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  1. It's often said that the special bond between a son and a father grows stronger with time. Proving just that, Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan took to Twitter to share a letter written by his son Abhishek when he was still a child. It's, indeed, a sweet expression of love from a son to a father. © Instagram/Abhishek Bachchan Big B wrote, “Abhishek in his glory.. a letter to me when I was away on a long outdoor schedule.." Going by the letter written by Abhishek, we can surely guess that he must have been really young when he wrote this one. It reads as, “Darling Papa, How are you? We are all well. I miss you very much. Papa you will be home soon. I am praying for your smile Papa. God is hearing our prayers. Do not worry I will look after mama, Shweta didi and the house. I am naughty sometimes. I love you Papa. Your darling son, Abhishek (sic)." Check out the letter here: T 3549 - Abhishek in his glory .. a letter to me when I was away on a long outdoor schedule .. पà¥à¤¤ सपà¥à¤¤ तॠà¤à¥à¤¯à¥à¤ धन सà¤à¤à¤¯ ; पà¥à¤¤ à¤à¤ªà¥à¤¤ तॠà¤à¥à¤¯à¥à¤ धन सà¤à¤à¤¯ pic.twitter.com/Tatw1VU1oj — Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) November 14, 2019 Interestingly, Junior Bachchan also re-shared the letter and we are sure, he was quite embarrassed by his own handwriting back then. He wrote, “@SrBachchan evidently before I took a creative letter writing course (sic)." Here's the tweet: . @SrBachchan evidently before I took a creative letter writing course. ð¤¦ð½‍âï¸ https://t.co/VWWMISYgat — Abhishek Bachchan (@juniorbachchan) November 15, 2019 Just after Big B shared the letter, messages from fans and admirers started pouring, calling it an adorable expression of love from a son to a father. Check out the reactions: Awwww my heart! How adorable is this!!! ð¥ºð¥ºð¥º — Ileana D'Cruz (@Ileana_Official) November 15, 2019 A very affectionate letter from a Child to his father.. ð pic.twitter.com/TGqKLf13zU — Sunetra GangulyEF (@GangulySunetra) November 14, 2019 @SrBachchan. Sir... It's really heartwarming... Love n care is priceless.. N when it's there in a family nothing can be compared to that.. Loved the letter from @juniorbachchan .. A child's heartfelt feelings for his father.. â¤â¤â¤â¤ — shrabani panda (@panda_shrabani) November 15, 2019 Sweet old memories ððððððâ£ï¸â£ï¸â£ï¸â£ï¸â£ï¸ @SrBachchan ððð — Shumaira â¤ï¸ (@shumaira143) November 14, 2019 This is indeed adorable! What are your sweetest memories with your father? Do let us know in the comments section below. View the full article
  2. ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) has called on the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to withdraw its notification in which it has called for the deployment of armed forces personnel both inside and outside polling stations on the day...
  3. "There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living." Nelson Mandela's famous quote is probably the best way to describe Virat Kohli's love affair with cricket. His passion for cricket has made him one of the best batsmen in the world across formats and has further nurtured him into a ruthless captain. It's also that very passion that defines Kohli's emotional, effervescent and, at times, explosive character. For him, the world is for the taking and his hunger to succeed has propelled him to the pinnacle of the sport. © Reuters While the world of cricket, over the years, has witnessed numerous stars rising through the ranks to eventually capture the imagination of fans as demigods, Kohli, in his own unique way, remains a sports icon of a different breed. His batting records highlight how good he has been with the willow. And, with Team India scaling new heights under his tutelage, Kohli's reputation as a leader continues to grow. But, it isn't just his exploits on the field that makes Kohli a fan-favourite. In fact, it's his approach towards life, in general, that makes truly him a befitting role model for the youth. #HappyBirthdayViratKohli Run machine ð¥ Best batsman in the world ð Attitude ð¥ Reason why i still watch Cricket â¤ï¸ Champion ð@imVkohli Wishing you a very happy birthday ð¥ pic.twitter.com/174pT3fbzo — Siddharthâ (@TheNameIsSiddu) November 5, 2019 On 5th November, as he celebrates his 31st birthday, Kohli has come a long way, from once being labelled as brash and boorish, to become a master batsman, an astute leader and one of the country's prized possessions. But, the hunger and will of this supreme competitor to succeed and consistently improve himself hasn't died down. My journey and life's lessons explained to a 15-year old me. Well, I tried my best writing this down. Do give it a read. ð #NoteToSelf pic.twitter.com/qwoEiknBvA — Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) November 5, 2019 While the cricket fraternity and his millions of fans were busy wishing him on his special day, Kohli penned down an emotional letter to his 15-year-old self. Taking to Twitter, Kohli shared the heartfelt letter, full of his 'life's lessons', with a caption that read: "My journey and life's lessons explained to a 15-year old me. Well, I tried my best writing this down. Do give it a read. ?? #NoteToSelf". The handwritten note, addressed to Kohli's 15-year-old version, began with a simple birthday wish. Anticipating that his younger self will have a lot of questions about the future, the Indian captain refrained from answering too many of them, ensuring he doesn't kill the surprise element. He does give a hint of what the future holds for Kohli's younger self by claiming the journey to be "SUPER". © Reuters Reiterating on the big things that life has in store, the Indian captain urged his younger self to be ready and make the most of each and every opportunity that comes along. He further advised his younger version to never take things for granted. And, even when failure comes calling, Kohli sought a promise from his younger self to keep trying irrespective of the hate and criticism that might come along. From displaying his commitment to the gentleman's game by turning up at the Feroz Shah Kotla despite losing his father on the same day to dedicating his life to fitness in a bid to find the best version of himself to succeed, Kohli, over the years, has emerged as an emotional, yet a self-aware, character who continues to redefine the stereotypes associated with a popular icon or a role model. His emotional letter, on the eve of his birthday to his younger self, shows his steely determination and winning spirit that has become the hallmark of his illustrious cricket career. It also shows that Kohli is in a league of his own, fighting unceasing battles against his own expectations every day. And, to actually become a man that was better than the one yesterday. View the full article
