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Hema pens note on her 44th wedding anniversary: 'What more can I ask of life?'

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Hema pens note on her 44th wedding anniversary: 'What more can I ask of life?'

Mumbai, May 2 (IANS) Actress and politician Hema Malini penned a heartwarming note as she and her star husband Dharmendra completed 44 years of marital bliss on Thursday.

Hema took to X and shared a video made by a fan featuring pictures of the couple.

“Our wedding anniversary today! 44 years of togetherness, two beautiful girls, lovely grandchildren surrounding us and drowning us with their love!” she wrote.

Hema added: “Our fans and their limitless adulation! What more can I ask of life? Our eternal gratitude to the Almighty for this gift of happiness. Video by a fan.”

Dharmendra and Hema have shared screen space in almost 28 films. They first met on the sets of ‘Tum Haseen Main Jawan’ in 1970 and fell in love.

After ‘Tum Haseen Main Jawan’, they appeared together in movies such as ‘Naya Zamana’, ‘Raja Jani’, ‘Seeta Aur Geeta’, ‘Sholay’, ‘Charas’, ‘Jugnu’, ‘Azaad’, and ‘Dillagi’, among many others.

Their last film together was ‘Shimla Mirchi’, which released in 2020, where Hema played the title role and Dharmendra had a cameo.

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The couple has two daughters, Esha Deol and Ahana Deol.

Dharmendra was previously married to Prakash Kaur, with whom he has two sons, Sunny and Bobby Deol.

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I write screenplays with a love for images & sound: Nidhi Saxena

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I write screenplays with a love for images & sound: Nidhi Saxena

New Delhi, July 20 (IANS) The film is the one that falls into the category of personal cinema. It is about loneliness, anxiety, and mostly memories. Now memories do not have any order, at times they can be ‘false’, sometimes carry an air of uncertainty, and many times are blurry. But there are also instances when they are clearer than the present…

Nidhi Saxena’s film ‘Sad Letters of an Imaginary Woman’ which has won the Asian Cinema Fund 2024 and will have its World Premiere at the Busan International Film Festival is tied by phone calls coming from the future to the past, where older Nidhi connects with the younger one, as she has no one else to talk to. The slow passage of time in the house feels like an illness, and the pace of the film reflects this melancholy.

“I wanted viewers to feel the boredom-filled monotony of being trapped for years in an old, abandoned house. In some scenes, adult Nidhi and the child Nidhi are in the same scene, symbolising that the past is standing alongside her in her present. The ending of the film is special with a juxtaposition of sadness and happiness where she chooses a mysterious ritual to get over all the lifelong sadness,” she tells IANS.

Excited over winning the prize, the filmmaker admits that she has always loved Asian cinema the most: From Hong Kong, Korea, Malaysia, Taiwan, and Sri Lanka, and stresses we have something that Europe does not.

“Look at Tsai Ming-Liang and Apichatpong; maybe it is because of the Buddha. So I am happy to be a part of Asia’s biggest festival. It is a link in the chain of this lineage that I feel more connected to. Busan is such a prestigious platform, and for my first film, it is a great acknowledgement that gives me a lot of belief in my vision as a filmmaker.”

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While she studied writing at the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) in Pune, her education before that was in fine arts. Saxena feels there were some expressions she just could not achieve in painting and sculpture and to bring them out from within, she needed moving images and sound, thus her shift to cinema.

“And I think films have much more to do with painting, sculpture, and music than with storytelling. There can be a thread of a story in images and sound, or there might not be. But reducing it to just a story is unfair. Dialogue can be a part of the sound but cannot overpower it.

“I write stories too, but a screenplay does not match a story. While writing a screenplay, I am a filmmaker, not a storyteller or writer. So I write screenplays with a love for images and sound.

“Most of the things, I wrote were more like a series of imagery than just a story of characters. Everything visible on the screen is a character, and all of that cannot be written in a screenplay. I realised that writing a novel or a story, which I wrote earlier, was not similar to writing a screenplay. I do not see the film as just a medium to tell an interesting story; as it is seen on a screen, watching every scene is and has to be a unique experience, invoking senses that the viewer has never experienced before.”

