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In what seemed like a rare moment in Bollywood, actors Jaya Bachchan (R) and Rekha greeted each other during Life OK!’s Screen Awards, held in Mumbai on Tuesday. The two are known to have avoided each other in public since the ‘80s, following an alleged affair between Jaya’s husband, actor Amitabh Bachchan, and Rekha. At the event, Rekha had come early and was sitting inside when Jaya walked in with Amitabh. While Big B went on to catch up with other guests,
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BOLLYWOOD GIRLS ON A GAALI SPREE ‘Sexist’ takes a U-turn as it’s now leading ladies who’re doling out expletives and curses on the big screen
In Gangs of Wasseypur, Huma Qureshi tells Nawaz, “Kuchh nahi karna toh amma ke saath hi (picture) jao”
Above: In Grand Masti, Kainaat Arora says, “Meri doodh ki do badibadi f actories hain”
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old one-liners, sexual innuendos and foul language is no l onger male territory in Bollywood. In a sharp s hattering of the sexist stereotype, a flood of new films now have the leading ladies giving the e xpression ‘bold is beautiful’ a new meaning on the big screen. Consider Madhuri Dixit in Gulaab Gang: “Jab nichey wali leti hai toh patloon phaad ke leti hai,” and “Sanghatan shakti hai, akele mein tumhari phat-ti hai”, grand masti actor Kainaat Arora saying, “Meri doodh ki do badi-badi factories hain” and Bruna Abdullah’ s tongue-in-cheek “wo toh aapka rocket dekh kar bata paungi”. These upcoming examples are only additions to the already long list of such mouthings. Remember Huma Qureshi’s “jab kuchh nai karna toh amma ke saath hi (picture) jao” in Gangs of
THANK YOU FOR PRAYING FOR MY SON: EMRAAN HASHMI
In Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela, Deepika Padukone has explicit dialogue around a honeymoon before marriage
Right: In Gulaab Gang, Madhuri Dixit says, “Jab nichey wali leti hai toh patloon phaad ke leti hai.” Wasseypur, Deepika Padukone’s honeymoonbefore-marriage talk in Ramleela, and Madhuri’s seductive “Iftekhaa…aaaar” in Dedh Ishqiya? Or, for that matter, Vidya Balan’s “pichkari mein dum nahi” in The Dirty Picture and Kareena Kapoor saying “Ek r***i ke chaar yaar” in Heroine. “People converse and express themselves much more openly these days, so if a heroine’s role in a film demands an unabashed attitude, why
Actor Emraan Hashmi, whose fouryear-old son Ayan recently underwent a successfully operation for a tumour in kidney, has asked his fans to pray for his son’s health. Replying to a SMS on Thursday morning, Emraan said, “Thnx for ur prayers ... awaiting the final report of the stage which is due in a couple of days. Pls pray (sic).” Filmmaker Farah Khan posted on her Twitter page, “So happy 2 hear that emraan hashmi’s son Ayan is recovering well..made my kids pray 4 the lil 1 last nite.. (sic)” HTC
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not? It isn’t propagating vulgarity in any way,” says trade expert, Taran Adarsh. The Dirty Picture director Milan Luthria agrees. “If a female character in a film is loud-mouthed, the dialogue can be dealt with in a clever
way such that it’s impactful and yet not distasteful. And, aren’t movies about showing reality? Be it in cities or rural areas, women are heard hurling profanities and using cuss words, so why shy away from it on screen?” he says. Kainaat, who has mouthed some double-meaning lines in Grand Masti, believes this is what sells now. “It’s no big deal. The success of the film is more important.” Some say the trend has emerged as filmmakers’ way of escaping the flak for ‘sexist’ dialogue from men, but others say this goes to show more public acceptance of real, bold women. “Bold lines are fine as long as the script needs it and are not meant to titillate but to mirror society as it is,” says filmmaker Boney Kapoor.
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ebutant actors Shiv Darshan (far left) and Hasleen Kaur get chatty about their upcoming film, Karle Pyaar Karle, and say that they are sure that people will love their film.
How confident are you about the success of the film? Shiv: I am having sleepless nights. But, I am excited and confident because as a team, have put in a lot of effort. It’s an edgy and spunky film. Hasleen: Initially, I had butterflies in my stomach, but now I am more confident because I am getting positive vibes from people from different cities, that our team has visited. It’s an entertaining, goo
How was the experiece of working together? Shiv: It has been a phenomenal experience. Although, Hasleen came on board just five days before starting the shoot, she adapted really quickly. She is
It is an edgy and spunky film. Freshness is the film’s USP and I hope people will love it
Shiv Darshan, actor
hard-working and helped my craft of acting as well. Hasleen: Shiv is the fourth generation of cinema. Even though he is debuting with Karle Pyaar Karle, he knows a lot about the art. He is nothing less than a
superstar. He has a great personality and makes our pair look so good.
Rajesh Pandey, the film’s director, is also debuting with the film...
What is the USP of the film? Shiv: Freshness is the film’s USP and I hope people will love the film. Hasleen: The biggest USP of the film is its love story.
Shiv: Rajesh has been an associate director to my father for 14 years. He knows his work and has made the film the way we had envisioned it to be.
All-girl Indian band signs up with international label
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heyyrian Bark, Banu Jini, Minam Tekseng and Mithy Tatak may not be household names but together they form The Vinyl Records (TVR), the rock band that has become the first-ever all-girl Indian group to sign up with an international label. Although the four music creators, all in their mid-twenties, hail from the north-east states, they have been based in Delhi since they came together three years ago. The 24-yearold guitarist of the band, Banu, tells us, “Six or seven years ago, we all came to Delhi to study. Minam, Mithy and I are from the same state (Arunachal Pradesh) and went to school together. We formed a band together in 2011 and were later joined by Cheyyrian (who hails from Assam), who we met at a music school in the Capital.” They’re happy they’ve come far now. “Since we are going international, it is the start of a very special journey,” says Cheyyrian, 24.
Now that we are going international, it is the start of a very special journey — Cheyyrian, 24, bassist for The Vinyl Records
The four-piece band has been signed on by Metal Postcard Records, Hong Kong. The girls play English punk music, and regard Brazilian rock band CSS as their inspiration. Despite playing in English, they believe they can crack the mainstream music market in the country.
The drummer of the group, Mithy, 23, says, “It is about doing some good stuff and getting noticed. We feel Bollywood is not far off considering that there are a lot of unconventional music stars that have worked there. We feel we, too, can crack it.” Having released an extended play
with four tracks and a single so far, the girls are currently content jamming and performing in different parts of India. The bassist Minam, 23, says, “We’re still completing our education so we don’t have much time, but we never miss an opportunity to play at big music fests.”
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