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Priyanka's husband-pop star Nick Jonas brings the house down at Cannes AIDS gala

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Cannes, May 24 (IANS) Priyanka Chopra’s husband and pop star Nick Jonas performed his headbanger number ‘Jealous’ in a white tuxedo jacket at the annual HIV-AIDS charity dinner at Cannes, getting the global A-list invitees up on their feet after dinner was served late on Thursday night, reports ‘Variety’.

“I had the pleasure of playing [the Four Seasons frontman] Frankie Valli in a movie coming out later this year called ‘Jersey Boys’,” Jonas said, before crooning the Valli ballad ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off You’.

Nick, who was rocking out on a guitar, was joined by his brother Joe, who serenaded Cannes with ‘Cake by the Ocean’ — the smash 2015 pop song from his band DNCE.

Before the Jonas Brothers performed, Cher, despite her 78 years, belted out one hit number after another for 15 minutes, dressed in a dazzling sequined purple pantsuit, from her own ‘Believe’ to an acoustic rendition of ‘Walking in Memphis’, Marc Cohn’s ballad that she had covered on her 1995 album ‘It’s a Man’s World’, ‘Variety’ adds.

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The 30th edition of amfAR Cannes drew a crowd of high bidders and celebrities that included, according to ‘Variety’, Michelle Yeoh, Magic Johnson, Heidi Klum, Kelly Rowland, Colman Domingo, Paris Jackson, Andie MacDowell, Tommy Hilfiger, Michelle Rodriguez and Maria Bakalova.

Demi Moore, who served as the evening’s host, kicked off the night by reminding the crowd of amfAR’s mission.

“This has become the single most important year of the night in the fight against HIV,” she said. “With your help, amfAR Cannes has raised more than a quarter of a billion dollars.”

Moore recalled how she last hosted the black-tie charity dinner in 1997, filling in for one of the pioneering founders of the American Foundation for AIDS Research, ‘Variety’ notes.

“I happened to be a pinch hitter because the great Elizabeth Taylor personally called me at the last minute because she couldn’t make it,” Moore said. “Everyone that year was abuzz about a new research breakthrough — a powerful drug cocktail made possible in part by amfAR’s research that stopped people from dying of AIDs almost overnight.”

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Concluding on a note of hope, she said, “And now, a single pill each day allows many people living with HIV to enjoy a long and beautiful, full life.”

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Star cast of 'Udne Ki Aasha' thank fans as show completes 100 episodes

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Mumbai, June 19 (IANS) The lead actors of ‘Udne Ki Aasha’– Kanwar Dhillon and Neha Harsora — have expressed their excitement as the show completed the 100-episode milestone, saying “it speaks volumes about our content”.

Kanwar, who plays Sachin in the show, said: “It feels great that the show has completed 100 episodes. And you know what’s even more special? Since its launch just one week before the IPL, the show has managed to make its way to the top-five chart and consistently stayed there. I think that speaks volumes about our content and the connection the show has with the audience.”

“With time, I’m sure it’s going to rise even higher. And touch wood, the numbers speak for themselves. The love we are getting from the audience speaks for itself. I hope that just like we’ve completed 100 episodes, we will go on to complete 500 and then 1,000 episodes,” he added.

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Neha, who plays Sailee in the show, said: “It’s amazing that we have completed 100 episodes. I’m really happy that everyone on the set and off it is enjoying the show. Personally, it fills me with joy to be a part of this project. The production team is thrilled as well since this is their first show.”

Producer Rahul Kumar Tewary also expressed his delight at the achievement, emphasising the dedication and passion invested by the entire team.

“This is a reflection of the collective effort and commitment of everyone involved in ‘Udne Ki Aasha’. This is just the beginning and we have a long way to go. Kanwar and Neha have brought their characters to life with sincerity and conviction, contributing significantly to the show’s success,” he said.

Produced by Rahul Kumar Tewary in collaboration with Rolling Tales Production, ‘Udne Ki Aasha’ airs on Star Plus at 9 p.m.

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As US lawmakers meet the Dalai Lama, upcoming film narrates story of Tibetan resistance

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Mumbai, June 19 (IANS) At a time when Tibet is in the news because of the meeting of US lawmakers with the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, noted Tibetan filmmaker has announced the release of his upcoming film, ‘Four Rivers Six Ranges’, which promises to narrate the lesser-known story of Tibetan resistance and resilience.

The film, made by Tibetan refugees in India, the US, Canada and Nepal, sheds light on the journey of the Tibetan resistance group, 4R6R, which successfully escorted the Dalai Lama, avoiding the long arm of China’s People’s Liberation Army, to the Indian border on March 26, 1959.

Shenpenn Khymsar, a renowned Tibetan filmmaker, musician, and activist, who has helmed the film, has a history of using his art to highlight the Tibetan cause.

The announcement coincided with the visit by a US Congressional delegation led by House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Michael McCaul, and which included former Speaker Nancy Pelosi. They met the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala on Wednesday.

