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My clothes are expensive for films: Rohit Bal

My clothes are expensive for films: Rohit Bal

New Delhi, July 12  Ace designer Rohit Bal readies film stars for red carpets and magazine shoots. He knows many celebrities on a personal level but stays away from working as a costume designer in films because he “can’t follow the schedule” and feels his clothes are “way too expensive for movies”. “I do a […]

Stardom brings pretense: Dia Mirza

Stardom brings pretense: Dia Mirza

Macau, July 11  She was a teenager when she won the coveted Miss Asia Pacific title in 2000 and, since then, Dia Mirza has been smiling away as an actor, social worker and now, as a producer. But she is glad that she has been able to evade the “pretense” which often comes with stardom. […]

Create development model for entire Himalayan region: Murli Manohar Joshi

Create development model for entire Himalayan region: Murli Manohar Joshi

New Delhi, July 3 Terming the devastation in Uttarakhand as a “partly man-made disaster”, BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi has called for setting up a central authority to evolve a development model for the entire Himalayan region. Joshi, 79, a former union minister who hails from Uttarakhand, said development in the Himalayan region cannot replicate […]

Rahul’s Congress to reach out to young, focus on social media: Ajay Maken

New Delhi, July 3 (IANS) The Congress thinks the political discourse in the country has shifted from coffee shops and parks to social media and hence vice president Rahul Gandhi wants the party to increasingly communicate to the people through platforms favoured by the young like Facebook, Twitter and blogs ahead of the 2014 general election, […]

Moving to India has been easiest move: Sunny Leone

Moving to India has been easiest move: Sunny Leone

Mumbai, June 27  As a top-rated porn star in the US, Sunny Leone had perhaps never imagined she could have “moved” to Bollywood as “easily” as she did. But she is glad that the industry is “accepting” her while she tries to “fully crack the code”. Excerpts from the interview: Q. A lot has happened […]

Adopt zoning bill to minimise flood-linked disasters: Water secretary

Adopt zoning bill to minimise flood-linked disasters: Water secretary

New Delhi, June 25  States should adopt and implement a model Flood Plain Zoning Bill that was first circulated to them 38 years ago as this will minimise losses like those caused in Uttarakhand, a senior official has said. Ironically, Uttarakhand is one of only three states to have acceded to the measure, having done […]

The Many Sides to Madhurima Nigam

The Many Sides to Madhurima Nigam

We have all heard of the quote; “Behind every successful man, is a great woman”, but after speaking to Madhurima Nigam, designer and wife to Sonu Nigam, my thoughts shifted to believe that instead, it is “a great woman that is at the forefront of every successful man”. She stands in front, not because it […]

I can never compete with Aamir: Kiran Rao

I can never compete with Aamir: Kiran Rao

Mumbai, June 21  Having a star actor-filmmaker like Aamir Khan as her husband doesn’t give Kiran Rao reason enough to either cast him in a movie or compete with him at the box office. The “Dhobi Ghat” director will be content if “different kinds” of movies can co-exist with the “changing” star system in filmdom. […]

Rafale deal is progressing, not bogged down: Indian minister

Rafale deal is progressing, not bogged down: Indian minister

Paris, June 20 The $10.4 billion contract for 126 multi-role medium range combat aircraft that India has awarded to French aircraft maker Dassault for its Rafale aircraft has not got bogged down in any controversy nor were certain issues holding it up, Minister of State for Defence Jitendra Singh has said. “It is not stuck […]

I don’t like being compared with Rajnikanth: Dhanush

I don’t like being compared with Rajnikanth: Dhanush

Chennai, June 20 Tamil actor Dhanush, who is awaiting the release of his first Hindi film “Raanjhanaa”, says even though superstar Rajnikanth has a lot of influence on him, he doesn’t like being compared with his father-in-law because he considers him a “legend”. “I grew up watching his films and therefore there might be his influence […]

India eyeing $400-bn electronics base by 2020: IT Secretary

India eyeing $400-bn electronics base by 2020: IT Secretary

New Delhi, June 18  Having established itself as the backroom office for global businesses with a flourishing outsourcing industry, India is taking steps to expand its electronics manufacturing base to avoid imports, arrest dollar outflows and add jobs, a top official has said. “We are importing so much of electronics items that we are draining […]

India, China must collaborate for movies, culture: Jackie Chan

India, China must collaborate for movies, culture: Jackie Chan

New Delhi, June 19  Jackie Chan, one of Asian cinema’s most prominent faces, is keen that India, the world’s largest film producing nation, and China, globally the second largest film market, must collaborate to make movies, and exchange culture more often. Singing and dancing in a Bollywood film is also on his wish-list! In the […]

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