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Truth biggest victim in our democracy Says Vivek Agnihotri

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Filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri, whose latest movie ‘The Tashkent Files‘ revolves around the mysterious death of the then Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri in 1966, says suppressing the truth is wrong in a democracy.

Agnihotri, who received a legal notice from Shastri’s grandson ahead of the film’s release, said his core motivation behind making the film was clear.

“Truth is the biggest victim in our democracy. And the basic right that people should have in a democratic country is the right to truth and freedom of expression. No matter how many buildings and roads we make, no matter how much talk is happening on infrastructure development, if the people are not fearlessly asking questions to the system and are not getting to know about political scams and murders, the intellectual growth of the population will remain stagnant,” Agnihotri told IANS.

“In the last 53 years, despite knowing about the existing mystery around Shastri’s death, the truth has remained inaccessible. I intend to bring that up,” he said.

During the research for the film, Agnihotri had a conversation with Shastri’s family members and got all their support. But just ahead of the film’s release, he was served a legal notice on behalf of the grandsons of the late politician. It came as a shock to him.

“Some days back, we had the film’s screening in Delhi where he (Shastri’s grandson) watched the film, loved it and appreciated it. I don’t know what happened, but I have a feeling that someone from the top family of Congress coerced him to send us the legal notice,” said Agnihotri.

The film features Naseeruddin Shah, Mithun Chakraborty, Shweta Basu Prasad, Pallavi Joshi and Pankaj Tripathi.

A part of criticism that the filmmaker has faced is how the narrative has tried to show the Congress in bad light. But he says he intended to state both sides of the arguments.

“I have tried to be as objective as possible. I have shown the versions put forward by both sides around the death of Shastriji. Most of the time, history has been written with an agenda and only accusable information lives in the memory of public. I am bringing the popular and the hidden side in the narrative,” said the filmmaker.

However, he said that being objective does not mean being detached.

“I am not just presenting both sides of the argument, but in the end, I am expressing my opinion too, because it is not a documentary. It is a feature film. Life is not just about being objective. It is also about forming an opinion from wisdom. I am not just presenting facts in the film, but also expressing my opinion as a citizen,” he said.

Asked about the reason why he has chosen politically motivated subjects for his films such as the ‘Buddha In A Traffic Jam’, he said: “I am the most apolitical politician.”

“On a serious note, I am not a politician, but of course, I am politically aware and strongly opinionated. I understand and react on politics. The world is a place where the war of narratives is going on. The idea is not just listening to one side of the narrative but knowing both sides and building a third argument and opinion,” he said.

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Rakhi Sawant, mom thanks Salman Khan for all his help

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Actress Rakhi Sawant has put out a video on Instagram thanking superstar Salman Khan and his family for extending help to her mother Jaya, who is currently undergoing cancer treatment at a hospital in Mumbai.

In the video, her mother can be seen thanking Salman and his brother, actor Sohail Khan, for all their efforts. “Thank you, my son, Salman Khan. Thank you, Sohail. I am in the hospital right now and I am undergoing chemotherapy. Today, I completed four (rounds) and two more are left. After that, I will be operated on. I wish for your success and that you remain safe and sound. God is with you. May God fulfill all your dreams,” she says.

Rakhi adds: “Thank you Salman ji, you are a rockstar!”

Rakhi’s colleagues Kashmera Shah and Sambhavna Seth had also visited her mother at the hospital recently. Rakhi was a finalist on season 14 of the Salman-hosted reality show Bigg Boss and walked away with Rs 14 lakh in the finale last week.

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Kangana Ranaut claims she is the ‘only’ actress after Sridevi to try comedy

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Kangana Ranaut has claimed that she is the only actress after late superstar Sridevi to have given comedy a shot. Her assertion came on Thursday, which marks 10 years of release of her hit romantic comedy, Tanu Weds Manu.

“I was stuck in edgy/neurotic roles, this film changed the trajectory of my career, was my entry in to mainstream that too with comedy, with Queen and Datto I strengthened my comic timing and became the only actress after legendary SriDevi ji to do comedy #10yearsoftanuwedsmanu,” Kangana Ranaut tweeted.

In a separate tweet, the actress mentioned how the Aanand L. Rai directorial film contributed in shaping her career.

“Thanks to @aanandlrai and our writer Himanshu Sharma for this franchise, when they came to me as struggling makers I thought I can make their careers but instead they made my career, one can never tell which film will work and which won’t, all destiny, glad my destiny has you,” the actress wrote.

Written by Himanshu Sharma, the film also features R Madhavan, Jimmy Sheirgill, Swara Bhasker and Deepak Dobriyal in key roles.

Director Rai, too, took to Instagram to celebrate 10 years of his film’s release. He wrote: “Someone said so beautifully…Nothing of me is original, I am the combined effort of everyone I have ever known. Thank you for giving me my identity Thank you for making me Woh Tanu weds Manu wala Aanand Rai. Thank you.”

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Ekta Kapoor is proud of ‘Pagglait’

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Producer Ekta Kapoor is thrilled with the way her film Pagglait has turned out. She has co-produced the film, starring Sanya Malhotra, with Guneet Monga, and took to Instagram on Thursday to share her appreciation for the project.

“Saw #paglait loved it! great work @guneetmonga #umesh @sanyamalhotra_ @ruchikaakapoor @balajimotionpictures @sikhya @urvip18 @sheeba.chadha @sayanigupta and the team ! Coming soon on @netflix_in,” she posted along with her picture with the team of the film.

Pagglait will see a digital release soon. This will be Sanya’s third release on OTT after Ludo and Shakuntala Devi.

The film was announced in November 2019 and the shoot was wrapped up in two months. The story of the film revolves around a young girl from a small town who sets out on a journey of self discovery and purpose, looking for answers on love and belonging.

The film has been directed by Umesh Bist and produced by Ekta Kapoor’s Balaji Telefilms and Guneet Monga’s Sikhya Entertainment.

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