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Rihanna, A$AP Rocky celebrate son RZA’s birthday in New York City

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Los Angeles, May 13 (IANS) Singer-songwriter Rihanna and her boyfriend A$AP Rocky celebrated their eldest son’s birthday with a special bash.

They stepped out in New York City to celebrate their son, RZA’s second birthday, as they showed off their impeccable style, reports ‘Mirror.co.uk’.

Holding their youngest child, Riot Rose, in her arms, Rihanna emanated serious cool-mum energy.

The 36-year-old ‘Umbrella’ hitmaker wore an all-grey outfit, opting for baggy jeans and a stunning corset top, finishing off the look with a fur grey cropped jacket and oval-shaped sunglasses. Following in his fashion-forward mum’s footsteps, the youngest of the family wore a denim jacket over a graphic tee and chunky sand-coloured Vans.

As per ‘Mirror.co.uk’, A$AP cut a casual dad look in jeans, a white T-shirt, and a striped blue shirt, waving while carrying RZA as they left the bash. The birthday boy — who turned two on Monday — showed off his style in brown patterned trousers and a denim jacket. The foursome went to a private party for family and friends in New York City.

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Rihanna recently revealed that her rapper boyfriend has always been the inspiration behind her sons’ looks.

Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, she said: “When I dress them, I always try to dress them like Rocky. Because I always envisioned dressing a girl, right? We all do as women, like, ‘Oh, I’m going to dress her in these cute little things,’ but then you get sons and you’re like, ‘What do I do?’ and I was like, ‘You know what, I have the biggest hack – their dad’.”

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Kushal, Sagar & Kaveri leave audience in splits with their ‘Senior Citizen Class’ act

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Mumbai, May 29 (IANS) The new episode of ‘Madness Machayenge-India Ko Hasayenge’ will present the ‘Jodi Special’ episode where comedians Kushal Badrike, Sagar Karande, and Kaveri Priyam joined forces for the ‘senior citizen class’ act.

In this uproarious skit, Kushal and Sagar play two senior citizens who enroll themselves in a school, much to the dismay of their teacher, Kaveri.

While Kushal’s character keeps throwing pick-up lines, Sagar’s character comes up with side-splittingly funny answers to even the simplest questions, disrupting the classroom with endless laughter. Kaveri does her best to maintain order, but between Kushal’s exaggerated pick-up lines and Sagar’s outrageous antics, she finally throws up her hands and runs out, leaving the audience in stitches.

Talking about the act, Kushal shared: “For our upcoming skit, we were focused on adding some novelty to our act and it worked out pretty well. It was a treat working with Sagar and Priyam, who are so talented and just elevated the act further with their impeccable comic timing.”

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‘Madness Machayenge’ airs at 9:30 p.m. on Sony.

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Mahaveer's return as Vanraj leads to deadly showdown with Surya Pratap in ‘Dhruv Tara’

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Mumbai, May 29 (IANS) The viewers of ‘Dhruv Tara – Samay Sadi Se Pare’ will be on the edge of their seats in the upcoming episodes, as Mahaveer (Krishna Bharadwaj) returns to seek revenge on Surya Pratap (Karan V. Grover) for snatching his kingdom and his family and manipulating Tara (Riya Sharma) into believing that he is a good person.

In that chaos, Mahaveer believed that his sister Tara was dead because she fought bravely to protect the king of Vallabhgarh. He feels he has failed to protect his sister, Tara. This guilt drives him to seek revenge and he is determined to make Surya Pratap pay for his actions.

The tension and drama will keep the audience hooked in the upcoming sequence.

Speaking about the episodes, Krishna, who returns as Vanraj, said: “As my character, Mahaveer, returns to the screen, I am sure that the audience can expect more drama. Mahaveer has assumed a new identity as Vanraj and his return is going to bring exciting twists in the story.”

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“Right now, Vanraj is full of anger and wants revenge against Surya Pratap. This rage will lead to some intense and dramatic moments. Fans can expect a lot of action and suspense. Vanraj’s presence will shake things up and keep everyone on the edge of their seats,” he added.

The show stars Ishaan Dhawan as Dhruv.

‘Dhruv Tara’ airs Monday to Saturday at 8 p.m. on Sony SAB.

