We can’t rely only on movies for societal change: Kalki

News4u-Entertainment Desk- Bollywood actress Kalki Koechlin has opined that movies cannot be solely held responsible for bringing about a change in the society.

The ‘Margarita With A Straw’ actress, who was present at the launch of a youth-led program ‘ Campus Ambassador Program; Making Delhi City Safer,’ said that the films can take the society to a better and safer place, but cannot do it all alone.

“There are movies, which are artistic. Such movies have the capacity to bring about a change, but there are movies, which are completely commercial and made for people’s leisure time, which is not at all wrong to have. So, I don’t think that the motive or the responsibility of taking the society to a better and safer place should be only on the shoulders of the film makers or movies,” said Kalki to ANI.

On the occasion of the 100th International Women’s Day, PVR Nest along with Frame Her Right Campaign; and SafetiPin, the country’s only audit based safety application, launched the initiative, which aims at empowering youth to have an active role in developing safer cities.

Apart from Kalki Koechlin, the event saw the presence of H.E. Mr. Richard Verma, the US Ambassador to India and H.E. Mr. Nadir Patel, Canadian High Commissioner to India along with Mr. Ajay Bijli- Chairman & Managing Director- PVR Limited. (ANI)

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Nawazuddin Siddiqui on assault case: It was planned against me

News4u-Entertainment Desk- Breaking silence over the FIR registered against him for allegedly assaulting a woman over a parking dispute, Bollywood actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui said that the whole incident was planned against him.

“I just want to say that it was an unfortunate incident and this was all planned against me,” the 41-year-old actor told the media here.

In her complaint, the woman pointed out that the ‘ Manjhi: The Mountain Man’ star had refused to accept a notice sent earlier by the society’s chairman and secretary to the members over parking space-related complaints. In this regard, the ‘ Badlapur’ actor said that he never saw the complainant in the society before.

“I don’t know who this complainant Heena Sheikh is, I have never seen her in the society,” he said, adding “If you carefully look at the notice they (complainants) had shown, it wasn’t signed by any of the society’s members.”

According to media reports, Siddiqui was served a notice by his housing society authorities. He was asked not to park his car at the place, which is given for the two-wheeler parking.

A heated argument began when the 24-year-old woman reportedly found Siddiqui’s car at the two wheeler parking and filed a complaint against the actor.

The police quoted the complainant as saying that during the argument, the actor allegedly slapped her. (ANI)

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The best and worst of Bollywood in 2015

News4u-Entertainment Desk- 2015 was a year of surprises. Films that looked like they would slip through the cracks were the ones that blew your socks off, while the ones that came with pedigree and big stars fell flat.

This was the year the true face of the Indian family came to the fore on celluloid, with films such as Titli, Dil Dhadakne Do, Piku and Dum Laga Ke Haisha chronicling the new Indian family – the one that isn’t living happily ever after.

This was also the year with unabashed blood and gore on screen, and not just of the Singham variety. Whether it was Varun Dhawan smashing Radhika Apte‘s head with a hammer in Badlapur or Anushka Sharma beating a man to death in NH10, some of the most effective films were ones that weren’t queasy about showing violence.

Here’s a list of what we liked in 2015, in no particular order:

Badlapur: Coming at the beginning of the year, Sriram Raghavan‘s revenge drama was a punch in the gut. Varun Dhawan shed his lover boy image and transformed into a man consumed by vengeance for those who killed his wife and son. Taking inspiration from Massimo Carlotto’s book “Death’s Dark Abyss“, Raghavan crafted a searing story that deals with a tried and tested genre in a completely different way and forces you to wonder whether you correctly identified the hero and the villain.

Dum Laga Ke Haisha: Sharat Katariya‘s wickedly funny and brilliantly observed tale of a marriage was a breath of fresh air. Both Ayushmann Khurrana and Bhumi Pednekar were perfectly cast as a couple navigating the bumps of arranged marriage. The supporting cast blended in perfectly and Anu Malik’s score underscored the movie’s old world charm.

