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Varun Dhawan to throw bachelor party to promote ‘Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania’


<>Mumbai: Varun Dhawan is set to throw a bachelor party! No, he’s not getting married, but the celebrations are part of a promotional strategy for his forthcoming Bollywood entertainer ‘Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania’.

The party will be held June 20.

Talking about it, the 27-year-old “Student Of The Year” actor said: “On June 20 night, we have planned a very big thing with MTV. I am throwing a bachelor party. So I will be there and I will dance with everyone.”





Varun Dhawan to throw bachelor party to promote 'Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania'

Varun Dhawan during ‘Humpty Sharma Ki Dukhania’ promotion.


He spoke at the Radio Mirchi studio where he was present here with his ‘Humpty Sharma…’ co-star Alia Bhatt to promote the film.

“Please, everyone is invited. So on Saturday night, there is going to be a lot of dance and masti (fun),” he added.

‘Humpty Sharma…’, produced by Karan Johar, is directed by Shashank Khaitan. It hits theatres July 11.







Unsheathe The Spirit

When Poonam Pandey attempts a ‘spoof’ on a new ad campaign within two days of its release, you know you have a winner on your hands. The ‘Do the Rex’ campaign featuring Bollywood young blood Ranveer Singh has gone viral on social media within a day of its release, with 1,50,000 views. The commercial, which literally begins with a ‘bang’ and a subsequent orgasm, has the actor gloating about the experience with a dance and a rap, written by the 28-year-old himself. The attempt is a far cry from condom ads of yesteryear, with their cringe-worthily self-conscious erotic moves. The image of the homely woman with a come-hither twinkle in her eye has been replaced by the chiselled hunk who encourages you to carry a khushiyon ka chhata along.

The mind behind the campaign, Partho Sinha of DigitasLBi, says that while the other campaigns began at passion and ended there, this campaign celebrates it. “The prime objective of the campaign was to demonstrate the idea that love and great sex are magical and we can enjoy the feeling without any apprehensions about practising safe sex.” It’s a novel way to approach and talk about sex, long considered a taboo by censor boards and looked askance at by norms of a society that is still somewhat tight-corseted under a loo­sening Victorian hold over it. The advertisement chooses its target audience carefully. The video was first uploaded on the internet with the intention of looking for a response from the youth, which has been “extremely positive”, says Nitish Kapoor, general manager, Reckitt Benckiser, the parent company of Durex. “Within a few days of its launch, the ad went viral on Facebook and Twitter despite the nation being gripped by elections and the IPL,” says Kapoor of a campaign he believes is “truly digital at heart and whose activation has actually taken place outside the realm of conventional media”. The lyrics of the song impressed Jinisha Bhanushali, a student from Goa, who says the commercial “attracts the youth and promotes condoms in an interesting way”.

Probably the first Bollywood star to back a condom brand, the fact that Ranveer also chose to break his proverbial hymen in the field of endorsements with this product has people talking. It’s a psychological fillip for the average guy who is used to that awkward sputter at the drugstore while purchasing ‘that thing’. The inclusion of the male heartthrob as the centrepiece also gives women no reason to complain, says Sumedha, an aspiring journalist from Delhi. “It’s fun, the message is simple and effective and there is no unn­ecessary objectification of the female body,” she says. Sumedha points at the distastefully sensuous and raunchy representation of women in condom ads. From a Sunny Leone writhing in skimpy corsets urging you to have sex anywhere you want, to a woman feeling herself up at the very sight of condoms, ads have objectified women for long.

Ranveer is mindful of that. “I was alw­ays clear that I wanted to endorse a product that truly has a positive impact on society and sends out the message of being socially responsible too,” he says in an interview.

The 127-second ‘Do the Rex’ video pulls away from traditional condom ads featuring coy, just-married couples or models with unreal bodies by dep­icting sex as a normal activity. The commercial will in its next series “focus on capitalising on this attempt at creating a tolerant space to discuss sex, and involving stakeholders…other than the youth,” says Sinha.

The risque lyrics and Ranveer’s joyously muscular cavorting may seem fri­volous and doubters may have issues with its message, but ‘Do the Rex’ unabashedly celebrates its unserious line.


By Siddhartha Mishra and Ashna Bajaj

Madhuri Dixit: Have always promoted classical dance through films


New Delhi: Madhuri Dixit may have starred in just one dance-based film, ‘Aaja Nachle’ in her career so far but the Bollywood diva says she makes sure to promote the classical art forms through her projects.

