Saturday, 25 March 2017

'Colossal' to release in India in April

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Sci-fi comedy "Colossal" - starring #Anne_Hathway and #Jason_Sudeikis - will be releasing in India on April 7.

MVP Entertainment is releasing the Nacho Vigalondo directorial in India, read a statement. 

"Colossal" follows the financial collapse of Gloria (played by Hathway) who has lost her job. She is an unemployed woman trying to get her life together after drinking and partying caused her boyfriend to kick her out. 

The film is on how her life changes when she discovers that attacks by a giant monster in South Korea are somehow tied to, and possibly caused by, her own ongoing mental breakdown.

The movie also features Dan Stevens and Tim Blake Nelson.

Hailey Baldwin in a hurry to experience motherhood

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Model #Hailey_Baldwin, who is 20 years old, is eager to have children at a young age.

Baldwin says she wants her children to be teenagers by the time she turns 40, reports

Asked where she would like to be in next 20 years, Baldwin told Remix magazine: "I think 20 years is a lot to think about, but by that time I would liked to have a couple of children and be married and raising a family."

She added: "There'll definitely be some kiddos in the picture by then. I want to be a young parent, so I want to be 40 and have teenage kids."

Happiness makes person beautiful: Kristen Bell

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Actress #Kristen_Bell thinks being a good person is the "quickest" and easiest way to feel beautiful about yourself.

The "Frozen" star believes beauty comes from within and feels self-esteem is the most important part when it comes to feeling good about yourself.

"The beauty lesson that is paramount, is your beauty comes from inside, not out. You can make yourself look however you want to look but you will not feel beautiful until you have self-esteem, and you will not get self-esteem until you participate in estimable acts," Bell told

"So being a good person is the quickest way to feel beautiful. There's no getting around it... There are a thousand quick fixes to beauty, but really, it's your inside heart. That's what makes you feel pretty," she added.

Protect yourself from acne in simple steps

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Use salycylic face wash and anti-acne masks to stay from #acne in summer, say experts.

Alia Rizvi, Dermatologist at Me Clinic - Masters of Esthetics, and Megha Shah, a Cosmetologist, have rolled out basic pointers that can be easily incorporated in daily beauty regimens: 

* Keep your face clean. Remove your make properly. You can use a salycylic face wash.

* Rinse your face once you get home after spending the day outside.

* Do not scrub. Over washing and scrubbing can cause skin irritation.

* Don't touch your face too often. Or don't lean on any surface. Here the face can get infected with bacteria.

Martha Kelly bad at improvisation in front of co-star

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Actor #Martha_Kelly says her "Baskets" co-star #Zach_Galifianakis thinks she is bad at improvisation.

"I've known Zach since I started open mics in 1998. He makes me laugh all the time. I try to make him laugh and sometimes he does. But he makes me laugh all the time, he's just naturally really funny," Kelly said in a statement. 

Talking about Galifianakis' take on Kelly being the worst improv actress he ever came across, the actress said: "That's true. That is a hundred per cent true. if Jonathan says ‘do a take where you just make stuff up', it's not as hard. But if it's just Zach or Louie Anderson going off-script in the middle of a scene? I always am paralyzed by a change in the dialogue and stuff. So yeah, I'm pretty bad at improv."

The show is aired in India on Star World Premiere HD.

We're a great team: Twinkle on marriage with Akshay

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At a time when marriages and relationships are becoming increasingly volatile, #Mrs_Funnybones writer #Twinkle_Khanna says she is happy being part of a "great team" with husband and Bollywood star #Akshay_Kumar.

Twinkle and Akshay have been married for 16 years, and have two children -- son Aarav and daughter Nitara.

About their marriage, Twinkle said at an awards event here: "I think it's a great team. We are playing tennis doubles, and I think that's a pretty good foundation for a marriage to last."

On the importance of sex in a marriage, she said: "Sex is important at every stage."

Twinkle even said: "The things that I find attractive in Akshay have changed over the years".

The author-columnist, known for her wit and humour, added that she wants to emulateAAkshay's "calm and composed mind".

She also ensures Akshay -- who she says has more pairs of shoes than her -- goes through her columns before they are published and he rates them.

Proud to be part of transition in India: Hema Malini

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Veteran actress and BJP MP #Hema_Malini on Friday said she is proud to be part of the transition going on in India.

"I am proud to be a Member of Parliament, representing my party which is doing wonderful work and thanks to our Prime Minister Narendra Modiji, we are seeing a great transformation in our country. I'm proud to be part of this transition," Hema, who represents the Mathura constituency, said here.

Widely known as Bollywood's 'Dreamgirl', the 68-year-old -- with a sari-clad look defying her age -- Hema became emotional as she was about to honour winners at the India Today Summit and Awards.

