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Mukesh Khanna lashes out at TikTok, says it is spreading obscenity among youth

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Written by Sana Farzeen
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Published: May 22, 2020 2:28:18 pm


Mukesh Khanna feels TikTiok is destroying the youth of the country. (Photo: Mukesh Khanna/Instagram)

Actor Mukesh Khanna is the latest celebrity to criticise TikTok. The short-video format app was initially under scanner during the rise of coronavirus cases, for being owned by a Chinese firm. And recently, TikTok videos glorifying acid attack, domestic violence and sexual harassment has earned the ire of the public.

Remembered for playing the iconic character of Shaktimaan, Mukesh Khanna recently posted a video on Instagram, where he lashed out at the app and its users. In the video, the actor is seen telling his fans that there is a lot more to do in life than making TikTok videos. “I am happy that the TikTok app is slowly getting out of the country. I have been told that the ratings have dropped from 4.5 to 1.3. I am glad that people listened to me and are turning away from the app. It’s important to save the youth from getting destroyed through this app.”

He also posted a long note in Hindi explaining how the app was doing harm to the youth. Khanna wrote, “You enjoy listening to the tik tok sound of your watches. However, today’s youth are out on the streets, falling for obscenity for a few seconds of fame. Corona is a Chinese virus, we all know, and we should understand that the app is a similar virus. It is an app for useless people. It is spreading obscenity, senselessness and it is going to get entrenched in the youth of today. It’s important that the app is banned and I am happy we are finally heading towards the same. I support the ban of this app.”

Recently, a controversy had erupted between YouTubers and TikTokers after CarryMinati and Amir Siddiqui indulged in a war of words. CarryMinati’s video dissing the app was removed by YouTube for violating terms of services.

Also Read | CarryMinati’s video removed, everything you should know about TikTok vs YouTube controversy

Mukesh Khanna had shown his solidarity towards CarryMinati, and in a video message had then said, “I support CarryMinati in this matter. His video was taken down from YouTube which I feel is not fair. If one has to take videos down, they should also get rid of so many objectionable videos that are already available on the platform. However, I would also like to advise CarryMinati to choose his words and statements carefully. One shouldn’t use words that could hurt other people’s sentiments. His fans support and love him and hence he should be careful. Many times, one might not be wrong, but their words can be taken otherwise.”

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Hollywood Rewind | Stardust: Claire Danes starrer casts a strong spell

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Written by Anvita Singh
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Published: June 6, 2020 7:25:51 am


Released in 2007, Stardust was helmed by Matthew Vaughn.

Fantasy dramas when translated well, truly cast a magical spell on its viewers. Fortunately, we have a sizable chunk of these stories in Hollywood. And to that prestigious group belongs the Matthew Vaughn 2007 directorial Stardust. Based on the book penned by award-winning writer Neil Gaiman, Stardust pays a wonderful homage to its source material.

Stardust boasts of a stellar cast with names like Claire Danes, Charlie Cox, Sienna Miller, Ricky Gervais, Robert De Niro, Peter O’Toole and Michelle Pfeiffer attached to the ambitious project. Not only was the production done on a mega scale, with beautiful set pieces, but the execution of the narrative also matched pace. As the movie progressed you felt like you were reading an unputdownable book.

For the uninitiated, the storyline runs thus — In the fictional town of Great Britain, The Wall, a young man called Tristan hopes to win the heart of his crush Victoria. For this he ventures to offer her a star, and lo and behold, a star falls! Now all that our Tristan has to do is to capture it and bring it to his love. However, for this, he must enter the magical kingdom of Stormhold. And there’s another twist in the story — the star is actually a lovely woman by the name of Yvaine. A forbidden romance ensues against a melodramatic, humourous and slightly dark setting. What we next see on screen is these different elements of art interacting in a highly entertaining fashion.

What also pulled me to the film were some fantastic performances doled out by Claire Danes and Michelle Pfeiffer. Danes is one of those rare American actors who can pull off a British accent with conviction. And that she is a credible performer is only a bonus. One of my favourite scenes from the movie is a monologue delivered by her character when she realises that she has fallen for her captor. Gushing, wide-eyed and lovely, Danes is magnetic in the sequence (the solid writing helps too). A shout out to veteran actor Pfeiffer, who was cruel and charismatic as the witch obsessed with beauty, youth and power.

