Renowned Bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor has died at the age of 67 at a Mumbai hospital on Thursday after a two-year battle against cancer.
His family said the evergreen actor ‘remained jovial and determined to live to the fullest’ during his two-year battle with cancer. “He would like to be remembered with a smile and not with tears,” the family said in a message.
Rishi Kapoor, coming from a film dynasty, was well known for acting prowess and romantic roles as well as straightforwardness. He was prolific on Twitter and at times had heated exchanges with social platform users.
In 2015, he got engaged in a controversy over Maharashtra’s beef ban on Twitter.
“If our Hindu culture forbids beef meat, does the same culture give you the right to abuse me and my family just because I have an opinion that you don't agree with?” he wrote.
In another tweet, he said: “I respect religious rules. I am a true God-fearing Hindu.”
He was a staunch believer in freedom of speech, basic rights and came forward with a bold voice. “I am not advocating beef eating. But I am advocating freedom to have an opinion and a voice,” he said.
The actor later clarified that he was a believer of all religions. “I will happily visit a temple, mosque, church. I do not differentiate between religions.”
Rishi was passionate about acting and dedicated to his profession.
“I have tried to look different and play different roles through my life because I am passionate about my work,” he said. In another case, he mentioned, “It's my life - acting.”
He disclosed the secret behind his prosperous career saying he is a natural actor. “I am a natural actor. I try to keep it spontaneous as far as possible. That is my mantra.”
“I only know how to act. I don't know anything else,” he said on another occasion.
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His philosophy over marriage and relationships was very realistic. “There's no formula that can make a marriage work. Sometimes two people just click,” he once said.
“There are ups and downs in every relationship. But that does not mean that couples should separate or get down to inhuman behaviour.”
Indian National Award-winning actor died in Mumbai after battling a medical complication arising from colon infection. He was 53.
He is survived by his wife Sutapa Sikdar and two sons Babil and Ayan, reports Gulf News.
News of his death was confirmed by Khan's publicist.
"'I trust, i have surrendered'"; these were the some of the many words that Irrfan expressed in a heartfelt note he wrote in 2018 opening up about his fight with cancer. And a man of few words and an actor of silent expressions with his deep eyes and his memorable actions on screen," Khan's spokesperson stated.
"It’s saddening that this day, we have to bring forward the news of him passing away. Irrfan was a strong soul, someone who fought till the very end and always inspired everyone who came close to him. After having been struck by lightning in 2018 with the news of a rare cancer, he took life soon after as it came and he fought the many battles that came with it. Surrounded by his love, his family for whom he most cared about, he left for heaven abode, leaving behind truly a legacy of his own. We all pray and hope that he is at peace. And to resonate and part with his words he had said, 'As if I was tasting life for the first time, the magical side of it'," the spokesperson added.
New of Khan's death was also confirmed by director and close friend of Khan’s Shoojit Sircar.
“My dear friend Irfaan. You fought and fought and fought. i will always be proud of you. We shall meet again,” said Sircar, saluting Khan on social media.
They both worked together in the Bollywood blockbuster ‘Piku’. He also mentioned that his wife Suthapa Sikdar found alongside her husband.
Khan, who spent most of 2018 and 2019 battling high-grade neuroendocrine tumour in London, is one of India’s finest actors who understood the syntax and grammar of Hollywood films.
Movies that debuted on a streaming service without a theatrical run will be eligible for the Oscars, but only for this year.
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences on Tuesday announced the change for the 93rd Academy Awards as a response to how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted the film industry.
The film academy also said it will condense the two sound categories into one and prohibit DVD screeners for 2022's 94th Oscars in an effort to become more carbon neutral.
Oscars eligibility has been a major question since stay at home and social distancing orders led to both the cancellation of major film festivals and the closure of movie theaters. Previously, a film would have to have a minimum seven-day theatrical run in a Los Angeles County commercial theater in order to be considered for film's highest honor. Now films that had a previously planned theatrical release but are made available on a home video on demand service may qualify for best picture and other categories.
"We're dealing with the unfolding reality of an unanticipated, unprecedented global health crisis and trying to be responsive to what's going on in the world and at the same time support our filmmakers who are in a circumstance beyond their control," film academy president David Rubin told The Associated Press Tuesday.
Dawn Hudson, the CEO of the film academy, said that they have been in "constant conversation with all parts of our community from studios to filmmakers to theater owners" to make decisions that support all.
Earlier this month, the film academy donated $6 million to help motion picture employees and their families during this crisis.
"Our primary message is take care of yourselves," Hudson added. "We'll be flexible on our rules this year because we understand how unprecedented and devastating this is."
The academy's board noted, however, that when theaters reopen, the rules exemption will no longer apply. Many expect cinemas nationwide to reopen by June or July. If that is the case, the film academy will expand the qualifying theaters beyond Los Angeles County to include venues in New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, Miami and Atlanta.
