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Post on Nov 07, 2018
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Actor Kangana Ranaut is back at her home in Manali to celebrate Diwali with her family. She is enjoying a great time in the hills and the pictures speak to that effect.

Kangana’s official Instagram handle shared pictures of her and her family on Tuesday. She is seen rolling up snowballs with her sister Rangoli Chandel and brother Akshit Ranaut and carrying her little nephew Prithvi on her shoulders in the pics. She is wearing a thick pink jacket and flashing a big smile as she enjoys playing in the snow.

Kangana decided to spend Diwali in Manali this year specially for her little nephew and for her brother who is introducing the family to his girlfriend. “My entire family will come together this Diwali. My brother is introducing us to his girlfriend and making the relationship official, so we wanted to be together on this special day. It’s also my nephew Prithvi Raj’s first Diwali. Since he’s just a baby we will avoid noisy crackers,” she told Mumbai Mirror.

Since it is snowing in Manali, Kangana is carrying her favourite vintage wine. “My grand piano, a song and wine is my idea of a party so in a sense I will be partying this Diwali,” she added.

Once she returns from the three-day trip, she will resume the post production work for Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi. Following this, Kangana will start working on the movie Panga from November 9 in Bhopal. It’s a 25- day schedule and she will be seen as a Kabaddi player in the movie.

Kangana said Manikarnika has been a tough journey for her. “Rani Laxmibai had to fight so much. I would not wish that life for anyone I love. Also, I won’t want my children to have the kind of life I have had. I don’t know why but I have to fight for everything in my life,” she had said. “I don’t get anything without fighting for it. I am neither proud, nor ashamed, I’m pretty fine with how my life is. But if you ask me if I want this for my children or my loved ones, then no,” she added. The actor was speaking at the wrap party of the biopic, directed by Krish.

Post on Nov 07, 2018
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Tamil superstar Vijay starrer Sarkar hit screens on Tuesday. The film has generated immense buzz and thanks to its festive release, it is expected to rake in huge numbers. It released in over 3000 screens around the world and is expected to break records right from its opening day. Directed by AR Murugadoss, the movie also stars Keerthy Suresh, Varalaxmi Sarathkumar, Yogi Babu and Radha Ravi among others.

While Sarkar is easily the biggest release down south, in other parts of the country, too, it is expected to make a good amount of money. Trade analyst Taran Adarsh wrote on Twitter, “The hugely awaited #Tamil biggie #Sarkar, which opened today, has got fantastic showcasing outside Tamil Nadu as well… In Mumbai, for instance, the plexes have allotted 8, 9, even 11 and 12 shows every day, which is a rarity… The hype is truly tremendous… #SarkarDiwali.”

Sarkar had to overcome a pre-release hurdle. It got mired in controversy after Varun Rajendran accused director AR Murugadoss of plagiarising his script. Rajendran claimed that Murugadoss had copied the script of Sengol. An out-of-court agreement was reached before the matter was heard in court. As part of the deal, Varun was promised that a letter of appreciation, for imagining a Sarkar-like script about 11 years ago, will be shown at the beginning of the film.

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Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee general secretary Manjinder Singh Sirsa had filed a complaint against Zero actor Shah Rukh Khan and director Aanand L Rai on Monday for hurting Sikh sentiments. The complaint stated that one of the film’s poster shows SRK wearing a Gatra Kirpan as an ordinary dagger. Now, the makers of Zero have issued a statement to clarify that the film or the makers have no intention to hurt any religious sentiments. In the statement, the makers have made it clear that Shah Rukh is not wearing a Kirpan but a dagger popularly known as Katar in the Indian subcontinent.

The statement from the spokesperson of the film read, “The concern is duly noted and we wish to respectfully clarify that the film does not depict a Kirpan but in fact has used what is commonly known as a Katar. The filmmakers have been careful not to hurt the feelings of any community including the Sikh community.”

“The film is about celebrating incompleteness and to tell a heartfelt story. We trust you will appreciate our stand that any concern this may have caused is completely inadvertent,” the statement continued to read.


Earlier, in the complaint filed by Manjinder Singh Sirsa, the MLA had requested Zero director Aanand L Rai to remove the objectionable scenes, failing which the Sikh community will stage protests at theaters to stop the film’s screening.

