, which had been in the making for three years, features Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif.
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Gurinder Chadha pushed Huma to excel

Actress #Huma_Qureshi, who stars in Gurinder Chadha's #Partition1947, says the filmmaker pushed her to excel.

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"She (Gurinder) is a very strong personality. I like working with such people. They push you to your limit. They push you to excel... To do better," Huma said here on Wednesday.

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

Recounting one instance during dubbing, Huma said the fun part of the creative process lay in the give-and-take relationship between the actor and director.
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SC moved for stay on release of 'Indu Sarkar'

A woman claiming to be the daughter of late Congress leader Sanjay Gandhi on Wednesday moved the Supreme Court seeking stay of the release of filmmaker madhu Bhandarkar's #InduSarkar.

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"You give your memo. We will see to it. We are not giving any date," said the bench of Justice Dipak Misra, Justice Amitava Roy and Justice A.M.Khanwilkar as counsel for the petitioner Priya Singh Paul mentioned the matter for an early hearing as the film is releasing on July 28.

Paul told the court that the film was "full of concoction and totally derogatory" to malign the image of Sanjay Gandhi and his mother, late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. 
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'Partition: 1947' intends to unite people: Huma Qureshi

Actress #Huma_Qureshi is not disconcerted by the "strong reactions" to "Partition: 1947", saying the film intends to unite people and not divide them.

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"Partition is a very sensitive subject. People will have strong reations to it. It's a film about peace, about humanity. It's intended to unite people rather than divide. Some people want to say something... that's really their choice," she told the media here on Wednesday in response to the criticism it has garnered.

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

Of all the criticisms levelled at the film, one of the strongest has come from Pakistani writer Fatima Bhutto, granddaughter of Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and niece of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.

In a review in The Guardian, Bhutto had slammed the film for belittling leaders like Jawaharlal Nehru, Mahatma Gandhi and Mohammad Ali Jinnah and painting Muslims in a bad picture.
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Shah Rukh even can romance a microphone, says Anushka

Bollywood actress #Anushka_Sharma, who will be seen opposite #Shah_Rukh_Khan in their upcoming #JabHarryMetSejal says romancing the superstar was quite easy and that he can even romance a microphone.

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Both of them came along with music director Pritam and film director Imtiaz Ali for the launch of the new song "Hawayeina" on Wednesday. 

Asked about how was it romancing Shah Rukh third time, on-screen, Anushka said: "Extremely easy! There is a genuineness in his eyes that we all can see - that reflects on-screen. In my opinion, he even can romance a microphone."

To this, Shah Rukh replied: "As long as you are holding the mic, darling!"
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Athiya Shetty becomes 'Princess' for Shyamal and Bhumika at ICW 2017

Bollywood actress #Athiya_Shetty dressed up in a glittery outfit looked no less than a princess for designer-duo Shyamal and Bhumika's maiden show at India Couture Week #ICW_2017, here on Wednesday.

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The designer duo showcased their new couture collection titled "The Princess's Soiree" and this made their debut on the platform.

"I have always been an admirer of Shyamal and Bhumika and been inspired by Indian art and craft. Seeking inspiration from the rich Indian heritage and history from the ancient culture, Shyamal and Bhumika create couture collections relevant to modern day sensibilities," Athiya told.

"The play of colours and the silhouettes in their designs are stunning and it is my absolute pleasure and honour to be the showstopper for their first ever association with India Couture Week," she added.
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Tarun Tahiliani shows bouquet of creativity with 85 garments

#Tarun_Tahiliani is known for showing things differently and his show at #Indian_Couture_Week_2017 was no less than a treat for fashionistas. With 85 garments on fashion runway, the ace designer showed that bridal and couture can also be weightless and yet glamorous.

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With mixture of hard hitting and soulful tracks setting up the perfect mood for the show, the presentation started with black numbers in the form of saris, lehangas and gradually moving towards colours like peach, red, maroon and many more.

"I think after a long time we have a very strong bridal and couture show of weightless garments that feel like the stars of the firmament," Tahiliani earlier told.

"It goes from a lighter range into the classic couture pieces. I think the workmanship this year is extraordinary. We have had over a thousand people working on the collection," he added.

Reynu Taandon brings calmness on ramp with soothing colours

It was not just the showstopper #Bhumi_Pednekar who added glamour to her show at the India Couture Week (ICW) 2017, but the finest selection of colours also made designer #Reynu_Taandon's collection a little more chic, classy and elegant.

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Remaining true to her roots, Taandon in association with Rajnigandha presented collection titled "CYAN" awhich was inspired from the mysticism of peacock blue hues.

She showcased bold undertones of the Indian monsoon, intricate detailing and beautiful thread work that gently weaved in the magic and mysticism of peacock blue hues.

The underplay of carefully used patterns of stripe that break the monotony, use of bold whites, glittering gold's, and the many shades of heavily embroidered silhouettes of aqua blue and green added more volume to her line.

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No Medium can replace books says Javed Akhtar

Eminent writer and lyricist #Javed_Akhtar launched Kainaz Jussawalla’s debutante novel ‘Coffee Days Champagne Nights And Other Secrets’ on Monday in Mumbai. While interacting with media, Javed Akhtar stated that no medium can replace books.

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Talking about importance of books to garner any kind of information or knowledge, Akhtar said, “Now day’s life has been kind of fanatic speed. Everything is either googled or found on their smart phones. People have hardly any time for books leave aside writing. They don’t have time for reading but I suppose, no medium can replace books. Today I see most of the children on I pads or they are watching TV but the difference between an I pad which is audio-visual medium and the book is that, you are given a fixed menu. There is no participation of viewer. Viewer is the only receiver but when you are reading a book, particularly fiction, that time you are making your own locations in your mind, faces of characters, sets of houses so when you read the book your imagination enriches and it gets exercise which doesn’t happen when everything is provided to you. For that, you have to use your own energy and mind. People want easy way out and they want everything on platter which I feel is not correct”.

