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Justin Bieber set to soak up Indian Beliebers’ love

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Navi Mumbai, May 11: The excitement and enthusiasm is rising with every passing minute at the DY Patil Stadium here as ‘Beliebers’ — fans of Justin Bieber — from different parts of India have congregated here to witness his maiden gig in the country.

There are fans dressed in black T-shirts with ‘BELIEBER’ written across them, and those flaunting tees with his photographs and even others with hoardings that read “We love you Bieber” and “Meri jaan” at the venue, where DJ Sartek and DJ Zaeden set the ball rolling in the run-up to the final act.

Norwegian DJ Alan Walker will also take the stage. Bieber will finally hit the stage with his team of dancers to regale the Indian crowd.

While fans started lining up for the concert from Wednesday morning, Bieber, who arrived in the country early in the day, went around the city.

A string of videos available on social media show how Bieber has been getting a taste of his fandom on the streets. He also seems to have met a group of underprivileged children and shook hands with them ahead of his much-hyped performance.

Dressed casually in a T-shirt and a pair of shorts, Bieber, who has been given top-notch security, seems relaxed and happy to greet his fans who have been tracking his moves since he landed in Mumbai for the Jio Justin Bieber Purpose World Tour.

At the venue, “Harry Potter” actress Elarica Johnson who is hosting the gig, arrived on stage and told the crowd: “I love your country and you wonderful people here! We are gonna give the warmest welcome to Justin Bieber.”

And the crowd is cheering on.

Delhi-based Vihaan Chandy, 16, quipped, “Half of my school is here.”

“The place is amazing, and there are a lot of people. The whole crowd is rooting for Justin Bieber. And it’s really hard to stand,” Chandy, who especially flew down for the concert from Delhi to Mumbai with 25 of his friends, told IANS.

There’s also Shreya, a 17-year-old, who is here with seven of her friends.

“It’s so hot, but it’s okay… Anything for Justin Bieber,” gushed Shreya, as she licked on an ice cream to beat the heat. What if she got a chance to meet her favourite star?

“Oh my God… I am going to hug him tight!”

Uttar Pradesh-based Diya is eager to see Bieber shirtless on stage. “He is hot.”

A lady aboard a 7:30 a.m. flight from Delhi to Mumbai on Wednesday saw several mothers and their daughters waiting at the airport — all with a common topic — Bieber.

“I overheard an exchange among moms — ‘Girls are up at 5 a.m. without a fuss! Only for Bieber. These were doting moms chaperoning their girls,” she told IANS, adding: “I had a friend message me, ‘Wish I had known you were headed to Mumbai for the concert, I could have sent my daughter, who hates me for not taking her to the concert.”

Tickets for the 23-year-old Prince of Pop’s performance were priced upwards of Rs 5,000, and access to the most expensive zone was priced at Rs 75,000. A red carpet was laid out for all the celebrities expected to attend the gala night, where at least a crowd of 45,000 is expected.

As many as 500 police personnel and 25 officers have been deployed for security, while Bieber has Bollywood star Salman Khan’s personal bodyguard Shera accompanying him.

The security is alert.

“We are good to go. The crowd is huge, but we are trained to handle them. We are not allowing any outside food, drinks, and no big bags are allowed inside,” said one of the security persons, who added: “Since we are in the security team, we cannot afford to get engrossed in his performance, but from inside, I am dying to see him.”

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Won’t discuss this issue, feel disgusted; says Big B on Kathua rape

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Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor was present at the song launch of his upcoming film 102 Not Out.

New Delhi, April 19: Few days after many Bollywood celebrities took to the streets to protest the Kathua and Unnao rape case, a hurt Amitabh Bachchan asked media not to rake up the issue and he feels “disgusted” even talking about it.

The 75-year-old actor — who is the face of the government’s “Beti Bachao-Beti Padao” campaign — was asked about the two rapes that have outraged the country.

