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Farah Khan's quiz show Backbenchers will take you back to school days

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There's nothing quite like reliving one's school days. And, although many didn't think of school as "fun" when they were students, the memories tend to evoke a sense of wistful joy. This is exactly what 'Backbenchers' – the first non-fiction show on Flipkart Video Originals aims to do. Scheduled to premiere on the Flipkart app on October 19, 2019, the show will be hosted by leading Bollywood director, Farah Khan. Known for her cheeky humour and no-holds-barred one-liners, Farah will quiz some of Bollywood and sports' finest in her classroom! Did you know Parineeti Chopra was a teacher's pet or Sania Mirza was an Urdu expert at a very young age? Find out all this and more on Backbenchers. There will be a total of 20 episodes, with a new episode airing every Saturday and Sunday at 8 pm. A one-of-a-kind web quiz show, 'Backbenchers' adds fun and a whole lot of laughter to the idea of a classroom. The audience will see some of their favourite celebrities appear for their exams one mo..
                 

Maharashtra assembly polls 2019: Watch out for these 5 young leaders

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Ahead of the Maharashtra assembly elections, the centre of gravity is shifting towards the young and dynamic leaders of tomorrow. This year, the state polls will see quite a few young guns battling it out on October 21. A major battle will play out in the Worli assembly segment, where Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray is making his debut in electoral politics. From Beed, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) veteran late Gopinath Munde's daughter Pankaja Munde will lock horns for supremacy against Nationalist Congress Party's (NCP) Dhanajay Munde. Sujay Vikhe Patil, son of Congress legislative party leader Radha Krishna Vikhe Patil, will contest on a BJP ticket from Ahmednagar. Let's take a look at their work so far:  Aaditya ThackerayThe 29-year-old grandson of Shiv Sena founder, the late Bal Thackeray, Aaditya Thackeray is the first member from the Thackeray family to enter the electoral fray after Shalini Thackeray, the wife of Jeetendra Thackeray, a cousin of MNS founder Raj Thackeray..
                 

Telly Tattle: Kapil Sharma hosts baby shower for wife Ginni Chatrath; KBC gets another crorepati

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Kapil Sharma hosted a baby shower for wife Ginni Chatrath. Telly actors Mahhi Vij, Bharti Singh, Krushna Abhishek and Kashmera Shah were in attendance. Punjabi singer Zora Randhawa took to Instagram to share pictures from the bash. He wrote, "Baby Sharma on the way. Everyone send your love and wishes to big brother Kapil (sic)." Chatrath is due in December. Another crorepati in KBC Gautam Kumar Jha from Bihar is the third crorepati of this season's Kaun Banega Crorepati. An engineer with the Indian Railways, he credits his wife for pushing him to participate in the Amitabh Bachchan-hosted show. Sanoj Raj from Bihar and Babita Tade from Amravati earlier bagged the honour. Wedded bliss Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai actor Mohena Kumari Singh, who played Keerti on the show, got hitched to politician Suyesh Rawat in Haridwar. He is the son of Uttarakhand minister Satpal Maharaj. Mohena, who hails from the royal family of Rewa, opted for a Rajput bridal look with a ghunghat. Though she will r..
                 

Maharashtra assembly polls 2019: Security beefed up ahead of PM Narendra Modi's visit

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Navi Mumbai After people expressed their anguish over the poor infrastructure and lack of basic amenities in the city, adequate security arrangements have been made to ensure smooth functioning of events ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the city on Wednesday, Modi will hold three public rallies in Akola, Jalna and Panvel in poll-bound Maharashtra today. His visit to the city is being seen as a boost for Prashant Thakur, sitting MLA and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate from Panvel constituency and for Manda Mhatre, CBD candidate and sitting MLA. The special protection group (SPG) has already screened the nearby areas, and local police, quick response teams, central reserve police force and special commando units of Navi Mumbai have also been deployed. Apart from state and central security forces being deployed across the City and Industrial Development Corporation (Cidco) ground in Kharghar, local BJP party workers are also alert. This comes after local housing col..
                 

Income Tax win Sairaj Trophy football title in Belgaum

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Mumbai-based Income Tax won the Sairaj Trophy invitational football tournament in Belgaum recently, beating Shivaji Sports Club (Kolhapur) 5-4 via the tie-breaker. In a keenly-contested final after the scores were locked 0-0 at the end of regulation time, the taxmen converted all five of their spot kicks in the shootout, through Prathamesh Raut, Ashraf Makandar, Alister Fernandes, Sandesh Gadkari and Linekar Machado. Machado was also adjudged the best player of the tournament, while the best goalkeeper's award went to Adil Ansari. The Income Tax outfit were awarded a cash prize of Rs 50,000 for their effort. "This is a very hardfought win. The title is special given the tough away conditions," said team manager Bosco Fernandes. D'Souza FA clinch MDFA Div-III crown The D'Souza Football Association lads with the MDFA Div-III trophy D'Souza Football Academy worked hard to record a 3-1 win against Jeevies FC in a closely fought Division-III final of the Rustomjee-MDFA Football League at Co..
                 

Why Kuch Kuch Hota Hai still remains an infectious take on love and friendship

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Karan Johar's directorial debut, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, completes 21 years today. It came out at a time when the nation was unaware of the fact that love is friendship. In 1989, Sooraj Barjatya taught us via a scheming and lewd Mohnish Bahl in his debut, Maine Pyar Kiya, that a girl and a boy can never be friends. And every time we peeped at a boy and girl together, we gazed them with suspicion, assuming them to be lovers. Almost a decade later, another novice splashed on the celluloid to make a film about love and friendship and turn the thought on our own heads. Shah Rukh Khan was Rahul, Kajol was Anjali, Rani Mukerji was Tina and Salman Khan was Aman. This was a love triangle where Rahul loved Tina, Tina loved Rahul, Anjali loved Rahul and Aman loved Anjali. It may sound complicated but Johar simplified the narrative, adding his touches of froth and finesse. Since it was his debut, the audiences and critics were unaware of his understanding and definition of human relationships. It ca..
                 

