“Ramoji Film City” – Interesting Things about World’s Largest Film Studio Complex

The Ramoji Film City is located in Hyderabad. At 2000 acres, it is the largest studio complex in the world. The Ramoji Film City has been certified by Guinness Book of World Records for the world’s largest Film Studio Complex.

Ramoji Rao, the famous film producer of South India has formed this film City in 1996. Every year, about 200 films are shot in this studio, and so far, over 2000 films have been shot.


It is not only the best destination for shooting the films, but there are more than fifty smallest beautiful parks for tourists. The Japanese Garden, Desert Garden, and the Combo Gardens are some of those beautiful gardens. Apart from these, music magic, stunt show, space travel, and adventure are special features.

Some Interesting Things About The Ramoji Film City:

# The Ramoji Film City has not only one or two, but more than fifty small beautiful parks to attract tourists.

# In the umbrella garden, there are rows of umbrellas made from flowers.


# Here, the Mughal Gardens are seen as the Sisodiya Rani Mahal of Jaipur. The front garden has beautiful fountains. At night, it changes itself with colorful light.


# Shopping like catering is also a pastime for tourists. If you want to shop various kinds of things which have been used by film artists and used in filmmaking, there are centers like Meena Bazaar, Magadha Shop, Frontier Land, and Black Cat where anyone can buy these items.


# There is also a mini train restaurant inside Ramoji that contains everything in children’s test. There is also a thriller park, which is a wonderful world of mystery and adventure.

# Tourists are very curious to see the set of the films which have already been shot here. Tour guides always help tourists and let them know which movie has been shot here during filming. Standing on the set of the airport does not seem to be a fake airport lounge at all. The railway station here is unique. According to the needs, station name also varies.



# Many buildings have been designed so uniquely in Ramoji. Multipurpose buildings are such actor’s house looks from one side. On reaching the other side, it seems that this is a big hospital. On the third side, it is like the entrance of a church or court, and on the fourth side, it is a form of a library.

# The Ramoji Film City has also created a park dedicated to the butterflies of different species. It’s spread over 72 thousand square feet. Thousands of butterflies are stored in this park.


Some More Interesting Things:

# The temple here is something similarly-designed where often “god” changes. The environment of the temple is also two-way. On one hand, it is seen on the magnificent road of the city, and on the other side, it is a temple of a desert place. According to the demand of the scene, its directions are used.

# Tourists are most surprised when they visit the Princess Street in London. There is a confusion about standing in the city of a Western country after reaching the beautiful modern villas and bungalows. The rural environment, the busy market, the highway dhabas, the Central Jail etc. are also very natural.


# There are luxurious hotels for both budget tourists and luxury tourists. There is also a clubhouse inside the Ramoji Film City for the tourists. Apart from sports such as basketball, badminton, table-tennis, billiards, there is also a state-of-the-art gym and a swimming pool.

# One of the attractions of the Ramoji Film City is Bird Park where the variety of birds brought from all over the world. The caretakers, doctors and their teams are always present here to take care of all these birds.



# Adventure activities have also been prepared for the tourists. Here children, elderly, and young people can join adventure activities.

# There are also real stunt shows and a variety of recreational activities taking place every day. Tourists can know everything about the world of the film industry, film production, and many other aspects related to it.


Thus, the Ramoji Film City is surely a beautiful place where visitors can easily spend a weekend or more with their families.

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Sridevi’s family trolled for celebrating Janhvi Kapoor’s birthday

Janhvi Kapoor celebrated her birthday on March 6th

On March 6, 10 days after Sridevi died, her family celebrated Janhvi Kapoor’s birthday. The superstar died accidentally by drowning at a hotel in Dubai. It is very shocking to see Janhvi Kapoor and family sharing pictures of her birthday celebration on the internet after such a loss. Janhvi Kapoor was spotted smiling for the first time in her birthday post after her mother died.

Even though some people on the internet took Janhvi celebrating her 21st birthday as a good thing, some part of the internet considered it to be very insensitive. Janhavi celebrated her birthday not alone, but with the rest of the Kapoor family. Celebrities like Sonam Kapoor and Rhea Kapoor also there with Janhvi, celebrating her birthday. Celebrities who attended and shared Janhavi’s birthday, including her younger sister were badly trolled for doing the same.

According to many, the family could celebrate Janhvi’s birthday 13 days after the cremation, however, they could not wait and celebrated the birthday just after 7 days. There’s nobody who is asking the family to remain sad and share depressing posts.