Piku: The subject might have been shit, but it was some good shit. Shoojit Sircar‘s tale of the interdependent and almost parasitic relationship between a cantankerous man and his daughter was one of the highlights of the year. “Piku” had a stellar cast that played off each other perfectly and a story that most Indians could relate to. Deepika Padukone was in the best form of her career in this one, matching up to Amitabh Bachchan and Irrfan Khan in every scene.

Talvar: Making an unbiased film based on a notorious murder case that hasn’t been completely resolved isn’t easy. Meghna Gulzar tried, and even though she didn’t quite manage to keep her biases out, she did make a crime procedural that gripped you from the word go. “Talvar” was one of those rare films that chose restraint over sensationalism and managed to convey the tragedy of the Aarushi Talwar murder case.

“Titli”: Why this film languished in the Yash Raj Films kitty for a year and a half is a question every movie fan needs to ask the studio. Just like his characters, director Kanu Behl is ruthless in the way he steers the film. This is a no-holds-barred look at the real Indian family, warts and all. With the help of a brilliant ensemble cast and inspired writing, Behl creates the antithesis of the Hum Aapke Hain Koun and Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham school of cinema (if there is such a thing). “Titli” is a sign that Bollywood finally realises not all families are happy.

And here’s the worst of Bollywood in 2015:

“Bangistan”: This is one of those films that must have sounded great on paper, but it didn’t work on the big screen. Riteish Deshmukh and Pulkit Samrat play suicide bombers who are out to sabotage each other’s mission, and first-time director Karan Anshuman probably set out to make a satire on fundamentalism and its roots, but that objective got lost somewhere in a crowded screenplay and some nonsensical jokes. This one was an ordeal to sit through, from start to finish.

Calendar Girls: Madhur Bhandarkar is the new Ram Gopal Varma. A film-maker who has run out of ideas and is hiding behind sleazy scenes and skin show. His latest attempt is worse than earlier ones – a photo shoot pretending to be a film. A definite hall-of-shame entry.

“Shaandaar”: After the successful and much-loved Queen, it seemed Vikas Bahl had everything going for him. He had two of the biggest young stars in Shahid Kapur and Alia Bhatt, but what was supposed to be a stoner comedy/modern fairy tale didn’t quite translate on screen. The film was full of tepid jokes and scenes and was a huge waste of some really good talent.

Prem Ratan Dhan Payo: Sooraj Barjatya‘s films had their time – in the 90s. In today’s day and age, the story of a saccharine sweet heroine and a virtuous hero was completely out-dated. Salman Khan‘s double role as a prince and a pauper seemed unconvincing and Barjatya’s usual tropes of elaborate song-and-dance sequences punctuated by moral science lectures grated on the ear.

Messenger of God: It’s not that the film itself wasn’t terrible, because it was. What made this paean to self-declared godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh unbearable is that it was propaganda masquerading as a film. The garish costumes and the nonsensical dialogue didn’t help either.Reuters

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Dilip Kumar honoured with Padma Vibhushan

News4u-News Desk-Dilip Kumar, Indian cinema’s one of the greatest actors, has been conferred with the Padma Vibhushan on Sunday at a special function held in Mumbai.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh visited veteran actor’s home to confer him with the Padma Vibhushan award.

Maharashtra’s Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis was also present while honouring Dilip Kumar.

The announcement to honour Dilip Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan and a few others with Padma Vibhushan was made by the government on the eve of Republic Day on 25th January, 2015.

However, the acting legend could not attend the special function held in Rashtrapati Bhavan in April when other Padma awardees were honoured by President Pranab Mukherjee.

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Tabu did not shoot in Kashmir for `Fitoor`

News4u-Entertainment Desk- Noted bollywood actress Tabu, who will be soon seen in Abhishek Kapoor’s ‘Fitoor’, has clarified the air on filming for her latest in the beautiful locales of Kashmir.

