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Don’t pretend you’re not product of nepotism: Vikram Bhatt tells daughter

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Mumbai, Oct 10 : A week before his daughter Krishna dons the director’s hat, filmmaker Vikram Bhatt has written an open letter to her, offering some words of wisdom on how to tackle fame and criticism. He has asked her not to pretend that she is not a product of nepotism.

Krishna will be directing a “web original”, and Vikram shared his advice with his daughter via Facebook.

He has asked her to not let the word ‘posterity’ bother her too much.

“After all we are entertainers and not historians,” Bhatt, who has been in the industry for over three decades and has helmed movies like “Ghulam”, “Raaz” and “1920”.

He wants his journey to be “of some use after all”, and told her that filmmaking is eventually the business of entertainment.

“People come to us to be entertained. People don’t come to us for education, moral science classes or civic lessons. Don’t talk down to people or claim to know more than them. We really don’t know more than them. We just have a skill that is all,” he said.

He also warned her that she will never be “able to please everyone” and asked her not to even try.

“There will be some who will call you a product of nepotism and run you down. Don’t try to pretend that you are not. You are the product of nepotism and that is fine. I have worked hard all my life so that you have it easier than me,” he said.

But he added that nepotism will only give an opportunity, not success.

“Success depends on talent and not opportunity. There are scores of examples of nepotism in this place that have failed, some even after more than one chance at it so remember it’s only your talent that will get you by in the final analysis,” he said.

Facing criticism will be the toughest, he added.

“Here is the golden rule for any filmmaker, make films for the people who pay to watch your films. Don’t listen to anyone who does not pay for he has no investment in you or your work,” he said.

Vikram asserted that apart from stories, nothing works in the Hindi film industry.

“Try new stories. You may fail and that is okay. Don’t be scared to fail. With time this place will make you fear failure but don’t fear it… Stay current. Stay innovative,” he added.

He also asked her to be a great human being.

“Lastly my love, don’t get caught up in this hall of fame business. Everything fades with time. However successful you are today, there will be a time when you will be forgotten. So live life to the fullest,” he said.(IANS)

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Manoj Bajpayee is an amazing actor and a team player on set: Sidharth Malhotra

Sidharth Malhotra on Thursday treated his fans to a question and answer session over Twitter.

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Actor Sidharth Malhotra
Actor Sidharth Malhotra. Wikimedia Commons

November 7, 2017: Actor Sidharth Malhotra, who will be seen sharing screen space with Manoj Bajpayee in “Aiyaary”, says the National Award winning actor is amazing and a team player.

Sidharth Malhotra on Thursday treated his fans to a question and answer session over Twitter.

A user asked the “Student Of The Year” actor about his experience working with Manoj in “Aiyaary”.

Sidharth replied: “He’s an amazing actor and a team player on set.”

“Aiyaary”, set in Delhi, London and Kashmir, revolves around two strong-minded Army officers having completely different views, yet right in their own ways. It is a real-life story based on the relationship between a mentor and a protege.

Presented by Plan C and Jayantilal Gada (Pen), the project is produced by Shital Bhatia, Dhaval Jayantilal Gada, Motion Picture Capital.

When asked about the development of the film, Sidharth replied: “Awesome. Excited to show it in a few months.”

Sidharth, 32, also described his “Brothers” co-star Akshay Kumar as his “brother from another mother.”(IANS)

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Padmavati Controversy: Rajasthan Government will form a committee to Watch Padmavati

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Rajasthan Government will form a committee to Watch Padmavati
Padmavati movie poster. Instagram

Jaipur, November 10, 2017: The Rajasthan government plans to set up a committee to watch Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s forthcoming controversial movie “Padmavati”.

“Modalities in this direction will be worked out soon. The committee will watch the movie and will identify the scenes in the film that may hurt the sentiments of the public,”  Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria, Rajasthan government told IANS.

“What has to do after that… Do we have to talk to the filmmaker… It will only be decided after watching the film. Moreover, what we can do on our level will also be decided after the committee watches the film,” Kataria said.

While the Rajasthan government may set up a committee, it is not immediately clear whether Bhansali will screen the movie for it as by law, only the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has the right to certify a movie.

“Padmavati”, which attempts to tell the tale of the valor of Rajputs with the backdrop of the 1303 siege of Chittorgarh, is scheduled to release on December 1.

It is embroiled in controversy over the conjecture that it distorts history by showing a dream romance sequence between Rani Padmini and invader Alauddin Khilji — a claim rubbished by Bhansali.

Still, organizations like Shri Rajput Karni Sena and Sarv Brahmin Mahasabha to go up in arms against the release of the movie, while BJP leaders have been making statements and appeal to stop its release.

“They are trying to defame Padmavati by distorting historical facts. It is not acceptable,” an activist of Karni Sena said.

In the wake of the controversy, even film distributors in Rajasthan are wary of releasing the film in the state.

On his part, Bhansali has clarified that the movie, featuring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor, has nothing which can hurt anyone’s sentiments.(IANS)

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Big Boss 11, Day 39, November 9 Highlights: Benafsha Soonawala was sent to jail for pulling Akash Dadlani’s hair

Mehjabi accuses Hina of losing luxury budget task.

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Big Boss 11 Highlights
Big Boss 11 Highlights. YouTube
  • Contestants lost the luxury budget task of this week as they broke the rules during the task
  • As a result, prize money of the show turns zero.

Benafsha faces the consequences of pulling Akash Daldalani’s hair which is against Big Boss 11 rules

Big Boss might be going on TRP charts but contestants are not leaving a single day without creating a mess in the house.After the fierce fight of Puneesh and Priyank during which Benafsha pulled Akash’s hair. In last night’s episode, Big boss sent Benafsha to Kaalkothari and nominated her for this week as a punishment for pulling Akash’s hair.

On the other hand, Mehjabi blamed Hina for losing luxury budget task while Hina tells Mehajabi that she will not stoop down to her level in the fight. Arshi Khan points out at Luv’s character and tells Vikas that Luv stares at her chest. Vikas guides Arshi to take stand for herself.

Luv refuses to Arshi’s statement and says he has no interest in her and walks away. As Benafsha was the first name decided by Big Boss to go to jail, Priyank shows his concern towards Benafsha and they both wanted a ‘ Sane person’ to go with her in jail. As a result, Hiten and Hina were the names decided by housemates to go in Kaalkothari with Benafsha.

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