People are now slamming Sridevi’s family for ‘looking happy’. The young actress Janhvi Kapoor shared a heart-melting post on her Instagram account giving tribute to her mom before celebrating her birthday with the family.

Instagram posts of Janhvi Kapoor

Also, just after days of her mother’s death, Janhvi posted an Instagram post asking everybody to show love to their parents.

“Cherish them and devote yourself to making them feel that love. They have made you. And I ask that you remember my mother fondly, pray for her soul to rest in peace,”

With this Instagram post, she also shared some old family pictures.

This Tuesday, on Janhvi’s birthday Sonam Kapoor wished her on her Instagram account. She said that Janhvi is the strongest girl she knows and now she is a woman. Below is what exactly Sonam posted on her Instagram account,

sonam kapoor wishing Janhvi Kapoor on her birthday

Sridevi died on 24th February in Dubai while she was attending her nephew’s wedding. According to official reports, the actress died because of accidental drowning in a bathtub. She was cremated in India with full honour.

Troll comments received by Sonam Kapoor on sharing Janhvi Kapoor’s birthday pictures

When Sonam shared an image on her Instagram account smiling with her cousins, she received the following comment.

“Touchwood, but if I would have lost (someone close), I would not be smiling for photos the way she is doing. No offence for anyone here.”

However, these troll comments are not only noticed on Sonam’s post but were also noticed on Anshul and Maheep Kapoor’s posts. Another comment on Sonam’s Instagram post tells that she should not have posted Janhvi’s birthday images.

Even though we have noticed several trolls, there are so many who supported Janhvi for celebrating her birthday.

Janhvi Kapoor is now all set for her debut Bollywood movie, Dhadak. This movie will mark Janhvi’s entry into the Bollywood Industry. She will share the screen with Ishaan Khatter in the movie.

Irfan Khan suffering from unique kind of Brain Cancer

Irfan Khan suffering from brain Cancer

There’s no doubt that Irfan Khan is one of the finest actors in the Indian cinema. The Hindi medium Bollywood star has never failed to impress us with his on-screen performance. There will be a natural charm and charisma in his acting style.

Irfan Khan’s career

Irfan Khan has not only worked in various Bollywood movies but also has worked in Hollywood movies. He has worked in Hollywood movies like ‘The Amazing Spiderman’ and ‘Slumdog Millionaire’.

Irfan Khan suffering from a rare disease

Very recently the actor made a shocking revelation regarding his health via his Twitter account. The following post was made by Irfan on his Twitter account, “Sometimes you wake up with a jolt of life shaking you up. The last fifteen days, my life has been a suspense story. Little had I known that my search for rare stories would make me find a rare disease. I have never given up and have always fought for my choices and always will. My family and friends are with me and we are working it out the best way possible.”

“In trying times, please don’t speculate as I will myself share with you my story within a week – ten days, when the further investigations come with a conclusive diagnosis. Till then, wish the best for me.”

According to a source, the actor was suffering from jaundice which is false. According to the recent news, the actor has been suffering from a rare kind of Brain Cancer – GBM Grade IV. This rare cancer is also addressed as “death on diagnosis”, it is considered as one of the most dangerous types of cancer and has no medical treatments.

A recent news said that the actor is now admitted to Kokilaben Hospital, Mumbai. The actor’s family after noticing convulsion attacks and slurring speech decided to admit him to the hospital.

Further, there is news about the actor suffering from brain cancer after the MRI scan. We are now getting news that a tumour is pretty high. While the doctors are willing to go for a surgery, the actor wants to go for chemo or radiation method. The actor wanted to confirm his health status before revealing it to his fans. He is, therefore, waiting for the Biopsy Reports.

News about Irfan Khan’s health turned down by Komal Nahta

Although during the past few days, there are speculations spreading on the internet about Irfan’s health issues, Komal Nahta cleared all rumours with his twitter post.

Irfan Khan suffering from cancer

If Sridevi’s shocking death was not all for Bollywood’s loss this year, we have Irfan Khan suffering from Brain Cancer. The actor has requested everyone to give him privacy for at least 10 days until he figures outs what is wrong with his health.

However, as always gossips have already started revolving the actor’s illness.

Also, we should not forget that his next movie, ‘Blackmail’ is all set to release on April 6, 2018, and none of us can wait anymore for it. The movie is directed by Abhinav Deo. The movie also stars Kriti Kulhari. ‘Blackmail’ is a purely a black comedy film and portraits what exactly a husband does after finding out that his wife is cheating on him.

