Anil Kapoor amplifies PM's message of urging people to vote

Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor, who was last seen in the ‘Fighter,' has urged the eligible voters of the country to come forward and exercise their power of voting. With the 2024 Lok Sabha elections inching closer, the nation is preparing for the biggest electoral exercise. On Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited people from all walks of life to spread the message of the power of voting. Anil amplified PM’s message as he took to X, erstwhile Twitter and shared PM’s message. PM Modi wrote on X, “Let us make our electoral process even more participative. I call upon people from all walks of life to spread the message, in their own style, among first time voters.” Anil quoted tweeted PM’s tweet and wrote, “There is no higher civic duty than voting. I urge all eligible citizens of our country to make informed decisions and to exercise their right and power by voting.” This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/ reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

27 February,2024 09:47 PM IST | Mumbai | IANS
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Anup Jalota breaks down at 'yaar,' Pankaj Udhas's funeral

Singer and musician Anup Jalota broke down as he paid tributes to his 'yaar' Pankaj Udhas at the latter's residence, calling it a ‘personal loss’. Anup was present at the residence -- 6A, Hill Side on Tuesday to pay last respects to the Padma Shri awardee. Speaking to the media persons, Anup got emotional and said, "It's very difficult to forget him. For people it is Pankaj Udhas who has gone, for me -- I have lost a 'yaar.' We have spent a beautiful time together -- singing ghazals and songs. I don't understand the person who has worked his entire life for cancer patients, died due to cancer." He said he is sad and hurt as it feels he has lost a family member. “We used to meet, eat food together, sing songs everywhere even on our world tours. It's a personal loss for me. May his soul rest in peace," Jalota said. Pankaj, who passed away after his battle with cancer, was given a state funeral in Mumbai. The band and troops gave him a hero’s farewell. His mortal remains were wrapped in Tricolour at his residence, 6A, Hill Side in Mumbai. The funeral was held at the Hindu crematorium in the Worli area of Mumbai. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/ reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

27 February,2024 09:42 PM IST | Mumbai | IANS
Vikrant Massey drops clip from The Sabarmati Report

The Sabarmati Report: Vikrant Massey drops clip to pay homage to victims

The makers of 'The Sabarmati Report' are all set to bring a heart-wrenching story that narrates events that took place on the morning of 27 February 2002, near the Godhra railway station in the Indian state of Gujarat. Gearing up for its release on 3rd May 2024, the makers take everyone into this intriguing story with a video that pays homage to the people who lost their lives in this gut-wrenching incident. Today, Balaji Telefilms Ltd dropped a video of Vikrant Massey as a journalist trying to report the truth behind the tragic incident. Vikrant Massey also took to his Instagram and dropped the same video to pay homage to the victims of the Godhra train incident. The actor, while dropping the video, wrote, “Paying homage to the 59 innocent people who lost their lives in the Godhra train burning incident 22 years ago, today. Presenting ‘The Sabarmati Report,’ in cinemas on 3rd May 2024.”           View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by Vikrant Massey (@vikrantmassey) As soon as Vikrant Massey dropped the video, several fans started reacting to the clip. One fan wrote, “Vikrant bhai is here for another banger of a performance,” and another fan remarked, “Each of your movies is very informative,” while a third fan exclaimed, “Another feather in the cap, such a versatile performance,” wrote the third fan. 'The Sabarmati Report,’ starring Vikrant Massey, Raashii Khanna, and Ridhi Dogra, is directed by Ranjan Chandel and produced by Shobha Kapoor, Ektaa R Kapoor, Amul V Mohan, and Anshul Mohan. Vikrant Massey recently made headlines as he and his wife Sheetal Thakur welcomed their baby boy on February 7, joyously embracing parenthood. They affectionately named their newborn Vardaan, a choice that carries the beautiful meaning of "blessing" in English. Vikrant and Sheetal met on the sets of the ALT Balaji show "Broken But Beautiful," in which Vikrant was one of the main leads. They soon started dating and got engaged in an intimate roka ceremony in November 2019. On the work front, Vikrant was most recently seen in '12th Fail.' ‘12th Fail,’ based on a true story, draws from the struggles of the millions of students attempting the UPSC entrance exam. However, at the same time, it goes beyond that one exam and encourages people not to lose heart in the face of failure and to restart.

