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My mission is not to become a playback singer: Rising Star 2 winner ‘Hemant Brijwasi’

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Mumbai, April 16: Mathura-born Hemant Brijwasi, winner of music reality TV show “Rising Star India 2”, has already had a tryst with singing for Bollywood films. But he says his dream is bigger than being a playback singer.

Brijwasi won the title on Sunday night, taking home a prize amount of Rs 20 lakh.

“I never imagined to be the winner,” the young talent told IANS over phone.

“I am thankful to all our mentors and especially to Shankar Mahadevan who encouraged me to try out different genres,” he added.

Brijwasi developed an interest in singing from a very tender age. He loves singing Indian classical and Sufi songs.

“Though I have got a chance to sing for a Bollywood film, my mission in life is not to become a playback singer. I admire and idolise Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan saab and I want to be someone like him to who is remembered for his great music for generations,” he said.

He has worked under Vishal-Shekhar’s music direction for “Arjun – The Warrior Prince” as well as for some other projects. He also has a track in the upcoming Diljit-starrer “Soorma”, and the song is penned by celebrated writer Gulzar.

“This is going to be a very special song because Gulzar saab has written the lyrics of it and Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy have composed the song,” he said.

“Rising Star 2′, aired on Colors, had a panel of experts including Mahadevan and singers Monali Thakur and Diljit Dosanjh.

Mahadevan was a source of encouragement for the singer, who competed in the final round with Rohanpreet Singh and Vishnumaya Ramesh.

“I remember my first performance was ‘Tashan se’ and I tend to sing only Sufi style numbers. One day Shankarji came to me during our practice and very affectionately told me, ‘Why don’t you try something different instead of something that you are already good at?’ Honestly, I did not have much confidence but he kept pushing me,” he recounted.

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Amitabh Bachchan clicking selfies with Ranbir , see photos

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Ranbir Kapoor and Amitabh Bachchan were seen clicking selfies on the streets of New York.

Brahmstra’ co-stars Amitabh Bachchan and Ranbir Kapoor are currently shooting in New York  and Megastar took to his Twitter to share the pictures and wrote, “T 2874 – Out on a walk on the streets of NYC with THE Ranbir Kapoor .. selfies and all ..” While the men are here having fun, we wonder what Alia Bhatt was doing.

 

Amitabh Bachchan wore a white sweatshirt with black track pants, while Ranbir donned a blue-green jacket with blue denim. The actors wore similar looking white sneakers and finished the look with trendy sunglasses.

The stars are currently in New York to shoot for ‘Brahmastra’, first from the trilogy to be produced by none other than Karan Johar.

One can  get a glimpse of what is actually happening on the sets of the film. “Sitting under the branches of ISHY, no its not a pet name from the member unit, but the name of the coffee hot chocolate cookie by the road, sophisticated ‘dhaba’, en route to the studio for work, or impending work ..,” the photo caption read.

 

This is the first time that Bachchan and Kapoor will be sharing the screen space.

Directed by Ayan Mukerji, the movie also stars Alia Bhatt, Mouni Roy and Tollywood star Nagarjuna.
The flick will hit the big screens on August 15, 2019.

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Actor Siddharth Shukla arrested for rash driving

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Mumbai, July 22 : Actor Siddharth Shukla of Balika Vadhu was arrested on the charges of rash driving after he crashed his BMW X5 sports utility vehicle in Mumbai’s Oshiwara area on Saturday evening.

Shukla’s BMW X5 sports utility vehicle hit three cars before mounting the road divider around 6 pm.
37-year old was heading to his Evershine Complex residence when he lost control of his BMW car and hit an Innova.Due to the impact, the MUV went on to hit two more cars. Three people suffered minor injuries in the incident and the actor did not suffer any injury.

Shukla was taken into custody and sent for a medical examination.

The police have registered a case of rash driving.

He has also acted in the films Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania and Soorma.

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Kangana Ranaut’s ‘Manikarnika’ to clash with Hrithik Roshan’s ‘Super 30’

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Mumbai, July 21: Kangana Ranaut and Hrithik Roshan will clash again — this time at the box office. The actress’ “Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi” has been locked for release on January 25, 2019, when Hrithik’s “Super 30” will also release.

The two actors were involved in a row which began after Kangana hinted at Hrithik being her “ex-boyfriend”. What followed was an exchange of legal complaints and mud-slinging.

Now their films are set to clash on the Republic Day 2019 weekend.

Zee Studios and producer Kamal Jain on Saturday announced the release date of their magnum opus “Manikarnika – The Queen of Jhansi”, in which Kangana will bring alive the “extraordinary tale of strength and valour that inspired Indians across generations”. The film is directed by Krish.

Hrithik’s “Super 30″, meanwhile”, will see him take on the role of real-life mathematics wizard Anand Kumar, who teaches 30 meritorious and talented candidates each year from economically backward sections for the entrance examination for the Indian Institute of Technology. The actor has been upbeat about playing a man from Bihar and flaunts a simpleton’s look for the movie.

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The period drama ‘Manikarnika’ also features Atul Kulkarni as Tatya Tope, Sonu Sood as Sadashiv and Ankita Lokhande as Jhalkarbai.

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It is backed by Reliance Entertainment and Phantom Films and directed by Vikas Bahl.

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