• Why Did Katrina Kaif Skip Ranbir Kapoor’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil's Screening?

    Karan Johar is always by her side nowadays. However, Katrina was conspicuous of her absence at the recent screening of his film, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. And now we know why! Read on...

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  • Box Office: All new releases fail, hopefully end of harrowing times for Bollywood

    The month of October has been harrowing for Bollywood with not even a single new release even taking a respectable start at the Box Office. With most of them turning out to be disasters and rest flops (though that doesn’t say much either), the collections have been at the lowest ebb. The story was repeated by last Friday’s releases 31st October, 1:13:7 – Ek Tera Saath, My Father Iqbal, Love Day, Gandhigiri, Biwi.com and Final Cut of Director as well, which have now disappeared without a trace. An arrival in heap hasn’t helped the cause either as audiences chose to completely ignore what was being offered. Instead, they still gave some attention to M.S. Dhoni – The Untold Story by stepping in

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  • Abhishek Bachchan irked with Jet Airways yet again

    New Delhi [India], Oct. 28 (ANI): Abhishek Bachchan, who thought of 'quitting' Jet Airways some years back for not allowing him to board the flight even after issuing boarding pass, is annoyed with the airline yet again. The actor took to his Twitter handle to vent out his anger and wrote, "Flying to Chennai. Only thing we need now are our pilots!!" In another tweet, Abhishek wrote, "Well done Jet Airways!!! Entire plane boarded without any pilots on board.

  • OOPS! Did Jaya Bachchan Just Take A Dig At Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s Steamy Scenes In Ae Dil Hai Muskhil

    Veteran actress Jaya Bachchan, who attended the Jio MAMI 18th Mumbai Film Festival with Star on Tuesday, said the movies today are ‘more about numbers and business’ rather than ‘a time when Indian filmmakers used to create art’. The actress, who is also member of Rajya Sabha, said, “Everything is thrown at our face. Now, it’s about big collections at the box office, Rs 100 crore films, first weekend collection…It’s all Greek to me.” The actress is known for her movies like Guddi, Abhiman, Zanjeer, Mili and Sholay.

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  • Kareena Kapoor Khan, Karisma Kapoor & Rhea Kapoor snapped post lunch at Hakkasan | Parties & Events

    Browse Kareena Kapoor Khan, Karisma Kapoor & Rhea Kapoor snapped post lunch at Hakkasan Photos at Parties & Events. Download Kareena Kapoor Khan, Karisma Kapoor & Rhea Kapoor snapped post lunch at Hakkasan photos at Parties & Events at Bollywood Hungama

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  • Salma Agha,Tinaa Ghaai, Sasha Agha grace the opening of Perfect Woman Aesthetic Centre in Andheri | Parties & Events

    Browse Salma Agha,Tinaa Ghaai, Sasha Agha grace the opening of Perfect Woman Aesthetic Centre in Andheri Photos at Parties & Events. Download Salma Agha,Tinaa Ghaai, Sasha Agha grace the opening of Perfect Woman Aesthetic Centre in Andheri photos at Parties & Events at Bollywood Hungama

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  • Tiger Has Never Been Under My Shadow, He Is What He Is--- Says Jackie Shroff

    In an exclusive interview with SpotboyE.com, Jackie & Ayesha Shroff talk about their darling kids Tiger & Krishna

  • Salman Khan’s Bodyguard Shera Speaks Up On Assault Charges!

    Yesterday, Salman Khan's bodyguard, Shera landed in trouble when he was alleged of thrashing a man using his pistol in a pub. A complaint was registered against him at the DN Nagar police station under Section 326 and Section 323 of the Indian Penal Code. Akhtar Qureshi, a cell phone dealer and two of his friends were traveling in an Audi when they noticed Shera near his car at Indian Oil Nagar.

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  • Suniel Shetty & Sanjay Kapoor snapped post dinner in Bandra | Parties & Events

    Browse Suniel Shetty & Sanjay Kapoor snapped post dinner in Bandra Photos at Parties & Events. Download Suniel Shetty & Sanjay Kapoor snapped post dinner in Bandra photos at Parties & Events at Bollywood Hungama

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  • Struggling Indian savers threaten Modi's growth ambition

    By Rajesh Kumar Singh and Suvashree Choudhury NEW DELHI/MUMBAI (Reuters) - For India's dream of taking the baton of global growth from China, its savings rate is flashing a warning sign. Gross national savings as a percent of the South Asian nation's gross domestic product will slip this year to 30.2 percent, the lowest since 2003, and fall further over the next two years, the International Monetary Fund forecasts. Since companies use domestic savings to fund their capital spending, the fall would increase their vulnerability to external risks - such as uncertainty over the U.S. presidential election or the prospect of monetary tightening there - that could staunch the flow of cheap investment dollars to emerging markets such as India.

