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Raju Srivastava health: Comedian gains consciousness after 15 days

Srivastava was admitted to Delhi’s AIIMS after suffering from a cardiac arrest while running on a treadmill at his gym.

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Raju Srivastava gained consciousness after 15 days of hospitalisation on Thursday. Comedian’s personal secretary Garvit Narang confirmed the news.

Srivastava was admitted to Delhi’s AIIMS after suffering from a cardiac arrest while running on a treadmill at his gym. He was put on a ventilator and underwent angioplasty the same day. He was unconscious ever since.

Earlier today, the comedian’s brother Dipoo Srivastava quashed the reports of the comedian being taken off the ventilator and said Raju is stable and doctors are doing their best.

Last week, Sunil Pal informed that Raju’s health got critical as his brain stopped functioning. He also urged his fans to pray for him as the doctors were unable to do anything. He continued to be on ventilator support.

Earlier, Raju Srivastava’s family issued an official statement and asked everyone to not believe his death rumours and pray for his well-being. The statement said Raju Srivastava’s health was stable and doctors were treating him.

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Popular as Gajodhar, Raju Srivastava is one of the most accomplished comedians in India. He gained wide recognition from the talent show The Great Indian Laughter Challenge where he ended up as the second runner-up. He then participated in The Great Indian Laughter Challenge-Champions and won the title of The King of Comedy.

The comedian started his career with cameo roles in Bollywood films like Maine Pyar Kiya, Baazigar, Aamdani Atthanni Kharcha Rupaiya, and Bombay to Goa. He was also a part of Bigg Boss season 3 and was voted out after more than two months. He then participated in the reality show Comedy Ka Maha Muqabala.

Apart from comedy and acting, Raju also tried his luck in politics. He joined the Samajwadi Party for the 2014 Lok Sabha election, however, returned the ticket citing no support from the local units of the party. Later, he joined the Bhartiya Janata Party and became a part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.

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Bigg Boss 16: Sumbul Touqeer Khan to get evicted from Salman Khan show a week before Finale

The contestants who have reached the finale week are Priyanka Chahar Choudhary, Archana Gautam, Shalin Bhanot, MC Stan, Shiv Thakare, and Nimrit Kaur Ahluwalia.

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Bigg Boss 16: Sumbul Touqeer Khan to get evicted from Salman Khan show a week before Finale

Sumbul Touqeer Khan has been eliminated from the Bigg Boss 16 show a week before the Grand Finale. Despite being the popular face of the Indian television industry, the Imlie actor could not reach the top spot. Fans are wondering if Sumbul herself was the reason behind her eviction.

The contestants were divided into two teams in the nomination task, Mandali consisting of Shiv Thakare, MC Stan and Sumbul Touqeer Khan vs Archana Gautam, Priyanka Chahar Choudhary and Shalin Bhanot. Each of them was supposed to count 9 minutes, however, Sumbul Touqeer took the highest time of 17 plus minutes which led to Mandali being nominated.

Though the Mandali got nominated because of Sumbul, the other nominated contestants Shiv and Stan, did not blame her. However, during the Weekend Ka Vaar episode, hosted by Karan Johar, the filmmaker called out Shiv for not questioning Sumbul about his nomination. Later, he asks Shiv to walk out of the show as he got the lowest number of votes.

Well, contrary to the promo, The Khabri has tweeted out saying that Sumbul Touqeer Khan will be eliminated from Bigg Boss 16 during the Weekend Ka Vaar.

The contestants who have reached the finale week are Priyanka Chahar Choudhary, Archana Gautam, Shalin Bhanot, MC Stan, Shiv Thakare, and Nimrit Kaur Ahluwalia. There are also reports that Shalin Bhanot will also get evicted from the show later in the week.

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Celebrated filmmaker K Viswanath dies at 92, celebs pay tribute

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Celebrated filmmaker and Dadasaheb Phalke awardee Kasinadhuni Viswanath passed away at a private hospital in Hyderabad on late Thursday night. He was 92. Vishwanath, a five-time national awardee, was unwell for some time and died due to age-related issues, family sources said.

The veteran filmmaker passed away around midnight on Thursday.

Popularly known as ‘Kalatapasvi’, Viswanath was born in February 1930 in Andhra Pradesh and started his career in filmmaking as a sound engineer under director Adurthi Subba Rao. Later, he went on to work as an assistant director for Telugu film Pathala Bhairavi in 1951.

