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Bollywood's Bachchan in first TV drama series MUMBAI: Bollywood's favourite film star Amitabh Bachchan appears on Indian screens Monday in his first television drama series, in which he plays a real estate businessman with a potentially terminal illness.After more than four decades in cinema and nearly 200 film appearances to his name, the 71-year-old widely known as "the Big B" makes his TV fiction debut with the lead role in the 20-episode show "Yudh"."For quite some time I wanted to get an opportunity on television in which I get to work in a serial," Bachchan told the Press Trust of India news agency last month."Television is a very powerful medium. Commercially the turnover of television is three times more than that of films. It means that more people watch TV than films," he said."It is not about coming down to TV or going up to films. I think it is a healthy interchange of talent."Bachchan's television experience ...


Dilip Kumar’s Pakistan home will now be a national heritage KARACHI: Bollywood veteran actor Dilip Kumar’s ancestor house in Peshawar has now been turned into a national heritage by Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Indian media has been praising this generous act of Pakistan prime minister on different forums. Indian media reports, “After bestowing him with Nishan-e-Imtiaz in 1998, the country’s highest civilian award, Pakistan will give a new life to the site where all-time great actor Dilip Kumar was born as Mohammad Yousaf Khan ...

US conductor Lorin Maazel dies at 84 WASHINGTON: US conductor and composer Lorin Maazel -- whose celebrated international career began when he was a child and later included stints at the New York Philharmonic and the Vienna State Opera -- died Sunday. He was 84. The much-lauded maestro passed away at his home in the US state of Virginia from complications of pneumonia, according to the Castleton Festival he founded.Fellow conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, who heads the San Francisco Symphony, took to ...

Shakira, Santana, samba for Cup closure RIO DE JANEIRO: Colombian star Shakira, Mexican guitarist Carlos Santana, Brazilian singer Ivete Sangalo and a samba school will lead the musical entertainment at Sunday's World Cup closing ceremony.The show will start at 1720 GMT, an hour and a half before Argentina and Germany emerge to do battle at the Maracana stadium in Rio. Also on the bill are Haitian hip hop star Wyclef Jean and Brazilian singer Alexandre Pires, who will sing the theme ...

Mixed-race 'Rola' changing the DNA of Japanese pop culture TOKYO: In celebrity-obsessed Japan with its conveyor belt of 15-minute stars, fashion icon 'Rola' is blazing a meteoric trail at the forefront of a galaxy of mixed-race stars changing the DNA of Japanese pop culture.Turn on the TV and there's no escaping the bubbly 24-year-old of Bengali, Japanese and Russian descent -- she even dominates the commercial breaks. A marketing gold mine, Rola smiles down celestially from giant billboards, her wide eyes and girlie pout ...

Ancient graffiti to street art: Rome walls tell a story ROME: Scribbling emotions on walls has been a tradition in Rome going back thousands of years and even the word "graffiti" was first used for markings found in the ruins of Pompeii.The modern version could be the scrawls seen in maternity wards in the Italian capital: "Get a move on, auntie's waiting!", "Chiara is born!", "Welcome little Mattia!".From wealthy neighbourhoods in the city's north to working class suburbs in the south, Romans are not shy ...

‘Planet of Apes’ sequel swings in to rave reviews LOS ANGELES: “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” swings into the US box office this weekend accompanied by rave reviews for a film pitting humans against their Simian cousins again, in spectacular fashion. Starring Gary Oldman, the sequel to 2011’s “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” could also win big at the box office, in a summer relatively thin on blockbuster releases, experts say.“Apes will certainly benefit from the weak slate over the ...


 



 
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