Oct 072017
 

Union minister Smriti Irani yesterday said the government views agencies like the censor board “as facilitators” within the ambit of law. She also said she never spoke about former Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) chief Pahlaj Nihalani because irrespective of the kind of cinema he makes, he is a senior member of the film fraternity.

Smriti Irani
Smriti Irani

The government recently replaced Nihalani with songwriter Prasoon Joshi as the censor board chief. Since his appointment as the head of CBFC in January 2015, Nihalani had made headlines for a number of controversial moves and statements. “We have had an unwritten rule, that irrespective of their kind of work we have always given respect to people who are senior or chronologically older than us…,” Irani said in conversation with filmmaker Karan Johar at the India Economic Summit here.

“I have never spoken about Mr Nihalani in public and I have chosen not to do so because irrespective of the kind of cinema he makes, he has a seniority,” the Information & Broadcasting minister said. “The only issue is that the government foresees an agency (CBFC) to be a facilitator within the ambit of law and that is all that we are interested in,” she added.

Besides, sharing his experiences and problems faced as a filmmaker, Johar said, “When the crisis happened during ‘My Name is Khan’ it is something that I will never forget. Mr (Narendra) Modi was CM (chief minister) of Gujarat at that time. “I called him because the problem was penetrating to Gujarat from Maharashtra. We got in touch with him and in 10 minutes the problem was sorted and that gives us as an industry a lot of hope”.

In a candid conversation with Johar, Irani touched upon the subject of nepotism surrounding the director. “I will say this as an actor, you (Johar) are in the news for the wrong reasons of late nepotism and all,” she said. Recalling her past experience with him as an actor, the minister said that Johar sees everyone with respect.

“I have seen you as a filmmaker even when I was a nobody. I had a huge amount of respect for you because you treated every person who walked up to you with dignity irrespective of whom their parents were, and I think that is what we need to set right about the industry, that the industry is not about nepotism, we are about talent.

“It is the Shah Rukh Khans that actually tell the world that we are about talent. It is about people like Ekta (Kapoor). I have seen scores of people line up from villages at her doorstep… that is what we are about, that is what you (Karan) are about also but you don’t tell anybody that. You like to take some very serious fights out in the open”.

Asked about the protests in Rajasthan against Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus “Padmavati”, the minister told Johar: “I am absolutely sure that the law and order situation will be under control there and state government will ensure that there are no miscreants to disrupt any kind of interaction or discipline and I will also say this that we
have a very watchful media so be rest assured”.

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May 182017
 

Former TV actress and Minister of Textiles, Smriti Irani, took time off from work recently to meet friend Ekta Kapoor’s younger brother, Tusshar Kapoor’s son, Laksshya.

Ekta uploaded a photo of them on Instagram and captioned it, “Friends like family!” Smriti retweeted the photo. Ekta and Smriti go back a long way. The two have been friends since Ektas show Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi launched in 2000.

Ekta Kapoor
Ekta Kapoor

It was the actress-turned-politician’s claim to fame.

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Apr 272017
 

Feroz Khan and Vinod KhannaFeroz Khan and Vinod Khanna. Pic/Twitter

Veteran Bollywood actor Vinod Khannapassed away today at the age of 70 in Mumbai after battling cancer. Twitterati remember how Khanna’s ‘Qurbani’ co-star Feroz Khan, too, died on this day in 2009.

Some Twitter users also noted the eerie similarity between Vinod Khanna and Feroz Khan’s death. Feroz Khan had passed away of cancer too.

Here are some tweets:

2 close friends chose the same date to leave this world. #VinodKhanna passes away on the death anniversary of #FerozKhan. RIP both of uðÂ?Â?ðÂ?Â? pic.twitter.com/apfIlpubRo

— Aarohi Shergil (@AarohiShergil) April 27, 2017

Strange Coincidence! India lost two of its coolest superstars Vinod Khanna and Feroz Khan on the same day, April 27, My condolences.

