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Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah update: Here's why Jethaa Lal is getting restless

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In the upcoming episode of Neela Film Productions Private Limited's Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah (TMKOC), Jethaa Lal is getting restless and feeling helpless not having found his father Champakk Lal. Champakk Lal has been missing since morning and being visually impaired without spectacles, is being taken for a ride by one person after another from whom he seeks help. After escaping a drunkard and a student who uses his plight to make a quick buck from passers-by, Champakk Lal is offered help by another person who says he knows where Gokuldham Society is. This person who is hard of hearing mistakes Champakk Lal's Gokuldham Society for another Gokuldham Society in Thane city and makes him board a bus that is headed to Thane. Meanwhile Jethaa Lal and other residents of Gokuldham reach the Police Station to file a missing person's complaint regarding his Bapu ji. Not knowing how else to locate Bapu ji's whereabouts Jethaa Lal calls his mother-in-law to ask for some guidance in the matt..
                 

Rana Daggubati on Hiranyakashyap: Want to make our film better than Baahubali

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It has been almost two years since Rana Daggubati announced his magnum opus, Hiranyakashyap, to be produced by father Suresh Babu. With little update about the Gunasekhar-directed film in the interim, word on the street was that the mythical film — said to be mounted on a staggering budget of Rs 180 crore — had been put on the backburner due to the actor's rumoured health scare. However, talking to mid-day, Daggubati insists that the project will go on floors by late-2020. "There is no delay; it's just that we are using the latest technology available," begins the actor, adding that the movie will be high on visual effects. "We are building virtual reality sets, along with rendered visuals as seen in [video] games, which will allow us to watch the film digitally even before we start shooting. This is probably the first time it is happening in India. We are collaborating with a 3D scanning company, which specialises in medical technology. We realised that their scans were be..
                 

Sanjay Dutt: Boosted our faith in regional cinema

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Earlier this year, Sanjay and Maanayata Dutt took many by surprise when they revealed their ambitious plan of taking their maiden Marathi production, Baba, to the Golden Globe Awards. Two days after the organisers of the prestigious awards gala announced the nominations, the actor-producer duo is undeterred that their offering did not find a place in the shortlist for the Best Foreign Film category. "Coming this far has been a matter of pride for us," says Sanjay, before heaping praise on the film's team. "I am proud of Team Baba for a taking a shot at the Globes. We are overwhelmed with the response the film received. It boosts our confidence to produce regional cinema." A still from Baba In October, Maanayata had travelled to Los Angeles to organise screenings of the Deepak Dobriyal-starrer for the members of the Golden Globes on the basis of which the jury selects films for the shortlist. "Baba is a tender father-son story, with no commercial trappings. Yet, I was convinced about th..
                 

Mumbai Diary: Thursday Dossier

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I've got your back Actors Akshaye Khanna, Priyaank Sharma and Riva Kishan during the promotion of their film in Andheri West. Pic/Sayyed Sameer Abedi City gets another cultural hub A new multi-use performance space, Mukkti Cultural Hub, has opened its doors in Andheri West. It has a lot going for itself, with a 350-seater auditorium, a workshop centre, a studio, a 1,400 square feet dance rehearsal space and a terrace. The place is already set with their first festival as it open doors this Sunday. The eighth edition of Jairangam Fringes, a three-day theatre festival features classic plays that include Makarand Deshpande's Pitaji Please, Niresh Kumar's Baanswadi Company and Shiv Subrahmanyam's The Way I See It among others. The blue tick conundrum Despite being active on social media, tabla maestro Zakir Hussain doesn't use the blue tick. And so, when one of his fan pages went up for sale, it led to a lot of confusion and some ridiculous bids. Called @officialzakirhussain, the page ha..
                 

Not just a Borderline case

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Australian batting great Allan Border believes Kane Williamson's men are thoroughly capable of beating Australia in the three-match Test series that opens with the pink ball Test in Perth today. Border was captain of Australia when the Kiwis beat their neighbours in a Test series for the first and last time — in the Australian summer of 1985-86 — Border's first full home season as skipper. His favourable comments on the New Zealanders are based on the fact that the Kiwis have done well to be placed at No 2 in the Test rankings with India leading the pack. "They are not the superstar-type blokes but they get the job done. They hunt as a pack very well... they're a really good solid unit. It definitely is their best chance to win a series since '85 because they've got most bases covered as a team," he said on Fox Cricket. New Zealand have not lost a Test series since South Africa won 1-0 in 2016-17 after which they played West Indies, England & Sri Lanka (twice), Pakistan..
                 

Renuka Shahane: Kajol has been under-utilised

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It is not easy to earn a nod from Kajol. Or so Renuka Shahane had heard, before she took the script of Tribhanga to her. A round of narration later, the actor-director knew she had found the protagonist of her women-led story that spans across three generations of a family. "She is choosy, but one must do roles that speak to their heart," smiles the director, days after wrapping up the shoot of the Netflix movie. Kajol. Pic/Instagram If the Ajay Devgn-backed drama — featuring Tanvi Azmi and Mithila Palkar — marks Kajol's debut in digital entertainment, it also sees Shahane wield the directorial baton after a decade. Having worked closely with Kajol over the past few months, she says that she could not have asked for a better artiste to breathe life into her story. "During the shoot, she told me, 'You have to direct me. If I am not doing something properly, please tell me.' All directors would want to have such freedom." Ajay Devgn Unlike directors who may be threatened by K..
                 

Love Bytes

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Stock up for your D-day If you're planning to tie the knot soon, this may come as good news. Wedding Asia, which gives a 360-degree experience for families planning a wedding, is coming to Mumbai. Multiple functions and suggestions from friends and family crowding your thoughts? Sign up for this event and discover a plethora of boutique jewellery and apparel brands, alongside bridal beauty products. ON December 14 and 15, 11 am to 7 pm AT The St Regis, Mumbai, 462, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel. CALL 61628000 LOG ON TO weddingasia.in Baskets full of love Winters are perfect for picnics. So, this Sunday, head out with your family and make the most of the dip in the weather at this picnic-themed brunch, where you can enjoy live barbecue by the pool. Festive meals, side dishes, sweet treats, and refreshments will also be on offer along with other cool facilities like a candy floss station and live music. Plus, the brunch is free for kids up to the age of five. Don't forget to carry your b..
                 

