Tuesday, 30 December 2014

MS Dhoni's retirement and other things we learned from 3rd Test

The third Test between India and Australia has ended in a draw with the visitors' hopes of salvaging some pride also coming to an end. Steven Smith-led Australia have ensured the Border-Gavaskar Trophy remains Down Under following their unassailable 2-0 lead in the four-match Test series. Dhoni's Achievements | Twitter Tributes 
The Melbourne Test, probably not as exciting as the Adelaide nail-biter, has surely been one of the most entertaining matches in the series so far. With lots of verbal volleys being exchanged between the two sides and tensions soaring high, the Boxing Day Test clearly brought the two teams out of their comfort zone.
And, the sudden retirement of Indian captain MS Dhoni from Test cricket only added to what has been a tense encounter between the two cricketing giants.
With Dhoni's retirement sending shockwaves across the world of cricket and hogging the limelight, there were more than a few other important aspects that clearly made a mark in the third Test.
Here's a look at what we learned from the third Test between India and Australia at Melbourne:
Dhoni's retirement is not as surprising as it may seem
With 27 wins in 60 Test matches as skipper, MS Dhoni is clearly the most successful captain in the history of Indian Test cricket. But, India's Captain Cool has been at the receiving end alongside his team when it comes to the overseas tours. Out of the 12 Tests played abroad since 2013, Dhoni-led India have managed to register just a single win alongside four draws. Dhoni has not been able to get the best out of the team in the longer version of the game for quite sometime now. He is often accused of deploying defensive tactics when the going gets tough and it has often allowed the opposition to break free from India's clutches. Former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly had recently said that Dhoni is a competitive captain in the ODIs but the Ranchi cricketer has fallen away a bit when it comes to Test cricket. It seems like Dhoni had finally realized his incompetence, even if some blame the poor bowling attack for his downfall, in the longer version of the game as the Indian skipper. But the only question is why Dhoni would retire from Tests altogether rather than just passing the reigns to Virat Kohli. And though we can only speculate, but it could very well be the Indian dressing room chatter that has come to light lately.
Indian players won't step down from a fight
The tensions between the two teams were at an all-time high during the third Test and there was a glimpse of a relatively-new approach being used by the Indian players. Virat Kohli was at the epicenter of the drama during the third Test as his verbal volleys with Mitchell Johnson and the rest of the Australian players continued over the course of five days. It was clearly the first time when an Indian player has taken the fight to his Australian counterparts both on and off the field. The Delhi lad smashed a brilliant 169 in the 1st innings and followed it up with a crucial half-century in the second. But Kohli also didn't shy away from slamming his opponents, namely Mitchell Johnson, during the post-match press conference. While a few criticized Kohli for being childish, others lauded his aggressive approach. But, Dean Jones statement: "Virat Kohli looks more Australian than an Indian player," says it all. The change in mentality and aggressiveness in the game is new, but it's only going to help the team become more competitive. And, if the players can back all that chatter with their performances, there's nothing like it. The era of Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid who believed in replying back to the opposition with their bat seems to have evolved for good.
Pujara's dismal form continues for India
One of the mainstays of Indian batting, Cheteshwar Pujara has failed to shine for his country of late. The right-hander, who made a spectacular debut against Australia in 2010, has struggled to score runs in the recent series. Touted as the next Rahul Dravid, Pujara has scored 201 runs with just one half-century in the ongoing four-match Test series against Australia. His last Test hundred came against South Africa that dates back to December, 2013. During the five Tests against England earlier this year, Pujara amassed 222 runs with a single half-century. Team India has paid dearly for the dismal form of Pujara and if it wasn't for Kohli and Dhoni, the hosts would have suffered third straight defeat in the Test series against Australia.
KL Rahul's forgetful debut
The Indian selectors surprised everyone after Bengaluru batsman KL Rahul was selected in the starting XI ahead of Suresh Raina who was tipped to replace struggling Rohit Sharma in the third Test. The selection looked different but still promising, considering India's struggle in the middle-order. But, what actually unfolded at the Melbourne Cricket Ground sent Indian selectors running for cover. The 22-year-old cricketer marked his debut with a mere four runs to his name. It wasn't the amount of runs, but the shots he played to get dismissed will surely make you throw a kitchen sink. He was out caught while playing the expansive sweep against Lyon in the first innings and got dismissed by Johnson while trying to pull in the second innings. There was no need to play the sweep against Lyon on a fuller ball that was way outside off and his attempt to pull Johnson from outside off was even stranger. For a batsman who's not known for being aggressive or flashy, Rahul's poor debut only added to Team India's woes.
Ishant Sharma is not as bad as we think he is
Ever since James Faulkner's pasting in the 3rd ODI last year, Ishant Sharma has been subjected to a lot of criticism, but nothing unfair. The Indian bowling spearhead has struggled to control his line and his ability to evolve appeared to have diminished over the years. But, the lanky speedster proved his worth in the third Test and silenced the critics for good. Ishant's spell on Day 4 against Australia was a miracle Indian fans have stopped expecting. Hitting the good length area and bowling three maidens on the trot seemed too good to be true. But the pressure he built up led to Shane Watson's wicket after lunch and soon he sent Joe Burns pack in the hut. Though Australia recovered with Shaun Marsh's fifty to end the day on a high, but it was clearly India's best day with the ball and Ishant's discipline and hardwork played a major role. The performance also attracted plaudits from the former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly who was ecstatic to see the struggling Indian bowler hit the right length.

