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Dear Sanjay Leela Bhansali, no more clarifications PLEASE!

Dear Sanjay Leela Bhansali, no more clarifications PLEASE!

Sanjay Leela Bhansali

Dear Sanjay Leela Bhansali,

In the last two decades you devoted to the Indian film industry, you have made some outstanding films with concepts many filmmakers would not even like to touch. You made ‘Khamoshi: The Musical’ in which two prominent characters of the film were deaf and mute. The way you showed their journey, it turned our eyes moist. Then came ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’, a love-triangle that stole our hearts. We still cry while watching the song ‘Tadap Tadap’.

After two successful ventures, you opted to make a film on a grand scale. We are talking about ‘Devdas’ that once again touched the right chords of our hearts. With ‘Black’ came a strong message that you dream it and you achieve it. Though ‘Saawariya’ didn’t do well, you gave Bollywood two most talented actors.

In ‘Guzaarish’, you introduced us to the term ‘euthanasia’, and with ‘Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela’ , the eternal love story of Romeo-Juliet was brilliantly Indianised. Your last outing as a director gave us ‘Bajirao Mastani’ in which you brought the love story of a warrior king alive on the big screen.

The day you announced ‘Padmavati’, we knew only you could do justice to history and the vision needed for this massive project had only Bhansali written all over it.

As the shoot of this magnum opus began, we waited for one leaked image or a video from the sets but got harsh reality instead. It made us feel miserable about what happened with you. It wasn’t just a slap on your face, it was a slap on each one of us who assumed that we are secure while doing our jobs the way we want to. I still remember discussing with my colleague what you must be going through. It really shattered us and our anger driven hearts further pained to see such an event unfolding in front of us .

I salute you for not letting this be a hurdle in making a film you believed in. You went on to make ‘Padmavati’ and did not bow down to these fringe groups who chose to take law into their hands and restore to violence. It was almost 6 months plus of silence until ‘Padmavati’ trailer hit us and we were left speechless. Those who remained silent all this while rose again from their wonderland to protest against the release of the film.

Now with only 20 days left for the film to release, there have already been numerous threats to PIL’s filed to letters written to the PM and what not. Why is this protest taking place? Just because a rumour about a romantic scene between Rani Padmavati and Sultan Alauddin Khilji was doing the rounds. Because in real life Deepika and Ranveer are rumoured to be dating hence the assumption that in reel too there will be a romantic scene between the two? After the first attack itself your team had officially released a statement that there’s no such scene or a dream sequence in the film whatsoever. Even, the CEO of your production house, Shobha Sant, had clarified that no such scene existed in the film. From Ranveer to Deepika to other people who are associated with the movie, each and every individual has clearly stated innumerable times that Deepika and Ranveer have no scene in the film at all.

It has been a field day for all the political parties ever since. Some say that you are distorting history; some say that they want the scene between Rani Padmavati and Sultan Alauddin Khilji to be deleted, and some just want to ban the film because it might hurt their religious sentiments. My question to these people is, have you seen the movie? How can you be so sure that Sanjay Leela Bhansali has distorted the facts? How can you say with surety that there is a scene between Rani Padmavati and Sultan Alauddin Khilji? I am not advocating that the film will be outstanding because we haven’t seen it yet, but how can those protesting not understand and trust the makers even after number of assurances given?

Then came your video statement that just left us heartbroken. A filmmaker of your stature was forced to justify his work and request people to trust him. You stated, “I’ve made this film ‘Padmavati’ with a lot of sincerity, responsibility and hard work.” We hoped that this video will suffice and put the entire case to rest.

But, it looks like no matter what the protestors won’t give up. Even after your video, the controversy doesn’t seem to die down.

Mr Bhansali, after all this brouhaha, I want to make just one humble request, and that is, no more clarifications PLEASE. It’s high time that the political forces stop targeting Bollywood. We are with you and your film, and believe us, even the audience is. Once the film releases, it will surely squash all the assumptions.

Much regards,

A journalist, a fan, and the guy who will watch ‘Padmavati’ without any fear, first day first show

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STOP judging the misery of Bollywood stars. They're as humane as we are

Imagine a situation when you wake up one fine morning, have your cuppa of coffee and then grab up a newspaper in your hand, only to see a BREAKING scandal on the first page which is all about YOU. What would be your reaction? You’ll be shocked and paranoid, right?

The same goes for our Bollywood celebrities too.

They are famous, and we think that they are over-privileged, and so, we rob them of all the humanity we pride ourselves upon. We forget that Bollywood celebrities might also get the same feeling of helplessness when they are pulled into a puddle without any reason; for those just for the sake news. The point we want to prove here is that, we literally rely on the lives of our Bollywood celebrities; what they eat? where are they vacationing/partying? she was so fake during that interview?, and we so love it.

