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It's been a bit of a royal affair for our B-Town celebs recently, with the paps filling their column inches with coverage of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge' recent visit to India. We too caught your favourite stars on the red carpet during the royal gala dinner in Mumbai. Check out our fashion eye and see who looked regal and who looked like they were at a wedding! For all you Lollywood fans, (for those who aren't you are soon about to be - trust me) when you read our exclusive with Adeel Hussain, popular Pakistani actor who makes his film debut with the romantic comedy Bachaana. He is charming, energetic and oh so cool. Don't forget to watch the film and share your review with us. Speaking of films, because we think you're a lovely lot, we're giving away cinema tickets again. This time to watch the amazing Jungle Book, which has been getting rave reviews. So enter now and if you win come back and tell us what you thought of the film. Good news for you foodies, not only do we have some tantalising recipes for you, but we will be launching our #TheDesiKitchen show soon via YouTube this summer...and were looking for cooks, so do check out the back page on how to apply As much as I want to continue chatting to you all, I am running out of space, but also have a dinner date waiting, so must dash, but see you again next edition.

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It was the most publicised event of the month. Our very own Duke and Duchess of Cambridge landed in Mumbai during their seven-day tour of India and Bhutan recently

The Duchess looked regal as usual in a dazzling beaded cobalt blue gown, designed by one of her favourite designers, Jenny Packham. The outfit was especially beaded in India in honour of the royal tour to the country and had an exquisite matching cape

and were entertained by some of B-Town’s biggest names. We took a look at the wardrobe for the royal shindig

Shilpa Shetty was the epitome of Indian beauty in this stunning powder pink sari by Monisha Jaising. She complimented it well with the intricate mirror work on her blouse.


Alia Bhatt always looks so cute and adorable and the pretty little thing got her look right for the royal dinner with this stunning nude evening dress by Manish Malhotra. Less is definitely best.

Madhuri Dixit Nene was the epitome of grace, as she beautifully carried off this stunning net sari by Shyamal Bhumika. Net saris are not only difficult to wear but difficult to pull off. Go Mads!


Sonam Kapoor stunned everyone as usual as she donned a beautiful Elie Saab Haute Couture outfit that was from the label’s India-inspired collection, inspired by the sari.

Jacqueline Fernandez looked hot in this gorgeous red gown, but it seems to remind us of a similar outfit worn by one Kaif girl designed by Manish Malhotra at another function.

Aishwarya Rai who was invited to sit next to Prince William looked resplendent in this traditional beautifully encrusted with stones and embroidered sari. The former Miss World still has charm and elegance



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Middleton by Ayesha Babar


I have been waiting to do a Kate Middleton makeup breakdown for the longest time and the Duchess’ Royal Visit to India earlier this month seems to be the perfect opportunity! Kate Middleton turned heads in a gorgeous blue Jenny Peckham dress when she, along with Prince William, attended a grand Bollywood gala hosted in Mumbai in their honour. You don’t have to be Royalty to rock the look (although it does help!), so read on to learn how to dazzle like the Duchess!

Kate Middleton flaunts that ‘from within’ glow like very few can. As always the canvas is as important as what you apply on top so start with some skincare products. The preparations begin the day before a big occasion - make sure you are properly hydrated and that you apply a night moisturiser the night before. Start the makeup application with a moisturiser (oil-free if you suffer from oily skin!). Then apply a primer focusing on the t-zone.

To get the Duchess’ trademark smoky eye, apply a grey toned eye shadow all over the lid.

Apply a medium coverage foundation all over the face, blending into the neck. The Duchess is said to be a fan of the Lancome Tient Miracle foundation, which she used on her wedding day too.

Next draw a thin line, as close to the lashline as possible using black gel eyeliner, smudging it gently to blend it slightly into the eye shadow

Sweep some pink blush from the apples of the cheek towards the temples. Choosing one with a slight shimmer will add a subtle highlight.

Complete your look by opting for a natural pink lipstick which has some sheen to get a soft look. You are ready to be the centre of attention at any party – Bollywood or not!

Next, take a black eye pencil and line along your waterline. Finish with a generous coat of black mascara. The Duchess has been spotted buying the Lancome Hypnose range before!



#Instah t by Ayesha Babar

We bring you the roundup of the trending Instagram posts from the fortnight. Definitely #InstaHOT , we say!

It seems like the season of Shah Rukh Khan – The actor was in London last week to promote his film FAN. The popular tourist attraction, Madame Tussauds dressed the actor’s wax statue to look like his character, Gaurav - it seems that Khan himself too could not get enough of the wax figure!

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been winning hearts on their annual tours for a while now. It was little surprise then that the young royals charmed their way into Indian hearts on their first official tour of the country. The tour is not all work though – they got to feed these adorable baby elephants and rhinos at the Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservations in India.

Udta Punjab has been in the news ever since it first got announced. It brings former lovers Shahid Kapur and Kareena Kapoor Khan, back in a film after many years. The film

is eagerly awaited for its interesting storyline that revolves around drug use in Punjab in India. Shahid and Kareena shared their first looks from the film that also features Alia Bhatt, and we could not help but admire how beautiful Kareena looks even in this simple garb!

William and Kate also attended a Bollywood charity gala hosted in their honour. The who’s who of the industry attended and it was this photo of Kate Middleton with Shah Rukh Khan, Aishwariya Rai and Madhuri Dixit-Nene that soon started trending. In addition to the excitement caused by the Duchess’s presence it was also a happy reunion for the cast of the epic love story – Devdas!

While we have often seen Salman ‘Dabangg’ Khan in various ‘macho’ states, it was this photo of the star with his newborn nephew, Ahil that made everyone go ‘aww’ this week. Ahil was born to Salman’s youngest sister, Arpita Khan and her husband Aayush Sharma. It looks like we will be seeing lots more of Salman too, now that the teaser for his next film, ‘Sultan’ has been released!

The pair that had us dancing to ‘Abhi Tau Party Shuru Hui Hai’ in 2014’s Khoobsurat reunited for a selfie at a recent awards ceremony. The two have had a great year so far with both Kapoor and Sons and Neerja being massive hits. We do hope to see Fawad Khan and Sonam Kapoor together on the big screen soon – we love the easy breezy chemistry the two share!

2016 seems to be the year of fresh pairings. Sidharth Malhotra and Katrina Kaif will be seen together in Baar Baar Dekho, and Sidharth shared this photo from the film’s wrap. The film has been shot in Scotland and Thailand among other locations. That combined with the very good looking cast and we are already excited!



