Priyanka Chopra says Bollywood’s obsession with fair skin contributed to her departure
Indian actor Priyanka Chopra Jonas has said that Bollywood’s everlasting “obsession with fair skin” was one of the reasons she left the industry to try her luck in Hollywood eight years ago. Priyanka, also a former Miss World, was at the height of her success in India’s Bollywood when she unexpectedly declared her decision to relocate to the United States, reports The Guardian. The actress had previously declined to clarify her reasons for leaving Bollywood, but recently told Dax Shepard on the podcast “Armchair Expert” that she was “tired of the politics and certain cliques” that needed to be “grovelled” to. Priyanka described how “dark skinned” actresses, such as her, were treated in Bollywood. Read More: True story behind Rani Mukerji’s latest film “Mrs Chatterjee Vs Norway” “I was lightened up in many movies. Through makeup and then blasting lighting. There was a song which I still remember. It was called Chitti Dudh Kudi which means a girl who is as white as milk and I ain’t that but I was playing her and I was really lightened up in the movie,” she was quoted as saying. Priyanka Chopra said that fair-skinned actresses had a higher chance of getting picked for lead roles and succeeding, and that even a celebrity like her suffered prejudice. “If you were darker – I’m not even that dark – for darker girls it was: ‘Let’s lighten you up’.” Priyanka, who is married to American musician and actor Nick Jonas, expressed guilt for appearing in an early advertisement for a fairness cream, said the Guardian report. She now believes that such advertisements are harmful to the self-esteem of Indians with dark complexion. She said she then agreed to the ad because big cosmetic companies give prominence and revenue for female celebrities. “A beauty brand is a really big part of an actress’s trajectory,” she said. Read More: Oscars 2023: Vogue misidentifies Deepika Padukone as Camila Alves Moving to Hollywood is risky for Indian actors, but Priyanka has had success – appearing in US TV shows such as “Quantico” and starring in the film “The White Tiger”. Priyanka has maintained a large fan base in India, and her comments have gained widespread attention. They are unlikely to alter much, either in the Bollywood film industry or in wider society, where light skin is still regarded as more attractive, the report said.
True story behind Rani Mukerji’s latest film “Mrs Chatterjee Vs Norway”
Popular Bollywood film actress Rani Mukerji returned to the big screen after two years with the film 'Mrs Chatterjee Vs Norway.' At the same time, Anirban Bhattacharya, the heartthrob of Bengali films, made his Bollywood debut through this film. The film is based on a real-life story and plotted from Sagarika Chakraborty's 2022 book The Journey of a Mother. The film has been released on Friday, March 17, 2023, and appears to be a blockbuster. Details about the Film Mrs Chatterjee Vs Norway Main Casts Rani Mukerji as Debika Chatterjee; Anirban Bhattacharya as Aniruddha Chatterjee, Debika's husband; Jim Sarbh as Daniel Singh Ciupek, lawyer of Norway; Neena Gupta as Vasudha Kamat, Indian External Affairs Minister (the character based on Sushma Swaraj). Plot Debika and her family - husband Aniruddha, son Shubha, and five-month-old daughter Shuchi - live in Stavanger. During their last visit, Sia and Matilda of Velfred, a child welfare service, take away Shubha and Shuchi, leaving the Chatterjees in shock. They are informed that they are not allowed to keep custody of their children as they are considered unfit. Read More: 10 Netflix Originals Coming in April 2023 Debika then decides to battle the government to regain her children. In the