True stories – Day 1952

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Films based on living celebrities invariably got controversial and ended in court cases, resolved after many rounds of negotiations be it Shekhar Kapur’s Bandit Queen on the life of Phoolan Devi or Vinay Shukla’s Godmother on the life ofSantokben Jadeja, don of Jamnagar both released in the 90s.  For some peculiar reason,filmmakers have always been attracted to stories of how business, sometimes real and sometimes fictional. 

In the olden days, Nutan made her debut in Sone Ki Chidiya where the earning member is exploited by her immediate family and Guru Dutt’s Kaagaz ke Phool delved on a married filmmaker obsessed with his muse. Both these films did not work at the box-office, probably because they ended in tragedies. Hrishikesh Mukherjee presented a positive, refreshing take of the film world through the eyes of a small-town girl Guddi in the seventies that broke the myth of the glamour world.

Smita Patil’s unforgettable Bhumika was adapted from Shanta Aapte’s Sangte Aaika and explored the journey of an actress through her various relationships. Patil transforms from the gawky teenager to a woman of the world, who though empowered, is oppressed by her husband/ Amol Palekar and doomed to a life of gloom! In the same decade, Vinod Pandey’s Ek Baar Phir presented a self-obsessed superstar/ Suresh Oberoi and his sensitive, neglected wife Deepti Naval who depicts courage to opt out of a loveless marriage while Dulal Guha’s Do Anjaane was a mainstream thriller where a husband/ Amitabh Bachchan follows the rise of his actress wife/Rekha and unravels the truth.

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Society inspires cinema – Day 1951

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Watching the farmers protest on the border for the last 60 plus days, a thought crosses my mind that someone, somewhere is already planning a film on the subject. Society has always inspired cinema be it personal betrayals like Yeh Raaste Hain Pyar Ke based on the infamous Nanavati case where the naval officer murdered his wife and her lover (his friend) to bigger tragedies like the bomb blast in Mumbai, portrayed as Black Friday and Mumbai Meri Jaan on the celluloid.

Stories of victimization be it the gang-rape of Sanwari Devi portrayed as Bawandar or Siya Dulari depicted s Lajja have raised social consciousness and initiated a moral debate. Some stories have been aspirational too. If Sai Paranjpye’s Deesha was a tribute to the Maharashtra villager, who spent a life time digging a well in search of water, Shyam Benegal’s Samar saluted the installation of a water pump in Dalit basti of Madhya Pradesh strongly opposed by the upper-caste protest. Pooja Bhatt’s Tamanna talked about a eunuch ostracized for adopting a girl-child and Gadar – Ek Prem Katha was about inter religion marriage during post partition, were all stories inspired from real life.

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Anushka-Virat Kohli: Lessons of Life – Day 1950

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Law No :6:  Marriage, work and baby: It was wonderful to see the two of them visiting the Prime Minister and soon both were back to their individual work. Time and again one got a glimpse of them in their home a new life and life and then came the pandemic in 2020. Just as all of us were hitting an all-time low, the star couple announced that they were expecting an addition in the family in 2021. Again, a right decision at the right time, life and career goes on but babies must come when they have to. The new parents have requested the media to not invade their privacy and the media respects their decision.

For a long time to come young celebrity couples will look up to Anushka and Virat as inspiration in how they handled their careers, love, family, controversies and detractors.

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Anushka-Virat Kohli: Lessons of Love – Day 1949

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Law No: 4: Follow the heart: Both immersed themselves in work and tried not to show they were hurting and when the pain became unbearable, both said to hell with the world and got back together. Their bond was stronger than they had anticipated. After a glorious victory when Virat kissed his bat and blew the epic kiss over to his lady love, it was not just Anushka in the stadium balcony but lovers all over the world stopped suffering. Year 2016 was about expressing uninhibitedly and news of their impending wedding was in the air.

Law No: 5: If committed, say yes: There is a time for attraction and a time for commitment and those who have delayed courtship will confess how rot sets into an ageing romance. Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli were riding the crest of their careers and were madly in love. Their marriage is the kind of stuff fairy tales are made of. While the duo worked hard for their break, their families strived for a perfect destination wedding at a picturesque location, stunning costumes and intimate guest list. The media got the ceremony pictures and the fans got to see the videos that went viral, in short all were happy in 2017.

Anushka-Virat Kohli: Laws of Attraction – Day 1948

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Law No: 2: Confidence in choice: Come 2014 and both Virat and Anushka were spending a lot of time with each other despite their busy schedules and when they were spotted enjoying a football match together in Pune the media was quick to speculate.  To give them credit Anushka and Virat never issued a statement on the relationship and continued to visit each other on their work tours. Anushka was always in the stadium when Virat was playing and he often made surprise visits on her outdoor shoots.

Law No: 3: Lovers quarrels: Every relationship goes through its curve when recurrent motifs soil the fragrance and a relationship as high profile as theirs was not without its share of controversies and heartbreaks.  The year 2015 was a traumatic year. First came the trolls, every time Virat missed a ball or did not perform, the audience was quick to blame Anushka.  When the detractors did not stop, a sensitive Anushka withdrew and an angry Virat hit out at the trolls, said Anushka was his motivation not distraction but troubles continued and an anguished Virat and Anushka broke up and even unfollowed each other on social media. To be continued

Anushka-Virat Kohli: Anatomy of a Relationship – Day 1947

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The idea for this column comes from my young niece who got married around the same time as Anushka Sharma and said that for her generation, Sharma-Kohli is the biggest and the best love story. It set me thinking, every relationship travels a journey that encounters laws of attraction and how you deal with the laws defines your relationship. Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli are a perfect example of the laws of attraction.

Law No: 1: Acknowledge destiny: In the winter of the year 2013 destiny provided an opportunity when Virat and Anushka came together for a commercial. If the brand had chosen someone else the love story would never have happened. This had to happen and that is why it was instant chemistry. When the shooting concluded, the two could have gone their separate ways but that they lingered on, exchanged numbers, texted and maintained communication, they recognized a divine intervention.

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