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February 16, 2019

Not quite over his dead body but...

When Aamir Khan, Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan (pictured) shared a platform recently, we hoped that there might be a film in the future but Salman has dashed all hopes. Bollywood’s most eligible bachelor said he’d rather see himself getting married than do a film together with the other Khans.

Salman said this during the Big Star Entertainment Awards 2014 in Mumbai. He was asked about the events he would he like to see happening in 2015 - Salman Khan getting married or Bollywood’s three Khans -- Salman, Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan-doing a film together.

To that, the Dabangg star said, “I would rather see myself getting married than the three Khans doing a film together.”

I’m gutted at this. Not because he doesn’t want to a film with the others but that my eye candy superstar is thinking of marriage!


PK starts off well at box office but runs into trouble

Aamir Khan’s latest film PK may have crossed Rs 200-crore mark at the domestic box office, but the Rajkumar Hirani directorial is facing the ire of many religious outfits in cities like Agra and Bhopal. The film, which features Aamir as an alien, takes a hard-hitting swipe at organised religion, god and godmen.

Accusing Aamir of double standards, and advising him to go to Pakistan, Bajrang Dal and Vishwa Hindu Parishad activists jointly intruded into the Shree Talkies in Agra on Sunday evening to disrupt screening of PK. It is also highly unlikely that this movie will have a television premiere.

Cinema hall management filed a complaint against protestors at the New Agra police station. SP city Sameer Saurabh said action would be taken.

Here are some reactions to the move from prominent people:

Madan Sharma of the Bajrang Dal and Rajendra Garg of the VHP criticised Aamir, said that he was displaying his anti-Hindu sentiments by ridiculing Hindu gods and goddesses in the film.

Some of the Hindu activists also staged protest on Monday in front of Jyoti cinema hall in Bhopal. Bajrang Dal state vice president Kamlesh Thakur said that PK should be immediately banned and they will submit memorandum to Madhya Pradesh government soon regarding the same.

Police superintendent (city) of Maharana Pratap Nagar, Arvind Khare told IANS, “People who were protesting in front of the hall have been stopped. They were not manhandled and no one was arrested”.

PK, which released on December 19, had also led to Twitter war. Thanks to different opinions, #BoycottPK and #WeSupportPK were recently trending on the micro-blogging site.

Reacting to the controversies surrounding Rajukumar Hirani’s latest release, actor Boman Irani said people need to respect the point of view of the makers. “People may agree and may even disagree but then they have to respect it (the concept of PK) because we are also respecting their view,” said Boman, who has a key role in the film.

Senior BJP leader LK Advani, who recently watched the film hailed the movie as a “wonderful and courageous film”.

Actress Juhi Chawla, who had bought 30 tickets of PK for her family, had also tweeted: “I have some issues with PK. I agree with a lot of things but disagree with some. Now that’s a good film; one that stirs thought and discussion”.


– Additional reporting – NDTV


The comeback of Govinda

The other night, I settled in front of my TV to catch up with a movie that had promotions running on a loop at every ad break. Kill Dill was coming as the blockbuster of the month and it was doing its world television premiere too. More than anything, I was looking forward to Govinda’s role because he had disappeared off the radar and there was one song that showcased his dancing skills of an era gone by. Yup, a much awaited movie.

Unfortunately the movie didn’t jump at me and I really felt his role was not enough. Perhaps I’m used to seeing him in different avatars where he is frolicking about with the likes of Karishma Kapoor or Kimi Katkar or Shilpa Shirodhkar and the rest.

This was Govinda’s second-coming or so we assumed. He took a brief hiatus somewhere between the years 2003 to 2005. Once he came back, he started hobnobbing with the elites again (read: Salman Khan and Co) with movies like Partner, Bhagam Bhag and Raavan along with a few more but his output lessened considerably. We had lost him to the wilderness of politics but he retired from it to concentrate more on films. However, somehow this decision failed to have any impact as far as his career was concerned.

There was also a minor technical error. His comeback was unlike that of Dilip Kumar or Amitabh Bachchan or some of his peers like Anil Kapoor or Sanjay Dutt. Both Dilip Kumar and Amitabh Bachchan came back stronger after transitioning to character roles. Anil Kapoor or Sanjay Dutt played safe and took the plunge when time demanded. I still don’t know where Govinda fits in with this ‘comeback’. I guess we’ll just have to wait and watch, seeing that he is busy launching his daughter as a heroine this year.

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