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Would be nicer to feel protected at this point: Deepika Padukone

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Mumbai, Nov 24: After getting several threats over her film “Padmavati”, actress Deepika Padukone says she would like to feel “safer and protected” at this point of time.

In an interview with “Talking Movies: India Special” for BBC World News, the actress voiced her opinion on the whole stir. The show will go on air on Saturday, read a statement.

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Asked whether she would like to have better protection from the state, she said: “In an ideal world, yes. I think it is too soon to tell… But yes it would be nicer to feel safer or protected at this point.”

Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s attempt to bring alive the story of Rajput queen Rani Padmavati on the silver screen with his movie “Padmavati” hasn’t gone down well with Hindu groups backed by the BJP. It features Deepika as Rani Padmavati, Shahid Kapoor as her husband and a warrior king and Ranveer Singh essays Alauddin Khilji.

Bhansali faced many hiccups while shooting the film, but the protests escalated as the film neared its release date. There are conjectures that it “distorts history” regarding the Rajput queen, and Bhansali has denied it repeatedly.

The movie’s release date has been deferred from the original December 1 date, but there are efforts from Hindu groups to have it banned.

Talking about all the protests surrounding the project, the “Piku” star said: “It is hurtful and it is sad. Cinema has the power to bring the people together, to unite people and to spread love. It is disheartening sometimes that people don’t recognise that.”

The actress also spoke about the gender dynamics of Indian cinema.

“Yes, I’ve seen that transition. In the kind of films being made, in the kind of films I’m being offered, in the roles that are being written, and with women behind the camera not just in front of the camera,” said the actress, who forayed into Bollywood with “Om Shanti Om” in 2007.

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Deepika Padukone And Ranveer Singh share their wedding photos

Deepika and Ranveer exchanged rings on Monday evening in Italy. A more ‘desi’ touch to the celebrations came in with the ‘Mehendi’ function on Tuesday afternoon, followed by a music-filled ‘sangeet’ the same evening.

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Nov 16: Bollywood stars Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh unveiled their first look as a married couple to the public on Thursday, immensely pleasing their army of fans.

Both Ranveer and Deepika shared sets of two pictures on their respective Instagram accounts from the two wedding ceremonies they had in two days of wedding ceremonies in the far and dreamy Lake Como setting in Italy.

Both Deepika and Ranveer shared two images — one each from their four-hour-long ceremony according to Konkani traditions on Wednesday and a North Indian style nuptial on Thursday.

In one picture, the two are laughing away, sharing a jovial moment during the Konkani wedding, and in another photograph from the celebration on Thursday, they are all ears for each other.

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Deepika Padukone And Ranveer Singh share their wedding photos

Deepika looked resplendent on both occasions, dressed in Sabyasachi Mukherjee ensembles rooted in tradition as she chose red and gold as her primary colours. For the North Indian style wedding, Deepika’s head was covered with an ornate dupatta with the words ‘Sada Saubhagyavati Bhavah’ embroidered on it, while Ranveer matched up in a colour co-ordinated sherwani.

Ranveer wore pristine white for the Konkani wedding, which marked the culmination of a six year-long love story that began on the sets of the 2013 film “Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela”.

Interestingly, Thursday marked the fifth anniversary of the film’s release.

In a matter of 10 minutes of sharing the first pictures at around 8 p.m. on Thursday India time on Instagram, they jointly garnered over 4 lakh ‘likes’ as social media users were pining for a glimpse into the very private celebrations.

The couple’s film fraternity friends Farah Khan, Katrina Kaif, Farhan Akhtar, Priyanka Chopra, Alia Bhatt, Hrithik Roshan and Parineeti Chopra were among several others to extend congratulatory messages.

Unlike most celebrity weddings which keep fans engrossed with social media updates, the ‘no pictures, no phones, no drones policy’ of the actors’ grand destination wedding left the media and fans yearn for a glimpse of the couple or the celebrations.

Amit, a cousin of Deepika, a daughter of badminton ace Prakash Padukone, said it has been a “magical week, steeped purely in love” for the family.

