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Veteran Bollywood Star Shashi Kapoor dies at Mumbai Hospital



MUMBAI: Veteran Bollywood actor Shashi Kapoor breathed his last at the age of 79 here this evening in a hospital after several months of illness.

Born as Balbir Raj Kapoor on March 18, 1938 in Kolkata, Shashi Kapoor starred in a large number of Hindi as well as in a few English-language films.

He was also known as a director and a film producer in Hindi film industry.

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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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Bollywood Grapevine: Priyanka is on board for Bharat?




MUMBAI: Rumors making round in the B-town are that former Miss World Priyanka Chopra has been locked for Salman Khan’s Bharat, reported sources.

In this context, a statement reads, “Priyanka has also worked with Ali in Gunday (2014) and shares a good rapport with him. This film will see the three of them collaborate for the first time.”

Earlier too, Salman and PC have shared screen space in Mujhse Shaadi Karogi (2004), Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute to Love (2007) and God Tussi Great Ho (2008). “The fact that their jodi is coming together after such a long time will surely be exciting news for their fans.”

PC was last seen in Prakash Jha’s Jai Gangaajal two years back in which, she essayed the role of a police officer.

At the moment, the actress is all booked up with the third season of American TV show Quantico and a couple of Hollywood films A Kid Like Jaje and Isn’t It Romantic.

Helmed by Ali Abbas Zafar, Bharat will portray major events, which was taken place at the time of partition. Produced by Atul Agnihotri, the movie is expected to be shot in Abu Dhabi, Spain, Punjab, Delhi and London.

It is interesting to observe here that earlier too, the duo of Zafar and Salman have produced two blockbusters namely Sultan and Tiger Zinda Hai. Pundits at the helm of affairs foresee the forthcoming venture to be a chart-buster of the subsequent year.


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(VIDEO AND TEXT) Goethe-Institut Pakistan features RESURRECTION at NAPA Theatre Festival





KARACHI: NAPA International Theatre and Dance Festival 2018 held in Karachi was the event where German Cultural Centre (Goethe Institut) featured Nora Amin,  Egyptian writer, performer, choreographer, director, educator, and founder of Lamusica Independent Theatre Group.

Speaking about her profoundly research-based performance RESURRECTION Nora Amin said she steered clear through conventional as well as contemporary expressions to portray pain, torture, trauma, hope, escape and love. 

While talking exclusively to (official partner BBCNEWS) Nora Amin held: “The whole performance is inspired from facts. So it is a fact that in 2005 we had this fire. It was a turning point for our theatre community to understand the necessity of activism within the art seen. And also to understand how to claim our rights and to defend and protect our lives as a community of artists.

“And I believe this was one of the elementary phases that later brought a kind of revolutionary understanding of our rights as citizens and gradually after some years it was one of the seeds of revolution in 2011. I believe so!

“Salah Saad is one of the people who were in the fire. [Among those who were killed was Salah Saad, the man who I loved for years and was his companion in the days prior to his death and many many many other great theatre artists and friends.] It was like a big part of our family disappeared overnight. And I believe this deserves a live memorial and the live memorial is a performance.

“I am generally interested in studying the effects of pain, torture and trauma on the human body. To understand how it is possible to track the physical memory and also transform it to physical expression. So this is a topic of research and experimentation that is quite new and progressive. And it is also based on not using the traditional vocabulary of dance or even the modern vocabulary from famous schools. But on creating authentic movement that is coming out of this research and study about what happens to the body. And the physical memory. So I have like two main, at least two main elements in the performance and one is more about the  expression of escape.

“How to try and escape a destiny of oppression or of danger and then the other element is about being imprisoned in this fate which is death. And I try to track the possibility of re-enacting something close to the panic that happens before death and danger and how this panic is reproduced in the body.

“And especially my most difficult part in this research and expression is the scene where the body is burning. So we hear a fire and we see the effect of the sound of the fire on the body. And it is about trying to find a moment of confrontation with this painful scene where later we can find a certain healing. My conviction is that healing cannot truly happen unless we face the pain. And so this is what I’m trying to do in the performance.

“And there is also an interactive part in the end. Where I am having a one-on-one moment with the spectators. (And because I played the performance in several countries all over the world. And I always found the moment of meeting the spectator, looking into the eyes with the water.) I find a real moment of healing and of human connection that goes beyond culture and language and it makes me feel that our common history is able to come together if we can meet our hearts, if we can have our hearts meet.

“I want to honestly tell you the fact that in moments of hope, in moments of pain and in moments of love we are so close to each other!”

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