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Actor Neil Nitin Mukesh, Rukmini blessed with a baby girl

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Actor Neil Nitin Mukesh and his wife Rukmini were on Thursday afternoon blessed with a daughter, said a source close to the family.

Rukmini delivered the newborn at the Breach Candy Hospital here around 3:30 p.m., the source told IANS.

In April, Neil had announced via Instagram that they were going to become parents soon and that they were “very excited” for the next phase in their life.

“We are okay with a baby girl or a baby boy as long as the baby is healthy,” Neil had earlier said in a statement.

Neil married Mumbai-based Rukmini in February 2017. It was an arranged match and they had a courtship of one month.

The actor, who is the grandson of legendary singer Mukesh and son of veteran singer Nitin Mukesh, is known for films like “Johnny Gaddaar”, “New York”, “David” and “7 Khoon Maaf”.

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Chef Sanjeev Kapoor: Home-cooking is the healthiest cooking

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Chef Sanjeev Kapoor: Home-cooking is the healthiest cooking.

Indian home-cooking saw the turn of a new leaf when celebrity chefs like Sanjeev Kapoor created lip-smacking recipes on a unique format of cooking shows on television. With the stay-at-home orders infusing new energy into the country’s home kitchens, the celebrated chef and Padma Shri recipient feels happy seeing people cook at home.

“Home-cooking is the healthiest cooking. Even when people cook so-called junk food, I advise cooking it at home, which will be much healthier. Anyone who is usually cooking at home – mothers or wives – want to make sure that element of health is there. If we have to make ourselves healthy, home-cooking is the way to go, and I’m happy people are cooking at home,” Kapoor, 56, told IANSlife over phone.

Kapoor is the face of ITC Nimwash vegetable and fruit wash, and suggests cooking enthusiasts to clean germs and pesticides off their fruits and veggies as any recipe’s first step. “We are what we eat. That’s something we have started to understand as a direct, cause-and-effect relationship. Now we have time to reflect and act on it. The superficiality of anything and everything we were consuming – that is diminishing, and a beginning has been made,” he said.

Speaking about the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, he notes “two distinct things” that have happened during this time.

“Everyone was home so home-cooking has grown exponentially, and eating out – the service industry – is hit and has gone down – not just in India but globally. Similarly, what we were eating earlier, we are more careful with that. We want to be sure about the quality of ingredients. Hygiene is paramount. What we were taking for granted, the world has sit up and is taking note of that. We are looking at bettering us for our own selves, not for the world. We’re breathing right, cooking right and eating right.”

The culinarian, who is among the most prominent faces of Indian cuisine, shared what life in lockdown looked like for him.

“Despite a few relaxations now in Mumbai, we have taken a call that unless absolutely essential, we will not go out. In all these months, I have only been out twice. Managing was not that difficult, I didn’t have much time to watch movies and web series. My whole family is home, and they naturally expect me to cook, which I enjoy, that has increased definitely. Food content is being consumed more across platforms. Across our social media platforms, it is an all-time high with engagement being up by 250 percent,” the ‘Khana Khazana’ star shared.

Kapoor also shared that early in the lockdown, he decided on an initiative to feed doctors and staff in hospitals in Mumbai and beyond. “We worked closely towards that. I am also involved with Akshay Patra Foundation and served over 70 million meals in the lockdown,” he concluded.

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Actress Aditi Rao Hydari: Dropping ‘fair’ from a beauty product takes us closer to inclusivity

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A cosmetic brand recently dropped the word ‘fair’ from the name of their skin-whitening product that, till a while back, endorsed the idea of fair complexion as the parameter of beauty. Many celebrities have applauded the decision. Among them is actress Aditi Rao Hydari, who feels such a step take us a step closer to beauty inclusivity.

“I think our generation of celebrities is always standing for a world that is more inclusive. At the beginning of my career, I got an offer to be a part of a fairness cream ad campaign that could have given me a great deal of visibility, followed by entries into the movie business. Coming from a non-film family that was an opportunity for me to grab, but I didn’t,” claimed Aditi, while speaking to IANS.

She added: “I come from a family where I was taught to look at an individual beyond caste, region, colour, religion or even appearance. I cannot stand by and endorse an idea of beauty that is discriminatory. So, as the word ‘fair’ is removed from such a product, it takes us a step closer to inclusivity in the beauty and cosmetic world.”

“Having said that, we have to understand it is a slow process. We are putting the idea of inclusive beauty in the minds of those people who have been practising the definition of ‘fair is lovely’ for ages now. Not just here, this is the worldwide scenario. It has to trickle down in the right direction. Our society is dealing with so many other basic issues of human rights that �beauty inclusivity’ is a topic that is not catering to their immediate interest,” Aditi noted.

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Actor Ayushmann Khurrana: It was great to shoot again after so many months

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Bollywood actor Ayushmann Khurrana, who has returned to the sets for an advertisement in Chandigarh, finds it great to be back in action.

“It was just great to be back on the sets and shoot again after so many months. We all have been at home and we all have been waiting to get back to what we were doing,” Ayushmann said.

“Things will have to limp back to normal and with all the necessary safety precautions, we will all go out and work.”

The actor says he had a great time shooting in Chandigarh, his hometown.

“I set foot on a set for the first time since we went into lockdown and I saw how people have prepared themselves for the new normal. I was completely at ease,” he added.

Ayushmann is in Chandigarh with his family to spend time with his parents. The actor recently shared that the Khurranas have purchased a new family home.

The Khurrana family — parents P. Khurrana and Poonam, Ayushmann and his wife Tahira, and Aparshakti and his wife Akriti — bought a house in Panchkula, a satellite town of Chandigarh.

On the work front, Ayushmann was recently seen in Shoojit Sircar’s digital release, “Gulabo Sitabo”, scripted by Juhi Chaturvedi and co-starring Amitabh Bachchan.

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