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Raveena Tandon: Bollywood most secular industry

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New Delhi, April 20: Actress Raveena Tandon says that when it comes to religion, the Hindi film industry is the most secular one as compared to others.

Raveena, who was in the capital on Thursday to promote her new film “Maatr”, was asked about singer Sonu Nigam’s comments demanding a ban on loudspeakers during azaan.

After his comments, Sonu shaved his head and apologised earlier this week.

“If we look at the current scenario of our country — whether you look at people of any religion — fanaticism is wrong. We have always lived in a secular and strong country and we should be allowed to do so,” Raveena told reporters here.

“If Diwali firecrackers are being controlled, I promote that. But it doesn’t mean I am becoming communal. It depends on each person’s individual thinking what they think and what they find.

“In a way, I do believe that we need to go towards a modern, more secular and liberal India. Fanaticism is wrong,” she added.

While talking about Bollywood, Raveena said: “I have been born and brought up in the entertainment industry. My father (Ravi Tandon) was a film director. I got food from my father, then my husband (Anil Thadani) and myself. I respect my industry a lot.

“I am not saying this because I am connected to it. I don’t think any other industry in India is secular as much as the entertainment industry. We don’t see who comes from where and which caste. Talent and hard work are recognised.”

Ashtar Sayed directorial “Maatr” deals with rape and violence against women in Indian society.

The film will release on Friday.

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Salman Khan reaches Sonamarg for ‘Race 3’ shoot

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The cast of Race 3 (Salman Khan, Anil Kapoor, Bobby Deol, Jacqueline Fernandez, Daisy Shah and Saqib Saleem)

Srinagar, April 23: Bollywood superstar Salman Khan on Monday reached the picturesque Sonamarg hill station in Jammu and Kashmir for a two-day shooting schedule of Remo D’Souza directed movie “Race 3”.

The action-packed thriller is being produced jointly by Ramesh S. Taurani and Salman.

Besides Salman, “Race 3” will also feature Anil Kapoor, Bobby Deol, Jacqueline Fernandez, Daisy Shah and Saqib Saleem.

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Like all Salman blockbusters, “Race 3” is scheduled to be released coinciding with the Eid festival on June 15.

Salman is likely to shoot for the movie in Ladakh region after completing the schedule in Sonamarg.

Sonamarg is hosting Salman for the second time. He spent over a fortnight in Sonamarg last time shooting for Kabir Khan directed the super-hit movie “Bajrangi Bhaijaan”.

Sonamarg has been one of the most favourite shooting locales for Bollywood.

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Raj Kapoor’s “Ram Teri Ganga Meli” and Yash Chopra’s “Silsila” are some of the better known Bollywood movies shot in Sonamarg.

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Fans of the superstar are likely to throng his shooting schedule in Sonamarg, thereby helping local hoteliers, tea vendors and pony owners.

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PVR launches smog-free auditorium

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New Delhi, April 23: With the aim to combat indoor air pollution, cinema exhibition company PVR Ltd on Monday rolled out its “clean air theatre” concept by launching the “Audit-Air-Ium” theatre here.

The company will revamp and retrofit the central air purification systems powered by Nirvana Being to combat indoor air pollution. PVR ‘Audit-Air-Iums’ will be installed across Delhi NCR, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad.

“Ensuring a luxurious cinematic experience in a clean-air environment is our vision of tomorrow and PVR intends to implement this in a phased manner to guarantee an invigorating movie watching experience,” said Sanjeev Kumar Bijli, Joint Managing Director, PVR Ltd.

The first ‘Audit-Air-Ium’ was launched at the Directors’ Cut, Ambience Mall, Vasant Kunj. Retrofitted with customised air cleaners, the “clean air theatre” concept maintains indoor air quality as per the National Air Quality Index (AQI) standard.

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Supreme Court stays proceedings against Salman over caste remarks

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New Delhi, April 23: The Supreme Court on Monday put on hold the proceedings pending against Bollywood superstar Salman Khan before several courts across the country in cases registered under the SC/ST Act for alleged derogatory remarks against a community.

A bench of Chief Justice Deepak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud also issued a notice to states on the actor’s plea seeking quashing of several proceedings after complaints and FIRs were registered last year.

The bench sought the state governments’ response by July 23, the next date of hearing.

The actor has been accused of humiliating the Valmiki community by using an offensive word to describe them on a TV show while promoting his film “Tiger Zinda Hai”.

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