Saturday, 1 July 2017

Mrs India 2017 finalist recycles household waste

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Mrs India 2017 finalist #Kalpana_Thakur is recycling hotel disposable waste and reusing it in making paper baskets, lamps, flowers pots, bird feeding stations and even jewellery.

The 43-year-old, a hotelier based in this Himachal Pradesh picturesque tourist resort, told: "This initiative, though small, is proving to be a grand success and helps motivating my guests to learn the art of reuse the household waste sensibly and too in a greener way."

This art of recycling, she said, is in fact giving a big boost to the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan or Clean India Campaign and will work wonders to save the environment for the future generations.

Thakur, who spent her initial years in a remote village in Lahaul Valley in Lahaul-Spiti district, said earlier she was known as a "waste warrior" in Manali as she used to collect plastic waste, tetra packs and tins dumped haphazardly in the markets and tourist spots.

"Initially, I used to collect them and dump them appropriately. Later, I started using them in making decoration pieces. I learnt this art of reuse via videos on YouTube," said Thakur, who has a passion for fitness even after marriage.

GST a new road, new start, says Bollywood

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Bollywood celebrities like Anupam Kher and Riteish Deshmukh have welcomed the "new road" - Goods and Services Tax #GST, which is India's biggest tax reform since Independence.

The reform was rolled out past midnight on Friday in the precincts of the hallowed Central Hall of Parliament to usher in a new indirect tax regime.

Here is what the celebrities had to say:

* Anupam Kher: Chashme ka number jab badalta hai toh ek-do din lagta hai adjust karne mein. Bahut he saadhaaran/uttam vyakhya pradhaanmantri Narendra Modi. (When the number of your specs change, it takes a day or two to adjust. What a simple but apt sentence by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. GST tryst.

Satish Kaushik's film wins at London film fest

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Filmmaker Satish Kaushiks #A_Billion_Colour_Story has bagged the top prize at the eighth Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival #LIFF here and in Birmingham.

The film, which is a powerful plea for Hindu-Muslim unity and religious harmony, received the audience award for best film at LIFF.

Kaushik (co-producer) tweeted on Saturday: "Hurrah! After awards at IFFLA, Palm Springs, FOTC in France our film now wins top prize at LIFF. Congrats to team."

The film has earlier won at Flight of the Conchords in France, Palm Springs International Film Festival in California, BFI London Film Festival and the Busan International Film Festival in South Korea.

Tom Cruise's 'Top Gun' sequel to release in July 2019

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The sequel to actor #Tom_Cruises 1986 action drama film #Top_Gun has been slated for a release on July 12, 2019.

The sequel will release almost 33 years after the release of the original film, reports

Filmmaker Joseph Kosinski, who earlier directed Cruise in the 2013 film "Oblivion", has been roped in to helm "Top Gun: Maverick".

The film will be set in a world of drone technology and fifth generation fighters along with exploring the end of the era of dogfighting.
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Lesle Lewis thrilled about bagging his first singer's award

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Singer-composer #Lesle_Lewis, best known as a member of the Colonial Cousins, said to receive his first singer's award is nothing less than having a magical moment.

As Colonial Cousins, which also consists of singer Hariharan, he has won MTV Indian Viewers' Choice award in New York and Billboard Award for the Best Asian Music Group in Las Vegas.

On Friday, he was honoured with the Indian of the Year by the brand management consultancy firm Brands Academy here.

"I am getting lucky now. It's my first ever singer's award. I've always won awards for being a composer, but never got for best singer. This is my first, so it's really cool," Lewis told.

Brooke Shields strips down for ad

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Model-actress #Brooke_Shields flaunted her body as she stripped down to her #Calvin_Klein underwear for an advertisement.

She has paid homage to her first Calvin Klein advertisement, posing 37 years later in the iconic white underwear, reports

The 52-year-old donned the famous brand back in 1980 at the age of 14. 

Now, "The Blue Lagoon" star has paid homage to the photoshoot which shot her to fame while doing a shoot for Social Life Magazine.

In the photoshoot, the mother-of-two flaunted her toned body while donning white lingerie from the iconic American brand.

Rihanna's beau 'flew out life-size bear to woo her'

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Singer #Rihanna's new billionaire beau #Hassan_Jameel is said to have flown a life-size bear half way around the world on an empty jet to impress her.

