India is everything to me': Akshay Kumar to give up Canadian citizenship, applies for Indian citizenship
MMNN:23 February 2023
Akshay Kumar recently talked about his citizenship in an interview during the promotion of his upcoming film 'Selfie'. Akshay Kumar says India is everything for him and he has already applied for a change in passport.
India is everything to me Whatever I have earned, whatever I have gained is from here. And I am fortunate that I get a chance to give back. You feel bad when people say things without knowing anything, the 55-year-old star said in the first episode of the new season of Seedhi Baat on Aaj Tak.
Akshay applied for citizenship after 15 films flopped
Akshay Kumar said, 'Whatever I have earned, whatever I have got, I have got it from here and I am fortunate that I have got the opportunity to give back.
I had just two films left for release and it is just luck that they both became superhits. My friend said, Go back, start working again.
I got some more films and I kept getting more work. I forgot that I had the passport. I never thought that I should get this passport changed but now yes, I have applied to get my passport changed.
Yuvraj Singh and Hazel Keech tie the knot in Chandigarh
MMNN:30 Nov. 2015
Yuvraj Singh and Hazel Keech tied the knot in a traditional Sikh ceremony at the Dera of Baba Ram Singh, -a Chandigarh Gurudwara selected by the bridegroom's mother, Shabnam Singh. The ceremony ended with a grand langar and the cricketer shared his first picture as a married man at 5pm, captioning it, "Starting a new innings today!"
Keen that her son tie the knot before his 35th birthday, doting mum Shabnam had picked out the wedding date. Invites, sent out to Yuvi's teammates and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, featured caricatures of Hazel in cricketing gear with "I love cricket" speech bubbles and catchy captions including 'Yuvraj Hazel Premier League'.
The traditional wedding ceremony in the gurudwara was followed by a reception at a five-star overlooking the Sukhna lake which was attended by the couple's family and close friends. Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj's close friend, actor Angad Bedi, were by his side since morning.
Meanwhile, Virat Kohli told the media on Tuesday morning, "A nice programme has been planned for this evening and all the boys will be present. We have a chance to celebrate," referring to his team's victory over England in Mohali.
The English team was reportedly keen to witness the 'big fat Punjabi wedding'. "We had heard about the food, drinks, Punjabi music, and we are having a ball here already," tour manger Andy Thompson said, admitting that he was also a part of the pre-wedding celebrations.
Brad Pitt cleared by FBI in child abuse case with 'no charges'
MMNN:23 Nov. 2015
Brad Pitt has officially steered clear of investigation made by the 'Federal Bureau of Investigation' concerning an alleged child abuse a couple of months ago. The FBI is no longer investigating the 52-year-old actor regarding his involvement in an alleged incident with a child aboard a private plane on September 15.
A statement released by an FBI spokesperson reads, "In response to allegations made following a flight within the special aircraft jurisdiction of the United States which landed in Los Angeles carrying Mr. Brad Pitt and his children, the FBI has conducted a review of the circumstances and will not pursue further investigation.
" Adding, "No charges have been filed in this matter."
Angelina Jolie filed for divorce from Pitt citing 'irreconcilable differences' and sought custody the former couple's all six children.
Accordingly, the kids will remain with their mother while continuing 'therapeutic visits' with their father.
At this point, Pitt has seen his children twice since. Both A-listners recently made their way back into the spotlight after the very public split.
While Jolie appeared in a video for the 'International Criminal Court' in support of a recent policy regarding children, Pitt hit the red carpet for his latest film 'Allied' with co-star Marion Cotillard.
Happy Birthday Sushmita Sen: Unconventional and graceful, you are irreplaceable
MMNN:19 Nov. 2015
Sushmita Sen is celebrating her 41st birthday today. The actor epitomises the new confident woman. At 41, she remains as unconventional as ever. An effortlessly charming Sen became famous when she won the Miss Universe title at the age of 18. Her free-spirited attitude reflected in her choices.
At 25, Sen adopted a baby girl and named her Renee. From picking up different roles to living a fiercely independent life, she continued setting an example for modern women.
Sushmita was born in Hyderabad, to father Shuber Sen, a former Indian Air Force Wing Commander and Subhra Sen, a jewellery designer and owner of a Dubai-based store. Sushmita has two siblings - a sister named Neelam and a brother named Rajeev.
Sushmita Sen was crowned Miss Universe 1994 by outgoing title holder Dayanara Torres of Puerto Rico at the 43rd edition of the Miss Universe Pageant.
Sushmita made her Bollywood debut with romantic thriller Dastak.
Sushmita went on star in Main Hoon Na co-starring Shah Rukh Khan. She got critical acclaim for her role in Aankhen.
Here is wishing Sushmita Sen a very happy birthday.
Emma Watson's Beauty & the Beast trailer breaks record for most views in 24 hrs
Los Angeles:MMNN:16 Nov. 2015
The trailer for Emma Watson's new film Beauty & the Beast has broken Fifty Shades Darker's record for the most views in 24 hours.
The Disney film's trailer has been viewed over 127.6 million times since its release online on Monday, reported Ace Showbiz.
Fifty Shades Darker beat Star Wars: The Force Awakens' record with 114 million views in its first full day earlier this year.
According to Disney, 27 million of the trailer's 127 million-plus views were generated from Watson's Facebook page.
The film also stars former Downton Abbey regular Dan Stevens, Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen, Stanley Tucci, and Emma Thompson.
Beauty and the Beast will be released in March 2017.
Happy Birthday Raveena Tandon. Shehar Ki Ladki @ 42
Mumbai:MMNN:26 Oct. 2015
Raveena Tandon, one of the leading actresses of the 90s, has delivered brilliant performances in films like Mohra, Andaz Apna Apna, Daman and Aks.
As she turns 42 on October 26, we take a pictorial look at her journey in Bollywood so far.
Born on October 26, 1974 to filmmaker Ravi Tandon and Veena, Raveena did her schooling from Jamnabai Narsee School and dropped out of college to pursue a career in films.
Raveena made her Bollywood debut in 1991 with Pathhar Ke Phool opposite actor Salman Khan. The movie fetched her Filmfare's New Face Award.
Thereafter, the actress did several films like Parampara (1992), Ek Hi Raasta (1992), Divya Shakti (1992) and Pehla Nasha (1993). But it was her 1994 film Mohra which turned out to be a blockbuster hit.
Raveena Tandon also featured in Andaz Apna Apna (1994) which failed at the box office initially, but gained popularity over the years.
The actress went on to deliver hits like Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi (1996), Ziddi (1997) and Bade Miyan Chhote Miyan (1998), which were mostly hero-centric.
