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Om Puri passed away at 66 due to heart attack

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We have just stepped into 2017 and are shocked to receive the sad news of one of Bollywood’s versatile actors, Om Puri’s demise. The veteran actor suffered a massive heart attack today morning at his residence and couldn’t recover from it. He was 66 and is survived by his ex-wife and a teenage son. His death has left a huge void in the Indian Cinema.

Om Puri was born in October 1950 and hailed from Punjab. He completed his acting course from Film and Television Institute, Pune. He started his journey from theatre and left his impression in parallel and contemporary cinema. There are many notable performances delivered by him that can serve as an acting lesson for young actors. His acting talent was not only confined to the Indian Cinema. Several noted filmmakers from Hollywood too recognized it and cast him in movies in which sentiments, expressions, and human touch were the core subjects. In fact, he is the only Indian actor who has acted in many western films. Owing to his contribution to the Indian Cinema, Om Puri Jee was honoured with Padma Shri by the Indian government.

Many Bollywood figures took to social media and expressed their grief over the loss of the legendary actor.

Riteish Deshmukh: Shocked beyond words to learn that #OmPuri ji is no more. Will miss you sir. Condolences to the family. RIP #HugeLoss

Anupam Kher: I have known #OmPuri for d last 43yrs. For me he’ll always b a great actor, a kind & generous man. And that is how world shud remember him.

PMO India: The Prime Minister condoles the passing away of actor Om Puri & recalls his long career in theatre & films.

Madhur Bhandarkar: Shocked to know that the immensely talented actor #OmPuri passed away. Big loss to our film industry. RIP.

Divya Dutta: This doesnt sink in.ompuri!!T super talented n witty one. Mymost cherished experience staging teri amrita with http://him.RIP sir..

Manoj Bajpayee: completely shocked to hear that om puri ji is no more. may his soul be blessed with peace!it will take long to come to terms with his demise!

Virender Sehwag: Condolences on the passing away of one of our finest ever actors #OmPuri

Karan Johar: Solid actor….Solid filmography….immense talent…. #RIPOmPuri ….cinema has truly lost a brilliant artist….actors #OmPuri

Boman Irani: RIP Om Puri. We have lost one of our finest. A talent, A Voice, A Spirit. Will miss you Puri Saab. is saddened with the great loss to Indian Cinema due to the death of Om Puri Saab. Our deep sympathies and condolences to the family.

Shilpa Shetty’s moving message to her late father

shilpa with her mother and father

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Shilpa Shetty’s father Surendra Shetty suffered a cardiac arrest and died at his residence in Versova on Tuesday, October 11, 2016. He was 74 years old and breathed his last at  9 am. His last rites were performed at the Pavan Hans crematorium in Juhu. The light to his pyre was given by Shilpa’s husband Raj Kundra. His wife and daughters were inconsolable at the funeral that took place on Wednesday.

The family sources said that Mr. Surendra Shetty was taken to the Kokilaben Hospital in Andheri, Mumbai, but was declared brought dead.

He was the owner of a company that makes waterproof covers for pharmaceutical companies.

Taking to Instagram, Shilpa wrote an emotional message to her father, “OUR HERO: Loving and kind in all his ways, Upright and just to the end of his days; Sincere and true, in his heart and mind, Beautiful memories, he left behind. A link in our family chain is broken, He has gone from our home, But not from our hearts. We love u Daddy, you have been the best father, husband, friend and soul. May you Rest in Peace. Shri Surendra Dejoo Shetty 22 Dec 1941-11 Oct 2016. With gratitude Sunanda, Shamita, Shilpa ,Raj ,Viaan-Raj The Shetty and Kundra Family.”


Priyanka Chopra’s top for a magazine cover creates a storm on social media

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Celebrities are like demigods to fans. Anything they do, say, or wear is imitated by their followers blindly. Being an influential personality, sometimes they fail to realize that their action, words, or attire can cause a repulsion. Though the act by them is carried out inadvertently, it still becomes an issue for a debate. Priyanka Chopra has become the hot topic of debate recently because of one of her latest acts after shooting for a cover page of a travel magazine, Conde Nast Traveller.

Though the cover page is not obscene, the reason of her being in the middle of the controversy is the top she is wearing that has four words on it out of which “Refugee,” “Immigrant,” and “Outsider,” are struck off in red, whereas “Traveller” is intact and clear. As soon as the magazine was out, there was a huge uproar on social media. Many Twitteratis found it insensitive and reckoned that nobody becomes a refugee out of choice.

While Priyanka has not given any explanation on wearing the top, the magazine spokesperson came forward and clarified that the wordings on the top has been interpreted wrongly and their intention has not reached to the people. They gave this statement in defense of the controversial top, “At Condé Nast Traveller, we believe that the opening up of borders and the breaking down of walls can help us discover the world, and open up our minds and hearts. So, when we had actor Priyanka Chopra wear a T-shirt we created on the cover of the 6th-anniversary issue, we had a point to make. And it’s not about privilege or fashion.

