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  • 'In Cauda Venenum' - Opeth's best in a decade
    By Anand Venkitachalam     Swedish progressive metal band Opeth are known for being masterful songwriters with their eclectic, long and intricate compositions. With a critically acclaimed discography, the band has a solid fan base, in both the metal community as well as the prog community. Going back to their beginning, Opeth started out as a progressive death metal band with heavy elements of black metal and small gothic touches from their debut "Orchid" to
  • Lara Dutta: It's an exciting time to be in business as actor
    Mumbai, October 12 (IANS) Actress Lara Dutta Bhupathi is all set to make her OTT debut in an untitled web series, and she feels right now is a very exciting time to be an actor, because there are work offers in films as well as the digital platform. "I think OTT (Over-the-top media services) platforms are providing great content to the audience. Now, mainstream actors like Saif Ali Khan, Abhishek Bachchan and myself are working in web series. I think the lines are blurring and now
  • Theatre never left me: Manoj Bajpai
    New Delhi, October 12 (IANS) His recent OTT outing, 'The Family Man' may have opened an entirely new segment of viewers for Manoj Bajpai, but the actor stresses that he continues to do his bit for theatre, the art form that marked the beginning of his performance career. "I prefer not to talk too much about this aspect of my life, but yes, I consistently train acting students at NSD (National School of Drama) besides holding workshops at other institutes. I would like to be p
  • Sonam Kapoor: We shouldn't stick to films and film parties
    Mumbai, October 11 (IANS) Actress Sonam Kapoor Ahuja says artistes shouldn't restrict themselves only to films and film parties. Rather, people should travel more often, spend time with friends and family, read books and watch films to become the best version of themselves. "I think if you are an artiste, you need to have a full life. I feel people related with creative fields should travel more often, they should spend time with friends and family. It is also important to read book
  • Farhan Akhtar: I never strategise my career
    Mumbai, October 11 (IANS) From his directorial debut "Dil Chahta Hai" to his acting debut "Rock On!!", National award-winning filmmaker-actor Farhan Akhtar wears many hats. He has also made his mark as a singer-songwriter, a producer and a story writer. His latest release as an actor, "The Sky Is Pink", opens this week on Friday, and Farhan says he never planned to explore so many genres of entertainment. rather he believes in going with the flow. "I do not strategise my career so I
  • Anupriya Goenka: As an actor, I want to live many lives
    Mumbai, October 11 (IANS) Actress Anupriya Goenka, who recently returned to the big screen in the Hrithik Roshan-Tiger Shroff starrer "War", says she is more interested in roles that give her a chance to prove her versatility than just lead roles. "I think instead of waiting for a lead role to come my way, I would rather grab the opportunity in which I have a pivotal role in the film. As an actor, I want to be versatile and I want to live many lives on-screen as a performer. All the
  • Indulge, with care
    New Delhi, September 30 (IANSlife) People often tend to neglect their health during celebrations. Actor Soha Ali Khan shares some handy tips to indulge, without going overboard. Stay hydrated Festivals can be exhausting and we often tend to be lax about our water intake in between festivities. Make sure you drink at least eight glasses of water a day if you don't want dehydration to leave you tired and dizzy while you're in the middle of your preparations. Remember to keep a bottle
  • Your arrival has changed India's image: Lata to Modi 
    Mumbai, September 29 (IANS) Your arrival has changed India's image and it makes me very happy, legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar told Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday. Lata Mangeshkar, who turned 90 on Saturday, was on a telephone call with Modi on his monthly radio broadcast "Mann Ki Baat". In the phone-conversation, which was recorded before the Prime Minister left the country on a week-long trip to the US, Modi wished the singer for her birthday. "Pranaam, I called becaus
  • Jason Momoa urges world leaders to act on climate crisis
    Los Angeles, September 29 (IANS) Hollywood star Jason Momoa has urged world leaders to take serious actions on climate crisis in his United Nations (UN) speech. He addressed the issue on September 27, reports aceshowbiz.com. The actor and ocean activist spoke up for "all island nations" at the UN, and demanded more action from delegates, listing the issues that threaten some of the world's most beautiful places and claiming the people of the South Pacific, in particular, are suff
  • Akshaye Khanna: Reading about myself makes me uncomfortable
    By Sugandha Rawal    New Delhi, September 28 (IANS) Akshaye Khanna doesn't like to be constantly written about or photographed, and barley reads stuff about himself. The actor says he doesn't want to lead his life under the spotlight, adding that reading about himself makes him uncomfortable. "It is much more now than the time when I started out. That time there was nothing like that," Akshaye told IANS while opening up about how the level of public scrutiny has
  • Positive social relationships boost self-esteem: Study
    New York, September 28 (IANS) Researchers have found that positive social relationships, support and acceptance helps shape the development of self-esteem in people. "For the first time, we have a systematic answer to a key question in the field of self-esteem research: Whether and to what extent a person's social relationships influence his or her self-esteem development, and vice versa, and at what ages," said study author Michelle A. Harris from the University of Texas. "The a
  • Dia Mirza, Alec Baldwin host UN's Champions Gala again
    New York, September 28 (IANS) Indian actress Dia Mirza and American actor Alec Baldwin hosted the United Nations' Champions Gala 2019 for the second time here. She is happy to have shared the stage with the comedian, who she thinks is "so driven, honest and committed to sustainability and climate action". "The Champions Gala is a very special and personally inspiring evening for me. At a time when we need mobilised action immediately, these dedicated Champions are leading the way.
