‘Padmaavat’ my homage to Rajput valour and vigour: Bhansali


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Mumbai, Jan 14 (PTI) Bollywood film maker Sanjay Leela Bhansali today said that his much-awaited directorial venture “Padmaavat” is his tribute to the glorious stories of Rajput “honour, valour and vigour”.

The director said, the lavishly mounted period drama, which will hit the screens on January 25, is a dream come true for him.

“‘Padmaavat’ is a dream come true for me. I have always been fascinated by the stories of honour, valour and vigour of our great Rajput warriors that have been captured so beautifully in our literature and this movie is my homage to those glorious stories,” Bhansali said in a statement.

Featuring Deepika Padukone as Rani Padmavati, Shahid Kapoor as Maharawal Ratan Singh and Ranveer Singh as Alauddin Khilji, the film got stuck in controversy after various Rajput groups, including Rajput Karni Sena, raised their objections towards the content of the movie.

The film which was sent back to the makers, citing “technical issues” by the Central Board of Film Certification when it was submitted in November, received a U/A certificate last month along with five modifications.

During the country-wide protests against the film, many members from the industry came forward to support the filmmaker and the cast.

In his statement, Bhansali also thanked the fraternity for their unwavering support.

“I would also like to thank the entire film fraternity for supporting Viacom18 and Bhansali Productions through the entire production and pre-release phase and hope they like the film they so supported,” he said.

“Padmaavat” is based on 16th century Sufi poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi’s epic poem “Padmavat”.

We are not friends: Vikas Gupta on Shilpa Shinde


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Lonavala, Jan 9 (PTI) “Bigg Boss” contestant Vikas Gupta’s equation with fellow contestant Shilpa Shinde may have improved over time but the producer says they are not friends.

Shilpa, who became a household name as Angoori Bhabhi of “Bhabi Ji Ghar Par Hai”, had alleged that Vikas was behind her ouster from the popular TV show.

Vikas said he had not met the actor after her controversial exit from “Bhabiji…” and was surprised to see her on the reality show.

“For the first five weeks or so we did not get along well and later realised that this was not going anywhere, so as mature people we kept that thing away. We could have continued with it (drama of fighting) for 13 weeks as she is a good actor and I am a good writer.

“But we thought of taking a break from all this and behave like normal colleagues. We are not friends. There are times when we still don’t get along well, but we try to handle it in a mature manner,” Vikas said in a media interaction here.

Another housemate who does not gel well with Shilpa is Hina Khan and she said the three of them equally deserve to win.

“Maybe when we reach the finale, we end up taking to each other. There is no malice between us. I don’t have anything against Shilpa. If she wins the show, I don’t have any problem… They (Shilpa and Vikas) both are deserving and so am I,” she said.

As the countdown to the finale of the season 11 of “Bigg Boss” has begun, Hina and Vikas have been critical of Shilpa for not participating in the tasks.

“This (‘Bigg Boss’) is a game show, you have to participate in the tasks. Cooking is important. She (Shilpa) is commendable. I am respectful of the fact that she cooks and we all get food to eat,” he said.

‘Padmavat’ to release on January 25


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Mumbai, Jan 8 (PTI) After facing several roadblocks, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s controversial film “Padmavati”, retitled “Padmavat”, seems set for a January 25 release, sources in Viacom18 Motion Pictures said on Monday.

The film, mired in controversy over its plot line, has been given the go-ahead by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), which has asked the makers to change the title and suggested some other modifications.

The film was earlier scheduled to be released on December 1.

Though Viacom 18 Motion Pictures and Sanjay Leela Bhansali have not released an official statement yet, sources in the production house confirmed that the film will release on January 25, a day before Republic Day.

“The film is releasing on January 25. There is no clarity when the official statement will be out regarding this,” sources in the Viacom18 Motion Pictures told PTI.

Trade anaylist Taran Adarsh took to Twitter to announce the release date.

“#Padmavat to release on 25 Jan 2018…

#RepublicDayWeekend,” he tweeted.

Akshay not bothered with possible clash of Padman, Padmavati


Someone said that Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Padmavati” may be released on “Padman” day, but actor Akshay Kumar hopes both films will perform well during the holiday weekend.

“Padmavati” missed the release date of December 1 due to controversy over the plot and was eventually released by the review board. According to anecdotal evidence, the producer plans to release January 25 – “Padman” under R Balki’s command.

The Central Film Commission (CBFC) recently gave U / A certification and some changes and suggested changing its title to “Padmavat.”

Asked about the possible conflict between the two films, Aksha said: “It’s not competition, it’s a very big day, a big week, and all the movies are available. Both films are available on the day issued.

