Aishwarya Rai Bachchan At Cannes 2017: Step aside, the Queen has arrived


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Updated: Sun, 21 May 2017 18:43:02 IST Updated: Sun, 21 May 2017

Cannes 2017 would be incomplete without Aishwarya Rai Bachchan for all of us in India. After all, Ash made the prestigious film festival popular among Indians. She has been attending it for 15 years in a row now. So, she's a past master at making a statement here like she did when she stepped out for her press interviews today.

It was a jaw-dropping moment with Ash looking stunning in a layered sheer gown from Yanina Couture. She paired it with golden stilettos from Casadei and jewellery by Swarovski. Now, that's what you call a real beauty! 

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Coming soon: A sequel to Om Shanti Om?

Bradley Fernandes


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Updated: Sun, 23 Jul 2017 12:01:55 IST Updated: Sun, 23 Jul 2017

Farah Khan’s most loved film Om Shanti Om starring Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone completes a decade this year. The film was recently remade in Japan and Farah Khan was in Osaka to attend its premiere, where the choreographer-turned-director tweeted a picture with the poster of the Japanese version and captioned the picture saying, “Opening tomorrow nite.. dont miss the Japanese version of @iamsrk n @deepikapadukone .. #oso in osaka! So looking forward to this!”

Farah later tweeted a picture of a Japanese actor wearing a quirky and jazzy jacket with Om written on its back. Her caption read, “V should hav made this awesome jacket 4 @iamsrk .. OSO musical dress rehearsal was awesome..japan truly celebrating the film.”

Well, Shah Rukh Khan who’s super active on social media, instantly replied to her tweet and said, “Arre yaar. Let’s do it in part 2 now. Last nite kids telling me how much they love OSO.”

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Now, that’s something which got everyone excited. Om Shanti Om is one of those SRK films loved by all. Thanks to its fun retro vibe, epic dialogues (picture abhi baaki hai mere dost, ek chutki sindoor… who can forget them) and obviously SRK and Deepika Padukone’s chemistry. OSO was a complete entertainer and no wonder even after completing a decade, the film is still the most loved one. Now only we have our fingers crossed and hope the makers soon begin the second part.

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Breathe easy with these indoor pollutant warriors

Priya Negi


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Updated: Sat, 22 Jul 2017 16:00:28 IST Updated: Sat, 22 Jul 2017

As if outdoor pollution in Indian cities is not bad enough, did you know that we are risking our health with indoor air pollutants? If not, take note, stagnant indoor environment allows pollutants to stick around spaces, making a breath of fresh air a rarity. But we might have some good news. You can make your space cleaner with this easy and affordable method, which surprisingly is also natural. Potted plants as a remedy for pollution has been known for long.

But there are some plants that you can grow and keep indoors that not only consume carbon dioxide and release oxygen but also eliminate harmful chemicals and purify the air. These plants not only filter your indoor air, but also beautify the house. Here is a list of five such air-purifying plants that can be a good start or addition to your indoor garden.

Mother-in-law's Tongue 

If you think that this name is interesting then wait, there are some other interesting names too for this plant. Mother-in-law's tongue is also known as the snake plant and viper's bowstring hemp because its fibers are used in making bowstrings. 

This evergreen perennial plant is quite popular among houseplants. It needs very less watering and if you are not regular in caring about your houseplants, this one is just perfect for you. It can easily survive irregular watering and in fact it can rot if over-watered.

Song of India 

Dracaena reflexa, which is popularly known by the name Song of India, is native to Mauritius. This shrub plant is slow growing one but looks cool in the house It has average water requirements and is fine with low-light. 

Besides, traditional medical practitioners from the origin place of the plant believe it to cure malarial symptoms, poisoning, and diarrhea. It is also used in herbal teas.

Devil's Ivy

Don't get confused with the name because this one is familiar to you. In India, it is known more popularly with the name money plant, though it has many other names as well. We hope you might already have it, if not, then get it soon.

If you are still thinking about the name devil's ivy, the name is so called because it is very difficult to kill this plant. It is a vine that grows wherever it gets support unlike other plants. Some creative people take full advantage of this characteristic and enhance the decor of their place with the lovely plant.

Warneckei

Warneckei is a beautiful houseplant with long spear-like leaves. It will certainly grab the limelight in your home decor because the leaves have a lime green color outside and dark green inside making it look like pretty craftwork. 

This plant has the least tantrums and is extremely easy to care. The best part is that it does not need frequent watering and it will be okay if you water it twice or thrice a week. Warneckei is ideal in medium sunlight, direct sunlight should be avoided as it can harm the plant. 

