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‘Kedarnath’ Love Jihad Row: Bombay HC dismisses PIL seeking ban on film

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Mumbai, Dec 6: Big relief to the makers and actors of the film ‘Kedarnath’ as the Bombay High Court on Thursday dismissed the PIL filed against the film for allegedly hurting religious sentiments.

With just one day away from the release, Sushant Singh Rajput and Sara Ali Khan starrer Kedarnath had landed into a controversy as a certain set of people has raised issues with the plot of the film.

Few groups demanded the ban of the film saying how the concept of Kedarnath promotes the concept of ‘Love Jihad’ by showing a relationship between a Hindu pilgrim and Muslim porter.

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The petitioner had also demanded that the movie should not be released till CBFC clears it again. Another petition was filed in the Uttarakhand High Court against the movie, accusing it of hurting sentiments of Hindus.

When Sara was asked about this in an interview with a leading daily, she expressed surprise. “It’s really not that kind of a film, rather it’s about how Kedarnath is as much Mansoor’s world as it’s Mukku’s. I don’t understand this kind of divisiveness, but then I don’t understand racism or sexism, which is rampant across the world, either,” she said.

“At the same time, I believe that while my life’s experiences and education have shaped my thought process, the lack of it could have influenced others to think differently. And just as everyone doesn’t have to like every movie, we can coexist with different world views,” Sara added.

Earlier this month, senior BJP leader Ajendra Ajay demanded a ban on Kedarnath, claiming that it hurts the sentiments of Hindus. He not only objected to the Hindu-Muslim angle but also setting the “love story against the backdrop of a huge tragedy that occurred at Kedarnath, a centre of faith for crores of Hindus”.

The film is a love story set in the backdrop of the flash floods that wrecked the temple town in June of 2013. It showcases the beautiful love story of Mansoor and Mukku who struggle to survive the wrath of nature.

The movie is all set to hit the screens on December 7, 2018. The film marks the debut of Saif Ali Khan and Amrita Singh’s daughter, Sara Ali Khan.

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‘Rangeela Raja’ passed with three cuts by FCAT

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Mumbai, Dec 13 : The battle of words with the Central Board Of Film Certification (CBFC) has ended for Pahlaj Nihalani. His film “Rangeela Raja”, which had been ordered 20 cuts by the Examining Committee, has now been passed with only three cuts by the Film Certificate Appellate Tribunal (FCAT), also known as the Tribunal.

But according to Nihalani, even those cuts are unjustified.

“They have objection on my using names from the Ramayan and the Mahabharat. Do they think they own these scriptures? The holy books belong to all of us. And we know how to respect them.

“They also feel I was disrespecting women in the film. I’ve never done that in my 40 years as a filmmaker. In our family, women run the show,” Nihalani said.

He feels the CBFC has practised a vendetta policy against him.

“Since I was the CBFC chairperson and I am no longer there, they decided to teach me a lesson. The 20 cuts that they originally ordered were all unwarranted, unjustified and grossly unfair.

“If I was the CBFC chairperson, I wouldn’t have ordered a single cut in my film. But then I don’t know where my successor is. I’ve never met him during my attempts to get my film out of the CBFC’s clutches,” he said, referring to current censor board chief Prasoon Joshi.

Now that the Govinda-starrer has been cleared, Nihalani will release it on January 11.

“I can’t release it in December with Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘Zero’ or Ranveer Singh’s ‘Simmba’. Who will pay for the heavy losses I’ve suffered because of the delay?”

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Politicians and Bollywood Celebs attend Isha Ambani, Anand Piramal’s Wedding

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Mumbai, Dec 13: After the extravagant pre-wedding bash in Udaipur, “Isha Ambani” – daughter of India’s richest man Mukesh Ambani and Nita Ambani tied the knot with Anand Piramal at the Ambani residence Antilia in Mumbai on December 12.

The venue was lavishly decorated as Isha’s brothers Anant and Akash, father Mukesh and uncle Anil welcomed the baaraat.

Shloka Mehta, fiance of Akash Ambani, and Anant Ambani’s girlfriend Radhika Merchant were also part of the welcoming party.

