Twitter is filled with congratulatory tweets for filmmaker SS Rajamouli as his fictional pre-Independence epic, RRR made history at the 95th Academy Awards. The Telugu film song Naatu Naatu fetched a nomination in the Best Song category. While many are celebrating India’s entry to the Oscars, a few also tweeted asking filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri about his film, The Kashmir Files which is officially out of the race. Also read: RRR team reacts after Naatu Naatu bags Oscar nomination for Best Original Song
One Twitter user wrote, “#Oscars2023 better open with #NaatuNaatu performance. Congratulations to the @RRRMovie team. Historic.” “Sunna tha Kashmir files jaa raha tha Oscar mei (I heard The Kashmir Files was nominated for Oscars),” added another one. Yet another user posted, “The #KashmirFiles kaha h (angry face emojis) #boycottoscars.”
While someone tagged Vivek and asked him, “@vivekagnihotri bhai Kashmir files ka kucha ata pata hai …koi tweet nahi aya,” another user added to a different post, “Also nothing for The Kashmir Files,” followed by a sad face emoji.
The nominees were announced on Tuesday by actors Allison Williams and Riz Ahmed from Beverly Hills, California. Besides RRR, All That Breathes and The Elephant Whisperers have also been shortlisted in the Best Documentary and Best Documentary Short categories.
Earlier, several films from India made it to the list of 301 films which were eligible for the Oscars nomination. It included Alia Bhatt-starrer Gangubai Kathiawadi, Rishab Shetty’s Kannada film Kantara and Chhello Show (Last Film Show). Marathi films Me Vasantrao and Tujhya Sathi Kahi Hi, R Madhavan’s Rocketry: The Nambi Effect, Iravin Nizhal and Kannada movie Vikrant Rona are also on the list. Documentaries All That Breathes by Shaunak Sen and Kartiki Gonsalves’ The Elephant Whisperers were a part of the list as well.
Meanwhile, reacting to the news of Ram Charan and Jr NTR’s film making to the Oscars nomination, the RRR team wrote on Twitter, “WE CREATED HISTORY!! Proud and privileged to share that #NaatuNaatu has been nominated for Best Original Song at the 95th Academy Awards. #Oscars #RRRMovie.” Several celebrities, such as Farhan Akhtar, Karan Johar and Madhur Bhandarkar among others extended warm wishes to the RRR team after the announcements.
The Oscars will be announced on March 12. The RRR team will likely attend the awards ceremony.
Rakhi Sawant’s husband Adil Khan Durrani holds her hand during mom’s last rites
Rakhi Sawant’s mother Jaya Sawant died after a long battle with cancer on Saturday. On Sunday, Rakhi and her husband Adil Khan Durrani were seen at the Dr RN Cooper Municipal General Hospital in Mumbai to take care of the arrangements for her final rites. Rakhi had informed on Instagram that her mother will be buried at the Oshiwara Christian Graveyard in Mumbai on Sunday. Also read: Rakhi Sawant cries inconsolably after her mom dies of cancer in Mumbai hospital; Jackie Shroff, Aly Goni express shock
Rakhi and Adil were seen walking hand-in-hand as they arrived at the Cooper hospital ahead of her mom’s final journey to the graveyard. Rakhi, in a white salwar-suit, was also seen guiding the van, which carried her mom’s casket to the graveyard. A few near and dear ones were also seen along with them.
Jaya died at around 9pm on Saturday, according to Deepak Namjoshi, pulmonologist and director, CritiCare Asia Multispecialty Hospital and Research Center, Juhu. She was 73. According to Deepak, Jaya had stage four endometrial cancer which had spread to the brain, lungs and liver. “She was admitted around a fortnight ago. She was earlier treated at another hospital and later referred here,” he told PTI Saturday night.
On Sunday, Rakhi shared a statement on her Instagram Stories, “With deep sorrow, I, Rakhi Sawant, inform you (about) the sudden death of my beloved mother. Many of you know that she was suffering from some medical conditions… I’m sad to say that she is gone… join us for the funeral service of my mother at 12 noon.”
She also shared a video of her mom’s last moments in pain and wrote in Hindi, “Today, my mother left me. And I have nothing to lose. I love you, Maa. Now who will listen to me, who will embrace me? I miss you, Aai.” She was seen crying while sitting on the floor beside her mom’s bed.
