On Javed Akhtar's 76th birthday, here's looking back on some soul-stirring lyrics by the poet

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January 17, 2021

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New Delhi, Jan 17: A literary figure par excellence who touched many hearts through his soul-stirring writings, veteran poet, lyricist and screenwriter Javed Akhtar turned 76 on Sunday

The Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan and National Award-winning poet has immortalised his name in the world of Indian poetry and literature through the work that he has done in a career spanning four decades.

Akhtar started his career through screenwriting and then shifted to penning lyrics for some of the most loved Bollywood songs revolving around love, loss and life.

On the 76th birthday of the celebrated literary figure, here are few of the songs penned by Akhtar that are always etched in the hearts of art lovers.

1. Yeh Jo Des Hai Tera (Swades)

The song that never fails to raise goosebumps, 'Yeh Jo Des Hai tera' from Shah Rukh Khan's much-loved 'Swades,' instills the sense of belongingness in every Indian's heart. Sung by legendary singer AR Rahman, lyrics of the song take the countrymen on an emotional roller-coaster ride as it talks about how one's connection to their roots is so strong that it cannot be broken.

2. Ek ladki ko dekha to (1942 A Love Story)

The popular love song from early 90's 'Ek Ladki Ko Dekha To' has been loved so much that a film was made on the title and the song was reprised as the title song of the film. Sung by Kumar Sanu in his magically alluring voice, the song is still the symbol of love even after 27 years of its release. While the original song featured Anil Kapoor and Manisha Koirala, its reprised version had Kapoor's daughter Sonam Kapoor in the lead.

3. Ghar kab aaoge (Border)

The hard-hitting song narrates the pain of separation that the families of soldiers and the soldiers themselves experience as they are deployed on the border away from home. Even two decades after the release of the song, every Independence and Republic Day celebration in the country is inclomplete without this song from war-drama 'Border.' The song has been co-written by Anu Malik.

4. Mehndi Hai Rachnewali (Zubeidaa)

The ultimate wedding song is often played during the 'Mehendi' night functions in movies, TV shows and in real life. This song from 'Zubeidaa' talks about the light of hopefullness that enters the life of the new bride who is set to begin a new stage of her life as she is about to tie the knot with the groom. The soothing voice of Alka Yagnik adds the perfect wedding vibes to this song.

5. Radha Kaise Na Jale (Lagaan)

The devotional song that depicts the bitter-sweet relationship between gods Radha-Krishna has been the perfect 'Janmashtmi' celebration song for years. Based on the playful lyrics of 'Radha Kaise Na Jale' is also the song that every woman dedicates to her beloved when it comes to the feeling of possessiveness in romantic relationships.

6. Dil Chahta Hai (Dil Chahta Hai)

The title track of Aamir Khan's 'Dil Chahta Hai' was, is and will continue to remain the friendship anthem for generations. Sung by Shankar Mahadevan, 'Dil Chahta Hai' is the song that every group of friends never misses to jam to, when on a trip to Goa. It celebrates the spirit of friendship and depicts the feeling of freezing the moments one spends chilling with their friends.

There are many more gems penned down by Akhtar that have been used in Bollywood for years.

Many of his poetries like 'Ye Kaisa Raaz Hai,' 'Toh Zinda Ho Tum,' and 'Dil Aakhir Tu Kyu Rota Hai' have been used directly in his daughter's directorial 'Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara' which stars his actor son Farhan Akhtar in the lead.

After collecting loads of accolades, Akhtar earlier last year was bestowed with the prestigious Richard Dawkins Award. He made history by becoming the first Indian to be honoured with the award.

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March 3,2021

IT Department raids Taapsee Pannu, Anurag Kashyap, others in tax evasion  probe

Mumbai, Mar 3: In a massive action against the big Bollywood personalities, the Income Tax department on Wednesday carried out searches at the premises of noted film Director Anurag Kashyap, actor Taapsee Pannu and filmmaker Vikas Bahl.

An I-T department source related to the probe told IANS, "Searches are on at the premises of Pannu, Kashyap and Bahl in Mumbai and other locations."

The source, however, refused to share further details of the case.

The source further said that multiple teams of the agency sleuths were carrying out searches at over 22 locations in Mumbai and several other places, including the premises of the Phantom Films.

However, officials of the I-T department remained tightlipped on the searches at the premises of Phantom Films.

According to another I-T department official, the searches are going on at the premises of these Bollywood personalities in connection with some "tax evasion" matter.

Kashyap, Bahl and Pannu have been vocal on the social media platforms and have also raised their concern over the farmers' protest, which have been going at the borders of the national capital since November 26 last year against the three farm laws.

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February 28,2021

ഓസ്കർ മത്സരത്തിന് മികച്ച ചിത്രം കാറ്റഗറിയിൽ, ഐം എം വിജയൻ നായകനായ ചിത്രവും

Kochi, Feb 28: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Friday announced the list of 366 movies eligible for this years' Oscars race, which included the Vijeesh Mani directorial film Mmmmm (Sound of Pain), a film in Kurumba language that is spoken by the tribal community in Attapadi in Kerala's Palakkad district. 

