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Vidya Balan honours Ram Kamal with Best Biographer Award

 

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Ram Kamal Mukherjee receiving award from Vidya Balan

Noted Bollywood actor Vidya Balan and veteran star Moushumi Chatterjee honoured journalist turned author Ram Kamal Mukherjee with Power Brand Best Biographer Award for Hema Malinis authorised biography Beyond The Dreamgirl. Published by Harper Collins India, the foreword has been penned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Hosted by Professor Arindam Chaudhuri of Planman Group, the award ceremony was held at The Orchid, in Mumbai. 

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Ram Kamal Mukherjee with Moushumi Chatterjee and Vidya Balan

 

Ram Kamal is a dear friend, and I have known him since my Parineeta (movie) days. It gives me immense pleasure to give him this award, said Vidya Balan. Biographer Ram Kamal in his acceptance speech mentioned his association with Bollywood and completion of 20 years in journalism. He said, This award will always be special for me, for two reasons. Firstly, it was Vidya Balan who recorded a lovely video message for Hemaji (in Tamil) when we had released the book. She has always inspired me to follow my heart. And secondly, for Moushumi di who kept an important family commitment aside just to attend this ceremony, said Mukherjee. 

Read more: Ram Kamal bags prestigious Best Author Award at RIFF 2018

He also thanked ?dreamgirl? Hema Malini for her unconditional support to make this possible. I owe Hema ji and my publisher Harper Collins all my awards. It wouldn’t be possible without their support, he added.  

While conferring the award to Ram Kamal, veteran actor Moushumi Chatterjee said, I know Ram Kamal since he was a young boy. I met him first at Durga Puja in Mumbai, and since then we struck a chord. I am glad that he has won the best Biographer Award for Hemas book.

 

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Ram Kamal Mukherjee with Rajkumar Rao

Vidya Balan also mentioned that it was for the first time that she shared stage with the ?original? Parineeta. Incidentally, Moushumi played Parineeta in a Bengali film directed by Ajay Kor in 1969, the same year when Hema Malini made her debut in Sapnon Ka Saudagar. Vidya Balan made her debut in Bollywood with Parineeta in Hindi, directed by Pradeep Sarkar in 2005.

Read more: God has blessed him:Hema Malini on Ram Kamal Mukherjee bagging Society Achievers Award

The 2nd Edition of Bollywood Power Brand Award saw dignitaries like Rajkumar Rao, Raveena Tandon, Anil Thadani, Sonali Kulkarni, Sachin Khedekar, Kay Kay Menon, Anu Kapoor, Subi Samuel and many senior members from print and electronic media. 

The book already fetched Ram Kamal Best Author Award at Society Achivers Award and Rajasthan International Award this year.

Shantanu Chaudhuri, Executive Editor of Harper Collins said, It’s one of the most priced title from Harper Collins, and we are extremely delighted that the book has already bagged three prestigious awards. We have always given preference to content, and I think Hema Malini: Beyond The Dreamgirl will always be remembered for its honest narrative. 

Last year noted journalist Meena Iyer had bagged the award for Harper Collins Rishi Kapoor: Khullam Khulla. It’s a rare instance where two of our authors have bagged this award in two consecutive years. This also puts us under pressure to deliver better and bigger biographies, added Shantanu.

Read more: When you have a face like Hema Malini, you don’t need to play on sex and controversies: Ram Kamal Mukherjee

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With 7000 luxury cars, gold fitted private jets, Sultan of Brunei has everything money can buy

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The Sultan of Brunei (Photo source: EPA)

With a personal wealth of £15 billion (approx rupees one lakh crore) Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah (76) has been the king for over 54 years now. Sultans huge fortune is said to increase by £80 (₹7000) per second from just oil assets that he possesses. The Sultan is the second wealthiest monarch in the world after the King of Thailand

 Flew his hairdresser via private jet for a £19,000 haircut!

Such has been the Sultans lifestyle that he once flew his barber in his private jet for a single haircut, which cost him a total of £19,000 (approx ₹16.5 lakh) Not just this but hes also known to have his polo shoes flown by his helicopter for a match.

