Saturday, 31 December 2016

Five deleted scenes from 'Kabali' released

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The makers of superstar #Rajinikanth's #Kabali, one of the biggest grossing Tamil films of the year, on Saturday released five deleted scenes from the film as a special New Year surprise for the fans.

The first clip features Radhika Apte, who played the film's leading lady, and Rajinikanth in a romantic banter.

In the second clip, Rajinikanth is presented a gun by a former Malaysian don. In the third clip, Rajinikanth expresses his love for his wife to his daughter, played by Dhansikaa.

Dinesh, who played second fiddle to Rajinikanth in the film, introduces himself in the fourth video. In the last clip, Rajinikanth finds out about his daughter's love life.

Priyanka Chopra to present Golden Globes 2017

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Bollywood actress #Priyanka_Chopra will be one of the presenters at the upcoming #Golden_Globe_Awards ceremony.

Priyanka -- who is earning applause for her work internationally courtesy her American show "Quantico" and will be making her Hollywood debut with "Baywatch" next year - has joined previously announced presenters Anna Kendrick and Steve Carell. 

Her name was announced via a post on the official Twitter account of the Golden Globe Awards, which read: "We're also pleased to announce Timothy Olyphant, Justin Theroux, and Priyanka Chopra as presenters for the 74th Golden Globe Awards."

The actress, who presented at this year's Oscar awards and Emmy awards as well, didn't share any information about presenting the award at the upcoming gala, but re-tweeted the post. 

Nothing romantic about being poor: SRK

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Superstar #Shah_Rukh_Khan, who is one of the Bollywood stars in the Forbes list of worlds top 20 highest-paid actors, believes people should should make money first and then philosophise. The onscreen #King_of_Romance says there's nothing romantic about being poor.

In an interview to GQ India's January 2017 issue, the superstar said: "Don't philosophise until you're rich first. I used to be poor, and I can tell you there's nothing romantic about it. When young people, friends, say they want to be great creative novelists, I advise them to be a copywriter first, make a little money. Don't be a struggling artist; be a happy one."

What does he like spending money on?

"It's very important for me to smell good. I mix two fragrances - a Dunhill scent that's only available at their London store as well as a Diptyque one. I'm not big on fashion, but I have a good eye. 

Friday, 30 December 2016

Cards over cash, online booking tops travel trends of 2016

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From online #hotel_bookings rising exponentially, people opting for card over cash for going on #vacation solo, the year 2016 witnessed some changes in the travellers behaviour.

cards-over-cash-online-booking-tops-travel-trends-of-2016 collated some of the key findings in travel trends of 2016 and has come up with a list. 

* It's a ‘Mobile-First' world: With smartphone prices crashing and penetration increasing rapidly, the Indian consumers are using mobile devices as their primary means to book travel. 

* Online hotel bookings rising exponentially: Making travel reservations online, be it via desktop or mobile device, continues to rise rapidly. Even hoteliers are using the online route to enhance the guest experience by keeping in touch with the customers during their travel journey. 

Fix your beauty woes with homemade tips

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Just like winter weather, #winter_skin also tends to get dull and the worst is when one notices dry patches, dullness and flakiness, sensitivity. Don't let this gloomy weather take away your radiance with some quick to do homemade tips.

Aakriti Kochar, Beauty & Make-up Expert at Oriflame India, shares some easy dos at home that are best to combat the skin problems and lift your spirits this winter season. 

♦ Milk as a single ingredient works magic on dry/ dehydrated skin in winters. Apply raw milk, preferably cold, with a cotton pad on face and neck. This brightens your skin and makes it soft as well 

♦ Honey is another very effective ingredient from your kitchen that can instantly change the appearance of your skin. Both consumed and applied, honey has its benefits. 

Take one spoon of honey in warm water every morning first thing when you wake up, to hydrate your body and nourish it. Once a week, apply honey on your face before a shower and keep it on for 15 minutes. Rinse off with cold water and notice fairer, brighter and softer skin even in winters.

'Dangal' inches close to Rs 200 crore

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Bollywood superstar #Aamir_Khan's sports drama #Dangal has minted Rs 197.53 crore at the box office in its opening week, inching close to the Rs 200 crore mark. It has surpassed what #Salman_Khan-starrer "Sultan", 2016's highest grosser, collected in its first week.

