Culture & Entertainment

Camila sweeps MTV Europe awards


MNA Entertainment Desk: US singer Camila Cabello swept the MTV Europe Music Awards on Sunday, winning best song with her hit “Havana” as well as best artist and best video, reported news agency. “This year has been the best of my life,” the 21-year-old Cuban native said at the event in Bilbao, northern Spain. Cabello had opened the show hosted by American actress and singer Hailee Steinfeld with a rendition of her Latin-influenced “Havana”. She is fresh from winning prestigious prizes at the MTV Video Music Awards in August — artist of the year and video of the year — ...

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‘Pather Panchali’ named in BBC’s top 20 foreign language films

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MNA Entertainment Desk: The BBC has unveiled their list of the 100 best foreign-language films of the 21st century where 209 critics from 43 different countries took part in the poll. The survey run by BBC Culture narrowed down 100 films from 67 different directors, from 24 countries, and in 19 languages. French turned out to be the predominant language as 27 of the highest-rated films in this poll were in French, followed by 12 in Mandarin, and 11 each in Italian and Japanese. However, only one Indian film has made it to the list, Satyajit Ray’s “Pather Panchali,” which ...

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“Paathshala” to be released on November 23


MNA Entertainment Desk: The much-awaited Bangla cinema ‘Paathshala’ is set to be released in November. The story of ‘Paathshala’ revolves around the life struggle of a talented 10-year-old street child Manik. The release date of the film, produced by Faysal Raddi and Asif Islam, was declared earlier, but deferred later. First trailer of the film has already been released on YouTube. Earlier, the film was screened in a number of festivals of Germany, Canada and India. Habib Arinda plays the main character of the film (Manik) , and Emma Akhter in the role of Chumki. Other characters include Nazmul Hussain ...

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Deepika’s pre-wedding celebrations begin


MNA Entertainment Desk: The pre-wedding celebrations of Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone, who will marry actor Ranveer Singh later this month, began with a traditional puja at her hometown here. Dressed in an orange traditional suit by designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Deepika matched her look perfectly with gold earrings, neatly tied hair and subtle make-up, exuding radiance, elegance and happiness. The designer wished the actress for new beginnings. “A new and exciting journey has just begun for you and all of us at Sabyasachi wish you the very best. Always. Deepika Padukone in Sabyasachi for her pre-wedding functions,” Mukherjee posted on Instagram. ...

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‘Yes, I drink and smoke’: Shveta Salve hits back at trolls

Shveta Salve

MNA Entertainment Desk: Shveta Salve took a unique way to hit it back at the trolls, the actress did exactly what she was trolled for, shared a photo in a bikini, drinking a glass of wine and smoking a cigarette. With the photos Shweta Salve is sharing on her social media handle, it looks like the actor is in a bliss and enjoying a peaceful getaway. However, the trolls didn’t let her have it all in peace. The actor was called out and trolled for sharing a bikini photo, drinking wine and smoking a cigarette. The trolling took a serious ...

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World premiere of ‘The Cosmos Project’

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MNA Entertainment Desk: The world premiere of “The Cosmos Project,” jointly organized by Alliance Française de Dhaka and Goethe-Institut Dhaka, featuring Shani Diluka on piano, Sahana Banerjee on sitar, and Prabhu Edouard on tabla, was held on Monday at Goethe-Institut Dhaka. The event was jointly organized by Alliance Française de Dhaka and Goethe-Institut Dhaka. “The Cosmos Project” was initiated as there is a genuine historical link between Ludwig van Beethoven and the Indian culture. The legendary German composer was fascinated by the translation of the mystical Indian texts called “The Upanishads.” Those texts were published in Germany in1816, and Beethoven ...

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Priyanka Chopra holds bridal shower

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MNA Entertainment Desk: Priyanka Chopra held a bridal shower ahead of her wedding with pop star Nick Jonas. The Indian actress, a friend of the Duchess of Sussex and a guest at the royal wedding in May, shared pictures from the event on Instagram. Bollywood star Chopra, who appeared in TV drama Quantico, wore a white dress for the party as well as Tiffany jewellery reportedly worth 1 million US dollars (£781,000). One of the images showed Chopra dancing with friends while another showed her embracing her mother. Alongside the pictures, Chopra, 36, wrote: “Love, laughter and a room full ...

