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Film industry is now reviving in Pakistan: Syed Noor

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LAHORE: Veteran producer and director and Chairman of Pakistan Film Producers Association, Syed Noor  has said currently more than 30 films are under production both in Lahore and Karachi which is the clear sign of revival of Pakistani film industry.

Syed Noor said this while talking to media persons in Lahore. Syed Noor was optimistic regarding the revival of film industry. There was time when 200 films producing annually but using old technology, making formula films and some factors were the reasons behind the deserted film industry, he added.

He added that it is very encouraging that over 30 films were under production and predicted that the numbers of film production will increase in the coming years.

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Mahira Khan goes badass in Verna teaser

KARACHI (Web Desk): After the return on social media, Mahira Khan has made it clear that she s not going to spare with her badass avatar in teaser of Verna that she posted on Tuesday.

The 32-year-old Pakistani actress is starring in the project in which her role looks quite intimidating. The short teaser of 36 seconds that she shared on Instagram and Twitter has caught the eyes of her fans.

Mahira enters a bathroom and starts beating someone in the bathtub – probably a male rival. In background, a song of the movie titled “Power Di Game Hai Saari” is being played which the actress has mentioned in the post as hashtag. The song adds intensity to the fierce thrashing as Mahira, with her both hands, punches the person in front of her and drowns his head into water. Blood pours out of the guy s body, but the Bol actress shows no mercy.

Verna is a directorial project of Khuda Kay Liye famed Shoaib Mansoor. His popular movies include Bol as well. Both of these movies were not only critically acclaimed but also did good business in the Pakistani and international cinemas.

On a lighter note, her act in the teaser appears to be the perfect response to all haters who bashed her over leaked pictures with Ranbir Kapoor from New York.

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US rocker Tom Petty dead at 66

NEW YORK (AFP): Tom Petty, the Southern-accented rocker whose classic melodies and dark storytelling created 40 years of hit songs, died Monday of cardiac arrest, his family said. He was 66.

Petty, who sold 80 million records, passed away Monday evening surrounded by loved ones after a confusing day in which several media outlets reported and then retracted premature news of his death.

“On behalf of the Tom Petty family we are devastated to announce the untimely death of our father, husband, brother, leader and friend Tom Petty,” a family statement said.

Early on Monday, Petty suffered cardiac arrest at his home in Malibu, exactly a week after he triumphantly put on what would be his career-capping concert.

The rocker had wrapped up a tour celebrating 40 years of his band The Heartbreakers with three sold-out shows at the iconic Hollywood Bowl.

He closed the encore with one of his earliest and best-known songs — “American Girl,” which tells of an ambitious girl “raised on promises” but now contemplating suicide, set to electric guitar harmonies from the golden age of rock ´n´ roll.

The song was one of many by Petty about struggling to overcome long odds. “I Won´t Back Down,” perhaps his best-known song, took on a second life as a US patriotic anthem after the September 11, 2001 attacks.

The singer and guitarist — recognizable for his shoulder-length blonde hair — delivered his vocals in short punches that showed an underlying bitterness, such as on “You Don´t Know How It Feels,” or with a wistfulness as on “Free Fallin´,” a breakup story that ends in loneliness for all.

The rocker´s characters — small-town Americans full of aspirations but running into a wall of setbacks — reflected the hardscrabble early life of Petty.

His grandfather was a logger from Georgia rumored to have fled south to Florida after axing a man to death in an argument. Petty was born in Gainesville in northern Florida to a belligerently drunk father who sold wholesale tobacco and candy.

Petty recalled that his father, intoxicated and unimpressed by his son´s passion for music, once smashed up the boy´s record collection.

The future rocker said he told him, “Dad, if you´ll just leave me alone, I´ll be a millionaire by the time I´m 35.” And his remark proved prophetic.

Rock as early escape

Petty, speaking in 2015 to Men´s Journal, credited his mother Kitty with saving him by reading to him, introducing him to pop standards and showing him “there was more to life than rednecks.”

But he remained haunted by his father and consumed by inner rage.

“Any authority I didn´t agree with could just make me go crazy,” he said of his early adulthood.

He struggled with depression most of his life and formed an addiction to heroin, although later in life his only substance was marijuana and he calmed himself with transcendental meditation.