The billionaire, whose family own the rights to the distribution of Toyota vehicles in Saudi Arabia, wooed the singer in the early stages of their relationship with the "seriously big romantic gesture", reports

Speaking about the gesture, a source told The Sun newspaper: "It sounds outrageous, but these guys are obviously in a different world to the rest of us - although even by their standards with was a seriously big romantic gesture."

Rihanna, who briefly dated rapper Drake in 2016, is so serious about her handsome new man, that she told her family about him about a month ago. 

Paris Jackson slams Kendall, Kylie over T-shirts

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#Paris_Jackson, daughter of pop legend Michael Jackson, has condemned the trend for T-shirts dedicated to rock icons after reality TV stars Kendall and Kylie Jenner were forced to make an apology for their unauthorized use of late rapper Notorious B.I.Gs image.

Paris shared her opinion on Twitter following the incident, which prompted criticism from the rapper's estate after they used his image on a series of limited edition shirts, reports

Other tops from the range feature images of the reality TV stars over the faces of music legends such as Tupac Shakur, Metallica, Kiss, Ozzy Osbourne, The Doors and Pink Floyd.

Condemning the trend for vintage tour T-shirts and sweaters, Paris wrote: "As a huge fan of Zeppelin, The Doors, Floyd... I mean these bands literally helped shape who I am today. I can't condone this 'fashion'.

Women should be shameless for their own good: Swara Bhasker

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Actress #Swara_Bhasker, who has essayed some strongly opinionated roles in films like "Nil Battey Sannata", "Anaarkali of Aarah" and "Listen... Amaya", feels women should be angry and be shameless for their own good.

The actress shared her views when she was awarded The Femina Women Editor's Choice Award for Breakthrough Performance in Films earlier this week at the Femina Women Awards 2017. She picked the award for "Anaarkali of Aarah", read a statement. 

"Women should show anger and stand up for what is right. They should be audacious and loud. I am thankful to Femina to award a character that has these qualities. We need qualities like these because many things are happening around us that are wrong," Swara said in a statement. 

'Jagga Jasoos' comes from Anurag Basu's childhood memories

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#Ranbir_Kapoor and #Katrina_Kaif starrer #Jagga_Jasoos is inspired by Anurag Basu's childhood memories.

The director was an ardent lover of detective movies.

Talking about the idea behind "Jagga Jasoos", Basu said in a statement: "I would love Feluda and 'Adventures of Tin Tin'. They were my childhood love. This is all coming out from my personal childhood memories."

Ranbir said while making the film Basu maintained the "sanctity" of what he had narrated to him three to four years ago.
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I'm trying to be a real-life superhero: Tiger Shroff

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Actor #Tiger_Shroff says he is trying to become a real-life superhero, especially for children.

The actor, who joined hands with a flagship corporate social responsibility programme P&G Shiksha with an aim to make a difference to the lives of underprivileged children in Mumbai, feels lucky to have a wide young fan base. 

"I am not a real life superhero. I'm trying to be a real life superhero especially to the kids. I'm lucky enough to have a larger audience in the children," Tiger told over phone from Mumbai. 

Taking the programme ahead this year, P&G Shiksha culminated ‘Shiksha Superheroes', a campaign to acknowledge consumers as the real-life superheroes who pick the brand and contribute to changing the life of underprivileged children. 

Joining the movement this year, Tiger on Friday donned the avatar of ‘Shiksha Superhero' for the students of a school, and emphasised on the importance of education in the lives of children. 
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Arjun Kapoor can pull off difficult roles: Anil

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Actor-producer #Anil_Kapoor felt that #Arjun_Kapoor should do their forthcoming film #Mubarakan as he believes that the young actor, also his nephew, has the capability to pull off such difficult roles.

Arjun will be seen in a double role in "Mubarakan", which also stars Anil.

"When I first heard the script, I strongly felt that Arjun should do this film. I felt he is the right actor for this script. I picked up the phone and asked him to hear the subject once and take a decision himself." 

"He has the capability to pull off such difficult roles and I'm happy that after listening to the script he decided to do this film," Anil said in a statement.
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Gurinder Chadha is lovely but very tough director, says Huma

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Actress #Huma_Qureshi, who is making her Hollywood debut with Gurinder Chadha's film #Partition1947, says the director is lovely, but very tough to work with as she never gets convinced easily.

