Saturday, 24 December 2016

Layer up, look stylish this party season

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Show off all those #dresses but keep yourself warm using different layers like coats and jackets for this party season, says an expert.

Sidhika Gupta, Fashion Head at Roposo, a fashion and lifestyle social network, has rolled out a few tips and tricks that you could use while dressing up for a party: 

*Transitional layering: It's perfectly acceptable and absolutely smart to carry your summer favourites to the winter. All you need is a little colour balancing and subtle winter styling. 

Dress up your denims by layering it with a sheer lace slit-dress, or slay your slip dress over a full-sleeved turtle-neck knit. Even your distressed denim jacket and beige shorts have the dinner potential.

*Statement jacket: Wear a decorative coat and don't take it off, even indoors. What's a party without a statement evening coat? This season be brave with your outermost layering and do not succumb to the ‘everyone has one' black coat. 

People's love means the most to Alia

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Bollywood actress #Alia_Bhatt says that though content is the king, people's love for her and her films "means the most" to her.

"Content is King. So if your film is good, it will do well but for me it's all about the love. I am not completely close to criticism. I don't read too many reviews but sometimes people send me things and I read it. I feel it is important to get the love but also get the hate; you have to balance it out," she said when asked to choose between commercial success or critical acclaim.

As far as criticism is concerned Alia said, "Somebody may like your film and somebody may not like it, you have to be completely open about it. So I am open to that, I may feel bad from time to time but it is okay."

Master the art of getting the glitter look right

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The #party_season is around the corner -- stand out of the crowd this year by making a glittery fashion statement in all the parties, says an expert.

Gunjan Gaur, Permanent Make-up Expert, Alps Beauty Group, tells you how: 

* Metallic eyeliners - These glitter liners are perfect for jazzing up any eye look! One can experiment with different colours like gold, purple, bronze and black.

* Facial glitter powder - Glam things up a notch and shine like the star you are with various sparkling face glitter in a variety of light-catching shades. With a rainbow of dazzling colours to choose from, you'll never get tired of adding a little shine this festive season.

* Shimmering metallic eye shadow - These creamy-like metallic eyes shadows are super easy to apply and give instant shimmer in one stroke. To get a dramatic effect, loose glitter can help you achieve that sought-after "wow factor". 

* Glittery nail - Glitter nail art designs have become a favourite. Glitter nail designs can give that extra edge to your nails. They are always a good choice for the winter time, especially around the holidays.

'Dangal' wrestles demonetisation to shine at box office

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Bollywood superstar #Aamir_Khans sports drama film #Dangal, whose box office potential could have been affected due to the after-effects of the Indian government's #demonetisation move, has received an "extra-ordinary response" and is hitting the right chord among the audiences worldwide, say trade experts.

Directed by Nitesh Tiwari, "Dangal", which released on Friday, is based on a true story and chronicles the empowering journey of a father who trains his daughters in wrestling.

The pull in the story also lies in the fact that it's a real life tale of Mahavir Singh Phogat, a former national champion who, much to the disapproval of his wife and his whole village, trained his daughters Geeta and Babita to wrestle.

Bella Hadid feels 'lucky' to be a model

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Model #Bella_Hadid feels "so damn lucky" to be a model and has says she feels very "privileged" to have had such a successful year.

Hadid shared a video of her walking in a variety of catwalk shows throughout this year in a montage on social media.

She captioned the Instagram post: "I feel so grateful... Thank you to every single person I have had the privilege of working with this year and everyone that believed in me and supported me along the way. I feel so damn lucky to call this my job and to work with such inspiring, talented people everyday. I will keep working hard. I love you so so so so much!"

The model, who has also graced the runway for labels like Moschino, Versace and Chanel, has been voted the Model of the Year by the Industry in a poll by Bella said is a "huge honour" for her to receive the accolade.

Alongside a image of an article with her new title, which she shared on the photo-sharing site, she wrote: "What a crazy way to end the year. This is such a huge honour! Industry's vote!!! Thank you so much to everyone in the industry that voted, everyone I've worked with and @modelsdot for all of the love and support... This really means so much to me."

Detox body post-party season

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As #Christmas and #New_Year are round the corner, its time to indulge in parties. So, follow a detox diet to help clean your body after the #party_season, says an expert.

Harpreet Kaur, Nutritional Coach, FITSO - Your Fitness Coach, suggests how: 

* Day one:

Early morning: Half lemon in lukewarm water.

