Google goes to Bollywood
Ashima Sehajpal

With Dabangg, Youtube formally enters Bollywood...B-town residents expect more movies to hit the most popular video sharing website

Kabir Khan
Kabir Khan

Yet again, Dabangg makes another bang. Merely three weeks after its release on Youtube, the movie has already received a phenomenal number of hits, read 205,169 and counting.

The first-ever Bollywood blockbuster to be released online, Dabangg, has just reconfirmed why it swept all awards and minted money at the box office. Its release on Youtube is also being touted as a trend that other flicks would like to follow.

Director’s cut

Abhinav Kashyap views it as a significant move that would benefit Bollywood and even Google. "Bollywood enjoys mass audience, which will eventually turn to Google through this trend. Google, on the other hand, through Youtube will enable people to watch films conveniently." The movie is now out of the multiplexes and its original DVDS are out in the markets. "It was premiered on a TV channel a couple of months back. Now when the movie is doing well online, I have reasons to feel ecstatic," adds Abhinav.

More to follow

Abhinav Kashyap
Abhinav Kashyap

Bollywood is opening its doors to the idea of formally releasing films on Youtube. Kabir Khan, director of the hit New York, feels that more the number of options available to take your film to the audience the better it is. "It's all about planning the release of the film on each medium. But it entirely depends on the box office reviews of the film. If the collection in the first few weeks is high, only then will people opt for other mediums later." Releasing the movie online after the decided time gap would not affect the revenue generation in multiplexes. "Youtube will become a parallel medium soon. It's another avenue to screen films. With the ever-increasing number of Internet connections in India, Youtube does make for a profitable option."

Curtail piracy

Rohit Roy
Rohit Roy

Releasing movies on Youtube is expected to check piracy. Our very own Punjabi film industry also perceives it as a positive step. As Iqbal Dhillon, producer of hits like Shaheed Udham Singh and Shaheed-E-Azam says, "It is important to ensure that DVDs don't enter the market for at least six months after the release of the movie, only to earn back the cost incurred. It will curtail piracy as people will get the fine print of the movie free of cost on Youtube."

Producers pick

Dabangg has opened the floodgates for Bollywood to showcase the movies across the world. Rohit Roy, who plans to do the same whenever his three-year-old production firm produces a film, says, "Youtube has multiplied the reach of Bollywood. As for producers, any medium that adds to revenue generation should be tapped. Since people will have ample choices of mediums to watch our flicks, it will further popularise Bollywood the world over." And while we just got over the Dabanng-Youtube collaboration bit, the numbers of hits must have increased further

Are we taking criminals too leniently?
Esha Sahor Lepcha

Would you be okay if somebody clicked you without permission? Women mind it but surprisingly are not ready to take a stand against it

What does a woman do when she catches a guy red handed clicking her pictures without her permission at a public place? She reacts at her own personal level but feels reluctant to take the support of the authorities. Her violent streak ends with just a verbal attack. So, is she right? May be not…but that's probably the way it works in our country.

A cop's take

"It has always been a social obligation for a woman to keep her life away from the public domain. Today when such cases come to the fore, girls choose to withdraw the moment the case enters the limelight. Most of the times family members fail to support the girl or coax her into being a passive subject," says Neeraj Sarna, Inspector in charge of Chandigarh's cyber cell. He quoted a case, wherein a girl from Frankfinn Institute-34 had lodged a complaint because her pictures were misused to create a fake profile on a social networking site. She dropped the case after a while because of an unsupportive family.

Taken for granted

So is the problem with the mindset of a woman or with the system? "See, even if a girl comes forward and tries to raise her voice the authorities are ignorant of her plight. Suo moto action should be initiated against miscreants who indulge in defaming a girl. The police personnel do not pay much heed to such incidents because they want to keep their crime draft down," explains T S Sudan, president of Chandigarh unit of lawyers for human rights international.

