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Sa Re Ga Ma Pa to pay a special tribute to Rishi Kapoor and Irrfan Khan during the Ek Desh Ek Raag concert

Singer Shaan will be hosting the special show Ek Desh Ek Rang on Zee TV on May 25

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As we collectively work towards emerging from the grips of the worldwide pandemic, Zee TV – India’s leading Hindi general entertainment channel recognises the amazing power of music in uniting, healing and uplifting the mood of the nation.

In fact, ever since its inception 25 years ago, the channel’s longest-running non-fiction franchise – Zee TV’s Sa Re Ga Ma Pa has leveraged this power of music in helping the common man rise above his circumstances – giving him the country’s most definitive platform to showcase his singing talent. It is only befitting, then, that with Sa Re Ga Ma Pa crossing its 25-year milestone in 2020, Zee TV is coming up with an industry-first initiative, Ek Desh Ek Raag, a
fund-raising concert to help humanity cope better with the testing times through the power of music. ‘Ek Desh Ek Raag’ will start on 23rd May with a 25-hour Music Marathon on digital. The 25 Year milestone will culminate in a grand ‘Ek Desh Ek Raag’ concert on 24th May, 7 PM onwards in 10 national languages across 19 ZEE channels with the most iconic faces of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa singing from the confines of their homes.

The mega event will see several artistes including Shaan, Himesh Reshammiya, Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik, and Richa Sharma perform, but that’s not it! Recently, Indian cinema was dealt with a huge blow when it lost two of its gems – Rishi Kapoor and Irrfan Khan. In wake of this loss, ZEE and Sa Re Ga Ma Pa are going to pay a heartwarming tribute to the legendary stars during the Ek Desh Ek Raag concert on May 24.

During the show, the audience will not only see old footage from Sa Re Ga Ma Pa featuring Irrfan and Rishi Kapoor being played, but they will also witness Ek Desh Ek Raag’s host, Shaan pays an ode to the stars through his music.

During the shoot, the singer recalled how he grew up listening to songs featuring Rishi Kapoor and how he felt that his charm made the songs truly iconic.

Apart from Shaan, previous Sa Re Ga Ma Pa former contestant-turned- singing sensations Debojit Saha and Sanchita Bhattacharya have also collaborated to perform a medley of Main Shayar Toh nahi, Hum Tum Ek Kamre Mein Band Ho and Ek Main Aur Ek Tu as a heartfelt tribute to Rishi Kapoor
Sa Re Ga Ma Pa’s Ek Desh Ek Raag host Shaan mentioned, “It is extremely unfortunate that the Hindi film industry and the country as a whole, on consecutive days, lost 2 legendary actors. Rishi Kapoor and Irrfan never ceased to take charge and re-define set boundaries. As actors, they took their artistic liberty and went on to create masterpieces.”
He further added, “ I’m glad that a platform like Sa Re Ga Ma Pa during such critical times and on the occasion of its 25th anniversary is paying such a mega tribute to these legends. I feel there is no better way to give a tribute to any artiste than to celebrate their work and that’s what we are trying to do. I have been a massive fan of Rishi Kapoor’s work. I have grown up listening to songs featuring him and I must say he’s inspired me as an artist. Irrfan was an incredible human being too and I am honoured that I could do my bit in paying a tribute to them through Ek Desh Ek Raag.”

Tune in to the official Facebook page of ZEE TV for 25 Hour special LIVE-athon on 23rd May and the musical concert ‘Ek Desh, Ek Raag’ on 24th May at 7 pm across all ZEE channels!

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Digangana of Veera fame shoots an ad with Akshay Kumar

The Bigg Boss inmate shot Dollar wear the change commercial just before the lockdown was announced

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By Chaitanya  Padukone

Popular TV star Digangana Suryavanshi, who has this a unique record of  two of her debut Hindi movies namely ‘Jalebi’ and ‘FryDay’ releasing on the same day, seemed to be in an upbeat euphoric mood.

Despite the ongoing stay-at-home confinement’  That’s because the ‘Dollar-wear-the-change’ ad-commercial which she shot with megastar Akshay Kumar is now out and is being widely appreciated by viewers.   Shares the Mahesh Bhatt-discovery  Digangana, speaking exclusively to CineBlitz, “Working with Akshay Kumar Sir was truly amazing. Fortunately, we had shot this ad film a few days before the lockdown. And what’s really amusing and amazing to me is that in the ad I am referred to as the ‘Princess’, which also happens to be the name that my fans fondly gave me. So, there’s that special element to it.”