Petty embraced the American South, especially on his 1985 album “Southern Accents,” but with a sound that was more Florida quirky than hillbilly.

The album´s song “Rebels” spoke of Southern mischievousness while the trippy “Don´t Come Around Here No More” — co-written with David A. Stewart of The Eurythmics and accompanied by an “Alice in Wonderland” themed video — cemented Petty´s standing among stoners.

“´Don´t Come Around Here No More´ changed the way I looked at songwriting and production. So odd and complex yet direct all at once,” the indie rocker and producer Jack Antonoff wrote on Twitter.

Advocate for artists

Touring the United States for “Southern Accents,” he pinned up a Confederate flag on stage — a move he later regretted, telling Rolling Stone that “people just need to think about how it looks to a black person” as he likened the controversial symbol to a Nazi swastika.

In a speech in February as he was presented a lifetime achievement award at the Grammys, Petty said he owed his greatest debt to African Americans such as Chuck Berry who created rock ´n´ roll.

But he discovered rock ´n´ roll thanks to Britain when he saw The Beatles perform on “The Ed Sullivan Show” in 1964.

“I had my eyes opened like so many others and I joined the conspiracy to put black music on the popular white radio,” Petty said.

In the late 1980s, Petty joined one of The Beatles, George Harrison, in a supergroup, the Traveling Wilburys, that also featured Bob Dylan. The project was short-lived after the death of another member, Roy Orbison.

The three-time Grammy winner was steadfast on artistic control and earned a reputation for battling with the music industry — most memorably with the 1981 album “Hard Promises” after he was angered by his label´s plan to price it higher than usual.

More recently, English singer Sam Smith agreed to credit Petty as a songwriter on his worldwide hit ballad “Stay With Me” due to the similarities — coincidental, by all accounts — in the chorus to the worldwide hit “I Won´t Back Down.”

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No plan to get married yet, says Noor

LAHORE (NNI): Pakistani film star Noor has decided to not get married at this moment.  In a statement after getting separation from Wali Hamid, Noor has said that currently, she has no plan to tie knot.

The Pakistani actress had applied for divorce with her husband in recent past. She wrote in her application that Wali Hamid misbehaved after one month of marriage and harassed her, adding that such circumstances forced her to take divorce.

Noor married Wali Hamid in 2015 who is known for his classical singing. Wali took to the big screen with Pakistani film ‘Ishq Positive’ opposite Noor Bukhari.

Her first marriage was with Vikram in 2008 which ended in divorce in 2010. Then she got married with director and producer Farooq Mengal which ended just after four months.

Her third husband was PTI leader Awn Chaudhry with whom she married in 2012 and it ended in the same year.

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Social media star Kylie Jenner reported pregnant

LOS ANGELES (AFP): Kylie Jenner, the youngest member of the celebrity Kardashian family, was reported on Friday to be pregnant.

Celebrity news website TMZ, People magazine and Buzzfeed all quoted sources as saying that Jenner, 20, the half-sister of Kim Kardashian, is expecting a baby with her boyfriend, the rapper Travis Scott.

Jenner’s representatives could not be reached for comment.

Jenner, who has parlayed her family’s reality TV show and a 97 million Instagram following into a lucrative cosmetics line, later posted a Snapchat photo in which she appeared to have a baby bump under an oversized black T-shirt.

People magazine, quoting unidentified sources, said the baby was due in February. “The family has known for quite some time. She is really excited and so is Travis!” the magazine quoted one source as saying.

Another source said to be close to the family told People: “It is an unexpected, but completely amazing turn of events that she could not be more excited or thrilled about.”

Jenner and Scott, 25, have been dating since April.

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Noor dissolves marriage with singer Wali Hamid

LAHORE (INP): A family court accepted Pakistani film actress Noor’s petition to part ways with her fourth husband Wali Hamid Ali Khan on Wednesday.

Noor, who married for the fourth time in 2013, approached the court seeking Khula (cancellation of marriage).

Khan opposed the petition but the actress remained firm that she wanted to dissolve her marriage contract, following which Family Court Judge Faisal Naseem Mir approved her petition. The couple had been living separately after they developed differences.

