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Jai Shree Krishna? pictwittercom/W5RYFbM9W9 — Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) November 21 2016 The film is being produced by Cape of Good Films Friday Filmworks and Abundantia Entertainment The film will release June 7 2017 Apart from this Akshay has wrapped up Jolly LLB sequel which also stars Huma Qureshi More from the world of Entertainment: With Rustom and Housefull 3 becoming first big releases at the box-office in the year of 2016 will Akshay repeat the history in 2017 Well we just have to wait and watch Meanwhile the entire industry is all praise for the actor who plays an antagonist in Rajinikanth’s upcoming film For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsWritten by Shekhar Gupta | Published: January 14 2012 1:34 am Related News Exactly a decade agospeaking at the inauguration of the Daily Timesa liberal new publication edited by Najam and Jugnu Sethipillars of Pakistani mediaI got myself into some troublewhich is not unusual given my chronic foot-in-the-mouth disease This was early 2002 We were in a war-like situation following the attack on Parliament Pervez Musharraf was fully in controlNawaz Sharif and Benazir Bhutto were in exileand all democracy in suspension I said to a hall filled with Lahores liberal elite at the Pearl Continentalthat one reason we were always struggling in our bilateral relations was that we were still governed by poorly evolved systems So PakistanI saidwas as imperfect a dictatorship as India was an imperfect democracy Explanation: the Pakistanis had not quite denied their citizens all the freedoms that genuine dictatorships like North KoreaChinaIraq and Libya (then) didor they would not have mean Indiansaying rude things about their rulers to a full hall in Lahore SimilarlyI saidwe in India had not yet quite succeeded in giving our people all the freedoms and rights that a classicalliberal democracy ought to Thisby the waywas also the year of the Gujarat riots Both countriesI addedneeded to move in opposite directionswe to make our democracy more perfectand Pakistanto make its dictatorship even more imperfect Thenwe might reach a middle ground where weour establishments and peoplesfind it easier to level with each other The Pakistanis responded to this rather warmly; the trouble I got into was entirely on our side: how dare you compare us with Pakistandraw equivalence of any kind The art of assassination on the Internet was still a little youngbut it was a nasty new tryst with the virtual mob A decade laterhow does that theory stand the test of time Whether our democracy is less or more imperfect may be a contentious issue and we can debate that at some point later (though Id argue it is more robustliberal and merrily noisier than in 2002) But look at the stunning developments in Pakistan over the past weeks An elected governmenta weak one at thatis staring down the GHQ and the ISI It has sacked a defence secretary for leaning towards the armytold the army chief and the corps commanders that uniquely Pakistani equivalent of the Chinese Politburo or the Iranian Supreme Cultural Revolution Council where to get offand it is still in office And this is a government run by a party fast losing political capital and run by utterly lightweight leaders A prime minister enormously more powerful and popular than the present lotBenazir Bhuttowas fired by the then presidentacting at the armys behestfor a minor traffic offence in comparison: all she did was get carried away by the fall of the Berlin Wall and askin a speech she delivered at the Command and Staff College at Quettaif the notion that armies guarded not merely the territorial but also the ideological frontiers of nations was not outdated Anybody who knew anything about Pakistan knew that moment that she had written her dismissal order No politician in Pakistan can ever question the very basis of the formulation that gives its army its pre-eminence in power and society And if she doesshe must go In comparison to her minor traffic offenceher lightweight husband and his doddering government have run their car into the cavalrys lead tankandto use the cavalrymans favourite line on both sidesare bashing in regardless Sothe question we dare to ask now ishave the Pakistanisin this decademanaged to make their dictatorship much more imperfect Let me also dare to argue that they have done so I will still not take bets on whether the army would resort to the familiar off with your heads approach History would make that look inevitable Pakistanafter allis a country where people patiently wait for the next coup during interregnums of bonsai democracyand where coups take place without a bullet firedfacing no resistance But what if the brass blinks There isin facta serious chance this time that they might Much has changed in Pakistan and the world in general in the past decade that makes military coups of old so much more anachronistic And it is not just the Arab Spring There is a democratic upsurge around the world Even in the neighbourhoodBangladeshs emergence as a large oasis of democratic stability