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January 20, 2019

Anoushka Shankar pays tribute to Delhi gang-rape victim with new song

Sitar player Anoushka Shankar has new song inspired by the Delhi gang-rape victim who made headlines a few months ago. The song, which mentions the 23-year-old victim's name in the title, appears on her new album, Traces Of You. The album was recorded with Anoushka's sister Norah Jones, and also addresses the death of their father, Ravi Shankar.

Anoushka was affected by the gang rape case because it rekindled memories of her own terrible past as she was sexually abused as a child. "As a child I suffered sexual and emotional abuse for several years at the hands of a man my parents trusted implicitly," she said.

The 32-year-old musician told BBC Radio 4 that in certain circumstances, when certain an incident reflects with personal experiences then the impact of the story doubles. The sitar player said that she thinks there is a class issue in India, where it is assumed that similar incidents don't happen to people from upper classes or who are privileged. She added that what shocked the nation was that the victim was a middle-class girl.

The Bachchans top taxpayers poll

The Bachchans make a lot of money in the movie business, however the tax man seems to have them on speed dial considering that early this year, Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan was declared the individual highest advance tax payer in central charge - Mumbai for financial year 2012-2013. He paid Rs25 crore (Sh350M).

Now the Bachchan family have been declared one of the highest tax payers for the financial year 2012-2013. The cumulative tax paid by the Bachchans, including Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, was Rs53.81 crore (Sh753M). A source said, "It has been one of the most prolific years for the Bachchans. Each of them had multiple film releases. They have also done an enviable number of commercials. So the collective earnings of the three have totalled up to an impressive amount. Hence they have ended up with these high income-tax figures.''

Shah Rukh Khan in plagiarism row

Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan is tied in a plagiarism row after a blogger pointed out that his speech at the recent National Management Convention was similar to JK Rowling's commencement speech at Harvard in 2008.

 In her address, ‘The Fringe Benefits of Failure, and the Importance of Imagination’, Rowling had said, “I quite agree with them (her parents) that it (poverty) is not an ennobling experience. Poverty entails fear, and stress, and sometimes depression; it means a thousand petty humiliations and hardships.” In his speech SRK said, “Let me tell you, poverty is not an ennobling experience at all. Poverty entails fear and stress and sometimes, depression. I've seen my parents go through it many times — it means a thousand petty humiliations and hardships.”

In part of his post the blogger wrote, "the man (SRK) literally quoted those lines verbatim and didn't even credit her for it. He came across as this humble and honest guy who spoke from his heart, while a couple of parts of his speech were clearly stolen...I hope the media stops singing praises of his speech and actually points out where the parts of brilliance in his speech actually were from.” Khan denied plagiarising the speech. He said he’d given an identical address to the Young Presidents Organisation (YPO) “six years ago” and that he had intended to “recycle” it for the convention audience. Interestingly, SRK had delivered a similar speech at Yale in April 2012.

Salman Khan- I am not good at asking for money

Hearthrob Salman Khan is not only talented and generous but he is also as selfless as they come. In 2009, the actor launched the Being Human Foundation that sells clothes, merchandises online and in select stores in India. The 47-year-old actor also plans to open restaurants and hospitals in the near future under the same initiative. In a recent interview he revealed, "it is not my business to get into restaurants and clothing. As an actor, you only have the habit of getting things most of the times. But there is always time to give back to the society and I am doing my bit. Friends from the film industry do help whenever they can. But I am not good at asking money. You ask and keep asking for money and those people run away from you, and you lose friends. If you like any of things that are available at our stores come and pick it up.”A huge percentage of the money that Salman earns through his films is also donated to the foundation.

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