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Akshay Kumar, Salman Khan among world’s highest-paid celebs

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New York, July 17: Bollywood superstars Akshay Kumar and Salman Khan, with earnings of $40.5 million and $37.7 million, have made it to Forbes’ World’s Highest-Paid Celebrities 2018 list, topped by former professional boxer Floyd Mayweather.

Akshay, 50, and Salman, 52, are the only two Indians in the list, which was unveiled on Monday. Akshay is ranked 76th, while Salman is placed on 82 in the list, which includes athletes, musicians, personalities, actors and comedians.

According to Forbes, the world’s 100 top-earning entertainers pulled in a combined USD 6.3 billion pre-tax over the past 12 months, up 22 percent from last year and 11 superstars crossed the $100 million thresholds, more than double the number from the last two years combined.

The Celebrity 100 list ranks front-of-camera stars around the globe using their pre-tax earnings from June 1, 2017 through June 1, 2018, before deducting fees for managers, lawyers, and agents. Estimates are based on numbers from Nielsen, Pollstar, IMDB, SoundScan, NPD BookScan and ComScore, as well as interviews with industry experts and many of the stars themselves.

Akshay has been described by Forbes as one of Bollywood’s leading men who “has transitioned to socially-conscious roles, such as ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha”, a comedy supporting government campaigns to improve sanitation, and ‘Pad Man’ about a guy hoping to provide inexpensive sanitary pads to rural communities”.

“He still mints millions from backend profits and endorsing some 20 brands, including Tata and Eveready,” the description read.

As for Salman, he has been called Bollywood’s “mainstay” who “continues to produce and star in hits such as ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’, cashing in on backend profits. Coupled with a slew of endorsements from Suzuki motorcycles to Chlormint gum, he remains one of India’s top earners.”

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Mayweather tops the ranking with $285 million in pre-tax earnings, almost entirely on the strength of his August 2017 fight versus listmate Conor McGregor.

George Clooney finishes second with $239 million, most of it coming from liquor giant Diageo’s purchase of Casamigos, the tequila company he co-founded, giving him the best annual take-home of his or any actor’s career.

Forbes’ cover star Kylie Jenner pulled in $166.5 million to claim the No. 3 spot, boosted by a sprawling cosmetics empire that has her on the verge of becoming a billionaire before she is old enough to drink.

Judge Judy Sheindlin’s $147 million puts her at No. 4 — buoyed by the sale of her TV library for $100 million — while Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson rounds out the top five with $124 million thanks to blockbusters like newly-released “Skyscraper”.

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Watch Video: Guru Randhawa unveils new-age peppy love song- ‘Downtown’

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Mumbai, Oct 16: After ‘Raat Kamaal Hai’ and ‘Ishaare Tere’, Singer Guru Randhawa on Tuesday launched a single named “Downtown”. He calls it’s a new-age peppy love song.

Shot in Canada, the video depicts Guru with Delbar Arya. It shows swanky cars and Guru can be seen riding a bicycle.

Composed, written and sung by Guru, the latest song has been helmed by DirectorGifty and produced by T-Series.

“The song is about a man chilling with his friends, discussing his achievements and the woman he really likes. It’s a new-age peppy love song that everyone will relate to,” Guru said in a statement.

His famous for songs like “Suit suit”, “High rated Gabru”, “Lahore” and “Ban ja rani”.

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My parents never wanted me to become a musician, says Prasoon Joshi

“‘Tujhe sab hai pata hai na maa’ and ‘Luka chhupi bahut hui’ are my favourites as I am quite touched with this devotional feeling of motherhood, he said.

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Jaipur, Oct 16 : Writer-adman Prasoon Joshi says while his parents were musicians, they were scared to let him become a musician fearing how he would sustain himself.

He says he has seen a lot of struggle to be where he is today, but his first aim was always to be stable in life.