Top Indian and international personalities, film and sports icons, business tycoons, political heavyweights, celebrities and a host of others attended the “royal wedding” for the scions of two top business conglomerates – Isha Ambani and Anand Piramal -on Wednesday.

The 27-storied Antilia, said to be one of the most expensive private residences in the world, itself was decked up like a bride, and the entire stretch from the main road to the building has been decorated since the past few days with multi-hued fresh flowers, colourful lights and festoons to commemorate one of the most anticipated weddings in the country’s commercial capital in recent times.

Former President Pranab Mukherjee was warmly received by business magnate Anil Ambani, the bride’s uncle, while other top celebs like former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Praful Patel also made their presence felt.

P Chidambaram also arrived at the Ambani residence for the wedding.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee and Andhra Pradesh CM N. Chandrababu Naidu were also seen at Isha Ambani and Anand Piramal’s wedding.

Prominent invitees included Bollywood actors like Rajinikanth, Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan, Abhishek and Aishwarya Bachchan, Aamir Khan and Kiran, Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri, Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Priyanka Chopra and her husband Nick Jonas, Shahid Kapoor with wife Mira Rajput, Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh, Hrithik Roshan, Shilpa Shetty , Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Sonam Kapoor with father Anil Kapoor and many more.

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Besides, Sachin Tendulkar and other sports personalities, top business honchos included K.V. Kamath, Sanjiv Goenka, Deepak Parekh, Sashi and Anshuman Ruia, Adi Godej, Rahul Bajaj and Harsh Mariwala were also seen at the wedding.

The grand wedding festivities had started several days earlier in Udaipur, Rajasthan which witnessed a performance by Grammy award-winning singer Beyonce Knowles, a four-day special ‘Anna Seva’ and an expo on traditional Indian handicrafts, besides other events for the guests that included many of the biggest names from politics, business and Bollywood.

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Web shows are more experimental: Purab

Directed by Danish Aslam, the second edition of Voot Original web series “It’s Not That Simple” also features Swara Bhasker and Sumeet Vyas.

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New Delhi, Dec 13 : Actor Purab Kohli will soon be seen in the second season of web series “Its Not That Simple”. He says content and costing wise, web shows are more experimental than movies but he loves doing both.

“The good thing about web series is that it is the current trend. Many people like to watch it. It keeps you engaged for a longer period of time. You follow stories, it can be more fleshed out and told extensively,” Purab told IANS in an email interview.

“Web shows are more experimental in their content and costing wise. On the other hand, I love doing films. Both of them are very engaging,” he added.

Directed by Danish Aslam, the second edition of Voot Original web series “It’s Not That Simple” also features Swara Bhasker and Sumeet Vyas.

Swara plays Meera – confident, ambitious and a strong woman who becomes the mouthpiece of a modern woman who compels you to ask – Does the sex matter?

“The main pointers for me were that Meera’s character is moving forward so that straight away makes for a good second season and the show is moving in a direction. The character is growing and expanding itself. I mean finding more ground to head on so that itself is exciting,” said Purab.

“For me, the character Angad was very interesting. He is blatant, straightforward and at the same time very honest and he comes across as someone who you don’t like in the beginning but once you see how honest and straightforward he is of what he wants and what he says, I think. It’s quite refreshing to see someone like that,” added the “Rock On!!” actor.

On the show’s second season, he shared: “I think the first season dealt with breaking away and now the second season is where she (Meera) is finding new ground, she’s discovering new ground and finding a new self. Finding herself out of her marriage and traditional definitions of Meera, she is now trying to find new Meera.

“That Meera wants to achieve and be loved. I think that is the aspect people should look out for and of course, the introduction of mainly two known male characters played by Sumeet and me. Both are very interesting characters.”

Purab had also starred in the American science fiction drama web series “Sense8”.

Talking about the difference between shooting for an Indian web show and an American one, he pointed out: “Foreign productions function differently than Indian productions. The training is different. Outplay of the role is different, also the budgets are massively different so, it’s not fair to even compare.”

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