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Jacqueline Fernandez supports Bio Bridge project in India

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New Delhi, Sep 12: Bollywood actress Jacqueline Fernandez is a big supporter of everything related to nature and keeping her ethos intact, the actress on Tuesday came out to support Bio Bridge project in Meghalaya’s Garo Hills.

It is a CSR initiative by The Body Shop India that has pledged to help protect the endangered Indian Elephant and Western Hoolock Gibbon by constructing the Bio Bridge with every transaction during a three month long campaign commencing from this month.

“I actually feel very strongly about environmental conservation. I feel we are in such a beautiful planet and so much we can and we must do to protect bio diversity. I worked in various projects in green conversation in Mumbai and Sri Lanka,” Jacqueline said.

“Even though all these are deeply satisfying, I do believe that there is so much more I can do,” she added at the announcement of the project on Tuesday.

“I think that as a celebrity, we have an amazing opportunity to urge, mobilise and motivate fan to do their bit and this can make huge difference,” said “A Gentleman” star.

The India Bio Bridge programme is a part of the brand’s existing commitment to protect and regenerate 75 million square meters of habitat as part of its Enrich Not Exploit commitment, launched last year.

Partnering with World Land Trust(WLT) and its local partner Wildlife Trust of India (WTI), The Body Shop will build a Bio Bridge in the Garo Hills districts of Meghalaya state of India, protecting and regenerating a corridor of land for endangered animals to pass though safety.

Shriti Malhotra, Chief Operating Officer of The Body Shop India, says they are very happy that Garo Hills has been selected as one of the locations.

“Having a project in India is a great platform not only to benefit the Garo Hills biodiversity of the area and encourages them to play their part in the conservation efforts,” she said.

Speaking on the intitiave Sunil Kyarong, Joint Director and Head-Wild Lands, Wild Life Trust of India, said: “The Garo Green spine is critical in North East India supporting about a 1000 elephants connecting two treasure houses of biodiversity- the Nokrek and the Balphakram National Park. The Garo community, with our support, takes it upon themselves to stitch together this landscapes by demonstrating the finest examples of community led and owned and conservation initiatives.”

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Veteran Actress ‘Sridevi’ passes away

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Mumbai, Feb 25: Veteran actor Sridevi died in Dubai on Saturday after a cardiac arrest. She was 54.

Popularly hailed as the first female superstar of Hindi cinema, the actor was in Dubai with her husband Boney Kapoor and younger daughter Khushi to attend nephew and actor Mohit Marwah’s wedding.

Confirming the news of her death, Sridevi’s brother-in-law and actor Sanjay Kapoor, told IANS: “Yes, it is true.”

Sanjay, however, could not reveal more details as he was on his way to Dubai.

Her sudden death shocked Bollywood and legions of her followers who reached outside her Mumbai house.

Sridevi has known for her performance is some of the iconic films like “Mr India”, “Nagina”, “Sadma”, “Chaalbaaz”, “Chandni” among many others. The Padma Shri recipient was last seen in “Mom” in 2017.

The news of death came as a shock for everyone in the film industry.

Here is what some of the Bollywood personalities tweeted:

Nimrat Kaur: “Absolutely devastated to hear about the passing of #Sridevi. What a dark black terrible moment in time. Gutted.”

Sushmita Sen tweeted: “I just heard Ma’am Sridevi passed away due to a massive cardiac arrest. I am in shock…can’t stop crying…”

Madhur Bhandarkar tweeted: “Unbelievable Shocking & Heartbreaking to hear about the demise of #Sridevi, one of the talented Actress of Indian Cinema. Prayers and strength to the family. #OmShanti”

Priyanka Chopra: “I have no words. Condolences to everyone who loved #Sridevi . A dark day. RIP.”

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After kissing controversy, Papon steps down as judge on Reality Show

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Mumbai, Feb 24: Singer Angarag Mahanta, popular as Papon, has decided to step down as a judge on the singing reality show “The Voice India Kids” after a complaint was filed against him for “inappropriately kissing” a minor.

“Since I am in no mental state to fulfil most of my professional obligations, I have decided to step down as a judge on the show till the matter in which I have been falsely implicated is fully resolved and the investigations are over,” Papon tweeted on Saturday.

