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SRK promises to be fluent in Bengali, requests ‘dhoti’ for KIFF inaugural

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Kolkata, Nov 11: Wowing fans with a fresh attempt at Bangla at the opening of the 23rd Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF) here on Friday, superstar Shah Rukh Khan sought a traditional Bengali ‘dhoti’ for the next edition, promising to be fluent in the regional language.

“I have promised that I will keep on learning Bangla. My Bengali has to get better. This is my new attempt with eight lines. Please bear with me. Let me get this right because by next year I have to do it without reading it off a paper,” Shah Rukh said attired in a tuxedo while officiating as the co-host at the KIFF inaugural.

“Ei film festival er bishesh onusthane uposthith thakte pere sammanito bodh korchi. (I feel honoured to be present at this special event). Sanskriti ebong oitihjjyor ei shohor (Kolkata is the city of culture). Shob cheye Mishti Shohor Kolkata (It is the sweetest city),” said SRK to rousing applause.

The 52-year-old actor who is Bengal’s brand ambassador, also requested a ‘dhoti’.

“Next time I am going to ask my friends to give me a dhoti also… Come and speak in full Bengali… fluent also and be here,” he said, congratulating State Chief Minister Minister Mamata Banerjee for organising the festival.

Banerjee on her part promised the attire.

“We will give a dhoti-panjabi to Shah Rukh. He has asked us,” Banerjee added.

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India stunned by Sridevi’s death, body expected to reach Mumbai this evening

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Mumbai, Feb 25: Veteran actress Sridevi, 54, passed away in Dubai, plunging the entire country into a pall of gloom as her fans and admirers expressed shock and disbelief.

The actress breathed her last on Saturday night at around 11 p.m. She was rushed to the nearby Rashid Hospital but pronounced dead on admission.

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Her body is expected to be flown to Mumbai via a special chartered flight on Sunday evening for the last rites but the timings were not confirmed yet, according to official sources.

Sridevi was in Dubai to attend the marriage function of actress Sonam Kapoor’s cousin Mohit Marwah, along with husband Boney Kapoor and younger daughter Khushi.

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She exuded elegance in her appearances — photos and videos that were now being shared on social media as her “last”.

Confirming the news of her death, Sridevi’s brother-in-law and actor Sanjay Kapoor, told IANS: “Yes, it is true.”

The Indian Embassy in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the Indian Consulate in Dubai were assisting the family to expedite the process to bringing her body to India as soon as possible.

The actress is remembered for her performance is some of the iconic Bollywood films like “Mr. India”, “Nagina”, “Sadma”, “ChalBaaz”, “Chandni”, “Khuda Gawah”, among many others in different Indian languages.

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The Padma Shri recipient, who made a comeback to Bollywood in 2012 with “English Vinglish” after a long break of 15 years, was last seen in “Mom” in 2017.

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Apparently having a premonition, Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan and Sridevi’s co-star in half a dozen films, including “Khuda Gawah” had tweeted at 1.15 am on Sunday: “I don’t know, but I feel a strange sense of unease.”

The untimely death of the veteran actress has left the country shocked. President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi mourned her demise.

“Shocked to hear of passing of movie star Sridevi. She has left millions of fans heartbroken,” Kovind tweeted.

Modi also took to Twitter, saying: “Saddened by the untimely demise of noted actor Sridevi. She was a veteran of the film industry, whose long career included diverse roles and memorable performances.”

Southern movie stars and politicians Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan also expressed disbelief.

“I’m shocked and very disturbed. I’ve lost a dear friend and the industry has lost a true legend. My heart goes out to her family and friends. I feel the pain with them. Sridevi, you will be missed,” tweeted Rajinikanth, who featured with her in the memorable “ChaalBaaz”.

Kamal Haasan, her co-star from “Sadma” — one of her most evocative performances — said: “Have witnessed Sridevi’s life from an adolescent teenager to the magnificent lady she became. Her stardom was well deserved. Many happy moments with her flash through my mind including the last time I met her. Sadma’s lullaby haunts me now. We’ll miss her.”

Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar, who has sung for Sridevi in 20 films including “Chaand Kaa Tukdaa”, “Khuda Gawah”, “Lamhe”, “Chandni”, “Nazrana” and “Himmatwala”, had no words to express her shock.

“Yakeen nahi ho raha ki itni choti umar mein Sridevi chali gayi. Kya kahun kuch samajh mein nahi aa raha hai. Boney Kapoor aur unki do betiyon ke dukh mein main shamil hun. (I can’t believe that Sridevi died so early, she was too young. I don’t know what to say. Condolences to Boney Kapoor and the daughters),” she tweeted.

