Charla Manohar – BollySpice.com http://bollyspice.com The latest movies, interviews in Bollywood Fri, 29 Jul 2016 05:00:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.3 “This is Ridiculous!” Bollywood actor Tiger Shroff denies sexist comment -Exclusive http://bollyspice.com/ridiculous-bollywood-actor-tiger-shroff-denies-sexist-comment-exclusive/ Wed, 27 Apr 2016 13:12:11 +0000 http://bollyspice.com/?p=123301 Tiger Shroff has found himself in a bit of a controversy this morning when a quote of his hit the internet. He denies having said any of it. During the promotion of his upcoming film Baaghi, which will hit the theaters this Friday, he was asked a question about what he is looking for in a future partner. His answer surprised a lot of people. According to Rediff, this is what he said: “I will get married to a girl from the village. When I reach home, I want a massage so that I can get relaxed. She should stay

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14mar_tigershroffTiger Shroff has found himself in a bit of a controversy this morning when a quote of his hit the internet. He denies having said any of it.

During the promotion of his upcoming film Baaghi, which will hit the theaters this Friday, he was asked a question about what he is looking for in a future partner. His answer surprised a lot of people.

According to Rediff, this is what he said: “I will get married to a girl from the village. When I reach home, I want a massage so that I can get relaxed. She should stay at home, keep the house clean and give me home-cooked food. I like girls who are the housewife-type.”

Ridiculous!
Bollyspice journalist Charla Manohar spoke to Tiger on this issue and he wasn’t amused and says it ridiculous. “I have been misquoted. I’m all for woman power and I always talk about it in my interviews.”

“I’m very attracted to strong independent woman. I believe in equality. Just an example…In our film Shraddha Kapoor is doing action which is a fantastic thing to inspire woman in our country to feel empowered,” he added.

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REFLECTIONS 2015: Best Choreography of 2015 http://bollyspice.com/reflections-2015-best-choreography-of-2015/ Thu, 14 Jan 2016 05:30:40 +0000 http://bollyspice.com/?p=118672 Choreographers are constantly being exposed to new techniques and dance moves within the different layers of dance. The different styles within the genre give a lot of room for all to be innovative and create something new. And that is also what most Bollywood choreographers aspire each year. It is not easy to break the mold and show the audience something new or bring something old to the table and present this in a new way. We put together some of the most outstanding choreographed songs of the year. Dard Karara – Dum Laga Ke Haisha Not only is the

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Choreographers are constantly being exposed to new techniques and dance moves within the different layers of dance. The different styles within the genre give a lot of room for all to be innovative and create something new. And that is also what most Bollywood choreographers aspire each year.

It is not easy to break the mold and show the audience something new or bring something old to the table and present this in a new way.

We put together some of the most outstanding choreographed songs of the year.

Dard Karara – Dum Laga Ke Haisha

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Not only is the picturization of this song completely in the style of the 90s, but also the choreography brings you back to the 90s.

The choreography is done by Chinni Prakash who is known for his work in movies from the 90s such as Main Khiladi Tu Anari, Sabse Bada Khiladi, Coolie No. 1, Karan Arjun and Mohra.

All the experience and exposure from the 90s has been extensively used in to creating the most apt choreography for the song. The colors, the moves, the backgrounddancers and their positions…together it feels authentically 90s.

Bezubaan Phir Se – ABCD 2

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The hiphop scene is changing quickly. These days, kids are getting more innovative with the use of several moves and creating new ways to move your body to the rhythm of the music. That last one is very well used in the song ‘Bezubaan Phir Se’ from the movie ABCD 2.

The movie is about dance, so the choreography must be a visual treat for the eyes. One can see the effort put in to make sure all of them move as one; one group, one goal!

While the dancers from Dance India Dance are trained and experienced in almost every genre of dance, Varun and Shraddha don’t seem out of place. Raghav, one of the main dancers in this video who is known for his slowmotion act, is shining throughout.

A very smoothly choreographed song that gives us a chance to watch the best dancers in the country shine on the big screen.

Vande Mataram – ABCD 2

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ABCD 2 is one film that completely stole the show this year regarding the choreography. ‘Vande Mataram’ is another gem from the movie.

