Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], February 9 (ANI): Bollywood stars mourned the demise of veteran actor Rajiv Kapoor, who passed away on Tuesday. He was 58 when he breathed his last.
Expressing grief over the demise of the veteran actor, Akshay Kumar tweeted, “Saddened to hear about the untimely demise of #RajivKapoor ji. My deepest condolences to the entire family.”
Stating that Kapoor was a ‘gentle soul’ that left too soon, veteran actor Raj Babbar tweeted, “Shocked at the demise of #RajivKapoor ji. Chimpu was always very affable and extremely kind. The gentle soul has left us all too soon. My thoughts & prayers are with the family.”
“Sad to hear demise of Actor & director Rajiv Kapoor, My heartfelt condolences to the entire Kapoor family. #OmShanti,” wrote filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar as he expressed grief over the veteran actor’s demise.
Sanjay Dutt too expressed shock over the death of the ‘Prem Granth’ star. He tweeted, “Absolutely heartbroken to hear about the demise of Rajiv Kapoor. A soul gone too soon. My thoughts and prayers are with the Kapoor family in this difficult time. Om Shanti.”
Recalling the opportunity to work with the late actor in ‘Prem Granth’, Madhuri Dixit expressed grief over the demise of Kapoor.
“I had the opportunity of working with #Rajiv Kapoor in the film PremGranth. It was a difficult subject which he handled with great maturity though it was his first film. Remembering the wonderful moments we shared. My heartfelt condolences to the Kapoor family. RIP,” tweeted Dixit.
The ‘Ram Teri Ganga Maili’ actor suffered a heart attack at his residence in Chembur following which he was rushed to Inlaks Hospital. He was declared dead at the hospital. Veteran actor and the late star’s sister-in-law Neetu Kapoor took to Instagram to confirm the demise of the actor. She posted a picture of the late actor and wrote, “RIP,” along with it. (ANI)
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‘Mumbai Saga’ trailer is all about guns, gangsters and gore
New Delhi [India], February 26 (ANI): After a long wait, the trailer of John Abraham and Emraan Hashmi-starrer ‘Mumbai Saga’ has finally dropped, and it’s all about guns, gangsters, and gore.
The 3-minute-long trailer of the Sanjay Gupta directorial features high octane action scenes from the lead actors of the film, who appear to be at loggerheads with each other.
While John portrays a gangster who aspires to rule Bombay, Emraan plays a cop who wants to kill John and win the prize money of Rs 10 crores.
Sharing the trailer on his Instagram handle, John quoted his dialogue from the movie in the caption and wrote, “Bandook Toh Sirf Shauk Ke Liye Rakhta Hoon, Darrane Ke Liye Naam Hi Kaafi Hai – Amartya Rao!”
He added, “Presenting the trailer of Saga of the year! #MumbaiSaga TRAILER OUT NOW (Link in Bio) Film IN CINEMAS on 19th March 2021.”
The earlier released teaser of the film introduced John as a gangster who “rose from the streets of Bombay to rule Mumbai” while Emraan as a cop who “rose from the ghettos of Bombay to stop” his character, Amartya Rao.
Set in the 1980s and 1990s, ‘Mumbai Saga’ also stars Suniel Shetty, Jackie Shroff, Kajal Aggarwal, Prateik Babbar, and Gulshan Grover among others. The film is being helmed by Sanjay Gupta, who has previously directed films like ‘Kaabil’, ‘Shootout at Wadala’ and ‘Kaante’.
Earlier scheduled to hit theatres on June 19, 2020, ‘Mumbai Saga’ has been produced by Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Anuradha Gupta, and Sangeeta Ahir. The highly-anticipated gangster drama is now set to hit the big screens on March 19 this year. (ANI)
Study reveals not all ‘good’ cholesterol is healthy
Washington [US], February 26 (ANI): A study led by a team of researchers has now demonstrated that not all good cholesterol is healthy.
The study led by the Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute (IMIM) was published in the journal Metabolism, Clinical and Experimental.
Although drugs that lower bad cholesterol reduces cardiovascular risk, those that raise good cholesterol have not proven effective in reducing the risk of heart disease. This paradox has called into question the relationship between good cholesterol and cardiovascular risk, and researchers are now studying the characteristics of the good cholesterol particles.
HDL cholesterol (high-density lipoprotein cholesterol) or good cholesterol is associated with a decreased risk of cardiovascular disease as it transports cholesterol deposited in the arteries to the liver to be eliminated. This contrasts with the so-called bad cholesterol, LDL (low-density lipoprotein cholesterol), which causes cholesterol to accumulate in the arteries and increases cardiovascular risk.
