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Kangana Ranaut’s ‘Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi’ is a visual extravaganza

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Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi is a magnum opus about one of the bravest warriors in the history of India’s independence — Rani Lakshmibai. Portraying her on screen, is none other than Kangana Ranaut, who has also directed the film.

Along with a gripping plot penned by celebrated writer KV Vijayendra Prasad, the period drama also has some breath-taking action scenes choreographed by Hollywood stunt director Nick Powell. The music composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy along with lyrics and dialogues by Prasoon Joshi further add to the elements of the epic saga.

Kangana says, “Manikarnika will burn in the heart of India forever. It’s about a woman who has left an everlasting mark on our nation’s history and freedom movement. For ages, she has been a symbol of valour, commitment and passion and now the world will get to see her tale.”

Shariq Patel, CEO, Zee Studios, says, “We have all read about India’s foremost freedom fighter Rani Lakshmibai’s larger-than-life story of bravery and sacrifice in history books. In fact, we have grown up hearing about her legend. I’m excited and hopeful that the audiences will come to witness her extraordinary journey come alive on the big screen today.”

Producer Kamal Jain adds, “Manikarnika is our tribute to India’s biggest and bravest warrior queen, who sacrificed her life for the motherland. We are hopeful that India will come together to watch her awe-inspiring journey and appreciate our film.”

Produced by Zee Studios and Kamal Jain, Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi directed by Kangana Ranaut and Radha Krishna Jagarlamudi releases today.

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Vidya Sinha who remained away from Bollywood leaves this world silently

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A beautiful actress of Bollywood who made a remarkable mark as a heroine unparalleled with her outstanding beauty and acting on the silver screen during the seventies and eighties, versatile actor Vidya Sinha is no more with us.
She left for her heavenly abode on the 15th August, after suffering from a severe lung ailment on the 73rd Independence day anniversary. When the entire nation was celebrating the independence of the largest democracy of the world the family of Vidya Sinha and Bollywood was grief-stricken as the 71-year-old actress once loved and adored by millions had left all of us in grief.
The winner of the Bombay beauty contests a simple-looking beautiful actress with sharp mesmerizing features Vidya Sinha was for the very first time noticed by the eminent filmmaker in one of the advertisements in the seventies and wasted no time in approaching her to act in his significant movie Rajnigandha which later on won several prestigious awards. There was no looking back for Vidya Sinha thereafter, once a shy girl who came into modeling after winning the Bombay beauty pageant before her debut film Rajnigandha. Vidya Sinha always maintained a safe distance from the razzle-dazzle of Bollywood.
However, when a win at Miss Mumbai beauty contest led to modeling offers she did not shy away. Rajnigandha in 1974 was her debut movie directed by eminent film director Basu Chatterjee who noticed her outstanding beauty and acumen after seeing her in one of the advertisements. Her unfussy, middle-class working girl, commuting in public transport, wearing printed sarees and carrying a faithful handbag, struck a direct chord with the audience of the middle class in particular and also with the people of other segments. She was indeed awesome and best at acting. In Basuda’s movies, her character as a middle-class woman suited her best.
Even after four decades her movies and acting as a beautiful heroine has left her imprint in everybody’s minds and hearts. It looks as if its justs yesterday’s films and Vidya Sinha is still the same young heroine acting flawlessly with stars like Sanjeev Kumar, Amol Palekar, Rajesh Khanna, Vinod Khanna, and Shashi Kapoor. Vidya Sinha acted with several prominent superstars and actors of seventies and eighties in movies like Rajnigandha, Choti Si Baat, Pati Patni Aur Woh, Inkaar, Karm, Mukti, Meera, Swayamvar, etc from 1974  till 1980. She acted in several serials as well, the recent one being Tulsi on the television screen. Vidya Sinha showed that she is equally adept in mainstream ‘Rona Dhona’ as she is in middle-of-the-road cinema.
Long before the live-in relationships became acceptable to Indian society Vidya Sinha and Rajesh Khanna portrayed one in B.R. Chopra’s Karm. Owing to some ominous predictions made by a family astrologer, the duo could not marry. They lived together anyway, causing much hue and cry, this among one of the many affairs of Rajesh Khanna.
Vidya Sinha’s greatest regret was of turning down Raj Kapoor’s SATYAM SHIVAM SUNDARAM.
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The Sultan of Music: Adnan Sami

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Adnan Sami is one of the best & most underrated singers of Bollywood we have ever seen. He is a musician, pianist, and actor who performs Indian as well as western music, mostly in Bollywood movies. His most remarkable musical instrument is the piano. He is considered as the first person to play Indian classical music on the piano in a way he created through the Santoor.

