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BOLLYWOOD STARS SHINE AT THE 5TH ANNUAL TALENTRACK AWARDS

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The recent awards night of the prestigious Talentrack Awards 2021 was a starry affair and witnessed the biggest of digital entertainment and OTT stars walking away with the coveted ‘t-trophy’. Established in 2017, the Talentrack Awards recognize and felicitate companies and individuals who have delivered outstanding films, web series, and performances in the digital-content ecosystem.

The Best Actor award in the male category went to the inimitable Manoj Bajpayee for ‘The Family Man 2’, while Arshad Warsi received the Best Actor (Jury) award for his stellar performance in ‘Asur.’ In the Best Actor Female category, the awards were won by the supremely talented Kiara Advani for ‘Guilty’, Sanya Malhotra for ‘Pagglait’, and Masaba Gupta for ‘Masaba Masaba’. The very popular Jitendra Kumar was awarded the Best Actor trophy in the comedy genre for ‘Chaman Bahaar’.

Speaking on the occasion, Kiara Advani said, “This will truly be special. Thank you for all your love and for this wonderful honour.”

Manoj Bajpayee was all praise for his team and said, “I thank my directors and writers for enabling me and giving me the space to experiment and explore. Thank you Talentrack for this award.” Arshad Warsi also shared his happiness, “Thank you Talentrack for honouring me with the Best Actor award in drama/thriller category, and thanks to Voot for choosing me for such a project.”

The star of the smash hit ‘Scam 1992: A Harshad Mehta Story’, Pratik Gandhi, was felicitated with the Digital Content Person of the Year Award. The Best Director recognition was won by Anurag Basu for ‘Ludo’. Other winners included Krishna Bhatt for ‘Twisted 3’, Debbie Rao for ‘Pushpavalli 2’, and Heena Dsouza & Digant Vyas for ‘Mukesh Jasoos’.

Accepting the award for the Best Soundtrack for ‘Ludo’, Bhushan Kumar said, “I want to congratulate Anurag dada, Pritam dada, and all the lyrics writers, and I thank the Jury for this award.” A visibly delighted Anurag Basu expressed, “Thank you Talentrack and all the Jury members who found me worthy of the Best Director award for my film Ludo. Thanks to Netflix, T-Series, and all the members of the team. I cannot wait to physically hold the award in my hand!”

Gaurav Kapur and Ranveer Allahbadia received awards in the Best Podcast category, while Faridoon Shahryar and Mayank Shekhar were adjudged the Best Talk Show Hosts for their shows: Talking Films and Sit with Hitlist, respectively. Cricketer Ravichandran Ashwin was the recipient of the Digital Content Entrepreneur of the Year trophy for his YouTube channel.

The Best Casting Director trophies went to Mukesh Chhabra for ‘Scam 1992: A Harshad Mehta Story’ and Shruti Mahajan for ‘Aashram’. Vir Das was recognized as the Best Stand-up Artist, and Nikhita Gandhi was awarded the Best Singer trophy. The Best Anchor award was given to Rahul Bose for ‘Teacher’s Genuine Stories 2’. Talking about his show, Rahul Bose said, “I am honoured to receive this year’s Talentrack Award for the Best Anchor for my work in Teacher’s Genuine Stories. I am thrilled because this show is very close to my heart.”

Leading content producers including Netflix, Voot, MX Player, BIG Synergy, ALTBalaji, Applause Entertainment, Hoichoi, Monk Entertainment, Magnon Group, Tamada Media, Arré, Pocket Aces, RSVP Movies, Loneranger Productions, and many others bagged some of the most coveted honours.

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‘THE CROWN’ TAKES THE THRONE AT EMMYS 2021

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LOS ANGELES: Netflix’s ‘The Crown’ won big at the Emmys 2021. This show which follows Queen Elizabeth’s life throughout the decades of her reign was declared winner of the Outstanding Drama Series award at the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards. It also bagged awards for best actors (drama) and best actors in supporting roles. The show also took home the best writing and directing award.

On such a remarkable win, the team of Netflix took to the streaming giant’s official Twitter handle to congratulate the members of the show. “Congratulations to the cast and crew of The Crown for their 11 Emmy wins — including Best Drama Series, Best Actress for Olivia Colman, and Best Actor for Josh O’Connor https,” the tweet read. Apart from ‘The Crown’, ‘Ted Lasso’ also registered a golden win at Emmys 2021. It racked up four wins, including for best comedy and star Jason Sudeikis. Emmys moved to an indoor-outdoor venue this year due to the pandemic. It was held on Sunday at the Event Deck at LA Live.

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SHAH RUKH BIDS ADIEU TO LORD GANESH

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NEW DELHI: Superstar Shah Rukh Khan, on Sunday night, bid adieu to Lord Ganesh, with a pray to seeing him again next year. Khan took to his Instagram handle and shared a picture of Lord Ganesha’s idol at home. Sharing the picture, the Padma Shri winning actor wrote, “May Lord Ganesha’s blessings remain with all of us until we see him again next year… Ganpati Bappa Morya!!!”