Jumanji: The Next Level Movie Review - Repeat Juvenile offense!

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Jumanji: The Next Level U/A: Action, Adventure, Comedy Director: Jake KasdanCast: Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Nick JonasRating:  The kids-turned-adult heroes of Jumanji are joined by veterans Danny DeVito and Danny Glover in Jake Kasdan's sequel but the fun is still largely, a big miss! This sequel basically gets the group of four; Spencer (Alex Wolff), Bethany (Madison Iseman), Martha (Morgan Turner) and football star Fridge (Ser'Darius Blain) to head back to fantasia in the guise of an antiquated video game, Jumanji, where they are given three lives in order to (this time round) put the jewel back in its place and resurrect the utopian jungle from a desert. The excuse for going back rests on Spencer's teen insecurities and asthmatic issues - with him wanting to re-inhabit the body of The Rock, in a bid to feel manly and desired. It's a case of aiming for the impossible, really, because initially, he finds himself in the guise of his ..
                 

Jijaji Chhat Per Hain achieves a massive milestone, completes 500 episodes

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Staying true to its commitment to spreading happiness and laughter, Sony SAB's Jijaji Chhat Per Hain has continued to win the hearts of its viewers and has successfully touched the magnificent mark of 500 episodes. This quirky romantic comedy has gained immense recognition since its inception for bringing a mischievous yet sweet love story of Elaichi and Pancham, the two central stars of the show. Marking this joyous occasion, the entire team hosted a unique celebration where Elaichi played by Hiba Nawab was seen serving hot elaichi tea and complementing her was Pancham aka Nikhil Khurana, serving pakodas to the media. Jijaji Chhat Per Hain revolves around sabki favorite Elaichi played by Hiba Nawab and her love interest – the supremely talented Nikhil Khurana, playing the role of sidha sadha Pancham. The show also boasts stars such as the father-daughter duo, Naveen Bawa, Inspector Pinky and Rashi Bawa, the selfie girl Sunita, along with Anup Upadhayay amongst others. This journ..
                 

Arsenal's Freddie Ljungberg: Win over West Ham means a lot to lads

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London: Arsenal caretaker manager Freddie Ljungberg believes a weight has been lifted off his players' shoulders after a three-goal blitz in nine second-half minutes beat West Ham 3-1 on Monday to end the Gunners' worst winless run in 42 years. Another miserable night for the Swede seemed in store when the visitors trailed at half-time to Angelo Ogbonna's deflected header. However, Arsenal suddenly sparked into life after Gabriel Martinelli scored his first Premier League goal as Nicolas Pepe finally started to deliver on his club record £72 million fee by curling home a brilliant second, before crossing for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to secure all three points. "It means so much for the players. They have been living under enormous pressure and you see it in their performances," said Ljungberg. "You can see the players have been a bit low and you see in the dressing room the relief and how happy they are." A first win in 10 games in all competitions lifts Arsenal up to nin..
                 

Michael Bay on 6 Underground: Get a big television

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It is evident that there is a seismic shift in the way we consume entertainment when the undisputed master of big-screen spectacles switches gears to Netflix for his next. Michael Bay, the man who showed Hollywood that bigger is always better as his Transformers series made millions at the box office over the years, seems equally at home with the idea that his upcoming vigilante actioner, 6 Underground, will, in all likelihood, be viewed on a 14-inch laptop screen. Does he not worry that his magic — which is often attributed to over-the-top action and pyrotechnics — is being cut down to size? "You have regrets. I do like big scale; I appreciate big imagery. But our whole business has changed, and we have to adapt," says Bay, talking at the premiere of the Ryan Reynolds-fronted thriller in Seoul. "Netflix was kind enough to give us money. I am so appreciative that they wanted to do this, and [agreed to] bring on [such a stellar] cast. [For those who want to watch the movie o..
                 

Hema Upadhyay and lawyer's murder: Chintan's artistic journey continues in jail

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Well-known contemporary artist and sculptor, Chintan Upadhyay, accused of killing his estranged wife Hema Upadhyay and her lawyer Haresh Bhambhani, has been painting his pains in Thane Central jail, where he has been since December 2015. Thane Central jail Superintendent Harshad Ahirrao said he has been painting and training prisoners for a long time. "His work has impressed prison authorities. Nearly two months ago, we started a workshop for inmates where Chintan trains 20 prisoners. Prison authority provides canvas and other materials. Most of the prisoners started dabbling in art under his supervision. Half a dozen have become experts," said Ahirrao. Chintan's artistic journey in jail began in 2017 when prison authorities, worried about his continually low spirits, picked up his file and realised he is an artist. Chintan's painting depicted a zebra behind bars. File pic "Senior officers visited the jail and asked him if he wants to paint. He was unwilling at first, but everyone conv..
                 

Raining offers for Indian Idol 11 wonder Sunny Hindustani

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The hunt for the latest singing sensation may continue on Indian Idol 11, but contestant Sunny Hindustani — regardless of his fate in the reality show — appears to have gained a toehold in the film industry. Barely a week after Himesh Reshammiya offered him a song in Rajkumar Santoshi's next, the youngster from Punjab has landed another coveted project. He has lent his voice to Rom rom, a romantic number from Emraan Hashmi's The Body. Crediting Indian Idol judge Vishal Dadlani for recommending him to music composer Shamir Tandon, an elated Hindustani says, "When Shamir sir was looking for a singer, Vishal sir suggested my name. He made Shamir sir watch videos of my performances, post which we went to his studio for the trial. I can barely believe that I have got this opportunity so early on in my career." He goes on to sheepishly admit that he was "scared" during his first recording in a studio. Tandon is willing to bet big on Hindustani's talent as he says, "I was blown ..
                 

Mahim murder case: Two more bags yet to be found

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Crime Branch officers have found another suitcase with limbs believed to be those of murdered musician Bennett Rebello, from the Mithi River, on Tuesday evening. The suitcase was retrieved by a police friend, Shahnawaz Ansari alias Kallu Ambulance. Ansari has been helping them fish out bodies from the polluted Mithi River for the past two decades. The police are looking for more body parts in two more bags that are yet to be found. The search operation began at around 8 am and by 5.30 pm Ansari managed to track down the American Tourister suitcase floating in the river behind the American School of Bombay. The police examined the suitcase and found the right hand and left leg in a decomposed state in it. The police also found a couple of clothes in it just as in the first suitcase that had washed ashore on December 2 at Mahim. Chopped human body parts stuffed in the suitcase were recovered first then. With the help of a tag on the clothes inside the suitcase, the cops managed to locate..
                 

