Saturday, 26 November 2016

Collectables from ace musicians to be auctioned in Mumbai

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Collectables from ace musicians like #A_R_Rahman, #Shankar_Mahadevan, #Priyanka_Chopra, A Sivamani, Euphoria, Parikrama, Purbayan Chatterjee, Raghu Dixit and #Usha_Uthup are up for bidding at the #Hard_Rock_Cafe here on the occasion of the brand's 10th year anniversary.

The brand is housing a line-up of 72 events, with an evening of cocktails, music and a charity 'Bid and Buy' on November 30, read a statement.

The proceeds from auction would be channelled to Mewsic Stars, a programme under former Australian cricketer Brett Lee's Mewsic Initiative that empowers children to pursue their music passion. The curated event aims at rewarding passion, talent and ability among young but less fortunate children.

While Rahman has donated his studio headphones, Mahadevan has given his harmonium. Sivamani has donated his timbales drums, stand and a pair of autographed sticks.

Uthup has given her Kanjeevaram sari and microphone, Euphoria has given the bandmaster's hat, Dixit has given his guitar and Priyanka has donated her "Quantico" bracelet.

My films were ahead of their time: Dharmesh Darshan

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Filmmaker #Dharmesh_Darshan, whose #Aamir_Khan and #Karisma_Kapoor starrer "Raja Hindustani" recently completed 20 years of its release, says his films and their music were ahead of their time.

Does the director, who has mostly made romantic films, feel his films were ahead of their time?

Darshan told: "All my films even 'Lootere' (1993)...a lot of people find that it's ahead of its time. 'Dhadkan', 'Raja Hindustani' and all these films are so popular on satellite. I think my films and their music were ahead of their time. We didn't have item music as such that time. I am so happy my films are so relevant."

"I have shot the longest kissing scene in 'Raja Hindustani' and I have done it within the framework of popular cinema. I feel most people have got one dimensional and I have done it on a multi-dimensional level without limiting myself to any type," said Darshan, whose last film "Aap Ki Khatir" released in 2006.

Terence creates Guinness World Record

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Ace choreographer #Terence_Lewis is happy to have created a Guinness World Record with "Worlds Largest Photobook".

After getting featured in Fashion at Big Bazaar (FBB) anthem - "The Denim Dance", he took the nation by storm by inviting people to share their own denim dance photo on social media handles with #fbbDeminDance.

The team created the "World's Largest Photobook" which measures 486 square feet in surface area. It is 18 feet tall and 27 feet wide. 

The book contains more than 8,000 pictures of the people from various parts of the country posing in Denim Dance's signature step and was unveiled at Infinity Mall, Malad here on Thursday. The record was also announced on Thursday. 

'Rock On 2' hit by demonetisation, says Javed Akhtar

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Lyricist and poet #Javed_Akhtar on Friday admitted that his son #Farhan_Akhtar starrer #Rock_On_2 was hit by demonetisation as the film released close to the November 8 decision by Prime Minister #Narendra_Modi to scrap Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes.

"Rock on 2 was obviously affected by demonetisation," Javed Akhtar, who wrote the lyrics of the movie which fared poorly at the box office, told mediapersons here.

"It released (November 11) days after the decision was taken and failed to do well because 84 per cent of the currency was banned and people were struggling," he added. 

Asked about the much-anticipated Shah Rukh Khan starrer "Dear Zindagi", which opened on Friday, Javed Akhtar said: "Well I suppose the buying capacity and the spending capacity of an average citizen has become a bit shy that's for sure."

He also reasoned that the fact that "Dear Zindagi" is not a typical Shah Rukh film, the masses crazy for the superstar will take time to get a hang of it.

Filmmaking is a pain: Vishal Bharadwaj

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Filmmaking, to renowned director and music composer #Vishal_Bharadwaj, is a "pain" while making music is much more comfortable.

"Filmmaking is a pain," Bharadwaj said during an interactive session with Shankar Mahadevan at a music programme here on Friday.

The motley crowd broke into peals of laughter at the statement with Mahadevan commenting: "I never expected this answer."

"Whenever I am making a film, in the middle of the film I curse myself for choosing this profession because you need 300 people to get your image and then you are handling these childish actors," Vishal said.

