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Prime Video’s The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of…

The fantastic ensemble of the much-anticipated Amazon Original series The Lord of The Rings: The Rings of Power journeyed to Mumbai for their epic Asia Pacific Premiere. Ahead of the grand evening, Showrunner and Executive producer JD Payne along with the cast - Robert Aramayo, Charles Edwards, Nazanin Boniadi, Lloyd…

Hrithik Roshan reveals a special connection between his film Krrish…

As fans continue to wait for Krrish 4 with bated breath, Bollywood superstar Hrithik Roshan shared an interesting trivia about how his father, filmmaker Rakesh Roshan came about developing their 2003 film Koi… Mil Gaya into a blockbuster franchise. During a press conference of Amazon Prime Video’s much-anticipated show The…

Most Wanted comedy show by Vir Das

LIVE PERFORMANCE MUMBAI MASALA When: Until Sunday August 28 Where: Proud City, 1 Mark Lane, Opposite Fenchurch Street Station, London EC3R 7AH What: Spicy new immersive Bollywood musical experience, featuring hip sha­k­ing dances, heart breaking romance, hilarious comedy, and delectable cuis­i­ne. www.proudcabaret.com DILJIT DOSANJH When: Saturday August 20; Friday August…

Priyanka Chopra gives a glimpse of her daughter’s reading session

Priyanka Chopra, on Monday morning, treated her fans by sharing new pictures of her daughter Malti Marie. Taking to Instagram Story, the 'Dostana' star dropped a string of images of Malti. In the first picture, the little one is seen lying on her stomach with a book kept in front…

From £52 to £4.81 billion: Life of India’s ‘Warren Buffett’…

VETERAN stock market investor Rakesh Jhunjhunwala, often referred to as India's Warren Buffett, died in Mumbai on Sunday (14). He was 62.Jhunjhunwala died early in the morning due to a cardiac arrest, a source in his newly set up airline said.Known as the Big Bull of Indian markets, his net…

Salman Rushdie off ventilator and able to talk

Salman Rushdie has been taken off a ventilator and was able to talk, a day after the Mumbai-born author was stabbed, in what US authorities said was a "targeted, unprovoked, preplanned" attack.Rushdie, who faced Islamist death threats for years after writing "The Satanic Verses", was stabbed by a 24-year-old New…

Hadi Matar: All about the 24-year-old man who stabbed Salman…

The 24-year-old man detained in connection with the stabbing of Mumbai-born controversial author Salman Rushdie was sympathetic to "Shia extremism" and the causes of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, according to a media report. Rushdie, who faced Islamist death threats for years after writing "The Satanic Verses", was stabbed on…

Salman Rushdie on ventilator, likely to lose an eye, liver…

Salman Rushdie was on a ventilator with a damaged liver and may lose one of his eyes after the Mumbai-born controversial author was stabbed in the neck and abdomen by a man on stage at a literary event in upstate New York. Rushdie, who faced Islamist death threats for years…

Reports: Mumbai Police calls Ranveer Singh for questioning on August…

Mumbai Police has summoned Bollywood star Ranveer Singh for questioning in a case registered against him for posting nude photographs of himself on social media. The Bajirao Mastani (2015) actor has been hitting the headlines ever since he bared it all for a magazine photoshoot. A case was registered under…

Arjun Kapoor explains why he took ‘baby steps’ to make…

The sixth episode of 'Koffee with Karan 7' is finally out. The brother-sister duo Arjun Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor graced the couch in the episode and openly discussed their relationships and careers. Karan Johar talked about Arjun's relationship and brought up questions regarding Arjun's romance with Malaika Arora. Karan asked…

Indian Matchmaking’s Sima Taparia thinks Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas…

The second season of Indian Matchmaking is out now and, as expected, has managed to grab audiences’ attention yet again. The new season of the show also features returning cast members, including Aparna Shewakramani, Pradhyuman Maloo, and Nadia Jagessar. Available to watch on Netflix since Wednesday, the show has already…

London home of Dadabhai Naoroji, UK’s first Indian MP, gets…

The south London home where Dadabhai Naoroji, a prominent member of the Indian freedom struggle and Britain's first Indian parliamentarian, lived for around eight years at the end of the 19th century has been honoured with a commemorative Blue Plaque. The Blue Plaque scheme, run by the English Heritage charity,…

Counting and Cracking: A Sri Lanka migrant story

LIVE PERFORMANCE MUMBAI MASALA When: Until Sunday August 28 Where: Proud City, 1 Mark Lane, Opposite Fenchurch Street Station, London EC3R 7AH What: Spicy new immersive Bollywood musical experience, featuring hip shaking dances, heart breaking romance, hilarious comedy, and delectable cuisine. www.proudcabaret.com DILJIT DOSANJH When: Friday August 12 Where: The…

Tata Motors to acquire Ford India’s plant in Gujarat

Automotive giant Tata Motors said its subsidiary will acquire Ford India's Gujarat-based manufacturing facility for Rs 7.25 billion (£75 million). Tata Passenger Electric Mobility Ltd (TPEML) and Ford India Pvt Ltd (FIPL) have signed a unit transfer Agreement (UTA) for the acquisition of the plant in Sanand. Tata Motors will…

Rejoice ‘Indian Matchmaking’ fans, Sima Aunty is back!

Actor Sima Taparia is back again as Mumbai matchmaker in the Netflix original 'Indian Matchmaking', which is returning for a second season. Sima Taparia gained fame and popularity right after the show dropped in 2020 and two years later she is back again! After receiving a lot of love and…

Fan tries to hold Shah Rukh Khan’s hand, watch how…

Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan, in the past faced many difficulties due to his anger issues. Well in a recent incident his son Aryan Khan came at the right moment and controlled the 'Baazigar' actor's rage in front of the paps. Talking about the incident, the 'Chak De India' actor…

Cricket to make case for 2028 LA Games this month

The International Cricket Council (ICC) will make a presentation to the Los Angeles Olympics organisers later this month in its bid for the sport to return to the Games after a gap of 128 years, sources told Reuters. Cricket has been shortlisted for potential inclusion at the 2028 Los Angeles…

Samsara brings East and West together

LIVE PERFORMANCE MUMBAI MASALA When: Until Sunday August 28 Where: Proud City, 1 Mark Lane, Opposite Fenchurch Street Station, London EC3R 7AH What: Spicy new immersive Bollywood musical experience, featuring hip shaking dances, heart breaking romance, hilarious comedy, and delectable cuisine. www.proudcabaret.com DILJIT DOSANJH When: Friday August 12 Where: The…

Indian carrier Vistara flags off non-stop service between Mumbai &…

Vistara, India’s finest full-service carrier and a joint venture of Tata group and Singapore Airlines, on Tuesday (2) successfully inaugurated non-stop flights between Mumbai, India, and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The inaugural flight departed from Mumbai at 1805 hours (IST) on Tuesday and landed in Jeddah at 2050 hours (AST) the…

Woman declared stateless in India, UK and Uganda, moves court

A 66-year-old woman living in Mumbai has been declared stateless in India, UK and Uganda. Ila Popat has been living in India for 55 years and has driving licence, voter identity card and Aadhar card. Last month, Popat approached Bombay High Court to issue a passport so that she can…

Salman Khan issued gun license for self-protection after receiving threat

Bollywood star Salman Khan has been issued an arms license after he applied for a gun license for self-protection in the backdrop of threat letters that he received recently. Salman had received a death threat from gangster Lawrence Bishnoi's gang following which he met Mumbai police chief Vivek Phansalkar over…

One dead in fire incident on sets of Ranbir-Shraddha upcoming…

One person died in a massive fire incident on the sets of actors Ranbir Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor's upcoming untitled film on Friday. Dr Sadaphule, from Cooper Hospital, has confirmed that the 32-year-old male was brought dead after a level 2 fire broke out in Mumbai's Andheri West area this…

Not a competitive actor, don’t subscribe to one-upmanship: Ranveer Singh

Bollywood star Ranveer Singh on Thursday said he isn't competitive by nature and doesn't believe in one-upmanship. Singh made his first media appearance at the Filmfare press conference here, two days after an FIR was filed against him over his bare-bodied photoshoot for an international magazine. Best known for his…

‘Let us also feast our eyes’: Vidya Balan on Ranveer…

After Alia Bhatt, Vidya Balan has now come out in support of actor Ranveer Singh over his controversial nude photoshoot. While speaking to the media at Kubbra Sait's book launch on Thursday, Vidya gave a hilarious response when she was asked if she liked Ranveer's naked pictures and what she…

Vir Das: Most Wanted comedy star

Vir Das discusses his new show and UK tour Unstoppable Indian star Vir Das has been blazing a trail of comedy fire across the globe with red-hot stand-up shows powered by joked-fuelled bombs and explosive observations. By combining humour with a surgical-like dissection of life, love, relatable situations, politics and…

Take a journey through Indian culture, dance, and music with…

LIVE PERFORMANCE MUMBAI MASALA When: Until Sunday August 28 Where: Proud City, 1 Mark Lane, Opposite Fenchurch Street Station, London EC3R 7AH What: Spicy new immersive Bollywood musical experience, featuring hip shaking dances, heart breaking romance, hilarious comedy, and delectable cuisine. www.proudcabaret.com RIZWAN-MUAZZAM QAWWAL When: Saturday July 30 Where: St…

From Alia Bhatt to Ram Gopal Varma, celebrities come out…

The controversy around Ranveer Singh’s nude photoshoot for Paper magazine does not seem to be ending anytime soon. As per reports, two applications have been filed with Mumbai Police seeking the registration of a First Information Report (FIR) against Singh for “hurting sentiments of women” through his nude photographs on…

Ranveer Singh lands in legal trouble over his nude photoshoot…

Ranveer Singh has been the talk of the town ever since his pictures from his nude photoshoot went viral. While his fans went gaga over the photoshoot, there is a section of people who were not impressed by Ranveer's bold experimentation with his look. On Monday, an application was filed…

l’ll be upset if Ranbir doesn’t take me as producer…

Bollywood star Alia Bhatt on Monday said she would love to produce the directorial debut of her actor-husband Ranbir Kapoor and would be "upset" if he doesn't ask her to be part of the project. During the promotions of his latest release "Shamshera", Kapoor had reportedly expressed a desire to…

Katrina Kaif, Vicky Kaushal receive death threats, Mumbai Police launches…

The Mumbai Police has launched an investigation after star couple Katrina Kaif and Vicky Kaushal purportedly received death threats on social media. A complaint has been filed against an unidentified person at Santacruz Police Station, said Mumbai Police. Katrina and Vicky, who tied the knot in Rajasthan on December 9,…

Salman Khan meets Mumbai top cop; applies for weapon license

Bollywood actor Salman Khan on Friday met newly-appointed Mumbai Police Commissioner Vivek Phansalkar at the latter's office in south Mumbai. According to police sources, the actor has applied for a weapon license. While Khan said he visited the commissioner who was an "old friend" for congratulating him, the meeting came…

Koffee with Karan 7′: Akshay Kumar’s marriage advice to Ranbir-Alia,…

Bollywood actor, Akshay Kumar, on the third episode of 'Koffee with Karan 7' gave special marriage advice to the newly married couples of Bollywood Ranbir Kapoor-Alia Bhatt and Vicky Kaushal-Katrina Kaif. Karan Johar, during the quirky rapid-fire session with the 'Bhagam Bhaag' actor, asked "What marriage advice would you give…

Aamir Khan makes up for missing The Gray Man premiere…

Set to land on Netflix on July 22, The Gray Man is one of the most-talked-about films in recent times. The American action thriller has created a lot of buzz around the world. Indians are especially looking forward to the premiere of the film as it stars their beloved actor…

Check out what Karan Johar has to say about Alia…

Alia Bhatt proudly calls Karan Johar her 'mentor, father figure and best friend'. Even for Karan, Alia's one of his 'family'. The bond the two share is quite special and their fans love it. As Alia turns producer with the upcoming film 'Darlings', many stars sent her wishes. But, of…

Nandita Das: Film rebel with a cause

FILMMAKER AND ACTRESS DISCUSSES HER FEARLESS CINEMA JOURNEY She might have made a name for herself as one of the finest actresses of her generation, but Nandita Das is now more focused on filmmaking. She has just directed her third movie, which revolves around a delivery rider and stars popular…

New play explores lives of a working-class Muslim family

LIVE PERFORMANCE MUMBAI MASALA When: Until Sunday August 28 Where: Proud City, 1 Mark Lane, Opposite Fenchurch Street Station, London EC3R 7AH What: Spicy new immersive Bollywood musical experience, featuring hip shaking dances, heart breaking romance, hilarious comedy, and delectable cuisine. www.proudcabaret.com AN EVENING WITH PARRY & REKHA When: Friday…

Dhanush thinks his sons ‘completely stole the show’ at The…

Dhanush, who will next be seen in Russo Brothers' The Gray Man suited up in style for the film's premiere which was held in Los Angeles. Wearing a tuxedo, the actor walked the red carpet in the company of his two sons - Yathra and Linga. All suited up, both…

Kevin Hart reveals Will Smith ‘in a better space’ after…

If you were curious to know how Hollywood star Will Smith is doing after he slapped comedian-host Chris Rock at the Oscars 2022, comedian and actor Kevin Hart during the premiere of the DC League of Super Pets opened up about the well-being of his close friend Smith post the…

Asim Riaz: A self-made icon who achieved the ‘impossible’

FANS CELEBRATE THE MULTI-TALENTED PERSONALITY AS HE TURNS A YEAR OLDER Self-made star Asim Riaz has had an incredible rise in recent years and gained himself a rapidly growing fan base that follow his every move. The multi-talented model turned television personality, actor and rapper has become an icon for…

Exploring the significance of the ‘sacred’ seven

LIVE PERFORMANCE MUMBAI MASALA When: Until Sunday August 28 Where: Proud City, 1 Mark Lane, Opposite Fenchurch Street Station, London EC3R 7AH What: Spicy new immersive Bollywood musical experience, featuring hip shaking dances, heart breaking romance, hilarious comedy, and delectable cuisine. www.proudcabaret.com DARBAR FRINGE: JASDEEP DEGUN When: Sunday July 17…

Matchmaker Sima Taparia returns with second season of Netflix’s controversial…

Matchmaking season is back as popular matchmaker Sima Taparia has announced the renewal of the second season of streaming platform Netflix's Indian Matchmaking. "Matchmaking is my passion, and it's a joy to share my work with audiences around the world for giving a me lot of love and respect. Sima…

‘I want to be a part of Avengers and play…

Bollywood star Taapsee Pannu, who was last seen in the Telugu language film Mishan Impossible, is presently busy promoting her upcoming Hindi film, Shabaash Mithu. Based on the life of former Test and ODI captain of the India women's national cricket team, Mithali Raj, the Srijit Mukherji directorial is slated…

Spotlight on a great master in world cinema

Sangeeta Datta explains how she structured the BFI's Ray season My first meeting with Satyajit Ray was on my graduation day at Jadavpur University in Calcutta (now Kolkata). It was convocation day and we were getting our degrees. Ray was stood at the back of the hall after he was…

Reinterpreting Frida through Indian classical music

LIVE PERFORMANCE MUMBAI MASALA When: Until Sunday August 28 Where: Proud City, 1 Mark Lane, Opposite Fenchurch Street Station, London EC3R 7AH What: Spicy new immersive Bollywood musical experience, featuring hip shaking dances, heart breaking romance, hilarious comedy, and delectable cuisine. www.proudcabaret.com USTAD SHAHID PARVEZ KHAN When: Saturday July 9…

Nalini Malani’s exhibition featuring 40-metre animations to open at National…

AN exhibition of 40-metre animated projections based on pictures from the National Gallery, London, is set to take place later this year. Twenty-five striking new animations have been designed to immerse the viewer in a panorama of nine big video projections, played on a continuous loop. The projections are based…

From Shahid Kapoor to Farhan Khan and Taapsee Pannu to…

Shabana Azmi, one of the finest actresses that Indian cinema has ever produced, is currently vacationing with her husband, noted screenwriter and poet Javed Akhtar, in London. While enjoying her time in the city, she realised that a number of celebrities from the tinsel town of Bollywood are also chilling…

‘Ms Marvel song ‘Aye Khuda’ is a composition I did…

Music composer Atif Afzal believes every song has its own journey and something similar happened with “Aye Khuda”, one of his two tracks for the Disney+ series “Ms Marvel” which was originally supposed to be part of a film starring Salman Khan. Ten years ago, Mumbai-born Afzal almost got his…

Vijay Deverakonda sets the internet on fire with his semi…

Starring southern heartthrob Vijay Deverakonda in a lead role opposite Ananya Panday, Liger is one of the most awaited films of 2022. The film has been creating a lot of noise ever since it went on the floors. On Saturday, Deverakonda dropped yet another poster from the much-anticipated pan-India film.…

With a dash of spice, Reliance and Britain’s Pret bet…

British snack chain Pret will adapt its menu to local tastes when it opens in Indian cities and airports under a partnership with retail giant Reliance to try to satisfy the nation's growing appetite for upmarket refreshment. As part of its broader plan to target the most affluent 50 million…

Dipti Sharma: A magical journey to finding true love

True love can be found in the most unlikely places and with someone you least expect. For Dipti Sharma and Dipen Sharma, there were many coincidences that connected them, and having the same surname along with living in Leicester are just a few. She had moved to Mumbai in 2016…

Dancing Nikita Company presents an array of Kathak dances

LIVE PERFORMANCE MUMBAI MASALA When: Until Sunday August 28 Where: Proud City, 1 Mark Lane, Opposite Fenchurch Street Station, London EC3R 7AH What: Spicy new immersive Bollywood musical experience, featuring hip shaking dances, heart breaking romance, hilarious comedy, and delectable cuisine. www.proudcabaret.com USTAD SHAHID PARVEZ KHAN When: Friday July 1…

Seven deadly reasons why Sunidhi Chauhan is a sensational singer

The supremely talented Sunidhi Chauhan is one of the finest live performers in the world and returns to the UK for two hotly anticipated shows this month. She will deliver dynamite concerts with a full live band at Morningside Arena in Leicester on July 9 and Eventim Apollo in London…

My top 10 artistic encounters – Shireen Isal

A phenomenal 40-year career of managing world-class artists in Europe and organising unforgettable shows led Shireen Isal towards writing her new book Joy, Awe and Tears. The culturally rich collection of chapters sees her document unforgettable moments with musical giants that include Pandit Ravi Shankar, Ustad Bismillah Khan, Smt Lakshmi…

Mohammad Nazim: An impressive performer

Popular shows including two seasons of super hit drama Saath Nibhaana Saathiya have enabled Mohammad Nazim to show off his impressive range as a performer. The popular Indian actor is currently starring in Tera Mera Saath Rahe, wh­i­ch has quickly crossed ov­er 200 episodes since it pr­emiered last year. The…

Karan Johar, Vijay Deverakonda, and Ananya Panday share special birthday…

Boxing Ring Legend turns a year older on Thursday. For the unversed, Tyson is making his Bollywood debut with Dharma Productions’ much-anticipated action flick Liger, which also features Ananya Panday and Vijay Deverakonda in lead roles. And as he celebrates his birthday today, team Liger has a special message for…

PD Hinduja Hospital & MRC becomes 1st hospital in western…

P D HINDUJA Hospital & MRC recently introduced ‘FDG labeled Leukocyte PET-CT scan’ for early detection of infection in occult & difficult cases and currently, it is the only hospital in Mumbai in the state of Maharashtra and entire western India to offer such a medical facility. According to a…

Alia Bhatt hits out at patriarchal report writing Ranbir Kapoor…

Bollywood star Alia Bhatt took the internet by storm on Monday by announcing her pregnancy through an Instagram post when she uploaded a picture of herself with husband Ranbir Kapoor looking at an ultrasound monitor screen. The couple married in April this year. While fans and celebrities have been showering…