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The delegation’s visit highlighted the ongoing international interest and support for the cause of Tibetan autonomy and the human rights situation in the region.

The historical narrative of the Dalai Lama’s escape, depicted in Khymsar’s film, is not just a tale of the past, but a poignant reminder of the enduring struggle for freedom and justice of the Tibetan people.

That the struggle does not seem to have an easy resolution is evident from China’s warning that it would take “resolute measures” if President Joe Biden signs the bipartisan Resolve Tibet Act passed by the US Congress. The Act seeks to enhance US support for Tibet and promote a dialogue between the People’s Republic of China and the Dalai Lama for a peaceful resolution of the long-standing dispute between the two.

Khymsar’s film, according to a press note, draws from his deep personal commitment to Tibetan culture and his experiences while growing up in exile. With ‘Four Rivers Six Ranges’, Khymsar aims to bring the untold stories of ordinary Tibetans on to the global stage.

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Incidentally, Shenpenn Khymsar’s co-producer is Dorjee Wangdi Dewatshang, whose father, Kunga Samten, was one of the warriors of Chushi Gangdruk (Four Rivers Six Ranges).

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Ahead of International Yoga Day, Vidisha Srivastava shares her homemade yoga props

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Mumbai, June 19 (IANS) Ahead of the International Day of Yoga (June 21), actress Vidisha Srivastava has shared the props she uses while doing yoga at home, revealing how she takes help from the walls for balance and uses plastic wires for jumping ropes and yoga straps.

Yoga practitioners frequently discover resourceful approaches to enrich their practice by employing common household objects. These original, customised homemade props provide both motivation and functionality.

Talking about the DIY (do-it-yourself) props, Vidisha, who plays Anita Bhabi in the sitcom ‘Bhabiji Ghar Par Hai’, said: “Maintaining a stretched body and a calm mind is essential for focused action. My yoga practice and homemade props have been invaluable in achieving this calmness. For example, I use walls for balance in standing poses or to deepen stretches whenever possible.”

“I’ve also repurposed unused plastic wires into jump ropes because I enjoy jumping, and they also serve as yoga straps, assisting with stretching and improving flexibility. Sometimes, I use filled water bottles as weights or to support certain poses, like yoga blocks. Let’s roll out our mats and invest in ourselves — after all, a healthy body means a healthy mind.”

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‘Bhabiji Ghar Par Hai’ airs on &TV.

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‘More to come’, actor Sheezan Khan on completing 11 years in TV industry

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Mumbai, June 19 (IANS) On completing 11 years in the entertainment industry, actor Sheezan Khan said he learnt everything on the sets, as he never went to an acting school.

Sheezan began his acting career in 2013 with the TV show ‘Jodha Akbar’, in which he essayed the roles of young Akbar, and Sultan Murad Mirza.

Stating that he feels happy when people remind him about completing 11 years in the industry, Sheezan said, “You realise it over time. As time goes by, you understand how much time has passed. When people remind you, it feels good.

“They remember the characters I’ve played and feel happy about my choices in life. I enjoy it a lot. So yes, it’s been 11 years in the entertainment business as an artiste, and it feels good, with more to come,” shared Sheezan.

For him, every day on the set has been a learning experience.

“These 11 years weren’t just about being on the sets, but also about life. I’ve learnt a lot in these 11 years. And I learnt everything on the sets — acting, action scenes — without any formal training. I never went to an acting school. I picked up everything while on the job. It was a blessed part in my journey,” said the ‘Ali Baba: Dastaan-E-Kabul’ actor.

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Though Sheezan has seen a lot of ups and downs in these years, he says everything taught him a lesson.

“I have seen and experienced a lot. ‘Bahut kuch sikha hai aur jiya hai in 11 saalon mein’ (I learnt a lot and lived a lot of moments in these 11 years),” he said.

However, Sheezan is proud of himself for never giving up and going as strong as ever.

“Sometimes, you have to pat yourself on the back for getting through the tough times. There are always ups and downs; I still have them, but it’s not about the 11 years. Sheezan is still the same. The hunger to achieve more keeps pushing me forward,” he added.

On the work front, Sheezan was last seen in the show ‘Chand Jalne Laga’. He also took part in the reality show ‘Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 13’.

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Rakhee Gulzar's comeback Bengali film 'Amar Boss' to release during Christmas

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Mumbai, June 19 (IANS) The makers of the upcoming Bengali film ‘Aamar Boss’ have pushed its release date to December.

The film, which marks veteran actress Rakhee Gulzar’s return to Bengali cinema, will be released around Christmas this year.

The film directed by Nandita Roy and Shiboprosad Mukherjee received an uncut UA certificate from the censor board recently.

‘Aamar Boss’ was initially slated for a June release. However, due to unforeseen circumstances, its release was postponed.

Despite the delay in its release date, the film remains highly anticipated because of its unique storytelling approach.

Meanwhile, another film by Nandita and Shiboprosad, ‘Bohurupi’, is gearing up for its release during Durga Puja this year.

The shooting of ‘Aamar Boss’ was wrapped up in February this year.

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