The 44-year-old actress, who was present at the Royal Stag Barrel Select event in the national capital, told exclusively to ANI that she did not shoot in Kashmir for ‘Fitoor’ and instead completed the filming in Poland and Mumbai.

The actress refused to shed light on her character in the movie based on Charles Dickens’ ‘Great Expections’.

Tabu extensively shot in Kashmir in 2014 for Vishal Bhardwaj’s commercially and critically hit ‘Haider’.

Veteran actress Rekha was earlier roped in for ‘Fitoor’, however the actress backed out due to some issues and Tabu stepped-in her shoes.(ANI)

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Is Karva Chauth an over-hyped Indian Valentine’s Day?

News4u-Features Desk- Karva Chauth, a primarily North Indian festival, wherein women fast for their spouses’ longevity, is considered a glamorous affair and the ultimate selfless, romantic gesture.

Ironically, it is believed that a combination of a fast, prayers and the blessings of the lunar deity helps women to gain power to confront and prevent unfortunate events for their husbands.

A few decades ago, Karva Chauth was believed to be just a North Indian festival, but now, clever packaging by commercial forces has turned it into a desi version of ‘Valentine’s Day’ that is celebrated enthusiastically across India!

In the southern parts of the country, this festival is observed as ‘Karadaiyan Nonbu,’ but after five months.

The festival, with its neo-traditional sheen, is popular among rural women too. Thanks to the popularity of Bollywood and TV serials in smaller towns.

Hail Karan Johar and Ekta Kapoor for making the festival “uber romantic” and “uber moralistic” respectively and for helping it to adorn modernise look in the society.

Bollywood has immortalised this traditional ritual, wherein the so-called estrogen brigade stays hungry and thirsty for an entire day only to pacify an angry God, who will bless their husbands and lovers with longer and healthier lives.

Twenty years ago ‘Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’ (DDLJ) hit the screens, manifesting the festivities of Karva Chauth via its song, where Simran (Kajol) fakes a faint so that Raj (Shah Rukh Khan), whom she loves, would give her the first sip of water instead of her fiance. In this movie, unknown to Simran, Raj also keeps a fast for her.

Movies like ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam,’ ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Ghum,’ ‘Ishq Vishk,’ ‘Baabul’ and many more have mesmerised the world with their portrayals of this festival.

Also, our TV channels feature pseudo-contemporary ads that play an oxymoronic rub-a-dub with progressive ad campaigns espousing gender equality and this contra-positioning ultimately ensures that the materialism and consumption industry thrives.

Although, Bollywood and Indian sitcoms have glamorised this practice to an extent, there remains a difference between reel and real celebrations. The silver screen has shown us that a wife can look super pretty despite not eating or drinking anything and can do an entire dance routine and sing in an empty stomach, but in reality, a hungry wife can really get cranky.

“Bollywood has actually showcased this tradition in a very positive manner. It has inspired women so much that they are ready to ignore their health problems just to mark the ritual. Like, my mother is a diabetic and is supposed to eat after every two hours, but still she fasts every year,” says a worried daughter and journalist Chandni Mathur.

“For some, it has also become a matter of pride and prestige as they fear they will be judged as “uncaring” wives by the society,” she further told ANI.

The cosmetic and jewelry industries have also played major roles in publicising Karva Chauth. These industries reportedly do brisk business during this over-hyped occasion.

It’s a known fact that through superstition, discrimination and coercion, the Indian society starts to instill a feeling of inferiority in its women at a very young age. They are conditioned to believe that their abstinence will ensure longevity for their spouses and this conditioning has been fanned by Karva Chauth for centuries. However, the trend is changing.

“I don’t see a point in starving yourself for an entire day just to express love and affection to your spouse. There are several other ways to do that. In my opinion, even loved ones won’t want you to suffer. Moreover, I have seen couples being all mushy-mushy only on selective days; what about the rest of the year?” asked a non-believer Meghna Kapoor.

