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I lived with my characters and script for two years Actors only get edgy when they feel that the director doesnt know his characters In my case both Kareena Kapoor and Kajol had faith in me Both are such fine artistes Kareena has portrayed her role with more dignity than Julia Roberts Kajol took two months before giving her nod and after that she never questioned me Im a huge Kajol fan and Kareena is my second cousin I gave them full respect and theyve given memorable performances ADD THE SONG N DANCE: Whats a Hindi film without a memorable song I was very keen to have a signature moment in the song n dance department Our Jail house rock is a tribute to Elvis Presley You can saythis is our Aint no mountain high enough The situation is that the family is at a Karaoke bar in Sydney The kids tell their momKajolthat Kareena is very cool So Kajol decides to show the kids that she invented the cool moves The song takes off from there Interestinglyeven though we got the rights of the original Elvis songwe had to use a new voice since the letter clearly states that except for the melody we cant use anything resembling Elvis in the song So we had to work it around You wont even see an Elvis poster on the set because it wasnt allowed By the waygetting the rights of the Elvis song also was a process It took us six months for that For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: PTI | Washington | Published: April 29 2016 1:31 pm An antibody infusion can protect monkeys against infection with an HIV-like virus researchers have found (Source: Thinkstock Images) Related News A single antibody infusion can protect monkeys against infection with an HIV-like virus for up to 23 weeks researchers have found Previously scientists had found that giving monkeys an infusion of broadly neutralising antibodies (bNAbs) which target a wide range of HIV strains a few days prior to exposure to a high dose of virus can prevent infection However humans typically are exposed to low doses of HIV on several occasions before becoming infected with the virus In the current study researchers at the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and the Rockefeller University rectally exposed macaques to weekly low doses of simian human immunodeficiency virus (SHIV) which contains components of HIV and a related monkey virus Read More On average it took three weeks for detectable levels of virus to appear in the blood of untreated animals To investigate whether bNAb infusions could offer long-term protection against SHIV infection the scientists gave single infusions of one of three individual bNAbs against HIV – known as VRC01 3BNC117 and 10-1074 – to three groups of six macaques then exposed the animals weekly to low doses of SHIV In all cases the bNAb infusions delayed the acquisition of SHIV with the longest period of protection lasting 23 weeks The researchers found that the duration of protection depended on the antibody’s potency and half-life – a measure of the antibody’s lifespan in the blood and tissues Next the researchers tested the ability of a modified version of VRC01 with an extended half-life to protect monkeys from SHIV Six animals given a single infusion of the modified VRC01 were protected for an average of 145 weeks compared to 8 weeks for those who received the original VRC01 antibody Although more research is needed using bNAb infusions as a prevention strategy potentially could protect people at high risk for HIV transmission researchers suggest Enrolment have begun in the first of two planned human clinical trials assessing VRC01 infusions for preventing HIV infection researchers said The study was published in the journal Nature For news updates follow us on Facebook Twitter Google+ & Instagram For all the latest Lifestyle News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Susmita Saha | Updated: June 20 2017 12:59 pm Museum of memories: The Titanic Belfast museum is spread across 12000 sq m and gives visitors a lowdown on the mammoth ship’s history (Source: Northern Ireland Tourism Board) Related News It’s 7 am but I am already behind schedule I have a train to catch from Dublin Connolly station at 735 and nothing’s going like clockwork I race out of the hotel and flag down a cab At 710 am I am already gasping for air “You know Chakravarty” This comes from the front seat What my Ukrainian cabbie really wants to enquire after is actor Mithun Chakraborty “Jimmy Jimmy Jimmy aaja it’s my favourite” he says with a grin “Of course I know of him but he’s hung up his dancing shoes a long time ago” I grin back Soon our conversation eats up the miles between downtown Dublin and Connolly Before I know it I’m nursing a cup of coffee in the well-appointed waiting room for Belfast-bound passengers On the nearly two-hour train commute between Dublin and Belfast I stamp my memory with pastoral landscapes that fly past the window Hours later the bucolic scenes make way for the glistening roads of Belfast Northern Ireland’s capital which comes alive with pubs powerful street art and eye-popping museums But things weren’t as buzzing a few years ago Even today it’s difficult to erase Belfast’s turbulent history and the city is still scarred by violence that lasted more than three decades Beginning in the late 1960s fighting raged between Protestant Unionists who were in favour of Northern Ireland staying with the United Kingdom and Catholic Nationalists who were keen on the country reuniting with the Irish Republic Not surprisingly this period of intense conflict which stretched right till 1998 has been identified in public discourse as “the Troubles” And like many new wave tourists who are irresistibly drawn to Troubles-related locations I walk around the Great Victoria Street neighbourhood for a closer view of Europa Hotel which has gained sobriquets like “most bombed hotel in Europe” and “most bombed hotel in the world” Twelve floors of Europa were hit hard by