"Sultan", which reportedly registered a Rs 300-crore collection in India, had made Rs 180.36 crore in the first week.

"Dangal", which released on December 23, collected Rs 20.29 crore on Thursday and is now expected to cross the Rs 200-crore mark on Friday, read a statement issued on behalf of Disney India, which has backed the Nitesh Tiwari directorial.

The movie has tugged at the heartstrings of audiences for its powerful portrayal of the 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.

Trade Analyst Taran Adarsh said that "Dangal" has stood out as a "winner".

I feel scared to raise a point in my film: Karan Johar

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Filmmaker #Karan_Johar, whose latest film "Ae Dil Hai Mushkil" was caught in a controversy for featuring Pakistani actor #Fawad_Khan, says while he continues to be "liberal" as a person, he has become "scared" of expressing his opinion freely.

"I'm a liberal. In a headspace, that is extremely progressive about many things. But I just feel like I can't say anything. I feel like I've joined the herd mentality of the silent society," Karan said on "Bollywood Roundtable 2016 with Rajeev Masand".

"I feel scared to raise a point in my film, I feel scared to give an opinion and then I feel scared what's going to happen during the release of my film," added the filmmaker, who was under attack from right-wing Hindu outfits for casting a Pakistani actor in his movie.

Ashley Greene engaged to Paul Khoury

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Actress #Ashley_Greene has accepted her longtime boyfriend #Paul_Khourys marriage proposal.

The "Twilight" star's boyfriend popped the question during the couple's trip to New Zealand on December 19. The actress posted an Instagram video of the proposal on Thursday, reports

"This is the most beautiful moment I could have ever hoped for. You've successfully made me the happiest, luckiest woman alive," Greene captioned the video.

"I can't wait to show you my unfaltering immeasurable love for the rest of our lives. Engaged, love of my life, future husband."

Khoury wrote on his own account: "I promise to put a smile on your face for the rest of our lives. You complete me in ways I didn't even know was possible. I love you more than anything and excited to take this next step in life with you."

Ways to keep skin moisturised in winter

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Only moisturising your #skin is not enough in #winter. Make sure you lock the moisture using oil, says an expert.

Vishal Bhandari, founder at Soul Tree, a brand which makes organic ayurvedic cosmetics, suggests tips:

* Oil and moisturiser: Mix well a few drops of body oil in a heavy duty moisturiser. Generously take an amount on your palm and apply it all over your face and body. The moisturiser hydrates the skin whereas the oil acts as a shield to lock the moisture in.

* Yogurt and buttermilk mask: Mix equal amount of yogurt, buttermilk and a moisturiser and apply it gently while massaging in circular motions of the face and neck. 

SHALOM 2017 Calendar Shoot

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Recently an international calendar titled  #SHALOM has been shot in Kolkata by well known photographer Mr. Devajit Chakraborty for year 2017. The speciality of this calendar is about the fusion of Indo-Israel culture, lifestyle and fashion. 

As Devajit Chakraborty has travelled to Israel many times so he is well aware about people of Israel and Judaism. 

Shalom is a hebrew word and the meaning of SHALOM is Peace.

Officially the calendar is going to launch in January at Kolkata.

We asked Mr. Devajit Chakraborty that  why such calendar shoot was held? He replied that he wants to dedicate this calendar for all those innocent jewish people who were killed by Nazis.

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

'Desi girl' Priyanka Chopra raised own bar globally in 2016

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She once said that she wants the world, and it seems 2016 helped her get a few steps closer to her dream. The year saw #Priyanka_Chopra becoming the first South Asian to win a People's Choice Award, followed by presenting Oscar and Emmy awards, being invited to the annual White House Correspondents Dinner and was also conferred India's fourth-highest civilian honour, the Padma Shri.

"I feel that I am destiny's favourite child," Priyanka told in an interview earlier this year. And she didn't mean it for nothing.

Priyanka's journey in showbiz started when, at 17, she was crowned Miss World -- a title that no other Indian girl has brought back to the country. The Bareilly-born talent forayed into Bollywood in 2003 with "The Hero: Love Story of a Spy". After that, there was no looking back as she kept delivering the unexpected.

