We loved that movie. We loved how borders were crossed and the lost little girl was returned to her parents living in Pakistan. After the movie was released, it emerged that there was a real life story that matched the one in reel life. Geeta, the deaf-mute Indian woman living in Pakistan after accidentally crossing the border over a decade ago, has expressed desire to meet Bollywood superstar Salman Khan with family on her return to India.
City-based sign language expert Dyanendra Purohit spoke to Geeta through online video call from a help centre for persons with special needs in Tukoganj police station.
Purohit later told reporters, “Geeta through her gestures has expressed desire to meet Salman Khan with her family. She is an admirer of the 49-year-old actor. She is also keen to return to India.”
Geeta will return home soon with the Indian government “almost completing the procedure” for bringing her back.
Geeta was reportedly just seven or eight years old when she was found sitting alone on the Samjhauta Express by the Pakistan Rangers 15 years ago at Lahore railway station.
A couple based in Uttar Pradesh has claimed that Geeta is their daughter and were ready for a DNA test to prove their parentage.
Don’t we all love happy endings?
Censor trouble for Soha and Vir’s ‘31 October’
Soha Ali Khan and Vir Das’ next release 31 October is in censor trouble. The film was recently submitted to the Censor Board for certification. However, they have raised objections on certain scenes.
“The makers are considering the changes that have been suggested but since these are integral to the film’s narrative, they are trying to figure out how to go about it,” informs our source, “They can’t afford to lose the core essence of the film by incorporating any random cuts.”
All of this would mean that the film may not really make it for its October 30 release.
“The timing is the key here,” a trade source adds, “For 31 October to release; there couldn’t have been a better date than October 30. It is as timely as it gets. However, this date is now being challenged.”
31 October is being pitched as the first mainstream film ever based on the assassination of Indira Gandhi and what it led to. Set against the backdrop of 1984 anti-Sikh riots, the film is touted to be a true-life story of a Sikh family and their fight for survival. Other than Soha Ali Khan, the film also stars Vir Das as the lead protagonist.
“Since the film’s subject is quite sensitive, the censor has asked for some cuts,” a close associate of director Shivaji Lotan Patil adds. “We do respect the suggestions and are trying to find a perfect balance between the story we want to tell and the conditions that Censor Board has for the certification.”
“You never know which political, social or religious outfit ends up raising objections all of a sudden,” the associate adds, “It is another menace that one has to be prepared for all the time.”
Now that’s one eventuality that the film would have to deal with, considering the subject in hand. If the film indeed makes it on October 30, then Soha would be clashing with her hubby Kunal Khemu’s Guddu Ki Gun, which is slated for arrival on the same date.
Emraan Hashmi pens book on son’s cancer struggle
Actor Emraan Hashmi is all set to turn author for a book, which will shed light on his five-year-old son’s struggle with first-stage cancer.
The 36-year-old Mr X star, who is married to Parveen Shahani for nine years and is a proud parent to a son, said he is excited about the book.
“The last two years have been the most trying phase of my life. Through it I have found two of my greatest teachers,” he posted in a tweet on October 16.
The book is expected to arrive on stands next year.
The actor will be next seen in Azhar, which is a biopic on former Indian skipper Mohammed Azharuddin. Emraan is playing the titular role in it.
Directed by Tony D’Souza, Azhar traces Azharuddin’s career and personal life.
Been tweeting Naseerudding Shah? Don’t do it
Actor Anupam Kher said all the accounts on social networking websites by the name of his A Wednesday co-star Naseeruddin Shah are fake.
Mr Kher, who was on his way to Delhi to perform his autobiographical play Kuch Bhi Ho Sakta Hai, met the 66-year-old Dedh Ishqiyaactor on flight and came to know about the fake accounts.
“Ten minutes into conversation and Naseer tells me all his accounts on Facebook and Twitter are fake. So are some of the statements attributed to him,” he tweeted.
The 60-year-old Special 26 actor also shared a picture of himself with Shah.
The two have starred together in films like Tridev and Dus Kahaniyaan.
DID YOU KNOW?
SIDDHARTH MALHOTRA OWNS AN OSCAR!
Bollywood hottie Sidharth Malhotra owns a pet dog named, Oscar, whom he loves to spend his free time with.
I know. I fell for it too.