“It’s about how our labelling of people as immigrants, refugees and outsiders is creating a culture of xenophobia. We are allowing thousands of innocent people who are forced to cross borders due to unimaginable terror and atrocities to be treated without humanity and empathy. It’s about how we are allowing some powerful leaders to build barriers that make it more difficult for bright, motivated and hardworking people to see more of the world, learn from it and make it better for us all.

“It’s time we demand better and stand against the building of walls, literal and otherwise. We must demand a world free of racism and bigotry and prejudice so that we—and generations after us—may enjoy all the abundance that travel offers, the beauty of the world that is open and rich and diverse in its people and cultures and geographies. And we must, in the midst of our many differences, find and celebrate our commonalities, our oneness. We must recognise that we are all on a journey. Whether we are moving across oceans or just a few kilometres, or in our mind’s eye, into a completely different world, whether we are doing so due to free will or circumstance—we are all travellers.”

The reason behind choosing Priyanka for the cover page was also revealed this way, “And this is why Priyanka Chopra—a star at home and abroad, who has experienced first-hand the opportunities that travel offers—is the perfect ambassador. It’s not about her being a refugee or immigrant or outsider; it’s about her, like us, recognising the power of travel, and joining us in asking everyone to do better for each other.”

Om Puri insults Indian force, backs Pak artists

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There is a very popular adage that says, “with age, comes wisdom.” However, some celebrities are proving it wrong and are behaving the opposite. The accomplished and senior actor Om Puri is one of them. At least, his recent statements that he gave to a leading tabloid proves that.

He was asked by the reporter about his opinion on the Uri attack led by the Pakistan-backed terrorists, and whether to ban Pakistani actors in India after that incident. His comment was not only shocking, insensitive, and unpleasant, but also hurting. Without mincing words, he said, ”Who had asked the soldiers to join the army? Who told them to pick the weapons?” His comment was nothing but a proof that he is going senile.

Speaking further about the surgical strike carried out by Indian army, he said, “When the government is taking an action, we all should stay quiet. It hardly matters if we send back the artists from Pakistan, who are working here, or let them stay. I have been to Pakistan six times and have met people from all strata.I have always received love and warmth. If the Pakistani actors leave the projects they are doing here in middle, then people in India (filmmakers) will also face financial loss.”

His statement has drawn flak on social media and also had him a complaint registered against him by ‘Sangharsh,’ a social organization that fights against injustice.

Police offers protection to Karan Johar as MNS workers protest outside his Andheri West office

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Karan Johar is facing the brunt of protest from MNS workers just before his upcoming movie “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil” is nearing its release. The recent terrorist attack in Uri, in which 17 Indian soldiers attained martyrdom, have made every single Indian angry. People are demanding that the BJP government take immediate action against the terrorists responsible for the attack.

The impact of the terrorist attack is not only felt in the entire country, but also in the B-town. The MNS party has jumped in to flaunt their love for the country and has started demanding banning of Pakistani actors in India. They are not in a mood to allow the release of “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil” because of Fawad Khan, a Pakistani actor featuring in it.

The MNS workers protested outside Karan Johar’s office to stop the release of his film. Seeing the intensity of the protest, entire B-town has come forward in support of the producer-director. They feel actors are safe target and banning Pakistani actors won’t stop cross-border terrorism.

The MNS has also ordered Pakistani actors to leave the country in 48 hours. Sensing a threat to Karan’s life, the Mumbai police have provided protection outside his office.

Sapna Bhavnani calls Salman Khan a monkey, and a male chauvinistic pig!

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There are only a few women celebrities who speak up their minds and don’t care about anything or anyone. One such luminary is Sapna Bhavnani, a renowned celebrity hairstylist and ex-contestant of Bigg Boss 6. She is loved in the glitz and glamour industry for her unbiased and bold remarks. When it comes to unleashing a scathing attack on anyone, she doesn’t care about his or her position.

A staunch supporter of feminism, Sapna is ready to launch her first book – ‘Chapter One.’ In an interview, given to the reporter of Hindustan Times, she called Salman Khan “a monkey”! She just didn’t stop there and went on to call him a “male chauvinistic f***ing pig.”

She was also asked about her experience of contesting in Bigg Boss 6 that was hosted by Salman Khan. She said, “You have a male chauvinistic f***ing pig as a host of this f***ing show, that insults people, so people watch the show, and people worship him on the show because people want a job in one of his stupid f***-all movies where he dances like a monkey – that’s Bigg Boss in a nutshell.”

This is not the first time she has spoken about Salman. She had called him a ‘serial woman-beater’ before and even condemned him for his controversial rape comment.

