Saturday, 21 January 2017

How to ace the art of dating

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It will help to keep your #first_date short and sweet, and most importantly non-committal, says an expert who has shared dating tips.

Sumesh Menon, Co-Founder and CEO of dating app WOO, tells you how to ace the art of dating:

* Don't over research: Try to avoid judging a person before a date. Don't over research about the person as you will end up with a tainted view of what you expect. The fun of going out is getting to know someone new, so allow yourself to let that happen organically.

* Go for like minded individuals: Sharing mutual interest with each other helps you to make your bond stronger. Try to open up to others and to get them to open up to you by listening to them and share your mutual interests as it works best to accomplish your goals. 

How to flaunt fashion from 1980s era

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It is time to take a cue for #fashion from the 1980s era. Go for tracksuits, add some ruffles and play with neons to get it right, says an expert.

Shrestha Runthala, Myntra Fashion Stylist, lists some 1980s' dressing styles.

* Try the tracksuits: This 1980s trend fits right into the current Athleisure craze. Just avoid flashy colours that can be sighted from far away and pick neutral hues with a pop of colour. But if that isn't 1980s enough, try tracksuits of velvet or velour.

* Put power on the shoulders: Power shoulders will replace cold shoulders soon. So, give in to the 1980s bulk and carry some weight around. Choose from blazers, jackets and coats with padding around the clavicle.

Ariel Winter doesn't regret breast reduction

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Actress #ArielWinter, popularly known for her character Alex from the TV series "Modern Family", says having a breast reduction is the best thing she ever did and she would recommend the procedure to anyone.

She talked about her decision to go for breast reduction during an interview with Self magazine, reports

She said: "Growing up in the spotlight was quite possibly the worst for my self-esteem. I had a hard time finding confidence within myself. When I started, I had a completely different body than what happened overnight at 12-years-old. I was stick thin, I had no chest, I had no b**t - I had nothing. I was totally flat, and I was so sad about it.

"Then automatically, overnight, my body changed drastically. I was a D cup and had a bigger b**t, and my waist was expanding. Everything was getting bigger. I automatically got this hate and judgment online."

Sushmita Sen on judges panel for Miss Universe in Manila

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Former Miss Universe and Bollywood actress #SushmitaSen will be on the judges panel of the upcoming 65th edition of #Miss_Universe _pageant, which will take place here on January 30. It's special for her as she had won her crown in Manila itself in 1994.

"Getting ready with a dancing heart! I am so excited, emotional and looking forward to returning home to the Philippines after 23 years," Sushmita tweeted alongside a photograph of herself from the make-up room. 

She added: "It's where it all began Manila 1994, Miss Universe 1994. Life comes a full circle, from winning Miss Universe, to having owned its Indian franchise to now. Returning back to Manila this time as a judge at the 65th Miss Universe pageant!

"To all my Filipino friends who have been graciously asking. I can now confirm... Yes, I am coming!"

Donald Trump was obsessed with me: Kristen Stewart

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Actress #KristenStewart says US President #DonaldTrump was earlier "obsessed" with her.

Trump had in 2012 commented on Stewart's personal life.

"He was mad at me a couple years ago, really obsessed with me a couple years ago, which is f*****g crazy," Stewart told

"I can't even understand it. I literally cannot even understand it. It's such far-out concept that I don't want to believe that actually is happening. It's insane," she added in reference to Trump's swearing-in as the US President.

Trump's presidential inauguration took place on Friday.

He had tweeted in 2012: "Robert Pattinson should not take back Kristen Stewart. She cheated on him like a dog & will do it again -- just watch. He can do much better!"
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'Dangal' mints over Rs 375 crore in India

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Bollywood superstar #Aamir_Khans sports drama #Dangal -- which has already garnered the "highest grosser of Hindi cinema" -- is going strong at theaters even after four weeks since its release. The film had raked in Rs 376.14 crore at the domestic box office till Friday.

The Nitesh Tiwari directorial, which released on December 23 last year, has become the first Bollywood film to cross the Rs 375 crore mark after collecting Rs 1.19 crore on its fifth Friday in theatres, read a statement issued on behalf of the makers.

"Dangal" is based on the life of wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat. It has been lauded by the audiences for its powerful portrayal of the story of Phogat, who, much to the disapproval of his wife and his whole village, trained his daughters Geeta and Babita to wrestle.

Nothing wrong in meeting Dawood Ibrahim in 1988: Rishi Kapoor

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Veteran actor #Rishi_Kapoor, who among his many candid confessions about his life via his book #KhullamKhulla, has opened up about a past meeting with India's most wanted fugitive #DawoodIbrahim, says he has no regrets about having met the underworld don.

In an interview on India Today TV, Rishi was asked by anchor Rajdeep Sardesai about his meeting with Ibrahim in Dubai in 1988.

"What was regretful about it," Rishi retorted.

He narrated how when he had landed in Dubai for a show with R.D. Burman, Asha Bhosle and Bittu Anand, a person came to him with a phone and said "Bhai baat karenge".

