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An overwhelmed Aamir Khan shares Paani Foundation’s achievement of turning a barren patch of land into a forest

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In the span of 2 years starting September 2018, inspired by the great Japanese ecologist Akira Miyawaki - Paani foundation in association with Saytrees Environmental trust embarked on their highly ambitious journey, to turn a barren patch of land into a forest.

An overwhelmed Aamir Khan shares Paani Foundation’s achievement of turning a barren patch of land into a forest

Two years later, in September 2020 this project was successfully completed. The foundation planted 2000 saplings with the support of villagers from Satara district, Maharashtra. A careful mix of tree species was selected to mimic a forest and minutest attention was paid to the detail of the plantation so that they grew at a rapid speed. The final outcome is tremendous and to be proud of - extremely dense forest with healthy trees, habitat to animals, insects and much more.

Sharing a heartfelt video, Aamir wrote, "Really proud of this experiment done by the team. Please watch and give me your reactions. Love. a."

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Aamir Khan, Kiran Rao and the entire Paani Foundation team has been engaging in water conservation activities in and around Maharashtra for many years now. The incredible time and efforts of the foundation has enabled humans, plants and animals to interact harmoniously. Their efforts have sprouted lush, green forests in barren drylands.

Also Read: 25 Years Of Rangeela: Aamir Khan, Jackie Shroff, AR Rahman, Ram Gopal Varma speak about their most cherished memories

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Cardi B to feature on an up-beat BLACKPINK song 'Bet You Wanna'; the group reveals tracklist of their debut album 

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The popular Korean girl group BLACKPINK is gearing up to drop their debut album titled 'The Album'. The quartet has been dropping individual posters and concept teasers of Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé, and Lisa.  A day ago, they revealed their title track 'Lovesick Girls'. The members Jisoo and Jennie have contributed towards the lyrics and composition.

Cardi B to feature on an up-beat BLACKPINK song 'Bet You Wanna'; the group reveals tracklist of their debut album 

On September 29, YG Entertainment, the parent company of the group, unveiled the tracklist of 'The Album' which includes features from Selena Gomez and rapper Cardi B. The quartet dropped the second single 'Ice Cream' on August 28 with a surprise featured guest Selena Gomez.

Cardi B features on the fourth track 'Bet You Wanna' which is said to be an up-tempo song. Songwriters Tommy Brown and Mr. Franks have participated in penning the lyrics. "And the song is amazing," wrote on Twitter. She further said, "Bardipink in your area."

The quartet is set to drop the Netflix documentary next month. "BLACKPINK: Light Up the Sky — an all-access documentary about one of the world's most popular groups — premieres in your area on October 14," the tweet read.

Currently, BLACKPINK has already released the pre-single 'How You Like That' which set five total Guinness World Records.

The first length album called 'The Album' releases on October 2.

ALSO READ: BLACKPINK drop stunning concept teaser of ‘Lovesick Girls’ ahead of ‘The Album’ release

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Mandira Bedi looks HOT in these pictures from her vacation in Maldives

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While most of us are still delving in throwback vacation pictures, actor Mandira Bedi has headed to the Maldives and is having the time of her life. The actress who is currently vacationing in the "paradise city" is filling up her Instagram feed with pictures from her trip.

Mandira Bedi looks HOT in these pictures from her vacation in Maldives

Mandira Bedi is chilling with her friend, actress Mouni Roy, and is totally making us jealous with her holiday pictures. In her latest post, Mandira is seen sporting a neon swimsuit with a breathtaking view in the background. Sharing the picture, she wrote, "A glass of champagne and a spray of clouds always make for a pretty picture!"


Mandira Bedi has been filling up her Instagram feed and stories with pictures from her holiday ever since she landed in the Maldives.


A day ago on Mouni's birthday, Mandira shared a video with the birthday girl and penned a beautiful message. "happybirthday Mon!! I have SO SO so much love for you. When we met when we did, I never could imagine where you and I would be.. but here we are a little bit later.. and it’s A Pyaar Ka Bhandaar!!!! Thank for being in my life and Haq-se now I’m in yours. You are stuck with my for life. There’s someone I know who once taught me how to say it right!!! Wuvvvvvvvvvv you!, " she wrote.


ALSO READ: Mandira Bedi looks stunning in a black bikini as she vacations in the Maldives 

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Babil Khan tends to father Irrfan Khan’s grave, says, “And the plants have grown may be for a purpose look closely”

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After Chandan Roy Sanyal’s visit to Irrfan Khan’s grave, the pictures that he shared had people commenting on how the grave wasn’t well looked after. People wrote to Irrfan Khan’s wife Sutapa Sikdar and son Babil Khan for not grooming it well. However, Babil Khan recently posted pictures of himself tending to his father’s grave and leaving his favourite flowers behind on the late actor’s grave. Writing an emotional note, Babil Khan penned his heart out to his father.

Babil Khan tends to father Irrfan Khan’s grave, says, “And the plants have grown may be for a purpose look closely”

He wrote, “Baba liked it wild, Ayaan is staying strong :* mamma recently wrote about the wilderness around when some of his fans were worried that it looked unkempt, I need you to understand, he always always wished to be surrounded by the grass and the plants and the trees. Waste and plastic is always removed from that wilderness. Here’s what my beautiful mamma wrote: “Women are not allowed in Muslim graveyards. Hence, I have planted the raat Ki Rani in Igatpuri where I have a memory stone of his...where I have buried his fav things .I own that place Where I can sit for hours without any one telling me I can’t sit next to him. He is there in his spirit. But that doesn’t mean the graveyard shouldn’t be tended ..but as far as how is a very questionable thing... The wild plants grass have grown in rains.. It’s wild and beautiful is what I saw in the photo you are mentioning..it rains and plants come and they wither in the next season..and then one can clean it. Why should everything be exactly as per definition.. And the plants have grown may be for a purpose look closely.”

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Also Read: Chandan Roy Sanyal did this unique gesture on visiting Irrfan Khan’s grave

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Amitabh Bachchan asks a Sushant Singh Rajput related question to the first contestant on Kaun Banega Crorepati 12

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Amitabh Bachchan’s Kaun Banega Crorepati 12 launched yesterday and the excitement was at a peak for the viewers. The Amitabh Bachchan hosted show was one of the most awaited ones since his recovery from COVID-19. While the show was to launch on September 7, the makers had to delay it to ensure all the protocols were well looked after, especially after two of the crew members had tested positive for Coronavirus.

Amitabh Bachchan asks a Sushant Singh Rajput related question to the first contestant on Kaun Banega Crorepati 12

During yesterday’s episode, Aarti Jagtap, the first contestant was asked a question related to Sushant Singh Rajput. While his fans surely got emotional at the mention of their favourite celebrity, Aarti was asked a question about the late actor’s co-star, Sanjana Sanghi. Aarti, however, did not require a lifeline for the same and walked away with a cheque of Rs. 64 lakhs.

Amitabh Bachchan had earlier mentioned in his blog that he had been shooting for over 12-14 hours every day for Kaun Banega Crorepati 12.

Also Read: Amitabh Bachchan comes up with a unique way to greet the contestants on Kaun Banega Crorepati 12

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On Ranbir Kapoor’s birthday, Neetu Kapoor praises him for his ability to make people feel secure

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Actor Ranbir Kapoor celebrated his 38th birthday with his family and girlfriend Alia Bhatt. While Alia shared a lovely picture of him from the cake cutting ceremony, mother Neetu Kapoor also shared few pictures along with a wonderful message.

On Ranbir Kapoor’s birthday, Neetu Kapoor praises him for his ability to make people feel secure

Surrounded by birthday cakes, Neetu Kapoor wrote, “Birthdays are not complete without blessings !! I bless him everyday for his deep understanding of people's emotions !!! for effortlessly making people feel secure around him !!!”

Riddhima Kapoor Sahni, who has been staying Neetu Kapoor ever since Rishi Kapoor’s death, shared a picture on his birthday and captioned it, “Birthday lunch. Happiest Bday Rans.”

 

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On the work front, Ranbir Kapoor will soon resume shooting of Brahmastra and Shamshera.

ALSO READ: “Happy birthday 8,” writes Alia Bhatt as she shares an adorable picture of Ranbir Kapoor

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Kylie Jenner soaks in the sun in floral Dior bikini, sends out a political message 

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The beauty mogul and reality star Kylie Jenner is back on the gram and chilling by the pool. The 23-year-old starlet took to her Instagram to share sunkissed pictures of herself in a floral Dior bikini.

Kylie Jenner soaks in the sun in floral Dior bikini, sends out a political message 

She captioned the first picture, "7th day of fall" while sitting on a chair in her Hidden Hills mansion, Los Angeles.

In the second set of pictures, she chose to send out a political message urging her followers to register and vote in the US presidential elections in November. She captioned the pictures, "but are you registered to vote? click the link in my bio.. let's make a plan to vote together."

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The long-running reality series Keeping Up with the Kardashians is coming to an end. Recently, Kim Kardashian confirmed that after 20 seasons, the series will end in 2021.

ALSO READ: Keeping Up with the Kardashians to end after 20 seasons in 2021, Kim Kardashian pens a note

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Vikrant Massey was concerned about this during his intimate scenes with Bhumi Pednekar

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Vikrant Massey was last seen in the recently released film Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare. He plays the role of a hospice nurse named Pradeep. He meets Bhumi Pednekar's character Kitty when one night he dials a hotline number and starts talking to her. They meet and fall in love.

Vikrant Massey was concerned about this during his intimate scenes with Bhumi Pednekar

Vikrant has intimate and steamy scenes with Bhumi in the film. Talking about the scenes in an interview with a daily, Vikrant said that his priority was to make sure that the woman on the opposite side is comfortable. He said that there are 7-8 people who are watching you. The actor said that there are very intimate and private moments and you are entering into someone's private space.

Vikrant said that the only thing he was concerned about was his beard scratching her face. He said that whenever he would get close to her after trimming his beard, Bhumi would have rashes on her neck and on her cheeks.

Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare revolves around the life of sisters Dolly and Kitty played by Konkona Sen Sharma and Bhumi Pednekar respectively. The movie directed by Alankrita Shrivastava is currently streaming on Netflix.

ALSO READ: Vikrant Massey to star in the remake of Tamil action-thriller Maanagaram

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Here’s what Adnan Khan and Eisha Singh have to say as they bid adieu to their show Ishq Subhan Allah

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Zee TV’s young, romantic drama Ishq Subhan Allah which instantly struck a chord with television audiences is all set to bid adieu to its ardent fans on 2nd October after completing two immensely successful seasons. Throughout this time period, the show’s loyal viewer base stayed hooked on to its fine narrative, intriguing plot and well-defined characters played convincingly by some very talented actors like Adnan Khan, Tunisha Sharma and Eisha Singh. The show ends at the peak of its popularity where the long-awaited reunion of Zara and Kabeer finally takes place with them reading the Nikah.

Here’s what Adnan Khan and Eisha Singh have to say as they bid adieu to their show Ishq Subhan Allah

Delighted with the response towards her character, Eisha Singh who played the role of Zara said, “I am thankful to all our fans for having showered us with immense love and adulation. I have loved every bit of this wonderful journey and I am going to surely miss shooting for the show. This show was indeed like my baby. Above all, I will miss all my co-actors and friends that I have made on the sets in the course of this journey. Zara’s role has indeed given me a different identity and has been extremely close to my heart. There is a lot that I have learnt from her and in many ways she has been such an inspiration that it is surely going to take me a while to go from being Zara to Eisha. I believe, for an actor, this is certainly the biggest achievement.”

