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‘Qawwali’ not allowed, Kathak performance cut short in UP

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Lucknow: Well known Kathak dancer, Manjari Chaturvedi was allegedly forced to stop her performance midway at an event organised by UP government here on Thursday, because she was performing on a ‘qawwali’.

Chaturvedi alleged that while she was performing, the music was stopped and an announcement was made for the next act.

“I thought it was a technical glitch but then the next act was announced. It was clear that this was not an error. When I asked the concerned officials, I was told ‘qawwali nahi chalegi yahan’ (qawaali cannot happen here),” she told a news channel.

The artist said that she was allotted 45 minutes for her act and it was pre-planned, yet her performance was stopped and no explanation was provided.

“I have never encountered this kind of thing before in my two-decade old career,” she said.

While the concerned officials were unwilling to comment, a government spokesman denied the allegations and said that the act had to be completed in time since dinner had been served.

“Since, the programme was running late, it had to be trimmed. Manjari Chaturvedi had done two performances and third was underway. Since the programme was running late and there was a Braj performance that was to take place and we wanted all performers to get a chance, the act was stopped. The performance was cut short due to ‘organizational compulsions and not due to any religious or linguistic bias’.

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Kangana’s 1st look as Air Force pilot in ‘Tejas’ goes viral

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Mumbai: Kangana Ranauts first look as an Air Force pilot in her upcoming flick “Tejas” has taken the internet by storm.

On Monday morning, Ronnie Screwvala’s production house RSVP movies shared Kangana Ranaut’s first look from “Tejas” on Twitter where she can be seen posing in front of a fighter jet. In the movie, Kangana will be seen in the avatar of an Air Force pilot and her first look is already winning hearts of netizens.

The tweet reads: “Soaring high into the sky! Presenting the first look of #KanganaRanaut as an Air force Pilot in #Tejas. @KanganaTeam @RonnieScrewvala #SarveshMewara @nonabains.”

Directed by Sarvesh Mewara, “Tejas” will be RSVP’s second film which pays a tribute to the Indian military after the immensely success “Uri: The Surgical Strike” which released in January last year.

Informing about the movie, Kangana’s sister Rangoli Chandel tweeted: “#Tejas it’s not only a fighter jet but also Kangana’s name in the film, she always wanted to play a soldier and her dream came trues, after Manikarnika another war film but this time action will be in the sky, Jai Hind.”

Netizens are loving the actress’ look as an Air Force officer as a result of which, the hashtags #KanganaRanaut and #Tejas are trending on Twitter since Monday morning.

“Tejas” will go on floors very soon and is slated to release in April 2021.

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