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Binge-watch birthday girl Kangana's films today

Filed on March 23, 2020
Kangana Ranaut, Birthday, Bollywood

Bollywood 'Queen' Kangana Ranaut has entertained movie buffs with several outstanding performances through her career of nearly a decade and a half.
Her journey from being a girl from a small village in Himachal Pradesh with starry dreams to a National Award-winning Bollywood superstar has been full of twists and turns. Coming from a village near Manali, Kangana entered tinsel town with no starry connection, and went ahead to make a place for herself in Bollywood. She proved her talent and versatility with films like Gangster, Woh Lamhe, Life In A...Metro, Tanu Weds Manu and Fashion. While she hit the right notes with her talent, Kangana was ridiculed for her accent, derided for her fashion sense and censured for her honesty.
As she turns a year older, here are a few movies of hers you can watch to keep yourself entertained during isolation!

* GANGSTER (2006)
She entered Bollywood with this movie, directed by Anurag Basu, in 2006. It is a love story of a gangster - a tale of a romance that is gritty, painful, and comes with twists. It also stars Emraan Hashmi and Shiney Ahuja. Besides the gripping story and powerful performances, the film is still remembered for its songs.

* WOH LAMHE (2006)
Kangana essayed the role of a troubled glamorous actress who battles fame, pride, and schizophrenia. It explores the life of the actress as she meets a director, played by Shiney Ahuja, and falls in love. The film takes the audience on a journey about how the two bond with each other in difficult times. The movie is said to be based on sensational yesteryear star Parveen Babi and her relationship with Mahesh Bhatt, who has written the film.

* TANU WEDS MANU (2011)
The comic drama turned the notion that marriages are made in heaven, on its head. The film narrates a love story of two completely opposite people -- Tanu and Manu. The 2011 romantic drama is directed by Aanand L. Rai, and also stars R. Madhavan, Jimmy Sheirgill, Deepak Dobriyal and Swara Bhaskar.

* QUEEN (2014)
The film tells the story of Rani who, after being dumped by her fiance two days before their wedding, packed her bags and travelled to Europe for the pre-booked honeymoon alone. Shaken, she explores her identity and self-confidence as she explored the foreign land and met new people. Directed by Vikas Bahl, the movie was a runaway hit and made Kangana an A-list star.

* MANIKARNIKA: THE QUEEN OF JHANSI (2019)
With this film, Kangana brought the story of Rani Laxmibai alive on the silver screen. Directed by Kangana and Radha Krishna Jagarlamudi, the film also stars Atul Kulkarni, Suresh Oberoi, Danny Denzongpa and Ankita Lokhande.

* PANGA (2020)
Directed by Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari, Panga also features Neena Gupta, Richa Chadha and Jassie Gill. The film, released on January 24, revolves around a kabaddi player, played by Kangana, who wants to make a comeback in the game after marriage and motherhood.

* LIFE IN A... METRO (2007)
Set in Mumbai, the film narrates stories of lives of nine people and how their lives change when their fates intertwine. It explores complexities of emotions, and other dilemmas. The film also stars Shilpa Shetty, Kay Kay, Irrfan Khan, Konkona Sen Sharma, Sharman Joshi, Shiny Ahuja and Dharmendra.

* TANU WEDS MANU RETURNS (2015)
The sequel of Tanu Weds Manu, the 2015 film starts after four years of Tanu's (Kangana) and Manu's (R. Madhavan) marriage. They have parted ways but still retain feelings for each other. The film also introduced Kangana's double role Datto, an ambitious Haryanvi girl. Manu falls in love with Datto. The film is about finding love and the spark in the relationship again.

* FASHION (2008)
The movie is about an ambitious small-town girl Meghna Mathur (Priyanka Chopra) who wants to make it big in the fashion industry as a supermodel. Kangana had a supporting act of a supermodel, who sees a decline in her career and resorts to drugs.