ED issues notice against Gauri Khan, Knight Riders Sports

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The Enforcement Directorate has issued show cause notice against Knight Riders Sports Pvt Ltd (KRSPL) and Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan's wife #Gauri_Khan for allegedly violating foreign exchange rules.

The agency issued the notice under the Foreign Exchange Management Act (Adjudication Proceedings and Appeal) Rules, 2000 in connection with the share sale of KRSPL, the franchise owned by Shah Rukh Khan's company Red Chillies Entertainment Pvt Ltd in partnership with actor Juhi Chawla and her husband Jay Mehta. 

"We issued show cause notices against Knight Riders Sports, Gauri Khan and others under FEMA for loss of foreign exchange worth Rs 73.6 crore in sale of shares," the official said. 

The agency had also issued summons to Shah Rukh Khan in the matter in 2015 and before that.

The matter pertains to the 2008 share transfer, audited by an external firm in 2014. It noted that shares sold to Jay Mehta-owned Sea Island Investment were eight-nine times undervalued by KRSPL.

The share transfer is believed to have happened in 2008-09 and the agency has been probing KRSPL deal since 2010 under FEMA.

Sixth sense in women key self defence, says Vidyut Jammwal

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Actor #Vidyut_Jammwal, who also teaches #martial_arts to women, says women are blessed with sixth sense which could be a key to their self-defence.

"Number one thing about self-defence is awareness. There is this instinct in women, which most of men don't have, the sixth sense. That is number one thing in self defence," Vidyut said on the sidelines of Health and Nutrition magazine cover launch here on Thursday.

The "Commando 2: The Black Money Trail" actor added: "I teach a lot of women self defence. I have personally met a lot of rape victims. They always ask me, what is the number one self-defence thing? I say it is awareness.

"If you go out somewhere and you have a feeling that something is not right. The man sitting beside you or right in front of you is not right; make sure you acknowledge it, as that is the sixth sense. If you have a feeling that I don't need to go in this lane, don't do it. That feeling is sixth sense or awareness, the number one self defence."

Talking about his film career, he said: "I enjoy being action hero of the country. There are almost all actors who are fit but what I can do, very few actors will be able to pull off. So I don't want to be compared with anybody but if right opportunity comes my way then I am open to do a light hearted film in the near future."

Akshay stresses on importance of having toilets in homes

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Actor #Akshay_Kumar says the research work for his upcoming project #Toilet_Ek_Prem_Katha has opened his eyes towards the plight of women who have to go to open fields to relieve themselves.

Stressing on the importance of personal hygiene and health, the actor says keeping the house clean and health of one's family on priority is first step towards attaining the dream of "Swachh Bharat". 

The actor took to Twitter on Friday to share an over six-minute-long video titled "Soch Aur Shauch". And says he was shocked by the findings of the research. 

He said: "Friends, 'Swachh Bharat' is only possible only when 'ghar' is swachh and ladies of our family are healthy." 

Poetry is my statement to life: Gulzar

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Noted poet and Bollywood lyricist #Gulzar says writing lyrics is his profession, but writing poetry is his statement to life.

"Lyrics is commissioned work, it is my profession. But poetry is my statement to life. Something that I feel, I know, something that I have acquired from life, that is my statement, my poetry," said Gulzar. 

He expressed his views during a student-media interaction at the Whistling Woods academy here on Thursday.

"Film depends on something. It is like a job or work, something that I've asked to do with perfection. For some particular situation, in a particular story, for some character. Here (for poetry) it depends on your (Gulzar's) hard work on that character."

Aadhaar verification boosts user confidence on matrimonial sites: Survey

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#Aadhaar verification boosts customers' confidence in the authenticity of profiles on matrimonial sites, reveals a survey.

According to the survey conducted last week by matrimonial website, maturity and compatibility of life partner lies high on agenda rather than their social status. The survey was conducted on 2000 active users of the matrimonial website, read a statement. 

The survey highlights the importance of Aadhar based verification. 

As many as 74 per cent users believe that adding the Aadhaar verification as a check has increased the authenticity. Another finding is that 80 per cent of users feel that online matrimonial sites are unsafe, insecure and full of fake profiles.

Fashion designers to give makeovers using handloom

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Ace fashion designers like #Rajesh_Pratap_Singh and #Rohit_Bal will be giving makeovers to youngsters using handloom on the TV show "Get The Look #GlobalIndia".

The NDTV Good Times show will also have designer Sanjay Garg, Monica and Karishma and Gaurang Shah.

Thirteen youngsters will be stepping out and making fabrics like Khadi, Banarsi, Chanderi, linen and cotton a part of their style palate, read a statement.

"Get The Look #GlobalIndia" started on Friday.

