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Telly tattle: Fans upset with Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai's track; vent anger on social media

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Irate fans of Ye Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai have taken to social media to vent their anger about the sudden change in the track on the show. All hell broke loose when Kartik (Mohsin Khan) referred to Naira (Shivangi Joshi) as his ex-wife. The makers have already introduced a new character Vedika (Pankhuri Awasthy) as Kartik's partner, and the last episode saw them getting married to each other. Producer Rajan Shahi found his banner (Directors Kut) trending on Twitter and receiving hate mails. In fact, the show's fans started the trend, 'RIP DirectorsKutProductions'. Ye Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai is the longest-running show on the sitcom and is in its tenth year. The daily soap made stars out of Kartik Naira (Mohsin Khan and Shivangi Joshi). The loyal fans of the show haven't been very happy with the current track and have been dying to see Kaira (Kartik and Naira) getting together, and they went on to trend #RIPDirectorsKutProductions ever since they saw Kartik addressing Naira as his ex-..
                 

14 killed, 45 injured in truck-bus collision in Maharashtra

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At least fourteen people were killed and 45 were reported injured in a head-on collision between a trailer truck carrying a container and a Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) bus around 10.15 pm on Sunday night in Maharashtra's Dhule district. An MSRTC spokesperson told mid-day that the accident took place late on Sunday about 1 km from Neemgul village in Dhule division. Also Read: Vision Zero launched to reduce accidents on old Mumbai-Pune highway At least fourteen people were killed and 45 were reported injured in an accident. Pic credit/Rajendra B Aklekar The bus headed on Shahada-Aurangabad route was ferrying about 65 passengers when the speeding container trailer came from the opposite direction resulting in a collision killing 14 people. Also Read: 14 children injured in road mishap after bus skids off road in Palghar The accident took place on Sunday about 1km from Neemgul village in Dhule division. Pic credit/Rajendra B Aklek..
                 

Anushka Sharma's bikini photo leaves hubby Virat Kohli captivated

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Anushka Sharma, whose last post on Instagram was on July 31, 2019, has surprised her fans by posting a gorgeous photograph of herself from West Indies. The actress has accompanied husband Virat Kohli, the captain of the Indian cricket team, for the West Indies tour and is making the most of it by spending some quality time in the overseas arena.  On Monday, she posted a "sunkissed" picture of herself from a beach. Dressed in tangerine and white striped bikini, Anushka Sharma radiated positivity and beauty. While her fans are gasping for breath after watching this photo, husband Virat Kohli, too, is in awe of it. Virat dropped a comment on his wifey's photo by sharing a heart emoticon and awestruck eyes.        View this post on Instagram Sun kissed & blessed 🧡⛱ï¸Â A post shared by AnushkaSharma1588 (@anushkasharma) onAug 18, 2019 at 5:52pm PDT Take a look at Virat Kohli's reaction here: Anushka Sharma ..
                 

B-town buzz: Rakul Preet Singh vacays in Ibiza; Puneet Issar's son to make Bollywood debut

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De De Pyaar De actor Rakul Preet Singh is on a break in Ibiza. She was waiting for the release of her Telugu film, Manmadhudu 2 co-starring Nagarjuna. She then kickstarted the shooting of the Kamal Haasan-starrer Indian 2. A break in shoot made her plan a holiday to the party capital of the world along with her girl gang. On the work front, Rakul Preet Singh will be next seen in Marjaavaan. The actress is also taking belly dancing lessons for the film. She also shared a few pictures from the beach on social media and captioned it as #IbizaDiaries. Check them out right away!       View this post on Instagram Sky above , sand below ,peace within!! ❤ï¸Â happiness all around ! #ibizadiaries @flirtatious_india A post shared by Rakul Singh (@rakulpreet) onAug 18, 2019 at 6:28am PDT Talking about the same, the actress said in an interview with IANS: "The moves are very rapid, so you need to be quick and yet make it look smooth. That is n..
                 

Gareth Bale to stay at Real Madrid, says Zinedine Zidane after Celta win

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Vigo (Spain): Zinedine Zidane indicated Gareth Bale will stay at Real Madrid after the Welshman led the way in a 3-1 victory over Celta Vigo on Saturday. Bale was back in the team and back in form at Balaidos, with Zidane's eagerness to sell him this summer perhaps fresh in his mind as he teed up Karim Benzema's opening goal. After the match, Zidane said he believes Bale will now stay, with the Spanish transfer window closing on September 2. "We have spoken about it two or three times before, that he is going stay," Zidane said. "All the players we have now we are thinking will be here for the season." Celta saw a potential equaliser chalked off before half-time and Luka Modric was sent off 11 minutes after, only for a stunning 30-yard shot from Toni Kroos to put Madrid back in control. By the time Lucas Vazquez added a delicious third, at the end of a silky passing move, it was possible to wonder where this Madrid have been for the last 12 months, as this starting line-up included not..
                 

Suicide bombing at wedding hall kills 63 in Kabul

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Kabul: Joy and celebration turned into horror and carnage when an Islamic State (IS) suicide bomber targeted a packed Afghan wedding hall, killing at least 63 people in the deadliest attack to rock Kabul in months, officials and witnesses said on Sunday. The massive blast, which took place late on Saturday in west Kabul, came as Washington and the Taliban finalise a deal to reduce the US military presence in Afghanistan and hopefully build a roadmap to a ceasefire. The groom recalled greeting smiling guests in the afternoon, before seeing their bodies being carried out hours later. The attack "changed my happiness to sorrow", the young man, who gave his name as Mirwais, told local TV station Tolo News. "My family and my bride are in shock, they cannot even speak. My bride keeps fainting," he said. A wounded man receives treatment as people gather around him at the Wazir Akbar Khan Hospital. Pics/AFP "I lost my brother, I lost my friends and my relatives. I will never see happiness..
                 

Starting a new chapter

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Books are no more threatened by Kindle than stairs by elevators." That's the Stephen Fry quote printed on a piece of paper that greets you when, ironically, you walk up a staircase at Trilogy. It's an apt statement, going by the steady stream of patrons flowing in and out of the recently relocated bookstore and library. The place used to exist in a Lower Parel mill for five years. But then the landlord and the BMC got into a conflict. So the owners, Meethil Momaya and Ahalya Naidu, made a timely exit this April, fearing that the authorities would seal their treasure trove of titles behind locked doors. A one-sentence conversation between Momaya and his mother then led to Trilogy shifting to its present Bandra location. It went something like this. Momaya: "Mum, can we use your garments workshop that you have kept shuttered for a year as the space for our library?" Mum: "Yep, sure you can." It was as easy as that. But the process of shifting all the books and furniture from the earlier ..
                 