Baahubali and Padmaavat – The Comparison


2017 had a beautiful start with the release of an exceptionally brilliant film like Baahubali. S.S Rajamouli’s magnum opus is a wonder, no one could believe. On the other hand, Padmaavat had hit the screens on 25th January 2018 after a long fight with the protesting groups. Both the films earned a special place in the hearts of the film fraternity. However, the question arises – Is it fair enough to compare Baahubali and Padmaavat? Are these films even comparable in the first place?

Why not?

Comparing Baahubali and Padmaavat

Be it the mighty Amarendra Baahubali, the courageous queen Devasena or the magnificent sets, Baahubali had it all. The visual thinking of the director earned praises from the audience. Baahubali is a revenge saga between two brothers who fought against each other for the kingdom. One of them wants to serve the people, while the other is too greedy to think selfless. Then comes the beautiful Queen who manages to win the love of both the brothers, further deepening the rift.

Padmaavat is the story of a Queen named Padmavati from Chittor, India. The story is based on the poem ‘Padmavat’ written in 1540 by Sufi poet, Malik Muhammad Jayasi. Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magical creation had the best performances of Bollywood. Padmaavat revolves around Alauddin Khilji and his obsession with Rani Padmavati. Her sacrifice in the form of ‘Jauhar’ is a brave step towards saving a woman’s self-respect.

Technical aspects of Baahubali and Padmaavat

Both the films have some of the best battle sequences of Indian cinema. The final show-off between Baahubali and Bhallaladeva amounts to approximately 30 crores. The sequence mainly depended on VFX and CFI modifications. Padmaavat has a dramatic climax sequence too! The battle between Alauddin Khilji and Ratan Singh amounted to approximately 15 crores. However, performances of the main leads drew more attention than the technical aspects in this case. The ‘Jurassic Park’ team employed to take care of the VFX shots in Baahubali finale had to spend 80 crores to get the work done, while SLB’s Padmaavat did not involve that huge budget for the climax. The VFX shots were less compared to the 4000-5000 shots in Baahubali Climax.


Both the films have impressive casting.

Prabhas plays the title role in Baahubali, while Tammanah and Anushka Shetty play his leading ladies. Rana Daggubati plays the evil Bhallaladeva and Ramya Krishna played Shivagami Devi. Satyaraj and Nazzar were seen in prominent roles.

In Padmaavat, Deepika Padukone plays the brave Queen, Padmavati. Shahid Kapoor plays Raja Ratan Singh, her husband. Ranveer Singh fits into the role of Sultan Alauddin Khilji. Jim Sarbh and Aditi Rao are also part of the cast.

Performance wise, it won’t be wrong to say that Padmaavat has the upper hand. Undoubtedly, Baahubali has its share of best performers. But, it was appreciated more for the sets, visual effects, and direction. Padmaavat involved more emotional drama, realistic performances, and difficult dialogue deliveries. The beastly expressions of Ranveer and consistent pride on Deepika’s face won the game. Shahid did a good job of maintaining a royal demeanor and served his best on the plate. Both films combined, Ranveer owns the limelight!

Payments and Budget

Baahubali involved a budget of 450 crores (both parts)! Major investment went into the set development, VFX, and post-production. The cast took hefty paychecks after the success. Prabhas remains the highest paid actor with 25 crores in his pocket. Rana Daggubati earned 15 crores making him the highest paid Villain in Indian Cinema. Anushka Shetty deserves her 5 crores.

Padmaavat involved a lesser budget in comparison. The initial budget was 160 crores, which was later made 200 because of the losses the film had to endure. Deepika Padukone charged 12 crores for the role which is more than her co-actors’ pay. According to reports, Shahid charged 6 crores and Ranveer, a whopping 8 crores. Since the leading lady had to hold the burden of the film on her shoulders, the pay is justified.


The characters wore appropriate costumes and jewelry to maintain the authenticity of the film. The production team did not hesitate to spend bucks on these accessories. Padmaavat ran in a Rajasthani setup in Chittor. The queens there wore long clothing with heavy jewelry. Deepika wore the same. Khilji wore dark and intimidating clothes to portray his character. The clothes and crown complimented Ranveer’s long hair and beard. Shahid took the bars of royalty to the sky with his clothing and headwear. Thanks to the designers – Rimple and Harpreet Narula. They took extreme care to get the embroidery, printing, and colors of the clothes right. Despite the destruction of their initial designs, they bounced back with the same enthusiasm.

Baahubali was set in the imaginary Mahishmati Kingdom of the south. The clothing involved plain silk sarees with long ‘Pallus’. The leads wore Jaipur jewelry to look the best in the character. Almost 1500 sets of jewelry were bought.

