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SRK’s throwback video reveals he anchored Doordarshan shows

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An old video of Shah Rukh Khan that has surfaced in social media has revealed a hitherto unknown fact about the Bollywood superstar. It seems like he has had a stint as television show anchor on Doordarshan, way back in the early nineties.

The throwback video doing the rounds shows Shah Rukh anchoring at New Year’s Eve show on Doordarshan, along with a female anchor. In the clip, the actor and his co-anchor are seen inviting a much-younger singer Kumar Sanu — who was yet to strike Bollywood stardom wirh his songs of “Aashiqui” — to the stage to croon a track.

In the video, a lanky SRK, dressed in baggy fashion of the era, looks in his early to mid twenties. As Sanu is introduced by his co-anchor, SRK jocularly asks if he is the singer who has been making waves copying Kishore Kumar lately.

“Kumar Sanu wohi hai jo Kishore Kumar ke andaaz main gaatey hain?” SRK asks his co-anchor. She replies saying that although Sanu’s style is heavily influenced by Kishore Kumar, he has a lot of individuality too, to entertain the world with.

Incidentally, this performance was one of Sanu’s earliest public shows ever.

The video is shared by Twitter handle Bollywoodirect. The clip is captioned: “#ShahrukhKhan as a tv anchor for a singing programs of #Doordarshan. #srk #shahrukh @memorable_90s”

SRK would go on to become Bollywood’s King Khan in barely a couple of years’ time. Kumar Sanu would become the industry’s biggest playback sensation for the next several years with the release of “Aashiqui” in 1990.

In the years to come, Sanu would sing iconic hits in numerous SRK blockbusters including “Baazigar”, “Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge”, “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai”, “Yes Boss”, “Karan Arjun”, “Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa”, and “Deewana”.

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Filmmaker Suneel Darshan accuses Google of copyright infringement

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Filmmaker Suneel Darshan, who is known for films such as ‘Inteqam’ and ‘Andaaz’, has filed an FIR against the search engine giant Google, its CEO Sundar Pichai and several other employees of the corporation, alleging an infringement of the copyright of his 2017 directorial ‘Ek Haseena Thi Ek Deewana Tha’ on YouTube.

Darshan has claimed that though he had not uploaded the movie anywhere, nor sold it to anyone, several channels on YouTube are profiteering off it and Google has refused to take the movie off those channels. His FIR, filed with the MIDC Police Station at Andheri East, alleges infringement of Sections 51, 63 and 69 of the Copyright Act of 1957.

Sharing this information with IANS, he said: “My faith and belief in the advancement of technology are implicit, but the infringement of my rights is a cause of grave concern.”

He added: “My entire copyrighted movie, apart from its songs and sequences from it, have been uploaded and monetised, and I have helplessly watched such illegal acts.”

Darshan clarified that it was only after his repeated requests went unanswered that he had to seek legal help. “Their actions and replies indicate they are well-versed in deflecting queries from my end,” he said.

Maintaining that he had the utmost respect for Google, he however said the corporation had been unfair to genuine creators.

“I have total respect for both the technology and the funds that they (Google) bring to India,,” Darshan said, but added that the corporation’s reluctance to work with experienced content creators and benefiting from their knowledge had only led to mutual loss, and denied quality content to the audience.

Asked what his next step would be, Darshan said: “I will move according to the law and the advice of my lawyers.”

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On R-Day, Kamal Haasan makes a global pitch for khadi

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Megastar and Makkal Needhi Maiam founder Kamal Haasan says khadi, the banner of India’s freedom struggle, not only represents Indianness, but also is a fabric for all seasons. He maintains that it has the potential to re-connect with people and all it would take for it to happen is a good idea to cultivate this affinity.

The actor was speaking on the sidelines of the launch of his clothing line named ‘KH House of Khaddar’, which went live on the occasion of the 73rd Republic Day. Breaking the stereotype around the fabric, he says, “Our first collection is not pompous. It answers questions like ‘What can khadi do for style and fashion?’ It can do all that linen can, and much more.”

Recalling the launch of the label in Chicago in Fall 2021, he said: “It is the Windy City and the temperature there can turn icy, but I could walk down the streets in a three-piece khadi outfit, and its warmth held me up. I do believe khadi is a textile for all seasons.”

Commenting on the launch, Amritha Ram, designer and creative head of KH House of Khaddar, said: “I want to make sure that alongside presenting the designed element that would put KH House of Khaddar on the global map, we as a brand send out the message that we comprehensively take care of the three dimensions of sustainability: Economic Development, Social Development and Environmental Protection. That is my dream for Khadi.”

Talking about what separates khadi from others, Ram said; “The fluidity of the fabric! One can groom the fabric the way one wants to. It is raw, beautiful and all natural.”

The idea behind KH House of Khaddar is both to create a clothing line that flaunts khadi as a textile and to contribute to the uplift of the country’s handloom weavers.

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Prabhu Deva’s 58th film, an action entertainer, is titled ‘Rekla’

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Director Anbu’s upcoming Tamil action entertainer, featuring actor Prabhu Deva in the lead, has been titled ‘Rekla’.

Actor Arya released the title motion poster of the film on Twitter and wrote: “Here is the exciting title-look motion poster of Prabhu Deva’s 58th film #Rekla Congrats team!”

Directed by Anbu and produced by S Ambeth Kumar of Olympia Movies, the film has music by Ghibran. Sources close to the film unit said that the other members of the cast and crew were being finalised.

“This will be a reasonably big budget film,” a source said. “The film will be a rural entertainer. The team is being worked out. Expect an official announcement on the same soon.”

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