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Being an outsider sets me free: Hollywood’s Andrij Parekh

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New Delhi, June 22 (IANS) Andrij Parekh feels his Gujarati roots make him good at business, and his Slavic soul infuses an emotional element to his creative work. The filmmaker says being of a mixed race has led him to a cultural place of being an ‘outsider’ in Hollywood, and that sets him free from many prejudices.

Parekh, of Ukrainian and Indian descent, has worked on “Half Nelson”, “Sugar”, “Blue Valentine”, “The Zookeeper’s Wife”, “13 Reasons Why”, “Madame Bovary” and “Show Me a Hero”. He served as director and cinematographer on the HBO series “Succession”, which airs in India on Star World.

“Being ‘mixed race’ and ‘other’ has lent me the unique cultural place of being an outsider — and as an outsider, I think that I’ve always ‘watched’,” Parekh told IANS while looking back at his journey in the industry.

“That’s what makes me a good cinematographer and director — I simply watch without trying to interfere too much (with actors). And people can’t pin me down with stereotypes or prejudices. So in many ways I’m free,” he added.

Parekh was born in Boston and raised in Minneapolis.

“Because I’m mixed race, I’m not sure that people do or can stereotype me. They often have no idea where I’m from or what I am,” he said.

How do you think the culture of India and Ukraine influences your work?

“I have the combination of Indo and Slavic roots. My Gujarati side ensures I’m good at business, and my Slavic soul has a strong emotional element,” he said.

After spending 20 years in Hollywood as a cinematographer, Parekh feels the world behind the camera is getting diverse, “especially in New York City”, where he lives and works.

As a director, Parekh has helmed short films like “Dead Roosters”, “Zimove Vesilya”. He directed an episode of show “Watchmen” and three episodes of “Succession”, which follows the lives of the Roy family as they contemplate their future once their aging father (essayed by Brian Cox) begins to step back from the media and entertainment conglomerate.

On balancing work as a cinematographer and director, he said: “I approach directing as I do cinematography. I try and imagine the scenes visually and emotionally. I began recording the scripts and playing them back to myself and this would allow my mind to wander to best create and serve the written scenes.”

Parekh wants to tell stories with “subjects that have some social value, that pass some social critique and comment on the human condition”.

“I’d love to make a feature. I just need to find the right script. And I’ve been fascinated by the Moorish influence in Europe, and would love to do a film or TV series about the last days of the Moors in Spain,” he added.

What’s next?

“I’m currently shooting (as cinematographer) a film for a friend in NYC. I’ll be directing two episodes of ‘A Brave New World’ in London in the fall, a TV series based on the Aldous Huxley novel.”

(Sugandha Rawal can be contacted at [email protected])

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Rajkummar Rao-Nushrat starrer ‘Turram Khan’ renamed ‘Chhalaang’

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Mumbai, Dec 7 (IANS) The upcoming Rajkummar Rao-starrer “Turram Khan” has been renamed “Chhalaang”. The films lead actress and Nushrat Bharucha took to Instagram to share the news.

Same team, same movie, same release date… just a new name- Chhalaang! See you in theatres on 31st Jan, 2020!” wrote Nushrat. Chhalaang” is directed by Hansal Mehta and produced by Ajay Devgn, Luv Ranjan and Ankur Garg. The film is slated to hit theatres on January 31 next year. The film also features Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub in a key role.

This wil be Rajkummar’s sixth collaboration with filmmaker Hansal Mehta. The duo has in the past worked together in “Shahid”, “CityLights”, “Aligarh”, and “Omerta”, besides the wed series “Bose: Dead/Alive”

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‘Pati, Patni Aur Woh’ surpasses ‘Panipat’ collections on day 1

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Mumbai, Dec 7-“Pati, Patni Aur Woh” collected Rs 9.10 crore at the box-office on day one leaving behind Oscar-nominated director Ashutosh Gowariker’s latest release “Panipat”, which minted Rs 4. 12 crores.

‘Panipat’ opened on expected lines but witnessed strong growth towards the evening shows. Collects Rs 4.12 crore NBOC on Day 1,” read a statement. The period drama stars Arjun Kapoor, Sanjay Dutt, Kriti Sanon and Zeenat Aman. The film is based on the third battle of “Panipat” that was fought between the Marathas and Ahmad Shah Abdali, the Afghan emperor, in 1761.

Mudassar Aziz’s “Pati Patni Aur Woh” is a remake of BR Chopra’s 1978 hit of the same name. The film stars Kartik Aaryan, Bhumi Pednekar, Ananya Panday and Aparshakti Khurana.

Trade analyst Taran Adarsh took to Instagram to share the figures. He wrote: ” ‘Pati,Patni Aur Woh’ is excellent on Day 1. This, despite competing with another biggie (#Panipat), which resulted in screens/shows getting divided. Expect solid growth on Day 2 and 3. Emerges Kartik Aaryan’s biggest opener. Friday Rs 9.10 cr. #India biz.”Both the films released on December 6

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Shilpa Shetty: Beti Bachao can’t just be relegated to a campaign

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Mumbai, Dec 7 (IANS) Shilpa Shetty took to Instagram to express anger and anxiety over the series of violent sexual attacks and murders of women across the country. The actress added Beti Bachao can’t just be relegated to a mere campaign. It needs to be put into action.

On Instagram, Shilpa shared a couple of news reports, one which talks about the Unnao victim who was set ablaze by her perpetrators and the other about the alleged rape and murder of a woman in West Bengal’s Malda.

Sharing the news reports, the actress spoke about the insecure position of women in our country, where rape victims are treated with apathy and culprits roam freely.

The position and dignity of women in our country is in dire straits… it’s been so for a while now. Stepping out every day has become an ordeal for most, one that is unavoidable.

As a woman, I can’t even express how disgusting it is to see the apathy towards rape victims, survivors, and their families. It is highly disappointing to regularly read the news stating that an offender/culprit has been granted bail and is out… What for? To be given another chance to commit a more heinous crime? Reading about girls of all ages being abused and the brutality involved in each case makes my skin crawl.

I’m a mother to a son, but I don’t think I can bring myself close to imagining the fear that mothers of daughters feel every day,” she wrote. Over the past few weeks, reports of brutal rape and murder of young women in different parts of the country like Hyderabad, Tamil Nadu, Unnao and West Bengal dominated the headlines.

Talking about how the country immediately needs to do something to protect its daughters, Shilpa urged the authorities to enforce stricter laws to prevent such incidents in the future and punish the culprits.

Tagging Prime Minister Narendra Modi in her post, the actress further wrote: #BetiBachao can’t just be relegated to a campaign. Intent isn’t enough if it can’t be put into action. I urge our authorities to enforce stricter laws that will not only deter future perpetrators, but also severely punish the offenders undergoing trials.

Also, expediting these proceedings is the need of the hour. Justice delayed is justice denied! Jai Hind! @narendramodi #EndRape #EndSexualViolence #NoTolerance #punishment #NoMoreRape #EndRapeCulture #NoToAbuse #stop.”

Meanwhile, the 23-year-old rape victim in Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao district died on late Friday night in a Delhi hospital. The victim was attacked outside Sindupur village in Unnao when she was on way to a Rae Bareli court to attend a hearing in the rape case. She was abducted by the five men, Harishankar Trivedi, Ram Kishore Trivedi, Umesh Bajpai, Shivam and Shubham Trivedi, who beat and stabbed her before burning her alive.

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