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Irrfan Khan: The Brave Actor Pens A Letter About His Battle With Cancer

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During the month of May Irrfan Khan shared the heart wrenching news of battle with a Neuroendocrine Tumor.  Naturally, this left his family, his fans and the entire Bollywood fraternity in a state of shock. The entire nation including his fans everywhere started pouring goodwill and get well soon messages wishing him a speedy recovery.  

Soon after that, Irrfan Khan left for the UK for treatment. Months after the initial diagnosis, he wrote an open letter describing his battle with cancer.

According to reports, here’s what the letter says,

It’s been quite sometime now since I have been diagnosed with a high-grade neuroendocrine cancer. This new name in my vocabulary, I got to know, was rare, and due to fewer study cases, and less information comparatively, the unpredictability of the treatment was more. I was part of a trial-and-error game.

I had been in a different game, I was travelling on a speedy train ride, had dreams, plans, aspirations, goals, was fully engaged in them. And suddenly someone taps on my shoulder and I turn to see. It’s the TC: “Your destination is about to come. Please get down.” I am confused: “No, no. My destination hasn’t come.” “No, this is it. This is how it is sometimes.”

The suddenness made me realise how you are just a cork floating in the ocean with UNPREDICTABLE currents! And you are desperately trying to control it.

In this chaos, shocked, afraid and in panic, while on one of the terrifying hospital visits,I blabber to my son, “The only thing I expect from ME is not to face this crisis in this present state. I desperately need my feet. Fear and panic should not overrule me and make me miserable.”

That was my INTENTION. AND THEN PAIN HIT. As if all this while, you were just getting to know pain, and now you know his nature and his intensity. Nothing was working; NO consolation, no motivation. The entire cosmos becomes one at that moment – just PAIN, and pain felt more enormous than GOD.

As I was entering the hospital, drained, exhausted, listless, I hardly realised my hospital was on the opposite side of Lord’s, the stadium. The Mecca of my childhood dream. Amidst the pain, I saw a poster of a smiling Vivian Richards. Nothing happened, as if that world didn’t ever belong to me.

This hospital also had a coma ward right above me. Once, while standing on the balcony of my hospital room, the peculiarity jolted me. Between the game of life and the game of death, there is just a road. On one side, a hospital, on the other, a stadium. As if one isn’t part of anything which might claim certainty – neither the hospital, nor the stadium. That hit me hard.

I was left with this immense effect of the enormous power and intelligence of the cosmos. The peculiarity of MY hospital’s location – it HIT me. The only thing certain was the uncertainty. All I could do was to realise my strength and play my game better.

This realisation made me submit, surrender and trust, irrespective of the outcome, irrespective of where this takes me, eight months from now, or four months from now, or two years. The concerns took a back seat and started to fade and kind of went out of my mindspace.

For the first time, I felt what ‘freedom’ really means. It felt like an accomplishment. As if I was tasting life for the first time, the magical side of it. My confidence in the intelligence of the cosmos became absolute. I feel as if it has entered every cell of mine.

Time will tell if it stays, but that is how I feel as of now.

Throughout my journey, people have been wishing me well, praying for me, from all over the world. People I know, people I don’t even know. They were praying from different places, different time zones, and I feel all their prayers become ONE. One big force, like a force of current, which got inside me through the end of my spine and has germinated through the crown of my head.

It’s germinating – sometimes a bud, a leaf, a twig, a shoot. I keep relishing and looking at it. Each flower, each twig, each leaf which has come from the cumulative prayers, each fills me with wonder, happiness and curiosity.

A realisation that the cork doesn’t need to control the current. That you are being gently rocked in the cradle of nature.”

Well, Irrfan you are no less than a warrior! Our thoughts and prayers are always with you.

The actor was last seen in the 2018 drama film Blackmail.

We hope and pray you regain some strength and make a breathtaking comeback.

We love you!

