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Shekhar Kapur: I don’t know why people still call me a Bollywood director | Hollywood

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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.

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Athiya Shetty gets a sweet kiss from hubby KL Rahul at after-party. Watch video | Bollywood

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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.

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Jawan director Atlee, wife Priya become parents to baby boy: We loved you from…

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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…”

Atlee posted a video also featuring Priya.
In December, Atlee announced Priya's pregnancy.
In December, Atlee announced Priya’s pregnancy.

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.

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Nawazuddin Siddiqui, his family gave ‘no food, bathroom’ to actor’s wife: Lawyer | Bollywood

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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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