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Is Kapil Sharma dating Preeti Simoes?

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India’s most popular comedian Kapil Sharma is reportedly dating Preeti Simoes.

Preeti heads the production of “Comedy Nights with Kapil”, a popular comedy show on Colors TV, which is produced by Kapil.

The show, which was launched only a couple of months ago, has already won the Best Comedy Show award at a recent television awards competition. Kapil was named Best Comedy Actor at the same awards ceremony.

Kapil and Preeti have been spotted together on many occasions. But conflicting reports also claim that Kapil is engaged to his “Hans Baliye” co-star Bavneet Chatrath, also known as Ginni.

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The comedian has denied these reports, saying that his “only relationship is with my work.”

In an interview to an Indian newspaper, Kapil says, “I have struggled to reach where I am today and I can’t let these rumours affect me.

“I have realised that this is part and parcel of being a public figure. I am a private person and request the media to rather write about my work.”

He has also shown respect to the ladies named in the rumour. “I would not like to talk about the same any further as it also harms the dignity of the two girls involved.”

Intending to keep clear of further controversy, Kapil reportedly declined the offer to participate in the dance reality show “Nach Baliye 6” as the show would require his participation with his girlfriend.

Explaining his decision, Kapil says, “Yes, the makers of the show have approached me to join the show either as a host or as a participant.

“I am not interested in doing it as I don’t want any false publicity by going for the show as a participant with any fake partner.”

The 32-year old comedian from Amritsar rose to popularity after winning a comedy competition on TV, The Great Indian Laughter Challenge, with two popular characters: Samsher Singh and Lala Roshan Lal.

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Bigg Boss: Is Gauhar Khan serious about Kushal

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While the romance between Gauhar Khan and Kushal Tandon seems to be getting more intense with every passing day in the Bigg Boss house, questions are raised about the duo’s chemistry in Bigg Boss.

Bollywood actress Gauhar Khan is known to be seeing Nihar Pandya, Deepika Padukone’s ex-boyfriend.

While Gauhar follows Islam religeon, Kushal is Hindu and so is Nihar Pandya. Gauhar reportedly broke up with Nihar just before entering the Bigg Boss house, because of religious differences.

While Gujju boy Nihar wanted to raise their future kids in a traditional Hindu way, Gauhar did not agree.

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Gauhar’s family has denied these reports. Nihar too has denied his affair with Gauhar Khan.
In the meantime, Kushal maybe cheating in his relationship. Kushal had participated in dance reality show Nach Baliye 5 with his girlfriend Elena Boeva.

While the reports revealed that Kushal and Elena may have broken up, a recent Twitter update by Elena seems to indicate that they are still in love.

“Hey guys, I have no idea what’s going on between Kushal and some girl in the house,” tweeted the model.  “Don’t ask me, please, support him, it’s a nice show, enjoy it.” Elena’s Twitter profile shows her in a cozy pose with Kushal. She responded to a query about whether she misses him. “Of course I miss him!”

Reality TV is not new to Gauhar Khan and her sister Nigaar Khan. The Khan sisters have earlier participated in UTV’s reality show on Bindaas TV, The Khan Sisters. The 13-episode reality programme followed the Khan sisters through their professional and personal routine.

Gauhar Khan also participated in dance reality programme, Jhalak Dhikhalaja. Her elder sister, Nigaar Khan, faced the truth in Rajiv Khandelwal-hosted “Sach Ka Saamna.”

Gauhar also won many hearts for her outstanding performance as lead actor in Kingdom of Dreams’ Zangoora play, which has been running in Gurgaon for a few years.

Youngest of five siblings, Gauhar Khan has been acclaimed for her dance skills in a number of item songs in many Bollywood movies. While her brother and two older sisters are married and settled in Dubai, Gauhar and Nigaar in India pursuing their Bollywood dream.

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Batman: Can Ben Affleck Cut It As The Dark Knight?

With Christian Bale retiring from the role of the Dark Knight, much speculation surrounded who would be the next Batman.

Everyone had their own fantasy preferences – many being wishful thinking of course – but eventually it was revealed who the next Batman would actually be.

The big revelation: it was Ben Affleck. The internet exploded in anger.

Mr Unpopular

It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that this choice was not a popular one with Batman fans.

Many took to internet forums and social networks to express strong disapproval for the casting choice.

A petition on managed to gain well over 50,000 signatures within a few days of the Affleck announcement, asking for him to be removed as Batman.

Reasons cited included his acting ability, past roles, personality and public perception. Some fans went as far to saying he would ruin the Batman legacy completely.

But, were the fans justified in their extreme disapproval or just doing what passionate fans generally do on the internet – acting without thinking and being selfishly overprotective of their favourite art? There is merit to both sides of the argument.

Fans perhaps have the right to be angry about Affleck’s appointment in regards to the actors’ portfolio. Ben Affleck has never been considered a critics darling in his acting roles – many harsh critics might even say he cannot act at all.

Like many Hollywood mainstays, he’s starred in more bad movies than good ones. He’s had success recently though in a directorial role with The Town (2010) and Argo (2012).

However, the real sticking point for Batman fans is his only superhero movie to date, Daredevil (2003), which was a flop with audiences. His lacklustre and comical performance in that film is precedent enough to justify that Affleck can never be Batman.

Another reason why so many are against Ben Affleck is because of his typecast role. Affleck is seen as a light-hearted, inoffensive, comic relief type character and not a serious actor by comparison to other action movie stars.

The role of Batman, in the eyes of fans at least, requires someone who is able to be strong, mature, threatening, dark and brooding – adjectives that haven’t been used to describe Affleck’s acting style.