"Gurinder is a lovely director but very tough. She doesn't get happy easily with what you are doing and she will keep working till she gets what she wants from actors or on any other technical aspect," Huma said here on Thursday at the trailer launch of the film.

"I feel that's brilliant because this film is not easy to make. In her films, females always have strong presence, so I was very excited to work with her. It was a very unusual Gurinder Chadha film. Like we associate her with 'Bride and Prejudice' or 'Bend It Like Beckham' -- these were very slice-of-life problem films, but this 'Partition: 1947' was a much bigger film, so it was brave on her part to make a film like this," she added.
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I'm a bad producer, says Ranbir

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Actor #Ranbir_Kapoor, who has co-produced #Jagga_Jasoos, says he is a bad producer and finds acting more challenging.

"I am a bad producer. I can't get things done, can't do man management. I was lucky that a lot of the work was taken care of by Anurag Basu. I can be happy that I can just collect awards for the film," Ranbir said at a press meet here on Thursday.

"As a producer, I was handling the egos of people. Whenever there were fights between Disney and Anurag, I was just handling them. Acting is a more challenging part," he added.
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David Dhawan is king of comedy: Jacqueline

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Actress #Jacqueline_Fernandez has hailed director #David_Dhawan as the king of comedy.

The two are working on "Judwaa 2", a remake of the 1997 action comedy film "Judwaa", which saw superstar Salman Khan playing Prem and Raja.

Talking about working with the director, Jacqueline said in a statement: "Great experience. To recreate such a cult film was quite a task, but David sir is a blast to work with. He gets the best out of each scene and actor, and is undoubtedly our king of comedy."

"Any actor, technician is blessed to work with him. So glad Sajid Nadiadwala... after 20 years is teaming up with David sir to put together such a project."

Produced by Sajid Nadiadwala, "Judwaa 2" is presented by Fox Star Studios and Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment. 

Harshdeep Kaur to collaborate with Pakistani artiste

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Singer #Harshdeep_Kaur will be collaborating with Pakistans trailblazing Sufi Qawal #Sanam_Marvi for the first time for the sixth edition of the Manchester International Festival #MIF2017.

Kaur will make her debut at the festival on Saturday, read a statement.

The festival will host an evening of Sufi music titled Sangam 2017 on Saturday with Marvi from Pakistan and Kaur from India. 

"I'm very excited to perform at the prestigious Manchester International Festival. It's a proud feeling to be the first Indian artiste performing at the MIF. I aim to spread the message of love and peace through my music," Kaur said.

"I believe music is beyond any religion, caste, colour and has the power to connect people belonging to different faiths. My set will include Sufi songs with a blend of modern yet soulful arrangements. Sanam Marvi from Pakistan will be joining me on stage and we both will be doing a jugalbandi on some popular Sufi songs," she added.

UK teens among world's most extreme internet users

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More than one in three British teenagers are #extreme_internet_users who spend at least six hours a day online, according to a report.

The report, by the London-based Education Policy Institute (EPI) thinktank, said: "Over a third (37.3 per cent) of UK 15-year-olds can be classed as ‘extreme internet users' (over six hours of use a day) -- markedly higher than the average of OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) countries."

"The only OECD country with higher levels of extreme internet use than the UK was Chile." 

Eating chocolate may boost cognitive skills in elderly

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Love to munch on #chocolates? According to a study, it may improve your cognitive skills such as working memory, visual processing speed as well as help counteract different types of mental impairements, particularly in older adults.

Chocolate's benefits can be attributed to cocoa bean, which is its main ingredient and a rich source of flavanols -- a class of natural compounds that has neuroprotective effects, the study said.

The findings demonstrated that older adults who had a daily intake of cocoa flavanols showed improvements in general cognition, attention, processing speed and working memory. 

"This study suggests the potential of cocoa flavanols to protect cognition in vulnerable populations over time by improving cognitive performance," Valentina Socci from the University of L'Aquila in Italy. 

Friday, 30 June 2017

Splendid Rath Yatra of Berlin Celebration

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#Rath_Yatra also known as Chariot Festival or Car festival is celebrated in full spirit throughout the country. It is one of the most awaited Hindu festivals of the state of Odisha as well as the country. 

