Culture & Entertainment

Adrien Brody to be honoured at Swiss Film Festival

Adrien Brody

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: US actor Adrien Brody will receive the prestigious Leopard Club Award when the Locarno Film Festival kicks off in Switzerland next month, organisers said Tuesday. The 44-year-old, best known for his haunting role in the 2002 Oscar-winning Holocaust film “The Pianist”, will receive the award on August 4 at the festival on the picturesque shores of Lake Maggiore. The prize is awarded to actors “whose work has left a mark on the collective imagination” and has previously gone to stars including Faye Dunaway, Mia Farrow and Andy Garcia. “Brody gained a lasting place in the ...

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Akshay shares first look of Olympics-based film ‘Gold’


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Akshay Kumar, who has created waves with the trailer of his upcoming film Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, took to Twitter to share the first look of his next Olympics-based film ‘Gold’. The national award-winning actor who has taken off to London captioned the monochrome first look as, “Set out on a brand new journey, aiming for nothing less than #GOLD! Day 1 of Gold, need your love and best wishes as always :).” In the photograph shared, a waistcoat-clad Akshay can be seen sporting a mustache, carrying a sling bag and striking an intense pose ...

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Tom Cruise’s ‘Top Gun’ sequel to release in July 2019

Tom Cruises

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: The sequel to actor Tom Cruises 1986 action drama film ‘Top Gun’ has been slated for a release on July 12, 2019. The sequel will release almost 33 years after the release of the original film, reported news agency. Filmmaker Joseph Kosinski, who earlier directed Cruise in the 2013 film ‘Oblivion’, has been roped in to helm ‘Top Gun: Maverick’. The film will be set in a world of drone technology and fifth generation fighters along with exploring the end of the era of dogfighting. Cruise earlier said that the title for the second film ...

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Actor Nazmul Huda Bachchu passes away

Nazmul Huda Bachchu

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Veteran film and television actor Nazmul Huda Bachchu has passed away at the age of 78. He breathed his last on early Wednesday at Square Hospitals in Dhaka while undergoing treatment. He was admitted to the hospital due to low pressure and fever. After the namaj-e-janaja at Azad Mosque in Gulshan, Bacchu will be buried at Banani Graveyard on Wednesday, said the family. Born in in 1938 in Dhaka, Bacchu was honored with National Film Awards for his contribution in acting. Some of Bacchu starring films are—Oggatonama (2016), Runway (2010), Chandra Grahan (2008), Daktar Bari ...

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Eid special Ityadi boasts with 3 musical dramas

Eid special

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Popular magazine show Ityadi’s Eid special episode always comes up with plenty of entertaining and enlightening segments. Keeping up with this trend, this year’s Eid special episode of Ityadi contains a lot of attractive segments much to the delight of the audience. The shooting of this special episode of Ityadi was held on 23 May in front of a capacity audience of about 5000 people. Fagun Audio Vision sources have recently revealed they have done the picturisation of three entertaining musical dramas by five celebrities for this Eid special episode of Ityadi. The first musical ...

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Oscar-winning legend Daniel Day-Lewis announces retirement

Daniel Day-Lewis

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Oscar-winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis, one of the most acclaimed performers of his generation, has announced he is retiring. In a statement the 60-year-old star’s spokeswoman, Leslee Dart, said he ‘will no longer be working as an actor,’ trade magazine Variety reported. ‘He is immensely grateful to all of his collaborators and audiences over the many years,’ Dart said. ‘This is a private decision and neither he nor his representatives will make any further comment on this subject.’ Day-Lewis, a master of method acting known for being extremely selective about his roles, is the only performer ...

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Bhojpuri actress found hanging at home

Bhojpuri actress

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Well-known Bhojpuri actress and model Anjali Shrivastava was found dead at her Andheri west residence, police said on Monday. According to police, Anjali’s family members from Allahabad had been trying to call her since Sunday night, but she did not respond on her mobile. Worried about her safety, the family contacted her landlord, who called the police and they entered her home on the fifth floor in Parimal Society on Juhu Road with a duplicate key on Monday afternoon. They found the 29-year-old actress hanging from the ceiling fan from a sari, presumably having committed ...

