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Blinded By The Light Releases Across The UK

Saturday 10th August 2019

Bruce Springsteen hit the red carpet at the US premiere of Blinded By The Light on Tuesday 7th August in his hometown of Asbury Park, New Jersey. The rock legend attended with his wife, Patti Scialfa, alongside director, Gurinder Chadha, Sarfraz Manzoor, Viveik Kalra, Aaron Phagura and British Asian actress, Jameela Jalil. The premiere was held at the Paramount Theatre…

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Catch up with Diljit Dosanjh about Arjun Patiala and his love for hummus

Monday 22nd July 2019

Diljit Dosanjh is no doubt the most iconic Punjabi star who has excelled in his career in recent years. Dosanjh started his career as a Punjabi singer, and later became an actor in the Punjabi film industry. The social media celebrity made his Bollywood debut in 2016 with Udta Punjab for which he earned the Filmfare Award for…

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Prominent British Asians show their support for Barnardo’s at Annual Parliamentary Reception

Wednesday 17th July 2019

Celebrities Armeena Khan, Sonali Shah and Anila Chowdhry gave their support to the UK's longest running children's charity Barnardo's at the charity's Annual Parliamentary Reception on Monday 8th July. Other prominent British Asians at the event at the House of Commons, Terrace Pavilion included actors Priyanga Burford and Meryl Fernandes; as well as lifestyle blogger Rumena Begum. They were joined…

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British Pakistani Poet Hussain Manawer Receives Doctorate of Arts at Oxford Brookes University

Wednesday 26th June 2019

Poet Hussain Manawer (28) received a Doctorate of Arts from one of UK's leading modern universities Oxford Brookes University last week Friday in Oxford. Presented by the university's Board of Governors, Hussain joined the faculty of English languages PHD students as he accepted the highly distinguished award. Following his Honorary Fellowship from the prestigious King's College London last year,…

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Madame Tussauds London reveals its first ever figure of Priyanka Chopra Jonas

Tuesday 18th June 2019

Madame Tussauds London today revealed its first ever figure of Priyanka Chopra Jonas, ending months of fan speculation and completing the global superstar's arrival at sites across four continents. The Vogue cover star has been working closely with Madame Tussauds' team on the epic four-figure project since 2018, beginning with a private sitting at Priyanka's New York City apartment. Fans have…

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Charity warns teachers to be aware of FGM 'cutting season' signs

Tuesday 18th June 2019

With the school summer holidays fast approaching, Barnardo's is advising teachers to look out for key signs a girl may be at risk of undergoing female genital mutilation (FGM) abroad. The so-called FGM 'cutting season' begins as schools break up towards the end of July, when girls could potentially be flown overseas to unwittingly undergo the illegal and harmful procedure. Teachers…

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In Conversation With Ammy Virk

Thursday 23rd May 2019

Muklawa is an upcoming romantic comedy Punjabi period film starring Ammy Virk along with punjabi actress and model Sonam Bajwa. What does Maklawa mean? In the olden days, primarily Punjabi tradition dictated that a newlywed woman should stay back at her parents` house for a while after her wedding. It was forbidden for the groom to meet the bride for an…

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British Airways Takes Flight To Islamabad Just In Time For Eid After Eleven Years

Wednesday 22nd May 2019

British Airways is beginning flights between London and Islamabad next week. The final touches are coming together for the airline's return ahead of the first flight on Sunday June 2. The three-per-week service is operated on a three-class Boeing 787 Dreamliner with World Traveller (long-haul economy), World Traveller Plus (long-haul premium economy) and Club World (long-haul business class) available. The…

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Liverpool fans racially abused during boy's first game are surprised by the club's gesture

Saturday 13th April 2019

A British Pakistani family who were subjected to vile racist abuse that left a six-year-old at his first Liverpool game in "floods of tears" have praised the club's amazing gesture, reports Daily Mirror. Mr and Mrs Amir Malik their son and daughter to Anfield for the Liverpool Legends v Milan Glorie fixture in March. But the children were left in tears…

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Zain Qaiser jailed for blackmailing porn users worldwide

Wednesday 10th April 2019

A top level cyber criminal who targeted hundreds of millions of computers with locking ransomware has been jailed for six years and five months after a National Crime Agency investigation. Zain Qaiser, 24, of Barking in Essex, was a member of an international, Russian-speaking organised crime group that made massive profits from victims in more than 20 countries. The investigation identified that…