Overwhelmed at the love and response towards Kabeer, Adnan Khan shared, “I am going to miss this show terribly! I have lived the character of Kabeer for almost 2 ½ years now and his is one of the roles that has profoundly impacted my life. The experience on shooting this show has been nothing less than incredible and I am really thankful to my co-stars Eisha Singh, Monika Khanna and our extended crew team for making this journey such a delightful, memorable and enriching one. Now that the show is coming to an end I cannot help but say, all's well that ends well. I just want to thank all the people involved with this show and more importantly, to all our fans for being our pillars of support and strength. Love you all.”

Here’s what Adnan Khan and Eisha Singh have to say as they bid adieu to their show Ishq Subhan Allah

Here’s what Adnan Khan and Eisha Singh have to say as they bid adieu to their show Ishq Subhan Allah

Here’s what Adnan Khan and Eisha Singh have to say as they bid adieu to their show Ishq Subhan Allah

Here’s what Adnan Khan and Eisha Singh have to say as they bid adieu to their show Ishq Subhan Allah

Here’s what Adnan Khan and Eisha Singh have to say as they bid adieu to their show Ishq Subhan Allah

Here’s what Adnan Khan and Eisha Singh have to say as they bid adieu to their show Ishq Subhan Allah

Also Read: Adnan Khan posts the last of his script for Ishq Subhan Allah, marking an end to the show

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Lata Mangeshkar on her 91st birthday – “Any kind of celebration seems not just inappropriate but highly insensitive”

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“No guests, only phone calls,” says Lata Mangeskhar about her 91st birthday. “My first and hopefully last birthday during the Covid-19 virus.” India’s resident Nightingale turned 91 quietly on September 28 without fanfare.

Lata Mangeshkar on her 91st birthday – “Any kind of celebration seems not just inappropriate but highly insensitive”

“Waise bhi mujhe jyada shor-sharaba pasand nahin hai. Aur iss baar toh bilkul nahin (even otherwise I’m not too fond of people making a fuss about my birthday). There are so many people suffering and dying all over the world. Any kind of celebration seems not just inappropriate but highly insensitive,” says Lata Mangeshkar, as her phones go berserk with birthday greetings from well-wishers.

She recalls a time when she had to move out of her home every year on her birthday to avoid the crowds. “They all wanted to see me on my birthday. It used to get impossible for me to cope with the visitors and guests. So yes, I used to shift to a hotel on my birthday.”

Lata Mangeshkar has nothing but gratitude for all the good wishes she received on her birthday this year. “It is impossible for me to acknowledge all the good wishes. But I do want to say that the love that I get at my age from my well-wishers all over the world is the biggest gift anyone can receive. I hope next year at this time we’ll be back to normal, so I can see some of my well-wishers and friends.”

Also Read: “I never listen to my songs. If I did, I’d find a hundred mistakes in my singing" - Lata Mangeshkar

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Tara Sutaria makes sharp statement with yellow pantsuit on the cover of Cosmopolitan

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Tara Sutaria captured the attention of cine-goers when she marked her big Bollywood debut with Student Of The Year 2 in 2019. Apart from her musical prowess and her exciting line up of films, the young actor is now being hailed for her sartorial choices and her eye for details and highbrow fashion.

Tara Sutaria makes sharp statement with yellow pantsuit on the cover of Cosmopolitan

In the latest cover of Cosmopolitan India, she looks every bit of a diva in an all-yellow ensemble. She makes a sharp statement as she dons a chic and comfortable pant-suit. She adds a dash of spunk to her look as she sports a plunging neckline. Metallic rings and a stylish pair of shades with an experimental rim, perfectly accessorizes her look. A pair of black stiletto boots finishes her trendy look. What, however, draws our attention is her impish charm and her sprightly personality as she relishes a bowl of spaghetti.

On the work front, Tara Sutaria will next be seen in Milan Luthria’s Tadap and Mohit Suri’s Do Villain. The actor will also be lending her vocals in Ek Villain sequel.

ALSO READ: EXCLUSIVE: Aditya Roy Kapur and Tara Sutaria’s next film titled OM; It’s an Ahmed Khan production

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BTS Week begins with A Cappella version of 'Dynamite' featuring Jimmy Fallon & The Roots; the septet enthralls with 'IDOL' performance

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BTS WEEK has begun on. After appearing on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon twice already, the septet returned to the US talk show with a brand new performance on their chart-topping single 'Dynamite'.

BTS Week begins with vibrant A Cappella version of 'Dynamite' featuring Jimmy Fallon and The Roots on The Tonight Show 

Taking the center stage, BTS took their disco-pop song to another level with A Capella version while performing with Jimmy Fallon and The Roots. BTS brought a lot of fun elements with their swift choreography along with the old-school outfits with vibrant colours, and slick and permed hairdos. It worked as an introduction slide for the seven members - RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V, and Jungkook - adding solo shots along with the names both in English and Korean and amped up a lot of vibrance to the performance.

In another surprise, BTS delivered another power-packed performance going back to the 'Idol' era. The performance was pre-recorded by the members from Seoul. Dressed in modern hanboks, this special act was recorded at the Gyeongbokgung Palace or Gyeongbok Palace of the Joseon dynasty. Built-in 1395, it is located in northern Seoul, South Korea. Flaunting their super crisp choreography along with their strong vocals and rap verses, it brought back a lot of memories from 'Idol' era.

Previously. BTS delivered a spectacular performance of their title track 'ON' from their album 'Map Of The Soul: 7' at the historic Grand Central Station in New York. They visited the famous Katz’s Delicatessen and did their interview in NYC Subway.

BTS first appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in September 2018 and performed two of their songs - 'Idol' and 'I'm Fine' from 'Love Yourself: Answer' album. Jimmy was seen wearing BT21 merch - Chimmy and had a wonderful interaction with the members. They even did the Fortnite Dance Challenge.

BTS topped Billboard Hot 100 chart for two weeks in a row, making them the first Korean act ever to achieve this feat. They reclaimed the No. 1 spot on Monday, September 28 after spending the last weeks on the second position.  The group has created history with 'Dynamite' as debuted at No. 1 on Hot 100, Billboard Global 200, and the second week at No. 1 on Billboard Global Excl. U.S as well. They become the first-ever act to rule all three charts simultaneously.

'Dynamite' music video broke the Youtube record for most views in the first 24 hours, garnering 101.1 million views. The song has topped the iTunes charts in over 100 countries.

BTS has already announced their virtual concerts set to take place all the way from Seoul on October 10 and 11. The title “MAP OF THE SOUL ON:E” signifies a ONE and only “ONline Edition” concert. For this event, BTS will go beyond showing just virtual performances and bring massive scale to their stages for about two hours of running time. Technological aspects such as 4K resolution, AR and XR will bring viewers more vivid and enhanced contents. Not only will it be more theatrical, but it will also provide “multi-view live streaming” that displays six multi-view screens from which fans can select their favorite one. This marks the latest collaborative effort between Big Hit and Kiswe since “BANG BANG CON The Live”.

Big Hit Entertainment said, "We have prepared never-before-seen stages and various setlists for fans who must have felt disappointed by the cancellation of offline concerts due to COVID-19. Some songs will also be given variations across the two days. We hope you look forward to “BTS MAP OF THE SOUL ON:E”.”

The group has announced their next studio album titled 'BE (Deluxe Edition)'. Taking to their official platform called Weverse, the statement read, "'BE (Deluxe Edition)' contains the most 'BTS-esque' music yet. The latest story from BTS begins by declaring that 'even in the face of this new normality, our life goes on' and imparts a message of healing to fans and to the world."

'BE (Deluxe Edition)' will drop on Friday, November 20 at 2 pm KST ( 10:30 am IST).

ALSO READ: 'DYNAMITE' by BTS reclaims No. 1 spot on Billboard Hot 100, remains best-selling song in the US for the fifth week

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'DYNAMITE' by BTS reclaims No. 1 spot on Billboard Hot 100, remains best-selling song in the US for the fifth week

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The music sensation BTS have reclaimed the No. 1 spot on Billboard Hot 100. The song 'Dynamite', which released on August 21, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100 chart and remained at the top spot for the second week. In its fifth week, the song has reclaimed the No. 1 position after holding the second place on the chart for the last two weeks.

'DYNAMITE' by BTS reclaims No. 1 spot on Billboard Hot 100, remains best-selling song in the US for the fifth week

According to Billboard, "It returns to No. 1 from the runner-up spot on the strength of 14 million U.S. streams (up 11%) and 153,000 downloads sold (up 96%) in the week ending September 24, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. It also drew 20.8 million radio airplay audience impress."

The report further states, "'Dynamite' spends a fifth total and consecutive week at No. 1 on the Digital Song Sales chart and jumps 17-12 on Streaming Songs, after debuting at its No. 3 high. On Radio Songs, it pushes 47-42."

On August 28, BTS dropped 'Poolside' and 'Tropical' remixes of 'Dynamite' followed by 'Retro', 'Slow Jam', 'Bedroom', and 'Midnight' remixes on September 18. The song already had acoustic, EDM, instrumental versions too.

BTS have created history with 'Dynamite' as debuted at No. 1 on Hot 100, Billboard Global 200, and the second week at No. 1 on Billboard Global Excl. U.S as well. They become the first-ever act to rule all three charts simultaneously.

'Dynamite' music video broke the Youtube record for most views in the first 24 hours, garnering 101.1 million views. The song has topped the iTunes charts in over 100 countries.

A day ago, BTS announced their 'BE (Deluxe Edition)' album will release on November 20, 2020. Taking to their official platform called Weverse, the statement read, "'BE (Deluxe Edition)' contains the most 'BTS-esque' music yet. The latest story from BTS begins by declaring that 'even in the face of this new normality, our life goes on' and imparts a message of healing to fans and to the world."

Speaking about the involvement of the septet (RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V, and Jungkook), the announcement said, "This album is made more special by direct involvement from BTS in not only the music but from the concept and composition to design. You will discover throughout the album the thoughts, emotions, and deepest reflections of BTS while experiencing an even richer musical spectrum."

'BE (Deluxe Edition)' will drop on Friday, November 20 at 2 pm KST ( 10:30 am IST).

ALSO READ: New BTS album titled ‘BE’ to drop on November 20, 2020

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Here's where Abhishek Banerjee is vacationing these days

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Abhishek Banerjee is considered as one of the most finest and coveted actors of the entertainment industry. He has not just been celebrated for his outstanding performances but also for his unconventional choice of projects. The actor who has paved his way to the hearts of the viewers with his impeccable performance as 'Hathoda Tyagi' is now giving us major vacation goals. Abhishek Banerjee is presently holidaying in Goa with his close ones.

Do you know where Abhishek Banerjee is vacationing these days?

To discover solace in the tranquility of the beautiful beaches, and to relax and unwind, Abhishek has found the perfect get-away with his loved ones in the coastal state of India – Goa. Sharing his experience, the actor said, “Me and my wife love the peripatetic life; we absolutely love to travel, we live for it. And Goa is like our second home. We were waiting for the right time to spread our wings again, as we were at home for the past few months. Staying in the wilderness, camping at adventurous locations, watching sunrise from a hilltop, finding serenity at lovely beaches is what gives me and Tina, the ultimate peace of mind. So yes, we are glad that we could take a mini vacation to Goa after such a long time."

Do you know where Abhishek Banerjee is vacationing these days?

While Abhishek’s outstanding performance in Pataal Lok has made a mark in the hearts of the viewers, the actor is all set to entertain them again with his upcoming projects like Pari-war, Helmet and Aankh Micholi.

