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Bollywood actor Junior Mehmood passes away at 67 after battling stomach cancer

Junior Mehmood, whose birth name was Naeem Sayyed, reportedly passed away at home at 2:15 a.m.

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Vetran actor Junior Mehmood has passed away today at the age of 67. The seasoned actor was suffering from stage four stomach cancer. His friend Salam Kazi has confirmed the news of his passing, according to a report.

Junior Mehmood, whose birth name was Naeem Sayyed, reportedly passed away at home at 2:15 a.m. The son of Junior Mehmood, Husnain, said, they only found out about his fourth-stage stomach cancer 18 days ago.

He was brought to Tata Memorial Hospital by his family. At this point, the dean there informed Junior Mehmood’s family that chemotherapy and treatment would be extremely unpleasant. It was recommended by the hospital that we care for him at home.

According to reports, at around 12 pm, Junior Mehmood’s funeral service will be held in Santacruz West’s Juhu Muslim Cemetery, which is also where his mother is cremated.

Before he passed away, a number of movie stars, including Jeetendra and Johnny Lever, paid the ailing actor visits. Jeetendra went to Junior Mehmood’s house on Tuesday because the veteran actor had expressed a desire to meet him.

Jeetendra broke down when he saw his friend and co-star in agony. The actor told about his visit and said he was there by his bedside, but Junior Mehmood did not recognise him. He can’t even open his eyes from the anguish he’s in. Jeetendra said it pained him to see his friend in this way. He has been visiting Mount Mary Church for 25 years. He had intended to stop by Junior on way to church the next Sunday when he heard about his health issues. However, Johnny contacted him on Monday night and urged him to visit him as soon as possible, he said.

Sachin Pilgaonkar visited Junior Mehmood as well. Later, he begged his Instagram followers to pray for the well-being of his childhood friend in a post.

As a young actor, Junior Mehmood made his film debut in 1966’s Mohabbat Zindagi Hai. Later, he starred in films like Brahmachari, Kati Patang, Haathi Mere Saathi, Caravan, and Naunihal.

Mehmood gave him the screen name Junior Mehmood when they co-starred in the 1968 film Suhaag Raat. The actor had a short career on television with episodes like Pyaar Ka Dard Hai Meetha Meetha Pyaara Pyaara and Ek Rishta Saajhedari Ka.

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Karan Johar hails Anant Ambani’s Vantara initiative, here’s more about the project

Reliance Industries and Reliance Foundation announced the launch of Vantara on Monday.

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Karan Johar thanked Anant Ambani for his new initiative, Vantara, on his Instagram post today. KJo discussed the program and the Ambani family’s deep-rooted passion for animals in this post.

Taking to Instagram, the Kuch Kuch Hota Hai-director shared a video and said, with its foundation in a profound love for animals and wildlife in general, Anant Ambani’s Vantara effort only serves to confirm his faith in his compassion and commitment for the cause. Karan Johar also said Anant Ambani never dose anything half-hearted as he gave the world a more heart-ful space.

The Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahani director said Vantara is not only about saving and caring for animals; it also strives to give them the greatest possible rehabilitation. The Vantara initiative, recently introduced by Reliance Industries and Reliance Foundation, is dedicated to the rescue, medical attention, and rehabilitation of hurt, mistreated, and endangered animals, both domestically and overseas. The filmmaker extended his love and support to the entire Reliance group and also thanked them again for providing a safe space for wildlife.

What is Vantara Initiative?

On Monday, Reliance Industries and Reliance Foundation announced the launch of Vantara, a broad program designed to save, caring for, treat, and rehabilitate wounded abused, and threatened animals both domestically and worldwide.

The project is regarded as the largest animal rescue and rehabilitation center in the world. It was the idea of Anant Ambani,who is on the boards of Reliance Industries and Reliance Foundation.

Located across 3,000 acres, the animal refuge is situated in the Green Belt of Reliance’s Jamnagar Refinery Complex and features a jungle-like environment that mimics the natural, enriching, lush and verdant habitat for the rescued species to thrive in. It is said that more than 2,000 rescued animals have been transported to the facility from all around the world and the country.

Meanwhile, Anant Ambani soon-to-be wife Radhika Merchant is also involved in this initiative.

