Sep 262017

Salman Khan did not forget to carry his paint box while shooting for Ali Abbas Zafar’s Tiger Zinda Hai in Abu Dhabi recently. The actor’s latest painting — a portrait of a woman – was gifted to Maryam Al Mheiri, who is responsible for positioning UAE’s capital as the hub for media and entertainment.

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Yesterday, Mheiri posted a snapshot of the painting on Twitter and wrote, “Thank you Salman for the precious and beautiful painting. This is extra special for me because you created it during the Abu Dhabi shoot.” Needless to add, it occupies pride of place at Mheri’s abode.

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Aug 112017

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Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif are currently filming the final schedule of Tiger Zinda Hai in Abu Dhabi.

Interestingly, Khan’s rumoured ladylove Iulia Vantur has joined the duo on set and will stay there till the schedule ends in September.

While one would think of an obvious friction between Vantur and Khan’s ex-flame Kaif, they apparently share a close bond. The ladies spend time with each other and chat for hours between shots, we are told.

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May 312017

It’s not everyday that you get to behave like an animal. Like a creature in the wild, waiting for your next big prey. But just recently, thousands of women, men, children thronged a leading mall in Abu Dhabi, like hungry idiots for a big global phenomenon—shopping! But wait, it wasn’t a usual sight to see. Reason being, the mall decided to put everything up for grabs, for FREE and for 30 long minutes! Can you predict what happened next? People went crazy. They lost their minds. They turned into furious carnivores, for god’s sake. Mental, ballistic are no words to describe this.  

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Racks was savaged, people were pushed and there was almost a stampede waiting to happen. But money was saved, people became richer and some were preparing to sell the products in the grey market. Here, see this madness for yourself!

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Apr 232017


The makers of actor Prabhas’ next film announced on Sunday that the film has been titled “Saaho”, and it will be made in Telugu, Tamil and Hindi.

In an official statement, UV Creations, makers of the film, announced that after playing the title role in “Baahubali” franchise, Prabhas’s next will be an ambitious high-tech action drama titled “Saaho”.

The film’s director Sujeeth also shared the title on his Twitter page on Sunday.

Talking to IANS earlier this week, Sujeeth said that a major chunk of the film’s budget will be used on action sequences.

“The scale on which it is being made, a major budget will be spent on some extravagant action scenes. Although it will be a commercial outing, we are attempting something new and I would like to keep that as a surprise element,” Sujeeth said.

International stuntman Kenny Bates, popular for his work on films such as “Die Hard” and “Transformers”, has been brought on board.

“Kenny will be supervising the action scenes. We have already finalised locations in Abu Dhabi and some places in Europe where shooting will be done extensively. We go on the floors from the end of May,” he said.

The makers also confirmed that a special teaser of “Saaho” will be attached to “Baahubali 2: The Conclusion”.

The movie has music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. While Sabu Cyril will take care of production design, Madhie will crank the camera.

“We wanted the music to have a national appeal. We roped in Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy because they understand north as well southern sensibilities when it comes to composing music. They have also worked in the south,” Sujeeth had said.

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Mar 262017

Richa Chadha and Sushma SwarajRicha Chadha and Sushma Swaraj

Richa Chadha, who was headed to Los Angeles, was stranded for almost 18 hours at the Abu Dhabi airport following a thunderstorm.

With no communication from the airline staff, the actress decided to seek intervention of Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj on Twitter. The minister, however, is yet to respond.

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Dec 112012

The author has posted comments on this articleTNN | Dec 12, 2012, 01.55AM IST
MUMBAI: Ailing Kingfisher Airlines returned to active discussions for selling a 49% stake to Abu Dhabi carrier Etihad even as investors on Tuesday lapped up shares of the debt-laden company, co-owned by UB Group chairman Vijay Mallya, and a clutch of domestic banks.

The grounded Kingfisher has been in protracted discussions with Etihad for more than a year, but talks revived in recent weeks, said people briefed on the matter. Kingfisher CEO Sanjay Agarwal and Mallya were leading talks with Etihad, which has reached a crucial stage, they added. “This deal has been in the making for a while and Etihad has stood by us, despite being wooed by others. This is a deal which gives them operational control and a large stake at an attractive valuation,” said a source who didn’t want to be named as talks were private. He declined to confirm media reports that a preliminary deal could be in place as early as next week.

Kingfisher Airlines, responding to queries from the stock exchanges, said it was in talks with three potential investors, including Etihad. These are in negotiation stages and no agreement has been reached, the company added. Kingfisher shares were locked at the upper circuit on Tuesday, after rising 5% to touch Rs 15.67 in early morning trade on BSE.

Mumbai Mirror, a Times Group publication, on Tuesday reported that Etihad was nearing a deal with Kingfisher to buy 48% stake in the latter, and transaction might get announced on December 18, which is Mallya’s birthday. Another report earlier this week said Etihad had returned to discussions with Kingfisher after its brief talks with Jet Airways didn’t move ahead.

Jet Airways chairman Naresh Goyal, who fought a bitter battle with challenger Mallya for market share, had stepped into discussions with Etihad after foreign carriers were allowed to buy a 49% stake in domestic airlines. Etihad CEO James Hogan told international media in recent weeks that his company was talking to three Indian carriers for a possible investment, but didn’t name any. Etihad acquired a stake in Virgin Australia, Germany’s Air Berlin and a 40% stake in Air Seychelles in the past one year.

“Foreign carriers know that Kingfisher will regain the market share once it starts flying and shoring up market capitalization will be no big deal then. Even lenders will be more than happy to reschedule debts,” said investment advisor S P Tulsian, who argued that the troubled airline presented the best bet for any foreign acquirer. Kingfisher carries a debt of Rs 8,000 crore and another Rs 3,000 crore supplier credit compared to Jet’s debt of roughly Rs 14,000 crore and supplier credit pegged at around Rs 4,000 crore, Tulsian added.

Meanwhile, Kingfisher Airlines lenders said they would insist that any new stakeholder should come in by fresh issue of shares into the company rather than sale of shares by promoters. The airline lenders are scheduled to meet on December 17 in Mumbai. “If the airline has to be operational it will need immediate capital for paying off dues to airports, staff and other service providers. This has to come in by issue of new shares so that funds go into the airline,” said a lender. “We may agree to another repayment schedule if new shareholder comes up with a viable plan,” he added.

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