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Born in London to a Pakistani diplomat, Arshad Sami Khan and Naureen from Jammu & Kashmir of North India, Adnan has been titled as “Sultan of Music” by The Times of India.

Adnan is also known for playing over 35 musical instruments.

His first single was in English, Run for his life, recorded for UNICEF and released in 1986. It was ranked No. 1 in the music charts in the Middle East followed by three more No. 1s: Talk To Me, Hot Summer Day and You’re My Best Kept Secret.

With the song Aye Udi Udi in the movie Saathiya (2002), he got an opportunity to work with A. R. Rahman.

In 2000, Adnan joined with Asha Bhosle on the album named Kabhi to Nazar Milao in India. Composed by Adnan, the album became an instant hit and had topped the indie-pop charts in early 2000.

His second album was Tera Chehra, released in October 2002. The album featured Rani Mukerji in the title track and Amitabh Bachchan in another track “Kabhi Nahi”, who also sang the duet with Adnan.

Hope you will like this collection of Adnan Sami’s best songs.

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Pakistani Singers who earned Fame in India

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Once the king of pops MJ had said, “I love great music. It has no color, no boundary”.

Music is a universal medium that connects people, their hearts and souls. People love their favorite singers regardless of the nation they belong to. There are many talented singers Pakistan has produced who have found more fame in India than their native home.

So here are the 10 Pakistani singers who found fame in India.

These Pakistani singers have won millions of hearts and found fame and appreciation in India.

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Pakistan’s Highly Acclaimed Singer – Rahat Fateh Ali Khan; Best known for Bollywood Hits

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Rahat Fateh Ali Khan (RFAK) is a Pakistani musician predominantly gained renown in performing Qawwali, a devotional melody of the Muslim Sufis. He is a renowned playback singer in Pakistan as well as Indian cinema.
On 9th December 1974, RFAK was born in a Punjabi family of classical singers and Qawwals in Faisalabad, Punjab, Pakistan. He is the son of Farrukh Fateh Ali Khan, grandson of Fateh Ali Khan and the nephew of legendary Qawwali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.

Since childhood, RFAK was fond of music and often found to be singing with his uncle and father. At the age of seven, he started learning the art of singing Qawwali by his uncle Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. RFAK was just 9 when he performed publicly for the first time at his grandfathers’ death anniversary. At 15, he became an important part of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s famous qawwali group and traveled around the UK with his uncle in 1985. Subsequently, he began to present a solo performance at several concerts.

His debut in playback singing in Bollywood began with the song “Mann Ki Lagan” in the movie Paap in 2003. In April 2012, Rahat performed at Wembley Arena and the Manchester Arena at the UK, which created a record of maximum ticket sales to over 20,000 people.

He was the first Pakistani to perform at the Nobel Prize concert in 2014. He had presented an incredible performance on his uncle, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s unforgettable qawwali songs including Tumhe Dillagi, Mast Qalandar, and Aao Parhao.

Here we are presenting ten incredible songs of Rahat Fateh Ali khan.

 

 

Recently, on 26 June 2019, RFAK was honored with the Doctorate of Music by the University of Oxford.

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Top Ten of Atif Aslam

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Atif Aslam, a talented young Pakistani playback singer, and actor, known for his vocal modulation technique. Atif predominantly sings in Urdu/ Hindi as well as Punjabi and also sung in Bengali. He has received numerous awards including the Tamgha-e-Imtiaz (2008), the fourth-highest decoration given to civilians in Pakistan.

Atif’s first album Jal Pari was released on 17 July 2004, which was an instant hit. Jal Pari was the “Best Selling Album of the Year” for two consecutive years, 2004 and 2005. His first breakthrough in Bollywood was offered by director Mahesh Bhatt when he took consent from Aslam to include “Woh Lamhey” in his movie, Zeher (2005). After the huge success of Jal Pari, Atif released two more solo albums, Doorie, and Meri Kahani and four songs from the album Doorie were featured in two films.

Here are few amazing collections from Atif Aslam albums.

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Kargil Vijay Diwas: Bollywood celebs paying tribute to #BharatKeVeer

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While the entire nation is celebrating India’s victory in the Kargil War as Kargil Vijay Diwas today. BTown celebs are not left behind took to Twitter to pay tribute to the martyrs for their sacrifices for the nation. Leading the charges were actor Amitabh Bachchan, Ajay Devgan, Sidharth Malhotra & Akshay Kumar.

