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Promotions are a polite way of begging: Alia Bhatt

Promotions are a polite way of begging

Alia Bhatt has been going all-out with her co-star Varun Dhawan to spread the right buzz for their movie Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania. The actor equates promotions to a “polite way of begging”. In an interview, the actor, who has featured in Student Of The Year, Highway and 2 States, …

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A new dawn for dramas

A new dawn for dramas

Behlul and Bihter took everyone by a surprise when Turkish soaps graced the Pakistani screens, with gorgeous faces and unconventional storylines getting an even better response than expected. Two years later, the situation has changed. Zindagi, a channel owned by Zee TV network in India, has started airing Pakistani dramas …

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SoundCloud nearing deals with record labels

SoundCloud nearing deals with record labels

Online music sharing service SoundCloud Ltd, a Berlin-based company with more than 250 million listeners a month, is close to a deal with the largest record labels Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, and Warner Music Group for licences to continue playing their songs and avoid potential legal disputes, Bloomberg …

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Haider made Kapoor feel inadequate as an actor

Haider made Kapoor feel inadequate as an actor

Actor Shahid Kapoor, who plays a dark character in his forthcoming film Haider, says that although he prepared for the role, the nagging thought that he’s not “good enough” for it, kept haunting him throughout the shoot. An adaptation of William Shakespeare’s tragedy Hamlet, the film, directed by Vishal Bhardwaj, …

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100HAPPYDAYS: Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake

Aww! Any guesses who this is? In case those trademark blonde curls and love for music didn’t give it away, it’s none other than Justin Timberlake. The singer took to Instagram and shared a picture of his childhood in which he is seen playing a tiny banjo amongst a group …

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Israel prepares for major Gaza offensive

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Israel bombarded the Gaza Strip on Tuesday in strikes that Palestinian officials said killed at least 13 people, stepping up what threatens to become a long-term offensive against Hamas after scores of rockets hit Israeli towns. After the worst outbreak of violence along the Gaza frontier since an eight-day war …

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Ukraine tightens grip on rebels amid pressure for truce

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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko was to face renewed European pressure on Wednesday to talk to pro-Russian rebels on a truce as Kiev tightened its grip around jittery rebel stronghold Donetsk. French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel were expected to push the Western-backed leader on a ceasefire in …

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Modi tightens grip on ruling party

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tightened his grip on the reins of power Wednesday after the appointment of his most trusted aide, Amit Shah, as president of the ruling Hindu nationalist party. Shah, who has known Modi since the 1980s in his home state of Gujarat, is seen as a …

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Sisi regret over Egypt Jazeera jailings encourages family

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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al Sisi said he wished three jailed Al-Jazeera journalists including an Australian had never been tried, in an expression of regret relatives described as encouraging on Monday. Australian Peter Greste, Canadian-Egyptian Mohamed Fahmy and Egyptian Baher Mohamed were sentenced to between seven and 10 years in …

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Afghan election candidate set to reject result

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Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah was set to reject preliminary election results released Monday, heightening a political crisis over fraud that threatens to trigger instability as US-led troops pull out. Abdullah, previously seen as the election front-runner, alleges that he was the victim of “industrial-scale” ballot-box stuffing on June 14 …

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