Paani Foundation establishes training programme to make Maharasthra drought-free

Each year, drought afflicts thousands of villages in Maharashtra. In 2015, the situation was so grim that the government had to provide drinking water through the railways to several villages.

Photo Caption (From L-R): Satyajit Bhatkal, CEO, Paani Foundation; Kiran Rao, Founder, Paani Foundation and Dr. Avinash Pol, Project Director, Paani Foundation.

In early 2016, a not-for-profit company called Paani Foundation was set up by Bollywood actor Aamir Khan and his wife Kiran Rao to work towards creating a drought-free Maharashtra. The Foundation is run by the core team members of the Satyamev Jayate TV show, according to a statement issued by the Foundation. The key difference in Paani Foundation’s approach is its belief that the only solution for the existing water crisis is a people’s movement. If people are convinced, motivated and trained, the Foundation believes that they themselves will have the power and ability to solve their water problems.

With this in mind, Paani Foundation has designed a training programme to teachpeople the science of watershed management and to develop their leadership skills. To bring people together and encourage them to apply their learnings from the training, the Foundation also organises the Satyamev Jayate Water Cup competition annually. The Satyamev Jayate Water Cup is essentially a competition between villages to see which village can do the maximum water conservation work in the period of the competition. Every village in the selected talukas is eligible to participate.

In 2016, the 3 talukas of Ambajogai, Koregaon and Warudwere chosen to participate in the competition.116 villages from these talukas took part, and through mass voluntary work or Shramdan done in the searing heat of April and May, an annual water storage capacity of 1,368 crore litres of water was created in just 45 days. Velu village from Koregaon taluka in Satara district received the first prize of Rs. 50 lakhs from the Honourable Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Shri. Devendra Fadnavis at a grand awards ceremony held in Mumbai last year. A documentary film titled ‘The Battle against Drought’ chronicles the journey of Water Cup 2016 and was released at the awards ceremony. The information of the journey of Paani foundation & Satyamev Jayate Water Cup was shared by Mr. Satyajit Bhatkal, CEO, Paani Foundation at a press conference held in Pune. Dr. Avinash Pol, Project Director, Paani Foundation and Kiran Rao, Founder, Paani Foundation were also present on the occasion.

The success of the pilot edition of the Satyamev Jayate Water Cup 2016 encouraged the Paani Foundation team to scale up its efforts from 3 to 30 talukas in 2017. Over 1,300 villages took part in the competition this year and between 8th April and 22nd May lakh of villagers came together to do outstanding water conservation work. To pay tribute to these Water Heroes and honour the winners, Paani Foundation will present the Satyamev Jayate

Water Cup 2017 Awards on Sunday, 6thAugust at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex Stadium, Balewadi, Pune.

The Chief Guest for the event is the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis. Aamir Khan, the co-founder of Paani Foundation and several leading lights from the field of business and arts will be present to salute these villagers.The top three villages will get a cash prize of Rs. 50 lakh, Rs. 30 lakh and Rs. 20 lakh respectively. In addition, the top village from each taluka will get a cash prize of Rs. 10 lakh. Please do join us as we celebrate the villagers’ achievements, and be a part of this journey to make our state water-abundant.

List of 30 Talukas from 13 Districts where Satyamev Jayate Water Cup 2017 was organised:

· Ambajogai, Kaij and Dharur talukas in Beed district

· Bhoom, Paranda and Kalamb talukas in Osmanabad district

· Ausa and Nilanga talukas in Latur district

· Phulambri and Khultabad talukas in Aurangabad district

· Koregaon, Man and Khatav talukas in Satara district

· Khanapur, Atpadi and Jath talukas in Sangli district

· Purandar and Indapur talukas in Pune district

· Sangola and Uttar Solapur talukas in Solapur district

· Barshitakli, Patur and Akot talukas in Akola district

· Ralegaon, Kalamb and Umarkhed talukas in Yavatmal district

· Warud and Dharni talukas in Amravati district

· Karanjataluka in Washim district

· Arvitaluka in Wardha district


Neha Dupia sizzles on the ramp at India Fashion Week London

Bollywood actress Neha Dhupia who is also the winner of Femina Miss India (2002) walked the ramp during a fashion show in India fashion Week London which is taking place in Excel London 2015.


