Revathi likes Zoya Akhtar's kind of films

Mumbai: Known for helming issue-based movies, filmmaker-actress Revathi says she'd love to direct a project on the lines of Zoya Akhtar's brand of cinema -- like a "Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara".

Revathi told IANS: "I would love to make the kind of films Zoya makes. 'Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara' was an exceptional film. It also did well at the box office."

"I think it's a talent to write such a film. I don't know if I have the talent to write something like that, but let's see. I think it will take some time for me."

Revathi has directed films like "Phir Milenge" and "Mumbai Cutting".

She says she hopes to start her new directorial, a Malayalam film, next year.

"The story that I have written fits the Malayalam scenario. I am a lucky once who can make a Hindi, Tamil and Malayalam film as I connect with all the three languages," said Revathi, who is being lauded for her role in "Margarita With A Straw".


Suman Talwar enjoyed action scenes with Akshay Kumar

Mumbai: Actor Suman Talwar, who has featured in over 150 films in Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam, will be making his Bollywood debut as a villain in "Gabbar Is Back". He says the fight sequences with Akshay Kumar in the film weren't tough.

"Akshay recommended my name for this film. I had a great time shooting for this film. I had no difficulty in shooting with Akshay as he is also trained in martial arts, and the action in this film is very real," Suman told IANS.

"Gabbar Is Back" is directed by Krish and produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Viacom 18 Motion Pictures. Featuring Akshay and Shruti Haasan in the lead, the film, which is a remake of the 2002 Tamil film "Ramanaa", is slated to release on May 1.

Suman looks back at his 37-year-journey in the southern film industry, he said: "It has been a learning experience. It's my dream to work with Amitabh Bachchan I have met him once and his dedication towards his work inspires me a lot."

In "Gabbar Is Back", Akshay will be seen as a vigilante, a righteous man and an enemy of the corrupt.

'Kanchana 2': weak film in the franchise

Film: "Kanchana 2"; Cast: Raghava Lawrencce, Taapse Pannu, Nitya Menen, Jayaprakash and Kovai Sarla; Director: Raghava Lawrencce; Rating: **1/2

With the "Kanchana" franchise, which is now about eight years old, Lawrencce had opened the floodgates to several successful horror-comedies in Tamil cinema. The first two parts worked because it was the beginning of a trend and the audience dug the films, but slowly as filmmakers started milking dry this genre, something innovative was expected and that was missing in Raghava Lawrencce-directed "Kanchana 2", the latest installment from the franchise.

The movie, which follows a very cliched and dated format of horror template, suffers heavily due to the lack of a good story. Forget great acting, which you really can't expect from these films as their sole intention is to scare with sound and the ghost element. But we've had so many horror films of late; you wish these films offered better thrills! Some of these films have had great comedy, but slowly the jokes too are failing to keep us entertained. A possessed character beating some innocent characters is not funny anymore.

If it was a transgender, played so fittingly by Sarath Kumar, who swore to avenge her killers in "Kanchana"; it's a disabled character yearning for revenge as a ghost in "Kanchana 2". Lately, all horror stories have been mostly about revenge, and sadly they've all been loud, over-the-top and extremely passe, though they've been successful at the same time. Maybe that's why Tamil filmmakers continue to make more horror-comedies, which makes a great combination, provided one knows how to make a genuinely entertaining film that scares and entertains equally.

Raghava plays a cameraman in a television company in "Kanchana 2", and typically you expect the envelope to be pushed in the sequel, and it is here and how. Here's an adult man who wears diapers, pins slippers and brooms on his bedroom wall to ward off ghosts and sleeps under layers of bed sheets with images of different gods. The makers believe that the idea of pushing the envelope is making the lead character dumber and more likeable. It looked funny when Raghava came running and jumped onto his mother's hip at the mention of a mere ghost in the last part, but now it seriously isn't.

The addition of Taapsee and Nitya Menen to the cast hardly makes any difference. Initially, the former impresses when she gets possessed but despite the effort Nitya has put into making her disable character called Ganga stand out, you wish the writing was better; you wish Lawrencce hired a writing partner instead of matching steps with his brother in an introduction song for the ghosts.