The Body: Five reasons why you should not end the year without watching this film

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The audience is all set to end the year on a thrilling and interesting note and waiting for a movie in sync with your mood, then The Body is what should be on your watch list! The Emraan Hashmi, Rishi Kapoor starrer film is all about thrill and entertainment. While the interesting trailer of the movie has already notched up the suspense,, if you are still not convinced about watching this film, here are five solid reasons why you should not end the year without watching this film. Emraan Hashmi This film is an out and out Emraan Hashmi film. He has aced the thriller genre earlier and delivered it successfully at your nearest theatres. When it comes to making the audience wonder and gasp with thrill, no one does it better than Emraan Hashmi himself. Rishi Kapoor We will see this veteran, maestro of an artist on the silver screen after a long time. Though, after winning the war against cancer, he did come on the silver screen, but can we ever get enough of actor Rishi Kapoor’s ac..
                 

Rhea Chakraborty's black dress is the talk of the town; buy it here

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Rhea Chakraborty, who is known for her chic fashion sense, was clicked by the photographers after hanging out in Juhu, Mumbai. The Jalebi actress looked pretty in her black dress. She completed her attire with grey flats and open hair. Now even you can ace your fashion sense just like Rhea. We have curated a list of trendy outfits that you can buy at affordable prices only on Amazon. Women's Cotton Skater Dress This criss-cross tent fit dress is great for the day as well as the night. Made with 100 percent cotton, The breathable nature of its texture keeps you cool and comfortable all day long. Pair it with stilettos and bright lips for a night look, and pair with flats and an oversized tote for a day look. You can also pair it with a pair of nude heels for the party and you are sure to make heads turn. Miss Chase Women's Cotton Skater Dress is available at a discounted price of Rs 719. Shop here Polyester Laycra wrap Dress This regular fit Crepe top for women from J B Fashion has be..
                 

Tribhanga: It's a wrap for Kajol and director Siddharth P. Malhotra

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Producer Siddharth P. Malhotra has just wrapped up the shoot of Tribhanga- a Netflix original with Kajol Devgn in the lead role. In a photograph posted on Instagram, Siddharth P Malhotra and the group are all beaming - possibly after work well done. Tribhanga is being directed by actress Renuka Shahane, who Siddharth fondly refers to as 'sister' on Instagram. Siddharth P Malhotra is always known to make good cinema and television serials. From movies like We are family, Hichki, Zee 5's web series Kaafir to television series namely, Sanjivani, Dill Mill Gayee, Sanjivani 2, all of his work shows women in a strong light and the scripts have been the highlight on his projects. Tribhanga is a complex tale of three incredible women who are from three different generations but belong to the same family. It would be interesting to watch this Indian family drama that weaves together the importance of family. Tribhanga is Siddharth P. Malhotra's first film on Netflix Original as a producer unde..
                 

BJP leader Poonam Mahajan turned 39, celebrated birthday with 40 talented girls

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Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Mumbai North Central MP Poonam Mahajan recently took to Instagram and shared heartwarming photos of herself with young girls. The Worli resident and daughter of former BJP leader, late Pramod Mahajan turned a year older on December 9. Poonam Mahajan interacts with a young girl during her 39th birthday celebrations The BJP MP was seen celebrating her 39th birthday with young and talented girls as she brought in her birthday with loads of love, laughter, and celebrations. Taking to Instagram, Poonam shared a few photos, where she is seen cutting the cake with 40 young and talented girls. While sharing the photos, Poonam Mahajan wrote. "I feel blessed to have these young, talented 40 girls, becoming a part of my life on the eve of my birthday. I have adopted them & extended my commitment to take complete responsibility of their education." She said She she would make sure that no economic barrier can hamper their bright future. Here's a look at ..
                 

Inside Edge 2 Web Series Review: Deliver a fitting 'doosra'

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Inside EdgeCast: Vivek Oberoi, Richa Chadha, Angad BediStreaming on: Amazon PrimeRating:  After the first season ended on a cliffhanger — with upcoming bowler Prashant Kanaujia (Siddhant Chaturvedi) shooting his teammate Devender Mishra (Amit Sial), and Vikrant Dhawan (Vivek Oberoi) almost beaten to death, there was enough material for a pacy second edition. Sure enough, as they deliver their 'doosra', the makers of Inside Edge have managed to bowl over the audience with their engaging screenplay. The latest instalment delves deeper into the dark side of the game by showcasing a doping scandal and backdoor politics in cricket. The mysterious character of Bhaisaab (Aamir Bashir), president of the Indian Cricket Board, takes centre-stage this time with subplots that include Zarina Malik (Richa Chadha), Vikrant, and his daughter Mantra Patil (Sapna Pabbi). The battle lines are clearly drawn, with Vayu Raghavan (Tanuj Virwani) taking over as the captain of the Mumbai Mavericks f..
                 

Citizenship Amendment Bill: Dial CAB for a raging controversy

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Against the bill Zakia Soman, co-founder, Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (BMMA) The women members of Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (BMMA), which is a pan-India body, say the Parliament needs to categorically reject the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB). This Bill divides citizens on the grounds of religion, which is antithetical to the idea of India as envisaged by our founders and articulated through the Constitution. Victims of persecution should be given protection, support or citizenship, or all of the three. Here, instead we see further discrimination! The CAB validates the two-nation theory under which India is divided. The birth of Bangladesh in 1971 is evidence that religion cannot be the basis of a nation and nationality. In fact, the passage of this Bill will make us resemble Pakistan where the governments and army are struggling to forge a religion-based nation even 70 years after their formation. There are many arguments for the Bill — like it is the non-Muslims fro..
                 

Mumbai: Shiv Sena gifts Thane a new train station

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Shiv Sena's pet project, a new suburban railway station at Kopri, is all set to get rolling. Officials said the general administrative drawings of the project, worth Rs 119.31 crore, have been approved by the Railways and the state government. Once the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) hands over a 12.35-acre plot and Rs 29.83 crore to the Railways, work on the station will start. The project, which has been approved under the Centre's Smart City initiative, has been in the talks since 2004. However, according to sources, if everything goes as planned, the station would be ready in the next three years. Slated to come up close to the Thane Mental Hospital between Mulund and Thane, the project is worth R119.31 crore. Senior railway officials said the state government had already given a nod for transfer of a 14-acre plot to the Railways. They further said that the ball was now in the TMC's court. "The civic body will hand over a plot of about 50,000 square metres (12.35 acres) belonging..
                 