27 February,2024 09:11 PM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
Taapsee Pannu to tie the knot with boyfriend Mathias Boe

Taapsee Pannu to tie the knot with long-time boyfriend Mathias Boe in Udaipur?

Taapsee Pannu prefers to keep her love life low-key, but it seems the actress is ready to embark on a new journey in life. With a wedding season trend in Bollywood, it looks like Taapsee Pannu is all set to tie the knot with her long-time boyfriend, Mathias Boe. Taapsee Pannu opened up about her relationship with badminton player Mathias Boe on comedian Abish Mathew's streaming show 'Son of Abish'. According to reports from NDTV, Taapsee Pannu is all set to tie the knot with her long-time boyfriend, Mathias Boe and the upcoming wedding extravaganza is scheduled to unfold in the captivating city of Udaipur. It has been mentioned that the event will be a wholesome family affair, with no major Bollywood A-listers anticipated. Based on the publication's sources, the soon-to-be-wed couple is poised to exchange vows in a lavish celebration that will intricately weave together the rich traditions of Sikhism and Christianity. The actress had earlier told the media that she doesn't want elaborate wedding festivities spanning several days as she feels it's "too tiring." While joking, the actress quirkily answered a fan's question related to her marriage. Responding to a personal question about her marriage plans, the actress gave a rather sassy reply, saying, "So when am I getting married? I am not pregnant as yet. So not anytime soon. I shall let you all know" as she burst into laughter. On the work front, Taapsee Pannu was most recently seen in ‘Dunki’. Apart from Taapsee, the movie features an ensemble cast with colourful characters portrayed by exceptionally talented actors Boman Irani, Vicky Kaushal, Vikram Kochhar, and Anil Grover, along with Shah Rukh Khan. A JIO Studios, Red Chillies Entertainment, and Rajkumar Hirani Films presentation, produced by Rajkumar Hirani and Gauri Khan, written by Abhijat Joshi, Rajkumar Hirani, and Kanika Dhillon. ‘Dunki’ is now released on the big screen. ‘Dunki’ focuses on the issue of immigration, with its title taken from the term "donkey journey," referring to the long, often dangerous routes people take worldwide to reach the places they want to immigrate to. With 'Dunki's success, Shah Rukh Khan had three back-to-back hits in his kitty.

27 February,2024 08:59 PM IST | Mumbai
Article 370 face no ban in Gulf countries, says reports

Article 370: Yami Gautam starrer doesn't face ban in Gulf countries, says report

Yami Gautam's film 'Article 370' has opened with a roaring response in cinemas. The film made waves across the nation, thanks to Yami Gautam's brilliant performance in the character of Zooni Haksar. Besides this, the film’s box office numbers are also making an impact. According to reports, the film has collected around Rs 29.05 crores in just four days since its release. Now, reports from ANI suggest good news for Yami Gautam's starrer. According to sources, 'Article 370' does not face any ban in Gulf countries. Sources further added that in certain Gulf countries, the film awaits certification. Earlier, a release from the public relations team of the film had claimed that the movie was banned in Gulf countries. The high-octane action political drama, headlined by Yami Gautam and directed by National Award-winner Aditya Suhas Jambhale, is produced by Jyoti Deshpande, Aditya Dhar, and Lokesh Dhar. 'Article 370' was released in cinemas on February 23. In the film, Yami Gautam plays intelligence officer Zooni Haksar. Set against the backdrop of Jammu and Kashmir, the film is based on the landmark revocation of Article 370, which gave special status to the erstwhile state. On August 5, 2019, the Union Government revoked Article 370. Talking about 'Article 370,' Yami Gautam earlier said, “'Article 370' is a bold chapter of India's history. A political-action-drama inspired by true events, which will show an in-depth portrayal of how intelligence and politics work hand in hand to make some of the most important decisions that change the course for a nation.” Today, Yami dropped a BTS video showing glimpses from her training session on social media and captioned it, "@mustafa_thebull_ahmed, you have been my beacon of strength during the most crucial period - the making of ‘Zooni Haksar’. I am deeply grateful for the countless hours of training, motivation, and genuine care. Your belief in me has been a constant source of strength, and for that, I can't thank you enough, Mustafa a.k.a. Maut ka saudagar #Article370." Meanwhile, on the work front, Yami Gautam will be next seen in 'Dhoom Dhaam.' (With Inputs ANI)

