Saturday, 23 July 2016

Ensure you have a smart, eco-friendly home

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If you are planning to renovate your haven or getting a new #house built, consider #goinggreen with #ecofriendly material and interiors made with natural materials.

Here are latest trends in home architecture as shared by Dikshu C Kukreja, Managing Director and Principal Architect, CP Kukreja Architects:

♦Healthy homes: Architects are increasingly focusing on designing homes that promote a sense of well-being and keep stress and anxieties of daily life away. Environment-friendly building materials are being used to make healthier residences, with lush green landscaped terraces or shaded balconies for climate control.

Disordered eating habit on the rise amongst homosexuals

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Boys and girls belonging to #sexual minority groups such as gay, lesbian and bisexuals are increasingly indulging in #disordered #eatingtrends than their #heterosexual or straight peers, a new study suggests.

Disordered eating behaviour refers to unhealthy eating habits that have not been diagnosed by a physician as an eating disorder, although they are still serious and have the potential to be harmful.

In the study which was published in the journal International Journal of Eating Disorders, the researchers mentioned that the rate of disordered eating behaviours is actually increasing among lesbians and bisexuals, which is alarming.

According to the study, sexual minority peers may also purge or take laxatives, use diet pills or fast to lose weight than their straight peers. 

Amber Heard spending time with Elon Musk

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Actress #AmberHeard is reportedly spending time with South African-born Canadian-American billionaire #ElonMusk.

The actress, who has been navigating her way through a very public divorce from estranged husband #JohnnyDepp, reportedly spent the weekend with Musk at the Delano South Beach in Miami, reports 

Heard was there with her sister. Sources have said that although the 30-year-old actress and the 45-year-old CEO of electric automobile-maker Tesla Motors had separate rooms, he was seen entering a specific room and Heard was spotted exiting the same room at different times over four days. 

Urvashi Rautela to walk for Archana Kochhar at fashion show

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Ace designer #ArchanaKochhar will be showcasing her new bridal collection #GrandRoyalWedding'at the #WeddingVows fashion show here, with actress #UrvashiRautela as the showstopper.

Kochhar will present her line on Sunday at the Westin here.

Her new line will include four collections for different ceremonies including sangeet, cocktail, wedding and reception. It boasts of a variety of silhouettes comprising of light-weight Lucknowi lehengas, elegant anarkalis, heavy bridal lehenga and Indo-western saris making for beautiful gowns, said a statement.

The colour palette ranges from subdued tones of ivory and coral blue, off-white, nudes pinks to bright tones of purple, red and maroon. Also, self embroidery, mirror and Lucknowi work coupled with fine detailing lends a regal and elegant look to the line.

Diana Penty a natural comic: Abhay Deol

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Actor #AbhayDeol says that his #HappyBhagJayegi co-star #DianaPenty is a natural comic, but she is not quite aware of it.

"Comedy is all about timing." I think comedy is such that if it's there in you and if you're automatically comical, then it comes very naturally.

"In that sense, comedy is very easy if you're a natural comic. But if you're not, then it can be tougher than drama," Abhay said here at an event.

Praising Diana, he said: "The good thing with Diana is that she doesn't think much... She just reacts. So I think she is a natural comic, but she is not aware of it. And that was fun.

Manish Malhotra gives opportunity to aspiring model

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Ace fashion designer #ManishMalhotra, who will be showcasing his upcoming bridal collection on #IndiasNextTopModel, has offered a contestant a chance to walk the ramp for one of his shows.

Malhotra shared that the contestants from MTV channel's show really impressed him, especially #NeelamVirwani.

"She used her height to her advantage and the way she carried my new bridal collection really stood out. I couldn't resist but offer her to walk for (one of) my upcoming show," Malhotra said in a statement.

Bengali film on Sheena Bora case to premiere in US festival

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#Bengalifilm #DarkChocolate, which presents a fictional take on the #SheenaBora murder mystery, will premiere at the #FestivalofGlobe #FOG in the Silicon Valley on August 13, a statement said on Friday.

FOG is one of the biggest festivals for the Indian diaspora in the US.

Directed by filmmaker #AgnidevChatterjee, the movie stars Bollywood actress #MahimaChaudhury and actress #RiyaSen in key roles. Actors #RajeshSharma, #MumtazSorcar, Indrashis Roy, #KaushikSen and #SudipMukherjee are also part of the cast.

