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Mass Molestation In Bangaluru…Where Does It Stop? Bollywood ’s Women React

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Pooja Bedi: “It ends when the masses get the message  that they can’t get away with it!!!  As of now lax policing  and arduously long court processes  give the impression that u can get away with such stuff. Also, misogynistic people in positions of power  need to be given public warnings so as to ensure  public knows a derogatory  mindset towards women is unacceptable.”

Dia Mirza: “It won’t end until mothers bring up sons differently, until fathers teach their son’s better. Until every law is enforced and the misogynistic mentality is not condemned emphatically. It will not end until as a society we make the every man realise that a woman is not an object of his desire and that she is a living, feeling, thinking being. It will not end until men are taught to treat women the way they would want to be treated. With respect. But most importantly our son’s will follow and learn when gender equality is demonstrated at home.”

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Patralekha:  “There will be no end to it if we don’t start teaching our sons that women and men are equals and should be respected and not be treated only as objects!It has to begin now and in our homes.Don’t feed your male and female child a different diet.”
Tisca Arora: “It should end in a few public floggings at the very least. CC tv footage should be used to identify some of the men. Another New Year’s Eve should be organised with total police protection at MG Road again.. to show that neither women nor the state are going to take this lying down.Women should be allowed licensed mace or so sprays or tasers.”

Pallavi Sharda: “It’s an utter embarrassment. I am ashamed that violence of this nature is an every day occurrence in India. My heart bleeds for all the female victims and I urge them to keep speaking up. This is a long battle and we have to overcome the challenges with our heads held high and with unity as the fight is against perpetrators and the society which protects them”
Kalki Koechlin: “We really need to have education programmes for boys and men to sensitise them to gender issues. Women are taught from an early age how to behave but men are not.”

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Gauhar Khan: “We need stricter laws, far more stringent punishment..Enough is enough.”

Sayani Gupta: “Whatever I read, it’s infuriating. But as we continue to live in this pathetic state as a whole, I wonder what can truly bring  about a change in the psyche of people including the perpetrators and the politicians. Our country is infested with creeps and vicious patriarchy and regression. It’s pains us, agitates us, shocks us every time but the real question is how do we ever put an end to this apathy? I honestly don’t know and feel terribly hopeless. But I want to be proven wrong.”

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Tapsee Pannu:  “It will not end. It’s time girls take charge in their hands to deal with this. It’s only them who can help themselves n no one else. No amount of policing and teaching can help this anymore. Anything n everything it takes under the sun. They need to take charge of their own safety. By this I definitely don’t mean sit scared in your houses because you aren’t even safe there.”

Tara Ali  Berry: “I feel there is no  end to such horror unless there is fear of the consequence with the most stringent punishment for the perpetrators. It saddens me that this kind of atrocity is still happening in our country even though there have been multiple newsroom discussions, protests, editorials and films condemning some of these horrific incidents  but sadly there seems to be no fear of the repercussions of these kind of actions. We need to start implementing a way of life where there is equality so that the children of our nation grow up believing that the only difference between a male and female is biological. Nothing else. Also  we need to make sure that there is fear of the consequences in people who are capable of doing these things.”

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Tannishtha Chatterjee: “New India. Old story. Nothing seems to change.”

Saiyami Kher: “I’m actually so upset and angry that I can’t string words together to express myself. Disturbed, disgusted and ashamed of the regressive society we live in. Our laws need to come down heavily on these beasts. Completely appalled.”

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Aamir Khan’s Sister Plays Shah Rukh’s Mother In Pathaan

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Aamir Khan’s Sister Plays Shah Rukh’s Mother

Ever  since Pathaan released on Wednesday, audiences  have been  curious to know who  is the woman who plays Shah Rukh Khan’s adoptive mother in Afghanistan. The stately lady  with  royal looks is none  other than the late producer  Tahir Hussain’s daughter and  Aamir Khan’s elder  sister Nikhat Khan.

 Nikhat has been  closely  associated with the  film industry  and has helped her father in the production of his  films like Dulha Bikta Hai and  Tum Mere  Ho.

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Nikhat has  acted earlier in the Akshay Kumar starrer Mission Mangal ,  Ajay Devgan’s Tanhaji and  in Sandh Ki Aankh(as a Maharani).

For Pathaan, it was Shah Rukh Khan who suggested Nikhat Khan should play his foster-mother in  Afghanistan who names him ‘Pathaan’. It proved to be  an inspired  piece of casting, as  audience have  loved Nikhat  Khan’s cameo.

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It is  heartwarming that  all three Khan superstars  are  associated with Pathaan in one  way  or the other.

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Anurag Kashyap’s New Film Is About Love Jihad

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Love Jihad, whatever  that means, is  the theme  of  Anurag Kashyap’s new film Almost Pyaar  With D  J Mohabbat.