Sharing a video the ‘Padman’ actor shared a heartfelt post on Twitter along with a video paying tribute to the martyrs. In this video, he sings the ‘Teri Mitti’ song from his movie ‘Kesari’ and the actor was absolutely touched by it. In the post, he saluted the jawans and said that if his small efforts reach the people then there is nothing more he can ask for. He ended his post with a hashtag- #BharatKeVeer.

 

He also shares another post where he recommended the book to his fans and tweeted, “I’m not much into books, but today as we pay tribute to our brave martyrs on 20yrs of #KargilVijayDiwas, I’ve picked up #IndiasMostFearless 2 by @ShivAroor & @rahulsinghx . May we never forget our soldiers whose courage and heroism let us live in peace, day after day.”

Whereas, BigB tweeted a short film released on the occasion of Kargil Vijay Diwas. he captioned, “To the brave shaheed of our Army .. I had the honor to give my voice for this creative film.. but if ever been asked to give my blood for the nation, I will … JAI HIND (sic).”

Actor Sidharth Malhotra, who is playing the role of Kargil martyr Captain Vikram Batra in his upcoming film Shershaah tweeted, “Salute to our braveheart soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the honor, integrity, and people of India. I feel privileged to be portraying one such character in #Shershaah Jai Hind #KargilVijayDivas.”

Vicky Kaushal, who played an Army Officer in URI: The Surgical Strike, took to Instagram and wrote, “Happy and honored to share that our Film #UriTheSurgicalStrike will be re-released only for today, July 26th, to commemorate Kargil Vijay Diwas’. It will be screened for free in 500 theatres across Maharashtra. Extremely thankful to the Maharashtra State Government for their support and encouragement to this initiative by @rsvpmovies. Jai Hind (sic).”

Farhan Akhtar gave tribute to the brave soldiers and wrote, “Remembering all the Bravehearts and martyrs with love, reverence, and gratitude on this #KargilVijayDiwas .. Jai Hind.”

Kargil Vijay Diwas is celebrated to remember the pride and valor of soldiers who took part in the 1999 Kargil War. It celebrates India’s victory over Pakistan.

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PeeCee Enjoys A Smoke With Hubby, Twitterati Calls Her A Hypocrite!

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Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra who turned 37 years old on July 18, continued her birthday celebration in Miami. PeeCee, who once claimed that she has asthma, get trolled massively on social media after pic of her smoking during the celebration with hubby Nick Jonas gone viral.

A picture featuring Desi girl smoking with her husband Nick and Mommy Madhu Chopra.

As soon as the picture went viral, Twitterati started trolling her and called her a “hypocrite”.

While everyone is free to do whatever they want to in their private life, the uproar on social media rose as Priyanka had once released a video during Diwali and urging people to not burst crackers on Diwali. The actress who claimed to be asthmatic said, “Please meri saans ko berok rakhiye. Diwali pe patakho ko skip kijiye.” She added that the festival should be about “lights and laddoos and love, and not pollution”. She also claimed that she does not smoke.

However when a picture of her smoking gone viral people called her hypocrite.  One user tweeted, “So sweet – Priyanka Chopra trying to cure asthma she developed on Diwali.” Another said, “Dear Indians please don’t burst crackers for Diwali since Priyanka Chopra has Asthma.”

Check out what all Twitterati says about PeeCee:

 

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‘Love At First Sight’ Sameera Reddy shares aww-dorable pic of son Hans ‘fascinated with his baby sister’

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Bollywood actress Sameera Reddy gave birth to her newborn baby girl on July 12 that she prayed for.

The ‘Race’ actress, who embraced motherhood for the second time, took to her Instagram share a picture of her son gazing and taking care of his baby sister.

Sameera caption for the post read, “Love at first sight ???? he is so fascinated with her it’s too sweet. Sunday mornings! #family #myson #mydaughter #mylife #momlife #blessed.’’

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Earlier, Sameera had shared an aww-dorable pic of her newborn baby girl on Instagram which will surely bring a big smile to your face.

The ‘De Dana Dhan’ actress had enjoyed her second pregnancy phase to the fullest and she kept on sharing pictures, flaunting her baby bump. Sameera also broke many notions and did an underwater shoot while flaunting her nine-month baby bump.

On the professional front, Sameera Reddy was last seen in the Kannada film ‘Vardhanayaka’  in 2013 which also marked her Kannada debut. After her film, she entered the wedlock with businessman Akshai Varde in 2014. The couple welcomed their first child Hans in 2015.

Check out her more pictures flaunting her Baby Bump Here.

