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Nikkhil Advani's ‘Freedom at Midnight’ to showcase last phase of freedom struggle

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Mumbai, May 2 (IANS) The upcoming streaming show ‘Freedom at Midnight’, based on the eponymous book, is set to delve into India’s fight for Independence, showcasing critical moments from the partition era.

It details the events behind the last year of British Raj from 1947 to 1948 and how it gave away India, which was a part of its empire.

The events begin with the appointment of Lord Mountbatten of Burma as the last viceroy of British India and conclude with the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi.

The first look of the show was unveiled on Instagram on Thursday by showrunner and director Nikkhil Advani, who captioned Gandhi’s quote, “Jawahar and Sardar will be like two oxen yoked to the government cart. One will need the other, and both will pull together.”

The show stars Sidhant Gupta, once again showcasing his acting prowess against the backdrop of partition after ‘Jubilee’.

It also features Chirag Vohra and Rajendra Chawla.

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The show touches upon the lives and work of iconic figures like Jawaharlal Nehru, Mahatma Gandhi, and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

Nikkhil serves as the showrunner and director, with the script penned by Abhinandan Gupta, Adwitiya Kareng Das, Gundeep Kaur, Divya Nidhi Sharma, Revanta Sarabhai, and Ethan Taylor.

Speaking about the show, Nikkhil said: “The show has been a result of unwavering dedication and relentless determination, sparked by a simple conversation with Danish Khan about the iconic book. Our commitment to authenticity has been unwavering throughout this journey. This show is a profound tribute to the luminaries of our freedom movement, Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, who courageously led the charge for Independence”.

He further mentioned, “So many of us know the major milestones of the sacrifices and struggles that led to the Independence of India. What Dominique Lappiere and Larry Collins got was access to Dickie Mountbatten’s diaries and notes. To the man himself. And so in between all those major milestones, we have some very personal accounts that make that time come alive, and the moments sing with truth. We have tried to capture that. Danish Sir and Saugata’s only mantra has been ‘authenticity’ and we have followed it blindly”.

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Produced by Emmay Entertainment (Monisha Advani and Madhu Bhojwani) in association with StudioNext and Sony LIV, ‘Freedom at Midnight’ will drop soon on Sony LIV.

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Varinder Brar on his heartbreak song 'Kyu': 'Dives into raw, unfiltered emotions'

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Varinder Brar on his heartbreak song 'Kyu': 'Dives into raw,
 unfiltered emotions'

Mumbai, July 23 (IANS) Singer Varinder Brar released his new track titled ‘Kyu’ on Tuesday and shared that the song delves into the raw, unfiltered emotions of heartbreak and betrayal.

The three-minute and 30-second song is a soulful ballad that explores a man’s struggle with a cheating lover.

The track captures the intense pain of heartbreak, taking listeners on an emotional rollercoaster through the raw and unfiltered feelings of betrayal and lost love.

Talking about the song, Varinder said: ” ‘Kyu’ dives into the raw, unfiltered emotions of heartbreak and betrayal. This song is different from anything I’ve done before because it doesn’t just tell a story; it relives an experience that so many of us have faced.”

“The vibe is intensely emotional, and I wanted every note and every word to resonate with the listener’s own journey through love and loss. I hope it offers a sense of understanding and solace to anyone who’s ever felt the sting of betrayal,” he added.

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‘Kyu’ is a poignant exploration of love turned sour, capturing the universal pain of broken hearts.

The music is composed by Gill Saab, and the music video is directed by Shera.

The song is streaming on the VYRL Originals YouTube channel.

Varinder is known for his songs like ’12 Bande’, ‘Jatt Life’, ‘Goli’, ‘Thaa’, ‘Lush Jawani’, ‘Villagers’, ‘Kafla’, ‘Takkar’, ‘Gunda’, ‘The Lion’, and ‘Vyah’, among many others.

He also collaborated with singer and rapper Yo Yo Honey Singh for the 2012 album ‘Born This Way’, which featured songs like ‘Mitro Piyareyo’, ‘Johny Walker’, and ‘Kudi Nawaba Di’.

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Jessica Alba endorses more sleep for women, cites new research

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Jessica Alba endorses more sleep for women, cites new research

Mumbai, July 23 (IANS) Actress Jessica Alba, who is known for her roles in ‘Entourage’, ‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill For’, and ‘Never Been Kissed’, is advocating for more sleep for women, citing new research.

The actress recently shared a study on her Instagram stories, highlighting the need for women to get more sleep for their bodies to function at their full potential.

According to the study, women need an additional 20 minutes of sleep because their brains are constantly engaged in decision-making, planning, and other “invisible labour.”

However, the Sleep Foundation reports that nearly half of all women get less than the recommended seven hours of sleep per night due to stress, hormonal changes, caregiving responsibilities, and more.

Jessica, one of the most influential actresses, began her acting career at the age of 13 in ‘Camp Nowhere’, followed by ‘The Secret World of Alex Mack’.

The actress rose to prominence at age 19 when she played the lead in the television series ‘Dark Angel’, earning a Golden Globe nomination for her performance.

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She broke out on the big screen with ‘Honey’ and soon established herself as a Hollywood actress, starring in numerous box office hits throughout her career.

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Shivangi Joshi starts shooting for new project in Chandigarh, shares BTS glimpse

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Shivangi Joshi starts shooting for new project in Chandigarh, shares BTS glimpse

Mumbai, July 23 (IANS) Television actress Shivangi Joshi on Tuesday shared a sneak peek of her new project, which she is currently shooting in Chandigarh.

