Oct 122017
 

Sonam Kapoor and Huma Qureshi have come out in support of designer Masaba Gupta, who has been trolled and been called names like ‘B*****d child’ or ‘illegitimate West Indian’ for supporting the ban on firecrackers. Masaba responded to the trolls by saying that she is a product of two legitimate personalities and is a proud Indo-Caribbean girl.

Masaba Gupta brutally trolled, Sonam Kapoor and Huma Qureshi come out in support
Sonam Kapoor

Masaba — the daughter of actress Neena Gupta and cricket legend Vivian Richards — on Wednesday, took to her Instagram to share an open letter. She wrote, “Recently, I re-tweeted in support of the firecracker ban by the Supreme Court and like every other issue in this country, big or small… The trolling and bashing began.”

“By calling me names like ‘B*****d child’ or ‘illegitimate West Indian’ only makes my chest swell with pride. I’m the illegitimate product of two of the most legitimate personalities you’ll find and I’ve made the best life, both personally and professionally… Out of which I am proud of,” she wrote.

The designer added that she is “immune” to this as she has been called these names since she was 10. “My legitimacy comes from the work I do and what my contribution to society has been. And you can try but you will not be able to raise a single finger on either of the two,” she added.

Masaba also says she is proud of her roots. “So, please if you must…go ahead and continue calling me these names if it makes you feel glorious. But know this… I am a proud Indo-Caribbean girl who doesn’t know how to shrink and crumble in shame of something you or your society cannot handle. It’s just in my ‘illegitimate’ genes,” she said.

Here’s what Masaba Gupta posted:

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— Masaba Mantena (@MasabaG) October 12, 2017

Sonam Kapoor and Huma Qureshi tweeted in support of Masaba Gupta and said that they are proud of her. Sonam Kapoor wrote, “Love you Masaba.. you make us all damn proud.” Huma Qureshi tweeted, “Love you Masaba!! Proud of you girl”

Love you Masaba.. you make us all damn proud https://t.co/aIrHc73au2

— Sonam Kapoor (@sonamakapoor) October 12, 2017

Love you Masaba!! Proud of you girl ❤❤ https://t.co/OuDG21MSmQ

— Huma Qureshi (@humasqureshi) October 12, 2017

Other celebs like Siddharth and Atul Kasbekar, too, tweeted in support of the designer. Here’s what they wrote:

Ur a class act Masaba
There’s enough and more people who root for u ðÂÂ?ÂÂ?ðÂÂ?½ðÂÂ?ÂÂ?ÂÂ?
Big hug https://t.co/sQ8j6SjAy9

— atul kasbekar (@atulkasbekar) October 12, 2017

well said Masaba. You show them!

— Siddharth (@Actor_Siddharth) October 12, 2017

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Sep 252017
 

Apart from winning accolades and awards, including a National Award for her performance in ‘Neerja’ and being part of some of the biggest films like ‘Padman’, ‘Veere Di Wedding’ and the Sanjay Dutt biopic, Sonam Kapoor continues to be celebrated as a fashion icon. The star was honoured with the ‘Fashion Icon of the Year’ award at the Vogue Women of the Year awards.

Sonam Kapoor’s style is all about taking fashion risks and justifying it with utmost perfection. The star has a fearless, inimitable sense of fashion that reflects her love for experimentation.

The way she presents India on International platforms like the prestigious Cannes Film Festival is commendable.

View Photos: SRK, wife Gauri, Aishwarya Rai, Shweta Bachchan at Vogue Awards
Photos: SRK, wife Gauri, Aishwarya Rai, Shweta Bachchan at Vogue Awards

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Aug 242017
 

Arjun Kapoor, who is very active on social media, always treats his fans with throwback photos of him with his family and cousins, including actress Sonam Kapoor.

And, all the pictures gives an idea that how close these two are.

Today, the ‘Mubarakan’ star shared an endearing throwback photo f the duo on Instagram.

In the picture, all the cousins are posing for the camera. Sonam is all smiles while Arjun looks on innocently.

The photo also includes Rhea Kapoor, Anshula Kapoor, Harshvardhan Kapoor, Shanaya Kapoor.

On the work front, Sonam will be seen next in ‘Veere Di Wedding’. Helmed by Shashanka Ghosh, the chick flick also stars Kareena Kapoor Khan, Swara Bhaskar and Shikha Talsania.