For pricless art

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In the world of publishing, the 'bestseller' tag can often weigh heavily on creators. From focusing on the process of creation alone, they must now also grapple with sales figures and profit margins. The recent boom in Indian publishing is often credited for spawning new generations of readers. Unfortunately, this 20th Century gold rush has largely overlooked the art of visual storytelling and, consequently, photobooks. Meethil Momaya. co-founder of Trilogy library and bookstore in Bandra says that the high costs of printing and producing photobooks is often cited when publishers turn down requests to publish photobooks. One of the photographs that represent the last five-and-a-half years of his life wherein he has explored his evolving relationship with Shillong, the city he originally hails from "Many publishers are keen on only taking up books they can produce and sell in large quantities, and the relatively smaller audience for photobooks does not meet these requirements. Photograp..
                 

A truckload of goodness in BKC

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Mumbai has had a long history of vendors selling food from travelling vehicles, be it the annas who sell idlis and vadas on the streets before the city stirs, or even hawkers who sell ice cream in trolleys. But the culture of food trucks has had multiple false starts in the city. Licensing still remains a major issue, which is why we only have a handful of such ventures at present. But one of these, called Truckila — touted to be the biggest food truck in Mumbai — will journey from a mall in Malad that's its home to a ground in BKC for a festival this weekend. Chirag Haveli, a 22-year-old who started the business in January, tells us that the dimensions of the truck are 30 ft in length, 12 ft in breadth and 15 ft in height. He says, "We have a multi-cuisine menu that keeps changing. But from the current one, pocket mein rocket is the best-selling item. It's similar to a wrap or a roll, where we put the stuffing inside a maida roti before baking it." Chirag Haveli Haveli add..
                 

Mumbai: Shopowners near murdered woman's home in Malwani passed information to killers

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The Malwani police on Tuesday arrested a couple, who allegedly masterminded the murder of Kanchan Ajay Singh alias Kanchan Pramod Gupta who was looted and murdered at her home on the night October 8. The accused have been identified as Rafique Khan, 28, and his wife Nasrin Khan, 27. The couple, who has a grocery shop near Kanchan's residence in Malwani, used to pass on information about the deceased woman to the alleged murderers, who were arrested on Sunday -- Abdul Rehman Sheikh, 23 and Ubaid Sheikh, 22. During interrogation, the duo revealed that Rafique and Nasrin hatched the conspiracy to steal the money from Kanchan's house after they learnt that she had received R5 lakh from a chit fund called 'Bishi'. Kanchan Ajay Singh, the victim The couple informed Abdul and Ubaid on October 8 that she had received the money the same day, following which the duo barged into her home and demanded for Rs 5 lakh. However, Kanchan had already paid a major amount to a contractor soon after receiv..
                 

One PMC bank depositor commits suicide, another dies of cardiac arrest

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Despite numerous protests, there seems to be no respite in sight for Punjab Maharashtra Co-Operative (PMC) Bank's account holders. On Tuesday, Fattomal Punjabi, 61, a Mulund resident, died of cardiac arrest while on his way to the bank. Police said on Tuesday that a depressed account holder, Dr Nivedita Bijlani, 39, killed herself by consuming sleeping pills on Monday night. Sanjay Gulati, 51, an Oshiwara resident and a former pilot, had died of a heart attack on Monday. Gulati, a former Jet Airways employee, had over Rs 90 lakh with the bank. For the last couple of days, Gulati had been attending various protests in the city. On Monday morning, after attending one such protest outside a city court along with his 80-year-old father, Gulati returned home, where he suffered a cardiac arrest at dinner time, said a senior officer at Oshiwara police station. He was rushed to Kokilaben Hospital by his wife Megha and a couple of friends, where doctors declared him dead on arrival. 'Tremendous..
                 

Janhvi Kapoor and Siddhant Chaturvedi are frontrunners for Bunty Aur Babli 2?

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Following months of speculation, it appears that Yash Raj Films has finally decided to go forward with the second instalment of Bunty Aur Babli, the 2005 hit that featured Rani Mukerji, Abhishek Bachchan and Amitabh Bachchan. Shaad Ali, who helmed the original, will return for the second part. Though the cast is yet to be finalised, it has been heard that Gully Boy discovery Siddhant Chaturvedi aka MC Sher and Janhvi Kapoor are the frontrunners for the movie. A source reveals, "Though Ishaan Khatter was initially considered for the male lead, he has allotted bulk dates to Mira Nair's A Suitable Boy. Since the makers want to roll with Bunty Aur Babli 2 before year-end, they are in talks with Siddhant. The actor will wrap up the shoot of Inside Edge's latest season, post which he can work on the comedy. If Janhvi comes on board, she is likely to squeeze in the project between Dostana 2, and Takht, which rolls in February-end. The two have yet to sign on the dotted line." Rani Mukerji and..
                 

'Why do city people grumble about paying Rs 50 for onion?'

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The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party-Shiv Sena combine may be confident of coasting to an easy win in the Maharashtra assembly elections on the back of the abrogation of Article 370 in faraway Jammu and Kashmir. But there are still pockets where they will have to address real on-ground issues. Nashik, which has some of the country's biggest onion markets, is one of them and the farmers of the region are an angry lot these days. Just a few weeks ago, they were looking at making some profit by selling their produce at a five-year high price of Rs 4,000 per quintal. But with an eye on the urban voters, the Centre on September 29 banned export and imposed crippling stock limits for retailers (100 quintal) and wholesalers (500 quintal). As a direct result, prices have been steadily dropping, and stood at around Rs 2,800 on Tuesday. Farmer Bhagirathi Gangurde says all politicians are rascals and she will not vote for anyone When mid-day visited the Malegaon and Pimpalgaon markets on Tuesday, an..
                 

