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Mumbai court reserves order on Alok Nath's anticipatory bail plea


Vinta Nanda and Alok Nath

New Delhi [India], Dec 24 (ANI): Mumbai’s Dindoshi Sessions Court on Monday reserved the order on the anticipatory bail application filed by actor Alok Nath in the Vinta Nanda rape case for December 26.
The actor had filed the bail application in the Mumbai court on 14 December.
On November 21, a rape case was registered against Nath by the Mumbai Police, based on a complaint filed by the writer-producer, who accused him of raping her 19 years ago. The FIR was booked under Section 376 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
Amidst the #MeToo movement, Nanda had narrated her horrifying ordeal in a Facebook post in October. She was the writer and producer of teleserial ‘Tara’ in the 90s, in which Nath played a lead role.
In the wake of these allegations, the 62-year-old ‘Vivah’ actor was recently expelled from the Cine and TV Artistes’ Association (CINTAA). (ANI)

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Challa: This 'Uri' soundtrack is all about pride, valour, and triumph


Vicky Kaushal in 'Uri: The Surgical Strike'

New Delhi [India], Dec 24 (ANI): From hard-hitting dialogues to daring stunts, intensity and aggression, the first song of ‘Uri: The Surgical Strike’ has it all!
Titled as ‘Challa,’ the power-packed song showcases the hardships of soldiers while training for the surgical strike. It shows the eight-day countdown to the strike and how Vicky Kaushal, an army officer, trains to protect his country. The song also features Mohit Raina, Yami Gautam, Paresh Rawal, and Kirti Kulhari.
High on patriotism, the track witnesses Vicky leading a team of soldiers, preparing them for the surgical strike with the emotion of avenging the killings of their fellow comrades during the Uri attack on September 18, 2016.

Crooned by Romy, Vivek Hariharan, and Shashwat Sachdev, ‘Challa’ will surely pump in energy and awaken the Indian in you. The music of the song is given by Shashwat Sachdev and the uplifting lyrics are penned by Kumaar.
Starring Paresh Rawal as National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, and Yami Gautam as a no-nonsense interrogation officer, the movie showcases the instances of what went down during the Indian army’s surgical strikes in Pakistan following the attacks in Jammu and Kashmir’s Uri town.
The 2016 surgical strike was initiated on September 29 after four militants attacked the Indian army at Uri on September 18 and killed 19 unarmed soldiers.
The movie, which is being produced by Ronnie Screwvala, also features Kirti Kulhari and Mohit Raina in pivotal roles. It is slated to hit theatres on January 11 next year. (ANI)

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Birthday wishes pour in for Anil Kapoor


Anil Kapoor

New Delhi [India], Dec 24 (ANI): Birthday wishes poured in for Anil Kapoor from his Bollywood friends, family and co-stars, as the ace actor turns 62 today.
The elated 62-year-old, who rung in the special day with his family, was seen cutting a cake with wife Sunita, daughter Rhea Kapoor, and son Harshvardhan Kapoor while Sonam Kapoor was seen participating in celebrations via video call.
Taking to their social media, actors Arjun Kapoor, Rajkummar Rao, Madhuri Dixit Nene, Juhi Chawla, Anupam Kher, Preity Zinta, Kirron Kher, and others wished Anil health, wealth and happiness.
Here’s what they wrote:
Arjun Kapoor: The maddest man child who’s 26 going on 62 !!! Janamdin Mubarakan !!! It’s been a privilege to be ur nephew & an honour being ur co star… @AnilKapoor #whataplaya #chaiwaala #slumdogmillionaire #jhakaas #agelesswonder.

Anupam Kher: Happy birthday my dearest friend @AnilKapoor. May God give you all the happiness in the world. May you rule the world in every department of life and profession. May you continue to look the way you are looking for the last forty years. You are the bestest. Love and prayers.

Rajkummar Rao: Happy birthday my favourite @AnilKapoor sir. Thank u for teaching me so many things. What a great day to launch #EkLadkiKoDekhaToAisaLaga’s new movie poster!

