There’s certain insensitivity in the country: Kajol 

Jaipur, Jan 23 (IANS) Building on filmmaker Karan Johar’s remarks on insensitivity, actress Kajol said on Saturday India was turning oversensitive on certain issues.

“I do believe that there is certain insensitivity in our country now. We are turning oversensitive on certain issues. Words are being measured. We need to watch what we say on what context,” Kajol said on the sidelines of the Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF).

The actor was speaking to the media after the release of Ashwin Sanghi’s book, “The Sialkot Saga”, which deals with the sub-continent’s partition in 1947.

“As public personalities, our duty is to speak well and intelligently,” she added.

The comments came a day after Johar’s remarks on intolerance. Speaking at the JLF, Johar said that democracy is the biggest “joke in the country” and he has become an FIR king,

Johar’s comments sparked a debate, with the Congress Aand other parties jumping into the fray in his support.

Turning to other issues, Kajol, an avid reader, said it was her mother Tanuja who introduced her to books. “There are three rooms in our house which are full of books,” she said.

The actor also felt that celebrity endorsements won’t help a book to sell. “When I go to a book shop, i don’t look at who is selling the book. That’s not the criteria for a book to sell,” she felt.

Her only condition when boyfriend and now husband Ajay Devgun proposed, was that he gift her a “Beauty and the Beast”-like library.

“I told him that I will say yes only if you give me a library like the one in the ‘Beauty and the Beast’ movie. That was what I received as a honeymoon gift,” she said.

Talking about women’s empowerment, she said it can happen only when women start respecting themselves. “Women’s empowerment will happen only when women start respecting themselves. Only a mother can give gender lessons to her children,” she said.

Voracious readers are “anti-socials”, she said. “When I am immersed in a book, I am unaware of the surroundings.”

The actor also ruled out writing a book as it is a solitary job . “I don’t think I have the time and patience to write a book,” she said.

Kajol’s mother, Tanuja Mukherjee, who was also present on the occasion, told IANS that she was overwhelmed by the turnout. “It’s my first time at the Jaipur Lit Fest and I am happy to be here. There is so much energy around,” Tanuja added.

‘Dilwale’ mints over Rs.365 crore worldwide

Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s film “Dilwale” is going strong overseas, collecting $25.6 million internationally. The romantic action comedy movie has made a gross collection of over Rs.365 crore worldwide.

The Rohit Shetty-directorial is the highest collecting film in Singapore, South Africa, Netherlands, Malaysia, West Indies and Jordan, claims SRK’s production banner Red Chillies Entertainment Pvt Ltd.

The banner also claims that it is the second highest collecting film of all time in overseas markets such as UAE and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, Peru, Kuwait, Indonesia, Egypt and Morocco.

Some other countries that saw the highest opening weekend for a Bollywood film include Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Pakistan.

Pakistan and Australia saw trends of a different kind, where “Dilwale” is said to become the third film ever to cross $2 million and the first ever SRK film to cross Australian dollar one million, respectively.

While in Britain, it earned one million pounds in just five days.

“Dilwale” is now the highest grossing Shah Rukh-starrer film in the overseas market, read a statement from the production house.

Only 16 films so far have crossed $10 million overseas, in which SRK has nine films, which shows the reach and following he is enjoying overseas.

“Diwale”, which marked the return of Bollywood’s most-loved onscreen couple — SRK and Kajol — after five years, released alongside filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Bajirao Mastani” on December 18 last year.

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