Friday, 10 March 2017

'Functional jewellery superseding elaborate sets'

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Customers are increasingly preferring #functional_jewellery over bulky sets, says an industry expert.

"Functional jewellery is indeed superseding the elaborate sets. In keeping with this trend, we primarily focus on contemporary light wear jewellery that appeals more to the younger generation," Arvind Singhal, Chief Operational Officer,, said in a statement.

The jewellery e-tailer has just introduced Jashn-e-Jodhpur, a line celebrating the vivid blue tones that the royal city of Jodhpur is known for. The collection brings together diamonds and sapphires. 

Why Jodhpur?

"Indian jewellery has drawn inspiration from various monuments, cities, traditions and forms of nature. Keeping this as the core of our design aesthetic, we wanted to create an exquisite sapphire and diamonds collection. The vivid blue tones and the rich indigo tones of Jodhpur forms an integral part of our inspiration," Singhal said.

AIFW A/W 2017 lines up 71 designers on Day 1

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The opening day of #Amazon_India_Fashion_Week #AIFW Autumn-Winter (A/W) 2017 here later this month will have 71 designers showcasing their creations across six shows on the ramp. Binding them will be a common thread of #Indian_handloom and textiles.

The fashion extravaganza, organised by India's apex fashion body Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI), will be held from March 15-18 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here.

In the opening show, FDCI and The Handloom School will acknowledge the anonymous makers who create magic with thread. It will feature ensembles from 13 designers or labels like Akaaro, Antar-Agni, Eka, Good Earth, Neeru Kumar, Nicobar, Pero, Rajesh Pratap Singh, Raw Mango, Rohit Bal and Suket Dhir, read a statement from FDCI.

Tips to pick right lingerie for Holi

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Want to be carefree on #Holi? Choose the right #lingerie, says an expert.

Rosmin Kunnathottathil, Co-Founder of, shares some tips on how to pick the right lingerie for Holi so that you can enjoy the festival of colours without worrying about anything. 

* Old is gold: Remember that whatever you wear, will get colour stains on it to say the least. So for the Holi festival, go for lingerie that is worn out. 

* Say no to bright colours: Avoid wearing bright coloured briefs on Holi and stick to dark colours. You don't want to be caught with your coloured brief showing through separately after you are all black and blue with colour.

Say bye to Holi after-effects with lemon, coconut oil

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Do you stay away from colours on #Holi for the fear of its after-effects? Instead, stock up on coconut oil, sesame seed oil and lemon for post-Holi #skincare regime, says an expert.

Aakriti Kochar, beauty and make-up Expert, Oriflame India, shares some post-Holi hacks:

* After playing with the colours, remember not to use harsh soaps to get rid of colours from your skin. Do not wash your face with soap immediately, because soap is alkaline and causes further dryness. Instead, use a cleansing cream or lotion which soothes the skin while cleansing.

Massage on the skin and then wipe off with moist cotton wool. If you have sensitive skin, opt for essential oils like tea tree oil for oily/acne prone skin for treatment, lavender oil to treat cuts/ rashes on your face and body.

* To get rid of colours and chemicals on your skin, use coconut oil. It is gentle and hydrating and one of the best alternative to make-up remover as well. Do not worry if your skin is as it is oily, coconut oil is useful for cleansing on all skin types. Make sure to rinse off coconut oil from your face, body with cold water or mild body wash. For your hair, use coconut oil to cleanser your scalp and hair, and wash off with your regular shampoo and condition.

Sikkim tourism comes on board for Priyanka Chopra's 'Pahuna'

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Actress #Priyanka_Chopra's mother Madhu on Thursday launched their home banner Purple Pebble Pictures's first Sikkimese film #Pahuna here in association with the Ministry of Tourism Sikkim.

The news was announced through a statement, which read that the "association of PPP and Ministry of Tourism Sikkim was possible due to the unwavering support of the local government led by Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling". 

Priyanka could not attend the press conference here due to her work schedule in the US, but conveyed her message via the statement.

"This is a genre that I have always been very excited about and I'm so glad that I am in a position today to do something meaningful in this space. We're honoured that the local government have extended their support to 'Pahuna'. Together we hope to provide opportunities for the creative talent in Sikkim," she said.
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Refuse to be a victim of bullying or arm-twisting: Bipasha

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Denying allegations against her by organisers of India-Pakistan London Fashion Show, actress #Bipasha_Basu on Thursday said she always holds a high value for self-respect and won't be a victim of "bullying" or "arm twisting".

Bipasha and her husband Karan Singh Grover were slammed by the organisers for lack of professionalism, after the "Jism" actress refused to walk the ramp hours before the show.

Shedding light on the incident, Bipasha, in an open letter, said: "The deal was made with a set of agreed conditions. However, when I landed there for the project as planned, I realised that the organisers hadn't honoured their end of the bargain, in spite of confirming with my manager that they had."

Having agreed to travel on a hospitality deal, Bipasha said that "never was I treated so badly".

