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Mother’s Day 2021: The Shifting Portrayal of a Mother in Bollywood

With films like Mom or Tumhari Sulu, here’s how the portrayal of mother has changed in Bollywood over the ages.

Mere paas maa hai”- These four simple, yet powerful lines that were first said 46 years ago in the film Deewar have transcended the barrier of time and remained with us ever since. Whenever we think of the mother character, we are reminded of the significance of these lines and how we can fight against all odds if we have the mother’s hand over our head. Since its very inception, Bollywood carved out the archetype of a mother character, according to which she is overtly sentimental, melodramatic, and over the top in her depiction of emotions. Think of Neerupa Roy, Jaya Bachchan in the later part of her career, Kirron Kher, Farida Jalal or the iconic image of a plough bearing Nargis Dutt in Mother India, all these characters have embodied a similar prototype, that is, their entire existence revolves around the purpose of being a mother.

However, in recent times, Bollywood has been seen taking baby steps towards portraying a mother that is a character of her own, is grounded by certain motivations that are not an extended version of the hero’s motives and is independent.

A very recent example would be Renuka Shahane’s Tribhanga where we see the equations between mother and daughter spread over three generations of women. Going beyond the typical image of a mother figure that is as ‘pure’ as a goddess, this films focuses on the issues that were hardly associated with the perfect mother. It talks of single motherhood, abuse, open relationships and aspirations of a woman. When we paint a mother’s character with just one shade, we often tend to leave out her most humane qualities, and Shahane challenged this notion in her film where relatability lies in the imperfectness of the mother.

In Jazbaa, we see Aishwarya Rai’s Anuradha breaking the docile image of a mother and taking charge of things when her daughter is kidnapped. In Mom, Sridevi’s character does the same when she turns into a vigilante trying to avenge her stepdaughter after she is sexually assaulted at a party.

Nil Battey Sannata saw a mother who goes beyond her archetypical duties and enrolls in a school so that she can help her daughter excel in the subject of mathematics. The film ends with her tutoring struggling maths students which makes the statement that some characters are not bound by the constraints of doing something just because society expected them.

For the greater part, mothers are also shown as women whose ultimate goal is motherhood, and once that is achieved, she goes back to being a side character, stripped off of her own desires and individuality. Her life, which was till now associated with the man she married, suddenly starts revolving around her offspring, and she finds it hard to separate herself from their identity. Pradeep Sarkar challenged this concept in his film Helicopter Eela, which shows the transformation of a single mother from being overprotective about her son to rediscovering her desires and aspirations that she had before she got married.

Tumhari Sulu saw a mother struggling with her domestic responsibilities and her professional work as the onus to hold her family together fell on her, being the woman. However, the film did a good job in representation those struggles which are the reality of many and finally letting us know that you can keep the latter without losing the former.

Another remarkable portrayal would be Tabu’s character Ghazala in Haider. Hindi cinema has imprinted the image of a woman crying and praying for days after her husband’s demise but in Ghazala, the complexities of human behaviour show when she marries her husband’s brother instead. Anyone who has read Hamlet, the play Haider is based on, knows this is how things are supposed to unfold, but the odd choice of replacing a sentimental mother provided her character with a lot of depth and perspective that were previously hard to find. Taking that trail of thought forward, director Imtiaz Ali made a very important point through a compact scene in Jab We Met when he made Geet’s character (Kareena Kapoor) defend Aditya’s (Shahid Kapoor) mother even though the latter had nothing but disrespect towards her. After it is revealed that his mother had an extramarital affair and her subsequent elopement bought shame to the entire family, Geet explains to Aditya that when it comes to a mother, its hard to explain things, but her actions were a consequence of her being in love with someone, which is why Aditya should be more accepting of her.

Farhan Akhtar’s Toofaan Release Pushed Keeping Severity of Current Pandemic Situation in View

Farhan Akhtar’s sports film Toofan, which was slated to stream on Amazon Prime Video from May 21, has been put on hold.

