Thursday, 31 October 2019

Housefull 4 Box Office Day 7: Performs Superbly On Thursday; Has An Excellent First Week

Housefull 4 Box Office Day 7: Sajid Nadiadwala’s Housefull 4 had an excellent first week as collections maintained superbly on Thursday as well. The film brought in 13 crores* more and that too when most of the country is now out of the holiday season. On Wednesday, the collections stood at 16.35 crores and now Thursday hasn’t fallen much.

In the process, the film has crossed 140 crores as the total stands at 141.17 crores*. This is a tremendous score for any film and here we are taking about Housefull 4 where most thought that it wouldn’t even reach this far as a lifetime score.

Box Office - Housefull 4 is superb on Thursday, has an excellent first week
Housefull 4 Box Office Day 7: Performs Superbly On Thursday; Has An Excellent First Week

The manner in which this Akshay Kumar led film is currently going, it is bound to be his second highest grosser for sure as 2.0 (Hindi) number of 188 crores would certainly be crossed. However, it has to be seen if the reincarnation comedy actually manages to enter the 200 Crore Club as well and then in the process surpass Mission Mangal lifetime too.

*Estimates. Final numbers awaited

Note: All collections as per production and distribution sources

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In Pics: Ajay Devgn, Kartik Aaryan at ‘Ujda Chaman’ Screening

‘Ujda Chaman’ releases on 1 November. 

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IndiGo’s P&W engine-fitted aircraft returns back to Kolkata airport in emergency condition

New Delhi: An IndiGo aircraft having Pratt and Whitney-fitted engine returned back to Kolkata airport after the pilot found caution message in engine one mid-air.

The Pune bound flight, 6E-862 took off from Kolkata airport on scheduled departure, but after few minutes pilot of the said aircraft found major glitches in the engine and decided to return back to Kolkata airport and asked ATC for landing in an emergency condition.

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“At around 21:10 Hrs 6E-862 return to the Kolkata airport and landed successfully in an emergency condition, Pilot of the aircraft was reported engine glitches.” Kolkata official said.

Total 174 passengers were on board when aircraft was announced to return back to Kolkata airport for an emergency landing.

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“In the month of October, there have been three in-flight engine shutdowns on the A320 (Neo) fitted with Pratt and Whitney engines of IndiGo. These shut down were commanded shutdowns, however, due to the fact that they occurred on consecutive days, which is 24th, 25th and 26th October.” DGCA said.

Meanwhile, the airline said in a statement, “IndiGo A320neo was operating Kolkata-Pune flight 6E-862. During the flight, the pilot observed an engine #1 caution message. The pilot carried out the necessary checklist and returned the aircraft to Kolkata. The aircraft is currently withdrawn from operations and is under maintenance inspections. Alternate arrangements for all the passengers have been made.”

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After receiving complaints on a regular basis, Indian aviation watchdog DGCA has instructed IndiGo and GoAir to replace 29 Pratt and Whitney 1100 series engine of more than 3000 hours engine life. IndiGo has 16 Pratt and Whitney-fitted engine aircraft, while GoAir has 13. (ANI)

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It will be exciting: Rohit Sharma on day/night Test

New Delhi: India skipper, for three-match T20I series against Bangladesh, Rohit Sharma on Thursday expressed excitement over the first-ever day and night Test.

“It will be exciting. I don’t know about the boys, but I have played with a pink ball in Duleep Trophy. It was a great experience. It will be like same in Kolkata. We will try to perform better to get 60 points in that match,” Sharma said in an event here.

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The Indian team is set to play their first-ever day-night Test match against Bangladesh at Eden Gardens from November 22 to 26.

The 32-year-old opening batsman said he did not get the time to assess the situation when asked about Delhi’s pollution.

Amid deteriorating air quality in Delhi, the first T20I of the three-match series between India and Bangladesh is scheduled to play on November 3.

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“I have just landed and didn’t get the time to see/assess what it’s like in Delhi. The information I have is that the match is scheduled for November 3 and it will happen on the same day. I don’t know what decision has been taken,” Sharma said. Sharma who is appointed as the captain for the home T20I series against Bangladesh will look to set a benchmark.

“It is an honour to lead team India. Whenever I am appointed as captain I look forward to setting a benchmark,” Sharma said.

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“I have known Dada (Sourav Ganguly) since long time. I have met him on various occasions and even played with him during my initial years. My last meeting with him was related to the team,” he added.

India’s squad for T20I series against Bangladesh: Rohit Sharma(c), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Sanju Samson, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant(wk), Washington Sundar, Krunal Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal, Rahul Chahar, Deepak Chahar, Khaleel Ahmed, Shivam Dube, and Shardul Thakur.

India will take on Bangladesh in the first T20I at Arun Jaitley Stadium on November 3. (ANI)

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Instagram to shut down snoopy ‘Like Patrol’ app

California [USA]: An app called Like Patrol which takes Instagram’s defunct ‘Following’ Tab to a creepier level is reportedly violating the Facebook-owned company’s rules and is likely to be shut down soon.

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Launched in July, Like Patrol amplifies social media surveillance allowing stalking of other Instagram users. As Cnet reports, Instagram has sent a cease-and-desist letter to Like Patrol for scraping people’s data without consent.

