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Sooraj Pancholi is ready to rev up a supercar, will participate in a rally in UAE

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Men do love their machines, and Sooraj Pancholi is no different. The young actor gets to combine his love for automobiles with a good cause. He will participate in a road adventure organised by Supercars Club Arabia (SCA), which gives motor enthusiasts a chance to be a part of exclusive tours. The funds, which will be raised from the event, will go towards supporting cancer patients and helping them with their treatment.

The high-profile event, which marks the fifth year of the club, is scheduled from March 14 to 17 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The Heroactor will get to drive his favourite vehicle, McLaren from Dubai to Abu Dhabi along with fellow drivers from across the globe. Sooraj says, “I have been a fan of the car for a long time. So, this will definitely be an amazing experience. Also, we are raising funds for cancer treatment through this, and that’s something I look forward to.”

Nisha Shiwani has worked in many companies in various capacities and in her free time loves to express herself through her articles. She is based out of the pink city Jaipur.

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Kalank’ song ‘First class’: This Varun Dhawan-Kiara Advani number is worth the wait

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The song you had been waiting for – Varun Dhawan and Kiara Advani’s ‘First Class’ is here and it was totally worth all the patience. ‘First Class’ marks Kalank’s second song. It features Alia Bhatt, Aditya Roy Kapur and Madhuri Dixit-Nene in glimpses.

The keyword ‘First class’ comes much later in the song but throughout Varun Dhawan doesn’t disappoint. The song begins with Alia Bhatt’s wedding to Aditya Roy Kapur, but the focus soon shifts to Varun, who prays his namaz and has gathered in a crowd of his Muslim friends. The actor says ‘Jaise ho Eid Mein Holi’ so many times that we wonder why isn’t that the name of the song instead of ‘First Class’.

Pritam’s music plays as much an important part in the song as does Varun Dhawan‘s dancing around. The actor also does the hook step of ‘Aaj Ki Party’ (we pointed the first time the step was copied when Varun revealed stills from the song).

 

Soon after, Kiara Advani is introduced at the lake side. A lady is blurred out on the boat. The lake side and boat definitely play an important part in the film. Kalank’s first announcement featured a still of the lake and a lady and a man (mostly Alia Bhat-Varun Dhawan) travelling on a boat.

Kiara Advani plays an eyecandy in the song. She tries hard but can match Varun Dhawan’s energy only in a few places. What comes as a delightful surprise soon after is Madhuri Dixit-Nene’s entry. She lets out a beautiful smile on seeing the environment of celebrations.

 

Producer Karan Johar has definitely shelled out behind creating a grand and beautiful manneur for the song. Remo D’Souza’s choreography and Varun Dhawan’s energy in the song are the perfect match. Arijit Singh and Neeti Mohan’s voice stays with you much after the song is over. Manish Malhotra’s simplistically designed clothes also grab your attention to an extent.

Overall, although ‘First Class’ is a random dance number and Kiara Advani not having a role more than an eyecandy disappoints, the song is something that people would soon groove to. Lyricist Amitabh Bhattacharya has also done a fabulous job in combining two festivals – Eid and Holi with the line, ‘Mere Tevar Mein Hai Tehzeeb Ki Rangeen Ranglo Jaise Ho Eid Mein Holi’. The film too seems to combine people of two different cultures – Varun Dhawan as a Muslim boy and Alia Bhatt as a Hindu girl. The movie could be their love story set in the pre-Independence era.

Kalank stars Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan, Madhuri Dixit-Nene, Sonakshi Sinha, Aditya Roy Kapur and Sanjay Dutt in lead roles. Directed by 2 States helmer Abhishek Varman, the movie is produced by Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions, Sajid Nadiadwala’s Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment and Fox Star Studios. The epic drama is slated to release on April 19.

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Critical of Didi, no takers for ‘Bhobishyoter Bhoot’ film

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Even after the Supreme Court, in a directive on March 15, asking West Bengal government to ensure smooth screening of ‘Bhobishyoter Bhoot‘, makers of the film are still struggling to find an exhibitor in Kolkata.

Talking to DNA, one of its producers, Kalyanmoy Chatterjee said they had written to exhibitors, but to no avail. “None of them responded. We will have to report it to the Supreme Court,” Chatterjee said. He said films normally meet 80-90 per cent of expenditure during the first two weeks of the film’s release, which the film has lost already.

Exhibitors said there was no screen available in the city. “It is already showing in places like Sodepur in North 24 Parganas and Howrah. In Kolkata, I think it is too late. There are films like Captain Marvel and Badla already doing very well and Kesari is all set to be released on Friday,” said a city-based exhibitor.

