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Inside Pictures: Taimur Ali Khan looks cute as a button as he celebrates Republic Day at home

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The nation is celebrating its 71st Republic Day today on January 26 and the whole of Bollywood is busy wishing their fans and followers on social media on the occasion. However, the very popular and adorable toddler, Taimur Ali Khan, takes the cake and the bakery for the cutest celebrations. Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan's munchkin was seen celebrating Republic Day at his residence in Bandra and as always, was seen in a jovial mood. He looked intrigued as he saw the Indian Tricolour and was seen with a smile on his face as he held the Indian Flag in his tender hands. Unfortunately, neither Saif nor Kareena were there to bring in the occasion as they were busy with their respective works, and it would have been great to see the parents celebrate the Republic Day with their munchkin. The toddler was seen with the people who work at his residence. For all the Taimur Ali Khan fans, these pictures are worth watching and surely a treat. He will turn four this year but the cuteness..
                 

Was Sidharth Malhotra the reason behind Kiara Advani's smile recently?

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Kiara Advani was spotted chilling at producer Ashvini Yardi's office. The two seem to be collaborating on a project. But if the snapshots doing the rounds on social media are any indication, the buddies spent more time cracking up. It appears that they were amused by the person on the phone. Yardi seems to have kept it on speaker mode. Guess it was Advani's rumoured beau Sidharth Malhotra. Considering that the producer is close to Advani, there are no secrets between them. The Kabir Singh (2019) actor and Malhotra ushered in the new year in South Africa. Were they talking about their wild safari trip that made Advani smile suspiciously?  Tell, Yardi, tell. On the work front, Malhotra and Advani will unite for the first time for Karan Johar's next production, Shershaah, based on the life of Captain Vikram Batra. And if sources are to be believed, it was Johar who played Cupid for the two good-looking actors. The film is all set to release on July 3. Advani will have a very busy 20..
                 

Mumbai: City gets second all-women post office in Mahim

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The city's second 'mahila dakghar' - post offices operated by women staffers was inaugurated by operations member, Department of Posts, Arundhaty Ghosh here on Saturday at Mahim Bazaar. All the official positions at the post office, from postmaster in-charge to counter persons, will be managed by women. They will manage and supervise all types of work including, Savings Bank Counters, Multipurpose registration booking counters, Aadhaar Centre, India Posts Payment Bank, and Treasury work. The post office located in the West zone of Mumbai. A market place and residential area of Mahim Bazaar in Mahim where all kinds of postal services will be provided by staff. According to officials, over 70 percent of the visitors who arrive for service regularly are women here. All postal business counters were also made operational, with proper display of services. Until now, Mumbai had only one all-women post office, which is located in the Fort area and managed by five women employees. Shubhangi ..
                 

B-town buzz: Hrithik not on Kangy's mind; Radhe crew bans single-use plastic

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Hrithik Roshan must be glad that Kangana Ranaut did not take a jibe at him during the promotions for Panga. Prior to her recent releases, she has always made it a point to reveal some startling fact about Duggu. Now, with more important issues rocking the nation, Kangy's attention is diverted. New people and their ideologies to take on. For a greener tomorrow On the set of the Salman Khan-starrer, Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai, the makers have imposed a ban on the use of single-use plastic. This is their way of saving the environment. It's a novel experience for Randeep Hooda as this is the first movie set he is working on, which has done away with use-and-throw plastic bottles. Script is king Ayushmann Khurrana believes scriptwriting is an underrated skill in the film industry but a good script makes all the difference in an actor's performance. With back-to-back hits, he knows better. Ever since his debut flick, Vicky Donor (2012), the story of a sperm donor, it's the script that ha..
                 

Mumbai Crime: Ahead of Republic Day, Customs seizes huge cache of drones

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Ahead of Republic Day, the Marine and Preventive Wing of Customs Preventive Commissionerate, Mumbai, seized restricted drones worth Rs 70 lakh and drones accessories worth Rs 10 lakh, along with Rs 38.90 lakh in cash and foreign currency worth Rs 2.85 lakh. Reshma Lakhani, principal commissioner (Preventive) Customs, said, "Intelligence was gathered that M/s Ascom Systems, M/s K.J Enterprises and M/s Godawan Media, were illegally importing drones to India." She said it was the first time they had recovered so many drones. Drones are also known as Quad copters or Unmanned Ariel Vehicle (UAV). In India, the import of drones is restricted and requires import licence by virtue of DGFT Notification no 16/2015-2020 dated 27.07.2016, as amended by Notification no 30/2015-2020 dated 08.11.19. Notification No 30/2015-2020 dated 08.09.19 specifically permits the import of drones, which weigh below 250 grams and which can fly up to a height of 15 metres. "Any other type of drone not falling with..
                 

