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Nothing can stop release of ‘Padmavati’, says Deepika Padukone : Interview

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New Delhi, Nov 14: A decade ago when she forayed into Bollywood, Deepika Padukone never imagined she would be a Sanjay Leela Bhansali heroine.

Now, as she prepares for the release of epic drama “Padmavati”, which clocks her trilogy with the filmmaker, the actress is confident the movie will tide over the controversy, hit the screens and win a “bigger battle” for the industry.

“As a woman, I feel proud to be a part of this film, and to tell this story, which needs to be told. And it needs to be told now,” Deepika, who plays the title role in “Padmavati” — Bhansali’s professed tribute to the sacrifice, valour and honour of Rajput queen Rani Padmavati — told IANS over phone from Mumbai.

Doubts on the extent to which the National Award winning filmmaker has fictionalised the story, has led to a spiralling controversy with politicians, organisations and individuals raising a finger at Bhansali for “distorting history” and demanding that the release of “Padmavati” be stalled. Deepika is convinced the movie will release, as scheduled, on December 1.

“It’s appalling, it’s absolutely appalling. What have we gotten ourselves into? And where have we reached as a nation? We have regressed,” she said, commenting on the hullabaloo the movie is causing pre-release.

“The only people we are answerable to is the censor board, and I know and I believe that nothing can stop the release of this film,” said Deepika, adding that the film industry’s support symbolises how “this is not about ‘Padmavati’… We’re fighting a much bigger battle”.

“Padmavati” marks the third film that Deepika has worked in under Bhansali’s direction after romantic crime drama “Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela” and historical drama “Bajirao Mastani” — all of which, she says, gave her roles “so similar, yet so different”.

“They are very independent individuals and very strong characters,” Deepika said, her voice exuding pride that in “Padmavati”, while there are two men — Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh — she essays the title role, which “does not happen often in a woman’s career”.

“I celebrate that,” she said.

Interestingly, November has marked not just Deepika’s 10 years in the film industry — her debut film “Om Shanti Om” was released on November 9 — but also November 15 is when “… Ram-Leela” hit the screens four years ago.

“When I debuted, ‘Saawariya’ (directed by Bhansali) and ‘Om Shanti Om’ had released on the same day. I remember back then, there was this whole thing about the films clashing, this debut versus that debut. But I was so naive and so new that none of that made any sense to me at that point. The only thought I remember thinking to myself then was, ‘Oh! How come he didn’t cast me in his movie?’

“I didn’t ever think that I could be a Bhansali heroine,” said the daughter of badminton icon Prakash Padukone.

She describes the “evolution” as “phenomenal”.

“From never having been to a film set before and to not knowing how to deliver dialogues to today enjoying the craft so much where I am the most peaceful and happiest when I am in front of the camera… I think that’s the evolution. And then along the way you meet a Sanjay Leela Bhansali, who adds so much meaning to me not just as an actor and performer, but also as a human being,” the actor said.

“Ten years ago, thinking that I don’t fit the mould of being a Bhansali heroine, and today working in three films with him back-to-back… It’s been a pretty incredible journey,” said Deepika, who says she senses a soul, heart and mind connect with the director.

“We just understand each other by just looking at each other… I think you can only get to that stage when you reach a different sort of, almost a spiritual level of creativity, where you’re not afraid to take risks or failure. Everything you want to do is coming with a pure heart and a pure intention.”

So, can one expect them to collaborate yet again?

“Well, you never know. As of now, we are all focussed on ‘Padmavati’. And I would love to, although at this point, I also need to heal emotionally, mentally and physically from this experience. I think he and I both need to heal from this experience before we collaborate again,” she said.

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Cricketer KL Rahul responds to dating rumour with actress Nidhhi Agerwal

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Mumbai, June 21: Cricketer KL Rahul has cleared the rumour on his relationship with bollywood actress Nidhhi Agerwal by saying that they are just friends and known each other from a long time.

The Indian cricketer cleared that he is not dating the “Munna Michael” actress Nidhhi Agerwal and the rumours are false.

He opened up about his relationship status on chat show “Open House with Renil”. The episode will air on Sunday on zoOm styled by Myntra, read a statement to news agency IANS.

Asked about his relationship with Nidhhi, he said: “We have known each other since our college days. We are just good friends and all the rumours are false.”

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On his bond with cricketer Virat Kohli and actress Anushka Sharma, he said: “There was one instance after a match at Melbourne where I had a terrible performance. I was miserable and depressed.

“Anushka, who noticed this, came up to my room and asked me to accompany her and Virat to their dinner date. The couple talked me through their similar experiences and that helped me understand how to manage these situations better.

“They took immense care of me and ensured I was not alone. They even made sure I spent the new year night with them. They are an amazing couple and have really had a powerful influence on me.”

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On International Yoga Day, Kangana Ranaut performs Yogasanas in London

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New Delhi, June 21: Actress Kangana Ranaut on Thursday celebrated International Yoga Day in London, where she is currently shooting for her upcoming film ‘Mental Hai Kya’.

Pictures and video of Kangana performing yoga at London’s Hyde Park have been shared by the actress’ official fan club on Instagram.

“Kangana Ranaut shows her dedication towards yoga on International Yoga Day 2018 and encourages everyone to adopt yoga as a lifestyle and a way to spiritual awakening,” read the caption.

In another post, the actress actually amused everyone in the video as she practiced some Yogasanas like a pro.

“Kangana Ranaut practicing the ancient science of yoga on International Yoga Day. The key to practice yoga is patience & stillness,” the post read.

And after watching the video, we must say, she indeed performed some of the most toughest exercises.

In one of the videos, Kangana is seen perforiming a perfect and a flawless backbend while in the other she performs a generic stretchting Yoga exercise. One must not forget the cute thumbs up she showed to the fans after completing the yoga exercises.

On this International Yoga Day, Seems Kangana became the first bollywood celebrity to wish her fans a happpy yoga day.

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Are Priyanka Chopra & Nick Jonas coming to Mumbai to meet actress’ Mom?

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New Delhi, June 21: Quantico star Priyanka Chopra, who is all set to land in Mumbai today’s night, will be accompanied by American pop star and rumoured boyfriend Nick Jonas.

On reaching Mumbai, Piggy Chopra would first introduce Nick Jonas to her mother Madhu Chopra to get her nod of approval. After that, she would be hosting a housewarming party of her new Versova pad, reported Bollywood Mantra.

The lavish housewarming party will be attended by Priyanka’s Bollywood friends and they would also get to meet Nick, the report said.

The two have been hanging out since quite some time and when the first pictures of them as a couple came out, it raised many eyeballs.

Recently, Priyanka walked arm in arm with Nick at his cousin’s wedding. She also had brunch with Nick’s family members and was seen spending some quality time with them.

The rumoured couple, who played down speculations they were dating when they showed up at the 2017 Met Gala in New York together, have now embarked on a real relationship, according to multiple reports.

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At the Met Gala, Priyanka just laughed off a romance with Jonas, insisting they simply shared an agent and were friends. She said they went to the Met Gala together as they were both wearing ensembles by Ralph Lauren.

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