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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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See Photos & Videos of Dipika-Shoaib’s Haldi, Mehendi & Sangeet Ceremony

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New Delhi, Feb 22: The wedding festivities have begun for television actors Dipika Kakar and Shoaib Ibrahim, who are getting married on February 26.

The groom-to-be shared pictures from the haldi and mehendi ceremony and they are every bit dreamy.

Dipika and Shoaib posed for the cameras with haldi smeared on their faces. Their mehendi and sangeet ceremonies were hosted on Wednesday.

Check out  the pictures videos and from Dipika Kakar and Shoaib Ibrahim’s wedding festivities.

HALDI CEREMONY:

The pictures of their haldi ceremony looked no less than a fairy tale affair.

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MEHENDI CEREMONY

Dipika, the bride-to-be, was dressed in black for the mehendi and Shoaib opted for an orange and black kurta pyjama.

In the pictures and videos that have been shared by their fan clubs, Dipika is seen busy with her mehendi rituals and Shoaib too got his bride’s name written on his palm.

SANGEET CEREMONY

 

For the sangeet, Dipika opted for a yellow sharara. They were seen dancing to some Bollywood tracks. Have a look!

The wedding will take place in Bhopal, Shoaib’s hometown. “Shoaib and Dipika, both wanted a very personalised affair.

Being quite private people, they chose to have the ceremonies in Bhopal to avoid the constant media attention.

Also, with Shoaib’s family residing there, it helped them in organising a grand yet a close-knit wedding. Only the closest of the friends have been invited but the rest would get to wish the newlyweds in a reception in Mumbai, the dates of which hasn’t been fixed yet,” reported Indian Express.

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Amitabh Bachchan starts following Congress leaders on Twitter, fuels speculation

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New Delhi, Feb 22: Megastar Amitabh Bachchan has started following some senior Congress leaders on Twitter of late, triggering speculation over his sudden interest in the party that he was once close to and had later drifted away from.

After following Congress president Rahul Gandhi and the party’s official Twitter handle, he began following senior party leaders like P Chidambaram, Kapil Sibal, Ahmed Patel, Ashok Gehlot, Ajay Maken, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Sachin Pilot and CP Joshi, from this month, reported PTI.

Mr Bachchan, who was once close to the Nehru-Gandhi family and was a friend of late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, is currently the brand ambassador of Gujarat. He has over 33.1 million followers on Twitter and follows only 1,689 people. His sudden love for the Congress and some other opposition leaders has taken social media by surprise.

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Bigg Boss Kannada set gutted in fire at Innovative Film City near Bengaluru

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Bengaluru, Feb 22: A major fire broke out on Thursday at the Innovative Film City in Bidadi, about 40 km from here, which gutted the sets of reality show “Bigg Boss Kannada” and melted down a wax museum, police said.

The fire service personnel have doused the blaze. There were no casualties in the incident, Sub-Inspector A.V. Kumar told news agency IANS.

“The fire is suspected to have broken out at about 3 a.m., and has completely burned down the ‘Bigg Boss Kannada’ set and a wax museum,” Kumar said.

The cause of the fire was under investigation, he said.

Goods worth few lakhs of rupees, were estimated to have been destroyed in the fire.

Innovative Film City, situated in Ramanagara district, is an entertainment park and film studio that houses several reality television shows’ sets and museums.

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