Raftaar and DJ Nucleya on finding the best rapper among the excellent

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Considering its widespread reach, cinema has been upheld by cinephiles and movie-makers as a tool to inspire change in society. But, in the case of Zoya Akhtar's Gully Boy, it may not necessarily be the commercial release that served as a magic wand for the hip-hop industry. At least, that's what DJ Nucleya believes as he tells mid-day, "Whether or not [underground rappers] are spoken about in the media, they will continue to grow. The reason the film got made is because the scene is unstoppable. What we see in the media or even mainstream music, is only five per cent of what's actually happening." Usually selective when heaping praise on artistes, the DJ, with a mention in Forbes' list of the wealthiest, appears mesmerised with the talent he's seeing on the music reality show, MTV Hustle, that he co-judges with Raftaar and Raja Kumari. He says he isn't mincing words when stating, "This will be a revolution." A world obsessed with perfection is having its influence on both fields, the ..
                 

Kartik Aaryan all set to take forward Akshay Kumar's ghostbuster, Bhool Bhulaiyaa

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That he has a knack for comedy is easy to see in his past outings. In his maiden attempt at the genre of horror-comedy, Kartik Aaryan has a tall order — the actor will step into superstar Akshay Kumar's shoes for the sequel to Bhool Bhulaiyaa. Aaryan recently shot for the film's first look. "Bhool Bhulaiyaa has been one of my favourite horror comedies. Being part of Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 makes me happy, especially because I've been a big fan of Akshay Kumar sir. It's a big responsibility to take his franchise forward," he says. While the 2007 hit was helmed by Priyadarshan, the directorial baton has been handed over to Anees Bazmee. "It's a hilarious script and Anees sir has taken it to another level," enthuses Aaryan. Also Read: Sara Ali Khan celebrates birthday with Kartik Aaryan in Bangkok One of the first horror comedies of Bollywood, Bhool Bhulaiyaa revolved around a couple, essayed by Vidya Balan and Shiney Ahuja, who move to their ancestral palace. Chatter about the palac..
                 

T20 World series: Palghar gives open-jeep welcome to Vikrant Keni

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India's disabled cricket captain Vikrant Keni arrived in Palghar's Kambode village to a hero's welcome yesterday. Keni led India to a 36-run win over England in the Physical Disability T20 World Series final. Yesterday, members of Keni's local club Darya Sarang Cricket Club and his friends organised a victory parade in an open jeep from Panch Marg to Kambode. The victory parade for Vikrant Keni which began around 4:30pm took a good four hours with loud music and dancing throughout. Every now and then the procession took a pause as people came up to hug their hero. "This is a pleasant surprise by my DSCC teammates and some of the residents of my village. It's an unforgettable experience. I thank everyone for this wonderful gesture," Keni told mid-day on his arrival home, after spending almost a month away in England. "My elder brothers [Sagar and Vaibhav] were part of the procession but I was eager to meet my parents [mum Malini and dad Ravindra]. I was getting impatient for a while the..
                 

Konkona Sensharma to showcase life of a cabaret queen in web series

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A Death In The Gunj proved that Konkona Sensharma is as gifted a director as she is an actor. Two years after the haunting debut drama, she is ready to wield the directorial baton again — this time, for a web series on Arati Das, better known as Miss Shefali, who ruled as the 'Queen of Cabaret' in Kolkata. The show will also weave in the politics of West Bengal during the '60s and '70s in the narrative. Confirming the development, Sensharma tells mid-day, "The era of post-Partition and pre-liberalisation fascinated me. Since I am from Kolkata, I have been aware of the subject and her unique story." Known to carve spirited female characters, it isn't surprising when she says that Das' independent streak resonated with her. "[In Das], we have a female protagonist who decided to live life on her own terms. That is right up my alley." Also Read: Konkona Sensharma: There aren't many good offers that come my way Arati Das Das shot to fame in the late '60s as she performed at the ..
                 

Arjun Kapoor: Trying to be the best version of me that my mother would want me to be

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Arjun Kapoor says he is trying to be the best version of himself that his late mother Mona Shourie would have wanted him to be. Actress Divya Dutta tweeted to Arjun about an interview the actor had given. She then praised the "India's Most Wanted" actor. She wrote: "You have always come across as a very mature guy. But this, sensitivity and sensibility to another level. It's a rarity. Be this magic person always. Big hug." To which, Arjun replied it was an old interview which showed up again."But thank you for your kind words. I'm just trying to be the best version of me that my mother would want me to be... These adjectives you used are all her more than me." Arjun Kapoor, Divya Dutta's Twitter Conversation On the work front, Arjun is currently busy with his next "Panipat", a historical drama. It also stars Kriti Sanon. Catch up on all the latest entertainment news and gossip here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates..
                 

Smriti Irani's latest post about weekend expectations is hilarious!

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BJP minister Smriti Irani’s latest post on social media is winning the internet again. Smriti Irani also known as the queen of social media, never fails to tickle her fan's funny bone with her witty social media posts. Recently, the BJP leader took to Instagram account to post a picture of herself with the caption, "#जब वीकेंड की अपेक्षा में आप सूख जाएँ 😂#themadamhaveyoulostweightlook #Not." Check out the post below!       View this post on Instagram #जब वीकेंड की अपेक्षा में आप सूख जाएँ 😂#themadamhaveyoulostweightlook #Not 😝 A post shared by Smriti Irani (@smritiiraniofficial) onAug 16, 2019 at 5:29am PDT Minister for Women and Child Development, Smriti Irani shared the picture on her social media account with a quirky caption joking about her weight in a humourous way. In the picture, Smriti Irani looks stunning in a red blouse and ..
                 

Is Deepika Padukone pregnant? Her 'daddie' quip for Ranveer Singh has fans guessing

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Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh's love and admiration for each other have evidently increased manifolds. The two are known to share adorable photos of themselves on their social media accounts. However, this time what has caught our eye is Deepika's interesting comment that sent their fans in a tizzy. It so happened that, Ranveer Singh held an Instagram live session with his fans. During the session, Deepika posted a comment 'Hi Daddie' with a baby and heart emoji. Her comment spread like wildfire and fans are actually wondering if the actress is pregnant. Screenshots of the live session were posted by a fan club.       View this post on Instagram A post shared by 👑 Deepika's Heartbeat 👑 (@deepika.heartbeat) onAug 16, 2019 at 10:06am PDT Arjun Kapoor added fuel to the fire and left a comment below Deepika's reply which read: "Baba bhabhi is gonna give u one". So are Ranveer and Deepika going to experience parenthood soon?..
                 

BSP MLAs differ with Mayawati

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Jaipur: While BSP supremo Mayawati has slammed the acquittal of all six accused in the Pehlu Khan lynching case, BSP MLAs in Rajasthan have come out in support of it. Six MLAs of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), which supports the Congress government in Rajasthan, met Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Friday evening and took a different stand from that of the party chief. Mayawati had on Friday tweeted in Hindi: "Due to the gross negligence and inaction of the Rajasthan Congress government, all six accused in the Pehlu Khan mob lynching case were acquitted by the lower court, this is unfortunate. If the government would've been cautious in bringing justice to the victim's family, would this (acquittal of the accused) ever be possible, perhaps never." BSP MLA Rajendra Guda, after his meeting with Gehlot, said, "Mayawati had been conveyed wrong information. She has been sitting in Lucknow and is not updated on the process of the probe. In fact, none of the Dalits under Chief Minister Ash..
                 