"Sometimes they come up with such stupid questions and demands that you can't actually show what you are feeling about them as you want to achieve something through them," continued the "Haider" director.

Miss India Dimple Patel was crowned 2016 Miss Globe

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Miss India #Dimple_Patel was crowned #Miss_Globe_2016 at the 25Expo City, Tirana, Albania on November 25 (Nov 26, Manila).  She succeeds last year's winner, Philippines' Ann Colis. Forty beauties from around the world competed in the 43rd edition of the pageant.

Dimple, a simple girl born and raised in a Gujratai family based in Mumbai is one with natural grace and poise and has grown to be one of the most talked about name in the fashion world having worked with the biggest designers and choreographers in India and abroad.

Dimple is an alumna of R. D. National College. She is a well-known professional model in the Indian fashion industry. 

Mr Sandeep Kumar, the owner of Rubaru Group, producer of Rubaru Mister India and Rubaru Miss India Elite pageants, is the franchise holder of Miss Globe pageant in India. Miss Globe is an annual international beauty pageant having headquarters in Canada.

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Your DNA may influence your partner selection

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Individuals with genes for high educational achievement tend to marry, and have children with people with similar DNA, researchers have found.

Humans generally do not choose their partners randomly, but rather mate 'assortatively', choosing people with similar traits.

Among the highest ranking qualities people look for in a potential partner are intelligence and educational attainment, the study published in the journal Intelligence said, adding that the choice has a significance at a DNA level.

Depression may affect stomach, and anxiety the skin

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Researchers have found that depression in young people is often followed by arthritis and diseases of the digestive system, while #skin_diseases are common after anxiety disorders.

The findings suggest that mental disorders are antecedent risk factors of certain physical diseases in early life, but also vice versa, according to the researchers.

"Our results expand the relevance of mental disorders beyond mental to physical health care, and vice versa, supporting the concept of a more integrated mental-physical health care approach, and open new starting points for early disease prevention and better treatments, with relevance for various medical disciplines," the study said.

Delhi set to host tattoo festival

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A three-day TLC Heartwork #Tattoo_Festival, with an aim to make tattoos accessible, will start on December 2 here.

The festival bring together the tattoo industry, artists and equipment suppliers. To be held at the capital's Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium, it will see participation of artists from England, Spain, Russia and the Netherlands, read a statement.

Hrithik Roshan announces Mr India 2016 winner

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Bollywood actor #Hrithik_Roshan announced #Vishnu_Raj_Menon as #Mr_India_2016 here.

Viren Barman is the first runner-up abd Altamash Faraz the second runner-up. 

Hrithik graced the finale of the pageant, organised in association with menswear brand Peter England, on Thursday.

The actor said: "This competition is not just about looks. It shows a lot of characters. Besides their professional life, they took out time to explore themselves to reach this far. That is commendable."

Tips to keep in mind while handling, storing milk

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It is important to pay close attention to how #milk is handled and stored at home in order to safeguard against spoilage and disease, say experts.

Before National Milk Day, which falls on November 26, Ashwini K. Bajaj, Managing Director, Amrit Corp. Ltd. and Vikram Ogale, Director - Supply Chain and Quality Assurance, McDonald's India, list a few tips one can keep in mind while handling and storing milk at home.

Tips to keep in mind while purchasing milk

♦ Buy milk and milk products only from reputed and trustworthy manufacturers.

Mithila's cultural identity Paag on display in Delhi

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#Turbans in India are tied not just for #fashion but have great significance. In different hues, #Paags are on display at Crafts Museum here to enable visitors from across the world to gauge the salient feature of #Mithila_culture.

The exhibition of Paags (turbans), organised by Textiles Ministry and Mithilalok Foundation, is on display till November 30, highlights the significance of Mithila's age-old headgear.

"The main idea behind exhibition is to revive the age-old tradition of Mithila culture to the public at large and strengthen Indian culture," Mithilalok Chairman Birbal Jha told media here on Friday.

Ace Nawabi look this wedding season

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From mastering the art of layering to sticking to the classics to accessorising it right, this wedding season channel your inner Nawab in a fashionable way, says an expert.

