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Bollywood lyricists unite, demand credit on streaming platforms

31 Jul 2020

Bollywood lyricists unite, demand credit on streaming platforms

Some of the best-known Hindi film songwriters, including Varun Grover, Swanand Kirkire, Neelesh Mishra and Anvita Dutt have come together for a unique music video, thereby urging music streaming platforms to grant them proper credits.

RIP Jagdeep: Bollywood thanks the veteran for decades of entertainment

09 Jul 2020

RIP Jagdeep: Bollywood thanks the veteran for decades of entertainment

Veteran actor Jagdeep, who played the iconic role of Soorma Bhopali in cult classic Sholay, and made the audience laugh for decades through his unmatchable comic timing and onscreen antics, passed away on Wednesday at his residence in Mumbai. He was 81. He will be laid to rest today.

RGV's sexist remark on women buying alcohol invites Sona's ire

05 May 2020

RGV's sexist remark on women buying alcohol invites Sona's ire

Making problematic statements on social media is Ram Gopal Varma's favorite pastime.

Amid lockdown, leading DTH operators offer subscribers free service channels

10 Apr 2020

Amid lockdown, leading DTH operators offer subscribers free service channels

Leading DTH operators in India have started offering some free service channels in India, the offer is valid at least till April 14. The move is aimed at encouraging home-bound customers to try activities like cooking, dancing, and exercising during the ongoing nation-wide lockdown.

'Mr. India' row: Javed Akhtar lashes out at Shekhar Kapur

28 Feb 2020

'Mr. India' row: Javed Akhtar lashes out at Shekhar Kapur

The announcement of a planned reboot of the 1987 Bollywood movie Mr. India has got mired in a major controversy.

Anil Kapoor was equally disturbed, Shekhar on 'Mr. India' row

27 Feb 2020

Anil Kapoor was equally disturbed, Shekhar on 'Mr. India' row

The controversy surrounding a planned reboot of the 1987 movie Mr. India is getting messier with time.

Time to test legally: Shekhar Kapur on 'Mr. India' remake

23 Feb 2020

Time to test legally: Shekhar Kapur on 'Mr. India' remake

Earlier this week, Bollywood director Ali Abbas Zafar announced that he would soon helm a movie trilogy inspired by the iconic 1987 movie Mr. India, which was directed by Shekhar Kapur.

Javed Akhtar threatened Kangana, said 'apologize' to Hrithik: Rangoli Chandel

19 Feb 2020

Javed Akhtar threatened Kangana, said 'apologize' to Hrithik: Rangoli Chandel

In her latest attack, Kangana Ranaut's sister Rangoli Chandel has claimed that poet/lyricist Javed Akhtar once threatened Kangana Ranaut and asked her to apologize to fellow actor Hrithik Roshan, who the actress infamously had a spat with.

Waiting and chilling: Richa Chadha on her wedding plans

23 Jan 2020

Waiting and chilling: Richa Chadha on her wedding plans

Bollywood actress Richa Chadha has finally opened up about her wedding plans with boyfriend Ali Fazal.

Shabana Azmi is sedated but coherent, says Boney Kapoor

20 Jan 2020

Shabana Azmi is sedated but coherent, says Boney Kapoor

Veteran actress Shabana Azmi, who is currently admitted in the ICU at Mumbai's Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, is under sedation but coherent and talking normally, shared film producer Boney Kapoor, who visited her at the hospital.

FIR lodged against Shabana Azmi's driver for rash driving

19 Jan 2020

FIR lodged against Shabana Azmi's driver for rash driving

A police complaint has been filed against veteran actress Shabana Azmi's driver after the car that the two were traveling in met with a major accident on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway on Saturday afternoon.

Shabana Azmi injured in road accident on Mumbai-Pune Expressway

18 Jan 2020

Shabana Azmi injured in road accident on Mumbai-Pune Expressway

In a tragic incident, veteran actress Shabana Azmi on Saturday met with a car accident on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway. Shabana (69) has reportedly sustained critical injuries.

Farhan Akhtar and Shibani Dandekar to get married in 2020?

12 Jan 2020

Farhan Akhtar and Shibani Dandekar to get married in 2020?

