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Farhan Akhtar mourns Milkha Singh’s death: You represented a dream

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Actor Farhan Akhtar, who played Milkha Singh in the film “Bhaag Milkha Bhaag”, has mourned the death of the legendary Indian athlete, who passed away aged 91 after a long battle with Covid-19.

Farhan posted a picture on Instagram posing with Milkha, who was popularly known as the ‘Flying Sikh’.

The actor penned a note saying that he refuses to accept that Milkha Singh is no more.

Farhan wrote: “Dearest Milkha ji, A part of me is still refusing to accept that you are no more. Maybe it’s the stubborn side I inherited from you.. the side that when it sets it’s mind on something, just never gives up.

“And the truth is that you will always be alive. Because you were more than a large hearted, loving, warm, down to earth man. You represented an idea. You represented a dream. You represented (to use your own words) how hard work, honesty and determination can lift a person off his knees and get him to touch the sky. “

Farhan said that the legendary athlete touched everyone’s lives.

“For those who knew you as a father and a friend, it was a blessing. For those who didn’t, your story was a constant source of inspiration and a reminder of humility in success. I love you with all my heart,” he concluded.

Directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, “Bhaag Milkha Bhaag”, biographical sports drama is based on the life of Milkha Singh.

Milkha Singh passed away in a local hospital in Chandigarh at 11.30 p.m. on Friday, read a statement from the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research (PGIMER), where he was being treated for Covid-related complications.

He is survived by a son, ace golfer Jeev Milkha Singh, and three daughters.

Six days ago, on June 13, Milkha’s wife Nirmal passed away.

A former India volleyball captain, she was 85, and she, too, was affected by Covid and related complications.

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Meghna Malik not keen on playing just simple, linear characters

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Actress Meghna Malik, who played the popular character of ‘Ammaji’ in the show “Na Aana Iss Des Lado”, and more recently was seen in Hindi biopic “Saina”, says that she wants to do more complex characters.

Ask her what kind of roles she is willing to portray in future and Meghna tells IANS: “Wish I was in that position that I have all the roles coming my way, that I’ll be able to explore them. I want to make audiences laugh and cry at the same time. I am not keen on playing just simple, linear characters but more complicated roles interest me.”

The actress says you don’t always get what you want: “That’s how it has been and that’s how you make your peace with that. You make your peace with rejections as well as achievements both.”

Meghna finds her character of Usha Rani, Saina Nehwal’s mother in “Saina” very close to her heart.

Parineeti Chopra had played the lead role of the ace badminton player in the film, which released earlier this year.

She says: “Saina comes from Haryana and I also belong to the same place so they connect between us. Moreover, capturing the spirit of an untiring mother was really captivating.”

Meghna will be seen in another biopic based on an eminent poet from Haryana, “Dada Lakhmi Chand”, directed by Yashpal Sharma.

“Like ‘Saina’, it is also a very interesting subject though it does not fall into that commercial-commercial form. But, I enjoyed doing it a lot,” she says.

“Saina” will have its world television premiere on Zee Cinema on July 25.

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Aparshakti Khurana to once again host Indian Sports Honours

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Mumbai: Actor Aparshakti Khurana seen at Juhu, in Mumbai on Jan 7, 2020. (Photo: IANS)

Actor Aparshakti Khurana will once again be seen hosting the Indian Sports Honours. This is the second time the actor will be hosting this awards show.

Earlier, he had hosted the 2019 edition.

Talking of the same, Aparshakti said in a statement: “It is an honour to be hosting such a prestigious awards show. I have always been into sports right from my childhood. Hosting the Indian Sports Honours for the second time gives me a great sense of joy and I get to meet and talk to favourite sportspersons.”

The event will be conducted virtually this year in the wake of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

On the work front, Aparshakti will be next seen in “Helmet”, “Stardust” and an as-yet-untitled film, which will be Bhushan Kumar’s next.

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Mansi Srivastava to join the cast of ‘Kundali Bhagya’

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Actress Mansi Srivastava will join the cast of the show “Kundali Bhagya”. She will be seen playing the character of Sonakshi.

Ecstatic about joining “Kundali Bhagya”, Mansi says: “Sonakshi and Karan are college friends and share a great bond. She will also become extremely close to Preeta too. In fact, the positive shade of this character along with the numerous other shades that she will bring to the role is what really got me intrigued to portray this character. Also, I must say that this is my first show with Balaji, and I couldn’t have gotten a better role or a better show to start off with.”

The actress is all in praise of the team, especially co-stars Dheeraj Dhoopar and Shraddha Arya and can’t wait to begin shooting.

“I was extremely excited to even begin shooting on the show because I was reuniting with Dheeraj after our last show together in 2016. So, I am happy to shoot with him again. I met him and Shraddha during a photoshoot and was very warmly received by both of them. In fact, I feel the entire team is very sweet, I have also had the pleasure of meeting a few of them during my look tests and I am eager to begin shooting with all of them. I also hope the audience loves this new role of mine,” she says.

“Kundali Bhagya” airs on Zee TV

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