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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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Anushka Sharma, Kartik Aaryan named India’s hottest vegetarians

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Mumbai, Dec 11: Actors Anushka Sharma and Kartik Aaryan have been named India’s Hottest Vegetarians, according to votes on the official website of People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India.

Anushka has become the first two-time female winner of the title, having previously won in 2015.

The actress, who was also named PETA India’s Person of the Year in 2017, recently starred in an ad campaign for PETA India, proclaiming: “I Am Anushka Sharma, and I’m a Vegetarian.”

Her other efforts to help animals include announcing plans to open an animal shelter near Mumbai, launching the PAWsitive campaign to raise awareness that animals suffer when people set off loud firecrackers, and successfully helping to demand a ban on cruel horse-drawn carriage rides in Mumbai.

“Going vegetarian was one of the best decisions I ever made. I have more energy, I feel healthier, and I’m so happy that no animals had to suffer for my meals,” Anushka said in a statement.

Kartik said it only took one video of animals suffering and dying in the meat industry to convince him to go vegetarian.

“The kindest thing anybody can do for cows, pigs, chickens, and all animals is to stop eating them,” he said.

Sachin Bangera, PETA’s Associate Director of celebrity and public relations, said: “Anushka Sharma and Kartik Aaryan are saving animals by keeping them off their plates, and by sharing their commitment to being meat-free with the world.

“Their compassion makes them as beautiful on the inside as they are on the outside, and that makes them winners in our book.”

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Virat’s wedding anniversary post for Anushka is winning the internet

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Mumbai, Dec 11: It was a year ago that Indian skipper Virat Kohli and Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma married in a dreamy Tuscany, Italy.

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On completing a year of togetherness on Tuesday, Virat Kohli shared the wedding photographs wished wifey, Anushka Sharma, a happy anniversary and called her his “best friend and soulmate”.

“Can’t believe it’s been a year already because it feels like it happened just yesterday. Time has truly flown by. Happy anniversary to my best friend and my soulmate. Mine forever. Anushka Sharma.”; Virat tweeted.

Anushka shared her wedding video, where an ecstatic Kohli is seen referring to the actress as his “wife”. He also says that he now feels like a “grown up”.

The “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil” star captioned the video: “It’s heaven, when you don’t sense time passing by… It’s heaven, when you marry a good ‘man’.”

Virat and Anushka are currently in Australia. Anushka had reached Australia a few days earlier to celebrate the anniversary with Kohli, who is currently leading the Indian Cricket Team against Austraila.

The star couple fondly called as “Virushka” by their fans, tied the knot on December 11, 2017, in Tuscany, Italy.

Happy Wedding Anniversary to Mr and Mrs Kohli !!

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I don’t feel any pressure, but have responsibility towards acting: Ranveer Singh

Ranveer has a filmography boasting of titles like like “Band Baaja Baaraat”, “Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl”, “Lootera”, “Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela”, “Bajirao Mastani”, “Dil Dhadakne Do” and “Padmaavat”.

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New Delhi, Dec 11 : Hopes are high from newly-married Ranveer Singh, who is set to woo quintessential Bollywood fans with “Simmba” later this month. After eight years of entertaining audiences, the actor says he does not feel any pressure to deliver his best as he sees it as a responsibility towards what he loves doing — acting.

Ranveer has a filmography boasting of titles like like “Band Baaja Baaraat”, “Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl”, “Lootera”, “Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela”, “Bajirao Mastani”, “Dil Dhadakne Do” and “Padmaavat”.

Asked if he feels pressure with so many hopes riding on him, Ranveer told IANS in an e-mail interaction from Mumbai: “I have been fortunate enough to experience both highs and lows. (I have been) Lucky and blessed that there have been more highs than lows, but I’m glad that the lows were there because they taught me a lot.”

The actor, who faced failure with films like “Befikre” and “Kill Dil”, says it taught him that filmmaking is a collaborative process.

“According to me, whether it’s my most successful film or least successful film — I know in my heart of hearts that I tried my best, I performed with all honesty and never gave less than a 100 per cent. If a film did not work, that is not in my hands. From my point of view, my perspective, I gave it everything.

“For a film to become a hit or a flop, there are many variables and many factors. That said, I don’t get pressurised. I see it as a responsibility to what I love doing,” he said.

Ranveer, who tied the knot with his long-time lady love Deepika Padukone in November, says he feels responsible when filmmakers come to him for collaborations.

“When filmmakers collaborate with me, I only assume that they expect me to bring something to the table creatively and I like that. I appreciate that the finest filmmakers look upon me as a collaborator. It’s something to be proud of and so I feel responsible,” said Ranveer, who has worked under the direction of Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Zoya Akhtar, Aditya Chopra and Vikramaditya Motwane.

As a performer, Ranveer said his effort is always to make people associated with him proud.

“I want to make my fans, family, my team everybody who is directly or indirectly connected to me, my life, my career — proud. So, I feel responsible in that way. So yes, I don’t feel pressurised, but I definitely do feel responsible,” he added.

Ranveer, who has been feted with the “entertainer of the year” award by a magazine, has a bag full of films coming up. His next his “Simmba”, where he is playing a flamboyant police officer. Then there’s “Gully Boy”, “’83” and a period drama “Takht”.

The actor’s last Bollywood outing was Bhansali’s “Padmaavat”, in which he essayed the role of Alauddin Khilji. Ranveer upped his own game with his powerful acting and eccentric mannerisms in the film, and captivated cine-goers with his stand-out performance, which set the bar higher for Bollywood villains.

Would he like to play an anti-hero again?

“Khilji’s part was mentally and emotionally taxing for me. I don’t think I’m keen on going into the dark space again anytime soon. That said, I want to keep doing different things. I will explore new characters that have a fresh set of layers to play. I never say never, but probably not anytime soon,” he said.

Ranveer was in fact advised by many people to not play Khilji.

“The rationale behind that was pretty convincing. They rationalised saying how audiences are very emotional, they even draw lines between actors and stars. If they love a character, they will shower the love on who played the character and if they hate the character, that hate will come upon the actor.”

But the 33-year-old star saw it differently.

“I trusted the audience, I trusted their maturity and the fact that they have evolved over time that they can see the performance for what it is. I felt that if I do this part well, they will appreciate me as an actor. I’m glad I trusted the audience and my trust in them paid off. It was a huge risk, but I’m never one to play it safe. So I’m glad I took the risk,” he said.

(Durga Chakravarty can be contacted at [email protected])

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