Elisabetta Canali, Group Communication Director of Canali (an Italian luxury menswear brand) -- which came out with their new ceremonial collection -- suggests how to get the style right. 

♦ Dive into classic styles: A classic Nawab jacket will always withstand the test of time. Don the Nawab jacket for sangeet or wear the Nawab suit for the main wedding ceremony, this classic bandhgala is bound to leave an impression. 

Goa International Jazz Live Festival to begin from Saturday

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Music lovers can groove to the tunes of jazz as the stage has been set for the Goa International Jazz Live Festival #GIJLF, beginning here from Saturday.

The music festival will showcase performances by jazz artists clubbed with punk, hip-hop, R&B and other forms of music.

The heady cocktail of artistes who comprise the GIJLF line-up include the likes of Hely (Switzerland), DMT Jazz Trio (Delhi), Gael Horellou Identite (Reunion Island), Yuichiro Tokuda's Ralyzzdig (Japan), Tam De Villiers Quartet (France), World Service Project (UK), Malika Tirolien (Canada), and Steve Sequeira Ensemble (Goa).


Wendell Rodricks collaborates with Serendipity Arts Festival

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Ace designer and Padma Shri awardee #Wendell_Rodricks has collaborated with the Serendipity Arts Festival 2016, which is set to take place from December 16-23 here.

Rodricks will be exhibiting Ten Histories: Goan Costume, which is an amalgamation of 10 objects related to Goan costumes, read a statement.

The objects that will be on display include historical items, Shantadurga sari, Narakasura effigy, Kunbi sari, gold ornament, Pano Bhaju garment, women's wear lingerie, Christian bride, bangles, jewellery, Muslim turban and Edwin Pinto shoes, old shoes or zapats and a Buddhist sculpture.

We prefer fusion, say designers Richa & Sarang

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Designers #Richa_Ranawat & #Sarang_Jain, who have made their foothold in the fashion industry, says they don't believe in typical Indian designs and prefer fusion.

"We, as designers, are not focusing on Indian as such... our designs have always been fusion. We design something innovative rather than just being bridal or typical Indian. We try to experiment with things that stand out," Ranawat told.

The partners, who are based out in two different cities, collaborate to showcase their designs, which are a blend of fusion of international cuts with desi tadka. While Ranawat is based in Mumbai, Jain is based in Chandigarh.

Friday, 25 November 2016

Bridal line only option for designers to grow in India: Sabyasachi Mukherjee

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Ace fashion designer #Sabyasachi_Mukherjee says that the organised retail sector in India is still very poor and hence designers have to take the bridal route to grow in both stature and turnover.

Sabyasachi, who is mentoring brides on season seven of the "Band Baajaa Bride" wedding reality TV show aired on NDTV Good Times, said: "The bridal market is very important for the trickle-down theory in business."

"In India, the organised retail sector is still very poor and corporate investments are tentative. Hence, for a designer in India to grow big in both stature and turnover, the only route option is bridal," Sabyasachi, who is known for pioneering the use of Indian textiles in a modern context, told in an e-mail interview.

The Spice Girls reunion song leaks online

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The Spice Girls GEM reunion song "Song for her" has leaked online.

Under the new name of GEM taken from the names of the bandmates Geri Horner, Emma Bunton and Melanie Brown, the members have come together once again to work on new material including the track "Song for her" which has been leaked on YouTube, reports

New Zealand, Australia top destinations for Indian travellers

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According to a survey, #Australia and #New_Zealand have emerged as favourite destinations amongst #Indian_travellers.

Global travel search company Skyscanner drew comparisons between travel searches from 2015 and 2016, highlighting the places where Indian travellers will be ushering in 2017.

According to the survey, crunching numbers from over 50 million users every month, New Zealand emerged as a favourite among Indian travellers, witnessing a growth of 52 percent in travel searches from last year. 

Want Aaradhya to do what makes her happy: Abhishek Bachchan

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Actor #Abhishek_Bachchan says he would be happy with whatever career option his daughter #Aaradhya will choose in the future.

Abhishek on Thursday treated his fans and followers to a question and answer session on Twitter, where a user asked the actor if his daughter would contribute in Bollywood to continue the "Bachchan trend".