The year 2016 started for the actress on a brilliant note when she won the People's Choice Award for her international acting debut as FBI agent Alex Parish in American TV thriller series "Quantico". She is said to be the first South Asian actress to win the honour. The actress is also part of the second season of the show and also landed the big ticket to Hollywood with a negative role in "Baywatch", which stars Dwayne Bravo and Zac Efron.

Special diet plan for pregnancy

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#Pregnant women should remember that the food they eat is the main source of nutrition for their baby. Hence, one of the best things that they can do for their baby is to eat a healthy diet during #pregnancy, says an expert.

Tamanna Narang, nutritionist at Alternacare, which is a telemedicine platform, suggests what to eat while expecting:

* Protein: Protein requirement during pregnancy increases to help develop the baby and the placenta. It also helps to fight against nausea and fatigue.

How much is required: Protein requirement depends on the woman's body weight.

Good food sources: Seafood, lean meat, poultry, milk and milk products, eggs, beans, unsalted nuts and seeds.

Helpful tip: As many as 90 per cent of Indian pregnant woman are deficient in protein. Check with a nutritionist about protein intake or deficiency. Thery can ask a doctor for protein supplements also.

* Iron: Iron can prevent anemia and infections. It can support the baby's growth and brain development.

Glam up party look with easy hair-do, make-up tips

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With the New Years Eve approaching, #make-up faux pas should only belong to the past. Keeping a check on a few beauty and hair must-dos can do the trick this #party_season.

Sushma Khan, National Creative Director, Makeup - Lakmé Salon, and Shailesh Moolya, National Creative Director, Hair - Lakmé Salon, dole out tips on how one can make their make-up and hair-do the talking at New Year's party.

For Make-up: 

* Use a matte lipstick with a matte lip-liner to keep lipstick on for longer and minimise smudging.

* To fix streaky foundation, use a slightly damp make-up sponge and stipple it over your face to soften and blend out the excess foundation.

* Confused about which colors to use? There's nothing richer than gold make-up. Bold red lips and Gold eyes are synonymous with the party season. You can't go wrong with soft, golden lids and bold red lips.

* Clumpy mascara? Apply a silicone-based make-up remover on a spoolie brush and then wiggle the brush across the base of the lashes to soften the dried mascara and separate the clumps.

You will be missed: Hollywood mourns Carrie Fisher

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#Carrie_Fisher's death has shocked Hollywood celebrities who remember the actress as the "brightest light" and a "wonderful talent".

Fisher, 60, died four days after she suffered a cardiac arrest on a flight. 

Her daughter Billie Lourd said the actress passed away on Tuesday morning after taken ill travelling from London to Los Angeles, reports

After the news of her death broke, the celebrities took to social media to express their grief. Here is what they shared.

Steven Spielberg: I have always stood in awe of Carrie. Her observations always made me laugh and gasp at the same time. She didn't need The Force. She was a force of nature, of loyalty and of friendship. I will miss her very much.

Zeta-Jones gives fans a rare glimpse into family life

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Actress #Catherine_Zeta-Jones recently gave a rare glimpse into her personal life by posting a photo of her family, including her star husband #Michael_Douglas.

The actress delighted her social media followers with the black and white shot which also featured Douglas, daughter Carys and son Dylan, reports

"Totally laid back," she captioned the image of the family sprawled out on a sofa.

Married Chris Pratt has found new love

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Actor #Chris_Pratt, who is married to #Anna_Faris, says he instantly fell in love with his digitally-generated image for his forthcoming film #Passengers.

Pratt stars in the Sony Pictures Entertainment film alongside Jennifer Lawrence. They play Jim and Aurora, who on a routine journey through space to a new home, are awakened from their suspended animation 90 years too early and now have to live the rest of their lives on board their malfunctioning ship alone.

The movie makers have used photogrammetry to create body doubles by using just photographs with the use of 93 cameras. 

Talking about his excitement on seeing his digital twin, Pratt said: "How do you make it so good looking? I just fell in love." 

Pratt expressed his views about the technology used in the film in a behind-the-scene video, read a statement. 

Shot 'Haraamkhor' in 16 days: Director Shlok Sharma

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Upcoming Hindi film #Haraamkhor, the trailer of which was launched on Tuesday, was shot in as less as 16 days. Shlok Sharma, the movie's director, credits his actors and team members for the speedy and "spot on" job.

