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Jai Kisan: Bollywood hails Maharashtra farmers rally

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Mumbai, March 12: Bollywood celebrities like Riteish Deshmukh, Dia Mirza and Onir on Monday expressed support and respect for the farmers community as an estimated 35,000 peasants completed a 180-km march to Mumbai over six days to bring to the notice of the government the agrarian crisis gripping the state.

The group of peasants — men, women, youth and even seniors — abandoned their night’s rest, to march from the Somaiya Grounds, Vidyavihar, starting 2 a.m. (Monday) to reach the historic Azad Maidan at dawn, to avoid inconveniencing students appearing for the ongoing board examinations.

This gesture has been hailed by Bollywood celebrities, some of whom have saluted the spirit of the farmers and some of whom have commented on their plight with a pun.

Here’s what they said:

Riteish Deshmukh: Farmers walked 180 km, asking for the rightful compensation for their crop. On their last stretch they walked all night making sure they didn’t disturb the SSC board examinations. Compassion, respect, salute, Jai Kisan.

Dia Mirza: Our destinies are entwined. Our farmers grow our food. Their lives and livelihood are in peril because of climate change, exploitative middle men, lack of sustainable support. Stand by our farmers.

Onir: Respect Kisan Long March. These farmers have kindness far beyond most arrogant political rallies who don’t care about public inconvenience.

Prakash Raj: With blisters in the foot… hunger in their eyes, our farmers have walked seeking fairplay, dignity. This is the truth because of your lies and failed promises… Will you give them justice as they knock at your door… before they rise to knock you out #justasking.

Siddhartha Basu: Not just the Maharashtra government, all of India needs to listen and respond positively to the acute distress of our farmers everywhere.

Shirish Kunder: As long as the farmers and soldiers are willing to die for us, respect? The moment they protest against any injustice, political agenda? We love docile cows!

Shruti Seth: You can be sure that this will be turned into a political slugfest and the poor farmers will return home empty handed. And then the government will deflect all the attention to something absolutely nonsensical. Hope we grow brains by 2019.

Maria Goretti: My heart goes out to our farmers and their plight… my grandparents were farmers, I know how difficult this is.

Pritish Nandy: The Indian farmer is an amazing person. He is fighting a losing battle against nature, life and the state for years now. He deserves our respect and support. Not political cliches.

Kunal Kemmu: I feel very emotional listening to the plight of the farmers and their stories. Walking barefoot and with bare necessities and still being as patient, calm and disciplined. I really hope we find a way to help end the prolonged ordeal of the backbone of this country – Jai Kisan!

Atul Kasbekar: Massive respect! Farmers in the mammoth agitation agreed to walk across the city at night so as to not inconvenience citizens, especially kids appearing for exams.

Abhishek Kapoor: Put yourself in the farmers’ shoes today. They’ve walked a very long way to be heard. Hope they get what they want cause it’s going to be a long and hard summer. Please don’t whine about traffic jams.

R. Madhavan: I totally and whole heartedly support this for all farmers in this nation. Let’s make that difference.

Rahul Dholakia: Should write a film (that’s all what I can do) where the protagonist dupes the bank of thousands of crores and then he distributes the money to all the farmers to clear their debts and escapes abroad! And just imagine if the bank belonged to Netas! Farmers rock.

Puri Jagan: Bhaiya gobhi kaise diye? – 20/kg — Bhaiya 15 ka laga do. Domino’s, 1 medium pizza. – Rs 285 — Rs 300. Keep the change. “Farmers are dying”

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Alia Bhatt breaks silence on her relationship with Ranbir Kapoor

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Mumbai, Dec 14: It seems that Bollywood actress Alia Bhatt is handling as many questions about the rumoured boyfriend, actor Ranbir Kapoor, as she is about her career that is going places.

Alia interacted with the media at the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards 2018 here on Thursday.

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When asked about Ranbir, the Raazi star said that she feels shy to talk about her relationship with her “Brahamastra” co-star.

