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Barbie Handa rechristens herself as Manaara for Anubhav Sinha's Zid

Barbie Handa rechristens herself as Manaara for Anubhav Sinha's Zid
The legendary Shakespeare had once said 'What's in a name'. Well, if your name is Barbie Handa, then, there's so much in the name. For starters, Barbie Handa is Priyanka Chopra's first cousin, who is now all set to make her silver screen debut in Anubhav Sinha's Zid.

Barbie, in order to be walking with the times, has now rechristened herself as Manaara, courtesy, Anubhav Sinha. Speaking about the name change, Sinha reasoned that Barbie was too childish a name for a grown-up girl. He added that Manaara also happens to be her nickname. Seconding his thoughts was Barbie herself... we mean... Manaara herself, who said that she liked the very name Manaara, which means a Greek word for 'something that shines'.

Manaara is making news not just for her name change, but also about the film's dare-bare posters which features her. Explaining which she she says, since we are in 2014, she can't be in a veil ('ghoonghat').And if she wanted to be all covered, she would rather do a saas-bahu serial. Manaara added (read 'confessed') that she has a hot body and that she doesn't mind showing it. When asked for her sister Priyanka's reaction to the posters, Manaara was quick to reply that prior to the poster shoot, she had called up Priyanka Chopra(who was in Barcelona at that time) and she gave her nod for the same, but with a condition that she had to ensure that it's done aesthetically and didn't look sleazy.

Readers may recall that Zid was also in the news recently because of the film's 'director' Vivek Agnihotri disowning the film claiming that Zid was not directed by him.

Salman Khan launches employment website

BANGALORE: Salman Khan is always big on giving back to his fans. His Eid releases are not just wholesome blockbusters. They are also festival gifts for those who love him. But this time Salman is giving his fans way more than just a slice of entertainment. With his new employment website Being Human Workshop, Salman is now opening up opportunities for all those who are in need of a job.

The Being Human Workshop website (www.beinghumanworshop.com) was launched this Wednesday with the 48-year-old actor sharing the news of its release through various tweets.

“Appna Face book is not jst for time pass, use it to find work. http://beinghumanworkshop.com #Beinghumanjobs. Kaam ki cheez.”

“Everyone on my fb page who dn’t hve a job, Ive spoken to my frnds to hire n employ them,obviously u need to fulfill the requirement.”

The Being Human Workshop is a part of the Being Human organization, an NGO started by the Bollywood superstar. It deals with various merchandising and marketing products, the profit from which is spent for humanitarian causes to help the underprivileged. The website is a continuation of the organization where each candidate is provided jobs based on their areas of specialization, interest and qualification.

As Salman tweeted about this employment opportunity, thousands of fans jumped in, hoping it would provide them an opportunity to work with the superstar. As a result, the superstar had to soon make his third tweet on the matter, that the job was not with him or under him, but with different companies with whom he had had worked before and who were helping him out at the moment.

“Oh hello! Jobs mere saath ya mere pass nahi hai, aglag aglag company’s k saath hain who I hv worked vit ya jst friends helping out u n me.”

Salman publicly accepted that a lot of his fans had been telling him that they are in need of a job, and it was for them that he took this initiative. He said it would be ‘superb’ if his fans could get a job through this website.

“Lots of fans hv been saying that they don’t hv any job, so thought of this, superb if it works n u get jobs . Vil b v happy for u all.”

Madhuri Dixit stresses on women’s education

Bollywood actress Madhuri Dixit said that education is key to improving the condition of women in the country. The 47-year-old actress, the brand ambassador for Madhya Pradesh government's 'Mamta Abhiyan', today lauded the campaign and called for more such initiatives for women.

The 'Mamta Abhiyan', launched by the state health department last year, is aimed at reducing maternal and infant mortality rate. Launching the campaign's second phase along with state Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Health Minister Narottam Mishra, Madhuri said, "We can save the lives of 80 per cent women by associating them with Mamta Abhiyan."

She insisted on making women's education a must for improving their condition, saying it will only ensure their progress and urged people not to marry girls at an early age. The campaign, launched in association with UNICEF, is focused on ensuring love, security and honour for women.

The Bollywood diva said these three things are very essential for women and children. Terming the role of frontline health workers like ASHA and ANM as crucial in improving the health of mother and child, she lauded their services, specially in rural areas.

