By Aman Shah and Aditi Shah MUMBAI (Reuters) - China's smartphone makers are drafting in cricket teams and Bollywood stars to conquer India, their largest overseas market and a key testing ground for their international expansion, as they try to rebrand as more than just sellers of cheap handsets. Xiaomi Technology - the fast-growing No.3 global smartphone maker valued at $45 billion after a December funding round - hosted its first global launch outside of China in New Delhi on Thursday, unveiling its feature-heavy Mi 4i model that supports six Indian languages at 12,999 rupees ($205). "It speaks volumes to our focus on India, our intentions, and (is about) really putting our investment where we believe the future of the company is," Hugo Barra, Xiaomi's vice president of international operations, said. Manufacturers including Gionee, Huawei Technologies and Lenovo <0992.HK> are trying out new retail strategies, marketing plans and research for devices in India, as they look to push into new markets. More »China's smartphone makers bet on cricket, Bollywood to conquer India
New Delhi, April 23 (IANS) Jewellery brand Kalyan Jewellers on Thursday announced its decision to withdraw its Aishwarya Rai Bachchan-starrer advertisement, which a group of activists has labelled as "insidiously racist". If we have, inadvertently, hurt the sentiments of any individual or organisation, we deeply regret the same," the official spokesperson for Kalyan Jewellers said in a statement. The withdrawal of the ad comes after an "Open letter" to Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, asserting, "This ad you figure in is insidiously racist". "As an influential member of the Indian film industry and a popular star with a large fan following, we trust that you wish to use your image in a manner that promotes progressive thought and action, and would not knowingly promote regressive images that are racist and go against child rights," reads a part of the "Open letter". More »Kalyan Jewellers withdraw 'racist' ad featuring Aishwarya
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - On March 6, the day of the U.S. Supreme Court's deadline for legal briefs backing same-sex marriage, gay rights activists quietly celebrated a victory on Wall Street. Twenty-eight of the country's biggest financial firms had made an unprecedented show of unity in support of gay marriage by urging the court to strike down state laws banning same-sex unions. Then, the Supreme Court struck down a federal law that denied benefits to same-sex couples. "Together, we pushed Wall Street to a place our industry has never gone before," Daniel Maury, a managing director at UBS Group AG , wrote in a celebratory email to his fellow members of Open Finance, a group of gay and lesbian Wall Street employees that lobbied hard for banks' signatures. More »Insight - How Wall Street came out on gay marriage
Washington, April 23 (ANI): Paris Hilton has recently claimed that she is too busy and so have no time to do reality TV. More »Paris Hilton does not have time for reality TV
Washington, April 23 (ANI): Charlize Theron recently admitted that going bald for 'Mad Max' was "freeing." More »Charlize Theron says going bald for 'Mad Max' was 'freeing'
Washington, April 23 (ANI): DC Entertainment, Warner Bros. and Mattel announced to unveil a whole new line of products and media for girls featuring familiar superheroes and supervillains as "relatable teens." More »DC entertainment set to launch superhero universe for girls, from toys to TV
New Delhi, April 23 (IANS) Media personality Vir Sanghvi, in collaboration with some of the country's leading hoteliers and restaurants, on Thursday launched an online restaurant reservation platform, EasyDiner. Featuring over 8,000 restaurants, 200 bars and 600 critic reviews, EazyDiner is a marketplace for restaurants and a one-stop shop for researching about and making bookings at over 300 selected restaurants. More »Dine easy with Vir Sanghvi's EazyDiner