IFFI invites uncensored films for Indian Panorama 2016

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The #InternationalFilmFestivalofIndia #IFFI, Goa has called for entries for the Indian Panorama with an emphasis on uncensored films for the first time.

iffi-invites-uncensored-films-for-indian-panorama-2016According to an official newspaper advertisement, both feature and non-feature films are eligible. Films produced during the last 12 months preceding the festival -- September 1, 2015 to August 31, 2016 -- are eligible. 

Uncensored films produced within this period can also be submitted.

"This is also the first time that the festival has called on uncensored films to be submitted," an official of the Directorate of Film Festivals (DFF), which functions under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, told. 

Yami Gautam flaunts bridal avatar at ICW 2016

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Actress #YamiGautam looked like a dream bride in a midnight ensemble from designer duo #Rimple and #HarpreetNarula' s collection #Hiraeth at the #FDCI #IndiaCoutureWeek2016 here on Friday.

The designers chose an unconventional coloured bridal lehenga with a special motif on the bottom, and paired it with a light gold choli with a beautiful embellished dupatta for Yami.

The #VickyDonor star says she felt beautiful flaunting the ensemble.

"I just feel stunning and beautiful... I love the colours, fit and embroidery," Yami said about the showstopper dress.

When Divya Khosla Kumar felt like a bride all over again

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She married T-Series head honcho #BhushanKumar in 2005. But actress-filmmaker #DivyaKhoslaKumar ended up feeling like a bride all over again when she walked the ramp in an exquisite bridal creation by designer #ReynuTaandon at the #FDCIIndiaCoutureIndia2016 here on Friday.

The showcase of Taandon's 'Kamangari' line was held at the Taj Palace Hotel, where Divya sizzled on the catwalk in a small red choli and heavily embroidered lehenga with gota. The "Yaariyan" director also sported a big nose ring, maang tika and completed her look with minimal make-up.

Talking about the collection, Divya told: "Reynu's clothes are a pop of freshness... The stunning colour-combination teamed with gorgeous work and the perfect fit, makes me feel like a bride all over again."

It's 'Kabali da' in Bengaluru despite dissonant voices

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As if scripted by #Tollywood superstar #Rajinikanth, his latest blockbuster #Kabali took the city by storm on Friday, as thousands of his frenzied fans flocked to theatres and multiplexes to watch it on first day if not in the first show.

Though tickets for upper classes and special enclosures in about 60 cinema halls were sold out for all shows till Sunday, there was a scramble for tickets for lower classes, as hundreds of fans queued up at their counters hours before they opened.

Even as those who were lucky to watch the movie in the first three-four shows stepped out of theatres and multiplexes, cheering and shouting the film's catch-phrase "Kabali da", many more were restive for their turn to watch it in which Rajini plays the role of a Malaysian don.

Rahul Mishra dedicates collection to nature at India Couture Week 2016

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Ace fashion designer #RahulMishra showcased his latest collection - #MonsoonDiaries - at the #FDCI #IndiaCoutureWeek2016 (ICW) with the elegant line showcasing a completely hand-woven range with abundance detailing.

The showcase was held at the Taj Palace here on Friday, where the award-winning designer displayed as many as 36 ensembles for the modern day bride with the elements from hand-woven artworks inspired by the flora of the monsoon.

Using fabrics like khadi, organza, Chanderi, merino wool and georgette, Mishra reinvented the colour palette for the modern-day bride by choosing calming hues like indigo, celadon green and natural earthy tones like browns infused in silhouettes like lehengas, anarkalis, sarees, gowns, Kurtas and pallazos.

SRK terms himself struggling writer, pens poem inspired from Zayn Malik

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#Superstar #ShahRukhKhan says that he is a struggling writer, who has not taken his calling very seriously, but penned a poem, inspired from #OneDirection star #ZaynMalik, for women.

Addressing a gathering at the launch of Gunjan Jain's book, Shah Rukh, just before reading from a letter he had written for Jain, said" "I'm also a struggling writer; I have not been able to take my calling very seriously."