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Mita Vashisht at first said no to 'The Shameless', the film that got Cannes talking

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New Delhi, May 29 (IANS) Though she said he was a marvellous person too and would probably make a great film, actor Mita Vashisht made it clear to Bulgarian director Konstantin Bojanov that she would not be a part of the film ‘The Shameless’, recently screened at Cannes, as what he was talking about her role (of a grandmother) could be found nowhere in the script.

“He had not even given a name to the character. Stressing that I must do the film and come to Nepal, which I did — going straight from the airport to his place and discussing the role for four hours, he did make the changes I suggested. Bojanov was extremely receptive and understood that for me it was important that the character be more nuanced and layered,” Vashisht told IANS from France.

The film that earned actor Anasuya Sengupta the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival, a first for any Indian, revolves around the circumstances when, after killing a cop in a Delhi brothel, Renuka takes refuge in a northern Indian community of sex workers. There, she begins a forbidden romance with the 17-year-old Devika. Against all odds, they try to forge their path to freedom.

Vashisht said what she contributed was derived from her lived experience as an Indian. While being a European, Bojanov conceived the kitchen as a space of bondage; for the woman of the house in India, who controls it, it is a power centre. “She’s the kingpin, you know. She can tell the younger daughters-in-law or sisters-in-law, not to come in — it is her territory. They cannot come in. And this whole idea of old women smoking in villages — there is no ‘shame’ attached to it. Go to Haryana, and you will see so many of them enjoying the ‘hukka’ after a long day.”

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Adding that the director was never snarly or snarky whenever she gave her suggestions, the actor recounted: “It was such a joy. He never said – who are you to tell me? I have worked on the script for ten years.”

Talking about the film inspired by author and historian William Dalrymple’s bestselling ‘Nine Lives: In Search of the Sacred in Modern India’, this NSD graduate admits to being a little apprehensive about the reaction of the co-actors to what had finally emerged of the grandmother’s character. However, Bojanov put her at ease saying that they would be comfortable as nothing was being changed for other actors.

This was Vashisht’s first experience of a small-budget European film. She recalled that, unlike in India, it is the producer there who calls the shots. “Considering everything is tightly budgeted, and there is a strict timeline, ours would keep looking at her watch. Of course, she was doing her job perfectly well, but I was just thinking about the producers back in India who sit silently, and directors take charge of everything,” said the actor, who has done more than 40 films besides multiple television and OTT shows​.

Shot in Nepal, the actor admits that she is mostly sceptical of the “outsider’s gaze.”

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“I am not sure if directors will like me saying that, but an actor’s job also has to include a sense of sociology, geography and psychology. Sociology is very important for what it is. If you are a certain age and an Indian, there is an insight that you will always find they will not be able to plumb. It is just like living in Europe for five years and claiming to fully understand their deepest traditions. I do not say this as a critique of anybody trying to make a film from outside India. It is just that we are a very layered civilisation,” added the actor, who directed the documentary film, ‘She, of the Four Names’ based on Lal Ded.

Even as Anasuya Sengupta may not be a ‘trained’ actor (“her trajectory has been completely different”), Auroshikha Dey is from FTII and the young girl, Omara Shetty, is trained in classical dance, Vashisht said that she makes it a point to make young actors comfortable. “First, I suss out the space, and then insist on rehearsals, saying that I am the one who can goof up. As a senior actress, it is my responsibility to put the other person at ease. In case the person in front of me is a little in awe or a bit nervous, then I just break the ice by saying, I tend to forget my lines, so let us do them off camera first,” smiled the actor who has been since 2004, performing her solo play in English and Hindi, titled ‘Lal Ded’, based on the life of medieval Kashmiri mystic across India.

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Even as Indian films have shone brightly at Cannes this time, Vashisht feels it is a positive thing that there was no institutional support, considering an independent ‘voice’ is much more powerful. “That is something that I truly celebrate because very often, the best work that we do is the one where there are no expectations of financial reward. Payal Kapadia’s award-winning ‘All We Imagine as Light’ is such a tender film. And it was so beautiful how she took her team everywhere.”