process, she discovers the shocking truth about the child custody system in Norway, prompting her to take drastic action. The rest of the story follows her journey. Director and Producers Ashima Chibber is an Indian film director who began her career as an assistant director for films such as “Rockstar” and "Chakde! India." Ashima's fame in Bollywood has been enhanced by her appearances in multiple blockbusters and collaborations with elite directors, allowing her career to flourish. Her entry into television was concurrent with a new phase in Indian TV. This Hyderabadi girl, who has studied in Delhi and the UK, made her cinematic debut under the direction of acclaimed filmmaker Shimit Amin. In 2013, she made her directorial debut with the romantic comedy "Mere Dad Ki Maruti." The film received positive reviews and was a box-office success. Now she is back with another sensation, “Mrs Chatterjee Vs Norway.” The film is produced by Monisha Advani, Madhu Bhojwani, and Nikkhil Advani. Read More: Top 10 Upcoming South Indian Movies in March 2023
Indian actor-director Satish Kaushik dies
Dhaka, Mar 9 (UNB) - Veteran Bollywood actor-filmmaker Satish Kaushik has died at the age of 66 following a heart attack early Thursday, PTI reports, citing his close friend Anupam Kher. According to Kher, Kaushik complained of uneasiness when he was at a friend's home in Delhi. "He felt uneasy and he told the driver to take him to the hospital and on the way he suffered a heart attack around 1 am," Kher told PTI. In a tweet earlier, Kher expressed deep shock over Kaushik's sudden death. "I know that death is the ultimate truth but never in my dreams I thought that I would have to write that about my best friend Satish Kaushik. A sudden full stop to 45 years of friendship. Life will never be the same without you Satish! Om Shanti," Kher tweeted. Satish Kaushik, an alumnus for the National School of Drama and the Film and Television Institute of India, was most known for his roles in films such as "Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron," "Mr. India," "Deewana Mastana," and "Udta Punjab." Kaushik was also known for filmmaking in Bollywood. As a filmmaker, He directed some of the most popular hits of Bollywood, namely "Tere Naam" starring Salman Khan and "Mujhe Kuch Kehna Hai" starring Kareena Kapoor Khan and Tusshar Kapoor. Many Bollywood actors and actresses have expressed their shock over the news of his sudden demise.
Indian megastar Amitabh Bachchan injured while shooting film
Amitabh Bachchan said he was injured while shooting a film in southern India and is recovering at home. The 80-year-old Bollywood superstar posted on his blog Sunday (March 05, 2023) night that he sustained a rib injury while working in Hyderabad on the science-fiction film “Project K.” It’s being made in Hindi and Telugu languages and is slated for release in 2024. Bachchan wrote that he had broken rib cartilage and a muscle tear. He said the injury was “painful” and he consulted a doctor before he flew home to Mumbai, where he has been advised to rest. Read More: Registration now open for Joy Bangla Concert 2023 “I shall be unable to meet the well wishers at Jalsa Gate this evening.. so do not come,” the actor said to fans who often gather outside his home in Mumbai. “All else is well,” he wrote. He said his work on the film was suspended until he’s healed. Bachchan has acted in more than 200 Indian films. His breakthrough came in the 1973 film “Zanjeer,” or “The Chain,” and he rose to superstardom playing bold characters, inspiring fans to copy his hairstyle, clothes and deep voice. Read More: Top 10 Netflix Originals Shows, Movies Coming in March 2023 The hugely popular actor is also a former politician and a television host.
