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Abhishek Bachchan awestruck by Aishwarya’s Cannes look

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Actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s glittering golden dress at the red carpet of the 69th Cannes Film Festival, left her husband Abhishek Bachchan truly awestruck.

Abhishek expressed his admiration for Aishwarya, whom he married in 2007, on social media.

Abhishek posted an image of the “Jazbaa” actress in black and white hue on his Facebook and Instagram accounts and captioned it as: “They say a picture speaks a 1000 words. Seeing this photo I can think of many more…”.

The photograph features Aishwarya’s side profile as she poses for shutterbugs in the gold designer beaded cape couture gown — designed by Kuwait’s Ali Younes — that she wore for her first appearance at this year’s edition of the Cannes movie extravaganza.

This time, the actress marked her 15th year at the Cannes Film Festival.

 

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‘Padmaavat’: A visual treat sans a soul

All the political brouhaha that surrounds this film is unwarranted.

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Film: “Padmaavat”; Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali; Cast: Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor, Jim Sarbh, Aayam Mehta, Ujjwal Chopra, Raja Murad, Aditi Rao Hydari; Rating: ***

All the political brouhaha that surrounds this film is unwarranted.

Inspired from the epic poem, Padmavat written by Malik Mahummad Jayasi, which is considered a fiction laced in history, the film is a work of art that is mounted on a lavish scale.

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Set in the thirteenth century, the poem and the film named after the legendary Rajput queen of Mewar, in actuality is the story of Alauddin Khilji, the Turko-Afghan ruler of the Delhi Sultanate.

It exposes Khilji’s obsession for the beautiful queen. After hearing tales about her, Khilji lays siege to the Chittor Fort in Rajputana to capture her. But the brave and righteous queen along with the other women of the palace, in order to save their honour commit jauhar – self-immolation.

Technically the film is astutely mounted. The director has laboured over the production designs which include the sets, locales and the costumes. Visually every frame is extravagant and enthralling. The lengthy shots with seamless camera movements give an enhanced cinematic experience. The wide-angle shots capture the locales beautifully.

The film is well-executed and has all ingredients of a block-buster, but the wow-factor is missing.

And the fault lies in the writing. This story is not weak but its execution definitely is. Every scene, from beginning to the end, is dramatised to give the story a larger than life feel and thus in the process, the finer nuances of the characters are lost.

Case in point is the introductory scene of Padmavati and Maharajah Ratan Singh of Mewar. They meet, but at no stage does the film establish their chemistry. Their romance is very perfunctorily projected.

This apart, the plot laden with cinematic liberties and verbose expositions, makes this poetry on screen a bland affair as the shock value is tempered.

What keeps you hooked are definitely the performances. Every actor is in the skin of their character. Ranveer Singh as Alauddin Khilji is pulsating with his onscreen energy.

Deepika Padukone as Rani Padmavati is effortlessly convincing. Shahid Kapoor as Maharajah Ratan Singh has a restrained demeanour and is competent.

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In special appearances – Raza Murad as Jalaluddin Khilji is captivating whereas Aditi Rao Hydari as Khilji’s wife Merunissa is wasted.

But it is Jim Sarbh in a supporting role as Malik Kafur the prominent eunuch slave of Alauddin who lights up the screen. A prolific actor, it is interesting to watch him emote. And his myriad expressions are definitely a treat to watch.

As for the 3D effects, initially they are a bit distracting, but over a period of time, with the mesmerizing camerawork, the viewing experience is smoothened. But the animations lack finesse, especially in the scene with the ostrich.

As always, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s films rank high with its music and back-ground score. This one is no different. The dances and the action sequences are well-choreographed. The songs integrate seamlessly into the narrative. But it is the songs, “Khali bali ho gaya hai dila” and “Ghoomar,” that stand out.

Overall, this tale of valour is indeed a visual spectacle but lacks the soul.

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Sidharth Malhotra apologises after Neetu Chandra slams him for disrespecting Bhojpuri language

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Mumbai, Jan 23: Actor Sidharth Malhotra, after being reprimanded by actor-producer Neetu Chandra, has apologized for his comment on Bhojpuri and said he didn’t mean any disrespect to the language.

“I recently tried speaking a new language while I was on a TV show. In the process if I inadvertently hurt anyone’s feelings or sentiments, I apologize and assure you that no disrespect was meant in any way,” Sidharth tweeted.

Sidharth was promoting his upcoming film “Aiyaary” along with Manoj Bajpayee and Rakul Preet Singh on a reality show, Bigg Boss 11, where he was given a task of repeating dialogues from superstar Salman Khan’s film “Tiger Zinda Hai” in Bhojpuri. However, the actor ended up saying the language gives a “latrine kind” of feeling.

Actress Neetu Chandra took to Twitter to slam Sidharth.

Neetu wrote: “So disappointed. Sidharth Malhotra, someone who is so fortunate to work with best, who despite being an outsider has made a name for himself, for you to use your words so loosely to disrespect Bhojpuri on national television. Shocked! How on earth does speaking Bhojpuri gives you a latrine feeling. Shame on you.”

Neetu, who hails from Bihar and is the sister of Nitin Chandra who directed the National Award-winning Bhojpuri film, Deswa also shared a short clip, in which Sidharth says “speaking Bhojpuri gives him a feeling as if he is in the washroom.”

“Aiyaary” is releasing on February 9.

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Deepika visits Siddhivinayak temple ahead of Padmaavat release

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Mumbai, Jan 23: After the Supreme Court on Tuesday gave the final go-ahead for the release of “Padmaavat”, its lead actress Deepika Padukone visited the Siddhivinayak temple here to seek blessings.

Dressed in a simple white suit, Deepika waded through a sea of people and cameras amid tight security at the temple. “Padmaavat” has been facing one hurdle after another since its inception.

It has been facing stiff opposition over its release from Rajput groups who say the movie distorts historical facts.

Take a look at pictures of Deepika Padukone at Siddhivinayak Temple:

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The Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh governments wanted to block its January 25 release, but the Supreme Court has asked all the states to comply with its order not to stand in the way of its release.

Padmaavat, directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, also features Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor in key roles.

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