  4. Following a heart-breaking exit from the ICC World Cup in England & Wales, there seems to be no looking back for the Indian cricket team which is going past one opponent after another in the recent outings. A successful overseas tour of the West Indies was followed by a brilliant outing against the South Africans at home where they whitewashed the Proteas 3-0 in Tests after a 1-1 draw in T20I series. After a starry performance against the touring South African party which also saw them consolidating their spot at the top in the ongoing World Test Championship, the Indian cricket team is set to host Bangladesh for three T20Is and a two-match Test series, slated to begin from 3rd November. © Reuters The recent turn of events including the appointment of Sourav Ganguly as the new president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has surely been good for Indian cricket, but the reports of a possible attack on Virat Kohli & co in Delhi ahead of their first T20I at the Arun Jaitley Stadium on Sunday has got everyone in a spot of bother. According to media reports, the Indian cricket team is facing a potential threat of a deadly attack in the national capital. An anonymous letter received by the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) threatens of a possible attack on the star-studded Indian team as they gear up for the first T20I against the touring Bangladesh side. © Reuters The letter promising threat has been forwarded by the security agency to the Indian cricket board and the Delhi Police has been asked to beef up security ahead of the arrival of the two teams at the stadium. The anonymous letter claims that 'All India Lashkar', based out of Kozhikode, is planning an attack on Indian cricket team and prominent politicians who'll be present at the Arun Jaitley stadium for the first T20I in Delhi. With Kohli rested for the T20I series, Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma will be seen leading India's charge in the shortest format. While the anonymous letter could very well be just a hoax, the Delhi Police and security agency are taking no chances as they've already initiated security review of the match venue and individual players to neutralise any potential threat. View the full article
  5. Dear Sadists, You tried your best to annoy me, get a reaction out of me by giving away some of the most integral parts of a movie I had waited for nearly a year with so much passion and excitement. You tried to ruin something so special that was coming to an end after a decade-long journey, a journey, that became a big part of my childhood and my days of becoming an adult. Sure, I am a 'grown man' now and I have various responsibilities on my shoulders. I earn now, I prepare my own meals, I drive to work every single day, but Iron Man, Captain America and Hulk will always remain in my heart no matter how old I get. Not because of the quirky dialogues and silly comedy that these movies brought along but because of the many stories and memories I have shared with these characters through the years. And you tried to take away all of that from me. An unasked for comment on my pictures on social media giving away the plot of the story, unwarranted WhatsApp texts revealing the fate of one of the characters, you did all of that to just to make me say something nasty to you and help you feel as if you matter, just a little bit. To be honest, when I was going through the comments section of a post that had nothing to do with the movie and your comment with a grave spoiler appeared out of nowhere, it got on my nerves and I was pissed off. But later that evening, when I sat in that theatre, watching my favourite comic characters come to life maybe for the last time, none of that mattered. Your “Tony Stark did this” and “This is what happens to Thanos” did not make me feel less emotional about the art of storytelling, not even a little. Nor did it stop me from cheering in pure ecstasy when something epic happened, something that I had already read in your 24-hour long Instagram stories. The passion of a true Marvel fan will never run out no matter how much you'd try to ruin it. But good try, nonetheless! Top marks for the effort. Sincerely, An unaffected Marvel fan