 

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Amitabh Bachchan’s Plan For His Birthday

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Amitabh Bachchan, who turns 77 today, has a lot to talk about when it comes to celebrating his birthday.  During a recent interview, when asked how he wants to celebrate his birthday this year, the veteran actor was quick to reply, “What is there to celebrate? It’s a day like any other. I’m grateful that I am still working, that my body is able to keep pace with my spirit.”  The actor asked his well wishers to pray for his good health. 

Amitabh Bachchan reminisced his childhood birthdays, when his father and renowned poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan would compose and recite poems on the special occasion.  Amitabh Bachchan also recalled after his life threatening injury on the sets of Coolie, his father broke down while reciting poems on his birthday.

Amitabh Bachchan also revealed how the birthday rituals changed over the years and said, “My father’s poetry is much missed, as is my mother’s excitement on that day. The annual ritual of cake cutting no longer interests me. It has been replaced by a plate of dry fruits.

Even though the actor refuses to celebrate his birthday, Amitabh Bachchan’s social media pages are flooded with birthday wishes from around the world. 

 

Mango Bollywood wishes Amitabh Bachchan, one of India’s most versatile actors, a very happy birthday and a great year ahead.

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Ranbir Kapoor Birthday – Unknown Facts

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Bollywood’s favorite mama’s boy, Ranbir Kapoor, turns 37 today.  Known for movies like Wake Up Sid (2009,) Rockstar (2011,) Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013) and Sanju (2018,) Ranbir Kapoor has become a heartthrob of every Indian girl.  On his birthday, let’s look at some of the lesser known facts about the actor.

Unknown facts about Ranbir Kapoor

1) Known as the casanova of Bollywood, Ranbir Kapoor once admitted on a talk show he drunk dialled a particular ex quite a few times.

2) A complete mama’s boy, Ranbir Kapoor’s diet plan is designed by his mother, Neetu Singh.  His mother even used to cut his nails until the actor moved out of his family home.

3) It is well known Ranbir Kapoor is a well trained tabla player.  However, the actor is also trained in jazz and ballet. He also learned to play guitar for his film Rockstar.

4) A hardcore foodie, Ranbir Kapoor really loves his mother’s cooking.  Out of all the dishes, Ranbir loves the bhindi curry, jungli mutton and paya cooked by Neetu Singh.

5) Ranbir Kapoor has a strange habit of adding up digits from number plates of various vehicles he encounters during his daily commute.

6) Ranbir Kapoor suffers from a condition called Nasal Deviated Spectrum, which makes the actor talk and eat fast.

7) Ranbir Kapoor’s first Bollywood film was Prem Granth, starring his father Rishi Kapoor. Ranbir worked as an assistant director for the film. 

8) Ranbir Kapoor’s favorite number is 8.  This is because his mother’s birthday falls on 8th July and also because he loves the design of the number.

9) Ranbir Kapoor’s idol is Al Pacino.  The only reason he chose to study method acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute is because Al Pacino went there.  While at college, Ranbir made over 300 short films.

10) During his teen years, Ranbir Kapoor had a huge crush on Avantika Malik, who married actor Imran Khan in 2011.

Here’s wishing the handsome actor Ranbir Kapoor a very happy birthday and a great year ahead.

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Randeep Hooda Birthday – Four Best Movies Of The Actor

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Randeep Hooda turns a year older today.  This talented and versatile actor is known for taking up challenges and working on movies for the sake of art rather than money.  On Randeep Hooda’s 43rd birthday, let’s take a look at some of his most iconic movies.

Four best movies of Randeep Hooda 

1) D (2005)

D was Randeep Hooda’s first lead appearance in a movie.  Directed by Ram Gopal Varma, D is based on D-Company, a real life Mumbai underworld organization.  The movie follows Deshu, played by Hooda, as he turns from an innocent mechanic to a notorious crime lord.  Randeep Hooda’s performance in the movie was praised by many, with film critic Taran Adarsh appreciating Hooda’s ability to change his expressions like a chameleon.

2) Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai (2010)

Randeep Hooda gained public recognition after appearing in the period action drama Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai, alongside Ajay Devgn, Emraan Hashmi, Kangana Ranaut and Prachi Desai.  Hooda played the role of a cop, ACP Agnel Wilson and despite limited screen time, he managed to impress the audience and critics alike with his performance.  Many compared his screen presence to that of Amitabh Bachchan and the role bought subsequent success to Hooda, after 5 years of struggle.

3) Highway (2014)

Directed by Imtiaz Ali, Highway is the story of Veera Tripathi (Alia Bhatt,) who finds freedom after getting kidnapped.  Randeep Hooda portrayed the role of the kidnapper, Mahabir Bhati Gujjar, in the movie. Hooda prepared for the role with all sincerity and in an effort to maintain distance from Alia Bhatt’s character, did not speak to the actress for 25 days.  Randeep Hooda was praised for his performance, especially for lending authenticity to his character with his perfect Haryanvi accent.

4) Sarbjit (2016)

Directed by Omung Kumar, Sarbjit is a biographical film based on Sarabjit Singh, an Indian who was sentenced to death by the Pakistan Supreme Court.  Randeep Hooda portrayed the title role of Sarabjit Singh and in order to prepare for the role, lost 18 kg in 28 days. Despite the movie receiving mixed reviews, Hooda was praised for his incredible and raw performance in the film.

 

Randeep Hooda is not scared of taking on challenges and continues to impress the audience and critics with his movies.  Here’s wishing Randeep Hooda a very happy birthday and a great year ahead.

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Ranveer Singh Birthday – Looking At Some Of The Best Performances By The Actor

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B-town’s most energetic star Ranveer Singh celebrates his 34th birthday today.  Ever since he made his debut in 2010, Singh has been the center of attention with his jaw dropping acting skills, flamboyance, energy and an out of the box fashion statement.  From being the cute and innocent wedding planner in his debut film, to essaying the role of a powerful tyrant, this man is a true representation of versatility. 

On the occasion of his birthday, let us take a look at some of his most impressive performances on the silver screen.

 

1) Band Baaja Baaraat (2010)

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In his debut film Band Baaja Baaraat, Ranveer Singh was seen playing the quintessential Delhi boy Bittoo Sharma, who wants to start his own business.  Ranveer Singh’s acting style and accent in this film were so convincing, people thought he was actually from Delhi.  His effortless dance moves and quirky dialogues made Band Baaja Baaraat one of the most successful films of that year.  With his power packed performance in his debut film, he sent a strong message to the world—he is here to stay.

 

2) Lootera (2013)

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Lootera is one gem which easily gets lost in Singh’s flashy filmography.  Marking a contrast from his energetic personality, Lootera saw Ranveer Singh take up the role of Varun Shrivastav, an archeologist who falls in love with a local landlord’s daughter.  This film was a testament to his depth and vast potential as an actor. Though Lootera underperformed at the box office, Ranveer’s performance got widespread applause from the critics and the audience.

 

3) Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela (2013)

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We must say, Sanjay Leela Bhansali is a true star maker.  Though his performances in his previous films were appreciated, it was Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela which gave Ranveer Singh the name and fame he deserves.  This film saw Ranveer essaying the role of a quirky, feisty person and an intense lover.  The character, which was loud and dramatic, played to the actor’s strengths and Ranveer portrayed it remarkably well.  His mesmerizing dance moves and chemistry with Deepika Padukone became the talk of the town.  Ram-Leela was the first Rs. 100 crore film of Ranveer Singh’s career.

 

4) Padmaavat (2018) 

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What can we even say about this one? The Bhansali directorial Padmaavat saw Ranveer taking up the role of a self centered, gruesome ruler, Alauddin Khilji, who gets obsessed with Rani Padmavati’s beauty.  From his physique and body language to accent, Singh transformed everything about himself to get into the skin of this character. Ranveer absorbed every detail of this character and played it with utmost perfection on screen.  Though it was a negative role, Ranveer Singh’s acting brilliance was such, Khilji was the most loved character of 2018.  