"My self-respect holds the highest value and I refuse to be a victim of bullying or arm-twisting. They expected me to hold true to my end of the bargain, whereas they had completely defaulted at their end," she added.

The organisers claimed they suffered loss of 7,800 pounds, apart from Bipasha's travel expenses, but the actress refuted it.

Ramesh Sippy waited 3 years to shoot a single 'Sholay' scene: Amitabh

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Bollywood megastar #Amitabh_Bachchan, who portrayed iconic character 'Jai' in Ramesh Sippy's cult classic #Sholay, on Thursday recalled the time when the ace director waited 3 years to get the "perfect light" for a particular sequence.

Addressing the audience at the launch event of the Ramesh Sippy Academy of Cinema & Entertainment, he said: "I wonder if you remember a scene in Sholay where Jaya (Bachchan) had to light a lamp in the corridor and I am sitting in the outhouse playing the mouth organ. There was particular kind of lighting that was required for the shot. Our DOP Mr Divecha was keen to take the shot at the time of sunset. You would not believe that Rameshji spent almost three years before we finally got that shot."

"Every time we would go to enact that sequence, something would not be right with the lighting. And Rameshji said 'until we get a correct light, we are not going to shoot this'. We waited for three years for one flash of a shot for the film," the 73-year-old actor added.

RGV in hot soup for unsavoury tweet on Sunny Leone

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Filmmaker #Ram_Gopal_Varma has courted trouble from feminists, activists, private and government organizations, women's groups and political parties roundly slamming him for his International Women's Day comments on actress #Sunny_Leone, a former adult entertainer.

"I wish all the women in the world give men as much happiness as Sunny Leone gives," Varma, who is known as RGV, said in a tweet on Wednesday.

He has been trolled widely.

As the row over comment snowballed, he came up with more: "The negative noise towards my tweet on Sunny Leone arises from ultimate hypocrisy. She has more honesty and more self-respect than any women."

Nationalist Congress Party senior leader Jitendra Awhad hit out at him: "RGV apologise or face the consequences. We don't mind taking law in hand."

Undeterred, RGV shot back nonchalantly: "Great @PawarSpeaks (NCP President Sharad Pawar) should kick you out for threatening to take law in hands in our sovereign democratic country. You are a disgrace to his ideals."

Unfazed, Awhad warned that if RGV didn't apologise, he would lodge a formal police complaint against the filmmaker.

Manganiello hopes fans root for him in 'The Batman'

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Actor #Joe_Manganiello, who essays the villainous character Deathstroke in the upcoming film #The_Batman, is hoping his fans will root for his portrayal of the character.

"This is my character, an exciting one, and has the capacity I think, to be a great villain. And what all the great ones can do is polarise an audience. When I was a kid, I always rooted for the villain. As a kid, I think I would have rooted for him and I think fans will," Manganiello told Robert Irvine magazine, reports

Manganiello also expressed his excitement to work with actor Ben Affleck, who will play the protagonist, and with Geoff Johns, who worked on the screenplay.

"I've known them all for years and I'm very excited to work with everyone. Ben Affleck makes great films and he's a great Batman. Geoff Johns certainly is a really fun guy to hang around with and has a great grasp on this steering wheel that is the Titanic of the DCEU. Knowing what they have planned for the future, I think fans are really going love it," he said.

Hopeful for 'Downton Abbey' reunion: Michelle Dockery

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Actress #Michelle_Dockery is hoping for the cast of the TV show "Downtown Abbey" to reunite.

The 35-year-old played Lady Mary Crawley in the hit period drama from 2010 until the show's ending in 2015 and is "hopeful" the cast will reunite for another series or film adaptation, reports

"I don't know when, but I'm hopeful. I miss the show and my friends on the show," Dockery said about the reunion.

There are hints that a movie could be on the cards at some point as Dockery's former co-star Jim Carter, who portrayed Mr. Carson in the show, previously teased that the show's officials had been in touch with him and other stars about leaving some time free to shoot scenes later this year.

Joanne Froggatt, who portrayed Anna Smith, also teased last year when she revealed that writer Julian Fellowes had penned the script for the forthcoming blockbuster.

Ramesh Sippy enters education sector with film school

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#Ramesh_Sippy will be imparting cinema knowledge through his Ramesh Sippy Academy Of Cinema and Entertainment. The veteran filmmaker of "Sholay" fame says the new venture is his way of "contributing to the future of the film industry".

Sippy has introduced a graduation programme at Mumbai University in association with Garware Institute. Ramesh Sippy Academy Of Cinema and Entertainment (RSACE) has a tie-up with Mumbai University, wherein the students will be getting comprehensive knowledge and graduating with a degree in various aspects of film production and entertainment.

"It is very difficult to say where it all began. In my heart, I always wanted to do something like this. You got something from the industry which would stand in time. In my own little way, I will be contributing to the future of the film industry," Sippy told over phone from Mumbai. 

