Dhaka, Nov 2 (UNB) - While earlier, the honoured word 'star' was used only for a selected few, it is now thrown around like confetti. There were only a few who gained this title when it actually meant something and in this list of greats, is the name of Shah Rukh Khan.
Millions of us look up in the night sky to gaze at the stars and often, they make us feel small against the infinite universe. Watching them from a distance, we are enthralled by their unique place where everybody can see them. Film stars have a similar quality about them. You look at them from afar, think of the infinite opportunities they have, the power they exude as the world looks at every move they make and most importantly, the unique place they hold in our universe, reports The Indian Express.
While earlier the honoured word ‘star’ was used only for a selected few, it is now thrown around like confetti. There were only a few who gained this title when it actually meant something. In this list of greats, whose names are synonymous with Bollywood throughout the world, is the name of Shah Rukh Khan.
Shah Rukh Khan’s road to stardom
Shah Rukh Khan had been around the block for a while and was starting to carve a space for himself but the film that changed his life is, undeniably, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge. In Karan Johar’s book An Unsuitable Boy, he talks about Aditya Chopra’s understanding of the NRI lifestyle and the way DDLJ was designed to appeal to that audience. Capturing the attention of the overseas audience was still virgin territory back then but with DDLJ’s global appeal and success, Shah Rukh got a much bigger stage.
One film does not make a star
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge was just a take-off point for SRK. Soon after the success of DDLJ, there was a massive shift in the way Shah Rukh was perceived. Though he worked in films like Ram Jaane, Trimurti, Koyla among others, none of them had a huge impact on the audience.
Shah Rukh Khan was in another league post-DDLJ.
SRK was liked in his pre-DDLJ days but post-DDLJ, he was loved
The lover boy image that we now associate with SRK rose from DDLJ but registered because soon after we saw him in films like Pardes, Yes Boss and Dil To Pagal Hai. With Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and Mohabbatein, this image was locked and loaded. By this time, Shah Rukh Khan was a bonafide superstar whose name was now in the same league as Dilip Kumar and Amitabh Bachchan.
It was probably this lover boy image that affected films like Baadshah, Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani and Asoka. Baadshah became quite popular in the later years, thanks to satellite television but the others never picked up quite as much.
The sustenance of stardom
A huge part of being a star is the unexplained magic that creates an aura of mystique around the celebrity. This aura has a certain sense of glamour, power, authority and godliness that lifts them up to a pedestal and this is perhaps what makes them a star.
Shah Rukh Khan has maintained star power for over two decades now and even when he does films like Ra. One, Raees and Fan, the star power doesn’t diminish. Clearly, star power has nothing to do with the movies he does because had that been the case, the illusion would have shattered a long time ago.
What helps him sustain his stardom is his personality and not the craft that he displays on the silver screen.
This was the crowd outside Shah Rukh Khan’s residence on his birthday in 2016.
What happens next?
Shah Rukh Khan turns 53 today and one day his era of superstardom will come to an end. Not just SRK, many other superstars will also witness a decline in their star power. The direct way to approach celebrities is now so easy that the mystique factor has simply disappeared with younger actors.
In the case of Shah Rukh Khan, he will always be the actor who rose from nothing and achieved it all but he will also be the ‘star’ who kept us all spellbound.
Dhaka, Nov 1 (UNB) – A concert titled ‘Shekorer Shondhane’ will be held at Bangabandhu National stadium here on Friday.
Twenty two musicians from different countries including India, Latvia, Russia, United Kingdom, Pakistan and Egypt, will perform in the concert along with prominent Bangladeshi singers.
Local artistes will perform from 4 pm to 6 pm while the main part of the progarmme is set to start at 6pm.
The concert will air live on Gaan Bangla and Desh TV from 6pm as they are the media partners of the event, said a PID handout.
Various documentaries on public welfare and development activitiesdone by the ruling government as well as a video on ten special endeavors by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will be screened during the concert.
Concert under the same title was held in Rangpur, Rajshahi, Khulna, Barishal , Sylhet and Chattogram last month while the concluding concert will be held in Mymensingh on November 4.
The concert is open to all.
New York, Nov 1 (AP/UNB) — The far-right Proud Boys and their founder, Gavin McInnes, have been banned from Facebook and Instagram because of policies against hate groups, the company announced.
McInnes criticized the ban in an email Wednesday, saying it was a way to drum up "hysteria" prior to the midterm elections next week.
"The left knows they are going to lose this election so they are ramping up the hysteria with fake news and censorship in a last ditch effort to win," he said.
The Southern Poverty Law Center calls the all-male Proud Boys a hate group, but the Proud Boys reject the label and describe themselves as "Western chauvinists who refuse to apologize for creating the modern world."