Arijit Dutta, exhibitor and owner of Priya Cinema spoke on the same lines. “If BhobishyoterBhoothad not been screened at all, it would have been a separate question; but now, it can’t be called a new film,” he said and added that makers should opt for other platforms for its release. “As the film has had the publicity it needed, it can as well be released on Netflix and other digital platforms. Producers can also talk to TV channels,” Dutta said.

However, on condition of anonymity, an exhibitor said the film is critical on Mamata government in the state. Exhibitors apparently didn’t want to take a risk by annoying Didi’s supporters.

The film, written and directed by Anik Dutta and starring Sabyasachi Chakraborty, Chandrayee Ghosh and Kaushik Sen, is about the struggle for existence for some ghosts who were trying to figure out a way to live either in cyberspace or meatspace. Dutta takes a dig at nearly all major political parties but the TMC bears a major part of the brunt. Phrases like ‘Anupreronai’ (inspired by), ‘unnayon’ (development), ‘Imam bhata’ (honorarium to Muslim clerics) and other jargons which are typical to TMC have been liberally used.

The lyrics of one of the songs said, ‘Unnoyon er koper theke naiko poritran’, which means ‘You can’t escape the predicaments of development’. The song also talks about ‘Utsav’, ‘Khela’, ‘Mela’, things that Opposition parties said Mamata was consumed with, overlooking the governance in Bengal.

The film also talks about paintings being sold for crores of rupees, hinting at Mamata’s paintings allegedly bought by chit fund company owners. One of the actors of the film had stark resemblance with TMC district president from Birbhum, Anubrata Mondal, who has been famous or infamous for his acerbic comments against the Opposition leaders and to carry out polls with the help of his musclemen.

Interestingly, Moon Moon Sen who is a TMC MP played a cameo in the film but when called up refused to comment on the issue.

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Confirmed: Sara Ali Khan teams up with Varun Dhawan for ‘Coolie No 1’ remake

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Sara Ali Khan is in the news currently for her steamy equation with Kartik Aaryan. After a lot of leaked images and videos from their sets, the first look from their movie directed by Imtiaz Ali was unveiled recently. Not just the first look, the makers also announced that the film would release on Valentine’s Day next year. The actress is now in news for her next film with Varun Dhawan.

After a lot of speculations around the actress being part of Coolie No 1, which is being remade by David Dhawan, a report on Mumbai now confirms all the rumours as true. Varun Dhawan replaces Govinda from the original film while Sara Ali Khan steps into Karishma Kapoor’s shoes, if the report is to be belived.

The writer of this film Farhad Samji confirmed Sara’s casting in the film by telling the daily, “It is a boon for any writer to work with a dedicated actor like Varun. I narrated the dialogue draft to him recently and he immediately asked me for a copy, so he could rehearse his lines even though there is still time for the film to go on the floors. I am looking forward to teaming up with Sara for the second time.”

Farhad previously worked with Sara Ali Khan in Ranveer Singh starrer Simmba. He cleared that the movie is not a remake or sequel but “adaptation in a new format”. While Varun Dhawan has worked with father David Dhawanpreviously in Main Tera Hero and Judwaa, it will be the first time when Sara enters the Dhawan camp.

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Following Christchurch mosque attack Australian PM pushes G20 to tackle internet extremism

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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has called on world leaders to press technology firms to tackle the “ungoverned” space of extremist internet content in the wake of the Christchurch terror attack.

In a letter published Tuesday, the Australian leader asked the G20 summit host, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, that the issue is raised when leaders gather in Osaka this June.

Morrison is in the middle of a tough re-election campaign, where his party has faced persistent allegations of fuelling anti-migrant sentiment to appeal to conservative voters.

Morrison has spoken publicly several times to denounce extremism since the attack that killed 50 people in neighbouring New Zealand on Friday.

He has also taken aim at tech companies for their seeming inability to stop the propagation of extremist content, such as live footage shot by the gunman as he rampaged through the Al Noor mosque.

“They’ve created these capabilities, and in the overwhelming majority of cases, they’re available for peaceful and happy purposes, but we do know that they can be used and weaponised by terrorists of any description,” he told the press.

“If you can write an algorithm to make sure that the ads they want you to see can appear on your mobile phone, then I’m quite confident they can write an algorithm to screen out hate content on social media platforms,” Scott Morrison said.

“I’m sure we can work together to make sure they protect our citizens by ensuring that the tools that they have developed are not used by terrorists as weapons to advance their agendas of hate,” he added.

Opposition leader Bill Shorten backed that call, telling social media platforms, “If you help create the swamp, you can’t go missing when evil things start crawling out of it.”

