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Exclusive: #MeToo accused Rajkumar Hirani under self-imposed house-arrest? Read on for details

Buzz is the Sanju filmmaker, Rajkumar Hirani has lost several kilos and is looking visibly harrowed following his name being embroiled in the #MeToo controversy

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Rajkumar Hirani seems to be reeling under the allegations of sexual misconduct that were made against him early this year. Following the complaint made against him by a female member of the technical team of Sanju, the filmmaker’s name was unceremoniously dropped from the credits as the co-producer of Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s recent release, Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga. While the makers did not confirm at any point that Hirani’s ouster days before the release was due to the #MeToo allegations, they did not deny it either. But besides, losing out on the project, the allegations seem to be taking a heavier toll on Hirani. Even as several like Dia Mirza and Sharman Joshi have stepped up in the filmmaker’s support, the nature of the complaint seems to be weighing heavy on Hirani who has apparently withdrawn from an active social life.

We have learnt that the filmmaker has not stepped out of the house since the allegations have come about. In fact, a neighbour who resides in the same vicinity as Hirani reveals that the filmmaker who used to be a regular with his morning walks has not been seen in a long while now. But that’s not all. Those who did get a glimpse of Hirani have shared that he has lost several kilos and looked visibly harrowed. Our source shared, “Hirani has undoubtedly lost a lot of weight. Since the allegations surfaced, no one has seen him leave the premise. It’s almost like he is under self-imposed house-arrest.”

While the exact nature and the status of the complaint is unclear, we do know that such allegations – not only against Hirani, but also against others – are being taken seriously by the industry. The allegations have led to the ouster of Sajid Khan and Subhash Kapoor from big-budget projects. Sajid was dropped as the director from Housefull 4, while Subhash had to quit Mogul. The accusation against Vikas Bahl had also led to the breaking up of his production house, Phantom Films, that he had co-founded with Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane and Madhu Mantena. The Federation of Western India Cine Employees issued a six-month ban on Alok Nath, who was accused of rape by director Vinta Nanda. What do you have to say about this? Do let us know in the comments section below.

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Kunaal Roy Kapur confesses being scared of horror films

In a candid chat with CineBlitz Kunal Roy Kapur opened up about his break from the big screen, the web space flourishing and a lot more…

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Kunaal Roy Kapoor; Source: Instagram

Kunaal Roy Kapur who rose to fame with Delhi Belly and Nautanki Saala also tried his luck in the web space.  He was last seen in the TVF original Triplings. Now, Kunaal is heading on to try a new genre and doing a horror film titled Mushkil: Fear Behind You. The actor who is on a promotional spree right now, got into an exclusive conversation with CineBlitz and spoke about horror as a genre, how much he liked Stree, how he finds web space more inclusive and what scares him. Read on…

What appealed to you to do a horror film?

I met the director and he narrated the whole story to me. He had a very clear vision in his head. Also he comes from a film background but he has also done a lot of work in the animation industry on films like Bal Ganesha and few more. According to me when someone has done animation he knows what he or she particularly needs, how a story is told visually. Also, the character appealed to me. I have been always doing roles where I play the nice guy, or bad things happening to me. But in this one I got a chance to play a flirt, a little bit larger than life, he is a guide. He has his own ways with women, little bit outspoken and I had never done that which excited me.

How much of a fan are you of horror films?

Horror is a fun genre when you work in it. I cannot say that I am a horror fan or love watching horror films. I am scared of horror films, the most I can do is IT, more adventure horror say Stranger Things, that’s it. If you go towards Insidious,AnabelleExorcism of Emily Rose, are not at all my cup of tea since childhood. When I was a kid, I used to run to other room. But at the same time when you are making a horror film, the fun you have, no other genre has.

In the times where horror comedies are also making it big, what is the unique aspect you are bringing with this film?

I love horror comedy and I loved Stree, which did a fabulous job of cracking the genre. People had attempted in the past but didn’t reach the perfection maybe. I wish I was a part of that kind of a film as well, because, horror and comedy combination and it also had a nice social message in it. Having said that, there will always be a space for pure horror, ours is more of a pure horror film.

We don’t get to see much of you on the big screen, is it a conscious effort to take long breaks?

It’s not like that; there are a lot of opportunities in the web space right now. I have been doing a few shows including one for Amazon prime and I did one for Eros now. So I am saying that to do good work is now not only limited to the big screen. Also, how the people consume it is not longer only a big screen. So, right now I am more on web than films.

So, what according to you is the difference between the web space and big screen?

I think writing is the main difference, with big screen you need to be able to cater a wider spread of audience so your writing has to be broader. With web you can target a certain bracket, whether age group, sensibilities or genre can be even more specific. It’s a capsule that you can consume anywhere, anytime at you leisure. That is the beauty of writing in web space where you can go specific. Also, the production value with the OTT’s is at power.

What’s difficult comedy or horror?

As an actor I would say, comedy is more difficult.  If you are making the film, horror is more difficult. But both are enjoyable, have their set of challenges. But still comedy for me is difficult and challenging than horror.

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Chandrayaan 2: Shah Rukh Khan, Vidya Balan, Akshay Kumar congratulate ISRO on a successful launch

Many Bollywood and South actors cheer for Chandrayaan 2, check out their tweets here…

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Shah Rukh Khan, Vidya Balan and Akshay KumarPic Credit- Instagram

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launched its second mission to the moon – Chandrayaan 2, today (July 22) and it is a proud moment. Along with all the citizens, even B-town is celebrating and feeling proud about the launch including super star Shah Rukh Khan and Vidya Balan.

SRK took to Twitter and wrote, “Chaand Taare todh laoon. Saari duniya par main Chhaoon! To do that requires hours & hours of painstaking work & integrity & belief. Congratulations to the team at #ISRO for #Chandrayaan2.” Check out his tweet here:

Meanwhile, Vidya felt proud and said, “Koi bhi manzil door nahi hoti agar hausle buland ho toh! @isro ne ek baar phir prove kiya hai with the success of #Chandrayaan2.” Her Mission Mangal co-star Akshay Kumar and Taapsee Pannu also shared their feelings. Check out all the tweets here:

 

Other celebs who tweeted about the successful launch include Karan Johar, south superstar Mahesh Babu and actress Anjana Sukhani. Check all other tweets here:

We congratulate ISRO on this huge achievement and hope that it keeps making India proud with many such missions. For more news and updates, stay tuned to CineBlitz.

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Khandaani Shafakhana: Sonakshi Sinha and Badshah talk about population control in India

Marking Badshah’s debut Khandaani Shafakhana also stars Sonakshi Sinha and recently the two stars spoke about the issue of population control in India

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Sonakshi Sinha and Badshah. Pic courtesy: Instagram

Sonakshi Sinha and singer-rapper Badshah are gearing up for their upcoming Khandaani Shafakhana, which is a hilarious story based around sex being a taboo subject in India. However, India is also the second-largest populated country in the world, which has been a matter of concern for all. During a promotional event, both Sona and Badshah stated their views regarding the same.

Sona felt that excessive population is the root cause of many problems in the country and family planning should be definitely practiced here. She said, “As a personal opinion I believe that family planning is a must and especially for a country which is over-populated we do need to control the population.”

Meanwhile, Badshah feels that he is an optimistic person and sees the population as a resource however he insists that sex education is a must for children. He agreed with Sona and added, “resources are exhausting and we should definitely practice family planning.”

Directed by Shilpi Dasgupta, the film also stars Varun Sharma, Priyansh Jora and Annu Kapoor and is all set to release on August 2. For more Bollywood news and updates, stay tuned with CineBlitz.

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