None of My Business

None of My Business

Singing live is more emotional

Music maestro AR Rahman says he would have hung up his boots as a composer if there was no market demand. Veteran artistes often complain about the dearth of offers for quality songs in films but the 50-year-old musician has a different take on the issue, saying creative people must find unconventional methods to express themselves. When asked if film music is a limited career option, Rahman told PTI in an interview, “It is not limited, they are limiting it. You have to find unconventional ways to express, to evolve. I would have stopped doing music if CDs would have stopped selling.

Harvey Weinstein was my monster, too

Mexican-born actress Salma Hayek has joined the ranks of Hollywood women accusing movie producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct, calling him a “monster” in an article published by the New York Times on Tuesday.

“For years, he was my monster,” Hayek wrote in the opinion piece in which she included descriptions of sexual harassment, bullying and threats.

Holly Baird, a spokeswoman for Weinstein, issued a statement on his behalf on Wednesday night disputing Hayek’s account and calling her allegations of sexual misconduct inaccurate.

Tiger Zinda Hai fails to get clearance from Pakistan censor board

Salman Khan-Katrina Kaif starrer spy thriller Tiger Zinda Hai will not release in Pakistan after it failed to obtain a clearance from the country’s Central Board of Film Censors. Geo Films, which has the distribution rights for the film in Pakistan, had started publishing the release of the film with the note ‘subject to censor clearance’ but its release on December 22 is unlikely now. The first part, Ek Tha Tiger, also did not make the cut in Pakistan.

Artistes have a role in highlighting gender issues

As sexual harassment scandals rock Hollywood, superstar Aamir Khan says creative people have an important role to play in changing mindsets on gender issues. The actor, whose recent films Dangal and Secret Superstar focused on female empowerment, also believes that the issues are directly linked to patriarchy. “I think sexual harassment is a very sad thing to happen to anyone, irrespective of what your sex is. Sexual harassment is just not on,” he said when asked about the Harvey Weinstein case. Such cases, he said, happened not just in the world of films, but in other areas, too.

FINALLY!

A statement released by the family announcing the wedding said: “We are very happy to announce that Ms Anushka Sharma and Mr. Virat Kohli got married at a private ceremony in Italy, today. The wedding was attended by close family and a few friends as they wished their wedding to be a very private affair. The wedding was performed as per Hindu rituals. Top fashion designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee has designed the wedding ensemble for both the bride and the groom.

Became an actor to pay my mother’s bills

Angelina Jolie has revealed she turned to acting simply to help her late mother Marcheline Bertrand pay her bills. The Academy Award-winning star said she fell into acting and that despite the success she has enjoyed during her career, she has never truly felt at home in front of the camera.

Meet the sexiest asian

Priyanka Chopra has been voted the “Sexiest Asian Woman” in the world in an annual UK poll released on Thursday. The 35-year-old Quantico actor topped the 2017 edition of the popular ‘50 Sexiest Asian Women’ poll by London-based weekly newspaper Eastern Eye for a record-breaking fifth time.

Brosnan sued for carelessly starting fire

Pierce Brosnan is being sued by an insurance company for carelessly starting a fire, an incident which took place in 2015. The fire had occurred in the actor's Malibu mansion and ended up spreading to his neighbour Alexander Haagen’s house, partly burning his home. The incident could have been avoided had Brosnan properly disposed off the rags that were susceptible to spontaneous combustion. According to TMZ, Haagen got paid for the damage by his insurance agency, but in a turnaround, the same company has gone after the GoldenEye star, demanding damage claims.

Have money, will spend

Velvet beds, a relaxing spa, 24-hour medical care and non-alcoholic beers imported from Belgium: the life of a pampered pooch in India would leave many humans envious.    Critterati, which claims to be South Asia’s first luxury hotel for dogs, offers suites at up to $70 a night for pets whose “parents” will spare no expense to indulge their pride and joy.

A world away from the daily struggle to survive for India’s estimated 30 million strays, breeds such as St Bernards, Labradors and Lhasa Apsos can now enjoy the last word in canine coddling.

Eternal lover boy — RIP

There were many shades to Shashi Kapoor, his oeuvre expansive and in death as he was when he was alive, he will be remembered for the iconic dialogue of Mere Pas Ma Hai from Yash Chopra’s seminal Deewar. Although, there were other more powerful dialogues in the same film, none as hard hitting as Jab tak ek bhai bol raha hai, ek bhai sunn raha hai; Kapoor will always be remembered for Mere pas ma hai.

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