Juhi Chawla: Proud to be a part of such a relevant film #EkLadkiKoDekhaToAisaLaga. And what a day to launch our first look. Happy birthday @AnilKapoor .Trailer relases 27th Dec. #LetLoveBe
The ‘Fanney Khan’ star’s daughter Sonam, too, shared an adorable post for her daddy dearest.

The actor, who has often been praised for ageing backwards, has given major hits like ‘Mr India,’ ‘Nayak,’ ‘Judaai,’ ‘Dil Dhadakne Do,’ and ‘Race’, among others. He has also worked in Hollywood movies including ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ and ‘Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.’
The ‘Mubarakan’ actor shared the first look of his upcoming film ‘Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga’, which also stars Sonam, Rajkummar Rao, and Juhi Chawla, as a birthday treat to his fans. (ANI)

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Matthew Davis, Kiley Casciano now man and wife


Caption: Matthew Davis and Kiley Casciano (Picture courtesy: Instagram)

Washington D.C [USA], Dec 24 (ANI): ‘Legacies’ star Matthew Davis tied the knot with his girlfriend Kiley Casciano nearly three hours after he proposed to her in an organic food market on Sunday.
The 40-years-old actor took to Instagram to post a series of pictures from the ceremony alongside the caption “When you ask your lover if they want to get married while shopping in the produce section of Erewhon, and 3 hours later you’re married on Christmas Eve Eve. Thanks to Abbot Kinney [Boulevard] for the last minute provisions #AVeryMarriedChristmas”

In one of the pictures, the newlyweds were seen flaunting their rings- a gold band and a large clear stone set on a rope band. Dressed in casuals, the groom was seen wearing a grey sweater and black trousers, while the bride donned a sleeveless white dress.
Kiley, too, posted two selfies of the couple after they tied the knot.

Soon after the impromptu wedding, Kiley changed the username of her Instagram account to ‘imkileydavis’.
Prior to Kiley, ‘The Vampire Diaries’ star has been linked with Afghan-American actor Azita Ghanizada and Miss Georgia USA Brittany Sharp. (ANI)

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First look of 'Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga' out!


EK Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga poster, Picture courtesy: Instagram

New Delhi [India], Dec 24 (ANI): The first look poster of ‘Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga’ is finally out and it brings the father-daughter duo of Anil Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor together for the first time ever!
Treating his fans on his birthday, the ‘Fanney Khan’ actor shared the first look of the film on his Instagram account and captioned it as, “Excited to present the first look of #EkLadkiKoDekhaToAisaLaga. Honoured to begin this journey on my birthday along with my lovely daughter @sonamkapoor. Trailer releases 27th Dec #LetLoveBe @rajkummar_rao @iamjuhichawla @FoxStarHindi @vinodchoprafilms @saregama_official.”

The picture features Anil and Sonam depicting the emotional bond of a father and daughter. The film’s trailer will release on December 27.
Sonam too shared the poster on her Instagram account and wrote, “What a day to release the first poster of #EkLadkiKoDekhaTohAisaLaga. Happy Birthday Daddy @Anilkapoor! This film is a tribute to the father-daughter bond. Trailer releases 27th December. #LetLoveBe @rajkummar_rao @iamjuhichawla @FoxStarHindi @vinodchoprafilms @saregama_official.”
Earlier, the makers of the film had released the teaser of the romantic drama and a few character posters.
The film is set in the backdrop of Punjab and revolves around a love story filled with ‘syaapa’.
The teaser of ‘Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga’ makes you believe that the flick is a typical love story with a twist. The one-minute video opens with a few scenes from Anil’s 1994-film ‘1942-A Love Story’ after which we are introduced to Sonam, who says, “Love story mein koi na koi syappa toh hota he hota hai”. The teaser then introduces the audience to Rajkummar Rao and the ‘Neerja’ star’s ‘syapa love story’.
Directed by Shelly Chopra Dhar, the film also stars Rajkummar and Juhi Chawla in pivotal roles. It is all set to hit the big screens on February 1, 2019. (ANI)