The movie, which features Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Shweta Tripathi, is set in real locations.

"It was indeed very challenging to finish an entire feature film's shoot in 16 days. That's why the team's role was the most crucial. My lead actors Nawaz bhai and Shweta were spot on. So was the crew," Sharma said in a statement.

"Siddharth, my DOP (director of photography), and his team, along with the production team, were all absolutely in tandem. There was no way this would have been possible without the team I had behind me," he added.

Say bye-bye to chapped lips in winter

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Like your skin, lips too need special care and attention during winter. Get rid of #chapped_lips with petroleum jelly, glycerin and coconut oil, suggests an expert.

Aakriti Kochar, beauty and make-up expert, Oriflame India, has shared some tips for lip care during winter: 

* First and foremost, like your skin, your lips also need hydration. So, do not cut out on water, fruits and vegetables just because one doesn't feel very thirsty in winters. 

* Apply petroleum jelly regularly and in abundance to keep your lips soft and pink.

* When stepping out, protect your lips with SPF, just like you do for your skin. This prevents dryness caused by sun rays in winter. 

Enhance your look with the right sunglasses

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Make sure you choose #sunglasses with protection from ultraviolet, and you determine the shape of your face before you step out to shop for them, says an expert.

Ganesh Iyer, Country Head at Coolwinks, an online portal for purchasing quality eyewear, rolled out a few tips for you to buy the right kind of sunglasses:

* The ultimate aim of using sunglasses is to protect your eyes from ultraviolet light emitting from sun. Don't let this reason sit on the backseat and make sure your sunglasses provide UV protection.

* The size of your frame is compatible to the size of your face. Your sunglass' frame size should closely mirror the face size. Smaller frames work better with a smaller face and vice versa. Determine you face shape and then go for your sunglass shopping.

* Frame material plays a critical role in the comfort, usage and care for your sunglasses. Each frame material comes with its own advantages and disadvantages. There are various material options available in the market from metal, nylon to plastic and titanium.

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Complement your personality, profession with perfect pair of shoes

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Different personalities from different walks of life like to wear different kind of #shoes. While a dancer could go for double monk shoes, derby style shoes are for the guitarist in you, says an expert.

Alessandro Sartori, Artistic Director at Ermenegildo Zegna, an Italian luxury fashion house that makes men's clothing and accessories, has listed different type of shoes he sees best for people from different walks of life: 

*The dancer: A double monk shoe fuses a classic root with a strong, modern cut. These are a special style for the ballet opening gala, can be worn with a single-breasted white tuxedo.

Akshay Kumar to endorse Tata Motors commercial vehicles

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Bollywood star #Akshay_Kumar has been appointed brand ambassador for automobile major #Tata_Motors commercial vehicle business unit.

The 49-year-old star will take on his new role at the launch of Tata Motors' latest offering in commercial vehicles, slated in January 2017.

"No one understands Indian trucking better than Tatas and there couldn't have been a better and more apt brand to promote. It was fun being in the driver's seat of one of those monster machines, during a product shoot," Akshay said in a statement.

The brand association with Akshay for commercial vehicles will be supported by a multi-media campaign, beginning in the first week of January. Besides products and solutions, he will be actively involved in a host of marketing and customer experience initiatives to be rolled out by the company.

"Akshay embodies dynamism, popularity, machismo, performance and style. More importantly, he blends well with the core values of trust, reliability, responsibility and good leadership of Tata Motors' Commercial vehicles business," said Ravindra Pisharody, Executive Director, Commercial Vehicle Business Unit, Tata Motors.

Hailey Baldwin struggles to perfect winged eyeliner

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Model #Hailey_Baldwin has never been able to perfect winged eyeliner.

The 20-year-old, who launched her beauty line in August this year, says she is a "huge fan" of the beauty trend, which accentuates the eye area with a simple sleek of kohl liner, reports

Baldwin told W Magazine: "I am a huge fan of the winged eye but could never actually do this on myself. Yes, I am obsessed with watching beauty tutorials; I love those videos that are sped up."

Baldwin says she designed her own cosmetics line based on all her "go-to" cosmetic essentials she can't live without.