Addressing the function, Chouhan said, "We have associated Madhuri with the campaign as she can inspire a lot of women and children in a very good manner."

After improving roads, water and power sector, the state has now focused itself on improving education and health sectors, he said. At present, 86 per cent institutional deliveries (hospitals) were taking place in the state and the government is working towards achieving 100 per cent rate in this area, the chief minister said.

He also insisted on checking population growth in the country for ensuring uniform development of all citizens.

Take steps to educate your children, Vidya Balan urges women

The actress, who is the brand ambassador of a hair oil brand, also joined the village women in taking a pledge to ensure the progress of children's education by hanging boards with alphabets on the village Banyan tree on Thursday.


Bollywood actress Vidya Balan unveiled a giant abacus in Lusa village in Uttar Pradesh on Friday (September 7) and urged women to take steps to ensure the education of their children.

The actress, who is the brand ambassador of a hair oil brand, also joined the village women in taking a pledge to ensure the progress of children's education by hanging boards with alphabets on the village Banyan tree on Thursday.

"It was very inspirational to be present in Lusa for the launch of the 'Chhotte Kadam Pragati Ki Aur' campaign. While interacting with the women, I learnt about how they've come together to form self-help groups and tackle the various issues they face," Vidya said in a statement.

"These women in themselves are harbingers of change, and Nihar Naturals aims to enhance those efforts with added support and inspiration," she added.

As port of the campaign, which is in association with CRY India, two percent of all proceeds will be contributed to the cause of children's education in partnership with CRY India.

A famous oil brand which Vidya endorses will be funding 19 projects across Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and other regions, where each project will touch around 25 to 30 villages.

Soha Ali Khan painted school wall to promote education

Kolkata, March 15: Bollywood actress Soha Ali Khan, who believes in the right of education for each individual, joined a social campaign for the cause by painting a part of a school's wall here.

Supporting P&G's flagship corporate social responsibility program P&G Shiksha at an event here recently, Soha said: "I truly believe that education is a basic right of every child and it is heartening to see a movement like P&G Shiksha facilitating education for underprivileged children." The actress, who is the daughter of veteran talent Sharmila Tagore, sincerely believes "infrastructure is a key issue at schools across the country". "P&G Shiksha makes the necessary infrastructure interventions by painting the school walls today, I have been able to play a small role in giving these children a bright and colourful future and ensuring they have access to a fully functional school," she added.

Soha also turned teacher for the day and involved the children in some interactive learning by implementing fun tactics, and she even engaged them in a rapid fire round on a wide range of subjects. The Oxford University alumnus has urged people to join the movement by making the simple brand choice of buying P&G products, as a part of the proceeds go towards building and supporting schools. The P&G Shiksha program has impacted the lives of over 420,000 children and it continues to march forward with the motto 'Padegha India, Badhega India'. (IANS)

Anil Kapoor & Sonam Kapoor, to endorse EMGEE Group’s Real Estate projects

The internationally renowned and most celebrated Bollywood father-daughter duo, Mr. Anil and Ms. Sonam Kapoor, have been announced as the Brand Ambassadors for EMGEE Group, a leading global real estate developer, synonymous with luxurious living.

With over four decades of experience in carving out the most coveted and desirable residences across India, the EMGEE Group are now presenting their luxurious habitats to a wider audience with opulent projects planned in Spain, Eastern Europe and other international territories. The brand’s European operations will be headquartered in London with representative offices across the continent to market their Indian and global projects, driven by a team of informed and experienced talent.

To convey EMGEE Group’s unique philosophy of discerning living requires a deep commitment to perfection and only pioneers, who reflect the EMGEE Group’s tenets of achievement, style and recognition can transmit this vision. The EMGEE GROUP is pleased to have Anil and Sonam Kapoor as Brand Ambassadors, who with their unique style and talent are now entrusted with expressing the values and presenting the inspired creations of the EMGEE GROUP to greater heights.

Luminary and Bollywood veteran Anil Kapoor, who continues to pave his wave across the international mainstream cinema following projects such as Slumdog Millionaire, 24, Cities and Mission Impossible IV, commented on his association with the group – “After decades in the film industry, this is only my second endorsement. Being a celebrity I have a moral responsibility to what I represent and would only support a company or brand that shares the unique values which I believe in. EMGEE Group’s large team of passion driven individuals knitted together by the desire to help build people’s aspirations, exemplified by their tagline “We House Your Dreams”, have accomplished commendable accolades with unsurpassed finesse. This central philosophy encompassing passion, quality, integrity and transparency forms the pillar of my family too and thus my daughter Sonam and I are delighted to partner in their progress”.

