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Big B gets nostalgic as ‘Black’ completes 12 years of its release

The Black Film lead star Amitabh Bachchan described the experience of working in the film as "amazing"

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Amitabh Bachchan. Twitter.

India, 4 Feb, 2017: It has been twelve years since the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s widely celebrated film “Black” and on Saturday, its lead star Amitabh Bachchan described the experience of working in the film as “amazing”.

The film had released on February 4, 2005.

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 “12 years of ‘Black’. An amazing film, an amazing experience. An amazing director Sanjay Leela Bhansali,” Bachchan tweeted.

Based on Helen Keller’s life and struggle, the film also starred Rani Mukerji, as a blind and deaf woman while Bachchan played her teacher.

The film marked the acting debut of Ayesha Kapur, who played the younger version of Rani.

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Interestingly, actor Ranbir Kapoor had worked as an assistant director on this project.

The film fetched megastar Bachchan his second National award for Best Actor and Rani Mukerji her second Filmfare Best Actress award. (IANS)

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Deepika Approaches Smriti Irani Against Attack on ‘Padmavati’ Rangoli

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Deepika Approaches Smriti Irani Against Attack on 'Padmavati' rangoli. Wikimedia

Surat, October 20: Actress Deepika Padukone on Wednesday urged Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani to take action against the attackers who ruined artist Karan Ks rangoli depicting a poster of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Padmavati” here.

“Absolutely heartbreaking to see the recent attack on artist Karan and his artwork! Disgusting and appalling to say the least,” Deepika tweeted, along with photographs showcasing the before and after of the “attack”.

“Who are these people? Who is responsible for their actions? For how long are we going to let this go on? Allow them to take law into their own hands and attack our freedom and right to individual expression time and again,” questioned the actress, who essays the title role in the historical drama.

Deepika then tagged Irani and wrote: “This has to stop now and action must be taken! Smriti Irani.”

ALSO READDeepika Padukone Paid more than Ranveer for Padmavati

On October 15, Karan tagged Deepika on the micro-blogging site and wrote: “A crowd of 100 people cried Jai Shri Ram and rubbed out my 48 hours intense work!”

The artist also shared two photographs on social media. In one image, he can be seen making a rangoli inspired by the poster of the film, while the other shows the artwork completely vandalized by attackers.

“Padmavati” also features Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh.

In the film, Deepika plays the role of Rajput queen Padmavati, while Shahid will be seen as Maharawal Ratan Singh and Ranveer will essay the role of Alauddin Khilji.

During its production, the film witnessed many ups and downs.

Earlier this year, activists of Shri Rajput Karni Sena assaulted Bhansali and vandalized the movie’s Jaipur set over alleged distortions in the film’s script.

They were forced to move to Maharashtra to continue shooting. Still, an outdoor set of the historic period drama in Kolhapur was burnt down after two dozen unidentified people torched it.

The Shri Rajput Karni Sena has maintained it will oppose screening of the film if the facts are “distorted”.

“Padmavati”, presented by Viacom18 Motion Pictures and Bhansali Productions, is set for a December 1 release. (IANS)

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Deepika Requests Smriti Irani To Take Action Following Padmavati Rangoli Vandalism

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Deepika tweeted with a photograph featuring the simple logo Source: Twitter

New Delhi, October 20: Deepika Padukone has requested the Information and Broadcasting minister Smriti Irani to take action against culprits who destroyed a rangoli featuring her as Rani Padmini of her upcoming film Padmavati.

One member of Vishwa Hindu Parishad and four members of Rajput Karni Sena were arrested for vandalizing the rangoli prepared by a local artist at the Rahul Raj Mall on past Sunday. The artist took 48 hours to make the rangoli and posted a picture of it on Twitter. Police arrested the perpetrators on the basis of a video footage displaying men shouting ‘Jai Shree Ram’ as they destroyed the rangoli.

Surat Police Commissioner Satish Sharma requested mall owners to come forward and file a case against those who do such wrongdoings. “We have arrested five persons, four of them belonging to outfit Karni Sena and one from the VHP. More persons are likely to be arrested as the video footage recovered by us shows 8-10 persons involved in the activity,” Sharma said.

“I also want to make it clear that the police will deal with strictness against any such action. Freedom of expression is everyone’s right in a democracy, but vandalism will not be allowed,” he said.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati has been facing a lot of hostility since its inception. Bhansali was attacked last year by members of Karni Sena who claim that history is being distorted in Bhansali’s film. The same group burnt posters last month featuring Deepika, Shahid, and Ranveer. They have also warned to thwart the screening of the film if facts were twisted. The movie is scheduled to release on December 1, 2017.

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Chittorgarh Fort: The Magical Setup Of Padmavati, How To Reach there?

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Chittorgarh Fort. Wikimedia

The upcoming Sanjay Leela Bhansali directorial ‘Padmavati’ has incited a lot of interest amongst fans to know more about the Rajputana royalty and Chittorgarh fort.

The Chittorgarh fort, built in the 7th century is the highlight of the town Chittorgarh. The place was originally called ‘Chitrakut’.

Some believe that the fort has been named after a local Mauryan king Chitranga; whereas, some say it was built by ‘Bhima’ of Mahabharata.

The kings, queens, culture and the Rajputana royalty is what the fort is mostly known for. Padmavati’s magic has created major interests in people to travel up to the place.

ALSO READ: After Knowing The History Of Chittorgarh, You Will Fall In Love With Padmavati!

How To Reach Chittorgarh Fort?

By Air

Maharana Pratap airport, situated in Udaipur is the nearest airport to the Chittorgarh fort.

Maharana Pratap airport, situated in Udaipur is the nearest airport to the Chittorgarh fort. It is 22 km from Udaipur city. From airport, you could easily book cabs and taxis to the fort.

By Train

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Train journeys in India are always a part of the best travel experiences. Pixabay

A train is much more convenient than a plane when traveling to Chittorgarh. You don’t need Udaipur as your midway destination to reach Chittorgarh. The Chittorgarh Railway Station serves the town. The services are connected to Jaipur, Udaipur, Ajmer, and Delhi. The fort is only 5-6 km away.

By Road

NH 27 National Highway Rajasthan Udaipur
NH 27 National Highway Rajasthan Udaipur Chittorgarh Road. Wikimedia

Chittorgarh town has good road networks. It is well connected to major expressways and lies along the Golden Quadrilateral. You can catch buses for Mumbai, Kota, Udaipur, Ajmer, Delhi, and several other cities. Many good lodges and hotels can be found near the bus depot.