However, Affleck may have matured and grown as an actor due to his time in the directorial hotseat, so these criticisms may no longer be valid by the time the new Batman film hits cinema screens in 2015.

Fan Overreaction?

Fans are probably being far too precious about the Batman acting role though, or their memories are short.

Batman, in the past, hasn’t always been a character that’s portrayed as dark and moody.

Adam West, George Clooney and Val Kilmer have all delivered light-hearted Batman performances and it’s only recently, with Christopher Nolan as director, that Batman has been taken more seriously as a character.

These performances were never critically lauded, but they were certainly more carefree, and realised the subject matter wasn’t ultra-realistic. Batman’s new role in future films where there is a crossover with other DC Comic characters will likely break the concepts of Nolan’s Batman universe, so a change of style in the form of a new Batman isn’t that absurd.

Although fans pine for the return of Christian Bale, his Batman performance was never perfect. Bale played a very good Bruce Wayne, but once in the Dark Knight’s costume he wasn’t as assured.

A common criticism of Bale’s acting as Batman was his fake, gravelly voice. It was borderline laughable and broke a lot of the seriousness that Nolan expected us to believe of his Batman universe.

Angry fans also have a history of overreacting to change in their favourite media, and are often proven wrong by writers and directors. This could be a classic case of people thinking they know best, but not realising what they need until it’s given to them. Batman fans in the past were highly critical of the casting of Heath Ledger as The Joker, as strange as that might seem now.

Ledger went on to put in a show-stealing performance in The Dark Knight (2008), in what has come to be one of the most definitive portrayals of The Joker. Yet, just like with Affleck, fans used his acting portfolio to question the casting choice.

The critics that used romantic comedies such as 10 Things I Hate About You (1999) as a stick to beat Ledger with, were silenced by his iconic role as The Joker.

In this Batman outrage saga, the best thing fans can possibly do is to calm themselves and wait for the first Ben Affleck film to be released – perhaps get a T-shirt to pass the time.

If they’re right and he’s not good for the role, then they can be smug and justifiably call for him to be axed, but until then there’s not enough solid evidence to suggest Affleck cannot be Batman.

Be patient Batman fans and put away your pitchforks. The truth is that even the most dedicated fans are not always right. Dismissing Ben Affleck at such an early stage could be the biggest mistake you ever make.

John Garrett is a nerdy movie blogger who finds amusement in geek culture’s regular outrages. (Images: Creative Commons image source and image source )


Now, Halloween vamp is just an app away

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Young vampire fans can now use a creepy app with 3D animation, stunning sound effects, and word-by-word narration in English, Portuguese and Spanish, for a great Halloween party.

Based on the award-winning animated short “Night of the Vampire” from Buba Films, the newest addition to the iTunes store: “Welcome to the Vampire’s Lair…If You Dare” from digital publisher LivoBooks is definitely worth checking.

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Listed as number one on the “top five kid’s apps you don’t want to miss” by Mashable, and given an Editor’s Choice Award for Excellence in Design by Children’s Technology Review, the app is suitable for kids age 8-11 who love all things spooky and silly.

Included in the app is the full “Night of the Vampire” animated short. Enhancing the story are activities such as playing a tune with skeletons who jump out of caskets, feeding a man-eating plant, capturing scorpions before the clock runs out, make a heart beat in a jar in the Terror Laboratory and creating eerie photographs out of the user’s own image.

The app is available for download in the iTunes store for $2.99.

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Ekta to cast Imran-Sonakshi together

Ekta Kapoor has announced that she will be casting Sonakshi Sinha and Imran Khan together in Balaji’s next Bollywood.

At a recent private screening of Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Dobaara in Mumbai, senior Balaji officials were impressed with the Imran-Sonakshi on-screen chemistry who have come together the silver screen for the first time.

So much so that Ekta Kapoor spoke to her team members immediately about casting them together in a future Balaji film.

“Balaji is producing a large number of films with well-known directors and has decided to cast the duo in a romantic film,” says a source. “The team is floored by their romance in the film.”

Ekta Kapoor confirmed: “We were amazed at the sparkling chemistry between Imran and Sonakshi.  They are the new romantic pair created and we would definitely like to repeat them in one of our future productions.”

Directed by Milan Luthria (Once Upon A Time in Mumbai, The Dirty Picture), the film also stars Akshay Kumar as well as Sonali Bendre, who makes her long-awaited return to the big screen.

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Vaibhav Gangan’s review: Shootout At Wadala

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With the word ‘shootout’ in the title of the movie, I expected violence.  But I hadn’t bargained for the bloodbath that every scene is soaked in, in the latest Sanjay Gupta movie ‘Shootout At Wadala’. There was no respite from violence from the time I settled in till I left the movie hall.

Like the excessive bullets flying around, the violence is overbearing, almost becoming blunt and ineffective.  I agree that a movie about gangsters and police will have inevitable bloodshed, but when the entire movie becomes a chase of action and reaction, it loses appeal.

Based on a true story, and a journalistic account (S Hussain Zaidi’s book ‘Dongri to Dubai’), Shootout is a story of a middle-class young man turning into a gangster. This premise, even as a true story, is cliche because of its repeated use in many movies in the 1980s (Ankush), and the 1990s (Satya). Almost every movie-goer knows the plot.

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With that background, the entire journey remains predictable – a teenager with dreamy eyes and a beautiful girlfriend gets falsely implicated by a cop. The young fellow develops anger toward the law enforcement people, and finally meets an unfavorable end.