The graduation programme is in five different streams -- B.A. in Film Art (three years), B.Sc. in Film Technology and Production (three years), B.Sc. in Screenwriting (three years), B.Sc. in Animation (three years) and B.Sc. in VFX (three years).

Sippy says it is a "place where degrees are going to be given to deserving students who perform well in their class". 

Can't say I don't like public scrutiny: Disha Patani

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#Disha_Patani has been in news for her alleged romantic relationship with actor #Tiger_Shroff and her strong reply to slut shaming trolls. The actress says she isnt fond of the public scrutiny, but understands that it is a part and parcel of a celebrity's job.

"No one likes it (public scrutiny). But it is okay as it is a part of my job. I have chosen this job. If I didn't like it, I would have chosen something else. I can't go out and say that 'I don't like it'," Disha told over phone from Mumbai. 

Disha, who has been roped in as the brand ambassador of Pond's, says she doesn't like to mingle much, and is a shy person. 

"I am an anti-social person. I am a very shy girl, but that's okay. People want to know about it (star's life) if you are coming on screen, and are coming on a public platform. It doesn't disturb me if the focus is on my work," she said. 

The actress, who was seen in "M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story" and "Kung Fu Yoga", says that her journey in Bollywood has just started, and she has not chalked out any plan or strategy for it. 

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Manasvi Mamgai looks pretty in white for Karleo's show

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Former Miss India #Manasvi_Mamgai, who danced at US President Donald Trump's pre-inaugural party, looked stunning in a white long trailed wedding gown as she walked as a showstopper for designer duo Karan and Leon's label Karleo here.

Mamgai, who walked the ramp on the popular classic "Pretty Woman" by Roy Ornison, donned a white hand painted gown embellished with Swarovski and an over seven metre long trail and veil at the ongoing forth edition of India Beach Fashion Week 2017.

About the showstopper dress, Mamgai told: "I have been a model for the past six-seven years and I have never seen an outfit so big... it's very nice that I have worn it...the sheer amount of dedication that has been put into this outfit.. I have tried doing justice to it."

The duo showcased a wide range of cascading skirts, jumpsuits, halter tops, dresses and gala gowns in shades of blacks, whites and reds for their line "Noir Love".

Leon told that it took them 1500 man hours to create the showstopper's look.

"The technique was dividing it into parts... first it was hand-painted then treated with chemicals...So that it can be has been highlighted by Swarovski crystals, which have been put by hand...We used 60 to 70 yards of cloth to bring together this masterpiece," he added.

Censor board 'reasonable' to 'Begum Jaan': Srijit Mukherji

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Acclaimed filmmakers #Mahesh_Bhatt and #Srijit_Mukherji on Wednesday said they were "pleasantly surprised" when the censor board allowed some words to be retained in the forthcoming film #Begum_Jaan which otherwise would have been a strict no-no.

There were a couple of abuses that were sanitised and that was because of the censor code (rules), Mukherji and Bhatt told select mediapersons in a chat here ahead of the launch of the trailer on March 14.

"In fact, they had gone against the code for various words and they allowed them. They said the film has forced us to contextualise those words which otherwise would have been a strict no-no," Mukherji said when asked on the film facing any issues with the censor board. He said it was a "reasonable" act on the censor's part.

Produced by Mahesh and Mukesh Bhatt, the film is helmed by National Award winner Srijit Mukherji.

Watson used to ruin takes during 'Harry Potter'

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Actress #Emma_Watson says she used to mess up lines a lot while filming #HarryPotter.

The 26-year-old starred as Hermione Granger in the popular fantasy film franchise. 

She says she used to feel guilty for making the director redo parts of the movie, reports

Watson felt shy when she appeared on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" and the host aired an outtake from the first film, "Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone", which saw her mouthing along to co-star Rupert Grint's lines.

"You're helping them with their lines," Kimmel joked.

Suneet Varma ends IBFW 2017 with spectacular collection

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The fourth edition of India Beach Fashion Week #IBFW_2017 saw a magnificent grand finale, when ace couturier #Suneet_Varma's presented his latest collection here.

A large number of fashionistas on Wednesday night attended the show, which presented 32 looks inspired from Hollywood glamour, the sensational Studio 54 music and youthful dressing.

Walking on old Hindi numbers like "Tum jo mil gaye ho" and "Babuji dheere chalna", 32 models flaunted Varma's designs, which included lehengas, gowns, pants, kurtas and pallazzos.

Talking about his collection, Varma told: "The collection features a range of gowns, from formal evening shapes to light, flirty dresses in shaded chiffons and light weight silk organza. The structured gowns are voluminous and made in silk taffeta and knits to create asymmetrical drapes that are close to the body."

A woman not an object of man's desire, says Randeep Hooda

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Popular Bollywood actor #Randeep_Hooda, who is all set to make his television debut with youth show #MTV_Big_F Season 2 that revolves around the psyche of Indian women to explore their hidden desires, says as its host, he will address men to make them understand that a woman is not an object of man's desire.

