Culture & Entertainment

Pakistan TV airs first transgender anchor

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MNA Entertainment Desk: As the first transgender news anchor in Pakistan, Marvia Malik is proud to be at the forefront of changing attitudes in her country but she says there is a long way to go. The news of her first appearance on local channel Kohenoor TV on Saturday went viral on social media and was just days after she became the first transgender model on the catwalk at the annual Pakistan Fashion Design Council fashion show. Her catapult into the spotlight came after transgender activist Zara Changezi was named as star of a love film, the Senate passed a ...

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Zeenat Aman files rape complaint

Zeenat Aman

MNA Entertainment Desk: Bollywood actress Zeenat Aman has filed a complaint accusing a Mumbai businessman of rape, a police officer said. “The complaint was lodged by the victim late on Thursday and the accused has been arrested. He will be presented before a court later this evening,” Mumbai Police spokesperson Deepak Deoraj told to media. The businessman named in the complaint is Sarfaraz Mohammed, 38, with an alias of Aman Khanna. The complaint was registered by the 69-year-old actress at the Juhu police station against the businessman who had been charged for stalking and harassment in the past. It has ...

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Selfies banned at Cannes film festival


MNA Entertainment Desk: The head of the Cannes film festival said Friday he was banning selfies on the red carpet, claiming they caused “unwanted disorder” before premieres. Thierry Fremaux tried once before to ban the “ridiculous and grotesque” practice at the world’s most prestigious film festival in 2015, before backing down. Instead he pleaded with filmgoers, who are usually dressed to the nines in tuxedos and evening gowns, to contain themselves as much as they could. But this time there would be no reprieve, he said. “Selfies will be banned for spectators on the red carpet,” Fremaux told the Film ...

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Jacqueline’s Ek Do Teen in trouble


MNA Entertainment Desk: On Tuesday, we told you how Twitter is fuming about Jacqueline Fernandez’s rendition of Ek Do Teen and now, another person has joined the long list of haters. Tezaab director N Chandra is livid with anger and disbelief after watching the new video. In an interview to The Quint, Chandra said that he was told about the new song by Saroj Khan, who choreographed the original for Madhuri Dixit. ‘I met Sarojji at Sridevi’s prayer meeting. It was there that Sarojji marched up to me to tell me about it. Can you imagine how much it had ...

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Fitness trainer has 115k followers!

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MNA Entertainment Desk: Let you know that Tahlia Rowena, a professional fitness trainer, is highly active on Instagram in which she has more 115k followers, reports news agency. There are millions of women all over the world that are not only beautiful but also the masters of a small body. In today’s world, every person, especially girls, is very conscious about their figure. Tahlia Rowena is actually a fitness trainer and a model. She was born in London and raised there by her family. Rowena started fitness training when she was a young girl. After so much of her dedication, ...

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Sunny spent her Sunday ‘hanging around’


MNA Entertainment Desk: Bollywood actress Sunny Leone spent her Sunday ‘hanging around’. Sunny shared a picture from what appears to be a resort and she can be seen chilling like a boss, reported news agency. The 36-year-old actress looks chic in a yellow polka dotted crop top and a black striped pant. ‘Just another Sunday hanging around!! Lol,’ Sunny captioned her post. (Take notes from Sunny. This is actually how you should spend your Sunday). ‘Sunshine’ and ‘awesome picture, Sunny’ are some of the comments on her picture which has got over 1.1 lakh likes in just a couple of ...

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Actress Urvashi receives death threats


MNA Entertainment Desk: Hate Story 4 actress Urvashi Rautela recently received death threats as her seductress character in the film has a reference of Mahabharata’s Draupadi. On that, Urvashi has finally responded to reports and said she felt shocked and vulnerable, reports media. Talking to Hindustan Times, she said, ‘I was shocked and speechless when I started receiving death threats. I felt vulnerable. It [receiving death threats] has been happening quite often these days, especially in our industry. First, it happened with Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat, and now with our film.’ Further, the actress said, ‘People need to understand that ...