On the other hand, Arjun was last seen in ‘Mubarakan’ alongside Anil Kapoor, Ileana D’Cruz and Athiya Shetty. The movie performed well at the box office.

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Aug 092017
 

The latest buzzword in the Indian film industry is nepotism. Nepotism refers to the practise of appointing relatives and friends in one’s organisations to positions for which outsiders might be better qualified. While you must be thinking that this term should have no connection to Bollywood, well, you are highly mistaken.

When Kangana Ranaut accused Karan Johar of promoting nepotism on his show, ‘Koffee With Karan’, it sparked off a debate in the film industry and there were divided opinions on it. While some people sided with Kangana, a huge number of them also sided with Karan Johar when he accused Kangana of playing the victim card.

While there are many examples of ordinary people who have become stars on their own accord (read: Shah Rukh Khan, Akshay Kumar, Anushka Sharma, Priyanka Chopra); there are an equally large number of people who had the right backing at the right time and they became stars.

Here we have for you just a few examples which go on to prove that Bollywood is in fact, a huge flag-bearer of nepotism. 

1. Arjun Kapoor

Arjun Kapoor© Instagram

Son of famous film producer, Boney Kapoor, Arjun Kapoor was an overweight adult when he was first spotted by YRF. He was then asked to lose weight if he wanted to start a career in films. And that is what he did. He went on to lose all his weight and become incredibly fit before he started shooting his debut film, ‘Ishaqzaade’. While this film did well and was praised by fans and critics alike, his subsequent films did not do so well. But, he is still seen as the face of many films and his filmography boasts of having worked with some of the biggest names in the film industry.

2. Alia Bhatt

Alia Bhatt© Instagram

Daughter of producer Mahesh Bhatt and actor Soni Razdan, Alia Bhatt too, was an overweight adult. She was launched by Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions in their film, ‘Student Of The Year’, along with Sidharth Malhotra and Varun Dhawan. While she has managed to make a mark with her acting skills, the fact still exists that she was given a chance to debut with a huge banner film because of nepotism. All the three, Alia, Varun, and Sidharth are still considered to be Karan’s “children” who he has mentored and are very dear to him. Alia Bhatt is perhaps the only actor who has proven her mettle by doing a wide niche of films like ‘Udta Punjab’, ‘Highway’, and ‘Dear Zindagi’. 

3. Athiya Shetty

Athiya Shetty© Instagram

She is the daughter of famous actor, Suniel Shetty and she made her debut with the Nikhil Advani directed ‘Hero’ in 2015 along with Sooraj Pancholi. The film was produced by Salman Khan and Subhash Ghai. The film flopped miserably, but their careers didn’t as they were launched by Salman Khan and he has made sure to give them the right kind of exposure this time. 

4. Emraan Hashmi

Emraan Hashmi© Instagram

Mahesh Bhatt is his uncle and Emraan Hashmi was one of the few actors who came out and agreed to the fact that nepotism does exist in Bollywood. He, in an interview said, “Yes, nepotism exists in our industry, and I got a break because of it. If my uncle [Mahesh Bhatt], who is a producer and director hadn’t been there, I wouldn’t have been an actor.” His initial films earned him the tag of a ‘serial kisser’ and till today, he hasn’t shied away from that image. 

5. Shraddha Kapoor

Shraddha Kapoor© Instagram

She is the daughter of the famous comic-villain Shakti Kapoor; and Shraddha Kapoor got a break in movies because of this tag. While she is extremely beautiful, her acting skills are next to zero. Almost all her films have failed miserably, but that hasn’t stopped her from getting film projects. She was last seen in Mohit Suri’s ‘Half Girlfriend’, which was based on Chetan Bhagat’s novel of the same name and needless to say, the film fared poorly in the box office. While her debut film, ‘Aashiqui 2′ did do decent business at the box office, all her other films have flopped.

6. Sonakshi Sinha

Sonakshi Sinha© Instagram

Daughter of Shotgun aka Shatrughan Sinha and Poonam Sinha, Sonakshi Sinha made her debut opposite Salman Khan in the hit film franchise, ‘Dabangg’. While that film did huge business because of the presence of Salman Khan, Sonakshi’s career was boosted because of that. But, just like with other star kids, she has failed to leave an impression in Bollywood. Her films have tanked at the box office and only a few of her films like ‘Lootera’ and the ‘Dabangg’ series have managed to shine. She is landing a ton of lead roles in many movies and her career seems to be flourishing.