Street Food

What is it about eating food outdoors that makes it taste so good? When you’re out and about and in need of something small to keep you going, stopping at a roadside vendor or street cart is often the best and tastiest option instead of a full meal. This issue we’ve collected together

Khaman Dhokla

Coriander leaves Little water + Oil to be topped on dhoklas

Ingredients For Batter: 250g Bengal Gram flour / Besan/ Chickpea flour ½ cup Curd/Yogurt ½ cup Water ½ tsp Baking Soda 1 tbsp Oil Pinch of Turmeric 1-2tsp Green Chilli paste (as per taste) 1tsp Sugar ¼ tsp Lemon juice 1-1/4 tsp Eno fruit salt Salt (to taste) For seasoning: Mustard Seeds Curry leaves Grated coconut

Bhel Puri

Method 1. Mix first 1/2 cup curds with 1/2 water. To this add the besan and mix well to get a smooth batter, of dropping not pouring consistency. Slowly add more water if needed, then add the baking soda. Put aside to rise for 1 hour. 2. If you are using a pressure cooker, fill the pan with water and locate a plate or dish which fits snugly inside for steaming the dhoklas, such as a Thali plate. To the batter, mix in the lemon juice, oil, salt, sugar, green chilli paste and turmeric powder. Mix well. This has to be done just before pouring onto the

Ingredients 3 cups puffed rice (murmura, kurmura) 1 cup fine sav (vermicelli-like snack made from gram flour) 1 cup papdi, broken in small pieces 1/2 cup of chopped boiled potatoes 1/2 cup of chopped cucumber 1/2 cup of chopped tomatoes with seeds removed 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro 1/2 teaspoon salt (adjust to

some of our favourite chaat recipes so you can replicate this at home, either as side dishes for your main meals or as a tasty snack, breakfast or small meal in their own right.

plate. increased on preference. 3. Meanwhile have the pan 5. After 5 -7 minutes, remove on stove, and let the water the lid and check using a start boiling. When the water toothpick or knife. If the knife reaches the rolling stage add comes out clean and does the eno to the batter (Save not have any batter sticking, a little of the eno for dusting then it is done. Cover and on the plate), and mix gently let it remain on the flame for until you see bubbles coming 1 min, then switch off the out. After adding the eno the heat and rest for a further 5 batter should not rest. minutes. 4. Dust or sprinkle the plate 6. In a bowl, mix 3 tsp of with eno. Then immediately water along with a tsp of pour the batter onto the oil. Remove the plate from plate or dish. Place the the pan, pour the water plate carefully inside the and oil mix over the top. pressure pan and cover with For seasoning, heat a pan lid. You need not use the with oil, add curry leaves, whistle. After covering you sesame seeds, mustard seeds will find steam coming out and finely chopped green of the outlet, simmer and chillies. When mustard starts don’t disturb for almost 5 -7 popping, remove and pour minutes. The batter should over the dhokla. Leave to be filled halfway as it will rise cool slightly and serve with up. Amount of sugar can be tamarind chutney.

2. Combine the dry ingredients (puffed rice, sev, papdi, salt) together and mix well. Set aside until ready to serve 3. Mix chopped potatoes, cucumber, tomatoes, cilantro, and minced green pepper if using, then Method set aside. 1. In frying pan over medium 4. When ready to serve, heat dry roast the puffed rice combine the dry ingredients to restore its crispness for with the wet and stir the around 4 minutes, and leave mixture gently to combine. to cool.

taste) 4 tablespoon of hari cilantro chutney 4 tablespoon of tamarind chutney 1 tablespoon minced green pepper (optional) 1tbsp lemon juice (optional)

5. Add hari cilantro and tamarind chutney to your taste, making sure the chutney fully coats the bhel puri. Drizzle with lemon juice to taste, if using.

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Palak Chaat

Ingredients Approx. 5oz spinach leaves 4 tablespoons besan, gram flour 4 tablespoons corn starch 1/2 teaspoon salt

Aloo Chaat

Pinch of black pepper Approx. 1/4 cup of water to use as needed Approx 1 inch of oil in pan for frying Method 1. Clean and pat dry

Ingredients About 4 cups cubed potatoes, firmly boiled, peeled and cut into bite size 3 tablespoons oil 1 teaspoon salt adjust to taste 1/4 cup cilantro finely chopped 1 tablespoon ginger thinly sliced 1 tablespoon green chilli finely chopped (adjust to taste) 2 teaspoons lemon juice Spice mix: 1 tablespoon roasted cumin seed powder (bhuna jeera) 1 teaspoon red chilli powder 1 teaspoon mango powder (amchoor) 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 1 teaspoons black salt 1/8 teaspoon asafetida powder (or an

the spinach. Keep about 10 large spinach leaves aside; chop the remaining spinach very fine, this will be about 2 cups of chopped spinach. 2. Next make the batter to fry the spinach leaves, mix 2 tablespoons of besan, 2 tablespoons of corn starch, Âź teaspoon of salt and a little black pepper. Add approx. 2 tablespoons of water slowly to make a batter. The batter should be thin in consistency, but still should be able to cover the spinach entirely when dipped in. 3. Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium high heat. Frying pan should have approx. 1inch of oil. To check if the oil is ready, put a small drop of batter in the oil. The batter should rise and float, but not change colour right away.

even mixture of garlic and onion powder) Dash of lemon juice 1/2 teaspoon ginger powder (saunth) 2 teaspoons sugar Method 1. Mix all of the spices together well to create the aromatic spice mix and set aside. 2. Heat a heavy flat frying pan on a medium high heat and add in the oil. Place the cubed potatoes into the frying pan and sprinkle the salt over. Stir fry the potatoes, turning them occasionally until all sides are golden brown. This process should take 8-10 minutes. 3. Turn off the heat and sprinkle ginger,

4. Dip the spinach leaves in the batter one at a time and slowly drop into the frying pan. Fry the spinach until both sides are light gold. Turn them occasionally. This will take about 2 minutes. Put aside for serving. 5. To the remaining batter add chopped spinach, salt, 2bsps corn starch and the remaining besan. Mix well: this should be the consistency of soft dough, so add water as needed. 6. Taking about 1 tablespoon of batter at a time, shape into small balls and drop them into the oil. Fry the pakoras until they are golden brown, which should take about 4-5 minutes. Take them out and pat excess oil away with paper towels.

cilantro, green chillies, lemon juice and about 1-1/2 tablespoons of spice mix. Mix it well, making sure all the pieces of potatoes are coated. 4. Taste one of the potatoes and add more spice mix and salt/pepper if needed according to your taste.

