New Delhi: Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi always wanted to tell an Indian story and admires the work done by Satyajit Ray. Majidi says he feels he is more famous in India than his country.

"It is a great honour for me to be among the Indian artists and all the Indian big names here. I knew Indian cinema through Satyajit Ray, the famous Indian film director, and it was always my dream to make a film in India," Majidi said before the screening of his maiden India-set project "Beyond The Clouds" here.


The film, which introduces Ishaan Khatter and Malavika Mohanan, was the opening film at the 48th International FIlm Festival of India (IFFI). The fest, which started on Monday, will go on till November 28. "Beyond The Clouds" highlights the sister and brother bond in a very heart-warming way.

Talking about the film, he said: "There are many cultural similarities between Iran and India, and I was looking for a chance to make a film here, in India. So, after years it fortunately happened.

"It was a wonderful production team to work with, it was an all Indian crew, so it was a wonderful collaboration between the teams. The film was premiered at the London Film Festival, but for me the real premiere is tonight. I am so excited to see the film, with the Indian audience tonight here."

Majidi, who is also working on his second India-set project, added: "I believe I am more famous in India rather than my country."

He says he had fun while working on "Beyond The Clouds".






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New York: In an important step forward for personalising care for women with breast cancer, researchers have found that a molecular test can pinpoint which patients will have a very low risk of death from breast cancer even 20 years after diagnosis and tumour removal.

As a result, 'ultralow' risk patients could be treated less aggressively and overtreatment avoided, leading to fewer toxic effects.

"We can now test small node-negative breast cancers, and if they are in the ultralow risk category, we can tell women that they are highly unlikely to die of their cancers and do not need aggressive treatment, including radiation after lumpectomy," said lead author Laura Esserman, breast cancer specialist and surgeon with University of California Health System, or UC Health.

Oncologists have discussed the existence of ultralow risk tumours and expressed concern that they might be exacerbated by screening. 

But this study, published in the journal JAMA Oncology, provides the first evidence that it is possible to run a test at the time of diagnosis and identify them, according to Esserman. 

"This is an exciting advance because approximately 20-25 per cent of tumours diagnosed today may be ultralow risk," said Esserman, who is also a professor at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). 

The medical community for many years has focused on identifying cancer early so that it can be cured or more easily treated. 

While this can benefit some patients, screening also can detect cancers that are extremely low risk and not life-threatening, which could lead to patients being overtreated. 

The issue is compounded because breast cancer can recur many years after diagnosis -- for low-grade tumours, the majority of the risk occurs after five years. 

Until now, tools that could reliably identify ultralow risk tumours at the time of diagnosis have not been available because physicians lacked the assurance that late recurrence could truly be avoided.

In the new study, researchers sought to determine whether a 70-gene test could accurately and reliably identify tumours with indolent, or slow-growing, behaviour to assess the risk of cancer recurrence up to 20 years after diagnosis. 

The test, called MammaPrint, was devised by UCSF cancer researcher Laura van't Veer, a co-author of the new study that involved 1,780 patients.

The results suggest that the 70-gene test can be used to help physicians and patients determine their treatment course, and to inform choice of systemic therapy as well as local therapy. 

"There are breast cancers that pose little or no systemic risk," said Esserman. 

"Women who have a tumour that is classified as ultralow risk by 70-gene signature can be reassured that their long-term outcome is expected to be excellent," Esserman added.




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Toronto : Dark red onions, known as the richest source of dietary flavonoids, may help fight off cancer of the colon and breast, a researchers has suggested.

"We found that onions are excellent at killing cancer cells," said Abdulmonem Murayyan, doctoral student at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada.

"Onions activate pathways that encourage cancer cells to undergo cell death. They promote an unfavourable environment for cancer cells and disrupt communication between cancer cells, which inhibits growth," Murayyan added.

The findings, published recently in the journal Food Research International, revealed that red onions contain high levels of quercetin -- a plant polyphenol from the flavonoid group, found in many fruits, vegetables, leaves, and grains -- and include benefits such as lowering inflammation and fighting allergies, among others.

