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Feb 212018
 

The next episode of BFFs with Vogue will have Arora sisters � Malaika and Amrita in a conversation with sassy host Neha Dhupia. In the promo released today, Malaika adviced Kareena to stop gossiping

Malaika Arora, Kareena Kapoor, Amrita Arora, Karisma Kapoor
Malaika Arora, Kareena Kapoor, Amrita Arora, Karisma Kapoor during Amrita’s 40th birthday bash (Pic/Instagram)

The next episode of BFFs with Vogue will have Arora sisters – Malaika Arora and Amrita Arora Ladakh in a candid conversation with sassy host Neha Dhupia. In the promo released today, Malaika adviced Kareena to stop gossiping. Yes, you heard that right! In a segment of the show, wherein you have to complete the sentences made by Neha, Malaika was asked to complete the statement, ‘Kareena Stop Doing…’ and she immediately said, “Kareena, stop gossiping.”

Here is the promo:

Amrita, Malaika, and Kareena Kapoor and Karisma Kapoor are close friends and their girl squad is always seen partying with each other. In fact, recently, Kareena and Malaika threw a surprise party for Amrita’s 40th birthday in Goa. Saif Ali Khan and Amrita’s husband, Shakeel Ladak was also present.

Also View: Inside Photos: Amrita Arora Ladak’s wild 40th birthday bash

Well, in the last season of Karan Johar’s Koffee with Karan, he declared that there is an Information and Broadcasting Ministry running between cousins Kareena and Ranbir Kapoor. The former has all the information and the latter broadcasts it.

Even during Soha Ali Khan’s book launch, Kareena said that she feels intimidated by Soha. “Soha has always been so polite, she has always been like ‘ya, hi, what’s up’. Did you buy anything? So, what’s the gossip? I am like, oh god, I feel so small,” said Kareena.

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Feb 212018
 

As she kicks off 2018 with a hit, Sonam Kapoor on teaming up with Anil Kapoor after a decade in Bollywood and being in a ‘happy space’ professionally

Anil Kapoor and daughter Sonam Kapoor
Anil Kapoor and daughter Sonam Kapoor

“It has taken me 10 years to work with my father,” says Sonam Kapoor, overjoyed to be sharing screen space with Anil Kapoor in Shelly Chopra’s Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga. The actor recalls watching him enact scenes when she would visit his film set as a child, never pausing to think that she would share the frame with him someday. 

Having already shot for a week in Patiala, Sonam says of her father-cum-co-star, “I’m more excited than nervous to be working with him. We never interacted in a professional capacity, not even during the shoot of our productions Khoobsurat (2014) or Aisha (2010).”

Considering the years of experience Anil brings with him, one can’t help but wonder if he gives her advice after a shot or helps her better a scene. “My father is never critical of me. My mother is [critical], but not him. He thinks Rhea [Kapoor, sister] and I are the best, and loves the way we handle our work. Dads are usually like that with their daughters,” she smiles.

Also Read: Juhi Chawla, Anil Kapoor and Sonam to revive iconic song ‘Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga’

The opportunity to perform with her father aside, Sonam has much to cheer about — her latest outing, Pad Man, has set the cash registers ringing. But the actor says that success, to her, isn’t just about box-office numbers. “To me, it’s the satisfaction of a job well done. Not many people get to live their passion. I have that privilege and have never taken it for granted. It is an amazing experience to be someone else for the camera, to make someone else’s mistakes, and empathise with their joys and sorrows. I am in a happy space currently.”

She insists that her championing the cause of menstrual hygiene doesn’t end with the film’s release. “I’m grateful to the viewers for coming out in such numbers to watch a film based on a subject that is considered a taboo in India. It signifies that we are ready to talk about things that have not been easy to discuss for ages. That is what movies do. If my voice can bring attention to a cause, I will gladly use it.”