Since the plot is so well-visited, there was a need for the story-telling to be different. After all, that’s the beauty of movies as a medium. An ordinary story, when told interestingly by many different departments, can bring a fresh perspective – from photography to music, editing, screenplay, dialogues and performances.

The music is catchy and foot-thumping.  Performances are memorable, especially of John Abraham who plays the lead. Anil Kapoor and Ronit Roy as cops, and Manoj Vajpayee and Sonu Sood as gangsters, uplift the otherwise monotonous narration.

The dialogues (Milan Milap Zaveri), while fresh and punchy, are overdone. In a few places, they are a bit loud – like a 1980s Bollywood movie where a revolver-wielding man makes the most of the opportunity to bring his frustration out with verbal abuse before pulling the trigger. Shootout should have been more realistic.

The abuse words and expletives, which try to make the movie realistic, are excessive and hence blunt and ineffective. Then there are dialogues that commoditise  women (the restaurant scene). While the scene is realistic, do we have to repeat our prejudices  on screen and stereotype them?

There are three item numbers in the movie – Sunny Leone (Laila), Sophie Chaudhry (Aala re aala) and Priyanka Chopra (Babli badmaash).  The last two item numbers are redundant and could have been avoided.

While the movie-makers’ intent may have been to expose the illegal encounter killings used by Mumbai Police during the 1970s and 1980s, the movie seems more about the war among underworld gangs.

For masala-minded audience, Shootout offers enough ammunition in the form of bold dialogues, rule-bending protagonists, hot item numbers and chauvinistic scenes.

For the seekers of creative and emotional expression, this movie has very little to offer.

Cast: John Abraham, Anil Kapoor, Manoj Bajpayee
Director: Sanjay Gupta

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Vaibhav Gangan’s Review: Aashiqui 2

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There’s typical love story and then there’s Aashiqui 2.

The typical story goes like this. Boy meets and falls in love. Girl likes him. They overcome obstacles. Love triumphs, and they live happily thereafter.

Aashiqui 2 however starts on a sad note. The protagonist Rahul Jaykar (played by Aditya Roy Kapoor) is a rockstar with a career and fame on a decline – duly ruined by alcoholism. Been there, done that, disillusioned. He falls in love with a struggling singer Aarohi Shirke (played by Shraddha Kapoor), who has given up on her dream of making it big.

He takes her under his wings, and makes her a successful singer. In the process, she too falls in love, while his career nose dives.

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Taken to heavy drinking, he becomes a professional and personal wreak. She puts her career at stake to dig him out of addiction.

They reach a point where it would be all or none for both of them. They want to cling together, but that would mean that they both may go down. However, separation is not an option. What do they do?

It’s like a story of a night-insect that is attracted to a light bulb, and pays with his life for that infatuation.

The story isn’t very unique – it’s a mishmash of emotions of jealousy, distrust and misunderstanding, and finally empathy and ultimate sacrifice.

What touches the chord is the honesty of delivery, and refreshing absence of over-acting, unnecessary dramatization of scenes, and sensitization of dialogues.

While the movie could have been a bit pacier, and the direction a bit finer, you still enjoy the sincerity of execution. The audience is driven into the constant conflict of a lover torn between his addiction and his love.

You fall in love with the girl from a modest background, who wants to live her dream, and yet is committed to throw it all away for a man because he believed in her when she had lost her self-belief.

That tug-of-war of emotions hooks you in, and you are kept there by soft music that plays along, like a kayak floating on a tide. The sensual  music (composers Mithoon, Jeet Ganguly and Ankit Tiwari) is a great companion to a story of passion.

Aditya Roy Kapoor, though not outstanding, plays a relatable character. The real charmer is Shakti Kapoor’s daughter, Shraddha Kapoor. Not only does she stand her ground but also makes you fall in low with her. She shows a consistency of character, and while the story finally weighs heavily in favour of Aditya and wins your sympathy, Shraddha wins your heart.

The younger generation, used to faster pace of story-telling and more ‘practical’ approach to relationship, may find it hard to relate to the near-idealised story. Those grown up with older movies will  likely enjoy the journey.

Arijit Singh, a former contestant of music reality show Fame Gukukool, has sung most of the songs, which are memorable and passionate.

All in all, a sincere execution of an ordinary story, which is enacted with conviction by an almost new pair.

Film: Aashiqui 2

Director: Mohit Suri

Cast: Aditya Roy Kapur, Shraddha Kapoor

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Akshay Kumar is new Gabbar

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Rawdy Rathore Akshay Kumar will be reportedly wooing Barfi girl Ileana D’Cruz in the new movie Gabbar. Their romance is being conceived by Black-man Sanjay Leela Bhansali.

Expectations will be high from Gabbar following a successful association of Akshay Kumar and Sanjay Leela Bhansali for the Rs 100 crore film – Rowdy Rathore last year.

Akshay Kumar GabbarA remake of the hit Tamil film ‘Ramanaa’ (2002), Gabbar is about India’s most popular subject – fight against corruption, and is being directed by South director Krish (Gamyam and Vedam) who makes his Bollywood debut.

Akshay’s recent success with Special 26 has put the 46-year old actor in a league of versatile stars of Bollywood.

Behind the camera had also become a producer, partnering with Ashvini Yardi for Grazing Goat Pictures, which produced National award-winning OMG: Oh My God.

This year will be critical for Akshay who is already shaping his next cinematic venture, a film with eclectic director Karan Johar, titled ‘Gutka’.

Akshay is also playing the lead in Ekta Kapoor’s new gangster film “Once Upon a Time in Mumbai Again”. He was recently spotted promoting the film at IPL, along with co-actors Sonakshi Sinha and Imran Khan.

