Saturday, 24 September 2016

On my birthday, remember and donate for soldiers: Lata Mangeshkar

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Legendary singer and Bharat Ratna #LataMangeshkar on Friday made an unusual, heart-warming request to millions of fans and music lovers planning to celebrate her upcoming 87th birthday next week.

She has appealed to her fans and well-wishers to remember and donate for the brave Indian soldiers guarding our borders.

"Every year, on my birthday, thousands of you send me flowers, sweets, cakes, greeting cards... This year, I humbly request you all, instead of sending me these things, that money and as much as you can give, please give it to our brave soldier brothers," Lata said in a tweet on Friday.

She said: "I believe that mother, father, teacher, motherland and the guardians of the motherland, our brave soldiers... Whatever we do for them, it is not enough. Our soldiers... who don't think twice before sacrificing their lives for protecting our country... Because of them we are safe."

Amanda Seyfried throws birthday party for her dog

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Actress #AmandaSeyfried has thrown a birthday party for her dog.

The 30-year-old took to Instagram on Thursday to share a photograph of her pet, Finley Cooper Seyfried, celebrating his seventh birthday, reports

The image featured the dog wearing a party hat, with a balloon behind him and a cake decorated with birthday candles.

"Happy 7th, best friend," Seyfried captioned the image.

Amanda and her dog -- who has his own Instagram account -- are also training to take part in the Strut Your Mutt campaign which sees pet lovers partake in a fundraising walk to raise awareness about the killing of pets in animal shelters in America. 

Hormonal changes may affect decision making in women

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Hormonal changes that #women experience throughout their #menstrualcycles can have significant effects on how they approach and solve problems, a study has found.

Women have sometimes reported that their memory works differently depending on which phase of the menstrual cycle they are in -- even during and following pregnancy, or following menopause, the study said. 

"Our research shows that, rather than impairing memory in general, oestrogen and progesterone - female sex hormones - may instead cause the brain to favour one memory system or strategy over another," said Wayne Brake, Professor at Concordia University in Quebec, Canada. 

Mumbai to host first ever India Intimate Fashion Week

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The first edition of India Intimate Fashion Week #IIFW, dedicated to #lingerie and intimate wear e-commerce brands, will be held here in January next year.

Niraj, director and organiser of IIFW, told: "It will take place in the first week of January in Mumbai. We have been studying on it for quite sometime. Education in terms of intimate wear and lingerie is very less. There is no single institute in India which offers any graduaiton or post-graduation course in lingerie or intimate wear design.

"The industry is still in the nascent stage in India in terms of reach. In fact, it's a taboo here. People don't like to talk about it. Our major aim is to increase the development of the sector and encourage people to consider this as a serious career option."

Love to make my own decisions: Raveena Tandon

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Actress #RaveenaTandon, who still turns many heads with her gorgeous style statements, says she loves to make her own decisions when it comes to #fashion.

Raveena, who was seen at the third edition of Mysore Fashion Week 2016 as a showstopper for designer Jayanthi Ballal, says fashion is an art. 

"I believe that fashion is an art to express yourself, so I love to make my own decisions! My style statement is elegant, feminine and sensual," Raveena told over an e-mail interaction. 

Asked if looking good all the time was important for actors, she said: "It's show business and they are under constant pressure to look good all the time and get criticised for even the smallest of their mistake." 

The 41-year-old star said artistes put in a "lot of hard work behind it but looking flawless is the most important part of their job."

Hand crafted jewellery brand to showcase collection at Nimai

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Showcasing its #handcraftedjewellery inspired by royal jewels from the Rajput and Mughal eras, jewellery brand #Swara is set to present its collection at multi artist concept jewellery store #Nimai in the capital for the first time.

With the help of research, innovating techniques of designing, handcrafting and a colour theme like Persian pink, midnight blues, Venetian green, ivory, gold, Swara has designs made from jewellery technique of Meenakari, Jadau, inlay and Chatai.

Rare motifs and techniques, inspired by royal jewels from India's glorious Rajput and Mughal courts, have been revived on the different metals.

One will see diamonds, polkis, kundan and various rare precious stones on their jewellery pieces that have been used supported by the gold foiling.

Priyanka Chopra to be honoured by InStyle magazine

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#PriyankaChopra, who is the highest paid actress in India, will be honoured at the second annual #InStyleAwards in October.

Priyanka now joins InStyle's other honorees including Hollywood star Nicole Kidman and designer Tom Ford, read a statement.

