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Flora Saini: There has been a definite change post MeToo movement

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New Delhi, Nov 7 : It’s now over a year since the #MeToo movement gave voice to numerous women who have experienced sexual harassment and assault in their lives. “Stree” fame actress Flora Saini was one of them, who had shared her #MeToo story on public domain. She had accused Bollywood producer Gaurang Doshi of physically abusing her.

In an interview to IANS, Flora opened up about the changes she has witnessed in the industry post #MeToo movement, revealing how director-actor Farhan Akhtar ensured proper women safety on the sets of his show “Inside Edge”.

“There has been a definite change in the industry post #MeToo movement. Even before the movement, I’ve been a part of Farhan Akhtar’s team, and, trust me, we had pamphlets all around the set saying, ‘this is a women work safe area, if there’s anything you would like to tell us, please feel free to come to us and we are standing by you’,” recalled Flora.

“I think it’s a kind of change which is beautiful because we all have women in our lives — mother, sisters, friends — and the least we can do is make the work environment safe for them,” she said.

Flora added: “We’ve just woken up to an entire breed of gentlemen who were always there but somehow we couldn’t recognise. Now, these gentlemen are coming to the forefront, and that’s the best part. The people who needed to be scared are scared. They’ll think twice, maybe because reputation and image are involved. I think that’s a beautiful change. Yes, change is definitely happening.”

Talking about Flora’s work projects, she recently featured in the Bengali web show “Dupur Thakurpo”, in which she essays the role of Phulwa Boudi. She says the language was not a barrier at all.

“A lot of people don’t know that my father was in the army and he was posted in Calcutta and Calcutta is where I started my modelling, was my home ground, my school from where everything started, was right there in Calcutta, where I won few pageants, I also starred in Penalty, there was a TV show, that was my first stint in front of the moving camera. So, Bangla for me was not tough. Bengali is like Hindi just spoken little differently, more sweetly. Language was not that bigger bar for me, also because I stayed there so I understood,” she said.

Flora has worked in several shows and films but she was most noticeable as the ghost in Amar Kaushik’s “Stree”.

According to her, it was a milestone project in her career.

“It’s been a fantastic journey so far. I’m so glad and so blessed to see days like today. Like what they say about the industry, any Friday can change your life around, for me that did happen with ‘Stree’ and ‘Gandii Baat’, these two have been really iconic in my life and they did turn my life totally around. Because of those projects, I got the recognition which I was craving for so long,” Flora added.

(Simran Sethi can be contacted at [email protected])

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Karan Johar on self-isolation after two household staff test COVID-19 positive

“We will also ensure that the best treatment and care is provided to them during the illness, and we are sure that they will be fighting fit soon.”

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Mumbai, May 25 : Two members of Karan Johar’s household staff have tested coronavirus positive. While the filmmaker and his family have tested negative, they will be in self-isolation for the next 14 days.

On Monday, Karan Johar issued a statement which reads: “I would like to inform you that two members of our household staff have tested positive for COVID 19. As soon as the symptoms were detected, they were put under quarantine in a section of our building. The BMC was informed immediately, and the building has been fumigated and sterilized by them as per the norms.”

“The rest of us in the family and the staff are all safe and display no symptoms. We have all taken the swab test this morning, and have tested negative, but will remain in self isolation for the next 14 days for the safety of everyone around us. We stand by our commitment to safeguard everyone and have ensured that all measures prescribed by the authorities have been strictly adhered to.”

“We will also ensure that the best treatment and care is provided to them during the illness, and we are sure that they will be fighting fit soon.”

“These are difficult times but by staying in our homes and taking the right precautions, there is no doubt in my mind that we can defeat this virus. Stay home everyone and stay safe.”

Recently, the house help of another Bollywood producer, Boney Kapoor, tested COVID-19 positive. The help, Charan Sahu, has been placed under quarantine. As per reports, two more staff members at Kapoor’s house have tasted coronavirus positive.

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Salman Khan’s Eid 2020 blockbuster is a song titled ‘Bhai bhai’

This is the third song that Salman has released during the lockdown after “Pyar karona” and “Tere bina”.

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Mumbai, May 25 : Bollywood superstar Salman Khan has ‘released an Eid 2020 blockbuster for fans, after all! Since the lockdown prevented him from releasing his film “Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai” as earlier planned, the superstar has gone ahead and released a brand new song, titled “Bhai bhai”.

The song, sung by Salman himself, is the actor’s gift to his fans on the occasion of Eid, which was on Monday. The peppy track talks of communal harmony.

“Maine aap subb ke liye kuch banaya hai, dekh ke batana kaisa laga… Aap subb ko eid mubarakh (I have created something for you, see how you like it… Wishing all of you Eid mubarak)… #BhaiBhai,” tweeted Salman Khan on Monday evening.

The actor also shared: “May all of us be blessed with the strength to deal with the pandemic this year. Since we couldn’t release our film this Eid, I have worked on a very special song for all my wonderful fans. It is called ‘Bhai bhai’ as it celebrates the spirit of brotherhood and unity. Eid is the best day to release this as it is also the festival that brings people close to each other. I hope people enjoy the song as much as I did while making it for them.”

On Eid this year, Salman couldn’t keep his box office date with fans by releasing a new film as he does every year. He was scheduled to release “Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai”, co-starring Disha Parani and directed by Prabhu Deva this week. The film promises to be a heavy-duty action entertainer.

Coming back to “Bhai bhai”, the video of the song has been shot with minimal crew and resources at the actor’s farmhouse in Panvel, where he has been spending the lockdown days with a few family members and friends.

“Bhai bhai” has been composed by music composer duo Sajid-Wajid while the lyrics have been penned by Salman Khan and Danish Sabri, and the rap portion written by Ruhaan Arshad.

This is the third song that Salman has released during the lockdown after “Pyar karona” and “Tere bina”.

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Karan Johar treats himself with new look on birthday

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Mumbai, May 25 (IANS) Karan Johar ditched his grey mane on his birthday, and opted for a more youthful look. The filmmaker said he decided to colour his hair when his children asked him why he was looking old.

Karan turned 48 on May 25. He revealed his new look on Instagram with a video.

“Grey hair can elicit multiple reactions. I can personally relate to it as I got all kinds of comments from uber cool to hello uncle,” Karan said.

“When my kids asked why I was looking old, I decided to try and colour my hair at home,” he added.

Ever since the lockdown started, K.Jo was seen flaunting grey hair on social media. Last month, he opened about his new look.

In a video conversation with actor Varun Dhawan, Karan was seen sporting grey hair. He said: “I am debuting with this look of mine with silver hair on your Insta chat and on your birthday.”Varun complimented Karan for his hair and said: “You look like a Bond villain.”

Varun asked the director why didn’t he colour his hair, he replied: “Anyway my kids (Yash and Roohi) are calling me buddha, so I thought let me just flaunt my greys a bit.”

On another instance, he shared a selfie in that look, and wrote: “I know my acting stint was scarier than the current virus but there is no harm in hoping for a second chance! So to all enterprising casting directors, to all risk taking filmmakers , to critics with a high threshold of pain and to easy to please audiences I have an announcement to make!!!! I AM AVAILABLE FOR FATHER ROLES! ( at 48 with a poor track record I promise i can’t afford to be choosy).”

Now, he has got a new look, and he posted a caption along with the video.

He wrote: “Hi guys!!! So it’s been 20 days and I still haven’t got any offer for the FATHER ROLES! Clearly, my grey hair look wasn’t as cool as I thought. Even my kids have started calling me buddhha. So, what better day than my birthday to be my sexy self again and to surprise all of you with my (not so) new look!”

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