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Jai Kisan: Bollywood hails Maharashtra farmers rally

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Mumbai, March 12: Bollywood celebrities like Riteish Deshmukh, Dia Mirza and Onir on Monday expressed support and respect for the farmers community as an estimated 35,000 peasants completed a 180-km march to Mumbai over six days to bring to the notice of the government the agrarian crisis gripping the state.

The group of peasants — men, women, youth and even seniors — abandoned their night’s rest, to march from the Somaiya Grounds, Vidyavihar, starting 2 a.m. (Monday) to reach the historic Azad Maidan at dawn, to avoid inconveniencing students appearing for the ongoing board examinations.

This gesture has been hailed by Bollywood celebrities, some of whom have saluted the spirit of the farmers and some of whom have commented on their plight with a pun.

Here’s what they said:

Riteish Deshmukh: Farmers walked 180 km, asking for the rightful compensation for their crop. On their last stretch they walked all night making sure they didn’t disturb the SSC board examinations. Compassion, respect, salute, Jai Kisan.

Dia Mirza: Our destinies are entwined. Our farmers grow our food. Their lives and livelihood are in peril because of climate change, exploitative middle men, lack of sustainable support. Stand by our farmers.

Onir: Respect Kisan Long March. These farmers have kindness far beyond most arrogant political rallies who don’t care about public inconvenience.

Prakash Raj: With blisters in the foot… hunger in their eyes, our farmers have walked seeking fairplay, dignity. This is the truth because of your lies and failed promises… Will you give them justice as they knock at your door… before they rise to knock you out #justasking.

Siddhartha Basu: Not just the Maharashtra government, all of India needs to listen and respond positively to the acute distress of our farmers everywhere.

Shirish Kunder: As long as the farmers and soldiers are willing to die for us, respect? The moment they protest against any injustice, political agenda? We love docile cows!

Shruti Seth: You can be sure that this will be turned into a political slugfest and the poor farmers will return home empty handed. And then the government will deflect all the attention to something absolutely nonsensical. Hope we grow brains by 2019.

Maria Goretti: My heart goes out to our farmers and their plight… my grandparents were farmers, I know how difficult this is.

Pritish Nandy: The Indian farmer is an amazing person. He is fighting a losing battle against nature, life and the state for years now. He deserves our respect and support. Not political cliches.

Kunal Kemmu: I feel very emotional listening to the plight of the farmers and their stories. Walking barefoot and with bare necessities and still being as patient, calm and disciplined. I really hope we find a way to help end the prolonged ordeal of the backbone of this country – Jai Kisan!

Atul Kasbekar: Massive respect! Farmers in the mammoth agitation agreed to walk across the city at night so as to not inconvenience citizens, especially kids appearing for exams.

Abhishek Kapoor: Put yourself in the farmers’ shoes today. They’ve walked a very long way to be heard. Hope they get what they want cause it’s going to be a long and hard summer. Please don’t whine about traffic jams.

R. Madhavan: I totally and whole heartedly support this for all farmers in this nation. Let’s make that difference.

Rahul Dholakia: Should write a film (that’s all what I can do) where the protagonist dupes the bank of thousands of crores and then he distributes the money to all the farmers to clear their debts and escapes abroad! And just imagine if the bank belonged to Netas! Farmers rock.

Puri Jagan: Bhaiya gobhi kaise diye? – 20/kg — Bhaiya 15 ka laga do. Domino’s, 1 medium pizza. – Rs 285 — Rs 300. Keep the change. “Farmers are dying”

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Amitabh Bachchan shares pictures from the sets of ‘Badla’

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Mumbai, June 19: Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan shared the first look of the sets of his upcoming movie ‘Badla’.

Senior Bachchan sported a suave and suited look from the sets of the movie.

Big B tweeted that he is relieved to be finally away from prosthetics and heavy costumes.

He shared two photographs of himself dressed in a black suit saying, “Confined, conscious and content until, the film releases. This be the life of creativity. ‘Badla’ moves each day. Finally away from and distant from prosthetics and heavy costume armour!”

The 75-year-old thespian, who has previously described prosthetic make-up as a “torture” on his blog.

The actor earlier donned prosthetic make-up to look like a 12-year-old boy suffering from a rare genetic disorder called progeria in the 2009 movie “Paa” and for his latest release “102 Not Out”.

On the work front, Big B has two more films in his kitty — “Thugs Of Hindostan” and “Brahmastra”.

“Badla” also stars Taapsee Pannu. This will be the second time that Amitabh and Taapsee will be seen sharing screen space again after “Pink”.

However this will be the fourth time Big B will be collaborating with Ghosh. The two have previously worked in films like “TE3N”, “Kahaani” and “Aladin”.

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‘Gold’ new poster out: Checkout Akshay Kumar’s intense look

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New Delhi, June 19: Akshay Kumar, whose last film Padman had created a rage of sorts, is back with another film, Gold. The sports drama is directed by Reema Kagti. It is produced by Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar’s Excel Entertainment banner.

Akshay took to Twitter to share a new poster wherein he is seen with the hockey team. He has an intense look on his face and well, he is the new age Bharat Kumar. He captioned the image as, “The dream that united our nation, The dream that began in 1936, The dream that took 12 years to become a reality. Get ready to witness… #GoldTrailer releasing on the 25th of June.”

Khiladi Kumar also revealed that Gold’s trailer will be releasing on 25th June.

Akshay will be seen in a totally different avatar on-screen. A few days back, the first look poster of ‘Gold’ was unveiled and it received a warm response from the audiences.

The newly released Gold promo showed how one man’s dream led Britishers to stand up for Indian national anthem after 200 years.

The film will be laced with patriotic fervour and national spirit.

“Gold” will mark the Bollywood debut of popular TV actress Mouni Roy in lead role with Akshay Kumar and will also feature Kunal Kapoor, Vineet Kumar Singh, Amit Sadh, Sunny Kaushal playing pivotal parts.

The film is about India’s first Olympic medal win as a free nation in 1948 at the 14th Olympic Games at London. It will release on Independence Day in 2018.

Post Gold, Akshay will be seen in Kesari which is again a period film based on the Battle of Saragarhi.

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Chart-topping rapper XXXTentacion shot dead in Florida

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New York, June 19: US rapper XXXTentacion, who shot to fame with consecutive hit albums, has been killed aged 20.

He was reportedly shopping for a motorcycle in south Florida when a gunman opened fire on his vehicle, reported BBC.

Police in Broward County said XXXTentacion, whose real name is Jahseh Onfroy, was taken to hospital and later pronounced dead.

He was often described as one of rap’s most controversial artists and was facing domestic violence charges.

A witness told celebrity news website TMZ that multiple shots rang out outside the motorcycle dealership.

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