“Fairytale union of the two most kind, beautiful souls. Ranveer, welcome to the family! You’ve dethroned me as filmiest, but I’ll cope. Deepika, never seen you happier; you deserve no less,” Amit tweeted.

That, apart from some long, wide-angle shots and some hazy videos from the wedding revelry, is all that people could get their eyes on.

The celebrations were as private as it could get. With a guest list of around 40, Deepika and Ranveer chose Northern Italy’s Lombardy region, a resort area known for its spectacular scenery as the backdrop for their wedding.

They were successful in hiding themselves from onlookers, using their umbrellas.

Mobile phones were not allowed outside people’s rooms and there were boats patrolling the lake for drones as part of the three-level security plan for the wedding.

Fondly called as DeepVeer by their fans, the star couple has also worked together in “Bajirao Mastani” and “Padmaavat” although they didn’t share screen space in the latter.

Before the two left for the wedding revelry to Italy last week, Deepika had a traditional puja at her Bengaluru residence while Ranveer had a ‘haldi’ ceremony at his Mumbai home.

Deepika and Ranveer exchanged rings on Monday evening in Italy. A more ‘desi’ touch to the celebrations came in with the ‘Mehendi’ function on Tuesday afternoon, followed by a music-filled ‘sangeet’ the same evening.

Singer Harshdeep Kaur, along with Sanjoy Das, Bobby Pathak and Firoz Khan, added a musical touch to the ceremony.

Poles apart from each other in personality, Deepika and Ranveer never confirmed their relationship until recently when they announced their wedding dates in October.

“We thank you for all the love you have showered upon us over the years and seek your blessings as we embark on this incredible journey of love, loyalty friendship and togetherness,” they said.

Over the years, Deepika has been a bit more reserved than Ranveer in expressing her love openly, but the “Band Baaja Baaraat” actor has been uninhabited.

The couple will have a reception each in Bengaluru and Mumbai on November 21 and 28 respectively. And on December 1, there will be a separate celebration with the film fraternity.

They have urged their guests to direct gifts in the form of a donation to Deepika’s The Live Love Laugh Foundation, which works towards spreading awareness on mental health.

After this wedding, all eyes are on Priyanka Chopra and her American singer beau Nick Jonas’ wedding, likely to happen next month.

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Amitabh Bachchan pens letter to Neena Gupta after watching ‘Badhaai Ho’

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Mumbai, Nov 15: Megastar Amitabh Bachchan wrote a personalised note to veteran actress Neena Gupta after watching her latest entertainer “Badhaai Ho” as he was highly impressed by her performance in the film.

Neena, who essays the role of a 50-year-old expecting mother in the film, took to Instagram to share a snapshot the letter. She captioned it: “Aapse ye patr aur pushp paake ankhen khushi se bhar aain. Thank you so much, Amitabh Bachchan sir. (Got tears in my eyes after receiving this letter and flowers from you. Thank you Amitabh Bachchan sir.”

In the letter, Big B, 76, praised the film and the acting by the entire cast. He said he got tears of joy after watching it.

“Badhaai Ho”, which also stars Gajraj Rao, Ayushmann Khurrana and Sanya Malhotra, is based on the story of an elderly couple who are expecting their third child.

As of November 5, the film had crossed the Rs 100 crore mark at the box office.

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Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh ties the knot in traditional Konkani ceremony

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New Delhi, Nov 14: Bollywood actors Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh on Wednesday tied a wedding knot in a traditional Konkani ceremony at Lake Camo, Italy. 

The couple dating since last six-years exchanged rings on Monday evening, and a more ‘traditional’ touch to the celebrations came in with the ‘mehendi’ ceremony on Tuesday afternoon, followed by a ‘sangeet’ the same evening.

For the Mehendi, Deepika wore a Sabyasachi Mukherjee creation and the couple was colour co-ordinated. Singer Harshdeep Kaur, along with Sanjoy Das, Bobby Pathak and Firoz Khan showcased their performance at the ceremony.

The wedding spans two days of ceremonies.

After private wedding ceremonies, the couple will host a reception each in Bengaluru and Mumbai on November 21 and 28, respectively.

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