27 February,2024 08:05 PM IST | Mumbai
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Sunny Leone talks about her experience shooting Anurag Kashyap's 'Kennedy'

The latest episode of 'Kiska Brand Bajega,' hosted by Aditya Bhat features Sunny Leone, a captivating example of self-branding. Sunny's journey, from her unconventional beginnings to her redefined brand identity, took center stage. The episode delves into the strategies Sunny employed to make her mark in the Indian film industry and become one of the country's most recognizable personalities. Viewers will witness Sunny, a multifaceted individual, share her insights on controlling one's narrative and fostering a brand that is confident, independent, and authentically hers through acting, entrepreneurial ventures, and social media presence. Sunny also spoke highly about her work experience with filmmaker Anurag Kashyap. She said “I think the second that I signed with Anurag sir and to shoot 'Kennedy' there was a shift in people's minds already, he definitely legitimized me as an actor in a different way he put me on a platform.“  Whether you're seeking valuable tips on building a strong personal brand or simply intrigued by navigating the complexities of Bollywood, tune into 'Kiska Brand Bajega' for an insightful episode featuring the captivating Sunny Leone. Meanwhile on the work front Sunny was last seen in 'Kennedy,' which was an enthralling neo-noir thriller film, masterfully written and directed by Anurag Kashyap. This movie marks the third collaboration between Anurag Kashyap and Rahul Bhat, following the success of 'Ugly' and 'Dobaaraa.' The film has already wowed audiences at prestigious festivals like the 2023 Cannes Film Festival, the Sydney Film Festival, and the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival. The actress recently turned to an entrepreneur by introducing a chain franchise of a bar named 'Chica Loca by Sunny Leone’, which is an amalgamation of progressive world cuisine and a gourmet cocktail bar. The flagship outlet was inaugurated on January 22 in partnership with Singing Bowls Hospitality, led by Sahil Baweja, at Gulshan One 29 in Noida. Also, The menu at Chica Loca reflects Sunny Leone's global travels and diverse experiences. Curated by Chef Vaibhav Bhargava, the menu presents unexplored flavors and innovative cooking techniques from around the world. The food offerings showcase a modern interpretation of multi-cuisine — Indian, Asian, Mexican, and Italian. This culinary fusion aims to introduce a diverse range of flavors, blending global influences with local favorites.

27 February,2024 07:44 PM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
Kangana Ranaut in Emergency

Kangana Ranaut: ‘If I want to get into politics, I probably think...’