  6. Sanath Jayasuriya is one of the greatest names of the past generation of the cricketing world. Having played against the likes of Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting, Jayasuriya's path to greatness is studded with great achievements and immense success both as a batsman and also as the captain of the Sri Lankan cricket team. When you are that successful, your fame and image in the society becomes that much important to you and must be protected with all your heart. Having being looked up to as a role model, an inspiration to the younger generation of not the Sri Lankan fans but also those around the world, it was highly essential for someone like Jayasuriya to protect his legacy from even the smallest of stains, and this one is a biggie. After being charged with the breaching of the ICC Anti-Corruption Code on two counts in October 2018 [one, failing to provide timely evidence and document as requested by ICC, and two, delaying or obstructing ICC's investigation against corruption] the former Sri Lanka Cricket Chair of Selector has been banned from the sport and any activity related to it. BREAKING: Sanath Jayasuriya has been charged with two counts of breaching the ICC Anti-Corruption Code. Full details: https://t.co/O4kTg0b1j2 pic.twitter.com/1bJsTg9WTP — ICC (@ICC) October 15, 2018 Jayasuriya accepted the sanctions, however it was the letter of justification for his actions and why he failed to provide timely assistance to the ICC in their war against corruption, that the former cricketer later uploaded on Twitter that seems to have irked many of his fans. Message to my fan... pic.twitter.com/YFeCR4opEs — Sanath Jayasuriya (@Sanath07) February 26, 2019 Ever since the beginning of the letter, it feels as if Jayasuriya is trying to hide his guilt. “It is clear that there were no Corruption charges, Betting charges or Misuse of Inside Information charges levelled against me under the Code.” However, failing to provide material evidence which is at the disposal of the suspect is deemed as obstruction of justice and is considered to be an act to hide a crime, which is why the Anti-Corruption unit banned the former skipper. Later on, in the letter, Jayasuriya says after he was slapped with the allegations of violating the Anti-Corruption Code on two counts, he had two options: 1. Deny all said charges and fight them in the Anti-Corruption Tribunal 2. Accept all charges and face the sanctions His reason behind choosing the latter is not only baseless and childish but also hints at his fear of what could have happened if the case had gone to the Tribunal. “It was understood that such a process would exhaust a lot of time, resources, efforts… and money from both the ICC ACU and myself.” Wow. Finally, in an attempt to give a small boost to his pride, he went on to say that he “voluntarily” suspended himself from his duties. While some of his fans believe that the whole corruption case against Sanath Jayasuriya is a conspiracy theory: Sanath take legal actions against @ICC if possible. Remember this dirty racist ICC baned Kusal Perera with false charges after the 2014 wt20. But at the end their lies were exposed. Don't give up. #Staystrong #StayBlessed #Cricket — Lahiru Gamage (@LahiruGamage84) February 26, 2019 The relatively wiser ones are not biting into Jayasuriya's facetious explanations: Amazed by the support people are giving you, there are more fools out there in the world..It's appalling & disgusting to be honest that you didn't cooperate with ICC didn't come out clean.. please don't use the rubbish witch Hunt story & drama.. — Sreekanth Nair (@NairShreekanth) February 26, 2019 Why not just hand over the phone - response is confusing and evades the topic?? — Babar Hashmi (@BabarHashmi1) February 26, 2019 Dude - you sold matches one way or the other. You and anyone who sold matches should be tried for treason. Why do you peechang yourself when you are a legend. Sadly, the the political maraya got you too! — Sumedha Desilva (@sumdesilva) February 26, 2019 you did not cooperate, says it all. save your explanations. — BShaw (@Ducatio_) February 26, 2019
  7. Mithali Raj is a great player. She has a Test double hundred, more ODI runs than any player in history, and more than 200 international caps for India. She was left out of India’s eleven for their semi final in the recently concluded T20 World Cup. India lost that game. A player of Raj’s ability being dropped in such an important is unusual but not unheard of. Anil Kumble was left out of the eleven at the 2003 World Cup final. At the time, Kumble of one of only two Indian bowlers who have more than 300 limited overs wickets and had been the mainstay of India’s limited overs attack in the previous decade. Matters exploded spectacularly after Raj wrote to the BCCI CEO and Cricket Operations General Manager (and former India wicketkeeper) Saba Karim to complain about being left out. Her letter to the BCCI is essentially a complaint against two individuals - Diana Edulji and Ramesh Powar. Her first complaint against Powar is that he changed the batting order and asked her to bat in the middle order. Mithali Raj found this unsuitable. Her second complaint against him is that he dropped her from the eleven for the semi final. She writes that she went to the team manager because she didn’t like what the head coach was saying. In the letter, Raj casts the decision to drop her as the coach’s decision. The Indian captain Harmanpreet Kaur has also written to the BCCI and flatly contradicts Raj's characterization of the decision as one made by the coach. The Indian Vice-Captain Smriti Mandhana has also written to the BCCI and agrees with the captain. She writes that all playing elevens were selected using the same procedure. Raj's complaints against the head coach and her disappointment at being dropped is understandable. The team management is perfectly within its rights to decide things like the batting order. Besides, given that Raj went to the team manager to ask her to referee her dispute with the head coach, its hardly surprising that the head coach and the team manager agreed with the captain and vice-captain that she should be left out of the eleven. If she was required in the middle-order and didn't bat want to bat in the middle-order, it's best for everybody if she didn't play at all. In any event, based on Raj's accounts and the accounts of others, its clear that this was a cricketing matter, and no matter what you might think of the merits of the decision, the legitimacy of the decision is not in question. It is more than a little bit surprising that a player of Raj's excellence and experience should let her disappointment get the better of her in this way. Raj's complaint against Edulji seemed