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Sidhu Moosewala’s mother pregnant, baby due in March, fans compare real life to Ayushmann Khurrana’s Badhaai Ho

Sidhu Moosewala was shot dead in Punjab’s Mansa, in May 22.

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The parents of the late Punjabi singer Sidhu Moosewala are expecting a second child. Sidhu’s mother, Charan Singh, underwent IVF treatment and was successful in conceiving a baby, the baby is due in March, according to family sources. The only child of the couple, Sidhu, was killed in May 2022.

It is said that Charan Singh is 58 years old, who is under medical care now, filed an affidavit in 2022 to serve as Sidhu’s replacement in the elections, she gave her age as 56. Sidhu was contesting from Mansa.

Meanwhile, as soon as this news came to light, netizens started to compare Moosewala’s mother to Ayushmann Khurrana’s film Badhaai Ho, in which Ayushmann Khurrana’s charter’s mother, played by Neena Gupta, also gets pregnant at a late age. Several memes surfaced online saying this is real-life Badhaai Ho.

In May 2022, Sidhu Moosewala was shot dead in Mansa, Punjab. He was reportedly shot by six gunmen while traveling in a jeep to Jawaharke village in Mansa, which is 10 kilometers from the singer’s hometown of Moosa, with his cousin and a friend.

The Punjab Police Special Investigation Team (SIT) is currently investigating his death conspiracy. The team has filed charges against 32 accused, including the gangster Jaggu Bhagwanpuria, Goldy Brar, and Lawrence Bishnoi.

A candle march was held in Sidhu’s memory in Mansa. To demand justice for the late singer, a large number of his fans and friends came to Moosa village to take part in the candle march. Sidhu’s mother was also there at the march. In Jawahar Ke village, a gurdwara was the venue for prayers in honor of the deceased singer.

Famous singer-actor Diljit Dosanjh once discussed in an interview about  Moosewala’s parents and how they must be suffering following the death of their son in 2022. He also mentioned how, in the past, artists had frequently been murdered.

Among many other hits, the singer-turned-politician was best known for songs like So High, Same Beef, The Last Ride, Just Listen, and 295.

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PM Modi pays tribute to Ghazal singer Pankaj Udhas, says he was a beacon of Indian music

Singer Pankaj Udhas passed away today at Breach Candy hospital, Mumbai, due to prolonged illness.

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Legendary Ghazal singer Pankaj Udhas passed away at the age of 72 on Monday. The singer was suffering with age-related health issues. His daughter Nayaab Udhas confirmed the news of his death on social media.

Taking to social media, his family issued an official statement saying, with a very heavy heart, they inform the sad demise of Padmashri Pankaj Udhas on 26th February 2024 due to a prolonged illness.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tribute to the veteran singer as he posted a special note for Pankaj Udhas. Recalling him, the PM said, he was a beacon of Indian music, whose melodies transcended generations. His departure leaves a void in the music world that can never be filled, the PM added.

Udhas, who gained recognition as a playback singer in Hindi films such as Naam, Saajan, and Mohra, passed away at the Breach Candy hospital at around 11 am today, as per a source close to the family .

On knowing about the sudden demise of Pankaj Udhas, his fans and many Bollywood celebrities paid their tribute to the veteran singer through different social media handle.

Taking to Instagram, singer Sonu Nigam posted his picture and said, he lost his one of the most important part of his childhood today. Sonu also said he will miss him forever and knowing that he is no more his heart cries out. Concluding his post he thanked Pankaj Udhas for being there.

Shankar Mahadevan said he is shocked by this news as it is a terrible loss to music industry.

Singer Anup Jalota took to X, to express his grief. He shareda post and said, music legend and his friend passed away. Jalota also said, he extends his heartfelt condolences to his family and loved ones during this difficult time.

Meanwhile, Pankaj Udhas was from a well-known Gujarati music family. He was the youngest of the three brothers and was born in Jetpur, Gujarat. Manhar Udhas, his older brother, was also a playback singer in the film industry. He started his carrer by learning tabla before moving on to study Hindustani vocal classical music under Ghulam Qadir Khan Sahab. After that, he received training at the renowned Gwalior Gharana.

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