"He invited me over for tea... I went to his house, thinking there was nothing wrong because he just a fugitive, he had not done the menace...," Rishi said.

When his comment was interrupted by Sardesai with "but he (Dawood) was still a criminal", Rishi said: "So what? I meet so many criminals in my life... Maybe I am also a criminal, but I may have not committed any serious crime. But yes, as an actor I thought I would like to know his story.

Abhishek Jawkar Producing Arshad Warsi and Naseeruddin Shah

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Abhishek Jawkar Producing #ArshadWarsi and #NaseeruddinShah's tentatively titled #KoiJaaneNa.

The successful duo of Arshad Warsi and Naseeruddin Shah will be once again seen together on the big screen in a thriller film.

Producer Abhishek Jawkar confirmed the news ,"Arshad plays the lead while Naseeruddin will be seen in a pivotal part."

The lovable duo Khalujan and Babban aka Naseeruddin Shah and Arshad Warsi from the much applauded film series of Ishqiya are coming back once again to enthrall you. They will be seen together in a thriller film all set to the floors by the end of this year. 

The film has been tentatively titled as Koi Jaane Na.  

Friday, 20 January 2017

'Maaya' not inspired by 'Fifty Shades Of Grey': Vikram Bhatt

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Filmmaker Vikram Bhatt, who explores the theme of #BDSM -- a variety of erotic practices or role playing involving bondage, discipline, dominance and submission -- in a new web-series titled #Maaya, says it's anything but inspired by international film #FiftyShadesofGrey.

In an interview, Bhatt spoke about the reason behind doing the web-series and why making it as a feature film was not an option he considered. Excerpts:

Q. What prompted you to do a series on BDSM?

I was writing a book on this at first. Wrote a couple of chapters as well, but then I realised that it needed a visual medium. It's not as much about BDSM as it is about the internet and the anonymity that it gives. You give yourself a username and suddenly you are free of being yourself. You can be who you want and in that you end up becoming more yourself than you ever were. 'Maaya' is about that irony. To be your true self, you need to be anonymous.

Q. Do you think sexually deviant behaviour is now an integral part of our social structure?

I don't really have an answer to that. I know that the millennials have made it more acceptable, but there will always be the ones who will judge. I believe that whatever is safe, sane and consensual between two adults in the privacy of their bedrooms, is not deviant.

Q. Why did you do a web series on BDSM? Why not a feature film?

'The Space Between Us' to release in India in February

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Romantic sci-fi American movie #TheSpaceBetweenUs will hit the Indian screens in #Valentine's week in February.

Starring Asa Butterfield and Britt Robertson, the movie revolves around a teen couple from different worlds and how fate brings them close. The movie will hit the screens in India on February 10, read a statement from PVR Pictures, which will release it in the country.

Gardner Elliot (Butterfield) has an unusual upbringing on Mars. When his mother dies during childbirth, he is raised on that planet itself. At the age of 16, Gardner falls in love with a girl named Tulsa (Robertson) living on Earth, after they connect via an online platform. 

Helmed by Peter Chelsom, the movie is set around the age old question - 'Will they - a man and a woman - who are often said to be from different planets, bridge the space between them?"

Everything I do is for my children: JLo

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Singer-actress #Jennifer_Lopez says "everything" she does is in support of her children -- eight-year-old twins Emme and Maximilian -- whom she has with former husband #Marc_Anthony.

Lopez says her life has stopped being all about "me, me, me" since she gave birth to her children as she is now focussed her efforts on making "them happy".

"Everything I do is for them (my children)," Lopez told

"Once you have kids, it's a whole different world. You go along as an actress or performer in this business and it's (always) 'Me, me, me. My business, my career, my things. What am I going to do next?'

"When you have kids, it becomes not about you, it becomes about them and what's going to make them happy and what's going to make them better, and what's going to be better for them," she added.

Pamela Anderson helps Russian orphans find homes

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Actress #Pamela_Anderson is backing the Read To Me campaign from Change One Life charity, which is helping thousands of Russian children find homes.

Anderson has appeared in a video hosted on the campaign's website and on YouTube in which she recites the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale "Princess and the Pea" about a bedraggled princess, who is made to prove she is worthy of marrying her prince, reports

In the story, which was penned in 1835, the princess arrives at the palace soaked from the rain and is ordered to sleep on twenty mattresses by the queen to prove her royalty.

In the morning, the princess is asked how she slept and she replies "very badly", proving she is a real princess "because she had felt the pea right through the twenty mattresses".

16 models to debut on AIFW Autumn-Winter 2017 ramp

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The 29th edition of the Amazon India Fashion Week #AIFW will introduce 16 fresh faces on the ramp for the Autumn-Winter edition.

The event will be held from March 15-18 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here.

"It was heartening to see an overwhelming turnout of participants and the immense capabilities they displayed. I would like to thank the distinguished FDCI jury for enabling these greenhorns to embark on a testing journey to success," Sunil Sethi, President, Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI), said in a statement, after the model auditions were held on Thursday.

