Bollywood stars and family pay last respects to Vinod Khanna

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Mumbai: Actor Vinod Khanna’s mortal remains have been set on pyre on Thursday. He passed away in a Mumbai hospital reportedly due to cancer. He was 70. Khanna was hospitalized after he complained of “severe dehydration” and was suffering from Bladder Cancer.

His funeral took place at a crematorium in Worli, Mumbai, in the evening which was attended by a number of his contemporaries, including Amitabh Bachchan, Rishi Kapoor, Ranjit and many others.

Here are some pictures from his funeral:

Trump: Major, major conflict with North Korea possible

US president says he wants to see a diplomatic solution to the standoff but does not rule out military action.

(Photo: Michael Vadon/flickr/cc)

(Photo: Michael Vadon/flickr/cc)

by Al Jazeera

US President Donald Trump says a major conflict with North Korea is possible in the standoff over its nuclear and missile programmes, but he would prefer a diplomatic outcome to the dispute.

“There is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea. Absolutely,” Trump told Reuters in an Oval Office interview on Thursday.

Nonetheless, Trump said he wanted to peacefully resolve a crisis that has bedeviled multiple US presidents, a path that he and his administration are emphasising by preparing a variety of new economic sanctions while not taking the military option off the table.

“We’d love to solve things diplomatically but it’s very difficult,” he said.

Trump said North Korea was his biggest global challenge.

He lavished praise on Chinese President Xi Jinping for Chinese assistance in trying to rein in Pyongyang. The two leaders met in Florida earlier this month.

“I believe he is trying very hard. He certainly doesn’t want to see turmoil and death. He doesn’t want to see it. He is a good man. He is a very good man and I got to know him very well.

“With that being said, he loves China and he loves the people of China. I know he would like to be able to do something, perhaps it’s possible that he can’t,” Trump said.

Trump spoke a day before Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will press the United Nations Security Council on sanctions to further isolate Pyongyang over its nuclear and missile programmes.

Tillerson said on Thursday that China has threatened to impose sanctions on North Korea if it conducts further nuclear tests.

“We know that China is in communications with the regime in Pyongyang,” Tillerson said on Fox News Channel. “They confirmed to us that they had requested the regime conduct no further nuclear test.”

Tillerson said China also told the US that it had informed North Korea “that if they did conduct further nuclear tests, China would be taking sanctions actions on their own”.

The Trump administration on Wednesday declared North Korea “an urgent national security threat and top foreign policy priority”.

It said it was focusing on economic and diplomatic pressure, including Chinese cooperation in containing its defiant neighbour and ally, and remained open to negotiations.

Al Jazeera’s Adrian Brown, reporting from Beijing, said Trump’s praise of President Xi Jinping seemed like a possible strategy to flatter China into taking a firmer stance with North Korea, although China’s options could be limited.

“In many ways China’s hands are tied. Any sanctions against the North have to be carefully calibrated because if you squeeze North Korea too hard, you risk the [North Korean] regime being toppled. You then have the prospect of hundreds of thousands of North Korean refugees pouring across the border, perhaps into China, and also the prospect of a united Korea, with US military bases very close to China’s border,” said Brown.

“So China’s options, when it comes to further sanctions, are perhaps limited,” he added.

US officials said military strikes remained an option but played down the prospect, though the administration has sent an aircraft carrier and a nuclear-powered submarine to the region in a show of force.

Any direct US military action would run the risk of massive North Korean retaliation and huge casualties in Japan and South Korea and among US forces in both countries.

Multi-nation negotiations with North Korea on its nuclear programme stalled in 2008. The Obama administration attempted to resurrect them in 2012, but a deal to provide food aid in exchange for a nuclear freeze soon collapsed.

Robert Vadra made Rs 50 crore illegal profit from land deal, says report

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New Delhi: Congress President Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra made an “illegal profit” of over Rs 50 crore from a 2008 land deal without investing a penny, according to a panel that probed suspect Haryana land deals. The Economic Times citing unnamed people familiar with the S.N. Dhingra commission report said the committee had probed transactions between Onkareshwar Properties and Vadra-owned Skylight Hospitality and subsequently between Skylight and developer DLF. The Dhingra commission investigated over 20 properties said to have been purchased by Vadra and his companies, said the paper.

The panel has observed an alleged collusion between dealers and the then Congress government of Bhupinder Singh Hooda, aimed at benefiting Vadra’s Skylight. The commission was set up by the Manohar Lal Khattar’s BJP government in May 2015 to look into the grant of licences for change in land use in four villages of Gurgaon, including the licence granted to Skylight.

The Economic Times said the Vadra-owned hospitality firm had bought land from Onkareshwar Properties.

In response to the paper, Vadra’s lawyer said the company or his client had “committed no wrong and no laws were violated.” Priyanka Gandhi Vadra in a statement on Thursday said the agricultural land bought by her in in Amipur village of Faridabad district or other property acquired by her had “no links to finances of her husband, his Skylight Hospitality or reality major DLF”.

