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Chinese feminists lash out at Aamir Khan’s Dangal

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BEIJING — Aamir Khan-starrer ‘Dangal’ released earlier this month in China which has done a spectacular business and earned USD 72 million in two weeks. But Chinese feminist groups have come down heavily on Mr Peferctionist’s film.

They feel Dangal perpetuates stereotyoes about how a father forces his daughters to live their lives according to his whims and fancies.

Dangal is based on the real-life story of an wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat who took an oath to make his daughters Geeta- Babita wrestling champions.

But according to Global Times, Chinese feminists are lashing the film. One viewer said, “The father’s values make me vomit; he forces his daughters to live a certain type of life with his dream, with money and becoming a champion. You think the movie is about breaking gender stereotypes, but actually, it’s knee-deep in prejudice.”

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While another viewer was quoted as saying, “The movie reeks of patriarchy and male chauvinism.”

Wei Tingting, director of the Guangzhou Gender and Sexuality Education Center has said those comments only show public’s anxiety around feminism.

“Women who want more gender equality are anxious about defending their own rights therefore apply feminism to every issue, while some men feel challenged by women’s rising status and attack feminism,” he said.

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Salman Khan to perform in Kathmandu on March 10

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KATHMANDU — Bollywood star Salman Khan and over 60 actors will be performing in Kathmandu on March 10 for the musical tour, ‘Da-Bangg: The Tour’ event, which will take place at Tundikhel ground, and expected to attract around 50, 000 viewers, including 10,000 foreigners.

The two main organisers of the tour, Sohail Khan Entertainments and JA Events, and the partner organiser from Nepal, ODC Entertainment, for the event’s confirmation, have organised a press meet here at the Capital’s Soaltee Crowne Plaza on Friday.

‘Da-Bangg: The Tour Nepal’ will feature live performances by Salman Khan, Sonakshi Sinha, Prabhu Deva, Meet Bros, Daisy Shah, Kriti Sanon and Maniesh Paul.

Sohail Khan, the founder of Sohail Khan Entertainments — also an actor and the younger brother of Salman, briefed the media about the extravaganza that is to come.

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“We are extremely delighted to bring Da-Bangg: The Tour in Kathmandu for the first time. There should be more of these cultural shows and vice-versa, where Nepali artists and Indian artists get together; we should get together and make ties between our cultures into a very beautiful world,” Sohail said.

“I am sure the entire team is more than excited than the Nepali people, because Nepal is like our extended home, our neighbours, where we are always showered with immense love and support.”

Likwise, Deepak Joshi, CEO of the Nepal Tourism Board, said, “This event will also be one of the instrumental to promote Nepal to recover our tourism as events are very important to promote destinations. For many Indian visitors it is very popular as a party and pilgrimage segment, very popular for adventure enthusiasts and weekend breakers and an equally important destination for film makers too.”

Apart from the event, Salman Khan is scheduled to visit the Chandragiri Hills. He is also scheduled to undertake a Heli flight to see Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nupche, Makalu and other high Himalayan peaks.

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