ALSO READ: 2 Years Of Stree: “It is like a childhood memory that I will remember for a lifetime” – says Abhishek Banerjee

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Asian Paints sanitizes Kaun Banega Crorepati set with its latest sanitization service

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With Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC) all set to make a grand comeback with its 12th season, the preparations, too, have been raised a notch higher given the pandemic. 'Setback Ka Jawaab Comeback Se dene ke liye', the show has undertaken various safety & precautionary measures, as mandated by the GOI, where sanitization plays a very important part in the shoot routine. Taking this a step further, Sony Entertainment Television’s (SET) valued partner and an Associate Sponsor on the show, Asian Paints activated a specially curated sanitization drive on the set of KBC, recently.

Asian Paints Sanitizes Kaun Banega Crorepati Set with its latest Sanitization Service

San Assure+, a sanitization service by Asian Paints, promises to kill harmful germs using quality equipment and material while following stringent safety protocols. A team of 3 Applicators, 1 Supervisor and a Technical Associate was deployed on the set of KBC to undertake this special sanitization drive as the show gears up for its on-air launch on 28th September. This sanitization drive contributed to SET’s ongoing endeavor of ensuring best hygiene and safety practices being maintained on-set. As associate sponsors, Asian Paints has also provided Viroprotek Hand and Surface Santizers for the entire crew at KBC.

As a platform, KBC has gone beyond its capacity as a show year after year, putting the common man at the forefront with iconic host of the show, Mr. Amitabh Bachchan, applauding people’s power of knowledge. As a reflection of changing times, the 12th season of the show not just gears up for a comeback amidst a pandemic, but also sets an example for the viewers to consider setbacks as a stepping stone for a greater comeback.

Speaking on the association for KBC, Amit Syngle, Managing Director & CEO, Asian Paints Limited said, Asian Paints is extremely delighted to be associated with Sony Entertainment Television’s most iconic show - 'Kaun Banega Crorepati'. For us, a big focus this year has been taking ownership of safety by employing preventive technologies and hygiene solutions. Be it through San Assure+'s sanitizing capabilities or via Viroprotek a universal hand and surface sanitizers; it is our intention to enhance the safety and wellbeing of our country.  We are proud to have had the opportunity to provide a sanitized working environment to the beloved host of KBC, Mr. Amitabh Bachchan, the crew members and the participants with our San Assure+ sanitizing service.”

Sandeep Mehrotra, Head – Ad Sales, Hindi & Regional Entertainment, Sony Pictures Networks India said, Our valued association with Asian Paints continues this year as well, for KBC, and we are happy to have on board likeminded partners who support us in positively reinforcing best practices. The specially curated sanitization drive by Asian Paints, with their service San Assure+, contributed to our ongoing efforts of maintaining a high level of safety & sanitization on the set.”

ALSO READ: Kaun Banega Crorepati 12: Amitabh Bachchan narrates a powerful poem ‘wapas aana padta hai’ ahead of the premiere 

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Gauri Khan reveals how her mother manages their house Mannat from Delhi

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Gauri Khan,who is an interior designer and wife of Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan recently revealed how they keep their home well organised. She said that her mother, Savita Chhiba manages everything in Mannat from Delhi through 'remote control'.

Gauri Khan reveals how her mother manages their house Mannat from Delhi

In an interview with a new channel, Gauri said that her mother is constantly on call and WhatsApp with the staff at Mannat supervising cleaning and managing the house remotely. Gauri said that it keeps her mother busy and the staff in check.

Gauri admits that her mother has been a huge helping hand as she manages their home through remote control via messages and phone calls.

Meanwhile, Gauri Khan will soon turn author with a book tentatively titled My Life in Design. In a statement, Gauri said, “There are several experiences in my journey as a designer that I would like to record for posterity. The book will be very visually appealing with exclusive pictures and information that I feel could guide aspiring designers or those who are just generally interested in the art of design. The lockdown has given me time to work on this coffee-table book and I will be extremely happy to see it published soon.”

ALSO READ: Suhana Khan enjoys the rain with mother Gauri Khan from the balcony of Mannat

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This throwback video of Hina Khan meeting beau Rocky Jaiswal is too cute to miss

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Hina Khan and Rocky Jaiswal are one of the cutest couples of the television industry and their pictures and videos are surely a sight for sore eyes. From meeting each other after months due to the lockdown to their cute photoshoots, they have managed to give us major couple goals. Sharing a throwback video from their trip to Milan, Rocky Jaiswal and Hina Khan will leave you gushing over their adorable antics.

This throwback video of Hina Khan meeting beau Rocky Jaiswal is too cute to miss

Rocky Jaiswal posted the video where he’s twirling Hina Khan and wrote, “Jaise chilmilaati dhoop mein.. Chaaon ki bahaar khill gayi.. Hum jeet gaye harr manzill tabhi.. Jabb safar mein tum mill gayi.. @realhinakhan #HiRo #Us #MilanInMilan”. Take a look at their video.

On the work front, Hina Khan was last seen in Naagin 5 and a music video with Dheeraj Dhoopar.

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“Happy birthday 8,” writes Alia Bhatt as she shares an adorable picture of Ranbir Kapoor

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Bollywood star Ranbir Kapoor turns 38 today. Fans of Ranbir Kapoor have flooded social media with wishes for the actor. Actress Alia Bhatt who is dating Ranbir took to her Instagram handle to share a picture of the birthday boy wishing him.

“Happy birthday 8,” writes Alia Bhatt as she shares an adorable picture of Ranbir Kapoor

Alia Bhatt shared a picture of Ranbir Kapoor glowing in the candle light of his cakes. Sharing the picture, Alia wrote, "happy birthday 8."

 

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Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor have been dating for quite some time now. They are often seen together in public and never shied away from showering love on each other in public. Ranbir and Alia first appeared together in public in 2018 at Sonam Kapoor and Anand Ahuja's wedding reception

Meanwhile, on the work front, Ranbir and Alia will be sharing screen for the first time in Ayan Mukerji's Brahmastra. The film also stars Amitabh Bachchan. Brahmastra was initially supposed to release in December. However, that does not seem to be happening owing to the delay caused by the pandemic.

ALSO READ: Kareena Kapoor Khan wishes her ‘baby bro’ Ranbir Kapoor with a childhood picture 

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Meet the man who dubbed for Sushant Singh Rajput in Dil Bechara!

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The release of Dil Bechara on July 24 was a special one. This is obviously because it starred the deceased actor Sushant Singh Rajput and it was his last film. His untimely demise had shocked and saddened people across the country. Dil Bechara was their last chance to see their favourite actor in a film. The streaming platform Disney+ Hotstar allowed even non-subscribers to view the film for free. All these factors helped Dil Bechara get historic viewership!

Meet the man who dubbed for Sushant Singh Rajput in Dil Bechara!

Dil Bechara was loved for its subject and of course the performance of Sushant Singh Rajput. The ending was moving, especially the monologue of the actor. And it’ll be a surprise for many of his fans to know that Sushant had not dubbed for that part at all. Meaning, the voice that you hear in the film is not of the late actor. It is Aditya Chaudhary, better known as RJ Aditya, who did the honours.

 

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Hello Guys!! PROUD to share that I’ve been featured in Special Thanks in the film #dilbechara streaming now on @disneyplushotstar . Having dubbed for #sushantsinghrajput SSR’s voice for a few parts (p.s. not the whole film), I think this is the biggest tribute I could’ve given to him ????????. #ssr wherever you are we love you and hope you’re in a peace. Thank you for leaving such a legacy behind! Also a big thanks to @castingchhabra @mukeshchhabracc for trusting me to do the voice part for @sushantsinghrajput Pic 1 - My Name in Special Thanks! ???????? Pic 2 - the Voice Audition for Sushant (it’s a dialogue from MS Dhoni- an untold story) .. don’t want to post anything from the film right now cause I don’t want to give spoilers... may be later!! . . . . . . #dilbechara #dilbecharaonbigscreen #hotstardisneyplus #sushantsinghrajput #sushantsinghrajputvoice #dubbedforsushantsinghrajput #ssr #dilbechara❤️ #mukeshchhabra #sushantsinghrajputfans #sushantsinghrajputfc #sushantsinghrajputfanclub #sushantsinghrajput_forever #sanjanasanghi #sanjanasangifan

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In an interview to an entertainment website a week after Dil Bechara’s release, RJ Aditya revealed that the production team of the film were looking for someone, presumably after his demise, who could dub for Sushant and that’s how they contacted him. He was sent a voice clip from Sushant Singh Rajput’s earlier film M S Dhoni - The Untold Story and was told to record the dialogue in Sushant’s voice. It took some time but the RJ managed to nail it. Director of Dil Bechara, Mukesh Chhabra, was so happy with the audition that he locked him.

Interestingly, even after the film was out, RJ Aditya didn’t reveal in this interview which was the scene that he had dubbed for. It was only in mid-August that he finally revealed the truth in a live Instagram video. This trivia has yet again caught the attention of the netizens after another popular YouTube channel also revealed this fact to many of his fans who were still unaware that the dialogue that moved them to tears was dubbed by someone else.

Dil Bechara is the official remake of the 2014 Hollywood tearjerker The Fault In Our Stars and also co-starred Sanjana Sanghi, Sahil Vaid, Saswata Chatterjee and Swastika Mukherjee. Saif Ali Khan featured in an interesting cameo. The film was the story of two terminally ill patients who meet and fall in love.

Also Read: Sanjana Sanghi remembers Sushant Singh Rajput and thanks fans as Dil Bechara completes 2 months

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VIDEO: Harshad Chopda and Erica Fernandes dancing to Shah Rukh Khan’s classic song is MAJOR Monday mood!

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While Erica Fernandes has wrapped up the shoot for Kasautii Zindagii Kay, she headed off to Goa for the shoot of a music video. However, what surprised us is that she will be starring in the video with Bepannaah star Harshad Chopda. The actress posted a cryptic picture from the airport and the fans were quick to guess that it was Harshad with his classic cross-body leather satchel that has become more of a style statement.

VIDEO Harshad Chopda and Erica Fernandes dancing to Shah Rukh Khan’s classic song is MAJOR Monday mood!

While it is still unclear as to whose tunes these two will be seen together in the video, the fans are just excited to see Harshad Chopda on their screens again. While the fans had already praised Harshad and Erica’s pair on their trip to London last year, a small clip of the duo dancing to Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘Aakhein Khuli’ from Mohabbatein has been going viral for all the right reasons. Dressed in all black, Harshad and Erica are seen dancing with their crew and it will drive your Monday blues away.

Take a look at the video right here.

Also Read: WATCH: Harshad Chopda performs handstand push-ups with perfection and we’re stupefied!

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EXCLUSIVE: “Directors, producers and writers now consider me for lead role” - Jaideep Ahlawat post Paatal Lok success

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Actor Jaideep Ahlawat who has been in the industry for nearly a decade now, gave an exceptional performance in the recently released Amazon Original web series Paatal Lok. He played the lead character Hathiram Chaudhry in the much acclaimed series. The actor will next be seen in the film Khaali Peeli where he will be playing the antagonist. In an exclusive conversation with Bollywood Hungama, Jaideep Ahlawat shares how life changed post Paatal Lok and how he views the OTT vs Theatre debate.

EXCLUSIVE: “Directors, producers and writers now consider me for lead role” - Jaideep Ahlawat post Paatal Lok success

Jaideep got a tremendous response for his performance in Paatal Lok and that has led to him getting many good offers. Talking about the same, he said, “I got a very good response from the audience. I got calls from several directors, producers and actors and they congratulated me. I have been getting several scripts of which many are of lead characters. Now, directors, producers and writers have a change of perspective. They feel I can play lead as well.”