People who wanted me to slash rates, now offer double price: Taapsee

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When doing the quintessential heroine roles didn't work in her favour, #Taapsee_Pannu decided to turn the tables with heroic characters in content-driven films.

She says those who were once her detractors have now stood in line to get her dates and her time for double the price.

At the India Today Woman Summit and Awards here on Friday, Taapsee spoke fearlessly about the ways of the film industry towards women.

She narrated: "I have been asked to slash my rates because the hero's last film didn't do well and the budget was limited, or the producer's last film didn't do well. So, I was told, 'Either you walk out or slash your price'.

"How I worked around it was when I started with Hindi films, I made sure I am going to do whatever it takes to be not-replaceable. How?

Friday, 24 March 2017

Singing for Shekhar Ravjiani was an honour: KJo

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Filmmaker-actor #Karan_Johar has tried his hand at singing and says crooning a number for composer Shekhar Ravjiani was an honour for him.

Ravjiani, who has also crooned numbers like "Tujhe bhula diya", "Zehnaseeb" and "Radha", shared a photograph of Karan alongside a microphone. He says the filmmaker crooned a number for the reality show "Dil Hai Hindustani", where Karan, Ravjiani, rapper Badshah and singer Shalmali Kholgade are seen as judges.

"Karan Johar records a song for me. Yet another role. Dil Hai Hindustani," Ravjiani captioned the image. 

Karan, also a chat show host, thanked the composer. 

"Thank you Shekhar sir! Singing for you was an honour...I hope this leads to a long innings as a playback singer...for me! Dream comes true," Karan said.

Schumer feels lucky to have protective beau

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Actress #Amy_Schumer feels lucky to be in a relationship with #Ben_Hanisch because he is "very protective" and understanding of her fame.

The "Trainwreck" star has been dating furniture designer Hanisch, who relocated from Chicago to live with her here, for over a year. She is thankful he is always "really cool" with the attention that comes with life in the public eye, reports

"He's very protective of me. Like, not overprotective, but if someone's taking pictures of me or filming in a restaurant, he'll start taking pictures of them," Schumer told Glamour magazine.

"He's really cool. It's not a problem to be around any of the sorts of people who are at these events. He takes it all in his stride. But when I say, 'Shall we get out of here?' He's like, 'Yes'," she added.

Darshan sought psychologist's help for 'Mirza Juuliet' role

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Actor #Darshan_Kumar, whose next release is #Mirza_Juuliet, says he needed to speak to a psychologist to get into the mind of his character in the movie.

Talking about it, he said in a statement: "Mirza is a complex character, he has been through a lot very early in life. He has spent his earlier years of life serving jail term for avenging his parents' death. He has killed since, but he yearns to live a normal life."

"For someone like me, it was very difficult to understand how could someone with such a tainted past live a normal life. I actually met a psychologist friend of mine to get my head around the character."

Darshan, who is known for starring in "Mary Kom", added: "For me, it doesn't matter if I am merely standing in the frame, I need to be in character, and I need to become the character.

Zayn Malik hid in sheets to escape fans

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Former One Direction singer #Zayn_Malik reportedly hid among dirty bedsheets to escape his fans outside a hotel here.

According to a source, Zayn had to hide in a "laundry cart which was wheeled over to a van that took him to the studio", reports

Malik has been busy working on his second solo album over recent months. Earlier this week Malik hinted that his fans can soon expect to hear his new track "Still got time", which features rap star PARTYNEXTDOOR.

Social media makes people depressed: David Gandy

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British model #David_Gandy says social media is a source of depression for people.

The 37-year-old has as many as 700,000 followers on Instagram and more than 100,000 followers on Twitter, but has warned of the dangers of living through the lens of social media, reports 

"It is something people need to look at. People are depressed. In a world where we are supposed to be so diverse and communicative, I see people put a phone or tablet on a dinner table," Gandy told Campaign magazine.

He says that social media users can easily build up an unrealistic image based on photos posted online.

Lovato visited Disneyland to celebrate sobriety

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Singer-actress #Demi_Lovato says that she celebrated her five years of sobriety by visiting Disneyland.

The 24-year-old reached the milestone last week. 

"I didn't really do much. I went to Disneyland which was cool but it's something that's getting more and more comfortable to me now. So, it's kinda like your birthday," Lovato told

"When you're a kid you go all out and then as you get older, you just learn to be more appreciative of it," she added.

Gomez feels 'defeated' by her youthful appearance

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Singer-actress #Selena_Gomez thinks her youthful looks have restricted her acting career.

The 24-year-old says her innocent appearance makes it tough for her to secure more mature onscreen roles.