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Rajesh Khanna’s Aashirwad

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Many people would not know that superstar of the millennium, the first superstar Rajesh Khanna aka Kaka purchased the sea-facing magnificent bungalow “Aashirwad”, from Rajendra Kumar, popularly known as Jubilee Kumar in the then Bombay Film Industry who gave 25 silver jubilees in a row while staying in “Dimple”,  the earlier name of Aashirwad , a gracious and spacious Bungalow in Bombay’s Carter Road, facing the the wide-open sea.

By instinct and nature Kaka was not an atheist but a sort of an orthodox who always believed in God, a supernatural power that always blessed him.

He would always tell his friends in the industry that there are several, more handsome men, more in height and personality in Bollywood, then how come he’d become a superstar loved and adored by millions of ardent fans globally?

He was skeptical and confused about himself and bore a sort of inferiority complex about him being a star and that was the prime reason that he believed in God. According to him, luck always favored him in his heydays as a superstar for at least two decades in a row.

It is said that when Kaka had first seen the spacious house of Rajendra Kumar at Carter Road, Mumbai’s prime location, he always wanted to have such a splendid house.

There was another hidden reason behind it i.e. it was owned by none other than Jubilee Kumar, the then superstar, and heartthrob of millions.

Kaka had a feeling that Rajendra Kumar became Jubilee Kumar, giving 25 hits in a row that became silver jubblies while staying in this Bungalow, then known as Dimple.  And as such it might be a lucky bungalow, absolutely. Therefore his desperate interest in “DIMPLE” git generated tremendously. But for Rajendra Kumar, it was unlucky bungalow as his downfall had started by then. He wanted to sell it as due to his decline at the box office his financial condition was in jeopardy…

Therefore when Rajendra Kumar was facing financial hardships, Rajesh Khanna got an opportunity to fix a deal.

Considering the Bungalow as a lucky one that made Rajendra Kumar Jubilee Kumar, Kaka wasted no time to purchase this house.

It was Hathi Mere Sathi’s, first heavy advance installment that helped Kaka to finalize the deal with Rajendra Kumar.

When the film producer of Hathi Mere Sathi from South approached Kaka to do his film, the latter wasn’t interested to work with animals. But he acted because he was in need of money to buy Rajendra Kumar’s house. Kaka had put a condition that if he was given half of the signing amount in advance, he would do the film. The producer readily agreed as Rajesh Khanna’s popularity those days was on its peak. Rajesh Khanna got Rs 6 lakhs in advance and bought Dimple and later named as Aashirwad.

And undoubtedly Aashirwad gave Kaka name, fame and excessive wealth, till his death.

Though Kaka also confronted the worst period of his life in this house but till Kaka’s unfortunate death it was always dear and the most adored asset of his life.

Rajesh Khanna’s last wish, though not declared officially, was to convert Aashirwad to Super Star Rajesh Khanna Museum. His most loved and adored prized possession was not destined to be so. His family against the latter’s heartiest wishes sold it after his demise. His fans say Kaka’s soul definitely must be haunting this house, which was abruptly and arbitrarily sold against his wishes.

Today there is a multistorey building in place of Aashirwad thus crushing his last hearty wish to turn it into Super Star Rajesh Khanna Museum; the magnificent bungalow which Kaka cherished the most.

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Kartik Aryan owns apartment in which he was a paying guest once upon time…

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Kartik Aaryan, a Gwalior boy from no film background has won the hearts across the nation. The blockbusters like Pyaar Ka Punchnama series and Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety have proved that he is going to be a superstar in the future.
Kartik, the Heartthrob of many girls across India, has owned the apartment in which he used to live as a paying guest during his struggling phase. As per the media sources, he has paid INR 1.6 crore for the flat with a carpet area of 459 sq. ft. on the fifth-floor of Rajkiran Co-op Housing Society, Yari Road.

In a talk show earlier, Kartik while mentioning about his struggle in Mumbai has told “I didn’t have a place to stay when I came to Mumbai. I stayed in a hostel. I have stayed with 12 guys in a flat. That was something I never thought I would do because I hail from Gwalior, which is not an expensive city to live in, but Mumbai is really expensive”.

He also added “We had our share of struggles. We used to go to auditions, wahaan pe ‘not fit’ ho jaata tha. I used to travel without tickets in local trains from Navi Mumbai to Mumbai when I was auditioning. I didn’t even have that much money,”.
On the professional front, Kartik’s upcoming movies include Imtiaz Ali’s Love Aaj Kal 2, where the actor will share the screen with Sara Ali Khan along with Randeep Hooda. The sequel is scheduled to be released on February 14, 2020.

His other projects in the pipeline are Mudassar Aziz’s Pati Patni aur Woh, Dostana 2 with Janhavi Kapoor and Chashme Badoor Remake with Jacqueline Fernandez.

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