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Neerja, the biopic, an inspiring story for youth: Neerja’s Brother

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New Delhi: Recently released biopic, Neerja, starring Sonam Kapoor depicts the story of a fearless young woman with a promising modelling and flying career who lost her life while saving the passengers from the armed terrorists, is turning out to be an inspiration to the youth who were unaware of the happenings, said her brother.

“I have been flooded with phone calls, messages and Facebook posts from across the country and all over the world ever since ‘Neerja’ released. It is quite overwhelming. The film has been really well made and Neerja’s portrayal does full justice to her act of courage,” said Aneesh Bhanot, brother of the Pan-Am senior flight purser.

Neerja’s brothers, Akhil and Aneesh, have received praise from across the globe applauding her courageous act during the hijack.

“People who have seen the film in the United States, Australia and other countries are either calling up or sending messages about her act of courage and how so many of them have been moved after watching the movie. Many survivors of the hijacking have also been in touch,” Aneesh said.

In the United States, people who have gone to see the film have installed electric candles inside movie theatres, Aneesh pointed out.

House No. 3727 in Chandigarh’s Sector 46, the residence of Neerja’s brothers, is aptly named ‘Neerja Niwas’. They have proudly put a plaque outside the gate mentioning the Ashok Chakra, India’s highest peacetime gallantry award for bravery, given to Neerja Bhanot in 1987.

Braveheart Neerja Bhanot who gave up her life two days before she would have turned 23, was the first women to receive Ashok Chakra.

She saved a large group of American children during the terrorist hijack of a Pan-Am flight at Karachi international airport in Pakistan on September 5, 1986.

“By bringing the story back to the youth, the film is doing great service to the community. Many youths didn’t even know her (Neerja) story. The film tells them that there is nothing to fear, even as a woman, from terrorists or anyone,” Aneesh said.

Aneesh, the younger brother, wished to watch the movie all by himself and quietly booked the tickets for the first show.

“I wanted to go and see this alone. I thought that (director Ram Madhvani) and his team have really done a very good job,” said Aneesh, who was in tears during the film.

His family members also went to see the show very first day. The film, released on Feb 19, left the Bhanot family with the memories of the Events of September 5-7, 1986.

Neerja, 23-year-old young women, was the senior flight purser of Pan-Am 73 (Bombay-Karachi-Frankfurt-New York) who got killed in the shootout following the hijack. Palestinian terrorists from the Abu Nidal group had entered the aircraft posing as Pakistani police personnel, carrying arms and hand grenades. 20 people dead and 150 injured after a bloodbath at the airport. There were around 200 Indian passengers on the flight, out of which 13 died while over 100 were injured.(IANS) (Image Courtesy: desimartini.com)

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Short Films Difficult to Make As They Have to be Brief: Naseeruddin Shah

Naseeruddin Shah: Short films difficult to make than feature films

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Naseeruddin Shah stars in the short film, "The Wallet". Wikimedia Commons

Naseeruddin Shah stars in the short film, “The Wallet”, and the veteran actor cannot seem to stop praising the film’s debutant director Saumitra Singh. This is an entertainment news.

“Just as miniature is more difficult to make than a large canvas, short stories are more difficult than to write a novel, I feel short films are also difficult to make than feature films, since they have to be brief.

“Among all the short films I have done in the past couple of years, I would recommend ‘The Wallet’, written and directed by Saumitra Singh, which is a very simple, sweet and moving story. I really enjoyed working on it even though it is helmed by a first-time director. He was very clear with what he wanted.”

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“I feel short films are also difficult to make than feature films, since they have to be brief,” says Naseeruddin Shah. Wikimedia Commons

The short film recently released on Jio Cinema and it features Shah with Navni Parihar in pivotal roles. The film narrates an incomplete love story of an elderly couple.

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Writer-director Saumitra Singh explained why every project was important to him: “Every project, every journey is a learning experience. Yes, it’s often a roller coaster ride, but that’s the fun of it. I feel grateful to have worked with great icons of our film industry like Naseeruddin Shah and Navni Parihar.”

“The Wallet” has garnered much appreciation in the festival circuit around the globe, winning over 50 awards across festivals. (IANS)

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Actor Ayushmann Khurrana Happy with the Response to “Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan”

Ayushmann: Response to 'Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan' shows India has evolved

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Ayushmann Khurrana is happy with the response to "Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan". Wikimedia Commons

Actor Ayushmann Khurrana is happy with the response to “Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan”. This is the latest bollywood news.