Cooks wanted



Luxurious Moroccan Style by Mohammed rasul

This edition we took the expert help of interior expert and owner of the much admired store Artz-i Artz-i is a stylish new lifestyle and gift store which designs, manufactures and retails both modern and traditional high quality gifts, artworks and other fine products, including hand crafted items. Their merchandise includes ceramic tiles, calligraphy, brass and copper ornaments, appliqué art, paintings, photography and wood carvings as well as gift cards, contemporary and classical household furnishings. The team have a sharp eye for modern and traditional hand crafts from the world’s markets, like the souks of Cairo and bazaars of Istanbul. Hence this edition we asked owner Mohammed Rasul to inspire us with a

Moroccon theme. Hereare his top tips and prized merchandise.

Gold and bronze pieces with intricate geometric patterns fit right in with this style – try a mirror, side table or even a stylish standing lamp in your living room or home office to add a touch of class.

Lighting is very important in this look – mosaic patterned lamps with bold, colourful glass and hanging elements will look perfect alongside a Moroccan themed room. Try adding a few into bedrooms for a softer lighting option, or hanging in the dining or living area to add interest to plain ceiling lights.



Bold colours and loud patterns are the order of the day for this look, so don’t be afraid to mix and match colours which you couldn’t usually put together. Bring the look together with an accent cushion, and surrounding accessories in matching gold and bronze tones.

As well as lamps, adding candles and accent boxes to your space will really add the finishing touches to your home. Try scattering on end tables or using to accessorise your dining table. Hanging candle lamps like the ones pictured can be great for conservatories and outdoor areas to add mood lighting. Choose traditional earthy and spicy Moroccan scents such as sandalwood and bergamot to add to the mood further.

bedrooms or to section off larger open rooms into smaller areas.

For a true touch of Moroccan traditional style, a carved wooden room divider is a beautiful addition to any home, especially when paired with matching side tables in a variety of different woods. Use as a makeshift changing area in

If you liked the Moroccon lifestyle and want to see more amazing designs then do check out




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For those who do not know this Actor Ken Ono is a Japanese-American Dev Patel, who shot to fame with mathematician who specialises in ire’, iona Mill g mdo ‘Slu le’s Boy Danny number theory, especially in integer role will be next seen playing the lead partitions, modular forms, and the in ‘The Man Who Knew Infinity’, a fields of interest similar to that of al atic hem mat of life the on d base film Srinivasa Ramanujan. genius Srinivasa Ramanujan and On his part, Ono said, I was involved though Patel is being lauded for his y because they wanted to get their performance in the film, not man at mathematics right and before I knew might know that Dev actually is bad it, I was on the sets in England, math. helping out with so many different itted adm Dev e, sam the ing firm Con things. It was of course difficult to to that while shooting the film, the explain how to be a mathematician ian atic ian. hem atic mat a hem got makers had someone who is not a mat k named Ken Ono on the sets to brea My favourite scene in the film is the ulas down complex mathematical form scene where Dev Patel, who plays for Dev. Ramanujan, completes a complex mathematical formlua on the The actor further quipped that not did he , blackboard and one can see that he despite the help of Ono e g has done it in real time. My challeng understand most of what was bein ld cou he that ula form a ct was e was to sele explained to him and that ther in to remember easily and complete it quite a lot of acting required so as s. the sequence. cover up his mathematical inabilitie

Scariest character I have ever played: Shahid on ‘Udta Punjab’ 35-year-old said. “So, I really have no idea what somebody is going through. I had no idea how I am going to do it. But I felt like it was a challenge that I needed to take up,” he added.

Actor Shahid Kapoor says his character of a drug-addict rockstar in the forthcoming movie “Udta Punjab” is the scariest character that he has ever played. However, he says “it was a challenge that I needed to take up.” “Tommy Singh is the scariest character that I have ever played because I don’t even drink alcohol, so I don’t even know what it likes to be high,” the

“Udta Punjab”, directed by Abhishek Chaubey, highlights the issue of rampant drug abuse among youth in Punjab. It features Alia Bhatt as a migrant Bihari labourer, Kareena Kapoor Khan as a doctor who is determined to fight the illegal transportation of drugs, and Punjabi actor-singer Diljit Dosanjh is seen as a police officer. The film is slated to release on June 17.

Films production in association with Cayenne Pepper Productions, The Man Who Knew Infinity, starring Dev Patel, Jeremy Irons, Devika Bhise, Stephen Fry, Toby Jones and and Arundhati Nag, has been written is and n Brow directed by Matthew il, slated to release, in English and Tam on Apr 29.

Ali Abbas Zafar shoo ts ‘Sultan’ at Jama Masji d Bollywood superstar Salman Khan’s upcoming film “Sultan ” will feature the 360-year-old Jama Ma sjid of Delhi. Ali Abbas Zafar, who is directing the film, took to Twitte r to share photographs from the set. “Shooting in 40 degree s ‘Sultan’ at beautiful Jama Masjid , last three weeks (sic),” Zafar cap tioned the images.

In one photograph, Zaf ar can be seen posing in front of the camera with Jama Masjid in the bac kdrop. The second image sho ws the view of the iconic red sandst one mosque on the screen of the vid eo camera. After Delhi, the whole cast of the film will shoot in western Uttar Pradesh from Wednesday onw ards. The film, being produc ed by Yash Raj Films, will be shot in and around the Morna area in Muzaf farnagar. “Sultan”, which also stars Anushka Sharma and Randeep Hooda, is slated to release on the Eid in 2016.




Varun confirms Dharma film but mum on details

Actor Varun Dhawan kept mum on his “Student Of The Year” director Karan Johar’s film “Shuddhi”, but confirmed that he is doing another film with Karan’s production house, Dharma Productions. At the last day shoot of his film “Dishoom”, Varun, asked about “Shuddhi”, said: “Honestly, for me, every film is important, even if I have only a day’s work for the film. Every film is very close to me. As far as ‘Shuddhi’ is concerned I think Karan Johar ji has given the answers to you. I’m doing another film with Dharma, and the announcement will be made soon.” There have been reports that Varun will reunite with his “Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania” co-star Alia Bhatt, for a film that takes the franchise forward titled “Badrinath Ki Dulhania”, directed by the same director, Shashank Khaitan. Varun and Alia were spotted leaving the Dharma Productions office a few days back,

where they reportedly had discussed the film. About “Shuddhi”, there hasn’t been much progress after Karan had confirmed last May that Varun and Alia were chosen to be part of the film, directed by Karan Malhotra. Kareena Kapoor, Hrithik Roshan, Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, and Salman Khan have been the names that were said to star in the film, over different intervals, before Varun and Alia. Some reports have also claimed that the film has been shelved but veteran singer Udit Narayan recently said that he has sung a song with Shreya Ghoshal for the film. About “Dishoom” with John Abraham, Varun said: “It’s honestly been a very challenging film, because there is a lot of action, John and me have been part of some daredevil stunts.” Varun was last seen in the Shah Rukh Khan-starrer “Dilwale”.