‘She came with a pundit & married my…,” Ranbir Kapoor…

Bollywood actor Ranbir Kapoor is on cloud nine today as he is set to embrace fatherhood soon. His wife Alia Bhatt announced her pregnancy earlier today. On the work front, Kapoor has two releases this year- Shamshera and Brahmastra. Fans are eagerly waiting for both films to hit theatres. The…

Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor announce pregnancy; set to embrace…

Actor Alia Bhatt on Monday announced the news of her pregnancy with a special post on her Instagram account. In the picture, the Dear Zindagi actor can be seen in a hospital with Ranbir Kapoor, wearing a cap. She can be seen smiling and looking at the monitor, during her…

UK’s Khushi Patel wins Miss India Worldwide 2022

Khushi Patel, a biomedical student from the United Kingdom, has been declared the winner of the Miss India Worldwide 2022, the longest-running Indian pageant outside of India. Vaidehi Dongre from the US was declared the first runner up on Friday night while Shrutika Mane was adjudged the second runner up.…

2008 Mumbai terror attack mastermind Sajid Mir quietly jailed in…

An anti-terror court in Pakistan has quietly sentenced the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attack mastermind and a senior member of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), Sajid Mir. Mir, who is among India's most wanted for his role in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, was awarded 15 years in jail term. Mir was LeT's operations…

The rapid-expanding Qmin App by IHCL is now downloadable in…

Qmin was born from a vision fuelled by guest feedback and IHCL’s drive towards ensuring complete guest satisfaction. As the pandemic gripped the country in March 2020, the need for the familiar taste of the food from our signature restaurants began to generate queries on how one could enjoy these…

Watch: Former ICC elite panel umpire Asad Rauf now runs…

A former ICC elite panel umpire now runs a second-hand clothes shop in Lahore, Pakistan, and says he has no interest in cricket anymore, media reports said. Asad Rauf, 66, umpired 170 international games from 2000 to 2013, is now an owner of a shop in Landa Bazaar, Lahore. "I’ve…

Bollywood singing sensation Sunidhi Chauhan returns to UK

LIVE PERFORMANCE MUMBAI MASALA When: Until Sunday August 28 Where: Proud City, 1 Mark Lane, Opposite Fenchurch Street Station, London EC3R 7AH What: Spicy new immersive Bollywood musical experience, featuring hip shaking dances, heart breaking romance, hilarious comedy, and delectable cuisine. www.proudcabaret.com JUBIN NAUTIYAL When: Saturday June 25 and Sunday…

Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan to follow Timothee Chalamet’s…

Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan reportedly has been planning to make his debut as a director for some time. Reports claimed that he is working on a script for web series and now the latest report claims he is inspired by Hollywood actor Timothee Chalamet. Scroll down to know…

R Madhavan reveals SRK and Suriya did not charge single…

Shah Rukh Khan, the king of hearts for many due to his ability to make feel special, has smitten actor R Madhavan too who is completely awed by the superstar's humility. While promoting his upcoming film 'Rocketry: The Nambi Effect' in New Delhi on Monday, Madhavan revealed that SRK did…

Jehan Daruvala set to become third Indian to drive a…

Mumbai Falcons is proud to announce that Indian racer Jehan Daruvala will take part in a test with world championship-winning team McLaren this week in their 2021 Formula 1 car. Jehan will drive the MCL35M car at the Silverstone circuit in England. The test will give Jehan, who is currently…

From Sara Ali Khan to Shilpa Shetty, here’re 7 Bollywood…

Yoga is known across the globe for soothing one's mind and body. And while many practice Yoga regularly, Bollywood actors are no less. As the world celebrates the International Day of Yoga on June 21, take a look at 7 celebrities who swear by Yoga to stay fit and healthy:…

‘It is gratifying that a streaming show has legacy value,’…

“If my characters are allowed to change, why can't I,” asks filmmaker Imtiaz Ali, arguing that he would not have been able to write the dark and brooding She without the effervescent Jab We Met. The second season of She, which explores the seamy underbelly of Mumbai through the eyes…

Pakistani restaurant receives severe criticism for using Alia Bhatt’s Gangubai…

An advertisement for Pakistani restaurant Swing has landed in soup and is receiving backlash from all around. The restaurant used a scene from Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Bollywood film Gangubai Kathiawadi, in which Alia Bhatt, who played a sex worker in the period drama, is seen approaching men on the streets…

Satyajit Ray season at BFI will show all his 38…

SATYAJIT RAY was one of India’s greatest film directors and also very highly regarded in the history of world cinema – ironically, however, his work is now largely unknown to a new generation of British Asians, some of whom may not even have heard of his name. The British Film…

Ananya Raj: I want to work with SS Rajamouli, Mani…

Actress Ananya Raj is ecstatic to have bagged two plum projects in the Telugu language where she plays the female lead. In fact, one of her films, tentatively titled Madrasi Gang, is being shot simultaneously in Telugu, Tamil, and Hindi. In addition to her, the Ajay Andrews directorial also features…

Sunny Deol, Sanjay Dutt, Jackie Shroff & Mithun Chakraborty join…

Filmmaker Ahmed Khan and Zee Studios are set to bankroll a high-profile film that will feature Bollywood's top action stars in lead roles. Titled Baap, the film will star Mithun Chakraborty, Sunny Deol, Sanjay, Dutt, and Jackie Shroff while Vivek Chauhan has been roped in to call the shots. A…

‘We have been painted as monsters:’ Emotional Shah Rukh Khan…

Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, who was most recently spotted at his Jawan co-star Nayanthara’s wedding in Mahabalipuram, has remained tight-lipped about his son Aryan Khan’s drugs case controversy that got coverage in all the leading publications in the world. However, weeks after the 24-year-old star kid was given a…

Remarks on Prophet: Protests erupt across India after Friday prayers;…

Protests broke out in some states on Friday including outside Delhi's Jama Masjid over the controversial remarks on Prophet Mohammad by two now-suspended BJP functionaries with demonstrators in Jharkhand injuring a few policemen while authorities in Jammu imposed a curfew in a few areas and parts of Kashmir observed a…

Hrithik Roshan and Saif Ali Khan’s Vikram Vedha wraps filming

The shoot of Hrithik Roshan and Saif Ali Khan-starrer action film Vikram Vedha has been completed, the makers said on Friday. Billed as an edge-of-the-seat action crime thriller, the movie is based on the popular Indian folktale "Vikram Aur Betal". It tells the story of a tough police officer (Khan)…

Gangubai Kathiawadi emerges as the most-watched Indian film on Netflix,…

Helmed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Gangubai Kathiawadi (2022) has managed to find the top spot on Netflix's most-watched Indian film after making its debut on the streaming platform on April 26. Fronted by Alia Bhatt, the period drama entered theatres on February 25. It is loosely based on Hussain Zaidi's…

Reliance-Apollo makes £5bn joint bid for UK pharmacy chain Boots

INDIA's Reliance has submitted a binding bid for Walgreens Boots Alliance’s UK retail pharmacy business in a consortium with Apollo Global Management for £5 billion, the Bloomberg reported. A purchase would mark a pivot overseas for the Mukesh Ambani-owned conglomerate and will enlarge the black box around its retail operations.…

India’s Covid-19 daily cases highest in three months

INDIA reported 7,240 new coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours, the health ministry said on Thursday (9), its highest number of daily cases since March 2. India's financial capital Mumbai, which has seen a rapid rise in cases, reported 1,765 new infections late on Wednesday (8), an increase of…

Netflix sets premiere date for She season 2

The second season of the Imtiaz Ali-created crime drama She will start streaming from June 17, Netflix announced Wednesday. The series follows Bhumika, played by Aaditi Pohankar, a timid Mumbai constable who realises the potential of her dormant sexuality when she goes undercover to expose a drug ring. Netflix India…

Rubina Dilaik: Dare to dream

TV STAR RUBINA DILAIK TALKS ABOUT HER DEBUT FILM ARDH AN ACTION-PACKED career has seen Rubina Dilaik conquer television with a series of perfectly crafted performances on acclaimed drama serials and by winning India’s biggest reality show Bigg Boss. This week the acclaimed actress makes her hotly anticipated move to…

Top 4 Players With The Most Hundreds In The Tournament

A hundred is an extremely rare occurrence in a T20 tournament like the IPL. Ipl is all about excitement, boundaries, sixes, and centuries. Whenever a player scores a hundred, it is one of the most memorable moments of the tournament. You can also play online casino games India and create…

Top 5 overseas performers of IPL 2022

The IPL 2022 season came close, with Gujarat Titans winning their first title. The performances of several Indian players in the IPL have amazed all. Similarly, the performances of overseas players have also been impressive. On the field, they performed and left their mark as well. Watching these crickets playing…

Women show the power of community in Lotus Beauty

LIVE PERFORMANCE PRIYA PURUSHOTHAMAN – LIVE When: Saturday June 11 Where: Rose House, Barningham Way, off Kingsbury Road, London NW9 8UP What: An Indian classical and semiclassical vocal concert headlined by an upcoming music star, who has received specialised training. www.eventbrite.com BOTOWN: THE SOUL OF BOLLYWOOD When: Saturday June 11…

Prophet remark row: Indian Central agencies ‘seriously’ looking into Al-Qaeda…

Central agencies are "seriously" looking into the threat letter sent by terror outfit Al-Qaeda regarding suicide attacks in Delhi, Mumbai, Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat to "fight for the honour of the Prophet", said top agency sources.Alerts have been issued across Delhi, Mumbai, Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat through law enforcement agencies…

Our dream of having a bullet train will be fulfilled…

The ambitious bullet train project will be completed on time, Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw told ANI while reviewing work on the project at the Surat-Navsari section today. He said, "The work of the bullet train is going very well. About 60 km of pillar work has been completed. Simultaneous work…

What’s written in Salman Khan’s threat letter? Read inside

Bollywood superstar Salman Khan and his father, veteran screenwriter Salim Khan have received an anonymous letter, threatening to kill them, Mumbai Police informed the media on Sunday. An FIR has been filed at Bandra police station against an unknown person in the case and a further probe is currently underway.…

Is Ranbir Kapoor using a wig? Netizens think so

Ranbir Kapoor, who was last seen in Rajkumar Hirani’s Sanju (2018), is presently busy promoting his upcoming film Brahmastra, which marks his return to the silver screen after a long gap of four years. The talented actor was recently spotted at the Mumbai airport heading out of the city. If…

We have been investing in India right from when we…

The Hinduja Group is actively planning property development in India including residential and office spaces, its co-chairman Gopichand Hinduja said. Having a presence in places like Chennai, Mumbai and Hyderabad, the group has a huge land bank in India, he said adding that planning is on either for creating a…

This Indian quadruple amputee says teaching helped me survive

WHEN gangrene robbed Indian teacher Pratibha Hilim of her hands and feet three years ago, her dreams of returning to class gave her the strength to endure. The 51-year-old now gives her lessons from home, wielding a pen or a stick of chalk strapped to her arm, for youngsters in…

Upcoming singer Priya headlines classical concert

LIVE PERFORMANCE KATTAM KATTI When: Friday June 3 Where: Theatre Royal, Royal Parade, Plymouth PL1 2TR What: The Pagrav Dance Company presents a contemporary Kathak production that taps into the competitive chaos, creativity, and colour of Uttarayan, the world-famous international kite festival of Gujarat. www.theatreroyal.com AIMA BAIG, SAJJAD ALI AND…

Chann Pardesi makes a masterful return

SIMRAN SIDHU ON THE PUNJABI CLASSIC AND HIS PLANNED SEQUEL PUNJABI cinema has enjoyed an incredible resurgence in recent years with contemporary films clocking up huge box office numbers, but perhaps the most interesting release of 2022 has been a remastered version of all-time classic Chann Pardesi. Widely regarded by…

Ram Kamal Mukherjee and the art of telling a gripping…

WRITER-DIRECTOR DISCUSSES HIS MITHUN CHAKRABORTY BOOK AND FILM PLANS A DEEP love for cinema resulted in Ram Kamal Mukherjee forging an impressive career that has included running a major Bollywood publication, writing acclaimed biographies of big stars, and becoming an award-winning filmmaker. On the writing front, he has followed up…

Is Salman Khan in danger? Bhaijaan’s security beefed up; read…

Mumbai Police has beefed up the security of Bollywood superstar Salman Khan after Lawrence Bishnoi appeared as a prime accused in the Sidhu Moose Wala murder case. Police said that they have enhanced the actor's security to make sure he is safe from the activities being done by the gang…

After IPL, Pandya wants to win T20 World Cup with…

After leading Gujarat Titans to the Indian Premier League (IPL) title in their first season, winning the Twenty20 World Cup with India is next on Hardik Pandya's bucket list. Pandya led by example in Sunday's final against 2008 champions Rajasthan Royals as Gujarat triumphed by seven wickets in front of…

Consumed ‘ganja’ in US for relief from sleeping disorder: Aryan…

BOLLYWOOD superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan, who has got a clean chit in last year’s drugs-on-cruise case, had told the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) that he started consuming ‘ganja’ during his graduation days in the US as he was having a sleeping disorder, as per a charge sheet…

“Tough times don’t last, tough people do…”: Celebrities react as…

It is undoubtedly the time for celebration at Mannat as Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri Khan’s eldest son Aaryan Khan got a clean chit by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in the drug-on-cruise case, seven months after he was granted bail. The 24-year-old was arrested from a cruise in Mumbai…

Drugs-On-Cruise Case: Shah Rukh Khan heaves a sigh of relief…

In a major development, Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan has been given a clean chit by India’s anti-drug agency Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in the drugs-on-cruise case. The 24-year-old was arrested last year in the case along with Arbaaz Merchant and Munmun Dhamecha. In a statement, the…

Raveena Tandon on South cinema taking over Bollywood: If our…

Raveena Tandon, one of the leading ladies from the 90s, is on cloud nine ever since her recent film KGF: Chapter 2 (2022) toppled a series of records at the box office and emerged as one of the most successful commercial films ever produced by Indian cinema. Also featuring Kannada…

Prakash Jha on being attacked during filming of Aashram 3:…

Award-winning filmmaker Prakash Jha is ready with the next season of his hugely popular streaming show Aashram, starring Bollywood star Bobby Deol in the lead role of a self-proclaimed godman. The filmmaker faced several hurdles during the making of the first two seasons also but filming the third season turned…

Vistara launches more flights to Coimbatore

INDIAN airline Vistara on Friday (20) started daily direct flights between the capital Delhi and Coimbatore in southern India, the company said in a statement.  The airline will also start daily direct service on the Mumbai-Coimbatore route from Friday (27) and double the daily flights on the Bengaluru-Coimbatore route starting…

Murder of US model: Indian police officers in Prague to…

Leona Swiderski, 33, who arrived in Mumbai in February 2003 was due to marry her fiancee Pragnesh Desai but she was found dead off a highway near the city the next day.Police believe Desai plotted her murder to claim her insurance money of $1 million (£800,000) and hired three contract…

‘We need a lot more female artists and female photographers’,…

A Love Letter to My Home is a multimedia art exhibition from Akshita Gandhi which examines ideas of home and identity. It combines traditional photography, mixed media paintings and audio works. The exhibition is a love letter to Mumbai and Udaipur, where the images were taken. “It’s symbolic, because India completes…

Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 sets box office on fire; Kangana Ranaut’s…

Headlined by class and mass favourite Kartik Aaryan, Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 (2022) is unstoppable at the domestic box office in India. On the other hand, Kangana Ranaut's Dhaakad (2022) has no takers.  Also featuring Kiara Advani, Tabu, and Rajpal Yadav in pivotal roles, Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 is a horror-comedy film that…

Sheena Bora murder case: Mother gets bail after seven years

Indian former media executive Indrani Mukerjea walked out of a Mumbai jail on bail Friday (20), nearly seven years after being arrested for allegedly murdering her daughter. The sensational case, centred on Indrani and then-husband Peter Mukerjea -- a former chief executive of then-Fox-owned broadcaster Star India -- received breathless…

Ukraine war puts Indian diamond polishers out of work

INDIA'S huge diamond-polishing industry has furloughed around 250,000 of its roughly two million workers because of sanctions on Russia hitting supplies, a trade union said Thursday (19).The South Asian nation cuts and polishes 90 per cent of the world's diamonds, with Russian diamond miners such as Alrosa traditionally accounting for…

Pratik Gandhi: It’s a huge honour for me to play…

Actor Pratik Gandhi, who shot to overnight fame with the riotous success of Hansal Mehta’s streaming show Scam 1992: The Harshad Mehta Story (2020), has been roped in to play Mahatma Gandhi in an upcoming streaming show. Based on the books by noted historian Ramachandra Guha, the multi-season drama series…

Rishi Sunak, Akshata Murty make UK rich list debut with…

BRITAIN'S chancellor of the exchequer Rishi Sunak and his wife Akshata Murty are among the richest people in the UK with their combined fortune estimated at £730 million.The couple made their debut in the annual Sunday Times Rich List on Friday (20), ranked 222. Indian-origin Hinduja brothers are at the…

Ratan Tata wins praise for travelling in Nano

INDIA's Tata Group head has won hearts when he travelled in India's cheapest car this week. The chairman emeritus of the Tata Group, Ratan Tata reached in Mumbai's iconic Taj hotel, which is also owned by the Tatas, on Tuesday (17), in a Tata Nano, according to media reports. After…

NYIFF 2022: Once Upon a Time in Calcutta and Shoebox…

Once Upon a Time in Calcutta received two awards - best director for Aditya Vikram Sengupta and best actress for Sreelekha Mitra - at the 2022 edition of the New York Indian Film Festival, which also honoured Faraz Ali's Shoebox with the best film trophy.  The seven-day film gala, which…

Australian all-round great Symonds dies in car crash

AUSTRALIAN cricket was reeling Sunday (15) after swashbuckling former all-rounder Andrew Symonds was killed in a car crash -- another tragic blow after the recent deaths of fellow greats Shane Warne and Rod Marsh. The 46-year-old, who played 26 Tests and 198 one-day internationals from 1998 to 2009, was involved…

Adani in £8.58 billion deal for Holcim India cement business

INDIAN billionaire Gautam Adani struck a $10.5 billion (£8.58 bn) deal to buy Swiss cement giant Holcim's local business, the companies said, betting on a construction boom predicted in coming decades.In his biggest acquisition to date, the deal will give coal-to-ports magnate Adani - who vies with fellow Indian Mukesh…

India bans wheat exports as domestic prices soar

INDIA banned wheat exports on Saturday (14), just days after saying it was targeting record shipments this year, as a scorching heat wave curtailed output and domestic prices soared to an all-time high.The government said it would still allow exports backed by already issued letters of credit and to countries…

Tata Motors losses shrink on improved demand despite chip woes

Improved demand helped India's Tata Motors narrow losses, the carmaker reported Thursday, even as chip shortages continued to hurt sales at British subsidiary Jaguar Land Rover. The Mumbai-headquartered automaker reported its fifth straight quarter of losses for the three months ended March 31, but said it was able to manage…

Sri Lanka cricket stars slam government after deadly unrest

Sri Lankan cricket greats Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene have hit out at the government after five people were killed in political violence and more than 200 injured. Current and former cricketers enjoy a massive fan following in Sri Lanka and their comments carry weight. "Peaceful protesters demanding for their…

Mitchell Marsh keeps Delhi’s IPL play-off hopes alive

Australia's Mitchell Marsh smashed 89 after striking twice with the ball as Delhi Capitals stayed in the IPL play-off hunt with an emphatic eight-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals on Wednesday. Chasing a tricky 161 for victory, a 144-run second-wicket partnership between David Warner (52 not out) and Marsh helped Delhi…

Supreme Court suspends India’s British-era sedition law

INDIA's Supreme Court on Wednesday (11) suspended a colonial-era sedition law that activists say is often used by prime minister Narendra Modi's government to target free speech and dissent. Modi's critics say that the law, which was once used by Britain to target independence hero Mahatma Gandhi, has been abused…

Malaysia may emerge as top palm oil supplier to India

INDONESIA's "unpredictable" palm oil export policies may help Malaysia emerge as the dominant supplier to India, the world's top buyer of the edible oil, industry sources said. Indonesia is the world's biggest palm oil producer but its erratic export policies, including the most recent ban announced on April 22, have…

