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Lisa Ray accuses newspaper of ‘casual sexism’ for sharing her glamourous picture with article about her memoir

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Actor-model Lisa Ray, who turned author recently with her debut book and memoir Close To The Bone, was furious Friday morning when she saw her glamourous image used in a recent interview with a newspaper. In an interview about her book, a Kolkata newspaper used a racy picture of Lisa.

Sharing a clip of the newspaper article, Lisa wrote on Instagram, “Does anyone else see the irony in using THIS image – instead of an author image provided by my publisher – for an article about my memoir @CloseToTheBone_ where I talk about struggling as a women with overcoming sexist stereotypes? Just landed in #Kolkata and I must say I’m disappointed With #TheTelegraph unless I’m missing the punchline? I’ve written in depth on this manner of casual sexism during the 90s in India in @closetothebone.book but it seems it still persists. We NEED to change the narrative. What say?”

Talking about being called a “sex symbol”, Lisa had earlier told PTI, “I hate to be labelled and put into boxes but I had to deal with it since a young age because I was a sex symbol at the age of 16. It was completely unanticipated. To suddenly become this figure for an entire nation and on top of that, to look much older, that has haunted me my entire life up until now.”

“So, I chose to appear on the red carpet even when I was 41-pound overweight because of the steroid use for my cancer treatment…That was a breaking moment for me to talk about something that is deeply personal,” she said.

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Shahid Kapoor says Mira Rajput brought along many house helps after wedding, but he never gets angry at them like Kabir Singh

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A scene in the Kabir Singh trailer inspired several memes. In it, Shahid Kapoor’s character, the hot-headed Kabir, chases his maid in the streets after she breaks a glass, presumably not on purpose. In an appearance on The Kapil Sharma Show, where Shahid and his co-actor Kiara Advani promoted the upcoming film, Shahid was asked if he’s ever lost his cool on domestic helps in real life.

According to Mumbai Mirror, Shahid said that his wife, Mira Rajput, brought along several house helps to their home after their wedding, and were he to break a glass, he would apologise to them and offer to clean up.

The actor has spoken about channelling a dark side of his psyche for the film, in which he plays a self-destructive alcoholic. In the past, Shahid has said that he would take long showers before returning home, to wash away the smell of the 20-odd cigarettes he was smoking on set. Shahid, on Kapil’s show, said that another reason for those long showers was to metaphorically ‘cleanse himself of all the anger and angst’ he was carrying on set.

“I don’t endorse smoking at all. However, the role required it, as the protagonist uses it to channel his angst and rage. It wasn’t easy, and it came to a point where I smoked almost 20 cigarettes a day. It would take me close to two hours to shower and get rid of the smells before I could return home to my children,” he had said in an earlier interview to Mumbai Mirror.

Kabir Singh is the Hindi remake of hit Telugu film Arjun Reddy, which starred Vijay Deverakonda in the lead role. Also directed by Sandeep Vanga, Kabir Singh is slated for release on June 21.

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Esha Deol, husband Bharat Takhtani announce birth of second daughter, name her Miraya

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Actor Esha Deol has announced the birth of her second daughter with husband Bharat Takhtani. The couple has named the baby Miraya. They already have a two-year-old daughter, Radhya.

Taking to Instagram on Tuesday, Esha wrote alongside a colourful e-card, “Thank you very much for the love & blessings.” The picture reads, “Welcome to our tribe, baby girl Miraya Takhtani,” and notes the child’s birthday as June 10, 2019. Congratulatory messages began coming in for her parents Hema Malini and Dharmendra on social media.

At the bottom corner of the picture, the couple called itself as ‘proud parents’ and Radhya as the ‘big sister’. Esha had earlier announced her pregnancy via an Instagram post. In January, she wrote alongside a picture of Radhya, “I’m being promoted to big sister.”

Esha had announced Radhya’s name in a similar manner, saying in a statement, “We are very happy to announce that our daughter will be named as Radhya Takhtani. The name has been jointly decided by Esha and me.”

Esha’s latest post has already received reactions from her industry colleagues and fans. “Heartiest Congratulations,” wrote Aarti Chhabria. “Congratulations, God bless,” wrote a fan. “May god protect your family and you,” wrote another.

Esha is the daughter of actors Hema Malini and Dharmendra. She is half-sister to actors Bobby and Sunny Deol, and cousin to actor Abhay Deol. Her last screen appearance was in the short film, Cakewalk. She also took part in the 2015 season of MTV Roadies as a ‘gang leader’.

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New James Bond film’s set rocked by an explosion, one crew member injured

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An explosion at Britain’s Pinewood Studios on Tuesday rocked the set of the next James Bond film, causing damage to the stage and one minor injury. The Sun newspaper said a triple blast hit the set after a stunt went wrong, taking off part of the roof and several wall panels.

One member of staff was crushed by debris falling down on him as he stood outside the studios, west of London, the tabloid said. The official James Bond account on Twitter said: “During the filming of a controlled explosion on the set of Bond 25 today at Pinewood Studios, damage was caused to the exterior of the 007 Stage.“There were no injuries on set, however one crew member outside the stage has sustained a minor injury.”

The Sun quoted a source as saying: “It was utter chaos. “There were three huge explosions and it’s blown part of the Bond stage roof off. A fireball was supposed to go through the set. That was the stunt but something has gone horribly wrong.The place is now on total lockdown.”

The film has been besieged by problems. Bond actor Daniel Craig had to undergo minor ankle surgery after an injury on set.Craig — who will play the legendary British super spy for the fifth time in the as-yet untitled film — sustained the injury during filming in Jamaica.

Oscar winner Rami Malek will play the villain in the long-awaited movie that is set to see Craig bow out after eight years as 007. The 25th edition of one of the world’s most enduring franchises will also see the return of Ralph Fiennes as Bond’s boss and French actor Lea Seydoux.

The production has been repeatedly delayed over script disputes. The delays were prompted in part by Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle’s replacement by Cary Fukunaga in September. The film is now due to open in cinemas in the United States, Britain and France on April 8, 2020.

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