Bollywood diva, youth fashion icon, and L’Oreal Paris Ambassador, Sonam Kapoor commented, “What I love about the designs and architecture of EMGEE Group are that they craft dramatically innovative homes in energy packed sustainable spaces with unparalleled comforts. “Anantam” – their luxury villas and apartments at Dona Paula in Goa – are a case in point where sculptural finesse in concrete is adorned in the infinite beauty of nature.EMGEE Group’s endeavour in spearheading several trailblazing initiatives including the green revolution, elegant juxtaposing of enviable contemporary design concepts with untamed nature is what sets them apart and is a close replica of my own persona.”

Arjun Kapoor supports Shiksha initiative, says education vital

Actor Arjun Kapoor joins hands with P&G Shiksha to support education for underprivileged children and to celebrate the 10 years of the brand's existence. The "2 States" star feels that education provides a "foundation".

Arjun is the latest to join the list of celebrities - Soha Ali Khan, Vivek Oberoi, Kalki Koechlin, Chitrangada Singh, Shruti Hassan, Vaani Kapoor, Pankaj Advani, Priyanka Upendra and Neha Dhupia - who supported the campaign to make key infrastructure interventions.

Sharing his views on joining hands with the initiative, the actor said: "Education is very important and the more we educate a child, the more it will reflect better in our country for future.

"I think regardless of what profession you choose, you need a foundation from where you get your mind from. The basic upbringing and thought process can imbibe in you by studying.

"As an actor I definitely feel my education, my upbringing and my life in those days define my existence today. So it's not only about studies, it's just about my wholesome experience of going to school, meeting new people, getting an understanding of life is what is needed," he told IANS.

To commemorate its 10th year, P&G Shiksha announces its vision to build and support 1,000 schools in the next five years.

P&G Shiksha has over the years received generous support from many thought leaders and Indian celebrities such as Anupam Kher, Kiran Bedi, Anil Kumble, Rani Mukherji, John Abraham, Abhay Deol, Farah Khan and many more.

Meet Priyanka Chopra’s Cousin Barbie Handa In Zid

Barbie Handa is Priyanka Chopra‘s first cousin, who is now all set to make her silver screen debut in Anubhav Sinha‘s Zid.
Barbie, in order to be walking with the times, has now rechristened herself as Manaara, courtesy,Anubhav Sinha.

Speaking about the name change, Sinha reasoned that Barbie was too childish a name for a grown-up girl. He added that Manaara also happens to be her nickname.

Seconding his thoughts was Barbie Handa herself… we mean… Manaara herself, who said that she liked the very name Manaara, which means a Greek word for ‘something that shines’.

Manaara is making news for multiple reasons and one of them being the film’s dare-bare posters which features her. Explaining which she says, since we are in 2014, she can’t be in a veil (‘ghoonghat’).

When asked for her sister Priyanka‘s reaction to the posters, Manaara was quick to reply that prior to the poster shoot, she had called up Priyanka Chopra (who was in Barcelona at that time) and she gave her nod for the same, but with a condition that she had to ensure that it’s done aesthetically and didn’t look sleazy.

November and is creating quite a buzz amongst the who’s who of B-Town.

Zid directed by Vivek Agnihotri, introducing Barbie Handa (Mannara) also starring Karanvir Sharma, Produced by Anubhav Sinha, Associate Producer Mushtaq Sheikh and its releasing on November, 28.

Deepika Padukone endorsing realty firm Ace Group

Deepika Padukone endorsing realty firm Ace Group is the latest entrant in the long list of celebrities and cricketers becoming brand ambassadors for developers, who are all out to attract buyers this festive season.

Aishwarya Rai made news recently with her Lodha group ad for its Mumbai luxury residential project. Shah Rukh Khan too has been all over on Mahagun billboards. Many industry watchers see this just as another marketing gimmick by developers. But, others think the exercise could add value to realty brands.

Anshuman Magazine, chairman and managing director, CBRE South Asia Pvt Ltd, says, "It is a brand building exercise. Developers want to draw attention towards their projects and celebrities give confidence to consumers."