Mumbai golfer Gauri Karhade means business at 17

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Gauri Karhade was just eight when she first came across golf by accident while surfing cartoon channels on television. Though she didn't know what sort of sport it was, she was glued to the channel for a while. Later, it became a habit. Nine years on — on Friday — Gauri, 17 won her maiden Women's Pro Golf Tour title in Hyderabad. "My first impression of this sport was about people walking in a big garden and then putting some balls in a particular hole. Then I asked my father [ex-sports writer Sanjay] about it and he told me that it's a sport called golf. I got attracted initially because of the greenery and scenic atmosphere," Gauri says at her Kharghar residence on Saturday. Gauri didn't just watch golfers on television. She also requested Sanjay to take her to a course and gift her a golf kit for her next birthday. "Our daughter wanting to play golf was a surprise. I enquired where she could play and how much would it cost. I took advice from my friend Sandeep Patil [for..
                 

The Army's go-to graphic artist

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Nineteen years ago, brave Lieutenant Nawang Kapadia of Mumbai, laid down his life fighting terrorists just 39 days after getting commissioned into the Indian Army. His parents, who since then have struggled to make peace with this loss, recently saw his life immortalised in a graphic novel, Nawang, dedicated to the war hero. The novel is part of a patriotic comic series, created by Delhi-based Rishikumar Varma, who has now become the India Army's go-to artist to tell stories from the war zone. The graphic artiste has already published 37 titles under the banner of AAN Comics. "As a child, I was always fascinated by war heroes. Most of the ideas for my graphic work would come while playing videos games that depicted war zones or watching war movies," says Varma, whose favourite Bollywood war film is JP Dutta's Border. Though the comic series has great sentimental value for the country, Varma says that he struggled to get a publisher. "When my first comic book, Siachen, The Cold War, was..
                 

Weekly Planner: 17 things to do around Mumbai from August 19 to August 24

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Learn to bake keto-style3 pm: Have you recently jumped onto the keto bandwagon? Then this new baking workshop is perfect for you. Here, you will learn to make flourless chocolate keto cake, flaxseed keto crackers and low carb almond keto bread.19 MondayWhere: Palate Culinary AcademyEntry: R4,500Log on: insider.in Attend a music therapy workshop10 am onwards: Learn and master the skills and techniques behind music therapies like guided music listening, memory and stimulation, etc, which induce improvements instress tolerance. Such creative arts therapies are both fun and enriching.20 TuesdayWhere: Mindsight Clinic, Malad WestEntry: Rs 12,000Log on: meraevents.com Head for an entertaining night9 pm: Theatrix Entertainment will tickle your bones with The Bear, which is one of the famous stories written by Anton Chekhov. Experience this story where a widow swears to never love anyone else and a moneylender who comes to claim his debts.21 WednesdayWhere: Clap Centre, Malad WestEntry: Rs 1..
                 

Mumbai Diary: Sunday Dossier

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Are we already leaving? Mira Rajput Kapoor's daughter Misha seems unwilling to leave Santa Cruz Food Hall on Saturday. Pic/Shadab Khan A lesson in a circus act Since 2009, educator Shaheen Mistri has been admirably leading Teach For India (TFI), a volunteer-driven programme to plug the gaps in our education system. And, the fruits of her labour are going to be showcased in a play at the Royal Opera House next month. TFI's The Greatest Show On Earth has been written, conceptualised and executed by in-house talent. It comments on the complexities of the Indian education system through the metaphor of a circus. Shaheen Mistri "The Greatest Show on Earth is a chance to listen to the painful yet powerful stories of the kids and to realise just what is needed to make a better world for them," says Mistri. "I believe that everyone who sees the show is going to walk out feeling inspired by what children can create when given opportunities to live up to their potential." Wrong, right and right ..
                 

Mumbai: Walking on a 400m death line in Palghar

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Even as Palghar prepares to make room for the country's first bullet train, road infrastructure in several parts of the region continues to suffer neglect. For decades, the 2,000-odd residents of the villages of Vadhiv and Saravali in the district have been forced to walk through dirt roads and cross dangerous railway bridges, built over Vaitarna river, to reach the nearest railway station. Four people have died since March this year, after accidentally falling into the river, while attempting to cross the tracks on these bridges. The villagers are now demanding better road connectivity and a foot-over bridge to prevent any more casualties. Vadhiv and Saravali are situated between Vaitarna and Safale railway stations, but there is no road to connect them to either of these stations. While Safale is nearly 10 km from the villages, Vaitarna station is 3.4 km away. In both the cases, it's only possible to reach the stations after crossing a 400m-stretch on the bridge—in this scenari..
                 

Playing it cool

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My Friend Pedro This game is a John Wu movie at its best. It is a non-stop five-hour adrenalin rush, shooting and killing people from one room to the next. Instead of focusing on a non-existent storyline, featuring an imaginary banana called Pedro, it lets you give your full attention to getting your kill done in the most fun way possible. My Friend Pedro's mechanics let you use pans to ricochet bullets, kick body parts mid-air and skateboard through levels—all in bullet time. Just don't get shot too much. Price: Rs 529 Islanders Islanders is a minimalist city building game that takes you from one island to another larger one as you build complicated cities on them. The maps in the game are procedurally generated and your objective is to use the few building types provided to build bustling cities. While it is inspired by games like Simcity, this is far from it. The gameplay and strategy are different and keeps things interesting as your city grows. Price: Rs 219 Draugen Drauge..
                 

Aryavarta

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The word 'Aryavarta' has become quite popular. There are novels written about it, tele-serials based upon it, and it is increasingly being associated with an extremist Hindu vision of the past. But, the word 'Aryavarta' means land of the civilised people. Those who spoke Sanskrit were considered civilised, much as in Europe, in Classical times, when those who spoke Greek and Latin considered themselves to be civilised and non-Greeks to be barbarians. What we do know is the word 'Aryavarta' is found in two places. One in the Avestan manuscripts found in Iran. The Avestan manuscripts of the Zoroastrian people gives rise to the word Iran and it is supposed to be one of the 16 lands sacred to Ahura Mazda. People are not sure if this land, which is said to be in the north, actually refers to Afghanistan, Kazakhstan or Kashmir. Most Indians don't realise that the country of Iran is named after its Aryan heritage. This Aryan heritage was established in Iran over 1,800 years ago with the rise ..
                 