Screening and Collections

In this criteria, Baahubali wins the battle.

Baahubali released in 6000-6500 theaters in India and almost 9000 theaters worldwide. The film received positive reviews from the audience and critics alike. Padmaavat released in over 3500 theaters. It had a slow pick-up compared to Baahubali. However, the controversies surrounding the film drew the crowd to the theaters. The leading actors – Ranveer and Deepika were also the plus points to the film’s collections.

Baahubali collected a shocking 1700 crores (Approximately) world-wide! There is no turning back for the cast and the direction team. Padmaavat crossed the 500 crores mark and still counting. It is unlikely that Padmaavat will touch the range set by Baahubali. Yet, the film is seeing its own share of success.

Final Verdict

The two films are entirely different. While one is a fictional drama, the other can be considered a biopic. The characters in Baahubali are absolutely fictional, while Padmaavat characters existed in the past. The directors of both the films are extremely talented and a pride to the Indian Cinema. The actors lived their roles and displayed a great amount of dedication. The comparison is for our understanding. But at the end of the day, both the films are spectacular wonders of the Cinematic world.

Netflix’s “The Ritual” Will Terrify You Beyond Doubt

The Ritual Movie

Few horror movies are unforgettable when it comes to their terrifying traits. Creepy monsters and scary mansions are common denizens of the (not so) horror space, but it’s relatively easy to get around. Not with “The Ritual”.

Haven’t seen Netflix’s The Ritual yet? You’ll be terrified, for sure. It’s unlike any horror movie you have seen before, you’ve been warned!

Movie The Ritual

The Ritual of Guilt, Courage & Redemption

The Ritual is the story of guilt. Luke (Rafe Spall) is unable to save his friend Rob when the latter is murdered by robbers in a liquor store. A poignant scene, where Rob repeatedly calls out to a petrified Luke, who is frozen in fear.

As the movie unfolds, Luke repeatedly lives these moments as the past haunts his present, dictating his future, until he finally confronts his fear, albeit in front of an ancient God from the Norse mythology.

The Ritual: A Spine-Chilling Tale of the Woods

Luke, with his three other friends, is hiking through the mountains of the Sarek National Park in Sweden in the honour of his deceased friend when the group decides to cut the route short and trek through the woods instead. The woods are dark and deep though; strange noises and events are proof enough something sinister is underway.

There’s no stopping for the friends who continue to march until that dark stormy night, which changes everything. Directed by David Bruckner, the film is available for online viewing on Netflix and is gaining widespread acclaim.

The Ritual Movie

Of Legends and Stories

Drawing from Nordic legends and mythology, the film sets a perfect backdrop to terrify even the most suspecting souls: dark woods, eerie houses, and strange cults.

The Ritual has deep philosophical and metaphysical connotations – the concept of guilt, of anxiety, of friendship, and of course, redemption. The cyclic nature of guilt, which haunts the bearer swinging back and forth between the past and the present, is an essential component of the film. This continues unabated until the protagonist decides to confront his guilt, accepts it, and decides to fight back.

Netflix The Ritual

The Ritual is Not Just Another Horror Film

If you thought the horror genre is done to death, think again. Joe Barton’s screenplay blurs the lines between dreams and reality so often that you travel amidst two different universes in the film. Though they might appear different at first, the moment you scratch the surface, you will begin to see the parallels.

Luke is the chosen one owing to his inner pain and suffering. He is trapped. In a time loop. But is there a way out? What must he do? Witness? Or Fight? The ancient monster can smell fear. And there’s no escape. Until, of course, Luke rises despite all odds.

The film works on many different levels, employing beautiful metaphors to weave a complex narrative that will set you thinking. From the dreadful creature slurping an ancient language to the inner demons in control of our lives, The Ritual is as engrossing as it gets.

The movie is based on Adam Nevill’s novel of the same name and is a definite must-watch.

The Story of Machli: The World’s Most Photographed Tiger

Machli- The Hunter

Machli. The tiger queen of the wilderness of Ranthambore. A majestic Royal Bengal Tigress who dominated the prime habitat of the forest for years on end.

Scores of tourists would gather watching Machli taking a nap in broad daylight. She would move a toe or two, enticing onlookers, who were instantly sent into a frenzy at one glance of the tigress.

The tigress inherited her name from her mother, Machli I. Born in 1997, she is considered the world’s most famous and photographed tiger who would captivate photographers with her grace, her elegance. Such was the grandeur of the tigress, her death made headlines in the country and beyond.

