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JHATALEKA MALHOTRA EXCITED FOR HER DEBUT FILM ‘TUESDAYS AND FRIDAYS’

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Jhataleka Malhotra was crowned as the first runner-up in Femina Miss India in 2014. She then went on to represent India at the acclaimed Miss International (2014) pageant held in Japan. She bagged the Miss Internet beauty award and her national costume went on to become the third runner up.

Jhataleka is now all set to maker her grand debut in Bollywood with the film, ‘Tuesdays and Fridays’ produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, and T-Series. The modern-day rom-com will feature Jhataleka opposite Poonam Dhillon and Ashok Th akeria’s son Anmol Thakeria. The film is expected to release in cinemas on 19 February. Jhatalekha Malhotra spoke exclusively to The Daily Guardian and shared her thoughts, and experience on debuting in Bollywood.

Q. How excited are you for making a Bollywood debut with ‘Tuesdays and Fridays’?

A: I am extremely excited and looking forward to the film releasing. Finally, my dreams are turning into reality and I can’t wait for people to watch all the love and hard work that we’ve invested in this film.

Q. How did you bag the role?

A: Well, getting the part was a journey from auditions to meetings and script reading etc until things got sealed.

Q. How relatable your character is with you in real life?

A: Sia and Jhataleka are different but still alike. I think Jhataleka connects with Sia on an emotional level and that is where real and reel meet.

Q. You have been a part of beauty pageants, did you ever dream of being an actress?

A: I always wanted to be an actress. This dream has been the centre of my life and I’ve been pretty clear about it to myself since the beginning. Beauty pageant happened for this very same dream.

Q. Tell us about your experience and bond with co-star Anmol Dhillon?

A: Our bond has been of friendship which helped us bring ourselves into this space of comfort while shooting. I think that has been helpful to both our characters in the film. Having known each other made the communication easier which is key.

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Prince Harry reveals racism in UK was the reason for him leaving country with Meghan Markle

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Washington [US], March 9 (ANI): During a recent interview with American talk show host Oprah Winfrey, Prince Harry opened up about the reason for relocating to the US from UK with wife Meghan Markle.
According to Variety, the Duke of Sussex revealed that racism in UK was the “main reason” which drove him and wife Meghan Markle to US.
When asked by the show host Winfrey, “Did you leave the country because of racism?”
Prince Harry, after a long pause admitted, “It was a large part of it.”
Harry also reminisced about an incident to support his claim and said, “One of the people at that dinner said to me, ‘Please don’t do this with the media. They will destroy your life.’ This person is friends with a lot of the editors. And I said, ‘So just to elaborate what do you mean by that?’ Obviously I knew.”
“He said, ‘You need to understand that the U.K. is very bigoted.’ And I stopped and I said, ‘The U.K.’s not bigoted — the U.K. press is bigoted, specifically the tabloids. Is that what you mean?’ And he goes, ‘No, the U.K.’s bigoted.’ And I said, ‘I completely disagree.’ But unfortunately if the source of information is inherently corrupt or racist or biased, then that filters out to the rest of society,” Harry added.
Variety reported that in the 200 minute long interview the Prince also spilled the beans of what happened to the couple after they announced their decision to step away from the Royal family.
He disclosed that the plans for them to meet with his grandmother, the Queen, abruptly changed, with the monarch’s engagements diary suddenly filling up and her being “busy all week.”
The 36-year-old Duke also told that there were no apologies from the Royal family about the reasons that the couple decided to leave.
“The feeling is that it was our decision and therefore the consequences are on us,” said Harry.
“It’s been really hard, because I’m part of the system with them, I always have been, but I am very aware of this, that my brother can’t leave that system, but I have,” he concluded.
Reportedly, Harry and Meghan’s last public appearance with the royals was at the Westminster Abbey Commonwealth service on March 9 after hammering out their ‘Megxit’ deal.
The couple who is expecting their second child, had since relocated to Montecito, California with their 1-year-old son Archie. (ANI)

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Taapsee Pannu, Mithali Raj urge women to stand up, challenge the norm and take charge of their own stories

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New Delhi [India], March 9 (ANI): Icons from Bollywood and cricket, Taapsee Pannu and Mithali Raj, came together to share a message on International Women’s Day urging women to stand up, challenge the norm and take charge of their own stories.
With Taapsee all geared up to play Mithali on the silver screen in Viacom18 Studio’s upcoming ‘Shabaash Mithu’, the duo collaborated to give a powerful performance on a script written by Priya Aven.
With the initiative ‘Shabaash Mithu, Shabaash You’, the women’s day special video sees the ‘Pink’ actor and Mithali encouraging women from all walks of life to take charge of their own lives.
Emphasizing on the gender before the roles, Taapsee is heard saying, “Today, I am not afraid because I know I am speaking to a girl who doesn’t look away..”

