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  1. Entertainment, Entertainment, and Entertainment - these are the three qualities that are needed to attract a viewer to come to the theatres. So far, 2019 has been pretty fruitful for Bollywood. We have had films like 'Gully Boy', 'Uri: The Surgical Strike', 'Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi', 'Kesari', and 'Luka Chuppi' which were intensely appreciated by the audience. Interestingly, the masses have gotten a flavour blend of both intense and light-hearted movies. May was a blend of romantic and political movies. This month, we've had PM Narendra Modi's biopic, which was released post the elections to much fanfare. We also got to see stories that throw light on incidents that are not known to us in detail, like Arjun Kapoor's 'India's Most Wanted', which is inspired by the true events of the capture of terrorist Yaseen Bhatkal. After such an intense end to May, it's time to start the next month with a bang, as viewers are waiting with bated breath to see Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif's 'Bharat'. June 2019 doesn't have a big line up, but we can assure you that the movies in the pipeline have something interesting to offer if you are a movie enthusiast. Let's look at the movies which should be on your must-watch list: 1. Bharat Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif are back and viewers are in awe of their chemistry ever since they were first seen together in 'Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya'. 'Bharat' is an upcoming drama film which is about a journey of a man and the nation together. Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Disha Patani, Tabu and Jackie Shroff will be seen sharing the screen in this film. For a Salman Khan fan, the movie is bound to be a visual delight as it will show the actor in different avatars. We are not really sure about the content but we can blindly make a bet that it will fare well at the box office. Are you all set for a roller-coaster ride on June 5th? 2. Kabir Singh Shahid Kapoor is back in the game and how! Shahid Kapoor and Kiara Advani starrer, 'Kabir Singh', is a remake of the Telugu film 'Arjun Reddy'. The trailer has already generated a lot of anticipation for the film and the viewers have appreciated Shahid for his intense acting. We are sure that comparisons will be drawn but it will be worth the watch. 3. Article 15 © Ayushmann Khurrana/Twitter A movie featuring Ayushmann Khurrana can't be taken for granted as the actor never goes wrong in taking up his scripts. It will be interesting to see what the actor has to offer this time. 'Article 15' is scheduled to release on 28 June, this year and the icing on the cake is Anubhav Sinha taking the director's seat. Ayushmann will be seen essaying the role of a police officer for the first time in this film. A stellar cast that includes Isha Talwar, Manoj Pahwa, Sayani Gupta, Kumud Mishra, M Naser, Ashish Verma, Sushil Pandey, Subrajyoti Bharat, and Zeeshan Ayub will also add to the film. Which film are you vouching for? Let us know in the comments below!
  2. He is unfiltered, unapologetic, never shies away from putting forth his opinions and steers clear of the privilege that the 'Deol' tag offers him, particularly in his career. We are talking about none other than Abhay Deol here, the man who took his sweet time to carve a niche for himself in the industry, solely on his acting prowess. While most actors were busy ensuring their box office scores kept soaring, we had Abhay on the other side, churning out meaningful stories with his power-packed performances. He is surely among the rare breed of sorted actors we have in the industry right now. Be it 'Dev D' or 'Aisha' or 'Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara', Abhay has never failed to impress us with his brilliance in his craft. If you have been missing watching him on the big screen, we have some good news for you. Abhay is coming back with his Netflix series 'Chopsticks' and a film titled 'Jungle Cry'. If you go by the trailers, you would have gotten an idea by now that something great is in store for you. Before you see him on the big screen and on your laptop screens, MensXP got you the unfiltered version of Abhay Deol, as we got a chance to interact with him and talk about some rather controversial issues. When we asked him if he has come to terms with the idea of his persona in the industry, which is known for being someone with rather strong opinions, Abhay said, "not sure what there is to come to terms with. Isn't that a good thing? As long as you don't force your opinions on others and are open to new ideas, there's no problem." If you have seen any of Abhay's films, you would know that he is known more for his choices of offbeat cinema. As a movie buff, I wanted to know what does he see in a script before giving a final nod to it. "Relatability, originality, context. I'm attracted to stories and characters that I can relate to, I look for originality even if it is a genre that has been done many times, and context, by which I mean where is it placed, how does it relate to that place, what is it saying about that place and why." Abhay started way too early when we talk about content-based cinema. Now, Bollywood is completely changing and content has now become the king. We have unconventional heroes like Rajkummar Rao, Vicky Kaushal and Ayushmann Khurrana taking the lead. The actor is proud of the change in the industry and said, "I think it's great! Technology has played a disruptive role all across the world and I was waiting for it to happen in our industry. When I was making non-conformist films, they got a release because coincidently the multiplex boom was happening. That came to an end, as there could only be a finite number of cinema halls we could have. With the digital era, that space is now limitless! The change in audience tastes has also happened because the generation that is going to the cinemas now was too young to be consumers when I was pushing hard for change. They've grown up exposed to world cinema/shows from a very young age and that explains their rejection of the old guard of Bollywood lately, and their embrace of more relatable actors, characters, and stories." View this post on Instagram Basking in the light of the #wintersun. A post shared by Abhay Deol (@abhaydeol) on Dec 4, 2018 at 1:47am PST Abhay shocked everyone when he took on the who's who of Bollywood and slammed them for promoting racism through their fairness cream endorsements. Talking about endorsements, it has become a clear shot formula for actors to be in the scene, even if they don't really stand by the product. I asked Abhay if he thinks that the concept of celebs endorsing such products blindly, should completely disappear from the scene. "Yes, I think celebs should not endorse brands that go against their principles. For example, if celebs who endorse fairness creams actually believe that fairer is better than darker, then that's fine. The thing is if they actually believed that, then they should find themselves to be inferior to fairer people as they themselves are dark in real life. And no matter how fair you are, as an Indian, you will always be dark in the context of the world. Then there are brands that pollute not just the body but also the environment, like all colas. On one level, all products are destructive to a degree, some more than others and I tend to side with the ones that cause the least damage because, after all, endorsements have become integral to an actor's career. Even the media plays its part, as endorsements are (often) their only source of revenue. We need to call out all players, not just the celebs to be 'fair'." Abhay said loud and clear. Abhay has always been very transparent in his approach to everything that he strongly believes in. Has it ever happened that he was rejected because of his transparency? Turns out, "many times." Well, that's how it works for people who are very blunt and transparent. So, what's next for him, "My next release is 'Chopsticks' which is the first Netflix Original film out of India. It goes live on its platform on the 31st of May," said Abhay. Are you excited for this one? View this post on Instagram A stolen car sends a frantic Nirma to an Artist to take on a goat-loving gangster. Chopsticks premieres on 31 May, only on Netflix. @mipalkarofficial I LOVE your expression in this one ð! @netflix_in @viniyardfilms A post shared by Abhay Deol (@abhaydeol) on May 14, 2019 at 9:35pm PDT If you think Abhay's journey has been a bed of roses because of the Deol tag, then you are wrong. His journey has been turbulent and he has had his own set of struggles. But what's more important is that he actually learnt from the things that held him from growing even more. "Everyone goes through struggles, successes, and failures. It's part of life and I'm glad I've got to experience both, the highs and the lows. You cannot appreciate the highs unless you have gone through the lows. As I said, everyone goes through highs and lows but not everyone learns to appreciate both, as many people do not like the lows. This is why there's a whole industry selling you a pill for your 'depression' or 'sadness'. I am aware that I've to lead a privileged existence and I am grateful for it. I've done exactly what I've wanted to, lived my life authentically and there are not many people who can say that." View this post on Instagram From the multi-talented @sinbadphgura This was taken at home, with only the natural source of light and no hair and make up. Come to think of it, that's how he always shoots with me! A post shared by Abhay Deol (@abhaydeol) on Jun 15, 2018 at 7:08am PDT The Deol tag eventually got me asking him about Nepotism that became a huge deal a while back. For the uninitiated, Nepotism is 'the practice among those with power or influence of favouring relatives or friends, especially by giving them jobs'. I asked him if he relates to the word and does he think having relatives in the industry helps the person grow, or does one have to constantly prove their caliber? To which Abhay had a rather strong response, "It's both a privilege and a curse. If you look at the current crop of actors, 99% of them are from a film family, the 1% left over are proteges of those with influence. It's unfair to point to Bollywood alone and call out its nepotism. Don't you see it in politics and big business as well? Most people would not like to hear this, but nepotism is part of Indian culture. Where do you think cast, 'Jati' comes from? The son is born into a community and carries forward the work of his father while the women get married and become housewives. Most of the country still operates under this Brahmanical system, the very thing both Gautam Buddha and Mahavira rebelled against. So, if you want to criticize Bollywood for its nepotism, look at your own family and ask the question, 'am I willing to marry outside my cast?' or 'am I running my father's business?' or 'will I let my maid or driver sit at the dinner table with me and eat with me?' Because all of these questions, believe it or not, are linked to our unique brand of Nepotism." View this post on Instagram All natural look, by the ethereal @aetheria_ #thephotographerisfarprettierthanthemodel. A post shared by Abhay Deol (@abhaydeol) on Aug 10, 2018 at 11:32pm PDT Well, that's quite an honest and a strong take on Nepotism. Why only blame Bollywood if it starts from your own home?
  3. While it is the general belief that being a celebrity who enjoys considerable fame, means you eat, breathe, roll around and even poop cash, the same might not be true at all times. People's celebrity status often makes them seem almost 'invincible', but what we tend to forget most often is that at the end of the day, even our most favourite and top celebrity is human, and that means they are not above the diktats of fate. The wheels of fortune can turn for anyone, no matter how successful and famous you are at any given time, and these five popular Bollywood celebrities are proof that when it comes to money, you can never be too confident. One wrong investment, one callous move and your entire bank balance can go for a complete toss. These 5 Bollywood actors lived to tell the tales of their bankruptcy and here is everything you should know. 1. Amitabh Bachchan © Instagram One of Bollywood's all-time biggest stars, Amitabh Bachchan had once shared with the media how he went bankrupt in 2000 with Rs 90 crore as debt. Reportedly, 'Kaun Banega Crorepati' became his only saving grace. He had said, “In the year 2000, when the entire world was celebrating the new century, I was celebrating my disastrous fortune. There were no films, no money, no company, a million legal cases against the company and the tax authorities had put notice of recovery on my home.” 2. Preity Zinta © Instagram Preity too didn't seem to have great luck donning the producer's hat. Reportedly, after her production 'Ishkq in Paris' crashed at the box office, the film's writer-director Abbas Tyrewala filed a case against Preity for non-payment of dues. Apparently, Preity had to put her apartment on rent to clear the dues, and along with a little help from good friend Salman Khan she got out of the soup. 3. Govinda © Instagram Govinda's bad luck with finances came into light when he confessed about being broke at his daughter's film premiere. An emotional Govinda shared how he barely managed to get by for days and struggled to even hire a taxi or rickshaw. 4. Abhay Deol © Instagram Reportedly, Abhay Deol too paid a heavy price (literally) for turning producer. His home production 'One By Two' was a major failure at the box office and made the actor suffer a huge financial loss. Things apparently got so bad that he had to sell his homes to repay all the loans. 5. Shah Rukh Khan © Instagram Megastar and Bollywood 'Badshah' Shah Rukh Khan was also on the verge of going completely broke after his home production 'Ra.One' and its disastrous innings at the box office almost sent him packing. King Khan confessed that the production of the film cost him a fortune and the film's crashing almost crushed his bank balance.
