Friday, 12 May 2017

Six popular non-Indian actresses in Bollywood


Many Bollywood actresses are part of notable Bollywood clans like Chopras, Kapoors and Deols.

Bollywood has its fair share of stunningly beautiful and brilliantly talented actresses. Many of these actresses are part of notable Indian families and Bollywood clans like the Chopras, Kapoors and the Deols, and their success could partially be attributed to them being part of these families. Yet, some accomplished actresses have achieved widespread fame whilst coming from a non-Indian background.

Let’s take a look at these actresses.


Born in Hong Kong, Katrina spent most of her life in London. Winning a beauty contest at the age of 14, she caught the eye of numerous big names in Bollywood. The first film she was cast in, Boom, was a commercial failure. However, she went on to gain success through her role in Maine Pyar Kyun Kiaand Namaste London. Playing various roles from a glamourous model in Boomto a role inspired by Congress Chief Sonia Gandhi in Raajneeti, Kartrina Kaif has worked her way up to being one of the highest paid and being regarded as one of the most attractive actresses in Bollywood.


Winner of the Miss Universe Sri Lanka beauty pageant, Jaqueline fernandez marked her debut with Alladin, for which she was awarded the ‘Debut of the Year- Female IIFA Award’. However, her breakthrough role came when she was cast in Murder 2. Success followed her with her widely successful moviesHousefull 2Race 2 and Kick. The fabulous actress is also famous for her humanitarian work.


The strikingly beautiful actress, born in New York to a Pakistani father and Czech mother, Nargis Fakhri began her career as a model and contestant in America’s Next Top Model. Her debut role came as the rich and spoilt yet beautiful Kashmiri girl, Heer Kaul, in Rockstar. She received critical acclaim for playing a war correspondent in Madras Cafe, and later acted in successful comedies, Housefull 3 and Main Tera Hero.


Manisha Koirala was born to a politically eminent family in Nepal. Trained initially in various Indian classical dance forms, Manisha made her acting debut in the 1991 drama film Saudagar with Raaj Kumar and Dilip Kumar. Playing in various mainstream films such as 1942: A Love Story, the Nepali beauty has thrice won the ‘Filmfare Critics’ Award’. Particularly known for her social activism and her work to prevent violence against women and human trafficking, she was the recipient of Nepal’s ‘Humanitarian Ambassador Award’ and has also worked as a United Nations Population Fund Goodwill Ambassador.


More popularly known by her stage name Sunny Leone, the actress is known more for her role in adult films than Bollywood movies. Her debut and much-anticipated role came in Jism 2, which turned out to be much popular among fans of her past career. This was followed by the commercially successful JackpotRagini MMS 2 and Ek Paheli Leela. The actress is socially active and has campaigned for the American Cancer Society and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).


Salma Agha is another actress in this group with a Pakistani background. Born in Karachi, Pakistan and raised in London, her debut in Bollywood was the romantic drama Nikaah, which earned her the ‘Filmfare Best Female Playback Award’ and a ‘Best Actress’ nomination. Before moving into Bollywood, she was famous for her band Agha, in which she and her sister covered songs of the famed Swedish pop group Abba in Hindi.

Failed miserably in superhero genre, admits Shahrukh Khan

Failed miserably in superhero genre, admits Shahrukh KhanWEB DESK – The recent speech by Bollywood King Khan at TED Talks, Vancouver is making waves owing for it was not only stuffed with his characteristic humour but in between the one-liners and quips, he brought up something that were not discussed earlier.


While talking about early day, he opened up in the following manner,

"I was born in a refugee colony in the capital city of India, New Delhi. And my father was a freedom fighter. My mother was, well, just a fighter like mothers are. And much like the original homo sapiens, we struggled to survive. When I was in my early 20s, I lost both my parents……………"

Shahrukh also draw an amusing comparison of life with and without technology and the impact that the development brought in our lives, 

"…..The internet happened. I was in my late 40s, and I started tweeting like a canary in a birdcage and assuming that, you know, people who peered into my world would admire it for the miracle I believed it to be. But something else awaited me and humanity. You know, we had expected an expansion of ideas and dreams with the enhanced connectivity of the world."

The twenty-minute long speech-a-thon also threw light at some of the aspects of life that people all over the world adore him for. Like he went on to express, 

"I m an actor, like I told you, a modern expression of human creativity. The land I come from is the source of inexplicable but very simple spirituality. In its immense generosity, India decided somehow that I, the Muslim son of a broke freedom fighter who accidentally ventured into the business of selling dreams, should become its king of romance, the "Badhshah of Bollywood," the greatest lover the country has ever seen ... with this face. Yeah."

