Sushant Singh Rajput drops surname to back Sanjay Leela Bhansali

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Sushant Singh Rajput drops surname to back Sanjay Leela Bhansali!

 Sushant Singh Rajput removed his surname on Twitter to show his solidarity towards filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali, who was assaulted by activists of Karni Sena, an organization of the Rajput community. Sushant said he dropped his surname for a day to convey that he does not represent people from that community, who employed violence as a means to show disapproval. According to a leading daily, Sushant said, “Yes, I did it for a day to show that the unfortunate action is not what everyone with that surname endorses. They do not represent the entire Rajputs. There are ways to express your ideas, but violence is never an answer and that too just on mere speculation.” Well, we totally agree with you, Sushant!

This Robot Barista Makes a Dang Good Latte

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Sometimes a coffee means something: it’s an opportunity to catch up with friends, sit quietly among strangers, or unofficially pay a morning’s rent on your Starbucks office. That’s when you want a big, spacious cafe rich with the sound of typing and dense with the smell of roasted beans and five-minute pour-overs the price of a steak. Other times, though, a coffee is pure fuel: a jolt of caffeine to kick you up and out of your sleepy doldrums. Cafe X is for those times.

When you go to Cafe X, there are no hipster bartenders, and no judgy glances when you ask for a bit of half-and-half. There’s not even a cafe. It’s just a small, rounded kiosk, white on the bottom, with a large glass panel that lets you watch while an industrial robot pumps caramel into your latte. You order at an iPad-powered kiosk, or using Cafe X’s app. Pick your espresso drink, choose from three kinds of beans, and decide whether you want a little syrup, a lot of super, or Insane Syrup. Then pay, and press order. The robot barista then spins around, grabs a cup from the dispenser, and sticks it under the industrial-grade WMF espresso machine. One robot can make several drinks at once, and each takes about 20 seconds. Once your drink is ready, you type in a four-digit pin code, reach into the hatch, and grab your white cup printed with Cafe X’s logo.

One Cafe X robot has been serving coffee at the Hong Kong Science Park for a while now, but the first American kiosk opens today at the Metreon shopping center in San Francisco, after months of preparation. Mostly paperwork, actually: the health department couldn’t figure out what to make of Cafe X, eventually deciding to classify it like a food truck. “We even offered to put wheels on it!” says Stephen Klein, Cafe X’s general manager, but their only eventual requirement was to add a sink, which sits in some closed-off room down the hall. Now that the government understands Cafe X, CEO Henry Hu says they can set up another robot in half an hour.

The Cafe X robot barista.The Cafe X robot barista.Cafe X

Which they intend to do as quickly as possible, Klein says, assuming they can navigate around what he describes as “the coffee mafia” in San Francisco. Peet’s owns the rights to serve coffee in many of the city’s transit centers, for instance. But anywhere there are a lot of people, moving quickly, Cafe X wants to be there. Rather than waiting in line at Starbucks every morning, they want to offer their morning fix without any of the hassle (or human interaction). But they’re still hoping the robot experience is fun enough that you’ll want to go back every day—that’s why Cafe X isn’t just a vending machine, and why you can watch the robot work as it makes your joe. It’s a tricky balance: Hu even thought about adding more personality to the robot, teaching it to dance or flourish the way a cruise ship taught its robot bartenders, but decided against it. “You don’t want to see it dancing, when you’re like, ‘just make my coffee.’”

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Hu started working on Cafe X in 2014, and has raised $5 million in venture-capital funding. He also received a Thiel Fellowship in 2016, which gave him $100,000 to drop out of school and work on Cafe X fill-time. He knew a bit about car-building factory robots, which are incredibly precise and programmable, and thought he could use the same arms for other uses. “Some people ask if it’s overkill,” he says, to take a robot that can build a Prius and employ it making lattes. “Maybe it is a little.” Ultimately, he thinks this tech could be applied throughout the food service industry, to other kinds of beverages and beyond. “Cafes are not just coffee,” he says with a smile.

Hu’s robot-server idea is coming into view at the right time, as political and technological debate rages over automation and the future of work. “The jobs that are going away are primarily going away because of automation,” Barack Obama said recently. “And that’s going to accelerate.” Hu mostly wants to talk about coffee, but is clearly interested in where else his robots could work.

For now, though, it’s just coffee. Surprisingly delicious coffee, starting at $2.25—cheaper than you’d find at Sightglass or even Starbucks. Cafe X’s location in the corner of the Metreon may not entice you out of your daily routine. But maybe someday, when you can order coffee at the bottom of the subway station escalator and pick it up at the top, with a tip of your cap to your robot barista, you’ll appreciate that first cup even more.

