The Delhi High Court Wednesday dismissed a PIL seeking a ban on the release of Homi Adajania’s movie ‘Finding Fanny’ due to the use of the word “fanny”.
A division bench of Chief Justice E.G. Rohini and Justice R.S. Endlaw found nothing wrong with the title and refused to stay its release Friday.
Additional Solicitor General Sanjay Jain opposed the plea, saying the censor board had passed the film after due consideration and no obscenity was found in it. The film stars Deepika Padukone and Arjun Kapoor.
The public interest litigation also challenged the UA certificate given to the movie, which also stars Naseeruddin Shah, Dimple Kapadia and Pankaj Kapoor.
The PIL, filed by Nandini Tiwari and NGO Jai Jagriti Foundation through lawyer Abhishek Krishna, said the word “fanny” was a slang and should be removed from the movie, songs, posters and banners.
It said the dictionary meaning of the word “fanny” was sexually explicit, and using the word in the movie would hurt the feelings of people.
Tiwari, a mother of a four-year-old, said allowing such words in films and television would pollute children’s minds.
The PIL was filed against the information and broadcasting ministry, and the film’s producer, director and actors.
In the mega clash of “Om Shanti Om” and “Saawariya” in 2007, debutante Deepika Padukone had emerged a clear box office-winner against first-timer Sonam Kapoor. Seven years later, the question is – will Deepika continue to remain a step ahead on the success ladder with “Finding Fanny” or will Sonam take a lead this time with “Khoobsurat”?
Both the films are releasing within a week’s time this month.
Deepika’s film is releasing Sep 12, while Sonam’s new offering hits the screens Sep 19 – and both actresses are going out of their way to ensure their movies are promoted in the best possible manner.
“Finding Fanny”, an English language entertainer by Indian filmmaker Homi Adajania, is definitely not a film that every actress will risk — especially after delivering four back-to-back Bollywood hits “Race 2″, “Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani”, “Chennai Express” and “Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela”. But Deepika took it.
Nevertheless, one should give it to Sonam for choosing to step into the shoes of the enigmatic Rekha for “Khoobsurat”, the new age twist on the 1980 film “Khubsoorat” — one of Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s evergreen films and which continues to have a dedicated fan following even after more than three decades.
Both the actresses come from different backgrounds. Sonam comes from a family of actors and filmmakers — her father Anil Kapoor is a veteran actor, uncle Boney is a film producer and her youngest uncle Sanjay is an actor too. Deepika’s father, Prakash Padukone, is the country’s badminton icon.
Yet, it is Deepika who has managed to cement her space in Bollywood as a performer, better than Sonam, who has been more in news for her fashion sensibilities despite having the talent to carry out roles as different as in “Aisha” and “Delhi-6″.
After getting a perfect launchpad with “Om Shanti Om” — a Shah Rukh Khan-starrer which turned out to be a huge hit, Deepika went on to prove her mettle with a mix of films like “Bachna Ae Haseeno”, “Love Aaj Kal”, “Housefull”, “Aarakshan” and “Cocktail”.
The Bangalore girl had her share of flops too in the form of “Chandni Chowk to China”, “Karthik Calling Karthik”, “Lafangey Parindey”, “Break Ke Baad” and “Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey” — but her four recent back-to-back gems catapulted her into a league of her own.
Sonam, who made her debut with Kapoor scion Ranbir in “Saawariya”, on the other hand, has few hits to boast of in her filmography.
She bagged roles in biggies like “Thank You”, “Mausam” and “Players”, but all bit the dust at the ticket windows. Her work in “Raanjhanaa” was appreciated, but in “Bhaag Milkha Bhaag”, her appearance was as good as a cameo.
Interestingly, her presence in tinsel town is strengthened more due to her fashionista image and her designer wardrobe.
Earlier this year, Sonam was seen in “Bewakoofiyaan”, which didn’t elicit the response she would’ve expected. Her hopes are high from “Khoobsurat”, which promises to show her in an exuberant and lively avatar. Another highlight of the film is that she is paired with Pakistani sensation Fawad Khan.
Meanwhile, Deepika is also hoping to strike gold yet again with the offbeat “Finding Fanny”.