The Padmashree-awardee made his Bollywood debut with Saugangh in 1991, but it wasn’t until Khiladi in 1994 that the Delhi actor tasted success on the silver screen.

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Ek Thi Daayan: Good thriller with bad end

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Some stories take you on a journey. When you get on the bus, you know where you are headed. You look forward to reaching here and while you wait to reach, you look around and start taking in the view. You enjoy the ride and as you arrive, you feel refreshed.

Then there are journeys where you set out for something, and the journey is full of entertaining sights and emotional treasures. As you arrive, you realise you have reached an unexpected spot. The journey is a pleasant surprise, the destination a disappointment.

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Daayan is like the latter. The journey brings the movie-going experience alive in every part of the cinema – from performance to photography, lighting, music (Vishal Bhardwaj), screenplay and of course, direction (Kannan Iyer). Overall, good production values.

You sit in the audience and peep into the life of Bobo (Emraan Hashmi) – a magician. You are introduced to his childhood belief that his step-mother (Konkona Sen Sharma) was a witch who killed his younger sister, so as to extend her own life.  As a grown up man, he is haunted by the witch’s last words before he kills her: I will be back.

The flashback shows some pleasant moments of the siblings together and also shows the story from the child’s eyes – the world contradicts from the adult view that ghosts don’t exist.

As you return to the adult world of the protagonist, you are once again confronted by the child’s view about the return of the witch, and the adult view that they don’t exist. While you sit and sink in your seat, your journey culminates in an unexpected end. Almost as if you had taken a wrong turn towards the close of your journey and you find yourself at an unfamiliar location. I will not reveal more and be a spoil-sport.

While you are at it, you appreciate the unorthodox approach followed in music and in story-telling.

As you leave the movie hall, you feel satisfied with the journey, though you would have preferred to have reached elsewhere.

Emraan Hashmi and Kalki Koechlin have done justice to their roles. Konkona (whose father’s book is made into a movie here) is a treat to watch. Huma Qureshi delivers the goods, but her character doesn’t really stay with you after the movie.

The movie is jointly produced by Ekta Kapoor and music director Vishal Bhardwaj. In fact, Vishal has also written the story, screenplay and dialogues.

The move scores high on most aspects of entertainment and lives up to the expectations – almost.

Directed by Kannan Iyer

Produced by Ekta Kapoor, Shobha Kapoor, Vishal Bhardwaj, Rekha Bhardwaj

Written by Mukul Sharma, Vishal Bhardwaj

Starring Emraan Hashmi, Konkona Sen Sharma, Kalki Koechlin, Huma Qureshi

Music by Vishal Bharadwaj

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Sonakshi Sinha’s Weight Loss Plan

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Bollywood actress Sonakshi Sinha, who lost over 30kgs for her debut film Dabangg opposite actor Salman Khan, is set to shedding few more pounds.

“First, I had to lose weight for my debut in Dabangg. Now I’ve to get into even better shape for Joker and Race 2,” the 23-year old actress told a news service. “For the last two years that’s all I seem to be doing. Losing weight.”

Here are the secrets of Sonakshi Sinha’s guaranteed weight loss.

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How did Sonakshi Sinha lose 30kgs

Work hard

You can’t lose weight fast. It takes a lot of hard work. In fact, Sonakshi worked hard for two years. It took a lot of determination.

“I knew it wasn’t going to be easy when I started, but once I did, there was no looking back,” she told a newspaper. “It was a combination of proper diet and vigorous exercise that got me to the shape I am in now.”


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Sonakshi attended gym and pumped iron for five days a week. This was combined with extensive cardio exercises.

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Sonakshi also followed a strict diet for weight loss. “I eat small meals every three hours to keep me going.”

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She got her motivation and guidance from her Dabangg co-star Salman Khan. “He saw potential in me and egged me on to lose weight. I would say his contribution was the highest as I started taking it seriously only after he told me to.”

So there you go. You have your own weight loss plan straight from a Bollywood actress who has lost weight and achieved what may seem to be the impossible for many girls keen to get in shape.

Here’s a brief fast weight loss plan that shows how to lose 30 pounds as fast as possible.


1. Keep a record of what you eat. When you look at your journal, you will see that mostly you are eating one type of food.  Include a range of weight loss foods in your diet.

2. Drink lots of water. As a guide, divide your weight (in kg) by 8, and the resultant figure is the number of glasses you should drink. For example, if your weight is  72kgs, then you should drink 9 glasses of water.

3. Take some multivitamin tablets every day

4. Make sure you are eating one raw fruit and vegetable and some food that contains lean protein

Rapid Weight Loss Diet Plan

1. Exercise three times a week, half an hour for each workout. Avoid walking. If you have to walk, then walk briskly.

2. Drink plenty of fluid, mostly water. Avoid aerated drinks

3. Eat well: Have a balance of fruit, veggies and lean meat.  Avoid fast food and eat red meat in moderation

4. Sleep well: It is absolutely important to sleep about 7 to 8 hours daily – sound sleep, that is. Too less or too much sleep can put body in a distressed mode.

Secrets of Sonakshi Sinha’s weight loss diet

Sonakshi plays tennis, and visits gym twice every day.

Sonakshi uses hot yoga (Bikram Yoga) and spinning for flexibility

She follows strict diet regime and avoids sugar-heavy food

Whether it is Ranvir Singh losing fat and developing the perfect six-abs, or Kareen Kapoor losing her chubby flab to get into the zero figure, Bollywood stars have always inspired many Indians.

