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Oct 192017
 

The cast of Siddharth Kumar Tewary’s (Swastik Productions) Shankar Jai Kishen talk about their plans for Diwali and the cracker they resemble the most.

Chitrashi Rawat
Chitrashi Rawat

Chitrashi Rawat: I have already started attending many Diwali parties. On the day of Diwali, I will stay at home. I have not gone to my home town this year, because of the shooting schedules. This Diwali, I will be at home, cleaning my house, decorating it with lights and rangolis, as I do every year.

Himmanshoo Malhotra: I will celebrate Diwali at home with my wife. We will light diyas, decorate the house with Rangolis and lamps, get dressed and maybe call up some friends. I think I resemble the fountain, as I am full of positivity and like to make people happy.

Hemant Pandey: I am going to celebrate Diwali with my family this year. The cracker that I resemble the most is Phuljhadi because it is bright and lively.

Sumeet Samnani: I celebrate Diwali with family every year. Diwali is one of the grandest festivals for Hindus. So I take off from work for at least 3-4 days and spend that time with my loved ones. I resemble a fountain because I feel that I give out positive vibes when I meet people. I try to do good things for others. I think I also resemble a rocket because I always aim high.

Falaq Naaz: I will visit my friends and my brother. My family and my friends think that I am like the fountain. Because when it bursts, everyone looks at it in awe. But personally, I think I am a rocket because when I get angry, I burst and people watch me in silence.

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Oct 192017
 

Amitabh Bachchan says he tries to keep himself free during Diwali to spend time with family. The actor was addressing guests on his game show, Kaun Banega Crorepati, when he said: “I try to keep myself free during festivals so that I can celebrate them with my family, but sometimes, if I am out of India for shoots, I can’t be with them.” However, it is suggested that the Bachchan family will refrain from celebrations this year following the death of daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai’s father Krishnaraj Rai.

Aishwarya Rai and Amitabh Bachchan
Aishwarya Rai and Amitabh Bachchan

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Oct 192017
 

The unit of the upcoming show, Porus, were in Khao Sok, Thailand, recently to shoot for the historical. Laksh Lalwani plays Porus, while Praneet Bhatt will be seen as Darius. The big-budget drama has made actors sign a clause that they will have to indulge in underwater sequences. No body doubles will be used. Those suffering from aquaphobia had to opt out.

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Oct 182017
 

Rajkummar Rao is busy promoting his film ‘Shaadi Main Zaroor Aana’ these days. But in the meanwhile, he is taking time out to celebrate Diwali with his close friends and family. The National award winning actor says that Diwali has always been his favourite festival since childhood. Since he used to stay in a joint family in Gurgaon,his family used to celebrate Diwali together. He adds that it is quite emotional for him to reminisce about those days. Rajkumar explains that he used to enjoy decorating the house. “The best part of Diwali was sweet.I used to always have my eyes on the sweets and eat as much as I could.We used to burn firecrackers too, but nowadays knowing how it impacts the environment and increases pollution, I avoid bursting crackers.

Rajkumar and his long-time partner Patralekha have recently worked in an advertisement for Diwali. That ad has received lots of praise. Rajkummar points out that even in the real life, Patralekha is not a demanding girlfriend. She knows life in a very good way and if he doesn’t get time, then she makes all the purchases herself and he does not have to worry about Diwali shopping.

Rajkummar Rao added that this Diwali is working for both he and Patralekha. He is shooting for ‘Fanney Khan’ and Patralekha also has her own line-up of projects.

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Oct 182017
 

Day 17 in the Bigg Boss house was an eventful one. It started with Vikas’ team strategizing their war plan against Puneesh’s team in the Luxury Budget Challenge, moving on to delectable goodies baked by Sabyasachi and finally, towards the end of the day – Diwali sweets by Bigg Boss.

Early in the morning, Vikas is seen in jail. He is visibly agitated, and now with Arshi alongside him, he asks her to help him in his team’s challenge against team Puneesh. He clearly hasn’t been able to get over the events of the previous day. He asks Arshi to get two boxes – and gloves. He dons the rubber gloves, and gets all set to start collecting insects. He keeps the dead insects in one box and all live ones in the other.

