Entertainment: Bieber is finally here!
The pop sensation remained the most trending topic on Twitter in India on Wednesday. This being his first tour to India, a royal treatment has been planned for him
The stage is set and the excitement in Beliebers is high for international pop sensation Justin Bieber's maiden India concert.
After rocking the stage in Dubai on May 6, the Love Yourself singer is performing in Mumbai on Wednesday. In India, Justin Bieber tweeted his photo with street children in Mumbai
A rage among the youth, especially the teenagers due to his experimental and fresh music, Bieber is touring to promote his critically-acclaimed album Purpose.
Titled the Purpose World Tour, around 45,000 Beliebers are expected to be in attendance for the Grammy-winning singer's first-ever show at Navi Mumbai's D Y Patil Stadium, where a huge stage has been constructed.
Navi Mumbai Police Commissioner Hemant Nagrale has confirmed the deployment of 500 personnel, along with 25 officers, to ensure proper security at the stadium, with drone cameras keeping a constant watch.
Apart from the local police, standing on guard for the pop star and his own personal security, Bollywood superstar Salman Khan's personal bodyguard Shera has also been roped in to ensure Bieber's safety.
Harry Potter actress Elarica Johnson will be hosting the highly-anticipated event.
The opening acts for Bieber's gig include artistes such as DJ Sartek, DJ Zaeden and Norwegian DJ Alan Walker.
Bieber is getting a royal treatment during his Indian stay. He will be treated to cuisines from 29 states, people close to the organisers of the tour said. After the show, Bieber is expected to attend a private yacht party with live karaoke singing.
The Cold Water singer is expected to spend the next two days of his trip to India visiting New Delhi, Jaipur and Agra.
Bieber will be showered with custom-made presents, which include exclusive autographed sarod as a goodwill gesture from maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Swarovski-studded couture by Rohit Bal and, Anamika Khanna-designed floor length chanderi silk jacket for his mother, Pattie Mallett, among others.
Bieber embarked on the tour on March 9 last year in Seattle and will close it on September 24 this year in Tokyo.
Shabana remembers 'Abba' Kaifi Azmi
Veteran actress Shabana Azmi remembered her father Kaifi Azmi as "a rare poet" on his 15th death anniversary.
The 66-year-old actress took to Twitter where she praised her father as the epitome of a human being, who made a difference in the world both with his words and deeds.
The National Award-winning actress shared a few lines penned by Kaifi.
Kaifi was a member of Progressive Writers' Movement of India and is credited for bringing Urdu literature to Indian cinema.
His greatest feat as a writer in cinema was 1970's Heer Raanjha, where the entire dialogue of the film was penned in verse.
Kaifi's other film credits include writing dialogues for M S Sathyu's Garam Hawa (1973), Manthan (1976) and songs for Guru Dutt's Kaagaz Ke Phool (1959) among others.
He died on May 10, 2002 at the age of 83.
Twinkle Khanna trolls the troll
Twinkle Khanna is known for her no-nonsense attitude and staying true to her witty self. The actress on Wednesday shut a troll down in style.
An account by the name of IndiaExplained slammed Khanna's articles as "progressive fluff pieces," while criticising her husband Akshay Kumar's photo with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Twinkle Khanna promptly responded, calling the account out for being regressive by assuming that she would share her husband's ideology.
She once again displayed her wit, conveying that she should not be taken lightly and merely as her actor husband’s shadow.
- Shabana Azmi
- Akshay Kumar
- Justin Bieber
- Twinkle Khanna
- Kaifi Azmi
- Progressive Writers' Movement
- Hemant Nagrale
- Elarica Johnson
- DJ Sartek
- DJ Zaeden
- Ustad Amjad Ali Khan