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Feb 212018
 

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets Shah Rukh, Aamir at Mumbai bash; discusses how his country can be favourable spot for Hindi films’ shoot

Justin Trudeau with his family and Shah Rukh Khan
Justin Trudeau with his family and Shah Rukh Khan

A prominent room in Colaba’s The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel bustled with happy faces that had collected to meet Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday evening. Even though the gathering — that saw the presence of top business leaders too — was limited in its star power, the presence of Shah Rukh Khan was enough. The ever-so-charming Khan, we hear, was humbled by Trudeau’s warmth, as the two discussed how cinematic ties between the two countries could be improved.

Also read: Shah Rukh Khan meets Canadian PM Justin Trudeau and his family

A sherwani-clad Trudeau, accompanied by wife Sophie Gregoire and kids, Xavier James and Ella-Grace, was also greeted by Aamir Khan, Anupam Kher and Farhan Akhtar. A guest present at the bash tells mid-day, “Trudeau seemed curious about the Hindi film industry and had some knowledge about it. He conversed with SRK and Aamir, and enquired how Canada could become a favourable hub for shooting Bollywood films.”

Aamir Khan amd Justin Trudeau
Aamir Khan and Justin Trudeau

A lavish offering of food from across the globe — comprising sushi, pastas and risottos — supplemented a desi spread. But fitness-freak Trudeau and Sophia were apparently apprehensive of digging in. “His kids enjoyed the spread, especially the Indian desserts, with the rabdi being an instant hit. But, the PM and his wife were selective with what they tried.”

Model Alankrita Sahai, who was also present at the do, says, “I am glad that I met Trudeau. Having followed his campaigns since 2015, I was happy to notice that, in real life, he is exactly how he showcases himself to be.”

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Feb 212018
 

Malayalam film “S Durga”, which was dropped from the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) last year, has been cleared by the Revising Committee of the censor board without any cuts

S Durga
S Durga

Malayalam film “S Durga”, which was dropped from the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) last year, has been cleared by the Revising Committee of the censor board without any cuts.

The director of the film, Sanal Kumar Sasidharan, today said the movie is now eligible for public screenings, which had received a ‘U/A’ certificate from the censor board.

Sasidharan says he cannot wait for the film to release and is happy with the decision.

“They did not find anything wrong with the film. It is clear now that all that happened was done on purpose,” Sasidharan told PTI.
He also shared the new poster of the movie on Twitter, in which the title reads as, “S DURGA”.

The film courted controversy after it was dropped by IFFI’s Indian Panorama section at the last moment. The director moved the Kerala High Court and received a favourable verdict.

In light of the High Court order, a screening was organised for the festival jury members who sought the intervention of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).

On the last day of the festival, the censor board ordered a re-examination of the film, thus derailing its chances to be screened at IFFI.

The bone of contention was the “white rectangular boxes” that followed the letter “S” in the revised title of the movie, which was initially named “Sexy Durga”.

In their affidavit to the Kerala High Court, the filmmaker had said that the white rectangular boxes in the title card of the film were nothing but white patches left in the print following the erasure of the letters ‘exy’ from the original title.

An eight-member Revising Committee reviewed the film on January 23 before clearing it without any cuts.

“The title of the film in the credit roll was shown as ‘S Durga’, without any ‘S ###’ i.e. the rectangular white boxes. The title ‘S Durga’ was the title already certifies by the CBFC, Thiruvananthapuram. It is apparent that the version exhibited for the Jury at IFFI, Goa was differing from the version exhibited for the Revising Committee. In the version shown they did not find any tampering with the title or the font of the title or visuals form as suggested by the Examining Committee,” the CBFC letter, shared by Sasidharan, stated.

The director and the makers have been advised to “only exhibit the version of the film”, reviewed by the Revising Committee.
Marathi film “Nude”, which was also dropped from the Panorama segment, recently received ‘A’ certificate from the CBFC, without any cuts.