“Mujhe uss vishay par charcha karne mein ghinn aati hai. So uss vishay ko uchhalo mat (I feel disgusted even talking about it. So, don’t rake up this issue). It’s terrible to even talk about it,” he told reporters.

Big B was speaking at the song launch of his upcoming film 102 Not Out.

On January 17, an eight-year-old girl was allegedly abducted, drugged, raped, tortured and killed Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua district.

Earlier, joining the growing outrage, celebrities like Sonam Kapoor, Akshay Kumar, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Kalki Koechlin, Richa Chadha and many others posted messages on their social media demanding justice for the victim.

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Rishi Kapoor feels proud to work with Big B for 44 years

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Mumbai, April 19: Veteran actors Rishi Kapoor and Amitabh Bachchan will reunite on the big screen after 27 years, but the former doesn’t “feel the gap”.

Talking about his experience of working with Amitabh in the forthcoming film “102 Not Out”, Rishi told the media here on Thursday: “We worked in this film after 27 years but from the time we went on the set, we started rehearsing. We did not feel the gap between these years.”

“I feel proud to say that I have been working with him for the last 44 years. Our first film was ‘Kabhi Kabhie’ (1976) and the last time we worked together was in ‘Ajooba’ (1991).”

Together, they have delivered celebrated films like “Naseeb”, “Kabhi Kabhie”, “Amar Akbar Anthony” and “Coolie”.

Amitabh appreciates all his “102 Not Out” co-stars, including Jimit Trivedi.

“I believe if you are appreciating my performance, it is due to my co-artistes. If they don’t perform well enough for your reaction, then your reaction would go wrong,” said the megastar.

“So I would like to compliment Rishiji and Jimit for this film. Whenever you see (a movie), if you like it or don’t like it, it depends on their performance too. Our performances are the reflection of their performances,” he added.

The film’s team gathered here to promote its song “Badumbaaa”, which is composed and sung by Amitabh.

Not many films are made on senior citizens. Asked why there isn’t much representation of senior citizens in films, Amitabh, 75, said: “Senior citizens are very respectable people of our society. If they are not there, we are not there. Whenever we try to make a film on them, we treat them with dignity. I hope that through this film, we will be able to convey the message to our audience.”

Adding to that, Rishi said: “He (Amitabh) did films like ‘Piku’ and ‘Pink’. Yes, there are not many films made on senior citizens but there are not many Bachchans around, right?”

“102 Not Out”, directed by Umesh Shukla, will release on May 4.

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Rakesh Roshan to get lifetime achievement honour at Dadasaheb Phalke awards

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Mumbai, April 19: Veteran filmmaker Rakesh Roshan will be felicitated with a Lifetime Achievement honour at the Dadasaheb Phalke Film Foundation Awards for his contribution as a producer, director, screenwriter, editor and actor in Hindi films.

Parul Sud, Vice President of Glocal Thinkers, the event’s organisers said: “It’s an honour to present the Lifetime Achievement Award to Rakesh Roshan for his prodigious work to film industry. His recently produced movie ‘Kaabil’ is such an inspiration to the youth.”

He said the DadaSaheb Trust was the only award property which also celebrated and recognised technicians behind the scenes.

Ashfaque Khopekar, President of Dadasaheb Phalke Film foundation Awards, said: “We are planning to conduct a seminar and other social activities to promote and support Indian film culture.

“I am trying to provide more benefits like pension and medical facilities to our technicians, workers and artistes.”

The awards ceremony will take place on April 29 at Chitrakoot Ground here.

As an actor, he was mostly known for his supporting roles in big-budget films starring Sanjeev Kumar and Rajesh Khanna in the lead role. Later, he achieved fame for directing films with titles beginning with the letter “K” since 1987.

As a filmmaker, his most notable work includes- Khudgarz (1987), Khoon Bhari Maang (1988), Kishen Kanhaiya (1990), Karan Arjun (1995), Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai (2000), Mil Gaya (2003) and the superhero Krrish film series (2006—2013). Roshan won the Filmfare Award for Best Director for directing the films; Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai and Koi Mil Gaya.

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