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By: Entertainment Desk | New Delhi |

Published: May 22, 2020 4:26:36 pm


Raghu Ram and Rajiv Lakshman shared a photo with late friend Abdul Rauf. 

TV host and producer Raghu Ram lost his close friend Abdul Rauf to coronavirus on Thursday. Abdul first joined Raghu as his driver and later participated in the production of his shows.

Deeply saddened by Abdul’s death, Raghu penned an emotional note on Instagram. “I lost you last night to Covid 19, Abdul. The grief I feel is indescribable, just like that of anyone who ever knew you. You came into my life in 2009 as Raju, my driver. But you surprised me with who you really were. You were Abdul Rauf. A loving, honest, competent, hard working friend who had dreams, and the courage to go after them,” wrote Raghu as he shared a photo with Abdul.

He added, “You worked in production of many shows, rising to the top as head of production at Monozygotic. You grew into someone we all depended on. You changed your destiny with your effort.”

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I lost you last night to Covid 19, Abdul. The grief I feel is indescribable, just like that of anyone who ever knew you. You came into my life in 2009 as Raju, my driver. But you surprised me with who you really were. You were Abdul Rauf. A loving, honest, competent, hard working friend who had dreams, and the courage to go after them. You worked in production of many shows, rising to the top as head of production at Monozygotic. You grew into someone we all depended on. You changed your destiny with your effort. There was so much more to achieve, my friend. So many more battles to fight side by side. I can’t begin to tell you how much I’ll miss you. I still can’t believe this virus could extinguish so bright a spark! This was not how it was supposed to end. Goodbye, Abdul. This will never be ok.

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Ending it on an emotional note, Raghu Ram wrote, “There was so much more to achieve, my friend. So many more battles to fight side by side. I can’t begin to tell you how much I’ll miss you. I still can’t believe this virus could extinguish so bright a spark! This was not how it was supposed to end. Goodbye, Abdul. This will never be ok.”

Raghu’s brother and TV anchor Rajiv Lakshman also remembered his friend and colleague Abdul Rauf and shared a photo. “RIP Abdul Bhai. My comrade. My brother in arms. Our journey together has been long. And you grew from a driver to the Head of Production in my company. From a colleague to a friend. The purity of your heart & genuine approach to work & friendships have left an indelible mark on me. Sadly, our journey together ended here. This pic is less than a year ago. Us in Ladakh. If only i had known. Love forever, bhaijaan. Zygotes for life… And beyond,” Rajiv captioned the photo on Instagram.

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Sonu Sood airlifts 177 migrant workers stuck in Kerala

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By: Entertainment Desk | Mumbai |

Updated: May 30, 2020 11:07:48 am


Sonu Sood is actively replying to every call for help on his social media accounts. (Photo: Sonu Sood/Instagram)

Actor Sonu Sood is actively working towards helping migrant workers reach their hometowns. Now, the actor has helped 177 girls who were migrants working in Kerala. They were flown back home to Orissa by Sonu Sood.

The Simmba actor was informed about the same by a friend. Sood arranged for permissions for the aircraft to be flown from Kochi to Bhubhaneshwar so the girls could return home. “We got to know about these girls stranded in Kerala. We found out their phone numbers and talked to them. I assured them help. They were not getting proper food and were desperate to return home,” Sonu told Times of India.

Recently, Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari appreciated the actor’s work during the coronavirus-induced lockdown.

The Governor’s handle tweeted, “Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari called up actor, filmstar @SonuSood and complimented him for his dedicated work in facilitating the safe transportation of migrant people from various states to their home states.”

To this, Sonu Sood replied, “Thank u so much, sir. Your words inspire me to work harder. Will continue working for the migrant brothers and sisters till we unite them with their families. Honoured.”

Sonu Sood is actively replying to every call for help on his social media accounts. The actor had earlier said in a statement that he “will continue sending migrants home until the last migrant reunites with his family and loved ones. This is something close to my heart and I will give it my all.”

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Remembering lyricist Yogesh Gaur: 10 best songs by the veteran writer

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Written by Arushi Jain
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Published: May 30, 2020 10:24:22 am


Yogesh Gaur wrote the lyrics of Rajesh Khanna’s song “Zindagi Kaisi Hai Paheli”. 