Silence is not always golden

Invasion of privacy is so rampant and there have been cases where pinhole cameras have been located in changing rooms of mega stores in metro cities. What is it that attracts such incidents? "Silence on the part of the victim encourages the miscreants to carry on shamelessly without any deterrence. Rather they should be penalized under Section 294 i.e. the law against obscenity. If the victim doesn't get positive support from the Police then she should approach the higher authorities. As a father I would completely support my daughter if she faces something like this. Every father should," asserts N K Nanda, ex president of the Bar association, Chandigarh.

Students talk

"I will surely complain and every girl should but would there be any substantial action initiated by the Police. My friend did face similar circumstances but she was very scared to divulge details about the incident to the police. She thought her plea would go waste and by the end of it she would be left without any support", adds Megha Seth, 23.

Now it is entirely up to a woman to decide whether she wants to protect her pride or just remain quiet as always.

I would love to do a comedy film: Neil

Neil Nitin Mukesh
Neil Nitin Mukesh

He has always played intense and serious roles, but not many know that Bollywood actor Neil Nitin Mukesh has a humorous side, which he would like to explore in films. The actor is keen to do situational comedies.

"I would love to be a part of a comedy film but it is very important what type of comedy the film has to offer. I can't bang my head here and there and make people laugh," Neil said on phone from Mumbai. "I would love to be a part of a situational comedy, something like Hera Pheri," he added. Five-films-old Neil has garnered plenty of critical acclaim with serious roles in his films Johnny Gaddaar, Aa Dekhen Zara, Jail, New York and Lafangey Parindey but off-screen the actor admits he is a clown. "I am a clown off-screen and keep making people laugh with my acts. I have a great sense of humour. I am a good mimicry artiste also, a glimpse of which you would have seen in Johnny Gaddaar," the actor proudly said.

Last seen in Lafange Parindey with Deepika Padukone, Neil returns with yet another dark role in Vishal Bharadwaj's 7 Khoon Maaf, which is an adaptation of Ruskin Bond's short story Susanne's Seven Husbands. He plays the role of the "lucky first husband" to get married to Susanna, played by Priyanka Chopra.

"Earlier, I was a bit nervous about working with Vishal but in course of time I realised he is a very humble human being and a great director. He has a different vision and explains each and everything so beautifully to an actor," he said.

The actor sports a moustache for his role as an army man, Major Edwin Rodrigues, in the film, and says the character is inspired by his uncle Mohnish Mukesh. So, does he plan to sport a moustache in future?

"Let's see how the audience responds to it. That will only decide whether or not I would sport it in future," he said. Apart from Neil, the film also stars John Abraham, Irrfan Khan, Naseeruddin Shah, Annu Kapoor and Russian actor Aleksandr Dyachenko.

Asked if he was ever apprehensive about being a part of the multi-starrer 7 Khoon Maaf, Neil said: "I don't understand why everybody is asking the same question. If I had been apprehensive, I would not have taken the film in the first place."

"Such things sometimes create a doubt in the minds of actors like us - whether we made the right decision or not," he added. Meanwhile, Neil is busy shooting for Abbas Mustan's Players with Abhishek Bachchan, Bipasha Basu and Sonam Kapoor and reveals that he has signed another film. — IANS

Zafar eyes longer innings in Bollywood

Pakistani singer-actor Ali Zafar, who shot into fame with Tere Bin Laden, says the film was a stepping stone for him and he is looking forward to a longer innings in Bollywood and aspires to do two-three films a year. "I am very much comfortable in Bollywood now. I am looking for a longer innings in Bollywood. I am looking forward for my journey in this industry. I would do two-three films a year," Zafar said in an interview. The actor made his debut with Abhishek Sharma's Tere Bin Laden, a tongue-in-cheek comedy on Osama bin Laden, the world's most wanted terrorist. The movie, released last year, received an overwhelming response at the box office.

