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India welcomes Vin Diesel with ‘Desi’ Tadka

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Mumbai, Jan 12: Dhol, ‘tutari’ and ’tilak’ made up for a rousing reception to welcome Hollywood actor Vin Diesel, who arrived India to promote his forthcoming release “xXx: Return of the Xander Cage”.

The American actor was accompanied by co-star and Indian actress Deepika Padukone and Director DJ Caruso.

They reached to the typical desi fanfare of women dressed in red saris and yellow turbans. Diesel looked excited as he waved out to the media and to the crowd there with much gusto.

Wearing white jeans, a black t-shirt and a pair of shades, he walked out of the airport here hand-in-hand with Deepika, who sported an all-black look complete with black stilettos.

They flashed their smiles and looked around at the mania which made up for the grand reception they received here with the ‘band, baaja’.

A traditional ‘Tilak’ lent a further desi touch to the welcome ceremony after which the three celebrities happily posed for the shutterbugs. They kept waving and showing the thumbs up sign as the cameras went clickety click.

Diesel’s two-day India trip is packed with fan meets, music and drama. He is promoting “xXx: Return of Xander Cage”, which is releasing in India on Friday — before anywhere else in the world.

He has a packed itinerary full of fan interactions, a glitzy red carpet gala and a star-studded premiere.

According to sources, arrangements were made to give Diesel a “splendid taste of India” — and the start has been in tune with that.

The stars, along with other members of the film’s cast and crew, have been on an extensive worldwide promotional spree to promote the film. They visited London and Mexico before coming to India.

The movie is a new instalment in the “xXX” series after the 2002 film “xXx” and the 2005 entertainer “xXx: State of the Union”. It also stars Ruby Rose, Samuel L Jackson, Donnie Yen and Tony Jaa.

Taking time out from his packed schedule, Diesel took to Instagram to express his views.

He posted: “So honoured to be here in India for the first time. The xXx Global tour has been great and now I and Deepika Padukone are going to share this film with her country today. As a child, I always dreamed of visiting India… Thank you Paramount for making this dream come true. Xander.”

 Wefornews Bureau


We have wronged Mahira Khan, says Rahul Dholakia




Mumbai, Dec 15: Filmmaker Rahul Dholakia, who directed Mahira Khan in the 2017 film “Raees”, says Indians have “wronged” the Pakistani actress.

While Mahira was in Dubai for the Masala! Awards 2017, Mahira spoke to film news platform Bollywood Hungama, and said: “Whether it was Shah Rukh Khan or Rahul or Ritesh Batra or Farhan Akhtar, they all have been so amazing. At the end of the day, it’s about films, which is bigger than all of us combined. The film needed to be released. The film had to do well. They were all amazing. They still are.”

Dholakia found it “so sweet”.

He shared the link of her interview on Twitter on Friday, and commented: “Somewhere I feel we have wronged her. Our people forgot that she is an artist, not the enemy! We took away her right as an actor! Unfair. Mahira Khan you are wonderful and thank you for being a part of ‘Raees’.”

Mahira came to India last year to shoot for the film alongside Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan.

However, she was not allowed to attend the promotional events of the film in India after a ban was imposed by some groups on Pakistani artistes to work in India.



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Sunny Leone excited to get adventurous with ‘Man Vs Wild’



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Mumbai, Dec 15: Actress Sunny Leone, who will host the Indian version of “Man Vs Wild”, says she will try to add her own style of fun and humour to the show.

Sunny is also excited about showcasing her adventurous side as host of the mega-popular survival series “Man Vs Wild”. The Hindi version titled “Man Vs Wild with Sunny Leone” will be telecast in Hindi on the soon-to-be-launched channel Discovery JEET.

“I’m extremely excited to be part of such a popular show and the channel – Discovery JEET. This will give me a chance to showcase my adventurous side, which has never been seen before by television viewers,” Sunny said in a statement.

Slated for an early 2018 premiere, the series will feature the “Ragini MMS 2” star hosting as well as undertaking several difficult stunts.

The original show features host Bear Grylls sharing survival strategies in extreme conditions, while navigating through some of the world’s most remote locations.

“While no one can do what Bear Grylls does, I will try to add my own style of fun and humour to the show,” she added.


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Megastar Rajinikanth to felicitate AR Rahman in Delhi



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New Delhi, Dec 15: Megastar Rajinikanth will felicitate music maestro A.R. Rahman in the national capital on December 23.

Presently, Rehman is on multi-city tour in India. Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Mumbai and others on his list.

The final leg of the much awaited tour will witness a special appearance by Rajinikanth, who is also working with Rahman on S. Shankar’s sci-fi action thriller “2.0”.

LIVE Viacom 18 along with official ticketing partner BookMyShow are the official organisers of A.R. Rahman Encore – The Concert in association with MTV.

“Owing to the fact that A.R. Rahman and Rajinikanth share a great camaraderie, our team is bringing the power duo together as a surprise element on the stage,” the promoters of the tour told news agency IANS.

The tour encapsulates the musical excellence of a two and a half decade journey of the Grammy and Oscar winner.

Rehman is accompanied by popular singers such as Jonita Gandhi, Mohit Chauhan, Javed Ali, Shashaa Tirupati, Hriday Gattani and Harshdeep Kaur on the tour.


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