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Varun & Alia on social media spree for their new flick Badrinath Ki Dulhania



Varun & Alia in Badninath Ki Dulhania
Varun & Alia in Badrinath Ki Dulhania

Varun & Alia in Badrinath Ki Dulhania

MUMBAI (Diya TV) — Badrinath Ki Dulhania, a desi-pan with a little “hatke” defines the film. Directed and written by Shashank Khaitan, the film is a love franchise produced by Dharma Productions. The movie pretty much looks like a sequel of Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania with same star cast with Varun & Alia have masochistic U.P. style (aka Uttar Pradesh, one of the states in India) love story.

Badrinath Bansal is a small town boy from Jhansi who is very decent and meets his Dulhania (bride) Alia Bhatt who plays Vaidehi Trivedi. Badri proposes marriage to Vaidehi but both of them have diametrically opposite opinions on everything. Despite having differences in their opinions and ideologies, Varun & Alia go on a sweet journey of love in the film.

Movie plot aside, Varun & Alia have set a new trend in film promotions, from Alia’s acapella stints on Twitter & Instagram to the duo’s in character blurbs on instagram.

Recently Varun & Alia  were spotted in Jaipur interacting with their fans and performing dance numbers. And while we are on that topic, let us see what these two have got for us. Yes, if you have heard it right then it is ‘Tamma Tamma Again’. This song was first featured by Madhuri Dixit and Sanjay Dutt which was one of the best known dance numbers in Madhuri’s film career and again, Varun & Alia’s are coming up with a 2017 version. Ah… I’ve always wondered what would it be like if Madhuri Dixit taught these dance steps, checkout this amazing video where Varun & Alia are learning to dance for this song. 

With a successful promotional wrap in Jaipur, Badrinathi Ki Dulhani’s team is all set to hit the capital city this week. Varun Dhawan all excited with his film promotions tweeted saying…

Along with these promotions, Varun & Alia appeared on Karan Johar’s hit talk show ‘Koffee with Karan‘, where they talked about the usual movie set pranks and the making of the film. When asked about their relationship, Alia said they fight like siblings but there is nothing more than that between them. The duo, who is famously called ‘Varia’ by their fans, have certainly seemed to have mastered the art of social media promotion. The film comes out March 10th, here’s a sneak peek:

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Tulsi, Kamala tussle on night 2 of Detroit Democratic debate



Tulsi Kamala Dem Debate

DETROIT (Diya TV) — In another otherwise straightforward affair, night two of the Democratic debate in Detroit, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard and Senator Kamala Harris took jabs at one another, as they both aim to capture attention and move up in the polls.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo continues to tout the U.S.-India relationship, saying on a tour to the Indo-Pacific region that America is “working hard with the Indian government to provide them with opportunities to grow their economy.”

A 60-year-old Sikh priest was attacked at his home near a Sikh gurdwara in Hughson, California. Amarjit Singh says the suspect broke several windows, punched him in the back of his neck, and then yelled ‘go back to your country,’ before fleeing.

Indian rapper Badshah broke the record for most views of a YouTube video within 24 hours of its premiere. His new video “Paagal” received a staggering 75 million views, topping a mark set by Korean boy band BTS.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Bollywood actress Tabu honored at 2019 IFFLA Opening Night



Actress Tabassum 'Tabu' being honored before the screening of her film Andhadhun at 2019 IFFLA Opening Night

LOS ANGELES (Diya TV) — The 17th annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) is officially underway, kicking off the festivities last night at the Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre in Beverly Hills with a tribute to the renowned Bollywood actress Tabu.

Actress Tabassum 'Tabu' in conversation before the opening night film Andhadhun at IFFLA
Actress Tabassum ‘Tabu’ in conversation before the opening night film Andhadhun at IFFLA

Christina Marouda, Founder and Executive Director of IFFLA, introduced Tabu’s notable accomplishments. “Her work and personality embody everything that IFFLA is about” Marouda said “being fearless, versatile, independent in spirit, unwilling to compromise, brilliant in the range of her performances, and simply beautiful. With half of the festival’s 2019 line-up directed by female filmmakers, this [year’s IFFLA] couldn’t be a stronger celebration of women in Indian cinema.”

The audience was treated to a moderated interview with Tabu in which she discussed her interest in flawed and immoral characters, as well as how she has enjoyed combining a career of commercial success with one of artistic reinvention.

The interview was followed by a screening of Tabu’s most recent film Andhadhun, directed by Sriram Raghavan and co-starring Ayushmann Khurrana. The black comedy is a triumph of chaos in all the right ways; weaving humor with horrible acts of violence, shifting storylines and ratcheting up the tension. Tabu brings her legendary intensity to every scene, flowing effortlessly from casual and comical to duplicitous and menacing. She is a villain in a story with no true hero, allowing her to flex her most manipulative muscles.

IFFLA is unabashedly confronting diversity in Hollywood, not as a trend, but as a mission. Not only featuring a curated set of film programs designed to support the growing interest in the Indian entertainment industry, but – just as importantly – supporting filmmakers of Indian and South Asian descent in career development and expanding opportunity as they establish themselves in various mainstream Hollywood systems.

This years programming includes Ronny Sen’s directorial debut Cat Sticks, which screened at Slamdance, Ashish Pandey’s Kashmir-set drama Nooreh, which won at Busan, family drama Love Goes Through Your Mind, directed by UCLA alum Ronak Shah and Safdar Rahman’s Chippa. Additional programming also features a TV-centric panel titled ‘Breaking in Brown: Making it to Series in TV’s Golden Age’ featuring the work of South Asian talent in broadcast and streaming.

The 17th annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) is taking place April 11-14, 2019 at Regal L.A. LIVE in downtown Los Angeles. The Opening and Closing Night Galas will be at the Ahrya Fine Arts Theater in Beverly Hills. For tickets and information on programming visit

Diya TV is a proud sponsor of the festival

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Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen resigns



Secretary Nielsen resigns

WASHINGTON, DC (Diya TV) —   Kirstjen Nielsen, the US Homeland Security Secretary, is stepping down over major differences with the administration on how to implement President Trump’s immigration policies.

Meanwhile, President Trump continues to campaign around the nation to make the case for his re-election in 2020. Over the weekend, he told a Las Vegas crowd India is charging 100% tariffs to the U.S. on many things and he wants to reciprocate. He added the Senate is not doing enough to change what he calls “stupid trade.”

The South Asian Bar Association’s Northern California chapter held their annual fundraising gala, a chance for judges, attorneys and the next generation to network and honor their peers.

The NBA Champion Golden State Warriors are moving to San Francisco in the fall, so they held their final Bollywood Night in Oakland. We’ll take you behind the scenes and introduce you to a member of the Warriors Dance Team that choreographed an epic Bollywood dance.

And Ravi Ahuja, the former CFO of Fox Networks, is now Walt Disney Television’s CFO and president of business operations.

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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