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Padmavati Movie Review: Has Karni Sena Dented the Business of Padmavati?

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Padmavati Movie Review: Padmaavat or Padmavati Movie Review is incomplete without talking about the commotion, aggression, anger and upheaval it created. Has the Movie Padmaavat/Padmavati really shown the Rajputs in a Bad Light? Despite Extensive Protests and Massive Hype, how will Padmaavat fare at the box office?

Padmavati / Padmaavat depicts the legendary, Rani Padmavati, a heroic Rajput Queen of the Hindus. The Karni Sena opposed the film and aggressively demanded a ban; from intense violent threats to the director, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, being physically attacked in Rajasthan during the shooting phase- the movie has become one of the most controversial films in Bollywood, in the recent past.

The Karni Sena claims the Bollywood movie has ‘distorted facts’ and shows Rani Padmavati in a bad light. From Padmavati to the now ‘Padmaavat’, the journey has been pretty long and intense.

Padmavati Movie Review: From Ban to the Big Bash

To cut a long story short, Sanjay Leela Bhansali has given another magnanimous cinematic experience with all the opulence and extravaganza! It is one of those period films that raise the standards for Bollywood filmmakers, actors and the audience. It’s a film that beautifully glorifies the Rajputs and the Rajput pride.

Read: Indian Movie Padmavati banned in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Punjab

In the broader sense, Padmaavat is a love story, but there are so many intricacies and elaborate themes that the movie goes far beyond being just another love saga. It shows the love story of the Princess of Singhal, Padmavati, played by the beautiful Deepika Padukone, and the King of Mevar, Maharwal Ratan Singh, played by the acclaimed actor Shahid Kapoor. From the beautiful love at first sight moments to the more lovely emotions leading to the second marriage of the king, it transcends you to another era.

Read: Netanyahu Says Shalom Bollywood, Khans Skip the Event

It is when the mighty Mughal Emperor, Alauddin Khilji, played by the very versatile and fine actor, Ranveer Singh, enters the frame that the movie goes up several notches of brilliance. The influential ruler hears about the beautiful princess and sets his heart and mind on making her, his own. He declares war against Mevar. The movie now brings up even more intensity and emotions that keep you gripped.

The movie is impressive, in parts, especially the details highlighted by the perfectionist Bhansali and also the cinematographers. Deepika is beautiful, graceful and does complete justice to her role, Shahid looks every bit of a king and rules with conviction, but it is Ranveer Singh that takes the cake!

This is one Singh’s finest performances and the perfect pick for the role of a power hungry and obsessed emperor. The 3-hour long film gets much more gripping during the second half when political strategies and tactics are highlighted, along with the growth of individual characters. The film could have been a bit shorter though.

Read: Nationalism or Vandalism – Challenges for Indian Movie Padmaavat / Padmavati

The Padmavati Movie Review also deserves a mention for the beautiful, but ‘repetitive’ songs. The ‘Ghoomar Ghoomar’ song is already on the top of all music charts but there are other songs through the movie that though visually captivating seem similar to songs from previous works by Bhansali. Padmaavat glorifies the Rajput pride and throws light on the rich and beautiful culture.  The costumes, technical expertise and camera mastery are what make this film what it is.

Padmavati Movie Review: Final Verdict

In a way, Padmaavat has already been ‘successfully running’ for months on what is called ‘negative popularity’. The Karni Sena have given the film so much importance over the last few months that it is already a movie that a majority of people are waiting for. However, one thing is for sure, Padmaavat / Padmavati is a sure shot success at the Indian box office and will always be remembered for its cinematographic brilliance.

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Vikas Dubey Encounter: Vikas Dubey Reportedly Killed In Encounter With Police

Vikas Dubey Encounter: Vikas Dubey, on the run since he organized the massacre of eight policemen in Kanpur last Friday, was arrested yesterday at a temple in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh.

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Has Vikas Dubey been killed in an encounter with UP police? The twitter is trending and the news is flashing that one of the three police cars taking criminal Vikas Dubey to Uttar Pradesh, overturned early this morning on the highway.

According to India Today: Vikas Dubey has been killed in an encounter in Kanpur. The encounter broke out between Dubey and the Uttar Pradesh STF (Special Task Force) when the gangster tried to escape. Vikas suffered a few bullets shots and he later dies of his injuries. His death is yet to be confirmed by the officials.

