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As human beings we should help others in need: Rani Mukerji

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Melbourne, Aug 18 (IANS) Bringing about social change is the onus of every citizen of the world and not just of a handful of those who are in powerful positions, says actress Rani Mukerji, whose films “Black” and “Hichki” have been instrumental in transforming people’s outlook towards those with special needs.

As a celebrity with over two decades of experience in the world of Indian showbiz, Rani has also immersed herself in philanthropic works. While she finds it gratifying, she feels this is not something for actors or businessmen to do alone.

“I think we all being citizens of the world, have a responsibility and it’s not just for the sake of doing certain things because I am an actor, socialite or a business person.

“I think what’s important is that apart from the careers we choose, it is our basic duty as human beings to able to help other human beings… Or help in a cause because that’s what makes us truly citizens of the world,” Rani told IANS in a tete-a-tete here.

Her film “Hichki”, in which she plays a woman with Tourette Sydrome has been widely lauded for spreading awareness on a little known nervous system disorder involving repetitive movements or unwanted sounds, with an entertaining and emotional story at its core.

At the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM) here, Rani was awarded the Best Actress for her role in the film. She feels when a film like this wins an award, it helps in pushing the awareness it sets out to spread.

When “Hichki” had released, Rani had said she won’t take long gaps if the movie works. So when do we see her on-screen again?

“I will be doing projects, and you will be getting to hear about them soon,” she said.

Will she pick another issue-based movie?

“Let’s see… I don’t want to say much. So wait for the announcement,” the actress, looking resplendent in a black ensemble by her forever favourite designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee, said with a smile.

Her Melbourne trip was special. More so because her daughter Adira, who was born in December 2015, was travelling with her. She took the little one to the aquarium, zoo, a ‘bouncing garden’ and amusement park to entertain her.

“I got her all the way to Melbourne and it was my duty as a mother to entertain her as much as I could. I took her to an amusement park and it was the first time she sat in a roller coaster. And she is really brave. ‘Mumma, I want to go again’. So, she’s quite a daredevil like that,” Rani said.

Is that like you?

“Yes,” said the proud mother, who is married to filmmaker Aditya Chopra.

As a mother, patience is one virtue that Rani has realised about herself.

“When you are a working professional and when you’re working round the clock, I think you forget the word patience. Also, I think we as actors are used to the phenomenon because a lot of times we are waiting for shots in the vanity vans and waiting, waiting, waiting till the next shot comes.

“Being a mother I realised there’s no time to sit ideal. For me, it’s 24*7 work and attention. The only time when Adira will not need attention is when she is in deep sleep. The rest of the time I have to be all attentive for her.”

Rani is glad she was able to break the cliche around actresses who become mothers. It was her husband who pushed her to work.

But what about being directed by him?

“I think there are some things that we should just leave for later… Probably Adira will make that phenomenon happen… I guess, all in time.”

(Radhika Bhirani was in Melbourne on an invitation by IFFM organisers. She can be contacted at [email protected] )

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I feel more free, feminine in saris, says Kangana Ranaut

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New Delhi, Dec 10: Saris make me look feminine, says National Award winning actress Kangana Ranaut, who has been seen wearing and experimenting with the six-yard wonder quite often.

“I discovered sari much later in my life… I grew up in hills where there is almost no tradition of wearing saris. But when I became an artiste, my love for saris started gradually. Through acting, I got an opportunity to travel to different places and see different cultures. That’s how my journey with saris started.

“It (sari) makes me look more feminine. When I wear a sari, I automatically feel more free and able to express myself better… There is some magical power in saris,” the “Queen” actress said during the launch of Taneira, a flagship handloom sari store by Titan, here on Monday.

While talking about the beauty of saris, Kangana also expressed concern over the condition of Indian weavers.

“No doubt, the trend of saris is always there, but not as much as it should be. We a have a lot to do. Till now, our weavers are suffering. There were thousands of handicraft firms which have disappeared. With synthetic fibre gaining popularity among youth, handloom weavers are suffering, so we have a long way to go,” she said.