"The theatrical experience is the DNA of the academy and that communal experience of the movie theater is something we feel is intrinsic to movies," said Hudson.
Other changes included combining the sound mixing and sound editing categories into best achievement in sound.
"This is something long in the making and generated by the experts in the sound field. They wanted to propose this change after reviewing a long history of overlap," Rubin said. "They wanted it to be reflective of how the sound industry works together today."
Additionally, all film academy members are now able to vote in the first round for international feature film, the category formerly known as best foreign language film.
The board also said for a film score to be eligible in the original score category, it must have 60% original music. For sequels and franchise films, there must be a minimum of 80% new music.
Rubin and Hudson said that the film academy's response to COVID-19 will continue to be fluid. No decisions have been made yet as to plans for the annual Governors Awards, which are typically held in the fall in Los Angeles. But the 93rd Academy Awards are still a go, scheduled to be held in Los Angeles on Feb. 28, 2021.
Country’s heartthrob singer, musician and actor Tahsan Rahman Khan has donated his musical memorabilia for a Facebook Live auction which garnered Tk 7.5 lakh for COVID-19 victims in Bangladesh on Monday night.
The auction ‘package’ for the highest bidder included the original Master DAT (Digital Audio Tape) copy of Tahsan’s first solo-album “Kothopokothon”, the original handwritten lyrics of his immensely popular song “Irsha” and an invitation to Tahsan’s home to experience a dinner with him along with a live performance by the singer himself on his piano for four persons.
Winner of the auction was identified as Amin Hasan who won the auction by bidding the highest amount. The base bidding price was Tk 3 lakh.
The auctioned money goes to BRAC, the charity organization Tahsan selected. BRAC’s Executive Director Asif Saleh attended the video conference and acknowledged the donation with gratitude.
Explaining his motive behind choosing BRAC, Tahsan said “BRAC is very close to my heart where I spent four years of my teaching career as a faculty member at Brac University. Also, today (Monday, April 27) marked the 84th birthday of BRAC’s founder Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, so this is my token of respect to the legend as well.”
Asif Saleh thanked Tahsan, informing that a total of 5,000 families will be provided with foods for two weeks with this donated amount.
Auction 4 Action, a new charity auction platform initiated by social influencer Arif R Hossain and renowned photographer Prito Reza, arranged the auction on Monday 11 pm via video conference which was broadcast live on Facebook.
Tahsan’s ex-bandmates at the band Black, Jon Kabir and Mehmood Afridi Tony, also joined the online programme as special guests, which thrilled the band’s fans as the three of them came up together after a long time.
On April 22, Bangladesh’s superstar cricketer Shakib Al Hasan’s World Cup 2019 bat was auctioned for Tk 20 lakh at the same platform, and many more stars have committed to participate in more auctions in the upcoming days, the auctioneers announced on the official Facebook page of Auction 4 Action.
Prince Harry has recorded a special message to celebrate the 75th anniversary of children's favorite Thomas the Tank Engine.
The Duke of Sussex introduces a new program called "Thomas and Friends: The Royal Engine," which has a storyline that includes Harry's father and grandmother, Prince Charles and Queen Elizabeth II, as animated characters.
Set when the Prince of Wales was a boy, the story sees the friendly engine taking Sir Topham Hatt, the controller of the railway, to Buckingham Palace to receive an honor.
In his introduction — which was recorded in January before his move overseas — Prince Harry is seen sitting in an armchair, reading from a book about the train's adventures.
In a statement he said he has "fond memories of growing up with Thomas and Friends and being transported to new places through his adventures."
Thomas "has been a comforting, familiar face to so many families over the last 75 years — entertaining, educating and inspiring children on important issues through exciting stories and characters," he added.
In January, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, announced they planned to quit as senior royals, seek financial independence and move to North America.
The split became official at the end of March, and the couple are currently in California, where Meghan was raised.
Proof of Prince Harry's attachment to the engine can also be seen in photos of his first day attending nursery in September 1987, where he is seen carrying a Thomas the Tank Engine bag.
The Rev. Wilbert Awdry released the first book in "The Railway Series" 75 years ago. It was originally created as a bedtime story for his son, Christopher, during a bout of the measles.
The plucky blue tank engine doesn't appear in the debut story. He got his own illustrated book in 1946 called "Thomas the Tank Engine" and swiftly took over from Edward, Gordon and Henry as everyone's favorite.
The train tales were turned into a stop-motion animation series in the '80s, moving into CGI in 2009. "Thomas and Friends," owned by Mattel, is now on air in over 160 countries worldwide.
British actress Rosamund Pike is also onboard "Thomas and Friends: The Royal Engine," voicing a new character, an important train called the Duchess of Loughborough.
The show will be aired by Netflix in the U.S. on May 1 and on Channel 5's "Milkshake" show in the U.K. the following day. It will also be broadcast in Canada and Australia later in the month.