Life & Style

  • Protecting nature isn't about a nation: Esha Gupta
    Mumbai, September 4 (IANS) Actress Esha Gupta says protecting nature is not just about a nation, but everyone should pitch in. Esha has been the face of various earth conservation activities such as recycling, waste management, beach cleaning and preservation of green cover, and she was recently felicitated with the Green Crusader Award by Bhamla Foundation.  Esha received the award for her contribution to the environment, and also for her involvement in green activitis
  • Imitation is not art: Lata Mangeshkar
    Mumbai, September 4 (IANS) Almost every Indian woman from a certain era secretly craved to sing like Lata Mangeshkar. But not everyone can be Lata Mangeshkar. There is only one. Recently there was the case of Ranu Mondal who sang herself into fame with Lataji's "Ek pyar nagma hai" from penury and anonymity. Himesh Reshamiyya even recorded a song with the lady, who was dazed by all the attention. The euphoria and praise soon got out of hand. The rumours amplified.  Th
  • 'The Laundromat' talks about dark joke being played on all of us: Meryl Streep
    Venice, September 3 (PTI) Multiple Oscar-winning actor Meryl Streep believes "The Laundromat" is an important film as it tries to shed a light on a "dark joke that's being played on all of us". Directed by filmmaker Steven Soderbergh, the comedy-drama is about the Panama Papers expose. It features Streep, Gary Oldman and Antonia Banderas in the lead. According to Variety, speaking ahead of the movie's world premiere at the Venice Film Festival on Sunday, Streep said, "Thi
  • WhatsApp helping Indian entrepreneurs write success stories
    New Delhi, September 1 (IANS) Ice cream lover Aarti Laxman Rastogi decided that not all indulgences need to be sinful and, in March 2018, she started Artinci to provide ice creams with premium, all-natural ingredients. Running a business has its own challenges and she also had to go through hardship till she joined the WhatsApp Business app. "I have a hearing disability. WhatsApp has become a great communication enabler for me. I text my way through the planning and execution of
  • Fan walks over 900 kms to meet Akshay Kumar
    Mumbai, September 1 (IANS) A fan walked over 900 kms to meet his idol Akshay Kumar. The National Award-winning actor urged his followers "not to do these things and focus on their time and energy". Akshay on Sunday shared a photograph of himself with the fan, Parbat, who walked from Dwarka to Mumbai just to have a glimpse of his favourite star. "Met Parbat today, he walked over 900 kms all the way from Dwarka. He planned it in a way to reach Mumbai in 18 days to catch me here on
  • Simran Khanna emphasises on mental fitness
    Mumbai, September 1 (IANS) Actress Simran Khanna, who is currently playing Gayu in the popular fiction show "Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai", says mental fitness is important and if she gets a chance to open a meditation centre, she would do so happily. "In today's time, we are all stressed due to various reasons. It is making our inner and outer body unhealthy. I believe that meditation is best medicine to make ourselves stress-free and fit, not only physically but mentally as well," s
  • Anoushka Shankar undergoes hysterectomy
    Mumbai, August 31 (IANS) Internationally-acclaimed sitarist Anoushka Shankar has revealed that she "no longer has a uterus" as she had double surgeries last month. Anoushka on Friday took to Instagram and penned a lengthy note, sharing the details about her surgery. "As of last month, I no longer have a uterus. I had a double surgery: a gynaecological-oncologist performed a hysterectomy due to my large fibroids, which made my uterus as big as if it were six months pregnant, and a
  • Never wanted to be a hero's sidekick, says Kangana Ranaut
    New Delhi, August 31 (IANS) She has been variously tagged the "Queen" of Bollywood, "box-office dynamo" and "one woman army", and habitually takes on Bollywood's bigwigs. Three-time National Award winning actress Kangana Ranaut makes no bones about ruling the industry with her craft, and says she always wanted to be somebody who is not a hero's sidekick. Kangana ventured into the sparkling world of cinema as a teenager with filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt's "Gangster" in 2006. Years later sh
  • Dance has increased my brand as an artiste: Nora Fatehi
    New Delhi, August 31 (IANS) Nora Fatehi moved from Canada to India a few years ago to become an actress in Bollywood. She even managed to bag a few acting projects initially, including "Roar: Tigers of the Sundarbans" and "Crazy Cukkad Family", but these were low-profile projects and she went unnoticed. Then, her appearance on "Bigg Boss" and the dance numbers "Manohari" in "Baahubali: The Beginning" changed the tide. People started noticing Nora, and soon she was belting out the h
  • Big B shocked to know about Amitabh Bachchan waterfall
    Mumbai, August 31 (IANS) Megastar Amitabh Bachchan is amazed to find out that there is a waterfall which has been named after him in Sikkim. Earlier this week, a fan had posted a photograph of himself in front of the waterfall, writing "Can't come to Sikkim, and not go visit a place named after The Man", tagging the actor. Big B took note of it and retweeted, saying: "That's not true is it... the Falls name." Many of his fans and followers came forward to share their knowledg
