x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 23 January 2018

Satyamev Jayate website crashes

Plus Parineeti Chopra talks about her weight struggles while Ujala Ali Khan's Desi Girl column explores the issue of Aishwarya Rai's lingering pregnancy pounds, and much more.

The Bollywood actress Madhuri Dixit. Yash Raj Films / AP
The Bollywood actress Madhuri Dixit. Yash Raj Films / AP

Aamir Khan's debut television programme Satyamev Jayate was received so warmly by viewers that its official site crashed within minutes of the show's pilot broadcast. "Thank you for your overwhelming response. Unfortunately our servers have crashed due to the traffic," said a message on the site. The show, which covered the sensitive topic of female foeticide in its first episode, was also a trending topic on Twitter. It is broadcast on Sundays at 9pm on the Star Plus network. - IANS

Madhur Bhandarkar thanks Aamir Khan

In more Khan news, the filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar thanked the actor and his new show for bringing change to the small screen. "Now television will no longer be called an idiot box, the vision of television broadens with Satyamev Jayate," he tweeted. Bhandarkar is currently working on his next film, titled Heroine, starring Kareena Kapoor. - IANS

Parineeti Chopra talks weight

Parineeti Chopra, who shed pounds for her role in the new film Ishaqzaade, said she easily gains weight, while her cousin Priyanka doesn't worry about the issue. "Priyanka eats more than me, but never puts on weight. She was like this since our childhood. I was fat since I was a child," Chopra said. "I am a Punjabi and I love food. I have to work out and I hate that." Ishaqzaade will be in UAE cinemas on Thursday. * IANS

Madhuri Dixit looking for challenges

Madhuri Dixit said she wants to challenge herself as an actress, signing on to two new films, Vishal Bhardwaj's Dedh Ishqiya and Anubhav Sinha's Gulab Gang. "Trying to explore new roles. You will be thrilled. They will leave an impression!" she posted on Twitter. The 44-year-old moved back to India from the US last October, after her stint as a judge on the dance programme Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 4 reconnected her with fans. * IANS

Ekta Kapoor opposes new Dirty Picture

The filmmaker Trishul has titled his next Kannada film The Dirty Picture, but fellow director Ekta Kapoor has filed a complaint against it. The Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce (KFCC) cleared the title of the film, which will reportedly star the Pakistani actress Veena Malik. Kapoor, who produced last year's Viday Balan-starrer The Dirty Picture in Hindi under her studio Balaji Telefilms, has written a letter to the KFCC requesting it withdraws its permission. Meanwhile, Trishul said he won't change the title and is prepared for a legal battle. "We have legally obtained clearance. Why should we change the title now?" he said. "The title may just remind the viewer of a Hindi film with the same name. That is all. My story is original and realistic. It does not have even an iota of similarity with the Hindi film." * IANS