Why I don't think God believes in me

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My friends, Nasir and his wife Shanta, were on vacation with us. He is one of the most thoughtful, critically reflective and intelligent men I know. He considers all angles before he takes any decision. Their two-year-old son Rafik was playing in a sandbox nearby. It was a brilliant blue-sky summer day in Nairobi. "What will Rafik's religion be when he grows up?" I asked Nasir. "Muslim, of course," he said. I turned to his Hindu wife Shanta. "Better Muslim than Hindu," she said. "I was raised Hindu but our family wasn't particularly religious. But Muslims have a strong sense of togetherness and community. So I don't mind if Rafik growsup Muslim." I turned back to Nasir. "But why Islam then? Why couldn't he choose to be Buddhist? Or Zoroastrian?" I told you he thinks a lot. He thought a lot. "I think," he said at length, choosing each word, "that Islam is the best religion." I don't think he was really enjoying this. My turn to think. I gave up Hinduism long ago and omitted to replace i..
                 

Mahim murder case: They were stinking, but told me a rat had died at their home, says the chemist

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The murder and the ensuing mutilation of Bennett Rebello allegedly at the hands of his adopted daughter Aradhya Patil and her minor boyfriend eventually led to the duo having to deal with the smell of rotting flesh. mid-day accessed the CCTV footage from the shops and also spoke to the shopkeepers where the duo bought 'strong room fresheners' from. They admitted that the couple exuded the foulest smell. Gala Stores in Vakola MID-DAY also has copies of the receipts issued for their purchase. On November 29, the third day since the murder and the final day of disposing of the body, Aradhya and the boy went to a nearby grocery and chemist shop to purchase jumbo carry bags and sellotape, and air freshener respectively. At both places, the duo was captured on CCTV camera. The duo first went to Gala Stores in Vakola at 10.31 pm to purchase jumbo carry bags and cellotape. They exited the shop at 10.34 pm. The jumbo bag was meant to dispose of Rebello's torso. The duo bought a jumbo ..
                 

Mumbai: Another body found near Sewri-Nhava Sheva sea link, tattoos hold key to ID

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Even as the Crime Branch slowly joins the pieces of Bennett Rebello's murder mystery, another man's body was found floating near the Sewri-Nhava Sheva sea link on Tuesday. According to the police, the body was beyond recognition. Immediately after being informed about the body, a police team headed by inspector P Jadhav rushed to the spot and recovered it. Speaking to mid-day, Jadhav said, "The deceased had nothing on him through which he could be identified. He only has two tattoos – one on the right hand, which reads 'Mom & Dad', and another on the chest, which reads 'Fame Bro'. The deceased, might be around 35-40 years old, was wearing a blue shirt and trousers According to Jadhav, the body was beyond recognition as it was completely bloated and even his eyeballs had popped out. It was sent to Panvel Municipal Hospital for an autopsy, but the cause of death is yet to be ascertained. "We have requested the forensic surgeon to preserve his samples for a diatom test in order ..
                 

See pictures: Kriti Sanon jets off to Switzerland for sister Nupur's pre-birthday celebration

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Kriti Sanon and sister Nupur Sanon have winged their way to Switzerland for a winter getaway. Nupur turns a year older on December 15, so it is also a pre-birthday celebration, according to Nupur's Instagram post. The sisters will be visiting Lucerne among other places in the snow-capped Alpine valley. In the video that went viral on social media, we can see Kriti enjoying her time with Nupur in the alpine country. The Sanon girls can be seen smiling and engaging in a fun banter while soaking in the sun at a lakeside. Check out the video here:       View this post on Instagram Kriti enjoying her time in Switzerland w/ her sister NupurâÂœ¨â›„ï¸Â A post shared by Kriti Sanon (@kritisanonfanclub) onDec 11, 2019 at 2:00am PST Kriti also painted her Instagram handle with cozy pictures from the vacation. In this picture, we can see the sisters posing for a selfie while enjoying a ride. She also shared a picture..
                 

Priyanka Chopra cannot stop feeling proud of hubby Nick Jonas and this is the reason

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Actress Priyanka Chopra is proud of her husband-actor Nick Jonas and has congratulated him for his forthcoming film Jumanji: The Next Level. Priyanka missed the film's premiere in Los Angeles as she is shooting for her next The White Tiger in Delhi. She showed her support for Nick through Instagram. In a special message on her Instagram Story, Priyanka called Nick her love and said that she is proud of him while congratulating him for the movie. "So proud of you my love! So much fomo! Congratulations on #JumanjiNextLevel," she wrote. Take a look: At the film's premiere, Nick had explained her absence from the big event."She's in India right now, shooting a movie there, although she's jealous because she loves Jumanji. She loved the last one. And she really wanted to be here, but she's got work," Nick told Entertainment Tonight. Jumanji: The Next Level is the second part of the revamped Jumanji franchise. The movie also features Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, and Jack Black,..
                 

Telly tattle: Sapna Pabbi's short film released; Ishita Ganguly learns horse riding

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After Drive, which released on Netflix last month, Sapna Pabbi is now basking in the rave reviews for her web series, Inside Edge 2. Her character, Mantra Patil, who is the co-owner of Mumbai Mavericks, has been appreciated. Yesterday, her short film, Archit Kumar's Sepia, co-starring Aparshakti Khurana, dropped online. There is no respite for the Khamoshiyan (2015) actor who has some other projects lined up in her kitty. Giddy-up Ishita Ganguly, who plays Maa Kali on Jag Janani Maa Vaishno Devi, is learning horseriding for an upcoming track in the mythological show. The actor says, "It was tough.It took me a while to get comfortable and learn how to control the horses, but it was an interesting experience." Friends forever RadhaKrishn co-actors Arpit Ranka and Sumedh Mudgalkar hardly meet as they shoot on different sets of the show. They share a close bond off-screen. Recently, the two had an opportunity to shoot together for a special track. They were thrilled and remained insepara..
                 