Members of the group brawled with anti-fascist protesters following a speech by McInnes at a Manhattan Republican club on Oct. 12, resulting in arrests of both Proud Boys' members and anti-fascists. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, criticized the statewide Republican Party for inviting McInnes.
A spokeswoman for Facebook, which also owns Instagram, said in a statement, "Our team continues to study trends in organized hate and hate speech and works with partners to better understand hate organizations as they evolve."
The loss of the platforms will likely hurt the Proud Boys' ability to recruit. The Southern Poverty Law Center reported in August that regional Proud Boys chapters were vetting new members through private Facebook chatrooms.
When asked Wednesday if the social media platforms have been a major recruiting tool, McInnes said, "I guess."
McInnes, 48, was a co-founder of Vice Media but left the company in 2008. He now hosts a podcast called "Get Off My Lawn."
New York, Oct 31 (AP/UNB) — Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason is planning to tour North America next year to perform some classic Floyd songs, but don't expect "Comfortably Numb" or "Another Brick in the Wall."
Mason instead will be digging deep into the Pink Floyd archives to offer tunes not heard live in America for a long time, if ever. Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets will be jamming to pre-"Dark Side of the Moon" material.
"I really wanted to find something different and a bit quirky," Mason told The Associated Press by phone from London. "I think, for me, what's most interesting is to revisit the thinking behind some of these pieces."
The band — which includes Spandau Ballet guitarist Gary Kemp, longtime Pink Floyd touring bassist Guy Pratt, guitarist Lee Harris and keyboardist Dom Beken — formed this year in the United Kingdom after bandmates nudged Mason to make music again.
The name of the new band comes from "A Saucerful of Secrets," released in June 1968. Some of the songs they play live include "See Emily Play," ''Arnold Layne," The Nile Song," ''Bike," ''Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun" and "Obscured by Clouds."
U.S. and Canadian audiences can expect those and more. "Frankly, we feel there's still more to do and can be explored," Mason said. "The set list that we've done in Europe will almost certainly be the basis for what we do, but we certainly intend to add a few more tracks."
Mason said he's not worried that Floyd fans will turn up and expect to hear hits from such later albums as "The Wall" or "Animals." He cites social media for making it clear what will be played, something he noticed after the band's first concert.
"Almost two hours after doing the very first pub gig, everything was all over the web and everyone had a pretty good idea of what they were going to get," he said. "So if it wasn't what they wanted, they didn't turn up."
The new 25-date tour will kick off March 12, 2019, in Vancouver and take the band to Washington, California, Arizona, Colorado, Texas, Florida, Georgia, Minnesota, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, Missouri, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, and Washington, DC.
Mason is the only member of Pink Floyd who has performed on all of the band's studio albums. He said he isn't trying to compete with Floyd alumni Roger Waters and David Gilmour or any Floyd tribute bands.
"The world is absolutely stuffed with Pink Floyd tribute bands, let alone Roger and David. So I think it's very important to say, 'This is not version No. 297. This is something a bit weird and a bit different.'"
The tour will mark Mason's first performances in North America since Pink Floyd played Giants Stadium in New Jersey in 1994 as part of the Division Bell Tour. The 74-year-old musician said he's having more fun behind the drum kit that he initially expected.
"I had no idea how much I was going to enjoy it. This is not a grand scheme that I created. This is me being nudged into it by the rest of the band. That's my entire career — not leading so much as being gently prodded."
Dhaka, Oct 31 (UNB) - A five-day-long interactive exhibition focusing marine wildlife ‘Healthy Ocean, Healthy People’ will begin at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) here on Thursday.
The Wildlife Conservation Society Bangladesh (WCS) will organise the first-of-its-kind interactive exhibition aiming to exhibit about marine wildlife in the Bay of Bengal and Bangladesh’s efforts to conserve them.
Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor will attend in the inaugural ceremony as the chief guest while country representative of WCS Bangladesh Dr Zahangir Alam will preside over the session.
Organisers said that visitors can explore the amazing diversity of dolphins, whales, sharks and other Ocean Giants in Bangladesh’s marine waters and to discover why the survival of these threatened Ocean Giants in the Bay of Bengal is critical to the continued growth and well-being of our nation.
They also said their exhibition will combine life-size animal models, games, a documentary movie, captivating photographs and fascinating facts in attractive displays.
A premiere of short documentary film on Marine conservation in Bangladesh by Helal Sujon commissioned by BCAS Bangladesh will be screened in the opening ceremony.
The exhibition is open to all from November 1 to 5 from 11 am to 8 pm.