The picture accumulated love from more than one lakh fans within a few minutes of being shared. For the unversed, in 2018, SRK was trolled for making his youngest son AbRam Khan pray to Lord Ganesha during the Ganesh Chaturthi festival. At that time, the superstar posted a picture on his Instagram handle which saw AbRam praying to Lord Ganesha at home. Sharing the picture at that time, SRK wrote, “Our Ganpati ‘Pappa’ is home, as the lil one calls him”.

Currently, SRK, who was last seen in Aanand L Rai’s ‘Zero’, has been shooting for ‘Pathan’ which co-stars Deepika Padukone and apparently, John Abraham too.

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SONU BREAKS SILENCE ON IT RAID CONTROVERSY

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MUMBAI: After tax raids took place at his offices in Mumbai a few days ago, actor Sonu Sood has now finally reacted to the ongoing controversy.

Sonu has been providing assistance to those in need amid the ongoing pandemic through his charitable trust. On Monday, he posted a statement on his social media handles. “You don’t always have to tell your side of the story. Time will. I have pledged myself to the service of the people of India with all my strength and heart. Every rupee in my foundation is awaiting its turn to save a precious life and reach the needy,” the post read.

He also shared that on many occasions, he has “encouraged brands to donate my endorsement fees for humanitarian causes too, which keeps us going.”

“I have been busy attending to a few guests hence was unable to be at your service, for the last 4 days. Here I am back again in all humility. At your humble service, for life,” the statement concluded.

According to Income Tax Department, Sonu and his associates were involved in Rs 20 crore tax evasion and violation of Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) while raising funds from abroad. 

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TAAPSEE’S ‘RASHMI ROCKET’ TO RELEASE THIS DUSSEHRA

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MUMBAI: The makers of the much-awaited Taapsee Pannu-starrer ‘Rashmi Rocket’ have finally announced that the film will be released on October 15 on the OTT platform ZEE5.

On Monday, Taapsee shared the poster of the film along with the release date. The poster gives viewers a quick glimpse of the adrenaline-packed narrative, while Taapsee looks full of grit and determination. Along with it, she penned the caption, “Ye chunautiyon bhari race shuru ho chuki hai aur ab ravan dahan pe hi aake rukegi. Bahot kuch nasht karna hai Rashmi ko iss saal.” “Get ready to run with Rashmi in this race on and off the track. She will need you in this one. #RashmiRocket ready to take off on 15th October 2021 only on @zee5,” Taapsee added.

Following the story of a young girl, who hails from a small village but is blessed with an incredibly large gift, ‘Rashmi Rocket’ is directed by Akarsh Khurana. What seems like an athletic contest turns into her personal battle for respect, honour, and even her very identity.

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SALMAN, KATRINA HEAD TO AUSTRIA TO SHOOT FOR ‘TIGER 3’

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MUMBAI: After Turkey and Russia, Bollywood stars Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif have headed to Austria on Monday to shoot for the international leg of their upcoming movie ‘Tiger 3’.

Salman and Katrina will perform some spectacular action sequences in places like Upper Austria, Salzkammergut, Dachstein Salzkammergut and finally in Vienna. Katrina also shared a video and a picture on her Instagram Story in which she can be seen travelling in Altaussee in Austria, with members of her crew. “Travelling in style with these cuties,” she wrote.

A source from Austria revealed, “’Tiger 3’ will present Austria like never before and Yash Raj Films’ is ensuring that they present the country in the most spectacular way possible. Salman and Katrina will shoot in some never-seen-before locales in the country. They are currently shooting in the areas like Upper Austria, Salzkammergut, Dachstein Salzkammergut where they are filming some intense action sequences for the film.”

Sharing about director Maneesh Sharma’s “grand vision”, the source added, “Maneesh Sharma has a grand vision for ‘Tiger 3’ and Austria presents a perfect backdrop to Tiger and Zoya’s journey and mission in the film. The country is vital to the plot and the screenplay of the film and Maneesh is going all out to shoot some of the most spectacular sequences of the film in Austria.”

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FANS IN AWE OF TAAPSEE’S PHYSICAL TRANSFORMATION

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MUMBAI: Actress Taapsee Pannu strives to give her best in everything she does and proof of the fact is her recent Instagram post.

On Sunday, Taapsee on her Instagram shared a picture in which she is seen standing in a field with her well-toned back muscles visible in the photograph. “Bhaut sar pe chada rakha hai ise, kisi ki nhi sunti par khud ki sunti hai ….bahut badi baat hai.#TheCalmBeforeTheStorm,” she captioned the post.

The throwback picture appears to be taken during her training session for the upcoming film ‘Rashmi Rocket’, which revolves around the life of an athlete from Gujarat. Netizens have heaped praises on Taapsee for her “amazing” physical transformation for the role. “Mind-blowing transformation,” a fan commented. “Meri sun, body banwa de yaar,” actor and Taapsee’s close friend Abhilash Thapliyal quipped.

Directed by Akarsh Khurana, ‘Rashmi Rocket’ is expected to release on OTT soon.

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