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Akshay Kumar urges positive talk about sanitation



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Mumbai, Aug 7: “Toilet: Ek Prem Katha” actor Akshay Kumar, who took on the unveiling of 24 toilets over 24 hours on Instagram on Monday, says his aim is to spread a wave of positive conversation about sanitation across the country.

He believes that toilet is a taboo subject, but he wants people need to realise that it is a crucial part of everyday life.

On Monday, Akshay began unveiling images of 24 toilets across smaller villages in Jaipur, Delhi, Rewri, Mohali, Karnal, Panipat, Kota, Yamuna Nagar, Narnaul and Gurugram, on social media via Instagram, read a statement from Viacom18 Motion Pictures.

The activity is reflective of the ethos of “Toilet: Ek Prem Katha”, which strives to address the subject of open defecation in India, in an entertaining manner.

Talking about it, Akshay said: “Toilets can be such a taboo subject, but it’s such an important part of everyday life that many of us take for granted. This campaign is a small, but hopefully impactful contribution from the team of ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’ towards giving the people in these cities a much needed resource, and making sanitation a part of their conversations in a positive manner.”

“We hope that through the movie, and this campaign, we can bring more awareness to such an important issue,” he added.

Commenting on the association, Rudraup Datta, Marketing Head, Viacom18 Motion Pictures, said: “It is often said that cinema is an agent of social change and with ‘Toilet Ek Prem Katha’ we have a complete family entertainer which highlights one of the biggest issues faced by our country; open defecation.

“Thanks to Akshay Kumar, we have been able to implement the campaign for 24 toilets/24 hours as an effort to take this mission to the ground level, driven by Caya. With Instagram on board, we can leverage it digitally and reach out to millions of consumers and hope to inspire and encourage them to join the fight against this stigma.”

Directed by Shree Narayan Singh, the film is a satirical take on a battle against the age old tradition of open defecation in the country. The movie will release on Friday.



IIFA 2018: Irrfan Khan, Sridevi bag top honours, Tumhari Sulu best film



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Bangkok, June 25: Actor Irrfan Khan and late veteran actress Sridevi were named the Best Actors at the 19th edition of the IIFA Awards, for their remarkable work in films “Hindi Medium” and “Mom”, respectively.

At a grand event on Sunday here at the Siam Niramit theatre, a story of an ambitious and enterprising housewife, “Tumhari Sulu” bagged the Best Picture honour, while Saket Chaudhary took back the Best Director Award.

Late Sridevi’s husband-producer Boney Kapoor took the award for her performance in “Mom”. He was emotional as he received the award from actress Kriti Sanon.

“I dedicate this award to the entire team of ‘Moma’,” said an emotional Boney.

The award function also honoured late actors Vinod Khanna, Shashi Kapoor and Sridevi.

Vinod’s award was accepted by veteran filmmaker Ramesh Sippy. Rishi Kapoor took Shashi Kapoor’s award. While actor Anil Kapoor and Boney broke down in tears while talking about Sridevi at the gala.

Here’s a complete list of winners:

Best Film – ‘Tumhari Sulu’

Best Director – Saket Chaudhary (‘Hindi Medium’)

Best Actor (Female) – Sridevi (‘Mom’)

Best Actor (Male) – Irrfan Khan (‘Hindi Medium’)

Best Actor In Supporting Role (Female) – Meher Vij (‘Secret Superstar’)

Best Actor In Supporting Role (Male) – Nawazzuddin Siddiqui (‘Mom’)

Best Story – Amit V Masurkar (‘Newton’)

Best Music Direction – Amaal Mallik, Tanishk Bagchi and Akhil Sachdeva (‘Badrinath Ki Dulhania’)

Best Background Score – Pritam (‘Jagga Jasoos’)

Best Screenplay – Nitesh Tiwari and Shreyas Jain (‘Bareilly Ki Barfi’)

Best Dialogues – Hitesh Kewalya (‘Shubh Mangal Saavdhan’)