To present your country at a dance competition is one thing, but to incorporate that feeling into the choreography is a whole different ball game. You don’t accomplish that just by waiving the Indian flag… You show the Indian spirit.

From saluting to showing a battle to incorporate traditional Indian dance within the hip hop moves to never giving up…even when you fail. You get up and you try again!

Deewani Mastani – Bajirao Mastani

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While this is song is also mentioned in our best picturization list, it obviously also belongs in the category of best choreography.

The classic feel of Bajirao Mastani brings you back to the era of Mughal-E-Azam.

The song ‘Deewani Mastani’ completely reminds cinema lovers of the song ‘Pyaar Kiya Toh Darna Kya’ and with the same setting it can be touted as a contemporary version of the song.

Remo D’Souza did the choreography of the song and it took 10 days to shoot this song. Deepika keeps the posture well and shows her skills to carry off the classical look that is required for an eternal beauty she is portraying.

Pinga – Bajirao Mastani

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The setting, choreography and having two of the best dancers in one frame all reminds us of ‘Dola Re Dola’ from the 2001 movie Devdas. Even there, Bhansali pitched two of the best dancers against each other.

Even though the song and choreography doesn’t even come close to ‘Dola Re Dola’, it deserves to be mentioned as it brings together the two best dancers we have in the current generation of actors: Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone. It’s an absolute bliss to see both of them dance in the same frame. When you think about it, nobody else could have been in this song.

Priyanka and Deepika gracefully match steps, choreographed by Remo D’Souza, in this energetic song. Even though, this definitely isn’t Remo’s forte, it shows that he has the skills to create magic between the two female leads and provide us with a well-made presentation of this traditional Marathi dance called Lavani. This is definitely one of the best videos of the year.

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REFLECTIONS 2015: Best Picturizations of 2015 http://bollyspice.com/best-picturizations-of-2015/ Thu, 14 Jan 2016 03:30:50 +0000 http://bollyspice.com/?p=118500 Every year it’s a struggle for directors, choreographers, art directors and designers to come up with an innovative way of presenting a song. And every year they managed to succeed and make it almost impossible to choose from a long list of absolutely stunning, mesmerizing and heartwarming videos. BollySpice brings you a some of the Best Picturization of 2015! ‘Dard Karaara’ – Dum Laga Ke Kaisha With the song ‘Dard Karaara’ the feeling of the 90s era returned. If you have grown up in the 90s, then you can completely relive that era through this song. The melody, lyrics, choreography,

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Every year it’s a struggle for directors, choreographers, art directors and designers to come up with an innovative way of presenting a song. And every year they managed to succeed and make it almost impossible to choose from a long list of absolutely stunning, mesmerizing and heartwarming videos.

BollySpice brings you a some of the Best Picturization of 2015!

‘Dard Karaara’ – Dum Laga Ke Kaisha

With the song ‘Dard Karaara’ the feeling of the 90s era returned. If you have grown up in the 90s, then you can completely relive that era through this song. The melody, lyrics, choreography, clothing…literally everything about this song screams 90s. And it’s so much fun!

The song has been sung by Kumar Sanu and composed by Anu Malik, the same duo that created quite a few chartbusters in the 90s together. If you listen to the song, it sounds ‘old-fashioned’ and you can only picturize the song with Govinda and Karishma Kapoor in it. With your eyes closed.

The video nor the song is in any way a spoof. It’s a beautiful tribute to the era that gave us so much color (literally!). Seems almost surreal to believe that they have managed to recreate this era so flawlessly and magically.

‘Gerua’ – Dilwale

When you hear Iceland, you immediately think about the cold weather, but Iceland perhaps has the most stunningly beautiful landscapes in the world. And that is exactly what we got to see in the beautiful video of the romantic song ‘Gerua’ from the movie Dilwale.

‘Gerua’ brings back together out romantic pair of Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol. The song was quickly said to be the ‘Sooraj Hua Maddham’ of modern times, where it promises to transcends you to another galaxy filled with love. And yes, it did!

The video is one of the most beautifully shot video’s of the decade.The magic of Arijit Singh’s voice combined with the beautiful locales of Iceland, such as the black beach, the airplane wreckage and our most romantic duo, bearing the cold of course, is a visual treat one cannot get enough of.