Once court papers in 2012 revealed that he paid £1.26 million (approx. ₹10.92 crore) to his badminton coach, £1.25million (approx. ₹10 crore) for acupuncture, massage and spent £50,000 (approx. ₹ 43 lakh) on guards for his exotic birds.

The Sultan, who spends around £17million (approx. ₹147 crore) on just jewellery as presents for his family members, paid two of his housekeepers £7million (approx. ₹60 crore) each! Once, the Royal Family spent so much at London jewellers Asprey that, in 1995, he decided to buy the entire company at a cost of £320million (approx. ₹2700 crore)!

Sultan Hassanal Bolkia and second wife Queen Hajah Mariam sit on the throne during an investiture ceremony for the Sultan’s 50th birthday celebrations (Photo source: AFP)

Multiple marriages, divorces

In 1965, the Sultan married his cousin Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha, with whom he has six children, including Crown Prince Al-Muhtadee. 

The Sultan remarried, but Raja still remains his wife and the Queen Consort. He married Hajah Mariam in 1982 a year before first wife Queen Saleha gave birth to their sixth child. He met her while she was working as an airhostess on a national airline.

He divorced Hajah (who was the mother of four children) in 2003 and stripped her off her royal titles. He then married TV presenter Azrinaz Mazhar, with whom he had two children before they divorced in 2010.

Micheal Jackson performed for Sultan’s 6000 subjects on his birthday

Father of 12, Sultan celebrated the weddings of his five children for a week by spending millions on each wedding. When Sultans eldest son Crown Prince, married a teenager Sarah Salleh (17), she wore jewel-encrusted Christian Louboutin heels and pure gold anklet. His daughter, Princess Azemah, 38, married her first cousin in week-long wedding on January 25, 2023. 

For his oldest daughter’s wedding, Princess Rashidah, American singer Whitney Houston was flown in to sing at the reception and the Sultan paid her £5.5million (approx. ₹47 crore).

Sultans 50th birthday in 1996 was celebrated for over 15 days that cost him over £20 million (₹173 crore). The extravagant celebrations comprised a polo match, gala dinner for 3,000 at the opulent Palace where caviar from the endangered beluga was served.

Apart from this, the guests enjoyed free-flow of champagne. Not just this, the Sultan paid Micheal Jackson £14 million (approx ₹120 crore), for which the pop singer performed at three concerts – one for Sultans 6000 subjects and two for his private guests. The Sultan as a token presented every guest of his a solid gold medal!

Sultan’s Palace with 1788 rooms 

1788 rooms, 257 bathrooms, air-conditioned stable for ponies

The Sultan resides at the Instana Nurul Iman Palace, which is the largest Royal residence in the world. The residence that was built over two years costs over £1billion (approx. ₹8600 crore) that includes 1788 rooms and 257 bathrooms.

With a personal wealth of £15 billion, Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah has been king for over 50 years now. Check out his crazy lifestyle!
One of the five pools inside the Brunei Palace (Photo source: The Sun)

Inside Brunei Palace (Photo source: The Sun)

With gold and diamond all over, the residence has five huge swimming pools, a banquet hall that can accommodate over 5000 guests and a mosque with a capacity of 1500 people. Apart from all this, there’s also a fully air-conditioned stable for Sultans 200 polo ponies (small horses)!

Inside Sultan’s Palace

Most expensive private house in UK

The Sultan owns a lavish house in Londons most expensive area Regent Park, St Johns Lodge that consists of three linked properties. The same property in London was bought for £40million in 1994 (estimated to be worth £110 million [approx. ₹953 crore]) by making it the most expensive private house in the United Kingdom!

St John’s House in Regent’s Park is the most expensive private house in the UK (Photo source: Alamy)

Known for being generous in gifting huge properties to his family members, the Sultan also owns plush properties on the Gold Coast of Australia, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, to name a few.

The Sultan in 1997 gifted his playboy brother Prince Jefri a mansion worth £45 million (approx. ₹390 crore) in Las Vegas that has 92 rooms, 29 bedrooms, 42 bathrooms, a tennis court, three swimming pools and a huge garage that houses 11 cars.