 

5) Gully Boy (2019)

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This year, we saw the energised bunny in a completely different avatar.  In the Zoya Akhtar directorial Gully Boy, Ranveer Singh took up the subdued role of Murad, an underdog with high ambitions.  Ranveer Singh changed his physique and body language yet again to suit the troubled ‘gully’ rapper.  With this film, he proved to the world not just his versatile acting skills, but also his rapping abilities.  Though Gully Boy had a niche subject, riding on Ranveer’s acting skills, it crossed the prestigious Rs. 100 crore mark.

 

With his last three films collecting Rs. 600 crores net at the Indian box office and his films such as ’83 yet to come, we must say, Ranveer Singh is quickly escalating towards superstardom. 

We wish this handsome hunk, Ranveer Singh, a very happy birthday and many more successful years ahead. 

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Arjun Kapoor Birthday – Looking At The Actor’s Bollywood Journey

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B-town’s handsome hunk Arjun Kapoor turns a year older today.  Though his acting capabilities are not really appreciated by the mainstream audiences, we must say, he was instrumental in delivering some memorable characters.  I mean, who can forget Krish from 2 States?  On the occasion of his 34th birthday, let us look at Arjun Kapoor’s journey in Bollywood.

1) Starting off as a director

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Arjun Kapoor, the son of Boney Kapoor and late Mona Shourie Kapoor, was born to an influential film family and was passionate about filmmaking since childhood.  He worked as an assistant director for Nikhil Advani’s Kal Ho Na Ho (2003) and Salaam-e-Ishq (2007.)  He was even an associate producer for No Entry (2005) and Wanted (2009) which were bankrolled by his father’s production house.  Back then, Kapoor was not keen on taking up acting as a profession.  He was more inclined towards directing.

 

2) An advice that changed his life

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It was Salman Khan who advised Arjun Kapoor to consider acting.  Salman Khan believed Arjun Kapoor was meant for acting. This piece of advice from Salman Khan changed Arjun Kapoor’s life.  Kapoor made his Bollywood debut as an actor with Ishaqzaade (2012,) alongside Parineeti Chopra.  With this film, he got a nod from the audience as the movie made Rs. 87 crores at the box office.  

 

3) Rise to fame

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After the success of his debut film, Arjun Kapoor starred in Aurangzeb (2013,) which did not go well with the audience.  His 2014 release, Gunday, also did not receive good reviews, but managed to collect Rs. 120 crores at the box office.  The failure of these films, however, did not lower his spirits. In the later years of his career, Arjun Kapoor delivered some really good performances in films like 2 States (2014) and Ki & Ka (2016,) in which his power packed acting was appreciated by the critics as well as the audience.  His 2019 release, India’s Most Wanted, received mixed reviews.

 

4) Love life 

 

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Ever since his foray into Bollywood, Arjun Kapoor has been making news for his relationships with female contemporaries.  Arjun Kapoor reportedly dated Salman’s sister Arpita Khan for a period of over two years. He was also rumored to be dating Sonakshi Sinha for a brief period.  Now, he is dating Malaika Arora and seems pretty happy with her. Time and again rumors of his wedding with Malaika keep circulating, only for the duo to deny them.

Apart from this, Arjun Kapoor has some really trustworthy friends in Bollywood.  Arjun Kapoor is close friends with 2 States co star Alia Bhatt and Gunday co star Ranveer Singh.  Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor have been friends through thick and thin.

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On the work front, Arjun Kapoor will be seen in Ashutosh Gowariker’s Panipat, which is slated to release in December this year. 

 

We wish this handsome hunk, Arjun Kapoor, a very happy birthday and many more successful years ahead. 

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