Actors Farhan Akhtar and Shibani Dandekar are all set to tie the knot by the end of this year, according to reports. The two have been dating for around two years now.

Bollywood-Piyush Goyal meeting: Who attended and who skipped the meet?

06 Jan 2020

Bollywood-Piyush Goyal meeting: Who attended and who skipped the meet?

Last night, the Centre organized a special dinner with Bollywood celebrities as part of its outreach program for the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act.

Yash Raj Films has not paid my royalties: Salim Merchant

22 Nov 2019

Yash Raj Films has not paid my royalties: Salim Merchant

Singer Salim Merchant, part of popular Bollywood score composer duo Salim-Sulaiman, has claimed that renowned production banner Yash Raj Films (YRF) has not paid his dues in royalties, despite having collected it on his behalf.

#RIPSushmaSwaraj: Bollywood celebrities mourn the death of BJP veteran

07 Aug 2019

#RIPSushmaSwaraj: Bollywood celebrities mourn the death of BJP veteran

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) stalwart and former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj passed away yesterday night in AIIMS, Delhi, due to a heart attack. She was 67.

Elections 2019: All candidates endorsed by Swara Bhasker are losing

23 May 2019

Elections 2019: All candidates endorsed by Swara Bhasker are losing

Bollywood actor Swara Bhasker is known for never shying away from voicing her political opinions on Twitter.

Shah Rukh Khan begins shooting for 'Ted Talks' Season 2

23 May 2019

Shah Rukh Khan begins shooting for 'Ted Talks' Season 2

Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan's fans may not get to see him in any films in the near future, but they needn't be disappointed. The 53-year-old actor is already filming for the second season of Ted Talks India Nayi Soch.

After cancer battle, Rishi Kapoor visited by Mukesh, Nita Ambani

19 May 2019

After cancer battle, Rishi Kapoor visited by Mukesh, Nita Ambani

Bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor and his wife, Neetu Kapoor, were visited by Indian business magnate Mukesh Ambani and his wife Nita Ambani in New York City, United States.

Shabana Azmi seeks votes for Kanhaiya Kumar, slams BJP

26 Apr 2019

Shabana Azmi seeks votes for Kanhaiya Kumar, slams BJP

On Thursday, veteran actress Shabana Azmi campaigned for CPI candidate Kanhaiya Kumar in Begusarai, where she accused BJP of inciting communal tensions.

Congress removes stanza from campaign theme song after EC objects

08 Apr 2019

Congress removes stanza from campaign theme song after EC objects

The Congress had to remove one stanza from its campaign theme song, which was an apparent jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, after the Election Commission objected to it, sources said.

'PM Narendra Modi': Here's why Javed Akhtar, Sameer were credited

23 Mar 2019

'PM Narendra Modi': Here's why Javed Akhtar, Sameer were credited

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's upcoming biopic has been in the swirling vortex of controversy since inception.

Pulwama aftermath: Cine Workers Association bans Pakistani actors, artists

18 Feb 2019

Pulwama aftermath: Cine Workers Association bans Pakistani actors, artists

In wake of horrendous Pulwama attack, the Cine Workers Association on Monday announced a complete ban on Pakistani actors and artists.

#MeToo: Karishma Tanna supports Rajkumar Hirani, slams 'immature' accuser

17 Jan 2019

#MeToo: Karishma Tanna supports Rajkumar Hirani, slams 'immature' accuser

In Bollywood's #MeToo movement, the recent one to bite the dust is director Rajkumar Hirani.

Why should we ignore Bollywood babas?

22 Dec 2018

Why should we ignore Bollywood babas?

Have you seen Elon Musk, Tim Cook, Ratan Tata giving people marital advice on Twitter? Or Sachin Tendulkar talking about how to raise funds from a venture capitalist? Exactly.

#WowMoment: Rishi-Ranbir can't get over Robert De Niro's 'simplicity'

25 Oct 2018

#WowMoment: Rishi-Ranbir can't get over Robert De Niro's 'simplicity'

If you follow Rishi Kapoor on Twitter, you would know that his posts are never boring.

Dear Shabana, thank you for being my feminist teacher

18 Sep 2018

Dear Shabana, thank you for being my feminist teacher

As you turn 68 today, I can mention 68 (or even more) reasons why I love you. But these reasons are not because you're a star.