Nikki Bella: Will be weird to double-date ex-boyfriend John Cena

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American professional wrestler Nikki Bella has said she will never go on a double-date with her ex-fiance and WWE star John Cena, because it would be weird. The Total Bellas star had split with her fiance last year, just weeks before they were due to tie the knot. Nikki is currently dating Russian professional dancer, Artem Chigvintsev, and John is romancing Shay Shariatzadeh. Speaking on The Bellas podcast with her twin sister Brie Bella, she said: "I'm gonna kill this [rumour] right now: I will never go on a double date with any of my exes. I don't want that...a double date is way different [than being friends with an ex]. I'm not gonna sit there and be making out with my man and see them make out with their girl. Like, that's just weird. What are we trying to prove at that point? "I don't ever want to go on a double date with my ex — with any of my exes. And it'snothing against him, his girlfriend, any of them. There are boundaries. So you know what? My boundaries are, no, no..
                 

'India-Pak talks only on PoK now'

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Kalka/Jammu: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh here on Sunday said there would be no talks with Pakistan unless it acts against terrorists. And, if talks were held with Islamabad in future, they would be only on Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), Singh said at a rally ahead of the flagging off BJP's Jan Ashirwad Yatra for the October assembly polls in Haryana. On the scrapping of the provision granting a special status to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370, Singh said the decisions had sent jitters to Pakistan and it became a cause of concern for them. "Now it (Pakistan) is knocking every door and approaching various nations for help. Have we committed any crime? And they are trying to threaten us. However, the US has snubbed Pakistan, telling them to initiate a dialogue with India," he said. Singh said people in Pakistan say there should be talks with India. "What should we talk about? Why there should be a talk? If there would be any talk with Pakistan, it would happen only when it stops..
                 

Fashionably upcycled

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One of the latest trends in the now-mushro­o­ming sustainable fa­shion market has been the upcycling of clothes. And with celebrities like Kendall Jenner making a statement with revamped jeans, DIY wardrobe is becoming quite the rage. The best way to venture into upcycling, if you want to do it yourself, is by starting with an old pair of jeans. Add a pop of colour to it, stitch on small patches or logos, or get digital printing done on them. The easiest thing to do is to stitch a patch on it — you can do this at home. If you want more detailing, opt for traditional embroidery, but in measure — both of which designer Samant Chauhan had recently done while upcycling denim jeans. Kalki Koechlin upcycled a Benarasi saree into a gown. Pic/Getty Images "With upcycling, we focus on making the garment special for customers. And it is also a great way of expressing yourself. So, we try to stick to off-white options and use cotton dhaage so that the garments can be dyed ..
                 

Novak Djokovic falls flat against Daniil Medvedev

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Cincinnati: World No. 1 Novak Djokovic wilted under pressure from Daniil Medvedev on Saturday, falling 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 to the ninth-seeded Russian in the Cincinnati Masters semi-finals. Medvedev's upset win sent him into a title showdown with another unexpected finalist, 16th-seeded Belgian David Goffin, who defeated France's Richard Gasquet 6-3, 6-4 to reach his first ATP Masters 1000 final. Novak caught out A fuming Djokovic, who looked to have control of the contest in the early going, was caught out when Medvedev stepped things up in the second set. "I don't know how I turned it around, I was so tired after the first set and I thought I might not be able to keep up the intensity," said Medvedev. "But I had a momentum chance in the second set and the crowd gave me energy," added the Russian, who will be playing his second Masters series final in eight days, after falling to Rafael Nadal in Montreal last Sunday. "Novak had been destroying me on second serve, so I just went for it," Med..
                 

Neil Nitin Mukesh on playing baddie in Saaho: Was worried that I may be replaced

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Thrilled as he is to be part of one of the biggest films of Indian cinema, Neil Nitin Mukesh says Saaho has had a long journey from the conceptualisation stage to the big screen. A chance meeting with director Sujeeth at an awards gala set the ball rolling. "A few days after the awards function, he met me for the narration of Saaho. I loved the way he had envisioned the film and my character and instantly said yes. This was around the time that Baahubali [2015] was about to release. After it became a massive hit, we had to wait for over two years because Prabhas had to shoot for the second film. Even though I did other films during this period, my only worry was that I might be replaced in Saaho as many actors had changed. Fortunately, Sujeeth kept his word," smiles the actor, who plays the baddie in the actioner. He counts the role among one of his "most physically demanding" since it boasts of several high-octane action sequences. "The shooting of Saaho took longer than I expected. A..
                 

Mumbai: BMC begins sealing city's leaky pipelines

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Inadequate rainfall is not the only reason why the city faces water cuts every year. A number of leaky pipelines are a major reason for water wastage. Officials of the Hydraulic Engineering department have started fixing pipeline leakages on a priority basis over the past few months, leading to a significant drop in the number of complaints of water leakages. While the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) receives some complaints of leakages from citizens on its helpline number, others are noticed during routine inspections. In January this year, the HE department officials dealt with 4,044 such complaints, the number dropped to 3,235 in February. The number of complaints continued to reduce until June when the BMC received 2,810 complaints. Additional Municipal Commissioner Pravin Darade said, "There are long-term and short-term measures to ensure that freshwater is saved for human consumption. As part of short-term measures, we are focussing on repairing leakages on a priority ba..
                 

The Dutch Mystery: We don't know why Mumbai police are delaying his arrest, says Avdhut Shinde

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Almost three months after Avdhut Shinde disappeared following the death of his wife Sharmila in their home in The Hague, on May 21, the Dutch police have finally requested the Mumbai police to 'arrest' him. "The revised administrative request sent by the Dutch police via Interpol clearly states: 'Arrest him, and hand him over to Dutch authorities as he is a murder manslaughter suspect'," said a senior police officer from The Hague on condition of anonymity. We sent our revised request last week to locate and arrest Avdhut. I don't know why the cops there [in Mumbai] are delaying it," the officer said. However, the Mumbai police have been reiterating that they had been told 'only to trace Avdhut' but added that their Dutch counterparts have requested them to record the statements of Avdhut's father and children — possible eyewitnesses in the case. "As there was a problem in interpreting the Dutch and Marathi languages, the Dutch police requested us to record their statements in En..
                 

Ready for Ganesha?

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"Why the sulk, Pheroze? I must admit that despite the long face, you are looking really 'with it', especially with those trendy earmuff-like things. Is it after you watched that film, Gully Boy? I believe it was quite the rage," Lady Flora's battery of questions didn't exactly go down well with her friend, Sir PM. "Not Gully Boy but Ganesh Chaturthi. These 'things' are called noise cancelling headphones, and I have decided to wear this for as long as the 10-day festival carries on in the city. I am not quite sure if my hearing can take the high decibel levels any more. And, I actually thought you'd come by to wish me and the missus on Navroze. I know, it's peak tourist season for you, but a wave would have sufficed," Sir PM realised he might have said too much, after the last line was uttered, so quickly tried to amend things with, "here, try some lagan nu custard. It's a far cry from your Yorkshire pudding but I am sure you will appreciate it." Lady Flora took a few spoonfuls and reli..
                 