Talking about her Cannes experience, she said: “I just love being here. Interestingly, one witnessed a sense of enormous support for each other’s work here, not something very often seen at Indian film festivals. Cannes has all the razzmatazz of marketing guys, people walking around who have nothing to do with films, and those getting photographed on the red carpet. But inside, it is all about great cinema.”

Vashisht, who has been seen in several OTT series, laments that the digital medium is now going the television way. “Earlier, talent was encouraged. Now, producers are looking for star power and think they will be able to carry the series on their shoulders alone, not realising that the remote control is in people’s hands,” concluded the actor who sang the vocals with Shubha Mudgal for the theme song of ‘Laaga Chunari Mein Daag’.

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For Varun Badola, doing intense scenes is like his 'second nature' after 25 years of acting

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Mumbai, May 29 (IANS) Actor Varun Badola opened up on performing difficult scenes in the web series ‘Jamnapaar’, sharing that after 25 years of acting, facing intense scenes becomes second nature.

Varun has been in the industry for around three decades, and has done shows like ‘Banegi Apni Baat’, ‘Des Mein Niklla Hoga Chand’, ‘Astitva…Ek Prem Kahani’, ‘Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai’ and many others.

On performing difficult scenes in the series, Varun, who portrays the role of K. D. Bansal, said: “I feel when we talk about acting, we end up glorifying things out of proportion. I’m not saying you wouldn’t have to face difficult scenes, but after 25 years of acting, it becomes second nature. When acting becomes your practice, difficult things become easy. I believe no scene is challenging if it is backed by good preparation.”

Sharing insights into his preparation for ‘Jamnapaar’, the ‘Mere Dad Ki Dulhan’ actor said: “I mentally prepared myself for the role because I had to portray a father who is much older than my actual age. It was important for me to understand the mindset of someone who has been in the business industry for thirty years, which required me to limit my thinking.”

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“As an actor, I’ve had many experiences, but playing this character required me to hold back, which was mentally challenging at times. It was crucial to ensure that my personal life did not clash with the character’s life. These small details required time and attention, including studying the character’s speech and mannerisms. Nonetheless, I enjoyed playing this role,” he added.

The show features Ritvik Sahore, Srishti Ganguli Rindani, Ankita Sahigal, and Raghu Ram in pivotal roles.

‘Jamnapaar’ is streaming on Amazon miniTV.

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Dino Morea’s summer fitness secrets: 60 pc weight training, 30 pc cardio, 4-5 litres of water a day

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Mumbai, May 29 (IANS) Actor Dino Morea, who was recently seen in the Malayalam film ‘Bandra’, has shared insights into his fitness regimen and how he powers through the terrible Mumbai summer which peaks in the month of May.

The actor told IANS that he focuses 50-60 per cent on weight training and mixes it up with sports to leverage the cardio.

He said: “My weight training is 3-4 days a week. For me, cardio is about playing a sport and that would be two days a week.”

Dino said that he focuses on maintaining the electrolyte balance in summer as the body tends to lose electrolytes during workouts. He told IANS: “For the summer, because it is really hot and humid, I make it a point to have more electrolytes because you tend to lose out on electrolytes when you workout. With regard to the diet, I’m fairly consistent with what I eat. My meals are home-cooked, lighter in nature and more vegetarian.”

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Recently, the actor installed fitness stations in Mumbai at public places which people of the city can access free of cost. The actor described the initiative as a way of giving back to the city. Sharing the inspiration behind installing fitness stations, he said that he wanted people to have a place which they can access publicly and stay fit.

The actor told IANS: “Whenever I used to go for a walk or a run on the streets of Mumbai, because that’s the only space you have given the space crunch in the city, all one could do was run, skip or walk. The streets never really had anything for functional training. When you travel abroad, you see a lot of such stations in public places. I thought why not have something here as well.”

The actor came up with the design all by himself, sought permission, and raised money for it. “I went about designing, and tried to figure out how to get permission. Got the permission, I raised money, and set it up, all on my own, nothing from anybody else, and publicly free of cost,” he added.

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Talking about hydration, Dino said: “Hydration is the most important thing along with electrolytes. I drink 4-5 litres of water a day. Take plain water, add a bit of Himalayan pink salt. It makes a huge difference.”

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