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Bollywood actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui's father passes away

Mumbai: Nawabuddin Siddiqui, father of Bollywood actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui, has passed away due to brain hemorrhage. He was 72.

Nawabuddin, who was suffering from paralysis since a long time, died yesterday in Saharanpur district. According to the family sources, he was admitted in a hospital, where he was declared dead. Nawabuddin had come to his native town of Budhana, here, from Mumbai on the occasion of Eid.

Nawazuddin, 41, is expected to reach here for the last rites, which will be performed this afternoon. Meanwhile, the actor is being lauded for his performance in the recently released film Bajrangi Bhaijaan. This is the second time that Nawazuddin has shared the screen space with Salman Khan. Nawazuddin has performed the role of a Pakistani journalsit with utmost perfection. Kabir Khan's film has entered Rs
100 crore club within three days of its release. And, Bajrangi Bhaijaan is busy writing its success story at the cash registers with each passing day.

Apart from Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Nawazuddin will be next seen in Neeraj Ghaywan's Masaan. The film has already received accolades at the Cannes film festival this year. He will be seen opposite Radhika Apte in the film. Maasan is slated to release on July 24.
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I want Bajarangi Bhaijaan to be made tax free: Salman Khan

Bollywood superstar Salman Khan on Saturday said he wants his recently-released film Bajrangi Bhaijaan to be made tax-free.

“It has to be tax free. We want government to earn money from this (film), but the government should put that money for the betterment of the society, so that there is progress.

"But if that doesn't happen, then the film has to be made tax-free,” Salman said in an interview in Mumbai on Saturday.

Directed by Kabir Khan, Bajrangi Bhaijaan is about a little Pakistani girl, who loses her way on the Indo-Pak border and finds herself in India.

Salman finds the girl and takes it upon himself to re-unite her with her family in Pakistan.

Salman has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif to watch the film for a social cause.

The film star took to twitter saying, “Wld lv n respect if the leaders of Indo-Pak see Bajrangi Bhaijaan bcoz lv for children is above all boundaries @narendramodi #nawazsharif.

"I want them to see the film...I want all the other leaders to watch it. It is a positive film. I want everyone... the heads of the country to watch this film.

"As they are dealing with this problem and may be their hearts will melt. Till the time I don’t get response I will keep tweeting about it,” Salman said.

Praising the social media, Salman said those who use it in a bad way must be taken to task.

“I think social media is lovely. There are a few people, who take advantage in a very negative way...that is disgusting and it has to be stopped.

"They should be taken to task as later on it creates problem. So there has to be a law passed for it,” he added.
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Trouble for Salman: Seers demand stay on 'Bajrangi Bhaijan' release

Mumbai: Apparently enraged over what they allege depiction of the Hindu god Hanuman in an “insulting manner” in Salman Khan’s soon to be released film “Bajrangi Bhaijan”, seers have threatened to unleash the “naga sadhus” —trident holding ascetics, known for their violent behaviour if insulted— to prevent the release of the movie.

“The film insults our gods...it must not be allowed to be released...the situation may become serious if it is allowed to be screened,” said a prominent Hindu seer in Allahabad on Wednesday.

The seer said that the “naga sadhus” reside in large numbers at Nashik and they could make life difficult for those who have made the movie. 

“If the saints at Nashik tell the naga sadhus about the content of the film, things will be difficult to manage...Nashik is not very far from Mumbai,” the seer went on to add.
Naga sadhus, according to the Hindu mythology, had come into being for protecting the “Sanatan Dharma” (Hinduism). 

The All India Akhara Parishad, an apex body of the Hindu saints in the country, said on Wednesday that the parishad would decide on a  strategy if the screening of the film was not stopped.

“We have come to know that some people have moved the court to prevent the film’s release....we will wait for the court verdict and chalk out our strategy in accordance with the decision of the court,” parishad president Mahant Narendra Giri said in Allahabad. A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) has been filed in the Allahabad High Court seeking a ban on the movie. The petition may come up for hearing on Thursday. The petition said that “Bajarangi” was the name of the Hindu god Hanuman, who is also called “Bajrangbali”.

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He is not Salman Khan?

Mumbai: We have seen many faces of bollywood macho man Salman Khan in his movies. He is the inspiration to many. But here is a guy who is not just another fan but also look like Salman.

Meet Najeem Khan, a Delhi boy who is look alike of Salman Khan. Najeem is a big fan of Salman Khan and his similarities with Salman Khan made him popular among the masses. He is star in his own way and give performances in stage shows as Salman Khan.

Najeem hit the jackpot when he received a call from the director of the film ‘Bajarangi Bhaijan’ and offered a role in the movie. Najeeem will play the younger version of Salman Khan in `Bajarangi Bhaijan’.
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