Washington, Nov 16 The US Senate has passed a first ever bipartisan resolution honouring Sikhs, including the more than 10,000-strong community members currently living in Indiana, and recognising the historical, cultural and religious significance of the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of Sikhism.
The resolutions were introduced to the US Congress to honour Sikh Americans for their contributions and sacrifices.
This is the first Senate resolution introduced to honour the Sikh community.
Republican Senator Todd Young from Indiana and Democratic Senator Ben Cardin from Maryland submitted the resolutions on November 1, which includes recognising Guru Nanak's 550th birth anniversary.
The resolutions work to further Americans' understanding and appreciation of the Sikh experience and its history, according to Senator Young's release.
Sikhism is a monotheistic religion and the fifth largest in the world. There are more than 25 million Sikhs across the world and almost a million live in the US.
Hoosier Sikhs are one of the fastest-growing business communities in Indiana, according to Senator Young's resolution.
"This resolution honours Sikh Americans, a vital part of our Nation's rich culture and diversity. Indiana is home to more than 10,000 Sikhs, and I am proud to introduce the first resolution ever introduced in the Senate in their honour. As the fifth-largest religion in the world, Hoosier communities are made richer by their contributions," Senator Young said.
The Senators' resolutions recognise:
The historical, cultural, and religious significance of the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak; The contributions and sacrifices made by the Sikhs of the US; The discrimination that Sikhs of the US have faced in America and around the world.
The resolutions express respect for all Sikhs who practice their faith.
"Sikh Americans have been a proud part of the American story for generations and they continue to enrich our nation and the communities in which they live," Senator Cardin said.
"I thank the Sikh community for their ongoing social, cultural and economic contributions, and for their courage to stand up against racial and religious discrimination against their community and others," he added.
The Senate resolutions also mention Snatam Kaur, Gursoach Kaur and Supreet Kaur -- three distinguished Sikh women who made diverse contributions to the US.
New Delhi, Nov 16 Milap Zaveri's 'Marjaavaan' starring Sidharth Malhotra and Tara Sutaria have received quite a good response at the box office after its grand release on Friday. Fans are bombarding the cinema houses to enjoy the action drama. On the same day, makers of the film include a new song, 'Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram' just a couple of minutes ago and it is sure to get you all even more excited for the movie.
After the track of 'Marjaavaan' was released on various platforms, it has been lapped up by the netizens. Since its release, it has already crossed 2.3 million views on YouTube. Tweeples have started pouring in their love for it.
"Your voice tunes the life of lifeless people. @palakmuchhal, #RaghupatiRaghavRajaRam," said one.
A Twitter user remarked: @palakmuchhal3 Less Than 24Hours This Super Melody Crossed Million Viewers. Congratulations Palakji For This Sweet But Powerful Performance Of You #RaghupatiRaghavRajaRam."
Social media was flooded with millennials talking about it. Some netizens spoke about Palak Muchhal's lovely voice and some were talking about the stars.
'Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram' is sung by Palak Muchhal and the music is given by Tanishk Bagchi. The lyrics of 'Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram' is penned by Manoj Muntashir.
Mumbai, Nov 16 Bollywood veteran Amitabh Bachchan had a health scare recently and had to be rushed to the hospital, but shortly after returning home he is up on his feet and is back to putting in long hours at work.
In a recent blog post, Big B has mentioned that he is doing 18-hour shifts at work. In the post, he mentioned that owing to the backlog that piled up when he was in hospital, he shot three episodes of "Kaun Banega Crorepati", the quiz show he hosts, in one day.
"Yes, sir, I work. I work every day. I worked yesterday, it lasted 18 hours. It gave me reassurance, love and blessings," read his blog post.
Big B has also been inspiring fans to find joy in work. Recently, he posted a motivational quote with a photograph that shows him on the KBC set.
"There is no work without work," went the caption of the picture.
Owing to health issues, Big B was forced to cancel his trip to the 25th Kolkata International Film Festival. The veteran actor was scheduled to inaugurate the festival, where he has been a guest for the past six years.
By Arundhuti Banerjee
Mumbai, Nov 16 Actress-filmmaker Konkona Sen Sharma has lent her voice to the audiobook of the Anita Nair's novel "Twin Beds". She feels audiobooks are a new and interesting approach to tap the imagination of people who do not have the patience to read.
