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Kiara Advani shines in elegant white dress by Stephane Rolland

Kiara Advani

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Kiara Advani was recently seen attending the 13th edition of Asia Vision Movie Awards 2019. She picked a white dress from the Parisian designer Stephane Rolland’s collection for the event and looked lovely in it. It won’t be wrong to say Kiara Advani manages to impress the fashion police every time she makes an appearance. Proving it yet again, the 26-year-old was seen attending the 13th edition of Asia Vision Movie Awards 2019 where she looked elegant in a white dress from the Parisian designer Stephane Rolland’s collection. The floor-length gown was from the designer’s ...

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Kangana lashes out at Alia Bhatt


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: ‘Manikarnika’ actress Kangana Ranaut, in a recent interview with Pinkvilla, said that Alia Bhatt’s “existence is all about being Karan Johar’s puppet.” The 31-year-old actress told Pinkvilla: “I suggested that she grows some spine and supports an important film about woman empowerment and nationalism… If she doesn’t have a voice of her own and her existence is all about being Karan Johar’s puppet then I don’t consider her successful.” During the interview. Kangana also said that she hopes Alia Bhatt “understands the true meaning of success” and added, “I told her if she is only ...

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Bradley Cooper & Lady Gaga to perform at Oscars

Lady Gaga

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: “A Star Is Born” actors Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga will perform on the Oscar-nominated song “Shallow” at the 91st Academy Awards. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences tweeted the news on Friday, writing simply: “Cooper. Gaga. ‘Shallow’. Oscars”, reports The move was widely expected, and means that four of the five nominees for Best Original Song have now been confirmed for performances during the ceremony: “Shallow”, “I’ll fight”; “The place where lost go” and “When a cowboy trades his spurs for wings”. Cooper made his directorial debut with “A Star Is ...

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Ariana Grande sued over ‘God is a Woman’ image

Ariana Grande

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: A Las Vegas artist is suing pop music star Ariana Grande, alleging federal copyright infringement over an image of a woman in a candle flame in the pop star’s widely-viewed “God is a Woman” music video. Representatives for Grande did not immediately respond Monday to messages about the lawsuit filed Thursday in US District Court in Nevada by attorneys for Vladimir Kush and his company Kush Fine Arts Las Vegas. The lawsuit calls the image that appears a little more than a minute into Grande’s 2018 music video nearly identical to paintings that Kush painted ...

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Amar Ekushey Book Fair sets sail


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: The month-long Amar Ekushey Book Fair, a yearly event for booklovers and publishers, began at the premise of Bangla Academy and adjoining Suhrawardy Udyan in the city on Friday. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the book fair in the afternoon, reports UNB. Two foreign guests — Indian poet Shankha Ghosh and Egyptian writer and poet Mohsin Al Arishi – spoke at opening ceremony as distinguished foreign guests. Due to the illness and as advised by doctors, the speech of Shankha Ghosh was read out by Ramendu Majumder. State Minister for Cultural Affairs KM Khalid attended ...

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Margot’s trainer reveals secret of her awesome figure

Margot Robbie

MNA Lifestyle Desk: Margot Robbie took everyone’s breath away with her gritty, eccentric role as Harle Quinn in ‘Suicide Squad’. She did it yet again with her rendition of Queen Elizabeth I in her latest historical drama ‘Mary Queen of Scots’. She’s not only talented, but she looks gorgeous as well. Recently, her personal trainer, David Higgins, revealed the secret to her svelte figure. And surprise, he claims that breakfast is overrated. Higgins believes intermittent fasting–where you only eat for an eight-hour window every day–is the secret to losing weight, reports “Sometimes you don’t need to have breakfast,” the ...

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Fatima shares experience of working with Anurag Basu


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Fatima Sana Shaikh who was recently shooting in Bhopal for her next with Anurag Basu shared a picture praising Anurag Basu and his art of direction on her social media. Sharing her experience of working with the Director, Fatima Sana Shaikh said, “Unreal! Life Changing! Shooting with Anurag Basu is like being backstage with a magician. Magical….. #anuragbasu.” The actress also shared two working stills from the sets wherein Anurag Basu is busy in his direction. Fatima is also a huge fan of Anurag Basu’s films and out of all his films ‘Life in a ...