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Omerta trailer brings out deadly Rajkummar Rao


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Rajkummar Rao’s scary yet brilliant performance as a terrorist will surely make you excited to watch the film. After impressing us with fantastic performances in Trapped and Bareilly Ki Barfi, Rajkummar Rao is back with another phenomenal act. The star’s next – Omerta is all set to release on April 20 and the film really sounds interesting. And if the first look was fantastic, wait till you watch the trailer. Yes, the Omerta trailer has just been released and we have to say it will keep you at the edge of your seats. Based on ...

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Hate Story 4 box-office collection Day 4

Hate Story

MNA Entertainment Desk: Films in the Hate Story series always manage to draw in the crowds and also mint money. For some reason, people love to watch these films that are high-on erotica and thrills. In fact, one of the things that draw them to it is mostly suspense. Hate Story films are known to have shocking twists and turns, reports news agency. But the fourth installment was pale in comparison to all the previous films. However, for a film which has been made on a controlled budget, the box office numbers are not so disappointing. Rumours suggest it has ...

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Adult-film actress to return Trump money

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MNA Entertainment Desk: The adult-film actress who claims she had an affair with Donald Trump before he became US president offered on Monday to return $130,000 that Trump’s personal lawyer paid her in what she said was hush money to remain silent about the alleged relationship. Actress Stephanie Clifford, who uses the stage name Stormy Daniels, has said the affair with Trump began in 2006 and lasted several months. Trump has denied he had an affair with Clifford. Clifford proposed on Monday that she be allowed to discuss her alleged affair with the president freely after repaying the money. “This ...

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Anushka’s lovestruck photo goes viral


MNA Entertainment Desk: Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma’s recent Instagram lovestruck post has won Internet’s heart. In the picture, Anushka can be seen planting a sweet peck on her husband Virat’s cheek. Anushka shared the photo and captioned it with a couple in love emoticon. Cricketer Virat Kohli also shared a picture of the couple on his Instagram and wrote ‘chilling and how.’ Virat Kohli’s picture was liked over 12 lakh times. Virat returned to Mumbai after attending a football match of his Indian Super League (ISL) team FC Goa. Anushka also wrapped up her Sui Dhaaga schedule in Chanderi and ...

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Omar Sani hospitalized with heart problems

Omar Sani

MNA Entertainment Desk: Popular actor Omar Sani was admitted to Apollo Hospital in Dhaka, following sickness over cardiac problems Monday evening. Fardin Ehsan, son of the actor, said in a Facebook status that four blocks have been detected in his father’s blood vessels. He will be undergoing a ring implantation surgery at the night. Family sources said that Sani felt chest pain suddenly after the noon. Afterwards he was taken to the hospital where the physicians advised him ring implantation. However, the actor is out of danger, said the physicians. Sani’s wife Moushmi and their children accompanied him at the ...

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Ferdousi Priyabhashini passes away

Ferdousi Priyabhashini

MNA Culture Desk: Renowned sculptor Ferdousi Priyabhashini died undergoing treatment in a private hospital in Dhaka on Wednesday afternoon. She was 71. Priyabhashini, who was also a freedom fighter, was admitted to Lab Aid Hospital on 8 November 2017, as she was suffering from multiple complications including diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure. She was rushed to the hospital after falling over in her Gulshan residence and went into a shock on 8 November afternoon. Later, she was being kept under treatment at coronary care unit (CCU) of the hospital. Ferdousi Priyabhashini, who was persecuted by Pakistani occupation army ...

