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Saturday, 27 August 2016

Our food not only curries, tikkas: Indian 'MasterChef Australia' contestant

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From her fellow contestants to judges, she made everyone on the sets of #MasterChefAustralia fall in love with "desi" spices. #NidhiMahajan, whose exit from the globally-renowned TV cooking show was an emotional affair, says Indian cuisine goes way beyond the misconceptions that people across the world have about it.

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"I would love to tell people that there is nothing as massive as Indian cuisine and each dish, each ingredient, has a history behind it and how it became a part of our cuisine," Nidhi told in an email interview from Adelaide.

"Indian food has made its place on the global platform. People around the world love Indian food for its flavours and versatility," added the former call centre employee, whose roots are in Chandigarh.

She found her way into Season Eight of "MasterChef Australia", which is aired in India on Star World and Star World HD, for her expertise in traditional Indian cooking. She entered the kitchen with a mission to put the "desi" style of cooking on the global map.

Jacqueline Fernandez turns elegant showstopper for Rajesh Pratap Singh

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Day Three at the Lakme Fashion Week #LFW Winter/Festive 2016, ended with a collection presented by Reliance Trends from Delhi's popular designer, Rajesh Pratap Singh with the beautiful actress #JacquelineFernandez looking no less than a diva adorning his showstopper design on ramp.

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Going Indian for his inspiration, Singh called his collection 'The Punjabi Suit' and gave it some high tech futuristic treatment. Making a show stopping entry was Jacqueline in a shimmering jacket, simple shirt, crimped crushed flouncy skirt over cropped pants.

"It was really fun walking for the designer. I am a huge fan of his work. He makes elegant, chic yet wearable clothes and I can wear these designs every single day. I am honoured to be here," said the actress at the post show conference area.

However, the designs were no where close to the humble Punjabi outfit that are seen in the fields of the state. 
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There are many misconceptions about me: Paris Hilton

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Socialite #ParisHilton feels people have a lot of misconceptions about her, and says she loves to prove them wrong.

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The 35-year-old, who is a businesswoman with her own perfumes, cosmetics line and clothing range, is often branded as a dumb blonde, but she says these misconceptions inspire her to achieve even more, reports femalefirst.co.uk.

Discussing this in an interview for OnlyOnAol, Hilton said: "I find it really interesting. It makes me laugh because people expect me to walk in and speak like a baby and say, 'That's hot.'A

"A lot of people are very surprised and blown away. I love that. There are so many misconceptions about me. It feels good to prove people wrong. It's a nice feeling."

Amitabh Bachchan is an intelligent actor: Shoojit Sircar

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Director-producer #ShoojitSircar says #AmitabhBachchan, who is playing a lawyer in the forthcoming thriller #Pink, is an intelligent actor.

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At an exclusive interview, Shoojit said, "We were thinking about whom to cast in this lawyer role. Whether to take a young actor or middle-age or any senior actor. Meanwhile, Piku was about to complete. So we were discussing why not cast Amitabh Bachchan in this role." 

"I messaged him about the film and told him that I want to cast him in this lawyer's role and said I think he should be part of it. Amitabh Bachchan is an intelligent actor. He just heard five minutes of the narration and said let's shoot," he said.

Talking about the script the "Vicky Donor" helmer said, "Ritiesh (Shah) is the spine of the script. The casting of the girls was not hard but to define the characters was difficult. How to conceive the characters and how a working girl in Delhi faces different situations, how a lawyer argues in session court, all these things had to be created. I would give all credits to the writer."
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Shahid Kapoor, Mira Rajput blessed with daughter

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Bollywood actor #ShahidKapoor and his wife #MiraRajput on Friday welcomed their first child, a daughter, with utmost joy.

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Shahid took to Twitter to share the news with his fans.

"She has arrived and words fall short to express our happiness.Thank you for all your wishes," Shahid tweeted on Friday night.

The 35-year-old, son of veteran actor Pankaj Kapur, married Delhi-based Mira, 22, last year.

Congratulatory messages came the couple's way from Bollywood celebrities soon after Shahid announced the arrival of his bundle of joy.

Actor Riteish Deshmukh tweeted: "Congratulations @shahidkapoor and Mira on birth of an angel. Welcome to the club my friend. Love and blessings to the little one."