There are about five ghosts in "Kanchana 2", and Lawrencce gets to play all of them. This only proves that he can play any number of characters sans adding any value to the story. The visual effects are pitiful, and the climatic fight between two ghosts is a bad rip-off of the most popular series of Hulk versus Superman fights on Youtube.

"Kanchana 3" is hinted at the end, and let's hope it isn't as bad as "Kanchana 2", which is undoubtedly a weak film in the franchise.


Ali Fazal's tribute video for Paul Walker

Mumbai: Indian actor Ali Fazal, who features in Paul Walker's last film "Fast & Furious 7", has come up with a special surprise for all fans of the late Hollywood star -- a video tribute.

Ali's tribute comes after international rapper Wiz Khalifa recently shared a tribute song "See You again" for Walker.

For Ali, his video is India's tribute to Walker in English and Hindi and will be released online later this week by Sony Music, read a statement.

In the video, Ali will be seen talking about the late actor, his memories and experiences. A similar video has been shot with actor Vin Diesel too in the West.

The cast of "Fast & Furious 7" have previously expressed their loss following the sudden death of Walker in a car crash in November 2013. Walker was part of the film franchise from the beginning.

Nicki Minaj's ex denies leaking her nude images

Los Angeles: Nicki Minaj's ex Safaree Samuels has denied reports that he leaked naked photographs of the singer on micro-blogging website Twitter.

Samuels denied the reports via Twitter on Thursday, emphasising that he only had one verified Twitter account, that is @IAMSAFAREE, reports

A Twitter user who goes by the name @ScaffBeezy, pretending to be Samuels, shared explicit photographs, although some of them didn't show the "Anaconda" hitmaker's face.

The photographs were accompanied by tweets claiming that Minaj got engaged to new boyfriend Meek Mill. The imposter also posted photographs Minaj previously shared herself.

After learning of the reports, Samuels wrote on his official Twitter on Thursday.

"Its a shame i have to even address this dumb s**t but i have 1 twitter and its this 1 that is verified! For those of you who cnt read..learn (sic)," he wrote.

Previously on Wednesday, he posted another tweet to confirm that he had only one account. "To anybody with a half a brain," so he wrote, "I have 1 twitter and this is it. my name has been changed for over a month now."

A representative for Samuel also spoke out to deny the rumour.

"He'd never do anything like this. And he's doing everything he can to shut down the tweeter behind it," said the representative, also casting a doubt on the authenticity of the images.

Minaj and Samuels broke up last year after 10 years together but the representative said that Samuels has moved on after the difficult break-up.


Naomi Campbell makes surprise runway appearance

Los Angeles: Supermodel Naomi Campbell made a surprise appearance on the runway at Burberry's latest show here.

The 44-year-old, who starred as the face of the label's Spring/Summer 2015 collection alongside model Jourdan Dunn, shocked the star-studded crowd at the brand's catwalk show at the Griffith Observatory on Thursday, when she joined Charlotte Wiggins and Sam Rollinson on the runway, reports

Fellow Burberry models Cara Delevingne and Suki Waterhouse turned out to support their friends and were spotted sitting on the front row alongside actress Rosie Huntington-Whiteley at the London in Los Angeles-themed event.

The Beckham family members were also out in full force to see creative director Christopher Bailey's latest creations with three-year-old Harper taking pride of place on her father David's knee next to US Vogue editor Anna Wintour.

Brooklyn Beckham enjoyed his evening out with fashion's finest and took to his image-sharing website Instagram account to share photographs of him posing with celebrity friends Cara, James Corden and his godfather Elton John, whom he described as the "coolest".

Following the show, Campbell was joined by Corden and Dunn on the catwalk as they invited guests to an after party.

The raven-haired beauty shared a photograph of the group on her image-sharing website Instagram account beckoning the audience to join in the fun.

She captioned the image: "#come with us @Burberry #LondoninLA #notoveryet @officialjdunn @jkcorden#christopherbailey #followus ???????????? #horseferryhouse. (sic)"

Antonio Banderas 'still loves' former wife

Los Angeles: Actor Antonio Banderas has admitted he still has feelings for his ex-wife Melanie Griffith and insists the pair are still good friends.

"Obviously, it has been a year full of changes. Sometimes in life the circumstances make you wreck everything to build it again. Things come naturally, people are not bad or good, no one is going to be the good guy or the bad guy during a break-up, things come to an end naturally."