 7000 cars worth £5billion

With almost 7000 cars, the Sultan possess the world’s largest car collection that include over 600 Rolls Royce, 500 Mercedes, 450 Ferraris, 380 Bentleys, over 100 Koenigsegg, 21 Lamborghinis, 11 Aston Martins, 179 Jaguars and 209 BMWs. His £5billion (approx ₹43000 crore) collection also includes a 24-carat gold-plated silver Spur Limo used for Royal weddings.

Sultan’s fleet of cars
With a personal wealth of £15 billion, Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah has been king for over 50 years now. Check out his crazy lifestyle!
The Prince with a custom-built six door Rolls in 1984 (Photo source: Rex Features)

The custom-built Rolls Royce is gold-plated and is used for Royal weddings (Photo source: Rex Features)


Sultan’s car


Private jets decorated in gold

Not just cars, the Sultan is the proud owner of the £233 million (approx. ₹2000 crore) customised Boeing 747, with a living room and bedroom decorated in gold and crystals and washbasins of solid gold.

Inside Sultan’s private jet

With a personal wealth of £15 billion, Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah has been king for over 50 years now. Check out his crazy lifestyle!
Inside Sultan’s private jet

Apart from this, he also owns a customised Airbus worth £75m (approx. ₹649 crore) and a Boeing 767 worth £136m (approx. ₹1200 crore).

Sultan’s private jet

(PS: The figures are an approximate value calculated as per the current market price, which have been sourced from The Sun)

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17-year-old girl gang-raped in car at Nagpur

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Nagpur Police arrested two men on Wednesday for allegedly gang-raping a 17-year-old girl in a car on Monday…

2 arrested after gang raping 17-yr-old in car | Nagpur

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Nagpur Police arrested two men on Wednesday for allegedly gang-raping a 17-year-old girl in a car in Saoner (40 kms from Nagpur city) on Monday. The cops, initiated an extensive search immediately after receiving a complaint and arrested the two. 
 
The two accused convinced the teenage girl to travel with them in car by offering her to drop her at her destination. The survivor, who was clueless about the accused’s intentions, helped them by giving directions for the destination.
 
Cops said the two, however, took a detour on the way and took her to an isolated place, parked the car and allegedly gang-raped her. The duo has been booked under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, among other charges.

Also read: Nagpur: 3 men gang rape woman, stab her to death with axe, again rape her dead body

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Nagpur citizens walk to celebrate city’s heritage ahead of Republic Day | In Pictures

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Avani Arya | Nagpur
On the account of arriving Republic Day festival, a heritage dialogue was held on January 22, 2023. The aim was to celebrate the buildings that are living witnesses of the spirit of power centres belonging to today’s Indian democracy and the era of 1903 when Nagpur was the capital of the Central Provinces.
 
The walk included a brief narrative from 1861, where after the mutiny, the detached position of Nagpur District and territories of Saugor and Nerbudda led to the formation of a new province termed “Central Province.”
 
The walk covered the architecture of the structures that were the centre of British rule in the central provinces. Various public buildings of that era, such as the old secretariat, the old High Court building, and the General Post Office, which are eminent examples of British colonial architecture, were covered. Materials like sandstone, basalt, and brick masonry are used to craft the elements of the building’s architecture.
 
During the walk, the stickers designed by team Sakha were distributed to participants as a souvenir, which was one of the key attractions for the participants and a reason for enthusiasm too.
 
The walk was followed by snacks and tea, over which dialogues on improving the condition of heritage structures were held. The citizens sharing their independent opinions was the true celebration of Indian democracy.
 
The walk was organised under the leadership of Ar Sandeep Pathe by team Sakha, which includes Ar Mayuri Deodhar, Ar Amruta Gangakhedkar, Ar Renuka Marotkar, Ar Yashwardhan Pincha, Ar Asmita Korpenwar, Ms Anjali Karpate, Ms Sakshi Mishra, Ms Shruti Beohar and Ms Vrushal Gurbaxani
 
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