While he’s doing this, Hina is seen speaking to the team members about how they will not give the other team any time to recuperate between attacks – there will be a constant onslaught. Hina will follow her plan to the T.

As the day progresses, on popular demand, Sabyasachi bakes an apple pie and a special cake for the contestants, which is loved by everyone. They all wish each other Happy Diwali. Hugs and kisses are passed around – some warmer and more affectionate than the others.
They even take the pie to the Kaal Kothri and offer it to the inmates; the love in the air is palpable.

Bigg Boss even sends sweets to the contestants, after all – they’ve been his guests for over two weeks now. They are all smiles when the beautiful gift wrapping is opened, and the sweets are revealed. They feed each other, and even offer cake and pie to Bigg Boss.

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Oct 182017
 

Life of rockstar-musician, Yo Yo Honey Singh is something people think they know everything about, but there is a lot that the audience is unaware of. The bipolar disorder that he went through will be one of the important chapters as no one is aware of what really happened. He disappeared from the scene. The impact that it had on his life and how he worked towards coming out of it will be very significant.

Yo Yo Honey Singh offered a whopping amount of Rs 25 crore for his biography
Yo Yo Honey Singh

One of the publishers has offered Honey Singh a whopping Rs 25 crore for it.

If the musician agrees for a biography to be made on himself, it will be interesting for his fans.

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Oct 182017
 

A month after Pakistani actress Mahira Khan and Bollywood actor Ranbir Kapoor’s smoking photos went viral and created furore on social media, Mahira has now finally broken her silence on the controversy. In September, Ranbir Kapoor and Mahira Khan were spotted together in New York and the photos of the two went viral, triggering dating rumours. Soon after the photographs went viral, a lot of people started slamming Mahira for smoking and wearing a short dress.

Mahira Khan breaks silence on viral photos with Ranbir Kapoor: It is my personal life
Mahira Khan and Ranbir Kapoor’s viral picture. Pic/Instagram

Now, Mahira Khan has finally spoken out and given an epic response to her haters. According to reports, Mahira Khan gave her opinion on the issue at the trailer launch of her upcoming film ‘Verna’ in Pakistan.

Mahira Khan said, “Through the times of turbulence, through the joys, through the ups and downs, through the mistakes we make and all the success we get, let nobody… nobody’s opinion define who you are. And if anybody defines who you are, let it be yourself. Because including me and all the women out there, we’re all worth it!”

Mahira also spoke to TV channel SAMAA TV and said, “I am a very careful person otherwise. People ask me that I do not do this in films (probably she meant smoking), I say I do not want to. Why should I do anything to show the world?”

She further clarified that meeting Ranbir Kapoor was a personal thing. “It is my personal life and it is very normal for a boy and girl to hang out. This one incident has taught me a lot.”

Popular Pakistani actors like Ali Zafar, Humaima Malick, Mawra and Urwa Hocane lent support to Mahira Khan. Ranbir Kapoor, too, issued a statement following the furore over the pictures. He issued a statement that read, “I’ve gotten to know Mahira in a personal capacity over the last few months. She is somebody who I admire and respect, for her achievements and even more for the person she is. It is very unfair the way she is being judged and spoken about. What is also sad is the inequality in judgment just because she is a woman. I request you to stop the negativity and move on with your beautiful god gifted lives. Peace and love.”

Also read: Another picture of Ranbir Kapoor and Mahira Khan hits the internet

On the work front, Mahira Khan made her Bollywood debut with ‘Raees’ earlier this year that had superstar Shah Rukh Khan in the lead role.

Also read: Here’s the real story behind Ranbir Kapoor and Mahira Khan’s viral photos

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Oct 182017
 

Bollywood superstar Priyanka Chopra, who is currently busy in shooting for the upcoming season of ‘Quantico’, has finally opened about shocking revelations of sexual harassment that has taken Hollywood by storm. While speaking at the 2017 Maire Claire Power Trip event, the 35-year-old actress addressed Harvey Weinstein’s fallout from his prestigious role in cinema by saying that ‘it’s not about sexuality, it’s all about power’.

Priyanka Chopra
Priyanka Chopra

She said, “It’s not just about sexuality. It’s not about sex. It’s about power. It’s an isolating feeling. The easiest thing to take away from a woman is her work.’ Adding, ‘The fact that we can be compassionate and, at the same time, tough are strengths only women have. Don’t allow anyone to tell you that you need to dress a certain way. When you open your mouth, you deliver.”

