Amidst the #BoycottSurfExcel tag trending on Twitter, various Bollywood celebrities have come out to defend the detergent commercial. Yes! Surf excel came out with their new commercial for Holi and it didn’t go down well with the Twitterati. Let’s go through it from the beginning. India is the land of diversity. From religions, caste, colour, shape, physicality, spirituality everyone is unique in their own way. One way of bringing it in all together beautiful is during festivities. One such campaign has been initiated by Surf excel for their upcoming Holi special. This is the extension of their current ongoing campaign ‘daag achhe hai’. The film titled #RangLaayeSang (colours bring togetherness) is definitely another heartwarming story coming from the house of Hindustan Lever.
Conceptualized by Lowe Lintas, the ad film showcases a young girl egging kids in her neighbourhood to throw colour and water balloons on her on the festive day of Holi. After getting drenched in colour and hit by all the water balloons by the kids, she calls out for her friend. Turns out her friend is a young Muslim boy who steps out in a white kurta is now ready to go for his prayers without the scare of getting dirty on the way. So this little girl has cleared the way for her friend to attend his payers without him getting messy. Hindu festivities beautifully merged into Islamic tradition was brought to light with this ad. The message being Friendships are above all such differences. While it received backlash comedian Vir Das, actress Konkona Sen Sharma and host-model Gauahar Khan had to defend their stand on Twitter, after they tweeted in support of the commercial but faced some backlash on the same. Check out their tweets here:
To call what happened backlash is paying it a compliment. How about 'Completely irrational inherently stupid hatred motivated by too much free time'? https://t.co/peA2XhY7Tp
— Vir Das (@thevirdas) March 11, 2019
To the Bhakts. You have no idea how much Surf your outrage helped sell….congrats 🙂 You're practically the new brand ambassadors.
— Vir Das (@thevirdas) March 11, 2019
Search #BoycottSurfExcel hashtag and witness #TheCultOfStupidity in action. I hope @HUL_News will have the conviction to stand by their advertisement aimed at promoting communal harmony & not be cowed down by hate mongers.
— Swara Bhasker (@ReallySwara) March 9, 2019
— Konkona Sensharma (@konkonas) March 10, 2019
While some were not so impressed by the ad like director-actor Vivek Agnihotri and South Indian actor Siddharth
This ad is plain stupid and regressive. Period. https://t.co/d4xRs6JQag
— Vivek Agnihotri (@vivekagnihotri) March 10, 2019
Can Indian advertisers keep religion out of the picture while pushing FMCG products? Don't complain when people witch hunt you later. I'm sure the red flags are visible when creatives are being finalised. You're selling detergent! Crazy times warrant caution.
— Siddharth (@Actor_Siddharth) March 11, 2019
Though we will have to wait and see what more celebs have to comment over this advertisement, you let us know your views on the same. Stay tuned to CineBlitz for more updates on Bollywood.
Akshay Kumar’s Laxmmi Bomb in trouble as Raghava Lawrence quits as director – deets inside
Raghava Lawrence quits Akshay Kumar’s Kanchana Hindi remake after feeling disrespected and we have all the details!
Akshay Kumar’s Laxmmi Bomb is one of the most intriguing films that is currently being made. The film is the official Hindi remake of Kanchana, which was a hit down South. Akshay Kumar and Kiara Advani play lead roles in the movie. And while the first look poster of Laxmmi Bomb was released just yesterday (May 18), looks like the film has run into major trouble. How? Well, the director – Raghava Lawrence has quit the movie. Yes, the original Kachana director and script writer has walked out. Why? Well he felt disrespected and disappointed!
Raghava Lawrence made this announcement on Twitter yesterday (May 18), leaving everyone shocked! In fact, this sudden shock move comes after the first look poster of Laxmmi Bomb was released without his knowledge. He says he was not even satisfied with the poster when it was launched! He also came to know about the release from a third person, which hurt him even more. Raghava also adds that there are other reasons that has forced him to take this decision! He values his self respect more than money and fame. In fact, the director also reveals that while he has not signed any agreement and can leave with his script, he won’t! He respects Akshay Kumar a lot and hence, he will present them the script and let them hire another director for the movie.
Check out Raghava Lawrence’s tweet regarding him walking out of Akshay Kumar’s Laxmmi Bomb right here:
Dear Friends and Fans..!I
In this world, more than money and fame, self-respect is the most important attribute to a person's character. So I have decided to step out of the project, #Laxmmibomb Hindi remake of Kanchana@akshaykumar
@RowdyGabbar @Advani_Kiara pic.twitter.com/MXSmY4uOgR
— Raghava Lawrence (@offl_Lawrence) May 18, 2019
Produced by Cape of Good Films in association with Shabinaa Entertainment and Tusshar Entertainment House, Laxmmi Bomb is presented by Fox Star Studios. The film was scheduled for a June 5, 2020 release. In the meantime, tell us what do you guys have to say about this development? Share with us your thoughts in the comments section below! Also stay tuned to CineBlitz for more news and updates about Laxmmi Bomb right here.