Machli: The Mother

Machli once killed a crocodile twice her size when it threatened its cubs. A fiercely protective mother, she would do anything to ensure the safety of her little ones. When adult males ventured into her territory, she would rise and chase away the intruders away from her litter at once.

Tigers usually produce 2-3 litters, but Machli had 4, giving birth to 11 cubs total, comprising 7 females and 4 males. Her progeny later increased the tiger population of the Ranthambore National Park – more than half the number of tigers in the park are of her lineage.

Two of Machli’s offsprings were later relocated to the Sariska Tiger Reserve, which had lost all its tigers to rampant poaching. The forest is now alive, once again, thanks to Machli’s progeny who helped boost the tiger population in the Sariska reserve as well.

Machli- The Hunter

Machli: The Powerful Huntress

A huntress par excellence, Machli was known for her hunting skills and strength. Her prowess as an exemplary hunter could be seen when she was in her prime, and later, even when she grew older.

Her valour earned her the titles of ‘Lady of the Lakes’, ‘Crocodile Killer’, ‘Tigress Queen of Ranthambore’, and the ‘Queen Mother of Tigers’.

A Tiger Saved is The Jungle Saved

Machli’s life serves to illustrate how a single tiger, when protected, can populate an entire forest. She sustained tourism, almost single-handedly, commanding great respect and awe from visitors across the globe.

The acclaimed wildlife filmmaker S Nallamuthu spent nine years of his life following every single move of the queen. He recalls how he shared a special bond with the tigress; he was there by her side even when she breathed her last: a deeply saddening moment that brought tears to everyone’s eyes. His documentation forms the core of his film, ‘The World’s Most Famous Tiger’, which was telecast on the National Geographic channel this Feb 26.

World's Most Famous Tiger

The Legacy Lives On

Machli’s contribution to Ranthambore cannot be expressed in words. She was honoured with a postal cover and stamp issued by the Indian Government in the year 2013 commemorating her contribution to tourism and ecology.

So immense was her contribution to the tourism at the Ranthambore National Park that upon her demise on August 18, 2016 at the ripe age of 19 years, she was cremated in observation of all traditional Indian rituals with full state honours.

Machli might have left her mortal body, but, her legacy lives on. Arrowhead, who belongs to the queen’s lineage, was recently spotted in the reserve with her newborn cubs. Machli still lives in her progeny and will continue to inspire generations of men and women.

Bollywood Wedding of 2018 Starts with Mohit Marwah

A kickass start to Bollywood wedding in 2018

The 2018 big fat Bollywood has already begun with Mohit Marwah. The wedding took place on 20th February, this year. More than 550 people attended the wedding including many Bollywood celebs. Celebrities like Sonam Kapoor, Sridevi, and Karan Johar spotted in the two days wedding Bash in the UAE at Waldorf Astoria, Ras Al Khaimah.

Though people were enjoying the wedding party, there were around 100 people who were working and shedding sweat to make sure that the wedding functions remains smooth.

Mohit Marwah is the son of the owner of the Noida’s film city, Sandeep Marwah. The Kapoor family were busy throughout the wedding ceremony as Anil Kapoor’s nephew is Mohit Marwah.

All About the wedding:

The ceremony began with colourful Mehendi ceremony arranged during the daytime, which was followed by a sparkly cocktail party. The bride was spotted wearing her Manish Malhotra chikankari lehenga in a pastel colour. All the other celebrities who attended the cocktail party were seen wearing designer lehengas as well.

Images of celebrities who attended the kapoor wedding

The official hashtag of the wedding is #antumoh and the social media is breaming with various images en videos of the wedding.

Let’s speak about the Mohit Marwah wedding’s decoration

According to the Gulf News tabloid, the fancy Bollywood wedding plan worked pretty well. Fete Events, a Dubai based event designer was in-charge of maintaining the whole wedding ceremony. According to the wedding planner, the Marwah’s wanted the wedding to be very glamorous. As the guest list is full of Bollywood celebs and everyone had to travel a long way to attain the wedding, they wanted to make the function very memorable as well.

All pre-wedding ceremonies like Mehendi and sangeet had distinct themes and we must say each of them was ravishing. The Mehendi ceremony had Latin American theme and we can clearly say that it was not like a regular Mehendi ceremony. Rather than regular brown mehendi, there were white mehendi. The mehendi ceremony was arranged outside and was having a different theme. The ceremony was held under a huge canopy.