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Indian sex trafficking film gives voice to ‘voiceless girls’


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Her role as a victim of sex trafficking was so harrowing that Mrunal Thakur almost backed out. To research the experiences of women and girls sold into the sex trade, like the title character she plays in the film “Love Sonia”, Thakur met survivors in red light districts in Mumbai and Kolkata. In one brothel, she was shown beds that had been placed up on bricks. When she asked why, she was told it was so that children could be hidden underneath the bed while their mother was forced to serve clients. “There were a ...

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Kiara makes debut with Dabboo’s calendar


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Kiara Advani is back in the bay after wrapping up the schedule of her upcoming film Kabir Singh with Shahid Kapoor. Taking her journey to new heights every day, the diva is now all set to debut in the 2019 calendar of Dabboo Ratnani! Interestingly, this is not the first time that Kiara is making for a debut with Dabboo, she almost had all of her ‘firsts’ with the latter. Her first ever portfolio was shot by Dabboo. Adding another layer to the cake is the fact that Kiara’s first shoot for her debut film ...

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Bangla Academy awards to four declared

Bangla Academy Awards

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Four eminent personalities have been honored with Bangla Academy Awards 2018 for their outstanding contribution in Bangla literature. The award recipients are: Kazi Rosy (Poetry), Mohit Kamal (Fiction), Syed Mohammad Shahed (Essay and Research), and journalist Afsan Chowdhury (Writings on liberation war). Bangla Academy director general poet Habibullah Sirazi announced the names of awardees at a press conference on the academy premises on Monday afternoon. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will hand over the awards to the winners at the inaugural ceremony of the Amar Ekushey Book Fair on February 1.

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Anangsha Biswas to star in ‘Fraud Saiyyan’ next

Anangsha Biswas

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: The pretty actor Anangsha Biswas who was last seen in the bold and beautiful Ascharyachakit on Netflix is lined up with multiple projects. She will next be seen in Fraud Saiyyan. ‘Fraud Saiyaan’ has got an ensemble cast which has seasoned actors such as Arshad Warsi and Saurabh Shukla. The remake of the song Chamma Chamma has made the film a hot topic in town. We quizzed her about this and this is what she has to say, ‘Fraud Saiyyan’ is a very intelligent and funny film. I was overwhelmed to know that I would ...

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Kim Kardashian awaiting fourth child


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are expecting a fourth child – again using a surrogate, according to multiple media reports on Wednesday. Celebrity magazines Us Weekly and People quoted sources close to the couple as saying the surrogate was pregnant and expected to give birth in May. Representatives of the reality TV star and her rapper husband did not respond to a request for comment. Kardashian and West’s third child, Chicago, was born via a surrogate in January 2018. The couple has two other children North, 5, and Saint, 3. They turned to surrogacy after ...

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Musician Ahmed Imtiaz Bulbul departs


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Leading musician Ahmed Imtiaz Bulbul, who was also a freedom fighter, has died at the age of 63. Bulbul suffered a heart attack at his residence at Aftabnagar in the capital on Tuesday and was taken to Aysha Memorial Hospital where doctors declared him dead, said lyricist Kabir Bakul. The musician was honoured with the prestigious Ekushey Padak in 2010. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and President Abdul Hamid have mourned his death. He suffered from heart diseases for long and went through a surgery at the National Heart Institute for artery blockage last year. Bulbul ...

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A director sexually harassed me: Swara


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Bollywood actress Swara Bhasker is one of those women who never shy away from talking their minds. The actress recalled her #MeToo experience when she revealed how a director harassed her at a workplace. Swara was present at a panel discussion on the life of Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein at &PriveHD’s Prive Soiree where actors Dia Mirza and Anand Patwardhan were also part of the discussion. The ‘Veere Di Wedding’ actor is known for her outspoken nature and taking a stand against society’s stereotypes like discrimination, gender pay gap, racism, and #MeToo. She revealed that ...