The release of ‘Toofaan’, the inspirational sports drama produced by Ritesh Sidhwani, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra & Farhan Akhtar which is to be premiered on Amazon Prime Video has now been pushed keeping the current scenario of pandemic in view and ensuring the safety of all, until normalcy is restored.

Excel Entertainment and ROMP Pictures made the significant statement on their social media today and urged everyone to “stay home, stay safe and stay united”. They wrote, “The situation in India is truly heart-breaking, and we at Excel Entertainment and ROMP Pictures send our thoughts and prayers to everyone affected by the pandemic.

“In light of the the severity of the situation, our focus is completely on the pandemic and on supporting our employees, their families and in helping the wider community. Therefore, we have taken the decision to postpone the release of our film ‘Toofaan’ until the situation improves. We will issue an update regarding the new release date in due course of time. Please continue to observe Covid Appropriate Behaviour. Also, please register and get vaccinated when it’s your turn. On behalf of the entire team of Toofaan, we urge you to Stay Home, Stay Safe and Stay United. Jai Hind.”

The sports film was earlier planned for a September 2020 release. It was then postponed and slated for a digital release on Amazon Prime Video on May 21, 2021. The surge in the number of Covid-19 cases around the country is the concern of the hour and Excel Entertainment and ROMP Pictures joins the league of production houses which have put their projects on hold.

Shraddha Kapoor Requests People to Donate Plasma, Gives Brother Siddhant’s Example

Actress Shraddha Kapoor on Wednesday uploaded an Instagram picture of her brother Siddhanth donating plasma, and urged all to do the same.

Actress Shraddha Kapoor on Wednesday uploaded an Instagram picture of her brother Siddhanth donating plasma, and urged all to do the same.

My bro @siddhanthkapoor just donated plasma. Urge all those who are eligible to do same please,” wrote Shraddha with a picture of Siddhant donating plasma, flashing a victory sign and a grin for the camera.

Siddhanth had tested Covid positive in December. After the required time gap, he decided to donate his plasma to help others fight the disease.

Siddhanth too uploaded the same picture and requested people eligible for plasma donation not to hold back from doing so.

Talking about Shraddha’s upcoming projects, the actress will be seen paired opposite Ranbir Kapoor in Luv Ranjan’s next. The film is yet to be titled, but Shraddha has announced the project on Instagram. The movie also stars Dimple Kapadia and Boney Kapoor.

Kartik Aaryan Reminds ‘Mask Hai Zaroori’, Shares Pic

Actor Kartik Aaryan’s new post on Monday reiterates the importance of wearing a mask, saying that the practice must be compulsory.

Actor Kartik Aaryan’s new post on Monday reiterates the importance of wearing a mask, saying that the practice must be compulsory.

Kartik posted a picture on Instagram where he is seen wearing a turtleneck paired with a colourful jacket. In the image, he pulls up his turtleneck all the way up to his nose and pulls it down with his finger.

“Don’t try this in public #MaskHaiZaroori,” he wrote as caption.

Earlier this month, Kartik was surrounded by controversy when Karan Johar’s banner Dharma Productions officially announced that he would no longer star in their upcoming production Dostana 2, adding that the production house would never collaborate with the actor again.

Meanwhile, Kartik’s date diary is packed. He is busy with his upcoming horror comedy Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 where he features alongside actors Tabu and Kiara Advani. The film is a follow-up to the 2007 film Bhool Bhulaiyaa and is slated to hit the theatres in November this year.

Chiranjeevi Starrer Acharya Release Date Postponed Due to Rise in Covid-19 Cases

The makers of Chiranjeevi-starrer Acharya have pushed back the release date of the film from May 13. New date to be announced later.

Chiranjeevi-starrer Acharya will not be releasing on its scheduled date of May 13. The film’s makers have announced that the release has been postponed due to rising Covid-19 cases in the Telugu States. They are planning to hold the film for a better release window.

The Konidela Production Company tweeted, “Keeping in view of the pandemic situation, #Acharya movie will not be releasing on May 13. New Release date will be announced once the situation becomes normal. Wear mask, Stay home & stay safe! #AcharyaPostponed.”

