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Willing to screen ‘Padmavati’ for anyone after CBFC approval, say film makers

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New Delhi, Nov 11: The makers of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Padmavati” are willing to show the epic drama to anyone doubting its content, but only on getting a green signal from the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).

“We are screening the film to CBFC as per established procedure and convention followed in the industry. Once a censor certificate is obtained, we do not have any reservations with screening the film to quell any doubts that are being cast on the film, although such practice is without a precedent,” Ajit Andhare, Chief Operating Officer, Viacom18 Motion Pictures, told IANS in an email interview.

Viacom18 Motion Pictures has produced “Padmavati” with Bhansali Productions, and it will distribute the film in India.

The movie is embroiled in a controversy as some Hindu groups and political parties, including the Congress and the BJP, claim that the film distorts history and wrongly portrays Rajput queen Padmavati, a contention Bhansali has repeatedly rebuffed.

One BJP member has demanded that Bhansali be “tried for treason” and that CBFC should not certify the movie, while some want the movie’s release date to be delayed in view of the Gujarat elections, and then there are others who feel the movie must be shown to historians before it is given wings to fly.

The Rajasthan government is also planning to set up a committee to watch the movie.

Andhare is confident the CBFC will have “appropriate representation from the necessary quarters, historians included. We have no reservations on that count. We trust the CBFC’s judgement,” he said, as they await a CBFC screening of the film.

When is the film likely to be certified?

“We are looking at CBFC to do it soonest, to facilitate the planed release on December 1,” he said, underlining that as of now, there are no plans to change the release date.

What is their stand on the political uproar over the movie’s content?

“We have already clarified that all anxieties about the alleged depiction are unfounded. Sanjay has personally assured in a video that the film celebrates the Queen and Rajput valour, dignity and traditions. Contrary to perception, the film celebrates the classic legend of Padmavati and no creative liberty of the kind alleged has been taken,” he said.

The conjecture is that the makers have showcased a romantic dream sequence between Rani Padmavati and invader Alauddin Khilji — a claim put to rest by Bhansali as incorrect.

Distributors in Rajasthan are said to be wary about releasing the film after the brouhaha.

But Andhare said: “All our distributors are with us. There is nothing in the film that should cause any worry. It’s a film Rajasthan will be proud to watch once it gets smooth release.”

He is aiming for “a wide release” for the movie after securing the censor certification.

“We have full faith in CBFC and its chairman (Prasoon Joshi) and are optimistic that we will be able to release the film on time and it will be supported and loved widely by the people resulting in strong business. We have made the film with utmost sincerity and integrity,” Andhare said.

On Friday, Joshi came out in support of Bhansali, saying the CBFC respected him “as an individual and artist”.

“Padmavati” features a cast led by Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh.

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Cricketer KL Rahul responds to dating rumour with actress Nidhhi Agerwal

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Mumbai, June 21: Cricketer KL Rahul has cleared the rumour on his relationship with bollywood actress Nidhhi Agerwal by saying that they are just friends and known each other from a long time.

The Indian cricketer cleared that he is not dating the “Munna Michael” actress Nidhhi Agerwal and the rumours are false.

He opened up about his relationship status on chat show “Open House with Renil”. The episode will air on Sunday on zoOm styled by Myntra, read a statement to news agency IANS.

Asked about his relationship with Nidhhi, he said: “We have known each other since our college days. We are just good friends and all the rumours are false.”

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On his bond with cricketer Virat Kohli and actress Anushka Sharma, he said: “There was one instance after a match at Melbourne where I had a terrible performance. I was miserable and depressed.

“Anushka, who noticed this, came up to my room and asked me to accompany her and Virat to their dinner date. The couple talked me through their similar experiences and that helped me understand how to manage these situations better.

“They took immense care of me and ensured I was not alone. They even made sure I spent the new year night with them. They are an amazing couple and have really had a powerful influence on me.”

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On International Yoga Day, Kangana Ranaut performs Yogasanas in London

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New Delhi, June 21: Actress Kangana Ranaut on Thursday celebrated International Yoga Day in London, where she is currently shooting for her upcoming film ‘Mental Hai Kya’.

Pictures and video of Kangana performing yoga at London’s Hyde Park have been shared by the actress’ official fan club on Instagram.

“Kangana Ranaut shows her dedication towards yoga on International Yoga Day 2018 and encourages everyone to adopt yoga as a lifestyle and a way to spiritual awakening,” read the caption.

In another post, the actress actually amused everyone in the video as she practiced some Yogasanas like a pro.

“Kangana Ranaut practicing the ancient science of yoga on International Yoga Day. The key to practice yoga is patience & stillness,” the post read.

And after watching the video, we must say, she indeed performed some of the most toughest exercises.

In one of the videos, Kangana is seen perforiming a perfect and a flawless backbend while in the other she performs a generic stretchting Yoga exercise. One must not forget the cute thumbs up she showed to the fans after completing the yoga exercises.

On this International Yoga Day, Seems Kangana became the first bollywood celebrity to wish her fans a happpy yoga day.

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Are Priyanka Chopra & Nick Jonas coming to Mumbai to meet actress’ Mom?

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New Delhi, June 21: Quantico star Priyanka Chopra, who is all set to land in Mumbai today’s night, will be accompanied by American pop star and rumoured boyfriend Nick Jonas.

On reaching Mumbai, Piggy Chopra would first introduce Nick Jonas to her mother Madhu Chopra to get her nod of approval. After that, she would be hosting a housewarming party of her new Versova pad, reported Bollywood Mantra.

The lavish housewarming party will be attended by Priyanka’s Bollywood friends and they would also get to meet Nick, the report said.

The two have been hanging out since quite some time and when the first pictures of them as a couple came out, it raised many eyeballs.

Recently, Priyanka walked arm in arm with Nick at his cousin’s wedding. She also had brunch with Nick’s family members and was seen spending some quality time with them.

The rumoured couple, who played down speculations they were dating when they showed up at the 2017 Met Gala in New York together, have now embarked on a real relationship, according to multiple reports.

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At the Met Gala, Priyanka just laughed off a romance with Jonas, insisting they simply shared an agent and were friends. She said they went to the Met Gala together as they were both wearing ensembles by Ralph Lauren.

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