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Singing of Gandhi’s bhajan was taken up to melt ice between both countries: Pakistani singer Shafqat

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New Delhi, Oct 6: Popular Pakistani singer Shafqat Amanat Ali was one of the artistes from over 120 countries who sang Mahatma Gandhi’s favourite bhajan “Vaishnav jan to”. He says he took it up as he thought it would be a good way to melt ice between his home country and India.

As part of the 150th Birth Anniversary Celebrations of Gandhi, artistes from countries like Sri Lanka, China, Germany, Saudi Arabia and Russia, paid homage to the Mahatma by coming up with their own rendition of “Vaishnav jan to”.

“I was approached by the Indian High Commission in Pakistan. I said it is a peace initiative, so let’s do it. There are a lot of people who are also working for peace in both the countries because at the end of the day, war doesn’t do good to any country. I thought this is going to be a good way to melt ice between both the countries, so I did it,” Shafqat told IANS over phone from Lahore.

The Gujarati hymn was penned by the 15th century poet Narsinh Mehta.

“It wasn’t really difficult to understand as there were subtitles. It’s about humanity,” said the “Aankhon ke saagar” hitmaker.

He didnt want it to be just like any other song as he found it a “very sensitive thing”.

“I wanted it to be a very soulful piece. A wrong track, tempo or bad instrumentation, could turn things from good to bad. So, I was really careful,” he said.

Was he expecting criticism from people of both the countries?

“Whenever I did a project with India, no one from my country…from top to bottom, ever opposed me. In fact, people here have received it well. I think everybody is positive about it,” said the artiste, who has sung Bollywood films’ songs like “Mitwa”, “Tere naina” and “Allah waariyan”.

A lot of people, including Indian singer-composer Vishal Dadlani, have praised him for this initiative.

“I am happy and proud. This is a gesture of peace and the first step towards dialogue for peace. I hope people progress and be happy in both the countries,” said Shafqat.

In the recent past, he has sung for Bollywood films like “Mulk”, “Ishqeria” and “Bhaiaji Superhit”. But it has been a while since he did live shows in India.

His Bengaluru performance was called off in 2016 following a threat issued by Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, which had warned all Pakistani artistes in India to leave the country. This was amid the escalating tensions between the two countries over the Uri terrorist attack.

He said he hasn’t decided anything on coming to India. “But if something comes up, you will find out,” he said.

Till then, he will continue working with Indian talent.

Last month, Indian musician Joi Barua, who also worked with Pakistani singer Atif Aslam, had tweeted a photograph and captioned it: “Time we did some magic together Shafqat Amanat Ali.”

Anything in works?

“That song is in the pipeline. He has composed it. He has approached a lyricist. If he accepts to do it, we will record it soon,” said Shafqat.

Sharing more details about the song, he said: “It is a single. If somebody picks it up for a film, we will be glad. It is a song about friendship.”

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Anurag Kashyap’s first wife Aarti Bajaj calls MeToo charge against him the ‘cheapest stunt’

The controversy sparked off after Payal tweeted against Kashyap on Saturday.

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Mumbai, Sep 20 : Aarti Bajaj, first wife of Anurag Kashyap, has come out in support of the filmmaker, who has been accused by budding actress Payal Ghosh for sexual harassment.

On Sunday, Aarti took to her unverified Instagram account and posted a note describing the #MeToo allegations against Kashyap as the “cheapest stunts” she has seen till now.

“First wife here… You are a rockstar @anuragkashyap10. Keep empowering women as you do and the safest place you create for all of them. I see it first hand with our daughter. There is no integrity left and the world is full of losers and no brains baying for blood of anyone who has a voice.”

“If everybody spends the energy which they use in hating others constructively this world will be a better place. Cheapest stunt I have seen till now. First it made me angry then I laughed so hard as it cannot come more framed then this. I am sorry that you have to go through this .That’s the level of them. You stay HIGH and keep using your voice. We love you,” Aarti wrote.

Aarti and Anurag have a daughter named Aaliyah.

The controversy sparked off after Payal tweeted against Kashyap on Saturday.

“@anuragkashyap72 has forced himself on me and extremely badly. @PMOIndia @narendramodi ji, kindly take action and let the country see the demon behind this creative guy. I am aware that it can harm me and my security is at risk. Pls help,” Payal had tweeted.

Kashyap has denied such allegations.