7. Sonam Kapoor

Sonam Kapoor© Instagram

Daughter of jhakkaas actors, Anil and Sunita Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor too was an overweight adult. When she lost weight, she was offered Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Saawariya’ alongside another debutant in Ranbir Kapoor. The film tanked miserably at the box office, but that didn’t stop Sonam Kapoor from getting lead roles in various films. Almost all her films have failed to make their mark at the box office, barring her latest release, ‘Neerja’, which was directed by Ram Madhvani. She was even publically called out by one of her co-stars, Abhay Deol for the movie ‘Aisha’ where he said that the film had more to do with clothes than acting. 

8. Tiger Shroff

Tiger Shroff© Instagram

He is the son of Jackie Shroff and is known more for his controversial sexist statements rather than for his acting. When he debuted with the film, ‘Heropanti’ alongside actor Kriti Sanon, it failed to leave an impression on the audience. While Kriti had a tough time getting good roles after that, Tiger’s career seems to have taken off with him getting lead roles in multiple movies. It’s another story that those films do not do well at the box office. 

9. Varun Dhawan

Varun Dhawan© Instagram

He is the son of famous producer David Dhawan and was launched in Bollywood through Karan Johar’s ‘Student Of The Year’. He has managed to prove his acting capabilities and is a huge star with quite a female fan following. A few of his films have done well, but he is still a product of nepotism, and this fact cannot be denied by anyone.

Still think nepotism doesn’t exist in Bollywood? Well, it’s time to re-think that idea!

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Jul 252017
 

Rhea and Sonam KapoorRhea and Sonam Kapoor

Sonam Kapoor, who is shooting for the Sanjay Dutt biopic in New York, will do a photo shoot for the new collection of her fashion line.

A source says, “Her sister Rhea travelled to New York. When Sonam got free for a few hours, they consulted their in-house designers and conceptualised a theme for the shoot. The idea was to portray a regular working woman. They shortlisted a few NRI models. A five-hour shooting-schedule is planned.”

It will be shot by popular photography firm, The House of Pixels, the fashion line will be unveiled in Mumbai next month. Kapoor’s sister will be curating the designs. The finale will be shot at the Brooklyn Bridge in Manhattan.

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Jul 192017
 

Sonam Kapoor and Anushka SharmaSonam Kapoor and Anushka Sharma on the sets of ‘Dutt’ biopic 

Sonam Kapoor has joined Anushka Sharma on the sets of the film on Sanjay Dutt. Sonam and Anushka have shared a selfie from the sets of Dutt biopic, which will see Ranbir Kapoor in the titular role. Anushka had previously shared a selfie while she was getting her make-up done.

Sonam, has shared a picture of her and Anushka on her Instagram account.

The film directed by Rajkumar Hirani is yet untitled and Sonam Kapoor will be essaying a role similar to a leading Bollywood actress, who was rumoured to have been invovled with Sanjay Dutt in the early 90s. The two leading ladies seem to be having quite a blast and getting along like a house on fire. The details of Anushka’s role have been kept under wrap and so far it has just been speculated that she plays the role of a journalist. Anushka Sharma was recently spotted in New York with beau and Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli. The film is currently being shot in New York, post which Anushka Sharma will join Shah Rukh Khan for the promotions of ‘Jab Harry Met Sejal’.

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Jul 172017
 

While Bollywood is known for its unique masala flicks aka commercial cinema, it does manage to produce some films which leave a deep impact on the society and leave people wondering that is Bollywood really adept at making such films? While we have item numbers and cheap humour on one side, we also have films which carry a social message and leave everyone with a question about their lives and act as the inspiration we all need in our lives.

So, for those times when you feel low in life and do not understand what to do, we have just the perfect answer for you. Turn to these Bollywood flicks and we are sure that you won’t be disappointed.

1. Anand

Released in 1971 and starring Amitabh Bachchan and Rajesh Khanna, this movie was all about how a dying man wanted to live the last moments of his life happily and without any fear of death. He leaves a deep imprint on the life on his friend, and teaches him the real meaning of life.

2. Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar

Who can forget this film that starred Mr Perfectionist Aamir Khan in the titular role of a careless boy who doesn’t have a care in the world and takes his family and friends for granted? Well, this film is an inspiration for all those people who take everything for granted in their lives and the fact that life is unpredictable and anything can happen at any time and we should be prepared for it. Directed by Mansoor Khan, this film released in 1992 and till date is remembered for its song, Pehla Nasha and Pooja Bedi’s Marilyn Monroe moment.

Bollywood Movies To Watch When You Are Low On Inspiration© Nasir Husain

3. Lagaan

Another one of Aamir Khan’s masterpiece is about how a villager, fed up with the Britishers imposing heavy taxes in pre-Independent India, takes on a challenge to defeat them in their game of Cricket. The villagers with all their courage and determination not only form a team, but also practise hard and defeat the Britishers. This film taught us the meaning of hard work, conviction in our skills and to not bow down to any adversity that life may throw at us. This film, directed by Ashutosh Gowariker, released in 2001 and was even nominated for the Academy Awards.

4. Swades

Starring Shah Rukh Khan and Gayatri Joshi and directed by Ashutosh Gowariker, this film left its imprint on the lives of so many NRIs. A scientist working with NASA returns to India to find and care for his nanny in a village and in the process rediscovers his roots. He falls in love with his country and decides to come back and uplift India and make it reach new heights. This film is a must-watch for when you feel that your country has nothing to offer to you and you are better off in foreign lands.

Bollywood Movies To Watch When You Are Low On Inspiration© UTV Motion Pictures

5. A Wednesday

Starring some of the finest names of the Indian film industry such as Naseeruddin Shah and Anupam Kher, this film was truly a one of its kind film ever made in Bollywood. It released in 2008 and was directed by Neeraj Pandey. This film chronicled how a ‘common man’ made sure that justice was served and the perpetrators of a deadly terrorist attack were brought to their justifiable end. For times when you feel that “iss desh ka kuchh nahi ho sakta”, this film sure is a dose of inspiration.

6. Chak de! India

This film was a real story based on the life of former hockey player of India Mir Ranjan Negi. Starring Shah Rukh Khan, this movie popularised the sport of Hockey, which is the national sport of India, and was released in 2007 under the Yash Raj Films banner. How did Kabir Khan, despite all odds, take the Women’s Hockey Team to the World Championship and manage to win it is the crux of the film. This film was a huge slap on the face of those who felt that there was no hope for women in sports and they had to remain confined in the traditional roles assigned to them.

7. Queen

One of Kangana Ranaut’s best films till date, ‘Queen’ spoke about independence for women and how they do not need a man to support themselves. When she is left by her fiancé a day before her wedding, instead of spiralling into depression, Rani decides to go on her honeymoon alone and discover the world on her own. This film highlighted several important relationships that a woman has in her life, like that with her parents, female friends and most importantly, with herself. When her fiancé tries to come back in her life, she refuses to accept him and leads her life on her own terms. Directed by Vikas Behl, this iconic film released in March 2014 and became a super-hit with a huge fan following.

Bollywood Movies To Watch When You Are Low On Inspiration© Viacom18 Motion Pictures

8. Neerja

Based on the life of air hostess Neerja Bhanot, who lost her life at the age of 21 in a plane hijack, this film starring Sonam Kapoor in the main lead went on to teach all girls a very important lesson –  to not be scared of anything and always do the correct thing when faced with danger. Sonam Kapoor as Neerja did a commendable job and it also won her a National Award this year. Directed by Ram Madhvani and released under Fox Star Studio Productions, this film released in 2016 and went on to teach young women and men alike to face their fears and live for others and not back down in case of an emergency.

Bollywood Movies To Watch When You Are Low On Inspiration© Fox Star Studios

9. Manjhi- The Mountain Man

How many of us have the courage to take on a task and finish it, even when we are constantly ridiculed and told it is an impossible task? Well, Manjhi was the same guy who did not stop for 22 years and went on to make a road using just a hammer and chisel from his village to the nearest town when his request for the same fell on deaf ears in the Government. Starring the extremely talented Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Radhika Apte, this 2015 movie went on to show the struggles of Dashrath Manjhi who built a road after his wife passed away due to lack of roads from his village to the nearest town. This film teaches us the values of perseverance and courage and also shows us the true meaning of ‘where there’s a will, there’s a way’.