"I could do any tomboy/teen princess movie in the world if I wanted to. I could do those for years. But I want to be a part of projects that have value, that really matter. And it's really hard to do that," Gomez told

"Sometimes I feel defeated. I'll audition for a part that I feel very passionate about, meet with people, tell them I'm willing to go places. I think they think I won't go there," she added.

Gomez shared that she doesn't see the landscape changing for her "anytime soon".

"To be honest, I don't think it's going to happen anytime soon for me. I think I look really young and image-wise, it's difficult for people to grasp," she added.

Received support from Mumbai Police to shoot 'Daddy': Arjun Rampal

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National Award winning actor-producer #Arjun_Rampal, whose forthcoming film #Daddy is based on gangster turned politician Arun Gawli, says Mumbai Police was quite supportive during the film's shooting.

However, the actor is little worried about the certification for the film since it has a political backdrop.

The actor, who was present here at FICCI Frames 2017 along with director Ashim Ahluwalia, told the media: "Since Gawli is a gangster and politician and we are projecting the character as authentic as possible, shooting a major part in real location was risky. But we received huge support from Mumbai Police to shoot the film, they did not object."

About fears on film's certification, he added: "When I started the film I did not think too much about it. But now that you people are talking about it, I am a little worried."

Star kids are always under scrutiny, says Madhuri

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Actress #Madhuri_Dixit-Nene, who doesn't belong to a filmy background, feels that star kids are always under scrutiny.

"It is a little difficult to be an outsider... to come into the industry and make a name for yourself. But I think even for the star kids, it's hard because they are under scrutiny all the time," Madhuri said during a conversation with Vikram Chandra, consulting editor, NDTV. 

"And they are scrutinised in a much tougher way than what an outsider may come and do," she added.

Madhuri graced the panel discussion with her doctor-husband Shriram Madhav Nene at the ongoing FICCI Frames 2017 on Thursday.

"I don't know if it's tougher or easier, but I think if you're from the industry, you know how it works because you have seen your parents go through it and how the whole industry works," she said.

Coming from a non-filmy background, Madhuri feels that it is difficult for an outsider to understand the industry logistics. 

"When you're from outside, you don't know how it works. First, you have to discover how the industry works, then you have to make your contacts and even after doing a film, you have to keep doing films after films, just to show that you have it in you and you can do it," said the "Dil" star.

Shraddha was juggling between 'two worlds'

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Actress #Shraddha_Kapoor, who was shooting for two films -- "Haseena: The Queen of Mumbai" and "Half Girlfriend" -- says it was difficult for her to juggle between the two characters.

She was shooting for the biopic "Haseena..." where she is essaying the role of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim's sister Haseena Parkar. Then she got into the dubbing and promotions of "Half Girlfriend", where she plays a Delhi girl.

"'Haseena' and Riya Somani in 'Half Girlfriend' are two very different characters. Since I was simultaneously working on both the films, it was definitely challenging in its own way to juggle back and forth from both the characters and to get in and out of two worlds," Shraddha said in a statement.

Based on Chetan Bhagat's novel "Half Girlfriend", the film adaptation is directed by Mohit Suri.

Dabholkar's 'Blame It On Yashraj' to have 100th show

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#Blame_It_On_Yashraj, a comical portrayal of a family caught up in the whirlwind of their daughter's wedding in the play, will have its 100th show on Sunday.

Writer and director of the play Bharat Dabholkar says it is a record that an originally written English play will have a 100th show.

The play is a story of a Punjabi-Bengali family, which gets caught up in the whirlwind of a wedding, when their darling daughter decides to marry a Muslim boy. The scenes and emotions in the play have a Bollywood style to them with an ensemble cast of well known stage and TV artistes like Ananth Mahadevan, Anchal Sabharaval, Gaurav Sharma and Palash Dutta.

"100th show of an originally written English play is sort of a record in India and to achieve this through a continuous non-stop run is a great achievement and however niche, we thank the audiences for this, which is not enough," Dabholkar, who is also the person behind the famous Amul ads and billboards told.

An AGP World Production, "Blame It On Yashraj" has the music score by Louis Bank. 

Ashvin Gidwani, Managing Director and Producer at AGP World, says that since the play received a "hearty response" in India, he decided to take the play to other places like Australia and Hong Kong and Dubai.

Pushing my musical boundaries gives me a different high: Badshah

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Rapper #Badshah, who will be seen performing in the upcoming episode of "MTV Unplugged Season 6", says as an artiste he likes to push his musical boundaries as it gives him a different high.

Badshah will be going unplugged for the first time. He will be performing six of his hit songs including "Kala chashma", "Badcheet" and "Bandook".

"This is the first time I'm going acoustic and I'm extremely kicked about it. Pushing my musical boundaries as an artist gives me a different kind of high," Badshah said in a statement.

