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Big B gives app launch a skip, sparks off fresh health scare buzz

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Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan skipped an app launch event in Mumbai on Monday afternoon, and speculations were immediately rife on whether the actor had given the event a miss owing to ill health.

Bachchan, who has not been keeping well lately, was invited as one of the chief guests for the launch of an educational app.

However, even though he was not physically present at the event, a video was played where the actor spoke of the future of education in India and also shared his best wishes with the makers of the app, names STEPapp (student talent enhancement program) — an educational app which aims to revolutionise K-12 education in India with the gamification of learning.

“The future of our country lies in the education of our children. Praveen Tyagi’s STEPapp has made learning interesting and rewarding for students. Teaching children through games is an innovative step. My best wishes are with Mr Tyagi’s team comprising 400 IITians who have helped create an innovation like STEPapp,” he said in the video.

The Bollywood veteran was recently hospitalised. Despite the health scare, he has been continuously working upon being released from hospital.

A few days ago, the actor sparked off fresh speculations over his health with a blog post. “I must retire.. the head is thinking something else and the fingers another.. its a message,” he wrote on his blog.

While fans were speculating if this was a retirement announcement, sources close to the actor rushed to clarify that he only meant he was tired and wished to retire for the day — or, go to sleep.

On the work front, the 77-year-old actor goes into 2020 with a packed date diary. His upcoming films include Shoojit Sircar’s “Gulabo Sitabo”, Nagraj Manjule’s “Jhund”, Rumi Jaffery’s “Chehre” and Ayan Mukerji’s “Brahmastra”.

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There’s only love & nothing else: Kohli on 2nd wedding anniversary

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New Delhi: Team India skipper Virat Kohli, who on Wednesday is celebrating his second marriage anniversary Anushka Sharma, expressed gratitude for his actor wife.

Kohli took to social media to share a black and white picture with Anushka along with the caption: “In reality there is only love and nothing else. And when god blesses you with the person who makes you realise that everyday, you have just one feeling, gratitude.”

Anushka also defined love in a heartwarming wedding anniversary post for Kohli.

“To love another person is to see the face of God’ -Victor Hugo. The thing about love is that it’s not just a feeling, it’s much more than that. It’s a guide, a propeller, a path to the absolute truth. And I am blessed, truly, wholly blessed, to have found it,” Anushka captioned a black and white picture from their wedding on Instagram.

The cricketer-actor pair had tied the knot on December 11, 2017 in Italy. After their nuptials, the couple had hosted grand receptions in New Delhi and Mumbai which was attended by celebrities from all spheres of life.

The 31-year-old Indian skipper is currently involved in a three-match T20I series against the West Indies, the final of which will be played on Wednesday evening at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

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Kriti Sanon ‘excited’ to play surrogate mother in ‘Mimi’

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New Delhi, Dec 10 : Actress Kriti Sanon, who is currently busy shooting for “Mimi”, expresses excitement about the film.

The film has an unusual story by Bollywood standards. It casts Kriti as a young surrogate mother.

“I am very excited. It’s based on the subject of surrogacy but actually it’s the story of this young girl who wants to be an actor. She’s a dancer in Mandawa and she ends up being a surrogate for couple. Then, the things that follow change her life and also change her as a person,” Kriti told IANS.

She added: “It’s a lot on me. It’s around this character Mimi. It is very entertaining, a beautiful script. One of the most beautiful scripts I have read. You will have a lot of humour and situational humour. At the same time, there are a lot of characters you will take back home.”

The film is directed by “Luka Chuppi” fame Laxman Utekar.

“We’ve shot 40 per cent of the film. It’s based in Mandawa, Rajasthan. I think you realise that you are excited and passionate about a project when you end up narrating the story to every person around,” she laughed.

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Salman, Kichcha Sudeep’s hand-to-hand fight in ‘Dabangg 3’

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The much-awaited “Dabangg 3” is all set to release on December 20, and a highlight of the film is Salman Khans hand-to-hand combat with the antagonist, played by Kichcha Sudeep, and 500 of his men in the climax of the film.

“It is going to be a treat for all Bollywood buffs with an epic climax scene where Salman Khan will go hand to hand against Kichcha Sudeep and his army of 500 men. From what we know, the final fight between (Salman’s character) Chulbul Pandey and Balli (played by Sudeep) is the biggest action sequence in any Salman Khan movie. Apart from Salman Khan’s one-man army taking on a literal army, there’s going to be a hundred cars blowing up too,” said a source in the film’s unit.

‘Dabangg 3′ is directed by Prabhu Deva and the film also features Sonakshi Sinha, Arbaaz Khan, Amole Gupte, Mahie Gill, and Tinnu Anand. Preity Zinta makes a special appearance, and the film marks the debut of actor-filmmaker Mahesh Manjrekar’s daughter Saiee Manjrekar.

The film is scheduled to open on December 20.

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