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Deepika Padukone named sexiest Asian woman in UK poll, Priyanka Chopra comes second | bollywood

Bollywood star Deepika Padukone has topped a list of ‘50 Sexiest Asian Women’ released here on Wednesday. The award-winning actress behind recent box-office hits such as Padmaavat and Bajirao Mastani beat off competition from around the world as part of a list compiled annually by UK-based Eastern Eye weekly, which highlighted that the 32-year-old’s “dream year” included marrying fellow actor Ranveer Singh and a stunning turn on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet.

“Apart from being the undisputed queen of Bollywood and a strikingly beautiful star, what really makes Deepika Padukone special is how big her heart is and how grounded she has remained throughout her remarkable rise,” said Asjad Nazir, the newspaper’s Entertainment Editor behind the annual list, which is now in its 15th year.

“Deepika’s humility has been inspirational and the way she makes a positive impact through raising awareness about mental health is showing everyone that being yourself and letting your inner light shine is the new sexy,” he said.

Last year’s topper, actress Priyanka Chopra, came in second as she celebrated another year of being a great global ambassador for India, including her own high-profile nuptials to singer Nick Jonas in Rajasthan over the weekend.

Television actress Nia Sharma came in at number three as she held onto her position as the sexiest TV star in the list for the third year in a row. “As much as I want to hide my excitement right now, I cannot help but smile brightly and let out a big hurray because it truly feels awesome,” said Sharma, in reference to her entry.

Pakistani actress Mahira Khan came in fourth and held onto her title as the sexiest Pakistani as she marked another strong year as a strong symbol of girl power and raising money for charity.

“I am grateful to be part of this list once again. My fans are my strength so thank you to them. I think personally sexy is what sexy does and I hope to continue to work hard at what I do with as much as passion as I have been from the start,” she said. The rest of the top 10 completing the 2018 list includes Shivangi Joshi (5), Alia Bhatt (6), Sonam Kapoor (7), Hina Khan (8), Katrina Kaif (9) and Niti Taylor (10). The highest-placed newcomer in the list is rising star Ashi Singh (18) and the youngest in the list is 20-year-old television actress Shivangi Joshi (5).

One of two editor’s choices for 2018 is actress Sanam Saeed (19), for “pushing the creative boundaries in Pakistan and regularly speaking about a wide array of important social issues including women’s empowerment”. The second editor’s choice, and the oldest in the list, is 51-year-old actress Madhuri Dixit (45). Other highlights include Helly Shah (11), Drashti Dhami (12), Jennifer Winget (13), Erica Fernandes (15), Surbhi Chandna (16), Gauahar Khan (17), Anushka Shetty (22), Armeena Rana Khan (24), Aishwarya Rai Bachchan (30), Athiya Shetty (31), Jameela Jamil (34), Jasmin Walia (38), Mehwish Hayat (40), Iqra Aziz (46) and Jacqueline Fernandez (47).

The ‘50 Sexiest Asian Women’ list, which is compiled through a series of social media and related polling, will be formally released next Friday.

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First Published: Dec 06, 2018 09:24 IST







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Dinesh Vijan’s wedding party: Kriti Sanon, Janhvi Kapoor, Sara Ali Khan attend the bash in stylish avatars. See pics | bollywood

Stree producer Dinesh Vijan tied the knot with Dubai-based realestate agent Pramita Tanwar on December 13 in a private ceremony. The wedding was followed by a dinner for his close friends and a starry cocktail bash a day later. The party was a classy affair and was attended by all from Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh to Sonakshi Sinha. The celebs posed for the paparazzi before hitting the dance floor with full force.

Newlyweds Deepika and Ranveer danced their hearts out at the party and were seen grooving on the Dil Dhadakne Do song Gallan Goodiyan. Bareilly Ki Barfi actors Kriti Sanon and Rajkummar Rao also shook a leg at the party. Kriti arrived in a bottle green off-shoulder lehenga. The diva looked stunning in middle parted hair and red and green jewellery. Kartik Aaryan also attended the party and looked a dapper in a black suit. He was among the few who joined Ranveer and Deepika on the dance floor.

Dinesh Vijan with wife Pramita Tanwar and Kriti Sanon.
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Happy Bhag Jayegi actor Diana Penty also attended the party in a coffee tone corset gown. She posed for pictures with Befikre actor Vaani Kapoor, who looked glamourous in an off-shoulder sequinned silver gown. Lootera actor Sonakshi Sinha was also spotted at the party in a silver ensemble.

