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Actor Donald Sutherland passes away at 88

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London, June 21 (IANS) Canadian actor Donald Sutherland (88), renowned for his portrayal of rebel army surgeon Hawkeye Pierce in ‘M*A*S*H’, general-impersonating US GI Vernon Pinkely in ‘The Dirty Dozen’, Sergeant Oddball in ‘Kelly’s Heroes’, Mr X in Oliver Stone’s ‘JFK’, and President Stone in ‘The Hunger Games’, has died after a long illness, as per his son and actor Kiefer Sutherland, reports said on Thursday.

“With a heavy heart, I tell you that my father, Donald Sutherland, has passed away. I personally think one of the most important actors in the history of film,” Kiefer Sutherland said in a statement, the BBC reported.

“Never daunted by a role, good, bad or ugly. He loved what he did and did what he loved, and one can never ask for more than that. A life well lived,” he added.

Born on July 17, 1935, in Canada’s New Brunswick, Sutherland started as a radio news reporter in Canada before coming to London in 1957 to study at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. He then took on small roles in British films and television shows.

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War flick ‘The Dirty Dozen’ (1967) was his first notable film, and he cemented his position with his roles in ‘M*A*S*H’ (1970), ‘Kelly’s Heroes’ (1970), and ‘The Eagle Has Landed’ (1976) — all war films too, spanning comedy to thriller genres.

He went on to act in 200-odd films, before shifting to TV in the 2000s.

Despite his numerous roles, he was never nominated for an Oscar but did receive an honorary Academy Award in 2017.

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Who is that one 'special' friend in Kareena Kapoor's life?

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Mumbai, July 25 (IANS) Bollywood star Kareena Kapoor Khan, who was recently seen in the heist movie ‘Crew’, has shared that producer and fashion designer Rhea Kapoor is one of her closest friends who is brutally honest with her.

The actress called Rhea very “sensible” despite being younger to her. She also commended Rhea’s clarity of thought, and her quality of speaking what’s on her mind.

Talking about Rhea, Kareena told ‘The Week’, “Rhea is also one of my closest friends, and I’m very lucky to have her in my life. If she feels that I’m being irrational or I’m going wrong, she tells me honestly that ‘No you’re being unfair’. That’s the kind of relationship we have built. She is younger than me but she is also sensible.”

Rhea, who is the sister of actress Sonam Kapoor, has been Kareena’s friend for a very long time. In fact, she is also one of the producers of ‘Crew’, and also produced ‘Veere Di Wedding’.

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Kareena also mentioned that she likes to have such people in her life, who can say things as they are, and are not “Yes Men”.

“I like to have such people in my life. I don’t like ‘Yes Men’. I have those people around me who will tell me that I’m fab when I have done something amazing, and if I do something bad, they will size me down,” she added.

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Shraddha, Tamannaah slay in red at launch of 'Stree 2' song 'Aaj Ki Raat'

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Shraddha, Tamannaah slay in red at launch of 'Stree 2' song 'Aaj Ki Raat'

Mumbai, July 24 (IANS) ‘Aaj Ki Raat’, the first song from the upcoming horror-comedy film ‘Stree 2’ starring Shraddha Kapoor and Rajkummar Rao, was unveiled in Mumbai on Wednesday evening.

Actresses Tamannaah Bhatia and Shraddha Kapoor, who were present at the event, twined in red outfits. While Tamannaah makes a guest appearance in the song, Shraddha is set to reprise her role as a mysterious lady in ‘Stree 2’ which is the sequel to the 2018 hit ‘Stree’.

Throughout the promotional phase, Shraddha has embraced her character’s essence with a consistent braided hairstyle, a subtle yet significant nod to her on-screen persona.

At the ‘Aaj Ki Raat’ song launch, she continued this trend, exuding an aura of mystique and allure that complemented her role perfectly.

Meanwhile, Tamannaah brought her own brand of elegance to the event, donning a red saree paired with a corset top. Tamannaah’s ensemble at the song launch combined traditional grace with contemporary flair, making her a vision of sophistication.

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Directed by Amar Kaushik, the film marks the fifth instalment in the Maddock Supernatural Universe. It also stars Pankaj Tripathi, Abhishek Banerjee, and Aparshakti Khurana in key roles.

Produced by Dinesh Vijan and Jyoti Deshpande under the banner of Maddock Films and Jio Studios, the film is scheduled for theatrical release on August 15.

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Akshay Kumar speaks up on doing four films a year

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Mumbai, July 24 (IANS) Bollywood superstar Actor Akshay Kumar, who can be seen in the recently released theatrical film ‘Sarfira’, has spoken up on the criticism of him churning out movies one after the other.

The actor has been questioned time and again for doing four films a year and his passion for work has often been misunderstood as a greedy motive to make money.

During a conversation with Mamaearth founder Gazhal Alagh, Akshay said: “I have been told why I do four films a year, and that I should do only one film. If I just do one film, what should I do on other days?”