The InStyle Awards honours actors, actresses and artistes whose style defines the red carpet, as well as the industry's top image-makers. 

Hosted by the magazine's Editor-in-Chief Laura Brown, the intimate dinner will take place for the second year at the Getty Center in Los Angeles. 

Priyanka is being honoured with Breakthrough Style Star award.

Kanika Kapoor attends Milan Fashion Week

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Singer #KanikaKapoor was spotted sitting in the front row of ace fashion designer #RobertoCavallis show at the ongoing #MilanFashionWeek.

The "Baby doll" hitmaker was spotted in the front row on Thursday at the fashion gala, which commenced on September 21. After attending Cavalli's show, the singer followed it up with the Fendi dinner, an exclusive gathering of the who's who of fashion.

"The Milan Fashion Week holds a special place in my heart. It's not often that Bollywood and European fashion cross paths so closely. It was an honour to meet such fashion influencers at the dinner," Kapoor said in a statement.

Good Earth introduces its wallpaper vertical

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Luxury brand #GoodEarth has associated with Asian Paints to introduce a new vertical of luxury wall coverings called #SilkRoute.

Good Earth introduced the new vertical in association with Asian Paints through Nilaya -- the luxury wall covering line from Asian Paints. 

The foray of the design house into a new vertical is part of the brand's vision to take the Enchanted India offering to a wider audience constituting the Indian market and the diaspora as well as discerning international shoppers, read a statement. 

Three evocative themes -- Charbagh, Palmyra and Xanadu -- and 17 designs, all carefully curated by Anita Lal, Pavitra Rajaram and Asha Madan of Good Earth, promise to take one through Mughal gardens, balmy Mandalay groves, the floral paradise of the islands of the Indian Ocean and magical Chinoiserie scenes.

Airbnb joins hand with Gujarat government to boost tourism

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#Airbnb, a community-driven hospitality company on Friday announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Gujarat government aimed at boosting #tourism and creating memorable travel experiences.

"Airbnb witnessed phenomenal growth in the state in 2015. We are delighted to partner with the Government of Gujarat to bring homestays and travel options in the state onto an international platform," said Amanpreet Bajaj, Country Manager of Airbnb India, in a statement.

To boost tourism, Airbnb would assist homestays across the state and provide information on the tourism resources and destinations in Gujarat.

Moretz thinks wearing perfume helps express herself

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Actress #ChloeMoretz says she can play around with her character by experimenting with different scents.

"What I think is beautiful about the Coach fragrance is that is really... I started realising fragrance is another way to express another part of who am I and play around with myself," Moretz told

"It's the same with fashion and with beauty. You can play around with the masks and veils you wear and figure out pieces and parts of you through that," she added.

The "The 5th wave" actress shared that she always feels nostalgic when she gets a hint of her grandmother's fragrance.

Sanjeev Kapoor wants Aamir to play him in biopic

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Celebrity chef #SanjeevKapoor wants Bollywood superstar #AamirKhan to play him in his biopic.

Kapoor was asked about his biopic at the launch of the festive collection of Max Fashion.

He said: "A biopic on me is in talks. However, I feel I need to work more. I still have to achieve many things in life."

Who would best portray him on the big screen?

"There are so many good actors in Bollywood and anyone can portray my character. However, I wish my good friend and a very good actor Aamir Khan to play my character in the biopic," said Kapoor.

Anna Hazare to appear on 'The Kapil Sharma Show'

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#VeteranGandhian and social crusader #KisanBaburaoHazare, alias #AnnaHazare, will be seen promoting his upcoming biopic "Anna: Kisan Baburao Hazare" on popular comedy show "The Kapil Sharma Show".

"Anna Hazare will be shooting for the show on late Friday. This will be the first time he will be a part of any television show. He is coming to promote his biopic. It surely is going to be one interesting episode," said a source close to the Sony Entertainment Television show.

"Anna: Kisan Baburao Hazare" is a 130 minute long Hindi feature film and has been shot for over a year at locales in Hazare's native village Ralegan-Siddhi in Ahmednagar (Maharashtra), Mumbai, New Delhi, Jammu & Kashmir, Ladakh and Rajasthan.

Hope to create magic again in 'Fukrey 2': Varun Sharma

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Actor #VarunSharma, who impressed many with his comic outings in "Fukrey", hopes to create the same magic in "Fukrey 2".