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Instagram killed its own ‘Following’ tab in early October that allowed people to see what posts and accounts their friends were interacting with, bringing it the reputation of a stalking tool in disguise. (ANI)

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Film producer Champak Jain passes away

New Delhi: Film producer Champak Jain passed away on Thursday after suffering from a brain haemorrhage.

Champak was one of the owners of Venus Records and Tapes which produced hit films like the 1994 blockbuster ‘Main Khiladi Tu Anari’ starring Saif Ali Khan and Akshay Kumar.

His last rites will take place on Friday in Mumbai.

Actor Sonu Sood expressed grief on the sudden demise of the producer by calling him a “noble soul”.

“Really sad to know about the sudden demise of Champak Jain Ji. He was such a noble soul. Had such fond memories of him. My condolences to the entire Venus family, Rattan Jain Ji, Ganesh Jain ji RIP Champak sir,” tweeted the actor.

(ANI)

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ISIS confirms al-Baghdadi’s death, names his successor

Damascus [Syria]: The Islamic State on Thursday confirmed the death of its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and announced his successor, days after US President Donald Trump said that the terrorist blew himself up during a raid by the American military.

The group released an audiotape, announcing that Abu Ibrahim Hashimi al-Quraishi, alias Abdullah Qardash, has been named the group’s new leader, New York Post reported, citing NBC News.

Islamic State confirmed the death of its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

Al-Baghdadi was killed in a US military operation in northwest Syria, Trump had announced on Sunday.

The notorious ISIS leader had been in hiding for the past five years. Back in April, he had appeared in a propaganda video a week after a series of bombings rattled Sri Lanka, in which more than 250 people were killed.

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The notorious ISIS leader had also periodically issued audio statements, with the last being in August 2018.

On Tuesday, Trump had announced that the American military has “terminated” the likely successor of al-Baghdadi. (ANI)

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Suspicious bag found at Delhi IGI Airport, security tightened

New Delhi: Security was tightened at Terminal 3 of Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport in Delhi after a suspicious bag was spotted in the airport premises.

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Terminal 3 of Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport in Delhi

The police immediately swung into action after receiving the information at around 2 am on Friday.

A bomb detection and disposal team, along with a dog squad, are at the spot. The airport premises is being sanitised.

Terminal 3 of Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport in Delhi
Terminal 3 of Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport in Delhi

The panicked passengers took to Twitter and informed that they were not allowed to exit the arrival terminal for some time.

More details are awaited. (ANI)

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Core Sector Output Shrinks 5.2% in September, Lowest in a Decade

As many as seven of eight core industries saw a contraction in output in September.

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QCrime: Woman Raped by Boyfriend; Realtor Murdered in Indore

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‘BCCI Selector Served Tea to Anushka at WC,’ Says Farokh Engineer

The former Indian wicket-keeper has slammed Indian selectors, calling them a ‘Mickey Mouse’ committee.

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QAhmedabad: PM Pays Tribute at SoU; Rupani Slams Sonia, Rahul 

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‘Never Meant to Demean Anushka,’ Clarifies Farokh Engineer

Farokh Engineer cleared the air on his statement that BCCI selectors were serving tea to Anushka at the World Cup.

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Anushka Slams Engineer’s Claim That BCCI Selector Served Her Tea

Anushka Sharma rubbished the claims made by former Indian wicketkeeper Farokh Engineer in a strongly worded letter.

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Cannes to Diwali: Aishwarya and Aaradhya’s Best Instagram Moments

On Aishwarya’s birthday, we look at some of the best moments of the mother-daughter duo. 

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Media, Politicians Kept Away From J&K L-G’s Swearing-in Ceremony

For the first time ever, there was no participation of print and television journalists at such an event in J&K.

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QMumbai: Two Cyclones in Arabian Sea Might Bring Rains & More

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QChennai: Cyclone Maha Moves Away, Drunk Father Kills 2-Month Baby

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QBiz: WTO Says India Export Subsidy Illegal; Yes Bank Gets $1.2Bn

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QBullet: J&K Bifurcated; Activists Snooped on via WhatsApp

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Latest News: US targets Iran Construction With New Sanctions

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4 Charts Show How Mayawati’s BSP Is Losing Ground Across India

BSP’s vote share fell to 17% from 23% in UP bypolls & it failed to win a seat in Haryana for first time in 20 years.

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CONFIRMED: Shah Rukh Khan To Share Screen Space With Ranbir Kapoor In Brahmastra

Yes, you read that right. It’s Shah Rukh Khan’s special appearance in Brahmastra. Months ago when Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Amitabh Bachchan’s multi-million project was clashing with Salman Khan’s Dabangg 3 on Christmas 2019, everyone predicted that one of the two movies will avert.

Ayan Mukerji, while announcing the postponement, told, “I really hope that we make up for the delay,” and with the news of Shah Rukh Khan’s cameo in the film, everything is forgiven. Shah Rukh Khan made a cameo in Ranbir Kapoor’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and we all still remember the result. Shah owned each and every second of that frame.