‘Gajanana’ – Bajirao Mastani

This song is dedicated to the Lord Ganesha, the averter of obstacles and the Lord of wisdom and intellect.

The video comes at a crucial point in the movie, where Kashibai faces a difficult decision; will she choose to keep her mouth shut and let Mastani (the woman who stole her husband’s heart) die in the process or will she save her and her child?

The video depicts the struggle of both women; while Mastani is trying to fight to save her life and that of her child, the struggle of Kashibai comes from within. Does she have to be honest? Will she lose her husband?

As a woman you can identify and relate this to your everyday life. In the end, it takes courage to do the right thing, be honest and live your life trying to be a good person.

‘Bhar Do Jholi’ – Bajrangi Bhaijaan

This is one of the most soulful songs of the year. Even though it’s a remake of an older folk song, when you hear the music, the lyrics and in the voice of Adnan Sami you just get goosebumps all over.

The song has been shot at the beautiful Ashmuqam Dargah in Kashmir. And by doing that, the feel of hope is recreated. Desperate times call for desperate measures but sometimes it’s a good thing to just retreat, say a prayer and walk on with hope in your heart and believe in your mind that in the end everything will be alright, because picture abhi baaki hai mere dost….and that is exactly the message that this song depicts.

‘Agar Tum Saath Ho’ – Tamasha

This song carries so much pain in it’s music and lyrics alone and when you see the video it just simply moves you to tears.

The song highlights the melancholy and longing associated with separation. The pain in your chest is real because the way this video has been shot, it could have easily been a scene straight out of real life.

It’s Arijit Singh’s voice that brings out the pain, which is outstandingly expressed by the characters of Deepika and Ranbir. These two actors have an amazing chemistry and you can clearly see it shine in this song where there body language needs to be on par.

‘Deewani Mastani’ – Bajirao Mastani

The classic feel of Bajirao Mastani brings you back to the era of Mughal-E-Azam. And the song ‘Deewani Mastani’ completely reminds cinemalovers of the song ‘Pyaar Kiya Toh Darna Kya’ and with the same setting it can be touted as a contemporary version of the song.

In a time where most of the production houses and director heavily rely on SFX to create the correct atmosphere or location, Bhansali is still one of the few directors that strives for authenticity.

The whole set of ‘Deewani Mastani’ had 13 chandeliers and real candles that had to be lit up every few hours. That is the kind of vision, patience and passion this director has and it shows on screen. That’s the grandeur of Sanjay Leela Bhansali!

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Sony Music releases Arabic version of Dilwale’s Gerua http://bollyspice.com/sony-music-releases-arabic-version-of-dilwales-gerua/ Mon, 14 Dec 2015 11:12:42 +0000 http://bollyspice.com/?p=117422 Dilwale’s track Gerua broke all records by becoming the first Bollywood music video to have crossed 10 million views on YouTube within 10 days of it’s release. The song is features Bollywood’s iconic pair Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol, is sung by Arijit Singh and Antara Mitra , is written by Amitabh Bhattacharya. The global hit made record label Sony Music think about taking this succes to another level. Since the Arab world is totally in love with Bollywood movies and music, Sony Music decided to launch an Arabic version of Gerua titled Telagena. The song has been sung by

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Dilwale’s track Gerua broke all records by becoming the first Bollywood music video to have crossed 10 million views on YouTube within 10 days of it’s release. The song is features Bollywood’s iconic pair Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol, is sung by Arijit Singh and Antara Mitra , is written by Amitabh Bhattacharya.

The global hit made record label Sony Music think about taking this succes to another level. Since the Arab world is totally in love with Bollywood movies and music, Sony Music decided to launch an Arabic version of Gerua titled Telagena. The song has been sung by Adel Ebrahim, who previously sang the Arabic version of the Bollywood song Tum Hi Ho from Aashiqui 2.

The song promises to be an instant hit across the Middle East and North Africa

Check it out!

Directed by Rohit Shetty, Diwale stars Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Varun Dhawan and Kriti Sanon is set for a December 18th release!