The week-long fashion extravaganza in the city got off to an energetic start with a bunch of Indian fashion designers like Anita Dongre, Neeta Lulla, Shantanu and Nikhil putting up a fabulous performance.
While Neha Dhupia was at her usual best as she sashayed down the ramp, the audience really loved the way Neha’s attire was put together. For the first time, Indian fashion is truly globalised under an international spotlight.
India fashion Week London is taking place from October 9, 2015 to  October 11, 2015 at Excel London, Royal Victoria Dock,1 Western Gateway, London.


RC Dalal, Executive Director of JD Institute of Fashion Technology was the guest speaker of the launch night of India Fashion Week London. Dalal spoke on the aspects of evolving Indian Craftsmen and the skills of today’s Indian Fashion Designers possess.


JD Institute of Fashion Technology is the official institutional partner of India Fashion Week,London through which the young designers of JD institute of Fashion Technology will get a chance to work with some of the famous fashion designers of India like Anita Dongre, Neeta Lulla, Shantanu and Nikhil, Satya Paul, Payal Singhal and Anshree Reddy who are participating in India Fashion Week London.


Dalal added: “With a strong showing from London and India, this collaboration will show the truly global nature of fashion and design, and its power to cross borders and cultures. India Fashion Week London is a perfect platform for bringing together pioneers of the fashion industry from both the UK and India to showcase a spectacular celebration of South Asian fashion.”

Kalyan Jewellers inaugurates its flagship showroom in Chennai

Kalyan Jewellers, one of the leading name in the Indian jewellery industry inaugurated its flagship store in Chennai on April 17, 2015. The inauguration was a star studded affair, with hundreds of fans thronging at the showroom located at Kasi Arcade, near the late Tamil movie actor, Shivaji Ganeshan’s residence in T.Nagar.


The brand ambassadors and mega stars of Indian celluloid including Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Prabhu Ganesan, Nagarjuna, Shivaraj Kumar, Manju Warrier and Vikram Prabhu enthralled the crowd at the inauguration of its 50th showroom in South India and 78th store globally. Never before in the history of a brand had witnessed the ensemble of a galaxy of stars underlying the magnitude and the scale of the world’s largest jewellery showroom being launched in Chennai.


The outlet is spread across 40,000 square feet and will display 600 kilograms of jewellery. The store offers a wide variety of more than 5,00,000 contemporary and traditional designs. Customers can access a private lounge through prior appointment for an exclusive experience. A designated children’s play area inside the showroom creates an inclusive and comfortable shopping environment for families.

Multimedia campaign

Amitabh Bachchan with South superstars shooting for a Kalyan Jewellers commercial 1

Kalyan Jewellers prelaunch multimedia campaign had managed to create a positive hype for the event and had also brought the crowd to the streets. While Kalyan Jewellers, has a strong presence in Tamil Nadu with 16 showrooms, the Chennai store is the biggest they have in the country.

The showroom has the world’s largest collection of gold and diamond jewellery. Kalyan Jewellers will open four more showrooms, with 15,000 square feet each, in Chrompet, Adyar, Vellacherry and Anna Nagar, of which two will be during the course of this financial year and two in the early part of next year. A total of Rs. 300 crore will be invested in these four showrooms.

Warm reception


The stars themselves were overjoyed with the massive turnout and yet, a bit overwhelmed by its scale. Thundering applause and loud whistles greeted the celebrities as they walked towards the stage outside the showroom. The audiences were completely star-struck and the appearance of one of Indian cinema’s biggest icons Amitabh Bachchan and former Ms. World Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, created quite a frenzy, with the crowd jostling to get a glimpse of the Bachchans.

Cynosure of all eyes

Amitabh shooting for Kalyan Jewellers campaign

Amitabh Bachchan strode in majestically, waved at the cheering crowd. He was the cynosure of all eyes, notwithstanding the presence of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Chennai stars Prabhu and his son Vikram, Nagarjuna, Shivaraj Kumar and Manju Warrier. Bachchan shared his excitement of being in Chennai and spoke in Tamil saying, “I have worn the ‘vesti’ on my own and want to greet my Tamil ‘Vaadiyar’ Prabhu,” He fondly remarked, “I have been associated with the Tamil film industry for the last forty years including superstars like Sivaji Ganesan. I am happy to be a part of the Kalyan Jewellers launch in Chennai.”

