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India accounts for highest growth among visitors to Vienna, Austria

As many as 25,181 Indian travellers visited Vienna in the six-month period that ended on June 30.

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More and more Indians head towards Vienna. Image Source: zeenews.india.com
  • As many as 25,181 Indian travellers visited Vienna in the six-month period that ended on June 30, representing a 32 per cent increase over the same period the previous year, as per the Vienna Tourist Board
  • One in every eight visitors also attended one of the 3,685 congresses, corporate events and incentives in Vienna — which is also a new record
  • The Austrian capital, with its legacy of palaces, art, music and romance, coffee houses and green locales, also caught the eye of Indian film maker Karan Johar who chose Vienna as the setting for his upcoming romantic film “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil” that stars Aishwarya Rai, Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma

Not only did 32 percent more Indians visited this picturesque Austrian capital during the first six months of this year, but their growth was also the highest among any nationality, followed by Britain, as per latest official data.

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As many as 25,181 Indian travellers visited Vienna in the six-month period that ended on June 30, representing a 32 percent increase over the same period the previous year, as per the Vienna Tourist Board.

India accounts for highest number of visitors in Vienna. Image Source: Reuters
India accounts for highest number of visitors in Vienna. Image Source: Reuters

“A large number of Indian families, honeymooners and conference attendees traveled to Vienna for its stately castles, culture, cuisine, music and vast green spaces and helped record 56,000 overnight stays in January-June — a 39 per cent growth over the same period last year,” the board said in a statement.

One in every eight visitors also attended one of the 3,685 congresses, corporate events and incentives in Vienna — which is also a new record. This also coincides with global consulting giant Mercer ranking Vienna with the world’s highest quality of living for the seventh consecutive time in a row.

A still from official website of Vienna tourist board. Image Source: www.iap.tuwien.ac.at
A still from the official website of Vienna tourist board. Image Source: www.iap.tuwien.ac.at

“A popular destination for families and honeymooners, Vienna bewitched younger audiences to savour its romantic ambiance. Young Indian couples are now beginning to forge wedding vows in the city, known for its love affair with imperial heritage and architecture,” said Isabella Rauter, Manager for Media Management with Vienna Tourist Board.

The Austrian capital, with its legacy of palaces, art, music and romance, coffee houses and green locales, also caught the eye of Indian film maker Karan Johar who chose Vienna as the setting for his upcoming romantic film “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil” that stars Aishwarya Rai, Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma.

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil Poster. Image Source: aedilhaimushkil.com
Ae Dil Hai Mushkil Poster. Image Source: aedilhaimushkil.com

“Some of the attractions popular with Indians are a stroll around the city, a leisurely journey which takes one back to the days of the empire. Parks and green spaces make up more than the half of the metropolitan area offering plenty of opportunities for recreation. Some 280 imperial parks and gardens enrich the cityscape. In spring, 400 species of rose bloom in the Volksgarten alone,” said the tourist board.

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The Austrian capital is also well connected with India.

While Air India offers a thrice-a-week direct service from Delhi, those visiting from Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad and Bangalore can reach Vienna after a small stopover on Turkish Airlines, Emirates, Etihad, Air India, Swiss, Lufthansa and British Airways. (IANS)

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Karan Johar shows his obsession about Anushka and Virat’s wedding photographs

Karan Johar, a famous filmmaker, cannot just stop his obsession for Anushka Sharma and Indian Cricket Team captain Virat Kohli's wedding photographs by complimenting them and wishing them for their successful marriage.

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Karan Johar's obsession about Anushka and Virat Kohli's wedding photographs.
Karan Johar's obsession about Anushka and Virat Kohli's wedding photographs. IANS

Mumbai, December 14, 2017: Filmmaker Karan Johar says actress Anushka Sharma and cricket hero Virat Kohli have made a strong statement of love in the wedding photographs, which have surfaced on the Internet.

Karan spoke about the wedding photographs on his radio show “Calling Karan” on ISHQ 104.8 FM, read a statement.

“My feeling of the day is full of mush in my heart. I feel in love in all kinds of love. I have been staring incessantly at Anushka and Virat’s wedding photographs. Whether you are in a relationship or not, whether you are emotional or not whether you are all about mush and love or not,” he said.

Karan, who directed Anushka in “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil”, added: “Whatever be the circumstances, you are going to feel something. You get that bang of ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’ in your heart when you see these images.

“I can’t stop staring at these images. They are giving us all kind of relationship goals, love goals, goals that you can think of. Personally, I am obssessing about their wedding photographs. Firstly, huge congratulations to the adorably gorgeous couple! What a way to get married!

“Dignified, elegant and beautiful. They both look stunning and they both have made such a strong statement of love.”

Celebrated couturier Sabyasachi Mukherjee is behind the striking ensembles and looks sported by India’s star cricketer and Bollywood actress for their wedding festivities. The wedding took place on Monday at a resort in a restored 13th century Tuscan village in Italy. (IANS)

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‘In our industry, it becomes difficult to remain headstrong’, Says actress Kangana Ranaut

Kangana again speaks her heart openly. Watch out What she has to say this time.