Arjun Kapoor: Looked for roles with boyish charm

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While history enthusiasts are enjoying the cinematic retelling of the 1761 battle in Panipat, Arjun Kapoor has moved on to a parallel universe. The actor has kicked off the shoot of the yet-untitled cross-border love story with co-star Rakul Preet Singh. Only a day into the Punjab schedule of the Nikkhil Advani-produced venture, Kapoor begins by joking that he is reporting to a "dynamic gundi Kaashvie Nair [director]. She is a don on set." This year saw him front two intense movies in India's Most Wanted and the Ashutosh Gowariker-directed period drama — enough reason for him to attempt a change of pace with the dramedy. "It's my first Disney-esque film; it has got a glittery quality. I have always wanted to do a feel-good family movie," he says of the drama that also stars Neena Gupta and Kumud Mishra. Arjun Kapoor with Rakul Preet Singh  His seven-year run at the movies has seen Kapoor try his hand at different genres. Though he was initially typecast as the angry hero, he..
                 

Hema Upadhyay Murder: 4 years on, families wonder if justice will ever be served

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The families of artist Hema Upadhyay and lawyer Harish Bhambani, who were found murdered on December 11, 2015, say that the lawyers of main accused Chintan Upadhyay and three other accomplices in the case have been stalling the trial, which began a few months ago. Four years since the corpses of artist Hema Upadhyay and her lawyer Advocate Harish Bhambhani stuffed in cardboard boxes were found in a Kandivli nullah, their families continue to ask when the gruesome double murder would be taken seriously. Hema and Harish had their hands and feet bound with ropes, mouths gagged with grey duct tape and eyes blindfolded. The killing shook Mumbai's art fraternity. Hema's spouse, Chintan Upadhyay was held. While Chintan spends his days in jail, hopes of Bhambhani and Upadhyay families say justice is missing. The deceased's families claim that the case, plagued by multiple bail hearings and twists, has been dragging. "Hearings started only two months ago. There are four advocates for the four a..
                 

After Aussies, it's the Indians for leggie Pradeep Sahu

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It's been a roller coaster ride for Mumbai spinner Pradeep Sahu. While the leggie's services are much sought after by the Australian team since the last one year, Sahu was just another net bowler for the Indian team on Tuesday. He turned up at Wankhede Stadium to bowl to the Indian batsmen on the eve of the T20 decider against West Indies during the optional training session for Virat Kohli's team. Sahu, 34, who has represented Kings XI Punjab in the IPL, has been effectively used by the Australian think tank to prepare their batsmen to play leg-spin. After his first assignment for the Aussies in the UAE where they played Pakistan earlier this year, Sahu was called up by the Australians for their World Cup campaign in England. He is slated to join the Australian support staff for the ODI series against India and South Africa next year. "Obviously, it feels great to be a part of the Australian camp. I get to learn a lot from their work ethic. My role with the Australian team is to help ..
                 

Kramer vs Kramer of 21st century

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What are the two types of stories/films there usually can be? One that plucks you out of reality in order to experience a world that, most likely, you never will — these are pictures traversing across genres, between murders, to mysteries of the unknown future of the universe. A touch of truth though naturally elevates these stories toward timelessness. Star Wars isn't real. But it is realistic. What's the other type? Ones that compel you to dig deeper into realities within yourself, or around you — almost holding you by the eyeballs, for a sense of recognition alone. This is close to journalistic. A touch of untruth, and the story won't survive the present; let alone the test of time. Which of the two do you mostly prefer? Depends on who you are, I guess. There are obviously no hard and fast rules. But conventional wisdom seems to suggest that people/societies experiencing an over-dose of reality — too many everyday, serious/survival issues, personal and otherwise &m..
                 

Go fashionable like Ranbir Kapoor; shop here

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Ranbir Kapoor was clicked by the paparazzi at the Mumbai airport. Ranbir sported a blue jacket, grey tee, and denim, which he paired with a Yankees cap and white sneakers. Now, you can step out in style and nail your next casual outing just like Ranbir. Take a look at some amazing dresses just by Amazon. Blue sweatshirt Alan Jones Clothing brings you this stylish sweatshirt which will warm you up during a chilly winter afternoon. Made up of fleece, it keeps you warm and comfortable while also being breathable. The full sleeve and slim fit design sit ideally on your body, making you look trendier. Moreover, it also comes with two side pockets and zippered closure for utility. Because of the warm and breathable nature of the fabric, you can wear it to your gym or on a casual stroll without any discomfort. Alan Jones Clothing Men's Fleece Sweatshirt is available at a discounted price of Rs 629. Shop here Cotton Casual Round Neck T-Shirt This single shaded t-shirt with round-neck and rip..
                 

Nushrat Bharucha's polka dot halterneck dress leaves fashionistas crazy; buy here

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Nushrat Bharucha was spotted at the Mumbai airport in a pretty monochrome polka dot dress. Her halter-neck outfit took the internet by storm. She completed her look with black stilettos and flowy hair. Take a look! Now, you can step out in style and nail your next casual outing just like Nushrat Bharucha. Take a look at some amazing dresses just by Amazon. A-Line Polka Dot Skater Dress: Make an everlasting statement whenever you wear a polka dot dress. This gives you flawless shape and flows with the body all day long. A pair of nice pumps and chandelier earrings will complete this gorgeous look! Get this dress at the discounted price of Rs 599 only. Shop here. This image is taken from Amazon for representational purpose only Polka Dot Flared Dress: Flaunt your beautiful curves with this flared dress from Life. It comes with a polka dot pattern along with a round neck and short sleeves that renders it stylish, while the use of good quality fabric ensures utmost comfort all day lo..
                 

Telly tattle: Shraddha steps into Sridevi's shoes; Ranvijay Singh tries podcast

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Shraddha Arya emulates Sridevi's Charlie Chaplin look (Mr India) in Kundali Bhagya. "My idol Sridevi had done it beautifully in Mr India. This is my favourite look for a disguise as it is inspired by such an iconic character," says Arya. Speaking my mind After Neha Dhupia, Rannvijay Singha tries his hand at a podcast with Gaana. The podcast is a 10-episode podcast series featuring achievers, influencers and celebrities across India. The show is titled titled Life Ki Ranneeti. Promoting talent Colors teams up with makers of Subharambh to promote local artisans from Gujarat. They've enlisted artisans to create decorated dandiya sticks, embroidered umbrellas and painted matkas, which will be used extensively on the show. Slambook Vijayendra Kumeria One superpower you wish to possess?The power to turn back time. One object you wouldn't share?Toothbrush. Your guilty pleasure movie?The uncensored version of American Pie. If time travel was a possibility – where would you go?I'll go ..
                 