in the Muslim worldits armys return to the barracksthe softening of the Burmese juntaare all signs that the days of brutal dictatorships are over Domesticallytwo of the three formidable As that supposedly controlled Pakistans destiny (AllahArmy and America) are in a different mood The army has to deal with new threats on the westwatch an India leaving them rapidly behind on the eastand an America pulling the plug on their re-arming processparticularly if they fired their elected government again It is a far cry from the times when Americas preferred option in Pakistan was a loyal general Finallydemocratic thoughtfaith and respect for institutions have now matured around the world to a degree where it is becoming impossible for extra-constitutional power centres to push them around We saw in India Annas heady prime-time hype begin to dissipate the moment his megaphones started arguing that in their version of democracy people spoke through mobs of the like-minded on the street than in a Parliament of dissentdisagreement and diversity of views There is a democratic spring setting in across the world It is making Indias democracy less imperfect AndhopefullyPakistans dictatorship much more so [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express Web Desk | Updated: July 7 2017 1:50 pm Virender Sehwag took to social media and wished MS Dhoni on his 36th birthday (Source: Twitter) Related News Former Indian batsman Virender Sehwag wished MS Dhoni on his 36th birthday in his own manner Sehwag took to social media and uploaded a picture on his Twitter account captioned “To a man who has given Indian fans innumerable moments of joy #HappyBirthdayMSD May the helicopter continue to fly and land in our hearts” Sehwag and MS have played a lot of cricket together for India and the right-handed opener was an integral part of the Indian teams that won inaugural World T20 in 2007 and ICC World Cup 2011 under the leadership of Dhoni To a man who has given Indian fans innumerable moments of joy#HappyBirthdayMSD May the helicopter continue to fly and land in our hearts pictwittercom/CVupTH4xDV — Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) 7 July 2017 The wicketkeeper-batsman is presently in West Indies for a five-match bilateral ODI series and the right-hander celebrated his birthday with Indian team and wife Sakshi after concluding the series win against the hosts In the video which is going viral on social media Dhoni is cutting the cake while Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya is spotted capturing the moments while Rishabh Pant Sakshi are also in attendance After cutting the cake Dhoni gave the first piece to his wife Sakshi as others applauded in the background India now play one-off T20I against West Indies on Sunday and will then head back home They next play Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka in July For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsWritten by Anuradha Mascarenhas | Pune | Published: June 6 2017 9:08 am India sent the largest contingent of 119 runners to the 2017 Comrades Marathon Top News Call them enterprising or simply runners with a zest for taking on the impossible: they are the 16 Puneites who successfully completed the 2017 Comrades Marathon an iconic ultimate human race held for the 92nd time on June 4 at KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa On what made him take on the extremely challenging race 43-year-old Kishore Dhankude who finished the race in 11 hours and 55 minutes said “I don’t know what compelled me but I just did it” “To train for this I climbed Mount Everest” added Dhankude who had scaled the world’s tallest peak on May 20 this year Dr Neelam Vaid a 53-year-old ENT surgeon from Pune said she had decided to keep pushing herself to achieve the impossible “Comrades Marathon is an approximately 87-km annual run held at KwaZulu-Natal… the route is hilly and tremendously tough It just seemed so impossible I wanted to prove to myself that it was possible and yes I did it” said Vaid who completed the race in 11 hours and 48 minutes The run takes place between Durban and Pietermaritzburg ever year with the starting point alternating between the two cities This year it was the ‘up’ run and the theme of the race was ‘It Takes All of You- Zinikele’ Those who participated in the world’s oldest ultra marathon had to cross five hills within a time limit of 12 hours Athletes across the world combine physical and mental strength to conquer the distance between the two cities The marathon started by World War I veteran Vic Clapham today attracts nearly 20000 athletes Bongmusa Mthembu of South Africa won the 2017 Comrades Marathon completing the ‘up’ run from Durban to Pietermaritzburg in five hours and 35 minutes This year India had sent the largest contingent of 119 runners Of the 17 runners who participated from Pune 16 completed the race According to Sanjay Rao and Mahesh Narkar from Pune Running a group which motivates and trains people in long-distance running two women from Pune Dr Vaid and Vineeta Jadhav completed the race Others included Amod Bhate Vishwas