  • Nations become more religious as population ages: Study
    Moscow, September 27 (IANS) As the proportion of older people increases in a country, the chances of the its society becoming more religious also go up, says a study. Older people are more inclined to believe in God and believe it is important to instil religion in children. The research suggests that that population ageing can possibly slow down the transition from religious to secular values. The study, published in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, predicts
  • Overwhelmed Big B feels 'not worthy' of Dadasaheb
    Mumbai, September 26 (IANS) Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who is being feted with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, is still feeling overwhelmed days after the Award was announced, and says he is "not worthy" of the prestigious honour. Amitabh took to his blog and poured his heart out. "The overwhelming love and appreciation from the moment of the declaration of the DPA (Dadasaheb Phalke Award) has been most humbling... It numbs you into a block of ice that has been kept away from the war
  • Kareena looks enchanting in figure hugging dress
    Mumbai, September 27 (IANS) Actress and fashionista Kareena Kapoor Khan stunned in beautiful pastel coloured figure hugging dress. Kareena was sported wearing a dress with a sweetheart neckline and balloon sleeve inserts. She paired the ensemble with Serpenti coil neck piece by the the lable BVLGARI. To complete her look, Kareena wore her hair in a sleek bun and nude make-up. On the work front, she is currently seen co-judging dance-based reality show "Dance India Dance".
  • Disha Patani: I don't consider myself a hot person
    Mumbai, September 27 (IANS) Actress Disha Patani raises the temperature whenever she shares her photos of working out or just posing by a pool in a bikini. Her fans think she is hot, but she begs to differ. "I don't consider myself as a hot person. I am very much like a tomboy in real life. It's only because of my photoshoots that people consider me to appear 'hot'! I am a regular girl who believes in simplicity," Disha told IANS. As for social media, she said: "Social media is a
  • 67% of India's 451mn Internet users are male: IAMAI
    New Delhi, September 26 (IANS) About 67 per cent of India's 451 million monthly active Internet users are male, according to a report brought out by industry body Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI). In terms of Internet users, India is now second only to China, but with only 36 per cent Internet penetration in India, there is still much headroom for growth, said the report titled "India Internet 2019". The gender gap is higher in rural areas as the report showed tha
  • Shweta Tiwari returns to TV after three years
    Mumbai, September 25 (IANS) Actress Shweta Tiwari, known for her telly-bahu stint on "Kasautii Zindagii Kay" and as a winning contestant of "Bigg Boss", will return to the world of television after a gap of three years. Shweta will play a Punjabi character in "Mere Dad Ki Dulhan", a coming-of-age story that will be aired on Sony Entertainment Television. "I am coming back on television screens after three years and I have selected 'Mere Dad Ki Dulhan' as my comeback show because
  • Zoya Akhtar: Literary world an untapped source of inspiration
    Mumbai, September 25 (IANS) Hindi and other regional authors do not enjoy a lot of Bollywood attention when it comes to films based on literature, feels filmmaker Zoya Akhtar. "I think the marriage of their (Hindi authors) content and (film industry) storytellers and producers hasn't happened yet. It's sad but true. A lot of people don't read to start with. They don't even read the language they're comfortable in. They're not going to read translated works, and there's no media arou
  • Bollywood actors happy to be caught in the web world
    By Natalia Ningthoujam (   New Delhi, September 24 (IANS) How much can an actor shine in a two-hour film? The fact that the world of web series has opened up varied shades of characters, more than mainstream films in India have ever done, has not gone unnoticed by an incredibly talented lot of the industry. And if they are lucky enough to bag a role in big digital projects, the big bucks will follow. No wonder, actors as Pankaj Tripathi -- regarded as prop cast till the