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Manjari Mishra recalls Kolkata's 'Poila Boishakh' memories: 'Panta bhat, ilish maach'

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Mumbai, April 14 (IANS) Actress Manjari Mishra, who is known for her roles in Gujarati films like ‘Fuleku’ and ‘Rocket Gang’, has shared her fondest memories of Kolkata during the Bengali new year (Poila Boishakh).

‘Poila Boishakh’ marks the beginning of the Bengali calendar and is celebrated in states like West Bengal, Tripura, Jharkhand, and Assam.

Hailing from Kolkata, Manjari has a deep connection with the city of joy.

The diva, who was seen in the short film ‘Main Tumhara’, said: “Bengali New Year, or Poila Boishakh, is a cherished celebration in Kolkata. Growing up there, I recall the vibrant atmosphere with people dressed in traditional attire, exchanging sweets, and visiting temples.”

“At home, my family and I would start the day with prayers, followed by a special meal, often including traditional Bengali dishes like panta bhat and ilish maach (Hilsa fish). Decorating the house with alpana (rice flour designs) and exchanging heartfelt wishes with friends and family made the day even more memorable,” shared Manjari.

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She added: “Since the time I shifted to Mumbai, I miss Kolkata, especially during Poila Baisakh. I will wear a saree this Bengali New Year and will try to cook some Bengali food.”

–IANS

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Chrissy Teigen shares side-by-side photos of John Legend as a baby and their son Wren

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Los Angeles, July 14 (IANS) Chrissy Teigen, wife of Grammy-winning musician John Legend, feels that their youngest child bears a striking resemblance to his father.

The model and author, 38, shared a photo on Instagram of their one-year-old son, Wren, smiling as he sat in his high chair munching on strawberries, alongside a vintage snapshot of Legend as a baby, reports ‘People’ magazine.

“I mean this is the same baby no!?!?” Teigen wrote in the caption of the post, tagging her husband.

Legend, 45, added his own joke in the comments, writing, “I think it’s safe to say I am the father.”

According to People, internet users quickly chimed in to agree with Teigen about Wren and Legend’s similar looks.

One wrote, “Wow, those are some strong genes!” alongside a twin emoji.

Another called Wren “John’s mini-me!” and yet another remarked that the two were “twinning.”

This isn’t the first time the Sports Illustrated swimsuit alum has shared photos of Wren, where he looks exactly like the ‘All of Me’ singer.

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In October 2023, when Wren was three months old, she posted adorable videos of him taking a bath in the sink.

In the first clip, Teigen held her son over the basin as his full head of hair got shampooed.

“It’s time for the cutest part of the day!” Teigen could be heard saying.

Another clip showed Wren sitting in a plastic carrier in the sink, smiling and giggling as Teigen asked him why he took a bath with his socks on.

In the videos, Wren looked almost identical to his famous dad.

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Roshan: Maestro of the filmi qawwali and the literary classical song

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New Delhi, July 14 (IANS) He may have ended up as a mere footnote in the annals of Hindi cinema with music for just one flop film to his account, had his indulgent mentor been a more money-minded man. In the process, connoisseurs would have been deprived of scores of exquisite qawwalis, elegant love songs, and aesthetic compositions showcasing the immortal words of Tulsidas and Meera.

And for 21st-century Bollywood fans, would Hrithik Roshan have emerged, had his grandfather, drawn to films after hearing a K.L. Saigal bhajan, abandoned his ambitions?

Roshan (1917-67), born Roshan Lal Nagrath on this day (July 14) in Gujranwala (undivided Punjab), spent just a third of his tragically short life in the film industry, but, in this span, he spun pure gold with his trademark classical music-based melodies. A leading music director, who also played a key role in his life, likened his music to honey dripping from a honeycomb.

Roshan deservedly was deemed to be the foremost exponent of the filmi qawwali, but his oeuvre was not limited to this form – it appears in just half-a-dozen of his 67 films.