Gujarat becomes first team to qualify for IPL play-offs

AFGHANISTAN's Rashid Khan claimed four wickets as Gujarat Titans became the first team to qualify for the IPL play-offs with a 62-run thrashing of Lucknow Super Giants. Indian opener Shubman Gill made 63 off 49 deliveries to steer Gujarat to 144 for four on Tuesday (10) after electing to bat…

Pandit Shivkumar Sharma passes away at 84

Santoor maestro and co-composer of several memorable Bollywood film songs for the late filmmaker Yash Chopra, Pandit Shivkumar Sharma passed away on Tuesday in Mumbai. He was 84. Reportedly, he had been suffering from kidney-related issues for the last six months and was on dialysis. He died due to cardiac…

“Nothing offensive in Prithviraj,” says Chandraprakash Dwivedi

Filmmaker Chandraprakash Dwivedi on Monday said the team of his upcoming historical film Prithviraj has been respectful in depicting the life of the legendary warrior king Samrat Prithviraj Chauhan on the big screen. Earlier this year, the Delhi High Court had refused to entertain a plea seeking to modify the…

Reliance becomes first Indian company to cross $100bn in annual…

RELIANCE INDUSTRIES became the first Indian company to cross $100 billion (£81bn) in annual revenues after the oil-to-telecoms giant reported strong quarterly results across its energy, telecoms and retail businesses.  The conglomerate, which is owned by Asia's richest man Mukesh Ambani, reported a net profit of Rs 162.03bn (£1.7bn) between…

Lucknow on top of IPL table

FAST BOWLER Avesh Khan helped Lucknow Super Giants hammer Kolkata Knight Riders by 75 runs on Saturday (7) to go top of the IPL table as teams jostle to secure a play-off spot. Lucknow bundled out Kolkata, who were chasing 177 for victory, for 101 to replace fellow newcomers Gujarat…

Aditi Rao Hydari to star alongside Vijay Sethupathi and Arvind…

Vijay Sethupathi, Arvind Swamy, and Aditi Rao Hydari have joined hands for Gandhi Talks, a silent film billed as a dark satirical comedy.       Backed by Zee Studios, the movie is directed by Kishor Pandurang Belekar, known for helming Marathi films Sa Sasucha and Yeda.   View this post on…

Suchismita: A life-long connection to music

ONE of India’s best kept musical secrets is stunning singer and composer Suchismita. Her wide array of achievements include being AR Rahman’s protégé, lighting up internationally acclaimed film The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, singing for major Bollywood blockbusters and delivering cutting-edge singles like her recent release Damaru, which is an…

Taz Stereo Nation: Impressive legacy of an iconic pop fusion…

TRIBUTES poured in for British music icon Taz from Stereo Nation after he tragically passed away, aged 54. Those who praised the late singer ranged from fans entertained by his songs to major names in music, who followed in his footsteps and those who worked with him. It is no…

Shekhar Kapur: India has to use cinema as soft power…

Renowned filmmaker Shekhar Kapur, whose filmography includes such memorable films as Masoom (1983), Mr India (1987), Bandit Queen (1997), Elizabeth (1998), and Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007), on Tuesday said India has to use cinema as a soft power if it has to win the “minds and hearts of the…

“Let’s not divide the people and country further,” Sonu Nigam…

Wading into the ongoing ‘national language row’ that erupted after Bollywood actor Ajay Devgn reacted to Kannada actor Kiccha Sudeep’s statement about Hindi no longer being a national language,” well-known singer Sonu Nigam said, “Let’s not divide the people and country further.” At a recent event for FICCI Flo, Nigam…

Returning Dhoni downplays influence as Chennai win in IPL

Chennai Super Kings veteran Mahendra Singh Dhoni has downplayed his return as captain and the team's comfortable IPL victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad as a mere "coincidence". Openers Ruturaj Gaikwad (99) and Devon Conway (85 not out) put on this season's best stand of 182 to guide Chennai to 202-2, a…

Kohli hits 58 but Bangalore lose to high-flying Gujarat

Superstar cricketer Virat Kohli struck form with his first half-century of this Indian Premier League season on Saturday, but failed to inspire Royal Challengers Bangalore who slipped to their third straight loss. After a string of low scores including two golden ducks, Kohli hit 58 off 53 balls to guide…

Court to hear a continuation appeal in Nirav Modi case…

A BRITISH high court will hear a continuation appeal in the extradition case of Nirav Modi, the fugitive diamond merchant wanted in India to face charges of fraud and money laundering, in London on June 28. Modi is accused defrauding Punjab National Bank (PNB), one of the India’s largest banks,…

HIT: The Second Case to arrive on July 29

After the runaway success of HIT: The First Case in 2020, the makers are set to release the second installment of the Telugu-language action thriller film. Titled HIT: The Second Case, the sequel has been in the news ever since its announcement. On Monday, actor Adivi Sesh announced that the film…

Ajay Devgn set to resume filming Drishyam 2 in Goa

Bollywood superstar Ajay Devgn, who has been receiving unanimous praises for his direction and performance in his latest offering Runway 34, (2022), has a number of exciting films at various stages of development. In February this year, he started shooting for Drishyam 2, a sequel to his 2015 hit Drishyam.…

Indian diamantaire Choksi pledged ‘fake diamonds to get loan’

INDIA’S federal investigation agency has filed a fresh case against absconding diamantaire Mehul Choksi for allegedly defrauding a financial institution.Choksi, who is also wanted along with his nephew Nirav Modi in a loan fraud case of Rs 135 billion (£1.41 bn), is accused of inflating the value of diamonds and…

Dharmendra returns home after hospitalisation for routine check-up

Veteran Bollywood actor Dharmendra was admitted to a city hospital in Mumbai for a “routine check-up” and is back home now.     According to a source close to the family, the 86-year-old star is “completely fine”. “He was admitted to hospital for a routine check-up and he is completely fine. He…

Indira valued Rahul’s “grit and determination”, new book reveals

INDIA's former prime minister Indira Gandhi valued Rahul Gandhi’s “grit and determination”, according to a new book. It added that she often considered him mature enough to be taken into confidence on subjects she avoided discussing even with his parents when he was barely 14. The book Leaders, Politicians, Citizens…

Kangana Ranaut unveils the trailer of her next Dhaakad

Bollywood star Kangana Ranaut on Friday unveiled the trailer of her upcoming film Dhaakad. Bankrolled by Soham Rockstar Entertainment and directed by debutant filmmaker Razneesh Ghai, the film features the four-time National Film Award-winning actress in a never-seen-before avatar of Agent Agni who stops at nothing. The makers planned an…

Kuldeep and Powell guide Delhi to victory over Kolkata in…

Spinner Kuldeep Yadav took four wickets and Rovman Powell then hit 33 not out as Delhi Capitals beat Kolkata Knight Riders by four wickets in the Indian Premier League on Thursday. Opener David Warner struck 42 before the middle order wobbled as the Capitals chased 147. Powell's unbeaten knock off…

Kangana Ranaut’s production debut Tiku Weds Sheru lands on Prime…

The upcoming Bollywood film Tiku Weds Sheru, which marks actor Kangana Ranaut's production debut, will premiere on the streaming platform Prime Video.   The film stars seasoned actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Avneet Kaur. It is directed by Sai Kabir who directed Ranaut in the 2014 film Revolver Rani. Calling the…

Comedy cancel-culture has Pal second guessing

A LEADING Indian comedian has criticised the country’s alleged “censorship of comedy” ahead of the launch of his Amazon Prime show. Anuvab Pal, 45, has become popular in the UK since his first performance in this country five years ago. His most recent show, Empire, which debuted at the Edinburgh…

Prime Video to premiere films of YRF, Dharma, Excel post…

Streaming media giant Prime Video on Thursday announced licensing association with four leading Indian production banners under which it will premiere titles like Drishyam 2, Jug Jugg Jeeyo, Jee Le Zara and Pathaan post the theatrical release of these films.   The collaboration was announced during the Prime Video Presents…

Madhuri Dixit to headline Amazon Original film Maja Maa

Prime Video on Thursday announced that Madhuri Dixit will star in the Amazon Original film Maja Maa. The actress recently made her digital debut with Netflix’s The Fame Game (2022), produced by Karan Johar under Dharmatic Entertainment.    Maja Maa will be directed by Anand Tiwari and produced by Amritpal…

Supreet Bedi: Being the voice of change

WHETHER it is in the workplace, at home, while meeting someone new, resolving a conflict or in everyday life; clear communication is key in this ever-changing world and why Supreet Bedi is making a huge difference. The communication trainer and pageant mentor’s transformative effect on others has included coaching Indian…

Lightning-quick Malik tipped for India after igniting IPL

Speed demon Umran Malik is being backed to win a place in India's bowling attack after lighting up the IPL with deliveries of more than 150kph (93mph) and wickets galore. The 22-year-old returned figures of 5-25, becoming the first player on a losing team this season to be awarded man…

Rashid’s last-over heroics pull off IPL heist for Gujarat

Afghanistan's Rashid Khan hit two sixes off the final two balls to pull off a sensational chase for Gujarat Titans after Sunrisers Hyderabad pace sensation Umran Malik took his first IPL five-for on Wednesday. Needing 196 for victory, Gujarat slipped to 140-5 but Rashid (31) joined Rahul Tewatia (40) to…

Ajay Devgn, Sudeep engage in argument over Hindi as national…

Bollywood actor Ajay Devgn and multilingual film actor Kichcha Sudeep engaged in a 'brotherly argument' on Twitter on the topic of whether Hindi is a national language or not. However, Sudeep clarified that the context in which he made the statement was different from the way it was perceived and…

Reliance now eyes India’s luxury market

INDIAN tycoon Mukesh Ambani is betting a shopping palace within a $1 billion Mumbai business showcase will tap into surging demand for Western luxury goods, installing his Reliance empire as a portal through which most of the biggest brands must pass. Though still small for a country of its size,…

Dhawan hits 88 as Punjab prevail in tense IPL finish

Shikhar Dhawan smashed an unbeaten 88 for Punjab Kings who withstood a batting blitz from Chennai Super Kings' Ambati Rayudu to seal an 11-run victory in a hard-fought IPL match on Monday. Dhawan, playing his 200th match in the Indian Premier League, smashed nine fours and two sixes in his…

Vivek Oberoi joins Rohit Shetty’s streaming show India Police Force

Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi has joined Sidharth Malhotra and Shilpa Shetty on the cast of Rohit Shetty’s debut streaming show India Police Force. The project was officially announced last week, with Malhotra as the male lead, who will play a Delhi Police officer.   Directed and produced by Rohit Shetty, the…

Kohli flops again but Bangalore confident star ‘will come back…

Virat Kohli's second successive golden duck in the IPL saw Royal Challengers Bangalore crash to 68 all out and lose to Sunrisers Hyderabad by nine wickets on Saturday but the team insisted their star batter will bounce back. Kohli, who also fell to a first-ball duck against Lucknow Super Giants…

Rahul sends winless Mumbai to eighth IPL loss

Skipper KL Rahul's unbeaten 103 and disciplined bowling helped Lucknow Super Giants to a resounding win over IPL powerhouse Mumbai Indians who remain winless this season. Rahul's second ton of this edition steered Lucknow to 168 for six, a total their bowlers defended by restricting Mumbai to 132-8 at the…

Masaba Gupta to star in Amazon Prime’s Modern Love

While the audience is waiting to see Masaba in her eponymous Netflix series Masaba Masaba, the celebrated youth icon has landed yet another high-profile streaming project. Yes, the fashionista-turned-actor will be seen in the Indian version of Amazon Prime’s widely loved anthology Modern Love. Modern Love Mumbai will have the…

Actor Will Smith spotted in Mumbai

OSCAR-WINNING Hollywood actor Will Smith was spotted at a private airport in Mumbai on Saturday (23). He created controversy when he slapped comedian Chris Rock at the Academy Awards last month. The actor was seen dressed in an oversized white T-shirt that he teamed with the same coloured pants over…

Vintage Dhoni condemns Mumbai to seventh IPL loss

Mahendra Singh Dhoni rolled back the years on Thursday with 16 runs off the last four balls of Chennai Super Kings' successful chase over Mumbai Indians who are languishing at the bottom of IPL league. Dhoni remained unbeaten with 28 off 13 balls, with three fours and a six, against…

Covid-hit Delhi kept focus, says Pant after big IPL win

Delhi Capitals skipper Rishabh Pant on Wednesday said they overcame "nervousness" after a Covid outbreak in the camp to keep their focus and hammer Punjab Kings by nine wickets in the IPL. Delhi's New Zealand import Tim Seifert tested positive for Covid-19 just hours before the start of the match…

Johnson meets Adani in Ahmedabad

BRITISH prime minister Boris Johnson, who is on a two-day visit to India, met Adani Group chairman Gautam Adani in Ahmedabad on Thursday (21). "Honoured to host @BorisJohnson, the first UK PM to visit Gujarat, at Adani HQ. Delighted to support climate & sustainability agenda with focus on renewables, green…

Tata Steel stops business with Russia

TATA STEEL has said it will stop doing business with Russia, making it the latest global company to cut ties with the country for invading Ukraine.The announcement comes about a week after Infosys, India's second-largest software services firm, said it would move its business out of Russia.In a statement on…

Nirav Modi’s sister moves court to intervene in bankruptcy proceedings…

PUNJAB National Bank scam accused Nirav Modi's sister has approached a special court in Mumbai seeking a direction to the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to intervene in the bankruptcy proceedings against him in the US. Last month, Purvi Mehta moved the special Fugitive Economic Offenders (FEO) Act court stating that she…

Inside Shama Sikander’s dreamy white wedding

POPULAR Indian actress Shama Sikander got married to longtime partner James Milliron in Goa in March. The couple, who met through a mutual friend in Mumbai and have been together since 2014, were originally supposed to have a destination wedding in Turkey, but Covid-19 forced them to postpone it by…

Warner stars as Covid-hit Delhi crush Punjab in IPL

Australia's David Warner smashed an unbeaten 60 to lead the Covid-affected Delhi Capitals to a thumping nine-wicket victory over Punjab Kings in the Indian Premier League on Wednesday. Delhi's New Zealand import Tim Seifert tested positive for Covid-19 just hours before the start of the match at Mumbai's Brabourne Stadium.…

Home hero Hardik has newcomers Gujarat flying high in IPL

Surprise-package Gujarat Titans have taken the IPL by storm in their debut season with a cleverly assembled and astutely coached team led by the all-round talents of local star Hardik Pandya. Founded by global venture fund CVC Capital for $690 million, Gujarat on Sunday stunned four-time champions Chennai Super Kings…

Bangalore’s Du Plessis eyes IPL ton after match-winning 96

Skipper Faf du Plessis on Tuesday said an elusive IPL century is "around the corner" after his 96 helped Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Lucknow Super Giants by 18 runs. The South African made Bangalore fight back with his 64-ball knock after they lost two wickets, including Virat Kohli for a…

Kajal Aggarwal welcomes her first child, a baby boy

Actress Kajal Aggarwal and her husband, entrepreneur Gautam Kitchlu, have become parents to their first child, a baby boy.   Kitchlu shared the news on Instagram on Wednesday, a day after reports started doing the rounds that his actor-wife had given birth. The news was later confirmed by Aggarwal’s sister. In…

Indian start-ups tap sex toys sector worth $91m by challenging…

THE couple behind a new start-up using adult toys and cheeky adverts to challenge long-held taboos say they want to take the "shame, guilt and fear" out of sex in India. Despite its heritage as the land of the Kama Sutra, open discussions around sexuality and intimacy are often regarded…

Sidharth Malhotra to topline Rohit Shetty’s series Indian Police Force

Successful Hindi filmmaker Rohit Shetty has joined forces with Amazon Prime Video for an action-packed streaming show titled Indian Police Force, the streaming platform announced Wednesday.   To be directed and produced by Shetty, the upcoming project stars actor Sidharth Malhotra in the role of a Delhi police cop. According…

Netflix announces premiere date for Alia Bhatt’s Gangubai Kathiawadi

Helmed by celebrated Hindi filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali, the critically and commercially successful period drama Gangubai Kathiawadi (2022) is set to premiere on Netflix on April 26, the streamer announced on Wednesday.       The Hindi film, starring Alia Bhatt in the title role, hit cinemas on February 25. It did not…

Buttler ton, Chahal hat-trick give Royals edge in IPL thriller

Jos Buttler's 103 and a hat-trick by Yuzvendra Chahal helped Rajasthan Royals edge out Kolkata Knight Riders by seven runs in a nail-biting IPL contest on Monday. The England batter smashed his second IPL century this season to power Royals to 217 for five -- the highest total of this…

Marsh hospitalised with Covid as IPL’s Delhi suffer virus outbreak

Australia all-rounder Mitchell Marsh has tested positive for Covid-19, along with several other members of his IPL side Delhi Capitals, and admitted to hospital, said a statement on Monday. The Delhi Capitals medical team is closely monitoring the condition of Marsh, who played his first match of the Indian Premier…

‘Bigger goals’ as IPL star Karthik targets India return

Dinesh Karthik said he is eyeing an India comeback after his unbeaten 66 off 34 balls powered Royal Challengers Bangalore to a 16-run win over Delhi Capitals on Saturday. The in-form Karthik steered Bangalore to 189 for five after Glenn Maxwell's breezy 55 in the second match of the day…

Rahul hits ton as Lucknow sink winless Mumbai

Lucknow Super Giants skipper KL Rahul smashed an unbeaten 103 on Saturday as they handed five-time IPL winners Mumbai Indians their sixth straight loss this season. Rahul, playing his 100th Indian Premier League match, steered Lucknow to 199 for four after being put into bat first at Mumbai's Brabourne Stadium.…

Tripathi, Markram help Hyderabad to hat-trick of IPL wins

Rahul Tripathi and Aiden Markram hit half centuries to guide Sunrisers Hyderabad to a third successive IPL victory with a seven-wicket hammering of Kolkata Knight Riders on Friday. Chasing 176 for victory, Hyderabad were powered toward victory by a third-wicket partnership of 94 between Tripathi (71) and Markram (68 not…

Jonita Gandhi: A voice for all seasons

IT IS near impossible for overseas artists to make it big in Indian music, but that is exactly what singer Jonita Gandhi has done. The superb singing sensation grew up in Canada but made a stunning leap into the strongly competitive industry with hit songs across a wide array of…

Shan Masood hits maiden double century for Derbyshire

Pakistan opening batsman Shan Masood hit a maiden double century on Thursday playing for Derbyshire in the English county championship. The stylish 32-year-old left-hander was 201 not out in a total of 327-2 at stumps on the first day of the match against Sussex at Derby. His runs came off…

Pandya stars as Gujarat replace Rajasthan at IPL summit

Skipper Hardik Pandya hit a blazing 87 to set up a comfortable 37-run victory for Gujarat Titans against Rajasthan Royals on Thursday, as his side replaced their opponents at the top of the Indian Premier League. Pandya smashed eight fours and four sixes in his unbeaten 52-ball knock to help…

Pakistan’s Rizwan and India’s Pujara team up for Sussex

Mohammad Rizwan and Cheteshwar Pujara played for Sussex in the English County Championship on Thursday -- a rare example of Pakistani and Indian cricketers turning out for the same team. India cut bilateral cricket ties with Pakistan after attacks in Mumbai in 2008 that authorities blamed on Pakistani militants and…

Meet Bollywood’s greatest anti-heroes

AN ANTI-HERO is the protagonist of a movie who is morally compromised in some way and lacks the traditional heroic qualities but will still have the audience rooting for them and invested in their journey. They are often grey characters with unpredictable qualities rooted to reality and central in a…

Alia Bhatt & Ranbir Kapoor’s beautiful wedding pics- Alia wore…

After the huge buzz around their high-profile wedding, Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt are officially Mr and Mrs Kapoor now. The couple tied the knot today at Kapoor’s temporary resident Vastu Apartments in Pali Hill, Mumbai. The power couple took the seven rounds of the ceremonial fire in the presence…

