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Is Deepika Padukone being considered for the Hindi remake of a hit Sridevi film from the 70s?

In a career spanning five decades, Indian screen legend Sridevi delivered blockbusters across industries. Now, four months after her untimely demise, reports of one of her hit films being remade with Deepika Padukone in the lead role have surfaced.

According to a report by Times Now, the project in question was made almost four decades ago with a Bollywood director and South producer.

Deepika Padukone/Image from Instagram.

Rajkumar Hirani confirms third Munna Bhai film with Sanjay Dutt and Arshad Warsi: I still have to write it

Filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani is often considered one of the best in today’s crop of directors.

While his upcoming Sanjay Dutt biopic titled Sanju is slated for a 29 June release, the filmmaker revealed that the third installment of his successful film franchise Munna Bhai is in the pipeline, reports The Hindustan Times.

Still from Lage Raho Munna Bhai. Facebook

Priyanka Chopra on The Simpsons’ Apu controversy: ‘He was the bane of my life’

Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra is the latest celebrity to react on the controversial character Apu from The Simpsons, saying it “was the bane of my life” during her high school days in the US.

The Simpsons came under intense scrutiny after Hari Kondabolu’s documentary The Problem with Apu highlighted the stereotypical depiction of Indian immigrants in Hollywood.

“He was the bane of my life growing up. I was always asked when I was in high school like at 14, 15 why I didn’t speak like that or did I find gold in my rivers? Did we go to school on elephants. I always had questions like that,” the 35-year-old actor said on talk show The View.

“A lot of people are talking about, ‘Oh, the show was so successful for 30 years; why are we suddenly waking up and being offended by a character that everyone loved?’ People say that The Simpsons makes fun of every race”. While she agreed that’s true, she argued that Apu long served as the only Indian representation on American TV, and that much has changed since the show premiered in 1989.

Priyanka Chopra/Image from Twitter.

“What happened from that time to now, the population of Indian-Americans in America has tripled since that time. So the voice is louder, representation and the demand for representation for people of colour is louder. There is the internet and the media where people can have a conversation,” Priyanka said.

The Quantico actor added that the fact the show is “super successful… gives it more responsibility”.

The longest-running American animated sitcom, The Simpsons had recently addressed the criticism over Apu’s characterisation in the episode No Good Read Goes Unpunished.

The show, however, failed to pacify the viewers and was slammed on social media for its tone-deaf response to the controversy.

102 Not Out: Taapsee Pannu, Ishaan Khatter, Kartik Aaryan attend special screening

Taapsee Pannu, who starred alongside Amitabh Bachchan in the 2016 hit film Pink, attended the special screening of 102 Not Out

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Divya Khosla Kumar arrives for the special screening of 102 Not Out.

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Ishaan Khatter, who recently debuted with Majid Majidi’s Beyond The Clouds, attends the special screening

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Kartik Aaryan, fresh off the success of sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety, attended the event, too

Alia Bhatt has made pact with Katrina, Deepika to do films together: ‘I’m game for a good chick flick’

Alia Bhatt has over the years cemented her position as a formidable acting talent in Bollywood. With her incredible performances in films (Highway, Udta Punjab, Dear Zindagi, to name a few) and a major fan following, she is one of the most-sought after actresses in Hindi film industry today.

Katrina Kaif, Alia Bhatt and Deepika Padukone. Facebook

With A-listers like Deepika Padukone and Katrina Kaif as her BFFs, Bhatt says she’s all game for a “good chick flick” with the other two actresses.

According to a report by Deccan Chronicle, Bhatt has expressed her desire to work with Kaif and Padukone (individually) in films. In an interview, she is reported to have said that she has made a pact with the two actresses to do films together.

She particularly talked about the changing scenario for women in Indian films. She said, “It has become progressive for actresses today. But, there’s still a long way to go. The best thing is that now, they are standing by each other. For instance, imagine Dil Chahta Hai being remade with three girls today. It would be wonderful. I’m game for a good chick flick,” reports Deccan Chronicle.

Bhatt has been busy of late completing her shoot schedules for Meghna Gulzar’s Raazi along with Masaan actor Vicky Kaushal; Zoya Akhtar’s Gully Boy along with Ranveer Singh and then Ayan Mukerji’s magnum opus Brahmastra with Ranbir Kapoor.

