Culture & Entertainment

Legendary singer Ayub Bachchu no more

legendary singer

MNA Entertainment Desk: Bangladesh’s legendary singer, guitarist and songwriter Ayub Bachchu breathed his last on Thursday morning, reported news agency. Ayub Bachchu is also the founder of the country’s one of the leading bands, the LRB (Love Runs Blind). Ayub Bachchu, who is also AB, is famous for his fabulous guitar playing. ‘Cholo Bodle Jaai’, ‘Ghum Bhanga Shohore’, ‘Rupali Guitar’, ‘Gotokal Rate’, ‘Ghum Bhanga Rate’, ‘Madhabi’ are among his most popular songs. Ayub Bachchu began his music career with a local music band Feelings at his birth place, Chittagong, in 1978. He later joined the band Souls in 1980. In ...

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Anna Burns wins Booker Prize

Anna Burns

MNA Entertainment Desk: Anna Burns won the prestigious Man Booker Prize for fiction Tuesday for “Milkman,” a vibrant, violent story about men, women, conflict and power set during Northern Ireland’s years of Catholic-Protestant violence. Burns is the first writer from Northern Ireland to win the 50,000-pound ($66,000) prize, which is open to English-language authors from around the world. She received her trophy from Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, during a black-tie ceremony at London’s medieval Guildhall. The 56-year-old Belfast-born novelist said she was “stunned” to have won. Burns said her books took a long time to complete, and she has often ...

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Kidman radically transforms for drama ‘Destroyer’

Kidman

MNA Entertainment Desk: Hollywood star Nicole Kidman undergoes a dramatic makeover for new drama “Destroyer”, playing a tired-looking and worn out police detective with a painful history, reported news agency. The Oscar winner swaps her blonde locks for a short bob and rugged style to play Erin Bell, a detective whose past continues to haunt her years after infiltrating a criminal gang undercover in an operation with devastating consequences. “I just felt her and I felt sadness and I felt pain for her,” Kidman said at the BFI London Film Festival. “I thought there was a restlessness and a complexity ...

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Legendary musician Annapurna Devi dies

Annapurna Devi

MNA Entertainment Desk: Annapurna Devi, doyenne of classical Hindustani music, died in a Mumbai hospital early Saturday, according to India’s media. She was 92. She was suffering from age related issues for the past few years, a spokesperson of Annapurna Devi Foundation, Mumbai said. According to Breach Candy hospital officials, Annapurna was declared dead at 3:51am. Annapurna, who was a recipient of the Padma Bhushan award, third-highest civilian award in India, was popularly addressed as ‘Ma’. She was born in 1927 in Madhya Pradesh’s Maihar town to Ustad ‘Baba’ Allauddin Khan and Madina Begum and was the youngest of four ...

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#MeToo claims stop ‘Housefull 4’ shoot

#MeToo

MNA Entertainment Desk: India’s growing #MeToo storm halted production of a Bollywood blockbuster, with the film’s lead calling for harassment claims against its director and his co-star to be “stringently” investigated. Star Akshay Kumar said he had requested that the making of “Housefull 4” be stopped following allegations against director Sajid Khan and one of the film’s actors, Nana Patekar. Accusations that Patekar behaved inappropriately on a film set 10 years ago sparked India’s #MeToo movement, which has since engulfed Bollywood figures, a government minister and several comedians and top journalists. Patekar denies the allegations. “I’ve requested the producers (of ...

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Tara writer accuses Alok Nath of raping her

Alok Nath

MNA Entertainment Desk: Writer Vinta Nanda accused actor Alok Nath of sexually assaulting her on multiple occasions 19 years ago when they worked together on the sets of the 1993 TV show Tara, reported news agency. Nanda detailed the account on Facebook in which she referred to her attacker as “the most sanskaari (cultured) person,” before naming Nath the next day. Nanda alleged that Nath sexually assaulted her on more than one occasion after he was fired from the 1993 show for misbehaving with its lead actor, Navneet Nishan. Recounting her ordeal, Nanda said Nath’s wife was her best friend ...