Especially the splendid view of rath yatra can be seen in Puri, Odisha where disciples pull the rath of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Subhadra.

The Rath Yatra is not only restricted to India. It is also celebrated in different part of countries.

Katie Price slammed for 'lazy parenting'

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British TV personality and glamour model #Katie_Price has been slammed over social media for "lazy parenting".

Price earlier came under fire for letting her children drink from bottles instead of cups. Yet she shared another photograph of her youngest daughter Bunny, 2, sipping juice from a bottle on Thursday.

She later got slammed by a fan over her new post, reports

"Some people don't care about the facts they will still give their children's teeth a poor start in life. It's nothing more than lazy parenting," the fan wrote.

"I think I'd be more concerned about how rotten the teat looks. Juice from a bottle is the highest cause of childhood decay. A beautiful baby girl," the fan added.

Niall Horan always tries to flirt with Katy Perry

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Singer #Katy_Perry says One Direction star #Niall_Horan is always trying to flirt with her, but she is only ready to be his babysitter.

Perry, 32, believes that the nine-year age gap between her and Horan will never allow them to be in a relationship, reports

"I see him around all the time, he's always trying to like get my number to like maybe flirt with me but I'm like 'I could babysit you I'm like your mum'," Perry said on a radio show.

Rihanna, Campbell 'feuding' over billionaire

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Singer #Rihanna's relationship with Saudi businessman #Hassan_Jameel is reportedly the reason behind her feud with supermodel #Naomi_Campbell.

Rihanna's relationship with Jameel emerged earlier this week, when they were spotted getting cosy in their swimming pool in Ibiza. 

According to a source, Campbell, who dated Jameel last year, is angry with Rihanna and Jameel as she hates feeling "second best", reports

The source shared that Campbell is not impressed Jameel has chosen Rihanna over her -- while the singer has fallen so hard for him, she is not willing to back down.

Best scenes in 'Partition: 1947' with Om Puri: Huma Qureshi

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Bollywood actress #Huma_Qureshi said her best scenes in the upcoming movie #Partition_1947 are with the legendary late actor #Om_Puri.

Huma said Om Puri was "a great human being apart from being a fine actor" and she is thankful to director Gurinder Chadha for making a film on such a sensitive subject. 

During the trailer launch of "Partition: 1947", Huma was asked about her experience with the late actor, to which she said: "I think my best scenes in the film are with Om Puri. He played my father in the film and I would like to thank Gurinder for giving me such a lovely on-screen father. From the first meeting, he was such a wonderful person to be with."

"Last year around this time, he met my parents and we were so happy to have him. It is a great loss (that he passed away)," she said.
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Imtiaz Ali comes out with short film on dogs

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#Imtiaz_Ali has come out with a short film titled #Bruno_and_Juliet narrating the love story of two dogs. The filmmaker says it is a "conventional love story of characters that are unconventional".

Ali has collaborated with Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short films for a three-movie association, and "Bruno and Juliet" is the first film. "Bruno and Juliet" is presented by Ali and is written and directed by Khawar Jamsheed.

It was released on their YouTube channel - Large Short Films on Thursday. 

"‘Bruno and Juliet' is a conventional love story of characters that are unconventional lovers for cinema- Dogs. The film explores the basic need of two lovers to unite, only in this film the lovers are dogs," Ali said in a statement. 

Peruvian superfoods enter Indian market

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Peruvian #superfoods at their simplest may be defined as nutritionally dense foods that are rich in vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants and are considered to be good for health and well-being.

A regular consumption of these products has many benefits, including aiding in increasing energy and vitality, regulating cholesterol and blood pressure and helping to fight and prevent diseases, read a statement from OCEX Peru New Delhi (commerical office of the Embassy of Peru).

Here are a few Peruvian superfoods that are now available in India: 

* Purple corn: It is fast approaching classification as a functional food - an integral component that provides energy and essential nutrients. 

All actors have to show return on investment, says Arjun Kapoor

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Bollywood actor #Arjun_Kapoor, son of producer #Boney_Kapoor and nephew of veteran actor #Anil_Kapoor, says coming from a film family is futile in the industry if one can't show returns on a filmmaker's investment.

Arjun spoke about it in an interview for Vogue India's July 2017 cover story written by Udita Jhunjhunwala.