"It's been tough, a long time relationship is now broken. But well, we have changed our status. I still love her very much and we still have a good friendship," Banderas told Colombia's Caracol TV, reports

The pair were married for 19 years before Griffith filed for divorce in 2014, citing irreconcilable differences.

To help move on with his life following the split, Banderas is planning on moving to London to study fashion at St. Martin's University.

He hopes the decision to move will bring him closer to his family, especially his 18-year-old daughter Stella Banderas.

"I'd love to spend more time with my family. That is probably the biggest failure in my life. That's probably the heaviest burden I carry on my shoulders nowadays, the fact that I didn't spend much time with my family."

Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch return for 'Independence Day' sequel

Los Angeles: Actors Bill Pullman and Judd Hirsch will return for the sequel of the 1996 film "Independence Day".

Director Roland Emmerich took to micro-blogging website Twitter on Friday to share the news with the movie's fans.

Emmerich shared two photographs of Pullman and Hirsch in the original 1996 movie, reports

"Today we celebrate our #IndependenceDay sequel. Welcome back, Bill Pullman," the director shared alongside a photograph of Pullman's character President Thomas J. Whitmore.

For Hirsch's character Julius Levinson's photograph, Emmerich captioned: "It's official... we're thrilled to have the GREAT Judd Hirsch grace the set of #IndependenceDay once again!"

Pullman and Hirsch are the original cast members who are back for the follow-up film.

Brent Spiner who played scientist Dr. Brackish Okun, Vivica A. Fox who played Will Smith's Steven Hiller's love interest, and Jeff Goldblum who starred as computer expert David Levinson are also expected to reprise their respective roles.

Also starring in the sequel, which is plotted for June 24, 2016, are Liam Hemsworth, Jessie Usher, Joey King and Charlotte Gainsbourg.

'Fear Files - Har Mod Pe Darr' to offer real horror

Mumbai: To give a recap of the spooky and eerie feelings of the intense horror created by "Fear Files", the drama-documentary horror series is heading back to small screen with its second season "Fear Files - Har Mod Pe Darr", which is touted to double the fear in viewers' mind using a more realistic approach, say the makers.

As the first season gripped the audience for over 200 episodes by presenting horror with a unique narrative, "Fear Files - Har Mod Pe Darr", which was launched here on Friday, will further raise the bar for thrillers by keeping intact the 'good wins over evil' philosophy.

The show, which will be aired on Zee TV starting April 25, will be told from the distinctive point of view of four producers, who will showcase their respective stories in various episodes.

"We want to show something different to break the clutter on TV. We have an audience for horror genre in India. This time people will co-relate themselves more to the episodes as the scary scenes will not look unreal," Palki Malhotra of BBC Productions, which is co-producing the show, said at the launch.

Asked how the show will survive in the cut-throat business of television, Malhotra added: "Horror genre is totally different from the daily soap genre. The way it is produced is not like any other show on TV. The horror genre is time consuming as you need to keep the authenticity of stories.

"We have come this time with better preparations as it's not easy to scare people nowadays. But 'Fear Files' will not promote any superstition. Horror has nothing to do with superstition.

The launch of "Fear Files - Har Mod Pe Darr", which took place here at a mall, witnessed a 5D teaser of the show, which received warm response from the audience. To increase the horror quotient, mediapersons here were taken to a 'scary house'.

Although the horror genre has not received a great response in recent times in both films and TV, "Fear Files - Har Mod Pe Darr" attempts to garner better viewership with more exhaustive use of technology.

Sukesh Motwani of Bodhi Tree Productions said: "Horror has received huge response across the globe. Though Indian horror films have not received good response in the past few years, we cannot compare it to TV shows because they use everything from love story to humour, action and sex scenes in a horror film, which takes the real horror part out of a project.

While he says they have abstained from focussing much on usual scaring tactics like 'daayan', 'purani haveli' or 'bhoot', they have inculcated the use of "better sounds and visual effects, so that people don't feel it unreal".

Extensively shot in Mumbai, "Fear Files - Har Mod Pe Darr" will star mostly young actors, including stage artistes.

"Renowned faces give an unreal feeling in a horror show. But when people see new faces on screen, they start assuming them in the real world," Motwani said.

