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New Delhi, Aug 3 : Director Ali Abbas Zafar described Priyanka Chopra as a “good friend ” and said he is very happy for wherever “Quantico” star is in life professionally and personally.

Asked about his tongue-in-cheek tweet, Zafar said,”I am going to reserve my comment. I am just going to say that what I said was what I meant, and I am very happy for Priyanka wherever she is in life right now professionally and personally.”

He described the “Quantico” star as a “good friend”, with whom he has previously worked in the 2014 film “Gunday”.

“All my heart goes to her because she has been a good friend since a really long time and we get along really well. I would say that I wish all the happiness and love. Hopefully I am going to see her soon,” he said of the actress, who has bagged a huge Hollywood project opposite Chris Pratt.

On July 26, Zafar tweeted that Priyanka was no more a part of his upcoming film, an official adaptation of a 2014 South Korean film “Ode To My Father”. He said the reason was “very special” and that she informed in the “Nick of time about her decision”, which led to speculation about the former beauty queen’s engagement to rumoured beau and pop singer Nick Jonas.

 

Actress Katrina Kaif has stepped into Zafar’s period drama, and Zafar is excited to see them reunite on-screen after “Tiger Zinda Hai”, which he had directed.

“They are lovely together. The film is also very emotional and the characters are very rooted, simple and relatable. We hope that when the film comes out, people react positively to that,” he said.

This is Zafar’s third outing with Salman after “Sultan” and “Tiger Zinda Hai”, which was very well received at the Indian box office.

He hopes to repeat the success or do better with the new film, in which Salman will be seen in multiple looks.

“There’s always an expectation when a pair which has worked with the audience earlier comes back in front of the audience. I have fortunately been very lucky with ‘Sultan’ and ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ that both collaborations worked really well at the box office and people really liked the films. Now with this film, the expectation is going to be high,” he said, adding: “I hope we stand up to the expectations.”

The 38-year-old filmmaker tags the movie as a true blue Salman Khan film.

“You will see a lot of songs. It is a musical. You will see action, emotions and comedy. It is a mix of all. It is a journey of a man and the nation together… And hopefully when it comes out, people are going to react emotionally, and entertainment-wise it is going to make them ecstatic,” said Zafar.

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Suhana Khan shares screenshots by trolls commenting on her skin tone

Suhana is very much active on her Instagram page and often shares her photos flaunting her impeccable makeup skills and incredible fashion sense.

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Shah Rukh Khan’s daughter Suhana Khan addressed the trolls who have been commenting on her post about her skin tone. The star kid posted a beautiful photo of herself and then a series of comments she has been receiving from Instagram users calling her ‘kaali’. Before that, Suhana posted a note which read as “For all the people who don’t speak Hindi, I just thought I’d give a bit of context. The word for the colour black in Hindi is ‘Kaala’. The word ‘kaali’ is used to describe a female who is dark-skinned. And it almost never has positive connotations.”

The 20-year-old started by writing, “There’s a lot going on right now and this is one of the issues we need to fix!! this isn’t just about me, it’s about every young girl/boy who has grown up feeling inferior for absolutely no reason. Here are just a few of the comments made about my appearance. I’ve been told I’m ugly because of my skin tone, by full-grown men and women, since I was 12 years old.”

Suhana further wrote, “Other than the fact that these are actual adults, what’s sad is that we are all Indian, which automatically makes us brown – yes we come in different shades but no matter how much you try to distance yourself from the melanin, you just can’t. Hating on your own people just means that you are painfully insecure.”

Suhana is very much active on her Instagram page and often shares her photos flaunting her impeccable makeup skills and incredible fashion sense.

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Will add value, says minister on Shekhar Kapur’s appointment as FTII president

Shekhar Kapur has been appointed to hold the FTII president’s post till 3 March 2023

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Celebrated filmmaker Shekhar Kapur, 74, has been appointed president of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) Society which runs the prestigious film school in Pune, people familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.

Kapur, who is known for movies from the Indian superhero film ‘Mr India’ to ‘Bandit Queen’ based on the incidents in the life of Phoolan Devi and an acclaimed biopic on Queen Elizabeth, will hold the post till March 3, 2023.

According to a person aware of the developments, the ministry of information and broadcasting has also appointed Kapur as the chairperson of the FTII governing council.

The tenure of the earlier members of the society had ended in March 2020. The other members of the governing council will be appointed soon, the person cited above said.

Kapur will head the premier film school at a time when, like many other colleges and universities, it is also grappling with the challenges posed by Covid-19.

The FTII had earlier declared the results of the entrance test and is planning the future course. Online classes and training courses have been continuing.

“Wherever it is difficult for students to attend classes, the institute has been putting up the material on the website,” said the person cited above.

Information and Broadcasting minister Prakash Javadekar said “Kapur, who has a vast experience, will add more value to the Institute. I am sure everybody will welcome his appointment”.

“Shekhar Kapur, as a reputed film maker of international stature, is without doubt an excellent choice. FTII welcomes him as its Chairman. It’s come a full circle from Dev Anand who started his career working at Prabhat Studio within the campus of FTII today, to his nephew Shekhar Kapur as Chairman of FTII,” said Bhupendra Kainthola, Director, FTII.

The previous FTII chief was BP Singh known for his role as the lead actor in tele-serial CID. Singh was recently appointed by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) to its general assembly.

The Film and Television Institute of India was set up by the Centre in 1960 in the premises of the erstwhile Prabhat Studios in Pune. It conducts various film related courses including on acting, direction, sound recording, editing and cinematography.

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Shekhar Kapur appointed chief of FTII society, chairman of FTII governing council

The ministry of information and broadcasting announced Kapur as the new President of FTII Society and Chairman of FTII Governing Council, FTII director Bhupendra Kainthola said.

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An official on Tuesday said that prominent filmmaker Shekhar Kapur has been appointed as the president of the Pune-based Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) society and chairman of the institute’s governing council.

The ministry of information and broadcasting announced Kapur as the new President of FTII Society and Chairman of FTII Governing Council, FTII director Bhupendra Kainthola said.

The 74-year-old filmmaker’s tenure will be till March 3, 2023, he added.

Born on December 6, 1945 at Lahore in Pakistan, Kapur is known for his work in both Hindi and international cinema. He has directed films such as Elizabeth (1998), Bandit Queen (1994) and The Four Feathers (2002).

He has received numerous awards for his work in the field of cinema including Padma Shri in 2000 and the Golden Globe Award in 1998.

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