Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Salman Khan Have Something in Common

BeFunky Collage.jpg

Before your minds get inundated with several thoughts, we’ll be quick in clarifying that the world’s most beautiful woman – Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Bollywood’s Sultan Salman Khan, both believe in putting their country in the forefront on the world map.

Recently when Salman Khan was appointed as the new Goodwill Ambassador of the Rio Olympics, there has been a lot of debate over the issue, if he is the right choice for this. While some have stood by Bhai, others have outright spoken against this decision saying someone from the field of sports should have been the face.

On Tuesday, when Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan was asked by a journalist at a L’Oreal press conference about what she felt on Salman Khan’s appointment as the brand ambassador, the elegant lady stated “Anybody who is doing good to represent the country and anybody who is working or seeking or standing out for whatever vocation we have in the country be it sports, arts or music, I think that’s wonderful and needs to be recognised.”

We couldn’t agree more! Aishwarya, who unveiled the ‘Infallible Cannes 2016’ collection by L’Oreal Paris, looked resplendent in Azzi and Osta Gown, styled by Tanya Ghavri.

Ash Gown

Advertisements

Aww! This Austistic Child Gets Emotional As His Favourite Band Coldplay Performs Live

Autistic

Source: Twitter/huillo

The internet has been swept with this touching video of an autistic boy who couldn’t hold his tears back as he witnessed the live performance of his favorite band Coldplay for the first time.

The heartfelt video, which has been shot by the child’s father Luis Vazquez at Mexico City’s Foro Sol stadium, reveals how the boy and his parents were thrilled at the concert. When the band played its song ‘Fix You’, the child’s tears rolled down his eye as he danced to the beats.

Sharing the video on their Twitter account, Coldplay posted a message that read “This kind of thing makes it all worthwhile.”

We bet Coldplay would love to perform again and again for this cute little angel.

Hindu College Girls’ Hostel Finally! But Why Poke Fun on The Gender?

my pic

Suranjana Das

How I wish there was a hostel for us too, when I was studying at Hindu College! We envied the boys enjoying their ‘privileges’ at the hostel with hardly any or no restrictions, a fine-looking hostel campus, and super delectable food. The best part was we girls could drop by at the pantry anytime to pamper our taste buds, especially the Sunday Biryani for lunch!

Now that a girls’ hostel is being planned, I just wish to go back to college. No, wait! Before we could express our joy, we hear about some unpleasant revelations. The fee structure of the women’s hostel is 3 times that of men’s. A sheer reflection of gender inequality!

To add to this, some weird rules and regulations?! Deadlines and more deadlines! By 8.30 pm girls have to be inside the hostel gates, 10 pm when they have to switch off the TV, 11 pm- they have to lock themselves inside the room!

My beloved college, please don’t do this to women! We are already crushed in the clichés of society. At least give us the liberty to be ourselves inside our college and hostel premises. After all, this is where we prepare to be leaders.

 

Baar Baar Dekho Wrap Up Party!

IMG-20160426-WA0011

The Olive Bar in Bandra was shining with the stars of Baar Baar Dekho, as they celebrated the film’s wrap up in a grand way!

The entire team – Katrina Kaif, Sidharth Malhotra, Sayani Gupta, Nitya Mehra, Ritesh Sidhwani, Farhan Akhtar, Adhuna Bhabhani, Zoya Akhtar, Karan Johar, Bosco Martis among others, were present at this do.

Actor Katrina Kaif stole the limelight in a black outfit. She added the oomph and sexiness to this party.

The film is set to release on 9 September, 2016.

 

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Never Stop Being Beautiful, Says Radhika Apte

Radhika

The latest edition of Unblushed  (a video series that’s already viral on the web) features acclaimed actor Radhika Apte. The video opens with Radhika going through some books, finds an old photo of her as a kid. She goes on to narrate what she would have done if she met young Radhika, what she would ask her to be or not to be.

The video further breaks the stereotype of how a society wants a girl to look, act and behave. It questions what is ‘normal’ or ‘acceptable’ for an Indian woman. What is a ‘normal’ body, what is an ‘acceptable’ decibel of laughter, what is ‘girl-like’ behaviour.

The video leaves you with a beautiful thought on why it’s important to be you and not getting bogged down by the society’s norm or notions.

Watch the video:

 

Canadian Hostage Beheaded! Where the F*** is Humanity?

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau just now confirmed the killing of Canadian citizen John Ridsdel who has been held captive by the Abu Sayyaf group for months in the Philippines. At a press conference, Trudeau called this horrifying incident “an act of cold blooded murder”.

john-ridsdel

Source: Twitter/JBR10000

Ridsdel was taken hostage from a tourist resort along with three others by the Islamist militants last September. They had appeared in a video appealing for their release.

After more than six months, Ridsdel’s severed head was found on an island in Southern Philippines hours after the deadline of Abu Sayyaf ransom passed.

This is absolutely insane and inhumane!

Funded by al-Qaeda, Abu Sayyaf is a group fighting for an independent Islamic province in the Philippines. They have many other foreign nationals as hostage.

Northeastern Queens Who Rule the Runway

Northeast India is not just known for its divine aura of purity and serenity, but also for its stunning beauty queens. And the latest name to join the glamour wagon is Miss India 2016 Priyadarshini Chatterjee.

Born and brought up in Guwahati, Assam and currently studying at the reputed Hindu College in Delhi University, Priyadarshini is the first northeastern to win the crown. She is now preparing to represent the country at Miss World 2016.

