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Irrfan Khan: The Brave Actor Pens A Letter About His Battle With Cancer

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During the month of May Irrfan Khan shared the heart wrenching news of battle with a Neuroendocrine Tumor.  Naturally, this left his family, his fans and the entire Bollywood fraternity in a state of shock. The entire nation including his fans everywhere started pouring goodwill and get well soon messages wishing him a speedy recovery.  

Soon after that, Irrfan Khan left for the UK for treatment. Months after the initial diagnosis, he wrote an open letter describing his battle with cancer.

According to reports, here’s what the letter says,

It’s been quite sometime now since I have been diagnosed with a high-grade neuroendocrine cancer. This new name in my vocabulary, I got to know, was rare, and due to fewer study cases, and less information comparatively, the unpredictability of the treatment was more. I was part of a trial-and-error game.

I had been in a different game, I was travelling on a speedy train ride, had dreams, plans, aspirations, goals, was fully engaged in them. And suddenly someone taps on my shoulder and I turn to see. It’s the TC: “Your destination is about to come. Please get down.” I am confused: “No, no. My destination hasn’t come.” “No, this is it. This is how it is sometimes.”

The suddenness made me realise how you are just a cork floating in the ocean with UNPREDICTABLE currents! And you are desperately trying to control it.

In this chaos, shocked, afraid and in panic, while on one of the terrifying hospital visits,I blabber to my son, “The only thing I expect from ME is not to face this crisis in this present state. I desperately need my feet. Fear and panic should not overrule me and make me miserable.”

That was my INTENTION. AND THEN PAIN HIT. As if all this while, you were just getting to know pain, and now you know his nature and his intensity. Nothing was working; NO consolation, no motivation. The entire cosmos becomes one at that moment – just PAIN, and pain felt more enormous than GOD.

As I was entering the hospital, drained, exhausted, listless, I hardly realised my hospital was on the opposite side of Lord’s, the stadium. The Mecca of my childhood dream. Amidst the pain, I saw a poster of a smiling Vivian Richards. Nothing happened, as if that world didn’t ever belong to me.

This hospital also had a coma ward right above me. Once, while standing on the balcony of my hospital room, the peculiarity jolted me. Between the game of life and the game of death, there is just a road. On one side, a hospital, on the other, a stadium. As if one isn’t part of anything which might claim certainty – neither the hospital, nor the stadium. That hit me hard.

I was left with this immense effect of the enormous power and intelligence of the cosmos. The peculiarity of MY hospital’s location – it HIT me. The only thing certain was the uncertainty. All I could do was to realise my strength and play my game better.

This realisation made me submit, surrender and trust, irrespective of the outcome, irrespective of where this takes me, eight months from now, or four months from now, or two years. The concerns took a back seat and started to fade and kind of went out of my mindspace.

For the first time, I felt what ‘freedom’ really means. It felt like an accomplishment. As if I was tasting life for the first time, the magical side of it. My confidence in the intelligence of the cosmos became absolute. I feel as if it has entered every cell of mine.

Time will tell if it stays, but that is how I feel as of now.

Throughout my journey, people have been wishing me well, praying for me, from all over the world. People I know, people I don’t even know. They were praying from different places, different time zones, and I feel all their prayers become ONE. One big force, like a force of current, which got inside me through the end of my spine and has germinated through the crown of my head.

It’s germinating – sometimes a bud, a leaf, a twig, a shoot. I keep relishing and looking at it. Each flower, each twig, each leaf which has come from the cumulative prayers, each fills me with wonder, happiness and curiosity.

A realisation that the cork doesn’t need to control the current. That you are being gently rocked in the cradle of nature.”

Well, Irrfan you are no less than a warrior! Our thoughts and prayers are always with you.

The actor was last seen in the 2018 drama film Blackmail.

We hope and pray you regain some strength and make a breathtaking comeback.

We love you!

 

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Anurag Kashyap’s Journey In Bollywood: From The Beginning To Now

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It was the 1990s, when directors were starting to figure out their films and the kind of script they did. While there was talk of conventional cinema stereotypes being broken, no director really made the effort to work out of the box and produce thought provoking and truly unique films. Even though the directors at that point had a very loyal target audience, certain factions of the society kept craving for more, for something strong and different.

Breaking the mould 

There was a very solid feeling of nepotism in the Bollywood industry during the 90s. A young boy, freshly graduated and in his early 20s, realised the very apparent need for breaking this convention. He wanted to make films which were dramatic, different and told not fancy stories, but stories of the ordinary man as well as about the dark side of the moon.

