Indian Idol 10 judges Neha Kakkar and Vishal Dadlani donate Rs 1 lakh each to musician Keshav Lal

Singer-composer Vishal Dadlani and singer Neha Kakkar have donated Rs 100,000 each to musician Keshav Lal, who has been playing a harmonium on the footpath of Pune for over 30 years.

Keshav Lal was invited to the set of “Indian Idol 10” where the show’s contestants and judges paid him a memorable tribute.

He was accompanied by his wife Soni Bai on the show. From being at the pinnacle of success to losing all his material possessions, the musician revealed that only music mattered to him and how staying loyal to one’s passion is very important.

Keshav Lal, who has worked with award winning filmmaker V Shantaram and composers Kalyanji-Anandji, performed the song “Awaara Hoon” on his harmonium during the episode.

Vishal and Neha announced a donation of Rs 100,000 each. (Also Read:Indian Idol 10: Sreerama gets nostalgic, says the platform made him a playback singer)

“It was our privilege to witness Keshav Lalji on the show. It is so wonderful to see a man so faithful to music throughout his life. He is an inspiration for all of us,” Vishal said in a statement.

“He has taught us that one should never leave his passion, come what may. I will urge all my friends and people from the industry to try their best and help Keshav Lalji in the best possible way we can,” he added.

Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin passes away at the age of 76

Legendary singer Aretha Franklin, who got the epithet ‘Queen of Soul’, died here on Thursday after battling serious health conditions. She was 76.

Franklin died at 9:50 a.m. at her home here, surrounded by family and friends, according to a statement on behalf of Franklin’s family from her longtime publicist Gwendolyn Quinn, reported CNN.

The “official cause of death was due to advance pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type”, the family statement said.

Franklin, a 17-time Grammy Award-winner, was diagnosed with cancer in 2010, and delivered her last performance at the Elton John AIDS Foundation party in New York last November.

“In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart. We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds,” Franklin’s family said. (Also Read: Two time Academy Award winner Gil Parrondo passes away at 95)

“We have been deeply touched by the incredible outpouring of love and support we have received from close friends, supporters and fans all around the world. Thank you for your compassion and prayers. We have felt your love for Aretha and it brings us comfort to know that her legacy will live on. As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy during this difficult time.”

Funeral arrangements will be announced in the coming days, the statement said, according to CNN.

The singer had been reported to be in failing health for years and appeared frail in recent photos.

In February 2017, Franklin announced she would stop touring, but she continued to book concerts. Earlier this year, she cancelled a pair of performances, including at the New Orleans Jazz Fest, on doctor’s orders, according to Rolling Stone.

The singer’s final public performance was last November, when she sang at an Elton John AIDS Foundation gala in New York.

Franklin released her first album, “Songs of Faith,” in 1956, scoring regional hits with two gospel songs and occasionally touring with The Soul Stirrers, whose star was Sam Cooke.

In a professional career that spanned more than half a century, Franklin’s songs were not just chart-toppers, but also gave out a message.

Her song “Respect” was a call to arms, while “(You make me feel like) A natural woman” was an earthy expression of sexuality and “Think” was a rallying cry for women fed up with loutish men. She even won a Golden Globe award for “Never gonna break my faith”.

As the first woman admitted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, she had 88 Billboard chart hits during the rock era, the top among female vocalists. At the peak of her career — from 1967 to 1975 — she had more than two dozen Top 40 hits.

Bryan Adams’ The Ultimate Tour comes to India in October and we cannot keep calm

Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter Bryan Adams will be coming to India in October for a multi-city tour, and says he is excited about performing in the “beautiful country” again. This will be his fifth visit to the country. The gigs are lined up in support of the music veteran’s 21-track compilation “Ultimate”, which released in November last year. “Namaste India. At the onset I’d like to wish each one of you a very happy Independence Day. India is one of my favourite places in the whole world,” Adams said in a statement. “The love and generosity that I have experienced here is immense,” he added. The tour will start with a concert in Ahmedabad on October 9 and move to Hyderabad (October 11), Mumbai (October 12), Bengaluru (October 13), before wrapping up in Delhi on October 14. The event is produced by ENIL and has partnered with Infibeam Digital Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. for the gig in Ahmedabad.

“I am eternally grateful to ENIL for (giving me) the opportunity to perform again in this beautiful country,” added the Canadian rocker, who is known for his signature brand of feel-good rock and roll and big ballads like “(Everything I do) I do it for you”, “Summer of 69” and “Please forgive me”. Mahesh Shetty, Chief Operating Officer at ENIL, said: “Bryan Adams is one of the most exciting live musicians in the world and his energetic performance, effortless stage presence and incredible vocals are guaranteed to thrill and entertain. His first concert in India was in 1995 in Mumbai which set a precedent for other global artists who wished to perform in India. He enjoys a devout following in India… We are extremely excited to bring his tour to India and anticipate a total sell out.”