Pathaan Movie Box Office Collection: Breaking Records in 2023
Pathaan is a highly anticipated Bollywood movie that has recently been released in theaters. The movie features Shah Rukh Khan in the lead role and has been directed by Siddharth Anand. The film has been making headlines for its impressive box office collection, which has been breaking records left and right. In this article, we will take a closer look at the Pathaan movie box office collection and explore the factors that have contributed to its success. Pathaan was released on January 25th, 2023. Since then, the movie has broken several records of recent blockbuster films. The film has received a positive response from audiences and critics alike, and this has translated into impressive box office numbers. According to a report by Box Office India, Pathaan earned Rs. 45.50 crores on its opening day, making it one of the highest opening day collections for a Bollywood film. This impressive start was followed by strong collections over the weekend, with the film earning Rs. 120 crores in its first three days. Read More: Michael Jackson's nephew to star in King of Pop biopic Earnings of Pathaan Film A breakdown of the day-to-day box office collection of Pathaan: Day 1 (Jan 25, 2023): Rs. 45.50 crore Day 2 (Jan 26, 2023): Rs. 50 crore Day 3 (Jan 27, 2023): Rs. 30 crore Day 4 (Jan 28, 2023): Rs. 25 crore Day 5 (Jan 29, 2023): Rs. 20 crore Day 6 (Jan 30, 2023): Rs. 18 crore Day 7 (Jan 31, 2023): Rs. 15 crore Read More: Halum, Tuktuki set to return in new season of Sisimpur
Holey Artisan victim's mother vows to fight release of Bollywood film on tragedy
Three days after the trailer for Hansan Mehta’s much-talked-about Bollywood film ‘Faraaz’ was released, Ruba Ahmed, the mother of Abinta Kabir who was killed by militants in the Holey Artisan Attack on July 1, 2016, alongside Faraaz Ayaaz Hossain, Tarishi Jain and Ishrat Akhond, among others, said that she is against releasing the film and will try to stop projecting the film in Bangladesh. Ahmed, who is already fighting a legal battle alongside Tarishi Jain’s mother in the Delhi High Court to stay the release of ‘Faraaz’ which is scheduled to hit theatres in India on February 3, said in a press conference at the Abinta Kabir Foundation on Thursday that the filmmakers have violated their privacy and made the film without their proper consent. “For the last six years, I have been dealing with the enormous pain of losing my only daughter, Abinta Kabir, whom we lost due to that horrific incident. When we first came to know in 2019 that Bollywood filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt was planning to make a film on the incident, we sent him a letter to which he replied that he respects my decision and will not continue the film,” Ruba Ahmed said at the press conference. Stating that she was shocked to discover the poster of ‘Faraaz’, realising that the filmmakers did not stop making the film. She then contacted Hansal Mehta, director of the much-acclaimed biographical financial thriller television series ‘Scam 1992: The Harshad Mehta Story’ and asked about the project. “I asked him what gave him the right to make the movie as this incident happened in Bangladesh and it is being made in Bollywood, and he answered that he wanted to draw attention against violence through the film. My question is, a number of terrorist events took place in India between 2016 and 2023 - why can’t they make movies based on the events that happened in India?” Outlining her concerns about the film, Ruba Ahmed said, “We lost 22 people in that incident including Abinta Kabir, Tarishi Jain, and Faraz Hossain, to name a few. However, as the name also suggests, there is undoubtedly more emphasis on one character in the film. The filmmakers did not observe the incident in person, how could the film portray only one of them as a hero?” “In this film, they changed Abinta's name to Ayesha, Tarishi's name to Tari, and even I was also portrayed as Rabeya. In the trailer, they showed a riot scene where my daughter's picture was also visible. Without our consent, how they got the right to invade and violate our privacy?” she questioned. At the press conference, she was also asked about Mostofa Sarwar Farooki’s much-talked-about film ‘Shonibar Bikel’ (Saturday Afternoon) which is also fictionalized on the same incident and battling with Bangladesh Film Censor Board for its release since 2019. "Farooki received my legal notice and responded to me. The decision to proceed with the film now totally rests with the Bangladeshi government and the censor board," she said. “I don’t want anyone to imagine the pain of witnessing your daughter's last moment on the silver screen. This movie should not come to Bangladesh. This type of personal tragedy should not be screened on Netflix or Amazon or any other OTT platform," Ruba Ahmed said at the press conference. Produced by T-Series and Benaras Media Works, ‘Faraaz’ features an ensemble cast with six newcomers including legendary Indian actor Shashi Kapoor’s grandson Zahaan Kapoor marking his Bollywood debut in the title character. The film premiered at the BFI London Film Festival on October 15 last year. The release date was finalised after the Delhi High Court recently refused to grant a stay for release in a suit filed by the mothers of Abinta Kabir and Tarishi Jain, who claimed their right to privacy with respect to their deceased daughters. “To ensure that the film doesn't get to come to Bangladesh, I will go to the Supreme Court of India," Ruba Ahmed said. Read more: Holey Artisan Victim Faraaz's Heroism is Now on the Silver Screen