Tere Bin Laden was a stepping-stone for me in Bollywood. I feel I am lucky and blessed to be accepted and loved by the people and film fraternity here. Since my first film has done well, people have some expectations from me. I don't want to disappoint them and would do my best." The 30-year-old actor would be seen next in Aditya Chopra's Mere Brother Ki Dulhan which also stars Imran Khan and Katrina Kaif. Directed by debutante Ali Abbas Zafar, Mere Brother... is a musical romantic-comedy set around a love triangle. The film is likely to release in July.

"In the film, Imran and I are brothers. Katrina is my fiancee. I am a very charming and flamboyant person who is confused about what he wants from life," the Pakistani actor said, giving a sneak peek into the Yash Raj Films production.

There is already a buzz that Zafar has been signed for Aditya Chopra's Dhoom 3 and David Dhawan's Chashme Baddoor. But the singer-actor chose to remain tight-lipped about the speculation.

"I have another project coming from a big banner and it would surprise everyone. The announcement will be made very soon. Also, I am doing another romantic-comedy with a big and renowned director. Then there is one more script that I have liked but nothing has been finalised yet," said Zafar, who is popularly known as Prince of Pop in Pakistan.

About his co-stars, he said, "I have seen both Katrina and Imran's films. I liked Katrina in Rajneeti and Imran was too good in Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na and I Hate Love Strys. — PTI

Midnight riders
Rahul Singh

Come Tao. Those of you who weren't there on Saturday night, well too bad… because you probably missed one of the most scintillating performances by Jal, the Pakistani band, here in town to perform on the occasion of the World Cup.

Initially, when entered, one was taken aback by the very starched look of the diner in the front portions of the complex. But as you weave your way through the restaurant towards the lounge at the back, you slowly begin to hear the thump of the loud music (straight out of the movies). That's when you get a grin on your face in anticipation of the excitement that lay beyond the door.

Tao-26, the premier lounge bar serves their guests with high-end drinks and catering to the who's who of Chandigarh. Well, that's obvious because guess who else was there? Our own Punjab da Puttar, Vindu Dara Singh. "I love this place. I am so excited about Jal playing here. Tao is one of the best places in town to chill out with great music, amazing crowd and top of the line liquor. But I always stick to Old Monk", said Vindu who was recently proclaimed winner of Big Boss 3 and has other projects like The Lion of Punjab, Anees Bazmi's Thankyou and Joker with Akshay Kumar lined up.

If classic black was the colour of the night, bright red was an equal rage. With the ladies dressed in short, skimpy dresses, the men stuck to both formals and casuals. Tao has all the attributes of foreign clubs with an incredible light and sound system adding to the entire Thai feel and décor. As the crowd started pouring in, DJ Chinx at the console upped the music by a few notches and had the guests grooving to club and house music. You could see people lined up at the bar having their fill of drinks and moving to the beat. The mood was lively, but not the sort one would have expected at a performance by a rock band. But with barely half an hour into the midnight the club sprang into sprightly action with Jal making a grand entry. That's when the actual fun began. The bands' fan following was pretty evident by the fact that even their late arrival did not prove to be spoiler.

Soon enough the band had the people banging their heads to hits like Woh lamhe, Aadat,Lal meri pat and Kina sohna tenu. "These people (read Jal) are really good at what they do. They play awesome music and that's what covered up for their late arrival. It reeks of mismanagement, but it's worth it anyways. Better late than never", said Sahil Sarin, a city-based drummer for the band The local Train.

Soon the entire mood of the place was at its peak with the band playing some racy numbers goading the people into wanting more. "I am loving it tonight. This place rocks and so does the band. It's amazing to see so many people thronging Tao", said Rubina Singh, a NGO worker.