He started off as an assistant director and associate producer on films such as "Kal Ho Naa Ho" (2003) and "Salaam-e-Ishq" (2007) before landing a role in "Ishaqzaade", which released in 2012.

Arjun says he got it through an audition.

"Yes, the casting director knew of me, but I didn't ask my father to launch me. My father could open the door for me but eventually somebody's investing in you for a reason.
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Sanjay Dutt is an eternal rockstar: Aditi

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Actress #Aditi_Rao_Hydari, who will be seen as #Sanjay_Dutt's daughter in his upcoming comeback film #Bhoomi, has tagged the actor as her "big friendly giant" and an "eternal rockstar".

Aditi took to Twitter on Thursday to share a photograph of herself with Sanjay. In the image, the two can be seen posing away from the camera with a smile on their faces while donning white clothes.

"Look what I found! Happy times with the big friendly giant. Throwback Thursday. Filmy father. Eternal rockstar. ‘Bhoomi', memories," Aditi captioned the image.

Ben Hardy to essay drummer in Queen biopic

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Actor #Ben_Hardy has been roped in to essay the role of drummer #Roger_Taylor in a biopic on band Queen.

Hardy, who played Archangel in "X-Men: Apocalypse", is Taylor in "Bohemian Rhapsody", reports

"Ben caught the eye of producers and he has worked with director Bryan Singer on 'X-Men'. After a couple of screen tests, bosses decided he was the perfect man for the job and signed him up. He's very excited," said a source.

"But he's got plenty of work to do before filming starts. Hardy even started taking drumming lessons to get up to scratch," the source added.

Travel, films make my life: Shenaz Treasury

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Actress #Shenaz_Treasury, who turned 36 on Thursday, says she likes to travel to various countries and see their cinema.

"Travel and films both make my life and with every place that I visit, I try to absorb the cinema and better my craft as an actor," Shenaz, who is celebrating her birthday in St. Morris, Australia, said in a statement.

"Having wrapped my part of ‘Munna Michael', I am ecstatic about my visit to St. Morris and looking forward to explore the place and after coming back, I will start promotions for my next -- ‘Kaalakaandi'," she added.
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India Couture Week to begin on July 24

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The India Couture Week #ICW2017, which will see participation from designers like #Manish_Malhotra, #Tarun_Tahiliani and #Rohit_Bal, is set to take place from July 24-30 here.

Organised by the Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI), the event will showcase work of 14 couturiers - Anamika Khanna, Anita Dongre, Anju Modi, Gaurav Gupta, Manav Gangwani, Monisha Jaising, Rahul Mishra, Manish Malhotra, Reynu Taandon, Rina Dhaka, Rohit Bal, Shyamal & Bhumika, Tarun Tahiliani and Varun Bahl. 

Thursday, 29 June 2017

With my win, J&K in news for right reason: Miss India runner-up

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Femina Miss India 2017's first runner-up #Sana_Dua, who hails from Jammu and Kashmir, says she feels happy and proud that with her victory, her state is in the news for the right season.

Considering there is constant political turmoil in the Kashmir Valley, asked about her feelings of coming from that state to win the first runner-up crown in the beauty pageant, Sana told: "Well, you are right. Our Jammu and Kashmir is in news mostly for wrong reasons, but thankfully this time, (it is in news) for the right reason... For a very good reason."

"And I hope to make them (the state) very proud... I think only some parts of the state are dealing with disturbance, rest of it is doing well," Sana said.

How does she hope to utilise the title in the near future?

"I want to work on girls' education because we all know that if a girl in a household is educated, the whole family is educated. I am happy that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is already working towards the cause.

No conversation on dates for 'Gustakhiyan': Irrfan

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#Irrfan_Khan is perplexed about rumours that he has opted out of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's #Gustakhiyan, in which he was offered to play Indian poet and film lyricist Sahir Ludhianvi.

Clarifying his stance on the rumours around the film and his involvement, Irrfan said in a statement: "I'm not sure where these rumours are coming from. I was approached for the film almost two years back, but since then there's been no conversation on dates, so how does the question of me not having time or walking out of the film even come from?"

"I think that's a mystery I would first like to solve that who are these well-wishers who are speaking my mind without me even being aware."
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Stepping out of comfort zone: Tanuja Chandra on Irrfan starrer

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Director #Tanuja_Chandra has completed her next romantic comedy entertainer which features actor #Irrfan_Khan, and says she is stepping out of her "comfort zone" with the project.