"The preparation for 'Fukrey 2' is going on. Soon we are going to start the shooting. All of us are very excited to create the same kind of magic. Hunny, Choocha, Zafar, Lali and Bholi Punjanban (the characters in part one) will come together once again and we hope to create the same magic onscreen," he said at the screening of "Wah Taj"

Set in Delhi, "Fukrey" narrated the story of four friends who come together to make easy money. Directed by Mrighdeep Singh Lamba, along with Varun Sharma, the film featured Pulkit Samrat, Ali Fazal, Manjot Singh, Richa Chadda and Priya Anand.

Friday, 23 September 2016

Our consumers never lost faith in us: Munir Khan

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#MunirKhan has faced several controversies related to his popular herbal suspension #BodyRevival but the inventor says that his consumers never lost faith in him and continued to support him and his product.

“Few people have tried to malign us in the last few years with baseless allegations, damaging our hard-earned reputation of decades. The sales definitely dipped and there were chances of our business completely shutting down. However, our consumers never lost faith in us. Our product had worked wonders for them and these people continued to buy it.

We received several letters, calls and emails from them during the hard times offering their support. Several of them slammed the allegations against us on their social media accounts and even urged their friends and relatives not to believe in the allegations against us. We will forever be grateful to these consumers for their support when we needed it the most,” Khan said in an interview

Explore spiritual getaways in India

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Whether you want to explore your spiritual side or go on a soul discovery trip, you can try going to Ladakh, Goa or Ajmer on a wanderlust.

Amit Agarwal, Senior Marketing Manager - India and Southeast Asia, online accommodation booking website, lists some destinations for spiritual getaways:

♦ Hemis Monastery, Ladakh: Hemis Monastery is the largest and richest Buddhist monastery in the Ladakh region. It features a famous collection of ancient statues, sacred thangkas, and various other artefacts. During the tourist season, it is often recommended to participate in the Hemis Spiritual Retreat run by the monks. 

Narendra Jha wants to do 'very important' roles

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Actor #NarendraJha, who has played supportive roles in films like "Ghayal Once Again", "Haider" and "Hamari Adhuri Kahani", says he is open to essay any role, but it should be an important one in the film.

"I want to do all kind of roles, but they should be very important in the film," Narendra said in a statement.

"I can create a buzz on screen if a strong and powerful role is offered to me. The quality of a film is only known after that film is released. A film doesn't become big by adding big names to its cast," the actor added.

Apart from acting, Narendra says he loves to sing.

Alia overwhelmed by scoring 9 mn Twitter followers

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Actress #AliaBhatt has scored over 9 million followers on #Twitter and says she is overwhelmed.

"Thank you for the love guys! Nine million love really feels overwhelming. Hope to always entertain and spread lots and lots of love!" Alia tweeted. 

The 23-year-old, who is the daughter of filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt and actress Soni Razdan, first appeared onscreen as a child artiste in a minor role in the thriller "Sangharsh". As an adult, she made her acting debut alongside Sidharth Malhotra and Varun Dhawan in Karan Johar's "Student of the Year".

Alia has appeared in several movies like "Highway", "2 States", "Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania", "Kapoor & Sons" and "Udta Punjab". 

The 23-year-old actress is an avid user of social media and keeps updating her fans about her professional and personal life. 

Didn't come to Hollywood for awards: Taraji P. Henson

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Golden Globe-winning actress Taraji P. Henson says she entered showbiz for the love of art, adding that awards act as a bonus for her.

The Emmy nominee also added that awards and accolades are reassurance that she is doing something right. 

"I didn't come to Hollywood to win awards. I came here to work, and to fall in love over and over again with this craft that I love and studied," quoted Henson as saying. 

She added: "It's more about the craft and how many characters can I check off my bucket list. The awards and accolades, that's just a reassurance for me that I'm doing the right thing. It's more about inspiration to me and how can I touch a life through my work as an artiste."

Excited to collaborate with Vashu Bhagnani : Priyanka

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Internationally acclaimed actress #PriyankaChopra, who has forayed into production, is now collaborating with producer #VashuBhagnani for Punjabi film "Sarvann" and is "excited".

We're honoured and excited to collaborate with Vashuji. We have had such an amazing response to our regional film ventures and now looking forward to our Punjabi debut, which has now been further strengthened by the support and experience of Vashuji. We have a great team that is making a very special film and we can't wait to share it with the world," said the "Quantico" star and founder of Purple Pebble Pictures in a statement.

Produced by Priyanka's mother, Madhu Chopra and Bhagnani, "Sarvann" is the coming-of-age story of a young boy who unknowingly discovers his identity.