While the fans will certainly be hurt by her statement, we need women who can come out and speak openly without being afraid of any repercussion.

Let’s wait and watch Salman’s reaction.

Arbaaz Khan and Malaika separated, not divorced!

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In the series of breakups that started with the onslaught of 2016, the biggest jolt was the news of the disturbance in married life of one of the coolest couples of Bollywood – Arbaaz and Malaika. Both have been married for 17 years and shared a perfect bonding with each other until something went wrong in their peaceful and calm lives in the beginning of the first quarter of 2016.

To reunite them and settle the dust of differences in their marriage life, their families had several meetings. Big brother, Salman Khan took both of them for a dinner and tried to patch up differences between them. But that too didn’t work.

However, recently, a ray of hope about the couple getting together was seen when Malaika sent birthday wishes to Arbaaz. But that didn’t sustain for long and faded when Arbaaz dropped a bomb yesterday and said “At this point of time we are not together, we are separated, and that’s about it.”

The reason for this declaration is also cited towards his alleged affair with a Goa-based restaurateur Yellow Mehra. Whatsoever is the reason, there is still a hope of reconciling until they both file for divorce officially.

Sex Scene of Radhika Apte and Adil Hussain from “Parched” leaked online!


This has happened for the second time with the dusky actress, Radhika Apte that her intimate scene has gone viral. A year ago, a clip from a short film directed by Anurag Kashyap showcasing her in frontal nudity had gone viral. Now the history has repeated itself and she has become a victim of yet another online leak. This time for her film “Parched,” which was produced by Ajay Devgn that had not seen the light of the day in India, but was released in France in 2015.

Directed by Leena Yadav, Parched is a story of four women in rural Gujarat who are leading a reluctant life imposed by the age-old tradition and dominating male society. They are shown struggling with poverty, forced child marriage, rape from family members, and physical and mental assault from abusive alcoholic husbands. However, they too dream about a life and share their desire with each other about love, men and sex. The movie then proceeds with their struggle for freedom.

After the online leak incident, the filmmakers have registered a complaint against an unknown person with the cyber cell of the police. Given the content of the film, it is unlikely that India will ever see its release on its ground.

Shah Rukh Khan faces humiliation again at US airport

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Shah Rukh Khan had never believed that he will be detained at US airport for the third time. He had been through the same situation before on two occasions – 2009 and 2012. The only thing that changed in the series of humiliation with the superstar is the city. This time he was stopped at the Los Angeles airport yesterday when he was with his children for a vacation.

The ‘Baadshah’ of Bollywood has faced similar issues with the US airport authorities before. We really sympathize with him, for we understand how it feels to be detained at the airport, not just once but thrice in different cities. There is nothing to guess on how annoyed the actor was. Had he been alone, he would have not taken to his heart. But being halted when with children is really painful. Not just for him, for everyone.
Nevertheless, it was Shah Rukh Khan’s way to taking ill-treatment, that he took the incident in joke and tweeted on early Friday morning, “The brighter side is while waiting caught some really nice Pokemons.”

It seems the US immigration has problems with only Indian Muslim names. They have meted the same treatment even to our Late President APJ Abdul Kalam. Other than our late president, Aamir Khan, and John Abraham too have faced the same situation.

Perhaps, it’s all in the name. We hope the US immigration understands that not every Muslim name is a threat to their security.

Mahmood Farooqui of “Peepli Live” fame sentenced to 7-year jail for rape

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“Peepli Live” that came in 2010 was not a commercial hit, but it was critically acclaimed. The satirical comedy film that dealt with the burning issues of “farmer suicides” was co-directed by Mahmood Farooqui, along with his wife. After five years, in 2015, Farooqui suddenly came to the limelight when a US researcher filed a rape complaint against him.

The foreign woman came to India in 2014 and got in contact with Mahmood Farooqui through one common friend. As she was on a research trip, she asked for some help to the director. He called her at her residence in South Delhi on March 28, 2015 and raped her under the influence of alcohol. The victim took some time to get out of the humiliation she had gone through and finally mustered courage to file a complaint against the accused on June 19 with the New Friends Colony Police. Following which Farooqui was arrested and produced in the court.

After lots of hearing, the Delhi court finally gave its verdict yesterday. The accused was slapped with a 7-year jail term along with a fine of 50,000 rupees as a compensation to the victim. If he fails to pay the money, he has to serve additional three months in jail. The court also let the Delhi Legal Service Authority decide on the appropriate compensation for the victim.

Though the Delhi Police demanded a life term for the accused as the crime has tarnished India’s image, Farooqui’s lawyer won the argument of minimum sentence to his clients on the pretext of medical reasons and his cooperation during the trial.

Finally, justice has been meted out to the victim.