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Singer Maithili Thakur on meeting PM Modi: ‘Aaj main aapse mili, bahut khushi hui’

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Mumbai, March 8 (IANS) Singer Maithili Thakur, who was announced the winner of ‘Cultural Ambassador of The Year’, shared a video with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said she was really happy for getting a chance to meet the icon.

Maithili, who is trained in Indian classical music and folk music, took to Instagram and shared a video.

In the clip, Prime Minister Narendra Modi smiles as the singer says: “Aaj main aapse mili mujhe bahut khushi hui. Bahut bahut shukriya.”

The singer captioned the video: “Dhanyavad Pradhaan Mantriji… Culture Ambassador of the Year.”

On Friday, PM Narendra Modi presented the first-ever National Creators Award at Bharat Mandapam in New Delhi in twenty categories.

The award event is an effort to recognise excellence across genres of storytelling, social change advocacy, environmental sustainability, education, gaming, among many others.

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Mumbai, July 20 (IANS) Actress Raveena Tandon on Saturday gave a sneak peek into her vacation in Budapest, Hungary, with her daughter Rasha Thadani.

The 90’s heartthrob Raveena took to Instagram and shared a series of pictures, posing with her daughter amid the picturesque views of the European city.

In the first picture, Raveena is seen wearing an olive green co-ord set with an open-hair, no-makeup look. Rasha is dressed in a white crop top paired with a black zipper and matching joggers.

Another picture shows the mother-daughter duo posing with close friends.

The ‘Mohra’ actress also shared glimpses of their day tour, showcasing the architectural beauty of Budapest.

Raveena captioned the post: “All in a days work! #budapest.”

The pictures have left Raveena’s fans in awe of her beauty.

One user commented, “She is looking so gorgeous even at the age of 49… goals.”

Another fan said: “Blessed beauties.”

The ‘Aks’ actress is married to film distributor Anil Thadani. The couple has two children – daughter Rasha and son Ranbirvardhan.

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Raveena, who is the daughter of the late director Ravi Tandon, made her acting debut in the 1991 action film ‘Patthar Ke Phool’. She has since featured in hit movies like ‘Dilwale’, ‘Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi’, ‘Ziddi’, ‘Laadla’, ‘Bade Miyan Chote Miyan’, ‘Dulhe Raja’, and ‘Anari No.1’.

In recent years, she starred in the Kannada film ‘KGF: Chapter 2’, which was written and directed by Prashanth Neel and produced by Vijay Kiragandur under the banner Hombale Films. The ensemble cast included Yash, Sanjay Dutt, Srinidhi Shetty, and Prakash Raj, among others.

The actress also starred in the legal drama film ‘Patna Shukla’, directed by Vivek Budakoti and produced by Arbaaz Khan, featuring Manav Vij, Chandan Roy Sanyal, Satish Kaushik, Anushka Kaushik, Jatin Goswami, and others in pivotal roles. The film is streaming on Disney+ Hotstar.

Raveena’s upcoming projects include ‘Welcome to the Jungle’ and ‘Ghudchadi’.

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Sunny Leone tells 'MTV Splitsvilla X5' contestant: 'You have disrupted this villa'

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Sunny Leone tells 'MTV Splitsvilla X5' contestant: 'You have disrupted this villa'

Mumbai, July 20 (IANS) Actress Sunny Leone, who hosts the dating reality show ‘MTV Splitsvilla X5: ExSqueeze Me Please’, told contestant Akriti Negi that she has completely disrupted the show.

Sunny also spoke about the bonds formed in Splitsvilla, saying, “That’s what Splitsvilla does — you meet people and end up forming such amazing bonds with them, bonds you carry for life, literally.”

After the dome session in the show, tensions rise as Akriti battles unfounded allegations and is on the brink of quitting, desperately seeking to clear her name.

Amid all the planning, plotting, confusion, and manipulation, Sunny arrives with her co-host Tanuj to shake things up even more.

Addy attempts to justify his actions to Siwet, claiming he was merely playing the game to save himself, but his explanation doesn’t hold water.

The tension mounts as Jashwanth, Akriti, Addy, and Kashish find themselves sidelined. Anger flares in Akriti as she confronts Siwet, demanding answers for the baseless accusations.

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Sunny steps in, throwing her support behind Akriti, saying, “Akriti, you made it to this point, you survived to this point. You have proven yourself to be a fighter. You have pushed your way into everybody’s business. You have disrupted this villa, and how. Everyone’s pissed at you, so good job, Akriti.”

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

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Rahul Vaidya, Disha Parmar celebrate 10 months of their 'sunshine' baby girl Navya

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Mumbai, July 20 (IANS) Singer Rahul Vaidya and his actress wife Disha Parmar celebrated 10 months of their ‘sunshine’ — their daughter Navya — on Saturday.

Rahul took to Instagram stories and shared an adorable video featuring their little bundle of joy, Navya, dressed in a baby pink outfit and enjoying her meal.

She is seen eating papaya while her mother, Disha, sits beside her having her own lunch.

In the snippet, Rahul can be heard saying, “I love you… what are you eating? Papaya?” to which Navya responds with cute expressions.

