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HUMOUR PLAY FOR ‘COOLIE NO. 1’ WAS A LOT OF FUN: VARUN DHAWAN

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COOLIE NO 1: VARUN DHAWAN

David Dhawan’s remake of the classic 1995 comedy ‘Coolie No. 1’ starring Varun Dhawan and Sara Ali Khan is all set to spread some festive cheer this Christmas. The trailer of the highly-anticipated film was unveiled on Amazon Prime Video recently. The title is a rendition of the iconic 1995 Govinda-Karisma Kapoor starrer family comedy. “These are truly exciting times for Indian entertainment. I am happy that our labour of love will be viewed by a global audience. Sara and Varun had big shoes to fill in and they have done a remarkable job. I’m looking forward to seeing the audience’s reaction to our film” said David.

 “I have always loved the screenplay and the performances in the original ‘Coolie No. 1’. That’s one of the reasons this adaptation of the classic is so special to me,” pointed out Varun. “The preparation for this role was a great ride. As an actor, humour play was a lot of fun to do. I had a wonderful experience working with Sara, who is extremely talented. We had an amazing time shooting for this film across exciting locations. I am happy that viewers across the world will be able to enjoy Christmas with ‘Coolie No. 1’,” he added. Paresh Rawal, Javed Jaffrey, Johnny Lever, Rajpal Yadav and Shikha Talsania amongst others will also be seen in the film. ‘Coolie No. 1’, produced by Vashu Bhagnani, Jackky Bhagnani and Deepshikha Deshmukh,will premiere globally on 25 December.

Sara exclaimed, “‘Coolie No. 1’ has been a dream come true. One has grown up listening to songs like ‘Husn hai Suhana’ and ‘Mirchi Lagi’, and it’s surreal that I now feature in the reprised versions of these songs! Working with Varun was an amazing experience, as not only is he an impeccable actor but is also an extremely considerate, helpful and motivating friend who always has your back on set. Getting to work with David Sir was a sheer privilege as I truly believe he’s the king of commercial, masala and family comedy genre. Every day on set was a riot of fun, while at the same time one got to learn so much just by watching actors like Paresh sir, Rajpal sir, Johnny sir, Bharti Ma’am, Javed sir and even Saahil and Shikha. I’m so grateful to Jackie and Vashu Sir for giving me this opportunity, and supporting us so much through this film!” Sara is excited for the release and is sincerely hoping that they’re able to spread happiness and some much-needed Christmas cheer with this movie. Vashu said, “Our no. 1 franchise has entertained generations for 25 years now. We started our journey of Pooja Entertainment with ‘Coolie No.1’ and it’s wonderful to celebrate these decades with its remake with a young cast of incredible actors like Varun and Sara.”  

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‘QUEEN’ CHANGED MY LIFE, INDIAN CINEMA FOREVER: KANGANA

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New Delhi: Celebrating 7 years of her iconic film Queen, Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut opened up online about how she thought that the movie would never release. She took to her Twitter handle on Sunday and shared with fans that she took the project on ‘for money’, and had never anticipated it would be successful. Kangana wrote, “After almost a decade long struggle i was told i am too good an actor to be a Bollywood leading lady, curly hair and vulnerable voice made it worse, i signed Queen thinking this will never release, signed it for money with that money i went to film school in New York.” She continued, “in New York, i studied screenwriting, directed a small film in California at the age of 24 which gave me a breakthrough in hollywood. After seeing my work a big agency hired me as a director, i buried all my acting ambitions, did not have the courage to return to india.” Revealing how she was looking forward to working in the US and had even bought a house in los Angeles, she added, “Queen released, changed my life and indian Cinema forever marked the Birth of a new leading lady and woman-centric parallel cinema.”

