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Big B, SRK and other celebs contribute towards Kerala relief fund

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Mumbai, Aug 20: Celebrities like Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Dulquer Salmaan and Jacqueline Fernandez have contributed towards relief work in flood-ravaged Kerala. They have also urged others to donate.

“The devastation caused by incessant rain in Kerala is frightening. Hundreds and thousands of our sisters and brothers are in deep anguish! We must do all we can to contribute as much as we can towards the needs of the people of Kerala. I have. You must too,” Amitabh tweeted.

The death toll due to rains and floods in Kerala increased to 370.

Shah Rukh’s Meer Foundation has donated Rs 21 lakh to a relief group working amongst flood victims.

Jacqueline committed to donate Rs 5 lakh to NGO Habitat for Humanity India’s Kerala Flood Relief Programme.

She said in a statement: “I am deeply pained to see the devastation caused by the floods in Kerala. My heart goes out to the people in need and in order to help them, I have decided to donate to Habitat for Humanity India.

“I am happy that they have undertaken their disaster response work in Kerala. I appeal to all my friends, fans and peers from the film industry to come and support our flood relief work for the people of Kerala.”

Other celebrities including Hrithik Roshan, Sonali Bendre, Farhan Akhtar, Abhishek Bachchan and Anushka Sharma, Prakash Raj have extended their support, urging people to come forward and help the people of Kerala.

Filmmaker Priyadarshan has already handed over his and actor Akshay Kumar’s cheque to Kerala Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund. “Let’s together build back Kerala back to its glory again. No politics, no religion only humanity. Let’s stand together to save Kerala,” he tweeted.

Actress Chitrangda Singh has also urged people to “join hands and hearts” and “help our countrymen. Stand for Kerala”.

Oscar winner Resul Pookutty has thanked all the celebrities like Vidya Balan, Sonam Kapoor and Alia Bhatt who have contributed to the cause.

The chief ministers of various states have also come forward with financial aid to help the state cope with the huge-scale devastation.

Kerala is facing the heaviest rains and consequent floods and destruction since 1924, which the state estimates has caused a loss of over Rs 19,500 crore.

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I feel more free, feminine in saris, says Kangana Ranaut

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New Delhi, Dec 10: Saris make me look feminine, says National Award winning actress Kangana Ranaut, who has been seen wearing and experimenting with the six-yard wonder quite often.

“I discovered sari much later in my life… I grew up in hills where there is almost no tradition of wearing saris. But when I became an artiste, my love for saris started gradually. Through acting, I got an opportunity to travel to different places and see different cultures. That’s how my journey with saris started.

“It (sari) makes me look more feminine. When I wear a sari, I automatically feel more free and able to express myself better… There is some magical power in saris,” the “Queen” actress said during the launch of Taneira, a flagship handloom sari store by Titan, here on Monday.

While talking about the beauty of saris, Kangana also expressed concern over the condition of Indian weavers.

“No doubt, the trend of saris is always there, but not as much as it should be. We a have a lot to do. Till now, our weavers are suffering. There were thousands of handicraft firms which have disappeared. With synthetic fibre gaining popularity among youth, handloom weavers are suffering, so we have a long way to go,” she said.

For the inauguration ceremony of the store, Kangana was dressed in a handcrafted Banarasi moonlight blue coloured sari from Taneira’s collection. She was accompanied by her elder sister Rangoli.

Asked what’s her favourite sari look, Kangana smiled and said: “I feel comfortable in saris the most. Be it my airport sari look with sneakers or top bun, or be it a complete Indian traditional look, I love all the looks.”

Giving more details about the collection, Shyamala Ramanan, Business Head, Titan Company Limited, said: “Our collection represents the Indian woman… The main aim of Taneira is to impart the beauty of our Indian women through our saris. All saris are handwoven and made up of natural products.”

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From Aish-Abhi to Srk-Gauri, celebs shake leg at Isha Ambani’s Sangeet

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Udaipur, Dec 10: Now this is something we rarely get to witness. Superstar Shah Rukh Khan shook a leg with his wife Gauri Khan at the wedding sangeet party of industrialist Mukesh Ambani’s daughter, Isha, in Udaipur on Sunday.

Shah Rukh and Gauri are seen dancing together on stage with him down on his knees and her swinging around him. King Khan was witnessed in a black sherwani while Gauri can be seen wearing a shimmery lehenga with a caped top.

Actor couple Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan also performed on song ‘Tere Bina’ from their film ‘Guru’. While Abhishek was seen in a red kurta, Aishwarya looked stunning in red and white lehenga.

US singer Beyonce gave a power-packed performance at star-studded audience, which included former US First Lady Hillary Clinton and a slew of Bollywood celebrities including newlywed Priyanka Chopra and her American singer husband Nick.

Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Ranveer Singh, Aamir Khan and also Karan Johar performed at the high-profile function.

Singer Arijit Singh also performed at the sangeet ceremony.

Bride-to-be Isha was seen performing a romantic dance with fiance Anand.

Among those who joined the party were business tycoons, as well as Bollywood celebrities like Parineeti Chopra, Anil Kapoor and wife Sunita, Boney Kapoor with daughters Janhvi and Khushi, Siddharth Roy Kapur with wife Vidya Balan, John Abraham with wife Priya Runchal, Ronnie Screwvala with wife Zarine, Karisma Kapoor, Varun Dhawan, Rekha, Karan Tacker and many more.

Apart from the celebrities, the parents of the bride-to-be, Nita and Mukesh Ambani performed with their sons Anant and Akash on Kal Ho Naa Ho’s wedding track Maahi Ve, a track from Jab Tak Hai Jaan and Khabar Nahi from Dostana during Isha’s sangeet on Saturday.

Isha and Anand, scions of the Ambani and Piramal business families respectively, will wed as per Indian traditions, customs and culture at the Mumbai residence of the Ambani family on Wednesday, December 12.

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Shahid Kapoor opens up on stomach cancer rumours

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Mumbai, Nov 10: Bollywood actor Shahid Kapoor on Monday quashed reports claiming that he is suffering from stomach cancer.

The “Udta Punjab” star took to Twitter to give a health updated to his followers. “Guys I’m totally fine please don’t believe random stuff,” Shahid tweeted.

There were reports doing the rounds on social media that Shahid is suffering from stomach cancer. While the actor has been quiet about the reports, a source close to him had earlier quashed the rumours.

On the work front, Shahid will be seen in the Hindi remake of Telugu blockbuster “Arjun Reddy” titled — “Kabir Singh”.

The original film, starring Vijay and Shalini Pandey in the lead, revolves around a medical student who falls in love with his junior and how their relationship evolves.

The film will be shot extensively in Mumbai, Delhi and Mussoorie. Shahid will sport four different looks in the film and has been preparing for it over the last three months. Workshops with all the actors are right now in full swing.

It is produced by Bhushan Kumar, Murad Khetani, Krishan Kumar and Ashwin Varde.

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