"'Sarvann' is a beautiful and heart-touching narrative of a young NRI returning to India to find his roots," said Madhu Chopra.

Bhagnani said: "It's wonderful to collaborate with Priyanka Chopra and Madhu Chopra. I'm glad that after so many years of being in the industry, we now got the opportunity to work together and are making our debut as producers in Punjabi films together. 'Sarvann' is a wonderful heart-warming film and the audience is going to love the script."

Hoping 'Wah Taj' reaches out to people: Shreyas Talpade

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Actor #ShreyasTalpade, whose film "Wah Taj" is set to release on Friday, hopes that the film will reach out to a lot of people as the message of the movie is strong.

Directed by Ajit Sinha, "Wah Taj" revolves around a Maharashtrian farmer's struggle amidst the corrupt system. 

"We are trying to reach out to as many people as we can because it's about this farmer and his wife who go to Agra... Considering that our society is dominated by farmers in a way, we are hoping that it will reach out to more number of people," Shreyas said during his visit to the IANS headquarter here.

"There is a strong message. The film is essentially about farmers from Maharashtra. How the protagonist Tukaram (Shreyas) and his wife Sunanda (essayed by actress Manjari Fadnis) keep fighting for the land. How Tukaram manipulates the system using the mindset of the kind of people we have today in the country, the kind of corruption that we have today. How we use it to our own advantage to reach a goal that he wants to," Shreyas added.

Brad Pitt being investigated for child abuse

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Actor Brad Pitt is reportedly being investigated for child abuse.

The "By The Sea" actor allegedly verbally and physically abused one of his children while he was drunk on a private jet last week, an incident which led his wife Angelina Jolie to file for divorce, reports

However, according to a source, Pitt "takes the matter very seriously and says he did not commit any abuse of his children. It's unfortunate that people involved are continuing to present him in the worst possible light".

Excited to watch Dhoni biopic: Sreesanth

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Former India cricketer S. Sreesanth is excited to watch India limited-overs captain M.S. Dhoni's biopic "M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story".

"I am really excited to watch Dhoni's biopic as he is a great captain. Certainly, there is a wonderful story to share. I would love to watch it," he said at the "Days of Tafree" premiere.

"I feel fortunate as I was a part of the 2007 World Cup as well as the 2011 World Cup team. I really want to see what is in the movie and how it has been shown," he added.

About the film's lead actor Sushant Singh Rajput, Sreesanth said: "I did speak to Sushant during a couple of training sessions. He said 'You should watch it. There are a lot of surprises'. I am definitely looking forward to the biopic."

Dhanush overjoyed at 'Visaranai' becoming India's Oscar entry

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Actor #Dhanush is elated over his production and critically acclaimed Tamil drama "Visaranai" becoming India's official pick for Oscars 2017 in the Foreign Language Film category. He has thanked everyone for believing in him and supporting his vision.

The announcement was made on Thursday. 

Based on the novel "Lock Up" by auto-rickshaw driver-turned-writer M. Chandrakumar, the film is about organised crime within the police force. It also throws the spotlight on police brutality. "Visaranai", helmed by filmmaker Vetrimaaran, stars Dinesh, Samuthirakani, Ajay Ghosh and Kishore. 

"Visaranai" was produced by Dhanush, who had released the film under his home banner Wunderbar Films. The film earned critical acclaim earlier last year when it had its world premiere at Venice International Film Festival. It also won National Film Awards.

'Lagaan...' based ride finds place at Dubai theme park

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Bollywood's perfectionist #AamirKhan has teamed up with Bollywood Parks Dubai for a ride based on his Oscar-nominated film "Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India".

The ride is named Lagaan: Thrill of Victory, and the actor is happy that the film still has a special place among film lovers across the world. The 2001 film was a sports-drama and was produced by Aamir Khan Productions.

"We make films with a lot of heart and emotions and some of them get this strange intangible quality which connects with people and 'Lagaan...' was one such film which connected with people across the world. It travelled on its own, we didn't have to do anything with it," Aamir said in a statement. 

The blockbuster film was set in the Victorian period of India's colonial British Raj. The story revolved around a small village whose inhabitants, burdened by high taxes, find themselves in an extraordinary situation as an arrogant officer challenges them to a game of cricket as a wager to levy more taxes. 


