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America seeks better relations with India

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In the first high level American visit to India since the election of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, US Secretary of State John Kerry said the Obama administration is seeking a ‘new relationship’ with India.

The goal of Kerry’s trip is to lay the basis for expanded cooperation before Modi travels to Washington in September.

Shah Rukh Khan is richer than Tom Cruise !

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Shah Rukh Khan is the only Indian celebrity to make it to a list of the top ten wealthiest Hollywood and Bollywood personalities, by beating out Tom Cruise and Johnny Depp.

Khan, 48, who owns an IPL team and acted in over 50 Bollywood films is second on the Wealth-X list with an estimated fortune of $600 million. Wealth-X is the world’s leading ultra high net worth intelligence and prospecting firm with the largest collection of curated research on Ultra High Net Worth individuals.

The research used a proprietary valuation model to assess all asset holdings including privately and publicly held businesses and investible assets to arrive at the net worth valuation.

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld topped the list with a fortune of $820 million. Cruise is third with $480 million while Tyler Perry and Depp follow with an estimated wealth of $450 million each.

Academy Award winners Jack Nicholson is at sixth, followed by Tom Hanks, Bill Cosby, Clint Eastwood and Adam Sandler.

Bhojpuri film ‘Deswa’ wows audiences at Toronto Film Festival

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Nitin Chandra’s film ‘Deswa’ screened at the recent International Film Festival of South Asia in Toronto, made an impression on Toronto NRIs who called it strong, free flowing and well made.

Most of the audience were people from Bihar or eastern Uttar Pradesh but a small portion were non-Hindi speakers and all gave the film rave reviews that overwhelmed Chandra who made his directorial debut with Deswa.

The success of Deswa in Toronto has given the Bhojpuri film industry a boost and a much needed face lift.

Ameen Sayani shattered Amitabh’s Radio Jockey dream !

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Radio veteran and maestro Ameen Sayani, who is back on air with a new show, Sitaron ki Jawaniyaan, has revealed that back in the late sixties when he did around 20 radio shows a week and spent all day locked in the sound studio, a young man named Amitabh Bachchan walked in without an appointment looking for a voice audition.

Sayani said he did not have the time to meet the walk-in hopeful who waited a while then left and returned a few more times, but never got to see Ameen because he never made an appointment.

The honey voiced Ameen, now 81, said he only learned later that it was the Sholay star who used to go to his office hoping for an audition.

Ameen remembers that occasion when Amitabh was chief guest at an award event and he spoke about his early struggling days when he went to a recording studio three times and was not allowed to sit for an audition.

Ameen was shocked to hear the admission and later when he interviewed Amitabh they spoke of it at length and laughed about it.

Humshakals Strikes Gold Despite Negative Reviews

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Tagged as “the comedy of ghastly errors” and “a two-and-a-half-hour show reel of plotless, witless, joyless offensiveness”, director Sajid Khan’s latest offering Humshakals has collected over Rs. 25 crores in two days.

The total collection now stands at Rs. 25.09 crores in just two days (Friday and Saturday), said a statement.

Writer Milap Zaveri, whose adult comedy Grand Masti was panned by critics last year, is also happy with the film’s performance.

“Humshakals is super steady on Saturday! No drop Despite the unprecedented negativity against it! Brilliant! Audiences chose to go for it!,” he tweeted.

The entertainer starring Saif Ali Khan, Riteish Deshmukh, Ram Kapoor, Tammannaah Bhatia, Esha Gupta and Bipasha Basu was made at a cost of Rs.75 crores.

The Fox Star Studios and Vashu Bhagnani co-production has already sold its satellite and music rights for Rs. 45 crores.

Salman, Shah Rukhs Ramadan hugs

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Last year Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan made headlines when the two hugged each other at Baba Siddiqui’s iftaar party in Mumbai. The two super stars once again greeted each other warmly, with a hug, at the Bandra West LA’s party at a hotel in the city.

When asked if the two Khans would be seen together at events other than iftaar parties, Salman Khan answered in the affirmative and said their meetings will not be confined only to such parties any longer.

His answer has raised hopes that the two Khans have decided to bury their past differences and work towards a reunion of sorts.