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Watch: When Radhika Apte snapped at a big Telugu star for tickling her on set

GenderMany media outlets had wrongly reported that she had 'slapped' a 'Tamil actor'.Tnm StaffActor Radhika Apte, known for her speaking her mind and slamming patriarchal attitudes, revealed in a recent interview how she'd reacted when a well-known Telugu actor had tried to tickle her on set. Radhika and Bollywood actor Rajkummar Rao were on the chat show ‘BFFs with Vogue’, hosted by actor Neha Dhupia when Radhika spoke about the incident. In a segment, Neha asks both her guests about the things they did to survive as struggling actors in their first two years, before they became popular. Rajkummar talked about doing small roles as well as commercials. Radhika, meanwhile, said that she did south Indian films. “They pay you well, and you bloody deserve it… But it’s very hard,” she said. Neha responded, saying that she has heard about lack of gender equality in the south film industries. “I wouldn’t want to generalize it. But the projects I worked in, there definitely was [lack of gender equality],” Radhika says. The men in the south film industries are very powerful, she adds, and then recounts an anecdote from a Telugu project she was working on. “My first day in the Telugu film. There is a scene where I am lying [down], because I am unwell. There are a lot of people; everything is set. And the [male] actor walks in – and we’ve been rehearsing – he walks in… I don’t even know him, and he starts tickling my feet!” she narrated. “He was a big actor… I was told he is powerful. But [the person] who I am, I got up and I snapped at him in front of everybody – the whole crew, the junior artists, everybody. And I looked at him and said, “don’t ever, ever do that to me.” I was so angry, I told him “ever, ever!” […] He was so shocked, because he didn’t expect that. But he never touched me again,” Radhika said. She added that she had had a completely different experience while working with Rajinikanth. They co-starred in Kabali. Radhika called him “the nicest, the most wonderful human being”, and said that nothing like that happened to her in his film. Emphasising that she didn’t want to generalize the gender disparity in south film industries, she said that she faced the problem in two Telugu films she worked in. Radhika also talked about her early years when she was typecast into the role a ‘good’ woman from a village. And how she eventually broke out of it. Watch the interview here from 13:10 where Radhika talks about the incident with the Telugu actor here. A number of publications, mostly based on a Mumbai Mirror report, had wrongly reported that Radhika had slapped a male actor who was from the Tamil industry. The Kabali and Parched actor is known to be vocal about her views on sexism and misogyny in the film industry. Radhika had previously slammed a reporter for asking questions about a leaked sex scene with her and Adil Hussain from Parched. Later, she said that she was no longer affected by these things, because she was an artist and was comfortable with her body.
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"It is Rajini sir's film and I am a part of it. We are all dwarf in front of him"

Superstar Rajinikanth's 2.0 has been under production for a long time now, and the team has guaranteed a release in 2018. Though the shooting has been wrapped up, the heavy post-production work is the cause for the delay.

Meanwhile, Bollywood actor Adil Hussain who acted in the award-winning film, Life of Pi was involved in a fan chat on Twitter in which he spoke about 2.0 and superstar Rajini. A fan had asked Adil as to when his film 2.0 will release, for which the actor had a humble reply.

He said, "No idea.. Also it is a Faulty...

“Aiyaary is a film that must be seen by every Indian” – Subhash K Jha Review


Starring Manoj Bajpai, Siddharth Malhotra, Naseeruddin Shah, Rakul Preet Singh

Written & Directed by Neeraj Pandey

At first Aiyaary seems less seamless than it actually is. Where is all this leading to? You wonder at the outset, as writer-director Neeraj Pandey sets up what eventually turns out to be pieces of a jigsaw that fits perfectly into the mindboggling zigzag of India’s political conditioning in contemporary times.

It is very hard to point out plot points inAiyaary that stand out to build the compelling construct on corruption in military forces. It seems miraculous that Siddharth Malhotra, playing an army renegade, is allowed to mouth dialogues that openly castigate the corrupt political system. Illegal arms-deal scams are not only whispered into the commodious plot. The narrative screams in wounded agony at the dizzying heights of corruption in the highest places.

This is no mean achievement.

