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Shatrughan Sinha On Padmavati: “Let Them Show The Film To A Neutral Panel Of Historians”

Subhash K . Jha

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Padmavati

The  habitually outspoken Shatrughan Sinha sounds a  cautionary note when giving Padmavati an all-clear  for release. “I am a big fan of Sanjay Leela  Bhansali’s work.

In fact I  consider his Bajirao Mastani to be the  greatest costume drama since K Asif’s Mughal-e-Azam. I wish Padmavati well, and not only for Sanjay Bhansali but also for Deepika Padukone. I think she is  a gorgeous actress. I met her at the trial for  my daughter’s  film Ittefaq last week and we spoke  about the  problems faced by Padmavati. ‘Sir, dekhiye kya ho gaya hai,’ she complained. I asked her why they allowed matters  to get so  out of hand.”

Shatruji feels  the matter is very sensitive but not unsolvable. “We are talking about the  sensitivities  of  the very powerfulRajput community whose much-revered Queen must not be disrespected in any way. Suppose I speak of artistic freedom and  the  right of people to see  the film , and something historically inaccurate emerges. Now we all know Bhansali’s  credentials.  But the protesters won’t be  assured by just assurances and  promises. They  want to know if the filmmaker has lived up to his promise(of not denigrating the Queen).And  they  won’t rest easy until they know for sure.”

Shatruji has a  solution. “Show the film to a neutral panel of historians. If they are reassured, everyone who is anxious would have to be reassured. At the moment the protesters only have the director’s word. It’s like the rumours that the BJP won’t give me  a ticket to fight the next elections.No matter how  much the party helmers protest there will always be  doubt on the matter  until the elections.’

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Shah Rukh Khan To Produce Films With Aanand Rai

Subhash K . Jha

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After collaborating over several out-of-the-box films with Anurag Kashyap  filmmaker Aanand Rai has decided to become production partners with Shah Rukh Khan.

The two will be collaborating over several unusual films for the next five years .

 Says a source close to the devlopment , ” while directing Shah Rukh in Zero Aanand Rai became very close to Shah Rukh.Now Anand and Shah Rukh are ready to put their heads together for a slew of projects that needs not star Shah Rukh or be directed by Anand .Shah Rukh loves the kind of films that Aanand has been producing ,like Newton, Mukkabaaz , Shubh Mangal Savdhan and Manmarziyan.It is time to take their partnership to another level”.

In the meanwhile Aanand Rai’s  directorial venture  Zero with  Shah Rukh Khan

 

 

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Janhvi Kapoor To Be Paired With Varun Dhawan In Rannbhoomi?

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When  it comes  to producer  Karan Johar, Alia Bhatt is irreplaceable . But is Alia Bhatt no  more that  blue-eyed girl of director Shashank Khaitan?

If  whispers  doing the rounds in the corridors  of Dharma Productions is to be believed, Johar’s inhouse  director Shashank Khaitan who directed two hit films Humpty Sharma  Ki Dulhaniya and Badrinath  Ki Dulhaniya with Varun and Alia is  in  the lead, is in two minds  about which actress  to cast in his lavish period film Rannbhoomi.

A source  in the  know says, “Varun has been finalized  long back. But if  you see , there’s no leading lady in Rannbhoomi as yet. That’s because Shashank has to make  up his mind whether  to cast his favourite Alia or his new favourite Janhvi Kapoor whom  he  directed  to stardom in  Dhadak.”

As  things stand at the moment,we  hear  Janhvi  has the  upper hand.  Not that  Alia is going to be crying over lost opportunities. She is  at  the moment the most sought-after actress in Bollywood, Shashank  or no Shashank.

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Batti Gul Takes On Mofussil Competition 

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It seems this is a great time  to belong to small-town India .An slew of such films are expected  to hit the theatres in the coming weeks. 

And the one beating the rest of the smalltown dramas  to the turnstile is director Shree Narayan Singh’s Batti Gul Meter Chalu the story of electrical power theft in North India is inspired by real -life incident. This will be followed the next week by Vishal Bhardwaj’s Patakha and Sharad Kataria’s Sui Dhaaga.All these are films set in small towns and explore the aspirations disappointment and ultimate triumph of the ordinary working-class hero of the smalltown hero .
Aanand Rai who produced last week’s well received  moffusil romcom Manmarziyan and some really big smalltown dramas recently like Shubh Mangal Savdhan and Newtown thinks of  the trend of moving to the small towns as a reclamation of our very rich literary and cultural heritage
Says Rai, “There are so many stories to be told in these small towns .I think the time for the these stories has come now “
According to  former chairperson of the censor board producer  Pahlaj  Nihalani ,such stories have always had an audience . “But some filmmakers are too busy hunting for locations abroad to look at their home . There so many eye-catching cities in India that are yet to be explored”

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