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Time as mother happiest years of my life: Rani Mukerji

Last seen in 2014 action-thriller “Mardaani”, Rani said she will next be seen in “Hichki”, and the project will kick-off in April.

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Mumbai, March 20 : Bollywood actress Rani Mukerji on Monday said the time she has spent being a mother so far is the happiest period of her life.

Rani is married to filmmaker Aditya Chopra. They have a daughter, Adira, who was born in 2015.

In a Facebook chat, ahead of her birthday on Tuesday, Rani answered a bevy of questions from her fans.

When asked how it feels to be a mother, she said: “It feels great. The last two and a half years — nine months of pregnancy and one and a half years of motherhood — have been the happiest years of my life. I enjoy seeing Adira grow, reach new milestones each day.”

Rani added that there’s nothing more important for a woman than being a mother.

She also said life has started anew post Adira’s birth.

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“It’s amazing being a mother; you change overnight because the experience teaches you on a daily basis. I have become stronger and I have also mellowed down. But a lot of things come with being a mother. I’m looking forward to my journey of raising Adira, so it’s going to be fun,” she said.

Asked why she isn’t present on social media, Rani said, “I’m not on social media. I don’t post pictures of my daughter because my husband is a very private person and I respect that. Also, I don’t like saying no to my fans, especially when they ask me to post pictures.”

Last seen in 2014 action-thriller “Mardaani”, Rani said she will next be seen in “Hichki”, and the project will kick-off in April.

Asked about her birthday plans, she said she will spend it at home with her daughter and husband.

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Sonam Kapoor lists simple ways to deal with #MeToo

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Mumbai, Nov 13 : Actress Sonam Kapoor Ahuja, who believes that the #MeToo movement has been “as eye-opening and devastating as it has been exhilarating”, will galvanise people into action and into a redemption of rights long awaited for the dis-empowered. This, she believes, may seem complex, but can be achieved in a simple way.

As guest editor for Thrive Global India’s online portal, Sonam has penned a forthright note on how people must learn to deal with the #MeToo wave in which people in powerful positions are being called out for sexually harassing, exploiting or violating others.

“I am privileged that I did not grow up with relatives for whom off-handed sexist remarks were the dinner table norm. Or where women were asked to shut up and look down. That safety net, this spotlight and a stage for my opinion has always encouraged me to have a voice,” said Sonam, the eldest of veteran actor Anil Kapoor’s three children.

Using that very voice, the “Neerja” actress took this chance to pen down suggestions that can help everyone — be it men or women — to be a part of this sweeping change.

Sonam has urged people to believe the survivors.

“Yes, a person is innocent until proven guilty but must it come at the cost of rejecting a survivor’s account?” she asked, and added: “While people must be treated as innocent until proven guilty, we need to remember that women are taking on incredible personal risk and trauma to tell their stories. We owe them, at the least, our trust and support.”

She reached out to the people to go in for a near total mental reboot as she feels people need a “shift in mindset which acknowledges that sons and daughters should not be treated differently”.

“Mothers must stop treating their sons like they’re precious gifts from God. We have powerful people in our country who are women but our mentality continues to be that menstruating women – or women at large – shouldn’t enter temples.

Sonam’s third point stresses on ‘Ditch the entitlement. Understand consent’. She reiterates what the film “Pink” promoted: “If it’s a no, then it’s an unequivocal no.”

The National Award-winning actress has also said people need to call out all the men and women in their lives who they know have erred.

“We shouldn’t be quiet because we fear hurting someone,” she said in a point about taking sides.

“If you are silent and don’t take sides then you are, I am afraid, on the side of the person who is wrong. Always take sides,” added Sonam, who has pledged to never endorse or work with individuals proven to be predatory and guilty.

She hopes sexist jokes stop.

“It’s not okay to make sexist, homophobic, racist jokes in an environment which is rife with sexism and discrimination,” she said.