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Rihanna urges fans to register for voting

Rihanna

MNA Entertainment Desk: Rihanna wants Americans to work, work, work, work, work — on getting registered to vote, reported news agency. The 30-year-old Barbados-born pop singer — who has residency in America but cannot vote herself — took to Instagram to urge her fans to sign up before deadline for November’s midterm elections. “GOOD MORNING AMERICA. Who is awake this morning? And who’s woke?” she asked her 65 million followers. “You have 1 job today and that is to properly register to vote,” RiRi wrote, alongside a chart of the voter registration deadlines in each of the 50 states. She ...

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Trump now likes Swift ’25pc less’

Taylor Swift

MNA Entertainment Desk: Taylor Swift’s decision to break her silence on politics triggered a storm on Monday, with even US president Donald Trump weighing in on the pop music star’s remarks in support of Democrats, reported news agency. Swift, 28, has notably stayed out of the US political fray in contrast to her more vocal peers, like Democratic supporters Katy Perry and Beyonce and Republican backer Kid Rock. But Swift on Sunday told her 112 million Instagram followers that she would vote for two Democrats running in Tennessee in the US congressional midterm elections on 6 Nov. “In the past ...

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Turongomi performs ‘Waterness’ at Hatirjheel

Turongomi

MNA Entertainment Desk: Turongomi Repertory Dance Theatre has performed a unique feat. The dance troupe led by Puja Sengupta has performed a ‘Waterdance’ at Hatirjheel in the capital. It was staged at Hatirjheel’s Amphitheatre on October 5. They presented their celebrated production Waterness which is basically a dance recital. The forty-five minute long production was presented by Puja Sengupta, Atik Rahman, Abu Nayeem, Yasna Rahman, Sreyoshi Troyi, Sushmita Lopa, Joyoti Rai, Md Farhad Ahmed. About the presentation Puja said that her team wants to prove that the popular conception that Dhaka is no more a liveable city is wrong. Together ...

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SRK, Rani Mukerji may reunite in ‘Salute’

Salute

MNA Entertainment Desk: If rumour mills are to be believed, after Priyanka Chopra, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Bhumi Pednekar, Hichki actress Rani Mukerji will star opposite Shah Rukh Khan in Salute. Though SRK has not made any official statement till date about him being in the film, producer Siddharth Roy Kapur did make a statement on SRK coming on board for the film. “We should be starting it quite soon. It’s all on track but I will prefer to make an official announcement,” was all Kapur had to say when asked about the film going on the floor. Apparently, Rani ...

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Tanushree sued after alleging sexual harassment

Tanushree Dutta

MNA Entertainment Desk: An Indian actress who alleges she was sexually harassed on two film sets said she had received legal notices and threats of violence over her claims. Former Miss Universe contestant Tanushree Dutta said she was sexually harassed by multi-award-winning Bollywood star Nana Patekar during the filming of the romantic comedy “Horn Ok Pleassss” in 2008. Dutta first made the allegations ten years ago after walking off the set. She repeated the claim during a recent interview, also alleging that filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri had behaved inappropriately towards her during the shooting of the 2005 movie “Chocolate: Deep Dark ...

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Priyanka turns tech investor

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MNA Entertainment Desk: Actress Priyanka Chopra is excited to embark on a new “chapter” as an investor in tech start-up Holberton School, a coding education company, as well as in dating and social media app Bumble. This is also an effort on her part to help change the tech industry’s gender disparity. “A new chapter for me! I am so excited to partner with Bumble and Holberton School as an investor. I’m honoured to join two companies that strive to expand gender diversity in the tech space, and make a social impact for the greater good… let’s do this,” Priyanka ...

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China fines Fan Bingbing for tax evasion

tax evasion

MNA Entertainment Desk: China’s taxation authorities fined A-list Chinese movie star Fan Bingbing more than 479 million yuan ($69.74 million) over tax evasion and ordered her to pay back more than 255 million yuan in taxes, reported news agency. Fan appeared in the “X-Men” and “Iron Man” film franchises with more than 62 million followers online in China. She dropped off the radar in June amid reports she was involved in an investigation into tax evasion in the film industry. Her vanishing act sparked wild speculation in China about her fate, including reports she had been detained. A Chinese TV ...