She said the land was purchased for Rs 15 lakh through cheque, which comes to Rs 3 lakh per acre. The statement said the funds for the purchase came from rental income of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra from property inherited by her from her grandmother Indira Gandhi.

The commission has observed that while reviewing the land transferred to Vadra’s company, the sale deed was executed in favour of Skylight for zero payment. The land was then sold to DLF at a much higher price after the change in land use, resulting in the Rs 50.5-crore profit.

“Other properties may have been bought with such funds and this needed to be investigated,” the commission’s report is said to have concluded, according to the paper.

The report was submitted on August 31 last year. The government sent it to the Supreme Court in a sealed cover last week after a bench asked for it in connection with a pending petition on land deals.

Former Chief Minister Hooda had moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court seeking to stop “an English business daily” from publishing the news report “on the basis of the probe report”.

“It will result in irreparable loss to the petitioner (Hooda), hence the newspaper be made as party and restrained from publishing contents of the report,” Hooda said in an application that he withdrew later.

(IANS)

Karnataka is most corrupt state in India, claims CMS survey

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New Delhi: A survey conducted by a private think tank has ranked Karnataka India’s most corrupt state. Its findings were announced on Thursday.

The CMS-India Corruption Study said more than 33% of households in the state believe the state government is “not at all committed” to reducing graft.

Among the households surveyed, 77% said they had to pay bribes for public services, signalling an increase of corruption in the state.

Karnataka had emerged less corrupt, with 57% reporting bribe-giving, in a similar study in 2005.

Bihar was then dubbed the most corrupt state with a score of 74%.

The findings are part of a report prepared by the Delhi-based Centre for Media Studies, on the basis of detailed surveys conducted in urban and rural areas of 20 states from October to November 2016 and January this year.

Overall, the report said, there was a “definite decline” in both perception and experience of citizens when it came to corruption in public services. While 43% felt the level of corruption in public services had increased over the past year, the corresponding number was 73% in 2005.

According to the report, bribes paid by households across the country added up to about Rs 6,350 crore this time, as against Rs 20,500 crore in 2005.

However, almost all households, across 20 states, had no option but to pay when they were asked for bribes by public servants, the survey said.

On an average, a household in India pays about Rs 1,840 in bribes in a year.

Regional problem

In its league, Karnataka has for company neighbours Andhra Pradesh (74%), Tamil Nadu (68%) and Maharashtra (57%).

If Karnataka is ranked the worst on “experiencing corruption in public services”, Himachal Pradesh earned laurels with just 3% households saying they had to pay bribes. Kerala (4%) and Chhattisgarh (13%) were also among the least corrupt.

In terms of perception of rising corruption, Odisha (68%), followed by Karnataka (65%), Jharkhand (59%), Bihar (59%) and Chhattisgarh (56%) emerged on the top.

(Agencies)

Sukma attack response to ‘sexual violence’, ‘murder’ of villagers: Maoists

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After at least 25 CRPF personnel were killed in ambush, Maoists based in the Bastar region of Chhattisgarh have claimed responsibility for the attack in an audio message.

Claiming the responsibility for the deadly attack, Maoist said that the attack was a response to ‘rape of tribal women’ and ‘murder of villagers’, reported news18.com.

Vikalp, who identified himself as a spokesperson of the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist) hailed the attack by the outfit’s military arm People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA) in the 16-minute audio clip.

“Our ‘fight’ was not with the paramilitary personnel, said Vikalp speaking in Hindi. The outfit also warned central forces against standing in the way of “revolution”, saying attack was in retaliation to Operation Green Hunt launched by the government against Naxals.

The report said that the spokesperson also appealed to them and to the police personnel to leave the forces, which he said were targeting activists and journalists.

“In 2016, the government killed nine of our people in Chhattisgarh and 21 in Odisha. The ambush is a reaction to these killings and sexual violence against our women,” Vikalp is heard saying in the clip.

The 25 CRPF jawans who were killed in a deadly Naxal ambush in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma, were having lunch when a hail of bullets and grenades hit them fatally.

A party of about 36 troops, out of the total 99, came under the first assault after they had ventured out from Burkapal to sanitise and provide protection to a 5.5-km long road construction work connecting Chitagufa in the said district

According to officer, a huge assortment of 22 smart arms, including 13 AK series assault rifles and 5 INSAS rifles, 3,420 live rounds of various rifles, 75 magazines of AK rifles, 31 of INSAS, 67 live UBGL rounds, 22 bullet proof jackets, two binoculars, five wireless sets and a deep search metal detector were also looted by Naxals.

(Agencies)

One percent of Indians own 53 percent of country’s wealth: UN report

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New Delhi: Indicating that inequality in India is increasing, a UN report released here on Thursday said that the richest one percent own 53 percent of the country’s wealth.