Payal Singhal showcases 'Pakizah' on LFW runway

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Designer #PayalSinghal unveiled her #Pakizah collection at Lakme Fashion Week #LFW Winter/Festive 16 with actress #SaiyamiKher, who said that she will opt for the particular design whenever she is getting married.

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"I will wear it whenever I am planning to marry, "Saiyami, who graced the ramp in a rose pink silk off shoulder choli and lehenga edged with scalloped hemlines and beautiful zardoszi embroidery, told. 

Maria Goretti, Shamita Shetty, Padmini Kolhapuri, Pernia Qureshi, Tejaswini Kohlapure, and Mouni Roy were present at the show dressed in Singhal creations. 

Singhal's latest collection, 'Pakizah', explored the beauty of pure unadulterated design. The line goes back to the basics and featured Indian wear that is contemporary yet timeless and elegant. Clean and minimalistic cuts in fabrics like silk, raw silk and mul stay true to the designer's vision, as do the pearl and mukaish embroidery in classic patterns.

Would like to work with Amitabh Bachchan in future: Saiyami Kher

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Actress #SaiyamiKher, who is making her Bollywood debut with Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's #Mirzya, says she would love to share screen space with megastar #AmitabhBachchan in the future.

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"I am a big Mr. Bachchan fan and I would like to work with him one day," Saiyami told on the sidelines of Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) Winter/Festive 2016.

She also has a list of directors with whom she would like to associate.

"I want to work with directors like Imtiaz Ali, Anand L. Rai, Zoya Akhtar and few others," said the actress who has been paired with another newcomer Harshvardhan Kapoor, son of Anil Kapoor in her debut film.

She says that although he is from filmy background, Harshvardhan is totally non-filmy.
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Carol Gracias makes comeback on ramp post baby's birth

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She left a lasting impact when she walked the Lakme Fashion Week #LFW Summer-Resort 2016 ramp flaunting her baby bump in a sari by #GaurangShah. At the ongoing Winter-Festive 2016 edition here on Friday, the model returned to the ramp after becoming a mother for the same designer. It's exciting, she said.

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Glowing in a handloom sari draped beautifully with a bindi shining on her forehead, #Carol told: "It's exciting to come back. This is my walk post baby birth and it's just been a month and a week (since the delivery)."

She was blessed with a son.

Carol says she is amazed to experience how women work while leaving their child behind.

"I don't know how people do a 9 to 5 job leaving the kid behind. I really don't understand... Just coming here for a day or two, I want to run back (to my son) right now... So I think Indian women work really hard. They do an amazing job of running their families, having their career and doing all of it at the same time," she added.

Focus is on sustaining food quality: Taj Vivanta's executive chef

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Sustaining the quality and retaining the processes is going to be the key focus of #Chef #UddipanChakravarthy, who has taken over the baton of being the Executive Chef at Vivanta by Taj - President, Mumbai, from chef Ananda Solomon who leaves behind a 25-year legacy at the hotel.

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"It's not a pre-requisite to introduce something new immediately," Chakravarthy said when asked if he was going to change things about the philosophy of the food served by the hotel chain.

"Sustaining the quality as well as processes must be retained. It is not a pre-requisite to introduce something new immediately. What works best for the place, must be retained, preserved and kept going. 

"Change is certain and I believe modernisation is a key as well. However, it is not mandatory that changes need to be implemented in every aspect and or on immediate basis," he told in an email interview from Mumbai.
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Furniture for a modern-looking home

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Want your home to look modern? Opt for a bed-cum-lounger or a stylish recliner, suggests an expert.

#HariGopinathan, Furniture Designer at #Furlenco, recommends the following types of furniture to give a modern and aesthetic look to your home:

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* Bed-cum-lounger: It is the middle ground between a nice wide bed and a big couch. This versatile sleep-and-lounge piece can be used as a cushy group lounger by day to a deep comfy platform bed by night. It is a perfect fit for somebody who lives alone and has friends over all the time. A party station for a group of friends at night as well as a cozy corner to spend a lazy and rejuvenating Sunday afternoon.

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Drinking green tea could prevent artery explosion

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Your love for green tea might save you from abdominal aortic rupture -- a deadly condition of the main artery of the body that often turns out to be a silent killer, researchers say.

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The findings showed that green tea polyphenol, which is a major component of green tea, can help in preventing the abdominal aortic aneurysm -- a condition in which the main artery becomes overstretched and bloated. 