Bruce Springsteen does his own holiday shopping

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Legendary singer #Bruce_Springsteen was recently spotted checking out some last-minute gifts at the J. Crew store in the Grove mall in Shrewsbury, New Jersey.

Most shoppers were nice enough to stand back and let Springsteen buy his socks and sweaters and other things on Christmas Eve, reports

"He wasn't being mobbed as much as you would think. People were being pretty respectful," said a source. 

Also spotted at the mall was singer Charlie Puth.

George Michael was found dead by his beau

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Late singer #George_Michael's body was discovered here by his boyfriend #Fadi_Fawaz.

The celebrity hairstylist, with whom the late star was romantically involved in recent years, tweeted on Monday about finding his partner "dead peacefully in bed", reports

"It's a Christmas. I will never forget finding your partner dead peacefully in bed first thing in the morning," he wrote. 

"I will never stop missing you."

Fawaz's account is not verified, but Michael was among the account's followers. Representatives for Michael did not respond to requests for comment, reported.

Michael was last spotted with Fawaz in September 2015. The two, who generally kept a fairly low profile together, were photographed together in Switzerland.

Salman Khan launches his mobile App on 51st birthday

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Superstar #Salman_Khan on his 51st birthday on Tuesday launched a mobile application titled #BeingInTouch, through which his fans will be updated about his personal and professional life.

Salman shared an 18-second video on Twitter.

He says: "Swagat mat karo aap humara... Hum aapka swagat karte hain. Swagat hai aapka... Welcome to Being In Touch. Go download now. It's live. (Don't welcome us. We welcome you. Welcome to Being In Touch. Go download now it's live.)"

The 51-year-old actor captioned the video clip: "Being In Touch app is Live on the Google Play Store! Go download."

B-Town celebs wish Happy Birthday to 'bhaijaan' Salman Khan

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As superstar Salman Khan turned 51 on Tuesday, a string of Bollywood celebrities, including Jacqueline Fernandez, Ali Abbas Zafar and Shilpa Shetty, wished him happiness, peace and a long life.

Salman, the son of veteran screenwriter Salim Khan, began his acting career with a supporting role in "Biwi Ho To Aisi" and got his big break with a leading role in "Maine Pyar Kiya".

He went on to establish himself in Bollywood with films like "Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!", "Karan Arjun", "Biwi No.1" and "Hum Saath-Saath Hain".

Salman attained greater stardom by playing the lead role in several successful action films, including "Dabangg", "Bodyguard", "Ek Tha Tiger", "Kick", "Bajrangi Bhaijaan" and "Sultan". In addition to his Bollywood career, Salman is an active humanitarian through his non-profit charity, Being Human.

Here's what his friends and co-workers have to say:

Govinda: Happy birthday partner! Salman Khan.

Jacqueline Fernandez: Happy birthday Salman Khan love always and forever.

Ali Abbas Zafar: Wishing happy birthday to the 'Sultan' Salman Khan lots of love sir. Let's get the party started for next Christmas.

Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar feature in new Bollywood calendar

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Filmmaker #Anurag_Kashyap on Monday launched India Film Informations tenth edition film calendar for the year 2017.

For the new year, the calendar features pictures of legendary Indian film musicians S.D. Burman, R.D. Burman and Laxmikant-Pyarelal apart from Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar. A total of 28 musicians feature in it.

Kashyap said in a statement: "The calendar will be a year-long treat to those who are fans of Indian music, making it a definite collector's piece for people."

The calendar is produced by Indian Film Information and Bohra Bros.

Do in life what is close to your heart: SRK

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Actor #Shah_Rukh_Khan on Monday advised students graduating from Moulana Azad National Urdu University to do in life what is close to their heart so that they do not have regrets later.

Shah Rukh, who received the honorary doctorate from the university for his contribution in promotion of Urdu language and culture through his films, thanked the university and then shared his thoughts with the students.

He told the graduates, post graduates and P.hD. students who received their degrees at the sixth convocation that he feels proud when somebody gets education as there is nothing greater than education in the world.

Speaking in Urdu, the actor said they were at a threshold as they would be going out in the field to start their careers.

Tips for the would-be bride on wedding outfit

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Looking for a #wedding_outfit can be fun and energising and is one of the initial steps a #bride takes to begin planning her big day. There are a variety of things that go into your big day look, says an expert.