On the sidelines of the premiere of Hollywood film "The Big Sick", Chandra said: "I have just finished up shooting a film. I can't talk about it right now, but its editing is going on.

"I will call it an Indian romcom. Usually, my films have violence and female protagonists in it, but this is different. This film also has a female protagonist, but it is a romcom. There is no violence in this film."

Known for films like "Dushman" and "Sangharsh" -- both of which had strong female protagonists, asked if she is breaking her own image with the new film, Chandra said: "Yes, I am doing so."
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Amitabh, Aishwarya, Aamir invited to join Oscar Academy

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Actors #Amitabh_Bachchan, #Aishwarya_Rai_Bachchan, #Aamir_Khan, Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone, apart from directors like Mrinal Sen, Buddhadeb Dasgupta and Goutam Ghose are among the Indians invited to be a part of the #Oscar_Academy's 'Class of 2017'.

The announcement was made on Wednesday.

"We're proud to invite our newest class to the Academy. The entire motion picture community is what we make of it," Cheryl Boone Isaacs, President of the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences, was quoted as saying on the official Oscar website.

"It's up to all of us to ensure that new faces and voices are seen and heard, and to take a shot on the next generation the way someone took a shot on each of us," Isaacs added.
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Tommy Hilfiger's daughter Ally is married

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Designer #Tommy_Hilfiger's daughter Ally has got married to Steve Hash, her boyfriend of six years, at an island.

The 66-year-old's daughter, 32, got married to Hash on the beach of the Caribbean Island Mustique over the June 24-25 weekend, reports

The fashion mogul was accompanied by his current spouse Dee Ocleppo.

The newlywed believes there is "nothing" better than marrying her "best friend and soul mate".

Captioning a photograph on her Instagram account, Ally wrote: "Nothing like marrying your best friend and soul mate... I am so excited! Thanks for being our moment capturer."

My voice suited Akshay Kumar the most: Jubin Nautiyal

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Singer #Jubin_Nautiyal says he has given playback for lot of actors like Salman Khan and Hrithik Roshan, but his voice suits #Akshay_Kumar the most.

"I've lent my voice to stars like Akshay Kumar, Aditya Roy Kapur, Hrithik Roshan, Salman Khan among others, for several movies. I believe that my voice suited Akshay Kumar the most," Nautiyal said in a statement. 

"However, after watching Hrithik Roshan enact ‘Kaabil hoon' on screen, I thought it was actually him singing the song and not me," he added.

The "Zindagi kuch toh bata" hitmaker shared his views during a live performance session called Hungama Spotlight in Kurla here.

Iron Man has upgraded armour in 'Avengers: Infinity War'

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The famous character #Iron_Man will have a new costume with the arc reactor in the center of the chest with an altered triangle design. The armour also appears to have movable shoulder pads.

While filming of "Avengers: Infinity War" continues in Atlanta, more set photos have surfaced online.

On Tuesday, a man -- perhaps a stunt double -- slipped into Iron Man's new armour. A day before that, actor Robert Downey Jr was spotted on the set without his superhero character's costume, while a man carrying Iron Man's practical suit was seen on the set, reports

The faceplate of the costume is also slightly different from the one character Tony Stark dons in "Spider-Man: Homecoming". 

Ed Sheeran announces European tour dates

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Singer #Ed_Sheeran has announced details of an European stadium tour for 2018.

The "Castle on the hill" hitmaker will embark on a number of performances in Europe, beginning the run of shows at Cork's Pairc Ui Chaoimh in Ireland on May 4-5 and ending at the PGE Narodowy in Warsaw on August 11, read the singer's website. 

After leaving Cork, Sheeran will travel to Belfast, Galway and Dublin, and then move across to shows in Manchester's Etihad Stadium, Hampden Park in Glasgow and Newcastle's St. James' Park, followed by two performances at London's Wembley Stadium, rounding off with a night at Cardiff's Principality Stadium on June 22.
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Amrita, I on same page about Sara's acting debut: Saif

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Actor #Saif_Ali_Khan says he is "fully supportive" of his daughter Sara's acting ambitions. He has clarified that rumours suggesting that he and his former wife #Amrita_Singh are on different pages regarding the issue, are "fictitious".