In the study, the team treated rats with enzymes that induce abdominal aortic aneurysm and found that the condition developed less frequently in rats that drank green tea polyphenol. 

"Abdominal aortic aneurysms often go unnoticed because there are no symptoms until they burst," says Kenji Minakata from Kyoto University in Japan.

Film with SRK at very premature stage: Kangana Ranaut

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She is one actress in #Bollywood whose box-office scorecard has not depended on the the male lead of her films, and her versatility has won her fans like megastar #AmitabhBachchan and superstar #AamirKhan. Now she is likely to star with #ShahRukhKhan, but she says the project is at a very premature stage.

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Rumours have been rife that Shah Rukh and Kangana are going to work in a Sanjay Leela Bhansali film.

Asked about it, Kangana told : "Sanjay sir just spoke to me about the film, saying that he wants to make it with me and Shah Rukh sir. But it's at a very premature stage. It's not that I am working with Shah Rukh sir tomorrow or something like that... So, yeah, like I said, it's at a very premature stage."

Akshay Kumar cheers for Sonakshi's 'Akira'

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Superstar #AkshayKumar is keen to see his "Rowdy Rathore" co-actress #SonakshiSinha in an action avtaar in the forthcoming film #Akira.

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The "Khiladi" star on Wednesday tweeted a video, in which he says: "Hello everyone, at the moment I am in good-old Lucknow and behind me is the Gomti river. I am super happy about how women of this country are creating history with their achievements. 

"And in a few days Sonakshi is coming with 'Akira' showing us how kick-a** women of India can really be. So guys don't forget September 2 and one advice -- never underestimate the power of an extremely pissed off woman, specially when she's 'Akira'."

Deepika Padukone finds spot in world's highest paid actresses list

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#Bollywood actress #DeepikaPadukone, who is set to make her #Hollywood debut, has already landed a spot in a list of the world's highest paid actresses, with earnings of $10 million. The list also features heavyweights like Hollywood stars #JenniferLawrence, #JuliaRoberts and #JenniferAniston.

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Deepika, daughter of India's celebrated badminton player Prakash Padukone, is the only newcomer to the 'World's Highest-Paid Actresses' ranking and is the only Indian star to make the cut. She has found the tenth spot in the list, which is topped by Lawrence.

Of the 10 list members, 30 per cent, including Padukone, hail from outside the US. Chinese actress Fan Bingbing was also featured in the list for the second consecutive year, while Charlize Theron, a dual South African-American citizen, returned to the list for the first time since 2013, reported forbes.com.

Venkaiah Naidu unveils poster of 1st BRICS Film Festival

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Information and Broadcasting Minister #MVenkaiahNaidu on Wednesday unveiled the poster of the first #BRICSFilmFestival to be held here.

venkaiah-naidu-unveils-poster-of-1st-brics-film-festivalThe festival, which is a part of the special events planned in run-up to the 8th BRICS Summit being held in India, will take place at Siri Fort Auditorium Complex from September 2-6.

The poster was unveiled in the presence of Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and Directorate of Film Festivals Senthil Rajan, among others.

"India is preparing to host the 8th BRICS Summit, during its chairmanship which is scheduled to take place on October 15-16 in Goa. The theme of India's BRICS chairmanship is building responsive, inclusive and collective solutions,” Naidu said at the poster launch at the National Media Centre here.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Inspired by the love icon Lord Krishna ‘Kaluwa’ to go on floors

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Director #ShyamJoshi’s forthcoming film #Kaluwa will go on floors on 28th August.

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Speaking about his film, the director said, “The title Kaluwa is inspired by the biggest love icon Lord Krishna. Krishna is called as ‘Kaluwa’. My script is about feudal age. Even in today, there are many places in India where the feudal laws are still implemented, where people are still under ‘Thakur’s raaj and law and order does not reach to the last man.”
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Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Love happens at fourth sight, not first

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Love at first sight is a myth -- and lovers need to meet at least four times before Cupid's arrow strikes their hearts, said a study.

love-happens-at-fourth-sight-not-firstThe findings showed that people often find themselves drawn to individuals after multiple encounters, even when there was no initial attraction.

"Cupid's arrow is often slow to strike. It may be attributable to the gradual change in attractiveness from repetition," Ravi Thiruchselvam, Psychologist at Hamilton College in New York, was quoted as saying by dailystar.co.uk on Sunday.