Kriti takes fashion inspiration from Deepika : Kangna

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Actress #KritiSanon says Bollywood actresses like #KangnaRanaut, #DeepikaPadukone and #SonamKapoor inspire her a lot in terms of fashion.

"Lot of Bollywood actresses inspire me. I really like the way Deepika dresses. I feel it is important to go out of the box and do something. I love the way Kangna experiments with her looks and fashion. And of course, Sonam Kapoor has a great style." the actress said at a fashion show.

"Among men, I think there are lots of actors who are fashionable. I particularly like Shah Rukh Khan's style. He is very laid back and very comfortable with whatever he carries," said the "Heropanti" actress.

'Freedom 251' maker ropes in Sunny Leone for loyalty programme

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Noida-based Ringing Bells -- makers of the world's cheapest smartphone 'Freedom 251' -- on Thursday has roped in Bollywood actress #SunnyLeone to promote its loyalty card programme.

"We introduced loyalty card programme last month and received encouraging response from our customers. The main objective of this contest is to make our customers feel special and appreciate their association with us," the company said in a statement.

"Loyalty card members will get entry to the Sunny Leone event free of cost and 10 lucky members from each city will get a chance to click a selfie with her," it added.

The selfie events will be held in Dehradun and Meerut on November 8 and Kanpur and Agra on November 9.

Loyalty cards of Rs 500, Rs 1,000 and Rs 2,000 can be purchased on Ringing Bells' website.

Pune Fashion Week to promote girl child empowerment

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#PuneFashionWeek has partnered with #NGOSmileFoundation to support the cause of girl child empowerment at the event, scheduled to take place here from Saturday.

The sixth edition of Pune Fashion Week, to be presented by luxury fashion brand #BVLGARI, is a two-day event and will be held at the Westin Hotel here.

With NGO Smile Foundation as the charity partner, it will support the cause of girl child empowerment.

Day One of the event will begin with a segment called the Fashion Knowledge Series and Genesis, the concept of which is to get renowned speakers share their journey, inspire people, promote fashion education by talking about various topics like ethical, social fashion and colour psychology.

Amy Jackson struggled with acne problem

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Bollywood actress #AmyJackson, who has been roped in as the face of Ponds Pimple Clear Face Wash, says she had an acne problem as a young girl and tried for a pimple-free face back then.

"Like most girls, I suffered from pimples too. I tried dozens of treatments but was never satisfied with any," Amy said in a statement. 

Skincare brand Pond's has introduced Pond's Pimple Clear Face Wash, a face cleansing innovation which is clinically proven to visibly reduce pimples in 3 days to give smooth, clearer skin. 

Amy, who was last seen on the big screen in "Freaky Ali", is the face of the new offering. 

Talking about her association with the brand, Amy said: "Pond's is a name that everyone is familiar with and I know that I can trust them when it comes to skincare. I look forward to Pond's products to deliver better skincare for girls everywhere."

Parent-child bonds may affect your midlife health

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Growing up in a well-off home can benefit a child's physical health, but lack of good relationship with parents, or the presence of abuse, may affect health, as well as well-being during mid-life, a study has found.

"Good parent-child bonds may be necessary to enforce eating, sleeping and activity routines," said researcher Assistant Professor Matthew A. Andersson at Baylor University in Texas, US.

The study found that if the parent-child relationships are strained or abusive, meals may be less coordinated among the family, and children are more likely to eat sugary or high-fat foods as snacks, even in place of proper meals. 

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Never knew I could act: Sushant Singh Rajput

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He made his Bollywood debut as a cricket fanatic in "Kai Po Che!" and he has graduated to bringing alive India's most celebrated new-age cricketer -- M.S. Dhoni -- on the silver screen. Yet, actor #SushantSinghRajput says he never knew he could act and that films happened as a natural progression from theatre and TV for him.

An actor who tasted fame with "Pavitra Rishta", Sushant landed a key role in Abhishek Kapoor's "Kai Po Che!" alongside Rajkummar Rao and Amit Sadh. That marked the turning point in his career.

Looking back, he credits his small screen stint and theatre for the course that his career has taken.

"Everything I learnt in theatre and on TV has been instrumental to what I am doing right now because I never knew I could act," Sushant told here.

The 30-year-old star said that it was theatre that first helped him to "gain the kind of confidence" needed to be a performer. However, it was TV that helped him with the technicalities of acting.

SRK gifted leather jacket to beat Amsterdam chill

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Superstar #ShahRukhKhan, who is currently shooting for filmmaker Imtiaz Ali's #TheRing in Amsterdam, has got a new leather jacket as a gift to deal with the cold weather.