Amidst the laughter and applause, King Khan also admit that he failed miserably in the suit of a superhero.

"You know, I even tried to get into a skintight superhero suit to reinvent myself. I must admit I failed miserably," he added.

Shahrukh Khan also took TED Talk as an opportunity to rubbish the rumours that arose about his third child being the love child of Aryan Khan (his son).

"Four years ago, my lovely wife Gauri and me decided to have a third child. It was claimed on the net that he was the love child of our first child who was 15 years old," Shahrukh revealed. 

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Gossip: 'Brangelina' back again?


Gossip: 'Brangelina' back again?

(Web Desk) – US tabloids are abuzz with Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt allegedly rekindling their romance as a sources told that they have started seeing each other again.

Khaleej Times quoted US media outlets to report that the power-couple of Hollywood is rumoured to be on way to patch up months after divorce. Reportedly, the two converse over the phone at least once a day and see each other several times a week.

Are they getting back together? No can say for sure but there seems to be ‘something cooking’, definitely.

“It’s like they are now dating again,”a source close to the couple told a media outlet. Jolie had divorced Pitt in 2016 and the couple entered a legal battle over custody of their six adopted children.

It was reported earlier this month that Pitt held his drinking among other reasons causes for the split. He told GQ magazine that he had replaced liquor with frizzy water and cranberry juice in bid to better his drinking habits.  

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Justin Bieber’s list of demands for India tour goes viral


A list of ‘demands’ made by Justin Bieber for his India tour is going viral after it was shared on Twitter Wednesday.

The non-negotiables include “a convoy of 10 luxury sedans and 2 Volvo buses” for Bieber and his 120-person-strong entourage. The singer has asked for a private Rolls Royce for himself, and will be given Z level security by the Maharashtra Police, in addition to his personal 8-member security detail.

“10 containers will be flown in with items like a ping pong table, PlayStation, IO HAWK, sofa set, washing machine, refrigerator, upholstery, wardrobe cupboard, massage table that will be used backstage. Arrangements for a Jacuzzi have also been made for Bieber’s personal use to unwind before he takes to the stage,” the list continued.

Two 5-star hotels have been reserved in their entirety for Bieber and his entourage. His personal 1,000-square-foot suite will be redesigned to appear more rustic.

“Top culinary experts will supervise the gourmet being served to Bieber over the 4 days with 5 dishes per day being renamed after his popular song. His room will be adorned with purple carnations, purple being his favourite colour! The hotel will convert itself into Bieber’s private villa with three floors of the hotel being booked for the artist and his entourage and one elevator blocked on all 4 full days for Bieber alone. A special Indian Yoga Casket containing aromatic essential oils; jasmine, mogra, rose and camphor incense sticks; and books on chakras and yoga asanas will be placed in Bieber’s suite knowing his love for Yoga.”

A personal masseuse will be flown in from Kerala to be with the singer during his stay.

“The promoters have also kept a private jet and chopper on stand-by to meet the artist’s immediate travel demands in India.”

“The Canadian star has also requested vegetables seasoned with ranch sauce, diced fruit, organic bananas and seedless grapes. Snacks must also include a deli platter of organic turkey, lettuce, colby and provolone cheese, black olives, as well as green and banana peppers. Lastly, backstage demands include white sliced bread, potato chips, mint and watermelon gum, white cheddar popcorn, Ghiradelli dark chocolate with sea salt and almonds, menthol and watermelon gum, vinegar chips, organic dried fruit, peanuts, and all berries cereal. The “Sorry” singer also has a list of delicious treats that he enjoys, like a large pack of Swedish Fish, boxes of Ritz Bitz peanut butter and cheese sandwiches and multiple packs of Haribo Cola Gummies.”

“Bieber has also requested that his dressing room be entirely draped with white curtains, a large glass-door refrigerator, clothing shelves, eight power outlets and 12 white handkerchiefs. To quench his thirst, he demands 24 still water bottles, 24 alkaline water bottles, 4 energy drinks, 6 vitamin water bottles, 6 cream sodas as well as a cooler packed with assorted juices fizzy drinks. The rider also lists 4 natural juices, 4 vanilla protein drinks and half a gallon of almond milk,” the list goes on.

Curiously, Bieber has demanded that no lilies (the flower) be in his vicinity for the duration of his stay.

For the rest of the bizarre contents (which includes highly-detailed list of Bieber’s favourite T-shirts and non-alcoholic beverages and room fresheners), refer to the attached tweet.