Miss Universe 2017: Sushmita Sen on the panel

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In pic: Sushmita Sen
The former Miss Universe, Sushmita Sen, went back to the beauty pageant, but this time as one of the judges on the panel.

In 1994, Sushmita Sen was crowned as Miss Universe, the first-ever winner of India. Right after her reign, she pursued her career in Bollywood. Today, she is the owner of the Miss Universe franchise in her country.

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Hrithik Roshan and Salman Khan bond

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Hrithik Roshan and Salman Khan bond

Kaabil is doing strong at the box-office but that doesn’t put an end to the promotions for the film. Hrithik Roshan and Yami Gautam were seen at the finale of television’s biggest reality show – Bigg Boss Season 10. Hrithik Roshan had a blast shooting for it with the host, Salman Khan. The two have never worked together but the bromance between them was a treat to watch according to onlookers. Hrithik took to instagram and shared a picture and here’s what he had to say.

“Kaun Shahenshah, kaun Sultan. At the end of it, we are all brothers. Me and Yami had an absolute blast on the sets with the one and only Salman Khan!  #BiggBoss #dontjudgetheselfiestick.”

Deepika Padukone Ranveer Singh Shahid Kapoor break their silence on the Padmavati controversy

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Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh, Shahid Kapoor break their silence on the Padmavati controversy

Not only the film industry but the entire nation is taken aback by the assault on Sanjay Leela Bhansali on the sets of Padmavati. This is thoroughly wrong and something that needs a stringent action against the assaulters.

Everyone took to Twitter to express their angst and grief, and now the Padmavati actors finally spoke about it on Twitter. Here’s what they have to say.

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Airport spotting: Aamir Khan Alia Bhatt Jacqueline Fernandez

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Preity Zinta and Raveena Tandon clicked at a wedding reception

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Amitabh Bachchan praises Raees and Kaabil

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Shah Rukh Khan’s Raees and Hrithik Roshan’s Kaabil both are doing very well at the box office. Amitabh Bachchan watched both the movies and took to Twitter to tweet about them. He congratulated Shah Rukh Khan and director of the Hrithik Roshan-starrer, Sanjay Gupta, for their brilliant work.

 “Congratulations Shahrukh… RAEES… loved your anger in it!!” wrote Bachchan, alongside the poster of the Rahul Dholakia directed film.

To this Shah Rukh Khan replied, “Aap se hi seekha hai sir.”

And Big B replied again saying, “@iamsrk ya right .. !!! ?? haha .. no seriously some moments were electric !!”

In another tweet, Amitabh wrote, ‘KAABIL’ most convincing film… endearing, superior performances, and dexterously handled by Sanjay Gupta, director! Congrats!!”  Hrithik Roshan tweeted back, “Amit uncle! Can’t express the joy. Thank you so much for taking the effort to encourage us! Thank you thank you! My greatest inspiration.”

Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt get street smart

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Anil Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor make heads turn at the airport

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Kareena Kapoor Khan Karisma Kapoor Malaika Arora Khanâs paparazzi moment

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Sonakshi Sinha looks gorgeous at an event

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âœI was miserable in the marriageâ â“ Kanika Kapoor

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Music is her soul-mate in the truest sense. Because when a young Kanika Kapoor found her world in sheer disharmony, it helped her not only heal but also carve an identity that she’s proud of today. Her much enjoyed peppy renditions like Baby doll (Ragini MMS), Lovely and Kamlee (Happy New Year), Chittiyaan kalaiyaan (Roy), Premika (Dilwale) and the recent Da da dasse (Udta Punjab) and Beat pe booty (A Flying Jatt) celebrate her effervescence giving no hint about the turmoil she’s been through. And that only validates her talent.

