Sushant Singh suicide case: Rhea Chakraborty's brother granted bail

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December 2, 2020

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Mumbai, Dec 2: A Mumbai special court on Wednesday granted bail to Showik Chakraborty, the brother of actor-model Rhea Chakraborty, who was the live-in partner of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput.

Showik  is currently lodged in the Taloja central prison in the adjoining Raigad district.

Showik (24) and Rhea (27) were arrested on September 4 and September 8 respectively.
The Bombay High Court had granted bail to Rhea on October 7, however, Showik’s bail plea was rejected earlier.

On Wednesday, a special NDPS court granted bail to Showik.

Both were booked under various sections of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act. The sections pressed against them include sections 20(b) that deals with production, manufacture, possession, selling, purchase and transport of cannabis, 28 (punishment for attempt to commit offences), 29 (punishment for abetment and criminal conspiracy) and 27(a) that defines punishment for financing illicit traffic and harbouring offenders.

Sushant Singh Rajput was found dead in his Bandra flat on June 14.

The Mumbai police was investigating the case, however, it was transferred to the CBI by the Supreme Court.  The ED too joined the probe, and when records of incriminating WhatsApp chats surfaced, the NCB was tasked to investigate the drugs angle in the Sushant Singh Rajput case.

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January 17,2021

Akshay Kumar to become the FIRST Bollywood actor to reach the Rs 1000 crore  mark at the box office in 2019 | Hindi Movie News - Times of India

Mumbai, Jan 17: Actor Akshay Kumar on Sunday urged his fans to contribute towards the construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya, after the nationwide drive to collect donations kicked off on Friday.

Kumar took to Twitter and shared a video, writing that he has donated his share for the construction.

"It is a matter of great pleasure that the construction of our grand temple of Shri Ram has begun in Ayodhya... Now it is our turn to contribute. I have started, hope you will join too. Jai Siyaram," the actor wrote.

In the video, the 53-year-old actor said people should contribute what they feel comfortable with and take part in building the "historic , grand temple."

"I have started, now I am sure you will join me too. So that the coming generations keep getting inspired to follow the life, path and message of lord Ram," he added.

On Diwali of 2020, Kumar announced his film, "Ram Setu". The film, directed by Abhishek Sharma, aims to chronicle the story of the Ram Setu bridge.

In December last year, Kumar also met Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath during his visit to Mumbai and discussed "Ram Setu". 

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January 17,2021

Legendary Indian classical musician and Padma Vibhushan awardee Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan passed away on Sunday afternoon at his residence today. He was 89. Khan's daughter-in-law Namrata Gupta Khan said that the veteran breathed his last at 12.37 pm at his Bandra home.

"Today morning he was fine. We had a 24 hour nurse at home. During his massage he vomited and I ran immediately his eyes were shut and he was breathing slowly. I tried connecting to doctors and when they came he had already died," Namrata told PTI.

She said the family is in shock due to Khan's sudden demise as he was keeping well. The musician was going to turn 90 on March 3.

Khan had suffered a brain stroke in 2019 and left side of his body was paralysed. Namrata also shared the news of Khan's demise on her Facebook page.

"With a very heavy heart, I inform you all that my father,-in law the pillar of our family and a legend of our nation, Padma Vibhushan Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan sahab has left for his heavenly abode few mins ago," she posted on the social media platform.

Khan's last rites will be performed at Santa Cruz Kabrastan later this evening.

Born on March 3, 1931in Badaun in Uttar Pradesh, Khan was the eldest son in a family of four brothers and three sisters.

His father, Ustad Waris Hussain Khan was the son of celebrated musician Ustad Murred Baksh, while his mother, Sabri Begum, was the daughter of Ustad Inayat Husain Khan, credited as the founder of the Rampur-Sahaswan gharana of music.

Khan got his basic classical music training from his father and later studied music under his cousin, Ustad Nissar Hussain Khan.

He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1991, followed by Padma Bhushan in 2006 and Padma Vibhushan in 2018.

In 2003 he was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi award, the highest Indian recognition given to practicing artistes.

Soon after Khan's demise his collaborators from Indian music industry, including legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar and music composer AR Rahman took too social media to pay tributes to the maestro.

Mangeshkar said she was "deeply saddened" by the news of Khan's death.

"I got to know the news of passing away of Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan Saheb. I am deeply saddened. He was not only a very good singer but also a very good human being," she said, adding, her niece had also learnt music from him.

Rahman remembered Khan as the "sweetest teacher".

"The sweetest teacher of all... May the Ghafoor-ur-Rahim give you a special place in the next world #UstadGhulamMustafa," he wrote.

Ustad Amjad Ali Khan said Khan's passing away has left him heartbroken.

"He was one of the most respected and versatile Vocalists of our country. My deepest condolences to his family. May his soul Rest In Peace," he tweeted.

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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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