Early in the narrative there
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Sidharth Malhotra: “The story of Aiyaary is very relevant and interesting”

From the first scene in his debut film, audiences knew that they were seeing a very special actor that would go far and have a long career. That movie was Student of the Year and the actor – Sidharth Malhotra. The young actor continued proving his promise and brilliant acting ability in films like Ek Villain, Hasee Toh Phasee, Kapoor and Sons and Ittefaq.

For his newest film role, Malhotra is playing a military officer in the espionage thriller Aiyaary. Directed by Neeraj Pandey, the film also stars Manoj Bajpayee, Rakul Preet Singh, Pooja Chopra, Adil Hussain, Kumud Mishra, Naseeruddin Shah and Anupam Kher.

Aiyaary, which means ultimate trickery, tells the story of two Indian army officers. A mentor and his protégé. The mentor, Colonel Abhay Singh, intelligence par excellence has complete faith in the system of the country. While protégé Major Jai Bakshi thinks otherwise because of what he has
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Film Review: Hotel Salvation (2016) by Shubhashish Bhutiani

Shubhashish Bhutiani, who is known for his critically acclaimed short film Kush, has now come up with his independent feature film Mukti Bhawan (Hotel Salvation). The film starring Adil Hussain and Lalit Behl digs deep in a father-son relationship. Like Kush, “Hotel Salvation” has also been welcomed with open arms by various film festivals.

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Daya (Lalit Behl), after having a nightmare, decides that his time has finally come and inspired by the dream, decides to spend the rest of his life in Varanasi, the holy city by the Ganges River, to attain inner peace. He leaves his son Rajiv (Adil Hussain) with a tough choice; either to assist him on this journey or to let him leave alone, in a totally unexpected, for him, series of events that leave him with no other options but to go with his father to Varanasi. Rajiv, who is already facing
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Rajini says clarity on ‘2.0’ release date in a couple of days

EntertainmentInitially, 2.0 was touted to hit the silver screens for Diwali last year and was later postponed to Republic Day this year. Digital NativeDigital NativeThere have been reports that the Rajinikanth starrer 2.0’s release date might be postponed to August and that his Kaala would hit the silver screens earlier than planned. However, the film’s hero, Rajinikanth said that there would be some clarity on the release dates of these films in a couple of days. The computer graphics work of the magnum opus 2.0 is consuming a lot of time and this is the reason behind the delay, we hear. Initially, 2.0 was touted to hit the silver screens for Diwali last year and was later postponed to Republic Day this year. Then came an announcement that the movie would make it to the theatres in April to cash in on the summer vacation season but it now looks like the release may be postponed, even further. With Rajinikanth making it clear that no decision regarding the film’s release has been made yet, fans need to wait for a couple of days more to get a clear picture. Speaking to the media, Rajinikanth said, “2.0 is scheduled to April 27 release as of now. But the CG work is taking time. The team is working really hard. We will know the release date in two to three days.” Directed by S Shankar, 2.0 is made on a huge budget amounting to about Rs. 450 crores by A Subashkaran under his banner Lyca Productions. Starring Rajinikanth and Amy Jackson as the lead pair, the film has Akshay Kumar, the Bollywood star, playing the villain. The star cast also includes Sudhanshu Pandey, Adil Hussain, Kalabhavan Shajohn and Riyaz Khan in the supporting cast. Oscar winning music composer Ar Rahman is composing the tunes for this movie with Nirav Shah cranking the camera and Anthony editing it. Made simultaneously in Tamil and Hindi, 2.0 will be released in various Indian and international languages, say sources.
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Aiyaary Trailer is completely intriguing!

Written and directed by Neeraj Pandey, Aiyarry sees stars Sidharth Malhotra and Manoj Bajpayee in a gripping battle. The drama also features Naseeruddin Shah, Anupam Kher, Rakul Preet Singh, Adil Hussain, Kumud Mishra and Pooja Chopra in pivotal roles.

The film tells the story of two Indian Army officers. A mentor and his protégé.

The mentor, Colonel Abhay Singh, intelligence par excellence has complete faith in the system of the country. While protégé Major Jai Bakshi thinks otherwise because of what he has seen and heard in his recent stint in surveillance.