For an outsider, getting into the very closed door world of Bollywood was not an easy thing. For Anurag Kashyap, it was all the more harder because he wanted to make films no one else dared to even think about. Kashyap’s first two Bollywood films, Paanch and Black Friday, failed to create the impact he expected them to make, leaving Kashyap with not a lot of money and a lot of wasted years (7, to be exact.)

Struggling forward 

Even as a kid, Anurag Kashyap always loved horror as a genre. From stories about psychopaths, killers and gang members, everything that had a dark and twisted side was extremely appealing to this particular director. When Kashyap entered the industry, there was a very specific pattern followed by the directors. Trees, lovemaking, dramatic songs and almost cliched scenes were the order of the day for most of the films then. Kashyap realised then that something needed to change as soon as possible.

Armed with a genre he treasured more than his life, Kashyap tried creating a splash with his first two movies. However, his grand entrance was disturbed and he managed to cause nothing more than a tiny ripple in the water. Despite the failure of his films, his dedication to the script was so strong, he went above and beyond to get the work done.

The work was hard and real

For Paanch and Black Friday, Kashyap would shoot on the streets at night to reduce location costs.  For Gulaal, he really wanted particular shots that needed more money than he could afford at the point. Inspiration struck during Diwali when he saw the hoard of lights all over the streets of Jaipur. These films were about his early life (Paanch was a dedication to his life and struggles; Black Friday was about how he got sexually abused as a child, while Gulaal was about several turning points during his growth as a director.)

With That Girl In The Yellow Boots, he realised the amount of potential there was in the international market, while with films like Raman Raghav 2.0, Gangs of Wasseypur 1 and 2, he came to understand the the audience’s lack of appreciation towards the ordinary man’s struggle. From all the films Kashyap has made to date (the successes and the failures,) you cannot miss the very obvious presence of Kashyap in these films. Every movie is real, every story is dark, psychological affecting and haunting,

Every time I watch an Anurag Kashyap film, something stirs inside me. A little bit of happiness leaves every time I watch his films and I do not know if the feeling is that of happiness or sadness. This man has taught me life is hard and jagged, with stories at every corner and turn. If you have any Anurag Kashyap stories to share, comment and let us know!

 

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Karan Johar is Back With A Star Studded Cast For ‘Takht’

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Karan Johar announced his upcoming film Takht set to release in 2020. The film features a star studded cast that includes Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Vicky Kaushal, Bhumi Pednekar, Janhvi Kapoor and Anil Kapoor. Karan used Twitter to provide an insight into the story line.

 

 

Takht is labelled as a historical film which comes after the previous film Padmaavat, that was released earlier this year and caused a stir in the country.

Takht is a historical magnum opus about the Mughal Dynasty, a battle between brothers for the Mughal throne. The lead character is played by Ranveer Singh as Dara Shikoh and Vicky Kaushal as his brother, Aurangazeb. Kareena Kapoor will be starring as their sister Jahanara Begum and Alia Bhatt would be playing the lead love interest.

This film would be the third historical film for Ranveer Singh after Padmaavat and Bajirao Mastani that were both blockbuster hits.

 

Karan Johar is well known for having a famed cast featured in his films, his previous hit Ae Dil Hai Mushkil featured Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Fawad Khan and Aishwarya Rai.

 

The cast members could not contain their excitement and went on to social media to talk about the film. Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt took to Twitter to announce their latest project and Janhvi Kapoor announced it on Instagram.

It was further announced that the screenplay is by Sumit Roy and dialogues by Hussain Haidry and Sumit Roy. It is unexpected for Karan to acknowledge the writers as the “heartbeat and soul of a film.” As writers require more recognition in Bollywood. Varun Grover (lyricist) and Neeraj Ghaywan (director) have been lobbying for writers getting the recognition they deserve by producers for a long time. 

 

Bhumi Pednekar shared her excitement regarding the magnum opus “It’s a great honour for me to be working such great actors and to be directed by a veteran. I am a very big Karan Johar fan ever since I was a child. So honestly, it’s very special feeling and it’s still sinking in. I am still dealing with it and I am just so nervous about the film.”

Farah Khan congratulated Karan Johar for the film via a tweet.

 

Are you as excited as we are to see Kareena Kapoor and Ranveer Singh share the screen?

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Anil Kapoor and Sunita Kapoor: Match Made in Heaven

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They have the kind of love that has not been talked about, but is made for the movie screens. The real life love story of Anil Kapoor and his beautiful wife, Sunita Kapoor.

The Mr. India actor had a rocky start in the Bollywood industry, despite his father Surinder Kapoor, being a Bollywood film producer. Anil Kapoor used to look for jobs during the day and his friends used to help him find love at night.

 

When he came across Sunita Kapoor, a model, he had no way of getting in contact with her. Eventually, he found her contact number and decided to talk to her.

