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Bollywood Industry gets a taste of Punjabi actors and singer Jassie Gill

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From singers to actors and comedians, Hindi showbiz has seen an increase in influx of young and talented Punjabi artistes over the past couple of years.

Last year, singer Jassie Gill made his acting debut in Bollywood with the film “Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi”. He is now gearing up for the release of another Hindi film titled “Panga”, which has Kangana Ranaut in the lead.

Directed by Ashwini Iyer Tiwari, “Panga” revolves around female kabaddi players and the trials they face.

On his shift from Punjabi to Hindi cinema, Jassie told IANS that he is on “learning mode” right now.

“It is my starting stage, so I am learning a lot now. It is a great industry and the best thing is that they welcome fresh talent with open arms. It is great that artistes from Punjab are getting a chance to showcase their talent and I am happy that the industry is open and welcoming the new talent.”

Punjabi singers and actors Ammy Virk and Harrdy Sandhu are also set to make their acting debut in Bollywood in Ranveer Singh-starrer “’83. The film, presented by Reliance Entertainment, is based on India’s iconic win in the 1983 Cricket World Cup.

They are currently busy training in Dharamsala for their roles.

“You all gave me so much love that I am all set to make my debut in Bollywood. Shukar Waheguru,” Ammy had tweeted.

Interestingly, both Ammy and Harrdy had marked their singing debut in Bollywood before their acting stint.

Ammy lent his voice to the song “Daryaa” in Anurag Kashyap’s “Manmarziyaan” in 2018, while Harrdy sang “Nachna aaonda nahin” for movie “Tum Bin 2” in 2016.

On the singing front, Punjabi singer B Praak recently made his debut in Hindi cinema.

He lent vocals to the “Teri Mitti” song for Akshay Kumar’s “Kesari”. The song even left made Akshay and producer Karan Johar teary-eyed.

Year 2019 will also see the entry of popular Punjabi actress Sonam Bajwa in Bollywood. She is a part of Varun Dhawan and Shraddha Kapoor-starrer dance based film “Street Dancer 3D”.

Talking of Punjabi talent creating waves in Bollywood, one can’t forget gems like Diljit Dosanjh, Badshah, Guru Randhawa and Honey Singh, who have succesfully carved their niche in the industry in the recent past.

In an earlier interview to IANS, singer-actor Diljit said he is proud to “represent his community” in Hindi showbiz.

In 2016, Diljit made his acting debut in Hindi cinema with Abhishek Chaubey’s “Udta Punjab”, and wooed the audience with his on-screen performance as well as song “Ikk kudi”. He bagged a kitty of Hindi film projects like “Phillauri” and “Soorma”, and he will now be seen in “Good News” and “Arjun Patiala”.

Diljit had once said that he had a notion that a “Sardar can’t be a succesful actor in Bollywood”, but looking at his popularity and credits, it seems he has been proven wrong.

On his Bollywood journey, Diljit said: “People told me to get rid of my turban or not become an actor. Back then I knew that I would be okay to give up films, but not my turban. But it has been very rewarding.

“The kind of trust such big filmmakers have vested in me to be a part of their projects is really been something that I value a lot.”

Diljit even became the first turbaned Sikh to get a wax statue at Madame Tussauds, proving that it’s ‘balle balle’ all the way for Punjabis in Bollywood.

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With over 5K new cases, India Covid tally jumps to 96,169

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China: 440 confirmed cases of new coronavirus infection.

With the sharpest spike of 5,242 new cases in 24 hours, India’s total case count of coronavirus jumped to 96,169, the Union Health Ministry data revealed on Monday.

According to the Health Ministry, of the total, 56,316 are active cases while at least 36,823 people have been cured of the disease.

At least 157 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours, taking the total fatality count to 3,029.

In Maharashtra, the Covid-19 cases climbed to 33,053, followed by Gujarat which has 11,379 cases and Tamil Nadu 11,224 cases so far.

Maharashtra has also reported the highest number of deaths, 1198, followed by 659 in Gujarat and 248 in Madhya Pradesh.

National capital’s total tally crossed the 10,000-mark on Monday and stood at 10,054, according to the Health Ministry data.

States which have reported more than 4000 cases are Rajasthan (5,202), Madhya Pradesh (4,977) and Uttar Pradesh (4,259).

Other major states and Union Territories that have reported more than 1,000 cases are West Bengal (2,677), Andhra Pradesh (2,407), Punjab (1,964), Telangana (1,551), Bihar (1,262), Jammu and Kashmir (1,183) and Karnataka (1,147).

Among other states and UTs that have reported a significant number of cases are Haryana (910), Kerala (601), Odisha (828), Tripura (167), Jharkhand (223), Assam (101), Uttarakhand (92), Himachal Pradesh (80) and Chandigarh (191).

Goa which had maintained Corona Free status for quite a long time and had few resurged cases recently, reported at least 15 new cases, taking the total tally there at 29, said the Health Ministry.

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Rajasthan government sends 96,000 migrants, receives 2,12,006

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The Rajasthan government has set up a panel, led by Additional Chief Secretary Subodh Agrawal, to ensure ease of travel for stranded labourers.

Agrawal has been keeping a tab on movement of labourers and is in touch with other states. “It’s time to ensure that every citizen is fed and reaches home without any trouble. We are monitoring labourers’ movements every day. Several trains have been deployed to shift labourers. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot is personally monitoring the developments and has said no one should sleep hungry,” said Agrawal.

The state government is taking care of travelling migrants’ meals, masks and sanitizers, and is ensuring strict implementation of social distancing norm. Passengers are also being checked by medical teams on railway stations.

Till now, 96,000 migrant labourers have been taken to their home states. Of this, 4,292 labourers travelled to Gujarat, MP (37,442), Punjab (7,774), Haryana (5,580), Bihar (5,942), Uttarakhand (1,589), West Bengal (677), Maharashtra (554) and Odisha (79).

Similarly, 2,12,006 Rajasthani migrants have returned from Gujarat, 36,814 from Maharashtra, 17,233 from MP, 1,128 from Punjab, 3,713 from Haryana, 5,614 from UP, 1,132 from Uttarakhand, 863 from West Bengal, 398 from Bihar and 272 from Odisha.

As soon as the government got the nod for migrants’ transportation, 8,12,423 registered themselves to travel via trains to their home states. Similarly, 10,64,417 labourers registered to reach Rajasthan from across India.

“In the coming days, thousands of workers will be sent to their home states and brought back to Rajasthan. We hope things will go hassle-free. After an unfortunate incident in Aurangabad, we have taken strict measures to ensure safety of stranded workers,” Agrawal said.

The state government started registration of stranded people through eMitra. Any stranded person could register on eMitra portal by providing relevant details along with documents or using +181/18001806127, Agrawal said.

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Actress Kriti Kharbanda’s lockdown tension: Eyebrows ka kya karein!

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Overgrown eyebrows are among the many repercussions of the lockdown, ask Kriti Kharbanda.

On Tuesday, Kriti took to Instagram and wrote: “Baaki sab toh theek hai, par in eyebrows ka kya karein (Rest is all right, but what does one do about the eyebrows)!”

A few days ago, actress Sonam Kapoor too expressed concern over the state of her eyebrows. She said that her “eyebrows are in mess”.

On the other hand, actor Shahid Kapoor’s wife Mira Rajput shared how glad she was that her eyebrows were “behaving” amidst the lockdown. She had posted a picture of her perfectly shaped eyebrows and captioned it: “So far the eyebrows are behaving.”

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