With the onset of the new millennium, it was a turning point for Raveena as she opted for serious roles and offbeat films like Shool (1999), Bulandi (2000) and Aks (2001), for which she received the Filmfare Special Performance Award in 2002.
In 2001, she stunned the audience and the critics with her powerful portrayal of an abused wife in Kalpana Lajmi's Daman: A Victim of Marital Violence. Raveena not only gained critical acclaim but also won a National Award for her performance.
Raveena also featured in other commercial and offbeat films like Agni Varsha (2002), Satta (2003), LOC - Kargil (2003), Aan: Men at Work (2004) and Dobara (2004), Sandwich (2006) and Bbuddah... Hoga Terra Baap (2011).
Apart from Hindi films, the actress has also featured in regional movies like Bangaru Bullodu (1993), Sadhu (1994), Upendra (1999), Akasa Veedhilo (2001), Aalavandhan (2001), Laboratory (2006), Shobhana 7 Nights (2012).
Raveena featured as a jazz singer in filmmaker Anurag Kashyap's Bombay Velvet along with actors Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma in 2015.
Apart from films, Raveena Tandon has featured in several commercials and is a regular on ramps. The actress also has her own jewellery line.
Raveena made headlines during Ganesh Chaturthi festival in 2015, when she offered the world's biggest laddoo as prasad on September 22 to Andheri Cha Raja.
Raveena Tandon was in news early this year as she walked her adoptive daughter Chhaya got married in Goa.
Raveena Here's to wishing the actress a very happy birthday and all the very best for her future endeavours.
Lata Mangeshkar won't celebrate 87th birthday, says 'jo shahid hue hai unki yaad karo kurbani'
Mumbai:MMNN:28 Sept. 2015
Melody queen Lata Mangeshkar won't celebrate her 87th birthday today (Wednesday) as 18 Indian soldiers recently died "so brutally in Uri". She is saddened by the darkness all around, including the deteriorating relations with Pakistan. But she hopes they stay happy and live in peace.
The September 18 terror attack left 18 Indian soldiers dead at Uri in Jammu and Kashmir. So, this year Lata won't celebrate her birthday. "Not when our soldiers have died so brutally in Uri. My sincere request to my well-wishers, please don't waste money buying me flowers. Instead send money to the bereaved family of martyrs. Jo shaheed huey hain unki zaraa yaad karo qurbani," she said.
There is hatred everywhere, especially between India and the neighbours. What is her message to her fans? Lata said: "Everything has changed. Human beings and even the climate is now unpredictable. Extreme weather conditions play havoc with our lives. I am deeply saddened to see children suffer in natural calamities and during war."
So what according to her, is the solution to the current crisis in mankind's existence?
"I don't know if I am qualified to comment on such matters. But yes, I do wonder why nations don't keep their own house in order instead of creating havoc in others' domain. Why hurl bombs at nations? Hatred kills. Why not work on making our own country beautiful?"
She cites the example of Switzerland as an idyllic state of existence.
"Switzerland is considered the most peaceful country in the world. Why? Because they've concentrated on making their own country better and more developed and they do not look at other countries to harm them. We never hear of violence perpetrated by the Swiss."
Her message to her fans in Pakistan?
"Woh khush rahen shanti se rahen (I hope they stay happy and stay in peace). Aur humen bhi khushi aur shanti se rehne den (And let us also live in peace and be happy). I know the people there are just like us. They want peace. Only some elements don't want peace."
On a more cheerful note, Lata Mangeshkar has been conferred West Bengal's highest civilian honour - the Banga Bibhushan. And Lata, who has received India's highest civilian honour the Bharat Ratna, is ecstatic.
"My connection with Bengal is karmic. I've sung numerous Bangla songs including Durga Pooja songs and Rabindra Sangeet, the two most popular genres of singing in Bengal. I hold my visits to Kolkata very close to my heart. Do you know, Bengal is where I've performed the maximum live concerts in India," said Lata, recalling with pleasure the times when she recorded Bangla songs for the two Bangla maestros Salil Chowdhury and Hemant Kumar.
"Hemant da's songs were sweet and transparent, like the man himself. His tunes were very melodious. Salil da used to record really intricate layered Bangla songs with me and then he would record the same song with me in Hindi. For example, 'O sajna barkha bahaar aayee' ('Parakh'), 'Na jiya laage na('Anand') and 'Niss din niss din' ('Annadata') were all Bengali songs first."
Lata's brother Hridaynath Mangeshkar also recorded Bangla songs with her.
"Hridaynath converted some of his famous Marathi numbers into Bangla," she revealed.
She recalls every visit to Kolkata with pleasure. "I love the food there, and the saris. But most of all, I love the language. It is so sweet. I am honoured to get their award.
The fact that West Bengal's Chief Minister Mamta Bannerjee will take the time to personally come to Mumbai to give me the award makes it all the more special. I couldn't have hoped for a better birthday gift."
What do awards mean to the Nightingale at this stage of her career?
"Oh, they mean a lot! It's never too late for recognition and praise. When I received the Bharat Ratna in 2001, all my friends said there is nothing more to achieve. But I am still learning. I still feel like a student. Every word of praise whether it comes from the government or a listener who appreciates my songs, is equally important."
Deepika Padukone is world's 10th highest paid actress, beats Priyanka Chopra to Forbes list
New Delhi:MMNN:24 Aug. 2015
Deepika Padukone is not just India's top-paid actress, she is also among the top 10 highest-paid actresses in the world, according to Forbes. The actress is the only Indian on the list with earnings of $10 million. The list is headlined by Jennifer Lawrence, with total earnings of $46 million.
The one Bollywood star we expected to see on the list was Priyanka Chopra. She is the lead star of ABC's Quantico and will be soon making her Hollywood debut with Dwayne Johnson-starrer Baywatch. However, Priyanka failed to make it to the top 10. Media has been abuzz with a rivalry between Priyanka and Deepika given the fact that both the actresses will be seen making her Hollywood debuts soon. Deepika will be seen in xXx: The Return of Xander Cage with Vin Diesel.
Meanwhile, Deepika is in august company, other than Jennifer, Julia Roberts, Charlize Theron and Friends star Jennifer Anniston are also on the top 10 list. The 30-year-old Bajirao Mastani actress is described by Forbes as having "scored box office gold." The magazine also mentions her Bollywood movies such as Bajirao Mastani and Piku.
While she earns less than her Hollywood counterparts for roles, Deepika "compensates with over a dozen lucrative endorsements", which "have helped her hedge against a deep pay gap in Bollywood".
