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I am not Sanjay Dutt’s best friend, says Rajkumar Hirani

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Mumbai, Sep 13: Filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani says he is not actor Sanjay Dutt’s close friend.

From Sanjay’s drug addiction, personal affairs, a jail term for possession of arms in connection with the 1993 serial blasts, to his bonds with his parents and friends — Hirani’s “Sanju” delved into different aspects of the actor’s life but many felt that the film also left out a lot. The makers were even accused of whitewashing, media bashing and glorification.

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“The film ‘Sanju’ has nothing to do with my relationship with Sanjay (Dutt). I could have made some other film may be ‘PK’ part two or another part of ‘3 Idiots’ but I got carried away by hearing his story,” Hirani said.

“I don’t think I am his best friend, I made the film because of his story,” Hirani told screenwriter Anjum Rajabali at the Indian Film and TV Directors Association’s (IFTDA) special masterclass on Wednesday here.

“Though I have done two films with him like ‘Lage Raho Munna Bhai’ and ‘Munna Bhai M.B.B.S.’ I have never partied with him. I do not come under his friend circle. He is close with Sanjay Gupta, Mahesh Manjrekar and those people,” added the filmmaker.

Recollecting one incident, he said: “I remember during the shoot of ‘Munna Bhai…’, when Mahesh or Sanjay used to come and chat with him on-set about party, drinking etc. Sanjay used to feel very uncomfortable if I was present there. So, I would say I am not Sanjay’s closest friend but made the film and put out my perception of his character.”

What was his perception of Sanjay?

“My perception of Sanjay was that, though most of his actions are wrong, like sleeping with a friend’s girlfriend, keeping the gun, doing drugs etc. But he is not a villain, he is not a bad man from his heart,” he added.

“Sanju” touched upon a few important chapters of Sanjay’s life, and Hirani says finding the base of all the anecdotes for the story was tricky.

“A filmmaker makes a film from his interpretation of a story. In Sanjay’s story, how he got the firearms, what he did with that when police arrested him — could be the story of a whole film. In fact, I think if Anurag Kashyap made Sanjay’s story, he would have made the film based on that chapter. If someone wants to sensationalise (the story), (they) would make a story about his girlfriends. But I was interested in what was happening between him and his father. I was interested in a father-son relationship,” Hirani said.

He feels it is good that he made the film now.

“When someone asked me that why I made a film on Sanjay since he is alive, I said that at least, I heard from him, so it is authentic. After his death different people will tell their perception of Sanjay,” he added.

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Case filed against Salman Khan, ‘Love Yatri’ team in Bihar

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Patna, Sep 22: A case has been lodged against Bollywood actor-producer Salman Khan and others associated with his upcoming home production “Love Yatri”, which was earlier titled “Loveratri”, in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district following the order of the local court, police said on Saturday.

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The film was earlier titled ‘LoveRatri’

“An FIR was lodged on Friday against Salman Khan and six others including Aayush Sharma, Warina Hussain, director Abhiraj K. Minawala, Ram Kapoor and Ronit Roy in Mithanpura police station following the order of the court,” police station officer-in-charge Vijay Prasad Rai told IANS.

Rai said that the case was lodged against Salman and others in pursuance of an order passed by the court of Sub Divisional Judicial Magistrate last week.

The court has passed the order on the complaint of an advocate Sudhir Kumar Ojha.

In the complaint, Ojha has claimed that the title of the movie made fun of the holy festival of Navaratri. He also alleged that the promos of the movie suggested that it contained vulgarity and could hurt the sentiments of Hindus.

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Still from ‘LoveYatri’

“I am happy that a case has been lodged against Salman and others for playing with a popular festival and sentiments of people,” Ojha said.

Earlier this week, Salman had announced on Twitter that the movie’s title has been changed from “Loveratri” to “Love Yatri”. The film is slated to open on October 5.

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Neil Nitin Mukesh, wife Rukmini name their baby girl `Nurvi`

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Mumbai, Sep 22: Bollywood actor Neil Nitin Mukesh on Saturday took to Twitter to reveal the name of his daughter, a day after she was born.

Taking to his Instagram account, Neil wrote that he and his wife Rukmini are proud to announce the arrival of their “darling daughter, Nurvi”. The entire Mukesh family is elated,”.

“Both mother and daughter are well by the grace of God,” he added.

Rukmini delivered the baby at the Breach Candy Hospital here on September 21.

In April, Neil had announced via Instagram that they were going to become parents soon and that they were “very excited” for the next phase in their life.

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Neil married Mumbai-based Rukmini in February 2017. It was an arranged marriage and they had a courtship of one month.

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The actor, who is the grandson of legendary singer Mukesh and son of veteran singer Nitin Mukesh, is known for films like “Johnny Gaddaar”, “New York”, “David” and “7 Khoon Maaf”.

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Celebs dazzle at Isha Ambani’s engagement bash in Italy, See Pics

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New Delhi, Sep 22: Many stars on Friday attended Reliance Industries Chairman and Managing Director Mukesh Ambani’s daughter Isha Ambani’s engagement bash in Italy.

The Ambani family is hosting a three-day extravaganza to celebrate the engagement of Isha with Anand Piramal in picturesque Lake Como, in northern Italy on the lap of Alps.

The three-day Isha and Anand engagement ceremony began from Friday.

The list of guests included Priyanka Chopra and fiance Nick Jonas, along with Anil Kapoor, Manish Malhotra, Janhvi Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor with hubby Anand Ahuja among others.

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Other celebrities who are expected to attend the grand celebration are Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Karan Johar, Alia Bhatt and many more.

Social media is abuzz with the pictures of the newly engaged couple, Priyanka and Nick. The two looked stunning in traditional Manish Malhotra attire.

Anil Kapoor looked dapper as he attended the Ambani bash. He took to social media to share a picture from the event.

Isha and Anand are reportedly set to tie the knot in December this year.

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Anand, son of Swati and Ajay Piramal, is the founder of Piramal Realty, one of India’s most admired real estate companies. Earlier this year, he proposed to his long-time friend Isha at a temple in Mahabaleshwar.

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