Veteran lyricist Yogesh Gaur, 77, passed away on Friday. He gave Hindi cinema some memorable songs in films like Anand (1971), Mili (1975), Rajnigandha (1974), Chhoti Si Baat (1976), Baton Baton Mein (1979), Manzil (1979) and many others.

He penned the lyrics of melancholic songs like like “Kahin Door Jab Din Dhal Jaye”, “Zindagi Kaisi Hai Paheli”, “Rajnigandha Phool Tumhare” and “Maine Kaha Phoolon Se” among many others which are remembered to this date.

While paying him a tribute on Twitter, Javed Akhtar mentioned how the late lyricist Yogesh never got his due. He tweeted, “deeply sad to know that an exceptional lyricist Yogesh ji has passed away He wrote a number of great songs like kahin door jab din dhal jaye or zindagi kaisi hai paheli or kaee baar yun bhi dekha hai yeh jo man ki seema Rekha hai . Strangely the world did not give him his due.”

Lata Mangeshkar who sang several songs written by Yogesh Gaur was also saddened by the news of his demise. “Mujhe abhi pata chala ki dil ko chunewale geet likhnewale kavi Yogesh ji ka aaj swargwas hua. Ye sunke mujhe bahut dukh hua.Yogesh ji ke likhe kai geet maine gaaye. Yogesh ji bahut shaant aur madhur swabhav ke insan the. Main unko vinamra shraddhanjali arpan karti hun. (I just got to know about the death of Yogesh Ji who wrote many heartwarming songs. I have sung many songs written by him. He was a very calm and composed man. I pay my respects to him),” she wrote on Twitter.

Here are 10 of the best Hindi film songs written by Yogesh Gaur:

Zindagi Kaisi Hai Paheli (Anand)

Kahin Durr Jab Din Dhal Jaaye (Anand)

Rajnigandha Phool Tumhare (Rajnigandha)

Rimjhim Gire Saawan (Manzil)

Janeman Janeman Tere Do Nayan (Baton Baton Mein)

Na Jaane Kyun (Chhoti Si Baat)

Na Bole Tum Na Maine Kuch Kaha (Baton Baton Mein)

Maine Kahan Phoolon Se (Mili)

Uthe Sabke Kadam (Baton Baton Mein)

Tum Jo Aao (Sakhi Robin)

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Zaira Wasim Trends on Twitter as She Deletes Twitter-Instagram After Using a Quran Verse to Allegedly Justify Locust Attack

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Former actor Zaira Wasim has drawn the ire of several social media users for allegedly justifying locust attacks in India by using a verse from the holy Quran. The Dangal fame actor later deleted her accounts from both Twitter and Instagram that resulted in a Twitter trend in her name. After facing an instant criticism for using religion to allegedly justify bigotry, Zaira continued to face a backlash from people on Twitter. Also Read – Zaira Wasim Leaves Twitter And Instagram After Controversial Tweet Justifying Locust Attacks by Using a Verse From Holy Quran

However, there are also few who think that the former actor has been misunderstood and it’s only better that she left social media considering her intellect was not comprehended by many. Some others on social media felt that criticising Zaira is another example of rising Islamophobia because what she spoke is nothing different from what most people mean when they relate the reason behind any natural calamity with God’s wrath. Also Read – Zaira Wasim in New Post: Imagine Someone Believes He’s a Loser Because You Tried to Look Cool With a Joke

In her tweet on Thursday, Zaira wrote, “So We sent upon them the flood and locusts and lice and frogs and blood: Signs openly self explained: but they were steeped in arrogance- a people given to sin. -Qur’an 7:133” (sic) Also Read – Zaira Wasim Asks People Not to Praise Her, Writes ‘Am Not Righteous; It’s Dangerous For my Imaan’

A screenshot of Zaira Wasim’s tweet

India, along with Pakistan, Iran, Bangladesh, and parts of South Africa, has been facing one of the worst agricultural crisis in decades since large locust swarms have attacked the crops in these areas. This means that the countries that are already dealing with an unprecedented health crisis in the name of COVID-19, floods and earthquakes have got another problem at hand. So when Zaira commented on the same and tried to reason this crisis, she received mixed responses. Check out these tweets:

Zaira has been under the scanner for her opinions on various issues that she has been expressing on Instagram and Twitter time and again. Recently, she talked about the impact of trolling and mocking people on those who are sensitive or do not understand the ‘joke’ culture.





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