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Rani, Freida, Rajkumar Hirani spread magic of cinema in Melbourne

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Melbourne, Aug 10: Rajkumar Hirani, Tabrez Noorani, Rani Mukerji, Freida Pinto, Vicky Kaushal, Richa Chadha and Ali Fazal on Friday gathered to spread the magic of cinema in Australia as part of the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM) — the biggest celebration of Indian movies in Down Under.

On a windy and sunny Friday, the celebrities addressed the opening press conference of the movie jamboree, to be held here till August 22.

Rani, looking simple and elegant in a floral suit, said it was an honour for her to be a guest of honour at the event, where 60 films across 20 languages will be screened.

“On behalf of the Indian film fraternity, I would like to thank the Victorian government for supporting the Indian industry as it is so diverse with so many languages and styles, and it is all put under one roof.

“It’s a matter of great pride for our country to showcase our films here and reach out to people,” Rani, whose film “Hichki” will be screened at the gala, said here.

Australia’s Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley lauded the IFFM and its Festival Director Mitu Bhowmick Lange for organising the country’s biggest Indian film festival in its creative capital Victoria.

In its ninth edition currently, the gala has been strongly supported by Film Victoria, the government body which offers film commission services to productions interested in filming here.

“We are looking at increasing the opportunities and strengthening the connections that we (Australia and India) have with each other. And that’s what IFFM does,” Foley said.

The opening night film is Tabrez Noorani’s “Love Sonia” on sex trafficking. Freida and Richa, along with the film’s lead actress Mrunal Thakur, said they were looking forward to showcase a film about the lesser known side of the harsh reality.

Hirani, who is here with writer Abhijat Joshi and actor Vicky Kaushal to show his latest movie “Sanju” to the Australian audience, said the “lovely people” of Melbourne add to its vibe as a city.

“We come here and start feeling like kids,” quipped Hirani, and added: “I think it’s a fantastic place. We have considered shooting here as a lot of Indian films have been shot here. I actually do very few films but I would want to come and shoot in Australia.”

Apart from film screenings, the inclusion-themed IFFM will host a flag hoisting ceremony on Saturday ahead of Independence Day. Rani will hoist the flag at the Federation Square.

There will also be a dance competition, as well as panel discussions ranging on different subjects concerning the film industry, leading up to the awards night on Sunday.

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I’m not going to tone down just because I’m married: Ranveer Singh

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Mumbai, Dec 14: Actor Ranveer Singh will not change his personality after his marriage to Deepika Padukone and says he doesn’t want his wife and actress to change herself either.

Deepika and Ranveer got married in Italy last month.

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“Marriage is like the best thing that has ever happened to me. I feel some kind of magic, some kind of power, it’s like I’m invincible. You know in those superhero movies, you know that moment when the suit comes on. I feel like marriage has done that to me,” Ranveer said during a session at Times Network’s India Economic Conclave 2018.

He says getting married makes him feel “grounded, feel secure”.

“I’m really loving it. It has only been about 10-15 days now but it’s so nice, it’s so lovely. I would highly recommend it to the entire young population of the country. Take it from me, it’s great,” added the actor, who was present at the fifth edition of the conclave to talk about new age role models.

Asked whether the couple is planning to expand the family, he said: “It’s not my call really. I mean partly it is, but mostly it’s just her.”

“I allow her to make most of the decisions because she is just better at everything. I have no qualms in accepting that she is a much more evolved, a much more mature person than me. Of course I love her, but I respect and admire her for everything that she has achieved. She is a much greater person than me. She has achieved a lot more than me,” he added.

He says he has not toned down.

“Did you see what I was wearing for my wedding? I was wearing a leopard on my shoulder for one of the events. A leopard who had green lasers coming out of his eyes! How is that toned down? It was hot pink. Manish Arora made it especially for me. He is my spirit designer, and he’s really out there.

“I don’t think I’m going to tone down or change who I am just because now I’m married which leads me into the next part of my answer that if it happens, I’m not going to filter it. I’m just going to allow it to happen if it happens naturally.”

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Chris Pratt makes his love for Katherine official on her birthday

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Los Angeles, Dec 14: The “Guardians of the Galaxy” star Chris Pratt made his love for girlfriend Katherine Schwarzenegger public on her birthday.

He took to Instagram on Thursday to wish Katherine happy birthday. He shared a collage of intimate photographs of the two, which include Schwarzenegger giving Pratt a pedicure and both wearing face masks.

“Happy birthday Chief! Your smile lights up the room. I’ve cherished our time together,” Pratt wrote alongside the collage, which marked the first time he has shared a photo of the two together.

“Thrilled God put you in my life. Thankful for the laughs, kisses, talks, hikes, love and care, ” he further concluded.

On Wednesday, a source said that the two, who were first spotted together in June, are in a “serious relationship and everything is going well”, yet Pratt isn’t rushing to get engaged anytime soon.

“Chris just finalised his divorce from Anna (Faris) a couple months ago, and he’s happy with just dating Katherine for now. The couple has a lot of fun together and is fully involved in one another’s life,” the source said.

While they have remained out of the public eye, they have been spotted attending church, going to dinners and even hanging out with her star father Arnold and brother Patrick.

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Alia Bhatt breaks silence on her relationship with Ranbir Kapoor

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Mumbai, Dec 14: It seems that Bollywood actress Alia Bhatt is handling as many questions about the rumoured boyfriend, actor Ranbir Kapoor, as she is about her career that is going places.

Alia interacted with the media at the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards 2018 here on Thursday.

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When asked about Ranbir, the Raazi star said that she feels shy to talk about her relationship with her “Brahamastra” co-star.

In a recent interview with The Telegraph, Alia’s filmmaker father Mahesh Bhatt had said he feels happy that his daughter is in a relationship with Ranbir and added that he is a great guy for her.

Asked how does she look at acceptance from her father on her relationship with Ranbir, Alia said: “Why are you going into future? You should stay in the present moment. To be honest, I don’t want to talk about it.

“I am feeling shy but I love my father and anything he says obviously means the world to me, but I don’t want to talk about this right now.”

On her upcoming line-up of films, Alia said: ‘’Kalank’ is releasing next year on April 18 and ‘Gully Boy’ is releasing on February 14. ‘Gully Boy’ has been selected at Berlin Film Festival and ‘Brahmastra’ is releasing on Christmas, so what a fabulous next year it’s turning out for me.”

Alia made her Hindi film debut at the early age of 19 with “Student of The Year”. Now other star kids like Janhvi Kapoor and Sara Ali Khan have made their Hindi film debut this year.

How does it feel when people term her as ‘senior’ to Janhvi and Sara, she said: “I am not a senior. If you call it senior, then I am a senior to them but I don’t think there is such kind of vibe between us and they are not very much younger than me.

“They all are such beautiful girls. They treat me with a lot of warmth and shower upon me lot of love, so I will only give lots of love and warmth back to them.”

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