Nushrat Bharucha's wrap skirt is the new fad among fashionistas! Shop here

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Nushrat Bharucha is known in tinsel town for her chic fashion choices. The actress is a fashionista and keeps giving us fashion goals through her outfits. Recently, she was clicked at the pre-wedding cocktail party of designer Sonaakshi Raaj and Nikhil Merani at a popular restaurant in Juhu. Raveena Tandon, Srishty Rode, Mandana Karimi, Kriti Kharbanda, Karan Wahi, Sonal Chauhan and a host of other Bollywood and television celebrities attended the bash. However, Nushrat stood out from the crowd with her dress. For the event, Nushrat looked like a stunner in her white crop top and a wrap-around skirt. She kept her look stylish with her white handbag and pink high heels. She kept her hair open which completed her look. Now, you can step out in style and nail your next outing just like Nushrat. Take a look at some amazing dresses on Amazon. Cotton Jaipuri Wrap Around Elegant Printed Skirt: Spruce up your wardrobe with this dress from Amazon. You can wear it at any festival and party..
                 

Eddie Howe hopes for Harry Potter magic in FA Cup

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London: Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe is hoping a visit from a Harry Potter movie star can conjure up some FA Cup magic as well as an escape from the Premier League relegation zone. James Phelps, who plays Fred Weasley in the fantasy film blockbuster series, was a guest at training during the week where the Cherries were preparing for Monday's FA Cup fourth round tie against Arsenal. "I didn't know too much about it to be honest -- it's not like we were looking for some wizardry to come in and make a difference to us," said Howe. "I think it's something that's just happened, a little bit by coincidence but if there is any magic to be had, we'll take it. "I should lie, but I've never actually seen a Harry Potter movie, so I apologise. I can't say whether he's any good or not -- I've got no idea." Eddie Howe Phelps, 33, posed for photos with Harry Potter fans and Bournemouth players Ryan Fraser and Nathan Ake. Bournemouth are third from bottom of the Premier League but stopped the rot i..
                 

Malang: Disha Patani goes from demure to dark

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When he is not churning out intense romantic dramas, director Mohit Suri dabbles in thrillers. His upcoming whodunit movie, Malang, has the principal actors—Anil Kapoor, Aditya Roy Kapur, Disha Patani and Kunal Kemmu—explore the dark end of the spectrum. Acknowledging that Patani—known for her girl-next-door roles—is an unusual choice for a grey character, the director says that the four-film-old actor surprised him with her performance. "On the last day of shoot, I told her, 'You have a lot more depth than you let on. You are a beautiful woman, but could take your acting more seriously,'" says Suri, adding that given a substantial role, Patani is likely to surprise the audience. If she showed gumption by taking on a grey role early on in her career, Suri says that she also displayed a knack for imbibing nuances with little effort. "While working with her, I realised that Disha had [gained an understanding] of her character. Initially, I asked her how she wants ..
                 

Niki Walia Shines as Happy Aunty in Never Kiss Your Best Friend

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Zee5's newest web-series, Never Kiss your Best Friend has been garnering a lot of praises from fans and viewers alike ever since it's release. The story is a quirky tale of two best friends who are struggling with feelings for each another. The show features Nakuul Mehta and Anya Singh as the lead. Apart from these two the show also stars talented and the ever-so-gorgeous Niki Walia, who plays the role of Anya's mother, Harpreet Brar, on-screen. Harpreet Brar is your typical Punjabi mother & wife who is extremely controlling with an element of fun and cuteness added to it. A source close to the show informed us that the creative team had described the character to Niki as a stern, strict, controlling Punjabi mom. However it was Niki who added the sweet, cute and fun element to the character which surely made Happy Aunty an enduring character for all to see. When approached regarding the information, Niki confirmed the news stating, 'Yes, it is true. The team was completely on boar..
                 

A Shaun the Sheep: Farmageddon Movie Review: Accomplished but its Kids Stuff

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A Shaun the Sheep: FarmageddonCast: Justin Fletcher, John Sparkes, Amalia Vitale, Kate Harbour, Andy Nyman, Joe SuggDirector: Will Becher, Richard PhelanRating:  This 'Farmageddon' is a follow-up to the hugely-successful Oscar-nominated 2015 film, arriving several years after 'Chicken Run' creators,' British Animators Aardman's, stop-motion "Wallace and Gromit" expanded feature-length spin-off, did fabulously at the worldwide Box-office. The narrative is littered with mild (almost benign) mostly non-verbal slapstick comedy set-ups with an out-of-this-world (sort-of) sci-fi twist. It's targeted at the tiny-tots who engage with animated TV commercials and cartoon networks so there's nothing adult out here - other than inoffensive, kind, adult in-jokery meant to keep the accompanying grown-ups fairly interested. The tempo is inveigling, the helter-skelter series of sight-gags facilitate instant affect and the handmade aesthetic allows for the high-concept rompery to work up some magi..
                 

