Ali Sethi performs ‘Pasoori’ at Coachella, mesmerizes crowd

Ali Sethi makes his debut at Coachella music festival

The Coachella saw the debut performances of Pakistani singer and composer Ali Sethi and Indian singer and actor Diljit Singh Dosanjh, giving Pakistani and Indian music lovers a cause for celebration. Dosanjh was the festival’s first performer in the Punjabi language, and he did not disappoint. Everyone was entranced by the singer’s captivating and high-energy voice, which caused them to move to his hits like Patiala Peg and Lemonade.

Sethi’s performance, which featured his international viral song Pasoori, was similarly spectacular. In 2022, the song Pasoori by the singer, who has been making waves in the South Asian music market, received the most Google searches. The singer’s fans were eager to see him perform, and the energy in the crowd was high.

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Ali Sethi wore a black suit with silver shoes, a hat, and decorative decorations on the top. His performance was equally outstanding, and his set was much anticipated by the crowd.

Diljit Dosanjh for Coachella debut

Dosanjh dressed entirely in black for his performance, wearing a black turban, black sunglasses, and black gloves. It was enjoyable to watch him perform. Fans were happy for the singer after seeing a video on Diljit’s Instagram Stories of DJ Diplo dancing with his pals at the event.

The cultural and musical shift at Coachella

It is impossible to overstate the importance of these performances since they signal a cultural change in the music business. Incorporating South Asian performers into the Coachella Festival, one of the most lucrative music festivals in the world, is a huge step towards diversifying the music scene.

Fans went to Coachella in droves to see these South Asian performers play because of their increased prominence. While South Asian musicians like Arooj Aftab and Raveena Aurora performed at the festival last year, fans were equally excited about this year’s lineup.

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Most influential readers’ choice: Shah Rukh Khan beats Messi, Harry and Meghan in 2023 poll

Shah Rukh Khan winning hearts all over again!

Shah Rukh Khan, a Bollywood actor, has been named the winner of the 2023 TIME100 reader poll, which honours the world’s most important people. Khan garnered 4% of the more than 1.2 million votes cast, defeating well-known individuals like footballer Lionel Messi, actor Michelle Yeoh, and athlete Serena Williams, among others.

With over 100 film roles under his belt and a reputation as Bollywood’s beloved romantic hero, Khan has solidified his status as a legend and an international icon in the entertainment industry. The success of his most recent movie, Pathaan, which came out earlier this year, is confirmed by its nearly $130 million global box office haul.

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Healthcare workers came in third in the TIME100 reader poll, behind Iranian women fighting for more freedoms from the country’s Islamic administration. Football player Lionel Messi finished in fifth, followed by Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who were among the noteworthy individuals in fourth place.

Spare, a book by Prince Harry that recently made headlines, and Archetypes, a podcast hosted by Meghan Markle that promotes women’s and anti-racism rights. Contrarily, Messi has received several honors, including seven Ballon d’Or medals and his first World Cup victory in 2022.

Khan’s victory is evidence of his influence on the global entertainment sector. He will act in the next Atlee Kumar film Jawan, which also stars Vijay Sethupathi, Nayanthara, and Sanjay Dutt in a cameo role. The actor is currently working on a different production called Dunki.

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Doge takes over Twitter as Elon Musk replaces app’s iconic bird

Doge takes over the blue Twitter bird

The social media platform has changed its recognisable blue bird logo to a doge meme in what might be a late April Fools’ joke or Twitter CEO Elon Musk exercising his belief that nothing is more eye-catching than a dog picture.

Doge meme aka Kabosu Shiba Inu!

The Shiba Inu named Kabosu, who served as the model for the notorious doge meme, is featured right at the top of the Twitter homepage. The first instance of the meme was in 2010, when an amusing image of Kabosu went popular online. People began calling it “doge,” which ultimately served as the model for the 2013-founded cryptocurrency “Dogecoin.”

