Friday, October 30, 2020

Interview

'365 Days' star Michele Morrone: I don't mind being ugly on screen

NEW DELHI: Italian actor Michele Morrone caused a stir on social media after his erotic film 365 Days released digitally earlier this year. While women are in awe of his good looks, he says he does not mind being ugly for a film, as it is more important to be an artiste rather than a sexy man.

Of tricks of trade a veteran diplomat picked up from his peers

NEW DELHI:  Winston Churchill once defined diplomacy as "the art of telling a man to go to hell in such a way that he asks for directions to it!"

Black Warrant: Tihar jailers used to 'work' for Charles Sobhraj

NEW DELHI:"In 1981, when I was posted as Deputy Superintendent of Tihar Jail, after leaving the Indian Railways job as a law officer, I was astonished to see the elusive and enchanted world of Tihar which is still etched in my memory. Initially, I was worried about the whole thing, but after spending 35 years in this jail, not as a criminal but as a government employee, I still recall the relics of that bygone era."

Important to play an attacking game as opener in T20s: Dhawan

NEW DELHI:The first six overs in a T20 game is considered the most crucial as both the batting and bowling team look to grab early advantage and with the World T20 in Australia less than a year away, India opener Shikhar Dhawan is very clear that for him it will be all about attacking from the word go Down Under.

Ayodhya, matter of faith, but needs to be addressed legally: Bobde

NEW DELHI:"Ayodhya title dispute has legal issues, which should be addressed through a legal system," said Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde, the Chief Justice-designate. He spoke to IANS on pressing legal issues and the road ahead especially on issues pertaining to access to justice for the people in rural areas.

Enough funds for people's welfare: Delhi DDC chief

NEW DELHI:Claiming that the Aam Aadmi Party is running an honest government in the city, Vice Chairperson of Dialogue and Development Commission Jasmine Shah said the Delhi government has enough funds for the welfare of the people.

India to have Marine Police Force to guard coastline

NEW DELHI:The Ministry of Home Affairs has completed the modalities of setting up a new armed force -- Central Marine Police Force -- to strengthen coastal security. A final proposal would be sent to the Cabinet by early next month for approval, a source in the ministry said on Saturday.

Removal of Article 370 gave hope: J&K youth activists

NEW DELHI:At a time when a lot of hue and cry is being raised over the abolition of special status to Jammu and Kashmir, there is a silent narrative in favour of the Centre's historic decision which remains lost in the din.

Chicago-U don Whitney Cox is master of Sanskrit, Tamil, South India, Kashmir, Shiva

NEW DELHI:He's a master of Sanskrit and Tamil and is currently translating two of their ancient texts. He has also conducted extensive research on Shaivism and the linkages in medieval times between South India and Kashmir. Yet, Whitney Cox, an Associate Professor in the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations at The University of Chicago, modestly says he hasn't "mastered anything" and "there will always be more things to learn".

Removal of Article 370 gave hope: J&K youth activists

NEW DELHI: At a time when a lot of hue and cry is being raised over the abolition of special status to Jammu and Kashmir, there is a silent narrative in favour of the Centre's historic decision which remains lost in the din.

Chicago-U don Whitney Cox is master of Sanskrit, Tamil, South India, Kashmir

NEW DELHI:He's a master of Sanskrit and Tamil and is currently translating two of their ancient texts. He has also conducted extensive research on Shaivism and the linkages in medieval times between South India and Kashmir. Yet, Whitney Cox, an Associate Professor in the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations at The University of Chicago, modestly says he hasn't "mastered anything" and "there will always be more things to learn".

Removal of Article 370 gave hope: J&K youth activists

NEW DELHI:At a time when a lot of hue and cry is being raised over the abolition of special status to Jammu and Kashmir, there is a silent narrative in favour of the Centre's historic decision which remains lost in the din.

Cricket Test Championship is a serious business

The ICC World Test Championship has got underway in just the right fashion for India -- a clean-sweep in the West Indies and it looks like a similar demolition of South Africa at home too. India are well up on the championship table and with their next series against Bangladesh, they should reap-in a substantial lead against their rivals.