Researchers from the CIBER on Cardiovascular Diseases (CIBERCV), the CIBER on Obesity and Nutrition (CIBEROBN), and the CIBER on Epidemiology and Public Health (CIBERESP), as well as others from Hospital Clinic-IDIBAPS, IDIBELL, the Hospital de la Santa Creu I Sant Pau Research Institute, and the Hospital Clinico Universitario in Zaragoza also took part in this study.
In the work, the researchers analysed genetic characteristics that determine the size of good cholesterol particles, and then studied their relationship with the risk of myocardial infarction. The conclusion is that genetic characteristics linked to the generation of large-good cholesterol particles are directly associated with a higher risk of heart attack, while features linked to small good cholesterol particles are related to a lower risk of heart attack.
“There is a positive causal relationship between the size of HDL cholesterol particles and the risk of heart attack, so although we have to increase the levels of good cholesterol in the blood, they must always be small particles”, explained the study’s principal investigator, Dr Robert Elosua, a researcher at the Hospital del Mar-IMIM, CIBERCV, and the University of Vic-Central University of Catalonia (UVic-UCC).
The good cholesterol particles are more effective in transferring cholesterol to the liver so that it can be eliminated. “If we need to do something in relation to HDL, it is to increase the number of small particles, which are those that adequately perform the function of eliminating cholesterol, those that really move it to the liver for removal, and do not allow it to accumulate in the arteries and cause cardiovascular disease”, said Dr Alvaro Hernaez, a IDIBAPS and CIBEROBN researcher.
Currently, there are no drugs that increase good cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. “This study highlights new and potential therapeutic targets in the field of cardiovascular diseases, including several genes related to the qualitative aspects of HDL particles, which may contribute to cardiovascular prevention”, concluded Dr Albert Prats, a researcher in the Epidemiology and Cardiovascular Genetics Research Group at the Hospital del Mar-IMIM and first author of the study. (ANI)
Is Emma Watson retiring from acting? Actor’s manager refutes rumours
Washington [US], February 26 (ANI): Actor Emma Watson, who rose to fame by playing Hermione Granger in the popular ‘Harry Potter’ franchise, has been recently making headlines after it was reported that the star has retired from acting. However, it seems like the rumour mills have got it all wrong.
As per Entertainment Weekly, the actor’s manager cleared the air, putting an end to all such reports doing the rounds. Her manager, Jason Weinberg, denied the rumours, telling the publication in a statement, “Emma’s social media accounts are dormant but her career isn’t.”
The 30-year-old star’s Instagram account bio currently reads, “Emma’s official Instagram page is currently dormant and is not being updated,” while her profile picture is a simple black icon.
The actor had started trending on Thursday after an online report by a leading outlet alleged that Watson had retired from acting, leaving her fans distressed.
The news hurt Watson’s fans who took to social media to remember her work. One fan claimed that her career didn’t get enough appreciation while another wrote, “She is one of my favs but it’s okay as long as she’s happy with her decision.”
“Emma Watson retiring is something very personal to me. No, I will not be getting over this,” tweeted another fan.
Watson was last seen in Greta Gerwig’s 2019 film ‘Little Women’ opposite Saorise Ronan, Florence Pugh, Timothee Chalamet, Laura Dern, and Meryl Streep. She also acted in the 2017 thriller drama ‘The Circle’ and ‘Beauty and the Beast’, which released in the same year.
In November last year, she made a rare public outing with her boyfriend Leo Robinton in London while grabbing coffee and walking around the city’s Primrose Hill neighbourhood. Their outing came over a year after the two were first spotted together in October 2019.
Watson’s beau Robinton was first identified in April of this year and is a businessman from Los Angeles, though little else is known about him. He reportedly deleted all of his social media after photos of the two sharing a kiss surfaced last year.
The couple has rarely been seen together since, though they appear to be going strong based on the recent outing. (ANI)
Nicole Kidman, Tom Cruise’s daughter Bella gives rare look into her life
Washington [US], February 26 (ANI): Bella Cruise, the daughter of Hollywood icons Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, recently shared a rare photo of her, giving a sneak peek into her life.
The 28-year-old artist, who frequently shares her artwork on Instagram but seldom shows her face, recently posted a selfie of her on the photo-sharing application.
In the photo, Bella can be seen bundled up in a beanie, scarf, and coat as she poses for the camera. She captioned the picture, “Same face, new prints now available on the shop.”