Breakfast: Detox vegetable juice - one carrot, one beetroot, half apple, a piece of ginger and a dash of lemon juice.

Mid-morning: Choose fruits like guava, pear, apple, orange, strawberry, peach, plums and apricots.

Lunch: Salad bowl - a variety of lightly steamed or raw seasonal vegetables preferably organic.

Simple winter care tips for your dogs

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Take care of your canines in the cold weather by preparing a comfortable warm bed and by giving them warm food, says an expert.

Swati Tandon, a pet expert at Whatspup, a website providing pet supplies, services and accessories, shared tips on how to keep your canines warm and flu-free.

* For cold nights: Dogs are the best hot water bags to sleep with at night but if you are not used to hugging your pooch and sleeping or if your dog doesn't sleep in your bed make a comfortable warm bed for your dog.

* Warm and stylish: Keep your dog warm and chic in stylish jackets, sweatshirts and coats, but make them wear it only in the evening till morning when it's cold, remember to take them off when it gets warm in the afternoon.

Get party ready at home

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With the #party_season just around the corner, there is no better time than now to plan your flawless look for all the amazing night-outs that you have lined up. However, while you are putting together a fashion-forward wardrobe for your celebrations, ensure that you are also working towards achieving fresh and smooth skin that will help you look picture perfect!

Celebrity make-up artist, Namrata Soni shares her expert tips on achieving a seamless look and launching into 2017 with a smooth start, irrespective of whether you're out for a family celebration, an office New Year bash or a glamorous Christmas dinner party with friends.

* Prepare your face: Clean, healthy and good skin makes for a beautiful canvas for make-up. So get that glow back by moisturizing splurge wrap at a spa or opt for a Multani Mitti face pack at home for an instant glow.

* Cleanse and Hydrate: Use a good quality cleanser to clean your skin off the dirt, pollution and other impurities. Top it up with rose water over your face and neck for hydration.

SRK, Karan Johar to host 62nd Jio Filmfare Awards 2017

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With their witty one-liners and charm, superstar #Shah_Rukh_Khan and filmmaker #Karan_Johar will add spunk to the #62nd_Jio_Filmfare_Awards_2017 as co-hosts of the event, which recognises and honours the best talent in Hindi cinema.

The awards ceremony will be held on January 14, 2017 at the NSCI Dome in Worli here, it was announced on Friday at a press conference attended by Filmfare editor Jitesh Pillai, Karan and actress Alia Bhatt. The "Udta Punjab" and "Dear Zindagi" actress will also be one of the star performers of the night.

Reliance Foundation chairperson Nita Ambani said via a video message at the event: "I'm delighted that Filmfare and Jio has partnered with each other. Our partnership is truly a winning combination. Powered by Jio, the Filmfare Awards - current and past - will be showcased to our audiences in a variety of unique ways across our platforms."

Kristen Stewart dating Stella Maxwell

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Actress #Kristen_Stewart is dating model #Stella_Maxwell.

Stewart, who was earlier romantically linked with singer St. Vincent, spent time in Savannah, Georgia with Maxwell where the 26-year-old star has been shooting for a new movie, reports

"Kristen is dating Stella Maxwell. They are having fun. When Kristen filmed in Savannah, she spent several days together with Stella, who came to visit her. She was with Kristen on the set most days and seemed to have fun," said a source.

Maxwell, who was earlier dating singer Miley Cyrus, enjoyed a number of strolls around the city with Stewart and is now staying with the "Twilight" star here.

"Kristen also seemed very happy with Stella around. They weren't affectionate, but definitely acted very friendly and like they had the best time hanging out. Stella seems very easy going. She is always very smiley and has a cute personality," the source added.

Chris Pratt had sex on plane

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Actor #Chris_Pratt says he has had sex in an airplane's bathroom.

Pratt and his "Passengers" co-star Jennifer Lawrence revealed the strangest place they ever had sex, reports

"Airplane. I hung from the ceiling by my feet, like a bat," Pratt joked on a TV show.

Lawrence, on the other hand, said she likes to keep things more low key. 

"I don't really have anything, I like being safe. That's what really turns me on, being safe," Lawrence said.

"Passengers" is a romantic science fiction adventure thriller film directed by Morten Tyldum and written by Jon Spaihts. 

Lara Stone can't walk in high heels

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Model #Lara_Stone says she finds it hard to walk in high heel shoes.

