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Veena Malik  In Her First Interview To The Indian Media Speaks About Her Traumatic Marriage, And Reason To Divorce

The phone rings from Pakistan.  It is an old friend. I’ve known Veena Malik for some years now. We’ve had our differencs in opinion specially about her attitude to public exposure. But she remains someone  I care about.

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The news is not good. Veena says she has divorced her husband of  three years with the Dubai-based Assad Khattak.

“Believe me, it’s not an easy decision for me to make, or for that matter any married woman with children to make. But I had to break away from the marriage , not just for my own sake, but my two children’s sake. They couldn’t grow up normally in the environment that my husband had created for them,” says the ex-Bigg Boss contestant and aspiring Bollywood  actress.

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After a pause she relives the nightmare that was her marriage. “It actually started from the day we got married.Usske pehle sab kuch suhana ttha(all was rose-tinted before marriage). Ours was an arranged marriage. My father selected Assad, and I was more than happy to go by my father’s decision. Assad was successful , handsome loving and caring…Everything changed once we got married. I was looking at a different man, and a completely different life from what I had imagined for myself after marriage.It rapidly became so bad that I began to wonder why he married me in the first place! Was it some kind of a revenge…and if so, for what?”

The cruelty, says Veena, started from Day One of their marriage. “Assad told me I couldn’t go out of the house on my own. He told me I had to do all the housework including the cooking and cleaning.  It was always my dream to settle down one day and run my own house. So I willingly accepted his demands.”

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So it got worse. “He would shout at me and abuse me for no reason at all.I thought things would be better between  us once  we had a child. So I was very happy when I was pregnant with my son Abram. To my horror and shock my husband said he didn’t want the child.Since I refused to abort he had no choice.And we had our son Abram.Soon my daughter Amal was also born. But it changed nothing in his attitude. He got worse.I tried to explain the situation to my father. But like all anxious fathers he reassured me that things will get better.They didn’t.”

The physical violence also started. “No man would understand what a woman feels when she is assaulted. I bore with it hoping he would improve. It isn’t as if he’d get  drunk to be abusive. He doesn’t drink.That’s the scary part. He was naturally abusive.And as my son grew older he became a horrified witness to his mother’s abuse. I had to leave for the sake of my children and for my own sake.”

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The picture-perfect portrait on the social  network was just a façade.

Warns Veena, “People should never go by the happy smiles they see on Facebook or Twitter.Those images don’t tell the truth.”

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Veena says she gathered the courage to break the marriage from her children. “I wanted them to have a normal life. Today I am back at my mother’s place where there are people ,children , laughter and all the normal things which my children did not have in their father’s home. They were growing up completely isolated .They had no contact with the outside world. No contact with other children. Abram would get frightened whenever he heard a raised voice. Now when he hears shouting and screaming he  doesn’t get frightened. He knows it can also be  a sign of a happy family.”

Apparently Veena’s husband has expressed a desire for a reconciliation.

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“And recently a  very distinguished Maulana brought us together on one platform. But it didn’t work out. I am not closing the door on my marriage. If he convinces me has actually changed I may return.But until I feel my children and I would be safe with him there is no question of going back.”

Veena has resumed her career. “I have begun working on a television series for one of Pakistan’s leading channels. I  want to do work that will do my children and my parents proud. My children are my world now.I live for them.”

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She hopes to return to India soon. “God willing it will happen soon.”

 

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

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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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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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