Bella had previously shared a selfie of herself sporting blue hair, a leather jacket, round sunglasses, and a septum ring in September.
As per People magazine, Bella has lived a quiet life away from the spotlight, only making headlines in 2015 for her marriage to Max Parker.
She launched a clothing line in February 2018 called BKC (Bella Kidman Cruise). Cruise and Kidman are proud parents to Bella and her 26-year-old brother Connor. The former couple divorced in 2001. (ANI)
Rachel Zegler joins cast of ‘Shazam: Fury of the Gods’
Washington [US], February 26 (ANI): Actor-singer Rachel Zegler has joined the cast of ‘Shazam: Fury of the Gods’, the superhero sequel from New Line and DC Comics.
As per Variety, the upcoming sequel will also feature actor Zachary Levi. It is being helmed by David F. Sandberg from a screenplay by Henry Gayden and Chris Morgan.
Peter Safran (The Safran Company) and Geoff Johns (Mad Ghost Productions) are producing the forthcoming film. Shortly after the news of her casting broke, Zegler tweeted, “I am in my key role in Shazam 2 era.”
Details of Zegler’s role are being kept under tight wraps. But, the star’s casting is notable in terms of representation as Zegler is the second Colombian American to be cast in a DC superhero project, following actor Sasha Calle, who was announced as Supergirl in the DC Universe’s upcoming film ‘The Flash’.
The new film, which is a sequel to the 2019 film ‘Shazam’, will continue the story of Billy Baston, who can transform into a godlike superhero upon saying the magic word, “Shazam!” The lighthearted superhero film, based on the D.C. character created by Bill Parker and C.C. Beck, starred Levi as Shazam and Asher Angel as 14-year-old Billy.
‘Shazam’ received an overwhelming response and went on to make USD 365 million at the box office.
Meanwhile, Zegler has had a quick rise in the entertainment industry, after beating out 30,000 other applicants for the lead role of Maria in American film director-producer Steven Spielberg’s upcoming movie ‘West Side Story’. The musical, which was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, is set to debut in December, this year. (ANI)
Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Emraan Hashmi attend puja before ‘Tiger 3’ goes on floors
New Delhi [India], February 26 (ANI): Bollywood stars Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif and Emraan Hashmi, who are all set to start shooting for their upcoming outing ‘Tiger 3’, recently attended a puja before the film is scheduled to go on floors.
The movie is slated to begin filming on March 8 in Mumbai and the lead actors of the film attended the customary puja at YRF that happens before every film goes on the floor. Director Maneesh Sharma, who is helming this massive franchise now, also attended the puja.
An eyewitness revealed, “Salman had come to YRF to shoot for Pathan with Shah Rukh Khan yesterday. As we all know YRF is creating the biggest spy franchise in the history of Indian cinema, and SRK and Salman will appear in each other’s films. Since Salman was coming to the studio, the team planned the puja on the same day and also invited Katrina for the same. Maneesh and Emraan Hashmi too was a part of this puja.”
The source further said, “On its 50th year, YRF is rolling out the biggest films being made in Bollywood or the Indian film industry today. Tiger 3 is being mounted on a scale that has not been seen before and so is Pathan.”
“It is going to be an incredibly visual and entertaining extravaganza for audiences when these films release in theatres. The energy was palpable during the puja. All the cast members were thrilled to be taking the story forward of the Tiger franchise. They spent a good one hour with each other before Salman went to shoot for Pathan,” the source added.
The upcoming film will mark Emraan’s maiden collaboration with YRF. The actor is set to play the role of the villain in the movie. ‘Tiger 3’ will have Salman reprise his role of R&AW (Research & Analysis Wing) agent Avinash Singh Rathore aka Tiger, while Katrina will be seen playing the female lead.
The first film of the popular franchise called ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ came out in 2012 and was directed by Kabir Khan. The film received an overwhelming response and was a huge success at the box office.
The second movie titled ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ was released in 2017 and was directed by Ali Abbas Zafar. Salman and Katrina have featured in both movies.
Apart from ‘Tiger 3’, Salman will also be seen in a cameo in SRK’s ‘Pathan’, which went on floors in November 2020.
Salman has an impressive line-up of films including ‘Kabhi Eid Kabhi Diwali’, ‘Radhe’, and ‘Antim’. Meanwhile, Katrina will also star in ‘Phone Bhoot’, ‘Sooryavanshi’ and a superhero movie with Ali Abbas Zafar coming up.
Emraan has ‘Chehre’, co-starring Amitabh Bachchan and ‘Mumbai Saga’, also featuring John Abraham, in the pipeline. (ANI)
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