The post is captioned, “Our sunshine is 10 months old today.”

Disha also shared the same video on her Instagram, writing, “My babyyyy,” followed by red heart emojis.

The couple tied the knot on July 16, 2021, and their daughter was born on September 20, 2023.

Rahul began his career with the singing reality show ‘Indian Idol 1’, where he became the second runner-up. He has won shows like ‘Jo Jeeta Wohi Super Star’ and ‘Music Ka Maha Muqqabla’.

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The singer also participated in ‘Bigg Boss 14’ and ‘Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 11’.

Rahul has belted out songs like ‘Ek Rupaiya’, ‘Be Intehaan (Unplugged)’, ‘It’s All About Tonight’, and ‘Meri Zindagi’, among many others.

On the other hand, Disha made her acting debut in 2012 with ‘Pyaar Ka Dard Hai Meetha Meetha Pyaara Pyaara’, in which she essayed the role of Pankhuri Gupta.

She has then featured in shows like ‘Woh Apna Sa’, ‘Bade Achhe Lagte Hain 2’, and ‘Bade Achhe Lagte Hain 3’.

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Zakir Khan reflects on his journey: 'From gully ka ladka to aap sabke dilon ka chahita'

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Zakir Khan reflects on his journey: 'From gully ka ladka to aap sabke dilon ka chahita'

Mumbai, July 20 (IANS) Known for his punchline ‘Sakht Launda’, comedian and actor Zakir Khan, who is all set to make his TV debut with the show ‘Aapka Apna Zakir’, reflected back on his journey from a “gully ka ladka to aap sabke dilon ka chahita”.

Hailing from Indore, Madhya Pradesh, Zakir has captured the hearts of millions with his infectious style.

The actor is now making his TV debut as a host with ‘Aapka Apna Zakir’.

Talking about this new chapter, Zakir said: “From a gully ka ladka to aap sabke dilon ka chahita… My journey was unimaginable. Even today, every second feels surreal because of the love and adulation I am showered with by my fans for acknowledging my craft and making ‘Zakirism’ a global phenomenon.”

“My dream has always been to spread laughter with life experiences combined with a touch of humour; and now with ‘Aapka Apna Zakir’, I am thrilled to explore another facet of bringing smiles to several television households across our nation. Lastly, I would just want to say… mummy, mein TV pe aa raha hun,” he added.

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This distinctive offering promises “Khushiyon ki guarantee” and “manoranjan ka wada” with Zakir’s relatable sense of humour and “zindagi ke nushke”, providing wholesome and delightful family entertainment that will resonate from children to grandparents.

The show will be airing from August 10 on Sony.

Zakir rose to fame in 2012 by winning Comedy Central. He has been part of the news comedy show ‘On Air with AIB’.

The 36-year-old poet has released four hour-long standup specials: ‘Haq Se Single’, ‘Kaksha Gyarvi’, ‘Tathastu’, and ‘Mannpasand’ on Prime Video.

He also featured as a judge on the stand-up comedy show ‘Comicstaan’.

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Shrikant Verma shares how 'Tribhuvan Mishra: CA Topper' maker wanted to work with him after 'Mirzapur 2'

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Shrikant Verma shares how 'Tribhuvan Mishra: CA Topper' maker wanted to work with him after 'Mirzapur 2'

Mumbai, July 20 (IANS) Actor Shrikant Verma, who is known for ‘Panchayat’, ‘Mirzapur’, ‘Sui Dhaaga’, and ‘Breathe: Into the Shadows’, shared that the director of his recently released streaming show ‘Tribhuvan Mishra: CA Topper’ expressed a desire to work with him during the making of ‘Mirzapur’.

In ‘Tribhuvan Mishra: CA Topper’, Shrikant plays a morally ambiguous and corrupt character who attempts to corrupt the titular character, Tribhuvan Mishra, an honest man.

Discussing how he was cast for this role, Shrikant said: “There is a story behind getting this role. In 2018-2019, during the filming of ‘Mirzapur’ season two, Puneet Krishna had written ‘Tribhuvan Mishra: CA Topper’. While working on ‘Mirzapur’, I met Puneet Krishna, who appreciated my work and expressed a desire to work with me.”

The actor further said: “Despite some initial reservations about certain scenes, I agreed to do the role because the character’s traits were essential to the story. Puneet Krishna gave me this opportunity in his first web series, and I am grateful for it.”

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Talking about his character, Shrikant said: “As an actor, this role was a challenge for me because I had not done such a character before. My character is Tribhuvan Mishra’s boss, who always wants him to follow his corrupt orders.”

Having clocked a decade in the film industry, Shrikant started with ‘Aankhon Dekhi’, directed by Rajat Kapoor. He then worked with Sharad Kataria, who directed ‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha’.

Reflecting on his journey, he said: “Passion and hard work are the backbone of any successful acting career. I’ve always believed that if you pour your heart into your craft and remain dedicated, the world will eventually recognise your talent.”

“Acting is not just about performing; it’s about believing in the story you’re telling and the character you’re portraying. When you truly believe, the audience believes with you,” he added.

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