Monday, 29 December 2014

Sean Penn & Charlize Theron Engaged: The History Of Their Love

Sean and Charlize shocked us all by reportedly getting engaged over the holidays, after less than one year of dating! In honor of their huge next step, let’s take a look back at the sweetest and sexiest moments of their relationship!

Sean Penn, 54, reportedly popped the question to girlfriend Charlize Theron, 39, during a recent trip to Paris, France, but that’s just the latest in a series of romantic adventures for the couple! Here’s the amazing story of how they fell in love!

Sean Penn & Charlize Theron’s Relationship: A Look Back At Their Best Love Moments

Third time’s a charm! Sean, who was married twice before (to Madonna and Robin Wright) seems to have finally found the woman of his dreams in Charlize. Though the pair may have seemed like an unlikely couple at first, we now think — based on their interactions and outings over the past year — that these two make a perfect match!
Part of that comes from the fact that Sean and Charlize were friends for 18 years before they reconnected at a holiday party in December 2013, according to People.
It makes sense then, that when the Oscar winners were spotted together during aromantic getaway to Hawaii on Dec. 30, 2013, they seemed totally at ease with each other, even though that it was very early on in their romance. While Sean went surfing, Charlize was content to catch some rays and watch her man brave the waves.
“The couple is very much happening,” a source revealed to HollywoodLife.com exclusively at the time. “They were constantly close to each other and he was very protective of her at all times.”The couple have definitely kept a low profile but when they do step out together, they do it in style! Dressed in chic, coordinating black outfits, Sean and Charlize took the 2014 Oscars by storm on March 2, 2014, cozying up to each other at the show and later at an after party at The Vineyard in Beverly Hills.
So sweet! More recently, the pair attended the premiere of Charlize’s movie A Million Ways to Die in the West on May 15, 2014. They looked adorable together and Charlize was loving every moment of it! “I am very happy. I will say that,” she told Extra at the time. “I’m very happy. I’m not very good at talking about my private life, but we are very happy, yes.”
Aww! We definitely love these two together and we can’t wait to see how their love will continue to grow.

Sunday, 28 December 2014

Justin Bieber & Selena Gomez: Jelena’s Most Romantic Pics

Justin’s got a dilemma — his heart is torn in two between longtime lover Selena and hot new flame Hailey! Justin reportedly ‘freaks out’ when he’s not with either of his ladies, a source dishes to HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY.

Justin Bieber20, just can’t seem to get a grip on what his heart wants! He’s reportedly battling strong feelings for both Hailey Baldwin18, and Selena Gomez22. He’s so torn that he is in “a constant circle of doing the same thing over and over again.” HollywoodLife.com can reveal EXCLUSIVE details about Justin’s troubled and torn heart.

Justin Bieber’s Relationships With Selena Gomez & Hailey Baldwin — Can’t Choose

One minute he’s up and the next he’s down! We know that Justin and Selena have one of the most up and down relationships in relationship history. Justin goes through periods when he’s very intense about Selena and then “doesn’t care.” Instead, he seems to be head over heels for Hailey, as it’s a lot less drama.

Is all well between Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra?

Two actresses rarely work well together. There is just too much competition which inevitably leads to stress. This doesn’t seem to be the case with Deepika Padukoneand Priyanka Chopra who will be working together in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Bajirao Mastani and will, by all accounts, even have a dance-off.
While PC began shooting for the film last month, Deepika reported to the sets only recently. Onlookers say they could sense an instant camaraderie between the two actresses.
Says our source from the film’s core team, “We felt there would be awkwardness between them because Deepika has the title role. Also, because of her proximity to the leading man Ranveer Singh. But Priyanka has no insecurities or hang-ups thanks to her friendliness with director SLB. The minute DP walked in, there were positive vibes between PC and her. They spend a lot of time laughing and chatting together.”
Adds the source, “SLB has composed solo songs for both his heroines. And then there is that one peak in the melodic curve when Deepika and Priyanka will burn the dance floor together.”

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Bipasha Basu to romance TV actor Karan Singh Grover in horror movie ‘Alone’

Bollywood actress Bipasha Basu is all set to romance television hottie Karan Singh Grover in an upcoming horror love story tentatively titled ‘Alone’.
Bipasha Basu posted an image on Instagram where she gave a mahurat clap for the film. The grand mahurat was held at a Mumbai Bungalow for the film.
The Bengali beauty tweeted, “A Love story with Chills,my new film is tentatively called Alone co starring Karan Singh Grover!”
While Bipasha Basu will be soon seen in Sajid Khan’s comedy film ‘Humshakals’, Karan Singh Grover was last seen on TV drama soap ‘Qubool Hai’. The film is the remake of the Thai horror film ‘Alone’ which was a worldwide smash hit.
The shooting of the film is currently in progress in the suburbs of Mumbai. The film is directed by Bhushan Patel, of ‘Ragini MMS 2′ and ‘1920 Evil Returns’ fame.
‘Alone’ is produced under the banner of Panorama Studios, produced by Kumar Mangat Pathak, Abhishek Pathak and Pradeep Aggarwal.

