Actor Akshay Kumar has reacted to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent statement asking BJP workers and leaders to refrain from making unnecessary remarks on irrelevant issues like films. At the trailer launch event of his upcoming film Selfiee in Mumbai, Akshay said that if PM Narendra Modi’s remark brings a change it will be great for the film industry. He also said that the industry goes through several processes to make a film and anyone making a remark turns things ‘messy’. (Also Read | Selfiee trailer: ‘Superstar’ Akshay Kumar, his ‘biggest fan’ Emraan Hashmi have a face-off over driving licence)
PM Narendra Modi’s statement came amid the recent protests and boycott trend against Pathaan. News agency PTI quoting BJP sources said that PM Modi suggested party workers avoid such remarks as they put the party’s development agenda on the back burner. Several films, TV, and web shows have been at the centre of controversies as they have faced allegations of hurting the sentiments of the people.
On Sunday, Akshay reacted to PM Modi’s statement. As quoted by Indian Express, the actor said, “Positivity is always welcome. And of our Prime Minister is saying something like this. He is India’s biggest influencer. If he is saying something and if things change it’ll be great for the industry.”
Akshay also added, “And why not, things should change, because we go through so much. We make films, go to the censor board, get them passed and then someone says something and phir gadbad ho jati hai (it becomes messy). But now that he’s said it, I think it’ll be better for us.”
Pathaan is the most recent film to bear the brunt of boycott calls. The film stars Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, John Abraham, Dimple Kapadia, and Ashutosh Rana. Directed by Siddharth Anand, Pathaan will release on January 25 in theatres in Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu.
The official trailer of Akshay’s Selfiee was unveiled on Sunday. The three-minute-long trailer showed Emraan playing a cop who wishes to have a selfie with his favourite actor Vijay (played by Akshay). As events follow, both actors find themselves in a tussle.
Helmed by Raj Mehta, the film stars Akshay, Emraan Hashmi, Nushrratt Bharuccha and Diana Penty in the lead roles. The film is all set to hit the theatres on February 24. Selfiee is the official Hindi remake of the Malayalam film Driving License, which starred Prithviraj and Suraj Venjaramoodu in lead roles. Akshay and Emraan will reprise their roles in the remake.
Shark Tank’s Namita Thapar slams pitch on dieting: ‘Log ye gimmicky cheezein…’
Shark Tank India judge Namita Thapar criticised an idea shared on the show in the latest promo that was posted by Sony Entertainment Television. While listening to the pitch about a diet and nutrition company, the executive director of Emcure Pharmaceuticals, said she is unable to agree to the business idea on a fundamental level. This is not the first time Namita has spoken strongly about issues pertaining to weight loss and dieting. In an earlier episode Namita had shared that she too faced body shaming herself and was even teased as ‘moti (fat)’ in her early days. Also read: Netizens disagree as Shark Tank’s Namita Thapar claims ‘educated househelp’ posted hateful comment from her phone
In the Shark Tank India season 2 promo released on Thursday, Namita said to an entrepreneur pitching her business idea, “Ye jo apne word use kiya hain na ‘restart’, isi mein problem hein. Ye jo aap bata rahi he na usse mein fundamentally agree nahi kar rahi hoon, ki no exercise… humare saath aate he, restart karte he… Let’s spread the message ki weight loss ek lifestyle change se hota he… aur hum diabetes capital, blood pressure capital ban rahe hain because log ye sab gimmicky cheezein kar rahe hain aur apne health ke saath mess kar rahe hain. Toh mujhe ye sab sunke thoda sa, I am sorry but gussa jaise aa jata hain. I think we need to stop misguiding the country (The word you just used ‘restart’, is my main problem. Whatever you are saying here I am unable to agree on a fundamental level, that no exercise, we restart etc… Weight loss happens due to change in lifestyle, and if we are becoming diabetes capital and blood pressure capital as a country then it is because we are doing these gimmicky things and playing with our health. So after listening to this I feel a little angry, I am so sorry to say).”
While Namita spoke, the other two sharks Peyush Bansal and Anupam Mittal looked at her and seemed to agree with her statement. Some users appreciated Namita’s opinions on the show. One commented, “Hat’s off.’” Last year, Namita had revealed, while speaking to author Chetan Bhagat on his talk show on YouTube, that she used to feel ‘very ugly’ as a kid because of her weight and acne.
Shark Tank India Season 2 is hosted by Rahul Dua, and has Anupam Mittal (founder-CEO of Shaadi.com), Aman Gupta (co-founder-CMO of boAt), Namita Thapar (executive director of Emcure Pharmaceuticals), Vineeta Singh (co-founder-CEO of SUGAR Cosmetics), Peyush Bansal (founder-CEO of Lenskart.com) and Amit Jain (co-founder-CEO of CarDekho Group and InsuranceDekho.com) as the sharks.
