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Filmmaker Dinesh Vijan will not release his upcoming films in Pakistan including the Kartik Aaryan and Kriti Sanon-starrer Luka Chuppi

Dinesh Vijan takes a firm stand following the Pulwama attacks; won’t release any of his films in Pakistan

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Post the recent devastating Pulwama attack in Kashmir, the Indian film fraternity has come together to lend their unanimous support to the armed forces. Passing over their personal commercial gains in favour of the nation, a lot of tough decisions have been made by the industry to stand in solidarity with our heroes. Earlier, Ajay Devgn refused to release their film Total Dhamaal in Pakistan. And now, Dinesh Vijan (Maddock Films), producer of films like Stree and Hindi Medium, has resolved to not release any of his future projects in Pakistan, making a clear statement on his no-tolerance stand when it comes to terrorism.

Dinesh Vijan has cancelled contracts for his upcoming releases – including Luka Chuppi (March 1) starring Kartik Aaryan and Kriti Sanon, as well as films like Arjun Patiala starring Kriti and Diljit Dosanjh and Made in China starring Rajkummar Rao – with Pakistani distributors, proving that country comes first for the filmmaker and his team. Sources from the industry predict that a lot of other producers in India will follow suit, standing united in this time of turmoil. “They are all in agreement that at a time like this a unified call needs to be taken by the filmmakers and the industry too,” says an insider.

On February 14, over 40 CRPF soldiers were martyred on the Jammu-Srinagar highway. The terrorists rammed a car laden with explosives next to a security convoy, triggering deadly explosions in what is one of the state’s worst attacks. Terrorist organisation Jaish-e-Mohammed has claimed responsibility for the attack although the government of Pakistan has refused to accept any involvement in the ghastly act.

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Brand new music-travel show featuring Bollywood singer Thomson Andrews out now!

This show will feature Javed Ali, Hardy Sandhu, Jassi Gill, Indian Ocean and Jeet Ganguly

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Thomson Andrews, who is a pop-Bollywood playback singer-songwriter, influencer, anchor, and performer will explore India’s culture, music, cuisine and jams with local bands along with one celebrity music icon in each city, as they together experience this spectacular journey while on the Royal Stag Hungama Music Bus. These music icons share their untold stories and a fun conversation about music, food, and more, followed by a grand concert performance by the music icon, for their fans in that city.

This show features Javed Ali, Hardy Sandhu, Jassi Gill, Indian Ocean, Jeet Ganguly & Revanth in a 6-episode series airing from June 30th – July 5 on Showbox Channel. The digital release is on 7th July on Hungama Digital Media.

Thomson started his career with maestro A R Rahman and also toured the world with India’s Biggest Bollywood singing sensation Sunidhi Chauhan. He is also the finalist of the popular global singing show on Amazon Prime, The Remix. He is soon to release few of his singles , in Hindi, Punjabi and English for global audiences. Recently, he has also featured with Neha Kakkar on MTV unplugged on the Coca Cola Tu song along with Tony Kakkar.

Being one of India’s best RnB, Soul and Funk singers, Thomson was recently hired by American Idol via ZEE CAFE India to promote their show along with dancer Melwin Louis and Monica Dogra on Indian television among indian audiences. He is a well-acclaimed Music industry professional with his credentials and work in big Hollywood Projects like 127 Hours, Internationally acclaimed album ‘Superheavy’ with Maestro A.R.RAHMAN, Mick Jagger, Joss Stone & Damien Marley, The Monsoon Wedding Musical by MIRA NAIR, Disney India films The Lion King 2019, Aladdin, Toy Story 4 and many others. He is constantly associated on several projects with Grammy Award-winning Producers, Mixing and mastering maestros based globally between LA, Germany, NYC and Mumbai. His music is often heard on BBC Asian Radio London, Indian Radio channels like Radio Mirchi and Red FM and his single music videos airing on VH1, 9XO and other platforms. He is a global influencer and his influencer interests are Travel, Fashion, Music, Luxury and food. He has worked as a musically inclined fashion influencer & artist with the Iconic fashion house ‘VOGUE India’ on their Women empowerment campaign.

His feature film projects with credits are FROZEN 2 2019 – Hindi, THE LION KING 2019 – Hindi, ALLADIN 2019 – Hindi, SOTY 2 2019 – Hindi, Super 30 – 2019 – Hindi and Robot 2.0 – Hindi, Tamil.

Thomson has sung in 12 languages across genres, with over 65 ad jingles to his credit for iconic brands such as ESPN, Nestle, Hindustan Unilever, Tata, Sony, Getorade, Volkswagen, Kinderjoy, Maruti Suzuki, Sunfeast, Airtel, Peppeterra, Amazon fashion, Myntra, Serengeti Beer, Kingfisher, Naudic, Reliance trends, Raymonds suiting, Shell Petrol and more. His music influences range from Funk, Rnb, Blues, Soul, Jazz, Pop, Alt Rock, Rock and Roll and even Sufi.