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Deepika Padukone, Vikrant Massey to star in 'Chhapaak'


Deepika Padukone, Vikrant Massey, Picture courtesy: Instagram

New Delhi [India], Dec 24 (ANI): Deepika Padukone is all set to star in upcoming Bollywood film titled ‘Chhapaak’ opposite Vikrant Massey.
The ‘Piku’ actor took to her Twitter handle to announce her new film.
“A story of trauma and triumph. And the unquashable human spirit. Elated to collaborate with Fox Star Studios on #Chhapaak @meghnagulzar @masseysahib @foxstarhindi,” Deepika tweeted.”

A few days back, Indian film critic and trade analyst Taran Adarsh also confirmed the news in a tweet.
“IT’S OFFICIAL. Deepika Padukone and Meghna Gulzar join hands. Their first film together is titled #Chhapaak. Based on the life of acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal. Vikrant Massey has been signed to enact the lead opposite Deepika,” he wrote.
The Meghna Gulzar directorial is based on the life of an acid attack survivor named Laxmi Agarwal.
The 32-year-old actor will essay the role of Agarwal, who was attacked at the tender age of 15. Agarwal had to undergo several surgeries. Later, she took up the job of helping acid attack survivors and promoted campaigns to stop such attacks. Her attacker, a 32-year old man, was an acquaintance of her family. Agarwal is a well-known advocate of stricter punishments in acid attack cases.
Co-produced by Deepika, ‘Chhapaak’ will go on floors in March 2019.
Deepika was last seen on the big screen in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Padmaavat’. While Vikrant last appeared in AltBalaji’s web series titled ‘Broken but Beautiful’, where he played the role of a heartbroken husband who lost the love of his life in a car accident. (ANI)

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This is how Gabrielle Union bonded with her daughter Kaavia


Gabrielle Union and Kaavia, Picture courtesy: Instagram

Washington D.C. [USA], Dec 24 (ANI): American actor Gabrielle Union opened up about how she bonded with her daughter Kaavia James Union Wade while she was in the surrogate’s womb.
Gabrielle and Dwyane Wade welcomed Kaavia together via surrogacy on November 7, this year. ‘The Bring It On’ star has been very vocal about her struggles with infertility and has been speaking more about it since Kaavia came into the world, reported E! Online.
On Sunday, Union joined Connie Simpson aka Nanny Connie on an Instagram Live and talked about her bond with her little one, the nanny and which celebrities knew about the surrogacy.
Connie Simpson has also helped celebrity couples like Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel and John Krasinski and Emily Blunt.
Union explained that she had a chance meeting with Connie. “What people didn’t know at that moment that I came across Nanny Connie is that we had just implanted our embryo into our surrogate. Nobody knew. We had not told anyone,” she said.
Union also revealed the steps that she and Wade took to bond with the baby while she was still in the surrogate’s womb.
She said she and the ‘Miami Heat’ star along with his three kids that she shares with Siohvaughn Funches, recorded themselves while speaking.
“The surrogate would play it with headphones on her belly so Kaavia could get used to our voices,” she said.
Union also explained that it wasn’t just her family’s voices that she heard. She also heard Astroworld and Beyonce.
“Kaav heard everything from Astroworld to Beyonce to Earth Wind and Fire to The Whispers,” Union said. The little munchkin apparently loves the Hamilton soundtrack, too.
The ‘Being Mary Jane’ star also disclosed that Kaavia was born a few weeks early. “We thought we had at least two more weeks,” she said.
Union also said that American actor Jessica Alba was the one who supported her throughout the surrogacy process. She said that she “confided in her early on.”
On December 10, Union posted an Instagram video about her tiny tot’s “birth journey” and it provided an insight into how Wade and Union met their “miracle baby.”
In the video, the couple gave glimpses into the months leading up to Kaavia’s birth and why they chose the surrogate route.
“Every family is unique. How each family is created and comes together is special. Kaavia James Union Wade’s journey into our arms was long and at times brutal. There were heartbreaks that nearly broke us and streams of tears that turned into raging rivers. And then came Kaavia James,” she captioned the video. (ANI)