Mohit marwah wedding images

The colour theme was black and rose gold. Apart from it, there was a starlit dance floor as well which enhanced the beauty of the decoration. One of the best parts of the wedding was Arjun Kapoor and Rhea Kapoor playing a family skit. The skit being very well-planned worked very well. The huge chandelier was the main attraction of the wedding.

Narang was the in-charge of everything related to the decoration of the wedding. According to her, the arrangements were quite hectic. Mallika Singh was the helper of Narang and helped her in every arrangement.

Mohit marwah wedding images

Mohit Marwah-Antara Motiwala Got Hitched

Mohit Marwah and his long-term girlfriend, Antara Motiwala became man and wife in front of friends and family after a three days long ceremony. The newest member of the Kapoor clan is a celebrity fashion stylist and had worked with various celebrities in past,

We can without any doubt say that this wedding has been a very happening ceremony and we wish good luck to the newly-wedded couple.

Padman is All About Shedding Inhibitions

Padman movie

“Hum aurton ke liye bimari se marna sharm ke saath jeene se behtar hai”. On one hand, we are entering the digitalisation revolution, and on the other, womenfolk in our country are still reluctant to talk about the menstrual cycle. This really needs thought and is what forms the subject of R. Balki’s movie Padman.

Based on the short story, ‘The Sanitary Man of Sacred Land’ in a book by Twinkle Khanna titled ‘The Legend of Lakshmiprasad’, the movie Padman, released on Feb 9, 2018, is inspired by the real-life story of Arunachalam Muruganantham, who introduced the low-cost sanitary pad.

Padman movieThe Plot

Laksmikant Chauhan (Akshay Kumar), a welder, is concerned about his wife (Gayatri) who uses cloth during her periods and is not ready to opt for the expensive sanitary napkins, which Lakshmikant lovingly brings her, much to the embarrassment of the chemist and the ladies at the counter. The people around him feel immensely awkward when he talks about, let alone buy sanitary pads.

Balki has beautifully captured the taboos and social dilemmas attached to the subject and how difficult it is for a man like Lakshmikant to approach the issue of menstrual hygiene in a society that considers this a “women’s problem” to be tackled in a discreet manner.

Lakshmikant, the innovator that he is, is hellbent to change the pre-conceived notions of the society and help women embrace the menstrual cycle without feeling shy and awkward. He comes out with his own low-cost sanitary napkins against all odds and in turn, empowers village women to earn a living by manufacturing and selling the affordable alternative to dirty cloth.

How Lakshmikant battles all odds with the support of Pari (Sonam Kapoor) to come up with an affordable solution and is recognised in his endeavours by the UN and the Indian Government, forms the rest of the story.

Padman film

Padman: A Feather in Balki’s Cap

It must indeed have been quite difficult for Balki to deal with an issue so looked down upon and “secretive”. The way the director comes up with the concept and the script weaves the narrative without sounding in the manner of a documentary, retaining the essence of the subject in a light-hearted way is simply commendable. At no point in time does the film slip away from its objectives.

The Padman movie features brilliant performances by Sonam Kapoor, Radhika Apte, Akshay Kumar, and Suniel Sinha amongst the other supporting cast. The music is breathtaking, as is the cinematography that captures the beauty of Maheshwar town in Madhya Pradesh.

Real Padman

It’s Time to Shed Inhibitions

We are living in an era where women are making their mark on all frontiers, while on the other end of the spectrum, they still face inhibitions talking about menstruation and menstrual hygiene.

The movie Padman is a powerful blow on the face of the society, which considers the woman as an incarnation of Shakti, the Goddess, but has no hesitations in secluding her when she goes through her biological cycle.

A must watch on all counts, this film will set you thinking. With the International Women’s day just around the corner, it’s time to introspect. In the words of Lakshmikant, “Big man, strong man not making country strong. Woman strong, mother strong, sister strong, then country strong”.

Sridevi’s death – RIP, really?

As the entire nation woke up on the morning of Sunday, 25th February 2018 to news of Sridevi’s death, the initial reaction was ‘shock’. Just the day before, people had seen her pictures from a wedding that she was attending in Dubai. Many found it impossible to believe that the actress, who was looking all resplendent and regal and as fit as ever in the trending pictures, was no more. Some smelt another death hoax like so many others these days. But, with all leading websites carrying the story in the wee hours on Sunday, and her Wikipedia page referring to her existence in the past tense, it was soon obvious that the reports were true after all.

The Public Reaction to Sridevi’s Death

Sridevi’s fans reacted to the news with grief. Within a few hours, people had posted poignant farewells to the late actor on their What’s app status. Facebook was flooded with long posts remembering her, accompanied by her beautiful pictures and Twitter was abuzz with condolences. The comments, discussions, and retweets just would not stop, until suddenly there was a new twist in the tale.

