For ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’, our daughters must be alive: Shabana


Veteran actress Shabana Azmi says for the government’s “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao” campaign to be effective, “our betis (daughters) should be alive”.

Shabana shared her thoughts at Anu and Shashi Ranjan-organised 20th Beti FLO GR8 Awards 2018, which she attended here on Monday night with Jeetendra, Amit Sadh, Bhumi Pednekar, Huma Qureshi, Anup Jalota and Amruta Fadnavis.

Reacting to the shocking incident involving the abduction, rape and murder of an eight-year-old in a village near Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir, Shabana said: “Our country is living in multiple centuries at one time. We are living in the 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st centuries at a time, and this we are experiencing in the way we treat women of this country.

“Our women have achieved great heights in their respective careers and have become leaders. But on the other hand, we read and watch such news that I don’t have words to express (my emotions). We should all unite and ensure these kinds of incidents don’t happen.

“We always say ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’, and we should work towards that. But for that, firstly, our betis (daughters) should be alive.” (Also Check: Javed Akhtar demands justice for Asifa the Kathua rape victim)

Other celebrtities also reacted to the incident.

Huma said: “It’s sad, tragic and heartbreaking. People behind it should be punished. If we are not able to protect an eight-year-old girl as a society, then it is really shameful.

“A lot of people are giving political angles to it. I feel very upset about that also. I think justice is what we should be fighting for and arguing about — and not about making the issue political.”

On the 20th Beti FLO GR8 Awards 2018, Huma said: “We all believe in the cause of women empowerment and it has become necessary that we encourage women, because girls can also bring glory to our country, just like boys.

“Girls are doing so much better in every field. Whatever I am today is because of my mother and how she pushed me and supported me. So I am all for the cause of women’s empowerment.”



In pics: Deepika Padukone is all excited to have her wax statue at Madame Tussauds

In pics: Deepika Padukone is all excited to have her wax statue at Madame Tussauds
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Actress Deepika Padukone, who is basking in the success of her blockbuster hit film ‘Padmaavat’ will now be getting her statue at the prestigious Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in London. Deepika’s film ‘Padmaavat’ became the first woman-led film to cross 300 crores at the Indian box office.

Now, the actress is all set to have her wax statue at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. Deepika Padukone had gone live on her Facebook announcing the good news to her fans and followers. Here we bring you a few pictures of the leggy beauty, who is all excited to give her measurements for the wax statue.

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During the live interaction, Deepika was asked about her reaction when she got a call and was informed about her wax statute, to which she replied,”I felt very excited because the only time I visited the Madame Tussauds was in London when I was very little, with my parents. That memory has sort of stayed with me obviously, and then to receive a letter to be a part of that and to actually experience what goes into making these wax figures. I think Madame Tussauds is iconic in so many ways, you know it actually feels great to be a part of that.”

In London, Deepika will be placed in the A-list section of the attraction with actors like Angelina Jolie and others. Speaking about it Deepika shared, “On a serious note I think that everyone who does make it to the Madame Tussaud’s, or who has in the past, is an achiever in some way, and I think just to be part of this legacy is exciting enough, I am just looking forward to the experience.”

Deepika recently also emerged to be the only Indian actress to feature in TIME 100 Influential People of 2018 List. She also featured in Variety’s International Women’s Impact Report 2018.

The actress also enjoys a huge fan following, a testimony of which is seen on her social media platforms with a follower base of more than 75 million.

Over the years, Deepika Padukone has not only set a precedent with her work in the Entertainment industry but has also become the face of the industry globally.

So guys aren’t you excited to see our beautiful Deepika Padukone’s wax statue at Madame Tussauds?

Also Read: After Anushka Sharma, Deepika Padukone to get waxed at the Madame Tussauds



PHOTO: Farhan Akhtar begins the prep for Sonali Bose's 'The Sky Is Pink'

PHOTO: Farhan Akhtar begins the prep for Sonali Bose's 'The Sky Is Pink'
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After Priyanka Chopra, Farhan Akhtar has kicked off Sonali Bose’s much-awaited film ‘The Sky Is Pink‘. Sonali Bose’s film is based on the life of late Aisha Chaudhary, a girl who suffered from pulmonary fibrosis when she was 13 years old. Irrespective of her illness, she became a motivational speaker and author of a book titled ‘My Little Epiphanies’. However, she could not fight for long with her illness and passed away at the age of 19 on January 24, 2018.

The role of Aisha will be played by none other than ‘Dangal’ girl Zaira Wasim whereas Priyanka Chopra and Farhan Akhtar will be playing the role of her parents in the film. Zaira and Priyanka had started attending workshops with Shonali a few weeks earlier and now it’s Farhan Akhtar, who is prepping for his role.

Farhan took to Instagram to share a draft copy of the film. Farhan’s caption reads as, “It all starts here. Thank You #ShonaliBose for trusting me with this beautiful story. #fromtheheart.”

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The film marks Priyanka Chopra’s comeback in Bollywood industry after 2 long years. The actress has Bollywood film ‘Bharat’ along with Salman Khan and Disha Patani and Hollywood films like ‘Isn’t It Romantic’ and ‘A Kid Like Jake’. The actress recently shot for a song for ‘Isn’t It Romantic’ on the streets of New York and her fans surely could not take their eyes off her. Whereas Farhan Akhtar is coming on the silver screen after his flop ‘Lucknow Central’ which released in the year of 2017.

Also Read: These latest pictures of Farhan Akhtar will take you back to ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ days