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Sridevi turns 54: Celebrities tweet birthday wishes

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MUMBAI: Iconic Bollywood actor Sridevi turned 54 on Sunday and several celebrities including Rishi Kapoor, Kajol, Abhishek Bachchan and Riteish Deshmukh used Twitter to send her birthday wishes.

According to media, Sridevi made her debut as a lead actress in Bollywood in 1978 with Solva Sawan and gained popularity with Himmatwala in 1983.

She has a number of commercially successful movies to her credit with projects like Mawaali, Mr India, Chandni and critically acclaimed films like Sadma, ChaalBaaz, Lamhe, Khuda Gawah, Laadla and Judaai.

She returned to films after a 15-year-long hiatus with English Vinglish in 2012, and was honoured with the Padma Shri award in 2013. She was last seen on screen in a powerful role in Mom earlier this year.

 

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Never said anything about Aashiqui 3 says Alia Bhatt

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MUMBAI: Bollywood starlet Alia Bhatt recently reacted to reports that she is not keen to feature in Aashiqui 3, an upcoming installment in a franchise started by her father Mahesh Bhatt back in 1990.

She also teased that the “special” collaboration with her father will “take time”.

“Never ever said anything about not wanting to do Aashiqui 3! No idea where this is coming from,” Alia tweeted in response to a tabloid which claimed the actress is sceptical about taking on the role.

Earlier, her Student Of The Year co-star Sidharth Malhotra had said he and Alia are waiting for Aashiqui 3 to be put on paper.

Aashiqui is a very special brand and working with my father for the first time is equally special! All things take their time. This will too,” Alia tweeted on Friday.

Aashiqui released in 1990. Its sequel, directed by Mohit Suri, hit the screens in 2013, and featured actors Shraddha Kapoor and Aditya Roy Kapur.

Alia is currently busy shooting for director Meghna Gulzar’s upcoming film Raazi, which also features Vicky Kaushal.

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Crowd rush to take selfie after Neha Dhupia’s car meets accident

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CHANDIGARH: Bollywood actress Neha Dhupia’s faced an untoward situation when her car met with an accident on way to airport in Chandigarh to catch her flight to Mumbai.
She was in the city to promote the second season of her audio podcast, No Filter Neha.
According to details, a speedy car rammed into her vehicle however; she remained safe and received no major injuries.
What came as an unpleasant and shocking surprise was the insensitive behaviour of the onlookers who instead of helping her in the troubled situation, rushed to take her autograph and selfies.
The trauma has left the actress suffering from a shoulder pain and shocking behavior of the public.

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Nazia Hassan lives on in our hearts!

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KARACHI: The 17th death anniversary of Pakistani pop singer Nazia Hassan is being observed today.

Nazia started her music career at the age of 10 and became one of the most prominent singers in Pakistan, India and abroad. She received numerous national and international awards including Pakistan’s highest civilian award and Pride of Performance.

Fans remember Nazia and her brother, Zoheb Hassan, as the sensations that transformed pop culture in the country and made waves at home and abroad, especially across the border.

Nazia was 35 years old when she died due to lung cancer. Her famous hits among others were Dil ki Lagi and Disco Deewanay.

Her brother and fans paid tribute to the late pop star on Twitter.

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Felt like being punched in the stomach when I watched Raees: Mahira

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KARACHI: Pakistani actress Mahira Khan admitted on Friday that she had felt like being punched in the stomach when she watched her Bollywood debut flick Raees.

Mahira made these comments while delivering a lecture in a university. The actress spoke about how she had encountered failures in her life time and again.

“The truth is that we have all gone through failure. I have personally as well as professionally experienced failure,” she said.

Mahira said that she had followed her gut feeling which helped her make the correct decisions in life. The actress stated that she had followed her gut feeling and said yes to the role in Bol when many people had told her not to do so. The same happened with her role in Humsafar. 

However, she was disappointed when there was no credit for her in her Bollywood debut Raees which also starred Shah Rukh Khan.

“Then for ‘Raees’, even though the teaser said ‘introducing Mahira Khan’, I felt like being punched in the stomach when there was no such credit in the film itself,” she said.

The actress said that it was also difficult to digest that when the film was finally released, she was banned in India (owing to a ban by select Indian producers on Pakistani artists) and the film was banned in Pakistan.

The actress, however, said that she had learnt from the failure and would continue to move on and pursue success as she had done so in the past.

“Failure is knowledge and knowledge is success. So it is a win-win. We actors know how to paint smiles on our faces and carry on, I did too,” she added.

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Akshay film spotlights India’s toilet shortage

MUMBAI (AFP) – Bollywood may be famous for its blingy song and dance numbers, but a new movie released Friday deals with a distinctly less glamorous subject — India’s chronic lack of toilets.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made building more toilets a key priority in the country of 1.25 billion people, around half of whom still have to go into the fields to answer the call of nature.

Campaigners estimate that nearly 200,000 infants die every year due to infections spread through open defecation, which they say also puts women at risk of sexual assault.

“Toilet: Ek Prem Katha” (“Toilet: A love story”) is inspired by the true-life tale of one man’s battle to build toilets in his village in rural India.

He wanted to win back his new wife, whose refusal to live in a house without a toilet won her plaudits in India.

Script writers Siddharth Singh and Garima Wahal told AFP they hoped the movie, featuring one of Bollywood’s biggest stars Akshay Kumar, would have a “tangible impact” on Indian society.

“This happened in a village in Madhya Pradesh, and we thought that was a strong statement,” said Singh, referring to one of India’s most rural states.

The writers said they came across numerous stories of women being assaulted when they went into the fields late at night in the process of researching the movie.