Actress Parineeti Chopra, who is often known as one of the most bubbly actress in Bollywood, says she finds the title ‘Bubbly’ very disrespectful. “When people call me bubbly, I find it very disrespectful. I have done four films and there was nothing similar between ‘Hasee Toh Phasee’, ‘Ishaqzaade’, ‘Shuddh Desi Romance’ and ‘Ladies vs Ricky Bahl’,”Parineeti told.
“There was nothing similar about them and there was nothing bubbly about them at all. I find it ridiculous and I would like them (people) to see my films again so that they can change their opinion,” she added.
Parineeti is currently busy promoting her forthcoming film “Daawat-e-Ishq”. Directed by Habib Faisal, the film features Aditya Roy Kapur as the male lead. The actress is focussed at making herself better with every project, and not concerned about what her competitors are doing.
“I genuinely don’t care about what anybody else is doing I only want to be better than my last outing. Every actress is different and we all get different kind of work and so there is no reason to compete. I can’t think of them like that at all,” she said.
New Delhi: ‘Khoobsurat’ actress Sonam Kapoor feels her fashionista image and off screen personality sometimes overshadow her identity as an actor.
“People have forgotten that I am an actress, they don’t take me seriously. First it was my dressing sense then my opinionated nature, both have overshadowed my identity of a performer. I can’t change both the things, they are part of me,” Sonam told.
The actress, known for grabbing headlines for her candid nature, says she is proud that unlike other actors, she does not shy away from making her opinions public.
“I will always speak my mind, in fact, I feel many in our industry don’t say what they want to, which is sad. But I can’t be like them,” said the actress, who feels she is underrated in the industry.
“All the directors of mine say I am underrated in the industry. I don’t know what to do about it, I guess I have not restricted myself to a particular image on screen, I have always done different roles. A single image stays with people but I can’t do that,” she said.
Sonam started her Bollywood career with Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Saawariya’ (2008), where she played the role of a shy Muslim girl, then portrayed an aspiring singer in Rakyesh Omprakash Mehra’s ‘Delhi-6′ (2009).
She got critical acclaim for her role in ‘Raanjhanaa’ and Indian athlete Milka Singh’s lover in his biopic ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag in 2013.
Sonam is excited for her upcoming home production ‘Khoobsurat’, a remake of Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s 1980 comedy of the same name, which starred Rekha in the lead.
“I love the original film and have watched it a lot of times but when we planned to make the film, I decided not to watch it so that I can keep the character fresh. Our film is a classic romantic-comedy,” she said.
For all diehard romantics, Manwa Laage, the latest song from Happy New Year is a heady concoction of romance, soulful lyrics, an electrifying chemistry between the lead pair of actors, Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone, with scenes which take one back to SRK’s previous hits such as Dil Toh Pagal Hai, Om Shanti Om, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham. The song also does a spoof on SRK’s signature dance move, which is replicated by his co-stars Abhishek Bachchan, Boman Irani, Sonu Sood and Vivaan Shah.
The song opens with SRK and Deepika gazing deeply into each other’s eyes, the budding romance between them brings a song on her lips and a dance to her steps, which is a stark reminder of the dance sequences between SRK and Madhuri in Dil Toh Pagal Hai. Seventeen years after the movie, King Khan still draws his heroine to him like a magnet. They are surrounded by their Indiawalle group, actors Abhishek Bachchan, Boman Irani, Sonu Sood and Vivaan Shah, but seem to have eyes only for each other.
Their romance amid fire bears an uncanny resemblance to scenes from Om Shanti Om, jogging on rail tracks brings Chennai Express to the mind while the icing on the cake is the spoof on SRK’s signature dance move which is emulated wonderfully by the Indiawaale group. There’s a Dard-e-Disco moment as well, when SRK’s shirt, buttoned down, is on fire revealing his 8 pack abs which could give Salman Khan a run for his money. Deepika, who’s role reminds us a bit of Hema Malini in Satte pe Satta, also does a Kajol from Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham when she performs puja and distributes parshad among the group.
SRK, who’s constantly reinvented himself with the times, seems to have found his perfect jodi in Deepika Padukone, star of the new generation of heroines. Manwa Lage puts them into a league of their own.