Paatal Lok gave him the kind of recognition that none of his previous projects did. Speaking about the importance of recognition for an artist, Ahlawat said, “Recognition is very important. If you do not get recognition, your message will not reach people. People will not know that there is an actor who is doing good work or can do good work if they get a better opportunity. This keeps happening with everyone. You feel that there will be one work that will get you a better stage and a better platform. So definitely, Paatal Lok was a big, big thing for me. Suddenly, people are aware that there is an actor who was already there but now he can be trusted.”

When asked what keeps him going considering it took him years to get his due and recognition, he said, “That is part of the journey, nothing exclusive. We have many examples. From Om Puri sir to Naseer sir, Manoj sir to Irrfan sir, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, there are many such people who spent a lot of time before getting recognised. Nothing exclusive for me. I was just staying there because I love this job. I love to be in front of the camera. I just love being around on a set. That’s what I do. You get motivated by things around you, you get motivated by actors around you and the directors around you. You just carry on and work hard and improve yourself day by day and you will reach there.”

Khaali Peeli which has Ishaan Khatter and Ananya Panday as the protagonists will be released on October 2 on OTT. While Jaideep feels bad that the film is unable to hit the big screen, he says that as an actor the platform does not make a difference to him. “While working, it does not make a difference, whether it is OTT or theatre. Your job is to play a character and do it well. But its effect can be on the marketing team or the producers. As an actor, we do not change our process depending on the platform,” he said.

“There is more scope for character development as OTT gives you the time, which movie theatre does not. On OTT you can show a story for 7 or 9 hours, so that is the difference. You get to explore a character more, you get to know about it more and you get to play it for a long time. I think because of OTT, writers are getting a new platform in a longer, bigger way. They get it so it comes to us,” he added.

ALSO READ: The very talented Jaideep Ahlawat speaks about Lockdown and Paatal Lok

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Asha Negi gives a befitting reply to a troll asking her to get married

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Asha Negi has time and again spoken her mind and made bold and brave statements. Even when she gets trolled for her birthday throwback photos on Instagram, the actor gives a befitting reply to the comment. She is also one of the many actors to have witnessed trolling on social media, however, she took the matter positively to her stride.

Asha Negi gives a befitting reply to a troll asking her to get married

Asha Negi recently posted a throwback picture on Instagram from her 30th birthday. Amongst the many responses, Asha Negi replied to a user who made a remark that she should get married soon. To this Asha replied in her usually funny and dignified style. She wrote: “When it’s a case of cyber bullying but the case is too on point!! Dost humour ke 100 points magar is soch ka kya karein” Her followers on Instagram cheered her for her graceful message. She tackled the troll quite smartly and it left many of her followers in splits.

Most public figures including Asha Negi often find themselves at the receiving end of trolls on social media. This time Asha Negi chose to give it back but with kindness and class. On the work front, the actress has been receiving praises for Abhay 2.

Also Read: Rithvik Dhanjani has the most magnificent birthday wish for Asha Negi, calls her the epitome of self-love

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Ishaan Khatter reveals that he pulled off stunts and chase sequences on his own in Khaali Peeli

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Ishaan Khatter’s acting chops and dancing skills have been the talk of the town ever since his first film. Every film starring the young actor is a testament to his talent and cements him as a risk-taker. And with Khaali Peeli, he has added a new feather to his hat.

Ishaan Khatter reveals that he pulled off stunts and chase sequences on his own in Khaali Peeli

The trailer of the film abounds in octane action sequences and edgy stunts and chase scenes. And Ishaan has now revealed that he has single-handedly pulled off of those shots and sequences without the help of a body double.  Fans and netizens cannot seem to take their eyes off Ishaan as he smoothly shifts between the packed punches and adrenaline pumping car chase scenes.

The source adds, “Ishaan drove the Padmini taxi throughout the film. All of the shots that you see in the trailer including the quick cutting shots and all the dangerous stunts with the truck cornering in and the drifting have been done by him. He insisted on doing the stunts on his own and eventually left the crew surprised.” The source adds, "The action director - Parvez Shaikhh was super impressed with Ishaan's action moves and claimed that he hadn't seen anyone do them better than him." The film showcases the journey of a taxi driver named Blackie (played by Ishaan Khatter) and Pooja (played by Ananya Panday) who are on the run. While on the run, they soon discover that there is more to what they have gotten into.

Khaali Peeli will release at drive-in theatres in Gurugram and Bengaluru, along with its digital release. The viewers are all geared up to watch the sizzling chemistry of Ishaan and Ananya in their first project together. Helmed by Maqbool Khan, Khaali Peeli is produced by Himanshu Kishan Mehra, Ali Abbas Zafar and Zee Studios.

Also Read: Ishaan Khatter shares video of his six-month physical transformation; Shahid Kapoor calls him ‘Babbar Sher’

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First trailer of Emraan Hashmi’s film Harami gives a glimpse of his merciless role

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Harami, Emraan Hashmi’s latest international production just dropped its official trailer and poster for the film that’s headed to the 2020 Busan International film festival where it has been nominated for the best film, best director, and the best audience award. The awards know as the ‘New Currents award,’ ‘Kim Jiseok Award, and the ‘KNN Audience award’ are the highest awards the festival bestows on the films selected for the main competition at the prestigious festival.

First trailer of Emraan Hashmi’s film Harami gives a glimpse of his merciless role

The film, written and directed by Shyam Madiraju, marks the return of Emraan Hashmi to international storytelling, and his love for hard-hitting and gripping films since his collaboration with the Oscar-winning director Danis Stanovich’s Tigers in 2014. Emraan Hashmi Films also co-produced the film with US-based Germ Collective and other US producing partners. Brent Maddock and Pravesh Singh Rajput produce the Film, with Paul Feig, Sunny Khanna, and Navin Shetty on-board as Executive producers.

The trailer captures the fast-paced, visually striking street saga of youth crime and broken destinies, playing out against the vibrant and chaotic backdrop of a relentless Mumbai. Harami marks the debut for 16-year-old Rizwan Shaikh as ‘Pachpan’ the leader of a pack of pickpockets and also Dhanashree Patil as Uma, Pachapan’s love interest. The film, a collaboration of some of the best international talent, was scored by Oscar winner Antonio Sanchez(Birdman) and sound mixed by Oscar winner Craig Mann (Whiplash) in Los Angeles.

The film is having its world premiere on October 21st-30th at the Busan Film Festival.

ALSO READ: Emraan Hashmi starrer Harami selected in Busan Film Festival’s prestigious main competition section

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Dia Mirza cites His Holiness Dalai Lama's message of collective altruism on UN International Day of Peace

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Recently, actor, producer, UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador, and UN Secretary-General's Advocate for SDGs, Dia Mirza participated in a live digital experience watched by over four billion people around the world. Joining her were global influencers like Jude Law, Emily Watson, Zoe Kravitz, Forest Whitaker, Laura Whitmore, Game of Thrones star Bella Ramsey, musical legends Annie Lennox, Yusuf/Cat Stevens, and others drawn from the world of philanthropy, business, politics and activism.

Dia Mirza cites Dalai Lama's message of collective altruism to mark the UN International Day of Peace

On the occasion, Dia read out 'words of peace,' from a speech by His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama where His Holiness speaks of universal responsibility as being the real key to human survival and how it is the best foundation for world peace. Dia shared with hosts Laura Whitmore and Jeremy Gilley, that the words resonated with her because they emphasized the need for altruism and connectedness in personal, professional, political, and scientific spheres.

Dia agreed with the overarching message of the speech is that if we are to survive as a race, we must recognize and honour our interdependence, interconnectedness and repair our equation with the planet. Because as the Dalai Lama put it, only a collective and consistent practice of altruism and compassion can protect the "delicate matrix of life."

Dia highlighted the core issue in the conversation around peace thus, "Peace determines everything. How we feel, think, and respond to life's challenges but lasting peace can truly be achieved only when we act on climate change. This climate crisis needs our urgent attention as the collective human problems we are experiencing today is connected to environmental degradation. "

She also noted that the world needed more ideological alliances built on the goodwill and cooperation of multitudes and expressed happiness that the UN Secretary General António Guterres had called for a global ceasefire to mark September 21 as truly the day of peace.

The 13-hour-long event was packed with similar appeals for harmony and synergy including one by actor Jude Law who has been a Peace One Day Ambassador for over a decade.  There was also an interview with USG Fabrizio Hochschild, special adviser to the Secretary-General, and dialogue with entrepreneur Richard Branson. As also live interactions with peacekeepers around the world including in Australia, Japan, India, USA, Yemen, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Colombia.

Also Read: Vidya Balan, Sonakshi Sinha, Dia Mirza conclude their initiative of sending out 20000+ PPE kits to health workers

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2 Years Of Pataakha: Sanya Malhotra shares some memories from the film

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Sanya Malhotra gives into nostalgia with a lovely throwback to the time she was on the sets of Pataakha. The film was loved and endeared by the audience and Sanya Malhotra's excellence and versatility as a performer was portrayed beautifully in the film.

2 Years Of Pataakha Sanya Malhotra shares some memories from the film

The actress has impeccable skills to nail every role she takes on and the audience is left in awe each time she is on screen. Sanya's role as 'Genda Chuttki Kumar' gives a glimpse into the life of a girl from a village. The nitty-gritties of village life and sibling rivalries were perfectly portrayed on screen. The role demanded a great level of physicality and the actress has done a phenomenal job.

Sanya shared a video on her social media with the caption, “2 Saal hogaye #Pataakha ko ???????? Kuch Bahot hee special yaadein ????????”. The video shared by the actress shows what went into adapting the rural mannerisms. The actress nailed the diction and bit right into the feels of a village girl. Her on-screen presence and charisma is not something one can miss out on.

Various moments with other cast members having nothing but fun on the set can be seen in the video and the audience can't help but agree that is what was beautifully translated on screen. Sanya will next be seen in Anurag Basu's Ludo which will be followed by Guneet Monga's Pagglait.

Also Read: Sanya Malhotra wishes Badhaai Ho co-star Ayushmann Khurrana with a goofy picture on his birthday

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2 Years Of Pataakha: Vishal Bhardwaj reveals he was impressed by Radhika Madan during her audition  

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It's been two years since Radhika Madan forayed her way to the movies after being a star on Television. Filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj recalled what it was like working with Radhika in Pataakha.

2 Years Of Pataakha: Vishal Bhardwaj reveals he was impressed by Radhika Madan during her audition  

"When I had auditioned Radhika for the film, I was mighty impressed," Vishal Bhardwaj said. "There was a certain rawness in her craft which perfectly worked in our favour. She is one of the most hard-working actors I know. As a part of the prep, she went to a village and interacted with the locals there to inculcate the rustic charm and get the dialect right. Radhika is a bright, young girl and she has a long way to go. She is a delight to work with and is extremely sincere about her craft. I am so glad that we got to collaborate in Pataakha."

Speaking about Pataakha, he said, "I came across this really unique and interesting short story by Charan Singh Pathik in one of the bi-monthly journals of Sahitya Kala Academy and I was instantly drawn to it. Pataakha is a very special film as it gave me the chance to explore a new theme. Sibling rivalry isn't a very popular theme in contemporary Hindi cinema."

2 Years Of Pataakha: Vishal Bhardwaj reveals he was impressed by Radhika Madan during her audition  

"As it completes 2 years, I feel extremely happy as I still come across these messages where people tell me about how much they loved the film. Pataakha also gave me the opportunity to shoot in Rajasthan. It is a beautiful place. It was a lovely experience creating music for the film too. Pataakha gave me the opportunity to work with some of the most talented artistes," he added.

2 Years Of Pataakha: Vishal Bhardwaj reveals he was impressed by Radhika Madan during her audition  

Pataakha starred Radhika Madan, Sanya Malhotra, Sunil Grover, Saanand Verma, Lankesh Bhardwaj, and Vijay Raaz among others.

