The founder chairman of Film and Television department of Jagannath University (JnU) Junaid Ahmed Halim has received National Film Award-2019 in the editing category for Maya: The Lost Mother.
Earlier, he also received the national award as the best editor in 2004 for “Shangkhanad” and 2009 for “Britter Baire”.
The information ministry on Thursday announced the names of the winners of National Film Award-2019, the highest recognition for contribution to the film industry in 26 categories.
Junaid Halim was also former chairman of mass communication and journalism department at JnU.
He completed graduation and post graduation in mass communication and journalism from Dhaka University. He also obtained post graduate diploma in cinema, specialising editing from Film and Television Institute of India, Pune (1996).
His diploma film "Yea O Seher To Nahin" also got National Film Award of India (1996). He got special Jury Award for documentary "Dhaka Tokai" from Oberhausen Film Festival, the then West Germany (1986). Many of his edited films got various awards from highly reputed film festivals around the globe. Among them are "Nirantor" "Swapna Danay" and so on.
So far, Junaid Halim has edited, directed, scripted and worked for more than 50 films mostly of independent stream. He is a key founder member of Bangladesh Short Film Forum (1986) and International Short and Independent Film festival of BSF (1988). He is professional film Director, editor, producer, script writer, post production adviser and amateur actor.
He was born in Kathalia union of Narsingdi district. His is wife Marufa Akter Poppy, a member of central committee of Bangladesh Awami League.
Talking to UNB, he urged the information ministry to scrutinise to bring transparency the incentive money for the sake of the film industry.
“Once, intellectual persons like Zahir Raihan came into the cinema profession but the day has gone. Now, there is no alternative way to improve the quality of cinema to bring a good day for the industry in Bangladesh. So, brilliant persons should be encouraged to come into the industry to make good cinema,” he also said.
Putting years of speculation to rest, south Indian superstar Rajinikanth on Thursday announced that he will launch a political party in January next year to contest in the upcoming assembly elections in his home state of Tamil Nadu.
“In the upcoming elections, we will achieve a big victory with the support of the people. Spiritual politics will emerge in Tamil Nadu that will bring transparency, honesty... a politics with no corruption and one that is free of caste and religious bias," he tweeted.
"A wonder and miracle will definitely happen," the 69-year-old wrote with hashtags "It's now or never" and "We will change, we will change everything".
Later, Rajinikanth told the media, "I am ready to sacrifice even my life for the sake of Tamil people... It is now or never. If I win it will be the people's victory, if I lose it will be their defeat." The superstar had first indicated his intentions to join politics in 2017.
This would be the first election since the death of Tamil Nadu's two most powerful politicians, J Jayalalithaa of the ruling AIADMK and opposition DMK's MK Karunanidhi, created a political vacuum in the politically important state.
Born Shivaji Rao Gaekwad, Rajinikanth made his debut in 1975 Tamil drama Apoorva Raagangal. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest actors in the history of Indian cinema, whose popularity has been attributed to his uniquely styled dialogues in films.
He has won many awards, including four Tamil Nadu State Film Best Actor Awards and a Filmfare Best Tamil Actor Award. The Indian government honored the philanthropist with two civilian awards -- the Padma Bhushan in 2000 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2016.
Sunny Deol is the latest Bollywood actor to test positive for Covid-19. He is asymptomatic and currently in home isolation at a farmhouse in the Himalayan resort town of Manali.
"I got myself tested for coronavirus and the result has come back positive. I am in isolation and feeling well. I request that all those who came in contact with me recently should isolate themselves and get tested,” the 64-year-old action hero tweeted on Wednesday.
Sunny, also a ruling BJP parliamentarian, has been resting at the farmhouse in Manali since undergoing a shoulder surgery in Mumbai. The Bollywood actor got himself tested for Covid on Tuesday in Manali before coming back to Mumbai.
Sunny will soon be seen in the sequel for Apne, featuring his father Dharmendra, brother Bobby Deol and son Karan Deol. The film is slated for late next year release.