Feeling responsibility with Dhawan brothers in ‘Dishoom’: Sajid Nadiadwala Producer Sajid Nadiadwala says that he feels more responsibility and pressure having Dhawan brothers - director Rohit and actor Varun - in his film “Dishoom”, with their father, director David Dhawan, also adding to the pressure. “It’s more like a responsibility, when I started ‘Judwaa’ in 1995, he (Varun) was about eight years old, so to get both these brothers in one film, was a great responsibility for me. “You all know David, he’ll not spare me if something goes wrong with the publicity, it’s more pressure for me to take care of the kids,” said Sajid, in a press meet on the last day of the shooting with Varun, Rohit, and actors John Abraham and Jacqueline Fernandez were also present.

clash with Salman’s “Sultan”. But Sajid said: “We’re coming on 29th (July)... don’t think there’s a clash. It’s too hypothetical. It isn’t Eid, Diwali, Christmas. I don’t think he’ll (Shah Rukh) come out then. It’s the right date, we released ‘Mujhse Shaadi Karogi’ that day (30 July), also we released ‘Kick’ (25 July), it’s a small event for me on that day.” He also said that the film is not yet ready and the trailer will be attached with his film, “Housefull 3” releasing on June 3.

Rohit is making his second film, after “Desi Boyz”, which had released almost five years back. “I was writing this film, the time was a really lazy stage, it had been a couple of years from ‘Dishoom’, and I just had a couple Sajid shares a good equation with of ideas, I didn’t even totally love them David, having delivered successful films at that point. such as “Judwaa” and “Mujhse Shaadi “And I remember when Sajid bhai just Karogi” with him. The duo are set to called me, and I shared them with him, reunite with “Judwaa 2”, which will he packed onto this one. It was just his see Varun replacing superstar Salman sheer confidence and the faith he has Khan. showed in me that has allowed me to There are reports that “Dishoom”, an fly, that pushed me to go ahead and action-comedy set in the UAE, might write it, to get back to work and the clash with Shah Rukh Khan’s “Raees”, grind... all thanks to him.” if the latter gets postponed to avoid a



Deadly Devgn Ajay Devgn’s ambitious directorial venture ‘Shivaay’ has been at the cynosure of all eyes, since its unique motion posters and creatives were revealed to fans. For all those who can’t wait for Shivaay to come to theaters, here’s a very special sneak peak of the megastar shooting at a height of a staggering 2914 meters above sea level!! Situated in the Balkan Range of Mountains, Devgn chose the Vihren peak due to its impressive and powerfully dominating presence with its breathtaking high wall. We hear, Devgn and his team were shooting at the highest peak of Bulgaria’s Pirin Mountain’s at VIHREN peak in Bansko. Interestingly in 2014 the Winter Olympics were housed in the resort below the Vihren peak that Ajay Devgn decided to shoot on. There was heavy snowfall the night before and the temperatures unusually were running record low at the time for the season. Due to the extreme cold, Devgn suddenly got hypothermia. The Doctor advised at least 2 days of rest but Ajay Devgn was back in 30mins inspite of the temperature that they

were shooting in. It was -19 degrees Celsius. The Doctor attributed Devgn’s sudden Hypothermia to very tough terrain and lack of adequate warm clothing. While the unit was exhausted but prepped for the cold, bundled in layers of woolens; Devgn was in costume and was only clad in a T shirt and a jacket. Also the level of altitude mixed with the chopper hovering over his head blew a lot of snow and ice around the area where Devgn was isolated for these critical shots. The mountain specialists and guide on the shoot was also very worried as this is not a usual shoot that he has guided before.The Bulgarian crew, though used to extreme cold conditions were also very worried at the 40mins non-stop chopper shoot that Ajay Devgn pulled off on top of the Vihren Peak while all the crew waited on a safe point below. Meanwhile in between all this the crew was very tense, and were trying to make frantic calls as they had to source a doctor on top of the mountain which was a trek and two ski lifts away.

Deepika Padukone’s ‘XXX’ squad was posted on the 30-year-old actress’ Instagram account.

Bollywood’s mastani Deepika Padukone, who is presently shooting for her Hollywood debut ‘xXx: The Return of Xander Cage,’ recently gave out some squad goals. A picture that showed the cast of the D. J. Caruso’s directorial

The snap was captioned, “Getting into action mode! @ deepikapadukone looks fierce as she poses with team #xXx. We are eagerly waiting to see her in #TheReturnOfXanderCage. Are you? - Team DP” Deepika will be seen in the role of fierce huntress Serena Unger. ‘XXX’ will hit the theatres in 2017.

Most units would have called the day off but Devgn is a fighter. He jumped back into action in 30mins and did not let the day go waste. His spirits were high and he got the job done well. Ajay is multi-tasking and playing many roles at the same time which is quite difficult as well as commendable- a very difficult production- he is producing, directing and starring in the film. Well, it’s not for no reason that he is lovingly called as Deadly Devgn, by his fans! Eros International’s & Ajay Devgn Ffilms, Shivaay is all set for a release in Diwali, 2016. The film stars Ajay Devgn and Sayesha Sehgal.

Dilip Kumar feels brighter and better’ Actor Dilip Kumar, who is undergoing treatment at a hospital in India said he was feeling ‘brighter and better’. By Gods grace feeling brighter and better, Kumar tweeted. Thank you all for your prayers, love and affection, he said thanking his fans for their wishes. The actor was hospitalised on Apr 16. A superstar, Kumar is

known for acting in several films like Andaz (1949), Aan (1952), Devdas (1955), Azaad (1955), Mughal-e-Azam (1960) and Ganga Jamuna (1961).


