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Kundali Bhagya 18 June 2019

Kundali Bhagya 18 June 2019

In the last episode we saw that Rishabh finds out that Prithvi took the oil from the kitchen before spraying on the stairs. Karan doesn’t believe Preeta anymore and asks her to leave the house, but Preeta wants to prove that she is innocent first. Sherlyn tells Prithvi her plan to frame Preeta for helping her. Karan tries to take Preeta by the hand and walk her out of the house.

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In the next episode, Karan tells Rakhi that Preeta (Shraddha Arya) will not be allowed to enter the house. He threatens to leave the house if Preeta is allowed back into the house. Rishabh and Rakhi are surprised by Karan’s statement. Prithvi and Sherlyn are happy that their plan worked. Preeta returns home to meet her mother and Srishti. Preeta hugs her mother Sarla. Will Karan realise Preeta is innocent? Stay tuned to find out.

Sushmita Sen opens up about the deadly disease that almost took her life

Sushmita Sen is a living and walking inspiration for all the girls out there and there are no two ways about that. Be it the way she has challenged society’s norms and standards by adopting two girls as a single parent or the way she has done it with all the dignity in the world, the former Miss Universe is grace personified. It is that’s one of the many awe-inspiring things about her and we are just glad we are here to see her do it with elan. In fact, the actress who is currently dating model Rohman Shawl has opened up about a deadly disease that had left her broke.

In an interview with Rajeev Masand, Sushmita Sen revealed that while we saw her strutting and sashaying at ramps, she fought a deadly ailment all by herself, amidst raising her daughters. It dates back to 2014; the actress said that she fell seriously sick and was rushed to hospital after fainting. Initially, the doctors could not figure what was wrong with her but after a gamut of tests, it came to the fore that her adrenal glands had stopped making a vital hormone, called cortisol. Reportedly, she had gone into an adrenal crisis, which usually ends in multiple organ failure but she barely survived.

Sonakshi Sinha on Kalank’s box office failure: My bad luck that last couple of films did not work out

Sonakshi Sinha considers herself an instinctive performer and someone who looks forward to doing her best even in the face of failure.

Sonakshi Sinha on Kalanks box office failure: My bad luck that last couple of films did not work out

The actor says she does not worry about the aspects of films that are out of her control.

“Every film is important to me. I hope, wish and pray every film does well. It is bad luck that the last couple of films did not work out. But I don’t lose hope, I always look forward to do my best,” Sonakshi told Press Trust of India.

“I pick up films very instinctively. Box office is not in my control, as an actor I have control over my performance and acting. I don’t stress over what is not in my control.”

“Every film that I have done, irrespective of whether they have done well commercially or not, has taught me a lot. I will always cherish that experience,” she said.

The actor, whose last cinematic outing was multi-starrer Kalank, will next be seen in Mission Mangal alongside Vidya Balan, Taapsee Pannu and Akshay Kumar. She will also reprise her role in Dabangg 3 opposite Salman Khan.

“I have also signed Bhuj: The Pride of India. We will hopefully start work in June. It is a fabulous role,” Sonakshi said, adding she was approached for a film on the same story in the past.

Kalank box office collection Day 2: Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan’s film sees 50 % drop, makes Rs 11.45 cr

On its opening day (17 April), Kalank earned Rs 21.60 crore, making it the biggest opener of 2019 so far. The holiday of Mahavir Jayanti and its release across 4,000 screens could have played a role in revenue generation. However, Kalank has witnessed almost a 50 percent drop on the second day of its release, minting Rs 11.45 crore.

The film is expected to see a jump in its day 3 collection, owing to the Good Friday holiday. The total collection of Kalank currently stands at Rs 33.05 crore.

Kalank box office collection Day 2: Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawans film sees 50 % drop, makes Rs 11.45 cr

History be damned in Bollywood

In a recent column, renowned journalist-food critic, Vir Sanghvi, lamented the lack of original ingredients and the dulled palettes of Indians. He complained how most of the ice cream sold here wasn’t ice cream at all, for it contained neither milk fat nor egg yolk. Cheap vegetable oils and synthetic flavours are the options we are now used to.

