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Will Smith wins best actor Oscar for King Richard

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Will Smith has won the Oscar for best actor at the 94th Academy Awards, currently under way at the Dolby theatre in Los Angeles, the Guardian reported.

Smith won the prize for his role as Richard Williams, father of tennis champions Venus and Serena Williams, in King Richard, a biopic that outlined Williams’ role in the sisters’ stellar success. The film was directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green and stars Smith in the title role, alongside Aunjanue Ellis as his wife Brandy, Saniyya Sidney and Demi Singleton as Venus and Serena, and Jon Bernthal as tennis coach Rick Macci. Venus and Serena Williams acted as executive producers on the project.

Taking to the stage, Smith said: “I’m being called on in my life to love people and to protect people and to be a river to my people. And I know we do what we do you and gotta be able to take abuse and have people talk crazy about you. In this business, people abuse you and you gotta smile and pretend like that’s ok.

“I wanna be a vessel for love, I wanna say thank you to Venus and Serena and the entire Williams family for entrusting me with your story. I wanna be an ambassador for that kind of love and care and concern.

“I wanna apologise to the Academy and to all my fellow nominees. This is beautiful moment and I’m crying for winning an award. It’s not about winning an award for me it’s about being able to shine a light on all of the people, the entire cast and crew.”

Continuing to wipe away tears, Smith said: “Art imitates life! I looked like the crazy father, just like they said. But love will make you do crazy things.”

Smith finished by thanking his mother, who he said couldn’t attend as she was busy with her knitting cirlce. “Thank you for this moment,” he concluded. “I hope the Academy invites me back.”

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‘The Sting’ actor Charles Dierkop dies at 87

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Los Angeles [US], February 28 (ANI): American actor Charles Dierkop, best known for his appearances in ‘The Sting,’ ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,’ and ‘Police Woman,’ died on Sunday, Deadline reported.

He was 87.

Dierkop had a heart attack and contracted pneumonia.

The Wisconsin-born character actor began his career in an uncredited appearance opposite Paul Newman in ‘The Hustler.’ He appeared beside him as Flat Nose Curry in the 1969 film ‘Butch Cassidy’ and as a bodyguard in the Best Picture Oscar-winning 1973 film ‘The Sting.”Star Trek,’ ‘Batman,’ ‘Adam-12,’ ‘It Takes a Thief,’ ‘Love,’ ‘American Style,’ ‘Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea,’ ‘Lost in Space,’ ‘The Girl From U.N.C.L.E.,’ ‘Mannix,’ ‘Kung Fu,’ ‘The F.B.I.,’ and ‘The Andy Griffith Show,’ all gave him constant work in television.

Dierkop played Detective Pete Royston on NBC’s ‘Police Woman,’ a spinoff of ‘Police Story,’ as a series regular from 1974 to 1978, alongside Angie Dickinson.

During the 1980s and 1990s, he appeared as a guest on popular television shows like ‘SimonSimon,’ ‘The Fall Guy,’ ‘T.J. Hooker,’ ‘Matt Houston,’ and ‘MacGyver.’Dierkop also appeared in several B movies throughout the 2000s. His last credited role was in the 2018 film ‘HeavenHell.’Dierkop is survived by his daughter Lynn. (ANI)

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Anupam Kher shares heartwarming video with Satish Kaushik’s daughter Vanshika from ‘Kaagaz 2’ screening

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Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], February 28 (ANI): Anupam Kher shared an emotional moment from the first screening of the film ‘Kaagaz 2’ as it was attended by his close friend and late actor Satish Kaushik’s daughter Vanshika, and wife Shashi.

Anupam shared a great bond with the late actor-director Satish Kaushik.

Not only him but he has also been in touch with his family.

Kher took to his Instagram and dropped a heartwarming video with Satish Kaushik’s daughter Vanshika, and wife Shashi.

In the video, he asked Vanshika if she enjoyed the movie and what aspects she liked besides her father’s role.

Vanshika responded, expressing her admiration for the film and how he liked Kher’s role.

Sharing the video, he wrote, “After the soulful 1st screening of SatishKaushik’s Kaagaz2 it was quite an emotional moment to speak to Vanshika and ShashiKaushik. What an amazing issue based last last film of my friend Satish! Releasing on 1st March. Jai Ho!”Recently, during the promotion, he made Satish Kaushik part of the event by keeping a chair for him.

The film stars Anupam Kher, Darshan Kumaar, Neena Gupta, and late actor Satish Kaushik in the lead roles and is all set to hit theatres on March 1.