Friday, 5 December 2014

Justin Bieber: You’ve Probably Lost Selena Gomez For Good

Justin, are you ready to accept that you may never hold and kiss Selena ever again? You may never be what her heart wants anymore. After pushing her away too many times, HollywoodLife.com hears that Hailey Baldwin is Selena’s final straw. Is this what you want?
Justin Bieber, there are just so many times that you can break Selena Gomez‘s heart. And Justin, there are just so many promises that you can forget.

Justin Bieber Lost Selena Gomez For Good: You Probably Can’t Get Her Back
Guess what, Justin? You’ve gotten to that point. You’ve finally cracked Selena’s years-long love obsession with you.

Your new fling with Hailey Baldwin is the final straw.

Selena, 22, is both “shocked” and “hurt” that you’ve decided to get hot and heavy with Hailey, 18.

“Selena is just in disbelief that Justin could move on from her so quickly,” a source close to your ex told HollywoodLife.com exclusively.

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Justin, 20, it makes Selena feel “that everything he told her, like how he couldn’t love without her and that she was his princess soulmate, was just a bunch of lies. She’s really shocked and hurt that Justin is so serious with Hailey in such a short amount of time,” the source explained.

We can understand exactly how Selena feels, and how she sees your new romance with Hailey as such a betrayal.

Justin, you had Selena convinced that you finally weren’t interested in any other girls but her, and that your new primary focus was on your “spiritual studies and church, until she came back” to you, the insider revealed.

Selena felt secure in that. She felt that you two finally had an understanding that even if you weren’t together at the moment, you were preparing to be together again.

She did still hold out hope that you would ultimately realize that you were true soulmates and that you would one day be ready to commit to her forever.

Yes, she did want a proposal. But Justin, she felt she needed this after all your past broken promises of fidelity and commitment.

Justin Bieber: You’ve Pushed Selena Gomez Too Far
Justin, for a few weeks it did seem like you were working on your spirituality, spending time with Pastor Carl Lentz, instead of partying and flirting.

You have to see how let down Selena is now. She thought there was hope. She thought she had a future with you.

But now she sees photos of Hailey in your arms and hears that you and Hailey “are starting to like each other and they are having a really good time,” according to a source close to you.

Justin, Selena is just done now. This new romance, this new disappointment is her final straw. You’ve pushed her away too far for the final time.

Now Selena has made a very firm resolution for 2015, HollywoodLife.com has learned exclusively.

“She wants nothing to do with Justin Bieber. She wants to do it cold turkey,” an insider has revealed to us.

So Justin, you asked for it. You have finally done what not too long ago you feared most. You have lost Selena forever.

Think long and hard about it — is this really what you want? If it isn’t, then you better act fast or get ready for a Selena-free life!

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Priyanka Chopra wins back sexiest Asian crown from Katrina Kaif

London: Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra has won back the crown she lost to Katrina Kaif last year to benamed the world's sexiest Asian woman on Thursday.
The 32-year-old actress and singer topped the top 50 list in an annual poll conducted a UK-based weekly newspaper.
Popular TV actress Drashti Dhami, who had led the voting at one stage, narrowly missed out on the top spot to come in second. Fellow TV actress Sanaya Irani came third while last year's winner, Katrina, slipped to fourth place in the race.
"Someone once told me, sexy is what sexy does and you do it best when you are yourself. I don't know what I did to
deserve this but I'll happily accept this title," said Priyanka.
"I am very flattered to have be named 'Eastern Eye's' Sexiest Woman once again. The fact that this is decided from a
public poll across the world makes this even more special to me. Lots of love to everyone who voted and here's to always being yourself," she added.
'Eastern Eye' showbiz editor Asjad Nazir, founder of the 'Sexiest Asian' list and chair of the judging panel, described
this year's number one as an 'important international icon for India.'
"Apart from being one of the most stunning women in the world, Priyanka has demonstrated she is beautiful on the inside too with important humanitarian work," said Nazir.
"She has also become a strong symbol of girl power with projects like 'Mary Kom' and represented her country admirably around the world. That is why more women than men actually voted for her this year and why she was trending across Twitter during the voting process," he added.
The A-list star beat off very tough competition from some of the most stunning women from around the world in the 11th edition of the list. The 2014 rankings have been trending heavily on social media across India and Pakistan during the voting process, with over 10 million votes cast.
The highest new entry was reality TV star Gauahar Khan at number 5 and the second highest new entry was young actress Preetika Rao at 10.

Other Indian television actresses who made the list included Nia Sharma (7th), Asha Negi (12th), Shakti Mohan (13th), Surbhi Jyoti (16th), Hina Khan (23th) and Kritika Kamra (30th).
The highest placed American was 'Anger Management' star Noureen DeWulf (15th), whose parents hail from Pune in India. The highest placed Pakistani was Humaima Malick (20th) and the highest placed British girl was reality TV star Jasmin Walia (32nd). The oldest woman in the list was 47-year-old Bollywood icon Madhuri Dixit (28th).
Other notable Bollywood stars in this year's list include Deepika Padukone (6th), Kareena Kapoor (8th), Sonam Kapoor (9th), Shraddha Kapoor (17th), Alia Bhatt (24th), Mahira Khan (34th), Kangana Ranaut (38th) , Anushka Sharma (47th) and Kanika Kapoor (50th).
The top 50 Sexiest Men list will be released next week.