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Believing that filmmaking as a medium needs to be democratised and made available to a large number of young people across age groups, Saxena does workshops with girls from tribal and rural areas, giving cameras in their hands and mentoring them for 3-4 weeks while they learn and put into action the new skills.

“The stories that come out from them are amazing – challenging all structures, giving us all new ways to look at visual communication in the form we call cinema. Why should someone come from outside and claim to make a film about you? With an outside gaze, they make films on women and tribals, what will they gain from your gaze? Why not make them capable enough to make a film about themselves or even about you? Yes, it is paramount to set up more film schools in India,” she stresses.

She has already started recce for her next project surreal story of women’s longing and desire hidden underneath societal norms, and the interplay of mythological and the carnal.

“Though contemporary, it boasts of much magic realism and will be set in the Himalayas. I have already started a dialogue with various potential partners and actors.”

The trained writer asserts that for now, she has a lot of her material to film, but a time will come when she will start finding something in others’ screenplays or stories with the camera.

“I want to use the camera like a brush, to find what is unknown. My top priority is to develop through various stories, the formidable voice of women that is unheard in our societies and so in our films also. That voice is very stereotypical, not genuinely coming from a female heart and her lived reality, but more from how society wants to see women and their various emotions.”

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It is tough not to ask her if she is a ‘method director’, considering she lived in an old haveli for months with her mother before shooting ‘Sad Letters of an Imaginary Woman’.

“Before arriving at the old house, I had not made the entire screenplay but only outlines. The house was dark, dingy and almost dead, but had a character that it had witnessed in a past era. I could feel that the walls were whispering some past events to me, and every corner even though dark, was expressing an event that occurred there once. I have brought all that in the visual design in this film, where the house itself is a character, present in every scene, telling its own story and adding its layer in the already layered journey of these characters.”

Optimistic about the indie scene in India which she says is evolving and witnessing more acceptance, Saxena says one would always want, as an indie filmmaker, to have more system-generated support systems for such ventures, including the availability of finances or easy subsidies and support systems.

“There are so many artists who would like to showcase their art if a more friendly and empowering environment develops in India also for indie films,” she concludes.

–IANS

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I never said 'no’ to my father: Ranbir Kapoor tells Nikhil Kamath

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I never said 'no’ to my father: Ranbir Kapoor tells Nikhil Kamath

Mumbai, July 20 (IANS) Bollywood superstar Ranbir Kapoor, who smashed the box-office records with his last release ‘Animal’, is set to appear on Nikhil Kamath’s podcast titled ‘WTF People’.

The teaser of the upcoming episode of the podcast was unveiled on Saturday sending the fans of the actor in a frenzy given the actor isn’t much in the public eye.

Ranbir Kapoor will join the Zerodha co-founder Nikhil Kamath for an unfiltered discussion on navigating fame, the nuances of Bollywood, and his personal journey in the film industry.

The promo shows Ranbir speaking about his father, the late actor Rishi Kapoor, as he said that he was a very short-tempered man but very good at heart.

He said that he never saw the colour of his father’s eyes as he always used to keep his head down while speaking to him. He also shared that he never said ‘No’ to his father.

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The podcast allows the viewers to explore insights, behind-the-scenes stories, and candid reflections from Ranbir as he shares his perspectives on stardom, challenges faced, and lessons learned along the way.

This episode promises to be a deep dive into the mind of Ranbir Kapoor, offering listeners a unique glimpse into the life of an actor at the top of his game.

The new episode of ‘WTF People’ podcast is all set to release next week.

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Don’t have to explain act of sex to my children: Sushmita Sen

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Mumbai, July 20 (IANS) Actress Sushmita Sen, who was last seen in the 3rd season of the streaming series ‘Aarya’, has shared that she didn’t have to explain the act of sex to her children as a part of sex education.

Sushmita recently appeared on actress Rhea Chakraborty’s ‘Chapter 2 Podcast’, and discussed aspects of her life.

The ‘Aarya’ star shared that the conversation she had with her girls about sex was very different from what the actress had with her mom. The conversation that Sushmita had with her mother was not very intimate, unlike the one she had with her daughters.

