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The International Women’s Day is celebrated on 8 March around the world. It is an important point in the movement for women’s rights. On this occasion, The Sunday Guardian spoke to some of Bollywood’s renowned singers Shilpa Rao, Jonita Gandhi, Payal Dev and Nikitaa who shared their views on women empowerment and their inspiration. Excerpts:

Q. What is the importance of Woman›s Day for you?

Jonita Gandhi: Women’s Day is an important reminder to all of us of how far we’ve come, but also how far we have yet to go.

Nikitaa: A day and even a month (since March is Women’s History Month) doesn’t feel like enough to celebrate, recognise and uplift women, especially women of colour, but it’s still so important. Any day that genuinely encourages people to celebrate the innate value of women is an important and necessary day.

Payal Dev: In many aspects, women are empowered and doing well in our country. As in my case, there are very few female music composers in our country and I am happy to say I am one of them. Unlike before when mediums were limited and there were fewer opportunities, things are different now and whoever does good work, it is praised, be it male or female. 

Shilpa Rao: Well, the house that we grew up in, we had a very humanistic approach and centralised treatment towards genders. I mean, me and my brother were taught the same values, irrespective of our genders.

Q. What are your views on women empowerment?

Jonita Gandhi: A little goes a long way. We all need a little encouragement to believe in ourselves, and supporting one another can start at home. The ripple effect is more valuable than we know.

Nikitaa: The empowerment of women is a two-way street. A woman who feels empowered all on her own is a powerful force, but she also requires the opportunities and spaces that let her thrive, grow, and continue to feel empowered as well as help her fellow women. I look forward to a social, political, and economic system that enables the empowerment of women as opposed to making them fight for it.

Payal Dev: I’m glad that people are liking my work, some might not but creating music is not tough and comes very naturally to me. So the effort is to keep creating more and keep improving myself. So is a certain place for female composers in this industry too, but the main and the important thing is our work needs to be good, then it doesn’t matter whoever you are, you are a kid or you are an old or boy or girl. It doesn’t matter.

Shilpa Rao: It’s about the way you look up to your life. Gender is just one part of your personality or your existence. It’s not everything; you are way beyond your gender title, what actually matters is love and respect for each other as a human being. I would just keep saying that yes, there are things that need to be bettered in our society, obviously as there is no society that is perfect, there will be issues and we need to work hard to make it better. Standing up for our issues is very important and I know that probably you might lose things in the immediate present but it will really work out for greater good.

Q. Please tell the name of women you admire most.

Jonita Gandhi: My mom has been my greatest inspiration and biggest role model. She is the backbone of our family and we would all be completely lost without her!

Nikitaa: I think every woman I have ever met has inspired me in some way, and I genuinely mean that. The minute I learned to appreciate the women around me rather than compete with them, I found inspiration in each and every one of them.

Payal Dev: As a woman, we all are working and progressive but at the same time we are also homemakers and caretakers of our house and family, which make us all quite unique and one of our kind.

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RAHMAN DEDICATES LAGAAN’S ‘CHALE CHALO’ TO DHONI

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MUMBAI: Oscar-winning composer A.R. Rahman has dedicated ‘Chale Chalo’ from the movie Lagaan to CSK skipper M.S. Dhoni as it motivates the team to play together. Rahman also dedicated the song ‘Mangta Hai Kya’ from the movie Rangeela to CSK all-rounder Suresh Raina.

Speaking on Star Sports show Cricket Live, Rahman said, “I would like to dedicate the song ‘Chale Chalo’ from the movie Lagaan to M.S. Dhoni, as it motivates people to play cricket together. And for Suresh Raina, I would like to dedicate the song ‘Mangta Hai Kya’, because whenever I went to Bangalore, they were listening to songs from Rangeela.”

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MUMBAI: Bollywood actor Ajay Devgn has joined hands with Siddharth Roy Kapur, and announced his upcoming comedy-drama ‘GOBAR!’ on Friday.

The ‘Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior’ star took to Twitter and shared a picture featuring him, Siddharth and filmmaker Sabal Shekhawat as he announced the team of his upcoming venture. With a common endeavour to create quality entertainment, the two stalwarts have announced this exciting new collaboration. The forthcoming film will be directed by renowned ad filmmaker Sabal Shekhawat and is written by Sabal Shekhawat and Sambhit Mishra.

He wrote, “Joining forces with @roykapurfilms to bring you an aMOOsing story from the heartland of India – GOBAR! #SiddharthRoyKapur #SabalShekhawat #SambitMishra @Meena_Iyer@KumarMangat@malvika25.”

Set in the cow belt of India during the 1990s, ‘GOBAR!’ is an amusing satire inspired by true events that transpire when an idiosyncratic animal-loving veterinary doctor chances upon a tangled web of corruption in his local state hospital. The film is a one-of-a-kind comedy themed on one man’s hilariously bumbling and ridiculously brave journey to stand up against corruption.

Producer Siddharth Roy Kapur shares, “GOBAR! is a story that chronicles the seemingly pointless but ultimately heroic journey of a simple citizen who deals with corruption in a way that will bring on many laughs, much adventure, and ultimately a simple message about the power of the common man.