“But defecating in the open is not only unhealthy it is also dangerous,” said Garima.

“While we were doing our research we heard of three incidents of molestation. Crimes against women have increased owing to their vulnerability when they are out in the fields, alone in the dark, with their ‘pants down’ as it were.”

Garima said it was hypocritical for Indian society to insist that women cover up on the one hand, while on the other forcing them to “expose themselves owing to a lack of sanitary and bathroom facilities”.

Kumar, one of the world’s highest paid actors with an income of $31.5 million according to a Forbes ranking published last year, recently released a “Toilet Anthem” to promote the cause.

“While mankind has progressed far enough to journey to Mars and scale Mount Everest, 54 percent of India defecates in the open,” says the song.

Modi has called for every household in India to have a toilet.

Last year, he announced that his government had already built more than 20 million toilets since coming to power in 2014.

Around two-thirds of homes in the village that the movie is based on now have toilets, according to media reports.

“Our script was ready in 2014 and we felt we should get it going while it is still a hot topic. It’s especially important to get people in rural areas to watch this film,” said Garima.

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Fardeen Khan overjoyed with birth of second child

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MUMBAI: Fardeen Feroz Khan and his wife Natasha welcomed their second child who was born on August 11.

The 43-year-old Bollywood actor was overjoyed with the news as he took to Twitter. “We are overjoyed to announce the birth of our son Azarius Fardeen Khan who was born on the 11th of August 2017,” he said.

He had married Natasha Madhvani way back in 2005 and has a daughter named Diani Isabella Khan. The No Entry star is the son of late veteran actor Feroz Khan and cousin of Hrithik Roshan’s ex-wife Suzanne Khan.

 

He was added in the look recognisable now. Fardeen stopped taking care of his diet and adopted a rather lazy lifestyle. Becoming obese is probably one of the reasons why he is not casted by directors in their films these days.

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Bollywood actor Sitaram Panchal passes away at 54

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MUMBAI:  Peepli Live actor Sitaram Panchal breathed his last at the age of 54 on Thursday while battling cancer.

He was diagnosed with lungs and kidney cancer in 2014 and continued taking medical treatment for it. He was rushed to hospital on Thursday morning as he struggled to breathe. Earlier, he had made an appeal to his friends and fans to help him in the financial crisis. He also took to social media for his cause.

Panchal had taken to social media several times in order to ask NGOs, friends, fans and relatives for help.

The critically acclaimed actor had played roles in renowned movies like Paan Singh Tomar, Jolly LLB 2, Slumdog Millionaire, The Legend Of Bhagat Singh and more. He made his debut in 1994 by starring in Bandit Queen.

Indian reports suggest that Cine & TV Artistes Association and Haryana government had offered help to Panchal but he was reluctant to take allopathic treatment.

 

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Nepotism has been well discussed: Kangana Ranaut

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MUMBAI:  Like film-maker Karan Johar, Bollywood starlet Kangana Ranaut too seems to have said enough on the nepotism debate. She says the issue has been well-discussed already.

Kangana, who had sparked the infamous debate by calling Karan a “flagbearer of nepotism” during her appearance on his chat show Koffee With Karan, was present at the trailer launch of her upcoming film Simran when she was asked about the subject again.

She quickly asserted, “Well, I have written an open letter on it. It’s been very well discussed.”

Prodded further about how she would like to sum up the “havoc” created by the debate, Kangana said, “I have said everything on that matter and it’s pretty much that.”

Just last month, the debate on nepotism in Bollywood was taken to a new level when Karan and actors Saif Ali Khan and Varun Dhawan poked fun at Kangana and chanted “Nepotism rocks” at the IIFA Awards event in the US.

They later apologised for their act once the matter was blown out of proportion.

Karan then said in an interview to a channel, “I want to once and for all say and close this chapter after this and subsequently I will not speak about nepotism nor Kangana because it would be distrustful for her and it would be ungraceful at my end, which I’ve already been.”

“Nepotism is easy access, nobody can deny that, but what you do with that access is what moulds you into a professional.”

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Ranveer Singh’s intense transformation in six weeks will give you serious body goals

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MUMBAI: Bajirao Mastani hunk Ranveer Singh is known for his bold and quirky fashion style and for arresting spotlight for his unconventional wardrobe. From an exotic looking rural boy in Ram Leela to a carefree urban brat in Dil Dhadkne Do, the actor experiments with unique avatars for each of his films and is clearly very particular about getting just the right look for his character and works hard to transform his appearance.
It is no surprise then when the industrious actor magically transformed his lean physique into a buffed, muscular body within a short span of two weeks!
Ranveer flaunted a bulked up look for his movie Ram Leela which he managed to pull off with a two-week work out regiment, and the actor’s new look has now become quite the talk of the town.
Although the picture is from a couple of years ago, it doesn’t fail to impress us with the dedication of the actor and his unrelenting charm, yet again. Although his recent venture Befikre bombed at the box office but the Dil Dhadakne Do star’s spirits seem high and not easily dulled by minor career hiccups. Especially if his body looks like how it does now!
Ranveer will next be seen in the historical-fiction Padmavati, sharing screen space with his girlfriend, Deepika Padukone and actor Shahid Kapoor in the leads.
We sure are excited to see his new look for the upcoming movie!
Jagga Jasoos actor Ranbir Kapoor is also busy beefing up for his next yet to be titled biopic on Sanjay Dutt under film-maker Rajkumar Hirani. Ranbir was recently spotted all muscled up for his role. The actor reportedly added 13 kilos to pull off the Sanjay Dutt look.