Forbes said the Bangalore-bred Deepika, who made her Bollywood film debut in 2007 with Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Om Shanti Om, has "since starred in several films that have crossed the $150 million or 100 crore mark "a barometer for box office success in India". Deepika "has also become something of a style icon" launching her own label for an Indian online shopping site.
Making her Hollywood debut along Fast and Furious star Vin Diesel, she will be seen in 2017 in xXx: Return of Xander Cage. Noting the gender pay gap in the Indian movie industry, "a discrepancy not uncommon in Hollywood" also, Forbes said though a top Indian male star might earn close to $5 million a movie, prominent Indian actresses rarely clear $1 million a film.
Bringing up the front of the list is Jennifer Lawrence, who topped Forbes magazine list of the world's highest-paid actress for the second straight year, earning some $46 million.
Lawrence, 26, took the top spot largely through a slice of the profits from the final movie in the Hunger Games franchise, as well as a big upfront fee for her forthcoming space adventure movie, Passengers, Forbes said.
However, like Deepika, Lawrence's estimated payday was likely well below that for Hollywood's leading men, Forbes said, despite the actress sparking a debate about the gender pay gap last year. She declared she was "finished being adorable" when it came to negotiating better deals for herself. Lawrence's 2016 earnings dropped 11.5 percent from her 2015 total of $52 million.
Forbes will release its list of the world's highest-paid actors on Thursday. Last year Robert Downey Jr. topped the list with an estimated $80 million. Neither, however, came close to pop star Taylor Swift, who was named the top-earning celebrity of 2016 earlier this year, pulling in an estimated $170 million from record sales and her world tour.
Melissa McCarthy took home $33 million in earnings, up $10 million from 2015 in part from her payday for the controversial female reboot of Ghostbusters. It was the biggest annual paycheck to date for the star of television comedy, Mike and Molly. McCarthy, 45, also launched a clothing line for sizes 4 to 28 after becoming frustrated at the outfits available for larger women.
Scarlett Johansson of Captain America: Civil War was third at $25 million, down nearly 30 percent from 2015. Together, the world's 10 highest-paid actresses tallied a combined $205 million between June 1, 2015 and June 1, 2016, before management fees and taxes, Forbes said.
The estimates include earnings from movies, TV and endorsements from cosmetic and other companies. The rest of the top 10 of this year's highest-paid actresses are Jennifer Aniston ($21 million), Fan Bingbing ($17 million), Charlize Theron ($16.5 million), Amy Adams ($13.5 million), Julia Roberts ($12 million), Mila Kunis ($11 million) and Deepika Padukone ($10 million).
Jacqueline Fernandez brings in her birthday in Paris!
Our Correspondent : 12 Aug. 2016
Her film Dishoom has been quite successful and the birthday girl is pampering herself in the French capital.
The Dishoom beauty posted a panoply of pictures and videos on her Snapchat of her time in Paris.
We are definitely a tad jealous but happy for her at the same time. At the airport, she even bumped into Alia Bhatt, Sidharth Malhotra, Aditya Roy Kapur and Katrina Kaif, who were leaving for their US tour.
Once they got to know it was her birthday, they arranged for a mango cake for Jackie. That's sweet no?
The actress kick-started her day with an amazing breakie on the flight. to the city of love.
Once she landed, she decided to indulge in some retail therapy. The fashionista further uploaded images from her room overlooking the iconic Champs-Elysées.
The actress who wowed her fans with her groovy moves in the song Sau Tarah Ke looked thrilled in every snap.
Certainly spending 30th birthday in Paris is a big reason for the happiness.
Pratyusha Banerjee's Body Sent For Post-Mortem, Cops Question Boyfriend
New Delhi:MMNN:2 April 2016
Actress Pratyusha Banerjee, whose death at the age of 24 is being investigated as a possible suicide, was taken to Mumbai's Kokilaben Ambani Hospital on Friday by her boyfriend Rahul Raj, sources say. Pratyusha, best-known for playing the lead character of Anandi on TV show Balika Vadhu, allegedly hanged herself at home and was declared dead at the hospital. Her body has now been sent to Mumbai's Sidharth Hospital for a post-mortem.
Rahul Raj, who owns a production house, has been in touch with the police and has given them a statement.
On Friday, Mumbai Police spokesperson Dhananjay Kulkarni said they had received a report on the actress' death from Kokilaben Ambani Hospital and that the police will now be investigating.
BJP leader Shazia Ilmi asked for a 'complete probe' into the matter and stressed on the need for women to be emotionally strong. "It's really unfortunate that a young, successful actress who was so popular had to take this step. There should be a complete probe and all evidence should be taken to make sure that it was a case of suicide. There should be a conversation on the subject. If she is blaming her boyfriend, they should know how to treat their women. How should one person treat the other. Emotional violence is one of the worst things to happen. Women have to be more stronger emotionally, not just financially. Men must be more responsible towards their partner so nobody is forced to take a step as grievious as this," Ms Ilmi told.
Activist Abha Singh linked Pratyusha's suicide to the larger issue of the breakdown of the nuclear family and also called for the need to decriminalise article 309 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). "It is very tragic that a young girl, auccessful TV artiste who was famous as Balika Vadhu committed suicide. As on date, article 309 of the IPC is an offence which entails an imprisonment of upto one year. Keeping this case in kind, We should put pressure on Parliament to decriminalise 309 of the IPC otherwise a star who requires help does not say 'I am suffering from depression' because suicide is a state of mental depression. In the glamour world and otherwise, depression is on the rise because of the disengagement of the family breakdown of nuclear family," Ms Singh told ANI.
Pratyusha's death has sent shockwaves through Bollywood. TV actress Kamya Punjabi, with whom she featured on Bigg Boss, told DNA , "I am not in the right frame of mind."
Actress Surekha Sikri, who played 'Dadisa' to Pratyusha's character in Balika Vadhu, told IANS: "I am absolutely shocked. I knew her, she was very sweet. She was a sensitive person, she must have taken something to heart and must have got really emotional." The actress allegedly killed herself over difficulties in her personal life.
Tanuj Garg, former CEO of Balaji Motion Pictures, disclosed on Twitter her plans to marry her boyfriend Rahul Raj.
Actor Eijaz Khan, a close friend of Pratyusha's, has alleged that she has been murdered.
"My friend is no more. I know that what happened was very wrong. But this is not a case of suicide. She was not so weak. It seems to be a case of planned murder," Mr Khan told.
TV actress Dolly Bindra, who knew Pratyusha from her Bigg Boss days, told ANI she was 'too strong to commit suicice.'