The 26-year-old actress, who has 9.6 million followers on Instagram, posted a monochrome behind-the-scenes (BTS) picture from the set of her upcoming project in the stories section.

The image shows a location surrounded by trees and a busy crew working.

The actress tagged the location as Chandigarh and noted the time as 10.04 a.m.

However, Shivangi did not disclose any details about the project or provide a caption for the picture, leaving her fans excited and curious about her upcoming work.

On the professional front, Shivangi made her acting debut in 2013 with ‘Khelti Hai Zindagi Aankh Micholi’, where she played the role of Trisha.

She then portrayed Aayat Haider in ‘Beintehaa’.

The actress also starred as Poonam Thakur in ‘Begusarai’ alongside Vishal Aditya Singh, Shweta Tiwari, and Sartaj Gill.

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Shivangi is best known for her role as Naira Singhania in one of the longest-running shows, ‘Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai’. She has also appeared in ‘Yeh Hai Aashiqui’ and ‘Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya’.

Most recently, the actress starred in ‘Barsatein-Mausam Pyaar Ka’ alongside Kushal Tandon.

Additionally, Shivangi has been part of the web series ‘Jab We Matched’ and participated in the stunt-based reality show ‘Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 12’.

On the personal front, she is rumoured to be dating Kushal Tandon.

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Zeenat Aman opens up about being undervalued by brands, collaborators

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Zeenat Aman opens up about being undervalued by brands, collaborators

Mumbai, July 23 (IANS) Veteran actress Zeenat Aman on Tuesday opened up about feeling “undervalued”, sharing that she has held her own in the industry for over half a century and believes she is worth far more than the price of a designer handbag or high-heeled shoe.

The beauty pageant winner, who began her acting career in 1970 with the movie ‘The Evil Within’, took to Instagram and shared some mesmerising snaps from her recent photoshoot.

In the photos, the actress is wearing a red outfit and accessorising with black sunglasses.

In the caption, Zeenat penned a long note, stating, “Thank you, but no thank you. I can’t tell you my precise worth, but I do know when I’m being undervalued. Amid the barrage of collaboration and appearance requests that materialise in my inbox each day, there are some that stand out for unpleasant reasons. Last-minute invitations that the organiser forgot to edit (and which are addressed to another celebrity who must have declined) are mildly insulting.”

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The actress continued: “Impolite emails with minimal details and brusque “share commercials” are infuriating. And shady proposals to post stories or comments without the paid partnership tag are distasteful. Yet none of these compare to the impudence of multimillion dollar brands that expect my endorsement in exchange for ‘brand association’ and a ludicrously low fee. Such luxury brands pay an eye watering penny to their ambassadors (one of whom beautifully reprised a role I originally played), and sell even their most basic item for multiple lakhs of rupees..”

The Hare Rama Hare Krishna actress added, “In their outreach to me, they do not fail to express their admiration, with generous terms such as ‘icon’ and ‘fashion inspiration’. But when it comes to actually compensating me for my time, energy, reputation, and reach… the well runs dry. I am over 70 years old, and I have held my own in this industry for over half a century. I work with what I know to be an unusual professionalism. I have a social media audience that is not only entirely organic, but so beautifully engaged. I have immense respect for myself, and for you who follow my page.”

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“I am certainly worth more than the price of a designer handbag or high-heel shoe. Your turn. Tell me your story of being undervalued or standing your ground against it,” concluded Zeenat.

Actress Manisha Koirala dropped clapping emojis in the comment section, while Sushant Divgikr commented, “an icon.”

Actor Abhay Deol wrote in the comment section: “Perfectly summed up these ‘Luxury’ brands!”

Actress Sumona Chakravarti wrote: “Thank you so much for writing about this.”

Bhagyashree shared: “You are indeed an icon and will remain for years beyond.. let not these imbiciles ruffle your plume… you are an inspiration @thezeenataman.”

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‘Khel Khel Mein’ motion poster promises a healthy dose of laughter and secrets

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‘Khel Khel Mein’ motion poster promises a healthy dose of laughter and secrets

Mumbai, July 23 (IANS) The makers of the upcoming multi-starrer film ‘Khel Khel Mein’ unveiled its motion poster on Tuesday, promising a rollercoaster ride of humour and intriguing conversations.

The poster showcases the ensemble cast of Akshay Kumar, Taapsee Pannu, Vaani Kapoor, Ammy Virk, Aditya Seal, Pragya Jaiswal, and Fardeen Khan sharing a hearty laugh.

It then flips to show them hiding a secret, with their fingers pressed to their lips.

The film is touted to provide a delightful mix of laugh-out-loud moments and heartwarming scenes that resonate deeply.

‘Khel Khel Mein’ is set to be released on August 15, coinciding with Independence Day.

The film secured the August 15 release date after the Allu Arjun-starrer ‘Pushpa 2: The Rule’ was postponed to December 6.

This film marks Ammy Virk’s second recent Hindi release after ‘Bad Newz’, which also starred Vicky Kaushal and Triptii Dimri.

‘Khel Khel Mein’ will now clash with the Shraddha Kapoor and Rajkummar Rao-starrer ‘Stree 2’ at the box office.

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Presented by Gulshan Kumar, T-Series, and Wakaoo Films, ‘Khel Khel Mein’ is a T-Series film, Wakaoo Films, and KKM Film production.

It is directed by Mudassar Aziz and produced by Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Vipul D. Shah, Ashwin Varde, Rajesh Bahl, Shashikant Sinha, and Ajay Rai.

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