Oct 162017
 

On Monday, at MAMI there were only women panelists belonging to varied fields. It was a treat to watch such talented women talking about women empowerment and speaking their hearts out about the drastic gender inequality in the field of Indian cinema. ‘Lights, Camera, and Equality’ is the motto of Oxfam- an international confederation of the charitable organization. Bollywood members like Shabana Azmi, Kiran Rao, Nandita Das, Manisha Koirala and Kriti Sanon amongst others were present at this occasion. Ecstatic about the collaboration, Kiran Rao says it’s a great ‘synergy’. Further talking about Oxfam, Rao adds, “Oxfam’s initiative is to get together women and talk about gender issues and how much change you are going to make to the world.”

Veteran Shabana Azmi affirmed that the change has started, though it’s just a ‘drop in the ocean’, it has begun. So, as an extension to this topic, mid-day exclusively got in touch with the actresses present at the Oxfam Best Film on Gender Equality.

When quizzed Kiran Rao, who does she considers the powerhouse of an actress from Bollywood, with the immense crowd-pulling potential to cinema halls, she said it would be difficult to take names, but spoke about the actresses who made a mark with their roles.

“People like Vidya Balan, Rani Mukherjee, Kangana Ranaut, Alia Bhatt are the ones, who’ve chosen roles that are outside of the expected game. When a very very glamorous actress decides that she wants to be a farmer, a house-help in the film. Maybe they’ve chosen a role, which is not like the stereotype, we see in Hindi films. I think they are definitely pushing the envelope.”

Rao spoke at length about Kangana Ranaut. “With every film she does, she tries to do something. She chooses films where women play a crucial part, and it’s not that they are extremely heroic. They maybe anti-heroes. You see a woman thinking big and making decisions for their layered personality, their character. I think those are the women who are pushing the envelope.”

Neha Dhupia, too, mentioned Kangana amongst other actresses, for being influential women. She determinately said, “I think there’s Alia Bhatt, Kangana Ranaut, Deepika Padukone. I take Deepika’s name again and again because I was floored by what she did in Piku. That’s one of her best performances as far as I’m concerned. Yes, there’s this opportunity of magnum opus like Padmavati waiting to watch out, but she played it even beautifully in a small film, so I think these three women can for sure.”

The 90s diva Manisha Koirala, too, considers Kangana Ranaut as a powerful actress apart from Deepika Padukone. “There are some really strong actresses coming forward and portraying themselves in a different way. I love Deepika Padukone very much because she’s upper-talented and spoke about depression. She was able to come out of that glamour and class and finally put across her issue and she could have had a real problem…”

“And of course, Kangana has always been there. More and more women could come forward and stop playing blame-game and (was she hinting at Hrithik Roshan and Kangana row?) probably finding a creative solution to the situation because I believe there is more way of coming out with peaceful solutions to every problem,” added Manisha.

However, present at the Oxfam event was a young actress from the current crop, Kriti Sanon, who went the neutral said, ” I think we are in a time where content is something that pulls the audience to the cinema halls. I think that’s a good change, where the film is not actor-dependent, it is but not so much, and that kind of balances out the equality thing that we have.”

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Oct 132017
 

kangana_adityaKangana Ranaut recently made a startling revelation in a television interview stating, “Aditya Pancholi got an apartment for me but didn’t allow my friends to come there. It was a kind of house arrest. Then I went to meet his wife. His daughter is a year older than me. I was a minor”.

Narrating the incident, she revealed, “I remember going to his wife (Zarina Wahab) and meeting her, and I was like ‘Please save me! I’m younger than your daughter. I can’t tell my parents. She said to me that they were relieved that he was not at home otherwise he raised his hand on domestic helpsand others. She said it’s actually good for us if he is not around, so I can’t help you”.

Now, Aditya and his wife Zarina had sent a legal notice to Kangana. Aditya spoke about the same to a leading daily, “I am not angry, but I am definitely hurt by Kangana’s act”.

He revealed, “The legal team sent Kangana and her sister Rangoli notices, but their response wasn’t up to the mark. We asked them to apologise unconditionally on the same national platforms where Kangana made those derogatory remarks against me. Eventually, her sister and she dragged even my son, daughter and wife into all this. That’s the reason Zarina and I decided to file a defamation case against her, which is both civil and criminal”.

