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Anil Kapoor unveils hair clinic branch in Dubai

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Early in the career of actor Anil Kapoor, the ageless wonder of Bollywood, he was playfully called ‘Baal Kalakaar’ in Hindi. Playing on the literal translation as a ‘hair actor’ while phonetically sounding as ‘young actor’, the inference was to his hair body, bushy moustache and all.

Since then he has come a long way of beating stereotypes and is still doing so better than anyone ever in his long, long cinematography career. Yet, on Sunday evening at the City Walk, as the grey skies turned black into the night, the actor played a role perfect for his skin while donning a full-white summer dress – that of a brand ambassador for a hair and skin clinic.

The promoters of India’s well-known franchise chain Assure have tried to weave their friendship with Kapoor into a professional one as the veteran actor, 66, promoted the store’s opening in Dubai amid some fanfare.

Anil Kapoor attended the launch ceremony of Assure Clinic where founder Dr Priyanka Pilani, left, will be offering skin treatments. Supplied

Founded in 2016 by Dr Abhishek and Dr Priyanka Pilani, Assure Clinic is a trusted brand in the hair and skin industry in India. It has mushroomed quickly into 14 centres. The next one and their first overseas franchise has opened at City Walk. Five centres are in Mumbai.

“I had referred a few friends to Abhishek and one thing has led to another. He is good and many in Bollywood are happy. We have built a friendly relationship and this visit has only taken the next step,” Kapoor said.

Kapoor is a regular to Dubai and recalled the days more than four decades back when he hadn’t become a star and had friends who came to work as middle-class employees. Kapoor and his wife celebrated their 39th marriage anniversary in Sharjah two weeks ago and he made another visit to attend the International Indian Film Academy Awards.

The brand ambassador for Assure Clinic extended his best wishes. The group has also announced its plans to expand its footprint through a network of centres in the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) region. The plans, starting with the grand opening in Dubai, is being put in place with the help of some local partners in Sathish Subbiah and Kailash Shivdasani of Fiducia Capital.

With an investment approval of up to $6 million spread over several tranches, Fiducia Capital will establish a network of six to eight centres offering hair restoration and skin services over a period of one to two years.

These centres will be spread across the GCC in Abu Dhabi, Oman, Kuwait, and Bahrain, among others.

There are also plans to launch specialised products in India and a mobile application for a wider reach.
“We would have a lot of patients from the GCC region, specially the UAE, come to our centres in India to operate on, hence Dubai was always our first and best option to launch Assure Clinics,” Dr Priyanka Pilani said.

Journalist for 25 years with leading publications in India and UAE such as The National, Mumbai Mirror, DNA, Indian Express and former Sports Editor of eIndia.com. Now managing editor of Headline.ae, part of MEMc (https://www.memc.co)

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Here are some glimpses of Anant-Radhka’s pre-wedding

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Jamnagar (Gujarat) [India], March 3 (ANI): Bollywood celebrities, sports personalities, and other guests are having a gala time in the pre-wedding festivities of Anant Ambani and Radhika Merchant in Jamnagar.

Several videos and pictures from the event went viral on social media.

Mega superstar Amitabh Bachchan can be seen having a conversation with Mukesh Ambani.

Actors Aditya Roy Kapoor can be seen happily posing with Ananya Panday and Ranbir Kapoor.

Superstar Shah Rukh Khan and Rihana can be seen dancing with each other.

The Kapoor fam including Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt and Kareena Kapoor are all smiles and pose for shutterbugs.

Soon parents-to-be Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone could be seen exuding major couple goals with their stylish looks.

The ‘Gully Boy’ actor looked dapper as he wore an all-white suit. He opted for a heavy beard and accessorized his look with black and red shades.

Deepika, on the other hand, looked gorgeous in an all-black cut-sleeve dress. She tied her hair with a black ribbon and accessorized her look with statement jewelry.

Actor Disha Patani looks gorgeous in a black dress.

Star couple Riteish Deshmukh and Genelia Deshmukh exude royal couple vibes.

Riteish wore a white tuxedo while Genelia opted for a black gown with a chic necklace and a bun.

Actor Suniel Shetty with his wife Mana Shetty can be seen posing happily for the cameras.

SRK looks handsome and can be seen posing for a picture with his wife Gauri Khan and children Suhana Khan and AbRam Khan.

Alia and Janhvi look stunning in their outfits. Alia turned heads in a blue embellished shimmery off-shoulder bodycon gown and Janhvi wore a shimmery silver dress with minimal makeup.

In another pic, Bebo is seen posing with actors Sonam Kapoor and Alia Bhatt at the gala event.

Several videos and pictures from the gala night went viral on social media.

Day 1 of the festivities witnessed a special drone show followed by a splendid performance by pop sensation Rihanna.

Day 2 was filled with electrifying performances of celebrities and other cute moments from the event.Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Sidharth Malhotra, Kiara Advani, Saif Ali Khan, Varun Dhawan, Anil Kapoor, Sara Ali Khan, Ibrahim Ali Khan, Ananya Panday and Aditya Roy Kapur. Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt are also attending the mega bash.

Founder and chairperson of Reliance Foundation, Nita Ambani spoke about the pre-wedding function of her son, Anant Ambani, with Radhika Merchant.

