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Vidhu Vinod Chopra: Those criticising ‘Shikara’ are donkeys

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Mumbai, Feb 12 : Filmmaker-producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra has lashed out at people criticising his new film “Shikara”. He says those who have accused him of commercialising the plight of Kashmiri Pandits in the film are “gadhe” (donkeys).

” ‘3 Idiots’, which I produced earned Rs 33 crore on its first day of release, and we knew the first day collection of ‘Shikara’ will be 30 lakh. Despite that we gave 11 years of our life to make this film. I feel today things are very funny because I’ve made films that collected Rs 30 crore on its first day, and when I make a film that collects Rs 30 lakh on its first day in the memory of my mother, people say I have commercialised the pain of Kashmiri people. I feel people who think that way are gadhe (donkeys), and that’s why I want to tell you, don’t be donkeys. First see the film and then form your opinions,” Chopra said during a visit to Mumbai’s KC College to promote “Shikara” along with the film’s lead cast Aadil Khan and Sadia.

“Shikara” is about the mass exodus of Kashmiri Pandits in early 1990, in the wake of violent Islamist insurgency. The film was highly anticipated because the veteran filmmaker Chopra hails from the state.

After the film’s release, however, certain sections of people called out the film and its director Chopra. A video of a Kashmiri Pandit woman lashing out at the director at a screening in Delhi went viral. Calling it a “ghatiya” film and disowning it, she is seen saying the movie was too commercialised and not authentic.

The hashtag #BoycottShikara started trending on Twitter, and people were accusing Chopra of going soft on the subject rather than give an unflinching account of the horrific atrocities that Kashmiri Pandits suffered.

Chopra said renowned Hollywood filmmaker James Cameron has praised his film: “This film opened with great reviews everywhere. I presume you would have heard about a man called James Cameron who has directed ‘Titanic’ and ‘Avatar’. He called this film as a masterpiece in a four-page letter. In India, the film released to full houses and great reviews. Then, suddenly all this hate wave comes up.”

He added: “I am not on Twitter or on any social media. What came as a big surprise for us is that our rating on IMDb, which was around eight or nine, dropped to one. We found that on all these social media platforms, people have started putting up videos and saying ‘this how you press the button to give the film a one-star rating’.”

Chopra said “Shikara” is close to his heart: “This is a very special film and this film talks about events that happened even before all of you (students) were born. Around 30 years back, four lakh Kashmiris were thrown out of their homeland, and my mother was one of them. I am technically a refugee in my own country because I am from Kashmir.”

He added that he never compromised on anything while making films in his career. “All my life I have never compromised on films I have made, whether it is ‘3 Idiots’ or the ‘Munna Bhai’ series or ‘Shikara’. In every film, I tried and give you guys a message. In ‘Munna Bhai’, I talked about ‘Jaadu ki jhappi’ and in ‘3 Idiots’ I gave critical advice to students, to chase excellence and success will follow. I am happy to say that many lives changed with that film,” he pointed out.

Chopra felt “Shikara” would have the same impact. “In the same way, in ‘Shikara’ we have a message that says, ‘todo nahin, jodo’ (don’t break, unite) because we are at a stage in life where it is becoming a norm to say, ‘don’t unite, break’. Everything is breaking, be it systems or cities. I would urge you to watch this film and spread the message of this film because you (students) are the future. If you like the films, then go to social media and fix that rubbish (criticism about Shikara), and if you don’t like the film then also remember message of the film,” he said.

Chopra on Sunday had penned an open letter on Facebook to counter all criticism against his film. In the letter, the filmmaker elaborated on the sufferings that he, along with his family members, had to suffer when they were driven out of their homeland as a result of being targeted by Islamist insurgents three decades ago. He described the accusations as “nonsensical” and also urged people to not repeat past mistakes.

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Los Angeles, Feb 19 : Singer Britney Spears was hospitalised after a dance move went wrong.

The 38-year-old was left with a fractured metatarsal bone and her foot in plaster. Her boyfriend, Sam Ashghari, shared photos of the star in a hospital on his Instagram page, reports mirror.co.uk.

He revealed that the singer had fractured one of a “group of five long bones in the foot, located between the tarsal bones of the hind – and mid-foot and the phalanges of the toes”.

Posting several photos and videos of themselves in hospital, Sam showed that Britney was laid up in the emergency room with a cast on her foot, on which the word “stronger” had been written.

Captioning the photos on Instagram, Sam wrote: “When you break something it tends to heal stronger specially when you’re my Girl. My lioness broke her metatarsal bone on her foot doing what she loves which is dancing.”

He continued: “Wishing her the best recovery so she can jump, run, and dance her butt off #stronger.”

The photos show Britney in good spirits as she sits on a hospital bed in a gown.

It is uncertain how long that the singer was in hospital, and how long her recovery time will be, but photos have surfaced online of Britney walking around in a boot, which could indicate that the accident may have happened last week.

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Mumbai, Feb 18 : Actresses Bhumi Pednekar and Kiara Advani showed their bold avatar in a new calendar shoot.

Celebrity photographer Dabboo Ratnani has unveiled the latest edition of his celebrity calendar.

Bhumi also took to social media to post the photo in which she is posing on the bathtub sans clothes. She captioned it: “July 2020 #dabbooratnanicalendar.”

Kiara, on the other hand, held a banana leaf for the shoot. She captioned the photo, which she shared on social media: “A leaf out of #DabbooRatnaniCalendar! @dabbooratnani @manishadratnani.”

Actress Sunny Leone, who gave updates on social media from the calendar’s launch event, is seen sitting with her legs crossed and holding a big book with no clothes on.

Actor Vicky Kaushal too went shirtless. He is seen taking a dip in a pool in the photo.

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Mumbai, Feb 18 : Colors TV issued a statement after a woman claimed that she quit her job at the channel after the “fixed” finale of Salman Khan-hosted show “Bigg Boss 13”.

“We at Colors would like to clarify that the individual who goes by the name Feriha (@ferihasays) is not employed or associated with our channel contrary to what she stated in her profile,” read a post shared on behalf of the channel on social media.

“The claims made by her against our channel, our spokespersons and talent are unfounded and not true. We request our fans and viewers to not believe any information coming from such inauthentic and unauthorised sources.”

While many were happy with actor Sidharth Shukla being announced as the winner of “Bigg Boss 13” on February 15, there were some who were not too thrilled about it.

A woman, identified as Feriha on Twitter, had written on social media: “I have decided to quit my job at @ColorsTV. I had a tremendous time working with the creative department but I can’t demean myself being part of a fixed show. The channel is keen on making Sidharth Shukla the Winner despite less votes. Sorry, I can’t be part of it.”

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