Huma Qureshi reveals why #MeToo campaign does not work in Bollywood

Actor Huma Qureshi believes the #MeToo campaign worked in Hollywood because a lot of senior female actors came forward with their stories of sexual harassment, something which has not happened in the Hindi film industry.

The campaign, which sparked off a movement in Hollywood late last year, top actors like Gwyneth Paltrow, Salma Hayek, Angelina Jolie, along with people from other walks of life shared their stories of sexual abuse.

In contrast, only a handful of Bollywood stars have spoken about sexual harassment prevalent in the industry and that too without taking any names.

Asked if it was disheartening that the movement never arrived in Bollywood, Qureshi told PTI, “It’s not going to happen (in Bollywood) and the reason is, it worked in Hollywood because a lot of senior and respected actresses spoke about it.

“That’s what really gives the #MeToo movement a lot of momentum. I really hope and pray it happens in India. But I feel we should not wait for this campaign to happen just in the film industry, it should happen in all walks of life.”

Qureshi says women are tight-lipped about abuse or assault because of a lack of safe environment.

She believes a number of factors are responsible in making the environment secure for women – be it their portrayal on screen or empowering them. ALSO READ: Huma Qureshi lends a sexy start to our Monday with her next outing at Cannes 2018

“It’s a two-way thing. First, we should look at the representation of women in films. How we are looking at them. Then, of course, better role models for young girls who would empower them rather than degrade. There’s a 360 degree effort. It starts at home. The girls have to be equal to boys.

“If a woman comes out saying she has been abused or assaulted, we should not start finding flaws in her character, or try to dig up her past for murky details. Those are the things we should keep mind.”

John Abraham feels apart from him only Tiger Shroff is doing great action in our country

John Abraham believes action heroes are the biggest movie stars and the actor says Bollywood needs to come up with more such icons.

The 45-year-old actor, who was last seen in action thriller Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran, also praised Tiger Shroff for his dedication to the genre.

“I think the biggest stars are action heroes. Look at Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Dwayne Johnson. Action stars will always be evergreen.

“In our country, apart from me, there is Tiger Shroff who is doing great action. At the moment, two of us are doing action films. We both have different styles. There is a place for more action heroes but there are only two of us,” John told PTI. The actor has action films such as Dhoom, Force and Dishoom to his credit. He is grateful to the audience for accepting him in this avatar.

“The expectations excite me and I seek to do crazy action sequences. It is a positive responsibility on me. I wanted to be an action hero. There are some heroes who like dancing and I like fighting, lifting people and breaking bones. I enjoy it.”

John has a string of action films lined up for release, starting with Satyameva Jayate. The film is scheduled to release on August 15. Next up are Romeo Akbar Walter and Batla House. But the actor says doing films in the genre is not a “conscious decision”.

“It is just that all these films are coming at the same time. What I am missing right now in my life is doing a comedy and I love doing it. I am a big fan of Anees Bazmee, I like David Dhawan also… I loved working with Rohit Dhawan,” he adds.

Talking about his Independence Day release, John says it is great to reteam with his Shootout in Wadala co-star Manoj Bajpayee. ALSO READ: We hope we make it to the National Awards, says John Abraham at Parmanu’s success party

“In ‘Shootout at Wadala’, our characters came from a criminal background. But in ‘Satyameva Jayate’, the film is about a cop and a killer… Whatever the audience has yearned for they will get to see it all now,” he says.

The actor says he recently started shooting for director Robbie Grewal’s Romeo Akbar Walter and the filming is expected to be completed by August end.

“It is one of the most intriguing subjects I have heard. It is the most challenging film I have done in the recent past,” he says.

John will then start work on Batla House, loosely based on the fierce encounter that took place in September 2008 between a group of terrorists and the police in a flat in Batla House, a locality in Delhi’s Jamia Nagar.

In Batla House, John will play the role of police officer Sanjeev Kumar Yadav. He says he will meet Yadav to prepare for his role.

Miss World Manushi Chillar reveals her Bollywood plans, says she senses an actor in her

Miss World commitments are keeping Manushi Chillar busy but the beauty pageant winner says she has not shut doors for Bollywood as she believes there is an actor in her.

