QuickE: Amol Palekar on NGMA Controversy; ‘Gully Boy’ Reviews

1. I Asked Will My Script be Censored Before I Speak: Amol Palekar

Veteran actor-director Amol Palekar was repeatedly interrupted during his speech by some members of the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) in Mumbai on Friday.

Veteran actor-director Amol Palekar has expressed his dismay at the constant interruptions and alleged censorship he faced during his speech at an exhibition at Mumbai’s National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) on Friday, 8 February. Addressing a press conference he said, “The director was present there and she said that I should have spoken to her before speaking this here. I replied whether my script would be censored before I speak? I even told them that I wanted to thank Ministry of Culture for the magnanimity of culture for showing this exhibition. She said she doesn’t want any backhanded compliment like this and left.”

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2. ‘Gully Boy’ Review: Ranveer’s Intense Performance Steals the Show

A still from ‘Gully Boy’ trailer.

Zoya Akhtar's Gully Boy, starring Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt and Kalki Koechlin had its world premiere at the 69th Berlin International Film Festival on Friday. The film, loosely inspired by the life of Mumbai rappers Divine and Naezy, had been selected as part of the Berlinale Special programme.

Initial reviews of the film have been extremely positive, with critics lauding Ranveer’s quiet and intense performance that showcases his range as an actor. Check out what the audience had to say:

"“Ranveer Singh smoulders marvellously. He affects a slang that sounded ghetto enough to my non-Mumbai ears, and it’s terrific to see him demonstrate his more “sophisticated” acting side. We caught glimpses of this underplaying in Zoya’s Dil Dhadakne Do, where he was part of an ensemble, but here, he fills the film from the first frame to the last, and it’s a superb showreel for his range. But I wondered how much more the actor could have been had the character’s arc been fresher, more forceful, had things come to him less easily, if he’d had to struggle more. " - Baradwaj Rangan, Film Companion 

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3. ‘Superwoman’ Lilly Singh Shares Unseen Pics From PC-Nick’s Wedding

Lilly Singh at Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas’ haldi ceremony.

YouTube star Lilly Singh, aka Superwoman, was part of the guest list for Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas’ Jodhpur wedding in early December last year. Lilly recently took to social media to share some pictures from the haldi ceremony in which she appears to be gleefully slathering Nick with haldi while an amused Priyanka looks on.

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4. Tanushree Dutta Invited to Speak at Harvard Business School

Actor and former beauty queen Tanushree Dutta, who spearheaded the #MeToo movement in India, has been invited by the Harvard Business School in Boston, Massachusetts to speak at one of its flagship events.

Tanushree wrote on Instagram: "Invited to speak at the Harvard Business School in Boston, Massachusetts. India Conference 2019 on February 16, a flagship event organised by the graduate students of Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School."

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5. ‘Mere Pyare Prime Minister’ Sees a Small Mumbai Boy on a Big Mission

The trailer to Rakesh Omprakash Mehra directorial Mere Pyare Prime Minister has been released. The film follows the tale of a young boy who lives in a slum in Mumbai with little access to basic toilet facilities. After his mother is raped on the way to relieve herself, he decides to write a letter to the Prime Minister and sets off on a journey to Delhi to appeal to him in person.

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