ALSO READ: Radhika Madan explains why it is important to speak up for Rhea Chakraborty; says it does not undermine Sushant’s right for justice

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BLACKPINK drop stunning concept teaser of 'Lovesick Girls' ahead of 'The Album' release  

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BLACKPINK is gearing up to drop their debut album titled 'The Album'. Leading up to October 2, the K-pop girl group has been dropping individual posters and concept teasers of Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé, and Lisa.

BLACKPINK drop stunning concept teaser of 'Lovesick Girls' ahead of 'The Album' release  

On September 28, YG Entertainment revealed that the title track of 'The Album' is 'Lovesick Girls'. Along with the title reveal, a few hours later, the concept teaser for the song was dropped in which all the four members were walking in a dark alley looking stunning whilst flaunting Avante-Garde looks.

Individual Teasers:

LISA:

ROSÉ:

JISOO:

JENNIE:

Currently, BLACKPINK members are gearing up to release their first full-length album on October 2 and have already released the pre-single 'How You Like That' which set five total Guinness World Records. The quartet dropped the second single 'Ice Cream' on August 28 with a surprise featured guest Selena Gomez.

The quartet is set to drop the Netflix documentary next month. "BLACKPINK: Light Up the Sky — an all-access documentary about one of the world's most popular groups — premieres in your area on October 14," the tweet read.

 

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Here's a list of 12 undiscovered Lata Mangeshkar songs on her 91st birthday

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1. 'Barse Ghan Saari Raat...Sangg Sow Jao’ (Tarang): The immensely gifted composer Vanraj Bhatia created only one song for Lataji for Kumar Shahani’s experimental film Tarang...and what a song....a long narrative number describing a deserted wife’s desolation Sangg sow jaois among Lataji’s most complex songs rendered by her with an easy fluidity that only she knows how to impart to songs. Sadly this unbelievably beautiful song isn’t unavailable on any format.

Subhash K Jha selects his 12 favourite undiscovered Lata Mangeshkar songs on her 94th birthday

2. 'Chhod Mera Haath Mujhe Peene De’ (Subha-o-Sham): A whole precious treasury of Lataji’s drunken songs exists.And there you have such masterly melodies of tipsiness as ‘Sharaabi Sharaabi Mera Naam Ho Gaya’ (Chandan Ka Palna), ‘Kaise Rahun Chup’ (Inteqaam) and ‘Haan Jee Haan Maine Sharaab Pee Hai’ (Seeta Aur Geeta). ‘Chhod Mera Hath’is from a film called Subah-o-Shaamwhere a sozzled Waheeda Rehman dances and stumbles to a sound so divine it invites you to give up the thought of giving up alcohol. An amazing unknown Laxmikant-Pyarelal composition.

3. 'O Ganga Maiyya Paar Lagaade Mere Sapnon Ki Naiyya’ (Chandan Ka Palna): An absolute gem from one of Meena Kumari’s last film Chandan Ka Palnaand one of R D Burman’s first scores. It is an achingly tender melody about a woman’s craving for a child.

4. 'Aa Meri Jaan Main Khadi Hoon Yahan’ (Goonj): Lataji could be anything from the wannabe mother to the wandering spirit....With Rahul Dev Burman again, this one is a haunting bewitchingly beautifully crafted number from a long-forgotten 1974 film Goonjthat gnaws at our soul and penetrates into our hearts.

5. 'Daiyya Re Daiya Yashoda Maiya Issko Sambhaal Bada Nakhtat Hai Tero Nandal’ (Aasra): Playful, mischievous, flirtatious and fabulous...this Laxmikant-Pyarelal composition from the film Aasradeserves a place among the Nightingale’s most nubile numbers.

6. 'Jab Yaad Kissiki Aati Hai’ (Title Song): So great. You know Madan Mohan and Lataji’s combination for songs like ‘Lag Jaa Gale Se’and ‘Hum Hain Mataye Kucha-O-Bazaar Ki Terah’. What about something like the title songs from this Mala Sinha starrer? It’s sinful to ignore it. Do ignore that lengthy opening musical dance piece that accompanies the number, though.

Subhash K Jha selects his 12 favourite undiscovered Lata Mangeshkar songs on her 94th birthday

7. 'Main Iss Paar Khadi Yeh Sochoon Kya Uss Paar Na Jaane’ (Sharafat): Ah! Heaven on earth. A song about Nature and its mysteries spun into a mysterious melody by Laxmikant-Pyarelal and sung by Asia’s most precious voice as though there’s no tomorrow. Don’t look for paradise anywhere else.

8. 'Jaa Re Jaa Maine Tujhe Jaan Liya Re’ (Raja Rani): In the Rajesh Khanna-Sharmila Tagore starrer Raja-RaniR.D Burman had composed quite a few chartbusters. No one knows this amazing Mujra sung with an incredibly layered skill and suppleness. Try to find it on the internet and just....float with that divine voice.

9. 'Mujhe Pyar Karne Ka Haq Nahin’ (Darpan): A luminous lament of a Fallen Woman in the Waheeda Rehman film Darpan sung in a tone that breaks your heart over and over again as Lataji goes from stanza to stanza of tragic self-negation. Laxmikant-Pyarelal, take a bow.

10. ‘Wohjo Auron Ki Khaatir Jiye Mar-Mite Sochti Hoon Unhein Kya Mila’ (Aaina): Naushad in the Mumtaz starrer Aaina in an undiscovered gem of a song about a woman who sacrifices her entire life for her family only to wonder...what did I get in return?

11. ‘Jo Dard Diya Tumne Geeton Mein Piro Lenge’: Ravindra Jain's unreleased song is an absolute classic and one of Lataji's jewel in the croon, uncelebrated because it did not get a parent movie. Jain had the tune with him for years. He was so possessive about the song that he would sing it in his own voice and not allow any other singer to touch it. Except of course Lataji.

12. ‘Kanha Bole Na’ (Sangat): Lataji always brought out the best in the great composer Salil Chowdhary. In Basu Bhattacharya's unknown film Sangat Lataji sang two absolute gems Balma mora achra and Kanha bole na , both duets with Manna Dey, both attaining an acme of excellence in her voice. I picked Kanhna bole na because ....well because.

Also Read: Why Lata Mangeshkar outshone every other singer

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Shefali Shah speaks about bagging nomination at Emmy Awards 2020 for Delhi Crime

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Shefali Shah’s earnest and honest portrayal as DCP Vartika Chaturvedi in Richie Mehta’s Netflix original show Delhi Crime was unarguably the best performance by any Indian actor across streaming platforms last year. Needless to say, the prolific actor won three Best Actor awards for her stupendous performance at the prestigious Jagran Film Festival, iReel Awards, and Asian Academy Creative Awards (in Singapore) last year.

Shefali Shah speaks about bagging nomination at Emmy Awards 2020 for Delhi Crime

Such has been the popularity of the show that it has now bagged a nomination in the Best Drama series category at this year’s International Emmy Awards 2020. The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has recently announced the nominations for the International Emmy Awards in various categories.

From the exasperation of investigating the high-profile Nirbhaya rape case in New Delhi in 2012 to rage against armchair protesters, the versatile actress as the determined police officer walked away with all the accolades for her brilliant performance.

Shefali Shah informs, “I’m beyond excited. I don’t know another show that deserves this more. Delhi Crime and Vartika is one of the best things that happened to me. I am so so proud to be a part of it, irrespective of nominations or awards. Of course, the recognition emphasises what I feel.”

Possessing a natural charisma about her, Shefali is one of the finest and most versatile actresses. Her most impactful recent projects include Juice, Once Again, and The Last Lear which also fetched her a National Award.

Also Read: Delhi Crime, Made In Heaven, Four More Shots Please bag nominations at the International Emmy Awards 2020

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Kareena Kapoor Khan wishes her ‘baby bro’ Ranbir Kapoor with a childhood picture

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Kareena Kapoor Khan took to her Instagram handle on Monday to wish her brother Ranbir Kapoor and aunt Rima Jain on their birthdays. She shared old pictures of both of them.

Kareena Kapoor Khan wishes her ‘baby bro’ Ranbir Kapoor with a childhood picture

Bebo shared a picture of Ranbir Kapoor and her from their childhood where they are seen posing with balloons. Sharing the pictures, Kareena wrote, "Great minds, great people born on the same day...wah ❤️❤️❤️ Happy Birthday Best Aunt and Best Bro ❤️❤️”.

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Fans of Ranbir Kapoor have flooded social media with wishes for the actor who turns 38 today. Ranbir's sister Riddhima shared a family collage while wishing Ranbir on social media.

 

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On the work front, Ranbir Kapoor will next be seen with Alia Bhatt and Amitabh Bachchan in Brahmastra. The team has started dubbing for the film. The film was to release in December but will now be pushed because of the pandemic.

ALSO READ: BREAKING SCOOP: Ranbir Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor’s next with Luv Ranjan on floors in November!

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Neha Pendse denies replacing Saumya Tandon on Bhabhiji Ghar Par Hain

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Saumya Tandon has recently quit the show Bhabhiji Ghar Par Hain after 5 years and has cited that she wants to grow as an actor and has already gained all the experience she could from the show. While she said that the producers and other makers were very understanding and supportive of her decision, they are still on the lookout for another actress to star as Gori Mem on the show. A few actresses including Shefali Jariwala of Bigg Boss 13 fame were known to have been approached for the role, however, she denied the rumours.

Neha Pendse denies replacing Saumya Tandon on Bhabhiji Ghar Par Hain

After Shefali, Neha Pendse was approached for the role as per the rumours, but the actress, too, has rubbished them. Neha Pendse said that she would love to work with Benaifer Kohli, the producer, once again but she has not been approached for the role of Gori Mem. Neha Pendse has not done any project in a long time and is waiting for a worthy project rather than signing something for the heck of it.

Apart from Saumya Tandon, Falguni Rajani who portrays the role of Gulfam Kali on the show has also quit to work on a Marathi show as per the reports.

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Why Lata Mangeshkar outshone every other singer

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She is the undisputed queen of melody. Lata Mangeshkar is to music what Picasso is to painting and Mozart to the symphony. Such talent and reputation comes with a price. Lataji has often been accused of rendering the other female singers of the era jobless

Why Lata Mangeshkar outshone every other singer

Geeta Dutt for example, who was the favourite of Sachin Dev Burman suddenly found herself pushed out of favour by the other voice. Or take Lataji’s own sister Asha Bhosle, she was the second choice for all the composers, until O P Nayyar and R D Burman came along. It is said that Geeta would ring up Sachinda and ask him why he had switched to Lataji’s voice. His answer was unchangeable. “Lota (that’s what he called her) is Lota.”

I was once speaking to the great Manna Dey about the so-called competition that Lataji swept away he said, “When Lata emerged as a force to reckon with , the other popular voices of the time like Zohrabai Ambewali and Shamshah Begum began to appear unpolished. They lacked Lata’s sophistication. Lata has a very very rare talent.I wouldn’t say she has been taught music. Wohsun sun ke bani hai.She learnt from Noor Jehan. She even learnt by listening to Geeta Dutt. But Lata polished all the weaknesses in Geeta’s throat.”

The world may have felt that Lataji ousted Geeta Dutt. But Geeta, a gem of a person, never showed any resentment towards her rival.

Lataji once told me they were close friends. “We sang many duets together. She was very fond of me. And I of her. She used to confide her domestic problems in me. We spent hours chatting and gossiping,” Lataji told me.

Another singer who is said to have been deeply affected by Lataji’s supremacy is Suman Kalyanpur. It is Ms Kalyanpur’s misfortune that she sounded like a feeble version of Lataji and got branded the ‘poor man’s Lata Mangeshkar.’