She further says, “ In fact it’s my first ad film, and I’m so glad that it was with none other than Akshay Sir. Who is known for his consistent super-hit box-office success records,  that too experimenting with diverse contrasting lead roles,  What a charismatic presence. Yet he is so extremely grounded. I would love to work with him again, in a Hindi movie. Hopefully very soon. By sheer coincidence, Akshay Sir’s  upcoming action-thriller movie is titled ‘Sooryavanshi’, which also happens to be my family surname,” she smiles with a rosy blush on her cheeks.

Since optimistic Digangana  has experienced the ‘Bigg Boss-9’ spacious house and garden-area confinement a few years ago, she was apparently aware, as to how to creatively reconcile with a ‘lockdown’ situation. .Minus the volatile showdown conflicts, of course. Elaborates the style-savvy ‘Hippi’ actress, “Although the reason for social lockdown is absolutely unfortunate, I think it’s given us all a lot of time to introspect. I’ve always been a creative person, and since I’m getting time being offshoots right now, I Am investing my time in catching up with my hobbies. I haven’t had the time to paint for a long time, and now that I do, I’ve created quite a few classy artworks. Am exploring my musical side as well.”

The multi-talented Digangana has even written stories and song about Covid-19

She says, “I have expressed my outlook on the current situation. Spending lots of ‘quality-time’ conversing with both my parents at home and on cell-phone with my outstation relatives,” shares Digangana

The actress who has been working in South Indian  big-banner  regional movies  is now discreetly gearing up to also feature in her fourth Hindi movie with a top-male star very soon.

( The writer Chaitanya Padukone is an eminent Sr. film-journalist &  author of book R D Burmania )

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Ronit Roy: “I would like to thank my fans for the success and appreciation that I have received”

The sizzling third season is all set to release on the 6th of June on ALTBalaji and ZEE5

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Ronit Roy, who has been hugely appreciated for his stupendous performance in ALTBalaji and ZEE5’s highly-anticipated web show ‘Kehne Ko Humsafar Hain’ season 1 and 2, is eagerly awaiting the launch of the third season of the show premiering on 6th June on ALTBalaji and ZEE5 platforms.

Touted as the biggest relationship web series, Kehne Ko Humsafar Hain is based around a love entanglement between the three main characters of Rohit, Ananya, and Poonam portrayed by Ronit Roy, Mona Singh, and Gurdip Kohli respectively.

In the new season, Rohit will be seen adopting a carefree attitude in his life and becoming distant from all the other characters. After separating from Ananya, the show will see Rohit hit ground zero.

Talking about his experience of working on the three seasons of the show, Ronit says, “I would like to thank my fans for the success and appreciation that I have received for the first two seasons. Both the seasons rated ten times more than anything else that was on the internet at that point in time and I am really happy about that.”

“I still remember the first time when Ekta (Kapoor) narrated the basic plot, idea, and story, there was so much of enthusiasm in her and in between the narration how she beautifully points out the small quirks and traits about each character of the show. Eventually, I worked on that and incorporated it in my performance,” Ronit adds.

The sizzling third season is all set to release on the 6th of June, 12 noon on the ALTBalaji & ZEE5 OTT platforms!

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Know how Sanya Malhotra injured herself during the lockdown!

Sanya Malhotra hurt her finger while trying to make chutney and had to be rushed to the hospital for a surgery

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Sanya Malhotra recently shared a picture of her plastered finger, keeping everyone wondering what exactly had happened. A source close to Sanya revealed that it happened while Sanya was making chutney in a blender.

While Sanya was making chutney, the blender malfunctioned and the lid blew off and while trying to put the lid back on, her hand slipped into the jar and her finger of the left hand was sliced off and was hanging loose at one end.

Sanya was all alone and to keep her from fainting, she called a friend over and another friend rushed her to a suburban hospital where she was tested for Covid-19 first which was negative. The actress suffered two fractures, one dislocation, and two-three major cut on her fingers as she had to be rushed into surgery immediately.

As soon as Sanya was discharged from the hospital, her old roommate Harshita moved in with Sanya to help her heal.

While Sanya is aware that she is still better off compared to the grave sufferings of others in these tough times, Sanya has to give her finger time to heal fully. Besides, she would be better taken care of at home in Delhi, the source conveyed. Everyone hopes for Sanya‘s recovery as she must heal as soon as she can.

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