  4. Bollywood has always tried to project the idea of a 'mother' in numerous ways. Earlier, she was portrayed as someone who would always have the martyr syndrome and would do anything to bring peace and love to her family. While that's still the main character trait in most movies, mothers have now taken up a more evolutionary role in cinema. They've started defying stereotypes and have become more free-spirited and free-thinking for their family and themselves. (c)Eros International This is also a way to showcase the role of a woman in society and since cinema is the most malleable visual medium for people across the board, the significance of each character is viably important. Exceptionally so, if it's a woman who plays a vital role. (c)Viacom 18 Motion Pictures So, on Mother's Day, here are 5 mothers from Bollywood who're breaking stereotypes by actually being badass and cool at the same time: (1) Revathi- Margarita With A Straw (c)Viacom 18 Motion Pictures Revathi's performance was path-breaking when she played a mother to a child with Cerebral Palsy, whose daughter was struggling to express her sexuality. Definitely wasn't an easy role to play, for sure. (2) Sri Devi- English Vinglish (c)Eros International Shashi (Sri Devi), plays a very relatable character in this film who loves her family to bits and wants to do anything and everything possible to try and understand them. It is sometimes difficult to take care of everyone else's wishes while letting go of yours, but Sri Devi defied that characteristic and her role definitely speaks volumes. (3) Dolly Ahluwalia- Vicky Donor (c)Eros Entertainment Of course Vicky's whiskey-gulping, life-of-the-party Punjabi mom had to be on the list! As much as she loved emotionally blackmailing Vicky to get her way, as most moms do, she was also an embodiment of the perfect Punjabi Maa we most certainly know and want. (4) Tabu- Drishyam (c)Viacom 18 Motion Pictures Tabu plays a strong female character in the movie and we had to put her name on the list because she's a badass cop who spends the entire length of the film trying to avenge the death of her son and she does a good job of it. (5) Kirron Kher-Dostana (c) Yash Raj Films Our favourite paranoid Punjabi mom, who finally accepts and embraces the fact that her son was gay (even though he was just pretending)! We absolutely loved her character in the film. Indian mothers are the best, to be honest. They may be difficult to convince, emotionally woke and extremely sensitive with a dollop of paranoia and anger that can make her chappal throwing aim a game of perfection but at the end of the day, they know what you truly want and deserve and they'll go to any and every extent to make sure you have it. So, this Mother's Day, maybe take inspiration from these 5 mothers and do something uber special for your own.
  5. Vijay Deverakonda is one name that needs no introduction. At least not anymore. He made his film debut in Telugu cinema in 2011 and in a span of 8 years, Vijay has become the nation's heartthrob. This heartthrob turned 30 today, and so, on his birthday, let's take a look at 10 photos of him which scream that Bollywood should cast him as a lead actor already: View this post on Instagram Kerala ⤠Sugamaano? :) Photographer - Comrade @rashmika_mandanna A post shared by Vijay Deverakonda (@thedeverakonda) on Apr 14, 2019 at 5:33am PDT If the name doesn't ring a bell, he is best known for his films 'Arjun Reddy' and 'Dear Comrade'. View this post on Instagram I'll takeover from here. Also, @therowdyclub Fashion takeover is on :) 1M downloads, international shipping (USA) Suit: @dhruvvaish / Rowdy collaboration Shoes: @louboutinworld Stylist: @shravyavarma Stand: Lamborghini Gallardo A post shared by Vijay Deverakonda (@thedeverakonda) on Apr 3, 2019 at 7:49am PDT Vijay is the only Indian actor to feature in the Forbes' '30 under 30' list. View this post on Instagram Today we set the screens on ð¥ Lots of laughter ð and screams ð± forecasted! A post shared by Vijay Deverakonda (@thedeverakonda) on Nov 16, 2018 at 11:12pm PST Vijay is also probably the only 'Taxiwala' who is so hot that people will never argue with him. Nor will they mind paying extra for their journey. View this post on Instagram Yes. You. Yes I am looking at you. Styled by @shravyavarma in an @sshomme outfit. A post shared by Vijay Deverakonda (@thedeverakonda) on Jul 3, 2018 at 7:32am PDT Born in Warangal, this handsome hunk has a massive fan following. I mean, getting 3.3 million people to follow you without following anyone back? It's not a small deal. View this post on Instagram Thinking about Teleportation. A post shared by Vijay Deverakonda (@thedeverakonda) on Jun 8, 2018 at 12:39am PDT One look at his Instagram and you know this guy is what fashion goals are made of. View this post on Instagram Busy Year ahead ð Starting Last night at #Mahanati! A post shared by Vijay Deverakonda (@thedeverakonda) on May 1, 2018 at 11:14pm PDT While everyone in the country is going gaga over Janhvi Kapoor, she has a crush on Vijay Deverakonda. She revealed the same on 'Koffee With Karan 6' where she appeared with her brother Arjun Kapoor. View this post on Instagram Tea stall, cigarette break. Will quit this shit as soon as I find a T-Shirt I like. I am you. I am the Rowdy you. www.rowdyclub.in A post shared by Vijay Deverakonda (@thedeverakonda) on Jul 13, 2018 at 6:51am PDT Jahnvi even jokingly said that if she woke up as Vijay Deverakonda, she would sign up a movie with her soon. View this post on Instagram Stare. A post shared by Vijay Deverakonda (@thedeverakonda) on Oct 19, 2018 at 12:38am PDT It won't be wrong to say that this powerhouse of talent is the most eligible bachelor right now, not just in Telugu film industry, but in the whole country. View this post on Instagram The art of living. A post shared by Vijay Deverakonda (@thedeverakonda) on Sep 24, 2018 at 9:09am PDT Vijay's brilliant performance in 'Arjun Reddy' won him the Filmfare Award for Best Actor - Telugu. The movie is now being remade in Hindi with Shahid Kapoor and Kiara Advani and is called 'Kabir Singh'. View this post on Instagram 1 year! Until next time me and sandeep meet, you'll have to make do with this. #ArjunReddy P.S. This was the first picture we took. A post shared by Vijay Deverakonda (@thedeverakonda) on Aug 25, 2018 at 2:15am PDT
  6. 2019 and 2020 can officially be declared as the years of Bollywood sequels with a huge number in the pipeline. From movies such as 'Sadak' which is set to get its sequel after almost three decades, to more recent and popular ones such as 'English Medium' and 'Dabangg 2', the Hindi film industry is all set to welcome numerous sequels with open arms. Here is a curated list of some of the most popular and highly anticipated sequels movie-goers can look forward to in 2019-2020. 1. Student Of The Year 2 © Instagram The one that's right around the corner, and waiting to blow our minds with all the refurbished classic songs in the film, Karan Johar's 'Student of The Year 2' is one of the “highly anticipated” releases of the year (for some) and is slated to release on 10th May, 2019. 2. Angrezi Medium © Twitter Irrfan Khan's first comeback film post defeating cancer, 'Angrezi Medium' is grabbing a lot of attention not only because it stars Irrfan, and is the sequel to 2017 blockbuster 'Hindi Medium' but also because it has Kareena Kapoor Khan and Radhika Madan as female leads. The film is slated to release sometime in 2020. 3. Love Aaj Kal 2 © Instagram Almost a decade since Imtiaz Ali's dramatic take of a rom-com hit the screens in 2009, 'Love Aaj Kal' is finally getting a sequel starring Sara Ali Khan and Kartik Aaryan as the lead pair. The shooting is already under way and people have high hopes from this one. The film is slated to release on 14th February, 2020. 4. Dabangg 3 © Arbaz Khan Productions The 'Dabangg' series is one of Salman Khan's most successful movie ventures of recent times. The much-awaited third installment of 'Dabangg' hit the floors recently, and Bhai fans can't wait for the movie to hit the screens. The film is slated to release on 25th December, 2019. 5. Street Dancer 3D © Instagram A coming-of-age story on the lives of street dancers, Varun Dhawan and Shraddha Kapoor will star in the third installment of 'ABCD' with 'Street Dancer'. The film is slated to release in November 2019. 6. Commando 3 © Instagram The third installment of Vidyut Jammwal's 'Commando' franchise which traces the adventures of Commando Karanveer Singh Dogra has found avid buyers all these past years. 'Commando 3' is slated to release on 20 September, 2019. 7. Sadak 2 © Instagram Back in 1991, Bollywood gifted us with a marvel of a love-story featuring Sanjay Dutt and Pooja Bhatt, titled 'Sadak'. 28 years later, the pair is coming back together for 'Sadak 2' which will also star Aditya Roy Kapoor and Alia Bhatt in the lead. 'Sadak 2' is slated to release on 25th March, 2020. 8. Baaghi 3 © Instagram Tiger Shroff will be back with the third installment of the very-popular 'Baaghi' franchise with Shraddha Kapoor as his leading lady in the film this time. The film is slated to release on 6th March, 2020. 9. Go Goa Gone 2 © Instagram One of the best horror-comedies to hit the Indian multiplexes, 'Go Goa Gone' was a breath of fresh air for movie-goers. Starring Saif Ali Khan, Kunal Kemmu, Vir Das and Anand Tiwari in prominent roles, 'Go Goa Gone 2' is slated to release sometime in 2020. 10. Pyaar Ka Punchnama 3 © Viacom 18 Though not much is known about 'Pyaar Ka Punchnama 3', last we heard, Nushrat Barucha told the media that she is uber excited for it, because the third installment of the film will reportedly be from a girl's point of view. Though the film's date of release isn't known yet, we're excited for it. 11. Munna Bhai 3 © Vidhu Vinod Chopra One of the most entertaining films to be ever produced in Bollywood, 'Munna Bhai 3' starring Sanjay 'Munna' Dutt and Arshad 'Circuit' Warsi in the lead will reportedly go on the floors in June this year. Though the film's release date hasn't been given out yet, we're hoping to see it hit the screens sometime in 2020. 12. Don 3 © Excel Entertainment With reports of Shah Rukh Khan stepping out of 'Don 3' doing the rounds lately, it is being said that Ranveer Singh has been approached for the role, while Katrina Kaif might replace Priyanka Chopra Jonas in the film. We hope to see the film hit the screens soon. 13. Hera Pheri 3 © AG Films After 'Hera Pheri 2' ended with a cliffhanger, a third installment is definitely the need of the hour. However, due to multiple production setback, the film has been delayed. Latest reports suggest that the Akshay Kumar, Sunil Shetty and Paresh Rawal starrer will hit the floors by the end of 2019, and finally release sometime in 2020. 14. Krrish 4 © Filmkraft Productions Last year on Hrithik's birthday, papa Roshan announced that the fourth installment of 'Krrish' is in the pipeline. Reportedly, Hrithik will be seen in both a positive as well as negative role in the film. 'Krrish 4' is slated to release on 25th December, 2020. 15. Housefull 4 © Instagram The fourth part of the action-comedy film series 'Housefull', the film boasts of a good assortment of Bollywood stars and is expected to release during Diwali 2019. However, the film might see a delayed release given the #MeToo allegations raised against former director Sajid Khan.
