Priyanka Chopra turns tech investor

 

Priyanka Chopra is excited to embark on a new chapter as an investor in tech start-up Holberton School, a coding education company, as well as in dating and social media app Bumble.

This is also an effort on her part to help change the tech industry's gender disparity.

"A new chapter for me! I am so excited to partner with Bumble and Holberton School as an investor. I'm honoured to join two companies that strive to expand gender diversity in the tech space, and make a social impact for the greater good... let's do this," Priyanka tweeted.

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Alia Bhatt recalls watching 'Sadak' as a child

Alia Bhatt, who is super excited to be directed by her filmmaker father Mahesh Bhatt in 'Sadak 2', recalls watching the original as a child.

"I was very young when I watched it. At the time, I was shocked to see my mother (Soni Razdan) getting thrown out of a window in one of the scenes.

"I had paused that scene and asked daddy how could he do that -- throwing my mother out of the window. For I don't think I had the sense to grasp the fact that it was just a movie -- she was not really thrown out...," said Alia.

On September 20, Mahesh Bhatt's birthday, Alia posted a heartfelt message on Instagram announcing the project 'Sadak 2' which will have both the sisters, Dutt and Aditya Roy Kapoor and would be helmed by her father.

Sharing her feelings about being a part of the film, Alia said: "It's beautiful and absolutely amazing feeling. It's a dream come true moment for me."

Anupam Kher urges Manmohan Singh to watch 'The Accidental Prime Minister'

Anupam Kher has urged Manmohan Singh to watch 'The Accidental Prime Minister', in which the actor essays the former Prime Minister.

Anupam, who has wished Singh on his 86th birthday on Wednesday, tweeted: "Respected Dr Manmohan Singh! Here is wishing you a very happy and healthy birthday. Maybe I will get an opportunity to have a cup of tea and a piece of cake with you if you ever watch our film. I promise you will like my portrayal."

The film is based on a book by Sanjaya Baru, a former media advisor to Manmohan Singh. Akshaye Khanna features as Baru, and Divya Seth Shah plays Manmohan Singh's wife Gursharan Kaur in the movie.

It is directed by debutant Vijay Ratnakar Gutte, along with Hansal Mehta as the creative producer.

Produced by Bohra Bros, is written by Mayank Tewari. It is slated to release on December 21.

Pankaj Kapur honoured with 'Icons of Indian Cinema' Award

The ninth edition of Jagran Film Festival will honour Actor-director Pankaj Kapur with 'Icons of Indian Cinema' Award at the closing ceremony of the Mumbai edition.

Pankaj, also a theater artiste, is known for featuring in films like 'Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro', 'Raakh' and 'Maqbool'.

Pankaj Kapur has also directed several films like 'Mausam' (2011), 'Mohandas B.A.L.L.B' (1998) and 'Matru Ki Bijli Ka Mandola' (2013).

The festival started in Delhi on June 29 before travelling to cities like Kanpur, Lucknow, Allahabad, Varanasi, Patna, Dehradun, Ranchi, Jamshedpur, Bhopal, Indore, Go

Jacqueline and Kartik Aaryan to endorse spirits brand Magic Moment

Radico Khaitan Limited, the largest Indian spirits company, has appointed Jacqueline Fernandez and Kartik Aaryan as the brand ambassadors for their premium brand Magic Moments.

The actors will endorse Magic Moments, Magic Moments Remix, Magic Moments VERVE and Electra range as the brand looks to reinforce its position as the category leader.

Managing Director of Radico Khaitan, Abhishek Khaitan said, "We are extremely delighted to have Jacqueline Fernandez and Kartik Aaryan representing Magic Moments. With this association, we aim to further strengthen our position in the Indian market and take our brand to the next level. Magic Moments is targeted for the youth and those who are young at heart. Jacqueline and Kartik are the perfect embodiment of what we stand for – distinctive flavour with a confident and sparkling personality".

Both the actors are upbeat about the collaboration.

"It is a brand that believes in providing unforgettable experiences. It embodies youthfulness, excitement, zeal, free-spiritedness and inspires its consumers to live each and every moment," Jacqueline said.

Kartik said: "As a brand, it promises everything that a fantastic life should be like - fun, enjoyment, zest and, above all, zing."

They will feature in a new campaign ahead of the festive season.

KJo attends Paris Fashion Week in style

Karan Johar stepped out in uber stylish ensembles for a Gucci show at the Paris Fashion Week (PFW).

Karan shared various photographs and videos from the Gucci show at the gala. The director looked chic in a grey check blazer, accompanied with black pants and big black frames.

Karan added more style to the outfit with a bespectacled look and a silver Prada neck accessory, setting new fashion goals for men.

He also posted a photo with his famous pout, and he was accompanied by K-pop artiste Kim Jong-in, the EXO band member famously known as Kai, at the PFW 2018.

Karan attended the theatrical curtain-raiser on the first day of PFW, in which brands like Gucci and Dior unveiled their collections.

Rani's 'Hichki' to release in China on October 12

Rani Mukerji-starrer 'Hichki' will hit the screens in China on October 12 as 'Teacher with Hiccup'.

