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It’s not a good environment in the film industry: Govinda

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Mumbai, Nov 23: Actor Govinda says the environment in the film industry is not good.

The actor said he is disappointed about the Central Board of Film Certification’s (CBFC) opposition to his forthcoming film “Rangeela Raja”. The censor board has suggested 20 cuts in “Rangeela Raja” for its theatrical release.

To oppose the CBFC’s decision, producer Pahlaj Nihalani had filed a petition earlier this month saying the suggestions were unjustified and uncalled for as he firmly believed that the film was not vulgar in any manner. He also hit out at the present CBFC head Prasoon Joshi, accusing him of being “politically motivated”.

When asked when the film will get released, Govinda said: “We will let media and audiences know about the release date of the film. It is unfortunate that CBFC has censored few scenes of our film and because of that, we had to take legal route to release the film.”

Govinda said this kind of environment is not good for the film industry.

“I don’t see any controversial scenes which are there in the film. I think it has been deliberately done to stop release of the film and it’s not a good environment in the film industry to release the film. I have started my film career with Pahlaj Nihalani’s film, so I hope this film releases without any difficulties,” he added.

Earlier, at a press conference, Govinda said that since the last few years some people are deliberately opposing his films’ release by not giving enough screen space and now CBFC has stopped the release of his upcoming film.

Do these things hurt him?

“It doesn’t hurt me as a person because in the initial period of my career, I haven’t seen such kind of treatment to my films but now people from politics are entering into film business and people from film industry are entering into politics, so that could be the reason that such kind of things are happening in the film industry.

“In the south film industry, we will never see such things because they co-operate with each other. So, we should learn something from them.”

“Rangeela Raja” is a comedy film, written and produced by Nihalani, and directed by Sikander Bharti. The film also features Shakti Kapoor, Prem Chopra and Mishika Chourasia and Anupama Agnihotri in lead roles.

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Patralekhaa opens up about her love story with Rajkummar Rao

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Mumbai, Jan 24: “CityLights” actress Patralekhaa doesn’t know about her future with her boyfriend and actor Rajkummar Rao, but says being together is enough for them.

“I saw him for the first time on-screen when I watched LSD (‘Love Sex Aur Dhokha’). I thought that the weird guy he played in the film was actually what he was like. My perception of him was already tarnished. He told me later, that he had first seen me in an ad and thought, ‘I’m going to marry her’. It was so ironic,” Patralekhaa said while looking back at the time when she met him for the first time.

“And once we started working together, it was magic. The kind of passion he had was powerful. He would bring everyone along with him like a tornado. He made sure that not only him, but everyone did their best, and I couldn’t respect him any more than I did then,” she added.

Patralekhaa opened up about her love story through a Facebook post on Humans of Bombay — through their alliance with the makers of “Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga”.

A Fox Star Hindi project, the film will highlight the complexities of being a homosexual in India. It stars Sonam K Ahuja, Anil Kapoor, Rajkummar Rao, Juhi Chawla, Abhishek Duhan, Seema Pahwa and Brijendra Kala. Directed by Shelly Chopra Dhar, it is co-produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Fox Star Studios. It will release on February 1 next year.

Patralekhaa says they connected when they started talking about “work, our love for cinema, our passion”.

“I saw him through his struggles, never giving up. How could we not fall for each other? We wouldn’t officially go on dates, but we would go for long drives, movies, or even sit at home and eat our hearts out. We would even accompany each other for auditions — silently seeping in support. It’s all we needed – that understanding,” said the actress.

She continued: “He would often go out of his way for me. Once, he was running late to see me, so he stopped the cab near the airport and ran all the way to Juhu! Not only that, but when we were earning very little, he surprised me with my favourite bag, which was ridiculously expensive!

“Years later, when we were in London, someone stole it! I remember calling him, sobbing, while he tried to calm me down. For me, the bag was all about the memories – he had bought it for me when he didn’t have much. That meant so much to me! Later, at our hotel, the exact same bag was waiting for me. These little things make me realise how lucky I am to have him.”

The best part, Patralekhaa says, is that Rajkummar makes her feel special.

“Isn’t that what a relationship needs? For two people to remind each other how grateful they are? He told me once that after I met his mom, she told him, ‘I have a feeling she’s the last one I’m meeting’. And she was right — we’ve been together for 8 years now.”

She says they are “equal”.

“I can tell you this, when you find someone you are grateful for — through the fights, the hurdles and the chaos, you should never forget to let them know you love them. And it doesn’t have to be with expensive gifts and dates — it can simply be with the way you hold them while they need it and when they don’t. For us, we don’t know what the future holds, but this, being together, is enough.”

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Kangana was born to play Rani Laxmibai: Manoj Kumar

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Veteran actor-filmmaker Manoj Kumar has praised actress Kanagna Ranaut after watching her forthcoming film ‘Manikarnika – The Queen of Jhansi’ by saying that she was born to play the character of Rani Laxmbai onscreen.

Kangana Ranaut starrer ‘Manikarnika – The Queen of Jhansi’ is a patriotic film based on the life of Rani Laxmibai of Jhansi. ‘Manikarnika…’ features Kangana Ranaut, Atul Kulkarni and Ankita Lokhande in pivotal roles.

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Kartik Aaryan, Kriti Sanon starrer ‘Luka Chuppi’ trailer out

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Mumbai, Jan 24: The much-awaited trailer of Kartik Aaryan and Kriti Sanonstarrer ‘Luka Chuppi’ was finally released on Thursday.

The film revolves around live-in relationship drama between Kriti and Kartik and the trailer describes its premises in the best possible way.

While Kartik is a star reporter of a local TV channel, Kriti is a Mathura-based girl who returned to her hometown after studying in Delhi.

The trailer shows Kartik proposing to Kriti for marriage but she, instead, proposes to try out live-in relationship before taking the big step. Things go for a toss when Kartik’s parents come to live with the couple.

Watch the much entertaining trailer here!

Both the actors are working with each other for the first time.

The film is directed by Laxman Utekar and being produced by Dinesh Vijan of Maddock Films. It also stars Vinay Pathak, Pankaj Tripathi and Aparshakti Khurana.

Luka Chuppi is slated to hit the screens on March 1.

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