However, he is quite skeptical of such marketing tools generating sales for developers. "These will have only marginal impact on sales, but people will be able to recall brands immediately."

"The trend of real estate developers going for celebrities to endorse their projects is picking up very fast because it gives them (developers) a direct connect with the people all across. It is a great driver for brand building. Besides, this marketing tool gives small developers visibility which is difficult to generate otherwise," an executive with a leading realty firm said.

Santosh Desai, CEO, Future Brands, says since the real estate market is down and there is general doubt over builders, endorsement by celebrities is a way of assuring consumers about their products. "It is ultimately a marketing gimmick. Beyond a point, consumers get jaded very quickly. What kind of impact, it (celebrity endorsement) would have on the sector, it is difficult to say. There is suspicion in the mind of consumers, we need more transparent regulations as this sector is under regulated from consumers' point of view."

The other Bollywood stars associated with real estate companies include Kareena Kapoor, Twinkle Khanna, Kangana Ranaut, Rajeev Khandelwal, Prachi Desai, Sushmita Sen, Neetu and Rishi Kapoor. Cricketers such as M S Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh, Virender Sehwag amongst others, have also endorsed developers.

Even international stars - Maria Sharapova and Formula One star Michael Schumacher - have been roped in by Homestead to promote their projects.

Magazine adds, with overall budget on advertisement coming down in FMCG (fast moving consumer goods), the real estate sector is offering good endorsement opportunity to celebrities.

Shweta Jain, executive director - residential services Cushman and Wakefield, agreed that endorsement by celebrities in realty segment creates additional level of identity for a product. "It is easier for a common man to relate to a celebrity. It also creates an additional outreach for developers to their audience. Ultimately, it is a brand building exercise and a marketing mechanism."

Developers battling slowdown are determined to make a success of the festive season, and star endorsement is an easy route they have chosen.

Bollywood star Kajol graces Astro’s new channel launch

Bollywood actress Kajol thrilled her fans when she attended the launch of Astro's new channel — the Astro Box Office BollyOne HD. Astro's latest channel (Channel 251) would be available for preview from Sept 1 to Sept 18.

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 20, 2014:

Bollywood superstar and actress Kajol thrilled her fans when she attended the launch of Astro’s new channel — the Astro Box Office BollyOne HD — at the JW Marriott Hotel here tonight.

Known for blockbuster hits such as Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jaayenge, Dil Kya Kare, Kabhie Kushie Kabhie Gham, Fanaa and countless others, the 40-year-old star also engaged in a chatting session with local actress Lisa Surihani at the launch.

Bollywood films have a major following in the country. Kajol attributed this to the films being able to cater to everyone’s tastes.

“It has drama, colours and also wonderful storytelling,” she said tonight, adding that as actors, it was their aim to entertain.

“If people are entertained, we have done our job.”
Although her fan base is rather huge in the country, Kajol admits this was her first time visiting Malaysia.

“This is my first trip to Malaysia and I’m genuinely overwhelmed.

“Everyone is so warm and friendly. They came up to me to address me,” a beaming Kajol noted of her experience in the country so far.

With Kuch Kuch Hota Hai being one of her most memorable movies, particularly in Malaysia, she was asked tonight if she could picture anyone else playing the role of Anjali Sharma.

“I can’t imagine anyone else. It’s not just a role, but it’s memories, of best friends and lots of laughter,” she said of the character which she played in 1998 and which earned her a Filmfare Award for Best Actress.

When asked which actor among Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan and Salman Khan  she would act with if given a choice, Kajol answered: “I’d choose a movie with all three! Why not?”

Kajol’s latest feature film is slated for release next year. However, the project is still untitled.
Kajol is married to top star Ajay Devgn.

Present at the launch tonight was former film director Tan Sri Datuk Dr L. Krishnan, who was also the person who had contributed tremendously to the success of the late screen and song legend Tan Sri P. Ramlee.

Tourism director-general Datuk Mirza Mohd Taib also graced the event.

Astro’s latest channel (Channel 251) would be available for preview from Sept 1 to Sept 18.

The channel is set to screen up to five new movies in a month, in addition to awards shows, gossip as well as the latest happenings in Bollywood.

“I believe the channel will do very well here as there are many Bollywood fans here,” Kajol said on the latest offering by Astro.

