Only 39% of land needed for bullet train project acquired


Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambitious Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project is missing on its deadline of land acquisition as till date only 39 per cent of the 1,380 hectares of land required has been acquired.A senior National High Speed Rail Corporation Ltd. (NHSRCL) official requesting anonymity told that: “Till date, we have acquired about 39 per

‘Kabir Singh’: A Shahid Kapoor canvas

Film: “Kabir Singh”; Director: Sandeep Reddy Vanga; Cast: Shahid Kapoor, Kiara Advani, Arjun Bawa, Suresh Oberoi, Kamini Kaushal, Nikita Dutta, Soham Majumdar; Rating: ***1/2A Hindi remake of the popular Telugu film “Arjun Reddy”, director Sandeep Reddy Vanga’s “Kabir Singh”, is the story of an academically brilliant medical student Kabir (Shahid Kapoor) who goes on to

‘A Monsoon Date’: Moving homage to transgender community

Film: “A Monsoon Date”, a short film on Eros Now; Director: Tanuja Chandra; Rating: *** (3 stars)There is a date, and then are are the dates. As the unnamed girl in the pouring rain gets into the shared cab, she meets a couple whose daughter is to get married. The friendly lady thrusts date fruits

Congress candidate Urmila Matondkar alleges EVM change Congress candidate Urmila Matondkar alleges EVM change

Actress Urmila Matondkar, who is the Congress candidate from Mumbai North parliamentary seat, on Thursday lodged a complaint with the Election Commission (EC) over an Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) being substituted. “On the form of EVM 17C from Magathane, the signatures and the machine numbers are different. A complaint has been filed with the EC,”

Excited to work with Janhvi in 'Rooh-Afza': Rajkummar Rao Excited to work with Janhvi in ‘Rooh-Afza’: Rajkummar Rao

Actor Rajkummar Rao is looking forward to collaborate with Janhvi Kapoor for the first time in “Rooh-Afza”, a horror comedy. Rajkummar spoke on the sidelines of a shoot for Bhamla Foundation’s anti-air pollution song “Hawa aane de” here on Saturday. Janhvi has expressed her admiration for Rajkummar’s work many times.Asked if he is excited to

There can't be another Pammi or Dev: Sangita Ghosh
There can’t be another Pammi or Dev: Sangita Ghosh

Actress Sangita Ghosh says she is very attached to “Des Mein Nikla Hoga Chand”, which premiered in 2001, and that she is sure there can’t be another Pammi or Dev — characters played by her and Varun Badola in the popular show. It’s raining reboots and remakes on the small screen. Asked if she would

Want to grow thick skin like dad, says Ananya Panday
Want to grow thick skin like dad, says Ananya Panday

Actress Ananya Panday, who is making her Hindi film debut with “Student of the Year 2”, says she wants to grow a thick skin like her actor-father Chunky Panday. Asked if she feels the pressure to sustain in the industry especially because she comes from a film family, Ananya told the media here: “I think

Aamir Khan does 'shramdaan' on Maharashtra Day
Aamir Khan does ‘shramdaan’ on Maharashtra Day

On Maharashtra Day on Wednesday, Bollywood actor-producer Aamir Khan indulged in a voluntary contribution of labour in the state’s Koregaon Taluka of Satara district, along with his wife Kiran Rao. They were accompanied by Jalamitras who came forward to help Aamir and his non-profitable organisation, Paani Foundation.After receiving a warm welcome, Aamir Khan headed to

Kangana is a 'bachchi': Mahesh Bhatt
Kangana is a ‘bachchi’: Mahesh Bhatt

Calling Kangana Ranaut a “bachchi”, filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt said that he would not like to comment against a “bachchi” (child), who started her Bollywood journey as an actress from his production company Vishesh Films. On being asked about the recent social media attack by Kangana’s sister Rangoli Chandel, Bhatt told reporters, “…she (Kangana) is a

'Kumkum Bhagya' clocks 5 years, Shabir emotional
‘Kumkum Bhagya’ clocks 5 years, Shabir emotional

