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Sulabha Deshpande died at her Mumbai residence after a prolonged illness, family sources said.

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Sulabha Deshpande, who had acted in numerous Marathi and Hindi films, died at her Mumbai residence after a prolonged illness, family sources said.

Sulabha Deshpande, one of the finest actors of Indian theatre and cinema, passed away at her Mumbai residence Saturday after a prolonged illness. The veteran actor, considered to be one of the pioneers of the experimental theatre movement that swept Bombay in the 1970s, was 79. Her funeral will be held at the Dadar crematorium at 5.30 pm on Sunday.

Veteran filmmaker Shyam Benegal described her as “one of the great figures of Marathi cinema”. According to him, she was equally well-known for her work in Hindi movies as well as in Marathi and Hindi theatre. “She was a wonderful actor, very disciplined and always a team person. She never had any airs about her and was always helpful to the actors that she worked with. I particularly remember her work in Bhumika (1977),” Benegal said.

She had also acted in memorable roles in movies like Arvind Desai Ki Ajeeb Dastaan (1978), Gaman (1978), Bazaar (1982) and Ijaazat (1987). Among the recent movies, she had appeared in the Gauri Shinde-directed English Vinglish (2012).

But it is Deshpande’s contribution to theatre that remains of paramount importance. She started her career in theatre by directing plays for the students of Chhabildas Girl’s High School. She was associated with Rangayan, a leading Marathi experimental theatre group of Mumbai. In 1971, she co-founded the theatre group Awishkar with her husband Arvind Deshpande and Arun Kakade. “In 1971, when Arvind and Sulabha started Awishkar, little did the two know that it would become the starting point of the iconic Chhabildas movement… It ended up shaping what Marathi theatre is today. I doubt they were aware of it at the time,” said Kakade.

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Wajid Khan demise: Bollywood condolences continue pouring in

“Wajid bhai had been suffering kidney related problems from sometime. He even underwent kidney transplant a while ago. Unfortunately, his health got worsened and then he caught COVID-19,”

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Mumbai, Jun 1 : Condolence messages have continued pouring in for Wajid Khan of the composer duo Sajid-Wajid, who passed away in the early hours of Monday, all through the day.

A source close to Khan’s family told IANS that the 42-year-old musician was suffering due to kidney infection and his condition worsened when he was afflicted by the coronavirus.

“Wajid bhai had been suffering kidney related problems from sometime. He even underwent kidney transplant a while ago. Unfortunately, his health got worsened and then he caught COVID-19,” the source added.

Shocked to hear about the Wajid’s demise, several celebrities took to social media to express their grief.

Amitabh Bachchan tweeted: “Shocked at the passing of Wajid Khan.. a bright smiling talent passes away .. duas, prayers and in condolence.”

As reported in an early IANS report, Salman Khan, who used collaborate with Sajid-Wajid frequently, tweeted to say that he “will always love, respect, remember and miss you”.

Wajid’s close friend and singer Sonu Nigam, who was among the first to confirm the news in the early hours of Monday, has also paid a musical tribute to the departed musician on his YouTube channel.

Akshay Kumar is “saddened to hear about the untimely demise of #WajidKhan, talented and ever-smiling”.

Varun Dhawan shared that Wajid Khan was very much close to the former’s family.

“Shocked hearing this news @wajidkhan7 bhai was extremely close to me and my family. He was one of the most positive people to be around. We will miss you Wajid bhai thank you for the music,” he shared.

Actress Katrina Kaif shared that she will always remember Wajid’s smile.

Wajid Khan, one half of the popular composer duo Sajid-Wajid, was cremated at Mumbai’s Versova crematorium. His funeral was attended by his family members and close friends, including actor Aditya Pancholi and hairstylist Aalim Hakim.

Aalim even took to social media and wrote: “Brother Wajid bhai left today. We studied together in college right from F.Y.J.C. We struggled together to become something in our life. We have always been so close. Our parents were very close friends. I just can’t believe he is gone.

