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Did you know? Sobhita Dhulipala is a trained Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi dancer

Sobhita Dhulipala's journey from classical dance to the silver screen is a testament to her versatile talents and artistic depth. Emerging as a prominent actress in the Indian film industry. Her portrayal in the acclaimed web series "Made In Heaven," where she navigated the complexities of a wedding planner's life as Tara Khanna, resonated deeply with audiences. Recently, her role in "The Night Manager" has further solidified her reputation as a compelling performer, adept at portraying intricate characters with finesse. 'The Night Manager' actress Sobhita Dhulipala's talents Not just this, but beyond her acting achievements, Sobhita Dhulipala is also a trained classical dancer in Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi, enriching her performances with a rare blend of grace and discipline. From her days as Femina Miss India Earth 2013 to carving out a successful career in Bollywood, Sobhita continues to inspire with her dedication and multifaceted talent. Her journey from the world of pageantry to cinema, coupled with her commitment to classical dance, underscores her as an iconic figure in contemporary Indian cinema and a source of inspiration for aspiring artists. About Sobhita Dhulipala in Dev Patel's 'Monkey Man' Actor Sobhita Dhulipala says she is super excited to make her Hollywood debut with "Monkey Man", in which she features alongside "Lion" star Dev Patel. The "Night Manager" actor talked about the much-awaited movie on the sidelines of the Lakmé Fashion Week X FDCI here. "It's my first time working in a new industry, it's Hollywood. So that is super exciting for me," Dhulipala, 31, told PTI. "Monkey Man" marks the directorial debut of Patel, the star of multiple Oscar-winning movie "Slumdog Millionaire" as well as films like "Hotel Mumbai", "The Personal History of David Copperfield" and "The Green Knight". Inspired by the legend of Lord Hanuman, "Monkey Man" is set in Mumbai and features Patel as Kid, a man on a quest for vengeance against the corrupt leaders who murdered his mother and continue to systemically victimise the poor and powerless. Dhulipala features in the movie alongside a host of Indian actors, including Sikander Kher, Makarand Deshpande, Pitobash and Vipin Sharma. "I just came back from the world premiere at Austin. It was amazing, what a beautiful reception. I had goosebumps from the whole experience. People were hooting, cheering, clapping and screaming. There was a standing ovation," Dhulipala said.

17 July,2024 07:19 PM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
In Pic: Diljit Dosanjh

Diljit Dosanjh shares ‘hilarious’ simple tips to cleanse your aura

Punjabi sensation Diljit Dosanjh has shared simple tips for cleansing the aura, which include mountains and his latest film 'Jatt & Juliet 3'. Diljit took to Instagram and shared a reel. In the clip, he is seen hiking on a mountain, posing in front of a waterfall, and even drinking from a river. However, it's the entertaining voiceover that stands out. The clip begins with a soothing voiceover by Diljit, saying, “Apne kabhi mehsoos kiya hai ke duniya main kaam karte huye logo se milte huye na chahate huye bhi bahut saare thoughts hum apne saath lele te hai jo shayad humaare nahi the jinka humaare zindagi main koi arth nahi tha aur fir woh humain pareshaan karte hai (Have you ever felt that while meeting people, we unintentionally carry many thoughts with us that perhaps weren’t ours and didn’t mean anything in our lives, yet they bother us).”           View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by DILJIT DOSANJH (@diljitdosanjh) He suggests that if these unwanted thoughts bog one down, then going to the mountains can help. The actor-singer then said that once going to the mountains, one can rediscover their inner child. He calmly advises recalling small moments of happiness and being thankful to God. In a humorous tone, he adds, “Metvarse ke chakkar main jisko experience karne aaye the kahin woh na reh jaaye… Chinta na karein agar pahaad dur padh rahe hain toh ‘Jatt and Juliet 3’ dekhkar aaye saari zindagi ka maksad mil jayega. Aankhein khul jaayegi over (If, in the pursuit of experiencing something new, you end up losing yourself... Don't worry, if the mountains are far away, watch ‘Jatt and Juliet 3’ and you'll find the purpose of life).” He captioned the video: "Simple way to cleanse your aura." Directed by Jagdeep Sidhu, 'Jatt & Juliet 3' also stars Neeru Bajwa. The film was released on June 28. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/ reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

