Salman Khan introduces Kiccha Sudeep as villain Balli in 'Dabangg 3'

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October 9,2019

New Delhi, Oct 9: Salman Khan is all geared up for the release of his upcoming film Dabangg 3. After releasing the first motion poster of the film recently, the actor today introduced the villain of this action drama. South star Kiccha Sudeep is playing the role of Balli, the lead antagonist in Dabangg 3.

Salman Khan took to social media to introduce Kiccha Sudeep as the villain in Dabangg 3. Sharing the first look of the Pailwaan actor, the Bharat actor wrote, "Villain jitna bada ho, usse bhidne mein utna hi mazaa aata hai. Introducing Sudeep Kiccha as Balli in Dabangg 3. #KicchaSudeepInDabangg3 (sic)."

Sonakshi Snha also took to social media to introduce the Kannada star. She wrote, "Meet Sudeep Kiccha aka Balli as Chulbul Pandey's nemesis in #Dabangg3! #KicchaSudeepInDabangg3 (sic)."

It was on Monday that Salman Khan announced the wrap of Dabangg 3 on the birth anniversary of veteran actor Vinod Khanna. The actor shared a video in which he is seen standing with the entire team of the film. Vinod Khanna played Chulbul Pandey's father, Prajapati Pandey, in two of the previous installments of the Dabangg franchise. In Dabangg 3, Vinod Khanna's brother Pramod Khanna will be seen reprising the role of Prajapati Pandey.

The promotions of Dabangg 3 have kick-started with a bang. Recently, Salman Khan took to social media to announce that he will be promoting the film in his Chulbul Pandey avatar. In a quirky video, in which Salman Khan is seen in his Chulbul Pandey avatar, the actor reveals that the handsome police inspector will promote the film till its release.

He said, "Baat karte ho Pandeyji, Jab Chulbul Pandey se judey hai poore India ke emotions, toh Salman Khan kyun karenge Dabangg ke promotions? Picture humari, poster humara, toh promote bhi toh hum hi karenge na. Aaj se lekar 20 December tak aur uske baad bhi swaagat toh karo humara."

The third film of the Dabangg franchise is directed by Prabhu Deva. The first film was directed by Anurag Kashyap's brother Abhinav Kashyap, while Dabangg 2 was directed by Salman's brother Arbaaz Khan.

Dabangg 3 will also see Sonakshi Sinha reprise her role of Rajjo. Mahesh Manjrekar's daughter Saiee Manjrekar is making her big Bollywood debut with the cop drama. Salman Khan was seen with the debutante at the recently held IIFA awards. Dabangg 3 has two parallel tracks - one set in the present and the other tracing Chulbul Pandey's past, and fans are excited to see Salman Khan back on the 70 mm as Chulbul Pandey.

Dabangg 3 will be released in four Indian languages - Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam on December 20, 2020.

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Actor Rhea Chakraborty threat case: FIR against two Instagram users

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July 19,2020

Mumbai, Jul 19: Mumbai Police have registered an FIR against two Instagram account holders for allegedly threatening actor Rhea Chakraborty, an official said on Sunday.

The location of the two accused is yet to be traced, the official said, adding that the investigation in the case is at primary stage.

Chakraborty on Thursday requested the cyber crime cell to look into the rape and murder threats she has been receiving ever since the death of close friend, actor Sushant Singh Rajput.

Rajput, 34, was found dead in his apartment in suburban Bandra here on June 14, leaving people in the film industry and audiences shocked.

Chakraborty, in particular, was subjected to online hate with users blaming her for Rajput's suicide.

"We registered the First Information Report (FIR) on Saturday under Indian Penal Code Sections 507 (criminal intimidation by an anonymous communication), 509 (intending to insult modesty of any woman) and relevant provisions of the Information Technology Act," Santacruz police station's senior inspector Shriram Koregaonkar said.

"No arrest has been made so far. We are conducting an investigation in the case," he added.

On Thursday, sharing a screenshot of a hate message she received on Instagram, Chakraborty said while she had ignored many abusive texts sent to her in the past month, the harassment was now unbearable.