Other Northeastern faces who have ruled the ramp:

Dipannita Sharma

Dipannita Sharma Exotic Skins Ad_FIN72

Photo courtesy: Colston Julian

Hailing from Assam, Dipannita Sharma grabbed eyes after making it to the final 5 at Miss India in 1998. She put the ramp on fire with Indian and international designers and was the worldwide face of Breguet watches and jewellery. She also acted in films like 16 December, Ladies vs Ricky Bahl and Jodi Breakers. Dipannita did her bit for the wild by featuring in a jaw-dropping PETA ad.

Monikangana Dutta

moni

Photo courtesy: Jatin Kampani

Paris is where this Northeastern stunner started her supermodel career. Originally from Guwahati, Monikangana Dutta walked the ramp for fashion designers like Vivienne Westwood, Yoji Yamamoto, Christian Dior, Leonard, and Chloe. She has stolen the shows at Paris Fashion Week, India Fashion Week, Milan Fashion Week and Australian Fashion Week with her exotic look. Once a face of Mac Cosmetics, Monikangana appeared in editorials for Vogue, Elle, Tank Magazine and Italian Harper’s Bazaar.

Leno

leno

Known to the fashion world as Leno, the Naga chick Ketholeno Kense might be soft-spoken but her attitude on the runway speaks out loudly for itself. Leno is the winner of Kingfisher Supermodels Hunt 2014 and since then hasn’t looked back. She has been on the cover of Elle magazine and has walked at numerous fashion weeks.

Good going girls!

 

Now it is India’s Turn to Dance!

So You Think

Last night was the grand premiere of So You Think You Can Dance on &TV and it was spectacular!

Of course it had to be, when the judges panel includes names like Madhuri Dixit-Nene, Terence Lewis and Bosco Martis.

The show is the Indian version of the American dance reality show of the same name and the format is similar. Television’s current reigning queen Mouni Roy and actor Rithvik Dhanjani are the hosts of this show. The show will have a mix of hip-hop, street and Kathak dance.

The show looks promising and according to sources there’s a lot more in store, in the upcoming episodes.

So You Think You Can Dance airs on &TV on Saturday and Sunday at 8:30 pm.

Oh Good Lord! It’s His Birthday

Sachin5

Known as the master blaster of cricket, Sachin Tendulkar created a craze for cricket not just in India but around the world. Today on his 43rd birthday, let’s sway through the life of the legend.

Tendulkar was named after a music director

He was born in a Marathi family. His father Ramesh Tendulkar, a well-known Marathi novelist, named Tendulkar after his favourite music director, Sachin Dev Burman.

Sachin 2

 Tendulkar was a bully

When he was a child, Tendulkar was considered a bully and often picked up fights with new kids in his school.

 Tendulkar’s most prized possession are 13 coins

Whenever he was exhausted at practice, Tendulkar’s coach Ramakant Achrekar would place a one-rupee coin on the top of the stumps. If Tendulkar passed the whole session without getting dismissed, he would win the coin, otherwise the bowler gets it. This way he collected 13 coins which are now his most prized possession.

Tendulkar served as a ball boy

He was made a ball boy in the 1987 Cricket World Cup when India played against England in the semifinal in Mumbai. Who knew he would make India win the World Cup 24 years later!

 Tendulkar was a substitute fielder

Although he was selected to represent Mumbai in the 1987-88 Ranji Trophy, he was not selected for the final 11 in any of the matches and was often used as a substitute fielder.

 At a very young age, Tendulkar ruled cricket

He took up cricket at the age of 11, made his Test debut against Pakistan at 16 and represented Mumbai domestically and India internationally at 24.

Sachin 1

It was love at first sight for Tendulkar and his wife Anjali

Tendulkar was returning from his first international cricket tour in 1990 and met Anjali at the Mumbai airport who came to receive her mother. Their eyes met and smiles were passed. They instantly fell in love!

Sachin 3

Tendulkar is the only player to score 100 international centuries

His total of 51 centuries in Test matches and 49 in One Day Internationals are world records for the highest number of centuries by a batsman. He is also the first batsman to score a double century in an ODI, the holder of the record for the number of runs in both ODI and Test cricket

Sachin 6

Tendulkar is the only player to complete more than 30,000 runs in international cricket

He became the first cricketer to make 30,000 international runs, on the final day of the first Test between India and Sri Lanka in Ahmedabad.

 Tendulkar has a die-hard fan

He has so millions of fans but there is something special about this one fan – Sudhir Kumar Gautam. You’ll recognize this fan through his tri-colored body paint. In 2003, Gautam forcefully met Tendulkar (literally fell on his feet) and managed to get himself invited to Tendulkar’s home. Ever since, Gautam is invited to every match India plays.

Sachin 4

Tendulkar was the first group captain at the Indian Air Force without aviation degree

He was the first sportsperson and the first person without an aviation background to be awarded the honorary rank of group captain by the Indian Air Force.

Happy Birthday the God of Cricket!

102 Days to Rio Olympics! Look Out for This Promising Indian Gymnast

rio

Ever since India’s debut in the Summer Olympic Games in 1920, there has been no looking back for the nation. Indian athletes have appeared in every edition.

This time too, India is all set to create history with victories at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (5th to 21st August) with 76 sportspersons. Out of these, one name that has already found a place in history is Dipa Karmakar. She became the first Indian female gymnast to secure an Olympic spot in 52 years.

dipa 2

Hailing from Agartala, Karmakar started practicing gymnastics at the age of 6 under the coaching of veteran Bisbeshwar Nandi. Karmakar was flat-footed which is not a good sign for a gymnast, but Nandi drove her to overcome her challenges and stand tall as a winner.

dipa 1

This is not the first time Karmakar made history. At the 2014 Commonwealth Games, she became the first Indian female to win a bronze medal in gymnastics. She also won a bronze at the Asian Gymnastics Championships and finished fifth at the 2015 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, both a first for the country.