The stakes are high for Acharya and it is important for the makers to release the film at an appropriate time. The exam season in the two Telugu states, the spike in Covid-19 cases, and also the delay in the production all contribute to this deferment of the release. The new date is yet to be finalised. The film is likely to be out either mid-July or early August,” Pinkvilla quoted a source as saying.

Directed by Koratala Siva, Acharya tells the story of a carpenter-turned-naxalite who is on a mission to conserve natural resources. Also starring Ram Charan, Pooja Hegde and Sonu Sood, the film has music by Mani Sharma. The film will have Chiranjeevi sharing screen space with son Ram Charan for the first time.

Vijay Sethupati and Katrina Kaif Starrer Shooting Postponed Due to Covid-19

Actors Katrina Kaif and Vijay Sethupati’s untitled film directed by Sriram Raghavan has been postponed indefinitely.

Actors Katrina Kaif and Vijay Sethupati’s untitled film directed by Sriram Raghavan has been postponed indefinitely. It was to begin shooting on April 15.

Speaking about the delay, Vijay told Spotboye, “We were supposed to start shooting from April 15. But Katrina caught Corona. So, the shooting schedule has been called off. My web series with Raj-DK was also scheduled to begin from the end of May. I don’t know what will happen now.”

Vijay was last seen in Master, which also starred Thalapathy Vijay. The crime thriller featured Vijay as a professor named JD and Vijay Sethupathi as the antagonist.

On the other hand, Katrina is teaming up with filmmaker Ali Abbas Zafar for an upcoming superhero movie. Zafar has earlier directed Katrina in the 2011 film Mere Brother Ki Dulhan and 2017 film Tiger Zinda Hai. This is the third time the actress and filmmaker will be collaborating on a project. Katrina also has Sooryavanshi with Akshay Kumar that was supposed to release in April but got delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. She is also prepping up for Phone Bhoot, which also stars Siddhant Chaturvedi and Ishaan Khatter.

Oscars 2021: Best Original Songs Kick Off Pre-Show Before Main Ceremony

Performances of the Oscar nominees for best original song have begun from locations as varied as Los Angeles and Iceland, even if the ceremony hasn’t. In one of many twists in this year’s ceremony, the five songs were presented in a pre-show before the main event began at Union Station in Los Angeles.

Laura Pausini performed a pre-taped “Io Si (Seen)” from “The Life Ahead” high above Los Angeles on the roof of the new Academy Museum of Motion Pictures that opens in September. She was joined by writer and 12-time nominee Diane Warren playing a red grand piano, and an orchestra decked out in red.

Swedish singer Molly Sandén performed “Húsavík” from “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga” on a cold boat dock in Iceland, joined by a sweater-sporting children’s choir from the town the song is named for, which has adopted the song as a de facto anthem.

After Criticism, Kangana Ranaut Calls ‘She-man’ Comment About Taapsee Pannu a ‘Compliment’

Kangana Ranaut recently called Taapsee Pannu a ‘She-Man’ on Twitter. However, after being criticized by netizens, the actress said the comment was a compliment on Taapsee’s looks.

Actress Kangana Ranaut recently targetted her contemporary Taapsee Pannu on Twitter by calling her ‘She-man.’ However, after being criticized by Twitter users, the Queen actress has said that she meant the comment as a compliment about Taapsee’s ‘tough looks.’

A Twitter user on Saturday commented that Kangana’s She-Man comment was ‘cheap.’ Replying to a fan of the actress, he wrote, This is equally wrong and condescending. FYI. I had never watched this before though. Also there’s a huge diff between this and the Kangana tweet.

On Friday, Kangana shared a sarcastic definition of Taapsee on a Twitter handle called ‘Urban Dictionary’ which read, “Taapsee Pannu is bollywood actress known for her befitting replies. She’s also called as the “Sasti Copy” of Indian superstar and padma shri recipient – Kangana Ranaut. She is also a member of Pappu Gang (sic),” read the definition.