These photos of elderly couple holding hands, taking selfies will melt your heart

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An elderly couple holding hands, and clicking selfies while pandal hopping during Durga Puja in West Bengal is taking the internet by storm. The series of photos prove that age is just a number and you are never too young to live a little. The adorable photos of the elderly couple were shared by Anjan Banerjee on Facebook. Banerjee mentioned that the couple's daughter lives abroad and could not visit India during the recently concluded Durga Puja. She captioned the photos saying, "Love has no age limit. Only two souls who want to keep each other well and happy". (an excerpt of Anjan's post which was written in Bengali). In the viral photos, the couple can be seen holding hands while pandal hopping. The man has sported a dhoti-kurta, while his wife looks mesmerising in traditional wear. From the photos, it's quite evident thta the two are made for each other. Here's the heartwarming post: What's more? The couple can also be seen taking a selfie in front of the pandal and amidst the cha..
                 

Madhuri Dixit-Nene's embroidered satin saree is a wardrobe must-have; buy here

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The Dhak Dhak girl, Madhuri Dixit-Nene, has time and again made the heart skip a beat with her evergreen beauty and a million-dollar smile. In fact, the Devdas actress is still considered the dancing queens for her impeccable dance moves. Earlier this week, Madhuri Dixit was spotted with Gracy Singh, Krystle D'Souza and Rithvik Dhanjani at Global Excellence Awards hosted in the city. For the event ceremony, Madhuri opted for an embroidered satin saree, which enhanced her beauty. If you are planning to look as ethereal as Madhuri this festive season, we have some great options one can buy for Diwali. The festival of lights is just around the corner, and its time to get the festive look right with perfect attire. Madhuri Dixit-Nene at Global Excellence Awards 2019/picture courtesy: Yogen Shah Designer Embroidered Saree: Gain confidence and stay sharp with this golden coloured embroidered saree which is exclusively available on Amazon. These Ultimate Designed Saree are made to utmost com..
                 

SoBo's new 'so-so' spot

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FOOD/PassableAMBIANCE/ChicSERVICE/DisinterestedCOST/ModerateVerdict/1.5/4 Replacing a popular hot spot is always a perilous proposition, exacerbated by soaring expectations and inevitable comparisons. And while the new Tote Talli at Tote on the Turf at the Mahalaxmi Race Course seems to live up to some of the standards set by its predecessor — the much-loved Tote Bar that shut down exactly a year ago — we soon realise that it still has a long way to go in several aspects.But full marks for the chic, dark burgundy upholstery and wood-panelled décor that retains the original bar’s famous, angular wooden branch-like beams and buttresses. The split-level restobar still has the same quirky square, porthole-esque windows and looming wrought -iron staircase leading to the mezzanine level. These are remnants that we are happy to find in the restobar that’s otherwise devoid of the charm displayed by its earlier avatar. Tote punch We feel a bit like Goldilocks when..
                 

Maharashtra assembly polls: A loyalist hopes to avenge mentor's defeat

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Of three seats in Sindhudurg, Kudal is set for an interesting battle, even if it may not match the drama of 2014, when Sena's Vaibhav Naik stunned former CM Narayan Rane by 9,000 votes. This time, Rane loyalist Ranjeet Desai will take on Naik. However, it is not the same as a family member contesting for the seat, and experts and local citizens feel it will be a cakewalk for the Sena, unlike Kankavli and Sawantwadi segments. In Kankvali, Rane's son Nitesh (BJP) will take on the Sena's Satish Sawant, a former Rane associate. In Sawantwadi, minister of state for finance and home department, Deepak Kesarkar (Sena) will take on another Rane aide Rajan Teli (BJP). Ranjeet Desai "Since Rane is not contesting, everyone feels there is no fight or that things have become easier for me," said Naik. "But, for me, this election is no different from earlier polls. I am giving my best. I am confident that citizens will stand by me, the way they did in 2014." Naik comes from a family of staunch Congr..
                 

Maharashta assembly polls: Why NOTA is trending in Panvel homes

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Exasperated by ever-deteriorating civic amenities, residents of Panvel constituency seem to have reached the end of their tether. A number of them are expressing their displeasure with the government and its representatives through banners exhorting everyone to opt for NOTA (None Of The Above) this assembly election. The local MLA, however, says he has never been approached with these complaints. Residential societies in Kharghar, Road Pali and Kamothe have put up banners reading 'No Development No Vote', 'No Service No Vote' at their gates. Mangal Kamble, 50, a former school principal, who is also the president of Swach Kharghar Foundation, on October 12, wrote a letter to Panvel's Tehsildar, stating, "We, the officials of cooperative housing societies under the wings of *Swach Kharghar Foundation* in Kharghar node have decided to bring the fight on the road for very basic needs such as water, roads and pollution-free air. The MP has never shown us his face and even the present MLA is..
                 

Vidya Balan-Katrina Kaif to team up?

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While female action flicks have been a rarity in Bollywood, the idea appears to be slowly picking up pace. mid-day has learnt that Vidya Balan and Katrina Kaif are in advanced talks for an action-comedy to be bankrolled by Raanjhanaa and Tanu Weds Manu maker Aanand L Rai. The filmmaker has apparently zeroed in on debutant director Anirudh Ganapathy to helm the fare. A source reveals, "Anirudh has been associated with Aanand sir's production house for many years, and has worked as an assistant director on Happy Bhag Jayegi [2016] and Zero [2018]. While shooting for Zero, he shared the idea of the two-heroine film with Katrina, who agreed to do it in principle. The production house also approached Vidya for the parallel lead. The scripting is currently in its final stage; both actors will take a call only after the final narration. If all goes well, the film will have Vidya and Katrina sharing screen space for the first time." Anand L Rai mid-day reached out to Rai, who remained unavaila..
                 

