QuickE: Priyanka is Above Competition, Kajol’s Wise Words & More
1. Priyanka Chopra Sees No Competition in Bollywood
Priyanka Chopra has found a way to stay above petty competition within the film industry. At a recent even in Mumbai, the Quantico actress spoke about her ambitious project Madamji, with which she turns producer, and said that she intends to compete with no one in the business of Bollywood.
Madamji’ is on hold and this film is very close to my heart. For this film, I have to give 70 days for shoot but since my show (Quantico) got extended, I couldn’t do it. Hopefully, someday I will make it. But right now I am not doing it. I don’t have time to see others’ careers. I’m setting my own milestone. I am thankful to filmmakers who write characters for me.
- Priyanka Chopra, Actress (as told to IANS)
That’s a great attitude to have, don’t you think? PC is currently basking in the success of Bajirao Mastani. Her debut project as a producer will be directed by Madhur Bhandarkar, who got her the National Award for his film Fashion.
2. Kajol Knows Exactly How to Manage Home, Work and Kids
Kajol reportedly said in a recent interview that it is educative for children to have a working mother. Giving her own example, the Dilwale actress said that though she did take a break when her children were younger and needed more attention, but she would like to get back to doing more films now that they’re older.
I hope I will be seen on screen more… I’d like to work more now. I took a break right after My Name Is Khan (2010) because my son was born and then he was still very young. Now my son is five years old. I will be starting a film in mid-2016, but no, I am not planning to do three films a year like Shah Rukh Khan, in any way. I can’t work as hard as him.
- Kajol, Actress
Kajol also said that she is not the kind of person who has kids and then dumps them off to go work. In fact, it was apprently her daughter Nysa who has been encouraging her mother to take on more work.
I honestly think it’s very educative for children to have working parents, and to have a working mother mostly, because that’s where the influence comes on the girl child. When I was a child, I did resent sometimes that my mother went to work and I used to tell her, ‘Mom, why can’t you be like other mothers who are at home and cooking?’ She used to be like ‘No, I have to work. I need to work’. At that point in time, maybe I felt a resentment towards her work, but when I started working, I realised that the work ethic I have, the way I work, the amount of hard work that I did was only because I had seen my mother do that all my life.
Not only does Kajol believe that it is important for women to work, she hopes that her daughter will grow up as an independent girl who works for a living and her own development.
She’s always been candid and spontaneous but now we know that Kajol is also very wise. Read the full Financial Express report here.
3. Sanjay Leela Bhansali Has No Qualms With the Censor Board
Bajirao Mastani director Sanjay Leela Bhansali has been lucky to have never faced any trouble from the censor board. He said in a recent interview that the board values a filmmaker’s intent and purity of work.
No, I have not faced any problem with the censor board. When they see your intention and purity of work, they understand. I never had a bad experience. Certain norms are being followed which takes away the cinematic purity of the moment, but I have been very fortunate that the censor board has been kind with me. I have had a good experience with them.
- Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Filmmaker
Bhansali is currently feeling exceptionally lucky because his period drama that too 12 years to make and had to be revived several times during this period, has been a big hit at the box office.
4. Birthday Girl Vidya Balan Gets Discharged From the Hospital
Vidya Balan spent new year’s eve in hospital but is back home for her birthday today. The actress had had to rush to a hospital suddenly a few days ago, due to sever pain in her back, which was suspected to be caused by kidney stones. She was flying out with her husband Siddharth Roy Kapur for a holiday when the pain started.
Glad you’re feeling better Vidya. Wish you a speedy recovery and a big cake!
5. Pak Singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan Deported From Hyderabad
Within moments of landing in Hyderabad on an Emirates flight, Pakistani singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan was denied entry at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) and asked to return to Abu Dhabi, reports Times of India. He had travelled to the city to perform at a New Year eve event at the Taj Falaknuma Palace. Khan’s deportation was due to a ‘technical flaw’ as Pakistani nationals are allowed entry into India only through four airports which are Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai, according to the immigration authorities.
Other reports quoted officials saying the deportation was over a “technical issue with documentation” and that the singer was allowed to return to the country after his organisers sorted it out.
If a Pakistani national enters through any other airport, except the four metros, his/her travel to India cannot be recorded. So it is mandatory that they stick to the four ports. This system has been put in place to monitor the movement of Pakistani nationals in and out of the country.
- Immigration official to Times of India
Due to his unexpected deportation, the performance scheduled for 8 pm was rescheduled for 11 pm.
According to sources, Rahat Fateh Ali took a flight to Delhi from Abu Dhabi on Thursday evening then boarded a chartered flight to RGI Airport from the national capital.
While Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s case is entirely different from Pakistani singer Adnan Sami being given Indian citizenship, the timing of it does seem ironic.