CONFIRMED: Shah Rukh Khan To Share Screen Space With Ranbir Kapoor In Brahmastra
CONFIRMED: Shah Rukh Khan To Share Screen Space With Ranbir Kapoor In Brahmastra

Now, as per a report in Mumbai Mirror, Shah Rukh Khan has an extensive cameo in Ranbir Kapoor’s Brahmastra. It’s not a blink & miss cameo but a proper role that pushes Ranbir’s character to become the hero. Director Ayan Mukerji has specifically written this role for Shah.

By the year-end, Shah Rukh Khan will shoot his portions for the film. When Ayan, earlier this year, said “I believe that the extra time going into making the movie is essential to achieve the dream of ‘Brahmastra,” we all now believe he was talking about the dream of casting Shah Rukh Khan in his film.

NOTE: This isn’t it, this isn’t just the only BIG news that’s coming about Shah Rukh Khan today. We, at Koimoi, have something to break but that would be in a while. Want a hint? Two superstars, Two much fun. That’s it for now, stick to this space for a BIGGER news than this (Read it, to believe it). 

The movie will be the first of a trilogy being produced by Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions. It’s a passion project for Mukerji, who began working on the ‘dream’ in 2011. “That dream is about creating a movie that offers our country something that is really new and amazing and next level. In terms of story, characters, and emotions, but also in terms of visual effects. It has been a long road trying to achieve this vision,” he wrote.

“I believe that the extra time going into making the movie is essential to achieve the dream of ‘Brahmastra’, and I really hope that we make up for the delay by giving our movie-loving country something they can love and feel proud of,” he concluded.

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Wednesday, 30 October 2019

Amitabh Bachchan & Ayushmann Khurrana’s ‘Gulabo Sitabo’ Preponed, Check Out The New Release Date

Amitabh Bachchan and Ayushmann Khurrana starrer “Gulabo Sitabo” is set to release on February 28 next year. The release date of Gulabo Sitabo is preponed as the film was earlier set to release on April 24, 2020/

The makers of the film shared the first look of the movie and it shows Big B in an unrecognisable grumpy old man avatar while Ayushmann sports a de-glam look.

Amitabh Bachchan & Ayushmann Khurrana's 'Gulabo Sitabo' Gets A Release Date, Check It Out
Amitabh Bachchan & Ayushmann Khurrana’s ‘Gulabo Sitabo’ Preponed, Check Out The New Release Date

Gulabo Sitabo — a legendary pair of puppet sisters — have been part of Uttar Pradesh folklore. The film, a comedy, apparently, is a take-off on these two characters.

Gulabo Sitabo” is directed by Shoojit Sircar and has been written by Juhi Chaturvedi of “Piku” fame. This is the second time Big B is working with Shoojit after Piku.

In an interview earlier to IANS, Ayushmann had called the film’s cast and crew a “dream team”. This is the first time Ayushmann and Big B will be seen in a film together. The audience is excited for the film with such a stellar cast and being written and directed by best minds in the industry.

Currently, Ayushmann Khurrana is busy with the promotions of his upcoming film, Bala. He plays the role of a man suffering from premature balding. Directed by Amar Kaushik, the film also stars Bhumi Pednekar and Yami Gautam in the lead roles. It is slated to release on November 8, 2019.

Are you excited to see Amitabh Bachchan and Ayushmann Khurrana’s Gulabo Sitabo next year? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Hero Dog Returns to Duty After Baghdadi Raid, Says US General

The dog is a four-year veteran of the SOCOM Canine Program and has been a member of approx 50 combat missions.

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PM Modi pays floral tribute to Patel at Statue of Unity

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid floral tribute to India’s first Home Minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel at Statue of Unity on the occasion of his 144th birth anniversary.

“Tributes to the great Sardar Patel on his Jayanti. His contribution to our nation is monumental,” he tweeted earlier in the day.

In October last year, Modi had inaugurated ‘Statue of Unity’ on the occasion of Patel’s 143rd birth anniversary. He had announced to build the statue when he was Gujarat’s Chief Minister.

Located on Sadhu-Bet Island, Gujarat, the 182-metre tall statue which occupies over 20,000 square meters is the tallest statue in the world. Since 2014, October 31 is observed as National Unity Day and people from all walks of life participate in the Run for Unity.

In his ‘Mann Ki Baat’ programme on Sunday, Prime Minister Modi had urged people to participate in large numbers in the ‘Run for Unity’.

“Friends, as you know that October 31 every year since 2014 has been celebrated as ‘National Unity Day’. This day imparts the message to protect the unity, integrity and security of our country at any cost. On October 31, this year too ‘Run for Unity’ is being organized like the previous years. ‘Run for Unity’ is a symbol of unison, that the nation being united, is moving in one direction and collectively aims for- One goal! Ek Bharat, Shreshth Bharat,” he said.

(ANI)

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Ekta Divas: PM Pays Tribute to Sardar Patel at Statue of Unity

Since 2014, the birth anniversary of Sardar Pate on 31 October is celebrated as Rashtriya Ekta Divas.

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Top Entertainment News: ‘Gulabo Sitabo’ to Release in Feb 2020

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In Pics: Ayushmann, Bhumi, Yami Step out for ‘Bala’ Promotions

‘Bala’ releases on 7 November.

