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Bollywood Grapevine: Shahid to feature in Woh Kaun Thi 1964 remix!





MUMBAI: If the online reports are to be considered, actor Shahid Kapoor is all geared-up to feature in a remake of a psychological thriller.

According to the details, producer Prernaa Arora has just announced the remake of Manoj Kumar’s iconic film titled Woh Kaun Thi that went to the top of the chart.

In this context, a statement reads, “Shahid has developed a great rapport with Prernaa Arora (one of the producers of KriArj Entertainment) in the course of Batti Gul shoot.

“After this project, he is committed to doing two more films with the studio. So when they bought the remake rights of Woh Kaun Thi, he was one of the first choices to essay Manoj Kumar’s role.”

Talking about the endeavor, she held, “This is our tribute to Manoj Kumar. He knows we are planning a remake of his film. We have also acquired the rights of two songs, Lag Ja Gale and Naina Barse.”

On asking whether Shahid will be the part of the project, she beams, “It’s too early to talk about the cast. We are just at the starting point.”


B-town Grapevine: Actress Deepika is getting her wedding shopping done!




MUMBAI: Sources privy to have been informed that B-town actress Deepika Padukone is reportedly all booked up with getting her wedding shopping done.

According to the details, Deepika takes a break from her professional life due to her back problem. While she is in Bangalore with her family, the actress thought to start her wedding shopping.

A little birdie has further revealed that the actress is accompanied by her mother Ujjala Padukone and sister Anisha Padukone.

Rumors making round in the B-town are that the lovebirds will tie their nuptials knot this year. However, no official announcement has been made so far.

Moreover, the families are busy in deciding the wedding destination, whereas, two receptions (one in Deepika’s hometown Bengaluru and one in Mumbai) are expected to schedule. However, this would be hush-hush events.

On the work front, the actress will next be seen in a biopic titled Rani starring actor Irrfan Khan. Whereas, her beau Ranveer has Gully Boy and Simmba in his kitty.

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(VIDEO AND TEXT) French CG Didier Talpain may organise a musical event for charity!





KARACHI: Venue was the patio of French Cultural Centre (Alliance Française de Karachi – AFK) where francophiles converged to celebrate Soiree Franco-Swiss. Director AFK Monsieur Gilles Pascal invited the Consul General of Switzerland Monsieur Philippe Crevoisier with whom the evening of the film was organized to speak on the occasion.

Swiss diplomat said: ” Good evening Ladies and Gentlemen. The colleagues of the counselor corps, the friends of the French Language. It is a great pleasure for Switzerland and me to be here as guest of Alliance Française tonight. Thank you very much to Alliance for allowing us to collaborate on this movie evening.

“Before speaking on the movie I just wanted to let you know to remind you what is francophone and what is francophonie week every year we celebrate this event along francophonie. French is a language; it became francophonie through the cooperating of all the countries and affiliated countries who became member of the International Organization of the Francophonie in 1970. 

“Now-a-days this International organization has 84 members. French is spoken by 275 million people around the world. This makes it one of the biggest linguistic areas around the world.

“We are very happy every year to celebrate this francophonie. For Switzerland francophonie is a special matter because we have three official languages in Switzerland. We are happy to celebrate francophonie in March. We are happy to celebrate German language as well in the year as well as the Italian Language. But tonight we are speaking about the French Language.

About the movie I can tell you it is French-Swiss collaboration. This movie is an animated movie which was nominated for an Oscar two years ago (I believe): did not win the Oscar but it is very interesting movie even if we would consider

Addressing the ladies and gentlemen in the audience newly arrived Consul General of France Monsieur Didier Talpain highlighted the importance of French Language.

 Later animated movie Ma vie de Courgette was screened.


Speaking exclusively to (official partner BBCNEWS) Consul General of France Monsieur Didier Talpain said:

Importance of Francophonie Day:

This is something important. Because this is the moment where we celebrate this community, you know, of francophonie people. Which are of course the people being linked by language. But I think…even by more things. I mean by common vision, pluralism, importance of human rights and all these kind of things. Which is why we every year make a sort of celebration all over the world.

French is spoken in how many countries?

…globally 84 countries, or let’s say regions … if I’m not wrong 274 million people are French speakers all over the world, over the 5 continents.

You have recently been posted at Karachi:

I just arrived 3 weeks ago to Pakistan. I’m a professional diplomat. I’m not a specialist (not yet) of Asia. I’m a specialist of Central Europe because I was posted a few times in Central Europe.

But for this new post I’ve decided to do something different…I’m specialized in… cultural things as well because I’m a man of culture.

Please tell our audience about yourself

I’m from Eastern France. I was born near the Swiss-German border…I spent my youth there, let’s say.

But before my arrival I was working in the opposite path I mean Western France. A city called Nord, I just arrived from Nord…I’ve been posted in France that’s why I’ve arrived from Nord.

And before, you know because of the specialty of Central Europe I was posted in Poland, in Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria and in Greece.

What do you plan to do during your tenure here?

 Oh my plans. You know the first thing is to learn, to see how things in the city are. People are very friendly, and this is my first comment in three weeks.

Then we’ll see, as it is my job, to develop the Franco-Pakistani links you know in every matter especially business. But not only in just that because there are already a lot of French firms with business in Pakistan. I mean in the region of Karachi. I’m responsible for Sindh and Balochistan.

So we’ll try to improve this and maybe as well as you told me, as well as you proposed to me your idea a few minutes ago. A bit of French culture…

You are also a conductor of classical music?

… I make studies…with my normal studies in political, economics, etc. I make studies of music and I’m currently a conductor specializing in classical music of course in opera…I like opera a lot. I used to conduct in many cities in many operas, in the world. This is my favorite thing … the last recording and concert I made two months ago was a piano concerto…

Would you like to organize a musical event for charity?

Yes it’s a very good idea; I hope we’ll see with Gilles Pascal the new director of Alliance and with our friends from the other Embassies. We deal with culture as well, what we can do, how we can promote this. …but probably yes!




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Entertainment brand ambassador boxer Amir Khan to bring his reality show!




LONDON: British-Pakistani boxer Amir Khan – Brand Ambassador of (official partner of BBCNEWS) – along with his wife Faryal Makhdoom is all set to bring their own reality show.

In this context, a statement reads: “the boxer, 31, famed for his hilarious one-liners on the recent series of I’m A Celebrity, will make more great telly if they did a fly-on-the-wall series with them”.

At the moment, the duo is reportedly trying to get back in good terms and this could prove to be a good opportunity.

“He’s a character and they think viewers would be very interested in seeing how he is with Faryal and their daughter behind closed doors,” added the source.

Further details apropos the show are yet to be revealed but both of them are interested in doing a reality show, however, no official statement has been made so far.

Last year, Amir publicly announced to part his ways with Faryal due to the fight and fluctuation in their relationship.

Nevertheless, the things settled down when Faryal reportedly claimed of being pregnant with the boxer’s second child. The couple has a four year old daughter Lamaisah Khan.


(VIDEO AND TEXT) “Never give up in life. One day you will achieve your dream”: World Boxing Champion Amir Khan

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