Asked at a media meet here if the Indian audience is ready to consume such progressive content in mainstream television, Randeep said: "Well, it is 2017 and I do not understand why these things (talk on women sexual desire and fantasy) are still taboo. 

"This show is about the aspirational India where people whether man or woman can talk free about their thoughts, desire without being leveled. I, on the other hand, as the host of the show will address men to make them understand that a woman is not an object of their desire to do with her as they please... no, it's not."

Alba carries out her beauty regime in plane

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Actress #Jessica_Alba believes people think she is crazy when she carries out her beauty regime on a plane.

The 35-year-old always carries out her pre make-up routine while travelling, where she applies eye masks and massages her face regardless of the odd glances she may get from fellow passengers, reports

"I'll even put this when I'm flying on the plane. The person next to me usually thinks I'm crazy. I love to prep my skin especially when it's dry and flaky, with the Braun facial spa, and because it's so tiny it's easy to travel with. And I'll just cleanse and I get a nice smooth finish," Alba told Into The Gloss magazine.

The "Into The Blue" actress, who has daughters Honor, 8, and Haven, 5, with her husband Cash Warren, loves using the Nurse Jamie Instant Uplift, especially under her chin, because she feels like her face is getting a "little work out".

Alba always puts concealer on her darker areas because she believes it a "post-game" product.

"Concealer is a post-game for me. Actually after my face is completely done I'll go in with concealer and it's the last thing I do. I really think that beauty is about enhancing who you are," she said.

Take hold of your life, Priyanka tells girls

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Never let anyone tell you who you can be, actress #Priyanka_Chopra told all the girls around the world on the occasion of #International_Women's_Day on Wednesday.

"The one big message I give young girls all around the world and especially young girls in India is… never let anyone tell you who you can be. And what you need to be. And who you should be," Priyanka said. 

The former Miss World, who has been roped in as the global ambassador of hair care brand Pantene, sent out the message through a special video for the brand on Wednesday, read a statement.

Priyanka, who is earning recognition for her work internationally courtesy her American show "Quantico", added that "for centuries girls have been told how they need to act, what they need to wear and what they need to dress like" and it is time for girls to take their own calls. 

Heart-wrenching to see Gurmehar subjected to organised wrath: Mahesh Bhatt

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Acclaimed filmmaker #Mahesh_Bhatt on Wednesday said it was "heart-wrenching" to see 20-year-old #Gurmehar_Kaur being subjected to "organised" public wrath when so-called liberals had very little to say.

"It was heart-wrenching to see a 20-year-old girl being subjected to so much organised, kind of public wrath.

"I feel that society, which says is a free society, must give any individual space to fearlessly articulate his or her point of view. And the person who is asking for that free space, must also give the other person who completely disagrees with her, to express his or her view, provided that is done in a civilised manner," Bhatt told here.

The "Zakhm" maker was in the city to chat with select mediapersons about the forthcoming film "Begum Jaan".

People want to encash on failure: Kangana Ranaut

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After facing a setback with the failure of #Rangoon, actress #Kangana_Ranaut says people have a tendency to encash on someone else's failure, and now think that she will lower her price after the box office debacle.

"I think people want to encash on failure and think now Kangana will give a discount. They come to me and say, but your first day wasn't good…my point is that I don't promise you a first day in my contract. It's the value for my job as an artiste. I give you a year and a half, my working hours, my depiction of a character," Kangana said. 

The actress talked about "Rangoon" with Rajeev Masand on show "March on Women", which will air on CNN-News18 on Wednesday, read a statement. 

National Award-winning filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj's period drama is set in the 1940s amidst the turmoil of India's independence struggle, and includes some historic references. The film failed to elicit the response the team was hoping to get.

The actress said that she has made a conscious decision "that you will never be good enough for the world". 

She said: "Even today after winning three National Awards if people feel I'm not good enough, I'm not going to succumb to the mind set. And I do feel that when you've suffered a setback, your dignity as a worker and your pride as a woman is really vulnerable to attacks."

Emilia Clarke feels no need to justify nude scenes in GoT

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#Game_of_Thrones star #Emilia_Clarke has said she refuses to give in to sexist questioning about appearing nude in the hit fantasy TV series.

Clarke, who plays Daenerys Targaryen in the adaptation of George R.R. Martin's books known for their violence and nudity, wrote about the topic she is always quizzed over, for a Huffington Post special blog for International Women's Day, reports 

The actress, who is guest editing the All Women Everywhere edition of the Huffington Post UK, wrote about her experiences of inequality at work.

She wrote: "Do I get treated equally at work? Not always. Does every woman? No, and the statistics back that up. Do I get asked questions at press junkets by men and women alike, specifically because they will get headline-grabbing responses coming from a young woman? Yes."

"If you've watched 'Game Of Thrones' then, spoiler, you will have seen me in the nude. There are plenty of ways in which people want me to respond to questions about this fact. And plenty of reasons why I do not feel the need to justify myself."