“With the blessings of Babaji and your love, all of us will be seen together, again. Feeling blessed to get a chance to work with my father, brother again this time with my son. #Apne2, in cinemas Diwali 2021,” the actor had tweeted.
A number of Bollywood celebrities, right from singer Kanika Kapoor to Amitabh Bachchan and his son Abhishek, had been tested positive for the deadly virus. Luckily, all of them have recovered from Covid.
Sunny made his Bollywood debut opposite fellow debutante Amrita Singh in blockbuster Betaab in 1983. Subsequently, he went on to star in a number of successful flicks in the 1980s and 1990s, and is considered as one of the most successful stars of that time.
A special court in the Indian city of Mumbai on Wednesday finally granted bail to Bollywood actress Rhea Chakraborty's brother Showik in the drugs scandal that gripped the country's Hindi film industry following the death of her actor-boyfriend Sushant Singh Rajput in June this year.
Rhea and Showik were arrested in September by India's narcotics control authority in connection with the drugs case. Both the siblings were charged under multiple sections of the anti-narcotics law. The actress was, however, released on bail in October by Mumbai High Court.
"The special court has finally given bail to Showik almost three months after his arrest as the narcotics sleuths failed to file a chargesheet in the case within the mandatory 90-day period. We are preparing the necessary documents so that he can walk out of jail latest by Thursday," a lawyer told the media.
Rhea was, in fact, arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on September 9, following days of questioning, in connection with the death of 34-year-old Sushant Singh, whose body was found hanging from a ceiling fan in his Mumbai flat on June 14. She was accused of procuring cannabis for her late actor-boyfriend.
Immediately after the arrest of Rhea, the names of at least 20 top Bollywood celebrities — from actors to filmmakers to designers — surfaced in the drugs case. Several of them, including leading female Bollywood actors — Rakul Preet Singh, Deepika Padukone, Sara Ali Khan and Shraddha Kapoor — were subsequently grilled by NCB.
The grilling came in the wake of WhatsApp chats retrieved from Rhea's mobile phone indicating that they procured banned substances like cannabis, weed and hash from dealers with links to foreign countries. All the actors have, however, reportedly denied any links with such drug dealers.
After buying teams in the multi-billion-dollar cricketing tournaments, Indian Premier League (IPL) and the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan has invested in the future of American cricket.
Shah Rukh's Knight Riders Group has bought the Los Angeles franchise that is slated to play in the upcoming Major League Cricket in the US. Bollywood actress Juhi Chawla and her husband Jay Mehta are co-owners of the Knight Riders Group.
In a statement on Tuesday, 55-year-old Shah Rukh said, "For several years now, we have been expanding the Knight Riders brand globally and closely watching the potential for T20 cricket in the USA."
"We are convinced that Major League Cricket has all the pieces in place to execute on its plans and we look forward to making our partnership an enormous success in the coming years," the superstar, also known as King Khan, added.
Cricket in the US is a sport played at the amateurs, clubs, intercollegiate and international competition levels with little popularity.
Venky Mysore, CEO of Knight Riders Group, said, "As T20 cricket expands internationally, we are flattered by the regular inbound requests to play a major role in growing the sport abroad. Our expansion into the US is consistent with our long-term strategy."
Shah Rukh, who began his acting career with appearances in several TV series in the late 1980s, made his Bollywood debut in 1992. He has acted in over 80 films in his nearly 30-year career.
Early in his career, Shah Rukh was recognised for portraying villainous roles in the films, Baazigar (1993), Darr (1993), and Anjaam (1994). However, he shot to fame in a romantic blockbuster, 'Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge', in 1995.
After a series of hits from 1997 to 200, he went on to earn critical acclaim for his portrayal of an alcoholic in 'Devdas' (2002), a NASA scientist in 'Swades' (2004), a hockey coach in 'Chak De! India' (2007) and a man with Asperger syndrome in 'My Name Is Khan' (2010).
Apart from the two cricket teams, Shah Rukh owns motion picture production company, Red Chillies Entertainment. He is also a frequent television presenter and stage show performer.