FDCI -- India's apex fashion body -- conducted a campaign titled #GETNOTICED to audition new and aspiring models.

Worried about expectations from 'Raees': Rahul Dholakia

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National Award winning filmmaker #Rahul_Dholakia, whose forthcoming Shah Rukh Khan starrer #Raees is releasing on the same day as Hrithik Roshan's #Kaabil says he is not worried about the date clash of the two films as about the high expectations that audiences have of his film.

"As a director, the release date is not in my hand. So, I am not worried about 'Raees' and 'Kaabil' date clash, but people's expectation," Dholakia said here.

"From the day we launched the trailer, people started expecting something extra special from the film, and rightfully so. It is a larger than life film starring actors like Shah Rukh, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Atul Kulkarni and some other fine actors of our time. I just hope we match that (expectation) and people love the film," he added.

After 150 drafts, five years of hard work and on location shooting in Gujarat and Dubai, "Raees" is ready to be out on January 25. The film also features Pakistani actress Mahira Khan. The movie is about a bootlegger and his run-ins with the police and political powers.

Nobody can play Om Puri better than me: Manoj Bajpayee

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Actor #Manoj_Bajpayee believes that nobody can play #Om_Puri better than him if a biopic on the late actor is ever made.

"I think nobody can play Om-ji better than me because I knew him very closely. I came for his prayer meet but still I am smiling because if you remember him, you can't be upset. He was such a joyful character. I remember him with loads of happiness," Manoj said here at a meet to pay tribute to Om Puri who died on January 6.

Bajpayee, who is often regarded as a method actor and known for his unconventional roles in films, said: "Om Puri ji was one of the reasons for doing the kind of acting I am known for. He helped us to conceive the dream... Those who come from small towns. He showed us that path and achieved the top (success) which we dreamt of."

Mika Singh attends Trump's pre-inaugural dinner

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Bollywood singer #Mika_Singh attended a "prestigious" dinner hosted by the incoming US President #Donald_Trump here.

The Bollywood singer, who was seen sporting an all black ensemble, captioned the image: "It is a great honour for me to be attending the most prestigious dinner in Washington D.C. with the President(-elect) of the US."

Singh on Friday morning shared a two-minute long video, where Trump said: "In the audience there's a special person, who's worked very hard, who married very well it's my daughter Ivanka... I sort of stole her husband. He is so great...I have a feeling Jared (Kushner) is going to do a great job." 

Singh, who is popular for songs like "440 volt" and "Subha Hone Na De", also shared a selfie with Trump's daughter Ivanka and thanked her for the hospitality. 

Kareena to be Anita Dongre's showstopper at LFW finale

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Bollywood actress #Kareena_Kapoor_Khan, who dazzled the Lakme Fashion Week #LFW ramp when she was pregnant with her first child, will take to the fashion runway once again as a showstopper at the grand finale of the upcoming Summer/Resort 2017 edition of the gala. This will be her first ramp walk after delivering son Taimur.

Kareena will flaunt a bespoke creation by celebrated designer Anita Dongre, whose line finds inspiration in Lakme's 'Liquid Gold' collection.

The actress, who is the face of Lakme Absolute says she is glad to walk for Dongre, who will be showcasing her collection on February 5 at the Jio Garden here. 

"It's always a pleasure representing Lakmé at the most spectacular Grand Finale. And, this year as well, I am glad to go back to Lakmé Fashion Week and walk for Anita. I am looking forward to see how she is going to transform the 'Liquid Gold' theme on the runway", Kareena said in a statement. 

Amitabh Bachchan praises 'champion' Yuvraj Singh

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Megastar #Amitabh_Bachchan has praised star batsman #Yuvraj_Singh, calling him a "champion" after India's ODI victory against England on Thursday.

Amitabh on Thursday took to Twitter to praise the Punjab southpaw.

"India thrash the British .. !! Yuvraj, it is the champion that disproves with his proof .. you were an exceptional Champion today (Thursday)," Big B tweeted. 

The 74-year-old thespian also lauded the entire Indian cricket team

"Indian vs England second ODI in Cuttack... you 'cut' the British with incredible 'attack'! Exceptional feat...superlative dedication, and peace," he tweeted. 

Singh blasted his career's 14th One-day International ton in the second match against England at the Barabatti Stadium in Cuttack, which India clinched by 15 runs.

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Priyanka Chopra wins 2nd People's Choice Awards for 'Quantico'

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Indian actress #Priyanka_Chopra has won the "Favourite Dramatic TV Actress" at the People's Choice Award 2017 for her role in the American drama TV series #Quantico.

This is the second People's Choice Award for Priyanka. She bagged her first award in 2016 in the "Favourite Actress in a New TV series" category for her role in "Quantico".

