While Akshay Kumar is popular for stunts in Bollywood, the actor decided to channelize his talent for women empowerment. The actor who runs martial arts institutes for women, recently felicitated a fearless young girl named Pradnya Mandhare, who courageously fought back her eve teaser.
Pradnya Mandhare, a 20 year old student from Mumbai, dragged a drunken man by his hair to the police station after he misbehaved with her in a public place. Akshay Kumar, who was impressed with her bravery, maintained that it takes a different level of talent to voice out our opinion against injustice and such acts of molestation and felicitated the girl on the sets of a reality show. Expressing her happiness over this honour, Pradnya also added that she hopes she inspires other women to showcase their strong personalities and continue the fight against exploitation.
Earlier we had also reported that Akshay Kumar in association with Aditya Thackeray has launched a martial arts school to train women for self defense and they have even been admitting visually impaired girls in order to instill confidence in them.
Neil Bhoopalam, the man who made heads turn with his stellar performance in the recently released NH10, has indeed caught the fancy of almost everyone. While the buzz is that he is flooded with Bollywood offers galore, a leading newspaper stated that, its Kalki Koechlin's play for which he has given the nod.
From what we hear, the play is being titled 'A Play On Death', which will be starting in July this year. Elaborating on it, Kalki mentioned that the said play was a slapstick comedy on death.
Rati Agnihotri finally breaks her silence on domestic violence, and her decision to end her 30-year marriage. When actress Rati Agnihotri decided to complain to the cops about the alleged violence perpetrated by her husband, she didn't expect the personal matter would leak out into the public domain. And even if it did, she expected to see more sympathy and empathy in the media, more so since many media persons are women.
However, the truth is otherwise.
"I am surprised and hurt that my motives for speaking out to the law enforcement and legal machinery about my domestic problems are being questioned. Just because I chose to not speak about it, some sections of the media doubt the veracity of my claims. But the truth, as they say, will prevail. They're calling up my son while I am running around with my lawyers trying to make sense of what has happened in my life. Tanuj, poor thing, is just a young man. He doesn't know how to react to media pressure. I needed to take my lawyers in confidence about whether it's ok to speak on the untruth that is being put out about my life while I've remained silent, and please underline the fact that what is being said about my life is not true," Rati takes a deep breath as she resolutely announces her decision to end her marriage.
"Yes, it's time for me to move one. I've taken a very long time to take the right decision. People are asking why I remained in the marriage for so long. Well, firstly, it's my life. I don't owe any explanations to anyone except my son Tanuj for whose sake I chose to stay on. I've taken 30 years to opt out of my marriage. I've been patient and I've borne a lot."
Rati wanted her son to understand why she needed to break away from the marriage. "That was most painful. Tanuj is the only reason I stuck on (in the marriage). He is 28 now and man enough to face the truth in his mother's life. He knew the truth ten years ago. He knows the truth now. He knows what his mother has endured. Finally he has told me. 'Mom, don't live your life for me. Live for yourself. Do what you think is right for yourself.'
Reluctant to speak on what went wrong with the marriage, Rati finally says, "I got married three weeks after my dad passed away. I went from my father's protective attention straight into my husband's home. I knew I had to adjust almost overnight to my new life, that being from a glamorous profession; I was being scrutinized and judged far more harshly than the normal girl. Two years later, Tanuj was born. I felt I had a life-long responsibility towards my son."
Why didn't Rati discuss her marital problems with close family and friends?"I really had no one to talk to. I stuck on to the marriage for my son's sake. This is the honest truth. If the world would like to judge me otherwise, so be it. It saddens me to see the way my life is being projected in the media. Some sections of the media have forgotten I have a 37 year connectivity with the media. Don't they grant me some grace dignity and honesty? Does the media know how hard it is on me to make the decision that I did after keeping quiet for 30 years? I feel it is important for me to have my say in this one conversation with you. Just because I kept quiet all these years about what I was going through and finally decided to do something about it, doesn't mean my motives are questionable."
