CHENNAI (Tamil Nadu): Union Cabinet Minister for Textiles and Women & Child Development Smriti Irani took a not-so-subtle dig at cinema actor Deepika Padukone for joining the protesting gathering of leftist students at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi.
While speaking at a conclave organised by The New Indian Express, Union Minister Smriti Irani said, “it’s Deepika Padukone’s freedom to stand next to people who say Bharat Tere tukde honge.”
It’s #DeepikaPadukone‘s freedom to stand next to people who say Bharat Tere tukde honge, says @BJP4India MP @smritiirani at #ThinkEdu2020. @PrabhuChawla @Xpress_edex #JNUProtest @JNUSUofficial @ABVPVoice pic.twitter.com/leGerTbv7l
— The New Indian Express (@NewIndianXpress) January 9, 2020
“It was not unexpected to us that she was going to stand with people who want the destruction of India. She sided with people who hit girls on their private parts with lathis. I can’t deny her that right. She made her political affiliation known in 2011 that she supports the Congress Party. If people are surprised by this, it is because they didn’t know. There were a lot of admirers of hers who have just discovered her position,” said the Minister.
Deepika visited JNU on Tuesday “to express solidarity with the students who were attacked by a masked mob inside the campus on January 5“, though she did not address the crowd.
The actress was seen standing behind JNU Students’ Union president Aishe Ghosh, who has been booked by police for leading a mob that had vandalised the server room of JNU.
Of course, while Deepika’s admiration for Rahul Gandhi is on record, this ‘trip’ to JNU was universally agreed upon as yet another PR stunt from the cinema industry for the promotion of a forthcoming film. As if any validation was required, Deepika’s pictures from JNU were shared to various media houses by a PR firm ‘Spice PR’:
She expectedly got rave admiration from all those who hate the BJP or the Narendra Modi-Amit Shah duo. What surprised many, however, is support from DG-ISPR of the Pakistan Army:
Film Review: Dil Bechara Makes You Relive Your Most Glorious Loss
The film was meant to be Sushant’s final act. Watch it, if only to see how God designs things.
Excerpt: Cancer can be painful, in every which way. Death, for those around the severely pained, in contrast, can often be a case of pain alleviation. Because the loss, for them, makes way for the restoration of ‘the good in entirety’, which was being disfigured bit by bit, right in front of their fatigued eyes. Director Mukesh Chhabra’s Dil Bechara, an average film that is replete with cinematic licences, is precisely that restoration — the ‘reclaiming of the real memory’ of a bright young actor from amid the macabre talks around him at the moment.
Review: Based on novelist John Green’s 2012 bestseller The Fault In Our Stars (also a 2014 Hollywood hit of the same name), Dil Bechara is a story of Kizie Basu (debutant Sanjana Sanghi) and Immanuel Rajkumar Junior a.k.a. “Manny” (Sushant Singh Rajput), two young people leading life amid extraordinary circumstances. Kizie is fighting cancer while Manny has fought and beaten cancer a few years ago.
Mounted on technical finesse in the form of fabulous cinematography (Satyajit Pande), unforgivingly razor-sharp editing (Aarif Sheikh) and embellishing background score (A R Rahman), the contrived nature of the storytelling is best exemplified by a mesmerising single-take title song/dance number pictured on the breathtakingly-rhythmic late actor. Most admirers of the talented late star would want to, and definitely, play it over and over again. But there is absolutely no reason for the film to have that song!
And that stands true for many things about the film. Forced and less than believable.
The original story is good — poignant and enduring. But this film fails at times in adapting it to the Indian milieu (as in the ‘smashing windows with eggs’ after a breakup of Manny’s friend Jagdish Pandey (Sahil Vaid) sequence or the almost ‘pop culture’ cancer support group meetings), and at other times in providing the requisite gravitas to an aspect of immense/principal pertinence to the movie (as in the film’s integral track of Kizie being overwhelmed by a song, leading right up to the three-minute cameo by an established Hindi film star, or the struggles of Kizie and Manny in trying to live ‘normal lives’ amid the challenges).