Shah Rukh on Thursday shared a photograph of himself and captioned it: "Cold night shoot in Amsterdam. Girls send me a hug for warmth. Boys courier me a pure leather jacket."

Shah Rukh will be seen sharing screen space with actress Anushka Sharma in the film. This is their third film together after "Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi" and "Jab Tak Hai Jaan".

This is the first time the "Don" star is collaborating with Ali for a film. They had recently wrapped up the Prague schedule of the shoot.

We aim to grow 10-fold in India by 2020: Oracle

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Global software and Cloud major #Oracle is expecting a phenomenal 10-fold growth in its India businesses by 2020 as the country holds an enormous market opportunity for its bouquet of #Cloud services, a top company executive has said.

"Cloud will be an enormous market opportunity for us in India. My expectation is to become 10 times the size we are now in India by 2020. Actually for us, it is the single largest growth potential country," Oracle Global CEO Safra Catz said at the ongoing Oracle OpenWorld (OOW) 2016 conference here.

Catz, who visited India in April this year, promised $400 million worth of investments in the technology hub Bengaluru, with announcing the first "Oracle Startup Cloud Accelerator" in the city.

Loneliness may run in families

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#Loneliness is linked to poor physical and #mentalhealth, and a new study of more than 10,000 people has found that the risk for feeling lonely is at least partially due to genetics.

Genetic risk for loneliness is also associated with neuroticism -- long-term negative emotional state -- and depressive symptoms, said the study published in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology.

"For two people with the same number of close friends and family, one might see their social structure as adequate while the other doesn't," said lead researcher Abraham Palmer, Professor of Psychiatry at University of California - San Diego School of Medicine in the US.

"And that's what we mean by 'genetic predisposition to loneliness' -- we want to know why, genetically speaking, one person is more likely than another to feel lonely, even in the same situation," Palmer noted.

India as a market is very important for Spanish brand LladrĂ³

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Spanish brand #Lladro has come up with an exclusive festive collection for 2016 with a depiction of Lord Shiva and Goddess Sri Lakshmi in high porcelain. Nikhil Lamba, COO of Lladro India, says that their Spirit of India collection is extremely popular amongst the Indian segment and hence India as a market is important for them.

"India is very important and it can easily be identified by the fact that this year we have High Porcelain product as Lord Shiva, which is a collection from our Spirit of India Range.

"Wherein every high porcelain product takes a minimum of a year of ideation and creation, it is very difficult and important for the LladrĂ³ family to pick one market and dedicate the key resources to make that one product," Lamba told in an interaction here.

'Siblings' mental health problems may affect you

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Individuals who have a brother or sister with #mental #disorders may be at an increased risk of developing the condition, a study has warned.

The study found that having a sibling with schizophrenia increases a person's risk of developing the condition by ten times. 

They also have six to eight times increased chance of suffering from schizoaffective disorder -- symptoms of both schizophrenia and a mood disorder -- and seven to 20 times greater risk of suffering from bipolar disorder than the general population.

If a brother or sister suffers from bipolar disorder, then their siblings have four times greater chance of suffering from bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and other psychiatric disorders.

Ashley Graham poses completely nude

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Model #AshleyGraham ditched her clothes to pose completely nude for the latest issue of a magazine.

Graham shared two photographs from the magazine photoshoot on Instagram, flaunting her physique and curves, reports

In one photograph, naked Graham is sitting on a wooden box while covering her private parts with one arm. 

With one arm on her waist, Graham has styled her brown hair in voluminous curls. 

Another image of her shows Graham flaunting her cleavage by pulling up her pink sweater.

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CBFC treats audience like children, says Soha Ali Khan

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#SohaAliKhan, whose mother #SharmilaTagore was once chief of the Central Board of Film Certification #CBFC, says the censorship body needs to stop treating the audience as children. The actress, whose film #31stOctober struggled for clearance, says artistes are all for certification over censorship.

"31st October" is based on the aftermath of Indira Gandhi's assassination and its repercussions. Considering the sensitive topic, the makers had to face a lot of trouble with the CBFC.

How frustrating was it?

"It was very frustrating, of course. As artistes, we don't believe in censorship. We believe in certification and I feel sometimes they cut too much," Soha told reporters at a press conference here.

"They treat the audience as children... It is very frustrating," the 37-year-old said.