“When you do a film on a taboo topic, you have to first plan on how are you going to spread the message of the film to as many people as possible. So, for us, when we decided to take up an important subject like legitimacy of same-sex relationships, we decided to do it through humour. It is because of that decision ‘Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan’ is a success today,” Ayushmann said.

He says it was a very tricky subject to make a film on.

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Ayushmann Khurrana hopes many more films like “Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan” are made from here on and producers are ready to put their money on such important cinema. Wikimedia Commons

“We were very conscious that films on this subject can be very tricky to deliver to audiences. So, we decided that we will entertain them thoroughly while giving them a thought to ponder o’. I’m delighted that our crucial social message movie has done well. It has reached out to a considerable number of people and it has triggered a conversation within famil”es.”

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“The success of ‘Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan’ lies here because it deals with one of the most taboo subjects for Indian audienc’s. It’s success shows the India has evolved and that families are ready to come to theatres to watch films on this subject.”

Ayushmann Khurrana hopes many more films like “Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan” are made from here on and producers are ready to put their money on such important cinema. (IANS)

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Actress Anushka Sharma: I was Allowed to do Whatever I Wanted

Anushka Sharma: Let the girl discover herself

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Actress Anushka Sharma has said she grew up in an environment where she was allowed to do whatever she wanted. Wikimedia Commons

Actress Anushka Sharma has said she grew up in an environment where she was allowed to do whatever she wanted, and hopes every girl can be free and experience life the way she did. This is the latest bollywood news.

“I have grown up in an environment where I was allowed to do whatever I wanted. My father gave me that. It’s sad that even now in so many homes in India, you don’t let the girl just be free,” Anushka said.

That’s what attracted her to be part of the video of the song “Kudi nu nachne de” from Irrfan Khan’s film “Angrezi Medium”. The song celebrates womenhood.

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Anushka Sharma hopes every girl can be free and experience life the way she did. Wikimedia Commons

“This is what the song is saying, to let the girl make mistakes and discover herself. It’s so sad that even now in so many homes in India, people don’t let the girl just be free and be their truest self. I hope every girl can experience that the way I did,” she added.

“Kudi nu nachne de” is sung by Vishal Dadlani, and speaks for equality and respecting a person’s wishes. Bollywood’s leading ladies including Anushka, Katrina Kaif, Alia Bhatt, Janhvi Kapoor, Ananya Panday and Kiara Advani, got together for the special song.

Talking about tune’s relevance, Alia said: “The song is important for today’s generation. It talks about letting a girl be, let her dream, let her achieve and once she does, she will do wonders and take over the world. Just let her fly.”

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Adding to Anushka Sharma’s statement, actress Alia Bhatt says that every girl has the right to live her dream. Wikimedia Commons

On what the track means to her, Katrina said: “The song is about celebration of life. Of course, the lyrics say ‘Let Her Dance’ but for me dance is an expression of joy. The message of the song is also about letting a girl express her true self. Don’t tell the girl how to dance… let her express her true herself and the world will be a better place.”

To this, Ananya added: “The song stands for letting the girl sway to her own tunes and I am glad that my parents let me groove to my own beat my entire life. I hope that all parents let their girls dance to their own wish.”

Kiara feels the song is “every single girl’s inner voice. It talks of girls hoping to change the mindset of people, so that they live and let us live, let us be however we want”.

Sharing her fondness for the song, Kriti Sanon said: “I absolutely loved the song; it is not only catchy but also meaningful. I completely relate to it. This song is about freedom. That’s one of the reasons I did it.”

“Angrezi Medium”, revolves around a beautiful relationship between a single doting father, Irrfan and his daughter Radhika Madan. “Angrezi Medium” also stars Kareena Kapoor Khan, Dimple Kapadia, Pankaj Tripathi, Deepak Dobriyal, Ranvir Shorey and others. The film is presented by Jio studios and Prem Vijan.

Radhika feels “the song is about empowerment. Let the girl dance, let her be and she will make the world a magical place”.

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Director Homi Adajania feels there shouldn’t be just one day to celebrate Women’s Day.

“It should be celebrated every day,” he added.

Jio Studios and Prem Vijan present Dinesh Vijan’s “Angrezi Medium”, a Maddock Films production. It is slated to release on March 13. (IANS)