Many people look up to Bollywood actors and dream to lose weight by following the secrets of Bollywood’s weight loss diets and exercise plan.

The Global Indian magazine has spoken with the personal trainers of some of the top Bollywood stars to develop this list of secrets of losing weight as followed by Bollywood stars.

Here are the top ways to lose weight.


At a recent reality show Aap Ki Adalat, a lady in the audience asked Salman Khan the secret of his six pack abs, so that she could get her husband to lose weight. Salman said, “Get him in a job which requires him to take off his shirt in public.” In other words, Salman was referring to the need of his job as a movie star to have the perfect body. That’s his motivation. That’s his need. What’s your motivation? Do you have a need to have lean body and flat belly? Find a strong need to lose weight.

Bad habits

Each one of us has a different preference for food. Some like chocolate, some like french fries and so on. But the desire to have junk is common to all of us. What’s your preference for junk food? Is it chocolate? Is it sweets? Find your poison and make sure you don’t have easy access to it. Don’t stuff your fridge with junk food. ‘Watch what you eat and don’t binge!’, says Neha Dhupia.

Heavy breakfast

As the saying goes, eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper. Bollywood celebrity John Abraham suggests a heavy breakfast. He starts his day with six egg whites.

He avoids egg yolk as it contains fat. He supplements egg whites with toast with butter, a few almonds and fresh fruit juice. He recommends a cup of tea for those who are not fond of juice.

Research shows that people who eat heavy breakfast fill fuller throughout the day and eat less food during the rest of the day. This helps in managing weight.

More meals

While traditionally we eat two large meals, Bollywood actors prefer to have small but more frequent meals. This fits well with your busy and erratic schedule. It also provides enough energy to carry on with their long work-hours.

Take Kareena Kapoor for example. She starts her day with muesli with nuts and yoghurt. She has a few chapatis and green vegetables with dal for lunch and dinner. At other times, she eats moderate amount of cheese, chana, groundnut.

Some of the low-fat foods that are also loved by Bollywood stars are: black beans, oats, salmon, brown rice, almonds and kidney beans

Fruits good for weight loss include: avocados, pears, blueberries

Vegetables recommended for weight loss: brocoli, spinach

It has been five years since Sonakshi Sinha has lost more than 20 kgs, and she has managed to keep that weight off, thanks to her sheer determination, willpower, and regular exercise.

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Akshay Kumar calls for support for sports

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Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar is appealing for support for sporting talent in the country. And he is not referring to cricket.

“I want something else to come out of this country,” says Akshay Kumar. “I just want it to happen.”

Akshay wants to lead by example. His support for martial arts is already well-documented. Now he is supporting some more families where children have shown sporting talent.

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Akshay insists that the diversity in sporting talent in India’s youth is the key to help propel the country forward.

He asks that India’s corporates and those who are fortunate should help support India’s poorest youth and encourage them to take part in sports other than Cricket.

The actor has reportedly donated money and time to invest in a few families who are unable to provide resources for their sport-passionate children.

“If all the corporates support four to five families and give them all the money they need, I think we can come up with gold medals,” Akshay says.

“Support these families; their children are made of something which can get us gold medals at Olympics.”

It takes belief as well as money to ensure that these underprivileged communities nurture their children’s innate talents. “I support three families Akshay Kumarwhose children are eight to nine years old.

I support them completely — their father, mother, everything, so that they can come up in the sports field. The children are very interested in sports, so they can come up and become great sports persons,” says Akshay.


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Paulini to become Aussie

Fijian-born singer Paulini is taking up Australian citizenship tomorrow at a special ceremony in Canberra coinciding with Australia’s Harmony Day.

“Australian citizens come from across the globe and my story is no different,” says Paulini. “I moved here from Fiji when I was four-years-old.”

“I am so excited to be taking this step to formally join the Australian family.”

“No matter where you come from, you can contribute something special to what it means to be Australian. We have a diverse, free and inclusive society and this is the one thing I love most about Australia,” she says.

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Paulini came into limelight when she became one of the top four finalists in Australian idol. She went on to top the Australian ARIA Charts in 2004 with her debut Platinum album “One Determined Heart” and her Platinum smash single “Angel Eyes”, both hitting the No. 1 spot (Angel Eyes remained at the top of the charts for 6 consecutive weeks). She is one of only ten Australian female solo artists to have a #1 album.

“I’m at the happiest point in my life. I’m spending my spare time in the studio writing and creating my own work”.

Paulini will receive her Australian citizenship on the Harmony Day where this year’s theme is: Many Stories – One Australia.

More than 50 people from 21 countries will become citizens at the ceremony, fittingly on a day where Australians celebrate the nation’s diversity.

“The values of inclusiveness, respect and belonging are fundamental to the development of Australia’s successful multicultural framework and these values are at the core of what Harmony Day is about,” a spokesman for Australia’s Department of Immigration and Citizenship says.


Since Harmony Day began in 1999, about 50,000 events have been staged across Australia with community groups, schools, churches, local governments and the business community once again coming together to celebrate the cultures that make Australia a great place to live.

Harmony Day is celebrated on March 21 each year, which is also is also the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

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Life is too short for negative feelings – Hrithik

Bollywood actor Hrithik Roshan is very optimistic about 2013.

The Bollywood heartthrob opened India’s 2012 box office with the international box office success film Agneepath, which garnered rave reviews from critics and audiences alike and set the precedence and benchmark for 2012.