Priyanka, who was seen donning a ravishing peach tube dress with minimal make-up for the gala, beat popular actresses like Ellen Pompeo, Kerry Washington, Taraji P. Henson and Viola Davis for the award. 

Hollywood star Dwayne Bravo, who will be seen sharing screen space with Priyanka in the upcoming film "Baywatch", was seen cheering for her at the event.

The 34-year-old Bollywood actress, who seen playing the role of an FBI agent named Alex Parrish in "Quantico", thanked everyone, while accepting the trophy and said that it has been an "incredible journey" for her. 

"Every single woman, that was nominated with me today...All of these incredible actresses were the reason that I joined television. They were the reason that I wanted to be the actor that I am here today, receiving this award and being in the same category as them is just so overwhelming," Priyanka said. 

Lindsay Lohan 'educating herself' on Islam

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Actress #Lindsay_Lohan hasnt converted to Islam, but is just educating herself, says a source.

"Lindsay is educating herself on different cultures and their practices to be able to better understand the people and communicate," a friend of the actress told

Lohan, who recently visited refugees in Turkey and spent New Year's Eve in Dubai, sparked speculation when she deleted all her Instagram posts and replaced her biography with an Arabic greeting.

Her mother Dina said: "I have raised my children to be compassionate and to educate themselves on a global learn about different cultures and their practices and to respect them."

Status of poaching cases against Salman Khan

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#Salman_Khan, who was acquitted in an Arms Act case on Wednesday by chief judicial court in Jodhpur, is facing three other cases relating to alleged poaching of chinkaras and blackbucks during the shooting of Hindi film "Hum Saath Saath Hain" in 1998 in Jodhpur.

In Bhawad, on the outskirts of Jodhpur, Salman is alleged to have killed a chinkara, Indian gazelle, on September 27, 1998. The court of Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) on February 17, 2006, found him guilty and gave him an year's imprisonment. However, the High Court acquitted him last year in this case. The state government has gone to the Supreme Court in this case.

In the second case, Salman is alleged to have killed two chinkaras in Ghoda Farm near Jodhpur on September 29, 1998. The Chief Judicial Magistrate on April 10, 2006 sentenced him to five years' imprisonment. Rajasthan High Court last year acquitted him of the charges. The state government then filed a special leave petition in the case in the Supreme Court last year.

Salman had to spend a few nights in jail in this case, two times in April 2006 and then in August 2007.

Want to work with Ekta Kapoor again: Nehha Pendse

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Actress #Nehha_Pendse, who has previously worked with #Ekta_Kapoor in shows like "Mano Ya Na Mano" and "Captain House", says she is keen to work with the TV czarina again.

Neha had to say no to Ekta due to her prior commitments when she was offered a lead role in one of her shows. 

"I started my career with Ekta's show and did a few more as a child artist, but due to my prior commitments, had to refuse her lucrative offers. Now it's been long and I would like to work with her again soon," Nehha said in a statement.

Nehha is currently seen as Sanjana in popular comedy show "May I come in Madam?".

LFW S/R 2017 all about promoting creativity, diversity

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In its 18th year, Lakmé Fashion Week #LFW on Wednesday unveiled its line-up of shows, designers and creative presentations and concepts -- which promote creativity and diversity -- in a digital curtain raiser for its Summer/Resort 2017 edition on its social media portals.

Going live on Facebook from JioGarden here, designer Manish Malhotra, Purnima Lamba (Head of Innovation, Lakmé) and Jaspreet Chandok (Head - Fashion at IMG Reliance) began the reveal for the season and spoke of how the event will be bigger and better as its location moves to the iconic JioGarden at Bandra Kurla Complex here.

Names like Anita Dongre, Tarun Tahiliani, Monisha Jaising, Narendra Kumar, Ritu Kumar, Rajesh Pratap Singh, Abraham & Thakore, Aneeth Arora, Falguni Shane Peacock, Payal Singhal, amongst others, will showcase their creations as part of the gala from February 1 to 5.

The organisers promise attendees an experience of inclusivity, diversity, creativity, technology and fresh energy, read a statement from the organisers, who also said that five fresh faces were shortlisted from the auditions to walk the ramp this time. These include Anjali Lama, a Nepali transgender model.

International talent at LFW includes Petr Nitka, the first gender neutral model; Varsha Thapa, supermodel who has walked international runways, and International make-up artist and LFW's official make-up expert Donald Simrock.

Balki's project with Big B, Aishwarya which didn't take off

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Author #Anand_Suspi says filmmaker R. Balki wanted to work on a project with megastar #Amitabh_Bachchan and his daughter-in-law #Aishwarya after reading the manuscript of his book "Half Pants, Full Pants", but it didn't materialise.

"Half Pants, Full Pants" is a collection of short stories, about a little boy growing up in sleepy Shimoga, Karnataka. His father is a station master, so there's a huge railway theme throughout the book. The book has been published by Paper Boat, marking the drinks brand's foray into publishing. 