Asked if his complaint is related to Kangana’s controversy with Hrithik Roshan, he stated, “My case against Kangana has nothing to do with what is happening between Hrithik and her. Hrithik can deal with his own issues, but I’m clear that I will not keep quiet about whatever is bothering me. Cases are fought on merit and evidence. Remarks and statements will not come handy in the court of law,proofwill. The onus to prove her merit lies with her. Once the case is up for hearing, we’ll know”.

“Kangana has no right to talk about my family and me in such a manner. Why should I shut up? If I don’t fight for my family, who will? If someone makes remarks about my family, should I lock myself up in a room and sit tight? Someone has to put an end to her lies, and the only way to do it is through the law. I don’t want to stoop to her level”, concludes Aditya.

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Oct 122017
 

Hrithik Roshan recently gave a tell-all interview to a popular news channel and a host, where he explained his side of the story in the big Kangana Ranaut vs Hrithik Roshan fight. Hrithik, denied being involved with the actress and has sought help of the police force to help him sort out his mess. He also feels that his silence was being misconstrued as his weakness and that he has now decided to speak up. Soon, after this interview aired, Bollywood celebs decided to show their solidarity for Hrithik and decided to stand by him. Not just actors, but even actresses posted their thoughts about the Kangana-Hrithik fight, but it was obvious that their views were partisan. 

Hrithik, however gave another statement asking his friends to not take sides. The most vocal support that he received from the fraternity came from Farhan Akhtar, who is known to voice his opinion on ‘women oriented’ issues. However, all seems to be forgotten as Hrithik was seen partying with Farhan Akhtar, Farah Khan, Tabu and few other friends from the industry. Filmmaker Karan Johar was also spotted at the soiree and he shared a pic with Hrithik on his Instagram page. 

Seems like all is fine now that the industry has decided to back Hrithik and cheer him up from his personal woes. The past few years have been tough on Hrithik due to personal and professional issues. His film ‘Mohenjo Daro’ bombed badly at the box-office and his wife of 17 years, Sussanne Khan decided to separate from him. 

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Oct 102017
 

The controversy between Kangana Ranaut and Hrithik Roshan won’t die down soon. On the contrary, it continues to scale new heights. After his elaborate post on Facebook in which he refuted all allegations from Kangana by stating that it is him who is the real victim and urged people not to term the controversy as a lovers’ spat, Hrithik opened up about his alleged relationship with the actress in an exclusive interview with CNN-News18’s Bhupendra Chaubey

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Oct 092017
 

After maintaining his silence for the longest time, Hrithik Roshan has finally opened up on his and Kangana Ranaut spat. The saga seems to be a never-ending one. In an interview to a leading channel, while speaking about the accusations made on him by Kangana and sister Rangoli, he was prodded if it was the Kangana factor which led to his separation from Sussanne Khan.

It was in 2014, that Hrithik announced his separation from his then-wife of 17 years, which took the nation by storm. For the maiden time, he bared it about his divorce from Sussanne and it’s not due to Kangana.

Confirming about the same, he stated, “Absolutely not. Sussanne has been very very vocal about this. She has been very vocal. And I feel like laughing at people. When people get divorced, it is not always because of infidelity by the man. That is just such a small minded assumption. I am just trying to say that there are many reasons why people would like to live separate lives. Infidelity is just one of them. So the general assumption was, ‘Ah he is the superstar, he must have done something wrong. She must have caught him..’ That is not the case. We are great friends. It is between us. The reason that we decided to live separately may have been an inspiring reason, how do you know?”

The estranged couple is often spotted holidaying at exquisite locations with sons Hrehaan and Hredaan. Apart from vacationing together, the duo is also spotted for luncheons and dinners in the city.

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Oct 092017
 

The spat between Kangana Ranaut and Hrithik Roshan seems to be getting messier with each passing day, leaving Bollywood and their fans perplexed about what’s going to happen next. Controversies are pouring in with each new development and the nation is visibly divided between who is right and who is wrong.