Suryawanshi Sameer Wagle Sameer Chitre Krishna Sirothia Mangesh Shinde Siddhesh Gandhi Jayanta Ashish Kasodekar and Avinash Mane When contacted in South Africa Vaid admitted that the experience was “most painful” but also “extremely fulfiling” when she finished the race In Pune avid runners closely tracked the race on the official Comrades Marathon App which had the latest updates “The App allowed us to track the runners live for the duration of the race… so we were clued in to what the enterprising group from Pune was doing “ said Rao For all the latest Pune News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Express Web Desk | Updated: July 15 2017 9:31 pm India moved into the semi-final of World Cup Related News India qualified for the semi-final of the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 for the first time since 2010 after they beat New Zealand by 186 runs in the final group game Put into bat first in the do-or-die game India lost two early wickets of the openers by captain Mithali Raj and Harmanpreet Singh rebuilt the innings and before the latter was dismissed India were looking for a total close to 230 But Veda Krishnamurthy’s 45-ball 70 gave India the momentum and they finished with a total of 265/7 with Mithali scoring a century Rajeshwari Gayakwad took her first five-wicket haul in ODIs as India bowled out New Zealand for 79 New Zealand 79 all out –New Zealand chasing a target of 266 runs lost some early wickets and could never recover from loss They kept losing wickets at regular wickets They are chasing a target of 266 runs which was posted by India thanks to abrilliant century from captain Mithali Raj and a 45-ball 70 from Veda Krishnamurthy in the do-or-die group game The winner of this match will enter the semi-finals TEAMS: INDIA:Smriti Mandhana Punam Raut Mithali Raj (CPT) Harmanpreet Kaur Deepti Sharma Veda Krishnamurthy Sushma Verma (WKT) Shikha Pandey Jhulan Goswami Rajeshwari Gayakwad Poonam Yadav NEW ZEALAND:Suzie Bates (CPT) Rachel Priest (WKT) Amy Satterthwaite Katey Martin Sophie Devine Katie Perkins Maddy Green Amelia Kerr Hannah Rowe Lea Tahuhu Leigh Kasperek For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsWritten by Shweta Basu Prasad | Mumbai | Published: June 16 2017 10:40 am Shweta Basu Prasad’s Digital playlist: As we celebrate World Music Day on the 21st June this musical week my recommendation is the 76-minute documentary film by Rudradeep Bhattacharjee on Netflix The Human Factor Related News “Music gives a soul to the universe wings to the mind flight to the imagination and life to everything” said Plato Music moves the deepest emotions stirs buried memories makes one forget yet creates new feelings and sometimes cures illness too Music is nostalgia We often connect to a song to its lyrics its tunes so much that it feels like we have known those songs all along Whether it’s Ella Fitzgerald’s Manhattan brewing images of classic 1950’s New York streets with horse buggies and hats or Basu Chatterjee and Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s movie songs which make us time travel to the golden eras music has that power With several apps and other means to listen to music today it’s an accessible pass time for most people Music that has mostly earned a ‘film music’ status in our country leaves genres like jazz folk and classical to the nichè But something common ties all the genres of music the skeleton of the sounds — the instruments Instrumentalist in our country are not given their due at least not as much as they deserve Whether it’s the Tanpura makers of Pandharpur or instrumentalist playing in the orchestra of your favourite songs these unsung heroes mostly live a thankless unnoticed life One such Parsi family of wizards The Lords contributed to the Hindi film music from the 1930’s through 1990’s (and beyond) spanning two generations of percussionists drummers and music arrangers having produced over 6000 songs As we celebrate World Music Day on the 21st June this musical week my recommendation is the 76-minute documentary film by Rudradeep Bhattacharjee on Netflix The Human Factor This interview based documentary traces the lives of Cawas Lord and his sons Kersi Lord and Burjon (Buji) Lord and their journeys in the music industry of Bombay film industry as the puppeteers of sound Cawas came to Mumbai in 1911 from Pune to learn music and later joined Chic Chocolate band at the Taj Hotel as a drummer His fate soon introduced him to film song recordings where he played more out of professional commitment and money and less for the passion of music itself he admits in the documentary Cawas is speculated to have played for the first Hindi talkie Alam Ara which he denies in his interview in the documentary insisting that he played for the second talkie film Cawas soon became ‘Lord saab’ for celebrated composers like Naushaad SD Burman and many other music gods of the time Cawas introduced the sounds of Latin instruments such as Congo Bongos and many other Latin Ameriacan instruments and sounds to film songs and background scores Kersi Lord accompanied his father Cawas to the studios