Post on Nov 06, 2018
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Bollywood actress Rani Mukerji's Hichki is having a golden run at the box office in China. The social drama with its rave reviews and positive word of mouth is performing exceptionally well at the ticket windows. The film has earned a grand total of Rs. 148.79 crore and is all set to enter the Rs. 150 crore club today.

Speaking about the success of Hichki, Rani had shared, "With the incredible love that audiences have showered on Hichki and on me, they have proven that for them good cinema and good performance is the only thing that matters - not marital status, not parenthood. They have made me incredibly emotional. Audiences have celebrated working mothers today and I will be forever thankful to them. I'm grateful to my director Siddharth P. Malhotra and my producer Maneesh Sharma for giving me a project that will forever be the most special film of my career."

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Actor Parineeti Chopra has so far worked with the younger crop of actors, such as Ranveer Singh, Arjun Kapoor, Sidharth Malhotra, Sushant Singh Rajput, Ayushmann Khurrana and Aditya Roy Kapur. Therefore, being paired with actor Akshay Kumar, 51, in her upcoming film, Kesari, is a dream come true. Although she has shot with actor Ajay Devgn in Golmaal Again (2017), she was part of the ensemble cast and her onscreen relationship with Ajay was not a romantic one. So, this 30-year-old actor is evidently excited about shooting the period war drama with Akshay, being directed by Anurag Singh.

When asked how different it is to be on the set with him as compared to her earlier co-stars who were her age, she says, “Akshay sir is as excited as any other actor on the set. He is happy to be there and he make that extra effort to make everyone around him comfortable. I can expect it from the newer boys, but he is a veteran and doesn’t really need to go out of his way to make actresses or crew comfortable and happy, yet he does. So, within the first few days you realise he is a beautiful person.”

She has shot for a few days for the film, but most of the shoot is scheduled for later this year. “My biggest chunk of the shoot is going to be in December, that’s when I will know how it feels when I have to romance him,” she says.

The actor adds that, even in the past, whenever she has worked with senior actors, such as Ajay, Govinda in Kill Dill (2014), Anupam Kher in Dawat-e-Ishq (2014) and Manoj Joshi in Hasee Toh Phasee (2014), she has only had a great experience. “I’ve just been blessed that the kind of senior actors I’ve worked with are the kinds who really enjoy themselves on set, and they don’t take their stardom that seriously, whether it’s Ajay sir or Akshay sir or others,” says Parineeti, who was last seen in Namaste England with her Ishaqzaade co-star Arjun Kapoor.

Another actor she is pairing up with is her Hasee Toh Phasee (2014) co-star, Sidharth Malhotra for the upcoming Jabariya Jodi. So, one tends to ask her if equation or the onscreen camaraderie changes over time? “One hundred per cent, it does! And I feel it’s only natural for equations to change because by the time I do another film with an actor, they are a bigger star... I mean, you meet an actor today, and you meet them 10 films later, you will definitely see a change. As a co-star, we see it even more. Also, they might change as people, too, because of all the attention and love they get,” says Parineeti, who will work with Arjun for the third time in the upcoming, Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar.

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Megastar Amitabh Bachchan has sung a few lines of a lullaby for the forthcoming film Thugs Of Hindostan. He says he was excited to sing it. Amitabh said the song tells the depth of the bond between his character Khudabaksh, mentor of Zafira, essayed by Fatima Sana Sheikh.

“The song tells you the depth of the bond that Zafira and Khudabaksh share. I was most excited to sing this lullaby because it is not everyday that you get to sing one,” Amitabh said in a statement. The lullaby has been composed by the talented duo Ajay-Atul and Amitabh Bhattacharya has penned it.

“The lyrics are beautiful and the composition highlights the emotional journey of these two characters who have an incredible father-daughter relationship. I have been telling Aditya to put this in the album. I’m sure he will do it because it’s turned out to be a beautiful song,” he added.

According to a source associated with the film, the film’s director Vijay Krishna Acharya wanted to show a beautiful father-daughter like relationship between the two that develops ever since Zafira was a child.

“He wanted to show the deep trust, the love and the respect that Zafira has for Khudabaksh and decided to add a moment of vulnerability between the two. Khudabaksh will be seen protecting Zafira at every step and they are inseparable souls.”

“Mr. Bachchan was so kicked about singing this lullaby that he decided to record it himself and that too at his home! The initial idea was to make a short lullaby but Mr. Bachchan went a step further and converted it into a song. He is insisting that Aditya puts it into the album,” the source added.

