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Calls to boycott IFFI ‘madness’, says Rahul Rawail



Rahul Rawail
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By Sugandha Rawal  

Panaji, Nov 21: Filmmaker Rahul Rawail, who is the acting jury head of the Indian Panorama section of the 48th IFFI after Sujoy Ghosh resigned in the wake of the exclusion of two jury-suggested films in the final list, says calls to boycott the movie gala is “madness”.

Rawail was a part of the jury headed by Ghosh, who had resigned after two films — Sanal Sasidharan’s Malayalam movie “S Durga” and Ravi Jadhav’s Marathi movie “Nude” — were ousted from the final list for the section at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2017.

“I just hope the festival goes well,” Rawail told IANS here.

The brouhaha over the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting overuling the jury’s decision had led several members of the film fraternity to demand that the industry skip the current edition of the fest.

To that, Rawail said: “Pagalpan hai (It is madness).” The fest, which will go on till November 28, is under extra scrutiny for the exclusion of the two films, and also due to the stir around Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film “Padmavati”.

Interestingly, at a platform which claims to celebrate cinema, most attendees are refraining to talk about the row. But Rawail was upfront.

He wonders whether the Indian classic “Mughal-E-Azam” would have released under the current political climate or not.

He said: “On ‘Padmavati’, I strongly stand with the filmmaker. He has made a film with a lot of conviction and lot of hard work. He is probably one of the best directors we have today. He is not going to play around with history.

“There is a debate that you can’t play around with history, and many people are saying that ‘How can you have fiction and history put together?’. I thought what happened to ‘Mughal-E-Azam’? Anarkali is a completely fictitious character. Anarkali doesn’t exist in history.

“The film stars Dilip Kumar… There was Dilip Kumar playing Salim and Prithviraj Kapoor. Someone even said that nobody protested at that time (at the time of the release of the 1960 film). I feel that it is a very stupid thing to say. I thought that means if we make ‘Mughal-E-Azam’ (again), will they ban it? They will not.”

“Padmavati” has been mired in controversy over conjectures that it “distorts history” regarding Rajput queen Padmavati, a contention that Bhansali has repeatedly denied. The film also features Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh in lead roles, with Deepika Padukone playing Rani Padmavati.

The film has been deferred from its original December 1 release.

Rawail said: “Bhansali could not take things into his hands where he would change history. I think things need to be tackled in a better way. I admire Bhansali and Viacom18 Motion Pictures for agreeing to delay the film because it could have created a lot of trouble… They have taken a great step forward by letting it die down.”

A new date is yet to be announced, but “beheading” threats have been put out against Bhansali and Deepika.

Rawail called the violent threats a “stupid” act. Rawail is happy to be on board for IFFI this year, and hopes that everything at the “festival goes well”. The fest will conclude on November 28.

Defending the ministry for dropping “S Durga” and “Nude”, he said: “‘Nude’ in any case was a completely incomplete film. ‘S Durga’ came to us as called ‘Sexy Durga’ but was censored as S Durga’. There were some changes made, which makes it a complete new film.

“You are applying for film A and you get a film calling it B, which is not part of the regulation.”

As for film buffs in Goa, he said: “Enjoy the films and enjoy the film fest”.



Kangana bungalow demolition smacks of malice, says Bombay High Court

Ranaut had sought Rs 2 crore in damages from the BMC and urged the court to declare BMC’s action illegal




Kangana Ranaut

Mumbai, November 27: The Bombay High Court on Friday has said the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) action of demolishing part of Kangana Ranaut’s bungalow here smacks of malafide and was done to cause substantial loss to the actor, and quashed the demolition order.

The court also said it did not approve of authorities using “muscle power” against any citizen.

A division bench of Justices SJ Kathawalla and RI Chagla noted that the action undertaken by the civic body left hardly “any manner of doubt” that it was unauthorised.

The bench was hearing Ranaut’s petition challenging the demolition carried out by the BMC at her Pali Hill bungalow in suburban Bandra on September 9.

“The civic body has proceeded to act wrongfully and illegally against the rights of a citizen,” the bench said.

Ranaut had sought Rs 2 crore in damages from the BMC and urged the court to declare BMC’s action illegal.

On the issue of compensation, the bench said it was appointing a valuer who would hear the petitioner and the BMC on monetary damages caused to her due to the demolition.