“Girl don’t close your eyes, don’t look away. Choose to challenge every old fashioned way,” she continued.

Bollywood actor Taapsee Pannu, who will soon treat movie buffs to ‘Shabaash Mithu’, a biopic based on the life of Indian cricketer Mithali Raj, has been training and shooting for the film.
For her forthcoming movie, Taapsee is training under coach Nooshin Al Khadeer. Speaking about her role, Taapsee said that it is a ‘huge challenge’ for her as she has never played cricket but only watched the sport.
Taapsee said, “I’ve never played the game before, have just been a spectator and a hyperventilating fan of the game. Being on the other side is going to be a huge challenge I’ve thrown at myself. But I feel pressure brings out the best in me. This is probably that one common trait I can identify between me and Mithali.”
Directed by Rahul Dholakia and written by Priya Aven, ‘Shabaash Mithu’ revolves around the life of Mithali Raj, the captain of the Indian women’s cricket team. The film is being produced by Viacom18 Studios.
Apart from ‘Shabaash Mithu’, Taapsee is currently shooting for ‘Looop Lapeta’, a remake of the German hit ‘Run Lola Run’. On Wednesday, the actor had shared pictures of herself at the airport and on the flight, writing, “Now ready to looop it up in Goa! Last schedule of #loooplapeta.”
Apart from ‘Looop Lapeta’ and ‘Shabaash Mithu’, Taapsee’s impressive line-up of films also includes ‘Haseen Dillruba’, ‘Rashmi Rocket’ and a sci-fi thriller ‘Dobaaraa’ directed by Anurag Kashyap. (ANI)

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Crowd of fans hinder Varun Dhawan’s ‘Bhediya’ shoot in Arunachal Pradesh

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Itanagar (Arunachal Pradesh) [India], March 8 (ANI): The eagerness of fans to catch a glimpse of the stars interrupted the shooting of the Varun Dhawan and Kriti Sanon starring horror-comedy film ‘Bhediya’ on Sunday night.
The shoot of Varun Dhawan’s upcoming horror-comedy flick ‘Bhediya’ was interrupted by his fans at Sagalee Ground in Arunachal Pradesh as they got excited to catch a glimpse of him.
In a video, going viral on the internet, the ‘Badlapur’ actor is seen climbing n top of a car while requesting the crowd to let them resume the shoot.
Varun is heard appealing to fans to maintain peace.
He said, “Thode time ke liye humlog hai idhar. Bohot time ke liye hai. Toh hopefully, shooting jab khatam hota hai toh main aap sab se mil paunga (We will be here for quite some time. Hopefully, once the shooting ends, I will be able to meet you all).”
A few days after disclosing details of their horror-comedy project together, Varun and Kriti had landed in Arunachal Pradesh to shoot for the first schedule of their film ‘Bhediya’.
Before getting their film on floors, the entire team met Pema Khandu, honourable Chief Minister of the state. Minister of home and interstate affairs Bamang Felix, Chief secretary Naresh Kumar, Commissioner to HCM- Sonam Chombey were also present during the meeting.

The horror-comedy drama ‘Bhediya’ will mark the ‘Badlapur’ star and ‘Heropanti’ star’s third collaboration with each other after sharing screen spaces in 2015 rom-com ‘Dilwale’ and 2019 ‘Kalank’.
‘Bhediya’ will bring together the dynamic duo of producer Dinesh Vijan and director Amar Kaushik, who also helmed the 2018 blockbuster movie ‘Stree’. Starring Kriti Sanon, Varun Dhawan, Abhishek Banerjee, and Deepak Dobriyal, the story is written by National Award Winner, Niren Bhatt who also wrote intriguing scripts for ‘Bala’, ‘Made In China’, ‘Wrong Side Raju’.
The film is slated to release in cinemas on April 14, 2022. (ANI)

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Amazon Prime Video announces original series ‘Hush Hush’, an all-female led series

