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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 wants CBFC to let her mother’s film release

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Alia Bhatt’s mother Soni Razdan in No Fathers in Kashmir.

Mumbai, Jan 17: As actress Soni Razdan awaits the censor board’s green signal for her film “No Fathers In Kashmir”, her daughter and actress Alia Bhatt has come out in support of the film.

Alia on Thursday took to social media and urged the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) to lift the ‘ban’ on the film.

“Was so looking forward to mom’s ‘No Fathers In Kashmir’… The team worked super hard for this honest teens love story in Kashmir. Really hope the CBFC would lift the ban. It’s a film about empathy and compassion. Let’s give love a chance,” she wrote.

The film is directed by Ashvin Kumar, who has been struggling to get a U/A certificate for it.

In December 2018, Ashvin had said the CBFC after an inordinate delay of nearly 90 days and of giving him no clarity on what it was finding objectionable in the film, came up with a list of cuts that he and his team objected to as “the cuts proposed were based neither on reality nor on law”.

He even went to the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT) for relief, but they returned it to the CBFC as the latter did not give us a legally-mandated hearing.

Earlier, actress Swara Bhaskar and Congress leader Shashi Tharoor too came forward in support of the film.

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Kartik Aaryan urges people to free nation from violence against women

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Mumbai, Jan 17: Actor Kartik Aaryan is lending support to a campaign which urges people to free the country from violence against women.

Kartik will flag off the Family Planning Association (FPA) of India’s nationwide campaign #StreeHinsaMuktBharatAbhiyaan at the Tata Mumbai Marathon 2019 on January 20.

“The Family Planning Association of India in its 70-year-old journey towards women empowerment has launched a campaign towards violence against women. It’s time for all of us to stand up against such violence and give care and support to survivors. I urge everyone, men and women to lend their support to it and free our nation from violence against women,” Kartik said in a statement.

The campaign is aimed at breaking the silence around gender-based violence.

FPA India closely works with both women and young people to make them aware about sexual and reproductive health and rights. Comprehensive sexuality education sessions are conducted at both schools and within the community to empower young people to protect themselves against such violence.

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Everyone said it’s too risky: ‘PM Narendra Modi’ producer

The film “PM Narendra Modi” will be directed by Omung Kumar, who earlier collaborated with Ssingh for biopics like “Mary Kom” and “Sarbjit”.

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Mumbai, Jan 16 : Whether it is the National Award-winning biopic “Mary Kom”, a film like “Sarbjit” or the upcoming biopic “PM Narendra Modi”, producer Sandip Singh has always shown interest in stories of an individual’s journey. He says he was told it was a risk to do a film on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, but he was convinced it would motivate people to “dream big”.

Expressing his passion towards biopics, Ssingh told IANS here: “Whether it is the story of Mary Kom, Sarbjit or our current prime minister, their stories touch my heart. As a creative mind, we have to understand that the business of films has changed, where the box office collection depends on the story and not the star.

“The last year is proof of that. So, I want to be a part of stories that create an impact on our mind. An individual’s story always inspires me.”

Why did he choose to make a biopic on Modi?

“I wanted to make a film on him because his life journey is really inspirational, but from the time I started pitching the idea to people, everyone said it is too risky to do it because he is a sitting prime minister and people have an opinion on him. For the last four years, I looked for support from the industry and finally, people are on board… I did not give up,” said the young producer.

Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi will play Modi on the big screen.

Initially, there was talk about Paresh Rawal playing Modi on-screen, Ssingh told IANS: “I have heard since 2014 that Paresh Rawal will be playing Narendra Modi’s character in a film based on the PM’s life journey. But we have never approached or met Pareshji regarding that. Having said that, I wish him all the best on his film.”

“There were several reasons why we have chosen Vivek for the title role. Firstly, we wanted to cast an experienced actor and a great performer. Vivek has been working in the entertainment industry for the last 18 years. He is one of those versatile actors who has made his mark in different genres films like ‘Company’ and ‘Saathiya’ with equal ease.”

If experience and acting skills were the requirement, Paresh is undoubtedly a more celebrated actor who has delivered impactful performances in films like “Sanju” and “Uri: The Surgical Strike”.

Ssingh, who has earlier closely worked with Sanjay Leela Bhansali, said: “I wanted an actor who can dedicate a huge time even before the film start shooting. Since the story is capturing the journey of Modiji from the beginning of his life, I was looking for an actor who can play his part from the 20s and 60s with a certain flexibility. That way, Vivek is in the right age, who can play the younger and older parts.”

The film “PM Narendra Modi” will be directed by Omung Kumar, who earlier collaborated with Ssingh for biopics like “Mary Kom” and “Sarbjit”.

As most of the biopics tend to show the central character in a positive light rather than showcasing the criticised side of the personality, will he maintain the level of honesty in the film as a producer?

“Why should I hide any downside of his journey? Ups and downs are a part of our life. We are making the film with integrity and the idea of making it is to open up to people with a story that inspires many people from a humble background to dream big. We will try to tell the story with our heart in the right place.”

Did he discuss it with the PM before announcing the project?

“No, I did not talk to him regarding this… I have spoken to my inner conscious,” Ssingh said.

(Arundhuti Banerjee can be contacted at [email protected])

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