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What PM Modi Wishes to Achieve by Visiting Muslim Countries

PM Modi’s Saudi visit gives him an opportunity to connect with the Muslim society among other diplomatic benefits.

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Novel Idea Fails to Save Poor Writing in ‘Ujda Chaman’

‘Ujda Chaman’ stars Sunny Singh, Maanvi Gagroo and others. 

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Media Misreports UP Govt’s Deepotsav Budget as Rs 133 Crore

The UP government’s press release mentioned that the amount allocated for the event was Rs 132.70 lakh.

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24 Hrs Before PM Modi’s Visit to SoU, 8 Tribal Activists Detained

The activists were arrested to avoid any protests during PM Narendra Modi’s visit to the Statue of Unity.

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Delhi Gasps: NCR Continues to Breathe Hazardous Air

Delhi Gasps: NCR Continues to Breathe Hazardous Air

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QCrime: Man Shot Dead in Delhi, 9-Year Old Raped in Fatehpur

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QKolkata: Kin Await J&K Survivor’s Return; Left & Cong Poll Pact

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‘Modern Love’ Is Heartbreaking and Satisfying in Equal Parts

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QChennai: Teacher Arrested for Sexual Abuse; Heavy Rain Expected

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QBengaluru: CM Says No to Tipu in Textbooks; 5 Die in Bus Mishap

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Anarkali to Manjulika: 10 Iconic Bollywood Looks for Halloween

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Halloween 2019 Greetings, Images, Cards and Quotes

Check out these images and cards to share with your loved ones this Halloween.

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QMumbai: Ajit Pawar Re-Elected NCP Legislative Party Leader & More

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QBiz: DHFL Crisis Puts Over 1,00,000 Fixed Deposit Holders at Risk

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QBullet: J&K to Transition Into 2 UTs; Angela Merkel Visits India

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Latest News: Samsung Electronics Says Q3 Net Profit Slumps 52%

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Facebook Agrees to Pay Fine in Cambridge Analytica Scandal

Facebook has agreed to pay a 500,000-pound ($643,000) as fine in the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

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Tuesday, 29 October 2019

EU MPs’ Kashmir Visit: Mission Unaccomplished

Even before the delegation’s departure for Srinagar criticism began pouring in from opposition leaders across India.

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India to Play Day-Night Test, But Are We Too Late to the Party?

India will play their first-ever day-night Test against Bangladesh at Eden Gardens in Kolkata starting 22 November.

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Bulgaria Receive Sanctions for Racism During England Match

Bulgaria to play a game behind closed doors and also have been fined after England racism row.

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Begum Akhtar: Her Journey From a Courtesan to ‘Mallika-e-Ghazal

Begum Akhtar’s journey from a courtesan or ‘tawaif’ to ‘Mallika-e-Ghazal’, like her music, is hued with melancholy.

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Day-Night Test a Huge Step Forward to Develop the Game: Ganguly

BCCI President Sourav Ganguly said Day-Night Test is the start of something special in Indian cricket.

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QBengaluru: Deve Gowda Says No More Alliance; Killer Couple Caught

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‘Bigg Boss 13’ Mid-Week Eviction: Siddhartha Dey Bids Adieu

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QKolkata: Sovan at Mamata’s For Bhai Phota; Air Toxicity Alarming

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Dhoni Retires? Twitter Abuzz With ‘News’ of MSD’s Retirement Again

Did MS Dhoni retire? A part of Twitter would like to think so. 

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Delhi Can Host India-Bangladesh T20 Despite Pollution: CM Kejriwal

Delhi’s post-Diwali pollution has raised question marks over whether the scheduled India-Bangaldesh T20 can go ahead

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Twitter Elated as India Set to Play Their First Day-Night Test

On Tuesday, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) agreed to play the Kolkata Test under lights. 

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‘Coming Soon,’ Announces Recovering Jasprit Bumrah on Twitter

Jasprit Bumrah is set to undergo assessment at the NCA post Diwali under the watchful eyes of Nitin Patel.

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India to Play First Day-Night Test Against Bangladesh in Kolkata

The first Test will start on Nov 14 in Indore while the second Test will be played at the Eden Gardens from Nov 22.

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Air Quality Today: Delhi Struggles to Breathe 

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QMumbai: Key NCP Meet Today Over Election Results & More

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QChennai: Nation Mourns Sujith’s Death; Probe Against MMT-Go, Oyo

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This Gang Of Girls Will Help Get Your Horror On This Halloween

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QBullet: PM Modi Inks Strategic Pact With Saudi, 6 Killed in J&K

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QBiz: Microsoft to Invest in Ola; PM Modi’s Saudi Investment Push

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Latest News: Patna Youth Beaten to Death Over Cattle Theft Doubts

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New Trump Impeachment Witness Shakes Up White House

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Man Dies in Police Custody in UP, Kin Say he Was Tortured

Family members of Satya Prakash Shukla alleged that he was tortured by police and killed in custody.

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29 Arrested for Attack on Cops in Varanasi That Left 3 Injured

A sub-inspector and a constable, who were on a motorcycle, were stopped and beaten up by villagers.