Hrithik enters 2013 with heightened anticipation for another blockbuster year. He will start the year filming Fox Star Studio’s Indian remake of the Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz starrer Knight and Day with leading lady Katrina Kaif. The year will culminate with the release of his home production, Krrish 3, releasing on Diwali 2013. Hrithik’s profile will soar to greater heights as the 3D film sees Hrithik star as India’s much-loved superhero again.

In a heart-to-heart chat with The Global Indian magazine, Hrithik shares his insecurities and his hopes.

What will you remember the most about the year 2012?


It’s simply a dream film for any actor. 2012 has been an awesome year. Resuming my role as Krrish was nostalgic and very exciting. To end the year with homage of films at an esteemed festival, the Marrakech Film Festival, was such a humbling experience. All in all 2012 was a high throughout!

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So what can your fans expect from you in 2013?

2013 is going to be a busy year. I will be working on various projects and some great films too. We are wrapping up Krrish which releases later this year and then in March I start filming with Katrina for the Indian remake of Knight and Day. I am really looking forward to 2013 as it will be another year packed with lots of excitement, but also a lot of hard work and early morning film shoots!

It must be so difficult to live up to the expectations as the Bollywood icon. Where do you get all this energy from?

My family has been my biggest inspiration – they are my true role models and they continue to be. My parents through to my grandparents have seen and experienced all shades of life, the good, the bad, and always faced any situation God presented to them fearlessly together. We share a unified bond which I also instill in my own little family with my wife and children.

Krrish 1 and 2 have been a huge success and audiences will be eagerly for its third instalment. What is going to be different about Krrish 3?

I think the audiences are going to be in for a treat with Krrish – if you loved the first two films, you will adore this edition. Krrish is our home production and was like coming home. It’s still early to comment fully on latter film – I know the audiences will be in for a fun ride with Katrina and I.

People like Hrithik as a dancer, the dance seems to be missing in his movies these days, is it intentional?

Not at all! However clichéd this sounds, I guess the scripts I’ve currently been working on just haven’t demanded any breakthrough dance sequences. But never say never though!

As a Bollywood megastar, the schedules are very hectic. How do you find time for your family?

I do try and see my family as much as I can as they mean a lot to me. I guess it’s crucial to prioritise time accordingly. It doesn’t matter how much time you spend with your family, it’s never really enough… But coming from a family where filmmaking runs through our veins, we do understand the pressures associated with work thus the understanding between us as family and for our work always helps us to strike that important balance.

Hrithik Courtesy RadoThe youth world over rave about your body, and the young boys are obviously keen to get some health tips on how to get  a six pack, and girls would want to know Hrithik’s diet plan. Would you like to share some weight loss tips?

I work out a lot and have a strict diet and exercise regime that I follow religiously. Being fit isn’t just about being physically strong but also mentally. My fitness workout is a major release for me, in a way it’s my way of chilling out!

Despite being a top actor in Bollywood, you come across as an approachable and friendly person. How do you do that?

Bollywood actor Hrithik RoshanI have always believed in being a good human first and foremost. My parents have brought me up with great morals and values, life is too short to create negative surroundings and feelings. Like they say ‘treat others how you’d like to be treated’.

Finally, this may sound like a cliche question, but if you did not succeed in Bollywood, what else would you be seen doing?

I cannot imagine doing anything else! I know it sounds cheesy, but I love what I do! It really is in my DNA. I have had the opportunity to live multiple lives in one lifetime and through the power of cinema, did my small bit to touch a chord with the world and form a indescribable bond.

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Global Online Discount Coupons You Can Use Anywhere

The Indian Diaspora has a global footprint. With a good background in education, Indians are doing well and one of the countries where they have made a mark for themselves is New Zealand.

How do expat Indians in New Zealand stay in touch with the mother country and learn about what is happening there? Websites dedicated to giving news about India and Indians are the source.

A website like The Global Indian showcases people and events and also has information on holidays and shopping back home in India.

When expat Indians take a vacation, it is often not to any exotic destination but it is a trip back home to refresh ties and take in all that India has to offer. India is a travel destination in its own right and it is not surprising given the diversity of cultures and landscapes. Modern India also offers resorts and a host of refreshing activities like paintball in Delhi, NCR. If the sea charms you, then scuba diving in Goa India should be a part of your planned leisure activities while on a holiday here.

Thrifty as they are, Indians will not hesitate to grab a deal sweetener if it comes their way.

If you are holidaying in India, it does not mean you have to pay high prices for travel, food and leisure activities. Arm yourself with a bunch of discount coupons from your favorite online discount voucher website.

Since the website partners with leading leisure activities establishments across India, you can simply redeem the coupons for discounts that can go as high as 70 percent when you spend a day at a resort in Delhi. You can do lots and lots and yet stay within budgets since discounts reduce your expenses and let you spend on more activities.

Online discount coupon codes can also save time you spend searching for the most likely spots to enjoy yourself. Log on to the website and navigate to the city of your choice and there it is: a complete list of partner establishments offering a host of entertaining activities, food, beauty treatments and shopping at discounted prices to coupon holders. People may be surprised at your seeming extravagance but do not let on that you are using discount coupons if you want
to keep them impressed!

Does it make sense to buy coupons to get discounts? It does, especially if you grab deals of the day where you have maximum discounts. Even regular discounts cover your cost and save you a lot. Additionally, recommend a friend and you get another Rs. 100 for each person who goes for the discount coupons. Global discount coupons are growing in popularity and you can buy one before you set out from New Zealand for native India for sunshine and fun.

Naturally you will enjoy your stay with friends and family and that is where discount coupons come in handy, saving you a lot of money or letting you do more for the same amount. With so many online discount coupon websites, it makes sense to select a website that has international operations and a strong base in India.