puzzling from the beginning. It appears in the first part of the letter, before the case against the head coach is laid out. The idea that a member of the CoA or the CoA should interfere with who gets picked in the eleven from the squad is as preposterous as asking Jagmohan Dalmiya to get involved in such a dispute. Edulji rightly took the view that the CoA wouldn't get involved in team selection. Tushar Arothe, Ramesh Powar's predecessor as head coach, has added his voice to Raj's. His intervention is bizarre because he suggests that Edulji interfered with the team selection at the Asia Cup because, after the tournament ended, she inquired into the selection decisions made by the team management. It is not unusual for former players to express opinions about team selection even though they may be office holders at BCCI. Sourav Ganguly played over a hundred Tests for India and captained India. He is currently the President of the Cricket Association of Bengal which is a member association of the BCCI. He often comments on the selection and performance of men's team. It would be very surprising if he didn't offer his opinion to the players and the selectors in private as well. But this does not mean that the Cricket Association of Bengal is interfering with selection. Mithali Raj has written to the BCCI CEO Rahul Johri (Her letter is addressed to "Rahul Sir and Saba) complaining about Diana Edulji only a few days after Edulji disagreed with the CoA chairman Vinod Rai's decision to keep Johri in his job following an inquiry into allegations of improper behaviour against Johri by a BCCI employee. The committee which inquired into the allegations against Johri did not return a unanimous verdict. One of the three members dissented, and accused the BCCI and CoA of not following the law (specifically, the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013). At the CoA, the chairman Vinod Rai is accused of suppressing the dissenting voice in the inquiry committee and ignoring Edulji's opposition to grant Johri a "clean chit". Apart from the fact that Raj's complaint against Edulji is substantively feeble, it is remarkable that she has written to the BCCI's CEO to complain about a member of the CoA, who's job is to supervise the CEO. It is an incredible coincidence that Johri should receive a written complaint against Edulji a a few days after Edulji opposed Johri's reinstatement following an inquiry which did not unanimously exonerate him. If Raj was advised by her advisors to complain in writing, then she was advised poorly. If any part of this advice came from Johri, this would be obviously inappropriate. Did Johri (directly or indirectly) advise Mithali Raj to put her complaints against Diana Edulji in writing? Only Mithali Raj and Rahul Johri can answer this question. Note that Raj's letter appeared in public on November 27. It was reported that she met the BCCI CEO and General Manager on November 26. At first Raj's letter seemed to be an ill-judged expression of disappointment. Now that subsequent communications by the head coach, captain and vice-captain have been made public, it looks worse than ill-judged. It is very sad that a great player has allowed herself to be put in such a terrible position where in she has been contradicted by her head coach and her colleagues. It would be even sadder if her obvious disappointment has been exploited in a larger political power struggle at the BCCI.
  8. With the release of 'Thugs of Hindostan' this morning, Aamir Khan's much-anticipated movie of the year has finally opened to the audience. When the film announcement was made two years ago in September 2016, people began to pin high hopes on this one, given that not only was the movie being launched under the YRF banner, but was also said to star two of Bollywood's most renowned names - Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan. © Yash raj films Move to 2018, and the movie has already hit the screens this morning to a mixed bag of reactions. The audience hasn't been able to fully accept Aamir as the “bad guy” and Sr. Bachchan seems to be the only saving grace of the movie, as per latest online reviews. However, while the movie's fate still remains undecided, Aamir's thoughtful gesture towards the entire cast and crew of 'Thugs of Hindostan' is already being hailed as a major hit. Last evening, Aamir posted a letter addressing every member of TOH, and expressed his gratitude for their earnest efforts, that collectively helped them to put the movie out for the audience to enjoy. Look at the transcript here: What a touching letter by @aamir_khan as #ThugsOfHindostan releases today. The best part about Aamir is that he acknowledges each n every one in the team irrespective of their role.Thats the sign of a great leader...No shoshebaazi...pure simplicity! Wah! pic.twitter.com/SBTubVn4Zy — Faridoon Shahryar (@iFaridoon) November 8, 2018 As is already evident, Aamir made sure that no one from the entire production team was left out of this 'letter of gratitude' as we'd like to call it. Aamir took out the time to mention people by their names and expressed his heartfelt gratitude to everyone for their time and efforts over the last two years. Sure, some might say this is another one of Aamir's 'quirky' film promotion ideas after the tie-up with Google maps, and yes it does seem like it to some extent too. However, one can't deny that to name people on a personal post and giving them credit for their work, holds a lot more value and sentimental connection than the credit roll at the end of film showcase (which honestly no one cares to sit through). © Yash raj films It's also great to see how the film promotions have changed over the years, and more celebs have taken to social media to promote films on a personal level. These tactics not only make a greater connection with the audience like in this case, but the publicity only adds to the overall experience of the movie too.
