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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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Checkout inside pics from Kareena Kapoor’s midnight Birthday Bash

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Mumbai, Sep 21: Actress Kareena Kapoor Khan is celebrating her 38th birthday today.

On the eve of Bebo’s Birthday, her family members threw a little midnight birthday party at her Mumbai residence on Thursday.

Kareena’s sister Karisma Kapoor and sister-in-law Soha Ali Khan shared glimpses from Kareena’s midnight birthday bash.

In the group pictures, we spotted Kareena’s actor husband Saif Ali Khan and Soha’s actor husband Kunal Kemmu along with Kareena and Karisma’s parents Randhir Kapoor and Babita and uncle Kunal Kapoor, who attended with his children Shaira and Zahan.

Karisma took to Instagram to share fun moments from the night. In the one with Kareena, both the actors look casual chic in blue denims and tees. “Happy birthday to the bestest sister ever! ❤️❤️❤️ #mypillar#mybestfriend,” Karsima captioned it.

Check out all the inside pictures from Bebo’s birthday celebrations:

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Family fun ❤️ #birthdaygirl #bebo #ourrockstar 🌟 #lafamilia

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Sparkle and shine !!! Happy birthday !!! ❤️❤️🎂

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Birthday boomerang!!!

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Kareena Kapoor is her family’s rockstar which is all her birthday cake tells us.

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Looks like the Kapoors and Khan had a blast last night.

On the work front, Kareena is currently busy with her next film ‘Good News’, co-starring Akshay Kumar and Kiara Advani and which will be produced by Karan Johar. Kareena will also feature in Karan Johar-directed Takht, which also stars Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt, Janhvi Kapoor, Vicky Kaushal and Bhumi Pednekar.

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Nawazuddin’s ‘Manto’ morning shows cancelled; Nandita Das disappointed

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New Delhi, Sep 21: There was no first day, first show for Nawazuddin Siddiqui starrer “Manto” in several cities in India, and that left the actress-filmmaker  Nandita Das” hugely disappointed”.

“Manto”, co-produced by HP Studios, Filmstock and Viacom18 Motion Pictures, traces the life of writer Saadat Hasan Manto. Nawazuddin Siddiqui has brought the character to life.

The film released on Friday. But its morning shows were cancelled in several cities like Delhi, Noida, Mumbai, Pune and Ahmedabad.

After getting several personal messages and coming across many posts complaining of show cancellations on Twitter, Nandita tweeted: “This is shocking! I just got a similar message from a friend in Ahmedabad… What’s going on? Viacom18 BookMyShow”

“Hugely disappointed… Six years of work and many people’s collective intent and commitment was to find its culmination this morning. Am assured by Viacom18 it will be fixed at noon today. Please let us know if it hasn’t been. Spreading Mantoiyat will not stop,” she added.

The issue came to light when one user wrote: “‘Manto’ morning shows cancelled all over India? That is what Mall of India folks from PVR Cinemas are telling me as they refuse to give me show tickets. Many others being refused. They say distributor issues. Happening all over India it seems.”

One user said “same is the condition in Pune they are saying that the shows are cancelled all over India”, while another said: “Couldn’t book my ticket in Mumbai also”.

It left many wondering about the reason behind the cancellation.

“We would like to inform you that due to some technical glitch, the shows of the movie, ‘Manto’ were cancelled. However, we would never want you to miss out on good cinema and are trying our best to bring you the shows of this most awaited movie. Stay tuned to our app/website for latest updates regarding this,” read a response from the official Twitter handle PVR Support.

Cinépolis India also came forward to explain the reason behind the issue.

“Hi! Apologies! We wish to inform you that we’ve received the print now and we’ll be playing the next show at 1.25 p.m. You can book your tickets for the same via our website/app or at the Box Office,” a post on their official Twitter account read.

When one user expressed his disappointment over missing a “great movie”, Nandita wrote: “That’s what the distribution team of Viacom18 is supposed to do. They are checking. Rest assure ‘Manto’ will reach you. The story must be told and heard. Thank you all for your interest and support. Please keep me posted.”

The film follows the most tumultuous years in the life of the iconoclastic writer Manto and those of the countries — India and Pakistan — which Manto inhabited and chronicled.

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The film stars Rasika Dugal as Manto’s wife and Tahir Raj Bhasin, Rishi Kapoor and Divya Dutta in key roles.

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Richa Chadha faces racism in Georgia

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Tbilisi, Sep 20: Indian actress Richa Chadha on Thursday took to Twitter to share her experience of meeting a “racist officer” at passport control while exiting Georgia.

“Met a racist AF officer at the passport control, while exiting Georgia. Slammed my passport on the desk, twice…muttered under her breath in Georgian, yelled and asked me to hurry. Sad that people like her are the last ones we perhaps see on exiting the country,” Richa wrote.

She also mentioned meeting “the gentlest cabbie” here.

“He was so sweet, he changed my experience of the city, refused a tip, smiled throughout. We communicated only through gestures but I could feel his heart,” she tweeted.

Richa visited Georgia to shoot for the second instalment of Excel Entertainments “Inside Edge”. She will reprise her role as Mumbai Maverick team owner Zarina Malik.

The show also stars Vivek Anand Oberoi and Angad Bedi.

Apart from this, Richa will also be seen in Anubhav Sinha’s “Abhi Toh Party Shuru Hui Hai”, Ashwini Iyer Tiwari’s “Panga” and a biopic on southern actress Shakeela.

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