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Leading actresses star in Priyanka, Freida film for girl child

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Mumbai:  Actresses Nandita Das, Madhuri Dixit, Sushmita Sen, Alia Bhatt, Parineeti Chopra and Kareena Kapoor are featuring in film “Girl Rising – Woh Padhegi, Woh Udegi”, produced by actresses Priyanka Chopra and Freida Pinto, who are also the brand ambassadors of the initiative, and will also star in it. Megastar Amitabh Bachchan has pitched in with the narration. The Hindi version of the film is all set to air on Star Plus at 1.30 p.m. on August 29 on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan. The film is a collaboration between the government’s ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ campaign and Star TV. It will also be released on digital platforms in both Hindi and English.

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“Woh Padegi, Woh Udegi… it’s what I’ve truly believed in and it’s a motto shared by every one of the amazing women who have joined me on this journey for Girl Rising. We’ve all come together to narrate real life stories that highlight the amazing, positive impact that education can have on young girls. We believe that storytelling is a powerful way to inspire people and also to empower them to take action,” said Priyanka. Frieda said that “there couldn’t be a more appropriate day to bring to every Indian a movement that is so crucial in changing the way we perceive the role of girls and raise our boys in our country. “As a producer of Girl Rising India, I was very honored to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi in June to talk about Girl Rising and he not only embraced the idea but also suggested that we launch it on Raksha Bandhan,” she added.

Union Women and Child Development minister Maneka Gandhi said she was “very happy about the collaboration between the ministry’s ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ campaign and Girl Rising”. “The child sex ratio in India is a matter of concern for all of us. Time has come to initiate more interventions and consolidate our efforts to secure the future of our girls,” she added.

Star India CEO Uday Shankar said: “On this Raksha Bandhan, Star Plus will be presenting Girl Rising – Woh Padegi, Woh Udegi, a ground-breaking film designed to inspire a billion imaginations. We believe that the happiness of a nation depends on how we treat our daughters. “The film in English, directed by Academy Award nominee Richard E. Robbins, had released in 2013 and showcases the stories of eight resilient girls from different countries who battled obstacles to achieve their dreams.

(IANS)

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Veteran Choreographer Saroj Khan Makes Women Look Graceful, Says Madhuri Dixit

Directed by Abhishek Verman, “Kalank” also features Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan, Sanjay Dutt and Sonakshi Sinha. It is releasing on April 17

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Madhuri was offered around 2.5 crores for her role in ‘Hum Aapke Hain Kaun’. Wikimedia Commons
Madhuri was offered around 2.5 crores for her role in ‘Hum Aapke Hain Kaun’. Wikimedia Commons

Madhuri Dixit Nene, who has joined creative forces with veteran choreographer Saroj Khan for a dance number “Tabha ho gaye” in “Kalank”, says the dance director knows how to make women look graceful on-screen.

In the past, the two artistes have worked on memorable songs like “Ek do teen”, “Choli ke peeche”, “Dhak dhak karne laga” and “Maar daala”.

“Sarojji is one of the choreographers I have collaborated with who goes beyond the surface of lyrics of a song when she choreographs. In cinema, we tend to create steps keeping the camera angle in mind. But Sarojji doesn’t limit the dance in physical movements.

“She finds a spiritual aspect and works on expressions. She knows how to make a woman look graceful and beautiful through a dance,” Madhuri told IANS here during an interview.

“Perhaps that is why every song we did together, holds a recall value even today. If the youngsters are still dancing to those numbers, I think we did something right,” she smiled.

The song “Tabah ho gaye”, a solo dance number picturised on Madhuri, will release on Tuesday. It is choreographed by Saroj Khan and Remo D’Souza.

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Saroj Khan. (Wikimedia Commons)

“The song comes at a very poignant time in the narration when the back stories of each character are unfolding. The song is a quite defining moment in the story,” the actress said.

Since Madhuri is a trained Kathak dancer, from the beginning of her career she has also cemented her space as a skilled dancer.

With the changing times, is the appreciation of classical dance in Indian cinema fading away?

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“No, I do not agree with that at all. The audience is always intelligent. It is a wrong notion that youngsters only like hip-hop and western dance. After a long time, we have seen a dance like ‘Ghar more’ (from ‘Kalank’) and the audience has really loved the dance. It is a classical dance form that we have presented to the audience and they have enjoyed it.

“It only shows that if the dance is well-choreographed, no matter which form (of dance) it is, people will like it… people of all generations. I think that is the power of good dancing. I am quite confident about ‘Tabah…’ also, because again it is a very emotional, poised, nicely choreographed song,” she said.

Directed by Abhishek Verman, “Kalank” also features Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan, Sanjay Dutt and Sonakshi Sinha. It is releasing on April 17. (IANS)