"I can't walk heels, so the catwalk is not really for me," Stone told website Net-a-Porter's The Edit, reports

The style icon says she gets "super nervous" and starts "shaking" before hitting the runway. So, she was relieved when she landed a contract with Calvin Klein and avoided catwalk appearances.

Speaking about her fear, she said: "I get super nervous. Like, shaking. I hate being on any kind of stage. But I got really lucky: I did one or two seasons then I got my contract with Calvin Klein, so for four or five years I couldn't do any shows because I was exclusive to them. It was great! Now I'll do one or two.

"I've got my son - I don't want to be on a big fashion tour for a month if I don't have to be."

She said that she used to be teased for her appearance when she was younger.

"I was scouted when I was 13 or 14. We were on a big family holiday to Paris when I was spotted on the metro by a lady who was the wife of an agent at Elite. It was the most confusing thing ever - I was definitely not attractive. 

Friday, 23 December 2016

Ethnic wear trends to watch out for in 2017

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#Slit_kurtas, capes and asymmetric hemlines will make a flattering trend in 2017, says an expert who feels that #ethnic_wear will get a makeover in the coming season when stylised differently.

Pankaj Anand, Director and Co-Founder at Sabhyata, an ethnic clothing brand, has listed the top trends for you to watch out for:

* Slits: Extended slits are all set to make ethnic wear newer and modern. Adding to this, chic designs merged with the bold slits are taking fashion one step further. Slit kurta is a bold choice for women and is the right combination of modern, edgy, regal and traditional fashion.

Slit Kurtis incorporating geometric patterns are much in vogue. You can give these a contemporary twist by teaming them up with bottoms such as trousers, a pair of jeans palazzos and even with churidars and leggings.

They're not models: Janice Dickinson slams Kim, Kendall

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Model #Janice_Dickinson has slammed reality TV personalities #Kim_Kardashian and #Kendall_Jenner saying they are not models.

Dickinson called Kendall a "lovely" person before attacking her career in an interview, reports

"I don't think she's a supermodel, I don't. Give me a break. You think that's supermodel? That is not supermodel. She can't beat me. She can't. Apples and oranges," she said on a TV show "The Tomorrow Show With Keven Undergaro".

Dickinson said she was shocked and disappointed when Kim and husband Kanye West landed their own Vogue cover in 2014, an opinion which was also shared by other celebrities at the time.
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Aamir Khan possesses a childlike wonderment: Ranveer

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Actor #Ranveer_Singh has lauded #Aamir_Khan's sports drama film #Dangal and has shared his love for him by saying that the Bollywood superstar "possesses a childlike wonderment".

"Devoted to the religion that is cinema... Passionate to an unparalleled degree... With an awe inspiring honesty... Aamir Khan. ‘Dangal'," Ranveer posted on Twitter on Thursday.

"Storyteller by nature, megastar by virtue... He who possesses a childlike wonderment...My love for him is of the truest kind. The one and only," he added.

The makers of the film organised a special screening of the film on Tuesday night here. The event was graced by former wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat, his daughters Geeta Phogat and Babita Phogat, Sachin Tendulkar and Raj Thackeray among many others.

In "Dangal", Aamir plays the role of Mahavir Singh Phogat.

He underwent rigorous workout sessions for the role. He had to previously gain weight, going from 68 kg to 93 kg in six months, for his role of the ageing wrestler during the first phase of the film's shoot.

I was a very shy girl: Disha Patani

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Actress #Disha_Patani, who will be seen sharing screen space with legendary actor Jackie Chan in #Kung_Fu_Yoga, says being an actress was never her plan as she was a very shy girl.

Disha made her debut in 2016 with Sushant Singh Rajput starrer "M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story".

Asked if being an actress was always in her mind, Disha told over phone from Mumbai: "No (it was not the plan). I was so shy I didn't have friends till 16 or something. I could never imagine myself acting in front of camera or doing anything in front of the camera. I was a very shy girl." 

The 21-year-old says while growing up she wanted to be an air force pilot. 

"But I think it was destiny and this (acting) was meant to be...I got the opportunity and i grabbed it and slowly I started finding a lot of interest in acting," she added. 

Disha will be seen playing an archaeologist in "Kung Fu Yoga", which will hit the screens on January 28.

The film, which is a Sino-Indian project, is part of the three-film agreement signed between the two countries during Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to India.