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WASHINGTON [US]: American stars Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez may have broken up, but her possession of the engagement ring may prove to be a binding source between them. While as per the traditions, when a couple breaks up before hitting the alter, the person who proposes gets the ring back. But this is not the case with J Lo and Ro and the ‘Second Act’ actor has not returned her USD 1 million ring back to his ex-fiance yet. Sources told TMZ that “J Lo still has the ring in her possession” and there has been no discussion between both the stars over the fate of the ring.

However, sources added that the former couple exchanged “massive amounts of jewellery” during their 2 years of engagement. “A-Rod bedazzled J Lo with all sorts of bling, and she fortified his watch collection. So, they could just call it a wash, but they haven’t decided yet.”

TMZ also reported that the ring is not in the Dominican Republic even. “She didn’t want it lying around every day while she films … for security reasons,” the source explained.

The American singer Jennifer Lopez and New York Yankees baseball star Alex Rodriguez had confirmed their split on Thursday. The two issued a joint statement that read, “We have realized we are better as friends and look forward to remaining so. We will continue to work together and support each other on our shared projects.”

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KANGANA RANAUT PAYS TRIBUTE TO COMEDY LEGEND CHARLIE CHAPLIN

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NEW DELHI: On the 132nd birth anniversary of comedy legend Charlie Chaplin, Bollywood star Kangana Ranaut commemorated the occasion by paying a tribute to the late artist on her social media.

The ‘Queen’ actor took to her Twitter handle on Friday and marked Chaplin’s birth anniversary by sharing a few black and white pictures of him, describing the comic as one of the most dynamic artists ever. Kangana tweeted, “Today is the birth anniversary of the greatest most dynamic multifaceted artist, an actor/comedian, an extraordinary storyteller/director a super successful film producer, highly skilled editor and par excellence screen writer n composer, Happy birthday Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin.”

Actor Ranvir Shorey responded to Kangana’s tweet with his own tribute, and called Chaplin the “greatest”. He tweeted, “The greatest. Happy Birthday!”

Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin was an English comedian, actor, and filmmaker, who managed to achieve tons of affection and praises in 75 years of his career. He was born in London in 1889 and is still known worldwide for his signature style of silent comedy. Chaplin is widely regarded as one of the most brilliant comics, as well as acting figures in the history of the cinema.

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Kangana has also signed up to play the role of former PM Indira Gandhi in an upcoming political drama.

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PARINEETI-STARRER ‘SAINA’ TO PREMIERE ON AMAZON PRIME ON 23 APRIL

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MUMBAI: Bollywood actor Parineeti Chopra starrer biographical sports film based on life of badminton champion Saina Nehwal ‘Saina’ is set to premiere on April 23 on Amazon Prime Video.

Amazon Prime Video took to Instagram on Friday and announced the digital premiere of the recently released Bollywood sports biopic, ‘Saina’.

With Parineeti Chopra as the lead, the film follows the career highs and lows of Saina Nehwal, one of India’s ace shuttlers and one of the most celebrated badminton players in the country. The biopic highlights the people who have been an integral part of Sania’s professional journey and contributed to building her resilience and unbreakable spirit.

The ‘Ishqzaade’ star shared how she feels about the film’s digital release. She said, “I am extremely thrilled with the film having a global digital premiere on Amazon Prime Video, bringing such an inspirational story to audiences across the world. With this film, I have learnt that a biographical film comes with many challenges; my biggest challenge as an actor was to get into Saina Nehwal’s shoes and recreate her accomplishments and hardships”

“As an actor, I embraced each challenge, and I do think that I learnt a lot as a professional. I worked on the physical appearance and the right body language, and I am glad it worked out in my favour. I had a great time working on this film,” she added .

Producer Bhushan Kumar said, “Saina is a story of a young girl who dared to dream and dared to achieve. Her story needs to be heard and seen and we are glad through the platform of Amazon Prime Video everyone can witness this journey of success.”

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HAS KARTIK AARYAN BEEN DROPPED FROM ‘DOSTANA 2’?

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NEW DELHI: If Bollywood sources are to be believed, actor Kartik Aaryan has been dropped from Dharma Productions’ Dostana 2. Sources say that the producers had to take this drastic decision because Kartik Aaryan has been acting difficult with the makers.

The film is already half shot and now it’s going to be a challenge for the makers to reshoot it with a new actor who fits the part. This means a huge monetary loss for Dharma Productions as they have to reshoot half a film all over again and also cover-up on the lost time. There were also rumours of Kartik and Janhvi Kapoor’s break, could have played a role in this huge professional debacle.

Kartik, who was excited to be a part of the project, had told news agency PTI: “The evolution is from one Dostana to the other. Dostana one that released in 2008 and the Dostana 2 that’s releasing in 2020, you will see that the representation is accurate, non-caricaturish and on point, talking about sexuality in a way that will not make you cringe while watching it. So therein lies the fact that in last 12 years, there has been a change in the way we depict gay characters. Even in Kapoor & Sons and the way it was depicted.”

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