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Kamal Haasan receives honorary doctorate at Odisha varsity

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Bhubaneswar, Nov 19 : Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan was on Tuesday conferred an honorary doctorate by Odisha’s Centurion University of Technology and Management for his contribution to cinema.

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik presented the doctorate degree (honoris causa) to Haasan at a special function here.

“Haasan is a legend who has served the nation throughout his life through art, cinema and humanitarian works. He has made many new experiments in cinema. His silent movie ‘Pushpak’ has been hailed as an all time great in the world of cinema,” said the Chief Minister.

“I am informed that he has turned his fan club into an organisation for humanitarian activities. This speaks volumes about his commitment for human values. I wish him success in all his endeavours,” said Patnaik.

Accepting the honour, Haasan called upon the students to take full advantage of the skill development opportunities and contribute significantly for the growth of the nation.

“Odisha is a model state and we are trying to seek knowledge from here so that we would make Tamil Nadu like Odisha. We are taking the experience from every state, which are the forerunners in some ideas or the other,” Haasan said.

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‘Bigg Boss 13’: Sidharth, Rashami bond again, #SidRa fans happy

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Mumbai: Former co-stars and friends Sidharth Shukla and Rashami Desai appear to have buried the hatchet. After having been in the spotlight for their heated arguments in the “Bigg Boss” house, things seemed to have taken a new turn and #SidRa fans are thrilled with their new bonding.

In the upcoming episode of the show hosted by superstar Salman Khan, two kids will melt hearts of Sidharth and Rashami, following which they will be seen shaking hands and hugging each other. The two get so emotional that at one point, Sidharth even offers water to her.

Netizens are celebrating the moment.

“Wow! Beautiful! Never thought I would write anything good about #Shukla but yeah the bond that is growing between him and #RashamiDesai is endearing and adorable. Don’t know how successful #SidRa will be but bless their hearts. #YouAreNotAloneRashami #BB13,” wrote one Twitter user.

Another one was touched by Sidharth’s gesture. “Sid is Giving WATER to d Same Person Who once said Marta pada rahega na toh pani side rakh k nikall lun. Thats Sidharth shukla for u ladies. true gentlemen…!!!”

One fan wrote: “When he genuinely FELT rashmi is HURT, he went to console her!Sid….. #SidharthaShukla #SidRa #BB13.”

Another tweeted: “Only he can be her real friend in the house if he want to other than asim. What do you think? #SidRa #SidRash #SidRaSim #YouAreNotAloneRashami #BB13.”

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Twitterati wish happy birthday to ‘charming’ Javed Akhtar

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New Delhi, Jan 17 : Wishing lyricist-poet Javed Akhtar on his 75th birthday on Friday, Hindi film industry’s celebrities as well as Tweeple, expressed their fondness for the “charming” Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan awardee.

Having penned songs for films like “Silsila”, “1942: A Love Story”, “Veer-Zaara”, “Main Hoon Naa and “Jodhaa Akbar”, the veteran poet has been in the industry for more than four decades.

Taking to his Twitter handle Veteran actor and congress leader Shatrughan Sinha greeted: “Warm & happy birthday wishes for our dear family friend, poet par excellence, writer, lyricist, screenplay writer, the literary legendary ‘genius’ #JavedAkhtar. A lovely exhibition of his rare photos, posters, etc ‘The world of Javed Akhtar’ has been inaugurated for his 75th.”

Bollywood Actress Urmila Matondkar wrote: “Happy Birthday @Javedakhtarjadu Saab and a big thank you for just being you. For all your writings both for films and outside of it for beautifying our lives with your wits. Honoured to have heard you, known you and seen you so closely. Love, regards and respect #JavedAkhtar”

Music composer and singer Salim Merchant tweeted: “Happy 75th Birthday Javed Saheb! Thank you for your Poetry, your thoughts & your Guidance. Your love & Dedication to the entire fraternity is very inspiring. Like someone said ‘Happiness is best felt when you do things for others’ Thank you for your knowledge. @Javedakhtarjadu.”

“Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan Javed Sahab’s contribution to Urdu art and culture have been phenomenal and he is a gem of a person! Happy Birthday #JavedAkhtar Sahab! May you live a very long & glorious life ahead!” wrote another.

“Wishing 75th birthday to Javed saheb a legend of poetry and a fearless personality #javedakhtar”, read one post.

A Tweeple remarked, “A very happy birthday to Great Philosopher #JavedAkhtar.”

The veteran lyricist and screenwriter also have five National Awards for Best Lyricist to his name and even the Sahitya Akademi Award.

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Javed Akhtar: I still have to do a lot of work

I feel people have to look at their grand total, and if you keep cribbing about your past then there is no use. If your grand total is correct and if you are happy with it, then you will feel happy.”

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Mumbai, Jan 16 : Veteran writer-lyricist Javed Akhtar beams with energy at the age of 75 and says he still has to do a lot of work.

“A lot of people have achieved so much more than me. I feel I have earned love of friends. I feel that I still have to do a lot of work. I can do a lot of things. I can write much more poetry, lyrics and scripts. I can associate myself with causes in which I believe in. I can speak my mind at different panel discussions, so that I can bring in change in people’s mindset,” said Akhar, at a photo exhibition organised on the occasion of his 75th birthday on Wednesday in Mumbai.

Akhtar, who has been active in the film industry for nearly five decades now, said: “Every human being goes through good and bad, happy and sad times in his life. I feel people have to look at their grand total, and if you keep cribbing about your past then there is no use. If your grand total is correct and if you are happy with it, then you will feel happy.”

Asked Akhtar what his kids had gifted him on his birthday, he said: “He (Farhan) has gifted me a really nice brown watch, so whenever I wear a brown kurta then I wear that watch. Zoya also gifts me things whenever she returns from her international trips but I feel she is the biggest gift of mine. What else I can ask for?”

Celebrities including Zoya Akhtar, Shabana Azmi, Farhan Akhtar, Shibani Dandekar, Sudhir Mishra, Divya Dutta, and Riteish Deshmukh attended the photo-exhibition.

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