'Judwaa 2' will be nice switch-over, says Taapsee

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Actor #Taapsee_Pannu, who featured in the critically acclaimed courtroom drama film "Pink" this year, says that her upcoming movie #Judwaa2 will be a nice change for her.

"Judwaa 2" is an action comedy film, directed by David Dhawan. It will star actor Varun Dhawan in a double role along with Jacqueline Fernandez and Taapsee.

"'Judwaa 2' will be a nice switch-over and change for me," Taapsee said on the sidelines of Pride for Women event here on Wednesday.

The actress, who starred in David's directorial "Chashme Baddoor", says she is excited to work with him again.

"It's like back to school and class once again," she said.

Taapsee was honoured with Pride for Women Empowerment Award for her work in cinema. 

"It is nice when your hard work is awarded, especially at such a platform because it is not just about acting and actors here. It is about people, who have achieved something in all walks of life," she said.

"So to be standing there and winning an award for your performance in a particular film, I feel that I have done something more than just good acting, it feels you have touched hearts and minds of people," she added. 

Chris Brown getting 'serious' with new girlfriend

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Singer #Chris_Brown is reportedly getting serious about his new girlfriend #Krista_Santiago and has given her a key to his house here.

According to a source, Brown wants to prove Santiago that he is committed to her, reports

"Chris and Krista are dating. But he's learned from his relationships with Rihanna and Karrueche Tran, and is going to keep this relationship out of the media and on the lowest of the down lows," the source said.

"But just because they're keeping it quiet doesn't mean it's not passionate. They're into one another heavy. He's showered her with gifts. They love painting and listening to music together.

Katherine Heigl's baby bump making sex scenes tough

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Actress #Katherine_Heigl's baby bump is making it tricky for her to shoot sex scenes for her new TV show "Doubt".

The 38-year-old is expecting a baby with her husband Josh Kelley, but for her role as defence attorney Sadie Ellis she has to shoot a sex scene with her co-star Steven Pasquale.

As Heigl is in her third trimester, her swollen stomach is getting in the way of their lovemaking scene for the show, which will air from February onwards, reports

"There's just this basketball between us. I'm like, 'I'm so sorry, so awkward!' and he was lovely, but you don't feel beautiful, really. It can get a little steamy, but with this situation it can't get that steamy," Heigl told Extra magazine.

Gigi Hadid refuses to marry Zayn Malik

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Model #Gigi_Hadid has reportedly refused to marry singer #Zayn_Malik.

Malik, who has been dating Gigi for a year now, recently asked her to marry him. The 21-year-old beauty, however, turned him down because she thought she's too young and "doesn't feel ready to tie the knot", reports

According to Life and Style magazine, Gigi's mother Yolanda Hadid is another reason why she's not in a rush to marry Malik. 

"She's seen her mom Yolanda Hadid go through two messy divorces, so Gigi wants to make 100 per cent sure Zayn's the one before she makes a lifetime commitment," the source said, referring to Yolanda's splits from Mohammed Hadid and musician David Foster.

Never thought of becoming an actor: Kriti Sanon

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She is just two years old in Bollywood but has already managed to bag four films, including one with superstar #Shah_Rukh_Khan. Actress #Kriti_Sanon, who has been on a roll in Hindi filmdom, however, says she had never thought of becoming an actor.

She made her Bollywood debut in 2014 with "Heropanti", then featured in "Dilwale" starring Kajol and Shah Rukh Khan and has two films in her kitty -- "Raabta" and "Bareilly Ki Barfi".

Asked how she feels on bagging four films in just two years, Kriti told here: "Of course it feels really great, specially because I am not from (a filmy) family and I don't belong to the industry. I never thought earlier of becoming an actor. It is something which just gradually happened."

The actress said she simply realised that acting was something she wanted to do all her life.

'Dangal' better than 'Sultan': Salman Khan

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Actor #Salman_Khan has heaped praise on #Aamir_Khan's latest release #Dangal, a biographical wrestling drama which hit the screens worldwide on Friday, calling it a much better film than his own release "Sultan".

In Ali Abbas Zaffar's "Sultan", which released earlier this year, Salman played a wrestling champion from Haryana whose successful career wreaks havoc in his personal life.

"My family saw 'Dangal' and thought it was a much better film than 'Sultan'. Love you personally Aamir but hate you professionally," wrote Salman on his Twitter page on Friday.

Aamir responded to his tweet by saying: "Salman Khan, in your 'hate' I feel only love. 'I love you like I hate you'." 