The 28-year-old actor eventually disabled the comments section of her Instagram page.

Chakraborty, known for films such as "Mere Dad Ki Maruti" and "Jalebi", had tagged the cyber cell and requested the authorities to look into the threats.

On June 18, she was called to the Bandra police station to record her statement in connection with Rajput's death.

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Regis Philbin, legendary television host, dies at 88

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July 26,2020

Washington, Jul 26: Regis Philbin, the iconic television personality best-known for his hosting duties on 'Live!' with co-hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Kelly Ripa, and 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,' has died. The beloved star was 88.

According to People Magazine, the longtime television host died on July 24. His family shared a statement on Saturday, "We are deeply saddened to share that our beloved Regis Philbin passed away last night of natural causes, one month shy of his 89th birthday,"
"His family and friends are forever grateful for the time we got to spend with him - for his warmth, his legendary sense of humour, and his singular ability to make every day into something worth talking about. 

We thank his fans and admirers for their incredible support over his 60-year career and ask for privacy as we mourn his loss," the Philbin family says.

Philbin began his iconic career in 1988, as the host of 'Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee' alongside TV presenter Kathie Lee Gifford. After 15 years, Gifford left the ABC show but the pair remained close after her departure.

In 2001, the franchise became 'Live! with Regis and Kelly', co-starring Kelly Ripa before he left in 2011 after 23 years on-air.

From 1999 to 2002, Philbin also served as the original host of the widely popular game show 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.' In addition, the New York City native's hosting credits include 'Million Dollar Password', the first season of 'America's Got Talent', as well as a reoccurring co-host seat on 'Rachael Ray'.

Born on August 25, 1931, Philbin was raised in the Bronx and graduated from Cardinal Hayes High School in 1949 before attending the University of Notre Dame, where he earned a sociology degree in 1953.

After serving in the Navy, Philbin began his career in show business as a writer and made his way in front of the camera in 1961 with a local talk show in San Diego called 'The Regis Philbin Show'. Then in 1967, he became widely known as Joey Bishop's sidekick on 'The Joey Bishop Show'.

After a string of local talk shows, including 'A.M. Los Angeles' and 'Regis Philbin's Saturday Night in St. Louis', the star moved to New York in 1983 to host 'The Morning Show', which was renamed three years later as 'Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee'.

His accolades include Daytime Emmy Awards for outstanding talk show host for 'Live!' in 2001 and 2011 as well as an outstanding game show host for 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire'. He also received a Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2003 and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Daytime Emmy Awards in 2008.

Throughout his career, Philbin had various health issues. He underwent an angioplasty in 1993, followed by triple bypass surgery due to plaque in his arteries in March 2007. In December 2009, the television personality had his hip replaced.

Married twice, Philbin is survived by daughters J.J. Philbin and Joanna Philbin, whom he shared with his wife of 50 years, Joy Philbin. He was also father to daughter Amy Philbin, whom he shared with his first wife Catherine Faylen. Philbin and Faylen had another child, son Daniel Philbin, who died in 2014.

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International Chess Day: Manushi Chhillar reveals she is a 'competitive' chess fanatic

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July 20,2020

New Delhi, Jul 20: On the occasion of International Chess Day, former Miss World and actor Manushi Chhillar enjoyed a game of chess with her father Dr Mitra Basu Chhillar and revealed through an Instagram post that she is a "competitive" board game player.

The 23-year-old actor posted a picture of herself and her dad on Instagram where the two are seen deeply concentrating on the game.

"I'm the competitive one, he's the mind reader. Irrespective of who loses, I know he always wins!#InternationalChessDay."

Further elaborating on the importance of playing chess, Manushi who once pursued a career in medicine stressed that chess helps in stretching the human mind in terms of strategy and imagination.

"Chess stretches your mind in terms of strategy and imagination because you really have to outwit your opponent at any cost. 

Playing chess with my dad is something that I have always loved doing because he's the most unpredictable, intelligent, and sharpest person I've ever played with," said Chhillar.

The 23-year-old actor is gearing up for her debut in Yash Raj Films' 'Prithviraj' where she will be seen opposite actor Akshay Kumar.

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