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MUMBAI: Varun Dhawan, who recently tied the knot with his longtime girlfriend and fashion designer Natasha Dalal, is all set to dive into work. The ‘Badlapur’ actor will head to Arunachal Pradesh for a two-and-a-half-month schedule of his next film.

The 33-year-old actor, who will now concentrate on the prep and the shoot of the film, has made the decision to let go of other work schedules including brand commercials. Varun, who has multiple brands in his kitty, instructed his team that he will not shoot for any commercials or promotional videos in the coming months.

He has instructed his team so that he will focus on the workshops and film shoot as he needs to get into the skin of a new character. Varun was last seen in ‘Coolie No.1’, co-starring Sara Ali Khan. He will soon be seen in ‘Jug Jugg Jeeyo’, alongside Anil Kapoor, Kiara Advani, and Neetu Kapoor.

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COVID-19 effect: 2021 CMA Fest cancelled

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Washington [US], March 3 (ANI): Country music festival CMA Fest in Nashville, Tennessee, will be cancelled for the second year in a row because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to Fox News, the Country Music Association announced on Tuesday (local time) the decision to cancel the June event. The mega event is one of the oldest country music festivals after starting in 1972 as Fan Fair. It was also cancelled last year.
“While we are optimistic with the pace at which COVID-19 vaccines are becoming more widely available, we still face several challenges that prevent us from bringing our many artists, crew members and fans together safely for the full CMA Fest experience we know everyone has come to expect,” CMA CEO Sarah Trahern said in a statement.
As per Fox News, Trahern explained that the festival takes place at several Nashville venues and could not be rescheduled for later in the year. The venues would also have capacity restrictions that would limit attendance. Further, the festival draws many out-of-state and international visitors that would be impacted by travel restrictions.
The ones who purchased passes for last year and held onto them to use for this year’s festival can either retain them for 2022 or opt for a refund at CMAFest.com. (ANI)

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Kylie Jenner flaunts perfect winged eyeliner in latest Instagram post

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Washington [US], March 3 (ANI): American reality TV star Kylie Jenner on Wednesday treated fans to a stunning boomerang as she flaunted her perfect winged eyeliner.
The ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians’ star hopped on to Instagram and shared a boomerang in which she focused on her eyes.

In the video, the 23-year-old star is seen perfect makeup look in which she flaunted her unique eyeliner and her luscious locks open, the beauty mogul seemed gorgeous as ever.
Leaving a couple of black heart emoticons in the caption, the Kylie Cosmetics founder channelled her love for makeup and eyeliner.
With the post hitting the photo-sharing platform it garnered more than 2.2 million likes with many drawing comparisons of Jenner’s look to that of an Arabian girl.
“Kylies arab today (and a weary face emoticon),” one fan wrote in the comments section.
“giving me very much miss arab commercial vibe,” another chimed in.
“Looking arab with the makeup ngl,” wrote one fan of the reality TV star.
Quite an active user of social media, the beauty mogul keeps on updating fans on her activities by posting pictures and videos.
Earlier, Jenner shared an adorable candid picture of daughter Stormi Webster as she posed in front of a luxurious car and captioned it as, “chill days w mommy.” (ANI)

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Study suggests using a warmer tone in college syllabi makes students more likely to ask for help

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Oregon [US], March 3 (ANI): College course syllabi written in a warm, friendly tone are more likely to encourage students to reach out when they are struggling or need help, a new study from Oregon State University found.
Conversely, when a syllabus is written in a more cold, detached tone, students are less likely to reach out.
The study also compared the effect of syllabus tone with the effect of a deliberate “Reach out for help” statement included in the document. It was published recently in the journal Teaching of Psychology,
“The instructor has to ask themselves, what’s the first point of contact with the class for the student? In an online class and in remote learning, the syllabus is often the first thing. An impression of the course and you the instructor is formed on the syllabus,” said Regan A.R. Gurung, lead author of the study and director of the general psychology program in OSU’s College of Liberal Arts.
“In the old days, before Canvas and other online teaching tools, the student wouldn’t see the syllabus until I handed it out. That gave me a lot of time to create that impression,” he said. Now, however, students often read syllabi to determine if they want to take a course or not.
During the pandemic, when the majority of courses have moved online and students may be struggling with more stress and pressure than they would in a normal school year, conveying that it’s OK to ask for help is even more important, Gurung said.
The study recruited 257 student volunteers from introductory psychology courses at OSU. They were tasked with reading one of four sample syllabi: warm-toned with or without a “reach out” statement, or cold-toned with or without the “reach out” statement.
The warm-toned syllabi included phrases like “I welcome you to contact me outside of class and student hours,” and used more “We will” framing instead of the cold-toned version’s “You will.”
Student participants rated the hypothetical instructor based on the syllabus and answered some basic questions to verify they had read the document. They then ranked how likely they would be to reach out to the professor in each of five situations: help on an assignment, when feeling low, personal issues with friends or family, medical issues and to ask about campus resources.
“Reach out” statements have become more popular in recent years as a way to destigmatize mental health needs and point students toward available mental health and academic resources. But the study found that syllabus tone, more than these statements, made students more likely to seek help.
Results showed an increase in likelihood to reach out on three of the five situations among students who read the warm-tone syllabi, while students who read the syllabi with a “reach out” statement were more likely to ask for help in only one of the five situations. Warm versus cold tone had no impact on how students perceived the instructor’s overall competence.
Gurung cautioned that the study is limited by being performed in lab conditions rather than in a real classroom. Researchers capped the syllabi used for the study at two pages each, when real course syllabi may be 15 pages or more. And the syllabus was the sole component for students to judge.
“But that’s exactly why I think a study like this is powerful — that even without that human component, even something as black-and-white as a syllabus can make a difference,” Gurung said. “If you’re a great approachable person, good for you; you’ll just be able to magnify these effects.”
With this study, researchers are not suggesting that professors ditch all discipline or craft an overly touchy-feely syllabus.
It’s the difference between rapport and rules, Gurung said.
“You can absolutely have rules, and you should be firm and you should be fair and you should be clear, but that is sort of separate from your interaction with the student as a person. You don’t have to be extroverted or cracking jokes, but you can still show that you listen,” he said. (ANI)

