Shekhar Kapur is back in the world of cinema with his Hollywood project, What’s Love Got to Do with It? The filmmaker’s last feature-length directorial effort was the Cate Blanchett-starrer drama Elizabeth: The Golden Age in 2007. He asserts that he might have been away, but he is not detached from Indian cinema.
“I haven’t made a film in India since the Bandit Queen (1994). I don’t know why people call me a Bollywood director, unless you consider Mr. India (1987) and Masoom (1983) a Bollywood project. I don’t know what describes Bollywood,” Kapur tells us when asked about the long gap in an exclusive interview.
The 77-year-old continues, “It’s been 30 years since I made a film in India. (In this time) I have been making films outside. I’ve been doing theatre outside (of India). I have done theatre in Germany. I’ve done a big series on William Shakespeare. I teach at MIT. I have had absolutely no time. I have been a part of the World Economic Forum. I am an environmentalist. So, life was busy. Then I found time to make a film, found a script and made — What’s Love Got to Do with It?”.
When it comes to the film, the cross-cultural project is led by Emma Thompson, Lily James, and Shabana Azmi, and deals with the complexities of love, marriage, relationships and intimacy.
“Working on it was another exploration… Nothing is about defining things. When you see the film, you realise that at the end, the characters realise that we have to forgive, have to be compassionate. Because relationships are not about saying, ‘I love you’…. Love is a mystery. It’s a question of exploring that sense of mystery”.
The film deals with the concept of arranged marriage in the age of Tinder, and the director admits that it became a fundamental reason for him to do the film. He says, “We all are looking for intimacy in our lives. When we are born, we are put on our mother’s chest. That’s the first act of intimacy that a baby feels. When we die, we want to hold somebody’s hand. In between we complicate things, like if I put my hand around my friend’s shoulder, you are dating. We developed these keywords which interfere with our desire and our need to be intimate”.
Explaining his thought, the filmmaker admits, “In the film, one fundamental question is how do you know if it will work if you haven’t had sex before marriage? When I was 18, I was a chartered accountant. I came back to India and my mother took me to meet some girls. The question in my mind was how do I know if it will work unless I have had sex? What is sex on the first night was a disaster? There’s an exploration of how it might work the other way. I’ve asked them all my life”.
He has infused his Lahore memories to the films as well. But border tensions are something which continues to restrict the exchange of art between the countries.
Asked about the same, he says, “Art always transcends international boundaries, and it should do”.
“Not that I can’t appreciate an artist. That is another culture of another nation. So art transcends international boundaries, definitely,” he ends.
The Biggest Bombshells Pamela Anderson Revealed in New Doc and Memoir
After the release of their private sex tape, the couple’s marriage quickly deteriorated and turned volatile, with Anderson detailing the scary incident in 1998 that resulted in Lee being arrested nand charged with spousal and child abuse. (After pleading no contest to spousal battery, Lee was sentenced to six months in jail, ultimately serving four.)
Anderson says the “terrible night” began when Lee was rocking on the floor, telling her, ‘I want my wife back, I want my wife back.’ At that point, I didn’t know what to do. And I just said, ‘I need some f—king help around here. You gotta grow up, it’s not about you anymore.'”
Saying she had never spoken to him that way before, Anderson explains what happened next in her memoir.
“He grabbed the phone away from me, twisting my arm as I was holding Dylan in the other,” she writes of her then 7-weeks old son. “My nail tore off, blood dripping down my arm. The kids were so frightened. I picked up Brandon, too, but he slid frantically down my leg and held on to it tight, hyperventilating.”
Lee then grabbed Brandon, then 18 months, and “threw me and Dylan into the wall,” Anderson recalls. “I was so scared that he was hurt—he was screaming and he was only seven weeks old. Tommy ran out the door with Brandon…I could barely breathe, trying to catch my breath through the tears. Panicked, I called 911.”