The aim of “Ultimate” is to condense his extensive back catalogue – 13 studio albums, five live albums, five compilation albums and over 75 singles – into a 21-track offering guaranteed to capture the true essence of the hitmaker’s much celebrated career. ‘The Ultimate Tour’ will see Adams perform material from the album, which is a mix of new tracks and his chart-topping numbers. ‘The Ultimate Tour’ has travelled to 53 cities and four continents.

Akshay Kumar urges people to follow traffic rules in a way that will leave you in splits- watch videos

Actor Akshay Kumar has urged people to maintain road safety and follow traffic rules. The brand ambassador of the Indian government’s Road Safety Campaign, Akshay on Tuesday along with Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari launched a Public Service Announcement (PSA) about road awareness.

The “Airlift” star on Twitter said he immediately joined the campaign when he got to know the shocking facts and figures related to road accidents which can be prevented. He also uploaded an Instagram video in which he can be seen as a traffic policeman, asking people to follow the rules. Along with the video, he wrote: “It is always better to be safe than sorry. Follow traffic rules for your own and others’ safety.”

Hold on, there’s more from where that came from.

On the work front, Akshay will be seen in sports-oriented film “Gold”, which is slated to release on Independence Day.

Bhumi Pednekar feels honoured to be a part of Takht, says she admires the star cast of the film

Actress Bhumi Pednekar says Karan Johar’s newly announced magnum opus “Takht” is a big project in her acting career. Bhumi was at an event where she was appointed brand ambassador of Raisin Global, a contemporary fusion wear brand for women, here on Tuesday, when she spoke about “Takht”.

“I am very excited about this magnum opus as it’s a big one for me. It has a beautiful star cast. In fact, everybody who is in the film are people that I admire as actors. “It’s a great honour for me to be working such great actors and to be directed by a veteran. I am a very big Karan Johar fan ever since I was a child. So honestly, it’s very special feeling and it’s still sinking in. I am still dealing with it and I am just so nervous about the film.” (Also Read: Bhumi Pednekar travels to Chambal to spend time at an orphanage; view pic)

“Takht” also features Ranveer Singh, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Alia Bhatt, Anil Kapoor, Vicky Kaushal and Janhvi Kapoor. Before making it as an actress, Bhumi worked as a casting executive for Yash Raj films. Asked whether her stint as casting executive has helped in her acting, she said: “Definitely. It benefited me a lot in my acting because I feel my experience working as casting executive was equivalent to going to any film school. “I worked with different directors where I used to conduct auditions of different actors, so I got fair amount of idea about what is required and what is not required to be an actor. I was enacting film scenes for 3 years of my life working as casting executive.”

“Takht” will be a story of a family, ambition, greed, betrayal, love and succession. It is being produced by Hiroo Yash Johar and Apoorva Mehta, for release in 2020.

Ritiesh Deshmukh gets nostalgic on father Vilasrao Deshmukh’s death anniversary, writes an emotional post

On the death anniversary of former Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, his son and actor Riteish Deshmukh got nostalgic and penned an emotional post.

The actor-producer on Tuesday tweeted: “I look up at the sky and I talk to you, what I wouldn’t give to hear you talk back. It’s been 6 years. There is one thing that changed when you left, everything. Miss papa.” (Also Read: Akshay Kumar, Bobby Deol, Ritiesh Deshmukh completes the London schedule of Housefull 4, See HQ pictures and video)

 

Along with the post, he has also uploaded a few photographs of his father.

Vilasrao Deshmukh died due to multiple organ failure.

‘No stress whatsoever,’ says Alia Bhatt on her equation with Ranbir Kapoor’s ex Katrina Kaif

Actress Alia Bhatt has dismissed any form of stress between herself and her current boyfriend Ranbir Kapoor’s ex-girlfriend Katrina Kaif. Alia was interacting with the media on the sidelines of the Caprese bags new collection launch on Monday here. Alia and Katrina were known to share a close bond. They used to post pictures of their workout routines on social networking site Instagram, which were quite popular.

But ever since Alia started dating Ranbir, there have been reports that the girls were no longer on sweet terms. Even the Instagram posts have vanished. Reacting to these reports, Alia said, “I don’t check my Instagram likes. So, I don’t know why people are checking that? But I have to admit I have always been very fond of Katrina.”I believe that its the same both ways, according to us. So, I don’t know why other people feel differently? (Also Read: Alia Bhatt on wedding rumours: As long as you aren’t entering my bathroom, I am fine)

“But now I will send her a message to start liking my pictures because if that’s the barometer of friendship then we must start liking everyone’s picture.” “Or maybe, I don’t have good pictures,” Alia said, adding that from now on she will post good pictures and then maybe “she will like it. But with her, I have no stress whatsoever”.

Alia was shooting for “Brahmastra” in Bulgaria, not long ago. It is written and directed by Ayan Mukerji and produced by Karan Johar. It stars Ranbir-Alia and Amitabh Bachchan.

The “Student of the Year” actor will also be seen in the historical magnum opus “Takht”.

Asked about challenges of playing a historical character, Alia said: “Honestly, to take any kind of character is challenging whether it’s historical or contemporary or modern.

“I am just very happy and honoured to be associated with such a big film… and to be directed by Karan (Johar) again.”