It also said that unlike other countries, development in India is not moving across states.

“In terms of wealth inequality, India is second only to Russia, where the richest 1 percent own 53 percent of the country’s wealth,” said the report ‘The Better Business, Better World’ released here in a two day event of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) focussing on how through bold innovation, businesses can create solutions and tap new opportunities found within the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

According to Lise Kingo, CEO and Executive Director of the UNGC, SDGs can open at least $1 trillion of market opportunity for the private sector in India.

“This is out of a total global value of $12 trillion that could be unlocked by sustainable business models in four key areas, food and agriculture, energy, cities and health,” she said.

Kingo added that over 72 million new jobs could be created in India by 2030 by adapting a sustainable business model.

About addressing the disparity, the report says that to reduce the inequality, India needs a ‘different economic model’ — one that is not only low-carbon but also recognizes poverty, inequality and lack of financial access.

“As the second largest food producer in the world, India needs a more focused approach to developing and managing its agricultural sector and agri-based industrialisation,” it says.

Stating that rising inequality leads to slower progress in reducing poverty, the report added that Oxfam has calculated that if India were to stop inequality from rising further, it could end extreme poverty for 90 million people as early as 2019.

The UNGC also called for better infrastructure to improve access to proper medical care for India’s rural population.

“On its current trajectory, India will continue to face enormous challenges in rural development, urban sustainability, national infrastructure, and improved quality of life of its citizens,” the report says.

Its suggestions included creation of low-income food markets, reducing food waste in supply chains, technological aid in smallholder farms, micro-irrigation programs, resource recovery, remote patient monitoring and preventing catastrophic healthcare costs for the poor.

(IANS)

Model Preeti Jain sentenced to three years in jail for plotting to kill Madhur Bhandarkar

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Mumbai: The city civil and sessions court convicted model Preeti Jain to three years in jail and levied a fine of Rs10,000 for plotting to murder film-maker Madhur Bhandarkar, against whom she had earlier registered a rape case.

Bhandarkar reacted to the verdict with a tweet: “Some things are better left unsaid! Some things are better left as they are. Life moves on, so have I.”

The court sentenced two of her associates – Naresh Pardeshi and Shivram Das – to three years on charges of conspiracy, aiding and abetting crime. Two other aides from Uttar Pradesh were acquitted for lack of evidence.

Soon after the court’s decision, Jain sought suspension of sentence.

It was alleged Jain approached Pardeshi to eliminate Bhandarkar in 2005, almost a year after she filed a rape case against the filmmaker, and allegedly paid Rs75,000 for the job. However, as the task was not completed, she asked for her money back. The issue reached Gawli, who then sent his men to alert the police.

After a week-long probe, the police registered a case on September 10, 2005. Pardesi was arrested the same day and Jain was picked up while she was on her way to the Versova police station.

The police later arrested Pardeshi’s friend Shivram Das, who was allegedly helped him arrange for weapons and shooters.

The trial first began in the fast-track court in Sewree, but was later transferred to the sessions court.

(Agencies)

Non – Bailable Arrest Warrant Against Sanjay Dutt

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Non – Bailable Arrest Warrant Against Sanjay Dutt

Just as life was going fine & smooth for the “now – reformed” Sanjay Dutt, his past seems to have risen its ugly head yet again. The Andheri court has now issued a non -bailable arrest warrant against him for allegedly threatening the filmmaker Shakeel Noorani in the year 2002. Way back in the year 2002, Sanjay Dutt had committed to play the lead role in Shakeel Noorani’s film Jaan Ki Baazi. Reports have it that, even though Sanjay Dutt had received Rs. 50 lakh for the film, he neither turned up for the shoot nor returned the said money to Shakeel Noorani. Post that, when Noorani had approached the court for justice, the Bombay High Court ordered the seizure of Sanjay Dutt’s property. After that, Shakeel Noorani registered a complaint with the Andheri court, in which he had alleged that he was getting threats from the underworld at Sanjay Dutt’s behest.

Salman Khan Donated Rs. 1 Lakh

We all know that the world is full of varied kinds of people. While on one hand, there are people who will do charity and go on rooftops bragging & shouting about the same, on the other hand, there are others who help selflessly and won’t even utter a word about the same. It’s no rocket science to decipher that Salman “Being Human” Khan falls under the 2nd category. There have been many examples in the past, where the needy & the hopefuls have been helped by Salman Khan without anyone even knowing about the same. This time round, Salman Khan showed his “Good Samaritan” side yet again by helping a news cameraman suffering from brain haemorrhage. When the family members got to know that the amount needed for their son’s treatment is beyond their reach, as they had already spent more than Rs. 5 lakhs for the treatment, they decided to approach Salman Khan. The superstar Khan, then, immediately asked his “Being Human” Foundation to transfer an amount of Rs. 1 lakh to Lilavati Hospital for his treatment.

Will Manto’s Daughter Come To India For Mantostan!!!

When director Rahat Kazmi started his tryst with Manto, he was just following his passion. And yet, the way things have come together, he cannot believe his stars… to begin with Manto’s daughter has already reached out to him. Mantostan, is a film based on 4 of Manto’s most socially debated stories. It is the 1st time ever that Indian film industry will see a film based on the man who BBC has declared the greatest literary figure. If that is not instant gratification, what is? In fact Manto’s kin are looking forward to having the film release in Pakistan, while Kazmi is hoping they would also be allowed in India for the premiere.

“Tribute To Shah Rukh Khan” To Be Live Streamed From San Francisco

SRK has loyal followers all around the world. The actor has been invited to 60th San Francisco International Film Festival (SFIFF) where he will be having a conversation with Brett Ratner. The film festival will be screening My Name Is Khan in San Francisco. It will be followed by a tribute to Shah Rukh Khan which will be live streamed on Twitter. Fans all around the world will be able to join the conversation. SFFILM’s Executive Director Noah Cowan said in a statement that they are thrilled to be able to share this special conversation with audiences worldwide through our partnership with Twitter. A hashtag #SRKSFFILM will let people know how many are interacting during live conversations utilizing Twitter polls & questions.

Priyanka Chopra To Be On Tribecca Film Festival Jury

Priyanka Chopra is an unstoppable force of nature. The actress has had a successful debut in the West with Quantico, walked several red carpets, featured on prestigious magazine covers and is also gearing up for her Hollywood movie debut in Baywatch. Now, Priyanka Chopra is adding another feather to her hat. Priyanka Chopra has been appointed as the jury member of the upcoming 16th edition of Tribeca Film Festival. The announcement was made recently that Priyanka Chopra will be on the jury along with filmmaker Amy Berg, actors Zachary Quinto & Willem Dafoe & TV producer Sheila Nevins. Priyanka Chopra’s work will be to look after the 2017 Documentary & Student Visionary Competitions alongside Olivia Thirlby, Ryan Eggold, Brendan Fraser & Ileen Gallagher. The winners of each category will be announced at the Tribeca Film Festival Awards ceremony on 27th Apr, 2017 at BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center.

Lipstick Under My Burkha Now Eligible For Golden Globes

Lipstick Under My Burkha Los Angeles premiere as the opening film of the International Film Festival of Los Angeles this week was announced as an official Hollywood Foreign Press Association Screening of the film. The Hollywood Foreign Press association has chosen Lipstick Under My Burkha opening night screening at the International Film Festival of Los Angeles, to be an officially qualifying screening for the Golden Globe Awards. This is a huge honor for the film as it means that Lipstick Under My Burkha is now eligible for the Golden Globes. The Golden Globes, the prestigious film & TV awards in America, is run by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

Babbu Maan Nominated At Daf Bama Music Awards

“Everyone dreams of winning International recognition. It gives an artist’s work a new level of recognition & legitimacy” says 4 times World Music Award winner Babbu Maan who is nominated at Daf Bama Music Awards. Described as the world’s one of the most prominent & prolific singer & composer by time, his work is notable for integrating Punjabi Hindi Music with electronic music sounds, world music genres & traditional orchestral arrangements. His extensive body of work for films & stage has earned him several National & International Awards & Nominations. One such International nomination is for Daf Bama Music Awards. Singer Babbu Maan has been nominated for Daf Bama Music Awards, one of the most deserving Indian who has time & again glorified the Indian flag on International soil “I feel proud to glorify our country on International platform. Not just me. For me it’s not about the win, it’s about recognition & appreciation. I hope the best person wins” adds Babbu Maan. With some of the finest pieces of music work to his kitty, music icon Babbu Maan is to be nominated at Daf Bama Music Awards” This year has bought the best gift for me. I feel 2017 is a big blessing of my long journey in musical life. I thank God, my parents, my family and all my fans all over the world ”

Randeep Hooda’s “Broken” Horse Wins Him Medals

Randeep Hooda who is passionate about his horses as much as he is about acting, won 3 medals at the recently – concluded horse
show at the Amateur Riders’ Club. What makes his win more significant is the fact that his horse, Dream Girl, is not only his 1st mare, but one of the 9 injured horses he adopted & nursed back to health. Says Randeep, “People advised me to get fancy, trained & fit horses from abroad for the races. But I wasn’t keen. What’s victory then? Satisfaction comes from the challenge of nursing “broken” horses and watching them make a comeback to their former glory.” Talking about how he met his Dream Gir, he says, “She came to me last year with a severe hip problem and an undetectable pain in her front right leg.”

Tom Hiddleston Enjoyed Indulging In A New Genre

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Tom Hiddleston Enjoyed Indulging In A New Genre

Tom Hiddleston says for him The Adventure Of Kong: Skull Island was a chance to indulge in a genre he previously hasn’t explored with great breadth. “As it was pitched to me, it was a big adventure film that was quite old – fashioned, but with a very fresh context,” he says.