The film actress turned television host first got married to a Dubai-based Hindu businessman in 2003. She parted ways with him in 2008, after he refused to convert to Islam. In 2010, she married Pakistani film producer Farooq Mengal but the marriage was dissolved soon after.

Following her separation from Mengal, Noor married Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) member Aun Chaudhry and gave birth to a boy but the relationship was dissolved.

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My wife used to come meet me in jail, she raised our kids, she is my anchor: Sanjay Dutt

NEW DELHI (Web Desk): Sanjay Dutt’s learned it the hard way — having spent a considerable amount of time in jail, he is more appreciate of his wife and family for pulling through during that hard time.

In an interview with Indian Express, the Bhoomi actor expressed how much his wife means to him. “Being a single mother and raising two children was difficult but she did all of it with full devotion,” said Sunjay Dutt.

“She used to even come to meet me in jail, and did everything that she needed to do to make sure that our children were safe and taken care of. She also gave me the time, attention and love I needed. It was difficult for her, but she stood by my side like a rock.”

He added, “She is a very important person in my life. She is my anchor. She is my everything.”

Speaking of his past choices, he quipped: My life has not been a bed of roses, you know what I am saying? I have made my mistakes, and I have learnt from my mistakes. I lived my life the way I wanted to. I have a great family, a family not many people would be lucky enough to have. I have a lovely daughter in the UK. I have two beautiful kids, a great wife and a rock-solid family. My sisters and brother-in-laws have always been by my side too.

“I went to jail, and I have learnt a lot. I take it as a learning experience. Now I have forgotten about it. It’s a part of my past. It is gone,” he said of his prison days. “The ghosts of my past don’t haunt me anymore. It was definitely a difficult time for all of us, but has ended with the passing of the past, and we have made peace with it. There is a better life I look forward to.”

At the moment Sanjay is “content” with his life and he “wouldn’t have asked for a better present.” He has no regrets and he’s grateful to be this “blessed,” saying that “it is a beautiful life.”

“Of course, ups and downs come in everybody’s lives. I can’t say that I had a bad life. With all the complications and rough patches, I have lived my life to the fullest. It has been a good, blessed life after all. When there is a problem, you must face it. I had a fantastic childhood. I have got a lot of love from my mother, father, sisters, and now in life I am getting so much love from my family and babies. It is a beautiful life.”


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Kareena Kapoor stuns fans with her body transformation

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ISLAMABAD: Bollywood beautiful actress Kareena Kapoor is back in her sizzling look after undergone a body transformation in just eight months after giving birth of her baby boy Taimur Ali Khan.

The 36 years old actress looked stunning in the latest filmfare shoot and showed her evergreen looks to her fans as she was selected for the annual cover photo by filmfare to show the world she is still fashion icon of the film industry.

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Kangana blames Aditya for sexually abusing her in struggling days

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MUMBAI: Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut who is promoting her upcoming film Simran, has blamed Aditya Pancholi and leveled sexual abuse allegations against him.

She said this in latest Interview; she revealed that when she was 17 years old Aditya Pancholi sexually abused her and adding that she went to Aditya’s wife Zarina Wahab and told her the whole story.

Zarina did not help her despite the assurance and Zarina told me that her husband no longer came home, she added

Kangana said that she also filed an FIR against Aditya.

On the other hand Aditya rejected all the allegations and called a liar and mad girl. Kangana Ranaut was reportedly in a relationship with Aditya Pancholi during her struggling days.



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Miss working in comedy movies: Salman Khan

NEW DELHI (Web Desk): Bollywood’s ‘Bhaijaan’ Salman Khan, while speaking to media, expressed a desire to work in more comedy movies, according to Times of India.

Salman, who wooed the audiences in comedy blockbusters such as Andaz Apna ApnaMujhse Shaadi KarogiJudwaa and Ready, remarked that he is trying to work in a comedy movie but has yet to find any interesting scripts.

“If a script makes me laugh, only then I will take it up,” he shared, adding that the last script to make him laugh was of Ready.

Salman Khan’s last movie Tubelight bombed at the box-office as it failed to click with the audiences.

On the other hand, reprised version of cult-class Judwaa is going to release in September. It is expected that Salman Khan would make a special appearance in Judwaa 2. The new movie stars Varun Dhawan and Jacqueline Fernandes.