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Exclusive! Ranveer Singh reveals why rappers feel Gully Boy is their film

Ranveer Singh calls Gully Boy a homage to Divine, Naezy; credits all rappers for their creative value addition to the film

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Ranveer Singh brought in 2019 riding high on the success of Simmba. And going by the response the Gully Boy world premiere got at the Berlin Film Festival, looks like Ranveer might have his first hit of 2019. The star is excited about the Zoya Akhtar directorial. And we can’t wait to see what the desi junta has to say about the movie. Not just that, Ranveer is actually thrilled to be doing a film on rappers. In fact, he is elated that they have a sense of belonging and ownership of the film.

In an exclusive chat with Cine Blitz, Ranveer shares that while the film is loosely based on the rappers Naezy and Divine. But he is not playing either of them! He says, “Gully Boy is loosely based on them and that is the theme. But it is an original character creation. The film in a sense pays homage to Divine and Naezy.” As for so many rappers who are talking about Gully Boy, Ranveer says, “They feel a sense of ownership that could be the reason for it. When I signed the film two years ago, I was not sure where Indian hip-hop would be? We are on the threshold of explosion! This is not just music, it is a kind of a revolution, a kind of kranti if I may say so.”

The star adds, “They (the rappers) understand that the scene is going to get mainstream exposure. Therefore I feel a sense of ownership. They feel it is theirs, and it is important to us. We have made it with an inclusive creative collaboration process. They understand that they feel scene ko badhawa milna chahiye. And so they are giving so much love and energy and creative value addition. It is all these little things that has made the film what it is today.”

Zoya Akhtar’s Gully Boy also stars Alia Bhatt and Kalki Koechlin. It is slated to release on Valentine’s Day (February 14). Anyway, how excited are you for Gully Boy? Do let us know in the comments section below! In the meantime, stay tuned to Cine Blitz for all Bollywood news and updates.

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Ajay Devgn feels ‘singled out’ after Tanushree Dutta – Rangoli Chandel lash out – read official statement

After Tanushree Dutta’s open letter, Ajay Devgn feels he is being targeted

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Tanushree Dutta talking about Ajay Devgn and his choice of working with Alok Nath even after knowing that he was called out in the wake of the #MeToo movement in India has dominated the headlines since yesterday (April 18). Today (April 19), Ajay Devgn issued a statement regarding the same. While on it, he also expressed his grief about people trying to single him out as being insensitive.

Ajay Devgn who will next be seen in De De Pyaar De, issued a statement this morning and cleared the air around the accusations of helping Alok Nath make a comeback to the industry. According to him, his stand is very clear and he still won’t support anyone who cannot respect women. At the same time he also expressed how sad he feels about people trying to single him out, and said, “

When the entire #MeToo Movement happened, I along with many of my film industry colleagues categorically expressed that I respect every single woman at the work place and I would not stand for any unfairness or atrocity against them.  Nothing about my stand has changed.

“Coming to the question of having worked with Mr Alok Nath in my upcoming film De De Pyar De, here I must put certain things in perspective.

“This film was supposed to be an October 2018 release. The shoot of the film got over by last September. The portions with Mr. Alok Nath were canned by August in Manali. The said portions were shot over 40 days across various sets and an outdoor location with a combination of over 10 actors. By the time the allegations came out (in October 2018) the actors in the film including me had already started work on other films.  It would be near impossible to get all the dates and combinations of the several actors in the film and attempt a re-shoot with some other actor replacing Mr Nath. It would also have been a huge monetary loss for the producers.  Everyone is aware that film-making is a collaborative process.  The decision to replace Mr Alok Nath could never have been mine alone. In this case, I would have to go with the joint-decision of the entire unit.  Not to forget, I could not have brought the entire combination of actors back or put up sets again for a 40-day re-shoot because this would mean doubling the budget, which again wasn’t my call to make.  It would have to be the call of the makers. Had circumstances played out even slightly differently, I would have pushed for a different combination of actors. Unfortunately, this was not to be.”

“I reiterate I am extremely sensitive to the #MeToo movement. But when circumstances are beyond me, I don’t see why an attempt is being made to `single’ me out as being insensitive. This is untrue.”

About having an option to replace Alok Nath, according to Ajay the shooting of the film was already done in September and the accusations were made in October. As it was a cast of 10 people it was impossible to bring them together and reshoot with someone else.

Alok Nath was accused of rape and sexual harassment by writer Vinta Nanda during the #MeToo movement. For more updates and gossip about Bollywood, stay tuned to CineBlitz.

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Kalank: Sonakshi Sinha makes a surprising statement about her screen time in the movie

Sonakshi Sinha opens up out about her screen timing in Abhishek Varman’s Kalank like never before

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Sonakshi Sinha has played some strong characters in her previous films, but her role in the film Lootera has been the highlight of her acting career. Her latest film Kalank is a multi-starrer with Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan, Sanjay Dutt, Aditya Roy Kapur and Madhuri Dixit in the lead roles. And while her performance is being appreciated, Sonakshi is being called out for the less screen space in the film.

When asked about having lesser screen time in Kalank, she shared, “A beautiful and strong role has come to me after a long time; probably after Lootera. I was so happy to be part of this film only because of the kind of world Abhishek (director Abhishek Varman) has created and the people I got to work with. Such fine actors! Every character has a contribution in taking the story forward. I think that was the most special part. The entire experience was just surreal.”

Further continuing her views about the screen space for a film she shared a very interesting point, “If George Clooney had complained about Brad Pitt getting more screen space, we would never have had Ocean’s Eleven.” Kalank is getting mixed reviews from the critics and fans are enjoying the film so far. The film was released on April 17. For more such updates stay tuned to CineBlitz.

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Urmila Matondkar takes a bold dig at PM Narendra Modi biopic

The Election Commission put a stay on PM Narendra Modi’s release and since then there has been no announcement regarding the biopic. However, Congress candidate Urmila Matondkar had an interesting take on the movie

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Election campaigning is at its peak in Mumbai at this stage. Bollywood actress Urmila Matondkar who is making her political debut this election season with Congress is also campaigning in her constituency and while at it she also made a comment on the film PM Narendra Modi. Check out her bold comment here:

Actress-turned-politician Urmila was present at the Marathi Patrakar Sangh, where the actress took a dig on the Modi biopic and called it a joke as the PM has failed to fulfill promises. She said, “The biopic made on his (PM) life is nothing but a joke as the PM, who claims to have a 56-inch-chest, has miserably failed to deliver anything. The movie made on his life is a joke on the democracy, poverty, and diversity of India, which has been damaged.” The actress had a firm opinion and she further added, “Rather, a comedy film should be made on him and unfulfilled promises.”

Urmila is contesting for the Mumbai-North division with a Congress ticket. On the other hand, the Modi biopic which was supposed to release on April 11 was stopped by the Election Commission ordering a stay during the polls.

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