Her “Mom” co-star Nawazuddin Siddiqui wrote: “It’s a heartbreaking news, can’t even imagine in the worst of my dreams – World losses the best performer.”

Superstar Aamir Khan was “saddened by the untimely and tragic passing away of Srideviji”. He said he has “always been an admirer of the grace and dignity with which she conducted herself”.

While veteran filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt was “jolted” by the news of her sudden death, Sunny Deol, who has worked with her in films like “Sultanat”, “ChaalBaaz” and “Ram-Avtar”, said he is “going to miss her”.

Showbiz queen Ekta Kapoor tweeted: “The strongest women have the weakest hearts sometimes.”

Filmmaker Shekhar Kapur said “with Sridevi gone an era is over”.

“Like life turning a new chapter. A beautiful story just ended. An amazing spirit just vanished leaving us with amazing love, memories, and incredible grief,” he tweeted.

Nimrat Kaur tweeted: “Absolutely devastated to hear about the passing of #Sridevi. What a dark black terrible moment in time. Gutted.”

“I just heard Ma’am Sridevi passed away due to a massive cardiac arrest. I am in shock…can’t stop crying…” Sushmita Sen tweeted.

Priyanka Chopra said: “I have no words. Condolences to everyone who loved #Sridevi . A dark day. RIP.”

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Did Amitabh Bachchan have a premonition about Sridevi’s death?

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New Delhi, Feb 25: The entire India woke up to shocking news as the legendary Bollywood actress, Sridevi, passed away in Dubai after a cardiac arrest late on Saturday night. The 54-year-old actress, who was in Dubai to attend Mohit Marwah’s wedding, was with husband Boney Kapoor and daughter Khushi.

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Even as everyone was finding it difficult to come to terms with the news, Sridevi’s Khuda Gawah co-star Amitabh Bachchan seems to have had a premonition of the tragedy.

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Hours before the news of Sridevi’s death broke, Big B had tweeted, “Na jaane kyun, ek ajeeb si ghabrahat ho rahi hai (I don’t know why, but I feel a strange kind of anxiety).” Twitteratti has connected the two and believes that Amitabh Bachchan has some kind of “sixth sense”.

Here’s how people on social media reacted to his tweet.

Twitterati couldn’t help but react in shock as they came across the megastar’s tweet. While some called it “weirdly correct tweet”, some termed it as “extreme premonition”, tweeting “some things are still beyond all scientific explanations”.

Sridevi has known for her performance is some of the iconic films like “Mr India”, “Nagina”, “Sadma”, “Chaalbaaz”, “Chandni” among many others. The Padma Shri recipient was last seen in “Mom” in 2017.

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Sridevi’s demise: Tendulkar, Sindhu & sports fraternity in shock, offers condolences

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New Delhi, Feb 25: The entire India woke up to shocking news as the legendary Bollywood actress, Sridevi, passed away in Dubai after a cardiac arrest late on Saturday night. The 54-year-old actress, who was in Dubai to attend Mohit Marwah’s wedding, was with husband Boney Kapoor and daughter Khushi.

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Her sudden passing away has sent shockwaves and condolences have been a plenty even from those who are not a part of the movie business. The members of the sports circle have offered condolences.

Legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar expressed shock on the actress’s sudden death.

“I have no words to express how I feel. We have grown up seeing her. It is difficult to digest that she is not with us. My heartiest condolences to her family,” Tendulkar told news agency ANI.

Meanwhile, Union Minister and former professional shooter  Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore took to Twitter to express grief over her demise and said he was shocked to hear about the actor’s death.

“Shocked to hear about the sudden demise of Sridevi ji, a legend of Indian Cinema. May god give peace to her soul & strength to family, friends and fans. ? ?????,” said Rathore.

Veteran cricketer and commentator Harsha Bhogle took to Twitter and said, “Oh, no! In her own way, she lit up the screen. Such a star! No age to go. Sridevi.”

Ace Badminton player P. V. Sindhu also took to Twitter to mourn her demise. “Such sad and shocking news. My condolences to the family RIP Sridevi,” she added.

Legendary cricketer Virender Sehwag sent his condolences to the family of the actress. “Shocked to hear about the demise of #Sridevi ji. Heartfelt Condolences to the family. Om Shanti,” he tweeted.

Sridevi has known for her performance is some of the iconic films like “Mr India”, “Nagina”, “Sadma”, “Chaalbaaz”, “Chandni” among many others. The Padma Shri recipient was last seen in “Mom” in 2017.

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