He replied via a video message: "I would like my daughter to do whatever she chooses to do and whatever she loves to do. As a kid I was told to do what made me happy and I want her to do what makes her happy. Whatever it is I will be happy."

It's always amazing to work with Shah Rukh: Anushka

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#Anushka_Sharma is happy to work with superstar #Shah_Rukh_Khan for the third time in Imtiaz Ali's next. The actress says it "is always amazing to work" with him.

This is the third time Anushka and Shah Rukh will be seen in a film together after "Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi" and "Jab Tak Hai Jaan". The actress made her Bollywood debut opposite the superstar in 2008 with the film "Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi".

"It is always amazing to work with Shah Rukh, this is my third film with him and first with Imtiaz Ali. The working title is ‘The Ring' , it's not the final name of the film," Anushka told over email from Mumbai. 

It's good to be bad: SRK's advice to Alia

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Actress #Alia_Bhatt got one advice from her "Dear Zindagi" co-star #Shah_Rukh_Khan, and that is ‘its good to be bad.

The actress talked about her personal equation with Shah Rukh in an episode of TV show "Yaar Mera Superstar". The second season of the chat show is hosted by Sangeeta, who is also popular as a radio jockey. 

In the episode, Alia said that SRK is her childhood crush. 

In the trailer of "Dear Zindagi", Shah Rukh is seen giving some deep, meaningful suggestions to Alia's character.


Shahid starts shooting for 'Padmavati'

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Actor #Shahid_Kapoor has started shooting for filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali's upcoming film #Padmavati.

The period drama, which also features Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh, stars Shahid as Raja Ratan Singh.

Shahid on Thursday shared on Twitter a photograph of himself sporting a beard. 


Sharp drop in attendance at IFFI this year

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Out of the 7,500-odd delegates who registered for the 47th edition of the IFFI in Goa, only 4,000 have actually turned up at the festival, with an official on Thursday suggesting that demonetisation could be one of the reasons for the drop in attendance.

This time round, 7,500 delegates had registered and around 4,000 delegates have picked up their ID cards. Normally, the difference between delegate registration and actual attendance at the event was around 1,500, said Ameya Abhyankar, Chief Executive Officer of the Entertainment Society of Goa, a state government agency responsible for the festival's logistics.

"There is a gap of around 1,000 to 1,500 between actual pick up and registration. So this is not something which is unusual," Abhyankar told a press conference at the event venue.

Tom Ford won't use his clothes in film

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Director and designer #Tom_Ford insisted that costume designer #Arianne_Phillips couldn't use any of his sartorial creations in "Nocturnal Animals", even though she felt they would be perfect for actress #Amy_Adams' character Susan.

"I wanted to use Tom's glasses (for Susan), but he was really clear he didn't want the audience to be taken out of the film, that he wasn't making 'a branded film' to sell clothes - to his credit," Phillips told website The Daily Beast. 

However, the former Gucci creative director was able to put his fashion credentials to good use when he called in a favour from Chanel chief Karl Lagerfeld, reports

Kylie ditches blonde hair colour

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Reality TV personality #Kylie_Jenner has changed her hair colour to brunette from her platinum blonde hair colour.

Kylie documented her dye job on Snapchat, proclaiming "it's time" over a close-up shot of some dark hair, reports

And at one stage during the tricky process, she ended up with a red-head as her hairdresser began darkening her hair in stages, and teased she was considering keeping the bold colour with a Snapchat post stating "Maybe?"

Ways to look like a fashion diva even in winter

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Look your best in winter as well, layer thin clothes and avoid the awkward bulkiness of heavy layers, says an expert.

Fashion designer Isha Gupta Tayal has shared a few tips to help you look fetching even in winter.

♦ Layer several thin clothes and you can seal in heat more effectively and avoid the awkward bulkiness of heavy layers that comes with wearing oversized sweaters or sweatshirts. Begin with a thermal T-shirt or tank top as a base layer, add a thin sweater which will function primarily as the barrier between your skin and the cold air.

Dogs can do what you do or remember what you say

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For all dog owners out there, your canine friends are paying attention to what you say and do and they'll remember too.

A new study has suggested that just like humans, dogs too have "episodic memory" -- the ability to remember and recall events from the past. 

The study revealed that dogs can recall a person's complex actions even when they don't expect to have their memory tested.