He told reporters: “Every movie has the right to publish at any time, I am happy for them.”

Viacom18 and Sanjay Leela Bhansali Productions have not yet released the official release date for the movie.

Sonam Kapoor, Akshay’s Padman co-star, said she will wait for an official statement from the Padmavati team.

Sonam said: “This is not officially announced, is not it? If so, it is good, the film needs to be competitive, and the time it takes to be shown is the right one.

Good movie is a good movie, I do not believe in competition.

“To be honest, I’m happy to see the release of this movie better than anything else, and I hope it works well and I’m pretty sure I have an official statement issued by the filmmakers’ (Padmavati).”

Akshay and Sonam are promoting their movie at “Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Ghe Panga Kar Danga” in Zee Marathi last night.

Sonam wants more female-oriented films to be made in India


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Mumbai, Jan 4 (PTI) Actor Sonam Kapoor feels there is a need for more films that revolve around women.

Her forthcoming film “Veere Di Wedding”, also starring Kareena Kapoor Khan, Swara Bhaskar and Shikha Talsania, is themed around a wedding. Kareena will play the part of a bride-to-be in the movie.

“‘Veere Di Wedding’ looks so different. There should be more such films, this should be the norm,” Sonam told PTI.

“In Hollywood there are many female-oriented films that are such big blockbusters and are entertaining. We don’t have such films in India.”

The actor believes Hindi film industry is 20 years behind when it comes to making female-led commercial stories.

“Julia Roberts was huge in the ’80s and ’90s. Here it was about my dad (Anil Kapoor) and the other actors.The ’90s were about the Khans (Aamir, Shah Rukh and Salman). With our generation, we are atleast getting the opportunity to do that, but we are 20 years behind,” she said.

Sonam, 32, said working alongside a top female actor like Kareena, who also happens to be her good friend, for the first time in a movie was exciting.

“It is easy to communicate especially when it is a chemistry-driven film with four women. Since we are friends, it was a fun experience working with her.”

Directed by Shashanka Ghosh, the film is set for release on May 18.

The “Neerja” actor also reunites with “Saawariya” co-star Ranbir Kapoor for Sanjay Dutt biopic.

Sonam said the actor has not changed much over the years.

“I don’t think I have changed either. He is such a fine actor. We just have 10 years of experience. But it was fabulous working with him. We shot in ND studios for ‘Saawariya’ and for this film we shot at the same place. So it was deja vu.”

Helmed by Rajkumar Hirani, the biopic on Dutt is scheduled for release in March.

‘Baaghi 2’ gets March 30 release


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Mumbai, Jan 4 (PTI) Tiger Shroff-Disha Patani-starrer “Baaghi 2” is set to release on March 30.

The sequel to the 2016 film is co-produced by Fox Star Studios and Sajid Nadiadwala, under the banner Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment.

Tiger took to Twitter to share the news.

“Get ready To fight guys as rebels for love are all geared up to arrive soon! Sajid Nadiadwala’s ‘Baaghi 2’ to release on March 30 2018,” he wrote, along the poster of the film.

While Disha tweeted, “Rebels for love are all set to meet you! Sajid Nadiadwala’s ‘Baaghi 2’ to release on March 30 2018.”

While the first film of the franchise was directed by Sabbir Khan, choreographer-filmmaker Ahmed Khan has been roped in to direct the second installment.

The team wrapped the first schedule of the film in September last year.

Never wanted to make a biopic: R Balki on ‘Padman’


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Mumbai, Dec 31 (PTI) R Balki says he never wanted to make a biopic but he decided to go ahead with “Padman” as it gave him a chance to address an important issue like menstruation through the fascinating life story of Arunachalam Muruganantham.

The director is best known for his films such as “Cheeni Kum”, “Paa”, “Shamitabh” and “Ki and Ka”.

“Padman”, featuring Akshay Kumar in the lead, is a fictionalised account of Tamil Nadu-based Muruganantham, who created affordable sanitary napkins for the women of his village.

“I never wanted to do a biopic. I wanted to do my own fictional stories but this subject was great. This guy’s life is fascinating. Where will you get to do a mass mainstream film on a subject like sanitary pads? I felt it was a fantastic opportunity, that’s why I took it up,” Balki told PTI.

“We wrote it for Akshay, he is a star but you have to write things keeping in mind the character as well. We had to make sure the sensitive issue should not be lost (in making it entertaining).”

The director said he took liberties in the portrayal of the character but did not alter the essence.

“I have to do justice to his (Muruganantham) life. On screen, his life should be even better than what it was in real life. I have taken very few liberties and Muruganantham knows about it.”