Unnao-rape: Police exhume key witness' body, protesting wife attempts suicide

26 Aug 2018

Unnao-rape: Police exhume key witness' body, protesting wife attempts suicide

On Saturday, the Uttar Pradesh police exhumed the body of Yunus Khan, the key witness in the alleged murder of Unnao rape victim's father, amid protest from the family.

Bollywood celebs voice their outrage over increasing instances of lynching

24 Jul 2018

Bollywood celebs voice their outrage over increasing instances of lynching

Bollywood celebrities, including lyricist Javed Akhtar and director Sudhir Mishra, today voiced their outrage over the increasing instances of lynching and pressed for justice for the victims.

Carton containing chopped-body leads Police to engineer who killed wife

27 Jun 2018

Carton containing chopped-body leads Police to engineer who killed wife

The most carefully planned crimes can unravel with the minutest of details. So proved Delhi Police, who found pieces of a woman's body in a carton in Jasola Vihar.

Sufi group threatens Sona Mohapatra, invites Javed Akhtar's ire

02 May 2018

Sufi group threatens Sona Mohapatra, invites Javed Akhtar's ire

Javed Akhtar condemned sufi group, Madariya Sufi Foundation for threatening singer Sona Mohapatra and asking her to take down her music video of 'Tori Surat'.

Javed Akhtar's IPRS company distributes Rs. 13cr royalty to members

23 Apr 2018

Javed Akhtar's IPRS company distributes Rs. 13cr royalty to members

Veteran film writer and lyricist Javed Akhtar, who is the Chairman of the Indian Performing Rights Society (IPRS), today distributed Rs. 13cr among its members as part of the royalty given by music companies.

Why should we ignore Bollywood babas?

18 Apr 2018

Why should we ignore Bollywood babas?

Have you seen Elon Musk, Tim Cook, Ratan Tata giving people marital advice on Twitter? Or Sachin Tendulkar talking about how to raise funds from a venture capitalist? Exactly.

Justice for Unnao, Kathua rape victims: Bollywood comes forward

12 Apr 2018

Justice for Unnao, Kathua rape victims: Bollywood comes forward

Angry, ashamed, and heartbroken is how the Indian film industry personalities described their feelings over the brutal Unnao and Kathua rapes and demanded swift action against the perpetrators.

Indian cricketers join hands against Afridi over Kashmir tweet

05 Apr 2018

Indian cricketers join hands against Afridi over Kashmir tweet

In the two days since Shahid Afridi made a tweet on Kashmir, several of his Indian peers have hit back at the former Pakistani cricket captain.

Don't try to pollute film industry with communal bias: Akhtar

28 Mar 2018

Don't try to pollute film industry with communal bias: Akhtar

Veteran screenwriter Javed Akhtar today warned "bigots" to be wary of communalizing the Indian film industry, which he termed as "the citadel of secularism".

Daisy Irani, child-star of the 1950s, was raped at 6

23 Mar 2018

Daisy Irani, child-star of the 1950s, was raped at 6

Famous child star of the yesteryears, Daisy Irani, has revealed more than 60 years later that she was raped during a shoot when she was six.

Karan Johar celebrates mother Hiroo Johar's birthday with Kajol

19 Mar 2018

Karan Johar celebrates mother Hiroo Johar's birthday with Kajol

The 75th birthday of filmmaker Karan Johar's mother Hiroo turned out to be a memorable affair as Karan Johar and Kajol, who had a fallout in 2016, happily posed for pictures together.

On Shekhar's birthday, we thank him for creating 'Mr. India'

06 Dec 2017

On Shekhar's birthday, we thank him for creating 'Mr. India'

Stellar filmmaker and producer, Shekhar Kapur and the man behind the film of the millennium 'Mr. India' turns 72 today.

Thumri Queen Girija Devi, 'pride of Banaras Gharana', dead

25 Oct 2017

Thumri Queen Girija Devi, 'pride of Banaras Gharana', dead

Eminent classical singer Girija Devi, the 'Queen of Thumri', passed away in Kolkata yesterday after a cardiac arrest. She was 88.