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‘Padmaavat’ glorifies Rajputs, says Karni Sena; withdraws protest

After more than a year of launching massive protests against Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati, later christened Padmaavat, for allegedly distorting history, Karni Sena announced  that it decided to take back its protest and accepted that the movie glorifies the valour of the Rajputs.

The protests started in January 2016 when Bhansali was assaulted on the sets of the film in Jaipur as the members of the fringe group claimed that the film has a romantic sequence between Deepika Padukone’s Padmini and Ranveer Singh’s Alauddin Khilji. Despite the filmmaker’s denial that no such scene exists, the protests continued in many states across India and came to a head around film’s release. Padukone and Bhansali also faced death threats .

Now, Shri Rashtriya Rajput Karni Sena’s Mumbai leader Yogendra Singh Katar said that on the directions of organisation’s national President Sukhdev Singh Gogamadi, a few members watched the movie in Mumbai on Friday, and found that the movie glorifies the valour and sacrifice of Rajput and every Rajput will feel proud after watching the film.

 
 
 

There is no such objectionable scene between Delhi Sultanate ruler Alauddin Khilji and Queen Padmini of Mewar which hurts the sentiments of Rajputs, he said in a letter, declaring that the Karni Sena takes back their protest and will help the administration to release the film in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat as well as across all cinema houses in India.

The Karni Sena had been demanding a ban on Padmaavat on the grounds that it “distorts” historical facts and projects queen Padmini in poor light. Last month, Supreme Court also lifted the ban on the movie imposed by several states and directed them to ensure its release.

The film was released in theatres across India on January 25 amid tight security and protest from various groups, including Karni Sena. However, some cinema hall owners decided not to screen the film in the wake of protests being carried allegedly by Karni Sena members in Gujarat and Haryana.

Is Jhanvi Kapoor desperate for Ranbir Kapoor’s attention?

Sridevi‘s daughter Jhanvi Kapoor has been in the news since a while now. From her Bollywood debut to her love life, we have revealed to you a lot about the star kid in the recent months. However, this latest rumour about Jhanvi will leave you stunned! According to a report in Mumbai Mirror, Jhanvi has a HUGE crush on Ranbir Kapoor. While having a crush is a normal thing, her actions at a recent party did catch a lot of people off guard. Apparently, Jhanvi was so desperate for Ranbir’s attention that she made sure he took notice of her. But what exactly happened?

The popular tabloid revealed that after Ranbir greeted Jhanvi at a recent party, she kept blushing throughout the night. But that’s not the end of things. The young star kid also followed Ranbir around the room and made it so evident that everyone was surprised. But we can’t even blame her because Ranbir is quite a heartthrob and both of them are apparently single. (ALSO READ – Ranbir Kapoor will NEVER agree to his parents finding a bride for him, reveals an insider)

In the meantime, Jhanvi is preparing for her big Bollywood debut. After being linked to several films including Student of the Year 2, we hear that Jhanvi has finally decided to star in Marathi film, Sairat‘s Hindi remake. The makers have also roped in Shahid Kapoor’s brother Ishaan Khattar for the movie. The duo have been spotted going to movies and dinner dates to break the ice between them.

Read more: Is Jhanvi Kapoor desperate for Ranbir Kapoor’s attention?

Nach Baliye 8: Divyanka Tripathi recalls being stalked by a fan

Actors Divyanka Tripathi and Vivek Dahiya are currently participating in the celebrity dance reality show Nach Baliye 8. The couple last week’s performance revolved around an obsessive stalker, which earned them perfect 30. One of the judges Terrence Lewis became emotional after watching the performance and even Divyanka was disturbed as she might have recalled her experience of being stalked. If reports are to be believed, there was a crazy fan who used to know everything about the actress and her family. Not only this, he also sent bride’s attire and a wedding card to the actress with the date and name of the venue.