During the course of reading the letter, he said, "There was an amazing quote about girls by Zayn Malik that I read. I'd really tried to be with it because of my daughter. So when I met him in London, inspired by his thoughts and his writing, I penned a poem for tonight or at least some rhyming lines that I felt about girls all around the world.

Kissing Leonardo DiCaprio was adorable: Joanna Lumley

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Actress #JoannaLumley says kissing actor #LeonardoDiCaprio in the 2013 film #TheWolfofWallStreet was "adorable".

The 70-year-old says it was a very enjoyable experience for her to lock lips with the Oscar winner, reports

Appearing on TV show “Watch What Happens Live” alongside her “Absolutely Fabulous” co-star Jennifer Saunders, Lumley was asked to describe kissing the 41-year-old actor in three words.

Anamika Khanna's collection impresses fashionistas at ICW 2016

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#Fashiondesigner #AnamikaKhanna impressed everyone at the #FDCI #IndiaCoutureWeek (ICW) 2016 with her new collection titled -- When Time Stood Still.

anamika-khannas-collection-impresses-fashionistas-at-icw-2016The off-site show at the grand ballroom of The Leela Palace here on Friday, stood still for some time when models started walking on the runway in impressive ensembles like embellished lehengas having 3D flowers stitched to it, palazzos, sequined jackets, long trailed anarkali's to pant sarees -- all paired with statement jewellery pieces consisting of precious stones like emerald, diamonds and rubies with a gold base.

Using fabrics like organza and georgette, Khanna collection used a myriad of hues such as white, beige, gold, salmon pink, celadon green, fiery red, black and yellow. The collection also saw a wide use of heavy embellishments, sequined work, hand weaves and intricate work of gold embroidery on the silhouettes.

With popular numbers by legendary singers Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra playing and the runway decked up with trees and real live models -- the show left the guests for wanting more.

Asked about having real live models as decor, Khanna said: "Basically, the idea was that these people were at a party and the time just stood still".

Cara Delevingne gets caught having sex on planes

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Model-turned-actress #CaraDelevingne says she loves having #sex on planes but always gets caught doing it.

“I've had sex in planes a lot. But I've always been caught. It's super-hard not to get caught. I had sex in the chair on the plane and there was a guy watching,” Delevingne said in an interview with LOVE magazine, reports

“We ended up telling the air stewardess what was happening. Like, 'This guy keeps staring at us. Can you tell him to stop?'" she added.

Liam will return to One Direction, says his sister

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#LiamPayne's sister #Ruth has insisted the singer will return to One Direction after the popular English-Irish pop boy band's hiatus is over, despite him signing a new record contract.

The 22-year-old singer announced on Thursday that he had signed a solo record deal, leading fans to fear the band is over for good.

However, Ruth said that the group -- which also features #HarryStyles, #NiallHoran and #LouisTomlinson -- will get back together, reports

"So happy for Liam. I am biased but he is so talented it would have been a shame for him not to release music for two years!" Ruth wrote on Twitter. 

When Aditya Chopra told Ranveer to act like himself

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Actor #RanveerSingh says that during the shoot of one of the sequences of his film #Befikre, the director #AdityaChopra observed that he was acting like #AnilKapoor and told him to act like himself.

"'Befikre' shoot was going on in Paris and Adi (Chopra) sir cut a shot, came from behind the monitor and said 'Yaar, you have started acting like Anil Kapoor. After 'Dil Dhadakne Do' there has been a deep impact of his on you. So now in the next take, you give Ranveer's shot, and not Anil's'," Ranveer said at the screening of Anil's television show "24".

Ranveer even imitated Anil's expressions and mannerisms at the event and posed in the "24" look with Anil.

Friday, 22 July 2016

Sarah Jessica Parker almost said no to 'Sex And The City'

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Actress #SarahJessicaParker was hesitant to take on the role of Carrie Bradshaw in TV series #SexAndTheCity.

The 51-year-old actress opened up how her agent Kevin Huvane was the middleman between her and “Sex And The City” creator Darren Star, in James Andrew Miller's new book “Powerhouse: The Untold Story of Hollywood's Creative Artists”.

Miller's book has been exclusively excerpted by The Hollywood Reporter. 