  7. The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) is trying extensively to bring onboard the Indian audience as their dream to expand the viewership beyond the United States of America and Canada, and go global, becomes more and more realistic with time. But, in order to make that happen, it is an absolute essential that the WWE superstars get acclimated to the Indian culture, first and foremostly, Bollywood, that drives the 'Indian lifestyle' in a major way. In the lastest, WWE NOW INDIA's host, Gaelyn Mendonca, was out on a quest to make some of the most famous WWE performers shout out the most iconic dialogues through the generations of Hindi cinema and we've got to say, the results were fantastic: While the organisation's Chief Brand Officer, Stephanie McMahon tried out Aamir Khan's line from 'Dangal' and Nikki Bella did her best to say the understandably confusing Akshay Kumar dialogue from 'Rowdy Rathore', we had a tough time choosing between Kurt Angle's “Basanti, in kutto ke samne mat nachna” from the 1975 classic 'Sholay' and Roman Reigns' “Mogambo khush hua” from Anil Kapoor starrer 'Mr. India'. via GIPHY WWE also held a detailed tryouts in India a couple of weeks ago when superstars like Kofi Kingston, Big E and Xavier Woods came to Mumbai to select the best crop of talented Indian in-ring performers and to provide them with the opportunity to become a part of the elite WWE family. In an exclusive interview with MensXP, the three wrestlers even revealed the important prerequisites to make it big in the pro-wrestling world. Ohh yes! They are here and they're EXCITED... for #WWETryoutIndia and Indian Pancakes! ð¥ððª@TrueKofi @WWEBigE @XavierWoodsPhD #IndiaWelcomesTheNewDay pic.twitter.com/1Et2I4ENYc — WWE (@WWEIndia) March 3, 2019 Here's an excerpt: “It definitely takes passion and drive to be on top. We're always trying to figure out how we can entertain at the highest level. As passionate as the WWE Universe is, they deserve it. You're going to get told 'no' a lot and you have to figure out how you're going to succeed. The 'Power of Positivity' is not just something that we preached on TV. We bring that mentality to the workplace,” said Kofi, the current WWE champion. Check out the full interview here.
  8. Bollywood is often stated as an example of a place where Darwin's famous phrase “survival of the fittest” finds a level playground for every aspirant with a “Bollywood dream” to try their luck. However, what is also often stated is that it isn't about finding a way into the industry, but more of surviving in it. People don numerous hats to become a part of this star-studded industry, before finally getting the chance to do what they had really set out to do. The same goes for a number of prominent actors in the industry who started out as ADs and writers before finally facing the camera as actors. Today, we list down 5 actors who started their careers as background dancers and are known as prominent actors today. 1. Shahid Kapoor © Instagram Shahid started out as a regular struggling artist in Bollywood despite being Pankaj Kapoor's son. At the beginning of his career, he was seen in numerous advertisements, music videos and even in movies as a background dancer. He was seen in movies such as 'Taal' and 'Dil Toh Pagal Hai' 2. Dia Mirza © Instagram Dia Mirza holds the crown for Miss Asia Pacific 2000, but even she started out as a background dancer in south Indian films. She was seen in the 1999 Tamil film 'En Swasa Kaatre', in a song titled Jhumbalaka. 3. Sushant Singh Rajput © Twitter Before officially stepping into Bollywood as an actor, Sushant Singh Rajput performed as a background dancer as part of Shiamak Davar's dance company. He can be seen in the title track of Hrithik Roshan's 'Dhoom 2'. 4. Daisy Shah © Instagram Remember Salman Khan's film 'Tere Naam'? The one that inspired numerous young men to don Salman's look from the film. Well, the song 'Lagan Lagi' features Daisy Shah shaking a leg with Salman Khan. She was a well-known background dancer before she made her acting debut. 5. Arshad Warsi © Instagram A popular comic actor, he worked as a choreographer in the industry initially. However, he also performed as a background dancer a few times, like in the song titled Help Me from 'Aag Se Khelenge'.
  9. Voting is not only a fundamental right, but also a responsibility of every citizen of India. As responsible citizens of the country, most Bollywood celebrities exercised their right today, in Mumbai. From Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, Shah Rukh Khan, Varun Dhawan, Ranbir Kapoor, Aamir Khan, Ajay Devgn, Madhuri Dixit, to Tiger Shroff, Twinkle Khanna, Arjun Kapoor, Malaika Arora, Kareena Kapoor Khan; all our beloved Bollywood celebrities came forward to cast their votes in the Phase 4 of the ongoing Lok Sabha General Elections 2019. View this post on Instagram VOTE!!! ð®ð³ ð³ A post shared by Ranveer Singh (@ranveersingh) on Apr 29, 2019 at 12:58am PDT View this post on Instagram Never has there been any doubt in my mind about who I am or where I'm from.So for those of you confused on my behalf...please don't be!Jai Hind!ðð½ #proudtobeanindian #govote A post shared by Deepika Padukone (@deepikapadukone) on Apr 29, 2019 at 4:20am PDT View this post on Instagram Don't be a fool, go vote & be cool... every vote counts... #mumbaikarvotekar #bepartofthechange A post shared by Arjun Kapoor (@arjunkapoor) on Apr 29, 2019 at 12:39am PDT View this post on Instagram Little one was a bit confused between 'Boating' and Voting, so took him along to experience the difference. A post shared by Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) on Apr 29, 2019 at 5:28am PDT View this post on Instagram VOTE MUMBAI !!!!!! #loksabhaelections2019 A post shared by Malaika Arora (@malaikaaroraofficial) on Apr 28, 2019 at 10:57pm PDT View this post on Instagram Done my duty, practised my right, feeling amazing. Go Vote #Mumbai #votingday #april29th #Mumbaivotestoday #jaihind A post shared by Arjun (@rampal72) on Apr 28, 2019 at 11:11pm PDT Our 'Desi Girl' Priyanka Chopra Jonas flew down from LA to vote and posted a picture on social media with the caption, "This is the moment that matters.... Every vote is a voice that counts." View this post on Instagram This is the moment that matters...Every vote is a voice that counts. #LokSabhaElections2019 A post shared by Priyanka Chopra Jonas (@priyankachopra) on Apr 28, 2019 at 7:50pm PDT Not just Priyanka, but every celebrity posted pictures on social media and urged their fans to do the same, instead of treating the day as another holiday to sit at home and chill or go out partying with their friends. Go Vote... it's the most important thing to do today.#NoExcuses #LokSabhaElection2019 #IndiaVotes #VoteKarMumbai pic.twitter.com/TZz97yca9Z — Sonali Bendre Behl (@iamsonalibendre) April 29, 2019 View this post on Instagram This is NOT just your DUTY but Your RIGHT. I exercised my vote, have you ?? Make the right choice. #proudindian #excerciseyourright #vote #resposibility #sensibility #democracy #lovemycountry #everyvotecounts #noexcuses A post shared by Shilpa Shetty Kundra (@theshilpashetty) on Apr 29, 2019 at 12:24am PDT View this post on Instagram Do the right thing. Go VOTE. #greatestdemocracyintheworld #citizen #lovemyIndia A post shared by Farhan Akhtar (@faroutakhtar) on Apr 28, 2019 at 11:27pm PDT View this post on Instagram Voted âï¸ð¤ð» A post shared by Kareena Kapoor Khan FC (@kareenafc) on Apr 28, 2019 at 11:37pm PDT Actor R Madhavan too shared a video of him standing in the queue, early in the morning, waiting for his chance to vote. In another video, he urged people to not treat this as a extended holiday where they can go and chill with friends. View this post on Instagram NO EXCUSES .. GO VOTE.. बाà¤à¤¼à¥ सब बà¤à¤µà¤¾à¤¸ बहानॠहà¥à¤... A post shared by R. Madhavan (@actormaddy) on Apr 28, 2019 at 8:19pm PDT Actor Varun Dhawan, however, won his fans' hearts when he helped an elderly woman, who came to cast her vote, climb the stairs and reach the polling booth. BE COOL GO VOTE #jaihind pic.twitter.com/7qQqRyvhi3 — Varun Dhawan (@Varun_dvn) April 29, 2019 View this post on Instagram #varundhawan #daviddhawan #elections2019 #indiavotes #mumbaikarvote #bollywoodvotes @viralbhayani A post shared by Viral Bhayani (@viralbhayani) on Apr 28, 2019 at 10:22pm PDT In fact, yesterday even cricketer Virat Kohli shared a picture of his voter ID card on social media, to share the news that he will cast his vote on May 12 (which also coincides with IPL 2019 final), in Gurugram. So guys, what's stopping you? In the ongoing elections, go and exercise your right because, like I said earlier, that blue ink on your index finger decides the fate of the country.
