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While Priyanka Chopra's much-hyped remake of 1973 film Zanjeer couldn't really take off at the box-office, Parineeti Chopra's Shuddh Desi Romance picked up and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh would like to see Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi as prime minister after 2014 elections. These were some of the most read stories on the website. Read more.

Cousins competition: Parineeti beats Priyanka
While Priyanka Chopra's much-hyped remake of 1973 film Zanjeer couldn't really take off at the box-office, Parineeti Chopra's Shuddh Desi Romance picked up, thanks to the positive word of mouth. Zanjeer remake made on the budget of approx Rs 70 cr garnered approx Rs 3.75-4 crore on Friday. Shuddh Desi Romance on the other hand earned approx 7 cr at the box office. It was made on a budget of approx Rs 30 cr.

Anupama Chopra's review: Shuddh Desi Romance
This film is a triumph for its director Maneesh Sharma, its actors Parineeti Chopra, Sushant Singh Rajput, Vaani Kapoor and Rishi Kapoor, but most of all for its writer Jaideep Sahni, who has done the story, screenplay, dialogue and lyrics. Jaideep gives us a love story that is at once utterly believable and utterly romantic; characters that we fall in love with from the first frame and dialogue that makes us smile even when situation is distinctly unfunny — like a groom abandoning his bride at the mandap.

Rahul 'ideal choice' for PM post after 2014 polls: Manmohan
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Saturday that he would like to see Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi as prime minister after 2014 elections, and he would be happy to step aside and work under the much younger leader in the party. "I have always maintained that Rahul Gandhiji would be an ideal choice for prime minister after the 2014 election," Singh told reporters on board his special aircraft on the way back from the G20 summit of the world's leading economies at St Petersburg, Russia.

Lok Sabha stamps out a shame, bans manual scavenging
The Lok Sabha passed a long-awaited bill to ban manual scavenging--the clearing of human waste by hand from toilets--on Friday which outlaws employment of scavengers and will provide retraining and help for their families. With more than 600 million people lacking even basic toilet facilities and being forced to defecate in open, the new legislation aims to modify a largely ineffective 1993 law which criminalised the scavengers.

 

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