Pondering over her own predicament, Rati asks, "Do I sound depressed to you? Do I sound desperate? One widely-read newspaper portrays me this way and I am painted poorly in numerous papers across the country. If you don't have access to me, it doesn't mean my life is open to distortion."
Regarding her decision to break away from the violent marriage, Rati says, "After the latest violence, I couldn't stay in the same house any more. I had nowhere to go, so I drive down to my home in Lonavla overnight. My son was shooting in Pune. He came to meet me in Lonavla and advised me to do what is right for me. This (ending the marriage) was my son's decision for me. I am taking his advice. He knows he is the only reason I stayed in this marriage. He said, 'No matter what, you'll always be my mother.' Every time something of this sort happened within the four walls of my home, he's the only person I reached out to. In the past, I've called him for help and he has immediately come to my rescue. I am still hurting because of the last beating. I don't have the strength to go and see my ailing mother. I've never failed as a mother. And I don't the world to tell me otherwise. No matter what happens, Tanuj will continue to be the centre of my universe."
Rati would like to encourage other victims of domestic violence to come forward. And speak out.
In the meanwhile, she is trying to go on with her life as normally as possible. "So far, I've only earned and given back whatever I've made to the home I had with my husband and son. I am still running my house, watering my plants, cooking; speaking to my lawyers, paying my bills...I am looking at film projects. But it's really hard to sit as producers stare at you for signs of depression. Hello! I am not depressed. I have my career, my mother and most important, and my son. I've gone through a lot. I am angry, but determined. I don't want any of what I've gone through to affect my son's life and future marriage. "
Anurag Kashyap introduced Kalki Koechlin to the world of Bollywood with Dev D and eventually the two tied the knot in 2011. However, soon news of their marriage hitting rock bottom started surfacing.
Though initially the couple remained mum about the trouble in paradise, the duo later announced that they have separated. But, despite the separation, the two maintained that they are trying to sort out the matter. Now, Kalki has opened up about her relation with Anurag and stated that they have filed for divorce which is in progress and they will soon officially be separated. Maintaining that she has come to terms about her relationship status with the director - producer, she further added that she is in a happy space now.
She lived a tumultuous life, filled with passion, romance and a tragic grandeur. And now Meena Kumari's life would be chronicled in cinema by none other than Tigmanshu Dhulia whose Sahib Bibi Aur Gangster was inspired by Meena Kumari's best-known work Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam. For the first time Tigmanshu Dhulia talks about why he has chosen National Award winner Kangna Ranaut to play Meena Kumari.
Dhulia, who is currently wrapping up a film called Yaara, says he chose Kangna because she was the only actress who could convey the tragic pathos of Meena Kumari's personality. "There is a profound sadness in Kangna's eyes, the same quality that we saw in Meena Kumari's eyes. And that voice! When I heard Kangna Ranaut in her debut film Gangster I was reminded of Meena Kumari. The same haunted and haunting quality, a voice that suggests pain grief, wisdom and seduction! I knew then and there that if I ever make a film on Meena Kumari it would have to be Kangna who plays the legendary actress."
Dhulia's biopic would be adapted from the late journalist Vinod Mehta's biography on Meena Kumari.
Says the filmmaker, "I've bought the rights of the book long ago. It is a fascinating tale of a life lived on the edge. As I read the account, I was more and more convinced that Kangna Ranaut was the right person for the part."
Dhulia is now looking at the chapters from Meenaji's very colourful life that he will put on screen. Besides her husband filmmaker Kamal Amrohi, the legendary actress was said to be close to several men including writer-director Gulzar, and the actors Raj Kumar and Dharmendra.
Says Dhulia, "I don't know which aspects of her life I'll go into. At the moment I don't have a script or a studio to back the project. But I am making the film for sure, though not right away."
In 1981, the mighty Sohrab Modi had made an appalling Meena Kumari film entitled Meena Kumari Ki Amar Kahani starring starlet Dolly in the title role while another actress called Sona had played Madhubala in the same film.