"Moreover, the audience always wants to see something new and ‘MTV Unplugged Season 6' is a great platform for me to present a different side of my music to my audience," he added.

Tom Cruise has fallen for 'Mission:Impossible' co-star Vanessa Kirby

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Actor #Tom_Cruise has reportedly fallen in love with his #Mission_Impossible_6 co-star #Vanessa_Kirby.

According to a source, Cruise wishes to make Kirby his fourth wife. He has divorced Mimi Rogers, Nicole Kidman and Katie Holmes, reports

"He wants to make her the next Mrs Tom Cruise," the source said. 

The source shared that Cruise cast Kirby after seeing her performance in "The Crown", in which she played Princess Margaret. 

"Tom flipped for her work. He told the other 'M:I' producers that he had to have Vanessa for a crucial role in the franchise's sixth installment," the source said.

Helen Hunt horrified working in Hollywood

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Oscar winning actress #Helen_Hunt was horrified working in Hollywood after doing TV series #Shots_Fired due to the level of diversity behind the camera.

Created by Gina Prince-Bythewood and Reggie Rock Bythewood, "Shots Fired" - which will air on Star World Premiere HD in India - examines how two racially charged shootings bring long festering tensions in this small North Carolina town to the surface. 

Hunt plays Governor Patricia Eamons in the series. 

"I've never worked on a show where above the line and below the line, there were more people of colour," quoted Hunt as saying. 

She added: "When I went back to work on shows after, I was horrified that I show up all the time on these sets where there's one (or two) black crew members and rarely a black director on great shows made by smart, progressive people."

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Nobody will back you if you're not talented: 'Phillauri' director

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#Anshai_Lal, who is making his directorial debut with Anushka Sharma production's #Phillauri, says the film industry has been very kind to him. Citing examples of names like Maneesh Sharma and Shashank Khaitan, who have created a mark with their talent, he says the concept of nepotism doesn't hold true for directors.

"I don't think nepotism is true for directors. If you look at the last few years... You can see cases of Maneesh Sharma ('Band Baaja Baaraat') and very recently of Shashank Khaitan ('Badrinath Ki Dulhania'). They are all people who worked very hard as assistant directors trying to make a name for themselves," Lal told here.

He said without seeing talent, nobody will back a person with a project of Rs 20 to Rs 50 crore just because a person has an association with the industry.

"It has to be more than that. The work of people also matters a lot," he added.

I'm a survivor: Neha Dhupia

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It has been over a decade since she made her foray into Bollywood after winning the Miss India crown in 2002. #Neha_Dhupia looks at her journey in awe and says she feels like a "survivor".

Neha, who is currently seen as a gang leader in "MTV Roadies Rising", has starred in films like "Julie", "Garam Masala", "Chup Chup Ke", "Ek Chalis Ki Last Local", "Singh Is Kinng" and "Dasvidaniya".

Asked how she looks back at her career, Neha told here: "I'm in awe of the fact that I've survived this long, but I'm disappointed that I haven't been able to do the kind of cinema I wanted to do to. That's how I look at it.

The 36-year-old actress, who was here to shoot a portion for the action-adventure reality TV show, says she wants to do cinema that more people like to watch.

India ashamed of sexuality, physicality: Actress Radhika Apte

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Actress #Radhika_Apte, who has often been under the scanner for her "bold" approach in her films, says anything remotely associated with human body can turn out to be a problem in India -- a country that is "very ashamed of sexuality and physicality".

Sex and sexuality are not the only veiled topics of discussion in the country.

Menstruation also finds a spot on the list, and Radhika is happy that the topic is being handled in a "big way" in her upcoming Bollywood film "Pad Man" -- which tells a true story of a man's journey to make affordable sanitary napkins.

Starting with the poster in the shape of a sanitary napkin, Radhika feels the film will help overcome the hesitation which surrounds a natural process that a woman goes through every month.

"I think our country is very ashamed of sexuality, physicality, or human body. Anything to do with human body or sexuality is a problem here," Radhika told over phone from Mumbai.

Anushka, Diljit keep believing in the impossible: SRK

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Superstar #Shah_Rukh_Khan has praised the forthcoming film #Phillauri and has asked actors #Anushka_Sharma and #Diljit_Dosanjh "to keep believing in the impossible".

Shah Rukh on Wednesday night took to Twitter to praise the cast, crew and the film. 

"'Phillauri' the attempt at doing what you believe in. Anushka Sharma, Diljit Dosanjh, Anshai (Director Anshai Lal), Karnesh (producer Karnesh Sharma) keep believing in the impossible," Shah Rukh tweeted

"Phillauri", a romantic comedy film, directed by Lal is co-produced by Anushka and Karnesh Sharma under the banner of Fox Star Studios and Clean Slate Films. 

