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Composer Vanraj Bhatia passes away, B’Town mourns loss

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Music director Vanraj Bhatia passed away at his residence in the city on Friday. He was 93.

Bhatia rose to fame scoring music in an array of arthouse and middle-of-the-road films in the seventies and eighties, such as “Ankur”, “Manthan”, “Bhumika”, “Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro”, “Mohan Joshi Haazir Ho!” and “36 Chowringhee Lane”, as well as TV shows “Wagle Ki Duniya” and “Banegi Apni Baat”. He was reportedly bedridden due to age-related issues. He had not been well for a while now.

The composer won the National Award for his music in Govind Nihalani’s acclaimed “Tamas” in 1988 and was a recipient of the Padma Shri in 2012.

Filmmaker Hansal Mehta took to social media to mourn the loss. He wrote: “RIP Maestro.” while actor Farhan Akhtar wrote: “RIP #VanrajBhatia… apart from the many other brilliant musical works he created, I vividly remember the theme of ‘Tamas’ that started with a shriek so filled with anguish, it could send a chill up anyone’s spine and break anyone’s heart.”

Musician Ehsaan Noorani of the Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy trio wrote: “Farewell Vanraj Bhatia one of India’s finest composers … was glad to have known you worked with you and been part of your music. There will not be another you.”

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Elli AvrRam played cupid in Evelyn Sharma’s love story!

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Evelyn Sharma met the love of her life Tushaan Bhindi on a blind date set up by their common friend Elli AvrRam.

Evelyn and Tushaan in fact lived just a street apart in Bandra for several years, but never really got to know each other. In late 2018 Tushaan completed his work assignments in Mumbai and was ready to relocate in Australia. That was when Elli insisted he go on a blind date with her best friend Evelyn, before he left India.

“I never believed in love at first sight until I met Tushaan. We knew that night that we would want to spend our life together,” says Evelyn.

She made the decision to leave behind her original home Germany and India at the start of the pandemic in March 2020 for life with Tushaan in Australia.

“It’s been a big adjustment to move to a whole new country without being able to see your family and friends, but it is all worth it for a life with my soulmate,” Evelyn added.

Commenting on their secret wedding, Elli said: “Since I know both Evelyn and Tushaan, I just had this strong feeling that they would be perfect for each other, a complete power couple! Today, I’m so happy seeing these two beautiful souls being happily married. There’s no better feeling than this! I wish them forever greatness in their journey together.”

Tushaan shared everyone needs a friend like Elli.

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World Day Against Child Labour: Ayushmann Khurrana highlights issue

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Actor Ayushmann Khurrana, who is Unicef’s celebrity advocate for their global campaign EVAC (Ending Violence Against Children), has spoken about the practice of child labour as a total violation of child rights, on the occasion of World Day Against Child Labour on Saturday,

“Child labour robs children of their childhood and is a complete violation of their rights. Covid-19 has made children, especially girls and migrant children, more vulnerable, exposing them to greater risks. Closure of schools, increased violence at home, death of parents, and job loss within families is driving children to child labour,” Ayushmann said.

“Join hands to prevent this from happening. Advocate for social protection schemes for the poorest families. Highlight that all children should safely go back to schools when they re-open. Dial ChildLine 1098 if you see any child in distress,” he appealed to all.

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Nusrat Jahan flaunts baby bump

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Trinamool Congress MP Nusrat Jahan who is in the news for the last few days over the controversy regarding her relationship with her estranged husband Nikhil Jain again hit the headlines as she flaunted a baby bump confirming pregnancy.

The Bengali actress who is not living with her husband for the last six months posted the photograph along with some other co-actors on social media exposing her baby bump.

The speculation of pregnancy was making rounds for three months when she made an encrypted Instagram post saying — “You will blossom in our own way.”

Even without uttering a single word, Nusrat sure managed to raise the heat of the ongoing speculation. Though she was silent on the issue, speculations were high that the 31-year-old actress turned politician was expecting a baby.

However, the photograph on social media has now ended the speculation.

Nusrat Jahan on Wednesday issued a statement saying her marriage with Nikhil Jain was never valid as an interfaith marriage in India has to be registered under the Special Marriage Act, which never happened and so the question of divorce doesn’t arise.

“Our separation happened long back, but I did not speak about it as I intended to keep my private life to myself,” she said. The TMC MP married the Kolkata-based businessman Jain in June 2019 in Turkey. The wedding ceremony was conducted according to the Turkish Marriage Regulation.

Nusrat in her statement also accused Nikhil Jain of mishandling her money and alleged that his family members have held back the jewellery given to her by her parents. “The one who claims to be “rich” and “been used by me” has been taking money from my account by accessing my bank accounts illegally and by illegitimate means at odd hours of the night, even post-separation. I have already taken this up with the concerned banking authority and a police complaint shall be filed shortly,” she said in the statement.

Jain has claimed that the couple has not been together for the last six months. The indifferences between Nusrat and him became public recently after both of them made startling revelations against each other.

Jain initially said he didn’t want to comment as the matter is in court. Later, the businessman revealed that he pressed Jahan several times to get their marriage registered in India, but she avoided these requests all the time.

The issue snowballed into a political controversy as the BJP jumped into the scene alleging that the film actress had cheated the people showing that she is married.

BJP IT cell chief Amit Malviya posted a video showing the oath taking ceremony of Jahan where she is seen married, and wrote on his Twitter handle: “TMC MP Nusrat Jahan Ruhi Jain’s personal life, who she is married to or who she is living in with, should not be anyone’s concern. But she is an elected representative and is on record in the Parliament that she is married to Nikhil Jain. Did she lie on the floor of the House?”

Trinamool Congress, however, refused to make any comment on the issue and said that the party was keeping a close watch on the developments.

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