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Editorial Blog: Trolling aka Cyber-Bullying Celebrities on Social Networking Sites http://bollyspice.com/editorial-blog-trolling-aka-cyber-bullying-celebrities-on-social-networking-sites/ Wed, 08 Jul 2015 09:38:06 +0000 http://bollyspice.com/?p=105877 In recent years more and more celebs join social networking sites to get in touch with fans, share details of their personal lives, but also to promote their films or speak their minds on important issues. But the virtual medium also has a disadvantage because celebs are often the target for trolls who use the medium to garner negative attention. A troll provokes and insult celebs in the online world. They can be found on chats, in fangroups or social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook. It’s basically cyber-bullying. They get a kick out of anonymously attacking other people

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15jul_TwitterTrollingIn recent years more and more celebs join social networking sites to get in touch with fans, share details of their personal lives, but also to promote their films or speak their minds on important issues. But the virtual medium also has a disadvantage because celebs are often the target for trolls who use the medium to garner negative attention.

A troll provokes and insult celebs in the online world. They can be found on chats, in fangroups or social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook. It’s basically cyber-bullying. They get a kick out of anonymously attacking other people and can make your life a living hell.

Ignore attention seekers
The recent victim of such a troll is Mr. Rishi Kapoor, who was called a C****** on Twitter. This was not the first time Mr. Kapoor was under attack. When he joined, he quit Twitter for a few hours because he couldn’t handle the negativity, abusive language and disregard for seniors. But thanks to filmmaker Sajid Khan he reconsidered and joined Twitter again, only to be exposed to abusive language once again. This time composer Shekher told him to ignore these attention seekers. He is not the only victim.

Narrowmindedness
In recent years, we have seen celebs such as Imran Khan quit Twitter because trolls put out nasty comments on his acting. Khan felt the medium wasn’t right for him. Even superstar Shah Rukh Khan had quit Twitter for a while because of the judgements, religious intolerance and narrowmindedness…. and more recently our own Bhaijaan, Salman Khan, threatened to quit Twitter if the trolling didn’t stop. He added that he didn’t appreciate his fans attacking his friends under a false identity.

Over-exposed
There used to be a time when a film star carried an aura around his persona. The star was untouchable and not much was known about a film star. Technology and media has blurred that vision completely and a star today is often over-exposed. Some celebs do become emotional when they are under attack, but with social media being a necessity they really have no choice to be exposed to ill behaved people.

Twitterwars
The pro of social media is that people now actually have a chance to ‘talk’ directly with their favorite stars and share their love in the knowledge that it will be read by not only the star but millions of other fans as well. They interact with each other and share their love. Stars have somehow become personal property. So the con is when something bad is being said, fans will feel offended which results in so called Twitterwars.

Spread positivity

When I scroll through Twitter I do wonder why people waste their time to troll. What is it that gives one a kick to insult others? Do people, in this day and age, really don’t have anything better to do with their time? Have they been insulted on Twitter and think that doing it to others is somehow poetic justice? My opinion is when you don’t like someone it’s a waste to spend even a second of your time on them. Spread love and positivity…please do share your opinion but in a civilized manner. And celebs…they should just ignore these trolls. Like Vishal Dadlani once said: We Will … We Will Block You!

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European Premiere for ‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha’ in The Netherlands http://bollyspice.com/european-premiere-for-dum-laga-ke-haisha-in-the-netherlands/ Wed, 17 Jun 2015 13:49:43 +0000 http://bollyspice.com/?p=104835 The European premiere of the movie Dum Laga Ke Haisha will take place in the Netherlands, in The Hague, this weekend during the Bollywood Boulevard Festival. In recent years we have seen the country warming up to the concept of Bollywood and each year we see a growing number of events where India and Bollywood are the main attraction point. There is also an increase in the number of films playing at Dutch Theaters and Indian films are more than often selected for a screening at the International Film Festival of Rotterdam. This year, a new event called Bollywood Boulevard

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15jun_bwboulevardThe European premiere of the movie Dum Laga Ke Haisha will take place in the Netherlands, in The Hague, this weekend during the Bollywood Boulevard Festival.

In recent years we have seen the country warming up to the concept of Bollywood and each year we see a growing number of events where India and Bollywood are the main attraction point. There is also an increase in the number of films playing at Dutch Theaters and Indian films are more than often selected for a screening at the International Film Festival of Rotterdam.

