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Indian pop singer Daler Mehndi jailed

Publish: 04:33 PM, 16 Jul, 2022


A court in the northern Indian state of Punjab on Thursday sent popular pop star Daler Mehndi to jail, rejecting his appeal against a two-year prison term for trafficking migrants to the US.

The singer had been out on bail since his conviction in the case in 2018. 

"The singer was taken into custody by police soon after the court turned down his appeal against the sentence and cancelled his bail bond. He has to serve a prison term now," TS Bhargav, a lawyer, told the local media.

The case was filed by Punjab Police way back in 2003 after a probe revealed that Mehndi took some 10 migrants, disguised as dancers in his troupe, to the US and returned without them.

Subsequently, the singer was also booked and charged with wage theft and tax fraud after many people lodged complaints alleging that he took large sums of money on the pretext of taking them to Western countries.


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‘Hawa’ nominated for Oscars

Publish: 03:23 PM, 25 Sep, 2022


The Bangladeshi movie ‘Hawa’ has received a nomination for the ‘Best International Feature Film’ category at the 95th Oscars. 

Oscar Bangladesh Committee Coordinator Abdullah Al Maruf confirmed this information.

He said there were two films submitted to the jury for nominations for Oscars. but “Hawa” was selected.

He mentioned that the members of the jury board were impressed with the movie’s technical aspects.

The story of the movie ‘Hawa’ directed by Mejbaur Rahman Sumon revolves around eight sailors and a mysterious Bedeni stranded on a fishing trawler without a destination in the middle of the sea. In the mystery drama genre, the film ‘Hawa’ is basically a fairy tale of this period. 

Mejbaur Rahman Sumon, Mezbaur Rahman Sumon, Sukarna Saheed Dhiman and Jahin Farooq Amin wrote the film’s screenplay with the story and dialogues of Mejbaur Rahman Sumon.

Chanchal Chowdhury, Nazifa Tushi, Sariful Razz, Sumon Anowar, Nasir Uddin Khan, Shohel Mondol, Rizvi Rizu, Mahmud Alam and Bablu Bose acted in this star-studded movie. Cinematography done by Kamrul Hasan Khosru, editing by Sajal Alok, background music by Rasheed Sharif Shoaib and music composed by Emon Chowdhury.

The 95th Academy Awards will be held on March 12, 2023, organized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The award will be given to 24 categories at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, California. Best International Feature Film is one of them.

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Famous comedian Raju Srivastav Passes Away

Publish: 01:34 PM, 21 Sep, 2022


In a shocking news, Comedian Raju Srivastav breathed his last on Wednesday (21 September). Srivastav was admitted to AIIMS Delhi on August 10 after experiencing chest pain. He reportedly collapsed while working out at the gym.

Raju Srivastav, who has died aged 58, was an ace comedian and actor best known for Hindi films such as Maine Pyar Kiya, Baazigar, the remake of Bombay to Goa, and Aamdani Atthani Kharcha Rupaiya. A familiar face in the entertainment industry since the 1980s, Raju Srivastav catapulted to fame after participating in the first season of the reality stand-up comedy show The Great Indian Laughter Challenge in 2005.

The comedian was admitted to Delhi’s AIIMS hospital on August 10 after suffering a cardiac arrest. He had collapsed while running on the treadmill in a gym in South Delhi. He was rushed to the hospital by his trainer and was given CPR followed by angioplasty.

Raju Srivastav, often credited as Gajodhar, was born on December 25, 1963, in Uttar Pradesh’s Kanpur in a middle-class family. His father, Ramesh Chandra Srivastava, was a poet and he was popularly known as Balai Kaka. Raju Srivastav was a good mimic since childhood and he always knew that he would become a comedian.

Raju Srivastav began his career by doing small roles in Hindi films. He also participated in Bigg Boss (Hindi season 3) where he stayed in the house for more than two months. He later participated in the comedy show Comedy Ka Maha Muqabala. In 2013, the comedian along with his wife participated in Nach Baliye season 6. He has also appeared on Comedy Nights with Kapil.

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Tamil actress Deepa committed suicide, leaves ‘suspicious’ note

Publish: 03:45 PM, 19 Sep, 2022


Actress Pauline Jessica, who goes by her stage name Deepa died by suicide. She was 29.

The Andhra-based Tamil actress best known for her roles in 'Thupparivalan', and 'Vaaitha', was found hanging at her apartment in Chennai on Sunday (Sep 18) morning. She also left a suspicious message in her diary.

