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After CBFC, ‘Padmavat’ producers deny speculations on 300 cuts

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Mumbai, Jan 11: There are no 300 cuts in “Padmavat”, say the films producers, appreciating the balanced, fair and transparent process followed by the censor board in suggesting five modifications in the movie.

“We appreciate the balanced and considered approach that the CBFC has taken to address this situation,” a company spokesperson from Viacom18 Media Pvt Ltd told IANS.

The clarification follows Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) chairperson Prasoon Joshi’s statement that no more than five modifications have been suggested to the makers for the film to get U/A certificate.

The five modifications included title change from “Padmavati” to “Padmavat” as the filmmakers have attributed their creative source as the fictional poem “Padmavat” and not history.

They were even asked to add two disclaimers — one that clearly does not claim historical accuracy, and another which makes the point that the film in no manner subscribes to the practice of Sati or seeks to glorify it.

Modifications to the song “Ghoomar” were sought to make the depiction befitting to the character being portrayed, apart from modifications to the incorrect/misleading reference to historical places.

“Padmavat” producers have accepted the changes.

“Bhansali Productions and Viacom18 Motion Pictures, as producers, have accepted and have made all the above changes. We believe that these changes are in line with the filmic depiction of the story we wanted to tell.

“We firmly deny all speculation on extensive cuts to the film and want to reiterate that only the above changes and disclaimers per guidance of the CBFC have been made. We have full faith in the CBFC and in the transparent, fair and inclusive process that has been followed,” Viacom18’s company spokesperson added.

According to the spokesperson, the final release date of the movie will be announced soon.

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We need less corruption and scams, says Saif Ali Khan

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Mumbai, Sep 25 (IANS) Saif Ali Khan, who is all geared up for the release of his forthcoming film ‘Baazaar,’ says “we need less corruption and scams in the country.”

Saif was present at the trailer launch of ‘Baazaar’ at Bombay Stock Exchange on Tuesday.

‘Baazaar’ is based on stock market scam and corruption. When asked about recent scams, Saif Ali Khan said, “I think it is horrible and terrible, we want less corruption and less scams.”

He said artists are in a very honest line of work. “We try and make films, we try and sell films, most of the times, press is catching movie stars to make examples of, and you should catch these guys. Seriously, press should catch these guys (those who do scams) , we’re nothing, we’re small-time people,” he said.

“The big game is happening somewhere else and we don’t even know what the game is,” he added.

Taking dig at the press, Saif said, “Someone says he did this, or that, and everyone is happy with that… it is like a dustbin. We celebrities (are always blamed ) I mean, everyone gets happy with that, we need people to blame. But the real people you should be blaming are the people who are stealing your money.”

In the movie, Saif Ali Khan plays the role of Shakun Kothari as a ruthless businessman whose world revolves around money and power.

Talking about his role, Saif said it has been the most special role he has ever played in his career. “First of all, I would like to thank Nikkhil Advani for offering me such an amazing role. It is one of the most special parts that I have played in my career,” said the actor.

The film is directed by Gauravv K. Chawla, written by Nikkhil Advani, Aseem Arora and Parveez Sheikh. The film also stars debutante Rohan Mehra, Chitrangada Singh and Radhika Apte.

The film is scheduled for release on October 26.

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Sonu Sood honoured with doctorate in Taekwondo, credits his action films

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New Delhi, Sep 25: Actor Sonu Sood, who has been honoured with a doctorate degree in Taekwondo here on Tuesday, feels special that his dedication has been recognised and says he gives due credit to the slew of action films that he has starred in.

Sonu was feted in the presence of Prabhat Sharma, secretary general of Taekwondo Federation of India, at the opening ceremony of 107th International Kyorugi Referee Seminar/121st International Kyorugi Referee Refresher Course and 40th International Poomsae Referee Seminar here.

“I feel really honoured. I remember the days as a kid I had joined Taekwaondo classes and never really knew or realised that one day I will be honoured with a doctorate in it,” Sonu told IANS over phone from Mumbai.

The 45-year-old actor gave credit to all the action movies he has done.

“All thanks to the action movies that I have done. I have spent so many years doing action and today when I have been honoured I feel really good. It is really special,” added the actor, who has featured in films like “Dabangg”, “Kung-fu Yoga” and “Paltan”.

He was nostalgic about his early tryst with the martial art form.

Sonu said: “I remember the first time my mother bought a Taekwondo outfit for me and took me to these classes. Today, I wish she was here to see that I have been honoured in the same action field of Tekwaondo. I am sure her blessings are doing the trick that I am getting all these honours… There are still miles to go, but the journey is on,” he added.

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Ajay Devgn begins shooting for ‘Taanaji – The Unsung Warrior’

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Mumbai, Sep 25: After trolling his wife by sharing her WhatsApp number on Twitter, Ajay Devgn has started shooting for Om Raut’s film “Taanaji – The Unsung Warrior”.

The 49-year-old actor on Tuesday took to Twitter to share the clapboard of the film. The picture was clicked at the Muhurat pooja of the film on the sets.

In one of the pictures, Ajay can be seen conducting a prayer with Om Raut.

The “Raid” actor will play the role of Subedar Taanaji Malusare, a military leader in the army of Shivaji and also the founder of the Maratha Empire in 17th century India in the film.

Earlier this year, Devgn unveiled the first poster of the film on Instagram. He captioned the post, “He fought for his People, his Soil and his King Chhatrapati Shivaji. The unsung warrior of glorious Indian history, Subedar Taanaji Malusare.”

Produced by Bhushan Kumar of “T-Series”, epic drama “Taanaji – The Unsung Warrior” is slated to release on November 22, 2019.

Meanwhile, Ajay Devgn made to the headlines when he shared his wife Kajol’s number on Twitter. However, the number was obviously not right. But the tweet served as a fodder for the netizen who teased the couple for the brands they endorsed.

Angry Kajol also responded to her husband’s prank. In the tweet, she wrote that he will not be allowed entry in his home for a day.

On the other hand, Kajol is gearing up for the release of her upcoming film Helicopter Eela which is scheduled to hit the screens on 12th October 2018.

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