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The festival, concluding on November 15, would play host to 116 films personalities, 56 of them foreigners representing 24 countries.

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Kolkata, Nov 1 : A bouquet of 214 features and 152 shorts and documentaries from 76 nations would be on offer at the 25th Kolkata International Film Festival beginning on November 8 with a glamorous and glitzy ceremony to be graced by megastars Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan, organisers said on Friday.

Celebrated silver screen personalities Jaya Bachchan, Rakhee Gulzar, and Mahesh Bhatt, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Germany’s Oscar winning director Volker Schlondorff, “Sex Lies and Videotape” actress Andie MacDowell and Slovak film maker Dusan Hanak would be among the distinguished guests at the inauguration slated to be held in its customary venue Netaji Indoor stadium.

Satyajit Ray’s children’s classic “Goopy Gayen Bagha Baye” – celebrating its 50th year – would be the opening film at the eight day carnival, which has chosen Bengali actress Srabanti as the ‘thali girl’.

The fest, with Germany as the focus country, would see screenings in 17 venues across the city including the Nandan Complex, Rabindra Sadan, Sisir Mancha, various multiplexes and single screen theatres.

The festival, concluding on November 15, would play host to 116 films personalities, 56 of them foreigners representing 24 countries.

The competition section has laid out a whopping prize money of Rs 92 lakh, of which the best film would win a purse of Rs 51 lakh, while the best director stands to be awarded Rs 21 lakh.

In the Indian languages competition section, the best film would get Rs 7 lakh, and the best director Rs 5 lakh along with Hiralal Sen Memorial Trophies.

The best short film gets Rs 5 lakh, and the best documentary Rs 3 lakh, as against Rs 1 lakh given in each of the categories last year.

All winners will also receive the Royal Bengal Golden Tiger trophy.

The non-competitive section would include half a dozen films of famed director Basu Chatterjee as a special tribute, while the homage segment is dedicated to legendary Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci, six of whose classics will be screened. The segment would also feature acclaimed director Mrinal Sen, actor-director-screen writer Girish Karnad, music director Mohammed Zahur Khayyam, actress Vidya Sinha and Ruma Guha Thakurta, and Bengali film actors Chinmoy Roy and Swarup Dutta.

The coming edition of the annual carnival would pay Centenary tribute among others to Italian auteur Gillo Pontecorvo, singer Manna Dey and actress Karuna Bandopadhyay, who so beautifully portrayed the role of Apu-Durga’s mother Sarobjaya in Ray’s masterpiece “Pather Panchali”.

The festival’s much-awaited retrospective section would showcase films of German director Alexanadar Kluge and Slovak film maker Dusan Hanak.

The contemporary world cinema would be represented by 48 films released in 2019 – 29 under Cinema International and 19 under Maestro.

The fest will also present ten Indian films in rare languages headlined ‘Unheard India’, and eight restored classics – including “Goopy Gayen Bagha Bayen” – which have completed 50 years.

On the sidelines of the showpiece event, Kumar Shahani would deliver the Satyajit Ray Memorial Lecture, while Macdowell and Schlondorff have agreed to take Masters’ Class.

The Celebrating Celluloid fragment would re-introduce the 35 mm projection system, screening a total of ten films – six of them from Italy, two from Germany and the remaining two Indian ventures.

Altogether 23 Bengali films would be on show.

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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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