  9. Currently ranked No. 1 in Tests and No. 2 in both ODIs and T20Is, the Indian cricket team has been busy hammering their opponents and scaling new heights under the tutelage of Virat Kohli as captain. The players are performing in their respective roles, the bench strength looks good and Kohli seems to be in the form of his life. That's probably why India are dubbed as favourites going into the 2019 ICC World Cup in England and Wales. But, while things have looked ominous for the Kohli & co on the field, the same, sadly, cannot be said for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on the administration front. The unceremonious exit of Anil Kumble, appalling appointment of Ravi Shastri as coach and the alleged harassment charges against BCCI's CEO Rahul Johri have all combined to tarnish the rich history of Indian cricket. Concerned the by the sorry state of affairs, Sourav Ganguly recently wrote a scathing letter to the BCCI, expressing serious concerns over the future of Indian cricket. Speaking out on the many issues that had surfaced recently, the former Indian captain minced no words while bringing the matter to the attention of the Indian cricket board. © BCCL Ganguly was a member of the Cricket Advisory Committee that appointed Shastri as India's coach after the controversial exit of Kumble. First, the deadline for the application was extended, allowing Shastri to apply. After the interviews, Ganguly said in a press conference he wanted to give Kohli some time to think about his demand. However, the Committee of Administrators (CoA) and the BCCI announced Shastri's appointment the same evening. The first press release said Rahul Dravid and Zaheer Khan had been appointed batting and bowling consultants, but neither Dravid nor Zaheer ever got to work with the team. "My experience in the matter of coach selection was appalling. The less said the better," Ganguly wrote in his letter to the BCCI. Ganguly is also the head of the BCCI technical committee which has framed rules, regulations and playing conditions for the domestic tournaments. However, their recommendations on how to include north-eastern state teams into Ranji Trophy were also overlooked. "Cricketing rules are changed in the middle of a season, which has never been heard of. Decisions made in committees are turned around with complete disrespect," Ganguly claimed. © BCCL Then, the allegations of harassment against the BCCI CEO and the manner in which the CoA has handled the case, too, left Ganguly disappointed. After an anonymous sexual harassment complaint against Johri popped up on Twitter on 12th October, Johri was first given a week to explain himself despite Diana Edulji - one of the members of the CoA - wanting Johri to resign before any such probe. But, CoA chief Vinod Rai constituted the independent committee to probe Johri's case. "I don't know how far it's true, but the recent reports of harassment has really made the BCCI look very poorly. More so the way it has been handled. The committee of CoA from four has come down to two and now the two seem to be divided," Ganguly opined in his letter. The former Indian cricketer continued to use strong language to highlight the state of cricket administration in India. "I write this mail to you all with the deep sense of fear as to where Indian cricket administration is going. Having played the game for a long period of time, where our lives were ruled by winning and losing, and the image of Indian cricket was of paramount importance to us. We wake up looking at how our cricket is faring even now," he wrote. © BCCL "But with deep sense of worry, (I used the word worry) I beg to state that the way things have gone in the last couple of years, the authority of Indian cricket to the world and the love and belief of millions of fans is on the way down," he added. "Indian cricket with its massive following has been built over the years of hard work from superb administrators and greatest of cricketers who have managed to bring thousands of fans to the ground. I, at the present moment, think it's in danger. Hope people are listening," Ganguly concluded.
  10. Every time a new face with a promise of talent enters Bollywood, the industry lets out a sigh of relief, as talent is something which is still a rarity. Most faces are unable to shoulder this huge responsibility, and either burn out, or vanish - never to be seen again. Naturally, on the rare occasions when someone faces this challenge and wins it, that too with flying colours, and continues to prove their mettle time and time again, people take notice. Vicky Kaushal, undoubtedly, is one of those rare individuals, who has been delivering superb performances - without faltering in the slightest. (c) Instagram However, things did not start out to be all rosy for the talented lad, despite being the son of action director Mr Sham Kaushal. In a candid interview with 'Humans Of Bombay', Vicky shared his story. (c) Instagram "During college, I decided to interview for an IT job just for the thrill of it. I wanted to experience the 'nervousness' -- wearing a tie and waiting for someone to give your resumé to. I already knew that I wasn't ever going to choose that profession, even when I got the offer letter. My dad's an action director and despite his hope that 'Kaushal parivar ka chirag' is going to get a job with a secure pay and a 9-5 schedule — I announced that I wanted to become an actor. But, I'd never known struggle like my father had. He went into films only for survival. When my mom married him - they lived in a small 10x10 room, with a chattai and a chair. My father built everything from there on. He didn't have it easy - he had to hunt for our next meal. So he was very clear even if he didn't bring his work to the dining table, he made sure to let us know where each piece of furniture came from. That's why when I told him I wanted to act - he told me to be sure. Acting as a profession could not be a question mark for me. I needed to put 120% and not have a back up because then you can never put your full effort. So I tore up that offer letter from the engineering job and set out for auditions. My first one was horrifying. It was for a small role in a big film and I realised how far from everything I was. On my way home, I was like 'Vicky, ab toh tune job letter bhi phaad diya!' I was afraid, but I literally couldn't give up. So the next day, I got out of my house at 11 and set off to more auditions. I even started theatre and evolved as an actor. I wanted to learn the practicality. Finally Masaan released in 2015. And that's when my dad saw my performance on a big screen. He was really proud -- when he got a phone call from one of his friends - saying 'Vicky ke papa' He called me in 10 mins saying 'you know what happened? Someone called me Vicky's dad today!' So that's it. The journey from being my father's son to him being Vicky's dad was what gave me hope… things were changing. And my happiest moment since then was when I first bought my own car with my own money. When you're younger, you just say things like I'll have my own Mercedes someday.. Never knowing when it'll happen. So I took my mom to the show room and she said, 'You remember when you were younger, you used to point out toy cars in those shops? And today you're making me sit in your car.' She had tears in her eyes. That was the moment I knew that I've retained my title as being the 'Kaushal parivaar ka chirag,' and I did it on my own terms." (c) Facebook All we can say is, Kudos! All the luck in the world to you, Vicky!
