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Priya Bapat says women get meatier roles on OTT

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Actress Priya Bapat, who is seen in the web-series ‘City Of Dreams’, has hailed the digital space for not being gender-specific and that storytelling is not restricted.

“Don’t you think women are always fighting patriarchy…and they are doing so well…I am very happy. I think OTT is a great thing because storytelling is not restricted or it is not gender-specific,” Priya told IANS.

She sees the evolution happening in cinema too and credits the changing mindsets.

“The way you look at a story and the way you narrate the story is important. I think how people are changing, mindsets are changing and thanks to OTT platforms that we are creating shows like ‘Aarya’ also, where you are creating an audience they are accepting and interested in this kind of content,” she said.

Priya added: “So, it is a great thing. I am very happy with this change…Like how women are good at everything that they do, they are queens of multitasking. They should be ruling everything from OTT to real lives.”

Directed by Nagesh Kukunoor, ‘City Of Dreams’ also stars Atul Kulkarni, Eijaz Khan and Sachin Pilgaonkar. It will be released on Disney+ Hotstar.

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Jennifer Lawrence dissed for claiming there’s no female action film lead before her

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Hollywood star Jennifer Lawrence has been widely criticised after claiming that there’s no female action movie lead before her.

Speaking with actress Viola Davis for Variety’s Actors on Actors about female action heroes, she said: “I remember when I was doing ‘Hunger Games’, nobody had ever put a woman in the lead of an action movie because it wouldn’t work – because we were told girls and boys can both identify with a male lead, but boys cannot identify with a female lead.”

She added: “And it just makes me so happy every single time I see a movie come out that just blows through every one of those beliefs, and proves that it is just a lie to keep certain people out of the movies. To keep certain people in the same positions that they’ve always been in.”

Many quickly disagreed with Lawrence as Franklin Leonard, founder of The Black List, said on Twitter in response to the interview: “It is untrue that no one had ever put a woman in an action movie before Jennifer Lawrence in ‘Hunger Games’.”

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Viral: Shah Rukh Khan Performs Umrah In Mecca Post Schedule Wrap Of Dunki. Fans Are Thrilled

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Shah Rukh Khan, who announced the Saudi Arabia wrap of Dunki, was spotted in the holy city of Mecca. Several pictures of the superstar are going viral on the Internet that shows him in a white ensemble and a mask performing Umrah (an Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca). He can be seen surrounded by people. The official Twitter account of Shah Rukh’s fan club shared a picture and video and captioned the post as “[Pics]: King #ShahRukhKhan performing Umrah at Makka Sharif.” Soon after the post was shared, his fans flooded the comment section. A user wrote, “Mashallah mashaallah may Allah accept each of ur dua… inshallah,” while others wrote, “Mashallah (beautiful).”
On Wednesday, Shah Rukh Khan dropped a video on his Instagram handle announcing a schedule wrap in Saudi Arabia. In the video, he can be heard saying, “There is nothing more satisfying than completing a shooting schedule as is with Dunki here in Saudi. So I want to thank Raju sir and rest of the cast for making it look so lovely. Special thanks to the Ministry of Culture and Films here in Saudi for giving us such spectacular locations, amazing arrangements and the warm hospitality. So, a very big Shukran (Thank you) to all. On to the red sea festival.”

Meanwhile, on Thursday, Shah Rukh Khan unveiled new posters of Pathaan, co-starring Deepika Padukone and John Abraham. The new posters featured them with guns. The movie is scheduled to release on January 25, 2023.
On the work front, Shah Rukh Khan has three films in his kitty that are scheduled to release next year – Pathaan with Deepika Padukone, Jawan with Nayanthara and Dunki, co-starring Taapsee Pannu.

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Navi Mumbai: Kharghar musical group announces event to raise funds for cancer patients

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 Kharghar Krooners, a musical group, will soon host a charity programme to raise funds for families of cancer patients. This is the first time that the group has ticketed its programme. However, funds raised from the event will entirely go towards charity.

The group will hold the musical event in association with the ‘Karun Bharat Helping Hand Foundation’ to raise funds for needy patients. The ‘Mega Concert’ of the Kharghar Krooners will be held at Vishnudas Bhave Auditorium on Sunday, December 18 at 8:30 p.m.

Kharghar Krooners has made a humble appeal to people to come forward and support families by enjoying a lovely musical evening with the music of the Golden Era of Rafi, Kishore, Mukesh, Lata Mangeshkar, and Asha Bhosale.

According to the organiser, they have reserved seats for 50 cancer patients along with one of the relatives. “We reserved a total of 100 seats for them,” said the organiser.

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