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Shah Rukh Khan to be feted at World Economic Forum 2018

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Davos, Jan 11: Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan will be honoured at the 24th Annual Crystal Awards — as part of the World Economic Forum’s 48th Annual Meeting here later this month — for his leadership in championing children’s and women’s rights in India.

Actor-director Cate Blanchett and singer Elton John are the other awardees this year, according to the official website of the World Economic Forum.

“Each of them in their own way has taken action to uphold human dignity,” read the statement.

Shah Rukh is being feted as he is a founder of the non-profit Meer Foundation, which provides support to female victims of acid attacks and major burn injuries through medical treatment, legal aid, vocational training, rehabilitation and livelihood support.

He has also been responsible for the creation of specialized children’s hospital wards and has supported childcare centres with free boarding for children undergoing cancer treatment.

Expressing gratitude for being chosen for the honour, Shah Rukh tweeted on Thursday: “Thank you for this honour. I consider my work with these heroic and beautiful women a great privilege as it imparts dignity and purpose to my life. I hope to spread awareness of the unparalleled heroism of these ladies and reach out to others in order to carry this work to its conclusion.”

The 24th Annual Crystal Awards celebrate the achievements of outstanding artistes who have shown exemplary commitment to improving the state of the world.

The awards ceremony will take place on January 22, at the launch of the annual meeting.

This year’s World Economic Forum will have the first Indian Prime Minister participating since 1997, with Narendra Modi slated to address the plenary session of the prestigious global business meet.

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Trolls on my sexual orientation affect me: Priyank Sharma

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Mumbai, Jan 17: Priyank Sharma was questioned about his sexual orientation with contestants throwing homophobic slurs during his stint in reality show “Bigg Boss 11”. The actor says trolls on his sexual orientation and character do affect him.

He added that his “loved ones” are also affected.

“I think having an opinion or criticism is fine, but attacking someone’s character is not acceptable. As a celebrity, I am open to criticism but there is a huge difference between criticism and insult,” Priyank said in a statement.

“Trolls on my sexual orientation and character do affect me. Even if I decide to ignore it my loved ones are affected by it which bothers the most more than the trolls,” he added.

The actor will address the issue through TV show “Troll Police”, which brings celebrities and their trolls face-to-face.

“Through ‘MTV Troll Police’, I would like to convey this to people who troll celebrities under the pretext of giving a point of view that if you wish to have fun by insulting others, then you need to pay for it,” he added.

The show is aired on MTV and the episode will air on Saturday.

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Veteran cinematographer W.B. Rao dead, known for films like Rangeela & Khuda Gawah

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Mumbai, Jan 16: Veteran cinematographer W.B. Rao, who worked on films like “Hum”, “Khuda Gawah” and “Rangeela”, died here on Tuesday, said an official of Western Indian Cinematographer’s Association (WICA).

He died at the Bhartiya Arogya Nidhi Hospital, where he was admitted in the ICU, the official said.

Filmmaker Sangeeth Sivan mourned his death.

“W.B. Rao, the much respected and revered cinematographer is no more. ‘Hum’, ‘Khuda Gawah’ and ‘Rangeela’ were my personal favourites,” Sivan tweeted.

Rao had been a part of the film industry for over four decades. He even worked for films like “Raja Hindustani”, “Judwaa”, “Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega” and “Dhadkan”.

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Royal couple Prince Harry, Meghan Markle TV movie in works

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London, Jan 16: Cable network Lifetime has announced that it will make  a film about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s whirlwind love story titled Harry & Meghan: The Royal Love Story.

According to Deadline, the TV movie will depict a timeline of the royal couple’s relationship.

It would also essay everything from their first meet to the initial stages of their courtship and the global media attention surrounding their romance.

Menhaj Huda (“The Royals”) has been tapped to serve behind the lens. Scarlett Lacey will provide the script with Merideth Finn and Michele Weiss (“Flowers in the Attic”) will be its executive producer.

However, the network is still casting actors who will play the title roles.

Earlier, Lifetime had produced “William & Kate”, which aired 11 days prior to the 2011 wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Last year in November, Harry and Markle announced their engagement after dating for a year.

They will tie a wedding knot on May 19 at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.

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