  11. The social media platform has designated special teams ahead of the elections to have a crackdown against the fake accounts, file photoKARACHI: Social media giant Facebook sent a letter to the Election Commission of Pakistan on Thursday apprising...
  12. After everyone was done praising and lauding the spectacular performance of Ranbir Kapoor in 'Sanju', the next in line for praises was his best friend, 'Kamli'. Essayed brilliantly by the super talented Vicky Kaushal, the character of 'Kamli' gave hope to many that no matter what happens in life, we can endure it as long as we have a 'Kamli' by our side. However, soon the real-life 'Kamli' emerged and turns out he is Sanjay Dutt's closest friend, Paresh Ghelani. Paresh met Sanjay in the US when he was at a really low point in life and has been best buddies with him ever since. There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship. . . . #friends #friendship #friendsforever #friendsforlife #friendsandfamily #sanju A post shared by Paresh Ghelani (@pareshghelani) on Jul 1, 2018 at 3:29am PDT After the sudden fame of Paresh's identity catapulted him to a lot of media attention, Paresh finally broke his silence on what he actually thought about the biopic and penned a beautiful, emotional post for Sanjay Dutt on his Instagram account. its been many years of staying away from the social media, i finally give-in to embrace it. as i begin, here to you my brother @duttsanjay. After watching the film 'Sanju' I was numb, numb with limitless emotions. I wanted to just hug him, hold on to him and cry. Cry endlessly to the years we had lost, to the years we stood by and witnessed this roller coaster called life and the irrevocable loss of loved ones.. To the mistakes we cannot undo, to the strength we cannot find elsewhere but, in each other. Now, the entire world shares our story, and the story of the man who's made me a part of his and he has thought me how to get up after every fall. It's hard to convey how many different emotions I'm feeling at this time. How many of us can truly say that we've got friends who not only stand by you through thick and thin, but are as much a brother, a mentor, and your live conscience? Sanju, you have been all that and more. There were moments I've relived from my own life - things I've forgotten, and things I'll never ever forget - on screen. Sanju is an ode to falling, rising, making mistakes and learning, flaws, imperfection - everything that defines the core of friendship. It is more importantly a relentless pursuit of life with all its shades. I know I share this sentiment with all friends and family close to him. Our friendship has been exhilarating, volatile, wild and rewarding.. Our journey has often been clouded in disbelief and doubt, wondering if we will make it till the end or will fall into the labyrinth of tragedy and controversy. But here we are united, unbreakable and ready for life. Sanju - Thank You for being a part of my life. Thank you for making me part of the Pride where we watch each others back; Thank you for always having the protective blanket over me; Thank you for the journey you've dragged me on lovingly and have taught me how to fight the adversity, however it may come. Look past the flaws, the women, the controversies, I love you, and now I can share it with everyone. You always have been, you are and you always will be the greatest friend, brother that anyone can ask for. Keep roarrrrring... tiger!! #sanju #friendship A post shared by Paresh Ghelani (@pareshghelani) on Jul 6, 2018 at 10:21pm PDT The letter reads as follows: "It has been many years of staying away from the social media. I finally give in to embrace it. As I begin, here's to you my brother Sanjay Dutt, a note that I have been writing in my head and heart for a very long time and now here it is all in the open," tweeted Ghelani, whose Twitter profile reads he is an "adventurer, entrepreneur, philanthropist and sort of troublemaker who believes in doing well by doing good. In a lengthy note attached with his post, Ghelani shared his sentiments after watching the Rajkumar Hirani directorial on Sanjay's life, and about his equation with the Rocky star. After watching the film 'Sanju', I was numb, numb with limitless emotions. I wanted to just hug him, hold on to him and cry. Cry endlessly to the years we stood by and witnessed this roller coaster called life and the irrevocable loss of loved one... To the mistakes we cannot do undo, to the strength we cannot find elsewhere but in each other.” Meet Sanjay Dutt's Best Friend, Paresh Ghelani AKA 'Kamli', Played By Vicky Kaushal In 'Sanju' About Sanju's Best friend Paresh #pareshghelani and his family moved to America much early on in is life and been settled in Chicago and now Los Angeles. Ghelani, A serial entrepreneur and a self-made wealthy business tycoon also known as a man with a vision is a part of companies like Moon Express and Xprize and Radimmune, companies that are solving the global challenges. Paresh aka Parya fondly named by Sanju has been a part of Sanju's life since his early teens after they met in New York. The two bonded over their love for music and the living larger than life attitude. Parya living in America, has been a part of everything that Sanju has been through and stood there by him as a solid rock and we see that display of strength in the movie. They both together fought the battles of Saju's life being in different continents knowing they have each other no matter what happens. #sanjaydutt #sanjubaba #sanjayduttismyhero #sanju A post shared by ðµð°ÙÛد Die hard fan Since 1999 (@sanjayduttismyhero) on Jul 1, 2018 at 4:10am PDT Rare incidents like these reiterate your faith in true friendship. Everyone deserves a 'Kamli' in their life.