"He called me up and said, 'Darren Star reached out to me. He's written this pilot ('Sex and the City') and tells me he wrote it with you in mind - you were in his head when he was writing it. I'm going to send it to you. I've read it. I think it's really good. You should meet with him',” quoted Parker as saying. 

Prabhas excited over China outing of 'Baahubali...'

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#BaahubaliTheBeginning star #Prabhas is elated over the film's trailer getting a rave response in China, and says he "can't wait for audiences there to watch the movie".

The S.S. Rajamouli directorial, which bagged two honours, including Best Feature Film at the 63rd National Awards this year, will release in China on Friday. 

"My team has been sharing with me all the feedback to the content that has been released in China and the excitement they have for the film. It is so overwhelming. I can't wait for audiences there to watch the film,” Prabhas said in a statement.

My father cut me off when I was 18: Sonam Kapoor

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Actress #SonamKapoor says her father and actor #AnilKapoor had cut her off when she turned 18, compelling her to take her own decision in her personal as well professional life.

She added that “every misstep and every triumph” in her journey in the showbiz has been her own. 

When asked about what it was like being the daughter of an actor in terms of privileges and perks when she entered the industry, Sonam said: “My father cut me off when I was 18... He said you want to become an adult, become an adult.

“I had to take responsibility and I did ... and it is one of the best things anybody has ever done for me. You know he said that I never want to make a decision for you. I can tell you what is right or what is wrong but at the end you have to make your own decision.”

Singer Pankaj Udhas supports film on tigers 'Mission Tiger'

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Veteran singer #PankajUdhas has lent his support to the upcoming action-emotional drama on tiger conservation, titled #MissionTiger.


"I have already worked on this project with NDTV, and I had even gone to Ranthambore with Bachchan sahab besides working on two other projects. I understand that tiger conservation is very important, it is an important issue, so if a film is made on it, a good film and if it highlights this, then it is a very good initiative," Udhas said on the sidelines of the 15th Khazana Ghazal festival.


Youngsters don't consider sex as taboo topic: Ranveer Singh

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Actor #RanveerSingh, who has earlier endorsed a condom brand, says #sex as a topic is not considered taboo by the youth any more even though it is considered "dirty" and "a stigma" by the larger population in the country.

"Sex in our country is a subject of stigma. For the longest time, sex in India has always been spoken and thought of as a dirty thing, a sleazy subject and always kept in the closet," Ranveer said at a screening of the online series based on sex education "Sex Chat with Pappu & Papa".

The series has been brought out by Y-Films, a branch of Yash Raj Films.

Ranveer had made news when he endorsed a condom brand a few years ago and had also featured in some steamy ads.

"It was my own small way of shedding light on the changing perception about sex. Youngsters don't look upon it as a taboo subject anymore, they don't think about it as a dirty thing.

'Sex Chat with Pappu & Papa' to be out in 15 languages

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#SexChatwithPappu&Papa, a fiction web series which seeks to delve into hitherto taboo subjects like #condoms and #homosexuality, will be launched in 15 languages.

#YFilms, the youth wing of #YashRajFilms, has come up with the five-part fictional series which will deliver information across different themes related to sex and sexuality. 

The film will be dubbed in six Indian languages Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam and Bengali, and also subtitled in 10 international languages, including English, Chinese, French, Dutch, Spanish, German, Bahasa, Malay and Thai, to begin with to get this important message out to as many people as possible, read a statement. 

Always wanted to debut as girl next door: Payal Ghosh

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#PayalGhosh, who will be making her Bollywood debut with #PatelKiPunjabiShaadi, says she always wanted to foray into the movie world in the role of a girl next door because the audience relates to these characters easily.

Payal plays a Gujarati girl in the movie, which stars veteran actor Paresh Rawal as her father and comedian Vir Das as her love interest. Rishi Kapoor is also part of the movie.

"They have been very helpful and loving. As I mentioned earlier, there is so much to learn from them. They have been supportive throughout the shoot. They used to encourage me all the time so that I can give my best shot."

"It was a great experience to work with all of them," Payal said in a statement, and added that Vir's cooperative nature makes her want to work with him in the future too.

ICW 2016: Tarun Tahiliani ends night with 'last dance of the courtesan'

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Infused with grandeur and elegance, veteran fashion designer #TarunTahiliani ended the second day of the five-day fashion gala with his collection #Lastdanceofthecourtesan at the #FDCI #IndiaCoutureWeek2016 on Thursday.

