Kartik Aaryan’s movies are not exactly progressive. And that is far from breaking news for anyone who has kept up with this man’s career. Ever since Pyaar Ka Punchnama, Kartik has been both loved and criticized for picking up similar roles with similar dialogues. But the issue here is way bigger than his acting choices. This week saw the trailer launch of “Pati, Patni, Aur Woh”. Directed by Mudassar Aziz, it stars Aaryan alongside Bhumi Pednekar and Ananya Pandey. And yet again, we get a monologue from his character, as he rants about his sex life.
Rape jokes were never funny
The trailer for the movie is just above the two-minute mark. But it manages to fit in a rich plethora of sexist ideas in it very conveniently. Kartik Aaryan’s character, Chintu Tyagi is cheating on his wife with his colleague. As he tries to hide his infidelity, he spins a web of lies – you know, Bollywood’s run of the mill takes on this genre. But there’s a very specific dialogue in it that is really, really concerning.
"Biwi se sex maang lein toh hum bikhaari
Biwi ko sex na de toh hum atyachaari
Aur kisi tarah jugaad laga ke usse sex haasil kar lena toh balaatkari bhi hum hai"
I don't expect anything from a Kartik Aaryan movie but this is dismal https://t.co/q61BFOmD38
— Shreemi Verma (@shreemiverma) November 4, 2019
If you ask your wife for sex, you’re a beggar. If you don’t have sex with her, you are depriving her. And if you manage to get sex from her through a jugaad, you are dubbed a rapist. (Indian Express)
What is the phrase “haasil kar lena” doing in a conversation about sex? Chintu Tyagi is desperately trying to paint himself as the victim here as he makes a joke out of marital rape. Because unless and until you think your wife “owes” you sex, you wouldn’t say things like this. This is a scary perspective to show on screen, right? This guy is belittling the #metoo movement, reducing women to sex objects, and demanding to be sympathized with, too – all in the same breath. No wonder that the men who like his movies and the kind of ideas he promotes are often (termed as) incels.
And this is certainly not the first time…
Pyaar Ka Punchnama, Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety, and now this movie – all of them have this angry man who essentially hates women, and takes it out in the form of these monologues. One would think that at least once his characters would attempt to solve these issues like an adult. But that never happens – they keep forging an escape route but never a solution.
What does Kartik Aaryan have to say about it?
Unsurprisingly, he almost always stands by his characters and the worldview they embody. In a country like India, where every other woman has experienced sexual assault and harassment in one form or another, monologues like these only add fuel to the fire. You see, they tell men that it is okay to be vindictive – to look at sex as something to be “achieved” – to vilify their girlfriends every chance they get. Men like him fail to recognize the effect their work has on the masses. Or maybe it’s all intentional, and they are content with it. Because hey, it’s making them richer at the end of the day. So who cares about the women who will be left to deal with the repercussions?
Joaquin Phoenix, Rooney Mara Welcome Baby Boy River
Joaquin Phoenix, the Oscar winner, and actor Rooney Mara, became parents to a baby boy, River Pheonix which is their first child together.
The couple called their son after Phoenix’s late older brother, the actor River Phoenix. Who earlier died of a drug overdose in 1993 at the age of 23.
Russian filmmaker Victor Kossakovsky shared the news during a Q&A at the 2020 Zurich Film Festival on Sunday. Also, following the screening of his documentary Gunda, executive produced by Pheonix, according to a U.S. publication.
“He just had a boy, by the way, he is a beautiful son named River, so now he can’t promote it,” said Kossakovsky as he challenged the Joker star.
In May, Mara, 35, and Phoenix, 45, were reported to be expecting their first child together.
Joaquin Phoenix named his son after his uncle.
The pair met on the sets of Mary Magdalene. In which Mara played the title role alongside Phoenix as Jesus, they met in 2016. Soon after, they began dating and made their red carpet debut at the Cannes Film Festival 2017 closing ceremony. Phoenix confirmed months later in an interview that they were staying in the Hollywood Hills together.
For his title role in the 2019 film “Joker,” Joaquin Phoenix, 45, won the best actor Oscar, and Mara, 35, was twice nominated, once for “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and once for “Carol.”
The pair co-starred in “Her” in 2013, have been romantically linked since 2016 and became involved in 2019.
On work front, there are many recent reports which says that Joaquin Phoenix to return as joker in two projects. In two films, the actor could land a whopping $50 million bid to reprise the Crown Prince of Crime. Originally, Phoenix thought that Joker was a standalone film, but now he’s changed his tune, a source told the tabloid. Despite the controversy that came with last year’s publication, he wants to play the role again.
It is reported that Warner Bros Pictures was ‘as surprised as anyone’ with the achievement of Joker in 2019. A long term agreement is being prepared to make two sequels in the next four years. It is said to be about getting the Oscar-Winning star to accept the terms and it will by far result in his career’s biggest pay cheque.
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Daughter’s Day: Bollywood Edition
The world celebrated Daughter’s day yesterday. Daughter’s Day is observed on the fourth Sunday of September every year. It is a reminder to treat sons and daughters alike. The day is dedicated to a ‘girl-child’ for giving out one message loud and clear – that girls are not inferior to boys. Many celebrities took to their Instagram handles and showcased their love for their daughters.
