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  • Countdown to IIFA 2023 begins

    IIFA 2023 will see performances of Ranveer Singh, Varun Dhawan, Kriti Sanon, Nora Fatehi, Jacqueline Fernandez and Rakul Preet Singh. The 23rd edition of the International Indian Film Academy and Awards (IIFA) celebrations have kickstarted with a press conference being held in Mumbai recently. Salman Khan, Farhan Akhtar, Varun Dhawan, Maniesh Paul, Karan Johar, Farah Khan, Badshah, Sunidhi Chauhan, Amit Trivedi and Nucleya were present on the occasion. These celebrities will take the centerstage and will perform with actors Ranveer Singh, Kriti Sanon, Nora Fatehi, Jacqueline Fernandez and Rakul Preet Singh, among others. Salman Khan has been a part of the IIFA family for over two decades now. Talking about his association, the actor said, “Last edition, I hosted the awards with Ritesh Deshmukh and Maniesh Paul and made everyone present not just laugh, but cry too as I opened my heart to them. This time, I promise to make them stand up and dance with me as we celebrate Indian cinema globally.” The IIFA stage will also be lit up with Varun Dhawan. The versatile actor, who won awards in 2015 and 2017 for performance in a comic role, will perform at this year’s event. “IIFA for me is an unmissable experience and I can’t wait to be back in my favourite city. It’s a stage that allows me to connect with fans from all over the world and I am going to ask them watch out for the Bhediya, he is not going to let them get away,” the actor shared. Also in attendance at the media interaction was Farhan Akhtar, who will be taking over the baton from Salman Khan. The Kartik Calling Kartik-actor will co-host the awards with Abhishek Bachchan and Maniesh Paul. “I have been fortunate to be felicitated by IIFA in a number of categories, from best debut to best actor, best-supporting actor, best director, best story, best screenplay and best film. It gives you the biggest audience and I am looking forward to engaging with and entertaining them in a new role,” he shared. Maniesh Paul will co-host the 2023 awards. “Last year, I hosted the IIFA Awards with Bhai (Salman Khan) and Riteish (Deshmukh). It was a blast! This year, it’s going to be as enjoyable, with Farhan and Abhishek. All glitz and glamour, laughter and hungama, talent and trophies aur hamara karnama, a night to remember,” he said. The 23rd edition of IIFA will take place from February 9 to 11, 2023. IIFA Rocks will be hosted by Karan Johar and Farah Khan. This is the second time Farah will host the event. In 2022, she and Aparshakti Khurrana set the stage on fire with their unique hosting style. “IIFA is one of my favourite award shows and Karan is one of my favourite people even though he is always going Toodles on me,” she shared. Singer Badshah said IIFA Rocks underlines Bollywood’s supremacy in the world of entertainment. “The phenomenal response to this live music concert every year across the globe underlines the popularity of Indian cinema and its music. And I can’t wait to rule this stage, bring it on,” he asserted. IIFA will also see performances by Nucleya. Calling IIFA the Bollywood Oscars and IIFA Rocks the pre-Oscar event, the acclaimed singer shared, “It’s taken Hindi cinema, its music, dance and fashion, across the globe.” Amit Trivedi endorsed the opinions of his fellow participants. He said, “When we talk of hearts beating in sync, let me remind you that this time IIFA Rocks is bringing Valentine’s Day to you early. If that isn’t reason enough for a deluge of love, what is! IIFA is not just another stage, it’s a night to be lived and a memory to live with.”

  • Suniel Shetty to make OTT debut

    The actor will soon be seen sharing the screen space with Vivek Oberoi in 'Dharavi Bank'. The 10-episode series will air on MX Player. Actor Suniel Shetty is all set to make his digital debut. He will soon be seen in a 10-episode series titled 'Dharavi Bank', where he will play a ruthless and unattainable Thalaivan. This will also be the first time that he will share a screen space with Vivek Oberoi and Sonali Kulkarni. While Oberoi will be seen as an honest, atypical tough cop JCP Jayant Gavaskar, Kulkarni will play a sharp and shrewd Chief Minister Janvi Surve. The series would revolve around a cop trying to topple over a powerful gangster, who is the de facto government in Mumbai. It will amalgamate action, emotions and mayhem, and bring alive the unending stretch of narrow dirty lanes, open sewers and cramped huts of Dharavi. Talking about his role, Shetty said, "I thought I was Thalaivan the minute they narrated it (the story) to me. Somewhere down the line, I got the confidence that after a break of so many years, I can go back to school.” Produced by Zee Studios and directed by Samit Kakkad, Dharavi Bank would also feature Luke Kenny, Freddy Daruwala, Shanthi Priya, Santosh Juvekar, Nagesh Bhosle, Siddharth Menon, Hitesh Bhojraj, Samikssha Batnagar, Rohit Pathak, Jaywant Wadkar, Chinmay Mandlekar, Bhavvana Rao, Shruti Srivastava, Sandhya Shetty, Pavitra Sarkar and Vamsi Krishna in key roles. It will air from November 19 on MX Player.