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Monday, 28 October 2019

Woods Tied With Snead For Most PGA Wins, And No One Even is Close

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Delhi Women to Get Free Rides on Public Buses from Today

Tweeting about the free-ride scheme, transport minister Kailash Gahlot said that it was a historic day for Delhi.

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PM Modi arrives in Saudi Arabia for 2-day visit

Riyadh [Saudi Arabia]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday arrived at the King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh for a two-day visit to the country.

The Prime Minister was received by Saudi officials. He inspected a guard of honour at the airport and will be staying at the King Saud Palace during the visit.

Modi is in the Kingdom at the invitation of Saudi King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and with an aim to boost bilateral ties between the two countries in key sectors, including energy and finance.

The visit would witness the Prime Minister launching the RuPay card in the country, besides meeting several ministers from the Saudi leadership on Tuesday.

Modi is also expected to meet Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud, Energy minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman Al Saud, Labour and Social Development Minister Ahmad bin Sulaiman Alrajhi and Environment and Agriculture Minister Abdulrahman bin Abdulmohsen Al Fadley on Tuesday.

A lunch will be hosted by Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud in honour of the Prime Minister at the Royal Court.

Modi is slated to hold a bilateral meeting with the King following which an exchange of agreements will take place.

The Prime Minister will deliver a keynote address at the Future Investment Initiative (FII) which will be followed by an interaction with a moderator at the conference. The FII Forum is also known as the ‘Davos in the Desert’ which has been hosted by Riyadh since 2017 to project the Kingdom as a potential investment hub in the region.

After delivering the address, Modi will meet Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. A dinner will be hosted by the Crown Prince in honour of the Indian leader.

Modi will then depart for New Delhi in the night after wrapping up his engagements.

Prior to his departure, Modi said in a statement that he looks forward to his participation in the FII Forum where he would be speaking about the growing trade and investment opportunities for the global investors in India as the country marches forward to a USD 5 trillion economy by 2024.

In his statement, the Prime Minister noted that India and Saudi Arabia have enjoyed traditionally close and friendly relations and that the latter has been one of the largest and reliable suppliers of India’s energy needs.

Modi’s visit to Saudi Arabia comes amid heightened tensions between India and Pakistan following New Delhi’s decision to revoke Article 370 of the Constitution that granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir. Islamabad has unilaterally downgraded bilateral ties and has been attempting to internationalise the Kashmir issue but to no avail.

The Prime Minister’s aircraft had to take a long detour by crossing the Arabian Sea, as Pakistan had denied permission to allow the plane to use its airspace while flying to Saudi Arabia.

Pakistan on Sunday turned down a request from India for the use of its airspace for Modi’s visit to Saudi Arabia. According to media reports, India had sought Pakistan’s permission for the same.

Sources in the government have said that New Delhi has taken the matter to the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). According to the sources, overflight clearances are sought and granted by other countries as prescribed by the ICAO guidelines.

“Overflight clearances are sought and granted by other countries as per the prescribed guidelines of the ICAO. India will continue to seek such overflight clearances. We have taken up the matter of such denial with the civil aviation body,” said the sources.

“Pakistan should reflect upon its decision to deviate from well-established international practice, as well as reconsider its old habit of misrepresenting the reasons for taking unilateral action,” added the sources.

“We regret the decision of the Government of Pakistan to yet again deny the overflight clearance for VVIP special flight, which is otherwise granted routinely by any normal country,” they said.

Pakistan had earlier also denied Modi access to its air space for his visit to the US to attend the 74th UN General Assembly session in September. Prior to this, President Ram Nath Kovind was also denied permission to use Pakistan’s airspace for his official visit to Europe. (ANI)

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Shabana Azmi defends Shah Rukh Khan, says ‘Islam not so weak’

New Delhi: Megastar Shah Rukh Khan who faced backlash after sharing on social media a photo on Diwali in which he sported a tilak, actor Shabana Azmi on Monday came to his defence by calling out “rabid Islamists”.

“Appalled to read that @iamsrk Diwali greeting invites the wrath of rabid Islamists, gets called a “False Muslim” for sporting a tilak!” FUNDOS get a life! Islam is not so weak that it stands threatened by what is a beautiful Indian custom. India’s beauty is in her Ganga Jamuni tehzeeb,” tweeted Shabana Azmi.

The actor had on Sunday shared a monochromic picture featuring his wife Gauri Khan and youngest son AbRam Khan where all three of them can be seen sporting tilaks.

In the accompanying note, the actor wished fans and followers “#HappyDiwali” and added “May your lives be lit up and happy.”

After the post, Shah Rukh was trolled.

This isn’t the first time that Shah Rukh has been criticised for celebrating Hindu festivals.

On the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi, the actor was trolled for sharing pictures where he was seen worshipping Lord Ganesha. (ANI)

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#SaveSujith: Toddler’s body in ‘decomposed’ state, says TN govt official

Tiruchirappalli (Tamil Nadu): The body of the two-year-old boy, who had fallen down a borewell, is in a highly decomposed state and is under final observation, said J Radhakrishnan, the Principal Secretary of Transport Department during the wee hours of Tuesday.