Bite the biscuit

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Not your usual cheesecake Commenting on the trend of using well-known packaged biscuits in desserts, chef Anurita Ghoshal says, "Speaking from the heart, all that fancy molecular gastronomy is now passé. Today, I think people prefer simple palates. Biscuits are nostalgic and in a sense, a palate leveller, hence it appeals to all ages and sections of society." Ghoshal makes use of Digestive Marie biscuits in the classic cheesecake she has whipped up for a Bandra deli. "We moved away from the classic format of using cream cheese and instead, added different creams to give it a light consistency along with fresh fruit rinds to cut the taste of eggs. If I were to give out a secret, I love baking my cheesecake at really low temperatures and then allowing it to rest in the oven for a few hours before refrigeration" she reveals. At Deli by The Blue, 14 Union Park, Khar West. Time 8 am to 4 am Call 9619099355 Cost Rs 250 (per slice) Blast from the past A biscuit that is so integral t..
                 

Mumbai: Now, BMC chief Praveen Pardeshi wants to rate road contractors

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Shiv Sena's pet project, a new suburban railway station at Kopri, is all set to get rolling. Officials said the general administrative drawings of the project, worth Rs 119.31 crore, have been approved by the Railways and the state government. Once the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) hands over a 12.35-acre plot and Rs 29.83 crore to the Railways, work on the station will start. The project, which has been approved under the Centre's Smart City initiative, has been in the talks since 2004. However, according to sources, if everything goes as planned, the station would be ready in the next three years. Slated to come up close to the Thane Mental Hospital between Mulund and Thane, the project is worth R119.31 crore. Senior railway officials said the state government had already given a nod for transfer of a 14-acre plot to the Railways. They further said that the ball was now in the TMC's court. "The civic body will hand over a plot of about 50,000 square metres (12.35 acres) belonging..
                 

Mahim murder case: Slain musician Bennett Rebello wanted to adopt a child

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The Crime Branch investigation into musician Bennett Rebello's murder case has thrown up details that suggest he might have been sexually abusing girls by luring them with his wealth. Aradhya alias Ria's statement points to this possibility. Also, according to his lawyer, eight months ago, he had wanted to adopt the child of a woman 'who was in trouble'. According to Rebello's lawyer, Rohini Shirodkar, he had contacted her eight months ago, saying he wanted to adopt a child. "He enquired about the process of adopting a child from a woman who is in trouble but he didn't name her. After that he did not approach or call me again," Shirodkar said. "I read about his murder in the papers. He was a gentleman and used to help the needy. He owns several properties, some of them he wanted to sell. He used to consult me for legal advice," she added. Aradhya Patil alias Ria Aradhya submitted a letter dated May 22, 2018 and signed by her as proof of her adoption by Rebello. The plain paper, a copy ..
                 

Kartik Aaryan, Ayushmann Khurrana, to play Elvis of Punjab?

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He may be giving finishing touches to Aaj Kal, but another subject has already caught the attention of Imtiaz Ali. mid-day has learnt that the filmmaker, in a joint venture with Reliance Entertainment, has acquired the rights to make a film on popular Punjabi folk singer, the late Amar Singh Chamkila. Often referred to as the Elvis of Punjab, Chamkila rose to fame in the '80s with his songs that spoke of extra-marital relationships, drug abuse and the patriarchal mindset of Punjabi men, thus reflecting the realities of life in the state. His songs made him as much a controversial figure as they earned him overnight fame. Imtiaz Ali and Amar Singh Chamkila A source reveals, "The makers have obtained permission from the singer's family to translate his life story on celluloid. While the scripting is underway, the makers are already tossing around names for the male lead. Ayushmann Khurrana and Kartik Aaryan are tipped as the frontrunners for the role. Imtiaz will be creatively involved i..
                 

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Team Guide recommends

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Groove to Thom Yorke's tunes As the decade draws to a close, attend the last B:ENT on Record listening session featuring Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke's solo album, Anima. Released as a download-only on streaming platforms, the album was accompanied by a 15-minute film by Academy Award-nominated film director Paul Thomas Anderson. Don't forget to check out artworks by Karthik Nambiar. ON December 14, 4 pmAT B:ENT. HQ, Bandra West. LOG ON TO ticketfairy.com Soak in tales of displacement Saadat Hasan Manto wrote poignantly about the partition and of the trauma brought about by displacement. In light of the Citizenship Amendment Bill, stories like Toba Tek Singh seem more relevant than ever. Listen and watch as Asmita Theatre Studio Mumbai stages some of these stories in a performance titled Partition, directed by Arvind Gaur. ON December 13, 7.30 pmAT Veda Factory, Bungalow No 120, Aram Nagar 2, Andheri West. LOG ON TO bookmyshow.com COST Rs 100 This will give you wings We won't blame..
                 

Mumbai Crime: Uttan man rapes, buries 9-year-old adopted girl

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Yet another gruesome murder has taken the life of a child. A nine-year-old girl was allegedly raped and murdered by her 'adoptive father', buried in a drum filled with cement, which then was thrown into the Kasara Ghat. The drum and the girl's body were recovered by the Uttan Sagari police on Wednesday. The girl's mother lost her husband a year ago. She has three more kids — two daughters and a son — and lives with her in-laws in Aurangabad. In June 2019, Prakash Rathod, her cousin, approached her saying he could take one of her daughters to Thane and enrol her in a school. "Prakash said if the daughter manages to adjust in the city, he will enrol her in a school," said an officer from Uttan Sagari police station which falls in the jurisdiction of Thane rural. The tempo in which the girl’s body was taken to Kasara Ghat for disposal. Pics/Hanif Patel After taking the nine-year-old with him a little before Diwali, Prakash was in touch with her mother for a month but lat..
                 

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Amazon Bestseller: Swing Trading With Technical Analysis - Ravi Patel

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B-town buzz: Suniel Shetty takes a stand against drugs; Sandeepa Dhar set for Hollywood?

