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Watch ‘Raazi’ trailer: Alia Bhatt as ‘Sehmat’ puts country before anything else

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New Delhi, April 10:  The trailer of Meghna Gulzar’s spy thriller Raazi, starring Alia Bhatt and Vicky Kaushal in pivotal roles, is out, and we can just can’t wait for the release of the film on May 11.

This true-life story of a valorous Indian Muslim girl who risked her life by marrying a Pakistani and moving to the neighbouring country to spy for her own, is a story that was waiting to be told.

The trailer introduces us to the three key elements of Meghna Gulzar’s film: love, betrayal and patriotism.

The trailer, which starts with the India-Pakistan tension, shows Alia Bhatt as an Indian, being married off to a Pakistani by her father so that she can be the ‘eyes and ears’ of India in Pakistan.

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Thus begins her new journey as a wife of a Pakistani army officer (played by Vicky Kaushal) and as an Indian spy. The trailer shows Alia as an obedient daughter, perfect wife and a fearless spy.

The trailer proves Alia takes to the role as she does every time.

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Seeing the trailer, it wouldn’t be wrong to say, Alia is to Meghna Gulzar what Tabu was to Meghna’s father in “Maachis” and “Hu Tu Tu”.

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Alia seems born to play Sehmat. And Vicky Kaushal as her Pakistani husband is to Alia what Sanjeev Kumar was to Suchitra Sen in Gulzar’S “Aandhi”. It’s not easy to make an impact where the woman has an author-backed role.

Alia dazzles in the trailer, as she moves with feline agility from innocent Indian girl to devious bride, plotting training to get information for our country. My heart leapt to my mouth as Alia’s Sehmat crossed the border, this time in a very geo-political sense.

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The trailer shows the director recreating the 1971 period without straining for effect. This is a highly inflammable subject, filled with grandiloquent drama and flamboyant fury.

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As a nation, while we boast of having people who fight and die for the nation, we also have some others whose contributions are not in any of our records, who are just stories of braveries. Meghna Gulzar’s espionage drama tells us the tale of one such unsung hero who left her mark on the Indian flag and our minds forever.

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Sonali Bendre’s emotional post on how she told son about Cancer

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New Delhi, July 19: Sonali Bendre is battling cancer in New York and her new found source of support is her 12-year-old son Ranveer.

The actor, who revealed a few days ago that she has been diagnosed with ‘high grade’ cancer that has metastised, shared a new post on Instagram in which we can see her with son and a shorter hairdo. Smiling into the camera, Sonali and her son Ranveer reveal how the family has “switched on the sunshine” at this difficult time. Sonali has also written in the post that her 12-year-old son has become her “source of strength”.

From the moment he was born 12 years, 11 months and 8 days ago, my amazing @rockbehl took ownership of my heart. From then on, his happiness and wellbeing have been the centre of anything @goldiebehl and I ever did. And so, when the Big C reared its ugly head, our biggest dilemma was what and how we were going to tell him. As much as we wanted to protect him, we knew it was important to tell him the full facts. We’ve always been open and honest with him and this time it wasn’t going to be different. He took the news so maturely… and instantly became a source of strength and positivity for me. In some situations now, he even reverses roles and takes on being the parent, reminding me of things I need to do! I believe that it’s imperative to keep kids involved in a situation like this. They are a lot more resilient than we give them credit for. It’s important to spend time with them and include them, rather than make them wait on the side-lines, not being told yet instinctively knowing everything. In our effort to protect them from the pain and realities of life, we might end up doing the opposite. I’m spending time with Ranveer right now, while he’s on summer vacation. His madness and shenanigans help me #SwitchOnTheSunshine. And today, we derive strength from each other #OneDayAtATime

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Sonali said that her son handled the news of “the Big C” with maturity. Sonali Bendre also said that instead of trying to protect Ranveer, she and husband Goldie Behl decided to be honest with him. “As much as we wanted to protect him, we knew it was important to tell him the full facts. We’ve always been open and honest with him and this time it wasn’t going to be different. He took the news so maturely… and instantly became a source of strength and positivity for me. In some situations now, he even reverses roles and takes on being the parent, reminding me of things I need to do!”