Reason of Sridevi’s Death: Cardiac Arrest

The initial reports suggested that the actor died of a severe cardiac arrest in Dubai. Building on this info, suddenly the social media saw an onslaught of messages promoting cardiac health. People were urging each other to ‘take it slow’ in life and to ‘keep away from stress’ because well, ‘Life is unpredictable!’. Some even went to the extent of promoting their healthcare packages with the tagline ‘Life is unpredictable’.

The Vultures Begin to Circle 

Like that was not enough, an open post claiming to be from someone who knew Sridevi ‘closely’ surfaced and was quickly shared several times on all platforms. The post claimed that Sridevi had a cardiac arrest because she went under the knife for cosmetic reasons many times. Soon after this, speculation was rife that she indeed suffered this fate because of the botox and some drugs that she supposedly took for killing hunger. So basically, according to all these self-styled medical ‘experts’, Sridevi somehow managed to starve herself to a cardiac arrest! Think this is weird? It gets bizarre from here on.

Attack on Personal Space

The open post also questioned husband Boney Kapoor’s love towards his wife because why did he ‘allow’ her to get the cosmetic surgeries done? It called her insecure and not happy with the way she looked. It claimed that she succumbed to the media pressure to look younger than her fifty-something years. The initial shock was replaced by an irrational interest in her personal life, even as die-hard fans watched her personal space which she had so fiercely guarded while alive, being trampled upon in her death.

Reason of Sridevi’s Death: Accidental Drowning

By Monday afternoon there were reports that claimed the actor died due to drowning in a bathtub. It also said that traces of alcohol were found in her blood. Suddenly, the media was in a frenzy once again. While the social media, insensitively, ‘joked’ that after reading so much about prevention of cardiac diseases, telling that it was a case of ‘drowning’ is almost like cheating, it was the news channels that took the cake in being grossly unsympathetic.

The Media Shenanigans

The news channels were in a frenzy over the new reports and did not leave any stone unturned in trying to outdo each other in this blatant show of insensitivity and total lack of empathy for a recently bereaved family.

Media coverage hits a new low

If this news channel labeling the bathtub in the Dubai hotel room as ‘Bathtub of Death’ doesn’t lead you to question the sanity of the people who come up with such stuff, something is wrong with you!

And the madness doesn’t stop here either!

Notice how at the top the news website asks the vital question, “What was Sridevi doing in Bathtub”?

And as if this wasn’t enough, someone tried to give the whole re-construction a realistic feel by doing this:

Meanwhile, one reporter, in the absence of computer graphics, decided to take matters into his own hands.

While this media coverage became so laughable that it was downright sad, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy cried ‘murder’ because he claimed Sridevi never consumed hard liquor. A moment of silence to let his fantastic theory sink in.

If you have trouble digesting Swamy’s statement, Choreographer Saroj Khan’s take on it will blow your mind.

“Her figure was so big. How can a bathtub drown her?”, asked Ms. Khan. “If she fell down, water will come out”, concluded the celebrated choreographer. Very smart, Ms. Khan! 

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It Doesn’t End Here!

People are now circulating a photo of a beautiful baby girl with shining luminescent eyes, claiming that she is Sridevi’s ‘reincarnation’! Only time will tell what more Sri’s fans will have to endure. With the funeral rites of the late actor scheduled on Wednesday, 28th February, the media circus is far from over.

Until this is all over, the hundreds of thousands of ‘RIPs’ on Facebook will not be enough for the departed soul to truly rest in peace. And the husband and daughters that she has left behind will probably have a hard time trying to get closure, with all the unwanted media attention.

Dear Sridevi, you did not deserve this. The people of India owe you and your family an apology for making a farce of your death. They need to feel ashamed for sensationalizing your death beyond all limits of decency.

Celebrity or not, she was a human being first. And nobody deserves the kind of unwarranted gossip-mongering that followed her death.

We truly pray to the Almighty for her soul to rest in peace and for the family to get the strength to cope up with the grief. But before that, RIP Humanity!

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Sridevi’s Death, an Accident or Murder?

Shree Amma Yanger Ayyapan alias Sridevi was a versatile actress who left for heaven on Feb 24, 2018, leaving behind a grieving husband and two daughters. Sridevi is one of the few actresses who gave their lives to the film industry. She began her acting career when she was just four years old and bid adieu to the world when she was just 54 years old. Everything happened early and suddenly in her life. Her career in the film industry was sudden as she was just four years young to know and understand the world. Her marriage with director and producer Boney Kapoor was sudden and her death was a shock.