Best Choreography – Vijay Ganguly and Ruel Dausan Varindani, (‘Galti Se Mistake’ from ‘Jagga Jasoos’)

Best Cinematography – Marcin Laskawiec and Usc (‘Tiger Zinda Hai’)

Best Editing – Shweta Venkat Mathew (‘Newton’)

Best Lyrics – Manoj Muntashir (‘Mere Rashke Qamar’ from ‘Baadshaho’)

Best Playback Singer (Female) – Meghna Mishra (‘Main Kaun Hoon’ from ‘Secret Superstar’)

Best Playback Singer (Male) – Arijit Singh (‘Hawayein’ from ‘Jab Harry Met Sejal’)

Best Sound Design – Dileep Subramaniam and Ganesh Gangadharan (YRF Studios for ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’)

Best Special Effects – Ny Vfxwala (‘Jagga Jasoos’)

Best Style Icon of the Year – Kriti Sanon

Best Debut Director – Konkona Sensharma

Outstanding Achievement by an Actor in Indian Cinema – Anupam Kher

The 2000-seater Siam Niramit theatre saw thousands of Bollywood fanatics coming to the event to catch a glimpse of their favourite stars.

This year’s IIFA  saw Bollywood’s evergreen actress Rekha taking fans down the memory lane through her mesmerising performance after a hiatus of 20 years.

A string of A-listers like Ranbir Kapoor, Varun, Arjun, Kriti Sanon, Bobby Deol and Shraddha set the stage on fire with their power-packed and electrifying performances.


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Akshay’s ‘Gold Trailer’ shows one man’s struggle to make India proud



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New Delhi, June 25: After releasing some intriguing posters, the makers of Akshay Kumar starrer ‘Gold’ have finally dropped the official trailer of the upcoming film on Monday.

Gold is a story of one man’s dream, dedication and struggle. And, he thus makes India proud.

The trailer opens with a voice-over announcing the words, “Gold, British India,” and an intense-looking Akshay giving ‘the stare’ to the British flag. What transpires over a couple of minutes in the trailer is a mix of patriotism and sports, just everything one could have expected from Khiladi Kumar.

Akshay, perhaps for the first time, will be seen as a Bengali in the film and the trailer gives a peek into that persona.

Naagin star Mouni Roy appears for merely five seconds in the trailer chastising Akshay in Bengali. She plays the actor’s wife in Gold. Akshay then proceeds to deliver a monologue laced with an almost overbearing love for the country.

The over two-minute long trailer also featured Kunal Kapoor, Amit Sadh, Vineet Kumar Singh and Sunny Kaushal, each of them a hockey player with a passion to play the game.

The film is about India’s first Olympic medal win as a free nation in 1948 at the 14th Olympic Games at London. It will release on Independence Day in 2018.

Post Gold, Akshay will be seen in Kesari which is again a period film based on the Battle of Saragarhi.


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IIFA 2018: Anupam Kher dedicates award to struggling actors without godfathers



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Bangkok, June 25: Bollywood veteran Anupam Kher, bestowed with the Outstanding Achievement in Cinema honour here, has dedicated the award to strugglers who try and find their feet in the showbiz world without having a godfather.

“Thank you IIFA for honouring me with Outstanding Achievement In Cinema Award. I really feel honoured and energised. Thank you the people of Bangkok for your love, warmth and hospitality. I dedicate this award to all the struggling actors who have to make it without godfathers,” Anupam tweeted on Monday.

The actor received the honour at the 19th edition of the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) gala on Sunday night.

An introductory speech to Anupam’s life and career was made by his long-time friend and co-actor Anil Kapoor, while the trophy was handed over to him by Viacom18’s Group CEO Sudhanshu Vats.

“Thank you my dearest friend Anil Kapoor for introducing my Outstanding Achievement In Cinema Award at IIFA with so much love, warmth. Selflessness and grace. You are a priceless and a unique friend. Your words moved me,” wrote Anupam, who has featured in over 500 movies in his career, which has seen him work across the theatre, television and film mediums.


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