Sanjay Dutt applies for 14 day leave from Yerwada jail?

As per the latest buzz, the Agneepath actor has indeed appealed for a two week furlough…

Sanjay Dutt is currently serving 42 month sentence in Yerwada jail, Pune, after he got convicted in connection with 1993 Mumbai Blast case last year. We hear the talented actor has applied for 14 day furlough but the reason is unknown. This isn’t the first time that Sanju baba has given parole application. Last year, the Munnbhai MBBS hero was out for 30 days in October because of his own health issues. Then in December he was again out on parole as his wife Manyata Dutt was unwell. In fact, his furlough got extended due to his wifey’s bad condition. And now the PK actor has apparently applied for 14 day furlough.
While talking to a leading tabloid, a source said, “He has submitted his application and is awaiting its acceptance.” When Dutt was out on parole twice last year, a lot was said and written about the same due to which the government came under lot of pressure and eventually ordered an inquiry. Will Sanjay’s plea get accepted this time around? Only time will tell.

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Save Yamuna, appeals Hema Malini

Mathura: Bollywood actress and Lok Sabha member from Mathura Hema Malini Wednesday demanded immediate release of water into the Yamuna river from the Hathini Kund barrage to ensure that pilgrims who visit the land of Lord Krishna are not put to inconvenience.
Hema Malini also raised the issue in the Lok Sabha and urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take appropriate action.
"I placed all the facts before the house and voiced the frustration and concern of the people who have long been demanding action to save the Yamuna from pollution," Hema Malini said.
"Industries in Haryana and Delhi are polluting the river which has been reduced to a vast sewage canal. The pollutants are adversely affecting children, as lead and other elements have been found to flow freely in the river."

She said the only solution was to release water on a continuous basis for the downstream cities and divert the waste and sewage through a parallel drain to the Agra Canal.
"The problem cannot be resolved unless the governments at the centre and state take prompt steps. I am happy the prime minister heard me patiently during my recent meeting with him," she said.

Monday, 1 December 2014

14-year-old Chinese prodigy clinches world snooker title

Yan Bingtao, the 14-year-old prodigy from China, created history by becoming the youngest player to win the men's title in the IBSF World Snooker Championship after he overcame Pakistani's Muhammad Sajjad 8-7 in a cliff-hanger final, here on Saturday.
In a match that kept the result in suspense, both Bingtao and 28-year-old Sajjad exhibited snooker of highest class, but eventually, it boiled down to nerves in the 15th frame where the Pakistani paid the price for a loose shot that broke the bunch and the Chinese teenager made a break of 60 to clinch the crown.
It was befitting that Bingtao, showing maturity that belied his tender age, won the title as he looked the better player while Sajjad who could not reproduce his semifinal form, was left heart-broken, especially after playing so well right until the final frame when he was punished for a bad shot.
Earlier in the day, Wendy Jans of Belgium won her fourth women's title and third on the trot when she beat Russia's Anastasia Nachaeva 5-2 in the final while Phisit Chandsri (Thailand) retained the Masters crown with a hard-fought 6-5 win over Welshman Darren Morgan. The first session of seven frames in the men's final was more of a hit-and-run with neither player able to settle into a consistent rhythm as their play alternated between high class and ordinary. There were misses galore from both as they fought hard for every point.
Bingtao was first off the blocks after Sajjad, who opened with an in-off but followed it up with a break of 44 on is subsequent visit, squandered a 11-point lead with the reds off the table. Bingtao made a delightful 27 clearance to go 1-0 up.
Sajjad responded strongly to take the second frame, aided by small breaks with Bingtao unable to cash in on openings. The Pakistani took 2-1 lead with runs of 32 and 43, and looked poised to take the fourth frame too when he missed a top pocket red to leave Bingtao on. The Chinese teenager crafted a nice break of 55 and went on to win the frame for 2-2.
Sajjad and Bingtao shared the next two frames with the Chinese posting a break of 77 in the fifth and the Pakistani replying with a 79 in the sixth. Bingtao then profited on Sajjad's miss on the long green and quickly cleared to black to go into the interval leading 4-3.
On resumption, Sajjad quickly equalised with a break of 73 which Bingtao replied with a 76 and followed it up by taking the 10th frame for a 6-4 lead.
However, the Pakistani hit back by winning the next three frames for a 7-6 advantage, including the 11th on a re-spotted black after Bingtao had miscued on the pink when on 60 break and Sajjad responded with 65 clearance to tie the scores. A 60 clearance by Sajjad took him to a 7- 6 lead, but again Bingtao caught up with small breaks to make it 7-7 and push the match into the decider where the Pakistani blundered at the start for the Chinese to punish him with a match-winning run of 60.
In the women's final, Jans was far too good for the 21-year old Nechaeva who, after a bright start when she made a break of 44 in the first frame, gradually faded from the contest as the Belgian ace notched runs of 40, 43 and 30 to dominate the final to extend her unbeaten run against the Russian whom she had beaten twice in the finals of the European Championships in 2013 and 2014.
"I'm very happy to win my fourth title. It was not very easy and it is getting difficult every year with more young players coming up," said the modest Jans who hails from the town Bree while she agreed that her semi-final match against double World champion Ng On Yee (Hong Kong) was virtually the final as she won 4-1.
"Yes, I thought my match with On Yee was the final. I didn't expect to win so easily and may be, I was a bit lucky. And in the final, I made some small breaks, but didn't play all that well," add Jans who runs a snooker parlour in her hometown.
The results (all finals):
Men (Best of 15 frames) - Yan Bingtao (China) bt Muhammad Sajjad (Pakistan) 8-7 (71-59, 16-81, 22-75, 67 (61)-53, 77 (77)-13, 4-93 (79)-63-38, 00-86 (73), 76 (76)-09, 70-37, 65 (60)-72 (50), 38-76, 16-107 (60), 72-21, 61 (60)-15).
Women (Best of 9 frames) - Wendy Jans (Belgium) bt Anastasia Nechaeva (Russia) 5-2 (31-76 (44), 72 (42)-02, 25-65, 74 (40)-35, 72 (43)-32, 82 (38)-23, 60-31).
Masters (Best of 11 frames) - Phisit Chandsri (Thailand) bt Darren Morgan (Wales) 6-5 (67-59, 73-15, 25-64, 18-55, 16-71, 30-58, (49)81-29, 65-44, 57-28, 07-64 (63), (58)72-34).