For the study, the team gave snaps of people's faces to a group of young men and women.

How to dress like a star within your budget

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If you are a fashion buff, you've probably craved for the outfits sported by celebrities. But if you make smart #fashion choices, you can ace the looks within your budget, suggests an expert.

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#ArchanaDhankar, Fashion Stylist and Founder of Stylemeee.com, a personal styling and image consultation service for women, has shared some tips to help you dress like a star:

♦ Embrace minimalism: Have you ever noticed that the best dressed celebrities are often minimalist in their fashion choices? And the reason for this is simple -- clean, classic styles are always in vogue and difficult to go wrong with. Minimalism in terms of accessorising, layering and even make-up, tends to create a more elegant and sophisticated look. 

Low job satisfaction can hamper your mental health

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Job dissatisfaction among people in their late 20s and 30s can have poor overall health and emotional problems by the time they reach early 40s, warn researchers.

low-job-satisfaction-can-hamper-your-mental-healthThe findings showed that mental health was most affected by one's feelings about their jobs.

"We found that there is a cumulative effect of job satisfaction on health that appears as early as your 40s," said lead author Jonathan Dirlam, doctoral student at The Ohio State University, in the US.

People who were less happy with their work early in their careers were more depressed and worried and also had more trouble sleeping.

The research revealed that those with low job satisfaction and downward trending careers had more problems like back pain and frequent colds compared to the ones with high satisfaction group. 

Sushant Singh Rajput injured on 'Raabta' set

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Actor #SushantSinghRajput has ended up with an injury while shooting for the last schedule of his upcoming film #Raabta.

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The 30-year-old actor was performing a daring stunt when a ligament in his right knee tore five days ago.

He says the slippery ground where he had to perform the stunts caused him the injury.

"We practiced a lot and I could do the stunt properly everytime, but unfortunately on the day of the shoot it was pouring and the ground was slippery. That caused the injury. I am glad that we could still finish the scene as planned," Sushant said in a statement. 

'Premam' release postponed to October

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#NagaChaitanya-starrer Telugu romantic drama #Premam, the eponymous remake of #Malayalamblockbuster, which was earlier scheduled to release on September 9, has been deferred by a month.

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"The film will hit the screens during Dussehra festival in October. The original plan was to release in September; however, it has been postponed to make way for the release of Chaitanya's other film 'Sahasam Swasaga Sagipo'," a source from the film's unit told.

Directed by Chandoo Mondeti, the film tracks three different stages of romance in the life of its protagonist.

Belgian jazz musician Toots Thielemans dies at 94

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#Belgianjazzmusician #TootsThielemans, known as one of the world's best harmonica players, has passed away at the age of 94 after a long career.

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Thielemans -- whose real name was Jean-Baptiste Frederic Isidore Thielemans -- died in his sleep at a hospital in Brussels early on Monday, said his manager Veerle Van de Poel, reports theguardian.com.

Born in 1922, Thielemans got his big break when he joined the American swing musician Benny Goodman on a European tour in 1950 before moving to the US, where he teamed up with artists such as Charlie Parker, Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra.

Priyanka Chopra wishes good luck to friend Usher

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Indian actress #PriyankaChopra has congratulated and wished good luck to singer #Usher for the forthcoming film #HandsofStone.

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The 34-year-old star on Tuesday took to Instagram, where she shared a photograph of herself with the "Yeah!" hitmaker. 

In the image, Priyanka, who is sporting a little black dress, is pointing at Usher, who too is seen in an all-black ensemble. 

"Congrats and good luck to my friend and talent extraordinaire Usher for the premiere of 'Hands Of Stone'. You will kill it as Sugarray Leonard," she captioned the photograph.

Directed and written by Jonathan Jakubowicz, "Hands of Stone", an American-Panamanian biographical, is based on a book by Christian Giudice.

Hindi film music has become naughtier, more honest: Sachin-Jigar

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There was a time when #Hindifilm lyricists were shy about expressing certain words, sentiments and feelings, but the scenario is changing, say composer duo #SachinSanghvi and #JigarSaraiya.

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"Earlier, we (music composers and lyricists at large) couldn't say a few things in the songs because we were more shy then, or let's say we used to be rosy in a love song. Now we find that artificial," Sachin told in an email interview from Mumbai.