“Kya baat hai, itna samay le liya mujhe chup karwane ki koshish mein. Chalo koi nahin. Mujhe chup karaate karaate itna jhooth bol gaye ki aurat hote hue doosri auraton ko bhi sang ghaseet liya. Thodi toh maryada rakhiye, madam. Bas yahi kahunga ki jo bhi aarop hain aap ke sab bebuniyaad hain (Wow, it took you so long to try to silence me. Never mind. In the process of silencing me, you dragged other women in this, despite being a woman. Please have some dignity, madam. All I want to say is that every allegation is baseless),” Kashyap wrote on Twitter.

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Anurag Kashyap gets support from colleagues after MeToo row

Earlier on Sunday, in a series of Twitter posts in Hindi, Kashyap dismissed the allegations, dubbing it an attempt to “silence” him.

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Mumbai, Sep 20 : Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap”s friends from the film industry, Taapsee Pannu, Anubhav Sinha, Tisca Chopra and Surveen Chawla, have come out in support of the director after actor Payal Ghosh accused him of sexual harrassment.

On Saturday, Ghosh took to Twitter, claiming that the “Gangs of Wasseypur” director was sexually inappropriate towards her, an allegation Kashyap called “baseless”.

Ghosh, 30, tagged Prime Minister Narendra Modi in her tweet, requesting him to take action against the filmmaker.

Pannu, who collaborated with Kashyap on the 2018 romantic-drama “Manmarziyaan”, took to Instagram and wrote that the filmmaker was “the biggest feminist” she knew.

“For you, my friend, are the biggest feminist I know. See you on the sets soon of yet another piece of art that shows how powerful and significant women are in the world you create,” the “Thappad” actor wrote.

Sinha said the existence of the #MeToo movement is to amplify voices of harassed women and it should not be misused.

“It is the joint responsibility of women and men both to carefully protect the sanctity of #Metooindia. It is a very very very important movement that should not be misused for any other reason but the dignity of women,” Sinha tweeted, tagging Kashyap.

Chawla, who worked with the filmmaker on his two-part Netflix series “Sacred Games”, said the allegation against the director reeked of “opportunism”.

“Let them creep. Let them crawl. You my friend, as always stand tall. These false flag bearers of feminism… Opportunism? They dont honour men like you. For their lack of knowledge in knowing know who you really are, and claims they make, that are just so bizzare.”

In a subsequent tweet, Chawla said Kashyap”s legacy is stronger than the allegation.

“Your life, your work and the women you create with your craft…speak volumes about you. I have the privilege to know the real feminist in you, I take the honour my friend to stand for you! @anuragkashyap72,” she added.

Chopra, who featured alongside Kashyap and Chawla in the short film “Chhuri”, said the filmmaker was one of the biggest supporters of talent, be it men or women.

“To know my friend @anuragkashyap72 is to know generosity, honesty and decency at its core .. even a cursory look at his work reveals his worldview on women .. don”t know a bigger supporter of talent, men or women,” she tweeted.

Earlier on Sunday, in a series of Twitter posts in Hindi, Kashyap dismissed the allegations, dubbing it an attempt to “silence” him.

The 48-year-old director has been vocal against the criticism and vilification of Bollywood by celebrities and trolls online.

“Such a long time was taken to shut me up, never mind. (But) while shutting me up, you lied so much that you dragged other women also in it. Please maintain some dignity madam. All I will say is that all your allegations are baseless,” Kashyap tweeted.

Post her revelation, Ghosh found support in National Commission for Women, with its chairperson Rekha Sharma assuring the actor that the NCW will take cognisance of the case.

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Kareena wants to sit back, pray on her 40th birthday

On the work front, Kareena will be seen sharing screen space with Aamir Khan in “Laal Singh Chaddha”, which is an adaptation of “Forrest Gump”.

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Mumbai, Sep 20 : Ahead of her 40th birthday on Monday, actress Kareena Kapoor Khan posted a note of gratitude.

“As I enter my 40th year… I want to sit back, reflect, love, laugh, forgive, forget and most importantly pray and thank the strongest force up there for giving me the strength and thank my experiences and decisions for making me the woman I am.

“Some right, some wrong, some great, some not so… but still, hey BIG 40 make it BIG,” Kareena wrote on Instagram.

Along with it, she shared a picture, in which we can see her flashing her million dollar smile.

On the work front, Kareena will be seen sharing screen space with Aamir Khan in “Laal Singh Chaddha”, which is an adaptation of “Forrest Gump”.

Also, Kareena is currently pregnant with her second child.

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