Kangana added, “The ‘woman card’ might not help you become a Wimbledon champ, or win you Olympic medals, or bag National awards. It might not even land you a job, but it can get a pregnant woman who feels her water is about to break a ‘ladies’ seat on a crowded bus. It can be used as a cry for help when you sense a threat. The same goes for the ‘victim card’, which women like my sister, Rangoli, who is a victim of an acid attack, can use while fighting for justice in court.”
An entertainment portal put out a rather shocking news yesterday about Rajat Tokas, who is currently seen playing the titular role of Chandra Gupt Maurya in Star Plus’s periodic drama Chandra Nandni. They reported that the actor’s closeness to Tanu Khan, who plays his wife Helena on the show, has got everyone talking in the industry. They quoted one of their sources saying, “Rajat and Tanu are inseparable. In between takes they spend time in each other’s vanity vans and even leave the sets together after pack-up.We also hear that Rajat and Tanu recently enjoyed a night-out together.”
The news piece caught everyone’s attention for the much married man has always been known for leading a low-profile life. He got married to his long-time girlfriend Srishti Nayyar in 2015 in a close-knit ceremony. The actor has always managed to keep his personal life away from the public eye. One wouldn’t even find many pictures of them on his social media handles as he doesn’t like indulging in PDA. He is not usually spotted in events and social gatherings and is known to keep to himself on the sets too. Hence, the news came as a major shock for his fans.
However, Rajat took to twitter today and slammed the news portal for trying to malign his image by carrying false news about his personal life. Without divulging into the nitty-gritties of the matter, the actor dropped a hint of filing a defamation case against them.
Sushant Singh Rajput has turned out to be one of the most promising young stars of Bollywood. He, after the unprecedented success of MS Dhoni: The Untold Story, became a household name and while his upcoming projects are being looked forward to, his personal life too is in news every now and then. Be it the much written about break-up with his long time girlfriend and TV actress Ankita Lokhande or him dating his co-star of Raabta, Kriti Sanon. When he was asked about his alleged relationship with Kriti Sanon and the time he was clicked when he took Kriti for a ride. Talking to Mumbai Mirror, he said, “It’s not like I bought the car and took Kriti for a ride,” he laughed. “I had taken the car out for a spin alone the day it was delivered. Nobody clicked any pictures then.” He further added, “I read about this thing between us, then there were stories about a fight and a break-up and then suddenly, probably because of the Maserati we were back together,” he chuckled. “They are all very interesting but untrue. We are good friends. She’s an engineer and I was studying to be one too before I dropped out. We’re both from Delhi, big foodies and like spending time together. Period.”
Talking about his film Raabta with first time director Dinesh Vijan, he said, “The first time I read it over a pint of beer. I was wowed but thought it was the beer talking so I read it again and was again fascinated. The story is so believable that for those two hours even a cynic would be ready to suspend his disbelief.” He further added about the rumours of Homi Adajania ghost directing it, “For me the filmmaker is equally important because it is his interpretation of the script. So when I came back, I got a narration from Dino (Dinesh) and I saw my character, Shiv, through his eyes. It was always his language on celluloid so I can tell you that Homi hasn’t ghost-directed Raabta.”
He also spoke about his on and off relationship with his mentor Ekta Kapoor, quashing the reports of any fall out with her, he said, “She gave me my first break and I started earning and for the first time I was acknowledged. I respect Ekta who’s creative, knows what works and has immense confidence in herself.”
Often Film celebs are asked and later blamed for not taking a stand on certain social and political issues. And lately we have been seeing film stars or filmmakers shying away from taking any stand, for which they are then dissed by media as well as fans. But come to think of it why should they? Confused? Let me explain:
Shah Rukh Khan & Aamir Khan
Media Take: A section of Media as well as trolls deemed them Anti-National
Two years ago, when Shah Rukh Khan made a comment about increasing number of social media trolls, his statement was misconstrued and he was called names by many trolls and political parties. That still continues. A month later, when Aamir Khan freely spoke about the increasing intolerance in India, he, too, was dissed by the same set of trolls and just like Shah Rukh Khan he was called various names. The most silliest one being ‘anti-national.’ It’s been one-and-a-half year and the two still face the wrath of the political parties for the same.
Shah Rukh, in particular, had to face a lot of backlash from those in power. So much so, that it affected the collections of his film, Dilwale. It is reported that the film didn’t see a release in approx 40 per cent of screens in India. Irrespective of the content, while worldwide it is Shah Rukh Khan’s biggest hit, in India it was an underperformer.
Aamir Khan, too, faced a backlash and was subsequently removed as the brand ambassador of an e-commerce brand post the controversy.
Media Take: He was asked by a section of media as well as various political parties to apologise and donate a some of Rs 5 crore to India Army.
Last year various political parties targeted Karan Johar for casting ‘Pakistani’ artiste Fawad Khan in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and his film’s release was threatened. One of the biggest names in the Bollywood had to plead and beg on camera requesting the ‘hooligans’ to let his film have a smooth release.
Sathyaraj & S S Rajamouli
And yesterday the showman of today’s time and probably India’s most skilled filmmaker, too, was held at ransom when the release of his upcoming magnum opus, Baahubali, was threatened thanks to the statements made by one of it’s actors, Sathyaraj, nine years ago. He, just like Karan Johar, had to release a video requesting the group involved to let the film have a smooth release in Karnataka. It was really heartbreaking to see one of the greatest directors, pleading and apologising to get his film a release.
Sushant Singh Rajput
Media Take: Had a huge showdown with one of the media personnel for refusing to take stand on a National issue.