"Nearly five years ago, Balki was the first to read the entire manuscript. Something connected with him deeply and he is still the most ardent fan of these stories. He said that after 'Malgudi Days', he would love to see this on the small screen," Suspi said in a statement. 

He added: "In fact, he had a plan brewing in his head and took two copies of the manuscript from me. One was for Amitabh Bachchan. He wanted a second copy for Aishwarya Rai since he felt she would enjoy and connect with the tales given her South Indian roots."

Suspi says Balki had an "interesting idea to promote this on the small screen and tried to put the whole project together". 

"It wasn't that he would direct this. He graciously and voluntarily became the creative head of this project and decided to put the various pieces together for me. With time, certain things didn't materialise and this didn't take off," he said. 

Kajol stresses on targeted programmes for handwashing behaviour

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Bollywood actress #Kajol, who has been an active spokesperson for hygiene promotion among children, says advocating causes is important but specific programmes targeted on solving the root problem are necessary.

Associated with Lifebuoy's campaign since its inception, Kajol, the Help A Child Reach 5 Handwashing Ambassador, said in a statement: "As a mother and an actor, I am proud to be associated with a campaign that stresses on the importance of handwashing behaviour change to prevent needless child deaths.

"I have advocated the importance of handwashing on many international as well as local platforms. While advocacy is important, it is also equally important to back that up with targeted programmes especially at the grassroots level."

She said the campaign has accelerated its efforts every year.

Now, Lifebuoy has launched a partnership with Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance, to protect children under five from childhood illnesses and premature death.

By promoting handwashing with soap and immunisation together, the partnership aims to improve and save many young lives in India. 

Karan Johar meets George Clooney

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Filmmaker #Karan_Johar is excited after meeting Hollywood star #George_Clooney and says that he is "totally Clooed".

Karan, who is taking part in the four-day World Economic Forum meet as a cultural leader, took to social media to share his excitement. 

He posted an image of himself with Clooney on Twitter, with a caption which read: "Totally Clooed into Davos"

Clooney was in Davos with his wife Amal who was honoured for her human rights work. Karan left for Switzerland after releasing his autobiography "An Unsuitable Boy" in Mumbai.

'Coffee With D' director upset with Sunil Grover

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"Coffee With D" director #Vishal_Mishra says he is sad that popular comedian and actor #Sunil_Grover refused to promote the film.

"Coffee with D" is a film which revolves around a journalist's attempt to fix an interview with underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and how he manages it in the end. The film, scheduled to be the first release of the year, was pushed back and will now hit the screens on Friday. 

"Sunil and his performance is definitely one of the strongest driving forces in the film and it's really disheartening to see that he has turned down from speaking about it at all," Vishal said in a statement. 

He added: "We are encouraging the underworld to rule the film industry by being scared and let them curb our freedom of speech and expression."

Mishra and producer Vinod Rahani had earlier alleged that they were receiving threat calls since December 14, 2016, from different numbers and locations on a daily basis. They had also filed a complaint against callers who had been threatening them to make changes in the film if it shows the underworld don in bad light.

Over 80% Indian youngsters use smartphone for shopping: Study

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More than eight in 10 young adults use their #smartphones for shopping, a survey has showed.

The findings, by digital marketing firm Regalix, showed that a whopping 83 per cent used their advanced smartphones for some online retail shopping, reported on Wednesday.

Despite this, only a minority of smartphone shoppers were actually making a purchase with any significant frequency.

Only 28 per cent of respondents made a weekly purchase using their device. 

One-third of those polled bought something via smartphone monthly, while one-quarter did so on a quarterly basis.

Further, 94 per cent respondents revealed that apps were more convenient than mobile websites. 

However, citing the example of Myntra -- an apparel-focused e-commerce platform owned by Flipkart -- the study indicated that Indian consumers still prefer the flexibility of having the option of using either the mobile web or a native app. 

Myntra took to an app-only platform in 2015, but re-launched its mobile site in early 2016. 

Interestingly, just 19 per cent of smartphone users admitted to being influenced by mobile advertising. 

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

It's tough to survive in Bollywood: Sonu Sood

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Actor #Sonu_Sood says he has had a long and difficult journey in Bollywood.

"It was a tough journey. It is very tough for an outsider to make a mark in Bollywood. But I always had faith in the wishes of my parents. It created a path for me and made my journey smooth," Sonu told.

Sonu started out as a model before venturing into showbiz in 1999 with Tamil film "Kallazhagar". 

He faced failure with films like "Shaheed-E-Azam", "Aashiq Banaya Aapne" and "Sheesha", before hitting the right note with small but important roles in films like "Jodhaa Akbar", "Singh Is Kinng" and "Dabangg".

The 43-year-old Nagpur born actor, who is popular for his well chiselled body and fit physique, even featured in Shah Rukh Khan-starrer "Happy New Year". He will now be seen in "Kung Fu Yoga" alongside Jackie Chan, and is also excited about Chinese film "Xuanzang" - China's official pick for the 89th Academy Awards.

