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‘Starry eyed’ Gurdaspur awaits Sunny Deol

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Gurdaspur may be one of the least developed Lok Sabha constituencies in Punjab but it does not lack a fascination for Bollywood bigwigs.

Having elected actor Vinod Khanna as its Member of Parliament (MP) four times from 1998 to 2014, voters are now awaiting the arrival of Sunny Deol, the new film star the BJP has chosen as its candidate for the constituency.

Sunny Deol, who has done blockbuster movies such as ‘Border’, ‘Betaab’, ‘Gadar – Ek Prem Katha’ and ‘Ghayal’, replaces former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Khanna, who died in April 2017.

“We will not only get to see Sunny Deol but also the evergreen hero Dharmendra (Sunny’s father), his brother Bobby Deol and other members of the film fraternity during the campaign,” said Jugraj Singh, a youth from Gurdaspur town.
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Sunny Deol, whose real name is Ajay Singh Deol, 62, was born in Sahnewal near Ludhiana in October 1956.

Though Vinod Khanna had his own star appeal, his actor sons, Akshay Khanna and Rahul Khanna, gave it a boost during campaigning.

He stormed the Congress bastion on his electoral debut in 1998, defeating five-time Congress MP Sukhbans Kaur Bhinder.

Khanna remained popular in the constituency despite accusations of being away from the constituency most of the time. Strangely, even during Khanna’s absence from the area, his wife Kavita worked extensively in Gurdaspur.

Following his death, the BJP chose Swarn Singh Salariya, a Mumbai-based millionaire businessman, as its candidate for the October 2017 bypoll, over Khanna’s widow, Kavita Khanna. Salariya lost the bypoll to Congress candidate Sunil Jakhar by over 1.93 lakh votes.

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Veteran Malayalam actor Sathar passes away

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Kerala: Veteran Malayalam actor Sathar left for heavenly abode today morning. Sathar, who was 67 years old passed away at a hospital  in Aluva, Kochi, Kerala. He was admitted a few days back as he was undergoing treatment for liver diseases. The final rites will take place today and the actor’s funeral will take place at 4 PM today at the Padinjare Juma Masjid in Kodungallur. Meanwhile, celebrities and fans of the veteran star have been paying tribute to the actor on social media. Celebrities like Aju Varghese, Kunchacko Boban, filmmaker Lal Jose took to social media and offered condolences for veteran actor Sathar.

The Malayalam actor has done around 300 films and also tried his hands-on production. He ruled the film industry for almost 45 years and was active in the 1970s and 80s. He made his debut with Bharyaye Avashyamundu Samarppanam in 1975 and since then continued to rule the industry with powerful roles. He was seen as a lead actor as well as a villain in the films. His popular films are ‘A Vincent’s Anavaranam’, 22 Female Kottayam, Manglish, Ajnjana Theerangal, Neelathamara, Ee Nadu, Beena and more.

On the work front, he was last seen in the film Onnum Onnum Moonu, a film directed by Abhilash, Bijoy Joseph and VS Sreekanth in 2015.

The noted films throughout his lifetime include 22 Female Kottayam, Manglish, Ajnjana Theerangal, Neelathamara, Ee Nadu, Beena and so on. He has also acted in Telugu as well as Tamil films like Mayil and Soundaryame Varuga Varuga. He will be next seen in the yet-to-be-released film Avarum Ivarum.

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