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Raees to have a sequel will Mahira Khan be the part of it?

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NEW DELHI: If the online reports are to be considered, Shah Rukh Khan’s Raees sequel is on the cards, reported sources.

According to the details, producer Ritesh Sidhwani and director Rahul Dholakia took to twitter to give a hint about the sequel.

Dholakia tweeted, “Raees is the most pirated film of 2017. Now how does one react to this?” In response to this, Sidhwani replied, “Look at the brighter side the audience we have for the sequel #RaeesReturns (sic).”

It is pertinent to mention here that the said flick starred Pakistani beauty Mahira Khan in the significant role. However, filmmakers bite their tongues when it comes to reveal who will be the leading lady this time.

Considering the changing bonds with Pakistan, film officials would have to handle the situation with kid’s glove as far as Mahira’s casting is concerned.

At the moment, B-town King Khan is all booked up with his next titled Zero, wherein SRK will be seen playing a dwarf for the first time. The movie is slated to hit the silver screen on December 21, 2018.

The film features Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma in lead roles, whereas, Salman Khan, Deepika Padukone, Kajol, Rani Mukerji, Juhi Chawla and Alia Bhatt are expected to join SRK’s venture for cameo.

 

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Italian Quartet Mesmerizes Karachiites at NAPA (Text and Video)

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KARACHI: National Academy of Performing Arts’ Zia Mohyeddin Theatre was the venue where Italian Quartet led by songwriter/vocalist Francesca Incudine enthralled Karachiites with Sicilian music. 

Addressing the ladies and gentlemen in the audience  Consul General of Italy Anna Ruffino told that she had first heard Francesca singing in Madrid: “I listened to her till the end. Then I asked for her name and noted that in my mobile. When I was posted to Karachi I was thinking of inviting interesting people from home to perform here together with Pakistani artists. I talked to Francesca who immediately accepted. She is also a songwriter, so all the songs that you are going to listen to tonight are original. I am sure you will enjoy the music.”

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Terming the experience of performing with musicians here as extraordinary, Francesca told that was her first visit to Pakistan.

Francesca, who had joined the NAPA choir to croon Pakistani patriotic song Hum Zinda Qaum Hain had rehearsed with students. Reckoning Sicilian and Pakistani music as similar she held: “Urdu is so difficult but I love the sound of words…Music is a universal language really.” 

Speaking about the traditional Sicilian instruments, members of the Quartet used, she told that Tamburello was mostly played by women in Sicily; Sheepskin bagpipes were somewhat similar to the ones used in Scotland. 

Appreciating the audience’s enthusiasm here she told that (as songwriter) her music was about life, power of love and feeling. She found Karachi a very warm and hospitable city. Comparing the Metropolis with Sicily, Francesca mused: “I come from Sicily! There is not only the Mafia but also beauty which is also present in Karachi”!

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Interestingly Italian and Pakistani instrumentalists immaculately presented the famous Sindhi folkloric strain Rahi wanj raat Bhambore mein.

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Will Meesha show up in court to submit her response this time?

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Meesha Shafi Case

LAHORE: Sources privy to NPTV have been intimated that singer Meesha Shafi has been ordered to come up with her response by 25th of September pertaining to the defamation suit filed by singer-cum-actor Ali Zafar, who was being accused of harassing her.

In the proceedings of a district and sessions court, Meesha’s legal counsel Muhammad Saqib Jilani presented his power-of-attorney to the court and pleaded the court for an extension for submitting reply.

Accepting the request, the judge adjourned the hearing till September 25. It is pertinent to mention here that the first hearing vis-á-vis Meesha/Ali high profile case was held on June 25, 2018, wherein Meesha was ordered to come up with her response pertaining the defamation allegations.

Nevertheless, she did not show up in court nor did she present her reply on August 13. Readers may recall how Shafi accused Ali of abusing her on multiple occasions some months back. Whereas, on the other hand, Ali, while categorically denying the claims, lodged a defamation suit asking for  Rs1 billion and apology for marring his reputation in a district court against Shafi on June 23.

The official statement reads, “That the tweet dated 19.04.2018 and the Instep Article dated 21.04.2018 are false, slanderous, and defamatory statements, stand published and originate from the defendant, therefore, have caused tremendous injury to the Plaintiff’s reputation, goodwill, livelihood; being attempts to tarnish the good image of the plaintiff.”

“As the defamatory statements are patently false, it can only be concluded that this malicious campaign has been launched against the plaintiff as part of a motivated conspiracy to tarnish the plaintiff’s good image through making false accusations.”