for recording from the age of 13 and later became a regular at the studio arranging for the acclaimed music directors of 1950’s Kersi’s claim to fame have been many hit Hindi film songs including Chura liya hai tumne with R D Burman and his famous accordion piece in Roop tera mastana Burjon or fondly known Buji was also a drummer and enjoyed a great reputation among the music directors Sadly this family the Lords who over many decades brought in new technologies sounds and instruments and contributed in the movie music industry never got their due as the songs were always popularised for the composers singers and even the lip syncing actors Although they were loved and respected the bands or the instrumentalists as claimed in the documentary never got their names in the credit lists of the films they worked on because they were told that they were being paid The emergence of synthesisers in the 1970’s which Kersi Lord introduced to Rahul Dev Burman can be seen as the downfall for the orchestra culture in film music recording costing many instrumentalist their bread and butter Kersi confesses that he never intended to do that but the fact was that they all saw newer technologies emerge and engulf the studios Machines soon replaced orchestras and instruments were either recorded separately or created to make the product more cost efficient sacrificing the human factor of live orchestra The documentary premiered at the New York film festival and later was screened at the Tribeca film festival as well It is shot in natural light and mostly inside homes and studios The footage is well edited and appropriately placed leaving no dull moments The music is also very well used in parts of the film The fact that the documentary shows the Lord family with several famous personalities in family photographs doesn’t actually have any personalities being interviewed makes the documentary shine Whether intentionally or not the focus from Lord family never shifts allowing them to enjoy the spotlight without any famous personalities singing praises for them So next time you watch Waheeda Rehman dance with her ghungroos in the movie Guide or hear songs and background scores with kokirokos Remember the Lords of sounds created them PS Shankar Mahadevan’s Unheard on gaanacom and Sa Re Ga Ma app for classical music is highly recommended too Happy World Music Day Please give your feedback for the film and my column at shwetab[email protected] (Shweta Basu Prasad is a National Award winning actress famed for Makdee Iqbal and her TV show Chandra Nandini Shweta is a graduate in mass media and journalism) For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsWritten by Shubhra Gupta | New Delhi | Updated: August 18 2016 4:08 pm India’s Sakshi Malik poses with her bronze medal for the women’s wrestling freestyle 58-kg competition during the medals ceremony at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro Brazil Wednesday Aug 17 2016 (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber) Top News Congratulations have been pouring in since morning as India woke upto a freedom of another kind: Sakshi Malik won a wrestling Bronze in the 2016 Rio Olympics breaking the jinx of the almost-there-but-not-quite fourth places Finally we Indians are free to rejoice and revel as our sportspeople break through to that coveted podium holding aloft that treasured medal But in all this noise there has been the usual gendered appropriation of Sakshi’s incredible feat calling her ‘India’s Daughter’ on social networks Yes she is someone’s daughter And will go on to be if that’s where life takes her a wife and mother too But this gendered appropriation of a young woman’s fabulous achievements reduces it and her to a label: the sort of patriarchal label which has enabled us to keep our women in shackles for centuries Malik is a sportsperson first and foremost Do you have any notion of what it takes to get where she has The hard hard grind that knows no night or day no holiday no cheat days just endless relentless practice just to get that one-hundredth of an edge over a rival practicing just as hard in other corners of the world Let’s dump this dominant discourse of ‘ma-behen-beti’ Let’s celebrate Sakshi’s feat for what it is: a great great sporting achievement WATCH VIDEO You go Sakshi Please do nibble one more corner of that medal you so richly deserve : it is real You’ve done it Clap clap For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Top NewsWritten by Lalmani Verma | Lucknow | Published: March 31 2017 6:10 am Top News THE BJP has begun its preparations for the 2019 general elections with the appointment of full-time workers called “vistaraks” to each district party unit While the state has 75 districts some of them have two or more BJP district units – bringing the total to 92 district party units The preparations are party of “Mission 2019” The job of a vistarak according to party insiders would be to camp in their areas hold meetings with booth and sector level workers set up new booth committees where required and ensure execution of party programmes In all the vistaraks will