The weekend show, which is booked for a 10:30 p.m. time slot, will compete with the likes of "Nach Baliye 7", "India's Got Talent" "Crime Patrol" and "Comedy Nights With Kapil".

Is 10:30 p.m. time slot perfect to show a horror show for weekends?

Pradeep Hejmadi, Zee TV business head, said "We have made a whole different texture in our weekend programs with shows like 'Maharakshak Devi', 'Neeli Chatri Wale' and 'DID Supermoms'.

"The only thing which our audience was missing was a thriller show. Mostly teenagers, who look out for edgy content, are awake at this time slot. Bring back 'Fear Files' was the safest idea. So, the audience will love to see a new genre at 10:30 time slot."


'O Kadhal Kanmani' - With you, without you

Film: "O Kadhal Kanmani"; Cast: Dulquer Salmaan, Nitya Menen, Prakash Raj and Leela Samson; Director: Mani Ratnam; Rating: ****

It doesn't matter if you're a Mani Ratnam fan or not, his latest outing, "O Kadhal Kanmani" is sure to leave you with an everlasting smile on your face. The movie, which marks the auteur's comeback to the romance genre after a decade, is a refreshing take on contemporary romance and relationship.

The story is set in Mumbai, and the city, through lensman Sreeram's frames has never looked so beautiful, adding much needed oomph to the romance of Aadi (Dulquer) and Tara (Nitya), two well-educated, independent and ambitious individuals. Rahman's music, needless to say, is soul-stirring, if not as standalone soundtrack but it works so well in the movie.

Aadi and Tara first meet at a railway station. Well, they don't actually meet. They just glance at each other through the gaps in between the bogies of passing trains. It's not one of your best boy-meets-girl moments, but it works. Their second meeting is at a friend's wedding in a church where they are seated in the same row but a few seats away from each other. They introduce each other with a murmur and even exchange numbers.

The conversation then shifts to a phone call, and they talk about their friends who are about to exchange vows. They talk about the baggage that comes with marriage. It's a funny banter, but we quickly get the picture that both Aadi and Tara (who make an adorable pair) don't believe in the institution of matrimony. In another scene, Tara asks does one need a certificate called marriage to stay with someone.

Aadi and Tara live under the shadow of an older couple - Ganapathy (Prakash Raj) and Bhavani (Leela Samson) in their house. Ganapathy and Bhavani fell in love and got married a long time ago. She was a classical singer; he was a banker. They've grown old together and now Bhavani is suffering from Alzheimer's, and she slowly starts forgetting.

Ganapathy looks after Bhavani; cooks for her and even combs her hair. He politely reminds her of the simplest thing she can't remember like eating a meal. Bhavani, on the other hand, remembers how old she was when Ganapathy first met her. He thinks she was 20; but she quickly corrects that she was 19 when they first met. The best part about their relationship is that she hasn't forgotten him yet and that's what matters the most.

The way Aadi and Tara slowly get influenced by Bhavani and Ganapathy is handled subtly, yet beautifully. Ratnam needs to be applauded and suddenly you realise the film isn't actually about the young couple; it's about the older couple who sort of remind us that no matter what, we all need a life partner.

Towards the end, Tara says it's impossible to find someone like Ganapathy in any other woman's life. Aadi says it's possible and the following question sums up everything for us.

By throwing the spotlight on modern India's idea of romance, Ratnam has also succeeded in making us root for an older couple madly in love in "O Kadhal Kanmani". The end feels predictable, but if you paid attention from the beginning, the intention of Ratnam was not to celebrate live-in relationships -- though he does to an extent -- but it was always about falling in love and happily living ever after.

Otherwise, I don't see the need to include the love track of Prakash Raj and Leela Samson, who are extremely good in their respective roles. Never do you feel sorry for Bhavani's medical case. In fact, Ratnam reserves some of the film's best comical moments for her.

It's quite possible Ratnam didn't make Dulquer and Nitya act. He may have put a camera around them and captured everything that'll make the audience go head over heels for the pair. Dulquer was at ease, speaking his own lines in Tamil; he looked most suitable in the role. It was Nitya who stole the show hands down. It's impossible to not fall in love with her, even if you don't with the movie. The fact that the story is set in Mumbai, and all the characters spoke their own lines in Tamil really worked in favour of the film.