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McDonald's employee serves Muslim customer crispy bacon in fillet o fish after after having an argument

Monday 8th April 2019

A Muslim customer from Burton on Trent went into his local McDonald's and was served cripsy bacon in his fillet o fish burger. While waiting for the food, the customer simply questioned the employee how long will it be for his food. Meanwhile, there was another customer who had asked the same question which seemed to have annoyed…

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Megan Markle declined to attend Priyanka’s wedding to Jonas in December and now their friendship has hit a rough patch

Monday 4th March 2019

The Bollywood actor Priyanka Chopra is reportedly really upset with her friend, the Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle for not attending her wedding to singer Nick Jonas in December last year. Priyanka also then missed Meghan's baby shower in New York, as per Page Six. It must be reminded that Priyanka did attend the Royal wedding in May 2018 and the…

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Gay Punjabi man was forced to dress up as a woman on his wedding day because his in-laws didn't want anyone to know he was male

Sunday 3rd March 2019

Roy Singh thought he would have a happy married life after marrying another Punjabi Sikh guy but things didn't quite turb our that way. Roy's future in-laws repeatedly asked that he dress as a woman for the wedding as they did not want the community and family to find out their son is marrying to a man! Initially, Roy Singh…

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Abu Dhabi based woman seeks divorce from husband for forgetting her burger

Thursday 21st February 2019

Divorces happen throughout the world all the time due to various reasons including extra martial affairs, lack of communication between couples, constant arguments, poor mental health, unrealistic expectations and money issues but this is indeed a unique case where an Abu Dhabi based woman seeks divorce because her husband forgot to bring her a burger! Al Bayan reported that the woman…

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It looks like T-Series forgot to take down some songs of Pakistani artists from their YouTube Channel

Tuesday 19th February 2019

India based record label T-Series has recently unlisted some latest songs of artists from Pakistan amid tensions between the two countries following a terror attack in Occupied Kashmir's Pulwama district. The decision was taken by T-Series after a far right political party, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), pressurised record labels and music companies to stop working with Pakistani singers. "We have verbally…

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Punjabi music producer Tru Skool clarifies rumours of not working with Diljit Dosanjh

Wednesday 6th February 2019

In a no filter, open and straight up interview with presenter Bobby Friction on BBC Asian Network, music producer Tru Skool spoke out about rumours that have been circulating about his musical relationship with Punjabi singer Diljit Dosanjh. Many music listeners and people in the media have been talking about the subject, but Tru Skool has now spoken out. …

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'Baby-face' Aamir may age more gracefully than Salman and SRK

Wednesday 6th February 2019

The Khans, Salman, Aamir and Shah Rukh, have been dominating Bollywood since ages. They have been beating every list and have stayed in best form and at the top of their game since three decades now. And though all of them have faced disasters last year with their movies Race 3, Thugs of Hindostan and Zero, "there is no chance they…

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Young Tory party worker under fire for tweeting 'Paki' and Muslims will take control of the country

Monday 4th February 2019

Jay Daniel, the Admin Executive for Blackpool and Cleveleys Young Conservatives has come under fire after tweeting shocking remarks about Muslims and Pakistanis. On 3 February 2019, twitter account 'jay_daniel19' replied to four twitter users 'well you can't ven call someone from Pakistan a 'paki' or 'Pakistani' without being racist these days so I understand the confusion'. The term 'Paki'…

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Imran Khan launches 'Banao Pakistan Certificates' allowing overseas Pakistanis to invest in Pakistan's development and earn returns

Thursday 31st January 2019
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Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan's government launches dollar dominated bond 'Banao Pakistan Certificates' for overseas Pakistanis. It is expected to raise $500 million in March 2019 as South Asia's second-biggest economy requires investment after averting a balance-of-payment crisis. PTI tweeted 'The #PakistanBanaoCertificates is the first initiative of its kind for Overseas Pakistanis. They get a unique opportunity to safely invest…

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Punjabi singer Foji Gill responds to his critics in new song Sher Di Poosh

Friday 25th January 2019

In March 2015, punjabi singer Foji Gill was sentenced to 5 years in prison for involvement in money laundering along with various members of his family. Although Foji has been out of the prison since 2017, the Birmingham based punjabi singer announced return to the bhangra music scene on 13 January 2019 under a new record label, Revere Records. Exctied…