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Akshay Kumar visits iconic Red Fort to promote ‘Kesari’, dubs it favourite place in Delhi

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Akshay Kumar is currently busy promoting his upcoming release Kesari. The movie is based on the Battle Of Saranghari. Akshay had previously pointed out that only 3-4 articles have elaborated on the battle which was so bravely fought by our Indian soldiers who were limited in number.

The actor is currently is in his hometown Delhi. He rubbished rumours of contesting Lok Sabha polls on BJP ticket in the upcoming elections. “No, I won’t be contesting any elections,” Akshay cleared while addressing the press conference of his upcoming movie Kesari. India Today also quoted him saying, “Politics is not on my agenda. I feel what I am doing through my films, I will never be able to do that through politics.”

Today morning the actor began his day with a special interview. His interview was conducted by Zee News. “Privileged to have started the day with such a heartfelt interview at my favourite place in #Delhi , the Red Fort with @sudhirchaudhary72. This is a special one for #Kesari, coming up tonight at 9 pm on @zeenews,” he posted along with a photograph on Instagram.

 

The actor was welcomed in Delhi on M with a huge crowd of fans.

 

Apart from Kesari, Akshay Kumar would also appear in Good News with Kareena Kapoor Khan, Diljit Dosanjh and Kiara Advani, Mission Mangal with Sonakshi Sinha, Nithya Menon, Vidya Balan, Kirti Kulhari and Sharman Joshi, and Housefull 4 with Bobby Deol, Riteish Deshmukh, Kriti Sanon, Kriti Kharbanda and Pooja Hegde. All his movie are slated to release this year.

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Ajay Devgn set to play squadron leader Vijay Karnik in ‘Bhuj: The Pride of India

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Ajay Devgn, last seen in Total Dhamaal, has taken up yet another biopic. His name was recently linked to biopic on football coach Syed Abdul Rahim, after the actor has already worked on the real-life story of Taanaaji, who played the main man in Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s army.

The actor is now set to essay the role of Squadron Leader Vijay Karnik, who was in charge of the Bhuj airport during the 1971 Indo-Pak war. It was Karnik and his team, with the help of the local women, who reconstructed the destroyed Indian Air Force airstrip at Bhuj in Gujarat, in what could be termed as India’s ‘Pearl Harbour’ moment. The movie, based on a true incident, is touted to be one of India’s most fascinating war-related stories.

Talking about the film, producer Bhushan Kumar told Times Of India, “This courageous tale needs to be told because we want the current and the coming generation to know about this brave soldier, Squadron Leader Vijay Karnik, who played a significant role in India’s victory in the 1971 war. He was heroic enough to take this bold step of involving civilians in a war. Also, who better than Ajay Devgn for the role of Vijay Karnik? We are working with him currently in De De Pyaar De and Taanaji, and we are glad that he is on board for this film, too.”

Vijay Karnik also seemed happy to have Ajay Devgn on board to tell his tale. He told the publication, “We were fighting a war and if there had been any casualties of any of these women, it would have been a great loss. But I took the decision and it worked out. I had briefed them where they could take shelter if attacked and they followed it bravely. Also, I could only see Ajay Devgn essaying my character and I’m glad that he’s on board.”

Bhuj: The Pride of India is a Gulshan Kumar presentation along with T-Series and Select Media Holdings LLP. Written-directed by Abhishek Dudhaiya, the film will be produced by Ginny Khanuja, Vajir Singh, Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar and Abhishek Dudhaiya.

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It’s Alia Bhatt opposite Salman Khan in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Inshallah’!

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From the past few months, there have been several reports making the rounds about the casting process for Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s upcoming directorial starring Salman Khan in the lead role. It was said that either Deepika Padukone, Katrina Kaif or Alia Bhatt are in the running to play the female lead. Last night, Alia was clicked while making her way out of SLB’s office which added more fuel to the rumours.

Now, finally, it’s confirmed that Alia is indeed playing the lead opposite Salman in SLB’s film titled Inshallah. Alia tweeted about the same, “I was 9 when I first walked into Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s office, all nervous and hoping and praying that I would be in his next film. It’s been a long wait.” She further tweeted, “Dream with your eyes wide open they say & I did. Sanjay Sir and Salman Khan are magical together & I can’t wait to join them on this beautiful  journey called “Inshallah” #Inshallah #SLB @BeingSalmanKhan @bhansali_produc @SKFilmsOfficial @prerna982”

Even Salman made an official announcement by tweeting, “It’s been 20 years but I am glad Sanjay and I are finally back in his next film, Inshallah. Looking forward to work with Alia and inshallah we will all be blessed on this journey.#Inshallah #SLB @aliaa08 @bhansali_produc @SKFilmsOfficial”

Earlier, a source had told to DNA After Hrs about the project, “Sanjay, who is penning the script, has narrated the idea to Salman and he is on board. Though the film isn’t a sequel or a remake, it may be called Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam 2. SLB feels that the movie has all the elements that Hum Dil… had. So, the title feels like a natural fit for part two. However, it will have a different story and new characters. An A-list heroine will be cast opposite Salman, but the makers haven’t approached anyone as yet.”