For those of you who missed it, no frets. Tao assures of organising more such swell bashes in the coming time. So the next time, be there or be square…

Spice up
How to protect your skin and hair during Holi
Shahnaz Husain

Holi is celebrated at a time when Nature renews and refreshes herself. With a little care, we can do the same and also sustain our youth and beauty. The dry Gulal and the wet colours of today are not derived from natural sources. They contain chemicals, shiny particles of mica and even lead, which not only irritate the skin, but collect on the scalp. Since Holi is played out of doors, sun-exposure can also have a detrimental effect on the skin. Apart from harmful UV radiation, sun-exposure makes the skin dry by causing depletion of moisture and also tans the skin. Both the skin and hair can become dry and dull after playing Holi.

Remember to apply a sunscreen 20 minutes before going out to in the sun. Use a sunscreen of SPF 20 and above. If your skin is prone to pigmented patches, select one with a higher SPF. Most sunscreens have built-in moisturisers. If your skin is very dry, first apply the sunscreen, wait for a few minutes and then apply a moisturiser. Light daytime make-up may be used. Touch up your eyes with eye pencil or kajal and use a lip-gloss.

The real problem is removal of colours after playing Holi. Do not wash your face with soap immediately, because soap is alkaline and causes further dryness. Instead, use a cleansing cream, or lotion. Apply and massage it on the face. Then wipe off with moist cotton wool. Remember to cleanse the area around the eyes too, using a light touch. A cleansing gel helps to dissolve the colours and facilitates their removal.

Sesame seed (til) oil can be used to remove colours from the body, massaging it on the skin. This not only helps to remove the colours, but gives added protection to the skin. Sesame seed (til) oil actually helps to counteract sun-damage. While bathing, scrub the body gently with a loofah or washcloth. Immediately after your bath, apply a moisturiser on the face and body, while the skin is still damp. This helps to seal in moisture.

While washing the hair, first rinse with plenty of plain water to wash away the dry colours and tiny particles of mica. Then apply a mild herbal shampoo, working it into the hair with the fingers. Massage the scalp gently and rinse thoroughly with water again.

Add the juice of a lemon to a mug of water and use it as a last rinse. This helps to restore the acid-alkaline balance of the scalp. Beer can also be used as a last rinse. In fact, it will soften and condition the hair. Add the juice of a lemon to the beer. Pour over the hair after shampoo. Leave on for a few minutes and rinse off with plain water.

The day after Holi, you may have to deal with the effects of sun-exposure, like dryness or tanned skin. Mix two tablespoons honey with half a cup of curd. Add a pinch of turmeric. Apply this on the face, neck and arms. Leave it on for 20 minutes and wash off with water. Honey is a powerful natural moisturiser and helps to soften the skin, while curd will nourish and restore the normal acid-alkaline balance. It also removes tan.

Within the next few days give your hair a nourishing treatment. Mix egg yolk with pure almond oil or olive oil and massage it lightly into the hair and scalp. If you do not wish to use egg, mix one-tablespoon pure coconut oil with one-teaspoon castor oil. Heat and apply on the hair. Then dip a towel in hot water, squeeze out the water and wrap the hot towel around the head, like a turban. Keep it on for 5 minutes. Repeat the hot towel wrap 3 or 4 times. This helps the hair and scalp absorb the oil better. Wash your hair after an hour.

Conditioning with henna would help to restore damage to the hair, adding shine and body. To the henna powder, add four teaspoons each of lemon juice and coffee, two eggs and enough curd to mix into a paste. Apply on the hair and wash your hair after an hour.

Explore career options in cricket

Kshitij Mehra and Puneetinder Kaur Sidhu.
Kshitij Mehra and Puneetinder Kaur Sidhu. Photo: Pradeep Tewari

If cricket is your passion and if you can't find place in the fortunate 15 that play for team India, you can still make a career in the game. Ever thought of pitch management or data entry?

Opening up a world of careers in cricket and other fields is what Yuvazine intends to do for youth.

School goers are not as informed as they need to be, feel some. And, in order to rectify that, a travel writer Puneetinder Kaur Sidhu and Kshitij Mehra, an MBA have joined hands to launch Yuvazine, a glossy quarterly.