  • Social media is part of the game: Achint Kaur
    Mumbai, August 31 (IANS) Popular television actress Achint Kaur who will appear in the upcoming web series "Jamai 2.0" says that the entertainment business has become quite a competitive space and having a good number of followers on social media is important to be cast in new projects. "To stay relevant and visible in present times as an actor, one not only has to work on her craft but also promote one's talent rightfully on social media. From the time social media has come into ou
  • Casual sexism is going away: Shraddha Kapoor
    Mumbai, August 31 (IANS) Bollywood actress Shraddha Kapoor says that she feels proud of those girls who are making their mark in the professional field that was earlier dominated by men and for her gender equality is all about equal opportunity that is not limited by gender but based on skillset. As the portrayal of the female character is changing in Bollywood films, asked about how she looks at the change, Shraddha told IANS here, " I think whether it is in our entertainment busin
  • Great Barrier Reef outlook downgraded to 'very poor'
    A man snorkels in an area called the "Coral Gardens" near Lady Elliot Island, on the Great Barrier Reef, northeast of Bundaberg town in Queensland, Australia, June 11, 2015. REUTERS/David Gray/Files   Canberra, August 30 (IANS) The health outlook for Australia's Great Barrier Reef, the world's largest coral system stretching 2,300 km, has been downgraded to "very poor", according to the long-term projection report published on Friday. "The challenge to restore reef resili
  • Taj Mahal will soon open every night for all
    New Delhi, August 30 (IANS) The glimmering Taj Mahal, said to be at its aesthetic best in moonlight, could now be thrown open after sunset for all tourists. So far, night access to the globally renowned monument was allowed at a premium only for five nights in a month. Union Tourism and Culture Minister Prahlad Singh Patel told IANS in an interview that the Taj Mahal will remain open even beyond its 10.00 a.m to 6.00 p.m. public access time. "We have been receiving a lot of re
  • Nandita Das thrilled about returning to Telugu cinema
    Hyderabad, August 29 (IANS) Actor Nandita Das, who has made a comeback to Telugu industry after a decade with the upcoming film "Virataparvam", is thrilled as well as nervous about her return with the Rana Daggubati starrer. Nandita, who has started shooting for the film, said she accepted the movie because she believed in the director's vision. "I am doing the film for the script, the director's vision and the role. Had no idea who I was replacing and how does it matter. In
  • When a Tamil producer made Vidya Balan feel ugly
    Mumbai, August 28 (IANS) Vidya Balan is one of the most sought-after actresses in Bollywood, but she had faced a lot of rejections in the south film industry. She says there was a time when a Tamil producer made her feel ugly. "There were a lot of rejections down South. There were a lot of Malayalam films, but I was replaced in each of them. There was a Tamil film I was doing and I was thrown out of the film... I remember my parents had come with me because they were so worried abou
  • Atal Bihari Vajpayee's life story to hit the big screen
    Mumbai, Augùst 28 (IANS) The life story of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee is set to unfold on the big screen. Vajpayee, a senior BJP leader and one of the founding members of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh (BJS), died on August 16 in 2018 after a prolonged illness. Shiva Sharma and Zeeshan Ahmad, owners of Amaash Films, have acquired the official rights of the book,""The Untold Vajpaye"" written by Ullekh N P, and has decided to unveil the several aspects of Vajpaye''s lif
  • My confidence is my strongest quality: Kareena
    Mumbai, August 27 (IANS) Bollywood actress Kareena Kapoor Khan says her belief in herself is the best quality she has which and that gives her the confidence to live the life on her own terms. The actress, who walked the ramp at Lakme Fashion Week grand finale themed on #FreeYourLips which was about freedom of expression, has said: "The theme, for me, is about freedom for women to make the choice of what they want to do, what they want to wear or how they want to live their life. I
  • What good is development minus clean air, water? asks Richa
    Thimphu, August 27 (IANS) Bollywood actress Richa Chadha has questioned urban development at the cost of the green carpet, and raised concern over how the basic human need for water and clean air is becoming a luxury thanks to increasing pollution. "I feel traumatised seeing how we treat nature. I am not saying this because, now that I am an actress, these are the things I should say. I am one of those people who would always not only wear natural fabric and I choose cotton over sil
  • Remote translator helped while talking with Grylls: PM
    New Delhi, August 26 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that remote translator used during the Man vs Wild episode with Bear Grylls facilitated the conversation between the two men who spoke in different languages. Scores of viewers had been wondering how Grylls managed to effortlessly converse with the Prime Minister, who was speaking in Hindi. "Some people ask me one thing, albeit with some hesitation, Modiji, you were speaking in Hindi and Bear Grylls does