Schwarzenegger Denies Rumours

Arnold Schwarzenegger was reportedly considering a run for US senate by replacing Democratic Senate Dianne Feinstein in 2018. But the former California republican Governor denied all the rumors by making a statement on the social media platforms.

Brianna Is “cooler” In Deadpool 2

Brianna Hildebrand thinks her Deadpool character Negasonic Teenage Warhead will be “cooler” in the movie’s 2018 sequel. Hildebrand avers, “I’ve not yet actually read the script, but I do think she (the character) will be a lot cooler, based on the wardrobe ideas & stuff.

Owen Finds It Difficult To Keep His Style Quiet

Clive Owen finds it “difficult” to wear outfits that are “too loud” or “too colorful” and will often choose to wear monochrome ensembles as often as he can, and will often try to “tone” down his outfits if he thinks it is too “outrageous”. In fact he finds it difficult to keep his style quiet.

Black Lips Joins Rooney Mara In “Song To Song”

Director Terrence Malick’s “Song To Song” will feature garage rock band Black Lips from Atlanta, Georgia. The rockers will star as Rooney Mara’s band in the film. The Lion actress actually went on stage with a guitar to perform with the group when they were shooting the movie at Austin City Limits in 2012.

Cameron States That Avatar Sequel Is Not Happening In 2018

Director James Cameron said that Avatar sequels are put on hold again. The 62 – year – old filmmaker said doing the sequels are not an easy task as he is working on 4 films instead of just 1. “Well, 2018 is not happening. We haven’t announced a firm release date,” Cameron told.

Duff Plans Ghostbusters Themed Party For Son

Hilary Duff is all set to throw a Ghostbusters themed party for her son’s birthday. The 29 -year – old Younger star has revealed that she is planning a backyard party for her only child Luca – who she has with her former partner Mike Comrie – when he turns on 20th Mar, 2017.

Collins Was Forced To Stay Thin

Dame Joan Collins reveals that she was fed diet pills as a youngster trying to make it in Hollywood. In an interview, Joan, 83, recalls how she took little green diet pills – which curb appetite – because she was “too fat”.

Larson Defends Her Reaction To Affleck’s Oscar Win

Brie Larson has defended her muted reaction to Casey Afflecks “Best Actor” win at the 89th Academy Awards last month. Larson handed Affleck the trophy on stage and her body language caught the attention of many, as she didn’t clap while the crowd gave the Manchester By The Sea star a standing ovation.

Mendes’ Fitness Routine & Diet

Eva Mendes works out 5 days a week when she wants to get in shape for the summer or for a star – studded event. The 43 – year -old, who has daughters Esmeralda, 2 & 10 -month – old Amada with her partner Ryan Gosling, has ditched her 45 – minute steady cardio sessions for interval training & will work out almost every day in preparation for an event or for the warmer months, although she will reduce her fitness regime down to 3 days during her off – season period.

Winfrey Loses Over 20 kg

Talk show queen Oprah Winfrey says she has lost over 20 kg, and is loving it. The 65 – year – old joined a weight losing programme called Weight Watchers in 2015.

Washington To Adapt A Novel Into A Film

Kerry Washington along with Warner Bros will be producing the big – screen adaptation of Brit Bennett’s debut novel ‘The Mothers’.

Jolie “jealous” Of Clooney

Angelina Jolie is reportedly “filled with envy” and jealous of actor – filmmaker George Clooney’s wife Amal Clooney. According to a source, Jolie & Amal were barely speaking to each other for about 6 months because of Jolie’s jealousy over the successful human rights lawyer.

Kerry Joins The Cast Of Cars 3

Kerry Washington, Nathan Fillion & Lea DeLaria have joined the cast of the upcoming 3D computer – animated comedy. -drama film Cars 3. The 3 stars will join Owen Wilson, who will reprise his role as world champion racer Lightning McQueen, who is blindsided by a new generation of racers & is struggling to get back on track.

Krasinski To Direct His Better Half Blunt

John Krasinski has teamed up with his wife Emily Blunt for his next directorial project. The ’13 Hours’ star will write, direct, and star in ‘A Quiet Place’ alongside the ‘Sicario’ actress.

Rossum Boards Neeson’s Revenge Thriller

Emmy Rossum has joined Liam Neeson in the Hollywood remake of the hit Norwegian thriller In Order Of Disappearance. The Taken star, 64, will step into Stellan Skarsgard’s role in the 2014 original, which followed a mild – mannered snow plow driver seeking vengeance on his son’s drug dealing killers, inadvertently sparking a turf war between local gangs.

Collins State That She Faces The Same Insecurities

Model & actress Lily Collins says she faces the same insecurities as all the other women Of her age. The 27 – year – old actress says that despite her burgeoning career & enviable wealth, she still struggles with her fears & self – doubt.