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As part of its 100-year birthday, British Airways will be painting a Boeing 747 in the much-admired design of its predecessor British Overseas Airways Corporation

Monday 21st January 2019

As part of its 100-year birthday, British Airways has today announced it will be painting a Boeing 747 in the much-admired design of its predecessor British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC). The livery from the 1964 - 1974 BOAC era will adorn a B747, reg: G-BYGC. The aircraft will leave the paint shop in Dublin and arrive in to Heathrow on February…

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Another hate crime: Sikh man brutally attacked

Monday 21st January 2019

Trump's America! A Sikh man has been brutally attacked in an alleged hate crime by a white man who 'pulled his beard, kicked and punched' him in the face at a store in Oregon, US. Convenience store worker Harwinder Singh Dodd, was racially targeted on Monday by a 24-year-old Andrew Ramsey. It is reported that Ramsey attacked Dodd because…

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Punjabi singer Foji Gill returns to the music scene after a jail sentence and here is all you need to know

Friday 18th January 2019

In March 2015, Foji Gill was sentenced to 5 years in prison for involvement in money laundering along with various members of his family. Although Foji has been out and about since 2017, the Birmingham based singer announced return to the Desi music scene on 13 January 2019 under a new record label, Revere Records. Foji's first track from his…

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BBC Asian Network's line-up for Asian Network Live 2019 looks lit

Wednesday 16th January 2019

BBC Asian Network has revealed the line-up for Asian Network Live 2019, the station's flagship live music event. This year's event will take place on Saturday 2 March at Arena Birmingham. The line-up was announced on The Asian Network Breakfast Show with Harpz Kaur. Performing on the night will be: - ADP - Asim Azhar - B Young - F1rstman - G. Sidhu - Jasmine Sandlas - Jaz…

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It is now cheaper to fly to Pakistan with British Airways than PIA

Monday 14th January 2019

British Airways recently announced it will fly from Heathrow to Islamabad, the capital city of Pakistan, from 2 June 2019. Tickets have been on sale since 18 December 2018. The route will launch as a three-per-week service, operated on a three-class Boeing 787 Dreamliner - British Airways' newest long-haul fleet that is 20 per cent more fuel efficient than other…

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Man who killed Dr Jasjot Singhota by carless driving jailed

Monday 14th January 2019

A man who killed a female doctor in a road traffic collision in January 2017 after failing to clear frost from his car windscreen has been jailed. Alexander Fitzgerald, 26 (10.03.92), of Selwood Road, Essex, was sentenced at Kingston Crown Court on Friday, 11 January to 10 months imprisonment for causing death by careless driving, reduced from 16 months, and four…

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Mohammed Awais sentenced to nine years in jail for raping and robbing woman

Friday 11th January 2019

A man who kidnapped and raped a woman and then robbed her after she got into his vehicle in the mistaken belief that he was an Uber driver has been jailed. Mohammed Awais, 28 (02.01.91) of Wellstead Road, East Ham, was sentenced to nine years and four months' imprisonment at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Thursday, 10 January. He had pleaded guilty at…

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The UK Government scraps loans for forced marriage victims

Thursday 10th January 2019

The Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has revealed that the charge has been scrapped with immediate effect. Victims of forced marriages brought back to the UK will not be asked to take out a loan to repay the cost of their rescue. Previously, victims of forced marriage returning home were asked to fund plane tickets, food and shelter themselves and…

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There is an Afghan Star contestant who looks just like Canadian PM Justin Trudeau

Thursday 10th January 2019

Afghan Star, one of the the most watched shows in Afghanistan features a contestant called Salam Maftoon who appears to look a bit like the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Some people are now calling him both 'Salam Trudeau' and 'Afghan Trudeau.' Khaama Press reports that Maftoon is a music student who performs in the traditional style of his home…

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A Starbucks in Manchester was evacuated after a customer called Alan Akbar ordered a Frappuccino

Thursday 10th January 2019

Imagine going into Starbucks in the morning but getting the police called on you? Well that is exactly what happened today. A Starbucks in Manchester was evacuated after a man called Alan Akbar ordered a Caramel Frappuccino. Alan told Rochdale Herald, "I was out shopping and fancied a quick coffee. I've been in Starbucks a couple of times now…