Prabhudheva: It's my dream to work with Amitabh Bachchan

Actor-filmmaker Prabhudheva says he's a huge fan of Amitabh Bachchan and that he harbours a dream to work with the megastar.
"I want to work with Amitabh sir. I don't know when that is going to happen. I didn't tell sir about this though I have met him before. It's my dream to work with him. I've loved all his films and I'm a huge fan of Amitabh and Rajinikanth sir," Prabhudheva told IANS.
Busy promoting his forthcoming film "Action Jackson", starring Sonakshi Sinha, Yami Gautam and Manasvi Mamgai, Prabhudheva says each of the actresses have important roles in the film.

"In this film, I've roped in three actresses and it was kind of them to accept this offer. When I
narrated the story, I made it very clear that there are going to be three actresses and nobody questioned me and just said 'yes'. It's very sweet of them and all three of them have important roles in the film," he said.
The film is slated for release Dec 5.

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Phillip Hughes: Australian batsman dies, aged 25

Australia Test batsman Phillip Hughes has died aged 25, two days after being struck on the top of the neck by a ball during a domestic match in Sydney.
Australia team doctor Peter Brukner said he passed away in hospital, never regaining consciousness.
Hughes, who also played for Hampshire, Middlesex and Worcestershire, was hit by a delivery from bowler Sean Abbott.
"It's an understatement to say we're completely devastated," said Cricket Australia boss James Sutherland.
"The word tragedy gets used too often in sport, but this freak accident is a real life tragedy."
"We appreciate all the support we have received from family, friends, players, Cricket Australia and the general public.
"Cricket was Phillip's life and we as a family shared that love of the game with him. We would like to thank all the medical and nursing staff at St Vincent's Hospital and Cricket New South Wales medical staff for their great efforts with Phillip. We love you."
A clearly emotional Clarke then stood up and left the room.
Hughes, batting for South Australia, collapsed face first on the ground after being hit by a bouncer from 22-year-old Abbott during a Sheffield Shield game against New South Wales.
Hughes had been wearing a helmet but the ball struck him at the top of the neck, causing the injury.
He had CPR and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation at the ground before being taken to St Vincent's Hospital, where he had a 90-minute operation to relieve pressure on his brain.
Abbott and members of the Australian national team, including Clarke, visited Hughes in hospital.Family leaves: Hughes' distraught father Greg (centre), mother Virginia (second on the right) and other relatives leave St Vincent's Hospital

Ronaldo is close to being the complete player

Ronaldo is the “almost perfect” player, according to Portugal team-mate Ricardo Carvalho.
Marcelino acknowledged that Messi and Ronaldo were the two best players on the planet, but insisted Madrid’s frontman is better because of his aerial prowess and his belief Ronaldo is stronger with both feet than his Argentine rival.

Alia Bhatt to work with Sushant Singh Rajput

Sushant Singh Rajput and Alia Bhatt will be seen together in none other than Finding Fanny director, Homi Adajania’s next. That’s not all. The film is said to be an epic love story in Hindi. This will be the first time that Alia will be paired opposite Sushant and this makes for an interesting watch!

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Riteish Deshmukh-Genelia blessed with son

Bollywood's beloved on-screen and off-screen couple Genelia D'Souza and Riteish Deshmukh were Tuesday blessed with a son, their first child.

The excited father took to Twitter to share the good news and posted: "It's a BBBOOOOYYYYYY!!!!!!!!"

The couple, who had been dating since 2003, tied the knot in 2012. Having starred together in movies like "Tujhe Meri Kasam" and "Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya", they are often called the 'cutest couple of tinsel town'

Why we are so crazy about Sunny Leone?

She is looked upon as a diva,  has easily grabbed several mainstream Bollywood films,  is invited to schools, family celebrations, puja pandals and for giving away awards at functions and is not at all judged on the parameters of her background as a porn star in a conservative country like India.

