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PM Modi to Bollywood: Create films on Gandhi and Gandhism

Spotted at the occasion were several eminent stars and filmmakers, including Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Kangana Ranaut, Jacqueline Fernandez, Imtiaz Ali, Ekta Kapoor, Anurag Basu, and Boney Kapoor.

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New Delhi, Oct 19 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with members of the film industry on Saturday in the Capital, and several of Bollywood’s top stars were present at the event.

The focus was on inviting the film industry to create films and television shows that popularise Mahatma Gandhi and Gandhism, to mark the 150th birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation.

“Gandhi is synonymous with simplicity. His thoughts reverberate far and wide. The power of creativity is immense, and it is essential to harness this spirit of creativity for our nation. Several people from the world of films and television have been doing great work when it comes to popularising the ideals of Mahatma Gandhi,” noted Prime Minister Modi.

Spotted at the occasion were several eminent stars and filmmakers, including Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Kangana Ranaut, Jacqueline Fernandez, Imtiaz Ali, Ekta Kapoor, Anurag Basu, and Boney Kapoor.

“I would like to thank the Prime Minister for bringing us all together, that too for a cause such as this. I feel we need to re-introduce Gandhi ji to India and the world. The film industry can get self-obsessed and it is important we create work that is not only about business,” said Shah Rukh, about the need of the industry to come forward and make films on Gandhi that can help in the nation-building process.

Said Aamir, about the interaction session with the Prime Minister: “It was a wonderful interaction we had with the Prime Minister today. He was very inspiring, very warm and very deep in what he had to say. I want to appreciate the PM for thinking about this effort. As creative people, there is much we can do, and I assure the PM that we will do even more.”

For Kangana, the effort underlines the fact that Prime Minister Modi has recognised the power of the film industry.

“Modi ji is the first Prime Minister who is so inclusive of art and artistes and the film industry. Nobody has recognised the soft power of art and artistes in the country before. From the bottom of my heart and on behalf of the film industry, I thank the Prime Minister,” said Kangana.

Jacqueline said it was “an extreme honour be in the presence of PM Modi ji, and also to have a Prime Minister who is so willing to lend a helping hand to the film fraternity”.

After the session with the PM, producer Ekta Kapoor said she felt that “for the first time it seemed like there is someone who knows our industry better than us”.

Filmmaker Imtiaz Ali noted the tone of informality about the session helped. “The best thing about the session was that it was very informal. The film industry understands the informal language the best. The idea to make films on Gandhi ji will help reintroduce ourselves to Gandhi ji’s philosophy,” he noted.

Said filmmaker Anurag Basu: “When we make films, there are moments we wonder why are we doing this. Today, we got a reason, a direction. All the creative people here are extremely upbeat after the session. I feel we will see results in a year’s time.”

Producer Boney Kapoor added: “This government has always been sympathetic to the film industry right from (Atal Bihari) Vajpayee saab’s time when we were recognised as an industry. Since Mr Modi came in, he has made it a point to ensure every glitch is solved instantly.”

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Sidharth Malhotra elated with ‘Marjaavaan’ response

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Mumbai, Nov 17 (IANS) Actor Sidharth Malhotra says he is happy that people have accepted him as an action hero once again with “Marjaavaan”.

The film, which took an opening of Rs 7.03 crore on Friday, remained steady on Saturday and minted Rs 7.21 crore.

“‘Ek Villain’ and ‘Brothers’ introduced me as an action hero. I did not cater to this audience and today I am happy that they have given this kind of response to ‘Marjaavaan’,” Sidharth said.

In “Marjaavaan”, Sidharth plays a larger-than-life hero who breaks bones and utters dialogues that reminds of the Angry Young Man image of Bollywood’s retro era.

He plays a hotheaded young man who falls in love with a girl who cannot speak. The Milap Zaveri-directed “Marjaavaan” also features Tara Sutaria, Riteish Deshmukh and Rakul Preet Singh.

According to trade expert Taran Adarsh, the film has “maintained strong occupancy in mass belt/single screens on Day 2”.

“Business should grow on Day 3… Eyes Rs 22 crore weekend… Friday 7.03 crore, Saturday 7.21 crore. Total: Rs 14.24 crore. #India business,” he tweeted.

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Here’s how Bachchans celebrated Aaradhya’s 8th b’day

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Mumbai: Like every year, the Bachchan family, this time too, hosted a grand bash on Aaradhya’s birthday.

From Shah Rukh Khan to Karan Johar and Riteish Deshmukh, several stars along with their kids attended Aaradhya’s 8th birthday party, which was held here on Saturday.

Several pictures and videos from the celebrations are doing the rounds on the Internet. In one of the videos, little Aaradhya is seen enjoying a ride on the Ferris wheel with her mother Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and father Abhishek Bachchan.

Aaradhya wore a pink frilly dress on her special day.

Sharing a glimpse of his granddaughter’s birthday party, Amitabh Bachchan took to his blog and penned a lengthy note, sharing how celebrations have changed over time.

“The child grows up .. and celebrations keep in growth too .. for long have the traditions of the British been kept in place .. that of the cake .. I presume that a cake was a rarity during the time of the inception of this tradition .. so it became a rarity and hence to be brought about on special occasions .. the candle and the number of them for age and its blowing has remained for too long but what be the tradition or history of it…in my and our tradition in this part of the world the blowing of candles is an indication of an end .. here the blowing is an achievement of celebration .. so do we continue or change or what .. we in our family did .. the cake was replaced by a ‘khoye’ ki barfi’ and no candles..are agarbatti jalo , Kuch aur Karo lekin batti na bujhao,” he wrote.

Big B also shared a photograph in which a star is seen painted on his face.

“The star on the face is the painted stall on the birthday celebrations of the ‘little one’ .. luminosity was the predominant theme among the young .. and each were lit up with their eminence .. the joy of seeing the young is the surprise of seeing their growth .. rapid mature and in an entirely different environ than ever before .. and to express surprise are the seniors as well,” he added.

Aaradhya was born in 2011, four years after Aishwarya and Abhishek tied the knot in 2007.

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Janhvi Kapoor finds Arjun, Rakul ‘cute’ in their new film

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Actors Arjun Kapoor and Rakul Preet Singh have started shooting for their rom-com film, and they are already being praised for looking “cute” together.

Arjun on Saturday took to Instagram and shared a collage of pictures in which he and Rakul are seen goofing around while posing for the images.

“Picture Shuroo… other information bhi upload hogi soon,” he captioned the image.

Reacting to the collage, Janhvi, who is Arjun’s step sister, wrote: “Looking so cute.”

The film, not titled yet, is being directed by debutant Kaashvie Nair and produced by Bhushan Kumar, Nikkhil Advani and John Abraham.

Talking about the project, Rakul had said: “The film is in the rom-com space, and it is the story of characters who belong to India and Pakistan, so it’s a cross-border, coming-of-age rom-com.”

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