On the other hand, there is “Khayalon mein kisi ke” (“Bawre Nain”, 1951), “Bade armanon se” (“Malhar”, 1951), “Main dil hoon ek armaan bhara” (“Anhonee”, 1952), “Salaam-e-hasrat qabool kar lo” (“Babar”, 1960), “Zindagi bhar nahi bhoolegi woh barsaat ki raat” (“Barsaat Ki Raat”, 1960). “Ab kya misaal doon main tumhare shabaab ki” (“Aarti”, 1962), “Laga chunri mein daag” (“Dil Hi To Hai”, 1963), “Jo vada kiya vo nibhana padega” (“Taj Mahal”, 1963), “Dil jo na keh saka” (“Bheegi Raat”, 1965), “Rahen na rahen ham” (“Mamta”, 1966) and “Hum intezar karenge” (“Bahu Begum”, 1967).

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Above all, there is the Meera bhajan “Ae ri main to prem diwani” (“Naubahar”, 1952) and “Man re tu kaahe na dheer dhare” (“Chitralekha”, 1964), skillfully adapted by Sahir Ludhianvi from Tulsidas’ “Mana tu kahe na dheer dharat ab…” and rendered sublimely by Mohammad Rafi.

Then, gauge how Roshan imbued a spiritual feel to “Chhupa lo yun dil mein” from “Mamta”, aided by the dulcet tones of Hemant Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar, and Majrooh Sultanpuri’s poetry, while recalling his AIR days with the studio-based “Saari saari raat” (“Aji Bas Shukriya”, 1957).

But, as mentioned, all this would have never come to pass without the trust shown by legendary director, producer, lyricist and screenwriter KIdar Nath Sharma, who had spotted Roshan, then working with AIR Delhi as an esraj player, way back in 1945 and offered him a career in the film industry.

Roshan had refused then, but approached Sharma in 1949 when he moved to Bombay. Sharma offered him a chance to compose for his “Neki Aur Badi” (1949), convincing his own regular composer Snehal Bhatkar to sit it out and the latter obliged.

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The film flopped and a distraught and disheartened Roshan told Sharma that he was no good and wanted to commit suicide. The filmmaker heard him patiently and asked him which Bombay beach he would prefer to do away with himself.

Then, on a serious note, he went on to say that if Roshan would defer his plans, he would offer him another chance in his forthcoming film.

This was not the end of the story.

During the film’s making, an influential distributor came to meet Sharma and in Roshan’s presence, promised him a large amount if only he would drop the music composer. Roshan went to another room and began sobbing, telling Sharma, who followed him, to accept the offer. Sharma, however, went back to his office and said no.

“Bawre Nain” (1951), with songs like “Teri duniya mein dil lagta nahi” and “Khayalon mein”, was a hit and started Roshan on his sparkling musical journey.

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Sharma was more patient than Anil Biswas, who took direct action when Roshan began crying at his song recording, saying he would never be able to create such music. Biswas sought to calm him down, but when Roshan would not stop sobbing, he gave him a slap, wondering how he would succeed this way. It was Biswas only who likened his music to dripping honey.

Roshan, whose music reflected his classical training, also had a penchant for knowing when to let his tune yield to the lyrics or the singer. His — and Hindi cinema’s most famous qawwali — “Na to karvan ki talash hai” (“Barsaat ki Raat”) is a prime example and so is the same film’s “Maine shayad tumhe pehle bhi” where it just fills the gaps.

On the other hand, “Tum agar mujh ko na chaho” (“Dil Hi To Hai”) has a steady beat accompanying the singer.

There was much more music left in Roshan when he succumbed to a heart attack in 1967.

(Vikas Datta can be contacted at vikas.d@ians.in)

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Ammy Virk recalls how he gave his own car for two action sequence shoots in ‘Bad Newz’

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Mumbai, July 13 (IANS) Actor-singer Ammy Virk, who predominantly works in the Punjabi industry, and is now currently gearing up for the release of his upcoming film ‘Bad Newz’, has shared that his own car was used during an action sequence of the film.

