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Never easy to pull audiences to theatres: Russian producer (IANS Interview) (With Images) (15 minutes ago)
By Natalia Ningthoujam
New Delhi, Jan 19 (IANS) "The Crew", a dubbed version of the hit Russian film "Ekipazh", will be the first film in that language to hit Indian screens. Promising a movie that will be a "big surprise", the film's co-producer Vadim Vereschagin says it is never "too easy" to pull the crowd to theatres.

Lifting the veil over BJP's digital army (Book Review) (10:44)
By M.R. Narayan Swamy
Title: I am a Troll: Inside the Secret World of BJP's Digital Army; Author: Swati Chaturvedi; Publisher: Juggernaut; Pages: 171; Price: Rs 250

Export ban for Clive of India's rare jewelled flask (08:30)
London, Jan 19 (IANS) An extremely rare jewelled flask given to Clive of India after the Battle of Plassey in 1757, now has a temporary export bar placed on it by the British government.

TV series on Selena Quintanilla's life (01:36)
Los Angeles, Jan 19 (IANS) A TV series about late singer Selena Quintanilla's life is in the works.

Balki's project with Big B, Aishwarya which didn't take off (19:00)
New Delhi, Jan 18 (IANS) Author Anand Suspi says filmmaker R. Balki wanted to work on a project with megastar Amitabh Bachchan and his daughter-in-law Aishwarya after reading the manuscript of his book "Half Pants, Full Pants", but it didn't materialise.

All roads lead to Jaipur as JLF countdown begins (Curtain-raiser) (17:52)
By Saket Suman IANS Photo Service
Jaipur, Jan 18 (IANS) With just hours to go for the Jaipur Literature Festival to kick-off as legendary lyricist Gulzar, American poet Anne Waldman, mystic Sadhguru and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje inaugurate the five-day event here Thursday, it is an overwhelming setting here marked by the presence of several literary heavyweights as also book lovers.

Chinese Nobel laureate Mo Yan working on new book (17:06)
Beijing, Jan 18 (IANS) Chinese Nobel laureate Mo Yan has said that he is working on a new novel.

MoU between India and Russia approved by cabinet (16:26)
New Delhi, Jan 18 (IANS) The Union Cabinet on Wednesday gave its nod to an MoU on youth exchange programmes with Russia to help promote exchange of ideas, values and culture between the two countries, an official statement said.

Teach children Islam is not terrifying: Author Anita Nair (15:08)
Kolkata, Jan 18 (IANS) Acclaimed Indian novelist Anita Nair, who has brought to the fore tales from Quran for children, says it is necessary for children to know that Islam is not a "terrifying religion" as it is made out to be.

Concert marks Saint Tyagaraja's 170th death anniversary (With Images) (12:26)
Mumbai, Jan 18 (IANS) Around 100 musicians playing veenas, gatams, mrudangams, violins and other instruments, besides singers, rendered the 'Panchratna Kritis' (Five Gems), composed by the legendary Carnatic music exponent Saint Tyagaraja to mark his 170th death anniversary here.

Ranbir doesn't want to be a father like me: Rishi Kapoor (05:08) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Jan 18 (IANS) Veteran actor Rishi Kapoor, who is known for his outspoken nature, says he has always tried to maintain a gap between him and his son, actor Ranbir Kapoor when it comes to talking about personal life. He says Ranbir has never liked it and doesn't want to be like him as a father.

Today's actors are instant noodles, says Rishi Kapoor (02:34) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Jan 18 (IANS) Veteran actor Rishi Kapoor, who has been a part of the Indian entertainment industry for over four decades, said that compared to earlier times, actors today are more professional, disciplined and like "instant noodles".

Rishi Kapoor launches his autobiography (00:32) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Jan 18 (IANS) Veteran actor Rishi Kapoor on Tuesday launched his autobiography, titled "Khullam Khulla - Rishi Kapoor Uncensored", here in the presence of his wife Neetu Singh and daughter Riddhima Kapoor Sahni.

Every decade has brought something new: Amitabh Bachchan (00:16) IANS Photo Service
Mumbai, Jan 18 (IANS) Legendary actor Amitabh Bachchan says he doesn't think that the earlier time is better than the current rather he believes that every decade brings something new.

Massive protests for 'Jallikattu' continue across Tamil Nadu (Roundup) (23:46)
Chennai, Jan 17 (IANS) The massive protests by youth at the Marina Beach here demanding holding of jallikattu - the bull-taming sport - and banning animal rights group PETA continued into late night with talks with government officials failing on Tuesday.

Now, 50 percent of work force on sets is female, notes Amitabh (22:28) IANS Photo Service
Mumbai, Jan 17 (IANS) Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan on Tuesday said that one of the biggest changes in Indian film industry is the equal presence of women on sets in every department including production.

13th edition of Jahan-e-Khusrau to commence on March 24 (22:14)
New Delhi, Jan 17 (IANS) World Sufi Music Festival 'Jahan-e-Khusrau', founded by filmmaker-poet Muzaffar Ali is back with its 13th edition after a two year hiatus and will commence on March 24.

Artists honoured with BC Sanyal Award (21:04)
New Delhi, Jan 17 (IANS) In memory of the doyen of modernism in Indian Art, Bhabesh Chandra Sanyal, the Delhi Collage of Art honoured eminent artists with the 'BC Sanyal Award' here.

In his 'very isolating job,' Obama found comfort in books (15:54) IANS Photo Service
Washington, Jan 17 (IANS) Considered to be the most powerful position in the world, the US presidency, says outgoing incumbent Barack Obama, is "very isolating," adding that during the eight years of his tenure, he found comfort in books.

Online film festival promoting French cinema (15:54)
New Delhi, Jan 17 (IANS) Featuring comedies, thrillers, action movies, romances, dramas -- the ongoing 'MyFrenchFilmFestival' showcases the diversity of French cinema, offering worldwide visibility to the selected films.

Geometric shapes in art (With Images) (15:14)
New Delhi, Jan 17 (IANS) Nature is full of shapes, even though no intelligence is structural. An ongoing exhibition here explores these shapes and structures as its principal feature.

Upcoming exhibition to showcase Sohan Qadri's paintings (With Images) (15:14)
New Delhi, Jan 17 (IANS) He was one of the most reclusive artists of our times. Thus, whenever Sohan Qadris name surfaces, art lovers sit up and take notice. Bringing attention to some of the most sought after works of this master-artist, renowned for tantric art, is an upcoming solo exhibition, showing fifty of his paintings.

Massive protest against Jallikattu arrests in TN (Lead) (11:02) IANS Photo Service
Chennai, Jan 17 (IANS) Hundreds of people in Tamil Nadu took to the streets on Tuesday against the arrest of those who have demonstrated in favour of Jallikattu.

The brothers who failed the West in Afghanistan? (Book Review) (With Images) (10:34)
By Vikas Datta
Title: A Kingdom of their Own - The Family Karzai and the Afghan Disaster; Author: Joshua Partlow; Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Pages: 432; Price: Rs 799

Massive protest against Jallikattu arrests in TN (10:00) IANS Photo Service
Chennai, Jan 17 (IANS) Hundreds of people in Tamil Nadu took to the streets on Tuesday against the arrest of those who protested in favour of Jallikattu.

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