Not too many people know this. But Lataji actually recommended Suman K whenever she, Lataji, was unable to do a song. And yet there were stories circulated about Suman’s career being sabotaged. On the contrary, Suman Kalyanpur only benefited from her vocal resemblance to the Nightinagle. Whenever composers couldn’t get the original they embraced the echo.

Which brings us to Anuradha Paudwal. She came into the 1990s determined to be Lataji’s replacement. With the backing of T Series she re-recorded every single song she could lay her hands on of Lataji in her own voice. She also tried to get Lataji’s replaced with her own voice in the compositions of Laxmikant-Pyarelal.

None of this worked. One can’t “replace” the sun or the moon.

A self-confessed Lata bhakt Javed Akhtar says, “Lataji is the most defining emblem of Indian cinema.Normally artistes strive for perfection. Only Lata Mangeshkar has achieved it. There’re no boundaries to her excellence and reach.”

Why Lata Mangeshkar outshone every other singer

The poet feels Hindi film songs define the Indian identity the worldover. “You know, Hindi film music is so deeply rooted to our life and culture… When I go to foreign countries and to very exclusive gatherings of NRIs who are deeply conscious of their status and position, they invariably lose their inhibitions once everyone starts singing songs. More than cinema, I think Indians all over the world are bonded by film songs. Film music outlives cinema. Today we remember Lataji’s songs. But not the films they belong to.”

Javed Saab feels it’s impossible to assess the true measure of Lataji’s contribution to Indian cinema. “No matter how much we revere Lataji, we cannot even begin to evaluate her contribution. Her body of work is beyond awesome. Listen to the nostalgia channel on the FM radio channels. 80 percent of the songs are by Lataji. She has proved perfection is possible in this imperfect world.”

The poet compares Lataji to the greatest artistes of the world. “Sometimes I think people like Lataji, Ghalib, Beethoven and Shakespeare are far removed from the normal chain of human civilization. If they were just role models how come no one was able to achieve an iota of their perfection? They are intruders of civilization who come as reminders of the rule of mediocrity that prevails. Lataji belongs to a different league.”

Javed Saab recalls an illustrative anecdote about Lataji that truly defines the voice of India. “I’ll tell you an incident that Pandit Jasraj narrated to me.In the 1950s he was in Amritsar when he went to meet the classical genius Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan who was his God. When Pandit Jasraj got chatting Bade Ghulam Ali Saab suddenly told the young man to keep quiet. He heard the sound of the young Lata Mangeshkar singing Yeh zindagi usski ki hai from Anarkali. Bade Ghulam Ali Khan was enraptured. He finally said, ‘Kambhakt, kabhi besuri hoti hi nahin.’ That remark had the affection of a father and the envy of an artist.”

Javed Saab ends his emotional encomium with a Lata-centric homage from a musicologist. “I remember meeting a music scholar Chaman Bharti in Bhopal. I asked him what he found so special about Lata Mangeshkar. He explained to me, ‘If you take a strand of hair and put it under a microscope here would be a center to that magnified view of the strand of hair. Sur kitna bhi bareeq ho usska jo exact center hai wahan Lata Mangeshkar gaati hai.”

Incidentally Javed Saab is not the only poet-lyricist to dedicate lines to Lataji. The great Majrooh Sultanpuri wrote a 24-line poem entitled Lata Mangeshkar Ke Naam in which he wrote, “...Jahaan rang na khushboo hai koi/Tere hothon se mehak jaate hain afkaar mere/Mere lafzon ko jo choo leti hai awaaz teri/Sarhadein tod ke udd jaati hain ashaar mere.”

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“I never listen to my songs. If I did, I’d find a hundred mistakes in my singing" - Lata Mangeshkar

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Lataji namaskaar, it is that time of the year again when we Lata Bhakts say a thankyou prayer to the Almighty for your presence?
Bahot dhanyavaad. Yeh toh aap logon ka pyar hai jo mujhe yahan tak laya hai. Varna main toh kuch bhi nahin hoon.

“I never listen to my songs. If I did, I’d find a hundred mistakes in my singing" - Lata Mangeshkar

S P Balasubramaniam with whom you sang many hits, passed away?
It is very sad to have one of your colleagues go away. Balaji and I sang many hits in Ek Duuje Ke Liye, Main Pyar Kiya, Hum Aapke Hain Koun and many others. He was a wonderful singer and an even better human being. I believe to be a good artiste you must have a pure soul.

Lataji, when you look back on your astonishing career how do you feel?
Mujhe ashcharya hota hai ke logon ne mujhe itne dinon tak kaise bardhasht kiya hai! I can't believe I've been tolerated by music lovers for 75 years. Without their love and loyalty I'd be nothing. I've never allowed success to go to my head. I've seen many artistes fall because of their pride. I've persuaded myself to stay humble and grounded. God has been very kind to me. Even my substandard songs have been accepted by my listeners. The blessings of my parents and the love of my listeners are what has kept me going.

Many of us believe there never was and there will be another Lata Mangeshkar?
I have to disagree with you. There have been many talented singers before and after me.

Comparable with you?
Yes, why not? Noor Jehanji, Shamshad Begumji , Geeta Duttji before me, and my sister Asha were all extremely talented. Among the current voices I like Alka Yagnik, Shreya Ghosal and Sunidhi Chauhan.

I have a question for you from Mrs Jaya Bachchan who idolizes you. Which actress do you feel did the optimum justice to your voice on screen?
That’s a tough one. Because each heroine from Madhubala and Meena Kumari to Sridevi and Madhuri brought something special to my songs. But if you insist on one heroine I’d have to go with Nutan. She was a singer herself. When she emoted to my songs on screen she actually sang along. The way she has performed my song ‘Mann Mohana Bade Jhothe’ (Seema) is exemplary. Jaya Bachchanji is also one of my favourites. I think the way she emoted to my song ‘Bahon Mein Chale Aao’ (Anamika) added a lot to the song’s abiding popularity

Who are your favourite heroines?
Hema Malini has always been a favourite. Among the older lot I was very close to Nargis and Meena Kumari. Meenaji and I would chat endlessly when we met. She loved the length of my hair. It used to reach to floor back then. I also used to like Pooja Bhatt a lot. Does she act anymore?

Do you watch a lot of films at home these days?
After my illness, the doctors have severely curtailed all my activities, including movie-watching. Nowadays I don’t watch much television except CID and Adaalat which have been my favourites for years.

Do you listen to your own songs?
Never! I never listen to my songs. If I did, I’d find a hundred mistakes in my singing. Even in the past, once I finished recording a song I was done with it.

“I never listen to my songs. If I did, I’d find a hundred mistakes in my singing - Lata Mangeshkar

Offhand which have been your career-making songs?
‘Aayega Aanewala’ in Mahal (1949) was the turning point in my career. Then I’d say ‘Pyar Kiya Toh Darna Kya’ in Mughal-e-Azam. Audiences would throw coins on the screen when that song came on. There have been many important songs in my career. Too many to mention. I am very fond of my album of Meera Bhajans Chale Vahe Des for which my brother Hridaynath composed the music. And the album Sajda for which I teamed up with Jagjit Singh.

Who among your composers was the toughest taskmaster?
Sajjad Husain. Sajjad Saab’s songs would often make me very apprehensive. I’d wonder if I’d be able to sing them the way he wanted me to. There were other composers whose compositions I didn’t fear singing at all because of my rapport with them. Like Madan (Mohan) Bhaiyya. Not that Sajjad Saab took me to task, but he would compose such complex numbers and would be so particular about the way they were rendered, that I would become very conscious.

Who were the other composers who challenged your talent?
Salil Chaudhary. I shared a great rapport with him. He knew which of his creations suited me. I was never scared of singing his tunes. Instead, I would be very keen to sing his songs. I love his music. I haven’t met a composer quite like him. Look at the tunes he thought up! And the sources of his composition! He used to write fluently in Bengali. His poems in Bengali were superb. You know, he used to write his own lyrics for some of the Bengali songs he composed for me. His grasp of the North-Eastern folk music was tremendous. Being a Communist he was an agnostic. So we never agreed on his views on God. Lekin woh kamaal ke music director tthe.

Which other composer would you place in this kamaal ki category?
(Promptly) Madan Mohan, of course. He had a unique style. And Shankar-Jaikishan. Jaikishan was very talented. Very creative. Even Shankarji’s songs were a treat. They did borrow from the West whenever they felt like it. But it was Salilda who was deeply influenced by Western music. He used to listen to Western symphonies and incorporate them in his compositions. And he could tell which symphony had been incorporated into which song.

O.P. Nayyar once said that RD gave his best songs to you and the rest to Asha Bhosle. Do you agree with that?
(Laughs loudly) I wouldn’t know about that. He must have had his reasons. Pancham (RD) used to interact a lot with me. He used to call me Didi, and loved me like a sister. He used to pour his heart out to me. He did compose in a special style for me. He knew instinctively which song suited (my sister) Asha and which suited me. I loved the songs Laxmikant-Pyarelal composed for me too. They were also special. For about 10-12 years they composed some really great numbers.

What is your birthday message to your millions of fans and well-wishers?
We are going through the worst possible phase in the history of civilization. Be kind and generous to those who are less privileged than you. Give generously. Do not hold back your love for fellow human beings. Now is the time to stop being tight-fisted about feelings. Jyot se jyot jalate chalo prem ki ganga bahaate chalo.

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Kaun Banega Crorepati 12: Amitabh Bachchan narrates a powerful poem ‘wapas aana padta hai’ ahead of the premiere

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2020 as a year has been etched in everyone’s minds, for all the wrong reasons. Given the pandemic, everyone has faced setbacks. However, it’s for us to decide how to overcome these setbacks and march ahead. The will and determination to move forward comes from within, and this year, the 12th Season of Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC) gears up for the most celebrated comeback with the thought – Jo Bhi Ho, Setback Ka Jawaab Comeback Se Do.

Kaun Banega Crorepati 12: Amitabh Bachchan narrates a powerful poem ‘wapas aana padta hai’ ahead of the premiere

In the powerful promo released on Sunday, September 27, Amitabh Bachchan narrates a power emphasizing, “Jab waqt ki chotein har sapne har leti hain, jab raah ki keelein pag chalni kar deti hain, aise mein bhi gagan bhed hoonkar lagana padta hai,” Amitabh says in the promo.

“Kismat se har panne par, Kismat likhwana padta hai, Wapas aana padta hai,” he adds.

With the season 12 of KBC on the anvil, Amitabh Bachchan is also gearing up to welcome and applaud contestants from across the country. Kaun Banega Crorepati returns from Sony TV on September 28, 2020, onwards.

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Sushant Singh Rajput’s sister Shweta Singh Kirti shares a childhood picture of her brother, Ankita Lokhande drops a comment

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Sushant Singh Rajput's sister Shweta Singh Kirti has continued to share unseen moments of her brother on social media. After the actor’s untimely passing, she has taken to her Instagram to remember him via throwback posts. She recently took to Instagram to share a childhood photo of Sushant.

Sushant Singh Rajput’s sister Shweta Singh Kirti shares a childhood picture of her brother, Ankita Lokhande drops a comment

Shweta captioned the post, "Those twinkling eyes... reflect the internal purity. #SushantSinghRajput." Ankita Lokhande, Sushant’s former co-star and girlfriend, dropped a heart emoji on the photo.

 

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Another picture that she shared was of Sushant’s praying at Golden Temple in Amritsar. “PRAY.... Because when prayers are heard miracles happen!” she wrote.