Broadleaf Lady

The broadleaf lady palm tree or the lady palm is a popular indoor plant species native to China and Taiwan. The palm shaped pointed leaves makes it look like an elegant decor piece in offices, hotels, and living rooms. The low-light and indoor environment sets the perfect condition for the plant as it requires shade to grow well. 

Now, you know what to get for that corner in your home or workplace to light up and beautify the spot and enjoy cleaner air.

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Kangana responds to Saif's open letter on nepotism versus genetics

Team Khabare


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Updated: Sat, 22 Jul 2017 15:29:07 IST Updated: Sat, 22 Jul 2017

The nepotism debate hit the headlines again after Karan Johar, Saif Ali Khan and Varun Dhawan took a jibe at Kangana Ranaut at the recent IIFA Awards in New York. Everyone knows that the Queen actress had called Karan the “flag bearer of nepotism” on his chat show, kick-starting the initial controversy.

So, when Varun came on stage to receive an IIFA award, Saif joked, "You are here because of your papa (director David Dhawan)." Varun responded, "And you're here because of your mummy (veteran actress Sharmila Tagore)." Karan too jumped in with, "I am here because of my papa (late filmmaker Yash Johar)." And the trio then chanted, "Nepotism rocks". Soon after the three broke into the song, Bole Chudiye Bole Kangana, with Karan swiftly interjecting, "Kangana nahi bole toh achcha hai, bahut bolti hai."

The resulting outrage on social media saw the three backtrack immediately. While Varun and Karan apologised, Saif went a step further and wrote an open letter to clarify his views on the subject while making an argument for genetics and talent. Now, Kangana has broken her silence and penned an open letter in response to it.

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Kangana starts her letter by saying that the last time she was “deeply pained and upset” about nepotism was when Karan, in his blog, dismissed talent as one of the criteria to excel in films. She goes on to give examples of legendary film stars and directors like Dilip Kumar, K Asif, Bimal Roy, Satyajit Ray and Guru Dutt to make her point, stating that Karan is either misinformed or naïve to discredit their talent, which has shaped the language of contemporary Indian cinema, and that this is “absolutely bizzare”.

Kangana states firmly that nepotism "fails the test of objectivity and rationale". Responding to Saif's argument on genetics, she says: "I fail to understand how you can compare genetically hybrid racehorses to artistes." Asking if Saif actually believes that talent is only hereditary, she says: “Are you implying that artistic skills, hard work, experience, concentration spans, enthusiasm, eagerness, discipline and love can be inherited through family genes? If your point was true, I would be a farmer back home.”

She adds, “You also spoke of eugenics -- which means controlled breeding of the human race. So far, I believe that the human race hasn't found the DNA that can pass on greatness and excellence. If it had, we would've loved to repeat the greatness of Einstein, Da Vinci, Shakespeare, Vivekananda, Stephen Hawking, Terence Tao, Daniel Day-Lewis, or Gerhard Richter.”

In his letter, Saif had blamed the media as the real flag-bearer of nepotism. To which Kangana has said, “ Nepotism is merely a weakness of the human nature; it takes great deal of will-power and strength to rise above our intrinsic nature -- sometimes we excel, sometimes we don't. No one is putting a gun to anyone's head to hire talent they don't believe in. So, there is no need to get defensive about one's choices.”

Kangana has concluded her letter by asking, “So, should we make peace with nepotism?” Now, that remains to be seen.

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'Toilet: Ek Prem Katha' leaked online, Akshay urges everyone to say no to piracy

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Updated: Sat, 22 Jul 2017 15:29:07 IST Updated: Sat, 22 Jul 2017

Akshay Kumar’s much-awaited film, Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, is the latest movie to fall prey to online piracy. The film has reportedly been leaked online weeks before its theatrical release.

The actor took to Twitter to express his views against piracy and urged everyone to say no to it. “The fight against piracy is critical and it's reassuring to see the swift action taken by the Crime Branch on the unfortunate incident involving our film, Toilet - Ek Prem Katha. I would like to urge my friends, colleagues, fans and audiences to please say no to piracy. Thank you all for your support," wrote Akshay. 

It was choreographer Remo D'Souza who brought the breach to the filmmaker’s notice. Remo told Indian Express, "I met someone who told me that he already has the movie (Toilet: Ek Prem Katha) on his pen drive. Initially, I didn't believe him, but he seemed serious, and told me to check that for myself. When I checked the pen drive, it contained Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, and I was shocked."

Toilet: Ek Prem Katha deals with the issue of open defecation and the dire need for sanitation in the country. It is loosely based on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Swachh Bharat campaign, and is set to release on August 11.

 

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