The case is similar to how our taste in popular cinema has become dulled, and few genres reflect the fact as blatantly as the period film. We are impressed by the essence of ‘glossy packaging’ and we don’t bother to know whether the ‘ingredients’ are real or not.

History be damned in Bollywood

 

The notion crosses your mind watching Varun Dhawan shimmy with Kriti Sanon and Kiara Advani in what can only be classified as new-age item numbers, in producer Karan Johar’s just-released period melodrama Kalank. The Partition drama is Bollywood’s latest effort at courting history, packaged with trademark K.Jo plasticity. As Sanon and Advani heighten the glamour quotient in provocative choli-ghagra ensemble, their item dances almost seem like a free offer deal that comes with a bumper shopping spree. The audience cannot resist it even if they know they don’t need it.

Baaki sab first class hai, goes Dhawan’s lip-sync as he matches Advani’s moves. Clearly, sab first class nahi hai.

Johar’s new designer opus Kalank apparently rides a cool `80-crore budget. Honestly, the number of zeroes that go into the mighty budgets of such historical dramas as Kalank is mind-boggling, which is why the utter callousness towards history and becomes shocking.

The food metaphor works here again. We sit ‘chewing on’ a vanilla bean, while K.Jo laughs his way to the bank.

The two item numbers are only symptomatic of several liberties that Kalank takes. The designer costumes and sets that try to cross the standard requisites of a Sanjay Leela Bhansali film with Games Of Thrones grandeur, the Gen-Now body language of Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan or Aditya Roy Kapoor, and even the very contemporary-sounding title song seem to point at the same thing: History is an excuse, Johar merely wanted to set up formulaic melodrama against a ‘different’ backdrop — removed from the teenybopper vibes that often mark his love stories.

What is to not to like about a starry ensemble and Bhansali-esque set design, you ask? And then, what’s there to mind watching Madhuri dhak dhak Dixit returning in Kalank to do her jig on the dancefloor, looking gorgeous even after all these years? The opulent sets and Dhawan’s Baaki sab first class hai are designed to make us forget blatant communal politics, GDP and joblessness, after all.

Kalank, like every Bollywood period biggie, insists upon willing suspension of disbelief on the audience’s part as the excuse to set up its larger-than-life lack of authenticity. It was the same when Kangana Ranaut as Rani Lakshmibai breaks into a masala dance in Manikarnika, or Priyanka Chopra as Kashibai and Deepika Padukone as Mastani do a very Bollywoodised Pinga dance in Bajirao Mastani, or — in a filmi twist to history — Padukone as Rani Padmavati entering Alauddin Khilji’s Delhi lair to rescue her captured husband, Rawal Ratan Singh, in Padmaavat.

Paisa vasool is what matters, historicity be damned.

The counter argument offered is Bollywood cinema is fiction, and this is what the janta wants. Market logistics is vital, but giving up on facts to aim for the lowest common denominator cannot surely be the aspiration of filmmakers who comprise one of the biggest film industries in the world.

Maybe, if Bollywood paid their researchers at least half of what they pay their set and costume designers (and listened to them!), our period dramas wouldn’t leave such a fake flavour in the mouth.

We Indians like our history as long as it doesn’t come from textbooks. That is where Bollywood, along with Facebook and Whatsapp in recent times, is important. Our filmmakers must realise there is an overwhelming majority that considers what they show to be the absolute truth, especially when it comes to drama recreating history.

History mixed with patriotism does fabulously at the box-office, as Uri, Kesari and Manikarnika have proved lately. History and absurdity, on the other hand, don’t blend well — obvious from the failure of Thugs Of Hindostan or Mohenjo Daro. The common factor for both kinds of films, though, has been the fact that our filmmakers normally don’t try to be authentic either way. More often than not, period films are just an excuse for over-the-top costumes and sets. In trying to accommodate these excesses, logic is left behind. Even today, a vintage car here or a blonde character there is enough to set up the milieu for a pre-Independence drama. It works, milking our love for our often-imagined ‘glorious past’, especially now that we seem to be losing grip on the present.