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Feb 212018
 

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has voiced its support to the filmmaking team behind the Oscar-nominated documentary “Last Men in Aleppo” that will not be able to attend the awards ceremony due to travel restrictions

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has voiced its support to the filmmaking team behind the Oscar-nominated documentary “Last Men in Aleppo” that will not be able to attend the awards ceremony due to travel restrictions. “As supporters of filmmakers – and the human rights of all people – around the globe, we stand in solidarity with director Feras Fayyad as well as the film’s producer Kareem Abeed,” the Academy said in a statement to hollywoodreporter.com on Tuesday.

Abeed, who currently resides in Turkey, will not be able to come to the US after being denied a travel visa due to restrictions placed on eight predominantly Muslim countries by the Trump administration. Along with the filmmaker, the documents’ subject, White Helmets founding member Mahmoud Al-Hattar, will also not be able to attend the Oscars.

“Last Men in Aleppo”, which documents those on the frontlines of the Syrian civil war, will be vying for the Best Documentary honour at the March 4 ceremony to be held here.

Oscar-winning Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, who was nominated in the Best Foreign-Language Film for “The Salesman”, did not attend last year’s Academy Awards to protest US President Donald Trump’s policy. Khaled Khateeb, the Syrian cinematographer behind last year’s documentary short Oscar nominee “The White Helmets”, was barred from entering the country. Both Farhadi and Khateeb’s films went on to win in their respective categories.

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Feb 212018
 

Actor Rajniesh Duggall, who is heading the team Goa Killer as captain in Ekta Kapoor and Anand Mishra�s MTV BCL, seems to be killing it in the fashion department too

Rajniesh Duggall
Rajniesh Duggall

Actor Rajniesh Duggall, who is heading the team Goa Killer as captain in Ekta Kapoor and Anand Mishra’s MTV BCL, seems to be killing it in the fashion department too. Ekta put up an Instagram story recently where Rajniesh is in the indoor cricket stadium and has his shades on.

She even captioned the videos as, “Some players are wearing shades in indoor cricket box set,” and “Chasma still on even while bowling #imimpressed.”

Besides the players, it seems that Ekta has been having a lot of fun at the matches too. She is putting up an insta story daily. Well! All we can say is keep it going Ekta!

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Feb 212018
 

As the Honourable Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau visited India, the multi-talented personality of our entertainment industry; Farhan Akhtar was invited for an event hosted in the honour of the guest, which he attended

Farhan Akhtar
Farhan Akhtar with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Picture Courtesy: Twitter/@FarOutAkhtar.

As the Honourable Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau visited India, the multi-talented personality of our entertainment industry; Farhan Akhtar was invited for an event hosted in the honour of the guest, which he attended.

Dressed in a black outfit, Farhan Akhtar took to his social media platforms and shared a picture with the Prime Minister and wrote, “Was an honour and a pleasure to meet the Hon. Prime Minister of Canada, @justinpjtrudeau & his lovely wife, Sophie. His leadership in the discourse for ending gender discrimination serves as constant inspiration to us all. Thank you to the Respected High Commissioner for Canada to India, for the invite.”

Was an honour & a pleasure to meet the Hon. Prime Minister of Canada, @JustinTrudeau & his lovely wife, Sophie.
Sir, your leadership in the discourse for ending gender discrimination serves as constant inspiration to us all. pic.twitter.com/BfzrEsL6wB

— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar)
February 20, 2018

Farhan Akhtar confessed about getting inspired by the Prime Minister’s leadership in the area of ending gender discrimination.

Also Read: Shah Rukh Khan Meets Canadian PM Justin Trudeau And His Family

In the personal capacity, Farhan Akhtar has been working towards this social issue since about 5 years now, with his initiative MARD, Men against Rape and Discrimination. He has represented the voice of numerous concerned men on the significant issue of gender equality and violence against women and girls in India through his campaigns.

He is very determined about spreading awareness of this social issue and working towards bringing about changes in the society with his dialogues with the masses.

Farhan Akhtar was also announced as UN Women’s Goodwill Ambassador for South Asia. He is the first man to be chosen as a Goodwill Ambassador in the organization’s history.