Naisha Bhargabi’s Top 10 Style Tips

Confident: First and foremost, the best thing you can wear is confidence. When you really believe in yourself, it radiates through and adds that extra layer of style to whatever you are wearing. Be confident, wear what you feel comfortable in and show off your best assets to the world.…

India’s weather office predicts normal monsoon rains this year

INDIA is likely to receive normal monsoon rains this year, the state-run weather office said on Thursday (14), raising prospects of higher farm and general growth in Asia's third-biggest economy. The rains, which usually lash the southern tip of Kerala state around June 1 and retreat by September, are expected…

Jayawardene rues winless Mumbai’s lack of ruthlessness

Mumbai Indians head coach Mahela Jayawardene was left to rue the team's lack of killer instinct after the Indian Premier League's most successful franchise slumped to their fifth consecutive defeat in Pune on Wednesday. Mumbai rejigged their batting order and reinforced their bowling unit against Punjab Kings but still could…

Ranbir-Alia wedding: From guest list to wedding menu, everything you…

Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt are set to tie the nuptial knot today. Ranbir's mother, Neetu Kapoor, and sister Riddhima Kapoor, confirmed the same on Wednesday, saying the wedding will indeed take place on Thursday at Vastu apartments in Mumbai. As the wedding ceremonies started on Wednesday with mehndi, Neetu…

Winless Mumbai slump to fifth IPL defeat

Five-time Indian Premier League champions Mumbai Indians crashed to their fifth consecutive defeat on Wednesday, losing by 12 runs to Punjab Kings. Chasing 199 to win, even 18-year-old South African teenager Dewald Brevis's 49 off 25 balls, with four boundaries and five sixes, was not enough for Mumbai who had…

Big B and Karan Johar send wishes as Bollywood gears…

Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt, who have been dating for four years now, are set to tie the knot today (14) in Mumbai. Ahead of their intimate wedding, several Bollywood celebrities extended their good wishes to the soon-to-be-married couple. Filmmaker Karan Johar, who launched Alia in Student of the Year…

Infosys begins ‘transitioning’ out of Russia

Indian software giant Infosys said on Wednesday it was 'transitioning' out of the Russian market following the Ukraine war and conflict of interest accusations levelled at Rishi Sunak, the British chancellor. Sunak's wife Akshata Murty holds a nearly $1 billion stake in the IT firm, which was founded by her…

Dube, Uthappa fire IPL holders Chennai to first win

Shivam Dube and Robin Uthappa smashed 17 sixes between them to help holders Chennai Super Kings register their first win of the Indian Premier League season against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Tuesday. Dube struck an unbeaten 95 and Uthappa hit 88 as the pair built a third-wicket partnership of 165…

Study: Mild Covid may impair fertility in men

A NEW study has revealed that even mild or moderate Covid-19 might modify the number of proteins essential to male reproductive function, thereby impairing fertility. Published in the ACS Omega journal, the study by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, looked at protein levels in the sperm of men…

Williamson-led Hyderabad hand Gujarat first IPL loss

Kane Williamson hit 57 to win the battle of captains against Hardik Pandya as Sunrisers Hyderabad handed newcomers Gujarat Titans their first loss in the Indian Premier League On Monday. Chasing 163 for victory, Hyderabad started strongly with a 64-run opening stand between Williamson and Abhishek Sharma (42) before Nicholas…

‘Not close to winning’: IPL giants Chennai and Mumbai slump…

IPL big guns Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings fell to their fourth loss of the season on Saturday to raise fears of an early exit from the Twenty20 tournament. Holders Chennai and Mumbai have nine IPL title between them but reputation took a beating when they were outplayed by…

Warner, Shaw help Delhi thrash Kolkata in IPL

David Warner and Prithvi Shaw hit attacking half-centuries to set up a convincing 44-run win for Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League match against Kolkata Knight Riders on Sunday. The left-right opening pair of Warner (61) and Shaw (51) put on 93 runs to lay the foundation for Delhi's…

Royals top IPL table with narrow win as Ashwin ‘retires…

Rajasthan Royals prevailed in a last-over thriller to edge out Lucknow Super Giants by three runs and top the Indian Premier League table on Sunday. West Indies big-hitter Shimron Hetmyer hit an unbeaten 59 off 36 balls and lifted Royals from 67-4 to 165-6 in the second match of the…

IPL player Chahal says teammate dangled him from 15th-floor balcony

INDIAN bowler Yuzvendra Chahal says he was dangled from a 15th-floor hotel balcony by a heavily drunk fellow player during the Indian Premier League in 2013.The incident happened during a get-together when the leg-spinner, who has played 61 one-day internationals for India, was a part of the Mumbai Indians franchise.Chahal…

Muskan Verma’s Top 10 Web/TV shows

MODEL-TURNED-ACTRESS Muskan Verma appeared in adverts and small roles in TV shows before making her big breakthrough with a starring role in acclaimed web series Inspector Avinash, which was headlined by seasoned performers Randeep Hooda and Urvashi Rautela. She has appeared in hit music videos for the songs Baarish and…

South African de Kock seals Lucknow’s win over Delhi

Krunal Pandya's unbeaten cameo of 19 and Quinton de Kock's 80 off 52 balls gave Lucknow Super Giants a six-wicket win for over Delhi Capitals on Thursday in the Indian Premier League. Rishabh Pant-led Delhi set a target of 150 after Lucknow skipper KL Rahul won the toss and decided…

J9 takes a fusion filled solo journey

BRITISH born music producer Judge Singh, known as J9, comes from a musical family. He went from being surrounded by music at the gurdwara, family gatherings and playing bhangra, hip hop and reggae cassettes on his Sony Walkman to co-founding popular band RSVP in the 1990s with his brother. The…

Tata Steel to replace old mill at Corby

TATA STEEL said it will replace an old mill at its Corby site in Northamptonshire to improve the efficiency of steel processing and bring down carbon emission levels.There are four mills at the site and the new facility will replace one of the two cold mills.The Mumbai-headquartered steel major said…

Metal plate removed from ex-India skipper’s skull 60 years on

Doctors have removed a metal plate from the skull of India's former cricket captain Nari Contractor -- 60 years after it was put in following a near-fatal bouncer by West Indies' Charlie Griffith. The nasty blow to the back of his head when facing the Barbados fast bowler in a…

Kashmir attracts record number of tourists post-Covid

INDIA's Kashmir region is attracting record tourists after the easing of pandemic restrictions and some improvement in the security situation, bolstering local businesses. Tourist arrivals are set to touch a ten-year high this year after more than 340,000 tourists have come since January, local tour operators and government officials said,…

SRK to start filming his first with Rajkumar Hirani next…

Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, who has not been seen in any film for more than three years now, has some exciting projects in the pipeline. While he is almost on the verge of wrapping up his much-anticipated action thriller Pathaan, the news is coming in that the superstar will…

Cummins hits joint-fastest IPL fifty in KKR win

Pat Cummins was an unlikely star with the bat as he smashed a joint-fastest 14-ball IPL fifty to power Kolkata Knight Riders to a stunning victory over Mumbai Indians on Wednesday. The Australian Test skipper joined Venkatesh Iyer with Kolkata on 101-5 while chasing 162 and tore into the Mumbai…

Amnesty India’s former chief stopped from flying to US

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL's former India chief said Wednesday (6) he was stopped from flying to the US because of government legal action against the human rights watchdog. Prime minister Narendra Modi's administration has long been accused of trying to silence critics, and activists say they have been targeted for harassment since…

Kamlesh Patel: Yorkshire aspires to be a “beacon of hope”…

YORKSHIRE County Cricket Club (YCCC) aspires to be a "beacon of hope" for diversity in English cricket, its chairman Kamlesh Patel has said. The club was rocked by a racism scandal last year after Azeem Rafiq, a former England under-19 captain of Pakistani descent, alleged that he had been a…

Karthik, Shahbaz power Bangalore to IPL win over Royals

Powerful knocks by Dinesh Karthik and Shahbaz Ahmed led Royal Challengers Bangalore to a four-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League on Tuesday. Chasing 170 for victory, Bangalore were in trouble at 87-5 when Karthik (44 not out) and Shahbaz Ahmed (45) put on an attacking partnership…

India starts supplying rice to Sri Lanka

INDIAN traders are exporting 40,000 tons of rice to Sri Lanka in the first major food aid since Colombo secured a credit line from New Delhi.The Indian Ocean island nation of 22 million people is struggling to pay for essential imports after a 70 per cent drop in foreign exchange…

Avesh’s four wickets help Lucknow beat Hyderabad in IPL

Fast bowler Avesh Khan returned figures of 4-24 as newcomers Lucknow Super Giants beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 12 runs to register their second successive win in the IPL on Monday. Avesh rattled the top and middle-order and fellow quick Jason Holder bowled a good final over to keep down Hyderabad…

Amitabh Bachchan to revive meet-and-greet with fans

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan on Monday teased that he is planning to restart his routine Sunday meet-and-greet with his fans as Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted in Maharashtra.     Bachchan, who used to meet and greet his fans every Sunday at his house Jalsa in Juhu, had called off the weekly activity…

Buttler ton helps Royals down Mumbai in IPL

England's Jos Buttler hit the first century of this Indian Premier League season to lead his side Rajasthan Royals to a convincing victory over Mumbai Indians on Saturday. Buttler smashed 100 off 68 deliveries before being bowled by Jasprit Bumrah off a toe-crushing yorker as Rajasthan finished on 193-8 after…

Ferguson, Gill power Gujarat to second IPL win

Lockie Ferguson claimed four wickets and Shubman Gill hit 84 to help newcomers Gujarat Titans remain unbeaten in two IPL matches after a 14-run win over Delhi Capitals on Saturday. Ferguson returned figures of 4-28 with his express pace in Pune to keep Delhi down to 157 for nine while…

Top Sri Lanka cricketers back anti-government protests

Some Sri Lankan cricket stars are backing protests sweeping the island nation over a spiralling economic crisis, with former Test captain Mahela Jayawardene urging government leaders to resign. The country is suffering severe shortages of food, fuel and other essentials -- along with record inflation and crippling power cuts --…

Big-money Livingstone helps Punjab thrash Chennai in IPL

England's Liam Livingstone smashed 60 and took two wickets to lead Punjab Kings to an emphatic 54-run win over Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League on Sunday. Livingstone, who became the most expensive overseas player in this season's IPL auction when Punjab bought the batting all-rounder for $1.52…

Indian American singer Falguni Shah wins Grammy

New York-based Indian singer Falguni Shah, known by her stage name Falu, won a Grammy Award for 'A Colorful World' in the best children's album category.   The Mumbai-born singer-songwriter took to Instagram to thank the Recording Academy, which conducts the Grammys, for the win. "I have no words to describe…

Namit Malhotra on Dune winning his company an Oscar in…

Namit Malhotra, the CEO of London-headquartered visual effects (VFX) major DNEG, believes the world of cinema has been divided into before and after Dune, the Hollywood thriller which bagged his company an Oscar. The film, which won DNEG its seventh Oscar in the Best Visual Effects category at last week's…

De Kock delighted with Super Giants’ first IPL win

Batsman Quinton de Kock applauded an "unbelievable" performance from the Lucknow Super Giants after they defeated the Chennai Super Kings by six wickets to seal their first win in the Indian Premier League (IPL). De Kock (61) and captain KL Rahul (40) set an opening partnership of 99 runs and…

“I’m delighted” to be Channel 4 News Lead Anchor: Krishnan…

KRISHNAN GURU-MURTHY has been promoted as Channel 4 News lead anchor, replacing veteran newsreader Jon Snow, according to media reports. Guru-Murthy, 51, will assume the new role in London having first joined the programme, produced by ITN, in 1998. Snow, 74, retired from Channel 4 News on December 23, after…

UK Mango Mania: The only mango with a VIP waiting…

Indian mangoes first reached England in 1953, the year of the Queen’s coronation, travelling all the way from Mumbai’s legendary Crawford Market – now on the year of the Queen’s jubilee, Indian mango exports in the UK are worth nearly £7 million. Indian Mango season lasts only 3 months of…

Citi exits Indian retail banking operations

CITIBANK has joined the list of foreign banks that have exited their retail banking business in India.The US-based lender announced the sale of its consumer banking portfolio to Axis Bank for an estimated Rs 123.25 billion (£1.24 bn).Global banking majors such as ANZ Grindlays, RBS, Commonwealth Bank of Australia have…

Hasaranga shines as Bangalore edge Kolkata in IPL thriller

Sri Lanka's Wanindu Hasaranga returned figures of 4-20 to set up a three-wicket victory for Royal Challengers Bangalore in a low-scoring IPL thriller against Kolkata Knight Riders on Wednesday. Hasaranga's inspired spell of leg-spin helped bowl out Kolkata for 128, a total Bangalore overhauled with four balls to spare after…

Miss Universe 2021 Harnaaz Sandhu on hijab comments: I just…

Days after her remarks on hijab made headlines, Miss Universe 2021 Harnaaz Sandhu on Wednesday said as a youth of the country she simply shared her perspective when asked to comment on the issue. The 24-year-old, who won the coveted pageant earlier this year, said the matter in question was…

Vijay Deverakonda announces war film Jana Gana Mana

Tollywood heartthrob Vijay Deverakonda, who will soon set his foot in Bollywood with Dharma Productions’ Liger, on Tuesday announced his next film. Titled JGM, which is short for Jana Gana Mana, the war film will be directed by filmmaker Puri Jagannadh and marks their second consecutive collaboration after Liger. The…

Gujarat win battle of IPL newcomers against Lucknow

Mohammed Shami's three wickets and a batting blitz by Rahul Tewatia helped Gujarat Titans begin their IPL journey with a thrilling win over fellow debutants Lucknow Super Giants on Monday. Chasing 159 for victory, Gujarat were in trouble at 78-4 but Tewatia smashed an unbeaten 40 off 24 balls to…

Lalit, Axar help Delhi down Mumbai in IPL

Lalit Yadav and Axar Patel turned unlikely heroes to help Delhi Capitals stun Mumbai Indians by four wickets in the Indian Premier League on Sunday. Chasing 178 for victory, Lalit (48) and Axar (38) lifted Delhi from a precarious 104-6 with an unbeaten stand of 75 to win with 10…

Du Plessis shines on IPL captaincy debut but Bangalore lose

Faf du Plessis smashed 88 on his Indian Premier League debut as captain but his side Royal Challengers Bangalore went down to Punjab Kings in a high-scoring match on Sunday. The South African veteran put on fiery stand of 118 off 61 balls with predecessor Virat Kohli, who hit an…

Moeen Ali gets India visa, to be available from second…

Chennai Super Kings' star all-rounder Moeen Ali has secured his India visa and will be available for selection from the second game of the upcoming IPL, the franchise's CEO Kasi Viswanathan said. Though the England player arrived in Mumbai on Thursday, the defending champions will missed the services of Moeen…

India plans women’s IPL next year

India's cricket board is planning to launch the women's edition of the Indian Premier League Twenty20 tournament next year. "It has to be approved by the (annual general meeting)," Sourav Ganguly, president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) told reporters on Friday. "We plan to start…

Ponting sees ‘outstanding’ Pant as potential India skipper

Australia great Ricky Ponting on Saturday said India's Rishabh Pant has the makings of a successful leader as the wicketkeeper-batter begins another IPL season as Delhi Capitals captain. Pant's Delhi will start their Indian Premier League campaign against five-time champions Mumbai Indians on Sunday in an expanded 10-team Twenty20 tournament.…

After Covid, India tries to get on top of tuberculosis

When Covid-19 ripped through India in 2020-21, several million people are thought to have died. Desperate efforts to stem the pandemic hurt the battle against another huge killer: tuberculosis. India is the home to a quarter of the world's TB infections and an estimated half a million people died of…

More overseas patients are coming to India for treatment

THERE was a huge increase in the number of overseas patients travelling to India for medical treatment in the recent past, according to a media report.  Between 2016 and 2019, the number of foreign patients to India increased from 430,000 to 700,000, and the sector was estimated to be worth…

Chennai lose to Kolkata in IPL opener

M S DHONI rolled back the years with an unbeaten 38-ball 50 but his team Chennai Super Kings went down to Kolkata Knight Riders by six wickets in the IPL opener.  The 40-year-old Dhoni, who passed on the captaincy to Ravindra Jadeja on Thursday, lifted holders Chennai from a precarious…

John Abraham: Want to reinvent action with Attack

Actor John Abraham says he wanted to amp up the Indian action genre with his latest film Attack and break the mould of playing safe with a “routine” project. Abraham features in Attack as a “super-soldier”, who can operate “beyond normal human limits”.       For the actor, who has also…

Indian Premier League season 15: the teams, top players

The 15th edition of the Indian Premier League Twenty20 extravaganza begins on Saturday when holders Chennai Super Kings face Kolkata Knight Riders. Eastern Eye guides you through the 10 teams, including two new franchises, who will compete in the world's richest cricket championship. Mumbai Indians Key Indian players: Rohit Sharma…

IPL starts on Saturday with limited crowds

THE Indian Premier League (IPL) returns for its biggest season on Saturday (26), with a galaxy of top names and two new franchises expanding the world's richest cricket competition to 10 teams for its 15th edition. But crowds in the cricket-mad nation will, initially at least, be limited to 25…

Baluji Shrivastav: Music binds me to the world and gives…

BEING blinded as a baby hasn’t stopped the brilliantly talented Baluji Shrivastav OBE from becoming a globally acclaimed musician and one of the very best live performers. The multi-instrumental marvel has had many magical moments and set up Inner Vision, which is a path-breaking orchestra comprising of blind and partially…

The rise of Indian television

THE annual Indian Television Academy (ITA) Awards has enjoyed huge success since it was founded in 2001 by Anu Ranjan and Shashi Ranjan. It has helped Indian television grow globally since its inception by honouring the industry’s best talent, from technicians to actors, and providing a trusted platform on par…

Sonam Kapoor announces her first pregnancy

Bollywood star Sonam Kapoor on Monday announced that she is expecting her first baby with her husband Anand Ahuja. The actress took to Instagram to break the great news with her fans and well-wishers. The Neerja (2016) star dropped a series of photos of herself with Anand while announcing her…

Katrina Kaif and Vijay Sethupathi resume filming Merry Christmas

Katrina Kaif and Vijay Sethupathi have resumed filming on their much-anticipated thriller Merry Christmas. Directed by celebrated filmmaker Sriram Raghavan, the film went on floors in December 2021. The team has now begun production on the second schedule after taking a brief break to celebrate the festival of Holi. It…

Swati Natekar: During live performances, you get one chance to…

SWATI NATEKAR has delivered everything from deeply classical music to huge commercial songs with effortless ease. Although she has released acclaimed albums and collaborated with worldclass artists, the versatile singer is at her best live and delivers concerts globally. The British talent will deliver a free concert as part of…

Shane Watson to help coach IPL’s Delhi Capitals

Former all-rounder Shane Watson will join the coaching staff of the Indian Premier League's Delhi Capitals under the leadership of fellow Australian Ricky Ponting, the franchise announced Tuesday. Watson, who played with two separate championship teams in the Twenty20 competition, joins Delhi as assistant coach ahead of the tournament's return…

SBI’s UK arm celebrates centenary

INDIA’S largest lender State Bank of India (SBI) is celebrating the centenary of its presence in the UK and the silver jubilee of its listing on the London Stock Exchange (LSE).The bank’s chairman Dinesh Khara opened the exchange on Friday (10) as part of the celebrations.Previously known as the Imperial…

BAFTA: Best actress Joanna Scanlan ‘inspired’ by director Aleem Khan’s…

JOANNA SCANLAN, who won the best actress award at the BAFTAs for her role in After Love, paid tribute to the film director Aleem Khan and his mother. Scanlan, 60, plays a widow who discovers her late husband’s secret family in the drama, which she said was made with “blood,…

