PadMan: Men in some places aren’t allowing their wives to watch the film, says Akshay Kumar

Akshay Kumar‘s ‘PadMan’ has opened to positive reviews from both critics and audience. This is probably the first Bollywood film to give a loud and clear message on menstruation, and we can’t help but applaud for the team, for their splendid effort!

However, at some places, the film’s performance is still not satisfactory. Akshay Kumar, who called for a media interaction to discuss the same, points out that women are being stopped by their husbands from going and watching the film in theatres. (Also Read:Parineeti Chopra chooses Akshay Kumar over Arjun Kapoor. Here’s how!)

“Critics had loved it. Even when I go on the internet, I see everyone has lvoed it. But there are certain people still, that are in places like Bihar, UP, Ghaziabad, Haryana. They are hesitant to go and watch the film. What I’ve noticed is, men are not allowing their wives to go and watch the movie. The whole idea of making the movie was to break the taboo. To tell them, that there’s nothing wrong. You guys have seen the film. I’ve made it with the intention that men should go and watch it with their families. The males should specially watch it, because there’s nothing wrong in talking about it (periods), or helping your wife or going and buying pads. It’s a very natural thing,” he said.

We have to agree that films like ‘PadMan’ are a need of the hour, especially since in India, majority of women don’t even have access to sanitary napkins and nurture massively unhealthy practices while managing periods every month. So, if you’ve already watched the film and loved it, spread the word may be? 🙂

Would love to do a sports-centric film: Ranbir Kapoor

Would love to do a sports-centric film: Ranbir Kapoor

Bollywood star Ranbir Kapoor, who is set to play a football match for a cause, says he would love to do a sports-centric film which tells the inspirational story of any Indian athlete.

If he had to do a film on a sportsperson, who would it be and why?

“It’s a tough question! We’ve a lot of athletes in the country and every story is worth listening to (and) will inspire others. I would personally love to do a sports-centric film sometime on any athlete who has made the nation proud,” Ranbir told IANS in an email interaction.

The actor is one of the 18 Bollywood celebrities from the All-Star Football Club (ASFC), including Abhishek Bachchan, Arjun Kapoor, Kartik Aaryan and Dino Morea, who will play a friendly match to support Magic Bus Foundation’s goal to help 2,000 underprivileged children.

PadMan: Men in some places aren't allowing their wives to watch the film, says Akshay Kumar

Magic Bus Foundation has associated with crowd-funding platform ImpactGuru.com in an initiative backed by GS Worldwide Entertainment to create awareness and raise funds for underprivileged children in 77 districts across 22 Indian states. The campaign, #GivingGoals, aims to raise Rs 60 lakh towards these programmes. (Also Check: Back in the city, Ranbir Kapoor enjoys playing a football match with his pals. VIEW PICS)

Ranbir is an ardent football fan.

“Everything about football excites us (ASFC members)! Playing induces adrenaline, explains the basics of teamwork and its importance. As a viewer too, it is the most involving game for audiences. Every minute, every second of it has something exciting for both the players and audiences,” Ranbir said.

The film industry keeps playing friendly sports matches off and on for noble causes.

“Sports in India is picking up and growing exponentially as a culture. We’re lucky to be a part of this process and it makes us proud whenever we can contribute to this positive trend,” added the actor, who is training hard to beat his seasoned opponents, who he believes have an “athletic edge” over his team.

There’s an opportunity for fans of AFSC stars to join the celebrities in raising funds.

Jayant Rastogi, CEO, Magic Bus India Foundation, is overwhelmed by the support pouring in from some of the well-known celebrities of Indian cinema.

“We have been fighting against poverty by ensuring children and young adults have a holistic education. Through this association, we hope to continue developing the skills today’s children require for a secure, stable and bright career,” he said.

Celebrity support in coming together to mobilise their fans from around the world to raise funds for a cause is heartening, said ImpactGuru.com’s CEO and Co-founder Piyush Jain.

Being seductive is part of womanhood: Urmila Matondkar

Being seductive is part of womanhood: Urmila Matondkar

Urmila Matondkar who has been missing from the big screen since long is back with a bang. The Rangeela stars recent appearance in the song “Bewafa beauty” from Irrfan Khan starrer Blackmail was much loved by her fans. The beauty opened up on the dance number in an interview to IANS.

“Lyrically and contextually, the song is very interestingly put out and I liked that part. Having said that it was not my conscious decision to be a part of this song, but I was just trying out something very different that has not happened in the recent past,” said the actress, known for some superhit dance numbers like “Hai rama”, “Tanha tanha”, “Chamma chamma” and “Ruki Ruki”.

Urmila Matondkar has never failed to prove three strong elements as an actress in her career – power of acting, unmatched dancing skill and image of being desirable. The actress says as a woman, she always finds the tough but right chord to be seductive and not vulgar as the line is very thin.

“Being seductive is a part of womanhood and if a woman feels it strongly as a part of her personality, it is never represented in a wrong way. There is a very thin line between being seductive and vulgar, but it comes from the performer. I think I never fell in the grey area or went over the top because I am a strong-headed actor and I feel seductive as a woman.

“So whatever bold dance that I performed on-screen, it never looked vulgar,” Urmila told IANS in an interview.

In times of social media, several actresses who wear bikinis and bold outfits get criticism.

Asked if people are becoming over critical and bully actors, Urmila said: “Yes, that is happening. But in the era of social media, when we are putting out our videos, photos for promotional purpose and giving our audience a chance to share their opinion, we should expect both good and bad. Otherwise, one shouldn’t put it out there at the first place.(Also Check: When Urmila Matondkar’s first thought was that the news of Sridevi’s demise was a rude joke

“Having said that there is a difference between constructive criticism and personal attack. As actors, we should identify that before considering the opinion. One should never take the latter to their heart, never”, she added.

Urmila’s career has been a mix of films in the commercially successful space as well as those with strong content with titles like “Bas Ek Pal”, “Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara” and “Pinjar”.

Was it a conscious decision to balance out both kind of cinema?

“Not really, because for me, every character that I play is an experience. So, the criteria were to try out something that I have never done before… Then of course overall story, the director… But it was never a strategy to balance out commercial and art house cinema. It was never that.

“Look, our film industry now is going through a transition where some films are made on a middle-aged woman. I think it is a combination of what the audience wants to watch and what makers can deliver. I do not think there is any dearth of stories, but with the success of each film, makers will gain confidence to make more films on women of all ages,” said the 44-year-old who is not really planning for her next film outing with any filmmaker soon.

“Life goes on between what we plan and what the situation offers us. Like the way I did not plan ‘Bewafa beauty’, my next film will come to be when it is destined to happen,” she winked.