Bieber will perform at the DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai on May 10 as part of his Purpose World Tour. It is the first time the international star is performing in India.

Courtesy: Hindustan Times

This Islamabad eatery is brazenly inspired by Pablo Esco


(Web Desk) – Filthy rich mafia bosses do not inspire television shows and movies but their larger than life depiction leads to potential market for their namesake brands as well.

So is the case with an Islamabad eatery which is named Pablo Escobar, a Columbian narco-terrorist whose cartel supplied around 80 percent of the cocaine smuggled into the United States during his peak days.

Pablo s B.Y.O.B (Build Your Own Burger) lived up to its expectation on its opening day as it was flogged so much so that the administration had to apologise over mismanagement as they had not expected such a huge crowd.


This café in F-11 Markaz of the federal capital has its cash registers ringing from day one and apparently will capitalise further, big time, on the Columbian drug lord theme.

The owner, we assume is a huge fan of Netflix’s Narcos like many of us, right?

Escobar had earlier been immortalised in multiple books and other works of art including films and television shows.




Friday, 28 April 2017

Samsung or Apple, who leads the smartphone market?


WASHINGTON (AFP) - Samsung and Apple maintained their leadership in the smartphone market in early 2017 while Chinese-based Huawei s strong growth cemented its number three position, a market tracker said Thursday.

Research firm IDC said overall smartphone shipments grew 4.3 percent in the first quarter, slightly better than its prior forecast, to 347 million units.

"The first quarter smartphone results further prove that the smartphone industry is not dead and that growth still exists," said IDC analyst Ryan Reith.

"There is no question that 2016 was a pivotal year for the industry as growth dipped to low single digits for the first time. However, we believe the industry will show some rebound in 2017, and the strong first quarter results certainly support this argument."

Reith said the 2017 market will feel the impact of the new Samsung Galaxy S8 flagship handset, and a widely expected announcement from Apple for its new iPhone later this year.

According to the survey, Samsung led the market in the first quarter with a 22.8 percent share to 14.9 percent for Apple, with little growth for the top two vendors.

But Huawei s sales jumped 21.7 percent to give it a 9.8 percent share, and fellow Chinese makers Oppo and Vivo, the number four and five vendors, respectively, also boosted their sales.

IDC said the bulk of smartphone growth is likely to come from low-cost handset makers.

"Although we have seen an abundance of premium redesigned flagships that just entered the market, moving forward, we still expect most of the growth to come from more affordable models in a variety of markets," said IDC s Anthony Scarsella.

"Despite all the popularity and media hype around premium devices, we continue to witness a shift in many companies  portfolios geared towards affordable devices with premium-type styling compared to flagship models."

He added that makers "have started to implement a single premium design language that ultimately blurs the lines between the high-end and the low-end, allowing the average consumer to jump on the brand without a hefty upfront investment."

The report is based on preliminary quarterly estimates, with Apple due to report sales figures next week.

Thursday, 27 April 2017

These Rs47,913 jeans are worth the flak


(Web Desk) – High-end US store, Nordstrom has listed jeans wear for hefty prices for amusement of some, presumably Lady Gaga and her monster brigade and flak by many.

These jeans trousers and the upper wear with artificial dirt cost $425 or Rs47,912.80 a piece each.


You are not the only one wondering what the rough patches are. Are these jeans a tribute to construction workers, worn by a celebrity who rode a bicycle into a quagmire. Oh! Could it be Nicole Kidman since she lives in Nashville leaving all the LA and NYC fun for what, Kurt and kids…?

No! these special Barracuda Straight Leg Jeans, as they are formally called, that cost, we repeat, $425 a piece are what Nordstrom thought the fashionistas were missing on.

Not to mention they had not lived it until these Mud Denim Jackets came along.


US Twitterverse has not taken well to the wear:

#Nordstrom is selling more than just fake mud jeans. Their latest release is as bold as ever.

— Chris David Miles (@chrisdavidmiles) April 25, 2017

Nordstrom has jeans w/ fake mud for $425. What s next? An entire wardrobe that looks like we survived a tiger attack? #mudjeans#bloodjeans

— Eric Lee Huffman (@EricLeeHuffman) April 25, 2017

Thinking about buying some #MuddyJeans from Nordstrom? I have friends selling #realmuddyjeans for half the price! @FatherSonFarm

— Daren R. Williams (@REAL_BEEFMAN) April 26, 2017

Sold at Nordstrom

— JESSE JAMES (@1bigbeer) April 24, 2017