Interpreting Gandhi

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In a world marked by strife, religious discord and communal intolerance, the Gandhian ideals of 'truth' and 'non-violence' can easily recede into the far reaches of our consciousness. At the same time, it cannot be denied that it is in times like these that these values become more pertinent than ever before. It is this chasm that the soon-to-be-launched Gandhi Exhibition Centre hopes to bridge, by displaying works of art and sparking conversations that re-interpret and contemporise Gandhism. A canvas for the Mahatma"The Gandhi Exhibition Centre is an initiative by the Gandhi Films Foundation. The foundation was established with the intent of sharing films that depict the life and times of the Mahatma. However, over the years, we have realised that simply sharing archival material is not enough — there is an urgent need to re-examine Gandhian principles through the voices and eyes of contemporary artists, whether poets, sculptors, painters or photographers. The centre has been e..
                 

The Forgotten Army Web Review: Unforgettable story!

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The Forgotten ArmyOn: Amazon PrimeDirector: Kabir KhanCast: Sunny Kaushal, SharvariRating:  Besides the anecdotal story-telling, which is riveting enough on its own, what strikes you about The Forgotten Army — a five-part Amazon Prime mini-series on Subhas Chandra Bose's Indian National Army (INA) — is one of the main conflicts at the centre of this script. Which is? The fact that the INA soldiers (in real-life, as in the series) belonged to the British Indian Army. They had been taken in as prisoners of war, when the British lost to the Japanese in the Battle of Singapore (1942) during WWII. Given Bose's proximity to the Japanese dictatorship, since they shared a common enemy — the Brits in India, of course — these soldiers got recruited to attack their own army from Burma, and occupy Delhi eventually, as it were. Among soldiers, the idea of the traitor, or turning rogue, and indeed allegiance to the flag they fight under, reigns supreme. It's non-negotiab..
                 

Ajay Devgn: Won't act in every film of the unsung warrior franchise

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Ajay Devgn couldn't have wished for a better start to the year — his ambitious project, Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior, is racing towards the Rs 200-crore mark and may soon become his highest grosser to date. "The first week of January is considered jinxed for movies, but I am happy that our gamble paid off," says the actor, as the Saif Ali Khan and Kajol starrer continues its undeterred run in its third week. It was easy to see that Devgn had complete faith in the story he was telling — he not only dedicated the past two years to the period piece but also backed the big-budget drama. If the artiste in him is creatively satisfied to have portrayed the role of Maratha general Tanaji Malusare in the biopic, the producer in him notes that the smashing success has given a boost to his plans of creating a franchise on India's unsung heroes. "The unsung warrior franchise has now found feet. These are real stories [of valour] that need to reach far and wide. My production house is co..
                 

Actress Heeba Shah assaults two vet clinic staff, says 'they started it'

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The Versova police have registered a non-cognisable offence against actress Heeba Shah for allegedly assaulting two employees of a veterinary clinic. Shah, who is the daughter of noted actor Naseeruddin Shah, allegedly assaulted them on January 16. The incident was captured in the CCTV at the clinic and the footage has been given to the Versova police. The Feline Foundation runs a clinic at Versova. Supriya Sharma, a friend of Shah, booked an appointment for the sterilisation of her two cats at the clinic. As Sharma couldn't be there, she got Shah to take her cats there. 'Physical abuse was harsh'Speaking to mid-day, Mriidu Khosla, a trustee of The Feline Foundation said, "On January 16 at 2.50 pm actress Heeba Shah walked into our community veterinary clinic with two cats for sterilisation. Our clinic caretaker asked her to wait for 5 minutes as a surgery was on. After 2-3 minutes of waiting she aggressively said to our staff members, "Don't you know who I am? How can you make me wait..
                 

Mumbai: Four months on, Vasai doctor booked for 16-year-old girl's death

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Four months after a 16-year-old died at a Vasai nursing home just a day after being admitted for dengue, the Manikpur police have booked the doctor for negligence. A panel of the civil medical authority which, during its enquiry, studied the treatment given to the girl concluded that Dr Prakash Shinde of Prakash Nursing Home in Deendayal Nagar, Vasai West, had been extremely careless. The report, based on which the FIR has been filed, was given to Manikpur police on Wednesday. Prakash Nursing Home  The deceased, Kajal Chaudhary, lived with her parents and two younger brothers at Sai Nagar, Vasai West. A Std X student, Chaudhary was admitted to the nursing home on September 17, 2019 at 10.30 am. She died the next day at 1.30 pm. According to the family, Chaudhary had been suffering from fever and headache when she had visited the nursing home with her mother to meet her ailing uncle. The uncle suggested that Kajal consult Dr Shinde. As per Shinde's advice, Chaudhary was admitted to..
                 

Mumbaikars will soon have to pay more to park in posh areas

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A year from now, you may have to shell out a much higher fee to park your vehicles at civic-run parking lots. With its parking policy expiring next year, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is gearing up to form a new, costlier one to reduce congestion and encourage people to use public transport. While the BMC claims that the plan will be formulated in coordination with the Mumbai Parking Authority (MPA) and won't be implemented without its approval, sources revealed that citizens may have to pay much more than the existing rate of R60 per hour. This, when development of infrastructure for parking spaces remains unplanned. The current policy divides the city based on primacy of areas into A, B and C classes — where parking in Fort and Colaba costs R60 per hour and that in Govandi costs R45 per hour. In the new plan, charges will likely be based on ready reckoner rates or the traffic of the area in question. A BMC parking lot in Chandivli. File pic MPA's advisors have been a..
                 