The actress was earlier dating businessman named Makrand Malhotra, with whom she had a bitter break-up and against whom she had lodged a complaint for abusive behaviour.In January this year, Pratyusha had alleged that she was molested by some men dressed as police personnel.
Pratyusha Banerjee played Anandi on Balika Vadhu from 2010 to 2013. She was also a contestant on reality shows Bigg Boss and Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa and appeared on several other shows like Sasural Simar Ka.
Kapil Sharma's Wax Statue to Become a Part of Madame Tussauds!
MMNN:19 Mar. 2016
Kapil Sharma is back and it seems he took the phrase 'back with a bang' too seriously! The CNWK star has been on a roll ever since the news for his newest show- The Kapil Sharma Show broke the internet. He has made headlines once more as Madame Tussauds museum will soon feature Sharma's wax statue.
Kapil Sharma becomes the first Indian television celebrity to get a wax statue at Madame Tussauds. The museum, which is known all around the world for wax statues of famous personality already houses statues of Bollywood biggies like Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan among others. It even contains statues of Sachin Tendulkar and Indian PM Narendra Modi.
According to reports, a team from the museum met Sharma at JW Mariott hotel in Mumbai. The museum crew took pictures and measurements of the actor. If all goes well, the statue should be ready within 6 months.
The wax statue of Kapil will be featured in Madame Tussauds museum, in Delhi by the year 2017.
Kapil Sharma, who will soon start working on his newest show, with Shah Rukh Khan appearing on the first episode of The Kapil Sharma Show. Shoot for the first episode will begin on April 1, 2016, in front of a live audience.
The show's first episode will air on April 23 and would be on air every Saturday and Sunday at 9 pm.
Kapil Sharma is on a multi-city tour and will be visiting cities like Amritsar, Bhopal and Lucknow.
Arjun Kapoor Praises Priyanka, Deepika Over Their Achievements In Hollywood
MUMBAI:MMNN:11 Feb. 2016
Bollywood star Arjun Kapoor says actors need to be very secure in their career before taking a leap to Hollywood as it is difficult to start from the scratch.
Arjun's co-stars, Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone, are now venturing into Hollywood projects.
While the Mary Kom (2014) actress was part of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)-drama series Quantico, the Piku (2015) star will be seen opposite Vin Diesel in xXx.
The 2 States(2014) actor says it is amazing what Priyanka has achieved and is confident Deepika will do great too.
"If you are given the opportunity to go out there and do a work, you should do it because you are representing your country and your skills. It is amazing what Priyanka has achieved and I am sure Deepika will do equally well. She is such a talented personality and has only gotten better with time," Arjun said in an interview.
The actor believes it takes tremendous confidence to uproot oneself from the current industry and start working in another.
"They have achieved a lot here to have that comfort and confidence to pick themselves up from here, go there, and start from scratch. It's not everybody's cup of tea. You have to be in a very secure place in your life and career to take that opportunity," he said.
Several Indian actors like Anil Kapoor, Irrfan Khan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan have worked in Hollywood films in the past. Arjun believes it is very "emotional" to work in the west while representing the country and hence should be done whole-heartedly.
"Priyanka has achieved so much here, she has picked her bag and gone there and has invested so much time in her work, so you cannot do it half-heartedly. It is very emotional to go there as an Indian actor in a main lead. You need to be very focused to do it. You can't just do it because everybody is doing it. Even if I did a Hollywood film someday, I would want to put my best foot forward..."
Happy Birthday Urmila Matondkar! You won our hearts from 'Rangeela' to 'Ek Hasina Thi'
New Delhi:MMNN:4 Feb. 2016
Urmila Matondkar is not an easy person to know, and I've 'known' her for 20 years.
Not a single visit to Mumbai would be complete without a visit and a lavish meal at her place. Her homes, the first one and later the larger more swanky one, were warm and well-appointed. Her parents would be there to chat with me, and then over a hearty meal Urmila and I would laugh and bitch about everyone and anyone, uncensored. She's also a great mimic and does amazing takeoffs on everyone from Asha Bhosle to Shabana Azmi.
Azmi, who has worked with Urmila when the latter was still a child in Masoom and Bhavna, says Urmila was a born actress.
There was plenty of time at the dinner table for gabbing sessions. The meals would last quite a while. Because, boy oh boy, Urmila really tucked in, and was not the least apologetic about it. She would warn me that she takes time to eat and then proceed to demolish all the dishes with her amazing appetite.
So the biggest mystery about Urmila, among the many mysteries that qualified her life, is this: where did all that rich food go? Certainly not to her hour-glass figure. To top it all, Urmila claimed she never went to the gym, and that's was hard to believe. But another voracious eater Priyanka Chopra also claimed the same. So it's hard to decide what to believe, the slim figures or the emptied out plates.
Urmila is great fun to be with. Our abiding rapport began when Ram Gopal Varma introduced me to her over the phone during one of my visits to Mumbai. Urmila immediately invited me home for lunch. Since then, our mutual warmth and love grew to include her family and mine into our circle of camaraderie.
Coincidentally, I've been in Mumbai on several of her birthdays. I've seen the entire building where she lives lined up with bouquets from friends, fans and producers. Now the bouquets are no longer there, as Urmila is no longer the celluloid diva she used to be. But the aura remains. No fan, no journalist would ever dare to misbehave with her. She was a Queen, and she remains one.
I remember her walking into Kamal Haasan's premiere of Abhay in a sensuous slit dress and furs. All the shutterbugs who were clicking Raveena Tandon ran to click Urmila. She was a head-turner. She still is, but the roles have dried up. The queue of directors eager to narrate their scripts to her is no more to be seen at her doorstep. The roles may not return, nor would she return to them.
Her days of glory, while they lasted, were much talked about. There was Rangeela, Ram Gopal Varma's only romantic film; Satya, where in spite of Manoj Bajpai, she held her own, especially during that lilting Lata Mangeshkar melody Gila gila paani which was cut out of the film; Kaun, where her horror act was chilling; Pinjar, which was a masterly adaptation of Amrita Pritam's novel about a rape victim during the Partition, and many more revered films.
Perhaps her transformation from typical Bollywood heroine to a more meaty actress was marked by films such as Ek Haseena Thi, where she played hero to Saif Ali Khan's villain; Pyar Tune Kya Kiya, where she was heart-breakingly poignant as a victim of unrequited love; Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara, which saw her as a daughter trying to cope with a father suffering from Alzeihmer's, and Khubsoorat, where she played the Plain Jane who transforms into, well, Urmila Matondkar.
Today Urmila is on her own. I don't know of any man in her life, and we never spoke about it. Though she was a great pal, there was always a line which no one was allowed to cross.
