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Rajinikanth Meets PM Modi; Prithviraj Announces His ‘Dream’ Project; Sanjay Leela Bhansali Opens Up About His Struggles & More

Sanjay Leela Bhansali On His Struggles: ‘I’ve Fought Against All Odds’


Padmavati director Sanjay Leela Bhansali, in conversation with IANS, said that he does not look at his struggles as negative forces. Opening up about what goes through his mind when his work faced extreme flak, the director said:

“None of my films has been easy to shoot. From the time I directed my first film Khamoshi: The Musical, I’ve fought against all odds. My first film was declared a flop on the first day of release and there were reports of enraged viewers breaking their seats inside the theatre. I wondered what I had done to incur their wrath,” he said.

He further said that his struggles are his incentives to make the films he wants to really make.”If I had to make a stress-free film, I’d be really worried,” he added.

The shoot of Padmavati  is over. Now the film is in the final stages of editing, mixing, background music and other post-production work, said a source.

The ambitious historical film, which tells the story of the valour of the Rajputs and also features Deepika Padukone and Shahid Kapoor, will release on December 1.

Rajinikanth Meets PM Narendra Modi In Chennai Today

Actor Rajinikanth met Prime Minister Narendra Modi today at the 75th anniversary of Tamil daily Dina Thanthi in Chennai. There are speculations that the superstar is  considering a political career but, unlike his counterpart Kamal Haasan, has been less vocal about it.


Speaking at the event, Modi spoke on freedom to write.

“Today, newspapers do not just give news. They can also mould our thinking and open a window to the world. In a broader context, media is a means of transforming society. That is why we refer to the media as the fourth pillar of democracy.”

He further drew light on the Vernacular Press Act in 1878. “The then British government was fearful of the Indian vernacular press. It was in order to muzzle vernacular newspapers that the Vernacular Press Act was enacted in 1878. The role of newspapers published in regional languages remains as important today as it was then.”

Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari To Direct A Movie On Kabbadi

Bareilly Ki Barfi director Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari will helm a movie based on kabaddi. Tiwari is currently writing and developing the script with Fox Star Studios’ creative team.

“My quest for telling stories of life from the heart found a partner in like-minded Rucha and her team from Fox Star Studios. I am totally thrilled to direct another story which will be close to my heart,” Tiwari said in a statement.

Rucha Pathak, chief creative officer, Fox Star Studios, said her team has been making a big push in creative and development at the studio, and in “the process of researching and developing a concept on kabaddi, we came across an idea that we knew was just right for Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari”.

Prithviraj Sukumaran’s Titled Metre Gauge 1904

Malayalam actor Prithviraj Sukumaran has signed another film with his Vimaanam director Pradeep M Nair, titled Metre Gauge 1904. The actor took to Facebook to make the announcement.

The film is reportedly a historical fiction and narrates the events related to the work of Travancore’s first metre gauge, the Kollam-Sengottai line. According to the director, Prithviraj will be playing the role of engineer Kuruvila in the movie.

Villain Director Slams Reviewers; Calls Them Either Ignorant Or Paid

Director B Unnikrishnan slammed reviewers after his recent release, Villain starring Mohanlal, Vishal Krishna, Hansika, Raashi Khanna, Manju Warrier and others, was subjected to mixed reviews.

The director was in conversation with Manorama News, where he went on to declare that the state of reviews now was deplorable. “There is no film which has satisfied everyone. I read several reviews. The state of reviews is pathetic. Because I have a past of doing cinema reviews very seriously. I will tell you a joke – if you change ‘Written and directed by Unnikrishnan’ to some other names, the same reviewers would have praised the film as a classic,” he reportedly said.

Watch the video here:


(With inputs from IANS)