Special bond


Aishwarya Rai Bachchan said: “I have always had a special bond with Chennai. This inauguration of Kalyan Jewellers is special as it is my first such event with my ‘Paa'(Amitabh Bachchan). The inaugural store of Kalyan Jewellers in Chennai is very impressive and I encourage all Chennaites to shop for their jewellery from the 5 lakh designs available here.”

Malayalam cine star Manju Warrier said that it was a historic moment for Chennai, Kalyan Jewellers and her personally. She added that she was happy sharing the stage with legends of Indian film industry. Shivaraj Kumar reminisced about his early days especially his education in Chennai. He added that he was delighted to be back in Chennai.

Prabhu Ganesan said: “I am very happy that Kalyan Jewellers has launched it’s inaugural showroom in Chennai in my very own T Nagar. I have cherished my relationship with Kalyan Jewellers and the promoter family of Kalyanaraman. It is a privilege to share the stage with my father’s ‘Thambi’ Amitabh Bachchan, My ‘Marumagal’ Aishwarya and the other stars of Indian film industry.”

Nagarjuna said that he was delighted to come to Chennai as he was born and educated in Chennai. He was happy to be part of the Kalyan Jewellers team. The stars greeted the crowd and thanked them for the support. After this appearance, the stars were ushered for a private tour of the new showroom.


Kalyan Jewellers has invested close to Rs. 200 crore in their flagship store at T Nagar, South Indian jewellery hub. This is also the largest investment by any jeweller in a single showroom across the country. Headquartered in Thrissur in the state of Kerala, Kalyan Jewellers is one of the largest jewellery manufacturer distributors in India. The company leverages its strong roots, of over a century, in the business of textile trading, distribution and wholesaling.

Starting with the first jewellery showroom in 1993, Kalyan Jewellers has enjoyed a long-standing presence in the market of over two decades. It has set an industry benchmark in quality, transparent pricing and innovation. Kalyan offers an array of traditional and contemporary jewellery designs in gold, diamonds and precious stones catering to the distinct needs of the customers. With the Chennai showroom Kalyan Jewellers now has 78 showrooms across India and West Asia. Recently, Warburg Pincus, a leading global private equity investor invested $ 200 million for a minority stake in the company. Kalyan Jewellers continues to adhere to the founding principles of its forefathers of pursuing fair and ethical business practices.

Datsun Drive-on cavalcade in Delhi marking its first anniversary in India

Datsun, part of Nissan has celebrated one year of its existance in India by hosting the Datsun Drive-On cavalcade in Delhi.


Over 100 Datsun owners came together to celebrate the brand’s first anniversary in the Indian market. What is more, the Chennai-based Datsun is also celebrating the occasion with underprivileged children at 100 locations pan India as part of its CSR activities, according to a company statement.

Guillaume Sicard and Bollywood star Ayushmann Khurana celebrating brand Datsun's 1st anniversry in Delhi

The start of the ‘Datsun Drive-On’ convoy, consisting of an impressive line-up of Datsun GO and GO+ cars, was flagged off by Guillaume Sicard, President, Nissan India Operations and Bollywood actor Ayushmann Khurrana in the capital city. The ‘Datsun Drive-On’ celebratory drive will also be hosted across seven cities including Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, Kochi, Ahmedabad and Guwahati.

Guillaume-Sicard-Ayushmann-Khurana-underprivileged children

The convoys celebrate the first year since the Datsun GO hatchback went on sale in 2014. The celebrations in Delhi were marked by a musical performance including a jamming session with the talented Ayushmann Khurrana, with Guillaume Sicard joining him on stage.

Giving the signal for the ‘Datsun Drive-On’ to start, Mr. Sicard said, “India was the first market to begin selling Datsun products after it was announced in 2012 that the brand would be reintroduced, and we are proud to celebrate this milestone in Datsun’s history in India.