The ‘Baywatch’ star also revealed the fear of failure still keeps her up at night and also gave a solution of getting over it. ‘I don’t repeat my mistakes. And that’s a way of getting over failure,’ noted the actress. Recently, the 35-year-old actress was honoured at the Variety’s Power of Women that took place at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons.

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Oct 182017
 

One of the most controversial contestants on ‘Bigg Boss 11’, Arshi Khan, has grabbed headlines yet again, and this time, it is for her past antics. An old video of Arshi Khan with her female friend has gone viral online and social media users have criticised the clip for being ‘vulgar’ and ‘cheap’. Here’s a screenshot from the video doing the rounds on social media:

'Bigg Boss 11': Arshi Khan's 'vulgar' video goes viral
A still from Arshi Khan’s ‘vulgar’ video that has gone viral. Pic/Twitter

In the ‘Bigg Boss 11‘ house, Arshi Khan has created quite a stir with her loud behaviour. She has had ugly spats with Hina Khan, Sapna Choudhary and Shilpa Shinde in the house. Even host and superstar Salman Khan has warned Arshi Khan about her abusive language in the ‘Bigg Boss 11’ house.

Arshi Khan is not new to controversies. Arshi Khan has been making headlines for her alleged association with Shahid Afridi for the last few years. On September 8, 2015, Arshi tweeted about her relationship with Shahid Afridi. “Yes, I had sex with Afridi! Do I need the Indian media’s permission to sleep with someone? It’s my personal life. For me it was love,” Arshi Khan tweeted. Following the revelation, a fatwa was issued against Arshi Khan by a mufti from a Madrassa in Pakistan. Arshi Khan had also received threat calls following her admission of having sex with Shahid Afridi.

Also read: ‘Bigg Boss 11’: Arshi Khan, who ‘had sex’ with Shahid Afridi, calls him ‘mehboob

In 2016, Arshi Khan claimed that she was pregnant, a statement that sparked rumours of Shahid Afridi being the father of her baby. Arshi Khan, however, didn’t clarify at that time if Shahid Afridi was the father of her child. Later, in an interview, Arshi Khan, denied being pregnant.

Last year, a video of her stripping naked for cricketers had gone viral online. Arshi Khan has done several photo shoots, with many of them creating a stir online for nudity. One of Arshi Khan’s most controversial photo shoots has been the one where she stuck pictures of Pakistani cricketers on her chest.

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Oct 182017
 

With as many as 43 women accusing Hollywood heavyweight Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment, the scandal has put the spotlight on the murky side of showbiz, highlighting once again how the industry is riddled with misogyny and sexism.

Ram Kapoor
Ram Kapoor

As more skeletons come tumbling out of Weinstein’s closet, closer home, it has served as an inspiration for producer-director Shailendra Singh’s web film, titled Casting Couch Ouch. Singh has approached Ram Kapoor to play the central character that is modelled on the disgraced producer.

Alsoread: Shocking! Harvey Weinstein wanted to spend a night with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

Harvey Weinstein
Harvey Weinstein

Singh reveals that he had devised a script based on the casting couch prevalent in the industry. However, once the scandal broke out, he amended the story to make it more relevant. “We reworked the character of the producer and based him on Harvey Weinstein. We are in talks with Ram Kapoor for the role, as he has a similar build to that of Harvey. We will be shooting the film over the next 10 days,” he says.

Also read: Meryl Streep and other Hollywood actresses slam Harvey Weinstein over sexual harassment claims

Shailendra Singh
Shailendra Singh

Much like Hollywood, Singh says that its desi counterpart too has umpteen cases of powerful men preying on actors. His web film will bring to light such unspoken truths of Bollywood. “I felt that if we address the issue in our film, it will send shivers down the spines of many in Bollywood. We hope to create awareness at large. The Weinstein episode is just as relevant here. I think the casting couch still exists in Bollywood. The young generation of actresses may be sharp, but as an insider in the film circuit, I know that they still have uncomfortable experiences during their auditions today.”

Also read: Mayank Shekhar column: The Harvey Weinsteins of Bollywood

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