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Actor Tanvir Tonu arrested on rape charge


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Film actor and model Tanvir Rahman Tonu was arrested from his Mirpur residence on Friday following a case filed against him for allegedly raping a woman on May 6. Tonu was detained from his house in Rupnagar Residential Area on Friday afternoon after the victim, an executive of a private firm, had filed a rape complaint against him, said police. She alleged that Tonu called her at his house at Rupnagar in Mirpur on May 6 while his wife was outside and raped her in presence of one of Tonu’s friends. Tonu appeared in a ...

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Shah Rukh, Salman in Forbes richest celebrity list

Forbes India Celebrity

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Bollywood actors Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar are among the world`s richest celebrities, according to Forbes magazine, reported news agency. In the `The World`s Highest-Paid Celebrities` list released by Forbes, Shah Rukh Khan is placed on the 65th rank with earnings of $38 million, while Salman Khan is ranked 71st with earnings of $37 million. Akshay Kumar finds himself on rank 80, with earnings of $35.5 million. Leading the Forbes list is American rapper, singer and songwriter Sean Combs with earnings of $130 million, followed by Beyonce Knowles at $105 million. Harry ...

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‘Batman’ actor Adam West passes away

Adam West

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Adam West, the actor whose seven-decade career was defined by his role in the 1960s television series “Batman,” has died. He was 88 years old. The actor passed away Friday night after a “short but brave battle with leukemia,” his family said in a statement posted to West’s Facebook page. West catapulted to fame after portraying the superhero Batman and his alter ego Bruce Wayne on the popular campy television series that premiered in 1966. Born William West Anderson in Walla Walla, Washington in 1928, the actor later adopted a stage name and moved to ...

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‘Dangal’ actress Zaira Wasim rescued after accident

Zaira Wasim

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Zaira Wasim, a Kashmiri actor who was seen in Aamir Khan’s blockbuster movie “Dangal”, was miraculously rescued by locals here after her car fell into the Dal Lake on Thursday. The car in which Zaira Wasim was travelling went out of the driver’s control on the Boulevard Road here and fell into the Dal Lake. “Locals immediately rescued her and her companion. She escaped unhurt, but her companion sustained injuries in the accident,” a local said. Dangal is a biographical sports drama film directed by Nitesh Tiwari. Produced by Walt Disney Pictures, Aamir Khan Productions ...

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Anupam Kher to play Manmohan Singh in Movie

Anupam Kher

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: An adaptation of Sanjaya Baru’s controversial book ‘The Accidental Prime Minister: The Making and Unmaking of Manmohan Singh’ will hit the silver screen with Bollywood actor Anupam Kher playing the role of the former Indian PM. A report in the Economic Times said the movie is expected to be released in December 2018, months before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The book by the Baru, Singh’s former media adviser, was released ahead of the 2014 general elections. In the book, Baru had said that Manmohan Singh had been “defanged” by the Congress party with party ...

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Jeet to arrive in Dhaka on June 13


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Kolkata’s popular film actor Jeet will arrive in Dhaka on June 13 instead of June 5 with a view to promoting his Indo-Bangla film “Boss 2”. The film “Boss-2” jointly directed by Baba Yadab and Abdul Aziz is expected to hit Dhaka cinema halls during the upcoming Eid-ul-Fitr. Production house Jazz Multimedia is producing the film from Bangladesh side while Jeet’s new production company Jeetz Filmworks and Walzen Media Works are involved in the production from Indian side. Boss 2: Back to Rule’ is a sequel to his 2013 film of ‘Boss: Born to Rule’ ...

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‘Doob’ to compete in 39th Moscow film fest


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Mostofa Sarwar Farooki’s film ‘Doob’ (No Bed of Roses) will compete in Russia’s 39th Moscow International Film Festival (MIFF). The first official press conference of the 39th Moscow International Film Festival, organized at Stand Art Hotel in Moscow on 1 June, announced the names of films, including the joint venture film by Bangladesh and India, competing in the festival. The unreleased film has been selected for competition in the main section of the festival along with 10 other films from nine countries. Bangladesh, India, Russia, Germany, Korea, Japan, Finland, Argentina, Spain, Denmark and China have ...