Bigg Boss 13 January 24 Update: Contestants get punished for their act, become sevaks of the house

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Adding her own unique twist to the regular wake-up routine, Shehnaaz ups the quirkiness quotient of the show. After the daily morning dance session, the entertainer of the house Shehnaaz gets into a musical banter with a crow that pays them a morning visit. While Shehnaaz is amused, Rashami seems to be rather entertained. As the day goes by, Bigg Boss suddenly calls everyone in the living area. Taking Vishal’s example, he reprimands the contestants for their casual attitude towards the tasks. Known for conveniently getting the tasks called off, it's now time for the contestants to pay the price. After announcing that it was the contestants' last task to get immunity, Bigg Boss asks the contestants to evaluate themselves based on their past performances. As a surprise, they have to jointly nominate two contestants who they feel are responsible for getting the majority of the tasks cancelled. Those two nominated will have to face serious repercussions. Arguments and fights break ..
                 

The Forgotten Army Web Series Review: A history chapter worth a watch

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The Forgotten Army - Azaadi ke liye Amazon PrimeU/A; Docudrama, HistoryDirected by: Kabir KhanCast: Sunny Kaushal, Sharvari Wagh, Rohit Chaudhary, Shruti SethRating: If historical stories and struggle of the Indian Army to fight for the nation fascinate you, Kabir Khan's The Forgotten Army - Azaadi Ke Liye is a good-watch this weekend. Released on January 24, 2020, only on Amazon Prime Video, it shares the story of unsung Indian soldiers, who fought their own battle to make this country free, back in 1942. The series of flashback from 1942 to 1996, from British-Japan War to Burma battle, this one shares a close relationship between the two. Set in different generations, both the fights had completely different impacts on the world. The first episode shows how a man shares an important chapter of his life, which has been added in the history books, to his photo-journalist nephew, desiring to do something similar for his country. Here's what happened back in 1942..
                 

Rafael Nadal and Nick Kyrgios set for Last-16 showdown

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Melbourne: Australia's Nick Kyrgios said he had "respect" for Rafael Nadal despite their personal differences after he set up a last-16 match with the top seed at the Australian Open on Saturday. Kyrgios played down disagreements with the world number one -- against whom he has a 2-1 record on hard courts -- after some barbed exchanges between the two. "Regardless, if we don't like each other or whatever, I think there's a layer of respect," Kyrgios said after his five-set thriller with Russia's Karen Khachanov. "He's one of the greatest of all time. I also read that he thinks I'm good for the sport. "There's a layer of respect that we both have for each other. Doesn't necessarily mean we like each other, but we're going to go out there and give contrasting styles and personalities." Kyrgios beat Khachanov 6-2, 7-6 (7/5), 6-7 (6/8), 6-7 (7/9), 7-6 (10/8) over 4hr 26min -- the longest match of his career -- to set up a last-16 meeting with the 19-time Grand Slam winner. Last year Kyrgio..
                 

Jawaani Jaaneman: What made Kubbra Sait go 'cuckoo'?

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It was at Saif Ali Khan's behest that Jawaani Jaaneman producer Jay Shewakramani cast Kubbra Sait for his film. The actor, who caught the eyes of filmmakers after her acclaimed act of a transgender in Sacred Games—also featuring Khan—could hardly contain her excitement when the news was broken to her. "Everyone in Saif's family, including Kareena [Kapoor Khan], told me how much they liked me in Sacred Games. Saif recommending me was [a] huge [achievement]," says Sait, who plays a hairdresser who shares a close bond with Khan's character, in the film. "Their equation is hinged on comfort, which is refreshing, because relationships are usually about complications. These two characters enjoy a certain freedom with each other; all guards are down. It was beautiful exploring this with Saif. He is a man of few words, but in the little that he speaks, he teaches you a lot. The film's first scene was shot with us, and it took me 21 retakes to get it right, because I was nervous. He..
                 

WWE Royal Rumble match card: Will WWE champion Brock Lesnar create history, can Becky Lynch overcome Asuka?

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WWE Royal Rumble (2020) is an upcoming professional wrestling pay-per-view and WWE Network event produced by WWE for their Raw and SmackDown brands. It will take place on January 26, 2020, at the Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas. It will be the thirty-third event under the Royal Rumble chronology. Men's Royal Rumble This year's men's Royal Rumble will be quite a historic one as it will be the first time ever that a WWE Champion will enter the Royal Rumble at the number one spot. After he decided that there was no worthy opponent for his title, WWE champion Brock Lesnar had announced on Raw that he will be not only entering the Royal Rumble but also take the number 1 entry spot. Roman Reigns was the previous WWE champion to enter the Royal Rumble as his title was on the line. Reigns went on to lose the WWE title to Triple H at the 2016 Royal Rumble. 30 men will take each other on to win the Royal Rumble and earn a shot at either the WWE championship of the WWE Universal championship...
                 

Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah: Gokuldham Society excited about Republic Day celebrations

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TMKOC's Gokuldham Society has come to be acknowledged as the mini representation of India with a diverse set of people residing together in harmony and love. Over the years, residents of the Society, through the show, have spread the message of co-operation and unity. In today's fast paced life where we tend to live in the virtual world of social media, the show is a beacon which helps calm the mind and have a hearty laugh. The residents of Gokuldham Society from Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah (TMKOC), produced by Neela Film Productions Private Limited, share their thoughts on Republic Day which came into effect on 26th January 1950. "Tapu sena is mighty excited about Republic Day. This is a day to remember our heroes who ensured that India will have its rightful place in the world. India, like our Gokuldham Society is proud to be a young and vibrant democracy. We as a nation are taking rapid strides to be among the top world powers and we are as proud of our progress as we are of ou..
                 

Comrades in dance

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Every year, beej, an interdisciplinary initiative with a focus on dance, brings together dancers in an event that traces their journey. In its second edition of talks titled Parallel Journeys, it will feature two exponents, Mallika Sarabhai and Anita Ratnam in conversation with Sanjukta Wagh, dancer and founder director, beej. They will talk about their respective journeys, as entrepreneurs and innovators in the field. The first edition held last year had featured dancers Astad Deboo and Darshana Jhaveri who spoke about their journeys and its convergence in Manipuri dance. A part of beej's Garage series that conducts an event centred on dance every fortnight, its objective is to create an archival process and culture around dance. "A way to look at dance beyond performance," Wagh explains. She also has an interesting format for the talk. Both Sarabhai and Ratnam will have keywords marked out for them, ones they will react to. "Some of them will include intersectionality, legacy, spaces..
                 

Music with mass support

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If you log on to the official website of Control Alt Delete (CAD) — the city's biggest crowd-funded music festival — you'll find a page with a detailed summary of where the organisers spend their money. Their accounting, in other words, is as transparent as cellophane paper. And the trust they have thus built has made this event evolve from its humble origins into a roaring affair over the years. "It's people's money; they deserve to know where it went. We also want to encourage the next generation of promoters, helping them dissect the accounts and understand how much is needed where," says Himanshu Vaswani, co-founder of 4X4 Entertainment, which hosts CAD. He adds, however, that the funds collection has been comme ci comme ça this year, though it generally picks up in the last few days. Either way, the festival offers a diverse bouquet of musical genres spread across five stages. Here's what you can expect from each of them. On February 1 and 2, 2 pmAt Roaring Farm..
                 

Mumbai gets new maidaan in Malad

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While Ajay Devgn is busy shooting for SS Rajamouli's RRR, Maidaan director Amit Ravindernath Sharma is simultaneously prepping for the March schedule of the biopic on football coach Syed Abdul Rahim. The director has saved the crucial portions of the sports drama for the next stint — on the cards are the sequences depicting the Indian football team's victory at the 1951 and 1962 Asian Games, and the semi-final match at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics. mid-day has learnt that the unit is currently building a makeshift stadium at a coastal fishing village in Malad for the shoot. Considering the 1956 Olympics was held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, and the 1962 Asian Games, at the Gelora Bung Karno Main Stadium in Jakarta, these two venues are serving as reference points for the makeshift stadium. The Gelora Bung Karno Main Stadium in Jakarta A unit member reveals, "While there are football stadiums in Mumbai, we were not able to get bulk dates in March from them for the shoot. Anothe..
                 

Home away from home

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Born and raised in Mumbai, Baba Ling or Sem Tian Ling, a St Xavier's alumnus, is one of the oldest Chinese restaurateurs in Mumbai, taking over the reins from his father, Yick Sen Ling, who opened Nanking in 1945 — seven years after he moved to Mumbai from Swatow (Shantou) in China. And it's nothing but fate that got him here. For Yick Sen Ling, who was heading the Chinese museum that was being set up in Mumbai along with his uncle, couldn't return home after the Communists came to power in 1949. So, he established his roots here — he married a South Indian, and opened Ling's Pavilion in Colaba. "There were many second-generation Chinese natives in Mumbai, and even a China Town. But after the Sino-Indian War in 1962, a majority moved to the US and Canada. Now, there are about 200 to 300 of us here, mostly married into the Indian community," shares Ling, who lives here with his wife. Baba Ling at Ling's Pavilion. The traditional vessel Ling uses to make a chimney seafood so..
                 

Mumbai: 'Living in death trap, but no one is listening', say residents of MHADA colony in Dindoshi

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Complaints made by residents of a MHADA colony in Dindoshi, regarding the boundary wall of an SRA building encroaching upon a road and narrowing it down, over the past two years, have fallen on deaf ears. Neither MHADA nor the developer, who has constructed the SRA building, has made any efforts towards resolving the problem. According to locals, in case of a fire, the fire brigade won't be able to enter the area as the boundary wall has eaten up a portion of the road at the entrance of the colony. More than 200 people reside in Dindoshi Cooperative Housing Society Union Limited, an old Maharashtra Housing Board (MHB) Colony in Goregaon East. The colony's internal road has two entrances – one from Pathanwadi area and the other from the Goregaon side near Oberoi Mall. The boundary wall of an SRA building has encroached upon the internal road of a MHADA colony in Dindoshi. Pic/Sameer Markande Speaking to mid-day, a resident of the colony, Vipul Mane said, "An SRA building – S..
                 

