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‘Manmarziyaan’ scenes deletion not a big deal: Abhishek Bachchan

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Mumbai, Sep 22: “Manmarziyaan” actor Abhishek Bachchan, who features in a smoking scene which is among the three deleted scenes from the film, says there’s no harm in excluding some content if it hurts people’s sentiments.

Director Anurag Kashyap has been vocal about expressing anger over deletion of scenes from “Manmarziyaan”, which apparently happened without his knowledge. The film’s lead actress Taapsee Pannu also slammed the decision.

During an interactive session of Jagran Cinema Summit on Friday, Abhishek was asked to comment about it.

He said: “Each individual has a right to react and if people have felt bad over some scenes, then I feel there is no harm in deleting those scenes from the movie unless it does not change the narrative of the film.

“Being a part of film fraternity, our main purpose is not to hurt anyone’s sentiments. If there are some scenes and if people’s opposition to scenes can affect the business of the film, then I guess exhibitors are right on their part because it is not an actor who stands to lose. It is the production people and exhibitors who have to suffer the loss in the end.”

The scenes were deleted after Sikh groups complained that three scenes — including two smoking ones — offended their religious sentiments.

The scenes include one featuring Abhishek Bachchan’s Robbie smoking and one with Taapsee Pannu’s Rumi smoking. The third scene had the two of them enter a Gurudwara as bride and groom while Rumi thought about her past with Vicky Kaushal’s character.

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For Abhishek, deletion of scenes from the film is not a “big deal” as he feels the decision was taken in the interest of people.

“If someone has objections over some scenes, then it’s her/his opinion and everyone has all the right to express their issue. I believe even one member of the community is not happy over something, then we all should try to understand each other beliefs and if there is some genuine issue, then we should act on it happily,” the “Guru” actor added.

At the same time, Abhishek said that if the cuts and objections would have changed the film’s storyline, then he would have also reacted on it and taken it up as a debate.

“Before taking any stand, it is important to understand what’s the issue and what’s the objection.”

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I feel more free, feminine in saris, says Kangana Ranaut

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New Delhi, Dec 10: Saris make me look feminine, says National Award winning actress Kangana Ranaut, who has been seen wearing and experimenting with the six-yard wonder quite often.

“I discovered sari much later in my life… I grew up in hills where there is almost no tradition of wearing saris. But when I became an artiste, my love for saris started gradually. Through acting, I got an opportunity to travel to different places and see different cultures. That’s how my journey with saris started.

“It (sari) makes me look more feminine. When I wear a sari, I automatically feel more free and able to express myself better… There is some magical power in saris,” the “Queen” actress said during the launch of Taneira, a flagship handloom sari store by Titan, here on Monday.

While talking about the beauty of saris, Kangana also expressed concern over the condition of Indian weavers.

“No doubt, the trend of saris is always there, but not as much as it should be. We a have a lot to do. Till now, our weavers are suffering. There were thousands of handicraft firms which have disappeared. With synthetic fibre gaining popularity among youth, handloom weavers are suffering, so we have a long way to go,” she said.

For the inauguration ceremony of the store, Kangana was dressed in a handcrafted Banarasi moonlight blue coloured sari from Taneira’s collection. She was accompanied by her elder sister Rangoli.

Asked what’s her favourite sari look, Kangana smiled and said: “I feel comfortable in saris the most. Be it my airport sari look with sneakers or top bun, or be it a complete Indian traditional look, I love all the looks.”

Giving more details about the collection, Shyamala Ramanan, Business Head, Titan Company Limited, said: “Our collection represents the Indian woman… The main aim of Taneira is to impart the beauty of our Indian women through our saris. All saris are handwoven and made up of natural products.”

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From Aish-Abhi to Srk-Gauri, celebs shake leg at Isha Ambani’s Sangeet

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Udaipur, Dec 10: Now this is something we rarely get to witness. Superstar Shah Rukh Khan shook a leg with his wife Gauri Khan at the wedding sangeet party of industrialist Mukesh Ambani’s daughter, Isha, in Udaipur on Sunday.

Shah Rukh and Gauri are seen dancing together on stage with him down on his knees and her swinging around him. King Khan was witnessed in a black sherwani while Gauri can be seen wearing a shimmery lehenga with a caped top.

Actor couple Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan also performed on song ‘Tere Bina’ from their film ‘Guru’. While Abhishek was seen in a red kurta, Aishwarya looked stunning in red and white lehenga.

US singer Beyonce gave a power-packed performance at star-studded audience, which included former US First Lady Hillary Clinton and a slew of Bollywood celebrities including newlywed Priyanka Chopra and her American singer husband Nick.

Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Ranveer Singh, Aamir Khan and also Karan Johar performed at the high-profile function.

Singer Arijit Singh also performed at the sangeet ceremony.

Bride-to-be Isha was seen performing a romantic dance with fiance Anand.

Among those who joined the party were business tycoons, as well as Bollywood celebrities like Parineeti Chopra, Anil Kapoor and wife Sunita, Boney Kapoor with daughters Janhvi and Khushi, Siddharth Roy Kapur with wife Vidya Balan, John Abraham with wife Priya Runchal, Ronnie Screwvala with wife Zarine, Karisma Kapoor, Varun Dhawan, Rekha, Karan Tacker and many more.

Apart from the celebrities, the parents of the bride-to-be, Nita and Mukesh Ambani performed with their sons Anant and Akash on Kal Ho Naa Ho’s wedding track Maahi Ve, a track from Jab Tak Hai Jaan and Khabar Nahi from Dostana during Isha’s sangeet on Saturday.

Isha and Anand, scions of the Ambani and Piramal business families respectively, will wed as per Indian traditions, customs and culture at the Mumbai residence of the Ambani family on Wednesday, December 12.

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Shahid Kapoor opens up on stomach cancer rumours

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Mumbai, Nov 10: Bollywood actor Shahid Kapoor on Monday quashed reports claiming that he is suffering from stomach cancer.

The “Udta Punjab” star took to Twitter to give a health updated to his followers. “Guys I’m totally fine please don’t believe random stuff,” Shahid tweeted.

There were reports doing the rounds on social media that Shahid is suffering from stomach cancer. While the actor has been quiet about the reports, a source close to him had earlier quashed the rumours.

On the work front, Shahid will be seen in the Hindi remake of Telugu blockbuster “Arjun Reddy” titled — “Kabir Singh”.

The original film, starring Vijay and Shalini Pandey in the lead, revolves around a medical student who falls in love with his junior and how their relationship evolves.

The film will be shot extensively in Mumbai, Delhi and Mussoorie. Shahid will sport four different looks in the film and has been preparing for it over the last three months. Workshops with all the actors are right now in full swing.

It is produced by Bhushan Kumar, Murad Khetani, Krishan Kumar and Ashwin Varde.

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