Maharashtra assembly polls: Which Deshmukh brother will win better in Latur?

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While around Maharashtra the buzz is on whether the Congress will manage to retain its existing number of seats (27), the mood in Latur is quite upbeat. So much so that the question is not whether Amit and Dhiraj Deshmukh, sons of the late former chief minister Vilasrao, will win, but who among the two will win by a higher margin. Two time MLA Amit is looking to defend his Latur City seat, while younger brother Dhiraj is taking his electoral bow from Latur Rural. Party workers, however, are confident that the Congress will win both the assembly seats, besides neighbouring Ausa, where two-time MLA Basavraj Patil will be challenged by the chief minister's personal assistant Abhimanyu Pawar. The remaining seats in Latur – Ahmadpur, Udgir, Nilanga, and Loha – have no favourites. Amit won the seat for the first time in 2009, defeating BSP's Kayyum Khan Mohammad Khan by 89,480 votes. In 2014, however, his margin almost halved. It's no surprise then that their filmstar brother Rit..
                 

Bhatukama Festival and Durga Pooja celebrations held at Parul University

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Culture and religion are two dishes which taste better when they are shared. The nourishing South Indian floral rangolis along with the well-built pandals, decorated with the most divine ornaments brought together South Indian, Gujarati and International students in this harmonious celebration of good over evil, through Durga Puja. Along with the festivities of Navratri, the Parul University campus was filled with an atmosphere of reverence and worship through the holy idols of goddess Durga, brought to the campus in honour of the South Indian religious and cultural festivities. The occasion was successful in creating more than just a platform of worship, as it also became a way of integrating cultures, with Gujarati students and faculties, along with international students from Africa and Bangladesh coming together in celebration of this sacred festival. Durga Puja is a 10 day festival, which is commonly practised in West Bengal, Kolkata, along with other States on the Indian subconti..
                 

Mumbai: Motoring body holds meeting same time and place after 100 years where it all started

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Every fairytale begins with once upon a time but this story starts with – 100 years ago the Western India Automobile Association (WIAA) held its first meeting at the Taj Mahal hotel in Colaba in their Ballroom. The date of that meeting was October 15, 1919. Hundred years later, yesterday (October 15), they held a meeting at the same time and same place. Nostalgia in the air You could feel the sense of occasion and smell history in the air, as Nitin Dossa, WIAA chairman, started speaking. "It is great to be here, at this historic point in time for WIAA." Though the event was quite nostalgic, all speakers touched upon contemporary issues as well. Dossa said, "The RTO and the WIAA are in an arranged marriage. Both cannot do without each other. The WIAA supports the heavy fines imposed on traffic rule violators as part of the new Motor Vehicle Act. These are necessary if we are to bring down accident rates. When we were younger, the sight of a traffic constable would scare us. Today,..
                 

Taco all you want

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Over a decade ago, people were liable to give you a blank stare if you mentioned the word "taco" to them. Global cuisine in India was still largely restricted to typical "conti" dishes like chicken stroganoff and au gratin. So, it was a sign of how far things have come when Taco Bell — one of the world's largest chains of Mexican eateries — announced earlier this year that it plans to open 600 more restaurants in the country. And added evidence of us opening up our palate to this cuisine lies in the fact that The Bombay Taco Festival is currently ongoing at a microbrewery in Andheri. Ansh Seth, co-owner at the establishment, tells us that two years ago, he and his partners launched a separate brand called Taco Lab. "The idea was to separate this venture from the brewery's operations, and unveil it only at pop-ups or food and music festivals. But after we received an encouraging response, we decided to introduce a separate taco menu for our patrons so that they have an added..
                 

Weaving history into sarees

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The idea originated 45 years ago, when saree lovers in Bengaluru got together to form Vimor to sell old te­m­ple sarees. When these sarees weren't available anymore, they started documenting and re-creating them. While most of the pieces earlier were from the members' personal collections, over the years, patrons started bringing their old pieces for them to document, study and re-create. This Friday, in collaboration with ARTISANS', they will present three revived designs, all named after their original owners, including one from Maharashtra. "What has always interested us is to keep the design alive irrespective of where they are from. So, instead of naming the revival sarees after the area they are from, we have named them after the original owner. We have revived a few Maharashtrian sarees. About four years ago, we recreated a customer's grandmother's shawl into a saree. We named it after her grandmother, Satyabhama. The original piece had gotten damaged. After we revived i..
                 

Pati Patni Aur Woh director: Modern-day relationships based on different values

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Kartik Aaryan, Bhumi Pednekar and Ananya Panday unveiled the first look of Pati Patni Aur Woh on Tuesday. While the film was initially touted to be a remake of the Sanjeev Kumar, Vidya Sinha and Ranjeeta starrer by the same name, director Mudassar Aziz believes his offering is markedly different from the original as relationships have undergone a sea change in the four decades that separates the two movies. "Modern-day relationships are based on different value systems. Hence, we turned things around on the concept level itself and re-wrote the plot. Our film shares nothing with the original other than its title and logline." A still from the original Pati Patni Aur Woh film It is a humble tribute to BR saab [Chopra, director of the original]," says the director. With Kumar's character getting fascinated with his new secretary, the 1978 film offered a comic take on infidelity. The director too has adopted a playful tone for his story. "This film, in a light-hearted manner, analyses wha..
                 

