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'The Florida Project' Director Sean Baker to Head Mumbai Film Festival International Jury

'The Florida Project' Director Sean Baker to Head Mumbai Film Festival International Jury
Sean Baker, director of The Florida Project, will head the international jury of the 20th Mumbai Film Festival.

Baker is joined on the jury by Thom Noble, Oscar-winning editor for Witness; Jacqueline Lyanga, a former AFI Fest director and now guest director of the Vr and Immersive Storytelling Showcase at the L.A. Film Festival; and Indian filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj, known for acclaimed titles such as Maqbool, Omkara and his latest release, Pataakha.

The international competition section features debutant filmmakers vying for the Golden Gateway award, and this year's lineup includes such titles as Paul Dano's Wildlife. As reported ...
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Singers Rekha Bhardwaj and Sunidhi Chauhan treat the audience to Balma from Pataakah

It’s always amazing to see a legend perform, but when two do it together, there is truly nothing like it. This is what happened at the launch of the song ‘Balma’ from Vishal Bhardwaj’s film Pataakha, held on Tuesday, in the presence of the cast of the film; Sanya Malhotra, Radhika Madan, Sunil Grover, Abhishek Duhan and Namit Das. The media and audience were in for quite a surprise when legendary singers Rekha Bhardwaj and Sunidhi Chauhan crooned the peppy number from the film, leaving them mesmerised.

Well, this one is a special number. Not only does it see Rekha and Sunidhi combining their melodious voices, but another legendary collaboration is in order. The rustic desi number has been composed by Vishal himself and penned by Gulzar Saab. The iconic duo has teamed up again for the warring-sisters comedy-drama.

The song is close to Vishal as well as
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Vishal Bhardwaj’s Pataakha

We have your first look at Vishal Bhardwaj’s new film Pataakha. Pataakha is a comedy-drama about two sisters, Badki and Chhutki and is based on an acclaimed short story by renowned writer Charan Singh Pathik. Based on tale of two perpetually fighting sisters, played by Radhika Madan and Sanya Malhotra, it follows the story of these two girls who keep waging war with each other at slightest provocation.

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This fight between the sisters is according to the director a be perfect metaphor for India- Pakistan. will be seen playing sistersSpeaking about his perspective on psychology of sisters, he says, “Siblings fight like crazy for the most superficial of reasons. India and Pakistan were born from the same subcontinent and have been fighting continuously for more than 70 years. Kuch hi saalon mein 100 saal ho jayenge iss ladayi ko. Just like Badki and Chhutki in the film,
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Vishal Bhardwaj‘s next the comedy drama Pataakha to release September 28th

Vishal Bhardwaj’s next, Pataakha, a comedy-drama, with Sanya Malhotra, Radhika Madan and Sunil Grover in the lead, will release on September 28. Based on Charan Singh Pathik’s short story, Do Behnein, it revolves around two sisters, Badki and Chhutki who grow up in a small village in Rajasthan and are constantly at war but when marriage separates them, they realise they can’t seem to live with or without each other.

Says Vishal Bhardwaj, “The first half is complete, we have just 12 days of shoot left and leave for Mount Abu on June 29 for the final schedule,”. He further adds that they fixed on September 28 as the week has been lucky for him and both Haider and Talvar had opened on October 2.

Producer Ajay Kapoor says that he has wanted to be associated with Vishal Bhardwaj for a long time. “He’s a big brand and I love his cinema.
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Artists’ Choice #4 : Sushama Deshpande (actress) lists her 13 Favorite Indian Movies

Sushama Deshpande is a theatre director, writer and actor, who has been active in the field for more than 30 years. Her work in cinema is limited when compared with theatre, however, Deshpande gives an outstanding performance in Devasish Makhija‘s “Ajji“.

Here are her top thirteen Indian films, in random order.

1. Pather Panchali

Impoverished priest Harihar Ray, dreaming of a better life for himself and his family, leaves his rural Bengal village in search of work.

2. Charulata

The lonely wife of a newspaper editor falls in love with her visiting cousin-in-law, who shares her love for literature.

3. Machis

A realistic, hard-hitting portrayal of terrorism and youth in the Punjab after the 1984 riots.