The magazine due to be launched in early April, has an online presence ( "Yuvazine will feature the latest in education, careers and lifestyle," says Puneetinder, writer of Adrift: A Junket Junkie in Europe.

"Yuvazine will single out an industry in every issue, highlighting the many opportunities available. Theme specific articles will include those about, or by, youth icons and corporate leaders from within the sphere sharing insight, experiences and expectations," says Kshitij, who got good response to Marg 2010, a career-cum-future awareness programme for Himachal Pradesh.


Education first: RajKumar Gupta

Rajkumar Gupta, director of No One Killed Jessica visited Dikshant International School, Zirakpur on Sunday. Loved by audience and critics for his first movie Aamir, and recently released No One Killed Jessica starring Rani Mukherjee and Vidhya Balan, Rajkumar has created a niche for himself in the tinsel town.

Rajkumar was here in Panchkula, as the Chief Guest for the 9th annual day function of Dikshant school. Rajkumar interacted with the students of Dikshant and taught them few things about filmmaking and scriptwriting. The students were thrilled to have a celebrity in their school, and asked many questions about movies, filmmaking and scriptwriting. Answering, a question asked by students about when did he realise that he wanted to be a filmmaker, RajKumar smiled and candidly answered. "One must work hard and be focused and then decide what it is that you would what to do in life."

As for Mitul Dikshit, director, Dikshant International School this is like meeting his old time friend again. "He is one of the most talented young Directors in Bollywood. It is a moment of pleasure for our school that such an inspirational personality has been to our premises." — TNS

Dress up your salad
Ashima Sehajpal

There're ample options to choose from. There's egg less and egg mayonnaise available over the counter. You can even go for the mustard sauce, try sweet onion or vinegar for that matter. How about some healthier alternatives like honey, lemon, orange juice or mint past? Though the concept of green salad will remain forever, there are interesting add ons in the form of dressings that help experimenting with health food. Sunita Malhotra, dietician, PGI, says that egg mayonnaise substantially increases the nutritive value of salads "Increase in the nutritive value and calories should be proportionate. Avoid butter and prefer low fat mayonnaise. Otherwise salad is served best as it is." She adds that salads can replace a full meal only if made wholesome. "Vegetables or fruits can't fulfill the energy requirements of the body. So, add grains, sprouts, nuts for a complete healthy salad."

Olive oil too makes for a healthy dressing . Manju Mathur, officiating chief dietician, RD, GMCH suggests using hung curd with salt and pepper for marinating the salad. "We consider salad as a healthy diet only because it is low on calories and high on nutrients. While choosing sauces and pastes, it's important to consider that no high cholesterol product is added." She adds hung curd made from double toned milk is the best substitute for mayonnaise, "100 ml of hung curd has only 1.5 per cent of fat content."

There are researches posted online that suggest that dressings help our body by increasing the rate of absorption of nutrients. It especially holds true when it comes to certain vitamins, which are fat-soluble. However, Sunita contests the researches by adding, "Most of the vegetables and fruits used in salads are water soluble. Salads, when taken without any supplements are best. The only benefit of dressings is that it makes salads taste better." The raw fibre that veggies provide helps in lowering cholesterol, fighting diabetes, high blood pressure and strengthens the immune system. "The best time to have salads is in-between meals. It will help you eat less during lunch and dinner, thus helping in weight control as well."

Mediterranean Pasta Salad from Ovenfresh

  • 100 grams Pasta Bo Tai
  • 50 grams hung curd
  • 20 grams mayonnaise
  • Salt, Pepper, Oregano, Thyme as per taste.
  • 1 onion
  • 1 capsicum
  • 1 tomato


Boil pasta al dente. Chop vegetables and add salad dressing made of mayonnaise and hung curd. Mix vegetables and pasta. Put it in refrigerator for half an hour.