Further, red onions were also found to have high amounts of anthocyanin, which enriches the scavenging properties of quercetin molecules.

"Anthocyanin is instrumental in providing colour to fruits and vegetables so it makes sense that the red onions, which are darkest in colour, would have the most cancer-fighting power," said Murayyan.

In the first study, to examine how effective onions are at killing cancer cells, researchers have found that not all onions are created equal.

The team tested five onion types grown in Ontario and discovered that the Ruby Ring onion variety -- that has hard, firm, tall globe-shaped bulbs with dark red colour features -- came out on top.

When cells of the colon and breast cancer were placed in direct contact with quercetin extracted from the five different onion varieties, the team found them effective at killing the cancerous cells.

"The next step will be to test the vegetable's cancer-fighting powers in human trials," said Murayyan.

While currently this superfood can be included in salads and on burgers as a preventative measure, researchers expect onion extract will eventually be added to food products such as juice or baked goods and be sold in pill form as a type of natural cancer treatment.


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New Delhi: Dark chocolate nowadays is popularly known as one of the best superfoods. If you nibble dark chocolate to satisfy a craving, youre also helping your heart with every bite, say experts.

Sonia Narang, Wellness and Nutrition Expert, Oriflame India and Meher Rajput, Nutritionists and Dietician, FITPASS share that how dark chocolates can be healthy too.


* Dark chocolate is also pre-loaded with decent amounts of soluble fibre and potential minerals. It contains Oleic acid, Stearic acid and Palmitic acid.

* Loaded with organic compounds which are biologically active, dark chocolate can help lower blood pressure and improve the flow of blood in your body. It greatly helps in decreasing the levels of oxidised LDL Cholesterol in men.

* Eating dark chocolate (which has 65 percent polyphenol-rich cocoa) helps to lower blood pressure naturally.

* Flavanols found in dark chocolate help in improving your heart health by lowering blood pressure and refining the flow of blood to the heart as well as to the brain. They also help in reducing the risk of cancer.

* Dark chocolate also reduces the level of insulin resistance, which is a very common factor behind the birth of diseases like Diabetes, Cardiovascular disease, and other heart ailments.

* Dark chocolate also has high concentration of an alkaloid called theobromine which has stimulant properties and relaxing effects. It can dilate the blood vessels.





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New Delhi: Shah Rukh Khan posted a lovely picture collage with actresses Alia Bhatt, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Madhuri Dixit, and our day was made. In the first picture, SRK poses with Alia (his Dear Zindagi co-stars), in the second one, he shares the frame with Kareena (his Asoka and Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham co-star) and third photo is with Madhuri, with whom he has started in films like Dil Toh Pagal Hai and Devdas. (Much wow). "Beautiful women... cos each one has helped me be a better man. Thank u girls & be as strong & as gentle as u are," the 52-year-old superstar captioned his post. (Shah Rukh Khan, thank you for this amazing picture).

Here it is.


Thank u beautiful women for making me a better man. Be strong and as gentle as u are.

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The picture is from an event related to Lux Golden Rose Awards. Here are some other posts shared by Lux Golden Rose Awards Instagram account.

The ever gorgeous Madhuri Dixit Nene! Stay tuned to know more! #luxgoldenroseawards #LUXdiva #IAmMoreThanYouCanSee #fangirls

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Earlier this week, he posted a picture with Katrina Kaif and Deepika Padukone, mentioning that he had a 'hard day at work.' (Poor SRK). "Hard day at work waltzing with the lovely Katrina & getting a hug from the beautiful Deepika. And they say actors have it easy!!!," he wrote.

Shah Rukh Khan last featured in Jab Harry Met Sejal and Raees, his other release of the 2017, hit the screens in January. He is currently filming Aanand L Rai's untitled film, co-starring Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma, his Jab Tak Hai Jaan co-stars.