B-Town celebrates women power

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On the occasion of the International Womens Day on Wednesday, popular Bollywood celebrities like #Amitabh_Bachchan, #Anil_Kapoor and #Priyanka_Chopra have come forward to celebrate the power of women and thank them for their various roles in life.

Here's what some of the celebs tweeted on International Women's Day: 

Amitabh Bachchan: On International Women's Day… Without ‘her' even "hero' is ‘0'.

Priyanka Chopra: This Women's Day, let's celebrate every woman, every girl.

Anil Kapoor: Happy Women's Day Sunita Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor and Rhea Kapoor. Thank you for everything you do and everything that you are!

Deepika Padukone: Celebrating International Women's Day with the women who work tirelessly to bring mental health care to communities in rural Karnataka. Pictured here are ‘Asha Workers'. Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs) is community health workers instituted by the government of India's Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) as part of the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM).

Some easy ways to maintain your leather shoes

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When you spend oodles of money on a nice pair of #leather_shoes, it is important to maintain them well too. Add a layer of rubber at the bottom of the sole and keep your leather shoes away from direct sunlight, suggests an expert.

Ishaan Sachdeva, Director at shoe brand Alberto Torresi, has listed how you can maintain leather shoes:

* Applying polish is a must to-do thing. But while doing so, one thing that needs to be kept in mind is to apply cream polish in the same colour as the shoe to protect it. 

In case of unfinished leather, oil like mink oil helps to preserve the quality of the leather.

* Add a layer of rubber at the bottom of the sole. The rubber protects the leather soles from damage and allows them to stay for long.

Ed Sheeran says 'Love yourself' would've suited Rihanna

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Singer #Ed_Sheeran says that the song "Love yourself" that he penned for Grammy winning singer Justin Bieber, would have suited singer #Rihanna more.

The 26-year-old thinks the song would have suited Rihanna more as she could get away with raunchier lyrics such as "you should go and f*** yourself," reports

"It's his song, it's not my song ... I've written a bunch of songs I don't sing. If you like the way you look that much 'Oh, baby you should go and f*** yourself'. Hearing Rihanna come in with a bit of that swag ... And Rihanna could get away with saying, 'you should go and f*** yourself', in my mind anyway," Sheeran said.

'Avengers: Infinity War' set in Hogwarts-like castle

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Some scenes of the forthcoming film #Avengers_Infinity_War are reportedly set in a Hogwarts-like castle.

The reports surfaced from a photograph shared by directors Anthony and Joe Russo on their Facebook account. In the image, the Russo Brothers are featured standing amid bricked building resembling Hogwarts school in "Harry Potter" movie series, reports

The location Durham Cathedral in Durham, England, was used by Warner Bros. during the production of "Harry Potter" movies. 

The Russo Brothers eventually deleted the image from their account, sparking speculation that the photograph was supposed to be kept in secret and that they would use Durham Cathedral as one of the settings in "Avengers: Infinity War". 

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Décor trends to revamp your home

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Let your home reflect your personality. Use text on your wall, or make the decor eco-friendly to add a tasteful touch to the surroundings, suggests an expert.

Mahima Singh, Visual Merchandiser at Furlenco, a furniture rental company, has decoded some of the design trends that could be incorporated in your haven:

♦ Text infused: Depending on your personality, decor could either be totally inspired by quirkiness or you could add just a hint of it on some corners and liven it up. This kind of decor brings out friendly vibes and makes it the highlight of your home.

The easiest way to try it out is by adding some text cushion covers which are relatable to your thoughts or personality. Combine it with some solid color cushions to kill the chaos, if any.

Another way of adding these texts would be to get some texts printed of your choice and frame it along on your photo wall. 

Paint a section of your wall as blackboard and put on your painter's hat. That way, you can have a new thought or line to sketch around everyday, and keep the quirkiness fresh forever.

♦ Indian décor: Indian interior design features rich textiles and furniture, often handmade, using traditional methods. Finding the right balance is really important and very tricky as Indian decor can end up making your house look too colourful, kitschy and out of sync with your idea of a 'home you feel euphoric about'. 

It was fun to play non-living character in 'Phillauri': Anushka

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Bollywood actor-producer #Anushka_Sharma who is playing a ghost bride in her second production #Phillauri says it was fun to play a "non-living" character.

"It was fun to play a non-living character because normally we play characters which are in the flesh and its boring to portray a living character in each film. You should keep doing a different thing. I think I've represented the ghost community well," she said in an interview on Tuesday.

The "Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi" actress ventured into production with 2015 thriller "NH-10" and is now gearing up for her banner's (Clean Slate Films) next project "Phillauri".

When asked about what she enjoys the most, the 28-year-old actress said, "I enjoy both. I have realised that when I have too many responsibilities on me, I perform better. Acting and producing both are very different things. Like when I am on set I just do my job and when I am producing a film I have to collaborate with ALL, right from the inception of a film. Both are going well for me."

Trump is in love with me: Arnold Schwarzenegger

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Actor #Arnold_Schwarzenegger poked fun at US President #Donald_Trump for tweeting about him so much, saying that it appears the President is "in love" with him.

