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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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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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Disgusting: Celebs react over Papon kissing minor

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Mumbai, Feb 24: Celebrities like Raveena Tandon and Suchitra Krishnamoorthi have come out against Papon after a video emerged of the singer inappropriately kissing a minor girl.

The shocked celebrities feel that it’s disgusting and shameful and that the singer should be arrested.

Raveena Tandon: Disgusting! Shameful! Perverse! This man Papon should be arrested ! The girl’s parents succumbing to pressure! The explanations given are ridiculous! Haven’t felt such anger and shame to see this happen and some on tv debates actually defending the act.

Suchitra Krishnamoorthi: 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.

Gauahar Khan: Wasn’t smothering a child’s face with your palm rubbing colour all over it for four seconds enough as fatherly love, that you had to pull the child’s face then to strategically peck her on the lip. There was no wrong camera angle or the child moving her face mistakenly.

Ashoke Pandit: Papon body language and his brash attitude while abusing the child is a sign of arrogance and complete disregard for the law. This is a benchmark trait of every powerful sexual predator.

On Friday, 23 February, Supreme Court lawyer Runa Bhuyan filed a complaint with National Commission for Protection of Child Rights against Papon. The singer has been booked under POCSO as it is a case of assaulting a minor girl. 

In a video shared on Papon’s official Facebook page, the 41-year-old singer is seen celebrating Holi with few of the contestants of ‘The Voice of India Kids Season 2’, a singing reality show of which he is a jury member. He is seen applying colours to a contestant and planting a kiss, apparently, on her mouth.

Calling himself an “extremely affectionate and expressive” person, Papon claimed that “both of our families are being destroyed forever” because of the controversy surrounding the matter.

“Not to say I haven’t made a mistake. 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,” he wrote in his statement, which he uploaded on his Twitter.

He said that he can be called “naive and stupid” for the “accidental move” which he claimed was “not a sexual assault”.

Meanwhile, MoS Women and Child welfare, Vidya Thakur, has reportedly directed the Mumbai Police Commissioner to investigate the incident, reported The Staesman.

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