Saif said in a statement on Wednesday that "it's annoying to read totally fictitious media reports" about him having a disagreement with Amrita over Sara's debut.

"Amrita and me are on the same page as far as Sara and her acting debut is concerned. We never had any such conversation. I am fully supportive of Sara's acting ambitions and we discuss things in detail.

"I repeat, that I am looking forward to Sara's debut with a mix of excitement, anxiety and nervousness like any other father would," Saif added, adding that he is upset at the "increasing lack of accountability and responsible reporting these days".

Jeetendra happy with relaxed life, says daughter on his comeback

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Veteran actor #Jeetendra is living a relaxed life, says his daughter #Ekta_Kapoor, who does not want to force him back into facing the camera.

"We have asked him a lot of times to make a comeback. But there comes an age in life when you have to say to your parents, 'If you want to work then you can, but if you don't want to, then you can relax," Ekta said here on Wednesday while promoting her new show "Kundali Bhagya".

"He is very happy in his construction business. He gets a lot of time to spend with his friends. He started working at the age of 21 and still he is working. It's just that he is doing something else (other than acting).

"It's the age when we can request them to do acting, but can't force him. He is having a pretty relaxed life now. He has made over 200 films in a period of 40 years. So, now we should allow him to relax a little," she added.

Salman's 'Radio' gets Arabic twist

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Salman Khan's popular track "Radio" from his latest release #Tubelight now has an Arabic version by Middle Eastern singer-songwriter #Douzi.

Sony Music Middle East released the Arabic version on Wednesday, read a statement. 

Douzi has performed at many international concerts.

The original song "Radio" is composed by Pritam and sung by Kamaal Khan and Amit Mishra. 
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Preparing for 'Rambo' will be exhausting, says Tiger Shroff

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Actor #Tiger_Shroff, who has been roped in for the Hindi remake of Hollywood action film #Rambo, says that preparing for the film will be exhausting as expectations will be high from the film.

On Tuesday, Tiger Shroff, who attended the promotional event of upcoming Hollywood film "Spider-Man: Home coming", told media here: "As of now, there is no prep because I am promoting 'Munna Michael' then after that I will start 'Baaghi 2' and after that I have 'Student Of The Year 2'. So, 'Rambo' is still far away, but prep will be definitely exhausting mentally and physically because expectations will be high from the film.

"It is a cult action film and it was played by one of the greatest Hollywood legends so my effort is not to replace him but to give him tribute through my performance", Tiger added. 

The actor, who has lent his voice to the character of Spider Man for the Hindi version of the film also revealed his wish to play Spider Man in a Hindi movie. 
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Take cues from Disha Patani for beauty must haves in monsoon

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It is important to have the right beauty bag in the #monsoon just like any other season. Actress #Disha_Patani says that she loves rain and prefers to go for a dewy look with a pop of colours.

"I love the rain and everything about the monsoons! I think a dewy look with a pop of colour is the perfect look for the season and since we are all getting our monsoon beauty bags ready right now let me give you a glimpse into my own and reveal my three favourites," said Disha in a statement.

This Pond's ambassador gives a peek into what's in her monsoon beauty bag.

* A good multipurpose cream helps tick off my basic beauty needs. A BB+ cream is the one product I always carry to achieve that instantly spotless natural and radiant look. After all, why do we need to carry three- four different products when we can carry just one?

* I am channelling blue this season! While I normally never leave the house without my favourite Kajal, my monsoon beauty bag needs a bit of colour! I would trade my normal black eyeliner for a blue one to add that pop of colour in the otherwise gloomy weather.

Adnan Sami to make acting debut, seeks blessings

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England-born singer-composer #Adnan_Sami, who was granted Indian citizenship more than a year ago, is all to make his acting debut with the film #AfghanInSearchOfAHome and he has asked all his fans and well-wishers for their blessings.

"I need your blessings for 'Afghan - In Search Of A Home'," Sami tweeted. 

The film will be directed by duo Radhika Rao and Vinay Sapru. The "Bhar do jholi meri" crooner says he is excited to work with them. 

"Super excited working with Sapru and Rao... 'Afghan - In Search Of A Home' is very special to me!" he wrote in another tweet. 

Sami will be seen playing a musician in this movie. This project will be Adnan's first project as an Indian.