Schwarzenegger poked fun at Trump at "The Michael Smerconish Program" on Tuesday, reports

The former celebrity "Apprentice" host said: "I think he's in love with me."

When Smerconish asked if that was what prompted the tweets, the "Terminator" star replied: "Yeah, I think so."

When asked to weigh in on the President's performance, the former Governor of California was very diplomatic.

He said: "I believe very strongly what Eisenhower said. That politics is like the road: the left and the right is like the gutter, and the center is drivable. And I believe that the action is in the center.

'Lipstick Under My Burkha' to open IFFLA

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#Alankrita_Shrivastavas "Lipstick Under My Burkha", which is not getting a certificate from the Central Board of Film Certification #CBFC in India, will be the opening movie at the 15th edition of Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles #IFFLA.

The festival will be held from April 5-9 in Los Angeles.

Revolving around four women -- a burqa-clad college girl, a young beautician, a mother of three and a 55-year-old widow who rediscovers her sexuality -- "Lipstick Under My Burkha" features actors like Ratna Pathak Shah, Konkona Sen Sharma and Aahana Kumra.

"As India's diverse array of talented filmmakers continues to be recognized around the world for their compelling and daring work, IFFLA is extremely proud to collect the best films from emerging voices and experienced masters and present them to Los Angeles," said Mike Dougherty, Director of Programming, in a statement.

"Lipstick Under My Burkha" has been deemed too "lady oriented" in content and according to the censor board, it is laced with sexual scenes and abusive words. But this is also a film that won a gender equality award at the Mumbai film fest last year, and recently won the Audience Award at the Glasgow Film Festival.

IIFLA, which will conclude with Shubhashish Bhutiani's directorial "Hotel Salvation", will also features documentaries like "The Cinema Travelers", "Machines" and "An Insignificant Man". There will also be 10 short films in nine languages including Gurvinder Singh's "Infiltrator", Amar Kaushik's "Aaba" and Sonejuhi Sinha's "Miles of Sand".

Karan Johar to discuss love beyond boundaries at conclave

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Filmmaker #Karan_Johar, who is in news for becoming a father to twins via surrogacy, will speak on 'Love Beyond Boundaries' at the the 16th India Today Conclave here.

A popular filmmaker, TV show host and now also an author, Karan will, be on the other side of the coffee table.

The session, Love Beyond Boundaries, is likely to be interesting given Karan's fatherhood as well as his book "An Unsuitable Boy", in which he spoke on his sexual orientation.

He wrote: "I don't need to scream it out. If I need to spell it out, I won't only because I live in a country where I could possibly be jailed for saying this."

Karan will also perhaps make an interesting candidate to discuss the issue, given the fact that he cast Pakistani actor Fawad Khan in his directorial "Ae Dil Hai Mushkil" which released amid much brouhaha last year.

The India Today Conclave, to be held on March 17-18, will also see megastar Amitabh Bachchan and superstar Shah Rukh Khan sharing the stage.

The two-day event will also see talented actresses Anushka Sharma, Alia Bhatt and Kalki Koechlin.

Raashi Khanna, Rakul Preet release special videos on International Women's Day

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Actresses #Raashi_Khanna and #Rakul_Preet_Singh released special videos on the occasion of International Women's Day on Wednesday. Both of them have very important messages to share with the world.

In a video titled "Believe in You", narrated and produced by Raashi, the "Jil" actress asks "Why are we afraid living the way we want to. Why do you have to compromise your dreams and give up. Whom are constantly fighting, whom are you competing with?"

She went on add that as women, they are not here to race against men, but to thrive together.

"A soul has no gender, yet we are fortunate to have a woman's body. Fortunate to be the most beautiful expression of the universe. Embrace it and celebrate. You're beautiful and powerful and deserve every chance in the world. Then, what is that stops you? Is that judgmental voices that discourage or is it something that's within," she said.

Raashi said women should define the way they want to be.

Rakul Preet, on the other hand, in a very different take on Women's Day, asked in a video why we remember women, their achievements and their struggle just for a day.

Blueberries may improve brain function in elderly

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Drinking 30ml of concentrated #blueberry_juice every day may improve brain function in older people that tends to decline with age, new research says.

In the study, healthy people aged 65-77 who drank concentrated blueberry juice every day showed improvements in cognitive function, blood flow to the brain and activation of the brain while carrying out cognitive tests.

Evidence also suggested improvement in working memory, the researchers said, in the paper published in the journal Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism.

Blueberries are rich in flavonoids -- found abundantly in plants -- which possess antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, the important components in causing these effects.

"The study shows that with just 12 weeks of consuming 30ml of concentrated blueberry juice every day, brain blood flow, brain activation and some aspects of working memory were improved in this group of healthy older adults," said Joanna Bowtell from the University of Exeter in Britain.