Malinga named fast bowling coach of IPL’s Royals

Sri Lankan veteran Lasith Malinga will return to the Indian Premier League as a fast bowling coach for Rajasthan Royals, the franchise announced Friday. Malinga remains the leading wicket-taker in the world's most valuable cricket league with 170 scalps for five-time champions Mumbai Indians -- with whom he won four…

Prabhas: Scripting success

TRANSFORMATIVE turns in SS Rajamouli’s epic action franchise Baahubali: The Beginning (2015) and Baahubali: The Conclusion (2017) gained Prabhas worldwide recognition. The game-changing performances not only elevated the actor as the biggest Indian movie star but it also changed the face of cinema in the country. That is why there…

Gujarat Titans replace Jason Roy with Afghanistan’s Gurbaz

GUJARAT TITANS have signed Afghanistan's Rahmanullah Gurbaz as a replacement for England batsman Jason Roy in the Indian Premier League tournament starting later this month, the franchise said.  Gurbaz, a wicketkeeper-batsman, has played 20 T20 internationals, scoring 534 runs at a strike rate of 138. The Titans, who are making…

Celebrating Alia Bhatt

AFTER a couple of quiet years, actress Alia Bhatt has made a triumphant return with crime drama Gangubai Kathiawadi, which recently premiered at the Berlin Film Festival. She has a whole load of high-profile films on the way, which include RRR, Brahmastra, Darlings and Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani.…

Akshay Kumar: Not acting in films today for money

Bollywood star Akshay Kumar, who is busy promoting his next film Bachchhan Paandey, on Wednesday said he works round-the-clock for his passion for cinema and not money. The 54-year-old actor said he is surprised when people ask him how he shoots so many films in a year. "I choose to…

India ranks second for global investment in digital shopping

INDIA is the second-largest global venture capital investment hub for digital shopping companies, according to an official analysis released in London on Wednesday (9).Such investments in the south Asian country grew by a whopping 175 per cent from $8 billion (£6.08 bn) in 2020 to $22 bn (£16.71 bn) in…

Sidharth Malhotra teams up with Rohit Shetty for cop thriller…

Bollywood star Sidharth Malhotra, who won great reviews for his performance as Kargil martyr Vikram Batra in his last release Shershaah (2021), has teamed up with hit filmmaker Rohit Shetty to headline his cop thriller series, set at Amazon Prime Video. Both are set to make their digital debuts with…

Dr. Reddy’s plans ‘business continuity’ in Russia

INDIAN pharmaceutical major Dr. Reddy's Laboratories Ltd said on Wednesday (9) it was focused on employee safety and business continuity in and around Russia, despite many Western companies pulling out from Russia in recent days.No Indian company has publicly withdrawn from Russia and New Delhi has declined to condemn Moscow's…

Future Retail: Reliance stuns Amazon

AT a large Future Retail supermarket in Mumbai last week, workers were unloading hundreds of bright blue grocery crates belonging to India's biggest retailer Reliance. Prospective customers were turned back by security, disappointed at the closed state of the store that still carries the signage of Future's biggest brand, Big…

Kartik Aaryan wraps Mumbai schedule of Shehzada

Bollywood star Kartik Aaryan on Monday announced that he has wrapped a schedule of his forthcoming film Shehzada in Mumbai.  Directed by Rohit Dhawan, Shehzada went before cameras in 2021. The team had earlier finished work on its first schedule last November in Delhi. Aaryan, who was last seen in…

Contemporary Kathak production by The Pagrav Dance Company

LIVE PERFORMANCES BOTOWN - THE SOUL OF BOLLYWOOD When: Saturday March 5 Where: Mystique Banqueting Suite, 928a Melton Rd Brittania Way, Leicester LE4 8GR What: Concert featuring the acclaimed multicultural soul band that reboots Bollywood classics with a unique soul funk twist, which takes you on a musical trip from…

Makers unveil the final trailer for Prabhas’ Radhe Shyam

Starring Prabhas and Pooja Hegde in lead roles, Radhe Shyam is one of the most anticipated films of 2022. After facing several setbacks due to the coronavirus pandemic, the big-ticket period drama is finally set to hit theatres on March 11, 2022. Ahead of the release of the film, the…

Number of ultra-high-net-worth individuals ‘grows 11 per cent India’

THE number of ultra-high-net-worth individuals in India, who have net assets of $30 million (£22.38m) or more increased 11 per cent last year on the back of buoyant equity markets and digital revolution, according to Knight Frank. India also ranked third, behind the US and China, in having the most…

Bappi Lahiri: Dynamic song-filled life of India’s disco king

Legendary Indian singer, musician, and composer Bappi Lahiri passed away aged 69 after battling against various illnesses. Although tributes poured in from all over the world for him, it is difficult to know where to start when reflecting on his extraordinary life because he was a man of many contradictions.…

Ukraine: Russia praises India’s stand

RUSSIA has praised India's "independent and balanced" position after Delhi abstained from a UN Security Council vote that deplored Moscow's "aggression" against Ukraine. India, along with China and the UAE, did not vote on the resolution Friday (25), a move in line with the fine balance Delhi has sought to…

Raashii Khanna kick-starts the next schedule of Yodha

Raashii Khanna has started filming for the next schedule of Dharma Productions’ much-anticipated action thriller Yodha. Directed by Sagar Ambre and Pushkar Ojha and produced by Karan Johar, the upcoming film also stars Sidharth Malhotra and Disha Patani in principal roles. After calling it a wrap on her next Telugu…

Indian students make desperate appeal for evacuation from Ukraine

A GROUP of students stuck in Ukraine has made a desperate appeal to the Indian government to evacuate them from the eastern European country “as fast as possible”. The students have been stranded in Ukraine as the nation closed its airspace because of the ongoing military action by Russia on…

Raashii Khanna on teaming up with Ajay Devgn for Rudra

Rudra: The Edge of Darkness, which is an official adaptation of the successful British television series Luther, will be available exclusively on Disney+ Hotstar from 4th March 2022 in Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, and Bengali. Headlined by superstar Ajay Devgn, Disney+ Hotstar Specials’ Rudra: The Edge of Darkness…

Air India to operate two flights from Bucharest to evacuate…

AIR INDIA will operate two flights to Romanian capital Bucharest on Friday (25) to evacuate Indians stranded in Ukraine following the military offensive by Russia, senior Indian government officials said. Around 20,000 Indians, mainly students, are currently stranded in Ukraine, officials said. Indian nationals who have reached the Ukraine-Romania border…

Alia Bhatt: Going all gangster

HOW ALIA BHATT BECAME BROTHEL QUEEN GANGUBAI KATHIAWADI IN HER NEW UNDERWORLD FILM POPULAR actress Alia Bhatt is used to portraying emotionally demanding roles. Yet headlining Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s period drama Gangubai Kathiawadi offered a different set of challenges. The film, based on a real-life brothel madam, sees the versatile…

IPL will start on March 26, Mumbai and Pune to…

THE entire 15th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will be played in a bio-secure environment in the western state of Maharashtra from March 26, the organising Indian cricket board (BCCI) said on Friday. Mumbai will host 55 matches in three stadiums in and around the city, while Pune…

Young innovator’s device ‘can breathe new life into muscles’

AN AWARD-WINNING young innovator said the experience of watching his mother on a ventilator in his childhood, as well as the difficulties faced by patients during the Covid-19 pandemic, inspired him to develop his product. Oxford-based Mihir Sheth, 28, developed RespiTrain, a device that keeps a patient’s muscles working when…

Ajay Devgn starts filming his next Bholaa

Ajay Devgn, one of the most bankable stars in Bollywood, has started shooting for one of his upcoming films, Bholaa. The film is the official remake of the successful Tamil film, Kaithi, which hit theatres in 2019. Dharmendra Sharma, who has previously edited Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior (2020) and Shivaay…

New-age filmmakers who scored a hit with their first outing

Cinema is a director’s medium and Bollywood boasts of a long list of filmmakers who have used this medium to tell meaningful, engrossing stories that cut across generations. Whether it seems to be so or not, filmmaking is a difficult art form. While many people take years to master the…

Shah Rukh Khan to begin filming Rajkumar Hirani’s next from…

Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan on Monday resumed filming on Atlee Kumar’s much-anticipated commercial entertainer, which also features Tamil star Nayanthara, Sunil Grover, and Sanya Malhotra in important roles. Khan will finish the ongoing schedule of Atlee Kumar’s film within a week and then move on to wrap up Yash…

Indian batsman hits first-ever triple ton on first class debut

INDIA'S Sakibul Gani became the first batsman in world cricket to hit a triple century on his first-class debut when he made 341 in the Ranji Trophy tournament. The 22-year-old walked out to the crease for Bihar on Friday (18) against Mizoram in Kolkata on Friday, the second day of…

Akshaye Khanna to star alongside Ajay Devgn and Tabu in…

Actor Akshaye Khanna, who was last seen in a special appearance in Priyadarshan’s comic-caper Hungama 2 (2021), has joined Ajay Devgn, Tabu, Shreya Saran, and Ishita Dutta on the cast of the forthcoming Bollywood film Drishyam 2. Directed by Abhishek Pathak, the suspense thriller will mark Devgn and Khanna’s fourth…

Ahmedabad blasts: Indian court sentences 38 to death

AN Indian court sentenced 38 people to death on Friday (18) over a string of bomb blasts in 2008 that killed dozens in the city of Ahmedabad, in one of the country's biggest mass death sentences. Coordinated attacks in western Gujarat state's commercial hub in 2008 killed 56, launching shrapnel…

Indian army blocks award-winning director’s film on gay soldier

INDIAN filmmaker Onir wanted to direct a movie inspired by a gay army major who resigned and came out in a blaze of publicity -- but despite the country's democratic status the military stopped it being made. Prime minister Narendra Modi's Hindu-nationalist government has been repeatedly accused of ramping up…

IndiaMART figures in US ‘Notorious Markets List’

INDIA'S popular e-commerce website IndiaMART.com and four other markets have figured in the latest annual list of the world's ‘notorious markets’ released by the US. The 2021 Notorious Markets List released on Thursday (16) identified 42 online and 35 physical markets around the world that are reported to engage in…

Ajay Devgn begins filming Drishyam 2 in Mumbai

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Bappi Lahiri: Disco King who embodied his own brand of…

If ever there was a persona perfectly in tune with his songs, it must be Bappi Lahiri, the man who introduced disco to Hindi films, his young-at-heart, popular music as unmindful of disapproving purists as he may have been of those who raised eyebrows at his gold chains and dark…

Find the Magnificent 4 Reloaded

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Indian tax officials raid former stock exchange bosses

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Ajay Devgn to Shreya Ghoshal: Celebs mourn the demise of…

On Wednesday, India woke up to the tragic news of the passing away of Bappi Lahiri. The iconic singer-composer breathed his last on Wednesday morning at the age of 69. He was admitted to a hospital in Mumbai for over a month due to health-related issues and was discharged on…

Composer-singer Bappi Lahiri passes away at 69

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Pathan: Shah Rukh and Deepika set to film in Spain

Starring Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, and John Abraham in principal roles, Pathan is one of the most-anticipated films of 2022, which has been creating great buzz even before commencing production in 2020. A major portion of the film has been shot, but some important sequences are yet to be…

Best Share Market tips for beginners

Stock Investmentoffers immense opportunities for wealth creation. Patience is the key to long term wealth creation. Beginners need to understand that the Stock Market is not a gaming house where one tries their luck. It is a serious business where capital gets committed to the purpose of earning returns. Informed…

Prime Video announces Modern Love adaptation in three Indian languages

Amazon Prime Video on Monday announced that the streaming media giant is set to adapt its hit international series Modern Love in three Indian languages - Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu.   Titled Modern Love: Mumbai, Modern Love: Chennai, and Modern Love: Hyderabad, all the three streaming shows are scheduled to release…

Why is India’s largest insurer being listed?

INDIA is embarking on the listing of the country's largest insurer as part of a wider privatisation drive to bolster public coffers drained by the coronavirus pandemic and fund new infrastructure.While the pricing has not yet been set, analysts expect the IPO of the Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC)…

Livingstone top overseas player at IPL auction, Mumbai pick Archer

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Rahul Bajaj: Man who called spade a spade

BAJAJ CHETAK scooter became an aspirational symbol for the middle class in pre-liberalised India. And the man behind the brand was - Rahul Bajaj.Straightforward and outspoken, Bajaj not just had the guts to create a two and three-wheeler brand during the red tape era but also had the courage that…

Tiger 3: Fresh details emerge on the last schedule of…

Starring Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif in their popular roles as Avinash Singh ‘Tiger’ Rathore and Zoya Rathore, Tiger 3 is one of the most-awaited films of 2022. It also stars Emraan Hashmi in the lead role. The Murder (2004) actor will be seen playing the lead antagonist in the…

Indian industrialist Rahul Bajaj dies at 83

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What Indian cricket owes ‘Lataji’

WHEN India’s cricket captain Kapil Dev lifted the World Cup on the Lord’s balcony in 1983, the erstwhile cricket board president and one of the powerful ministers in the Indira Gandhi cabinet, the late NKP Salve had a different worry. Members of the team needed to be celebrated but the…

Lata will live for ever

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Sanjay Leela Bhansali dedicates his next Gangubai Kathiawadi to Lata…

Celebrated Hindi filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali, who is known for helming such blockbusters as Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999), Devdas (2002), Bajirao Mastani (2015), and Padmaavat (2018), has decided to dedicate his upcoming directorial venture Gangubai Kathiawadi to legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar, who passed away on February 6 at…

The nightingale who soared high

WHEN Lata Mangeshkar passed away aged 92, a tidal wave of sadness swept across the globe in a way never seen before for an Indian music icon. A state funeral for the legendary Indian singer was followed by two days of national mourning. It is no surprise that so many…

School hijab row highlights India’s religious divide

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Lata Mangeshkar Music College to be built in Mumbai

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‘Lataji’s voice and soul are timeless’

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INCOMPARABLE LATA, INDIA’S NIGHTINGALE STILL SINGS

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The rise of underworld brothel madam Gangubai Kathiawadi

THIS month’s 72nd Berlin International Film Festival features the world premiere of Gangubai Kathiawadi. The big-budget Bollywood film starring Alia Bhatt in the title role is based on a real-life female brothel owner, who rose through the ranks to become one of the most feared figures in the Mumbai underworld.…

LIVE PERFORMANCE BY ZOE AND IDRIS RAHMAN WITH SOHINI ALAM

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49 convicted in India over deadly 2008 bomb attacks

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Hansal Mehta teams up with Netflix for new thriller series…

Acclaimed Hindi filmmaker Hansal Mehta has teamed up with streaming media giant Netflix for a new thriller series, titled Scoop. Currently in production, the series is inspired by author Jigna Vora’s book, Behind The Bars In Byculla: My Days in Prison. “Reading the book piqued my interest and compelled me…

Alia Bhatt expresses her wish to work with Allu Arjun

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Adani overtakes Ambani to become Asia’s richest

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Netflix pays ‘a whopping price’ to acquire Alia Bhatt’s Darlings

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Salman Khan’s Bhaijaan to arrive on Eid 2023

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Asha Bhosle remembers sister Lata Mangeshkar

Veteran singer Asha Bhosle remembered her elder sister and legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar who breathed her last on Sunday, 6 February. Sharing a black-and-white childhood picture of the duo on Instagram, hours after the 92-year-old melody queen was cremated with full state honours on Sunday evening, Asha wrote what a…

Lata Mangeshkar obituary: India’s nightingale is mourned by a billion…

By Asjad Nazir How the Indian nightingale went from working to feed her impoverished family as a 13-year-old to becoming a global singing sensation and music icon! When Lata Mangeshkar passed away aged 92, a tidal wave of sadness swept across the globe in a way never seen before for…

Lata Mangeshkar: India bids farewell to icon with full state…

MILLIONS of music fans are mourning the loss of Lata Mangeshkar, who passed away on Sunday morning (6). The legendary singer  was laid to rest at Shivaji Park maidan in Mumbai with full state honours on Sunday evening. Prime minister Narendra Modi flew down from Delhi to pay his respects…

Draped in tricolour, Lata Mangeshkar embarks on her final journey

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Lata Mangeshkar: India declares two days of national mourning as…

Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar breathed her last at Mumbai's Breach Candy hospital this morning after suffering from multi-organ failure and chest congestion. The 92-year-old singer was in the hospital from January 8 after she tested positive for Covid-19 and pneumonia. The Chief Minister of Maharashtra Uddhav Thackeray has declared a…

A void difficult to fill, Rahman on Lata Mangeshkar

MUSIC COMPOSER AR Rahman on Sunday (6) said the void left by Lata Mangeshkar will be difficult to fill as he paid homage to the legendary singer. The 92-year-old singer breathed her last around 8:12 am at south Mumbai's Breach Candy Hospital, where she was being treated for the past…

‘India has lost its voice’: Tributes pour in for Lata…

TRIBUTES poured in from all corners of the society after legendary Indian singer Lata Mangeshkar passed away on Sunday (6) at a hospital in the western Indian city of Mumbai. Indian president Ram Nath Kovind and prime minister Narendra Modi mourned the artiste’s death who was put on ventilator support…

South Asian leaders pay tribute to Lata Mangeshkar

TOP leaders of south Asian countries paid their tribute to veteran Indian singer Lata Mangeshkar who passed away in Mumbai on Sunday (6).Mangeshkar is counted as one of India's greats with an estimated 25,000 songs in an almost eight-decade career.In a message of condolence, Bangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina said…

Beloved Bollywood singer Lata Mangeshkar dies at 92

BOLLYWOOD superstar singer Lata Mangeshkar, known to millions as the "nightingale of India" and a regular fixture of the country's airwaves for decades, died Sunday (6) at the age of 92.She passed away in a Mumbai hospital after being admitted to its intensive care unit on January 11 with Covid-19…

Rocket Boys star Jim Sarbh: I like to play characters…

Jim Sarbh, who shot to fame after playing the antagonist in Ram Madhvani's critically and commercially successful film Neerja (2016), plays the role of Homi Jehangir Bhabha, in SonyLIV's latest streaming show, Rocket Boys. The eight-episode series traces the lives and times of Homi Bhabha and Vikram Sarabhai, progenitors of…

Fashioning a dream destination wedding

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‘The Four Aces’ Concert by Shankar Mahadevan

ROOTS & CHANGES LIVE When: Saturday February 5 and Sunday February 6 Where: Sue Townsend Theatre, 16 Upper Brown Street, Leicester LE1 5TE and Chickenshed Theatre, 290 Chase Side, London N14 4PE What: Acclaimed British bhajan singer Bhavik Haria delivers a devotional music concert combining contemporary and classical influences, including…

Congressman urges Biden to reject Pakistan ambassador-designate

A US Congressman has urged president Joe Biden to reject Pakistan’s ambassador-designate Masood Khan’s diplomatic credentials and termed him a “bona fide terrorist sympathiser” working to undermine America’s interests in the region. Republican Congressman Scott Perry also alleged that Khan had encouraged young men to emulate jihadists and praised foreign…

Tata Motors in the red over chip shortages

INDIA's Tata Motors, the owners of the Jaguar and Land Rover brands, reported a fourth consecutive quarterly loss, weighed down by higher commodity prices and the global chip shortage. Microchips are a key component in car manufacturing but automakers around the world have been hamstrung by limited supplies due to…

Lata Mangeshkar off ventilator but under observation

Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar has been put off the ventilator but is still in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), the doctor treating her said on Saturday.    The 92-year-old singer tested positive for coronavirus with mild symptoms and was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Breach Candy Hospital…

“Blessed to have worked with Tahir Raj Bhasin, Amrita Puri,…

Filmmaker Pushpdeep Bhardwaj is presently basking in the success of his Voot Select show Ranjish Hi Sahi, which recently opened to glowing reviews. Starring Tahir Raj Bhasin, Amrita Puri, and Amala Paul in principal characters, the eight-episode show revolves around the theme of love, ambitions, and infidelity. Recently, Eastern Eye…