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‘Allah Meherban’ music video removed from Youtube


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: The controversial music video ‘Allah Meherban’ of ‘Boss-2’ film featuring Bangladesh actress Nusraat Faria has been removed from the Youtube. The music video was released on YouTube recently to promote Boss 2, which is scheduled to hit cinemas in Bangladesh and West Bengal in the upcoming Eid-ul-Fitr. The removal came on Tuesday after a Bangladeshi lawyer on Sunday served a legal notice on Jaaz Multimedia to remove item song within three days. The playback song, starring Indian actor Jeet, has drawn criticism for obscenity when the lyric of the song mention the name of Allah. ...

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Swedish satire ‘The Square’ wins Cannes top prize Palme d’Or

Swedish satire

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Swedish satire “The Square”, a send-up of political correctness and the confused identity of the modern male, won the Palme d’Or top prize at the Cannes film festival Sunday. Critics hailed the movie by writer-director Ruben Ostlund as “high-wire cinema” that veers between comedy and thriller with moments of pure surrealism, though some said it could easily have shed part of its 2 hours and 22 minutes running time. The Swedish satire highlight is a dinner for the museum’s well-to-do patrons, with a performance artist leaping from table to table impersonating an ape in a ...

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Tele-Cine Awards: Razzak to get lifetime achievement award


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Prominent actor Nayak Raj Razzak will be honored with the lifetime achievement award in Kolkata’s Tele-Cine Awards on June 4. Kolkata based Tele-Cine Society (TCS) will organize the programme to honor artistes from the two Bengals (India’s West Bengal state and Bangladesh) at a ceremony at the Nazrul Mancha. Ayub Bachchu will also be honored for his outstanding contribution to rock music of Bangladesh while Shakib Khan will receive the Best Hero Award for his outstanding performance in the film ‘Shikari’. Other awardees from Bangladesh will be actress Nusrat Faria, singers Habib Wahed and Kana, ...

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James Bond actor Sir Roger Moore dies

Roger Moore

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Former James Bond star Sir Roger Moore has died in Switzerland at the age of 89 after a short battle with cancer, his family has announced. A message shared on the actor’s official Twitter account read: “With the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today. We are all devastated.” He played the British secret agent James Bond in seven feature films between 1973 and 1985. He also played Simon Templar in the television series The Saint between 1962 and 1969. Moore took over the ...

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Sculptor Syed Abdullah Khalid passes away

Syed Abdullah Khalid

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Ekushey Padak winning sculptor Syed Abdullah Khalid breathed his last at BIRDEM Hospital in Dhaka around 11:45pm on Saturday. He was 75. The septuagenarian’s works include ‘Aparajeyo Bangla’ at Dhaka University campus. His ‘Abahaman Bangla’ mural in front of the Bangladesh Television Center and the terracotta in front of the Bangladesh Bank building earned applause from the public and the critics alike. His body will be taken to Charukala at 11:00am on Sunday and at the foot of his monumental creation, Aparajeyo Bangla on Dhaka University campus, at 12 noon for people to pay their last respects, ...

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Bollywood actress Reema Lagoo passes away

Reema Lagoo

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Bollywood actress Reema Lagoo died of a cardiac arrest in Mumbai on Thursday morning. She was 59. Reema Lagoo was a veteran of the Marathi stage and appeared in several high profile Bollywood films, working with top stars like Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar. She was born Nayan Khadbade in 1958. She was the daughter of a well-known Marathi actress and began acting herself after finishing school in Pune. She took the name Reema Lagoo after her marriage – she and her husband later separated but Ms Lagoo retained the name. Reema was also known ...