The actor, who has also stepped into the movie making business as a producer, says competition in Bollywood is fierce. 

Rita Ora records song for 'Fifty Shades Darker' soundtrack

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Singer #Rita_Ora has written a song for the "Fifty Shades Darker" soundtrack.

The 26-year-old, who is reprising her role as Mia Gray in the "Fifty Shades of Grey" sequel, has penned a song for the film, which will release next month, reports

"I've recorded a song for the new 'Fifty Shades of Grey' soundtrack. It's my first new song in a while, but I can't say anything more than that yet," Ora told Grazia magazine.

The track which is called "Kiss Me", will be available on the deluxe version of the album.

While she has not released an album since 2012, the "America's Next Top Model" host says she works much harder than people realise.

"People are always really surprised by how hard I work. Today I was up at 4am filming in Rome, then I got a flight to London this afternoon to perform at Tezenis, then I'm flying to the States to host 'America's Next Top Model'. I also don't think people realise how sick my sense of humour is," Ora said.

Doing 'Aksar 2' was a challenge for Mohit Madaan

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Actor #Mohit_Madaan, who will next be seen as a character named Bachchan in Anant Mahadevans #Aksar2, says working in the upcoming film was a "challenge" for him as he finds no similarity with the role.

"Our director and producer (Mahadevan) called me for an audition. After a few days of auditioning in different costumes for the different characters, I was given two options and I chose the character I play in the film because it is something I am not in real life," Mohit said in a statement.

"It's completely opposite to me and it was a challenge to perform this role. With this film, I will get a chance to grow as an actor and keep doing good films ahead," added the actor, who made his Bollywood debut with "Love Exchange" in 2015.

"Aksar 2", which also stars Zareen Khan, Gautam Rode and Lillete Dubey, is a sequel to 2006 thriller "Aksar".

"My role is pivotal to the story as I am there throughout the film from the beginning till the end. The climax is sudden and unexpected," Mohit said.

"The fate of the film is now in the hands of the audience. I hope it does well, and I intend to do more quality work in good films," he added.

Salman Khan thanks fans after acquittal in Arms Act case

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Bollywood superstar #Salman_Khan on Wednesday thanked his supporters after getting acquitted by a court here in an over 18-year-old Arms Act violation case.

"Thank you for all the support and good wishes," Salman tweeted.

His post came when Chief Judicial Megistrate Dalpat Singh Rajpurohit, after completing the hearing on January 9 in a case registered in 1999, announced the verdict here.

Salman was accompanied to the court by his sister Alvira Khan.

Salman and a few other Bollywood actors were accused of poaching blackbucks on the night of October 1, 1998, during the shooting of Hindi movie "Hum Saath Saath Hain".

The actor was also accused of carrying and using illegal arms. A case of violation of the Arms Act provisions was registered against him.

Dev Patel in India shooting for 'Hotel Mumbai'

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Indian origin British actor #Dev_Patel, who is earning applauds for his critically-acclaimed film "Lion", is in India shooting for his next "Hotel Mumbai" -- based on 26/11 terror attacks on the west coast metropolis.

According to a source in the know of developments, the actor is shooting for the film -- based on the 2008 terrorist attack on the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower Hotel in Mumbai -- here. The film is helmed by Australian director Anthony Maras. 

"He is busy shooting at the moment. But he will be heading back to Los Angeles on January 23 for Oscar nominations," added the source. 

Talking about "Hotel Mumbai" in an earlier interview, Dev had said: "When I decided to do the story on Taj, we looked past the colour and skin of the characters...(and focused on) how some of the staff went over and above to protect their guests in times of terror." 

It is not clear whether he will take part in the India promotions for his forthcoming film "Lion", which is slated to release in India on February 24. 

"Lion" was also nominated under three categories at the Golden Globes -- Best Motion Picture - Drama, Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture, and Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture.

Fantastic rumour: Vaani on working with SRK

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Actress #Vaani_Kapoor, who starred in #Aditya_Chopras 2016 film "Befikre", hopes the "fantastic rumour" that she has signed another film with the filmmaker with superstar #Shah_Rukh_Khan comes true.

At the Elle India Graduates Fashion Show 2016 on Tuesday, the actress was asked about a report according to which, Chopra is keen to sign Vaani opposite SRK in his next. 

Vaani said: "I hope that happens. It is a fantastic rumour which I hope turns into a reality. However, I have no idea about it. As of now, I am not in this movie."

Asked about her forthcoming films, the 28-year-old said: "Nothing is planned. I am reading scripts right now. I haven't signed anything. There is nothing I can talk about. Whenever something will come, I will make an announcement."

Is she happy with the response to "Befikre"?

"I think 'Befikre' has got a polarised response. Some people absolutely loved it and some didn't feel connected with the film. I feel the film is a little bit ahead of its time."

"It is a romantic comedy and I don't know what else can be expected out of it. All I know is that there are people who have given a lot of love to the film and I am counting that."