“Many people tell others they work too much, lucky are those people who get work. In this day and age, so many people don’t get work, they are unemployed, but at least let the ones who are getting work, work.”

The superstar also shared that he has been professionally cheated by a few producers.

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“I detach from a person if someone cheats me. I go quiet and take a side path. I have been cheated professionally, a couple of producers have not paid me, that is cheating only,” the actor said.

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Sara Ali Khan enjoys Kashmiri delicacies, relishes roti & Kahwa

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Mumbai, July 24 (IANS) Bollywood actress Sara Ali Khan, who was recently seen in the streaming movie ‘Ae Watan Mere Watan’, is making the most of her time in Kashmir.

On Wednesday, the actress took to the Stories section of her Instagram and dropped pictures from her trip to Kashmir.

In one of the pictures, the actress can be seen sitting with her group of ‘friends’ and enjoying Kashmiri roti, Kahwa and chai.

Kashmiri Kahwa is a unique blend of spices, with a mix of cinnamon, cardamom, star anise, and a hint of saffron and is generally served with sugar or honey along with almonds.

The other pictures show her standing next to a lake as she is soaked in the colours of nature.

The actress can be seen dressed in a green coloured top and pants which she paired with matching shoes. She rounded up her look with a shawl.

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On the work front, Sara will be next seen in ‘Metro… In Dino’ alongside Aditya Roy Kapur, Konkona Sensharma, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Pankaj Tripathi and Neena Gupta. The film is directed by Anurag Basu, who is known for ‘Gangster’, ‘Murder’, ‘Barfi’ and ‘Ludo’.

She also has ‘Sky Force’ in the pipeline in which she will share the screen with Akshay Kumar, Suniel Shetty, Veer Pahariya, Nimrat Kaur and Sharad Kelkar.

The film is reportedly based on India’s retaliatory attack on the Sargodha air base of Pakistan in the Indo-Pakistani air war of 1965, which is considered India’s first and deadliest airstrike.

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Saira Banu shares anecdotes about her co-star Manoj Kumar

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Saira Banu shares anecdotes about her co-star Manoj Kumar

Mumbai, July 24 (IANS) Veteran actress Saira Banu, who is known for sharing anecdotes from her life and about her late husband, the cinema icon Dilip Kumar, penned a heartwarming note for Dadasaheb Phalke Award winner and Padma Shri Manoj Kumar.

On Wednesday, the actress took to her Instagram and shared a bunch of throwback monochromatic pictures featuring herself, Dilip Kumar and Manoj Kumar.

The actress penned a long note in the caption and recollected how her husband and Manoj would often bond over kites and different kinds of omelettes.

She wrote: “Soon after my first film, I received so many offers amongst which was ‘Shaadi’. Here for the first time, I played opposite Manoj ji. I was a very shy youngster and I had this peculiar habit of really being awkward on the sets while doing romantic numbers. Manoj ji is very understanding he would quietly just move away from the set while my solo shots were being filmed. We were both people of very few words but worked comfortably together.”

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She shared that her husband was Manoj’s idol: “They were close and would always venture to make different types of omelettes, fly kites, and indulge in ‘Sher-O-Shayari’.”

She then shared a “big joke” about Dilip and Manoj starring together in ‘Aadmi’. During the making of the film, Manoj started to assume the gestures associated with Dilip Kumar. After which Dilip Kumar laughingly told Manoj: “Yaar tu meri tarah shots kar le, main kuch aur tareeka nikaltaa hoon (you take the shots the way I do, I’ll think of something else).”

Saira then walked down memory lane and explained how she became a part of ‘Purab Aur Paschim’ despite her and Dilip Kumar’s decision about her not working in films after their marriage.

She continued: “Sahib and I had decided that I would not be continuing with my film career after our Shaadi but behold! I had signed ‘Purab Aur Paschim’ before marriage, wherein I played a Westernised young girl against Manoj ji. Manoj ji declared that he would shelve his project if Sahib did not allow me to work on it. Later on, in the film I was unwell and Sahib told Manoj ji that we will never misunderstand if he replaces me, but Manoj ji committed that he would rather shelve the film than replace me. I will always respect him for this magnanimous gesture.”

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The actress also shared that Manoj’s wife Shashi once told her if a bumble bee came into the bedroom, Manoj would go under the bed sheet and ask her to drive out the insect.

She shared another story from the sets of ‘Balidaan’ when Manoj and she were shooting in China Creek.

She shared: “Both of us were running away from the Daaku who was approaching us on a horseback and we were running away barefoot in the flowing water handcuffed to each other.”

“As the camera came on, the Bandit was whipping away in the air in pursuit of us and Manoj ji was supposed to grab the whip and stand in front of me to protect me like He Man, instead of this when the shot started Manoj ji quickly ran behind me instead of protecting me. What a laugh! In the later, years Manoj ji remained close to our family,” she concluded.

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