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U2, Rahman team up for ‘Ahimsa’ song

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Mumbai: Irish rock band U2 has unveiled a new song titled “Ahimsa”, in collaboration with composer A.R. Rahman, ahead of the group’s first ever visit to India.

U2’s lead vocalist Bono said: “The fight against injustice has always been so important to us. We were somewhat shaped and formed by Martin Luther King who was a student of Mahatma Gandhi. Martin Luther King said ‘The moral arc of the universe is long but it bends towards justice…’. I don’t believe that any more.

“It doesn’t bend towards justice, it has to be bent towards justice. We have to be actively involved in our democracy to preserve it and show people how we feel and what we care about. We come as students to the source of inspiration. That is ahimsa.. non-violence… India gave this to us.. the greatest gift to the world.. It is more powerful than nuclear energy, the armies, the navies, the British Empire. It is power itself. And it’s never been more important,” he added.

The collaboration comes less than one month ahead of U2’s first ever show in India with the arrival of ‘The Joshua Tree Tour’ in Mumbai on December 15. The band is popular for hits like “With or without you”, “I still haven’t found what I’m looking for” and “Beautiful day”

“‘Ahimsa’ requires courage and strength. A quality that is impervious to weapons or power. It’s a mission which is most needed to heal the modern world and it is incredible timing to collaborate with U2, with their amazing legacy, to revive this movement,” Rahman said.

U2 guitarist The Edge added: “It has been an absolute joy to work with A.R. on this track. A superstar and a talent both towering and generous, we are especially excited to visit his homeland in just a few weeks. India has been on our bucket list for a very long time, the principles of ahimsa or non-violence have served as an important pillar of what our band stands for since we first came together to play music.

“We can’t wait to experience the culture of India first hand, a place that brings together the modern and the ancient all at once.”

The year 2019 will also see the release of four highlights from U2’s catalogue of songs, remixed by local Indian artistes, coming soon on all streaming platforms.

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Kriti Sanon ‘excited’ to play surrogate mother in ‘Mimi’

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New Delhi, Dec 10 : Actress Kriti Sanon, who is currently busy shooting for “Mimi”, expresses excitement about the film.

The film has an unusual story by Bollywood standards. It casts Kriti as a young surrogate mother.

“I am very excited. It’s based on the subject of surrogacy but actually it’s the story of this young girl who wants to be an actor. She’s a dancer in Mandawa and she ends up being a surrogate for couple. Then, the things that follow change her life and also change her as a person,” Kriti told IANS.

She added: “It’s a lot on me. It’s around this character Mimi. It is very entertaining, a beautiful script. One of the most beautiful scripts I have read. You will have a lot of humour and situational humour. At the same time, there are a lot of characters you will take back home.”

The film is directed by “Luka Chuppi” fame Laxman Utekar.

“We’ve shot 40 per cent of the film. It’s based in Mandawa, Rajasthan. I think you realise that you are excited and passionate about a project when you end up narrating the story to every person around,” she laughed.

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Salman, Kichcha Sudeep’s hand-to-hand fight in ‘Dabangg 3’

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The much-awaited “Dabangg 3” is all set to release on December 20, and a highlight of the film is Salman Khans hand-to-hand combat with the antagonist, played by Kichcha Sudeep, and 500 of his men in the climax of the film.

“It is going to be a treat for all Bollywood buffs with an epic climax scene where Salman Khan will go hand to hand against Kichcha Sudeep and his army of 500 men. From what we know, the final fight between (Salman’s character) Chulbul Pandey and Balli (played by Sudeep) is the biggest action sequence in any Salman Khan movie. Apart from Salman Khan’s one-man army taking on a literal army, there’s going to be a hundred cars blowing up too,” said a source in the film’s unit.

‘Dabangg 3′ is directed by Prabhu Deva and the film also features Sonakshi Sinha, Arbaaz Khan, Amole Gupte, Mahie Gill, and Tinnu Anand. Preity Zinta makes a special appearance, and the film marks the debut of actor-filmmaker Mahesh Manjrekar’s daughter Saiee Manjrekar.

The film is scheduled to open on December 20.

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Salman, Katrina strike a pose with Sheikh Hasina

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Bollywood superstar Salman Khan and actress Katrina Kaif met Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Salman on Sunday night took to Twitter, where he shared a photograph of himself posing with Hasina, whom he described as a beautiful lady and Katrina.

“Katrina and I, with the Honourable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. It was a pleasure and honour to have met such a beautiful lady,” he captioned the image.

The two Bollywood actors were reportedly in Bangladesh to perform at the inauguration ceremony of Bangladesh Premier League (BBPL).

On the acting front, Salman is gearing up for the release of his upcoming film “Dabangg 3”, where he will be reprising the role of Chulbul Pandey.

Katrina, on the other hand, is currently busy shooting for her next “Sooryavanshi”, which also stars Akshay Kumar. The film is directed by Rohit Shetty.

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