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‘Half Girlfriend’ to release across 1600 Indian screens

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Mumbai, April 21 : Shraddha Kapoor and Arjun Kapoor-starrer “Half Girlfriend” will release across 1600 screens in India on May 19.

NH Studioz, an initiative of Narendra Hirawat and Co., has bagged the distribution rights of the movie, directed by Mohit Suri.

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“Movies based on adaptations from books by authors like Chetan Bhagat, appeal to the younger generation as we have seen in the past. We have internally seen the content of ‘Half Girlfriend’, and are enthusiastic about the storyline and performance of the actors.”

“For the success of a film, it is important to take the movie to the right audiences. In our last venture for ‘Begum Jaan’, the content was very different and strong. As compared to ‘Half Girlfriend’, ‘Begum Jaan’ needed to be taken to more mature audiences and that is exactly what we did by limiting the number of screens to 956,” Shreyans Hirawat, Managing Director of NH Studioz, said in a statement.

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“Half Girlfriend” is an adaptation of Chetan Bhagat’s best-selling novel by the same name. Arjun plays the role of Madhav Jha and Shraddha essays the role of Riya Somani in the film, which is set against the backdrop of three distinct worlds of Delhi, Patna and New York.

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Films are still hero-centric, says Juhi Chawla

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New Delhi, Dec 16: Juhi Chawla feels there is a lot of pressure on the girls on-screen today, and wonders if wearing shorter dresses and aiming for a “size-zero” frame is really an “expression of freedom”. The actress says a lot has changed for women in showbiz, but some aspects continue to remain the same.

The actress, who joined the team of Epic channel’s TV show “Sharanam” as a narrator, doesn’t understand the pressure on women to “prove their equality”.

“I am not exactly sure what’s going on about any debate on gender, equality and stuff in the world right now. Some things have changed for the better and some… I am not sure if we are headed in the right direction. As in, 15 years ago there used to be one or two women on the sets of a film with 100 men. Today, there would be may be 35 women and 65 men in a film unit, which is great,” Juhi told IANS in an email.

“So, yes, the opportunity to go out and be working and the freedom has increased for women. But on the other hand, films are still hero-centric… In a majority of the films, the hero is the hero,” she added.

The actress feels the pressure on actresses is also increasing.

“I feel we are putting a lot of pressure on the girls on-screen. They are wearing tinier clothes, they are becoming size-zero, they have to look very cool and comfortable with live-in relationships…. Why so much pressure on women? Is this an expression of freedom? Is it, truly?

“I don’t even see why it is a question that women should prove their equality. I feel they were anyway superior. I mean women are one half of society and are responsible for creating the other half. So why do they have to prove anything?”

A former Miss India Universe, Juhi made her cinematic debut with the 1986 film “Sultanat”. But she came into the spotlight in 1988 with the success of romantic drama “Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak”, which also featured Aamir Khan.

She carved a niche with hits like “Darr”, “Hum Hain Rahi Pyaar Ke”, “Mr. & Mrs. Khiladi”, “Ishq” and “Duplicate”.

She experimented with her craft after her marriage to businessman Jai Mehta in 1998, by taking up films like “3 Deewarein”, “My Brother Nikhil” and “Jhankaar Beats”. In the past few years, Juhi was seen in “Gulaab Gang” and “Chalk N Duster”.

There are reports that she might get back together with superstar Shah Rukh Khan for a cameo in Aanand L. Rai’s project, and might star with Anil Kapoor in Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s “Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga”.

But neither is there any confirmation on the projects, nor did Juhi choose to speak about them.

Talking about the kind of work she wants to do, Juhi said: “As long as I can, I will be acting — whether on-screen or by making an appearance on television. I will continue it — may be a little less than before.

“I am working in a film which will go on the floors in January and again it is a very interesting script. I think you will hear more details from the production house which at some point will make its announcement. Meanwhile, ‘Sharanam’… and I am considering some more work on television.”

What should one expect with “Sharanam”?

“The beauty, the richness, the culture, the wisdom and knowledge that people have… that is what you will see in the show ‘Sharanam’,” she said.

– By Sugandha Rawal

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Would love to do Prem Chopra’s role from ‘Do Anjaane’, says Sharman Joshi

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Mumbai, Dec 16: Actor Sharman Joshi, son-in-law of veteran actor Prem Chopra, says he would love to essay the role of the senior actor from the film “Do Anjaane”.

“Do Anjaane”, starring Amitabh Bachchan and Rekha, released in 1976. Prem Chopra had won a Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award for it too.

“I would like to play his role from ‘Do Anjaane’. It was such a remarkable film and his character was amazing. I think, Prem Chopra got many awards for that film and that is the film I would like to do,” Sharman said at a celebration for Prem Chopra’s 60 years in the film industry here on Thursday.

Sharman, who was there with his wife Prerana, also lauded his father-in-law as a thorough professional and exceptional human being.

“He is an exceptional professional and human being. I am really fortunate to know him at such a personal level. I’ve spent many evenings with him and I have had the pleasure of hearing some wonderful anecdotes.

“I’ve been able to watch him closely as a human being and learn so much and inspire myself. In fact, I have tried to imbibe and live a life that he has lived — one of complete discipline, hard work, perseverance and determination. I am very proud of him.”

Celebrities like Jeetendra, Rakesh Roshan, Sharman Joshi with his wife Prerana Chopra, Indra Kumar, Harish Kumar and Mukesh Rishi graced the party.

Rakesh said: “It is such a huge achievement for Prem Chopra. And for all of us, an example. He has been in the industry for such a long time and still working. He is such a lovely man, just like his name. We are really good friends. I wish him a long run ahead.”

Prem Chopra was last seen on-screen in comedy drama “Patel Ki Punjaabi Shaadi”.

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We have wronged Mahira Khan, says Rahul Dholakia

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Mumbai, Dec 15: Filmmaker Rahul Dholakia, who directed Mahira Khan in the 2017 film “Raees”, says Indians have “wronged” the Pakistani actress.

While Mahira was in Dubai for the Masala! Awards 2017, Mahira spoke to film news platform Bollywood Hungama, and said: “Whether it was Shah Rukh Khan or Rahul or Ritesh Batra or Farhan Akhtar, they all have been so amazing. At the end of the day, it’s about films, which is bigger than all of us combined. The film needed to be released. The film had to do well. They were all amazing. They still are.”

Dholakia found it “so sweet”.

He shared the link of her interview on Twitter on Friday, and commented: “Somewhere I feel we have wronged her. Our people forgot that she is an artist, not the enemy! We took away her right as an actor! Unfair. Mahira Khan you are wonderful and thank you for being a part of ‘Raees’.”

Mahira came to India last year to shoot for the film alongside Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan.

However, she was not allowed to attend the promotional events of the film in India after a ban was imposed by some groups on Pakistani artistes to work in India.

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