Karan Johar pledges to never make item songs like ‘Chikni Chameli’ again, here’s what Katrina Kaif has to say

Item songs in Bollywood, by virtue, are meant to entice. If you aren’t well-versed with the ‘chart-topping’ ones, it is essentially women calling themselves ‘Tandoori murgi’ and opening themselves to objectification, which is not only disgraceful but also problematic. Thank God, makers are finally waking up and smelling the coffee, especially after the #MeToo movement that shook the industry. Case in point, Karan Johar who recently pledged that he will never make another ‘Chikni Chameli’ and its likes. KJo, in talk with Film Companion’s Anupama Chopra, said, “I have gone on…

National Award winning filmmaker Ajayan passes away at 66

Malayalam filmmaker and national award-winning director, who is known for making Perumthachan has passed away today due to massive cardiac arrest. The entertainment personality was 66. Interestingly, Perumthachan was the only film of his life for which he won the national award of the best debut director. He was the son of legendary playwright Thopil Bhasi. Ajayan was suffering from cancer and was going under treatment from the last two months. The Filmmaker is survived by wife Dr Sushama and daughters Parvathy and Lakshmi. Talking about his film Perumthachan, it…

Bollywood director denies #MeToo claims, threatens filmmakers

A prominent Bollywood director accused of sexual harassment denied the allegations Wednesday as he threatened to sue two fellow filmmakers for defamation over the case which has helped fuel India’s #MeToo movement. Vikas Bahl is accused of assaulting an employee of Phantom Films — an edgy production house behind Netflix’s first original Indian series, “Sacred Games” — in a hotel in 2015. In accusations published on HuffPost India Saturday, the unnamed woman said Bahl had insisted on escorting her to her room and pretended to pass out drunk on her…

Director of hit film 3 Idiots on Bollywood’s new golden age of riskier storytelling

Rajkumar Hirani sees Indian film industry willing to ditch songs and tell more varied stories – some with darker themes, such as his work about actor Sanjay Dutt’s rise and fall Bollywood box office king Rajkumar Hirani believes a new golden age is dawning for the Indian movie industry as filmmakers look outside the box to tell more varied stories. “Before there was a belief that you had to have songs,” said Hirani, the man behind a string of Bollywood hits including the global sensation 3 Idiots. “Now people are completely…