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Oscars 2018: ‘The Shape of Water’ wins best picture


MNA Entertainment Desk: Fantastical romance ‘The Shape of Water’ won best picture, the film industry’s most prestigious honor, at Sunday’s Oscar ceremony. The academy’s top acting honors went, as widely expected, to Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour) and Frances McDormand (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri). “If I fall over, pick me up, because I’ve got some things to say,” Ms. McDormand said. She thanked “every single person in this building” and her sister before asking the female nominees in the room to stand. “Look around,” she said. “We all have stories to tell and projects we need financing.” Jennifer Lawrence and ...

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Pakistan bans Anushka Sharma’s film ‘Pari’


MNA Entertainment Desk: Hindi film star Anushka Sharma’s new film ‘Pari’ has been banned in Pakistan, as it ‘promotes black magic, some non-Islamic values and anti-Muslim sentiments’. Pakistan’s censor board also banned the Hindi horror film because it ‘reportedly contains objectionable sequences where Quranic verses have been used’, said another Pakistani news outlet Geo TV, quoting a cinema owner. ‘The film not only mixed Quranic verses with Hindu chants but also portrayed Muslims in a negative light as they were shown using Quranic verses to do black magic,’ a source at Pakistan’s censor board, the Central Board of Film Certification, ...

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Fans bid tearful farewell to Sridevi


MNA Entertainment Desk: Thousands of fans lined the streets of Mumbai on Wednesday, some weeping quietly, others running behind the hearse, as they joined Bollywood stars in paying tributes to actress Sridevi who died at the weekend in Dubai. Sridevi, 54, acted in 300 films in a career that began at age four and culminated in her becoming one of Hindi cinema’s biggest female superstars. Police were called in to control a crowd that surged towards a Mumbai club where her body was placed for people to pay their respects. Police in Dubai where Sridevi had gone to attend a ...

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Sridevi’s body released for embalming


MNA Entertainment Desk: The body of Bollywood actress Sridevi, who died in her hotel room on Saturday, has been released for the procedure of embalming, says a report from Consulate General of India, Dubai. “Dubai Police has handed over the consulate and the family members letters for the release of the mortal remains of the Indian cinema icon Sridevi Boney Kapoor so that they can proceed for embalming,” read a tweet from the official page of Consulate General of India, Dubai. On Saturday evening, Sridevi drowned in the bathtub of room number 2201 at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel here. ...

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PM’s new book at book fair

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MNA Culture Desk: A new book containing 100 speeches of Prime Sheikh Hasina is now available at the Amar Ekushey Granthamela-2018 in the city. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina dedicated the book ‘Nirbachito 100 Bhashon (2014-2017)’ to the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Begum Fazilatunnesa Mujib. Prime Minister’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim Helal is the chief editor of the 552-page book. The Prime Minister delivered the speeches on different occasions from 2014 to 2017. The book has been published by Genius Publication. Its price is Taka 750. With 25 per cent discount, the book is now on ...

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Legendary actor Sridevi passes away


MNA Entertainment Desk: Veteran Bollywood actor and Padma Shri awardee Sridevi, who had an illustrious career spanning over four decades, passed away at the age of 54. Sridevi, died late in the night reportedly due to cardiac arrest in Dubai, where she had gone along with her family to attend her nephew Mohit Marwah’s wedding. Confirming the news, a source close to the family said, “Yes it’s true. She was in Dubai while some of the other family members came back to India. We hear it’s cardiac arrest.” While some of her family members returned from Dubai after the wedding, ...

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Ekushey Book Fair witnessed huge crowd

Ekushey Book

MNA Culture Desk: The Amar Ekushey Book Fair witnessed a huge crowd on Wednesday, the Language Martyrs’ Day and the International Mother Language Day. People were seen thronging the fair from the morning after it opened today at 8am. The book fair which usually runs from3 pm to 8:30 pmevery day except for holidays opened in the morning today marking Amar Ekushey. With the rolling of time, the crowd turned bigger. Although the crowd decreased a little at noon, the rush grew thicker again in the afternoon. After paying homage to the Language Movement martyrs at the Central Shaheed Minar, ...