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Shah Rukh, Salman, Aamir among Forbes’ 100 highest paid global celebs, Amitabh drops out

The Forbes list of world’s highest paid celebs is out and has Sean Combs right at the top. On the list we can also spot our Bollywood big stars with Shah Rukh Khan leading the charge at the 65th position with $38 million in earnings this year. On his heels is Salman Khan at the 71st spot with $37 million earned in 2016-2017. Akshay Kumar is at 80th position with $35.5 million. Unlike last year, Amitabh Bachchan has not made to the list.

Salman, Shah Rukh and Akshay making to the list comes as no surprise. Shah Rukh Khan’s Raees which released on Republic Day weekend collected more than Rs 150 crore despite a clash with Hrithik Roshan’s Kaabil. Akshay Kumar capped three big hits of 2016 with Jolly LLB 2 this year which collected Rs 117 crore and Naam Shabana which also fared well with more than Rs 50 crore in its kitty in India. Salman Khan has his much-awaited release Tubelight coming up later in the month on June 25. Forbes also takes into account their endorsement deals.

Last year too, Akshay, Shah Rukh, and Salman made it to the list of Forbes top 20 highest paid actors along with Amitabh Bachchan. In 2016, Shah Rukh ranked 86th on the list with earnings of $33 million, while Akshay came in on the 94th spot with $31.5 million earnings. Both have cemented their position since then.Forbes calls Shah Rukh Khan, the highest paid Indian celeb in their global list at the 65th spot, the King Khan and says the actor managed to earn big “from starring roles in Bollywood movies such as Raees, for which he earns upfront fees and a cut of the back-end for his efforts. He also cashes in on endorsement deals for dozens of brands most Americans have likely never heard of.”

Next on the list is Salman Khan with the total earning of $37 million. Mentioning that the actor has appeared in more than 85 movies since Maine Pyar Kiya, the magazine says “Khan continues to produce and star in films, earning top rupee for flicks such as Sultan, which went on to become the second-highest grossing Bollywood movie of 2016. He remains one of India’s biggest stars, despite criminal controversies: In December 2015, the Mumbai High Court tossed out a conviction against Khan, who had been sentenced to five years in prison for a 2002 hit-and-run car incident which killed a homeless man.”

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Toilet Ek Prem Katha trailer out: 5 intriguing points from Akshay-Bhumi's film

Gone are those days when Akshay Kumar played the hero in those mindless masala flicks. When his one-liners got him more applause than this average acting skills. But that is all in the past now. The 49-year-old actor is out of his comfort zone, and is busy experimenting with his on-screen roles. From playing a national hero in Airlift to a lawyer in Jolly LLB 2, the actor is trying to push the envelope with each of his films. And Toilet Ek Prem Katha is no different.

When most actors of his age are busy playing the protagonist in larger-than-life films, Akshay is trying to bring worthy stories alive on 70mm. And one such story is that of Keshav and Bhumi who fight against all odds to get sanitation facilities in their village. Inspired from Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Swachch Bharat Abhiyan, Toilet Ek Prem Katha brings to notice a problem that is still prevalent in major parts of the country.

From its first look poster to quirky star cast, Toilet Ek Prem Katha has been in news for long, and when its trailer released last evening, Akshay and Bhumi Pednekar did not disappoint their fans. In fact, the three-minute trailer of the satirical love story has already received 5k views on YouTube within few hours of its release.From an intriguing plot to Akshay-Bhumi's pairing, the film has blockbuster written all over it. Here are five intriguing points that we couldn't miss in the trailer.'Biwi paas chahiye toh ghar mein sandaas chahie'. This line from Akshay and Bhumi's upcoming film forms the crux of Toilet Ek Prem Katha. Shree Narayan Singh's directorial venture is more than just a quirky love story. Toilet Ek Prem Katha revolves around the story of Keshav (Akshay) who wants to get married. Despite being a maanglik, Keshav finds the love of his life in Jaya (Bhumi) and they live happily ever-after. Well, not really. The twist begins when Jaya is asked to join the lota party and relieve herself in the open field, as there is no toilet in her in-laws house. And thus begin the battle again open defecation.

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