Since then Datsun has had an encouraging year both in India – where our happy customers are a testimony to this – as well as other world markets. ‘Datsun Drive-On’ is our way of showing our strong commitment towards our customers. Both Datsun GO and GO+ have been received well in India and we look forward to adding more products to our portfolio in the future.”

Talking about his association Datsun, Ayushmann Khurrana said: “I am very proud to be associated with Datsun. It is a young and dynamic brand that resonates with my personality completely. It has been a great experience today to meet Datsun owners and get to know their experiences with their cars. This has strengthened my belief in the brand”.

Conceived with the vision of “mobility for all”, the Datsun GO was made available to Indian customers in early April last year and Datsun GO+ was added to the stable earlier this year in January. Datsun vehicles are available across 176 Nissan-Datsun Dealerships and standalone outlets in India.

Nissan Motor India Private Ltd. (NMIPL) is a 100% subsidiary of Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. Japan. The company was incorporated in 2005 and offers innovative and exciting products across hatchback, MUV, SUV and sedan segments in India. Nissan together with its global alliance partner Renault set up a manufacturing plant and a Research & Development Centre near Chennai. Nissan in India has a portfolio of two brands, Nissan and Datsun. For more information, visit

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. announced the return of the Datsun brand, Nissan’s third global brand, alongside Nissan and Infiniti, in March 2012. Datsun provides a sustainable motoring experience to optimistic up-and-coming customers in high-growth markets. Datsun represents 80 years of accumulated Japanese car-making expertise and is an important part of Nissan’s DNA. Datsun started sales in India, Indonesia, Russia and South Africa from 2014. For more information, visit

Datsun originated in Japan as DAT-GO (the DAT-car) almost a century ago in 1914. The word DAT means ‘lightning-fast’ in Japanese but is also a reference to the first letters of family names of the three financiers who supported the business at the time: Den, Aoyama and Takeuchi. Using the same logic, it was promoted as Durable, Attractive and Trustworthy, or DAT for short. In 1933, Nissan’s founding father Yoshisuke Aikawa took over the business with a vision of “mobility for all”. The introduction of a light-weight, economical yet resilient car to meet the aspirations of young Japanese people in the early 1930s was named the ‘son of DAT’ – Datson – which later changed to Datsun. Local engineering and mass-production made the founder’s dream a reality.

Chitrangada Singh inaugurates Senco Gold & Diamonds at Lajpat Nagar New Delhi

Hindi film actor Chitrangada Singh inaugurated Senco Gold & Diamonds outlet at Lajpat Nagar in New Delhi.

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With more than 75 years experience in jewellery making and retailing, the new store offers complete range of gold and diamond jewellery.

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Located in one of the most ideal and centrally located destination in Delhi, the store is spread in an area of 9,000 square feet distributed over four floors.

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The retail chain of Senco Gold & Diamonds is the largest in Eastern India and one of the biggest in Indian jewelry sector. They are one of the finest manufacturers of handcrafted jewelry and around 2,000 of the country’s finest artisans create more than 5,00,000 pieces of jewellery every year.
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Speaking on the occasion, Suvankar Sen, Executive Director, Senco Gold & Diamonds said: “Our traditional handmade jewellery is marking its place all over India. We were receiving a huge demand from Delhi market and decided to launch it here to suffice the demand of our customers. Our light weight handmade jewellery is designed for all kind of customers and could be used at any occasion. Lajpat Nagar is a central place with good connectivity through public commutation too. One could see customers ranging from every class of the society here. I think this is one of the perfect places in Delhi to receive highest footfall as far as customers are concerned.”

Suvankar Sen

Senco Gold & Diamonds is known for its light weight jewellery and this collection will be targeted for both middle to upper class people and range will start from Rs. 8,000 and go up to Rs.10 lakh.
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Chitrangada Singh said: “The collection is truly mesmerizing and surely will forge stars in the eyes of women once they will have a look at it. I keep wearing jewellery as per the demand of my roles or for different fashion shows due to which I am fond of buying them. I am happy to see that Senco Gold & Diamonds is providing option of buying jewellery not only for upper class people but also for those who find it difficult to buy jewellery due to high price range.”

