Prasoon Joshi discusses ‘Padmaavat’ controversy

Prasoon Joshi discusses ‘Padmaavat’ controversy

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[ad_1] Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) chairperson Prasoon Joshi on Saturday reflected upon the controversy over Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat, and said nobody’s voice should be referred to as a “fringe voice”.Joshi was at the News18 Rising India Summit where he spoke about creative freedom, especially in the light of the film Padmaavat, on Saturday. He shared the stage with Minister of Information and Broadcasting Smriti Irani.“No one’s voice should be called a fringe voice because it is demeaning. For many people, our voices, voices of people sitting comfortably in a five-star hotel and debating, could be considered fringe,” Joshi said.“When it comes to metaphors like ‘Rajputi shaan [valoud]’, there is a reason how metaphors come in. I don’t think suspended reality is there.“In Padmaavat, we went on to…
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Fifth Harmony in Abu Dhabi: A power-packed show

Fifth Harmony in Abu Dhabi: A power-packed show

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[ad_1] Fifth Harmony’s gig at du Forum in Abu Dhabi on Friday night had everything that you could want in a pop concert and more — incredibly impressive vocals, synchronised dance routines and trendy matching outfits.A mere hour after meeting Gulf News tabloid! backstage for an exclusive interview, the quartet — who had then looked less like stars and more like your friends from next door — had transformed into fierce pop stars who meant business.The show, which started just after 9pm and lasted about 75 minutes, was super energetic and made you wonder how these ladies (Lauren Jauregui, Ally Brooke, Dinah Jane and Normani Kordei) managed to carry out their seemingly never-ending dance moves and not run out of breath. There didn’t seem to be even a short pant,…
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Hodor from ‘Game of Thrones’ headed to Dubai

Hodor from ‘Game of Thrones’ headed to Dubai

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[ad_1] Fans may have been gutted when Melisandre couldn’t keep her date with Dubai, but they can hold the door for another Game of Thrones who has confirmed his appearance at the Middle East Film and Comic Con festival next month.Kristian Nairn, also known as Hodor from Game of Thrones, will be appearing on the final day of MEFCC, which runs from April 5 to 7. The actor, who is reportedly an avid fan of comic books, sci-fi, fantasy and horror genres, as well as World of Warcraft, will be performing a DJ set on the event mainstage. The actor has also earned a name for himself a progressive house DJ.The original green Power Ranger, Jason David Frank, will also get in on the action with a special karate masterclass…
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Vaani Kapoor slays for Gauri and Nainika

Vaani Kapoor slays for Gauri and Nainika

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[ad_1] Actress Vaani Kapoor beautifully transformed from a belle of the ball to a James Bond girl for an Amazon India Fashion Week (AIFW) Autumn-Winter 2018 show, which saw a collaboration between designers Gauri and Nainika and Ashish N. Soni.The show featured two designers and one showstopper.Kapoor began the show, which closed Day One of the gala on Wednesday, in a white dreamy floor-sweeping sheer outfit with ruffles, designed by Gauri and Nainika.Then she gave way to models who donned pieces from the designer duo’s stark black-and-white collection that consisted of dramatic textures, full skirts, enormous 3D hand embroidered flowers, delicately pleated tulle and much more.The menswear, which also focused on palette extremes of pitch black and pure white by Soni, was oozing with class and sophistication. It was a…
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Zayn and Gigi break-up: A timeline of their romance

Zayn and Gigi break-up: A timeline of their romance

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[ad_1] After two years of dating, singer Zayn Malik and model Gigi Hadid have called it quits. According to separate statements posted on Tuesday, the split was an amicable one. Malik called the relationship “meaningful, loving and fun” and referenced Hadid’s “incredible soul”. Hadid said she would continue to support her friend who she has “immense respect and love for”. Gulf News tabloid! takes a look at the timeline of their romance.November, 2015 – The couple met at a Victoria’s Secret party, where Malik told Hadid he recognised her from a photograph and asked her out on a date. They went to Gemma restaurant in New York. The couple’s first public outing was after the American Music Awards. Hadid had previously been dating Joe Jonas, and reportedly broke up with…
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‘Omerta’ exposes state-sponsored terrorism