Mumbai Diary: Wednesday Dossier

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Running joke Malaika Arora and Saif Ali Khan share a laugh after exercising at a Bandra gym on Tuesday. Pic/Shadab Khan A fest with music to suit all listeners Every December, Panaji in Goa becomes a hub of culture when the Serendipity Arts Festival (SAF) is held there. The multi-disciplinary event fuses different creative fields. Music is naturally a big part of the programming and the list of people who will be performing there this year has just been announced. Sneha Khanwalkar Tabla maestro Aneesh Pradhan and Bollywood composer Sneha Khanwalkar have curated the line-up that includes Louiz Banks and Braz Gonsalvez performing jazz; Dastaan Live playing art-rock music; Karsh Kale bringing in his signature blend of electronic fusion; and Rekha Bharadwaj adding a mix of Bollywood and folk music, meaning there is something for everyone. Support the city's splendid underdogs of basketball Sunday mid-day, NGO Hi5 Youth Foundation and crowdfunding platform Ketto have come together to raise ..
                 

For the paint-hearted

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The growing interest in hip-hop in the city is often alluded to the making and success of Gully Boy. "Everyone wants to rap because of the film," says 21-year-old Rahul Maurya who goes by the moniker Alchemy. Over the years, rap became a synonym of sorts for the hip-hop music with its roots in NYC's South Bronx area. But this Sunday in Marol, Maurya is seeking out to put the limelight on other elements of the genre including graffiti and breaking with the festival titled Bombway. Rahul Maurya The name of the festival is a play on 'Bombing' a term that refers to a painting spree by graffiti artists, and the city itself. Maurya, a graffiti artist and b-boy with Bombay Lokal, a hip-hop collective from Vasai, Nallasopara and Virar, started planning the event in May along with Tushar Shedge aka Smach. "Marol is now an art district. Since Wicked Broz, a graffiti agency, is based there, most artists have painted there," he informs. The highlight of the day-long festival is that is will featur..
                 

The jadoo around janaab Javed!

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The bit about the screenwriting pair Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar, hiring a drunk painter one night, handing over colour, brush, and stencil, so the fellow could place their names — 'Written by Salim-Javed' — on every poster of Zanjeer (1973) that he could find in the 25-kilometre stretch from Juhu to Opera House in Mumbai, I suspect, is rather well known. This is how India's best known screenwriters first got credited in a film poster. How did they become India's most commercially successful screenwriters, ever? By setting their rate at '2 lakh, per screenplay. And finding no takers for nine months straight. This, despite hits Andaz (1971), Haathi Mere Saathi (1971), Seeta Aur Geeta (1972), Yaadon Ki Baraat (1973), and of coursetheir breakout film, Zanjeer (1973). To give you a sense of what '2 lakh meant in '73 (and for the film industry in general), star-writers Salim-Javed used to then draw a monthly salary of '750 ('9,000 per annum), being on the payroll of Sippy Films ..
                 

Ace your fashion game just like Disha Patani; shop here

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Disha Patani was spotted dining out with her girl gang in her casual best. She sported a floral crop top, paired with distressed denim for her outing. The Baaghi 2 actress completed her look with white sneakers and open hair. Now, even you can ace your fashion game just like Disha Patani. We have curated a list of trendy outfits that you can buy at affordable prices only on Amazon. Women's Floral crop top Create your own style by wearing this adorable floral crop top. This top is made up of 100 per cent polyester. Designed to suit every body type, the top has been made to provide you comfort and ease all day long. Its soft material is easy against the skin. Miss Chase Women's Floral Crop top is available at a discounted price of Rs 399. Shop here Denim Jeans in Light Distress This pair of jeans is brought to you from the house of Kotty. This design from Kotty is made of stretchable cotton material and features a solid pattern. It has been designed with high-quality cotton to enhance ..
                 

Maharashtra Assembly Elections 2019: A guide for first-time voters

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If you are one of those people who squirms whenever the word ‘politics’ is dropped and can’t tell the difference between Rajya Sabha and Vidhan Sabha, you’ve landed at the right place. As a voter, it’s important that you understand the politics of the nation and take a responsible decision. So without further ado, let’s try and understand the dynamics behind the Maharashtra Assembly Elections. What is a legislative assembly? Well, to begin with, India follows the system of federalism. That means that the Centre and the state share power and responsibilities. At the central level, there is the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. At the state level, there is the Vidhan Sabha and Vidhan Parishad (this exists only in some states, Maharashtra included). Let’s take a look at the difference between them. What is the difference between Vidhan Sabha and Vidhan Parishad? While Vidhan Sabha is the lower house, Vidhan Parishad is the upper house. While Vidhan Sabha..
                 

MAMI 2019: Ananya Panday dazzles in a power suit at the red carpet

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Ananya Panday is creating waves with not just her on-screen performances but also her stunning appearances. After grabbing eyeballs in her debut film Student of the Year 2, the actress has now made a style statement at the red carpet of the MAMI film festival. Ananya was dressed in a nude double power suit by Ulyana Sergeenko with detailed sleeves and exaggerated collar paired with a skirt. The waist of the skirt had a brown band with pocket-like patterns on either side. The ensemble also featured a bow and similar detailing on the back similar to the sleeves. Ananya Panday at the award function. Image credit: PR The actress looked pretty as she opted for a nude makeup look with sculpted cheeks and her perfectly blow-dried tresses in a middle-parted sleek style. She also shared her look on social media with the caption, "Life in plastic, it's fantastic".       View this post on Instagram A post shared by Ananya 💛💫 (@ananyapanda..
                 

From Russia, with love

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It is not uncommon to find stories of struggle in art — from Vincent Van Gogh, who rose to fame posthumously, to composer Johann Sebastian Bach who turned blind. The roots of Obraz — a dance ensemble from the city Kaluga in Western Russia — are similar. Founded by Elena Golub in 1966, the troupe had to brave financial troubles, but that journey eventually gave it direction. In 2001, the ensemble was conferred with the title of "Narodny" or people’s ensemble and has continued to win similar honours in 2012 and 2017. It now comprises 164 troupe members, aged four to 35 years. And tomorrow, the group is all set to perform in the city as part of an event organised by The Russian Centre for Science & Culture. Sergey Kandeev "It’s one of the best Russian troupes," says Sergey Fandeev, director of the centre, adding that the Mumbai event will see children aged between nine and 18 perform classic, quick-paced Russian folk that has its origins in agriculture. "..
                 