Nutty broccoli salad by Vinod Kumar, executive chef, Salad Bar

  • 450 grams - broccoli
  • ½ table teaspoon finely shredded orange peel
  • 1-tablespoon butter
  • 2-tablespoon fresh orange juice
  • 3 tablespoon of chopped walnut or pine nuts
  • 25 grams roasted orange veges


Cut broccoli lengthwise. Steam it for three minutes to make it soft. Add a little butter and mix it with orange juice. Mix walnuts and orange peels. Heat them for three to four minutes. And the low calorie salad is ready.

Fresh Pear Salad by Vijay Sharma, Corporate executive chef, Mountview

  • 2 ripe dessert pears
  • 1 lolloroso lettuce
  • 1 spring onion
  • 2 tender stalks celeru
  • 2 tablespoon of walnut
  • 2-table spoon of blue cheese

For dressing

  • 1-garlic cloves
  • 2-table spoon of fruit vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of fresh-grounded peppercorn


Wash and dry lettuce leaves and cut them into thin strips. Trim the base of the spring onion and finely chop the bulb and green about 3 inch long stalks. Trim and chop the celery into thin slices. Lightly toast the walnuts and peppercorn in dry pan for 2 minutes. Peel and crush the garlic and mix the dressing ingredients in a bowl. Peel and slice the pears and cover with dressing to prevent discolouring.


Cut broccoli lengthwise. Steam it for three minutes to make it soft.
Add a little butter and mix it with orange juice. Mix walnuts and orange peels. Heat them for three to four minutes. And the low calorie salad is ready.


BODY wise
Don’t neglect these muscles
Sachin Kalra

Although it is important to keep your larger muscles strong and injury-free, it is just as important to make sure you keep your supporting and stabilising muscles strong. If your stabilising muscles are weak or injured, your larger muscles won't be able to work as hard. Given below are the muscles, which are usually neglected during training.

Transverse Abdominis

Abdominal muscles work with almost every move that you make. These are essential for good posture, preventing lower back problems, and helping you to develop strong arms and legs. Abdominis is responsible for drawing in your stomach. Having a strong transverse abdominis will not only help to stabilize your core and prevent injury, but it will also reduce your waistline by keeping your tummy flat.

To strengthen your transverse abdominis all you have to do is draw in your stomach and hold it while performing any exercise.

Erector Spinae

Chronic back pain is unfortunately a common occurrence among youngsters. Whether it is caused by slouching in chairs, driving in hunched positions, lifting incorrectly, or sleeping on sagging mattresses, it is inactivity and the wrong postures that are usually at the root of 'simple back pain'. When these muscles are weak, your posture suffers, putting strain on the surrounding core muscles. This problem leads to an increased chance of back injury. To strengthen the erector spinae you can perform simple exercises such as back extensions or dead lifts.

Rotator Cuff

Your rotator cuff is made up of the muscles and tendons in your shoulder. These muscles and tendons connect your upper arm bone with the shoulder blade.

Rotator cuff injuries are fairly common because the rotator cuff works hard during a lot of different movements you make. You may even find that when doing a bench press your shoulder muscles give out before your chest muscles do.

The most common rotator cuff exercise involves lying on your side, keeping your outside elbow pinned to your side, and then lifting a light dumbbell as if you were performing a backhand swing in tennis.

Rear Deltoids

Your shoulder is made up of a group of three muscles called the deltoids (usually abbreviated to "delts"). When most people train their shoulders they usually include plenty of exercises for the front and side delts, but they often overlook the rear delts. The rear delt muscles are located at the back of the shoulders. Strong rear delts will help to keep your shoulders balanced and help to prevent a lot of shoulder injuries and rotator cuff problems. An effective way to strengthen your rear delts is to do bentover fly's.

Anterior Tibialis

The anterior tibialis, which is the muscle that runs along your shin bone, is often overlooked in a training program. The most common problem associated with weak anterior tibialis muscles is shin splints, which are bothersome chronic pains around the shin bones. To prevent shin splints, strengthen your lower leg muscles with calf raises and leg presses. Strengthen your ankles with exercises using a resistance band or tube. For stability training, try standing on one leg. Place your feet at shoulder width and extend your arms straight in front of you. Then lift one of your legs and bend it back. Hold for about five seconds and repeat several times, and then switch legs. So next time you go to the gym, give these muscles the attention they deserve--your body will thank you.

