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Scoop: ‘Munnabhai’ Sanjay Dutt Replaces ‘Circuit’ Arshad Warsi in Kabir Kaushik’s Chicago Junction

Scoop: ‘Munnabhai’ Sanjay Dutt Replaces ‘Circuit’ Arshad Warsi in Kabir Kaushik’s Chicago Junction
After his return from Yerawada jail, although, we haven’t seen much of Sanjay Dutt by far, we definitely know we will see more of him now. With about three films in hand, now Sanjay Dutt has signed another film - the thriller Chicago Junction. If rumours are to be believed, Sanjay has replaced his Munnabhai co-star Arshad Warsi who was initially supposed to do this Kabir Kaushik directorial. The film is also expected to star Pankaj Kapur. Rumours suggest that Kabir is quite keen on having Amitabh Bachchan on board and the talks are said to be in initial stages.

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Wow! 6 lesser known facts about Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron

Wow! 6 lesser known facts about Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron
Respected filmmaker Kundan Shah passed away on October 7 due to a heart attack. Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron was arguably his best work and one of the greatest films of Indian Cinema. The film had an ensemble cast comprising of Naseeruddin Shah, Ravi Baswani, Om Puri, Pankaj Kapur, Satish Shah, Satish Kaushik, Bhakti Barve andRead More

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10 Unknown facts about Shahid Kapoor

10 Unknown facts about Shahid Kapoor
1. Though he hero-worships his father, actor Pankaj Kapoor, Shahid Kapoor is very close to his mother actress Neelima Azim. His parents have separated many years ago. Shahid is also close to his stepfather Rajesh Khattar though his mother separated from him some years ago. 2. He dotes on his kid brother Ishaan. Every wishRead More

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“Forgot Shahid was in the film”: Pankaj Kapoor remarked after watching the special screening of Rangoon

Pankaj Kapoor is a highly respected actor with so much experience in the world of movies and Vishal Bhardwaj worships him. So, as a form of gratitude, Pankaj Kapoor had the privilege of watching the final cut of the movie before anyone else and Papa Kapoor was out of words after watching the film. After his last film Udta Punjab, Shahid Kapoor is waiting nervously for his next, Rangoon’s reviews and it seems like he already has one positive review. Pankaj Kapoor saw the film last week and absolutely loved it. So much so that, he got emotional after watching the film. In a statement, Pankaj Kapoor said, “I forgot it was Shahid in the film.” Film maker Vishal Bhardwaj loves and respects his opinions and was happy after Pankaj Kapoor liked the film. The father –son duo, has worked before in Mausam (2011) which fared averagely at the Box Office.
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Shahid Kapoor's younger sister Sanah gets engaged to actor Mayank Pahwa?

It looks like Shahid Kapoor's younger sister Sanah Kapoor is following her brother's footsteps. Her brother Sasha, took everyone by surprise when he got engaged to Mira Rajput in a hush-hush manner. And like her brother, Sanah, who made her debut in Bollywood with Vikas Bahl's Shaandaar, has reportedly got engaged to actor Mayank Pahwa, who is the son of actors Manoj Pahwa and Seema Pahwa. The news was accidently broken by late veteran actor Om Puri's wife Nandita while narrating the events leading to his demise in her recent interview. "We were supposed to go for Pankaj Kapur’s daughter, Sana, and Pahwa’s son, Mayank’s engagement ceremony. Om called me and by the time we got there, he reached my house," she had said. While Nandita continued narrating the event with further details, the news indeed has come as a surprise to everyone.
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Find out what advice Pankaj Kapoor gave his son Shahid Kapoor who recently turned father

Find out what advice Pankaj Kapoor gave his son Shahid Kapoor who recently turned father
Audience got to see a naughty-sweet romance of the couple Shahid Kapoor and his non-filmy wife Mira for the first time on national television during a recent chat show. As it helped us delve deeper into the camaraderie that this couple share in real life, Shahid who is equally in love with his daughter Misha,Read More

