Nov 162017

padmavatHaryana Health Minister Anil Vij joined the anti-“Padmavati” bandwagon and asked the censor board to stall its release.

In a statement here, Vij said the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) should withhold the release of film “Padmavati” “keeping in view the people’s sentiments”.

“The Information and Broadcasting Minister has already been apprised about people’s sentiments in this regard,” Vij said.

Opposing the release of the movie, the minister said Rani Padmavati was the pride of the country.

“She, along with 16,000 women, had committed self-immolation (jauhar) after Raja Rana Ratan Singh fell in the war. It is an insult to show a princess of such high character dancing in public. It is highly objectionable as it tampers with history.

“Why don’t people like Bhansali get the story of the likes of Alauddin Khilji, who hurt the Indian masses, for their films? There are a lot of sagas of heroes in Indian culture which could be showcased to the society. But Bhansali would not do this as he wants to work for promoting a single ideology,” added Vij, who is known for being outspoken.

“Padmavati” starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor is directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and is slated to release on December 1.

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Aug 312017

aishFanney Khan makers claim Aishwarya Rai Bachchan did not interfere in casting!

The makers of Fanney Khan, including director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and producer Arjun N. Kapoor have rubbished the rumours of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan being upset over the casting of R. Madhavan opposite her.

Mehra, in a statement, said, “It is quite unfortunate that such false and baseless stories are created to grab attention. There is zero truth to that, we are all a team and ‘Fanney Khan’ is a dear project to the whole team.”

Kapoor of KriArj Entertainment added, “There are some stories doing the rounds about disagreement in casting for the film. We want to put the record straight and deny any such so called competition or discord amongst the makers.”

He said the cast, including Aishwarya and Anil Kapoor, are “deep into prep for their roles and as thorough professionals do not interfere in process of casting for other roles. It’s a great story and we are all very excited to showcase it to the world.”

Earlier, a news portal had reported that for the last couple of weeks the producers of the film have been locked in a struggle to find the right hero opposite Aishwarya.

It said that there was a choice between Madhavan and Rajkummar Rao with Aishwarya opting for Rao with Mehra insisting on Madhavan. “The discussions kept going on till the solution was finally cracked late on Wednesday afternoon – and the answer was Madhavan!”

Fanney Khan is the official remake of the Oscar nominated Dutch film ‘Everybody’s Famous’. It will be directed by Atul Manjrekar and will feature Anil Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and R. Madhavan.

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