See photos: Arjun Rampal visits South Africa, the hometown of Gabriella Demetraides

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Arjun Rampal and filmmakers Raju Chadha and Rahul Mittra winged their way to Nairobi to attend the Indian Film Festival in Kenya. It was the first time the African nation was hosting a film festival with celebrities in attendance. The B-Town folk also visited the tourist hotspots, Masai Mara and Mombasa, apart from hosting a round-table conference with Kenyan filmmakers and government functionaries. Rampal's partner Gabrielle Demetriades is from Cape Town, South Africa. Guess Rampal took a detour to the picturesque city of his girlfriend too. Arjun Rampal has also shared few photos of himself with the localites of Masai and shared it on his Instagram account too. This first picture of Arjun was with a group of people from the tribe and wrote that there was something special, he was prepping for and asked his followers to stay tuned to his Instagram account.       View this post on Instagram With the Masai in the Mara. Stay tuned for something special.... #fullonfrid..
                 

Munisha Khatwani finds her Mr Right; all set to marry Sameer Thakur

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Celebrity tarot card reader-actor Munisha Khatwani is all set to marry next year. She met her Mr Right, Sameer Thakur, through an online dating app and the two have been dating for quite some time now. "Right from the time I met him, it always felt right with Sameer. I just felt very comfortable and it just felt that this is the right thing for me. He is very humble, kind and very loving. I felt comfortable with him and we soon started talking about anything and everything. It just felt like he was made for me. Even though the universe made me wait for a while, I got the best in the end," she says. Munisha further adds, "He is Sindhi, so we are of the same caste and our families kind of knew each other, so things moved faster. We felt an instant connection with each other and within 7 days, he told me that he loves me and things just moved super fast!" Munisha says that she always knew that although it might take longer, the right man for her will come along very soon. "People used to ..
                 

Get flipped

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FOOD: TASTELESS/AMATEURAMBIENCE: DINGYPRICE: EXPENSIVESERVICE: NON EXISTENTVERDICT: 0.5/4 Eight years ago, New Delhi was introduced to a snazzier version of the hole-in-the-wall bar filled with sleazy or slurring uncles. Its near-MRP prices, decent nibbles and prime peripheral location was compelling enough to ensure a 20-minute waiting irrespective of what time you went. Today, they are a chain with more than six outlets and still stick to their "sasta-tikau" approach.   Fish Fingers It was perhaps this simple recipe for success that lured a recently-opened watering hole in Mumbai to follow the same concept. And having been regulars to the above mentioned bar, we were compelled to pay the Bandra West outlet a visit. Basil Chicken Tikka We head out on a Thursday night, after work, and when we arrive by 9 pm, we are informed that we just missed the timeline for the special discounted alcohol menu. Strike one. Next, we fight to find a seat for just the two o..
                 

'He was born, he joined the RSS and he died without accomplishing anything'

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Where politics of reverence makes heroes, the politics of hate creates villains. Revolutionary leader, Hindu nationalist and writer Vinayak Damodar Savarkar (1883-1966), known otherwise as Veer Savarkar, is one such controversial and contested figure who has oscillated between the love-hate spectrum of the country's contemporary history. "The Congress has called Savarkar a traitor, the Congress and the Left have both accused him of writing mercy petitions to the British, the Hindu Right hails him as a hero, and others say he masterminded Mahatma Gandhi's assassination," says Mumbai-based writer and senior journalist Vaibhav Purandare, whose curiosity about this much maligned and equally revered historical figure, saw him invest five years of research into penning a new biography, Savarkar: The True Story of the Father of Hindutva (Juggernaut Books). Purandare who has previously authored Sachin Tendulkar: A Definitive Biography, and Bal Thackeray and the Rise of the Shiv Sena, says the..
                 

A new nest

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Gifting, as we know it, has changed overtime. These days, our focus lies on what will the receiver appreciate, and what is it that will create a memory. When Provenance opened last year at the Palladium Mall, it married luxury with utility while weaving in a story behind each artefact. Founders Samir Gadhok and Avani Raheja, the couple behind Burgundy Hospitality, floated the venture as they felt that there were a lot of premium global brands with a legacy that could find space in the Indian market. Raheja explains, "We were interested in the history of the world, stories of origin and preserving culture. So everything you find here has been handpicked and has a story to tell." Their new outpost in Bandra is in contrast with the upmarket, swanky store at Lower Parel, yet retrains its aesthetic allure. Housed inside a quaint Bungalow in the heart of Chimbai village, this one is nostalgic, otherwordly and pleasing with its tall wooden ceiling, old-school windows, hanging planters and cle..
                 

On home soil

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For most tennis enthusiasts, the Australian Open is about the game, but for restaurateur and chef, Sarah Todd, the excitement goes beyond. "It's in the food line-up," she enthuses. What started as a tennis tournament has evolved into a cultural celebration. And now the MasterChef Australia favourite and owner of Mumbai's Wine Rack, will be part of an all-female lineup for the 'AO Chef Series'. Todd will create a degustation menu at The Glasshouse opposite the Rod Laver Arena during the Grand Slam tournament in January. Excerpts from an interview. How did you make the cut?In the last couple of years, I've been working in India and the Australian Tourism Board has been closely following my journey. When it comes to this massive event, they were on the lookout for an international face with whom a global audience could relate. Moreover, year on year, they get on board those who not only add that multi-cultural and versatile edge, but also appeal to a large number of Indian tourists who vi..
                 

Three songs to have on your playlist or not

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1 Slow Dance by AJ Mitchell featuring Ava Max: Put it on and gaze out of your taxi window, wondering who you will get to slow dance with next. Let your fantasy run wild. You never know! "I need a romance, one chance"—ask the universe whatever you want. It's got a killer hook, too. 2 Hot Girl Summer by Megan Thee Stallion: If you are not in a dreamy mood, then listen to this hip hop ditty, that will have you strutting your stuff all across town. Katy Perry 3 Small Talk by Katy Perry: "Isn't it weird, that you've seen me naked, we had conversations about forever, now it's about the weather, okay". The lyrics itself make this song worth listening to. It's also Perry, so it's a pop lover's delight. Catch up on all the latest Mumbai news, crime news, current affairs, and also a complete guide on Mumbai from food to things to do and events across the city here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates..
                 

Mumbai: Zomato's Gold membership no longer viable

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Tired of being arm-twisted by food aggregators into offering loss-making discounts to customers, over 1,350 restaurants in the country—all under the umbrella of the National Restaurant Association of India (NRAI) which has 5,00,000 restaurants across India as members—have logged out of the apps. If you are a customer of Zomato, EasyDiner, DineOut, Gourmet Passport, MagicPin and NearBuy, you will no longer be able to avail offers such as Zomato Gold's two-on-two drinks or a 50 per cent discount by DineOut for its ongoing festival. The move, restaurateurs say, has been growing from small murmurs of angst, culminating into a final protest that was announced a day ahead of Independence Day. Rahul Singh, owner of The Beer Café, which has 40 outlets across India and NRAI's president, saying it's almost like a mass bunk at a college. "We took a unanimous decision to protest the arm-twisting methods followed by all aggregators. The fear of missing out [FOMO] became an epidem..
                 