“I have full faith in the judicial system and eventually the truth will prevail. In the interim, I would appreciate that my privacy is respected,” he added.

Earlier this week, a video in which Papon is seen planting a kiss on the lips of a minor girl contestant of the &TV show became viral online.

The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) on Friday issued notice to both the singer and the channel.

The film industry is divided on the issue. While some came out in support of the singer, others slammed him.

Actress Suchitra Krishnamoorthi tweeted: “If anybody behaved with my daughter the way Papon did with the teenage girl I would slap him several times in such a way that no one dared behave that way again.”

On Friday, Ppaon had said in a statement: “I might have done it spontaneously but in today’s environment, to touch a girl child, however innocent your thoughts are, is not advisable. I am sorry for that.”

Actress Raveena Tandon tweeted: “Whatever the situation, accidental, unintentional, affection, love, though it is sad the Papon controversy happened, it will be an eye opener and lesson for all to not getting carried away, and not crossing a line which can be seen as inappropriate.”

Singer Monali Thakur, who sang the female version of “Moh moh ke dhaage” that was also crooned by Papon, tweeted in his support: “I got so many calls yesterday for this ridiculous misinterpretation of a man’s gesture of affection! I am a girl and I know what is sexual perversion in a man! And Papon is anything but that! Leave aside for a kid! Lotsa love Papon. #iStandbyPapon”

Apart from that, #pervertpapon is also trending on Twitter.

Read More: Complaint against singer Papon for inappropriately kissing minor on reality show

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I really want to be a legend: Shah Rukh Khan

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New Delhi, Feb 24: Shah Rukh Khan, who is touted as one of the biggest superstars of the Hindi film industry, says he is done with the tag and now wants to be a legend.

Shah Rukh was here on Saturday at the fourth edition of Global Business Summit to speak on “Bollywood’s Digital push: What it means for the stakeholders”.

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“I am 26 years old in the film industry which is half my lifetime really. From here on I am going to spend time in the world of cinema than the outside of it… I realised I should do away with the tag of being a superstar instead I should work towards tag of being a legend,” he said.

He added: “No megastar… as egoistic and self-centred like me will fade away into the past without trying to wedge his or her foot into the door to the future. So even I want to put myself into the future of cinema like I have been in the past 25 years.”

The actor, 52, who has been in the Hindi film industry for over two decades, stressed that he really wants to be a legend.

“I really want to be a legend.

“Unfortunately, there are no articles or books on how to be a legend. So, I rummage through my personal library… I found a book on the history of human kind called ‘Sapiens’ and going through the book I found that the only reason homo sapiens have dominated the rest of the species is because of one thing — because we gossip,” added the superstar.

The actor said that the spreading of ideas is a way of story telling.

“Genuinely, story-telling has anchored communication between human beings. Even entertainment is actually a derivative of story-telling. Whether you music, art or poetry all of these things are a form of story-telling,” he added.

The modern art of story telling is of course filmmaking, he said.

“I think there has been radical change in cinema and content over the years. A change even in the way we consume films. But right now I think we are witnessing the greatest change. The greatest change of this century has been the evolutionary revolution that has taken over the human kind is the opening up communication, information on the digtised platform,” he added.

Shah Rukh says that the future of cinema will be changed through the advent of digitisation.

“There will be a lot of changes on how we consume cinema and watch it. But mainly the changes is going to be how we market cinema…

“The second change that there is going to happen is that there is going to be… there will be radical movement away from the content itself… Instead of waiting for loans there is going to be a lot more crowd funding,” he added.

Shah Rukh says there will be a big change between the viewer and how an individual watches the film.

He added: “Right now the movie that attract us, it’s a momentary catch of emotions or expression but soon movies will itself become an experience. They will be interactive.”

Artificial intelligence, virtual reality and visual effects all these are so important that roles of actors and stars will diminish, stressed the actor.

The access to cinema will be more easier.

“It is going to be on your mobile…there will be no more appointment cinema. Cinema will be at will — whenever and where ever you want to watch. I do not think cinema theatres will close down,” he said.

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