What started as a candid mention about a ‘silly ex’ during one of her interviews has become a matter of grave importance and it will be a lie if we say that we are not interested in knowing how the upcoming events will unfold. Almost everyone is curious to know who is telling the truth, and while Kangana has been vocal about her side of the story since the beginning, it is only now that Hrithik has spoken up about the issue. He finally broke his silence on Thursday, revealing certain details that we weren’t aware about.

Ever since this controversy played out in full public view, fans have been taking sides of their respective celebrities and in all honesty most of the views were emotion-driven. Not many focused on the facts or details that were revealed throughout. Even most celebrities chose to stay away from this discussion. Also there is no denying that from the beginning of this controversy, people have conveniently charged guns towards Hrithik, making him the bad guy without any strong evidence. Not that we are trying to demean Kangana but at least, let’s not jump to any conclusions before the issue is sorted out. And that’s exactly what actor Farhan Akhtar too appealed to his fans in a moving Facebook post about the whole issue.  

Farhan Akhtar Speaks Up About Hrithik-Kangana Controversy© film kraft

Without naming the two parties, Hrithik’s ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’ co-star expressed his concern over how some sections of media have “consciously or unconsciously, pushed one side of the narrative WITHOUT having or presenting any evidence to back the claims being made by the woman. They’ve accepted her story at face value.” He even raised the issue of discrimination against the other party.

Farhan Akhtar Speaks Up About Hrithik-Kangana Controversy© Facebook

He further states that “Although it is true that in most cases it is a woman that has been wronged, there is a difference between ‘most’ and ‘all’.” He also points out the various details that most of us either forgot to notice or didn’t care about while taking a stand on behalf of our favourite celebrities. He even urges people to not take sides since no one knows what the truth is. This is what he posted on facebook. 

Other celebs too commended Farhan’s words and shared similar thoughts.

Beautifully  written Farhan….it’s important…it’s true! https://t.co/zoY4VKahfw

— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) 8 October 2017

Well written and very fair Farhan. I concur. https://t.co/NXBUAiLq3O

— Sonam Kapoor (@sonamakapoor) October 8, 2017

Powerful thought https://t.co/rlXj3Qg5Mv

— Yami Gautam (@yamigautam) October 8, 2017

In fact, actress Yami Gautam too took to Facebook to share her thoughts about the entire controversy, which is only worsening with each day. She even urges people to not make it a gender war.

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Oct 082017
 

This particular bundle of dirty laundry seems to be getting dirtier by the day. The more you think it’s over now, a new chapter of the story unfolds, giving the public and the tinsel town all the more fodder to gossip about. Too much drama, too many talks but we still don’t know who is right and who’s not!

The messy affair between Bollywood superstar Hrithik Roshan and leading heroine Kangana Ranaut is out in the open for everyone to see, comment and analyse. It all began when Kangana had candidly started talking about her ‘silly ex’ during interviews with the media just before the release of her film ‘Simran’. Some considered it a mere publicity stunt while some sympathized with her story.

But never once we heard Hrithik utter a single work. However, last week, Hrithik finally decided to share his side of the story. Firstly he released a full-fledged strongly worded statement on social media saying, “Civilization suffers. Closer to home, families suffer. Children suffer,” giving us an idea about why he has finally decided to advocate his case.

Hrithik Roshan and Kangana (c) Twitter

Here are some of the highlights of the actor’s statement which have set tongues wagging:

‘Dragged into a dirty perverse mess’:

“I don’t see any grace in adding to this circus by testifying in defence of my character in a situation that I have no involvement in whatsoever. I have been dragged into a dirty perverse mess without a choice in the matter. This is something that is not of my making”

‘Never met her (Kangana) one on one’:

“The truth is, I have never met the lady in question one on one in my entire life. Yes, we have worked together, but there has been no meeting in private. That’s the truth.”

‘Aware of my faults. I am human’:

“Please understand, I am not fighting against an allegation of an affair. Or being childish trying to uphold a ‘good guy” image. I am very aware of my faults, I am human.”

Hrithik Roshan and Kangana (c) Twitter

‘No Evidence’:

“An alleged 7-year long, passionate affair between two high profile celebrities with no trail left behind. No evidence, no paparazzi pictures, no witnesses, not even a memento in possession like a selfie taken at the alleged engagement which is claimed to have happened in Paris in Jan 2014. Nothing that constitutes an exchange or any sort of proof of a romantic relationship.”

