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Hollywood legend Robert Evans dies aged 89

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New York: Robert Evans, the Paramount executive who produced “Chinatown” and “Urban Cowboy,” and whose life became as melodramatic and jaw-dropping as any of his films, died on Saturday night. He was 89.

His career was a story of comebacks and reinventions. Evans had launched a successful women’s clothing line with his brother, Charles, and was visiting Los Angeles on business when actress Norma Shearer saw him sunbathing by the pool at the Beverly Hills Hotel. She persuaded producers to hire the handsome, dark-haired 26-year-old to play her late husband, movie mogul Irving Thalberg, in “Man of a Thousand Faces,” a film about horror movie star Lon Chaney.

As the first studio head since Fox’s Darryl F. Zanuck allowed to produce his own films, Evans also shepherded such classics as The Odd Couple (1968), Goodbye, Columbus (1969), True Grit (1969), The Italian Job (1969), Love Story (1970), Harold and Maude (1971) and Lady Sings the Blues (1972).

“Our son, Joshua, and I will miss Bob tremendously,” his ex-wife, actress Ali MacGraw, said Monday in a statement, “and we are so very proud of his enormous contribution to the film Industry. He will be remembered as a giant.”

Evans’ last movie as a hands-on producer was a hit: the 2003 romantic comedy “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.”

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‘Love Aajkal’ crosses over Rs 12 cr on Day 1

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Mumbai: Filmmaker Imtiaz Ali’s latest release “Love Aajkal” starring Kartik Aaryan and Sara Ali Khan has raked in over Rs 12 crore in the box office on the very first day.

“#LoveAajKal packs a solid total on Day 1… Got a boost due to #ValentinesDay2020… Metros excellent, contribute to the big total… Tier-2 cities and mass belt ordinary/low… Will it collect in double digits on Day 2 and 3, is the big question… Fri ? 12.40 cr. #India biz,” trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted.

An ecstatic Kartik took to Twitter and wrote: “Aapke Ladke ki ab tak ki biggest opener (your boy’s biggest opener till now)… Thank you for all the love.”

The film is produced by Dinesh Vijan, Imtiaz Ali and presented by Jio Studios, Dinesh Vijan and Reliance Entertainment.

“Love Aajkal” is about two love stories — one set in Udaipur in the early 1990s and the other in modern day Delhi. It also features Randeep Hooda and debutante Arushi Sharma in key roles.

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