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#UN-GAY!: Gay Icon Imran Khan answers India’s STUPID questions about Homosexuality

Young Bollywood star Imran Khan is known for taking up a variety of social causes and now he's weighed into the contentious issue of gay sex in India.

The 'Gori Tere Pyaar Mein' actor appears in a satirical new video on the issue of 'Section 377' of the Indian Penal Code, an archaic hangover from the British Raj which outlaws sodomy.

In the video, 30-year-old Khan, appears as a sort of 'Agony Uncle' providing advice on sex to enlighten the people and to deal with the rather outdated views on homosexuality held by many in India.

Sitting behind a laptop, the American born nephew of Bollywood legend Aamir Khan responds to questions sent to the email address "imrananswersstupidquestions@gmail.com".

“I don’t understand why do these gay people choose to be gay? Why can’t they like Un-Gay?” asks one user.

Another has a different problem altogether: "But these gay people, what they want to do is make everybody else gay.”

Check out the video, which has been made by the comedy collective All India Bakchod. 

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#SQUIRM!: Salman Khan’s Re-invention to continue with appearance on Koffee with Karan

He’s one of Bollywood’s biggest stars but has a reputation not just for a penchant for dodgy trousers but also being aloof and obnoxious in public.  

But, it seems that controversial ‘Dabangg’ star Salman Khan is undergoing a re-invention of sorts.

In recent weeks he’s won over millions of new fans with his sensitive handling of the numerous tussles inside the Bigg Boss House.

Some commentators have even gone as far as to call him the nation’s favourite ‘Psycho-Analyst’, although that may be a stretch too far.

And now the 47-year-old actor who is famously averse to talk shows and press junkets is set to appear on ‘Koffee with Karan’, the kitschy, Indian version of Oprah hosted by the often outrageously camp filmmaker Karan Johar who has hosted everyone from Amitabh Bachchan to two of Ranbir Kapoor’s ex-flames.  Both at the same time.

The latest season of the hit show will open with Salman and his writer father Salim being grilled on the famous coffee-coloured leather couch.

A promo for the Star TV show provides a tantalizing sneak peak into what is certain to be a juicy hour of trivia, with Salman quizzed about his reluctance to appear on the show as well as his glamorous former girlfriends, including Katrina Kaif. 

Salman confesses that he’s always been “shy” and would have been “very uncomfortable” with the “personal” questions usually posed by Johar.

In another segment, the show’s famous ‘Rapid-Fire Round” of questions, Salman is asked about Katrina and which Bollywood star he would hook up with if he discovered he was gay; leading to the actor squirming with embarrassment and calling Johar a “Crazy Fellow”.

All that remains to be seen is if the famously forthright Karan Johar will broach the subject of Salman Khan’s most famous ex, Aishwarya Rai, who called her time with the temperamental actor a “nightmare”.

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#UAV: Jemima Khan-backed documentary explores impact of US Drone Strikes in Pakistan

American drone strikes inside Pakistani territory have long been a contentious issue.

In October, rights group Amnesty International called on the Obama administration to investigate reports of civilians killed and wounded in attacks by Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV’s).

And now the former wife of one of Pakistan’s most vocal critics of US drone attacks has entered the fray, producing a new documentary which explores the impact of the attacks on Pakistan’s civilian population. 

Jemima Khan, ex-wife of Pakstani cricketing legend turned politician Imran Khan, is the producer of ‘Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars’, directed by American filmmaker and political activist Robert Greenwald.

Through a series of interviews, the film highlights the stories of ordinary citizens who have died or whose lives have been irrevocably altered as a result of these strikes.

Whilst drone attacks have accounted for a number of high profile terrorist leaders over the past decade, the film claims that the strikes are often imprecise and result in creating more enemies for the American people.

Upon its release earlier this month, ‘Fahrenheit 9/11’ director Michael Moore called the film “required viewing” at all US schools.

New York-based Greenwald is the driving force behind Brave New Films, a production company that uses the moving image to “empower viewers to take action”.

In keeping with Brave New Films’ distribution model, the film will be available to stream online for free.  For more information, visit www.bravenewfilms.org.

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#QISSA: “Indian Cinema Awards are just for TRP’s” – Irrfan Khan

‘The Lunchbox’ star Irrfan Khan has bemoaned Bollywood’s “Item Number” image if Indian cinema is to be more universally appealing.

The 46-year-old actor, one of the handful of Indians who have successfully straddled Eastern and Western cinema, said it was vital tell the world that India can produce “interesting” cinema, beyond the escapism of Bollywood.

“We cannot continue being known as item number filmmakers. Bollywood is known as an item number, and we have to change that.

We have to connect with a universal audience in a way that they think that there is some interesting kind of cinema coming out of India.  We need to find a universal language”, Khan told the Indo-Asian News Service.

The actor was speaking ahead of a screening of his latest film, ‘Qissa’, at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival in the United Arab Emirates.

Directed by Anup Singh, ‘Qissa’ (an old Arabic word meaning “Folk Tale”) is set in the chaos of India’s partition.  Khan plays Umber Singh, one of the millions of Sikhs who were displaced during the bloody division of the sub-continent in 1947. 

He and his family move to a safer location to rebuild their lives, and it is here that the story takes a remarkable turn.  Having already fathered daughters, Singh now wants a son.

When his next child is born he celebrates his wish come true, but there is one problem: the baby is in fact a girl.

Much like ‘The Lunchbox’, Khan’s globally acclaimed previous release, ‘Qissa’ is an Indo-German-Dutch-French production and was well received at its premier at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.

Unlike ‘The Lunchbox’ – a gently-paced tale of an unlikely romance – ‘Qissa’ explores much darker themes which still have “universal” appeal meant to “shake” the audience, Khan said. 

The star of Oscar-winning international productions such as ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ and ‘Life of Pi’ also said that Indian cinema should look beyond domestic accolades as a way of improving its cinematic capabilities.

‘The Lunchbox’ – which won the Critics Award at Cannes in May - was controversially overlooked as India’s choice in the Best Foreign Film category at the 2014 Academy Awards. 

“You can’t make a film and sit in your room and watch it. 

You have to change the perception about Indian cinema when you go to (a) universal audience, and what better way to say that your film is universally accepted than (be at the) Oscar?” Khan said.

“Even your film’s business multiplies a lot.

We need to go universal, and how do you do that?  Not by winning some award which is happening in India.  Our awards are all for TRPs (Target Rating Points).  And a National Film Award doesn’t carry as much weightage as here in the US.”

“As a filmmaker and as an industry, we need to establish our presence in bigger markets. That’s what Hollywood is doing in India, and that’s what we need to do in the rest of the world,” Khan added.

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