Next edition of IFFLA to be held from April 5-9, 2017

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The 15th edition of the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles #IFFLA will take place from April 5-9 next year at the Regal L.A. LIVE: A Barco Innovation Center here.

The organisers of the festival have called for entries for the 2017 festival in features, documentaries and shorts including animation films. The call for entries will close on January 9 with an early bird deadline on November 25.

Zee Cinema will return as the presenting sponsor for the festival.

Films will compete for Jury and Audience Choice Awards for Best Feature Film and Best Short Film.

Now an anthem for M.S. Dhoni

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Giving an ode to the journey of Indian ODI captain #MahendraSinghDhoni, makers of "MS Dhoni: The Untold Story", a forthcoming biopic on the cricket star, released a single called #HargullymeinDhonihai on Wednesday.

The anthem, which is a tribute to all those who dare to dream big, has powerful yet simple lyrics and is composed by Rochak Kohli.

Its video captures India in all its splendour and energy as they engage in one of its favourite pastimes - playing cricket absolutely anywhere. The anthem has been widely shot across 104 locations spanning 16 Indian cities in totality, read a statement. 

Fox Star Studios released the song here in the presence of director Neeraj Pandey and lead actor Sushant Singh Rajput, read a statement. 

Hollywood celebs express shock, sarcasm over Brangelina's split

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The news that #BradPitt and #AngelinaJolie's whirlwind romance which took off from the sets of "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" in 2005 has come to an end, left #Hollywood celebrities and their contemporaries surprised and sarcastic.

Actor George Clooney, who has worked with Pitt closely in "Ocean's Eleven" and its sequels, told "I didn't know that. I feel very sorry then. That's a sad story and unfortunate for a family. It's an unfortunate story about a family. I feel very sorry to hear that." 

Oscar winning songstress Adele, who was performing at a concert in New York, said: "I'm dedicating this show tonight to them, I was shocked when I woke up this morning."

Here are some of the reactions the celebrities gave on the split of Hollywood's A-list couple:

Alyssa Milano: WTF? Brad and Angelina?!. I'm crushed.

Emily Blunt: It's their business, and it's not for anybody else to comment on.

'31st October' breaks stereotype of Vir Das: Soha

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Actress #SohaAliKhan says "31st October" will serve to break the stereotypical image of a comedian that her co-star #VirDas is trapped in.

"It was great working with him (Vir Das). I have known him since before. I have seen his performances. Everyone knows him as a comic actor, but I think this film is important for him because it breaks that stereotype," Soha said here.

"31st October" is based on the aftermath of Indira Gandhi's assassination and its repercussions. Soha and Vir essay a Sikh couple in the movie, which will hit the screens on October 7.

Uri terrorist attack: 'Pink' cast observes minute's silence

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Filmmaker #ShoojitSircar led the cast of #Pink, including megastar #AmitabhBachchan, and the media here in observing a minute's silence on Wednesday in memory of the Indian soldiers martyred in the terrorist attack at #Uri in Jammu and Kashmir.

"It's a bad and a painful incident that has happened and we are with the soldiers and their families. Let's wait (for India's decision). We really didn't like what happened... It was really horrible," Sircar said at a promotional for "Pink".

Directed by Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury and co-produced by Sircar, the film, which released on September 16, also features Taapsee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari, Andrea Tariang, Angad Bedi, Piyush Mishra and Dhritiman Chatterjee in key roles.

Pitiable for woman to catch culprit but unable to take action: Big B

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Expressing anguish that women are often embarrassed to speak up against incidents of violence, megastar #AmitabhBachchan on Wednesday said it is a "pitiable" condition for a woman to have caught the culprit and not be able to stand up against it.

The "Pink" star lauded actress Tapsee Pannu, who features in a pivotal role in the courtroom drama on crimes against women, for sharing with the public that she has been a victim of eve-teasing and her experience of being touched at the "wrong places" while in a crowded area or while travelling in a local bus.

"One day somebody tried to feel her and she actually caught his hand but she did not have the courage to turn around and see who he was. It is a pitiable condition for a woman to have caught the culprit and not be able to take a stand against it."

"When are we going to do that? I think 'Pink' is one film that is asking us to stand up and face these issues. I laud the fact that she has shared this with us," Bachchan said here.

Asserting that "Pink" is no longer a film, "it has become a movement", Big B said people don't realise what women go through when they are cat-called, teased or felt publicly in awkward places.

"We have no idea about that and women are scared to say because they feel it's embarrassing... it would be embarrassing for their family... for themselves... for people at large. But I think the time has come that they should never feel embarrassed."

