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Adil Hussain wants government to back ‘Village Rockstars’ in Oscar race

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New Delhi, Sep 24 : Noted Assamese actor Adil Hussain has urged the government to release Rs 5 crore for the promotion of Rima Das’ Assamese film “Village Rockstars” ahead of the Oscars, where it will represent India in the Best Foreign Language film category.

On Saturday, the Film Federation of India (FFI) announced the independent film as the chosen one to vie with movies from several other countries to make the cut as a nominee in the highly competitive Academy Awards category.

FFI’s selection committee chairman S.V. Rajendra Singh Babu, a veteran film producer, said there is an acute lack of funds to carry out the required promotional processes effectively, which is why many Indian movies haven’t made it to the final round, barring three — “Mother India” (1957), “Salaam Bombay!” (1988) and “Lagaan” (2001).

Adil was “flummoxed” with the statement.

“The governments have so much money to promote themselves putting posters all across! After selecting ‘Village Rockstars’, jury says there’s acute lack of funds to promote film at Oscars,” tweeted the actor, whose Norwegian film “What Will People Say” is Norway’s official entry to the Oscars this year.

Adil drew the attention of the Assam government, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, his office and of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to the matter, hoping they “will immediately release Rs 5 crore for the promotion of ‘Village Rockstars’, since all other countries have already started their campaigns in the US”.

As Rajendra Singh Babu rightly pointed out, “It is impossible for independent and small producers to promote their film all by themselves. It is important that they receive funds to do so. It is important we follow these processes to reach all the Academy members and critics.”

Adil’s tweets got reaction.

Actor Annup Sonii expressed disappointment, and wrote: “For the smallest achievement they have big funds but for this… ‘Acute lack of funds’. Eventually it will come down to the filmmaker asking for favours or donations… Sad… Very sad.”

Actress Renuka Shahane questioned: “Why don’t we from the film fraternity join hands and create a fundraiser for our Oscar entry? Let’s not depend on the government. It is important that we support this gem of a film onwards to the Oscars.”

When a Twitter user pointed out that “filthy rich, big stars and producers” from the industry “can afford your Oscar thingy”, Renuka retorted: “What do you mean ‘Our Oscar thingy’?

“It should be a matter of pride for the entire country that a young girl with no background or training in filmmaking makes an incredible film like ‘Village Rockstars’ that compels the jury to select it for the Oscars. Let’s not be myopic.”

On Adil’s plea to the government, another user commented that the taxpayers’ money should not be used for Oscars.

“Is it some kind of national service? Why should we care about an American award? Why can’t film industry fund these expenses?” the user questioned.

To that, Adil wrote: “Government can use taxpayers’ money to promote India’s image as a supporter of high quality art. That’s what all civilised governments do! ‘Village Rockstars’ is an independent film. It’s not a mainstream run-of-the-mill film.

“Government’s responsibility is to support fine art of any discipline.”

Set in Das’ own village of Chhaygaon in Assam, “Village Rockstars” is the story of “poor but amazing children” who live a fun-filled life.

The film also won the Best Feature film Award at the 65th National Film Awards.

As for Das, she is hoping for the best as far as funds are concerned to put her film on the Oscars map.

“‘Village Rockstars’ is a film about dreams and hope. It has transcended so many barriers right from the time of its inception and I am hopeful this time too it will.”

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I feel more free, feminine in saris, says Kangana Ranaut

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New Delhi, Dec 10: Saris make me look feminine, says National Award winning actress Kangana Ranaut, who has been seen wearing and experimenting with the six-yard wonder quite often.

“I discovered sari much later in my life… I grew up in hills where there is almost no tradition of wearing saris. But when I became an artiste, my love for saris started gradually. Through acting, I got an opportunity to travel to different places and see different cultures. That’s how my journey with saris started.

“It (sari) makes me look more feminine. When I wear a sari, I automatically feel more free and able to express myself better… There is some magical power in saris,” the “Queen” actress said during the launch of Taneira, a flagship handloom sari store by Titan, here on Monday.

While talking about the beauty of saris, Kangana also expressed concern over the condition of Indian weavers.