Media reports of her succumbing to a heart attack in Dubai where she went with her family to attend the wedding of nephew Mohit Marwah. Soon after the wedding, all the relatives and friends returned to their abode. But, why Sri and her family decided to stay back? What happened in Dubai that rocked the life of Boney Kapoor?

What Happened on Feb 24, 2018?

The night of 24 Feb was heavy for the Kapoor family. At 11:00 pm, Sridevi had a serious heart attack in the hotel room where she was put up. There are no reports of her taking to any hospital. There are no reports of her having a heart problem in the past. Then what was it that led to her death? Why didn’t Boney call for medical help? What forced the Kapoor family to stay in the hotel instead of taking Sri to a hospital where her life could have been saved? How do they know it was a heart attack and not murder?

I tried to search answers to the above questions but didn’t get any satisfactory result. If you are also as shocked as I am to hear about Sri’s death, you will also be as lost as I am right now.

Sri’s Health in News:

In 2011, Sri’s health reports flashed on TV sets and newspapers rumouring of her carrying a lethal disease. She was rumoured to have cancer in her last stages. Her lean physique and pale appearance laid the foundation for the rumour. But, the rumours were later turned down with reports of her making a comeback in her acting career with movie English Vinglish. Her lean physique was said to be for her role in the movie. But, there were still reports of her having Hyperthyroidism that leads to drastic weight loss.

Anyway, none of the factors above can lead to heart attack. Moreover, she has been reported of taking really good care of her health. Her husband, Boney Kapoor, was reported saying in an interview of having two cooks at home one of which would cook healthy food for Sri and another for Boney. Sri, according to Boney, didn’t like to cook personally but she made sure that her family always gets healthy and fresh food. Her lifestyle was also one of the most talked about in the industry as she took special care of her skin, figure, and overall health. So, what could have gone wrong that took her life in such as shocking manner?

Did personal rifts lead to the tragic demise of Sri?

Sridevi, Arjun and Jhanvi Kapoot
Image courtesy YouTube

Sri was the second wife of Boney and she had issues with her stepchildren. But can the rifts be a cause of her death? Did a rift with Arjun Kapoor sadden her to death? Or was it Jhanvi’s film career that was taking a toll on her health?

Sridevi Was Concerned about Jhanvi’s Acting Career:

Jhanvi Kapoor, the elder daughter of Sri and Boney Kapoor, is all set to for the Bollywood. Sri had a grand plan for Jhanvi’s launch, but Boney had something else in his mind. Although the two wanted their daughter to enter Bollywood, their plans conflicted with each other. Sri wanted Jhanvi to enter the Bollywood for a movie not directed by Boney, while Boney wanted to be the director of her first movie. Why Sri had a problem with Boney directing the movie? The answer to this question has closed forever with Sri’s eyes.

Sridevi’s constant battle with stepson Arjun Kapoor

Arjun Kapoor in an interview with The Express Tribune was quoted saying that Sridevi and her kids don’t exist for him. The actor bluntly expressed his views on Jhanvi and Khushi, two daughters of Sri and Boney. Arjun said, “We don’t really meet and spend time together so it doesn’t really exist.” Arjun Kapoor lost his mother Mona Kapoor in 2012, soon before his debut movie Ishaqzaade. Arjun had been facing a tough time at personal and professional fronts ever since his mother’s demise.

Having said this, the cause of Sri’s death is yet to be unfolded. It is taking a lot of time to sink in the sudden demise of Sri and that too because of a heart attack. One unavoidable second ruined the happiness of Kapoor family and heavily contributed to the tragic loss of Bollywood.

Sridevi’s Battle To Stay Up-Beat in the Industry

Image courtesy SangeetaBuzz

Sri’s beautiful appearance has always caught the eye of cameramen and that of industry people. But, not many may know that she had gone through multiple surgeries to maintain that look. There are some posts going viral on social networking sites blaming the surgeries behind the sudden demise of the beautiful lady. But, I personally find no interest in such posts. Every actress goes through botox and surgeries to look pretty and everyone now knows and respect that.

Anyway, it is still difficult to sink in the saddest story of the day, week or even this month. Sridevi is no more! We will never be able to get a glimpse of her artful physique that always moved on the soothing rhythm of life. Life will move on. Boney Kapoor and his family will one day overcome the sad reality, but our beautiful lady will never come back.

Nothing is well because the end is not well.

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