The collection which was a tribute and acknowledgement of the highest bastions of culture, poetry, dance and finesse as practiced by the courtesans till a little over a century ago, had embroideries in a new avtar. 

The showcasing commenced and ended with a Kathak performance by Sufi Kathak dancer Manjari Chaturvedi, who donned a peach-pink lehenga choli and dupatta embellished in swarovski.

Embellished with different shapes and sizes of Swarovski crystals, the collection was in hues of ombre, sunset ombre, yellows, creams to peaches to blues, oranges to reds, reds to pinks on fabrics like sushi voile, georgette, cotton jacquard, cotton silks, crepes and cutwork jamdanis to create light and breezy styles in draped forms.

With fusion music in the background, a huge crystal chandelier, worn out mirrored pillars and mogras looming from the ceiling added to the atmosphere.

Anita Dongre showcases epic love, vintage style at ICW 2016

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Showcasing her #EpicLove collection at the #FDCI India Couture Week #ICW 2016 on the second day of the five day fashion gala here at the #Taj Palace on Thursday, #AnitaDongre mesmerised the audience with her bright, gota patti infused creations.

The designer, who recently added her creation for Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton to her portfolio, nfused magic into the air with her Epic love collection where the young gypsy bride was the muse for the collection. 

The collection was a luxury Bohemian collection of Indian bridal wear meant for the new age spirited bride, where the chintz-inspired prints brought alive a Mughal garden in its full bloom.

Rajinikanth's 'Kabali' mania grips Bengaluru too

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South Indian superstar #Rajinikant's latest blockbuster #Kabali has gripped #Bengaluru as no other movie ahead of its mega release on Friday in about 80 theatres and multiplexes here.

Though the Tamil magnum opus is dubbed in Hindi and Telugu but not in Kannada, the native language of the city and state, tickets were sold out for all shows till Sunday within 48 hours after advance booking opened on Monday.

As Rajinikath's frenzied fans are eager to watch the movie on first-day, first-show, hundreds of them, who didn't get the tickets till Sunday, flocked to cinema halls on Thursday but left disappointed as they were told to come on early Friday.

North struggling with Saint, says Kim Kardashian

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Reality TV star #KimKardashian says her daughter #North is still struggling to cope with being a big sister to Saint West.

north-struggling-with-saint-says-kim-kardashianKim and her husband #KanyeWest welcomed son Saint into the world in December last year. She says their three-year-old daughter North is taking her time accepting she has to share everything with him, reports
“We talk about North being a big sister all all the time. Right now, because she's three, it's time to talk a lot about sharing. And North is great at sharing. 

Kate Hudson dating Diplo?

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#Actress #KateHudson is reportedly dating #DJDiplo after hooking up with him in Ibiza earlier this month.

“They are dating,” quoted a source as saying.

The duo first met at the Met Gala ball in May, and they ended up leaving the event at the same time.

However, things didn't become romantic until mid-July when they were partying together on the Spanish island, where she had been holidaying with friends.

My love life is non-existent: Charlotte Crosby

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TV personality #CharlotteCrosby has squashed rumours that she is rekindling her romance with her on and off boyfriend and actor #Gary 'Gaz' Beadle, saying her love life is “non-existent right now”.

Crosby and Beadle recently got back in contact with each other but she says she is now not interested in giving him another chance to make amends, reports

“He messaged us to see how I was - but that was as far as the conversation went. It's doesn't make any difference to us,” Crosby told The Sun newspaper.

Now a plus-size fashion show at LFW Winter/Festive 2016

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The forthcoming winter-festive edition of #LakmeFashionWeek (LFW) will host the first ever plus-size model hunt for males and females, curated by designer #ShilpaChavan of #LittleShilpa in association with the plus-size store, #aLL.

The creations showcased on runways are meant for the everyday consumers who seek high-fashion designer-wear but are often restricted by available size options. Bearing this in mind, aLL has collaborated with LFW to break thought patterns and present a collection that will be showcased at the upcoming edition. 

The auditions will be held at St. Regis on July 29 for plus-size men and women who would like to walk the ramp.