"The Hindi (music) industry has learnt to become more honest and naughty. Both in song writing and lyrics, we have learnt to appreciate a more honest approach.

"As far as naughty, bada** songs are concerned, we are getting as naughty as we can be. It's cool and naughty, though sometimes we are on the edge. Let's hope we don't become vulgar," he added.

Eat oranges to ward off heart disease, diabetes risk

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Higher intake of citrus fruits like oranges and lemons can help keep you healthy as well as prevent harmful effects of obesity-related heart disease, liver disease and diabetes, a study has found.

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Citrus fruits contain large amounts of antioxidants, a class of which are called flavanones. 

When humans consume a high-fat diet, they accumulate fat in their bodies. Fat cells produce excessive reactive oxygen species, which can damage cells in a process called oxidative stress. 

These oxidative stress coupled with inflammation in obese individuals increases the risk of developing heart disease, liver disease and diabetes, the researchers said. 

Porn viewing a death knell for happy marriage

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Married and love to watch some steamy porn together to rekindle the action between the sheets? Be warned as frequent #pornography use can sound the death knell for your happy #marriage.

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According to the researchers, pornography is associated with a substantial increase in the probability of divorce for married people and this increase is especially large for women.

"Beginning pornography use nearly doubled one's likelihood of being divorced, from six per cent to 11 per cent and nearly tripled it for women -- from six per cent to 16 per cent," said Samuel Perry, led author and assistant professor of sociology at the University of Oklahoma.

"Our results suggest that viewing pornography, under certain social conditions, may have negative effects on marital stability," he said.

Akshay Kumar is the most energetic actor, says Ranveer

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Bollywood actor #RanveerSingh reckons #AkshayKumar is the most energetic actor in the industry.

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"If you talk about energy, the name that immediately comes in our mind is Akshay Kumar. He lives such a healthy lifestyle. He does not smoke or drink, early riser, regular workouts," Ranveer said on Monday.

When asked how much he enjoys the name 'Ranveer Superstar Singh' which has been tagged to him, he said, "Thank you... I take that as a compliment. I am very thankful for all the good works coming my way and most of all is the love of the audience."

Reportedly Ranveer might work for the third time in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 'Padmavati' (after "Ramleela" and "Bajirao Mastani"), but he said he is not able to speak about any of his upcoming projects. 

Monday, 22 August 2016

My Secret dream is to showcase 'Kathak' at the ‘Oscars’ event: Nilaanjana Bhattacharya

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Vivacious  Bollywood actress-cum-Kathak danseuse #Nilaanjana will soon be shooting for  this costume-drama musical  film #Aamrapali. The winsome Nilaanjana who was paired opposite regional heartthrob  Prosenjit in Bengali movie #SonarSansar, and  later acted in brief roles in #RightYaaWrong and #ZilaGhaziabad, is maha-excited  with her latest major assignment.

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“In ‘Amrapali’ I play a classical dancer #Sulekha, a rival-competitor of Amrapali. Known for her beauty and talent, Sulekha  is poised to  emerge the  ‘Nagarvadhu’. There is a fierce dance competition between her and ‘Amrapali’  and the title-role would be played by Jinal Pandya,” enthuses the actress who feels that, her getting this role was a ‘divine coincidence. 

“Producer Baldev Singh Bedi  had watched my stage performances and was so impressed that he offered me the finest dancer’s role.   My over 12 years of  intensive Kathak training  and riyaaz under my guru Jayantimala and legendary Kathak queen Sitara Devi has helped me in honing my skills. I have performed in many Indian dance festivals with my guru nationwide and in international shows and have won numerous accolades,” reveals Nilaanjana who often performs Kathak  on stage even as  celeb-singer Anup Jalota  recites  his chartbuster bhajans.

Salman was keen to do a role in 'Freaky Ali': Nawazuddin Siddiqui

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Actor #NawazuddinSiddiqui says #SalmanKhan was keen to play a part in his upcoming movie #FreakyAli.

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"Salman Bhai was there while the narration was going on. He was happy with the script and was keen to do a role in the film. But this film doesn't allow to fit him into a character because of his larger than life image. And 'Freaky Ali' might have got disturbed by Salman Bhai's grand image,” Nawazuddin said in an interview.