‘Omerta’ exposes state-sponsored terrorism

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[ad_1] Filmmaker Hansal Mehta says Omerta, starring Rajkummar Rao, will expose state-sponsored terrorism.“Omerta exposes state-sponsored terrorism and how it manipulates young minds. Terror is all about power,” Mehta said in a statement.“Packed screenings at film festivals around the world were met with shocked silence and often anger. I am expecting similar reactions from the audience to this shocking tale,” he added.Omerta is based on the real life story of Ahmad Omar Saeed Shaikh, a British terrorist of Pakistani descent.The film has won several accolades and was featured at the Toronto International Film Festival. It was also screened at the Jio Mami Film Festival in Mumbai.The first poster of the film was released on Monday. It shows Rajkummar praying under the target sign.Omerta marks the return of the formidable actor-director team…
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Cast of Pakistani film ‘Cake’ talk family in Dubai

Cast of Pakistani film ‘Cake’ talk family in Dubai

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[ad_1] Pakistani actors Sanam Saeed, Aamina Shaikh and Adnan Malik, who plays adult siblings in the new family drama Cake, were in Dubai on Sunday to speak about the trials and triumphs of being a part of a wonderfully dysfunctional unit, irrevocably connected by blood.“We are a family of five in Cake. I play the youngest of three siblings who come back from the UK to visit her ageing parents. She hasn’t lived with her family for ten years and they are now forced to adjust and live together,” said Saeed in an interview with Gulf News tabloid! prior to the screening at Vox Cinemas on Sunday evening.“They are as dysfunctional as my family or your family can get,” said Saeed.Directed by debutante director Asim Malik, Cake, which releases in…
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Jacqueline Fernandez learning martial arts for ‘Race 3’

Jacqueline Fernandez learning martial arts for ‘Race 3’

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[ad_1] Bollywood actress Jacqueline Fernandez is going through an extensive training in mixed martial arts (MMA) to shoot action sequences in her upcoming film Race 3, opposite Salman Khan.Talking about her training, her fitness trainer Kuldeep Sashi said: “Jacqueline is someone who has an athletic body type, so she does not require any special regime to tone up herself. However, as a requirement to her character, she is undergoing extensive MMA training, focused on kicking and punching.”“The action sequences that Jacqueline has to perform are very demanding. They require application of the right techniques. As she has never performed hand-to-hand combat or martial arts before, getting the style and techniques right is our only focus.”Her diet has also changed. Kuldeep said: “There has been a lot of additions to Jacqueline’s…
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Sridevi to be honoured at Indian film festival in LA

Sridevi to be honoured at Indian film festival in LA

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[ad_1] The 16th Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) next month will have a memorial tribute screening of Chandni, one of the gems from the late Bollywood actress Sridevi’s glorious cinematic career.The gala will screen a 2K print of the 1989 hit, courtesy of Yash Raj Films, read a statement.IFFLA, to be held April 11-15, will open with In The Shadows, starring Manoj Bajpayee, and conclude with Rima Das’s Village Rockstars.Other highlights include Nagraj Manjule’s short film An Essay of the Rain, Ben Rekhi’s The Ashram starring Kal Penn, Vaishali Sinha’s Ask The Sexpert about 93-year old sex advice columnist Mahinder Watsa, The Hungry, starring Naseeruddin Shah and Tisca Chopra, Hansal Mehta’s Omerta and Nila Madhab Panda’s Kadvi Hawa.The line-up includes 12 languages and first-time filmmakers, including 11 women…
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Salman Khan to share stories of real heroes

Salman Khan to share stories of real heroes

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[ad_1] Superstar Salman Khan will be sharing stories of real-life heroes.Salman on Friday tweeted: “It’s time to ‘Look Good Do Good’ for all of us. I’m going to be sharing stories of heroes who have gone several extra miles — put someone else first, shown courage, selflessness and managed to fight for their cause and stay true to everything they stand for — Details soon Be Being Human.”On the acting front, Salman is prepping for Bharat, helmed by director Ali Abbas Zafar. The film is an official adaptation of 2014 South Korean film Ode to My Father, and will be shot in Abu Dhabi and Spain, besides Punjab and Delhi. It is scheduled to hit theatres during Eid 2019.
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