Richa Chadha flaunts royal look for Sangeeta Sharma

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Bollywood actress #Richa_Chadha looked royal every inch as she walked the ramp for fashion designer #Sangeeta_Sharma at the fourth edition of the #India_Beach_Fashion_Week_2017 here.

Richa looked ravishing in a onion-pink coloured trailed lehenga-choli with an embroidered peacock paired with a beautiful orange embellished dupatta.

The actress, who will next be seen in "Fukrey 2", sported minimal makeup and bright lips to complete her look.

"Richa suits to my collection collection inspired by the peacock. The peacock is known for its holiness, nobility, boldness and royalty.. ..Richa is bold beautiful and royal that's why," Sharma told.

The designer's collection saw as many as 25 handcrafted silhouettes, consisting of long kurtas, dresses, shararas, long skirts, peach all with a drizzle of sparkle and peacock embroidery.

About the showstopper dress Richa told: "It's slightly unusual bridal look...It's not very heavy but it has that flow."

'Baahubali: The Beginning' was starters, now comes actual meal: Rajamouli

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Filmmaker S.S. Rajamouli, busy with the production of his much-awaited "Baahubali: The Conclusion", says the first part of the movie was just a starter.

In a tete-a-tete with film critic Anupama Chopra for digital platform Film Companion, Rajamouli opened up about the scale of "Baahubali: The Conclusion", about the journey with the epic historical fiction franchise, his life as a director and his future plan.

What to expect from the second part of "Baahubali"?

"First part is introduction of characters, we haven't really gotten into the plot. The characters are established and we've given all a hookline. The first part was starters and the second part is the actual meal," said Rajamouli, who dabbles in Telugu language movies.

The National Award winning director has spent five years with the franchise.

I prefer to focus on couture, do fewer events: Suneet Varma

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#Fashion connoisseur #Suneet_Varma says he doesn't participate at fashion weeks frequently as he likes to focus on his couture creations.

"Personally, I prefer to focus on couture and do fewer events and make them special. Therefore, I participate in couture weeks and do my stand alone shows whereby I can create everything based on the inspiration of the collection and create a spectacular event," Varma told.

Varma has been been in the fashion industry for over two decades and has showcased his collections at various fashion weeks. He is currently here to showcase his latest collection at the fourth edition of India Beach Fashion Week 2017.

He feels there are too many fashion weeks taking place in India.

"My opinion is divided. Personally, I feel there are too many fashion weeks in too many cities and they essentially become a marketing and PR plan for corporate sponsors. On the other hand, a fashion week in a two or three tier city will definitely bring about an opportunity for a young designer to realize his dreams on the runway," he said.

Hartley upset for not getting nude scene on 'This is Us'

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American actor #Justin_Hartley says he is a little upset with the writers of TV series #This_Is_Us for not giving him a nude scene yet.

Hartley spoke about the show on talk show "The Talk" on Monday, reports 

Asked if a nude scene has been presented to him yet, Hartley said: "You know, the thing about it is - no, I'm a little upset about it."

Hartley, 40, joked, "I mean, what does that say? Am I losing it?"

"This Is Us", which also features Mandy Moore, Milo Ventimiglia, Sterling K Brow and Chrissy Metz, revolves around the lives of a group of people with the same birthday, including Jack (Ventimiglia), whose wife, Rebecca (Moore), is expecting triplets in Pittsburgh.

Girls need Wonder Woman: Gal Gadot

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Actress #Gal_Gadot says that young women need a character like Wonder Woman in their lives.

The 31-year-old, who is essaying the superhero in the upcoming movie by the same name, wants girls to have someone to look up to when they're growing up, reports

"First of all, she (Wonder Woman) doesn't see that difference between any gender. It's not even an issue. She comes from this world where men and women are equal and it's not a thing to be a man or to be a woman. She feels that she can do everything and she will go for it," Gadot told website Collider.

"She's a peace seeker; she wouldn't go and look to start a battle or a fight. She would try to solve it in any other different way, but I think that's what's beautiful about Wonder Woman," she added.

'Raabta' isn't visually inspired by '300': Sushant Singh Rajput

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Bollywood actor #Sushant_Singh_Rajput on Tuesday rubbished rumours that his upcoming film #Raabta is "visually" inspired in parts by Hollywood blockbuster "300".

At the launch of a new campaign, "Behtar India" by NDTV and DHFL Pramerica Life Insurance, the actor who plays the lead in the romantic drama said, "No it isn't inspired."

Industry hearsay is that Dinesh Vijan's "Raabta" that travels between two eras seeks inspiration from Hollywood fantasy war drama "300".

"I do films because I love acting. You put me on stage and give me just Rs 500 I would love to act. Even if I can't do theatre I can gladly do short films. Acting is something else for me," the "Kai Po Che!" actor said about his passion for acting. 

Brand ambassador, Sushant Singh Rajput also spoke about "Behtar India" Campaign that aims at mobilising students, ordinary citizens and corporates to join a nationwide movement that focuses on health, hygiene, and environment.