“A guy with such a pure heart. How much time we have spent together. It’s not a good day for me, I lost such a beautiful friend. Jaan tha hum sab doston ki Wajid. Wajid bhai your beautiful smile and the love in your heart for your friends will always stay with me. Wajid bhai you are going to live forever in our hearts. #rip.”

Singer Darshan Rawal recalled how Wajid Khan invited him home to feast on biryani.

“After the shoot at a reality show was going back home and wajid bhai came and said chal aaja biryani khaate hai (cooked by his mother) and we shared the biryani and talked and laughed,I am going to remember that day for my entire life,” Darshan shared.

Rapper Badshah said: “I am deeply saddened by this news, it is very hard to believe that he is not with us anymore. Wajid Sir was such a great man, extremely talented and a humble soul. We all have lost someone special and this is a very big loss. May his soul rest in peace.”

Singer Papon shared that Wajid Khan wanted to collaborate with him.

“Wajid Bhai always expressed that he wanted to work with me and I was more than happy to be collaborating with such a talented and humble man. Unfortunately I didn’t get the opportunity to work with him, though we had plans. I had heard he was unwell, this news is extremely sad. This is definitely a very big loss to the industry, he was a very good soul. May his soul rest in peace,” Papon recalled.

Wajid along with brother Sajid made their debut as music directors with Salman Khan’s “Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya”. He had given chartbusters like ” Jalwa”, “Hud Hud Dabangg” and “Chinta Ta Ta Chita Chita”.

Wajid Khan is survived by his wife and two children, son and a daughter.

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Mohena Kumari Singh And 6 Family Members Test Positive For COVID-19

Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai Fame Mohena Kumari Singh And 6 Other Family Members Test Positive For Coronavirus.

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Mumbai, June 1 : Actress Mohena Kumari, who is best known for her role in the TV show “Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai”, has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

A day ago, IANS had reported that Mohena”s father-in-law Satpal Maharaj, who is Uttarakhand”s tourism minister, got contracted the COVID-19 infection.

Now, it has been reported that Mohena has also been infected. Her husband Suyesh Rawat and mother-in-law have also tested positive.

“Seven from our family have been tested positive for COVID-19, but we are doing fine now. Right now we are in the hospital. My brother-in-law”s latest report has come negative so he”s fine now. There are people too who have been infected but they are from the sanstha. We had very mild symptoms and we thought it must be because of the change in weather,” said Mohena, confirming the news, in an interview with Times Of India.

“But nobody has any kind of major symptom. Coronavirus is such that it spreads like a wild fire. First my mother-in-law got it but her symptoms were so mild that we couldn”t figure it out. It is our second day in the hospital, everyone is showing improvement and we will be fine soon. We are in quarantine now and getting our treatment done,” Times of India quoted her as saying.

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Sanjay Dutt’s tribute to ‘best mother’ Nargis on her birth anniversary

Sanjay called her mother: “The best actress, best wife and best mother”.

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Mumbai, June 1 : Actor Sanjay Dutt on Monday shared a video tribute for “the best mother”, on the birth anniversary of his mother, the late legendary actress Nargis Dutt.

“Happy Birthday Ma, miss you,” wrote Sanjay, with the Instagram video.

In the video, one can see stills of Nargis from her movies, some adorable moments with her husband, late actor Sunil Dutt, and some lovable pictures with her kids.

Sanjay called her mother: “The best actress, best wife and best mother”.

Nargis died in 1981 of pancreatic cancer, a few days before Sanjay made his debut in Bollywood. The bond that Sanjay and Nargis shared was briefly captured by Rajkumar Hirani in “Sanju”.

On work front, Sanjay was last seen on the big screen in the 2019 period drama, “Panipat” and, post lockdown, will be looking forward to the release of “Sadak 2” among other projects.

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