* JUDGEMENTALL HAI KYA (2019)
Judgementall Hai Kya reunites Queen体育竞彩网 co-stars Kangana and Rajkummar Rao after a gap of around five years for a killer thriller drama. The dark comedy revolves around Bobby (Kangana) and Keshav (Rajkummar) as they lead their life trying to figure out the difference between reality and illusions. A murder investigation brings more chaos to their lives. IANS


 
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The Salman Khan-hosted reality show Bigg Boss 13 is returning to television. The show is all set to see a re-run on Colors because the channel has had to end its swayamvar-based show Mujhse Shaadi Karoge owing to the coronavirus outbreak.The channel has recently unveiled a fresh promo of Bigg Boss 13 on socia media. The new promo announcing the re-run of the show was launched on Twitter and Instagram. According to the channel's announcement, the show will be aired from March 23 onward at 10pm. "Relive the most entertaining, dramatic and exciting season of #BiggBoss! Tune in and watch #BiggBoss13 from 23rd March, 10 PM only on #Colors @BeingSalmanKhan Anytime on @justvoot," said the official announcement by the channel on its official handle, @ColorsTV. The promo highlights some of the more talked-about incidents of the seasons, such as Sidharth Shukla and Asim Riaz's fight, Sidharth Shukla's fight with Rashami Desai, and Asim's romance with Himanshi Khurana. Bigg Boss 13 ran from September 29, 2019 to February 15, 2020. Television star Sidharth Shukla won the season while Asim Riaz was runner-up. IANS votes | 22 March 2020

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It was the late Seventies, the heady days of rock music. Campuses, concert halls and open-air venues reverberated with the psychedelic music of bands like Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Pink Floyd, Doobie Brothers and the legends from that era. The youth had not yet fully recovered from the influence of Woodstock, flower power was still a thing. Besides headbanging to decibel-shattering music by rock bands, music lovers were equally enamoured by the 'meaningful' ballads of singer-songwriters like Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young and the likes. It was circa 1977-78, and I clearly remember how I, as a youthful, blinded-by-rock youth, would shrug off Country & Western music by singer-songwriters like Glen Campbell, Charley Pride, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard and the gang. But then, one evening during one of our community music sessions, someone happened to play Lucille. The husky voice, the story-telling style of delivering the song and the easy to sing-along chorus lines caught my fancy. Upon asking, I was told the song was by a Country & Western singer named Kenny Rogers (he surely wasn't on the names on our playlist at that time). The single reached No.1 on the charts and in 1977, Rogers walked away with almost all the awards in the Country & Western category awards for the song, including Academy of Country Music Awards for Single of the Year, Top Male Vocalist, Song of the Year and the Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance. It wasn't just me that Rogers converted into a fan of his unique, pop-influenced Country and Western ballads; many other young music lovers were touched by his 'simple' ballads and were hooked instantly. During this period, every neighborhood had that one kid learning how to play the guitar, and Rogers' peppy and easy to play songs were perfect for budding musicians to impress with at parties. Lucille was followed by many other top-notch hits like Lady, The Gambler, Ruby Don't Take Your Love To Town, Coward of the County, and we would all share notes on lyrics and chords as we tried to strum and sound like Kenny Rogers. The news of his passing away today brought back old memories - of listening to Rogers' songs and transcribing the lyrics, figuring out chords and imitating his drawl. For us, it was Rogers who opened our eyes to a whole new world of Country music, to the music of Willie Nelson, George Strait, Hank Williams Jr and others. If it wasn't for Rogers we'd still be thinking of Country music as two-chord songs that we'd usually hear in the background of perhaps a John Wayne Western. His songs endeared themselves to music aficionados and he left behind a jukebox of songs from a career that spanned over six decades. Incidentally, Rogers announced his farewell tour a few years back in 2015. It was aptly titled The Gambler's Last Deal, the singer couldn't have asked for a better sendoff than naming a tour after his Grammy-winning hit, The Gambler. michael@sstljpj.com votes | 21 March 2020

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