Saturday October 21, 2017

Creating fear, intolerance not good for society: Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt

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New Delhi: Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt speaks up against the rising intolerance in the country as other film makers choose to remain mum. He said that such acts ‘ridicule’ our constitution and ‘debunks’ Indias claim of being a democracy.

Bhatt, who has made Janam, Arth, Naam among other acclaimed films, said that although he was happy that the nation had collectively responded to the shameful deeds which indicate intolerance, the ink attacks and the banning of Pakistani artists like legendary singer Ghulam Ali and actors Fawad Khan and Mahira Khan from performing or working in Maharashtra was a question mark on our democracy.

“It kind of ridicules our constitution, it shames the police, and it debunks our claim of being a democracy.”

“And when you tamper with a god-given gift in men of free thought and free speech, to create fear is not good for any individual, nor for society,” Bhatt told IANS in an interview.

Last Monday, a group claiming to be the Shiv Sena workers, blackened the face of former BJP ideologue Suneendra Kulkarni with ink while he was on his way to the launch of a book by former Pakistan foreign minister Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri in Mumbai.

A week later, Kashmir legislator Engineer Rashid, who has been protesting against the killing in Udhampur of a truck driver for allegedly carrying a cow in his vehicle, had his face blackened while addressing a press conference here.

Ghulam Ali, who was scheduled to perform in Mumbai, was forced to pull out after the Shiv Sena threatened to disrupt the proceedings. As for the two Pakistani actors, they were told they would not be permitted to promote a film that is currently being shot in Mumbai.

At the same time, Bhatt admitted that one would have to live with the kind of elements that staged the attacks and show intolerance against another community.

“Instead of using this moment to create a further gap between them and us (the attackers and civil society), I would request them (the protesters) to fall in line with what our forefathers fought for. In a country which has such diversity, the most important thing that we need to do this time is to fight for the right of somebody else to be different, which we are not doing,” the Hamari Adhuri Kahani producer and writer said.

And, in an attempt to find common ground between India and Pakistan, Bhatt is coming up with a play titled Milne Do, which is a collaborative effort of theatre actors from the two countries.

Milne Do is through theatre. Theatre has got a limited audience but nevertheless reflects the ideology of civil society; celebrating the human values, those values which are as much sacred in Pakistan as they are sacred in India. Milne do would celebrate those values,” the 67-year-old said.

The play is an intense love story between two culturally-crossed individuals during times of abject hatred. It will be staged on April 24 at Shri Ram Centre here before travelling to other cities of India and Pakistan.

In another attempt on the same lines, Bhatt who made his directorial debut with Manzilen Aur Bhi Hainn  in 1974, has upcoming Punjabi film Dushman in his kitty, which will unfold a new chapter of friendship between the two countries.

Dushman is a Punjabi film because I feel that this is the time the regional cinema all over the country today is asserting itself; there is a resurgence of regional cinema. India doesn’t live only in Bollywood. Bollywood doesn’t represent the voice of India alone. There is Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Hyderabad, Bhojpuri and Punjab!,” he said.

“Punjabi cinema has an audience of its own and it has suffered a lot during partition. There is a yearning to make a Punjabi film which looks at the issue of Indo-Pak hostility with enlightened eyes. I think Dushman also revisits that idea of the enemy and there is a great quote of Nizamuddin Auliya that to live is to love your enemy…,” Bhatt said.

Associated with the Hindi film industry for over four decades, Bhatt is now seen as a narrator, exploring tales of some of Bollywood’s most iconic personalities in the The EPIC Channel TV show Khwaabon ka Safar with Mahesh Bhatt, which started on October 19.

Talking about the quality of the narratives in Bollywood movies today, Bhatt said these have gone down even as technological progress had taken the films to global standards.

“The mainstream is not as adventurous as our predecessors used to be. If you look at the stories of the people in the past, they were very brave people who went against the tide and told stories in their own unique way. They did not worry so much about whether it will work or not work. We have today lost the spark of being unique and distinct. We are frightened of being ourselves,” he concluded.

(Kishori Sud, IANS)

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Common Cold Spreads, ‘Thugs Of Hindostan’ Cast Are Advised To Wear Masks To Be Safe

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source: IANS

Mumbai, September 24, 2017: Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who is currently shooting for “Thugs of Hindostan” alongside superstar Aamir Khan here, says the cast and crew of the upcoming film have been advised to wear masks on the set after a few of them took leave due to common cold.

