Culture & Entertainment

Five receive Rokeya Padak-2017

Rokeya Padak

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Five persons on Saturday received prestigious Rokeya Padak, 2017 for their outstanding contributions to the society and the empowerment of womenfolk. They are—Freedom Fighter and organiser Mazeda Shawkat Ali, journalist Mahfuza Khatun Baby Moudud (Posthumous), Artiste Suraiya Rahman, writer Shobha Rani Tripura, and social worker Masuda Faruk Ratna. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina handed over the prizes and certificates among the winners and their family members at a programme held at Osmani Memorial Auditorium. The Ministry of Children and Women Affairs organised the programme with State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Meher Afroze Chumki in ...

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‘Shital Pati’ recognized as cultural heritage

Cultural Heritage

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Sylhet’s traditional art of ‘Shital Pati’ weaving has been inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) of Humanity by UNESCO. The recognition was given on Wednesday at UNESCO’s 12 ICH Committee session at Jeju in South Korea. This is the third ICH from Bangladesh inscribed by UNESCO, according to its official website. Earlier in 2016, “Mangal Shobhajatra” was inscribed while “Baul songs” was inscribed in 2008. Forty-seven elements have been inscribed on the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding to date in 26 countries. The Representative List ...

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Model Bex Shiner breaks Instagram rules

Bex Shiner

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Bex Shiner might have been entertaining us with her drunken antics in the streets – but she’s just as much of a freak in front of the camera at home. The former Big Brother contestant isn’t unused to flashing the public, since leaving series 9 of the reality show she’s been working as a webcam model on the pornographic website Adult Work, reported news agency. But she’s been giving fans a glimpse of her work over on Instagram Big Brother- with a stream of X-rated selfies. Breaking Instagram’s ban on showing nipples, she puts her ...

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Shakib sends divorce notice to Apu

divorce notice

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Film star Shakib Khan has sent a divorce notice to his wife actor Apu Biswas. Shakib Khan’s friend and a film producer and director Mohammad Iqbal said on Monday a copy of the divorce notice was sent to Apu’s residence. Iqbal has been performing as the spokesman for Shakib. Barrister Rokanuddun Mahmud dealt the legal procedure, Iqbal added. Shakib Khan and Apu Biswas are both maintaining silence on the divorce proceedings. Their mobile phones are switched off. The star couple married on 18 April 2008, but kept their marriage a secret. They continued their respective ...

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Jenner world’s top-earning model


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Kendall Jenner topped a list of the world’s highest paid models, edging Gisele Bundchen out of the No. 1 spot for the first time in 15 years in a ranking that reflected the growing power of social media influencers. Ashley Graham became the first plus-size woman to make the annual Forbes list of top earning models, ranked in 10th place with an estimated income of $5.5 million between June 1, 2016, and June 1, 2017. Jenner, 22, the half sister of Kim Kardashian, earned an estimated $22 million for the year thanks both to her ...

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16th Dhaka Int’l Film Fest in January

16th Dhaka

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: The 16th Dhaka International Film Festival (DIFF) will be held in Dhaka from 12 to 20 January 2018. The Festival will be organized on a regular basis by Rainbow Film Society with the theme on ‘Better Film, Better Audience and Better Society’. Festival Director of the Dhaka international film festival and President of Rainbow Film Society Ahmed Mujtaba Jamal informed ‘Necessary preparatory work in this regard is already underway. During the 16th Dhaka International Film Festival, 170 films from 60 countries will be screened. The festival will feature Asian cinema competition, retrospective, Bangladesh panorama, cinema ...

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Sunny Leone, Daniel Weber to promote animal-free fashion


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Sunny Leone has always been upfront about supporting social causes. From voicing her opinions on women empowerment to raising funds for cancer patients under the American Cancer Society to working with animal rights organization PETA, Sunny has never missed a chance to do her bit for the society. The actress has now put her bold image to good use as she has shot for a campaign by PETA that promotes animal-free fashion. The sexy siren’s musician husband Daniel Weber has also shot along with her. In the picture, the couple can be seen wearing absolutely ...

