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There’s movement but it’s nominal: Priyanka on gender equality

Feminism may have emerged as Merriam-Webster’s word of the year with women becoming more vocal about issues such as sexual harassment, but Priyanka Chopra believes most people still don’t understand what feminism actually is.

There is more talk and less action in the area of gender equality, believes the 35-year-old star, who is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. The overuse of the words “feminism and empowerment” has belittled their essence, she said.

Shilpa Shetty apologises for using casteist term

Shilpa Shetty has apologised for allegedly using a casteist term in a recent interview, saying her words had been misconstrued and it was not her intention to hurt anyone's feelings.The Mumbai Police yesterday said they were looking into a complaint, seeking the filing of an offence against Shetty and Salman Khan for allegedly using a casteist phrase. The 42-year-old actor issued an apology on Twitter.

So. is this Indian enough?

If they had a fairytale wedding, the reception ceremony of Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli and actor Anushka Sharma at a hotel on Thursday was more of a traditional affair with a select few, including prime minister Narendra Modi among the invitees.

One of the most talked-about couples in both Tinseltown and cricket pitches who tied the knot in a private wedding ceremony in Italy on December 11, appeared for a photo-op at Hotel Taj Palace’s Raja Baugh area.

Don’t know if Shah rukh will play Rakesh Sharma

Priyanka Chopra says she was approached for the Rakesh Sharma biopic. The 35-year-old actor also confirmed that Aamir Khan is no longer a part of the project, which is based on the life of the first Indian to travel to space. There were reports that Aamir has quit the Mahesh Mathai directorial and Shah Rukh Khan has replaced him. While the film’s makers are mum about it, Choprfa, who has long been rumoured to be playing Sharma’s wife in the biopic, said Aamir Khan is not doing the film any more. “I have finalised two-three scripts. Now, I am left to make announcements.

Look, who’s channelling Inner Arjuna

He has almost completed reading the Bhagvat Gita and plans to go to Rishikesh next time. For Hollywood superstar Will Smith, reading the holy book while in India is like channelling his “inner Arjuna.” The actor, who was on his fourth trip to India, said he loves the country and its history.

Singing live is more emotional

Music maestro AR Rahman says he would have hung up his boots as a composer if there was no market demand. Veteran artistes often complain about the dearth of offers for quality songs in films but the 50-year-old musician has a different take on the issue, saying creative people must find unconventional methods to express themselves. When asked if film music is a limited career option, Rahman told PTI in an interview, “It is not limited, they are limiting it. You have to find unconventional ways to express, to evolve. I would have stopped doing music if CDs would have stopped selling.

Harvey Weinstein was my monster, too

Mexican-born actress Salma Hayek has joined the ranks of Hollywood women accusing movie producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct, calling him a “monster” in an article published by the New York Times on Tuesday.

“For years, he was my monster,” Hayek wrote in the opinion piece in which she included descriptions of sexual harassment, bullying and threats.

Holly Baird, a spokeswoman for Weinstein, issued a statement on his behalf on Wednesday night disputing Hayek’s account and calling her allegations of sexual misconduct inaccurate.

Tiger Zinda Hai fails to get clearance from Pakistan censor board

Salman Khan-Katrina Kaif starrer spy thriller Tiger Zinda Hai will not release in Pakistan after it failed to obtain a clearance from the country’s Central Board of Film Censors. Geo Films, which has the distribution rights for the film in Pakistan, had started publishing the release of the film with the note ‘subject to censor clearance’ but its release on December 22 is unlikely now. The first part, Ek Tha Tiger, also did not make the cut in Pakistan.

Artistes have a role in highlighting gender issues

As sexual harassment scandals rock Hollywood, superstar Aamir Khan says creative people have an important role to play in changing mindsets on gender issues. The actor, whose recent films Dangal and Secret Superstar focused on female empowerment, also believes that the issues are directly linked to patriarchy. “I think sexual harassment is a very sad thing to happen to anyone, irrespective of what your sex is. Sexual harassment is just not on,” he said when asked about the Harvey Weinstein case. Such cases, he said, happened not just in the world of films, but in other areas, too.


A statement released by the family announcing the wedding said: “We are very happy to announce that Ms Anushka Sharma and Mr. Virat Kohli got married at a private ceremony in Italy, today. The wedding was attended by close family and a few friends as they wished their wedding to be a very private affair. The wedding was performed as per Hindu rituals. Top fashion designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee has designed the wedding ensemble for both the bride and the groom.