'Kabali': Rajinikanth rocks

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Film: #Kabali; Director: #PaRanjith; Cast: #Rajinikanth, #RadhikaApte; Rating: ****

kabali-rajinikanth-rocksRajinikanth’s presence in the long-awaited "Kabali" is like the Second Coming. He is no less than God for his fans. And since his last two films under-performed the Rajni -devotees are determined to see this one swish past all skeptical readings of a career that scoffs at all attempts a rational understanding.

So does he, or doesn’t he in "Kabali"? That’s the question. The answer is clearly blowing in the wind as the mega-star, the Thalaiva huffs and puffs and mows down all opposition to his overpowering altruism. He is larger-than-life-and his introductory sequence is a thesis on screen-heroism-and yet determined to be in-sync with a more real persona than he routinely plays.

Justin Bieber warned against posing with exotic animals

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A notice of violation and a request for compliance were sent to singer #JustinBieber by #TorontoAnimalServices after he recently posed for photographs with big jungle cats during his visit.

Bieber has been officially warned by the authorities here, against cuddling lion cubs on camera during future visits to the city, reports

The notice of violation issued by Toronto Animal Services and obtained Thursday from animal protection group #PETA follows public complaints received by the city's animal licensing agency after Bieber on two occasions in April and May posed in photographs with big cats.

The photographs showed Bieber at one party cuddling a lion cub and then posing with a chained Bengal tiger during a VIP engagement party in Toronto for his father. 

Actors singing is a very good trend: Ayushmann Khurrana

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#Actor #AyushmannKhurrana, who has created waves with his #actingandsinging talent in #Bollywood, says the growing rage of actors trying their luck in singing is a "very good trend".

Asked about actors exploring singing, Ayushmann told: "I think our cinema is evolving...In the west actors only lip sync to their own song, music and vocals...this happening in India is a very good trend." 

The 31-year-old actor feels that that people consume music visually in our country. 

"So, whenever they see the video they like the song more...When you see the favourite actor singing, giving their own voice...I think its just helps the song and the music as well," he added.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Here's how to re-ignite passion in your bedroom

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Has the fire of passion that kept you awake all night in the initial years after #marriage all but died down? Don't fret any more even if it has, for there are ways that couples can sustain - or relight - their passion, new research suggests.

Just be a little more responsive to your partner and make him or her feel that the #relationship is special -- and see the difference.

"Our research shows that partners who are responsive to each other outside the bedroom are able to maintain their #sexualdesire," said Gurit Birnbaum, psychology professor at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzliya, Israel. 

Birnbaum and co-author Harry Reis, Professor of Psychology at University of Rochester in New York reported the findings in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

The researchers also found that women's desire is more strongly affected by their partner's responsiveness than men's desire - although men report a boost, as well.

Khandelwal immensely proud to win Mr. World 2016

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#RohitKhandelwal from Hyderabad has become the first Indian to win the coveted title of #MrWorld at the grand finale of the 2016 competition in #Britain, defeating 47 participants from around the world. He says he is immensely proud and ecstatic.

khandelwal-immensely-proud-to-win-mr-world-2016The grand event was held on Tuesday at Liverpool's Southport Theatre. 

Khandelwal, who looked dapper in a tuxedo created by couture designer Nivedita Saboo, received a whopping cash prize of $50,000 on winning the title. 

"I still can't believe that I have won the Mr. World title. Being the first Indian ever to win this title internationally makes me immensely proud and ecstatic," Khandelwal said in a statement.

Sophie Choudry to be ambassador of British Asian Trust

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Singer-actress #SophieChoudry feels honoured to be the new ambassador of the #BritishAsianTrust.

Sophie, who was here on Wednesday to attend ace designer Manish Malhotra's show at FDCI India Couture Week 2016, shared her excitement on Twitter.

"I'm so honoured to share that I'm the new ambassador of British Asian Trust. A wonderful charity trust started by HRH Prince Charles," Sophie tweeted on Thursday.

The British Asian Trust was founded in 2007 by the Prince of Wales, who wanted to do something about the widespread poverty and hardship that he saw in South Asia.

'The Legend...' is Patna-Bihar rom-com: Arshad

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Actor #ArshadWarsi, who will essay a Bihari in #TheLegendofMichaelMishra, says the film is a complete Patna-Bihar romance-comedy.