Directed by Nitesh Tiwari, and based on an incredible true story, "Dangal" chronicles the highly inspiring and empowering journey of a father who trains his daughters in wrestling.

'Half Girlfriend' shooting wraps up

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The shooting for Mohit Suri's upcoming film #Half_Girlfriend is over.

Shraddha, who has previously worked with Suri in films like "Aashiqui 2" and "Ek Villain", on Thursday Tweeted that it has been special. 

"And it's a film wrap on 'Half Girlfriend'! Hatrick completed with Mohit Suri and it's been so so special...80 days, six states and three continents," she tweeted. 

"Half Girlfriend" is an adaptation of author Chetan Bhagat's eponymous novel. The actress says it has been challenging to bring the author's "words to life".

Nawazuddin Siddiqui starrer 'Haraamkhor' cleared by FCAT

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Actor #Nawazuddin_Siddiqui starrer #Haraamkhor, directed by Shlok Sharma, has been cleared by the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT).

A post on the official Facebook page of Guneet Monga's production banner Sikhya Entertainment, read: "Good news! Shlok Sharma's debut feature 'Haraamkhor', starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui Shweta Tripathi has finally been cleared by the FCAT in a landmark judgment!" 

The film, which is jointly produced by Guneet Monga, Anurag Kashyap, Feroze Alameer and Achin Jain, will hit the cinemas on January 13.

Monga on Thursday shared that the film is now a U/A certificate.

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Aamir to host special screening of 'Dangal' for Salman, SRK

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Superstars #Salman_Khan and #Shah_Rukh_Khan could not make it to the special screening of #Aamir_Khan-starrer #Dangal here. Aamir says whenever the two actors would like to watch the forthcoming film, he would host a special screening for the duo.

The film is set to hit the screens on Friday. Its makers hosted a special screening of the film on Tuesday night. Many Bollywood celebrities sans Salman and Shah Rukh were present for the screening. Mahavir Singh Phogat and his daughters, including Geeta Phogat, were also spotted at the screening of the film, which is based on the former wrestler and renowned coach and his family. 

"I have messaged to Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan that whenever they would like to watch the they are busy with their work. So, whenever they would like to watch it, we would definitely host a special screening," Aamir told reporters here. 

The screening was also attended by celebrities like Sachin Tendulkar, Raj Thackeray, Arjun Kapoor, Anil Kapoor and Ashutosh Gowariker.

"Sachin Tendulkar and Raj Thackeray loved the film. We are happy that our hard work, especially Nitesh Tiwari's story and direction...people are enjoying it," said Aamir.

The biopic stars Aamir as Mahavir Singh Phogat. The movie is based on the wrestler's struggle to empower and encourage his daughters to become world renowned wrestlers. 

I'm always nervous about my films: Aamir Khan

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Superstar #Aamir_Khan, who is awaiting the release of his forthcoming movie #Dangal, says he is never confident but nervous about his films prior to its release.

"I am never confident, I am always nervous about my films. So whenever we make a film with such love and care, we are worried about audience reaction. So far only friends, family, close ones and now Mahavir Ji have watched the film, and we are happy that they liked the film" Aamir said. 

The actor was present at a special screening of the film on Tuesday night here. The event was graced by former wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat, Geeta Phogat, Babita Phogat, Sachin Tendulkar and Raj Thackeray among many others.

"We are waiting for December 23, when audience will watch the film, how they will receive the film. I am eagerly waiting for that" he added.

In "Dangal", Aamir plays the role of wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat.

Deepika has become a fabulous actor, says Farah Khan

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Choreographer-filmmaker #Farah_Khan says #Deepika_Padukone was "completely raw" when she entered Bollywood with her film "Om Shanti Om", but has now become a fabulous actor by becoming confident of her abilities.

Farah spotted Deepika's talent and honed it for her 2007 film "Om Shanti Om" - which also features superstar Shah Rukh Khan. But much before that, she was a successful model and had endless endorsement deals to her credit. 

"Deepika in 'Om Shanti Om' was a very different person and Deepika in 'Happy New Year' was a very different person. When she was in 'Om Shanti Om', she was completely raw and she was all in awe. She would hardly speak. She would do everything but she was very nervous and literally we had to coach her - look left, look right, look up, look down, say it like that," Farah said. 

Farah talked about Deepika with actress Neha Dhupia during an episode of her audio talk show "#NoFilterNeha", read a statement. 