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Shahid Kapoor will be scared if his daughter Misha wants to become an actor

Shahid Kapoor, who became a father of his cute little daughter Misha in August, is enjoying every moment of his new phase in his life. He is a doting father who makes sure he spends most of his time with his bundle of joy and want to be the best father to his daughter. He is also very protective towards her and can even fight for her. But, there is one thing that this Bollywood heartthrob is afraid of. And it is that moment when his daughter Misha would come to him and ask, Dad I want to be an actor. In a candid interview with Vogue Bff, Shahid spoke at a length about his daughter Misha and how his life has changed after she came into this world and also made many shocking revelations. When he was asked if Misha would want to take up acting as her career,
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Shahid Kapoor - Mira Rajput to get their baby blessed by Baba Gurinder Singh

Shahid Kapoor - Mira Rajput to get their baby blessed by Baba Gurinder Singh
Breaking several hearts, Shahid Kapoor tied the knot with Mira Rajput in July 2015 and recently the couple even welcomed their first child. While the entire Bollywood industry wished the actor on the arrival of the little angel, the actor along with his wife is all set to take off to Beas to get his baby girl blessed by Baba Gurinder Singh. From what we hear, the couple is already on their way to meet the head of Radha Somi Satsang Beas and soon Pankaj Kapur, father of Shahid, will be travelling from Amritsar to Beas to meet the Baba. We hear that the Kapoors and Rajputs are devoted followers of the sect and also that the couple will be asking about name they have chosen for their little girl. Shahid Kapoor, who was last seen in the much controversial Udta Punjab, recently wrapped up Rangoon which also stars Kangna Ranaut
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Liff Special Review: Toba Tek Singh

Saadat Hassan (Vinay Pathak, whose character’s name serves as a nod to the author who wrote the story the film is based on) arrives at the Lahore Mental Hospital in 1947, just prior to Partition and the subsequent independence of India and Pakistan. He serves both as a narrator of events outside the hospital, and a witness to events inside it.

Ketan Mehta (perhaps best known for Mirch Masala and Bhavni Bhavai)’s film is an adaptation of Saadat Hassan Manto’s short story, “Toba Tek Singh”, which deals with the exchange of the patients of a mental institution several years after Partition. The Lahore Mental Hospital’s most curious inmate is Bishan Singh (Pankaj Kapur), a man who never sits, never lies down, and who, it is said, has not slept for ten years. Bishan Singh, generally quiet, does, nevertheless, have a bit of nonsense that he babbles every so often,
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Liff Closing Night: Toba Tek Singh Movie Review

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One more year after five amazing editions the 6th London Indian Film Festival closed its doors on Thurday with the world premiere of Toba Tek Singh, based on the story written by Saadat Hasan Manto.

Toba Tek Singh follows the story on Bishan Singh (Pankaj Kapoor), a Sikh inmate of a mental institution, who hasn’t slept for 15 years and always asks the same question “Where is Toba Tek Singh?”, the name of his home village. The new warden (Vinay Pathak) takes delight on Bishan and the other patients’ eccentricities. However, with the Partition of India and Pakistan it seems that the world outside is more insane then the people inside, and the institution must give up all its Hindu and Sikh inmates. Singh is marched to the new border, but in which country is his beloved home?

The film, directed by Ketan Mehta, is part of Zeal For Unity,
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London Indian Film Festival Kicks Off 14 July With a Killer Lineup

The 7th annual London Indian Film Festival (Liff) kicks off this week spreading ten days of excellent films over two cities in Europe's largest festival dedicated to the films of South Asia. I am fortunate to have seen several of the features on the schedule this year, and can say with confidence that you are in for a treat! Liff opens in London this Thursday, 14th July, with a screening of Leena Yadav's amazing tale of rural women taking control over their lives, Parched. Ten days later the festival wraps up with the world premiere of Ketan Mehta's adaptation of Manto's moving Partition-era story, Tobah Tek Singh starring Pankaj Kapur. In between will be a ton of great features well worth checking out. Below you can...