The tweet was criticised by her followers who claimed that Kangana was ‘bullying’ Taapsee. One user wrote, “Then what’s the difference between you and Bullywood? All that standing up for Sushant only to turn around and do similar to someone else.” Another comment read, “Shame on you to insult another fellow female actress. We don’t know if there are bullies in Bollywood or not but you definitely are one. You preaching about anything is like devil quoting scriptures.”

The comment was also deemed to be homophobic and transphobic as the term she-man is used derogatorily against trans people.

Meanwhile, Kangana will be next seen in Thalaivi, the biopic of former Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa. Taapsee, on the other hand, is currently shooting for Mithali Raj’s biopic Shabaash Mithu.

Akshay Kumar’s ‘Prithviraj’ is Inspired by Epic Poem Prithviraj Raso

Prithviraj is based on the life and heroism of the fearless and mighty King Prithviraj Chauhan.

Filmmaker Chandraprakash Dwivedi, who has previously directed Pinjar, Mohalla Assi, and TV show Chanakya, is currently busy with his next, Prithviraj, starring Akshay Kumar and Manushi Chhillar and on World Book Day, he reveals how an epic Prithviraj Raso is the inspiration behind this much-awaited historical. “Prithviraj is also based mainly on medieval literature, an epic called ‘Prithviraj Raso’ by the great poet Chand Bardai. Apart from a couple of versions of Raso, there are many other literary works on Prithviraj, his life, and times. In addition to these there are commentaries on Raso,” Dr. Chandraprakash Dwivedi reveals.

Dwivedi says that for Prithviraj he had to deep dive into exhaustive research on the warrior king. He says, “I get involved in exhaustive research as I enjoy the process of entering the unknown and unexplored world of great heroes of India and their times. It is like having a dialogue with these great characters in their times. I am sure most of the writers must have experienced this strange phenomenon.

He adds, “Apart from the story, I love to research art, archaeology, costumes, material culture and available historical data. In other words, I love to do archaeological exploration and excavation in the pages of a literary work or historical fiction to recreate the era and personalities of its time. This gives me immense pleasure and satisfaction as an artist who loves to paint cinema’s canvas with lights and camera.

The film-maker believes that the stories of great warriors like Prithviraj are extremely relevant in today’s times where good is constantly locked in a battle with evil. He says, “I do not make characters like Prithviraj to make them relevant for young viewers. I choose them as my subject for cinema as they are relevant for our times and all times to come. They are shining bright stars in the galaxy of great historical characters which will inspire many generations to come.

Kuch Toh Sharm Karo: Nawazuddin Siddiqui Slams Celebs Posting Maldives Vacation Pics

Nawazuddin Siddiqui is the latest celebrity to have slammed Bollywood actors who have been flaunting their privilege when the country is grappling with Covid-19.

Many Bollywood celebrities have been facing flak in the past weeks for posting their vacation pictures while the country is dealing with the Covid-19 second wave. Maldives has been one of the most popular destination among celebs, and many actresses, like Janhvi Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor and Disha Patani had been posting their photos from the beach destination. Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt too flew to Maldives recently, but haven’t shared any picture yet.

The lot that has been posting these picture have been criticised by many within their own fraternity. Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui is among them. When asked about stars posting vacation pictures during an interview, he said, “These entertainment celebrities posting vacation pictures at a time when the world is reeling under the worst recession. …Logon ke pass khana nahin hai aur aap paise phenk rahe ho. Kuch toh sharm karo (People don’t have food and you are wasting money, have some shame).

The actor also says that the celebs are posting about their vacation because they have nothing worthwhile to talk about. “What else will they talk about? Acting? They will run out of steam in two minutes. In logon ne Maldives ko tamasaha bana rakha hai. I don’t know what their arrangement is with the tourism industry. But for the sake of humanity, please keep these vacations to yourself. There is suffering everywhere. The cases of Covid are multiplying. Have a heart. Please don’t taunt those who are suffering,” he told Bollywood Hungama.