Surely Tigmanshu Dhulia would do a better job of the legendary actress' life story.
Reports that Imtiaz Ali's Highway has been stopped from telecast on Doordarshan by the censor board due to its depiction of child abuse, are false.
One has it from very reliable sources that the chairperson of CBFC Pahlaj Nihalani personally intervened and cleared the film for telecast on national television for all ages.
Says a source, "Though it's not official yet, the Chairperson has passed the film for Doordarshan screening without any cuts with a 'U' certificate. It was for Adults Only when screened theatrically."
Giving the official version of the facts pertaining to the certification of Highway for Doordarshan the CBFC's CEO Shravan Kumar states, "For telecast of content on Doordarshan, they have their own elaborate guidelines, which are issued by them from time to time and therefore it is not a factually correct statement to say that "the board has deemed the film unsuitable for screening on Doordarshan..." as stated in a tabloid report. CBFC's role is limited to Certification of the film, which is done as per the laid procedure of going through Examining Committee, Revising Committee and appeal through FACTspan. In case of Highway, the film had already got a certificate of 'U/A' from CBFC. The producer submitted a fresh request of certification after adding certain excision/modifications. The Examining Committee did not find it suitable for granting a 'U' certificate. Therefore, it was referred to a Revising Committee. Screening before the RC was held on March 27, 2015 and there was a difference of opinion. Now as per the rules, Chairman has to take a decision, whether to go with the majority opinion or to send for a re-Revision.
The sex comedy directed by Milap Zaveri, Mastizaade, had gone on floor last year, with an extensive shoot schedule in Thailand. However, since then, there hasn't been any news update about the film or its promos. The film has been slated to release on May 1 this year, but there are absolutely no sign of its trailer yet.
What is really surprising is that, in today's contemporary times, when the filmmakers start extensive promotions of their films at least three months prior to its release, a film like Mastizaade, which is only 30 days away from its release, hasn't even released its first poster or teaser of sorts. On the other hand, the Sunny Leone starrer Kuch Kuch Locha Hai, which is to release a week after Mastizaade, is now all set for the trailer launch on March 31. When we quizzed Rangita Nandy (producer of Mastizaade), about any potential delay, she said that 'there has been no such issue'. At the same time however, she did not divulge any details about the film's trailer release date. Our sources though state the Mastizaade will now release after Kuch Kuch Locha Hai.
On the other hand, Sunny Leone, who is busy juggling between the promotions of Ek Paheli Leela and Kuch Kuch Locha Hain, hasn't been talking about the progress of Mastizaade either. Given the present scenario, now, what remains to be seen is that when will the audience get to see a glimpse of this double trouble avatar of Sunny Leone in Mastizaade. An official announcement of the same is awaited.
After the completion of seventy percent of the shoot, the team of Bajrangi Bhaijaan decided to shift the location to Kashmir where they were supposed to wrap up the film by shooting the remaining scenes in a span of 40 days. However, a calamity situation seems to have caused trouble for the locals and also the cast, crew of the Kabir Khan directorial.
After last year, Kashmir has faced yet another flood situation, wherein the Jhelum River has crossed the mark due to continuous rains which has affected areas like Srinagar. The police have started rescue operations and have alerted people living around the area to re-locate. On the other hand, Bajrangi Bhaijaan's cast and crew who were supposed to start shooting since April 9, have put the film on hold and are trying to gauge the situation in order to receive a clarification on how to proceed further with the remaining shoot. The crew was supposed to shoot some high octane stunts, war sequences and even a song picturised amidst the beautiful valley, which has now faced a delay until the situation in Kashmir comes under control.
Bajrangi Bhaijaan stars Salman Khan, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the lead and is said to be the story of Bajrangi (Salman) and his relationship with a Pakistani girl who mistakenly crosses the Indo-Pak border and finds herself alone on the other side of the line. Produced by Salman Khan and Eros International, the film is slated to release on July 16, 2015.