Today, with all the new wave of feminism and demand for equality for women, many consider this Hindu Valentine’s Day as a grim reflection of a dystopian mindset that smacks of chauvinism and as a symbol of cultural repression of women. For many, this backward, regressive custom, which is steeped in superstition and showmanship, is meaningless.

“The tradition goes against the concept of gender equality. Why only women are expected to go through such things, like, sacrificing food to make your husband live longer? I know, these days, guys too are taking part, but how many? Very few. Moreover, they don’t get judged if they don’t fast,” says feminist Srishti Soni.

It may be unrealistic to starve, but at the end of the day, all that jazz with the pujas, the thalis, the sisterhood and the stories of devout wives is romantic for most. (ANI)

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King Khan loves to bath with son Abram

News4u-Entertainment Desk- On the occasion of his 50th birthday, Bollywood’s superstar Shah Rukh Khan left his fans and friends from media in awe by saying that he loves to bath with his youngest son, Abram.

It turns out that the simple joy of bathing with his baby boy makes the king of Bollywood happier than anything else.

“I am usually very occupied with work but whenever I get time, I really like bathing with my youngest son and when someone bathes, they are not in the clothes they usually wear. So, I like being that way,” said SRK to the media here.

Shah Rukh, who feels his kids are sorted, said that there is nothing to be bothered on that front.

However, he added that it would be an entirely different situation if his kids choose to get naughty in future.

King Khan will be seen on the big screens with his upcoming film, ‘ Dilwale’ which is directed by Rohit Shetty.

The movie will hit the screens on December 18 this year, along with Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Bajirao Mastani.’

Apart from that, Shah Rukh will be seen in Maneesh Sharma’s ‘Fan’ in which he will don the character of a 25-year-old.

‘Fan’ is scheduled to release on April 15 next year. (ANI)

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Richa Chadda feels bad guys are great to have affair with

News4u-Entertainment Desk-Bollywood versatile actress Richa Chadda, who will be seen as a flirtatious law student in ‘Main Aur Charles’ opposite lead actor Randeep Hooda discussed about bad guys vs. good guys.

When asked does she find bad guys more attractive and good guys boring, the ‘Fukrey’ actress exclusively told ANI, “Bad guys are great to have affair with but it’s the good guy you want to marry.”

The talented Bollywood actress then added that it would be wrong to say that good guys finish last.

‘ Main Aur Charles’ is based on the infamous ‘bikini killer’ Charles Shobhraj, who is currently serving his life imprisonment in Kathmandu Jail, Nepal.

The movie is directed by Prawaal Raman and is all set to enthrall audience on October 30. (ANI)

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Birth anniversary of Ashok Kumar

News4u-Entertainment Desk-The birth anniversary of Ashok Kumar, a film actor who attained iconic status in Indian cinema is observed on Tuesday.

He was honoured in 1988 with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, the highest national award for cinema artists, by the Government of India and also received the Padma Bhushan the same year in 1998 for his contributions to Indian cinema.

He is considered to be one of India’s finest ever actors, playing leading, negative and character roles with equal panache. He was born on 13 October, 1911.

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Irrfan Khan was `emotionally` grabbed by ‘Talvar’s script

News4u-Entertainment Desk- Bollywood versatile actor Irrfan Khan was recently spotted in India’s showbiz capital Mumbai to promote his upcoming mystery-thriller film ‘ Talvar’ along with his co-star Konkona Sen Sharma.

While talking about the movie which is based on Aarushi murder case, the ‘Life of Pi’ actor said that the script grabbed him emotionally.

When asked what changes the movie has made in his life, Irrfan said, “The movie has already made difference to my life. Now, it is suppose to make difference to your life. When I read the story, there was a revelation for me and it grabbed me emotionally.”

The 48-year-old actor added that he lived the movie and the story.

The movie is directed by Meghna Gulzar and Vishal Bhardwaj has written the screenplay for the movie and has given the music as well.

The film’s premiere is scheduled at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival in September.

The movie is all set to shed light on the Noida double murder case on October 2, 2015. (ANI)

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