 

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Sushant Singh Rajput, known for his work in Kai Po Che, Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!, MS Dhoni – The Untold Story among others, passed away on June 14 after he was found hanging in his Bandra apartment. Central Bureau Of Investigation (CBI) is currently probing his death. Enforcement Directorate and Narcotics Control Bureau are probing money laundering and drugs angle.

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SP Balasubrahmanyam’s son clears air around rumours of his father’s hospital bills being paid by the Vice President of India 

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Legendary singer SP Balasubrahmanyam passed away on Friday after a long battle with COVID-19. Two days after his demise, the singer's son SP Charan took to social media and shared a video to clear the air regarding the rumours about his father's hospital bills. It was rumoured that BJP leader and Vice President of India Venkaiah Naidu paid the bills after Tamil Nadu Government refused to help. 

SP Balasubrahmanyam’s son clears air around rumours of his father’s hospital bill being paid by the Vice President of India 

SP Charan said that the messages doing the rounds are false and requested people not to spread rumours. “It is unfortunate that there are rumours going around about MGM hospital and payments regarding my dad's care, bills and all that technical stuff. We were in the hospital from August 5. My father passed away on September 25. There are rumours around the amount of bill that was charged. That we had paid something and there was a balance and that we had requested the Tamil Nadu government but they did not reciprocate and I had to gone to Vice President of India and they had responded instantaneously. Also that unless we had paid the balance amount, the hospital was not releasing my dad for the last rituals. Let me just say that this all a big hogwash. I don't know why people do this without consulting people. They don't seem to realise how offensive and hurting this is to people associated with this issue,” he said. 

“These people cannot be fans of SPB. SPB would not do something like this. I'd like to say that I forgive this person but he needs to grow up and do the right thing. He has no base in spreading such rumours. He has no knowledge what the treatment was, how much the bills were and who paid what. Me and the hospital will do a press release to muff all the rumours. It is so simple to post things online and mess things up for people,” he further said. 

"We as a family are completely grateful for everything that MGM Healthcare for us, for my father as a patient and for us as a family who were attending and taking care of him. I truly miss going to the hospital, miss meeting all doctors and nurses. When MGM had called Apollo requesting for an equipment they immediately sent it for my dad’s treatment. So they are all great people. You who spread rumours can also be great people. Try to emulate the greatness," SP Charan concluded. 

SP Balasubrahmanyam was laid to rest with full state honours on Saturday in Chennai. 

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Amol Parashar on Hrithik Roshan’s reaction, “It feels good to see someone taking out 2 seconds of their life to acknowledge you and your work”

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Hrithik Roshan is one of the humblest actors who is very vocal on appreciating new talent and acknowledges good projects. Recently the actor praised the incredible performances in Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare and Amol Parashar who plays a pivotal role in the movie was moved by Hrithik’s sweet gesture.

Amol Parashar on Hrithik Roshan’s reaction, “It feels good to see someone taking out 2 seconds of their life to acknowledge you and your work”

In a recent interview, Amol Parashar expresses his feelings on receiving appreciation from superstar Hrithik Roshan. He shared, “It was very sweet. He even put it on Instagram and tagged all of us. When I got this notification, I was happy. It’s one thing when you know somebody and have met them in real life. But he saw the movie, he searched for our names and tagged us all. He put in that extra effort to tag us all. That’s encouraging. It feels good to see someone taking out 2 seconds of their life to acknowledge you and your work. I sent the screenshot to my parents and they were very happy.”

Appreciation in any form is heartwarming but when it comes from a superstar the impact is huge. His response came in after Hrithik took to his social media account to acknowledge the empowering story and talent of the ensemble cast. He wrote, “One of the most 'human' stories delivered by the exceptionally talented @alankrita601, @konkonas & @bhumipednekar. #DollyKittyAurWohChamakteSitare celebrates inner human conflicts, with an empowering story. Superb work by the entire team ????????”

Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare is an empowering sisterhood saga of Dolly and her cousins who deal with emotions, acceptance and resolutions in the world of preconceived notions. Appreciating hard work, talent and remarkable projects has always been a key aspect of Hrithik. His social media is a testimony of this encouragement and appreciation for talent in any form.

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2 Years Of Sui Dhaaga: Director Sharat Katariya says, “My characters normally come from my personal experiences of growing up in Delhi”

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Film-maker Sharat Katariya has delivered two back to back hits with Dum Laga Ke Haisha starring Ayushmann Khurrana and Bhumi Pednekar and Sui Dhaaga, starring Varun Dhawan and Anushka Sharma and has also given audiences some of the most real, charming and endearing characters seen on screen in the recent years. From Sandhya and Prem Prakash Tiwari in Dum Laga Ke Haisha to Mamta and Mauji Sharma in Sui Dhaaga, Sharat has won the hearts of audiences with these lovely, small town people who everyone can relate to. On the 2nd anniversary of his much-acclaimed Sui Dhaaga, Sharat reveals his secret when it comes to creating such heart-touching, middle-class characters who are rooted and made in India.

2 Years Of Sui Dhaaga Director Sharat Katariya says, “My characters normally come from my personal experiences of growing up in Delhi”

Sharat says, “I was born in Delhi. The characters normally come from personal experiences of growing up. All these characters whether its Prem-Sandhya or Mauji or Mamta or other characters, like their parents, their family, their neighbours, whatsoever you write or you are influenced from, are people who you come across. Most of these people in the films are the characters one has come across in life while growing up.

Sharat’s films always make a subtle social commentary. Ask him if he is trying to bring a positive social change through his cinema and he says, “When you are writing you are not thinking about all these things. You write what you feel for, that's the most primary thing. Anything that you feel for has a resonance to the social environment and it automatically reflects in the script. One doesn't start from there, one starts from an incident or something that inspires or moves you, that's where is the beginning.”

Sharat explains, “Dum Laga Ke Haisha’s genesis was seeing the character of a wife winning a championship. I was not thinking of social relevance or anything like that. I was thinking of a story but when you are developing characters, a woman is overweight and a man is thin and it’s a marriage which is not working, then automatically all the social conflicts and stigmas will automatically come into the story. Because the characters grow up in real environment and they have their own prejudices and conflicts and hence the social commentary.”

He further adds, “Same is with Sui Dhaaga. I saw a man under a tree, who was working as a tailor to make his ends meet and from there it began. These are the real people, these are the real heroes, for me, he is a superhero. Superheroes are not just about flying in the air. Superheroes are also about making their ends meet in the most difficult scenarios. That's how it came in and became social commentary. The idea is never to manipulate writing in a way that it becomes that.”

Sharat has been associated with YRF as a writer and director and he cherishes his journey with the studio because of the creative freedom he enjoys. He says, “You are free in terms of creative freedom that's why I am here for 5 years. When I joined YRF, the idea was to make films. That's what you want to make and you are allowed that. It is as simple as that. It's a free democratic space. I haven't been told to write this or that or direct this or that. I was allowed to use my own imagination and come up with stories.”

Talking about his creative camaraderie with Maneesh Sharma with whom he also won the National Award for Dum Laga Ke Haisha, Sharat says, “I'll tell you what I'm currently going through and you will understand the relationship that I have with Maneesh. Any idea that comes to my head I share it with him and we jam on it and we discuss that does it work or does it not work, stuff like that. Sometimes, I suggest an idea and I am not too convinced and I go into a shell, he is the one who tells me that no, you are making a mistake or you are acting lazy or you are unnecessarily thinking negative, this is what you should be developing. I have a great sounding board, a motivator, guide, who tells me if I’m right or wrong. Then, there is a discussion on that and it's a great equation I would say. You are not shooting in the dark.”

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Sanjay Dutt and Maanayata Dutt strike a pose during their Dubai vacation

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Actor Sanjay Dutt and his wife Maanayata Dutt, earlier this month, left for Dubai to spend some quality time with their family. After spending the entire lockdown in Mumbai while Maanayata & the kids were in Dubai, Sanjay Dutt reunited with them after several months. The Kalank actor was diagnosed with cancer in August and was doing his preliminary treatment in Mumbai. As his treatment has begun, he also resumed work and wrapped up some of his commitments before heading to Dubai for ten days.

Sanjay Dutt and Maanayata Dutt strike a pose during their Dubai vacation

Maanayata, during the weekend, shared a photo with Sanjay Dutt and wrote, “And how do you survive what you have been given to bear. You keep putting one foot in front of the other and you keep walking....walking together in life.”

Sanjay Dutt will be resuming shoot for the Yash Raj Films' big-budget historical Prithviraj post-Diwali! The details have been revealed according to reliable trade sources. A trade source reveals, “Sanju has finished 85-90 percent of Prithviraj shoot already and he has just 5 to 6 days of shoot left. He has finished maximum portions of principle photography and he will be resuming the Prithviraj shoot immediately post Diwali. He has been a rockstar as he is finishing all his shooting commitments. The makers are planning this shoot basis this time window and will wrap up the entire film immediately.”

On the work front, Sanjay Dutt will also resume work on Bhuj: The Pride Of India and KGF: Chapter 2.

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EXCLUSIVE STILLS: Mika Singh, Neha Kakkar and Badshah unite for 'Sawan Mein Lag Gayi Aag' in Ginny Weds Sunny

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Get ready to put your dancing shoes on because three of India's biggest hitmakers have come together for a song that will bring you and your fam-gang to the dance floor. It's the official remake of an iconic song with a twist delivered by the original singer-composer Mika Singh.

EXCLUSIVE STILLS: Mika Singh, Neha Kakkar and Badshah unite for 'Sawan Mein Lag Gayi Aag' in Ginny Weds Sunny

Rapper Badshah and the queen of chartbusters Neha Kakkar joined Mika to bring to viewers/listeners the wedding party anthem titled 'Sawan Mein Lag Gayi Aag' from the upcoming film, Ginny Weds Sunny. The movie's music partner, Sony Music India stirred excitement as it dropped its sneak-peek today.

EXCLUSIVE STILLS: Mika Singh, Neha Kakkar and Badshah unite for 'Sawan Mein Lag Gayi Aag' in Ginny Weds Sunny

The song has been composed by Mika Singh and Payal Dev, rendered by Mika, Neha Kakkar, and Badshah and written by Mika, Payal Dev, Badshah and Mohsin Shaikh.

Music composer Payal Dev says, "Ginny Weds Sunny gave me the opportunity to collaborate with brilliant artists. Harmonizing my music sensibilities with them has been an incredible experience. I am super excited about the release of this album. All I want is for listeners to have a good time listening to these songs."

Presented by Sony Music India, composed by Mika Singh and Payal Dev, rendered by Mika, Neha Kakkar, and Badshah and written by Mika, Payal Dev, Badshah, and Mohsin Shaikh, Sawan Mein Lag Gayi Aag releases on September 28.

EXCLUSIVE STILLS: Mika Singh, Neha Kakkar and Badshah unite for 'Sawan Mein Lag Gayi Aag' in Ginny Weds Sunny

Ginny Weds Sunny's music album has a song for every wedding ceremony right from sangeet to the reception. The wedding party anthem, 'Sawan Mein Lag Gayi Aag' has been composed by Mika Singh and Payal Dev, rendered by Mika, Neha Kakkar and Badshah and written by Mika, Payal Dev, Badshah, and Mohsin Shaikh.

The sangeet song 'LOL' has been composed by Payal Dev, written by Kunaal Vermaa and sung by Payal Dev and Dev Negi. Composed by Gaurav Chatterji, written by Sandeep Gaur and sung by Neeti Mohan, Jatinder Singh, and Harjot K. Dhillon, 'Phoonk Phoonk' is a happening baraat song. Sung by Kamal Khan, 'Rubaru' is a melancholic song, composed by Jaan Nissar Lone and written by Peer Zahoor. 'Phir Chala' is a soulful track sung by Jubin Nautiyal, composed by Payal Dev and written by Kunaal Vermaa.