For the inauguration ceremony of the store, Kangana was dressed in a handcrafted Banarasi moonlight blue coloured sari from Taneira’s collection. She was accompanied by her elder sister Rangoli.

Asked what’s her favourite sari look, Kangana smiled and said: “I feel comfortable in saris the most. Be it my airport sari look with sneakers or top bun, or be it a complete Indian traditional look, I love all the looks.”

Giving more details about the collection, Shyamala Ramanan, Business Head, Titan Company Limited, said: “Our collection represents the Indian woman… The main aim of Taneira is to impart the beauty of our Indian women through our saris. All saris are handwoven and made up of natural products.”

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From Aish-Abhi to Srk-Gauri, celebs shake leg at Isha Ambani’s Sangeet

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Udaipur, Dec 10: Now this is something we rarely get to witness. Superstar Shah Rukh Khan shook a leg with his wife Gauri Khan at the wedding sangeet party of industrialist Mukesh Ambani’s daughter, Isha, in Udaipur on Sunday.

Shah Rukh and Gauri are seen dancing together on stage with him down on his knees and her swinging around him. King Khan was witnessed in a black sherwani while Gauri can be seen wearing a shimmery lehenga with a caped top.

Actor couple Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan also performed on song ‘Tere Bina’ from their film ‘Guru’. While Abhishek was seen in a red kurta, Aishwarya looked stunning in red and white lehenga.

US singer Beyonce gave a power-packed performance at star-studded audience, which included former US First Lady Hillary Clinton and a slew of Bollywood celebrities including newlywed Priyanka Chopra and her American singer husband Nick.

Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Ranveer Singh, Aamir Khan and also Karan Johar performed at the high-profile function.

Singer Arijit Singh also performed at the sangeet ceremony.

Bride-to-be Isha was seen performing a romantic dance with fiance Anand.

Among those who joined the party were business tycoons, as well as Bollywood celebrities like Parineeti Chopra, Anil Kapoor and wife Sunita, Boney Kapoor with daughters Janhvi and Khushi, Siddharth Roy Kapur with wife Vidya Balan, John Abraham with wife Priya Runchal, Ronnie Screwvala with wife Zarine, Karisma Kapoor, Varun Dhawan, Rekha, Karan Tacker and many more.

Apart from the celebrities, the parents of the bride-to-be, Nita and Mukesh Ambani performed with their sons Anant and Akash on Kal Ho Naa Ho’s wedding track Maahi Ve, a track from Jab Tak Hai Jaan and Khabar Nahi from Dostana during Isha’s sangeet on Saturday.

Isha and Anand, scions of the Ambani and Piramal business families respectively, will wed as per Indian traditions, customs and culture at the Mumbai residence of the Ambani family on Wednesday, December 12.

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Shahid Kapoor opens up on stomach cancer rumours

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Mumbai, Nov 10: Bollywood actor Shahid Kapoor on Monday quashed reports claiming that he is suffering from stomach cancer.

The “Udta Punjab” star took to Twitter to give a health updated to his followers. “Guys I’m totally fine please don’t believe random stuff,” Shahid tweeted.

There were reports doing the rounds on social media that Shahid is suffering from stomach cancer. While the actor has been quiet about the reports, a source close to him had earlier quashed the rumours.

On the work front, Shahid will be seen in the Hindi remake of Telugu blockbuster “Arjun Reddy” titled — “Kabir Singh”.

The original film, starring Vijay and Shalini Pandey in the lead, revolves around a medical student who falls in love with his junior and how their relationship evolves.

The film will be shot extensively in Mumbai, Delhi and Mussoorie. Shahid will sport four different looks in the film and has been preparing for it over the last three months. Workshops with all the actors are right now in full swing.

It is produced by Bhushan Kumar, Murad Khetani, Krishan Kumar and Ashwin Varde.

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