This year, a new event called Bollywood Boulevard Festival has been introduced. The festival encourages and promotes Bollywood at it’s best! “A festival like Bollywood Boulevard enhances the appeal of the city by contributing to the cultural enrichment. We hope, in our own small way, to create togetherness and bring the inhabitants of The Hague even closer together”, says organizer Soedesh Kienno.

The 1st edition of the festival starts off on Friday with the Dutch premiere of the film Piku and ends on the 21st with the European Premiere of the critically acclaimed movie Dum Laga Ke Haisha. In this weekend the festival will show other successful films as Kabhi Kabhi, Silsila, Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Dhoom:3 and the longest running film in the history of Indian Cinema, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge.

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Editorial Blog: Five lessons Indian parents should learn from ‘Dil Dhadakne Do’ http://bollyspice.com/editorial-blog-five-lessons-indian-parents-should-learn-from-dil-dhadakne-do/ Fri, 12 Jun 2015 11:00:50 +0000 http://bollyspice.com/?p=104340 Zoya Akhtar’s new film Dil Dhadakne Do, which released on Friday, did well over the weekend. The bittersweet comedy about a dysfunctional Punjabi family actually depicts the many problems Indian families have to face while their kids are growing up in a Westernized civilization, in contrast to the upbringing they had, making communication between parents and children a huge problem. This is not only a problem in India, but with many NRI’s as well. Therefore, I am of the opinion that Indian parents should watch this film, as it shows why their reasoning isn’t relevant in todays day and age.

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Zoya Akhtar’s new film Dil Dhadakne Do, which released on Friday, did well over the weekend. The bittersweet comedy about a dysfunctional Punjabi family actually depicts the many problems Indian families have to face while their kids are growing up in a Westernized civilization, in contrast to the upbringing they had, making communication between parents and children a huge problem.

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This is not only a problem in India, but with many NRI’s as well. Therefore, I am of the opinion that Indian parents should watch this film, as it shows why their reasoning isn’t relevant in todays day and age. I do have to add that the movie had several comical twists that made the serious moments a little less heavy as opposed to what they are in real life.

Stop Interfering
The movie states that Indian parents interfere way too long in the lives of their children, which is true. Whether it is out of love can be debated at times, but yes, many kids don’t know how to make a choice in their life. Some kids are even afraid to make a choice without the opinion of their parents. This can be regarding studies, sports or even the girl or boy they love.

Parents usually do want the best for their kids, but instead of encouraging them, they push them in a certain direction. For instance, regarding studies, most are pushed in the direction of law or medicine, often being told that this field will guarantee them a job. But what if your child is really good at something else? Is pushing them in a certain direction really going to help? Why not let your child find that one thing they are good at? The same goes for sports and their love life. Isn’t it your job as a parent to make sure that your child is happy? Stop interfering so much and raise your children so they can make their own decisions.

Divorce might happen
Ouch…this is still a very touchy subject with many Indian families. Most parents grew up with the mindset that once a girl leaves her parents’ house, she shouldn’t return home, so to talk or even to think about divorce is like a sin.

In today’s society however, when a relationship is out of love or respect, it makes no sense to stay together, it doesn’t matter how long you try…the problem won’t go away. It is not easy to break the news of wanting a divorce to your parents, and even if you do, the solution to them is simple: give birth to a child.

This, to me, makes absolutely no sense! When a relationship has sunken like the Titanic, why would you want to bring another life into the equation? How will a child make up for the lack of everything else? Having a child will only make matters worse…for all of them. But that is none of their concern because the next one is also a quite headache…

To hell with society and their opinion
It has always been about the society. What will they think of us? What will they say? What they think of you and your family is often more important than your own happiness.

Families keep up a happy front while being miserable. Being a hypocrite will not make your problems go away.

Do not threaten suicide
Whenever a feeling or thought of today’s youth is misunderstood or not understood at all, and to make their point of view very clear on the subject, the older generation grabs onto what they feel is their lifeboat to save a situation: threatening suicide.

They emotionally blackmail their kids into doing something they don’t support, want or cannot take the stress of anymore. They want to make their children see their point of view, but with a death threat you only get them scared enough to save the situation for a moment, but it will never get resolved or spoken about, because that will result in another death threat. Which brings me to my fifth and last lesson.