Rakhi was regularly spotted visiting her mom at the hospital and shared videos of her on Instagram. She had revealed in April last year that Salman Khan and his brother Sohail Khan had provided help for her mother’s treatment.
Lollapalooza India Day 1 recap: Imagine Dragons mark India debut, AP Dhillon wins hearts
The annual American music festival, Lollapalooza marked its debut in India on Saturday. Held at Mumbai’s Mahalaxmi Racecourse, the two-day event is believed to have entertained over 60,000 music lovers. Featuring over 40 artistes across four stages, day one of Lollapalooza India 2023 saw acts by music outfits Easy Wanderlings, Bloodywood, Kumail, Sandunes and more. The highlights of the show, however, were performances by world-leading musicians AP Dhillon and Imagine Dragons.
While the first 30 minutes of the Punjabi singer’s hour-long act were quite a damper with his low energy and lip syncing being quite evident, the Brown Munde singer rocked the second half by belting out his chart-topping hits such as Summer High, Dil Nu, Woh Noor, Excuses and more. During his performance, he also engaged with the audience. The singer got off the stage to greet his fans and also threw the ukulele towards the crowd.
Imagine Dragons, the American pop rock band, wrapped up the first day of the festival. This was the band’s maiden performance in the country. Lead singer Dan Reynolds greeted the fans with a namaste and said, “This is the first of many shows.”
The band performed their iconic songs such as Radioactive, Bad Liar, Believer, Enemy, Thunder and more. In the midst of the performance, Reynolds went shirtless. He jumped into the crowd multiple times. Reynolds also borrowed the Indian tricolour from a fam and waved it during his act.
He shared his gratitude towards the audience members. “You people have been nice and kind. Your food is amazing. Thank you for receiving me with such kindness. What a pleasure it has been to be here today.”
Interestingly, there was some Bollywood flavour to the fest too. While actor Rajkummar Rao was seen cheering for Imagine Dragons, actor Hrithik Roshan made a quick presence for his girlfriend, singer Saba Azad’s gig.
Jackson Wang in India to perform at Lollapalooza, gets mobbed by fans. Watch
GOT7 star Jackson Wang has finally arrived in Mumbai and fans could not hold their excitement as they rushed to see him and take selfies with him as he arrived at Mumbai airport. Jackson is in India for his Lollapalooza India performance. The music festival will be making its debut in India this year and will be held at the Mahalakshmi Race Course in Mumbai. He will be performing on Sunday. (Also read: BTS fans praise beefed up French security during Jimin’s Paris departure: ‘Like the president of the world’)
The singer was mobbed by fans as he arrived at the Mumbai airport. The fans rushed towards him for clicking selfies as he tried to make his way to the parking lot. Jackson was seen in an all-black ensemble and looked a little tired being surrounded by so many people at once. His videos from Mumbai airport have been doing the rounds on social media, where enthusiastic fans surrounded him to click selfies. Jackson greeted fans with namaste as he arrived outside the airport.
Even as Mumbai Police personnel were there to guard him and safely take him to his car, it seemed that Jackson was having a hard time among so many people. Netizens were quick to spot the discomfort and reacted to his video shared on a paparazzi account on Instagram. One user wrote, “At least leave some personal space for him , looks like management fails big time.” Another comment read, “The power he holds… The crowd was so big even tho it was midnight but am not really satisfied with security, please make sure it’s well managed next time and some of the fans did disappoint me please make sure his safety is our top most priority, okay!!”
Jackson also tweeted about his arrival in India and how excited he was to perform her for the first time. He wrote, “Thank you for being there today India, please get home safe. It means a lot to me to seeyo u all. After wanting to come here for a decade. I’m so grateful, finally I’m here. I hope I see you…”
Lollapalooza Day 1 had a line-up of several artists who performed on the stage including AP Dhillon, Greta Van Fleet, Japanese Breakfast, Yellow Diaries, Imagine Dragons and Madboy Mink among others. Day 2 will see performances from artists such as Divine, Diplo, Cigarettes After Sex, Jackson, Raveena and Prateek Kuhad, among others.
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