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Kangana Ranaut hits new low: “Pakistan ban is not the focus, Pakistan destruction is”

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From raising the issue of nepotism in bollywood to standing up for the #MeToo movement, Kangana Ranaut has now taken another route. In wake of the Pulwama attacks, the actress cancelled her success party for movie “Manikarnika” in solidarity but that was not the end of it.

Ranaut went on to bash cultural exchange between Indian and Pakistani artists claiming “Pakistan ban is not the focus, Pakistan destruction is”. Even though Pakistan denies any role in the bombing, India has accused the state of being complicit.

Ranaut has always voiced her opinion and has been highly regarded as a strong voice for female empowerment, however has taken things too far this time. Coming from an artist, these words seem irresponsible and ignorant and some have claimed that Ranaut is now trying to make her way into politics.

She went on to bash Javed Akhtar and Shabana Azmi for accepting an invite by the Karachi Arts Council to celebrate Azmi’s father,  Kaifi Azmi’s birth centenary. However, in light of the attacks, they cancelled their trip but Kangana did not stop there.

Shabana Azmi and Javed Akhtar

In an interview with PINKVILLA she said “People like Shabana Azmi calling for halt on cultural exchange, they are the ones who promote Bharat tere Tukade honge gangs…. why did they organize an event in Karachi in the first place when Pakistani artists have been banned after Uri attacks and now they are trying to save face. Film industry is full of such antinationals who boost enemies morals in many ways but right now is the time to focus on decisive actions.

Azmi responded – “You really think at a time like this a personal attack on me can be of any significance when the entire country stands as one in our grief and in condemning this dastardly Pulwama attack? May God bless her. Shabana Azmi.”

Esteemed bollywood actress Sushmita Sen also reacted to Kangana’s comment: “We are living in sensitive times, what sounds like ‘fake news’ may well be someone’s reality. Let’s all be more aware of our surroundings & our true sense of patriotism, so that NO ONE can mislead us.”

Looks like Pakistan was not the only target of her misplaced and misjudged wrath, she also went on accusing the film industry for not supporting her movie. Kangana Ranaut’s statements about Bollywood ganging up against her to boycott her has not gone down well with many from the industry. Not that this is the first time she has accused Bollywood of treating her as an outsider. This time, she went on record to threaten that she will expose each from the industry after how they neglected her most ambitious release, Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi. She even mentioned Alia Bhatt in one of her statements by calling her ‘Karan Johar’s puppet’.

When Zoya Akhtar was recently questioned about Kangana’s statements and what does she think of this whole backlash from Kangana, she however retorted saying, “Of course people appreciate her work…I don’t understand her accusations, I’m sorry” She said this in interaction with Pinkvilla.

Zoya Akhtar, Director of Gully Boy (Also happened to be the daughter of Javed Akhtar – Seems likes these assaults are all linked)

Looks like Kangana is just out to attack anyone who she sees as a competitor. This attack was brought on unprovoked and Alia Bhatt was also called out by her for no apparent reason other than the fact that Zoya and Alia’s movie “Gully Boy” was set too release around the same time as “Manikarnika” and gained more attention.

It is deeply upsetting to see someone on a platform so important, generalizing a whole country and blatantly throwing shade without realizing the impact it might have on the citizens of both countries. We expected way more from her than we clearly should have and this is all the more reason Pakistanis should focus on celebrating their own artists and promoting our national film and cinema industry.

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Lilly Singh finally meets Deepika

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The Met Gala 2019 was one star-studded affair that saw the who’s who from all over the world who rocked the pink carpet. It also saw many celebrities making their first appearances and a number of couple debuts. One such celebrity who made her Met debut this year was YouTube sensation Lilly Singh, who turned heads in a gorgeous pink outfit by Jeremy Scott.

Taking to Instagram, Lilly revealed how she frantically searched the mega event to find her “sister” Deepika Padukone. Lilly knocked over 6 chairs with her dress, got stepped on by 16 people and got a cramp to hug Depika.

Lilly also treated her fans to two beautiful pictures of her with the actor. “where she wrote alongside the pictures that the search was totally “worth it”.

Lilly also shared the same post on her Twitter handle, in response to which Deepika gave her a better idea to find her next time. “The next time…just call! easier way to find me! love you sista! Superwoman,” she tweeted .

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Arjun Kapoor turns entrepreneur with food delivery app

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Actor has invested in an app that aims to empower women

Actor Arjun Kapoor has turned co-investor for a home food delivery company which aims to empower women.

“My aim at investing in Foodcloud.in is to contribute towards a larger societal purpose — of empowering the homemakers to contribute towards their family income,” Kapoor said in a statement.

Led by CEO Vedant Kanoi and co-founder Sanjhi Rajgarhia, the food delivery platform runs on the premise of home cooks delivering hygienic and home-cooked food to customers from their kitchens.

“It not only boosts household income leading to a better lifestyle but also drives gender parity for the woman at home or in her neighbourhood. To me, that’s a tiny step towards parity, towards empowerment in society at large,” added the ‘Ki & Ka’ actor.

The 33-year-old star said that by signing on with the Foodcloud.in platform, women can convert their skill set into an economic asset.

For Kanoi, having a “socially conscious youth icon” like Kapoor’s support is a dream come true.


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Alia Bhatt reacts to Kangana Ranaut’s statement on calling her ‘mediocre’

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Kangana Ranaut continues to take nasty potshots at Alia Bhatt who undoubtedly is ruling the box office at the moment and working with almost every major filmmaker in Bollywood. The resentment and envy are quite understandable. But, the manner of venting these is most inappropriate.

When an entertainment portal compared Kangana Ranaut’s performance in Manikarnika – The QueenOf Jhansi with Alia Bhatt in Gully Boy, Kangana snapped back, “I am embarrassed…What is there to beat in Gully Boy performance ….same snappy muh phat girl… Bollywood’s idea of a fiery girl, woman empowerment and good acting, spare me this embarrassment, please. Media has taken filmy kids love too far…stop pampering mediocre work or else bar will never be raised.”

Alia Bhatt, on her part, chooses to ignore Kangana’s  seemingly endless barbs and insults. Says the  genial actress who is never known to speak against anyone, “I respect Kangana’s work a lot and I  respect her opinion. If she feels a particular way she  must have reason to feel that way. I would rather remember how much she had praised me after watching Raazi. And I’d just like to focus on my work. Maybe she will appreciate me again if I work hard enough.”

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