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Kesari’ will be an emotional experience for the audience: Akshay Kumar

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In his close to three-decade-long career in Hindi film industry, Akshay Kumar has established himself as an action star, a pro in comedy and the face of patriotic movies, but the Kesari actor says he still has a lot to offer as a performer.The 51-year-old actor said he does not want to get pigeonholed and is looking for opportunities to contribute to various genres in cinema.

“I have a long way to go. I still want to do a lot. I want to keep on working. I don’t want to stop at one point and have a particular image. I want to have different kind of images. I’m still discovering myself and have a lot of time with myself to do so,” Akshay Kumar said at a press conference.

“I have ‘Housefull 4‘ and then I am doing a horror-comedy and then there is ‘Sooryavanshi’. I want to do different kind of films and I’m looking for opportunities,” he added.

Akshay was in the capital along with actorParineeti Chopra and director Anurag Singh to promote their upcoming release Kesari. The film is based on Battle of Saragarhi, which was fought between the British Indian Army’s Sikh Regiment and Afghan tribesmen in 1897.

Akshay said working on Kesari was an emotional experience for him as he feels a strong connect with the love warriors and soldiers have for their motherland. “Making this film was an emotional experience. Especially, the last 15 minutes of the film were very emotional. But it’s been an important journey for me. I am sure it is going to be an emotional experience for the audience as well.” ”

Kesari, produced by Dharma Productions, Azure Entertainment and Cape of Good Films, will hit the theatres on Thursday.

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Amitabh Bachchan expresses grief over Manohar Parrikar’s demise

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The Chief Minister of Goa Manohar Parrikar fought a hard battle with cancer. Ram Nath Kovind made the announcement of his death today. Noted Bollywood actor and megastar Amitabh Bachchan took to Twitter to describe what a gentle and soft spoken, simple minded person Manohar was.

“T 3122 – Manohar Parrikar CM of Goa, passes away .. a gentle , soft spoken simple minded person .. respected .. fought his illness with dignity and great spirit .. had on a few occasions spent some time with him .. a soft smile always adorned his face .. sad with the news ..,” tweeted the actor.

Amitabh Bachchan has long been linked with BJP, either for praising the party or controversies attached to them. Before BJP came into ruling power too, Amitabh Bachchan had close ties with BJP president Amit Shah. Interestingly, Big B and late Manohar too had spent time together at more than one occasions. Akshay Kumar, Katrina Kaifand Salman Khan too met the late CM of GoaManohar Parrikar.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also tweeted his condolences an hour back. He called Manohar an unparalleled leader, a true patriot and exceptional administrator. He also praised the ex-defense minister Manohar and called him the builder of modern Goa.

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Notebook: Salman Khan’s ‘Main Taare’ song to be out today

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After backing Notebook, Salman Khan has gone a step further and lent his voice to one of the tracks in the film. The actor-producer has crooned Main Taare, the teaser of which has generated abundant buzz online. While its lyrics have been written by Manoj Muntashir, Vishal Mishra has composed the romantic number.

Talking about the actor-producer’s involvement in the movie from the onset, be it the script, location or the soundtrack, director Nitin Kakkar says, “I’m very happy that Salman sir has sung this beautiful song. While working with him, I’ve learned that he puts his heart and soul in everything that he does, whether it’s a small or a big task, which makes him a true superstar. People have appreciated the track’s teaser. I hope there will be immense love for the number, which goes live today.”

Shot in the exquisite valleys of Kashmir,Notebook marks the debut of Zaheer Iqbal and Pranutan Bahl. The romantic drama, which is presented by Salman Khan Films, is produced by Salma Khan, Murad Khetani and Ashwin Varde. It tells the story of two lovers, Kabir (Zaheer) and Firdaus (Pranutan), with a bunch of talented child artistes, who play pivotal roles in their lives. The film releases on March 29.

SALMAN’S PREVIOUS HITS AS A SINGER

The first song that Salman Khan had sung wasChandi Ki Daal Par Sone Ka Mor in his film Hello Brother (1999). The Race 3 actor has also lent his voice to Jag Ghoomeya, 440 Volt and Sultan for the soundtrack of his 2016 blockbuster, Sultan. The superstar has rendered many songs over the years. His Main Hoon Hero Tera for his home production Hero (2015), which launched Sooraj Pancholi and Athiya Shetty, was a huge hit.

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