Bollywood fraternity is celebrating as it was announced that Dilip Kumar Aka Yusuf Khan & Amitabh Bachchan, who considers Dilip Kumar as his idol and India’s finest actor, both were announced the recipients of Padma Vibhushan, India’s second highest civilian award, at this year’s Republic Day honors. Bollywood had much more to celebrate as Assamese director Jahnu Barua, who made national award winning classics like Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Maara & Har Pal along with many Assamese films, was honoured with Padma Bhushan, while producer-director-editor-music director & lyricist Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Lyricist Prasoon Joshi & music director Ravindra Jain were honoured with Padma Shri awards this year. Classical Carnatic vocalists Sudha Raghunath won the Padma Bhushan while Pandita Tripta Mukherjee, the senior disciple of Pandit Jasraj & director of Vancouver’s Pandit Jasraj School of Music, won the Padma Shri this year.
Bela Sehgal, the sister of Sanjay Leela Bhansali, threw a party to celebrate the news which was attended by Shahrukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Ranveer Singh, Richha Chaddha, Kangana Ranaut and many more and we, at Asian Journal, congratulate all the Winners!
Soha Ali Khan & Kunal Khemu are married now!
In a low key affair, Kunal Khemu & Soha Ali Khan, who’d been living together for some time, got married in Mumbai in the presence of family and close friends. Saif Ali Khan & Kareena Kapoor Khan supervised the whole event with Sharmila Tagore and Karishma Kapoor, Neha Dhupia, Konkona Sen, Ranvir Shorey were some of the prominent Bollywood artists to attend the wedding as the whole nation was glued on US President Barak Obama!
Talking of Barak Obama, Bollywood was conspicuously absent at the President’s state banquet and surprisingly, even Bollywood’s BJP stalwarts like Hema Malini, Shatrughan Sinha, Kirron Kher & Babul Supriyo were no where to be seen, however, the business moguls like Ambanis, Tatas, Birlas, Hindujas etc. were seen queuing up to meet the US President .
Well, Shahrukh Khan had much to celebrate as President Obama mentioned his famous dialogue ‘Bade bade shehron mein …’ in his famous town hall speech, but gotta admit that for once, even the Bollywood was completely overshadowed by US President Barak Obama!
Hawaizaada is Tax-Free in UP!!!
Shivkar Bapuji Talpade flew the first unmanned airplane at Chowpatty near Juhu Beach, Bombay in 1895 in the presence of Maharaja of Baroda, eight years before the American Wright Brothers did it in 1903, and this historical fact is being presented as the film Hawaizaada with Ayushmaan Khurana, Mitthun Chakravorthy & Pallavi Sharda. The film is already being discussed all over and taking the initiative, the Uttar Pradesh Govt. declared it Tax-Free which could create more interest for the film, whose promos and songs are trending all over. But, the film is releasing with Mahesh Bhatt’s Khamoshiyaan, whose stars Gurmeet Chaudhry & Ali Fazal made a pilgrimage to Ajmer Shariff with heroine Sapna Pabbi, and Rahasya, which is based on Aarushi Murder Case. Meanwhile, last week’s releases BABY has crossed Rs. 65 Crores in collection while Arbaaz Khan’s Dolly Ki Doli is performing steadily as well. Amitabh Bachchan, who’s rumoured to have skipped the Barak Obama’s state dinner in order to promote his upcoming film Shamitabh, recorded the national anthem at Ravindra Nath Tagore’s home in Kolkata, West Bengal and made stops at London & Dubai to promote Shamitabh with Dhanush, Akshara Haasan & director R. Balki as the film opens on February 6th all over. With that, it’s time to say good bye but not before reminding you all to watch this week’s Yaadein featuring Mohammad Rafi singing to the music of O.P. Nayyar, legendary composer who passed away on Jan. 28th!