09 July,2024 09:49 PM IST | Mumbai | IANS
Sumbul Touqeer Khan (Pics: Instagram)

Sumbul Touqeer's rainy day special: Tea, pakodas & Maggi with family and friends

Actress Sumbul Touqeer Khan has expressed her love for the monsoon season, sharing that tea, pakoras, and Maggie with family and close friends on a rainy day is the perfect combination. Speaking about her love for the rain, Sumbul shared, "Rains have something special in them. Tea, pakoras, and Maggie with family and close friends on a rainy day is the best combination. When we are on set and it rains, the whole team comes together and has so much fun. We also get to have pakoras on set. Getting wet in the rain is a different moment. It reminds me of my childhood days with my sister Saniya, jab hum sath me bheegte the."           View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by Sumbul Touqeer (@sumbul_touqeer) Sumbul also expressed concerns about the environment, mentioning that decreasing rainfall and climate change are significant problems. "I feel only we humans can be the change. We need to save water, plant more trees, and avoid using plastic. Nature heals us, but if we don't save it, we will not be blessed and healed by nature. In fact, my father has made a small garden on our house balcony, and it feels so fresh every morning. We sit near the plants, and it feels very fresh. I also love to read my books on the balcony," she added. The young actress, who started her career with supporting roles as a child in 'Har Mushkil Ka Hal Akbar Birbal' and 'Jodha Akbar', has participated in dance reality shows such as 'India's Dancing Superstars' and 'Hindustan Ka Big Star'. Sumbul played child artist roles in shows like 'Aahat', 'Gangaa', 'Baalveer', and 'Mann Mein Vishwaas Hai'. She has also appeared in shows like 'Waaris', 'Chakradhari Ajay Krishna', 'Chandragupta Maurya', and 'Ishaaron Ishaaron Mein'. In 2020, Sumbul played the titular role in the show 'Imlie', co-starring Gashmeer Mahajani, Fahmaan Khan, and Mayuri Deshmukh. She is currently playing the lead in the show 'Kavya - Ek Jazbaa, Ek Junoon', which airs on Sony.

08 July,2024 02:15 PM IST | Mumbai | IANS
Picture Courtesy/Sobhita Dhulipala's Instagram account

In pics: Sobhita Dhulipala visits Kapaleeshwarar Temple

Actor Sobhita Dhulipala visited Kapaleeshwarar Temple which is located in Mylapore, Chennai. On Tuesday, Sobhita shared pictures on Instagram where she can be seen posing in front of the temple. She also posted some snaps of the temple and its environment.           View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by Sobhita (@sobhitad) In one of the pictures, women can be seen doing kirtan in the temple. She also got curd rice as prasad. Raashii Khanna reacted to the post. She wrote, "Beauty!" Recently, she made her debut at the Cannes Film Festival and represented the premium ice cream brand Magnum India. Meanwhile, on the acting front, Sobhita is currently receiving praise for her performance in 'Monkey Man'. The action-thriller follows the journey of a young man portrayed by Dev Patel, who embarks on a mission to seek justice for his mother's death, caused by corrupt leaders. However, his quest for vengeance takes an unexpected turn as he becomes a champion for the oppressed and powerless, transforming into the titular 'Monkey Man.' Alongside Sikandar Kher, the film features Dev Patel, Sharlto Copley, Sobhita Dhulipala, Makarand Deshpande, Ashwini Kalsekar, and others. Notably, Dev Patel not only stars in the film but also makes his directorial debut and serves as a producer. 'Monkey Man' is slated to release soon in India. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/ reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

03 July,2024 05:14 AM IST | Mumbai | ANI
Picture Courtesy/Shamita Shetty's Instagram account

Shamita Shetty relives Harry Potter magic at London's Warner Bros Studio Tour

Actor Shamita Shetty recently delighted her fans as she shared glimpses of her visit to the Warner Bros Studio Tour in London. Taking to her Instagram account on Sunday, the actress dropped a video giving fans a tour of the studio. The actress, a Potterhead, made sure to immerse herself in the magical world of Harry Potter. The tour featured character illustrations, visual representations of iconic Harry Potter locations, Hogwarts House impressions, and several posters and paintings from the beloved franchise.           View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by Shamita Shetty (@shamitashetty_official) Apart from this, Shamita also indulged in Harry Potter-themed chocolates and enjoyed a thrilling ride on a digitally made broomstick, describing it as 'the most fun' experience she had. "My eyes sparkled in awe and amazement as I re-lived some of the moments n characters in the magical world of Harry Potter!!! Loved every moment of it! Only all the Harry Potter fans will understand why The second last slide/video for me was the most fun," read her Instagram post. In another snapshot from her London trip which she shared a couple of days back, Shamita was seen sitting atop a fence surrounded by lush green pastures, dressed casually in a black T-shirt and matching joggers.           View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by Shamita Shetty (@shamitashetty_official) Shamita was last seen in the movie 'The Tenant,' which was released on February 10, 2023. She also garnered attention as a contestant on reality shows like Bigg Boss OTT 1, where she reached the Top 3. Apart from this, she participated in Bigg Boss 15, finishing in 4th place. In 2020, she was featured in the web series 'Black Widows.' This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/ reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