Shah Rukh is currently busy shooting for director Imtiaz Ali's tentatively titled "The Ring". The film also stars Anushka. 

This film will mark the third collaboration between Shah Rukh and Anushka after "Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi" (2008) and "Jab Tak Hai Jaan" (2012).

Adele enjoys record-breaking tour of Australia

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Grammy winning singer Adele broke records in every city she visited during her eight-concert tour in Australia.

Adele sold as many as 600,000 tickets during her tour Down Under, which included the biggest single concert ever held on Australian soil in Sydney's ANZ stadium, where she performed in front of 100,000 people, reports

Tour promoter Michael Coppel told the Daily Telegraph newspaper: "It's the highest-selling tour I've ever been involved with, which is quite remarkable after working with Pink and U2 and Fleetwood Mac and Roger Waters."

And Coppel suggested Adele's achievement may never be repeated again.

Elizabeth Olsen dating Robbie Arnett

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Actress #Elizabeth_Olsen is reportedly dating singer Robbie_Arnett.

Olsen was spotted walking arm-in-arm with Arnett here earlier this week.

According to a source, Olsen is "excited" by their long-term prospects as a couple.

"They are in an exclusive relationship and Lizzie is excited about him," the source told

The relationship is still in its early stages, but according to the source there is an obvious attraction between the two.

"She deserves it. It's very new though, but they seem to like each other a lot already," the source added.

Famke Janssen want women to go behind camera

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Actress #Famke_Janssen says it is important for women to go behind the camera to initiate change for the fairer sex in showbiz.

"I mean the biggest changes as we as women will make is when we have more women behind the cameras as well as writers, as directors, producers. So that's something we'll continue to fight for," Janssen said in a statement. 

Janssen says staring in American crime thriller "The Blacklist: Redemption" - a spin-off from "The Blacklist" - is "like a bit of a personal victory" in that sense. 

Janssen features as Susan Scott "Scottie" Hargrave, president of Halcyon Aegis, a private military company with teams of corporate operatives, and Ryan Eggold as Tom Keen, a character from the original series. The show is aired in India on Colors Infinity. 

She added: "I think every time we see a strong female character, wherever that may be, on television and in theatre, it's really, it's a wonderful moment that we should celebrate and I‘m extremely honoured and grateful for this opportunity to play such a strong and complex character on the show."

Akshay Kumar has many similarities with my father: Bhushan Kumar

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Producer #Bhushan_Kumar says #Akshay_Kumar is the best choice to play the role of his late father #Gulshan_Kumar because both have many similarities.

At the song launch of Sonakshi Sinha's upcoming movie 'Noor' on Wednesday he said: "Akshay is the apt choice for the role because he has many similarities with my father. Both are Punjabis and believes in Vaishno Devi. There are more similarities like this which you will see in the film."

The man behind T Series, Gulshan Kumar's biopic, which stars Akshay Kumar as the music mogul, is a story of 'rag to riches'. The biopic is being directed by Subhash Kapoor. The brain behind the film is Gulshan Kumar's son Bhushan Kumar, who now runs T-Series.

Trends to pick out from AIFW A/W 2017

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The Autumn/Winter 2017 edition of Amazon India Fashion Week #AIFW might have ended, but it has left behind cues for several looks that one can go for. From going bold with graphic eyeliner to opting for slick hair pony tail, it's time to experiment with your looks, say experts.

Aakriti Kochar, Beauty and Make-up Expert at Oriflame India, and Elizabeth Tapsall, Beauty and Make-up Expert of ColorBar, list some hair and make-up looks inspired from AIFW A/W 2017:

* Bold graphic eyeliner, Wendell Rodricks's Arabic winged eyeliner or double flick extended eyeliner on the outer corners. 

* Slick hair ponytail and loose strands can help you look effortless chic. This was seen in Pankaj and Nidhi's show with graphic black eyeliner drawn on the outer contour of the eyes and smudged inwards to give a smokey effect. Though this look still looked more graphic than smokey. A blend of both seemed interesting and not too couture to carry otherwise. 

International Kids Couture to start on April 1

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The International Kids Couture #IKC Summer 2017, to be held across four Indian cities starting April 1, will feature kidswear brands and designers showcasing the latest in the fashion segment.

There will be five shows during the gala in Bengaluru, Mumbai, Chennai and Pune. It is being held in association with Phoenix Market City.

IKC Summer 2017 will also have cartoon characters from the Movie "Smurfs: The Lost Village", walking the runway with children, read a statement from the organisers.

Workshops related to the same will begin here on Saturday. They will impart awareness on etiquette, confidence building, grooming and will be aimed at teaching children aged 4 to 14 how to walk on the runway.

