Tuesday December 12, 2017

Interview with Sanjay Dutt: ‘I am still Innocent, But there are Some Life Lessons Learnt’

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Mumbai, Sep 11 : He has fought battles with drug abuse, faced a jail term and has had a tumultuous personal life. Actor Sanjay Dutt says that there are many lessons he has learnt and that his “innocence” is intact.

Sanjay, who had made a rocking debut in Bollywood with “Rocky” in 1981, put his personal life in jeopardy through drug addiction, and his life took a turn for the worse when he was arrested for illegal possession of weapons and was convicted.

Since each experience of life teaches one something, what has he learnt from the dark years of his life?

“A lot… I learnt a lot. I was innocent then, I am still innocent, but there are some life lessons learnt,” Sanjay told IANS in an interview here ahead of the forthcoming release of Hindi film “Bhoomi”, his first after being released from jail last year.

The actor, 58, was arrested for illegal possession of arms in a case related to the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts, in which over 250 people were killed and several hundred were wounded.

A father of three, Sanjay says the present times are frightening for parents who constantly have a reason to worry about the security of their children.

“Bhoomi” has a father-daughter theme, and Sanjay expressed concern about how vulnerable he feels as a parent considering the rise in the number of crimes against girls.

“It’s scary… I mean kids are not even safe in school, after whatever happened to the little girl in Gurgaon (rape of a five-year-old school girl), it can horrify any parent. Everybody has to be very careful as far as their kids are concerned. It’s a frightening time for parents regarding the security of their children.

“As a father, I always tell my kids to do their activity and come back home, spend time with us, spend time at home, because at least that is safer… ‘Baahar mahaul sahi nahi hai (the environment outside is not right)’. I think this is the time when we not only should start respecting women but also be careful and protective towards children,” said the actor, lovingly called Sanju Baba in the film industry.

Known for movies like “Naam”, “Sadak”, “Khalnayak”, “Vaastav” and “Munna Bhai M.B.B.S”, Sanjay has a daughter named Trishala, whom he had with his first wife Richa Sharma who died of brain tumour in New York in 1996. Trishala lives in the US.

He also has twins — a boy named Shahraan and a girl named Iqra — with his third wife Maanyata Dutt.

Given that his life has been full of troubles, is there any chapter of his life that he would like to re-write?

“No,” said Sanjay, preferring to talk about “Bhoomi”, which he described as an “amazing story of a father and daughter.

Directed by National Award-winning Omung Kumar of “Mary Kom” fame, “Bhoomi” features Aditi Rao Hydari as Sanjay’s onscreen daughter.

“The film talks about the special bonding of a parent and a child. It’s a special story about everything that I believe in — women’s empowerment and gender equality. And Omung is a fantastic director, Aditi is a very good actress… The whole shooting was superb,” he said.

Was he nervous about facing the camera after a long time?

“No,” he was quick to respond.

But which was more exciting in comparison — when he faced the camera for the first time in life, or facing it after spending some troublesome years and starting afresh?

“I swear I cannot remember my first day of facing a camera… It was 1979 or 1980, I guess… long, long back,” said Sanjay, who finds the evolution in Hindi cinema very positive.

“It is more professional now. Films are made on time, which is great. People are doing one film at a time, so they are focused, which is a good sign,” said Sanjay, who is excited about starting work on Tigmanshu Dhulia’s “Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster 3”.(Interview conducted by Arundhuti Banerjee of IANS)

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Ranveer Singh prays for The peace of Alauddin Khilji’s Soul

Ranveer Singh tweeted his farewell tweet.

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    Ranveer Singh tweeted about his role in Padmavati.
  • He has wrapped up from the shoot of Padmavati.

Ranveer Singh tweeted a goodbye post for his role Alauddin Khilji

Actor Ranveer Singh who will be seen in upcoming movie Padmavati playing the role of Alauddin Khilji has recently wrapped up his shoot for the movie.Alauddin Khilji was held responsible for several brutal deaths in India and self-immolation by Indian women.

Shahid Kapoor and Deepika Padukone will be playing leads along with Ranveer in Padmavati.Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s directorial is set to release on 1st December this year.

The actor informed his fans that he has lived the character of Alauddin Khilji and tweeted a sketched poster with a caption “your restless soul find its peace.”. Look at the tweet-

 

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‘At one point, I even had suicidal thoughts and wanted to end things’, says Bollywood Actress Ileana D’Cruz

Actress Ileana D'Cruz was once suffering from depression and Body Dysmorphic Disorder. Watch out what she has to say.

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  • Actress Ileana D’Cruz, who suffered depression and Body Dysmorphic Disorder, says at one point in her life she felt suicidal.
  • But once she accepted herself, she started feeling better.