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Baahubali stands for no guts, no glory: SRK


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Superstar Shah Rukh Khan, who has always stressed on the importance of technology in taking Indian cinema to greater heights, says the success of a movie like “Baahubali” is an example of how there’s no glory without guts. The actor, who has produced films under the Red Chillies Entertainments banner, is yet to see “Baahubali 2: The Conclusion”, which has taken the Indian box office by storm. “I saw ‘Baahubali’ part one. Unfortunately, I have not seen part two yet. It’s an extremely inspiring film and I think it holds true for part two as ...

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Singer Mila ties the knot with beau Parvez


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Popular singer Tashbiha Binte Shahid Mila has tied the knot with aircraft pilot Parvez Sanjari. Mila’s marriage ceremony was held at her own residence in capital Dhaka’s Mirpur DOHS on Friday night. The singer and US-Bangla Airlines pilot Parvez Sanjari had a long relationship and they tied the knot on Friday night. She and Parvej were dating for last 10-year. Mila’s father lieutenant colonel Shahidul Islam was a pilot. However, a reception ceremony for the newlywed couple will be held in two months. Her popular songs include—‘Dola’, ‘Tumi Ki Sara Debe’, ‘Naacho Helia’, ‘Sundori Komola ...

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Adnan Sami blessed with baby girl

Adnan Sami

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Singer Adnan Sami and his wife Roya Sami have welcomed their first child, a daughter, with utmost joy. The 43-year-old singer says his daughter is the most incredible thing that has happened to them. Adnan and Roya got married on January 29, 2010, and it is after almost seven years that they have welcomed their first child. An Afghan-origin German girl, Roya is Adnan’s third wife after he got separated from actor Zeba Bakhtiar and Dubai-based Arab Sabah Galadari. Sharing his happiness of becoming a father, Adnan posted a touching message on Facebook. The ecstatic ...

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‘Guardians 2’ grabs massive box office, top in N America


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: The lighthearted space romp “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2” had a massive opening weekend, according to industry estimates Sunday, selling some $145 million tickets in the United States and Canada after last week’s equally impressive foreign debut. The Disney/Marvel comedy about a band of misfit space adventurers-a sequel to the 2014 smash-hit film-accounted for nearly 80 percent of the money hauled in by the 12 top-selling movies over the three-day weekend, industry analyst Exhibitor Relations said. Guardians already debuted in foreign markets last week, taking in $106 million, according to The breathtaking showing ...

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Paoli Dam to marry Arjun this December

Paoli Dam

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Famous Indian actress Paoli Dam is all set to get married in this December. The actress is tying the knot with a Bengali businessman named Arjun Dev on December 4. The marriage ceremony will be held at Taaj Hotel, Guahati. Although, both the families are planning a grandiose reception in Kolkata, an initial reception is planned at the same venue a day after the marriage ceremony. Arjun Dev has studied in San Francisco for a few years and has taken over his father’s business upon return. The couple has known each other for the last ...

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Misha Saudagar new president of Cholochitro Shilpi Samity

Misha Saudagar

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Actor Misha Saudagar has been elected as new president while Zayed Khan general secretary of Bangladesh Cholochitro Shilpi Samity (film artistes’ association the artistes’ association), said director Mantajur Rahman Akbar, chairman of the election commission. The election of the association was held at the Bangladesh Film Development Corporation (BFDC) in Dhaka on Friday. Some 57 candidates vied for 21 posts, including that of president and general secretary, from three panels – Omar Sunny-Amit Hasan, Misha Saudagar-Zayed Khan and Danny Sidak-Elias Kobra – in the polls. The last election of the artistes’ association was held on ...

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About 40 Bangladeshi went India to watch Baahubali 2

Baahubali 2

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: More than 40 Bangladeshi fans leaved Dhaka to India to watch the latest edition of SS Rajamouli’s grand project Baahubali 2 film in its very first week. The group flew down to Kolkata in a chartered flight on Monday from Dhaka to catch the evening show of the film at a south Kolkata multiplex. The movie has successfully surpassed Aamir Khan’s ‘Dangal’ at the US box-office with earnings over $12.6 million so far and counting. According to Great India Films, the US distributor of ‘Baahubali 2’, the film minted $12.6 million as of Wednesday, officially ...

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