"It is true that the habit of reading books has gone down, so the audiobook is a nice idea to exercise our imagination. One does not need to put any extra effort, one can play the audio book while on a long drive, sitting idle in a room, putting on nail paint, or (doing) anything mundane. Listening to the book gives you a chance to know the story and characters, and then you can use your imagination," Konkona told IANS.
"Twin Beds" revolves around a married couple Akash and Nisha, who fall in love all over again during a trip to Thimphu. The audiobook also features the voices of Konkona and Satyadeep Mishra. The audiobook will be released on the streaming platform Storytel on November 26.
"It was a different and stress-free experience. On a film set -- especially the low-budget films I have been a part of -- one has to hurry up on set. So many people work around a scene and (there is) noise. Here, I am doing voice acting in silence, inside a studio and in front of a microphone. This was much relaxing," said Konkona.
Would she want to start a podcast show? "I did not give it a thought but it is actually a good idea -- a podcast where I can share my thoughts, have a conversation with people who matter," replied the actress.
Konkona is a voracious reader. Asked if the romance of reading a book can be captured through an audiobook for people who love to read, she repiled: "I started listening to the audiobook very recently after doing the project with Storytel. I am quite an old-school that way, (I like) to read a book from the printed words, holding a hard copy. I do not even like reading books online, though I know it is quite convenient at times, especially while travelling. To me, the experience of reading a book is irreplaceable. There is a physical interaction that happens with book," said the actress.
Mumbai, Nov 16 Pop sensation Dua Lipa met Bollywood Badshah Shah Rukh Khan while on her maiden concert trip in Mumbai.
Shah Rukh took to Twitter, to share a photograph of himself with Dua Lipa, who is headlining the performance at the first-ever live concert at OnePlus Music Festival in India.
"Have decided to live by ‘New Rules' and who better to learn them from but @DUALIPA herself!! What a charming and beautiful young lady....and her voice!" wrote SRK, captioning the image.
He added: "Wish her all my love for the concert tonight. Dua if you can, try the steps I taught u on stage."
The concert on Saturday evening also featured pop star Katy Perry.
Mumbai, Nov 16 Tennis icon Sania Mirza is "real in a sea of fake" feels Parineeti Chopra.
Bollywood star Parineeti took to Instagram to wish her BFF Sania on her 33rd birthday and sang praises for her.
Sharing a picture of the two of them together, Parineeti wrote: "I LOVE YOU. I love you because you're real in a sea of fake. Because you're grounded in a sea of entitled. Because you're all heart in a sea of manipulators. Because you're self made, intelligent, humble and funny as hell! But most of all, I love you because you let me be me...(Also- you're the only person who knows my every secret!!) I love you miss. Thankyou for coming into my life. HAPPY BDAY SANUUUUU!!! @mirzasaniar"
Parineeti's bestie Sania replied with a comment, "Awwe I love you too much".
Other B-Towners like Huma Qureshi, Farah Khan and Neha Dhupia also wished the Tennis star on her birthday, which happened on November 15.
On the work front, Parineeti will next be seen in Ribhu Dasgupta's "The Girl On The Train" and "Saina", which is a biopic of badminton player Saina Nehwal.
Meanwhile, the actress has suffered an injury while prepping for "Saina". She took to Instagram to inform her fans about the injury and wrote, "Dude. Me and the entire team of Saina have been taking so much care that I shouldn't get an injury, but shit happens. Will rest it as much as I can before I can start playing badminton again. #SainaNehwalBiopic"
Mumbai, Nov 16 Sharad Kelkar rose to fame with his role in "Goliyon Ki Rasleela: Ram-Leela" and he could not agree more about that fact. The actor calls the Sanjay Leela Bhansali directorial a gamechanger for him.
"'Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela' was a gamechanger for me. I think people accepted me from '...Ram Leela'. From a TV actor to doing a film, the phase was difficult but I got amazing response through that," Sharad told IANS.
Sharad says since the release of the Bhansali film in 2013, the industry has been very kind to him.
"I kept on doing films after films that's what I have good relationship with most of the actors and producers and directors with whom I worked and I want to work. The journey has been great I am looking forward to 2020 now there are few more releases happening. The next year is pretty exciting for me," he added.
