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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‘THE CROWN’ TAKES THE THRONE AT EMMYS 2021
LOS ANGELES: Netflix’s ‘The Crown’ won big at the Emmys 2021. This show which follows Queen Elizabeth’s life throughout the decades of her reign was declared winner of the Outstanding Drama Series award at the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards. It also bagged awards for best actors (drama) and best actors in supporting roles. The show also took home the best writing and directing award.
On such a remarkable win, the team of Netflix took to the streaming giant’s official Twitter handle to congratulate the members of the show. “Congratulations to the cast and crew of The Crown for their 11 Emmy wins — including Best Drama Series, Best Actress for Olivia Colman, and Best Actor for Josh O’Connor https,” the tweet read. Apart from ‘The Crown’, ‘Ted Lasso’ also registered a golden win at Emmys 2021. It racked up four wins, including for best comedy and star Jason Sudeikis. Emmys moved to an indoor-outdoor venue this year due to the pandemic. It was held on Sunday at the Event Deck at LA Live.
SHAH RUKH BIDS ADIEU TO LORD GANESH
NEW DELHI: Superstar Shah Rukh Khan, on Sunday night, bid adieu to Lord Ganesh, with a pray to seeing him again next year. Khan took to his Instagram handle and shared a picture of Lord Ganesha’s idol at home. Sharing the picture, the Padma Shri winning actor wrote, “May Lord Ganesha’s blessings remain with all of us until we see him again next year… Ganpati Bappa Morya!!!”
The picture accumulated love from more than one lakh fans within a few minutes of being shared. For the unversed, in 2018, SRK was trolled for making his youngest son AbRam Khan pray to Lord Ganesha during the Ganesh Chaturthi festival. At that time, the superstar posted a picture on his Instagram handle which saw AbRam praying to Lord Ganesha at home. Sharing the picture at that time, SRK wrote, “Our Ganpati ‘Pappa’ is home, as the lil one calls him”.
Currently, SRK, who was last seen in Aanand L Rai’s ‘Zero’, has been shooting for ‘Pathan’ which co-stars Deepika Padukone and apparently, John Abraham too.
SONU BREAKS SILENCE ON IT RAID CONTROVERSY
MUMBAI: After tax raids took place at his offices in Mumbai a few days ago, actor Sonu Sood has now finally reacted to the ongoing controversy.
Sonu has been providing assistance to those in need amid the ongoing pandemic through his charitable trust. On Monday, he posted a statement on his social media handles. “You don’t always have to tell your side of the story. Time will. I have pledged myself to the service of the people of India with all my strength and heart. Every rupee in my foundation is awaiting its turn to save a precious life and reach the needy,” the post read.
He also shared that on many occasions, he has “encouraged brands to donate my endorsement fees for humanitarian causes too, which keeps us going.”
“I have been busy attending to a few guests hence was unable to be at your service, for the last 4 days. Here I am back again in all humility. At your humble service, for life,” the statement concluded.
According to Income Tax Department, Sonu and his associates were involved in Rs 20 crore tax evasion and violation of Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) while raising funds from abroad.
TAAPSEE’S ‘RASHMI ROCKET’ TO RELEASE THIS DUSSEHRA
MUMBAI: The makers of the much-awaited Taapsee Pannu-starrer ‘Rashmi Rocket’ have finally announced that the film will be released on October 15 on the OTT platform ZEE5.
On Monday, Taapsee shared the poster of the film along with the release date. The poster gives viewers a quick glimpse of the adrenaline-packed narrative, while Taapsee looks full of grit and determination. Along with it, she penned the caption, “Ye chunautiyon bhari race shuru ho chuki hai aur ab ravan dahan pe hi aake rukegi. Bahot kuch nasht karna hai Rashmi ko iss saal.” “Get ready to run with Rashmi in this race on and off the track. She will need you in this one. #RashmiRocket ready to take off on 15th October 2021 only on @zee5,” Taapsee added.
Following the story of a young girl, who hails from a small village but is blessed with an incredibly large gift, ‘Rashmi Rocket’ is directed by Akarsh Khurana. What seems like an athletic contest turns into her personal battle for respect, honour, and even her very identity.
SALMAN, KATRINA HEAD TO AUSTRIA TO SHOOT FOR ‘TIGER 3’
MUMBAI: After Turkey and Russia, Bollywood stars Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif have headed to Austria on Monday to shoot for the international leg of their upcoming movie ‘Tiger 3’.
Salman and Katrina will perform some spectacular action sequences in places like Upper Austria, Salzkammergut, Dachstein Salzkammergut and finally in Vienna. Katrina also shared a video and a picture on her Instagram Story in which she can be seen travelling in Altaussee in Austria, with members of her crew. “Travelling in style with these cuties,” she wrote.
A source from Austria revealed, “’Tiger 3’ will present Austria like never before and Yash Raj Films’ is ensuring that they present the country in the most spectacular way possible. Salman and Katrina will shoot in some never-seen-before locales in the country. They are currently shooting in the areas like Upper Austria, Salzkammergut, Dachstein Salzkammergut where they are filming some intense action sequences for the film.”
Sharing about director Maneesh Sharma’s “grand vision”, the source added, “Maneesh Sharma has a grand vision for ‘Tiger 3’ and Austria presents a perfect backdrop to Tiger and Zoya’s journey and mission in the film. The country is vital to the plot and the screenplay of the film and Maneesh is going all out to shoot some of the most spectacular sequences of the film in Austria.”
FANS IN AWE OF TAAPSEE’S PHYSICAL TRANSFORMATION
MUMBAI: Actress Taapsee Pannu strives to give her best in everything she does and proof of the fact is her recent Instagram post.
On Sunday, Taapsee on her Instagram shared a picture in which she is seen standing in a field with her well-toned back muscles visible in the photograph. “Bhaut sar pe chada rakha hai ise, kisi ki nhi sunti par khud ki sunti hai ….bahut badi baat hai.#TheCalmBeforeTheStorm,” she captioned the post.
The throwback picture appears to be taken during her training session for the upcoming film ‘Rashmi Rocket’, which revolves around the life of an athlete from Gujarat. Netizens have heaped praises on Taapsee for her “amazing” physical transformation for the role. “Mind-blowing transformation,” a fan commented. “Meri sun, body banwa de yaar,” actor and Taapsee’s close friend Abhilash Thapliyal quipped.
Directed by Akarsh Khurana, ‘Rashmi Rocket’ is expected to release on OTT soon.
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