 Sunny Leone has earned a position in Indian society which many Bollywood starlets are still striving to achieve.  The reasons are many and she has really worked hard for it. Here are the ten reasons why we all love Sunny Leone so much.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Jammu and Kashmir voters brave boycott call, weather to record 70% turnout

Voters in Jammu and Kashmir defied a boycott call and inclement weather as half of the total electorate in 15 Assembly constituencies cast their franchise to register 70 per cent turnout in the first phase of the five-phase elections on Tuesday.
Enthusiastic voters queued up at most polling stations in the Valley and the Jammu region. Even a separatist boycott call in the Valley evoked no response as men and women came out in large numbers to vote. Polling was low key initially because of the winter cold in the morning, especially in the Ladakh region where temperatures were much below the freezing point.
As the day progressed, voting picked up in the Ladakh region. Voters lined up at polling booths in Gurez, Kangan, Ganderbal, and Bandipora constituencies. In the Jammu region, Doda, Kishtwar, Inderwal, Bhaderwah, Banihal and Ramban also saw voters turn up at booths.
The voters said they were voting for change in the Valley, while those in the Jammu region said they were voting for change and development. "We have decided to participate in the elections to vote for change," said Nisar, 24, who was voting for the first time.
The young and first-time voters were particularly enthusiastic about casting their vote. "Yes, I have voted and I have no fear in admitting this. It is time all youth came out to bring change which is only possible through the power of ballot," said Irshad, 25, at Inderkote polling station in Sonawari constituency.
The Election Commission had deputed 225 micro observers, besides webcasting voting at nearly 160 polling stations. No major untoward incident was reported from anywhere. "Polling was peaceful at all the 1787 polling stations spread over seven districts," an official said.
Over a million voters will decide the political fate of 123 candidates in the fray. Polling started at 8 am and ended at 4 pm. The counting of votes will take place on December 23 after the last phase of the five-phase elections ends on December 20.

Casting Coup: Ranbir Kapoor-Aishwarya Rai in Karan Johar’s next?

Talk about exciting news! KJo has managed a casting coup of sorts for his next directorial venture. Want to know more on this? We have all the details!

Karan Johar, who hasn’t directed any film in 2014 is all set to return to direction next year. And guess what? He has cast Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma and wait for it…Aishwarya Rai Bachchan for his directorial venture. Well, that’s what the reports suggest.
While we will get to see Ranbir and Anushka romancing each other in Bombay Velvet, which also has KJo playing the villain, but Ranbir and the Bachchan bahu coming together is certainly one heck of a deal.
Though the filmmaker is tight lipped about the project, those in the know say that theAsh-RK casting is sure to grab eyeballs. “Karan is returning to direction after a gap, and he wants it to be extraordinary. He will make sure that this next film catches everyone’s attention,” 

Janel Parrish Admits She ‘Loves’ Val Chmerkovskiy On ‘DWTS’

We knew love was in the air for Janel and Val! On the Nov. 24 episode of ‘DWTS’ our hearts literally melted when Janel said the L-word to Val after their incredible freestyle, which they ended with a big kiss!

Just as we thought Val Chmerkovskiy and Janel Parrish‘s chemistry was as steamy as could be, things heated up even more on the Nov. 24 episode of Dancing With The Stars! After their epic freestyle performance that judge Bruno Tonioli called “the visualization of a love poem,” Janel said “I love you” to Val! So cute!

Val Chmerkovskiy & Janel Parrish On ‘DWTS:’ Janel Says ‘I Love You’ To Val

Janel, 26, and Val, 28, danced beautifully to an acoustic rendition of “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles),” and took everyone’s breath away during the freestyle. At the end of their chilling performance, they sealed it with a very passionate kiss, which can be seen here!
“This was the visualization of a love poem,” Bruno raved. “It touched everybody’s soul. So moving, so deeply felt. Hypnotically beautiful.”

Monday, 24 November 2014

I am not satisfied being a glam doll: Jacqueline Fernandez

Jacqueline Fernandez has been part of a few films that have been hits, but she now feels the need to prove her acting chops. The actor says that she is working hard to showcase her talent, and isn’t satisfied being known as just a pretty face.

“Everyone who works hard — in any profession — wants to be known for their work. I, too, want the audience and the industry to praise me for my acting skills, and not just for starring in hit films. Looking glamorous and being a good dancer may be a part and parcel of my work, but I’m consciously trying to work harder and establish myself as a talented actor. Just being a glam doll won’t satisfy me, or any other actor,” she says.

Jacqueline says that she has a long way to go and plenty to learn. “Acting is a difficult art, and it takes years of training and experience to do justice to it,” feels the actor, who has become conscious about every scene she enacts. She explains, “When I judge my performance, I try to gauge what I should or shouldn’t have done. Between shots, I think about my expressions, dialogue delivery and body language. If you are appreciated for that, it’s an accomplishment.” 

Friday, 21 November 2014

We have good chances of beating Australia at home: Kohli

Kohli will captain the Test side for the 1st time in Brisbane as Dhoni suffering with a thumb injury.

Parineeti Chopra takes a break from films!