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Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], March 8 (ANI): On the occasion of International Women’s Day, Amazon Prime Video is all set to announce its upcoming series ‘Hush Hush’ (working title), led by an all-women cast and crew.
Not only is Amazon Original ‘Hush Hush’ (working title) a story with strong female protagonists, but it is also helmed by some of the finest female talent behind the camera.
Filmmaker Tanuja Chandra (‘Qarib Qarib Singlle’, ‘Dushman’, ‘Sangharsh’ fame) will serve as the Creative Director and Executive Producer, and Shikhaa Sharma screenwriter of ‘Shakuntala Devi’, ‘Toilet – Ek Prem Katha’, ‘Sherni’ will double as Executive Producer and original story writer.
Kopal Nathani, one of the most promising names in the advertising films industry will direct episodes in the show. National Award-winning writer Juhi Chaturvedi (‘Gulabo Sitabo’ and ‘Piku’) has been roped in to pen the dialogues for the series written by Ashish Mehta.
The series will be produced by Vikram Malhotra’s Abundantia Entertainment which is the production house behind ‘Breathe, Breathe: Into the Shadows’, ‘Shakuntala Devi’, and ‘Airlift’.
‘Hush Hush’ (working title) marks the digital debut of award-winning Indian movie star Juhi Chawla as well as that of Ayesha Jhulka with leading ladies Soha Ali Khan, Karishma Tanna, Shahana Goswami and Kritika Kamra will also be playing pivotal roles in this thriller-drama.
With a unique female gaze at its core, ‘Hush Hush’ propels forward the movement of women telling their own stories. The drama features an almost all-female crew, right from the Production Designer, Costume Designer, Surpervising Producer, Co-producers, to Art, Costume, Production Coordination to even the Security Team!
Speaking on the greenlight announcement Tanuja Chandra, creative director and executive producer of ‘Hush Hush’ (working title), said, “Video streaming in India has brought about a significant change in storytelling by pushing female narratives to the fore and I couldn’t be more pleased! It’s what directors like me have waited for.”
“Amazon Prime Video and Abundantia Entertainment, both have been bringing diverse and authentic women’s stories to audiences in India and abroad for a while now and I’m thrilled to join forces with them for Hush Hush to create something with this wonderful team that I hope will be truly special,” she added.
Prime members in India and across 240 countries and territories will be able to stream ‘Hush Hush’ (working title) exclusively on Amazon Prime Video.
The release date has still been kept under wraps. (ANI)

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Night shift work may increase cancer risk, says study

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Washington [US], March 8 (ANI): A new study conducted by researchers at Washington State University has found new clues as to why night shift workers may be at increased risk of developing certain types of cancer compared to those who work regular daytime hours.
Findings suggest that night shifts disrupt natural 24-hour rhythms in the activity of certain cancer-related genes, making night shift workers more vulnerable to DNA damage while also causing the body’s DNA repair mechanisms to be mistimed to deal with that damage.
Published online in the Journal of Pineal Research, the study involved a controlled laboratory experiment that used healthy volunteers who were on simulated night shift or day shift schedules.
Though more research still needs to be done, these discoveries could someday be used to help prevent and treat cancer in night shift workers.
“There has been mounting evidence that cancer is more prevalent in night shift workers, which led the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer to classify night shift work as a probable carcinogenic,” said co-corresponding author Shobhan Gaddameedhi, an associate professor formerly with the WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and now with North Carolina State University’s Biological Sciences Department and Center for Human Health and the Environment.
“However, it has been unclear why night shift work elevates cancer risk, which our study sought to address.”
As part of a partnership between the WSU Sleep and Performance Research Center and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Gaddameedhi and other WSU scientists worked with bioinformatics experts at PNNL to study the potential involvement of the biological clock, the body’s built-in mechanism that keeps us on a 24-hour night and day cycle.
Though there is a central biological clock in the brain, nearly every cell in the body also has its own built-in clock. This cellular clock involves genes known as clock genes that are rhythmic in their expression, meaning their activity levels vary with the time of day or night. The researchers hypothesized that the expression of genes associated with cancer might be rhythmic, too, and that night shift work might disrupt the rhythmicity of these genes.
To test this, they conducted a simulated shift work experiment that had 14 participants spend seven days inside the sleep laboratory at WSU Health Sciences Spokane. Half of them completed a three-day simulated night shift schedule, while the other half were on a three-day simulated day shift schedule.
After completing their simulated shifts, all participants were kept in a constant routine protocol that is used to study humans’ internally generated biological rhythms independent of any external influences.
As part of the protocol, they were kept awake for 24 hours in a semi-reclined posture under constant light exposure and room temperature and were given identical snacks every hour. Every three hours a blood sample was drawn.
Analyses of white blood cells taken from the blood samples showed that the rhythms of many of the cancer-related genes were different in the night shift condition compared to the day shift condition. Notably, genes related to DNA repair that showed distinct rhythms in the day shift condition lost their rhythmicity in the night shift condition.
The researchers then looked at what the consequences of the changes in the expression of cancer-related genes might be. They found that white blood cells isolated from the blood of night shift participants showed more evidence of DNA damage than those of day shift participants.
What’s more, after the researchers exposed isolated white blood cells to ionizing radiation at two different times of day, cells that were radiated in the evening showed increased DNA damage in the night shift condition as compared to the day shift condition.
This meant that white blood cells from night shift participants were more vulnerable to external damage from radiation, a known risk factor for DNA damage and cancer.
“Taken together, these findings suggest that night shift schedules throw off the timing of expression of cancer-related genes in a way that reduces the effectiveness of the body’s DNA repair processes when they are most needed,” said co-corresponding author Jason McDermott, a computational scientist with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Biological Sciences Division.
The researchers’ next step is to conduct the same experiment with real-world shift workers who have been consistently on day or night shifts for many years to determine whether in night workers the unrepaired DNA damage builds up over time, which could ultimately increase the risk of cancer.
If what happens in real-world shift workers is consistent with the current findings, this work could eventually be used to develop prevention strategies and drugs that could address the mistiming of DNA repair processes.
It could also be the basis for strategies to optimize the timing of cancer therapy so that treatment is administered when effectiveness is greatest and side effects are minimal, a procedure called chronotherapy that would need to be fine-tuned to the internal rhythms of night workers.
“Nightshift workers face considerable health disparities, ranging from increased risks of metabolic and cardiovascular disease to mental health disorders and cancer,” said co-senior author Hans Van Dongen, a professor in the WSU Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine and director of the WSU Sleep and Performance Research Center.
“It is high time that we find diagnosis and treatment solutions for this underserved group of essential workers so that the medical community can address their unique health challenges.” (ANI)