“My parents were musicians but they never wanted me to become a musician. They were scared thinking of how I shall sustain myself after becoming a musician. Looking at their apprehensions, I first completed my masters in Physics and MBA as my primary aim was to become self-reliant so that I could take my passion of being a writer/lyricist forward,” Joshi told IANS here.

“After completing my formal education, I entered the world of advertising. The road and the journey to this point were not at all easy and there was too much struggle in my life. In fact, I struggled a lot. Although I took risks too, but struggle was more in quantum and coming from a middle-class family, there were not many options to choose from, but to become stable in what I was doing first,” he added.

Joshi, chairperson of the Central Board of Film Certification, spoke to IANS on the sidelines of the MTV India Music Summit.

According to him, “The youngsters from middle class families have to choose from limited choices as they first need to think about standing firm on their feet. Once stable, they have to think of taking the next step.”

Citing an example of legendary athlete Milkha Singh in this context, Joshi said: “While writing ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’, Milkhaji shared a similar experience that initially he ran to have an extra glass of milk and the other big goals to earn name and fame came at the next level.”

On the struggles he faced in his life, Joshi said: “During the ‘Rang De Basanti’ shoot, post office hours, I had to rush to the airport, catch a flight to visit A.R. Rahman’s office in Chennai where we used to work the whole night for a song. Next day in the morning, I used to return to Mumbai, go to office directly from airport and get my shave done in office to ensure no one in the office ever knows that I worked the whole night.”

Joshi’s work as a lyricist in Bollywood has fetched him a lot of acclaim.

Asked about his own favourite song, he said his poetry on mother and motherhood are very close to his heart.

“‘Tujhe sab hai pata hai na maa’ and ‘Luka chhupi bahut hui’ are my favourites as I am quite touched with this devotional feeling of motherhood, he said.

Joshi feels budding lyricists should read a lot, get exposed to craft, garner thoughts from life and its experiences, observe even the minutest happening around them and share their innermost feelings.

“Your journey starts from yourself, so try and understand yourself first,” he said.

Joshi added that youngsters should never put the responsibility of pursuing their passion on their parents.

“Poor parents sending money to their kids after withdrawing it from hard earned savings is not acceptable,” he said, suggesting to youths to refrain from being greedy and think of giving back to society.

“Once you have attained a milestone, think of how you can benefit others.”

According to him, one should don all hats with grace. “Live life with dignity and do your best as a son, brother, husband, employee to earn honour and to reward yourself. This shall help you to become proud of yourself.”

For the upcoming struggling singers, he said: “Don’t make the issue of failure or success a matter of life and death. We all have a next chance to prove ourselves.”

On the future plans of the MTV Music India Summit, he said: “We have plans to involve youths, the upcoming musicians in our next edition and are presently working on the idea.”

(Archana Sharma can be contacted at [email protected])

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Dussehra ‘Dhamaka’: ‘Namaste England’, ‘Badhai Ho’ to release on Oct 18

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Mumbai, Oct 15: In what could be considered a Dussehra ‘dhamaka’, the two big Hindi releases this week, Vipul Shah’s “Namaste England” and Amit Sharma’s “Badhai Ho” have been given a last-minute early release.

Instead of the two films opening on October 19 as per schedule, the two producers have taken a joint decision to release their respective films a day ahead, on October 18.

“Namaste England” director Vipul Shah explained: “It was a very natural move. This year, Dussehra is being celebrated on both October 18 and October 19, so we decided to let the audience enjoy the film on both days.”

The decision was mutual, with both the producers equally gung-ho about the change.

“Badhai Ho” is a naughty comedy about the embarrassment faced by a family when the matriarch becomes pregnant at an age when she is eligible for grandmotherly joys. Ayushmann Khurrana, now identified with quirky comedies and fresh on the heels of the success of his last release “Andhadhun”, plays the lead.

“Namaste England” is the breezy follow-up to the 2007 hit “Namastey London”, with Arjun Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra taking the place of Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif.

 

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