30 June,2024 06:13 AM IST | Mumbai | ANI
Varun Dhawan

'The best stretch': Varun Dhawan treats stiff shoulders, chest muscles with yoga

Bollywood star Varun Dhawan has vouched for yoga to beat stiff shoulders and chest muscles, saying that it has been the most “beneficial healing element in my life”. Varun took to Instagram on Tuesday where he shared a reel showing him stretching for stiff muscles. In the video, the actor can be seen doing several asanas but under the guidance of his instructor.  “The best stretch... Helps to open up the shoulders and chest. End with apnasana (knees to chest),” he wrote in the clip.  For caption, Varun called yoga “the most beneficial healing element” in his life.            View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by VarunDhawan (@varundvn) “Yoga - stretch to be the best. Yes, that's been the most beneficial healing element in my life. Iv had very stiff shoulders and chest muscles for a long time (sic),” he wrote.  The 37-year-old actor, who was last seen in the 2023 film 'Bawaal', shared that the asanas that he performed in the video also helped in his digestion and sleep.  "These asanas have really helped open me up and helped my digestion and sleep. It’s taken me a long time to reach here under the supervision of my teacher (sic),” Varun wrote.  On the work front, Varun will be seen in the action drama 'Baby John' featuring Keerthy Suresh, Wamiqa Gabbi, Jackie Shroff, and Sanya Malhotra. He also has “Sunny Sanskari Ki Tulsi Kumari” and “Citadel: Honey Bunny” in the pipeline.  This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/ reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

25 June,2024 08:10 PM IST | Mumbai | IANS
The Rebel Kid aka Apoorva Mukhija

Exclusive! The Rebel Kid's guide to impromptu vacation essentials

The Rebel Kid aka Apoorva Mukhija, is a face you're more than familiar with on Instagram. This content creator is known for her bubbly personality and her 'saddie trying to be a baddie' series. As someone who believes "downfall mein bhi masti nahi rukni chahiye," we just had to know how Apoorva manages to travel the world, create content, and, most importantly, pack for her impromptu escapes. And lucky for us, she answered and gave us her gospel. Instagram Influencer Apoorva Mukhija shares her vacation guide           View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by Apoorva (@the.rebel.kid) The creator shared her packing strategies for her 25-day multi-country trip. She travelled through a variety of climates, starting in chilly Turkey, moving to a surprisingly hot Paris, then experiencing the cold in Switzerland, and finally enjoying the bikini weather in Greece. This meant she had to pack extensively to cover all possible weather conditions, without being able to reuse many pieces of clothing. Recalling her trip, Apoorva said, "We were changing so many weathers, like we started from Turkey, which was kind of chilly, then went to Paris, which was extremely hot, and we didn't really expect it to be hot. Then we went to Switzerland, which was extremely cold, and then we came back to Greece, so, bikini weather. I had to pack quite a lot; I couldn't really reuse any of the pieces." When asked about the number of countries she has visited, Apoorva proudly mentioned that she counted 18 countries on this trip. She had a goal to visit 22 countries by the time she turned 22, but she emphasized that it’s the experiences that matter more than the numbers. "I really wanted to do 22 by the time that I'm 22. But I think it's not about the number, it's about the experiences," she said. Packing for such varied trips, especially with her tendency for impromptu plans, requires a lot of forethought. For Apoorva, the most important aspect is her outfits. "More than the hotel or the itinerary, what matters the most is my outfit. I feel horrible if my outfit is not matching the background and it's not the aesthetic that I imagined it to be," she shared. To achieve this, she spends hours on Pinterest researching what to wear in different locations, considering the weather and the backdrop. "I spend hours on Pinterest. It's not something that people should be doing, but I do." Despite not planning her trips in detail, she meticulously plans her outfits. For a 10-day trip, she carries one outfit for the night, one for the day, and five backup options in case something goes wrong. "I carry one night option, one day option, and then I carry like five days. Seven backup options for like a 10-day trip if something goes wrong," she explained. Apoorva also supports small businesses in India and shops from them frequently. However, she has a particular fondness for brands like House of CB. "I do shop quite a lot from small businesses. But there are just some brands like House of CB and Oh Polly. I just absolutely love them," she said.  When it comes to packing, Apoorva prefers to pack light but struggles with it. "I prefer light, I do... but I don't know how to do light," she admitted. For instance, she recently went to Thailand for a day and a half for a brand shoot, managing to carry just one cabin luggage. "I just carried like one cabin luggage and I was so proud of myself. One and a half-day trip. I'm so extremely proud of myself, and I came back with a suitcase that... It's like, more than my height," she revealed. 