The film now officially stands eligible to contend for the Oscars nominations. The voting will start on March 5, and the official nominations will be announced on March 15. 

The film features former India footballer IM Vijayan in the lead role and tells the story of a tribal person hailing from the Kurumba tribe, who ekes out a living by collecting honey. 

The story tells the difficulties the tribal person has to go through when environmental changes occur due to irresponsible human activities, leading to scarcity of honey. It also portrays his fight against the challenges and how he eventually adapts to the changing environmental conditions. 

Sohan Roy, the producer of the film, said that this is a proud moment for the entire team behind the movie. 

The film is directed by Vijeesh Mani. Grammy award-winning American musician Edon Molla and Indian folk singer Nanjamma have written the lyrics and sung for the movie. Jubair Muhammad is the music director for the film. 

Apart from Mmmmmm (Sound of Pain), Tamil movie Soorarai Pottru also features in the list of 366 feature films that are eligible for consideration at the 93rd Oscars. The Sudha Kongara directorial stars Suriya and Aparna Balamurali in lead roles. However, Jallikattu, which was India's official entry in the Best International Feature Film category, did not make it to the shortlist. 

Director Karishma Dev Dube’s Bittu has also been shortlisted in the Live Action Short Film category. Bittu is presented by Ekta Kapoor, Guneet Monga and Tahira Kashyap Khurrana under the banner of Indian Women Rising (IWR). The movie is set in rural India and revolves around the close friendship of two girls.

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March 1,2021

Golden Globes Awards 2021 Winners Live Updates: 78th Golden Globe Awards  2021 Winners List, Nominations, Live Stream

Washington, Mar 1: The winners of the 78th annual Golden Globe Awards have been announced!

Netflix's period drama series 'The Crown' claimed the most honours at the ceremony with bagging the Golden Globe for best TV drama, in addition to giving leads Emma Corrin and Josh O'Connor, who play Princess Diana and Prince Charles respectively, their first Globes. 'The Crown's' Gillian Anderson also won for supporting actor in a TV series.

Meanwhile, 'Schitt's Creek' nabbed two Globes, for best comedy and for actor Catherine O'Hara and Netflix's 'The Queen's Gambit' won for limited series and for actor Anya Taylor-Joy, reported Variety.

Several films nabbed two honours: Chloe Zhao's 'Nomadland' claimed wins for best drama and for the director, Amazon's 'Borat Subsequent Moviefilm' won the best comedy and for actor Sacha Baron Cohen, while Pixar's 'Soul' won animated movie and original score.

Other big winners include Andra Day for actor in a movie drama for 'The United States vs. Billie Holiday' and late star Chadwick Boseman for the actor in the same category for 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom'. Daniel Kaluuya, John Boyega, Jodie Foster, Rosamund Pike, Jason Sudeikis, and Mark Ruffalo also took home acting trophies.

Check out the complete list of winners here:

Best Motion Picture - Drama
'The Father' (Sony Pictures Classics)
'Mank' (Netflix)

'Nomadland' (Searchlight Pictures) (Winner)
'Promising Young Woman' (Focus Features)
'The Trial of the Chicago 7' (Netflix)

Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Viola Davis ('Ma Rainey's Black Bottom')

Andra Day ('The United States vs. Billie
Holiday') (Winner)
Vanessa Kirby ('Pieces of a Woman')
Frances McDormand ('Nomadland')
Carey Mulligan ('Promising Young Woman')

Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Sacha Baron Cohen ('Borat Subsequent Moviefilm') (Winner)
James Corden ('The Prom')
Lin-Manuel Miranda ('Hamilton')
Dev Patel ('The Personal History of David Copperfield')
Andy Samberg ('Palm Springs')

Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
'Borat Subsequent Moviefilm' (Amazon Studios) (Winner)
'Hamilton' (Walt Disney Pictures)
'Music' (Vertical Entertainment)
'Palm Springs' (Neon)
'The Prom' (Netflix)

Best Director - Motion Picture
Emerald Fennell, 'Promising Young Woman' (Focus Features)
David Fincher, 'Mank' (Netflix)
Regina King, 'One Night in Miami' (Amazon Studios)
Aaron Sorkin, 'The Trial of the Chicago 7' (Netflix)

Chloe Zhao, 'Nomadland' (Searchlight Pictures) (Winner)

Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Riz Ahmed ('Sound of Metal')

Chadwick Boseman ('Ma Rainey's Black Bottom') (Winner)
Anthony Hopkins ('The Father')
Gary Oldman ('Mank')
Tahar Rahim ('The Mauritanian')

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
'Normal People' (Hulu/BBC)
'The Queen's Gambit' (Netflix) (Winner)
'Small Axe' (Amazon Studios/BBC)
'The Undoing' (HBO)
'Unorthodox' (Netflix)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Cate Blanchett ('Mrs. America')
Daisy Edgar-Jones ('Normal People')
Shira Haas ('Unorthodox')
Nicole Kidman ('The Undoing')