Prabhas on his Hindi film debut with Saaho: ‘After Baahubali, I feel people like me in action movies

Prabhas became a nationwide sensation after the path-breaking success of the Baahubali saga — Baahubali: The Beginning and Baahubali 2: The Conclusion. While earlier this year, Prabhas made his debut on Koffee With Karan alongside his Baahubali co-star Rana Daggubati and director SS Rajamouli, he is now gearing up for his foray into Bollywood with his trilingual movie, Saaho.

Prabhas on his Hindi film debut with Saaho: After Baahubali, I feel people like me in action movies

In an interview with Mid-Day, the Telugu superstar said that he feels audience like him in action flicks and hopes people like his action-hero avatar in Saaho. “After Baahubali it’s an action thriller. I feel people like to see me in action movies, so after Baahubali, they may like it.”

Set to release in Hindi, Telugu and Tamil, Saaho also stars a bevy of Bollywood actors, starting from Shraddha Kapoor as the female lead; actors Jackie Shroff, Chunky Pandey, Neil Nitin Mukesh and Mandira Bedi will all play the antagonists. The action-thriller has secured a 15 August release in India.

It was previously reported that Saaho is going to be the second-most expensive film ever made in India, with a budget of Rs 250 Crore.

Shraddha Kapoor, who will be making her debut in Telugu films with the feature, is going to play an “important character” from whose perspective the film is going to be narrated, Prabhas said in a report by Gulf News.

 

Tisca Chopra to make her directorial debut with a ‘twisted, dark and bitingly funny’ thriller

Tisca Chopra is gearing up to direct her first feature-length film. Chopra, who has earlier acted and co-written the acclaimed short, Chutney, will be helming a “twisted, dark and bitingly funny” movie, reports The Times of India.

Tisca Chopra to make her directorial debut with a twisted, dark and bitingly funny thriller

During an interaction with the publication, Tisca said that she wanted to dip her feet into direction with a thriller as she has always been a fan of the genre. “I’ve had the good luck to learn from so many gifted directors, having watched them carefully on set. I hope I can make a good film that will stay with people after the lights come on. I am a huge fan of thrillers, so I wanted to start with that,” she was quoted by the daily.

Tisca will also appear in Karan Johar’s romantic-comedy Good News, where she will co-star with Akshay Kumar, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Diljit Dosanjh and Kiara Advani. She has finished shooting for the film.

Taare Zameen Par, her best known feature film, was India’s official entry to the Academy Awards. She has also penned a book titled Acting Smart. Chutney, which was produced under her company The Eastern Way, won two Filmfare Awards (Best Actress and Best Short Film) recently.

Kangana Ranaut responds to Krish, Sonu Sood, Apurva Asrani: Maybe they can get back at me by making a film together

Kangana Ranaut has not been one to shy away from controversies ever. She has taken on the media and her naysayers head-on and has on most occasions, come out victorious.

In a recent video interaction with the media, when the actress was asked about the various allegations against her which have been levied by her fellow Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi co-director Krish, Simran co-writer Apurva Asrani and actors Sonu Sood and Mishti Chakravarty, Kangana replied by saying that targeting her will not solve anything and that they need to prove her wrong through their works.

Still from Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi trailer. YouTube screengrab

“It is of no use if all of them hurl criticism at me. I have also become popular through hard work in the industry and brought myself to a position where I can take a creative call to edit scenes and ensure a good film like Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi. Instead of blaming me for their misfortunes, they should take inspiration from me and bring themselves up to the position of power.”

The actress also mentions how she intends to make a better directorial than Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi with her next venture behind the cameras.

Kangana addressed the issue of Krish’s name being second on the list of credits in the film. “Krish should direct another film, which stars Sonu Sood and is scripted by Apurva Asrani. At least that way they can ensure that they get back at me,” quips the actress before signing off.

Ankita Lokhande, who made her Hindi film debut with the film, also defends Ranaut when she states that most of Jhalkari Bai’s (Ankita’s character in the film) have been shot by Kangana. In an article in News18, Ankita reiterates that she is not speaking up in support of Kangana just because the film has done well, it is because she truly feels Kangana did not go wrong anywhere, and much like Lakshmibai’s protector, Ankita feels protective towards Kangana and the barrage of criticism that is being channeled towards Kangana.