‘Photoshopped Image’:

The only so-called proof presented of this alleged “relationship”, was a photoshopped picture in the media. This was immediately exposed, the very next day by friends including my ex-wife.

 ‘No Paris proposal’:

“My passport details show no travel outside the country in Jan 2014, which is the date that this alleged engagement supposedly took place. In Paris.”

‘Harassed for 4 years’:

“I have been harassed by this for 4 years and the well meaning and probably necessary social bias towards women has deemed me helpless in defending myself.”

Read the full statement here:

However, this was just the tip of the iceberg, as Hrithik also gave his first TV interview since the controversy started and here’s all that he revealed to Arnab Goswami:

‘Have never had a fight in my life’:

“I am not a confrontational person. I have never had a fight in my life – neither with a man nor a girl. Even in my divorce, there was no fight. I know that there is absolutely no grace in what I am doing right now. There is no grace in sitting here and testifying for my character and making myself sound right and good and true, and by implication, making someone else seem wrong,” he said.

‘Afraid of being misconstrued’:

“I was also very afraid. I’m afraid that my words would be misconstrued. If I come across as strong they might term me as aggressive, if I show emotion they might term me as weak, if I show that I am vulnerable, they say ‘he’s looking for sympathy.”

Hrithik Roshan and Kangana (c) Twitter

‘Things were affecting me’:

“I need to say what I want to say, but I have to keep living up to this star thing of mine. I have to be cool and not give any attention to something that is not important, but after a while, I realised I was pretending. It was affecting me, it was affecting my community, it was affecting my sense of well being. That’s not being a hero, that’s being fake.”

Upon being asked as to why there was no police complaint throughout the drama, here is what he said:

“I didn’t want to name her. I could have replied, I could have made a phone call, I could have sent an SMS saying ‘come over’, but thank God I didn’t. I didn’t want to associate with this at all. I am a creative person. I have kids. I had no interest in this. Until it started manifesting in the outside world. I can handle things in my inbox. I deal with my problems. I can just brush it aside and move on.”

Hrithik Roshan and Kangana (c) Twitter

It was interesting to see how during the whole interview Hrithik avoided calling Kangana by her name and kept referring to her as, ‘the lady’, ‘the person’, ‘the girl’ and so on.

Interestingly, all that Hrithik’s statement has done has snowballed the entire issue into something even bigger than before. The ball is in Kangana’s court now and we can’t wait to see the scorching forehand with which she hits back.

Check out the whole interview here.

 

 

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Oct 052017
 

Filmmaker Anurag Basu, who directed Kangana Ranaut’s first Bollywood film, Gangster (2006), is happy to see her grow as an actor. “Kangana is fantastic. She is growing with each film. I remember, before we started shooting for Gangster, we had a workshop. I saw a spark in her, but had no idea that she will become such a huge star. I feel proud when I look at her growth,” says Basu, who also collaborated with Ranaut on Life In A Metro (2007) and Kites (2010).

Kangana Ranaut and Anurag Basu
Kangana Ranaut and Anurag Basu

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Oct 052017
 

kanganaranaut-hrithikroshan7591Rangoli Chandel has slammed Hrithik Roshan after his statement that he was not involved with Kangana Ranaut in any way.

Kangana Ranaut may or not respond to every single news report about her, but her sister Rangoli sure does. After calling Hrithik Roshan a “stalker uncle”, Rangoli has slammed the actor after he finally broke his silence.

Hrithik had written in his statement, “I have surrendered all my devices including laptop/phones etc which are still lying with the cyber cell, but the other party has refused to do so.” Rangoli shared an e-mail allegedly written by him to Kangana, which has “sent from my iPad” at the bottom. She wrote, “Hrithik gave his laptop for private forensic investigation which he paid for not his I pad… any guesses why ?? (sic)”

Postin d mail frm Hrithik 2Kangna here nt fr petty gosip bt 2 shw dat he usd I pad fr comunicatin wid hr Nt d laptop pic.twitter.com/hl9vZB8MKm

— Rangoli Chandel (@Rangoli_A) October 5, 2017

Hrithik gave his laptop for private forensic investigation which he paid for not his I pad… any guesses why ?? ???????????? https://t.co/g4sfVXVkyX

— Rangoli Chandel (@Rangoli_A) October 5, 2017

Hrithik also wondered how a relationship between two high-profile celebrities could be kept so hush-hush. “No evidence, no paparazzi pictures, no witnesses, not even a memento in possession like a selfie taken at the alleged engagement,” he wrote, adding, “The only so-called proof presented of this alleged ‘relationship’ was a photographed picture in the media. This was immediately exposed, the very next day by friends including my ex-wife.”