Bhumi Pednekar too attended the bash in a floor-length red dress. Dhadak actor Janhvi Kapoor and Kedarnath actor Sara Ali Khan also attended the do in their stylish avatars. While Janhvi carved a pretty picture in an embroidered white and beige lehenga, Sara stood out in a red fusion sari and golden leggings. Chunky Pandey and wife Bhavna also attended the party along with daughter Ahana Pandey. The star kid, who is currently working on her debut film Student of the Year 2, made it to the event in a red dress. Mouni Roy, who made her debut with Gold, was also spotted at the party. Pankaj Tripathi, who had a prominent role in Stree, also attended the party with wife and daughter.

Filmmaker Karan Johar, Vicky Kaushal and Riteish Deshmukh also turned up in black suits for the cocktail party. Filmmaker Homi Adajania and wife Anaita Shroff Adajania were also present at the bash.

Chunky Pandey with wife Bhavna, Homi Adajania and wife Anaita Shroff Adajania and Bhushan Kumar with wife Divya Khosla Kumar.
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First Published: Dec 15, 2018 11:48 IST







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Kapil Sharma hosts grand wedding reception in Amritsar, Daler Mehndi performs at star-studded bash. See pics, videos | tv

Comedian Kapil Sharma hosted a grand wedding reception in Amritsar on December 14 after tying the knot with Ginni Chatrath. The two got married in a Hindu ceremony followed by an Anand Karaj ceremony in Jalandhar. The two then reached Kapil’s home town of Amritsar for the wedding reception at the Radisson Blue hotel.

While the groom donned a purple sherwani embellished with gold sequins, the bride chose a pink and a mint green anarkali.

Kapil Sharma and his wife Ginni Chatrath pose during their wedding reception party at a hotel in Amritsar.
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The theme of the night was black and gold and elaborate arrangements were made for the guests. The newlyweds also cut a big cake on the occasion. Singer Daler Mehndi sang a medley of his Punjabi songs at the event and raised the spirits of the guests with his performance. Comedians Krushna Abhishek, Kiku Sharda, Bharti Singh, singer Babbu Maan and many other Punjabi celebrities attended the party. While the men were dressed in black, Bharti chose a sequinned gold gown for the party.

Kiku Sharda (R) and actress Sumona Chakravarti (L) attends the wedding reception party of Kapil Sharma and Ginni Chatrath at a hotel in Amritsar. (Photo by NARINDER NANU / AFP)
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Punjabi singer Malkit Singh (C) attends the wedding reception party of Kapil Sharma and Ginni Chatrath at a hotel in Amritsar on December 14, 2018. (Photo by NARINDER NANU / AFP)
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Kapil had earlier shared two pictures from the twin wedding ceremonies. He had donned a green sherwani along with a golden turban with three kalgis for the wedding which had the bride in a red lehenga. Ginni wore a pink lehenga and Kapil wore a white sherwani with a pink turban for the Anand Karaj ceremony.

The pre-wedding celebrations began at Kapil’s house with a jagran while an Akhand Patth was organised by Ginni’s family at her place.

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First Published: Dec 15, 2018 13:28 IST







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Tanushree Dutta set to return to the US after sparking the MeToo movement in India | bollywood

Actor Tanushree Dutta has packed her bags and is ready to leave India after kick-starting the MeToo movement in the country. The actor revealed her plans of returning to New Jersey in an interview to Mid-Day saying, “My future lies there. I will head out early next year. When I came down to Mumbai, I thought I would go back after a month, but it’s been five months.”

The actor had accused actor Nana Patekar of sexual harassment for demanding to shoot an intimate dance step with her on the sets of the 2008 film Horn OK Pleassss. She had also accused Vivek Agnihotri, director of the 2005 film Chocolate of asking to remove her clothes and dance in front of Irrfan Khan in order to give him cues for a scene.

Talking about the movement which took a much bigger form with several victims accusing known filmmakers, actors and singers of rape, molestation and harassment in lieu of work, she said, “I do not look at it as now hot, now cold. Such things are a revolution. What matters is its impact in the future. It has created an atmosphere where sexual predators are aware that they cannot get away with misbehaviour. It came as a surprise when women began calling out the sexual predators. I am aware that #MeToo cannot be front page news every day.”

The Aashiq Banaya Aapne actor is, however, hopeful of getting justice one day. She said, “I have been living with it for a decade without redressal. The legal process is not dependent on me being around. If I have to be around to push the case, what is the point of the legal system and law enforcers?”

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First Published: Dec 15, 2018 15:11 IST







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