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Violence against peaceful protesters wrong in thriving democracy, says Priyanka Chopra

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Mumbai, Dec 19 : Priyanka Chopra on Thursday broke her silence on the police crackdown against the students of Jamia Millia Islamia and Aligarh Muslim University, saying in a thriving democracy, violence against peaceful protesters is “wrong” .

The 37-year-old actor is the latest Bollywood star to react to the violence against the students for protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) on Sunday evening.

The police entered the Jamia Millia campus after the protest against the Act by the students turned violent.

“Education for every child is our dream. Education is what empowered them to think independently. We have raised them to have a voice.

“In a thriving democracy, to raise one’s voice peacefully and be met with violence is wrong. Every voice counts. And each voice will work towards changing India. #Havevoicewillraise #Havevoicemustraise” Priyanka said in a statement posted on Twitter.

Many from the film fraternity including actors Farhan Akhtar, Hrithik Roshan, Mohammad Zeeshan Ayyub, Parineeti Chopra, Siddharth Malhotra, veteran screenwriter Javed Akhtar, filmmakers Vishal Bhardwaj and Anurag Kashyap, and Hollywood actor John Cusack have expressed solidarity with the youth over the police crackdown inside the varsity campuses.

There have been widespread protests held across India against the CAA, according to which, members of Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities who have come from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan till December 31, 2014 following religious persecution there will get Indian citizenship.

The protesters claim that the legislation is “unconstitutional and divisive” as it excludes Muslims.

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Jacqueline Fernandes ‘super excited’ to work with Asim Riaz in music video

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Mumbai, Feb 27 (IANS) Bollywood star Jacqueline Fernandes says is “super excited” to work with “Bigg Boss 13” runner-up Asim Riaz in a music video.

“The song is very relevant and modern and will be extremely fun. I loved just the idea of it, too. The tale we’re telling through this music video is magical. The concept of song and the music video were too enticing, for me to pass it up. The choreography and the steps are traditional and desi but has a modern touch too which overall fits beautifully in this story of eternal love. The team and I have been prepping and rehearsing to get every nuance right,” said Jacqueline.

She added: “I am super excited to be working with Asim Riaz for the first time. The music video is going to be a visual treat for everyone. We’re looking forward to everyone seeing it. I really loved working on this, because it was a passion project for me.”

Earlier, the actress and Asim took to Instagram Story and posted boomerang videos in which they can be seen doing dance rehearsals at a studio.

In the video, Jacqueline sports athleisure while Asim dons a yellow T-shirt.

“Here we go,” Asim captioned the video.

According to the reports, the song is a folk number composed by Tanishk Bagchi. It has been sung by Neha Kakkar.

Fans are going gaga after watching the videos.

A user commented: “You guys should do a movie together.”

“So happy for Asim.”

The song will be released by Bhushan Kumar under his banner T-series.

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When Big B met little Ranbir Kapoor 30 years ago

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Mumbai, Feb 27 (IANS) Megastar Amitabh Bachchan on Thursday posted a 30-year-old picture where he is seen with his “Brahmastra” co-star Ranbir Kapoor, then a little boy.

Big B uploaded a collage of ‘then and now’ photos of the two on Instagram and Twitter.

“THEN and NOW .. the wide eyed RANBIR on sets of Ajooba with Shashi ji and me .. and the dominant RANBIR today on sets of BRAHMASTRA with me … 1990 to 2020 !!!! Phew !! Been a while,” Big B wrote.

In the images, Amitabh be seen greeting little Ranbir as he stands beside his late granduncle Shashi Kapoor on the set of the film “Ajooba”. The collage also has a picture of Ranbir and Big B on the set of their upcoming movie “Brahmastra”.

Directed by Ayan Mukerji, “Brahmastra: Part One” is set to release in five languages — Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam — on December 4. The film also stars Alia Bhatt, Nagarjuna and Mouni Roy.

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A.R. Rahman on turning producer

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Mumbai, Feb 27 (IANS) Oscar-winning composer A.R. Rahman says turning producer is like being born again as a new man.

He has turned writer and producer with his movie “99 Songs”.

“I feel like I have been reborn since the time I have decided to turn producer. It’s an entirely new feeling,” Rahman said.

Opening up about the challenges of making a film, he said: “It’s like being born again as a new man. When I started as a film music composer, I already had ten years of experience.

“But as a producer, it felt so new and seemed like I was starting all over again and I wanted to leave no stone unturned in giving it my best. Also, since I was working with other debutants — the director and the actor — I was reminded that I have a completely new team and we had a modest budget. I didn’t want to spare any effort in presenting it well and try to make our own epic.”

Asked if he was a regular on sets during the shoot, he said: “I knew that if some important scenes needed to be expanded, I ensured I would be present on set. Our executive producer would tell me that we have time constraints and will have to wrap the scene in a day while I was keen on four because those are the scenes that need love and complete justice. It’s an art to balance between creative and commercial. However, if you get too creative then you may have to sell your property.”

“It is a first attempt and I hope we have done our best. My wife and daughters have been a great support,” he added.

The movie is directed by debutant director Vishwesh Krishnamoorthy and will release in three languages, including Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. “99 Songs” will also introduce Ehan Bhat.

Presented by Jio Studios, the film is produced by A.R. Rahman’s production company YM Movies and co-produced by Ideal Entertainment.

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