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Shraddha, Aditya to appear on ‘The Kapil Sharma Show’

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Mumbai, Jan 4: Actors Shraddha Kapoor and Aditya Roy Kapur, who are gearing up for the release of “Ok Jaanu”, will be seen promoting the romantic drama film on ace comedian Kapil Sharmas “The Kapil Sharma Show”.
The actors, who were last seen onscreen together in superhit 2013 film “Aashiqui 2”, shot for the special episode on Tuesday night.

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“Promoting last night on one of my favourite shows ‘The Kapil Sharma Show’ with the most fun gang. ‘Ok Jaanu’,” Shraddha posted on Twitter on Wednesday alongside a photograph in which she and Aditya can be seen pouting alongside Kapil’s gang.

Directed by Shaad Ali, the film is an official remake of Mani Ratnam’s Tamil film “Ok Kanmani”, which revolves around a young couple in a live-in relationship here.

“Ok Jaanu”, which also stars Leela Samson and Naseeruddin Shah, is slated to release on January 13.

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On 2nd wedding anniversary, Asin shares glimpse of her little angel

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New Delhi, Jan 19: On the occasion of her second wedding anniversary, actor Asin Thottumkal, who welcomed her first child with husband Rahul Sharma in October last year, has shared a glimpse of her little angel.

Taking to her Instagram, Asin posted a picture of a leg of her daughter with a ring around her toe.

“#ARWedding #2years It’s the three of us now. Stepping into the third year. Couldn’t have asked for more!, she captioned the Image.

After the birth of their daughter, the couple had released an official statement where they said, “We are ecstatic to announce the arrival of our angelic baby girl. The last 9 months have been most special and exciting for the both of us and we would like to thank all our well-wishers and everyone who has been part of our journey for all their love and support.”

While Asin’s fans got to know of this only after she took to her Instagram handle to announce the news, Bollywood Khiladi, Akshay Kumar, who played the cupid in Asin and Rahul Sharma’s love story, was the first person to catch a glimpse of Asin and Rahul’s daughter. The actor also took to Twitter to post a picture, where Akshay is seen holding the little angel in his arms and tweeted, “One joy which is completely unmatched…congratulations to my dearest friends Asin and @rahulsharma on the arrival of their little angel”

The ‘Ghajini’ star and the co-founder of Micromax (Rahul Sharma) tied the knot on January 19, 2016 in the national capital.

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Message behind ‘Pad Man’ truly inspiring, says Malala Yousafzai

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Islamabad/London, Jan 19: Pakistani activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai has backed Twinkle Khanna’s film “Pad Man” on menstrual hygiene, saying it imparts an “inspiring” message.

Yousafzai met “Pad Man” producer Twinkle as the latter addressed students at The Oxford Union, the world’s most prestigious debating society, on Thursday.

“I’m really excited to see the film ‘Pad Man’… because the message behind the film is truly inspiring,” Yousafzai told Twinkle before her speech, read a statement.

Twinkle, who is also an author, joined cultural, political and high profile figures here, ahead of the worldwide release of her much-anticipated debut as producer, of “Pad Man”, in cinemas on January 25.

“Pad Man” is based on the life of social entrepreneur and activist Arunachalam Muruganantham, who revolutionised sanitary hygiene in rural India 20 years ago by inventing a machine to make low-cost sanitary pads.

Eager students attended Twinkle’s session at The Oxford Union in what marked the first time for an Indian film to be showcased at the institution.

Twinkle engaged the audience by explaining why the world needs to know about the story and the importance of spotlighting issues relating to menstrual hygiene.

“My primary motivation to make a movie on menstruation was to bring awareness to a subject that so far has been tucked away in shadows and like Voldemort is never mentioned.”

She also pointed out the global nature of the problems including in the UK, saying that: “In the beginning, I thought that period poverty was only a problem in my country and countries like Africa, Bangladesh, but groups like Plan International UK have found that one in 10 school girls in the UK itself are missing school because they are unable to afford hygiene products and end up using substitutes like rolled up socks.”

In the question-and-answer session that followed her speech, Twinkle asked the audience to raise their hands if they were currently on their periods. When almost three quarters of the room raised their arms, Twinkle said: “Now imagine sitting here with a rag cloth or a rolled up sock or even wadded up newspaper between your legs. Would it even be possible for you to study under those circumstances?

“Yet, pads are still seen as a luxury item. It is odd that pads are taxed at 12 percent in India but brooms are tax free, because it is more important that you keep your house clean rather than your body, and that America has taxes on tampons but Viagra is in fact tax-free, perhaps because policies are made by 65-year-old men.”

Asked whether or not she could accept the fact that religious practices can sometimes form an obstacle when it comes to female menstruation, Twinkle said: “In Hinduism, you often see the priest sweating in front of the �Yajna’ (a ritual conducted in front of a sacred fire). If god can accept his sweat, then he can accept my blood!”

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Israel PM showcases love for B-town, as the pictures says it all

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Mumbai, Jan 19: Recreating the viral ‘Oscar selfie’, which featured several Hollywood stars in one picture, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, on Thursday night, posed with Bollywood actors as a sign of the “great friendship” between India and Israel.

Netanyahu met the celebrities at a gala “Shalom Bollywood” evening here on Thursday night.

Netanyahu took the opportunity to reveal that he is a big fan of Indian movies and that the same was true for people back home as well. “World loves Bollywood, Israel loves Bollywood, I love Bollywood,” he said.

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, Karan Johar, Madhur Bhandarkar, Vivek Oberoi, Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan, Karan Johar, Subhash Ghai, Imtiaz Ali, Prasoon Joshi, Randhir Kapoor, Ronnie Screwvala, Raj Nayak and Sara Ali Khan were among some of the names from the film fraternity present at the event.

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Karan tweeted a series of photographs of himself with Netanyahu, saying: “A complete honour and privilege to meet with the honourable Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu… Such a wonderful evening with friends of the fraternity.”

Bhandarkar said it was “great attending presentation on history, culture and geodiversity of Israel along with film fraternity and had a pleasure interacting with Honorable Prime Minister of Israel Netanyahu and the first lady.”

Vivek said it was an “incredible pleasure” to meet Netanyahu, who welcomed Bollywood to feature Israel’s natural beauty in its movies.

“You are an amazing ambassador for Israel, you won our hearts! Looking forward to visiting your beautiful country and experiencing the rich Israeli culture very soon,” Vivek tweeted.

Ghai was touched by the “delightful scene” when Netanyahu invited celebrities for a selfie and Amitabh helped him to take the selfie.

“A pleasant evening indeed,” he said, adding that he was glad Amitabh did not use the term Bollywood while welcoming Netanyahu.

Used the word Hindi cinema — a real title of pride for Indian and Indian cinema,” Ghai added.

On Netanyahu’s wish, the celebrities posed for an Oscar-like selfie.

Netanyahu shared the photograph on his Twitter page, writing: “Will my Bollywood selfie beat Hollywood selfie at the Oscars?”

To that, Modi wrote: “Wonderful bonding, Prime Minister!”

He signed off the memorable Shalom Bollywood event with a “Jai Hind, Jai Maharashtra, Jai Israel”.

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