Musk also posted a screenshot with the caption “As promised”, showing a conversation between him and a Twitter user where he suggested Musk “just buy Twitter” and “change the bird logo to a doge”. To this, Musk responded: “Haha that would sick”.

Given that the update was released in the midst of a [$258 million racketeering lawsuit][2] accusing him of running a pyramid scam to promote Dogecoin, Musk made a brave move.

To commemorate the news, DogeCoin’s official Twitter account published a very 2010 meme.

Here comes the trolling…

Musk’s most recent action has surprised many online users.

Another one shares,

Change the name already Musk,

Calling him smart!

The recognisable blue bird is already missed. No matter how cute the doge is, we’re #TeamBlueBird.

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Resham believes depression does not exist

Resham claims depression does not exist

In a recent interview with PTV Home, legendary actor Resham made the audacious claim that depression “does not exist” and that it is instead a result of turning away from God.

She claims, in a video that is currently going viral online, “I’ve always stated, I believe depression does not exist. A separation from God is depression. I was raised by my sister because I was reared without parents; so, anytime I missed my parents, even though baji never allowed me to feel their absence, I would turn to God. When you’re feeling down, pray and cry out to God.

And don’t forget God,” adds anchor Sami Khan. “God’s secrets contain the peace of your heart.”

Without a doubt, says Resham.

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The difference of thinking

The Jannat Ki Talash actress posted the clip to Instagram along with the statement, “Every human being has his own thinking. And for me, whether it be depression or any other issue, the answer is to adore and cling to Allah. Perhaps some individuals did not get my argument. Deep concepts that not everyone can grasp… All I want to say to the critics is to save your energy for something good. God bless you all.

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Behroze Sabzwari, Qavi Khan, and others conferred with civil honours on Pakistan Day

Celebrities conferred with civil awards on Pakistani Day

On March 23, Pakistan Day, President Dr. Arif Alvi presented civil awards to 135 Pakistanis and foreigners in honour of their brilliance and valour in their respective disciplines. Numerous famous people, like the late Qavi Khan and Behroze Sabzwari, were on the list.

Cabinet ministers, ambassadors, and family members of the honorees who attended the awards ceremony at the Aiwan-e-Sadr. The president distributed the civil awards in 10 categories including Nishan-i-Imtiaz, Tamgha-i-Imtiaz, Hilal-i-Imtiaz, Hilal-i-Quaid-Azam, Sitara-i-Shujaat, Sitara-i-Imtiaz, Presidential Award for Pride of Performance, Tamgha-i-Shujaata and Tamgha-i-Khidmat.

From old to new…

Ahmed Ali Chagla (art), the late Sufi Ghulam Tabassum (poetry), and the late Muhammad Qavi Khan each received the Nishan-i-Imtiaz from the president. (drama, film). The late Amjad Islam Amjad and Raees Ahmed (arts), among others, received the Hilal-i-Imtiaz prize. (arts).

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Additionally, the Sitara-i-Imtiaz award was granted to the late Shama Khalid, Behroze Sabzwari, Tariq Mahmood, Fakhar-e-Alam, and Saghar Siddiqui for their contributions to poetry. (art).

Moreover, Actor Shahroz Sabzwari posted an emotional tribute in honour of his father’s significant victory on Instagram.

“A very proud day for us to celebrate my father receiving this honour from the President of The Islamic Republic of Pakistan. You deserve this father, your family and country are proud of you.”

Furthermore, Riaz Shahid, a late writer and director, also received the Sitara-i-Imtiaz honour. His son, the well-known actor Shaan Shahid, shared the wonderful news on social media.

Pride of Performance

Anjum Shaheen (acting), Taskeen Zafar, Syed Shamoon Hashmi, and late Professor Jahazeb Niaz Khan (art), among many others, received the Presidential Award for Pride of Performance, while Rustam Ali Lone (art), Arif Khan (art), and Nigar Nazar (art) received Tamgha-i-Imtiaz.