Now Sharad will next be seen in Ajay Devgn's "Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior", where he will be seen playing Chatrapathi shivaji Maharaj.
Mumbai, Nov 16 Actor-filmmaker Farhan Akhtar has shared a new training photograph from his upcoming film "Toofan", directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra.
Farhan took to his Instagram handle to share the behind-the-scene (BTS) photo. He captioned the image: "Storming into the weekend."
To fit into the shoes of the character, Farhan has undergone a major body transformation and is also undertaking special boxing lessons to essay his role with perfection.
Farhan has joined hands with Mehra after six years for "Toofan" in which he will be seen playing a boxer. The two last collaborated together for "Bhaag Milkha Bhaag", a biopic on the legendary athlete Milkha Singh.
"Toofan", an Excel Entertainment production in association with ROMP pictures, will be hitting the screens on October 2, 2020.
Mumbai, Nov 16 Megastar Amitabh Bachchan shared a photograph of his daughter Shweta Bachchan Nanda and son Abhishek Bachchan twinning as toddlers in their nightsuits.
Big B took to Twitter on Friday, where he shared a black-and-white photograph of his children.
"The innocence of the child is what gives us the reason and the opportunity to make them, what they are... Shweta and Abhishek in their prime," he captioned the image.
T 3550 - The innocence of the child is what gives us the reason and the opportunity to make them, what they are ..
Shweta and Abhishek .. in their prime .. !!🤣 pic.twitter.com/k6AuFYskhP
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) November 15, 2019
The photograph currently has 897 Retweets and 24.4K Likes on the micro-blogging website.
On the work front, Amitabh currently has three films in his kitty -- Ayan Mukerji's "Brahmastra", Nagraj Manjule's "Jhund" and "Chehre" helmed by Rumi Jaffery.
Mumbai, Nov 16 Ekta Kapoor loves balancing her job profile as a producer on different platforms of entertainment, whether it is film, television or web shows. The new season of her unconventional OTT show, "Broken But Beautiful" was fun working on, she says, as is always the case with her popular TV series "Naagin" that has been dubbed regressive by many.
During the trailer launch of "Broken But Beautiful", Ekta was asked how she manages to create content for audiences of different demography. "As an individual, we all have different sides to our personality. We talk differently with our parents from when we are with our friends, or lovers or when we talk to ourselves. That is how it works with different kinds of storytelling, too. I have had as much fun making ‘Naagin' -- especially the Panchmukhi Naagin I am making now -- as the show ‘Broken But Beautiful', which is deep," she replied.
"I think we have to celebrate every form of art and storytelling. Whether you like it or not, both kinds of stories are art, and it has different impact on different people. For the mass audience, television is an escape and for others, a love story like 'Broken But Beautiful' is a connection. For still others, watching 'Game Of Thrones' is about living out the gladiator in you," she added.
Season 2 of "Broken But Beautiful" features Gaurav Arora and Anuja Joshi along with Vikrant Massey and Harleen Sethi. The show streams on the OTT platforms ZEE5 and Alt Balaji from November 27.
Talking about the show, she said: "I would say this is one of the shows I decided to make just for myself. We deal with the big, tangible aspects of love, while the small things are lost. There is always a story after the ‘happily ever after'. In the first season, we have shown that they moved on, that they are healed. But the fact is, you always carry certain things with you -- in your heart, you always carry the memory. Although you forgive and move on, you carry the pain into the next relationship. I hope that the simplicity of the story appeals to people."
In Bollywood this year, Ekta has been associated with the production of films such as "Dream Girl", "Judgementall Hai Kya", "Jabariya Jodi", and the yet-to-release "Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare". She has also produced TV shows like "Bepanah Pyaar" and "Haivaan: The Monster", and is gearing up for "Naagin : season 4".
The producer said that exploring different platforms have helped her create a fan base across different generation.
"With the variety of shows, we are reaching to different generations. I came across girls who said that once they felt irritated watching daily soaps on TV with their mothers, they discovered their own stories in shows like ‘Broken But Beautiful'. A whole new age group has emerged," shared Ekta.
So, what is that one thing in her life that is broken but beautiful?
"My achy-breaky heart!" she replied promptly, and then added: "It is always going to be broken in different stages of life but because it still loves, it is beautiful.