Zahara's biological mother wants to see her

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Actress-filmmaker #Angelina_Jolie's adopted daughter Zahara's bilogical mother wants to be in touch with her daughter.

Mentewab Dawit Lebiso gave up the 12-year-old, who was adopted by the "Maleficent" actress when she was just six months old. Lebiso is now desperate to see her daughter, reports

"I just want her to know that I am alive and here and long to be able to speak with her. I do not want my daughter back, but just to be in contact with her and be able to call her up and talk with her," Lebiso said.

"Angelina has been more of a mother to her than I have ever been. She has been with her since she was a baby but that does not mean I do not miss her. I miss her all the time. I think about her every day and long to hear her voice or see her face.

"I know when she has a birthday but I am sad because I can't celebrate it with her. I would so much want to celebrate with her on her birthday and other special days. I long to be able to have regular contact with her."

Sonam Kapoor to be face of luxury watch brand

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Actress #Sonam_Kapoor has been roped in as the brand ambassador of #Swiss_luxury_watch manufacturer #IWC_Schaffhausen.

Her association as the brand ambassador was announced on Tuesday via a statement. 

"It is an honour and a privilege to become an IWC brand ambassador and represent the brand in India and around the world. I admire IWC for its uniqueness and creative storytelling, which have characterized the brand throughout its history," Sonam said. 

IWC Regional Brand Director Luc Rochereau said Sonam "is a powerhouse performer and a thorough professional". 

"Her scintillating charm and elegance resonate with our brand philosophy, and we have found the perfect partner in her," Rochereau added. 

To begin the partnership, Sonam will be present at the 27th Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) in Geneva in 2017, alongside other prestigious guests and IWC brand ambassadors from across the world.

Good head of hair a real confidence booster: Priyanka Chopra

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Actress #Priyanka_Chopra makes sure she takes time out of her hectic schedule for a proper hair care regime, and says that good hair acts as a confidence booster.

The actress, who has been roped in as the global ambassador of hair care brand Pantene, also shared that she needs "a great shampoo and conditioner that works daily on strengthening my hair". 

"A good head of hair can be a real confidence booster. Ever notice how when you have a good hair day, it makes you feel so much better about yourself. Good hair days are a direct result of great choices when it comes to your hair care routine," Priyanka said in a statement. 

She added: "I have a hectic schedule and my hair goes through a lot, so I need a great shampoo and conditioner that works daily on strengthening my hair and making it feel great and manageable without weighing it down." 

Priyanka, who is earning applause for her work internationally courtesy her American show "Quantico", is said to be the first Indian actress to represent the brand globally.

Hairstyle trends to look fabulous

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Bored of the same #hairstyle? Try for a retro chick look or for bold hair colours to make a statement, suggests an expert.

Tamanna Singh, Master Franchise Fashion TV salon (North India), has shared some of the hairstyling trends that may be a rage this season: 

♦ Straight hair: Long, straight hair has always been a good choice among Indian girls as they can easily go for various hairstyle looks. The short, choppy hair cuts are no longer in style this year. 2017 is the year of gorgeous long hairstyles and cuts.

♦ Retro is back: The 1970s' retro hairstyles are also making a comeback, with straight hair parted down the middle. Letting your hair down will flatter your face and emanate romance. Flip the edges out for a little retro look.

♦ Hair colour ideas: The latest hairstyles feature lustrous coloured hair. Be brave, go for a flamboyant red or any other bright hue to make you look and feel more fabulous again.

♦ Braiding: Braids in all variants can give a nice twist. The most popular style like the French braid is a pretty easy one that you can do yourself. Start with brushing your hair back. Use a comb (or your fingers) to section your hair off in a 'V-formation' starting from your temples right up to the crown of your head. Then take three pieces of hair from that section and begin braiding them. Make sure to incorporate more hair from each side each time you cross the hair over.

How men can battle skin problems

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With men becoming increasingly conscious about their looks, it can help to give specific attention to skin care, says an expert.

Using a natural face moisturiser and using right products can take care of the issues, says Josh Meyer, Co-Founder and CEO of Brickell Men's products. Some tips:

♦ Dry skin: Cold, dry air saps the moisture from your skin. The result is tight, flaky skin. It feels uncomfortable and does not look good at all. Prevent dehydration with a natural face moisturiser. For the best results, choose a natural, oil-free product that absorbs quickly. Most guys should use face moisturiser twice daily - once in the morning and then again at night before going to bed. It will hydrate your skin, keeping you feeling fresh throughout the day.

♦ If you are going to be outside, remember that the sun can dry out and damage your skin even during winter. The heat is not what causes trouble, it's those insidious UV rays. Always wear sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher if you will spend over 30 minutes outdoors.

♦ Shave irritation: Cold, dry conditions make shave irritation much worse. If you don't have a beard, you will need to take extra precautions to prevent razor bumps, redness, and itchiness.