Happy birthday, Urmila. You are very special.
Priyanka Chopra wins 'Favourite Actress' at People's Choice Awards 2016
Los Angeles:MMNN:7 Jan. 2016
Bollywood actress and former Miss World Priyanka Chopra made India proud yet again by winning a People's Choice Award for her international debut as FBI agent Alex Parish in American TV thriller series "Quantico". She is said to be the first South Asian actress to win the honour.
Priyanka was named the Favourite Actress in a New TV series at the gala on Wednesday night.
Ecstatic with the victory, she said: "I'd like to thank everyone who voted for 'Quantico'. It is my first year in the US, and to come to another country and actually get this kind of acceptance is I guess what America is all about.
"So, thank you for accepting me, thank you to my mom, my manager, the cast and crew, the writer, ABC...everyone. I'm really overwhelmed."
The 33-year-old star was given the trophy by Hollywood action star Vin Diesel, who also gave a touching tribute to his late "Fast and Furious" co-star Paul Walker by singing the song "See you again" during the course of the show.
"Furious 7", Walker's last film before he passed away in November 2013 in a car accident, was named the Favourite Movie and the Favourite Action Movie at People's Choice Awards 2016.
Other Hollywood celebrities who received awards at the ceremony held here at the Microsoft Theater were Ellen DeGeneres, Sandra Bullock, Chris Hemsworth, Johnny Depp and Meghan Trainor.
Hosted by Jane Lynch, the gala honoured the best in movies, TV and music, on the basis of public voting.
Melissa McCarthy, Taylor Swift and Ellen DeGeneres were some of the other winners.
While McCarthy won the Favourite Comedic Movie Actress and Favourite Comedic TV Actress awards, DeGeneres took home the trophies for Favourite Daytime TV Host and Favourite Humanitarian.
The Favourite Female Artist and Favourite Pop artist awards were given to Swift.
In the movies section, Channing Tatum was chosen as the Favourite Movie Actor, while Bullock was announced as the Favourite Movie Actress. The Favourite Action Movie Actor award was taken by Chris Hemsworth and Shailene Woodley was honoured as the Favourite Action Movie Actress award.
Other winners included the Favourite Comedic Movie award to "Pitch Perfect 2", Favourite Comedic Movie Actor to Kevin Hart, Favourite Dramatic Movie to "The Martian", Favourite Dramatic Movie Actor to Johnny Depp, Favourite Dramatic Movie Actress to Dakota Johnson, Favourite Family Movie to "Minons" and Favorite Thriller Movie to "Taken 3".
On the small screen, the Favourite TV Show award was given to "The Big Bang Theory", which was even named the Favourite Network TV Comedy trophy.
The awards for Favourite Dramatic TV Actor and Actress were given to Taylor Kinney and Ellen Pompeo.
"Homeland", which featured Bollywood actress Nimrat Kaur, won the Favourite Premium Cable TV Show.
Other winners in the television category included Jim Parsons as Favourite Comedic TV Actor, "Grey's Anatomy" as Favourite Network TV Drama, "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" as Favourite Cable TV Comedy, "Pretty Little Liars" as Favourite Cable TV Drama, Kevin Hart and Sasha Alexander as Favourite Cable TV Actor and Actress, Dwayne Johnson and Kristen Bell as Favourite Premium Cable TV Actor and Actress among others.
Meanwhile, in music categories, singer Ed Sheeran was given the award for Favourite Male Artist, American girl group Fifth Harmony was chosen as Favourite Group and singer Shawn Mendes was given the Favourite Breakout Artist award.
The Favourite Male and Female Country Artist awards went to Blake Shelton and Carrie Underwood.
Singers Nicki Mnaj and Meghan Trainor were given the awards for Favourite Hip-Hop Artist and Favourite Album respectively. And Justin Bieber's hit single "What do you mean?" was announced as this year's Favourite Single.
Madonna was announced as the Favourite Music Icon.
Amongst other popular categories, Britney Spears was named as Favourite Social Media Celebrity; the Favourite Social Media Star award was taken by Matt Bellassai; Candy Crush Saga was picked as the Favourite Mobile Game, Super Smash Bros was named as Favourite Video Game and Connor Franta called the Favourite YouTube Star.
Apart from that, the People's Choice Awards 2016 also featured some power-packed performances by Jane Lynch, Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello, Jason Derulo, Jordan Smith and David Foster.
Anand, Amar Prem and more: Top 15 films of Rajesh Khanna
New Delhi:MMNN:29 Dec. 2015
Tuesday marks the 73rd birth anniversary of Bollywood's first superstar Rajesh Khanna . Interestingly, his daughter Twinkle Khanna, too, celebrates her birthday on December 29. From the passionate lover to the most-dependable friend, Khanna essayed his roles in a manner that made him a darling of the masses and critics alike.
His enigmatic presence garnered a massive fan following, especially female fans. Talking about the frenzy he inspired in his female fans, author Shobha De said during a session at Jaipur Literature Festival 2015, "Female fans wrote him letters in blood, married his photographs, imprinted lipstick marks on his car and used the mud on his car tyres as sindoor."
Fondly known as Kaka, he passed away on July 18, 2012, leaving behind an epic legacy of films that make us cry, songs that we continue to hum even today and cinematic moments that we cherish. Paired best with Sharmila Tagore and Mumtaz, Kaka has acted in more than 150 movies. We take a look at Kaka's top 15 movies of all time.
Directed by Yash Chopra, this movie won critical acclaim for the acting and the plot. Rajesh Khanna, played by Dilip Roy, is a painter who is being tried for murdering his wife.
Paired with Sharmila Tagore and directed by Shakti Samanta, this movie bagged the best film trophy at the Filmfare Awards. It gave us songs like Roop Tera Mastana and Mere Sapno Ki Rani.
Sachaa Jhutha (1970)
This movie was a blockbuster and was directed by Manmohan Desai. The movie stars Rajesh Khanna as a simple villager, whose lookalike is a criminal mastermind.
Haathi Mere Saathi (1971)
Haathi Mere Saathi was the biggest hit of 1971, going by box office collections and was a favourite with children in the early 1970s. The entertainer ranks high among the biggest ever hits of Rajesh Khanna's career, and was directed by MA Thirumugham.
Kati Patang (1971)
Paired with Asha Parekh in this one, Rajesh Khanna plays Kamal Sinha in the movie. The movie was directed by Shakti Samanta and was the second among the nine movies Samanta and Rakesh Khanna teamed in. The movie gave us superhit tracks like Yeh Jo Mohabbat Hai, Yeh Shaam Mastani and Pyaar Deewana Hota Hai, Mastaana Hota Hai.