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Fiji gets ready to celebrate Diwali

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Fiji is offering a cultural experience as it is set to celebrate the annual Indian Diwali Festival of Lights from 19 October  to 12 November this year at RB Patel Jetpoint Martintar in Nadi.

A highlight of the Festival will be the ornate light and candle decorations, Indian sweets and snacks and homes that are open to family and friends for a time of rejoicing.

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Nearly 38% of Fiji population is of Indian descent. Since the first Indians arrived in Fiji in 1879, the Indian community has kept alive the spirit of their homeland with festivals and traditions.

The festival will put up agricultural shows, entertainment, shopping and amusement rides on Friday 9 November from 6.30pm and from 7pm on Saturday 10 November.

On Sunday 11 November, visitors can enjoy TISI Sangam Performances/Nadi Nari Sabha from 10am – 2pm, followed by an agriculture show and amusement rides, and then Sanatan Dharam Indian Night.

The final night of the festival will include a brilliant closing ceremony, fireworks display and live band from 7pm to 11.30pm.

Diwali is the festival of the attainment of nirvana by Mahariva, one of the great heroes of the Indian culture, back in 537BC. Celebrated by Sikhs, Hindus and Jains, the festival is celebrated over a five-day period according to the lunisolar Hindu calendar.

Each day features a celebration of one of the principal stories associated with the festival which tell a story of the triumph of various Indian deities over demons and the revelation of a new leader for the kingdom.

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Volunteers sweat out for Auckland Diwali festival

Nearly 120 volunteers applied to help Auckland celebrate Diwali this year; just 39 were selected. The oldest is 60 years old, the youngest only 16. Some of these volunteers will lend their experience gained from their volunteering work last year at the one of the world’s largest sporting events – the Rugby World Cup.

Auckland set to turn into little India – Auckland’s Diwali festival is just over a week away.  The programme starts at 12 noon on Saturday 13 October and concludes with a fireworks display on Sunday night at 9.15pm.

Illuminated strawberries, tamarillos, grapes, blood oranges and pomegranate, traditional halva and pistachios – that’s just one innovative dish on the menu as restaurants rise to the challenge of creating a unique vegetarian dish to celebrate Auckland Diwali Festival.

Clooney, Vinnies and Wine Chambers are among 15 restaurants taking part in Diwali Taste on a Plate food challenge and all participating restaurants will feature the Diwali Taste on a Plate dishes until 13 November.

Another highlight is the Diwali Delights programme at AUT’s Manukau Campus which is free and includes a Photographic Exhibition entitled Rivers of Colour, by leading Dunedin photographer John Cosgrove.

Also, a 15-member Gujarati dance group Rangashree joins the international line up to perform on the Aotea Stage at the Diwali Festival.

Established in 1998, the Rangashree School of Fine Arts is a Public Charitable Trust based in Ahmedabad, Gujarat to promote Indian art and culture while maintaining the spirit of India’s dance traditions.

At the same time, real estate agents Barfoot & Thompson are challenging Auckland residents to decorate their house Diwali style in celebration of this year’s two day event. Barfoot & Thompson CEO Peter Thompson will be part of the festival judging panel.

“This competition is a way for people to embrace the Diwali Festival celebrations, have some fun decorating their homes with the chance to win a prize for it. We’re proud to continue to be supporting this great event” says Peter.

Teams from many organisations have come together to make this festival bigger and diverse than earlier years.  Eric Ngan is one of the event producers who has been living and breathing the 2012 Festival since he and his team began planning in April this year.

Festivals are really complex projects, says Eric. “Your aim is to align and energise multiple work streams, artforms, logistics, stakeholders, departments, organisations, stallholders, sponsors and performers, all together on the same day to create an exciting event for the public.”

Auckland Diwali Festival Programme

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2 Indians join NZ Film Review Body

Internal Affairs Minister Chris Tremain has appointed two Kiwi Indians to the Film and Labelling Review Body. Veer Khar and Parmjeet Parmar are two of the eight people appointed to the culturally diverse body.

“I am pleased to announce that Denise Ewe, Veer Khar, Pefi Kingi, Joseph Liava’a, David Lui, Shana Malio, George Ngatai and Parmjeet Parmar will join the current Community Representatives to help ensure that the interests of the general public are taken into account in the labelling of films,” says  Chris.

“Community Representatives come from a range of backgrounds and ages. Together they offer a depth of understanding of New Zealand perspectives, ways of life and beliefs, which contribute to the appropriate labelling of films available for reviewing by New Zealanders.”

The Labelling Body issues labels to all films supplied to the public and rates unrestricted films. Community representatives do not sit as a board but assist the Labelling Body, as required, in carrying out day-to-day activities of rating and issuing labels for films, videos and DVDs.

Community Representatives’ appointment terms are on-going but reviewed at least once every three years.

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India Independence Day celebrations in Auckland

India Independence Day Parade

Unity in diversity will be the theme of Auckland’s celebrations of India Independence Day this year.

Organised by Bhartiya Samaj Charitable Trust, the 66th India Independence Day will showcase the cultural diversity of the country of 1.3 billion people.

The largest democracy in the world gained its independence from the United Kingdom on 15 August 1947. Unlike many former British colonies, including Australia and New Zealand, India does not have the British Queen as its sovereign head of state.

India Independence Day is celebrated with zest and colour by NRIs around the world, and the India Independence Day Parade in New York and Chicago attract attention and glamour from Bollywood.

