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Anil Kapoor opens up on how his wife Sunita shares the 'load' in financial matters

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Mumbai, April 9 (IANS) Bollywood superstar Anil Kapoor has opened up on how his ladylove and wife Sunita has shared the ‘load’ in his bad times.

Anil and his elder daughter and actress Sonam Kapoor were present at the seventh edition of Ariel’s iconic movements #sharetheload event.

Speaking about sharing the load in his personal life, Anil said: “For me in my life, it started many many years back when I first met Sunita.”

Sonam interrupted and said: “50 years ago.”

Anil laughed and said: “Yeah 50 years ago… We have been together for 50 years. There were times when I met her, obviously, I was not doing financially very well, and she was really taking care of a lot of things. And that’s the way we share the load, where she steps forward to share the load where money is concerned. So it’s not only in the household jobs.”

The actor, who was recently seen in ‘Fighter’ further said: “Like for example there were times when certain things I could not afford, very small things. But I did not have to tell her, automatically she would share the load. Like travelling sometimes, or a meal, sometimes we went to a normal restaurant, sometimes a slightly better restaurant, we were dating each other. Automatically she knows that I don’t have the money to pay the bill. So, before I knew it, she used to pay the bill.”

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Sonam added: “She still pays the bill. My dad has no idea.”

The 67-year-old actor continued saying: “Now she is taking revenge. So, that understanding has to be there between partners, friends, and especially husband and wife that you share the load with.”

“When you share the load without making an effort, and not making it obvious, and not making the other person feel about it, I think that’s the wonderful part of sharing the load,” he added.

Anil married Sunita, a costume designer in 1984. The couple has three children — Sonam, film producer Rhea, and son-actor Harsh Vardhan.

–IANS

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Fahmaan Khan: Don’t think TV is not practical, we just dramatise everything we show

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Mumbai, May 26 (IANS) Television sensation Fahmaan Khan Khan has opened up about what made shows on the small screen so popular in the 2000s. The actor said that Indian television has a very dramatic format for storytelling and added that he doesn’t think the small screen is not practical.

Talking about what made shows in the 2000s so popular, Fahmaan told IANS: “Firstly, Ekta Kapoor did a fabulous job with bringing the kind of dramas that she did. I think that’s where it started and began to boom. But I think we caught on to our own identity of storytelling.”

The actor asserted that Indian television has its own unique way of putting across stories and telling them.

“Indian television has a very dramatic format to tell stories, which I think we are as people also. We Indians are dramatic in our lives, although we claim to be very practical today. We are still very dramatic…”

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Citing an example, Fahmaan said that a simple sentence like “I love you” in Hindi is more impactful.

“If you have Hindi language it is very dramatic. That is why ‘I love you’ is very simple in English, but in Hindi, ‘Main tumse pyaar karta hun’ doesn’t come out that simply. It comes out with a lot of drama. Television shows in India became a hit in the 2000s because of the drama we got in,” said Fahmaan.

The actor, who became a sensation after his roles in shows such as ‘Kya Qusoor Hai Amala Ka?’, ‘Ishq Mein Marjawan’, ‘Mere Dad Ki Dulhan’, ‘Imlie’, and ‘Pyaar Ke Saat Vachan Dharampatani’, shared that people do like that.

“Yes, urban cities have evolved, and we tend to cater to more practical stuff. I don’t think that television is not practical, I think we are just dramatising everything we show that is happening in our lives. That is the reason why,” he said.

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Karan Wahi looks back at ‘Remix’: The first is always special

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Mumbai, May 26 (IANS) It has been 20 years since his debut teenage TV show ‘Remix’ was released. Actor Karan Wahi, who played the angry lover boy, Ranveer Sisodia, took a trip down memory lane as he said “first is always special.”

Karan took to his Instagram stories and shared a video of him watching an episode of ‘Remix’, which aired from 2004-2006.

“20 years to this… First is always special,” wrote Karan about the show, which also featured Priya Wal, Raj Singh Arora, and Shweta Gulati.

‘Remix’ was a remake of the Argentinian soap opera titled ‘Rebelde Way’. It followed the story of Ranveer, Tia, Yudi, and Anwesha, all 12-grade students in an elite school called Maurya High, who formed the music group “Remix” and became a sensation.

In a journey spanning 20 years, Karan has become a household name courtesy of his work in television shows including ‘Kasamh Se’, ‘Dill Mill Gayye’, ‘Kahani Hamari…Dil Dosti Deewanepan Ki’, and ‘Channa Mereya’. His latest was the web show ‘Raisinghani vs Raisinghani’, a legal drama.

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Karan has also worked in films such as ‘Hate Story 4’ and ‘Daawat-e-Ishq’.