  10. It's not brand new information that Bollywood has always been keen on remakes. They draw inspiration from Hollywood primarily or any other regional movie which has an interesting plot. Over the years we've seen many remakes and some of them have done quite well and the audience has loved the adaptations, without thinking that everything is copied scene to scene. Recently, we heard about another Bollywood remake underway that could be a very challenging role for Parineeti Chopra. A direct adaptation of 'A Girl On The Train' (2016) is in the pipeline and we're really excited about that one. The name though hasn't been decided yet, but we're sure Parineeti will do complete justice to her role. © Instagram There have been other remakes that are yet to release in India, and we can only hope they're as good or better than the original. Let's take a look: (1) Bollywood's Remake Of 'The Girl On The Train' © Universal Pictures Even though the name hasn't been decided for this one, it stars Parineeti Chopra. Ribhu Dasgupta will be helming this project and it's based on an American psychological mystery thriller. The original starred Emily Blunt, who played Rachel, an alcoholic divorcee, who gets dragged into a missing person's investigation. Emily won several award and nominations for the film, so naturally, expectations are quite high from Parineeti, who in all probability will play Emily's role in the film! The release is expected somewhere in 2020, as the film will hit the floor later this year. Hopping onto this thrilling ride! Excited to be a part of #TheGirlOnTheTrain's official Hindi remake.@ribhudasgupta @RelianceEnt @amblin #DreamWorksPictures #TheGirlOnTheTrain pic.twitter.com/0cNNzbc3IL — Parineeti Chopra (@ParineetiChopra) 24 April 2019 (2) Bollywood's Remake of 'Rambo' © Instagram Yes, you read that right! Sylvester Stallone's 'Rambo' is all set to be remade in Bollywood and do you happen to have any guesses who's been chosen to play Stallone? It's quite obvious isn't it? Yup, Tiger Shroff will do the honours and his look compared to Stallone's in the film is quite uncanny! View this post on Instagram A post shared by Tiger Shroff (@tigerjackieshroff) on May 25, 2017 at 7:05am PDT The film was said to be shelved as there were other projects in the pipeline for both Tiger and Sidharth Anand, the director, but now the movie is said to hit the floors by the end of this year and release sometime in 2020. Seriously, can't wait for this one to come out! (3) 'Dil Bechara'- Bollywood's Remake Of 'The Fault In Our Stars' © Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Earlier, the film was named 'Kizie And Manny' but it was later changed to 'Dil Bechara'. If you haven't had a chance to watch 'The Fault In Our Stars', here's your chance to watch the remake instead. The director Mukesh Chhabra has roped in Sushant Singh Rajput and newcomer Sanjana Sanghi for the role. The original movie is based on a novel by John Greene, which was made into a Hollywood classic in 2014 by Josh Boone, starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort. The plot is based on a cancer patient who falls in love with an amputee. The music will be given by A.R. Rehman and we can say without a doubt this is definitely going to be THE love story flick of 2019. (4) Bollywood's Remake Of 'Red' © Summit Entertainment Anil Kapoor is all set to produce the Hindi remake of the Hollywood adventure film 'Red' which starred Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren, Karl Urban and Mary-Louise Parker. The plot for 'Red' revolved around a black-ops agent who reassembles his own team in a last-ditch effort to uncover assailants. Although the cast hasn't been announced for the remake, we would surely love to see Anil in the main role. The film will be directed by Abhinay Deo, the director for '24' and it's set to release sometime in 2020. (5) Bollywood's Remake Of 'Begin Again' © The Weinstein Company The Keira Knightley-Mark Ruffalo musical starrer 'Begin Again' will be in the making soon enough. Although the cast hasn't been announced yet, we do know it'll be directed by 'Veere Di Wedding' director Shashanka Ghosh. The basic plot revolves around telling a story about the world of music and fresh voices in sound in the Indian scene. Can't wait to see how this pans out! We're not sure when the movie is releasing yet but our money is on the year 2020. So, here we have it. 5 super-cool remakes currently in the pipeline. It's always great to draw inspiration from some good stories and if Bollywood happens to so that from time to time, it's a good thing. They shouldn't mess up the remake though by making it seem shoddy, because then you're just insulting the original film!
  11. Bollywood has had a long-standing affair with Switzerland and somewhere we too fell in love with the country, vicariously through them. Ask anyone about Switzerland, and most of their conversation will revolve around Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol's budding romance on the streets of Switzerland, from 'Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge'. Or those dance numbers where actresses wearing sarees are dancing on the snow-capped mountains. © MensXP I won't lie, somewhere my idea about Switzerland too was heavily influenced by Bollywood. But, all of it changed when I got a chance to visit the country a few weeks ago. I always wanted to go to Switzerland, but it was all a distant dream as I wasn't financially strong enough to fund my trip. But, thanks to Switzerland Tourism and their exceptional hospitality, the next thing I know I was sitting on a plane to Zurich and clicking and posting pictures with the locals and binging on chocolates and cheese. © MensXP Today, I want to share my story about how much Switzerland has impacted me. It also made me realise that the quaint country has so much more to offer than just be a place where Bollywood songs and movies were shot, with actors posing shirtless in snow and flaunting their six-pack abs. 1. Pack Comfortable Clothes Instead Of 'OOTD' To begin with, no you cannot stand shirtless or in a saree in the snow. Even dreaming about doing it can send shivers down your spine because of the temperature, which drops to as low as -15 degrees to -20, even in March. So, please don't dream of wearing normal boots or heels or try to act stylish to get OOTDs. Carry warm and comfortable clothes (without adding tons of layers), gloves, and lots and lots of sunscreen. © MensXP 2. Don't Take Euros Instead Of Swiss Franc Don't trade your cash for Euros, instead of Swiss Franc. Switzerland is an expensive country and if you end up paying extra in the currency conversion process, it will only burn more holes in your pockets. Also, be doubly sure about the multi-currency card you're carrying, else you will be stuck with a different country's currency, like me. So, no matter who says what, convert your money to Swiss Franc (CHF) only, for smooth hassle-free transactions. 3. Why Is The Swiss Franc Symbol Called CHF While most of us call it Swiss Franc and Swiss currency, most of us never bothered to notice or know why the symbol is CHF? Well, not many people know that the Latin name of Switzerland is 'Confoederatio Helvetica', which also means 'Swiss Confederation'. The symbol CH can be found on postal stamps, coins and even on the car stickers. © MensXP 4. There Are Four Official Languages In Switzerland This was my first trip to Switzerland, so I entertained and dug into all kinds of questions possible, which brought me to this - "What is the official language of the country?" Trust me, the number of people who asked this were more than the number of friends I have. So, let me clear that too for all you guys. It will come handy, in case you're planning a trip soon. Firstly, there is no such thing as 'Swiss language'. There are four official languages that people speak: German, French, Italian and Romansh. Reason? Switzerland comprises of 26 cantons and if we take a look at history, each of these cantons were fully sovereign states and had their own borders, armies, customs and languages. © MensXP Over the years, the government never forced any of the cantons to speak a uniform language, so they continue to retain and speak different languages, which also represents the geographical and cultural boundaries that Switzerland is surrounded by. But, don't be scared since these are not the only languages they can speak. Most people understand and speak in English too. 5. Switzerland Has A Kickass Transportation System Despite being an alpine country and surrounded by lakes and covered in snow for the most part of the year, Switzerland has a kickass transportation system, one of the world's finest actually. Let's be honest, living in Delhi has spoiled me beyond my expectations. I don't think I am the only one in thinking that cabs have made me lazy and privileged. People have stopped walking or taking buses or even metros for that matter. © MensXP Switzerland (even if it was for a week) changed my mindset. The transport is so freaking awesome, that you don't feel the need to take cabs. Also, did I tell you that cabs can be freakishly expensive? From trains, buses, cruise, bicycles to even walking; the systematic timetable connects people with any desired point. © MensXP 6. Swiss People Are VERY Punctual And Organised Swiss people are really punctual, unlike us. If the train or bus is scheduled to leave at 10: 30, it will LEAVE at 10:30 - neither 10:29 nor 10:31. Further, no person crosses roads if the signal is red, irrespective of whether there are any cars or not. Something we can never expect here. No wonder, Swiss people are so fit, despite consuming kilos of cheese and chocolates. 7. The Swiss Love Their Cheese And Chocolates Talking about cheese, can you guess how much cheese does a person in Switzerland consume in a year? 10, 20, or 50 kilos? Well, when I visited a cheese factory, I found there is more to cheese than just parmesan or cheddar and the correct number is 21.4 kilos. Oh, and they eat nearly 12 kilos of chocolate in a year. In fact, wherever I went and whatever I ordered (even if it was just a glass of water), I always got complementary chocolates. They serve chocolates everywhere, even the bed you sleep on will have chocolates kept on it. © MensXP 8. You Can Take Your Pets Literally Anywhere Also, here's something I didn't know about Switzerland but instantly fell in love with. This 'heaven on earth' is very dog-friendly (any pet in general actually). You can take your dog almost everywhere, outdoor cafes, buses, trains, cruise to even some hotels. But, there are some rules and taxes for animals, especially social pets like guinea pigs. © MensXP 9. Drinking Water Everywhere...Even In Your Bathroom Also, it is believed that water in Switzerland (Europe in general) is so clean that people drink water directly from the basin in their bathroom. Umm, coming from India I had a really difficult time adjusting to that fact and the reasons are known to all of us. We are so used to drinking water from water purifiers here, so we can't even imagine heading to the bathroom to take a drink of water. So, I took bottles instead, only to find that there are two types of water people drink there - sparkling and tap. So, when I said mineral water, I got a pack of sparkling water bottles (blame some of it to the language barrier) that has a distinct taste and not everyone likes it. And the water is super expensive there. So if you're fine drinking water from the bathroom, go for it; else make sure you get a bottle of tap water and not sparkling one. © MensXP 10. Switzerland Is Really Safe For Solo Female Travellers Lastly, being a solo woman traveller, safety is something that was a primary concern for me. Surprisingly, travelling alone in a foreign land turned out to be a safer experience for me than travelling within the country. The country is super safe, connectivity is strong and people are friendly, although they prefer that you respect their boundaries. After I came back, my perception of the beautiful country changed. I wasn't in love with Switzerland anymore because of the Bollywood songs or movies shot there. I feel in love with the incredible beauty of Mount Titlis, the picturesque renaissance architecture, the captivating snowfall, the local beverage 'Rivella', the various types of cheese and chocolates, the roads, the transport museum, the snow-capped mountains I saw from the train and everything in between. Thank you Switzerland for teaching and showing things to me I barely knew about, and I look forward to seeing you again.