Alia Bhatt starrer Gangubai Kathiawadi to hit theatres on Feb…

Filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s much-awaited period drama Gangubai Kathiawadi has locked a new date for its theatrical release. Starring Alia Bhatt in the lead role, the big-ticket film is set to enter cinemas on February 25.   Just like several other films, Gangubai Kathiawadi has also suffered several setbacks due to…

Urmila Matondkar: From child star to cinema queen

ACTRESS Urmila Matondkar turns a year older and celebrates her 48th birthday on February 4. The popular leading lady began her film journey as a child star and has delivered many memorable moments. Eastern Eye decided to celebrate that cinematic journey by delivering an all you need to know A…

Superb story of success

HOW A HIT TV SERIAL TURNED TALENTED ACTOR KARANVIR SHARMA INTO HOT PROPERTY AND A HUGE FAN FAVOURITE 2021 was a transformative year for Karanvir Sharma. His drama serial Shaurya Aur Anokhi Ki Kahani became a big success and then one of the most talked about TV shows of all…

Stage set for Air India handover to Tata Group

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Monisha Bharadwaj: The mistress of spices

AUTHOR AND CHEF DISCUSSES HER LOVE FOR TEACHING COOKING PERHAPS the most popular pastime of the current pandemic has been cooking. Extended time indoors has led to a lot of people learning the finer points of culinary skills, cuisine and creating delicious homemade dishes. Restrictions  being lifted has led many…

When the heart is set on acting

ADITYA DESHMUKH DISCUSSES HIS TV CAREER AND LATEST ROLE ALTHOUGH popular TV actor Aditya Deshmukh had wanted to be an actor since childhood, he did an MBA in marketing and various jobs like working as an executive in an advertising agency before pursuing his lifelong passion. He powered through struggle…

Sonu Nigam and Chandraprakash Dwivedi to be conferred with Padma…

Playback singer Sonu Nigam and filmmaker Chandraprakash Dwivedi on Wednesday expressed their gratitude after they were conferred with the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award of the country.         Nigam, who has had a successful singing career of three decades, is regarded as one of the most versatile voices in…

Delivery race among Indian grocery startups brings road safety risks

INDIAN grocery startups are luring tech-savvy customers with the promise of deliveries within 10 minutes, sparking a boom in "quick commerce", but heating up concerns about road safety as bike riders scramble to meet tight deadlines. Competition is already intense in India's $600-billion grocery retailing industry, populated by the likes…

Adivi Sesh starrer Major postponed due to pandemic

The film traces the journey of Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan, who selflessly fought to save the lives of people during the 26/11 Mumbai attacks in 2008. The much-anticipated multilingual film Major, based on the life of the 2008 Mumbai terror attack martyr Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan, has been postponed due to the…

India’s Omicron wave may intensify in coming weeks, experts say

INDIA'S Covid-19 infections, led by the Omicron variant, may see a sharp rise in the coming weeks, some top experts said, noting that the variant was already in community transmission and hospitals were seeing more patients despite a decline in cases in major cities. India reported 306,064 new infections over…

Pandya, Rahul to lead new teams, IPL to begin in…

ALLROUNDER Hardik Pandya will lead Ahmedabad and batsman KL Rahul will captain Lucknow when the franchises make their debuts in the Indian Premier League (IPL) in March. The 15th edition of the world's richest Twenty20 league will be a 10-team affair with the inclusion of the two new franchises. "I…

Lata Mangeshkar showing signs of improvement, still in ICU

Singing legend Lata Mangeshkar is showing signs of improvement but remains in the ICU, her doctor said on Saturday.  The 92-year-old singer tested positive for coronavirus with mild symptoms and was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Breach Candy Hospital in south Mumbai on January 8. Sharing…

Delhi to stay under weekend, overnight Covid curfew

INDIA's capital Delhi will remain under curfew over the weekend and overnight to help curb the spread of the Omicron variant of coronavirus, the city's disaster management authority said, rejecting calls from businesses to ease restrictions. The authorities, however, said private offices will be allowed to be partially staffed but…

Soaring Covid self-test kit sales fuel India underreporting fears

BOOMING sales of home self-test kits for Covid are prompting Indian authorities to tighten the rules around their sale and fuelling long-held fears of underreporting as cases surge. In the last seven days, India recorded more than 1.9 million new infections -- an increase of 57 per cent on the…

Air India cancels flights over US 5G deployment

TRAVEL plans for thousands of passengers, including those heading to India, were disrupted after airlines cancelled or curtailed some flights to and from the US over deployment of the new 5G service, which began on Wednesday (19). Air India was among several international airlines which cancelled flights to the US,…

Novel Asian cafes whet appetite for fusion food

Lockdown sparks rise in demand for ethnic-inspired British treats SOUTH ASIAN cafes which have opened since the lockdown have seen a boom in trade. Owners said the trend is down to more people working away from offices during the pandemic, and people reuniting with relatives and friends after restrictions were…

Popular Indian restaurant in Brent saved from bulldozer

AN Indian restaurant has been saved from the bulldozer after the council refused plans to replace it with a block of flats.  Brent Council’s planning bosses rejected an application for 43 new homes on the site of Mumbai Junction in Watford Road. Council officers said the proposed building – which…

Rishi Rich: Memories and music mastery

ACE BRITISH PRODUCER REFLECTS ON MOMENTS FROM HIS SONG-FILLED LIFE AND SPECIAL CAREER GREAT BRITISH music hero Rishi Rich has blazed a trail and left a permanent mark with his impressive song-filled legacy. The impressive journey that started during his teenage years in the 1990s has included globally successful hits,…

Unpaused: Naya Safar made me more empathetic, says Geetanjali Kulkarni

Seasoned actor Geetanjali Kulkarni says bringing on-screen the vulnerability of frontline workers amid the coronavirus pandemic in her upcoming anthology Unpaused: Naya Safar made her a more sensitive person. Unpaused: Naya Safar a sequel to Prime Video's last year's anthology of the same name, showcases five unique stories that provide…

Kohli will have to give up his ego, says Kapil…

VIRAT KOHLI needs to shed his ego to play under a new leader after giving up the Test captaincy, cricket icon Kapil Dev said as uncertainty swirled about the future of the national team. Kohli, 33, announced his surprise departure late on Saturday (15) having already quit as T20 captain…

Tahir Raj Bhasin on how outsiders like him have drawn…

Bollywood actor Tahir Raj Bhasin, who is a die-hard fan of superstar Shah Rukh Khan, admits that Khan’s struggle to reach the top of the Bollywood ladder has been a source of inspiration and courage for him. Bhasin, like SRK, hails from New Delhi and he credits the talismanic superstar…

Indian Kathak maestro Birju Maharaj passes away

RICH TRIBUTES have been paid to renowned Indian classical dancer Brijmohan Nath Mishra Maharaj, popularly known as Birju Maharaj, who died late last Sunday (16) night, his family said on Monday (17). In a career spanning nearly six decades, Maharaj performed and taught Kathak, one of India's eight major classical…

India’s main cities record sharp fall in Covid infections

INDIA'S capital Delhi and financial hub Mumbai have reported a big fall in Covid-19 infections in the past two days and most of those who contracted the virus have recovered at home, authorities said on Monday (17). Mumbai's daily new infections fell below 10,000 on Sunday (16) for the first…

Lata Mangeshkar continues to remain under observation

Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar continues to remain under observation in the ICU of a hospital in Mumbai, the doctor treating her said on Saturday. The 92-year-old singer tested positive for coronavirus with mild symptoms and was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Breach Candy Hospital in south…

Tata Steel spends £4m to upgrade Cumbria lime kiln

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Secrets of sticking to new year health goals

EXPERT VIJAY THAKKAR GIVES KEY FITNESS AND FOOD ADVICE GETTING fitter is the main resolution people make at the beginning of each new year but sticking to it is not always easy. That is why health, wellness, and exercise expert Vijay Thakkar is the perfect person to speak to. He…

India’s big cities could see Covid cases peak next week

NEW Covid-19 infections in Indian cities such as capital New Delhi and Mumbai could peak next week after rising rapidly, experts said on Thursday (13), as the country reported the highest number of daily cases since late May. The 247,417 new infections were more than 30 times higher daily cases…

India’s Infosys hikes growth forecast after strong quarter

India's Infosys raised its full-year revenue guidance on Wednesday, with the software giant forecasting robust demand for digital services after another strong quarter. The country's second-largest IT firm exceeded analyst expectations with revenues of 318.67 billion rupees ($4.31 billion) in the three months to December 31, up 23 percent from…

Lata Mangeshkar continues to be under observation in the ICU

Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar is still under observation in the ICU, three days after she tested positive for Covid-19 and was subsequently admitted to a city hospital, the doctor treating her said on Wednesday.    Lata Mangeshkar, 92, tested positive for coronavirus with mild symptoms and was admitted to the Intensive…

Here’re some of the most promising young actors set to…

As great content continues to find audiences everywhere, we list down some of the most promising faces and their work one should look forward to in 2022. From The White Tiger’s breakout star Adarsh Gourav to immensely talented Wamiqa Gabbi, all these emerging stars have added some high-profile projects to…

Lata Mangeshkar admitted to hospital after testing Covid-19 positive

Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar has been admitted to Mumbai’s Breach Candy Hospital after she contracted Covid-19. The news was confirmed by her niece Rachna. Speaking to a newswire, Rachna also stated that the 92-year-old singer is doing fine and has been admitted to ICU as a precautionary measure. She also…

Pankaj Tripathi starts filming Criminal Justice 3

According to reports, Criminal Justice 3 is going to be shot on a much bigger scale with a mix of new as well as old characters from the franchise coming together in a new storyline. Pankaj Tripathi, who has established himself as one of the most versatile actors working in…

Reliance to buy New York’s luxury hotel

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India’s Covid cases multiply, vulnerable groups given boosters

INDIA began administering booster doses of Covid-19 vaccine to frontline workers and vulnerable elderly people on Monday (10), with the fast-spreading Omicron variant fuelling an almost eight-fold rise in daily infections since the start of the year. India reported 179,723 new cases on Monday (10), most of them in the…

Indian man claims he received 11 doses of Covid vaccine

AN Indian man has claimed that he received 11 doses of Covid-19 vaccine, reported the BBC. Brahmdeo Mandal, 65, a retired postman, said that the jabs had helped him to get rid of aches and pains and "stay healthy". He added that he had not suffered any adverse effects. Mandal…

Omicron: India fears another Covid catastrophe

HAUNTED by the spectre of last year's crisis, India is bracing for a deluge of Covid-19 cases, with authorities of various megacities bringing in restrictions in a bid to keep infections in check. Case numbers have yet to match the enormous figures seen last spring, when thousands died each day…

Omicron surge: India cancels election rallies

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Shillong Chamber Choir founder Neil Nongkynrih dies at 51

RENOWNED Indian pianist Neil Nongkynrih, the founder and conductor of the Shillong Chamber Choir, passed away following a surgery in a hospital Mumbai in the western state of Maharashtra on Wednesday (5) after a brief illness. Nongkynrih, who was fondly called 'Uncle Neil', was 51. In a statement condoling Nongkynrih’s…

Omicron spreads in India’s big cities but hospitalisations still low

INDIAN megacities Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata are experiencing a surge in Covid-19 cases, although without a corresponding rise in hospitalisations, but fears are growing about a spread to rural areas in coming days. India reported 90,928 new daily Covid-19 cases on Thursday (6), up nearly four-fold since the start of…

Netflix to premiere Kapil Sharma’s comedy special on January 28

The stand-up special was announced last year in January.        Well-known comic and TV show host Kapil Sharma is set to make his digital debut. His debut comedy special Kapil Sharma: I'm Not Done Yet will premiere on Netflix on January 28, the streamer announced on Wednesday. “From the streets of…

Online abuse of Muslim women: Three arrested in India

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Covid-hit cruise halted in Indian waters

MORE THAN 2,000 people travelling on a cruise ship in Indian waters have been prevented from disembarking after a Covid outbreak on board, authorities said.  The Empress set sail from Mumbai to the former Portuguese colony of Goa but was stopped by port authorities near its destination at the city…

Producer Ekta Kapoor tests positive for Covid-19

Renowned film and television producer Ekta Kapoor on Monday said that she has tested positive for the novel coronavirus and is doing well.     The 46-year-old producer took to Instagram to share her diagnosis. “Despite taking all precautions, I have tested covid positive. I am fine and request everyone who has…

New Covid cases continue to rise in India

INDIA reported more than 27,000 new Covid-19 cases on Sunday (2), with infections sharply rising for a fifth consecutive day. The country's largest cities, including Delhi and the financial capital Mumbai, have seen a recent spike in Covid-19 cases, including those of the Omicron variant, which has triggered a fresh…

KL Rahul to lead India in South Africa ODI series

INDIA opener KL Rahul has been named captain for the three-match one-day international (ODI) series in South Africa with newly appointed skipper Rohit Sharma still unavailable due to injury, the Indian board's (BCCI) selectors said on Friday (31). Rohit, who replaced Virat Kohli as India's white-ball skipper earlier this month,…

Pietersen proposes Hundred-like red-ball tournament to ‘save’ Test cricket in…

A first-class competition modelled on the Hundred can help the English Test side "return to its former glories", reckons Kevin Pietersen. Pietersen, who won the Ashes in 2005, 2009, 2010-11 and 2013, said the existing County Championship has lost its sheen and is "not fit to serve the Test team"…

Omicron: India’s daily Covid-19 cases rise by 22,775

INDIA on Saturday (1) reported 22,775 new Covid-19 infections over the past 24 hours, health ministry data shows, adding to concerns for authorities around the country about the rising number of cases. The data indicates that thickly populated metros, such as the national capital New Delhi, financial centre Mumbai and…

India imposes stricter rules to prevent Covid-19 spread

INDIAN authorities started to impose stringent rules on Thursday (30) to prevent mass gatherings at parties and public venues ahead of new year celebrations as the nation sees a spike in Covid-19 infections. Night curfews have been imposed in all major cities and restaurants ordered to limit customers, officials said.…

Ganguly shouldn’t have spoken on Kohli captaincy issue: Vengsarkar

Former India captain and chairman of selectors Dilip Vengsarkar feels that BCCI president Sourav Ganguly wasn't right in airing his views on behalf of national selectors Virat Kohli's captaincy saga which has triggered a controversy. Ahead of their departure to South Africa, Virat Kohli in a media conference said that…

Black Caps Williamson, Patel to miss Bangladesh Tests

Black Caps skipper Kane Williamson will miss the upcoming Test series against Bangladesh with injury, coach Gary Stead said Thursday, while spinner Ajaz Patel was dropped despite his 10-wicket haul against India. Williamson's absence was widely expected after a nagging elbow injury kept him out of the second Test against…

Big bangs of British Asian music

A TO Z OF AN ACTION-PACKED 2021 FILLED WITH HIGHS, MEMORABLE MOMENTS AND NEW TALENT AFTER a relatively quiet few years, it has been an action-packed year for British Asian artists and music, with songs, albums, performances, comebacks, and interesting innovations. There have also been breakthrough artists and emerging talent,…

Tata Steel’s products in Dogger Bank Wind Farm infra

TATA STEEL, the UK’s largest steel producer, said its products are being used in the ambitious Dogger Bank Wind Farm infrastructure. It said hundreds of tonnes of its products will be used in the first two phases of what will be the world’s largest offshore wind farm when completed in…

12 Months. 10 Cities. 1 Suitcase. Meet the 34-year-old NRI…

Toward the end of 2020, Indian-American singer-songwriter-filmmaker Amanda Sodhi found herself feeling increasingly isolated, having outgrown cities she had previously lived in, as well as most of her friendships. Alone in Srinagar, as she sat in a shikara at Dal on a rainy Diwali evening, it dawned upon her -…

Raj Kundra: Never been involved in production, distribution of pornography

In a statement issued on a social media platform, Kundra said the entire episode was nothing but a “witch hunt”.    Businessman Raj Kundra, who was arrested in a pornography case earlier this year and later granted bail, on Monday claimed he has never been involved in the production and distribution…

Todiwala: Stop victimising the hospitality sector

Restaurant business badly impacted, says celebrity chef TV CHEF and restaurant owner Cyrus Todiwala has said the government needs to stop “victimising the hospitality industry” for the spread of Covid-19. Todiwala, who owns Cafe Spice Namaste at the edge of Royal Albert Wharf, Docklands, told Eastern Eye on Tuesday (14)…

Fixing Indo-UK defence ties

CURRENTLY, an unprecedented, politically driven commitment towards the transformation of the India-UK relationship is taking place. This began with the virtual summit between the two prime ministers Boris Johnson and Narendra Modi on May 4, 2021. The new UK foreign secretary, Liz Truss, visited New Delhi and Mumbai in late…

Allu Arjun opens up on his film Pushpa clashing with…

Telugu-cinema Superstar Allu Arjun on Thursday said though his latest Pushpa: The Rise will face off with the Hollywood biggie Spider-Man: No Way Home, he is looking forward to the audience flocking back to theatres, a culture he believes is currently on the decline.  The first part of Arjun's multilingual…

Mumbai airport brings down rapid RT-PCR test charges below £20

MUMBAI’S international airport has halved the charges for rapid RT-PCR testing at its facility to Rs 1,975 (£19.53) following the Maharashtra state government's directives. The rapid RT-PCR charges at the Adani Group-owned Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport earlier stood at Rs 3,900 (£38.57), which were a scale down from the…

Anil Kapoor: Young at heart forever

AN A TO Z BIRTHDAY SPECIAL CELEBRATING THE PETER PAN OF BOLLYWOOD’S AMAZING LIFE AND CAREER THIS week massively popular movie star Anil Kapoor will turn a year older and celebrate his 65th birthday on December 24. The big Bollywood icon has a brilliant body of work, broken ground internationally…

Ghazal date with Anup Jalota

LIVE PERFORMANCE ANUP JALOTA LIVE When: Friday December 17 Where: Osterley Park Hotel, 764 Great West Road, Isleworth TW7 5NA What: The popular ghazal and bhajan maestro will deliver a musically rich live performance at a gala event that also offers a three-course meal. www.eventbrite.com INDIAN MUSIC AND FLAMENCO When:…

Cruise drugs case: HC exempts Aryan Khan from weekly appearance…

The Bombay High Court on Wednesday exempted Aryan Khan from his weekly appearance before the Narcotics Control Bureau's (NCB) office in Mumbai in connection with the cruise drugs case.  A single bench of Justice N W Sambre said the condition imposed on Aryan Khan while granting him bail that he…

UK court hears Nirav Modi’s extradition appeal on mental health…

THE HIGH COURT in London on Tuesday (14) began hearing diamantaire Nirav Modi's appeal against his extradition to India to face charges of fraud and money laundering. He is accused of swindling an estimated $2 billion (£1.5 bn) from the Punjab National Bank (PNB). Lord Justice Jeremy Stuart-Smith and Justice…

Chanel’s new CEO: Leena Nair’s rise from India

LEENA NAIR, who will become the new CEO of French fashion house Chanel in January, has joined a long list of Indian-origin corporate executives steering global brands. She is the first female, first Asian and youngest-ever chief human resource officer at Unilever, the company she joined as a management trainee…

TV star Ankita Lokhande marries boyfriend Vicky Jain

Popular Indian television actress Ankita Lokhande, who became a household name playing the character of Archana Deshmukh in Ekta Kapoor’s successful show Pavitra Rishta, on Tuesday tied the nuptial knot with businessman Vicky Jain in an intimate ceremony in Mumbai. The wedding ceremony saw the attendance of the couple’s family…

After Kareena contracts Covid-19, Mumbai civic body to test all…

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Tuesday prepared a list of guests present at a party attended by actor Kareena Kapoor Khan, who has contracted Covid-19, and their immediate contacts for testing all of them, an official said. “The personalities have been also asked to remain isolated at home and…

Rohit out of South Africa Tests due to injury

INDIA batsman Rohit Sharma has been ruled of the three Tests in South Africa due to a hamstring injury he suffered while training, the country's cricket board said on Monday (13). Rohit, who has replaced Virat Kohli as the national limited-overs skipper, was earlier named vice-captain of the Test squad…