  • Signs your body is dehydrated

    Human body contains about 60% water. But during winters, our fluid intake decreases. This impacts our brain, digestion and other bodily functions. The body always shows signs of dehydration that we tend to ignore. Watch out for these symptoms in your body to see if you too are dehydrated. Body cramps It’s a common myth that muscle cramps are caused only due to excessive use of muscles. In reality, it signifies that your body is dehydrated. When we exercise, we loose electrolytes. That's why while exercising, it is advised to increase the intake of fluids. This allow the body to recover from the loss of fluids through sweat. Light headedness Many people confuse dizziness and light headedness with gastric problem, migraine and even vertigo. In reality, lack of fluids in the body causes light headedness, dizziness and uneasiness. Head spins when the blood flow is not able to reach the brain. Drinking water is the best way to combat light headedness. Itchy skin The onset of winters bring along skin problems. The most common among them is dry/itchy skin. This could not only be due to seasonal changes but is also reliant on your daily consumption of water. Our body needs eight to ten glasses of water each day to retain the moisture and glow on the skin. Dehydration causes itching, redness as well as dry skin. Dry mouth and lips During winters, most people consume less water due to cold weather. This causes the mouth and lips to dry out soon. Dry mouth also causes bad breath, which is often confused with poor oral hygiene. Chapped lips, dry mouth and bad breath are all signs of dehydration. Drinking water frequently not just hydrates your body but also curtails these conditions.

  • Kajol shares first look of Salaam Venky

    Directed by the 2 States-actor Revathy, the film is all set to hit the theatres on December 9. Bollywood actor Kajol shared the first look poster of her upcoming film 'Salaam Venky'. In an Instagram post, the actress shared the poster with the caption "Ek Badi Zindagi ka Bada Celebration is about to begin! #SALAAMVENKY Trailer out on November 14th! Catch the incredible journey of Sujata and Venkatesh only in cinemas on 9th December!." The poster featured Kajol holding a wheelchair with a young boy sitting on it. Helmed by the 2 States-actor Revathy, the film is all set to hit the theatres on December 9. Actor Ajay Devgn also commented on Kajol's post and said, "Have heard super stuff on Salaam Venky. It's going to be emotionally charged and entertaining. Congratulations." Salaam Venky also stars Vishal Jethwa (as Venkatesh or Venky), Aahana Kumra, Rahul Bose, Rajeev Khandelwal and Anant Mahadevan, among others. The film's trailer will release on November 14. The film is produced by Suraj Singh and Shraddha Agrawal through their banners, Blive Productions and RTake Studios, respectively.

  • Ali Fazal to work in this Oscar winner's film

    Fazal will play the lead role in two-time Oscar winner Bill Guttentag's upcoming film that is based on an all-girl robotics team. Bollywood actor Ali Fazal is set to work in another Hollywood project. The film titled 'Afghan Dreamers' is directed by two-time Oscar winner American film director Bill Guttentag. The film is a true story about a programme started by Afghan tech entrepreneur Roya Mahboob in 2017 as a way to help young women develop their skills in science and technology, despite their patriarchal society. The majority of the film will be across Morocco and Budapest. The shoot has already started and is expected to be completed within 50 days. Produced by Laura Overdeck, Samudrika Arora and Bill Guttentag, the film will also star Canadian actress Nikol Boosheri, who was last seen in The Bold Type.

  • Malaika says yes to OTT debut

    Hours after the former VJ posted a post 'I said YES', netizens were left thinking if the wedding bells are on cards. But Malaika has now confirmed in an Instagram post that she said yes to OTT debut. Details inside... There is a reason why people say don't believe everything that you see on social media. What better can suffice this than what happened earlier today. Actress Malaika Arora took to Instagram and posted a picture of hers with a caption 'I said YES'. The post caught attention of media and fans and soon assumptions were made that she is set to tie a knot with beau Arjun Kapoor. But hours after her post, she announced on Instagram on making her OTT debut with a series on Disney+ Hotstar. The series titled 'Moving In With Malaika' will see the actress get up, close and personal like never before. Produced by Banijay Asia, the reality show will see guest appearances. It will air from December 5.

  • Nora Fatehi, Nicki Minaj join hands for FIFA 2022 anthem

    Nora Fatehi will collaborate with Nicki Minaj for the FIFA 2022 anthem 'Light the Sky'. Nothing can stop dancer-cum-actor Nora Fatehi in collaboration game this year. The actress has left no stone unturned to work with international singers. After collaborating with Zack Knight for Dirty Little Secret and Fnaire for Dilbar Arabic, Fatehi will soon be featuring in Light the Sky, the official anthem for FIFA World Cup 2022. She will be lending her voice along with international rapper Nicki Minaj at the FIFA World Cup opening ceremony. With this collaboration, Fatehi will perform live at the FIFA World Cup and represent India at the international platform. Though sharing stage with Minaj is a big feat, featuring in an official anthem isn't new for Fatehi. She had earlier featured in the official Qatar World Cup anthem as well. Light The Sky has been produced by RedOne, who has previously worked with Shakira on Waka Waka and La La La. The opening ceremony of the FIFA World Cup 2022 will take place at the Al-Bayt Stadium, Al Khor, Qatar on November 20.

