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Women should be given equal importance in film industry, says Suniel Shetty

On Tuesday, an 18-member panel, including Akshay Kumar, Karan Johar, Ajay Devgn, Siddharth Roy Kapur, Ritesh Sidhwani and CBFC chief Prasoon Joshi, met the Prime Minister to discuss how to take the entertainment industry to the next stage.

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Mumbai, Dec 22 : Actor Suniel Shetty has said that women should be given equal importance in the film industry like in every other working sector in the country.

Shetty was interacting with the media at the launch of Specta Eyewear Boutique on Saturday in Mumbai.

On Tuesday, an 18-member panel, including Akshay Kumar, Karan Johar, Ajay Devgn, Siddharth Roy Kapur, Ritesh Sidhwani and CBFC chief Prasoon Joshi, met the Prime Minister to discuss how to take the entertainment industry to the next stage.

Recently, Dia Mirza expressed her displeasure on twitter asking the reason for women’s absence from the Bollywood delegation of producers and actors that recently met Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss issues faced by the film industry.

Shetty agreed with Mirza, saying “Absolutely… I feel when you are giving importance to women in every other sector then, we should give them equal importance in film industry as well.

“I think their meeting with Prime Minister Modi was impromptu that is why there wasn’t inclusion of a female member from film industry. But I am sure that wasn’t their conscious decision.”

A few days ago, veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah landed in a controversy when he termed Indian cricket skipper Virat Kohli as the “worst behaved player” as he was involved in a heated argument with Australian skipper Tim Paine in the ongoing India-Australia Test series.

After that statement, few media outlets quoted Suniel Shetty saying Virat is an aggressive player and “I don’t agree with Naseeruddin Shah’s statement.”

Shetty said, “It’s probably one individual who twists and turns, edits and presents the quote the way they want to, that makes the difference. I never made any kind of statement against Naseer bhai (Naseeruddin Shah). I like Virat (Kohli) as a cricketer and everyone has their own opinions.

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My wife tells me I need to calm down a bit: Shahid Kapoor

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Mumbai, Jan 19: Actor Shahid Kapoor says he and his wife Mira have a different approach when it comes to parenting. He says she tells him to calm down a bit when it comes to their two children, while he feels she is “too casual”.

Shahid opened up about his married life, parenting, his film career and more on an upcoming episode of “Famously Filmfare Season 2”, to go live on Colors Infinity, Colors Infinity HD, Voot and Jio on Sunday, read a statement.

On being asked if being protective about his children was a ripple effect of his parent’s separation, Shahid said: “My wife tells me that I am a little obsessive and protective and that I need to calm down a little bit. I tell her that she is too casual. Having said that, we try and find the middle ground which I think is good for the kids because you need to have both types of parents.

“If both are too obsessive or both are too careless I don’t think that works, so you need to find that balance.”

Shahid and Mira got married in 2015. They have a daughter named Misha and son named Zain.

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Moving away from centrestage is heartbreaking for any actor: Abhishek Bachchan

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Mumbai, Jan 19: Actor Abhishek Bachchan’s last few movies before his sabbatical that ended with “Manmarziyaan” were majorly second leads in big budget movies. He says it’s heartbreaking for any actor who has been at centrestage to move away.

Asked how much of a problem it is to stand behind a bigger star, he told filmmaker and “Koffee With Karan” host Karan Johar: “It is heartbreaking to any actor who has been centrestage to be shadowed by another actor in the lead.”

“The industry is a brutal place. I don’t think anyone is entitled to say that I am who I am so I deserve this. No, you have to earn it. Moving from centre to left is heartbreaking but you have to use that hurt to inspire yourself to get back into the centre again.”

In the upcoming episode of “Koffee with Karan”, to be aired on Star World on Sunday, Abhishek was joined on the couch by his sister Shweta Bachchan Nanda, a statement said.

Last year, Abhishek was seen in “Manmarziyaan”, which came two years after he featured in “Housefull 3”. He says his sabbatical from the industry was a result of a self-realisation about complacency towards his work.

Karan asked Abhishek: “Is there a reason you took this backseat from cinema, did you feel the pressure of what was happening in your career, that’s why?”

Abhishek replied: “It’s tricky Karan. I don’t think it was the pressure of what was happening. Rather it was more about my approach towards my work which I thought was incorrect. I was becoming very complacent and comfortable.”

“To call a spade a spade, I was part of huge films, huge budgets, huge stars, huge collections, everything was hunky dory. I had no pressure on me because I was standing behind somebody else who takes all the pressure. I was making lots of money and so were those films…it became very easy. I didn’t come to industry to stand behind anyone,” he added.

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Kartik, Bhumi, Ananya in ‘Pati Patni Aur Woh’

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Actors Kartik Aaryan, Bhumi Pednekar and Ananya Panday will star in “Pati Patni Aur Woh”, an adaptation of B.R. Chopra’s 1978 film with the same title.

Producers Bhushan Kumar, Juno Chopra and Abhay Chopra who last produced “Bhoothnath Returns” are glad to have come back together for this film directed by Mudassar Aziz.

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