QuickE: Deepika on ‘Padmaavat’; Alia-Ranbir at Film’s Screening

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Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor walk in together for <i>Padmaavat.</i>
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1.‘Padmaavat’ Has Been Through so Much: Deepika Padukone

Deepika Padukone addresses the media ahead of <i>Padmaavat’s</i> release.
Deepika Padukone addresses the media ahead of Padmaavat’s release.
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After being embroiled in controversies for months, the most anticipated Sanjay Bhansali magnum opus Padmaavat starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor hits the theatres across India today.

Despite clearance from the CBFC with modifications and a change of title and a Supreme Court verdict against banning the film, protests by fringe groups continue in different parts of the country, almost terrorising many theatre owners into submission.

As the film finally sees the light of day, stars Deepika Padukone and Shahid Kapoor address the media, a day before its release.

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2. Alia, Ranbir Come to Support Deepika at ‘Padmaavat’ Screening

Alia Bhatt, Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone at the <i>Padmaavat </i>screening.
Alia Bhatt, Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone at the Padmaavat screening.
(Photo: Yogen Shah)

Team Padmaavat had a special screening of their film for all their friends from the industry on Wednesday night. Deepika Padukone and filmmaker Sanjay Bhansali were spotted at this special screening which was also attended by Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor.

While the Karni Sena’s agitation against the film continues in parts of North India, Padmaavat is scheduled to release in theatres worldwide on Thursday, 25 January.

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3. What Did Rishi Kapoor Say About KJo, Ranveer Singh & ‘Padmaavat’?



Veteran Bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor.
Veteran Bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor.
(Photo: Reuters)

Rishi Kapoor does it again. The actor took to Twitter to make a remark on Padmaavat’s delayed release and the on-going protests by fringe groups.

“Ranveer Singh has announced that if Karni Sena tries to stop the release of Padmaavat, he will do Johar,” he wrote.

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4. ‘Padmaavat’ to Have a Smooth Release In Pakistan

Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone with Sanjay Leela Bhansali.&nbsp;
Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone with Sanjay Leela Bhansali. 
(Photo courtesy: Twitter)

Sanjay Leela Bhansali's epic drama Padmaavat was on Wednesday cleared for release in Pakistan, said the censor board's top official.

Padmaavat has been declared fit for public exhibition in the cinema houses without any excision by Central Board of Film Censors (CBFC)," Mobashir Hasan told IANS via social media from Islamabad. The movie has been given 'U' certification.

According to some distributors in Pakistan, there were apprehensions over the movie given the negative portrayal of Alauddin Khilji. Asked about it, Hasan said: "CBFC isn't biased in arts, creativity and healthy entertainment." He said that for the film's certification, the CBFC co-opted Professor Waqar Ali Shah, Chairman, Department of History, Quaid-e-Azam University as per rules. "A co-opted member has no voting rights. They are for expert opinion," Hasan explained.

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5. Movie Icon Meryl Streep Joins Awards Darling ‘Big Little Lies’ S2

Meryl Streep is an Oscar winning Hollywood legend.
Meryl Streep is an Oscar winning Hollywood legend.
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Just when we thought that Big Little Lies couldn’t possibly get any better than it already is, Meryl Streep, the star who just bagged her 21st Oscar nomination for The Post, joins the cast.

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Streep will play the mother-in-law of Nicole Kidman's character, Celeste Wright. According to HBO, her character is set to arrive in Monterey after becoming "concerned for the well-being of her grandchildren" following her son's death and "searching for answers."

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