Manushi was crowned Miss World at a grand event in China last year. The coveted title was last won by Priyanka Chopra for India in 2000, a year after Yukta Mookhey had made the country proud. Both of them soon made entry in Bollywood.

“I sense an actor in me. Being a doctor and an actor is very similar. My father would always tell me, to be a good doctor you have to be a good actor because fifty percent of the patients are cured by the way you make them feel,” Manushi told PTI.

“You do have a role playing to do when you’re a doctor. Even as a Miss World you have to role play sometimes, when you look at some people you feel like breaking down but you’ve to smile and spread happiness. So of course I know I am a good actor,” she added.

When asked, how many film offers she has refused so far, Manushi said, “I haven’t said no to any opportunity. It’s more of a wait. I need to fulfil certain responsibilities right now. I’ll take the Bollywood decision when it’s the right time.”

Almost half a year after being crowned Miss World, there have been several monumental changes in her life- a lot of travelling, learning, and an added sense of responsibility. ALSO READ: [Exclusive Video] Manushi Chillar opens up about her much-awaited Bollywood debut

“For a girl behind specs, in her room reading books, to coming in front of the camera, expected to have opinion about things, a lot has changed. But I’m enjoying.”

For Manushi, winning the pageant is not just about having a beautiful face but also to have a “world view”.

“It takes a lot of self belief to be Miss World. As Miss World, you are a face for beauty with purpose. You can’t just be beautiful. You have to have the zeal and courage to pursue the purpose. It is not easy to visit an area which is, say, hit by a natural calamity, you have to be with the people, not break down but empathise.”

Manushi is now gearing up to be a judge for Miss India 2018, scheduled to happen on June 19. The pageant winner said life has come “full circle” with this.

“I felt so nostalgic when I spoke to the contestants, I realised I was one of them. I can understand what’s going on their mind when they’re giving a particular answer. As a judge, I can see through them. Now that I’m here, I’m also looking at them through the eyes of the Miss World organisation,” she added.

Quantico controversy: Varun Dhawan and Ayushmann Khurrana come out in support of Priyanka Chopra

Actor Varun Dhawan has defended Priyanka Chopra, who faced a lot of flak in India for the plot of an episode in her American TV show Quantico.

Chopra, 35, took to Twitter recently to clear the air around the episode, titled “The Blood of Romeo”, which featured ‘Indian nationalists’ planning to carry out a terrorist attack in Manhattan and frame Pakistan for it days before a summit on Kashmir.

At a press conference of the International Indian Filmand Academy (IIFA) here last night, Dhawan, Bobby Deol, Kriti Sanon and Ayushmann Khurrana were asked how much involvement actors have in their characters, in view of the “Quantico” controversy.

Khurrana said, “When you play a character, you have your own thought and that can’t be right or wrong. You’re following a script, a director and that’s your first responsibility…There are all kinds of opinions, you will get backlash when you take one side. You can’t escape this.”

To this, Dhawan added, “To end it, Priyanka Chopra has made the entire country very proud and we stand by her. There’s nothing else.” ALSO READ: Angry Indians slam Priyanka Chopra’s latest episode of Quantico for showing Indians as terrorists – check out tweets

Chopra, in her apology, had called herself a “proud Indian” and said she was extremely saddened that sentiments were hurt.

ABC also apologised for stepping into a “complex political issue” with the story, saying Priyanka was not to be blamed as she did not have a creative control over the episode.

Chopra, who became the first Indian actor to play a lead role in an American TV series, portrays FBI agent Alex Parrish in the show, which is currently in its third and final season.

Aamir Khan becomes the most famous international star in China

The Chinese Consul General in Kolkata, Ma Zhanwu, has said Aamir Khan is the most famous international film star in China, and his recent film Secret Superstar, was a big hit in the country.

“Aamir Khan is very much loved, adored and respected in China. His Dangal (2016) was a hit and his recent production Secret Superstar (2017), has also been a big hit,” Zhanwu told reporters on the sidelines of a programme – ‘China-India Joint Artistic Performance’ – here yesterday evening.

He said many popular as well as critically acclaimed Hindi films had recently been screened in film festivals in China such as the Shanghai Film Festival and the Beijing Film Festival.