She shared the relevance of art and culture and how she is “passionate” about it, saying, “Throughout my life I have been inspired by arts and culture. It has deeply moved me and I am very passionate about it.”While talking about her son’s wedding she mentioned, “When it came to my youngest son Anant’s wedding with Radhika, I had two important wishes – first, I wanted to celebrate our roots…Jamnagar holds a special place in our hearts and has a profound significance. Gujarat is where we come from, it’s where Mukesh and his father built the refinery and I started my career by converting this arid and desert-like area into a lush green township and a vibrant community.”(ANI)

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Experts at Xposure 2024 showcase next era of technical screen marvels on how we make, see films

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SHARJAH, 3rd March, 2024 (WAM) — This weekend, the Xposure International Photography Festival hosted an exciting panel discussion themed “The Unreal Future of Film”, where leading film industry figures delved into the realm of virtual production, Extended Reality (XR), and the innovative Unreal Engine, the world’s most open and advanced real-time 3D creation tool for photoreal visuals and immersive experiences.

The session offered a unique glimpse into the cutting-edge technologies shaping the future of storytelling and content creation. The filmmakers and industry executives on the panel, each with a wealth of experience and insights, included Olivier Geyhsen, a filmmaker and XR artist known for his pioneering work integrating technology into storytelling; Siraj Jhaveri, a director with over three decades of experience, known for his dynamic visual style; Bartosz Jankowski, an experienced producer and screenwriter specialising in audiovisual event production and Virtual Production technology; and Bora Batur, a production designer with nearly two decades of experience in visual storytelling and set design.

The session kicked off with an exploration of virtual production, with Jhaveri providing insights into merging the physical and digital worlds. Discussing the process, he highlighted the ability to create immersive environments where the physical meets the digital seamlessly. “Virtual elements are added to existing footage, allowing for changes in not only specific objects, but settings, backgrounds and locations,” Jhaveri said.

Geyhsen highlighted the opportunities presented by virtual production, letting filmmakers transport audiences to previously unimaginable worlds. “Virtual production enables ‘shooting’ in locations that don’t exist in real life. Places that are difficult to access can be reconstructed in 3D. This opens possibilities for ‘shooting’ in multiple venues within a short timeframe,” he said.

Jankowski shed light on the technical aspects of virtual production, particularly the importance of meticulous planning and efficient execution. Virtual production can be cost-effective but needs thorough pre-production, he said. “Pre-production is crucial in determining the feasibility of shooting in virtual production. While it is possible to shoot most things using VP, the level of pre-production planning varies depending on the project’s requirements,” he noted.

Batur highlighted how virtual production is redefining the traditional filmmaking pipeline. The art department must be involved early in the process – rather than at the post-production stage – to ensure seamless integration between the physical and virtual elements. “Decisions that used to be made at the end of production are now happening earlier, requiring changes in workflow and personnel. Seamless collaboration between departments is crucial for success,” Batur said.

Jhaveri pointed out that “many shots involve computer-generated (CG) elements, requiring extensive pre-production to ensure everything runs smoothly during the shoot. This additional pre-production time is essential for successful virtual production. There is also a latency period as new technologies emerge, so we are playing a catch-up game here – as soon as we have one technology we are using on stage, there is another one being released.”

All four filmmakers agreed on collaboration and communication in virtual production, particularly the need for a standardised pre-visualisation process and the growing potential of AI technology in streamlining production workflows. “AI could become a standard tool in virtual production workflows, streamlining processes and enhancing efficiency,” Jankowski said.

But despite technological advancements, storytelling remains the focus, Batur pointed out.

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Kiara, Diljit, Kareena shake leg at Anant-Radhika’s pre-wedding festivities

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Jamnagar (Gujarat) [India], March 3 (ANI): The pre-wedding festivities of Anant Ambani and Radhika Merchant have already presented many star-studded reunions and gatherings in Jamnagar.

On Day 2 of the festivities on Saturday, actors Kiara Advani and Kareena Kapoor were joined by Diljit Dosanjh at the dance stage in what created a ‘reunion’ of their 2019 movie ‘Good Newwz’.

Kiara took to Instagram stories and shared a video of the three shaking legs together.

“The Good News Reunion”, Kiara captioned her story, accompanied with a hug and heart emoji.

The ‘Shershah’ actor tagged Kareena Kapoor and Diljit Dosanjh. She also mentioned Akshay Kumar, who was not present at the event on Saturday.

“Missing Akshay sir”, she added.

Several videos and pictures from the Saturday gala night went viral on social media.

Day 2 was filled with electrifying performances of celebrities and other cute moments from the event.

Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Sidharth Malhotra, Kiara Advani, Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Varun Dhawan, Anil Kapoor, Sara Ali Khan, Ibrahim Ali Khan, Ananya Panday and Aditya Roy Kapur, Rani Mukerji are also attending the mega bash.

Famous sports personalities like MS Dhoni, Rohit Sharma, and Sachin Tendulkar arrived to attend the celebrations.

Day 1 of the festivities witnessed a special drone show followed by a splendid performance by pop sensation Rihanna.

‘Good Newwz’ movie, directed by Raj Mehta released in 2019. The movie performed well at the box office and garnered over Rs 200 crores.

Meanwhile, on the work front, Kiara Advani has joined the cast of famous ‘Don’ franchise, which is being rebooted with Ranveer Singh in the lead. The movie is expected to hit the big screens in 2025.

Kareena Kapoor on the other hand, will be seen in the movie ‘Crew’ where she is starring with Tabu, and Kriti Sanon as the roles of “bada” air hostesses. It will release on March 29.

Diljit Dosanjh will be starring as the titular lead in Imtiaz Ali directorial ‘Amar Singh Chamkila’. The movie will release on Netflix on April 12. (ANI)

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