A platform for original screenwriting

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The jury of Sanhita Manch, the theatre festival headed by Rasika Agashe and Zeeshan Ayyub, had to go through 77 Hindi and 75 Marathi scripts this year to shortlist four. These include Radhey, inspired by Ramdhari Singh Dinkar's classic poem Rashmirathi and set in the last two days of Karna's life; Kabab, about greed, corruption and capitalism, linked to the MRP of a kebab; Romeo Juliet in Smart Cities of Contemporary India, a love story based in the suburbs; and Adhyat Mi, Sadhyat Tu, which explores death, fate and the role of government in the two. The festival is aimed at encouraging new scripts, about which Agashe says, "As an actor and director, I always want to do a new play and live with new scripts. In 2017, we were searching for a script, so I thought of a competition. The response was tremendous. Around 80 scripts, and many were good." The duo shared them with like-minded directors, and an idea became a festival. Ayyub says, "As a theatre group, such activities give us a push...
                 

Three names, many histories and one pincode

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What's in a name? Much, in an area as variously referred to as Kennedy Bridge, Pavan Pul or Congress House. Tell a cabbie "Kennedy Bridge" and he says "Pavan Pul bolo na." Asking for Congress House, I hear "Aap Shapur Baug jayenge?" He has decided I must live in this Parsi enclave off Grant Road. Kennedy Sea Face (Marine Drive) is named for Lieutenant Colonel Michael Kavanagh Kennedy who served in the Engineers in Bombay. Kennedy Bridge, however, is for John Pitt Kennedy, Government Railway Engineer in 1850. Saadat Hasan Manto called this Pavan Pul—Bridge of Breeze. The Urdu author was windblown walking from Byculla, where he lived, to Nana Chowk, where he worked at Jyoti Film Studio for Ardeshir Irani, director of the first talkie. In 1937, Manto wrote Kisan Kanya for Irani, the first indigenously processed film. The colourful mujra dancers' kothas around Congress House featured in his story Haarta Chala Gaya. Vitthalbhai Patel Road (after Sardar Patel's elder brother, co-found..
                 

I am a rod

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I am a rod. An iron rod. Not a gun. Not a stone. Not a sword. Not a bomb. Not a Molotov cocktail. I am a rod. A short iron rod. I do not advocate meaningless violence. I am a peace-loving rod… unless provoked. I am not a rod that you'll see at riots, being aimlessly brandished by rampaging mobs. I am not a rod that's used in civilian disputes, like road rage. I am a rod with a higher purpose. But I am not a cowardly rod, used for terrorist weaponry. No suicide bomb equivalent. No cruel use in ISIS beheadings. I am not a WMD, a weapon of mass destruction. To be dropped on an unsuspecting enemy in the dead of night. To massacre innocent women and children and decimate their land. I am specific in my aim. One man, one rod. I am a careful rod. No video or forensic evidence has ever been used against me. Because you will never see my identity. I am also proud that no court has ever convicted my brothers and sisters. Or, me. I am not above the law. I am the law. I'm not scared of bein..
                 

A woman, thinking

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A woman, asleep on a train, wakes up suddenly to find she is the lone passenger. Terrified, she tries to pull the chain but it is broken. The train pulls into a station. She gets off, but it is eerily deserted. As the train leaves, it is suddenly full of people, leaning out, waving, laughing. Desperately, she chases after the train. Abruptly, she wakes up. It was a nightmare. This is how the film Rajnigandha (Tuberoses) begins: inside the mind of its protagonist Deepa, played by one of Hindi cinema's most unusual heroines, Vidya Sinha, who died last week. Rajnigandha, based on a short story by the celebrated Hindi writer Mannu Bhandari, remains true to its beginning. It features several train journeys, but is essentially a young woman's internal journey as she tries to figure herself out. Deepa is engaged to the prosaic Sanjay (Amol Palekar). He brings her tuberoses, a flower whose appearance, like his, is unassuming, but whose fragrance, like him, is steady. In Bombay for a job interv..
                 

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Theatre for all

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The National Council Of Educational Research and Training (NCERT), in its preamble to the revised arts curriculum that covers fine art, dance, music and theatre for schools, states that children must be exposed to the best professional artistes in immersive experiential ways. Theatre and arts organisation Junoon is working hard towards fulfilling this aim. Two years ago, they initiated an inclusive programme to enable children from less privileged backgrounds to experience theatre across the country. Realised with support from the Lal Jamal Fund and local partners in cities like Patna, Bikaner, Ludhiana, Pune, Nagpur, Mumbai, Delhi and Agra, it has reached 5,400 children across seven cities from over 20 different NGOs and government schools. Kids with postcards on which they wrote a review of the play Junoon's co-founder Sanjna Kapoor says, "We believe that the arts, and theatre especially, must be an essential part of every child's growing years. It triggers the mind, heart, senses an..
                 

Dessert drama

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FOOD: AVERAGEAMBIANCE: CUTESYSERVICE: PROMPTCOST: REASONABLEVERDICT: 0.5/4 Remember the cronut craze, when the world went gaga over a pastry that was a combination of a croissant and a doughnut? Well, if you, like us are always intrigued by what happens when two desserts make some sweet love, Blendorama, which calls itself a hybrid dessert café, did manage to pique our interest. While the freakshakes (done to death in this city by now) and candy floss ice cream (ice cream served on a flavoured candyfloss-topped cone) doesn't seem exciting, we take a trip to Charni Road to test if the eatery truly makes an extra effort in fusing and not just plating different desserts together. Demolition day wonut In addition to freakshakes, milkshakes and candyfloss ice cream, Blendorama also offers cookie shots, browniewich and wonuts. They offer discounts if you buy more than three desserts for those who set major saccharine goals. We first pick the cookie shot with a..
                 

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Hurt no more

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Most of us have spent the better part of our lives thinking of pain as an inevitable by-product of an injury or an ailment. A turn-of-the-century declaration by the United States Congress, which proclaimed 2001-2010 as the "Decade of Pain", however, has played a major role in transforming this perception. Today, pain is no longer perceived by the medical fraternity as only a "physical entity", but as a more complex amalgamation of physical, psychological, social, cultural and spiritual factors. This, say Dr Mary Abraham, a pain management and palliative care specialist at Max Hospital, and Dr Vandana V Prakash, a mental health and behavioural sciences expert, who are also the authors of a new book titled Conquering Pain (HarperCollins India), has had a transformative impact on the way pain is managed and treated. Understanding pain Pain, as defined by the International Association of the Study of Pain, is both an unpleasant physical and emotional experience — this means that dist..
                 

