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Rani on married women being stereotyped: It’s regressive

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Mumbai: Actress Rani Mukerji says it is regressive thinking on stereotyping actresses on the basis of their marital status and parenthood.

“I have always believed in letting my work do the talking and not pay heed to what the stereotypes said about actresses. Having been in the industry for a while now, I’m aware of loose conversations like a woman ceases to be a leading actor once she is married or how she can say bye to her career if she becomes a mother. It’s regressive thinking,” Rani said.

She added: “I’m delighted with the love that audiences have showered on my last three films.”

Rani has given power pact performances with “Mardaani”, “Hichki” and “Mardaani 2” in the recent past. “Mardaani”, came right after her wedding. “Hichki” came after she welcomed her daughter Adira and taken a sabbatical from acting.

“Over the years, I have seen more and more women joining the workforce of our country and being self-made, independent and ready to chase their dreams. I see married women, women with children balancing their work and personal life beautifully. They have really helped change the perspective of society. I have been an actor ever since I grew up,” she said.

Rani says she wants to continue being an actor.

“I love what I do and I want to continue being an actor for as long as I would want to and as long as audiences want to see me on screen. So, the validation from audiences matter a lot and I’m thankful for the support I have received for ‘Mardaani’, ‘Hichki’ and ‘Mardaani 2’. It motivates me to push myself more and do better work with each film,” she added.

She finds it important that cinema holds up a mirror to society from time to time and talks about the conditions that “we live in, tells us how we should be kind and empathetic to fellow human beings and also trigger a call to action against such issues”.

She said: “I’m delighted that ‘Mardaani’, ‘Hichki’ and ‘Mardaani 2’ have spread important messages to people across our country.”

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TV actress Sejal Sharma commits suicide

Reports claim the possible reason behind the suicide might be some disturbance in the late actress’ personal life.

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Mumbai, Jan 24 : TV actress Sejal Sharma committed suicide on Friday. She was known for her role of Simmy Khosla in the show “Dil Toh Happy Hai Ji”.

“Yes, this is true. I am shocked to hear the news. It’s very difficult for me to believe as I had met her just 10 days ago and we had even chatted on WhatsApp on Sunday. I am unable to come to terms with the news. I met her 10 days back and she was absolutely fine,” Aru K. Verma, Sejal’s co-star in “Dil Toh Happy Hai Ji”, told TimesofIndia.com.

Verma, who played Sejal’s brother in the show, further told the portal: “Her family discovered the news today morning, but I think she committed suicide yesterday night. Her family has taken the body to Udaipur for her last rites.”

Reports claim the possible reason behind the suicide might be some disturbance in the late actress’ personal life.

Sejal hailed from Udaipur and came to Mumbai in 2017 to try her luck in showbiz. Before her debut on the Star Plus show “Dil Toh Happy Hai Ji”, she appeared in a few commercials. She had also featured in a web series titled “Azad Parindey”.

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Madras High Court dismisses case against Rajinikanth

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Chennai, Jan 24 : The Madras High Court on Friday dismissed the case filed against actor Rajinikanth for his comments made about a rally led by Dravida Kazhagham (DK) founder E.V.Ramaswamy popularly known as Periyar.

The case was filed by Dravidar Vidhuthalai Kazhagam (DVK).

While hearing the case the court wondered why the petitioner had approached it within 15 days of lodging a police complaint.

At this state the counsel for the petitioner sought the court’s permission to withdraw the petition and the court dismissed the same.

At the Tamil magazine Thuglak’s 50th anniversary function, Rajinikanth had said that “in 1971, naked images of Lord Rama and Sita were allegedly displayed in a rally led by Periyar in Salem”. He said that whatever happened in that rally was reported by the media at the time.

The followers of the social activist, who started the ‘self-respect movement’ and founded DK, said that Rajinikanth’s comments were an insult to Periyar.

While some groups have demanded an apololgy from Rajinikanth, the actor has categorically refused to do so.

Speaking to reporters outside his residence recently, Rajinikanth showed some photocopies of media reports in support of his comments and said that he will not apologise.

The DVK has registered a complaint with the Coimbatore police against Rajinikanth for defaming the DK founder.

The DVK complained that Rajinikanth’s statement was false and urged the police to file a case against him.

The DVK also threatened protests outside the theatres showing the actor’s latest movie “Darbar” if he did not apologise.

The DK followers does not agree with Rajinikanth’s statement that naked images of Lord Rama and Sita were allegedly displayed in a rally led by Periyar in Salem.

On the other hand, they agreed that the image of Lord Rama was beaten with a slipper that was allegedly thrown at the rally.

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Abhishek starts shooting for ‘Bob Biswas’ in Kolkata

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Mumbai: Abhishek Bachhan has started shooting for his upcoming movie “Bob Biswas” in Kolkata. The film is a spin-off of “Kahaani”, and features the poker-faced contract killer Bob Biswas from the Vidya Balan-starrer.

Abhishek shared the news on Instagram early on Friday. He posted a photo of a pair of old-fashioned glasses and an old Motorola handset which were used by contract killer Bob Biswas in the 2012 thriller.

Reminding the audience of Bob’s iconic dialogue from the film, “Nomoshkar! Ek minute…,” which used to be followed by a gruesome murder, the actor wrote on Instagram: “Nomoshkar! #BobBiswas #dayone”.

The actor is expected to shoot in Kolkata for 42 days for the film which marks the directorial debut of Sujoy Ghosh’s daughter Diya Annapurna Ghosh. Shoot has begun in South Kolkata and Abhishek seems to be enjoying the city’s winter as he tweeted: “I love Kolkata.”

Abhishek also took to Twitter to share a picture of the film’s clapboard and captioned: “Lights. Camera. Nomoshkar! Shoot day one. #BobBiswas Here we go!! @IChitrangda @ghosh09 @iamsrk Produced by @gaurikhan @sujoy_g @_GauravVerma @RedChilliesEnt #BoundScript”.

Noted Bengali film actor Saswata Chatterjee, who received immense appreciation for his flawless portrayal of Bob Biswas in “Kahaani”, was initially approached for the role of the upcoming film, claims reports.

Netizens had expressed their desire to see Chatterjee in the role soon after the film was announced in November last year. However, the actor reportedly could not come on board due to date issues.

The film is being produced by Shah Rukh Khan’s Red Chillies Entertainment along with Sujoy Ghosh’s Bound Script Production and is expected to release later this year.

In an earlier interview, Abhishek Bachhan had shared: “I can’t speak Bangla properly even though I understand the language.” We’re sure 42 days in Kolkata will teach the actor a lot more Bangla than just “Nomoshkar! Ek minute…”

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