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Watch Ranbir Kapoor at RK Studios’s Ganpati Visarjan celebrations

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Mumbai , Sep 23 :   Bollywood star Ranbir Kapoor, along with his father Rishi Kapoor and uncles Randhir and Rajiv, kept  their  tradition and celebrated Ganpati Visarjan with full enthusiasm at the iconic RK Studios, their legendary studios  which has been put up for sale.Ranbir was spotted in a sombre white kurta along with his uncles.

The Kapoor family always steps out and celebrates the Ganpati festival at the studio in Chembur with gusto. And this year was no different, even if it may be the last at the venue, as the sounds of the ‘dhol’ and ‘tashe’ enhanced the festive fervour.

While Ranbir seemed to be comfortable amid the fans surrounding him. He smiled at his fans and waved out to them, much to their delight.

 

Ranbir, who was dressed in a white shirt and blue denims, came back to Mumbai from Bulgaria where he was shooting “Brahmastra” to be a part of the festivities. He walked along with Rajiv, who was clad in a red t-shirt, as part of a procession to immerse the Ganpati idol which was brought in on Ganesh Chaturthi on September 13.

The security arrangements ensured all went smooth. They played intruments, and Randhir, Ranbir and Rajiv even broke a coconut each before the procession.

Last year, there was news that Rishi and Randhir had misbehaved with mediapersons and pushed them away. But this year, RK Studios’ Ganesh festivities went off peacefully.

In August, Rishi, on behalf of the family, announced that they have collectively decided to sell the sprawling studio, built by his late legendary father Raj Kapoor.

They took the decision as it was not economically viable to rebuild it after it was gutted in a fire last year.

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Shahid Kapoor opens up on stomach cancer rumours

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Mumbai, Nov 10: Bollywood actor Shahid Kapoor on Monday quashed reports claiming that he is suffering from stomach cancer.

The “Udta Punjab” star took to Twitter to give a health updated to his followers. “Guys I’m totally fine please don’t believe random stuff,” Shahid tweeted.

There were reports doing the rounds on social media that Shahid is suffering from stomach cancer. While the actor has been quiet about the reports, a source close to him had earlier quashed the rumours.

On the work front, Shahid will be seen in the Hindi remake of Telugu blockbuster “Arjun Reddy” titled — “Kabir Singh”.

The original film, starring Vijay and Shalini Pandey in the lead, revolves around a medical student who falls in love with his junior and how their relationship evolves.

The film will be shot extensively in Mumbai, Delhi and Mussoorie. Shahid will sport four different looks in the film and has been preparing for it over the last three months. Workshops with all the actors are right now in full swing.

It is produced by Bhushan Kumar, Murad Khetani, Krishan Kumar and Ashwin Varde.

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Beyonce adds spunk to Isha Ambani, Anand Piramal’s pre-wedding gala

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Udaipur, Dec 10: US singer Beyonce gave a power-packed performance at the pre-wedding celebrations of Isha Ambani and Anand Piramal in Udaipur on Sunday.

The pop star performed for a star-studded audience, which included former US First Lady Hillary Clinton and a slew of Bollywood celebrities including newlywed Priyanka Chopra and her American singer husband Nick.

Known for songs like “Crazy in love”, “Single ladies” and “Run the world”, Beyonce chose a thigh high slit red and gold dress with a plunging neckline by designer duo Abu Jani-Sandeep Khosla. she completed her look with soft curls and a gold maatha-patti.

Beyonce performed on numbers like “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran and belted out her greatest hits.

She also released photographs from her appearance at the sangeet, and she looked no less than a queen in her ravishing red ensemble.

The “Baby boy” left Udaipur on Monday morning. She was sporting a grey hoodie and sunglasses at the airport.

Beyonce arrived in the city of lakes on Sunday to perform at the pre-wedding celebrations.

Beyonce’s arrival for a private concert here has been much talked about since September when American singer John Legend performed at Isha and Anand’s engagement in Italy’s Lake Como.

Among those who joined the party were business tycoons, as well as Bollywood celebrities like Aamir Khan with wife Kiran Rao, Abhishek Bachchan with mother Jaya, wife Aishwarya and daughter Aaradhya, Karan Johar, Salman Khan, Parineeti Chopra, Anil Kapoor and wife Sunita, Boney Kapoor with daughters Janhvi and Khushi, Siddharth Roy Kapur with wife Vidya Balan, John Abraham with wife Priya Runchal, Ronnie Screwvala with wife Zarine, Karisma Kapoor, Varun Dhawan and Karan Tacker.

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Veteran actress Rekha also arrived here on Sunday.

Isha and Anand, scions of the Ambani and Piramal business families respectively, will wed as per Indian traditions, customs and culture at the Mumbai residence of the Ambani family on Wednesday, December 12.