Maharashtra assembly polls: Will dad Sushilkumar Shinde's defeats help turn tide for daughter?

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Will two-time legislator and former Union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde's daughter, Praniti, make it three in a row, or will the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party-Shiv Sena alliance prove successful in dethroning one of the state's oldest political families? There is no easy answer, even though the Congress camp feels that two successive Lok Sabha defeats for Sushilkumar Shinde may have earned some sympathy for Praniti. And, the former CM is pulling out all stops to transfer his loyal vote base, while the MLA tells people about her past work and flaunts her connect with the city's multi-lingual population cutting across class and communities. While the BJP is confident of winning the other two Solapur seats represented by ministers Vijay Deshmukh (North) and Subhash Deshmukh (South), the battle for Central looks complicated, with a five-way fight. "Considering the two ministers' influence in caste groups, the composition of urban and rural voters and a weak opposition, the BJP should h..
                 

Sourav Ganguly: First-class cricket is going to be my first priority

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Why is a cricketer not at the helm of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), is an often-asked question. The last few decades have seen either a politician or businessman as the BCCI president. However, as fresh elections beckon on October 23, the BCCI members were faced with an 'extraordinary' scenario where the choice had to be made between two cricketers for the BCCI top post. Eventually, Sourav Ganguly pipped Brijesh Patel to take the coveted post after the former India captain emerged as the unanimous choice on Sunday night. Nomination filed Yesterday, Ganguly, in the presence of BCCI bigwigs like N Srinivasan, Rajeev Shukla and Niranjan Shah filed his nomination for the BCCI president's post. The nomination papers were handed over to the BCCI's legal team since electoral officer N Gopalaswami was not present. The Bengal stalwart is set to be elected unopposed on October 23 and will become only the second international cricketer to be elected as BCCI president after Mah..
                 

Bigg Boss 13 October 14 Update: Devoleena Bhattacharjee finds herself in a tight spot

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After double eliminations the previous week, the contestants are gearing up for a fresh new start. While the dynamics inside the house seems to be changing with each passing day, the housemates are striving to stay away from the nominations. Welcoming the day with the song Paisa Paisa, the contestants are unaware of the subtle hint that the song carries. The day begins with disagreements, fights and strategies being planned in order to survive. A still from Bigg Boss 13 house. Image credit: PR Being the ‘queen’ of the house, Devoleena Bhattacharjee, finds herself caught in a very tough spot. She is responsible for realigning the house duties among the contestants and the housemates don’t seem to be very happy with the change. Nahi kar paa rahi apne praja par raj, dekhiye queen @Devoleena_23 ki yeh duvidha aaj! Watch #BiggBoss13 tonight at 10:30 PM.Anytime on @justvoot @Vivo_India @BeingSalmanKhan #BiggBoss #BB13 #SalmanKhan pic.twitter.com/JA4OxxN7uI — Big..
                 

MAMI 2019: Deepika Padukone opens up on her memorable role

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The opening session of the Jio MAMI Movie Mela with Star, 2019 began with an engaging conversation between actor Deepika Padukone, the newly appointed Chairperson of MAMI, film critic Rajeev Masand and Anupama Chopra, Festival Director, MAMI. The focus of the chat was five of Deepika's standout roles that the two leading critics love and are career milestones in her twelve-year illustrious career. When asked to count the number of films she has worked on a modest Deepika said, "I have never really worked towards keeping a count on the number of films I have done, but more about connecting with the work I have done. My acting process begins with the narration. While a great narration may not necessarily translate into a great movie, it helps me visualize the story and the character. It helps bring out the honesty of the script." The conversation then steered towards Deepika's roles. The first character the critics chose was Veronica in her breakthrough film Cocktail. This role was offe..
                 

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Euro qualifiers: England 6-0 rout over Bulgaria marred by racism

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Sofia: England manager Gareth Southgate said his side made a statement by deciding to complete a 6-0 Euro 2020 qualifying win over Bulgaria after the match was twice halted by racist chanting. The visitors led 2-0 through early goals from Marcus Rashford and Ross Barkley when play was first stopped and an announcement made to supporters that the game could be suspended if offensive chanting continued. Once restarted, England quickly made it 3-0 through Barkley before a second stoppage as Croatian referee Ivan Bebek held discussions with players and coaching staff from both sides. Raheem Sterling then netted twice either side of half-time before Harry Kane rounded off the scoring to take England to the brink of qualification. "We know it is an unacceptable situation," Southgate said. "I think we've managed to make two statements really by winning the game, but also we have raised the awareness of everybody to the situation. The game was stopped twice and I know for some people that won'..
                 

Small business owners have little hope from Maharashtra assembly polls

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It has been almost three years since demonetisation and two years since good and services tax (GST) implementation, but city's small businesses have still not revived from the economic shock. From manufacturers of garments and leather at Dharavi to members of the Koli and the Qureshi communities, all are counting their losses since note ban in 2016. They now have little expectation of revival as they see no hopeful candidates for the upcoming assembly elections. Pratap Rai Harjani, 65, who sells iron shutter gates in Dharavi, said, "Before demonetisation, I used to get more than 50 orders in a month but now the number has dropped to 25," said Harjani. Abdul Malik, 43, who makes wallets, sent his wife and six children back home in Bihar a couple of years back to save money. Malik once used to get orders for 3,000-4,000 wallets, but now he barely sells about 1000-1200. Closed shops at Dharavi. Pics/Anurag Ahire Sitting Congress MLA Varsha Gaikwad, Shiv Sena's Ashish More and AIMIM's Mano..
                 

