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Azaan is important, not loudspeakers: Sonu Nigam

Sonu Nigam

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Singer Sonu Nigam held a press conference at his residence where he clarified his statements and told the media about his intentions in tweeting message on a public forum. The Bollywood singer has shaved his head after a Fatwa was issued announcing 10 Lakh rupees for anyone who shaves Nigam’s head. “Everyone has a right to opinion. You have to be considerate. In the end, I just want to say that come above these small little controversies and try understanding the bigger picture.” He said. When he was asked as to why he only targeted ...

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Furious 8 speeds into box office history


MNA Culture Entertainment Desk: Universal’s – The Fate of the Furious – fell just short of $100 million in domestic receipts for its debut weekend but smashed the global opening record, industry data showed on Monday. The eighth installment of the high-octane action series starring Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriquez and Jason Statham took $98.8 million in North America, according to industry monitor Exhibitor relations. It was a sharp drop from the $147.2 million debut by “Furious 7” in 2015 but strong performance overseas meant it was able to smash the “Jurassic World” record international opening of $316.7, with ...

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Mumbai court cancels warrant against Sanjay Dutt


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: The arrest warrant issued against actor Sanjay Dutt by a local magisterial court on Saturday over alleged threat to producer Shakeel Noorani has been canceled on Monday. According to the latest tweet of ANI, the non-bailable warrant against Sanjay Dutt over alleged threat to filmmaker Shakeel Noorani has been canceled. Earlier yesterday an Indian court issued a warrant against the Bollywood actor over not appearing before it in a case filed against him by film producer Shakeel Noorani back in 2013. Noorani had filed a complaint four years ago, alleging that he had received threatening ...

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World’s oldest person dies at 117

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MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: The world’s oldest person, Emma Morano, has died in Italy at the age of 117, reported news agency. She died at her home in the northern city of Verbania. Emma Morano was born on 29 November 1899 in the Piedmont region of Italy. She was officially the last person born in the 1800s still living. Her life not only spanned three centuries but also survived an abusive marriage, the loss of her only son, two World Wars and more than 90 Italian governments. Ms Morano had admitted that her longevity was partly down to genetics: ...

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Dilip Kumar honoured with ‘living legend lifetime award’

Dilip Kumar

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Veteran actor Dilip Kumar was honoured with the Living Legend Lifetime Award by the Punjab Association on Tuesday. “Ranbir Singh Chandok and Anand of the Punjab Association visited me today. God is kind. Humbled at receiving the Living Legend Lifetime Award from Punjab Association this afternoon,” a post from the 94-year-old actor’s official Twitter handle read on Tuesday. In another tweet, he wrote, “So much love from Asif Farooqui. Thank you for this beautiful wall mural on Hill Road in Bandra. God bless you,” referring to a piece of work-inspired by the Dilip Kumar and ...

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Shakib Khan won’t hold any press conference today

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MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Bangladesh film star Shakib Khan said he will not hold any press conference to clarify his stance regarding the claim of actress Apu Biswas. He informed the news in his verified Facebook page on Tuesday morning, Shakib wrote, “A false story was published that I would talk in a press briefing at 12:00pm today.” “I’m informing all journalists that I will not hold any press briefing and will inform all things in time,” Shakib added. Earlier, Shakib thrashed film actress Apu Biswas’s claim of being married to her, soon after the actress on Monday claimed ...

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‘Shakib is my child’s father’: Apu Biswas

Apu Biswas

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Bangladeshi film star Apu Biswas on Monday exposed that she got married to Shakib Khan and they have a son together. She was talking on a live programme at a private TV channel. She said they got married in a private ceremony at Shakib’s residence on 18 April, 2008. The actress returned Dhaka recently after hiding for a long time. Apu said the son was born on 27 September 2016. He was named Abraham Khan Joy. Apu’s name was changed to Apu Islam Khan during the wedding. Shakib’s brother and a producer were present in ...

