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Marriage does not have bearing on my work: Balan

Marriage does not have bearing on my work: Balan

Mumbai : “I am enjoying being married,” says Vidya Balan, adding that marriage neither put the brakes on her prizewinning acting career nor does it have any bearing on the kind of roles she would choose in future. Work-life balance is possible for the actress because the “Parineeta” girl has found a supportive husband in Siddharth Roy Kapur, managing director of ...

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I don’t understand the TV game: Karan

I don’t understand the TV game: Karan

Mumbai : He’s the man behind many a Bollywood hit and has also been a success in his avatars as judge and talk show host on television. But Karan Johar says categorically that he won’t be delving into fiction on the small screen because he can’t find the right connect. The director, who connected with the young with his first film “Kuch ...

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Theatres show what is vanishing in life: Tripurari Sharma

Theatres show what is vanishing in life: Tripurari Sharma

In an exclusive interview with Lok Swami, Director of National School of Drama Tripurari Sharma shared some of her thoughts about Hindi stage dramas and its fading popularity. Here is a part of her conversation with our reporter. Q. What is the reason that most of the stories are converted in plays? Is it that there are not much plays ...

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Gujarat model is just a ploy

Gujarat model is just a ploy

Gujarat opposition leader and senior Congress leader Shankar Singh Vaghela believes that Gujarat model is just a ploy to fool people. He says that the development showed to the people is miles away from truth. Here is a part of his discussion with Lokswami reporter Sudhir Kumar on Narendra Modi and some other issues. Q. Modi’s development model has become ...

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‘Midnight’s Children’ – a very collaborative affair: Rushdie

‘Midnight’s Children’ – a very collaborative affair: Rushdie

Washington :  Celebrated writer Salman Rushdie is all over the film version of his acclaimed novel “Midnight’s Children”. He has himself done the screenplay and also serves as the film’s all-knowing narrator. Yet he says it’s Indo-Canadian director Deepa Mehta’s film. She “absolutely” took over once the script was done, Rushdie told reporter in an interview on phone from New York, ...

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RPG: ‘Friendly’ takeover tycoon and remarkable man

RPG: ‘Friendly’ takeover tycoon and remarkable man

Rama Prasad Goenka (who died 14 April) was decidedly the most remarkable man I have seen in my life’s journey. The world need not be told that R.P. Goenka was a great businessman. What was more remarkable was that he was an extraordinary human being, rich not only in bank balances but richer in human values, always keen to understand ...

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I like to scare people from safe distance: Baldacci

I like to scare people from safe distance: Baldacci

New Delhi : He is the king of mass market thrills who likes to needle readers with tales of high intrigues and edgy “masala” potboilers. He has a massive young fan base in India, where all his books are sold as special Indian editions. One of the world’s highest selling thriller fiction writers, David Baldacci, 10 of whose books have made it ...

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The business titan and takeover king

The business titan and takeover king

Kolkata : Long before takeovers became the norm for the country’s industry captains to spread wings, RPG Group founder Rama Prasad Goenka showed India Inc. the inorganic way of business growth through a series of acquisitions. Regarded as “takeover king”, Goenka (popularly known as RP) in 1979 established the RPG Enterprises with four companies – Phillips Carbon Black, Asian Cables, Agarpara Jute and ...

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I’m not a quitter, will stay in the system: Ashok Khemka

I’m not a quitter, will stay in the system: Ashok Khemka

He has been transferred 43 times in just two decades of service, with 19 of these having been ordered by Haryana’s present Bhupinder Singh Hooda-led Congress government. Senior IAS officer Ashok Khemka says he is being hounded for “just doing my duty” and has no intention of quitting. “I am not a quitter. I am part of this system and ...

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‘Made in India’ label should inspire confidence in Africa : Zimbabwean envoy

‘Made in India’ label should inspire confidence in Africa : Zimbabwean envoy

New Delhi : People in the African continent need to be made aware of the changes in India and that “Made in India” products can be of high quality, says a senior African diplomat based here. ”People in Africa also need to be made aware that Made in India is of high quality because colonialism has given a mentality that India cannot ...

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India visit was shocking and sad: Lindsay Lohan

India visit was shocking and sad: Lindsay Lohan

New Delhi: Hollywood actress Lindsay Lohan, who visited India in 2009 to shoot a documentary on child trafficking in the country, says it was an unforgettable experience that left her “shocked and sad”. The troubled actress, 26, gearing up for the release of her film “Scary Movie 5″, which hits screens in the US April 12 and here a week later, said ...

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Everything can’t be justified in film: Ekta Kapoor

Everything can’t be justified in film: Ekta Kapoor

Mumbai: Reacting to allegations that “Ek Thi Daayan” portrays women regressively and promotes witchcraft, Ekta Kapoor says she cannot justify everything in a film. Releasing on April 19, the Kannan Iyer directed film is a supernatural thriller that revolves around a ‘daayan’ (witch). The National Commission for Women (NCW) summoned both the producers – Ekta and Vishal Bhardwaj – last week after ...

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My wife never gets insecure: Emraan

My wife never gets insecure: Emraan

Mumbai : He has romanced several actresses on screen, and the “serial kisser” tag doesn’t seem to leave him. But Emraan Hashmi, who now shares screen space with three heroines in “Ek Thi Daayan”, says he is at peace in his personal life because his wife is not insecure about their relationship. ”My wife never gets insecure. After 30 films, every film ...

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Bar criminals from contesting polls: Former CEC

Bar criminals from contesting polls: Former CEC

New Delhi : People accused of rape, murder, kidnapping, dacoity and moral turpitude should be barred from contesting polls, former chief election commissioner S.Y. Quraishi says, while noting the number of members with criminal charges against them has gone up from 124 in the previous Lok Sabha to 162 in the current house. “This is a disturbing trend. At least people ...

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