Earlier today, Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut’s Twitter account was suspended for repeatedly violating the rules of the social media platform. The actor is known for making controversial statements on several topics ranging from the Hindi film industry and politics in India and the world. Hours after her account was suspended, design label Anand Bhushan announced that they have decided to never be associated with the actress in any capacity.
Anand Bhushan is an Indian design label for fashion and textiles started by the Delhi based designer Anand Bhushan. He took to his verified social media handle and released a statement which read, “In view of certain events today, we have taken a decision to remove all collaboration images with Kangana Ranaut from our social media channels. We also pledge never to be associated with her in any capacity in the future. We as a brand do not support hate speech.”
Talking about Kangana Ranaut’s suspension, a Twitter spokesperson said, “We’ve been clear that we will take strong enforcement action on behaviour that has the potential to lead to offline harm. The referenced account has been permanently suspended for repeated violations of Twitter Rules specifically our Hateful Conduct policy and Abusive Behaviour policy. We enforce the Twitter Rules judiciously and impartially for everyone on our service.”
Salman Khan’s Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai released on May 13 on a streaming platform ZEE5’s pay-per-view service ZEEPlex. The film was also supposed to be released in theatres but due to the lockdown, theatres are closed. But, internationally, the film has released in selected theatres. Now, a few days later, he has taken to social media to warn those who are pirating the film. He also said that Cyber Cell will take strict actions towards those who are pirating the film.
Salman said in a statement on Twitter, “We offered you to watch our film Radhe at a reasonable price of INR 249 per view. Inspite of that pirated sites are streaming Radhe illegally which is a serious crime. Cyber Cell is taking action against all these illegal pirated sites. Please don’t participate in piracy of the Cyber Cell will take action against you as well. Please understand you will get into a lot of trouble with the Cyber Cell.”
Alongside Salman Khan, Radhe also stars Disha Patani, Randeep Hooda, and Jackie Shroff in pivotal roles. The movie is presented by Salman Khan films in association with ZEE Studios, produced By Salma Khan, Sohail Khan and Reel Life Production Pvt. limited.
Ram Gopal Varma in his career of three decades has made headlines for several reasons. He created his own genre of movies which have a huge fan base. He was given statements that grabbed eyeballs, became a controversy and more. Now, RGV has made headlines by creating his own OTT platform. With his new platform, the filmmaker will be streaming several titles he announced during the pandemic and more.
In an exclusive interview with DNA, RGV spoke at length about his decision of creating a new OTT platform, being the pioneer of the ‘so-called gangster’ genre, Twitter suspension of Kangana Ranaut and more.
Why did you decide to create a separate OTT platform for your upcoming outings?
See, the whole point is, today we have a certain technology available, where I, as a filmmaker can exactly do what I feel, what I believe, maybe in exactly the target audience to be interested in that kind of film. So when you go through another OTT, you’re probably when the theatre is lost in translation, because there are so many things that come in between. Like in a theatre, you have a certain group experience, probably on a one to one level, what you would like to enjoy will be very different compared to sitting in front of 200 people. Then the other OTTs will also have their own sensibilities, their own policies, what kind of audience they want to keep. Today, we have a technology available where we can continuously make films, we can have our own outlet, like having your own restaurant.
When did this plan come about of starting your own OTT platform?
I’ve been thinking about this for quite some time, actually, even much before the pandemic hit us. But I was looking for a lot of subject matters because you need to have enough material to start something like this. So I’ve been collecting and gathering that for quite some time. And finally, I thought this was the right time to come out.
During the pandemic, many people rediscovered your earlier projects namely ‘Rangeela‘, ‘Satya‘, ‘Company‘ and other films. What do you have to say about the impact your films have created over these years?
I would like to think, something which has made an impact at some point in time in real life, for example, a classic case, probably the upper limit example, I would think is a Godfather, which is made nearly 50 years back. Generations keep on watching it again and again. I met a young girl around 20 years old and she said she loves ‘Raat‘. Now, I don’t think she was born when ‘Raat’ was made. So I think, anything which made an impact is bound to stay. This is what happens with everyday life actually, for that matter.
You have been the pioneer of bringing the underworld and more of the gangster genre into movies. What is it that you like about the genre which you have been exploring for nearly three decades now?