Ankita’s remarks come at a time when Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi actress Mishti Chakraborty alleged that Kangna had unfairly edited out portions of other actors.

Rajkummar Rao on being compared to Ranveer Singh, Ranbir Kapoor: Overwhelmed, but I don’t see them as competition

Mumbai: Rajkummar Rao says he feels overwhelmed that people are comparing him to Ranbir Kapoor and Ranveer Singh but the actor insists he never sees competition in any art form, especially acting.

Rajkummar has been on a career high with consecutive commercial hits and critically acclaimed films since 2017.

Rajkummar Rao

When asked about the perception that he is now in the league of Ranbir and Ranveer, Rajku

reporters, “I take it as a compliment. I’m a huge fan of both Ranbir and Ranveer, they are doing tremendously good. I’m looking forward to Gully Boy and Brahmastra.”

“It’s overwhelming, I take it with a lot of gratitude because you’re comparing me with two great actors,” he added.

The Stree actor, however, says he wants to grow with every film and not look at things with the lens of competition.

“I never see competition in any art form, specially acting as you are dealing with emotions. I can’t say I cry better then the other actor. You just have to grow with every film as an actor and let people decide what they want to say. I just want to grow and push myself with every film.”

He was speaking at a special event of his upcoming film Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga on Monday night.

The film features Sonam Kapoor, Juhi Chawla and pairs him with Anil Kapoor for the second time.

Rajkummar says Anil has no ego when he is working and he believes that it is one of the best qualities of the veteran actor.

“He (Anil) works with a lot of passion and dedication. He doesn’t stop until he gets the perfect take. I used to feel very small when he used to ask me ‘Raj how was it, did I do okay?’ That’s his commitment towards his work.

“He has no ego when he’s working. He wants to do better every time. I’ve learnt a lot from him, that no matter how big a star you are, have been working for so long, every film is new, every film your first.”

Co-written by Gazal Dhaliwali and director Shelly Copra, the film is scheduled to release on 1 February.

The Accidental Prime Minister trailer: Anupam Kher accurately recreates Manmohan Singh’s mannerisms

The trailer of The Accidental Prime Minister that chronicles former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh’s tenure in office was released on 27 December.

Anupam Kher as Manmohan Singh in a still from The Accidental Prime Minister. YouTube screengrab

This film is based on the book The Accidental Prime Minister: The Making and Unmaking of Manmohan Singh by Sanjay Baru, who was the former Prime Minister’s media advisor.

The trailer opens with Singh, played by Anupam Kher, being compared to Bhishma from Mahabharata. Baru, portrayed by Akshaye Khanna, observes that unlike the mythological figure, who had to deal with two warring families, the Pandavas and Kauravas, Singh only has to face one. The Accidental Prime Minister’s trailer gives a brief glimpse into the internal politics of the Congress party like the tense dynamic between Singh and former party president Sonia Gandhi (Suzanne Bernert), on issues of national importance. Her keenness to have son Rahul (Arjun Mathur) rise to the position of power is also an aspect shown in the trailer..

Kher, who revealed at the trailer launch how he had prepared for the role, has almost accurately recreated Singh’s mannerisms and body language for the film. “The biggest challenge for me was the voice. It is the most difficult role I have ever done because everyone knows Manmohan Singh very well,” the actor said at the trailer launch event, reports The Quint.

The film also stars Aahana Kumra as Priyanka Gandhi, Divya Seth Shah as Singh’s wife Gursharan Kaur and Ram Avatar Bhardawaj as the late Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

Directed by debutante Vijay Ratnakar Gutte, the film’s screenplay has been written by Mayank Tewari, Vijay Ratnakar Gutte, Karl Dunne and Aditya Sinha. The music of the film will be composed by Sudip Roy and Sadhu S Tiwari.

The film will release in cinemas on 11 January. Vicky Kaushal’s patriotic drama Uri: The Surgical Attack will also hit theatres on the same day.