“Sujith Wilson, the two-year-old toddler’s body is now in a decomposed state. All efforts were put in to bring the child alive but now, in an unfortunate turn of events, bad smell has started to come from the borewell in which the child had fallen,” Radhakrishnan told media persons while quoting doctors.

“The body is now highly decomposed and is in final observation,” he added.

Government officials and rescue workers had been working continuously for the last 80 plus hours to retrieve the child. However, now the digging process has been stopped at a depth of 65 feet of the borewell.

As per the officials present at the site, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), doctors and special teams are working near the borewell and a complete report will be given.

On October 25, Wilson fell into the borewell while playing near his house at about 5:30 pm here in Trichy. Later, he slipped further down into the borewell.More than six crews from the NDRF, as well as the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), have been deployed to rescue Wilson. A medical team was also providing oxygen to the boy. (ANI)

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PM Modi celebrated Diwali with the brave soldiers of the Indian Army in Rajouri, J&K | See Pics

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Pics: Virat, Anushka, Shahid, Mira at Anil Kapoor’s Diwali Bash

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TikTok says it is not influenced by Chinese govt

Los Angeles [USA]: TikTok has revealed that its data centres are entirely outside of China in response to questions by the US lawmakers about the company’s data protection practices.

In a statement published on its official website, TikTok wrote that it stores the US user data in the United States with backup redundancy in Singapore. The company also clarified that it doesn’t censor content based on sensitivities related to China. It further stressed that it has never been asked by the said government to remove any content and nor would do so if asked. (ANI)

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Mumbai: Fire breaks out at warehouse in Sion

Mumbai (Maharashtra): A fire broke out at a warehouse in Mumbai’s Sion at around 1 am on Monday, police said.

Soon after receiving the information, four fire engines rushed to the spot to douse the blaze. The fire was extinguished by the firefighters after an hour of effort.

No casualties were reported since no person was present at the site of the incident, fire brigade officer Vishnu Avhad said.

The cause of the fire is being probed by the police. (ANI)

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PM Modi to embark on two-day visit to Saudi Arabia today

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will embark on a two-day visit to Saudi Arabia on Monday with an aim to boost bilateral ties between the two countries in key sectors including energy and finance.

Modi is paying a visit to the Kingdom at the invitation of Saudi King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. The Prime Minister will hold talks with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman and launch the RuPay card in the country during the two-day visit. He will also attend the third session of the Future Investment Initiative (FII) Forum in Riyadh, where he will deliver the keynote address.

The Prime Minister will arrive in Riyadh on Monday night. A few Saudi ministers are slated to meet the visiting dignitary, the following day.
Modi is also scheduled to address the FII plenary session on Tuesday. He will leave for New Delhi on the same night.

The FII is also known as the ‘Davos in the Desert’ which has been hosted by Riyadh since 2017 to project the Kingdom as a potential investment hub in the region.

“There will also be a bilateral segment to his visit where Prime Minister Modi will meet Mohammed Bin Salman Al Saud, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, and hold bilateral talks with him,” TS Tirumurti, Secretary (Economic Affairs), Ministry of External Affairs, had told reporters on Thursday.

“An agreement on the Strategic Partnership Council will also be signed. There will also be separate delegation-level talks with the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia,” he added.

The two countries are expected to hold joint naval exercises in December this year.

Modi’s visit to Saudi Arabia comes amid heightened tensions between India and Pakistan following New Delhi’s decision to revoke Article 370 that granted special powers to Jammu and Kashmir. Islamabad has unilaterally downgraded bilateral ties and has been attempting to internationalise the Kashmir issue but to no avail.

Pakistan on Sunday turned down a request from India for the use of its airspace for Modi’s visit to Saudi Arabia. According to media reports, India had sought Pakistan’s permission to use the country’s airspace on October 28 for Modi.

New Delhi has taken the matter of Islamabad’s move to deny permission to the Prime Minister’s special flight to use its airspace, to the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), sources in the government have said.

According to the sources, overflight clearances are sought and granted by other countries as prescribed by the ICAO guidelines.

“Overflight clearances are sought and granted by other countries as per the prescribed guidelines of the ICAO. India will continue to seek such overflight clearances. We have taken up the matter of such denial with the civil aviation body,” said the sources.

“Pakistan should reflect upon its decision to deviate from well-established international practice, as well as reconsider its old habit of misrepresenting the reasons for taking unilateral action,” added the sources.

The sources further said: “We regret the decision of the Government of Pakistan to yet again deny the overflight clearance for VVIP special flight, which is otherwise granted routinely by any normal country.”

Pakistan had earlier also denied Modi access to its air space for his visit to the US to attend the 74th UN General Assembly session in September. Prior to this, President Ram Nath Kovind was also denied permission to use Pakistan’s airspace for his official visit to Europe. (ANI)

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Virat, Anushka lit up Diwali with love

 

New Delhi: One of the Bollywood’s happening couple, Virat Kohli, and Anushka Sharma exuded major romantic couple vibes while posing for the shutterbugs in their best traditional avatars.