— Rahul Rawat (@RahulRawat1998) April 27, 2017

RIP to Feroz Khan on death anniversary & RIP @VinodKhanna
Da pals died on da same date & sme month and same illness pic.twitter.com/8lU6Ru8oVT

— Milon Mukherjee (@milonmukh) April 27, 2017

RIP to Feroz Khan on death anniversary and RIP @VinodKhanna .Both friends died on the same date of same month ðÂ?Â? pic.twitter.com/TtmYwWfh21

— Mayur Bhatia (@Mayurbhatiajsm) April 27, 2017

RIP to Feroz Khan on death anniversary and RIP VinodKhanna. Both friends died on the same date of same month and same illness. pic.twitter.com/wKHkb10En3

— J P Singh. (@singhjph) April 27, 2017

Heartfelt Condolences to legendary ..#VinodKhanna ..
RIP to #FerozKhan on death anniversary.
Close friends died on the same date RIP pic.twitter.com/zf9VjBwvXl

— Capt Sudhir Dixit (@dixitsudhir12) April 27, 2017

RIP to Feroz Khan on death anniversary and RIP @Vinod Khanna .Both friends died on the same date and same illness…Om Shanti !!! pic.twitter.com/Ue20QczXvN

— devang desai (@hetdev) April 27, 2017

My Heartfelt Condolences.
RIP Legend ..#VinodKhanna ..era endsðÂ?Â?Â?RIP to #FerozKhan on death anniversary Both friends died on the same date RIP pic.twitter.com/mbKwhB603U

— Naseer Al Hassan (@naseer_world) April 27, 2017

Vinod Khanna passed away.
On the same day Feroz Khan paased away 8 years back.
Qurbani co-stars share same death date.
What a co-incidence.

— Arjun Sachchar (@ArjunSachchar) April 27, 2017

My Heartfelt Condolences.
RIP Legend ..#VinodKhanna ..era endsðÂ?Â?Â?RIP to #FerozKhan on death anniversary Both friends died on the same date RIP pic.twitter.com/As8v5BROcs

— Naseer Al Hassan (@naseer_world) April 27, 2017

9 years ago, on this date [27 April], Feroz Khan sahab passed away. Today, his #Qurbani and #Dayavan costar Vinod Khanna ji. Heartbreaking!

— Jigish Modi (@Jigish786) April 27, 2017

Vinod Khanna was the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) member of the Lok Sabha from Gurdaspur in Punjab. He was into his fourth term as MP from the seat.

Starting his career with minor roles in 1969, the actor built up a hugely successful career.

He featured in some of the biggest Bollywood hits like “Mere Apne”, “Insaaf”, “Parvarish”, “Muqaddar Ka Siqandar”, “Qurbani”, “Dayavaan”, “Mera Gaon Mera Desh”, “Chandni”, “The Burning Train” and “Amar Akbar Anthony” among many others.

Khanna was first elected from Gurdaspur in 1998. He was re-elected in the 1999 and 2004 general elections. He lost narrowly in 2009 to Pratap Singh Bajwa (Congress).

Khanna avenged his defeat in 2014 by winning from Gurdaspur for the fourth time.

A Punjabi born in Peshawar (now in Pakistan), Khanna remained popular in the constituency despite accusations that he remained absent from the area most of the time.

Also read: RIP Vinod Khanna: Bollywood celebs mourn loss of veteran actor
Vinod Khanna 

Photos: Remembering Vinod Khanna through a series of vintage images
Photos: Remembering Vinod Khanna through a series of vintage images 

Also read: Arun Jaitley, Smriti Irani condole Bollywood star Vinod Khanna’s demise
Arun Jaitley, Smriti Irani condole Bollywood star Vinod Khanna's demise 

Also read: RIP Vinod Khanna: Sehwag, Harbhajan other Indian cricketers pay tribute
RIP Vinod Khanna: Sehwag, Harbhajan other Indian cricketers pay tribute 

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