Karnataka brazenly choking media rights?
Karnataka brazenly choking media rights?
Why so serious guys?
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In a shocking move to choke media rights, Karnataka has banned private TV Channels' cameras inside the Assembly. Ironically, the move comes just months after the Chief Minister Siddaramaiah was caught snoozing in the house during a discussion on rape. It is the same state where 3 BJP ministers were caught watching porn clips. So, is this the real reason why these politicians are now joining ranks to stifle democracy.
They flexed their muscles, redefined new age machoism and made quite the show as they wore their hearts on their sleeves. And you thought flamboyance is rightfully their middle name! But hold on. Whatever happened to the suave and gentlemanly! They might play the eternal romantics on the big screen but venture a bit into their private liaisons and these men guard it with their lives. While taking the diplomatic route, and forever playing safe, is what the Kapoor scion has mastered. We wonder what's suddenly got John Abraham so evasive. Any questions on his personal life, the actor is easily offended. So are the constant rumours of fissures in his marriage with his investment banker wife, the reason for this bad attitude? And what happened here. When the funny man plays coy and steers clear on questions on his love life. Why so serious guys? A crash course in media dealings and anger management is highly recommended. Or better still take a leaf out of his book. Your comrades need you Varun!
Brazen, unabashed and unapologetic, that's the Anurag Kashyap as we know. So all this while that his magnum opus was warming up to release date, assertions of it being a cult classic was a favourite pastime for Kashyap and his team. And hard selling their product soon gave way to snide remarks and comments dripping with overconfidence. But all that jazz, just wasn't enough. What Anurag touted to be his best work failed to live up to the hype and flamboyance. Trashed by critics, and fans alike, the film's dismal show was the shameful reality that was gaping wide on the faces of all the big names onboard. Enter a somber Kashyap in damage control mode. Taking to social media, reiterating, he stands by his film. Defeated, although not defiant this time, Kashyap was a far cry from his trademark brash self. But the good boy act was soon dropped on little provocation as he was seen getting into bitter sweet, tweet exchanges with former associate Ram Gopal Varma. Cautioning restrain was never Kashyap's forte, if only his actors did half as good a job balancing the brash out, for now the joke is on you Mr Kashyap.
It was a campaign to slow down the contemporary practice of selfies. But the Cannes selfie ban fell by the wayside as stars continued to get snap happy. 68 years to the glorious Cannes film festival. But with the high points are these scandalous snippets that manage to sneak in between the red carpet oomph, film premieres and photo calls. "Flatgate" to selfie ban to fashion shrouding films, this year was no different. And even with the selfie ban openly flouted, it didn't look like the festival was done with the policing. Because, then came reports of an unwritten high heels enforcement policy, women being turned away from red carpets, and film screenings was a shocker of a story and the festival came this close to border lining being branded sexist. But just as the furore over "Flatgate" grew, the festival organisers tendered a hurried apology. And then it was these beautiful Indian women are their sartorial picks headlining the Indian representation. That wasn't the problem until it continued to remain the only bit of exposure India got at the French Riviera, a five minute standing ovation for Neeraj Ghaywan's debut film Masaan. And it took the foreign press to go one up on us in reporting about the gem from our Indian shores for us to wake up to it and giving the Richa Chaddha and Sanjay Mishra starrer company in the Uncertain Regards section was Gurvinder Singh's Punjabi film Chauthi Koot. Asif Kapadia's documentary on Amy Winehouse premiered at Cannes too, and won over critics for its poignant portrayal of the troubled singer. But it wasn't without its share of controversy and criticism either with Amy's father eventually distancing himself from the film. And how many can claim they knew that Nawazuddin Siddiqui's very first production venture 'Miyaan Kal Aana' also made it to the festival, as part of the Short Film Catalog. It was easily an Indian summer at Cannes this year, if only the spotlight wasn't on a chosen few.
"My message to all the people who prayed for me, who stood by me is that I owe you guys. I don't know if I deserve it but mil raha hai toh sweekar kar raha hu," Salman Khan said. This was when we last saw him! He followed this appearance up with a quick tweet- thanking all. And in his very first address to the media after the relief bestowed upon him by the Bombay High Court, Salman Khan is mouthing the exact same sentiments. "My message to all the people who prayed for me, who stood by me is that I owe you guys. I really respect that and I appreciate what you have done. Jitni prarthana ki hai, duaen maangi hai, kayi logon ne roze bhi rakhe. It just shows a lot of....I don't know if I deserve it but mil raha hai toh sweekar kar raha hu. I will make sure ke hum hamara level bas upar hi lete jaenge. Jisko jitna rokna hai rok ke dikha de. But hum hamara level badhate jaenge," Salman said. As the actor returned to picturesque Kashmir for the final leg of "Bajrangi Bhaijaan", he was his composed self. And while battling tough times, a thing or two about lessons on life, hurt no one! "I am now trying to do films which are larger than life, which I can learn from and in my own personal life, I can use those things those qualities of the person that I play on screen. So every film that I am doing, I am only finding scripts which are of amazing characters. I try and follow those characters in my personal life as much as possible," Salman Khan said. Apart from the intrigue factor and the fan mania, we don't think any good came out of the Superstar Khan visiting Kashmir. This is the other side of the story. As the Mufti Govt rolled out a red carpet welcome for Khan, tourists and locals were at the receiving end of this VVIP racism. Lashing out at the Govt's misplaced priorities were the tax payers' money is spent on a movie star's security, and the one who is splurging in the locales for his very private commercial project. Although making it sound like he's doing his bit for Kashmir tourism.
Yes! All hail the Queen! Bollywood's current favourite girl is Deepika Padukone. Everybody wants a piece of her, her friendship or even a teeny tiny association. "It was actually a very small plan, started off with inviting very close friends. I just realised it was more and more and more. Before we knew it, it become quite a big deal in the sense that all of my friends from the industry are coming, Deepika said. Ring a bell? A similar steady stream of stars, similar celebrations and similar buffoonery could even be a notch higher! And the exact same cynosure! "Very rarely do we stop to look at the work that we have done and actually enjoy and celebrate the moment," Deepika Padukone said. And doesn't look like Deepika has had the time to give that party-hat any closet comfort! "I think these kind of films every once a year are very rare and it calls for a celebration. A Bachchan film but it was Deepika who walked away with all the applause. And hence the lady's on a high! "Maine saari industry ko bulaya hai, jinke saath maine kaam kiya hai aur jin logon ko main jaanti hu as friends as colleagues." And Frenemies too!? From one queen to the other, let's pass on the love, shall we! From people's mandate to the National Award to Bollywood putting up a sheepish show here and there acknowledging the queen's clean sweep, Kangana had it all. Celebrations though, seem to be reserved only for Deepika! Don't blame us then, if we take the liberty to say, Bollywood's playing favorites!
Why so serious guys?
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