It's easy to say Mani Ratnam played it safe with "O Kadhal Kanmani". Maybe he did, given the risks he has taken with his previous works, but it's fine because it's been a long time since his film has been so enjoyable. This is his best work in years and this magical spell won't be forgotten easily.

Shah Rukh wins Asian Award in London

London: Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan won an Outstanding Contribution to Cinema honour here at the fifth annual The Asian Awards, where he was seen partying with the likes of One Direction's former band member Zayn Malik.

The event was held at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Friday.

Shah Rukh said he felt "humbled and honoured" to receive the award.

"I say this very often that my stardom belongs to most South East Asians who reside abroad who have made the Indian cinema and me known around the world. I congratulate all the winners at the Asian Awards as well."

"There is so much talent around Asia and so many achievers, whether is was Dr. Amar Bose, the Hinduja Brothers or Zayn Malik. I am glad to have been a part of such a wonderful celebration of hard work by people in different field but similar passion," the "Kuch Kuch Hota Hai" star said in a statement.

Hosted by fashion icon Gok Wan and founded by entrepreneur Paul Sagoo, the Asian Awards dazzled with an array of global celebrities, dignitaries and influencers.

The Asian Awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of individuals born in or with direct origin from across pan-Asia in all disciplines of life -- from business and the arts, to sport and public service. Previous winners in the cinema category include, Irrfan Khan, Anupam Kher and Yash Chopra.

Zayn Malik picked up the prize for Outstanding Contribution to Music, and later even posed for a selfie with SRK.

Shah Rukh was happy to share the special moment with his fans via Twitter, where he wrote: "This kid is so cool. May Allah bless him. Dinner time at the Asian Awards."

This was Zayn's first public appearance since leaving band One Direction, and he was seen flaunting a shaved head.

Meanwhile, Shah Rukh looked dapper in a formal black tuxedo, with a sparkling white shirt and a black bow tie.

Picking up the award for Outstanding Contribution to Sport was Sri Lankan batsman Kumar Sangakkara, and the prize for Outstanding Achievement in Science and Technology went to Tejinder Singh Virdee.

The Outstanding Achievement in Television award went to comedian, actor and broadcaster Sanjeev Bhaskar, while the Hinduja brothers were awarded as Business Leaders of the Year.


Gaurav Chopra dons Virat Kohli's look for 'Gulmohar Grand'

Mumbai: Actor Gaurav Chopra, who mostly flaunts his grown out locks with aplomb, has gone in for a hairdo and look similar to that of Indian cricketer Virat Kohli for his upcoming TV show "Gulmohar Grand".

Last seen in "Savdhaan India", the tall and handsome Gaurav will be playing the main lead of Aniruddh in "Gulmohar Grand". His role required him to let go of his long hair and sport a Virat-inspired look. And while this was a tough decision for him, Gaurav finally said yes to the haircut after much persuasion from the production team, said a source.

After his haircut, Gaurav is said to have drawn many compliments, but if the source is to be believed, he can't wait for his hair to grow long again.

Star Plus’s new offering "Gulmohar Grand", a finite series of 26 episodes, will give an insight into the world of a five-star hotel.

Each episode will have a different and gripping story, showcasing the glamorous and luxurious world of hotels, but also introducing a world of hotels in a way that has never been seen before on Indian television, said a statement.


Looks count more than talent in India, says Marzi Pestonji

New Delhi: Ace choreographer Shiamak Davar’s former students like Shahid Kapoor and Sushant Singh Rajput are now among sought-after Bollywood actors. But Marzi Pestonji, who assists Davar, is in no mood to join the league as he believes “good looks” come first in Indian showbiz.

Pestonji has been associated with Davar for almost two decades. Asked if he would follow in their footsteps, Pestonji told IANS: “Do I look like an actor? Do you want a film to flop before it releases? In India, talent is not that great (a factor). You don’t need to have talent. You need to have good looks first. It’s not happening with me."

“I’ve accepted it and I’m happy about it. Acting is not happening. Besides, you need to learn up so many words in one time and speak... not possible,” added the former “Dance India Dance” judge.

Hence, he is content making small screen appearance as judge on dance based shows.

“I’am happy doing this. I don’t want more,” said the choreographer, who will co-judge Star Plus' upcoming dance reality show “Nach Baliye 7” with actress Preity Zinta and author Chetan Bhagat.