Madhuri, who played the role of a Kathak dancer in ‘Dedh Ishqiya’, did a traditional dance number in the film choreographed by Kathak exponent Birju Maharaj.

“I may not have done an-out-and-out dance film after ‘Aaja Nachle’ but I have always promoted classical dance and music through my films right from the beginning.





Madhuri Dixit: Have always promoted classical dance through films

A file photo of Madhuri Dixit.


“In my last film (‘Dedh Ishqiya’), I played a Kathak dancer and I did have a lovely dance based on a classical song which Maharaj ji again choreographed,” Madhuri told PTI.

The 47-year-old actress, who has given the industry many hit dance numbers in her three-decade-long career, said the dances which had Indian influences have stayed in the audience’s mind for a longer period of time.

“Western and another influences are going to be everywhere. They have always been there even in Bollywood from the beginning. But if you see the songs that are superhits, you will notice that they have an Indian touch,” she added.

The actress was in the capital recently to launch a new variant of Taj Mahal tea. The evening saw a music programme crafted by Madhuri and young sitarist Niladri Kumar.

The ‘Dhak-dhak girl’ feels that youngsters should come forward and create awareness for classical music.

“That’s where our youngsters come in because they understand the psyche of the traditional values and they understand the psyche of youngsters.

“So, they are the ones who should carry the torch forward to make the music accessible to others and make people realise that it is not difficult after all. All of us should come together and create an awareness,” Madhuri said.







Molestation case: Preity, Ness Wadia had an argument over seats, say sources



New Delhi: With murkier details emerging every moment in the molestation case filed by actress Preity Zinta against her former boyfriend Ness Wadia, sources have now told CNN-IBN that the two got into an altercation at the Wankhede stadium on May 30 over the seating arrangement for the match between Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings.

Preity in her FIR that was registered against Wadia under IPC sections 354 (Assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 504 (Intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace), 506 (Punishment for criminal intimidation) and 509 (Word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) has stated that the two had got into an altercation in the past too.

The co-owners of IPL franchise Kings XI Punjab had started dating in 2005 but later separated in 2009. The molestation case filed by Preity has shocked the film fraternity and the actress’s friends and supporters have come flocking to extend their support.

Meanwhile, the Mumbai Police on Friday said that even as their focus currently was on the Wankhede stadium, the area of investigation could be expanded if needed. The call to probe footage of the 172 CCTV cameras installed across the stadium would be taken by the investigation officer, said police.

“We are gathering evidence at this stage. We need to corroborate the evidence. We have started collecting corroborative evidence,” said Mumbai DCP Ravindra Shisve.

The Mumbai Cricket Association has assured that it will cooperate with the police in the case. “MCA has no role. We are not concerned with it. It is a match that was staged by BCCI. If the police ask us for help, we have to help them. But as said before, MCA is not concerned with it. If the stadium authorities come to us, we will cooperate with the police,” said MCA interim chief Ravi Sawant.

While bodies like National Commission for Women have demanded action against Ness Wadia, the Bombay Dyeing heir has refuted the charges made against him calling them “false and baseless”. “I am shocked at the complaint and the allegations made against me are totally false and baseless,” Wadia said in a statement.

Preity filed the police complaint on Thursday night at Marine Drive Police station in Mumbai alleging that she was molested by Wadia inside Wankhede stadium on May 30. On that day, an IPL match between Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings was played in the stadium.

Sources close to Preity told CNN-IBN that Wadia grabbed her hand and abused her in public during the IPL match.

Wadia used extremely abusive language and is known to have been abusive in the past as well and that no one came to Preity’s rescue when the incident occurred, said the sources. BCCI officials calmed her down after the episode but Preity didn’t want to create a scene. Sources further added that the actress decided to file a complaint as soon as the IPL season ended.

Earlier in the day, the actress broke her silence on Facebook where she said that truth is by her side.

“I humbly request the media and my supporters to please focus on the issue and the incident that happened in Wankhede and not turn this and me into a TV soap. This is not easy for me and my intention is not to harm anyone but simply to protect myself and to stand up for myself. I don’t want any sympathy from anyone but I will sincerely appreciate it if people do not try to take away my dignity in the process of my fight for respect at my workplace. I think after all these years I deserve it and I’m not asking for too much,” read a portion of her statement.