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Upset over ‘ban’ in Uttarakhand: ‘Kedarnath’ director Abhishek Kapoor

New film “Kedarnath”, Abhishek is riding high again. He speaks to Subhash K Jha about the ban in Uttarakhand and the film being accused of promoting “Love-Jihad”

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Mumbai, Dec 10 : Kedarnath director Abhishek Kapoor is no stranger to ups and down in his career. If “Kai Po Che” and “Rock On” established him as a director of substance, “Fitoor” brought him down with a thud. But now with his new film “Kedarnath”, Abhishek is riding high again. He speaks to Subhash K Jha about the ban in Uttarakhand and the film being accused of promoting “Love-Jihad”:

Q. What do you have to say about Kedarnath being banned in Uttarakhand?

A. It is very upsetting. How can they do this? When the government has cleared it, the whole country is watching it, how can they stop my film? Uttarakhand is an integral part of the country. What happens to my freedom of expression?

Q. Just days before the release of your film, someone filed a PIL against it. Should there be more stringent laws against nuisance litigation?

A. More than more laws, the ones that exist should be enforced more effectively. I am very happy with the laws of the country. And I am most willing to work within the parameters of the law. But those parameters should be made workable.

Q. Is there a sense of satisfaction at the end making Kedarnath?

A. Oh absolutely, because I had nothing more to give to this film. I completely believed in it and I gave all of myself to the film. The feeling of satisfaction after you are consumed by a truthful creative process is almost like a pilgrimage in itself. I feel cleansed after making Kedarnath.

Q. What do you have to say about those who accuse the film of promoting Love-Jihad, whatever that means?

A. What can I say about assumptions that were based on a 2-minute trailer? People are reacting out of their own insecurities. Dangerous assumptions such as these are made when certain sensitive ideologies are played around with or have been violated before. People who make assumptions without seeing the film must be stopped. The censor board has cleared our film with just two cuts. Isn’t the CBFC (Central Board of Film Certification) the final authority on the content in cinema that goes into the public domain?

Q. Would you say the sensitivity about inter-religious relationships is misguided?

A. I would say we need to take a more mature view of the matter. Kedarnath is a clean honest attempt to look at the devastation that the people there in Uttarkhand suffered after the 2013 floods. They are yet to recover from the shock. My film is small gesture of healing for a people who lost everything and still had the resilience to bounce back. So many lives and families were destroyed. As a responsible filmmaker, I wouldn’t dream of making an exploitative film about their misery.

Q. How did the idea of doing Kedarnath come to you?

A. After making Fitoor, I was wondering what to make next. I began travelling to explore ideas. When I went to Vaishno Devi, I became familiar with the world of “pithoos” — these young men who carried pilgrims on their backs to the top of the mountain.

Q. You are being condemned for showing a Muslim pithoo?

A. But that is very much the reality. They are at Vaishno Devi, Amarnath, Kedarnath… They do their job with utmost sincerity. And what could be more gratifying for a pilgrim than to be taken to the purest place by a Muslim. That’s how we are as Hindus. We have an all-encompassing cultural tradition. Our ideology is such that it assimilates all. If you are a Shiv Bhakt you would know how He swallowed poison to save the world. “Har Har mahadev” means there is God in all of us. Why can’t we accept the sheer acceptability and inclusiveness of our religion? This who we are. When I spoke to Salim Saab (writer Salim Khan), he observed that 40 years ago there was no Hindu-Muslim issue. It is the politics of the nation that has brought this divide into our culture.

Q. But surely when you have a Muslim man and Hindu girl falling in love at a Hindu pilgrimage spot, you know some elements will be provoked.

A. I have full faith in the system. For all its faults, the Indian system of governance works for us, and I have full respect for it. Even the censor board…I may disagree with censorship being implemented on works of art. But then India is a country with several contrasting sensitivities. These have to be dealt with in a special way. We have to trust the censor board.

Q. The 2013 deluge in Uttarakhand is woven organically into the plot?

A. This is how it must have happened in the real life. Everyone has issues, personal political cultural and communal. And then something like this (the deluge) happens and all the issues come down to zero. Mankind becomes one.

Q. Sara Ali Khan has made a big splash in the film?

A. Kedarnath has a very strong part for the female protagonist. And then Sara is fresh. And she has so much to give to the camera. She needed a certain guidance and Sushant helped her a lot with her performance. People like her, they like the film. Whatever has gone into the film has gone with much thought. We’ve gone through a long struggle to ensure the film reaches the theatre, come what may.

Q. How difficult it was to recreate the 2013 deluge of Uttarakhand?

A. We planned every shot in detail. There are so many people in our team and they all worked so hard to make the film look authentic. As far as the recreation of the floods goes, we didn’t have the budget of a Hollywood film. We can’t. Though the special effects in the floods sequence are essential, they do not anchor the film. We made Kedarnath to tell a story, not to use the floods as technical gimmick. I feel there is an old-school feeling to the film. It’s a theme never done before. But the people and culture it addresses haven’t changed over generations. Cinema has to mirror society. I don’t make films to take them only to international film festivals. I make them so they can connect with the people whom they portray.

Q. The deluge in the climax reminded me of Raj Kapoor’s Satyam Shivam Sunderam

A. Ever since my film came out, a lot of people have been finding this similarity. I saw Satyam Shivam Sunderam long ago. I have no idea if I was influenced by it.

Q. You won me over with that amazing reference to “Lag ja gale se…”

A. That is Lata Mangeshkar. Even an opportunity to pay her a tribute is very big thing for me.

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