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Feb 212018
 

Trishala Dutt shared a snapshot on Instagram and wrote, “Here’s a normal casual looking picture of me. Are you happy now? @duttsanjay (sic)

Trishala Dutt
Trishala Dutt

Trishala Dutt shared a snapshot on Instagram and wrote, “Here’s a normal casual looking picture of me. Are you happy now? @duttsanjay (sic).”

Sanjay Dutt
Sanjay Dutt

Looks like Papa Duke (as she calls him) does not approve of her glam avatar on social media and Trishala has decided to cover up. Does this mean there will be no more of her glam pics breaking the net?

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Feb 212018
 

She has received appreciations from critics and audiences alike for films like Pink, Naam Shabana and Judwaa 2, but actress Taapsee Pannu, who has been described as the “most powerful woman of the year” by a magazine, says she is yet to succeed

Taapsee Pannu
Taapsee Pannu

She has received appreciations from critics and audiences alike for films like Pink, Naam Shabana and Judwaa 2, but actress Taapsee Pannu, who has been described as the “most powerful woman of the year” by a magazine, says she is yet to touch stardom and still feels like a struggler.

Considering her achievements, does she feel she has gained stardom?

“Not at all. I don’t even feel like a star. I still feel like a struggler because I need to really work hard and make sure that my Friday works for me. I still don’t feel I am the one who will get the audience into theatres as yet. I don’t see that I have that pull, I am trying to make that,” Taapsee told IANS over phone from Mumbai.

She started her career as a model in 2008 and made her acting debut with Telugu film “Jhummandi Naadam” in 2010. Three years later, she stepped into Bollywood with Chashme Baddoor.

“The day I feel my audience is taking a ticket of my film and says ‘It’s Taapsee’s film, let’s go and watch it’, that day I will believe I am a star, before that no,” she added.

She has featured in a myriad of genres like comedy, thriller, drama, courtroom drama and romance.

Asked if she is trying to balance between genres, she said: “Of course yes, that is the idea behind mixing things up because I feel if I keep doing hard-hitting films which people (the audience) have loved me in and I am very happy about it, I feel people will stereotype me. They will start calling me that I am someone who does only these kind of not so mainstream cinema.”

The actress says she does not want to get pigeonholed in a particular genre.

“I don’t want them (the audience) to stereotype me because then the impact of these hard-hitting films will die down after a time because they would know what they would expect out of me. So, the fun is to mix and match because then you don’t know what you are coming up with next,” she added.

Taapsee, 30, is riding the burgeoning wave of films with female lead or co-lead roles with films like “Baby”, “Naam Shabana” and “Pink”. She feels confident that it is a trend going in the right direction and will continue.

Talking about the swift change from male to female lead actors in films, Taapsee said: “Of course efforts have been made and I am so happy to see each and every leading lady trying to make an effort to do a female-centric film. I think it’s a good way to begin at least to be open to taking risks and chances.”

The actress said that when she made her debut, she only saw particular actresses, who weren’t termed as mainstream heroines and doing female-centric movies.

“But within four years, you can see such a huge change where all the female A-listers, mainstream actresses today are doing at least one female-centric film a year which is so beautiful to see and the result of it is at par as the male-centric film but at least it is headed towards the right direction,” she added.

Taapsee also credits the audience for the positive shift.

“We are giving the audience content and the audience is slightly opening up I feel… At least they are giving us little bit of an opportunity. We just need to make sure to do good films as female protagonists as the audience continues to believe in us,” she added.

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Feb 212018
 

While the unit of Kya Haal Mr Panchaal has been celebrating the growing popularity of the show, the cast members are braving a more serious situation

Maninder Singh and Dharti Bhatt

While the unit of Kya Haal Mr Panchaal has been celebrating the growing popularity of the show, the cast members are braving a more serious situation. Apparently, Dharti Bhatt, who plays Pratibha was stalked by a young man recently. He’d followed her and even took photographs without her permission. Bhatt’s co-star Maninder Singh had to confront him and set things straight.

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