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Kangana Ranaut’s fight with journalists not a first; veteran scribes recall nightmarish encounters

Kangana Ranaut lashing out at a journalist recently isn’t the first time that a celeb has used his/her star power to intimidate the media!

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Kangana Ranaut at Cannes 2019. Pic courtesy: Instagram

Kangana Ranaut recently (July 7) got into a spat with a journalist at an event that ended on a bitter note for both the actress as well as the media personnel. However, this wasn’t the first time that a media event witnessed a celebrity lashing out at the journo brigade. Time and again, the two sections of the industry have had major run-ins. From Shah Rukh Khan, Jaya Bachchan, Deepika Padukone to Salman Khan and from Ranbir Kapoor to Parineeti Chopra, they’ve all indulged in a war of words with the journalists!

In fact, Bollywood history also has black chapters when the stars have wielded their star power to even hit or assault journalists. Govinda is known to have slapped a journalist on sets of his film, while the then-married couple Saif Ali Khan and Amrita Singh too had decades ago (1994) bashed up Kanan Divecha, who was the assistant editor of a leading film magazine, for having written about Amrita and Amitabh Bachchan. In fact the case went on for five years with High Court finally demanding that the couple apologise for the incident in 1999. Ace gossip columnist Devyani Chaubal also had her share of pangas with the stars, the most famous one being with Dharmendra who had chased her down for writing about his personal life involving Hema Malini.

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Talking about it, senior journalist Bharati Dubey opines that it’s a-two way traffic and intimidating a journalist is just not done. “As a journalist our job is to ask the question fearlessly. That’s the essence of journalism. The celeb can choose to answer or not answer, but we cannot be intimidated by the celeb or their entourage. Why should the questions be sugar-coated or pre-approved? We are only doing our jobs and there should be no compromise there. That is unfair, though unfortunately, that’s what we see happening around us increasingly. The interference by their PRs is becoming the norm and sometimes even the organisations don’t back up their own journos in the long run.”

Bharati herself recalls times when she was asked to leave the sets on one account by a leading Bollywood diva and has had to confront several Bollywood A-listers. “I have done both, and it’s sad to see the celebs get so petty about these things some times.”

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Saif Ali Khan had bashed Journalist Kanan Divecha in 1994

Veteran journalist Pammi Somal agrees and points out that while the stars would not drop in a thank-you if written well about, they would raise a stinker if one line is written that’s not in their favour. It’s clearly a love-hate relationship. They feed stories when it works in their favour and get upset if it doesn’t.

While recalling the infamous incidents with journalists like Devyani Chaubal and Keith D’Costa (he was pushed and threatened by Shah Rukh Khan at a film function), who’ve had physical run-ins with the stars, the veteran reveals that she too has had her share of star-wars with leading names and reasons, “For the stars it’s more about the star-power and ego nothing else. They think they can get away with throwing around their weight and these days that’s what is happening.”  She adds, “But they have to take the good, the bad and the ugly!”

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Shah Rukh Khan.

Somal points out that the equation between journalists and celebrities has changed immensely over the years. She says, “Back then there were no filters and we had direct access to the stars. So whatever was there was between the stars and us. We would openly talk about their personal lives. Now, everything needs to be filtered before it reaches them and vice-versa to us from them. There’s nothing candid anymore. So, when their personal lives come under scanner on a larger platform since that’s where all the interactions happen, they get touchy about it. Today they feel they all become stars by social media, so one question that makes them uncomfortable and they wield their star power.”

As for celebs often accusing journos of not toeing their lines, both the senior industry experts feel that it’s incorrect. As public figures, they are to a great extent answerable to the public, that’s made stars out of them. So, it’s unfair to use journos to promote their films and suddenly draw back when they are asked questions that are out of the box.

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IFFM Awards 2019: Gully Boy, Andhadhun, Tabu, Vijay Sethupathi, Shah Rukh Khan receive top honours

It was that evening of the year in Melbourne, when the annual awards night marked its gala presence in the cultural melting pot. 2019’s award function at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne was a special one for many reasons.

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It was that evening of the year in Melbourne, when the annual awards night marked its gala presence in the cultural melting pot. 2019’s award function at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne was a special one for many reasons. Zoya Akhtar’s Gully Boy walked away with the top gong of Best Film honour, whereas Vijay Sethupathi won the Best Actor for his widely acclaimed film Tamil film Super Deluxe and Tabu was named Best Actress for her performance in Andhadhun.