Kangana Ranaut has never shied away from expressing her opinions publicly. Whether it's a matter related to the film industry or something surrounding Indian politics, the actress has always shared her views very strongly. Although there are no details about Kangana joining politics, according to the actress, she thinks 'it is the right time' for her to enter the business. In a recent interview with TV9 Bharatvarsh, Kangana Ranaut said that she feels deeply responsible for fulfilling her duties towards the nation. “I have literally fought from film sets with political parties. That doesn’t keep me away; it doesn’t take me a seat to do what I want to do for my country. But if I want to get into politics, I probably think this is the right time,” said Kangana. The actress further shared, “This country has given me so much; I feel deeply responsible to give back. I have always been more of a nationalist, and that image has taken over even my very glorious acting career. I do have the awareness that I am deeply loved and appreciated.” Earlier, Kangana had also spoken about her interest in politics or whether she wants to compete in an election or not, saying, "Shri Krishna ki kripa rahi to ladenge (If Lord Krishna showers blessings, I will fight).” However, earlier in the year, Kangana wrote on her social media handle, "I am a sensitive and sensible person, not a political person. I was asked to join politics many times, I didn’t." On the work front, Kangana will be seen in 'Emergency'. The film is a depiction of the most controversial spectacle in the history of Indian Democracy. Standing at the core of this is one of the most sensational leaders of all time, the first woman Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi, and features Kangana in the titular role of the late politician. 'Emergency' marks Kangana's first solo directorial film. It also features Anupam Kher, Mahima Chaudhary, Milind Soman, Shreyas Talpade, Vishak Nair, and the late Satish Kaushik in pivotal roles. Produced by Zee Studios and Manikarnika Films, the film's music is orchestrated by Sanchit Balhara, with screenplay and dialogues by Ritesh Shah.

27 February,2024 07:43 PM IST | Mumbai
Pankaj Udhas passed away on 26th February

Pankaj Udhas laid to rest in the Hindu Crematorium at Mumbai’s Worli

Legendary ghazal maestro Pankaj Udhas passed away on Monday, February 26, following a prolonged illness. He was laid to rest in the Hindu Crematorium at Mumbai’s Worli. The ghazal legend was given a final farewell with full state honours. Pankaj Udhas’ mortal remains were brought from his residence wrapped in the tricolour. Bands and troops gave him a heroic farewell with a gun salute. Several celebrities came to pay their last respects to the ghazal maestro. Pankaj Udhas’ body was brought to the Crematorium in an Ambulance. Musicians Shankar Mahadevan, Sonu Nigam, Vishal Bhardwaj, Rekha Bhardwaj, Ustad Zakir Hussain were spotted arriving at the house of the singer. Recalling the Ghazal maestro, Shankar Mahadevan told the media, "He had a positive approach towards everything in life. May God give his family abundant strength to bear this big loss. I am in a state of shock."           View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by Viral Bhayani (@viralbhayani)           View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by Viral Bhayani (@viralbhayani) Sonu Nigam, while extending his condolences, wrote, “One of the most important part of my childhood, is lost today. Shri Pankaj Udhas ji, I will miss you forever. My heart cries knowing that you are no more. Thank you for being there. Om Shanti”           View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by Viral Bhayani (@viralbhayani) A Padma Shri recipient, Pankaj Udhas passed away on Monday at the age of 72. The news of his demise was confirmed by his family via a statement. "With profound sadness, we inform you of the passing of Padmashri Pankaj Udhas on February 26th due to a prolonged illness. -- The Udhas Family," the statement read. Pankaj Udhas was born on May 17, 1951, in Jetpur, Gujarat. In addition to ghazals, he was well-known for his film work. In 1980, he gained widespread popularity for his solo ghazal album 'Aahat.' Later, he recorded other successes, including 'Mukarar' (1981), 'Tarrannum' (1982), 'Mehfil' (1983), and many more. Some of his popular renditions are 'Chitthi Aayi Hai,' 'Chandani Raat Mein,' 'Na Kajre Ki Dhaar,' 'Aur Ahista Kijiye Baatein,' 'Ek Taraf Uska Ghar,' and 'Thodi Thodi Piya Karo.'