After Lee was arrested, Anderson “tried to end the marriage,” but the drummer “really fought for us to stay together,” she says in the documentary. “I had to bifurcate the divorce because he wouldn’t sign the papers. He thought we could get through it. I just took my kids and was like, ‘No.’ It wasn’t a gray area for me. I was like, ‘You can’t do that.'”
Anderson admits that once Lee was released from jail, the couple did have “secret meetings, breaking the restraining order.” Ultimately, their reconciliation “didn’t last…neither of us could forgive the other, deep down.”
Shah Rukh Khan poses with the Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’s Parzaan Dastur | Bollywood
Parzaan Dastur took to Instagram and shared picture with superstar Shah Rukh Khan. He posted an unseen picture with him from an undisclosed event on Tuesday. He was all smiles as he posed with him. Parzaan, played the role of cute little sardar kid from Shah Rukh’s hit movie Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, starring Kajol and Rani Mukerji. Many fans rushed to the comment section and dropped sweet messages in the comment section. (Also read: ‘When Tiger met Pathaan’: Salman Khan poses with Shah Rukh Khan in unseen pic by Meezaan)
Parzaan posted two pictures with Shah Rukh Khan. In one of the pictures, the two twinned in black outfits. Shah Rukh wore a black shirt with black coat while Parzaan wore a maroon shirt with white tie and black coat. Parzaan smiled bright as he posed for the camera. Both of them looked straight into the camera. In another picture, little Parzaan sat on the shoulder of Shah Rukh.
Sharing the photos on Instagram, Parzaan wrote, “When Parzaan met Pathaan (cracker emoji).” He used ‘Pathaan’ and ‘Blockbuster’ as the hashtags. Actor Anjali Bharot commented, “Taare gin rahe ho (Are you counting the stars)?” To which, replied, “Not without you! (kiss emojis).” Actors Dipannita Sharma and Rajesh Tailang dropped heart emojis.
Reacting to the post, one of Parzaan’s fans commented, “Ah! Y’all should have recreated the pose (laughing emoji).” To which, he said, “He said I would have to lift him up (laughing emoji).” Another fan wrote, “Tussi Jaa rhe ho, Tussi jaaoge kahan (Are you going, Where are you going)?” He replied with laughing emojis. Other fan commented, “What yaar, I feel envious of you now.” “Wow, feeling great to see you together, after a very long time”, added one. Many fans dropped hearts emojis on the picture.
Parzaan is fondly remembered by people for his line, ‘Tussi jaarhe ho, tussi na jaao’ which he said to Kajol in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. The film was directed by Karan Johar, and produced by Yash Johar.
Shah Rukh’s latest film Pathaan, hit the theatres on January 25. The film stars Deepika Padukone and John Abraham in prominent roles. Salman Khan also has an extended cameo as Tiger in the film. Shah Rukh also has Dunki and Jawan as his upcoming projects.
Proof Lisa Marie Presley’s Kids Were Always On Her Mind
When it came to parenthood, Lisa Marie Presley never felt all shook up.
Rather, Elvis Presley and Priscilla Presley‘s only daughter—who died Jan. 12 at age 54—relished in the time spent with her kids: daughter Riley Keough, late son Benjamin Keough and twins Finley and Harper Lockwood. “I just smother them in love,” the singer previously told Healthy Living. “They are my priority. That’s what I do. That’s what I care most about. I keep them close to me and make sure they are happy and healthy.”
“We all kind of hold each other up,” she continued. “We are all each other’s best friends. I’m theirs but I am also their mother. That’s kind of that.”
Now, moving forward, as her family continues to honor her legacy, they will always cherish the moments they had together.
“I remember the way you would cuddle me,” Riley’s husband Ben Smith-Petersen read on her behalf at Lisa Marie’s public Graceland memorial Jan. 22.. “I remember you singing me and brother lullabies at night and how you’d lay with us until we fell asleep.”
“My sisters and brother are a product of your heart,” he continued for Riley. “I hope you finally know how loved you were here.”
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