Mumbai: GRP using no-trial law to nab and detain serial thieves for one year

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Armed with the Maharashtra Prevention of Dangerous Activities (MPDA) Act, the Government Railway Police (GRP) have cracked down on habitual offenders, some of whom have committed close to 50 felonies. Under the draconian law, an offender is detained and sent to prison immediately, and action is taken following a 61-day procedure, including 49 days of hearings before an advisory committee. In the past seven months, the GRP has sent four criminals behind the bars for one year and the decision against a fifth offender, who was detained in mid-January, is pending. The railways were given the power to use the Act against those committing felonies on railway premises and trains after GRP Commissioner Ravindra Sengaonkar sought approval of the state home department, and got the go-ahead in June last year. Sharukh Shaikh, 26, was detained by Borivli GRP on December 27, 2019, and jailed on January 16 Confirming the development, Sengaonkar said, "It was during my tenure at different districts th..
                 

Mumbai Diary: Saturday Dossier

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I believe i can fly Malaika Arora contemplates her options in a fairytale white gown at a promo shoot in Goregon on Friday. Pic/Satej Shinde Catching up on the JLF The country's annual literary rendezvous, the Jaipur Literature Festival 2020 is all guns blazing in its third day and Diggi Palace is as overrun with writers and readers as expected. In its third day, a lot went down at the famed venue and here are some highlights for lit-hungry Mumbaikars. Meru Gokhale and Sonali Bendre at the session The who's who of Mumbai was making its presence felt there. Musician Shubha Mudgal was in conversation with Sudha Sadanand for a session where she read out excerpts from her first book, Looking for Miss Sargam, a collection of short stories. Sonali Bendre Behl on the other hand spoke of being reintroduced to books thanks to like-minded readers in a heart-warming session. Ranjit Hoskote spoke on the subject, "Why publishing poetry is important", discussing the economics of the published verse..
                 

Panga Movie Review - Worth taking the panga

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PangaU/A: Drama, RomanceDirector: Ashwiny Iyer TiwariCast: Kangana Ranaut, Richa Chadha, Neena Gupta, Jassie GillRating:  Don't know how it works for you as an avid movie-watcher, but over years, my brain appears to have developed a switch that trips at a moment in a movie's timeline, from which point, I realise the movie's dropped, and that it'll never recover from it again! More often than not, this scene/moment occurs in the second half of a picture, and the film inevitably goes downhill thereafter. Did that happen while watching Panga? Yes. But oddly enough in a reverse way. There was actually a moment in the movie from which point, I began getting involved in it more and more. Up until then, I kept thinking (in my head), all this is good and all. But, so what? What's the point? There's the lead character in her early 30s. She used to be an international level sportsperson. But she had to bow out of the stage owing to pregnancy, and the usual pressures of raising a f..
                 

Indian wrestler Labhanshu Sharma loves cooking shahi paneer and chapati

2 days ago  
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Labhanshu Sharma is an Indian wrestler. He was born and raised in a middle class family in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand. He won two gold medals in Asian International Games and Indo Nepal International Wrestling Tournament under category 120 kg held in Sri Lanka and Nepal. His father Mr. Suresh Chand Sharma was a former wrestler in the Indian army who represented army and won many medals including national championship. Labhanshu is the youngest child of Suresh Chand Sharma. In a tete-a-tete with mid-day online sports editor Shawn D'souza, Labhanshu talks about his early life, his motivation to begin wrestling, the hardships he faced and the goals he has in mind for the future. Could you tell us a little more about your background?I was born and raised in a middle-class family in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand. My father Mr. Suresh Chand Sharma was a former wrestler in the Indian army who represented the army and won many medals including a national championship. I am the youngest child and have 3 e..
                 

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Saif Ali Khan's web series to get a name change

10 hours ago  
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Are filmmakers and streaming giants moving cautiously with projects to avoid lawsuits, PILs, protests and vandalism? A trade source says that Ali Abbas Zafar's political thriller Tandav will get a name change and adds, "Politics impact creativity in literature, theatre, movies, television and web series. While originally Ali's web series was called Tandav, it is now titled Dilli." Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, who plays a young political leader in the Saif Ali Khan-starrer infers that the reason could also be geographical. "Maybe, the title Dilli works for the story as the web series is based and shot in Delhi," says Ayyub, and is quickly adding, "I just got to know that we are not certain about the title. I think it was Amazon's call [to change the name] and I don't want to comment without knowing what exactly transpired. It could still be Tandav." Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub However, the trade source informs us, "The makers felt that since Tandav is related to Lord Shiva, people could raise obj..
                 