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Yesterday, Suniel Shetty was appointed brand ambassador of the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA). He has been roped in to clean up the menace from sports. "I have lived a drug-free life. I am fit and have played several sports," said Shetty. More than 150 athletes have failed dope tests this year though bodybuilders make up more than one-third of these offenders. This is not a welcome sign with less than eight months to go for the Tokyo Olympic Games. The suspension of National Anti-Doping Laboratory by the WADA earlier this year is another issue facing the country now that dope samples collected by the National Anti-Doping Agency from the athletes will have to be tested outside India. This has raised concerns about whether India may be able to test enough number of athletes in the coming months ahead of the Tokyo Olympics. NADA Director General Navin Agarwal said that Shetty's celebrity status will give him more "clout" and "reach" than a former or a current sportsperson. "We th..
                 

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Don't mess with MS Dhoni

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New Delhi: India coach Ravi Shastri says none can "mess around with" Mahendra Singh Dhoni if he decides to be in contention for next year's T20 World Cup but the enigmatic former captain would "never impose himself" on the team. In a soon-to-be-telecast interview on 'India Today' channel, Shastri was asked about the much-speculated future of Dhoni, who has been on a sabbatical ever since India's semifinal exit from the ODI World Cup in England earlier this year. "That (Dhoni) guy is a legend. The last thing he will want is to impose himself on an Indian team, having known him. He is wanting to take a break but he is going to play the IPL," Shastri said on the show 'The Inspiration'. Asked if he isn't ruling out a comeback by the 38-year-old, Shastri answered, "The amount of sport he has played... if he puts himself in contention... if he feels after the IPL that 'I am good enough to play for India', don't mess around with that." Dhoni, after maintaining a stoic silence on his future pl..
                 

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Details inside: AR Rahman's daughters Khatija and Raheema will open U2 concert with their father

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AR Rahman will be opening for U2 when the Irish rock band performs in Mumbai on December 15. He will be accompanied by singer daughters, Khatija and Raheema. This is the first time the trio will be on stage together. The U2: The Joshua Tree Tour celebrates their iconic 1987 album of the same name. Rahman will render Ahimsa, his collaborative single with the band. Ahimsa features a hymn from The Tirukkural, a classic Tamil language text on ethics and morality. The Oscar winner says that the concept of Ahimsa or non-violence is Indian tradition but we still have to remind people about it. "It requires courage and strength. A quality that is impervious to weapons or power. It's a mission, which is most needed to heal the modern world and it is incredible timing to collaborate with U2, with their amazing legacy, to revive this movement," says the Oscar winner. The concert, to be held at DY Patil Stadium, will be U2's first gig in the country. The band comprises frontman Bono, guitarist T..
                 

Hema Upadhyay murder case: With Vijay jailed, wife, kids struggle to make ends meet

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Vidyadhar Rajbhar, accused by the police of carrying out the double murders at the behest of artist Chintan Upadhyay, has been missing since the bodies were discovered. But for his community of fabricators, his involvement in the case has been bringing only bad news since. » P10 While co-accused in the artist-advocate murder, Vijay Rajbhar, has been in jail since December 2015, his family says they have been reeling under an acute financial crisis. Vijay's wife, Saroj, claims that the main killers, Pradeep Rajbhar, Shivkumar Rajbhar and Vidyadhar Rajbhar alias Gotu — who owns the metal fabrication workshop in Kandivli and is absconding till date — kept him in the dark about the cardboard boxes containing bodies. Owing to financial difficulties, her eldest son started working when he was still a minor. "My eldest son works at a mall and earns around R8,000 per month. He has been the father for his siblings. My second son is in Std XI and the youngest is in Std VII," sa..
                 

Hema Upadhyay and lawyer's murder: Chintan's bail rejected four times in four years

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Though the actual murder suspect has not been apprehended, the main accused Chintan has found it impossible to secure bail. Every time he moves court, police use the extra-judicial confession of Vidyadhar's mother to oppose his plea. After being refused bail by various courts four times since 2016, jailed celebrity painter Chintan Upadhyay's lawyer Bharat Manghani told mid-day they may once again approach the Supreme Court. His last plea in SC was rejected in February this year after the prosecution asked for nine months for a trial. Chintan and two others have been imprisoned in the double murder of his wife Hema and her lawyer Harish Bhambani whose bodies were found bound and gagged inside a suitcase on December 11, 2015. "In February this year, we had approached the Supreme Court for bail for my client but the prosecution lawyer sought nine months to complete the trial. That period ended on November 14," Manghani told mid-day, saying he was preparing the documents before approaching..
                 

Mumbai: Central Railway's first AC local likely to be on track from January

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Central Railway's (CR) much-awaited first AC local train arrived at the Kurla carshed on Tuesday. The train, which has been customised for the CR section, is the shortest in the fleet of the existing AC locals, with a height of 4,270mm as compared to the 4,283mm ones that run on the Western Railway (WR) section. Just after the train arrived at the carshed, the destination board mentioned Borivli, but then it was swiftly changed to Dadar. Speaking to mid-day, CR divisional railway manager, Shalabh Goel said, "The train will be put into service soon, but we are yet to decide its timetable and from when it would run. However, it will be driven by a motorwoman and we have also trained a group of 100 people to ensure that the train functions without any problems." He further said that the second AC local would arrive before March next year. "We had a meeting with all the stakeholders and commuter associations in January and it turned out that everyone wants the train to run on their respect..
                 

Mumbai: Indian scientists sign petition against Citizenship amendment Bill

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While the Citizenship amendment Bill has already led to major anger in-country, Indian scientists from across the world have issued a statement against the bill. Over 1000 scientists have already signed the statement that is shared digitally. Calling immediate withdrawal of the bill, the statement reads, "The idea of India that emerged from the independence movement, and as enshrined in our constitution, is that of a country that aspires to treat people of all faiths equally. The use of religion as a criterion for citizenship in the proposed bill would mark a radical break with this history and would be inconsistent with the basic structure of the constitution. We fear, in particular, that the careful exclusion of Muslims from the ambit of the Bill will greatly strain the pluralistic fabric of the country." The statement is receiving a major response from academia with many scientists from reputed institutions signing the statement that demands the withdrawal of the said bill. Some of ..
                 

Chhapaak Trailer: Five reasons why Deepika Padukone's film seems to be a winner!