"I loved the script of this film. This film is a love story. It's our Indian 'desi' rom-com. It's full Patna-Bihar rom-com. It's a very unusual film... a different world has been re-created. It's a world of Michael Mishra. It's a kind of fantasy world," Arshad told.

How was it playing a Bihari in the film?


Fashion industry has become more professional: Tarun Tahiliani

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Veteran fashion designer #TarunTahiliani believes that the #Indianfashionindustry has become more organised and a little more professional.

Best known for his ability to infuse Indian craftsmanship and textile heritage with European tailored silhouette, Tahiliani believes that the Indian fashion industry has become more strategised and cemented over the last 20 years. 

“India's propensity to consume is gaining an international audience and this is changing the competitive landscape,” Tahiliani told. 

“It has certainly become more organised and a little more professional, and obviously the market has exploded, but I think that we still have a long way to go in terms of being more business oriented and there’s still room to get more organised and professional,” the designer added. 

Government lacks vision to give fashion importance: Troy Costa

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The Indian government doesn’t have the vision to give fashion the required importance, says #TroyCosta, who famously dressed Prime Minister #NarendraModi on one of his trips to the US. However, the designer feels Smriti Irani's appointment as Union Textiles Minister will bring changes to the lives of skilled labour in the country.

government-lacks-vision-to-give-fashion-importance“India needs some help from the government with regards to creating bigger format of skilled labour, tailoring programme, pattern-making classes and schools.

"Like in every country, the government is very much involved in the industry of fashion, and sometimes fashion runs a city, for instance Paris and Milan. Unfortunately, the Indian government doesn't have the vision to give fashion that importance,” Costa told in a telephonic interview from Mumbai.

Walnuts, soybean may prevent risk for diabetes

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Eating more unsaturated fats like #walnuts and #soybean in place of dietary carbohydrate can lowers #bloodsugarlevel and improve in the prevention and management of type-2 #diabetes, according to a new study.

The study provides evidence for the effects of dietary fats and carbohydrate on the regulation of glucose and insulin levels and several other metrics linked to type 2 diabetes.

Now smartphone can help men test sperm health at home

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Those men who find it too embarrassing to visit a #fertilityclinic to test the health of their #sperm have reasons to cheer, thanks to a new smartphone-based system that allows men to have a #sementest at home to know about potential fertility problems.

Using a low-cost lens, Yoshitomo Kobori from Dokkyo Medical University Koshigaya Hospital in Japan and his colleagues at the University of Illinois in Chicago created a smartphone microscope to analyse semen samples at home, with help from an app that is in development.

Clipped on to the camera of a smartphone, the lens magnifies an image by 555 times - perfect for looking at sperm cells, New Scientist reported.

US cosmetic brand LASplash launches in India

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California-based colour cosmetics brand #LASplash, which has a presence in 36 countries, has announced its official launch in #India.

The company has a wide range of cosmetic products including Duo Brush, Nail Splash, Lid Splash, Lip Gloss, Spotlight Mascara, Glitter Splash, Eye Sparkle, Nail Art Glitter, Brow/Liner Powder, Mineral Powder Foundation, Mineral Blush and Smoky Eye Collections. 

Though it has a limited range available in India for now, the brand promises to bring the whole range to Indian customers very soon.

LASplash, currently sourced to India by Wizaman Impex Private Ltd, has joined hands with Smytten as their launch partner in India. 

Things to consider before getting hair transplant

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Don’t wish to be #bald anymore and considering a #hairtransplantsurgery? Go for an accredited medical centre, get yourself evaluated clinically and medically and more before going for the surgery, says an expert.

things-to-consider-before-getting-hair-transplantSanjay Parashar, Consultant Plastic Surgeon, Cocoona Centre for Aesthetic Transformation, shares a list of standard practices you must look out for:

♦The procedure should be performed in an accredited and well equipped medical centre with proper sterility and surgery protocols.

♦ Only a team of qualified and licensed doctors and technicians should be involved.

I think I was Bengali in my last birth: Vidya Balan

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Actress #VidyaBalan, who has portrayed a Bengali character in films like #Parineeta, #Kahaani and #TE3N, feels she had her roots in Bengal in her previous life.