Earlier Reports on Vikas Dubey

Unconfirmed reports suggest the car that overturned had Vikas Dubey in it. Vikas Dubey, on the run since he organized the slaughter of eight cops in Kanpur last Friday, was arrested yesterday at a temple in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh.

A per Times of India – One of the vehicles of the convoy of Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force (STF) that was bringing back gangster Vikas Dubey to Kanpur overturned on Friday morning. The accident happened at around 7 am. There are reports that Vikas has been injured along with an STF sub-inspector and two constables. However, an official confirmation is awaited.

Questions were raised on the manner in which he was caught and whether it was an arrest or the gangster turned himself in at a time and place of his choosing. Senior UP police officer Mohit Agarwal said: “We had caught many of his associates and a few were killed. So definitely he was trying to save his life and on the run.”

 

 

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BJP Leader, Father, Brother Shot Dead in Kashmir; All Guards Were Missing

The killing of Wasim and his family comes a month after militants killed Ajay Pandita Bharti, a sarpanch in LukBhawan Larkipora area of Anantnag in Southern Kashmir. Bharti, a Kashmiri Pandit had returned to the valley only a few years ago. 

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The safety of political workers has once again come under the scanner after the killing of BJP leader Sheikh Wasim and his family. The death of Wasim and his family comes a month after militants killed another political worker from the Indian National Congress in Anantnag.

A ruling BJP leader, his father and brother were shot dead in Kashmir on Wednesday. The murder took place in Bandipora district yesterday evening after suspected militants gunned down the trio at their shop. The latest killings depict a grim picture of Kashmir and raise concern over the safety of political workers.

The deceased included Sheikh Wasim, a BJP leader, his father Basheer Ahmad and brother Umar. According to police reports, the family was attacked as they stood outside their shop, just metres away from a local police station.

A media report states that Wasim and his family were shot in the head and the succumbed to their injuries en route to the hospital. The culprits were armed with a revolver (fitted with a silencer) and rode motorcycles.

Although Wasim had been granted security detail, none of the eight guards deployed were present when the terrorists attacked. Sources say the guards have been arrested for dereliction of duty and an investigation has been started.

“We are taking a tough (stand) against them for dereliction of duty and failure to protect the life,” Vijay Kumar, Inspector General of Police Kashmir, said.

The killing of Wasim and his family comes a month after militants killed Ajay Pandita Bharti, a sarpanch in LukBhawan Larkipora area of Anantnag in Southern Kashmir. Bharti, a Kashmiri Pandit had returned to the valley only a few years ago.

The killing of political workers has exposed the grim reality of the current situation in Kashmir. The Narendra Modi led BJP government had made it a priority to wipe out militancy from the region and restore peace and tranquillity. However, the killings indicate that the government has a difficult at hand.

Tributes Pour-In

The cold-blooded murder of Wasim and his family led to politicians and ministers offering their condolences. Prime Minister Narendra Modi personally sought details and extended his condolences to Mr Wasim’s family in a telephonic conversation with Union Minister Jitendra Singh.

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah took to Twitter to express his grief and extended condolence to the family of the victims.

Senior BJP leader Ram Madhav and BJP President JP Nadda also expressed their shock anger of the killing. Both extended condolences to the family and notes that Wasim’s death was a big loss to the party

Kashmir has seen an uptick in militancy in recent months. However, Indian armed forces have enjoyed the upper hand so far thanks to their alertness and combat superiority. According to data collected by South Asian Terrorism Portal, 138 militants have been killed in 2020 so far. Meanwhile, 14 civilians and 33 members of the armed forces have also lost their lives during the same period.

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Global Coronavirus Death Toll Crosses 400,000

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Maryland, June 7 — : More than 4,00,000 people have died globally due to coronavirus and 69,16,233 people have been infected with the virus till now.

As per the latest Johns Hopkins University’s tally, 4,00,135 people have succumbed to the disease so far.

Till now, the US has reported the maximum number of coronavirus cases and deaths. As many as 1,920,061 COVID-19 cases and 1,09,802 deaths have been reported in the US.

Brazil has confirmed that 6,72,846 people have tested positive and 35,930 people have died due to COVID-19.

Similarly, Russia and the UK have reported 4,67,073 and 2,86,295 cases until now. With 40,548, the United Kingdon has reported the second-highest deaths due to coronavirus.

Meanwhile, India has surpassed the COVID tally of Spain and Italy. With 2,47,678 cases, India has become the fifth country in the list of coronavirus affected countries.

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