As per the reports, Deepa's friend Prabhakaran rushed to the place and informed her brother in Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh, and also the Koyambedu police. The police officials rushed to the spot, and send the mortal remains for post-mortem.

The police also seized a diary written by Deepa. In the diary, it was reportedly written, that she does not like life, as there is no one to support her. The note also reads that she fell in love with someone, who didn't accept her love, and hence she is going to end her life. With this message in the diary, police officials are enquiring about Deepa's boyfriend to find more reasons for the actress' demise.

The untimely demise of 29-year-old actress Deepa has left Kollywood shocked, while the friends of the actress took to their respective social media handles to express grief.

In the wake of the surging number of suicide cases, many movie stars have spoken about the need for asking for help. They have shared the contact the State Health Department helpline number:104 so that if anyone is facing mental health issues or comes to know about suicidal thoughts will have a support system.

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Gazi Mazharul Anwar passed away

Publish: 12:23 PM, 04 Sep, 2022


Gazi Mazharul Anwar a renowned Bangladeshi musician, film director, producer and lyricist have passed away Sunday (3rd September) morning. He was 79.

Doctors at the United Hospital pronounced him dead when he was taken to United Hospital on Sunday, said his nephew Shahriar Nazim Joy.

Shahana Mirza, daughter-in-law of Gazi Mazharul Anwar, said that his father-in-law was suffering from acidity problem for the past few days. He was taken to a doctor yesterday for blood test and was scheduled to undergo more tests today.

Details regarding his namaz-e-janaza are yet to be announced and his burial will take place after the return of his daughter, singer Dithi Anwar who is currently staying abroad. 

Born on February 22, 1943, at Daudkandi in Cumilla, Gazi Mazharul Anwar contributed greatly to the cultural and entertainment industry in Bangladesh with a glorious career spanning more than 60 years. 

In his legendary career as a lyricist, he wrote over 20,000 songs including the coveted patriotic song "Joy Bangla, Banglar Joy." He was one of the eminent lyricists of the Shwadhin Bangla Betar Kendra and three of his songs are included in BBC Bangla's list of the "20 greatest Bangla songs."

“Sagorer Teer Theke,” “Monero Ronge Rangabo,” “Akasher Haatey Achhe Ek Rash Neel,” “Ganeri Khatay Swarolipi Likhe,” “Ei Prithir Pore,” “Osru Diye Lekha,” “O Amar Rosiya Bondhure,” “Eki Sonar Aloy,” “Ami Rajanigandha Phuler Moto,” are some of his most popular songs in Dhallwood.

As a film director, he has directed 19 films including “Shasti,” Bichar Poti,” “Artonad,” “Jiboner Golpo” and more. 

He received the Bangladesh National Film Award as a lyricist for ‘Tit for Tat’ (1992), ‘Ajante’ (1996), ‘Churiwala’ (2001), ‘Lal Dariya’ (2002), ‘Kokhono Megh Kokhono Brishti’ (2003) and ‘Meyeti Ekhon Kothay Jabe’ (2016).

Gazi Mazharul Anwar was honoured with the Ekushey Padak in 2002 and received the Independence Award in 2021. 

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Legal notice seeks complete ban on screening Hawa

Publish: 10:25 AM, 23 Aug, 2022


A legal notice has been served to ban screenings of the film Hawa, for violating the Wildlife Conservation and Safety Act, reports UNB

Supreme court lawyer Khandaker Hasan Shahriar sent the notice to the chairman and vice chairman of Bangladesh Film Censor Board and information secretary Mokbul Hossain.

According to the notice, legal action will be taken if a satisfactory response isn't forthcoming within seven days of receiving the notice.

The notice demanded the license of the film be revoked, and to ban its screening worldwide, not just locally.

Besides, it said the Censor Board should be reconstituted to include members of the Wildlife Crime Prevention Unit, lawyers and environmentalists.

In addition, before giving the Censor Board's clearance to any movie in the future, it must be ensured that a film does not violate any section of the Wildlife Conservation and Safety Act-2012.

According to the notice, in the movie which was released on 29 July, a bird named Shalik is seen kept captive inside a cage on a trawler. At one point the bird is killed and eaten.

Besides, there are several scenes in the movie which are clear violations of the Wildlife Conservation and Protection Act, 2012. This might encourage people to hunt, cage and kill birds.

No permission was taken from the Forest Department to promote this scene, added the notice.

Earlier on 17 August, four officers of the Wildlife Crime Prevention Unit filed a case after seeing the movie.