Mumbai, April 23 (IANS) Actors Rannvijay Singh and Sunny Leone have starred together in a fun music video, dancing to a song called "What Women Love" to promote the forthcoming show "MTV Splitsvilla 8", which they are co-hosting this time. To launch the cult show with 'The Way to a Woman's Heart' core and theme, the channel officials have made a virtual short version of the show and packed the concept into the music video. Sunny and Rannvijay are seen as a couple, dancing and romancing away, playing out the various suggestions in a Broadway style stage-play, with Sunny leading the suggestions because she knows best, whereas Rannvijay is the good boyfriend who is seen doing the right thing. "Sunny's the perfect teacher of the subject, and Rannvijay is the perfect student and the perfect 'good boyfriend' from whom Indian boys should take an example," said a statement from MTV. More »Rannvijay turns Sunny Leone's 'student' in music video
Sonakshi Sinha is in so much love. Sonakshi took to her Instagram account to share a picture of her boyfriend and after seeing the picture, you’ll understand why Sonakshi Sinha is one of the coolest actresses in Bollywood. Dabangg actress, Sonakshi is obsessed with Tony Stark AKA Iron Man. The actress is a huge fan of Iron Man and just can’t get enough of her obsession with the superhero and well, she isn’t the only one. More »Meet Sonakshi Sinha And Her Boyfriend
Chennai, April 23 (IANS) The relatability to any English video with a vernacular twang will help appeal to regional audiences, says Sameer Pitalwalla, CEO and co-founder of digital entertainment company Culture Machine. The company has recently launched a brand new channel called Put Chutney, a new digital video brand that will present south Indian stories with a satirical edge. Their first video "What if Batman was from Chennai" is already a viral hit. "'What If Batman Was From Chennai' was in English with a hint of Tamil. More »'Regional audiences relate more to videos with vernacular twang'
Bollywood’s lead actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has caught herself into trouble after her new print ad for a jewellery brand. A group of activists wrote an open letter slamming the beauty queen Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. The director Sanjay Gupta tweeted, “Get a life guys. Sure you have more to do than write these dumb open letters.” Sanjay Gupta also tweeted posting the original picture of Aishwarya Rai from the set of the shooting. More »Sanjay Gupta Supports Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s Controversial Ad
There has been lot of speculations regarding Shahid Kapoor’s wedding dates since the news of him that he is engaged to some Delhi based girl spread like wildfire. There were news that Shahid will get married in December but later it pre-poned it to June. According to the reports, directors Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK have revealed it to media that the shooting of the movie has been delayed due to Shahid Kapoor’s wedding in June. Reportedly the duo further denied the revealing anything about Shahid Kapoor’s wedding. More »Farzi Directors Accidentally Revealed Shahid Kapoor’s Wedding Date?
Bollywood’s King Khan, Shah Rukh Khan is known to be an active used of Twitter. Recently, on Wednesday, a farmer from Nangal Jhamarwada in Bandikui, Gajendra Singh committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree during an AAP‘s Kisan rally held in New Delhi. Shah Rukh Khan too took to his Twitter account to express his anger on the matter. He tweeted, “Nobody kills themselves 2 end their life, they do so 2 end the pain.” Take a moment,feel the pain not look for gain & stop the blame game!” Shah Rukh Khan‘s reaction on the issue come hours later after Politicians’ were done expressing their sadness and grief on the issue. More »Shah Rukh Khan Lashes Out In Anger Asks People To Stop The Blame Game!
With the recent news of the two best actresses Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra to share the screen space in Bajirao Mastani for a dance face off made viewers excited about it. According to the reports, director Sanjay Leela Bhansali wanted to keep in wraps about this dance sequence, which is also climatic scene of the movie being choreographed by Remo D’Souza and featuring the two Bajirao Mastani divas Deepika and Priyanka. More »Sanjay Leela Bhansali Miffed With Priyanka Chopra?