“At work on the sets its like a zombied region as masked men and women move about dextrously getting work done, one way or the other… Masked? Yes, masked…for we have or rather one of the AD’s (additional directors) that are in charge of medical and environ and weather conditions, have been investigating the rapid rise, from the absence register of those that work on production,” Amitabh wrote on his blog on Friday night.

“And their research and analysis has found the reason to be, an influx , an invasion, a tidal wave of immense destructive power, a storm more powerful than those that are repeatedly hitting the South West coasts of the US… The common cold,” he added.

Amitabh later said that he is shooting “day and night” for “Thugs of Hindostan”.

“Time for the bed and perhaps a few more pictures from ‘TOH’ where I shoot day and night… So here are the pictures from the very important YRF production: ‘Thugs of Hindostan’ Naah… that cannot be done just yet. Sorry about that,” he wrote.

Directed by Vijay Krishna Acharya, the film also features Katrina Kaif, Fatima Sana Shaikh and Jackie Shroff. (IANS)

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Pakistani Film Industry Extends Support to Mahira Khan over Trolls

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Ranbir Kapoor & Mahira Khan
Source: IANS

Islamabad, Sep 23 : Popular Pakistani actors like Ali Zafar, Humaima Malick, Mawra and Urwa Hocane have lent support to Mahira Khan, who was trolled social media over a leaked photograph where she can be seen smoking.

In the image that surfaced online, Mahira can be seen smoking alongside Bollywood actor Ranbir Kapoor. Soon after the photograph went viral over social media, a lot of people started slamming Mahira for smoking and wearing a short dress.

However actors from the Pakistani film industry took to Twitter to extend support to Mahira and slam her haters.

“Every woman has the right to make her own choices in life (as long as she’s not hurting anyone else) just like we men do. How we react defines our own character. Choose wisely, for we shall be judged,” Ali said in a handwritten note while tagging Mahira.

Humaima tweeted: “Ok. So now you can’t date anyone, can’t smoke, can’t go out , can’t wear what you want to just because you are a celebrity. More power to all artist and girl. Mahira Khan live your life your way.”

Mahira, who made her Bollywood debut with “Raees” earlier this year that had superstar Shah Rukh Khan in the lead role, also found support from Mawra and Urwa among others.

“Strength your way! Mahira Khan,” Mawra posted on Twitter.

Urwa wrote: “Stay stronger Mahira Khan! Love and power your way.”

Actor Osman Khalid Butt shared a photograph of himself smoking along with a friend and wrote: “F**k your double standards.”

Singer Momina Mustehsan also came out in support of Mahira and tweeted: “Jesus. Can we please give Mahira Khan a break?! Why are we so quick to judge and attack?! Especially if it’s a woman in question. It’s her life!”

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Ranveer Chops Off His Beard To Look Alike Young Alauddin Khilji In ‘Padmavati’

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Alauddin Khilji
Source: IANS

Mumbai, September 23, 2017: Actor Ranveer Singh has shaved off his beard for his character as young Alauddin Khilji, in his upcoming film Padmavati.

Ranveer was looking dapper at the GQ Men of the year award on Friday night and while interacting with media the actor informed that “Padmavati” is shaping up really well and he shaved off his beard to shoot young Alauddin Khilji’s sequence.

“There are lots of expectations with ‘Padmavati’… Film is shaping up really well. I am very excited about the film. As of now, I shaved off my beard to shoot young Alauddin’s portion and I really miss my beard,” said Ranveer.

The makers of “Padmavati” released the first look of the film featuring Deepika Padukone, who is playing the title role in the film, on Friday.

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Commenting on this Ranveer said, “Now slowly material will start to come. Deepika’s look has been launched then Shahid’s and my look will also be out and after that trailer of the film will get release.”

Film ‘Padmavati’ also features, Deepika Padukone as ‘Rani Padmavati’ of Chittor and Shahid Kapoor as ‘Raja Rawal Ratan Singh’. The film is produced by Bhansali Pictures and Viacom 18 Motion Pictures. It is scheduled to release on December 1, 2017.

(IANS)