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Upen always supports me as elder brother: Soni Singh

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Mumbai, Aug 6: Actress Soni Singh, who was seen alongside Upen Patel in popular reality show “Bigg Boss 8” in 2014, says she has since been in touch with the actor and he is always available to her as a brother whenever she needs his support.

“People believe that blood bonds are more stronger. But, I have experienced that it’s not important that you need blood-links to enjoy the depth of any relationship. Upen and I met in ‘Bigg Boss’ and since then we are together. He treats me like a sister and is always there for me whenever I need him. He also compares me to his sister who resides in London,” Soni said in a statement.

Talking about the Rakshabandhan festival, which will be celebrated on Monday, Soni said: “Rakhi brothers are more special to you because it’s a relation you choose to be in and grow older with. Along with Upen, I have one more Rakhi brother, Sohan Thakur… even he is really special and kind. He always calls me ‘Chutki’, and I am blessed to have two Rakhi brothers.”

She added: “Like every Rakshabandhan, even this year I’m going to celebrate with them and have fun.”

Soni can currently be seen in Star Plus show “Aarambh”.

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Akshay’s ‘Gold Trailer’ shows one man’s struggle to make India proud

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New Delhi, June 25: After releasing some intriguing posters, the makers of Akshay Kumar starrer ‘Gold’ have finally dropped the official trailer of the upcoming film on Monday.

Gold is a story of one man’s dream, dedication and struggle. And, he thus makes India proud.

The trailer opens with a voice-over announcing the words, “Gold, British India,” and an intense-looking Akshay giving ‘the stare’ to the British flag. What transpires over a couple of minutes in the trailer is a mix of patriotism and sports, just everything one could have expected from Khiladi Kumar.

Akshay, perhaps for the first time, will be seen as a Bengali in the film and the trailer gives a peek into that persona.

Naagin star Mouni Roy appears for merely five seconds in the trailer chastising Akshay in Bengali. She plays the actor’s wife in Gold. Akshay then proceeds to deliver a monologue laced with an almost overbearing love for the country.

The over two-minute long trailer also featured Kunal Kapoor, Amit Sadh, Vineet Kumar Singh and Sunny Kaushal, each of them a hockey player with a passion to play the game.

The film is about India’s first Olympic medal win as a free nation in 1948 at the 14th Olympic Games at London. It will release on Independence Day in 2018.

Post Gold, Akshay will be seen in Kesari which is again a period film based on the Battle of Saragarhi.

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IIFA 2018: Anupam Kher dedicates award to struggling actors without godfathers

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Bangkok, June 25: Bollywood veteran Anupam Kher, bestowed with the Outstanding Achievement in Cinema honour here, has dedicated the award to strugglers who try and find their feet in the showbiz world without having a godfather.

“Thank you IIFA for honouring me with Outstanding Achievement In Cinema Award. I really feel honoured and energised. Thank you the people of Bangkok for your love, warmth and hospitality. I dedicate this award to all the struggling actors who have to make it without godfathers,” Anupam tweeted on Monday.

The actor received the honour at the 19th edition of the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) gala on Sunday night.

An introductory speech to Anupam’s life and career was made by his long-time friend and co-actor Anil Kapoor, while the trophy was handed over to him by Viacom18’s Group CEO Sudhanshu Vats.

“Thank you my dearest friend Anil Kapoor for introducing my Outstanding Achievement In Cinema Award at IIFA with so much love, warmth. Selflessness and grace. You are a priceless and a unique friend. Your words moved me,” wrote Anupam, who has featured in over 500 movies in his career, which has seen him work across the theatre, television and film mediums.

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Shashi Kapoor honoured at IIFA

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Mumbai, June 25: Late Veteran actor Shashi Kapoor honoured at the 19th International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards on Sunday for his outstanding contribution to Indian film Industry. 

Father-son duo Rishi Kapoor and Ranbir Kapoor accepted the award on behalf of Shashi Kapoor, who passed away last year December at the age of 79 following liver problems.

“Thank you for honoring Shashi Kapoor with his award. It’s a moment of pride for us,” Rishi said.

Son of legendary Prithviraj Kapoor, Shashi Kapoor stepped into Bollywood with the 1961 film ‘Dharmputra’ after working as a child artist.

In 2011, he was conferred with the Padma Bhushan — the third highest civilian honour — by the Indian government in 2011..

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