Mahendra Singh Dhoni may not vote in Jharkhand polls

After missing the recent Lok Sabha poll, team India skipper and Election Commission brand ambassador Mahendra Singh Dhoni may skip voting this election too, as he is scheduled to leave for Australia on a two-month tour late November.
Dhoni's constituency Hatia in Ranchi goes to polls on December 9, the day when a test match is scheduled to be played.
P.K. Jajoria, the chief electoral officer, said, "His presence is immensely needed to increase the voter's turn out percentage as Jharkhand registered a mere 55 per cent and a marginally better 68 per cent turnout in the 2009 Assembly election and the recent LS polls. But since he would be busy with his matches we may miss his services as EC brand ambassador."
"There is no provision for online voting in India. Further, under the Conduct of Election Rules, 1961, a week's notice should be given for casting a postal ballot and the stipulation is that voter is in India, not abroad," Jajoria said while explaining skipping of voting by the stars.
The skipper's hometown Ranchi is furious. "If he himself skips voting how would he be able to convince others to vote for which he has been appointed as ECI's Brand ambassador," said Avhishek Kumar, a youth.
Echoing similar views, Amber Sameer, a retired government official, said, "Being an international face, Dhoni must not forget his duty. He must arrange time and go vote."
"He should have voted the last time and he must vote this time as it is fundamental for him," said Sampreet Kaur, a housewife.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Kristen Stewart to help pick new Twilight directors for five short films

The Twilight Saga was one of Hollywood's biggest box office hits of all time and became an international phenomenon, so it's no surprise to hear that two years after the last film was releasedthe series is making a comeback.
Stephenie Meyer, the author of the series, and Lions Gate, the production company behind the big screen adaptation, have announced that they will be searching for five female aspiring directors to make short films based on the characters.

The franchise made star names of Kristen Stewart and British actor Robert Pattinson, and Kristen will return to the panel of women who will chose the five winners.
Joining Kristen will be author Stephenie, the director of the first film Catherine Hardwicke, and actresses Kate Winslet, Octavia Spencer, Julie Bowen, and director of Frozen, Jennifer Lee.

In a statement Stephenie said: "The female voice is something that has become more and more important to me as I've worked in the film industry. 
"The short film series, called The Storytellers—New Creative Voices of The Twilight Saga also has the backing of Women in Film, an organization devoted in part to ending a shortage of female directors."
The supernatural series followed Bella Swan, a human teenage girl who fell in love with a vampire, Edward Cullen, and soon found herself caught between vampires, werewolves, and the bigger forces at hand.

The winning videos will be shown exclusively on Facebook in 2015
, and Michael Burns, vice chairman of Lions Gate added to the New York Times: "We think Facebook is a great way for us to introduce the world of Twilight to a whole new audience while re-energizing existing fans.

This is the just the beginning—a template, if you will," Burns added. "You can probably guess what might be coming next."

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Aish celebrates 20 years of Miss World by funding surgeries for 100 kids

Since the start of her career, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has been associated with multiple foundations that support a number of causes. And as she celebrates the 20th anniversary of being crowned Miss World(November 19), the actor has decided to celebrate the occasion in a unique manner. A friend of Aishwarya’s tells us that she has been sponsoring surgeries of 100 children with clefts since a couple of months. “She has been involved in this cause since October. The kids being treated are in the age group of one to 14 years,” the friend reveals.

We’re also told that the actor will be visiting a hospital in the city suburbs today to meet a few children. “Aishwarya will meet some slightly older kids, who are done with their treatment, and will interact with them. She felt that meeting toddlers would be difficult, as they are still recovering and are too young to understand much,” her friend adds.  

When contacted, the actor’s spokesperson confirmed the news, saying, “Aishwarya is sponsoring the surgeries of 100 children with clefts to mark the 20th anniversary of her winning the Miss World pageant. She will also be meeting around 50-60 children, and will celebrate the day with them.” 

Katrina Kaif attends Salman Khan's sister Arpita's wedding in Hyderabad

They may have parted ways, but former couple Katrina Kaif and Salman Khan continue to remain close even now. The actress was spotted at Khan's sister Arpita's wedding to Aayush Sharma in Hyderabad on Tuesday night. Director Kabir Khan, who currently working with Khan in 'Bajrangi Bhaijaan' shared a picture of a happy group at the wedding which included Katrina Kaif, Karan Johar, Kabir Khan and his wife, Mini Mathur with other friends. We hear that Katrina sent her personal make up artist to Arpita's rescue at the last moment when the bride's make up artist backed out. Katrina is known to be close to Salman Khan's family and is part of almost all the celebrations in their household. Katrina's current boyfriend Ranbir Kapoor was not present at the wedding

Big B pitches for holistic online environment for kids

Bollywood screen icon Amitabh Bachchan, who is also the United Nations ambassador for the Girl Child, is now "happy" to be a part of a unique cyber venture that aims to create a holistic online environment for children.
"Should kids or should kids not? Isn't there a bigger responsibility of creating a holistic online environment? I'm happy to be a part of a unique initiative for kids," Big B posted on social networking site Facebook Tuesday referring to worldoo.com.
The internet project has roped in the star to help create a responsible internet for children as they take their first step online.