25 June,2024 08:13 AM IST | Mumbai | Tuhina Upadhyay
In Pic: Ayushmann Khurrana

Spot the red flag with Ayushmann Khurrana's newest poetry

His poetic endeavours reflect his introspective nature and keen observations of life. Ayushmann Khurrana's poetry often delves into themes of human emotions and the complexity of modern existence, showcasing his profound sensitivity and artistic flair beyond his performances on screen. His poems resonate with authenticity, offering readers a glimpse into his soul and a new dimension of his creative expression. This time, he has written a shayari that will help you realize if you are dating someone who is a red flag or not. The actor penned, “Bohot Matlabi Sa Ishq Hai Uska…Bohot Matlabi Sa Ishq Hai Uska.Woh Mujhse Talluq Rakhta Hai Yun Khud Toh Aage Badh Jaata Hai Par Chaahata hai Ki Main Phir Bhi Uske Ishq Mein Rahoon” As soon as  Ayushmann Khurrana posted his shayari on social media, his admirers started showering him with love. One fan wrote, “Love u Ayushmann sir... please keep this connection alive by posting something for your viewers. We love to see u.” Another commented, “Beautiful shayari AK! Also, nice background of ocean, sky, mountains, and 'moon' in the video.” “Awwwwww love you so so soooo much dear Ayush, you're the best! Pehle Tahira ne baazi maar li thi ab tum bhi!!! Awesome sir,” a third fan commented. A user wrote, “How do you write such beautiful shayaris? I am so in loveeee <33 the way it always, ALWAYSSSS touches my heart.” Ayushmann has some of the most loyal fans. The actor recently completed 12 years in the industry, and one of his fans, Aditi, posted the certificate of her naming a star after Ayushmann and wrote, “Congratulations to my Akh da Taara for his new song Akh da Taara Now there’s officially a star in this universe by your name and will forever be. Hope you like this gift. You mean the world to me, to all of us as fans of your work & how you live your life. Keep shining and spreading love and light as you always do! Lots of love”  Upon realising this, Ayushmann was immensely grateful. He immediately acknowledged this incredible gesture of love on his social media. Ayushmann in his long note said, “Aditi has been one of the first admirers of my work since the time Vicky Donor released and became a humongous success story for me. So, it is quite amazing that she decided to celebrate two big milestones of my career - my 12th anniversary in the Hindi film industry and my single Akh Da Tara’s huge success by gifting me and immortalising me as a star in the universe!”

16 June,2024 11:04 PM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
In Pic: Alia Bhatt

After Kareena Kapoor, Alia Bhatt ventures into writing

Alia Bhatt has ventured into writing with her first-ever book, "Ed finds a Home." Alia Bhatt, who always amazes her fans with her acting skills, has now decided to wear one more hat, this time as a writer. The actress has announced her first book and also shared the cover page. While announcing this sweet news to her fans, Alia shared, "A new adventure begins. 'Ed finds a Home' is just the beginning of a new series of books from the universe of Ed-a-mamma. My childhood was full of storytelling and storytellers, and one day I had a dream to bring out that child in me and put it into books for children. I am so grateful to my fellow storytellers, Vivek Kamath, @shabnamminwalla, and @tanvibhat.draws, who with their wonderful ideas, inputs, and imagination helped bring our first book to life. Fingers crossed for this journey ahead. You can now find the book available online and in major bookstores."           View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by Alia Bhatt 💛 (@aliaabhatt) As soon as Alia dropped the happy news, fans started reacting to it. One user wrote, "I’ll be buying the book for the picturesssss because the cover looks so cuteeee." "I think Alia’s gonna build whatever business Raha needs in that moment," quipped another fan. "I'm not a kid but I'm gonna read this anyways," shared another one. To note, Alia is not the only celeb who has ventured into writing after delivering a baby. Kareena Kapoor has also written a book describing her pregnancy experience named "Kareena Kapoor Khan's Pregnancy Bible." Later, the use of the word "Bible" in her book's title had gotten her into legal trouble. On the work front, Alia Bhatt will be seen in Vasan Bala's "Jigra," which she co-produced along with Karan Johar. The actress will also start shooting for her spy drama soon. Recently, the makers of "Jigra" announced a new release date for the film. Initially set for September 27, 2024, audiences can now watch it in cinemas from October 11 onwards.  