As television show “Kumkum Bhagya” completed five years on Monday, the lead actors of the daily soap — Shabir Ahluwalia and Sriti Jha –– became emotional and nostalgic. Shabir took to Instagram to thank his fans for their “love and support”. He wrote: “Here’s celebrating a show that has stood the test of time and

Alzarri Joseph
I could not have asked for a better start: Joseph

Debutant Alzarri Joseph, who recorded the best bowling figures in the Indian Premier League’s (IPL) history, said he could not have asked for a better start.”It’s unbelievable. It’s a dream start. I don’t think it could get any better,” Joseph told his captain Rohit Sharma in an interview for iplt20.com after helping the Mumbai Indians

'Rangeela' actress Urmila Matondkar joins Congress
‘Rangeela’ actress Urmila Matondkar joins Congress

Bollywood actress Urmila Matondkar on Wednesday joined the Congress here in the presence of party leaders. Matondkar was inducted into the party by Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala and leaders Sanjay Nirupam and Milind Deora at the party headquarters. Before joining the party, the actress met Congress President Rahul

Varun 'sad, happy' with Conor McGregor's retirement
Varun ‘sad, happy’ with Conor McGregor’s retirement

Actor Varun Dhawan says he is sad but happy with the retirement of Conor McGregor and says the professional mixed martial artist and boxer had changed the sport. McGregor on Monday announced his surprise retirement on Twitter and wrote: “Hey guys quick announcement, I’ve decided to retire from the sport formally known as ‘mixed martial

‘Kesari’ collects over Rs 21 crore on opening day

Kesari box office collection:Actors Akshay Kumar and Parineeti Chopra starrer “Kesari” has raked in over Rs 21 crore at the box office on the first day of its release. Trade analyst Taran Adarsh on Friday tweeted: “‘Kesari’ roars. Sets the box office on (fire)… Emerges the biggest opener of 2019 (so far)… After limited shows

Ajay Devgn recreates his ‘Phool aur Kaante’ stunt

Ajay recreated stunt:Actor Ajay Devgn has recreated the signature stunt from his debut film “Phool Aur Kaante” in the first look of his upcoming romantic comedy “De De Pyaar De”. Ajay, who floored the audience with a stunt where he balanced on two bikes in the 1991 film, took the fans down the memory lane

Mumbai bridge crash: 6 dead; BMC-Railways face heat

Mumbai bridge crash:Six people have been reported dead and 32 injured in the past 12 hours since a portion of an overhead pedestrian bridge outside the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus came crashing down here. Police registered cases against Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and Indian Railway officials charging them with culpable homicide. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra

Preparation for IPL

IPL Preparation:The Indian players will have to smartly manage their workload during the upcoming IPL since it will be their responsibility to stay fit and fresh for the ICC World Cup, says skipper Virat Kohli. The upcoming edition of the popular Indian Premier League (IPL) will begin on March 23 and culminate days before the

Tempo-driver held for robbing, killing friend in Maharashtra Thane

Rob and kill case:A Tempo-driver was arrested by Mumbai Police on March 14 for allegedly robbing and killing his friend who’s dead body was found last week in a creek in Thane district.The senior Inspector of Narpoli police station M.B Shinde said that he was alerted by a local resident. During the probe, the deceased

Badla is nifty nugget Of noire

Badla review: Film: “Badla”; Director: Sujoy Ghosh; Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Tapsee Pannu, Amrita Singh; Rating: ****(4 stars) The phonetic distance between badla, the Hindi word for revenge that serves as the deliciously filmy title of this delicately drawn whodunit, and Badal, the name that the lawyer-protagonist is known by is easily bridgable. The craftily-plotted whodunit

Let’s speak to God with Hamid

Hamid release March 15: “Hamid”, a film which explores an unlikely bond between an eight-year-old boy and a CRPF trooper, was slated to release on March 1, but will now hit the screens on March 15 after the makers decided to delay its release following the Pulwama terror attack last month. Director Aijaz Khan said