The new showroom from Senco Gold & Diamonds will stock 22K hallmarked gold, certified diamond, platinum, costume jewellery, astral gems and most importantly light weight handmade jewelry.

Senco started its operation way back in 1938. Being from the city of creativity and craftsmanship, Senco Gold is known for its light weight jewellery which looks heavy but weighs less thus making it more affordable. Right from Middle class to Upper class of customers can get their choice from the wide variety and collection. They have the best of the Bengali craftsmen in their ranks to bring out the most exquisite designs available in the country.

Ahvaz International Science Film Festival: Aruna Vasudev wins Life Time Achievement Award

The first Ahvaz International Science Film Festival conferred its first Life Time Achievement Award to Aruna Vasudev for her untiring efforts on promotion of Asian cinema through Network for Promotion of Asian (NETPAC) since 1990.


Aruna is a renowned figure among Iranian film industry insiders as well as film lovers in Iran, who is known as Mother of Asian Cinema. Aruna acted as the President of International Jury of Ahvaz Festival and her award, including Festival Trophy and a piece of gold necklace, made by internationally-known goldsmiths of Ahvaz, was handed over by international star of Iranian cinema, Simin (Fatemeh) Motamed Aria, at closing ceremony on February 27, 2015.


The first Ahvaz International Science Film Festival, organised by Shahid Chamran University, took place from February 22-27 in Khouzestan, south-west of Iran and the programme included more than 200 films from around the world at 15 movie theaters in city of Ahvaz. All the Festival Awards were named after Iranian ancient science and literature celebrities like ‘Rumi’, ‘Al-Razi’, ‘Al-Farabi’ and ‘Kharazmi’.

Aruna Vasudevis also the founder and Editor of Cinemaya, and of Cinefan Festival of Asian cinema, continues to be the President of NETPAC International as well as of NETPAC India and is the Director of The Inner Path Festival.

Golden Kela Awards 2015: Arjun Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha bestowed with worst actors awards

At the Golden Keala Awards 2015, Arjun Kapoor was bestowed with the worst actor (male) award for Gunday & Everything Else, while Sonakshi Sinha won the Worst Actor (Female) award hands down for Action Jackson Holiday. This ws the hat-trick for her as she sweeps the award for the back to back third time. The seventh edition of the Anjnual Golden Kela Awards ceremony was held at India Habitat Centre on March 14, where it honoured the worst in Indian cinema in a lighter vein.

Jatin Varma, Founder, Golden Kela Awards said: “We obviously do not wish to hurt any sentiments with these awards! We only hope that those who receive the awards take it in jest and look forward to creating a better experience for their fans!”

Yo Yo Honey Singh was chosen for the Bas Kijiye Bahut Ho Gaya Award while his composition Blue Hai Paani Paani from Yaariyan got the Most Irritating Song award. This just goes on to show that today’s audiences need a teeny bit of substance when it comes to music!

Tiger Shroff failed to impress with Heropanti and was accredited with the Worst Debut Award, while Bang Bang! was chosen for the RGV Ki Aag Award for Most Pointless Remake/Sequel. The Ice Cream song from Xpose got Shabbir Ahmed the Most Atrocious Lyrics award, and the Golden Kela team is still scratching their heads over the existence of the song in the movie.

Humshakals, seems it was too much for the audience to digest. It was a disaster three times over with Saif Ali Khan, Ram Kapoor and Riteish Deshmukh dressing up as what they call ‘women’, all through the movie. The kids still have nightmares and so it had to be presented with the Worst Film award.

The Baawra Ho Gaya Hai Ke Award went to Abhishek Sharma for The Shaukeens, for his selection of remaking a movie without knowing where & how to go about it and ending up making a complete mess of things. On winning this Award, Abhishek Sharma, Director, The Shaukeens, quoted, “I am extremely excited to win the Baanwra Award, as Golden Kela Awards are the only awards worth winning in this industry that celebrates mediocrity like no other film industry in the world. Proud to be one of the baanwras of bollywood! ”

Sonam Kapoor won the Why Are You Still Trying Award, it conveys that she should stop torturing audiences with her plastic presence on movies and start focussing on something she is good at, like Fashion! Also, in the Special Awards Category, PK won the Fanaa Award for Most Pointlessly Controversial Film.