In the pictures, which are just dripping love, a dapper Virat donned a white shirt paired with matching pants and an overcoat while a ravishing Anushka wore lehenga by Sabyasachi along with matching antique jewelry, which added oomph and panache to her outfit. Sharing the pictures on his Twitter handle, the Indian skipper left no stone unturned to express his fondness for his lady love. In one of the pictures the couple looked adorable as they can be seen holding arms and laughing their hearts out together while in the remaining pictures, the power couple looked at each other in admiration.

“Happy Diwali to everyone. May the Festival of Lights light up your lives and bring more love and peace to all,” the 30-year-old player captioned the pictures.

The pictures came just after the couple stepped out to celebrate the festival of lights, Diwali with their close friends and family.

Meanwhile, on the work front, Virat is rested for the upcoming T20I series against Bangladesh. in the absence of Kohli, Rohit Sharma will captain the side in the shortest format of the game.

India recently defeated South Africa 3-0 in the three-match Test series and with that feat; the team consolidated their position at the top of World Test Championship standings. The side now has 240 points from five matches.

 

During the recent Test series against South Africa, Kohli became the only Indian batsman with the most number of 200 plus scores. He had achieved the feat during the second Test against the Proteas.

Kohli also went past the 7000 runs mark in the series. The 30-year-old also surpassed former Australia batsman Don Bradman to record the most number of 150 plus scores as a captain.

Australia’s Michael Clarke, Sri Lanka’s Mahela Jayawardene, West Indies’ Brian Lara, and South Africa’s Graeme Smith are next on the list with 7 scores of 150 plus each.

Earlier this year, Kohli surpassed Dhoni to become the most successful Indian Test captain.
On the other hand, Anushka who was last seen in ‘Zero’ alongside Shah Rukh Khan has not announced any project till now. (ANI)

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Pics: SRK, Malaika, Virat, Anushka at Bachchan’s Big Diwali Bash

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Post-Diwali, while Delhi witnesses ‘very poor’ air quality, Mumbai breathes easy

Mumbai (Maharashtra):  While Delhi remains under the grip of dust and firecracker pollution post-Diwali, locals in Mumbai can breath easy with major pollutants PM 2.5 and PM 10 docking at 32 and 43 respectively in Haji Ali area — levels which come in the ‘good’ category, as per Air Quality Index (AQI) data.

The pollution levels in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh’s Noida dipped to ‘very poor’ category with overall air quality index standing at 306 and 356, respectively. Extremely poor air quality in Delhi was earlier predicted due to firecracker emissions, unfavourable weather and a significant spike in stubble burning in neighbouring states.

With an aim to curb the menace of dust and firecracker pollution, the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) on Monday began sprinkling water on the roads in Laxmi Nagar area.

The local authorities were seen running the machines in and around Laxmi Nagar, which is a popular shopping area in the national capital.

As Haryana too witnessed bursting of crackers on Diwali, its AQI stood at 279 (poor) at NISE Gwal Pahari area in Gurugram.

On Saturday, the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR) had predicted that the air quality will get even worse in coming days and the AQI was expected to be around 324 due to Diwali.

In the wake of the increased pollution, Delhi residents have complained of a spike in respiratory problems and allergies.
Stubble burning in Punjab and Haryana makes the situation in Delhi worse. According to Punjab Remote Sensing Centre (PRSC), straw burning has increased this year.

To curb air pollution, the Arvind Kejriwal-led government in Delhi has announced the implementation of the Odd-Even scheme from November 4 to 15. (ANI)

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In Pics: Ayodhya Makes World Record As 6 L Diyas Light Up Diwali

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Hrithik Roshan On Stardom: “Don’t Think There Should Be Any Cause To Complain”

In his 19-year run in Bollywood, actor Hrithik Roshan has tasted great success with hits such as Kaho Naa… Pyaar Hai, Krrish, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and his latest release, War. The actor believes stardom comes with a “small” price to pay.

Fondly called the Greek God of Bollywood, Hrithik made his acting debut in 2000 with Kaho Naa… Pyaar Hai and since then he has been on a roll with big films as Dhoom 2, Koi… Mil Gaya, Super 30 and Jodhaa Akbar among others.

Hrithik Roshan: Stardom comes with a small price
Hrithik Roshan: Stardom comes with a small price

But does high stardom come with a price tag? “The price is that you have to bear responsibility. You have to bear the social responsibility. You have to be accountable for things you say. You have to have a little sacrifice of your privacy,” Hrithik told IANS.

The actor, who is currently basking in the success of “War”, say’s that there has to be no reason to complain about it. Hrithik explained saying, “But it’s a small price because stardom can be used for a lot of good things. There’s a lot of things you lose and gain as well. So, I don’t think there should be any cause to complain,” he said.

So with the fame and popularity he enjoys, how does he cope with all the attention that comes his way?

To this Hrithik said, “I take every situation as an opportunity. You can’t fight what is happening, so you have to be on top of it and control it. When that happens you become stronger and a better person. It’s all good.”

Hrithik has been experimenting with content, too lately! From the usual larger-than-life characters to celebrating the simple Indian man as Anand Kumar in Super 30, Hrithik is happy with the change in content.