Supriya Sule lauds ‘superstar’ Shah Rukh, questions leaders slamming Pathaan | Bollywood
Supriya Sule, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader, who is currently a Member of Parliament, spoke about Shah Rukh Khan and his film Pathaan in a recent interview. She also spoke about Madhya Pradesh home minister Narottam Mishra, who had earlier demanded a ban on Pathaan. Supriya said Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone were ‘looking fabulous’ in Pathaan. The politician added that ‘most people were jealous of Shah Rukh Khan’. Also read: After Pathaan’s box office success, Kangana Ranaut warns Bollywood to ‘stay away from politics’
In December 2022, after the Pathaan song Besharam Rang was released, Narottam Mishra had threatened to ban the movie in Madhya Pradesh. He had objected to Deepika Padukone wearing an orange swimsuit in the song. In following weeks, many other political leaders and organisations voiced objections against Pathaan, which alongside Shah Rukh and Deepika, also features John Abraham. The film was released on January 25, and has broken multiple box office records ever since.
When asked to mimic Shah Rukh Khan, Supriya said in an interview with Unfiltered By Samdish on YouTube, “How would I know? Shah Rukh Khan… please, he is the superstar of India. Right now I am just envious of how good he is looking in that movie (Pathaan). Him and Deepika are looking (gestures feeling breathless)… They are looking fabulous! I think most people are jealous of Shah Rukh Khan…” Supriya then responded to being asked if she would defend the comments made about Pathaan by politicians such as Narottam Mishra, “Not at all, I will not defend. I will pick (up) the phone and ask ‘bhaiya aap ko kya ho gaya hai (brother, what’s wrong with you)?'”
Supriya further said, “But the problem is that why are we even discussing such things. (Late union minister and BJP leader) Arun Jaitley used to say ‘aap dikhana band kar dijiye, log bolna band kar denge (if you stop broadcasting, people will stop saying things)’. Sometimes I think Arun ji is right. It is actually irrelevant, and it become so sad because a lot of other colleagues’ videos started coming out. This is not why we are here for politics. I am not defending either or…”
Directed by Siddharth Anand, the film also features Dimple Kapadia and Ashutosh Rana. As per trade analysts and film exhibitors, Pathaan’s domestic net collection will easily cross ₹225 crore over the first extended weekend and ₹300 crore in a week. As per the Yash Raj Films, the production banner, Pathaan grossed ₹200 crore worldwide in two days of its release.
Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan’s son Jeh looks adorable in unseen pic | Bollywood
Actor Saif Ali Khan’s sister Saba Ali Khan often shares photos of her nephews Taimur Ali Khan and Jehangir Ali Khan. On Friday, she took to Instagram to post an unseen picture of Jehangir, also called Jeh. In the undated photo from one of Jeh’s recent Europe trips with mom Kareena Kapoor and family, the toddler was seen on a swing in a park, all bundled up in cute winter clothes. Saba also shared an old photo of Jeh’s elder brother Taimur, and wrote a sweet caption for the siblings. Also read: Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan pose with Jeh on an airplane in unseen pics, Saba calls nephew ‘everyone’s dumpling’
Saba Ali Khan, who is a jewellery designer shared cute pictures of her nephews Taimur Ali Khan and Jeh, and wrote in her caption, “Can you tell me what the age gap between my munchkins is? (No cheating) twinning at the same age!” In the photo Jeh looked intensely at something in the distance. He wore a black woollen cap with a black jacket and matching black boots. In the throwback photo she posted along with Jeh’s picture, Taimur looked into the camera and posed as he climbed a tree. He was seen wearing a white hoodie with blue pants.
Many Instagram users reacted to Taimur and Jeh’s pictures. One commented on Saba’s post, “My cuties.” Responding to her caption, where she had asked people to guess Jeh and Taimur’s age in the photos, a person wrote, “Two years.” Many others dropped heart emojis and left comments like ‘adorable’ and ‘sweet’ on the photos.
Recently, Saba had shared a couple of pictures of Jeh in which the toddler was seen on an airplane with his parents Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor. Sharing Jeh’s photographs on Instagram, Saba had written in her caption, “Daddy’s darling, mama’s munchkin.? Which one do you (thinking face emoji)? He’s everyone’s dumpling that’s for sure!!!” In both photos, Jeh was seated on his parents’ lap inside an aircraft.
Jehangir Ali Khan will be turning two on February 21. His elder brother Taimur turned six in December last year. The brothers spent their Christmas holidays in the UK with parents Saif and Kareena Kapoor. The family had then brought in the new year in Gstaad, Switzerland. Kareena had shared pictures of their skiing trip and New Year’s Eve celebrations on Instagram.
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