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Popular Malayalam film director Harikumar passes away

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Thiruvananthapuram, May 6 (IANS) Popular Malayalam film director Harikumar passed away at a private hospital here on Monday evening. He was 70.

Ailing from cancer, he was under treatment for a while.

In a career that began in 1981 when he directed his first film “Ambal Poovu”, he rose to huge heights with “Sukurtham” (1994), written by acclaimed author M.T. Vasudevan Nair and starring Mammootty and others.

This film won two National awards – for the best Malayalam film and music direction.

Harikumar directed 16 films with the last being “Autorickshawkarente Bharya” (2022) written by award-winning author M.Mukundan.

He was a member of the National Film Awards jury in 2005 and 2008.

Condolences poured in with Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan describing his passing away as a huge loss to the Malayalam film industry. Leader of Opposition V.D.Satheesan described Harikumar as one who never looked into the commercial aspect but always worked on the aesthetic side of film-making and said his film “Sukurtham” is just enough to prove his quality as a director.

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The last rites will be held here on Tuesday evening, before which his body will be placed before the public to pay their homage.

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Akansha Ranjan Kapoor plans for European holiday after 'MaayaOne' wrap-up

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Mumbai, May 26 (IANS) Actress Akansha Ranjan Kapoor, who is busy with her Telugu film ‘MaayaOne’, shared her upcoming travel plans.

The actress said that she is looking forward to her “Euro trip” once she wraps up ‘MaayaOne’.

Akansha, who is known for ‘Guilty’, ‘Ray’, and ‘Monica, Oh My Darling’, told IANS that her next destination will be the snow-clad mountains and picturesque locales of Switzerland.

The actress said: “I’m planning to do a Euro trip after wrapping up ‘MaayaOne’. So this July or August, I will go to Switzerland since I’ve never been there.”

Sharing some of her favourite destinations, Akansha told IANS: “I love small, quaint towns in Europe like Seville and also really love Prague.”

When asked about her travel hacks, the actress said that she likes to travel light.

“I’m a very, very light traveller. I never carry more than one bag. I pre-plan every outfit and look, so I’m never overpacked or confused. I have little pouches with outfits, shoes, and jewellery for each day. It makes life much easier. Travelling light is the best,” she said.

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Shehnaaz Gill grooves to ‘Aye udi udi’ as she enjoys holiday in Mauritius

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Mumbai, May 26 (IANS) Actress Shehnaaz Gill is currently enjoying her getaway in Mauritius and shared a sneak peek into the holiday.

Shehnaaz took to Instagram and shared a video of herself at her resort.

The actress is seen walking on the beach in a white shirt paired with black shorts, and then playing with water.

The video, which features ‘Aye Udi Udi’ from the film ‘Saathiya’ as the background music, ends with Shehnaaz sharing a glimpse of the picturesque locale.

The actress captioned the video with the lyrics of the song: “Aye udi udi… Aye khwaabon kii burii…”

The song was originally picturised on actress Rani Mukerji and Vivek Oberoi and is sung by music composer Adnan Sami. Released in 2002, ‘Saathiya’ was directed by Shaad Ali. It revolves around a couple, who despite heavy opposition from their parents, run away and get married. However, their fairy-tale romance develops cracks.

Shehnaaz began her journey in the Punjabi showbiz industry with the music video ‘Shiv Di Kitaab’ in 2015. She then appeared in ‘Majhe Di Jatti’ and ‘Pindaan Diyan Kudiyaan’ in 2016. In 2017, she made her acting debut in the Punjabi film ‘Sat Shri Akaal England’.

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However, life took a turn for the better after she featured in the 13th edition of ‘Bigg Boss’ in 2019. She became a social media sensation and has since featured in films such as ‘Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan’ and ‘Thank You For Coming’.

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Romance gets tadka of bhangra in Diljit Dosanjh's 'Tu Juliet Jatt Di' track

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Mumbai, May 26 (IANS) Punjabi superstar Diljit Dosanjh, who is currently in his best phase, released the music video of his track ‘Tu Juliet Jatt Di’ from his upcoming Punjabi movie ‘Jatt & Juliet 3’ on Sunday.

The music video features Diljit sharing the screen with actress Neeru Bajwa as he courts her by singing the song and performing bhangra, adding depth to the vibrant track and visuals.