Brazilian designer brings out Princess line for Indian market

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Princess-like ensembles by Brazilian-born designer #Daniella_Helayel, whose sapphire blue silk creation was worn by Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton when her engagement to Prince William was announced, will now be available in India.

Helayal's dress line will be available in the country through e-commerce platform, starting May.

Inspired by Kate's sister Pippa's much-anticipated wedding, and to coincide with the summer party season, the Princess collection by Helayel will offer seamless day-to-evening wear, read a statement.

Having returned to fashion last year with her new label Dhela, this is her first collaboration with Koovs specifically for young style-conscious women in India. 

Ranveer Singh slips into denim range by condom brand

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Actor #Ranveer_Singh slipped into a pair of jeans from the soon-to-be-launched denim range from the condom brand #Durex, and says it fit him really well.

The actor features in a 15-second teaser -- unveiled on YouTube on Wednesday -- for the new launch.

He is seen in a trial room, and says: "Guys Durex is launching Jeans and I am the first one to try it. Then he goes into the trial room and shouts: "Guys this fits really well".

The denim range is to be launched on Saturday. 

Ranveer has earlier featured in ads for Durex, most memorably in "Do The Rex" ad which had the actor rapping and dancing.

On the film front, Ranveer will next be seen in Sanjay Leela Bhansali directorial "Padmavati".

Malaysian film censors allow 'Beauty and the Beast' to release uncut

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The Malaysian Film Censorship Board (LPF) has decided to allow the new Disney film #Beauty_and_the_Beast to premiere in the nation uncut after controversy erupted over "gay elements" in the movie.

The standoff between Disney Malaysia and the censorship board, which requires all foreign films to apply for public screenings, over a song-and-dance scene between two male characters was perceived to have a moment of intimacy.

The vetting department run by the Ministry of Home Affairs agreed to allow the uncut remake of the animated film to be screened in cinemas two weeks after its scheduled release, reports Efe.

"Disney's 'Beauty And The Beast' has now been approved to be released in Malaysia with no cuts, with a PG13 rating," said Disney Malaysia in a statement.

Paul was like older brother to me: Scott Eastwood

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Actor #Scott_Eastwood, who will soon be seen in the forthcoming film #Fast_and_Furious_8, says late actor #Paul_Walker was like an older brother to him.

Eastwood and Walker became friends in 2005 when they met on the sets of the film "Flags of our Fathers", directed by the former's father Clint Eastwood.

"Paul was like an older brother to me, so to even consider the role was definitely an emotionally charged decision. At the end of the day, I felt he would have wanted any of his boys to be a part of something that he was so proud of. That's what made me feel good about the decision and once I got on set, I knew it was the right one," he said in a statement from the studio.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

I Inhale Nature And Exhale Music: Abhishek Ray

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Composer-singer, wildlife activist #Abhishek_Ray has a smile of satisfaction after winning the #Mirchi_Music_Awards for the best non-film song of the year Aye-Jahaan Aasmaan sung by #Shreya_Ghoshal & #Sonu_Nigam. "My songs are like jewels trapped in a cage and this year onwards , I have decided to open the door so that my melodies can fly high and not be dependent only on Bollywood", says Ray.

Abhishek shot to fame for the music of cult cinema like Paan Singh Tomar, I am Kalam,Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster as well as commercial films like Welcome Back, Yeh Saali Zindagi etc.

He began 2017 by composing all the melodious songs of the Nana Patekar, Mahie Gill starrer "Wedding Anniversary". The music of this romantic thriller ran into different genres from EDM, jazz, romantic waltz, thumri, lounge and got rave reviews.

The second nomination at Mirchi Award s was again his song 'Yeh Dil' written by the legendary Gulzar and sung by Hariharan. He released eleven singles last year with the best of Bollywood namely Gulzar, Shreya Ghoshal, Alka Yagnik, Hariharan, Udit Narayan etc and has more in the pipeline with Sukhwinder, Sonu Nigam, Kavita Krishnamurthy coming up soon .

Abhishek Ray was also chosen by the Times Now Good Crusaders campaign recently for his path breaking work in Wildlife conservation. He invested all his savings in rewilding an entire Hill and converting it into Sitabani Wildlife Reserve. He planted hundreds of fruiting trees and made a perennial water body for the tiger-leopard population of the area adjacent to Corbett National Park.

India's media, entertainment revenues seen at Rs 2.41 lakh crore by 2021

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The #Indian_media and entertainment industry is projected to grow at 13.9 per cent compound annual growth rate #CAGR over 2016-21 to reach Rs 2.41 lakh crore by 2021, said a study released here on Wednesday.

The report prepared by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Ficci) and management consultants Klynveld Peat Marwick Goerdeler (KPMG) says the Indian media and entertainment industry in 2016 was a "mixed bag", where films had a "disappointing year with a near flat performance".

