Comic actor Jay Thomas dies at 69

Vastavam web: Comic actor Jay Thomas, who starred in sit-coms like “Murphy Brown” and “Cheers”, has died. He was 69.The actor passed away from cancer with his wife Sally and three sons, Sam, Max, and J T , by his side.In a statement, his agent and friend Don Buchwald told the New York Daily News, “Jay was one of a kind, never at a loss for words and filled with so much fun and wonderfully whacky thoughts and behaviour.” Most recently, Jay was seen in “Ray Donovan” as owner Marty Grossman.The popular Texan, whose first TV role was in “Mork & Mindy”, also appeared in the “Santa Claus” movies, and his other big screen credits included “A Smile Like Yours”, “Mr. 4) India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh films will be screen at Singapore Film Festival Vastavam web: Feature and short films from India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh will be screened during the inaugural Singapore South Asian International Film Festival.The 10-day festival, which begins from September 1, will showcase a total of 35 films. It is being organised by Muvizz, a streaming service for world independent films, and supported by the High Commission of India in Singapore, Institute of South Asian Studies and National University of Singapore, reported The Straits Times today.The 76-year-old filmmaker, who will be in town to talk about his work, is known for revolutionising the Malayalam film industry when his debut film, “Swayamvaram” (1972), screened at international festivals in London, Moscow and Paris. Twenty-six films will be competing for Best Feature Film, Best Documentary Film and Best Short Film at the festival.Filmmakers Mostofa Sarwar Farooki from Bangladesh, Siddiq Barmak from Afghanistan, K Rajagopal from Singapore and Prasanna Vithanage from Sri Lanka are the jury members.”This event will hopefully become a significant cultural gateway in the years to come. Through the powerful medium of cinema, we hope to build closer ties between the global city of Singapore and the developing nations of South Asia,” said Abhayanand Singh, festival director and founder of Muvizz.