–IANS

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When Payal Kapadia led 131-day FTII student protest against Yudhishtir of 'Mahabharat'

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New Delhi, May 26 (IANS) Payal Kapadia scripted history on Saturday night by getting the Grand Prix for ‘All We Can Imagine As Light’ at the 77th Cannes Film Festival, but back in 2015, she was a condemned student at her alma mater, the Film & Television Institute of India (FTII).

In 2015, FTII was in a state of ferment because of the appointment of Gajendra Chauhan, a BJP activist whose only claim to fame was that he had played Yudhishtir in the TV serial ‘Mahabharat’, as its chairman.

Kapadia, who had got into FTII on her second attempt in 2012, was one of the leaders of the 131-day protest against Chauhan, who, incidentally, was opposed by a phalanx of Bollywood celebrities, from Rajkummar Rao and Nawazuddin Siddiqui to Anupam Kher, and also by Soumitra Chatterjee and Jhanu Barua.

As several people pointed out on X after Kapadia’s Grand Prix win, FTII initiated disciplinary action against her when she led the boycott of classes. Later, FTII cut her grant.

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In the same year, the Pune Police filed an FIR against 35 students, including Kapadia, after they held the then FTII director, Prashant Pathrabe, captive in his office.

They were protesting against his decision to proceed with the assessment of incomplete student projects of the 2008 batch.

FTII and Hindutva politics, interestingly, are the twin themes of Kapadia’s debut docu-feature, ‘A Night of Knowing Nothing’, that won the Golden Eye at Cannes 2021. The film is still to be released in India.

Going back to Kapadia’s FTII days, she was making a mark creatively as she was firming up her reputation as a firebrand student leader. Her 13-minute film, ‘Afternoon Clouds’, was the only Indian entry in competition at Cannes in any category in 2017 — and it qualified for the 16-film shortlist for the Cinefondation student film section.

The FTII quietly decided to support the film, which enabled Kapadia to walk the Cannes red carpet wearing a sari, and not the designer gowns that usually make the news, for the first time.

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She did not win a prize, but her film was one of just 16 to be selected out of more than 2,600 that had been submitted for consideration from all over the world.

For the Rishi Valley Kodaikanal alumna who studied Economics at Mumbai’s St Xavier’s College and then Sophia, and thereafter spent five years in advertising before getting into FTII, Saturday night must have felt like heaven after a long journey that started with an FIR.

–IANS

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Huma urges brands that spend money to send people to Cannes support small films instead

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Mumbai, May 26 (IANS) Actress Huma Qureshi hopes brands and companies that spend a whopping amount of money sending people who have nothing to do with films will now find a way to support small and independent films.

Huma’s comments come after Anasuya Sengupta became the first Indian actor to win the Best Actress award at the Un Certain Regard segment and Payal Kapadia’s ‘All We Imagine as Light’ bagged the Grand Prix at the 77th Cannes Film Festival.

The actress took to her Instagram stories and shared a picture of the ‘All We Imagine as Light’ team getting honoured with the Grand Prix, the second-highest award at the Cannes Film Festival.

“So proud of you all @payalkapadia @kantari_kanmani @divya_prabha @chhaya.kadam.75. Hope. There is hope,” she captioned the image.

Huma then wrote a post that read: “Cannes Film Festival is a film festival where Art is celebrated for Art’s sake… I really hope some of these brands/ companies that spend hundreds of dollars sending people who have nothing to do with films instead now find a way to support small and independent films.”

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“I really am so proud of all the incredible women who have brought home such glory! More power to them and to our homegrown storytellers,” she said.

–IANS

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Preity Zinta wants 'more understated, well-structured clothes' to make a comeback

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Mumbai, May 26 (IANS) Actress Preity Zinta has talked about the fashion statement that should make a comeback and said that she would want more “understated and well-structured clothes with less drama.”

Preity, who presented Santosh Sivan with the prestigious Pierre Angenieux ExcelLens in Cinematography award at the 77th Cannes Film Festival, shared her insights during a chat with Vogue India.

The actress took to her Instagram on Sunday morning and shared a video from the chat, in which she was asked about a fashion statement that should make a comeback.

“Fashion goes around in circles anyway, so what I would like to bring back is more understated, well-structured clothes, less drama,” she replied.

Talking about her hair care routine to maintain her beautiful hair, Preity said: “Going back to grandmother basics of simple things like oiling your hair.”

For Preity, not eating and starving is a fitness dealbreaker.

“This whole thing about don’t eat (and) starve yourself it’s not fitness. Portion control is very important. There is nothing more anti-ageing, nothing more healthier than working out, and sleep is important,” she said.

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When asked about a lesson she has learned about motherhood, the actress replied: “It’s not all about me. It’s all about them now, and I think unconditional love.”

The actress wore a subtle pink saree to present the award to Sivan.

Decoding her look, she said: “It’s a designer I have never worn before. It’s a beautiful saree. She’s called Seema Gujral. My beauty looks are mostly the same. They’re simple, understated, with a little sparkle.”

–IANS

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