Need more time to investigate Preity Zinta molestation case: Police to Women’s Commission


Mumbai: While the Maharashtra Women’s Commission had demanded action within 24 hours in the Preity Zinta molestation case, Mumbai Police on Sunday wrote to the panel saying it needed more time to investigate the matter.

The Mumbai Police wrote to the state Women’s Commission on the case. It informed the panel that the actress’ statements could not be recorded as she was in the US.

Reports now say the police will send an e-mail to the actress urging her to record her statement at the earliest.





Need more time to investigate Preity Zinta molestation case: Police to Women's Commission

The Mumbai Police wrote to the state Women’s Commission on the case. It informed the panel that the actress’ statements could not be recorded as she was in the US.


So far, the police have recorded statements of a few witnesses and is likely to take down some more eye witness accounts in the coming days.

Actress Priety Zinta on Sunday named two witnesses to back her charges of molestation against ex boyfriend and co-owner of the Kings XI Punjab team in the Indian Premier League Ness Wadia. According to sources, she named the witnesses before leaving for the US. The Mumbai Police is trying to get in touch with the witnesses who have been named.







Molestation case: My intention is not to harm anyone, but protect myself, says Preity Zinta



Mumbai: Actress Preity Zinta, who has filed a molestation case against her former boyfriend Ness Wadia, has said that she is going through a difficult time and does not intend to harm anyone. In a statement issued on the case, Preity has said that she is only trying to protect herself.

“This is a very difficult time for me and I would like to request the media to please respect my privacy regarding this matter. My intention is not to harm any one but only to protect myself,” Preity said in her statement.

ALSO SEE Preity Zinta had warned Ness Wadia in the past too, says FIR

Mumbai Police has asked Wankhede Stadium for the relevant CCTV footage. There are over 172 cameras in the stadium.

The FIR in the case filed by the actress mentions that the two had altercations in the past, where Preity had warned Ness of further action.

The Mumbai Police has said that the investigation is ongoing in the case. Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria said, “The investigation is going on. The complaint has been registered. We will be recording the statements of the witnesses.”

Meanwhile, Maharashtra state women’s commission has also demanded action against Ness Wadia. However, no arrests have been made so far according to the police.

Wadia had said he was shocked by the allegations and termed them as “false and baseless”. “I am shocked at the complaint and the allegations made against me are totally false and baseless,” Wadia said in a statement.

His statement came after it came to light that tPreity, who jointly owns Kings XI Punjab IPL cricket team with Wadia, has filed a police complaint against Wadia alleging that he molested, abused and threatened her inside Wankhede stadium in south Mumbai. Zinta filed the police complaint on Thursday night at Marine Drive Police station alleging that she was molested by Wadia inside Wankhede stadium on May 30.

On that day, an IPL match between Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings was played in the stadium. She gave a written complaint following which an FIR was registered against Wadia under IPC sections 354 (Assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 504 (Intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace), 506 (Punishment for criminal intimidation) and 509 (Word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman), according to police station officials.

The actress and the Bombay Dyeing heir had started dating in 2005. They had separated in 2009.

Following is the full statement issued by Preity Zinta:

From my heart…

I may not be super wealthy and powerful but I have truth by my side and I’ve worked very hard all my life and tried to earn respect for myself as a self made professional. It saddens me that no one at work or around ever stood up for me in the past when i was abused and insulted publicly. This time i was left with no option but to take this stern step as this incident happened in front of way too many people.

Sometimes we are so ashamed and humiliated that we fool ourselves to believe that no one saw what happened. Everyone always looks away as if they don’t exist or then we don’t exist. People are embarrassed just enough to look away, but not too embarrassed to intervene.

Ironically what happened at Wankhede is being diluted by every other fabricated story about my character except the truth of what happened. I’m sure the witnesses will speak the truth and I trust and believe that the police will do their job fairly and quickly.

No woman likes to be involved in a controversy like this which makes her open and vulnerable for all to take a dig at. I have worked for over 15 years in the film industry and have never been subject to such humiliating behaviour and for that I really want to thank all the men that worked with me. Through all our highs and lows my head was always held high.

Every human being has a limit to how much they can take; some of us foolishly call it strength and try to look ahead focusing on the positives of work and life. All these years I have never said anything about him in the media but now I have no choice.

I humbly request the media and my supporters to please focus on the issue and the incident that happened in Wankhede and not turn this and me into a TV soap. This is not easy for me and my intention is not to harm anyone but simply to protect myself and to stand up for myself. I don’t want any sympathy from anyone but I will sincerely appreciate it if people do not try to take away my dignity in the process of my fight for respect at my workplace. I think after all these years I deserve it and I’m not asking for too much.