Top 7 Bollywood celebrities' connection with education

Bollywood celebrities have been judged several times for their beauty and acting skills. But, there is much more behind that pretty skin and acting talent. Take a look:

1. Preity Zinta: The dimpled beauty of Bollywood and the owner of IPL team Punjab Kings XI, Preity Zinta is a perfect blend of beauty and brains. After completing her graduation in English Hons degree, pretty Preity started a graduate programme in psychology. She also earned a post graduate degree in Criminal Psychology.

Preity once said, "Whenever I came across something that influenced me, I wanted to be that. So it varied from an astronaut, airhostess, army girl, to truck driver. Once, I wanted to be a nun - my mother wanted me to change schools after that".

2. Soha Ali Khan: The girl belonging to the Nawab-of-Pataudi family followed her father's rich education. She attended The British School in New Delhi and Balliol College, Oxford. After which, she went to earn a Masters degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She worked for the Ford Foundation and Citibank.

She is known for her hits Khoya Khoya Chand in Hindi, Iti Srikanta, and Antarmahal in Bengali.

3. John Abraham: If you too are fooled by his all bulky muscles, you need to know, there exists a lot of knowledge behind that seductive smile. This handsome hunk has studied Economics at the Bombay Scottish School, Mahim in Mumbai and got an MBA degree from the Educational Trust. John had made his appearance for the first time in Bollywood films with Jism in the year 2003.

4. R. Madhavan: Madhavan the actor, writer, film producer and television host has done his graduation in Electronics from Rajaram College, Kolhapur. He had also won the Maharashtra Best Cadet title which allowed him to make a trip to England.
One of the idiots from '3-idiots' also received training with the Royal Army, the Navy and the Air Force. He also went for a public speaking course before joining the film industry.
He won the Indian Championship for Public Speaking and thus was selected to represent India at the Young Businessmen Conference in Tokyo, Japan in 1992.

5. Riteish Deshmukh: The son of ex-chief minister of Maharashtra, the late Vilasrao Deshmukh, has earned an architectural degree from Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture and Environmental Studies. For over a year, he practiced with an overseas architectural firm. After he returned to India, he continued designing. Besides being an actor, he owns 'Evolutions', which is an India-based architectural and interior designing firm. Sound so cool just like his personality.

6. Siddharth Suryanarayanan: The adorable Siddharth of Rang De Basanti is one of the most educated stars in Bollywood. He has been a president of his college's debating society. He was also popular as a part of its reputed theatre group. He also completed his MBA from S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research.

7. Vidya Balan: With her laal-padd sari beautifully adorned to befit her role of a Bengali bride in her debut film PARINEETA, her very first step completely left all astounded.

The actress from Dirty Picture holds a major in sociology. After the completion of her schooling St. Anthony's Girls' High School, Chembur, Vidya earned her major in sociology from St. Xavier's, Mumbai. Other than that, she also possesses MA from University of Mumbai.

Kareen & Saif Marriage: Will Saifeena walk the Aisle in 2012 successfully?

Bollywood is abuzz with news of Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan’s marriage these days. It’s believed that Saifeena, as the couple is known in media, is ready to tie the knot soon. The wedding of Kareena and Saif is the center of media speculations now-a-days. Kareena Kapoor’s zodiac sign is Capricorn. She is under the influence of Jupiter Maha-Dasha in current period. Antar-Dasha or the sub-period that she is passing through belongs to Mercury. In Kareena Kapoor’s horoscope or Kundli, Mercury is the lord of 9th as well as 6th houses. It shows that this period is lucky for her. However, she could get into some unwarranted controversies due to the lordship of the sixth house of Mercury.

There are strong possibilities of Kareena Kapoor’s marriage in 2012. However, she might face some hurdles in walking down the aisle. As I had predicted earlier, and it is evident now – the date of Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan’s marriage is being changed again and again. In such circumstances, it can be concluded on the basis of planetary positions that the success of their marriage is also somewhat suspicious. Conjunction of Rahu and Venus in seventh house indicate that there may be ego clash and problems in Kareena Kapoor’s marital life. If she gets married in such a situation, she might face continuous stress. Also, her husband may fall ill or she might stay away from her husband.