  12. From Ranveer Singh starrer 'Befikre' to Salman Khan's 'London Dreams', Bollywood has had its own memorable tryst with Paris' iconic Notre Dame Cathedral, which was engulfed in a major fire last evening. © Twitter One of Paris' most prized historical monuments, the cathedral bore over 850 years of invaluable history and heritage, a major part of which has been lost to mankind forever. The fire started at the upper levels of the Cathedral at around 6:30 pm, and close to 500 firefighters were deployed at the location. The moment #NotreDame's spire fell pic.twitter.com/XUcr6Iob0b — Patrick Galey (@patrickgaley) April 15, 2019 It took over five hours to get the fire under control, during which time two-thirds of the cathedral roof had been destroyed. However, the two frontal towers have been preserved. Even though there is no confirmation regarding the cause of fire, it is being anticipated that it could have to do with the ongoing renovation work in the cathedral. © Twitter People from all over the world have come together to mourn the loss, and the tragedy that has struck the historical treasure in Paris. World leaders such as Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have also expressed their grief and sadness over the incident. Notre Dame is one of the world's great treasures, and we're thinking of the people of France in your time of grief. It's in our nature to mourn when we see history lost – but it's also in our nature to rebuild for tomorrow, as strong as we can. pic.twitter.com/SpMEvv1BzB — Barack Obama (@BarackObama) April 15, 2019 My heart goes out to Paris. Notre Dame is a symbol of our ability as human beings to unite for a higher purpose—to build breathtaking spaces for worship that no one person could have built on their own. I wish France strength and shared purpose as they grieve and rebuild. — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) April 15, 2019 Bollywood too has had long associations with this historical monument, both as actors and as tourists. Here is how Bollywood is mourning this tragic loss: Arjun Kapoor Devastated on seeing the fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral.. a piece of history turn to ashes.. Our hearts are with the people of France ⤠— Arjun Kapoor (@arjunk26) April 16, 2019 Bhumi Pednekar Woke up to the news of #NotreDameFire and my heart broke.Shattered.Having visited the cathedral a few times,there is a sense of loss..So much history...more power to the fire fighters that have done everything to save it ðð» pic.twitter.com/guhH8kCYx9 — bhumi pednekar (@bhumipednekar) April 16, 2019 Neha Dhupia Feeling pangs of sadness ... as we mourn the sight of the #NotreDameCathedral going down in history and going up in flames :( pic.twitter.com/oc9tALcScy — Neha Dhupia (@NehaDhupia) April 15, 2019 Riteish Deshmukh This is a world tragedy #NorteDame -I have no words to express my sadness. To every Notre Dame lover - am so so sorry. pic.twitter.com/FcCQaN6qhI — Riteish Deshmukh (@Riteishd) April 15, 2019 Raveena Tandon Omg . Terrible . Terrible . This is a horrible loss to history and ancient heritage. https://t.co/E2HPc6OgkO — Raveena Tandon (@TandonRaveena) April 15, 2019 Boman Irani The Notre Dame tragedy is hard to watch. The people of France must be devastated. We hope and pray that its restoration will serve to heal.#NotreDame #Fire#NotreDameCathedral — Boman Irani (@bomanirani) April 16, 2019 Maria Goretti View this post on Instagram Before I left Paris, this is where I went to say bye and thank you . I spent a lot of time last year in this beautiful city . And sometimes I used to go and sit in front of the cathedral and just look at it , specially in summer when the lines were too long . Before leaving this year, I got a little angel from here that I always carry with me. I remember standing inside the cathedral and just did not take any photos, I stood looking at the huge window piece and knew that no photo would ever do this beauty of “our Lady “ any justice, so I just stayed in silence and took it all in, for the last time. This cathedral was a place of exquisite beauty, great history , intricate architecture and immense peace. And I'm heartbroken with the news of it's destruction , the fire destroyed the roof of the 850-year-old UNESCO world heritage landmark, it's spectacular Gothic spire collapsed as the inferno took over . #notredame #unesco #worldheritage #paris #peace #nofilter A post shared by MariaGoretti (@mariagorettiz) on Apr 15, 2019 at 7:15pm PDT Tamannaah Bhatia View this post on Instagram âªShe's been around for over 800 years not just as a testament of our history but also place for many that found their peace, hope and faith in. This iconic monument is an inspiration to artists across the globe and it's really sad to know that humanity has lost #NotreDame today. ⬠A post shared by Tamannaah Bhatia (@tamannaahspeaks) on Apr 15, 2019 at 1:16pm PDT
  13. Music is one of the greatest markers of any civilisation. It grows, changes and evolves into something entirely different at the turn of every decade that comes to a close. Every new beginning welcomes new changes to the realm of music and the end result leaves a lasting impression on our minds. Yet, even with the constant evolution that music undergoes from time to time, certain compositions simply strike a chord and stick with us. Why? Maybe because the beats were catchy, or the film was one of your favourites from that year, or simply because the music got under your skin for no particular reason. But what we can't deny is the fact that even after so many years since the first time we heard those songs, we love them just as much even after a gap of 10 long years. We list down 10 such uber popular Bollywood songs from 2009 that were crazy hits and will soon be completing 10 years. So get ready to feel really old and find some of your favourite tracks on this list here, because frankly, we didn't see this coming. 1. Emotional Attyachaar (Dev.D) The absolute upheaval that this composition caused to the music charts in 2009 doesn't need much recollection. Emotional Attyachaar from 'Dev.D' came handy during so many situations besides a heartbreak, it quickly became a classic. 2. Dhan Te Nan (Kaminey) One of Vishal Bharadwaj's best compositions, this was from Shahid Kapoor starrer 'Kaminey' was played at every house party and discotheque with equal enthusiasm. Edgy and entertaining, with high-rolling beats this one kept everyone pumped. 3. Tera Hone Laga Hoon (Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani) This song from 'Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani' starring Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif sort of became the romance anthem of the year. Well, what can we say, guys took to it pretty quickly. 4. Iktara (Wake Up Sid) This one was a popular choice not only then, but even to this day, as we can find this song in a lot of people's playlist. And when we say a lot, we mean it. This soulful song not only fetched the singer the best playback singer award but also became a major hit. 5. Chiggy Wiggy (Blue) Even though 'Blue' tanked at the box office big time, this song was a major crowd-puller in 2009 because it saw Australian-British pop star, Kylie Minogue's first ever Bollywood collaboration. Apart from the song and music, those moves Kylie pulled off with Akshay Kumar were too good! 6. All Izz Well (3 Idiots) This one doesn't need any introduction for obvious reasons. This became a raging anthem with the younger lot of the time, and still continues to be a very popular number even after 10 years since it first came out. 7. Genda Phool (Delhi-6) Ask your mother and you will know exactly how much every mother and aunt in the country came to love this song, and relate to some or the other part of it. Regardless, there is no denying this was a popular number in 2009. 8. Paisa Paisa (De Dana Dan) The lyrics of this one, as well as Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif grooving to this song, got to the guys. If you haven't heard this one, you better. Then you will know exactly why. 9. Hai Junoon (New York) This one was meant for the squad and everybody appreciated it. People instantly connected to it because it reminded them of their friends and that is always a winner! 10. Twist (Love Aaj Kal) If you didn't dance to this one at least at five different parties, then did you even have any fun in 2009? This one took all the parties and dance sessions by storm!
  14. The entire country is wrapped up in the hubbub around the 2019 General Elections in India, with the first timers thrumming with excitement to cast their first vote and become a part of history books for the future Indian Prime Minister's election. Yet, the masses are still busy focusing their attention to the biggest influencers they look up to on a regular basis in order to decide whether stepping out and voting would really make much of a difference as is being let on. © Twitter We are talking about the majority of Indian population's reliance on Bollywood stars for inspiration and motivation to get things done in life. However, as you might have already guessed from the headline of this story, there are a few beloved Bollywood stars who will not play their part in the General Elections this year since they are not eligible to vote, and here's why. Akshay Kumar © Instagram Akshay Kumar was born in Amritsar and regardless of all his overt show of patriotism, he will not be casting his vote because he holds a Canadian passport. Alia Bhatt © Instagram One of India's current favourites, Alia too shall not be casting her vote this election because Alia holds a British passport. You may recall that Alia's mother, Soni Razdan is also a British citizen. Deepika Padukone © Instagram Versatile actor Deepika too cannot vote in India. Having been born in Copenhagen, in Denmark, she holds a Danish passport and is therefore not eligible to vote in India. Katrina Kaif © Instagram Another Bollywood favourite, Katrina may be loved by thousands of Indians, but she is still an English citizen and has a UK passport. Imran Khan © Instagram Regardless of his short Bollywood stint, Aamir's nephew Imran is very much an active part of Bollywood. Since he holds an American passport, Imran cannot vote in the elections held in India. Jacqueline Fernandez © Instagram The 'Race 3' actress isn't Indian. She was born in Bahrain, and while her father is Sri Lankan, her mother is of Malaysian descent. Sunny Leone © Instagram Born Karenjit Kaur, with her roots in India, the actress can still not vote in India because she holds a Canadian passport.
  15. If you ever wished for Monday to be eliminated from the calendar altogether, trust me you're not alone. There's some air around this day that makes everyone hate it. I mean, there has to be something seriously wrong with this day if people look for motivation to survive through the day. So much so that they make '#MondayMotivation' trend every week, every month and every year. Talking about the hashtag 'Monday Motivation', one honorary contribution was made today by Abhishek Bachchan. The actor took to social media to share this inspiring quote with Floyd Mayweather's picture in the background. The quote read, "To be the best you have to work overtime." #MondayMotivation pic.twitter.com/omFsCjfGfY — Abhishek Bachchan (@juniorbachchan) April 8, 2019 If only reading these inspiring quotes made us half as productive as our bosses expect us to be, things will be so much more convenient and better for us. And looks like we are not alone in thinking this way. Bollywood's King Khan aka Shah Rukh Khan too feels the same way, at least his tweet does. Shah Rukh Khan was quick to reply to Bachchan's tweet and wrote, "Thanks baby. Got this. Now please motivate me to Work On Time too!!" We feel you SRK, the struggle is way too real. Thanks baby. Got this. Now please motivate me to Work On Time too!! https://t.co/9qejCH9tIx — Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) April 8, 2019 Everytime we find something interesting on the internet, the first thing you do is tag our work BFF and then wait for them to comment and react to it. Shah Rukh Khan and Abhishek Bachchan's twitter interaction too looks like what we have with our work BFFs everyday.