“Labelling” too must not be practiced.

“A friend of mine didn’t want to speak about her experience because she was concerned about how people would label her. ‘I’ll be labelled a victim or a survivor for the rest of my life,’ she told me,” Sonam said, and averred that calling sexy songs “item numbers” is all a part of “sexual propaganda”.

She feels a solution to tackle sexual harassment cases is to “empower and hire more women”.

“If you don’t have women running a company but you employ mostly women, how is it going to work? Women shouldn’t be hired for tokenism but be empowered to take up key roles where they make decisions,” Sonam said.

Lastly, Sonam believes that the #MeToo movement is about “survivors and perpetrators, about making the society less misogynist, entitled and changing how we think”.

“It’s time to transform the naysayers into supporters, to join the movement in full force and oppose every act – even a suggestion – of abuse and discrimination.”

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Now a digital dance show for Indian audience

The episodes will have four performances — one by a Bollywood dance celebrity, one by a TV dance star, one by a YouTube dance icon and one collaboration between TV and YouTube stars.

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Mumbai, Nov 13 : “The Dance Project”, touted as India’s first digital dance show, will go live on Sony Music India’s official YouTube channel from November 23.

“The Dance Project” is a 12-episode show which will feature people from Bollywood, television and YouTube platforms.

“Our thought was to present our extensive song library with a new sound and create bite-sized dance content for quick consumption on the go. We found no better partners in YouTube for the same,” Jay Mehta, Head Digital Business and New Initiatives, Sony Music India, said in a statement.

“We are extremely thrilled to be working with them to create a property that has not been done before in India. With the biggest names in the dance industry, we are confident that the property will become a go to for all dance enthusiasts,” Mehta added.

The episodes will have four performances — one by a Bollywood dance celebrity, one by a TV dance star, one by a YouTube dance icon and one collaboration between TV and YouTube stars.

Its first episode will star actress Elli Avram, dance group Wild Ripperz and dancers Faisal and Vaishnavi.

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Harshdeep to perform at Deepika-Ranveer wedding

Harshdeep, known for songs like “Heer” and “Dilbaro”, gave a subtle hint to fans by posting a picture from a flight. She captioned it: “Off to a very special place for even more special occasion. Arrivederci?”

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Milan, Nov 13 : Singer Harshdeep Kaur’s soulful voice will lend musical magic to the wedding festivities of actors Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh in Italy.

A group of musicians, including the popular Sufi singer Harshdeep and Sanjoy Das, have reached the venue to perform at the celebrations, set to take place in the picturesque Lake Como.

“We have reached Milan for a very special occasion of Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh. I am performing with Harshdeep Kaur along with Bobby Pathak and Firoz Khan,” Sanjoy wrote on Twitter on Tuesday.

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Sanjoy later deleted it as the celebrations are being kept as private as possible.

Harshdeep, known for songs like “Heer” and “Dilbaro”, gave a subtle hint to fans by posting a picture from a flight. She captioned it: “Off to a very special place for even more special occasion. Arrivederci?”

Deepika and Ranveer, whose on-screen chemistry in films like “Goliyon Ki Raasleela: Ram-Leela” and “Bajirao Mastani” has been loved as much as their off-screen camaraderie, will tie the knot over two days of ceremonies on November 14-15.

According to Ranveer’s stylist Nitasha, the couple is “love personified”.

“No pictures but it was love personified to see them together today. Couldn’t stop my tears, but these were tears of happiness and so I hope they never do,” she tweeted on Monday.

The couple has been dating each other for six years but never confirmed their relationship until recently. They put rest to months of speculation about their nuptials with a social media announcement of their wedding dates.

After their very private wedding ceremonies, the two stars will have a reception each in Bengaluru and Mumbai on November 21 and 28 respectively.

They have urged their guests to direct gifts in the form of a donation to The Live Love Laugh Foundation, which works towards spreading awareness on mental health.

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