Aditya Birla Group to buy exclusive rights to sell Reebok…

ADITYA Birla Fashion and Retail Limited (ABFRL), an Indian fashion retail company, on Tuesday (14) said it would buy exclusive rights to sell global sportswear brand Reebok’s products in the country’s market both online and offline. The deal marks ABFRL’s entry into the fast-growing sports and active wear segment in…

India probes Boeing 737 Max mid-air emergency event

INDIAN officials are looking into an incident involving a Boeing 737 Max in which the aircraft had to be turned back to the western city of Mumbai soon after it took off for the eastern city of Kolkata, located more than 1,000 miles away, and the pilots shut down an…

Kohli loses ODI captaincy, Rohit named India’s white-ball skipper

Opener Rohit Sharma replaced Virat Kohli as India's one-day captain on Wednesday, thus taking charge of both the white-ball squads ahead of their tour of South Africa later this month. Kohli led India in all three formats until the Twenty20 World Cup last month, after which he relinquished 20-overs captaincy…

Jacqueline Fernandez appears before probing agency for the second consecutive…

Popular Bollywood actress Jacqueline Fernandez appeared before the Enforcement Directorate in New Delhi on Thursday for the second consecutive day in connection with a money-laundering investigation involving alleged conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar and others. The 36-year-old actor had spent about eight hours at the agency's office on Wednesday as she was…

SS Rajamouli on comparison between RRR and Baahubali: Bank on…

Acclaimed filmmaker SS Rajamouli on Thursday unveiled the trailer of his much-awaited film RRR, starring Ram Charan, NTR Jr, Ajay Devgn, and Alia Bhatt. The entire team, excluding Charan, came together to launch the trailer of the film at a multiplex in Mumbai. Rajamouli, who shot to international fame with…

India’s Balkrishna Doshi to get 2022 Royal Gold Medal for…

THE Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has decided to honour noted Indian architect Balkrishna Doshi with the Royal Gold Medal 2022, one of the world’s most prestigious awards in the field. The medal, which is approved personally by the British queen and is awarded to a person or group…

From films to life hacks and everything in between

VERSATILE STAR TAMANNAAH BHATIA ON HER NEW BOOK AND WHY 2021 HAS BEEN A TRANSFORMATIVE YEAR A REMARKABLE career has seen Tamannaah Bhatia balance successful acting performances in Tamil, Telugu, and Hindi cinema with interesting projects in other areas. During a transformative 2021, the versatile star hosted MasterChef India –…

Sur: Finding the 5 Star track to succeed as a…

THE MUSICIAN REVEALS WHAT INSPIRED HIS LATEST SINGLE AND WHY MOVING TO INDIA HELPED HIM IF HIS recent song 5 Star Lovin’ is anything to go by, then pursuing a solo career seems to have been a smart move by British Asian singer Sur. The dynamic vocal performance follows on…

Collaborative music by Baig, Saeed and Leo Twins

BOTOWN – THE SOUL OF BOLLYWOOD When: Saturday December 11 Where: The Slade Rooms, Broad Street, Wolverhampton WV1 1HP What: A concert featuring the acclaimed multicultural soul band that reboots Bollywood classics with a shot of late 1960s soul and funk, taking audiences on a musical trip from Memphis to…

Painting a picture of love, loss and family memories

MATTHEW KRISHANU DISCUSSES HIS WORK AND USING ART TO MAKE SENSE OF LIFE TALENTED painter Matthew Krishanu has become an important voice in British art, and whether it has been solo exhibitions or as part of a larger group shows, he has delivered eye-catching works that have created thought-provoking moments.…

“Nice to see leading ladies of film industry breaking sexist…

Ahead of Katrina Kaif and Vicky Kaushal’s wedding on December 9, celebrated actress Kangana Ranaut on Wednesday said it is good that the leading ladies of Bollywood are breaking sexist norms of society. Kaif, whose filmography boasts of several blockbusters such as Namastey London (2007), Singh Is Kingg (2008), Raajneeti…

Riteish Deshmukh turns director with Marathi-language film Ved

Popular Bollywood actor Riteish Deshmukh is set to make his directorial debut. The actor, who made his acting debut with the 2003 film Tujhe Meri Kasam opposite Genelia D'Souza, is ready to wield the megaphone for the first time for a Marathi-language film titled Ved, which means madness. Interestingly, Genelia…

Jacqueline Fernandez appears before probe agency in connection with money…

Bollywood star Jacqueline Fernandez on Wednesday appeared before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for questioning in connection with a money laundering case lodged against multimillionaire alleged conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar. She recorded her statement as a witness in the case. Her questioning could prove a significant lead in the alleged multi-crore extortion…

I want to play 80-90 Tests for New Zealand: Ajaz…

India-born New Zealand cricketer Ajaz Patel is not sure if his rare 10-wickets-in-an-innings feat would prove to be life-changing but he is hoping that it would help him play 80-90 Tests for his adopted homeland. The 33-year-old Mumbai-born etched his name in history books last week when he took all…

Several Bollywood stars attend Vicky Kaushal and Katrina Kaif’s wedding

Close friends and colleagues of Vicky Kaushal and Katrina Kaif, including filmmaker Kabir Khan, his wife Mini Mathur, director Vijay Krishna Achara, Sharvari Wagh, Neha Dhupia, and Angad Bedi arrived in Jaipur on Tuesday morning to attend their wedding. The three-day wedding festivities of Kaif and Kaushal started on Tuesday…

What’s On: Queen of Hearts at Midlands Arts Centre

LIVE PERFORMANCE JUBIN NAUTIYAL When: Friday December 10 and Saturday December 11 Where: SSE Arena, Arena Square, Engineers Way, London HA9 0AA & Morningside Arena, 31 Charter Street, Leicester LE1 3UD What: The popular Indian singer behind songs like Lut Gaye, which has been viewed over a billion times on…

India’s South Africa cricket tour fixtures announced despite Covid-19 cloud

India will play Test matches in Centurion, Johannesburg and Cape Town on their tour of South Africa which starts later this month, Cricket South Africa (CSA) announced on Monday. The first world championship Test will start at SuperSport Park in Centurion on December 26. The second Test will be played…

Siddhant Chaturvedi about to wrap up the final schedule of…

Actor Siddhant Chaturvedi, who was most recently seen in Yash Raj Films’ Bunty Aur Babli 2 (2021), is working on multiple films simultaneously, including Excel Entertainment’s Yudhra and Dharma Productions untitled next. He wrapped up the first schedule of Yudhra in October and is currently filming the next schedule, which…

Indian real estate demand leaning towards branded developers: Lodha

INDIA’S real estate structure is “improving in a meaningful way” with disciplined supply and consumers’ demand “gravitating towards branded developers”, Macrotech Developers MD and CEO Abhishek Lodha said. In an interview, Lodha said consumers preferred buying “bigger and better” homes from “branded developers”. He said property prices, which have remained…

Ajaz makes 14-for as India set New Zealand 540 to…

INDIA on Sunday (5) set New Zealand a daunting 540 to win the second Test, with the Kiwis' Mumbai-born spinner Ajaz Patel taking 14 of the hosts' 17 wickets to fall. A wicket and a spider cam problem forced early tea on day three with Will Young batting on seven…

Deepika Padukone reaches Hyderabad to start filming Nag Ashwin’s Project…

Leading Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone was on Saturday spotted at the Mumbai airport as she headed off to Hyderabad to kick-start her much-awaited sci-fi film with filmmaker Nag Ashwin. Tentatively titled Project K, the film also stars Prabhas and Amitabh Bachchan in lead roles. Ashwin and his team welcomed Padukone…

Mithun Chakraborty to make digital debut with an Amazon Prime…

Seasoned Bollywood actor Mithun Chakraborty is set to make his digital debut with an upcoming Amazon Prime Video show. The untitled streaming show will also mark the digital debut of well-known South actress Shruti Haasan. According to reports, Chakraborty has been offered several streaming shows over the past few years,…

‘Clinical’ India thrash New Zealand to clinch Test series

INDIA hammered New Zealand by 372 runs to win the second Test on Monday (6), despite the Black Caps' Mumbai-born spinner Ajaz Patel making history with 10 wickets in the first innings. Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin claimed a match tally of eight wickets - and 300th scalp on home soil…

Ton-up Agarwal helps India to 221-4 after Patel’s four wickets

Mayank Agarwal hit an unbeaten 120 to lead India's fightback on the opening day of the second Test after Mumbai-born New Zealand spinner Ajaz Patel took all four wickets to fall. India reached 221 for four at stumps with Agarwal and wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha, on 25, in the middle after…

Ajaz Patel claims record 10 wickets in an innings in…

NEW ZEALAND'S Mumbai-born spinner Ajaz Patel claimed all 10 Indian wickets in the second Test, becoming only the third bowler in cricket history to achieve the feat on Saturday (4). Ajaz, a left-arm spinner, added to his tally of four wickets on the opening day to return figures of 10-119.…

Katrina Kaif to begin filming Merry Christmas with Vijay Sethupathi

According to reports, Katrina Kaif and Tamil actor Vijay Sethupathi are set to commence work on filmmaker Sriram Raghavan’s Merry Christmas soon. Sethupathi will kick-start shoot on December 15 in Pune. Kaif, on the other hand, will join the sets later. Indian media is buzzing with reports that the Namastey…

Fate of India’s South Africa tour should be known in…

India cricketers expect to know in the next few days whether their tour of South Africa later this month will go ahead following the emergence there of the Omicron coronavirus variant, captain Virat Kohli said on Thursday. Sport in South Africa began to shut down last week following the emergence…

India announces first two cases of Omicron variant

India announced its first two cases of the Omicron Covid variant on Thursday, months after a devastating wave of the virus killed more than 200,000 people around the country. Top health ministry official Luv Agarwal said two men in southern Karnataka state, aged 66 and 46, had tested positive for…

Hansal Mehta’s Scam 1992 leads nominations for Filmfare OTT Awards…

Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Hansal Mehta, SonyLIV’s streaming show Scam 1992: The Harshad Mehta Story (2020) is leading the nominations for Filmfare OTT Awards, which were announced on Wednesday. The awards will recognise the best of Hindi web original shows or films released across Indian streaming media platforms between August…

India face welcome dilemma with return of skipper Kohli

Virat Kohli will return to lead India in the second Test against top-ranked New Zealand on Friday, posing a welcome selection dilemma for the hosts. The Mumbai clash will mark Kohli's return after he stepped down as Twenty20 captain at the end of the World Cup last month and took…

Onir on his upcoming film WE ARE

Award-winning Indian filmmaker Onir says that WE ARE, the upcoming sequel to his National Award-winning film I AM (2011), is a first-of-its-kind film to explore and celebrate queer lives. Like his original film, WE ARE also includes four stories set in the same four parts of India – Kashmir, Kolkata,…

Stokes, Archer released from IPL’s Royals ahead of auction

ENGLAND stars Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer have been released by their IPL team Rajasthan Royals ahead of the auction as franchises on Tuesday (30) announced names of retained players. England's Eoin Morgan and David Warner of Australia also parted ways with Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad respectively, with…

Administrator appointed to Anil Ambani’s Reliance Capital

INDIA’S banking regulator has appointed an administrator to Reliance Capital for an “expeditious resolution” of the financial services company’s debt after it defaulted on its repayment obligations. However, the company “welcomed” the move and blamed litigations filed by its lenders for the pendency of debt resolutions in various courts. The…

India coach Dravid not worried about Rahane’s lack of runs

AJINKYA RAHANE'S recent poor performances with the bat are not a cause for concern and he can turn things around in a single innings, India coach Rahul Dravid said. Rahane scored 35 and four runs in India's two innings in their drawn Test with New Zealand, and has made only…

Parag Agrawal sheds low profile to take Twitter helm

PARAG Agrawal, who took over on Monday (29) as the new head of Twitter, shot from relative obscurity as the platform's technology expert to becoming the latest India-born talent to lead a US tech giant. Unlike his predecessor, co-founder Jack Dorsey, Agrawal enjoyed until Monday a much more low-profile role…

India parliament votes to scrap farm reform laws

INDIA'S parliament voted on Monday (29) to scrap agricultural reform laws that sparked a year of huge protests by farmers, after a surprise U-turn by prime minister Narendra Modi. Thousands of farmers have been camped out on the outskirts of the capital New Delhi since last year - one of…

Iyer, Saha fifties set New Zealand 284 target

INDIA'S Shreyas Iyer once again dazzled on his debut Test, hitting his second 50-plus score of the match to put his team in charge of the opening Test against New Zealand on Sunday (28). New Zealand claimed four wickets in the morning session to nose ahead on the penultimate day…

Janhvi Kapoor pens down a heartfelt note for father Boney…

Janhvi Kapoor on Friday took to Instagram to announce the completion of her next film Mili, the official remake of the successful Malayalam film Helen (2019). What makes the project even more special for the young actress is the fact that it has been produced by her father Boney Kapoor.…

26/11 Mumbai terror attack: Bollywood pays tribute to martyrs and…

Bollywood personalities, including Akshay Kumar, Rohit Shetty, and Sara Ali Khan, on Friday paid tribute to all those people who lost their lives in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks. The celebrities took to social media to remember and mourn the martyrs as well as civilians, who died in the attacks.…

Iyer hits ton on debut, New Zealand mount strong reply

INDIA'S Shreyas Iyer smashed a century on his Test debut but Tim Southee's lion-hearted bowling and New Zealand's top-order left the opening Test between the teams evenly poised on Friday (26). Southee claimed 5-69, on a track that had prompted both sides to pack three spinners into their respective teams,…

Huma Qureshi’s political drama Maharani greenlit for second season

After the huge success of Maharani (2021), SonyLIV has renewed the high-profile political drama for a second season. Actress Huma Qureshi, who played the character of an uneducated but clever housewife who goes on to become the chief minister of Bihar, returns to reprise her role in Maharani 2.  Director…

Trailer of Shahid Kapoor’s Jersey amasses over 18 million views…

Shahid Kapoor released the trailer of his much-awaited film Jersey on Tuesday and it went on to garner more than 18 million views on YouTube within a day of its launch. Trending number one on YouTube, the trailer has received amazing response from netizens who are proclaiming the film a…

Kartik Aaryan begins filming second schedule of Shehzada around Jama…

With Rohit Dhawan at the helm and Kartik Aaryan, Kriti Sanon, Manisha Koirala, Paresh Rawal, Ronit Roy, and Sachin Khedkar fronting the cast, the upcoming Bollywood film Shehzada ticks all boxes of a blockbuster in the making. After wrapping up the 20-day first schedule on its palatial mansion set in…

Beatles’ ‘love affair with India’ wows audiences

A DOCUMENTARY about The Beatles’ deep love affair with India is being sold all over the world, but how the 92-minute film came to be made can now be told for the first time. As reported in Eastern Eye at the end of May, The Beatles and India had its…

Mahima Makwana: Challenging years on TV helped me be confident…

Actress Mahima Makwana, who is a popular name in the Indian television space, says her years in television gave her the confidence to ace her debut role in Salman Khan and Aayush Sharma’s Antim: The Final Truth. Starting out with smaller roles on daily soaps like Balika Vadhu and Miley…

Arslan Goni: I think someone, somewhere is writing my dream…

ACTOR ARSLAN GONI DISCUSSES HIS INTERESTING CAREER START AND BOLD MOVE WHETHER it’s been his personal or professional life, Arslan Goni has hit the headlines a lot this year and become a fast-rising Indian star everyone is watching. His starring roles have included entertaining serial Mai Hero Boll Raha Hu…

Sukh Ojla continues her solo tour

LIVE PERFORMANCE OUTWITTING THE DEVIL When: Until Saturday November 27 Where: Sadler’s Wells, Rosebery Avenue, London EC1R 4TN What: The Akram Khan Company presents an epic dance piece about ritual and remembering in the midst of our ever-changing planet. www.sadlerswells.com SEVENS When: Saturday November 27 Where: Harrow Arts Centre, 171…

Pratham wins Indira Gandhi Peace Prize 2021 for children’s education…

A civil society organisation that is dedicated to improving the quality of education for underprivileged children in India and across the globe, has been awarded the Indira Gandhi Peace Prize 2021. Pratham began its work in slum areas by setting up community-based pre-schools and by offering remedial education to students…

Outwitting The Devil at Sadler’s Wells

LIVE PERFORMANCE KATTAM KATTI When: Friday November 19 Where: Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler’s Wells, 183 Rosebery Avenue, London EC1R 4TJ What: The Pagrav Dance Company presents a contemporary Kathak production that taps into the competitive chaos, creativity, and colour of Uttarayan, the world-famous international kite festival of Gujarat. www.sadlerswells.com AAKASH…

“I want to grow as an actor and as a…

Actor Raquib Arshad, known for playing the antagonist in ALTBalaji’s erotic horror streaming show Ragini MMS: Returns and as Satvik in Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya, can be currently seen in Amazon Prime Video’s streaming show Akkad Bakkad Rafu Chakkar, directed by Raj Kaushal, who passed away on June 30, 2021,…

Kajal Aggarwal replaced by Trisha in Kamal Haasan’s Indian 2

Popular actress Kajal Aggarwal has been replaced in filmmaker Shankar’s upcoming film Indian 2, which features award-winning actor Kamal Haasan in the lead role. As per reports, the actress had to pass up the film because of her pregnancy. She tied the knot with entrepreneur Gautam Kitchlu on October 30,…

Vishal Bhardwaj and five other filmmakers onboard to adapt Modern…

According to reports, Amazon Prime Video has roped in six acclaimed directors of Indian cinema to work on a romantic comedy. These filmmakers include Vishal Bhardwaj, Hansal Mehta, Alankrita Shrivastava, Shonali Bose, Anjali Menon, and Dhruv Sehgal who will direct six unique stories about the joys and tribulations of love.…

Dhamaka movie review: Ram Madhvani and Kartik Aaryan have made…

Ram Madhvani has earlier directed Neerja (film) and Aarya (series). Both the projects were simply amazing and the filmmaker got the best out of Sonam Kapoor (Neerja) and Sushmita Sen (Aarya). Madhvani’s recent directorial Dhamaka starring Kartik Aaryan has started streaming on Netflix, and once again he has impressed us…

India’s top court quashes ‘skin-to-skin sexual assault’ order

INDIA's supreme court on Thursday (18) quashed a controversial order given by the Bombay high court in Mumbai in January that cleared a man of charges of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl because “there was no skin-to-skin contact” between them. The order was passed by a woman judge named Pushpa…

My Playlist – DJ Redlox

THE path-breaking DJ Redlox (aka Siri Adi Singh) is one of the original architects of the vibrant Chicago Bollywood, bhangra and dancehall scene. He has performed with world-famous artists and lit up explosive live sets for multicultural audiences. He is also co-founder of a Chicago-based meditation and yoga school, along…

Light-hearted rom-com Serena Singh Flips The Script offers insights into…

TALENTED Canadian author Sonya Lalli has shown that she can write strong female characters, which includes the people in her excellent third novel Serena Singh Flips The Script. For her recently released fourth novel, A Holly Jolly Diwali, she once again offers a strong-minded south Asian female protagonist, who goes…

Celebrating the life of a true trendsetter in Bollywood

TO MARK HER MILESTONE BIRTHDAY, AN ALPHABETICAL GUIDE TO ACTRESS ZEENAT AMAN LEGENDARY leading lady Zeenat Aman is turning 70 on Friday (19). Born in 1951, the Bollywood bombshell exploded onto the big screen in the early 1970s after winning a beauty pageant, and helped break the shackles of what…

‘Players are not machines,’ says Indian T20 captain Rohit Sharma

INDIAN T20 skipper Rohit Sharma said on Tuesday (16) his players were "not machines" and needed rest, ahead of an imminent encounter with New Zealand on home turf just days after the World Cup. New Zealand's tour begins with the first of three Twenty20 internationals on Wednesday, only three days…