Hina Khan Cannes 2019 controversy: Salman Khan, Farah Khan stand by the TV actress – deets inside
After being ridiculed for her Cannes 2019 appearance by a magazine editor, Hina Khan had the most savage reply
Cannes 2019 fever is on! And while we all are busy spotting our favourite celebs killing it on the red carpet, a very rationalist comment was made on Hina Khan’s appearance by a leading magazine’s editor. The editor posted a picture of the actress and said, “Cannes has suddenly become Chandivali studios kya?” This sure did not affect much as she immediately came up with a savage reply where she said, “I was persistent, I’m constant and I will be efficient again and again. Don’t know where I belong, don’t know if I have to, as the Place doesn’t define me! Because as always I will work my a** off and I will make my own PLACE. My promise, a proud outsider from my Chandivali studios.” But her friends from the industry decided not to end it at just that. Celebs like Farah Khan, Salman Khan, Arjun Bijlani, Nia Sharma came out in her support.
I was persistent, I m constant n I will b efficient again n again again. Don’t know where I belong, don’t know if I have to, as d Place don’t define me! Bcause as always I will work my a** off n I will make my own PLACE. My promise,a proud outsider from my Chandiwali studios. 🙏
— HINA KHAN (@eyehinakhan) May 16, 2019
Where Salman Khan said, “I don’t know if the Editor wanted to say that #Cannes has become Chandivali or Chandivali has gone to #Cannes2019.” Farah Khan also appreciated the bold move that Hina took and praised her stand. Check out the tweets right here:
— Cine Blitz (@TheCineBlitz) May 17, 2019
Iv shot many a times at Chandivali Studios n its a great place !! So proud of you @eyehinakhan .. it’s not where we come frm but where we are going that matters!! Hav fun at #CannesFilmFestival2019 ur probably the only one who s there 4 the right reasons.. A film!!
— Farah Khan (@TheFarahKhan) May 17, 2019
— Arjun Bijlani (@Thearjunbijlani) May 17, 2019
Hey @jiteshpillaai Cannes is neither chandivali studios nor biased towards any medium just like some Ass-licking swine editors of India. And @eyehinakhan ‘s journey from chandivali to Cannes has definitely burnt a lot of arses.. https://t.co/jItvTWF1YA
— NIA SHARMA (@Theniasharma) May 16, 2019
— Priyank Sharma (@ipriyanksharmaa) May 16, 2019
Hina we r so proud of u https://t.co/0V26krdHyh
— Ekta Kapoor (@ektaravikapoor) May 16, 2019
— Guru Randhawa (@GuruOfficial) May 16, 2019
After the brouhaha, the editor finally took to social media and apologised, informing that his comment was drastically misconstrued. Hina accepted the apology and moved on to slay the Cannes world.
While this matter came to an end here, it raised many questions about Television star’s credibility. Hina Khan’s debut film Lines premiered at the Cannes Festival 2019 and if that is not a reason to celebrate then what is? Well, at least we are glad that the issue was resolved gracefully. Stay tuned to CineBlitz for more such updates from the world of Bollywood.
Ness Wadia sentenced to two years in jail for possession of drugs in Japan
Ness Wadia was on a vacation in Japan and was caught with drugs while returning to India
Ness Wadia, an Indian business tycoon and Preity Zinta’s ex-boyfriend, was caught with drugs in Japan in March this year. The heir to the Wadia Group had taken a trip to Japan and visited the Niseko resort for a skiing holiday. While returning back, he was reportedly arrested at the New Chitose Airport in the northern Japanese island, Hokkaido. A Financial Times story reveals to us that a customs official had found 25 grams of cannabis resin in Ness Wadia’s pockets. With strict Narcotic Laws in the country, the Sapporo District Court handed him a two-year prison sentence. However, it has been suspended for five years!
For those of you who don’t know, Ness Wadia was reportedly detained for a couple of days post his arrest. Only on March 20, the initial charges were pressed against him. He spent an undisclosed period in detention before a court hearing took place recently. According to the Financial Times report, Ness admitted to carrying drugs for his personal use in the court. After pleading guilty and co-operating well, he was given a two year sentence, but it was suspended for five years. Since then, the business tycoon has returned to India.
What do you have to say about this? Share with us your thoughts in the comments section below! Also stay tuned to CineBlitz for more news, updates and gossip right here.
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