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Legendary music composer Khayyam passes away

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Mumbai: National award winning Bollywood music composer Mohammed Zahir Hashmi, 92, who was known only as Khayyam in his musical journey, passed away late on Monday night in a private hospital here following a brief illness, an aide said. He died after suffering from a lung ailment.

Khayyam was known for his music in Bollywood classics like “Kabhie Kabhie”, “Trishul”, “Razia Sultan”, “Noorie” and “Umrao Jaan”. He also composed music for Meena Kumari’s album, “I Write, I recite” featuring her singing her own poetic compositions.

Adorned with the National Award, the Sangeet Natak Academy Award and a Padma Bhushan, Khayyam was admitted to the Sujoy Hospital in Juhu last week for a lung infection, said his spokesperson Pritam Sharma.
Having a keen ear for music, he started his musical career from Ludhiana at the age of 17.

He was honoured with the National Award, and a Filmfare Award, besides several other honours for his melodious music in “Umrao Jaan”, starring Rekha, Naseeruddin Shah and Farooq Sheikh.

Khayyam’s non-film songs are equally loved by his fans, especially “Paon padun tore shyam”, “Brij mein laut chalo” and “Ghazab kiya tere waade pe aitbaar kiya”.

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Kriti Kharbanda finally confirms dating costar Pulkit Samrat

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 New Delhi: Actress Kriti Kharbanda, who was earlier linked with Pagalpanti co-star Pulkit Samrat has reportedly confirmed she is dating the actor. In an interview with ETimes, the actress said it took her five months to be comfortable talking about it and now she is a very happy place. “No, they are not rumours. I have no qualms in admitting that I am dating Pulkit Samrat”

Earlier, when asked about the rumours, she’d told IANS, “Can you blame them (for spreading the rumours)? We look so hot together. We have such great chemistry and look so cute together. Anybody would guess that we are in a relationship. Pulkit is very special to me and will always be so.”

Although Kriti dID not admit to dating Pulkit, she was all praises for him. She said, “We even complete each other’s sentences while talking. I know what he is thinking. We have connected so much and had a lot of conversation. I think we have come to a point where we don’t need to say anything to each other. We both know what the other one is thinking. He has changed drastically in the last one year and I am in awe. I am so impressed with the way he carries himself, the way he conducts himself and the respect he has for his co-actors and seniors. I know he is a good person and he is here to stay.”

On the professional front, the two have also worked together in Veerey Ki Wedding. Pulkit was earlier married to Shweta Rohira from 2014 to 2015. Coming back to their upcoming film, it will hit theatres on November 22 and also stars– John Abraham, Anil Kapoor, Ileana D’Cruz and Arshad Warsi. Have a look at the trailer here:

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