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Actress Tamannaah Bhatia releases first look of ‘Sketch’

Tamannaah Bhatia

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Indian actress Tamannaah Bhatia on Friday unveiled the first look of her upcoming Tamil film “Sketch” which also stars Vikram in the lead. Tamannaah shared the film’s poster via her Twitter page. Being directed by Vijay Chandar, the film is currently being shot and its story is set against the backdrop of North Chennai. The film brings Vikram and Tamannaah together for the first time. Two posters were released on Friday. The first one features Vikram while the second one features the lead pair. In 2005, she made her acting debut in the age of ...

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Priyanka Chopra 2nd most beautiful woman in 2017

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MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Priyanka Chopra has defeated famous personalities like Angelina Jolie, Emma Watson, Blake Lively and Michelle Obama to become the second most beautiful woman in the world. In a poll done by LA-based photo journal and video-sharing social media network BuzzNet, Priyanka is just behind pop diva Beyonce in the list of the most beautiful women in the world. The 34-year-old star took to Twitter to share the list and thanked her fans for voting. Model and Victoria’s Secret angel Taylor Hill is at number three, followed by Emma Watson, Dakota Johnson and Hillary Clinton at ...

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Hindustani classical vocalist Kishori Amonkar passes away

Kishori Amonkar

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Legendary Hindustani classical vocalist Kishori Amonkar died at the age of 84 in Mumbai, on Monday night. She died at her home in Mumbai, family members told reporters. Born on April 10, 1932, Amonkar was recognized as one of the foremost singers in the Hindustani tradition and as an innovative exponent of the Jaipur gharana. Several of her fans and friends, including great Lata Mangeshkar, mourned the legend’s death. In her singing career spanning seven decades, she was revered as ‘Gaan-Saraswati’. She also received two of India’s top civilian honours, Padma Bhushan in 1987 and ...

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National Film Day is being observed

National Film Day

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: The National Film Day is being observed today (Monday) in a befitting manner under the auspices of the Information Ministry and the Bangladesh Film Development Corporation (BFDC). April 3 is being observed as National Film Day every year since 2012. To mark the day in a befitting manner, the Ministry of Information chalked out elaborate programmes. Besides various arrangements also have been made by the BFDC to mark the day and it will feature remembrance tributes, live talk shows, red carpet receptions, still picture presentations, film exhibitions, puppet show, nagardola, Bioscope and cultural programme. However, ...

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Bob Dylan finally accepted the 2016 Nobel Prize


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Bob Dylan finally accepted the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature at a jovial, champagne-laced  ceremony on Saturday, the Swedish Academy announced. The academy, which awards the coveted prize, ended prolonged speculation as to whether the 75-year-old troubadour would use a concert stopover in Stockholm to accept the gold medal and diploma awarded to him back in October. The first songwriter to receive the prestigious award, Dylan joins a celebrated group of laureates including Thomas Mann, Samuel Beckett, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Doris Lessing. The meeting took place at a secret location ahead of Dylan’s first ...

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Private funeral held for British singer George Michael


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: British superstar singer George Michael was buried in London on Wednesday in a private funeral some three months after his death on Christmas Day. Several luxury cars with blacked-out windows arrived and later left Highgate Cemetery in north London, Reuters reporters said. British media said Michael’s mother is buried there. Born in London in 1963 as Georgios Kyriacos Panayiatou, son of a Greek Cypriot immigrant father and English mother, Michael became one of the best-selling British recording artists of all time. He sold over 115 million records worldwide by the time of his death. The ...

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Shailene Woodley reaches deal to avoid jail over pipeline protest

Shailene Woodley

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: US actress Shailene Woodley has reached a plea deal over her involvement in the protest against the Dakota Access oil pipeline. Woodley, star of the Divergent series, was one of 27 people arrested at the site last October. She has now signed a document agreeing to plead guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct, which would mean she would avoid jail. The pipeline project has been highly controversial and drawn huge protests. Native Americans say it will desecrate sacred land and damage the environment. Woodley, who live streamed her arrest on Facebook, initially pleaded not guilty to ...