Juan Antonio Bayona to direct ‘Jurassic World 2’ Dwayne ‘Rock’ Johnson, Kevin Hart may star in next ‘Jumanji’ Next installment of Sony’s ‘Jumanji’ is up for a summer 2017 release, but no cast member has yet been announced. Filmmaker Juan Antonio Bayona has been announced as the director for the sequel to “Jurassic World”. “It’s official! So excited to join the Jurassic Team!” Bayona wrote on Twitter following the announcement, reports Colin Trevorrow, who directed “Jurassic World”, was unable to sit behind the lens for the next instalment since he has signed on for “Star Wars: Episode IX”. He, however, will return as a producer and writer. “Proud to collaborate with one

of my favorite filmmakers on the next Jurassic adventure. JA Bayona, it’s all yours,” Trevorrow tweeted to welcome the new director. Bayona is known for directing 2007’s horror flick “The Orphanage” and 2012’s truestory drama “The Impossible”. His next feature film is called “A Monster Calls” starring Liam Neeson, Sigourney Weaver and Felicity Jones. The second “Jurassic World” movie is scheduled for June 2018 release. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are expected to return for this new one.

However, sources revealed that the studio is lining up two comedy big hitters, namely Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart for the film, reports the Independent. Johnson and Hart, who will star alongside one another in upcoming comedy ‘Central Intelligence,’ recently, hosted the MTV Movie Awards together earlier this month. The film was originally released in 1995 and starred Robin Williams as Alan Parrish, a man released from a board game having been trapped inside for 26 years. The upcoming installment of the flick will be directed by Jake Kasdan.




Adeel Hussain: ‘We’ve lost out on 40 years of branding Pakistan’

by Ayesha Babar Pakistani cinema is back with a bang – and this time it has so much more to offer. From raw, hardhitting features like Manto to romantic comedies like Bachaana. Producers are well-aware of this new market and after the tremendous success, in Pakistan and overseas, of Jawaani Phir Naheen Aani and Karachi se Lahore among others, are keen to deliver wholesome, fun entertainment to audiences. Bachaana is the latest Pakistani film to hit UK screens this weekend and stars popular actors Mohib Mirza, Sanam Saeed and Adeel Hashmi in the lead roles. Bachaana is the story of Vicky, a Pakistani cab driver in Mauritius meets and eventually saves Sanam Saeed’s character, Aalia, a young girl from India, from her evil husband, played by Adeel Hashmi. Shot in idyllic locations, with state of the art cameras and technology, the film feels like a visual treat for viewers. The acting of the leads has also received rave reviews from critics. Since its release in Pakistan in February of this year, Bachaana has delivered solid box office numbers. One of the highlights has been to see Addel Hashmi in his first ever serious role. The actor, marketer and activist has become somewhat of a TV icon over the last two

decades with his portrayal of various comic roles, and is best remembered for his character of ‘Lucy’ from the sitcom ‘Teen Bata Teen’. Asian Style Magazine caught up with Adeel while he was in London to promote Bachaana and asked him about the film, his career and the Pakistani cinema industry. So you have finally made your film debut – after years of working on TV. How important was it for you to act in Bachaana? Adeel: It was very important personally for me to do a film. Pakistani cinema is coming up in a big way and we wanted to form a team and make a film. There was a personal journey for me as an actor too. I had not done any films before. I had done television for 15 years

but mostly comic roles. Then the director of Bachaana, Nasir Khan, came along and offered me to do the baddie in the film and I looked at him and said: you want me - the only person in the country who people don’t wanna see as a baddie? you want me to do the negative role in your film? And he said: Sir mein aapko jaanta houn aur aap ander se bahut evil aadmi hain (I know you and you are mischievously evil inside) - and I am sure you will do it and do it well! (laughs). And I thought to myself that this would be a real challenge – one that I would love to take up It was definitely one of the things that people

were most surprised to see in the trailer – you in a negative avatar. Since I do not have too many dialogues, I remember discussing with Nasir, the director, that I want to play this character as a psychological villain – where you do very little but the audience can still see that something evil is going on inside this guy’s head. And I remember, discussing this with Nasir and trying to profile the character and to see what was the best way to approach it. And finally we nailed down one and said this is the guy I wanted to play. And I think that kind of worked – when I watched the film with an audience, I could see that they were reacting to him – which is a success. The film was released in Pakistan in February. What has been the reaction so far? The response has been tremendously positive and I was just looking at the poster that has been put up in the UK cinema; it features five quotes from five different newspapers in Pakistan, all saying good things about the film. And that’s a very rare thing when everyone comes together and has the same thing to say about a film. Especially in Pakistan! Especially in Pakistan! You know you can’t bribe all of them (laughs).


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Are there any plans to release Bachaana in India too, especially since Sanam Saeed has garnered a huge fan following there after Zindagi Gulzar Hai? Generally, it is very difficult to release a Pakistani film in India. They have their own films, and those are so much bigger budget-wise that it might be a challenge to make our mark there. Give it a couple of years and we will definitely get there. Not yet, but we are well on our way! Pakistani cinema has had a renaissance moment in the last couple of years. Where before we had hardly a release or two in a year, we had about 15 good films coming out of the country last year and even more are lined up for this year. I would like to get your reaction on this resurgence. I think this is absolutely fantastic. In fact, I feel like we have missed out on 30-40 years of cinema. And being a marketing person, I feel we have more importantly lost out on 40 years of branding Pakistan. I mean, look at what India has done through its films – they have branded India all over the world. And we haven’t done that because we just didn’t realise the power of the film. Now the good thing is that the new age filmmakers have woken up and in the last five years, the number of screens

has mushroomed - we now have over a 100 in Pakistan. And about 50-70 cinemas are coming up in the next 4-5 years. So I definitely believe that the Pakistani film industry is going to go places. Already films are being released in key centres like the UK, US, and Dubai and I think in the years to come there will be much more positive growth.

L-R: Adeel Hussain, Mohib Mirza and Sanam Saeed

And the most heartening thing is that thankfully, our young filmmakers have not gone the Bollywood route. Instead, they have told their own stories. Films like Waar, Bol, Shah, Jawaani Phir Naheen Aani, Moor, Manto – they are all stylistically so different and I think that is fantastic. That we are telling our own story in our own unique way.

surprised. One good thing, whether it was by chance or done on purpose was that Mohib has done a lot a theatre previously and Sanam too, has worked a lot in theatre. And when you bring theatrical actors on screen – they are used to working hard, they are used to rehearsals, they are used to working long hours, and they are used to getting it right.

The young and not so young filmmakers, dabbling in this new age cinema are telling fresh, interesting stories. That is phenomenal and I am very happy about it.

And if you see the film, you will see that these two have pretty much pulled off an impossible task – with a two –character film, you can’t definitely can’t take your eyes off the screen – their tempo, their pace, their chemistry, is just very, very refreshing. So I was very happy working with them. Only hopefully, you won’t ask them the same question, because they might have some bad things to say about me (laughs).