“The defendant has associated herself with the global #MeToo movement, with one of the launchers of the #MeToo movement ‘Rose McGowan’ labeling the defendant as ‘a heroine for our times’.”

A relevant piece published earlier:

LHC dismisses Meesha Shafi’s complaint against Ali Zafar!

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What B-town Kangana has to say to PM Imran Khan?

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Kangana has to say to PM Imran Khan

MUMBAI: Ever since PM Imran Khan came into power, a number of influential persons including common people reckon him a ray of hope, be it bringing about change or boosting relationships amid countries.

In such, Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut also went ahead and opened up about her desires to see both the states in good terms.

Deliberating about her positive thoughts, Kangana is optimistic that PM Imran Khan would make sure that the two countries have a beautiful relationship.

She went on to say, “Hopefully, we can only hope that we shed no more blood. It’s unfortunate that our soldiers are dying. But, the kind of speech Mr. Imran Khan has given is very nice and I wish him all the best and with folded hands, I appeal, that we have a beautiful relationship.”

It is pertinent to mention here that Imran is all set to take his oath as prime minister on August 18.

Considering this, pundits at the helm of affairs are of the view that the event is going to be a big hit, which would also be covered by international media giants.

NPTV had earlier reported that Indian cricketer Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavaskar and Navjot Singh Sidhu have already been invited to his oath-taking ceremony.

Moreover, it has also been speculated that some B-town actors and other high-ups will be conspicuous among others.

Relevant pieces published earlier:

B-town Aamir won’t make it to Khan’s oath-taking ceremony!

Sources privy to NPTV have been intimated that B-town Aamir Khan is not going to visit Pakistan for PM Imran Khan’s oath-taking ceremony. According to the details, provided by the sources, Amir did not receive any invitation from Khan. In this context, a source quoted Aamir as saying: “No, I am not going to Pakistan and I haven’t got an invitation for Imran Khan’s swearing-in ceremony.” At the moment, the 53-year-old actor is booked up with various professional commitments in India. Deliberating about his engagements, he further went on to say: “I am busy as I have a very big event for Paani Foundation, which I am preparing for. It’s a massive event with 10,000 villagers and is taking place on August 12.” Previously, it was reported that Aamir had promised Imran Khan that if he came into power, he would visit Pakistan to rejoice his triumph during a media event in 2012. He had mused: “When you win the election, I will definitely come [to Pakistan] to celebrate your victory. And I will bring lots of Indians with me.” It is pertinent to mention here that PTI spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry had claimed earlier that invites had been dispatched to former Indian cricketers Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, Navjot Singh Sidhu and Indian actors (particularly Aamir) to the much-anticipated ceremony, which is reportedly scheduled to be held on 13 August. (Published on 3rd August 2018) 

Will Amir Khan visit Pakistan to rejoice Khan’s success?

The popularity of Bollywood Khans i.e. Shahrukh Khan, Salman Khan and Aamir Khan is quite common among their Pakistani fans as well. As a matter of fact, they cannot get enough of those superstars. In such, singer-cum-actor Ali Zafar has jogged Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan’s memory apropos his past vow to visit Pakistan if cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan became the Prime Minister. The Teefa in Trouble actor took to Twitter and posted, “Aamir Khan, I think it’s time :).” Ali requested Khan to come to Pakistan due to a fan’s namely Syed Saif Mansoor request, who tweets, “Sir, you have contacts with all Bollywood stars. Please give this message to Aamir Khan that Imran Khan has won the elections and now he should fulfill his promise and come and celebrate with us. Pakistanis are eagerly waiting to welcome him, a fan tweeted to Zafar.” Readers may recall that back in 2012, Aamir had promised Imran Khan that if he came into power, he would visit Pakistan to rejoice his triumph during a media event. “When you win the election, I will definitely come [to Pakistan] to celebrate your victory. And I will bring lots of Indians with me,” said Aamir… While eulogizing Imran’s vision pertaining to New Pakistan, Aamir had said, “I really like the idealism and the dream in you. I wish you to succeed in fulfilling your dream.” “I wish Pakistan gets a government that can really solve its problems, a party that is determined to bring prosperity to Pakistan. It will be good not just for Pakistan but for everyone else. My heart tells me that you will succeed because you have been doing this for years. When you started out, you faced numerous challenges. Yet, you are still firm in your convictions and you are still at it.” It is pertinent to mention here that PM Imran Khan, who successfully managed to clean sweep major political parties in General Elections 2018, wants to take oath in front of the nation at D-chowk on August 11. (Published on 30th July 2018) 

 

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