Popular producer Ekta Kapoor, whose latest film “Veere Di Wedding” is being lauded by many, will bring in her birthday in Tirupati on Thursday instead of hosting a lavish party. She says she gets “terribly reflective” on birthdays.
“No party for tomorrow (Thursday)! As always I’ll travel to Tirupati today alone and bring in my birthday in front of the Almighty. Come back for dinner with family tomorrow. I get terribly reflective on birthdays,” Ekta tweeted on Wednesday.
Even before the release of “Veere Di Wedding” on June 1, Ekta visited the Ajmer Sharif Dargah to pray for good fortune for the film.
For her launch in showbiz, she started with TV shows in the mid-1990s. Among her popular shows are “Hum Paanch”, “Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi”, “Kahaani Ghar Ghar Ki”, “Kabhii Sautan Kabhii Sahelii” and “Naagin”.
Veteran actor Jeetendra will make his digital debut in the second season of daughter Ekta Kapoor’s production, “Baarish”. The 78-year-old Bollywood veteran hopes the audience likes his “short stint in this show”.
Jeetendra will play the role of Jeetuji Gandhi, a veteran in the diamond business who has an eye for not just diamonds but also people.
He does every bit to play cupid between Anuj (Sharman Joshi) and Gauravi (Asha Negi) and tries everything to help them solve their misunderstandings.
“It’s great to be back on screen for a show like ‘Baarish’, which finally convinced me to make my digital debut in its upcoming season. The cast and crew have been extremely warm on set and it’s lovely to see their affection towards me,” said Jeetendra.
“I am delighted to be playing the role of Jeetuji as his principles are very relatable. My fans and viewers will see the various shades of my character, who tries to reunite Anuj and Gauravi, and I’m hoping they will like my short stint in this show,” he added.
“Baarish” also stars Priya Banerjee, Vikram Singh Chauhan, Abhishek Verma, Anuj Duhan, Shubhangi Latkar, Benaf Patel and Sahil Shroff.
Season 2 will soon stream on ALTBalaji and ZEE5. (IANS)
Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut, filmmaker Karan Johar and producer Ekta Kapoor have been honoured with the Padma Shri for their contribution in the field of performing arts. The Padma awards were announced by Government of India on the eve of Republic Day on Saturday.
Popular singers Adnan Sami and Suresh Wadkar were also honoured with Padma Shri.
“I’m humbled and I’m honoured. I thank my country for this recognition and I dedicate this to every woman who dares to dream. To every daughter… to every mother… and to the dreams of women who will shape the future of our country,” Kangana said.
Her film “Panga” has released on Friday and director of the film, Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari, felt proud of the actress and mentioned: “There are very few humans who have the ability to be visionaries not for just themselves but also for others. Kangana has risen on her own through her dedication and hard work despite many challenges and limited support.”
“This recognition empowers many more women of our beloved country to walk their own chosen path fearlessly,” added Ashwiny.
Ekta Kapoor is known for her constant contribution not only on television and cinema, but also on the digital entertainment platforms. As a producer and content creator, Kapoor, too, is happy with the award.
Karan Johar, on the other hand, is overwhelmed to be honoured with the award. “It’s not very often that I’m at a loss for words, but this is one such occasion. The Padma Shri… such an honour to receive one of the highest civilian awards in the country. (I am) Overwhelmed by so many emotions right now,” he said.
“(I am) Humbled, elated and also thankful for the opportunity to live my dream every day, to create and to entertain. I know my father would be proud and I wish he was here to share this moment with me,” said Johar. (IANS)
Ekta Kapoor makes it clear that her strife is with society
She said that she has no problem with CBFC
She also pointed out how there are better issues to focus on
After fighting many battles with the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), Alankrita Shrivastav directorial venture “Lipstick Under My Burkha” was released.
During the film’s trailer launch, Ekta Kapoor, who distributed the film, said that she had no problem with the CBFC, but with the society.
”There is no problem with CBFC, my problem is with society, which at some point speaks about the same issue in its own ways. If you talk to any girl, you will come to know about five to 10 such incidents happening with her in one day where, being a woman, she has to prove herself a little harder. She has to learn how to combat from a very young age,” Ekta Said.
Explaining about the middle finger shown in the poster of the film “Lipstick Under My Burkha”, Ekta said: “The middle finger is not for the CBFC but pointed towards the patriarchal society that does not let us come out, which compels us to suppress our voice. That is why this issue is not just CBFC’s, this issue is about ideology, it is about patriarchy.”
During the press conference, the panel consisted of Ekta Kapoor, Alankrita Srivastava, Konkana Sen Sharma, Ratna Pathak Shah, Aahana Kumra and Plabita Borthakur.
The film, produced by Prakash Jha, was stuck with the CBFC for six months as it revolves around four women and their sexual desires and freedom. But finally, the CBFC has passed the trailer of the film with ‘A’ certificate.
Ratna Pathak Shah, who was one of the senior most actors among the four women in the film, said the film should not be loaded with any label as it is difficult to live with and she did this film as she found it very interesting and funny.
“Let’s not load the film down with words such as ‘life-changing movement’ or ‘new wave’ etc., as these things, these labels can be very hard to live with.
“When I saw the film, I found it extremely interesting, extremely sensitive, funny film. I enjoyed watching it and I think even the audience will do,” said the Sarabhai vs Sarabhai actress.
She also addressed the issue of Goods and Services Tax (GST) by saying: “Not just lipstick, but sanitary pads should also not be taxed by the government. It’s a necessity for a woman’s hygiene.” IANS