Affleck Reveals That He Has Completed His Treatment

Ben Affleck has revealed that he recently completed his term at a rehabilitation centre for his alcohol addiction. The 44 – year – old actor took to Facebook to announce that he was undergoing a treatment for the same and that it was the 1st step to recovery.

Angelina Jolie Enjoys Private Tours

She may have had a busy day in London, but UN Special Envoy Angelina Jolie managed to go on a royal trip with her son Maddox. Not long after the 41 – year – old actress & human rights activist delivered a speech on women’s rights at the London School of Economics, she & her teenage boy visited the Buckingham Palace, where they were given a private tour.

Kaluuya Responds To Jackson’s Criticism

Get Out star Daniel Kaluuyahas responded to criticism by lSamuel L Jackson over the casting of black British actors in roles about US race relations, saying that he resented having “to prove that I’m black”.

Delevingne Pens Her 1st Ever Novella

Cara Delevingne has penned down her 1st ever novella titled “Mirror Mirror”. The 24 -year – old model said that she will release the “twisty coming – of – age” story in Oct this year. The blonde beauty announced the news on social media platform with a picture of her leaning up against a mirror holding the final manuscript.

Hill Debuts Slimmer Body

Jonah Hill appeared slimmer than ever as he was spotted stepping out from a gym here. The 33 – year – old star was photographed flashing his toned torso in a navy T – Shirt after his workout session. It looked like Hill dropped a large amount of weight when he was seen making his way through a parking lot in the T – Shirt that he paired with black basketball shorts.

‘CHICKEN BIRYANI’ MAKES IT TO THE DADA SAHEB PHALKE FILM FESTIVAL 2017

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‘CHICKEN BIRYANI’ MAKES IT TO THE DADA SAHEB PHALKE FILM FESTIVAL 2017

A short film titled CHICKEN BIRYANI, dedicated to the Indian Army has made it to the nomination list of Dada Saheb Phalke in the short film category, alongside other international films. This is what the ecstatic Gavie Chahal who played the lead in the film has to say, “I’m glad to know about the official selection of our film at Dada Saheb Phalke Awards 2017. Many congratulations to the team and specially our Director and writer Mr. Lom Harsh for this achievement” “Feeling immense pleasure & joy for CHICKEN BIRYANI selection. What else a Director can expect and that too out of his very first project.” said the rising director Lom Harsh. CHICKEN BIRYANI is a precursor to the upcoming movie YEH HAI INDIA, which also stars Gavie, and has been directed by LomHarsh.

ALIA BHATT HAS MADE IT TO THE FORBES UNDER 30 ASIA LIST

After sifting through thousands of nominations and then convening the best panel of judges ever – from Kaifu Lee & Jean Liu to Jimmy Choo & Sonny Bill Williams, STUDENT OF THE YEAR Alia Bhatt has made it to the Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia list – Class of 2017. It is official now.

SABA QAMAR LEARNS THE DELHI DIALECT FOR ‘HINDI MEDIUM’

Saba Qamar who will soon be seen opposite Irrfan Khan in HINDI MEDIUM did everything to convince the audience she’s a Delhi girl. She took special lessons to learn the Delhi dialect for her role in the film. There was a coach present with her all the time on set. She even used her free time to perfect the accent & pronunciation of words. Also, Saba went street shopping in the most famous Delhi streets & visited social places where most youngsters go to hangout to observe them and try & get a hang of their body language, attitude & behavior. Saba says, “It wasn’t easy for me to learn the dialect, simply because I usually speak in a typical Urdu lehja, like aap, hum, and tum. Also, the way Delhi girls are so bold & confident in themselves was a really nice thing to see. I enjoyed playing a North Indian girl in HINDI MEDIUM. HINDI MEDIUM is produced by Dinesh Vijan & Bhushan Kumar.
HINDI MEDIUM is a slice of life comedy based in the heartland of our country. The film is all set to release on 12th May, 2017.

IRRFAN KHAN TURNS PHOTOGRAPHER ON THE SETS OF ‘HINDI MEDIUM’

Irrfan Khan who will soon be seen in Saket Chaudhary’s HINDI MEDIUM is on a photography spree. Recently, Irrfan Khan flew down to Georgia with co – star Saba Qamar to shoot for their promotional songs. Both Irrfan & Saba were blown away by the beauty of Georgia and posed for a lot of pictures. Irrfan turned photographer by reason of the untouched beauty of the locales of Georgia and captured the allure of every location. Not only did he click the scenery, he also made Saba his muse for certain pictures and made her pose every now & then.

