Alia is upset as her beau Ranbir was busy phubbing on the sets of Brahmastra

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Alia is upset as her beau Ranbir was busy phubbing on the sets of Brahmastra

The loving couple Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor have always snapped in a delightful way. And no doubt we love this lovey-dovey couple of the tinsel world, in spite of not sharing the screen in cinema as an on-screen couple, their social media pictures have already caught attention and proved their hidden love publically.

Meanwhile, we know that the couple is working for the movie Brahmastra directed by Ayan Mukerji. It also stars Amitabh Bachchan, Mouni Roy, Nagarajan, and Dimple Kapadia and is produced by Karan Johar. Well, today we are not discussing the movie, instead, we have something more sneaky in our bag. Yes…directly from the sets, some pry pictures got public, these latest pictures from the sets of their upcoming film are revealing something really surprising going on between the lovebirds Alia and Ranbir.

It’s clearly seen that Alia is unhappy, while Ranbir instead of accompanying her, is busy on his phone, well it’s truly said, “Pictures speaks a thousand words” and Alia’s upset eyes too. Ranbir is acting a true phub while chubby and cute Alia seems upset in the pictures. We don’t the inside story but there must be some reason behind this situation. Well, we can just say might be, it’s one of those ‘caught in the moment’ but is that expression on Alia’s face is due to Ranbir who seems phubbing.

We have some more glimpse of the photos from the sets, take a look…

The film made in a budget of 250 crores helmed and written by Ayan Mukerji, Brahmastra is currently been shot in Mumbai. Also features Amitabh Bachchan, Mouni Roy, Nagarjuna, and Dimple Kapadia, the film backs a fairytale love story with a supernatural twist and turns. Initially, the movie was slated to release on 15th August 2019 but now will hit the silver screens in Christmas 2019. Stay tuned to get more scoops about the same.

Published by Shifa Naz on 17 Nov 2018

The Exciting Wedding Deets Of Kapil Sharma And Ginni Chatrath Are Out

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The Exciting Wedding Deets Of Kapil Sharma And Ginni Chatrath Are Out

Kapil Sharma will soon tie the nuptial knot with longtime girlfriend Ginni Chatrath in December. Kapil Sharma is all happy as he is in the best phase of life and all is well in his work front too. Kapil’s love life is all fully blossomed and we are excited about this season’s wedding. Finally, the year is ending with such great news! The couple is going to marry on 12th December and two days later will host a grand reception in Mumbai.

Earlier in 2017, Kapil accepted his love for Ginni and announced it on social media. Taking to his Instagram he shared a beautiful picture with Ginni and wrote, “Will not say she is my better half. She completes me. Love you, Ginni. Please welcome her. I love her so much”.

A source shared to a leading daily, “The celebrations will kick off with a Mata ka jagran at Kapil’s sister’s residence on December 10. This will be followed by a mehendi and sangeet ceremony at the bride’s place the next day. A five-star has been booked for the big fat Punjabi wedding on December 12. It will be followed by a reception party on December 14 at another five-star in Amritsar.”

Recently, an elated Kapil said, “I am ecstatic to be with Ginni and I know this marriage will be a huge change in my life. Discipline aayega. She takes good care of me and is a huge support in my life. People like me are surrounded by many people at work or events or otherwise, but when you come home, ghar khali lagta hai”.

The couple met during their college days and Kapil also introduced Ginni to her mother at that time. Those days, the duo’s social status didn’t match and things didn’t move forward. Soon, Kapil moved to Mumbai to make his career and he participated in Laughter Challenge and the couple rarely met each other. Kapil said, “We did not have the usual dating scenario as both our families are conservative. Last year, when I was going through a low phase, she was there with me throughout. That’s when I felt that if she is with me during my low phase, then she is the one for me. I can rely on her”.

Published by Soniya Kaur on 16 Nov 2018

The Criterion Collection is launching its own streaming service

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When WarnerMedia announced last month that it would be shutting down its streaming service FilmStruck, the team at the Criterion Collection said it would be looking for a new digital home. Today, Criterion announced that it will be building that home itself — namely, launching a streaming service called The Criterion Channel.

The company remains best known for its beautifully restored and packaged DVDs and Blu Rays of classic art house films, but it’s also moved into streaming, first by offering selections from its film library on Hulu, and then by creating its own channel within the larger FilmStruck service.

In a blog post, Criterion described The Criterion Channel as “picking up where the old service left off, programming director spotlights and actor retrospectives featuring major Hollywood and international classics and hard-to-find discoveries from around the world, complete with special features like commentaries, behind-the-scenes footage, and original documentaries.”

The plan is to launch in the spring of 2019, at a price of $10.99 per month or $100 per year. However, Criterion is already looking for “charter subscribers” to sign up now — in exchange for supporting Criterion (and presumably offsetting the technical costs), those subscribers will get a discounted rate and other perks.

“We need everyone who was a FilmStruck subscriber or who’s been tweeting and signing petitions and writing letters to come out and to sign up for the new service,” the company says.

As for FilmStruck, a number of high-profile directors have reportedly reached out to Warner Bros executives in the hopes of saving the service. It sounds, however, like WarnerMedia already has plans for a more comprehensive service that will encompass aspects of FilmStruck — in fact, Criterion says its library will also be available on the WarnerMedia service when it launches.

Bollywood celebrities whose careers went different from the expectations

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Bollywood celebrities whose careers went different from the expectations

It’s a tough thing to survive in the industry. It’s a space where life can flip 360 degrees within a second. In the desire to make some space for themselves in the big industry many of the people get their steps towards success whereas many results in flocking to the big-bad-world in search of work. Being an industry person, the stars have to invent and re-invent themselves continuously.  The career graph of many stars go exactly as predicted from their debut but on the other hand, there are some stars that achieved something different from what people predicted about their debuts. Let’s know about some celebs whose careers were not as per the predictions.