Ashima Singh, founder of Ashima Singh design label rolled out a few useful tips for the bride with regard to the wedding fashion:

*Decide on a vision: In most of the situations nowadays, the bride knows exactly what she wants, right to the smallest details. Sometimes though the bride has no idea what she wants, so it is important that she decides on it first. Try out different silhouettes and patterns before deciding on one.

*Get a second opinion: Having a second opinion is always a good idea. Involving a friend, close family member, siblings, or anyone else whose judgement you can trust. Sometimes another person can tell you if the attire is looking stunning on you or should you consider another option.

*Wear what's appropriate: Choosing an appropriate shape for your body type is also important. This may become clearer once you actually try on dresses, so try to pick a few styles you would like, rather than just one. This is also about choosing something you feel comfortable in.

Monday, 26 December 2016

Rajinikanth to start dubbing for '2.o'

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Superstar #Rajinikanth will start dubbing for his portion in upcoming Tamil science-fiction action thriller "2.o" from Monday. The film, which is being made on a budget of Rs. 400 crore, is a sequel to his 2010 blockbuster "Enthiran".

"En route Chennai to start the dubbing with our very own Rajinikanth for '2.o'," Oscar-winning sound designer Resul Pookutty wrote on his Twitter page on Monday.

In the film, which is being directed by Shankar, Rajinikanth plays a scientist, and he will also be seen as Chitti robot.

Also starring Akshay Kumar, Amy Jackson, Sudhanshu Pandey and Adil Hussain, the film is being bankrolled by Lyca Productions.

Dambuk: Reaching this land of oranges is an adventure in itself

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They say getting to #Dambuk in the Lower Dibang Valley, which is said to be India's 10th-least populous district, is an adventure itself. I couldn't agree more as I had to ride through water and forests to reach the northeastern border state's land of oranges.

After taking a flight from Delhi to Guwahati, I, along with a few other journalists, boarded a mini bus to reach Arunachal Pradesh's capital Itanagar. The festive season seemed to be in full swing as some of the trees were lit up by star lampshades.

We halted there for a night. The next day, packed in an SUV, we crossed a few tea estates in Assam, which border Arunachal Pradesh. Then we entered Pasighat in Arunachal Pradesh. What followed was an off-roading adventure as we drove on anything but surfaced roads. 

Lottie Moss 'never wanted' to be a model

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#Lottie_Moss, sister of supermodel #Kate_Moss, says she "never really wanted" to be a model.

The 18-year-old said she didn't see herself following in her older sibling's footsteps until she was scouted at Kate's wedding to Jamie Hince in 2011.

"It's quite funny actually. I never really wanted to be a model when I was younger. It was something I didn't think I could do - until I was scouted at my sister's wedding. I remember thinking, 'Yeah, that actually sounds fun'," quoted Lottie as saying.

"I was still at school when the agency saw me, and I mostly just did test shoots for a while. When I turned 16, they smoothed me into it and signed me up properly, and the work increased gradually from there. We were careful not to let it interfere with school, but I could do school work while I was away," she added.

Shahrukh to receive honorary doctorate from Urdu varsity

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Actor #Shahrukh_Khan will receive honorary doctorate at the sixth convocation of Maulana Azad National Urdu University here on Monday.

President Pranab Mukherjee will confer him with the degree.

University said Shahrukh Khan and founder of Rekhta Foundation Rajiv Saraf will be given honorary doctorates for their extraordinary contribution in the promotion of Urdu language and culture.

About 2,885 graduates and post graduates and 276 M. Phil and Ph.D from various disciplines in regular courses will be awarded degrees.

According to university officials 44,235 graduates and post graduates from the distance mode would also be given degrees in absentia.

Rajshri Productions will project progressive 'we to I' family concept: Sooraj Barjatya

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Known for movies like "Hum Aapke Hain Koun...! " and "Hum Saath Saath Hain", which glorified the joint family system in India, filmmaker #Sooraj_Barjatya says his banner #Rajshri_Productions will now produce entertainment that will talk about progressive Indian families which are more nuclear in nature.

"The concept of family culture is changing from 'we to I'. The idea of a joint family has come down to nuclear family. The internal relationship between a father and son has also changed. So, we at Rajshri Productions will be projecting that progressive concept of family and relationship in our upcoming projects -- whether it is on TV series or films," Barjatya told here.

