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Singer Narendra Chanchal passes away at 80

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Singer Narendra Chanchal, who redefined popular devotional singing in India, is no more. According to reports, Narendra Chanchal died on Friday in the city. He was 80.

Celebrities like Anup Jalota, Daler Mehndi and Madhur Bhandarkar have paid tributes to the late singer.

Chanchal shot to fame with his ‘Jagran’ hits in the seventies and the eighties, particularly songs dedicated to Sherawali Mata. His ode to Sherawali Mata “Chalo bulava aaya hai” continues to be popular till date. Chanchal is best known for his live performances.

The singer also made a mark in Bollywood. He is known for rendering the title song of the 1974 Amitabh Bachchan film “Benaam”, composed by RD Burman. He also famously sang “Beshak mandir masjid todo” in Raj Kapoor’s 1973 superhit “Bobby”, starring Rishi Kapoor and Dimple Kapadia.

Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar tweeted: “Saddened to hear demise of Singer #NarendraChanchal ji. He will be remembered for his bhajans and some remarkable songs in Hindi films, My heartfelt condolences to his admirers and family. Om Shanti.”

Singer Daler Mehndi also felt “deeply saddened to learn that iconic and most loved #NarendraChanchal ji has left us for the heavenly abode. In prayers for his soul to rest in peace. Heartfelt condolences to his family and legions of fans”.

Honouring the singer, actor Ranvir Shorey said: “Saddened at the demise of vocalist Sh. Narendra Chanchal, singer of many iconic bhajans & Hindi film songs in history. His unique voice had the ability to pierce straight to a listener’s heart, making every listening experience an emotional & spiritual one. #RIP #respect.”

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Kangana Ranaut: Javed chacha got warrant against me with Maharashtra government help

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Actress Kangana Ranaut on Tuesday took a jibe at lyricist Javed Akhtar for issuing a warrant against her. A Mumbai court had issued a bailable warrant against Kangana the day before, when she failed to appear for the hearing of Akhtar’s defamation case against her.

“Another day another FIR, yesterday Javed chacha with help of Maharashtra government got a warrant issued for me and now another FIR for supporting farmer’s bill, meanwhile those who spread lies about this Bill and Farmer’s genocide also caused riots, face no consequences. Thanks,” Kangana tweeted.

In a second tweet in Hindi she took a jibe at the Maharashtra government and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation.

She wrote: “Kitne bhi zulm karlo, mera ghar tod do yah mujhe jail bhej do, yah jhooth failakar mujhe badnaam kar do, main nahi darne wali, mujhe sudharne ki koshish karne walon main tumhe sudharkar dam lungi, karlo jitni koshish karni hai mujhe abala bechari banane ki, main baaghi paida hui thi, baaghi hi rahungi (No matter how much you oppress, break my house or send me to jail, or spread lies about me, I’m not scared. Those of you who are trying to correct me, I’ll relax only after correcting you. No matter how much you try to portray me as a helpless woman, I was born a rebel and will always be so).”

On Monday, Kangana visited her Bandra office for a meeting, and later tweeted to express that visit left her heartbroken. The actress also shared pictures of the destroyed office.

In September 2020, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had demolished parts of Kangana’s office in Bandra citing illegal construction. The demolition work was stopped midway after a stay order from Bombay High Court on September 9.

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Bobby Deol: I was a big star once but things didn’t work out

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Bobby Deol’s poetic tribute to Covid-19 fighters.

He was dubbed the Italian Stallion when he entered Bollywood, long mane adding to his dashing loverboy charm. Although his debut film Barsaat fared way below expectation in 1995, he had a few top hits in the early decade of his career, notably Gupt, Soldier, Baadal and Bichhoo.

Yet, what followed didn’t make for a happy picture. Dharmendra’s younger son and Sunny Deol’s younger brother Bobby suddenly witnessed a drop in his career graph in the new millennium. Films stopped doing well, the offers started slowing down.

The actor says that it took him some time to accept the fact that he would have to settle for roles lesser than the lead.

“I used to be a big star once upon a time but things didn’t work out. My market value went down. I went through a phase where I couldn’t understand why this happened and I started giving up,” Bobby told IANS.

The actor adds that it was when his kids wondered why he was at home, did he realise that it was time to get back to work.

“When I saw my kids noticing me sitting at home, it dawned on me that I am an actor and my job is to perform and play characters, and not just the main lead. As an actor, I realised that I needed to prove myself and that’s how I started looking at things,” he said.

“This is why I am getting so much work now. People have appreciated my hard work and have seen that I have the capability of doing different roles,” said the actor.

He seems to have made a good-enough comeback. His role as the vile Baba Nirala in Prakash Jha’s web series last year Aashram has been appreciated, and he is set to return next year. He has lately been seeing a regular flow of releases, too.

Bobby has projects such as Love Hostel and Aashram season 2, besides Bollywood deals such as Apne 2 and Animal coming up. Talking about the love that he has been receiving from fans, especially for Ashram, he says: “I don’t know what to feel. It is the love of my fans plus the new fans that I have made who helped me receive this award. They appreciated my work and the web series was watched by so many people. Their appreciation has helped me get this award and I am so grateful for that.”

Today, Bobby is on the lookout for roles that help him explore his acting abilities. “I put myself outside my comfort zone when I look for roles. I want to do roles that question the uncertainty and non belief that one has in oneself. I want to the kind of roles that when people offer them to me and I also go like, ‘I don’t see myself doing this! Do they really want me to do that?’,” he sums up.

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Parineeti Chopra-starrer ‘Saina’ to release on March 26

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Bollywood actress Parineeti Chopra took to Instagram to announce the release date of her new film Saina. The biopic based on the life of badminton ace Saina Nehwal is slated to release on March 26.

Parineeti shared the poster of the film and captioned it: “SAINA! In cinemas 26th March @nehwalsaina #AmoleGupte @manavkaul @eshan.naqvi #BhushanKumar #DeepaBhatia @sujay.jairaj #RaseshShah #KrishanKumar @amaal_mallik @manojmuntashir @kunaalvermaa @tseries.official @tseriesfilms #FrontFootPictures #AGCPL #Saina.”

She wrote her captions with emojis of a smiley and a badminton racket.

The film is directed by Amole Gupte and was shot in 2019. It was originally supposed to release in summer last year but got delayed due to the pandemic. Shraddha Kapoor was initially cast as Saina Nehwal but later replaced by Parineeti.

Parineeti will also be seen in the film “Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar”, which has been directed by Dibakar Banerjee. The film also stars Arjun Kapoor and is slated to release on March 19.

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