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Rani Mukerji starrer Mardaani to be tax free in MP

Last updated on: August 25, 2014 16:04 IST

Rani Mukerji starrer Mardaani to be tax free in MP

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Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has announced to give tax-free status to actress Rani Mukerji's latest film Mardaani.

He watched the movie at a multiplex last night along with his wife Sadhna.

"We will give 'tax free' status to Mardaani in Madhya Pradesh considering the bold social message conveyed by it," Chouhan posted on Twitter last night.

"Trafficking of young girls and women is worst evil which needs to be eliminated. Mardaani has brought it into focus," he further tweeted.

Praising Rani for her role, he said, "I congratulate Rani Mukherjee for a wonderful and powerful performance Mardaani. Aditya Chopra has done well to produce this movie."

Chouhan, who spared time from his busy schedule to watch the movie, said, "After a very long time went along with family to watch a movie. Mardaani turned out to be soul-stirring saga highlighting a societal evil."

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Saif's Happy Ending to hit screens in November

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Saif Ali Khan starrer Happy Ending is set to release in November this year.

The much-awaited romantic comedy also starring Ileana D'cruz opposite Saif is set to release on November 28, a press release issued in Mumbai said.

Earlier, actor Ranbir Kapoor-starrer Bombay Velvet was scheduled to release on November 29 but now the film has been pushed to May 2015.

Happy Ending is directed by Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK.

It is produced by Saif and Dinesh Vijan under their banner Illuminati Films.

The film also stars Govinda, Kalki Koechlin, while Preity Zinta and Kareena Kapoor will be seen in cameo appearances.

The film is an observation of the modern Indian man and woman.

It has a take on love, relationships, marriage, friendships, plagiarism and happy endings.


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Pernia Qureshi: Lucky to get the dream role in Muzaffar Ali's next

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Stylist Pernia Qureshi says playing the lead in Muzaffar Ali's upcoming period film Raqs -- The Dance Within is a dream role.

Pernia, best known for styling Sonam Kapoor in Aisha, is making her debut as an actress and she is essaying the role of a revolutionary dancer in the film which is set 20 years after Ali's Umrao Jaan.

"I was very flattered that somebody so well respected and such a great artiste saw potential in me. I was extremely excited to try something new in my life. I have been a dancer since childhood. It's one of the best opportunities because it is any actress' dream role. Muzaffar uncle has the best aesthetic sense in the country," Pernia said.

The costume designer bagged the offer last year and says she insisted Ali to go through the screen test first because she was not sure about her acting skills.

"Muzaffar uncle had offered it to me. He was writing the script and felt I was fit for the role. He called me and asked if I was interested to do it. I didn't know if I could really act. We did a screen test because I did not want to get into something without being very sure. So, he did that and after seeing the result he believed in me," Pernia said.

Pernia is a trained kuchipudi dancer and for the film, she had to learn Kathak from Birju Maharaj and Kumudini Lakhia, who had choreographed Rekha's mujra In aankhon ki masti me in Umrao Jaan.

"I have been learning classical dance since the age of four. I learnt Kathak for few years but later I shifted to Kuchipudi and learnt it from Raja Radha Reddy. In this film, I am playing a Kathak dancer and to get the moves right, Maharajji had worked a lot on my body. I went to Gujarat and Kumudiniji choreographed two sequences for the film," she said.

Raqs: The Dance Within has been shot extensively in Lucknow at the ancestral house of Ali. The film is expected to hit theatres in February next year.

Pernia says if the film does well, she will give acting a serious thought and will not restrict herself to a particular genre.


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Go Goa Gone star Kunal Khemmu got a new inking of lord Shiva on his right limb.

The 31-year-old actor, who recently got engaged to longtime girlfriend and actress Soha Ali Khan, took to Twitter to give a glimpse of his first tattoo.

"So after years of procrastination I finally got inked traditional Buddhist style with a bamboo stick... My first tattoo," Khemmu tweeted.

The tattoo shows the god in the Rudra avatar.

The actor is currently busy shooting his next film Bhaag Johnny.


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Photographs: Abhijit Mhamunkar

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