Inaaya Khemu, the beloved daughter of Kunal Khemu and Soha Ali Khan Khemu has always been in the limelight just like her cousin Taimur. Kunal posts several pictures with his daughter. He took to Instagram and captioned,
“When the world fits in your arms and you can embrace the life in it..the only relationship that’s cemented for life the moment it starts is that of a parent and their child. To every parent and to every daughter.” #happydaughtersday
While Soha Ali Khan said,
“May you never lose that twinkle in your eye, that bounce in your step or my favourite lipstick hidden in your pocket #happydaughtersday
Suresh Raina celebrated Daughter’ day in a different way. He not only wished his daughter but he also raised awareness about menstruation. He said,
You are the greatest joy of my life and the sunshine that brightens my day. No matter how old you grow, you will always remain my little girl @rainagracia 😘🌈 .. You have been a blessing & I’m beyond proud of you. Love you a lot❤️❤️ 💫 #happydaughtersday
It’s #DaughtersDaytoday and it troubles me to think many young girls go through the experience of their first period alone and scared.
Therefore, today I’m taking the pledge to end the taboos associated with period and talk about it openly, starting at home. Because, after all, #ItsJustAPeriod If you stand with me, share a picture like this, alone or with your daughter, tag @stayfreeindia and use #ItsJustAPeriod .
Ayushman Khurana said,
“This was clicked in the Bahamas, at the beginning of 2020. We thought it’ll be a very special year, and special it is. I get to spend so much time with you. Happy Daughters Day my Jaan.❤️
I celebrate you every day!
“Perhaps she wants to change the world. Perhaps it’s a world that needs changing” ENOLA HOLMES
“My daughter, Nysa is many things. My sharpest critic, my biggest weakness & strength as well. She’s a young adult but to Kajol & me, she will always be our baby girl “🤗
While Kajol posted her picture captioning, What I love most about you my dear daughter is ur unique point of view. It’s always just a little different from mine and it makes me look at myself and everything else in a totally different light! And that’s so hard for me to do 🙄
So #happydaughtersday to me you.
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Who says Miracles don’t happen… Holding one in my hands now😇Life is such a miracle, isn’t it?✨ That’s the happiness I’m celebrating today on #DaughtersDay as I hold 🧿Samisha🧿 our daughter ❤️ I definitely don’t need a day to celebrate her.. Cant thank God and the Universe enough for answering & manifesting our prayers, especially Viaan’s, so beautifully; will be eternally grateful. Don’t forget to give your daughters a tight hug today 🤗❤️ . . . . . #SamishaShettyKundra #SSKJr #daughter #family #love #gratitude #blessed
Shilpa Shetty shared a candid click holding her little daughter Samisha… She also wrote, “Who says miracles don’t happen… Holding one in my hands now😇Life is such a miracle, isn’t it?✨ That’s the happiness I’m celebrating today on #DaughtersDay as I hold 🧿Samisha🧿 our daughter ❤️ I definitely don’t need a day to celebrate her. Can’t thank God and the Universe enough for answering & manifesting our prayers, especially Viaan’s, so beautifully; will be eternally grateful. Don’t forget to give your daughters a tight hug today 🤗❤️”.
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Bala And Roam Rome Mein Screens At IndoGerman Film Week Today
The IndoGerman Film Week commenced two days ago, it aims to put India’s diverse cultures in the spotlight in Berlin and Germany; There are more than 100,000 Indians living in Germany, and 175,000 of Indian origin. Thus, the need to strengthen diversity. The festival’s films follow the general theme of men and women in situations of upheaval and change, fitting during the coronavirus period. The programme stretches from September 24th through 30th. Ayushmann Khurrana-starrer comedy-drama ‘Bala’ and Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s starrer ‘Roam Rome Mein’ is all set to be screened at the prestigious IndoGerman Filmweek 2020 in Berlin today.
Film critic and trade analyst Taran Adarsh shared the update about the film on social media.
“UPDATE… #Bala to be showcased at IndoGerman Filmweek 2020 in #Berlin today… Stars #AyushmannKhurrana, #BhumiPednekar and #YamiGautam,” he tweeted.
Ayushmann too confirmed the news on his verified Instagram handle through a story.
It premieres most of the emotional independent pearls of Indian cinema from 2020 and 2019 with Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Tannishtha Chatterjee and Adil Hussain and a reunion with Bollywood and Tollywood stars like Salman Khan, Rajinikanth, Ayushmann Khuranna, Sushant Singh Rajput and Rishi Kapoor: The IndoGerman Filmweek 2020 bridges more than 20 films.
The event opened with Pareeksha, a film by Prakash Jha, made around the Indian education system. The story follows a rickshaw puller (Adil Hussain) in Bihar who dreams of providing quality education to his son, but the path is not as easy as he thinks.
The first day of the festival played Sushant Singh Rajput’s Shuddh Desi Romance, Odia film Sala Budha, a digitally remastered version of Rajinikanth’s 1997 action film Baashha, Mardaani 2, Tamil indie flick Nasir, and Bengali romance drama Robibaar.
Other films in the event’s schedule are Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s Roam Rome Mein, Malayalam coming-of-age drama Kalla Nottam, Guldasta (Bengali), Nirvana Inn(Hindi/Assamese), Kastoori (Marathi), Biriyaani — Flavors of Flesh (Malayalam), Dabangg 3 (Hindi), a documentary Breaking Barriers – The Casteless Collective, Mai Ghat: Crime No. 103/2005 (Marathi), and Josef – Born in Grace (Hindi).
Malayalam filmmaker Geetu Mohandas’ bilingual drama Moothon will close the Indo-German Film Week. The story follows a 10-year-old boy from Lakshadweep, who is fascinated by the tales of the brother who he has never met. His journey quickly turns dark and dangerous, as his search eventually takes him to Mumbai’s underbelly, where he encounters many new people. Directed by Amar Kaushik, the film addresses the issue of male pattern baldness and centres around Balmukund ‘Bala’ Shukla who is stressed because of the societal pressures that come with premature balding.
Moreover, the potential highlights include the award-winning Keralan-based director Sajin Baabu’s ‘Briyaani – Falours of Flesh’, the story of a married Muslim woman whose brothers were radicalised to join the Islamic State.
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