  • 'My stubbornness kept me going'

    Actor Siddharth Malhotra, who recently completed a decade in the film industry, shared his journey so far and tips to those coming in the industry from non-film background. A decade in the Hindi film industry is long. What has kept you going? Acting is a demanding and challenging profession. I have always been stubborn since I was a child. When I was young, my mother scolded me for being too stubborn. But now, I use this quality and it has kept me going. Share the memories you cherish the most. For any newcomer, who is coming from a different city to Mumbai, the first thing to cherish is when people notice me as an actor. There have been several occasions when people have recognised me in public places. I still remember that after completing two years in the industry, I went on a vacation with my family to Sri Lanka. People on the airport spotted me and asked for autographs. That was the moment when my family realised that I have done good work in the industry and gained immense love and that’s one memory that I cherish the most. What’s your biggest weakness? I think anger. But I also feel that it’s also my strength. Anger has motivated me to achieve my dreams. There have been times when I was without work and that bothered me. But it was my anger that pushed me to achieve my dreams. You started your journey as an assistant director before getting your big break as an actor. Do you think upcoming actors from non-film background too should follow your footsteps? There’s no set rule or roadmap for an outsider who wants to be an actor. When I came to Mumbai 15 years ago, I had given several auditions. But unfortunately, nothing fruitful came out of them. I felt that I was not learning/growing at that time. That’s when I thought to be a part of a production unit. Becoming an assistant director helped me learn a lot from actors on the set. I feel that my desperation paid. Every person should be determined and open to learn. An actor’s life is not for a few years but several decades. Learning more things can help expand your avenues.

  • Kuttey eyes January 13 release

    This is the first time Arjun Kapoor, Tabu and Naseeruddin Shah will work together. The film also stars Konkona Sen Sharma, Kumud Mishra, Radhika Madan and Shardul Bhardwaj. Arjun Kapoor is set to work with Tabu and Naseeruddin Shah in Vishal Bhardwaj's next Kuttey. Ever since the release of its poster, there has been buzz surrounding the film's unusual name and its storyline. The makers have now announced the film's release date in an Instagram post. According to the official handle of Vishal Bhardwaj Films, the film will release on January 13, 2023. "Bring in the New Year with 'Kuttey', releasing in cinemas on 13th January, 2023," the post said. Kuttey is a dark comedy that also stars Konkona Sen Sharma, Kumud Mishra, Radhika Madan and Shardul Bhardwaj in prominent roles. The film is directed by Aasman Bhardwaj and will be presented by T-series. It will be produced by Luv Ranjan, Vishal Bhardwaj, Ankur Garg and Rekha Bhardwaj.

  • Artists celebrate womanhood

    Women artists from Meghalaya explored the nuances of birth, motherhood, matriliny and its myriad possibilities in a series titled ‘Her Art’. Amidst a packed house at the Meghalayan Age – The Store, women artists from Meghalaya showcased their artworks in different mediums ranging from charcoal, coffee, cloth, clay, limestone and wood. The series titled ‘Her Art’ explored the themes of birth, motherhood and matriliny. The concept of womanhood was explored threadbare through deeply personal art work that tried to encapsulate the beauty and fragility of being a woman in a society known for its matrilineal tradition. Each artwork bears cultural motifs of the region and is derived from lived experiences of the four women artists being featured. These works will be on display at the store till November 26. Artworks on display The 'Her Art' series is dedicated to the women of Meghalaya and their contribution to a diversity of practices including art, craft, literature, performance and entrepreneurship. Art installation 'Birth' is the product of a collaboration between Careen Joplin Langstieh and Ridahunlang Gatphoh. "Birth' is inspired by two different traditional practices relating to birth and motherhood while the depiction is symbolic of a khasi folklore around the same subject. On one side are the nine traditional clay pots that are generally used to make offerings to Mother Nature and to bathe the new-born child and on the other, is a series of seven artworks that put emphasis on motherhood in contemporary times revolving around the 'jain-it'. Both the black clay pots and the jain-it are an integral piece of the Khasi culture. Talking about the significance of the ‘jain-it’, a strip of cloth used as a baby sling wrap, Langstieh said, “I did not realise the value of this cloth till I had my own children. It is an integral piece of Khasi culture and a precious piece of cloth that is the first gift to a new born child from the paternal grandmother.” The show also features Balaiamon Kharngapkynta’s art series 'Mawbyrsiew - Lithography & Woodcut Prints'. Through her artwork 'the Screaming Egg', the Shillong-based visual practitioner has depicted the pain women bear but refrain from showing it. “Often women go through pain silently and do not voice their anguish. Through this egg, I have tried to depict the silent scream of women,” she explains. The show's opening day saw the presence of several renowned personalities. Those spotted included actress Pavleen Gujral (seen in Angry Indian Goddesses and Gehraiyaan), photographers Pablo Bartholomew and Sarang Sena, Mrs Indian Worldwide 2019 Alisha Madan and actor Avijit Dutt (seen in Jolly LLB 2), among others.