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Mumbai Diary: Monday Dossier

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Going a-stray While promoting her upcoming movie with Sushant Rajput, Shraddha Kapoor stops to engage with a stray on set in Goregaon over the weekend. Pic/Sneha Kharabe Going the whole hog The allure of fresh produce shines with new glimmer each day. As it were, Brisbane-born chef Drew Nocente — who spent his childhood growing up in a family barn and now spearheads the kitchen at Singapore's famed contemporary Australian restaurant, Salted and Hung — will be coming to Mumbai next month as a guest chef for a series at Magazine Street Kitchen. Drew's latest menu incorporates the logic of the "whole hog," which makes use of all parts of an animal (the chef is famous for his grills). His intriguing fare will be available to city diners on September 13. Ahead of the special dinner, he told this diarist, "India is an exotic country. The spices and ingredients are vastly different from what we usually see at home. I'm interested in working with them to see how it will works in t..
                 

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Ganesh Chaturthi 2019: Mandals in Mumbai vow to go green

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More than a year since the plastic ban came into effect, Ganesh mandals have decided to spread awareness through the festival. With Ganeshotsav barely two weeks away, Mumbaicha Samrat Khetwadi Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal conducted their Aagman Sohala on Sunday by holding up placards of 'Say No To Plastic' during the procession. Bigger mandals have decided to set up plastic crushers and use butter paper bags to distribute prasad for the 10-day long festival. Even though the ban on single-use plastic came into effect last June, it has been hardly successful over the past one year. Plastic bags were reportedly back in the market within a couple of months of the ban. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has collected over 60,000 kg of plastic in the last year and has imposed a total fine of R3 crore. The ban on using thermocol and plastic items had hit Ganeshotsav festivities last year. However, Ganesh Mandals were later allowed to use them. But this year they have come forward t..
                 

The Dutch Mystery: 'We don't know why Mumbai police are delaying his arrest'

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Almost three months after Avdhut Shinde disappeared following the death of his wife Sharmila in their home in The Hague, on May 21, the Dutch police have finally requested the Mumbai police to 'arrest' him. "The revised administrative request sent by the Dutch police via Interpol clearly states: 'Arrest him, and hand him over to Dutch authorities as he is a murder manslaughter suspect'," said a senior police officer from The Hague on condition of anonymity. We sent our revised request last week to locate and arrest Avdhut. I don't know why the cops there [in Mumbai] are delaying it," the officer said. However, the Mumbai police have been reiterating that they had been told 'only to trace Avdhut' but added that their Dutch counterparts have requested them to record the statements of Avdhut's father and children — possible eyewitnesses in the case. "As there was a problem in interpreting the Dutch and Marathi languages, the Dutch police requested us to record their statements in En..
                 

Where is Cong headed?

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With Sonia Gandhi's comeback in the saddle, the grand old party's stability can now be assured, say the Congress's rank and file that was thrown in a void after Rahul Gandhi's resignation and refusal to helm the party affairs. The Gandhi scion had his reasons — while he put some in a public domain, the exact nature of other decision-makers that discouraged him from taking up the job again may never surface even when the party's modern history is written. A long-time Congress leader from Maharashtra who has done his politics in New Delhi for most of his career said that the party's control now rested with the veterans who were a guiding force for Sonia in her first term of 19 years as the national president of the once most powerful political force in the country. A senior journalist friend in New Delhi, who has been following the Congress for decades, said a common feeling in the party is that Rahul worked very hard and yet the Congress couldn't deliver the expected results in th..
                 

B-Town Buzz: Rains affect Dabanng's shoot, Richa Chadha's mix and match

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Barely did Salman Khan begin shooting for Dabangg 3 in Jaipur on Thursday that heavy rains lashed the city. The low-pressure area lying over Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh is forcing the downpour. The weather bureau has forecast thundershowers over the next few days. Khan shared a video of the gusty winds lashing the set. The unexpected rains have proved to be a spoilsport. They planned a schedule away from Mumbai to beat the rains, but it caught up with them in the Pink City. On the other hand, Dabangg's Rajjo (Sonakshi Sinha) had to give the festival of Raksha Bandhan a miss as she was busy shooting for the film. Earlier, Sonakshi was shooting for Ajay Devgn's Bhuj: The Pride of India and after squeezing some time from the film's shoot, the actress made it to Dabangg's set in Jaipur but the rains are in no mood to spare Salman Khan and Sonakshi's Sinha 'Dabangg' team.       View this post on Instagram On location #Jaipur #Dabangg3 A post shared by Salman Khan (@bein..
                 

See photos: Coldd Lassi Aur Chicken Masala and Mission Over Mars' grand launch

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ALTBalaji and ZEE5, the two OTT industry giants recently announced a content alliance, where they will co-create 60+ originals. Following the announcement, the OTT platforms launched the trailer of two Originals - Coldd Lassi Aur Chicken Masala and Mission Over Mars (M-O-M). These co-created Originals will be available on both platforms, further bolstering their content library. The trailers were launched in the presence of Ekta Kapoor and ZEE5 Programming Head, Aparna Acharekar. Adding a dose of glamour were popular actors from both shows – Divyanka Tripathi, Rajeev Khandelwal, Sakshi Tanwar, Mona Singh, Nidhi Singh and Palomi Ghosh. Starring heartthrob Rajeev Khandelwal and the reigning queen of television Divyanka Tripathi, Coldd Lassi aur Chicken Masala is a story of two aspiring Chefs- Nitya and Vikram. The trailer gives a sneak peek into their lives as they fall in love but get separated due to circumstances. The trailer successfully builds curiosity among viewers, while mo..
                 

Saree for hire

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A typical saree hoarder will splurge on the garment, like bibliophiles on books. You may not have an occasion that merits the indulgence, neither would you care about the space-crunch in your wardrobe. You just buy it, because like the blurb of a book and the author whose name stares back at you on the cover, there is little to second-guess when you see a fine weave, or a stand-out print on a running piece of cloth. What one doesn't realise is that any collection—be it books or sarees—is susceptible to wear and tear. The more you hoard, the more they beg for attention. "But nobody has time to wear a saree every single day," says Mumbai-based media professional and saree lover, Sonia Kulkarni. It's one of the reasons why Kulkarni and award-winning social entrepreneur Revathi Roy launched a new initiative, The Saree Library, last week. The online saree rental platform on Facebook and Instagram, provides a wide range of drapes from Roy and Kulkuarni's own personal collections,..
                 

How one brave Keralite rattled the British

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'By accepting Sir Michael O'Dwyer's challenge, Sir Sankaran Nair had put the British constitution and the British people on trial. They [were] tried and found wanting.'Mahatma Gandhi History buffs that we are, this strong statement by the Father of the Nation that graces the jacket of the just-released book, The Case that Shook the Empire (Bloomsbury) proved enough temptation to devour it in 48 hours. Surprised that such an important case had skipped our history textbooks through school and college, we looked forward to our meeting with the writers who had pieced this case together. First to greet us at their Pedder Road home is Raghu Palat, banker, consultant, teacher and prolific author. "So, did the book draw your attention?" he enquires, as we settle into their artfully done living room. His wife, Pushpa, a bestselling author and veteran journalist for over three decades, joins us. And soon enough, we begin to join the dots on this explosive case that rocked Britain and the Indian ..
                 