“It shows the immense popularity of Bollywood films in our country,” Zhanwu said.

Zhanwu said that Bollywood dance was also popular in China. ALSO READ: 5 reasons why China has turned into a BLOCKBUSTER market for Bollywood

“One particular dance number from Padmaavat had been staged by staff members from the Chinese Consulate in a recent show. This shows how popular it has become among our people,” he said.

Traditional dance forms of Bengal, Odisha and Kerala are also keenly followed in China, he said.

Daisy Shah: Salman Khan makes sure that everyone grows along with him

“Our business is our business, none of your business” became viral online with the release of Race 3 trailer and actor Daisy Shah is happy that it has become such a rage on social media. The 33-year-old actor says her co-star Salman Khan is the happiest and the dialogue is so popular now that it has seeped into her day-to-day life.

“We never thought that this dialogue would be taken by the audience so well. It’s really fun when people give their own version to my dialogue. It has also seeped into my house like if I have a conversation with my sister, she is like, ‘Dude, it is my business none of your business’. I am like ok fine,” she told PTI. ALSO READ: Salman Khan is impressed with Daisy Shah’s aerial silk skills in Race 3, posts a breathtaking picture of the actress

“I feel really happy about the response. But knowing what is going around my dialogue, it is Salman who is the happiest so I am happy in that.” Daisy, who made her debut opposite Salman in Jai Ho, says she never asked for work from the actor but he has always been a mentor to her.

“I never told Salman I want work. When the right project comes along he will be the first person to come and tell you. Salman makes sure that everyone grows along with him.

“He is not somebody who will step on your shoulder and move ahead, he will make sure that whoever is with him, he/she should grow with him and that is the best thing about him.” Daisy says she plays a multi-layered character in the movie, which hits the screen this Friday. The film also gave her a chance to do action sequences for the first time.

“We hardly used body doubles anywhere because we wanted to experience, me and Jacky (Jacqueline Fernandez) trained hard for the scenes. ALSO READ: Watch how Jacqueline Fernandez and Daisy Shah are promoting Race 3 by tripping on the “Our business” dialogue

“I trained in kick boxing, a bit of martial arts and the aerial training. A lot of hard work has gone into it and now looking on the big screen, it seems that it has paid-off really well.” From being an assistant choreographer to acting in films, Daisy is a firm believer in destiny and is glad to have a mentor like Salman Khan by her side

“I never thought about acting, I wanted to be an air hostess. You will never get anything in your life which is not written in your destiny. There are ways to portray your talent. I am glad I found Salman Khan when it comes to work in this industry. I hope that people who really want to make it, find their Salman Khan some day.”

Taapsee Pannu wants to be remembered as someone who was the part of the change

Actor Taapsee Pannu says she is confident the audience will remember her even if she appears on the screen for five scenes. Taapsee will be next seen in Soorma which tells the story of Sandeep Singh, a professional hockey player and former captain of the Indian national team. Singh was seriously injured after hit by an accidental gunshot in a train in 2006 but he did not give up and continued playing.

When asked if she feared being overshadowed, Taapsee told reporters, “I don’t think screen time matters. Even if I have five scenes in the film, I know the audience will remember me after coming out from the theatre. That much confidence I need to have in myself as an actor. It is not necessary to be hero all the time.”

The Pink actor was speaking at the trailer launch of the film here.

Directed by Shaad Ali, Soorma is scheduled to release on 13 July. The film sees Diljeet Dosanjh step into the shoes of Singh and is glad he did not refuse the movie.

“I told them ‘Make me do any film, a romantic one, make me do it for free, but not hockey as it will require a lot of hard work and maybe I wouldn’t be able to do it’. But they were very convinced so I heard the story. I would have taken a wrong decision in my career if I had not done Soorma,” Diljeet said. ALSO READ: Soorma trailer: Diljit Dosanjh and Taapsee Pannu come together for a film on Hockey legend Sandeep Singh which will inspire generations

At the event, Singh was also present and praised the Punjabi actor’s dedication and performance.

“There’s no one beyond him who could have done it. The best part about him is that you have to tell him only once, then he just copy-pastes,” he said.