How is it teaming up with them?

“It’s been awesome because I know Preity for a long time. I’ve known her because we have done work together. I work for Shiamak, so I’ve done a lot of award shows with her and also tours. Chetan, I don’t know. I’ve heard of him. This is the first time we are meeting,” he said.

What about his approach towards judging the celebrity contestants?

“My approach might be a little different because they are not that great dancers. They are celebrity couples. Keeping that in mind, my approach will be little different towards judging them. I think I will be more strict so that I can take out the best in them,” said Pestonji, who will be assisting Davar on “Jagga Jasoos”.

The jazz and contemporary dance expert says he is involved in “everything” that Davar does and has no interest in doing individual project.

“I’m not adventurous. I’m not ambitious. I’ve been with Shiamak for almost 20 years. It’s been a long time to say that 'Now, I want to do something of my own'. He has done the hard work. I’ve had the fruit of his hard work,” he said.

“I teach dance. That’s my priority. All the knowledge that you have, if you don’t impart to others, what’s the point of having it? I like to give back. So that takes a lot of time. ‘Nach Baliye’ is just one day in a week, so that’s nice. Had it been every day... impossible. I wouldn’t have taken up the project,” he added.

The Commerce graduate also notes that “dance has got more credibility now”.

“Earlier dancers were looked down upon. When I started off in 1992-1993, my family also asked me if I was sure about it. But my father told me to finish my graduation first,” he said.

“Then in 1997, ‘Dil To Pagal Hai’ (choreographed by Davar) came. That changed the perception of dancers in the industry and dance also. Dance started getting more respect. Today, dance can be a career and you can earn good money,” he added.

Salman Khan car crash: Man died due to car falling, says defence

Mumbai: Giving a sensational twist to the ongoing re-trial of Bollywood actor Salman Khan in the accident case, his lawyer Shrikant Shivade on Friday argued that one of the victims could have died because of the impact of the car falling off while being lifted by a crane.

Salman's vehicle had rammed into the American Express Bakery in Bandra West early morning of September 28, 2002. One pavement dweller, Nurulah Mahboob Sharif, died in the accident while Munna Malai Khan, Kalim M. Pathan, Abdullah Rauf Sheikh and Muslim Shaikh sustained injuries.

"There are incriminating circumstances to suggest that the car dropped on the persons who were under it when it was being lifted with the help of a crane brought in by police after the accident," Shivade said in his ongoing final arguments in the case before Additional Sessions Judge D.W. Deshpande.

He further pointed out that the injury certificates of the four people suggested that the injuries were because of "friction" and "dragging", the autopsy of the deceased victim Sharif showed that he was "crushed".

"He (Sharif) was crushed as some heavy object fell on him," Shivade told Judge Deshpande, adding that the car weighed around 3,000 kg.

Shivade pointed to the autopsy report which suggested that the head, chest, lungs, thorax, larynx, trachea and bronchia were crushed completely.

"Can a person in such a condition cry for help," he said, suggesting that Sharif could have died because of the impact of the car falling off while being lifted by the crane.

He also termed as "misleading" the statement of one of the injured witnesses, who said Sharif was below the car and screamed and shouted till the crane lifted the vehicle.

Johnny Kemp dies mysteriously at 55

Kingston: Bahamian singer Johnny Kemp has died in mysterious circumstances here. He was 55.

The singer's body was found floating at a Montego Bay beach on Thursday morning, according to Jamaica police, reports

Prior to his death, Kemp was scheduled to perform for Foundation Fantastic Voyage Cruise hosted by Tom Joyner.

The singer is said to have passed away when he fell and hit his head in the restroom while on the Tom Joyner cruise. However, Reach Media, the company responsible for the Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage, denied the reports, claiming that Kemp never showed up on the cruise.

"We have received confirmation that Johnny Kemp has passed away. We do not have any other details. We can confirm he was not on the ship for the Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage Cruise," a representative for the company said in statement.

Another speculation on the cause of the "Just Got Paid" singer's mysterious death is that he fell in a rocky beach in Jamaica where he was set to board the cruise. So far, there haven't been any confirmations about the details of his death.

A day after Kemp's death news broke, hip-hop producer Salaam Remi paid tribute on image-sharing website Instagram.