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PAYAL GHOSH OPENS UP ON THE CONTROVERSIAL SONG ‘LOVE JIHAD’

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Payal Ghosh-starrer ‘Love Jihaad’ is out now and has caused a huge uproar. The song which is seen by a section as something against intercaste marriage is actually not true. The video is about a Muslim man fraudulently marrying a Hindu girl and trying to convert her to his religion. This is a truth of society how much ever we try to hide that.  Payal Ghosh spoke to The Daily Guardian about her new song Love Jihad and her views on it.

The song is being critiqued as well as accepted due to its brave portrayal of the situation. Payal has taken a bold step and she is not the one to shy away from the challenge.

Payal said, “It’s a song where a Muslim boy pretends to be Hindu and marries a Hindu girl and then tries to convert her to his religion. It’s not about unacceptance or something that some sections are making it out to be. It is a ground reality and we can’t shy away from it. The cases are in thousands if not lakhs. It’s a bold attempt and we all have to stand by it to make it a success so the right message goes out. ‘Love Jihaad’ is being misunderstood and I request the media to come into play and give out the true essence of the music video.”

She also gave a message for her fans, “I want them to watch my music video ‘Love Jihad’ and every girl should be careful to understand the intention of her partner and choose a life partner after knowing every detail about him.”

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RADHIKA RAO AND VINAY SAPRU ON DIRECTING EMRAAN HASHMI FOR ‘LUT GAYE’ SONG

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After reigning 2020 with chartbusters, Vinay Sapru and Radhika Rao are all set with big releases in 2021. They have recently given three superhit songs that garnered millions of views including ‘Besharam Bewaffa’, ‘Teri Aakhon Mai’, and ‘Yaad Piya ki Aane Lagi’.

Now they have teamed up with Emraan Hashmi for the romantic song ‘Lut Gaye’. The director duo Radhika-Vinay spoke with The Daily Guardian and said, “It’s always a pleasure working with Bhushan and we have a great track record of blockbuster hits with T-Series so hope this song also becomes one. Audiences love watching Emraan in quintessential romantic roles and we kept that in mind when we conceptualised the track.”

 The musical duo has had an amazing and one of its kind journey with several chartbusters under their illustrious career that has spanned over two decades.

  They directorial venture ‘Vaaste’ has become the only Hindi music video to have more than one billion views, in addition to being the most liked video in India, and in the top 10 most liked videos of the world.

  The year 2021 will catapult them into another league as they broaden their horizons by being a part of a musical film with Bhushan Kumar and T-Series which is scheduled to go on floors in May 2021 and will be shot in London. Meanwhile, they are directing a song for a feature film starring Rakul Preet and Arjun Kapoor. Besides this, they will start the work on the sequel of their blockbuster franchise, ‘Yaad Piya Ki Aane Lagi 2’ with Divya Khosla Kumar.

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SUNIEL SHETTY’S SON AHAN TO DEBUT WITH ‘TADAP’, CELEBS EXTEND BEST WISHES

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MUMBAI: Veteran actor Suniel Shetty’s son Ahan Shetty is set to make his debut with Tara Sutaria in the upcoming outing ‘Tadap’. The movie will hit the big screens on 24 September 2021. Indian film critic and trade analyst Taran Adarsh on Tuesday shared the news regarding the new project on his Instagram handle. “Ahan Shetty- Tara Sutaria: #Tadap arrives in Sept 2021 #Tadap – the acting debut of #AhanShetty (son of #SunielShetty) – to release on 24 Sept 2021,” wrote Taran. “Costars #TaraSutaria… Remake of #Telugu film #RX100… Directed by #MilanLuthria… Produced by #SajidNadiadwala… Fox Star Studios presentation,” he added. 

Several Bollywood celebs extended their best wishes and success to the debutant actor . Salman Khan took to Instagram and shared the poster of the film which features Ahan Shetty in an ‘angry young man’ look, as he poses on a motorbike. Wishing the actor, he wrote, “Ahan wish you all the best and success, may all your hard work, discipline and dedication pay off. The tadap of hard work should never die … @nadiadwalagrandson @ahan.shetty.”Anil Kapoor also shared the poster of ‘Tadap’ on his Twitter handle and congratulated Sunil Shetty stating that his son will surely make him proud. “Have been waiting to hear this news for awhile now! Congratulations @SunielVShetty! I am sure that #AhanShetty will make you just as proud as @theathiyashetty has! Wishing him all the success and love for #Tadap!”

Along with the release date and other details, a poster of the film was also dropped. The poster sees Tara hugging Ahan. The duo is seen standing at a stormy place while Ahan is trying to save Tara and stay close to her amid the turbulence. The poster also showcased the release date of the film and comes with a text written on it, “An incredible love story.”  ‘Tadap’ is being produced under the banner of Sajid Nadiadwala’s production house and is being helmed by Milan Luthria. 

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