Headstrong Ginny meets Sunny for an arranged marriage but turns him down. Sunny then teams up with Ginny's mother to win her love. The film is directed by Puneet Khanna, written by Navjot Gulati and Sumit Arora; and stars Yami Gautam, Vikrant Massey, and Ayesha Raza amongst others. It releases on Netflix on October 9, 2020.

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Amitabh Bachchan pays tribute to late SP Balasubrahmanyam

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Legendary singer SP Balasubrahmanyam was in critical condition after he was diagnosed with COVID-19 in August. He was on maximum life support in Chennai's MGM Healthcare Hospital and breathed his last on September 25. As tributes have been pouring in from all corners, Amitabh Bachchan also paid tribute to him.

Amitabh Bachchan pays tribute to late SP Balasubrahmanyam

Sharing a picture, Amitabh Bachchan said SPB had "God gifted voice". "In the middle of the work schedule, the mind works at a tangent that brings emotion for the departed - SP Balasubrahmanyam the God gifted voice gone silent. And day on day the very special have left us for the heavens and as they would often say 'to a better place.' The pandemic claims yet another gem, the voice of great divinity and soul," Bachchan wrote on his blog during the weekend.

"Long years ago at a function, I had had the honour of meeting him. A simple, modest human, despite the immense celebrity he was bestowed with. But the work continues .. life needs the momentum to keep moving ..and so we do," he wrote.

SP Balasubrahmanyam was given a 24-gun salute by the Tamil Nadu Police on Saturday and was laid to rest at his farmhouse.

SP Balasubrahmanyam worked on over 40, 000 songs in 16 languages. He extensively worked with well-known musicians and even won six National Awards. He was also honoured with Padma Shri in 2001 and Padma Bhushan in 2011.

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Wonho expresses gratitude after first online concert; already working on a comeback album 

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K-pop star Wonho made his much-awaited solo debut earlier in the month of September. The 27-year-old musician dropped the first mini-album 'Love Synonym #1: Right For Me' on September 4, 2020. Along with it, the musician released the music video for 'Open Mind'.

Wonho expresses gratitude after first online concert; already working on a comeback album 

After promoting the song on various music shows in South Korea, Wonho held his first concert, which was a virtual one amid the pandemic, on September 27, 2020. "Thank you for being with me for the online concert #IWONHOYOU. WENEE from all over the world helped me to complete the show in great success. Your constant love and support is my true energy. love you WENEE," he wrote on Twitter to express the gratitude towards the fans who supported his solo work and his first concert.

The setlist comprised of songs from 'Love Synonym #1: Right For Me' including 'Open Mind', 'With You', 'Losing You', 'Lost In Paradise', 'Interlude: Runaway' among others. He also did covers of 'Intentions' by Justin Bieber and 'I Love You' by Billie Eilish. During his set, he also crooned 'Flash', a fan song that will be included in his next album.

During the concert, Wonho confirmed that preparations for his first comeback, meaning his next album, are almost over. A source from his agency Highline Entertainment confirmed that he is indeed gearing up for his next album but the date is yet to be decided. But, one thing is sure, the album drops before the year ends.

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Batwoman star Javicia Leslie unveils the first look of Ryan Wilder in Batsuit

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There's a new superhero in Gotham city. After the exit of Ruby Rose, Batwoman makers roped in Javicia Leslie to play the lead in the second season. She will essay the role of new caped-crusader, Ryan Wilder.

Batwoman star Javicia Leslie unveils the first look of Ryan Wilder in Batsuit

Recently, the actress took to her Instagram to unveil the first look of her character dressed in Batsuit costume. "Look out, Gotham. I’m suited up and ready to go,” she wrote. “But just wait until Ryan Wilder puts her own spin on the Batsuit."

“I am extremely proud to be the first Black actress to play the iconic role of Batwoman on television, and as a bisexual woman, I am honored to join this groundbreaking show which has been such a trailblazer for the LGBTQ+ community,” Leslie earlier said in a statement to Variety.

Batwoman actress Ruby Rose announced her exit from the TV series in May and said that she will no longer play the role of Kate Keen / Batwoman. She was also very welcoming of Javicia Leslie after the official announcement was made. "OMG!! This is amazing!! I am so glad Batwoman will be played by an amazing Black woman. ❤️ I want to congratulate Javicia Leslie on taking over the bat cape. You are walking into an amazing cast and crew. I can’t wait to watch season 2 you are going to be amazing !!," she wrote on Instagram.

Batwoman aired in October 2019 on CW as the story progressed with the aftermath of Batman's disappearance. Her character Kate Kane takes over the charge to protect Gotham City. Currently, the series is being filmed in Vancouver.

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On World Tourism day, Sophie Choudry shares pictures from some of her favourite travel destinations across the world

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The year 2020 has been a tough time for travellers. Owing to the pandemic across the globe, people were advised to stay at home and limit their travel. While the pandemic is still raging, actress Sophie Choudry took to her Instagram handle to share pictures from her past travels hoping to resume travelling once again.

On World Tourism day, Sophie Choudry shares pictures from some of her favourite travel destinations across the world 

September 27 is also known as World Tourism Day. Marking the occasion, Sophie Choudry shared pictures where she is seen posing in different cities of the world. "To travel is to live...” On world tourism day as I go through my photo gallery it’s hard not to smile and shed a tear as all the memories come alive. For someone who is on a flight at least once a week, this year has been so challenging," she wrote


"But I try to stay positive by believing that I will get back my travelling joy, that I will see my fave cities again & that I will make new memories in countries I haven’t been to before. Til then from #Maldives to #Monaco, #Paris to #Saigon, #StMoritz to #Salzburg & #London to #Agra and more , grateful for the beautiful sights I have seen. Here’s just a few of my faves❤️ #worldtourismday #wanderlust #sophiechoudry #sophstylin," she added. 

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Esha Gupta flaunts her curves in a white monokini in her latest post 

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Esha Gupta is one of the fittest actresses in Bollywood and has always mesmerized her fans with her social media posts. In her latest post, Esha Gupta looks sassy as she poses in a white monokini. 

Esha Gupta flaunts her curves in a white monokini in her latest post 

She shared two pictures from the photoshoot recently and looked stunning in both. Take a look: 

 

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A few weeks back, the actress had shared a picture in the same outfit, however, this time she was seen posing on sand on a beach. 

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On the work front, Esha, who was last seen in the web series REJECTX season 2, is next a part of Desi Magic, a production by Ameesha Patel which has been stuck in post-production for a few years now.

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Aditya Chopra unveils a special logo that commemorates 50 years of Yash Raj Films

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Aditya Chopra has unveiled a new, special logo of Yash Raj Films that marks the starting of the big 50 year celebrations of the country’s biggest production house! The new logo captures the glorious journey of YRF which is the country’s first and only integrated studio. The legacy company, in the nostalgic logo, captures the history of YRF that has worked with the biggest superstars of the last 50 years and entertained audiences with the biggest blockbusters in the history of Indian cinema.

Aditya Chopra unveils a special logo that commemorates 50 years of Yash Raj Films

 

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Aditya Chopra revealed the special logo today, the 88th birth anniversary of his iconic father, late Yash Chopra. In the heartwarming note that was released earlier by Aditya,to kick start the 50 year celebrations, he had said, “In 1970, my father Yash Chopra, left the security and comfort of his brother Mr. BR Chopra and formed his own company. Till then, he was a salaried employee of BR Films and didn’t own anything of his own. He did not know how to run a business and did not even have the basic knowledge of what goes into making a company. All he had was a strong belief in his talent and hardwork and a dream to be self-reliant. That conviction of a creative man backing nothing but himself and his art, gave birth to Yash Raj Films.”

Akshaye Widhani, Senior Vice President- Finance, Business Affairs & YRF Studios says, “This special logo captures nostalgia, remarkable moments from YRF’s history and its journey in cinema and also gives a glimpse of YRF’s contribution to the Indian film industry and audiences through its blockbuster films that has shaped pop culture for India and Indians. This special logo is also our tribute to all the superstars, across five decades, who have been gracious enough to creatively collaborate with us and help us give India milestone films that have written history and set new benchmarks in Indian cinema. Today is an incredibly special day, not just for us at YRF but also for the industry at large, and we would like to thank everyone for their love and support towards our brand over these 50 years of our humble existence.”

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Mandira Bedi looks stunning in a black bikini as she vacations in the Maldives

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While most of us are still delving in throwback vacation pictures, actor Mandira Bedi has headed to Maldives and is having the time of her life. The actress who is currently vacationing in the "paradise city" is filling up her Instagram feed with pictures from her trip. 

Mandira Bedi looks stunning in a black bikini as she vacations in the Maldives

On Saturday, Mandira shared a picture of herself soaking up the sun in a black bikini near a pool "What a day! When it has the right mix of great food and so much activity that it's hard to decide what was the best and you just need to hold, pause and say, thank you," she captioned the picture. 


On Friday, the actress posted a video of the resort she is living in. She posted a video and wrote: "I'm in Paradise again. I travelled 15 hours to get here! But oh my.. how it was worth it. Feeling utter gratitude." 

 

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"It has been an experience of a lifetime," says Aadar Jain, who shot for Hello Charlie during the pandemic

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Aadar Jain has wrapped shooting his second film Hello Charlie, produced by Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani. Aadar’s film was the first one to begin filming in the pandemic in Mumbai, a COVID-19 hotspot, and the producers had taken every measure to ensure safety for the actors and crew on the set. For the actor, shooting a film through pandemic has become ‘an experience of a lifetime’.

It has been an experience of a lifetime!’ : says actor Aadar Jain, who shot for Hello Charlie during the pandemic

He says, “The entire experience of Hello Charlie is one I’ll never forget. The last day of shoot was bittersweet. I was extremely happy and proud to have finally finished shoot but also sad because everyone I worked with had become like family, a home away from home, so it was hard to say goodbye to everyone. After we finished shoot, we all cut a cake and then exchanged a couple of words about our experiences and all the special moments we shared.”

Talking about his experience of shooting right through the pandemic, Aadar says, “Hello Charlie for me has been an experience of a lifetime, one that’s really special because the film itself is so unique and entertaining that every day on the set was a blast. All we did was laugh, have fun and do masti and that’s honestly how the film got made which is very important. This is also my first association with Excel Entertainment and I’m a huge admirer of all that they do, the way they constantly push the envelope with their content and the quality with which they make their films.”

Aadar feels grateful that he was shooting because it kept his mind distracted from the horrors of the pandemic. “Well, it was a great relief and distraction from our everyday worries and stresses given the current situation. But, most importantly, I was happy to go back to doing what I love and the production team made sure the environment we worked in was safe as well,” he says.

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On daughter's day, Ajay Devgn pens a note for Nysa; calls her his sharpest critic and biggest weakness 

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On the occasion of daughter's day, actor Ajay Devgn took to his Instagram handle to shower love on his daughter. He shared a picture of his daughter Nysa and wrote an adorable message. 

On daughter's day, Ajay Devgn pens a note for Nysa, calls her his sharpest critics and biggest weakness 

Sharing a stunning picture of his 17-year-old, Ajay Devgn wrote, "My daughter, Nysa is many things. My sharpest critic, my biggest weakness & strength as well. She’s a young adult but to Kajol & me, she will always be our baby girl." 


Ajay Devgn and Kajol daughter Nysa,  was born in 2003. Nysa along with her mother recently flew to Singapore to resume college. Owing to the pandemic, Ajay and Kajol decided it would not be ideal to send away their daughter alone so Kajol will be living with Nysa for a few months. Meanwhile, Ajay Devgn is in the city with their son Yug. The actor will soon be resuming his work. 

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