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Shook by Tremors: Celebrities pray for earthquake victims

Earthquake jolts Pakistan!

A powerful earthquake that shook several areas of Pakistan on March 21 left at least 44 injured and nine dead in the northwest of the country.

The magnitude 7.7 earthquake, which occurred about 9:30 PM on Tuesday and lasted for more than 30 seconds, was felt more than 2,000 kilometers away in New Delhi, India, according to the United States Geological Survey. The aftershock followed was 6.5 magnitude felt in Islamabad.

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Since then, a lot of famous people have used their social media accounts to express their concern and support for the earthquake victims.

Celebrities pray for the victims

Singer Ali Zafar hoped everyone remained safe. “I hope everyone is okay. Prayers for all,” he tweets

“Earthquake! Oh God, please bless. Hope everyone is doing well,” tweeted seasoned performer Samina Peerzada.

Hamza Ali Abbasi used a verse from a religious text to describe the earthquake. While Iffat Omar, a former model, made fun of those who attribute earthquakes to women’s attire. Who was wearing jeans today, she enquired.

Bilal Ashraf posts,

The Shikwa crooner, Natasha Baig posts,

Mawra Hocane posts quranic verses from Surah Az-Zalzalah,

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legal trouble: T-Series sent a notice to Hera Pheri 3 makers!

Hera Pheri 3-related reports have occasionally made headlines for a while now. It began when media rumours about Kartik Aaryan and Akshay Kumar joining the franchise spread. Later, it was clarified that nobody is being replaced, rather Kartik would be presented as a completely new character. T-Series has now, in an unexpected change of events, sent a notice to the producers for a very alarming reason.

The movie has begun filming, and just recently, a picture of the leading three of Akshay Kumar, Suniel Shetty, and Paresh Rawal appeared online. Yet the movie was already in peril before it had even finished shooting 50% of it. You did really hear correctly!

Public notice from T-series

The makers of Hera Pheri 3 have received a public notice from T-Series claiming ownership of all audio and visual rights to every song in the Hera Pheri franchise, according to the notice that was published in Trade Magazine. The production business identified itself as “the single and exclusive right holder of all copyright of all” in the notice.

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The notice mentions, “Music and Audio Visual Song Rights” of the Franchise Film on all modes, medium and formats (whether existing now and arising in future) throughout the entire world and in perpetuity.”

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Veteran Actor Qavi Khan Passes Away aged 80

Qavi Khan passes away

At the age of 80, veteran actor Qavi Khan passed away on Sunday in Canada while receiving treatment for a kidney-related condition.

As soon as word of the death of the Pride of Performance and Sitara-i-Imtiaz recipient spread online, there was a huge outpouring of grief. Mohsin Naqvi, the interim chief minister of Punjab, released a statement in which he expressed his sorrow over the actor’s passing.

Tributes pouring in

Imran Khan, a former prime minister, also sent his condolences on learning of his passing. “I was shocked to learn of the death of renowned actor Qavi Khan. After learning of the actor’s passing, the PTI chairman tweeted, “My prayers and condolences go to his family.

Senior theatre producer Qaiser Javed claimed that Khan’s passing left a void that could not be filled.

Actors Imran Ashraf Awan, Sami Khan, Farhan Saeed and Ali Zafar paid tribute to the legendary artist.

Farhan Saeed tweets,

Ali Zafar writes,

“The great Qavi Khan sahab is no more. Though I never had the honor to work with him, his exemplary professionalism and humility were praised by everyone who had the privilege. He was an institution in himself and deserves a state funeral. May he rest in peace.

Actor Adnan Siddiqui said that there will be no other like him. He tweets,

Additionally, arts councils have announced that they will be hosting memorial services for Khan.

The shining career lasts forever!

From Peshawar, where he was born, Radio Pakistan, Khan launched his career as a child star. He began working for Pakistan Television in 1964, where he quickly rose to fame.