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Cardi B charged with assault over strip-club brawl

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MNA Entertainment Desk: US rapper Cardi B surrendered to police in New York on Monday, charged with assault and reckless endangerment over an ugly brawl in a strip club that injured a female employee, reported news agency. The 25-year-old star was in the Angels Strip Club in Queens on 29 August when someone in her group lobbed furniture inside the night club, causing an employee to suffer “some bruising to her legs,” police said. The fast-rising rapper turned herself in at a Queens police station and was instructed to appear in criminal court on 29 October, charged with one count ...

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Oishee wins ‘Miss World Bangladesh’ crown

Miss World Bangladesh

MNA Entertainment Desk: Jannatul Ferdous Oishee from Pirojpur has won the title of ‘Miss World Bangladesh’ defeating 30,000 contestants. Oishee will represent Bangladesh in the upcoming ‘Miss World’ competition set for Dec 8 in China. Nishat Nawar Salwa has been chosen as the first runner-up and Naziba Bushra as the second. The 18-year-old has completed her higher secondary education. She has been participating in debates regularly while in school and college. She is also involved in dance, swimming, drawing, writing, singing and compering, said Oishee adding about her involvement in social welfare activities. Both of her close rivals in the ...

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Iraqi model and Instagram star shot dead

Iraqi model

MNA Entertainment Desk: Tara Fares was a 22-year-old Iraqi model who was shot and killed in her car in Baghdad night, just a day after she was voted one of Iraq’s most followed online stars. She was taken to Baghdad’s Sheik Zayed hospital where doctors reported that the model had at least three bullet wounds, reports news agency. The influencer was well known on Iraq’s fledgling beauty pageant circuit and had competed in the Miss Iraq and Miss Baghdad contests. She lived in Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan but recently spent an increasing amount of time in Baghdad as ...

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Shamsul Haque’s 2nd death anniv

Shamsul Haque

MNA Entertainment Desk: The versatile magician of words Syed Shamsul Haque passed away on this day in 2016. Today his second death anniversary will be observed. Haque wrote poetry, fiction, plays (mostly in verse), lyrics and essays. His literary works have been included in the curriculum of school level, secondary, higher secondary and graduation level Bengali literature in Bangladesh. Today marking his death anniversary a special documentary show will be aired by BTV at 5pm and at 12.30pm. The show would contain views about him expressed by his widow Anwara Syed Haque, his son Ditio Syed Haque, thespian Ataur Rahman ...

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BTV pays tributes to Zafar Iqbal

BTV

MNA Entertainment Desk: On the occasion of 68th birth anniversary of late actor- singer Zafar Iqbal, BTV arranged a programme on September 25. The channel in its magazine programme called “Chhaychanda” aired playbacks and clips of films starring Zafar. The programme, produced by Lutfur Rahaman Robin and hosted by Iqbal Khandakar brought to light some lesser known facts about Zafar Iqbal, who acted in 150 films during his acting career. Zafar Iqbal, one of the most prominent actors in the history of the Bengali film industry, possesses a versatile career under his belt as a singer, guitarist and actor. This ...

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Apu Biswas performs in South Korea

Apu Biswas

MNA Entertainment Desk: Alongside acting on the big screen, popular actress Apu Biswas also performs jovially in the different stage shows at both home and abroad round the year. These days, the actress is passing busy time with stage performances in different countries. However, the actress recently performed at ‘Bangladesh Festival 2018’, which was held at Ansan Wa Stadium in South Korea. Biswas made her debut in the film industry with the film Kal Sokale in 2006. Her performance in Koti Takar Kabin was well-received and helped her to establish a permanent position in Dhallywood.

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Kenyan court lifts ban on lesbian love film

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MNA Entertainment Desk: Kenya overturned a ban on Rafiki, a film about a lesbian love affair and the first ever movie from the country to be shown at the Cannes film festival. Director Wanuri Kahiu brought the court action after the Kenya Film Classification Board banned Rafiki for “promoting lesbianism,” meaning the film would be ineligible for the Oscars. Judge Wlfrida Okwany ruled that Rafiki could now be shown to “willing adults only” for seven days, a minimum requirement for submitting feature films for the Oscars competition. Okwany said that to maintain the ban would deprive Kahiu of “the fame, ...

