Manisha gets nostalgic about RD Burman

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Manisha Koirala with the author

The charismatic Manisha Koirala, who was Anil Kapoor’s love and obsession in the memorable song Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga from the illustrious RD Burman’s last movie 1942: A Love Story, seemed nostalgic about the composer this week. Manisha was delighted when at a recent event, senior award-winning journalist Chaitanya Padukone presented her a copy of his authored book R.D.BurMania. “What a musical masterpiece genius Panchamda came up with. Even today, his amazing melodies soothe the heart,” said Manisha, who is playing the legendary Nargis Dutt in the biopic on Sanjay Dutt, being directed by Rajkumar Hirani.

The actress who has proved to be an exemplary strong-willed cancer survivor, had another reason to smile. The book has its ‘foreword’ penned by showman Sanjay Leela Bhansali, who was then the ‘songs director’ of 1942: A Love Story. Incidentally, when Bhansali made his directorial debut with Khamoshi, it was Manisha who featured as the lead opposite Salman Khan.

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Afeemi is for those who are in love

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A still from the film

Afeemi, the latest song from Yash Raj Films’ Meri Pyaari Bindu encapsulates the classic, evergreen aspect of falling in love. Parineeti Chopra as Bindu and Ayushmann Khurrana as Abhimanyu find their romance bloom in the city of Mumbai as this mellifluous number plays out. The song is composed by Sachin-Jigar and is sung by Jigar Saraiya and Sana Moidutty. Kausar Munir has written the lyrics.

Kolkata kids who jived to the carefree Ye Jawaani Teri as college came to a close, the scene now shifts to Mumbai where both Abhimanyu and Bindu are trying to set themselves up professionally. In the backdrop of this busy, bustling city, Bindu focuses on her dream of becoming a singer, and Abhimanyu find the headiness of love in everyday moments. Beyond grandeur and largesse, Afeemi captures that extra special feeling of doing small things together, of sharing little moments everyday which is very easy to relate to. Be it a walk on Marine drive, or dancing in the rain, or lazing around in bed on a weekend, Afeemi celebrates love in the simple, everyday moments of life.

To build on the romance of Bindu and Abhimanyu, director Akshay Roy drew on his own experiences of Mumbai. He said, “In Afeemi, Abhi and Bindu find love amidst the simpler pleasures of life. Coming to Mumbai with a bunch of friends, years ago, trying to make something of our lives in this bustling city, for us it was always about those smaller joys – our first apartments, coffee shops, Carter road, long chats into the night about our ‘auditions’ of the day. In Afeemi, I’ve tried to show Abhi and Bindu’s journey through that ‘outsider’ lens. It’s something that I’m sure will be relatable for many.”

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Saif loves digital content

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Saif Ali Khan

Recently at an event, when the media asked Saif Ali Khan about the kind of cinema we make, he spoke passionately about the advent of web content. Not many know people that Saif Ali Khan is a web series junkie.

The actor has developed a new liking towards the new format of entertainment that the platform has to offer. He has been hooked to a good cinema and this format for a while. Saif has always been a step ahead with his films and kind of characters he has played whether it is his character in Dil Chahta Hai, Ek Haseena Thi, Being Cyrus, Omkara or Agent Vinod. Now, with the advent of digital content, he is exploring all genres, including documentaries and content from across the globe.

Saif, when free is hooked onto his iPad and starts streaming to web series. He has a voracious appetite for new age content. He is experimental in his watching habits. He doesn’t stick to a genre or kind of cinema. A source adds, “Saif Ali Khan is very happy that as an actor we are opening ourselves up to genres and good content.”

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Urvashi adds another feather to her cap, wins Dadasaheb Phalke Excellence Award

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Urvashi Rautela (middle) receives the award

Bollywood actress Urvashi Rautela was recently awarded the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award under the ‘Best Promising Performer Category’ for her special song Saara Zamaana in the movie Kaabil. Says Urvashi, “This is a huge honour for me. I never expected this award to come my way. It was an honour receiving this award with the likes of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Hema Malini on the dais. This is a huge achievement for me. I am truly humbled.” The award ceremony was held in Mumbai to commemorate the 148th birth anniversary of Dadasaheb Phalke.

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Raveena has a message for Maneka

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Raveena Tandon in Maatr

Maneka Gandhi, Union Cabinet Minister for Women & Child Development has apparently blamed Bollywood movies for rise in crime against women recently. Raveena Tandon whose movie Maatr,  deals with rape and justice for a victim tagged Maneka in her post which stated, “To some of those who found” #Maatr” queasy. That was the intention, to disturb. But below is Harsh reality. Time to Act.@Manekagandhibjp” (sic) Raveena also posted a picture of report where an elderly woman was raped by a watchman of her building in Mumbai.

Maneka replied to Raveena and said, “Yes, @TandonRaveena ji. I am also as appalled by such incidents. We are working to change the mindset through a number of initiatives.” (Sic) To this Raveena wrote, “Yes ma, law amendments steps need to b taken aggressively. Fast  track courts, nonbailable offences, eg set in conviction if proved guilty.”(Sic)

 

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Divya felicitated for Me and Ma

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Divya Dutta (right)

Actress Divya Dutta received the Literary Excellence Award for her book Me and Ma on April 23. Divya has penned down all the special moments and instances she shared with her mother who she still holds very close to her heart. The award only goes on to show how well the book is doing and how talented Divya is in whatever she does.

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Canadian defence minister launches second poster of Super Singh

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Diljit Dosanjh (left) with Harjit Sajjan Singh

After launching the spectacular first look of India’s first Punjabi language superhero film, Super Singh, Ekta Kapoor’s Balaji Motion Pictures and Pawan Gill’s Brat Films launched the second poster of the movie in the presence of the lead actor Diljit Dosanjh and Canada’s Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan Singh.

The first poster of Super Singh launched across the national level has never happened for any Punjabi film ever before and considering the humongous response, the superhero film was trending on Twitter all India at No 3 on the day of the launch, followed by unveiling the second poster of the movie by Diljit and Canada’s Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan Singh on the sets of the singing reality show, Rising Star.

The launch weekend of Super Singh saw Harjit Sajjan Singh – first Sardar to hold such a high honour outside India having a positive interaction with Super Singh Diljit Dosanjh on the sets of the singing reality show.

Harjit Singh gave his badge of honour that the government of Canada bestowed upon Diljit since he is proud of him and all that the actor is doing to inspire kids around the world. The Defence Minister also said it’s great that we achieve super heights in life but it’s even more important to give back to society because that makes us even more super.

On interacting with Diljit and launching the second poster of Super Singh, the minister wrote on his social networking site, “Had a unique opportunity to meet the famous and very humble @diljitdosanjh. Great discussion on his work to inspire the next generation. It was terrific to hear his message and how he shares the same vision for empowering the youth. I also got a chance to see his movie poster of his upcoming film, Super Singh.”

Produced by Ekta Kapoor’s Balaji Motion Pictures and Anurag Singh & Pawan Gill’s Brat Films, Super Singh starring Diljit Dosanjh and Sonam Bajwa is gearing up for summer release on June 16, 2017.

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