"Once Sohail Bhai described me Freaky Ali's one line, I was interested. Then he started to work on the script. When we wrote a script keeping an actor in mind, it made easier to structure a story. This is how 'Freaky Ali' started,” he added.

Family, acting workshops kept Abhay away from Bollywood

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Actor #AbhayDeol, who was missing from the silver screen since 2014, says travel, family and acting workshops kept him busy for that period.

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Abhay after featuring in the 2014 film "One By Two" was seen on-screen in Mudassar Aziz's #HappyBhagJayegi, which released on Friday. 

Asked what kept him away from the silver-screen for two years, Abhay told : "I was traveling, I was in California and spent a lot of time there. My family is there and my mom is there right now. I had some friends in LA as well...So I spent a lot of time over there."

The "Aisha" actor also shared that he did a couple of acting workshops in his two-year break. 

"I did a few acting workshops...So I did that. I would do another workshop hopefully soon...I spent some time with family. I hadn't done that for a while," he added.  

Arunachal tribal jewellery shines at northeast fashion event

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Indian coins in various denominations got a chic twist when a designer from #ArunachalPradesh presented them as #fashionaccessories at the ongoing North East India Fashion Week #NEIFW.

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Coins form an integral part of tribal jewellery, but not everyone gets to see them on fashion runways -- Jewellery designer Renu Logum, however, made it happen on Saturday at the NEIFW, held in the capital of Arunachal Pradesh.

Logum, who believes in preserving her tradition, showcased a collection that consisted of neck pieces made of coins and colourful beads, long ear pieces, a headgear and bracelets.

Though she used beads in colours like red, white, black, orange and yellow, it was blue that dominated the range for men and women.

Pay dispute halts 'Mission: Impossible 6' production

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A dispute over salary between actor #TomCruise and production banner Paramount Pictures has reportedly halted pre-production on the upcoming sixth installment of popular #MissionImpossible series.

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The studio, which was co-financing the movie with Skydance Media, was in the preparation stages for a January 2017 production start and Christopher McQuarrie is writing the script.

According to multiple sources, one of the contentious points is Cruise's back-end profit participation, with the star looking to match or exceed what he is getting paid by Universal for starring in 'The Mummy', which he is currently shooting in London, reports hollywoodreporter.com.

Deepika Padukone named brand ambassador of Vistara

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Bollywood actress #DeepikaPadukone has been roped in as the new #brandambassador of domestic airline company #Vistara.

deepika-padukone-named-brand-ambassador-of-vistaraA new multimedia brand campaign of Vistara along with its first TV commercial (TVC) will be launched on Monday. 

The campaign reinterprets and delivers on the brand promise of “Fly the new feeling”, through the eyes of Deepika.

The concept of the TVC revolves around how Deepika Padukone feels the same wonder and joy every time she flies Vistara, as she felt when flying for the first time.

Small films struggle to get a release: Vinay Pathak

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Versatile actor #VinayPathak, who will now be seen in a critically acclaimed film #IslandCity, says that most small films struggle to get released in theatres.

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"Most small films struggle to get released and when they get released, they don't get viewing. In our country we make good cinema and then we struggle to release it because the majority of the masses and their theatre literacy lies with mainstream cinema,” Vinay told.

“I don't think there are too many small films which didn't even see the light of the day but they got critical acclaim," he added.

"Island City" marks the directorial debut of Ruchika Oberoi and it had its world premiere at the 72nd #VeniceFilmFestival2015.

People closer to family less likely to die early

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Those old adults who have family members closer to them are less likely to die early than those who have friends around them, a study has found.

people-closer-to-family-less-likely-to-die-early"We found that older individuals who had more family in their network, as well as older people who were closer with their family were less likely to die," said James Iveniuk, the lead author of the study.

"No such associations were observed for number of or closeness to friends," Iveniuk, who is also a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Toronto's Dalla Lana School of Public Health, added.

Two northeast girls vying to be 'India's Next Top Model'

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Following in the footsteps of several others from the region, two girls from the Northeast are competing to make a mark in the world of glamour and fashion.

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#JanteeHazarika from Assam and #RajashreeSingha from Manipur have not only beaten several of the competitors in the ongoing second season of #India'sNextTopModel on #MTV, but have also caught the attention of the organisers as well as industry experts.

The Indian version of "America's Next Top Model", the show created by Tyra Banks, was launched here last year by license holder and producer #BulldogMedia & Entertainment.