cover 80 Lok Sabha constituencies including the seven which the party lost in 2014 Party insiders said that the BJP will also depute one vistarak each in 78 assembly seats where the party and its allies Apna Dal and Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party (SBSP) were defeated in the recently concluded assembly polls Among these 78 assembly seats candidates of BJP and its allies stood second on 58 seats third on 17 seats and fourth on three seats Party leaders claimed that party won 67 seats which used to be called strongholds of SP and BSP “BJP won 19 Assembly seats in six of the seven Lok Sabha constituencies including four in Amethi two in Rae Bareli one in Azamgarh four each in Kannauj Badaun and Ferozabad BJP has to strengthen the organsiation in these constituencies so that these seats are secured by 2019” a BJP leader said Party sources said that a meeting regarding deployment of vistarakas was held in Delhi last week in which leaders from different state units of the party were present with party national general secretary (organisation) Ram Lal The process of selection of the ‘vistaraks’ have begun and areas have been assigned Their work will start in the districts and assembly segments from April 15 On the deployment of vistaraks BJP state spokesperson Rakesh Tripathi said “BJP is working with idea of ‘poorva yojana— poorna yojana’ Party workers will start working to strengthen the organisation before next elections” According to sources there are around 20000 booths where party finds itself weak Chief minister Yogi Adityanath too had asked BJP cadre to begin work for the next Lok Sabha polls Barely a week after swearing in Adityanath had at a party meeting in Gorakhpur said that only two years were left for Lok Sabha polls and possibilities were still alive to ensure that party performs better than last Lok Sabha elections For all the latest Lucknow News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Agencies | Dhanbad (jharkhand) | Published: May 13 2009 1:34 pm Related News Suspected Maoists have abducted three railway officialsincluding the station masterof Hendegiri station in Jharkhand’s Latehar districta senior official said in Dhanbad on Wednesday “A group of armed Maoists raided the station last night and abducted station master Lalit PrasadDeputy station master Anil Kumar and Assistant station master S K Tete” Divisional Railway Manager (Dhanbad division)A K Guptatold newsmen Three other employees of the railway stationlocated about 140 km from Ranchi and falling in Central Industrial Chord (CIC) section of Dhanbad railway divisionwere also taken away along with the officials but were let off after covering some distanceGupta added Stating that the authorities have not received any ransom call since their kidnapGupta said efforts were on to trace them Meanwhilevice-president of East-Central Railway Employees Union Santosh Tiwari demanded the abducted officials be located within next three daysstarting last midnight “If they do not return within 72 hourswe will resort to blockade of railway traffic” Tiwari said in a statement Maoists had abducted railway employees a couple of times in the past and released them unharmed For all the latest India News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Tavleen Singh | Updated: June 7 2015 12:40 pm In emulation of the Prime Minister the new BJP chief minister of Maharashtra spends a lot of time travelling to foreign lands to lure investors Related News Last week I spent a long hot afternoon trying to rescue an eight-year-old street child from the clutches of the Indian State Suraj Mahadev Chavan was born on a Mumbai pavement His mother died when he was a baby and his father is disabled So a Christian charity has taken upon itself the task of paying for his education in a residential school in Ahmednagar This little boy is part of a community of street people I know well and he was in Mumbai for his summer holidays when the police arrested him He was trying to help his father by selling bangles on Marine Drive but was arrested for begging This was late at night and I could not go to the police station in time to prevent him from being confined in the state-run Dongri Children’s Home that is the terror of every street child It is a children’s jail not a home and those who get locked up here can be released only through a court order I went to court to try and give a personal bond to release Suraj I went in the mistaken belief that if adults could get bail so could children I was wrong The presiding judge a plump middle-class woman gave me a cold stare and said “Sorry we have to follow procedures and the procedure is that he needs a certificate from the school saying that he is a student there” I pointed out that this meant that his sister who has a small baby would have to travel to Ahmednagar to get it since the school is closed for the summer holiday but she said she could not care less because “procedures are procedures” So Suraj a small skinny boy remains in the ‘care’ of the Maharashtra government When I met him he wept and begged to be taken away because he was