Jai Bakshi decides to turn rogue and this is what kicks off the story.

Abhay has 36 hours to rein in Jai while Jai sits on a secret that can bring down the Government.

From what we can see so far we are looking forward to seeing these two actors perform these very interesting characters.

Presented by Reliance Entertainment and Plan C Studios,
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Amazon Acquires Streaming Rights to Indian Superstar Rajinikanth’s ‘2.0’

Amazon Acquires Streaming Rights to Indian Superstar Rajinikanth’s ‘2.0’
Amazon Prime Video India has struck a deal with Lyca Productions for the streaming rights of S. Shankar’s “2.0,” starring superstar Rajinikanth. The film is a sequel to 2010 blockbuster “Enthiran.”

Budgeted at $90 million, “2.0” is India’s most expensive production to date. Rajinikanth will reprise his dual roles of the scientist Vaseegaran and the robot Chitti. Bollywood star Akshay Kumar (“Toilet: Ek Prem Katha”) will play the main antagonist. Other featured actors include Amy Jackson (“I”) and Adil Hussain (“Hotel Salvation”). The music is by Oscar-, BAFTA- and Grammy-winning composer A.R. Rahman (“Slumdog Millionaire”).

The film is due a theatrical release in April 2018 and will be available to Prime members in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi versions.

“Both Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar are phenomenal actors with an unbelievable fan following that will soon get the chance to stream the sequel of Rajinikanth’s memorable movie on their favorite streaming device,” Vijay Subramaniam, director of content
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AFI Fest 2017 Announces Indie Additions, Including ‘Bodied,’ ‘Mr. Roosevelt,’ ‘Thoroughbreds,’ and Many More

AFI Fest 2017 Announces Indie Additions, Including ‘Bodied,’ ‘Mr. Roosevelt,’ ‘Thoroughbreds,’ and Many More
The American Film Institute (AFI) has announced the films that will be featured in their New Auteurs and American Independents sections at the upcoming AFI Fest 2017 presented by Audi. Selections include a number of lauded features from around the festival circuit, including Cannes offerings like “I Am Not a Witch,” SXSW favorites like “Gemini” and “Mr. Roosevelt,” the Sundance breakout “Thoroughbreds,” and Joseph Kahn’s Toronto Midnight Madness favorite “Bodied,” among others.

Highlighting first- and second-time feature film directors, New Auteurs is designed as the festival’s platform for upcoming filmmakers from all over the world to showcase their new films. This year, the section includes 11 films, nine of which come from female directors. Similarly, AFI Fest’s American Independents section aims to represent the best of this year’s independent filmmaking. Pushing boundaries of form and content across narrative and documentary cinema, this section includes 11 films from both fresh
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Adil Hussain wins Best Actor Award at DC South Asian Film Festival, Washington DC for Mukti Bhawan

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Mukti Bhawan (Hotel Salvation) is winning Awards all over the world making it India’s highest award winning feature this year with a tally of 12 already, including Two National and 10 International Awards.

Adil Hussain won the Best Actor Award at the DC South Asian Film Festival held on 10th September 2017 in Washington DC, USA for his outstanding performance in Mutki Bhawan. He said,” I would like to express my gratitude to my Director who guided me to be able to bring in the nuances. The award is for all of us. Celebration of the entire team of Mukti Bhawan, their efforts and above all love for the project.”

Shubhashish Bhutiani, writer-director of the film was delighted to learn about the award and expressed, “Adil is one of the finest actors in the industry, I am thrilled at this win and very happy for him. He is any director’s dream actor.
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Toronto Film Review: ‘What Will People Say’

Toronto Film Review: ‘What Will People Say’
A first-generation Norwegian teen clashes with the traditional values and expectations of her Pakistani émigré parents in the compelling coming-of-age drama “What Will People Say,” from director-writer Iram Haq. Like her feature debut “I Am Yours,” Haq’s sophomore work smartly probes the problems of a character caught between cultures, while the nuanced screenplay once again draws on her own harrowing life experience. Audiences and critics alike should say good things about “People.” The kinetically shot film brims with authenticity and immediacy and benefits from a deeply sympathetic turn from sublime discovery Maria Mozhdah as the lead. Niche arthouse play looks likely in many territories.

