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Ali, Richa open up on wedding docu 'RiAlity': 'Life is stranger than fiction'

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Chandigarh, March 29 (IANS) Richa Chadha and Ali Fazal, opening up on their wedding documentary titled ‘RiAlity’, said it is a cheeky little attempt and a ‘life is stranger than fiction’ kind of thing.

In October last year, the duo shared the first glimpse of the documentary. It is directed by Rahul Singh Datta.

In a conversation with Naman Ramachandran, international correspondent of the global entertainment magazine, ‘Variety’, at the Cinevesture International Film Festival 2024 (CIFF), Richa and Ali talked in detail about their wedding video.

Ali said: “This is being ‘thopoed’ on us because in our defence it’s our cameramen and a very close friend, Rahul. He brought four to five friends of his, they started shooting, documenting our lives. That started documenting us one or two months before our wedding.

Looking back, Ali recalled how Rahul had said to them: “I don’t want you guys to talk sitting on a couch as if you are doing interviews.” Ali then went on to say: “We were not interviewed throughout that entire process. It is from the perspective of everybody who was shooting.”

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He added: “It was actually very funny, and wrong on so many levels. But it’s about two artists and they could be anywhere in the world, just struggling to make this wedding happen, and make our families happy. And at the same time doing things that we do, taking up jobs that we don’t want to take up but that’s what is going to pay the bills, and for this thing. So yeah, it’s a cheeky little attempt.”

Picking up the threads, Richa said: “We got approached by some channels, who were like ‘aapki wedding ke liye kuchh interactive programme banate hain’. So, I went to these couple of meetings and you know these kinds of shows apparently, they do very well, because India is a marriage-obsessed country.”

Continuing her story, Richa said: “So, initially it started as fun and games, like both of us documenting each other’s lives. I remember I was shooting for ‘Heeramandi’ at that time, so I was joking that being in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s costumes is a great practice for being in a wedding trousseau, because they are so heavy. Ali was shooting for ‘Mirzapur’, so that is why he had that haircut during our wedding.”

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Richa continued: “It was just a funny ‘life is stranger than fiction’ kind of thing. We started off with fun and games but it became much more than some celebrity wedding video.”

Ali added that they have not seen the video yet. “Five of these beautiful people have shot it, and they are the ones who see us,” Ali said about what he called ‘a working class story’.

“So we haven’t seen any of it, and we won’t see it till the end. And that’s our promise to him (Rahul). It’s a story of working-class people. There’s not too much on that.”

On when and where the documentary will be released, Ali said: “I don’t know. We have to ask Rahul. But he is editing right now.”

Richa added: “We are kind of beholden to the director because we don’t know what he shot, only he knows what he shot.”

–IANS

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Kunal Kemmu drives for an hour from Bandra to Mira Road to cast his vote with parents

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Mumbai, May 20 (IANS) Bollywood actor Kunal Kemmu, who recently made his directorial debut with the comedy film ‘Madgaon Express’ stepped out earlier in the day and drove all the way from Bandra to Mira Road to cast his vote as he hold his domicile in Mira Road which comes under the Thane district.

The one side journey from Bandra to Mira Road takes about an hour. The actor’s family shifted to Mumbai after the Kashmiri Pandits’ exodus in the 1990s. It was during this time Kunal ventured into acting as a child artiste with encouragement from his actor father.

After casting his vote, the actor uploaded a selfie on his social media handle showing off his inked finger. In the set of pictures, his family, including his parents and sisters, can also be seen showing off their inked fingers.

Earlier, he also uploaded a video on his Instagram appealing to everyone to step out and vote.

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In his video, he said: “To shape India’s bright future, we all have a responsibility and our voice matters. Voting is a way that can become your voice, that’s tomorrow on Monday, May 20, 2024. Please vote in the Lok Sabha Elections for yourself, your family, and your country. Jai Hind.”

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Rajkummar, Janhvi's song 'Agar Ho Tum' from 'Mr & Mrs Mahi' is all about love in Jaipur

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Mumbai, May 20 (IANS) The makers of Rajkummar Rao and Janhvi Kapoor-starrer ‘Mr & Mrs Mahi’ on Monday unveiled the second song titled ‘Agar Ho Tum’ filled with emotions, emphasising the sentiment of love and partnership.

The three-minute and 26-second song showcases the beautiful chemistry between Rajkummar and Janhvi, celebrating the love found in life’s simple joys.

Composed by Tanishk Bagchi, sung by Jubin Nautiyal, and penned by Kausar Munir, the song is set against the picturesque backdrop of Jaipur, capturing Mahima (Janhvi) and Mahendra’s (Rajkummar) relationship’s journey, showcasing love and companionship.

Sharing the song on social media, Rajkummar wrote: “Experience love in all its pureness & power in #AgarHoTum.”

Music composer Tanishk said: “’Agar Ho Tum’ is a fresh romantic element to the album. Kausar Munir’s beautiful lyrics and Jubin’s melodious voice will connect with the audience. It brings out the right kind of emotions and feelings, we hope audiences resonate with the song and enjoy it.”