Produced by Yash Raj Films and directed by Siddharth Malhotra, the inspiring social drama which projects a message on equality and inclusivily has won the hearts of many across the world with its social message of equality.

Rani is excited how social dramas from India are finding a connection with audiences in China.

"It's truly amazing when films can crossover to different cultures and languages because of its universal story. 'Hichki' is a reflection of society, a reflection of how we all have weaknesses and we need to overcome them to make the world a better place. Social dramas find a connect with audiences in China and I am hopeful that my film will resonate with everyone especially the teachers, students and parents," Rani said.

China has opened up to Indian films significantly over the past few years.

Be it Aamir Khan's 'Three Idiots', 'PK' or 'Dangal', Irrfan Khan's 'Hindi Medium', Salman Khan's 'Bajrangi Bhaijaan' or S.S. Rajamouli's 'Baahubali: The Conclusion' or Akshay Kumar's 'Toilet - Ek Prem Katha' -- they have all hit the right notes in China, which has a limited quota for foreign films.

Remo D'Souza puts his film on hold for reality show

Remo D'Souza says he has postponed his film for upcoming dance reality show 'Dance Plus 4'.

"I have kept my projects on hold and will begin shooting in January for my movie since 'Dance Plus' came along," D'Souza said.

The show will go on air on October 6 on Star Plus channel.

Being 'Bhoomi' was torture, says Aditi Rao Hydari

Aditi Rao Hydari, who won accolades for her performance in 'Bhoomi', believes the role was a torture for her, she had a harrowing time playing a rape victim in Omung Kumar's film and says it was disturbing to be part of such a film.

"Being #Bhoomi was torture! One of the most disturbing experiences I've had," Aditi expressed in a Twitter post.

The film revolved around a father who takes revenge after his daughter is gang-raped. The film was Sanjay Dutt's comeback after he was released from the Yerwada Central Jail in Pune in 2016.

"But I found a rainbow every day, thanks to Sanjay Dutt Sir my BFG... Thank you for the laughter and my favourite food. Thank you, Omung Kumar and Vanita (his wife) for your patience and guidance... This was tough but special," she added.

The film explored a sensitive subject but failed to appeal to the critics and the audiences.

RK Studios comes alive with Ganpati Visarjan celebrations

Ranbir Kapoor, along with his father Rishi Kapoor and uncles Randhir and Rajiv, kept to tradition and celebrated Ganpati Visarjan with full enthusiasm amidst a sea of fans at the iconic RK Studios, which has been put up for sale.

The Kapoor family always steps out and celebrates the Ganpati festival at the studio in Chembur with gusto. And this year was no different, even if it may be the last at the venue, as the sounds of the 'dhol' enhanced the festive fervour.

The security arrangements ensured all went smooth. They played instruments, and Randhir, Ranbir and Rajiv even broke a coconut each before the procession.

Last year, there was news that Rishi and Randhir had misbehaved with media persons and pushed them away. But this year, RK Studios' Ganesh festivities went off peacefully.

R.K. Studio, the headquarters of the film production company R.K. Films, has been home to shoot of films like 'Jis Desh Me Ganga Behti Hain' (1960), 'Mera Naam Joker' (1970), 'Bobby' (1973), 'Satyam Shivam Sundaram' (1978), 'Prem Rog' (1982) and 'Ram Teri Ganga Maili' (1985).

Ayushmann learns three dialects for 'Badhaai Ho'

Ayushmann Khurrana, who will next be seen in 'Badhaai Ho', learnt three dialects for the film.

While the actor picks up languages and accents easily, he also rehearsed with a special diction trainer and the film's writer Akshat Ghildial on the sets, apart from spending time with friends from Punjab and Haryana.

In the film, he plays a character whose family belongs to Meerut, and he needed a bit of that flavor in his dialogue delivery as well.

Ayushman said, "I consider myself as a linguist and I love learning accents from different parts of the country. Having travelled across the lengths and breadth of the nation, I love grasping different dialects."

The actor added, "My parents stay in Panchkula which is in Haryana. So, I have closely interacted with both Punjabis and Haryanvis. But, having an accent coach or a writer who is from the same place is really helpful. Since Akshat is from Meerut and Shantanu (co-writer Shantanu Srivastava) is from Haryana, both of them made it quite easy for me and helped me with the accents."

Junglee Pictures is presenting the film in association with Chrome Pictures. Produced by Vineet Jain, Aleya Sen, Hemant Bhandari and Amit Ravindernath Sharma, it is co-produced by Priti Shahani and releasing on October 19.

I've never dated, says Malaika Arora

Malaika Arora says she is new to the whole dating scene.

Asked about her opinion on dating on a show, Malaika said, "I am very new to all of this. I've never ever dated, dated! The first man I started dating I actually ended up marrying."

Malaika was previously married to Arbaaz Khan.

Talking about her son Arhaan, she said: "My son has an opinion about everything. My son's friends find me cool because I don't ever intrude or have too many do's and don'ts."