"The results of our study can be considered as a further step to break down artificially erected barriers between animals and humans," said Claudia Fugazza from Eotvos Lorand University (ELTE) in Budapest, Hungary. 

Winter skincare cheat sheet

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Its no surprise that as the temperature takes a dive during winter, our #skin_problems soar. So, its time to show your skin some extra love after all the festivities and harsh weather, says an expert.

Disha Meher, National Expert - Skin and Nails, Lakmé Salon, lists an easy and simple cheat sheet that will put an end to all your winter agonies.

♦ Dehydration: If your skin looks patchy and fine lines have started appearing, it is definitely dehydrated and dry. The moisture level of your skin is decreasing because of reduced sebum. Opt for a white tea skin treatment as it has antioxidant properties that nourish your skin and restore its vital moisture content.

It's time to get on the 'hoop' trend

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Trends may come and go, but the #hoop_earrings have become a must have in every girls #jewellery box. From patterned hoops, hoop jhumkas to charm hoops, there are different styles of #hoops to play with, says an expert.

Isha Pandey, Jewellery Merchandiser at, has decoded some of the styling options of this trend.

♦ Diamond hoops: Diamonds add an element of bling to any fine jewellery, and the classic gold hoops are no exception. These elegant circlets scream opulence in an understated manner and are a must have for any special occasion, traditional or otherwise. Glam up the classic 'little black dress' or even a traditional chiffon saree with a pair of diamond dazzlers.

This skin patch does more than monitor sweat

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Researchers have developed a first-of-its-kind soft, flexible microfluidic device that easily adheres to the skin and connects wirelessly with a smartphone to measure the wearer's sweat to show how his or her body is responding to exercise.

Sweat is a rich, chemical broth containing a number of important chemical compounds with physiological health information, the researchers said.

The low-cost device, which is a little larger than a quarter and nearly the same thickness, connects wirelessly with a smartphone to analyse key biomarkers to help a person to find whether he/she needs to drink more water or energy drink to boost the electrolyte levels, or if something is medically going wrong in his/her body.

The Miss Globe 2016 in Remembrance of Mother Teresa: Dimple Patel

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"The Miss Globe 2016" being held in Albania, Tirane Europe is a worldwide renowned pageant handled by Deliart Association. 

the-miss-globe-2016-in-remembrance-of-mother-teresaThere are around 40 countries participating in this pageant. This year the pageant is in remembrance of Mother Teresa i.e beatification of Mother Teresa.

Mother Teresa is indeed the angel mother of India. Her contribution to mankind cannot be forgotten. Mother lives in all of us.

Miss India Dimple Patel representing the land that mother served (India). Dimple is overwhelmed with the fact that she is representing India particularly the year in which the pageant is celebrating the beatification of Mother Teresa.

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Write poetry to boost daily well-being

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Everyday creative activities like writing poetry or making new recipes can boost well-being as well as creativity in young adults, new research has found.

"Engaging in creative behaviour leads to increases in well-being the next day, and this increased wellbeing is likely to facilitate creative activity on the same day," said lead researcher Tamlin Conner from University of Otago in New Zealand.

In their study, the researchers asked 658 university students to keep a daily diary of their experiences and emotional states over 13 days.

Oscar-Winning production designer Paul Sylbert passes away

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Paul Sylbert, who shared an Oscar for the production design for Warren Beattys "Heaven Can Wait" and worked on notable films like "One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest," is dead. He was 88.

Sylbert passe away on November 19.

Producer Hawk Koch, who worked with him on five films, said: "Paul was one of a kind. He was as smart and well-read as anyone I have ever come in contact with, and he was respected by all that knew him. Aside from the work, he loved music, literature, opera, and friends."

Sylbert shared a second nomination for the 1991 Barbra Streisand film "The Prince of Tides."

'Hindi Medium' to release in March next year

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Acclaimed actor Irrfan Khan's "Hindi Medium" - which narrates the love story of a young couple from Chandni Chowk, Delhi - will be releasing in March next year.

According to a statement issued on Wednesday, "Hindi Medium", which also stars Pakistani actress Saba Qamar, will hit the screens on March 31, 2017.