Thank You

Copy of the FIR accessed by CNN-IBN





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Why Dilip Kumar and Madhubala’s marriage did not happen


New Delhi: Dilip Kumar and Madhubala would have been together had her father not tried to make a business venture out of their proposed marriage which did not go down well with the actor, who did not want someone else to dictate his career choices.

In his just-released autobiography ‘Dilip Kumar: The Substance And The Shadow’, Kumar, 91, reveals details about his relationship with Madhubala that continues to intrigue cinema fans even today.

The screen icon fondly remembers Madhubala as a great artiste and “vivacious and spirited person” with whom he attained an ease while working in 1951 film ‘Tarana’.





Why Dilip Kumar and Madhubala's marriage did not happen

Dilip Kumar and Madhubala would have been together had her father not tried to make a business venture out of it.


“I must admit that I was attracted to her (Madhubala) both as a fine co-star and as a person who had some of the attributes I hoped to find in a woman at that age and time…She, as I said earlier, was very sprightly and vivacious and, as such, she could draw me out of my shyness and reticence effortlessly,” Kumar says in the book, published by Hay House.

Their pairing in K Asif’s ‘Mughal-E-Azam’ made headlines because of rumours about their emotional involvement, which made the director very happy. Madhubala confided to Asif about her feelings for Kumar and the director encouraged her.

But unfortunately things soured badly during the long production of the classic. “I sensed, Asif was seriously trying to mend the situation for her when matters began to sour between us, thanks to her father’s attempt to make the proposed marriage a business venture,” Kumar recalls.

Their relationship worsened during the shooting of the film. Kumar reveals that the feather scene, described as one of the most sensuous moments in Hindi cinema, was shot when they had stopped speaking to each other. “The outcome was that halfway through the production of ‘Mughal-e-Azam’ we were not even talking to each other. The classic scene with the feather coming between our lips, which set a million imaginations on fire, was shot when we had completely stopped even greeting each other,” Kumar writes.

The actor says the tribute for that scene should go to “the artistry of two professionally committed actors” for keeping aside their personal differences to carry out the vision of the director.

Madhubala’s father Ataullah Khan had his own production company and he was only to glad to have two stars under the same roof. Madhubala thought things would get sorted once they were married but Kumar was not ready to surrender his career to someone else’s “dictates and strategies”. Kumar felt he was letting himself into the relationship on the rebound than out of a genuine need for a permanent companion.

“The scenario was not very pleasant and it was heading inevitably to a dead end. In the circumstances, therefore, it seemed best that we did not decide to marry or even give each

other a chance to rethink,” he says.

“… I did not want to share a lifetime with someone whose priorities were different from mine. Besides, she certainly would have been drawn to other colleagues in the profession, as I found out, and they to her but that wasn’t an issue because I was myself surfacing from an emotional upheaval at that point of time.”

He says he had “many upfront discussions with her father and she, not surprisingly, remain neutral and unmoved by my dilemma. The scenario was not very pleasant and it was heading inevitably to a dead end.

“I was truly relieved when we parted ways because I had also begun to get an inkling that it was all very well to be working together as artistes but in marriage it is important for a woman to be ready to give more than receive,” he writes. Kumar also talks about his closeness with Kamini Kaushal, whose real name was Uma Kashyap. Kaushal was married at that time. They worked together in ‘Shaheed’, ‘Nadiya Ke Paar’ and ‘Shabnam’.

“Stardom bothered me more than it pleased me and I guess I was drawn more intellectually than emotionally to Uma, with whom I could talk about matters and topics that interested me outside the purview of our working relationship. If that was love, may be it was. I don’t know and I don’t think it matters any more,” he recalls.







Why Dilip Kumar and Madhubala’s marriage did not happen


New Delhi: Dilip Kumar and Madhubala would have been together had her father not tried to make a business venture out of their proposed marriage which did not go down well with the actor, who did not want someone else to dictate his career choices.

In his just-released autobiography ‘Dilip Kumar: The Substance And The Shadow’, Kumar, 91, reveals details about his relationship with Madhubala that continues to intrigue cinema fans even today.

The screen icon fondly remembers Madhubala as a great artiste and “vivacious and spirited person” with whom he attained an ease while working in 1951 film ‘Tarana’.