JOHN ABRAHAM CHOOSES 1998’S POKHRAN NUKE TEST AS SUBJECT FOR HIS NEXT

After the riveting success of VICKY DONOR & MADRAS CAFE, John Abraham is all set to don the producer’s hat again with a film, based on the nuclear test conducted at Pokhran in 1998. Produced under his banner JA Entertainment & RUSTOM makers KriArj Entertainment, the untitled film will also star John in the lead role. Directed by Abhishek Sharma, the script has been co – written by Saiwyn Quadros & Sanyuktha Chawla Shaikh, who were part of the NEERJA team. Says John Abraham, “I have never been in a hurry to produce films and have been searching for subjects that are engaging and stories that resonate with the current socio – political & economic mood of the country. This film fits in perfectly with my pursuit, and I am also happy to start my association with Prernaa & Arjun.“ “This story is about the resilience & gumption shown by our national agencies to achieve such a significant goal. This will be our tribute to those men & women who selflessly serve the country without expecting any accolades in return. The film, will go on floors soon and is scheduled to release on 8th Dec, 2017, says Abhishek Sharma.

VIVEK OBEROI TO SPEND TIME WITH FAMILY IN SERBIA!

Vivek Oberoi who is currently stationed in Belgrade, Serbian capital for the shooting of his upcoming Tamil film, VIVEGAM, since last week, will be spending time with his dearest family members who will be leaving for the exotic destination this weekend. During his 5 – day break, Vivek’s family will join him in Serbia to spend some time with him since the actor will be busy with BANK CHOR movie promotions once he is back in Mumbai. The actor – philanthropist will explore Serbia during their stay together by visiting scenic & historic locations including the Roman Well and the old & new palaces – Star Dvor & Novi Dvor and indulge in local delicacies including Baklava & Ajvar.

HARSHVARDHAN KAPOOR GOES SHORT FOR ‘BHAVESH JOSHI’ !

Harshvardhan Kapoor who is fast becoming quite the style icon, like his sister Sonam Kapoor recently chopped his long hair for the next schedule of BHAVESH JOSHI. Harsh, who had grown quite fond of his long tresses, had to cut them off after painstakingly looking after them , for Vikramaditya Motwane’s vigilante drama. And while most would be relieved about going short in the summer, not to mention the look trending over social media with his fans raving, the actor reiterates that he never follows trends. Says Harsh, “I am not really into trends. I don’t go looking for them. I really liked the long hair. The look was quite unique & different. I don’t think about it so much though. The haircut is for my role in the upcoming film. I go with my directors’ vision.”

DIANA PENTY HAS BEEN FEATURED IN THE LATEST TELEVISION COMMERCIAL OF MAKEMY TRIP

Diana Penty has been featured in the latest television ccommercial of MakeMy Trip alongside the other 2 brand ambassadors Ranveer Singh & Alia Bhatt. The gorgeous & talented actress who came together with Ranveer & Alia for the 1st time ever in the commercial for a leading online travel company has received humongous response on the social media, with her fans complimenting about her glamorous avatar and the fun chemistry with Ranveer & Alia. Interestingly, considering their cool chemistry, Diana’s fans have also expressed their desire to see her in a movie along with Ranveer & Alia.

THE SECRET BEHIND ADITI RAO HYDARI’S FLAWLESS SKIN IS HER BEAUTY REGIME

Aditi Rao Hydari who is constantly plagued with questions on the secret behind her luminous & flawless skin, reveals that a simple childhood regime can be completely credited for it. Says Aditi, “Mom would have a lady come in every week and apply an ubtan with gram flour, milk, oil & turmeric on my skin. I owe my healthy skin to that regime as a child. I don’t do that often, but the skin regime & nutrition you follow as a kid is something that stands by you — at least that’s what I’ve seen! “ Apart from following her mother’s beauty routine, the actress also drinks a lot of coconut water throughout the day to retain the suppleness of her skin and keep herself hydrated.

“GOLMAAL” KEEPS ITS DATE WITH DIWALI

“GOLMAAL”, now in its 4th part is one of Bollywood most successful franchises and has a huge demand with audiences across segments, especially children. Naturally, Rohit has been inundated with messages from the distribution & exhibition circles on whether the film was keeping its date with the festival of lights again. The 4th instalment has Ajay being joined by Parineeti Chopra, Tabu, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Arshad Warsi, Tusshar Kapoor, Shreyas Talpade & Kunal Kemmu — there has been a palpable excitement in the trade and the audience about the film. Part 2 & 3, i.e. GOLMAAL RETURNS & GOLMAAL 3 were both Diwali releases and they rocked the box – office. When Rohit mounted the film on the floors this March, he knew he was going to keep his date with Diwali. ’’There has been constant speculation on whether it made sense for GOLMAAL AGAiN to clash with the Rajinikanth – Akshay Kumar starrer 2:0. The box – office window is becoming over -crowded because Aamir Khan has decided to push his next home – production Secret Superstar to Oct, 2017. However, the people, who are associated with “GOLMAAL”, were the 1st to announce that they were coming and in their minds, they never did doubt whether they would stake their claim to the festival weekend or not.