He has performed in 20 countries across 500 live shows and performed onstage with eminent Bollywood personalities ; Music Composers Pritam, Salim Sulaiman, A.R.Rahman, Amit Trivedi, Shankar Ehsaan Loy, Clinton Cerejo, Meet bros at concerts, Awards shows like GIMA AWARDS, IIFA, RADIO MIRCHI AWARDS, TEACHERS ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS, ZEE AWARDS and has sung alongside playback singers Sunidhi Chauhan, Neha Kakkar, Arijit Singh, Shaan, Shafqat Amanat Ali, Sonu Nigam, Neeti Mohan, Shilpa Rao, Hari Haran, Shreya Goshal, Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik, and others on shows, MTV UNPLUGGED India, MTV COKESTUDIO India and in films.

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Veteran Bollywood choreographer Saroj Khan passes away

Saroj Khan was particularly famous for her dances starring Sridevi and Madhuri Dixit

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One of the most well known dance choreographers of Bollywood, Saroj Khan was particularly famous for her dances in films starring Sridevi and Madhuri Dixit.

Some of her most popular songs include

Ek do teen from Tezaab
Choli ke peeche kya hai from Khalnaayak
Dhakdhak karne laga from Beta

Here are some of the condolences sent by celebrities

Akshay Kumar: Woke up to the sad news that legendary choreographer #SarojKhan ji is no more. She made dance look easy almost like anybody can dance, a huge loss for the industry. May her soul rest in peace
https://twitter.com/akshaykumar/status/1278877979842457601?s=20

Shankar Mahadevan: Really heartbreaking news .. Saroj khan ji has given us so many gems which will be remembered forever .. May her soul rest in peace
https://twitter.com/Shankar_Live/status/1278897081072021505?s=20

Shruti Seth: Another inimitable talent gone. The film industry is poorer without you. Like so many others I have watched songs you choreographed & tried my best to match steps on numerous occasions I’m grateful I was able to finally dance to your tune in #Fanaa RIP Masterji
https://twitter.com/SethShruti/status/1278895507994144768?s=20

Daler Mehndi: If a song had a body, it could be carved only by Saroj Khan ji. She made it come alive. Sad to know of her demise. Condolences to her family, fans and students
https://twitter.com/dalermehndi/status/1278899489592336386?s=20

Amitabh Bachchan: She was a sprightly young enthusiastic dance assistant to one of the major dance directors of the time .. of the time when I was just beginning .. of the film ‘Bandhe Haath’ with the heart throb of millions Mumtaz .. with the director OP Ralhan .. Mumtaz’s grace and acceptance to agree to work with this newbe .. she a stratospheric Star , me a nobody ..
.. and Saroj ji in the crowd of dancers in a song .. her subtle grace when she moved .. the expressions , the delicate little intricacies of each word and movement .. she was just so exceptional .. she was pregnant with child during the shoot , but never deterred from her work .. at one point I saw her , quite alarmingly , finding the foetus had shifted in her stomach and she simply unabashedly pushed it into place , and carried on .. dancing ..
.. and then over the years .. she excelled and attained the podium title of Dance Director .. or as the language changed , the Choreographer of film .. her moves becoming famous for each artist she worked with .. and the love and affection she gave to all that came under her guidance .. and when she would see an artist give a good shot under her care .. she would call her or him aside .. and ..
.. give a rupee coin .. as a gesture .. as a pat on the back .. a ‘shagun’ ..
.. many many years later .. during the song sequence of a film I was doing .. I became the recipient of that coin .. an immense achievement ..
Saroj ji .. you gave us and the industry , rhythm, style, grace of movement and the art of converting the lyrics in a song to a meaning in dance ..

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Alaya F does the 50 push up challenge under the hashtag of #ChallengingAF

Alaya F rocked as Saif Ali Khan’s daughter in Jawaani Jaaneman

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Actress Alaya F’s own Instagram series of ‘#AlayaAF’ is very inspiring and provides the motivational factor that the audience needs during the lockdown! She has treated the audience with a lot of short videos that urge them to utilize their time productively. The interactive video series also helps her to stay in touch with her fans and the audience. Recently she took to her social media to take the 50 push up challenge as a part of ‘#ChallengingAF’ with the caption:

“#ChallengingAF – 50 Push Up Challenge

There was a time in my life when I could do 46 push ups in one minute.. but these days my arms want to die after doing just 10. But since you guys chose the 50 push up challenge, I did my best😂

If you guys attempt this! Upload it and use the tag #ChallengingAF so I can see it!♥️”

Though the actress took breaks, she did not give up on it until she was done with 50 pushups. This display of perseverance by the actress was really awe-inspiring.

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