4. Aandhi

J.K. is a hotel Manager in a scenic location in India. One day he gallantly comes to the rescue of a drunk daughter, Aarti, of a politician,
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'I would love to work with Rajkumar Hirani'

Actor Ram Charan who is fresh from the success of his recent Telugu film Rangasthalam says he is ready to explore Bollywood. He has expressed his wish to work with 3 Idiots and Pk director Rajkumar Hirani.

During a recent interaction with the media, Ram Charan said, "I am a huge fan of Rajkumar Hirani sir and would love to work with him.

"He is one of those filmmakers who is balancing the art and commerce rightly in his films. I so wish to work with him. I have also watched a few films of Vishal Bhardwaj and he makes...

Sanya Malhotra, Radhika Madan, Sunil Grover wrap up the first schedule of Vishal Bhardwaj’s Chhuriyaan

Sanya Malhotra, Radhika Madan, Sunil Grover wrap up the first schedule of Vishal Bhardwaj’s Chhuriyaan
The first schedule of Chhuriyaan came to a close last night. Leading man Sunil Grover shared a few photographs with director Vishal Bhardwaj and the leading ladies Sanya Malhotra and Radhika Madan. He captioned the images, "What a lovely and joyful experience to work with the master of the craft @VishalBhardwaj as the first and exciting schedule of the film got over today. @sanyamalhotra07 @radhikamadan01 Bada maza aaya."

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Vishal Bhardwaj and Junglee Pictures collaborate for Talvar 2 and here are the details

After penning the National Award-winning screenplay for Junglee Pictures Talvar inspired by the infamous and edgy account of the Aarushi - Hemraj double murder investigation, Vishal Bhardwaj has again joined hands with the production house for Talvar 2. This sequel yet again will be inspired by a true life event wherein a 7-year-old student Pradhyumn Thakur was murdered by a 16-year-old school senior in Ryan International School, Gurgaon. The case had sparked a fierce national debate on the safety of children inside schools, and then on juvenile crime and the pressures put on children.

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‘Beyond the Clouds’ Review: Iranian Auteur Majid Majidi Reaches for Familiar Themes in the Slums of Mumbai

‘Beyond the Clouds’ Review: Iranian Auteur Majid Majidi Reaches for Familiar Themes in the Slums of Mumbai
In 1998, director Majid Majidi’s “Children of Heaven” was nominated for an Academy Award, establishing the Iranian auteur’s international reputation for weaving disarming power into uncluttered yet poetic, emotionally resonant human stories. Two decades and nine films later, Majidi revisits those themes, but this time, ventures beyond his native Tehran with his first India-based, Hindi language feature, “Beyond the Clouds.” The setting may be a first for the director, but the slum-laced margins of Mumbai also seem like an ideal backdrop for his comfort zone of poignant relationships laced with subtle social commentary.

At the epicenter of the city’s poverty-stricken underbelly is protagonist Amir (Ishaan Khattar). A street-smart twenty-something who has found a skill and some degree of success in drug-dealing for a brothel owner, Amir’s sketchy choice of profession makes for explosive verbal tussles with his concerned older sister, Tara (Malavika Mohanan), who works at a
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Sunil Grover roped in for Vishal Bhardwaj’s Chhuriyaan

Sunil Grover roped in for Vishal Bhardwaj’s Chhuriyaan
It was reported that Vishal Bhardwaj had found two of his leading ladies for his next directorial, Chhuriyaan. One of the two is Sanya Malhotra and the other one Radhika Madan. Now, the unconventional filmmaker has found his leading man in comedian Sunil Grover. Yes! The comedian-actor, best known for his roles as Gutthi and Dr. Mashoor Gulati, is all set to star as leading man in the female-centric film. Though Sunil Grover won't star opposite Sanya and Radhika, the casting for actors opposite the two actresses is still on. Besides Sunil, renowned actor Vijay Raaz, who was last seen in Kaalakaandi, is all set to reunite with Vishal Bhardwaj in the film after Dedh Ishqiya. The actor will be starring as the father of the leading ladies- the sisters at loggerheads.