Anya Taylor-Joy ('The Queen's Gambit') (Winner)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Gillian Anderson ('The Crown') (Winner)
Helena Bonham Carter ('The Crown')
Julia Garner ('Ozark')
Annie Murphy ('Schitt's Creek')
Cynthia Nixon ('Ratched')

Best Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture
Glenn Close ('Hillbilly Elegy')
Olivia Colman ('The Father')

Jodie Foster ('The Mauritanian') (Winner)
Amanda Seyfried ('Mank')
Helena Zengel ('News of the World')

Best Television Series – Drama

'The Crown' (Netflix) (Winner)
'Lovecraft Country' (HBO Max)
'The Mandalorian' (Disney Plus)
'Ozark' (Netflix)
'Ratched' (Netflix)

Best Motion Picture - Foreign Language
'Another Round' (Samuel Goldwyn Films)
'La Llorona' (Shudder)
'The Life Ahead' (Netflix)

'Minari' (A24) (Winner)
'Two of Us' (Magnolia Pictures)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama
Jason Bateman ('Ozark')
Josh O'Connor ('The Crown') (Winner)
Bob Odenkirk ('Better Call Saul')
Al Pacino ('Hunters')
Matthew Rhys ('Perry Mason')

Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Maria Bakalova ('Borat Subsequent Moviefilm')
Kate Hudson ('Music')
Michelle Pfeiffer ('French Exit')
Rosamund Pike ('I Care a Lot') (Winner)
Anya Taylor-Joy ('Emma')

Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy
'Emily in Paris' (Netflix)
'The Flight Attendant' (HBO Max)
'The Great' (Hulu)
'Schitt's Creek' (CBC) (Winner)
'Ted Lasso' (Apple TV Plus)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy
Don Cheadle ('Black Monday')
Nicholas Hoult ('The Great')
Eugene Levy ('Schitt's Creek')
Jason Sudeikis ('Ted Lasso') (Winner)
Ramy Youssef ('Ramy')

Best Original Score - Motion Picture
'The Midnight Sky' (Netflix) - Alexandre Desplat
'Tenet' (Warner Bros.) - Ludwig Goransson
'News of the World' (Universal Pictures) - James Newton Howard
'Mank' (Netflix) - Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross
'Soul' (Pixar) - Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, Jon Batiste (Winner)

Best Original Song - Motion Picture
'Fight for You' from 'Judas and the Black Messiah' (Warner Bros.) - H.E.R., Dernst Emile II, Tiara Thomas
'Hear My Voice' from 'The Trial of the Chicago 7' (Netflix) - Daniel Pemberton, Celeste

'Io Si (Seen)' from 'The Life Ahead' (Netflix) - Diane Warren, Laura Pausini, Niccolo Agliardi (Winner)
'Speak Now' from 'One Night in Miami' (Amazon Studios) - Leslie Odom Jr, Sam Ashworth
'Tigress & Tweed' from 'The United States vs. Billie Holliday' (Hulu) - Andra Day, Raphael Saadiq

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama
Olivia Colman ('The Crown')
Jodie Comer ('Killing Eve')

Emma Corrin ('The Crown') (Winner)
Laura Linney ('Ozark')
Sarah Paulson ('Ratched')

Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Emerald Fennell - 'Promising Young Woman' (Focus Features)
Jack Fincher - 'Mank' (Netflix)

Aaron Sorkin - 'The Trial of the Chicago 7' (Netflix) (Winner)
Florian Zeller, Christopher Hampton - 'The Father' (Sony Pictures Classics)
Chloe Zhao - 'Nomadland' (Searchlight Pictures)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Bryan Cranston ('Your Honor')
Jeff Daniels ('The Comey Rule')
Hugh Grant ('The Undoing')
Ethan Hawke ('The Good Lord Bird')

Mark Ruffalo ('I Know This Much Is True') (Winner)

Best Motion Picture - Animated
'The Croods: A New Age' (Universal Pictures)
'Onward' (Walt Disney Pictures)
'Over the Moon' (Netflix)

'Soul' (Walt Disney Pictures) (Winner)
'Wolfwalkers' (Cartoon Saloon)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy
Lily Collins ('Emily in Paris')
Kaley Cuoco ('The Flight Attendant')
Elle Fanning ('The Great')
Jane Levy ('Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist')
Catherine O'Hara ('Schitt's Creek') (Winner)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion
Picture Made for Television
John Boyega ('Small Axe') (Winner)
Brendan Gleeson ('The Comey Rule')
Dan Levy ('Schitt's Creek')
Jim Parsons ('Hollywood')
Donald Sutherland ('The Undoing')

Best Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture
Sacha Baron Cohen ('The Trial of the Chicago 7')

Daniel Kaluuya ('Judas and the Black Messiah') (Winner)
Jared Leto ('The Little Things')
Bill Murray ('On the Rocks')
Leslie Odom, Jr. ('One Night in Miami')

The 78th Golden Globe Awards, the HFPA's first-ever bicoastal and virtual show, was hosted by the dynamic duo of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Fey emceed live from the Rockefeller Center's Rainbow Room in New York City, while Poehler hosted from the Globes' usual location inside the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.

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