During the Pak artiste ban, Sushant Singh Rajput voiced his opinion and no points for guessing that he received a lot of flak for it. Similarly when he chose to side with Sanjay Leela Bhansali on the whole Padmavati issue, again, he faced the ire of trolls.
Above are are just a few examples of what our film celebs go through when they voice their opinion or if they take a stand on certain issues.
As a result of this Karan Johar has sworn to not work with any Pakistani artistes in future, Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan have stopped giving their opinion, despite the fact that both of them are very well-informed about various issues and have not shied away from taking a stand. Sushant Singh Rajput, at the trailer launch of Raabta, refused to comment when asked about an Indian national being given the death statement in Pakistan. This even led to his much publicised scuffle with a journalist.
And here I agree with the way all the celebs have decided to be on the defensive when asked to comment on social issues. I mean why should they? You have the examples in front of you and these are just a few of them.
Come to think of it, Sathyaraj made those comments nine years ago. Since then many of his films have released in Karnataka and there was no controversy around any of it. Be it Chennai Express or even Baahubali: The Beginning, all his films saw a smooth release but why only now?
The protesters were asked the same question and their leader said that they were looking for a right moment to react, when it’ll hurt them the most. Facepalm! The said organisation knew Baahubali 2 is India’s biggest release and it will incur heavy losses if not released in the state. If this doesn’t sound like blackmail, what does?
Shah Rukh Khan, later, in an interview, expressed that he has decided to be politically correct in all his interviews as whatever he says is taken out of context and he hates it when he is asked to prove his patriotism.
Say what you may, but Aamir Khan was correct when he pointed out the increase in the number of intolerants in India. A celebrated filmmaker like Sanjay Leela Bhansali was slapped and assaulted by a bunch of hooligans and it was him who apologised in return. And the funny part is, he was slapped on the basis of assumption!
The point of all this is simple, STOP ASKING FILM CELEBS TO COMMENT OR TAKE A STAND ON SOCIAL, POLITICAL OR ANY ISSUE. For when they do it, things don’t end well for them.
Recently when Sidharth Malhotra took to Twitter to announce the commencement of the shoot of his upcoming mystery thriller, Ittefaq, a remake of 1969 Rajesh Khanna hit, fans of the original went crazy as the film in question is a brilliant thriller but not as popular as compared to other Rajesh Khanna blockbusters.
The main reason for this may be the fact that it was a songless affair which is a rarity in Bollywood even today. So, in a way the makers are bringing a gem of a film with new star cast to mesmerise a whole new generation with its brilliance of the story. Considering that the likes of Karan Johar and Shah Rukh Khan are involved in the making of this ‘adaptation’ (as Sidharth Malhotra likes to call it), we are sure that full justice will be done to the spirit of the original film.
While the film is a long way from release yet, here are five of yesteryear films that I think deserve a remake and would make a great ‘adaptation’…
The Burning Train
This is one of the most underrated gem in the history of Indian cinema. There, I said it! As far as one can remember, this was probably the first Indian film to be shot at such a large scale involving a high speed train that catches fire, the brake-system fails, and now it’s up to Dharmendra, Jeetendra and Vinod Khanna to stop the train and save the lives of all the passengers aboard. And while the pre-release buzz for the film was great, the big multi-starrer had ultimately bombed at the box office. Considering the filmmaker was able to achieve the unthinkable in 80s imagine what can be done with this film in today’s time as far as visual aspect of the film is concerned.
Feroz Khan directed and starred alongside Vinod Khanna and Zeenat Aman in this blockbuster of 1980. The film was a rage upon release, thanks to the chartbuster tracks, taut script, bravura performances and Feroz Khan’s deft direction. Around eight years ago, there was a strong buzz that Feroz Khan was remaking the film with his son, Fardeen Khan, but that news died down when Khan Sr. passed away. We hope someone, if not Fardeen Khan, remakes this blockbuster ASAP.
The same year when Dharmendra and Amitabh Bachchan made everyone cry buckets with Sholay (that heart wrenching pre-climax!), there was another little film starring the duo, which was a laugh riot from start to finish. This Dharmendra-Amitabh Bachchan starrer is often termed as one of the best comedy films of Indian cinema. And rightly so, what with Dharmendra’s epic comic timing as Mohan Pyaare and Amitabh Bachchan’s goofy innocence as Prof. Sukumar. The film should be remade for the new generation. Also, not many comedies are being made in Bollywood nowadays, the last one being Housefull 3 (if you can call it that). This film is the need of the hour.
Based on the Chasnala mining disaster, this film, directed by Yash Chopra, may not be as remembered as other Amitabh Bachchan-starrers and that is exactly why it has made it to the list. This flick is remembered for the fireworks that Shatrughan Sinha and Amitabh Bachchan created onscreen. Also who wouldn’t want to see someone recite the famous Shatrughan Sinha dialogue, ‘Teesre Badshah Hum Hain’ on the big screen all over again? Also
Amar Akbar Anthony
Just like Qurbani, there have been several rumours of this yesteryear blockbuster being remade but there is no truth to any of it. Starring Vinod Khanna, Rishi Kapoor and Amitabh Bachchan, the original deserves a remake, especially considering the kind of sub-standard masala films that we’ve been subjected to lately.
During the hearing, Salman was not present in the court. The Rajasthan Government made an appeal before the session’s court after the actor was acquitted by a CJM court in Jodhpur.”The court acquitted Salman Khan in the arms act case where the state government filed an appeal against this order.
We received a notice of that appeal. The court has asked Salman Khan to personally appear before court on July 6. We have been asked to furnish a bail bond worth Rs. 20, 000,” Salman Khan’s lawyer Hastmal Saraswat said.