10. Rang De Basanti

Starring a motley of actors like Aamir Khan, Kunal Kapoor, R Madhavan, Soha Ali Khan, Waheeda Rehman, this film went on to redefine the meaning of youth. Released in 2006 and directed by Raykesh Omprakash Mehra, this film gave the youth the power to be fearless and brave. It gave them the confidence to stand up against corruption and take matters in their own hands if the situation demanded it. When 4 carefree college boys are asked to portray various freedom fighters in a movie, it brings out their patriotism and they are awakened towards their love for the country.

Bollywood Movies To Watch When You Are Low On Inspiration© UTV Motion Pictures

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Jul 142017
 

amitabh-bachchan-ranveer-singhAfter calling out actor Sonam Kapoor on Twitter last month for not replying to his birthday wishes, veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan has now reprimanded Ranveer Singh for doing the same.

Take a look:
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On June 12, Sonam had replied to actor Suniel Shetty’s tweet, in which he had wished her on her birthday. Amitabh, clearly not happy that Sonam had not replied to his birthday messages, wrote, “ And what about ME .. this is Amitabh Bachchan my dear .. i sent you an sms on your birthday and you never replied ..aaarrrgghh !! (sic)” Sonam replied with an apology.

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Ranveer, who celebrated his 32nd birthday on July 6, was replying individually to everyone who had wished him from the film industry. Amitabh tagged Ranveer and posted, “Hey .. but what about my intention .. sent you sms greetings for your birthday .. did not get a reply .. did you see it .. !?? (sic)” This time, quick-witted Ranveer skillfully managed to turn the tables. He responded: “Except that i TOTALLY replied! I just cross checked it too! You were in fact one of the first to even wish!”.

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He followed it up with another tweet, praising Amitabh, “And it’s the little things like these, that make you THE GREATEST OF ALL TIME !!! #bachchan #GOAT I’m blessed that you even know i exist!”

Trust the Bajirao Mastani actor to outsmart even the Shahenshah of Bollywood, without being rude! Well played, Ranveer.

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Jun 132017
 

We wanted to start the story by saying Mr. Bachchan is being petty, but how dare we. Amitabh Bachchan, the best actor of our generation, a living legend if you may, deserves respect. Especially now, when digital connect has replaced face-to-face communication. Especially now, when all we want is an acknowledgment in 140-characters or less. And he has no time or patience for badly behaved people. Like he is not here for people who have no time to reply to his thoughtfully curated, often poetic messages. Especially if it is a birthday message aimed at making one feel warm and tingly in their heart.

Amitabh Bachchan Just Schooled Sonam Kapoor On SMS Etiquette In 2017

But what made him, a Twitter O.G. and a peace lover, bring out the dreadful angry emoji? Two words: Sonam Kapoor. And her inability to reply to his birthday SMS. How could she? Also, how could she tweet to Suniel Shetty’s birthday message and expect to fly under the radar with Mr. Bachchan? Maybe she was enjoying her pool party a tad too much? We don’t blame her because the party looked LIT. Maybe she wasn’t checking her messages regularly? It could be anything, but sadly we will never find out.

Amitabh Bachchan Just Schooled Sonam Kapoor On SMS Etiquette In 2017

Having said that, she has replied to Mr. Bachchan’s tweet seeking his apology.

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May 212017
 

Here's Sonam Kapoor's first red carpet look for Cannes 2017Here’s Sonam Kapoor’s first red carpet look for Cannes 2017

Fashion icon Sonam Kapoor’s look for her red carpet appearance in the 70th edition of Cannes Film Festival has been eagerly anticipated by both the fashion police and her fans.

While her Day 4 sari-look was inspired by singer-actress Cher, for the red carpet this year she decided to go for a blush-coloured beautifully-fitted Elie Saab gown.

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The actress’ simple and radiant look in the embellished chiffon gown is sure to leave fashionistas and fans speechless.

Sonam Kapoor poses with Araya Hargate at the Cannes 2017 film festival.

She is travelling with her sister Rhea Kapoor, who is her stylist for the event.

The 31-year-old actress recently won a National Award (Special Mention) for her role in ‘Neerja’ and will soon start filming for her ‘Veerey Di Wedding’ with co-stars Kareena Kapoor Khan and Swara Bhaskar and will be directed by her sister.

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