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Zayn Malik Reportedly Cheated On Gigi Hadid

Monday 1st October 2018

The former One Direction singer, Zayn Malik allegedly cheated on his girlfriend, Gigi Hadid, just two weeks after the pair went on a break in March 2017 reported The Sun. The 25 year old also 'begged' Enrica Petrongari, 41, for sexy selfies after she visited his £10m New York pad. Petrongari said she was stunned to find herself…

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Pakistani Model Anam Tanoli Takes Her Life A Day After Slamming Online Bullies

Thursday 27th September 2018

A 26 year old Pakistani fashion designer and model took her own life shortly after speaking out against bullies and online trolls, daily mail reports. Anam Tanoli was found dead in her home in Lahore earlier this month, with her passing said to have been caused by suicide. Ms Tanoli's family told local media that the 26-year-old had suffered with depression…

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Panic Mid-Air As An Indian Passenger Tried To Open Plane Door Mistaking It For Toilet

Tuesday 25th September 2018

AFP reported earlier that a passenger sparked panic in mid-air when he tried to open a plane door, apparently mistaking it for the toilet, the airline and reports said. The passenger was revealed to be Indian travelling from New Delhi to Patna. "A co-passenger raised the alarm and he was intercepted by the crew," GoAir said in a statement…

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The Apprentice Is Back on BBC One And Here Are The Brown Contestants

Tuesday 25th September 2018

The Apprentice is back! Returning to BBC One at 9pm and airing weekly on Wednesdays from 3 October 2018, and available live and on-demand on BBC iPlayer. This year's series sees sixteen budding entrepreneurs put through their paces by business heavyweight Lord Sugar as the search for his next business partner begins. This year, the award-winning series will be bigger and better…

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Poet and Activist Hussain Munawer Releases Video For His Latest Poem Mamma’s Kitchen

Wednesday 15th August 2018

Mamma's Kitchen' is one of Hussain's most impressive combinations of music and poetry yet. The track itself sees Hussain finding the everyday paraphernalia of his home recalling memories of his mother as he deals with the grief of her loss. This powerful message is set alongside a funk inspired breakbeat and a stunning guest vocal. The video however explores a…

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Five sentenced at Old Bailey for brutal and fatal attack on Sukhjinder Singh, Southall

Friday 22nd June 2018

The men were sentenced at the Old Bailey on Friday, 22 June, with the judge stating: "The nature of weapons used and ferocity of the attack, it is obvious you intended to kill." Amandeep Sandhu, 31 (01.04.87) of Townsend Road, Southall was sentenced to 26-and-a-half years' imprisonment having been found guilty of murder. He was also sentenced to five years for…

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This Pakistani cricketer has tested positive for doping

Wednesday 20th June 2018
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It has been reported that Pakistani cricketer Ahmed Shehzad has tested positive for doping. The dope test was conducted prior to the Scotland series during Pakistan Cup and this could mean a ban for three months for violation of international doping laws. Pakistan Cricket Board tweeted: A player has reportedly tested positive for a prohibited substance. But under ICC…

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Why it was a good decision to fire chef Atul Kochhar

Wednesday 13th June 2018
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The Indian born London based chef was fired by a Dubai hotel after he tweeted "Islam had terrorised Hindus for 2,000 years". The chef who is associated with a number of restaurants in the United Kingdom, including Benaras in London was reacting to an American TV programme Quantico which stars Indian actor Priyanka Chopra. A recent episode of the programme…

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Shocking Arson Attacks At Leeds Mosque and Gurdwara

Tuesday 5th June 2018

At 3.42am this morning, West Yorkshire Police were contacted by the fire service who were attending the Jamia Masjid Abu Huraira Mosque, in Beeston, Leeds, where the main door had been deliberately set on fire. Firefighters had extinguished the fire before it had chance to spread, and damage was confined to the door and surrounding brickwork. It is believed flammable liquid…

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Why Inviting Shashi Throor To Speak At Bradford Literature Festival Is a Terrible Idea

Sunday 3rd June 2018
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On 30 June 2018, The Indian member of Parliament Shashi Tharoor is to speak at the Bradford Literature Festival about his new book "Why I am a Hindu." Shashi Tharoor also spoke at the Literature Festival in 2017 on "what the British did to India." The British Raj had a devastating economical, political and social effect on the…