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The trailer of the much-awaited drama, Chhapaak, starring Deepika Padukone and Vikrant Massey, finally arrived and as expected, has created a formidable impact on the viewers. It presents a story that needs to be told and viewed in large numbers. There's no other filmmaker better than Meghna Gulzar to essay the life of the acid-attack survivor, Laxmi Agarwal. With Chhapaak, Meghna Gulzar opts for another hard-hitting drama that has all the chances to resonate with the nation. Here are five of them: 1. The Theme Cinema is all about entertainment, this is what is often written and heard about the medium. There are only a few filmmakers who dare to transcend entertainment and present stories that jolt and discomfort the audience, simultaneously engaging them and informing them about the brutal realities of India. Gulzar is one such moniker. It's a film about a woman who's struck by tragedy, and how she triumphs over the brutality she suffered. It's a film driven by hope and made with hea..
                 

Indian Idol 11: Singer Neha Kakkar reveals her emotional turmoil on the show, says life was unfair

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Over the years, Neha Kakkar has become one of the biggest singers in the Hindi film industry. Her songs fetch staggering views on YouTube and are fans' favourites. However, every coin has two sides and so does the entertainment industry. Kakkar was in a relationship with actor Himansh Kohli and the couple mutually parted ways. And ever since then, the singer has been battling emotionally and even confessed a few months ago. "Yes, I am in depression. Thanks to all the negative people in the world. You are successful in giving me the worst days of my life. Congratulations, you’re successful," wrote the actress on her Instagram story. In case you missed it, have a look right here: And on the recent episode of Indian Idol 11, while interacting with one of the contestants, Asmat, she revealed how she went through a very rough patch in her life, how she didn’t want to live anymore and even began to think life was unfair. She also said during such negative thoughts, one should al..
                 

Nusrat Jahan says this boy selling balloons made her weekend special, here's why

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Bengali actress and newly-elected MP from Basirhat, Nusrat Jahan has been making waves ever since she won the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The new-age political leader from Kolkata is much more than just a popular face. The actor-turned-politician loves children and her Instagram filled with cute, candid pictures with children is proof enough. Nusrat Jahan cuddles the young boy after she meets him over the weekend during her travel On Monday, Nusrat took to Instagram and shared a picture with a boy who was selling balloons on the streets of Kolkata. While sharing the post, Nusrat wrote: Made my weekend special...with the special one...a 1 year and a half baby-selling balloons was way more cuter and colourful than the balloons...! It seems Nusrat met the boy over the weekend when she was travelling in the state. While sharing the cute, candid pictures, Nusrat ended her caption with the hashtag 'Love for all' and 'Love is the only language'! Since the time the post was shared, it has garner..
                 

Star Screen Awards: Flaunting his trophies in car trunk to dancing with Sara, Ranveer Singh steals the night

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The prestigious Star Screen Award 2019 was held at the Filmcity in Goregaon, Mumbai. Several celebrities including Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh, Sara Ali Khan, Ayushmann Khurrana, Alia Bhatt, Ananya Panday, Hrithik Roshan, Shahid Kapoor graced the event looking their stylish best. However, the night remained a memorable one, thanks to Ranveer Singh. The actor known in the world for his unusual theatrics continued the same at the awards nights. He came up at the event, dressed in his best - a black turtleneck sweater, a golden jacket and a pair of black trousers. Singh arrived at the gala with his wife Deepika Padukone who too was dressed perfectly. The Befikre actor emerged as one of the big winners of the night, claiming the Best Actor award for his role in Gully Boy. The film received many accolades throughout the event. In fact, the film won as many as 11 awards in several categories such as Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, Best Costume, Best Production Design, Best Cinem..
                 

Uddhav Thackeray starts the big churn at CMO

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Chief minister Uddhav Thackeray has finally appointed senior bureaucrats to run his Mantralaya office. He has made one exception though, that of retaining Bhushan Gagrani in an all-important team that the senior babu had been part of in the earlier Devendra Fadnavis government for over a year. In addition, Gagrani's four-batch junior Vikas Kharage has also been shifted to the chief minister's office from the forest department. Gagrani (1990 batch of IAS) holds a feat that many bureaucrats can only dream of — he has worked with CMs in the previous Congress-NCP and BJP-Sena coalition governments till date. Being seniormost among IAS officers in the CMO, he will be made Principal Secretary (1), followed by Kharage as Principal Secretary (2). Both will share the department work as decided by Thackeray. Gagrani has also been given additional charge of the industries department till a full-time appointment is made. Gagrani was brought to the CMO from CIDCO after Praveen Pardeshi was sh..
                 

India's men's table tennis team decode how they secured the country's highest-ever world ranking

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The Indian men's table tennis team have been bringing their A-game to the table across the last couple of years. From a gold in the men's team event at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games to a historic bronze at the Jakarta Asian Games in the same year, G Sathiyan, 26, Achanta Sharath Kamal, 37, and Harmeet Desai, 26, have helped India achieve its highest ever ITTF world team ranking of eight. It's unprecedented but not unexpected, insist the trio. "To be ranked eighth in the world in a sport played by over 200 countries is incredible. It's all thanks to our federation's [TTFI] support. We have a good domestic set-up, besides the introduction of the franchise-based Ultimate Table Tennis [UTT] has provided us the invaluable experience of playing alongside the world's best and thereby boosted our confidence to perform on the international stage. Earlier, it was one player doing well abroad but now we are excelling as a team and the main reason for this is moving to Europe to play on t..
                 

Mumbai's got game

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Tired of playing the game of life in Mumbai and running the rat race? Take a break this Sunday and play a different game — any of the 150 different games on offer at Mumbai's first board games convention, MeepleCon. Whether one is a games buff or hasn't picked up a board game since their childhood, the convention can be a fun event to unwind at and spend quality time with family and friends. Even first-timers should have no trouble, as there are volunteers at each of the 100-odd tables to teach you how to play them. The hand-painted 3D Settlers of Catan "Who doesn't have great memories of playing Monopoly late into the night with their friends?" says co-founder Prashant Maheswari. Prashant and his fellow founders, Mohit Goel and Karan Rawat, first started organising small events for enthusiasts seven years ago. "We started with 100 participants, grew to 200, 300 and then, we decided to take it bigger, with MeepleCon," says Maheshwari. Last year, as many as 3,000 people participat..