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New pic of Arjun & Malaika ignites rumors

Malaika Arora

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: On Saturday, rumoured couple Arjun Kapoor and Malaika Arora trended a great deal for reports stating that they are likely to get married next year. Amidst the wedding rumours, a new photo of Arjun and Malaika, partying together with close pals like Kareena Kapoor, Karisma Kapoor, Amrita Arora (her sister) and Natasha Poonawalla, has popped up. The picture appears to be taken a couple of days ago and it was shared on Instagram by Natasha Poonawalla on Sunday. Several unconfirmed reports claim that Malaika’s industrialist friends Tanya and Arvind Dubash, also seen in the viral ...

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Johnny Depp ousted from Pirates of the Caribbean film franchise

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MNA Entertainment Desk: Johnny Depp, the star of one of the biggest money-spinning franchise – Pirates of the Caribbean, will no longer be seen as the iconic Captain Jack Sparrow as he has been dropped by Disney from future films. Hollywood star Johnny Depp, who became a global phenomenon after his portrayal of a drunk pirate, Captain Jack Sparrow in 5 Pirates of the Caribbean films will no longer be seen playing the iconic role. A couple of days ago, the news of Pirates of the Caribbean franchise going in for a reboot was doing the rounds and it was ...

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Pooja claims Salman, brothers raped her


MNA Entertainment Desk: Former Bigg Boss contestant Pooja Misra has shared her story and has expressed her ordeal through a series of videos posted on her Instagram handle. In a shocking set of allegations, according to a report by news agency, the former model-VJ has accused Salman Khan and his brothers- Arbaaz and Sohail of raping her, Shatrughan and Poonam Sinha of harassing her and Malaika Arora Khan of being jealous of her and snatching away projects from her kitty. In fact, she has alleged that all these celebrities have exploited and harassed her both mentally and physically, and have ...

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‘Wonder Woman 1984’ pushed back, to be released in 2020

Wonder Woman 1984

MNA Entertainment Desk: The release of Patty Jenkins’s “Wonder Woman 1984” has been pushed by seven months from November 2019 to 2020, producer Warner Bros announced. The new release date is June 5, 2020. The first movie, also directed by Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot, was released on June 7, 2017, reported news agency. “We had tremendous success releasing the first ‘Wonder Woman’ film during the summer so when we saw an opportunity to take advantage of the changing competitive landscape, we did,” Warner Bros said in a statement. “This move lands the film exactly where it belongs.” The movie ...

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Deepika, Ranveer to tie the knot in November


MNA Entertainment Desk: Bollywood actors Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone on Sunday announced that they are set to tie the knot on 14-15 November. They shared a note on their Twitter accounts. It read: “With the blessings of our families, it gives us immense joy in sharing that our wedding is set to take place on November 14 and 15.”  “We thank you for all the love you have showered upon us over the years and seek your blessings as we embark on this incredible journey of love, loyalty, friendship and togetherness—Deepika and Ranveer.” A month after speculations, this is ...

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Ayub Bachchu on top in Twitter


MNA Entertainment Desk: Ayub Bachchu is trending on the top on twitter. With the hashtag ‘Rest In Peace’ fans are consistently pouring in their respect for the great singer and offering their prayers so that he might rest in peace under the protection of the Almighty in the afterlife. This hashtag was trending on top of the list in South Asia as of yesterday. Along with the hashtag a post referring to Ayub Bachchu’s nostalgic song “Ei Rupali Guitar Fele Ekdin Chole Jabo Bohudure” was posted for the maximum time. Apart from his fans and fellow mates at the music ...

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Last tributes paid to Ayub Bachchu

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MNA Entertainment Desk: People from all walks of life on Friday paid their last tributes to celebrated guitarist, songwriter, composer and singer Ayub Bachchu at the Central Shaheed Minar when millions of fans in every corner of the country and abroad are mourning the irreparable loss. The body of the popular singer, carried by an ambulance, reached the ShaheedMinar around 10:25am. The body was kept there until 12:30pm giving a chance to his fans, well-wishers and followers to see him for the last time, reported news agency. Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader, Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor, SommilitoSangskritikJote ...

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Legendary singer Ayub Bachchu no more

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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’


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


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


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


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’


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


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

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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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