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‘Dhadak’ trailer gives Bollywood the most charming Romeo, Juliet since Rishi, Dimple

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Mumbai, June 11: First things first. Going by the trailer, Karan Johar’s production and Shashank Khaitans directorial “Dhadak” is nothing like the original film “Sairat”.

“Dhadak” is not an adaptation. It is a different beast altogether. Far more flamboyant and feral, filled with noise, colour and drama, leaving behind the comparatively compact world of “Sairat” where the stress was on the friction between the two castes which clashed over the lovers’ audacious crossover from into each other’s forbidden territory.

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This is a more generic world of colour, drama and music undercut by an overweening innocence and a ruinous oblivion to the ground reality that makes the lovers look as pristine as Rishi Kapoor and Dimple Kapadia in “Bobby”.

Indeed, Ishaan Khatter and Janhvi Kapoor bring into play the same non-sexual dynamics of intense love that William Shakespeare and then Raj Kapoor mastered in their versions of “Romeo and Juliet”. While Janhvi plays the more knowing half of the couple, Ishaan makes innocence and surrender to the passion of first-love look convincing, sincere and heartfelt even in today’s age of unrelieved cynicism.

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In Janhvi, we see heartstopping flashes of her legendary mother Sridevi, specially in the way she projects the arrogant proprietary pride of ownership every time she looks at her utterly smitten other.

I don’t know how much of Nagraj Manjule’s “Sairat” is preserved in “Dhadak”. No much, I suspect. I am sure Manjule would find it hard to recognise his own film in this hybrid avatar of colours and emotions that leap at us with enticing fervour.

But there is one proud mother up there smiling every time her daughter smiles on-screen.

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Ishaan Khatter, Janhvi Kapoor and Karan Johar at Dhadak trailer launch on June 11, 2018.

A star is reborn.

Read More: ‘Dhadak’ Trailer Launch: Janhvi Kapoor, Khushi breaks down remembering Mom Sridevi

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Alia Bhatt’s ‘Raazi’ mints over Rs 200 cr worldwide

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Mumbai, June 20: Alia Bhatt and Vicky Kaushal starrer ‘Raazi’ has entered the Rs. 200 crore-club at the global box office.

Karan Johar, who has co-produced the film, took to Twitter to share the news, writing “A proud film! Rs 207 crore gross worldwide,”.

The Meghna Gulzar directorial, which minted Rs 32.94 crore in India on its opening weekend, was distributed internationally by Zee Studios International, releasing in 450 screens across 42 countries, read a statement to news agency IANS.

Meanwhile, the political thriller is Alia’s third film to enter the 100 cr-club, after ‘2 States’ and ‘Badrinath Ki Dulhaniya’.

Based on Harinder Sikka’s book “Calling Sehmat”, the story of “Raazi” revolves around a young Kashmiri girl who gets married to a Pakistani Army officer and becomes a spy to give inside information about the neighbouring country to protect her own.

Co-produced by Junglee Pictures, the film also stars Vicky Kaushal, Rajit Kapur, Soni Razdan and Jaideep Ahlawat in pivotal roles.

The film was released in India on May 11.

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A.R. Rahman appointed Sikkim government’s brand ambassador

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Gangtok, June 20: Famed Indian composer and singer-songwriter A.R. Rahman has been appointed the brand ambassador of the Sikkim government, news agency IANS quoted a senior minister as saying on Wednesday.

“We have appointed Rahman as the state government’s brand ambassador for a year,” Sikkim Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation and Commerce and Industries Ugen T Gyatso, told IANS over phone.

As the government’s brand ambassador, Rahman would keep coming to the Himalayan state from time to time and promote it, said the Minister.

The 51-year-old music producer, who has in his kitty two Academy and two Grammy Awards, is now in Sikkim. “He will leave on Thursday,” the Minister said.

In an official notification, Chief Secretary A.K. Srivastava said Rahman will promote and project the state’s achievements nationally and globally.

Sikkim, with its natural and pristine beauty, has over the last two decades emerged as a world famous eco-tourism destination, besides attaining a distinct identity as the first fully organic farming state of the country, it said on Monday.

The state government had earlier this year made Mr. Rahman its Brand Ambassador of tourism and business.

Rahman is a widely awarded music personality and has worked in an array of international projects.

In 2010, Rahman was conferred the country’s third highest civilian honour Padma Bhushan.

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B-Town celebrities wish Irrfan Khan speedy recovery

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Mumbai, June 20: Celebrities like Paresh Rawal, Ayushmann Khurrana and Rajkummar Rao among many others have wished a speedy recovery to Internationally acclaimed Indian actor Irrfan Khan, who is currently in treatment for a “rare disease”.

Irrfan in March announced he has been diagnosed with neuroendocrine tumour and that he was going out of the country for treatment.

Here’s what the celebrities have tweeted:

Paresh Rawal: Khan Saab, you will sail through all the way. Prayers and more prayers.

Ayushmann Khurrana: Sir! You are beyond cinema. Prayers are always with you. Legend.

Rajkummar Rao: You are an inspiration to all of us sir. We love you.

Rahul Dev: The very best to u Irrfan ..very sure prayers & wishes can create magic.

Riteish Deshmukh: Good wishes and prayers for your speedy recovery Irrfan.

Rahul Dholakia: Get well soon bhai. praying.

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