On February 17, 12-year-old Jiya Rai created history. In an exceptional feat, Jiya swam 36 kilometers in the Arabian Sea to create awareness about Autism Spectrum Disorder. Living with the ailment herself, Jiya undertook the unprecedented feat and swam the distance from Bandra-Worli Sea Link to Gateway of India in 8 hours and 40 minutes, setting a Guinness World Record for being the youngest girl with ASD to swim 36 km in open waters. Mid-day spoke to Jiya and her parents and got a closer look at her inspiring journey. Watch this video for more.
Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali turned 58 on 24th February and had a star-studded party to celebrate the same. The party was held in Juhu and saw many celebrities in attendance, including Bhansali’s latest heroine, Alia Bhatt. One of the highlights of the night was Alia greeting the media with her character, Gangubai’s iconic signature namaste pose.
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