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Bigg Boss 11, Episode 42, 12 November 2017: Vidya Balan runs a radio show; Mehjabi, Sabyasachi evicted

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Bigg Boss 11‘s latest Weekend Ka Vaar began with Salman Khan telling us that five contestants have been nominated for evictions this week. Vidya Balan joined Salman on the stage. She was there to promote her upcoming film Tumhaari Sulu, where she plays a radio jockey. Before joining Salman on stage, Vidya had visited the Bigg Boss house. Shilpa and Vikas were hosting a radio show in the activity area as their co-contestants listened to them from the living area.

Vidya entered the activity area and started this radio show. It was during this that Vikas asked Bandgi if she genuinely loves Puneesh back, and she said ‘yes’, not once, but thrice. Shilpa took a jibe at Hina by mentioning that she takes forever to do her make-up. Hina replied that it is a part of her job and that Shilpa may not not be used to it anymore, referring to her unemployment. Shilpa said that she doesn’t need to put on make-up.

Vidya Balan and Salman Khan on Bigg Boss 11. Image from Twitter/@BiggBoss

Vidya Balan and Salman Khan on Bigg Boss 11. Image from Twitter/@BiggBoss

Hiten was asked if he loves Arshi, and he denied, adding that she is his sister. On the other hand, Arshi confessed that she is madly in love with Hiten and that she won’t stop pursuing him even when they leave the Bigg Boss 11 house. Vidya called Arshi bindaas. Sapna was asked why sleeps on other days and wakes up only on the weekends, when Salman is on the show. On Vidya’s request, Sapna and Arshi danced to the song ‘Main Naagin Naagin‘, and Sapna stole Arshi’s thunder with her moves. Vidya left without meeting the rest of the contestants. She then went back to the stage and told Salman that Akash was most entertaining, whereas Hina and Sapna were upfront when it came to answering questions, to which Salman said that the two are not fond of Vikas and Shilpa. Soon, some children joined Salman and Vidya on the stage and they played a round of Dumb Charades. Vidya left the stage and Salman showed us the after-effects of the radio show.

Sapna and Vikas got into an argument, as Sapna was offended by the questions she was asked during the radio show. Vikas told her that the questions were already given to him, but Sapna didn’t cool down. Vikas walked out on her. Soon after, it is revealed that the question for Sapna had come from Puneesh.

Salman announced that there will be double evictions this weekend and told the contestants that the captaincy task was the most peaceful task this season. He congratulated Sabyasachi on becoming the new captain. He then asked Mehjabi to leave the house, as she had received the least number of votes. Arshi began crying as Mehjabi exited.

Asha Negi and Mubeen Khan, who are a part of Colors’ new show, Entertainment Ki Raat, joined Salman on stage. They told Salman to promote their show, but he ended up taking a dig at himself and said that he couldn’t promote his own film Tubelight.

Salman met the contestants again and announced that this week, it would be Priyank and Vikas competing in the Sultaani Akhaada. They joined Salman in the activity area, where he started off by asking them to tell him why they are better than the other. Vikas said he is more focused and he is enjoying this game, but Priyank says that while he, too, is enjoying the game, Vikas, who was once his friend, is now constantly angry at him. Vikas won this round as he got support from seven of his co-contestants, while Priyank got votes from six. The next round was a wrestling match, but with a twist. Surprisingly, Vikas won that too and beat Priyank overall. Shilpa, Akash, Puneesh, Bandgi and Arshi celebrated Vikas’ win.

Sabyasachi and Mehjabi. Images from Voot.

Elininated contestants Sabyasachi and Mehjabi. Images from Voot.

Later, Salman announced that Sabyasachi has been eliminated, and Sapna broke down as Sabyasachi walked towards the main exit. Everybody was emotional during these two evictions, and in this mood, Priyank apologised to Arshi and hugged her. She accepted his apology. Shilpa also started crying and hid under a table while doing so. Vikas consoled her and told her that she is very strong and shouldn’t break down. Soon the entire gang — Arshi, Puneesh, Bandgi and Akash — joined them. Shilpa told Vikas to be nice to her, because life is too short. He promised that he won’t hurt her again.


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Namitha weds Veerandra Chowdhary in Tirupati; R Sarathkumar, Bigg Boss Tamil contestants attend

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Celebrity couple Namitha and Veerandra Chowdhary are finally hitched. In a private wedding ceremony, the actors got married early morning on Friday at the Tirupati ISKON temple, reports International Business Times.

Veerandra Chowdhary and Namitha. Facebook page of Wedding Street India

Veerandra Chowdhary and Namitha. Facebook page of Wedding Street India

As Namitha’s love affair with long time boyfriend Veerandra has been in the news for quite a time, the news of marriage was not a shocker. Both the celebrities’ fans started sharing congratulatory wishes, and pictures as soon as they hit social media. The pictures of Namitha’s mehendi, sangeet and other pre-wedding rituals went viral.

In the mehendi and sangeet pictures, Namitha is seen wearing jewellery made of flowers and a baby pink silk suit that add to her wedding glow. The couple clicked lovey-dovey selfies together that have taken the internet by storm. Veerandra looked uber happy in all the pictures donning a groom to be look in a blue kurta.

As per the same report, they tied the knot by following all the Hindu marriage rituals. There were priests present at the temple who chanted the Vedic mantras. The wedding was completed around 5.30 am after Veerandra and Namitha exchanged the final vows.