It is directed by Saket Chaudhary.

Every show is a responsibility for me: Farah Khan

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Choreographer-filmmaker #Farah_Khan, who is all set to judge the upcoming singing-based reality show "Indian Idol", says every show is a responsibility for her when it comes to judging.

When asked if she feels judging a talent-based show is a huge responsibility, she told: "Every show is a responsibility... unless it is a 'Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa', where the contestants are pre-decided, but here we are choosing the contestants.

"These are the ones who will go ahead and guide the show. So, yes we are giving it our all to make sure that we don't miss out on any good singer."

Would love to work with Kareena: Karisma Kapoor

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Actress #Karisma_Kapoor says she would love to share the big screen with her sister and actress #Kareena_Kapoor_Khan.

Karisma made her debut in 1991 with the film "Prem Qaidi" and since then has won many hearts with her power packed performances in films like "Dil Toh Pagal Hai", "Raja Hindustani" and "Zubeidaa". 

Her sister Kareena is one of the top stars and has featured in blockbusters like "Refugee", "Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham", "Omkara", "Jab We Met" and "3 Idiots" 

B-town celebrities to walk for Peace fashion show

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Ace Designer #Archana_Kochhar, who is set to showcase Ahimsa ‘peace silk at Peace Fashion Show, will have TV personalities and Bollywood actors like #Ravi_Dubey, Abhishek Kapoor, #Adaa_Khan walking for her.

In 2008 on November 26, Mumbai was attacked by terrorists and to commemorate the memory of the victims of the attacks and spreading the message of peace, Kochhar will lead a charity runway show for the Global Peace Initiative, read a statement.

Kochar will be a part of the Make in India campaign. 

Other celebrities like Manish Paul, Gautam Gulati, Mr. World Rohit Khandelwal, Aditi Mittal and Devoleena Bhattacharjee will also walk the ramp for her.

Aamir Khan ropes in Raftaar for solo track in 'Dangal'

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Actor #Aamir_Khan's forthcoming film #Dangal will have rapper Dilin Nair, who goes by the stage name Raftaar, rapping a solo track.

The track composed by Pritam is called "Dhaakad" and features Raftaar singing in Haryanvi, Tamil and Telugu. It will release on Thursday.

"I believe lady luck is just shining on me. I'm pretty excited with the projects lined up so far. It has been my childhood dream to work alongside Aamir Khan and this is finally materialising. Moreover, I'm happy to be associated with a project that emphasises women empowerment as that's a cause I truly believe in," Raftaar said in a statement.

Gauhar Khan hopes country will benefit from demonetisation

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Actress #Gauhar_Khan hopes that the government's recent act of spiking Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 notes will help in getting rid of #black_money.

Speaking on the first anniversary of Bottle & Models Night event on Tuesday, the actress said: "Hopefully whatever is happening will turn slowly into a positive thing."

"I hope that our country will benefit from the demonetisation move. Together, we will fight to eradicate black money."

President condoles death of Balamuralikrishna

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President #Pranab_Mukherjee on Wednesday condoled the death of noted Carnatic musician M. Balamuralikrishna and said the "nation has lost a genius".

"I am sad to learn about the passing away of the doyen of Carnatic music, Balamuralikrishna," the President said in a condolence message to his wife Annapurna.

"I pray to Almighty to give you and your family the strength and courage to bear this irreparable loss," he said.

The 86-year-old passed away in Chennai on Tuesday. He was ailing for some time.

With age, actors become better in craft: Genelia D'Souza

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Bollywood actress #Genelia D'Souza thinks actors become much more evolved when they get older.

"I think I am much more experienced than I was earlier. Therefore, I feel I am a better actor than what I was before. 

"There are so many emotions you come across and that's the reason why in the west, the actors are all married and have kids," said the "Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya' actress.

Borpujari's 'Memories of a Forgotten War' screened at IFFI

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Bringing alive the decisive battles fought in the North East in 1944 is #Utpal_Borpujaris documentary ‘Memories of a Forgotten War, which was screened as part of the Indian Panorama at the ongoing 47th International Film Festival of India #IFFI at Goa on Wednesday.

The 109 minute feature-length documentary film seeks to tell the tales of valour of those soldiers and of the locals who participated or witnessed those battles. 