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Prince Harry to marry actress Meghan Markle


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Britain’s Prince Harry is engaged to his US actress girlfriend Meghan Markle with the marriage due to take place in the spring of 2018, his father Prince Charles announced on Monday. Harry, 33, currently fifth-in-line to the British throne, and Markle, 36, best known for her role in the US TV legal drama “Suits”, became engaged earlier this month. “Prince Harry has informed Her Majesty The Queen and other close members of his family. Prince Harry has also sought and received the blessing of Ms Markle’s parents,” a statement issued by Clarence House, Prince Charles’ ...

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20th International Children’s Film Festival 2017 held at Hyderabad


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: The children cheered and hollered ‘shaktiman’ as Mukesh Khanna, Chairperson, CFSI as was called upon the stage. “Children love to watch films especially made for them,” he said in his welcome address. He wishes for a time when “children’s day will become children’s week.” “My children’s day couldn’t have been better” said the noted actor Yami Gautam. She recalled a childhood memory of her first recital competition. “I froze when when I got onto the stage and ran away” she said. She lauded the little directors for displaying confidence of great leaders. Actor-Director Satish Kaushik ...

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South African wins Miss Universe

Miss Universe

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Beauties from across the globe converged in Las Vegas Sunday, where Miss South Africa was crowned Miss Universe. Nel-Peters is only the second South African to win the title after Margaret Gardiner won the title in 1978. Nel-Peters, a graduate in business management, said her disabled half-sister has been among her great inspirations. Nel-Peters beat out first runner-up Miss Colombia Laura González and second runner-up Miss Jamaica Davina Bennett for the crown Sunday night in Las Vegas. During a pre-taped interview, the Western Cape native talked about how her experience being held at gunpoint made ...

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Manushi, Sonam to add glamour to GES


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Newly-crowned Miss World Manushi Chhillar, actors Sonam Kapoor and Aditi Rao Hydari will add glamour to Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), beginning here on November 28. They are among personalities from the cinema and entertainment industry who will speak at the event being co-hosted by the US and India. Aditi and Telugu actor Ram Charan Teja will be among the panellists at a breakout session “Future of cinema’ on November 29. Subhas Chandra, Essel Group, Chairman, will the moderator of the session which will explore the business behind the arts and entertainment industry and how to ...

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Folk singer Bari Siddiqui passes away

Bari Siddiqui

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Eminent folk singer-composer and flautist Bari Siddiqui breathed his last at a city hospital at about 2:30am on Friday. His first namaz-e-janaza will be held at the Central Mosque of Dhaka University at 9:30am, second namaz-e-janaza at Bangladesh Television premises at 10:30am and the final ritual will take place after the Asr prayers in Netrakona. Siddiqui was on life support at Square Hospitals in Dhaka. Bari Siddiqui, who has been suffering from kidney-related problems for a couple of years, was admitted to the hospital on Friday night after he fell unconscious following a chest pain. ...

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‘Padmavati’ cleared by British censors

18 crore

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Even though the makers of “Padmavati” have deferred the release of the film in India, the British Board Of Film Classification (BBFC) has cleared it. The Sanjay Leela Bhansali directorial will hit the screens in the UK on 1 December. Starring Ranveer Singh (as Sultan Alauddin Khilji), Deepika Padukone (as Rani Padmavati, in the lead) and Shahid Kapoor (as Maharawal Ratan Singh), “Padmavati” is being distributed internationally by Paramount Pictures. According to the official website of the BBFC, “Padmavati” will be released “uncut” in the UK. The magnum opus sets out to tell the tale ...

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Justice League opens with $96m

Justice League

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Warner Bros.-DC’s costly Justice League has dominated the North American box office but fallen well short of expectations with a $96 million opening weekend at 4,051 locations. It’s a decidedly gloomy result for the tentpole, which had been forecast by the studio just prior to the weekend to open in the $110 million range. Instead, “Justice League” is launching with only the eighth largest opening of 2017. It’s not even in the top 50 domestic openings of all time, ranking 53rd behind “Fast and Furious 6.” “For every macro budget superhero movie the stakes are ...