Upon being asked about how they met Anil Kapoor said: “I met her on the telephone, and fell in love with her voice. I feel shy and awkward when I speak about her, but I love speaking about her. She is wonderful she is beautiful; she is the best thing that has happened to me.”

He added, “Then eventually after speaking to each other for a few weeks, I met her and we became friends.”

 

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The relationship deepened when Sunita and Anil started dating, Sunita would even cancel her modelling photoshoots in order to spend more time with Anil Kapoor. Sunita was an established and successful model. She constantly helped Anil with his career.

 

It was a rocky road to the ‘happily ever after.’ The couple had to fight for their love. After struggling for a while they managed to convince their parents. The struggle was still not over for the couple they had one more hurdle to cross- the Bollywood industry.

 

 

Everybody in the industry advised Anil Kapoor not to marry as his career was at an all-time high after his hit film Mashal (1984), and the marriage would end his career as an actor.  In his words, “In those days the industry believed that the audience liked an actor only until he was unmarried. My well-wishers thus advised me not to get married else my career would be ruined. But then I asked myself, what is more, important to me, my relationship with my girlfriend whom I know for years or my career? I was puzzled. But then it struck me that I am in a love with such a beautiful girl and we have been together since 5 years and stuck together through thick and thin, and so marriage was paramount for me that time.”

 

Despite the obstacles, Anil Kapoor and Sunita Kapoor got married on 19 May, 1984.

 

They are proud parents of three children. Sonam Kapoor, Rhea Kapoor, and Harshvardhan Kapoor. Sonam Kapoor has been “As children, we got very little family time as dad liked mom to accompany him whenever he travelled. But whenever we did, it was awesome. It feels lovely to see how much he loves her.”



Anil Kapoor was rumoured to be having an affair with his co-star, Madhuri Dixit after their chemistry on screen. Anil laughed out these rumours claiming they were a publicity stunt. “I got a lot of opportunities to fall in love and out of it, as I worked with many beautiful stars, but I thought to myself whether I wanted 2 minutes of joy or a lifetime of happiness. I am extremely happy with Sunita.”

Fairy tales are real after all.

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Kajal Aggarawal And Bollywood Stars Show How To Kiki

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Kajal Aggarawal shows us how to do the #KikiChallenge in a safe way. The #KikiChallenge quickly become popular over the internet after Drake released his song In My Feelings from his latest album Scorpion. The #KikiChallenge is when a person dances to the song beside a moving car, while someone is filming it from the car. First the Tide Pod Challenge now this? I’m scared for this generation.

Kajal Aggarawal along with her co star Bellamkonda Sai Sreenivas created awareness regarding this dangerous challenge. The actors use a wheelchair instead of a car and end their video with a safety message.

 

The Mumbai Police condemned this dangerous challenge by tweeting out their disapproval. The Police later punished three people for participating in the challenge. They got the offenders to clean up the police station.

Here are a few celebrities that have done the #KikiChallenge on Instagram. Please, kids, do not try this at home (or on the road)!

Adah Sharma takes a classic spin on the challenge.

A funny take on the challenge by Nora Fatehi.

Karishma Sharma takes part in #KikiChallenge

Nia Sharma shows us her moves in Mumbai.

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#ANDHADHUN Starring Tabu, Ayushmann Khurana and Radhika Apte

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The first motion poster of AndhaDhun, starring Ayushmann Khurrana, Radhika Apte and Tabu just released! The film is directed by Sriram Raghavan co produced by Viacom18 Motion Pictures and Matchbox Pictures, is set to release on 5 October 2018.


Ayushmann Khurrana is moving away from his comfort zone after acting in romcoms such as Vicky Donor, Bareilly Ki Barfi and Meri Pyaari Bindu. He plays a blind pianist in this latest film.

“It (doing Andhadhun) was a deliberate decision. I think it is not important to reinvent yourself with every film. Actors probably take themselves too seriously thinking, ‘I have to be different in every film’. But more than seeing you differently, the audience wants to see you doing a different story. Apart from that, you can reinvent yourself after establishing yourself in a particular genre,” the actor said.


The first look of the film will be revealed on soon. Andhadhun will be set in Pune and the shoot is almost complete. Talking about the film’s title, the director, Sriram Raghavan said, “We are punning with the title as Ayushmann plays a blind pianist. It goes well with the story too. We had a lot of options in our mind, including Shoot The Piano Player, but the producers weren’t keen on using an English title. I know the real word is ‘Andhadhund’, but the ‘D’ is silent for us.”

We are so excited to see Ayushmann Khurana and Radhika Apte together! Are you?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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