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Mumbai: Pakistani ghazal maestro Ghulam Ali, who will arrive Mumbai on Thursday for the music launch will be given full police protection on demand of makers of movie ‘Ghar Vapsi’.

The film, directed by Suhaib Ilyasi of “India’s Most Wanted” fame, marks Ghulam Ali’s acting debut and he has also sung an Indian patriotic song for it.

“I will request the Mumbai police and the Maharashtra government to provide protection to Ghulam Ali saab during his stay in Mumbai. There is a threat to Ali saab by Shiv Sena. They did not allow him to perform in India last year,” Ilyasi said.

Ghulam Ali’s concerts in Mumbai and Pune were called off in October last year after the Shiv Sena threatened to disrupt his live performance. Ilyasi is hopeful that the singer’s presence at his film’s music launch on Friday will be trouble-free.

“We hope Maharashtra government treats him as an important dignitary and we hope he has a safe stay in Mumbai,” Ilyasi said.

He said his film is “about the latest debate on intolerance”.

“Films are the reflection of our society and this film reflects about whatever is happening in our country,” added the filmmaker. While there were protests in Maharashtra against the concerts Ghulam Ali, Kerala government had invited him.(IANS)

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Women In Film and TV Awards Honours Aishwarya Rai And Zoya Akhtar

WIFT has been established to honour the best female talent in Bollywood and Hollywood.

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Aishwarya to receive Meryl Streep Award for Excellence

Actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan will be honoured with the inaugural Meryl Streep Award for Excellence at the first Women in Film and Television (WIFT) India Awards.

The Miss World 1994, will receive the award on Saturday at the Hyatt Regency here, reports hollywoodreporter.com.

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WIFT India said that Aishwarya will receive the award for showcasing a ‘distinction in her craft and for expanding the role of women within the entertainment industry.’

Apart from Aishwarya, filmmaker Zoya Akhtar will receive the Wyler Award for Excellence in Direction, and “Dhadak” star Janhvi Kapoor will receive the WIFT Emerald Award.

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Zoya Akhtar. Bollywood Country

“The Wyler Award is so surreal for me as I grew up in Bombay (Mumbai), got a video player in the eighties and one of the first films I ever saw on it was Ben-Hur,” Akhtar said.

WIFT has been established to honour the best female talent in Bollywood and Hollywood. (IANS)

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