  16. You can get creative ideas from almost anywhere, and there's nothing wrong in taking inspiration from them. However, things go wrong when you take too much inspiration and end up low-key copying it. We are sure, Bollywood knows this feeling just too well. However, gone are the days of getting inspired by the West. Our directors these days look up to regional movies, particularly South Korean movies to take inspiration from and the most recent example is Salman Khan's upcoming movie 'Bharat'. For those who didn't know, 'Bharat' is an official remake of a South Korean film 'An Ode To My Father'. While some movies are called official remakes, others are simply lifted from the original one. Here are 10 Bollywood movies which we didn't know were 'inspired' from some of the biggest South Korean movies: 1. Rocky Handsome - The Man From Nowhere Starring John Abraham in the lead, 'Rocky Handsome' is the official remake of Lee Jeong-Beom's film 'The Man From Nowhere'. The story is about a mysterious man and a young girl he makes friends with. When the girl is kidnapped and her mother is killed, the man goes to extreme lengths to save the girl. 2. Ek Villain - I Saw The Devil This Mohit Suri directorial starring Sidharth Malhotra and Shraddha Kapoor was loved by many for its fresh storyline and Riteish Deshmukh's brilliant performance as a villain. What most people don't know is that 'Ek Villain' is actually copied from a popular South Korean film 'I Saw The Devil'. However, the Bollywood version is not as gory or violent as the Korean one starring Choi Min Shik, which is till date considered to be one of the best films ever made. 3. Zinda - Oldboy 'Oldboy' is a neo-noir action thriller about a man, who sets out to find out why he was kidnapped and kept inside a cell for 15 years, unravelling some disturbing secrets in his journey. While everyone loves the South Korean film (one of the finest movies ever made), hardly knows about 'Zinda' except for the people who acted in the movie. 'Zinda' starred Sanjay Dutt and John Abraham. 4. Jazbaa - Seven Days Aishwarya Rai Bachchan's comeback movie 'Jazbaa' might have failed to leave a mark at the box-office, but it was appreciated by the critics, especially Aishwarya's power-packed performance. 'Jazbaa' was copied from the South Korean movie, 'Seven Days' and follows the journey of a female lawyer, who has to now win an unwinnable case in order to save her kidnapped daughter. 5. Murder 2 - The Chaser Starring Emraan Hashmi, Jacqueline Fernandez and Prashant Narayanan, 'Murder 2' is a copy of another super hit South Korean film 'The Chaser'. Emraan Hashmi stars as an ex-police officer tasked with finding some missing *** workers. When a young woman is sent by him to entice the kidnapper, Hashmi sets out to find her. 6. Awarapan - A Bittersweet Life A hitman is asked to keep an eye on his boss' mistress. However, when he learns that she is being exploited, he decides to rescue her from the clutches of his boss. While actor Lee Byung Hyun flawlessly portrayed the conflict going on inside the character in the South Korean version, Emraan Hashmi failed to recreate the same magic or should we say turmoil in the Bollywood one. 7. Te3n - Montage Starring Amitabh Bachchan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Vidya Balan, this RibhuDasgupta directorial is a remake of the 2013 South Korean film 'Montage'. The movie features Amitabh as John Biswas, a 70-year-old man, who seeks help from a priest and a police officer to find the people who kidnapped and killed his granddaughter. 8. Do Lafzon Ki Kahani - Always Starring two of my favourite actors, So Ji-sub and Han Hyo-joo, 'Always' is a classic romantic South Korean film about a former boxer and a high-spirited telemarketer who is blind. Romance starts brewing between the two slowly, which changes their life forever. A Hindi version was made starring Randeep Hooda and Kajal Agarwal. If you are hearing the Bollywood movie's name for the first time, then you will get my point. 9. Rock On - A Happy Life Starring Farhan Akhtar, Purab Kohli and Arjun Rampal, 'Rock On' is a story of four friends who fail to make it big in the music industry as their band falls apart due to differences. Years later, they come together to rebuild the dream and embark on a journey they left years ago. This is probably the only movie on this list that was unanimously loved by both the audience and the critics. 'Rock On' is said to be based on the South Korean movie 'A Happy Life'. 10. Prem Ratan Dhan Payo - Masquerade Everyone knows that 'Bharat' is an official Hindi remake of a popular South Korean film. But, not many know that this is not the only film that took inspiration from South Korea. 'Prem Ratan Dhan Payo' is another chartbuster movie that was copied from 'Masquerade', a very famous South Korean film.
  17. For every Bollywood buff, their favourite Bollywood celebrity is the epitome of perfection when it comes to their looks, talent, performances and what not. We treat them as these larger than life personalities who often come second only to God, or perhaps at times their parents too. However, while we treat them as human specimens of perfection, we often tend to overlook the hard fact that at the end of the day they are as human as any of us on the other side of the screen. And being human only means that, they do not come with any perfection hallmarks upon them. © Instagram This loosely translates to nothing else but the ultimate truth that “nobody is perfect, and we all as humans, are flawed at one level or another. And no, by flaw we don't mean defect, but rather we are hinting at the many imperfections that make us unique as a human being. So, when you thought that you favourite celeb is your “bhagwaan ka roop” on earth, you forgot that they too come with their own quirks. One such form of quirky behaviour that a few prominent heroes from the Hindi film industry suffer from is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). For the uninitiated, OCD is a kind of anxiety disorder wherein people have recurring, unwanted thoughts or sensations (obsessions) that constantly provoke them to do something repetitively or compulsively. The following 8 Bollywood heroes suffer from various OCDs, and here is everything you need to know about it. 1. Farhan Akhtar © Instagram Farhan once confessed to Karan Johar on 'Koffee With Karan' that it bothers him to no end when things are not arranged in a certain way. He pointed out a set of pillows that were out of place on the set, which irked him. 2. Ayushmann Khurrana © Instagram Ayushmann is a self-confessed personal hygiene freak. By his own admission, the 'Andhadhun' actor is obsessed about keeping his hands and nails sparkling clean. Consequently, Ayushmann washes his hands very frequently. Apparently, he is also very obsessed with his dental hygiene and brushes his teeth 3-4 times a day. 3. Ajay Devgn © Instagram Ajay is supposedly extremely obsessive about hand sanitation. He hates smelly fingers, and therefore prefers to eat with a knife and fork at all times. What's more, he also avoids shaking hands with people due to the same reason. 4. Ali Fazal © Instagram Our very own Guddu Pandit from 'Mirzapur' has a rather peculiar OCD. Apparently, the actor cannot handle anything less that piping hot coffee. He likes it smoking hot, and wouldn't settle for anything less no matter what. 5. Ranveer Singh © Instagram Deepika Padukone once revealed that the 'Gully Boy' actor is compulsive about using reasonable amounts of deodorants, hand sanitizers and cologne. A TOI story reported that Ranveer pours an entire bottle of deo, uses a sanitizer and tops it up with half a bottle of cologne before and after a shot. 6. Imran Khan © Instagram Imran Khan is a known cleanliness freak, and he obsessively ensures that the spoons and plates he uses are spotless. He even washes and wipes them clean himself if he is not satisfied with how they have been cleaned. He also ensures that his bedroom is tidy at all times. Reportedly, he is always fussing with clean linen and a tidy room. 7. Saif Ali Khan © Instagram Saif Ali Khan's obsessive-compulsive behaviour is pretty strange. Saif enjoys spending time in the toilet. So much so that, it is said that his bathroom has a library and telephone extension to meet this obsession! 8. Salman Khan © Instagram The 'Dabangg' star is obsessed with collecting soaps from around the world. From handmade, to designer to even herbal ones, Bhai ensures that he has it all. No wonder he is said to be one of the best smelling men in B-town.
  18. The only day the world becomes absolutely unreliable is on April Fool's day because you never know if the content all around you is trying to prank you or not! And that's what most publications, websites and TV channels tried to do on the 1st, including Comedy Central. While scanning channels I stopped on Comedy Central to watch the most popular sitcom on television since the early man- 'Friends', and to my sweet horror, it wasn't a delight anymore to watch the series. They'd planned to air the show for 12 hours, from 6 pm till 6 am and the prank they played on us was harsh af! © Warner Bros Television They'd taken one character from each episode and dubbed his/her voice in Hindi, while the rest were speaking in English, as it was originally and let me tell you this-watching Friends being dubbed in Hindi is certainly an acquired taste! For instance, the first episode I put on was where Joey goes on a date with a girl who keeps fishing food from his plate, and then he says his iconic line "Joey doesn't share food!". Well, the only difference was that Joey's character was speaking in Hindi, while everyone else in English. So instead he said 'Joey khana nahi banthta!'. Well, all this seemed alien but that's not all! After a little while, it seemed like Joey's voice seemed very familiar, like I've binged heard his voice all through my 90s. Then the realisation donned on me- Joey's dubbed voice was actually Shah Rukh Khan! I wasn't sure if I should've been ecstatic or pissed off actually. © Warner Bros Television Well, CC went on to dub every character's voice for one episode each, till the crack of dawn. So Monica's voice was dubbed by Kajol, Pheobe's was dubbed by Kangana Ranaut, Chandler's by Saif Ali Khan, Ross's by Amitabh Bachan and Rachel's by Sonam Kapoor and they all took turns to speak in Hindi. While Comedy Central was creating a laugh riot all across the country by showcasing an absolutely new avatar for the world's most loved sitcom, I actually found it to be a little bit of a nightmare! It probably went on as planned but the stars dubbing the voices scrupulously, like they're still in the 90s, trying to make sure the audience knows it's them was a bit too much to handle. As I said, it was an acquired taste and after a while, I got used to Saif Ali Khan saying 'Mein hoon Chandler, aur mere paas sirf hasi mazaak hai'. It felt very familiar and endearing by the end of it TBH. © MensXP Head of programming, English Entertainment, Viacom 18's Hashim Dsouza made a statement and said: “Comedy Central has been the home of F.R.I.E.N.D.S and we've continually presented this iconic show through fresh and innovative programming that week-on-week keeps it at the pinnacle of most-watched shows in English entertainment. Delving deep into the spirit of April Fools, we're giving viewers a unique and bizarre version of their favourite sitcom, ensuring they enjoy this ultimate prank-day. For the longest time, Indian fans could only imagine and hope for a Desi F.R.I.E.N.D.S, but now that wait is over as we give them a glimpse to a whacky Hindi-speaking avatar of the show.” © Warner Bros Television That's quite a lot of work, to be honest, Comedy Central. Some parts did make me laugh though, parts that I got used to and didn't find funny in the past, seemed funny in Hindi for some reason. It could be the way they were dubbed and the Bollywood actors trying to embed their humour through their own style for each character. All in all, it was a good watch and something completely unexpected. If you missed out on it, I am not sure how you can watch a re-run of the same again but I do know Comedy Central doesn't lack innovation and they'll be back with something super fun, once again.