Kangana Ranaut’s Manikarnika gets a new cast member in former Bigg Boss contestant Vivek Mishra

Former Bigg Boss contestant Vivek Mishra has joined the cast of Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi, starring actress Kangana Ranaut.

“I’m really happy to star in the film. The film itself will help to educate the generation. It will teach the meaning of love for the nation. Queen of Jhansi was an inspiring figure,” Vivek Mishra said in a statement.

“I enjoy being a part of such movies. Earlier, I was a part of Aamir Khan’s Mangal Pandey: The Rising,” he added.

Kangana Ranaut in Manikarnika and Vivek Mishra/Image from Twitter.

On his role in the upcoming film, he said, “I am playing Sipahsalar. My role will be close to Jhalkari Bai, portrayed by actress Ankita Lokhande.”

Vivek finds Kangana “kind as we can imagine how Laksmi Bai was. She has a very pure and lovely soul. She is beautiful and amazingly talented”.

Sasural Simar Ka actress Dipika Kakar to make Bollywood debut with JP Dutta’s Paltan

Sasural Simar Ka actress Dipika Kakar is all set to make her Bollywood debut and join the cast of JP Dutta’s ensemble war film Paltan alongside Suniel Shetty, Sonu Sood, Rana Daggubati, Pulkit Samrat, Siddhanth Kapoor, Arjun Rampal, Harshvardhan Rane and Gurmeet Choudhary.

Dipika Kakar. Image from Instagram/ms.dipika

Kakar took to her Instagram profile to share the news with her follower in a surprise announcement. She captioned the photograph of the film’s poster “What better could I ask for than being a part of a #JPDuttaFilm as my first one!! Such an honour to join the Paltan

Padmavati: Shashi Tharoor, Aparna Sen speak out in support of film at IFFK

Thiruvananthapuram: Congress MP Shashi Tharoor said the controversy surrounding Hindi film Padmavati was “totally absurd” on 10 December.

Participating in an open forum on Freedom of Expression during the International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) in Thiruvananthapuram, Tharoor said nobody should have the right to say what should go on in a movie or a book.

Deepika Padukone in a still from Padmavati.

“The whole controversy against Padmavati is totally absurd. We have reached a critical point where those who claim to be offended manage to get their way,” the former Union minister said.

“All you need to say is something has hurt your religious sentiment, let it be a book, a movie, an article or even a headline and it doesn’t matter even if it is accurate or truthful, but the law is in favour of them,” a release quoting Tharoor said.

An adaptation of Malik Muhammad Jayasis epic Padmavat, the film’s release had to be postponed from 1 December amid protests by various Rajput groups and fringe elements who have threatened physical harm to its director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and lead actress Deepika Padukone.

Bhansali has been accused of depicting a romantic dream sequence between Padmavati and Sultan Alauddin Khilji (played by Ranveer Singh), a claim repeatedly denied by the director.

Historians are divided on whether Padmavati actually existed.

Tharoor, Lok Sabha MP from Thiruvananthapuram, claimed such issues escalate because the British wrote a law in the 1920s which says anything that offends the religious sentiment of a community is punishable by such and such.

“Sadly we haven’t removed this from the law and it has become the favourite tool of those who have a problem with the freedom of artists,” he said.

Participating in the discussion, noted filmmaker Aparna Sen said the idea of freedom was non-negotiable, especially for creative artists.

Noting that some people ask her why she was “protesting for a movie” when “thousands of farmers commit suicide” every day in the country, she said the protests were “not merely for a movie”.

“The protest was because the creative freedom and freedom of expression in the country is at stake,” she said.

“We are living in a time of fear and everyones freedom is challenged. This is how dictatorship begins,” she alleged.

Sen said everybody has the freedom to protest, write and express but that should not create a law and order situation.

“They can’t say a movie shouldn’t be screened or else its actress’ nose will be cut off,” she added.

Malayalam actor Sajitha Madathil said the idea of freedom of expression has always been related to gender.

She mentioned about the social media attack against three Muslim girls recently for participating in a flash mob dance performance in Malappuram, wearing Hijabs, on World Aids Day.

People who tried to support them were suppressed and silenced by fundamentalists, she claimed.

“All these incidents are creating a fear psychosis among those who usually respond to such things. There have always been violations of freedom”, she alleged.