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Today's entertainment news: Amitabh Bachchan recovers, greets fans

Plus: Meryl Streep pays tribute to Hillary Clinton; Emergent Artist unveils winner; Sundance comes to Mumbai; Fox showcases Bollywood and Mr T endorses tees.

Amitabh Bachchan is still in recovery, but has made his first appearance since abdominal surgery last month.
Amitabh Bachchan is still in recovery, but has made his first appearance since abdominal surgery last month.

Bollywood's Amitabh Bachchan made his first public appearance after his abdominal operations last month. The 69-year-old, clad in a white kurta pajama, greeted his fans outside his home on Sunday, reported MSN News.

"God bless the well-wishers. God bless them for their permanence in my life. God bless their consistency, their love and enthusiasm. I am indebted for life. It is a debt I shall never be able to repay; the one burden that shall remain with me unattended. One burden that shall make me happy," Big B posted on his blog.

Fox presents Bollywood Month

It's Mahrajan Bollywood Month on Fox. Every weeknight at 10, the channel is screening Arabic-dubbed films from India's movie capital.

The previous two weeks featured the films of Shah Rukh Khan and Amitabh Bachchan.

Action thrillers will be the focus of the week of March 17 to 21, featuring films such as Karthik Calling Karthik, Drona and Pinjar. From March 24 to 28, the dramatic films Tere Naam, Lajja and Laaga Chunari Mein Daag: Journey of a Woman will be showcased.

Meryl Streep pays tribute to Hillary Clinton

Meryl Streep is fresh off her Oscar win for playing Margaret Thatcher. But she had an entire theatre at New York's Lincoln Center wondering if an even better role for her would be playing a political icon closer to home: Hillary Clinton.

The question arose as Streep paid a glowing and affectionate tribute to the secretary of state at the Women in the World summit.

"This is what you get when you play a world leader," Streep said on Saturday.

The three-day summit, now in its third year, is organised by the Newsweek editor Tina Brown.

Angelina Jolie came to read the words of Hawa Abdi, a Somali humanitarian facing danger from Islamist rebels.

The conference came to a lighthearted end when Streep spoke humorously of the similarities she shared with Clinton: they're roughly the same age, have two brothers and went to graduate school at Yale.

"But I'm an actress, and she's the real deal," Streep noted.

"I'm just glad she didn't do a movie called The Devil Wears Pantsuits," quipped Clinton, mixing the title of a Streep film with her favoured style of clothing.

* AP

Emergent Artist unveils winner

The inaugural edition of the Emergent Artist Award is handing out its top prize to Julie de Waroquier, a 22-year-old photographer from Lyon, France. De Waroquier, chosen for her photography series on twins, will be attending the awards ceremony on Sunday at the Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach.

She will be granted a solo exhibition roadshow, two in Dubai and one in France, worth Dh50,000. Her exhibition at the Sofitel will be open to the public from March 19 to 31.

Organised to take undiscovered talent to the global stage via the UAE, the competition attracted entries from 118 countries.

Sundance comes to Mumbai

The who's who of international screenwriting have converged at the Mumbai Mantra-Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab to guide 10 selected writers as they shape their scripts in a five-day workshop that began Sunday.

Inspired by the annual Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab in Utah, this first Indian collaboration, initiated by the industrialist Anand Mahindra, features nine industry advisers: Guillermo Arriaga (Babel, 21 Grams), Michael Goldenberg (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix), Jose Rivera (The Motorcycle Diaries), Marcos Bernstein (Central Station), Malia Scotch-Marmo (Hook), Audrey Wells (Under the Tuscan Sun), Howard Rodman (Savage Grace) and Kasi Lemmons (Talk to Me), as well as the Indian filmmakers Asif Kapadia (The Warrior), Shekhar Kapur (Elizabeth) and the writer Anjum Rajabali (Arakshan).

* Anjali A

The actor Mr T endorses tees

At 59, Mr T doesn't seem to age - or escape the pop-culture radar. Early this week, the clothing brand Old Navy released on YouTube two mock infomercials featuring The A-Team star.

The humorous videos show Mr T and the actress Anna Farris playing salespeople endorsing the brand's new Best-Tee collection, billed as the "greatest, most softest, best-fitting tee in the history of everything". The spots even include an endorsement from a "doctor" and an "As Seen on TeeV" logo.

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