Ayesha: How was your experience of working with Mohib and Sanam? Mohib has done a few films before and Sanam has made her film debut with Bachaana. How was the chemistry? Adeel: I was actually very pleasantly surprised. I am a very private person – the team that I have worked with for the past 15 years is my own team. I usually hesitate to work with people from outside my team but I have to confess that I was very pleasantly


Ayesha: From the trailer, we can see that the story revolves around a Pakistani man, Mohib and an Indian couple, which is you and Sanam in Mauritius. Were you very conscious that you didn’t want it to become a clichéd story because we have seen similar stories before where either the man has been Pakistani and the woman Indian or vice versa? Adeel: I think it is always important to not to do creative things in a clichéd

way, no matter what it is. An idea can be simple, an idea can be repetitive – a love story has obviously been attempted many times but it is the way you do it, the way you deliver art, the way you produce anything that is entertaining – the craft is what people want to come and see. We all know that Michelangelo made David but that doesn’t mean that people do not wish to see any other depictions of David. In fact, people keep going over and over to see different figures of David. That’s because it is the craft that gives audiences delight as much as the subject. This is a light-hearted, fast-paced, humorously entertaining story and I think people would like to see it for its treatment, its humour, its tempo, I think people would love it. Ayesha: What is next in the pipeline for you? When do audiences next see you on the silver screen, after Bachaana, of course. Adeel: We are working on a new film project that should hopefully be out by the next year. You know, Man proposes and God Disposes so let’s see what the Supreme Commander has in store for us. Ayesha: All the best for the UK release of Bachaana and for your other projects!


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TIGER SHROFF & SHRADDA KAPOOR – All set to be rebels in love! Tiger Shroff and Shradda Kapoor told us that they are both in a ‘good space’, as they sat down to chat to Asian Style Magazine about their upcoming film Baaghi – Rebels For Love. They are part of the

Bollywood youth brigade and, with a number of solid films in the pipeline, are both ready to have their best year at the movies yet! Shradda’s first film might

not have set the screens on fire but since then she has steadily built an envious filmography. The box office seems to love her, with 100-crore hits in Aashiqui 2, ABCD 2 and Ek Villain amongst

others. The critics too, have been largely positive. With Baaghi, she is trying something new as she will be seen in her first action role. We spoke to her about trying out this new image and what lies ahead



sir, and I hope there are many more to come. I was very lucky I got to do a lot of new things in this film. Baaghi is about being a rebel in love and there is a lot of action in the film. While we were shooting, I was simultaneously prepping for action. We had dedicated some hours each day to prepare for my action sequences. Since it was the first time and I was yet learning the correct techniques, I had a couple of injuries on set but I guess pain is a part of learning anything new. How was the experience of working with Tiger, who is still a relative newcomer?

I had a couple of injuries on set but I guess pain is a part of learning anything new.

for her soon. In your previous films, your most memorable performances have featured you in the ‘girlnext-door’ roles. Baaghi seems to be quite a different film to anything you’ve done previously in terms of the action

sequences. How difficult was it to perform these sequences? Did you enjoy the experience? It is really great to be the part of the team and the energy they had. This has been a memorable experience for me and I must add I have learnt a lot. Tiger is very inspiring and the way he has does his scenes is amazing and his positivity on sets is unmatchable. This is my first film with Sajid

He is so high on energy and he hasn’t changed one bit. He used to play basketball on the set, and he has a very wicked sense of humour. But what’s best about him is that he is very passionate and focused on whatever he does. What is the one thing that you would want viewers to take away with them after watching Baaghi?

Every actor hopes for his/ her film to work. We want a good audience reaction to the film. Everybody should just enjoy watching the film, is what I hope for. You’re already working on ‘OK Jaanu’ where you reunite with Aditya Roy Kapur – can you tell us a little more about that project? I am very excited for the film. This is the first time (after ‘Aashiqui 2’) that Aditya and I will be coming back together. Shaad will be directing, and I loved his ‘Saathiya’. I think it’ll be very interesting to be directed by him. It’ll be amazing. This is a totally different film and we play characters that we have never played before. We come back together in a very different zone this time, not in an intense love story. I hope people enjoy the film. Tiger Shroff, son of actor Jacky Shroff, had a much celebrated debut in the 2014 ‘Heropanti’, a film also launched Kriti Sanon. While 2015 saw Tiger featuring in a couple of


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very successful music videos – with Atif Aslam’s Zindagi Aa Raha Houn Main topping the charts – and earning some highprofile endorsements, he didn’t have a film release. He told us more about being a relative newcomer in Bollywood and his thoughts on becoming an action hero. You gained immediate fame after your debut film – everyone was speaking about you and Kriti and you won most of the Best Debut awards. Was there a lot of pressure then to get the second film choice right? I think the audience is good with newcomers and are sometimes very thoughtful. In my second film, I want to prove to people that I’m not a stroke of luck or a one-hit wonder. I have worked very hard and I want to show people my growth as an actor, dancer and an action star. I want to make my family happy and proud and I’m not overconfident, but I am quite confident with our outcome. I was not in a rush. I thought with ‘Heropanti’ I got the acceptance from the audience and keeping that in mind I wanted to make the right choice for my second film. As I think the second film is equally very important, I wanted to take my time to prepare for this role. Baaghi seems to be a tailor-made film for you to showcase your martial arts training with some superb action sequences – was it a conscious choice to pick an action film? Is that the genre you are most comfortable in?


I am not consciously building an action-hero image for myself in the industry. It’s all about standing out. When I look at other actors, I think, ‘What am I bringing to the industry? How is it (the industry) benefiting from me? I believe that by bringing in my talent on action and stunts, I can make a difference. 2016 seems to be a year of fresh pairings. There’s lots of excitement around your pairing with Shradda Kapoor in Baaghi. How was the experience of working with her? The chemistry between me and Shraddha is definitely one of the high points in the film. It has been very easy because we have known each other since childhood. I was very comfortable with her from day one. Romance is quite a strong element in our film and she never felt uncomfortable nor did she make me feel uncomfortable. We’ve been friends since childhood. We had great fun during workshops and in between the shots. Was the equation different as she is already a bit of an established star? No not at all. She has not changed one bit. I am blessed to be working with Shraddha Kapoor and to be a part of such an honest film. We knew each other from our childhood days but she has not changed at all. She is normal and simple and it’s just very inspiring being around her. You were announced as the face of HRX – the brand of one of your idols. Can you tell us

how the experience has been? I am a big a fan of Hrithik Roshan. I respect him for his work ethic. He is always pushing his limits. He has a fantastic physique, he is superb actor, dances so well and his body language has impeccable grace. People want to have six- pack abs but in the process they lose their craft. Hrithik Sir is one of those people who have merged everything beautifully. He has nailed the aesthetics and over that he puts in his craft as well. To be a part of his brand was an honor for me. What is in store next? As for now I am working on the ‘The Flying Jatt’ a

I want to prove to people that I’m not a stroke of luck or a one-hit wonder – I have worked very hard

super hero film. Baaghi will be released in cinemas worldwide on 29th April 2016, and we here at Asian Style Magazine wish both Tiger and Shradda all the best with this movie and their upcoming projects!



