Big B Caught in a Lip-Lock with Mrs. B! Bollywood’s long-time power couple shocked the public this past weekend after Jaya pulled her hubby in close for a smooch as Big B accepted his Lifetime Achievement Award at the Life OK Screen Awards. Not only is this the first time the couple have engaged in a private act in public but what must’ve been more awkward is Abhishek Bachchan seated in between the two lovebirds! (Times of India)
Because She’s Worth It. Global beauty brand, L’Oreal Paris, has added none other than bombshell Katrina Kaif to its list of spokespersons. Kaif is the fourth Indian woman to add this title to her resume, following Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Sonam Kapoor, and Freida Pinto. Kaif said in a statement: “It’s been a brand that I have always admired for its glamour and powerful message of ‘Because you’re worth it’. The stunning women that represent the brand across the globe are strong motivators.” (FirstPost)
Shiva Trilogy Headed to Hollywood. Amish Tripathi, renowned author of The Shiva Trilogy, a mythological/thriller fiction series that includes The Immortals of Meluha (2010), The Secret of the Nagas (2011) and The Oath of the Vayuputras (2013) has signed a deal with an undisclosed American producer for the film adaptation of the sequence. The trilogy is also set for an Indian film release produced by Karan Johar. The series is the fastest-selling in the history of Indian publishing. (Hindustan Times)
Get Ready to Play Desi Chaat! Rutgers alumna Priya Shah has filled a gap in the U.S. gaming market by inventing the game Desi Chaat. Dubbed the Indian Taboo, the game is geared towards incorporating South Asian culture into a different format. Just “grab your Nana, Nani, Dada, Dadi, Mummy, Papa, Bhais, Bhens, Betis, Betas, Dosts and Have a SUPER-MAST time playing!” (Daily Targum)
Video Urges Indian Women to Speak Up Against Sexual Abuse. Pooja Batura Pathak, a Mumbai-based filmmaker has produced a 12-minute video titled Bol or “speak up” that visually chronicles “the stages of sexual abuse an Indian woman goes through during her lifetime — from child abuse to work place harassment to marital rape” As the text with the video says, “The more you talk, the less it will happen.” (Time) See the video below:
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