American Airlines resumes India flights

AMERICAN AIRLINES relaunched flights to India this week, nearly a decade after stopping them, looking to capitalise on the growing demand for non-stop travel amid the coronavirus pandemic, a senior executive of the airline said. With travel demand bouncing back at home, American Airlines wants to expand its international network…

Inside Edge 3 to land on Amazon Prime Video in…

After the huge success of Inside Edge (2017) and Inside Edge 2 (2019), Amazon Prime Video and Excel Media & Entertainment are set to launch Season 3 of the hit series. On Monday, the streamer and the production house announced that the much anticipated third season of Inside Edge will…

Arjun Rampal roped in to play professor in Abbas-Mustan’s Three…

As previously reported, Abbas-Mustan are set to direct a film heavily inspired by the globally successful streaming show Money Heist on Netflix. Titled Three Monkeys, the film is set to get off the ground soon. The latest update suggests that the filmmaker duo has roped in actor Arjun Rampal to…

Kohli should give up captaincy in all formats: Afridi

FORMER Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi feels India captain Virat Kohli should step down from the leadership role in all formats of the game to flourish as a batsman. Speaking on the Samaa television channel, Afridi said that the BCCI's decision to appoint Rohit Sharma as India's T20 captain was a…

Kohli to skip first match, Rohit rested for New Zealand…

INDIA'S regular captain Virat Kohli will skip the opening Test against New Zealand this month as the hosts named a depleted side for the two-match series on Friday. The team will be led by Ajinkya Rahane in the Nov. 25-29 Test in Kanpur with Kohli returning at the helm for…

Kangana Ranaut says India attained freedom in 2014 and 1947…

Four-time National Film Award-winning actor Kangana Ranaut triggered a firestorm on Thursday for declaring that India attained freedom in 2014, when the Modi-led government came to power, and describing the country's Independence in 1947 as alms. The Panga (2020) actor, known for her provocative and often inflammatory statements, was once…

Soprano Patricia Rozario seeks aid for Children’s Day concert

UK-BASED soprano Patricia Rozario and her team of singers will present a singing programme on the themes of children, peace and love on the occasion of International Children’s Day on Sunday (14). Rozario, who was born in Mumbai, India, and grew up there, said she was impressed by the work…

Vijay Varma to call it a wrap on Sumit Saxena’s…

Vijay Varma, who has impressed audiences with his unforgettable performances in such films as Gully Boy (2019), Super 30 (2019), and Ghost Stories (2020), has had a busy year. The actor has been shooting non-stop since the turn of the year and has a lot of big projects in the…

West London town fights to save popular Indian restaurant

RESIDENTS are fighting to save an Indian restaurant that could be bulldozed for dozens of flats. Developers Fruition Properties hope to build 43 new homes on the site of Mumbai Junction in North West London. But local campaigners say this will result in the loss of one of the area’s…

Rohit Sharma named new India T20 captain

ROHIT SHARMA has been named the new captain of India's T20 side, replacing Virat Kohli, the cricket board said Tuesday (9) after the side were dumped out of the World Cup. The Board of Cricket Control of India tweeted that the 34-year-old opening batsman was "named the T20I Captain for…

Nykaa’s Falguni Nayar becomes India’s seventh woman billionaire

INDIA's only woman-led unicorn Nykaa made its market debut Wednesday (10), tripling founder Falguni Nayar's net worth and making her the country's newest self-made billionaire in an ongoing IPO boom. Nayar, 58, joined only six other Indian women dollar billionaires as her beauty and fashion retailer Nykaa's parent company FSN…

Abbas Mustan to next direct Three Monkeys, a film on…

Filmmaker duo Abbas Mustan has delivered a number of iconic films in their illustrious career, mostly in the thriller space. Some of their most successful films in the said genre include Khiladi (1992), Baazigar (1993), Soldier (1998), Ajnabee (2002), Humraaz (2002), Aitraaz (2004) Race (2008) and Race 2 (2013). They…

KLM hopes India will allow it to increase flights

AIR FRANCE-KLM's current Indian services are limited under the air bubble restrictions but the airline is hopeful that the Indian government will allow it to increase its flights to meet the rising demand, a senior executive of the carrier said. Since July 2020, India has allowed limited special international flights…

India Covid hospital fire kills 11

FIRE tore through a hospital in western India on Saturday (6) killing at least 11 coronavirus patients, officials said. The blaze was the latest to hit pandemic wards across India. There were about two dozen patients at the intensive care unit in the hospital in Ahmadnagar district, Maharashtra state, when…

Paytm leads India’s latest IPO rush

FUNDRAISING through initial public offerings (IPOs) has continued in India as three firms are looking to collectively mop up about Rs 210 billion (£2.1 bn) this week. One97 Communications, the owner of payment major Paytm, launched its Rs 183-billion (£1.83 bn) IPO on Monday (8) and its shares were subscribed…

Under-strength New Zealand squad to head for India tour

NEW ZEALAND will head into their Test series against India without pace spearhead Trent Boult and allrounder Colin de Grandhomme and with a number of players lacking match practice due to Covid-19 lockdowns. Boult and De Grandhomme opted out of the two-Test tour due to 'bubble' fatigue and the prospect…

Bhumika Chawla and her beautiful journey

THE PAN-INDIAN MOVIE STAR DISCUSSES ACTING AND MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS OF HER CINEMA SUCCESS ONE of this year’s most successful Indian cinema releases has been Telugu language sports and action drama Seetimaarr. The mass entertainer is the latest chapter in the amazing two-decade long cinematic journey for popular star Bhumika Chawla.…

‘Digital tools will play key role in India’s climate prediction’

THE demand for weather prediction will increase from various sectors in the future and artificial intelligence and machine learning will play a key role in this transition, the head of India’s premier weather agency has said. Dr M Mohapatra is the director-general of meteorology at the India Meteorological Department (IMD).…

Reliance, PVR promise unique cinema experience with India’s first open-air…

Mumbai's Jio Drive-in theatre is set to open with Akshay Kumar’s much-anticipated film Sooryavanshi this Diwali weekend. The drive-in theatre, operated and managed by PVR Ltd, will be launched on November 5 and is billed as a "relatively safer open space" for audiences waiting to relive the big-screen experience after…

‘Help vulnerable people in Asia deal with climate change’

LEADING experts in the UK have voiced their concerns about the damaging impact climate change is having on people in the frontline in south Asia. India’s prime minister Narender Modi pledged on Monday (1) that his country would reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2070. Though it has 17 per cent…

Kartik Aaryan wraps up the first schedule of Shehzada

A few days ago, the first shooting schedule of the Kartik Aaryan starrer Shehzada started in Mumbai, India, and recently, the schedule was wrapped up. Aaryan took to Twitter to inform his fans about it. He tweeted, “And thats a happy director #BecauseOfMe . . Schedule wrap #Shehzada.” T-Series, the…

Adivi Sesh starrer Major to hit the big screens in…

Adivi Sesh starrer Major was slated to release in July this year, but due to the second wave of Covid-19 in India, the movie was postponed. Now, the makers have announced the new release date of the film. Major will be hitting the big screens on 11th February 2022. Sesh…

Fans, friends extend birthday wishes to Shah Rukh Khan on…

As Shah Rukh Khan turned 56 on Tuesday, industry friends and fans extended birthday wishes to the superstar while praising him for his grace, dignity and humanity. The actor is celebrating a quiet birthday with his family, which comes just days after his son Aryan Khan’s on bail on October…

Investor appetite continues for Indian unicorns

THE initial public offering (IPO) of Indian e-commerce unicorn Nykaa has been subscribed 82 times, indicating the continued investor appetite for new-age companies. Its subscription number surpassed that of food delivery firm Zomato - the first Indian unicorn to float on bourses - which was subscribed 38 times in June…

Modi’s visit marks threshold of new era for India-UK ties,…

Prime minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the UK comes at a time when India-UK bilateral relations are on a positive trajectory and potentially at the threshold of a new era, India’s High Commissioner to the UK Gaitri Issar Kumar has said. Modi will attend the World Leaders’ Summit (WLS) of…

Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt to wrap up Brahmastra with…

Ayan Mukerji’s Brahmastra has been in the making for the past few years. The movie stars Amitabh Bachchan, Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Mouni Roy, and Nagarjuna. According to a recent report in Mid-day, Kapoor and Bhatt will be shooting for a song and by November end the production of the…

SS Rajamouli: Even Alia Bhatt is a hero in RRR

SS Rajamouli’s RRR is one of the most awaited upcoming movies. The film stars Ram Charan, Jr NTR, Ajay Devgn, and Alia Bhatt. Recently, an event was organised in Mumbai to announce the collaboration between PVR Cinemas and RRR. At the event, when Rajamouli was asked that why there are…

Aryan Khan reaches Mannat after getting bail

On Thursday (28), Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan was granted bail in the case of seizure of banned drugs aboard a cruise ship off the coast of Mumbai. His release formalities took place on Friday (29), but he was released on Saturday (30) morning. News agency ANI shared pictures…

SS Rajamouli on RRR clashing with Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Gangubai…

A few weeks ago, the release dates of many films were announced. SS Rajamouli’s pan-India film RRR is slated to release on 7th January 2022, and a day prior (6th January 2022), Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Gangubai Kathiawadi will be hitting the big screens. Interestingly, both the movies feature Ajay Devgn…

Inflation threatens to dent demand in India

INDIAN manufacturers are raising prices to pass on to consumers some of the burden of costlier energy and raw materials, which threatens to dent demand as well as a recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, business leaders and economists say. Prices of items from tea, coffee and biscuits to toothpaste and…

Waqar Younis apologises for ‘namaz in front of Hindus’ comment

Waqar Younis apologised for his communal remarks during a television show following Pakistan's 10-wicket victory over India in the ongoing T20 World Cup as the former Pakistan pacer was castigated on social media for his "jihadi mindset". Appearing on the A Sports channel, Younis had spoke of how opener Muhammad…

India court grants bail to Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan…

THE son of Indian star Shah Rukh Khan, Aryan Khan, has been granted bail by the Bombay High Court, more than 20 days after his arrest in the case of seizure of banned drugs aboard a cruise ship off the coast of Mumbai. A single bench of Justice NW Sambre…

Killer new comedy about a costly romantic curse

AAFAT-E-ISHQ DIRECTOR INDRAJIT NATTOJI DISCUSSES HIS SPOOKY REMAKE THE spooky bond Bollywood has developed with supernatural films continues this week with an October 29 premiere of new film Aafat-e-Ishq on streaming site ZEE5. The official remake of widely acclaimed 2015 Hungarian film Liza, the Fox-Fairy, is a black comedy about…

It has taken a few years for filmmakers to understand…

One of the reasons romantic films are far and few between in Bollywood is because filmmakers have mostly been unable to sync with the evolving definition of love with today's times, believes actor Abhimanyu Dassani. In an interview with a newswire, Dassani said the reason could be attributed to not…

Zee’s Subhash Chandra vows to ‘fight back’ for millions of…

MORE THAN two decades after a fight with Rupert Murdoch, Indian media tycoon Subhash Chandra has picked up another corporate battle for 'millions of viewers', according to a report in Bloomberg. Chandra and his supporters are now fighting Atlanta-based Invesco Developing Markets Fund, Zee’s biggest shareholder with an 18 per…

R Balki wraps up filming his next Chup: Revenge of…

Filmmaker R Balki has finished filming his next directorial venture Chup: Revenge of the Artist. The psychological thriller, which began production a couple of months ago, features Sunny Deol, Pooja Bhatt, Dulquer Salmaan, and Shreya Dhanwanthary on the ensemble cast. Megastar Amitabh Bachchan also essays an important character in the…

UK, India can make the world safer, says Truss

UK foreign minister Elizabeth Truss has said that her country and India believe in freedom and democracy and can make the world safer and prosperous. She was speaking in Mumbai at a reception held on the HMS Defender where industrialists from the UK and India met. "Countries like the UK…

Tata Steel seeks to reduce energy bills with new generator…

TATA Steel has installed a 30-megawatt generator at its Port Talbot site in South Wales, seeking to reduce its energy bills and cut carbon footprints. Installed in a new turbine hall as part of a wider £37 million investment in the site’s power station, the generator helps convert more process…

‘Will you drop Rohit Sharma?’, bemused Kohli asks in reply…

A "brave" question in the news conference brought some moments of amusement for India captain Virat Kohli in an otherwise chastening night for his team, who were thrashed by arch-rivals Pakistan in the Twenty20 World Cup on Sunday (24). India went into the Dubai blockbuster with a 12-0 record in…

Witness alleges narcotics official sought £2.4m from Shah Rukh Khan

AN independent witness in the cruise drugs seizure case on Sunday (24) claimed that an official of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) and some other persons demanded Rs 250 million (£2.4m) from Hindi superstar Shah Rukh Khan to release his son Aryan Khan in the case. Prabhakar Sail, a witness…

Reliance Industries’ quarter earnings beat estimates

INDIAN oil-to-telecoms giant Reliance Industries reported quarterly earnings that beat analyst estimates, helped by a strong recovery across its diversified businesses. The conglomerate, which is owned by Asia's richest man, Mukesh Ambani, reported a net profit of Rs 36.8 billion ($1.8bn) between July and September, 43 per cent higher than…

UK forges stronger defence and security partnership with India

IN her current trip to India, the UK's foreign secretary Liz Truss in order to forge stronger security and defence links with India, visited HMS Queen Elizabeth in Mumbai on Saturday (23). The ship is the spearhead of the Carrier Strike Group (CSG), and on its visit to Mumbai is…

Amazon Prime Video renews Mumbai Diaries for a second season

Created and directed by Nikkhil Advani, Amazon Prime Video’s Mumbai Diaries (2021) turned out to be a big success on the streaming service. Set against the backdrop of the Mumbai terror attacks of 26th November, 2008, the streaming show featured Mohit Raina and Konkona Sen Sharma in pivotal roles. The…

UK Navy chief starts three-day visit in India

UK Navy Chief Admiral Sir Tony Radakin arrived in India on Friday (22) on a three-day visit during which he would visit the Indian Navy's Western Naval Command, according to an official statement. Admiral Radakin met Indian Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh on Friday and laid a wreath at the…

Ananya Panday appears before NCB for second day

Bollywood actor Ananya Panday appeared before the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in Mumbai on Friday to record her statement in connection with her alleged WhatsApp chats with Aryan Khan, son of superstar Shah Rukh Khan, arrested in a drugs case, sources said on Friday. This is for the second day…

Truss says Britain and India must deepen defence, economic ties

BRITAIN and India must step up their economic and security ties, foreign secretary Liz Truss said ahead of a visit to Delhi where she will announce a green tech investment and pitch her vision of Britain's new role in the world to senior Indian ministers. Truss, who was appointed as…

Trailer of Kartik Aaryan’s Dhamaka amasses over 38 million views…

Kartik Aaryan has always been a crowd-puller. The thunderous performance of his previous outings such as Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety (2018), Luka Chuppi (2019) and Pati Patni Aur Woh (2019) bears testimony to his soaring popularity as a bankable actor and the power he is able to wield over…

Dybbuk actor Emraan Hashmi says, “I haven’t seen a ghost…

Emraan Hashmi has been a part of many horror films like Raaz - The Mystery Continues, Raaz 3, Ek Thi Daayan, and Raaz: Reboot. His next film Dybbuk, which will premiere on Amazon Prime Video, is also a horror movie. Recently, a grand trailer launch event of Dybbuk was organised…

Boycott calls add to India-Pakistan cricket tensions ahead of World…

Cricket tensions between India and Pakistan have been heightened by boycott calls in India ahead of their T20 World Cup clash on Sunday. A series of killings in the disputed Kashmir region has set off the anger, even though the Indian board has insisted the national team cannot withdraw from…

Ananya Panday summoned by Narcotics Control Bureau for questioning

On Thursday (21), Shah Rukh Khan visited Arthur Road Jail in Mumbai to meet his son, Aryan Khan. Later, a team of Narcotics Control Bureau of India was spotted at Khan’s house Mannat, and another team of the agency raided actress Ananya Panday’s house. Panday was summoned for questioning and…

India administers 1bn Covid jabs; 100 monuments to be lit…

INDIA administered its one billionth Covid-19 vaccine dose on Thursday (21) as it fights its way back from a devastating surge in cases that brought the health system close to collapse. Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed the feat as a "triumph of Indian science", but authorities remain on guard for…

Shah Rukh Khan visits jail to meet his son Aryan…

Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan’s bail plea was rejected on Wednesday (20) by the Mumbai Special NDPS (Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances) court. On Thursday (21), the actor visited Arthur Road jail in Mumbai to meet his son. News agency ANI tweeted the video of the actor entering the…

Heavy rainfall: Onion prices soar in India

AFTER the cost of fuel and edible oils hit record highs, Indian consumers are likely to be further squeezed by a rally in onion prices after heavy rainfall in the country's key growing regions damaged the summer-sown crop and delayed winter crop planting. Onions are also a politically-sensitive commodity, with…

Aryan Khan: Shah Rukh’s son denied bail in drugs case

On Thursday (14), the Mumbai Special NDPS (Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances) court reserved the order for October 20 on the bail application of Aryan Khan and others. On Wednesday (20), Khan’s bail was rejected. News agency ANI tweeted, “Drugs on cruise ship case | Mumbai’s Special NDPS Court rejects…

It’s a wrap for Rani Mukerji’s Mrs Chatterjee Vs Norway

Rani Mukerji is undoubtedly one of the most talented and versatile actresses we have in the industry. The actress, who completed 25 years in Bollywood recently, has a couple of interesting projects lined up and one of them is Emmay Entertainment and Zee Studios’ Mrs. Chatterjee Vs Norway. The shooting…

Disney+ Hotstar sets November date for Neeraj Pandey’s Special Ops…

After the rousing success of the espionage thriller Special Ops (2020), Disney+ Hotstar and Friday Storytellers are set to present an all-new exciting extension to the show’s universe with Special Ops 1.5: The Himmat Story. Directed by Neeraj Pandey of Friday Storytellers, along with Shivam Nair, the compelling narrative of…

Ram Madhvani on Dhamaka: There are some stories worth telling…

The trailer of Ram Madhvani ‘s Dhamaka was released on Tuesday (19). The movie, which stars Kartik Aaryan, Mrunal Thakur, and Amruta Subhash, is an adaptation of the South Korean film The Terror Live (2013). According to PTI, at the trailer launch of the film in Mumbai, while talking about…

Kangana Ranaut’s Dhaakad dates April 8, 2022 for theatrical release

Kangana Ranaut is ready to set the screens on fire once again with her next film Dhaakad. Directed by Razneesh Ghai, the action entertainer will arrive in theatres on April 8, 2022. Mounted on a huge scale, Dhaakad is Bollywood’s first high octane spy thriller led by a female superstar.…

Emraan Hashmi’s Dybbuk to premiere on Amazon Prime Video on…

A few weeks ago, Amazon Prime Video had announced that Emraan Hashmi starrer Dybbuk will be releasing on their streaming platform, and on Monday (18), the premiere date of the film was announced. Hashmi took to Twitter to share a teaser of the movie and announced that it will start…

Mountain Tales: The story of waste-pickers inside Asia’s largest dumping…

THE lives of waste pickers living in the Deonar garbage mountains of Mumbai is explored in a new book by Indian journalist Saumya Roy. Mountain Tales: Love and Loss in the Municipality of Castaway Belongings follows the lives of those who live and work among the garbage piles, scouring the…

Eijaz Khan: Bigg Boss was a life lesson for me

ACTOR EIJAZ KHAN DISCUSSES HIS CAREER AND REALITY TV POPULAR actor Eijaz Khan has shown off his impressive acting range with powerful performances in smash hit films, top television serials and gripping web dramas. The terrific turns he has delivered across the years include top projects such as drama serials…

Imtiaz Ali appointed as ambassador of Russian Film Festival in…

Renowned filmmaker Imtiaz Ali, whose credits includes Jab We Met (2007), Love Aaj Kal (2009), Rockstar (2011) and Tamasha (2015), has been roped in as the ambassador of the Russian Film Festival in India. As part of the festival, ten notable Russian films of various genres will be premiered for…