Zoya said, “I am so excited. I am not going to forget this evening. This is my first award in the capacity of a producer. Gully Boy was our first production. This is a good start. No one makes a movie alone and this wouldn’t be possible without my producers, my co-writer, my incredible actors and every member of my cast and crew. 54 invincible artists worked on this album. I owe this night to all of them.”

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Zoya Akhtar

Sriram said on his win as best director, “I am thankful and overwhelmed with the response to Andhadhun and this award. A French short film inspired this movie. It was 7 years ago and the movie took a long time to make.” Upon receiving her award, Tabu said, “It’s my first time in Australia but I will remember it for the rest of my life. Thank you Sriram for writing this for me. This character is catalyst for change of roles for women that are being written and will be written in future. Thank you for trusting me with this character”.

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Sriram Raghavan and Tabu

Additionally, IFFM bestowed upon superstar Shah Rukh Khan – the  ‘Excellence In Cinema’ award.

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Shah Rukh Khan giving his award acceptance speech

Shah Rukh Khan, in his usual candour, said, “Thank you all of you in Melbourne. It’s an honour and privilege for me. Awards are odd because to me an art form be judged for its quality feels counter intuitive. Art is an expression and cinema is the ability to create emotions and share experiences through stories. To be an actor, is to live to know that each one is a mere illusion. When you are making a movie you can change a lot by changing the angle of the light and it strikes you that life is a lot like that as well. It’s the simple things that can alter your journey and pondering makes your story worth telling. I shot a film here 12 years ago and it was a straightforward film about a man who has lost hope in life picks on a team of girls and then they go on to win a world championship. This city had the simplicity I had seen nowhere else. When you get older like me, you realise things. I realised that film changed my life. It’s not the awards you get, it’s just the part of creating process that is an exhilarating experience for an artiste.”

Here’s a complete list of winners:

  • IFFM Best Short Film: My Name Is Mohamed And Raghad, We Don’t Exist Here Anymore by Ali Mousawi AND Be My Brother by Genevieve Clay
  • IFFM Diversity Award: Onir
  • Telstra People’s Choice Award: Simmba
  • Celebrating 20 years of Kuch Kuch Hota Hai: Karan Johar
  • IFFM Best Director: Sriram Raghavan for Andhadhun
  • IFFM Best Actor: Vijay Sethupathi for Super Deluxe
  • IFFM Best Actress: Tabu for Andhadhun
  • IFFM Best Indie film: Bulbul Can Sing
  • IFFM Best Film: Gully Boy
  • PWC Equality in Cinema award an honorary award): Chuskit & Super Deluxe
  • IFFM Excellence in Cinema – Shah Rukh Khan

For more news and updates from the world of showbiz stay tuned to CineBlitz!

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Nikaah, Halal, Phir Ussi Mod Par – 4 films that dealt with Triple Talaq

The Triple Talaq Bill is being introduced in the Rajya Sabha, and on this note we bring to you some films that explored the subject

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Halal, Phir Ussi Mod Par, Nikaah movie posters

The subject of triple talaq is not new to Bollywood. Time and again, filmmakers have dealt with this social issue faced by women in the Muslim communities. Here we check out five such films that have explored the topic on screen.

Nikaah

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Nikaah (1982) movie poster

The film was a social comment on the Shariat law of divorce. The film was initially titled Talaq Talaq Talaq, but director BR Chopra had to change the title of the film to Nikaah after one of his friends pointed out that the title will dissuade Muslim families from watching a film that was propagating Talaq (divorce). Chopra changed the title to Nikaah but could not stop people from filing cases against the film.

Starring Raj Babbar, Deepak Parashar and Salma Agha — it was the story of a woman who is married to a man who does not have any time for her — resulting in an altercation that leads to the man spelling out Talaq three times to her.

Phir Ussi Mod Par

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Phir Ussi Mod Par (2018) movie poster

Another Muslim social that attempted to talk of the practice of Triple Talaq. It is the story of a woman of substance and fortitude who gets duped in love facing an unjustified ‘Triple Talaq’. She raises her son against all odds only to see him subject her daughter-in-law to the same fate in a most unjustifiable manner. The woman rises to the occasion squarely meeting the daunting challenges of society and clerics to ensure that justice prevails. Directed by Lekh Tandon the film failed to impress at the box office.