Talking to ANI, The Kashmir Files actor said, “It was his (Satish Kaushik) passion project. He was working for 2 years on this project. This is based on true incidents. He was so passionate about the subject. He met many people, the protests taken out by political parties and other organisations, however genuine the cause is for their coming on the streets but a section of people get affected by it. In this movie, the daughter of Satish Kaushik’s character could become an IAS officer but she meets with an accident and there is a political rally going on and her ambulance gets stuck in it and she dies. I play the role of the lawyer who defends the daughter of Satish Jee in the movie.”Recently, the makers of ‘Kaagaz 2’ unveiled the film’s official trailer, which received positive responses from the fans.

The trailer showcases Satish’s character seeking justice for his dead daughter and fighting a case for the ban on political rallies.

In the movie, Anant Desai can be seen playing a powerful politician whose political rally caused the death of Satish’s daughter.

Anupam Kher, portraying the advocate role in the film, fights Satish’s case, and he faces life-threatening obstacles during the legal fight.

The film highlights the hardships of an ordinary individual, whose right to live is violated by protests and rallies.

The film is produced by Shashi Satish Kaushik, Ratan Jain, and Ganesh Jain through Satish Kaushik Entertainment LLP and Venus Worldwide Entertainment Pvt Ltd.

The film is slated to be released in cinemas on March 1. (ANI)

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Director Aditya Suhas Jambhale shares his experience of working with Yami Gautam, Priyamani in ‘Article 370’

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Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], February 27 (ANI): Director Aditya Suhas Jambhale shared his experience of working with Yami Gautam, Priyamani and producer Aditya Dhar in ‘Article 370’. He also opened up about the kind of response the movie is getting from the audience.

While talking to ANI, he said, “Yami is a fabulous actor and to work with her was a great experience. She is very studious in her approach. Priyamani is amazing.”Speaking about how it was to work with Aditya, he added, “He has been a great producer and has given me complete freedom. He forced nothing on me.”On the kind of response this movie is getting, he shared, “The way people are reacting and audience are reacting is beyond words. Every day they share videos and get messages from all over the world. I think when we started working on this project we knew that people would have the similar response and every Hindustani would react to it.”In the film that has opened to strong reviews and is drawing people to theatres on strong ‘word-of-mouth’, Yami plays intelligence officer Zooni Haksar.

Set entirely in the scenic backdrop of Jammu and Kashmir, the film is based on the landmark revocation of Article 370, which guaranteed special constitutional privileges to the erstwhile state.

In a bold move, the Centre on August 5, 2019, revoked Article 370, effectively stripping the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir of its special privileges and splitting the region into two Union Territories–Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.

On the positive reviews and early box-office success of her latest release, Yami, during a free-wheeling conversation with ANI on Monday, said, “We had full faith in the film striking the right chords and finding favour with the audience. We knew once a viewer watches the film once, his views and opinions in the matter (revocation of Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir) would change. A common refrain in the congratulatory messages that I have been receiving since our film hit theatres is that the youth should watch it as there’s no propaganda in it.”Helmed by Aditya Suhas Jambhale, the film also stars Priyamani, Arun Govil and Kiran Karmarkar in key roles.

Filmmaker and Yami’s husband, Aditya Dhar, who produced this film, told ANI, “We could only work hard for this film, which we did. We knew once the film arrived in theatres, we wouldn’t have any control over how it was received by the viewers. There wasn’t much we could do. We just submitted ourselves to the audience and hoped for the best. We knew it was the audience, and the audience alone, who could give our film its due. Our film had characters based on real-life people, who worked tirelessly for the abrogation of Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir. The idea was to narrate their struggles in real life and bring it to viewers through the audio-visual medium. However, we never imagined our film getting such a response and receiving so much love from viewers. We are truly overwhelmed. To those who called our film agenda or propaganda, all we said was that they should watch the film before judging it or running it down. Abrogating Article 370 was the biggest-ever decision that an elected government at the Centre has taken since independence.”Addressing an event during a recent visit to Jammu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave a massive shoutout to the makers of ‘Article 370’ saying, “I have been told that a film titled ‘Article 370’ is being released this week. It’s good that movies are being made on such issues. Apart from entertaining viewers, it will also raise general awareness on the events that led us to take this decision.”Responding to PM Modi’s remark, Yami took to Instagram and posted, “It is an absolute honour to watch PM @narendramodi Ji talk about Article370Movie. My team and I really hope that we all exceed your expectations in bringing this incredible story to the screen! “According to the makers, the film has already minted Rs 34.71 crore gross worldwide in three days. (ANI)

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