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Film on child trafficking denied certificate by CBFC

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New Delhi, Aug 10: A film on child trafficking made by National award ‘Natya Bhushan’ winning filmmaker Sachin Gupta has not been granted a certificate by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) due to what an official said was its “crude” content.

The film titled “Pakhi” was supposed to release on Friday.

“We have applied for the Revising Committee but the reason that they (CBFC) have given is weird. They said ‘Such movies should not come in the market. How can you think of such subjects? I don’t want my daughter to watch this film.’ They could have given me an ‘A’ certificate,” Gupta told IANS.

“It was humiliating… the way they were talking to me. There should be a protocol while talking to a director. This is not my first film,” he added.

Has he thought of taking the digital route or screening at international film festivals?

“Why digital? I spent so much of money and did eight months of research work. I made a film for the theatre. I am a filmmaker. This is not about film festivals. I don’t want to make a film for four to five people,” said the “Paranthe Wali Gali” director.

“I did bookings and everything. PVR theatres were ready to release the film. I am trying to create something sensible here”, he said.

Gupta, also a theatre director, has been doing shows on social issues for about 15 years in London and Canada.

“If they (CBFC) can approve ‘Great Grand Masti’ then why not a film on child trafficking?”

He said there is nothing objectionable in the film.

“It is a work of fiction. I am not talking about any country or violence, nudity or graphical scenes. The way I have made this film… any family can watch this film without feeling embarrassed,” said Gupta.

“Why should I make a film with a message? I am not a documentary filmmaker. Let the audience decide as far as the message goes. They are trying to discourage a filmmaker. If you try to make something sensible, you are not allowed to make it…at least in our country,” he added.

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I’m not going to tone down just because I’m married: Ranveer Singh

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Mumbai, Dec 14: Actor Ranveer Singh will not change his personality after his marriage to Deepika Padukone and says he doesn’t want his wife and actress to change herself either.

Deepika and Ranveer got married in Italy last month.

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“Marriage is like the best thing that has ever happened to me. I feel some kind of magic, some kind of power, it’s like I’m invincible. You know in those superhero movies, you know that moment when the suit comes on. I feel like marriage has done that to me,” Ranveer said during a session at Times Network’s India Economic Conclave 2018.

He says getting married makes him feel “grounded, feel secure”.

“I’m really loving it. It has only been about 10-15 days now but it’s so nice, it’s so lovely. I would highly recommend it to the entire young population of the country. Take it from me, it’s great,” added the actor, who was present at the fifth edition of the conclave to talk about new age role models.

Asked whether the couple is planning to expand the family, he said: “It’s not my call really. I mean partly it is, but mostly it’s just her.”

“I allow her to make most of the decisions because she is just better at everything. I have no qualms in accepting that she is a much more evolved, a much more mature person than me. Of course I love her, but I respect and admire her for everything that she has achieved. She is a much greater person than me. She has achieved a lot more than me,” he added.

He says he has not toned down.

“Did you see what I was wearing for my wedding? I was wearing a leopard on my shoulder for one of the events. A leopard who had green lasers coming out of his eyes! How is that toned down? It was hot pink. Manish Arora made it especially for me. He is my spirit designer, and he’s really out there.

“I don’t think I’m going to tone down or change who I am just because now I’m married which leads me into the next part of my answer that if it happens, I’m not going to filter it. I’m just going to allow it to happen if it happens naturally.”

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Chris Pratt makes his love for Katherine official on her birthday

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Los Angeles, Dec 14: The “Guardians of the Galaxy” star Chris Pratt made his love for girlfriend Katherine Schwarzenegger public on her birthday.

He took to Instagram on Thursday to wish Katherine happy birthday. He shared a collage of intimate photographs of the two, which include Schwarzenegger giving Pratt a pedicure and both wearing face masks.

“Happy birthday Chief! Your smile lights up the room. I’ve cherished our time together,” Pratt wrote alongside the collage, which marked the first time he has shared a photo of the two together.

“Thrilled God put you in my life. Thankful for the laughs, kisses, talks, hikes, love and care, ” he further concluded.

On Wednesday, a source said that the two, who were first spotted together in June, are in a “serious relationship and everything is going well”, yet Pratt isn’t rushing to get engaged anytime soon.

“Chris just finalised his divorce from Anna (Faris) a couple months ago, and he’s happy with just dating Katherine for now. The couple has a lot of fun together and is fully involved in one another’s life,” the source said.

While they have remained out of the public eye, they have been spotted attending church, going to dinners and even hanging out with her star father Arnold and brother Patrick.

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Alia Bhatt breaks silence on her relationship with Ranbir Kapoor

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Mumbai, Dec 14: It seems that Bollywood actress Alia Bhatt is handling as many questions about the rumoured boyfriend, actor Ranbir Kapoor, as she is about her career that is going places.

Alia interacted with the media at the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards 2018 here on Thursday.

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When asked about Ranbir, the Raazi star said that she feels shy to talk about her relationship with her “Brahamastra” co-star.

In a recent interview with The Telegraph, Alia’s filmmaker father Mahesh Bhatt had said he feels happy that his daughter is in a relationship with Ranbir and added that he is a great guy for her.

Asked how does she look at acceptance from her father on her relationship with Ranbir, Alia said: “Why are you going into future? You should stay in the present moment. To be honest, I don’t want to talk about it.

“I am feeling shy but I love my father and anything he says obviously means the world to me, but I don’t want to talk about this right now.”

On her upcoming line-up of films, Alia said: ‘’Kalank’ is releasing next year on April 18 and ‘Gully Boy’ is releasing on February 14. ‘Gully Boy’ has been selected at Berlin Film Festival and ‘Brahmastra’ is releasing on Christmas, so what a fabulous next year it’s turning out for me.”

Alia made her Hindi film debut at the early age of 19 with “Student of The Year”. Now other star kids like Janhvi Kapoor and Sara Ali Khan have made their Hindi film debut this year.

How does it feel when people term her as ‘senior’ to Janhvi and Sara, she said: “I am not a senior. If you call it senior, then I am a senior to them but I don’t think there is such kind of vibe between us and they are not very much younger than me.

“They all are such beautiful girls. They treat me with a lot of warmth and shower upon me lot of love, so I will only give lots of love and warmth back to them.”

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