5 Must-watch Hrithik Roshan Movies
Hrithik Roshan is one of the most popular method actors in mainstream Bollywood movies in the 21st century. The talented actor has a reputation for doing impossible sequences without a stuntman besides learning any skill required by the film. Apart from playing versatile roles, his dancing skills can beat any world-class dancer. He was brought as a judge on the dance reality show Just Dance in 2011 for his special skills in dancing. At that time he became the highest-paid movie star as a judge on Indian television. Since 2012, Roshan has been a regular in Forbes India's Celebrity 100 based on earnings per movie. He is among the highest-paid actors in India. Not to mention the six Filmfare Awards, India's iconic symbol of masculinity is associated with his name. The Bollywood star's journey to the silver screen began with his grandfather producer and director Jay Om Prakash. Hrithik performed as a child artiste in a song in his 1980 film Asha. Roshan's father Rakesh Roshan is also a renowned Bollywood filmmaker. Hrithik also appeared as a child actor in his father's films in the 1980s. Roshan also has experience in stage acting. Read More: Siam in line for first National Award, Nonajoler Kabbo to win big
5 Best Movies of Vidya Balan
Vidya Balan is one of the pioneers of bringing the new stream of female-led roles in Hindi cinema. Although her acting debut was in the 1995 sitcom Hum Panche, she made her mainstream film debut in 2003 with the Bengali cinema Bhalo Theko. Then in 2005, she started doing Hindi films through Parineeta. Along with it, the massive success of Lage Raho Munna Bhai in the following year bring her into the limelight. Since then she kept giving amazing movies one after another. Let's check out the top 5 movies of Vidya Balan, which made her who she is today. Bollywood Star Vidya Balan’s 5 Most Popular Movies Paa (2009) This film is inspired by the 1996 Hollywood movie Jack, directed by R. Balki. Amitabh Bachchan plays the title role in this drama film portraying a boy who looks like an old man. The mother has to go through many ironies due to her son's rare genetic condition. The whole story takes a more interesting turn when the boy infected with progeria learns that his father is a respectable man in the town. Abhishek Bachchan played the role of this father and Vidya Balan the mother. Although their relationship is father-son in real life, Amitabh Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan play opposite roles here. Read More: Superstar Salman Khan’s 5 Super Hit Movies The role of a single mother struggling with Progeria was quite challenging for Vidya. Initially, she felt a bit exaggerated about the character. Playing the mother of an actor as prestigious as Bachchan is a tough task, especially when he was 30 years older than her. Vidya won Star Screen Awards, IIFA Awards, and Filmfare Award for the first time in her life as Best Actress. Ishqiya (2010) Ishqiya is one of Vidya Balan's best works and it marks Abhishek Chaubey's directorial debut. Vidya's co-artists in this black comedy film were Naseeruddin Shah, Arshad Warsi, and Salman Shahid. Balan's character here was completely different from her other simple heroine roles. She portrayed the character of a seductive and sly village widow from Uttar Pradesh brilliantly. For the part, she adapted to the local dialect, which included some slang words as well. Read More: Top 10 Upcoming South Indian Films in January 2023 Not only Vidya Balan unleashed a sensational actress lying within herself, but it was also established through this that she is far ahead of other Barbie doll heroines in mainstream cinema. This role let her bag many achievements. Most notable of these were the Big Star Entertainment Awards for Most Entertaining Female Film Actor, the Filmfare Awards for Best Actress at the Critics' Choice Awards, the Producers Guild Film and Screen Awards for Best Actress in a Leading Role, and the Stardust Awards for best actress in Thriller or Action Role. Kahaani (2012) Kahaani is one of the films associated with Vidya Balan's name. Screenplay by Sujoy Ghosh and Advaita Kalar, this thriller film indulged to grow a captivating story. Here Balan was seen rummaging Kolkata for her missing husband despite being pregnant. Read More: 5 Best Movies of Hollywood Superstar Brad Pitt Popular Kolkata actor Parambrata Chatterjee and the one and only Nawazuddin Siddiqui in supporting roles made the whole movie impeccable. Apart from the screenplay, the cinematography of the film and the performances of the lead actors garnered much praise from critics.