The story unfolds in three acts. When we first meet her, pretty 16-year-old Nisha (Mozhdah) is living a double life. Outside the home, she appears to be a normal, well-adjusted, Western values-oriented high-school girl who hangs out with friends, shoots hoops, dances at clubs and flirts with boys; she’s even unafraid
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Tiff Review: ‘What Will People Say’ Tells a Harrowing Cautionary Tale

The Toronto International Film Festival synopsis calls Iram Haq’s latest film What Will People Say an “empathetic story of family, community, and culture.” I would call it straight up social horror made scarier when you discover that it was partly inspired by the artist’s own life. That festival description had me anticipating a road to catharsis wherein a culture clash between strictly conservative Pakistani Muslim values and a more liberal European lifestyle would force young Nisha (Maria Mozhdah) and her parents (Adil Hussain’s Mirza and Ekavali Khanna’s Mother) to seek common ground and begin understanding where the other comes from. That is most assuredly not what happens, though. Instead we watch a nightmare unfold that often appears to possess just one logical end: death.

This is a film about oppression wielded behind closed doors. It’s about hypocrisy, mistrust, and the struggle felt by second-generation immigrants everywhere.
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Trailer for 'What Will People Say' About a Pakistani Girl Living in Oslo

"Won't you hug your papa?" An early trailer has debuted for an indie film titled What Will People Say, premiering at the Toronto Film Festival next month. This autobiographical film is directed by filmmaker Iram Haq, a young Pakistani actress/filmmaker who grew up in Oslo. The film tells the story of 16-year-old Nisha, played by newcomer Maria Mozhdah, a girl living in Oslo who obeys her family's strict Pakistani traditions at home but lives a modern lifestyle with her friends. When she is caught with a white boyfriend, her father sends her to live in Pakistan with relatives. The cast includes Adil Hussain, Ekavali Khanna, Rohit Saraf, Ali Arfan, and Sheeba Chaddha. This looks damn good. It's clear they're trying to build buzz before Tiff in hopes of bringing in audiences to see this during the festival. Definitely worth a look. Here's the first official trailer for Iram Haq's What Will People Say,
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Hotel Salvation review – redemption on the banks of the Ganges

Father and son face up to mortality in this beautiful debut feature from a young Indian writer-director

Twenty-six-year-old Indian writer-director Shubhashish Bhutiani’s nimble debut feature trails Rajiv (Adil Hussain) as he accompanies his dying father Daya (Lalit Behl) to Hotel Salvation, a sort of spiritual hospice on the banks of the Ganges. Guests are permitted to stay free of charge for 15 days, in the hope that they experience “salvation” in the moments before death (marijuana-laced lassi optional). If it sounds a little bit Eat Pray Love, it is – though Bhutiani keeps a fairly tight rein on former “famous writer” Daya’s divine journey, paying more attention to the knotty dynamic between father and son. In this sense, the film works more as a kind of reverse Toni Erdmann, with Rajiv finally turning off his phone and shouldering the burden of his cantankerous father. It looks beautiful too, with night-time
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Sneak Peek Behind the Scenes with Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar for 2.0

Featuring “Superstar Rajinikanth” and Akshay Kumar, the science fiction flick 2.0 directed by Shankar and music by A. R. Rahman certainly is one movie every fan is looking forward to come to life onscreen. 2.0 is a sequel to 2010’s superhit Rajnikanth starrer Enthiran aka Robot but taken up another epic notch.

We have had some teaser posters but now we have a fast paced, flying look behind the scenes into the film! And all we can say is we want more!

Talking about the film star Akshay Kumar said, “Not just a film but an experience of a lifetime!”

Also starring Amy Jackson, Adil Hussain and Sudhanshu Pandey, the huge budget film is reportedly set to release in January of 2018! We can’t wait!
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Hotel Salvation review – life, death and marijuana-laced lassis in trippy Indian arthouse flick

Shubhashish Bhutiani’s dreamy comedy-drama about a businessman embarking on a final journey with his father is smart, spellbinding and achingly relatable

This beautifully rendered Indian arthouse film, the debut of young director Shubhashish Bhutiani, enacts a subtle family comedy-drama that anyone who has spent time with an ageing parent could relate to easily.

