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International Women’s Day! Alok Nath, Nana Patekar, Rajkumar Hirani: 6 #MeToo scandals exposed by leading ladies

On International Women’s Day, we take a look at celebrities who were taken down by strong fearless women including the likes of Sajid Khan, Nana Patekar, Rajkumar Hirani and more

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Today (March 8) we celebrate International Women’s Day. And as we celebrate and embrace the female being in every form around us, last year has been nothing short of monumental for women’s rights and voice. Yes, the strong #MeToo movement that was trending globally, turned a nightmare for many men even here. To refresh your memory, the #MeToo movement is a movement against sexual harassment and sexual assault at workplaces and this was a phenomenon that was catching other countries across the globe. In Hollywood, in October 2017 the #MeToo movement brought down the most powerful man in the Hollywood – Harvey Weinstein. Post those allegations, many more stories dated back to15/20 years also surfaced causing a ripple effect with multiple women coming out with their allegation on Weinstein and others like him in the industry.

Last year, the movement hit Bollywood and took down a lot of people with them. It also opened the conversation about the unsaid propositions and inappropriate behavior by the powerful preying on the vulnerable both in Bollywood and other industries followed. This women’s day we bring you 6 famous #MeToo stories that went on to show women in a stronger avatar. Read on…

Nana Patekar


Actress Tanushree Dutta accused Nana Patekar of sexual misconduct on sets of Horn Ok Pleassss in 2008. Though the accusation brought Tanushree major flak, they also helped blow the lid off many such hushed up cases and had many involved running for cover. While some accused got a clean chit, many others continue to be embroiled in the movement that has not even spared Hollywood biggies. And Bollywood’s proving that it’s not just a flash in the pan here either. Several names have either stepped down or have been asked to drop out from projects.

Sajid Khan

Saloni Chopra and Rachel White opened up about how Sajid was a predator. Journalist Karishma Upadhyay also revealed her shocking story. But it was Bipasha Basu, Priyanka Bose and Simran Puri’s accounts that were the final string in the case. Ashoke Pandit took up the case with the Indian Film & Television Directors’ Association (IFTDA) and Sajid has been suspended for a year. He even lost his director’s chair for Housefull 4. 

Rajukumar Hirani


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.

Alok Nath


Producer Vinita Nanda came out and shocked everyone by accusing long-time friend Alok Nath of rape. Vinita Nanda took to social media and shared stories of Alok Nath’s behavior on the sets of her mega-hit show Tara. Nanda spoke about how she was sexually assaulted by the actor one night. Nanda then filed a police complaint against the actor. The Internal Complaints Committee of IFTDA (Indian Film and Television Director’s Association) sprang into action intervening in the case and reasserting POSH guidelines.

Vikas Bahl


Vikas Bahl was accused of sexual harassment last year by a former employee of his production house Phantom Films. This alleged incident happened in Goa back in 2015. Phantom house partners Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditiya Motwane came out in support of these allegations and went a step forward and dissolved the production house altogether. Post this actress Kangana Ranaut also alleged that Bahl used to”bury his face in her” and hold her really tight”

Subhash Kapoor


The Jolly LLB director had a case of attempted rape and molestation filed against him by actress Geetika Tyagi in April 2014. The actress had filed a complaint against Kapoor with the Versova Police station, post which he was even arrested and then let off on bail.

While these are only some of the cases listed here, this wave of #MeToo movement is far more than naming and shaming perpetrators, but for the first time giving women the power to speak about alleged abuse or harassment. On the other side, men who are preying on the weak and vulnerable now know that they need to watch themselves and that the next #MeToo scandal could be them. While we are still a long way from living in an equally balanced society, this is a huge step in the right direction.

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Madhuri Dixit – Sanjay Dutt reunite for Kalank; here are other Bollywood exes who’ve worked together post their breakup

Apart from Sanjay Dutt – Madhuri Dixit, Ranbir Kapoor – Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor – Kareena Kapoor Khan, Salman Khan – Katrina Kaif have also worked together post their breakup

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Kalank has one of the most talked about films of 2019 and after seeing its just-released teaser we can say that everyone is excited already. The superstar cast includes Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt, Madhuri Dixit Nene, Sanjay Dutt, Sonakshi Sinha and Aditya Roy Kapur. The film is set to hit theatres on April 17. Other than the star cast, what is getting us most excited is seeing our favourite on-screen pairing Sanjay Dutt-Madhuri Dixit Nene back after 21 long years. While the two were allegedly dating back in the day, they haven’t worked together since they parted ways. But with Kalank, they have buried the hatchets and will be seen on the 70mm.

If this reunion of exes has gotten you nostalgic, here are some other  Bollywood couples who worked together in spite of parting ways on the personal front.