“Padman” was always the title for Balki as that is how he started writing the story.

“This film is not based on Twinkle Khanna’s book, that is a separate story. There are two different fictional takes on Muruganantham’s life. I just called it ‘Padman’ as that is how I started writing the story.”

Also featuring Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte, the biographical comedy-drama is set for release on January 26.

Shah Rukh Khan channels his dwarf avatar in ‘Zero’


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Mumbai, Jan 1 (PTI) Holding fast to the promise of a new year, Shah Rukh Khan today unveiled the title of his next and one of the most anticipated films of 2018, “Zero”.

Shah Rukh, who plays a dwarf in the movie, took to Twitter where he also shared the link of the teaser of the film, directed by Aanand L Rai, a movie which has generated a lot of buzz.

“Ticketen liye baithe hain log meri zindagi ki, tamasha bhi poora hona chahiye,” tweeted the actor in Hindi.

The teaser starts with adjectives such as ‘paagal’ (mad), ‘aashiq’ (lover), ‘shaayar’ (poet), ‘makkar’ (trickster), mental, among many others, giving an insight into the character Shah Rukh plays in the film.

The 52-year-old actor, who has also produced the movie, can be seen dancing to the iconic Shashi Kapoor song “Humko tumpe pyaar aaya” from “Jab Jab Phool Khile” in his dwarf avatar.

The tagline is “Hum jiske peeche lag jaate hain, life bana dete hain”.

The making of “Zero” is still midway but the director- producer decided to give a sneak peek into the film, which is being touted as one of the most lavishly mounted films thanks to heavy VFX.

Sharmila Tagore pitches for gender equality


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Kolkata, Dec 31 (PTI) Veteran actress Sharmila Tagore has called for gender equality and said parents should realize that a girl is in no way inferior than a boy.

A girl child should be treated with equal importance, the celebrated Bollywood actress of the 70s said at the concluding day of the 11th Global Doctors’ Summit here yesterday.

“Parents should be told that if they invest in the education and upbringing of a girl child, she will also make contributions for the family and society,” Tagore said at a separate session on gender issue at the doctors’ meet.

Nothing will change unless people change their mindset, the ‘Amar Prem’ actress said, seeking involvement of Anganwadi workers and social activists in the promotional activities for gender equality.

“We have to look at the root cause. Just depending on government initiatives won’t do, we must make efforts to change our attitude at the domestic level,” she said.

Asked if she had faced gender discrimination, Tagore said, “I was brought up in a Bengali family. We were three girls and never made to feel any lesser than men.”

However, when she had made her debut in ‘Apur Sansar’ by Satyajit Ray in 1959, there were protests by the school and she had to finally leave the institution, the 73-year-old actress said.

“But my parents had never objected to my joining films. Also, no doors got closed for me when I got married (to Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi) in 1969. I did not face any barriers then,” she said.

In contrast, she said, her grandmother was married off at the age of five and had nine children.

She said her mother was also not allowed to attend a co-educational institute and had to do her master’s degree in private.

Expressing hope that the current generation might be able to bridge this gender gap, Tagore said with knowledge and education, girls can reach new heights and create a niche for themselves in every field.

Rajinikanth enters politics, Big B, Kamal Haasan wish him luck


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Mumbai, Dec 31 (PTI) As Rajinikanth today announced his entry into politics, various celebrities including megastar Amitabh Bachchan and Kamal Haasan gave their best wishes to the Tamil superstar.

The 67-year-old star will launch his own party.

“My dear friend, my colleague and a humble considerate human, Rajinikanth, announces his decision to enter politics … My best wishes to him for his success,” Bachchan tweeted.

Haasan posted, “I welcome brother Rajini’s social responsibility and political entry.”

Calling it a biggest news of the year, Anupam Kher wrote, “On the last day of 2017 comes the biggest news maker of the Year: Rajinikanth joins politics. Jai Ho.”

Riteish Deshmukh said he is sure that the “nobility of the superstar’s intention” will receive much love.

“He gave his heart and soul to his art form and people’s love made him superstar Rajinikanth… I am sure the nobility of his intention will receive as much love, as he announces his political entry. I wish you all the very best and super success sir,” he tweeted.

Congress spokesperson and actor Khushboo Sundar tweeted, “Rajinikanth announces his political plunge… Anybody who thinks can make a difference to the ideas and has an ideology, aspires for harmonious India, feels the pain of losing secularism to communalism and dreams of a democratic India, should come to politics.

“We know that Mr Rajnikanth believes in inclusive democracy and development. We wish him the all the best in his endeavours.