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Save elephants from being mowed down by trains: Richa Chadha

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Mumbai, Ahead of World Elephant Day August 12, actress Richa Chadha has urged People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) to ask India’s railway ministry to implement safety measures to prevent elephant deaths on train tracks.

In a letter to Railway Minister Piyush Goyal Richa said: “Recently, a speeding train struck and killed a family of elephants in Odisha, adding to a toll that makes India the nation with the highest number of train accidents involving elephants.”

The 31-year-old actress has requested “that among the solutions implemented, states be required to survey and monitor railway lines for elephant activity and to reduce and restrict train speeds in corridors frequented by these animals in order to save lives.”

Richa notes in her letter, Asian elephants are considered to be endangered, and there are at most only 50,000 of them left worldwide. Yet between 2016 and 2017, dozens of them were killed in India because of trains, and over the years, the number of these types of deaths has been increasing.

In a span of 23 years – from 1987 to 2010 – 150 elephants died while crossing railway tracks, but in only eight years, from 2009 to 2017, 120 were killed in the same way, a statement from PETA read.

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Dia Mirza, Saiyami Kher dole out hair care secrets

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Mumbai,  Stars Dia Mirza and Saiyami Kher say it is essential to have a proper haircare regime, which includes regular oiling and hair spa. Dia, Saiyami along with Aahana Kumra have come together for brand Bblunt’s digital campaign #ShineWithBBLUNT.

“My curls can be difficult to manage but I’ve been lucky to find the perfect products that suit my hair. I shampoo, put leave-in conditioner, diffuse dry my hair and I’m ready to go. Once a month, I also go for a nice hair spa which feels great,” Saiyami said in a statement to IANS.

Dia said her hair care regime includes oiling her hair once a week and deep conditioning.

“I also make sure to eat right and keep myself hydrated throughout the day. When it comes to colouring my hair, I only use an ammonia-free, expert developed and approved product,” she added.

To this, Aahana said: “I make sure I oil my hair, and take steam after oiling it. Also, I definitely keep my scalp clean as I think it is of utmost importance. Keep the scalp clean is my simple mantra.”

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As long as you aren’t entering my bathroom, I’m okay: Alia on rumours

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Mumbai,  Actress Alia Bhatt, whose personal life is garnering a lot of interest in the midst of a buzz about her relationship with Ranbir Kapoor, says she does not react to rumours and won’t as long as someone is not entering her bathroom.

Alia interacted with the media here when she walked the ramp for Caprese’s new bag collection on Monday.On the professional front, Alia is on a roll with the success of “Raazi”.

Asked how she reacts to rumours about her personal life, especially when there is speculation that she might get married next year, she said: “I don’t react to rumours. Rumours are not meant to be reacted upon.

“As long as you aren’t entering my bathroom, I am fine. If people are not talking about me, then maybe I am not relevant enough. So if people are talking about me, then I am something… But yes, honestly I am at a very good space personally and professionally, so no issues whatsoever.”

Alia is working with Ranbir in “Brahmastra”.She was asked how working in a film with a co-actor who also happens to be the person she is dating, affects or adds to the performance.

She said: “”I think when you are an actor, your job is to act and so, when you are in front of the camera, it doesn’t matter who you are dating or who you are not dating and whether you are tall or short, fat or thin, unhappy or really happy.

“Sometimes there are days, when I go on set with an upset frame of mind, but I have to dance around and feel very excited… That’s the whole process of being an actor”. Alia’s other new projects include Zoya Akhtar’s “Gully Boy”, Abhishek Varman’s “Kalank” and Karan Johar’s “Takht”.

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I have more freedom in films: Sobhita Dhulipala

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New Delhi, Actress Sobhita Dhulipala, who paved her way into Bollywood with “Raman Raghav 2.0” and features in Telugu film “Goodachari” which is doing well at the box office, feels she has more freedom in the field of acting than in the world of modelling.

“I did modelling, but when I stepped into the field of acting, I felt more empowered and I realised that now I have more freedom with myself,” the 26-year-old actress told IANS over the phone from Mumbai.

“In modelling, there are specific protocols that you can’t exceed, your weight and other things. But now while doing films, I have the freedom to be healthy and can change my body shape according to my characters,” she added.

Before entering into films, Sobhita was a model and had won the Femina Miss India 2013 title. She feels inclusivity is something the fashion industry must embrace globally.

“There are many countries which don’t even allow or take plus-size models in the contests. This should not happen. The general notion regarding models should change. I feel things are changing, but still there is a long way to go. It is not important how you look. How you carry yourself and how healthy you are, are what matter the most,” she added.

Sobhita made her debut in the Telugu film industry this year with the film “Goodachari”, which is garnering a positive response from the audience and the critics alike.

She said: “This is my first taste of this level of commercial success. As people are liking our film, I am extremely happy and feel motivated to do more good work.”

In the past, Sobhita has starred in “Chef” and “Kaalakaandi”. She is currently preparing for her roles in Jeetu Joseph directorial Hindi film “The Body” and director Geetu Mohandas’ bilingual film “Moothon”.

In “Moothon”, she is playing the role of a sex worker.

“This is one of the most challenging roles I have ever received. For my role, I had to do a lot of ground work. I met so many people who are involved in this work, and trust me we are the ones who label them as sex workers or prostitutes. We should understand one thing that people who are in the profession where they have to trade their dignity, is not their choice. They are helpless and that’s why they do it.

“Portraying a role of a sex worker is a moving experience for me. I hope through my film, people start respecting sex workers and change their opinion regarding them as from my own experience, I believe they are the kindest people who have so little to give yet so tender with others.”

She also spoke about the casting couch issue which was raised by actress Sri Reddy in the Telugu film industry.

“I am fortunate enough that I have not experienced such kind of issue till now in my career. Everybody faces some kind of problems in life. If something has happened like this, I would say I can only feel for them but I can’t relate to it as I have not faced it.”

Sobhita was 16 when she left her home town in Andhra Pradesh and moved to Mumbai for studies. She belongs to a family which is far away from showbiz and glamour.

She felt her parents helped her the most in pursuing her acting career and were liberal enough to allow her to do whatever she wants.

“Like my parents, I won’t have the courage to allow my kids to do whatever they want to do in life. But I guess I am lucky to have such supportive parents.”

Asked whether her parents interfere in her film choices, she said: “No, I decide which film to do or not. I believe, sometimes opinions can cloud our judgments. So, I believe in the story and go with my understanding and instinct.

“My parents don’t make a call on my behalf on what kind of roles I should do. They respect my choices and I hope continuing making responsible choices.”

And her choices, she said, are driven by good stories.

“I never think that I should be a part of a film which will be able to sell more. For me, a story and role are important. But now I really would like to do a film on the imperial period. Since childhood, I am very much fascinated with the imperial stories and history.”

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