Hollywood Rewind: Red Eye | Notting Hill | Fargo | The Virgin Suicides | The Breakfast Club | Enchanted | Walk the Line | Blood Diamond | Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban | Mortal Kombat | Bridges of Madison County | Edward Scissorhands | Breakfast at Tiffany’s | She’s Gotta Have It | Ever After | The Devil Wears Prada | The Matrix | Creed | Mulan | Ratatouille | Shutter Island | Her | Dead Poets Society | Sleepless in Seattle | Waitress | Pride and Prejudice | The Dark Knight | Before Sunset | School of Rock | About a Boy | A Few Good Men | 50/50 | Begin Again | Brooklyn | Drive | Chocolat | Batman Begins | 10 Things I Hate About You | The Departed | Freedom Writers | Pretty Woman | Dan in Real Life | Jurassic Park | Tangled | Meet Joe Black | Monster’s Ball | Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind | You’ve Got Mail | Half Nelson | Fight Club | Doubt | American Psycho | Julie and Julia | Forrest Gump | The Silence of the Lambs | Finding Neverland | Roman Holiday| American History X | Tropic Thunder | Before Sunrise | Scent of a Woman | Finding Forrester | Sixteen Candles

To sum things up, I will say this — translating a beloved piece of literature into a film has almost always resulted in disaster. However, Stardust is different. It not only faithfully adapts the text, but also manages to stand on its own two feet even after a decade of its release.

You can watch Stardust on YouTube and Netflix.

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Singer Jassa Dhillon To Make His Bollywood Debut Soon

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The singer started his musical career in 2019 with the song ‘Pyar Bolda’

Singer Jassa Dhillon is all set to make his Bollywood debut soon. New details about the project will be revealed soon.

The singer and lyricist started his musical career in 2019 with the song ‘Pyar Bolda (Ft. Gur Sindhu)’ which has featured in various music charts.  It is also quite popular on YouTube with over 33 million views. Gur Sidhu has given the music for the well-recieved track.

Since then, the singer has created a number of songs. These include songs like ‘Low Rider’, ‘Surma’, ‘Mutiyare Ni’, and ‘Jhanjar’. Jassa has experimented with a variety of genres through his music including Punjabi, pop, romantic, and hip-hop. His latest song Jatt Hunne Aa released on April 25, 2020, and already has over 2 million views on YouTube. 

Born in Assandh to Ranbir Singh Dhillon and Harjinder Kaur, Jassa Dhillon completed his education at JPS Academy. We look forward to seeing the singer-lyrist on the big screen soon.

 





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Cinematographer Baidyanath Basak passes away

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Written by Komal RJ Panchal
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Published: June 5, 2020 9:16:23 pm


Baidyanath Basak passed away on Thursday. (Photo: Doordarshan/Screengrab)

Cinematographer Baidyanath Basak passed away on Thursday in Kolkata.

His son Sanjay Basak confirmed the news to indianexpress.com. He said, “My father was living with me in Kolkata. He was not keeping well for the last few months. A couple of days back his health deteriorated and we tried taking him to a hospital. But because of coronavirus crisis, no hospital was admitting my father. He finally passed away yesterday between 3 and 3:30 pm.”

Baidyanath Basak made his Bollywood debut as an assistant cameraman with Raj Kapoor directorial Boot Polish (1954). After not being able to find enough work in Mumbai, he shifted back to Kolkata.

Once back in Kolkata, Uttam Kumar played a very important role in his career. Basak shot the maximum number of films with Uttam. He also worked with actors like Suchitra Sen, Moon Moon Sen, Ashok Kumar, Tunuja, Tapas Paul and Soumitra Chatterjee.

Some of his notable Bengali films include Manjari Opera (1964), Kokhono Megh (1968), Sabar Uparey (1955), Trijama (1956), Pathey Holo Deri (1957), Nayika Sangbad (1967), Ekti Raat (1956), Putrabadhu (1998), Deya Neya (1963) and Kakababu Here Gelen? (1995).

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