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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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Other than Pooja Batra-Nawab Shah, here are 5 Bollywood couples who secretly took the plunge

Team CineBlitz brings you a list of five secret weddings that shocked the world, check it out…

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Pooja Batra-Nawab Shah, Pic Credit: Instagram

Recently, celebrities like Rajiv Sen and Charu Asopa, Pooja Batra and Nawab Shah, surprised fans with their just married post on social media.  And while Pooja’s Instagram stories sporting red bangles and henna left many fans talking, we realised how some celebs these days are opting to keep their marriage a hush-hush affair. And Team CineBlitz lists down 5 couples who took the plunge in all secrecy, read on…

# Neha Dhupia – Angad Bedi: When the couple shared their wedding pictures on social media just moments later, not only fans but even heir B-Town friends were quite surprised. While the media was trying to contemplate what’s happening in Angad Bedi’s love life, the love birds got hitched on May 10, 2018, in a private ceremony at a gurudwara. The two are now even parents to a cute little baby girl, Mehr.

# Aamir Khan – Reena Dutta: Aamir Khan and his childhood sweetheart Reena Dutta’s wedding also came as a big shock for everyone. Aamir got hitched to Reena on April 18, 1986, which was even before the release of Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak. People did not know about the marriage until Aamir shot to fame. The two separated after 16 years of marriage.

# Milind Soman – Ankita Konwar: Milind Soman broke many hearts when he posted his marriage pictures on social media pages. He tied knots with girlfriend Ankita Konwar in April 2018 and people were utterly heartbroken to know that the actor got hitched.

# Surveen Chawla – Akshay Thakker: One day out of nowhere Hate Story actress, Surveen Chawla took to Instagram and announced that she is married. Surveen and Akshay got hitched in 2015 and they kept it a secret for several years. She got hitched to Akshay in a fun-filled Italian wedding. Talking about the same, Surveen revealed she did not talk about the marriage until their Indian wedding, which was postponed to 2018, following a loss in the family.

# John Abraham – Priya Runchal: John Abraham announced his marriage with Priya Runchal with a rather interesting post. He tweeted, “Wishing you and your loved ones a blessed 2014! May this year bring you love, good fortune and joy. Love, John and Priya Abraham.” This confirmed that he had taken the plunge in a  hush-hush affair! The couple apparently got married at the spur of the moment while holidaying in the US in 2014.

Whose secret marriage shocked you the most? Let us know in the comments section. Also, stay tuned to CineBlitz for more news and updates.

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Super 30: Mrunal Thakur has THIS to say about working with Hrithik Roshan

In an exclusive chat with Team CineBlitz, Mrunal Thakur reveals all about her experience of working with Hrithik Roshan

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Super 30 starring Hrithik Roshan and Mrunal Thakur is all set to entertain audiences on July 12. Mrunal Thakur, who is making her big screen debut opposite Hrithik Roshan in the film, is both nervous and excited ahead of the film’s release. In an exclusive interview with CineBlitz, Mrunal talks about her move from television to movies and shares her experience of working with Hrithik Roshan in Super 30.

When asked if she ever felt apprehensive about working with a star like Hrithik Roshan, Mrunal confessed that she was! She said, “I remember I was very nervous. I was shivering when I got to know that I am going to meet Hrithik the next day. I made sure that I mugged up the script of Super 30 by heart, even the page numbers. Just in case he asked! I know I was acting a little bit crazy but I had to be prepared.”

She went on to tell us, “But the day I saw him, he was very down-to-earth. He is very down-to-earth in general as well. He appears to be a big Bollywood star but when you meet him you will feel like you know him for so many years. You will feel like you know him very well. He gives that kind of a feeling. He made me very comfortable and I am blessed to have my Bollywood career debut with a star like Hrithik Roshan.”

Revealing her first day on the sets, Mrunal said, “I was very nervous. I went on to Hrithik and I told him that I am very nervous and if something wrong happens he should just forgive me. And his reply was so comforting. He said that he is happy that I am nervous because he himself was very nervous.”

She added, “It was all new for us but what helped us was the fact that we gave each other time to know each other. So it was a little easy for us. We created certain situations before the shoot began where we decided that we will do things in real life just how our characters Supriya and Anand would do in the film. And Hrithik being an extraordinary performer can lead a scene anywhere when there is no script and this helped us understand each other better. And it only elevates to good so yes that helped us a lot.”

Directed by Vikas Bahl, Super 30 will hit the theatres on July 12. Stay tuned to CineBlitz for more such exclusive interviews and news.

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Sacred Games 2 trailer: These 5 hints from the new season will only make your wait difficult

Saif Ali Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Pankaj Tripathi starrer Sacred Games 2 trailer has dropped many hints, here are some you might have missed out, read on…

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Sacred Games 2 starring Saif Ali Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Pankaj Tripathi, Kalki Koechlin and a few others has been one of the most awaited shows on the OTT platforms. After some delay, and keeping details under wraps, finally, today (July 9) the trailer for the new season dropped and it is worth the wait. Well, trailer has dropped many hints on how this might conclude and here are some hints we decode for you from the trailer.

#Number one, at the very beginning Gaitonde can be seen inside a box, either he seems to be kidnapped or hidden. And while someone is trying to feed him, he bites the person’s hand. Well, if kidnapped, who did it? Where is he? And if hiding, who is he hiding from?

#Number two, the show has been built on the basis of a city being under threat from something that no one but only Gaitonde knew. There were speculations that it is a nuclear attack and the trailer confirms it. A character in the background says “vo Hiroshima Nagasaki jaisa?” Further, we also see a man in anti-radiation suit defusing a rather unusual weapon.

#Number Three, Trivedi (Pankaj Tripathi) is a character that has been the suspense throughout season one. While in season 2 his character will be explored, the trailer hints at him being one of the major characters. He runs a cult and a massive one. According to the trailer it looks like this season will be a face-off between Trivedi and Sartaj.

#Number four, why is Sartaj so dizzy and pale in the later part of the trailer. Is he being drugged? Or is it something worse? We will have to wait for the release, to find out.

#Number five, we see a turban clad man calling Gaitonde and asking “Bhagwan Ko Mante Ho?” and if you remember this is  the same question that Gaitonde had asked at the very beginning of the show. And to shock you further, the man is none other than Sartaj Singh’s father. We know he helped Gaitonde in jail but what is this new angle outside the jail?

Directed by Neeraj Ghaywan and Anurag Kashyap, Sacred Games season 2 will stream this Independence Day (August 15) on Netflix.

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