QuickE: Khayyam Passes Away; ‘Sye Raa’ Teaser Release

1. Legendary Music Composer Khayyam Passes Away at 92

Legendary music composer Mohammed Zahur 'Khayyam' Hashmi, known for evergreen soundtracks for Hindi films like Kabhie Kabhie and Umrao Jaan, passed away at the age of 92 in a Mumbai hospital on Monday, 19 August. He had been in the ICU for a lung infection since 4 August.

Composer Salim Merchant confirmed the news on Twitter, writing, “The Legend Khayyam saab passed away this eve at 9.28 pm. What a huge loss to the Music & Film world. I was by his side all day today with @TalatAziz2 bhai & Bina Aziz. May Allah bless his Soul. Inna Lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'un.”

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2. Chiranjeevi Brings Alive a Forgotten Hero in ‘Sye Raa’ Teaser

The makers of Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy have released a teaser for the upcoming historical drama. Set against the backdrop of pre-Independence India, the film aims to bring alive the tale of Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy of Kurnool, who led a rebellion against the British in 1846. Touted as a Telugu magnum opus, Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy has been directed by Surender Reddy and stars an ensemble cast of Amitabh Bachchan, who plays Narashima Reddy’s mentor in the film, Tamannaah, Anushka Shetty, Nayanthara, Sudeep, Vijay Sethupathi and Jagapathi Babu.

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3. ‘Mission Mangal’ Crosses Rs 100 Crore Mark in Five Days

Mission Mangal Box Office Collection Day 5: Mission Mangal crossed the 100 crore mark on Monday

Mission Mangal continues to take the box office by storm as the film crossed the Rs 100 crore mark on Monday, 19 August. On the fifth day of its release, the film has earned Rs 8.91 crores. The film recounting India’s successful launch of the Mars Orbiter Mission, hit the theatres on 15 August. It stars Vidya Balan, Akshay Kumar, Taapsee Pannu, Sonakshi Sinha, Kirti Kulhari and Nithya Menen. The movie seems to have gone down very well with the audience.

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4. Ayushmann at His Seductive Best in Dream Girl’s Dil Ka Telephone

The latest song from Ayushmann Khurrana-starrer Dream Girl, Dil Ka Telephone, is out and it is a hilarious ride. Ayushmann aka Pooja calls up men and urges them to sing for her. As they shy away, Pooja takes charge and starts humming the song. She is at her seductive best, and nobody could have pulled that off better than Ayushmann. Women, too, are impressed by Pooja.

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5. MLA Threatens to Sue ‘Sacred Games’ for Hurting Sikh Sentiments

A still from Sacred Games (L), MLA Manjinder Sirsa (R)

MLA Manjinder S Sirsa has taken to social media to demand action against the Netflix show Sacred Games. The second season of Sacred Games dropped on 15 August. According to Sirsa, some scenes from the show disrespect the Sikh community. He posted a video clip of a scene in which the character Sartaj Singh, played by Saif Ali Khan, throws his kada (a religious symbol) into the sea. Sirsa previously also accused several Bollywood celebs of “flaunting their drugged state” in a video from a party at filmmaker Karan Johar’s house.

“I wonder why Bollywood continues to disrespect our religious symbols! Anurag Kashyap deliberatly puts this scene in #SacredGamesS2 where Saif Ali Khan throws his Kada in sea! A kada is not an ordinary ornament. It’s the pride of Sikhs & a blessing of Guru Sahib,” he tweeted.

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