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How “Kaun Banega Crorepati” KBC season 11 redefined the Bachchan aura

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New Delhi, Dec 1 (IANS) Interesting, how the tagline of “Kaun Banega Crorepati” (KBC) season 11 has virtually defined Amitabh Bachchans career. ‘Adey raho (broadly translates to ‘be persistent) goes the slogan and, come to think of it, its iconic host has literally symbolised the trait through a career of 50 years.

KBC 11 ended this week and, given the recent health scare that the 77-year-old Bollywood icon has had, fans are keeping their fingers crossed in the hope that Big B will overcome all impediments and return on the hot seat next year.

For, even as KBC 11 ended on Friday, speculations took over, mainly triggered off by a cryptic blog entry the veteran actor made a few days ago. “I must retire… the head is thinking something else and the fingers another… it’s a message…,” he wrote on his blog in the early hours of November 27/28, sparking off a deluge of concern among fans.

Was Big B indeed hinting at retirement from cinema and television assignments? Sources close to the actor soon dismissed such notions, saying he simply meant that he was too tired to type – that it had been a long day and the word ‘retire’ alluded to retiring for the day, or going off to sleep.

Still, guesswork has continued. Most fans feel Big B, given his incredible energy will continue shooting for films. Film assignments, after all, would let him work at his own pace. The hectic schedule of a five-day quiz show, however, could be more demanding.

The point to note here is those hectic years mark a significant phase of Big B’s career graph. KBC after all marked his resurrection as an icon and a brad, at a time when he was struggling to reinvent himself as a Bollywood star.

The year was 2000. The year before, Amitabh Bachchan had four releases – “Lal Badshah”, “Sooryavansham”, “Hindustan Ki Kasam” and Kohraam”. Each of these tried rehashing Bachchan’s angry young man image to suit his advancing age, and each fared way below expectation. Coming after a 1998 roster that comprised of “Major Saab” (lukewarm at the box-office) and “Bade Miyan Chote Miyan” (where he was clearly outstripped by Govinda in the slapstick stakes), and the dud “Mrityudaata” in 1997, Big B was suddenly looking for a script to reinvent himself in the public eye. His last spate of solo superhits had happened in the early nineties, and his sojourn as an entrepreneur with ABCL has soured.

KBC season one happened around the time. Over a matter of weeks, Big B’s stardom suddenly witnessed rebirth. The angry young man of yore, who had redefined action and drama through the seventies and the eighties, was suddenly redefining home entertainment. KBC’s quizmaster par excellence was a charming gentleman with wisdom to share – far removed from the intense avatar he exuded in his heydays. From the larger-than-life action hero, KBC let Big B become the affable guy who would drop by in you living rooms every evening to serve an engaging spell of wisdom.

If the metamorphosis let Bachchan survive where every other actor of his era faded away long before him, the actor too gave KBC – as well as Indian reality television – a defining course. Not only is KBC regarded a cut above most other shows on television, Bachchan’s style of conducting it set the gold standard of show hosting in India.

It is a reason why, when the much-younger superstar Shah Rukh Khan tried hosting season three of the show, he could not quite match up to the Bachchan aura.

For the sake of Indian reality TV, we will hope all rumours of Bachchan retiring from television are indeed unfounded.

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Kangana Ranaut takes a dig at Swara Bhasker

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Actress Kangana Ranaut was getting bored on Sunday, and that is why she decided to tease actress Swara Bhasker.

On Sunday, the actress retweeted a collage featuring herself and Swara in similar looking outfits. They are seen in golden saris with white blouses and large necklaces. The picture which Kangana retweed highlighted a portion of her scalp, mentioning Kangana ‘class’ and Swara ‘crass’.

Retweeting, she wrote, “Yeh sab kya keh rahe hain !! Aisa hai kya [email protected] (what are these people saying? Is it true?”

Soon, netizens started commenting how Kangana has made preparations for everyone’s Sunday entertainment.

She responded: “Haan on a boring day thoda [email protected] ji ko cheda jaye (Thought I should tease Swara a little on a boring day).”

Swara also replied: “Always happy to help alleviate your boredom Kangana…you know I love you.”

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Justin Bieber reflects on getting arrested in 2014

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Pop star Justin Bieber is looking back at the time when he was arrested in 2014, and shared that he is not proud of that moment in his life.

In 2014, the singer, who was 19 at the time, was arrested on the suspicion of drinking under influence, resisting arrest and sitting behind the wheel without a valid license.

Now, the 26-year-old pop superstar took to Instagram late on Saturday to look back on getting arrested in 2014.

“7 years ago today I was arrested, not my finest hour. Not proud of where I was at in my life. I was hurting, unhappy, confused, angry, mislead, misunderstood and angry at god,” Bieber wrote alongside a photo of himself in handcuffs.

“I also wore too much leather for someone in Miami,” he joked, before delving into how he has become a better person.

“All this to say God has brought me a long way,” Bieber said.

“From then til now I do realise something.. God was as close to me then as he is right now. My encouragement to you is to alet your past be a reminder of how far god has brought you. Don’t allow shame to ruin your “today” let the forgiveness of Jesus take over and watch your life blossom into all that God has designed you to be,” he added in the post.

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Bollywood star Kareena Kapoor’s well-heeled confession

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Actress Kareena Kapoor Khan has shared what would be the only situation when one could find her lowering her head.

Kareena posted a video from a shoot on Instagram. In the clip, she is seen sporting a black dress with a thigh high slit.

“If I ever let my head down… It’ll be to admire my heels #FeelItReelIt,” she wrote as the caption. The actress is all set to welcome her second child with her actor husband Saif Ali Khan.

Saif and Kareena reportedly started dating after “Tashan”. They got married in 2012 and Kareena gave birth to son Taimur in 2016. She is currently expecting their second baby, and she often shares photographs of her baby bump on social media.

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