Post on Nov 06, 2018
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Nanditasweta, who made her Tollywood debut with VI Anand directorial Ekkadiki Pothavu Chinnavada, has signed another Telugu film.

On Monday, she took to Twitter and wrote, “Night shoots Kalki. And signed an another project now. Yes at this time positive vibe. Something new and special. The script which is close to my heart in recent times.”

Producers Ahiteja Bellamkonda and Suresh Varma Alluri are bankrolling this yet-to-be titled project under Cinema Hall Entertainments banner. Suresh Bobbili will compose the music. The film marks the directorial debut of Chinnikrishna.

Presently, the makers are busy finalising the cast and crew.

Nanditasweta received accolades for her performance in Ekkadiki Pothavu Chinnavada. She won the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress Telugu. Her second Telugu outing, Srinivasa Kalyanam, failed to make an impact at the box office.

Post on Nov 05, 2018
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After a bridal shower in New York, actress Priyanka Chopra has set out on a bachelorette party. And her future mother-in-law to be has urged her to "be good".

Less than a week after Priyanka celebrated her upcoming wedding to American singer Nick Jonas at a bridal shower in New York City, the former "Quantico" actress shared that her bachelorette party had just begun .

On Saturday, the bride-to-be shared a photograph of herself smiling from ear-to-ear while wearing a fuzzy white off-the-shoulder sweater, which she captioned" "#BacheloretteVibes".

"Be good," Jonas' mother Denise commented, adding a red heart emoji.
Priyanka had first hinted at the celebrations to come on Friday, when she shared a photograph on her Instagram Story of her dog sitting in a car, which she captioned, "Bye Bye LA." The location of the party has been kept under wraps, though she shared a few glimpses from the party.

She teased fans by sharing a photo of a bouquet of pink roses, sitting nearby buckets of champagne adorned with pink and gold balloons.

Post on Nov 05, 2018
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Before the country recognised the talent of AR Rahman, the celebrated composer says there was a phase in his life where he felt like a failure and contemplated suicide almost every day. The Oscar-winning composer says the initial low phase of his career eventually helped him emerge braver.

"Up until 25, I used to think about suicide. Most of us feel they are not good enough. Because I lost my father, there was this void... There were so many things happening. (But) that in a way made me more fearless. Death is a permanent thing for everyone. Since everything created has an expiry date, so why be afraid of anything?.

The turnaround for the 51-year-old composer came when he built his recording studio Panchathan Record Inn in his backyard in hometown Chennai.

"Before that, things were dormant so may be it manifested then. Because of my father's death and the way he was working, I didn't do many movies. I got 35 movies and I did two. Everyone wondered 'How are you going to survive? You have everything, grab it.' I was 25 then. I couldn't do that. It's like eating everything. You become numb. So even if you eat small meals, make it fulfilling," he added.

The composer spoke about hard times and other events in his life in Notes of a Dream: The Authorized Biography of AR Rahman. Written by author Krishna Trilok, the biography, in association with Landmark and Penguin Random House, was launched in Mumbai, Saturday.

Rahman was nine when his father RK Shekhar, who was a film score composer, passed away and the family had to rent out his musical equipment to get by. Rahman took to music at a very young age.

"I finished everything between the age of 12 to 22. It was boring for me to do all the normal stuff. I didn't want to do it," he said. In his 20s, before he made his debut as a composer with Mani Ratnam's Roja (1992), Rahman along with his family embraced Sufi Islam. He reinvented himself by letting go not only of the baggage from his past, but also his birth name Dileep Kumar, which he says, he despised.

"I never liked my original name Dileep Kumar. I don't even know why I hated it. I felt it didn't match my personality. I wanted to become another person. I felt like that would define and change my whole . I wanted to get rid of all the past luggage," he said.

With Roja, Rahman shot to instant fame as the wunderkind in the industry, who changed the grammar of music and sounds. But creating music is not a lonely process for the musician as much as it is "internal".

"You manifest who you are and let it out. So when you are ideating on your mental drawing book, you need a lot of self-analysis and you have to dive deep within you. You need to listen to yourself. It's hard to listen to your inner side. But once you do, you have to let lose and forget yourself," he added.

It was for this reason, Rahman said, that he works only during late nights or early mornings. "If I am going deep inside something and suddenly there's a knock on the door, I'll come to reality from a very different world and I won't be able to go back to the same spot again. This is one of the reasons I prefer (being at work) very early mornings like 5 am or 6 am or the nights," he said.

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