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Vishal Bhardwaj and Nikhil Advani are bereaved

Vishal Bhardwaj and Nikhil Advani are bereaved
Life is fickle, little do we know when death comes knocking. Well for filmmakers Vishal Bhardwaj and Nikhil Advani the same holds true as both filmmakers lost their mothers suddenly. While Bhardwaj’s mother Satya passed away on Sunday morning, Advani’s mother Rekha passed away after suffering a massive cardiac arrest on Saturday night. Present atRead More

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Revealed: Sanya Malhotra and Radhika Madan are the leading ladies of Vishal Bhardwaj’s next film

Revealed: Sanya Malhotra and Radhika Madan are the leading ladies of Vishal Bhardwaj’s next film
Along with Sanya Malhotra, TV actress Radhika Madan has been signed as the second leading lady in Vishal Bhardwaj’s female centric film Chhuriyaan. Based in a small town Ronsi in Rajasthan, the film is about two warring sisters and the actresses have already started their prep for it. They have been learning varied rural chores which includes milking cows and also walking for a kilometer with water matkas. They are expected to put on 10-12 kgs too for the second-half of the film which concentrates on their marital life. The film will go on floor in April in Rajasthan and later in Mount Abu.

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Revealed: Fatima Sana Shaikh and Mrunal Thakur’s character deets in Churiyan

Revealed: Fatima Sana Shaikh and Mrunal Thakur’s character deets in Churiyan
Fatima Sana Shaikh and television actress Mrunal Thakur have been finalised for the role of two warring sisters in Vishal Bhardwaj’s Churiyan. A source close to casting explained that the director wanted to keep it real yet humorous. Fatima and Mrunal have a certain warmth and relatibility about them.

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Revealed: Sanya Malhotra bags Vishal Bhardwaj film Churiyan

Revealed: Sanya Malhotra bags Vishal Bhardwaj film Churiyan
Known as the Dangal actress, Sanya Malhotra is all set to feature in another woman-centric film. She will feature as one of the leading ladies in the two-heroine project Churiyan. The Vishal Bhardwaj film is a light-hearted take on the story of two warring sisters and will feature Sanya as the younger sibling. There were speculations that her Dangal sister Fatima too is a part of the film but Vishal denied it. As of now, the makers are on a hunt for the actress who will essay the role of the older sibling.

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Deepika and team to wait for Irrfan

It was earlier announced that multi-faceted Vishal Bhardwaj will be directing a film featuring Irrfan Khan and Deepika Padukone. Now the producers have decided to wait for Irrfan Khan to return after his treatment and that the shoot has been rescheduled.

Vishal tweeted, “Irrfan is a warrior and we know he will conquer this battle. Therefore @deepikapadukone, Prernaa @kriarj and I have decided to reschedule our film and start with renewed energy and celebration when our warrior returns as a winner.”

It must be noted that a few days back actor Irrfan Khan revealed that he is diagnosed with neuroendocrine...

What will happen to Deepika Padukone – Irrfan Khan’s gangster drama? Vishal Bhardwaj Answers

What will happen to Deepika Padukone – Irrfan Khan’s gangster drama? Vishal Bhardwaj Answers
Irrfan Khan took to social media to finally reveal the nature of his rare disease last week. Once and for all it has shut all speculations as the talented actor revealed that he has NeuroEndocrine Tumour and he has flown out of India to get it treated. While we wait for his recovery, his filmmaker friend Vishal Bhardwaj took to Facebook to reveal his plans for the upcoming movie starring Irrfan and Deepika Padukone in lead roles. He took to Facebook to reveal that he will Not replace his dear friend and that he will make the film only after Irrfan returns, recovered from his rare disease.

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With Irrfan Khan – Deepika Padukone starrer postponed indefinitely, Vishal Bhardwaj to now make Churiyan

With Irrfan Khan – Deepika Padukone starrer postponed indefinitely, Vishal Bhardwaj to now make Churiyan
Due to Irrfan Khan’s illness and Deepika Padukone’s back injury, their movie with Vishal Bhardwaj has been postponed. Therefore, now Vishal is concentrating on his next venture Churiyan which is backed by Prernaa Arora’s KriArj Productions. According to the plan, Vishal was supposed to have finished the mafia movie first and later moved on to Churiyan but the situation changes that. The producers of the movie have confirmed this news and will soon declare the cast and schedule of the film.

