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Bjorn Ulvaeus says ABBA success humbling as he marks two milestones

Bjorn Ulvaeus says ABBA success humbling as he marks two milestones

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Bjorn Ulvaeus says ABBA success humbling as he marks two milestones

ABBA’s Bjorn Ulvaeus reflected on the Swedish pop group’s reach and longevity as he joined “Mamma Mia!” cast and creators for the musical’s 25th anniversary celebrations in London on Saturday.

Saturday also marked 50 years since ABBA won the Eurovision Song Contest final in Brighton, United Kingdom, in 1974 with the song “Waterloo”, bringing them to global attention.

“About this time in the evening, exactly 50 years ago, I was standing on another stage in another city here in the UK,” Ulvaeus said.

“It’s strange to think that if we hadn’t won … I most probably wouldn’t be standing here today. And this wonderful adventure which we call ‘Mamma Mia!’ wouldn’t have happened,” he said, speaking to the audience on the London stage.

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ABBA was formed by Ulvaeus, Andersson, Agnetha Faltskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad in Stockholm in 1972.

“Mamma Mia!”, composed by Ulvaeus and Andersson and based on their songs, originally opened in London’s West End on April 6, 1999. Written by Catherine Johnson and directed by Phyllida Lloyd, it centres around a mother and daughter with three possible fathers.

According to its creators, over 70 million people have seen productions of the show in more than 450 cities around the world, staged in 16 different languages. It has also led to two blockbuster movies.

“The fact that somehow ABBA has managed to touch so many millions of lives around the world, generation after generation and people ask me ‘how does it feel for you to know that?’, and that’s a very good question and very hard to answer,” Ulvaeus, 78, said.

“It’s a very elusive feeling. It’s more to do with gratitude and with humility than pride, because it humbles you to know that so many people have listened to something you’ve created and that they’ve been made happy by it or sad, and that it has meant so much for them in their lives.”

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“It’s very difficult to fully emotionally grasp that, at least for me,” said Ulvaeus, who was joined on stage by producer Judy Craymer, who first met him and Andersson in the 1980s and convinced them that a musical could be made from their songs.

With its 25-year run, “Mamma Mia!” becomes the 3rd longest running musical in West End history, after “Les Miserables”, which made its debut in 1985 and “The Phantom of The Opera”, launched a year later, in 1986. 

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Virat Kohli’s restaurant set to open in Hyderabad

Virat Kohli’s restaurant set to open in Hyderabad

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Hyderabad, known for its rich culinary heritage, is all set to welcome a new celebrity-owned restaurant.

We are speaking about the launch of One 8 Commune, an eatery owned by none other than cricket icon Virat Kohli.

After winning hearts in Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Kolkata, and Bengaluru, One 8 Commune is set to open its doors in Hyderabad.

The excitement is palpable among Virat Kohli’s fans as One 8 Commune prepares to make its mark in Hyderabad’s bustling Hi-Tech City area.

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Located at RMZ The Loft, Knowledge City, the restaurant is poised to become a go-to spot for both tech professionals and families looking for a dining experience that combines style and comfort.

The anticipation has been building ever since the official Instagram page of One 8 Commune teased Hyderabadi foodies with a post captioned, “Hyderabad – Are you ready? Opening soon in the heart of HiTec City.

Get ready to level up your communing experience.”

The restaurant is now taking reservations for the 24th of May and onwards, signaling the start of a new chapter in Hyderabad’s dining scene.

Launched in 2017, One 8 Commune has quickly become a favorite among food enthusiasts, known for its comfortable and authentic ambiance.

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Sania seems happy as she shares nameplate for her house with son Izhaan

Sania seems happy as she shares nameplate for her house with son Izhaan

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Sania Mirza is currently enjoying a peaceful life with her son Izhaan Mirza Malik who is said to be affected by his parents’ divorce. 

A while ago, she gave a peek into her happy life with her little boy and her best friends.

Amid a busy work schedule, Sania Mirza is making sure to spend some time with her son Izhaan and unwind with her besties too.

She shared a photo gallery consisting of all the wonderful memories she made in the past days.

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The photo dump opened with a nameplate with her and her son’s name on it.

She also dropped multiple selfies of herself and Izhaan. In one picture, there’s a coffee cup that reads, ‘Choose to be happy’ while another says, ‘Fueled by caffeine and sarcasm.’

Soon after, her friend and actress Sagarika Ghatge Khan went to the comments section and showered red hearts on those wholesome images.

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Ranbir Kapoor’s film ‘Ramayan’ halted over copyright issue

Ranbir Kapoor’s film ‘Ramayan’ halted over copyright issue

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Ranbir Kapoor's film 'Ramayan' halted over copyright issue

 It has been rumoured that Ramayan has been halted.

The film stars Ranbir Kapoor as the lead character of Ram.

According to reports, allegations of copyright infringement have led to the pausing of the shooting schedule.

Producer Madhu Mantena was apparently part of the original production team.

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Although he backed out of the film, Madhu has reportedly requested the crew to halt production until a few copyright issues are sorted.

A source stated: “Filming continued for a few days after the notice, but has been on hold since last week.

“The legalities need to be sorted out and filming will only resume after a consensus is reached on the matter.”

In May 2024, it was also reported that producers intended to increase security on the film’s set.

Ramayan is set to be directed by Nitesh Tiwari, and will also star Lara Dutta, Arun Govil, and Sunny Deol.

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In April 2024, it was announced that Yash was signed as a co-producer for the ambitious project.
Delving into his involvement, he said: “As a third-generation filmmaker who has spent the last thirty years building a garage start-up into the world’s largest and most celebrated company in its field, I feel that all of my experience has been leading to this moment.

“Our interpretation will be told without compromise and presented in such a way that Indian hearts will swell with pride to see their culture brought to the rest of the world in this way.

“We are assembling the very best global talent – from our filmmakers, to our stars, to our crews, to our backers and investors – to tell this epic story with the care, attention, and conviction that it deserves.

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