Tiny tot, smartest of the lot

10 hours ago  
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Tiny tot Muhammad Haryz Nadzim, who is all of three years old and lives in the UK made history last week by becoming the youngest member to have been invited to join the British Mensa. Mensa is an IQ society that provides a forum for intellectual exchange among its members who score at the 98th percentile or higher. His mother took him to meet a psychologist and he scored 142 on the Stanford-Binet IQ test, placing him in the 99.7th percentile. The test assesses subjects such as mathematics, reading, memorisation and logical thinking skills. Nur Anira Asyikin, his mother, is of Malaysian origin. She lives in the city of Durham and works as an engineer. She told CNN that she knew her son was special even before the Mensa took notice of him. She calls him her 'brainbox'. Nadzim was placed on the honor roll for both maths and reading at his Kumon after-school program. "We are so proud and happy for Haryz. He's not only good at academics, but he's just like other children who love playing a..
                 

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Bigg Boss 13 January 25 Update: Salman Khan gives a warm welcome to Saif Ali Khan, Alaya F

22 hours ago  
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The Bigg Boss contestants begin their day on a musical note as singer and composer Himesh Reshammiya make an entry. He wakes the contestants up and makes them dance to the Aashiqui Mein Teri song. Himesh later requests Mahira to prepare tea for him and asks Rashami to get the tea power which she had kept hidden. Oblivious to this information, the housemates are surprised and Sidharth accuses and calls her a 'Chor. This creates a big commotion inside the house. To lighten up the situation, Himesh makes all the housemates do vocal exercises. He also does laughter therapy sessions with them. Later he gives them a task wherein the house is divided into two parts. Team Sidharth Shukla and Team Asim. They are asked to extract sugarcane juice and the team who does the maximum work is declared the winner. Later, it is time for Salman Khan to take over the stage. Salman calls out Sidharth and Asim for their constant fights. He says that since they want to hit each other, he is giving them an ..
                 

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Truck rams into bike on flyover in Thane, two dead

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Two men died after a truck rammed into their bike on the flyover at Teen Haat Naka on Thursday night. The truck driver Mukesh Patel, 30, was arrested and later released on bail and the deceased were identified as Pratik Ganatra, 23, and Prashant Ghadge, 24. According to the police, the duo was returning home from Yeoor when they received a call from a friend who asked them to come to Korum Mall in Thane, around 9.15pm. Anil Mangle, senior inspector, Naupada police station, said, "While they were on the flyover at Teen Haat Naka, they were knocked down by a truck. According to eyewitnesses, Pratik's head came under the front tyre of the truck, and Prashant's waist came under the rear tyre. He said that they two were rushed to Civil Hospital. While Pratik was declared dead on arrival, Prashant died during treatment. Prashant is survived with mother, who works as a maid, elder brother and two sisters. "Prashant had a secured job in the sales team of an electronic showroom in Bhandup, and..
                 

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Rural rewards

yesterday  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai News  
The popularity of fast food and fashion is often attributed to its convenience. You could do without caring about the traditional arts. But when initiatives like the Mahalaxmi Saras Exhibition, put together by the Government of Maharashtra featuring NABARD stalls, crop up in the city, it not only showcases talent beyond the pool of mass production, but also makes the rural market accessible to the city — so, you really have no excuse for your unsustainable life choices. Talking about the event that extends to next week, R Vimala, CEO of Maharashtra State Rural Livelihoods Mission (MSRLM), says, "More than print and digital promotions, it is the word of mouth that keeps us going because this is very much a family event." Here are The Guide's favourite picks. Till January 29, 10 am onwards.At MMRDA Grounds, BKCCall 26590001Free Local grub Although there are many food stalls to choose from, with vegetarian and meaty options, we found this one by Thane's Shri Vaishnavidevi SHG t..
                 

Street Dancer Movie Review: Kalakar without kahaani

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Street Dancer 3DU/A: DramaDirector: Remo D'SouzaCast: Varun Dhawan, Shraddha KapoorRating:  Given that I had enjoyed watching the first two instalments of the ABCD series (2013 and 2015), I walked into Street Dancer 3D expecting something more than just fabulously-staged dance sequences. Remo Dsouza's franchise has long been touted as India's answer to the Step Up series. Sadly, the third part also follows the latter editions of the Hollywood franchise in being all about dance, without much of a storyline to bank on. Choreographer-turned-director Dsouza turns this film into a humdrum India-Pakistan war. Arch rivals Sehej (Varun Dhawan) and Inayat (Shraddha Kapoor) are captains of their respective dance troupes — Street Dancers and Rule Breakers. They passionately support their respective countries, India and Pakistan, with a shameless reference to the significantly exploited angle of cricket also getting screen time. They have a continual desire to outdo the other in the wor..
                 