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Debby Ryan, 'Twenty One Pilots' Josh Dun are engaged


Debby Ryan, Josh Dun (Pic courtesy: Instagram)

Washington D.C. [USA], Dec 24 (ANI): Actor Debby Ryan is engaged to ‘Twenty One Pilots’ drummer Josh Dun.
The Disney alum took to social media to share the happy news. “I said yes! Well technically I said ‘NO WAY’ twice but I meant yes,” she wrote alongside a few pictures of the big moment.
Ryan, who currently stars in the Netflix series ‘Insatiable’, also posted a photo of a close-up of her large engagement ring.

Dun also posted a picture of himself proposing on one knee before a weeping Ryan. He revealed that the proposal went down in a “tree house in the woods in New Zealand.”
“She my dude for life,” he added. “I love you Debby.”

Debby and Josh have been dating on and off since 2013. (ANI)

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Ashutosh Rana, Madhur Bhandarkar react on Naseeruddin Shah's remark


 Madhur Bhandarka,r  Ashutosh Rana

New Delhi [India], Dec 24 (ANI): “Everyone has a right to share their thoughts,” said filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar while reacting to Naseeruddin Shah’s recent comments on Bulandshahr violence incident.
Bhandarkar stated that since India is a democratic country, one can express his opinions. However, according to him, there is no intolerance in the country.
“Everyone has the right to speak. We live in a democratic country. I don’t think there is any fear. Everyone is equal in India and this is his point of view. This is the special thing about our country that everyone can express their opinions. I don’t think there is any problem or intolerance,” the 50-year-old said.
Meanwhile, Bollywood actor Ashutosh Rana took sides with Shah and urged that one must ponder over the statement rather than merely reacting on it.
“Everyone should have a right to share their thoughts with their friends or other people without any fear. We should be wary of reacting, acting or doing a trial on any such comment. If any of our brother or friend is saying something, we should not only listen to them but must also ponder over it,” Rana said while interacting with media.
“Independence stands for simplicity and gentleness and that is what our culture is,” the actor added.
Veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah has been facing flak for his recent comment over the Bulandshahr violence incident in which two people including a police official were killed over rumour of cow slaughter.
“At many places, the death of a cow is being given more importance than the killing of a policeman. I feel anxious for my children because tomorrow if a mob surrounds them and asks, ‘Are you a Hindu or a Muslim?’ they will have no answer. It worries me that I don’t see the situation improving anytime soon,” Shah had said in a video which surfaced on the social media earlier this week. (ANI)

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Sonam pens heartfelt note on dad Anil's 62nd birthday


Sonam Kapoor Ahuja, Anil Kapoor (Pic courtesy: Instagram)

New Delhi [India], Dec 24 (ANI): Bollywood’s Jhakkas actor Anil Kapoor turned 62 today and darling daughter Sonam Kapoor Ahuja is celebrating the day with a heartwarming wish.
Sonam took to social media to share a picture from the sets of ‘Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga’, which brings together the real life father-daughter duo for the first time ever on the big screen.
The 33-year-old wrote alongside, “Happy happy birthday Dad… this has been a momentous year for both of us. For the first time in 10 years of being in this industry I shared a frame with you and was your costar.”
“And you also had to see me get married.. all this was a complete roller coaster… hard and beautiful at the same time,” she continued.
The ‘Veere Di Wedding’ star also thanked her dad “for the teachings of love, progressive ideals and morals that have been a part of my upbringing, and each year I realise more and more what a gift that is in this day and age.. love you so much.”

On her Instagram story, Sonam shared a clipping where the birthday boy can be seen cutting his cake. Also present are Anil’s wife Sunita Kapoor and his kids Rhea Kapoor and Harshvardhan Kapoor. Sonam and husband Anand Ahuja, on the other hand, take part in the celebrations via a video call.


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