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Style is important: Alia Bhatt

Alia Bhatt

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Bollywood actress and famed director Mahesh Bhatt’s daughter Alia Bhatt, an investor in a fashion-tech startup, says style is important. Alia has announced the launch of ‘The StyleCracker Box Club’, which makes the concept of personal styling accessible to all via a membership programme. Through this, a personalized box of fashion, curated every 6 weeks by a celebrity stylist, will reach customers. Every box will include around four products per box, depending on the mix selected including apparel, bag, footwear and accessories. Alia Bhatt said in a statement: “I think that’s really cool because basically ...

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Vogue apologizes for misidentifying Muslim journalist


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Vogue magazine has apologized for misidentifying Muslim American journalist Noor Tagouri as a Pakistani actress in its February issue. The 24-year-old said she was “heartbroken and devastated” after discovering that Noor Bukhari’s name had been printed next to her picture. Tagouri said “misrepresentation and misidentification” was a constant problem for Muslims in the US. She has received widespread support on social media for speaking out. On Instagram, the journalist and activist shared a video captured by her husband of the moment she opened the issue for the first time. Initially, there is excitement. “That’s so ...

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ULAB hosts Renuka Khatiwada’s photo exhibition

Renuka Khatiwada

MNA Career & Education Desk: The University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) has recently organised a photo exhibition in association with Nepalese photographer Ms Renuka Khatiwada at its Campus A in Dhanmondi area in the capital. The photographer’s project primarily took a close look at Dhaka and Kathmandu to compare the two cities as part of the Comparative South Asian Urban Studies project. Professor Dr H M Jahirul Haque, Vice Chancellor, ULAB inaugurated the exhibition on Tuesday, according to a press statement. Professor Imran Rahman, Special Advisor to the ULAB Board of Trustees, Professor Shamsad Mortuza, Pro Vice Chancellor, ULAB, ...

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Margot Robbie to play Barbie

Margot Robbie

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Australian actress Margot Robbie is to play Barbie in the first live-action feature movie about the iconic and controversial doll, who has enjoyed multiple careers in her 60-year lifetime. Toymaker Mattel and movie studio Warner Bros on Tuesday announced they were partnering to make the film, which will star the Oscar-nominated actress. Robbie, 28, will also co-produce the film, the companies said in a statement No plot, title or release date was announced for the film, which comes 60 years after the adult-figured Barbie fashion doll was launched in March 1959. Robbie, who was Oscar-nominated ...

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Rajkumar Hirani accused of sexual abuse

Rajkumar Hirani

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Renowned Bollywood filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani has been accused of sexual assault by a woman who worked as an assistant in his last film, reports Huffington Post India. The woman, who chose to remain anonymous, claims that she was sexually abused by the director on multiple occasions over a six-month period between March and September 2018. Hirani, best known for films like the Munna Bhai series, 3 Idiots and PK, has categorically denied the allegations through his lawyer. “I was completely shocked when these allegations were brought to my notice about two months ago. I had ...

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‘Komola Rocket’ streams on Netflix now

'Komola Rocket'

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: ‘Komola Rocket’ (The Orange Ship), Noor Imran Mithu’s directorial debut film based on the Bangla Academy Award winning writer Shahaduzzaman’s stories ‘Moulik’ and ‘Saipras’, is now available on Netflix for the audiences around the world. Apparently, this is the third film from Bangladesh which saw its release on Netfilx. Now, the viewers can enjoy the film any time on Netflix for the next five years. Produced by Impress Telefilm, the lead roles of ‘Komola Rocket’ are played by Tauquir Ahmed and Lux-Channel i Super Star contestant Samiya, while Mosharraf Karim is seen as an agent. ...