Lakhon Mein Aik was the play he performed in to begin his professional career, but it was Andhera Ujala that brought him great fame in Pakistan. Fishaar, Lahori Gate, Muthi Bhar Matti, Baityaan, Cinderella, and Durr-i-Shahwar are a few of his other TV plays.

Qavi entered the film business in 1965. Mauhabbat Zindagi Hai, Chand Suraj, Sarfarosh, Kalay Chor, and Zameen Asman are a few of his movies.

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Pakistani celebrities condemn Javed Akhter’s comments in Faiz Festival

Celebrities condemn Javed Akhter’s comment

Javed Akhtar, an Indian playwright, has consistently criticised Pakistan and its leadership. Social media is buzzing about the lyricist’s recent trip to Lahore for the 7th Faiz Festival.

Javed Akhter

In addition to professing his love for the renowned Pakistani poet Faiz Ahmad Faiz and his respect for all languages, his contentious comments about the terrorists who carried out the 26/11 Mumbai attacks being free to roam around Pakistan have infuriated many. However, the writer of the script has previously made disparaging remarks about Pakistan.

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Uri Attack 2016

In 2016, Akhtar stated to Times Now that Pakistani actors were keeping quiet about the Uri attack because they believed Pakistan was to blame. According to the 78-year-old artist in a Times Now interview, he said, “Their silence is a kind of confession from Pakistani actors that Pakistan is responsible for it. This is the least they (actors) can do.”

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Pulwama Attack

Akhtar and his wife, well-known Indian actor Shabana Azmi, were scheduled to attend an Arts Council event in 2019 in honour of poet Kaifi Azmi, but it was postponed in the wake of the Pulwama attack. He also critisized ex Prime Minister in a tweet,

Pakistani artistes condemn Javed Akhter’s comments

Pakistani celebrities show their disappointment over foul remarks by Javed Akhter in Pakistan. Actor Saboor Aly expressed displeasure over Javed Akhtar insulting the nation while on its soil in a series of Instagram stories.

Shaan Shahid, a Pakistani actor, also complained about Javed Akhtar’s selective criticism on Twitter. He demanded information from the poet about the riots in Gujarat and questioned “who gave him the visa.”

Actor Haroon Shahid also tweets,

Ali Safina rather took a funnier dig at JA. His post reads,

Aijaz Aslam also adds on some,

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Steven Spielberg wins Berlin lifetime award at 76

Steven Spielberg, still filming and receiving awards!

In accepting a lifetime achievement award at the Berlin Film Festival, director Steven Spielberg revealed new information about his upcoming HBO series and expressed his excitement about the prospect of making new movies at the age of 76.

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Spielberg, who is renowned for his approachable and engrossing films, advised aspiring directors to begin with the story.

To present Steven Spielberg with a special lifetime achievement award, Bono made a surprising appearance at the Berlin International Film Festival.

In presenting the Oscar-winning director with the honorary Golden Bear award on Tuesday, the U2 frontman referred to Spielberg as “one of the biggest big shots in Hollywood.”

The documentary Kiss The Future, which stars Bono, The Edge, and Adam Clayton, had its world premiere at the International Berlinale festival, and members of the Irish rock band were there.

Prior to the movie, the band, who recently announced a new residency in Las Vegas for 2023, gave a special performance. Actor Matt Damon later joined them on stage.

Later, when presenting Spielberg with the award, Bono remarked that the director was “out of this world.”

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Spielberg on the go!

The semi-autobiographical “The Fabelmans” and “West Side Story,” a film adaptation of the iconic Broadway musical, are completed. Spielberg’s resume includes some of the highest-grossing and most adored films in movie history, including “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” and “Jaws.”

“Whatever seized me as a little kid is the same feeling I retained all those decades later,” he told reporters on Tuesday. “When I find a book or a script or come up with an original idea that I think would make a good movie: that excitement … supersedes everything.”

Spielberg, who claims he “loves to work and needs to work,” is putting the finishing touches on a script that was unfinished when his friend Stanley Kubrick passed away in 1999.

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