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The London Indian Film Festival brings cinematic diversity to London and Birmingham: 14-24 July

Challenging stereotypes of India and South Asia, and wrestling with some very hard issues the 7th Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival returns this Summer.

The Director of the Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival, Cary Rajinder Sawhney states,”We aim to showcase films that entertain but challenge and make one think about the many social issues happening in India today, and that includes many positive changes including the fact that so many emerging Indian women filmmakers who are producing world-class films that are giving their male counterparts a serious run for their money.”

The diverse programme of brand new features, documentaries and shorts includes seven films directed by power-packed women filmmakers that give the Bechdel Test a run for its money, including the Thelma and Louise-esque opening night buddy movie, Parched, set in the desert villages of India’s Gujarat (female director Leena Yadav and Producer and Bollywood star Ajay Devgn, is expected). Double Oscar® winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, introduces her punch in the guts, documentary, A Girl In The River – The Price of Forgiveness.

With a strong Lgbtq+ following, the festival proudly hosts its first Transgender movie based on an empowering true story – I am Not He…She, at BFI Southbank, supported by Mac Cosmetics and Sun Mark Ltd, amongst others. Bangalore Director Bs Lingadevaru, is expected.

Reflecting the linguistic diversity of UK’s South Asian communities, the carefully curated programme will include 15 major languages, including films from Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka. All films are English subtitled.

This celebration of Indian regional diversity includes a very rare on-stage Q&A at BFI Southbank with one of South India’s greatest ever superstars – Kamal Haasan, who moved from child actor to Tamil cinema star, to produce, write and direct some of India’s most acclaimed features, including many Bollywood hits. He is adored by millions of fans, worldwide.

The closing night gala, is the world premiere of the incredibly moving and intense Toba Tek Singh, which focuses on patients locked in a Punjabi mental health hospital during the Partition (legendary director Ketan Mehta, is expected).

Sri Lankan breakout filmmakers Kalpana & Vindana Ariyawansa explore the taboo subject of obsessive compulsive disorder (Ocd) in a very personal family drama Dirty, Yellow, Darkness, while at the Ica, Director Jayaraj from Kerala, presents the Berlinale Crystal-Bear winner, Ottaal (The Trap), a heart-wrenching drama, based on the roots of child slave labour.

On a lighter note the festival also celebrates two icons of cinema with on-stage interviews with Satyajit Ray’s favourite actress Sharmila Tagore from Kolkata and the only Indian filmmaker to truly cross from Bollywood to Hollywood – Shekhar Kapur, who will discuss his plans for Elizabeth 3. Let’s hope that Cate Blanchett continues her reign in this expected sequel.

Also in the line-up is a special screening of the risque film Brahman Naman, directed by India’s leading indie director Q, the hilarious coming-of-age comedy is exclusive to Netflix. The Mumbai music industry focused Jugni, shows that love and a damn-good Punjabi song, can conquer even the toughest hearts (female director, Shefali Bhushan, is expected).

As well as synchronous screenings in London and Birmingham from 14-24 July, the Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival goes live on digital, with the festival showing a selection of films on BFI Player into the Autumn.

Festival Patron Tony Matharu, who is also our founding sponsor, from Grange Hotels, continues to support with full fervour, and the festival welcomes back supporters including title sponsor, the Bagri Foundation, who share our passion for South Asian arts and culture. The British Film Institute and Cineworld Cinemas have supported Liff since year one. The festival enjoys on-going essential support from major sponsor, Sun Mark Ltd.