Communicate
Learn to communicate with your kids. Do keep track of what keeps them busy, encourage them and challenge them. Make them enjoy life, seek new opportunities in life and make sure they understand that they can come to you at any time if they have questions about anything. Be open and honest with them and make sure the house they come to is where they feel safe.

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New ‘Wazir’ teaser is edgy! http://bollyspice.com/new-wazir-teaser-is-edgy/ Fri, 05 Jun 2015 05:30:44 +0000 http://bollyspice.com/?p=103936 The first teaser of Bejoy Nambiar’s new film Wazir had us all on the edge of our seats. It was nothing less than a brilliant teaser. Well..the makers obviously thought they could top that with their second, and guess what? They did! Wazir seems to be a complete package of a gripping, edgy thriller with interesting and impressive performances by the whole cast, existing of Amitabh Bachchan, Farhan Akhtar, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Aditi Rao Hydari and John Abraham! The film is produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Rajkumar Hirani and set to release in December! www.youtube.com/watch?v=LaEEJEea7-E&feature=youtu.be

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The first teaser of Bejoy Nambiar’s new film Wazir had us all on the edge of our seats. It was nothing less than a brilliant teaser. Well..the makers obviously thought they could top that with their second, and guess what? They did!

Wazir seems to be a complete package of a gripping, edgy thriller with interesting and impressive performances by the whole cast, existing of Amitabh Bachchan, Farhan Akhtar, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Aditi Rao Hydari and John Abraham!

The film is produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Rajkumar Hirani and set to release in December!

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Hrithik Roshan confirms Hollywood debut http://bollyspice.com/hrithik-roshan-confirms-hollywood-debut/ Tue, 21 Apr 2015 04:30:18 +0000 http://bollyspice.com/?p=101184 The Greek God of Bollywood recently confirmed that he’ll be working in a Hollywood movie this year. “Yes, I have a Hollywood project this year.” The actor, who several years back had been approached for the movie Pink Panther 2, didn’t reveal much more than that. The news hasn’t really come as a surprise. There were rumours in September 2014 that suggested that director Rob Cohen (Daylights, The Fast and The Furious and XXX) has signed Hrithik for a project. If these two talented men are coming together, we might be in for an edge-of-the-seat action packed movie. At this

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14aug_HrithikThe Greek God of Bollywood recently confirmed that he’ll be working in a Hollywood movie this year.

“Yes, I have a Hollywood project this year.” The actor, who several years back had been approached for the movie Pink Panther 2, didn’t reveal much more than that.

The news hasn’t really come as a surprise. There were rumours in September 2014 that suggested that director Rob Cohen (Daylights, The Fast and The Furious and XXX) has signed Hrithik for a project.

If these two talented men are coming together, we might be in for an edge-of-the-seat action packed movie.

At this point, we will only have to do with the confirmation that Hrithik is making his debut in Hollywood. The actor is currently shooting for Ashutosh Gowarikar’s Mohenjo Daro.

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Editorial Blog: Stars and their right to privacy http://bollyspice.com/editorial-blog-stars-and-their-right-to-privacy/ Fri, 17 Apr 2015 10:00:38 +0000 http://bollyspice.com/?p=100889 With changing times and changing media, fans nowadays have more access to the lives of their favorite stars but it seems that a line is being crossed. In this special editorial column we take a look at the media, stars and their right to privacy. Let’s rewind back about two, let’s make that three, decades. Back then there were only magazines. People would receive a monthly copy at home or buy them at a newsstand. The magazines contained interviews with their favorite stars, several photoshoots, often a poster and some gossip. There was a certain mystery surrounding stars. Well, that

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15apr_privacyWith changing times and changing media, fans nowadays have more access to the lives of their favorite stars but it seems that a line is being crossed. In this special editorial column we take a look at the media, stars and their right to privacy.

Let’s rewind back about two, let’s make that three, decades. Back then there were only magazines. People would receive a monthly copy at home or buy them at a newsstand. The magazines contained interviews with their favorite stars, several photoshoots, often a poster and some gossip.

There was a certain mystery surrounding stars. Well, that era is gone!

Today, news is everywhere and updated every day, hour or even minute. We have easy access to the actors, their interviews, pictures and gossip. With social media taking over our lives, making us hungry for more, life has become harder and more difficult for a celebrity.