Ask Ayesha Ever wondered about how to carry off the latest beauty trend of the season? Or what products to use to make those dark circles disappear? Well help is finally here. Send in your queries to our resident hair and makeup specialist Ayesha Babar to, and we will get you your answers!

I love the bronzed look that lots of fashion

magazines have been carrying recently especially with summer just around the corner. The models used, however, usually have a much lighter skin colour than mine. I have darker Asian skin and want your advice on how to get the same effect.


(Divya J, London) Ayesha Says: Dear Divya,

I love the whole ‘golden goddess’ trend going around too! The right bronzer will add warmth to your face and give you a sun-kissed look. It is important to choose the product with a correct undertone – that means that the bronzer should look more brown or gold

than orange in the makeup pan. I see so many Asian women choosing orangey shades and while a little dusting of that colour on the apples of your cheek gives you a beautiful blush, it is certainly not the ideal product for bronzing. Lots of drugstore brands have produced fresh collections for the summer, and it is worth trying an

inexpensive product first to see if the look suits you! Apply the bronzer with a large, fluffy round brush to all the parts of your face where the sun will naturally hit you. This would be the cheeks, the nose, the chin and the temples. Start with a little and build up if necessary. Remember, a little goes a long way!



Dear Ayesha,

I have been trying some smoky eye looks recently. My problem is that the looks lasts me only a few hours. The eye shadow on my lids starts to disintegrate and crease after a couple of hours which does not look nice at all. Can you suggest anything? (Pashmina R, Leeds)


Ayesha Says: Dear Pashmina,

The skin on our eyelids is one of the most actively engaged parts of our face. Every time we blink, the skin is stretched and then relaxed. Over time, this delicate skin is most vulnerable to fine lines and wrinkles. To ensure that your eye shadow stays on, you need to make it sit better on this active skin. I cannot stress hydration enough. Once you have applied an eye cream (yes, even under your makeup!), go over the lid with a neutral coloured primer. Opt for an oil-free formula as the eyelids can very often become oily over the course of a few hours. The way you apply the eye shadow also makes a huge difference. Shake any excess product off of your brush and dab the colour on to the primer instead of swiping it across the lid. This makes the colour adhere to the lid much better. If using a cream eye shadow, try and go over that lightly with a similarly coloured powder eye shadow, as powder is better at absorbing excess oil and thus prevents creasing!

Dear Ayesha,


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I like to enhance my lips with lipstick and as my natural lip colour is almost a light mauve colour I usually go for opaque colours - these then dry out my with lips. I would like you advice on trying to get a beautiful pout without the ‘gloss’ effect but with a natural soft look. (Mrs. Hasan, London)


Ayesha Says: Dear Mrs. Hasan,

Darker colours lips have troubled me for many years too. I have now established a regular routine of keeping my lips moisturised but also exfoliated so that there is no extra dead skin to dry out and ruin the look. I would suggest that you always apply a lip balm as you start to apply your makeup. This gives you about 10-15 minutes to hydrate until you get to lipstick application. Once you have done up the rest of your face, take a tissue and wipe away any excess balm very gently. Apply the lipstick next and use your finger to massage the colour on so that it spreads evenly. This will help you avoid the ‘chapped’ look and make your lipstick last much longer!



Meet Meera Majithia and Sonal Kholia, our resident event planners Meera and Sonal launched Carriages Weddings & Events in July 2015 specialising in Asian Weddings and Events. Whilst Sonal is more hands on with her wealth of experience and knowledge having worked in the hospitality industry for many years, Meera too is a sharp tool who adds to Sonal’s expertise with her creative flair and extensive PR and media experience. The Meera Sonal combination oozes passion, creative vision and professionalism. We are delighted to introduce them to you as

our event planning columnists. Each issue they will talk you through the pitfalls of managing events as well as sharing their key tips and of course if we are lucky see their creative creations (after all they do this for a living, so they obviously know best). Happy Planning!

How To How to Choose Your

Perfect Wedding Venue

Choosing a venue is one of the most important decisions you will make when planning your wedding. On many occasions, brides and grooms will fall head over heels in love with a venue without asking the right questions or thinking about if it will work for the big

day. While it is important for you to like your venue, there are so many things to take into consideration when making up your mind! Here’s our top 10 list of things to look out for: Where is the venue located? Is it going to be easy for your guests to get to? If not, it might be worth looking elsewhere because there’s nothing worse than guests getting lost or turning up late. You also need to think about your suppliers – will they be able to find the place easily?


Is there good signage? This leads back to point number 1. If it’s a brand new place which people haven’t really heard of, they will be relying very heavily on signage to get them there as we all know Sat Navs aren’t always the most reliable.


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Is there a decent amount of parking available? If your venue is in the middle of nowhere and there is not adequate parking, your guests are likely to be irritated if they have to walk a long distance, especially any women who are wearing high heels. Also, are taxis likely to make the journey at night to pick your guests up from the venue? If you’re serving alcohol many people may be looking to go home in a taxi.





Look at the layout of the room or various rooms you will be using. Is there a good general flow, and will it suit the type of event you will be putting on? Some venues may have restrictions in certain areas so be sure to check all the details before you sign. If you’re hiring the venue for the full day and have more than one event taking place, ensure there is somewhere your guests can relax during the turnaround time.

If you’re looking to have a particular type of food on your big day then check to see if the venue will allow outdoor caterers or if they only work with one or two preferred suppliers. While it can sometimes be in your interest to work with one of their preferred caterers, make sure they’re not charging you over the odds and always shop around.

When it comes to Asian weddings numbers are always fairly high. Even if it’s a small Asian wedding you’re still looking at around the 250 – 300 mark, which is a number not all hotels or independent venues can cater for. Our advice would be to not try and squeeze as many people as you can into a room and fill it to full capacity as it doesn’t allow for any breathing space. You want your guests to feel relaxed and fresh, not flustered and claustrophobic.