When asked him inspiration behind writing great scripts and lyrics, Akhtar replied, “It’s not a surprise that I write. It would have been surprising if I wouldn’t have become a writer. I come from a family of writers. I am 6th generation who is into writing. My children also write. Farhan has started writing lyrics in English. Zoya is also poet. Both of them write their own film’s scripts and they are our 7th generation in writing. I have inherited these skills from mother’s and fathers’ side. I suppose, if some people are doing something for generations then to some extent, the child must be programmed to do that. I was interested in reading right from my early childhood and that’s how it all started”.
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Formation of Indian National Army was the biggest reason why Britisher’s left our country

#Kunal_Kapoor and #Mohit_Marwah who are playing role of soldiers of Indian National Army in Tigmanshu Dhulia’s #Raagdesh interacted with media on Monday in Mumbai. During the media interaction, Kunal revealed that, as per the British intelligence reports, formation of Indian National Army was the biggest reason why Britisher’s left our country.

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Talking about being part of Raagdesh, Kunal said, “It is one of the important part of our history which played important role in independence struggle of India and getting associated with such film is very proud moment for us.”

He added, “When I first heard the script, I thought why anyone earlier hasn’t made film on this subject because it’s very amazing story. It has everything which requires for a good film script. The film has war drama, courtroom drama, emotions, romance, and bromance. I feel after watching this film people will realize the contribution of Indian National Army (INA) and Subhash Chandra Bose in freedom fight of India. If you read British intelligence of that time then you will know that formation of India National Army (INA) was the biggest reason which is why Britisher’s left our country.”

Recently, Raagdesh screened at Rashtrapati Bhavan for giving farewell to India’s outgoing president Pranab Mukherjee, when asked about the experience. Kunal said, “It was amazing experience for our team. We had lots of fun. President was very warm with us. Apart from him, many political leaders and ministers from our country watched the film and they all liked the film so it was matter of pride for our entire team.”
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'Indu Sarkar' cleared by CBFC revising committee, Bhandarkar relieved

Filmmaker #Madhur_Bhandarkar says he is happy and relieved as his film #Indu_Sarkar has been cleared by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) revising committee.

Bhandarkar on Monday took to Twitter, where he said that the film was cleared with a few cuts. 

"Thank you CBFC revising committee. 'Indu Sarkar' has been cleared with few cuts. Happy and relieved. See you in cinemas this Friday, July 28," Bhandarkar tweeted.

The film, set against the backdrop of the 1975-77 Emergency, features Neil Nitin Mukesh, Kirti and Kulhari Tota Roy Chaudhary. It also stars Supriya Vinod, Anupam Kher and has characters inspired by the late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and her son Sanjay Gandhi.
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Cara Delevingne 'understands' women's empowerment

Model-actress #Cara_Delevingne has started to "understand women's empowerment", and is desperate to lift up other women.

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The 24-year-old has opened up about female equality and says she wants to have a positive impact on boosting the confidence of other women, reports femalefirst.co.uk.

Speaking at an event, which took place here on July 23, Delevingne said: "I see, and I am more aware, of my own ignorance. Of what people say and how spoiled we are in the West -- and obviously myself included.

"Now I am starting to understand women's empowerment a lot more and how I want to lift other women up. But you can't do that unless you lift yourself up. I'm still growing every day. It's a constant reminder," she added.

Although the "Suicide Squad" actress wants to encourage other people to feel confident in their skin, she says she struggled to stay positive and used to put herself down a lot.

Charlize Theron has taken a 'dip in the lady pond'

Actress #Charlize_Theron has revealed that she has had sexual relations with women during her younger years.

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Theron, who stars in an X-rated lesbian love scene in new movie "Atomic Blonde", says bisexual sex is not represented enough in films, reports femalefirst.co.uk. 

During an appearance on TV show "Watch What Happens Live", Theron was asked if she ever "took a dip in the lady pond?" 

She replied: "Ooh. When I was younger, yes. When you're young, you're exploring it all. But, it was pretty clear that I really like dudes."

The 41-year-old later said it was important for her "Atomic Blonde" character to be bisexual.
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Use turmeric for anit-aging, healing and exfoliate blackheads

Widely used in the Indian kitchen, #turmeric, also called king of spices, is beneficial in many ways. The curcumin in it, a bioactive element present in it, has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. From healing burns and cuts to controlling the process of aging, experts have rated the spice high for its uses.

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Vishal Bhandari, Founder, at www.soultree.in and Ragini Mehra, Founder at beautysource.in, have listed the uses of turmeric:

* Turmeric has been used by generations because of its antiseptic and antibacterial properties. It heals wounds and helps in keeping infections at bay.

*Anti-aging Curcumin, a major component of turmeric, has strong antioxidant properties, that inhibits free radical production, and hence controls aging by protecting cells from damage. Turmeric also helps stimulate new cell growth.
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Louis Tomlinson's 'coincidental' relationship with girlfriend

One Direction star #Louis_Tomlinson, who has rekindled his romance with girlfriend #Eleanor_Calder, says his relationship with her is coincidental.

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Tomlinson is gearing up to release his second solo single "Back to you". He reunited with Calder earlier this year, two years after their split.

On "Lorraine" show on Monday, the 25-year-old singer was asked if his rekindled romance with Calder served as inspiration for the new single, reports dailymail.co.uk.

He responded: "There are some personal things that I relate to and contribute to lyrics. The rest of album is vulnerable. Nice to have something not as directly as relatable to me."