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‘The Accidental Prime Minister’ creates pre-election controversy

The Accidental Prime Minister

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: One of the most anticipated bollywood film ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’ creates huge controversy in pre-election India. A film that casts opposition leader Rahul Gandhi and his family in an unflattering light ahead of a national election later this year has kicked up a controversy ahead of its release on Friday. Commentators on social media and television news programmes have taken swipes at the makers of ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’ for pursuing a political agenda, while a spokesman for the Gandhi’s Congress Party has derided it as “propaganda”. Based on a 2014 book of the ...

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Golden Globes Winners of 2019


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: The winners of the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards have been announced! And we already know that! While the American comedy-drama Green Book topped the award night with three wins, the Freddie Mercury biopic ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma tied with two awards each. In TV, The Kominsky Method bagged two awards, including Best Television Series, in a Musical or Comedy. Lets know the names of all the winners to keep an eye on their good works in 2019 also: -Best Motion Picture (Drama): Bohemian Rhapsody -Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Drama): Rami ...

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Britney Spears announces her career on hold

Britney Spears

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: International singing superstar Britney Spears announced on Friday that she is placing her career on hold indefinitely to take care of her sick father. “I will not be performing my new show Domination,” she wrote in an emotional post on Twitter which featured a picture of herself as a young child alongside her parents. Britney was facing lots of ups and downs in her career and the upcoming performances were considered to be very important for her. The sensation of the 1990s and 2000s was due to kick off a series of concerts at the ...

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17th Dhaka International Film Festival to begin on January 10

Film Festival

MNA Entertainment Desk: The 17th Dhaka International Film Festival (DIFF)-2019 will kick off on January 10 with the theme ‘Better Film, Better Audience and Better Society’. The inaugural session will be held at the main auditorium of Bangladesh National Museum, Shahbagh in the city. The Rainbow Film Society will organise the festival where more than 200 international and Bangladeshi films will be screened under the categories of Asian Competition, Retrospective, Bangladesh Panorama, Cinema of the World, Children’s Films, Spiritual Films, Women Filmmakers, and Short and Independent Films. As part of the festival, many filmmakers, actors and personalities from more than ...

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Kimye expecting a fourth baby


MNA Entertainment Desk: Celebrity parents Kim Kardashian and Kanye “Ye” West are reportedly expecting their fourth child via surrogate, multiple sources have told Us Weekly. A source told the outlet that a baby boy is due to arrive “in very early May,” reports news agency. This will be West and Kardashian’s second child born through a surrogate. Their youngest daughter Chicago West was born via surrogate on January 15, 2018. The couple has two other children: North and Saint West. After the births of North and Saint, Kardashian was recommended by doctors to not have children through natural pregnancy. Kim ...

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Cyrus confirms marriage to Hemsworth


MNA Entertainment Desk: Pop singer Miley Cyrus has confirmed her marriage to teen sweetheart, actor Liam Hemsworth, posting photos taken at their quiet family wedding on social media. With the caption “10 years later” and the date “12.23.18,” the “Wrecking Ball” singer posted a trio of photos on Instagram and Twitter late on Wednesday of her in an off the shoulder white dress, hugging and kissing Hemsworth. Hemsworth, 28, posted one of the photos on his Twitter account, writing “My Love” and a heart emoji. Cyrus, the 26-year-old former Disney Channel star of comedy “Hannah Montana,” met Australian actor Hemsworth ...

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Bollywood actor-director Kader Khan dies

Kader Khan

MNA Entertainment Desk: Veteran Bollywood actor-director-writer-comedian and a Quran scholar, Kader Khan died after a prolonged illness at a hospital in Toronto in Canada today. Kader, 81, is survived by his wife Hajra, son Sarfaraz, daughter-in-law, and grandchildren. According to Ahmed Khan, a close relative, he passed away around 4 am. He said the last rites will be held in a Toronto cemetery later in the day. Born in Kabul, Khan made his acting debut in 1973 with Rajesh Khanna’s Daag and has featured in over 300 films. Also, he has written dialogues for over 250 movies. Before becoming an ...

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