  • Salman Khan’s family celebrates Ayush Sharma’s birthday | Parties & Events

    Browse Salman Khan’s family celebrates Ayush Sharma’s birthday Photos at Parties & Events. Download Salman Khan’s family celebrates Ayush Sharma’s birthday photos at Parties & Events at Bollywood Hungama

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  • Here’s what Farhan Akhtar has to say about the Ae Dil Hai Mushkil controversy

    After many protests, meetings and discussions, the political party MNS and the film industry decided to arrive at a compromise regarding the release of the film Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. The film is said to have a smoother release today. Amidst several Bollywood celebrities who decided to voice out on the ban, it is now Farhan Akhtar who has finally broken silence on the controversy. Farhan Akhtar extended his support towards Ae Dil Hai Mushkil stating that the film was made when the situation between India and Pakistan were very cordial. Citing the example of how Narendra Modi too had visited the neighbouring country for moving forward with the peace process, Farhan retained his stand with Karan Johar

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  • Check out: Shah Rukh Khan surprises acid attack survivors

    After wrapping up The Ring, Shah Rukh Khan is back in Mumbai to start the promotional tour for his next film Dear Zindagi. But, before that, Shah Rukh Khan surprised some special ladies on Wednesday. Shah Rukh Khan surprised a few ladies who are acid attack survivors. The Makelove Notscars foundation along with SRK surprised the ladies who are die-hard fans of SRK. The ladies were speechless when SRK walked in the room. He shared a photo and thanked them for meeting him. He captioned it, “With my beautiful friends Reshma, Mamta, Sapna & Basanti. Thanks for coming over @makeluvnotscars.” He also promised to visit them again and spend more time with them. The foundation’s Facebook page recapped

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  • Check out: SS Rajamouli meets Sarkar Amitabh Bachchan

    A week ago, Amitabh Bachchan started working on Ram Gopal Varma’s next directorial venture Sarkar 3. Amitabh Bachchan is returning as the gangster Subhash ‘Sarkar’ Nagre. While shooting the film, Amitabh Bachchan got a sweet surprise from, Bahubali director SS Rajamouli. When the ace filmmaker heard that Amitabh Bachchan was shooting nearby, he decided to pay him a visit. He shared the photos from the filmmaker’s visit on the set and wrote, “The genius director Rajamouli of that colossal film ‘Bahubali’ on set of SARKAR 3 .. a simple humble man !!” The duo had a good time meeting each other. In a recent blog post, Amitabh Bachchan talked about Sarkar 3 and how he is impressed with it. He wrote,

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  • Read what advice Sunny Deol has for his son Karan and other newcomers

    Now that it has been officially announced that Sunny Deol would be launching son Karan Deol with romantic musical Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas, preparations are in full swing at Deol household to ensure that the third generation is completely groomed before the call of ‘action’. “And one thing that definitely cannot be compromised is something as basic as this – acting’,” says a senior member of the family, “Otherwise aajkal ye bachche kar kya rahe hain? Six packs bana rahe hain. Haircut par dhyaan de rahe hain. Martial arts par saara focus hai. Theek hai, you need all of these but then to a certain extent when it comes to your first film. Log aapki acting dekhne aa rahe hain aakhir. Okay, so films are

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  • The Forgotten Stationmaster Who Saved Countless Lives During the Bhopal Gas Tragedy

