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Dia Mirza unveils musical short film ‘B for Braille’

Posted on 27 August 2014 by admin

ACTOR-filmmaker Dia Mirza Monday un­veiled `B for Braille`, a musical short film that aims at promoting Braille literacy in the country, and called it a `benevo­lent initiative`.

An initiative of White Print,India’s first English Lifestyle Magazine in Braille, the film revolves around a 10-year-old visually impaired boy who is in­trigued by a book that he acciden­tally finds leading to a profound connection that he develops with his father’s storytelling.

His earnest connection with books and the stories in them drives his parents in pursuit of a way to teach their child how to read. The innocent joy and hap­piness on their son’s face when his little fingers touch the raised dots, makes them realise the val­ue it would add to his future life.

Praising the effort, Dia said that `B for Braille` is a `benevo­lent initiative`.

`We tend to ignore the issues that don’t concern us directly, but it is important that we introspect and take the more humane step.Readingis something the sighted take for granted while it opens a whole new world for the visually impaired community,` Dia said at the film’s screening at the Light Box Theatre here.

`It’s time we strongly address the lack of awareness that exists, not only promote the beautiful art of reading but help elevate literacy levels. I am extremely proud to be associated with the cause and spread the message of Braille literacy to every part ofIndia,` she added.

Upasana Makati, founder and publisher, White Print, said that the ratio of visually impaired and the literate visually impaired is skewed.

`There is an urgent need to educate and empower, to reach out to smaller towns and villages and generate awareness regard­ing the Braille script.

“Beautiful music, powerful lyrics and some emotional visu­als captured in the film can be the best medium to spread the word. ‘B for Braille’ is our way of taking a step towards making a difference,” saidMakati.

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Smart Move Babe: Alia takes potshot at herself

Posted on 27 August 2014 by admin

SHE became the butt of all jokes following her appearance on Karan Johar’s chat show, but now actress Alia Bhatt has taken a pot­shot at herself via an entertaining video titled “Alia Bhatt – Genius of the Year”, which is gaining popularity on on­line social media.

“So after the ‘Alia Bhatt Jokes’ thing…I decided to FIX my BRAIN! Check this out http://youtu.be/pfHxl46KyZM,” the sport­ing Alia posted on Twitter Monday morn­ing.

A brief description of the YouTube video, uploaded by comedy collective AllIndiaBak­chod (AIB), reads: “What did Alia Bhatt do after the internet turned her into the butt of all jokes? A documentary crew found out…”

The video features Alia herself, with appearances by her father and filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt, as well as friends and col­leagues like Karan Johar, Arjun Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra.

It begins with a message that reads – “In 2014, a documentary crew follows Alia Bhatt in the aftermath of her ‘Koffee With Karan’ debacle”.

The video, featuring Alia as herself, is a funny fictional take on what the 21-year-old went through after her general knowledge, rather the lack of it, was known to the world when she called “Prithviraj Chauhan” as the country’s President on Karan’s show.

In the video, she is seen talking about how “hurt” she was when instead of searching for “Alia Bhatt hot pics” on Google, people start­ed looking for “Alia Bhatt jokes”.

She then visits a ‘Dumb Belle Mental Gym’, which offers her to take her from “Dolce & Gabbana to ‘Smart like Shabana (Azmi)’”. At the ‘gym’, she reads newspa­pers and her diet is “three portions of news­papers in the morning” and she is instructed to “skip Page 3”. She is made to brush up her knowledge via music, and she lands on “Koffee With Karan” again and stuns host Karan with her answers.

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Bipasha feels remuneration disparity would remain

Posted on 21 August 2014 by admin

Bipasha feels remuneration disparity would remain Actress Bipasha Basu says the remuneration disparity between actors and actresses will not change in filmdom, adding that she doesn’t loose sleep over this anymore.

“Remuneration disparity is not going to change much,” Bipasha, who is active in the Hindi film industry since 2001, told IANS.

