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Naseeruddin Shah & Mithun Chakraborty to feature in Lal Bahadur Shashtri biopic

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Mumbai, Jan 11: On Lal Bahadur Shastri’s 52nd death anniversary on Thursday, filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri announced he has roped in veteran actors Naseeruddin Shah and Mithun Chakaraborty for a movie on the former Prime Minister’s controversial death.

The investigative thriller film is titled “The Tashkent Files”.

“A film on the biggest cover-up of a free India required that we work with great actors with credibility. Both Naseer and Mithunda are multiple-time National Award winners. It is a privilege to work with such involved and passionate actors of our times,” Agnihotri told IANS.

The movie will have two sides to the narrative and its story is a crowd-sourced idea, read a statement issued on behalf of the makers.

On Thursday, Agnihotri tweeted: “On this day, our second PM Lal Bahadur Shashtri died mysteriously in Tashkent. Was it heart attack or poison? Even after 52 years, the truth of the biggest cover-up of free India has been denied to his family, followers, citizens. After years of research, I present ‘The Tashkent Files’.”

The director will cast a prominent actor for the role of Shastri. The announcement will happen soon. The film goes on floors next week.

Shastri died in Tashkent, then in the Soviet Union, soon after signing a peace pact with Pakistani rulers to end the 1965 India-Pakistan war.

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Nick Jonas makes his relationship with Priyanka Chopra Insta-official

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New Delhi, June 23: Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra have just made their relationship Instagram official!

Months of rumours and speculations, finally lead up to this moment of the two lovers going public and what better place than in Mumbai?

Media reports had suggested earlier that Priyanka brought Nick to India to introduce him to her mother Madhu Chopra. Well, the American singer did meet Priyanka’s mother over dinner at an upscale restaurant in Mumbai’s Bandra.

Post the dinner, the two were photographed stepping out of the posh eatery hand-in-hand, adding fuel to the fire.

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By posting a super cute video on his Instagram story, Nick made his relationship with Desi girl Instagram official!

The video shows Priyanka walking toward him while she danced in the rain and he captioned it, “Her” alongside a heart-eyes emoji.

Earlier this month, Nick took Priyanka home to meet his family at his cousin’s wedding in New Jersey. Priyanka also had brunch with Nick’s family members and was seen spending some quality time with them.

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The stars first sparked romance rumours at the 2017 MET Gala, when they walked the red-carpet together.

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Joe Jackson hospitalized, in final stages of terminal cancer

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Los Angeles, June 23: Joe Jackson, father of Michael, Janet and the performing family, and architect of The Jackson 5, is in the final stages of terminal cancer, a source close to the situation confirmed to Variety.com.

Family members, including his wife Katherine, are said to have visited him in the hospital this week, reports the website.

Jackson, 89, has suffered from a variety of ailments in recent years, including dementia, strokes, and at least one heart attack, according to reports. He was injured in a car accident a year ago.

The famously headstrong Jackson, the father of 11 children, drove his performing family hard and at times subjected them to physical and mental abuse; the original Jackson 5 included sons Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon, and Michael, although younger sibling Randy also performed with the group and daughters LaToya, Rebbie, and, most famously, Janet also released albums.

Over the decades, Joe has had a contentious relationship with many family members, including Michael.

The Daily Mail claims that Jackson’s “handlers” had barred certain family members from visiting him, which son and former Jackson 5 member Jermaine spoke about to the paper.

The Jackson family patriarch has lived in Las Vegas for several years. One of his most recent public appearances was at the BET Awards in 2015, attending with his daughter Janet as she accepted the ultimate icon award. That same year, he suffered a stroke that reportedly left him with temporarily blurred vision.

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The Importance Of Being Salman Khan

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There are basically two kind of actors. Those who get deeply affected by reviews. And those who pretend not to be affected by them.

There is, of course, a third category where an actor genuinely doesn’t care what the critics think or say. I am afraid there is only one member of this third super-elitist club — Salman Khan. He really doesn’t care what critics say. For a very long time he didn’t care about awards either and very openly said they were a farce.

That changed when Salman actually started winning awards. He stopped badmouthing them. I don’t think favourable reviews changed his opinion on critics and reviews. He got them in abundance –favourable reviews, I mean — for “Bajrangi Bhaijaan” and “Sultan”, two recent Salman-fests that I thought would change the course of his career.

But his opinion on critics — extended to a generic distrust of journalists — is too deeply embedded in his consciousness to change. I know. I have been at the receiving end of his contempt, wrath, ridicule and heckling till I reached a breaking point with him. My last conversation with Salman Khan took place some years ago when he opened the conversation by taunting me for a problem I had faced some time earlier.

It was a disastrous way to start a conversation. And very insensitive. But little did he care. He went on to heap insults on Vivek Oberoi and hung up. He then called back to ask if I was writing any of our conversation. Because if I was, he said he didn’t care.

“It is between you and your conscience,” Salman warned me.

I don’t think Salman cares even today what critics and journalists say and write about him. To that extent he hasn’t changed over the years. He has become more tolerant of certain institutions such as the law and the media because of his own experiences. He has also become less judgmental and opinionated.

Some years ago a highly regarded friend-turned-foe journalist was at the receiving end of Salman’s sneering campaign when Salman, just before their television interview, made smirking references to the journalist’s personal life. This had no bearing on the interview, no bearing on their professional conduct. Salman had no business bringing up the journalist’s personal life.

Here is what the unspoken deal between a superstar, specially a superstar called Salman Khan and the media is: he can say and do what he likes. But the mediapersons must say and do what Salman likes.

The yes-men who surround him — and that includes the directors/music directors who are working with him — make it easy for Salman to believe he is always right in his attitude, and by extension, in his selection of roles. No one would tell him that “Race 3” is a disgraceful addition to his repertoire of films, specially at this juncture of his career when he has a captive audience to experiment with roles and to extend the frontiers of his talent.

Sadly, we see Salman making no effort to further his skills as an actor in “Race 3”. Why should he, when the world is at his feet? In spite of the scathing reviews, “Race 3” has crossed the 100-crore mark during the first four days of release. Salman will rightly argue that the audience loves him and his cinema so why should he change his attitude towards his career or towards anything in his life?

After “Judwaa 2” released, I had asked David Dhawan how he reacted to criticism about his cinema being the same even after three decades?

“Why should I open the bonnet of my car when it is running smoothly?” David commented.

So while the critics are busy looking for new ways to insult Salman’s “Race 3”, he is already planning “Race 4” probably with more of everything we hated in the current film. What can you do about it?

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