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Irrfan has been fighting obstacles with grace and beauty: Wife Sutapa Sikdar

Illness"My best friend and my partner is a ‘warrior', he is fighting every obstacle with tremendous grace and beauty," she wrote.Tnm StaffScreenshot/YouTube Days after actor Irrfan Khan shared that he could have a rare disease, his wife and writer Sutapa Sikdar has said that they are "optimistic and almost sure of the victory” (sic). In a post on Facebook, Sutapa called Irrfan a warrior who has been fighting every obstacle bravely. "My best friend and my partner is a ‘warrior', he is fighting every obstacle with tremendous grace and beauty," she wrote. She apologised for not being able to answer calls and thanked his fans and well-wishers for their concern and prayers. "I am grateful to god and my partner for making me a warrior too. I am at present focused in the strategies of the battlefield which I have to conquer. It wasn’t and isn’t and is not going to be easy but the hope ignited by the magnitude of family ,friends and fans of irrfan has made me only optimistic and almost sure of the victory," (sic) she stated. Image source: Irrfan Khan/Facebook Earlier, Irrfan in his statement, did not name the disease and had said that he would share the final diagnosis within a week to 10 days. Sutapa also asked people not to speculate about the disease. "I know curiosity germinates from concern but lets turn our curiosity from what it is, to what it should be. Lets change the leaf," she said. "Lets not waste our precious energies to only know what it is and just pray to make it what it should be. My humble request to all of you is to concentrate on the song of life, to dance of life to victory. My family will soon join in this dance of life. Thank you all from bottom of our heart. Sutapa irrfan babil ayaan," (sic) she wrote. (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = 'https://connect.facebook.net/en_GB/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.12'; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); My best friend and my partner is a ‘warrior’ he is fighting every obstacle with tremendous grace and beauty. I... Posted by Sutapa Sikdar on Friday, 9 March 2018 Earlier this week, Irrfan had put out a statement on social media informing that he could have a rare disease. "Sometimes you wake up with a jolt with life shaking you up. The last 15 days, my life has been a suspense story. Little had I known that my search for rare stories would make me find a rare disease," he said. "I have never given up and have always fought for my choices and always will. My family and friends are with me and we are working it out the best way possible. In trying times, please don't speculate as I will myself share with you my story within a week - 10 days, when further investigations come with a conclusive diagnosis. Till then, wish the best for me," he added. pic.twitter.com/JXD8NKwH3D — Irrfan (@irrfank) March 5, 2018 Irrfan and Deepika Padukone, who starred in the hit film Piku, had been working together on Sapna Di, the biopic of mafia queen from Mumbai in the 1980s, Rahima Khan, directed by Vishal Bhardwaj. Last month, the filmmaker had announced that he was pushing back his film. "I am pushing back the film by a few months as both of my lead actors are down with different health problems. Irrfan is down with jaundice," he had said.
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Breaking: Deepika Movie Shoot Postponed!

Actress Deepika Padukone, who has been on a hectic work schedule since shooting for Padmaavat, has been injured. She has apparently been requested by the doctors to rest for the next two weeks. Deepika is expected to get back to the shooting, after the two weeks of rest and proper consultation from the experts. This has caused the shooting of her next film with Vishal Bhardwaj to be put on hold for some time. 

Deepika will be seen portraying the role of a gangster named Sapna Didi in the movie. Coincidentally, her co-star, Irrfan Khan has also been suffering...

'Will always fight for my choices': Irrfan Khan may be battling a rare disease

IllnessIrrfan Khan asked people not to speculate and that he would share the final diagnosis within a week to ten days. IANSIrrfan Khan/FacebookActor Irrfan Khan says he is suffering from a rare disease and is fighting for choices. Last month, filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj had announced that he was pushing back his film, starring Deepika Padukone and Irrfan. "I am pushing back the film by a few months as both of my lead actors are down with different health problems. Irrfan is down with jaundice," the filmmaker had said. Now, Irrfan has shared that he could have a rare disease and has requested people not to speculate. "Sometimes you wake up with a jolt with life shaking you up. The last 15 days, my life has been a suspense story. Little had I known that my search for rare stories would make me find a rare disease," Irrfan posted on social media on Monday. "I have never given up and have always fought for my choices and always will. My family and friends are with me and we are working it out the best way possible. In trying times, please don't speculate as I will myself share with you my story within a week - 10 days, when further investigations come with a conclusive diagnosis. Till then, wish the best for me," he added. Irrfan and Deepika, who starred in the hit film Piku, had been working together on Sapna Di, the biopic of mafia queen from Mumbai in the 1980s, Rahima Khan. The Vishal Bhardwaj directorial was to hit the theatres in October 2018 and is reportedly based on S Hussain Zaidi's novel 'Mafia Queens of Mumbai'.
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