“It’s definitely going to remain the same because the kind of box office Salman Khan does may be a Katrina Kaif won’t achieve that alone. It’s just normal infrastructure and business, so I am not really crying about it,” she added.

But at the same time she feels in terms of role, the situation is getting better for the actresses.

“I believe we are going to get a lot of space in the industry, and women would get to play a lot of role. I think it’s going to change and at every age a woman would get an interesting role to play,” said the 35-year-old whose right now looking forward to her next release “Creature 3D”.

“Now the actress is not just an arm candy who sings and dances. It’s getting better,” she said and added that some of the recent women centric films were good.

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Jacqueline is Yo Yo Honey Singh’s new muse

Posted on 21 August 2014 by admin

After Sonakshi Sinha, it is now Jacqueline Fernandez who will feature in Yo Yo Honey Singh’s next music video.

The singer pencilled in on Jacqueline after seeing her in the Jumme Ki Raat track in Kick.

Like Sona’s video, Jacqui will shoot with Yo Yo at an exotic location abroad as soon as Honey can take time off from his upcoming television show, India’s Raw Star.

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Kat following Ranveer’s Footstep: To accompany Ranbir on sets of Tamasha

Posted on 21 August 2014 by admin

The ‘Bang Bang’ actress Katrina Kaif has decided to to accompany alleged beau for the second schedule of Imtiaz Ali’s ‘Tamasha’. Ostensibly, earlier it was reported that Ranbir Kapoor has strictly asked Katrina to maintain distance form ‘Tamasha’s’ sets!

Well it would be for obvious reasons that RK wanted to avoid the awkward situation of facing his ‘Ex’ and ‘Present’ girlfriend together on the set! However it seems Kat would not be following RK’s guidelines and will ac-company him for the second schedule of Tamasha, which is set to hit the floor in September.

According the the grapevine Kat has taken up this decision because of Ranveer Singh!

A source close to the stars had recently stated, it was Ranveer Singh’s frequent appearances on the sets of ‘Tamasha’ that lead Katrina to take up this decision! Post wrapping up ‘Bang Bang’, now the actress is waiting for her next film ‘Fitoor’ to hit the floor, but apparently that doesn’t seem to be happening anytime soon as the film is yet again delayed, so Kat decided to travel with RK and spend time with him, instead of staying back in Mumbai.

 

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EVELYN’S international music debut ‘Something Beautiful’ goes live!

Posted on 21 August 2014 by admin

Evelyn Sharma is riding a high after delivering hits such as Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani and Main Tera Hero. She will soon be seen opposite Sunny Deol and Arshad Warsi in ‘Bhaiyyaji Superhitt’. Not one to slow down or bask in the glory of previous accomplishments, Evelyn started working on her International Debut with Indo – American Rapper and music producer, Brooklyn Shaanti. The song – Something Beautiful – is sung and penned by Evelyn herself.

She wrote the lyrics to this melodious song at a time when she felt down and out. Her video, shot entirely in New York goes online today! Here’s a link to the song – Something Beautiful – for all to see. Hope this song inspires you as well to see that no matter what, there will always be something beautiful in you!

 

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Another feather in Sunny’s cap?

Posted on 07 August 2014 by admin

ADULT film star and Bollywood actress Sunny Leone, who recently grooved to songs in a Tamil and well as Telugu film, is currently shooting for an item number here for upcoming Kannada film “DK”. She will be seen in an out-and-out folk number. The song featuring Sunny is called “Seshamma seshamma”.

“She has been shooting with us for the last three days at a set specially erected for the song. We are likely to finish shooting the song today (Monday). It’s a folk song and audiences are sure going to enjoy seeing Sunny groove to it,” a source from the film’s unit told IANS.

“We’ve been shooting the song secretly as we didn’t want Sunny’s presence in the city to attract public attention,” the source added.

“DK”, which is directed by Udaya Prakash, features Prem in the lead role.