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New Delhi: Actress Taapsee Pannu, a keen supporter of women's empowerment, on Saturday poked fun at a few social media users who trolled her online for wearing a short dress.

Taapsee shared a photograph of herself on Twitter in which she can be seen wearing a black-and-white strapless one piece dress with minimal make-up.


"Sometimes the best moments stay untouched, unedited and unused. Raw image. Screen grab," she wrote alongside the image.

The photograph was not appreciated by a few of her followers, who later started trolling her. However, Taapsee didn't hold back and replied to them strongly.

"Due to such stuff male's attract to seduce girl. And harassment," one user wrote.

Taapsee then replied to the following user: "Then those 'male's' need to do something about their sickness, it's not about 'such stuff'. By the way -- get well soon."

Another user tried to take a jibe at Taapsee's post and asked her whether she doesn't have money to buy clothes or she likes doing skin show?

On that, Taapsee wrote: "We are not finding protectors of the culture. I did this to find you, otherwise wouldn't have found a diamond like you. (Aap jaise culture ke rakshak nahi mil rahe sir ji. Identify karne ke liye aisa karna padha varna aap jaise heere kahan asaani se milte hai.)"

This didn't stop here, as another user said that Taapsee's photograph is not good for Indian culture.

Taapsee's comments were later praised by her "Judwaa 2" co-star Varun Dhawan.

Varun tweeted: "Superb Taapsee."






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Mumbai: Filmmaker Mohammad Israr Ansari says he would like to dedicate his forthcoming film "Sallu Ki Shaadi" to superstar Salman Khan.

"I want to dedicate my film 'Sallu Ki Shaadi' to Salman Khan. My entire team, including me, want Salman Khan to support us. We want to meet him as fans," Ansari said here on Friday.


The comedy drama's tagline reads: "Until Salman Khan gets married, I won't get married."

Explaining the tagline, the director said: "At the time of my wedding, I did not know whether Salman Khan will get married or not. Had I known that he would't get married, I would have stuck with my tagline."

"But I have interacted with many of Bhaijaan's fans and they all have the same thing to say, 'Till Salman Khan doesn't get married, we won't marry'. I have three of my employees saying the same thing."

Asked about dedicating a film to the superstar, he said: "Salman Khan has millions of fans and they all talk about different parts of his life, but no one has really thought about his marriage. And even if they did, they just talk about it, but no one does anything more than just talk.

"I wanted to talk about his wedding and express it directly to Salman Khan. But then I had a better idea, I thought about making a film and putting my views across to him. I am Salman Khan's fan and putting my request forward which I want him to consider... to get married," added Ansari.

The movie stars Arshin Mehta.

"I auditioned for the film. The title 'Sallu Ki Shaadi' got me excited. When the director narrated the script to me, I found it really amazing and so, I wanted to be a part of the film," she said.

She plays a heroine in the film.

"The name of my character is Alia, who is a very big fan of Salman Khan. She is very chubby and has all sorts of problems. One of the problems is that she wants to get married, and she wants to marry Sallu," she said.

The film, which also stars Zeenat Aman, Kiran Kumar and Ravi Pandey, is slated to release on December 8.





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China: India's Manushi Chhillar has won the Miss World beauty pageant for the year 2017. The win comes 17 years after Priyanka Chopra brought home the coveted title in the year 2000.

Stephanie Hill, who is Miss England was the first runner up and Miss Mexico Andrea Meza was second runner up.

Ms Chhillar, a 20-year-old from Haryana, studied in St. Thomas School in New Delhi and Bhagat Phool Singh Government Medical College for Women in Sonepat. Ms Chhillar aims to be a cardiac surgeon and has plans of opening non-profit hospitals in rural areas.

After reaching the top five, Ms Chhillar was asked during the Question and Answer round, which profession she thought deserved the highest salary and why.

Replying to the question, Ms Chhillar said it was not a question about a person's salary and that a mother was worthy of the highest respect.