27 February,2024 06:46 PM IST | Mumbai
Bollywood to grace Kiran Rao's upcoming

Aishwarya Rai to Alia Bhatt, B-town to attend 'Laapataa Ladies' premier

'Laapataa Ladies' is standing very close to its release and the makers are leaving no stone unturned to make it reach a wider audience. After receiving loads of love on its special screenings in Bhopal, Jaipur, Lucknow, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, and Pune, now the special premiere of the film will be held in Mumbai today, which will be attended by the biggest Bollywood celebrities.  B-town to grace premiere  of 'Laapataa Ladies' The grand premiere of Laapataa Ladies is all set to be held in Mumbai today. Big stars like Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Alia Bhatt, Rajkumar Hirani, Rani Mukerji, Karan Johar, and Aanand L Rai will be a part of the event that producer Aamir Khan and director Kiran Rao will host. Well, the premiere will also see the presence of many other celebrities from the entertainment world. Moreover, Since it's an Aamir Khan film which marks the return of Kiran Rao as a director after the 2011 film Dhobi Ghat, there will be more stars making their presence felt at the event. 'Laapataa Ladies' to be the opening film at Indian Film Festival of Melbourne The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM) recently announced the commencement of its 15th-year celebration, marking a milestone in showcasing the vibrant spirit of Indian cinema to audiences worldwide. In addition to its motive to constantly take on groundbreaking initiatives, following the success of the first IFFM Summer Festival, they announced the launch of the second edition.  Taking place from February 29 to March 2, this three-day celebration of cinema takes the larger festival that happens annually in August, transforming it into a biannual celebration. The festival will witness the opening film - Kiran Rao's directorial 'Laapataa Ladies'- which made its world premiere at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival and opened to rave reviews across. The film will have its Australian premiere on 29th February at the festival ahead of its release on 1st March 2024.  The film which is backed by Aamir Khan introduces actors Nitanshi Goel, Pratibha Ranta, and Sparsh Shrivastava. The film also stars Ravi Kishan. About 'Laapataa Ladies' Presented by Jio Studios, 'Laapataa Ladies' is directed by Kiran Rao and produced by Aamir Khan and Jyoti Deshpande. The film is releasing on March 1st, 2024, and has been made under the banner of Aamir Khan Productions and Kindling Productions, with the script based on an award-winning story by Biplab Goswami. The screenplay and dialogue are written by Sneha Desai, while the additional dialogues have been jotted down by Divyanidhi Sharma.

27 February,2024 06:30 PM IST | Mumbai
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From upcoming to iconic: Bollywood actors in uniform, we can't get over

Bollywood has a longstanding tradition of showcasing the valor and charisma of its leading men in uniform. From the gallant portrayal of Akshay Kumar in 'Rustom' and 'Holiday' to the intense performances of Ajay Devgn in 'Singham' and Sidharth Malhotra in 'Shershaah,' these actors have left an indelible mark on the silver screen. However, the spotlight is now shifting to the promising Varun Tej, set to dazzle audiences in the upcoming film 'Operation Valentine,' where he steps into the thrilling role of an Indian Air Force Pilot. Let's take a closer look at their unforgettable roles. Akshay Kumar - 'Rustom' and 'Holiday': Akshay Kumar, known for his versatility, delivered compelling performances as a naval officer in 'Rustom' and an army captain in 'Holiday.' His portrayal of duty-bound characters brought a perfect blend of intensity and charisma to the screen. Varun Tej - 'Operation Valentine': With the upcoming release of 'Operation Valentine,' Varun Tej is poised to join the ranks of Bollywood actors making a mark in uniform. The trailer's promising glimpse showcases Varun in a thrilling new avatar as an Indian Air Force Pilot, exuding charm and confidence in his uniform. The film is set to release on 1st March, and fans are eagerly anticipating his performance.  Ajay Devgn -'Singham': Ajay Devgn's portrayal of the fearless and honest cop, Bajirao Singham, became a cult classic. His intense performance, coupled with the iconic Singham dialogue, has etched the character in the hearts of Bollywood fans. Sidharth Malhotra - 'Shershaah': Sidharth Malhotra stepped into the shoes of Captain Vikram Batra in 'Shershaah,' paying a heartfelt tribute to the Kargil War hero. His portrayal showcased the bravery and sacrifices made by the Indian Army, leaving a lasting impact on audiences. Siddharth is poised to captivate audiences once more with his upcoming film 'Yodha.' Shah Rukh Khan - 'Jab Tak Hai Jaan': Shah Rukh Khan's romantic yet poignant role as Samar Anand, an army officer in 'Jab Tak Hai Jaan,' added a layer of emotion to the uniformed hero. John Abraham - 'Madras Cafe': John Abraham's nuanced performance in 'Madras Cafe' as an intelligence officer navigating through political turmoil showcased a different facet of the uniformed hero.