Denzel Washington never watched cowboy films

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"The Magnificent Seven" actor Denzel Washington never watched cowboy movies when he was younger.

The 61-year-old may be one of the stars of the Western remake, but he never saw the original and being brought up by a Pentecostal minister father meant he didn't really watch many movies apart from religious epics, reports

"I grew up with 'King of Kings', 'The Ten Commandments'. I never went to see any cowboy movies," Washington told Metro newspaper.

"We didn't go to movies. I saw 'Bonanza', some of those TV shows, but I wanted to be outside, I didn't want to be in the house. I didn't want to watch cowboys, I wanted to be one," he added.

Huge societal pressure on women on motherhood: Emily Blunt

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Actress #EmilyBlunt says there's a huge societal pressure women face on whether or not they become mothers and the choices they do make if they do become parents.

In her new film "The Girl on the Train", the 33-year-old stars as Rachel Watson, a recent divorcee and alcoholic who becomes obsessed with the seemingly perfect couple she sees everyday when she passes their home, while riding the train.

As the story of the film tackles aspects of motherhood, Blunt has opened up on how she sees motherhood, reports

Speaking at the movie's world premiere here on Tuesday night, Blunt said: "There is a huge societal pressure on women when it comes to motherhood, and these 'mommy cults' that go on. 

"It makes women feel that they have to be a bit defensive about the choices they make - whether they want to be a mother or whether they don't, whether they want to breastfeed or whether they don't. I could go on and on."
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Gaurang Shah presents 'Kausalyam 2016'

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The Crafts Council of Telangana in association with designer #GaurangShah presented 'Kausalyam 2016 - a high end couture show of designers and master craftsmen who work closely with the weavers at the grass root level.

The event held on Wednesday, featured a uniquely choreographed fashion show by 10 Indian models highlighting clothing from 40 textile artists and designers. It was aimed at promoting Indian textiles and handicrafts from all corners of the country.

Crafts Council of Telangana (CCT) earlier known as the Crafts Council of Andhra Pradesh and Shah work to preserve and promote traditional crafts and handlooms. CCT supports various clusters in Telangana to uplift the artisans and to promote crafts and textiles, since its founding 20 years ago.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

IGNCA - back artists' workshop inspires children in Jammu

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A six-day art residency programme in Jammu’s scenic Patnitop town, featuring 15 artists from around the country, has been helping inspire local children forced into relative isolation by both geography and strife in the region, unleash their creativity and explore their talents.

The Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) in partnership with the Master Sansar Chand Baru Memorial Charitable Trust organised the workshop, which concluded today, with the multi-pronged objective of reviving the glorious legacy of Pahari-style of art, imprint the beauty of the region into artworks and introduce children to the medium of art as an expression.

The Trust, which is leading the on-ground activities in Patnitop, was set up in memory of Pandit Sansar Chand Baru, who served as a court painter to Maharaja Hari Singh. Pandit Baru was also the first curator of Jammu’s Dogra Art Museum, a treasure trove of miniatures, and is credited with bridging the Pahari and Modern styles in art.

'Irumugan' inching close to Rs 100 crore mark

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Vikram-starrer Tamil sci-fi action thriller #Irumugan has grossed Rs 92 crore in 12 days worldwide since its release. The makers are confident that it will soon join the Rs 100 crore club.

Directed by Anand Shankar and starring Vikram in a dual role, "Irumugan released worldwide on September 8.

According to an official statement from Thameens Films, the film has grossed Rs 92 crore.

"We are extremely happy with the numbers. The film has performed really well even outside Tamil Nadu and that's a big relief. We are hoping it will enter the Rs 100 crore club soon," producer Shibu Thameens told.

Liam Hemsworth felt nervous filming shirtless scenes

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Actor #LiamHemsworth got nervous and experienced sleepless nights before shooting for topless scenes in the film "The Dressmaker".

The 26-year-old says he was nervous for a scene in the drama and "didn't eat for weeks" ahead of the shoot, reports

"I didn't eat for weeks. I did some pushups in my trailer. Anytime you're going to come out and take your top off, it's good to do a couple of pushups... It's very difficult to come out and just take your clothes off," Hemsworth said.

"There were lots of sleepless nights. It's very, very difficult to just come out and take your clothes off," he added. 

Actress and co-star Kate Winslet sympathised with the "Independence Day: Resurgence" actor as she could hear his stomach gurgling during their scene.