Viswanath went on to direct award-winning films like Sankarabharanam, Sagara Sangamam, Swati Mutyam, Saptapadi, Kaamchor, Sanjog and Jaag Utha Insaan during his illustrious career.

Viswanath, who made 50 movies since 1965, is a household name in the Telugu film industry and also renowned for his work in Tamil cinema and the Bollywood industry. The veteran artiste also had a successful stint as an actor in movies such as Swarabhishekam, “Pandurangadu”, “Narasimha Naidu”, “Lakshmi Narasimha” and “Seemasimham”, “Kuruthipunal”, “Kakkai Siraginilae” and “Bagavathi”, among others.

Viswanath’s directorial debut Aatma Gowravam, starring Akkineni Nageswara Rao, won the Nandi Award for the best feature film and followed more hits like Chelleli Kapuram, O Seeta Katha, Jeevana Jyoti and Sarada.

Viswanath was felicitated with the Dadasaheb Phalke award, the highest recognition in Indian cinema, in 2017, as its 48th recipient. Over a four-decade long career, the illustrious director was conferred with the Padma Shri in 1992 and has also collected five 20 Nandi Awards (given by the Andhra Pradesh government) and 10 Filmfare trophies including the Lifetime Achievement award.

Several big-wigs of the Indian film industry paid tributes to the legendary filmmaker.

RRR director SS Rajamouli in his tribute posted on Twitter said that Viswanath’s signature on Telugu cinema and art in general will shine brightly forever.

Jr NTR in his condolence pointed out the late director’s contributions to Telugu cinema, saying that Viswanath holds a high place among those who spread the fame of Telugu cinema across the continents. “He gave many incredible films like Shankarabharan and Sagara Sangam. The loss without him is never-ending. My deepest condolences to his family and may his soul rest in peace.”

Calling Viswanath his Guru, Veteran Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor shared a picture of himself with the late director and thanked the filmmaker for teaching him the ropes during the actor’s early years. He wrote: “K. Vishwanath Ji you taught me so much, being on set with you during Eeshwar was like being in a temple… RIP My Guru.”

In an emotional note, Tamil superstar Manmooty wrote: “Deeply saddened by the demise of Sri K Viswanath Garu. Had the privilege of being directed by him in Swathikiranam. My thoughts and prayers with his loved ones.”

AR Rahman wrote, “Anjali tradition, warmth, heart, music, dance, love …..your movies filled my childhood with humaneness and wonder! #ripkviswanathji.”

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao also expressed his condolences over the death of Viswanath.

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The Alchemist writer Paulo Coelho heaps praises on Shah Rukh Khan, recommends My Name Is Khan to the West

The Brazilian novelist took to his Twitter and wrote that Shah Rukh Khan is a king, a Legend, a Friend, but above all he’s a great actor.

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The Alchemist writer Paulo Coelho heaps praises on Shah Rukh Khan, recommends My Name Is Khan to the West

The best selling author Paulo Coelho has given a shoutout to Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan. SRK has shared a video of fans gathered outside his house Mannat in Mumbai and seems like that love and affection also pulled Coelho’s attention. The writer had the most heart warming reaction on the video.

The Brazilian novelist took to his Twitter and wrote that Shah Rukh Khan is a king, a Legend, a Friend, but above all he’s a great actor. He further wrote that for those who don’t know SRK in the West, should watch Khan’s 2010 film, My name is Khan.

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However, this is not for the first time that Coelho has heaped prasied or Shah Rukh or his film My Name Is Khan. Back in 2017, when the SRK-Kajol starrer had completed 7 years, the writer had once again congratulated the team on 7th anniversary of a wonderful film. The Alchemist writer also shared a photo quoting his own statement which read that Paulo Coelho has only watch one Bollywood film, which is My Name Is Khan.

He further wrote that, it is not only a excellent film but Shah Rukh Khan also deserved an Oscar for Karan Johar directorial only if Hollywood was not manipulated. Shah Rukh had also responded to the tweet. After thanking Coelho, King Khan had written that his next journey is to try and meet the writer in person.

On the current status, Shah Rukh Khan’s Pathaan’s roar on the box office does not seem to stop. The film made with a huge budget of Rs 250 crore has earned more than Rs 300 crore in India only. The film is directed by Siddharth Anand, and apart from Shahrukh Khan, John Abraham and Deepika Padukone are in lead roles. It has been 8 days since the film was released and it has destroyed many records. The film has collected a total of Rs 667 crore at the worldwide box office within eight days.

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