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Rihanna named Barbados ambassador

Rihanna

MNA Entertainment Desk: Rihanna is now ambassador Rihanna, after her home country tasked her with promoting investment and tourism, reported news agency. Prime minister Mia Amor Mottley said that Rihanna—real name Robyn Rihanna Fenty—has been conferred the title of ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary. While the singer will not be formally accredited to another country, Mottley said that Rihanna—whose more colorful songs include “Bitch Better Have My Money”—would be in charge of bringing investment as well as encouraging education and tourism. “I couldn’t be more proud to take on such a prestigious title in my home country. Every Barbadian is going ...

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Wolf Alice wins Mercury Prize

Mercury Prize

MNA Entertainment Desk: Rock band Wolf Alice won Britain’s Mercury Prize for album “Visions of a Life”, beating off competition from the likes of Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and the Arctic Monkeys. The four-member band from north London, which first began as a duo in 2010, took the 25,000 pound ($33,165) prize and “album of the year” trophy, which has been awarded to a wide range of music artists since it began in 1992. “Visions of a Life”, the group’s second studio album, won praise from critics when it was released last year and reached No. 2 in the ...

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Dramatic hair transformation of Jossa

Jossa

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Jacqueline Jossa has undergone a fabulous transformation, ditching her brunette tresses for a blonde hairdo. Taking to Instagram on Wednesday, the former EastEnders star surprised her followers with the dramatic look.  “Sort of a bit blonde. Thanks @makeupbymikey for being my musical theatre partner Oo and also my fabulous makeup artist,” she wrote in the caption. “I love you @senizalkancolour thanks so much for my blondish locks!! Xx.” Fans immediately rushed to post lovely comments, with one writing: “Beautiful!! You really suit this colour.” Another added: “I think this really suits you welcome to the ...

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Nora Fatehi to debut as singer

Nora Fatehi

MNA Entertainment Desk: Dancer-actress Nora Fatehi is set to make her singing debut. She has collaborated with Morocco-based group Fnaire to re-create the official Arabic adaptation of “Dilbar”. “It is a huge deal for both Morocco and India because this is the first time we will be getting Indian culture and Moroccan culture together artistically and musically and this has been my goal as well, to bring them together,” Nora said in a statement. “As ‘Dilbar’ has become a huge hit internationally, including Middle East, we have taken the song and re-composed it, written Arabic and Moroccan lyrics and we ...

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‘Game of Thrones’ wins Emmy Awards

Game of Thrones

MNA Entertainment Desk: HBO’s record-breaking fantasy epic “Game of Thrones” stormed back onto the Emmys stage on Monday, winning the coveted best drama series prize on a night full of surprises, including an on-air marriage proposal that stunned the audience. The other big story of the gala, television’s answer to the Oscars, was the huge success of eight Emmys overall for best comedy series “The Marvelous Mrs Maisel,” Amazon’s story of a 1950s housewife-turned-stand up comic. “The Handmaid’s Tale” — last year’s best drama and an early favorite for more hardware — went home empty-handed from the event at the ...

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Singer Ariana Grande sorry

Singer Ariana

MNA Entertainment Desk: Singer Ariana Grande spoke publicly for the first time about the death of her former boyfriend Mac Miller, writing on social media that he was “the kindest, sweetest soul with demons he never deserved.” Miller was found unresponsive at his home in Studio City, California, and pronounced dead there at age 26, the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office said in a statement on 7 September. In a message on her official Instagram account on Friday, the 25-year-old Grande said she “adored” Miller from the day she met him when she was 19. “You were my dearest friend. ...

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Chinese actress disappears after tax trouble

Chinese

MNA Entertainment Desk: Fan Bingbing, an A-list Chinese movie star who has appeared in the “X-Men” and “Iron Man” film franchises, has more than 62 million followers online in China and fronted campaigns for Montblanc watches and De Beers diamonds, has disappeared, reported news agency. The star’s vanishing act – she dropped off the radar in June when reports started to swirl that she was involved in a probe into tax evasion in the film industry – has sparked wild speculation in China about her fate, including reports the actress had been detained. Reuters was unable to contact Fan. Calls ...

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