Gigi Hadid goes behind the camera

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Supermodel #Gigi_Hadid has shot photos for V Magazine to give "an intimate look at her private world".

A source told that at a hotel here on weekend, Hadid clicked photographer Mario Testino, actress Sasha Lane and designer Olivier Rousteing, while V editor Stephen Gan stopped by.

Designers Karl Lagerfeld, Donatella Versace, Tommy Hilfiger and sister Bella will also appear in Gigi's May 1 spread.

Gigi also shot a Versus Versace campaign with her star beau Zayn Malik.

Demi Lovato makes social media account for dog

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Singer #Demi_Lovato has created a social media account for her pet dog Batman on Instagram.

Lovato got Batman after her previous pet dog Buddy died.

The 24-year-old has over 54 million followers of her own page on the photo-sharing platform and now she has decided that her pet dog needs his own followers, reports

Lovato announced Batman was on Instagram with a post on Twitter on Monday night.

"It's official: my dog has an Instagram," she tweeted.

So far there are just a few photographs of Batman on the site, including an image of Lovato cuddling Batman along with the caption "Mom".

'The Salesman' to release in India on March 31

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#Asghar_Farhadi's Oscar award-winning Iranian drama #The_Salesman, which has won over audiences and critics alike worldwide, will finally hit the Indian screens on March 31.

It was officially announced on Tuesday that producer Sunil Doshi, under the banner Sunil Doshi Presents, will release the film in India and it will be distributed by PVR India.

A moving story about a husband who is determined to identify the attacker who assaulted his wife, the film had also won best actor and best screenplay at Cannes International Film Festival last year.

The movie stars Shahab Hosseini, who had previously worked in Farhadi's "A Separation" and Taraneh Alidoosti in the lead.

Varun dodges questions on his 'dulhania'

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Amid speculations about his rumoured ladylove Natasha Dalal, actor #Varun_Dhawan who will be next seen in #Badrinath_Ki_Dulhania on Tuesday dodged questions about his own "Dulhania" (bride).

Quizzed by the media on "Varun Ki Dulhania", the actor said: "Varun ki dulhan ko kaafi time hai (there is plenty of time for that). Let people now meet 'Badrinath ki Dulhania."

Varun is busy shooting for the sequel to superstar Salman Khan starrer 1997 comedy "Judwaa", co-starring Jacqueline Fernandez and Taapsee Pannu.

Though the fundamental theme is centred on twins, the "Badlapur" actor clarified the film is a fresh take.

Sonam Kapoor extends support to Diva Fiesta

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Actress #Sonam_Kapoor has extended her support to Diva Fiesta 2017 on International Women's Day, which falls on March 8, through her app.

Commemorating the spirit of womanhood, Phoenix Marketcity here will be hosting the sixth edition of Diva Fiesta 2017 in association with Sonam. 

Following the success of the previous editions, which witnessed participation from over 25,000 women, the current initiative by the mall has offers on various fine dining restaurants, apparel and accessories, salon and spa and entertainment options.

"I'm so excited about this unique collaboration with Diva Fiesta. It's a fabulous initiative by Phoenix Marketcity to support women empowerment. I look forward to welcoming you all on my app and enjoy the exciting offers at the mall," Sonam said in a statement. 
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Backdrop, theme, clothes take limelight at Lalit Dalmia's show

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The Miramar beach here served to be the most picturesque background for fashion designer #Lalit_Dalmia's collection for the fourth edition of #India_Beach_Fashion_Week.

Dalmia showcased menswear and womenswear of over 25 ensembles for his latest collection La Moda, at an offsite venue here on Tuesday. The show started with a lot of drama, where two models were seen lip-locking.

The range consisted of layered and trailed gowns, asymmetrical dresses, gloves, hair fascinators and netted gloves while menswear collection boasted about low crotched pants, pencil fit pants, suits and sailor stripes. 

About his collection, Dalmia told: "It is inspired by the vintage era or the fashion era...We are using peach, wine greens, blues... cuts are a little crazy,we are using lot of trails, frills... It's a fusion of the past with the future...I have taken the silhouettes from the past and beautiful cuts of the future."

Twitter pays ode to women with special emoji

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To celebrate International Women's Day, Twitter is enabling users across India to spotlight the women who inspire them with the hashtags #SheInspiresMe or #SheLeadsIndia, which will trigger a #WomensDay emoji, it said on Tuesday.

The emoji would be the gender symbol for females and a representation of feminism and will be available till April 1, the microblogging site said in a tweet. 

"From today, for the rest of the month, Tweet with the hashtags below to see the #InternationalWomensDay emoji appear!" read the tweet.

Twitter has also partnered with digital video storytelling platform @SheThePeopleTV, to host a special #BlueRoom session to talk about the issues women in media and technology face.

"The day (Women's Day) is an opportunity to spark interest and discussion in the issues affecting women today and we hope to draw positive attention to it with our #BlueRoom sessions and a little fun with the emoji," said Keya Madhvani, Head - Lifestyle and Creator Partnerships at Twitter India, in a statement.