Earlier this month, the actress took to her social media to release a statement, revealing that she has recently been diagnosed with high-grade cancer.

A few days later, Sonali talked about the changes she has accepted because of the treatment and added: “The only thing I’m trying to be consistent about is maintaining a positive outlook.”

In the words of my favourite author Isabel Allende, “We don't even know how strong we are until we are forced to bring that hidden strength forward. In times of tragedy, of war, of necessity, people do amazing things. The human capacity for survival and renewal is awesome.” The outpouring of love I’ve received in the last few days has been so overwhelming… and I’m especially grateful to those of you who shared stories of your experiences in dealing with cancer, whether it was your own or of loved ones. Your stories have given me an extra dosage of strength and courage, and more importantly, the knowledge that I’m not alone. Each day comes with its own challenges and victories and so for now, I’m taking this #OneDayAtATime. The only thing I’m trying to be consistent about is maintaining a positive outlook… literally #SwitchOnTheSunshine – it’s my way of dealing with this. Sharing my journey is also part of this process… I can only hope it reminds you that all is not lost and that someone, somewhere understands what you’re going through. 🤞🌞 Thank you @tomoarakawa for making this a chic transition from long to short!

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Sonali is best known for her performances in Diljale, Sarfarosh, Zakhm, Duplicate, Hum Saath-Saath Hain among others.

She took a break from acting after marrying Goldie Behl in 2002.

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Sonam Kapoor’s ‘Throwback Thursday’ pic will make you nostalgic

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New Delhi, July 19: Bollywood actress Sonam Kapoor on Thursday treated her fans with an adorable throwback picture from her childhood.

The ‘Veere Di Wedding’ star shared an image that features a young Sonam and sister Rhea, shyly posing with dad Anil Kapoor.

She wrote alongside, “I still remember we were so excited to pose with Dad! Charlie’s Angels? Haha not really but kind of. #ThrowbackThursday”.

All the three Kapoors are dressed in black and needless to say, the Kapoor girls look extremely adorable in the picture.

Sonam’s recent movies Sanju and Veere Di Wedding performed incredibly well at the box-office and both had one of the highest box-office openings for 2018.

Taking a look back at her cinematic journey, Sonam’s father Anil Kapoor took to Instagram to share a collage of her blockbuster films with a caption, “The choices we make shape our lives. @sonamkapoor you have made some pretty damn good ones when it comes to scripts, directors & content…Your hard work, commitment & conviction has resulted in 8 hits in a row! So happy & proud of you!”

Meanwhile, Bollywood’s dynamic father-daughter duo Anil and Sonam are all set to share screen space for the first time in ‘Ek Ladki Ko Dekha To Aisa Laga’.

Directed by Shelly Chopra Dhar, the film also stars Juhi Chawla and Rajkummar Rao.

It will hit the theatres on October 12.

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Anupam Kher travels in metro for first time

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Mumbai, July 19: Veteran actor Anupam Kher travelled in the metro for the first time and described it as a great experience.

Anupam on Tuesday took to Twitter, where he shared a few photographs from the metro and captioned it: “Thanks to the horrible traffic at Saki Naka, Mumbai… had a great experience travelling by Metro for the first time ever. Loved the experience and the people in it. Jai Ho.

On the work front, Anupam will next be seen in “The Accidental Prime Minister”.

Actor Anupam Kher Manmohan Singh in "The Accidental Prime Minister

The film is based on a book by Sanjaya Baru, a former media advisor to Manmohan Singh. Akshaye Khanna features as Baru, and Divya Seth Shah plays Manmohan Singh’s wife Gursharan Kaur in the movie.

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It is directed by debutant Vijay Ratnakar Gutte, along with Hansal Mehta as the creative producer.

The script of “The Accidental Prime Minister”, produced by Bohra Bros, is written by Mayank Tewari. It is slated to release on December 21.

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