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Karni Sena protests outside CBFC office in Mumbai

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Mumbai, Jan 12: Activists of the Shree Rajput Karni Sena on Friday gathered outside the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) office here on Friday to protest against the coming release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Padmaavat”.

A few were taken away by the police.

Members of the Rajput outfit, under the leadership of Sukhdev Singh Gogameri, gathered outside the CBFC office to express dissent over the censor board’s decision to allow the release of the controversial movie.

Jeevan Singh Solanki, a Karni Sena member, told IANS: “We will not let the film release in the country under any circumstances. Some states have already agreed with us and therefore banned it. We want the film to be banned in the whole country.

“We will not stop here. We are going to urge our Prime Minister to ban the film because the movie will ruin the heritage and culture of Rajput community. The filmmaker has played with the sentiments of the Rajputs,” Solanki added.

Asked if they were ready to watch the film pre-release to clear their doubts, Solanki said: “The whole projection of our community is wrong. We do not want to see the film. It should be banned.”

Virendra Singh, the spokesperson of Karni Sena, on Friday told IANS that members from the outfit and even other Rajput associations assembled here to protest.

The film, cleared by the CBFC after five modifications and renamed from “Padmavati” to “Padmavat” and now titled “Padmaavat”, is scheduled to release on January 25 across India. The film will, however, not be released in Rajasthan.

CBFC gave it the green signal with a U/A certification in consultation with a three-member advisory panel.

The Rajput outfit had first expressed concern after Ranveer Singh — one of the three lead actors of the movie — made a casual statement back in July 2016.

He was reportedly asked if he was playing the role of a villain in the film, and he had said that he could go two notches beyond playing the role of a villain if he was given two intimate scenes with the film’s leading lady Deepika Padukone.

This led to the question whether the movie showcases any intimacy between Khilji and Rani Padmavati. Subsequently, Karni Sena activists assaulted Bhansali on the film’s set in Jaipur and another set in Kolhapur was vandalised.

They even threatened Deepika and Bhansali.

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Trolls on my sexual orientation affect me: Priyank Sharma

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Mumbai, Jan 17: Priyank Sharma was questioned about his sexual orientation with contestants throwing homophobic slurs during his stint in reality show “Bigg Boss 11”. The actor says trolls on his sexual orientation and character do affect him.

He added that his “loved ones” are also affected.

“I think having an opinion or criticism is fine, but attacking someone’s character is not acceptable. As a celebrity, I am open to criticism but there is a huge difference between criticism and insult,” Priyank said in a statement.

“Trolls on my sexual orientation and character do affect me. Even if I decide to ignore it my loved ones are affected by it which bothers the most more than the trolls,” he added.

The actor will address the issue through TV show “Troll Police”, which brings celebrities and their trolls face-to-face.

“Through ‘MTV Troll Police’, I would like to convey this to people who troll celebrities under the pretext of giving a point of view that if you wish to have fun by insulting others, then you need to pay for it,” he added.

The show is aired on MTV and the episode will air on Saturday.

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Veteran cinematographer W.B. Rao dead, known for films like Rangeela & Khuda Gawah

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Mumbai, Jan 16: Veteran cinematographer W.B. Rao, who worked on films like “Hum”, “Khuda Gawah” and “Rangeela”, died here on Tuesday, said an official of Western Indian Cinematographer’s Association (WICA).

He died at the Bhartiya Arogya Nidhi Hospital, where he was admitted in the ICU, the official said.

Filmmaker Sangeeth Sivan mourned his death.

“W.B. Rao, the much respected and revered cinematographer is no more. ‘Hum’, ‘Khuda Gawah’ and ‘Rangeela’ were my personal favourites,” Sivan tweeted.

Rao had been a part of the film industry for over four decades. He even worked for films like “Raja Hindustani”, “Judwaa”, “Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega” and “Dhadkan”.

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Royal couple Prince Harry, Meghan Markle TV movie in works

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London, Jan 16: Cable network Lifetime has announced that it will make  a film about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s whirlwind love story titled Harry & Meghan: The Royal Love Story.

According to Deadline, the TV movie will depict a timeline of the royal couple’s relationship.

It would also essay everything from their first meet to the initial stages of their courtship and the global media attention surrounding their romance.

Menhaj Huda (“The Royals”) has been tapped to serve behind the lens. Scarlett Lacey will provide the script with Merideth Finn and Michele Weiss (“Flowers in the Attic”) will be its executive producer.

However, the network is still casting actors who will play the title roles.

Earlier, Lifetime had produced “William & Kate”, which aired 11 days prior to the 2011 wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Last year in November, Harry and Markle announced their engagement after dating for a year.

They will tie a wedding knot on May 19 at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.

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