16 June,2024 06:23 PM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
Picture Courtesy/Kapil Sharma's Instagram account

Kapil Sharma drops adorable pics from his Canada gateway

Comedian-actor Kapil Sharma recently left fans in awe as he shared glimpses of his family vacation to Canada. The comedian, on Friday took to his Instagram account to drop an adorable video on his Instagram account, featuring moments with his wife Ginni Chatrath and their children. In the video, Kapil is seen enjoying quality time with his family, admiring nature, and capturing stunning photos. The video showcases serene lakeshores and lush woodlands, documenting moments of contentment and relaxation as they immersed themselves in the beautiful outdoors.           View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by Kapil Sharma (@kapilsharma) Soon after Kapil dropped the pictures, fans flooded the comment section with admiration. One user wrote, "This is beautiful, feel so happy seeing these beautiful family pics. So relaxed." Another commented, "Beautiful picture," while a third penned, "Lovely pictures, sir." Kapil Sharma's career began with his win on 'The Great Indian Laughter Challenge 3.' He went on to star in shows like 'Hans Baliye' and 'Comedy Circus,' gaining massive popularity after launching 'Comedy Nights With Kapil' in 2013. He made a comeback in 2016 with 'The Kapil Sharma Show.' Building on his television success, Kapil launched 'The Great Indian Kapil Show,' an OTT program. The show has featured several celebrities, including Aamir Khan, Ranbir Kapoor, Neetu Kapoor, Kartik Aaryan, Janhvi Kapoor, Rajkummar Rao, and Diljit Dosanjh. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/ reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

16 June,2024 06:50 AM IST | Mumbai | ANI
In Pic: Salman Khan's art work

Wish to own Salman Khan’s artwork? Here’s when and how you can get it

Following the exciting collaboration announcement between Bollywood superstar Salman Khan and the innovative art company Artfi, we are thrilled to share the latest development. The sale of Salman Khan's highly anticipated first painting, "Unity 1," is set to go live on June 14, 2024. Salman Khan announced that his inaugural artwork will be available for fans and art enthusiasts to purchase in just seven days. This unique opportunity allows buyers to own a fraction of "Unity 1," making Salman Khan's art more accessible than ever before. While sharing this happy news, Salman took to his X account and wrote, “Exciting news! My first art piece, "Unity 1," will be available for sale in 7 days on @artfiglobal Don't miss your chance to own a part of this special painting. Click the link to learn more about the artwork, and get ready to grab your favorite fractions!” Artfi, known for its cutting-edge approach to art sales, will facilitate this groundbreaking event. The sale process is designed to be simple and user-friendly, ensuring that collectors can seamlessly claim their favorite fractions of the painting. The official spokesperson and the CEO of Artfi mentioned that we have received tremendous interest from users wanting to acquire his art. Despite the high demand, we have decided to keep the fixed for his first art offerings rather than opting for an auction model. This decision was made so his fans could afford and collect his work. About Artfi: Artfi is an innovative art company dedicated to making art accessible to a wider audience through fractional ownership and modern technology. Founded by Asif Kamal, Artfi bridges the gap between art and technology, bringing unique artworks to the global market. Salman on the work front: Salman was last seen in the thriller film 'Tiger 3', which performed well at the box office. Helmed by Maneesh Sharma, the film also starred Katrina Kaif and Emraan Hashmi in the lead roles. His next project is 'Sikandar', directed by AR Murugadoss. Rashmika Mandanna will play the female lead in the film. The actor also has 'Tiger vs. Pathaan' in his kitty. Stay tuned for more updates and be ready to participate in this historic sale on Artfi.

11 June,2024 10:16 PM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
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