Natural cleansers to get rid of make-up

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After sporting layers of make-up for hours you may want to use a soft and natural make-up cleanser to get rid it. Use cucumbers and yogurt, which can act as natural make-up cleansers and leave your skin safe and glowing, says an expert.

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#ManishaChopra, co-founder of #SeaSoulCosmeceuticals, offers some tips on home-made cleansers that can leave your skin soft and clean. 

♦Oil cleansers: Use of oils such as coconut oil and olive oil can cleanse your skin thoroughly, removing all sorts of make-up applied on your face. Apart from the make-up, these oils remove dust and dirt settled on your face without over-drying it.

♦ Milk: Milk helps you to gently get rid of dirt and acts as the best make-up remover for sensitive skin. This is one of the most affordable options for removing make-up and keeping your skin refreshed.

♦ Cucumbers: This vegetable is one of the most popular ingredients in skincare. It is known to be a cooling agent due to its high-water content. Grated cucumber can be used as a cleanser and if you want to get rid of that pigmented lipstick, add a little bit of milk or olive oil to the mixture.

Even filing for divorce is seasonal

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Do you believe there are only four seasons in a year? The researchers from the University of Washington will prove you wrong: Tthey have found a season of divorce too.

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Associate sociology professor Julie Brines and doctoral candidate Brian Serafini found what is believed to be the first quantitative evidence of a seasonal, biannual pattern of filings for divorce.

The researchers analysed filings in Washington state between 2001 and 2015 and found that they peaked in March and August -- the periods following winter and summer holidays.

Sushant to make ramp debut at LFW Winter/Festive 2016

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Actor #SushantSinghRajput is set to make his ramp debut at the #LakmeFashionWeek Winter/Festive 2016. He is to walk for ace #fashiondesigner and couturier #ManishMalhotra.

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The five-day fashion gala, which will start from August 24, is slated to take place at St. Regis Hotel here and Malhotra will showcase on the first day of the event at ITC Grand Central.

The designer, who has styled the celebrities like Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Shah Rukh Khan, took to Twitter to make the announcement. 

“Dapper Sushant Singh Rajput to walk for my show Lakme Fashion Week (LFW), Etihad Airways, Manish Malhotra xtech collection fashion show,” he tweeted.

An “excited” Sushant, who is gearing up for his upcoming biopic “M.S. Dhoni -- The Untold Story" based on the life of Indian cricket skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, is happy for making his ramp debut.

Kamal Haasan to be conferred French award

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Actor-filmmaker #KamalHaasan is all set to be awarded the Chevalier de L'Ordre Arts et Letters (The Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters) by the French government, as part of France's premiere award.

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"The distinction, which is yet another laurel for the actor, is in recognition of his high level of artistic excellence and his distinguished career achievements. The award will be conferred on Kamal Haasan at a special ceremony," read a statement from Haasan.

The award is presented "to recognize eminent artists and writers, as well as people who have contributed significantly to furthering the arts in France and throughout the world."

Other Indian recipients of the award include late Tamil actor Sivaji Ganeshan, #AmitabhBachchan, #AishwaryaRaiBachchan, #NanditaDas and #ShahRukhKhan.

Shay Mitchell feels sexier in a one-piece swimsuit

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shay-mitchell-feels-sexier-in-one-piece-swimsuitActress #ShayMitchell loves to wear swimsuits because they make her feel "sexier".

"I think they're great. When I'm on vacation I like to eat a lot and have a couple cocktails so I don't want to have to worry about squeezing into a two-piece. And I think a one-piece is just, I don't know. I enjoy them. I think now with all the different styles and designs, there is so much to choose from and I think they're almost even sexier in a way," Mitchell told people.com.

"I think it almost leaves more to the imagination and it's just very flattering on any body type," she added.

Peter Andre feels too 'shy' to take off his top

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Singer #PeterAndre feels "shy" when he has to take off his top, but he doesn't follow a strict eating regime because he "loves" food.

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"I'm not much of a shirt taker offer. I'm not into it. Maybe I'm getting a bit shy!" Andre told BANG Showbiz, reports femalefirst.co.uk.

Despite this the star is still in peak physical condition, although he has shared he hasn't achieved his figure by dieting because he "loves" to eat.

He explained: "I don't diet, I like to eat. I have to exercise though. I feel better than I ever have done in my life."