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Manushi Chhillar wins Miss World 2017

Manushi Chhillar

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: India’s Manushi Chhillar has won the Miss World beauty pageant for the year 2017. The win comes 17 years after Priyanka Chopra brought home the coveted title in the year 2000. Andrea Meza, who is Miss Mexico was the first runner up and was Stephanie Hill from England was second runner up. Around 108 women from across the world participated in the beauty pageant. Ms Chhillar, a 20-year-old from Haryana, studied in St. Thomas School in New Delhi and Bhagat Phool Singh Government Medical College for Women in Sonepat. Ms Chhillar is the sixth Indian ...

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Barbie’s first hijab-wearing doll

hijab-wearing doll

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Doll company Barbie has unveiled its first hijab-wearing doll to honour an American Olympic fencer, as the traditional Islamic headscarf goes mainstream through catwalks, magazine covers and ‘emoji’ smartphone symbols. Ibtihaj Muhammad made history in Rio last year as the first US Olympian to represent her country wearing a hijab, after earlier winning a gold medal in 2014 at the world fencing championships in Russia. “I’m proud to know that little girls everywhere can now play with a Barbie who chooses to wear hijab! This is a childhood dream come true,” the Olympian posted on ...

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Vinci artwork sold for record $450.3m


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: In New York Christie’s auction house has sold a Leonardo Da Vinci artwork for $450.3 million on 15 November, reported news agency. The auction broke records of Picasso’s 1955 Women of Algiers (Version O), sold for $179.4 million, and Amedeo Modigliani’s 1917-18 Reclining Nude, sold for $170.4 million. The painting, “Salvator Mundi”, is believed to be one of the only 20 surviving pieces done by the Italian Renaissance polymath. The work, commissioned by the French king Louis XII 500 years ago and possessed by the English king Charles I, had ended up in the hands ...

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‘Chol Palai’ item girl Naila Nayem

Naila Nayem

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Stepping into the country’s showbiz realm with ramp modeling, Naila Nayem was earlier occasionally seen in TV plays in sideline of her modeling career. The widely-discussed glamorous dentist-turned-model will be seen dancing in the item number of Director Debashish Biswas’s latest film ‘Chol Palai’. ‘Koto Bhalobashi’, Vote for Thot’, ‘City Overnight’, ‘Jaan O Baby’, ‘Kar Jonyo’, ‘Mon Diye Mon’, ‘Modhur Meye’, ‘Papa Chickchick’, ‘Aami Sundori Nari’, ‘Viral Bhai’—are some of the songs for which Naila was starred in the music videos. Meanwhile, shooting for the song has been done at the Koroi Tola of FDC. ...

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Jessia Islam among top 40 finalists

Jessia Islam

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Miss World Bangladesh Jessia Islam has been selected in the top-40 list of Miss World-2017 competition. “By the grace of Almighty Allah and prayers of my beloved friends, family & country I have been selected for top 40 in miss world 2017 and winner of head to head challenge. Keep me in your prayers,” Jessia posted on her Facebook page. Jessia Islam, who was crowned as the Miss World Bangladesh after Jannatul Nayeem Avril was stripped of her title on fraud charges, is representing Bangladesh in Miss World competition in China. The grand finale of ...

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Winners of Humayun Ahmed Award announced

Humayun Ahmed

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Jyoti Prakash Dutta and Mozaffar Hossain will receive Exim Bank-Anyadin Humayun Ahmed Literary Award this year . The award will be presented at an award giving ceremony on Sunday at the Abdul Karim Sahitya Bisharad Auditorium of Bangla Academy ahead of late iconic Humayun’s birth anniversary on November 13. Jyoti Prakash Dutta has been selected for the award in recognition of his contribution to the field of literature while Mozaffar Hossain has been selected in the young writer category for his novel ‘Otit Ekta Vindesh’. Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith will attend the award ...