Infighting in AAP, Sisodia too may leave: Manoj Tiwari

NEW DELHI:  Refuting reports of infighting in the Delhi unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), its chief Manoj Tiwari has instead claimed that the state's ruling AAP is struggling with internal friction and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia may leave the party any day.

There is no bigger decision than Kashmir: PM Modi (IANS Interview)

NEW DELHI:  With Prime Minister Narendra Modi completing 75 days today in his second avatar as the nation's helmsman, he speaks extensively to IANS on his priorities going forward and also touches upon various sensitive issues varying from Jammu & Kashmir, medical reforms, criticality of education to taking the knife to the tumor of corruption within the bureaucracy. In an extensive conversation with IANS Editor-in-Chief Sandeep Bamzai, the Prime Minister walks him through the most contentious issues facing India and his remedies for the maladies.

Self-obsessed Modi indulges in theatrics: Captain Amarinder Singh

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is indulged in theatrics since he took over as Prime Minister, he's a self-obsessed man and the people of Punjab or anywhere else can never forget the incident of desecration of their holy scriptures, Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh said on Thursday.

Chandigarh ignored in funds' allocation: Pawan Kumar Bansal

Chandigarh has been deliberately ignored in allocation of funds and one of the country's oldest varsities, the Panjab University, was also starved of funds, Congress nominee and former Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal said.

End terror or we stop our share of water: Gadkari to Pakistan

If Pakistan continues to support cross-border terrorism, India will have no option but to take the "hard" decision of stopping its share of water of three common rivers, Water Resources Minister Nitin Gadkari has said, in a warning to the neighbouring country.

Won't play a role unless I'm convinced: Patralekhaa

Actress Patralekhaa, who features in the upcoming film "Badnaam Gali" alongside Divyendu Sharma, says the dull phase in her career has taught her not to live on someone's mercy and only sign up for films she is convinced with.

Important for me to play normal characters: Sonam Kapoor

Sonam Kapoor, who has clocked a year since her wedding to businessman Anand Ahuja, is in a happy space. The actress knows her heart lies in playing "normal" characters on-screen, in endorsing the fashion she believes in and in urging others to be themselves.

No anti-incumbency against BJP, Modi will win: Himachal CM

There is no anti-incumbency against the sitting BJP lawmakers in the Lok Sabha elections, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur says. Rather there is more "josh" (zeal) this time to win with bigger margins and Prime Minister Narendra Modi's name alone will win Bharatiya Janata Party the Lok Sabha elections. "All other issues are secondary to Modiji", he says.

UPA will win at Centre, all Rajasthan LS seats: Pilot

JAIPUR:   Rajasthan Congress President and state Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot has said that the party was confident of winning all Lok Sabha seats in the state under its "Mission 25", and that a Congress-led UPA-3 government will be formed at the Centre after the election results are declared on May 23.

Necessary to move on from past laurels: Manoj Bajpayee

Actor Manoj Bajpayee is the recipient of two National Film Awards and India's fourth highest civilian award, Padma Shri, but he stills considers himself a common man from Bihar who has to keep working hard to survive in a dream city like Mumbai. The actor, who turned 50 on Tuesday, feels that he still has a long way to go.

I'm not scared of failure: Varun Dhawan

Varun Dhawan is expanding his horizon with each of his projects -- be it "Badrinath Ki Dulhania", "October" and the recent release "Kalank", which has become the highest opener of 2019 so far. The actor says he treats each project as a challenge, and pushes himself to improve his craft.

Meryl Streep or Madhuri Dixit for my biopic: Bobbi Brown

Global make-up icon Bobbi Brown, who found global fame by following her passion to make women look beautiful in a natural way, finds the idea of her life story finding a way to the silver screen overwhelming.

Congress on path of resurgence in UP: Raj Babbar

"The Congress is clearly on the path of resurgence. The change is palpable on the ground and after a long time Congress workers are enthused. We are on the comeback path in Uttar Pradesh," says UPCC President Raj Babbar.