Halal

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Halal (2016) movie poster

The film deals with the theme of loyalty, love and the institution of marriage that is deemed to be pious by society. It is a story of human emotions, which depicts the trials and tribulations that women in our society go through. The film is about a woman whose husband divorces her so that she does not face the ire of his mother. As per the Muslim customs, the woman has to marry again and divorce the second husband if the first husband wants her back.

Directed by National Award Winner Shivaji Lotan Patil, the movie featured Chinmay Deepak Mandlekar, Priyadarshan Jadhav, Pritam Kagne, Vijay Chavan, Vimal Mhatre, Chhaya Kadam, Amol Kagne and Sanjay Sugaokar.

Code Blue

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Code Blue (2019) movie poster

‘Code Blue’ refers to the life-saving emergency code and in this movie it revolves around this girl, whose story is inspired by a real-life incident. The protagonist is pushed to the limits by society’s malpractices and how she comes back and fights those evils, is what Code Blue is all about. The battle of a girl from a dead-end! Made in association with Rahat Kazmi Films, the film features Alok Nath, Rishi Bhutani, Sushmita Mukerji and Khan in lead roles.

Khan wants to use the medium of movies to bring to light the lives of women who find their lives shattered with this instant divorce practice. She says, she felt traumatised when she encountered cases of women having to endure the mistreatment and misuse of the oral talaq system. For more Bollywood news and updates, stay tuned with CineBlitz.

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Katrina Kaif, Priyanka Chopra, Ranveer Singh – 5 stars who’ve been teased by Arjun Kapoor on social media

Post Arjun Kapoor’s funny comment on Anil Kapoor’s recent post, here’s taking a look at the top 5 funny comments that the young star made on his B-Town friends’ social media posts

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Priyanka Chopra, Ranveer Singh and Katrina Kaif

Arjun Kapoor is often seen headlining news and it’s not just for his films. The actor is a master of trolling. Well, sort of and his fans enjoy the friendly banter that he has on social media with his friends. His recent comment on Anil Kapoor’s latest picture brought him in the limelight again. Anil had posted a picture with the caption saying, “I could add some deep quote here but let’s be honest I just wanted to post some good looking pictures of myself.” And Arjun had something interesting to say. He wrote, “& u say I ruin ur reputation….just see this post.” Well this made us take a look at the other times he has teased his friends on their social media. Check it out:

Katrina Kaif

Katrina Kaif is one of Arjun’s favourite when it comes to making funny remarks. Recently, when Katrina posted a picture from her Mexico vacation, Arjun had a rather hilarious take on the photo. He commented, “Watch where you going, girl! Hope you didn’t walk into the pillar while posing,” as Katrina was posing next to a pillar.

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Ranveer Singh

Arjun did not spare his Gunday co-star and best friend Ranveer Singh as well. The Gully Boy actor is known for his outlandish style and when had posted a photo wearing a colourful outfit, Arjun didn’t miss the opportunity to comment on the same. He said, ”Narangi Mausambi wala.”

Parineeti Chopra

The Ishqzaade jodi is known for their online banter and Arjun is forever ready to tease Pari. So during the shooting of their film Namaste England, Arjun made sure he did it again. He posted a video where he can be seen teasing Parineeti and just because she wore a green dress, Arjun captioned the video as, “Presenting Hari – Pari the tourist photography expert !!!”

Priyanka Chopra Jonas

Remember Priyanka Chopra’s all-white Cannes 2019 dress. Priyanka definitely killed the look but Arjun yet again had a fun take on it. When PeeCee posted that picture on social media, Arjun couldnt resist commenting, “Surf Excel vibes.”

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Aditya Roy Kapur

When Aditya Roy Kapur claimed that he is single through an Instagram post, he also was obliged with a funny comment from Arjun Kapoor. Arjun said, “Chal Jhoota.” and hinted that Aditya might actually be in a relationship.

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These were some instances that we feel Arjun was bang on with his hilarious comments. Which one was your favourite? Let us know in the comments section below. Also, stay tuned to CineBlitz for more such interesting features.

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