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CoA chief Vinod Rai and member Diana Edulji spar over conflict of interest rule for ex-Ranji Trophy players

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Fissures within the Committee of Administrators (CoA) continue to show up even in the Supreme Court-appointed panel's last week of calling the shots in Indian cricket (CoA will demit office on October 23 once the new elected body takes charge of BCCI) While the 11th status report was filed by the CoA on Monday in the Supreme Court where they recommended various amendments to the constitution, CoA chief Vinod Rai and CoA member Diana Edulji have sparred over some contentious recommendations of the three-member committee. 'State units will be a circus' Edulji, the only cricketer in the CoA, slammed the suggestion to give voting rights to all former Ranji Trophy players in their state associations. "Having Ranji Trophy players with voting rights in their state associations will be making SCA (state cricket associations) a circus," she said in an email. Rai's reply was: "The CoA believes that ex-Ranji players who have cricketing knowledge and experience should not be deprived of membership..
                 

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Maharashtra assembly polls: Pankaja Munde brought PM because she is scared, says Dhananjay Munde

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With less than a week left for polling, Parli Assembly constituency challenger Dhananjay Munde is making full use of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit last Thursday. The NCP candidate is fully using the PM's visit to his advantage. The spin he is giving Modi's rally is this: My cousin Pankaja is so scared of losing against me that she had to bring the PM to campaign for her. "The two-time MLA has done no work despite being a cabinet minister and so she is going to lose," Dhananjay, the leader of the opposition in the legislative council, told mid-day. "She is so frightened that she got the PM to campaign for her." Dhananjay Munde He could be accused of exaggeration, but only a little. Beed, which has been the late Gopinath Munde's bastion for decades, does seem like it is witnessing a close battle between the cousins. And it's become a prestige battle. Even BJP president came to Beed to campaign for Pankaja. There is also a numerical reason for NCP to be buoyant. In 2014, Panka..
                 

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Kangana Ranaut: Won't act in my productions

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In 2017, Kangana Ranaut had expressed her wish to foray into production and had subsequently bought property in Pali Hill for her studio, Manikarnika Films. However, she appeared to have hit the pause button on the plan thereafter. Now, Ranaut — more experienced after her successful foray into direction with Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi — has fast-tracked her production dreams. The new year will start with the actor-director throwing open the doors of her studio in Khar. "My office will be ready by January. Simultaneously, we are readying our projects. There are so many good scripts that come my way and the [makers] want me to feature in them. But there is so much new talent that needs to be given a platform. It’s important that these powerful scripts don’t get lost and make it to the big screen," says Ranaut. Her business acumen comes to the fore as she quickly does a round of number-crunching and explains why she will test the waters with small-budget film..
                 

Us versus them

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Three years ago, Navaldeep Singh, flipping through channels on his television saw two things that immediately caught his attention. On a news channel, the top of the screen flashed a debate on the Ram Mandir case while the bottom displayed another debate on section 377. And he knew he wanted to translate the material into a play. After two years of research, the idea materialised into Javeda, a one-act play about gay romance against the backdrop of the 1992-93 Hindu-Muslim riots. After travelling to Bengaluru, Delhi and Pune, the skit comes to Mumbai today at Prabhadevi's Ravindra Natya Mandir. Navaldeep Singh Written and directed by Singh, Javeda, which means eternal in Urdu, is the story of Aman Awasthi and Iman Kaazi, two men in their late twenties sharing a flat. But it's largely about love, in its many forms. As it gets rarer to find true love, Singh says, "There's this dialogue in the play that says, 'Mohabbat jism dekh kar nahin, jasbat dekh kar ki jaati hai.' Our initial concer..
                 

Bigg Boss October 15 Update: Race to mid-season finale begins!

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The first finale is fast approaching and every contestant seems to be trying out different ways to cement their position inside the Bigg Boss house. After facing fierce competition, Rashami Desai and Mahira Sharma once again get nominated. As the journey inside the house appears to be getting intense, the housemates are slowly understanding who's actually loyal and who is doing things under pretense. Waking up to the energetic song, 'Muqabala Muqabala', Bigg Boss hints at the intense competition that's in store for the housemates. Aa gaya hai tedhe season ka tedha twist, ticket to finale kisse milega, kaunsi ladki hogi finalist? Dekhne ke liye tune-in to #BiggBoss13, tonight at 10.30 PM. Anytime on @justvoot. #BB13 #BiggBoss @BeingSalmanKhan @Vivo_India @bharatpeindia #SalmanKhan pic.twitter.com/HoZ6BtEeBx — COLORS (@ColorsTV) 15 October 2019 Once again, a strong verbal attack is made at Rashami over her pessimism while cooking. The real muqabala starts when Asim ferociously at..
                 

Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashma: Can Jethalal recognise Dayaben among nine veiled women?

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If you watch Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah (TKMOC), you know that Jethalal Gada has vowed to not celebrate Navratri in the absence of his wife Dayaben. Unable to see Jethala in this situation, his brother-in-law, Sunder Lal, decides to do something for his jija ji. He comes to Gokuldhaam Society with nine ghunghat clad (veiled) women to celebrate Navratri. Gokuldhaam Society celebrates Navratri As we all know, the number nine has significance with Navratri as the festival is celebrated across nine days. Sunder Lal challenges Jethalal to recognise his wife among the nine veiled women, without being able to see their faces. If he is able to recognise her, only then he can play Garba with his wife. Here's how the episode will unfurl:       View this post on Instagram Navratri ki iss raat, Daya aayi hai wapas hamare saath. Par Sundar ke iss naye khel mein, kya Jethalal pehchaan paayega apni patni ko? Dekhte rahiye #TaarakMehtaKaOoltahChashmah, Mon-Fri raat 8:30 ba..
                 