Title Sponsor Alka Bagri of the Bagri Foundation says, “We are delighted to support such an incredible festival which reveals the richness of South Asian culture and offers a wonderful platform for emerging talent. This year’s programme epitomises the diversity and dynamism of South Asian cinema, and through films, debates and panel discussions, we will explore topical issues such as gender, identity, mental health and equality. We look forward to being joined by two acclaimed figures of Indian cinema: Kamal Haasan and Shekhar Kapur who will take us on their cinematic journey”.

Liff presents the prestigious annual Satyajit Ray Short Film Competition, in association with the Bagri Foundation, with a prize of £1,000 to the winning film. The short film programme screens at the Ica on Wednesday 20th July and the winning short will be announced at the closing night gala, on 21st July, at BFI Southbank. The festival continues in Birmingham, until 24th July.

Participating cinemas’ in London are: Cineworld (Haymarket, O2, Wandsworth, Wembley), BFI Southbank, Ica, Picture House Central, Crouch End Picturehouse, East London’s rustic Boleyn Cinema, with Cineworld Broad Street and Midland Arts Centre (Mac), in Birmingham.

Opening Night | Dual English Premiere: Parched

– Hindi with English subtitles | 117 min | India 2015 | Dir: Leena Yadav | with: Radhika Apte, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Surveen Chawla, Lehar Khan.

Director Leena Yadav tells a wonderfully joyous and inspiring tale of female comradery.

– Q&A with Director Leena Yadav and other special guests.

14 July | 18:00 | Cineworld Haymarket, London

15 July | 19:00 | Cineworld Broad Street, Birmingham

16 July | 17.30 | Cineworld Wembley, London

20 July | 20.40 | BFI Southbank, London

Closing Night | World Premiere: Toba Tek Singh

– Hindi / Punjabi with English subtitles | 75 min | India 2016 | Dir: Ketan Mehta | with: Pankaj Kapur, Vinay Pathak.

Acclaimed director Ketan Mehta delivers this unforgettably moving and at times joyous version of Manto’s legendary story, produced by the Zeal for Unity project.

– Q&A with Director Ketan Mehta and other special guests.

21 July | 18:00 | BFI Southbank, London

24 July | 18:00 | Cineworld Broad Street, Birmingham

– Icons from India, polymath Kamal Haasan (whose films have the highest number of Academy Award submissions from India), and director of the exquisite BAFTA & Oscar® winning Elizabeth & The Golden Age films, Shekhar Kapur, will give masterclasses at BFI Southbank, with the famous female scion of the Tagore family, who married into Indian royalty, Sharmila Tagore, speaking at the historic art deco cinema, Cineworld Haymarket.

– A 2016 highlight, is a rare opportunity to hear female filmmakers like Pakistan’s double Oscar®-winning Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Mumbai’s multi-award winning Leena Yadav, documentary filmmaker Rinku Kalsy and other special guests, talking about their unique careers and exploring commonalities of experience, with women filmmakers around the world.

– The UK premiere of the restored verison of the 1948 film Kalpana (Imagination), by the legandary dancer, Padma Vibhushan Uday Shankar (brother of the late Sitar stalwart Ravi Shankar), starring the legendary dancer and actress Padmini (Mera Naam Joker/Thillana Mohanambal), in her cinematic debut, gets a one off special screening in Birmingham.

– Winner of the best directing debut at the Venice Film Festival, the Hindi language film directed by Ruchika Oberoi, Island City, tells three stories, of a drone employee at a soulless corporation wins an office competition entitling him to a whole day of fun at the mall; a domineering head of a family who suffers a stroke and is on life support, and a woman who is leading a mechanical existence blossoms, when she gets a series of anonymous love letters.

– Actor, Leader, Hero, God. For his fans, the superstar Rajinikanth is all of these. Men from various generations alter their lives, sell their belongings, and place fandom above their families in devotion to the iconic actor, a man who has inspired a fanatic cult following across the world ranging from India to Japan. This is explored in the riveting documentary, For The Love Of A Man.

