She was never defined by the usual limitations of a Hindi film heroine and her latest role in Pathaan also makes Dimple Kapadia stand out among a cast that includes Shah Rukh, Deepika Padukone, John Abraham and Ashutosh Rana. (Also read: Alia Bhatt on Dimple Kapadia’s ‘2.5 sec’ role in Brahmastra)
Dimple Kapadia plays the role of Shah Rukh Khan’s boss in their recent film Pathaan and she is the hero for many other reasons as well. Shah Rukh plays a former RAW agent who is part of a special unit (funnily titled JOCR), and Dimple is the senior officer he reports to. Nandini (Dimple) may also have been Pathaan’s mentor. Siddharth Anand’s Pathaan is not Dimple’s film, and not her best. Yet, it is one of the best appearances she has made in a Hindi film in recent times.
Nandini is a real woman – one who is in charge of her team at work and knows her work well. There are no unrealistic layers of stereotypical sacrifice, sexuality, or meanness attached to her character. A small sequence, right at the start, also establishes she has a family to go back to, but not one that makes her even second-guess her own decisions.
Acing the performance is nothing new for Dimple and a well-carved character only enhances the beauty of her efforts. Standing tall in front of an artist like Ashutosh Rana, Dimple’s act through the film is impressive.
Dimple’s swag, which was perhaps redefined with her Hollywood debut (Christopher Nolan’s Tenet), is put to good use in Pathaan. Her Hindi films post Tenet (A Thursday, and Brahmastra Part One Shiva) also propped her as the aging and confident woman but not quite as beautifully as Pathaan does.
Touted as a spy thriller in the “spy universe” of Yash Raj Films, Pathaan is the story of the titular character (Shah Rukh Khan as Pathaan) and his endeavours to save India and its citizens as John Abraham (as Jim) and his friends make all efforts to attack various parts of the country.
The story of Pathaan is nothing fresh and is quite predictable. Often, there are twists that cannot pass the judgment of rationality. Nonetheless, the film has all the elements of a typical “entertainer, masala” film – comedy, romance, thrill, and whistle-inducing moments (not limited to Salman Khan’s cameo) – packaged well.
Having made a film debut as sensational as Raj Kapoor’s Bobby in 1973 at the age of 16, Dimple Kapadia’s entry in Hindi movies and her first few roles were mostly about her beauty and sex appeal. She was among the most confident ones in that era, putting her sensuality to the best use. Films such as Jaanbaaz and Saagar were popular among the audiences who loved to watch Dimple’s sensuous avatar.
With roles such as Megha Dixit aka Kalamwali Bai (Krantiveer, 1994) and Kiran Dutt (Zakhmi Aurat, 1988), she has mostly carved her own path and given strength to onscreen women, even in commercial and masala films. Her 90s stint was also defined by the choices she made in unconventional films such as Rudaali and Antareen.
It was only in the late 90s and early 2000s that she began choosing fewer roles, and these redefined the portrayal of older women onscreen. From Homi Adajania’s Finding Fanny and Being Cyrus to Somnath Sen’s Leela, Dimple chose rare roles that allowed women to rebel against norms of the society and live life the way they wished for. It’s heartening to see her make good choices even during her second innings in Bollywood.
Athiya Shetty gets a sweet kiss from hubby KL Rahul at after-party. Watch video | Bollywood
Newlyweds Athiya Shetty and KL Rahul had a blast at their wedding after party and a new video has surfaced. The couple tied the knot on January 23 at Suniel Shetty’s Khandala house. In the new video, the couple is seen planting sweet kisses on each other’s cheeks. Also read: Athiya Shetty, KL Rahul spotted on dinner date for first time after wedding
The video clip consists of several photos featuring Athiya and Rahul at a photo booth. The two posed with different expressions and were seen goofing around with each other.
In one of them, Rahul placed an adorable kiss on Athiya’s cheeks. She also did the same in another one. While Athiya wore a maroon traditional dress in the photos, Rahul sported a black sequined outfit. The actor also sported a minimal mangalsutra.
The video has been shared by the celebrity wedding planner, Shaadi Squad who arranged Athiya and Rahul’s D-day. Sharing the video, their caption read, “One Tequila, Two Tequila, Three Tequila Floooor!! Best after party with the best peeps dancing the night away on the best beats.”
Later, KL Rahul too shared the video but ditched the caption. Reacting to it, Athiya’s best friend Anushka Ranjan wrote in the comment section, “Loooove.” “Kisi ki Nazar na lge aap dono ko (May God protect you from evil),” added a fan. “You both are always my favourite,” another one mentioned.
KL Rahul and Athiya Shetty got married last week after dating for several years. Their wedding ceremony was an intimate affair, with less than 100 guests, including family members and close friends. For the pre-wedding festivities, the house was decorated with white flowers. It changed to a marigold theme for the haldi ceremony.
The couple made their first public appearance as husband and wife on Monday, days after they had posed for the paparazzi on their wedding day. Suniel told the media the couple’s wedding reception will be held after the Indian Premier League (IPL) season, most likely in Mumbai.