27 February,2024 06:23 PM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
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National NGO Day: Five Bollywood celebrities who run an NGO

February 27th is known all around the globe as World NGO Day and recognizes the significant contributions of Non Profit Organisations. This day honors NGOs and their teams for their dedication to bettering societies throughout the year. Their dedication to humanity inspires unity, kindness, and positive change, touching countless lives with love and support. On this occasion, let's take a look at five Bollywood celebrities who have gone beyond the silver screen to make a difference and run NGOs that work for the welfare of society. Being Human The Bhaijaan of Bollywood Salman Khan is not only recognized for mega-movies but also for his golden heart. He is a man who never steps back from extending his support. In the year 2007, he introduced his NGO, ‘Being Human’, with a heartfelt mission to give back and make a positive impact on society. Driven by a desire to help the less fortunate, the foundation provides essential healthcare, education, and support to those in need, embodying compassion and kindness through their actions. Nargis Dutt Foundation The Nargis Dutt Foundation is an NGO founded in 1981 by Sunil Dutt in memory of his wife, Nargis Dutt, who passed away from cancer. Sunil Dutt had seen his wife suffering due to cancer, and therefore wanted to be a source of strength for others fighting the same disease. After Sunil Dutt passed away, his daughter Priya Dutt, took charge of the foundation and has been honouring her parents legacy ever since. The foundation believes that 'There is more to life' and aims to increase awareness about cancer and provide help to people all across the country, even working with other NGO's to provide aid. Meer Foundation Shah Rukh Khan, also known as King Khan, is not just the king of Bollywood but also the king of hearts. He is ranked as the most charitable person. In 2013, in honor of his late father, Meer Taj Mohammed Khan, he founded an NGO called ‘Meer Foundation’ that aims to empower women by providing support for acid attack victims. The foundation funds surgeries, treatments, rehabilitation, legal aid, counseling, and vocational training for acid attack survivors and other individuals in need. During COVID, it pledged to supply 50,000 PPE kits to healthcare workers and also arranged quarantine centers for patients. Ek Saath Foundation Ek Saath-The Earth Foundation is an NGO founded by Pragya Kapoor and Abhishek Kapoor that focuses on celebrating love for nature and promoting sustainability. Their main motto is to create an awareness about the importance of nature in our lives, taking steps to reduce pollution and increase sustainability. Their initiatives for cleanliness and sustainability, which are often driven by the Youth of the country, are prime examples of their efforts to build a better tomorrow. The Yash Chopra Foundation The Yash Chopra Foundation, established in honor of the renowned filmmaker Yash Raj Chopra, is dedicated to addressing developmental challenges within the Indian film industry. It focuses on providing essential support based on global standards, particularly for vulnerable groups like casual workers and daily wage earners. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Foundation extended its efforts by offering free ration delivery and nutritional meals. Bollywood celebrities are often seen as role models, and their involvement in running NGO's such as these positively impacts society, influencing others to follow in their footsteps. Their mission for a better tomorrow encourages others to lend a hand to making a difference and is proof that no matter our status in society, at the end of the day we are all one.

27 February,2024 05:49 PM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
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