However, when it does not try to change too much from the original, it breaks magic on screen — especially in the ‘obituary speech before death’ sequence. One silent place, three good friends, two of whom read the obituary of the third one.
The only other scene — apart from the naturally dramatic scenes of illness and physical pain (well-created, nonetheless) — that helps lift the film to its potential is the late-night interaction between Manny and Kizie’s father, played by legendary Bangla cinema actor Saswata Chatterjee, where the former opens up about his successful but very costly fight against cancer.
Everything else, for some reason, is either rushed or imposed. Fortunately, with it being just 1 hour 40 minutes long, you can blame it for anything but being a drag.
Sanjana Sanghi is adequate. In a movie in which she is present from the first to the last one, in which even the narration is by her, and in which the character of the lead star is also defined by his interaction with her, she doesn’t emphatically grab the opportunity by the throat. She is good; but, perhaps, just about that.
With the country still not completely out of the shock of Sushant’s death, dissociating cinema from real life in many scenes of the film becomes nearly impossible.
There’s even a dialogue in the film (NOT by Sushant): “Khud ko maarna saala illegal hai, toh jeena padta hai [It’s illegal to kill yourself, so you’ve to live].”
The late star is enchanting when playing the hyperactive loverboy and exhilarating when being a silent sufferer. He would be remembered for this film for a long, long time. Albeit, it might also be because of irrational reactions (too) from all the viewers to his performance in the light of his passing. For that precise reason, this review too would not be writing more about his, what felt like, a stellar performance.
Verdict: Quite like the biggest opening for a movie streaming on Disney-Hotstar platform and a ridiculously high 9.8/10 rating on IMDB, the memory of Sushant Singh Rajput lords over everything in the film. And for that reason alone, you might want to watch his swansong. It helps that he is his usual good.
International Space University Pays Tribute To Sushant Singh Rajput
ISU paid condolences to Rajput’s family and friends, saying the actor’s memory will “remain.
STRASBOURG (France): The International Space University (ISU) in France has paid homage to late actor Sushant Singh Rajput. The 34-year old actor allegedly committed suicide at his Bandra residence in Mumbai on Sunday. Incidentally, he was wearing an ISU t-shirt during his last moments.
In a statement issued on its official twitter handle, the agency said, it is deeply saddened by the demise of the actor, who was supposed to visit the campus last year but was unable due to a scheduling conflict.
We @isunet are deeply saddened by the dramatic news on the death of well known Indian actor @itsSSR
Mr Singh Rajput was a believer and strong supporter of STEM education and was following ISU on social media. https://t.co/E3GZFHdZdo pic.twitter.com/PAqwY5MGoB
— Space University (@ISUnet) June 15, 2020
Here is the complete text of the ISU message:
We are deeply saddened by the dramatic news on the death of well known Indian actor Sushant Singh Rajput.
Mr Singh Rajput was a believer and strong supporter of STEM education and was following ISU on social media. He had even accepted an invitation to visit ISU’s Central Campus in the summer of 2019 but other agenda priorities prevented him from travelling to Strasbourg.
Our thoughts are with Sushant Singh Rajput, his family and his friends. His memory will remain among his thousands of followers across India and all over the world.
Sushant was fascinated with science and held a deep interest in astronomy. As part of his research for the film “Chanda Mama Door Ke”, he also visited NASA in 2017. The actor also owned a Meade 14″ LX600 telescope.
Sushant enrolled at Delhi Technical University (DTU) in 2003, which was then known as Delhi College of Engineering but left the course to pursue his showbiz dreams. Even after leaving the four-year degree course, he remained fascinated with science and had a deep interest in astronomy.
Sushant stayed in NASA to train for his role as an astronaut for the film, which was eventually shelved. The actor also owned Meade 14” LX600 telescope.
Sushant Singh Rajput Passes Away At 34
The MS Dhoni Biopic star reportedly committed suicide; found hanging at his Bandra home.