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23rd Kolkata International Film Festival begins

Kolkata International Film Festival

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: The 23rd Kolkata International Film Festival began on Friday with the screening of Iranian film Yellow. Altogether 143 films from India and abroad will be screened in the 8-day festival which was inaugurated at the packed Netaji Indoor Stadium. Megastars Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan and Kamal Haasan, besides British filmmaker Michael Winterbottom and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee were present at the inaugural function. The KIFF has become the landmark for showcasing best cinema across the world and he is happy to be back in a city which always holds special memories, Bachchan ...

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Dhaka International Folk Fest opens today

Dhaka International

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: The third edition of the Dhaka International Folk Festival opens at the Bangladesh Army Stadium in the capital on Thursday. The festival is organized jointly by Sun Communications Limited and Maasranga Television to showcase local talents on a global platform. Assamese (India) singer Papon, a fan favourite of the festival, will perform on the opening day, along with Brazilian composer-musician Maurucio Tizumba and Australia-based Tibetan folk musician Tenzin Choegyal. Upcoming Bangladeshi folk band Baula will open the festival, while noted folk singer Fakir Shahabuddin will also enthrall the audiences today. The concert is set to ...

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Sushmita shares pic of work-in-progress abs


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Sushmita Sen’s birthday plans are getting in shape for sure. The actress, who will soon turn 42, shared a picture of her work-in-progress abs, which is now viral, reported news agency. Sushmita, who is currently enjoying the hospitality of UAE (in Sharjah), shared a picture of a few days ago and captioned it as, ‘I begin training again post all my travels to meet the body I want as my 42nd birthday month begins!!! Let some say it can’t be done. I’ll keep it simple and just do it. My body…My rules. Sushmita Sen is ...

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Salman Khan’s Tiger Zinda Hai trailer unveiled


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: The much awaited trailer of Ali Abbas Zafar’s Tiger Zinda Hai starring Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif unveiled on Tuesday. The film is a sequel to 2012 Eid blockbuster Ek Tha Tiger, directed by Kabir Khan. The film has been shot at exotic locations across five countries and each of these destinations has a significant role to play in the narrative. The cast and crew braved extreme weather conditions to shoot for crucial segments in the spy-thriller which revolves around the Tiger an Indian and Zoya, a Pakistani intelligence officer. Slated to release on December ...

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Baahubali’s Anushka Shetty to turn 36

Anushka Shetty

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Sweety Shetty, popularly known as Anushka Shetty, will be celebrating her 36th birthday this Tuesday. The South Indian stunner has been entertaining regional Indian cinema buffs with her scintillating performances for over a decade now. Anushka started her career with Puri Jagannath’s Telugu film ‘Super’ starring Akkineni Nagarjuna and Ayesha Takia, reported news agency. There has been no looking back ever since as Anushka went on to deliver critically acclaimed performances in movies like Rudramadevi, Mirchi, Billa, Arundhati, Vedam, Singham, Vaanam, Size Zero and of course, the Baahubali series. Anushka Shetty is known for her ...

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Beyonce joins Disney’s live-action


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Beyonce is set to voice Simba’s childhood friend turned love interest Nala in the live-action remake of Disney’s “The Lion King,” the singer and studio announced. The 36-year-old pop megastar confirmed the long-rumored role in a Facebook post that showed headshots of the voice cast, also revealing that Keegan-Michael Key (“Why Him?”, “Storks”) will be playing a hyena named Kamari. Alongside Beyonce—and mostly previously announced—will be Donald Glover as Simba, James Earl Jones reprising his role in the 1994 animated movie as Mufasa, and Chiwetel Ejiofor as his nemesis Scar. Comedian John Oliver was confirmed ...

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Ameesha Patel trolled for Instagram pictures

Ameesha Patel

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Actress Ameesha Patel took a top spot on Tuesday’s trends list after she was trolled for sharing two pictures on Instagram from her shoot. In the comments thread some Twitter users seemed interested to learn about her upcoming project while the others slut-shamed her. Sadly, the latter section dominated the comments section. Most comments are too vile to be reproduced here. Ameesha Patel had a fabulous debut opposite (then newcomer) Hrithik Roshan in 2000 film Kaho Na… Pyaar Hai. She followed it up wit films like Aap Mujhe Achche Lagne Lage, Thora Pyaar Thora Magic, ...

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