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SONAKSHI TO MAKE HER DIGITAL DEBUT ON AMAZON PRIME

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New Delhi: Bollywood actor Sonakshi Sinha is all set to make her digital debut with ace filmmaker Zoya Akhtar on Amazon Prime. Film critic and movie trade analyst Taran Adarsh confirmed the same on Twitter on Sunday. “SoNAKShi MAKeS heR DigiTAl DeBUT… #Firstlook of #SonakshiSinha in #Amazon’s new series [not titled yet]… Ritesh Sidhwani, Farhan Akhtar, Reema Kagti and Zoya Akhtar are the executive producers… Directed by Reema Kagti and Ruchika oberoi,” he tweeted. The Dabangg star and the Gully Boy film director also confirmed the same news on their social media accounts by posting the first look of Sonakshi as a cop from the untitled series. Alongside the post, the caption read, “There’s no limit to what women can accomplish. our collective belief in this has only been reinforced time and again. And on the eve of #womensDay, we’re taking things up a notch! Can’t wait for @aslisona to show us yet again how girls get it done! Coming soon, on @ primevideoiN”.

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HERE’S WHAT ANISTON’S ‘11 11’ WRIST TATTOO MEANS

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WASHINGTON: Actor Jennifer Aniston finally gave a little sneak peek into her decision of getting the magical number ‘11 11’ tattoo on the inside of her wrist. According to E! News, much of her fans have guessed that the numbers signify the birth date of the actor that is February 11 or a tribute to her beloved dog ‘Norman’ who died in 2011. According to a post shared by her friend Andrea on Aniston’s birthday, the predictions are rolling out to be close to the fact. To wish her bestie on February 11, Andrea wrote, “Can’t wait to celebrate and make more magical wishes! 11 11,” on Instagram along with a post that features both of them having the same tattoo.

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AKSHAY SHARES GLIMPSE FROM ‘RAM SETU’ SCRIPT READING SESSION WITH JACQUELINE, NUSHRAT

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NEW DELHI: Akshay Kumar has finally begun work on his much-awaited film titled Ram Setu, on Saturday. Revealing the star cast of the film, the actor shared a new behind-the-scenes picture from his upcoming film, which shows him sitting with his co-stars Jacqueline Fernandez, Nushrat Bharucha, and other crew of director and producer at the script reading session of the film. The ‘Padman’ star captioned the post: “he team that preps together excels together! An extremely productive script reading session with the team of #RamSetu this evening. Can’t wait to begin filming this one.” Actor Akshay Kumar will be reportedly shooting for his next film Ram Setu in Uttar Pradesh’s holy city of Ayodhya. 

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HOW OUR CELEBS LOOK AT WOMEN’S DAY

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The International Women’s Day is celebrated on 8 March around the world. It is an important point in the movement for women’s rights. On this occasion, The Sunday Guardian spoke to some of Bollywood’s renowned singers Shilpa Rao, Jonita Gandhi, Payal Dev and Nikitaa who shared their views on women empowerment and their inspiration. Excerpts:

Q. What is the importance of Woman›s Day for you?

Jonita Gandhi: Women’s Day is an important reminder to all of us of how far we’ve come, but also how far we have yet to go.

Nikitaa: A day and even a month (since March is Women’s History Month) doesn’t feel like enough to celebrate, recognise and uplift women, especially women of colour, but it’s still so important. Any day that genuinely encourages people to celebrate the innate value of women is an important and necessary day.

Payal Dev: In many aspects, women are empowered and doing well in our country. As in my case, there are very few female music composers in our country and I am happy to say I am one of them. Unlike before when mediums were limited and there were fewer opportunities, things are different now and whoever does good work, it is praised, be it male or female. 

Shilpa Rao: Well, the house that we grew up in, we had a very humanistic approach and centralised treatment towards genders. I mean, me and my brother were taught the same values, irrespective of our genders.

Q. What are your views on women empowerment?

Jonita Gandhi: A little goes a long way. We all need a little encouragement to believe in ourselves, and supporting one another can start at home. The ripple effect is more valuable than we know.

Nikitaa: The empowerment of women is a two-way street. A woman who feels empowered all on her own is a powerful force, but she also requires the opportunities and spaces that let her thrive, grow, and continue to feel empowered as well as help her fellow women. I look forward to a social, political, and economic system that enables the empowerment of women as opposed to making them fight for it.

Payal Dev: I’m glad that people are liking my work, some might not but creating music is not tough and comes very naturally to me. So the effort is to keep creating more and keep improving myself. So is a certain place for female composers in this industry too, but the main and the important thing is our work needs to be good, then it doesn’t matter whoever you are, you are a kid or you are an old or boy or girl. It doesn’t matter.