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‘Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar’: New trailer to unveil fresh insights into crazy adventures of characters

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Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], March 8 (ANI): Known for pushing quirky content in Indian cinema, filmmaker Dibakar Banerjee is all set to release a new trailer of his upcoming movie ‘Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar’ (SAPF) tomorrow that will unveil more insights into the crime thriller.
The nail-biting thriller features the ‘Ishaqzaade’ duo of Arjun Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra in the lead. While Kapoor plays an undercover cop in the film, Chopra will be essaying the role of a corporate employee who is absconding.
The first trailer of the flick was released in March, last year. Now, with a new trailer release tomorrow the director of the film is gearing up to tease the audience with more glimpses into the raw and real-world of the crime thriller.
Dibakar said, “SAPF has taken so long to come to the screen that it has become my other Khosla. Audiences and filmmakers all over the world have had an eventful past year. It’s only when something is taken away from us do we realise the true value of it.”
He added that he wanted ‘SAPF’ to be a film that couples, families, gangs of friends would watch in the theatres and then go out for dinner to argue about it.
“Now, that we will be one of the first films to open theatrically I’m waiting to watch if that happens (with masks on!) or the audience passes the genre-bending and independent-minded to go for the summer blockbusters that are waiting for us to be the cannon fodder and then come in and wave their victory flags!,” he continued.
‘Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar’ was supposed to release last year. Due to the COVID-19 induced pandemic, Dibakar is hoping that the film will entertain audiences as they return to normalcy after living a year in isolation.
He said, “We are the only film in history perhaps to run a trailer for a year before the release! But there’s a second trailer for those who want fresh insights into the crazy adventures of Sandy and Pinky”.
“And I still want couples, families and friends fighting about who’s film it was – Sandy aur Pinky – with masks on – at a theatre next door. I want all of us to be safe, be entertained and reclaim a bit of our lost lives – like Sandy and Pinky in the film,” he added.
The upcoming film will see Arjun play the role of a Haryanvi cop quirkily named Pinky, while Parineeti will essay the role of an ambitious girl from the corporate world named Sandeep, whose lives suddenly intertwine.
Dibakar is presenting Arjun Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra in an all-new avatar and today revealed a massive secret that Arjun’s character is called Pinky and Parineeti’s Sandeep! Audiences have so far definitely thought otherwise and this reveal sets the tone for the trailer and the film which will see numerous and totally unexpected edge-of-the-seat twists.
Produced by Dibakar Banerjee Productions, Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar will be released worldwide by Yash Raj Films. (ANI)

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