Girish Menon, director, Media and Entertainment, KPMG in India, said: "2016 was a mixed bag for the industry with digital media making its way to the centre stage rapidly from being just an additional medium. It is compelling existing players to rethink their business models.

"To accelerate growth, M&E organisations must rebuild their strategies to fit and thrive in the changing, digitally-oriented landscape. Nimbleness and flexibility will be at the core of sustainable businesses." 

The overall media and entertainment industry was able to sustain a healthy growth on the back of strong economic fundamentals and steady growth in domestic consumption coupled with growing contribution of rural markets across key segments. 

These factors aided the industry to grow at 9.1 per cent on the back of advertising growth of 11.2 per cent, despite demonetisation shaving off 150 to 250 basis points in terms of growth across all sub-segments at the end of the year, said a statement.

Salman, Katrina 'back together'

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Superstar #Salman_Khan is happy to be "back together" with actress #Katrina_Kaif to shoot a song for upcoming film #Tiger_Zinda_Hai, a sequel to 2012 blockbuster "Ek Tha Tiger".

The "Sultan" star took to Twitter to share a glimpse from the shoot. He posted an image with him in tuxedo and Katrina -- with her locks falling over her shoulder -- in a gown. 

Salman captioned the photograph with Katrina -- his once rumoured ladylove: "Back together in 'Tiger Zinda Hai'". 

Yash Raj Films' "Tiger Zinda Hai" has been shooting in scenic locales of Tyrol, Austria, currently. The film's unit has wrapped up shooting in a historic and quaint Golden Roof for a song with Salman and Katrina. 

The portion shot at Golden Roof with Salman and Katrina is expected to be a big visual attraction in the film, and the song shot matches up to the YRF reputation of unforgettable visual treats onscreen. The song is choreographed by Vaibhavi Merchant, read a statement from the production banner. 

Salman and Katrina -- who make headlines for their off-screen chemistry and rumoured on-and-off relationship -- will again be seen together in the sequel of their 2012 film "Ek Tha Tiger". They also got together for "Yuvvraaj" -- which turned to be a dud at the box office. 

'The Memory Thief' to get film adaptation

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Author #Bryce_Moores popular novel "The Memory Thief" will be adapted into a live-action animated movie by Fox Animation.

"The Memory Thief" centers on 12-year-old twins Benji and Kelly, who wander off at the local county fair after witnessing their parents argue. When Benji runs into a group of bullies, he escapes into a tent called the Memory Emporium, where he meets a strange, old man who shows him a vivid memory of a fighter pilot, reports

Benji then realises that the ability to erase memories could help his parents stop fighting with each other. He soon learns how to manipulate memories, but the power comes at a cost to his family, and his own mind.

Further details about the film, including the director and voiceover artists, are yet to be announced.

Need a block button for haters: Actor Sunny Leone

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Becoming a target of social media trolls isn't new for #Sunny_Leone, who got drawn into a controversy earlier this month when filmmaker #Ram_Gopal_Varma wrote a distasteful tweet about her on International Women's Day. But the actress has a smart way to tackle haters -- just block them.

Asked if social media trolls and negativity on such platforms affect her, Sunny told over e-mail from Mumbai: "No. Because I have the block button. I don't give two hoots about it. I know my following has been by my side for many years, and I love them for it.

"The haters just get blocked!"

Varma landed himself in hot soup after his controversial comment: "I wish all the women in the world give men as much happiness as Sunny Leone gives."

The comment triggered a storm of protests on Twitter, and even attracted complaints against Varma.

Sunny, a former Indo-Canadian porn star who entered Indian showbiz via a stint in the "Bigg Boss 5" reality TV show in 2012, says she cannot do anything about stereotypical perceptions about her in the industry.

"I can't do anything about stereotypes. That's just how the world works everywhere," she said.

The 35-year-old actress has been part of the Hindi film industry for over five years and has starred in nine films, apart from cameos.

George Clooney surprises fan on her 87th birthday

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Actor #George_Clooney took a bouquet of flowers and a card to surprise a fan on her 87th birthday.

Clooney paid a visit to the fan named Pat Adams, a resident at a facility in Berkshire, to celebrate her special day on March 19 after she had told staff members how fond she was of him, reports

Linda Jones, a worker at the care home, posted a picture of Clooney with Adams on Facebook.

"The lady in the picture loves George Clooney and mentions everyday how she would love to meet him, especially as he lives so near to where I work," Jones wrote alongside the image.

"So letter have been sent asking would it be possible for her dream to come true. And what was extra special was her birthday in the week," she added.

Staff said Adams was "delighted and surprised when George greeted her with a bouquet of flowers and card".