By Astrid Wendlandt and Pascale Denis PARIS (Reuters) - The merger of the world's two biggest online fashion stores, Net-a-Porter (NAP) and Yoox, sends a warning to luxury brands to embrace the Internet with more vim after years of resistance. "It looks like they are scared to try things out." Sharma said many brands' websites mimicked the appearance of Net-a-Porter's black-and-white portal. More »Online store merger prods luxury goods makers towards Internet
Take a look at Ranveer Singh “working” really “hard” on the sets of Dil Dhadakne Do. The Mehras on Dil Dhadakne Do were shooting for the film in beautiful locations, so yes, their days were full of hard work and little play but Ranveer just knows when to work hard and when to take a break. More »Ranveer Singh Shows Off His Hard Work On Dil Dhadakne Do Sets
Mumbai, April 23 (IANS) TV actor Shravan Reddy, who plays Neil in the show "Dosti.. Yaariyan..Manmarzian", is all set to sing in the upcoming episodes. He found it a challenge to sing for real in the show, but says that he got a lot of encouragement from the cast and crew. I sang 'Wahan kaun hai tera musafir jayega kahan' from the film 'Guide' which is the same song my director keeps humming during shoot," Shravan said in a statement. Incidentally, the song has already been featured on the show and Shravan would be singing the rock version of it. More »Actor Shravan Reddy turns singer for '...Manmarzian'
Washington, Apr 23 (ANI): Russell Crowe has revealed that he looked into Scientology when he became pals with Tom Cruise. The 'Noah' star added that when he met Tom Cruise, who was then married to Nicole Kidman, they were spending a bit of time together so he thought he'd find out a little bit about what he was into. Crowe added that he found a video in the video store about Scientology and he watched it, noting that it wasn't that informative, but he brought it up with Cruise and thought he was really cool. More »Russell Crowe: Friendship with Tom Cruise led me to look into Scientology
Washington, Apr 23 (ANI): Lady Gaga has shared snaps of her and her fiance Taylor Kinney's new coop. More »Lady Gaga shares snaps of 'beautiful spacious coop'
Washington, April 23 (ANI): Sony is teaming up with makers of 'The LEGO Movie' for a new animated 'Spiderman' flick. More »Sony teams with 'LEGO' makers to bring animated 'Spiderman' flick
By Nita Bhalla NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Kalyan Jewellers, a major jewellery chain, has withdrawn an advert featuring Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan with a dark-skinned boy holding a parasol over her after it was slammed by activists and on social media for being racist and promoting child slavery. Kalyan Jewellers, which employs about 4,000 people across India, said the advertisement featured in a national newspaper on April 17 was intended to present "royalty, timeless beauty and elegance". The ad shows Rai Bachchan, 41, a former Miss World and goodwill ambassador for the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, in regal Indian attire and adorned with jewellery, reclining under a parasol held by a boy of darker skin. In an open letter to Rai Bachchan published on Indian website Scroll, a group of social activists said the image reflected 17th and 18th century European paintings of noblewomen with their child servants and was "insidiously racist". More »Kalyan Jewellers pulls "racist", "slave-child" ad with Aishwarya Rai
London, Apr 23 (ANI): Jamelia has apologized after saying on Loose Women that shops shouldn't stock plus-sized clothes for women but says she "stands by her comments." The 34-year-old singer said that she didn't make it clear that she was talking about extremes, she was talking about above size 20 and below size six, those sizes being available, the BBC reported. The 'Superstar' singer added that knowing that she offended people and made them question themselves and their choices, really did upset her but all she can do is apologize for that. More »Jamelia apologizes for plus-sized clothes comments
Washington, April 23 (ANI): Robert Downey Jr. recently walked out from an interview when the reporter started delving into his past. More »Robert Downey Jr. walks out of 'Diane Sawyer-y' interview
London, April 23 (ANI): Zayn Malik had planned to part from One Direction a year ago, his JLS pal Oritse Williams has revealed. The 22-year-old singer has disclosed his plans in confidence to close pal Oritse Williams, 28, on a trip to Las Vegas last September, at which he told him "to be himself and to keep going," the Mirror reported. Though Malik, who's engaged to Little Mix star Perrie Edwards, quit the boy band last month, saying that he wanted to return to being a "normal 22 year old," he has been spotted with his record producer pal Naughty Boy in the studio. More »Zayn Malik planned his 1D exit a year back, reveals JLS pal Oritse Williams
New Delhi, April 23 (IANS) The eternal romantic sagas of Yash Raj Films (YRF) have landed in Britain with the production banner inking a partnership with BskyB (British Sky Broadcasting). The deal brings films under the banner on the Sky Store for audiences in Britain and Ireland. From "Darr" to "Kill Dil", about 30 films have been made available on Sky Store (www.skystore.com) in a move to cater to international audiences. More »YRF movies now available in Britain via Sky Store