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Amitabh Bachchan suffers from strained neck

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Mumbai, March 20 

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan was spotted wearing a neck brace, and he says it’s due to a strained neck caused by stunts he did in his younger days.

The 74-year-old thespian was photographed wearing a neck brace while he attended his daughter-in-law and actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s father’s funeral here on March 18.

“Many have, yes, seen the picture with the neck brace and have expressed either exclamation or remedy, or surprise… It’s factual and it’s on my neck, because the neck is strained. These are recurrences of old action and stunt injuries right from the time of ‘Don’ and several other films that came after that have involved my physical movements for action deeds going horribly wrong,” Amitabh wrote on his blog.

“The cervical has undergone so many damage inflicting stunts that several vertebrae are damaged, out of position, infected with trauma, and several other complicated medical terminology which I just cannot understand… Resulting in any act or movement or subjection to an awkward resting position, those vertebrae move about again out of position, making it impossible for me to sit stand sleep rest in any position whatsoever,” he added.

Amitabh said there were no safety devices during their times.

“It was raw it was real and it was injury-centric. We jumped from heights without protection, without soft landing gear, without harnesses that most actors deploy now and without face replacement,” he added.

The “Piku” star calls face replacement a “wonderful technological invention”.

“Where a double or a duplicate can make the 1960s jump and his face is replaced by the main artist’s… So, on screen it looks as if the hero did it… Difficult bike sequences, which involve dangerous riding skills are never with the leading man… They are done with duplicates and the face replaced with that of the leading man,” he added.

Amitabh says special effects and VFX has made an actor’s life and work easy.

“VFX is expensive stuff. Replication of every action of the actor can be pre captured and through replacement made to look real… You need never go to Mt Everest, but you could be put there on top,” he said.

(IANS)

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Ranbir Kapoor to host prelude to IPL Finale

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New Delhi, May 21: Bollywood star Ranbir Kapoor will host a two-hour prelude to the Indian Premier League (IPL) finale. Others joining the celebrations will include Salman Khan, Jacqueline Fernandes, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Sonam Kapoor Ahuja.

Cricket Finals…Party Toh Banti hai will be followed by the VIVO IPL 2018 grand finale on Star India Network on 27 May.

Fans have so far been enjoying the commentary in six languages – Hindi, English, Tamil, Telegu, Bengali and Kannada. In an attempt to reach out to more cricket enthusiasts across India, Star Pravah and Asianet Movies will carry Marathi and Malayalam broadcasts respectively for the first time in IPL history.

The Marathi language broadcast will have Madhuri Dixit-Nene and Swapnil Joshi joining the celebrations. The prelude will see a melange of performances and fun-filled interactions with celebrities. Additionally, actors Ravi Dubey , Gaurav Sareen, Aakriti Sharma and Deshna Dugad will amplify the entertainment quotient of the finale.

The Dugout on Star SAill continue to cater to core cricket fans, giving a predictive and prescriptive analysis will be Dean Jones, Scott Styris, Anil Kumble, Kumar Sangakkara, Darren Sammy, Brett Lee and Mike Hesson.

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Jaya Jaitly upset with Priyanka’s ‘British aristocrat’ dress at Royal Wedding

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New Delhi, May 21: Former Samata Party president and textile revivalist Jaya Jaitly was disappointed to see that Indian actor Priyanka Chopra opted to dress up like a “British aristocrat” at the royal wedding of Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

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She says Priyanka could have opted for a “beautiful” sari as independent India has so much to show to the world.

“How sad an Indian actor attending the royal wedding in UK should dress like a British aristocrat at Ascot rather than represent a free and independent India in a beautiful sari,” Jaitly tweeted on May 19, the day when actress Meghan Markle wed British Royal Prince Harry.

However, her complaint goes beyond Priyanka’s dress.

Jaitly told news agency IANS: “All these actors, they dress up in all these fancy gowns by fancy designers who pay them for wearing their outfits and so they get fat money. Now, I keep feeling as I am loyal to our weavers and our textiles in India and we are working all our lives to revive it… We never attach a human being (the weaver’s name) with the brand name unless it has a designer’s name.

“We will say Kanjeevaram or Sambalpuri or something else and that’s the unfair practice all over the world and particularly in India.”

As Founder and President of Dastkari Haat Samiti, an art and craft market to enable rural artisans of traditional Indian crafts to gain confidence in the marketplace through many innovative strategies, Jaitly has been at the forefront of promoting Indian handicrafts and textiles.

She questions why Indian actresses wear western gowns to red carpet events abroad.

“Even in Hollywood (red carpets), where if I see Deepika Padukone wearing long gowns… they never really can compete. It’s like Indian fashion designers trying to do western dresses… Why don’t they wear most beautiful gorgeous sari, and everyone will go ‘wow’.”

An Indian activist, Suhani Jalota, who runs Myna Mahila Foundation, attended the royal wedding in an elegant sari designed by Indian brand Raw Mango run by designer Sanjay Garg.

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Counter-questioned about the existence of a dress code to attend the royal wedding, Jaitly said: “In the royal wedding, it was all about inclusiveness and welcoming others’ society, people, race and colour. The royal family and all these people went all out to emphasise the American-African identity of the bride and everyone was raving about the bride’s mother too because they were different.

“I felt sad when I think that why do we copy them and never quite get it right. We have so much to show and show off.”

On the dichotomy of a dress code, Jaitly pointed out: “When somebody in a village in India says ‘Sar dhako (cover your head)’, we don’t want that… When somebody says, ‘Don’t wear jeans in college’, we say ‘Who are you to tell us a dress code?’. But if Queen in England descends an invitation and say you got to wear a hat, which is not part of your culture, you will start saying there was a dress code.

“I don’t understand these various double standards.”

She said people may not agree with her, but in her words, “Just like Priyanka has the right to wear whatever she wants, I have the right to express my opinion.”

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‘Deadpool 2’ mints over Rs 30 cr in opening weekend in India

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New Delhi, May 21: Ryan Reynolds-starrer “Deadpool 2” has registered a business of Rs 33.4 crore net in its opening weekend in India.

The film collected Rs. 11.5 crore on Sunday, according to a statement issued on behalf of the makers.

”Deadpool 2′ has crossed the lifetime collection of ‘Deadpool’ (Rs 30 crore) over the weekend itself. It should eventually do more than double the previous instalment. The overall dubbed contribution is 49 per cent with Hindi contributing to 41 per cent of weekend collections,” the statement added.

Based on Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, “Deadpool” is the original story of a former Special Forces operative who turns into a mercenary and is now out to seek revenge against the man who nearly destroyed his life.

Brought to India by Fox Star India, the film released on Friday in English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu.

The sequel also features Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Karan Soni, Zazie Beetz, Brianna Hildebrand, Stefan Kapicic and Leslie Uggam.

Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh has lent his voice to the role of Deadpool for the Hindi version.

Read More: Movie Review: ‘Deadpool 2’ is the best super-hero film since ‘Logan’

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