“No doubt, the trend of saris is always there, but not as much as it should be. We a have a lot to do. Till now, our weavers are suffering. There were thousands of handicraft firms which have disappeared. With synthetic fibre gaining popularity among youth, handloom weavers are suffering, so we have a long way to go,” she said.

For the inauguration ceremony of the store, Kangana was dressed in a handcrafted Banarasi moonlight blue coloured sari from Taneira’s collection. She was accompanied by her elder sister Rangoli.

Asked what’s her favourite sari look, Kangana smiled and said: “I feel comfortable in saris the most. Be it my airport sari look with sneakers or top bun, or be it a complete Indian traditional look, I love all the looks.”

Giving more details about the collection, Shyamala Ramanan, Business Head, Titan Company Limited, said: “Our collection represents the Indian woman… The main aim of Taneira is to impart the beauty of our Indian women through our saris. All saris are handwoven and made up of natural products.”

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From Aish-Abhi to Srk-Gauri, celebs shake leg at Isha Ambani’s Sangeet

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Udaipur, Dec 10: Now this is something we rarely get to witness. Superstar Shah Rukh Khan shook a leg with his wife Gauri Khan at the wedding sangeet party of industrialist Mukesh Ambani’s daughter, Isha, in Udaipur on Sunday.

Shah Rukh and Gauri are seen dancing together on stage with him down on his knees and her swinging around him. King Khan was witnessed in a black sherwani while Gauri can be seen wearing a shimmery lehenga with a caped top.

Actor couple Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan also performed on song ‘Tere Bina’ from their film ‘Guru’. While Abhishek was seen in a red kurta, Aishwarya looked stunning in red and white lehenga.

US singer Beyonce gave a power-packed performance at star-studded audience, which included former US First Lady Hillary Clinton and a slew of Bollywood celebrities including newlywed Priyanka Chopra and her American singer husband Nick.

Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Ranveer Singh, Aamir Khan and also Karan Johar performed at the high-profile function.

Singer Arijit Singh also performed at the sangeet ceremony.

Bride-to-be Isha was seen performing a romantic dance with fiance Anand.

Among those who joined the party were business tycoons, as well as Bollywood celebrities like Parineeti Chopra, Anil Kapoor and wife Sunita, Boney Kapoor with daughters Janhvi and Khushi, Siddharth Roy Kapur with wife Vidya Balan, John Abraham with wife Priya Runchal, Ronnie Screwvala with wife Zarine, Karisma Kapoor, Varun Dhawan, Rekha, Karan Tacker and many more.

Apart from the celebrities, the parents of the bride-to-be, Nita and Mukesh Ambani performed with their sons Anant and Akash on Kal Ho Naa Ho’s wedding track Maahi Ve, a track from Jab Tak Hai Jaan and Khabar Nahi from Dostana during Isha’s sangeet on Saturday.

Isha and Anand, scions of the Ambani and Piramal business families respectively, will wed as per Indian traditions, customs and culture at the Mumbai residence of the Ambani family on Wednesday, December 12.

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Shahid Kapoor opens up on stomach cancer rumours

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Mumbai, Nov 10: Bollywood actor Shahid Kapoor on Monday quashed reports claiming that he is suffering from stomach cancer.

The “Udta Punjab” star took to Twitter to give a health updated to his followers. “Guys I’m totally fine please don’t believe random stuff,” Shahid tweeted.

There were reports doing the rounds on social media that Shahid is suffering from stomach cancer. While the actor has been quiet about the reports, a source close to him had earlier quashed the rumours.

On the work front, Shahid will be seen in the Hindi remake of Telugu blockbuster “Arjun Reddy” titled — “Kabir Singh”.

The original film, starring Vijay and Shalini Pandey in the lead, revolves around a medical student who falls in love with his junior and how their relationship evolves.

The film will be shot extensively in Mumbai, Delhi and Mussoorie. Shahid will sport four different looks in the film and has been preparing for it over the last three months. Workshops with all the actors are right now in full swing.

It is produced by Bhushan Kumar, Murad Khetani, Krishan Kumar and Ashwin Varde.

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