The 72-year-old actor is in the city to shoot for Shoojit Sircar's "Piku".
With the filming wrapped up Tuesday, Sircar expressed his gratitude to the residents of Kolkata, the West Bengal government and the Kolkata Police.
"Grateful to the CM of West Bengal, Mamata di, for her support and warmth this wld not have been possible without her blessings.
"Grateful to the Kolkata police for their support and administration in enabling a successful shoot and to the people of Kolkata, for their love, for making us feel at home...from PIKU team...Dhonobaad!!, Sircar tweeted Tuesday.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

On Homestretch, it's Lewis Hamilton vs Nico Rosberg for Race to 2014 F1 Crown

Lewis Hamilton, who is chasing his second Formula One World Championship, needs at least a second-place finish to clinch this season's title. Hamilton currently has 334 points, 17 more than his Mercedes teammate and title rival Nico Rosberg.
With double the points (usually a winner gets 25 points for a victory) up for grabs in the final race of the season at Abu Dhabi this weekend, Hamilton would love to grab 50 points and lift the coveted trophy.
On the other hand, Rosberg (317 points) will be confident going into the race after pipping the Briton at the penultimate race in Brazil to keep his title hopes on track. The German will be aiming for victory in the hope Hamilton finishes third or lower.
While it is certain that the title will be decided between the Mercedes duo, Hamilton would expect another fierce challenge from his teammate when the pair resumes hostilities at the Yas Marina circuit on super Sunday in Formula One.
Hamilton, on his debut season in 2007, lost the championship by just one point to Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari, while the next season the Briton edged Ferari's Felipe Massa to clinch his first title. Once again it's going down-to-the-wire before the world champion is decided.
The duo has already led Mercedes to their maiden Constructors' Championship, with Red Bull Racing set to finish second - currently Mercedes lead by 278 points.
This season too had controversy, drama and on-track excitement with Mercedes taking the honours 15 times out of 18 races so far. It is also tough to believe that four-time defending champion Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull failed to register even a single victory. The other three wins were registered by Vettel's teammate Daniel Ricciardo.

Monday, 17 November 2014

World Chess Championship: Viswanathan Anand comes out unscathed against Magnus Carlsen in marathon contest

Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand salvaged a draw after suffering for a long time in the seventh game of the world chess championship against Magnus Carlsen.
Trying to recuperate from a double blunder in the previous sixth game of the 12-game match, Anand did not show any signs of fatigue and matched Carlsen move for move in what was considered a grudge game.
The Indian, who was facing a double white from Carlsen according to the rules laid in, was at his best in defense even though the game was fought in the most recent theoretical battle.
For the records, it was as theoretical as it could get in a world championship match. Carlsen took the naton and went for the extensively analysed Berlin defense with his white pieces which was an indication earlier enough that the Norwegian word champion has worked out a plan to tackle Vishy’s deep preparation in the opening.
As it happened, Dutch Grandmaster Anish Giri could not stop himself from tweeting that ‘when it came to Berlin, Carlsen knew who to follow’. The Dutch GM was obviously referring to his game against Teinmour Radjabov of Azerbaijan just a couple of weeks back and after Carlsen followed him to the hilt there was no doubt that Giri was making sense.
Anand in fact checked himself not to follow that game and it was clear that the Indian ace had analysed the details himself not to fall in a soup. Instead what followed what a deeply analysed sequence of moves, wherein Anand had worked out his way to equality.
“These are the kind of position when you have to be lucky, but if you are playing in a world championship match you better be correct,” said Grandmaster Abhijeet Gupta, who has been leenly following the match.
As it turned out, the game was in Anand’s grip only for a short while as Carlsen took control soon after. The Indian was subjected to some technical questions on the game once the second time control was over.
It was a piece sacrifice by Anand that opened the debate, Indian ace was thereon trying to figure out a way to defend a piece down endgame which was theoretically drawn.
As it happened, Carlsen went to haunt Anand for a long time with his extra piece but the result of the game was never in doubt. A draw it was and a draw it finally became after 122 move long game.
While Anand had to undergo a long routine of finding the saviours, its clear that only the Indian ended up a winner after such a long ordeal.

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Kristen Stewart, Kate Middleton & More Best Dressed Celebrities

Kristen Stewart arrives at the AFI FEST 2014 Presented By Audi - 'Still Alice' Premiere at Dolby Theatre on November 12, 2014 in Hollywood, California.

Priyanka Chopra and Shah Rukh Khan to host TV show together

Few months ago, prior to the release of the blockbuster Happy New Year, we had reported that Shah Rukh Khan will be a hosting a show which is produced by the 'Got Talent' producer Simon Cowell. 

Though speculations then claimed that it was a part of the promotions for Happy New Year, producer Morani always denied it and maintained that it was individual event. Now, it has finally been revealed that Shah Rukh Khan's Don costar, Priyanka Chopra too will be a part of this. The actress will be hosting the show along with the superstar and the two will add a lot of peppy and witty elements to it. It is also being said that they will perform on stage but that decision is yet to be taken. 

The show in question is an extension of 'Got Talent' and 'India's Got Talent' titled 'Got Talent World Stage' where 10 performers/ performing groups will be showing their talent on stage live. The said show will be held in Mumbai on December 6. The other details of the same are still being kept under wraps. Apart from them, a few Bollywood celebrities like Jacqueline Fernandez and Varun Dhawan will be performing and judges of India's Got Talent Malaika Arora Khan, Kirron Kher and Karan Johar will also grace the event.