Congress doesn't need to project PM face, people fed up of Modi rule: Rajeev Satav

The Congress does not need to project a prime ministerial candidate, says the party's Gujarat affairs In-charge Rajeev Satav, claiming that the people have seen through "jumlebaazi" of this government and are fed up.

Wave of patriotic films is worth it: John Abraham

here's a thin line that divides patriotism from jingoism. But as Bollywood is riding on a high tide of films with nationalistic themes, actor John Abraham, who plays a spy in thriller "RAW", says it's totally worth it to have a stream of movies on what people need to see in the current socio-political environment.

Here's what selfie episode has taught Nawazuddin

Critically acclaimed actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui is always open to interacting with his fans but after an admirer recently dragged him for a selfie, he has learnt that occasionally he needs to be "more careful".

If I can get share of both pies, why not: Akshay

 Actor Akshay Kumar is on a roll, and when is he ever not? After signing up for a web series, the superstar is now getting ready for his next release "Kesari". He says he is happy getting a share of both the pies

BSP, SP should have included Congress in UP alliance to finish the game: Yashwant Sinha

NEW DELHI: Former Union Minister Yashwant Sinha says the BSP and Samajwadi Party opposition unity against the BJP in the coming Lok Sabha elections is a "work in progress" but feels that the two parties should have included Congress in the alliance in Uttar Pradesh that would have "finished the game".

Rahul Gandhi is fit to be Prime Minister: Kushwaha

NEW DELHI: After the snub from Samajwadi party (SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and amidst reports of rumblings within the Mahagatbandhan (Grand Alliance) in Bihar, a new ally says Congress President Rahul Gandhi is fit to be Prime Minister and the party backs him for the top post.

Nehru, Patel together built India after Gandhi: Historian

KOLKATA: Noted historian Ramachandra Guha, whose latest book is a biography of Mahatma Gandhi, said on Sunday that Jawaharlal Nehru and Sardar Patel together built India after Gandhi's assassination in 1948.

Abhishek Bachchan says failing publicly humiliating, sometimes people take pleasure in seeing you fail

MUMBAI: Abhishek Bachchan opened up about handling pressure of a star kid and how he handles the weight which comes with his surname in an honest interview. Speaking to filmmaker Shoojit Sircar for The Telegraph in Kolkata, Abhishek said he learnt early on his career that it would be “inhuman to carry the burden of that pressure; anyone will get crushed under it.”

Any kind of abuse must not be exercised or tolerated: Radhika Apte

NEW DELHI:  With #MeToo movement, many women are coming out in the open to talk about the sexual harassment they have faced by people in power across different fields, including Bollywood. Actress Radhika Apte is "loving" it and she feels everyone should come together to create safe workplaces where any kind of abuse is neither exercised nor tolerated.

Kuldeep will be India's No.1 spinner going forward: Harbhajan Singh

 KOLKATA:  Going forward, chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav will become India's primary spin weapon, feels veteran bowler-turned-cricket commentator Harbhajan Singh.

My focus in life right now is acting, films: Ranveer Singh

NEW DELHI:There has been immense buzz surrounding his coming wedding with actress Deepika Padukone, but Bollywood star Ranveer Singh says his focus in life right now is acting and films.

Shuttler Sindhu welcomes MeToo movement

 NEW DELHI:  Rio silver medallist P.V.Sindhu on Wednesday encouraged people from various walks of life to step out and speak on harassment while distancing herself from the comments of senior shuttler Jwala Gutta, who had alleged "mental harassment" by an unnamed coach.

Not a star, just trying to be an actor: Janhvi Kapoor

Actress Janhvi Kapoor who made her Bollywood debut with 'Dhadak' has said she does not feel she has become a star with the success of the film but she is just trying to be an actor.

Fortunate to be offered variety in a short span: Ishaan Khatter

He is all of 22. But he has already worked with iconic Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi in his maiden India-set movie "Beyond The Clouds". Now Ishaan Khatter is geared up for the release of his second big canvas entertainer "Dhadak". He says he is very fortunate to get offered variety so early in his career.

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