Farah, known for making several big budget films, added: "But in 'Happy New Year', she was very confident. She had also become a fabulous actor. 

Govinda celebrates birthday with 'Aa Gaya Hero' trailer launch

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Bollywood's evergreen comedian #Govinda celebrated his birthday by launching the trailer of his film #Aa_Gaya_Hero here on Wednesday.

"I am playing the role of a police officer in the film. After 15 years, I am coming back as a hero in the film," said Govinda, who turned 53, during media interaction here.

He added: "You guys have seen me in 'Partner' and 'Bhagam Bhag' where I played character role. But what you have seen here today, the song and dialogues, this is something I have never done before."

"Aa Gaya Hero" is directed by Deepankar Senapati and will be the first film made under Govinda's production house.

"I would like to thank my wife, Sunita. Because of her assistance and help I could make this film otherwise there was no chance of making it," he said. 

The film will release on February 24, 2017.

My awards collective applause for my work, says SRK

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Bollywood superstar #Shah_Rukh_Khan, who launched the upcoming international film award titled #Indian_Academy_Awards says he loves awards and considers them the collective applause for his work.

"I love being a movie star and I love awards. After working for some time in the industry, we all reach a point from where we need some kind of applause and recognition. My awards are the collective applause for the work that I have done that year or on a film," Shah Rukh told media here.

"If I haven't got an award, I didn't deserve it.. as an actor, I do not perform keeping any award in mind, it happens," he added.

Indian Academy Awards, conceptualized by Brainstorm Entertainment and executed by Cineyug will held in California to celebrate world cinema of three major film industries - Bollywood, Tollywood and Hollywood.

Apart from Shah Rukh Khan, the event had Vandana Krishna, Saurabh Pandey of Brainstorm Entertainment, US Consul General Tom Vajda and Aly Morani from Cineyung.

Explaining the idea of celebrating cinema on such a huge platform, Shah Rukh, asking people not to compare it to Oscar or any such awards, said: "Bollywood films are hugely respected by American artistes. Creating this kind of platform will help us to not only promote our Indian films of different industries, but also create awareness of our work. 

"India is one of the old filmmaking countries of the world. So as a member of film industry, I feel it is our responsibility to educate people about our cinema that can resolve lot of misconception about Indian films."

How to get the art of accessorising right

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Confused about what type of jewellery will go with your outfit? It is important to pick wisely, wear with style and flaunt it with grace, says an expert.

Himanshu Malik, Founder and CEO of (online shopping portal for jewellery), shares some tips to pick out the right jewellery for the right occasion:

♦ Corporate dressing: Minimalistic and sleek designs go best -- be it bracelets, pendants or earrings. They not only refine your outfit, but also add a subtle bling, giving your outfit a classy finish. 

One should not wear blingy and sparkling pieces to their workplace. Men can opt lapel pins to enhance their look and top it up with a leather strap watch.

♦ With casuals: Bold colours if paired well can take the style quotient several notches higher. Club your casuals with stylish necklaces, multi-coloured bracelets and bold statement pieces that are eye-catching and at the same time exude casual elegance.

Similarly, men can opt for multiple leather bands and experiment with big stainless steel watches. Accessorise with trendy pieces such as decorative rings and fashionable belt buckles, which are great add-ons.

♦ Evening party: For women opting for gowns and dresses, it is recommended to keep it subtle, especially if your outfit is made of bold colours with shimmer and sequence. For flowy or straight-cut outfits, you can choose a big piece of jewellery in a contrast colour to add a regal touch.

Men wearing tuxedos or suits should not forget to add a stylish pair of cufflinks. Also, a pocket watch can elevate the overall appeal by adding an opulent grace.

Get rid of swollen fingers using simple kitchen ingredients

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During winters, health problems like swollen fingers can be taken care of by using lemon, onion and turnip, says an expert.

Here are a few suggestions given by Megha Shah, Cosmetologist at Beauty and Curves Clinic:

♦ Lemon: Apply lemon juice on the swollen part of the fingers and get instant relief.

♦ Onion: Everybody knows that onion improves the blood flow in the body. It has antibiotic and antiseptic properties and hence, if applied on the affected area, gives relief from itching and swelling.

♦ Garlic: Garlic is a powerhouse of antiseptic properties that are great to counteract the problem of swollen fingers.

♦ Turnip: Apart from various health benefits, turnip is also an effective pain killer which reduces the issue of swelling, redness and itching in the fingers.