One of the most-loved movies of Kaka, starred Rajesh Khanna and Amitabh Bachchan in lead roles and Rajesh Khanna played the title role. Directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee, the movie is about a cancer patient(Khanna) who believes in living his life to the fullest.
Amar Prem (1972)
The film was directed by Shakti Samanta and is based on a story Nishipadma by Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay. The film had Rajesh Khanna and Sharmila Tagore in the lead and was considered ahead of its time. The thought-provoking song Chingaari Koi Bhadke written by Anand Bakshi and sung by Kishore Kumar, is one of the highlights of this classic.
Namak Haraam (1973)
The movie is the second Hrishikesh Mukherjee film with Rajesh Khanna after Anand. Diye Jalte Hai, Phool Khilte Hai, Nadiya se dariya, Dariye se sagar and Main Shayar Badnaam are the most memorable melodies, all rendered powerfully by Kishore Kumar and picturised on Rajesh Khanna.
Daag: A Poem of Love (1974)
Yash Chopra's Daag paired Rajesh Khanna and Sharmila Tagore in the adaptation of Thomas hardy novel, The Mayor of Casterbridge. Rajesh Khanna impressed the audience with his performance and the film was a superhit.
Prem Nagar (1974)
The 1974 film, produced by D Ramanaidu and directed by KS Prakash Rao, stars Rajesh Khanna and Hema Malini in the lead roles.
Thodi Si Bewafai (1980)
Directed by Ismaeel Shroff, Thodi Si Bewafai featured Rajesh Khanna in the lead opposite Shabana Azmi. Khayyam's music was one of the highlights of the film. Songs like Aaj Bichde Hain Kal Ka (Bhupinder Singh), Aankhon Mein Humne Aapke (Kishore and Lata) and the title track are some of the best melodies of the era.
Directed by Mohan Kumar, Avtaar is about the rise and fall of Avtaar Kishen (Rajesh Khanna) and how the financial changes impact his personal life. Rajesh Khanna bagged All-India Critics Association (AICA) Best Actor Award for the film.
Aaj Ka M.L.A. Ram Avtar (1984)
Aaj Ka Ram Avtar MLA is a 1984 film about Ram Avtar, played by Rajesh Khanna, who grooms minister Digvijay Singh. When Digvijay's political party is in need of someone to stand in the forthcoming election, Digvijay recommends Ram Avtar as his choice.
Hum Dono (1985)
Hum Dono is a 1985 Hindi film, starring Rajesh Khanna and Hema Malini, and is directed by BS Glaad. The music is by RD Burman, and the songs are sung by Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhonsle.
Directed by Mohan Kumar, Amrit had Rajesh Khanna playing the titular role opposite Smita Patil. Khanna got his last Bengal Film Journalists' Award for the film.
Birthday Special: 10 times John Abraham was too hot to handle!
Mumbai:MMNN:17 Dec. 2015
When a young boy started his career in the field of modeling, the thought of becoming a big film star one day may have been a distant dream but John knew that he is made for something far greater than his being.
The actor, producer and fitness enthusiast featured in an album on Pankaj Udhas's ghazal. Chupke Chupke soon became a rage among college going teenagers and John became every lady's eye candy.
He made his Bollywood debut opposite Bipasha Basu in Jism that paved way for films like Saaya, Paap and Aetbaar for him. However it was only when John played the antagonist in Yash Raj Film's Dhoom that his official journey in the Indian film industry came under the spotlight.
In 2008 Karan Johar cast John in his much talked about film Dostana opposite Abhishek Bachchan. The film that revolved around two friends who turn gay received praises from all around and made John sit on the throne of Bollywood's biggest heartthrob. His yellow trunks became iconic soon after.
Lately John was busy giving his production company a shape, which is why he stayed aloof of his acting career for a while. Now that he is busy shooting for Dishoom, Force 2 and Rocky Handsome, we can expect to see more of him in the near future.
Meanwhile on the occasion of his birthday, we give you 10 hottest pictures of the Madras Cafe actor to swoon!
Sooraj Pancholi made false promises to Jiah Khan, drove her to commit suicide: CBI chargesheet
Mumbai:MMNN:12 Dec. 2015
Bollywood actor Sooraj Pancholi made false promises to his girlfriend, model-actress Jiah Khan, and drove her to commit suicide in 2013, CBI has said in its chargesheet even as a Court here reprimanded the agency for leaking parts of the document to media.
"Investigations revealed that the note written by the deceased (Jiah) establishes that Sooraj ruined her life," said the charge sheet, filed in a Special Court two days ago.
The false promise given by Sooraj to Jiah in the note (suicide note), that "you promised me once we made it to one year we would get engaged" made her emotionally attached to the 25-year-old actor, it said.
"The wilful conduct of the accused drove the accused to commit suicide," the charge sheet said, adding hence Sooraj is liable to be punished for abetting her suicide.
"Jiah and Sooraj were in contact since September 2012 through Facebook, and used to stay together till her death (on June 3, 2013). They were also into physical relationship", it said.
The agency said handwritten notes of Jiah, which were subjected to forensic analysis, showed her mental status and circumstances and reason behind her suicide.
The CBI said the three-page suicide note was written by Jiah in which she has narrated her intimate relationship with Sooraj, the physical abuse, mental and physical torture she underwent.
"Though the note is not signed by Jiah or addressed to Sooraj, evidences on hand suggested that this incriminates Sooraj only."
Investigations have brought out that Jiah used to clean Sooraj's room, iron his clothes and stack them in a cupboard. She also bought decorative articles for Sooraj's flat and presented gifts to him.
The agency accused Sooraj of giving incomplete and fabricated statements on relevant issues. "They indicated he is concealing relevant information about the actual reason behind the incident," the charge sheet said.
"On the basis of forensic psychological assessment and behavioural analysis interview, it may be inferred that Sooraj is hiding some relevant information related to death/suicide of Jiah and did not want to disclose some content of last argument with her that may be a cause of her death."
No unknown person or any suspicious person was captured on CCTV footage obtained from the actor's building on the day of the incident, it said.
In the charge sheet, the CBI said in November 2012 Jiah informed Sooraj she has got injured and needed medication. He arranged Dr Anand Pal for treatment.
"Pal treated for the cut injury on her left hand and confirmed that this injury was a self inflicted one by Jiah."
The document also said Dr Rahul Datta treated Jiah for mental stress when she was in relationship with Jaydeep, her secretary.