As far as Kareena Kapoor’s career is concerned, it is a very good time for her professionally. She's reigning queen of Bollywood leaving behind likes of Katrina Kaif, Priyanka Chopra and Aishwarya Rai etc. Her performances in different Bollywood movies would be praised and she would also garner critical acclaim along with box-office success. Apart from some minor ups and downs, it is overall going to be a good year for her. Saturn is transiting in her house of career. Therefore, she will have to work hard during this period, but she’ll reap amazing results too. As Saturn characteristically causes, she might get results only after facing some barriers. There may be some changes in the schedules she is working in. In her most talked about upcoming flick Heroine, which made her one of the most costly Bollywood actress, there are possibilities of some delay in release or she would face some unexpected troubles. Kareena Kapoor’s starts show that she would be praised for her performance in this movie and would beg some prestigious awards for it too.

As far as Kareena Kapoor’s proposed wedding with Saif Ali Khan is concerned, the probable positive time period for this marriage is from October 26 to December 25, 2012. If we analyze profoundly on the basis of Vedic astrology, the most probable period for their marriage is from November 22 to December 11. Maha-Dasha of Jupiter and position of Mercury, being the lord of this house, in 9th house itself show that Kareena Kapoor is not going to change her religion after marriage.

Just How Educated Are These Bollywood Actors?

The filmi record of our favourite Bollywood stars is there for everyone to see. Now, let's have a peek in their academic accomplishments!

The Hindi film industry is full of people from different backgrounds -- some qualified, others over-qualified and some who never graduated at all.

Shah Rukh Khan is an alumnus of Hansraj College, who then joined up for a Master's degree in Mass Communication from Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, but did not complete it. Farhan Akhtar schooled at Maneckji Cooper in Mumbai and has a commerce degree from H R College, Mumbai.

Hrithik Roshan went to Bombay Scottish School and then Sydenham College, where he graduated with a Commerce degree.

Emraan Hashmi graduated from Sydenham College and Ajay Devgn from Mithibhai College, both in Mumbai, and Arjun Rampal graduated from Hindu College, Delhi.

But not all actors completed their college. We take a look at actors, who left their education midway to pursue their dreams.

Hollywood or Bollywood Opal Beads Rule Every Where

Just as a bee is attracted to a jaggery; in the same way a woman is attracted to jewellery. Gift a woman her favourite jewellery and she is all yours. Since ages, jewelleries have often defined the beauty of a woman. She cannot hold herself back from the charm of having a good jewel.

History says that it was the Dutch traders who played an effective role in introducing the beads to the world. It is said that beads are the earliest examples of jewellery as they trace their origin about 100000 years ago. In India, it was from the year 1980 when beads came in to use. They were called the Venetian Beads.

Normally, beads are put in to small threads and are normally worn as necklaces. Modern day beads are made from plastic, wood, glass or metal and are quite popular among the young girls. The benefits of wearing these beads are that they can be worn with any kind of attire whether casual or formal. There is a certain way in which the Opal beads are worn with formal dress. The first and foremost thing to be kept in mind while wearing a bead is its colour. If you are wearing a top then you can always go for the neutral ones like navy blue or black. A red or blue colour bracelets works well with a black dress.

Next is choosing the right type of beads. Beads are to be selected in such a way that they accentuate the beauty of a woman. Beads today form an effective part of a woman's beauty. Small beads can be worn with a formal dress. However, you can always go for the large beads in any corporate event. When it comes to casual dressing you can flaunt your bead by wearing a cocktail dress.

Beads are not stereotypical in nature they can be worn by both the genders as well as kids also. If you are thinking that women can only wear beads then you are wrong. Men or boys can also flaunt this equally. Pairing them up with a jeans and t shirt can make a person look more stylish. The masculine Obi Band bracelets are quite popular among the youngsters. Handmade beaded bracelets are a hot favourite among the kids. These can be worn on occasions like in a party or at a school dance party.

In Hollywood beads are flaunted by actors, singers and actresses. Actor, singer and dancer Chris Brown has often been seen wearing an onyx beaded bracelet. Apart from that singer T.I. flaunted two diamond ball bracelets in the music video "Hello Good Morning". When it comes to women celebrities the list is endless. Jessica Alba, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry makes it sure that they include beads with their attire. Even in Bollywood actress Vidya Balan and South Indian actor have been spotted wearing Rudraksh beads. Hence, one thing is clear from this fact that beads are gaining their popularity with each passing day.

Best in Gems is one of the leading providers of Buy Gemstones Online all over the world. Apart from semi precious gemstones one can also get beads and jewellery here.