♦ Home remedies: Apart from these wonder ingredients, there are certain home remedies that are highly effective in the case of swollen fingers.

Get that perfect Christmas pout with right colours

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With #Christmas come the celebrations, decorations and some amazing shopping for that perfect attire but while youve got everything else in place, its an irksome task to choose the right seasonal lip shade to match your outfit. From coral, coffee to mauve, one can try out many shades, says an expert.

Neetu Prasher, Head Beauty Training, Avon India, lists some colours that one can try this season for the perfect pout.

♦ Plum: Dramatic lip colour is the need of the hour this Christmas season. Lay your hands on this sinful lacquer to look devilish yet chic this X-mas. Club a snowy white jumper to elevate your look.

♦ Coral: Bring out your bright playful side with punchy coral bursts. Bright orange or subtle citrus shine, team your green cape and give out hipster vibes this season.

♦ Coffee : Christmas is the best time to flaunt those untouched cinnamon, coffee tones. A warm brown hue to keep your beauty game in check. A chocolate staple that looks classy come colder months.

Simple steps to maintain you silver, jewellery

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Silver objects tarnish easily and develop stains and scratches. Avoid wrapping your silver in plastic bags and polish it with a toothpaste, says an expert.

Preeti Sogani, Managing Director at Sogani Jewellers, shared a few tips:

♦ Clean your silver using soft, dry cloth without using any chemical, acid or acetone. Avoid polishing as it may remove protective lacquering.

♦ Do not keep your silver in extreme heat and avoid wrapping it in plastic bags as it may cause dampness which speeds up tarnishing.

♦ As silver is a soft metal, it should be handled with care. Avoid improper handling and wear gloves while cleaning the precious metal to avoid abrasion.

♦ Store in a clean, dry place preferably on a butter paper or soft white cloth.

♦ Do you know that toothpaste can clean tarnish? Apply a small amount of paste on the silver, run it under warm water and make a foam that will remove the stubborn stains and dirt from the intricate parts. Use only a soft-bristled toothpaste.

One in four Indians receives unwanted gifts: Survey

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If you find yourself with an assortment of gifts that are of no use to you at the end of this #festive_season, youre not alone. The average incidence in India of receiving an unwanted gift in 2016 was 26 percent compared to 16 percent, says a survey.

A survey done by OLX and IMRB, a multi-country market research, reveals that the trend of receiving gifts that one finds of no use is on the rise. 

The average incidence rate of receiving an unwanted gift is on the rise by 26 percent in 2016 compared to 16 percent in 2014, said a statement. 

Indians are also increasingly re-gifting the gifts they do not want. As many as 24 percent of the surveyed households said that they re-gift their unwanted gifts. In addition to this, 14 percent admitted to throwing their unwanted gift items away, seven percent said they sell them while five percent claimed that they give it away as a part of charity. 

Priyanka becomes first Indian actress to represent Pantene globally

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Actress #Priyanka_Chopra has been roped in as the global ambassador of hair care brand #Pantene. She has become the first #Indian_actress to represent the brand globally.

Priyanka - who is earning applause for her work internationally courtesy her American show "Quantico", will be the face of the brand's new campaign. She is excited about the association. 

"I'm excited to come on board as the new global ambassador for Pantene. A favourite around the world, I love that Pantene celebrates and advocates that being strong is beautiful," Priyanka said in a statement. 

She added: "Inner Strength is as important for hair as it is for life. Strong hair can handle anything!"

Globally, the brand is endorsed by stars like Selena Gomez, Ellie Goulding, and Gisele Bundchen. 

Taking a break from her international ventures, Priyanka is back in Mumbai and is going through scripts. She said that she will be doing two big Indian films in the year to come. 

Fast food picks for people with diabetes

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It is important for people suffering from diabetes to be selective while picking up #fast_food items to munch on, says an expert.

Amarjeet Singh Bhatia - Chief Medical Officer at Doctor Insta (a telehealth app), lists some fast food picks for diabetics. 

♦ Pizza- Pizza is one of the best choices for people suffering from diabetes. Just make sure that you order a tortilla and top it with vegetables rather than extra cheese and high fat meals.

♦ Burgers- Instead of burgers with double or triple patties, go for single burgers. Also, one needs to keep in mind that you opt for chicken, turkey or veggie burger.

♦ Muffins- If you want to start your day with a morning pastry, you can surely go for muffins but one needs to keep in mind that those muffins must be low fat. Low fat muffins are easily available in the market.