Talking about his son-in-law, Suniel said in a post, “Despite having the adulation of the nation, Rahul remains humble. He’s well mannered, intelligent, & extremely composed. Mana & Rahul are a riot together! Most importantly, like all athletes, he’s seen ups & downs – which is something that will help him long after he’s done with cricket. Athiya is blessed to have found such a loving family, because his parents are really just the nicest people.” Athiya was last seen in Motichoor Chaknachoor (2019), co-starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui.
Jawan director Atlee, wife Priya become parents to baby boy: We loved you from…
Jawan director Atlee Kumar and his wife Priya Mohan have revealed that they have become parents to a baby boy. Taking to Instagram on Tuesday, Atlee and Priya shared a joint post announcing the birth of their first child. The couple also posted two pictures. (Also Read | Vijay attends Atlee’s wife’s baby shower. Watch)
In the first photo, Atlee and Priya lay on a bed as they each hold tiny shoes in their hands. The duo looked at each other as they smiled. The words ‘it’s a boy’ was written on the photo. The next photo showed the duo smiling for the camera. They also held each other while twinning in cream outfits for a photoshoot.
The couple captioned the post, “They were right (heart eyes emoji). There’s no feeling in the world like this (black heart emoji). And just like tat our baby boy is here! A new exciting adventure of parenthood starts today! Grateful. Happy. Blessed. (hug, black heart and folded hands emojis).”
Reacting to the news, celebrities as well as fans congratulated the couple. Actor Samantha Ruth Prabhu wrote, “Congratulations my loves.” Actor Kalyani Priyadarshan said, “He is going to have so much love surrounding him. Congratulations.” A fan commented, “Congratulations darling @priyaatlee welcome to motherhood. God bless.” “Awwwwwww congratulations darlings,” said an Instagram user.
Taking to his Instagram Stories, Atlee posted a video also featuring Priya. The clip ended with the words, “Little boy, we loved you from the very start, you stole our breath, embraced our hearts. Our life together has just begun, you’re a part of us, cute little one. Welcome more…”
In December, Atlee announced Priya’s pregnancy. On Instagram, Atlee shared pictures with Priya from her pregnancy photoshoot. A note was also added to the photo and it read, “Happy to be sharing that our family is growing. Yes! We are pregnant. Need all your blessings and prayers throughout this wonderful journey of ours. With love Atlee, Priya and Becky.” Atlee captioned the post, “Happy to announce that we are pregnant need all your blessing and love. Wit love Atlee & Priya Pc by @mommyshotsbyamrita.”
Known for helming Tamil films such as Raja Rani, Theri, Mersal, and Bigil, Atlee will make his Bollywood debut with Jawan. The film stars Shah Rukh Khan, Nayanthara, and Vijay Sethupathi among others. It is set to release on June 2 this year. It is produced by Shah Rukh’s production company Red Chillies Entertainment. It will release worldwide in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui, his family gave ‘no food, bathroom’ to actor’s wife: Lawyer | Bollywood
The advocate of Aaliya Siddiqui, wife of Nawazuddin Siddiqui, has alleged that the actor and his family members haven’t provided ‘food, bed, bathroom to take bath’ to his client in the last week. In a statement, Rizwan Siddiquee said, “Mr Nawazuddin Siddiqui and his family members did everything possible to remove my client Mrs Aaliya Siddiqui from the house. They filed an untenable criminal complaint of trespass against her. Thereafter, through the police they threatened to arrest her and were calling her each day to the police station, after sunset.” (Also Read | Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s wife Aaliya feels ‘trapped’ inside actor’s house after FIR against her)
“Whilst, I do not want to directly attribute the actions and the failures of the police department to them, yet the fact remains that no police officer ever came to protect my clients rights, even when her modesty was insulted before the police officers. Not only her relationship with Mr Nawazuddin Siddiqui was questioned before the police officer, but even the legitimacy of the minor son was questioned. Yet the police officer did not act on the written complaint given by my client under Section 509 of IPC,” the advocate added.
“Mr Nawazuddin Siddiqui and his family members have in the last seven days ensured that no food, no bed, and no bathroom to take bath is given to my client. They have even posted innumerable male bodyguards all around my client and further installed CCTV cameras in the hall, where my client is currently staying with her minor children,” he continued.
“To add to all of this, they even ensured that I do not obtain any signatures of my client to file appropriate court cases against Mr. Nawazuddin Siddiqui and his family members. Despite being stopped and threatened at multiple levels and no police officer coming to the aid of my client, me and my team managed to obtain signatures of my client for the court cases. Accordingly, multiple cases are being filed in the courts now,” the advocate concluded.
Last week, Aaliya claimed that she was being harassed at her home after Nawazuddin’s mother filed a complaint against her over property dispute. Aaliya is currently staying at Nawazuddin’s Andheri house. Aaliya reportedly returned from Dubai with her kids, Yaani and Shora, due to passport issues.
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