In a recent interview with The Telegraph, Alia’s filmmaker father Mahesh Bhatt had said he feels happy that his daughter is in a relationship with Ranbir and added that he is a great guy for her.

Asked how does she look at acceptance from her father on her relationship with Ranbir, Alia said: “Why are you going into future? You should stay in the present moment. To be honest, I don’t want to talk about it.

“I am feeling shy but I love my father and anything he says obviously means the world to me, but I don’t want to talk about this right now.”

On her upcoming line-up of films, Alia said: ‘’Kalank’ is releasing next year on April 18 and ‘Gully Boy’ is releasing on February 14. ‘Gully Boy’ has been selected at Berlin Film Festival and ‘Brahmastra’ is releasing on Christmas, so what a fabulous next year it’s turning out for me.”

Alia made her Hindi film debut at the early age of 19 with “Student of The Year”. Now other star kids like Janhvi Kapoor and Sara Ali Khan have made their Hindi film debut this year.

How does it feel when people term her as ‘senior’ to Janhvi and Sara, she said: “I am not a senior. If you call it senior, then I am a senior to them but I don’t think there is such kind of vibe between us and they are not very much younger than me.

“They all are such beautiful girls. They treat me with a lot of warmth and shower upon me lot of love, so I will only give lots of love and warmth back to them.”

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Deepika to start film on acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal early next year

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Deepika Padukone will play acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal in her next film.

Mumbai, Dec 14: Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone, who will next be seen on-screen playing the role of acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal in Meghna Gulzar’s yet untitled film, says they will start working on the film early next year.

Deepika was interacting with the media at Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards 2018 here on Thursday.

Laxmi Agarwal was attacked by a man in 2005 at the age of 15 after she rejected his marriage proposal and she had to undergo several surgeries. Later, she took up the job of helping acid attack survivors and promoted campaigns to stop acid attacks.

She even received the US State Department’s International Women of Courage Award in 2014 from the former First Lady of United States, Michelle Obama.

Deepika will also turn producer with the film.

“We will start working on the film early next year. I think it’s a story that needs to be told. It’s a very important story and it’s a true life incident, so hopefully good things will come out of it”, Deepika stated.

Director Meghna Gulzar feels Laxmi’s story needs to be told to bring awareness in the society. Earlier, talking to a leading daily, Gulzar said, “Using Laxmi’s story as a lens, we are attempting to explore these aspects and the consequences of acid-related violence in our society. This’s what makes this must-told story relevant. Awareness is the first step towards change,”.

About casting Deepika as Laxmi in her film, Meghna added, “I was instinctively convinced that Deepika would do justice to the character and the story. Also, her physicality matched with what I’d imagined for Laxmi’s character. I’m grateful and encouraged that she was so spontaneous in her decision to do the film.”

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Sonakshi Sinha orders headphones on Amazon, gets rusted iron pieces

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Mumbai, Dec 13: Bollywood actress Sonakshi Sinha shared her shocking online shopping experience on the micro-blogging site on Thursday.

Upset over the wrong delivery, the actress tweeted a picture of rusted iron pieces she received instead of the Bose earphones which she had ordered from Amazon.

“Hey Amazon India! Look what I got instead of the Bose headphones I ordered! Properly packed and unopened box, looked legit… but only on the outside. Oh and your customer service doesn’t even want to help, that’s what makes it even worse,” Sonakshi wrote.

“Anybody want to buy a brand new shiny piece of junk for 18,000 bucks? (Yup, its a steal). Don’t worry, I’m selling, not Amazon, so you’ll get exactly what you’re ordering,” Sonakshi added with sarcasm.

The post went viral on the social media and the e-commerce company had to apologise for that. The company asked Sinha to share details for quick redressal.

On the work front, Sonakshi will be next seen in Abhishek Varman’s Kalank which also stars Alia Bhatt, Madhuri Dixit, Varun Dhawan, Aditya Roy Kapur along with Sanjay Dutt and Hiten Tejwani.

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