Speaking of signage above, you need to ensure there is sufficient lighting so that your guests can read any signs – especially if your event is in the evening. The lighting outside is just as important as the lighting inside your venue. If your event is in the morning look to see if there are any large windows which will provide natural lighting. If it’s in the evening check to see if you need to hire any extra lighting on the day to ensure your photographs come out well.

WiFi / Signal


Customer Service

It is not uncommon for there to be no WiFi or phone signal in venues that are further afield (i.e., in the middle of nowhere). While this may seem as a blessing in disguise for some brides who don’t want their guests glued to their phone screens, you should understand that it may irritate some guests. It also means that it will be a lot harder to stay in contact with your suppliers, which could cause problems should anything go wrong.

Your wedding date pretty much determines where you should be getting married. Some venues may have beautiful views in the summer, but may not be very practical to get to in the winter. For example if you need to travel through narrow uphill lanes and there is a sudden outbreak of snow, it’s going to be very difficult for everyone to get where they need to be.

Ultimately when it comes to making a decision, go with your gut. If you have a meeting with a wedding sales coordinator and you feel like they’re not very excited about your event or being very responsive, chances are they won’t be the most helpful on the day. If on the other hand someone is going out their way to accommodate as many of your requests as possible – it’s surely a good sign!

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Arjiit Singh Live

What's On Laila: The Musical From the Persian deserts, the bittersweet story of star-crossed lovers Laila and Majnu, has been passed down through verse and song over centuries. The story of young love and feuding families is given a modern musical twist with elements of Sufi Pop, taking you across the sands of time. Will love or fate prevail? 27th – 30th April New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich 4th - 8th May  West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds 10th - 15th May  Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry 17th – 21st May  Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch, East London 24th - 28th May  Theatre Royal Windsor 31st May – 4th June  The Lowry, Salford, Greater Manchester

Arijit is a trained classical singer who has performed in many stage shows, and his super hit song “Tum Hi Ho” from the 2013 Bollywood blockbuster Aashiqui 2, has won many awards as the Best Male Playback Singer. His return to the UK is part of his world tour, and his fans will be in for a sweet treat ‘As Never Seen Before’. Tickets are on sale now and are sure to sell out fast, so be quick if you want to get your hands on some! 8th July – De Montfort Hall, Leicester 9th July – Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham 16th July –SSE Wembley Arena, London

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Bradford Literature Festival The Bradford Literature Hub is taking over City Park for 10 days, from Friday 20th May, in time for our Superhero themed opening weekend alongside some waterborne fun with our pirate ship floating on the Mirror Pool, and culminating

with Harry Potter inspired events during the closing weekend. There are a wide range of unmissable events and drop-in activities across the city in a variety of locations both free and paid for, suitable for all ages. See details and dates of events at: http://www.bradfordliteraturefestival.

London Canalway Calvacade The waterways of Little Venice are getting a colourful makeover this May bank holiday weekend, with the annual festival gathering together more than 130 boats. The boats will be dressed up to their best ready for the festival and visitors can enjoy activities such as live music, Morris dancers, trade stalls, childrens activities and refreshments.

Bristol VegFestUK 2016 VegFestUK are the organisers of some of Europe’s biggest vegan festivals where the seriousness of veganism is mixed with a rock-’n-roll festival atmosphere, where people can do the following all in one place: eating, socialising, learning about healthy ethical eating, dancing, partying - you name it! Advance tickets are £5 per day / £8 for the whole weekend + booking fees, with a buy one get one half price offer until 30th April.

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Poets Corner Charlotte Brontë Charlotte Brontë (21 April 1816 – 31 March 1855) was an English novelist and poet, the eldest of the three Brontë sisters who survived into adulthood and whose novels have become classics of English literature. She first published her works (including her best known novel, Jane Eyre) under the pen name Currer Bell. Recently Yorkshire celebrated the 200th anniversary of her birth, as one of the county’s greatest and most revered writers of the last few centuries. Charlotte was born in Thornton, west of Bradford in West Yorkshire, in 1816 as the third of

six children, four of whom would survive to adulthood. After her mother died early in her life, Charlotte and her sisters were sent to a boarding school in Lancashire where two of her elder sisters died. She and her sisters wrote from an early age and become a governess to rich families, teaching English to their children in return for board and food. She began writing poems and books such as Jane Eyre, Shirley and Villette under a male pseudonym as she believed that her work would be unduly looked down upon as a woman. Charlotte died soon after marrying Curate Arthur Bell Nicholls, aged just 38. She was pregnant at the time of her death and it has been suggested that she died due to dehydration caused by severe morning sickness. She was much revered within her lifetime and even more so after her death, securing an everlasting place in the hearts of the British people and the UK’s rich literary history.

Life Life, believe, is not a dream

Enjoy them as they fly !

So dark as sages say;

What though Death at times steps in

Oft a little morning rain

And calls our Best away ?

Foretells a pleasant day.

What though sorrow seems to win,

Sometimes there are clouds of gloom, O’er hope, a heavy sway ? But these are transient all;

Yet hope again elastic springs,

If the shower will make the roses bloom,

Unconquered, though she fell;

O why lament its fall ?

Still strong to bear us well.

Rapidly, merrily, Life’s sunny hours flit by, Gratefully, cheerily,

Still buoyant are her golden wings, Manfully, fearlessly, The day of trial bear, For gloriously, victoriously, Can courage quell despair !

Fancy yourself as a bit of a poet. Then why not share your poems with us? You never know if we like it we might print it. Email us at


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Jungle Fever has truly been taking the world by storm. This week Disney’s The Jungle Book has proved who is the real “jungle VIP” by debuting at number one at the UK box office with an estimated £9.5 million opening weekend. Directed by Jon Favreau (Iron Man), based on Rudyard Kipling’s timeless stories and inspired by Disney’s classic animated film, The Jungle Book is an all-new live-action epic adventure about Mowgli (newcomer Neel Sethi), a man-cub who’s been raised by a family of wolves. The all-star



voice cast includes Oscar®winners Ben Kingsley (Learning to Drive, The Walk), Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave, Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Christopher Walken (The Deer Hunter), as well as Bill Murray (Lost in Translation), Idris Elba (Star Trek Beyond), Scarlett Johansson (Avengers: Age of Ultron) and Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad). We’re giving our readers a chance to see The Jungle Book in cinemas with two free tickets up for grabs. All you have to do is answer the following question:

What is the name of the young ‘man-cub’ who is raised by wolves in The Jungle Book? a) Mowgli b) Bagheera c) Akela

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