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Eminent film actor Mizu Ahmed passes away

Mizu Ahmed

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Renowned actor and producer Mizu Ahmed, best known for his negative roles, died of cardiac arrest on Monday at the age of 63. He died on a running train near Airport Station in the capital on his way to Dinajpur as he was going there by train for shooting purpose. The duty doctor of the train examined him primarily. Later, he was taken to Kurmitola General Hospital. The doctor of the hospital declared him dead. He was born on 17 November 1953 in Khustia, Khulna Division. His birth name is Mizanur Rahman. During his childhood, ...

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Deepika to miss ‘Cannes Film Festival’ for Padmavati


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Deepika Padukone says she won’t be seen walking the red carpet of the prestigious Cannes Film Festival in May as she is focused on her film project Padmavati. There was buzz that Deepika, who has reportedly bagged an international endorsement deal with cosmetic giant L’Oreal, will represent the brand at the film jamboree. Asked about it, Deepika told the media here: “No. Right now all my energies are focused on ‘Padmavati’.” The actress, who featured in Hollywood film “xXx: Return of Xander Cage”, looked very stylish as she stepped out for the HT Style Awards ...

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Air force, 15 personalities get Independence Award 2017

Independence Award

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday handed over the Independence Award 2017 to Bangladesh Air Force and 15 distinguished personalities. The premier handed over a certificate, an 18-carat gold medal weighing 50-gram, and a Tk 3 lakh cheque to each of the recipients and their representatives at a function in the city’s Osmani Memorial Auditorium this morning. The award was given in recognition of their outstanding contributions to their respective fields. Group captain (retd) Shamsul Alam Bir Uttam, former Bangladesh Betar official Ashraful Alam, former police super late Shaheed Md Nazmul Huq, former minister late ...

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Salman, Katrina back together in ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Salman Khan is happy to be back together with actress Katrina Kaif to shoot a song for upcoming film ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’, a sequel to 2012 blockbuster ‘Ek Tha Tiger’. Salman took to twitter to share a glimpse from the shoot. He posted an image with him in tuxedo and Katrina—with her locks falling over her shoulder—in a gown. Salman captioned the photograph with Katrina—his once rumoured ladylove: ‘Back together in ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’. Yash Raj Films’ ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ has been shooting in scenic locales of Tyrol, Austria, currently. The film’s unit has wrapped ...

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Kuwait bans Disney’s movie ‘Beauty and the Beast’


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: The Kuwait National Cinema Company has decided to ban Disney’s hit movie Beauty and the Beast, citing its responsibilities despite it already having been screened. The film was released in the conservative Muslim Gulf state on Thursday, but the privately owned company withdrew the film four days later to review its content. “Beauty and the Beast” has come under fire in some Muslim countries for a “gay moment”, but Disney said it will be released in Muslim-majority Malaysia with no cuts. Starring “Harry Potter” star Emma Watson, the movie has raised hackles worldwide among religious ...

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Nipun returns with new film ‘Dhushor Kuasha’


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Bangladeshi film actress Nipun has resumed shooting for the big screen work with her new movie titled ‘Dushor Kuasha’. With the movie under the directorial venture of Uttam Akash, the actress is all set to return after a short break. Nipun will perform in the big screen with newcomer actor Munna in the film. She was last seen in Tauquir Ahmed’s Oggyatonama and Delwar Jahan Jhantu’s Bayanno Theke Ekattor in 2016. Nipun has so far grabbed two National Film Awards. She received the national award for the movie ‘Shajghor’ and afterward in 2009 she received ...

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Animation Film festival to begin at TSC today

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MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: A four day long animation film festival tilted ‘Microsoft Animation Film festival 2017’ will begin on Monday at TSC auditorium of Dhaka University (DU). Dhaka University Film Society (DUFS) will organize the animation festival to popularize the animated films in the country, sponsored by Microsoft Bangladesh. A total of 16 animated films will be screened during the four-day festival from March 20-23.  The entry is fixed at Tk 30 for every show. Separate from the screening part of the festival, a discussion programme on ‘Prospects of Animation in Bangladesh Film Industry’ will be held on ...