She told Rhea, “The act of sex, I didn’t have to explain (to my daughters). They’re already PhDs (sic), all of them are. My younger one is into biology. So, she will get into terminologies, and I’m like, Okay, can we please keep it very generic? We don’t have to discuss the technicalities of it.”

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She went on to say that the only thing that she has repeatedly spoken to them about is, if somebody told them, “It’s the right time or this is not the right thing,” she was not interested in discussing that with her daughter because that’s between them and their friends.

“You figure that out, equate sex with respect in your life,” the actress shared.

“You can explore yourself and your desires, there’s no problem with that. But, in the end, it should not make you feel bad because that’s important. And, don’t do it out of peer pressure. You have to do it because you want that,” she added.

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Vatsal Sheth-Ishita Dutta's belated wish for their son: 'Cannot believe you are 1 yr already'

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Mumbai, July 20 (IANS) Actor couple Ishita Dutta and Vatsal Sheth on Saturday shared a happy glimpse of their baby boy Vaayu, wishing him love on his first birthday.

Taking to Instagram, Ishita posted a picture, wherein we can see her wearing a green long-sleeved tee-shirt and beige-coloured shorts. Vatsal was donning a white t-shirt and blue ripped denims.

Their little bundle of joy is sitting on a swing wearing a yellow t-shirt. The lovebirds are candidly posing standing behind their baby.

Ishita captioned the post: “Happy bday my baby… cannot believe you are 1 yr already… wish you all the happiness and love… Mumma papa love you so so much Vaayu….. Btw his bday was yest 19th but we were too busy having a blast.”

She gave the geo-tag of London, UK to her post.

Actor Bobby Deol dropped red heart emojis in the comment section.

Ishita met Vatsal on the sets of their show ‘Rishton Ka Saudagar – Baazigar’ in 2016. They had tied the knot in November 2017 in Mumbai.

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Ishita is best known for her performance in the 2015 crime thriller film ‘Drishyam’, starring Ajay Devgn, Shriya Saran and Tabu. She has also starred in shows like ‘Kaun Hai? – Ek Naya Adhyay’, and ‘Thoda sa Baadal Thoda sa Paani’.

Vatsal has been a part of TV shows like ‘Just Mohabbat’, ‘Ek Hasina Thi’, ‘Gehraiyaan’, and ‘Naagin 6’. He has also featured in movies ‘Taarzan: The Wonder Car’, ‘Heroes’, ‘Jai Ho’, and most recently ‘Adipurush’.

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Saira Banu pens emotional note for her good friend Rajendra Kumar

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Saira Banu pens emotional note for her good friend Rajendra Kumar

Mumbai, July 20 (IANS) Veteran actress Saira Banu, who often grabs eyeballs on Instagram courtesy of her insightful posts about her life and her late husband, the cinema icon Dilip Kumar, has remembered the late actor Rajendra Kumar on his birth anniversary.

On Saturday, Saira took to the Stories section of her Instagram and shared a throwback image wishing the late actor.

She wrote on the picture, “Remembering the legendary Rajendra Kumar ji also known as Jubilee Kumar on his birth anniversary. He wasn’t just a prominent actor with whom I had the pleasure of sharing the screen in much-loved films like ‘Jhuk Gaya Aasman’, ‘Ayee Milan Ki Bela’, and ‘Aman’, Rajendra ji was also a cherished family friend and a constant well-wisher.”

The former actress then wrote that their bond was beautifully captured in his biography, ‘Jubilee Kumar: The Life and Times of a Superstar’.

He spoke about her in the biography, and had shared, “I have always prayed that Saira should find a worthy life partner. And see, my wish came true; she married the legend of Indian films, Dilip Kumar.”

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The actress further mentioned: “His words reflect the warmth and affection he had for our family, making his memory all the more precious. Happy Birth Anniversary, dear Rajendra ji. Your legacy and the kindness you bestowed upon us continue to inspire many.”

Rajendra Kumar, who was awarded the Padma Shri in 1970, appeared in more than 80 films in a career spanning over four decades.

He starred alongside Sunil Dutt and Nargis in ‘Mother India’ which was India’s first submission for the Oscars in the Best International Feature Film category.

He was popularly known as Jubilee Kumar during the 1960s when he starred in several commercially successful films.

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