MUMBAI (Maharashtra): Hindi cinema actor Sushant Singh Rajput has been found dead at his Bandra residence in Mumbai. He was found hanging at his home and a domestic help alerted the police. A team of Bandra Police has rushed to investigate and details are awaited. The actor, 34, was living alone during the lockdown.
The actor was said to be battling depression for the past six months and was taking professional support to fight it.
“Sushant Singh Rajput has committed suicide, Mumbai Police is investigating. Police has not found any note yet,” informed DCP Pranay Ashok, Spokesperson Mumbai Police.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi mourned the death of the promising talent. Calling him a bright young actor he said his rise in the world of entertainment inspired many and he leaves behind several memorable performances.
Sushant Singh Rajput…a bright young actor gone too soon. He excelled on TV and in films. His rise in the world of entertainment inspired many and he leaves behind several memorable performances. Shocked by his passing away. My thoughts are with his family and fans. Om Shanti.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 14, 2020
Last seen in Netflix film Drive, Rajput was one of the brightest stars of the younger generation — making his life as an actor memorable by playing Indian cricket legend MS Dhoni in the former captain’s biopic of the same name. His other notable films are Kai Po Che and Chhichhore. Ironically, the last film saw him champion the cause of not taking one’s life out of a sense of failure and/or dejection!
The actor is survived by his father and five sisters. He was the youngest among them. One of his sisters, Mitu Singh, is a state-level cricketer.
The father, living in Patna, Bihar, is said to be currently inconsolable and crying incessantly.
Born in Patna, he studied engineering and was a National Olympiad Winner in Physics.
After he started participating in theatre and dance, he rarely had time for studies, resulting in several backlogs which ultimately made him leave DCE. He completed only three years of the four-year course before dropping out to pursue an acting career.
His last post on his very popular Instagram account (followed by over 1 crore people), earlier this month, was dedicated to his late mother.
Sushant had shared a black and white collage of his picture and that of his mother’s on June 3 and wrote, “Blurred past evaporating from teardrops. Unending dreams carving an arc of smile. And a fleeting life, negotiating between the two…”
Just prior to the release of his blockbuster film Dhoni: The Untold Story, he had said in a media interview,
“I wish she was alive to see me succeed in life. I am sure she would have been really happy and proud of me. And maybe I would have been a different person than I am now. The way I looked at things then and now, they are very different and I cannot go back to doing that. It’s unfortunate. But everything that used to excite me, doesn’t excite me that much now. I don’t know why. No relationship, no success, absolutely nothing… If she was alive, probably it wouldn’t concern her, but just because something has changed inside me, everything has become so insipid. It takes a lot out of me to force myself to get overly excited about things and probably this is the reason why I like acting so much. Because it helps me get away from myself.” (Source)
Sushant started his career with the Television show Kis Desh Mein Hai Mera Dil but rose to real fame with Zee TV’s superhit show Pavitra Rishta. The show made him an instant heartthrob of the television viewing mass —especially young girls and the ladies. That association, in fact, lasted many years beyond his working in the show itself. His on-screen chemistry with actress Ankita Lokhnade was much appreciated by the viewers. The two were together in real life too for some time during and after the show.
Distraught Cricket and Film Fraternity React With Utter Disbelief:
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) June 14, 2020
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) June 14, 2020
Shocked and sad to hear about the loss of Sushant Singh Rajput.
Such a young and talented actor. My condolences to his family and friends. May his soul RIP. 🙏 pic.twitter.com/B5zzfE71u9
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) June 14, 2020
मेरे प्यारे सुशांत सिंह राजपूत….आख़िर क्यों?….क्यों? 💔
— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPKher) June 14, 2020
Honestly this news has left me shocked and speechless…I remember watching #SushantSinghRajput in Chhichhore and telling my friend Sajid, its producer how much I’d enjoyed the film and wish I’d been a part of it. Such a talented actor…may God give strength to his family 🙏🏻
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) June 14, 2020
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