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Whether MeToo stays or fizzles out, people will be wary: Neena Gupta

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New Delhi, Oct 19: The most substantial impact of the #MeToo movement, which took off in India following actress Tanushree Dutta’s sexual harassment allegations against actor Nana Patekar, is that people now will be wary of engaging in misconduct — whether or not the movement continues — says veteran actress Neena Gupta.

Asked if she feels the #MeToo wave will stay in India or whether it will die down, Neena told IANS here: “See, proving (an experience) is very difficult here. Right now, girls have got the strength to speak up, but those girls will say (take names) who have nothing to lose.

“Girls who have still something to lose, will not be able to say. But I think whether (the movement) stays or fizzles out, people will be wary of doing anything of this sort now.”

The #MeToo movement in India started after Tanushree in September recalled an unpleasant episode with veteran actor Nana Patekar from the sets of “Horn OK Pleassss” in 2008.

After that, a slew of controversies surrounding Vikas Bahl, Chetan Bhagat, Gursimran Khamba, Kailash Kher, Rajat Kapoor and Alok Nath have emerged. Why did naming and shaming come so late in Bollywood?

“That’s how it is. That’s how it works here. I say in conferences ‘I think it’s a curse to be born a woman in India, especially a poor woman’. Being a poor woman is a curse… It gives me so much pain when I see them,” she said.

Neena has been in the industry for over three decades and has featured in films like “Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron”, “Utsav”, “Trikaal”, “Khalnayak”, “Mulk”, “Veere Di Wedding” and “The Last Colour”.

Asked if age is now detrimental for an actress’ career in Bollywood, Neena agreed and said that after a certain age, they don’t receive good offers.

“There are not many roles. I always say that, ‘After a certain age, what is a woman’s role? Taking care of the family and home. After that there is no role’. When the society will change, I think we would have more roles on-screen.”

Last year, Neena was in the spotlight after she took to social media to ask for “good roles”. She has now been frequently seen in films.

Apart from “Mulk” and “Veere Di Wedding” this year, she has been seen in the latest release “Badhaai Ho” and will next be seen in commercial drama “Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar”.

“Earlier in these subjects, there were no big roles. We used to get small character roles. Now films are being made on solid and substantial roles,” said Neena, who essays a 50-year-old pregnant woman in “Badhaai Ho”.

The film is about a couple that has a grown up son already, but they get set to become parents again.

She said the film is not only about breaking taboos, but about ageless love.

“It is an important thing and I don’t think anyone has ever spoken about this. The more I worked in the film, the more I realised that it is very important and is more than just ‘hasi, mazaak (humour)’,” added Neena, who is the mother of popular designer Masaba Gupta, whom she had with legendary cricketer Vivian Richards.

She describes her own journey as a mother “very tough”.

“My journey was very tough. I had no money. Money is the most important thing, I have realised in this world. I didn’t have a husband and relatives. So it was really tough, but the joy Masaba gave me… The joy of motherhood… She was a very good child she did not trouble me much. The joy she gave me was enough to go through anything,” said Neena, who raised Masaba as a single mother.

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IFFI’s grand golden jubilee edition to trace its evolution

The first ever IFFI was organised by the Films Division, with the patronage of the first Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru.

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Panaji, Nov 22 : The grand golden jubilee celebrations of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) next year will look back at the glorious journey of the gala, and will focus on the business of cinema, according to Ministry of Information and Broadcasting officials.

Information and Broadcasting Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore on Wednesday said the I&B Ministry, the state government, and the Entertainment Society of Goa, will work together to plan a roadmap for the 50th IFFI.

Elucidating on that, Amit Khare, Secretary in the I&B Ministry, told IANS here: “For the 50th anniversary, the golden jubilee of IFFI, the work will start from November 28. Right after the closing ceremony of the present edition, we will start working on next year’s event.”

“We would like to start early because it’s a great event. We would like to showcase what has happened from the first to the 49th edition. It’s not all of a sudden that we have reached this place,” he added.

In 1952, IFFI started with the participation of 23 countries with over 200 films as entries. This year, the numbers have quadrupled to a 1,000 entries from over 100 countries across the world, indicated the festival’s official website.

It has grown to be one of the most prominent and important film jamborees in Asia, screening some of the best national and international cinema and bringing together some of the brightest cinematic minds from across the world.

Khare said: “The journey started 49 years ago. That journey will be recounted (at the golden jubilee celebrations). There will be more focus on the business aspect… One is the glamour component of films, the other is the educational value and the the third is the revenue generation and employment creation.

