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Singer Rahul Vaidya: Won’t compare if singers are bigger than actors

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Ever since singer Rahul Vaidya proposed to his girlfriend, model-actress Disha Parmar, on “Bigg Boss 14”, their fans have been excited to know when the duo will take the relationship to its next level.

A few days back, Rahul and Disha raised expectations of fans by posting “wedding pictures” that promptly went viral. It turned out soon enough the stills were of the new music video “Madhanya” that features Rahul and Disha.

The element of romance in his personal life has surely made Rahul, a teenybopper star since his “Indian Idol” days, a bigger glamour figure than ever before in his public life. Over the past months, he has constantly been in the news – first, because of his good form on “Bigg Boss 14” (he finished first runner-up) and then, of course, there has been his much-talked-about romance.

Does he feel he has been enjoying a filmstar-like popularity lately, or perhaps he enjoys a fan base bigger than many filmstars?

“I won’t want to compare if we are bigger than filmstars or not. Everyone has their space, it is beautiful. Everyone puts in insane amount of hard work. Musicians have a different kind of hard work and actors have a different kind. Everyone has their space,” Rahul took a diplomatic line, in conversation with IANS.

He acknowledges that singers enjoy a massive fan base around the world, and the culture has finally trickled to India.

“I absolutely love actors and I think that is fantastic. In the West, Justin Bieber has more fans as music is universal. Musicians have hardcore fans. That culture has come to India, too. It’s come bigtime. Pop stars get attention and love and that is beautiful,” he said.

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Bollywood on floating corpses: You can fudge data, how do you hide bodies?

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With more dead bodies found floating in the Ganga amid the ongoing second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, Bollywood celebrities took to social media to express shock and condemn the horrific incidents.

Actor-filmmaker Farhan Akhtar tweeted on Wednesday: “The news of scores of bodies being discovered floating in rivers and washed up on its banks is absolutely heartbreaking. The virus will be defeated someday but there has to be accountability for these failures in the system. Until then, the pandemic chapter is not closed!”

Actress-filmmaker Pooja Bhatt wrote: “You can fudge the data.. how do you hide the bodies? This will haunt us for generations to come.”

Reacting to a news piece talking about the same, actor-comedian Jaaved Jaaferi wrote: “This is tragic and horrific.”

Earlier, Bollywood celebrities like Urmila Matondkar, Shekhar Suman and Divyenndu Sharma had also reacted to the shocking development.

On Monday, around 45 dead bodies in a decomposed stage were found on the banks of the Ganga in Buxar district, and the district administration claimed the bodies were from the upstream districts of Ghazipur, Varanasi or Prayagraj in Uttar Pradesh.

After Bihar’s Buxar, around two dozen bodies have been found on the banks of the Ganga at adjoining Ghazipur district of Uttar Pradesh, some of which have been partially cremated and then thrown into the river.

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Zareen Khan on playing a gay character: Just had to be honest to emotion of love

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Zareen Khan plays a homosexual woman in the recently released film “Hum Bhi Akele Tum Bhi Akele”. While makers were sceptical to cast her in the role initially, the actress says it is not the first time that she has faced such a situation.

“It is not the first time that people have been sceptical to cast me in their film if it is a non-glamorous role. They have this whole thing because of all the previous work that I had done. This was not the first time that people were sceptical,” Zareen told IANS.

“But, yes, I was asked for an audition and I was more than happy to give because if a person does not know if I would be able to pull off this character. They loved the auditions and I was a part of this film,” she added.

This is the first time Zareen was seen playing a lesbian on screen. Did she have any inhibitions portraying the character at first?

“It wasn’t really difficult I would say. As for the body language, I have been a tomboy all my life, so that trait, which I was always told to correct, helped me here in the film,” she said.

“The thought occurred to me — because I am not a homosexual — that I shouldn’t end up doing something unknowingly, saying or portraying something that might offend the LGBTQ community. Then I thought to myself that it is about portraying the emotion of love and that emotion is felt the same way how a straight person would feel it, because the emotions are the same,” she said.

The actress, who was launched by superstar Salman Khan in the 2010 film “Veer”, felt that the love would be the same, and once she decided on that, she portrayed the character with full honesty.

“I just had to be honest to the emotion of love and just portray it on screen with all honesty,” she said.

“Hum Bhi Akele Tum Bhi Akele” released on Disney+ Hotstar VIP.

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Bollywood celebrities reacts with shock over dead bodies floating in Ganga

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Bollywood celebrities have expressed shock at dead bodies found floating in the Ganga river in Bihar, amidst the second wave of Covid-19.

“150 half burnt bodies of suspected Corona victims found floating in Ganga river in Bihar. If this is not Apoclaypse ‘Pralay’ then what is it? We don’t deserve this. We don’t. Frightening, horrifying to say the least. God plz save us from this cataclysm,” wrote actor Shekhar Suman on Tuesday.

Actress-politician Urmila Matondkar tweeted: “Over 100 dead bodies of suspected Covid fatalities dumped in Ganga. Tragic.. brutal.. inhuman beyond belief. Om Shanti
#IndiaCovidCrisis.”

“Dead bodies found floating in Ganga!!! Yeh kahan se kahan aa gaye hum.. Now, Uttarakhand is going through crisis, like most of our states!! We are in a State of EMERGENCY,” actor Divyenndu Sharma wrote.

Amid the Covid surge that is wreaking havoc across India, the administration in Bihar’s Buxar district on Monday found at least 45 dead bodies, most in a decomposed stage, in the Ganga, and claimed they had been thrown into the river in upstream Uttar Pradesh.

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