Salman Khan meets Afghan woman who was shot in face by her husband

Indian film star Salman Khan met with the 18-year-old Afghan woman who was brutally shot in face by her husband, local newspaper Deccan Chronicle reported.
Shakila Zareen’s face was left badly-disfigured after her husband shot her with a shotgun, which blew out her nose, an eye and impaired hearing in the left ear.
It was her dream to meet with the Bollywood superstar Salman Khan someday. Her ambitions turned into reality after the Indian star provided her with the opportunity to meet him in his luxury residence in Mumbai.
The superstar during her meeting with the tortured Afghan girl confided that his ancestors too fled Afghanistan six generations ago for the very same reason she is in India — lawlessness.
“And it’s still the same. They follow Islam, they say. But they don’t follow any religion. All they believe is in dominating women, unlike Islam which talks so much about woman power and their rights,” Salman Khan quoted by India’s Deccan Chronicle, gently told Shakila.
Salman Khan gave two hours time for Shakila Zareen to tell him her story and take as many photographs as she wanted.
Shakila is currently under treatment in India’ Apollo hospital and is undergoing plastic and cosmetic surgery. She received lovely gifts from Salman including nice suits, shoes, and bags.
Dr Shahin Nooreyezdan, Apollo’s senior consultant told the Deccan Chronicle, “Since she used to talk so much about Salman. I put her picture on my Facebook (page) asking all my friends if they could help her meet Salman. I am so happy she has met him.”
Shakila’s face has been reconstructed partially from her thigh skin, however she is unable to speak properly as the gun shot destroyed her teeth and the nose cartilage.
She is keen to become a journalist in a bid to be a voice for distressed Afghan women and to get them justice.

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Why Salman Khan didn't wear his lucky bracelet in Ek Tha Tiger?

Everyone in Bollywood knows that the Blue Gemstone bracelet Salman Khan wears on his hand is lucky for him. But Salman Khan did not wear his lucky bracelet in Ek Tha Tiger as the actor thought it will not go with his role of a RAW agent in the movie. Salman Khan's sister Alvira Khan told a website, "The silver bracelet was made to order for Salman by his father, Salim Khan some years ago and naturally, Salman's very attached to it. But he did not wear it in Ek Tha Tiger as it did not go with the character he essayed in the film - that of a RAW agent. He wore it in Ready and in any film that it doesn't clash with his on screen character." This bracelet, which he has been wearing over the years, is Salman Khan's lucky charm! It is said that the blue gemstone that Salman wears supposedly brings good fortune and keeps away bad luck from the wearer

Shahid Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra travel in Mumbai local train

Kaminey - the very term that could actually invoke anybody to bash the person mouthing it, also happens to be the name of the much anticipated film that stars Shahid Kapoor alongwith the Priyanka Chopra and directed by the ever so versatile Vishal Bhardwaj. For many days, after the announcement of the film, not even a single soul got to know of Shahid's double role in it, a much guarded secret that has now become the USP of the film! So much for irony. The adjoining snap has Shahid in one of his most likeable avatars along with Miss Chopra, which has been shot inside of a train.

Well, the news from our reliable sources also has it that the till now chocolate boy Shahid will be seen as someone who is totally absolutely raw, rigid and sturdy! Not just that, even the locations in which the film has shot have been kept as rustic as possible, which includes local stations, and scarp and junkyards! Word also has it that in this film, Priyanka plays an extremely vocal Maharashtrian girl, who believes in making her heard. If that wasn't enough, then, hear this one. Kaminey also marks the 'debut' of Amole Gupte as the ruthless villain. For starters, Amole is the very name that was in eternal spotlight for quite some time, courtesy the 'creative differences' between him and Aamir Khan, during the shoot of Taare Zameen Par.

Well, we are just having galore of reasons to yearn for that time machine as we just cannot wait any longer for Kaminey.

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Prachi Desai becomes the face of Goa Tourism

Starting her career from Ekta Kapoor's Television soap, actress Prachi Desai with her cute looks and sweet smile, has captured the hearts of millions of viewers. The best example is her most appreciated film.

Once Upon a Time in Mumbai, which turned out to be a hit at Box Office?

This young beauty has lot more to be happy about. Goa Tourism on Wednesday announced her as their brand icon. Prachi, who looked stunning in the outfit of Dimple Kapadia in her recent film Once Upon A Time in Mumbai, will promote the exotic holiday destination of India.