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Veerandra Chowdhary and Namitha. Facebook page of Wedding Street India

For the D day, initially, Namitha was seen in an electric blue sari coupled with gold jewellery. She looked absolutely flawless. Veerandra wore a sherwani with a contrast of blue and brown.

Finally, the couple stole the show in their wedding avatars as they entered the temple for the final rituals. Namitha, in a peach sari, and Veerandra, in a gorgeous sherwani, looked like the most sought after couple of this wedding season.

The wedding was attended by both the bride and groom’s friends, colleagues and relatives. R Sarathkumar, with wife Radhika, Harathi Ganesh and Shakthi were the mains among the invitees. Bigg Boss Tamil contestants also showed up for the special occasion. The couple will also host their colleagues from Kollywood at a reception party in Chennai soon.

(Also read — Zaheer Khan, Sagarika Ghatge wedding: Couple ties the knot, reception to be held on 27 November)


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Film Bazaar 2017 in Goa: A microcosm of the movie business, and haven for cinema lovers

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The Film Bazaar (held in Goa from 20 to 24 November) is a bit like the microcosm of the film world.

A National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) enterprise, The Bazaar, as it is mostly called, is a marketplace (or sorts) where films in various stages of development seek their perfect home among directors, producers, distributors, sales agents or festival programmers.

The Film Bazaar, over the last decade, has established a reputation for being a place where new voices are formed, films are realised and connections are renewed. But does that mean the most radical voices in cinema are continuously being honed in India?

Image courtesy Facebook: @NFDCIndia

Cameron Bailey, Festival Director of Toronto Film Festival, is probably someone who knows and has seen the wide range of India cinema more that most Indians. Bailey wonders if the winds of commerce that blow hard and strong in a country like India is slowly taming the most radical voices and independent styles. Rima Das’s Village Rockstars programmed at the Toronto Film festival this year was the result of the Viewing Room section from the Film Bazaar a couple of years back. That’s where the triumph of the Bazaar is; where every year there are people who leave behind the apprehensions that surround the lonely uphill struggle of a filmmaker and merge in the competition and the community created by the Film Bazaar.

Akshay Indikar is one of the five directors whose projects are a part of the Work in Progress lab this year. His first time at the Bazaar, Aranya (Forest) is a part of the Work in Progress Lab, a segment which selects 5 films at the rough-cut stage. Over the four days of the Bazaar, five directors and their films undergo extensive mentoring and honing. The lonely passion of a filmmaker, working against odds throughout the year, dissolves into a pursuit of hope and realisation.

Just like cinema brings to us stories and people we would have otherwise never met in modern societies, the Bazaar too gets together people bound by endless passion of making cinema and their unique journey, much like Indikar’s. “I come from a folk tradition, my family carries the Gondhli tradition in Maharashtra and it is only the last two generations who have houses. Traditionally we have been nomadic community,” he informs.

His film is about migration and everything that is lost in the process. I ask him what drove him to make films, and his answer comes without a thought — it was a moment etched in his memory. As a young high school student living in Pune, separated from his village and lonely in the city, Akshay decided to go to National Film Archives to watch a film. The film they were showing that day happened to be Satyajit Ray’s Pather Panchali and for the young student a universe of possibilities opened, a world of city and the village and the divide that lay between. And just like that a filmmaker was born.

It is a story which most of us may not know about, but within the energy of the Bazaar, it is a story that stays with you and gives you a sense of the power of cinema and the journey of a storyteller.

But the Bazaar is not just about filmmakers. It is also about spaces, and far-flung towns. Farooq Khan, Administrator of Union Territory of Lakshadweep, is in Film Bazaar for a different reason. To remind the film fraternity that the most beautiful land of ocean, light and corals lie across the islands of Lakshadweep. And he is here with the Film Federation Office with the simple objective, to encourage filmmakers to not just use Lakshadweep as a location for shoots but to look the unique life and culture of the place as a setting for a story.

A short conversation with Farooq Khan made me look at the way the Bazaar draws people from diverse places. And they all believe one thing: Cinema is larger than life, or perhaps life itself.


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Shah Rukh Khan reportedly asks for Priyanka Chopra to be replaced by Deepika Padukone in Don 3

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Since the producer of the Don franchise, Ritesh Sidhwani teased that the Don 3 might be under development; speculations on the highly anticipated third installment are rife.

Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone. Images from Facebook

Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone. Images from Facebook

The latest is that Shah Rukh Khan as asked Farhan Akhtar to rope in Deepika Padukone for Don 3, and replace Priyanka Chopra who had essayed the role of Roma in both Don and Don 2: The King Is Back, as reported by Deccan Chronicle.

The reason for this major change is being attributed to the cold vibes between Shah Rukh Khan and Priyanka Chopra who were rumoured to have been involved. In fact, social media had gone berserk when Priyanka Chopra had appeared on a US chat show wearing a leather jacket that belonged to her ex, and which was being concluded to be Shah Rukh’s jacket from old pictures, as reported by India Today.

However, it is also being said that Shah Rukh simply wants Deepika as his co-star because he considers them a hit pair with blockbusters like Om Shanti Om, Chennai Express, and Happy New Year under their belts. He wants to recreate the chemistry between the two for the box office success of Don 3, as reported by India Today.

Priyanka Chopra is busy abroad with her American projects and is currently shooting for the third season of her hit TV show Quantico. Deepika on the other hand is embroiled in a massive public storm against the release of her film Padmavati.

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