Avantika Malik quits a Bollywood life for one behind the bar

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This monsoon when most of us were busy battling the downpour and negotiating potholes, Avantika Malik was tumbling into the world of heady cocktails at the London's European Bartender School. Producer and daughter to media mogul Vandana Malik, the 37-year-old is back in the bay, but the hangover is far from waning. So much so, that she admits nearly missing buying a rakhi for brother Vedant. "Let me do one thing. Let me just buy the rakhi for you," ribs Vedant. We're with the siblings at their restaurant Mizu in Worli on a balmy evening, a day before Raksha Bandhan. Their banter flows as smooth and warmly as the salmon-coloured cocktail Avantika has whipped up. "Ume Shochu Sour is a Korean liquer based-cocktail made from potatoes," she informs. "I've used Umeboshi (Japanese pickled plums) that adds a salty, savoury note to a classic sour drink." She's allergic to citrus—a regular element in most cocktails—and has finally found a way to work around it herself. The idea of us..
                 

A Brit who is just like the city of Mumbai

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Chaotic, fast, unorganised, exciting, fun," is how Richard Lovatt, a Brit, describes Mumbai in a small clip from a documentary being made on his life, Rich in Bollywood. That's also how he describes himself, and it's no wonder that the 28-year-old actor and fitness trainer says that he has effortlessly integrated into the city. "So many don't like it. People ask questions like, 'What about the traffic, what about the pollution?' I don't even think of these things. The way Mumbai is, is the way I am, and how I love my life—hectic, unorganised and yet fun and exciting. So, it's a perfect fit," he tells us over the phone from Bengaluru, where he is shooting at the moment. "I have ADHD and the city is also like that, right? So, it agrees with me." Rich in Bollywood is being made by Lovatt's cousin and well-known Canada-based filmmaker Nicolas Levesque, who rang Lovatt up one day and said, "Let's do this." "He got a grant to make a film, and he zeroed in on my story. I think it's kind..
                 

Vidya Balan: I am here for a lifetime...

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We meet Vidya Balan on the last day of Mission Mangal promotions. Dressed in finery after swiftly wrapping up last-minute work, she settles in her sea-facing room at a suburban five-star. "During Kahaani (2012), I made a personal record of 58 interviews in a day. This feels a lot a lighter," she starts off. Feet up, sinking inside a quilt, a visibly exhausted Balan retains her affable smile as we chat about the shifting definition of a female actor, the reason behind her long gaps, the myth of female catfights and the long wait up to her passion project—the Indira Gandhi biopic. Edited excerpts from the interview. It's been a year and half since Tumhari Sulu (2017). Why did you take such a long gap?I did three films back to back [Kahaani 2, Begum Jaan, Tumhari Sulu] and after that I didn't want to jump into another one immediately. I loved Mission Mangal which is why I took it up. I need time to rejuvenate after gruelling work and family time is sacrosanct; I prefer to take thing..
                 

The art of tidying your copy

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Why can't I start a sentence with 'and'?" I had asked my English professor in college. "Because it's the rule," she'd said astutely. "But, we do it all the time in spoken English," I argued. "If it were written English, you are wrong again, Miss. You don't start a sentence with a 'but' either," she said, adjusting her spectacles on her head. I have broken that rule over a hundred times in my writing career. Because sometimes, there's no better way to break a sentence than start with an 'and'. Now, I am glad it's been acknowledged in Dreyer's English: How to Write Clearly and Stylishly by Benjamin Dreyer (Random House), a buoyant set of rules for good writing by a man who has been mending authors' words his entire life. In the introduction, Dreyer says he would reveal "fancy little tricks" he has "come across or devised to make even skilled writing better". And, he has done so with utmost sincerity and a good dose of humour. In the first chapter, he starts with challenging the reader t..
                 

Mumbai: Two-year-old dies in a freak pothole accident in Thane

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Mumbai's potholes have become the jaws of death again. In Shanti Nagar, Ulhasnagar, a two-year-old boy died after his uncle's bike toppled. In a strange series of events, when a truck went over a deep-seated pothole, the jerk caused its tyre to burst, which broke the ring of the tyre and hit the bike behind. The bike was carrying three people, one of whom was a toddler, who passed away soon after arriving at the hospital. On Friday evening, the truck was transporting some heavy material in Shanti Nagar when it neared the pothole. The busted ring hit the bike so hard that the rider couldn't control his bike and fell down. The three riders were Arjun Pal (30), Sabulla Chaudhari (16), and Habibulla Chaudhari (2). They were immediately taken to the nearby Maxlife Hospital. Also Read: BMC spends over Rs 17,000 per pothole in Mumbai on repairs Rhe ring from the truck's tyre A spokesperson from the hospital said, "Habibulla had a serious injury on his head. When we took him for an MRI, h..
                 

Where are the men?

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"Are you a virgin?" Ajith Kumar, playing a lawyer, asks his own client, a woman, this offensive personal question, and in an open court. The woman looks him in the eye and says no, unrepentant and without guilt—as any man would. In this, and many other effective ways, H Vinoth's Nerkonda Paarvai (Direct Gaze), the quietly powerful Tamil remake of Pink, calls out our double standards when it comes to women's morality. Pink, starring Amitabh Bachchan and Taapsee Pannu, was directed by Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury in 2016. Nerkonda Paarvai is a superbly directed film led by Ajith Kumar, one of Tamil cinema's biggest stars. The prosecution claims that the men were not molesters, but the girls were of loose morals and soliciting. Ajith emphasises that regardless of a woman's virginity, character or any circumstance: No. Means. No. Vinoth directs a clever genre-bender: a thriller, courtroom drama and feminist film. Information comes to us in slivers. The sequence of what actually happened c..
                 

B-town buzz: Alia Bhatt's in a hurry; Ranbir Kapoor's Ladakh selfie

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Alia Bhatt stepped out of mentor Karan Johar's Bandra home on Raksha Bandhan day in traditional wear, carrying a basketful of goodies. She made a quick dash to buddy director Ayan Mukerji's bungalow nearby. The actor was spotted exiting Mukerji's home in casual gear, carrying the desi outfit in her hand. What was the tearing hurry to change, Alia?  Ranbir Kapoor in Ladakh As soon as Ranbir Kapoor arrived at a hotel in Ladakh, staff and fans went on a selfie-taking spree. The actor was in a mood to oblige. He will be shooting for Karan Malhotra's Shamshera in the mountainous region. Tanushree Dutta hits back at Nana Tanushree Dutta has lashed out at Nana Patekar for his claims of building homes for the flood-hit in the interiors of Maharashtra. Dutta, who has accused him of sexual misconduct, in a statement said, "Bluffmaster Gogo is at it again. This time with claims of building 500 homes for flood victims. I'm building five million homes on Planet X for the remainder of human ..