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'Hinduism is much bigger than a book'

February 12, 2014 16:36 IST

Image: Sonam Kapoor
Photographs: Pradeep Bandekar

Here's what your favourite Bollywood celebrities are tweeting.

Following a court-backed settlement with a Delhi-based Hindutva group, publisher Penguin Books India has withdrawn American author Wendy Doniger's latest book The Hindus.

Several celebrities turned to Twitter to voice their opinions:

Aditi Rao Hydari: 'Wendy doniger's book The Hindus is truly fantastic.'

Sonam Kapoor: 'Hinduism's defense will not come from insecure fanatics. It will come from practicing the values of Hinduism. Be the change you want to see.'

Shruti Seth: 'I'm sure Wendy Doniger & Salman Rushdie will have a long chat over the idiocy of religious extremism. How does 1 challenge the accuracy of historical/religious texts? I have 1 question "WERE YOU THERE BACK THEN? HOW DO YOU KNOW WHAT IS TRUE?"'

Suparn Verma: 'So reading Wendy Doniger will wipe out Hinduism from the face of the planet! Time to give Hinduism some B12 & iron injections.'

Shobhaa De: 'Hinduism is much bigger than a book. Our growing intolerance, much smaller.'

Shekhar Kapur: 'Faith should not be known as an 'ism' or it becomes Faithism. Faith is open ended, vast, boundaryless, immense. An 'ism is defined, limited.'



Hrithik Roshan joins Katrina Kaif in Shimla

Image: Hrithik Roshan
Photographs: Hrithik Roshan/Twitter

Hrithik Roshan is currently in Shimla shooting with Katrina Kaif for their upcoming film Bang Bang.

The 40-year-old Krrish 3 actor shared a picture and tweeted: 'Who wants easy? Who wants fair! cold outside!Hw long u going 2 stay inside?-10 in manali.Cardio time! #pushurextreme.' 

Directed by Siddharth Raj Anand, the film is going to be an action-thriller.

Priyanka Chopra takes Gunday to Dubai

Image: Arjun Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and Ranveer Singh in Gunday

Priyanka Chopra is currently in Dubai for the premeire of her next film Gunday.

'In beautiful Dubai.. Can't wait to share our film with everyone here tonight at the Arabian center.. #Gunday #Premiere!' the 31-year-old actress tweeted.

Meanwhile, she paid tribute to Shirley Temple, who passed away on February 10. 'RIP Shirley temple.. U were the original princess.. U gave hope to so many in despair .. U r remembered,' she added.

Directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, Gunday also stars Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor, and will release on February 14. 

'Alia Bhatt has a unique connection with Berlin'

Image: Alia Bhatt in Highway

Director Imtiaz Ali's next film Highway will be premiered at the prestigious Berlin International Film Festival and its lead actress Alia's father Mahesh Bhatt says she has a unique connection with the city.

'Alia Bhatt has a unique connection with Berlin it's just incredible that her film Highway is premiering in Berlin. Many years ago, in 1929 in fact, Alia's grandmother was born in Berlin. Yes, she's German. Sadly she had to leave Berlin in 1937. Alia's great grandfather, was running an underground newspaper against Hitler.He was found out and imprisoned for two years. So Alia's grand mother & her mother walked across the border to Czechoslovakia & FOUND SANCTUARY FROM PERSECUTION AS REFUGEES IN ENGLAND!' the 65-year-old filmmaker tweeted.

'The spirit of rebellion which is embedded in Highway is a part of Alia's legacy. It comes from her great grandfather. Karl Hoelzer , Alia's great grandfather dared to take on the Nazi regime in his own small way and paid a very heavy price for it. All art and all cinema of rebellion is intended to ignite rage against the oppressor. I'm certain Imtiaz Ali's HIGHWAY will do that!! BUT LITTLE DID ALIA's GRANDMA GERTRUDE KNOW that her tragic story would have a happy ending. All forces of oppression will be defeated by the indomitable spirit of human kind and life, not death, will have the last word,' he added.

The film, which also stars Randeep Hooda, releases on February 21.


Baby girl for Sharad Kelkar

Image: Keerti Gaekwad and Sharad Kelkar
Photographs: Abhijit Mhamunkar

Television couple Sharad Kelkar and Keerti Gaekwad became proud parents of a baby girl on February 7.

Confirming the news, Sharad tweeted: 'Homecoming for my little angel & her beautiful mother @keerti07 ... One of the firsts of my life! feels extraordinary & excited.'

Thanking his well-wishers, he added: 'A big thank you to you all for the heartfelt love & wishes.. @keerti07 & the little angel send you all lots of love too. Apologies I haven't been able to reply to every1.. but I have read all of your msges..Thank u once again! u guys are all close to our hearts.'

Kelkar, who was last seen in Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram Leela, is currently seen hosting Shaitaan - A Criminal Mind on Colors TV.


Sherlyn Chopra turns 30!

Image: Sherlyn Chopra
Photographs: Sherlyn Chopra/Twitter

Starlet Sherlyn Chopra, who turned 30 on February 11, celebrated her birthday in Ahmedabad with her fans.

'What a hectic birthday!!!' she tweeted with a picture.

'Huge Thx to the Media of Ahmedabad for its Love & Support and for singing the B'day song for the #BadGirl ;) THANKYOU ALL FOR EVERYTHING!!!!!!!' she added with another picture

Chopra will be next seen in Kamasutra 3D.