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Sadiq Khan calls on British Government to make it easier for young Indians to work and study in London

Monday 4th December 2017

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, will today tell senior Indian business leaders that he wants the UK and India to forge a new special relationship that is not only based on trade and investment - but also encourages talented Indian people to study and work in London. Delivering a keynote speech in Mumbai, Sadiq is expected to say that…

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Khan meets Khan: Bollywood stars including Shah Rukh Khan welcome Sadiq Khan to Mumbai

Sunday 3rd December 2017

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, attends a dinner hosted by Indian business magnate Mukesh Ambani. He met with a multitude of Bollywood stars, sports stars and high-profile businessmen and women, including Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Sachin Tendulkar, Karan Johar, Alia Bhatt, Juhi Chawla, Katrina Kaif. Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan said on his Twitter account: "Thank you to the Ambani…

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Mayor praises the footballing talent of Mumbai as he announces young stars will travel to London

Sunday 3rd December 2017

our budding young footballers from Mumbai are set to head to London to train with Queens Park Rangers. The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, announced the names of the successful youngsters on the first day of his trade mission to India. Sadiq was attending the ninth annual finals day of the Mumbai Soccer Challenge and watched a challenge match to win…

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Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan to visit India & Pakistan

Sunday 3rd December 2017

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan's upcoming trip to India and Pakistan. He arrives in Mumbai on Sunday December 3rd and will be travelling to Mumbai, Delhi and Amritsar, cross the Wagah Border into Pakistan and visit Lahore, Islamabad and Karachi, before wrapping up the trip on Friday 8th December. The trip will involve a variety of elements, including engagement with Bollywood,…

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Scoop: 'Verna' has not been banned, it is merely a publicity stunt

Tuesday 14th November 2017

Earlier, we reported that Shoaib Mansoor's film Verna has been banned by Islamabad's Central Board of Film Certification according to reports and is to be reviewed by full board today. Starring Mahira Khan and Haroon Shahid, the film is scheduled to release on 17 November 2017 worldwide. Reports claimed it has been banned because of the mature and edgy…

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BFI India on Film presents Death and Deception as part of THRILLER season

Monday 6th November 2017

This Autumn, the BFI will embark on a suspense-filled, UK-wide season BFI THRILLER: WHO CAN YOU TRUST? Running from Friday 20 October - Sunday 31 December at BFI Southbank, online on BFI Player and at selected venues across the UK. Through October and November, BFI's INDIA ON …

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BBC sacks Asian Network DJ Tommy Sandhu over ‘anti Pakistani and lewd comments’‬

Saturday 9th September 2017

Tommy Sandhu was one of the four colleagues in a WhatsApp group where allegedly homophobic, racist and sexist comments were made. BBC opened the investigation over a month ago and it has now been reported that Tommy Sandhu has been sacked by the BBC. Mr Sandhu, 40, told the Daily Mail: 'At this stage I am taking legal advice,…

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Sidharth Malhotra: “I enjoyed playing a double role in A Gentleman”

Monday 14th August 2017

Bollywood actor Sidharth Malhotra, who is playing a double role in his upcoming movie A Gentleman, admits that portraying a dual role was really a fun experience. When asked about, how he felt playing a double role for the first time, Sidharth said in a recent interview, "It takes a lot more effort when you portray two different versions of…

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BBC "Not So Asian Network" - Tommy Sandhu And Team Suspended After Making Anti-Pakistani, Sexist and Homophobic Comments

Saturday 5th August 2017

Written by Usman Ahmed, Twitter: @TVLovesMe There is nothing that sends desi twitter into meltdown more than some celebrity drama. Whether it's people getting caught doing something they shouldn't or announcing their divorce. We love to have an opinion and we equally love gossip! Let's rewind two years when British Asian singer Nafees took the unprecedented step of publicly venting…

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Sony Music selects popular Egyptian Artist, Shaimaa Elshayeb as voice for Jab Harry Met Sejal’s hit track Radha in Arabic

Wednesday 26th July 2017

The song that has taken the nation by storm, Radha from the upcoming film Jab Harry Met Sejal, has now been created in Arabic, titled Habibi Radha and that too in the mellifluous voice of Shaimaa Elshayeb. Sony Music India has chosen the talented artist who has won several prestigious music awards as the voice for the song. Shaimaa is…

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