Sonam has THIS to say on ‘PadMan’ clashing with ‘Padmaavat’

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Actresses Sonam Kapoor and Deepika Padukone started off their Bollywood journey in the same year. Sonam made her debut opposite Ranbir Kapoor with director Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Saawariya’ whereas Deepika made her debut with Farah Khan’s ‘Om Shanti Om’ opposite Shah Rukh Khan.

Both the movies clashed at the box office then. It’s been a decade that these actresses have mesmerized us with their performances, Sonam in ‘Raanjhana’, ‘Neerja’ whereas Deepika in ‘Love Aaj Kal’, ‘RamLeela’ respectively. After a decade, the actresses are all set to clash at the box office again with ‘Padmaavat’ and ‘PadMan’ clashing this Republic Day weekend. (Also Read:Deepika and Sonam all set to clash at the box office after a decade. Who will win this time?)

So, at a recent media interaction for her forthcoming film ‘PadMan’, when the actress was asked that again after 10 years, her film would be clashing with Deepika Padukone’s ‘Padmaavat’ here’s what Sonam had to say, “According to me, there has been no official statement from the Producer, the PR or Sanjay Leela Bhansali that the film is releasing on January 25, 2018. So till that official statement doesn’t come, I don’t think there is any point commenting on it.”

On the contrary, officials from Viacom 18 have confirmed that director Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Padmaavat’ will be releasing on January 25, the same day when ‘PadMan’ releases. And it wouldn’t be wrong to say that Sonam smartly dodged the question related to her contemporary Deepika Padukone.

Well, we would like to wish both the actresses for their movies ‘PadMan’ and ‘Padmaavat’ respectively.

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.

Sonam has THIS to say on 'PadMan' clashing with 'Padmaavat'

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.