“So, we will have emphasis on all three.”

The first ever IFFI was organised by the Films Division, with the patronage of the first Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru.

The inaugural edition took place at Mumbai, and the festival was subsequently taken to Madras (now Chennai), Delhi and Calutta (now Kolkata) in the next few years.

It was in 2004 that Goa welcomed IFFI with open arms under then Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s leadership. Over the years, the infrastructural progress in the state has only added to the festival’s prowess.

Khare said: “IFFI is growing every year. We have been having a country in focus, and this year, for the first time we have a state in focus as well — Jharkhand.

“We want to involve more and more states. India is, after all, a federation of states. Our states have a lot of talent in terms of filming, they have a lot of stories, so why not provide them a way.”

(Radhika Bhirani is in Goa on an invitation by IFFI organisers. She can be contacted at [email protected])

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All inside pics, videos from Deepika, Ranveer’s Bengaluru Wedding Reception

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Bengaluru, Nov 22: It was a night to remember for the newly-wed Bollywood couple Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh as celebrities, and sports stars gathered at a star hotel here to wish them.

The wedding reception was hosted at The Leela Palace Hotel and the celebrations began with Deepika and Ranveer stepping out for a photo-op at the venue to meet and greet the paparazzi.

The couple looked absolutely stunning and made a breathtaking entry. Hundreds of frenzied fans greeted the couple and cheered the celebs walking in, with bouncers keeping the boisterous crowd at bay.

The couple posed for media persons before heading for the gala reception at the luxury hotel in the city’s eastern suburb, which was decked up with lights and floral arrangements.

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Deepika wore a regal gold sari gifted to her by mother Ujjala Padukone, paired with white pearls, while Ranveer complemented her in a black “sherwani” with gold embellishments.

Software major’s philanthropic arm Infosys Foundation chairperson Sudha Murty, city-based biotech major Biocon’s chairperson Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw were among the first ones to arrive for the reception.

Former cricketers Anil Kumble, Venkatesh Prasad, badminton star P.V. Sindhu were also present at the grand event.

The celebrity duo, married on November 14 at picturesque Lake Como in Italy flew back to Mumbai on November 18, is hosting the reception in this tech city as Deepika’s parents — badminton legend Prakash Padukone and Ujjala live here.

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Incidentally, Deepika made her movie debut with Kannada film ‘Aishwarya’ (2006) directed by Indrajit Lankesh, brother of slain Kannada journalist Gauri Lankesh.

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Bigg Boss 12 Day 66 and 67 : Deepak indulges in character assassination of Megha

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Nov 21: Bigg Boss 12 contestant Deepak on Day 67 indulges in character assassination of Megha similarly Romil, few days back indulged in character assassination of Dipika.

Tomorrow, Sreesanth talks about the scandal in his cricket career, Deepak passes comments on megha ‘s character and she spits on him at him, throwing a shoe

On Day 66, the contestants of the BIgg Boss 12 are unaware that Romil has been playing the mind games while Deepak is doing politics by dividing people,as he is seen talking to Karmveer about Sreesanth .But the fact is Deepak is the real villain, who provokes everyone so that they act wrongly  on screen and he wants to gather sympathy.

For two weeks Deepak has been gathering sympathy by showing his broken arm but when the task comes his arm gets ok or fine to push everyone forcefully in today’s task and in the previous tasks including the seizing cash for the hitman where Deepak always stands before the handle  by holding it which is against the norm so that when the buzzer plays he is the first to get it.

Deepak says “earlier I thought Dipika is playing but the fact is Sreesanth is playing smartly  and brain games “.

Deepak talks to Karanvir about Sreesanth, telling him the relations he has caused to turn sour
He says that initially it seemed that Dipika is using Sreesanth, but actually it’s vice-versa.

On the second day of the task , Megha Dhade, Jasleen Matharu and Rohit from the Blue Team were in the snake’s belly, while Deepak Thakur was the sole Red Team member was accompanying them there but Rohit despite wearing blue was with the Red team .

Deepak taunts Jasleen about her eating habits.Jasleen gets angered by this comment. Deepak denies making such comments as Jasleen begins screaming at him.Megha and Rohit have an argument over him being a traitor

Members from both the team held on to the lever that would decide which team’s member would enter the snake’s belly next. Rohit and Deepak used all their strength to overpower Jasleen and Megha. The contestants did not pay any heed to what sanchalak Srishty Rode instructions and continued to play as they liked.

 

 

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