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Zareen strikes back at internet trolls


MNA Entertainment Desk: Actress Zareen Khan says she is glad that her mother is not on social media as she will get disturbed with the way she (Zareen) gets trolled. ‘Trolls don’t realise that whatever they write not only affects us but also affects our family and friends. I am very thankful for the fact that my mother is not on social media because such bad and abusive comments would definitely disturb her,’ Khan said. Khan has been a victim of trolls on social media platforms. She approached MTV to be a part of their new show MTV Troll Police ...

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Popular Singer Sabah Tani dies at 49

Sabah Tani

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Popular singer from 80s and 90s Sabah Tani was found dead at her own residence in Dhaka’s Uttara area this morning. The body of Sabah Tani, 49, was found inside the bathroom of her house, Bangla daily Prothom Alo reports quoting Bangladeshi film actor Nayeem, who is also the cousin of the deceased. She had been suffering from low blood pressure for a long time, the cousin said. Nayeem, who is now settled in Malaysia along with his family, said Sabah Tani used to live with her mother in the Uttara residence where she was ...

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Jaya wins Filmfare best actress awards


MNA Entertainment Desk: Jaya Ahsan won the third edition of Jio Filmfare Awards (East) 2018 in the best actress category for the first time for IndoBangla joint venture movie ‘Bishorjan’ after two times nomination for the award. ‘Bishorjan’ was selected as the best film while its director Kaushik Ganguly won the Best Director award. ‘Cinemawala’ director Kaushik Ganguly got the award for the best director and also the best original story last year. Jaya was nominated in 2013 in the Filmfare Awards for the best debutant female for Aborto film while she nominated in the last year in the award ...

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Justin Theroux, Jennifer Aniston split

Jennifer Aniston

MNA Entertainment Desk: Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux are separating after two years of marriage, they said in a statement on Thursday. The pair, who shared a mansion in the upscale Bel Air neighborhood of Los Angeles, met on the set of the 2008 film “Tropic Thunder” in Hawaii, and started dating in 2011. “In an effort to reduce any further speculation, we have decided to announce our separation,” the former couple said in the statement released by Aniston’s publicist Stephen Huvane. “This decision was mutual and lovingly made at the end of last year. We are two best friends ...

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Priya Prakash creates record on Instagram

Priya Prakash

MNA Entertainment Desk: Priya Prakash Varrier, the eighteen-year-old girl from Thrisshur in Kerala, who made netizens go crazy over her mesmerising expressions in a viral video, has reportedly broken a record! Guess what, she has gained about 606K followers within a day! The queen of expressions has thus become the third ‘celebrity’ to attain such a feat and has now joined the league consisting of American model -TV personality Kylie Jenner and legendary footballer Cristiano Ronaldo! They are the only two celebrities ahead of her to gain such mammoth following in just one day. With 1.7 million users now, the ...

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Hot new mommy Serena featured on Vogue cover


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Serena Williams and her infant daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian on the cover of Vogue magazine. Former World No 1 Serena Williams has graced the covers of Vogue magazine a lot in the past. She has made it to the cover of the famed mag again, only this time it’s extra special. For the first time ever Serena has been featured on the magazine cover with her baby daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. The tennis star herself was beaming with pride at the cover. Posting the picture of the latest issue on her Instagram page, Serena ...

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PadMan banned in Pakistan


MNA Entertainment Desk: PadMan starring Akshay Kumar, which deals the issue of menstrual hygiene, has been banned in Pakistan, reported news agency. The country’s Federal Censor Board has refused to give its nod for the release of the R Balki-directed film, which also stars Radhika Apte and Sonam Kapoor in pivotal roles. ‘We can’t allow our film distributors to import films which are against our traditions and culture,’ FCB member Ishaq Ahmed said. The members of Punjab Film Censor Board also refused to watch the film saying it is based on a ‘taboo subject’ and out-rightly rejected any clearance certificate ...

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