– Made under the Zeal for Unity India-Pakistan filmmaking initiative, Khaema mein matt jhankain (Don’t Peek Into The Tent) and Jeewan Hathi (Elephant In The Room) explore different facets of life in Pakistan. Tamil Naidu’s hottest young filmmaker M Manikandan returns to the festival, after last year’s hit Kaaka Muttai (Crow’s Egg), with the stylish, twisted plot thriller, with Kutrame Thandanai.

– The new tale by Kaushik Ganguly, one of West Bengal’s most accomplished directors, depicts a love-torn nostalgia for the passing age of film called Cinemawala, while Liff’s first Nepali screening is directed by new hot-property director Min Bahadur Bham, who has been delighting audiences around Europe with his film Kalo Pothi (The Black Hen).

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– The full festival programme for London and Birmingham:

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Shahid Kapoor to remodel his house

Shahid Kapoor to remodel his house
Shahid Kapoor who got married last year to Delhi girl Mira Rajput is soon going to enter a new phase in his life. The Udta Punjab actor is going to be a dad soon and has already started preparations for his baby.

Since the announcement of the baby, the dad-to-be is taking his duties very seriously. Shahid Kapoor is remodeling his Juhu house which was his bachelor pad. When he booked his sea-facing spacious apartment, he had no idea that he would be getting hitched soon. Mira Rajput who comes from a non-Bollywood background likes to keep her private life protected. So, the house was modelled according to the couple's requirement. Now that the baby is on the way, Shahid has decided to remodel his house to make a special room as well.

The love nest of Mira and Shahid Kapoor will soon have a new look as they get
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Tusshar Kapoor to play ruthless gangster in Chicago Junction

Tusshar Kapoor to play ruthless gangster in Chicago Junction
Earlier we had reported that Tusshar Kapoor will play one of the major roles in the upcoming gangster flick Chicago Junction. However, shifting his attention from the series of comedy he is doing of late, Tusshar will be seen in a different avatar in this film. Based on the backdrop of 70s, Chicago Junction is a story set amidst brutal gang wars with Tusshar Kapoor playing the role of a ruthless gangster. The actor describes his character as the most negative role he has ever played and he has even started prepping for the same. He will also be learning the local dialect of Up to get into the character. Claiming that this will be a difficult task for a positive person like him, Tusshar also mentioned about the physical training he underwent for this character where he has shed a few kilos for the same. Directed by Kabeer Kaushik,
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Irrfan Khan and Sushant Singh Rajput roped in for Homi Adajanias next

Irrfan Khan and Sushant Singh Rajput roped in for Homi Adajanias next
For the past few months, there have been several speculations about filmmaker Homi Adajania's next, produced by Dinesh Vijan under the banner Maddock Films. The filmmaker however decided to put an end to these rumours and took to social media to reveal details about the same.

Homi Adajania took to Twitter to talk about his upcoming film saying, "Too much speculation & so..@irrfan_k & @itsSSR are in my next film. Neither of them are women last I checked. Still casting the female lead." Rumours had it that Homi had initially roped in Alia Bhatt who due to other film commitments had to let go off the film and later Parineeti Chopra was approached for the same. But the filmmaker seems to have clarified on the same stating that they are yet to finalize the leading lady. The surprise package is that of Irrfan Khan as we wonder the kind
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Bipasha Basu signed up for debutant Vinay Sharmas Bhai Must Be Crazy

Bipasha Basu signed up for debutant Vinay Sharmas Bhai Must Be Crazy
After having starred in the last year's horror flick Alone, this year, the gorgeous Bipasha Basu will be seen as an Intelligence Officer in the upcoming comedy film Bhai Must Be Crazy. The film is being directed by the debutant Vinay Sharma (who had earlier scripted the Sanjay Dutt- Vivek Oberoi- Arshad Warsi starrer Zila Ghaziabad). Mika Singh has been roped in for composing the music. Speaking about the film, Vinay Sharma said that Bhai Must Be Crazy is about Bipasha's character chasing Pankaj Kapur, who plays an international don in the film. He added that Bipasha Basu, who will be making an entry with paragliding, has some solid action in the climax. He reasoned that he signed Bipasha Basu because he wanted a tough actress for the role and she fitted the role perfectly. Besides Pankaj Kapur and Bipasha Basu, Bhai Must Be Crazy also stars Sunil Grover
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Shahid Kapoors Shaandaar bombs blame game begins