It was a fairytale life for young Kanika when she married businessman Raj Chandok in 1997 at the age of 18 and moved to London. They went on to have three children. Life was all about diamonds, yacht parties and loads of bitching sessions with rich but bored wives. “I had everything at my disposal – from private planes to yachts to the choicest brands,” she recalls adding, “But I was terribly unhappy. I had diamonds galore but there was no love, no respect. I was miserable in the marriage,” she recalls. Like most women, she didn’t have the guts to walk away from what seemed a secure situation. Above all, she had children. “I was dependant financially on my husband. My biggest fear were the kids – where would I go with them?” she shares. “Women waste a lot of time sulking and in self-pity. They need to get up and get out of that,” says the singer who divorced her husband in 2012.
As they say it’s darkest before dawn. And Kanika found herself emerging out of the abyss. “There comes a moment in your life where you feel nothing is working out for you, your life is hell,” she says. “Just then someone advised me to take up music once more and that became the turning point,” says the graduate in music, who’s also studied classical music under musician Pandit Ganesh Prasad Mishra from Varanasi.  She went ahead to record a song and released it on internet. “A year later, I got a call from Ekta Kapoor, saying she liked my voice and asking me to fly down to Mumbai and record with Meet Bros Anjjan. The breakthrough seems miraculous…” she traces how Baby doll for Ragini MMS 2 happened.  The number filmed on Sunny Leone even won her the Filmfare Best Playback (Female) Award. And since then the music has not stopped playing in her life.

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With children Aayana, Yuvraj and Samara

What few know about is her full-fledged fashion career before she came to India. She’s been close to all the international fashion houses given her brush with hi-society. Recently, she even hosted a dinner for Italian fashion designer Stefano Gabbana. “When in London I was a special customer for all the big brands. They used to invite me for their shows. I even walked the ramp for Alberta Ferretti, Demi Couture at the Milan Fashion Week. After all, I was married to a wealthy man. So all I did was spend, lunch and bitch,” laughs Kanika. Today, she doesn’t miss the lavish lifestyle she once enjoyed. “I’m happy and content. I believe happiness lies within you. You can have the world at your feet and yet be the unhappiest person because of your state of mind,” she declares. “I don’t need a rich husband. I’m ready to live with less. I don’t wear Dolce and Gabbana anymore. I buy Zara and I look okay,” she smiles.

She’s friends with her ex-husband Raj now. In fact, he’s happy for her success. “When he heard my songs, he told me, ‘Well done, I’m always there for you’,” she laughs adding, “I’ve learnt that in good times everyone is your friend. There are few who are by your side duirng hard times. And that support is all that matters in those times.”
Thankfully, pain has not left her bitter. Rather, it’s made her more compassionate, more sensitive to others. It’s also given her an all-embracing perspective. “I’d never want anyone to experience pain and discomfort because of me. I’d never want to cheat anybody…. I don’t have a feeling of competition or jealousy towards anyone either. You have to be happy in your own skin,” she states. Merely two years into the business but Kanika has made a mark in the music world. Shares she, “I want to do quality work. So far, I’ve been doing songs that are commercial. Now that will change. I want to explore further. It could be with a new filmmaker or even a small- budget film,” she informs. “Thanks to my classical training, I can mould my voice and style. I can sing a song like Baby doll to a Chhil gaye naina (NH10) to a Da da dasse (Udta Punjab),” she says adding, “I love old songs like Jao re jogi tum jaore (Amrapali). There’s beauty in old school music. I want to explore my voice in that realm.” She insists she has poured her experiences in her music. “It comes from my journey. My trauma has made me mature. It’s also made me spiritual. That makes me different from other singers. For instance, Yeh duniya pittal di from Baby doll has a special impact. It has come from my soul,” she explains.

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The singer has begun doing independent music though she has been advised otherwise. “My first song ever, Jugni Ji was an independent music video. People recognise internationally because of Jugni Ji, be it Arabs, Moroccans or the Spanish. I’m now doing a French collaboration only because of Jugni Ji. Maybe India knows me with Baby doll but Jugni Ji is the biggest song in the world for me.”  She also enjoys doing stage shows. In fact, her last show in Dallas was a sold out. “Thirty five thousand people were shouting my name in unison. I was feeding on their energy and giving my best. It’s humbling to see people love you so much. It has transformed me as a person,” she says. She confides it’s only through time that she has developed this confidence on stage. “My first performance was with Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone in Abu Dhabi for an IPL concert. I was trembling on stage; I didn’t know how to perform. And when I came down someone said it on my face, ‘That was a shit performance.’ I just burst out in tears,” she recalls the embarrassing memory.

She’s not overwhelmed by the glamour world and is aware of the not-so-congenial side as well. “This is not a very welcoming industry be it for an actor or a singer. Initially, people regarded me as a ‘one song wonder.’ I’m not a misfit but I have a set of ethics. But here things are teda-meda. People say something, do something, mean something else… Nothing is black and white,” she rues. She’s not just got a beautiful voice but also a beautiful face. Not surprising then that she’s received acting offers too!  “I don’t want to do some floozy role here and there. Believe me; I could have done five movies in the past year alone. But I respect myself as an artiste. I’ll do a role that suits me. What’s the point of trying to be something that you’re not?” she quips with candour.