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Mumbai, Dec 7: Actor Shahid Kapoor, one of the three lead actors of controversial film “Padmavati”, hopes the audience understands his part as Rawal Ratan Singh. He feels it’s a character that would make people want to be “better” in today’s time.

The actor stressed on the need for inspiring characters while discussing his role as Rani Padmavati’s husband and a warrior king Rawal Ratan Singh in “Padmavati” with GQ India for December 2017 issue, a statement said.

“I remember when ‘Gladiator’ came out and Russell Crowe played Maximus, the character felt too good to be true. But it inspired me so much. That was a strong reference for me because I wondered how you play a character who is so noble and good, and make him connect with people today,” Shahid said.

“Sometimes cinema has the power to make us aspire to be something better. Of course, there’s a lot of value in playing something that’s real; I’m coming from ‘Udta Punjab’, where I played a coked-out, crazy pop star – not at all the kind of guy you would want to be, not even the kind of guy you would want to be in a room with.

“With him, I wondered how to get people to understand someone so off-the-hook, this free radical jumping all over the place. But people got him. I hope they get Rawal Ratan Singh as well. He’s extremely powerful, but always steady in all kinds of high-pressure situations.

“I’ve always admired people who can do that. We’re living in a time where we need to be inspired by characters who make us want to be better, because there’s a lot happening in the world.”

Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s attempt to bring alive the story of Rani Padmavati on the silver screen with his movie “Padmavati” hasn’t gone down well with Hindu groups backed by the BJP. It also features Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh in pivotal roles.

“Padmavati” is being slammed for alleged distortion of historical facts about the Rajput queen. The film was scheduled to release on December 1, but it was deferred.

Shahid also spoke about how Ratan Singh protects his wife from invader Alauddin Khilji, essayed by Ranveer.

He said: “The most difficult part was that he is the least known among the three characters. There are several gaps in our knowledge, and it was up to me to fill them appropriately. It was important to understand what type of king I was playing – we’ve had great kings, we’ve had terrible kings, we’ve had blunderers, kings who’ve become saints.

“Ratan Singh was a warrior king who falls in love with this exceptionally beautiful woman. They get married and are very happy together when another man (Alauddin Khilji) enters the picture. It’s a story about a husband and wife, but also a king and a queen.”

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See Photos & Videos of Dipika-Shoaib’s Haldi, Mehendi & Sangeet Ceremony

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New Delhi, Feb 22: The wedding festivities have begun for television actors Dipika Kakar and Shoaib Ibrahim, who are getting married on February 26.

The groom-to-be shared pictures from the haldi and mehendi ceremony and they are every bit dreamy.

Dipika and Shoaib posed for the cameras with haldi smeared on their faces. Their mehendi and sangeet ceremonies were hosted on Wednesday.

Check out  the pictures videos and from Dipika Kakar and Shoaib Ibrahim’s wedding festivities.

HALDI CEREMONY:

The pictures of their haldi ceremony looked no less than a fairy tale affair.

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MEHENDI CEREMONY

Dipika, the bride-to-be, was dressed in black for the mehendi and Shoaib opted for an orange and black kurta pyjama.

In the pictures and videos that have been shared by their fan clubs, Dipika is seen busy with her mehendi rituals and Shoaib too got his bride’s name written on his palm.

SANGEET CEREMONY

 

For the sangeet, Dipika opted for a yellow sharara. They were seen dancing to some Bollywood tracks. Have a look!

The wedding will take place in Bhopal, Shoaib’s hometown. “Shoaib and Dipika, both wanted a very personalised affair.

Being quite private people, they chose to have the ceremonies in Bhopal to avoid the constant media attention.

Also, with Shoaib’s family residing there, it helped them in organising a grand yet a close-knit wedding. Only the closest of the friends have been invited but the rest would get to wish the newlyweds in a reception in Mumbai, the dates of which hasn’t been fixed yet,” reported Indian Express.

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Amitabh Bachchan starts following Congress leaders on Twitter, fuels speculation

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New Delhi, Feb 22: Megastar Amitabh Bachchan has started following some senior Congress leaders on Twitter of late, triggering speculation over his sudden interest in the party that he was once close to and had later drifted away from.

After following Congress president Rahul Gandhi and the party’s official Twitter handle, he began following senior party leaders like P Chidambaram, Kapil Sibal, Ahmed Patel, Ashok Gehlot, Ajay Maken, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Sachin Pilot and CP Joshi, from this month, reported PTI.

Mr Bachchan, who was once close to the Nehru-Gandhi family and was a friend of late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, is currently the brand ambassador of Gujarat. He has over 33.1 million followers on Twitter and follows only 1,689 people. His sudden love for the Congress and some other opposition leaders has taken social media by surprise.

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Bigg Boss Kannada set gutted in fire at Innovative Film City near Bengaluru

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Bengaluru, Feb 22: A major fire broke out on Thursday at the Innovative Film City in Bidadi, about 40 km from here, which gutted the sets of reality show “Bigg Boss Kannada” and melted down a wax museum, police said.

The fire service personnel have doused the blaze. There were no casualties in the incident, Sub-Inspector A.V. Kumar told news agency IANS.

“The fire is suspected to have broken out at about 3 a.m., and has completely burned down the ‘Bigg Boss Kannada’ set and a wax museum,” Kumar said.

The cause of the fire was under investigation, he said.

Goods worth few lakhs of rupees, were estimated to have been destroyed in the fire.

Innovative Film City, situated in Ramanagara district, is an entertainment park and film studio that houses several reality television shows’ sets and museums.

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