 Prachi Desai was present at the press conference of Goa Tourism which was held in the capital city. Goa is the fastest growing tourism of India, so with its growth the tourism has decided to bring few changes to their marketing strategies. The Goa tourism secretary M M Modassir confirmed that their main target is the youth and making Prachi Desai, the icon of youthful Goa, is the part of the marketing strategy.

The actress who was overwhelmed by the honour, felt proud to become the face of India's most popular tourist destination. She will be seen in Goa Tourism commercial ads during the month of August and September.

Bollywood Celebs and Their Lucky Charms

We have all seen people wearing gemstone rings and pendants, which they believe to enhance their luck. When it comes to lucky charms, our Bollywood celebs are no less than any ordinary man. All the biggies of the B town have been seen flashing their lucky charms every now and then. When I say lucky charms, for some celebs it is their gemstone jewellery, whereas for others it is a particular object, like a watch or a particular colour. We’ll be discussing about the lucky jewellery which these celebs have been wearing. Here are some B town celebs with their lucky charms.  

Shilpa Shetty:
Shilpa Shetty allots her career success, winning the Celebrity Big Brother show, her IPL stint, and even the success of her yoga CD, to her emerald ring, which she wears on her little finger. She says, this ring was advised by her mother and she did achieve instant fame and recognition at a global level after wearing it.

Amitabh Bachchan:
A few years back, Amitabh was in huge debt, his company was on the verge of shutting down and his career was on a downhill, it was then, that an astrologer advised him to wear a blue sapphire ring. And then he came back with a bang, with Kaun Banega Crorepati, and since then we all know his popularity rose. He also wears an opal and emerald, to alleviate his health problems.

Vidya Balan:
The Ooo La La Girl is gaga about her beads. We have spotted her wearing her bead bracelets with no matter her attire is. The beads are not really any precious gemstones, but she believes them to be her lucky charm. We spotted Balan sporting a combination of two bracelets — a blue and a black one — at almost all her recent public appearances including award events.

Salman Khan:
Sallu Bhai’s lucky charm is his turquoise and silver bracelet which he has been wearing over the years! The bracelet was gifted to him, by his Father Salim Khan, so naturally Salman is very attached to it. The turquoise stone supposedly brings good fortune and keeps away bad luck from the wearer. It has become his signature style and the same bracelet even adorns his wax statue at Madam Tussauds.

These are some of our Bollywood celebs who have been flashing their rocks and have been doing great. Regardless of whether these stars and starlets continue wearing these amulets or not, we hope they keep on entertaining us, like always.

Do you want to find out what is your lucky stone?
Read this for more information: vishalgems.com

PS: We do not suggest that just wearing these stones will get you all the success that you wish for but these gemstones will definitely help you in your path to success, while you do your hard work.

Short Film : ZINDAGI

Synopsis: Daily Phase faced by a Common Man. It also reveals that there are so many things in Office that are Hidden from Family.

The Leading Roles are played by Yuvraaj Parashar, Sahila Chaddha , Preity Malik. The Story is Written By Kapil Sharma, and Directed By Priyanka Raina

Are Short Films Really Relevant? Is Scope of Short Films being consistent enough? Film makers like Anurag Kashyap have come out of Short Films, showcasing their talent in Small case Firstly. Now a days , its more common with Students as they got opportunity to shoot and Upload on You Tube.

Yuvraaj Parashar : International Actor for “DUNNO Y NAA JANNE KYUN” – The most hyped Film which travelled to 13 Countries and has been appreciated Internationally.

Sahila Chaddha: The Name Itself needs no Introduction. The Bubbly Girl who Portrayed SHAKUNTALA in Superhits “Hum Aapke Hain Kaun” to Desi Comidian in “MAA” and to various other several Characters.

Kapil Sharma (Writer): International Acclaimed Writer for the Most Hyped Film “Dunno Y Naa Jaane Kyun” and The one who Debuted in “Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Sathiyon” Directed by his Elder Brother Anil Sharma. Kapil Sharma has portrayed a Different Script this time on Relations of Day to Day life.  
Priyanka Raina (Director):  Director of Various Short Film especially “Clean and Green India” which has been showcased in many Festivals and Theater Ads & Also a Film Critic - Started writing with COMPLETE CINEMA and followed by Websites such as Bharat Cine and TV writers Association to Her Own Blog , Omniscent Entertainment  which itself has over 1 Lac Viewers every week.  

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