The production design features several elements that lend a certain grandeur to the visuals with a sparkly texture and tone.

Both Diljit and Neeru alternate between the shades of black, blue, red, and green with regards to their outfits in the video.

The music for the song has been composed by Bunny, with vocals by Diljit. Sonically, the track has a vibrant flavour, blending Indian and contemporary elements.

The song is released by Times Music in association with Speed Records.

‘Jatt & Juliet 3’ marks the third instalment of the superhit ‘Jatt & Juliet’ franchise, in which Diljit and Neeru have been constants.

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‘Jatt & Juliet 2’ broke all records in Punjabi cinema as it emerged as the highest grosser in Punjabi cinema.

The upcoming film sees Diljit and Neeru reprising their roles of Fateh and Pooja as they navigate new challenges in their lives.

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‘Not just emotions, you need to think about Sunny Leone's 'Splitsvilla' advice: 'Not just emotions, you need to think about game as well’as well’, says Sunny Leone on ‘MTV Splitsvilla X5’

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Mumbai, May 26 (IANS) Actress Sunny Leone, who hosts the dating reality show ‘MTV Splitsvilla X5’ shared on the latest episode of the show that contestants have to strike a balance between their emotions and the game.

Following a dance-off challenge, Rushali basks in newfound confidence in Harsh as their chemistry outshone Harsh and Shubhi’s chemistry in the dance-off.

In the upcoming episode, the Splitsvillains face the challenge of choosing two ‘Lit Couples’. They must now choose two Lit couples from the winners of the dance-off

Arriving at the challenge location, the Splitsvillains are greeted by Tanuj and Sunny who reveal the task: ‘Lit Lag Gai.’ The unique challenge setup instantly caught eyeballs, with two nets on either end of a swimming pool.

Sunny said, “Ye aapke liye difficult tha ya easy? Because you don’t just have to think about your emotions behind it, aapko game ke baare mein bhi sochna padega.”

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Tanuj and Sunny went on to announce the chosen Lit couples. These lucky pairs will be the team captains, each selecting two more couples from the winners. The challenge is aptly named ‘Lit Lag Gai’. The boys of the Lit couples must sit in boats, and the remaining two from each team will stand on either end pushing and pulling their way to score a goal.

Drama escalates as Dev Karan confesses his desire to form a genuine connection with Shubhi, hoping she’s more than just a player.

‘MTV Splitsvilla X5: ExSqueeze Me Please’ is available on MTV and JioCinema.

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Mallika Sherawat loves pushing her limits when she works out in the gym

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Mumbai, May 26 (IANS) Mallika Sherawat is a fitness enthusiast, going by her workout video on social media, where the actress shared that she loves pushing her limits during her workouts.

Mallika on Sunday shared a video of herself performing HIIT rope slams while dressed in purple and black athleisure wear.

“I love working out in the gym, love the sense of accomplishment that comes with pushing my limits. Btw my gym trainer is ruthless,” she wrote in the caption.

Earlier, on Friday, the actress shared close-up pictures of herself and talked about how botox and fillers are not needed to look pretty.

The actress captioned the images: It is possible to look pretty and attractive without Botox and fillers. One’s self-worth and confidence need not to be tied to Botox.”

Mallika added: “Focussing on overall wellness through diet, exercise, avoiding alcohol and cigarettes etc promotes a healthier and more authentic sense of beauty and self esteem #saynotobotox.”

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Talking about her work, Mallika was last seen in the comedy-drama ‘RK/RKay’, directed by Rajat Kapoor, co-starring Kubbra Sait, Ranvir Shorey, and Manu Rishi Chadha.

Mallika made her Bollywood debut in 2002 with ‘Jeena Sirf Merre Liye’. She was then seen in films such as ‘Khwahish’ and ‘Kis Kis Ki Kismat’.

However, she rose to stardom in 2004 with her bold performance in ‘Murder’. Following that, she starred in films like ‘Pyaar Ke Side Effects’, ‘Aap Ka Suroor’, and ‘Double Dhamaal’.

Mallika has also worked in Hollywood films, including ‘Hisss’ and ‘Politics of Love’. In 2012, she featured alongside pop star Bruno Mars in his parody video.

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