Vidya is currently shooting for "Begum Jaan" in Patjor on the West Bengal-Jharkhand border.

"I think I was a Bengali in my last birth," Vidya said in a statement.

Radio show launched to promote fitness

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The city's international music station, #Indigo91.9 is set to get the people of #Bengaluru fit with the launch of a show called #TheFitnessHour.

The show, which went live on Wednesday, has experts talking about health and nutrition along with some music curated for a good workout.

B-Town hails 'Madaari' as 'sensible' cinema

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Filmmakers like #HansalMehta, #DavidDhawan and #MadhurBhandarkar, have appreciated the content and performances of #Madaari, which they watched at a special screening here prior to its release.

"I think it is a phenomenal film. I think subjects like these and films like these are the need of the hour. We need sensible films that can wake this sleeping country with its story," Mehta said here.

"Madaari", directed by #NishikantKamat, brings alive a story of the plight of a common man who falls victim to the ways of the country's governance. Irrfan Khan is seen in the role of a father who loses his son in a tragedy.

Being villain is best part about being in 'Baywatch': Priyanka Chopra

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Actress #PriyankaChopra says being able to play a character with shades of grey is the best part about her Hollywood debut venture #Baywatch.

The actress, who also features in American TV show #Quantico, feels being bad is like an addiction as “we don’t get to do that in real life”. 

“The best part of working on 'Baywatch' is to be the villain of the movie. I don’t think The Rock aka #DwayneJohnson has ever had anyone who’s been mean to him. He’s a great guy but Victoria is a bitch,” Priyanka said . 

'Kabali': Rajinikanth almost round-the-clock in Mumbai theatre

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On the opening day of the upcoming Tamil film #Kabali -- #Rajinikanth will be seen on the screen of a Mumbai cinema hall practically round-the-clock, with six shows scheduled on the inaugural day on Friday.

The 74-year old, 700-seater Aurora Theatre in King's Circle, a bastion of Tamils settled in Mumbai, will start shows right from 3 a.m., and continue at 6 a.m., 10 a.m., 3 p.m., 6 p.m, and finally the last show at 9 p.m.

"All the seats for all the shows are fully booked," said theatre owner Nambi Rajan, who is usually clean-shaven but has sprouted a bushy grey-white beard in tandem with Rajinikanth's get-up in "Kabali" for the upcoming hit and hot season.

The film production team has already launched its on-ground promotions for "Kabali" from Tuesday in an open-top bus from Aurora Theatre attracting thousands of Rajinikanth fans daily till the release.

Lady Gaga, Taylor Kinney taking a 'break'

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Singer #LadyGaga has revealed that she and her fiance #TaylorKinney are just "taking a break".

The "Pokerface" hitmaker -- who got engaged to Kinney in February 2015 -- also urged her fans to keep rooting for them as they cope with the "long-distance and complicated schedules" that keep them apart, reports 

"Taylor and I have always believed we are soulmates. Just like all couples we have ups and downs, and we have been taking a break," Gaga wrote on Instagram along with a photograph of her and Kinney. 

Not planning to get married anytime soon: Deepika Padukone

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Bollywood actress #Deepika Padukone has shot down wedding rumours, saying she is not planning to get married anytime soon.

There were rumours that Deepika and her rumoured boyfriend and star #RanveerSingh got engaged and were planning to tie the knot.

The #BajiraoMastani actress, who walked as the showstopper for designer #ManishMalhotra's collect at #FDCI India Couture Week 2016, said this was the "right opportunity to clarify".

Paris Hilton launching own hotel chain

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Socialite #ParisHilton is to launch a new line of #luxuryhotels, following in the footsteps of her great-grandfather #ConradHilton.

According to Forbes magazine, she will open hotels in Dubai, New York and Las Vegas - three of her favourite places to visit. A launch date is yet to be revealed, reports

This will not be Hilton's first venture into the real estate world.

In 2010, she designed two Beach Clubs for Azure Urban Resort Residences by Century Properties in the Philippines.

John Victor Antonio, Century Properties CEO and project head of Azure, said of the reality TV star: "Her unparalleled style that made her a successful businesswoman and a style icon, as well as her zest for living the good life are the qualities that we would like to incorporate into our vacation-inspired residential property.