Shilpa Rao: It’s about the way you look up to your life. Gender is just one part of your personality or your existence. It’s not everything; you are way beyond your gender title, what actually matters is love and respect for each other as a human being. I would just keep saying that yes, there are things that need to be bettered in our society, obviously as there is no society that is perfect, there will be issues and we need to work hard to make it better. Standing up for our issues is very important and I know that probably you might lose things in the immediate present but it will really work out for greater good.

Q. Please tell the name of women you admire most.

Jonita Gandhi: My mom has been my greatest inspiration and biggest role model. She is the backbone of our family and we would all be completely lost without her!

Nikitaa: I think every woman I have ever met has inspired me in some way, and I genuinely mean that. The minute I learned to appreciate the women around me rather than compete with them, I found inspiration in each and every one of them.

Payal Dev: As a woman, we all are working and progressive but at the same time we are also homemakers and caretakers of our house and family, which make us all quite unique and one of our kind.

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Study reveals association between walking pace and risk of death among cancer survivors

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Washington [US], March 7 (ANI): A study led by Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) has found that a slow walking pace among cancer survivors may increase their chances of death.
The research has also identified an association between a slow walking pace and an increased risk of death among cancer survivors.
Investigators now call for more research into these relationships and whether targeted interventions such as physical activity programs could help cancer survivors improve their ability to walk and increase survival after cancer diagnosis and treatment.
While the study does not establish that slow walking is a cause of death, the association persisted across at least nine tumour types.
The study, a collaboration between Washington University, the NCI of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the University of North Carolina and George Washington University, appears March 4 in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.
“Cancer survivors are living longer than ever – and that’s good news,” said first author Elizabeth A. Salerno, PhD, an assistant professor of surgery in the Division of Public Health Sciences at Washington University.
“But it’s important to improve our understanding of how the diagnosis and treatment of a broad range of cancers may affect walking pace during survivorship — a potentially modifiable risk factor — which could lead to new treatment and rehabilitation strategies to improve the health of these patients.”
The researchers studied over 233,000 participants enrolled in the National Institutes of Health-American Association of Retired Persons (NIH-AARP) Diet and Health Study.
Participants, who were ages 50 to 71, answered questionnaires about their overall health and walking pace, and whether they had any disability related to walking, such as walking at a very slow pace or being unable to walk. After the assessment, participants were followed for several years.
Compared with healthy controls enrolled in the study, cancer survivors were 42% more likely to report walking at the slowest pace and 24% more likely to report being disabled. Among cancer survivors, those who walked at the slowest pace had more than a twofold increased risk of death from any cause, compared with those reporting the fastest walking pace.
The association between the slowest walking pace and a significantly increased risk of death from any cause held for nine cancer types, including breast, colon, melanoma, Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, oral, prostate, rectal, respiratory and urinary cancers.
The association between mobility disability (not just slow pace) and death was even stronger and included all nine of the cancers mentioned above, plus endometrial, endocrine, ovarian and stomach cancers.
While slow walking pace also was linked to increased mortality that was due to any cause among individuals without a cancer diagnosis, the risk of death more than doubled for cancer survivors.
Compared with individuals without a cancer diagnosis who walked at the fastest pace, cancer survivors who walked the slowest had more than tenfold increased risk of death from any cause. Cancer survivors with mobility disability had more than fivefold increased risk of death compared with individuals with no cancer diagnosis or disability.
The researchers noted that cancer survivors reported difficulties walking five years or more after cancer diagnosis and treatment, suggesting that the detrimental effects of cancer diagnosis and therapy are widespread across cancer types and long-lasting, creating opportunities for intervening to help such patients improve their walking ability and pace.
“To our knowledge, this analysis is the first to explore the relationship between cancer, walking pace and subsequent mortality in 15 different cancer types,” said Salerno, who conducted this research while a postdoctoral researcher at the NCI.
“Next steps include identifying the underlying reasons for these associations. It’s possible that slow walking may be due to cancer itself, adverse effects of treatment, or changes in lifestyle. There is still much to be learned about these complex relationships, but our results highlight the importance of monitoring and even targeting walking pace after cancer.” (ANI)

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