"I think a mother is of highest respect. I don't think its just about cash but love and respect she gives to someone. She is the biggest inspiration in my life. Mother should get highest respect."

Around 108 women from across the world participated in the beauty pageant.

The winner of last year's title, Puerto Rico's Stephanie Del Valle passed on her crown to Ms Chhillar.

(With Inputs From IANS)





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New Delhi: Film: "Tumhari Sulu"; Director: Suresh Triveni; Cast: Vidya Balan, Manav Kaul, Neha Dhupia, Malishka Mendonza; Rating: ***


"Tumhari Sulu" is the story of Sulochana Dubey aka Sulu (Vidya Balan), a middle class housewife with an indefatigable spirit who is in the constant pursuit of excelling and winning contests and competitions, which give her immense satisfaction. Perhaps subconsciously it stems from the fact that she is Class 12 fail as her banker sisters and father constantly remind her.

Sulu as she is fondly called, is always eager to participate in contests and win -- whether it is a night lamp or a pressure cooker. Her enthusiasm and confidence keep her going and her middle-class humdrum life does not deter her from giving these a shot.

It is on one such occasion that she comes across the announcement for an RJ hunt and sets about pursuing it. How she becomes a popular RJ, on a night show, tastes success and yet, faces flak at home, forms the crux of this tale.

Director Suresh Triveni manages to create the middle class milieu complete with Sulu, her husband Ashok (Manav Kaul), a Manager in a small-time mill and their 11-year-old son, Pranav, to perfection.

Whether it is Ashok's constant bickering with the TV company for having sold him a faulty piece and thus seeking replacement or Sulu's family giving her advice to leave the RJ job at night, are all palpable instances that the audience can fully relate to.

A performance oriented light-hearted film, the treatment in some parts however is a tad amateurish. While the first half establishes Sulu, her spirited personality and her secret longing to prove herself, the second half drags and at times lays undue emphasis on unnecessary trivia, which makes for tedious viewing. A lot of the situations seem forced and trite, as if to create some drama.

Vidya Balan shines as the effervescent, determined, yet vulnerable Sulu. She is endearing with her simplicity and innocence as a middle class housewife, who unabashedly asks for a TV instead of a pressure cooker as she has already got one.

Ashok (Manav Kaul) excels as the loving husband, who willingly plays second fiddle to his wife, supporting her in her realising her dreams. A complete natural, he effortlessly slips into the role of a middle class husband and brings the right element of subtlety to his character.

Neha Dhupia as Maria, the big boss of Radio Wow fits her role like a glove and delivers with the requisite confidence and panache.

All other actors portray their roles with sincerity and shine on several occasions.

The music of the film is melodious and "Ban Ja Tu Meri Rani" is sweet and well-picturised. It brings out the chemistry of the couple.

The film has moderate production values but befitting the strata of society depicted. Nothing seems incongruous.


All the Best @Vidya 








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Mumbai: Producer Ritesh Sidhwani, who is excited about his upcoming home-production "Fukrey Returns", says his film will not get overshadowed by other big-budget films.

Asked about his film releasing between two big-ticket films like "Padmavati" and "Tiger Zinda Hai", the producer told media: "Well, if you think our film will get sandwiched between the two big releases, I would say the meat of the sandwich is always much tastier, isn't it?"


"Honestly, I am not apprehensive about it. 'Fukrey Returns' won't be overshadowed because of its genre. I know how massive 'Padmavati' is, and 'Tiger...' is a Salman Khan film. But our film is a comedy, the genre is different."

It is festive season and there will be enough footfall, people will come to watch all the films, he said.

Citing the example of this year's Diwali releases, Ritesh said: "Like the way a comedy film like 'Golmaal Again' did well at the box office and a 'Secret Superstar' also got noticed... I think our film will also reach its audience."

The producer was present along with the actors of the film Richa Chadha, Pulkit Samrat, Varun Sharma, Ali Fazal and Manjot Singh for the launch of a song.

"Fukrey Returns" is releasing on December 15.


(Input IANS)



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