Celebrities cannot step outside of their houses without being ‘haunted’. The press chases stars for a quote, digs into their personal lives, follows them every step of the way and those around them, and hide in the bushes in front of the houses to get that one perfect shot.

Every media channel wants to be the first to share a picture or have breaking news. It seems that in today’s digital day and age, there is no room for privacy at all. But do stars even deserve privacy?

Entertainment is a religion
Entertainment has become some kind of new-age religion worldwide and the press and fans are ardent followers. Bollywood, the entertainment capital of India, is no different.

A lot of our favorite stars can be found on social media, where they share tidbits on what is happening in their lives, private and workfield, with their fans. Fans get a chance to ask them questions and feel much closer to them. We get to catch a glimpse of the human side of actors, which is nice and which we tend to forget.  The only thing stars barely have these days is: Freedom.

Occupational hazard
We can definitely argue that actors are public figures and that being chased by photographers is an occupational hazard. But where do we draw the line?

A few weeks ago, Arjun Rampal got angry with the media. The actor lashed out on Twitter. “My wife and I where at Bandra court filing a divorce? Say, Midday & few others. You know it’s really easy to find that out. Did u bother? ‪#fakepress. The state of affairs about journalists in India… They on group chats on whatsapp and cook up stories. That’s where news is made. That’s the truth.”

This outburst resulted in Rampal refusing to do any personal interviews or discuss his private life with any media person. He asked them to mind their own business. 

This is where I, being a journalist myself,  wonder why would a journalist want to cook up a story like that? Isn’t it easier to call up Rampal, tell him he was spotted outside of a court and ask him directly what he was doing there?  Isn’t that what has been taught in school? Is it necessary to cook up a story? If you want to write fiction, write a script.

Caught in the Act
Another example is Shahid Kapoor. This chap will be getting married in a few months. The actor told the media: “It’s my personal space so I won’t get into the details of that. I hope you’ll respect that. But, I am very happy to announce it to everyone.”

He sends out a clear signal that he wants to keep the matter private with the keyword here being respect. Yet, media are digging into the life of his wife-to-be Mira Rajput, by talking to friends or scanning her Facebook and posting about it. So where is the respect?

Katrina Kaif got caught on camera while vacationing with boyfriend Ranbir Kapoor in Ibiza. She later spoke about the incident saying, “The pictures were taken while I was on holiday by someone who, in an act of cowardice, has shot without permission and then used the pictures for commercial gain. There is a breed of journalism that preys on celebrities in the worst possible manner crossing all lines of privacy and decency.”

I know it is their job and every magazine, online or offline, is on the lookout for news. But can’t it be done more decently? Aren’t these actors human beings with a life besides their work?

Cautionary tale
Actress Priyanka Chopra stated the following last year: “I believe that I am putting 90 percent of myself and my family life out in front of the public, I have every right to keep 10 percent of it for myself. I am a girl and I have the right to keep my personal life personal.” Another ‘shoutout’ for some privacy.

It is no surprise that a lot of actors take precautionary measures when it comes to their private life. The term ‘we are just good friends’ has been used as mechanism to keep some part of their lives private. Yet, secrets find a way to come out…Maybe, it’s time to adopt a new mechanism?

As a journalist, one knows things need to be verified before sending the news out into ‘the big bad world’.

Being Publicly controlled
I do believe when you live your life in the public eye, it’s publicly controlled in some way. The world is interested in the private lives of the rich and famous. Stars, and their families, are a product and consumers cannot get enough of it. So basically it’s a huge money making business and one does everything to sell the product.

Yet, I feel, there is another side to it. Actors are human beings as well. We might forget it, and think we ‘own’ them as they somehow are thought of as public property, but they also have their own lives.

Of course, when you get into the business you know the consequences. But that doesn’t take away from the fact that besides being labeled as a star with their lives being all splattered all over the Internet and newspapers, there is a part of them that just wants to be who they are. They would like to have a nice time with their friends without being followed….all the time.

As much as we don’t like Facebook sharing or selling our personal matters, an actor too longs for some moments of just ‘being human’ as well. But here another question arises: will it be possible for the paparazzi culture to give actors some kind of space or respect they ask for? Or with the new ways and possibilities to present news… will it get even worse for the next generation?

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