Superstar Salman Khan’s 5 Super Hit Movies
A young artist named Salman made his first step into the Indian film industry with a supporting role in the movie Biwi Ho To Asi (1988). Was Bollywood prepared for the debut of one of India's most prominent actors? For the past 3 decades, Salman Khan has been named among the most expensive celebrities in Bollywood. Since 2000, the back-to-back blockbuster films starring this veteran actor have brought him immense popularity throughout South Asia. Let’s take a look at the 5 most popular movies of Salman Khan so far. 5 Everlasting films of Bollywood Star Salman Khan Dabangg (2010) If moviegoers of the Indian subcontinent are asked about the funniest police officer, everyone will say Chulbul Pandey in one breath. Thanks to Dabangg, this fictional character has been given a real veneer. Superstar Salman Khan has taken the character to a unique level in Avinab Singh Kashyap's direction. There is no way to understand from the filmmaking that this is Kashyap's directorial debut. Sonakshi Sinha made her big-screen debut by playing the role of Salman's heroine in the film. Chulbul Panda-maker Dabangg has filled its coffers with USD 47 million worldwide. It also topped the list of highest-grossing Bollywood films in its year of release. The cinema holds the National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment. Salman Khan won the BIG Star Entertainment Award and Best Actor Screen Award for his portrayal of the character. Read More: ‘I wasn’t necessarily acting’: Chanchal Chowdhury on ‘Karagar-2’ The success of Dabangg was followed by two more sequels titled Dabangg 2 and Dabangg 3 in 2012 and 2019 respectively. Its popularity was even spawned by The Animated Series, produced by Salman Khan Films, Arbaaz Khan Productions, and Cosmos Maya. The series centered on Chulbul Pandey premiered in 2021 on Disney+ Hotstar and Cartoon Network.
Jaya Ahsan’s Bollywood debut confirmed as photos emerge with Pankaj Tripathi, other co-actors
Popular Bangladeshi actress Jaya Ahsan, who was rumoured to be making her debut in Bollywood soon, is now officially confirmed as a cast member of Indian filmmaker Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury's next project. The actress was seen in photographs with her co-actors including Bollywood actor Pankaj Tripathi, actress Sanjana Sanghi, Malayalam blockbuster film ‘Charlie’-famed actress Parvathy Thiruvothu and others, alongside the director and producer on Wednesday. Read more: Jaya Ahsan bags 'Black Lady' again! Jointly written by Viraf Sarkari, Ritesh Shah and Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury, shooting for the film began on Wednesday. The film is being shot in Mumbai and Kolkata. It is an investigative drama with a heart-warming story, centred around the coming together of a dysfunctional family. Regarding her Bollywood debut, Jaya Ahsan said to the Times of India that she is excited to be a part of the film. “This is my first film in Hindi and my character is an integral part of the movie. When this offer came to me, I was thrilled and said yes immediately because Aniruddha is the director, and I have Pankaj Tripathi as one of my co-actors. I have always wanted to work with them and the fact that it’s my first Hindi film doubles the delight.” Read more: Is Jaya Ahsan making her debut in Hindi cinema? Director Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury said, “This film has a story layered with intrigue which reveals itself over time - how faced with odds, people come together to form a strong unit. I am so happy to collaborate with Wiz Films and an eclectic cast like Pankaj Tripathi, Sanjana Sanghi, Parvathi Thirovothu and Jaya Ahsan along with crew Avik Mukhopadhyay, Ritesh Shah, Shantanu Moitro and Arghyakamal Mitra.” The yet-to-be-titled film is produced by Wiz Films, KVN and HT Content Studio, in association with Opus Communications.