'Memories of a Forgotten War' chronicles the events when Japanese troops advanced on British India from the then Burma, but were pushed back by the Allied forces in the Battles of Kohima and Imphal.

Ranveer, Vani celebrate 'Befikre' with French ambassador

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Ahead of the worldwide release of "Befikre " on December 9, Yash Raj Films along with #Alexandre_Ziegler, Ambassador of France to India, co-hosted a soirée to celebrate film along with leading star-cast #Ranveer_Singh and #Vaani_Kapoor.

Extensively shot in Paris as well as in Cannes and Picardie, "Befikre" is steeped in the Parisian spirit of romance and celebrates sensual, carefree love.

Under the vision of Aditya Chopra, Paris becomes synonymous with Befikre's contemporary love story. Keeping up with pace, the Reside nce of France came alive with the spirit of the film as the vibrant evening saw Ranveer Singh and Vaani giving a scintillating performance to the film's song, "Khulke Dulke".

Casting SRK is the demand of the role: Aanand L. Rai

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Director-producer #Aanand_L_Rai, who is all set to start shooting for his next directorial venture starring actor Shah Rukh Khan, said that he did not cast #Shah_Rukh_Khan because of his stardom but for the demand of the role.

Rai, who visited 10th NFDC Film Bazaar here in Goa, said, "I always cast an actor based on the demand of the character. Casting Shah Rukh Khan is the demand of the role exactly the way it applied on Dhanush to play Kundan in 'Raanjhnaa' or Kangana Ranaut to play Tanu. It was never about making a film with a superstar."

Anastacia reveals mastectomy scars for the first time

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Singer #Anastacia has revealed her mastectomy scars for the first time. She says she feels "extremely empowered" by putting them on display on her own terms.

The singer admitted she has been "nervous" to show off her body after many surgeries and treatments following her battle with breast cancer," reports

However, she has learned to love her body again. She stripped off for an intimate black and white cover shoot for the latest issue of FAULT magazine.

Orlando Bloom spotted enjoying lunch with a woman

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Actor #Orlando_Bloom headed out to lunch with a female friend amid reports of his split from singer #Katy_Perry.

The "Pirates of the Caribbean" actor was recently photographed leaving SoHo House in Malibu on Tuesday. He sported a navy sweater and dark jeans, reports

He was seen trying to hide his face after he spotted photographers outside the celebrity hotspot before hopping into the passenger seat of his friend's car.

Perry and Bloom reportedly split after being together for 10 months.

Tips to dress smart to office

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Go for well fitting clothes and avoid inappropriate apparel and accessories to make an impression in office with your style, says an expert.

Meha Bhargava, CEO, Styl.Inc Image consulting, lists some tips to dress smart for office.

♦ When it comes to office dressing, keep it simple and sober, but at the same time trendy and comfy. Pencil skirts and A-line skirts are the most appropriate apparel options. If choosing a formal shirt, pair it with blazers (cardigans for the colder months), but buttons should not gape open when worn. Jeans are sometimes appropriate specially when it is weekend or on week days, pick pants in a black, navy, or camel colours.

Avoid wearing colourful, patterned, loud prints, neon colour attires. Work dresses should not be too tight, too short, or overly revealing in general.

Switzerland Tourism launches winter campaign

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Aiming to consolidate and further boost the double digit growth of 16 per cent in tourism, the #Switzerland_Tourism on Wednesday launched its winter campaign.

Ritu Sharma, Deputy Director (India) of Switzerland Tourism, said: "Although Indians love to go on a vacation during the summers, we do hope for a change after this campaign."

A statement from Switzerland Tourism said that it also launched its summer campaign "Nature wants you back" for the next year which will be led by its brand ambassador Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh.

Play up with hair for parties

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Go for two top knots or a French braid instead of tying your hair in a boring bun for a fun party, say experts.

TIGI educator Anushka Moniz along with the participants of Hair Heroes 2016 contest have shared ideas for a chic look:

♦ French braid: 

♠ Begin with using a dry shampoo on your lengths and ends to help create texture.

♠ Take a centre parting and braid your hair on both sides using the French braid technique.

♠ Continue braiding till you reach the nape area and secure it with rubber bands.