Out of Aus

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Melbourne: American veteran Serena Williams sensationally crashed out but Coco Gauff, 15, went through as tennis got a glimpse of its past and future at the Australian Open on Friday. Williams' bid for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam was halted by the unlikely figure of China's Wang Qiang, who triumphed in three tough sets—after winning just one game when they played at the US Open in September. Gauff then stepped up her giant-killing Melbourne debut as she ousted Japanese defending champion Naomi Osaka, 22, in dismissive style, winning 6-3, 6-4 in just 67 minutes to reach round four. Coco Gauff "Oh my gosh. Two years ago I lost first round in the juniors and now I'm here—this is crazy," said the teenager, who upset Venus Williams in the first round. With Williams now 38, 23 years older than Gauff, the two players are at opposite ends of their careers. 'I can equal Court's record' And with Williams's close friend Caroline Wozniacki retiring on Friday, after defeat to Ons..
                 

Loose motions, mental illness: Passengers' excuses for travelling in coach for disabled on Mumbai local

yesterday  
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From loosies to sprained legs, and from childhood surgeries to mental imbalance, RPF personnel have heard it all when it comes to creative reasons by passengers who travel illegally in compartments reserved for the specially abled. Despite a constant crackdown on them, there has been a steep rise in the number of unauthorised passengers travelling in this compartment. The RPF has fined 49,046 passengers travelling in the Divyangjan compartment in the past three years, on Central Railway. The compartment is reserved for specially-abled people and women in advanced stage of pregnancy. In 2018, the RPF registered 16,459 cases, which escalated to 18,314 in 2019. An RPF officer said in 2017 they had registered 14,237 cases related to people travelling in this compartment of local trains in Mumbai. There has been a steep rise in unauthorised passengers taking reserved compartments. File pic 'A new excuse everyday'The funny part, an RPF officer said, is the excuses made by the passengers appr..
                 

Mumbai: This weekend, take a stroll inside the massive bird house at Byculla Zoo

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Starting January 26, you can take a stroll among feathered friends inside a massive bird house at the Byculla zoo, which is being revamped for nature and animal lovers. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray will inaugurate the 13-metre-high aviary around 12 pm on Republic Day. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has claimed that this is the first aviary in the country, and it will also house native aquatic birds of 100 different species. The aviary will house the birds that are already in the zoo and also a few exotic birds. One of the existing birds at the zoo On Sunday, various other enclosures for hyena, fox, jackal, leopard, bear and pond turtle will also be inaugurated. And, interestingly, there will be no additional charges. Visitors will be allowed in for the usual entry fee of Rs 60. The new enclosures, including the aviary, is being opened as part of the second phase of revamp of the Veermata Jijabai Bhosale Udyan and Zoo, popularly known as Byculla zoo. Phase II of the zoo..
                 

Three suspected Coronavirus patients quarantined in Mumbai

yesterday  
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Three suspected Coronavirus patients have been placed in quarantine at Kasturba Hospital in Chinchpokli and their samples sent to the National Institute of Virology in Pune on Friday. Doctors at all private hospitals have also been asked to check the travel history of patients presenting symptoms of common cold. The three are a 36-year-old and a 61-year-old man and a 31-year-old woman. All three had travelled to China recently. While two were admitted on Thursday, the third was admitted on Friday. Two have already been given the all-clear but are still being kept in quarantine. A notice asks passengers arriving in India from China and Hong Kong to report to the Airport Health Unit, following a government order to screen passengers Additional municipal commissioner Suresh Kakani said their blood samples have been sent for testing and reports of at least two patients were expected to arrive on Thursday. According to civic officials, while the woman landed in the city on January 23 a..
                 

The fault in our stars

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I have never had much respect for Bollywood stars, primarily because the industry they belong to has consistently been one of the most embarrassing in the world. The work is often puerile, almost always misogynist, and rarely accommodating of voices that do not belong to an incestuous, tight-knit circle. My antipathy towards these pampered, overpaid folk has increasingly felt justified though, in the face of their conscious unwillingness to engage with what is happening in India. The women of Bollywood have, as usual, done more than their fair share. Like women everywhere, they continue to rescue our country from a mess made by its underwhelming men alone. Which is why this isn't to say that everyone has capitulated. There are a number of brave people who have been relentlessly on the side of good, using their fundamental right to dissent in order to draw attention to issues that are routinely being swept under government-funded carpets. They know who they are, and the rest of us will ..
                 

B-town buzz: Bobby Deol goes clean; Sonam Kapoor gets emotional

2 days ago  
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As soon as he wrapped up the shoot of his upcoming web show, Bobby Deol got rid of his facial fuzz. Though the actor had been sporting a beard for a while, he has now decided to be clean shaven.   It's a saree tux Sonam K Ahuja got emotional at Jean Paul Gaultier's final couture show in Paris as he bid adieu to the fashion industry. He had dressed the actor for her first international red carpet at the Cannes film festival. "He will forever hold a special place in my heart (sic)," she wrote while posting a snapshot of her wearing a saree tuxedo designed by Gaultier. Boy George sang a cover of Amy Winehouse's Back to Black during the show, which made it an unforgettable experience for the actor. Meme fest Saif Ali Khan's comment in an interview about there being no concept of India before the British arrived has become a meme fest on social media. #ThereWasNoConceptOf trended on Twitter. One user wrote, "#ThereWasNoConceptOf struggle in Bollywood before Ananya Pandey (sic)."..