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Actress Kangana Ranaut
Actress Kangana Ranaut . Wikimedia Commons
  • Actress Kangana Ranaut is known to speak her mind despite the reactions her words elicit

Kangana Ranaut says, ‘it is difficult to remain “headstrong” in Bollywood as there are always people who try to make one “feel insignificant”. But she continues to fight it.

“Being an outsider in the business, I have fought to carve a niche for myself. I have also been opinionated and I choose to express my views openly,” Kangana Ranaut told.

“In our industry, it becomes difficult to remain headstrong as you are often judged for not following the status quo. There will always be a segment that will try to make you feel insignificant, but it is important to channel your strength and confidence and work hard to triumph. It’s important to grow a distinct voice to break the clutter,” added the National Award winner.

Kangana, a Reebok brand ambassador, is a part of the second edition of the brand’s #FitToFight campaign, which fights looming gender demons of eve-teasing and pays disparity.

The actress has been actively talking about her struggle in the industry as well as her relationships with actors like Aditya Pancholi and Hrithik Roshan. She tagged filmmaker Karan Johar as a “flagbearer of nepotism” during his chat show.

Does she consider herself “mentally tough and fit to fight”?
“Absolutely,” she said.
“My experiences in life, on the personal and professional fronts, have helped shape the individual I am today. There have been moments in my life when it was very difficult to continue working in unfavorable conditions. But I fought my way, to make a mark for myself.

“I realized the importance of being tough, both mentally and physically, which encouraged me to deliver my best regardless of the odds. In my journey, I learned that challenges may always beset you, but if one is strong-willed and determined, you can overcome them,” added Kangana Ranaut, often tagged the “Queen” of Bollywood.

In her last released film “Simran”, she played an imperfectly perfect girl who wants to lead life on her own terms. Does she think such characters hardly exist in real life where girls are always following the norm?
“My career trajectory is full of characters and films where I am trying to redefine the conventional heroine tag. I think it is important to reinvent oneself continuously and diversify your craft.

“I have been fortunate that I have worked in path-breaking films such as ‘Fashion’, ‘Tanu Weds Manu’, ‘Queen’ and ‘Simran’ where I play individualistic characters. I do know ‘Queen’ had a strong impact on viewers. I always choose to do roles where there is a message being delivered that makes the viewer think differently and shapes their choices,” said the actress, who will next be seen in “Manikarnika”.

She also feels “there are many women who aspire to dream bigger and better” and she is one of them. Kangana, who comes from a small town in Himachal Pradesh, says her circumstances never discouraged her from chasing her dreams.

“I encourage women to believe in their strength and value their hard work. My motto has always been to follow my own path and not succumb to norms. I believe it’s important to celebrate yourself and grow with each experience,” she said.
This is what she is trying to promote with the #FitToFight campaign.

“I hope to inspire other girls through my stories of courage, faith and conviction. I truly believe in the limitless potential that every woman possesses to be physical, mentally and socially fit. I do hope my story and journey of facing adversities, fighting obstacles and emerging stronger and fitter, will inspire other women to be Fit to Fight,” she said.(IANS)

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Karan Johar recalled His First meeting with SRK. This is What he has To say

Karan Johar reveals that how he first met his dearest riend SRK.

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Karn Johar reveals his first meeting with Shah Rukh Khan
Karan Johar reveals his first meeting with Shah Rukh Khan. wikimedia commons
  • Shah Rukh Khan and Karan Johar are old best friends and more like brothers.
  • Karan Johar revealed Shah Rukh Khan’s secrets at Ittefaq promotional event.

Karan Johar recalled his first meeting with Shah Rukh Khan

Director Karan Johar and Shah Rukh Khan recently produced movie Ittefaq starring Sonakshi Sinha and Sidharth Malhotra. Both the producers decided not t hold promotional events in a shopping mall as it would lead to the revelation of movie’s suspense.

Recently in a small promotional event of Ittefaq, Karan Johar recalled his first meeting with Shah Rukh Khan in the office of director Anand Mahendroo to audition for his show Indraprastha. There he saw Shah Rukh Khan sitting on a sofa sipping tea. As the director Anand was in his shooting Karan and SRK had to wait for his work to get over.

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Meanwhile, SRK was sitting and enjoying tea after tea, as soon as Anand’s shoot was over,  Anand came and walked to SRK and told him that it was a bit late on his part to meet him. SRK replied in a very soft tone ‘Nahi nahi koi baat nahi. I love the tea in your office. It is really delicious, and thus I could relish and gulp a few cups. But I waited only because I wanted to tell you that I will not be able to participate in this show. Thanks a lot’

Director Anand was shocked to know that Shah Rukh waited for four hours just to say NO to his show. This is how he met Shah Rukh for the first time.