being beaten up and tortured by older boys I could do nothing The reason why I tell his story here is to draw attention to the horrible truth that the most difficult legacy Prime Minister Narendra Modi has to deal with is changing the nature of the Indian State It is a hardhearted pitiless brutal State manned by officials who take pleasure in crushing ordinary citizens under their mighty jackboot Their most vulnerable victims are India’s poorest citizens and the ugly truth is that the only people who seem not to know this are those very political leaders who bleat on endlessly about “the poor” The poorest people I know live in the streets of Mumbai and their biggest problem is the Indian State They are of no fixed address so people hesitate to employ them and they are forced to rely on selling whatever they can off wooden trays that they hang around their necks No sooner does a policeman see them do this than he confiscates their goods If they try setting up a pavement shop municipal officials come and smash it down and if these street entrepreneurs happen to be children they are arrested for begging No Indian city has affordable rental accommodation for the poor so in a city like Mumbai they are forced to build frail shelters of plastic and bamboo on unoccupied land This time they have been prevented from doing this despite appealing to local politicians and officials to allow them to build temporary shacks for the four monsoon months I wrote in this column some weeks ago about how officials came and demolished their shacks and cordoned off the rocky wasteland where they stood They did not give up and went to appeal to the Collector of Mumbai who told them that her job was to demolish the shanties in which they lived not to provide them with alternative accommodation It is only when you see the Indian State through the eyes of India’s poorest citizens that you see it in all its ugliness and brutality If any single political party can be blamed for this it is the Congress party In the name of the poor it has in its long decades of ruling India created a State that despises poor people It will not be easy to change this mindset but unless it changes there is not the smallest chance of India ever becoming a fully developed country In emulation of the Prime Minister the new BJP chief minister of Maharashtra spends a lot of time travelling to foreign lands to lure investors Has he thought what they will make of a city in which children are jailed on the pretext of taking them into state care Has he thought what they will make of a city that treats its poorest citizens as if they were sub-human It is a legacy issue But it must be dealt with urgently Follow Tavleen Singh on Twitter @ tavleen_singh For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Komal RJ Panchal | Mumbai | Updated: May 15 2017 12:52 pm Half Girlfriend co-stars Arjun Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor had the ‘quirk king’ Ranveer Singh visiting them Related News Last night when Arjun Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor were busy promoting their upcoming film Half Girlfriend they had a rather unexpected guest Just when the duo were packing up for the day they had the ‘quirk king’ Ranveer Singh visiting them Arjun Kapoor and Ranveer Singh worked together in Gunday opposite Priyanka Chopra and have been thick friends ever since Arjun is seen introducing Ranveer as “a little more than a co-star and a little less than life partner” in this video To which Ranveer says “I am Arjun’s real life Half Girlfriend” and pushes Shraddha away from Arjun Watch video to witness the actual bromance that is in the air Arjun Kapoor and Ranveer Singh’s friendship goes a long way both of them have gone ahead and promoted each other’s films on various social media platforms and have showed up on each other’s film sets often Even when Arjun Kapoor shared the Half Girlfriend trailer on Twitter when he announced the film Ranveer Singh jumped in and in a series of tweets the duo entertained their fans with their witty banter Also readRanveer Singh tweets something about Arjun Kapoor’s Half Girlfriend character Madhav Jha and what follows is a laughriot Both these actors have been the best of friends since Gunday and even appeared together in an episode of Koffee with Karan season 5 The two had appeared together in the heavily-criticised AIB Roast too We must say Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor never miss a chance to show off the ever growing love for each other and indulge in some out-of-the-box antics taking their friendship to a whole new level We totally love this budding ‘bromance’ what about you For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related News The writer is an editor with ?s health department and death certificates we had is Gandhi and her NAC who should get the credit ?where are you when we really need you? People walk during a polluted day in Shenyang, southeast Asia and Africa as energy demand growth dwarfs efforts to improve air quality. Prime and Lux." May said in a statement.

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