Why Dilip Kumar and Madhubala's marriage did not happen

Dilip Kumar and Madhubala would have been together had her father not tried to make a business venture out of it.


“I must admit that I was attracted to her (Madhubala) both as a fine co-star and as a person who had some of the attributes I hoped to find in a woman at that age and time…She, as I said earlier, was very sprightly and vivacious and, as such, she could draw me out of my shyness and reticence effortlessly,” Kumar says in the book, published by Hay House.

Their pairing in K Asif’s ‘Mughal-E-Azam’ made headlines because of rumours about their emotional involvement, which made the director very happy. Madhubala confided to Asif about her feelings for Kumar and the director encouraged her.

But unfortunately things soured badly during the long production of the classic. “I sensed, Asif was seriously trying to mend the situation for her when matters began to sour between us, thanks to her father’s attempt to make the proposed marriage a business venture,” Kumar recalls.

Their relationship worsened during the shooting of the film. Kumar reveals that the feather scene, described as one of the most sensuous moments in Hindi cinema, was shot when they had stopped speaking to each other. “The outcome was that halfway through the production of ‘Mughal-e-Azam’ we were not even talking to each other. The classic scene with the feather coming between our lips, which set a million imaginations on fire, was shot when we had completely stopped even greeting each other,” Kumar writes.

The actor says the tribute for that scene should go to “the artistry of two professionally committed actors” for keeping aside their personal differences to carry out the vision of the director.

Madhubala’s father Ataullah Khan had his own production company and he was only to glad to have two stars under the same roof. Madhubala thought things would get sorted once they were married but Kumar was not ready to surrender his career to someone else’s “dictates and strategies”. Kumar felt he was letting himself into the relationship on the rebound than out of a genuine need for a permanent companion.

“The scenario was not very pleasant and it was heading inevitably to a dead end. In the circumstances, therefore, it seemed best that we did not decide to marry or even give each

other a chance to rethink,” he says.

“… I did not want to share a lifetime with someone whose priorities were different from mine. Besides, she certainly would have been drawn to other colleagues in the profession, as I found out, and they to her but that wasn’t an issue because I was myself surfacing from an emotional upheaval at that point of time.”

He says he had “many upfront discussions with her father and she, not surprisingly, remain neutral and unmoved by my dilemma. The scenario was not very pleasant and it was heading inevitably to a dead end.

“I was truly relieved when we parted ways because I had also begun to get an inkling that it was all very well to be working together as artistes but in marriage it is important for a woman to be ready to give more than receive,” he writes. Kumar also talks about his closeness with Kamini Kaushal, whose real name was Uma Kashyap. Kaushal was married at that time. They worked together in ‘Shaheed’, ‘Nadiya Ke Paar’ and ‘Shabnam’.

“Stardom bothered me more than it pleased me and I guess I was drawn more intellectually than emotionally to Uma, with whom I could talk about matters and topics that interested me outside the purview of our working relationship. If that was love, may be it was. I don’t know and I don’t think it matters any more,” he recalls.







Thanks for giving ‘Shuddhi’ so much importance, I feel flattered: Karan Johar


Mumbai: Filmmaker Karan Johar, who has been tight-lipped about his most-talked project ‘Shuddhi’, says he is flattered that the upcoming film is being given so

much importance.

‘Shuddhi’ has been in news all this time primarily due to its elite casting but this seems to be further delaying its commencement.





Thanks for giving 'Shuddhi' so much importance, I feel flattered: Karan Johar

Karan Johar says he is flattered that the upcoming film is being given so much importance.


“I am so flattered that something that I have done has become such a talk point… I feel I am beyond flattered. I have to thank media for giving ‘Shuddhi’ so much importance.

It makes me feel loved and important,” Karan said at an event here.

“Both me and the director Karan Malhotra want to thank everyone for giving ‘Shuddhi’ so much importance. I never thought any film of mine will garner so much importance. I thought we were talking about it (‘Shuddhi’) more than national politics,” he said in a lighter vein.

“I am excited… Well done ‘Shuddhi’ and we have arrived,” he added. The film initially had Hrithik Roshan and Kareena Kapoor in the lead but later both of them walked out of the project.

This was followed by reports that Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone might replace them. But apparently there is a talk that these two are also not doing this film.

Meanwhile, names of superstars like Aamir Khan and Salman Khan have also cropped up for this project. However, there is no official confirmation yet on the leading cast of the film.