Bollywood meets Hollywood as Indian stars wed at Italy villa

The Bollywood stars’ wedding is held at the Villa Balbianello in Lenno, Como lake, northern Italy. (AP)
Updated 14 November 2018
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Bollywood meets Hollywood as Indian stars wed at Italy villa

  • The couple’s wedding on Wednesday at Villa Balbianello coincides with the fifth anniversary of the release of their first movie together
  • The bridal party and guests arrived by boat and all wore shades of white

TREMEZZINA, Italy: Bollywood stars Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh are getting married at a villa on Italy’s Lake Como with screen credits of its own.
The couple’s wedding on Wednesday at Villa Balbianello coincides with the fifth anniversary of the release of their first movie together.
The lakeside mansion has been a location for films that include installments of the Star Wars and James Bond franchises.
The bridal party and guests arrived by boat and all wore shades of white.
Padukone and Singh met co-starring in the 2013 film “Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela,” a modern take on “Romeo and Juliet” with an Indian twist. They have been in two more movies together, “Bajirao Mastani” and “Padmaavat.”
Padukone is the only Indian actress to be on Time magazine’s “Most Influential People in the World” list.


Keira Knightley film calls for unity in divided times

Updated 19 February 2019
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Keira Knightley film calls for unity in divided times

  • The film is set during the reconstruction of post WWII Germany
  • The port city of Hamburg suffered a devastating bombing raid by the Allied forces in July 1943

LONDON: Keira Knightley said her new film “The Aftermath,” set in the bombed-out ruins of Hamburg just after the end of the Second World War, had important lessons on building bridges that were very relevant for today’s divided societies.
The romantic drama sees Knightley play Rachael Morgan, who moves to Germany to be with her husband, a British colonel who has a leading role in the reconstruction effort in Hamburg. They move in with a German widower and his troubled daughter.
Her co-stars, Australian Jason Clarke who plays her husband Lewis and Swedish Alexander Skarsgard, who plays a German architect also attended the world premiere at London’s Picturehouse Central on Monday.
“It’s very relevant for now. It’s about building bridges, it’s about how we see each other as human beings and we don’t demonize each other and that’s obviously something that we need to do right now,” Knightley said.
The port city of Hamburg suffered a devastating bombing raid by the Allied forces in July 1943, known as “Operation Gomorrah,” that killed some 40,000 people and caused the destruction of swathes of the city.
“I knew nothing about the rebuilding of Germany ... I haven’t thought about how unbelievably difficult it must have been to not only physically rebuild these places but also mentally for English and German people ... who had been enemies, who had literally killed each other for six years, to suddenly forgive and move forward,” Knightley said.
Clarke said: “We’ve benefited so much from the Lewis Morgans who put Europe together ... guys like him built it up and made Germany and Europe what it is today, we all stand on the threshold of wanting to tear it down.”
“The Aftermath” opens in cinemas in Britain on March 1, and in the United States on March 15.