'Sex exists. Dear India, deal with it'
Here's what your favourite Bollywood celebrities are tweeting.
Several Bollywood celebrities took to Twitter to express their disagreement over Health Minister Harsh Vardhan's statement that sex education should be banned in schools and that fidelity in marriage was better than use of condoms to prevent AIDS. Here's what they said:
Chetan Bhagat: 'Highly disturbed and disappointed by statements by a doctor health minister banning sex ed in schools. BJP at its regressive worst. Schools shouldn't teach sex-ed. Parents won't talk about it. In the era of Internet, kids should learn about sex from porn clips I guess? These self-styled custodians of Indian culture, which often implies an anti-pleasure, anti-sex, anti-fun culture are actually anti-freedom. Youth backed the BJP this time to take India forward and open minds. Not to bring out their worst, backward and most outdated ideas. Sex exists. Dear India, deal with it. Can imagine the BBC and CNN broadcasting, doctor health minister in India bans sex-ed in schools. Really shows us as a progressive nation. Public opinion can keep the government on track. A govt cannot be always right, but they can course correct based on public response.'
Esha Gupta: 'Someone pls tell #HarshVardhan that values r ok,but even his parents had sex to have him,unless testtube.calm down with your stupidity pls.'
Shruti Seth: 'For a country with a 1.6 bn population we clearly are not offended by sex. Banning sex education is sheer idiocy.'
Vir Das: 'I agree with the Health Minister. We don't need to learn about sex in schools, watching it on phones in parliament is so much better.'
Shekhar Kapur: 'Urban kid's developing puberty by 9. Important 2 help them understand changes in their bodies/mind thru education.'
Farah Khan Ali: 'Why is the health minister making such a hoo haa about sex not sex education. ? Doesnt he know it's the need of the day??? And for those ignorant ppl out here who imagine that sex education is lessons in love making sorry to disappoint ur moronic thoughts. Saying all of that it is imperative to have sex education classes in school from a certain age to prevent unwanted pregnancy's & diseases.'
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'Pancham Da, YOU ROCK! We miss you.'
On R D Burman's 75th birth anniversary, several Bollywood celebrities turned to Twitter to remember him:
Asha Bhosle: 'Remembering Pancham & those special Moments In Time that we shared.'
Lata Mangeshkar: 'Namaskar. Aaj Pancham ka 75th janam diwas hai. Aaj wo hamare bich nahi hai lekin uska sangeet aanewale hazaaro'n saalo'n tak logo'n ke dil-o-dimag pe raaj karta rahega aisa mujhe yaqeen hai.'
Madhur Bhandarkar: '75 years ago today, a musical genius was born. His tunes stole our hearts & do so even now. #Pancham Da, YOU ROCK! We miss u.Happy Birthday.'
Manish Malhotra: 'Today is the 75th birth annivesary of the Legendry R D Burman :His music I LOVE. As a kid I was drawn to hindi films and a big reason was R:D Burmans music.'
Sujoy Ghosh: 'happy birthday r d burman. may you and your music live forever.'
Image: R D Burman
Madhuri Dixit promotes education in Madhya Pradesh
Madhuri Dixit, who has been appointed as the ambassador for Madhya Pradesh's Mamta Abhiyaan campaign, recently initiated a drive which aims to decrease maternal and infant mortality rates along with Chiief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
'Proud to be the UNICEF's celebrity advocate for child rights! In Bhopal for the UNICEF campaign,' Dixit updated.
Image: Madhuri Dixit
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Shruti Haasan wraps up the first schedule of Yaara
Actress Shruti Haasan recently wrapped the first shooting schedule for her upcoming Hindi film Yaara.
'And it's a wrap on this schedule of yaara! Great shoot and now off to the sets of pujai! Busy busy busy and loving it!' she tweeted.
Directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia, the film is said to be a remake of 2011 French drama Les Lyonnais.
Image: Shruti Haasan
Photographs: Hitesh Harisinghani/Rediff.com
Parineeti Chopra: Trying to look and wear my best
Actress Parineeti Chopra shot for a popular magazine shared her picture page and tweeted: 'I like my new Femina cover :) what do you guys think? I think I MAY, just MAY have started enjoying clothes now. (Ex nerd and banker)'
'Thank you for the amazing reviews guys. Trying to look and wear my best :) will be "hot and running" soon!!' she added.
Image: Parineeti Chopra
Photographs: Parineeti Chopra/Twitter