For me, I don’t use the word the ‘so-called’ gangster genre. I don’t think I ever thought of that word when I was making ‘Satya‘, for example. For me, it’s about people who have extreme situations and the decisions they make, what they do, makes them extreme people. It’s like a chain reaction, it’s like a cycle. All of them are ordinary people, but then they involve themselves in something, it changes. So it is a study of people, the study of people’s conflicts and the compulsions or the circumstances to make a study of that is how I look at the movie like ‘Satya‘ or ‘Company‘. I don’t label it as a so-called gangster film.
It’s more of a human drama. So for example, D Company’s fascinating thing about Dawood Ibrahim for me is like, in every business, whenever an entrepreneur comes, he looks at it in a vision which probably no one has ever done before. There were cheap gans in Bombay in the 1980s but Dawood had the vision to make his gang into a company which is why it’s called D Company.
I don’t think that is any less equal than a Bill Gates, Dhirubhai Ambani, though they are legal companies, this is an illegal company. But what it can’t take away is about one man’s vision can change something. I’m fascinated with people, whether they’re criminals or normal people or politicians or anything that doesn’t make a difference to me. I am now actually studying the breed of exotic animals.
In these many years, you have been a game-changer for many people including Manoj Bajpayee, Vivek Oberoi, Anurag Kashyap and more. Where does your equation stand with all of them now?
No, I mean, once a while we are in touch because we’re not working together, there is no reason for any of us to get in touch with each other. Probably, something Anurag sees and he messages me and I also text him. Beyond that, there’s no regular aspect of meeting each other and talking, that doesn’t happen at all.
Do you talk about collaborating again?
Not really, because the reason is very strong-minded and individualistic people, I don’t connect to the sensibilities of Anurag to mine. During ‘Satya‘, he was just writing, he had no choice but to write what I asked him to write because of his position at that time. Now, he has made a name for himself and he’s making films. Why would he want to do that? No two strongly independent-minded people can actually collaborate and do one project, that cannot ever happen.
What about the actors?
Yeah, because I’m a director managing an actor, there won’t be any conflict of interest in that case. I’m in touch with Manoj and we’ll be working together.
Among your most frequent collaborators is Amitabh Bachchan, did you discuss any project with him after ‘Sarkar 3‘? I’m planning to do something with him. But this pandemic can completely change all plans. So unless I see a certain angle to it, at a certain time, I won’t be able to revive the idea.
You are very much active on social media especially Twitter. How important has it come as a tool especially during the pandemic?
I honestly think it just makes a lot of noise and doesn’t really lead anywhere. Eventually, what happens will happen, I don’t think social media by itself will ever really make a point. They made such a huge hue and cry about the Sushant Singh Rajput issue. Similarly, the whole drug racket of Bollywood then again died down. I think they just like to make a noise without even really expecting anything to happen.
When it comes to giving opinions, you call a spade a spade. There’s another artist Kangana Ranaut who was recently suspended from Twitter for her tweets. What do you have to say about her posts and Twitter’s decision of suspending her?
I would like to think the context and the whole point is to voice an opinion and Twitter is a private company, it has its policies and whatever it is, it also has its right. I think that happens all the time, just because it is something like Twitter has become a recent phenomenon and we are seeing it for the first time. It amounts to fast track action, that’s how it seems. Like if Donald Trump can be suspended, then it can happen to anyone.
Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma know how to turn heads during their public appearances as well as on social media pages. The couple tied the knot in December 2017 after a courtship of a few years. Now, they are proud parents to their baby girl Vamika whom they welcomed in January this year. During their courtship, Virat and Anushka were snapped regularly but the couple kept mum most of the time about their relationship.
Now, we got our hands on a video of Virushka dancing with Yuvraj Singh at the latter’s wedding party held in Goa in the year 2016. In the video, the Indian skipper is first seen dancing with Yuvi on Punjabi tracks and showing off their kickass moves. Then Anushka joined them and she moved her hips in sync with Kohli. The couple had a ball of a time at Yuvraj and Hazel Keech’s wedding festivities.
Before the coronavirus pandemic, Virat and Anushka juggled between their personal and professional lives to spend time together. Talking about the same, the actor had told Vogue India, “People assume when I’m visiting Virat or when he is visiting me that it’s a holiday, but it’s really not. One person is always working. In fact, during the first six months of our marriage, we spent 21 days together. Yes, I actually calculated. So when I visit him overseas, it’s to squeeze in that one meal together. It’s precious time for us.”
While calling it as a silver lining on spending time with Anushka during the lockdown, Virat had told Star Sports, “It’s nice to know that there’s a silver lining in any situation in life… We would have never gotten to spend that much time every day with each other.”