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For Lok Sabha 2019 Dharmendra campaigns to Hema Malini in Mathura




Actress and BJP’s Mathura MP Hema Malini was happy to have her husband, veteran actor Dharmendra, campaign on her behalf for a day in her constituency.

“Today is also a special day for me! Dharamji is here in Mathura to campaign for a whole day on my behalf. The public is waiting eagerly to get a glimpse of him,” Hema tweeted on Sunday along with a photograph in which the couple is all smiles.

“A photo taken in my house in Mathura just now before we leave for campaigning.”

The actress’ campaign has been inspiring jokes and memes galore on social media.

Her farm woman avatar, wherein she joined farmers and tried her hand at cutting the wheat crop in this region in Uttar Pradesh, invited not just scorn from the opposition but also the tag of ‘drama girl’ over the ‘dream girl’ she has been known as.


Filmmaker Anubhav Sinha: Entire discussion after Sushant’s suicide agenda driven



Anubhav Sinha finds all the clamour around Sushant Singh Rajput’s suicide ridiculous. The filmmaker says the everyday drama is disturbing, adding he suspects “some politics” has gotten into the conversation, which started after the news of the young actor’s death.

Sushant’s demise sparked off discussions around a lot of things — from nepotism to the ruthless ways of Bollywood’s power camps to the culture of blind items.

“What is going on is ridiculous. I would allow that young boy to rest. He must have been really disturbed in his head, restless and not at peace at all. I think we should just let him be for some time,” Sinha told IANS while discussing how a blame-game started after Sushant’s death.

“It’s not easy to take your own life and especially when you’re doing rather well. We need to keep quiet but a lot has been spoken about, and I suspect there is some politics that has gotten into it, and that’s not good for anybody — not for the boy at all,” he added.

The filmmaker feels one needs to be sensitive towards Sushant’s family.

“They need to think about him and his family. Every day there is some drama or the other, which is disturbing. I didn’t know him, I never met him, but I am disturbed. He was just 34. I made my first film at 36 and he was younger than that. I personally think that this entire discussion is pretty agenda driven and that is the reason why I don’t want to participate in it,” he added.

On June 14, Sushant was found hanging in his Bandra residence by his domestic help, which left the industry and his fans shocked. He was reportedly battling depression over the past few months and undergoing treatment. Toxic culture of Bollywood and imbalance of power are two things that have been highlighted after his demise.

Sinha admits that there is imbalance of power in Bollywood, but it is not something new.

“In any era, there have been more powerful people than the rest, and I am not only talking about Bollywood. So that is not something new. It is the order of the world that some people have more power than the rest — which according to me is not fine but that is how the world is,” noted the filmmaker.

He added: “Most businesses are so ruthless. It’s about me having the larger market share, me having a better number of stock exchanges. Our business is such that it deals with human beings. So, every product is a human being, it could be a director, an actor, or a DOP.”

“So, while we are a business, we are very vulnerable human beings. We should be kind to each other and we should be mindful of each other, our insecurities and each other’s happiness. There is a place for everyone to be happy,” he concluded on a hopeful note.

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Singer Arjun Kanungo: Nobody is interested in making original music for a film



Arjun Kanungo.

Singer Arjun Kanungo, who is known for belting out hits like “Khoon choos le”, “La la la” and “Baaki baatein peene baad”, says what is lacking in Hindi cinema is the focus on musical artistes.

“I think what’s lacking is focus on musical artists. Everything is focused on actors and scripts. I have done a few films in my life and I can tell you that nobody is truly interested in making original music for a film. It’s always in the confines of the script,” Kanungo told IANS.

He added: “While that is a good thing and a bad thing, we should have more films which work the other way around, more around the artists that are making the music, and I think that will happen soon.”

The singer feels the lockdown has helped bring back creativity.

“You are going to find a lot of scripts next year with a lot of original music because the one thing that the lockdown has done is it has shown us where we were lacking in creativity and I think that it is going to change,” he said.

Kanungo says he has been “super productive” amid the lockdown and has penned 12 tracks.

“It’s amazing how self-sufficient I have become in lockdown. The thing is the lockdown makes you more focused. I didn’t have anything else to do right now so I have been super productive, and I have written around 12 tracks that I am dying to release now. I am ready for 2021,” Arjun told IANS.

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Actor Harsh Chhaya: ‘Chor police’ is always a popular format to watch



Actor Harsh Chhaya. (File Photo: IANS)

Actor Harsh Chhaya is gearing up for the release of his crime thriller series “Undekhi”. He says the format of the police chasing bad guys always makes for interesting viewing.

Based on true events, the first teaser of the web series showcased a murder in the Sundarbans. Another teaser showing a girl being shot in midst of a celebration at a different location altogether is also out now.

He said it was his character in the series that made him sign up for the show.

“He (his character) is a wealthy man and has all the powers that come with wealth. He is well connected. He is a rich and an obnoxious man. He is a wild, out of control kind of a guy and he couldn’t care less for anything or anybody,” Harsh told IANS.

“It’s a negative character, there’s nothing to be proud of being such a person. As a character, it is interesting to play. I tried to make him look ‘hateable’,” he added.

Harsh also liked the overall story of the series.

“The story has its own moments. It’s a cop-based thriller story. The thriller…chor police is a popular format for people who do it and people who watch it. All in all, it works for me,” he said.

Directed by Ashish R. Shukla, the series is slated to launch on July 10 on SonyLIV.

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