1.Deepika Padukone

The reigning actress of Bollywood made her debut in the cine world with her big Bollywood Break. Om Shanti Om. She was paired opposite Shah Rukh Khan in the movie. The movie was a hit and her career graph form Om Shanti Om to Padmavaat has never failed to surprise the audience as well as the critics till date. She has kept making her presence felt by doing a handful of blockbusters like Love Aaj Kal, Karthik Calling Karthik, Lafangey Parindey, Break Ke Baad, Arakshan and Cocktail. Nobody thought that the actress will reach such heights.

2.Alia Bhatt

In less than a decade, the Bollywood actress Alia Bhatt’s career graph has only seen ups. She made her Debut with Student Of The Year. People expected her to be another pretty mainstream actress who would continue to be the token glam doll. But to a surprise, Alia amazed everyone with her choice of second film, Highway, that went hit and created a lot of business.

3. Hrithik Roshan

Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai marked the entry of Hrithik Roshan in Bollywood. It was one of the best debuts with the Filmfare Award for best actor for the same film. The movie made him a star overnight. Soon he made his place as one of the biggest stars of the Bollywood.

4Siddharth Malhotra

Siddharth Malhotra made her starry debut with Student of The Year. Interestingly his handsome looks and personality garnered a lot fan following.  For now, Bollywood is going through a lot of changes which made an increasing number of flops for him.

5. Illeana D’Cruz

First, Illeana made her debut in South Indian Cinema and then made her debut with Anurag Basu’s Barfi which was a flop.  People predicted that the actress is full of potential and will give a great performance. But somehow after Barfi, her career had a huge downfall. Most of her movies show her as a glam doll with much no scope left for her in the future.

Share your views with us on the same in the comments section.

Published by Isha Kataria on 16 Nov 2018

Africa’s agtech wave gets $10 million richer as Twiga Foods raises more capital

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Kenya’s Twiga Foods has raised $10 million from investors led by the International Finance Corporation to add processed food and fast moving consumer goods to its product line-up.

The startup has built a B2B platform to improve the supply chain from farmers to markets. Twiga Foods now aims to scale additional merchandise on its digital network that coordinates pricing, payment, quality control, and logistics across sellers and vendors.

CEO and co-founder Grant Brooke sees “a growth horizon…to build a B2B Amazon,” with produce as the base.

“If we can build a business around fresh fruit and vegetables, everything else after that is much simpler to add on,” he told TechCrunch.

“Fresh food and vegetables gives you clients that are ordering every two days, and now that’s paying for access to vendors and a proper way to be on every street,” said Brooke.

“It’s now much easier to lay things over that that would have been very expensive to get to end retailers.” In addition to the processed food FMCG it will add now, CEO Grant Brooke named household goods, such as light-bulbs that stock and sell in lower volumes than produce, as something the startup could include in the future.     

The $10 million IFC led investment—co-led by TLcom Capital—comes in the form of convertible notes, available later as equity, according to Wale Ayeni, regional head of IFC’s Africa VC practice. As part of the deal, Ayeni will join Twiga Foods’ board.

Of the decision to fund the startup, Ayeni indicated IFC likes what the company’s already done in “figuring out a way to service a mass market with a digital platform focused on food in a sector that’s not really been touched,” he said. Another factor was Twiga’s prospects to create additional revenue by improving B2B supply chain for FMCG and other consumer products.

Co-founded in Nairobi in 2014 by Brooke and Kenyan Peter Njonjo, Twiga Foods serves around 2000 outlets a day with produce through a network of 13,000 farmers and 6000 vendors. Parties can coordinate goods exchanges via mobile app using M-Pesa mobile money for payment.

The company has reduced typical post-harvest losses in Kenya from 30 percent to 4 percent for produce brought to market on the Twiga network, according to Brooke.

“That’s savings we can offer the outlets and better pricing we can offer the farmers,” he said.

Twiga Foods generates revenues from margins on the products it buys and sells. As an example, the company could buy bananas at around 19 Schillings ($.19) a kilo and sell at 34 ($.34) Schillings a kilo.

“Our margin is how efficient we are at moving products between those two elements” and the company purchases from farmers at roughly 10 percent higher than Kenya’s traditional produce middle-men, according to Brooke.

Agtech has become a prominent startup sector in Africa. A number of companies, such as Ghana’s Agrocenta and Nigeria’s Farmcrowdy, have raised VC for apps that coordinate payments, logistics, and working capital across the continent’s farmers and food markets.

In 2017 Twiga Foods raised a $10.3 million Series A round lead by Wamda Capital. Earlier this year the startup partnered with IBM Africa to introduce a blockchain enabled finance working capital platform to its network of vendors.

With the new investment and product expansion, Twiga Foods will explore offering additional financial services to its client network. The startup doesn’t divulge revenue information but “profitability is on the horizon for us,” said Brooke.

Twiga Foods will maintain its focus primarily on Kenya, but “we’re starting to research and dabble in Tanzania,” according to Brooke.

The startup doesn’t plan to move beyond B2B to direct online retail. “I don’t think B2C e-commerce is viable on the continent once you factor in job size and cost of acquisition versus lifetime value,” said Brooke. He also named the high cost of marketing: “In B2C e-commerce space you really have to be in the advertising space. Our clients are ordering every two days with no marketing budget,” said Brooke.

So for the time being, Twiga Foods aims to stick with improving the supply chain for products between Kenya’s buyers and sellers.