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AR Rahman To Pay Tribute To Tamil Nadu In January 12 Concert

New Delhi: Music maestro A R Rahman will pay his respects to his homeland, Tamil Nadu, in a concert marking his 25-year-long musical journey.

The A R Rahman concert will be held at YMCA grounds, Nandanam, Chennai on January 12, 6 pm onwards.

The 50-year-old music composer will perform in the city after a gap of two years and enthral the audiences through his show 'NetruIndruNaalai' (Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow).

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Anushka Sharma Recognised As The PETA 2017 Person Of The Year

New Delhi: Bollywood superstar and vegetarian Anushka Sharma has been named the PETA 2017 Person of the Year for her wide-reaching work for animals.

"Anushka Sharma is a proud animal rights proponent whose kindness and initiative know no bounds," said People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Associate Director SachinBangera in a statement today.

The actor has also taken to Twitter to demand a ban on cruel carriage rides in Mumbai where often-lame horses are forced to haul passengers in all weather extremes without adequate rest, food or water, PETA said, adding Sharma lives with her beloved adopted dog Dude.

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On 220th Birthday of Mirza Ghalib, India Celebrates His Eternal Poems with a Google Doodle

New Delhi:      “Bazicha-e-atfal hal duniya mire aage

                     Hota hai shab-o-roz tamasha mere aage” - Ghalib

Google on Wednesday paid tribute to legendary poet Mirza Ghalib with a doodle on the occasion of his 220th birth anniversary. Born on December 27, 1797 in Agra, Mirza Asadullah Baig Khan was a prominent Urdu and Persian language poet during the last years of the Mughal Empire.

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Tiger Is Truly Alive, Salman Khan Turns 52!

New Delhi: Abdul Rashid Salim Salman Khan was born on 27th December, 1965 and is one of the most commercially successful actors of Indian cinema. He began his acting career in 1988 and is still going strong after almost 40 years in the film industry.

Despite all the controversies that one usually associates with the name “Salman Khan”, the man is a multi faceted character and is not easy to define in simple terms. Khan is the eldest son of screenwriter Salim Khan and his first wife Sushila Charak. His paternal ancestors were from Afghanistan who immigrated to Indore in the mid 1800s.

He has two brothers, Arbaaz Khan who is married to actress and VJ Malaika Arora Khan, and Sohail Khan; and two sisters, Alvira Khan Agnihotri and an adopted sister Arpita.

Acting career

Salman Khan made his acting debut with a supporting role in the 1988 film Biwi Ho To Aisi in which his voice was dubbed by someone else. His first leading role in a Bollywood movie was in Sooraj R. Barjatya's romantic family drama Maine Pyar Kiya (1989), one of India's highest-grossing films.

For his role in Karan Johar's romantic drama Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998), Khan was awarded the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor.

After a brief period of decline in the 2000s, Khan achieved greater stardom in the 2010s by playing the lead role in several successful action films, including Dabangg (2010), Bodyguard (2011), Ek Tha Tiger (2012), Kick (2014), Prem Ratan Dhan Payo (2015), Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015), and Sultan (2016).

Khan topped the Forbes India charts for 2014, in terms of both fame and revenues. According to the Forbes 2015 list, Khan was the highest ranked Indian in 71st rank with earnings of $33.5 million.

Philanthropy and Charity

Khan has been involved in several charities during his career. His NGO called Being Human sells T-shirts and other products online and in stores. A portion of the revenues go to a worthy cause supporting the underprivileged.

In 2011, he launched his own production company called SKBH Productions (Salman Khan Being Human Productions). Money which will be generated from film productions will be donated to Being Human.

In January 2012, he offered to pay Rs 40 Lakh to release about 400 prisoners from about 63 prisons in the state of Uttar Pradesh via his NGO. The prisoners had completed their terms, but due to economic reasons, they were unable to pay legal fines for their charges.

In July 2015, Khan offered to donate the profits of his most successful film Bajrangi Bhaijaan among the poor farmers all over India.

Personal Life

Khan lives in the Galaxy Apartments, Bandra, Mumbai. He also has a 150-acre plot in Panvel which has 3 bungalows, a swimming pool and a gym.

Khan has never married and his relationships have been of keen interest to the media and his fans.

In August 2011, Khan admitted that he suffers from trigeminal neuralgia, a facial nerve disorder commonly known as the "suicide disease". In an interview, he said that he has been quietly suffering from it for the past seven years, but now the pain has become unbearable. It has even affected his voice, making it much harsher.

When Khan was in court regarding a poaching case to which he pleaded "not guilty", the court asked him to identify his religion, to which he responded, “I’m Hindu and Muslim both. I’m Bharatiya” and “I’m an Indian”. He explained, “My father is Muslim and my mother is Hindu”.

His devotion to his family, particularly his brothers, is well known and he is reputed to go out of his way to help friends and even strangers.

Controversies

Salman Khan first ran into trouble with the law in 1998 when the actor was booked in four cases regarding poaching of blackbuck and chinkara.

He was accused of poaching of two endangered black bucks in village Kankani in Jodhpur on 1-2 October, 1998.

However, Salman was acquitted of all charges in the Arms Act case against him in the alleged poaching of two black bucks by the Jodhpur Court on January 18, 2017.

Salman Khan and Aishwarya Rai's alleged relationship was quite turbulent. Salman was also accused of creating a ruckus when his relationship with Aishwarya went sour.

The actor was accused in the hit-and-run case when his car reportedly ran into a bakery in Mumbai, killing one and injuring four. In December 2015, the Bombay High Court acquitted Salman of all criminal charges.

Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan got into an ugly fight at Katrina Kaif's birthday bash in 2008 post which, Bollywood's biggest Khans stopped talking to each other. They made up later at Baba Siddiqui's Iftar party in 2013.

In an interview to a Pakistani channel, Salman mentioned that the Mumbai 2011 attacks were highlighted because they were targeted towards Mumbai's rich and elite and because they took place at a prominent 5-star hotel in the city.

During the promotions of his 2016 release 'Sultan', when asked to describe his rigorous shooting schedule, the actor reportedly said that when he would walk out of the ring, he 'felt like a raped woman'.

This sparked off a huge debate with women rights activists and the public alike condemning him for such an insensitive comparison.

 

References

https://en.wikipedia.org

www.bbc.com

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com

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Dwayne Johnson Tries To Comprehend India’s Cricket Obsession

New Delhi: Hollywood star Dwayne Johnson has started understanding the world of cricket for his millions of Indian fans, referring to the sport as the country’s "national obsession".

The 45-year-old wrestler-turned-actor, whose film "Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle" is slated to be released in India on December 29, said in a video that he was going to deal with another "adventure" to reciprocate the love of his amazing fans.

In the funny clip, Johnson -- The Rock -- can be seen trying hard to guess the signals umpire give on the cricket field.