Hit Bollywood song gets Arabic version

Bollywood actress Katrina Kaif
Updated 16 December 2017
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Hit Bollywood song gets Arabic version

JEDDAH: Fans of Bollywood stars Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif have been offered a musical treat with the release of the Arabic version of a popular song in their latest movie “Tiger Zinda Hai.”
The movie — extensively filmed in Abu Dhabi — is scheduled for worldwide release on Dec. 22, but “Swag Se Swagat,” the first song of the spy thriller, is already a big hit on YouTube.
The song, featuring Khan and Kaif, has more than a million likes and 98 million views on the video-sharing site.
The theme of the song focuses on brotherhood and peace, with the Arabic version sung by Rabih Baroud and Brigitte Yaghi. The original is sung by Vishal Dadlani and Neha Bhasin.
“Tiger Zinda Hai” is a sequel to filmmaker Kabir Khan’s 2012 movie “Ek Tha Tiger.” The film, directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, explores the story of Indian spy Tiger and Pakistani spy Zoya as a team.
In the first film, Tiger and Zoya worked against each other, only to fall in love during a mission and later elope to escape the wrath of their respective governments.
But in the sequel, Tiger and Zoya are a team who have one mission: Peace. The film is a fictionalized retelling of a real-life incident in which 25 Indian nurses were kidnapped in Iraq in 2015.
Having an Arabic version of the song “is a way to connect with audiences in the Middle East, as Hindi films have huge appeal there and Salman Khan is the biggest superstar in the region,” the director said.


Marriage is (literally) good for the heart: study

Updated 19 June 2018
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Marriage is (literally) good for the heart: study

  • The risk of dying was likewise elevated for the non-married, by 42 percent from coronary heart disease and by 55 percent from stroke
  • The study examined ethnically varied populations in Europe, North America, the Middle East and Asia, adding weight to the results

PARIS: Even if marriage is sometimes more a bed of nails than roses, living into old age with a partner may help ward off heart disease and stroke, researchers said Tuesday.
A sweeping survey of research conducted over the last two decades covering more than two million people aged 42 to 77 found that being hitched significantly reduced the risk of both maladies, they reported in the medical journal Heart.
The study examined ethnically varied populations in Europe, North America, the Middle East and Asia, adding weight to the results.
Compared to people living in spousal union, the divorced, widowed or never married were 42 percent more likely to develop cardiovascular disease and 16 percent more likely to have coronary heart disease, the study found.
The risk of dying was likewise elevated for the non-married, by 42 percent from coronary heart disease and by 55 percent from stroke.
The results were nearly the same for men and women, except for stroke, to which men were more susceptible.
“These findings may suggest that marital status should be considered in the risk assessment for cardiovascular disease,” concluded a team led by Chun Wai Wong, a researcher at Royal Stoke Hospital’s department of cardiology, in Stoke-on-Trent in Britain.
Four-fifths of all cardiovascular disease can be attributed to a proven set of “risk factors“: advanced age, being a man, high-blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, and diabetes.
Marriage, in other words, could be an important share of the missing 20 percent.
More precisely, living together — with or without a wedding band — is probably the operative factor, if indeed conjugal status has any impact at all.
But most of the 34 studies reviewed by Wong and colleagues did not identify couples out of wedlock or same-sex unions, so it was not possible to know whether, statistically, such arrangements were the equivalent of being wed.
Because the study was observational rather than based on a controlled experiment — something scientists can do with mice but not humans — no clear conclusions could be drawn as to cause-and-effect.
That leaves open the question of why marriages may be “protective.”
“There are various theories,” the researchers said in a statement.
Having someone around to take care of one’s health problems and keep track of one’s meds is probably a plus, as are two incomes or pensions instead of one.
More intangibly, not living alone is thought to be good for morale, and for neural stimulation. People living in couples, earlier research has shown, also have lower rates of dementia.