Sharing the picture in question, Rangoli asked him to prove that the picture was photoshopped. She further asked, “Is dat not u, who has grabbed Kangana’s waist like a creep and smelling her neck, who seems disinterested?”

Is dat not u, who has grabbed Kangana's waist like a creep and smelling her neck, who seems disinterested? @iHrithik pic.twitter.com/I7YrLrEg6C

— Rangoli Chandel (@Rangoli_A) October 5, 2017

Hrithik’s ex-wife Sussanne Khan had come to his defence when the picture was first leaked and shared another picture, which showed that she was also present at the same party. To this, Rangoli said, “So what if ur ex wife ws dere, I don’t knw bt we all read rumours about hr affair with your friend. (sic)”

So what if ur ex wife ws dere, I don't knw bt we all read rumours about hr affair with your friend. Pls prove dis is photoshopped @iHrithik

— Rangoli Chandel (@Rangoli_A) October 5, 2017

Rangoli went on to add, “Could your wife stop you from having multiple affairs under her nose? Why you always hide behind her?”

Could your wife stop you from having multiple affairs under her nose? Why you always hide behind her? @iHrithik

— Rangoli Chandel (@Rangoli_A) October 5, 2017

Meanwhile, Kangana’s lawyer also responded to Hrithik’s clarification and said that the reason Kangana had no pictures of their relationship was because he did not let her take any. Being a married man, Hrithik supposedly wanted to maintain his spotless image.

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Oct 052017
 

hrithik-kanganaKangana Ranaut opened a can of worms when she supposedly referred to Hrithik Roshan as a silly ex in an interview. That was January 2016. Almost two years and a legal battle later, their spat continues to make headlines. While Kangana has been very vocal about her side of the story, Hrithik chose to kept mum. However, he has finally broken his silence because the situation has turned “malignant” for him.

Calling the media reports about their spat a “circus”, he wrote in a statement on Twitter, “I don’t see any grace in adding to this circus by testifying in defence of my character in a situation that I have no involvement in whatsoever.”

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— Hrithik Roshan (@iHrithik) October 5, 2017

Clearing the air about the “dirty perverse mess”, he wrote, “The truth is, I have never met the lady in question one on one in my entire life. Yes, we have worked together, but there has been no meeting in private. That’s the truth.”

Referring to Kangana’s “friend” who told the media that Hrithik had proposed to her in Paris, he said, “An alleged 7-year-long, passionate affair between two high profile celebrities with no trail left behind. No evidence, no paparazzi pictures, no witnesses, not even a memento in possession like a selfie taken at the alleged engagement which is claimed to have happened in Paris in Jan 2014. Nothing that constitutes an exchange or any sort of proof of a romantic relationship. Yet we want to believe the other party because the rhetoric is – Why would a girl lie.”

He further explained, “My passport details show no travel outside the country in Jan 2014 which is the date that this alleged engagement supposedly took place in Paris. The only so-called proof presented of this alleged “relationship” was a photographed picture in the media. This was immediately exposed, the very next day by friends including my ex-wife.”

Talking about the leaked e-mails that are doing the rounds that Kangana has claimed were sent by him from her account to his, Hrithik wrote, “There are 3000 one-sided mails which either I have sent to myself or the woman in question has sent to me. The Cyber Crime department can prove or disprove either story, in just a few days. I have surrendered all my devices including laptop/phones etc which are still lying with the cyber cell, but the other party has refused to do so.”

Their legal battle is believed to have stemmed from an affair turned sour. However, Hrithik would have us believe otherwise – “This is not, and I repeat not, a lovers’ spat. I humbly request people to stop labelling it as one… I have been harassed by this for four years… I am not here to accuse or judge anyone but it’s time I defend the truth.”

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