"#RestInPower to Johnny Kemp...I was raised by a community of NY musicians and you were common visitor," Remi wrote on April 17. "With bright smile and laugh and partner in song and wisdom. You'll be missed. prayers to your family and our extended families," Remi added.


Kylie Jenner flaunts flesh in bikini

Los Angeles: TV personality Kylie Jenner has showed off her cleavage and her posterior in a revealing two-piece bikini via two images she has shared from the music festival Coachella.

In one image, the 17-year-old was seen dipping her legs in the pool as she sat on the edge. Her back was fully exposed, especially her skinny waist and big bottom. The shot led people to compare her derriere to that of step sister Kim Kardashian, reports

In the other photograph, she was seen taking a selfie in front of a mirror. She showed off her cleavage, a major thigh gap, as well as toned tummy. She was seen in the image wearing sunglasses and a gold cuff bracelet.

May make more films in sync sound: Mani Ratnam

Chennai: Ace filmmaker Mani Ratnam enjoyed making his latest Tamil outing "O Kadhal Kanmani" in sync sound so much that he plans to make more movies using the same technique.

Sync sound refers to sound recorded at the time of filming a movie.

"I thoroughly enjoyed shooting the film in sync sound. It breathes life into a film, especially with artistes who speak the language in which you're making the film. The experience was so good that I'm thinking of making more films in sync sound," Mani Ratnam told IANS.

"O Kadhal Kanmani", which features Dulquer Salmaan and Nitya Menen in the lead, was completely shot in sync sound, and Ratnam admits that more effort needs to be put in while working with it.

"To shoot in sync sound, you need to have a controlled environment. You need to take the effort to make it work. But one shouldn't mind because the output is beyond satisfactory," he said.

In the past, Indian films such as "Lagaan", "Dil Chahta Hai" and "Rock On!!" were shot using sync sound.

Happy with girl-next-door tag: Sri Divya

Chennai: Actress Sri Divya, who has mostly featured in simple, girl-next-door roles in her career in southern cinema so far, says she doesn't mind the tag as it suits her personality.

"I feel my innocent personality is most suitable for girl-next-door roles. This is why I'm mostly offered these soft roles. But I'm happy with the tag I've earned," Sri Divya told IANS.

Having made her cinematic debut in Telugu industry in 2010 film "Manasara", Divya went on to be a hit heroine in Tamil filmdom in the last few years.

"People think I've avoided the Telugu industry since I became successful in Tamil. But that's not true. The only reason is that Tamil cinema gave me better roles," she said.

Some of her best Tamil films include "Varuthapadatha Valibar Sangam", "Vellaikaara Durai" and "Kaaki Sattai".

"My latest Telugu film 'Vaaradhi' has released. It's another girl-next-door role, but here I perform subtly. These are some minor differences I look forward to in the roles that I'm offered," she added.

In Tamil too, Divya says she hasn't accepted every role that has come her way.

"Recently, I turned down an offer opposite a big star because a song expected me to be very glamorous. I wasn't comfortable doing it," she said.

With a busy year ahead, Divya has Tamil films such as "Pencil", "Eetti", the remake of "Bangalore Days" and a yet-untitled project with actor Karthi.

Kylie Jenner wants kids after a decade

Los Angeles: Reality TV star Kylie Jenner, 17, says she wants to have children 10 years from now.

"When I look to the far future and decide to have kids, I need to have a million girls. Ten years from now - in 2025 -I hope I have a kid," Kylie said in an interview with Teen Vogue magazine, reports

"Having sisters is the best. I have a different relationship with each of them. I go to Kim (Kardashian) for fashion advice, Khloe (Kardashian) is always boy and family advice, and Kourtney (Kardashian) is like another mother to me," she added.

Lily Allen chooses 'watermelon' hair colour

Los Angeles: Pop star Lily Allen, who will turn 30 in May, has changed her hair colour into pink and neon green.

Allen showed off her "watermelon" hair in latest Instagram photograph, reports

She captioned it: "Not long till I'm 30, one last hurrah on the hair front. Watermelon hurr dun care."

After sharing the photograph, Allen was spotted out and about in West Hollywood.

Allen is no stranger to hair colours. She previously rocked light blonde as well as lavender-silver ombre.