Conversations about conservation

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The fourth edition of the annual Echoes of Earth festival in Bengaluru will have an arts and community-based edition in Mumbai as it makes its debut with two panel discussions and two performances. Themed The Sanctuary, the sole aim of the evening is to create awareness and inflict change through art, culture and music. The previous years have seen them focus on coral reefs and bugs. "This year we wanted to focus on species that are becoming extinct, such as frogs, who actually contribute a lot to the creation cycle," says festival director Roshan Netalkar. The art corner at the festival The first panel discussion titled Why the Frog Matters, will have wildlife conservationist and science communicator Purva Variyar, wildlife biologist Nikit Surve, marine and coastal policy researcher Sarita Fernandes and president of Wildlife Conservation Trust Anish Andheria talk about the creature that’s dying out, moderated by explorer and filmmaker Malaika Vaz. Seshadri KS, research director ..
                 

Mumbai Diary: Tuesday Dossier

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BOO, says bebo Kareena Kapoor Khan gives a fan a disapproving look as she is snapped outside a studio in Bandra on Monday. Pic/Anurag Ahire Mumbai dominates UNESCO Asia Pacific Awards Vikas Dilawari; Brinda Somaya; Abha Narain Lambha A water fountain. A church. A synagogue. A library. These landmarks echoed the diversity and celebrated the vision of its heritage keepers — all Mumbai-based — who bagged top honours in Penang yesterday at the UNESCO Asia Pacific Region Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation 2019. Fifty-seven entries were submitted from 14 countries in the Asia Pacific region including Australia, China, India and New Zealand. Mumbai's Brinda Somaya (SNK Consultants) bagged the Award of Distinction for her restoration of the Vikram Sarabhai Library, IIM, Ahmedabad. This, the citation mentioned, heralds an important step forward in the preservation of 20th century architecture in India. Somaya's vision ensured that Louis Kahn's design of the library was rehab..
                 

Mumbai MRI death: Nair hospital, BMC silent on compensation to Marus

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Nearly a month after the high court directed BYL Nair Hospital and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to pay the Maru family R10 lakh as compensation, they continue to wait for it, or even a word about it from the richest civic body in the country. Rajesh Maru, who was 32 at the time, was killed in January last year when he was sucked in by the magnetic waves of an MRI machine. The Marus, who live underneath a staircase in the Harharwala building in Lalbaug near the landmark Ganesh Talkies, are still fighting for justice. Their home is roughly 40 square feet. Rajesh, who was working in a clothing store in the area, was visiting an ailing relative at the civic-run hospital. He was allegedly told by a hospital attendant to carry an oxygen cylinder into the MRI room. As soon as he stepped in the magnetic force pulled him towards the machine and the oxygen from the cylinder leaked, killing him. Interim compensation The Marus got a high court order on September 17 stating that the..
                 

After Kangana Ranaut's Manikarnika, Devika Bhise all set for The Warrior Queen Of Jhansi

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When Kangana Ranaut was giving shape to Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi last year, international actor Devika Bhise was simultaneously shooting for her Hollywood project, The Warrior Queen Of Jhansi. Nearly 10 months after Ranaut's period drama took the box office by storm, Bhise is now gearing up for the release of her rendition of Rani Laxmibai, which has been directed by mother Swati Bhise. She emphasises that despite sharing the protagonist, the two movies have different plot points. "My film is about the East India Company and the politics around the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857. It gives the audience a feel of the many factors that come into play during times of chaos and war," explains Bhise, who was previously seen in The Man Who Knew Infinity (2016). Kangana Ranaut in Manikarnika In 2014, Ketan Mehta had announced his passion project on the warrior queen with Ranaut in the lead. The actor, in 2017, exited the project and chose to front the KV Vijayendra Prasad-written Manikarnika ins..
                 

Sandeep Reddy Vanga: Kabir Singh never supported murder

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As the conversation about TikTok star Johnny Dada aka Ashwani Kumar gathered steam on social media, netizens are again debating the implications of one of the year's most controversial films, Kabir Singh. Kumar — who was known as the TikTok Villain for his angry videos on the platform — had murdered Nitika Sharma, a Dubai-based flight attendant he was obsessed with and who was to wed in December. As the Bijnor police investigated Kumar's background — who was wanted for three murders in Uttar Pradesh and subsequently committed suicide last week — it came to light that he would often post images of Shahid Kapoor from Kabir Singh. It appeared that the character's aggressive beliefs resonated with him — in one of his videos, the TikTok star mouthed Kapoor's dialogue from the film, "Jo mera nahin ho sakta, usse kisi aur ke hone ka mauka nahin doonga." Ashwin Kumar When mid-day reached out to Kabir Singh director Sandeep Reddy Vanga, he was shocked at the develo..
                 

Smriti Irani's hilarious take on fitness guru Mickey Mehta's six pack will make you ROFL!

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Union Minister and BJP leader Smriti Irani never fails to leave her followers in splits with her witty social media posts. Recently, the 43-year-old minister recently took to Instagram to share a witty post about fitness guru Mickey Mehta that gained the attention of the social media users for the humorous take. Smriti Irani took to Instagram to share a photo in which fitness guru Mickey Mehta is seen holding a plate with gulab jamuns in it and she captioned Mickey's expression hilariously. While the picture is adorable, it was the caption that has won hearts all over.A screengrab of Smriti Irani's Insta story While shariing the picture, Smriti Irani captioned it: Not many know the fitness guru Mickey Mehta is my bro. She further wrote: Kahan vo, kahan main (look at him and look at me)," while trolling herself and making fun of her weight gain. Smriti ended her caption with a face palm emoji. A screengrab of Smriti Irani's Insta story Irani followed her first Insta story with another p..