"Afghan- In Search Of A Home" is the story of a musician refugee from Afghanistan who flees his country of birth under extenuating circumstances to make a very long and arduous walk towards seeking an identity and a home. 

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S​iddharth Kannan is now the 'Official Host' for Impact Wrestling

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#Impact_Wrestling is the second largest professional wrestling promotion in the world​ and they have roped in #Siddharth_Kannan as their office host for this year.

​​Sid K : "I was delighted to be approached by the Impact Wrestling team from USA and it was humbling to know that they were following my career in India and thought that I would be the Ideal host for this mega series!".

Iconic Wrestlers like 'Lone Wolf ' Davey Richards, Rosemary, Low-Ki, Mahabali Shera, Sonjay Dutt, Kongo Kong, Caleb Konley, Moose, Lashley, Chris Adonis, Alberto El Patron, Laurel Van Ness will be seen in action. 

Jeff Jarrett,Executive Producer and Chief Creative Officer,Impact Wrestling: 'We were keen to get Sid K on board as the energy he brings to the ring is outstanding! He has tremendous following in India and fits our brand perfectly with his free flowing no holds barred style! He is the best host I have seen and was a major part of the Magic of Impact Wrestling !' 

Dilip Kumar has influenced her life, says Shabana

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Veteran actress #Shabana_Azmi says thespian #Dilip_Kumar has unknowingly influenced her life.

Shabana on Tuesday replied to Dilip's Eid Mubarak message on Twitter and wrote: "Eid Mubarak. Yusuf Saab. Hardly a day goes by when I don't marvel at how unknowlingy you have had an influence on my life."

The 94-year-old actor, who made his acting debut with "Jwar Bhata" in 1944, was born as Muhammad Yusuf Khan. He later adopted the screen name Dilip Kumar. 

Dilip Kumar was last seen on the big screen in the film "Qila" in 1998. He was honoured with Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1994 and Padma Vibhushan in 2015. 

Zayn Malik still dealing with anxiety issues

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Singer #Zayn_Malik has cancelled more gigs amid reports his anxiety issues are still preventing him from performing on stage alone.

He pulled out of Capital FM's Summertime Ball last year, later revealing his absence was due to anxiety. The former One Direction star has also cancelled some gigs in Japan, after initially rescheduling them.

According to The Sun newspaper, a variety of reasons have been given, including that there was "a change in the recording schedule" and that Malik is too busy "planning his debut world tour", reports

"If he never performs, there's a danger his solo career will flop," said a source. 

Natural soaps for monsoon skin care

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Rainy season brings in damp weather which may affect your #skin. Incorporating some minor changes in your routine during monsoon can help keep your skin fresh and glowing, say experts.

Beauty experts at Biotique and Amit Sarda, Managing Director, Soulflower, share some tips on skincare during monsoon. 

* Ayurvedic or natural soaps gently wash away body impurities without disturbing the skin's natural pH balance, which is important for the skin to guard against bacteria and pollutants. These soaps contain beneficial ingredients from natural sources which penetrate into the skin to hydrate and rejuvenate the skin.

Ed Sheeran's fourth album will be 'acoustic'

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Singer #Ed_Sheeran says he has been working on his fourth album for over six years. He says the album will be "very acoustic".

The 26-year-old says he has "six or seven" tracks for the new album after writing a song every year since 2011, reports

Since soaring to international prominence with "+" in 2011, Sheeran later released 2014's "X" (Multiply) and "÷" (Divide) earlier this year to huge critical and commercial success.

"I've been working on this one (fourth album) since the same time as '+'. Every year I write a song that will go on it," Sheeran told The Sun newspaper.
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LFW Winter/Festive 2017: Five newcomers in Gen Next category

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Five newcomers will be part of the Gen Next segment of the Lakmé Fashion Week #LFW Winter/Festive 2017.

Lakme and IMG Reliance made the announcement via a statement on Tuesday. 

The mentoring platform, which has given the Indian fashion industry names like Rahul Mishra, Masaba Gupta and Aneeth Arora among others, will groom its 24th batch of five designers who have been chosen by the members of the LFW advisory board.

Akshat Bansal, Deepak Pathak, Sumiran Kabir Sharma, Shenali Sema N' Rinzin Lama and Saaksha Parekh & Kinnari Kamat are the new faces who have grabbed the chance this time, read the statement.