    "A hero is an ordinary individual who finds strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles." - Christopher Reeve Thirty two years ago, on the night of December 2, 1984, Bhopal was hit by a catastrophe that had no parallel in the world’s industrial history. An accident at the Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal had released almost 30 tons of a highly toxic gas called methyl isocyanate, turning the city into a vast gas chamber. The result was a nightmare; more than 600,000 people were exposed to the deadly gas cloud that left thousands dead and many more breathless, blind and in agonizing pain. Few people know that during the Bhopal gas tragedy a heroic stationmaster risked his own life to save others. This is the little known story of deputy station superintendent Ghulam Dastagir, an unsung hero without whom the casualties in the catastrophe would have been much higher. [caption id="attachment_73324" align="aligncenter" width="941"] Bhopal Railway Station[/caption] Photo Source On the evening of December 3, 1984, Ghulam Dastagir was settling down in his office to complete some pending paperwork. This work kept him in his office till 1 am in the night, when he emerged to check the arrival of the Gorakhpur Mumbai Express. As he stepped on to the platform, the deputy stationmaster felt his eyes burn and a queer itching sensation in his throat. He did not know that poisonous fumes leaking from Union Carbide's pesticide factory were stealthily enveloping the railway station. [caption id="attachment_73320" align="aligncenter" width="621"] The Union Carbide factory at Bhopal[/caption] Photo Source Beginning to choke, Dastagir did not know then that twenty three of his railway colleagues, including his boss, station superintendent Harish Dhurve, had already died. It was later reported that Dhurve had heard about the deadly gas and had immediately tried stopping the movement of trains passing through Bhopal before collapsing in his office chamber. His suddenly worsening health and years of experience told Dastagir that something was very wrong. Though he did not fully comprehend what was happening, he decided to act immediately when he did not get any response from the station master. He alerted the senior staff at nearby stations, like Vidisha and Itarsi, to suspend all train traffic to Bhopal. You May Like: This 59-Year-Old Has Been Voluntarily Fighting Fires and Saving Lives in Kolkata for 40 Years However, the jam-packed Gorakhpur-Kanpur Express was already standing on a platform and its departure time was 20 minutes away. Listening to his gut instinct, Dastagir summoned his staff and told them to immediately clear the train for departure. When they asked if they should wait until the order to do so came from the head office, Dastagir replied that he would take complete responsibility for the train's early departure. He wanted to ensure that the train left immediately, without any delay. His colleagues later recalled that Dastagir could barely stand and breathe as he spoke to them. Breaking all rules and without taking permission from anyone, he and his brave staff personally flagged off the train. That night, the stationmaster's quick decision saved the lives of hundreds of people who would have died had they been exposed to the toxic gas for much longer. [caption id="attachment_73321" align="aligncenter" width="648"] Bhopal Gas Tragedy Memorial[/caption] Photo Source But Dastagir's work was not done. The railway station was filling up with people, desperate to flee the fumes. Some were gasping, others were vomiting, and most were weeping. Dastagir chose to remain on duty, running from one platform to another, attending, helping and consoling victims. He also sent an SOS to all the nearby railway offices, asking for immediate medical help. As a result, four ambulances with paramedics and railway doctors arrived at the station. It was winter and the gas was staying low to the ground, a thick haze poisoning everything in its path. Besieged by hordes of suffering  people, the station soon resembled the emergency room of a large hospital. Dastagir stayed at the station, steadfastly doing his duty, knowing that his family was out there in the ill-fated city. [caption id="attachment_73333" align="aligncenter" width="650"] Bhopal Gas Tragedy victims[/caption] Photo Source Gulam Dastagir's devotion to duty saved the lives of hundreds of people. However, the catastrophe didn't leave him unscathed. One of his sons died on the night of the tragedy and another developed a lifelong skin infection. Dastagir himself spent his last 19 years shuttling  in and out of hospitals; he developed a painful growth in the throat due to prolonged exposure to toxic fumes. When he passed way in 2003, his death certificate mentioned that he was suffering from diseases caused as a direct result of exposure to MIC (Methyl Isocyanate) gas. A memorial has been built at platform no.1 to pay tribute to those who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty on the fateful night of December 3, 1984. However, Ghulam Dastagir, who died later, is not one of them. A forgotten hero whose sense of duty and commitment saved countless lives, Dastagir's story deserves to be recognised and remembered by his fellow countrymen. Also Read: Unknown and Unsung, They Saved Hundreds of Lives During Partition but Were Never Celebrated Like this story? Have something to share? Email: contact@thebetterindia.com, or join us on Facebook and Twitter (@thebetterindia). NEW! 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  • Comedy Nights Bachao Taaza Goes Quickly Stale, Colors Needs Nayi Soch

    Is it all over for Comedy Nights Bachao Taaza? Or does it need yet another revamp? Colors needs to call for an urgent meeting with its Creative Heads

  • Who tried to sabotage the Kaabil trailer release?

    Filmmaker Rakesh Roshan and his son Hrithik are totally flabbergasted by the leakage of the trailer of Kaabil hours before its official release. “And mind you, it was a high-definition print of the leaked trailer. Which means it was professional’s job. This dirty deed was done on Tuesday evening at 7 pm. We were supposed to formally release the trailer on Wednesday morning at 10 am. But after the leakage we preponed the release. We had the trailer officially up on the internet at 8 pm on Tuesday night.” Rakesh Roshan intends to take the strongest possible action against the bootleggers. “We had to quickly change all our elaborate plans. Otherwise the impact of our trailer would have been lost.

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  • Watch: Priyanka Chopra talks about India and working with hot men in Baywatch

    Priyanka Chopra is living the dream of every person. After The Ellen Show appearance this week, Priyanka Chopra hopped onto next talk show, Chelsea show hosted by Chelsea Handler. On the show, Priyanka Chopra talked about her high school life in Massachusetts and juggling work between Bollywood and Hollywood. She recapped her Oscars debut when she knew so little about Hollywood pop culture. As Chelsea’s second season of the show will be in India, Priyanka volunteered to help her out to gather more information about our country and the big names here. Priyanka, later, moved onto talking about Baywatch movie and how it was hard not to look at Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron. She also talked about

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