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I won’t show ‘Indu Sarkar’ to anyone: Madhur Bhandarkar

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Kolkata, July 14: National Award-winner Madhur Bhandarkar, who has had several run-ins with the censor board over his critically-acclaimed projects, is exasperated at having to give all kinds of explanations about his next outing “Indu Sarkar”, which is set against the backdrop of the 1975-77 Emergency.

The director is clear that he “won’t show the film” to anyone, especially politicos demanding exclusive screenings.

“I don’t want to politicise the whole thing. Ultimately the story of the film is not (about) politics. The era is that of the Emergency. We don’t want to connect with politics. We want to have a release so that each and every human being can connect with the movie,” Bhandarkar told IANS in an interview here.

With a fortnight to go for the release, Bhandarkar just wants to stick to the July 28 release date.

“I don’t want to miss the release date,” he stressed.

The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has suggested 12 cuts and two disclaimers in the film that features Neil Nitin Mukesh, Kirti Kulhari and Tota Roy Chaudhary.

The three-minute trailer of the film was unveiled on June 16.

Controversy over the film has ranged from reactions against the censor board (which recently drew severe flak over “Lipstick Under My Burkha”), backlash against the filmmaker (a Congress representative has announced prize money for any person who can blacken the filmmaker’s face) to politicos demanding exclusive screenings ahead of censor certification for approvals.

“I won’t show the film. If somebody wants to see the film later, then we will take a call. Let the authorities first clear the film, till that time I am not going to show the film (to anyone). Let the censor take a call. I feel the revising committee will be more liberal,” the 48-year-old asserted.

The trailer has prompted Congress leaders like Jyotiraditya Scindia to allege the film is “fully sponsored”. Legal notices have also been sent by a woman claiming to be Sanjay Gandhi’s daughter, who has termed the trailer ‘shocking and grossly misleading’ in its portrayal of the late Congress leader.

“People were saying the film is sponsored, why are they keeping quiet now? Why are they not talking after I have got all the cuts,” an irritated Bhandarkar asked.

Amid all this, Congress leader Jagdish Tytler has written a letter to the filmmaker demanding to see the research behind it, worried over the negative portrayal of a character that apparently resembles him.

“Jagdish wants a clean image in the film — but he has not seen the movie. So how can he say like that? They are having knee-jerk reactions, they are agitating, there’s no point. Have I taken his name in the film? No. Then? Let him see the film and then he should decide,” the “Chandni Bar” and “Fashion” filmmaker said.

But for the umpteenth time, the Padma Shri recipient wonders why the censor board passes certain lines in the trailer but objects to other words in the film.

“Trailer was accepted and loved by everybody. I didn’t get any criticism. The censor board didn’t criticise. They loved the film, they felt these words (like ‘RSS’ and even ‘Kishore Kumar’) should not be there,” Bhandarkar clarified.

“I said, ‘What yardsticks you are using?’ The trailer has been passed. ‘Ab Is desh mein Gandhi ke mayne badal chuke hain.’ These are the lines passed in the trailer. So why are you not allowing (words) in the film,” he said.

With “Indu Sarkar” wading into troubled waters, has the film fraternity been forthcoming in expressing solidarity?

“Nobody has spoken about it much. I understand their fear because of the political tones attached to the film, because film people don’t want to take a stand, especially when the film is political. They will call me and say ‘we are behind you’ but ‘we don’t want to come in the open, yaar, yeh toh political film hai’,” he conceded.

Bhandarkar also pointed to the cinematic liberties taken in Hollywood vis-a-vis films on Holocaust, civil rights and liberties, etc.

Asked about the balance between cinematic liberties and the sense of responsibility in filmmaking, Bhandarkar noted: “I have been making films since so many years. I have a trail of cinema which is topical. I am a responsible citizen. I am a National Award winner, a Padma Shri. I don’t make films for promotions, publicity, etc.”

By Sahana Ghosh

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Varun Dhawan dances with fans on Hindi numbers in Bangkok mall

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Bangkok, June 23: From “Tan tana tan” to “Badrinath ki dulhania” and “Palat”, actor Varun Dhawan danced to his popular tracks at a mall here on Saturday.

Fans flocked in huge numbers at the luxurious Emquartier mall here, just to get a glimpse of their favourite star Varun, who looked dapper in a casual white t-shirt, jeans and powder blue shirt.

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As Varun entered, the crowd welcomed him with loud cheers and whistles. He even shook a leg with two children and was heard speaking in Thai.

The actor also reminisced about shooting in Bangkok for his film “Main Tera Hero” in 2014. The film also starred Ileana D’Cruz and Nargis Fakhri.

The “Badlapur” star also gave away six passes to his fans of the 19th edition of the International Indian Films Academy (IIFA) Weekend and Awards main gala, which will be held on Sunday.

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Apart from Varun, several Bollywood personalities like Arjun Kapoor, Bobby Deol and Shraddha Kapoor will be seen lighting the stage in Sunday.

This year’s IIFA commencing will not just feature power-packed performances by celebrities including the evergreen Rekha — performing live on stage after 20 years — but will seek to raise awareness about women’s empowerment, gender equality and plastic pollution.

The event, which will be taking place at the Siam Niramit theatre, will be co-hosted by filmmaker Karan Johar and actor Riteish Deshmukh.

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Nick Jonas makes his relationship with Priyanka Chopra Insta-official

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New Delhi, June 23: Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra have just made their relationship Instagram official!

Months of rumours and speculations, finally lead up to this moment of the two lovers going public and what better place than in Mumbai?

Media reports had suggested earlier that Priyanka brought Nick to India to introduce him to her mother Madhu Chopra. Well, the American singer did meet Priyanka’s mother over dinner at an upscale restaurant in Mumbai’s Bandra.

Post the dinner, the two were photographed stepping out of the posh eatery hand-in-hand, adding fuel to the fire.

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By posting a super cute video on his Instagram story, Nick made his relationship with Desi girl Instagram official!

The video shows Priyanka walking toward him while she danced in the rain and he captioned it, “Her” alongside a heart-eyes emoji.

Earlier this month, Nick took Priyanka home to meet his family at his cousin’s wedding in New Jersey. Priyanka also had brunch with Nick’s family members and was seen spending some quality time with them.

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The stars first sparked romance rumours at the 2017 MET Gala, when they walked the red-carpet together.

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Joe Jackson hospitalized, in final stages of terminal cancer

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Los Angeles, June 23: Joe Jackson, father of Michael, Janet and the performing family, and architect of The Jackson 5, is in the final stages of terminal cancer, a source close to the situation confirmed to Variety.com.

Family members, including his wife Katherine, are said to have visited him in the hospital this week, reports the website.

Jackson, 89, has suffered from a variety of ailments in recent years, including dementia, strokes, and at least one heart attack, according to reports. He was injured in a car accident a year ago.

The famously headstrong Jackson, the father of 11 children, drove his performing family hard and at times subjected them to physical and mental abuse; the original Jackson 5 included sons Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon, and Michael, although younger sibling Randy also performed with the group and daughters LaToya, Rebbie, and, most famously, Janet also released albums.

Over the decades, Joe has had a contentious relationship with many family members, including Michael.

The Daily Mail claims that Jackson’s “handlers” had barred certain family members from visiting him, which son and former Jackson 5 member Jermaine spoke about to the paper.

The Jackson family patriarch has lived in Las Vegas for several years. One of his most recent public appearances was at the BET Awards in 2015, attending with his daughter Janet as she accepted the ultimate icon award. That same year, he suffered a stroke that reportedly left him with temporarily blurred vision.

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