“The change is actually is in the way we are detecting content now. It’s becoming more real and people are connecting to it. The melodrama is gone and even the acting is very real. That change is making the content seem more solid,” he said.

Hrithik feels it is a good change. “These films now are doing really well. So, what is going to happen is that people are not going to worry about what they make as long as the way they present it is real and impactful. So, I think it is a good change.”

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Sayani Gupta On Axone At Jio MAMI: “All The Three Screenings Of The Film Were Houseful”

The Sayani Gupta starrer “Axone” was screened recently at the Jio MAMI 21st Mumbai Film Festival with Star 2019, and the actress is super excited about the film after it received a standing ovation at the festival.

Axone has premiered in BFI London Film Festival. That was a different experience because it had a diaspora audience, with people from different ethnicity and nationalities. At MAMI, it is mostly the Indian audience and you always look forward to seeing their reaction. Because ultimately, they will relate to the film the most. All the three screenings of the film were houseful. The audience was constantly engaging with the film. The second screening had a standing ovation. That was quite overwhelming!” said Sayani.

Sayani Gupta On Axone At Jio MAMI: "All The Three Screenings Of The Film Were Houseful"
Sayani Gupta On Axone At Jio MAMI: “All The Three Screenings Of The Film Were Houseful”

She added: “MAMI is our home festival. It’s very special and I look forward to that experience. I generally attend MAMI every year and don’t take up work around this time. I make it a point to watch films. I also watch films of my friends and we discuss and criticise each other’s work. It’s like going back to film school.”

Axone” is a bittersweet satire that follows immigrants in Delhi who are attempting to organise a wedding party, but soon everything goes wrong. Sayani plays a 23-year-old Nepali girl from Manipur in the movie.

“I play a Nepali girl called Upasana. The film is about her along with a bunch of friends, who are trying to cook a dish of axone pork. Axone is fermented bean which is used as an ingredient in the Naga preparation. They ferment it in a banana leaf for days and use it as an ingredient, which releases a very pungent smell while cooking. The film is a comedy of errors. Because axone stinks so much, everyone is unwilling to let them cook it. The film also highlights the racism faced by Northeastern people in Delhi,” said Sayani.

Quizzed about the film’s theatrical release date, the actress sounded unsure. “Soon, I hope. It’s very difficult with independent films because they don’t make a lot of money when released theatrically. But nowadays a good thing is, people have started watching these films. Since the film got a very good response at BFI and MAMI, it will hopefully release by the end of the year,” she replied.

Written and directed by Nicholas Kharkongor, “Axone” also features Lin Laishram, Tenzin Dalha, Vinay Pathak and Dolly Ahluwalia.

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Sooryavanshi Climax REVEALED: Ajay Devgn’s ‘Satakli’, Ranveer Singh’s ‘Simmba Aala’ & Akshay Kumar’s Surprise

There has been much anticipation regarding Rohit Shetty’s upcoming installment of cop franchise in the form of Akshay Kumar’s Sooryavanshi. Not only will it mark a blockbuster entry for Akki into the franchise, there is going to be a union of the heroes, including ‘Singham’ Ajay Devgn and ‘Simmba’ Ranveer Singh for the climax. Now, Farhad Samji is spilling the beans regarding the grand climax and below is all about it.

One cannot forget Singham’s ‘Aata Maji Satakli’ and Simmba’s signature dialogue ‘Aala Re Aala Simmba Aala’ which pumped up the audiences to deliver seetis in the theatre halls. Now, continuing the legacy, the makers have planned one for Veer Sooryavanshi too! Can you keep calm anymore?

Sooryavanshi Climax REVEALED: Ajay Devgn's 'Satakli', Ranveer Singh's 'Simmba Aala' & Akshay Kumar's Surprise
Sooryavanshi Climax REVEALED: Ajay Devgn’s ‘Satakli’, Ranveer Singh’s ‘Simmba Aala’ & Akshay Kumar’s Surprise

Farhad Samji in a conversation with mid-day revealed details of the much craved for the grand climax as, “The scene will see Ajay saying his ‘Aata maajhi satakli’ and Ranveer mouthing ‘Aala re aala Simmba aala’. We have also coined a trademark one-liner for Veer Sooryavanshi; it will be unveiled before the film’s release. Rohit Shetty designed the scene and was completely in charge. There was great energy on the set – it was like three inspectors and one police commissioner (Shetty) on the set.”

Furthermore, the scriptwriter revealed that the climax will involve the trio along with their forces uniting to fight against the powerful antagonist, played by Abhimanyu Singh. This means we get to witness some high octane action sequences, and with Rohit Shetty directing it, definitely we’re looking forward to a blockbuster sequence!

Farhad also gave details about the perfect sync that Akshay, Ajay and Ranveer match upto. “The three stars are so secure in their own space that they never bothered about the other’s lines. They knew what they had to do in the scene. So, the question of what the other actor is doing never arose.” One may assume that creating a sequence that does justice to each superstar would be difficult but the difficulty lies in the first part [of the franchise] when you are creating the characters from scratch. But here, it was easy because Ajay and Ranveer’s characters are already established. So, my job was half done,” he said.

Meanwhile, Sooryavanshi also stars Katrina Kaif as the female lead.

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