CHUNKY PANDEY IS THE QUINTESSENTIAL TOURIST GUIDE IN ‘HANUMAN DA DAMDAAR’

Chunky Pandey has become the quintessential tourist guide, ever since his portrayal of Akhri Pasta in a Bollywood comedy. “Lanka could easily be the New York of the yore, given the fact that it is the city of gold, I believed that itself called for a tourist guide. And who better, you tell me? You see Chunky and you think he will be so good at being a tourist guide. Believe me, it might be on my subconscious cause I couldn’t think of anyone other than him to play the tourist guide in our film,” confessed Ruchi who has directed the animation film HANUMAN DA DAMDAAR. When asked about his character, “Chunky himself described his character as soft, after all he is a half – half… if you know what we mean! Half Srilankan & half Indian, what were you thinking?” teased Ruchi who had us in splits discussing the method in madness, that is HANUMAN DA DAMDAAR! The Damdaar
trailer of India’s superhero, Hanuman will be released on 18th Apr, 2017. R.A.T films are all set to release HANUMAN DA DAMDAAR on 19th May, 2017.

FIRST LOOK POSTER OF ‘UDANCHHOO’ LAUNCHED

Vipin Parashar’s UDANCHHOO features an exciting star cast comprising of Prem Chopra, Ashutosh Rana, Rajnish Duggal, Anil George, Bijendra Kala, Prashant along with Bruna Abdullah and newcomer Saisha Sehgal. Produced by Ravinder Singh, UDANCHHOO will tickle your funny bone. The film is a con comedy, set in the city of Mumbai & Delhi. UDANCHHOO essentially highlights corruption & black money. The venture is a thrilling ride that tells the story of a spiritual guru, a businessman and his spoilt daughter, a money launderer and a young man who is suspected to carry out the biggest heist in history! Bollywood has seen many con comedy films before such as BUNTY AUR BABLI, BLUFFMASTER & KHOSLA KA GHOSLA et al, that have clicked commercially. UDANCHHOO promises to be a step ahead with its impeccable comic timing & satirical set up. Interestingly, this is the 1st time ever that Ashutosh & Prem, who have mostly played negative roles, will be seen attempting comedy, alongside Rajnish, who is also trying out this genre for the 1st time ever. UDANCHHOO is a film that the public can relate to with utmost ease as it covers the topic of demonetization as well as the bane of black money. What’s interesting is that this venture was made 2 years ago, much before Modi came up with his master stroke!

JAVED AKHTAR AS VALMIKI IN HANUMAN DA DAMDAAR

HANUMAN DA DAMDAAR’S Valmiki might just be the hot attraction for it is none other than Javed Akhtar the master – story teller playing Valmiki, the narrator.“The era in which the story is set, it had to have someone who would be narrating the story, there wasn’t much written & documented then. People travelled around telling stories and passed it on. We believed it would be a nice build up alongside. Given Ramayana is written by Valmiki it made sense to have Valmiki as the narrator. And once we decided to have a narrator, it had to be Javed Akhtar for he is the best,” shared Ruchi Narain who makes her animation debut with directing HANUMAN DA DAMDAAR, also written by her. “There is a joke in the industry that even if the script is not that great, if the narrator is good the film sells. And there hasn’t been a better narrator than Javed Akhtar so we were thrilled when he agreed to be a part of the film,” added Narain. Under the production of R.A.T. films, HANUMAN DA DAMDAAR is slated to release on the 19th of May, 2017.

‘MUJHE BHI DUNIYA DEKHNI HAIN’ ALL SET FOR RELEASE ON 16TH JUN 2017

Genuine Entertainment Corps’ MUJHE BHI DUNIYA DEKHNI HAIN will be releasing on 16th Jun, 2017 all over. The film is written & directed by Satyaprakash Mangtani. DoP: Rajan Lyallpuri. Cast: Avinash, Mrunalini, Manoj Anand, Komal Dhillon, Baby Muskaan, Shailesh Pitambare, Jayshri T, Viju Khote & Mukesh Khanna.

DEANA UPPAL IS LEADING LADY OF PUNJABI FILM ‘HARD KAUR’

Miss India UK actress, Deana was spotted in Patiala where she is shooting her movie HARD KAUR, directed by Ajit Rampal. Deana is playing the role of Sirat a simple Punjabi village girl, and how every day she has to deal with harassment of men and how she handles the situations. HARD KAUR is the 1st Punjabi female oriented Punjabi movie. Alongside Deana, as the main lead instead of the norm of having a male lead, there is award winner veteran actress Nirmal Rishi. Deana Uppal said, ” I am enjoying playing the role of Sirat as I feel I have connected with her situations. She is a simple girl but the people around her have bad intentions. The movie shows how 5 different Kaur’s deal with the situations differently”. HARD KAUR will play a role in encouraging the women of Punjab for standing tall for their rights, always. The film stars Nirmal Rishi, Aman Grewal, Raj Ninjer, Tanvir Singh, Swati Bakshi & Neet Kaur.