"On December, 2, 2012, she was treated (again) by Dr Datta for the same problem but this time she did not disclose anybody's name for her stress and depression."
In January 2013, Sooraj and Jiah went to a hospital after she complained of stomach pain. She underwent some tests and reports confirmed she was pregnant.
"In the same month Jiah and Sooraj contacted Dr Datta to take advice for aborting pregnancy. Dr Datta prescribed some tables and after consuming it she started bleeding continuously," the charge sheet said.
Dr Datta later referred her to Dr Sejal Desai who executed a patient agreement form for medical abortion.
"After two days (around January 19, 2013) Dr Datta received a call from Sooraj, saying Jiah was sitting on the pot and half the stuff (foetus) was stuck inside. Dr Datta advised him to take her to the nearby hospital," it said.
Later again Sooraj called Dr Datta and said he helped her pull out the 'remaining stuff' (foetus).
The fact, the CBI said, was written by Jiah in her note saying, "I was scared of getting pregnant but I gave you myself completely. The pain you have caused me every day has destroyed every bit of me, destroyed my soul and I aborted our baby and it hurt me deeply."
On January 27, 2013, when she got a call from one Maneka Harsingani to collect costumes, Jiah told her she was having sever cramps on her leg. "When Harsingani asked Jiah about Sooraj, she said he left the place on seeing the suffering and pain," the CBI document said.
When Harsingani reached Jiah's place, she saw Sooraj and his servant present in the building premises with his car. Sooraj was helping Jiah sit in the car and the starlet was repeatedly saying 'I am sorry'.
"Harsingani stated that once she went to Jiah's house for dressing her up for some programme, she saw some injury marks on her neck and shoulders. When asked, the starlet said they were the marks of beating by Sooraj."
CBI said Jiah went to London in February 2013, and told her mother Rabiya about Sooraj. "Rabiya tried to convince her to keep away from Sooraj as he was concentrating on his (acting) career and was not suitable for Jiah. But Jiah tried to convince her mother showing messages sent by Sooraj that he was very caring while she was in Mumbai."
The document said after Jiah's return to Mumbai she told Sooraj her mother was not happy with their relationship. On April l3, 2013 when Rabiya came to Mumbai, Sooraj took her and Jiah to a hotel. In the hotel, the actor told Rabiya he was deeply in love with her daughter and wanted to marry her.
"Rabiya advised them to get engaged and when she asked Sooraj about his parents, he said his father (actor Aditya Pancholi) does not care about him and he was staying separately."
The charge sheet said on May 18, 2013, Jiah missed her plane. Later Sooraj came to Rabiya's residence and informed her about it and also said she was at his flat.
"Rabiya told Sooraj there was no problem as they liked each other. But Sooraj informed her Jiah was under depression as she had no work (film) and also said that due to depression once she tried to commit suicide by cutting her wrist. He told Rabiya he wants some space between him and Jiah as he is going to start his career."
A day before her suicide, Jiah told her mother a producer has selected her for a role in a Telugu movie. On the night of June 2, 2013 (a day before suicide), she received a bouquet from Sooraj for getting the role. Jiah thanked Sooraj but asked her watchman to throw the bouquet in the dustbin.
The charge sheet said some witnesses heard Jiah and Sooraj talking in a very angry manner that night. The next day Rabiya found Jiah hanging from the ceiling.
Meanwhile, the Special Women's Court today took cognisance of the charge sheet filed by CBI on December 9.
However, the Court rapped the Central agency for leaking to the media parts of the charge sheet. "How come the contents of the charge sheet is known to media even before I got to know about it," Judge A S Shende said.
"CBI is the only source from where it got leaked. This is a very serious thing. Be careful about it in future," she warned and later adjourned the matter till January 18.
Sooraj appeared before the court and collected a copy of the charge sheet.
Meanwhile, outside the court, Jiah's mother Rabiya told reporters he was not satisfied with the CBI charge sheet. "I am not happy with the chargesheet, there is much more to be revealed."
Jiah, an American citizen, was found dead at her Juhu home here on June 3, 2013. Police later arrested Sooraj on the basis of a six-page letter, purportedly written by the Bollywood starlet, and booked him for 'abetment of suicide'.
According to police, Jiah (25) was in a relationship with Sooraj, who was then trying to make a foothold in Bollywood, and made his screen debut with "Hero", which hit the theatres in September this year.
The Bombay High Court had subsequently granted bail to Sooraj. His bail application contended that the two were in a consensual relationship, and the letter was being misused by Jiah's mother.
In October 2013, Rabiya moved the High Court alleging that her daughter had been murdered and sought a CBI probe.
The suburban Juhu Police on January 16, 2014, filed a 447-page chargesheet in Andheri Magistrate's Court. The case was transferred to CBI in July 2014.
Happy Birthday Sushmita Sen: 9 of her career-defining roles
MMNN:19 Nov. 2015
It was nearly two decades ago that Sushmita Sen, a mere teenager back then, began her association with the world of glamour and glitz when she won 'Miss Universe' beauty pageant, making the country proud in the process.
Not one to rest on her laurels, the Hyderabad born star beauty queen soon added another dimension to her career, venturing into the film industry. In the years to follow she established herself as a force to be reckoned with courtesy her confidence personality, graceful style statement, intelligent selection of roles and of course intense performances. Today, as Sen celebrates her birthday, we take a look at some of her most mesmorising big screen outings.
Chingari: Released in 2006, 'Chingari' is best remembered for its complex narrative as well as Sen's effective portrayal of an exploited sex-worker. Directed by Kalpana Lajmi, it highlighted how at times even priests can abuse the power vested in them and exploit innocent women. Interestingly, the film was based Bhupen Hazarika's novel 'The Prostitute and Postman'.
Main Hoon Na: Farah Khan's maiden directorial venture, 'Main Hoon Na' was an instant with critics and audiences alike thanks to the crackling Chemistry between Sushmita Sen and Shah Rukh Khan. Touted as an action-comedy, the film revolved around an Army officer's attempts at eradicating terrorism. Released in 2004, 'Main Hoon Na' did extremely well at the box office and garnered some rave reviews. Interestingly, it was remade in Tamil as 'Aegan' with Ajith Kumar and Nayanthara in the lead.
Biwi No 1: Directed by David Dhawan, 'Biwi No 1' featured Sen in the role of a ravishing model who ends up romantically involved with married man, making life miserable for his wife. Needless to say, the film gave the actress ample scope to showcase the glamourous side of her onscreen personality and create a stir among movie buffs along the way. Also featuring Anil Kapoor and Karishma Kapoor in pivotal roles, it emerged a big winner at the ticket window and helped Sen win a Filmfare award.