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Jubin Nautiyal shared that the song is about being in companionship and feeling like nothing else matters ‘if I have you’.

“The emotions and the words align with the situation in the film, and Rajkummar and Jahnvi’s chemistry has shined through the song. The lyrics instantly resonate, and we have tried to infuse the song with deep emotions to truly honour its essence. The perfect choice of words and the brilliant composition bring out the best. Collaborating again with Tanishk was wonderful, and I hope audiences like it,” Jubin said.

Lyricist Kausar said that while writing the lyrics for this song, they aimed to capture the right blend of emotions, expressing the feelings of belonging and togetherness.

“Working with Jubin and Tanishk was an absolute delight. ‘Agar Ho Tum’ has a little bit of each one of us and I am looking forward to seeing everyone’s response to it,” the lyricist said.

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The makers had earlier released the first song from the movie titled ‘Dekhha Tenu’.

Directed by Sharan Sharma, and produced by Zee Studios and Dharma Productions, ‘Mr & Mrs Mahi’ is scheduled for release on May 31.

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Gauahar Khan finally gets to vote after facing 'difficulties' at Mumbai polling booth

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Mumbai, May 20 (IANS) Actress Gauahar Khan claimed on Monday that she finally got to cast her vote after facing a lot of ‘difficulty’ at the polling centre in Mumbai.

“Yes, finally I have done it… Humne vote kardiya. I want to tell you that no matter how difficult and confusing it is, people can help… It can get confusing at the booths. But please guys, go and vote. Thoda mehnat kariye. Apne IDs dhoondiye. Go look at all the addresses to find where your name is, in which booth. Just go and vote because voting is very important in a democracy,” she posted on Instagram.

Earlier, the actress took to her Instagram Stories to slam the polling booth authorities after her name reportedly went missing from the list of potential voters. She, however, deleted the post later.

In the now-removed post, Gauahar said: “I have an appeal — why do we have Aadhaar cards if we are not considered citizens enough to vote? Your Aadhaar card is your identity that you are an Indian citizen and you should be able to vote. But when you go to the voting counter, the booth that has your building members on its list, everyone is there except people who actually live in the building.”

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She also claimed that “people who left the building are still on the list”.

“I am just making a humble appeal that on the basis of your Aadhaar card, you must be allowed to vote as Indian citizens,” she said.

In another video, she asked, “If you are an Indian citizen and you present your Aadhaar card for every important thing in your life… Why not at the voting counters? Why are we being denied our right to vote?”

“The list does not have your names but it has names of people who are not even living in the building. They say it was this year’s survey. But it cannot be, because they left the building three years ago.”

She also appealed to the “Election Commission of India or whichever body that makes decisions for the voting process in India” to allow the use of Aadhaar cards or passports for voting.

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'Bigg Boss' stars Monalisa, Nikki Tamboli vote: 'An expression of our commitment to ourselves'

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Mumbai, May 20 (IANS) ‘Bigg Boss’ fame actors Monalisa and Nikki Tamboli cast their votes at a polling booth in Mumbai on Monday.

Known for her major work in Bhojpuri cinema, Monalisa, who participated in ‘Bigg Boss 10’, took to Instagram and shared a series of pictures from the polling station, flaunting her inked index finger.

The actress wore a plain white shirt and flared dark blue jeans. The ‘Nach Baliye 8’ contestant captioned the post: “Voting is the expression of our commitment to ourselves, one another, this country, and the world… #loksabhaelection #vote #mumbai.”

On the other hand, the video shows Nikki, the second runner-up of ‘Bigg Boss 14’, walking at a fast pace to cast her vote. She opted for a red kurta and paired it with white leggings.

The visuals show Nikki saying to the paps: “Abhi vote karke aati hoon.”

Meanwhile, on the work front, Monalisa has done Bhojpuri films like ‘Ranbhoomi’, ‘Hum Hai Khalnayak’, ‘Jade Mein Balma Pyara Lage’, ‘Nathuniya Pe Goli Maare’, ‘Devra Bada Satawela’, ‘Pocket Gangsters’, and ‘Pawan Raja’, among numerous others.

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She also stars in the show ‘Laal Banarasi’ that airs on Nazara TV.

Nikki was the contestant of ‘Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 11’.

–IANS

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Kareena Kapoor Khan stumbles as she steps out of her car after she arrives with Saif to vote

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Mumbai, May 20 (IANS) Kareena Kapoor Khan stumbled as she stepped out of the car’s front seat after she arrived with her husband Saif Ali Khan to cast their vote in the city.

As Kareena got out of their car, Saif accompanied her inside the polling booth as they walked to the designated polling area.

While Saif was dressed in a beige kurta and matching pants, Kareena opted for a white kurta and blue denim outfit. Both Kareena and Saif wore dark sunglasses.

Voting is currently going on in Mumbai as part of the 5th phase of the Lok Sabha elections. The voting began at 7:00 am on Monday across 13 constituencies of the state.

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