Pain’s all in your brain

A patient's attitude may affect how well his/ her pain medication works, according to a new study. It found that being optimistic might boost their effectiveness in blocking pain, while being pessimistic may lower their effectiveness, reports a television.

The study also identified the brain regions that are associated with pain. The researchers used a heat source to cause pain to the 22 patients and scanned their brains while administering pain medication. The patients were asked to report the level of pain on a scale of one to 100. They were also attached to an intravenous drip so drugs could be administered secretly.

The initial average pain rating was 66. Patients were then given a potent painkiller, remifentanil, without their knowledge and the pain score went down to 55. They were then told they were being given a painkiller and the score went down to 39.

Then, without changing the dose, the patients were then told the painkiller had been withdrawn and to expect pain, and the score went up to 64. So even though the patients were being given remifentanil, they were reporting the same level of pain as when they were getting no drugs at all.

"It's phenomenal, it's really cool. It's one of the best analgesics we have and the brain's influence can either vastly increase its effect, or completely remove it," Prof Irene Tracey from Oxford University said. The study was conducted on healthy people who were subjected to pain for a short period of time.

She said people with chronic conditions who had unsuccessfully tried many drugs for many years would have built up a much greater negative experience, which could impact on their future healthcare. "Doctors need more time for consultation and to investigate the cognitive side of illness, the focus is on physiology not the mind, which can be a real roadblock to treatment," said Tracey. Brain scans during the experiment also showed which regions of the brain were affected.

The expectation of positive treatment was associated with activity in the cingulo-frontal and subcortical brain areas while the negative expectation led to increased activity in the hippocampus and the medial frontal cortex. Researchers also said the study raises concerns about clinical trials used to determine the effectiveness of drugs. The study is published in Science Translational Medicine. — ANI

Diaz's secret diet revealed

Cameron Diaz's trainer has revealed the actress likes an "upside down" diet which sees her eat carbohydrates in the morning and proteins and vegetables in the evening.

The 38-year-old actress' trainer Teddy Bass says the blonde beauty watches what she eats, and though she generally has a balanced meal plan, she isn't afraid to indulge in her favourite calorific treats, reports

"Her diet is an upside-down one where you have your carbs at the beginning of the day then taper off, so in the evening you just eat protein and vegetables," he said. "She'll eat junk food if she feels like it but if she fancies a burger, she'll just have a few bites," he added. — IANS

Lifelong struggle for Lohan

Lindsay Lohan
Lindsay Lohan

After years of denial, troubled star Lindsay Lohan's mother Dina has conceded that her daughter faces a life long battle against addiction. Dina, 48, has finally admitted to her daughter's battle and said she believes that Lindsay has made progress but has a long way to go. "I believe [that Lindsay doesn't drink anymore], and I think it's going to be a lifelong struggle with addiction. But I think she's going to be OK," Dina said on a television show.

Adding to her woes, post her rehab stint, the Mean Girls star was also charged with felony grand theft for allegedly stealing a USD 2,500 necklace from a jewellery store in

Venice Beach, California. "She's a young girl struggling. You know, she's not perfect. She's learning as she goes, but she's learning under a microscope, so I can't even imagine how that is," Dina added. Dina insisted that her daughter forgot to return the piece after trying while the 24-year old star maintained that it was all a big misunderstanding. — PTI

Mother’s milk defines kids taste

Mothers wanting their children to eat greens should consume plenty of vegetables themselves while breast feeding, new research says.

Scientists have discovered that babies' taste buds are primed between two and five months after birth by the flavours they are exposed to and this can influence their preferences in later life. Researchers found that children fed on a bitter and sour tasting milk formula during these early months of their life continued to like its taste as they grew older and even into adolescence. Those who were given the milk formula for the first time at six months rejected the drink.