The filmmaker spoke to in reference to his new TV series "Ek Shringaar... Swabhimaan" on Colors. It features Prachee Shah Pandya, Sangeita Chauhan and Ankita Sharma.

The story of the show, which went on air on December 19, revolves around how a single mother brings up her daughters, who face difficulty in finding their life partners due to their higher education and high-profile jobs.

Talking about choosing such a topic, Barjatya said: "I have seen how people are constantly talking about gender equality, women empowerment and education for girl child. These are good thoughts that need to be spoken out, but they are missing on something."

"What is the point of discovering the equal ability of a girl child if you are not allowing her to pursue her dream in the professional field? As a man, why are you egoistic when your wife is more educated than you or earns more money? Why do the in-laws don't support their daughter in-law to continue her job after marriage? Why a girl's career has to be compromised in the name of family responsibility?"

Get some sari makeover this wedding season

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#Sari is one outfit that remains evergreen -- because it is elegant, sustainable, and versatile. It can make you look vivacious and sexy, but this wedding season create a new look with this six-yard wonder by draping it differently, adding a layering or accessorising it in a new way.

Anuradha P. Dhawan, designer of label Anu PD House Of A4A, doles out some tips on how to add a twist to the sari look.

* One of the most edgy ways to spice up your sari is by adding Capes in neutrals and black tones that are right on trend, whatever be the season. For an ultimate festive look, go for a classy golden brocade or sheer cape. 

* Another stylish and easy hack to amp your sari is wearing it with ethnic shrugs and jackets. After selecting the sari, team it up with an appropriate jacket blouse. From short or waistcoat-like jackets to peplum, sleeveless or collared jackets, all these work as wonderful cover-ups for both casual or heavy party look, and you can never go wrong with them.

Home decor tips for winter

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#Terracotta_tiles, furry rugs and thick #curtains in unconventional shades should be your pick this winter, says an expert.

Navneet Malhotra, Co-founder at, an online home décor platform, has shared a few tips and tricks that you could use to decorate your home:

*Play with colours: Pastel pink, blues, mint green, earthen beige and metallic grey would be in trend throughout the next year. If you are a lover of the conventional white walls, you can add a pop of colour through a piece of furniture, like an arty, floral couch in a corner or powder blue curtains to give your room a nice and bright look.

*Unconventional textures and fabrics: You can give your house a very earthen look by opting for terracotta tiles. They are rustic and give the house a warm, cosy look. You can pair it up with beige interiors and jute furniture to complete the look. 

B-Town pays tribute to George Michael

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#George_Michael, who gave the music world evergreen tracks like #Last_Christmas and #Careless_whisper, may have left the world but his work will always keep his spirit alive in the heart of his fans, say Indian film celebrities, many of whom grew up listening to the singer-songwriter's famous tunes.

Michael breathed his last on Sunday -- ironically, making it his last Christmas. He was 53, and was found dead on Sunday at his home in Oxfordshire, England.

According to the Grammy Award winner's manager, the singer had died of heart failure "in bed, lying peacefully".

Ace Indian musicians like A.R. Rahman, Papon Angaraag, KK, Nikhil Chinapa, Adnan Sami and Bollywood actors and filmmakers like Karan Johar, Richa Chadha, Manoj Bajpayee, Arjun Rampal and Twinkle Khanna reminisced the "Wake me up before you go-go" hitmaker's influence during the 1980s and 1990s as he was among the pop reigning stars at the time.

Here's what the celebrities expressed on their social media accounts:

Elton John in 'deep shock' over George Michael's death

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Musician #Elton_John says he feels devastated with the news of his "beloved friend" #George_Michael's death.

John, who famously collaborated with Michael for the 1992 hit "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me", posted on Instagram an emotional tribute to his longtime friend, reports

"I am in deep shock. I have lost a beloved friend -- the kindest, most generous soul and a brilliant artist. My heart goes out to his family and all of his fans. George Michael RIP," John posted.

Michael died Sunday at his home in England. He was 53. 

He has sold more than 80 million records worldwide in a career spanning four decades. He was one of pop's reigning stars in the 1980s and 1990s and some of his popular singles includes "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" with Wham!. Later, he released a pop album in 1987 titled "Faith."