Debutant Karan  Mehta plays a Muslim boy  in an intense relationship with  Alaya F who plays  a Hindu  girl.Kashyap has spared the  audience none of the ugliness that  such a relationship generates  among  social-media  bouncers, the self-styled  guardian of morality .

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In the hardhitting powerful and pertinent film  a  bigot is heard commenting snidely, “These people first talk about Mohabbat. Then  they talk about Mohammed.”

Happily and  surprisingly,  the Central Board Of Film Certification gave the  film a ‘UA’ certificate  with no  cuts: a  rare non-‘A’ film of Kashyap.

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So far  Kashyap and his  team have kept the Love Jihad part  of  the plot  out of all media interaction.

But the  cat is  now  out of the bag.

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Samantha Ruth Prabhu to Star Alongside Varun Dhawan in Prime Video’s Indian Original Series , Samantha Speaks

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Samantha Ruth Prabhu will be starring alongside Varun Dhawan in the Indian installment of the Citadel universe, the global-event series from Prime Video and the Russo Brothers’ AGBO. The untitled Citadel series based out of India is being helmed by renowned creator duo Raj & DK (Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK), who are the showrunners and directors.

 The local installment is written by Sita R. Menon, along with Raj & DK. The streaming service also confirmed that the production is currently underway in Mumbai. After this, the unit will head  to North India and then onwards to international locales like Serbia and South Africa.

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  Richard Madden (Bodyguard) and Priyanka Chopra Jonas will star in the first-to-launch series within the Citadel universe, which comes from the Russo Brothers’ AGBO along with David Weil (Hunters) and is set to premiere in 2023. Alongside Madden and Chopra Jonas, the first-to-launch Citadel series will also feature Stanley Tucci (The Hunger Games saga). Additional local-language Citadel productions are also in the works, including an Italian Original series starring Matilda De Angelis (The Undoing).

  Speaking on  her participation in  The Citadel  franchise for  the  first time,Samantha says, “When Prime Video and Raj & DK approached me with this project, I decided to take it up in a heartbeat! After working with this team on The Family Man, it is homecoming for me.The Citadel universe, the interconnected storylines between the productions across the globe, and most importantly, the script of the Indian installment really excited me.”

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   Samantha  says she is  looking forward  to working with Varun Dhawan  .  “I am thrilled to be a part of this brilliant universe conceptualised by the Russo Brothers. I am also looking forward to be working with Varun for the first time, on this project. He is someone who is full of life and cheer when you’re around him.”

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Bollywood’s Achche Din Have Come

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 Tu Jhoothi Main Makkaar

All you doomsday  prophets, the  booms-day  profits  are here.  Pathaan  has  opened the floodgates again for Bollywood’s  bumper  bonanza at the  boxoffice.And now there is  only the achche din ahead  for  Hindi  cinema.

In the  next   two months there are  three sureshot  blockbusters coming up, beginning with Shehzada.  An astute devilishly impish  adaptation  of  Allu Arjun’s  2020 Telugu   blockbuster  Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo.The super-popular Kartik  Aaryan gives  his own  spin to the  character. This  performance will take   Kartik to the  next level of stardom. Kartik’s version of  Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo is  radically different  from  its Telugu  version. Shehzada  takes  the core idea of  the Telugu original  and turns it into a  something  completely different. Kartik’s  co-star in Shehzada  is  Kriti  Sanon with whom he earlier shared superhit space in Lukka Chuppi.

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 Then there  is Luv Ranjan’s ravishing rom-com   Tu Jhoothi Main Makkaar. The director’s   male viewpoint on the chaos  of love relationships  crests to a comic  high in his latest. Ranjan  for  the first time, collaborates with Ranbir Kapoor for the  first time  collaborates with Shraddha  Kapoor  who badly needs a hit.This film should do the  trick. The winsome  lead pair tries  to do one  another  in a  game of Luv This is Luv Ranjan’s Hum…Aapke Hain Con. Ranjan  has in the past used  the romcom  space to  entertain his audience  to the hilt, he  says this  time the stakes are different. It is  not something we’ve seen before.

 Finally  it is   Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani.  Karan  Johar’s first directorial in six years(not counting the one segment each  in Ghost Stories and  Lust Stories). This time he has assembled a dream star-cast  of Dharmendra, Jaya Bachchan, Shabana Azmi, Ranveer Singh and  the  boxoffice darling(s) Alia Bhatt.  But trust me, this one is  not about assembling stars  into a complacent plot. The writing in this  zany Romeo & Juliet is so crisp  and engrossing, the experience  is  likely to be   the visual version of a multi-flavour icrecream cone. Colour, choler and karma collide in this tragic-comic love story . Let the  box office dhamaka  begin  from the house  of Dharma.

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