Priyanka Chopra, though did a commendable job as Mary Kom, she couldn’t quite nail the accent. The Dara Singh Award for the Worst Accent, thus, had her name written all over it. We did, however, see some creativity in the horror movie domain, with 6 – 5 = 2, which was chosen for the Khooni Dracula Award for Most Creatively Named Horror Film. Who could have guessed, right?

Winners of the 7th Annual Golden Kela Awards Are:

Worst Actor (Male) – Arjun Kapur for Gunday & Everything Else
Worst Actor (Female) – Sonakshi Sinha for Action Jackson, Lingaa and Holiday
Worst Debut – Tiger Shroff for Heropanti
Worst Director – Prabhu Deva for Action Jackson
Worst Film – Humshakals
Most Irritating Song – Blue Hai Paani Paani from Yaariyan
Most Atrocious Lyrics – Shabbir Ahmed for Ice Cream in Xpose
Baawra Ho Gaya Hai Ke Award – Abhishek Sharma for The Shaukeens
RGV Ki Aag Award for Most Pointless Remake/Sequel – Bang Bang!
Why Are You Still Trying Award – Sonam Kapoor

Special Awards:

Bas Kijiye Bahut Ho Gaya Award – Yo Yo Honey Singh
Shakti Kapoor Award for Misogyny In Film – Action Jackson
Dara Singh Award for the Worst Accent – Priyanka Chopra
Jadoo Award for Most Convincing Looking Alien – Shah Rukh Khan for Happy New Year
Fanaa Award for Most Pointlessly Controversial Film – PK
Khooni Dracula Award for Most Creatively Named Horror Film – 6-5=2.

FYI: Here are the nominees for the 7th Annual Golden Kela Awards:











Worst Actor (Male)

Arjun Kapoor for Gunday & Everything Else

Saif Ali Khan for Humshakals

Salman Khan for Jai Ho & Kick

Ajay Devgn for Action Jackson

Rani Mukerjee for Mardaani

Worst Actor (Female)

Katrina Kaif for Bang Bang!

Sonam Kapoor for Everything She Did

Sonakshi Sinha for Action Jackson and Lingaa and Holiday

Tamannah for Entertainment

Jacqueline Fernandes for Kick

Worst Film


Bang Bang!

Action Jackson


Happy New Year

Worst Director

Sajid Khan for Humshakals

Prabhu Deva for Action Jackson

Rohit Shetty for Singham Returns

Sajid Nadiadwala for Kick

Sohail Khan for Jai Ho

Siddharth Anand for Bang Bang!

Most Irritating Song

* Played Endlessly on Radio and TV

Blue Hai Paani Paani from Yaariyan

Yaar na Miley from Kick

Baby Doll from Ragini MMS 2

Galliyan from Ek Villain

Tu Mera from Bang Bang

Most Atrocious Lyrics

Sameer for Caller Tune from Humshakals

Shabbir Ahmed for Ice Cream from The Xposé

Yo Yo Honey Singh for Blue hai Paani paani from Yaariyan

Vishal Dadlani for Tu Meri from Bang Bang!

Mayur Puri for Johnny Johnny from Entertainment

Worst Debutante

Tiger Shroff for Heropanti

The Xposé Girls for The Xposé

Mishti & Kartik Tiwari for Kaanchi

The Whole Cast & Crew of Yaariyan for Yaariyan

Daisy Shah for Jai Ho

Baawra Ho Gaya Hai Ke Award

Raj and DK for Happy Ending

Abhishek Sharma for Shaukeens

Nawazuddin for Kick

Ram Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan for Humshakals

Shashanka Ghosh for Khoobsurat

RGV Ki Aag Award for the Most Pointless Remake/Sequel

Shaadi Ke Side Effects

Ragini MMS 2

Singham Returns

Bang Bang!


The Shaukeens

Bhoothnath Returns

Hate Story 2

Why Are You Still Trying Award

Sonam Kapoor

Jackie Bhagnani

Himesh Reshammiya

Subhash Ghai

Ayushman Khurana

Yami Gautam