Actress Ileana D’Cruz suffered from Body Dysmorphic Disorder

At the 21st World Congress of Mental Health here on Sunday, Ileana had a tete-a-tete with Organising Chairman Sunil Mittal on her struggle with depression and Body Dysmorphic Disorder. Ileana was also awarded the Woman of Substance Award for her efforts towards raising awareness about mental health, read a statement.

She said: “I was always a very self-conscious person and was picked on for my body type. I used to feel low and sad all the time but didn’t know I was suffering from depression and Body Dysmorphic Disorder till I got help. All I wanted to do was to be accepted by everyone.

“At one point, I even had suicidal thoughts and wanted to end things. However, all of it changed when I accepted myself and what I was going through. I think that is the first step towards fighting depression.”

The “Barfi!” and “Rustom” actress said depression is “real” and people shouldn’t shy away from seeking help.

“It is a chemical imbalance in your brain and needs to be treated. Don’t sit back and think it will get okay but go get help. Like you have a sprain and go get yourself checked if you have depression, seek help,” she said, urging people to be like Winnie the Pooh. “He wore a crop top, ate his favorite food all day and loved himself, you can too.”

Ileana D’Cruz, whose mother was her biggest pillar of strength throughout, also said imperfections are a part of life.

“I am not saying that I had this miraculous recovery, every day is a process, every day is a step towards healing yourself and getting better. You are a human being and are allowed to be imperfect, and you are allowed to be flawed. There is a lot of beauty in your imperfections, in your uniqueness.

“You may look at us actors and think that ‘Oh my God, they are so pretty, so perfect’. But that’s not how it is. It takes two hours to get ready and look like this. Love yourself for who you are and trust me if you are happy from within, you are the most beautiful person and your smile is your best asset.”

Ileana D’Cruz said she decided to open up about her struggle because “as someone people look up to, even if I can help a handful of people cope, it is worth talking about it”.

The World Congress was organized by the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH), a global alliance of mental health professionals, national health associations, NGOs, policy experts and other institutions.( IANS)

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Twinkle Khanna Apologises for Comments on Akshay Kumar-Mallika Dua Controversy at The Great Indian Laughter Challenge

Twinkle Khanna has put an apology as a facebook post for her stance on the Akshay Kumar-Mallika Dua controversy at The Great Indian Laughter Challenge

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Twinkle Khanna posted a long apology on Facebook on Akshay-Mallika controversy. Wikimedia.

New Delhi, October 3: The Akshay Kumar-Mallika Dua controversy took a great high after his wife, actor-turned-author Twinkle Khanna made an absolute remark by participating in it.

Twinkle Khanna took to twitter to defend Akshay’s comment to Mallika by stating that humour should have been seen in the right context, along with a tweet of two lame jokes meant against Mallika Dua.

Soon after a week when the whole controversy came to a chilling note, Twinkle Khanna penned down her apology on Facebook by asserting her comment as a purely unperspective emotion. In her long facebook post, she articulated that this apology came as a mere weapon to save her family and children from this controversy.

Twinkle wrote, “Unwise Wisecracks -As I reflect on my actions this past week, I realize that I got pulled into this debate not as a social commentator but as a wife and unlike my normal, slightly rational self, my reaction was purely emotional and without perspective, and I have been rather miserable about it ever since. I would like to apologize to everyone who felt that I was trivializing the cause of feminism especially because I strongly believe in equality and have been a feminist from the time I was a young woman, much before I even knew the term. I think this came at a point where I was already reeling from an onslaught of abuse against various members of my family, which started with vicious and personal comments about my mother and went on to a widely shared open letter where the writer as a comeback for my comments about Karva Chauth tried to fling muck at every single member of my family. So when in this latest episode regarding my husband, my five-year-old was also dragged in for something that she had absolutely nothing to do with, I reached breaking point. And with my protective instincts in overdrive, I reacted irrationally with the only tools I have that help me retain my sanity in this fishbowl existence -words and lame jokes -though they have got me into trouble often enough in the past as well.”

Akshay Kumar had given a comment to Mallika Dua on The Great Indian Laughter challenge, by saying, “Aap bell bajao, main aapko bajata hoon.” (In the show, the judges are expected to ring a bell when a contestant performs well on the show).

This seemed unbefitting to Mallika Dua and she took to Twitter to stress on her uncomfortability with the comment by Akshay Kumar. Mallika’s father, journalist Vinod Dua also lashed out at Akshay with a demand for an apology. Later, Mallika had deleted her post, while the post by Vinod Dua’s got discarded due to a copyright issue.

-Prepared by Bhavana Rathi of NewsGram. Twitter @tweet_bhavana