Madhuri Dixit Nene and Sanjay Dutt

Bollywood stars Sanjay Dutt and Madhuri Dixit are coming together for Kalank after 21 years. Over the last few years, there has been plenty of conjecture about the Jodi teaming up for a film. It took Karan Johar, Abhishek Varman and a dramatic period film about Partition to get their nod. While Sanjay plays an intense character (Balraj Chaudhary), Madhuri reportedly plays a courtesan and his ladylove. The actors will be seen promoting the film together.

Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone

Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone were one of the most loved couples of Bollywood but after dating for around two years, they called it quits. However, the two came together for Ayan Mukerji’s Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani and later for Imtiaz Ali’s Tamasha in 2015.

Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif

Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif were rumoured to share a very close friendship both on and off screen. Though they never confirmed their relationship, the whispers never stopped. Their relationship went kaput as Kat fell in love with Ranbir. Salman, who has always been supportive of Katrina, worked with her in his film Tiger Zinda Hai. Both the actors will now be seen in Bharat which will release in June this year.

Shahid Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor Khan

The Jab We Met stars were dating for a couple of years and were quite open about their relationship status back in the day. However, they broke up and moved on. Now both of them are happily married to their respective partners. Kareena tied the knot with Saif Ali Khan whereas Shahid got married to Mira Rajput. However, the fans were waiting eagerly to see their favourite on-screen pairing again. After many years, the two featured together in Udta Punjab but sadly they didn’t have any scenes together.

Now that we have listed down the couples, tell us which pair would you like to see back on celluloid? Drop your thoughts in our comments section below and stay tuned to CineBlitz for more Bollywood news and gossip.

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Soni Razdan’s No Fathers in Kashmir get U/A certificate from FCAT; CBFC’s approval pending

After 8 months of hard-fought battle, Oscar-nominated director Ashvin Kumar’s No Fathers in Kashmir starring Soni Razdan has got U/A certificate from FCA

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8 months, 6 screenings and 7 hearings later, the film No Fathers in Kashmir has finally got the U/A certification from FCAT, the apex body which governs the final matters of certifications of films in India. Directed by Oscar-nominated director Ashvin Kumar, the filmmaker has faced a lot of delays and had to screen the movie twice, the last being just about a month ago in Kashmir. The film was pushed ahead drastically when there were delays with regards to its certification which eventually led to a delay in the screening of the film in India. After challenging the CBFC decision to give the film an ‘A’ certification, which the maker found unjustified, on the basis of the content of their movie, they moved to FCAT first in November with a hearing in December, and again later in January.

Now after a month of its second screening, FCAT has given its final order on the film asking for a few changes, including some cuts and disclaimers. The root cause of the issue was the delay the film underwent, which was against the very rules of the CBFC who refused to see the film. Upon seeing the film, they delayed the verdict giving it an ‘A’ certification in October, despite the film not promoting nudity, hatred, violence, gore or similar adult-worthy subjects.

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“How does one make a film about hope when its subject rouses emotions like hate, fear and vengeance? This question haunted the six years it took to make this film.” – Ashvin Kumar. ' . . @nofathersinkashmir ’ (previously ‘Noor’), has been a film in making over the last six years. In this film, Oscar-nominated director Ashvin Kumar tells a coming-of-age story about innocence and the exuberance of being young and hopeful. After a year in development, the screenplay of the film was selected as one of eight projects for The Sundance Institute/Mumbai Mantra Lab 2014,. Under the mentorship of Oscar nominated screeen-writers Naomi Forner, Sooni Taraporewalla (The Namesake, Salaam Bombay), Ashvin went on to write over 43 drafts which finally became “No Fathers in Kashmir”. The script went on to win the Asia Pacific Screen Academy 2014 prestigious screenplay development award. #nofathersinkashmir #indiancinema #indianfilm #indiefilms #ashvinkumar #alipurfilms #kashmir #storytelling #lovestory #comingofage #younglove #filmmaking

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The film stars Soni Razdan, Anshuman Jha and Kulbhushan Kharbanda. It traces the love story of two young 16-year-olds in search of their fathers who have gone missing in the valley. The filmmaker is ecstatic with this latest development. Director Ashvin Kumar was previously an Oscar Nominee for his short, Little Terrorist and has even won two National Awards for his feature films Inshallah Football and Inshallah Kashmir.

Speaking about it, director Ashvin Kumar said, “10 years ago in my film Inshallah Football, I had warned that alienating the youth of Kashmir would have catastrophic consequences. Censorship of the truth about Kashmir has caused a crisis of compassion, amplifying misguided fears of ordinary Indians towards ordinary Kashmiris. Keeping the public away from information and truth is such a myopic policy – it only breeds more hostility when the need of the hour is empathy, leading to peace. Anyone who genuinely wants peace will understand that we must first stop censoring films that tell the truth about Kashmir.”

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After #BoycottSurfExcel, Swara Bhaskar and Konkana Sen Sharma support the #RangLaayeSang commercial

#BoycottSurfExcel is trending on social media after the company’s new ad campaign shows Hindu and Muslim’s unity

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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:

While some were not so impressed by the ad like director-actor Vivek Agnihotri and South Indian actor Siddharth

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.

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