Try exfoliating your skin before you shave. It will stand your hair away from your skin, reducing the chances of razor bumps. Exfoliating eliminates the layer of dead skin that can clog pores and cause irritation. Switch to a safety razor and use a lotion-based shave cream for the best results. 

Get rid of underarm discoloration

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If discoloration or darkening of skin in underarms is bothering you, don't fret as it can be tackled in different ways, says an expert.

Nivedita Dadu, dermatologist from Skinology Skin and Hair Clinic, tells how:

♦ First of all remove underarm hair. Your underarms can look dark because of the ingrown hair under skin. You can clear it by waxing but avoid shaving as shaving only removes the hair above skin and creates an illusion of darkness.

♦ Apply some skin lightening creams. Buy some good quality skin lightening products like scrubs that contain peptides and various natural extracts that help in removing the darkness of armpits. These scrubs should be used twice per week for removal of dirt and dead skin cells.

♦ Clean your underarms daily. Wash and clean underarms every day while taking bath. Washing it every day can make skin dry, and hence remember to moisturize it.

♦ Use aloe vera gel that can be used as a natural exfoliating product. Apply the aloe vera gel under your arms. This gel provides antioxidants and moisture that helps to clean our pits and make it soft.

♦ Potatoes are rich in a natural skin lightening enzyme called catecholase. This enzyme is very helpful in removing dark spots, scars and lightening dark skin. Take a potato and cut a thick slice from it. Rub this slice to your armpits for 15 minutes and then wash it. Repeat it daily for getting positive and more effective results.

Nicole Kidman praises Shailey Woodley's boldness

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Actress #Nicole_Kidman says she is amazed to see how politically engaged is her "Big Little Lies" co-star #Shailene_Woodley at a young age of 25.

The Oscar-winning actress also said that when she was growing up, she was "far more protected, but not empowered". 

"She's politically engaged, which is surprising for someone her age and in her career. She's very, very responsible," quoted Kidman as saying. 

She added: "She's good at keeping her boundaries and standing up for herself. If she doesn't believe in something, she says so. I could probably have learned from that at her age. I don't think I stood up for myself in the same way she does. Reese (Witherspoon) and I have both said it: It's a whole different world now. 

"When we were growing up, we were far more protected, but we weren't as empowered. We weren't connected through knowledge, which is what social media gives you."

Kidman, Witherspoon and Woodley will be seen together in HBO's adaptation of Liane Moriarty's novel "Big Little Lies". Kidman is also the executive producer of the show along with Witherspoon. The comic drama follows life of a group of California women - mothers of first-graders at the same school - who are linked to a murder.

Ranbir doesn't want to be a father like me: Rishi Kapoor

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Veteran actor #Rishi_Kapoor, who is known for his outspoken nature, says he has always tried to maintain a gap between him and his son, actor #Ranbir_Kapoor when it comes to talking about personal life. He says Ranbir has never liked it and doesn't want to be like him as a father.

Rishi on Tuesday launched his autobiography, titled "Khullam Khulla - Rishi Kapoor Uncensored", here. He was joined by his wife Neetu Singh and daughter Riddhima Kapoor Sahni.

In his autobiography, Rishi has revealed some of the unknown aspects of his life, right from his and his late father Raj Kapoor's affairs with co-stars to his belief on father-son relationship and his passion for acting.

"For me Raj Kapoor was not only a father. He was my guru, whatever I am today is because of him. When we were kids we knew that we were children of someone very important because wherever we went people looked at us as Raj Kapoor's sons," Rishi said at the launch.

"I never argued with my father and it so happened that unfortunately the same kind of relationship passed on with me and Ranbir. I really want that there should be love and respect between us.

"But I am not the type of guy, who will ask him (Ranbir) to share secrets of his girlfriends and all that. I am sorry. It's my failure. I want there to be a wall between me and him where I can see him, but can't feel him," he added.

Om Puri is a magnum opus, says Amit Behl

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Several actors and filmmakers from the entertainment fraternity organised an event to celebrate the National Award winner late #Om_Puri, who was known his baritone voice.

Cine and Television Artistes' Association (CINTAA) along with Indian Film & Television Directors' Association (IFTDA) and The Indian Motion Picture Producers' Association came together to celebrate Puri's life and body of work here at ISKCON Auditorium in Juhu, Mumbai.

Joint Secretary of CINTAA Amit Behl, told IANS over phone, "There has been too much grief around Om Puri's death, and a lot of people have paid tributes to him. But Om Puri is a magnum opus who should be celebrated."

Giving a better insight of the event, Behl said, "As President of CINTAA, he never let us feel he is 'The Om Puri'. He is an eternal inspiration to us. At CINTAA, when we discussed this internally, everyone including Manoj Joshi, Deepak Qazir and Suneel Sinha, who are a part of our core committee, unanimously felt that we should celebrate his life." 

" Ashoke Pandit ji and Ashwini Choudhary of IMPPA and IFTDA were more than happy in joining us. Zama Habib and others from the Writers' Association will also be speaking on Om Puri ji on that evening," he added.