Middle-class businessman Rajiv (Adil Hussain) lives with his wife Laila (Geetanjali Kulkarni), grownup daughter Sunita (Palomi Ghosh) and elderly father Daya (the Falstaffian Lalit Behl), a curmudgeonly former schoolteacher with whom Daya has, at best, a rocky, adversarial relationship.

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Film Movement Checks Into ‘Hotel Salvation’ (Exclusive)

Film Movement Checks Into ‘Hotel Salvation’ (Exclusive)
New York-based independent distributor, Film Movement has secured U.S. and Canadian rights for Indian festival title “Hotel Salvation.” Written and directed by Shubhashish Bhutiani, the Hindi-language film follows a son faced with his father’s untimely demand to go and die in the holy city of Varanasi and attain salvation. It stars Adil Hussain (“Life of Pi”), Lalit Behl (“Titli”), Geetanjali Kulkarni (“Court”), and Palomi Ghosh.

Sajida Sharma and Sanjay Bhutiani produced for India’s Red Carpet Moving Pictures with a $165,000 (€150,000) grant from Venice’s Biennale College and a post-production package worth $56,000 from Busan’s Asian Cinema Fund. The completed film premiered at Venice in 2016, where it won the Grand Prix Enrico Fulchignoni and the Unesco Gandhi Medal.

The film has sold widely in other territories it was licensed by the British Film Institute for the U.K. and Ireland, the Dubai International Film Festival for the Middle East, Bitters End for Japan,
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Amitabh, Aamir, Hrithik, Sushant nominated for Best Actor award at Iffm 2017

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Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan, who will be sharing screen-space for the very first time in Yash Raj Films’ ‘Thugs Of Hindostan’, are the two top contenders for the ‘Best Actor Award’ at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne 2017.

Bachchan has been nominated for his terrific performance in ‘Pink’, while Aamir’s nomination is for his universal blockbuster ‘Dangal’. Hrithik Roshan has been nominated for his outstanding act in ‘Kaabil’. Other nominees are Rajkummar Rao for ‘Trapped’, Sushant Singh Rajput for ‘M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story’ and Lalit Bhel – Adil Hussain for ‘Mukti Bhawan’.Read More

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AFI Alums Pitch in for Classmate’s Movie

AFI Alums Pitch in for Classmate’s Movie
After three years, indie writer-director Danish Renzu and producer Tara Tucker are completing “The Illegal,” a timely film about immigrants in the U.S. The saga is a testament to the filmmakers’ perseverance — and to the power of networking while in film school.

Renzu got a degree in electrical engineering from UCLA. And when he quit his full-time job at At&T after five years to concentrate on filmmaking, a mutual friend put him in touch with Tucker, who runs Tucker/Hess Prods. with her husband, Brandon Hess.

Tucker, AFI class of 2012, roped in production designer Young Ok Lee, editor Varun Vishwanath, line producer Richard King and gaffer Martin Kobylarz, all from her graduating class. Even the Pa is from AFI, she says. And the indie film lensed on the AFI campus, as well as USC; in July, the filmmakers will go to New Delhi, India, to complete the film.

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Liff Review: Hotel Salvation

One evening at the dinner table, Dayanand Kumar (Lalit Behl) announces to his family that he has had a dream that means his time has come, and that he needs to donate a cow and travel to the holy city of Varanasi to die.

“How can he possibly know his time is up?” asks his son Rajiv’s wife. Maybe it’s just one of those things you know when the time has come. Daya believes that a persistent and recurring dream means his death is approaching, so he heads to the Hotel Salvation in Varanasi in order to, well, achieve a final salvation. “Death is a process,” announces the proprietor of the hotel, and wonders if Daya is ready to start that final journey towards his own death. The rules at the Hotel Salvation are strict, and the time that Daya is permitted to stay is limited is fifteen days; if you die,
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