“The valuer shall by March 2021 pass appropriate orders on compensation,” the court said.

The civic body had opposed the plea and said the actor had brazenly and unlawfully carried out extensive alterations and additions to the bungalow in breach of its approved plan.

Ranaut had filed the petition on September 9 when the demolition process was initiated by the BMC. The court had in an interim order on September 9 stayed the demolition work. PTI

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Bigg Boss 14: Kavita Kaushik’s husband reveals his relatives in law-enforcement approached him to file complaint against Aly Goni

Talking about his wife’s struggle Kavita Kaushik’s husband Ronnit Biswas slammed Aly Goni. Here’s what he said!




Kavita Kaushik

Bigg Boss 14 saw a massive showdown between Kavita Kaushik and Aly Goni after the actor lost his cool when she takes away his personal items as a punishment for breaking house rules.

In a fit of rage, Aly kicked a trash bin which hurt Kavita, who was standing close to it and the house erupted in chaos.

Now talking about his wife’s struggle Kavita’s husband Ronnit Biswas said, “Physical violence was never a thing which we had signed up for whether it happened directly or indirectly it doesn’t matter.”

“I had seen the promo first, a day before yesterday and I was very disturbed. But once I saw the way Kavita was putting up to it and how she was behaving I felt extremely proud of her. My sadness disappeared and I got happy thinking that no matter how much you try to target this girl, she will not bow down to anyone. She will come out shining and strong,” said a proud Ronnit in a conversation with ETimes TV.

He also went on to say that what Kavita said to Aly was not a big deal. Stating that Aly also said the same line to Kavita thrice, Ronnit revealed, “He has also said this to her thrice after that. So, I think the topic should have ended then and there itself. But I understand most of the housemates know that Kavita is quite strong and if they fight with her or corner her, they will get some footage. It is very sad that in a country where we keep talking about women are equal to men, we worship Goddess, we celebrate women and talk about women empowerment, there is a man who is threatening a woman on national television that he will make her life a living hell or won’t let her sleep.

Few of Ronnit’s relatives, who are in law enforcement, have approached him asking him if he wants to file a complaint against Aly Goni. “I have been getting a lot of calls from our well-wishers and relatives who are into the Police force, Government officials and they are asking me If I want to take action against Aly Goni or register a complaint. Although, I have told them that it is not needed, but I was expecting from the channel and the production house a stricter punishment. One week’s nomination doesn’t make any sense,” concluded Ronnit.

Let’s see if Aly and Kavita bury the hatches in weeks to come or not.

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TV actor Ashiesh Roy passes away

Cine & TV Artistes’ Association (CINTAA) expressed solidarity for Ashiesh Roy who died on Tuesday. The actor’s staff member confirmed the news that he was suffering from a kidney ailment and was undergoing dialysis.




Television actor Ashiesh Roy

Actor Ashiesh Roy passed away due to kidney failure on Tuesday. He was 55. Roy had been keeping unwell for a while and was admitted to the ICU in a Mumbai hospital in May this year.

Ashiesh Roy’s staff member confirmed the news. He told that the actor died at his home.

“He collapsed around 3.45 am. He had a kidney ailment and his dialysis was also going on but he had gotten better in the last few weeks… His sister will arrive from Kolkata in the evening. A call on funeral will be then taken,” the staff member said.

The Cine & TV Artistes’ Association (CINTAA) expressed solidarity for Ashiesh Roy via a social media post. “#CINTAA expresses its deepest condolence on the demise of Shri Ashiesh Roy (Member since: January 2003)” CINTAA’s Facebook post read.

In May, Ashiesh Roy had announced on social media that he was on dialysis and even sought financial assistance. “I am in the ICU… Very ill. Dialysis,” Ashiesh Roy first wrote on Facebook, followed by another post that read, “Need your urgent money for dialysis (sic).”

Read: TV actor Ashiesh Roy hospitalised, seeks aid from fans

Following Ashiesh Roy’s social media posts, filmmaker Hansal Mehta also requested film bodies to provide financial assistance to the ailing actor. Hansal Mehta tweeted, “Actor Ashish Roy (Bond) is seriously ill, on dialysis and in the ICU. He has appealed for financial help on FB. I’m doing all I can to help. Can industry associations also help the ailing actor?”

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