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Mob lynching controversy: Director Vivek Agnihotri takes on the 49 celebs who have approached PM Modi

Following 49 celebs writing a stern letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi showing concern over the issue of mob lynching, director Vivek Agnihotri calls it another gimmick and claims them to be leftists

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In a recent turn of events, over 49 celebrated artists and celebrities have written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi regarding the increase in the number of mob lynching cases across the country. Director Vivek Agnihotri however, has a different take. He calls the celebrities involved with the letter pseudo-intellectuals and also has many questions for them.

While talking to CineBlitz exclusively, Vivek called all the celebrities who have written the letter, leftists and Congress Party supporters. He even compares them to the urban naxal mafias. Vivek said, “This is nothing, all these people are usual suspects who are basically leftists and they have been patronised by Congress for so long because Congress wanted leftist support. And directly or indirectly they are a part of a very large urban naxal mafia. They keep writing these letters just to come back in prominence because they have lost their political capital.”

Vivek also had a few questions for these celebs. He said, “Now if they are so upset about mob lynching of minority, then what had happened to them when in 1984 thousands of Sikhs were butchered by Rajiv Gandhi’s goons. Why were they quiet when thousands of Kashmiri Hindus were lynched by the Muslim population in Kashmir and Hindus were minority in that State? What happens to them when Poojaris are killed and in West Bengal so many Hindus were killed? The problem is that they are so used to play this Muslim politics which they call minority politics but they exclude Sikhs, Jews, Christians and Iranis from that. And they do not acknowledge when Hindus are minority anywhere. So they are all funded by red terror money and Islamic money and this is a political agenda so these are just playing politics like anybody else.”

Furthermore stating the reason behind them standing up and talking about the problem, Vivek called it another political gimmick after ‘award wapsi’. “Immediately after 2014 when they lost badly they came with intolerance and awards wapsi. So, now again they have lost and have come up with this new political gimmick. I don’t give much importance to what they say. Yes, if a common man from the affected states stands up and says it is a problem of intolerance, I will believe him more than all these pseudo intellectuals,” said Vivek.

What is your take on this? Let us know in the comments section below. For more updates and gossip, stay tuned to CineBlitz.

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Salman Khan – Alia Bhatt starrer Inshallah not happening? Find out!

Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Inshallah was to release on Eid 2020, but Salman Khan says it is pushed. Will it happen at all?

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Super star Salman Khan took to social media yesterday and wrote, “The film with Sanjay Leela Bhansali is pushed but I will still see you all on Eid, 2020. Insha-Allah!!’ Bollywood denizens went berserk after reading this tweet from Salman. According to sources Sanjay Leela Bhansali was to start shooting of the film from this week with Alia Bhatt on a set that is being constructed at Mehboob studios in Mumbai, a stone’s throw from Salman’s residence. Also the locations and local production team are finalised in the USA! Titled Inshallah, the film is supposed to be a remake of the Hollywood hit Pretty Woman.

In his tweet, Salman hinted at another announcement of a film for which he is likely to start shooting and plans to take the release date of Bhansali. There is intense speculation that the release date could be assigned to Dabangg 3, shooting for which is already in progress.

Bhansali fans are left wondering what will happen to the film now, considering that Salman has given away the dates in all probability to another film. Hope it is not creative differences that has led to the push of Inshallah! For more gossip from Bollywood’s inside track, keep reading CineBlitz!

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Angel Has Fallen is raising the bar of the Fallen Series

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Secret Service agents live in a constant state of high alert. At any given second, they have to be ready to thwart a near-infinite number of potential threats that could come from any country, any group, or any person, without warning.  Their sacrifices—the persistent danger, the merciless demands on body and soul, the stress on their relationships—are rarely recognised publicly, but they don’t do it for the recognition.  They do it because they are driven to serve the highest office of the land and the bedrock of democracy.

That kind of devotion has always defined Mike Banning in the movie Angel has Fallen. On the job, he is a cunning, dogged, laser-focused patriot, but he is also a self-questioning and at times a self-deprecating man who has his dark corners of jagged regrets and frustrations.  He has done and seen it all.  In Olympus Has Fallen, he rescued the First Family from a North Korean-led kidnapping inside the White House.  In London Has Fallen, he kept President Asher from harm during a terrorist attack on world leaders attending the British Prime Minister’s funeral.

Also read: Angel Has Fallen: Audiences will connect with Mike Banning, says Producer Les Weldon

Director Ric Roman Waugh jumped right away at the idea of exploring Mike Banning not just in jeopardy but in a chaotic state of mind.  He knew from making That Which I Love Destroys Me that a man like Banning would, like so many real-life warriors in the military and law enforcement worlds, have to pay the piper for the mental, physical and spiritual toll of his work.

Also read: Actress Piper Perabo’s charming revelation about Gerard Butler!

“What I learned making the doc is that there are a lot of modern-day warriors who have a different kind of PTSD,” explains the director.  “It’s not the classic shellshock where they are running away from war. Instead, they’ve become addicted to war, to the intensity of it, and that makes it harder for them to return to society and everyday life.  We made the documentary about members of the military, but after it premiered, I started hearing from all kinds of other people, from first responders and law enforcement and more, talking about how they were going through the same thing. So, I felt from the beginning that this would be a very authentic and interesting journey to take with Mike Banning.  He is, as he’s told in the film, a lion, but there are consequences to always being a lion.”

Butler loved Waugh’s approach to the action. “Ric’s style is all about putting you smack in the middle of the chaos,” Butler explains. “He sucks you in with a gritty realism—so that even in the most insane scenarios, you feel you are right there in the moment with Banning.” For more updates from Bollywood and show business keep reading CineBlitz.

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Scoop! Anushka Sharma cast opposite Hrithik Roshan in remake of Satte Pe Satta!

Anushka Sharma has been finalised to play the female lead in the Satte Pe Satta remake, originally played by Hema Malini

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Bollywood has been buzzing with the big news that Anushka Sharma has committed to play the lead role opposite Hrithik Roshan in the remake of Satte Pe Satta. While she has consciously decided to cut down on work nowadays, but the actress is going to honour two big commitments, Satte Pe Satta being one of them.

This is also going to be an exciting and fresh pairing as Hrithik and Anushka have never worked together. Initially, actresses like Katrina Kaif and Deepika Padukone were approached for the role, but the makers felt a new pairing was needed for the film.

Released in the 80’s, the original Satte Pe Satta itself was inspired by the American musical film Seven Brides For Seven Brothers. The Bollywood version Satte Pe Satta featured Amitabh Bachchan in a double role with Hema Malini and Ranjeeta cast opposite him. The new remake is now being directed by Farah Khan and produced by Rohit Shetty. Stay glued to CineBlitz for more news and updates from Bollywood.

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