  13. KARACHI: Authorities claim they intend to pen a letter to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) after the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) allegedly held a corner meeting Friday night here in the city's Nazimabad area despite being...
  14. If you're a 'Harry Potter' fan, you know how insane the wait for that Hogwarts letter felt, right? We all believed we were unfit for the Muggle world and every stick we found was a wand to play with. Then we grew up and found out that one can actually write to the woman who shaped our childhood. JK Rowling actively responds to fan mails and it is this accessibility of hers that makes everyone love her so much. © Instagram Kulsum, a 12-year-old young Kashmiri student is no different and she too wrote a heartfelt letter to Rowling. However fan mails have the tendency to get lost in the sea of letters and tweets which come her way. So Kulsum didn't have much hope until a twist of fate got her something amazing from the author. Someone tweeted that letter to Rowling and she replied! Dear @jk_rowling. Kulsum, 12, a first generation English learner from the Himalayas would like to meet you someday. So come visit us at #HajiPublicSchool . https://t.co/F9tvShYJsm — Sabbah Haji Baji (@imsabbah) April 26, 2018 Please can you send me Kulsum's full name by DM? I'd love to send her something. — J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) April 26, 2018 Recently, Kulsum and her entire class received big boxes of Harry Potter goodies from Rowling herself and she was beyond elated, obviously! HELLO, WORLD. SO @jk_rowling SENT A HUGE GIFT BOX FOR KULSUM AND FRIENDS. HANDWRITTEN NOTE, INSCRIBED BOOK, AND THIS IS ALMOST TOO MUCH TO HANDLE. We are so thrilled and squeaky, I cannot even. Thank you so much, Ms Rowling. Thread below. #HajiPublicSchool https://t.co/X39EtCd9kn — Sabbah Haji Baji (@imsabbah) June 23, 2018 From HP books to some stationery items, the box even had a note written by Rowling herself. Here's Kulsum opening her gifts from JKR. #HajiPublicSchool pic.twitter.com/FCGmAvBT76 — Sabbah Haji Baji (@imsabbah) June 23, 2018 This feeling is just like receiving that owl from Hogwarts stating that you are accepted!
  15. The Grand Democratic Alliance held a press conference at Kingri House on June 25, 2018. Photo: Geo News screen grabKARACHI: The Pir Pagara Sibghatullah Shah Rashdi-led Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA) penned on Monday a protest letter to the...
  16. Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan has opened up about his battle with cancer in a heartfelt letter.The actor who announced in March that he is suffering from neuroendocrine cancer has penned a letter about his battle with a rare form of the...
  17. The federal government is yet to announce holidays for Eid-ul-Fitr 2018. Photo: FileISLAMABAD: A fake letter that is making rounds on the social media has created confusion about the official Eid-ul-Fitr holidays, it emerged on Friday. The federal...
  18. The federal government is yet to announce holidays for Eid-ul-Fitr 2018. Photo: FileISLAMABAD: A fake letter that is making rounds on the social media has created confusion about the official Eid-ul-Fitr holidays, it emerged on Friday. The federal...
  19. US President Donald Trump is expected to receive a letter from his North Korean counterpart Kim Jong Un today, a much-anticipated moment as preparations for a historic nuclear summit gain pace. Photo: fileNEW YORK: US President Donald Trump is...
  20. The royal wedding might have generated global interest but the bride Meghan Markle undeniably stood out in the graceful ceremony which the world watched with awe and deep admiration.?Quantico? actress and Meghan Markle?s close friend Priyanka...
  21. Former prime minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has opened fire at current PM Narendra Modi by writing a letter to President Ram Nath Kovind condemning Modi's use of 'threatening' language in his political speeches in Karnataka, where he is currently campaigning ahead of the 2018 Karnataka Assembly Elections. The letter specifically mentions the incident in Hubli on May 6th when the Prime Minister intimidated the opposition leaders by using 'threatening language'. © Twitter "The words used are menacing and intimidating with intent to insult and provoke breach of the peace,” Manmohan wrote in the letter. The letter also requested the President to caution the Prime Minister from "using such unwarranted, threatening and intimidating language against leaders of the Congress Party or any other party". Here is the letter that is signed by many Rajya Sabha members along with Manmohan Singh. © Twitter © Twitter Manmohan Singh has recently upped the ante against PM Modi for not behaving 'PM-like'. Earlier, in a press conference, the former PM had accused the current PM of acting out in a way that does not behoove the post of the Prime Minister. In this incident too, Manmohan Singh's sharp language is being deciphered as a concerted strategy by the Congress party to pressurise PM Modi ahead of the big general elections in 2019. Whatever be the case, these pointed attacks on PM Modi are sure to spice up the upcoming general elections which will see Modi defending his five years of governance.