Samay: A Sushmita Sen show all the way, this action-thriller was loosely based on the Morgan Freeman starrer 'Se7en'. A surprise hit at the box office, it received tremendous critical acclaim thanks to the actress' riveting portrayal of a police officer. Interestingly, unlike most Bollywood films, 'Samay' did not boast of a full fledged romantic track. Moreover, there was no "hero" opposite Sen.
Sirf Tum: A remake of the Ajith Kumar starrer 'Kadhal Kottai', this Boney Kapoor-produced venture helped Sen got her first taste of commercial success. Touted as a romantic drama, the film also starred Sanjay Kapoor and Salman Khan. Interestingly, it helped Sen bag a Filmare nomination.
Filhaal: Yet another important film of Sushmita Sen's career, 'Filhaal' revolved around the sensitive issue of surrogacy. It saw the actress share screen space with Tabu. Despite finding limited commercial success, it managed to earn tremendous critical acclaim.
Dastak: Sen's Bollywood debut 'Dastak' saw her play the role of a beauty queen who ends up being the victim of a dangerous psychopath. Touted as a thriller, it was helmed by Mahesh Bhatt and received tremendous praise thanks to its compelling screenplay.
Aankhen: Serving as strong proof of Sushmita Sen's growth as a performer, 'Aankhen' saw her hold her own against some stalwarts of the film industry such as Amitabh Bachchan and Paresh Rawal. Touted as a thriller-drama, it revolved around a disgraced bank employee who organizes a heist. Directed by Vipul Shah, the film was a runaway hit at the ticket window.
Vaastu Shastra: A commercial success, this Ram Gopal Varma-directed horror drama saw Sen do full justicve to the role of a mother who tries to protect her son from evil spirits. It also featured Southern actor JD Chakravarthi in a pivotal role.
Harbhajan teases Yuvraj about Hazel Keech
Mumbai:MMNN:5 Nov. 2015
The big, fat, five-day, Punjabi wed ding of cricketer Harbhajan Singh and actress Geeta Basra ended with a Bollywood-themed bash at Chattarpur farms in Delhi, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi posing with the newlyweds.
Among the early guests were former India captain, Anil Kumble and former Punjab Director General of Police KPS Gill.But it was Yuvraj Singh and Virat Kohli, who came minus their steady dates, British-model Hazel Keech and actress Anushka Sharm a respectively, who made the thanda party garam as they dragged the couple off stage and onto the dance floor.Mika Singh, the official entertainer, crooned "Gandi Baat", "Party Toh Banti Hai", "Chinta Ta Chita" and "Heer Toh Badi Sad" as they shook a leg. And a stream of cricketers, from Mahendra Singh Dhoni to Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara, from Ajinkya Rahane and Ravichandran Ashwin to Team India Director Ravi Shastri, the recently-retired Virender Sehwag and IPL Chairman and Congress MP Rajeev Shukla, packed the ballroom over the next two hours.
The couple has been dating for five years and tied the knot on October 29 at a Gurudwara in Jalandhar, in the presence of Harbhajan's long-time friend and teammate, Sachin Tendulkar and his wife, Anjali. This was followed by a two-day mehendi and sangeet ceremony, at 35-year-old Harbhajan's family home.
"Geeta had two looks for each day of the week-long celebration but for the Bollywood party, it had to be glitzy and glam.She didn't know what Bhajji was wearing till she saw him at the reception," reveals the bride's stylist Babita Malkani, who had designed Anushka Sharma's costumes in Bombay Velvet, adding that Geeta was keen on diamond earrings, draped dupattas and Indo-Western fusion.
"Can't bowl the doosra now buddy, stick to one line," Yuvi teased and Bhajji shot back, "You should also play straight now, no cut-pull."
Viru had the last word, "If you guys want to know how to play the straight drive in married life, please feel free to call me."
We were the first to announce last month of cricketer Harbhajan Singh's nuptials to actor Geeta Basra.
We were also the first ones to spill the beans on captain Virat Kohli and chief cheerleader, actor Anushka Sharma's, wedding plans for next year.
But the big secret wedding date of a cricketer-actor is that of Yuvraj Singh.
The sixer-specialist is actually bowled over by actor Hazel Keech (she acted with Salman Khan and Kareena Kapoor in Bodyguard).
The two have been dating surreptitiously and seriously for months now, and very few of their friends are privy to their relationship status.
That is until last weekend, when Ms Keech accompanied Yuvi to the Bhajji- Basra wedding. We hear a Punjabi-style rohka (engagement) ceremony is due this month.
Rajkummar Rao: Returning National award is a courageous act
MMNN:31 Oct. 2015
National-award wining actor Rajkummar Rao says he respects the decision of filmmakers returning their National awards, calling it a "courageous" move.
Earlier this week, ten filmmakers, including Dibakar Banerjee and Hunterr director Harshvardhan Kulkarni, returned their National awards over "growing intolerance" and support for FTII students. Rajkummar, who bagged a National award for "Shahid", made his debut with Dibakar's Love Sex aur Dhoka.
"Being from FTII, I can absolutely understand what the students are going through. It's very courageous of the people who are returning their National awards. Its a way of protest... I respect their decision," the actor told reporters here.
He was speaking on the sidelines of the premiere of his real-life inspired drama Aligarh at the 17th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival. The Hansal Mehta-directed film also stars Manoj Bajpayee and is based on the real life incident of professor Shrinivas Ramchandra Siras, who was fired from his job because of his sexual orientation.
When asked if the film might run into trouble with the government given its bold theme, the 31-year-old Queen actor said, "Government? The movie has been made for the nation and the audience. They are ready to watch all kinds of cinema today. There's nothing controversial in the film. These things are happening around us.
Bollywood mourns at funeral of Abhay Deol's father Ajit Singh Deol
MMNN:24 Oct. 2015
Veteran actor Dharmendra's younger brother and Abhay Deol's father, Ajit Singh Deol, passed away on Friday evening. The funeral was held on Saturday morning here.
While Dharmendra was seen in tears with his hands folded, his star sons Sunny and Bobby Deol, and nephew Abhay were also present.
Other celebrities like Veeru Devgan, Anil Sharma, Anees Bazmee and Annu Kapoor also bid farewell to Ajit, who was suffering from various ailments.
He was reportedly under treatment for gall bladder complications. Abhay, Dharmendra and Sunny were by Ajit's bedside when he breathed his last.
Ajit was an actor and had featured in Punjabi films as well as a few Hindi films including the 1995 movie Barsaat with Bobby. He had even directed Meharbaani in 1982.