Sunny was recently seen in a special song for Tamil film “Vadacurry”, while she also completed shooting an item number for upcoming Telugu film “Current Theega” as well.

 

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Tamannaah looking forward to ‘Entertainment’

Posted on 07 August 2014 by admin

Actress Tamannaah Bhatia said her next project ‘Entertainment’ is not just slapstick comedy but also a brainy film and can be watched with family members. The film is directed by Sajid-Farhad and produced by Ramesh S Taurani. The film is scheduled for a release on August 8. “’Entertainment’ is not just slapstick comedy..it can be watched with family members,” the actress said after the launch of Celkon Signature Two A500 Smartphone here.

The actress said she has another release with Telugu actor Mahesh Babu, who is playing a lead role in ‘Aagadu’, which is directed by Srinu Vytla. Tamannaah said she is also busy with S S Rajamouli’s mega project ‘Bahubali’ scheduled for release soon.

“I am also doing a Tamil film being directed by Rajesh with Arya in the lead role,” she said. Tamannaah said she is keen on working in Kannada film if she gets a good subject. “I am working in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu films, and if something nice in Kannada comes along, I will definitely be a part of it,” she said.

 

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Nawab Pataudi was proud of Saif and Kareena

Posted on 07 August 2014 by admin

Actress Kareena Kapoor Khan, who terms her father-in-law Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi as a ‘man of few words’, said he was proud of her and her husband and actor Saif Ali Khan. Saif, son of the late cricketer and actress Sharmila Tagore, is planning to make a film on Pataudi’s life. “It’s really nice that Saif is thinking of it (making the film). I had spent three years with him (Pataudi) and he was a man of few words. He was a very quite person,” Kareena told PTI in an interview here. “He was very warm and would not express his affection towards me.

But I remember, once we all were in Pataudi (town) and he put his hand on my shoulder. It was a gesture of warmth and strength. It is something which will always remain with me,” she said.

The 33-year old actress said her father-in-law was proud of the work of his children and her as well. “He was always proud of Saif and me. I don’t think he had seen too many of my films but he had seen ‘Omkara’ and liked me in it,” she said. The former Indian cricket captain, who was the titular Nawab of Pataudi from 1952 until 1971, died in 2011 of a lung ailment in Delhi.

The actress says he was a great sporting icon and legend. “I remember reading lovely articles written by the Indian and international media about him after he passed away.

I am happy people paid respect towards him,” she said. Meanwhile, on the rumours of Saif’s daughter Sara, from his former wife Amrita Singh, joining films, Kareena said that there are no Bollywood plans for Sara now as she is still studying in New York.

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If I am good actor, don’t need bikini: Humaima Malick

Posted on 30 July 2014 by admin

Pakistani model-actress Humaima Malick was comfortable shooting a “kissing scene” for her debut Hindi movie, but she shuns bikini. Humaima is making her Bollywood debut with “Raja Natwarlal” and the film releasing Aug 29 is said to be a crime comedy.

“I don’t think I will be able to wear a bikini, I really don’t think so,” Humaima told IANS while sharing her views on donning that piece of costume.

Produced by UTV Motion Pictures and directed by Kunal Deshmukh, “Raja Natwarlal” will see Humaima teaming up with Bollywood’s serial kisser Emraan Hashmi.

“If I am a good actor, then there is no need to wear a bikini. In my film, there is no sex put in forcefully. Every romantic part makes sense. It’s been shot sensibly, which will not look vulgar,” she added. She also says that people should not judge her on the basis of the kissing scene.

Humaima said: “Everybody is loving it in Pakistan, they are proud of me and I don’t think you should judge a person on the basis of a kissing scene.” “I know the culture is different here. However, I was nervous because I never thought of doing it in my career but I could never have a best co-star. Doing it with him (Emraan) is far better than doing it with someone else. People love him for this and it doesn’t look vulgar.”

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