Gold: Your go to colour this wedding season

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#Gold_clutches, shoes and lehengas are a must have for the #wedding_season, says an expert.

Yashodhara Shroff, founder and director of, has shared some tips on how one can opt for gold accessories. 

♦ Clutch: Opt for a gold beaded tassel clutch. The tassel in the clutch will add movement and fluidity to your outfit. Be it a strikingly gorgeous lehenga or a simple yet elegant kurta, the clutch is sure to make any outfit standout. 

♦Heels: Shimmery pumps add substance and elegance to any outfit. Shoes play a huge role in completing your outfit, so don't think twice before getting your hands on this pair.

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Dharmendra recovering well: Hema Malini

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Actress and politician #Hema_Malini says that veteran actor #Dharmendra is recovering well.

Dharmendra, 81, on Tuesday was taken to Nanvati Hospital here after he reportedly complained of uneasiness and pain. 

"Just to reassure everyone concerned about Dharamji in hospital - he is recovering well and is likely to be discharged soon. Thank you all," Hema tweeted on Tuesday evening. 

Dharmendra's son and actor-filmmaker Sunny Deol also shared on Twitter that his father is down with "food poisoning and is recovering fast". 

"Thanks a lot for your concern about my father's health. He was down with food poisoning and is recovering fast. Please don't speculate about it," Sunny tweeted. 

Serve up best DIY cocktails this Christmas

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Give your taste buds a zing with specially curated Christmas cocktails. These ideal winter concoctions mastered to perfection; gift you the culminating experience of everlasting aroma, texture and taste. Ensuring that your festivities, getaway or romantic date are an occasion to remember and cherish forever.

Jacob Alexander, brand ambassador of United Spirits, has rolled out some cocktails that can be served during this festive season. 

♦ White Christmas: A delightful wintery cocktail, perfect for an after dinner dessert drink. It's a classic blend of chocolate and cream helps adding to the warm romantic Christmas cheer.

Glassware: Champagne Saucer


45 ml VAT 69

15 ml Crème de Cacao

10 ml Caramel Syrup

15 ml Cream

Method: Pour all the ingredients in a Boston shaker and strain

Garnish: Dust with choco powder

♦ Black Sage: Smoothness of Black and White mixed with the richness of pineapple and warmth of ginger and honey all combined to give a lovely start to your cool party evenings this festive season.

Glassware: Martini Glass


60ml Black and White

1-inch stub Root Ginger (peeled) 

60 ml Pineapple Juice

10 ml Lime Juice

10 ml Honey

Star Anise 

Method: Muddle, shake and double strain into a chilled glass.

Garnish: Star Anise.

♦ Santa's Night Cap: Cosy up by the fireplace with this delightful fusion of Black Dog with Coffee and Hazel nut before you hit the bed.

Glassware: Coupe


60 ml Black Dog Triple Gold Reserve

25 ml Black Coffee

15 ml Hazelnut Syrup

20 ml Cream

Method: Pour all ingredients in a Boston Shaker and strain in a Coupe glass over crushed ice

Garnish: Grated Nutmeg

♦ Johnnie and Ginger: The spirited Johnnie Walker Red crackling with spice and bursting with vibrant smoky flavour served tall with Ginger Ale and Apples. 

Glassware: Collins


60ml Johnnie Walker Red Label

Quarter Red Apple Chopped

10 ml Red Apple Syrup

Ginger Ale - To Top

Two drops Angostura Bitters

Method: Mix the Johnnie Walker Red with the apple syrup in a Collins glass. Top up with Ginger ale; garnish with chopped apples and angostura.

Garnish: Apple Fan

♦ Autumn Sunshine: The quintessential Whiskey Sour, that serves up the taste-tingling collision of sweet and sour. The cocktail combines citrus and sweet to compliment the rich complex and incredibly well balance, full of dark fruits, sweet vanilla and signature smokiness of the Johnnie Walker Black Label. Topped with a flamed orange zest, the concoction gives you a delightful winter offering helping you brave the chill.

Glassware: Old Fashioned Glass


45 ml Johnnie Walker Black Label

15 ml Grand Marnier/Cointreau

10 ml Fresh Lime

Two tsp Orange Marmalade

20 ml fresh orange juice

Method: Shake all the ingredients in a Boston Shaker and serve over ice

Garnish: Flamed orange zest

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