IRA (Irish Republican Army) bomb attacks more than 30 times during Northern Ireland’s strife-torn era But Belfast is also trying to emerge from the sombre shadows of its past as a destination of hip hotels raving pub scenes and effervescent restaurants Directly across the Europa is The Crown Liquor Saloon one of the most iconic pubs in Northern Ireland I make my way through its iron gates the filigreed detailing transporting me to another era During a refurbishment in 1885 Italian craftsmen toiled relentlessly to give shape to the pub’s beautiful interiors — cosy booths once designated for Victorian era patrons and stained glass windows etched with delicate motifs of pineapples fairies clowns and fleurs-de-lis (Source: Northern Ireland Tourism Board) While vintage pubs give Belfast its character scores of modern artisanal bars local breweries and distilleries spread across its street art-splashed alleys give its drinking scene the real buzz For many connoisseurs Belfast is the Vatican of all things alcoholic Beer is the city’s cultural signature but there are other superbly crafted spirits by regional producers as well Cathedral Quarter has a range of pubs devoted to craft beers hoppy ales traditional ciders and single-estate gins But I’m also drawn to the smells of butter-laced champ the distinctly Irish pub grub that’s taken mashed potato and spring onions to the next level Of all star attractions in the city the Titanic Belfast a relatively new museum is a very prominent one — Belfast happens to be the birthplace of RMS Titanic the most talked-about ocean behemoth in maritime history Not expected to downplay this historic connection Belfast erected this massive 12000 sq m museum in 2012 Inside Titanic Belfast I too travel back in time wandering through its interpretative galleries that provide clues on dreams and perceptions around the “unsinkable ship” While there are showcases of Titanic’s Ritz hotel-inspired interiors (facilities included a gym pool Turkish bath squash court) nuggets of information including its extravagant fuel consumption patterns — the ship guzzled a massive 600 tonnes of coal daily — are revealed as well The sixth gallery is perhaps the most poignant Here the sinking of the liner is conveyed through gut-wrenching images set against the background score of Morse code SOS messages sent out to neighbouring ships But the port city’s ship-building culture which reached its acme with the construction of the Titanic is long gone Newer industries and sub cultures have taken over even as the nation pulls out all stops to welcome tourists St George’s Market the new face of Belfast’s blossoming food and culture scene was built between 1890 and 1896 It was named UK’s Best Large Indoor Market 2014 by the National Association of British Market Authorities and it has tapped into the global enthusiasm for local and specialty foods On all sides of the market there are produce and confection stalls where I drown under gourmand pleasures: from sharp cider made from Bramley apples and crisp bundles of rhubarb to white chocolate fudge buns and cooked crab claws It is my last day at Belfast and the city continues to surprise How is it reinventing itself at such a fast clip How has it managed to come up with fresh and original tourist haunts despite being new to the scene My epiphany comes as I scroll down my digital stack of photographs amassed over the duration of my stay in Northern Ireland Behind the city’s regeneration are its people with crazy accents and a riotous sense of humour who are willing to rediscover and share their cultural past with the rest of the world And of course the beer The Original Sin: Chocolate Independent chocolate brands like Co Couture in Belfast’s Chichester Street really stand out A tiny basement establishment Co Couture is helmed by award-winning local chocolatier Deirdre McCanny who has taken the bean-to-bar experience to the next level The chocolate boutique offers delectable small-batch hand-made chocolate confections crafted from beans sourced from Madagascar Try the hot chocolate served with a tiny jug of cream truffles with ganache fillings and decadent brownies You’re welcome Susmita Saha is an independent journalist based in Delhi For all the latest Lifestyle News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Agencies | Los Angeles | Published: June 12 2012 4:36 pm Related News ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ star Freida Pinto has praised Bollywood actress Kareena Kapoor for standing tall in an industry ruled by leading men Kareena has reportedly been paid Rupees 8 crore for director Madhur Bhandarkar’s ‘Heroine’the highest that has ever been paid to any leading lady in the history of Bollywood The actress has also starred in four films that have grossed over 100 crore at the domestic box office in less than 2 years “Nowit seems to meeven taking Indian cinema in considerationI feel like this year we have kind of experienced a shift in humanity In Indiaactuallythere has been a large disparity in how much a female and male actor gets paidbut this yearone actress changed all that” Pinto told Flaunt magazine while crediting Kareena for her feat The 27-year-old Indian beauty also turned retro for a photo spread in a magazinein which she was photographed in a short raven-haired wig in the 1950s inspired glamorous shoot The spread has been titled ‘Freida Pinto is Museum Quality Beautiful’ In one shotthe actress has been styled in an corseted Bottega Veneta dress in a rustic shade of emerald In another shotshe is wearing a studded Versace bustier and matching skinny jeans from the luxury label For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related News Some of the specimens packed in 1932 have not been opened yet. download Indian Express AppWritten by Agencies | London | Published: November 19, 6 problems you are likely to face) For more ordinary bad habits “simpler, the programmes 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