  22. Former prime minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has opened fire at current PM Narendra Modi by writing a letter to President Ram Nath Kovind condemning Modi's use of 'threatening' language in his political speeches in Karnataka, where he is currently campaigning ahead of the 2018 Karnataka Assembly Elections. The letter specifically mentions the incident in Hubli on May 6th when the Prime Minister intimidated the opposition leaders by using 'threatening language'. © Twitter "The words used are menacing and intimidating with intent to insult and provoke breach of the peace,” Manmohan wrote in the letter. The letter also requested the President to caution the Prime Minister from "using such unwarranted, threatening and intimidating language against leaders of the Congress Party or any other party". Here is the letter that is signed by many Rajya Sabha members along with Manmohan Singh. © Twitter © Twitter Manmohan Singh has recently upped the ante against PM Modi for not behaving 'PM-like'. Earlier, in a press conference, the former PM had accused the current PM of acting out in a way that does not behoove the post of the Prime Minister. In this incident too, Manmohan Singh's sharp language is being deciphered as a concerted strategy by the Congress party to pressurise PM Modi ahead of the big general elections in 2019. Whatever be the case, these pointed attacks on PM Modi are sure to spice up the upcoming general elections which will see Modi defending his five years of governance.
  23. Younis Khan retired from international cricket in 2017/File photo Pakistan?s batting legend Younis Khan won his fans? hearts on several occasions during his illustrious career, but his particularly adorable response to a young boy?s letter...
  24. Ryan 'Deadpool' Reynolds is known for his wicked sense of humour, just like the character he plays. He just proved it yet again by sharing a rejection letter from 'Iron Man' Tony Stark himself on Instagram. The post, however, was just a hilariously crooked way of congratulating Marvel Studios on the success of 'Avengers: Infinity War'. Aww. Take a look. © Instagram The post says: From a guy who never knows when to quit, I'm glad you guys never did. Congrats #Avengers. The letter is printed on Stark Industries Stationery, and is stained with coffee and blood (fitting, tbh). It's stern and no-nonsense. It reads: "Re: Joining the Avengers." No. Absolutely not. Go bother Prof. X. No. Sincerely, Tony Stark. The letter, however, is dated April 14, 2012, a few weeks before the premiere of the first Avengers movie. The fact that Deadpool chose to share it now is interesting, in a characteristically 'Deadpool' way. That's the level of petty we aspire to achieve. We're not explaining anything because hey, we still aren't ready to give out spoilers for those of you who haven't watched the movie yet. © Twitter 'Avengers: Infinity Wars' is arguably the most anticipated Marvel movie ever, and it has already made $250 Million in its domestic opening weekend, dethroning 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' as North America's highest grossing film of all-time. To be noted: The release of 'Deadpool 2' is just around the corner and we really need it to get over the mood 'Avengers: Infinity War' has put us in.
  25. Photo: File Bollywood star Rani Mukerji has penned a letter to her fans highlighting the good memories and challenges she has faced during her 22-year journey in Bollywood. The letter penned by the actor on her 40th birthday (today) was shared by Yash Raj Films on their social media. Having worked in close to 50 movies over the years, Rani in her letter shared the importance of breaking stereotypes via films and her plans to continue changing mindsets about women in the future. ?It feels great to be 40! It feels great to have also worked for 22 years and having been incredibly lucky to get so much love and appreciation. Very rarely do we artists get material that can genuinely cause social change, cause change in attitude and thinking and I have been fortunate enough to get such content multiple times. I truly feel blessed. I thank all the film-makers who have trusted me with their characters. Your characters, your films, became my identity,? she wrote. The actor, while expressing gratitude also called out the discrimination in the entertainment industry. "I had to prove myself every day. Actresses have to prove themselves every day. A woman has a short career span, a married woman?s equity dies, women are not bankable commodities at the box office, ?female-centric? (I hate this word!) films are huge risks, a married actress who is also a mother is the final nail in the coffin of her dreams, ambitions and aspirations? these are some of the discriminatory stereotypes that we have to live with and try to overcome every single day." The actor continued, ?For a woman, the disparity with a man is huge and glaring in this industry. We are judged for our looks, our dancing skills, our height, our voice, our acting, how we carry ourselves every time we step out of the house ? we have to be the best and yet we are thought to be extremely dispensable. I have been asking my friends to talk about their weaknesses and how they overcame them. On my birthday, I cannot skirt these massive ?hichkis? that my fellow actresses and I have faced/face and will face every day. However, Rani pointed out that these factors will not stop her. ?I have tried to take on this sexist stereotype by coming back to acting after my marriage and motherhood. And I promise you, I will continue working and battling these stereotypes with all my fellow stunning, beautiful, kind and talented actresses and hope to see our society and the film industry mature further. I can already see the changes for the better and it fills me with joy. It makes my journey my career meaningful. I want to see many more victories for all of us. It?s about time. I will be back soon ? to try and entertain you, to push the envelope again. Till then, love you all.? Rani will return to the silver screen for the first time after the birth of her daughter Adira Chopra with Hichki.
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