Wrapped in the national flag and dressed in bridal red, Sridevi's final journey began on Wednesday afternoon. Thousands of tearful fans, holding flowers and photos of the star, crowded along the route - a distance of 5 km - from the Lokhandwala club in Mumbai where last respects were paid this morning to the Pawan Hans crematorium in Vile Parle. Shah Rukh Khan, Randhir Kapoor and other celebs who were not among the mourners this morning went directly to the funeral. Some, like Vidya Balan, attended both the morning memorial as well as the cremation
Vidya Balan and Siddharth Roy Kapur celebrated New Year's Eve with family and friends at their home in the suburbs. Aditya Roy Kapur spent quite some time in the balcony trying to make some calls when the networks were jammed around midnight. Vidya and Siddharth came down to get some snaps clicked by the photographers who waited hours for them on New Years Eve.
12 years ago, Vidya Balan made her debut in Parineeta with Saif Ali Khan. Watch the two stars at their candid best on Star Crazy.
Actress Vidya Balan admits that Bollywood will take time to open up about sexual misconduct as it fears of victim shaming. The actress, who will be seen playing an RJ in Tumhari Sulu, also says that women should work harder for their films.
Author Shobhaa De says that playing national anthem in cinema halls before a movie amounts to "force-feeding patriotism". "Packaging it as enforced patriortism is demeaning the status of the National Anthem in a movie theatre. I have seen a lot of disrespect being shown because people just think of it as a nuisance... they'll continue to eat their popcorn and continue to chat they'll show utter disrespect," she said.
Actor Vidya Balan says that though she doesn't know what transpired between Hrithik Roshan and Kangana Ranaut, she was glad Kangana stood up for herself. "If a girl is standing up for what she believes in, more power to her. It's not my place to judge anyone but I was just glad that she was putting up a fight unafraid of the consequences," she said.
Author Shobhaa De explains why she thinks Kangana Ranaut can take on "Bollywood bulles" and win in the end. "If they choose to ostracise her, the loss is theirs, not hers. They ( film industry) can very effectively kill a woman's spirit unless the woman is strong enough," she says.
Author Shobhaa De explains why she thinks Bollywood stars don't come out in the open with political views very often. "In the US you are identified either as a Democrat or a Republican, its transparent, it is there. You know which star support which party. Here, it depends on what is in their interests at that moment. (In India) they use politics to keep themselves out of serious criminal charges. That's when they suddenly develop a political awareness and start lending their names to all sorts of things," she said.
Actor Vidya Balan says that in her 12-year career in the movies, she has never been propositioned by anyone. "I have not given anyone the space to say anything remotely uncomfortable to me. There were times when I would sense something creepy and I would just walk away from that opportunity," she said.
Actor Vidya Balan explains why she doesn't approve of the national anthem being played on theatres before movies. "You are not in school where you start the day probably with school anthem or a national anthem. You are going to just put your feet up and have a good time," she said.
Pahlaj Nihalani, who turned the censor board into a precinct of serial controversy, has been sacked as the organisation's chairman. His successor is famous lyricist-adman Prasoon Joshi, while actor Vidya Balan joins the board.
On Tuesday, Vidya Balan along with Rahul Bose, who is the founder-trustee of NGO HEAL (Help Eradicate Abuse through Learning) discussed problems of child sexual abuse in India and also spoke about it's various solutions at an event held in Mumbai. Bose invited Vidya to join the initiative, he has been working in the field for over 10 years now. HEAL has conducted over 600 workshops to eradicate this problem.