When sectarian violence such as the crises in Manipur in India erupts, the message from Dubai by a smattering of global celebrities is unanimously that of spreading the peace across religious and party lines or rather ignoring them.
India’s pioneering pop singer Usha Uthup, world famous artist Sacha Jaffri and Ahmed Al Falasi, the Hope-maker of the UAE and the country’s go-to man on matters pertaining to charity and relief, spoke to Headline.ae on the sidelines of the Mother Teresa International Awards which were held for the first time outside India in felicitating those who have served the society, especially the minority and weaker sections.
A glittering function saw achievers get recognised for their efforts at the Conrad hotel on Sheikh Zayed Road in the UAE emirate on Saturday. Addressing the media, the local patron of the awards ceremony and businessman-cum-cricket enthusiast, Shyam Bhatia, and Uthup both recalled their association with Mother Teresa and the common message that she left with them. “If you have to help in giving back to the society, give me your time, not money.”
Jaffri, who counts Nelson Mandela, Mohandas K Gandhi and Mother Teresa among his idols, drew a painting spontaneously within 20-odd minutes to highlight the spirit of giving and “sending positive energy to the society we live in.”
To answer a question on what would be the reaction to a crises that is unfolding among minority and weaker sections of the society in various parts of the world, including the north-eastern state of Manipur in India, Uthup said: “Firstly, it is all about politics and religion and nobody should care when it comes to these two factors. But it all boils down back to long ago from what Gandhi stood for – the message of peace. It should be everyone’s interest to find a peaceful solution rather than indulge in whataboutery and what not.”
Al Falasi is famously known for running from pillar to post and burning the midnight oil to set up a kidney dialysis centre in Kenya with his own personal financial resources. He travelled overnight to Japan from Kenya, stopped over in South Africa enroute on his return and arranged ahead for a kidney dialysis machine and the accompanying RO water plant to be ordered and delivered in less than a week’s time.
“When we go to an area where help is needed, we don’t look at who is doing it, who is the cause for it? We don’t look at the religion, nor do we ask,” Al Falasi said. “Our focus and priority is to help those displaced, needy or those affected and make sure food supplies, ration and shelter are provided for. What religion they come from, what is the reason the crises has unfolded … we don’t care for those details.”
Uthup, wearing her fashionable and still trending Kanjeevaram saree fashioned shoes, then added a cliché but pertinent line. “Ultimately, everyone on a deathbed or fighting for his life will need blood to save his life. And that comes only in one colour – red – and it does not differentiate.”
Varun Sharma, Pankaj Tripathi starrer gets flying start
Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], September 29 (ANI): Actors Varun Sharma, Pankaj Tripathi and Pulkit Samrat starrer comedy film’Fukrey 3′ has according to estimates collected Rs 8.82 crore at the Indian box office on its first day.
Taking to Instagram, trade analyst Taran Adarsh shared a post which he captioned,”Fukrey3 fares well on Day 1… Evening / night shows perform better… Biz in Maharashtra affected due to GanpatiVisarjan… Needs to witness substantial growth from Fri – Mon for a strong, impressive total… Thu 8377; 8.82 cr. India biz. Boxoffice”Helmed by Mrighdeep Singh Lamba and produced under the banner of Excel Entertainment by Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar, the film also stars, Richa Chadha and Manjot Singh in the lead roles.
Both ‘Fukrey’ and ‘Fukrey Returns’ had audiences in splits and emerged as hits at the box office in 2013 and 2017, respectively.
There have been several delays for ‘Fukrey 3′. The movie’s initial release date was September 7–was intended to conflict with Shah Rukh Khan’s’Jawan’. After that, it was pushed to December 1.
Now it’s shifted back to the month of September.
Actor Ali Fazal, who appeared in the first two instalments of the hit franchise, is not a part of the third instalment.
Ali, earlier issued a statement, confirming his exit from the franchise. He informed that he did not work in ‘Fukrey 3’ owing to a scheduling conflict with ‘Mirzapur 3’ season.
Reacting to Ali’s absence from the film, actor Pulkit Samrat told ANI, “We actually miss him a lot. We have a lot of fun with him during the promotions or even during the shoot. He also gives very interesting inputs, but unfortunately due to his dates and time he will not be seen in Part 3, but who knows, he might be in Part 4.” (ANI)
RajKummar Rao urges people to participate in PM Modi’s ‘Swachhata Hi Seva’ campaign
Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], September 29 (ANI): Actor RajKummar Rao on Friday morning took part in a beach clean-up drive at Juhu Beach in Mumbai.
Speaking to ANI, RajKummar hailed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Swachhata Hi Seva” campaign, urging citizens to do their bit to ensure public places are clean and tidy.
“This is a very important initiative. We all should take part in Modi ji’s ‘Swachta hi Sewa’ as it is very important to keep our city and country clean,” he said.
On his 105th episode of Mann Ki Baat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealed to people for 1 hour of shramdaan for the swachhata (cleanliness) at 10 am on October 1 calling the initiative- ‘Ek tareekh ek ghanta ek saath’.
On organising a cleanliness drive at Juhu Beach today, social worker and singer Amruta Fadnavis said, “Many people including celebrities and the city police commissioner have joined this beach cleanup. It is our responsibility to leave a clean planet for future generations. Mumbai’s bio-diverse coastline can be protected only through each individual’s contribution.”Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal also talked about the drive which is scheduled to take place on October 1.
“On 1st October, we are conducting cleanliness drives at 168 locations in Mumbai…We are setting up seven Sewage Treatment Plants at the cost of Rs 25,000 crore in Mumbai. this way we will be able to release only treated and chemical-free water in the sea,” he said. Actors Manushi Chhillar, Saiyami Kher and Isha Kopikkar were also spotted at the cleanliness drive “Cleanathon 2.0” — organised a day after immersion of the idols of Lord Ganesh during Ganesh Chaturthi. (ANI)
Soni Razdan wishes son-in-law Ranbir Kapoor on his birthday
Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], September 28 (ANI): Actor Soni Razdan has a special birthday wish for her son-in-law Ranbir Kapoor.
On Thursday, she took to Instagram and shared a selfie with Ranbir.
“Happy birthday to the sweetest SIL RanbirKapoor. You make the world a better place just by being in it…Have an amazing year ahead love you loads,” she wrote.
Actor and wife Alia Bhatt also wished her hubby Ranbir Kapoor with some adorable pictures of him and penned down a sweet message.
She took to her Instagram handle to post several pictures of Ranbir. In the first one, Alia can be seen kissing Ranbir on his cheek, while in the other the couple can be spotted enjoying a baseball match.
The following image shows Alia posing in front of the number 8 while taking a selfie. She further shared a close-up, monochrome picture of Ranbir taken on their wedding day. Another black and white photo shows Alia gazing at Ranbir’s palm. The final image was another up-close portrait of Ranbir’s face.
Along with the pictures, she wrote in the caption,”my love.. my best friend.. my happiest place.. as you read this caption from your secret account sitting right next to me .. all I’d like to say is.. happy birthday baby… you make it ALL magical”He also received special birthday wishes from his mother and veteran actor Neetu Singh and his sister, Riddhima Kapoor.
Ranbir tied the knot with Alia Bhatt on April 14, 2022, and announced their pregnancy in June 2022. On November 6, last year, the couple welcomed their first child, a baby girl, named Raha.
Meanwhile, on the work front, Ranbir is all set to come up with a film titled ‘Animal’ and the teaser of the film has been unveiled.
The movie also stars Anil Kapoor, Rashmika Mandana and Bobby Deol. The film will hit the theatres on December 1 in five languages – Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam. (ANI)