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s father passed away

Aishwarya Rai

MNA Editorial Desk: Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s father passed away in Mumbai on Saturday. Krishnaraj Rai was hospitalized few weeks ago due to health-related issues, friends and family confirmed to media. Earlier, the actress cut her Dubai trip short and returned to Dubai as soon as her father was hospitalized. Her husband, Abhishek Bachchan, also rushed back from New York to be by his ailing father-in-law’s side. Aishwarya’s father-in-law, Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan had earlier excused himself from attending The Luxor African Film Festival in Egypt – due to Krishnaraj’s illness He was expected to be there on March ...

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Six full-fledged BTV centres to be built in divisional cities

BTV centres

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) on Tuesday approved the establishment of six full-fledged BTV centres in six divisional cities of the country involving an estimated cost of Tk 13.91 billion. The approval came from the ECNEC meeting held at the NEC conference room with ECNEC chairperson and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair, reported news agency. Planning minister AHM Mustafa Kamal said initially there was a proposal for setting up five full-fledged centres in the divisional cities of Rangpur, Rajshahi, Khulna, Sylhet and Barisal Division. Later, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina ...

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Recitation program of Muktobak ‘Shopnoghuri Dilam Chari-8’


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: The 8th phase of bi-monthly recitation program arranged by Muktobak was held on 14 March evening at Shawkat Osman Auditorium of Central Public Library in Shahabag. At the first part of the program titled ‘Nabo Hariter Gaan’ – fresher artists Aditi Amritaraj, Raihan Haidar Ranjan, Trishna Pal, Eram Mahfuj, Md. Asadujjaman, Omia Omanita and Ashraf Ali Sarkar Likhon recited their melodious poems on love, language, personal feelings, independence, liberation war and so on. In the second part ‘Anusurjer Gaan’ – eminent artiste Ashraful Alam participated in a conversation over the selection of recital elements (poems), ...

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Sonakshi Sinha to perform at Justin Bieber’s India gig

Sonakshi Sinha

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Sonakshi Sinha will perform at Grammy Award winner and global pop sensation Justin Bieber’s Purpose World Tour in Mumbai in May, she said on Monday. She will perform as one of the opening acts at the highly anticipated gig, which will be held at the DY Patil Stadium here on May 10. “I am really fond of Justin Bieber’s music and I love how his sound has evolved over the years and today he reaches out to a universal fan base. I’m definitely looking forward to this event,” Sonakshi said in a statement. The 22-year-old ...

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Sneak peek of Baahubali 2 trailer released

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MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Ahead of the highly anticipated trailer launch of “Baahubali: The Conclusion” on Thursday, its makers released a sneak peek of the trailer on Monday to entice audiences. Actor Rana Daggubati, who plays Bhallaladeva in the film, shared the 12-second video on his Twitter page. On Thursday, the film’s trailer will be released in four languages – Telugu, Hindi, Tamil and Malayalam. On April 28, the film will have a simultaneous release in all the four languages. Also starring Tamannaah Bhatia, Anushka Shetty, Sathyaraj and Ramya Krishnan, the film is about the battle for an ancient ...

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Hollywood actor Schwarzenegger running for US Senate in 2018


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Former California Republican Governor and Hollywood actor Arnold Schwarzenegger is reportedly considering a run for the US Senate in 2018, to replace Democratic Senate Dianne Feinstein. Grand Old Party (GOP) political insiders in California said Schwarzenegger is thinking about a political comeback, reports news agency. One GOP veteran told Politico magazine that his entry into the 2018 Senate race “would give Arnold the stage to jam Donald Trump for the next 16 months”. GOP political consultant Luis Alvarado said: “In politics after (President) Donald Trump, nothing is crazy any longer. We’re in third dimension here.” ...

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