Shahid Kapoors Shaandaar bombs blame game begins
The shocking crash of Shaandaar has left the entire team of the film stunned and reeling under the impact.

Apparently, the most badly hit is Shahid Kapoor, who after the critical success of Haider (contrary to fudged figures the film was not a commercial profit-earner), was hoping to consolidate his shaky box office status with Shaandaar.

Shahid Kapoor is apparently very upset with the way the film has turned out.

"He was never convinced about the script. He did the film for producer Madhu Mantena. The two are close friends. And he agreed to do the film in spite of the flimsy storyline for Madhu's sake. But now Shahid is fuming. Because Shaandaar has not only failed to deliver the much-needed box office success to his career, it has also brought down the reputation of his father Pankaj Kapoor," says a source in the know.

This is Pankaj Kapoor's
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Shaandaar Movie Review

When Vikas Bahl announced Shaandaar, the expectations understandably soared. After all, he had given us one of the most endearing and fun movies of 2014 – Queen. With the Alia – Shahid chemistry visible in the promos, it looked like the movie had everything going for it. What you get instead is a bad potpourri which tries to be everything and ends up going nowhere.

The movie starts with a (rather long) animated prologue which establishes the characters of the Arora family, who are a Bollywood version of a Disney family. There is the strict conniving Mummyji (Sushma Seth), a silent loving father (Pankaj Kapur), a shrewd step-mother (Niki Walia), a chubby sister with a heart of gold (Sanaah) and a poor pretty orphan kid (Alia).

Mummy decides to make a “business deal” with the Fundwanis and marry off her granddaughter Isha to Harry Fundwani’s brother, Mr. 8 ½ pack abs. The Fundwanis are
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Good-looking Junk – Subhash K. Jha reviews ‘Shaandaar’

The very good looking lead pair of this enormously disappointing film, ironically and pompously calling itself Shaandaar, are insomniacs. To prove it, they even get a ravaged remix version of the classic number ‘Neend Na Mujhko Aaye’ playing in the background as Shahid and Alia go fishing, dancing, and generally pfaffing around to fob off sleep-challenged ennui.

I have a great solution for all insomniacs. Watch Shaandaar. Repeatedly in a loop. Sleep guaranteed.

Outwardly the film has everything going for it. The director of Queen Vikas Bahl helming the hijinks as two ridiculously ostentatious business families gather for a destination wedding in a European idyll.

It must have cost them a bomb. To make the film, I mean. To cart the large cast of bimbos, bimbettes, toy boy and joy girls all to a European destination for a film that must have seemed smart on paper…very smart. After all,
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Shaalia’s Shaandaar Countdown!

Shaandaar releases tomorrow on the auspicious occasion of Dussehra. The movie has been in the news for quite some time, for their unique activities done on digital platforms for various promotional purposes.

During the release week Shahid Kapoor and Alia Bhatt took to Instagram and did an adorable countdown to their film release! They posted really cool and cute Shaandaar selfies and videos which were exclusively on their Instagram handles. Needless to say, their fans totally loved it.

Have a look at the below images and you will be fall in love with this cute couple!

So what are you waiting for, go ahead and book your tickets now:

Shaandaar, a romantic comedy film, directed by Vikas Bahl and produced by Fox star Studios, Karan Johar and Phantom films. It stars Shahid Kapoor and Alia Bhatt in lead roles, with Pankaj Kapur and Sanjay Kapoor in supporting roles.
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