Ammy Virk recently appeared on the latest episode of Bombay Journey with Bollywood star Vicky Kaushal, and said, “They needed a car to shoot a sequence in the film. They wanted to shoot an action sequence in Mussoorie. The unit wasn’t able to find an SUV at a reasonable rate.”

He further mentioned, “I asked them to take my car. The action team of the film looked at me and said, ‘are you sure we could take it’.”

Ammy then told them in jest, “You will only drive it, and not roll down the mountain, right?” At this point, Vicky and show host Siddharth Alambayan were in splits.

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Ammy then said, “I spoke with Taapsee Pannu, and she told me, ‘Are you crazy? I would have never given them my car’.”

Meanwhile, ‘Bad Newz’ which also stars ‘Animal’ star Triptii Dimri, is set to release in theatres on July 19.

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'Panchayat’ actor Ashok Pathak speaks up about how problem of migration has always plagued Bihar

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Mumbai, July 13 (IANS) Actor Ashok Pathak, who essays the role of Binod in the fan-favourite streaming series ‘Panchayat’, has shared his opinion on the biggest problem plaguing the state of Bihar.

Ashok, who is originally from Darweshpure, Siwan in Bihar, migrated to Hissar in Haryana for work along with his family. The actor said that this phenomenon of migration is the biggest problem that Bihar faces.

The actor told ‘Digital Commentary’, “Bihar’s biggest problem has always been migration. Who would want to leave their home and go to a different place with a culture different from theirs! Nobody wants to live away from their parents and come back home once every 6 months or 1 year.”

He further mentioned: “Can you imagine the kind of pain and heartbreak that such people undergo? Living all alone away from the people who they love the most. I feel that a person should never be judged for where they come from and which state they belong to.”

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Meanwhile, Ashok’s film ‘Sister Midnight’, which also stars Radhika Apte, was screened under Directors Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival. After the screening, the film received a 10-minute standing ovation.

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Selena Gomez, Benny Blanco reveal who said ‘I Love You’ first in couples' challenge video

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Los Angeles, July 13 (IANS) Singer-actress Selena Gomez and Benny Blanco have spilled beans on one of their most poignant moments together as a couple.

The couple revealed who said “I love you” first in a cute video as they took part in a ‘Who’s Most Likely To’ couple’s edition challenge on TikTok, reports ‘People’ magazine.

In the clip, Selena (31) sat cross-legged beside Blanco (36) as he lay next to her on a couch indoors as they spilled the beans on the special moment.

A voiceover asked, “Who said ‘I love you’ first?” before Gomez, smiling, pointed to herself as Blanco, with his arm wrapped around her, kissed her on the back of her shoulder.

Earlier on in the video, the voiceover began the challenge by asking, “Who is most likely to fall asleep during a movie?”

As per ‘People’, Selena raised her hand as Blanco also pointed to himself in response. “Who eats the most?” The pair were next asked as they both pointed to Blanco. “Who’s the first to apologise during an argument?” The voiceover continued, to which both Gomez and Blanco waved their hands in a mixed response. The next question asked was, “Who spends more money?” Gomez and Blanco both shrugged and shook their heads for their answer.

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“Who takes longer to get ready in the morning?” The voiceover next asked. The singer-actress pointed to Blanco while mouthing “you” at the camera as he stared up at her in apparent disagreement. The next question was, “Who snores the loudest?” to which Gomez and Blanco shook their heads.

“Who is more romantic?” the voiceover next asked as Blanco, smiling, pointed to himself while Gomez, also smiling, waved her hands in a mixed response. The voiceover then asked, “Who cleans the house?” Blanco pointed enthusiastically to himself in response as Gomez nodded in agreement.

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