  19. While relationships are taking a progressive turn every passing day, there are still people pointing fingers at some couples who've found their comfortable footing in one another. Not only is this hypocrisy but it's also an amalgamation of a complete violation of the right to privacy. What am I talking about? Well, Bollywood is setting their fair share of examples by dating people who're way younger or older and while that's endearing and very acceptable in society, many people criticise age difference like it's something illegal. © Instagram But to be fair, dating older women or younger men is a definite progression towards stable relationships as they're emotionally more grounded and binding and there's a maturity to them which makes them whole. So, in lieu of that, I am going to list 6 Bollywood relationships which have been mighty successful, even with a vast age difference lurking in between: (1) Priyanka Chopra & Nick Jonas © Instagram The desi-videshi pair met through common friends some time back and they just tied the knot 3 months ago. While Priyanka is 35 and Nick 25, they cherish and celebrate the 10-year age gap between them, even though they've been trolled for it tremendously in the past. But that hasn't deterred the couple's love or social media appreciation for one another in any way and we love to see them together, every now and then! (2) Sushmita Sen & Rohman Shawl © Instagram It feels like Rohman was a breath of fresh air in Sush's life. The actress seems very happy and content with her life right now and she has someone super supportive to share it with her. Rohman and Shushmita share a 16-year age gap, but they definitely do complete each other, in every way. From him getting along well with her daughters, to her supporting him at his fashion shows, to them making work-out home videos together, it really seems like bringing up the age gap they share is absolutely redundant! (3) Soha Ali Khan & Kunal Kemmu © Instagram The starlit princess and the boy-next-door fell in love with each other on the sets of 'Dhoondte Reh Jaoge' and the rest is, of course, history! After a long live-in relationship, the couple tied the knot in 2015, despite the fact that Kunal is 5 years younger than Soha. They have a beautiful daughter named Inaaya Naumi Kemmu and they really couldn't be happier. (4) Preity Zinta & Gene Goodenough © Instagram Although the age gap isn't much between the two, it is still frowned upon by many people who love to criticise relentlessly. But that doesn't bother Preity, who tied the knot with Gene in LA and they've been living happily since. I guess he's 'Goodenough' for her! (5) Bipasha Basu & Karan Singh Grover © Instagram The two had issues getting married as Bips' mom was against her marrying someone who is 4 years younger than her. But that didn't stop the happy couple from tying the knot and living happily since. They believe in unhampered PDA and never shy away from a lot of social media love! (6) Neha Dhupia & Angad Bedi © Instagram When Neha married Angad, she was trolled on social media for marrying someone two years younger than her but they also took many by surprise when they decided to announce their wedding on Instagram, and they looked mighty happy together. Best friends before, married now, the couple has had quite an astounding journey and their age gap definitely has nothing to do with it! So, if Bollywood can set a keen example of older women dating younger men, it's time you stop frowning upon it too and look for someone who truly makes you happy; older or younger, who cares, right?
  20. I feel Lilly Singh is one of the OG YouTubers and while a lot of them have become very irrelevant now, iiSuperwomanii is still giving everyone original content and that too on top of getting her own 'Late Night' show. Yes, I know she's Canadian and not Indian but she's still desi - and fully embraces that - and it's a win for us also okay, thanks. Coming back to her videos, she just released a video that could end Bollywood. Not really, but it's pretty great. So, she reimagined a few Bollywood songs as raps and changed the lyrics up to make them so relatable, it's uncanny. Starting off with 'Choli Ke Peeche', she raps about body positivity and self-love. And, that dig at Fair and Lovely just made my day. Next comes 'All Is Well' and a rap about mental health and a lot of desi problems. Obviously, this had to be there. Last song was 'Aankh Maarey' and she turned it into a Bi-Anthem and it's so beautiful to see that. And, yes she did make the 'one more remix' joke. Here's the video: As soon as it released, people coudn't stop raving about it, obviously, because it's just so great. For sure. this is insane oh my god. besides all the amazing acting, rapping, production and editing, THE MESSAGE. the underlying messages!! you're a genius @IISuperwomanII one of your best videos for sure. https://t.co/lTiu2WkVMQ — ð¼ðªð½ð¿ð²ð´ðª â¡ (@singhxstark) March 28, 2019 So original. Always reinventing. Always brilliant. So much soul. @IISuperwomanII https://t.co/UTSQY7G2O8 pic.twitter.com/81GGkGGVkx — Vikas Khanna (@TheVikasKhanna) March 28, 2019 That part in particular is great. Bollywood rap by @IISuperwomanII is best video you will see today. "Your daughter wore a dress, what will people say, hopefully they're impressed... she don't skip leg day...." ððð #LillyRemixesBollywoodhttps://t.co/WzI60MwGFK — Asjad Nazir (@asjadnazir) March 28, 2019 Yes. @IISuperwomanII THIS CURED ME. Lilly is ONE whole icon. Go watch her latest YT video: If Bollywood Songs Were Rap. YA GIRL HAS SET FIRE. pic.twitter.com/8qgjkjdNw3 — Meghalee Mitra (@meghalee_mitra) March 28, 2019 That lungi tho. I fucking can't get over how good this is. And you in a lungi just made my entire year. I'm going to replay this video until my death thank you very much. — Samyuktha/21st Apr.⤠(@TeamSuperPipoca) March 28, 2019 The best of both worlds. @IISuperwomanII's new video is not only full of bops, but also promotes great messages, we have to stan — Nida loves Lilly (@Flowerstar_5) March 28, 2019 Yep. Ok, but same girl#PanProblems (Also catch me using this entire video for reaction gifs. It was too damn good and too damn relatable. @IISuperwomanII you dun damn good sis ð) pic.twitter.com/eBd3WQnPk8 — Fiona ð (@GypsyNightowl7) March 28, 2019
  21. Since yesterday morning, the entire Jonas clan - Nick Jonas, Priyanka Chopra, Joe Jonas, Sophie Turner - have been giving everyone vacation goals and also making everyone jealous by relentlessly posting videos and pictures partying on a yacht in Miami. Before, there was a sneak-peek of them drunk dancing to Bollywood songs towards the end of Nick's video when 'Mera Wala Dance' started playing for like 4 seconds. That was enough for desi people to latch on to and be excited. Sucker vibes in Miami. pic.twitter.com/uTTARhpudg — Nick Jonas (@nickjonas) March 25, 2019 Now, it looks like Priyanka saw that and decided to give everyone something more - a full video with everyone dancing to 'Tareefan' from 'Veere Di Wedding'. View this post on Instagram When Bollywood music kicks in.. #tareefan #kareenakapoor @sonamkapoor @badboyshah â¤ï¸ @nickjonas @joejonas @sophiet A post shared by Priyanka Chopra Jonas (@priyankachopra) on Mar 26, 2019 at 8:45am PDT You can take the desi girl out of India, but apparently, you can't take India out of the desi girl. Also, now we for sure know PeeCee was responsible for making the playlist. I would honestly just like a video of Nick, Joe, and Sophie trying to pronounce 'Tareefan', it would be hilarious. Everyone was excited in comments, you know how Indians get when there's something desi somewhere. Nick jiju has spoken. Sonam and Rhea Kapoor are also excited. Yes, the perfect time for that. Nick is lost in the music. The biggest takeaway! Yes, it's time, they need to go.
  22. "A character that will stay with me forever...#Malti", wrote Deepika Padukone while sharing the first look from her upcoming movie 'Chhapaak'. Looks like, not just her, but this character and her first look will stay forever with everyone, given how amazing she looks as Malti. In fact, the credit goes to Deepika, the make-up artists who worked on the prosthetics and the entire crew of the movie. View this post on Instagram All things are ready, if our mind be so-William Shakespeare #Chhapaak @meghnagulzar @foxstarhindi @vikrantmassey87 A post shared by Deepika Padukone (@deepikapadukone) on Mar 20, 2019 at 1:51am PDT In case you missed it, this is Deepika's first look from the movie, where she plays the role of an acid attack survivor. View this post on Instagram A character that will stay with me forever...#Malti Shoot begins today!#Chhapaak Releasing-10th January, 2020. @meghnagulzar @foxstarhindi @vikrantmassey87 A post shared by Deepika Padukone (@deepikapadukone) on Mar 24, 2019 at 8:30pm PDT The film is based on the story of acid attack survivor and activist Laxmi Agarwal. Laxmi was attacked when she was all of 15 by a man, after she refused to marry him. Ever since Deepika shared the picture on social media, people can't stop raving about her look, which has since gone viral on the internet. Be it a celebrity or a common man, people can't take their eyes off her and her uncanny resemblance to Laxmi. ðððð https://t.co/LLXCWig7ip — Alia Bhatt (@aliaa08) March 25, 2019 How amazing is this! Can't wait already. Best wishes to Team #Chhapaak ...@meghnagulzar @deepikapadukone @masseysahib ð¤â¤ï¸ https://t.co/JD1prHEuMa — Vicky Kaushal (@vickykaushal09) March 25, 2019 Now THATSSS an important film!!!! Amazeeee @deepikapadukone https://t.co/HI18suUiMv — Parineeti Chopra (@ParineetiChopra) March 25, 2019 Beautiful. @deepikapadukone @meghnagulzar & the entire team deserve to be given credit for this remarkably accurate visual portrayal. https://t.co/LCUg6SfU9m — Arjun Kapoor (@arjunk26) March 25, 2019 This is brilliant. Can't wait to see you as #Malti. It's path breaking. More power to you Deepika. â¤ï¸ð¤ https://t.co/Shu5QqoVSP — Rajkummar Rao (@RajkummarRao) March 25, 2019 All the best to the entire team ! I'm sure this is gonna be a landmark story ð𤠗 siddharth malhotra (@sidpmalhotra) March 25, 2019 Wow !! This is going to be epic @deepikapadukone @meghnagulzar https://t.co/yDnmSOE4zc — Huma Qureshi (@humasqureshi) March 25, 2019 Kangana Ranaut's sister Rangoli Chandel said that being an acid attack survivor herself, she pledges to be the biggest cheerleader for 'Chhapaak'. No matter how unfair and unjust the world is we musn't reflect what we hate, this is commendable on @deepikapadukone and @meghnagulzar part, being an acid attack survivor I pledge to be their biggest cheerleader #Chhapaak ðð»ðð»ðð»ðð» https://t.co/TdY5WpZjtE — Rangoli Chandel (@Rangoli_A) March 25, 2019 Directed by Meghna Gulzar, 'Chhapaak' is releasing on January 10, 2020.