Gary Beauchamp, director of the Monell Chemical Senses Centre in Philadelphia, who led the research, said it appeared that children's exposure to flavours during these key first few months of their life shaped their taste preferences and food choices in later life. Babies are typically exposed to low levels of flavour compounds from the food their mothers are eating through their breast milk.

Beauchamp believes breastfeeding mothers can "prime" their children's taste buds to be familiar with fruit and vegetables by eating them themselves. In contrast formula milk is "bland and constant tasting", he said. — IANS

Blake Lively to play drug addict’s mother

Gossip Girl star Blake Lively is all set to play the drug addict mother of a 13-year-old girl in new movie Hick.

The 23-year-old actress has said she is starring as the troubled mother of a teenage Nebraskan girl - played by Chloe Moretz - who runs away to Las Vegas armed with a gun after her parents abandon her, reported a publication.

Although Lively had been tipped to take on the role of a grifter, a practitioner of confidence tricks, named Glenda who meets the film's heroine and takes her under her wing, she explained her role is much different. "I play a mother of a 13 year old, a Southern woman who is also a meth addict," said Lively. My Week With Marilyn star Eddie Redmayne has signed up to play a loner who tries luring the young girl away, and who also shares a past with Glenda. Andrea Portes has written the script based on her debut novel Hick with Derick Martini set to direct.

Lively, who was widely praised for her portrayal of the drug addict mother of a baby?

Ben Affleck's The Town will next be seen on the big screen opposite Ryan Reynolds. PTI

Amanda slams split rumours

Hollywood actress Amanda Seyfriend has slammed reports she and boyfriend, actor Ryan Phillippe, have split. Gossip mills have been rife with rumours that the couple have called it quits, but the Mamma Mia! star has asked fans not to believe everything they read, reported X17 online.

The couple has been at the centre of media attention this week, following reports that Cruel Intentions star Phillippe, 36, was snubbed by R&B singer Rihanna as he attempted

to chat her up at a party on February 12. Asked for her opinion on the story, Seyfried said, "That is so not true!" — PTI

Daniel Radcliffe with scantily clad women in a photo shoot

Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe, who gave a sneak-peak into his upcoming Broadway musical at a Vogue photo-shoot, admitted being photographed for the fashion magazine always "surprises" him.

The 21-year-old actor shared the stage with three scantily clad showgirls in a stunning shoot by acclaimed photographer Leibovitz at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, reported a publication. "I'm always very surprised when I find myself at a photo shoot. I'm out here with three indescribably beautiful supermodels and I'm just going, '(I'm) 5ft 5...pale... how on Earth did I get here'," said Radcliffe. The shoot comes as the 21-year-old actor is starring in the New York revival of 1960s musical How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, playing the lead role of J Pierrepont Finch, a bow-tie wearing window cleaner who works his way up the corporate ladder. — PTI

Wanna sing with Rihanna: Jay Sean

Indian origin rapper Jay Sean is keen to collaborate on a raunchy track with R&B star Rihanna. The 29-year-old hip hop singer, whose debut album Me Against Myself was the highest selling one in Asia, has spoken of his desire to perform a duet with the Disturbia hit maker, reported a website.

The pioneer of Bhangra-R&B fusion who has hits like Eyes On You and Stolen to his credit, also hopes to collaborate with Beyonce Knowles. "I want to work with Rihanna and Beyonce, they would be my top female artists. "Rihanna would be amazing, because we're in a very similar lane - it's that pop/dance/ R&B thing. It'd have to be a raunchy song and we'd have to act it out," he said.

Sean, who collaborated with Mary J Blige and Lil Wayne on his new album Freeze Time, is happy to interact and learn from such established artists. "You just have to trust them to do what they do best. With Lil Wayne, he listened to the song, interpreted it and put his rap on it. I like to learn from the greats. They've been doing it so long," added Sean. — PTI

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