India Independence Day is an occasion to rejoice the achievement of freedom to a new dawn in the life of India, says Jeet Suchdev chairperson of the trust.

India Independence Day Parade

“We dedicate this prized moment in the honour of those brave countrymen who have sacrificed their lives to give all Indians an opportunity to breathe in this air of freedom.”

The celebrations, being hosted at the ASB Theatre on 12 August, will begin with a ceremonial hoisting of the Indian national flag at the Aotea Square followed by cultural performances by many community groups from Auckland.

“The cultural performances not only include the diverse performances from India but also by community groups representing other neighbouring countries of India,” says Jeet.

When: Sunday 12 August 2012  10:30 AM – flag hoisting, 11:30 AM – 3:00 PM – cultural performances

Where: ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre, 50 Mayoral Drive, Auckland Central

Entry: Free


India gained its independence after nearly 150 years of freedom struggle, which was mostly fought by non-violent and civil disobedience means, under the Indian National Congress, which is now the longest ruling party of the country.

In his independence day speech, India’s first prime minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru famously said, “Long years ago we made a tryst with destiny, and now the time comes when we shall redeem our pledge, not wholly or in full measure, but very substantially.

“At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom. A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new, when an age ends, and when the soul of a nation, long suppressed, finds utterance. It is fitting that at this solemn moment we take the pledge of dedication to the service of India and her people and to the still larger cause of humanity.” That commitment from the independence day speech is still being sought by subsequent leaders.

Unfortunately, the day of India’s independence is shared with the day India was partitioned to form an independent Muslim state – Pakistan.

The partition created two nations—Dominion of India (later Republic of India) and Dominion of Pakistan (later Islamic Republic of Pakistan). India’s non-violent freedom struggle culminated with violent and brutal communal riots following its independence.

A national holiday in India, the independence day is celebrated with a spectacular parade at the Red Fort, which is broadcast live on the national television. The day is celebrated with patriotic songs played at communal flag hoisting ceremonies in schools  and social groups. Patriotic movies are shown on many television channels. The reality-based TV shows feature patriotic themes celebrating India’s independence day.

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Riteish sings in Marathi for Kyaa Super Kool

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Bollywood star Riteish Deshmukh probably believes that he’s already proved his acting excellence. He’s taken to singing – that too in his first language – Marathi.

The latest Bollywood entertainer Kyaa Super Kool Hain Hum launches Riteish as a singer as well as lyricist in the “UP Bihar Lootne” track.

The popular Hindi song features Sukhwinder Singh and Daler Mehndi for the first time together, thanks to Balaji Films.

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Riteish wanted portions of the song,  ‘Dilwalon Ke Dil Ka Karar Lootne’ originally from the movie Shool (picturised on Shilpa Shetty), to contain some Marathi lyrics.

Riteish then sat down with composers Meet Brothers Anjjan to not only sing but also to write the lyrics.

Say Meet Bros Anjjan, “He was a little shy first but then we convinced him to sing and make his debut with us.” What resulted was a second version of the song, translated completely in Marathi by Ritesh and an accompanying YouTube video which Ritesh stars and sings in.

The film, a follow up to the super hit, Kyaa Kool Hai Hum, is due for release on 27 July and also features Tusshar Kapoor – brother of Ekta Kapoor who owns Balaji Films.

Tusshar is an aspiring actor and Ritesh a struggling DJ, who succumb to a twisted turn of events resulting in a lively, suspenseful and incredibly humorous story, set to the singular music of the trio.

Getting the songs together was not easy, considering producer Ekta Kapoor’s attention to detail. Say Meet Bros Anjjan, “She’s a very a tough person to sell to, but she sifted through the 60-70 songs we played for her and included some of her favorites in the film.”

They credit her with the success of “Kyaa Super Kool Hain Hum” due to the high standards she exercises on all her work. The film included the songs “Teri Shirt da Button“, “Hum Toh Hain Cappacino” and “Volume High“, which have been quickly ascending in the music charts.

Meet Bros Anjjan have made compositions for films such as “Do Dooni Chaar” and Rajshri Production’s “Isi Life Mein” for which they were presented with the Stardust award for “Best Standout Performance by Music Director”.  They have also scored for Akshay Kumar’s “Speedy Singh”, and “Paan Singh Tomar”.

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Aftab to lead Chicago India Day Parade

Move over politicians! Bollywood seems to take over almost every public platform where Indians throng, and the latest addition is India’s forthcoming independence day parade. The platform is Chicago.

Bollywood actor Aftab Shivdasani will lead the India Day Parade on 18 Aug, in celebration of 66 years of India’s independence.

In a bid to attract NRIs living in Chicago, the event organisers,  the Federation of Indian Associations (FIA) of Chicago, invite a celebrity each year, mostly from Bollywood.

The parade, which displays Indian culture, will be led by  Aftab down Devon Avenue, the epicenter of “Little India,” in the North-west suburb of Chicago, says a statement from the organisers.

The parade moves through more than 10 blocks and is usually attended by thousands of curious onlookers.

“I am proudly looking forward to leading the parade in Chicago,” says Aftab.  “Nothing is more satisfying than celebrating India’s Independence Day in America with Indian Americans.”

Ajai Aghinotri, FIA Chicago president and trustee Iftekhar Sharif worked to arrange Aftab’s participation.

“Aftab is a great performer and a very humble celebrity,” says Ajai.

Aftab has played a role in 40 Bollywood films and is currently working on the sequel of the hit movie “Masti.” The sequel, titled “Grand Masti,” brings back the blockbuster original cast: Aftab Shivdasani, Vivek Oberoi and Ritesh Deshmukh.