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But on a franker note, do we really know when to not cross the line? Let’s talk about a recent example, that of megastar Amitabh Bachchan. When many media houses reported (not us) that Senior Bachchan had been admitted to Lilavati Hospital, Mumbai; but the truth was something else. The star had actually visited the hospital for a routine check-up as he was complaining about a pain in his lumbar. Later, Big B penned down a poem in Hindi which explained that while he totally understands the photographers’ need for his pictures to continue their work and it is just part of their profession, those camera flashes may act hazardous at times, especially to the eyes, which is why he hid his face with a hat. PERIOD! Have a look at his heartfelt poem below:

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That’s just one of the example, when a problem of a star was not at all sympathised, but was churned into a BREAKING news.

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Even actress Preity Zinta recently became the catch for many media portals when the dimpled beauty was snapped exiting a hang-out spot in Mumbai wearing a ill-fitted dress. And then what, there were speculations that Is Preity Zinta pregnant and is that a Baby bump she is flashing? Like really peeps, now a actress can’t even wear a loose clothing piece, does everything needs to be oh-so gossip tuned?

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When Deepika Padukone talked about her depression story, without a doubt there were fans who sympathised the lady. But over time, there were also many who pointed out the credibility of her confession. Questions were raised and statements were thrown at her which in a gist meant that being a lady who enjoyed so much fame and money, how could she claim of suffering from depression. Clearly, such people just proved their ignorance of the fact that Depression is not just a verb, but actually a mental illness which can claim anyone, irrespective of status, wealth, talent and beauty.

How fickle and heartless we are as audience. We claim to be head over heels in love with our stars and yet when it comes to such times and things, we leave no chance to take a jibe at them.

Few months back Aishwarya Rai Bachchan paid the price of being a celebrity, when paparazzi zoomed and clicked some tacky snaps of the star when she had visited Manish Malhotra‘s residence for dinner, along with her hubby. But instead of being supportive and taking Aish’s side, social media took pleasure out of those GROSS photos. We wouldn’t have reacted the same way if it would have happened with someone close to us, right?

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Yesterday, a media portal bashed Sonakshi Sinha with her choice of ensembles which she wore during her film’s promotion. While we do get that everything cannot be sugar-coated, but we do need to be subtle in the way that even celebs as humans get what we are trying to say.

Forget sympathy, where is the empathy?

Are we affirming the fact that celebrities are rich and so their misery is not at all real? Why can’t we gulp the fact that the problems of our stars are also genuine? Their misery, no matter how public, are real, even in the cut-throat ugly world of glamour. Agreed that they are rich, move in their swanky cars and do what not; but at last they are HUMANS just like you and me.

Lastly, not all celebrities are publicity obsessed. And we should surely learn where to draw a line. TIME OUT!

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Dear Priyanka, it’s high time you starred in a Bollywood Film…

Dear Priyanka,

January 25, 2018, I went to a theatre to watch Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Padmaavat’. It was a first day, first show. I was keen to see what the director had to offer, after ‘Bajirao Mastani’.

Well, I was quite impressed with ‘Padmaavat’ thanks to the spectacular vision of SLB. Even the actors left a mark. While Ranveer Singh’s Khilji act was outstanding, Deepika Padukone looked stunning as Rani Padmavati and Shahid Kapoor as Maharawal Ratan Singh impressed us. However, I felt there was something missing in the film, an ‘X – Factor’ that was there in ‘Bajirao Mastani’, but not in ‘Padmaavat’. I couldn’t put things together as what was that one thing missing in ‘Padmaavat’.

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Finally, after wracking my brains and heart for a few days, a box office comparison article on ‘Padmaavat’ VS ‘Bajirao Mastani’ finally gave me the answer I was looking for. It was you, Priyanka Chopra. The ‘X-factor’ in ‘Bajirao Mastani’ was missing from the magnum opus and now a Rs 250 crore plus profitable film ‘Padmaavat’. The subtle yet a powerful performance that you gave in ‘Bajirao Mastani’.

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I then literally went and checked out other dialogue promos of ‘Bajirao Mastani’ that featured you, and understood that not just ‘Padmaavat’, an ‘X – Factor’ from Bollywood has been missing. Bollywood is missing Priyanka Chopra, who is not just a pretty face, but a performer who can make us sit back and notice her.

Your last Bollywood movie was a 2016 release ‘Jai Gangaajal’. Though you were excellent in the film, your ‘Bajirao Mastani’ performance overpowers every other last release of yours.

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There’s no doubt that Priyanka, you are making India proud internationally with the ‘Quantico’ series and three Hollywood films in your kitty, but Bollywood needs you too. Its been more than two years, that your fans are waiting for you to announce your next Bollywood film. We have heard a lot about the films you might take up, SLB’s ‘Gustakhiyan’, Kalpana Chawla biopic, Rakesh Sharma biopic and ‘Fanney Khan’. However, till date, none have been announced as your next Bollywood project.

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Priyanka, it’s definitely high time that you come back to Bollywood, not just for your fans but for Bollywood. I am not saying that Bollywood can’t work without Priyanka and movies won’t be made. But, then the silver screen is missing a performer like you.

After all, as your songs goes, “Dekhi lakh lakh pardesi girl, Ain’t nobody like my DESI GIRL.”

A guy who misses you on big screen

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