  23. Goa chief minister, Manohar Parrikar, breathed his last on Sunday after a long battle against pancreatic cancer. The former defence minister was 63 and had been getting treatment for the ailment since last year. According to reports, his health deteriorated in the past two days and on Saturday night, he was put on life-support system. © Reuters The Central Government even announced national mourning on Monday. From Prime Minister Narendra Modi, other prominent leaders to Bollywood celebrities; everyone is mourning his death. PM Modi called Parrikar "an unparalleled leader, a true patriot and exceptional administrator" and someone who was admired by all. Shri Manohar Parrikar was an unparalleled leader. A true patriot and exceptional administrator, he was admired by all. His impeccable service to the nation will be remembered by generations. Deeply saddened by his demise. Condolences to his family and supporters. Om Shanti. pic.twitter.com/uahXme3ifp — Chowkidar Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 17, 2019 Shri Manohar Parrikar was an unparalleled leader. A true patriot and exceptional administrator, he was admired by all. His impeccable service to the nation will be remembered by generations. Deeply saddened by his demise. Condolences to his family and supporters. Om Shanti. pic.twitter.com/uahXme3ifp — Chowkidar Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 17, 2019 India will be eternally grateful to Shri Manohar Parrikar for his tenure as our Defence Minister. When he was RM, India witnessed a series of decisions that enhanced India's security capacities, boosted indigenous defence production and bettered the lives of ex-servicemen. — Chowkidar Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 17, 2019 Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan was one of the first ones among the fraternity to remember Parrikar, and offer his condolence to the late minister's grieving family. He wrote, "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 .." 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 .. ðð pic.twitter.com/vFTCeMMDxf — Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) March 17, 2019 Other celebrities too mourned his demise and expressed their grief on social media. Saddened by the news of Manohar Parrikar ji's demise. May his soul rest in peace ð — Vicky Kaushal (@vickykaushal09) March 18, 2019 Extremely sad at hearing about the demise of Sh. Manohar Parrikar Ji. I feel blessed to have had the fortune of meeting and knowing a sincere and good soul as he was. Heartfelt condolences to his familyðð» — Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) March 17, 2019 Man of few words,simple,epitome of integrity&efficiency,a straight shooter,defence minister,3 time chief minister of Goa,away from the trappings of a person in power,IITian,well mannered,a true servant of the nation, an example to follow for one and all.. Salute #ManoharParrikar pic.twitter.com/geIG1dA0vz — Randeep Hooda (@RandeepHooda) March 17, 2019 Had the honour of meeting him when he was the #defenceminister of #india..at the launch of a movie about the #indianarmy under the #BritishRaj he leaned over & said “uniforms too nice for #indian soldiers at the time”he said.”we will age it suitably sir” I said. He nodded “good” — Randeep Hooda (@RandeepHooda) March 17, 2019 Sad to hear about the loss of one of our finest leaders, #ManoharParrikar ji. May he rest in peace. My prayers are with the grieving family & friends. — Sanjay Dutt (@duttsanjay) March 17, 2019 Sad to hear about the loss of one of our finest leaders, #ManoharParrikar ji. May he rest in peace. My prayers are with the grieving family & friends. — Sanjay Dutt (@duttsanjay) March 17, 2019 So very Saddened to hear about the sudden demise if Shri. MANOHAR Parrikar Ji. A dynamic and Honorable Soul.. Rest now in peace in Heaven sir .ððð@manoharparrikar — Ranganathan Madhavan (@ActorMadhavan) March 17, 2019 Deeply deeply saddened to know about the untimely demise of Shri #ManoharParrikar ji. He was one of the most real, dignified, intelligent, warm, down-to-earth & honest person I had met. He had a great quality of inspiring people so effortlessly. Will miss him. Om Shanti.ð pic.twitter.com/4i4noSWSDZ — Anupam Kher (@AnupamPKher) March 17, 2019 Condolences and strength to the family of Manohar Parrikar ji ! Deeply saddened to hear about his demise ! May his soul rest in peace ðð» — Yami Gautam (@yamigautam) March 17, 2019 #ManoharParrikar always came accross as one of the more level headed and decent politicians in the country. Rest in Peace sir. — Vir Das (@thevirdas) March 17, 2019 Parrikar, a widower, is now survived by his two sons and their families.
  24. If you happen to have even an iota of interest in Bollywood and the hefty number of slightly maddening, but mostly entertaining and fulfilling movies it churns out year after year, and of course unless you have been living under a rock, chances are that you know about the Khans of Bollywood. Yet, for those of you who wish to pretend you are clueless about what I am saying, there are three dominant Khans in the Hindi film industry - Badshah Khan aka Shah Rukh Khan, Bhai Khan aka Salman Khan, and then there is Mr. Perfectionist aka Aamir Khan. View this post on Instagram Happy Birthday Shah! Health and happiness always! Love. a. @iamsrk A post shared by Aamir Khan (@_aamirkhan) on Nov 1, 2018 at 11:54pm PDT And since you are still here and eager to lend me your attention (I wanted to say eyes, since ears clearly don't agree with this medium, but that wasn't quite fitting in), I will also tell you a little bit about myself. I am pretty much like any other 26-year-old millennial with an opinion (about everything or nothing) you may have encountered in your life. The only difference is, I have a platform to voice that opinion and share it with all you valuable readers who spare the time and stop by to give a fu*k about what the likes of us have to say. All that said and done, let us move on to the very thing you have come here to discover. However, before you read ahead, let me put out a disclaimer and state that you may or may not agree with what I have to say, and also that by no means do I hope to suggest that this isn't something you may have already read/known before. But I want to put it out there, and so I will. Imli and me pic.twitter.com/1mMYsDKW5A — Aamir Khan (@aamir_khan) March 5, 2019 Now, many of you reading this may be SRK and Sallu Bhai fans, and sure both these actors have a lot going for them in terms of their personal histories in Bollywood and their professional careers, but this isn't about them. It is true that all three of them are actors of great calibre, but Aamir Khan is more than just his acting skills in front of the camera. Aamir Khan is a man of principles, “I am a very idealistic man. I believe that even people who are part of the problem can become part of the solution.” View this post on Instagram Always bringing joy and laughter into our lives, thank you Guruji for your love, warmth and wisdom. What a pleasure it was to spend time with you. ð Love. a. A post shared by Aamir Khan (@_aamirkhan) on Jan 23, 2019 at 2:25am PST He walks the talk and ensures that you pay heed to it. The first thing that comes to mind his 'Satyamev Jayate' and the kind of revolution in initiated on the small screen and amongst the masses. Aamir redefined the kind of content that we were consuming on TV, and opened up avenues and channels for action and discourses around burning issues. Aamir Khan epitomises change and evolution, “I do what I feel is right. I am not scared to walk on the new path and take risk.” Our third poster. Love. a. PS: Our second song comes out today at 6 pm. pic.twitter.com/rOQQEjmD7q — Aamir Khan (@aamir_khan) September 8, 2017 Aamir changed the face of modern Hindi cinema with the kind of films he created and became a part of. From 'Lagaan', 'Mangal Pandey', 'Rang De Basanti', 'Fanaa' to 'Taare Zameen Par', '3 Idiots', 'PK', and 'Dangal', he also presented the different sides of a narrative with films like 'Peepli Live', 'Dhobi Ghat' and 'Delhi Belly'. Aamir associates himself with films that are more than mere stories. His films are live representations of our immediate realities, which we may be too arrogant (or ignorant) to admit. Aamir will take that risk, and give us a new reality to explore and experience. View this post on Instagram Diwali pe milenge. Love, a #ThugsOfHindostan | @yrf | @tohthefilm | @amitabhbachchan | @katrinakaif | @fatimasanashaikh A post shared by Aamir Khan (@_aamirkhan) on Oct 19, 2018 at 12:08am PDT Aamir Khan does not let failures bring him down, “I have had unsuccessful films, but I learned a lot from those films. I give my failures as much importance as my success.” Sure, since I am talking about his greatest contributions to films, how can I miss the absolute debacle that was his last box office release, called 'Thugs of Hindostan'. The multi-starrer, big-budget film bombed at the box office and how. Now while there are quite a few reasons to that, the most obvious ones are poor script, unfamiliar genre and definitely below average direction. Yet, Aamir took it all in his stride, and was vocal about the film's shortcoming. He shouldered the film's failure along with the director, and stood with the TOH team through it all and took the hit. That makes him a winner for me! Maddy, my dearest Farhan, many happy returns of the day! Love. Rancho! pic.twitter.com/JxvWR2z5eG — Aamir Khan (@aamir_khan) June 1, 2016 There are a lot more reasons why I would always prefer him to the other Khans, but the ruling reason continues to be that he has his heart in the right place. He is fearless and unapologetic about what he does and how he does it. Aamir gets real, important shit done away from the camera and not just in front of it, and most importantly, because he gives a shit about things and walks the talk.
  25. Bollywood is no more a door which opens only for Indians and 'desis' residing outside thriving on K3G and Rajshri Productions movies. Bollywood has crossed borders and broken cultural barriers for India in many countries and lately, China's intriguing affair with Hindi movies has only grown with time, and here are 5 movies which have helped in the process : 1. Dangal Aamir Khan enjoys a special place in the hearts of the Chinese audience and is already a household name in the country. China's first introduction with Khan's talent was back in 2001 when 'Lagan' was released there. The appetite wasn't much back then but now, he is clearly a famous name. His portrayal of a determined father giving it his all to train his daughters for wrestling is something that the audience loved. 2. Padman Akshay Kumar is another actor who enjoys great popularity in China. The audience there fell in love with the entrepreneur's dedication to his wife in the movie, which led to a life-altering moment for women in rural sectors. 3. Secret Superstar Aamir is clearly like royalty in China and all his movies end up on the 'must-watch' list eventually. This was one which also touched the hearts of the Chinese audience with a simple story of a girl harbouring big dreams. 4. Bajrangi Bhaijaan Let's just say even China couldn't resist the magic of Salman Khan ( that's not us but the data that claims how his movies are blockbusters). This movie ended up making over 238 million Yuan in China. 5. Hindi Medium You might wonder why a story of an urban couple running around the circles of society to get their son admitted in a desirable school struck a chord with the Chinese audience. The thing is that the dilemma of parents trapped in an urban set up with limited resources had a universal appeal. So the subject was what made the movie work well in China. Following suit is Ayushmann Khurrana's 'Andhadhun' which is now all set to release in China as 'Piano Man'.
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