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Has Controversy Guaranteed Box Office Success For ‘Padmaavat’ Film?

The name of the game is ‘create buzz’, and films like Udta Punjab show that nothing helps that more than a pre-release controversy. For the last few months, controversy has raged over Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s upcoming film Padmaavat (earlier named Padmavati). The cast and crew have been subjected to constant …

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Is The Censor Board Redundant Now? Why Are States Banning ‘Padmavat’ Screening?

The manner is which several Indian states are banning the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavat even after the Central Board of Film Certification has passed it following the slight change in its title, it would appear that these states have themselves decided to become state censor boards unto themselves, …

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‘Dekha Ek Khwab’ From ‘Silsila’ Launched Javed Akhtar’s Career As A Lyricist

On his 73rd birthday, a tribute to the first film track by the renowned screenwriter and poet. Javed Akhtar smoothly switched tracks from writing brilliant screenplays along with Salim Khan between the 1970s and the early ’80s to churning out hit songs with beautifully rhymed and deceptively simple lyrics in …

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Don’t Miss The ‘Bikaner Camel Festival’ During Travelling In Rajasthan

A colourful procession of camels and folk performances await tourists at the international camel festival in Bikaner. Bikaner Camel Festival is a yearly event in January that the city celebrates in honour of the ship of the desert — the camel. With a colourful procession comprising of decorated camels and …

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How Tawaifs Fell From Grace And Came To Be Known As Prostitutes?

If you were old enough to watch movies in 1981 and were fond of Hindi cinema, there’s every bit of chance that you have watched Umrao Jaan by director Muzaffar Ali and were mesmerised by Rekha in the title role and enchanted with the songs. I know I was. Of …

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How Artificial Intelligence Is Revolutionising India’s Fashion And Retail Industry?

Machines are bringing an exciting edge to red carpet couture and daily wear. But can they displace humans? In the 2006 film, The Devil Wears Prada, actor Meryl Streep who plays Miranda Priestly, a powerful fashion editor, gives her new assistant a dressing down for not understanding fashion. She tells …

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India In The Current Landscape Of Fashion, Is ‘Event’ The New Black?

As the Indian fashion industry completes almost three decades, the well-promoted “event” is now a top trend. The last couple of years indicate that most fashion celebrations are rather formulaic—brought together by a cast of sponsors with strategic interests, an “interesting” venue (like Bikaner House in Delhi or a film …

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Fishy Tale As Olympic Venues Like Gangneung Oval Face Uncertain Future

Thousands of fans will pack the futuristic Gangneung Oval for the Olympic speed skating competition next month. But afterwards, one suggestion is for the cavernous steel-grey structure to store frozen fish. No definitive future use has been identified for the $120 million building on South Korea’s east coast, one of …

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A Gentle Woman’s Journey From Social Work To Prison!

Anu Mishra was arrested and jailed for two years. Cases against her are still being heard. So why was she in prison for so long? Anu Mishra was arrested from her home in New Delhi in 2010. Plain-clothed policemen showed up at her house and took her away. They told …

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Bollywood Superstar John Abraham’s International White T-Shirt Is The Cheapest One Ever Worn By An Indian Celebrity

While in one corner of the country, humans are trying to outrun each other, men like John Abraham are doing what they do best: bringing themselves closer to ‘chappals’. And no, his flip-flops aren’t looking any different in 2018. Even at 1300 hrs at the Mumbai airport, they appear as …

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